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Posted 4/16/14 at 11:15 AM | Alex Murashko

SAT-7: Egyptians Celebrate Easter

(Photo: Reuters)

"In a region characterized by high illiteracy rates, media censorship, and limited incomes, anyone with a satellite dish can turn on SAT-7 and hear the Word of God in his or her language. Our viewers can join a global fellowship of Christians within the privacy of their own homes -- a significant concern for those who live in violence-stricken or oppressive environments." -- SAT-7

SAT-7 posted:

Today (April 16), Egyptians are upholding centuries-old traditions that date back to the time of Christ. Farid Garas, Executive Director of SAT-7 Egypt, explains how the very first Passover has inspired this week’s lineup of Easter programs on SAT-7 ARABIC.

Farid shares:

“Over three thousand years ago, in this very land of Egypt, God commanded his people to eat supper together as families during what is known as ‘The Passover.’ It was a sign of fellowship and a symbol of the redemption of Christ himself through the practical sacrifice of a lamb. That night launched the freedom of the people of God.

The church of Egypt feels that these times in which we live are similar. On Monday, the church called every family in Egypt to celebrate at a special prayer meeting. It called for families to get together for fellowship, worship, celebration, and dedicating their lives to the Lord. Each family leader washed the feet of his family.

A Kids Prayer Team led this live prayer meeting at Kasr El-Doubara Evangelical Church (KDEC) in Cairo, and it aired live on SAT-7 ARABIC. The audience was encouraged to follow the meeting at their homes in front of the TV screen. FULL POST

Posted 3/24/14 at 3:22 PM | Alex Murashko

Mental Health and the Church: Christian Post Coverage

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Pastor Rick Warren (far right) and his wife, Kay, welcome two main speakers at the outset of the conference.

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Part 2 of CP reporter Nicola Menzie's great interview with speaker scheduled tomorrow during the Church and Mental Health conference at #Saddleback Church. #Hope4MH

When to Stop JUST Praying and Seek Professional Help; Christian Psychologist Offers Guidance

Part 1:

Mental Health Expert: Christians Should Not Be Surprised That There's Something Wrong With All of Us

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Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, of Saddleback Church, will be joined by several experts in the field of mental health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County to host The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church on Friday, March 28.

The conference is designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any who face the challenges of mental illness, say organizers.

"It's so important that people know, no matter how desperate their despair, there is hope, and not to give up," said Kay Warren. "We want this to be a hopeful event that encourages individuals and helps them realize they are not alone in dealing with mental illness."

This event marks the first initiative in the Warrens' mission to remove the stigma of mental illness following the suicide of their son Matthew on April 5. The Warrens reported that their son struggled with mental illness most of his life. FULL POST

Posted 3/16/14 at 10:15 AM | Alex Murashko

That's Your Truth [Holy Host Guest Blog]

That’s your truth
Posted March 16, 2014
by Holy Host (guest blogger)

It’s becoming more common to follow postmodern thinking that says it’s all relative, each person defines his or her own truth and there’s no such thing as absolute truth.

This kind of thinking, called relativism misses the point. This idea that “perception is reality,” can’t work. It says that all is equal and fair – no one wins or loses.

In the interest of saving someone’s feelings…truth takes the back seat. This not only affects faith and life decisions but the smaller things as well. The biggest crime in all this relativism is that it strips truth from the equation.

Pushing through tough times, honing a skill, being accountable and self reliant, all these wonderful benefits of right and wrong, success and failure get cast aside if there’s not a measuring rod of truth showing you where you’re doing well, and where you can improve.

Truth by its very nature is exclusionary. To make a factual statement, to speak truth is to exclude all other false options. FULL POST

Posted 3/13/14 at 1:50 PM | Alex Murashko

Americans Urged to Voice Opposition to Air Force Academy Removal of Bible Verse from Board Outside Cadet’s Room

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American Family Association Urges Christians to Contact the Air Force Academy to Stand Up for Cadet’s Religious Liberties

TUPELO, Miss.—The Air Force Academy has removed a Bible verse written on a cadet’s whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, according to a story by FoxNews’ Todd Starnes.

Now, American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) is urging Christians around the country to contact the Air Force Academy to present a unified stand for the cadet’s religious liberties. The cadet had written Galatians 2:20 on the whiteboard outside his room: “I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me...”

“This is another example in a growing list of religious discrimination offenses by the Air Force Academy,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “When constitutionally-protected speech based on Christian faith is expressed at the Air Force Academy, why is it immediately censored? The Air Force has once again caved to the whims of anti-Christian bigotry from the likes of Mikey Weinstein.” FULL POST

Posted 2/17/14 at 10:01 AM | Alex Murashko |

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Son of God: To Some it May Feel Like Hype, But it's Not, it's a Movie That's About To Rock the World

I had the opportunity to see a pre-screening of the Son of God movie at Saddleback Church recently and wanted to share something with you. Pastor Rick Warren hosted the film's producers, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, at the special screening for local pastors. And despite what some of you may look at as just another well-oiled promotional campaign, I urge you to get past any skepticism about the movie's theatrical release on Feb 28 and get engaged in any way you can.

