HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS, March 15, 2017) -- Movies make a profound difference in our lives. They can stir our imaginations and stimulate our minds. They can bring us laughter, tears, joy...or the whole range of emotion. They can arouse our compassion, spur us toward love, inspire our lives, or incite us toward action, and even hatred and violence....More»
MODESTO, CA (ANS - March 16, 2017) -- When I first moved to Modesto, California, in October of 1990, there were three things I knew about the city: one, it was the home base of Gallo wines, two, it had lots of churches, and three, California State University, Stanislaus was close by in a neighboring city Turlock. I knew the second fact because I left the Bay Area to work for the Empire Church of the Brethren, a fellowship in the nearby city of Empire.
ORLANDO, FL (ANS - March 16, 2017) -- A groundbreaking event took place in Orlando, Florida, on March 2nd, when a group of influential of media executives, producers and journalists came together at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention for the "soft-launch" of the Global News Alliance (http://www.gna.news/).
"In today's overcrowded news environment", stated GNA Director Stan Jeter, "the most under-reported news is the story of God at work." He added that this unique news exchange would provide Christian media and ministries with a stronger voice and greater choices in telling that story....More»
MIDDLE EAST (ANS -- March 13, 2017) -- Two pastors conducting a Bible study for new believers in an underground Middle East church were beaten, arrested by police, and taken to a secret jail. But after Jesus appeared to an official at the prison, their situation changed dramatically.
"Police brought us to the religious (Shariah) court," Pastor Irshad* told Bibles4Mideast. "We were accused of blasphemy charges against the prophet, as well as misguiding Muslims into a false religion. The court ordered we be imprisoned, and we were taken to a secret jail run by secret police."...More»
Four "field ministers" carry the Gospel's hope and redemption to fellow inmates at a Texas prison facility, equipped with training from Southwestern Seminary, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
"I've been in prison before," Michael Rios humbly reflects. "I came in when I was very young. I had the right ideas, I had the right intents: get out, get married, have a life."
Dressed in a white prison uniform, Rios speaks slowly but directly, his tattooed hands slowly gesturing to accentuate his words. He has been in prison longer than some of his fellow inmates have even been alive. Though Rios had the "right intents," bad choices kept him locked up, and he is now serving a life sentence....More»
A wave of anti-Semitism that has drawn responses from government leaders and Jewish groups presents what the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship's president calls a "powerful opportunity" for Christians to share the love of Christ with Jewish neighbors, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
Organizations focused on Jewish evangelism "are getting together," SBMF president Ric Worshill told Baptist Press, "and they're trying to find ways to encourage the local church and the local communities to actually let the Jewish people know that [anti-Semitic] conduct is not accepted."...More»
By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
ORLANDO, FL (ANS -- March 13, 2017) -- Hot on the heels of news that the Jesus Film Project® is closing the gap on the number of people groups yet to be reached with the Gospel, The JESUS Film is being hailed as one of the most effective evangelistic tools available.
A new Jesus Film Project® study reveals the film "JESUS" -- along with other titles provided by the ministry -- have been proven as some of the most powerful tools available in the evangelical world in effectively spreading the Gospel....More»
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (ANS – March 11, 2017) -- The International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), an alliance of human rights groups from around the world including Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK human rights group, has announced its support for two new UN reports calling for the international community to hold the North Korean government accountable for crimes against humanity....More»
ORLANDO, FL (ANS - March 10, 2017) -- Christian communicators from across the nation and around the world gathered February 27-March 2 for Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Participants heard from key ministry leaders, media mavens, and leading voices in society, while also networking and checking out new resources, services, organizations, and upcoming faith-friendly films, of which there were many....More»
Numerous Syrian Muslims who fled their war-torn country and found refuge in Lebanon have converted to Christianity despite threats and incidents of attacks on new converts, according to a report.
Dozens of Christians were arrested for worshiping at underground house churches across the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang during crackdowns on Christianity that occurred around the Lunar New Year holiday in late January, a leading persecution watchdog has reported.
Franklin Graham says God has put a calling on his heart.
The evangelist is following the Lord's lead as he prepares to hold more prayer rallies across the U.S. in 2017, following last year's successful 50-state Decision America Tour.
Starting in May, Franklin Graham will kick off this year's tour with four stops in Tennessee. The Decision America Tennessee Tour will take the Gospel from the banks of the Mississippi River to the Great Smoky Mountains. Stops include Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, and Memphis....More»
Ever walked so long your feet grew tired and weary? Or held something so heavy your arms started to shake?
Think about the relief you felt when you finally got to rest and the weight was taken away.
Hope is a lot like that. It's freeing having God with you....More»
Christians who are criticizing government action against churches are facing pressure from Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
"They told me not to talk about the demolition of churches or the two church leaders who are in jail," Rev. Mubarak Hamad, chairman of Sudan's Council of Churches, told Radio Tamazuj, a broadcaster in Sudan and South Sudan....More»
The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill urged the Church to release youth from social networks, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com.
"More and more people are attached to the Church, but unfortunately this can not be said about the youth. And though youth movements and organizations are very actively developing in our country, a very large number of young people are trapped in social networks. All the information that falls through their networks to their consciousness, and more importantly all about Christ, about the truth of God, noone talks about sin and the meaning of human life,"said the patriarch on Saturday, March 4....More»