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'Heaven is for Real' Earns a Solid 4 Out of 5 Stars from Faith Driven Consumer

Christian Newswire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:20pm
New Sony/TriStar film, which opens today, will resonate strongly with its target audience and beyondContact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com RALEIGH, N.C., April 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer  -- the group behind the IStandWithPhil.com movement which played a leading role in Phil Robertson's return to Duck Dynasty, the successful #OpenZilla campaign for tolerance and inclusion Source: Faith Driven Consumer
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Terry Allan Christian, Author of 'What Did Jesus Say' Announces 'Testimony Tour' in San Diego, CA

Christian Newswire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:00am
What Did Jesus Say? The Seven Messages From the Master' helps lead Christians back to the words of Jesus. Rev. Christian begins his Testimonial Tour' in the San Diego area April 2014. San Diego, CA April 2014 As a Christian author, speaker and minister, Rev. Terry Allan Christian's singular mission is to help all Christians, of all denominations by presenting only the words, actually spoken, by Jesus Christ. In his ministry and in his book, there's no place for personal opinions or Source: PrimeStar Publicity
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Dealing With The Frogs In Your Life: Getting Rid of Idols

Covenant Eyes - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:55am

In Exodus 8 we read about the plague of frogs God inflicted upon Egypt.

  1. Frogs were over the entire country (v.2).
  2. Frogs blanketed the land (v.6). Everywhere you looked you saw frogs.
  3. Frogs were in the homes, bedrooms, on people—everywhere (v.3-4).
  4. Pharaoh’s magicians duplicated what Moses and Aaron had done (v.7).

Interestingly enough, the Egyptians worshiped a frog goddess named Haquet.

What “Frogs” do You Worship?

Each of us have our own “frogs” (sin issues) that are making us miserable. We have frogs affecting everyone around us. We have sins we consider “sacred”— worshiping them in the place of God. If we don’t choose to deal with them right here, right now, they will multiply and begin to cover (take over) every aspect of our lives.

Your Frogs Aren’t in Just One Area of Your Life!

Satan wants to convince you that your sin issue is in just one isolated area of your life. “It’s not like it’s impacting every part of my life.” Oh really?

One of my major “frogs” was porn addiction. I thought I had it under control. I thought it was something that I could keep secret. I believed that I could pull out my “frog” in the secret spot of my life and play with it any time I wanted, enjoy it for a while, then put it back in its box until later.

Just like the frogs of Exodus 8, my frog multiplied. It began to hop into other aspects of my life. My frog began to invade my home life. It crept into my bedroom, and into my bed. It was on me—I carried it around with me everywhere I went. I was foolish enough to believe that I still had it under control.

God allowed it to continue to grow until it became so big, so noisy in my life, that everyone around me was deeply impacted. I nearly lost my marriage, I nearly lost my family, I lost my job—twice—and I attempted suicide. But God had other plans. He lovingly, patiently worked with me. He helped me get rid of my frog goddess!

When Will You Get Rid of Your Frogs?

Exodus 8:8 says Pharaoh called for Moses, demanding that he ask God to remove the frogs, promising that the Israelites could then go and worship. Moses responds: “Pharaoh, I’m so glad to hear you want the frogs gone! I’m so glad you finally realize the misery they’re causing not only you, but everyone around you! I’m so glad you recognize that only God can save you from these frogs! So I’m going to give you the privilege of determining when. When do you want God to remove these frogs from your life?”

Have you gotten to that point yet? Have you come to the full realization that your “frogs” are making you—and everyone around you—miserable? Do you realize that the things you’re worshiping, thinking they are your friends, believing they are actually bringing you pleasure, are in reality false gods intent on your destruction? Have you accepted the fact you need to get rid of those “frogs” and only God can help you do that?

I must confess, Exodus 8:10 baffles me. I don’t get it. Here is Pharaoh, miserable, upset, acknowledging that his “god” is making him miserable. He’s finally come to the conclusion that only the One True God can help him get rid of his frogs. Moses gives him the opportunity of deciding when he wants God to remove the frogs from his life…and he says “Tomorrow.” What? Are you kidding me?

I can almost hear Pharaoh saying: “I’m so glad your God is read to help me get rid of my frogs. They’re bad, unclean, unhealthy, making me—and everyone around me—absolutely miserable, they’re causing all kinds of problems for me…but I want one more night with these frogs. Let’s deal with the frogs in my life—tomorrow.”

What’s so Special About Your Frogs That You Are Willing to Put Them in the Place of God in Your Life?

What are your frogs doing for you that God cannot do? Don’t be like Pharaoh. You know there are frogs in your life. You know there are specific sins you need to get rid of. You know they are hindering your relationship with God. You know God stands ready right now to help you get rid of those frogs. Please don’t wait until tomorrow to deal with them. Choose right here, right now to give them over to God and let Him help you get rid of your frogs once-and-for-all!

Photo credit: paukrus

Steve Etner is a national men’s speaker, author, and Purity Coach with The Pure Man Ministry. His book, Extreme Mind Makeover: How to Transform Sinful Habits into God-Pleasing Patterns of Life, and his conferences, seminars, and retreats focus on what God has to say about the way we think and the impact it has on our behavior. Teaching men how to live in moral purity by equipping them with Biblical answers, Steve’s goal is for men to have a re-ignited passion for Jesus and learn how to prepare their minds to successfully overcome their temptations and thus live pure lives for Christ.

