WILLIAMSTOWN, KY (ANS - January 23, 2017) -- As firm Bible-believing Christians who believe in creation, a world-wide flood and the Ten Commandments dictated by God, Carl and Cathy Summerville count Noah and Moses as two of their heroes of Holy Scripture.
The couple say their high regard for the two larger-than-life biblical figures grew in 2016 during a vacation to -- of all places - the Midwestern and Southern United States.
For the Summerville's, the biblical account of Noah's ark is an inspiring, historical event that spared fallen man and beast from God's destruction of the earth by water.
As America gets ready for the presidency of New York billionaire Donald Trump, John Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary called the president-elect a "morally unqualified" leader but said Christians have never required a morally qualified leader to thrive.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Whether it's on the radio, television, Internet, or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life.
But as Ray Comfort rightly notes, "The preacher promises a bed of roses for those who come to Christ, but those who are in Christ are evidently sitting on a painful bed of thorns."
LifeWay Christian Resources released its newly revised Bible translation this week, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press. The full text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is available at CSBible, with print versions releasing in early March.
As a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), the CSB balances linguistic precision to the original languages and readability in contemporary English.
"We believe this is a translation that combines accuracy and readability without compromise," said Trevin Wax, Bible and reference publisher at B&H Publishing Group, part of LifeWay Christian Resources.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (ANS - January 18, 2017) -- Local prayer partners from the campus community here are joining in solidarity with university students nationwide for 40 days of fasting and prayer. On Friday, Inauguration Day, community and church leaders are setting aside a special all-day "Prayer Watch" with prayer breakfasts and events in Washington, DC.
Somewhere in East Asia, a man steps onto a crowded bus after a busy day at work. As usual, there is nowhere to sit and his wearied legs find no rest on the long commute home.
People in East Asia have more freedom, more income and more material possessions than past generations. But this abundance does not always lead to a higher quality of life. Long commutes, high costs of living, endless hours at work, overcrowded cities, and polluted environments have left many people like the man on the bus -- without peace, hope or fulfillment.
GROVE, OK (ANS – January 15, 2017) -- “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” -- Psalm 139:23-24 (TLB).
A thousand miles off the Florida coast is the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States and the first place Franklin Graham will share the Gospel with the masses in 2017.
The Festival of Hope (or Festival de Esperanza) will be held Feb. 10-12 in the capital of San Juan, one of the largest harbors in the Caribbean.
LifeWay Christian Stores across the country will host a nationwide Bible study workshop next week to help people better understand Scripture, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
The Jan. 17 workshop will teach participants how to conduct a devotional Bible study and how to apply the teachings of Scripture to life.
"This event is another great example of something customers will find in their local LifeWay Store, where we are striving to walk with them every step of the way," said Nathan Magness, director of marketing strategy.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, UK (ANS – January 14, 2017) -- With just over five months until thousands of men are expected to gather in the heart of England at Stoke City Football Club for an exciting event called “We Are Men United,” organizers are calling on Christians across the UK to join them for a week of prayer January 15-21.
FULLERTON, CA (ANS - January 13, 2017) - Kenny Joseph, long-time missionary to Japan, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017) in Fullerton, California at the age of 88.
Kenny and his wife Lila, who met in Japan, were two people who answered General Douglas MacArthur's request for 10,000 missionaries to go to Japan at the end of World War II to help to spiritually rebuild the devastated country after the firebombing of Tokyo and the two nuclear bombings that put an end to the war with Japan.
Kenny Joseph was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 30th, 1928 to Assyrian-American immigrant parents Sam & Martha Joseph. Raised in the Presbyterian church, he accepted Christ at a Charles E. Fuller rally held at Soldier Field when he was 17 years old.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (ANS, Jan.13, 2017) -- You've probably heard about "See You At The Pole” – a nationwide youth event that draws many students who gather at the flag pole in schools across America to pray.
Fewer than 10 years ago, the Baptist seminary in Guatemala City was on the verge of closing its doors. But then found new life through its partnership with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Global Theological Innovation (GTI), Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
Its library bookshelves were nearly bare; its only technological resources were decades-old computers; and its roof had decayed to the point that classes could not be held when it rained lest students become drenched by the impertinent dripping.
North Korea ranks as the most dangerous country for Christians for the 16th consecutive time after a year in which the persecution of followers of Jesus continued to rise, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
Release of the annual World Watch List from Open Doors USA came as religious freedom advocates call for President-elect Trump to act in the first 100 days of his administration to protect Christians and other people of faith overseas.
