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Posted 7/20/13 at 9:54 PM | Alex Murashko
Not so fast. Before we are caught up in the next wave of what's trending in the news, perhaps it's time for us to swim out of the riptide of information overload, breathe, and take a look at our divided country. Yes, that's present tense, as in a nation that is as divided as it ever has been in recent memory.
Blacks and whites. Democrats and Republicans. Conservatives and liberals. Straights and gays. Those who voted for our President and those who voice their opinion against just about every move he makes.... civility between opposite sides is at an all-time low.
Those who warn that our nation is becoming a divided one, think again, we already are one.
The solution to a more unified and peaceful country will not come from our politicians or educational system. The solution, if it comes at all, will come from God's church.
If the Church returns to truly listening to what the Gospel is telling us, then the Church will be the most unifying factor in society. If the Church hears that God is asking everyone to "come as you are" then the church will be inclusive and healing. It will be the Church that will show that skin color doesn't matter, that politics doesn't matter, that whatever sin one is immersed in doesn't matter when it comes to receiving the message of Jesus Christ. The only thing that matters, is that Jesus is our salvation and our hope. FULL POST
Posted 7/10/13 at 12:09 PM | Alex Murashko
Recently, I had the opportunity to watch the incredibly powerful film, "Hope For Hurting Hearts," and I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to watch it during its free online premier in the next five days starting today (July 10-14).
A bunch of my friends are getting together on Friday to watch it at the home of two friends. For your own personal screening it's a simple process. You register (link provided below) and then the movie becomes available to you to watch online for the next four days. So, I encourage you to find a church that's hosting a viewing, or a group of people, or watch it on your own computer (preferably with friends). Just do it!
Here's what Pastor Greg Laurie wrote today in his blog:
Our new film, 'Hope for Hurting Hearts' can be seen NOW!
Starting today,you can see our brand new documentary film,"Hope for Hurting Hearts" at one of the 1,000 Churches showing it across the U.S. FULL POST
Posted 7/9/13 at 11:10 AM | Alex Murashko
YouVersion Bible App hit the 100 million downloads mark Sunday evening. The ministry organization released a series of infographics to help commemorate the milestone. The above infographic breaks down the most popular books and verses of the Bible.
The free Bible App was among the first 200 apps available on iTunes. Today, there are over 900,000 available on iTunes, which celebrates its five-year anniversary on Wednesday. For three consecutive years, Apple has ranked the Bible App among the top 100 free apps. Currently, it’s available for virtually every mobile device. Pastor Bobby Gruenewald of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, the pastor, who came up with the idea of using technology to make the Bible more accessible on smart phones and tablets, said he hopes the app will surpass the popularity of those rated the highest in the field today. FULL POST
Posted 7/7/13 at 10:14 AM | Alex Murashko
I had the privilege of meeting KKLA 99.5 Christian radio talk show host Frank Sontag during his 4th of July Show. It was a blessing to hear Frank talk about Jesus, God’s early hand on our nation, and his own testimony… before I had the opportunity to talk about my own path to accepting the Lord (archived 2013-07-04 5pm The Frank Sontag Show: Hour 2).
While listening to Frank talk about Jesus and sharing his life’s journey I was reminded about how exciting following the Lord actually is. Not that I was looking at it as a drab Christian… but Frank’s enthusiasm served as a refreshment on this Independence Day…
I’m a week old in my faith, and again, I heard a voice say, ‘Pick up your cross and follow me,’ and then I’m reading this (Luke 9:23), ‘And He said to all if anyone would come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ I read that and I thought, I couldn’t fake that in a million years,” Sontag said. “So I got on my knees that night and said, ‘Lord, I’m all yours.’” FULL POST
Posted 7/3/13 at 11:20 AM | Alex Murashko
"I feel the most important thing in my life is to share my testimony with everybody. [The short film] is a great opportunity to now see what I do off the field and who I represent – and what is the most important thing in my life and that is my relationship with Jesus Christ." – Albert Pujols, winner of three most-valuable-player awards and two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals, at a press conference at Angel Stadium about his "I Am Second" video.
Posted 6/24/13 at 2:03 PM | Alex Murashko
Sharing the joy of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ seems to be becoming more and more important these days, not just for me but for everyone that knows that God is our true hope and source of peace in troubling times.
We all share common emotions, thoughts, and feelings. That’s why it is so therapeutic (and I mean in a spiritual sense that often is sincerely miraculous) to share with others both struggles and triumphs. Doing so is one of the greatest witnesses to the power Jesus gives us ever. FULL POST
Posted 6/7/13 at 12:13 PM | Alex Murashko
The Christian Post's Top 5 Churches That Use Social Media Best (in no particular order):
Mars Hill Seattle (marshill.com) – Beyond the sometimes polarizingly, yet magnetic personality of teaching pastor Mark Driscoll (@pastormark), the church has a very sizeable audience engagement on not just Facebook and Twitter, but also podcasting, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube, said Chuang. The private church-based social network The City (http://www.onthecity.org) traces its origins to Mars Hill.
LifeChurch.tv based in Edmond, Okla. – The church is recognized as one of the most innovative churches in the country. LifeChurch.tv was one of the first churches with an "Internet campus" (they call theirs Church Online). Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel (@craiggroeschel) and Innovation Leader Bobby Gruenewald (@bobbygwald) have harnessed the talents of some of the most successful techies around. The church is one of the very few that invests staff and resources to build tech tools for use by other churches, including the Bible app YouVersion, and Church Online platform, churchmetrics.com. LifeChurch.tv gives most, if not all, its resources away for free via http://open.lifechurch.tv. FULL POST
Posted 6/3/13 at 2:41 PM | Alex Murashko
I lift up my eyes to the mountains —
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip —
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you —
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm —
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
-- Psalm 121 (NIV)
Posted 5/30/13 at 11:01 AM | Alex Murashko
As I’m about to hit the road to attend a gathering of men camped out for four days to listen to God’s word as spoken about by Every Man Ministries founder Pastor Kenny Luck (and eat good food while inhaling the pine-scented air…or is it the other way around?) I think about how grateful I am to know that there is GOOD NEWS in the world.
Not only am I happy that I can read THE Good News in the Bible, but I can see, read and feel it all around me if I only give it a chance, a look-see, an open mind… If I only ask God to show me.
Recently, I interviewed actress Alley Mills, "The Wonder Years" TV show mom and now on the soap "The Bold and the Beautiful." I heard nothing but good news from her. Hers has been a long journey. So has mine. But it occurred to me that we’ve both found a solution to a previous life that was often wonderful and good, however, often, and sometimes too often, wracked with things such as anxiety, fear, and confusion – the standard fare of things that can knock you down hard. FULL POST
Posted 5/24/13 at 11:07 AM | Alex Murashko
"Those promoting the agenda to change what the Boy Scouts have always been won't rest until there is complete acceptance of any sexual preference for both leaders and members. With its decision today, BSA has rejected its freedom to promote and practice the values that have served to shape our nation's boys into leaders for the last century." - David Cortman, Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel