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Posted 8/19/16 at 5:05 AM | Moray McGuffie

Does my body language matter when I share the Gospel?

The way that we communicate and interact on a one to one basis is very important. Recent discoveries in communication tell us that the words that we use are very important. Even more than that, the tonality that we use when we speak and the way that we utilise our body language can have a dramatic effect on the people we are speaking with.

Whether we like it or not, people make assumptions about us according to the way that we behave. Our body language is simply a range of signals that we give off that relate to how we think or feel about something. It is nonverbal communication, where our thoughts, intentions, or feelings are communicated and expressed by physical behaviours such as our facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space or proximity. We all give off body language signs without realising it most of the time. Very often we are also unaware that below conscious levels we are constantly reading the signals that people give while we are communicating with them. FULL POST

Posted 8/16/16 at 12:20 PM | Emilio Ramos

​AHA (Abolish Human Abortion) And The Sufficiency Of The Gospel

For those who are unfamiliar with AHA (Abolish Human Abortion), it is a ministry that stands for the abolition of human abortion. The name itself speaks about something we should all be supportive of, which is the complete eradication of human abortions in our land and throughout the world. The Bible indeed calls us to speak against and expose the darkness in our world (Eph. 5.11). However, a recent set of encounters with this group has caused me great consternation concerning my assessment of the entire identity of the group itself. Although slated as a Christ-centered ministry, their seeming incessant and impenitent practice of protesting outside of churches has relegated this ministry to the fringe groups that leech onto the church of God and often cause great harm in the process. They claim to want to work with other churches, and yet their approach is to break down the doors of your church, overturn the tables, and call the entire church to repent of not being involved in abortion ministry to their satisfaction. If your ministry or your church does not have an overt effort to stop abortion, you are a target for AHA. They will show up outside of your church to protest with their signs, and may even go inside to try to speak to leadership to not only persuade the pastors but also to call them to repentance. Some of their advocates even believe they have a prophetic ministry and thus a prophetic voice for every church until each one complies with their demands. This is probably why I could not find a single reputable, respected, Reformed pastor that supports them; especially after become aware of their disorderly ways. In fact, since my initial encounter with AHA, I have had numerous pastors reach out to me and warn me of similar grievances they have had with the group.

Because of these elements, AHA is shot through with controversy, divisiveness, and unbiblical anti-institutional and anti-church practices; some of their adherents do not even attend or submit to the authority of any church. In fact, many of their adherents would rather pledge their allegiance to AHA rather than their local church. They determine whether or not they will even attend a church or become members based on where the church stands in regards to the movement. You can’t make this stuff up. As far as I can tell, and based on the testimony of many of the former adherents of AHA themselves, the problems of this movement are systemic, not irregular. There is a consistent pattern of speaking against the local church, undermining the authority of the local church, and failure to identify with a local church, which is a path to apostasy (Heb. 10.25-26). Of course, the Christian life is to be lived out in the context of the local church, its auspices, and its execution of proper Church polity including church membership, the sacraments, the proclamation of the Gospel, and Church discipline. My brief exposure to this movement has already yielded so many troubling facts that I cannot keep up. Churches are divided, friendships are broken, individuals are isolated from friends and family, and even controlled by others in the movement being told that they need to be doing more. For example, one individual explained how he was pressured by the movement to put abortion mill ministry above his employment and providing for his family (such characteristics are in keeping with cult-like groupthink, and mind control groups and environments that are sub-biblical). They make a person feel as if a move away from AHA is a move away from the gospel. The problem with the AHA movement is that these types of testimonies abound, and the deeper you investigate, the worse it gets. Even those who have attempted to reason with AHA “leadership” have expressed concern about their low view of the authority of the local church. Furthermore, AHA has no control over those who associate with it only compounding the toxicity of this group. For these reasons and more, AHA is simply not a ministry that I can endorse in any form or fashion and in fact would strongly warn believers to reject completely. FULL POST

Posted 8/12/16 at 6:04 PM | Mark Ellis

Pastor’s wayward son born-again in North Carolina revival

D.R. Harrison

By Mark Ellis

He grew up in a pastor’s home, and spent endless hours in church. His father traveled frequently, preaching revival in evangelistic crusades. But the son never responded to the message and after he left his father’s house, spent 11 years pursuing worldly pleasures, until God drew him home during the recent revival in Burlington, North Carolina.

“I’ve been a preacher’s kid my entire life,” says D.R. Harrison, 34. “I traveled across the country with my dad as he preached crusades and revivals, but I never had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

He describes his father as an independent, fundamental, King James Bible preacher. “I grew up under the best preaching you could hear,” he says. “I taught a Sunday School class and led a youth choir, knocked on doors on Saturday, read my Bible and prayed, but there was always something missing on the inside.” FULL POST

Posted 8/11/16 at 7:43 PM | Mark Ellis

God moves among unreached in India, freeing many from demons, healing the sick

God is moving in India's villages, despite persecution

By Mark Ellis

The ethnic Bhuiya are one of the most unreached people groups in India, with less than one-tenth of one percent of the tribe professing Christianity — until this year –when the gospel reached 35 of their villages, freeing many from the grip of the evil one.

“They worship the spirit of the nearest mountain, among other things, and indigenous missionaries are accustomed to praying for the demon-possessed among them,” according to a report by Christian Aid Mission.

Hinduism and animism are the Bhuiya’s main religions. The animists worship the earth, sun and ancestral spirits. Many Bhuiya worship the cobra, with some calling it their mother.

