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Star NFL player indicted for child abuse

World Magazine - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:27am
A grand jury in Texas indicted star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and a warrant for his arrest was issued Friday by the Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office for “reckless or negligent injury to a child” for the way he spanked his son. Peterson turned himself in to authorities north of Houston early Saturday morning and was released after posting a $15,000 bond. The Vikings have benched Peterson for their game Sunday against the New England Patriots.
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13 Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?

The Christian Post - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:26am
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The Global Tsunami Against 'Good': Antinomianism and Immigration (Pt. 2)

The Christian Post - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:18am
In our times a rushing tidal wave threatens Lady Liberty because a borderless region is no longer a sanctuary from those suffering under lawless regimes, but loses the very sanctity that makes it a safe and opportune place for the "tired... poor... wretched refuse... homeless, and tempest-tossed."
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Trust God, Seize the Opportunity

The Christian Post - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:17am
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White House, Pentagon Contradict Kerry; Confirm US 'At War' With ISIS

The Christian Post - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:12am
The White House and the Pentagon said for the first time Friday that the United States is indeed "at war" with the Islamic State, or ISIS, contradicting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who maintained a day earlier that Washington's efforts cannot be seen as part of the "war on terror."
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Is Fifty Shades grooming girls to be victims?

World Magazine - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:30am
Young women who read sexually violent fiction often display the same behavioral symptoms as those who have actually been victimized, according to a study published last month in W omen’s Health .  The research team compared women, ages 18 to 24, who had read at least one novel in the Fifty Shades series with those who had not. Fifty Shades , one of the top-selling fiction series in history, is a trilogy of romantic novels that graphically portrays the victimization of one young woman in
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The Roasted Goose and the Singing Swan

Christian Newswire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:42pm
Limited Edition Art-Medal Commemorates the 600th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus (+1415) and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (1517) Contact: Rev. Dr. Daniel Harmelink, International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals, 714-642-5458 HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals (IARCM), a non-profit society dedicated to promoting the history and teachings of Martin Luther and the Prote Source: International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals
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The Roasted Goose and the Singing Swan

Christian Newswire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:42pm
Limited Edition Art-Medal Commemorates the 600th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus (+1415) and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (1517) Contact: Rev. Dr. Daniel Harmelink, International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals, 714-642-5458 HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals (IARCM), a non-profit society dedicated to promoting the history and teachings of Martin Luther and the Prote Source: International Association of Reformation Coins and Medals
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Christian, and Faith Film with NBA Legend Mike Glenn & Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teens Make History with Their New Film

Christian Newswire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:41pm
Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story makes West Coast Premiere at the 18th Temecula International Film & Music festivalContact: Kathy Shipp, Film It Productions, 323-522-4179TEMECULA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Director Darla Rae and Film It Productions returns to Temecula with their new award winning film Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story,starring NBA Legend mike "Stinger" Glenn. Temecula is the very film festival which helped launch Film It Productions Source: Film It Productions
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Christian, and Faith Film with NBA Legend Mike Glenn & Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teens Make History with Their New Film

Christian Newswire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:41pm
Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story makes West Coast Premiere at the 18th Temecula International Film & Music festivalContact: Kathy Shipp, Film It Productions, 323-522-4179TEMECULA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Director Darla Rae and Film It Productions returns to Temecula with their new award winning film Spirit of Love, the Mike Glenn story,starring NBA Legend mike "Stinger" Glenn. Temecula is the very film festival which helped launch Film It Productions Source: Film It Productions
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A Former Muslim Responds to President Obama

Persecution Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:32pm

The eyes of the world turned this week to the White House, where President Obama gave a speech outlining his plans to battle against the Islamic State (IS). While VOM is not a political organization, VOM staff do monitor how the United States government responds to religious freedom issues overseas, and we work to educate and provide resources for government personnel tasked with understanding and speaking out against the persecution of Christians.

Several times in recent weeks we have blogged about the advance of IS and how Christians are responding, including Five Truths to Keep in Mind, Reading Hebrews 13:3 with Mosul In Mind, and Understanding IS Teaching in order to show love as Christ commanded.

Today we offer additional insights from a former Muslim with an in-depth understanding of the Quran and how radical Muslims read and interpret it. While VOM is not a political organization, in this video Brother Rachid addresses his comments directly to President Obama. His comments are his, and do not come from VOM, but we believe that all Christians—and all Americans—can learn from his insights:

 

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Are You N?

Persecution Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:56pm

VOM staff members have been encouraged by the amazing response to the “I-am-N” t-shirt VOM offered last month. Thousands of American Christians have chosen to stand with our Christian brothers and sisters facing Islamic extremism in Iraq and Syria by publicly wearing the Arabic “N” shirts.

The Arabic letter “N” (nun), from the Arabic word nasara (meaning “Nazarene” to indicate Christians), has been painted on homes of Christians Raqqa, Syria, Mosul, Iraq, and other cities taken over by by an organized terrorist group called IS (Islamic State). The symbol on the homes allows IS to target the Christians for expulsion from their homes so that IS members can take them over. Christians who don’t submit or flee face death.

Last month VOM introduced a t-shirt with that same symbol on it, and Christians around the nation have jumped at the chance to publicly mark themselves in solidarity with Christians marked by IS. Wearing the shirt also provides direct help to Christians in the region, as $10 from the purchase price of each shirt goes directly to support Christians facing persecution from radical Islamic groups.

