Posted 3/30/15 at 10:48 PM | Alex Murashko
Editor’s Note: Alisa Kaplan is the author of “Still Room For Hope” to be released by Faith Words in April. She is the survivor of one of the most infamous rape cases in Southern California History and is currently a state-certified sexual assault victim advocate and crisis intervention counselor and volunteers at a rape crisis center in Los Angeles County. Alisa is attending college to obtain her degree in psychology. Below is her suggested five things to give up for lent.
5 Things to Give Up for Lent
By Alisa Kaplan
Every year, millions of Christians around the world commemorate the 40 days leading up to Easter with a season of fasting and repentance known as Lent.
However, fasting, as one of the most ancient religious practices, is not something to be undertaken lightly. Its purpose is to help us give up some of the control in our lives so as to depend more fully on God.
Giving up control is never something easily done, especially for survivors of traumas such as abuse and sexual assault. Nothing is more central to that survival as regaining a sense of control. After our sense of self and security has undergone a terrifying violation, restoring feelings of agency and power over the chaotic forces in our lives becomes the ultimate goal. FULL POST
Posted 3/23/15 at 1:56 PM | Alex Murashko
It should be a no-brainer to know that pornography destroys marriages.
After all, habitually viewing pornography “sets up formidable walls between couples: guilt, unrealistic sexual expectations, addictive behaviors, and the erosion of trust, to name just a few.” Another words, as “The Intimate Couple” puts it, pornography can be a “barrier to intimacy.”
As a $14-billion per year industry in the U.S., studies show that an increased number of marriages are harmed by men and/or women viewing porn. Often leading to divorce, the affairs of the heart (and mind) include an addiction to cyber porn.
The reality of pornography inside a marriage is that “it introduces another person into a couple’s sex life,” as an article in MarriageToday states.
Another person? That is serious and that is more than sad.
MarriageToday properly attributes Jesus as saying that “simply looking at another person in a longing and lustful manner is equal to adultery.” The article continues: “Inevitably, we begin to compare our spouse’s body and sexual performance to the person or people in the pornography we are viewing. Also, we are making a very damaging statement to our spouse that they simply aren’t enough for us. Of course, when stimulated by pornography, no number of women or men could ever satisfy us. It is an insatiable appetite.” FULL POST
Posted 3/17/15 at 5:58 PM | Alex Murashko
SAT-7 is Christian Satellite Television By and For the People of the Middle East and North Africa. For more info go to www.sat7.org.
SAT-7 is a network of four channels, SAT-7 ARABIC, SAT-7 PARS (Farsi), SAT-7 KIDS and SAT-7 TÜRK (Turkish). More than 75% of SAT-7's programs are made in the Middle East by Middle Eastern Christians.
The network broadcasts can be seen in every country in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Report from Ainkawa Mall, Erbil, Iraq video link: https://youtu.be/Wsxw_x4HIC4
Posted 3/16/15 at 3:59 PM | Alex Murashko
He's keeping the conversation definitely worth having going!
"Many who struggle with sex or porn wrestle with fear … fear of loneliness, fear of rejection, fear of worthlessness, fear of not being able to stop.
Fear paralyzes us and keeps us trapped in our destructive habits. Fear is often what holds people back from getting accountable. The thing about fear is that you can't escape it unless you admit it. You need to own up to the fear and recognize that it is an issue you must face. Write yourself a letter today confessing your fears about addiction and what you plan on doing to break free. FULL POST
Posted 3/14/15 at 12:55 AM | Alex Murashko
A. Larry Ross Communications
Evangelist Greg Laurie to bring Gospel message to Metroplex and beyond in first-ever Christian event to be held at the home of 'America's Team'
DALLAS, March 11, 2015 – Nearly 500 pastors and ministry leaders from throughout North Texas attended yesterday's launch event for Harvest America, an evangelistic outreach to be held at AT&T Stadium in November, as well as broadcast live and streamed to other venues across the country.
Jack Graham, Senior Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and a member of the Harvest America advisory team, spoke to the timing and location of the crusade as he introduced Greg Laurie to the crowd.Last year's event attracted more than 20,000 to the American Airlines Center on Oct. 5, and tens of thousands watched the live simulcast. This year's event will be live simulcast around the country again. FULL POST
Posted 3/4/15 at 9:04 PM | Alex Murashko
Yes, the conversation about loving on Los Angeles continues.
Together L.A., a three day conference featuring close to 50 speakers primarily discussing how churches and ministries can effectively collaborate to show the love of Christ to the city, concluded with best-selling author and pastor Tim Keller speaking about individual identity before 2,000 people in attendance last Saturday (Feb. 28, 2015).
"Christianity doesn't just give you a new identity it gives you a radical way of forming an identity," said Keller, pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. "It gives you a unique, liberating and infinitely better identity than the one the culture is imposing on you right now." READ FULL STORY FULL POST
Posted 2/11/15 at 12:18 PM | Alex Murashko
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Santiago, Director, Reload Love, Jennifer.email@example.com
Albuquerque, NM – February 10, 2015 – Albuquerque-based Reload Love, a non-profit organization that works to raise money and awareness for children caught in the crossfire of violence in the Middle East, has announced it will “Drop the ‘L’-Bomb” this Valentine’s Day and are asking everyone to join. Reload Love is aiming to raise $50,000 to help support a series of efforts that will in turn send love to the Middle East in the form of aid to refugee children and youth who were abused by members of ISIS and are now living in displaced communities. FULL POST
Posted 2/5/15 at 2:15 PM | Alex Murashko
Currently in America, at least twenty-five million children under the age of 18 don’t live with their natural father. Add the number of children who live with their fathers but who aren’t connected emotionally, psychologically, or spiritually and you have the dramatic majority of all children.
Children who sense closeness to their fathers are twice as likely to enter college or find stable employment after high school; they are seventy-five percent less likely to have a child in their teenaged years, eighty percent less likely to spend time in jail, and half as likely to experience depression. A four-decade study reports that when dads encourage their daughters to excel and achieve and are emotionally close to their sons, their daughters are more successful in school and careers, and their sons achieve greater economic status.
One of Every Man Ministries initiatives is to focus on the epidemic of social problems that come with fatherlessness and disconnected dads. The Father Factor is Every Man Ministries newest conference offering for women and men featuring Dr. Ken Canfield, Doug Field, and Kenny Luck serving the church and inner city communities to help them address this critical issue in the congregation and, more importantly, the community. It is an interactive, multi-media, inspirational and educational conference centered on the “Father” issue addressing personal, family, and faith dimensions related to the issue.
Posted 1/9/15 at 2:04 PM | Alex Murashko
“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord,” Andrae Crouch's twin sister, Sandra Crouch, said in statement via the Los Angeles Times. “Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best.”
Legendary gospel music singer, songwriter and choir director Andrae Crouch who had been ailing for some time, died Thursday after reportedly suffering a heart attack. He was 72. FULL STORY
Posted 1/7/15 at 11:16 AM | Alex Murashko
At least 12 people have been killed in Paris after two masked gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande confirmed. The newspaper attracted controversy and was burned in 2011 after it published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, deemed insulting to the Muslim world.
Hollande called the shooting a terrorist attack, according to The Associated Press, and noted that several other terror attacks have apparently been thwarted in France in recent weeks. FULL STORY AT THE CHRISTIAN POST
Dutch political cartoonist Ruben L. Oppenheimer penned the above editorial cartoon soon after the attack.