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Comments, Article for Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II from Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

Christian Newswire - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:00am
Contact: Mike Virgintino, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 914-941-7636 ext 2219 MARYKNOLL, N.Y., April 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following comments and "Maryknoll" magazine article by Maryknoll Society Superior General Father Edward M. Dougherty are provided on behalf of all the priests and brothers of the Maryknoll Society. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers have served in mission for more than 100 years. Comments by Maryknoll Society Superior General Father Edward M. Doughe Source: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
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Aurora Planned Parenthood Draws Good Friday 'Way of the Cross' Observance

Christian Newswire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:57pm
Pro-Life Action League Connects Innocent Abortion of Preborn Children to Christ's Crucifixion Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, tc@tcpr.net AURORA, Ill., April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Good Friday, April 18, 2014, will be marked at Aurora's Planned Parenthood center as a day of mourning and prayer for lives lost to abortion. Ever since the massive abortion facility opened in 2007 under a cloud of deception and controversy, community members have used every peaceful means to Source: TC Public Relations
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Good Friday 'Way of the Cross' Nationwide Observance Mourns Aborted Children

Christian Newswire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:50pm
Pro-Life Action League Connects Abortion of Preborn Innocents to Christ's Crucifixion Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, tc@tcpr.net CHICAGO, April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Good Friday, April 18, 2014, will be marked at 40 locations across America as a day of mourning and prayer for lives lost to abortion. On the day that Christians worldwide observe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, faithful believers will take time to grieve for the innocent unborn children who are put to dea Source: TC Public Relations
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Knights of Columbus Help Provide Prosthetics to Boston Marathon Bombing Amputees

Christian Newswire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:45pm
Funding assists amputees with prosthetic care and upgrades not covered by their insurance Contact: Joseph Cullen, Knights of Columbus, 203-800-4923, Joseph.Cullen@Kofc.Org NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- One year after the Boston marathon bombing, the Knights of Columbus Stand With Boston Program is providing assistance for people who lost limbs in that tragic event. The latest in a series of Knights' initiatives to help provide mobility for individuals in the Source: Knights of Columbus
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Relic of Pope John Paul II to be Venerated in New Haven on Day of Canonization

Christian Newswire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:42pm
Contact: Peter Sonski, Knights of Columbus, 203-752-4182 NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A relic of Blessed John Paul II will be available for the veneration of the public at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven during a 3 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, April 27, the day of the canonization of John Paul and Blessed Pope John XXIII. By the time of the local observance, which will include events at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, the two blesseds will ha Source: Knights of Columbus Museum
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Things We Don’t Tell Children

Persecution Blog - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:59pm

Leah’s Daughter

Leah stood among the congregation in the church in South Sudan, singing beautiful praises to God. Christian workers visiting the church noticed her right away. They saw that Leah was blind and sickly, and she wore old clothing.

“Leah is a strong Christian,” the pastor later told the visiting workers.

“Why don’t you help her more?” one worker asked some of the Christians in the congregation. “She’s blind and sick, and she needs clothes!”

“How can we?” asked the local Christians. “There are so many others like her, and we are poor ourselves!”

But God has not left Leah alone. He has given her a very special helper. Leah has a 5-year-old daughter. Leah’s daughter has learned to lead her mother around. She is her mother’s guide.

The visitors saw Leah’s daughter standing faithfully by Leah’s side. The girl held onto her mother with one hand, and she clutched a Bible in her other hand. Close to her mother, she is learning to sing praises to God even in the most difficult circumstances. That can be a hard lesson for any Christian to learn, but God has given Leah’s daughter a very good teacher.

What We Don’t Tell Children

VOM’s Kids of Courage resources have told the story of Leah and her daughter. From the story, children learn that people don’t have to live in comfortable circumstances to joyfully sing praises to the Lord. They learn that God cares for us (1 Peter 5:7), often through others, even children.

When children have already learned about bold believers who suffer, they may not be any less grieved by harsher stories of persecution when they are adults. But they may be less likely to blame God and to have their faith shaken when they encounter the persecution.

After they get older, they can learn more about how Leah’s village was attacked by Muslims from the North about six years before the visiting Christians arrived.

Most of the people in the village fled, but Leah couldn’t see where to run. Her daughterher guide, her blessingwas the result of the Muslims’ attack on her that day. “Love your enemies” and “Pray for those who persecute you” surely take on new dimensions when you’re forced to bear your enemy’s child.

We don’t tell children that part of the story. But we can help prepare them to hear it later when they can again be reminded that people don’t have to wait until they are in comfortable situations to praise the Lord, and that God cares for us in our struggles.

VOM’s Kids of Courage resources help parents and educators teach children ages 5 to 13 about persecuted Christians around the world, and provide opportunities for children to serve and pray for them. Learn more at www.kidsofcourage.com.

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Kingdom Racing Finishes Fifth Place, Spreads God's Word at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Christian Newswire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:19pm
Contact: Cristina Del Canto, Communications Director, Kingdom Racing, 281-799-9327, Cristina@KingdomRacing.net LONG BEACH, Calif., April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Kingdom Racing, along with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, finished fifth place in the VERIZON INDYCAR Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with Simon Pagenaud behind the wheel of the No. 77 car. Pagenaud started in sixth place and after an on-track incident landed him in 21st place, he fought his way back to the top. "Fo Source: Kingdom Racing
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Nominations for Longest Married Couple in Canada Accepted Until April 30

Christian Newswire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:16pm
Contact: James and Connie McNeill, 902-892-2061, renewmarriage@gmail.com CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Canada, April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- There is still time to send in nominations for the Longest Married Couple in Canada!Worldwide Marriage Encounter Canada will honor a long-standing couple for the second year in a row in 2014. Last year Alice and Arthur John of Ross River, Yukon, were named Longest Married Couple in Canada based on nominations received from across the country Source: Worldwide Marriage Encounter
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