The shirt also provides an opportunity to be a witness and to share your heart for persecuted Middle East Christians with your Christian friends…or to share the plight of Middle East Christians and the gospel with unbelievers.

But it isn’t just individuals. Churches also are taking up the challenge.

Pastor Matt Richardt of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has implemented an I-am-N challenge. The challenge consists of 80 members of his congregation who purchased an I-am-N shirt. They will make a video wearing their shirts and challenge another congregation to do the same. Gloria Dei is excited to help Iraqi Christians in this capacity and have high hopes that this video and the challenge to support Christians in the Middle East will become a viral phenomenon.

Owasso First Assembly of God in Owasso, OK took up the challenge as well. They invited each member of the congregation to wear an N shirt or hold up an N sign, then took a picture which they posted on their web site and on their Facebook page.

One of our international staffers shared today that Iraqi Christians are aware of this effort and are so encouraged as they know American Christians are standing with them in their trials.

You can order your I-Am-N shirt and give online to support Christians in the Middle East at www.I-Am-N.com

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Will You Commit to Pray?

Persecution Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:23pm

Many American churches have abandoned the practice of "Prayer Meetings," weekly gatherings of believers to seek the Lord and lift up the needs of their congregation and the world. But prayer meetings to lift up persecuted Christians are still happening every week among believers from all over the world—online.

It has been almost a year since VOM launched www.iCommitToPray.com, an online prayer meeting on behalf of persecuted believers around the world. Each week a new request is posted for a Christian in a hostile or restricted nation, and readers are invited to post their prayer for that need.

New visitors are called to pray, and encouraged by the prayers they see on the site that have already been offered up for this need. The site is also accessible INSIDE these hostile and restricted nations, so Christians there can log on and see the prayers being offered up on their behalf. This allows them to be encouraged as they see others praying for them, and it allows them to connect with and pray for believers facing persecution in other nations.

This week visitors are praying for "Kollol" and his family, Christians in India:

"Kollol" and his wife were attacked by 15 radical Hindus during a June 4 prayer meeting in their home. The couple were beaten and then dragged to a Hindu temple, where they were forced to undergo a ritual cleansing. The Hindus poured water on them to symbolize outward cleansing and put red powder on their foreheads to mark them as devout Hindus. When the Hindus force-fed the couple with food sacrificed to idols, Kollol's two teenage daughters protested. They were then beaten, too, and they were all later treated at a hospital. Community members evicted the family from the village, threatening to kill them if they return.

Will you join with more than 350 Christians in 30 nations in prayer for this family? Add your voice to the international online prayer meeting on their behalf at www.iCommitToPray.com

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Repost: Making Muslim Converts or Pointing Toward Jesus?

Persecution Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:54pm

Today we re-post a blog from last year's "MOVING TOWARD MUSLIMS" series of posts by "Anna," a Christian living and working among Muslims in the Middle East.

Last month, I shared how I felt like a project when my Muslims friends try to convert me. But what if I turn the tables and ask myself: Should I, as a Christian, convert Muslims?

The short answer? No.

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day did a lot of converting. In fact, they traveled “over land and sea to make one convert.” Impressive, right? Not to Jesus. He said those efforts to impose religion were making the spiritual condition of their converts worse than before! (See Matthew 23:15.)

Instead of starting a new religion, Jesus of Nazareth ushered in a kingdom where he reigns as King. In this kingdom, people are healed physically and spiritually. The poor finally have some Good News. Dead people are raised to new life in Jesus.  

For any of us to move toward Jesus, the supernatural must occur. The Holy Spirit wind of God must blow through my life, regenerating my enemy soul. In Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”

Ephesians 2:4-5 describes the miracle: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” (NKJV, emphasis mine).

As I interact with Muslim friends, I attempt to introduce them to Jesus Christ and the reality of his kingdom reign. With a growing admiration for Jesus, we can learn together what it looks like to obey him gladly. I look for the day when Muslims unburden themselves at Jesus’ feet, without taking on my religious baggage in the process. This is clearly supernatural!

In my years of building relationships with Muslims, I have shifted my focus away from winning converts to my religion. Muslims are not prizes to be won. We are all flawed human beings who desperately need Jesus. I am identifying more with John the Baptist, who saw his role as a “mere stagehand” in the drama Christ is unfolding in the nations (Luke 3:16 MSG).

With this shift in focus, I can begin to recognize God’s everyday miracles of stirring the spiritually dead:

  • A friend in turmoil is comforted by a psalm of David.
  • A family matron asks a question about Jesus and her attentive daughters and nieces listen to the answer.
  • A light bulb goes on for a university student and she remarks, “God is showing me how much he cares about me!”  

I will never “convert” Muslims. Instead, by God’s grace, I will live wisely and take every opportunity to point to Jesus. I may be a player in the drama God is unfolding in my friends’ lives, but I want Jesus to be the star of the show.

He must increase, and I must decrease. Because, let’s be honest. If I tried to run the show, I would operate much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day and make my convert twice as much a child of hell as I am.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Do you agree with the author’s premise that Christians should not convert Muslims? Is it possible to make a convert worse off spiritually than before?

"Anna" blogged each month last year for VOM, writing about friendship, culture, and Kingdom-living from her home in the Middle East. She loves Jesus and wants to see Him cherished by her neighbors and people everywhere. Anna is a pseudonym, and all names in her posts are changed for security reasons.

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