"I asked her if she knew Jesus, that God sent us to her. She said 'I know that because you are all here,' and she could tell that we were going to help her. From there she was just so open. She said 'yes I believe in Jesus' and I asked her if she wanted to pray and she said 'yes.'"
Rima's story is featured in a powerful video where you can see Leading The Way's Executive Vice President Joshua Youssef deeply moved at the point when Rima accepts Christ.
Two Egyptian Coptic Christians found dead in their bed on 6 January - the traditional Christmas celebration for Copts - were murdered because of their faith, according to the brother of the dead woman.
Police said robbery was the motivation for the deaths of Gamal Sami, 60 and his wife, Nadia, 48 but her brother, Magdy Amin Girgis - the first person to reach the crime scene - told World Watch Monitor nothing was taken from the couple's home.
They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can do something to help rebuild marriage in just one week!
It's almost become a cliché to say that marriage is under attack in America. But the trends and statistics are undeniable. Here are some data points:
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- January 7, 2016) -- He is one of the most influential pastors, authors, and theologians in America. Recently he shocked an interviewer by revealing that he and his wife had deep struggles in their marriage, but corporate worship played a decisive role in changing John Piper’s attitude toward his wife.
LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA (ANS -- January 7, 2016) -- Noted author and preacher Francis Chan urged believers not to waste their lives on fruitless pursuits, but to join with him and others focused on planting churches among the remaining unreached people groups of the world.
"We have to mobilize to get the Gospel to these people," Chan declared at the Finishing the Task conference December 8th at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
"But the other thing we're accomplishing is helping people not to waste their lives. They are doing something you know God wants. You know it has eternal significance," he told a group of mission-minded leaders at the conference.
Greg Laurie, a popular pastor and evangelist in Southern California, said believers can expect to recognize one another in heaven, as it would not make sense for people to know less in the afterlife than they do on earth.
LONDON, UK (ANS - January 4, 2017) -- Baroness Caroline Cox, 79, a respected Christian member of the British House of Lords, and an important voice in Parliament for religious freedom throughout the world, narrowly avoided death recently from armed Islamist Fulani herdsmen.
She, Bishop Stewart Ruch III, and her team, were visiting Jos Plateau State where the Islamist Fulani cattle herdsmen have become as great a threat as the infamous terror group Boko Haram.
Only thirty minutes after Baroness Cox and her group left the village of Lo Birin, armed men came into the valley, the only way out of the village, and started shooting at vehicles. Local pastor, the Rev. Gyang Boyi, who witnessed the attack, says he believes the attackers were targeting Baroness Cox and her group.
NAIROBI, KENYA (ANS, January 4, 2017) -- A court in Khartoum, Sudan this week released a pastor from prison after acquitting him of charges punishable by the death penalty, sources said, according to Morning Star News (www.morninstarnews.org).
The Lord has given Tim Keller an exceptional ability to faithfully navigate in our postmodern culture with diplomacy and tact. Pastor Keller has a deep love for people and an unwavering commitment to Scripture. These hallmarks of his ministry are evident in everything from his tone to his willingness to humbly engage with anyone who wants to learn more about the Savior. Dr. Keller's ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City is a dynamic witness bringing encouragement today to any pastor who desires to make strong disciples for Christ.
Your first response to this title may well be: "What controversy?" One doesn't often hear much any more about the so-called "Lordship Salvation" controversy, but it is most assuredly an issue that needs to be addressed.
(1) Those who affirm "Lordship" salvation oppose the idea that one may have saving faith without submitting to the Lordship of Jesus in daily obedience. We are justified by faith alone, but not by the faith which is alone (Sola fides iustificat, sed non fides quae est sola).
Saving faith is a working faith. That faith by means of which we are justified is the kind or quality of faith that produces obedience and the fruit of the Spirit. In the absence of obedience, in the absence of fruit, in the absence of submission to the lordship of Jesus, there is doubt whether the faith is saving.
For the 60th time, the Rev. Billy Graham has been named as one of Gallup's 10 most admired men in the world, continuing his record number of appearances on the list.
The 98-year-old famed evangelical preacher made it to the No. 5 slot on the top 10 list, according to findings released by Gallup on Wednesday.
Ahead of him, from fourth place to first, was former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Pope Francis, President-elect Donald Trump, and President Barack Obama.