Posted 7/8/15 at 1:35 PM | Prayer Concerns
Before the summer ends two new Christian films will be released in American theaters. These movies provide the Church with unique missions and discipleship opportunities. Perhaps you can invite a friend to watch them or bring a Bible study or youth group to the theater. Join us in praying for the audiences that watch these movies.
On August 10th Beyond the Farthest Star opens in select theaters. The movie is about Pastor Adam Wells' dying dreams of greatness and his broken family that is forced to confront their dark secrets.
Adam's self-worth and identity have been distorted by the failure to earn his father's approval and he fears losing his pastorate due to his daughter's rebellious behavior.
In an interview with Christian Cinema, movie director Andrew Librizzi said, "I think oftentimes when we mess up our priorities, it's due to this blindness caused by an 'approval' issue."
Church groups can ensure the movie will come to a movie theater near them by promoting a movie event and purchasing tickets in advance online. Tickets are available through GATHR, the theater-on-demand service. FULL POST
Posted 12/10/14 at 3:58 PM | Prayer Concerns
The following celebrities have birthdays today. Please pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to serve God with a pure heart. Pray that their actions will glorify God and that Christ's love will flow from their lives into their families, friends, neighbors and coworkers lives.
Postscript: If you have any friends on Facebook with birthdays today, consider praying for them on their birthday. FULL POST
Posted 12/8/14 at 6:30 PM | Prayer Concerns
According to a Red Cross tweet, 21 people were killed by Typhoon Ruby which struck the Philippines this past weekend. Some media accounts refer to the storm as Typhoon Hagupit.
Commission Stories reported, "The hardest hit area so far is just north of Tacloban where Baptists have a training center in a jungle area."
USA Today reported that a million people stayed in shelters as the typhoon caused flash floods and landslides. Rebuilding will begin soon for people whose homes were destroyed. After Typhoon Haiyan struck last year, Southern Baptist missionaries helped Filipinos to rebuild.
Samaritan's Purse is providing emergency kits that includes water purification packets and other supplies. Samaritan's Purse staffer Michael Fryer reported, "We also prepared seven emergency water systems that can filter and purify water for entire communities or evacuation centers." FULL POST
Posted 11/4/14 at 3:08 PM | Prayer Concerns
Have you prayed today for the candidates running for political office? The Bible admonishes us to pray for political leaders.
"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity." 1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT
Posted 9/19/14 at 11:10 AM | Prayer Concerns
Today is the silly International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Some people will dress up in pirate costumes and talk like the pirates in Hollywood films. But piracy is not always funny.
There are two kinds of pirates. Some take over ships. Others ignore copyright laws.
Piracy on the open seas has declined recently. In August the BBC reported, "The UN estimates that about 40 people are still being held by Somali pirates." In 2011 the Somali pirates held the crews of more than 30 ships hostage.
IndyChristianReview tweeted about piracy of Christian movies on YouTube:
I should do a special PSA explaining why it's wrong to pirate Christian movies. Can't believe how many are on YouTube. :( FULL POST
Posted 9/16/14 at 5:43 PM | Prayer Concerns
Last week 67 South Africans were killed when a building in Nigeria belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed. South African President Jacob Zuma announced, "Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country."
National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye told Reuters that there are 131 survivors from the building collapse.
Synagogue Church of All Nations is lead by televangelist T.B. Joshua. His ministry is popular throughout Africa and has 1,330,766 likes on Facebook. Yesterday T.B. Joshua Ministries posted on Facebook, "The purpose of life is to glorify God in both good and hard times alike."
Posted 9/15/14 at 10:02 PM | Prayer Concerns
According to the Associated Press, 700 migrants may have died in the past seven days as two boats sank while traveling across of the Mediterranean Sea. The International Organization for Migration estimates that approximately 2,900 migrants have drown so far in 2014.
One of the boats was sunk by human traffickers attempting to take passengers hostage.
Posted 9/4/14 at 6:14 PM | Prayer Concerns
Thirteen years ago a robber broke into my apartment stealing my notebook computer. The thief had access to private emails and photos. I felt victimized. That must be how the actresses, athletes, models and singers felt who were targeted by hackers that obtained private photos and leaked them online.
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead tweeted, "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Unfortunately there is a growing underground network of hackers and photo collectors. Blogger Nik Cubrilovic reports, " There are entire communities and trading networks where the data that is stolen remains private and is rarely shared with the public. The networks are broken down horizontally with specific people carrying out specific roles, loosely organized across a large number of sites (both clearnet and darknet) with most organization and communication taking place in private (email, IM)." FULL POST
Posted 9/1/14 at 4:32 PM | Prayer Concerns
In one of the most challenging Bible verses about prayer Christians are told to "pray without ceasing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV
The only way we can "pray without ceasing" is by turning prayer into a lifestyle. This blog recommends using prayer lists and prayer calendars.
Operation World is both a resource book and website for praying for each nation of the world. Each day of the year prayer topics are listed for specific countries. Some highly populated countries receive multiple days of attention. During the month of September the Operation World guide will focus on 555 million people in 25 countries.
Open Doors, a ministry to persecuted believers, also produces a monthly prayer calendar. During the first week of September we are encouraged to pray for the Palestinian Territories. "Pray for long-lasting relationships to be built through the reconciliation ministry, Musalaha, which brings together
Palestinian and Messianic believers." FULL POST
Posted 8/29/14 at 6:17 PM | Prayer Concerns
Judicial Watch is reporting that a terrorist attack could be imminent. The watchdog organization claims that a warning bulletin has been issued based on government sources.
Judicial Watch reported, "Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). "
Informants revealted that intercepted communications show "ISIS and Al Qaeda" are planning to "carry out an attack on the border."
Last week the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to remind U.S. law enforcement of potential danger. CBS reported, "The bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI cites no known threat to the U.S. homeland, but reminds law enforcement to be alert and aware of the ISIS threat." FULL POST