An indigenous missionary visited a Bhuiya village this year bearing the Good News of the Gospel. A family there had an older relative who had wandered in nearby jungles for four years due to demonic influences and mental illness. The family was able to bring the woman home to hear the evangelist. FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 4:32 PM |

Dayton area church receives national recognition

Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio has been named one of the Best Christian Workplaces in America, one of only 48 churches in the U.S. to earn the designation. The church was founded 52 years ago with twelve families holding service at a local YMCA. Today, the church has three campuses in Centerville, Springboro, and Clayton with approximately 7000 attendees, and a staff of 80 serving the entire Dayton, Ohio area. Dr. David Smith is the current pastor, only the third lead pastor in the church’s long-standing history.

“It is easy to think or say that a church is healthy,” says Smith, “but when you invite an outside group to come in and access and then tell you that you are in the top 50 healthiest churches in America…I feel humbled that I get to work with our staff and leaders who have made it so! We believe that team is everything and that the success of other staff members is our individual priority.”

Fairhaven has been twice listed as one of the Fastest Growing churches in the country by Outreach Magazine. Smith says he believes there are three qualities of his membership and staff that drive their continued growth. FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 3:11 PM | Mark Ellis

Evangelist declares West Virginia revival is not over

Matt Hartley preaching August 8, 2016 at the Williamson Field House in West Virginia

By Mark Ellis

After a few weeks of rest, the young evangelist at the center of the revival in West Virginia that brought 4,000 to Christ, says God is not done pouring out his Spirit in coal country and beyond.

“Hear me West Virginia. I know that God has moved in the last eight weeks where over 4000 people have come to Jesus, but there has been warfare ever since, and the devil is trying to abort what God has started,” Matt Hartley declared.

He spoke at the Williamson, West Virginia Field House on August 8th, and will be speaking at the same venue the following two nights. Next week he will preach in Huntington, West Virginia, near the Ohio border.

“Hear me tonight. Man didn’t start this thing and man cannot control it. It was started by a sovereign God and tonight there is a sound of heaven about to be released in this room,” he continued. FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 12:25 PM | Chris Davis

4 Productivity Hacks for Busy Pastors & Church Leaders

Most Pastors & Christians I know are extremely busy people. 90% of pastors work between 55 and 75 hours per week. The painful part? They end the day, the week and even the year without much to show.

It’s one thing to be busy, it’s another thing to be productive. Today, I’m going to give you four productivity hacks your can deploy right now.

Let's start..

#1: Be Bold To Say NO

We sometimes allow ourselves to ‘fall’ for religion. We are afraid to say ‘NO’ to certain people because we don’t want to hurt them. Well, it’s fine not to hurt people, but it should not be at your detriment.

You need to muster the courage to say “NO” to some things. When you do this, you will be leaving the ‘good’ and going for the ‘great’.

Who says you must attend all meetings and conferences? You mustn’t. Say ‘NO’ to people. I repeat, Say “NO” to some things. Say ‘NO’ sometimes. It’s not a sin.

#2: Master To-Do List & Scheduling FULL POST

Posted 8/4/16 at 1:01 PM | Dr. Jeffrey J. Rodman

20 Most Generous Grant Making Foundations for Christian Organizations

Handing out money

The world of grantmaking foundations is constantly changing. A small foundation launched in 2016 can grow to a be an influential and significant foundation in just a few years. Likewise, a very large foundation today, may not even exist in five years. For this reason, we constantly emphasize the importance of foundation research. From the original 2010 version of this list of 20 foundations, only six foundations are still ranked as top twenty grant makers. That means 14 of the foundations listed below are NEW to this list.

The question of what foundations to turn to for funding is one that Christian ministries and churches ponder all the time. There are of course various factors to consider. The degree of compatibility between your mission and the aims of a foundation remains the most important consideration. But, it helps to know which foundations are giving the most, which have the greatest assets, which accept unsolicited applications – along with knowing a little about their overall purpose, the kinds of Christian organizations they fund, and the kinds of programs that interest them.

The following are the top 20 grant funding sources that are either Christian or who have a strong preference for funding Christian organizations. FULL POST

Posted 8/4/16 at 5:15 AM | Chris Davis

3 Reasons Your Church Website Will Fail (& How to Avoid It)

In 2012, 46% of church goers say a church website was instrumental in deciding what church to attend. What that means is that a church website is important.

The internet has created a lot of multi-millionaires. Daily on the internet, you read stories of people who were total broke but suddenly, they created 6, 7 or even 8 figures businesses with a huge audience.

Why then is the church website not that successful?

In 2014, I did a research of 100 church website and I found that 64% of these website domain names were not renewed after their first year.

The truth is obvious, they failed.

Well, today, I will point out the major reasons these websites failed and how to avoid them. So, can we get started?

#1: Lack of (or wrong) Definite Objective

Let’s face it, what is the focus of your church website? What I mean is this, what do you want to achieve with your church website? FULL POST

Posted 8/3/16 at 6:32 PM | Mark Ellis

In North Carolina revival, God saturated one town with his presence

Revival in Burlington led many to Christ

By Mark Ellis

Pastor Randy Hobbs has been pastoring New Hope Baptist Church in Burlington for 37 years, but he’s never seen anything like the revival that began on Mother’s Day of this year and continued until July 29th.

The church invited evangelist C.T. Townsend, 34, to visit for a week. “We had such a mighty move of God in breakthrough power on Friday evening,” Pastor Hobbs recounts. “We felt the presence and the raw power of God, with people moving to God. It’s what God did in the service.”

“We had such a great meeting we decided to continue another week,” he adds.

On Sunday, May 15th, one of “the roughest men in the county” had a dramatic conversion. “We had prayed for him for years, and he’s been coming to church, but we could never get him to move,” Pastor Hobbs says. FULL POST

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