I recommend beginning with prayer. Do not simply say, "Oh, too much hype." Get past that.

In my opinion, this movie will impact the world for Jesus more so than any movie previously. It's like "The Passion of the Christ" without the "art" (beautiful as it was) and much more representative of The Bible, especially the spoken words, verse by verse. FULL POST

Posted 2/7/14 at 10:15 AM | Alex Murashko

Dennis Prager and Ravi Zacharias at Biola U to Answer: Does God Matter?


AN EVENING WITH DENNIS PRAGER & RAVI ZACHARIAS

Does God Matter? Finding Your Moral Footing in the Quicksand of Secularism

Biola University campus, La Mirada, California

http://www.biola.edu/zacharias-prager/

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We live in trying times. Those of us who take belief in the God of the Bible seriously feel burdened by the problems that arise in our increasingly secular society. People are abandoning truth, Western culture is failing, and the lines between right and wrong are becoming irrevocably blurred. Two prominent voices, one Jewish and one evangelical Christian, will appear on stage together to engage in an open, honest and entertaining dialogue about the challenges we face as a nation and civilization. This is about asking and answering tough questions in a God-honoring and purposeful way!

Join us for an evening with nationally-syndicated radio show host Dennis Prager and world-renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. The evening will be hosted by famed radio show host Frank Sontag of Los Angeles’ KKLA 99.5 FM. Sponsored by Hashtag Productions, and Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute and Christian Apologetics Program. FULL POST

Posted 1/23/14 at 10:17 AM | Alex Murashko

Tony Dungy on Richard Sherman Meltdown: Go Back to Sidelines, Celebrate with Teammates, Don't Harass Another Player

Talk about a Twitter (and Facebook) firestorm! One has been raging since last Sunday. NBC Football Night in America commentator and former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wasn't as concerned about Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman's controversial on-field interview after the playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers as he was about the defensive back's actions immediately following his victory-saving play. Dungy, a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, released a video (below) of his thoughts about the controversy on his blog on the All Pro Dad website Wednesday.

"I wasn't focused in as much on his interview as I was on what happened directly after the interception on the last play," Dungy said. "He went and really approached Michael Crabtree, appeared to be mocking him a little bit, Crabtree pushed him a little bit, and they get into a little confrontation. FULL POST

Posted 1/7/14 at 10:25 AM | Alex Murashko

World Help Bloggers in Africa - 5 Passionate Storytellers on a Journey to Paint a New Picture

World Help is traveling with five passionate storytellers on an adventure into Africa . . . and you’re invited to join the journey, say the bloggers at the humanitarian group. The organization invites you to follow the team as they use their words to paint a new picture of Africa—one rising from the ashes of poverty.

Project: Rescue Homes
We are raising funds to build and outfit 3 rescue homes. Too many children wander the dangerous slums of Uganda hungry, sick, and utterly alone. Operation Baby Rescue is intervening and saving countless lives.

On this trip, the World Help Bloggers will be launching the campaign for a much-needed expansion of the Baby Rescue Center in Uganda—Rescue Homes. These facilities are designed to provide holistic care for children who would otherwise be left for dead. Starting with the completion of a partially built home and then constructing even more, these homes will bring life to thousands of children for generations to come. We hope you’ll Join the Rescue. FULL POST

Posted 12/30/13 at 12:25 PM | Alex Murashko

Top 10 Most Read Church & Ministry Stories of 2013 Include Personal Tragedy, Theological Differences

Two-thousand thirteen was a year of heartbreaking personal tragedies suffered by Christian leaders, and The Christian Post and the Church & Ministry gave due coverage. In early April, Southern California-based megachurch pastor Rick Warren, and his wife, Kay, lost their son, Matthew, to suicide. Warren grieved quite publicly by journaling through social media, and he and his wife helped bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the Christian community.

Read the Top 10 Most Read Church & Ministry stories of 2013 by clicking here…

10. Experiencing God Author Henry Blackaby Found Safe After Missing 29 Hours [Article Date: Sept. 20]

9. Is Robert Downey Jr. Tracking End Times Prophecy by Chuck Missler? [Article Date: Oct. 20]

8. John MacArthur Responds to Critics Who Believe His Strange Fire Conference Is Divisive, Unloving [Article Date: Oct. 20]

THE REST OF THE LIST - FULL STORY

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