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  • David Garrard Quarterback :: Jacksonville Jaguars

    01/31/2011 3:48:20 PM PST · by wmfights · 7 replies
    Beyond The Ultimate ^ | David Garrard
    My mother and father divorced when I was around 7. Then my mother got sick with breast cancer. I was mad at God for allowing that. When she died, I was furious. We had been going to church once or twice a month, but I stopped going then. By the time I got to college I knew there was a void in my life. Football was great, but it didn’t fill the void. Partying didn’t fill it. Drinking didn’t either. But Christian teammates and my coaches were there for me. In September of 2000, I had lunch with my team...
  • His Leprosy Vanished

    01/31/2011 3:38:33 PM PST · by wmfights · 27 replies
    Gospel For Asia ^ | January 28, 2011
    When the white patches began appearing on Jonjin Dola's skin, he didn't worry too much. He thought it was just a rash that would heal up. Jonjin continued about his daily life unaware that he had leprosy. For most of the Western world, leprosy is a disease that no one really thinks about anymore. The disease, which attacks the skin and peripheral nerves, is rarely seen in the West. When a case does crop up, it is treated with a simple, inexpensive drug therapy, which clears everything up in a matter of months. In South Asia, however, leprosy is much...
  • Chilean Miner Talks about God of Miracle in U.K.

    01/31/2011 3:13:34 PM PST · by wmfights · 12 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Jan. 31 2011 | Maria Mackay
    LONDON – The rescue of 33 miners from a collapsed mine in Chile was a miracle that even atheists could not deny, said one of the rescued miners to hundreds of Christians on Sunday. It was standing room only at All Saints Woodford Wells, in north London, as Jose Henriquez took to the stage to testify about the God who saved him and the 32 other miners who were stuck deep underground for more than two months last year. To have even survived the first 17 days before contact was a miracle in itself, he said. With only a few...
  • Chinese woman leads dozens to Christ with 70¢ tract

    01/30/2011 6:44:10 PM PST · by wmfights · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 28, 2011 | Sue Sprenkle
    THAILAND (BP)--No one notices the young Chinese woman silently crying in the back pew. It's the only place she finds solace from her deep depression and fear of death. She's not even sure why she sits in this church every afternoon; her communist education and Buddhist religion teach against a belief in God. Yet something keeps drawing Lily Wang* here. She pulls a Bible from the pew. It's not in her native Mandarin, but she flips it open anyway. She learned to read a little Thai after moving to Thailand a few years ago to teach school, but she hasn't...
  • New Zealand's Biggest Christian Music Fest Kicks Off

    01/30/2011 6:27:35 PM PST · by wmfights · 5 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Jan. 29 2011 | Josephine Vivaldo
    New Zealand’s biggest Christian Music Festival kicked off Friday with 25,000 people. Parachute 2011 is hosting a variety of Christian artists and speakers at the four-day festival, including Louie Giglio, John Cameron and Brian “Head” Welch, former guitarist of the metal band Korn. Some of the activities include a presentation from worship artist Chris Tomlin and renowned speaker Giglio about the popular song “Indescribable.” Other features include a dancing session, late night movies, late night comedy, a talent showcase, a water park, a skate park, a center for people looking for advice that is open 24/7, a volleyball competition between...
  • Joe Gibbs Coach :: Washington Redskins

    01/28/2011 2:13:35 PM PST · by wmfights · 7 replies
    Have you ever stopped to ask yourself how in the world you got to where you are? In school, I was the guy who sat in the front row, pointed at my letter jacket and said, “I need a C. I need to be eligible.” So how did I end up as coach of the Washington Redskins? My path to success has been interesting—one full of people and significant events that have greatly influenced me along the way. Searching for the Truth While growing up in the hills of North Carolina, my mother and grandmother made certain that I was...
  • Lovie Smith Coach :: Chicago Bears

    01/26/2011 2:24:04 PM PST · by wmfights · 24 replies
    Growing up in East Texas with a name like Lovie, the Chicago Bears’ head coach had to be tough. Named after his great aunt Lavanna, Lovie Smith was a stand-out on the football field, leading the Big Sandy Wildcats to three state championships. But there was more to Lovie than football. His mother Mae worked at a local furniture factory, and instilled in her son a faith in God. That faith was tested by an alcoholic father and a mother stricken with diabetes. “My mother and my father told me all of my life that I could be anything that...
  • Martial Arts Ministry Kicks, Jumps and Sweeps for Christ

    01/26/2011 1:55:47 PM PST · by wmfights · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Jan. 26 2011 | Eryn Sun
    “Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off” are just a few words that come immediately to mind whenever the word “karate” is being tossed around, no pun intended. For all of us beltless newbs, karate might as well be just another aggressive, hurt-each-other-till-we-die-kind-of-sport, with a lot of “hi-yah’s” and grunts in between. A more organized “Fight Club” if you will. But for one group in particular, martial arts is an opportunity – to witness and testify in an... explosive way. “Martial arts isn’t about fighting. We learn martial arts so we don’t have to fight,” explains Scott “Brickhouse” Brown,...
  • Sam Bradford Quaterback :: Oklahoma Sooners

    01/25/2011 1:16:41 PM PST · by wmfights · 39 replies
    Beyond The Ultimate ^ | Sam Bradford
    I didn’t start going to church when I was really young. My family started going when I was in the fifth or sixth grade. Originally I was just going with my parents, to what I called “big church” at the time—with the grownups (the main Sunday morning service). But then my friends started inviting me to go to the “middle school ministry” (Sunday school class), and when I got confident enough, I started going to that. I had a blast with that, and I came to know the Lord as my Savior when I was in seventh grade. I went...
  • Ex-Gang Member Calls for Godly ‘Heart Revolution’

    01/25/2011 12:46:51 PM PST · by wmfights · 51 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Jan. 24 2011 | Natalie Chu
    A former gang member turned pastor is seeking to start a nationwide “heart revolution.” Sergio De La Mora, founding pastor of Cornerstone Church of San Diego – named one of the fastest growing churches for two straight years by Outreach Magazine – recently released the book The Heart Revolution. The book invites readers to “experience the power of a turned heart” in a one- chapter-a-day, 40-day challenge. “This is what America needs right now. America doesn’t need another economic plan. America doesn’t need to promote more education,” said De La Mora to The Christian Post. De La Mora insists that...
  • STUDY: Half Of All Protestant Churches Are On Facebook

    01/25/2011 9:26:28 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    All Facebook ^ | January 25th, 2011 | Meredith Singer
    Would you feel comfortable expressing your faith on Facebook? One way to do that is to befriend your place of worship on the social network. There’s about a 50 percent chance you can do exactly that if you’re Protestant. Nearly half of all Protestant churches in the U.S. have Facebook pages or profiles, according to Technorati, which cited a LifeWay Research study of just over 1,000 Protestant congregations, which include Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Mormon faiths Not surprisingly, larger churches were more likely to be on the social networking site than smaller ones. Eighty-one percent of congregations with average...
  • SPORTS: Star quarterback recruit Kiehl Frazier trusting Christ's plan for his life

    01/24/2011 4:12:36 PM PST · by wmfights · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 24, 2011 | Tim Ellsworth
    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP)--When Kiehl Frazier -- USA Today's high school player of the year on offense -- steps onto the field at Auburn University's Jordan-Hare Stadium in the fall, he may have the opportunity to follow both a Heisman Trophy winner and a national champion. Frazier, a senior at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark., and one of the nation's top recruits, will be in the mix to replace Cam Newton as the offensive leader of the Auburn Tigers. "I think it's going to be fun," the 6-foot-3, 218-pound quarterback said. "There are a lot of expectations, of course, but...
  • Dallas Clark Tightend :: Indianapolis Colts

    01/21/2011 2:29:40 PM PST · by wmfights · 9 replies
    Beyond The Ultimate ^ | Dallas Clark
    Graduating from high school is supposed to be one of the greatest moments of your life. You’re looking forward to college; feeling like you’re on top of the world, all set to run off and explore everything life has in store for you. Four days before my graduation, that’s exactly how I felt. But then something happened that changed things in a hurry: my mother passed away. Suddenly, my entire future looked a lot different. I had every reason to sink down into the dumps at that point, to be bitter at the world and everyone in it. But my...
  • Outdoor baptism draws others seeking Christ

    01/21/2011 2:25:38 PM PST · by wmfights · 20 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | January 21, 2011 | John Hall
    HOUSTON—When members of The Walk Church in Houston set up the baptistery for an outdoor service, they were excited by the prospect of celebrating what God had done in changing the lives of three people. It turns out they were setting up to celebrate much more. Those three people were simply where God started. Following the baptism of the three people who were scheduled to go through the ordinance, Pastor Jesse Shelton shared the gospel with the crowd who had gathered to see what was happening. A person came forward asking to be baptized as well. Then another. And another....
  • Bart Johnson Wide Reciever :: Texas Christian University

    01/19/2011 1:02:14 PM PST · by wmfights · 8 replies
    I grew up in the small country town of Brownwood, Texas. From a young age I attended church regularly with my family. I learned about Jesus and His teachings, but unlike many, I don’t remember having a specific experience in which I accepted Jesus as my Savior. However, from a young age I placed my faith in Jesus Christ. I knew that Jesus was my Savior, but I never really put into practice what I learned. I would sit in the church pew and instead of listening to the sermon, I would usually day dream of football. I couldn’t wait...
  • Tireless retirees help burned-out church rise from ashes

    01/19/2011 12:53:29 PM PST · by wmfights · 5 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | January 19, 2011 | Ken Camp
    ATHENS—One year after Lake Athens Baptist Church lost its building to arson—and the same week two young men received life sentences for burning a string of East Texas churches—more than 30 Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders started work rebuilding the church’s facility. Lake Athens Baptist Church, near Athens, was one of 10 churches in three counties burned during a five-week period in early 2010. Jason Robert Borque, 22, and Daniel George McAllister, 20, confessed to five fires in the Tyler area and were considered suspects in the remaining arsons—including the burning of Lake Athens Baptist Church. “I’ll never forget that...
  • Parents Threatened After Siblings Embrace Christianity

    01/19/2011 12:33:38 PM PST · by wmfights · 8 replies
    Gospel for Asia ^ | January 18, 2011
    Two Gospel for Asia-supported Bible college students are rushing back to their parents' home after anti-Christian extremists threatened to burn the house down. The extremists are angry Satya and Dristi left the traditional faith of their village when they chose to follow Christ. The siblings fear their mother, Trishna, will be tortured. The extremists said they will not carry out their threats if Satya and Dristi come back home and begin practicing their traditional tribal religion. Satya is in his second year of studies, and Dristi is in her first year at the Bible college. Their father, Virat, worked as...
  • A Tribal Girl is Delivered

    01/19/2011 12:28:34 PM PST · by wmfights · 2 replies
    Gospel for Asia ^ | January 18, 2011
    Yatharth's family was very worried about her. The once healthy and vibrant girl was now out of control. Her erratic behavior suggested she might be having a serious mental breakdown. But the truth was much more frightening. Yatharth was born into a tribal group in a remote area of Asia. Her family was diligent in worship of the traditional gods and goddesses of their tribe. They performed the rituals and recited the prayers to appease these gods. So when Yatharth's strange behavior started, the first thing they did was offer sacrifices and lift up prayers on her behalf. But their...
  • Franklin Graham: The Spirit of Anti-Christ Is Everywhere

    01/19/2011 12:17:28 PM PST · by wmfights · 2 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 19, 2011 | Elena Garcia
    Franklin Graham told students at John Brown University on Tuesday to remain committed in their faith in Jesus Christ and preach the Gospel in spite of the persecution they may face. Speaking during a special chapel service, the evangelical preacher asked the students of the private Christian university in Siloam Springs, Ark., to "set the sail for the course that God has in front of you," while overcoming the pitfalls, temptations and challenges in their path. "The last thing the devil wants you to do is serve the Lord Jesus Christ," he said. Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan's...
  • Glen Coffee Running Back :: Univ. of Alabama

    01/18/2011 11:18:25 AM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies
    Beyond The Ultimate ^ | Susie Magill
    My childhood was different than most others. Because of my dad’s job, my family moved to the Middle East. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, there weren’t many opportunities to play organized sports, but it didn’t stop me from getting my football fix. That is all we did in our spare time: play tackle football. By the time we moved back to the States when I was nine, the sport was like second nature. And from then until now, things have only slightly changed. I’ve still got speed—I was always faster than other kids, being skinny and all—and I’m still a...
  • SPORTS: Baptists prep for Super Bowl XLV

    01/18/2011 10:59:24 AM PST · by wmfights · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 17, 2011
    ARLINGTON, Texas (BP)--Several Southern Baptist organizations are among those making plans to bring the message of Jesus Christ to those who flock to the Dallas area for the week of Super Bowl XLV. Arguably the world's greatest single-game sports event, the Super Bowl's 45th contest, to be played Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, is expected to draw nearly 150,000 visitors to Dallas-Fort Worth. The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, along with the North American Mission Board, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Tarrant Baptist Association and Dallas Baptist Association are joining forces in "Reach 45: The Big Game Evangelism...
  • After son's death, parents continue ministry in Africa

    01/18/2011 10:54:33 AM PST · by wmfights · 5 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 17, 2011 | Alan James
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--David Johnson occasionally wonders, if he had it to do all over again, whether he would have allowed his 21-year-old son Jeremiah to go to Mozambique to share the Gospel among the Moniga people. "I always said my whole pastoral life and parenting life the one thing I don't think I could ever handle is losing a child," said Johnson, director of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's Arizona campus. That fear became a reality for Johnson and his wife Diana on April 12 of last year when the student missionary lost his life in a motorcycle accident on...
  • Jewish Pentecostal Reaches Jews with the Gospel

    01/18/2011 10:47:30 AM PST · by wmfights · 81 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 15, 2011 | Eryn Sun
    Two thousand years of history have shown the Jewish people that Christians are their worst enemies, a Messianic rabbi pointed out. “Jews were told you must convert or be killed. If we ignore the history, we’ll never really understand why it’s so difficult to reach the Jewish people with the Gospel,” Jeff Friedman emphasized. Friedman himself grew up hating Christians. While attending an Orthodox Jewish synagogue regularly in Brooklyn, N.Y., he said he had some brief encounters with Christians and found them offensive, according to Pentecostal Evangel, a publication of the Assemblies of God. It wasn’t until he was in...
  • Meet the Persecuted: Uygur Christian in China

    01/15/2011 11:01:38 AM PST · by wmfights
    “That must be Mamat* now,” Helen said when she heard a faint knock on the door of the apartment. Moments later a 20-something man with grey pants and a brown cargo jacket was standing in the Open Doors office, twisting his Uygur (pronounced WEE-ger) cap in his hands. Helen led him to a seat and offered him some tea. “Green Tea or Berryblossom White?” “Oh, may I try the berry tea?” he asked very politely, still twisting the cap in his hands. He knew that if he was discovered sitting in the apartment of foreign Christians, the consequences could be...
  • SPORTS: Ravens receiver points to 'the best thing' a person can do

    01/15/2011 10:49:57 AM PST · by wmfights · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Baqptist Press ^ | January 14, 2011
    PITTSBURGH, Pa. (BP)--Derrick Mason likely will be on the receiving end of a few passes Saturday when the Baltimore Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran wide receiver hopes others, from a faith standpoint, will be on the receiving end in a relationship to God. "Give your life over to Christ as quickly as possible," Mason says in a video testimony at BeyondTheUltimate.org, a website for Christian athletes and coaches. "It would be the best thing you have ever done in your life. You might not see the change instantly, but I think as you start to grow in...
  • Rev. Obama's Revival Meeting

    01/15/2011 1:42:31 AM PST · by Scanian · 26 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 15, 2011 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Although a committed Christian I've never appreciated whipped up revival meetings complete with dancing, falling backwards or crippled people being yanked out of wheelchairs. After three decades of voyeuristic research, I possess a heightened ability to spot a snake oil salesman a mile away. Oftentimes, under bouffant hairstyles, oversized pinky rings and weepy confessions one finds self-absorbed individuals who exploit the Gospel for gain while living contrary to the message they preach. Yet, year-after-year gullible sheeples continue to support ministries, submit to fleecing, and attend events where flesh and blood is exalted and the credulous place unquestioning faith in fraud....
  • Mark Driscoll Speaks to 50,000 at Christian Rally in Haiti

    01/14/2011 12:40:42 PM PST · by wmfights · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 13, 2011 | Katherine T. Phan
    Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll spoke Wednesday to over 50,000 people during an outside church service commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The event, which took place outside the collapsed capitol building in Port-au-Prince, was hosted by Churches Helping Churches, a global church partnership co-founded by Driscoll to help rebuild churches devastated in the wake of a natural disaster. Addressing a sea of Haitians that crowded the five-way intersection to attend the rally, the Seattle-based pastor shared the Gospel based on Galatians 4:4-7 on the difference between a son and a slave. He taught that although Haiti...
  • Sharing God's Love

    01/13/2011 11:38:05 AM PST · by wmfights
    Gospel for Asia ^ | January 10, 2011
    Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu is an urban melting pot of people, cultures, entertainment attractions and commerce, surrounded by the majestic Himalaya Mountains. Several Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries serve as pastors in and around the Kathmandu area, and it is their desire to share the love of Jesus with as many people in the city as possible. Knowing that only a small percentage of the city's residents will ever visit their churches, these pastors plan periodic outings to different parts of the city to share the love of Jesus with the people. Their most recent outing was in the summer...
  • SPORTS: Dental students connect to inner-city football teams

    01/13/2011 11:34:21 AM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 12, 2011 | Bryan Gill
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--Dental students in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have embraced two seemingly unrelated terms: mouthguards and ministry. For the past two years, the UTHSC/BCM dental students in Memphis have made custom mouthguards for inner-city high school football teams. This year the students chose Booker T. Washington High School in south Memphis. Poverty has taken its toll on the neighborhoods in that area, with many on the high school squad unable to afford proper mouth protection. UTHSC student Matt Teale noticed the need two years ago at another Memphis school, Overton High...
  • House Churches Next Phase in Multisite Movement

    01/13/2011 10:54:58 AM PST · by wmfights · 5 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 13, 2011 | Katherine T. Phan
    A megachurch in Florida is using house churches to expand its network, showing that reaching out on a smaller scale doesn't mean retreating in the multisite movement. Northland, A Church Distributed, based in Longwood, Fla., currently has 15 to 20 house churches in several states that virtually participate in the worship services held at the main campus every Sunday. "House churches are the next extension of the multisite movement," said Dr. Dan Lacich, pastor of Distributed Services at Northland, to The Christian Post. "They participate very much like a multisite does, only meeting at a smaller venue, usually in a...
  • Haitian witch doctor turns to new life

    01/12/2011 1:06:43 PM PST · by wmfights · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 12, 2011 | Tristan Taylor
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--The Haitian witch doctor stepped into the hot, open air of his yard, his arms filled with the paraphernalia of his dark practice. That caught the attention of his neighbors, who were still living among earthquake-ravaged ruins of their homes in Port-au-Prince. The man dropped his voodoo tools and fetishes on the ground, dug a hole and pushed his things into it. Then, to his neighbors' astonishment, he poured kerosene into the hole and set it on fire. "That was my way of saying, 'Down with Satan and up with the cross,'" said the former witch doctor, who...
  • [Chapter Four] Great Cities of the Bible: Athens-The Price of Pluralism

    01/10/2011 1:32:38 PM PST · by wmfights · 2 replies
    The Moody Church ^ | Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
    Some cities influence an entire country or an entire area of the world. Others impact the whole globe and permeate seemingly all cultures. Athens is such a city; it is almost impossible to exaggerate its impact on the history of civilization. Athens is the most important city of Attica; it derived its name from the goddess Athena. It is a city of beauty — a city with history and fascination. On three occasions it has been my privilege to visit Athens, to walk its streets and marvel at its temples. Yes, this city has indeed influenced the world. Athens’ dominance...
  • TCU quarterback leaves spiritual legacy on campus

    01/10/2011 1:00:35 PM PST · by wmfights · 14 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | January 9, 2011 | Tim Ellsworth
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—In a post-game interview following Texas Christian University’s 21-19 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, TCU quarterback Andy Dalton turned the conversation toward God’s blessings rather than personal achievement. ESPN reporter Erin Andrew asked Dalton, the offensive player of the game, if TCU, as a nonautomatic qualifier for the Rose Bowl, played “for the little guys out there.” “That’s what we were doing,” Dalton said. “We weren’t just playing for TCU. We were playing for all the non-AQ schools out there. It’s an attitude that we have. There’s a verse in the Bible, in 1 Peter 5:6,...
  • Franklin Graham Tells Haitians: God Understands Your Grief

    01/10/2011 12:34:05 PM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 10, 2011 | Katherine T. Phan
    With the one-year mark of the massive earthquake approaching, Graham asked those in the crowd how many have lost family or loved ones in the earthquake. He comforted them, saying that God understands the grief of losing a son. "God understands your grief. His son died for your sins. That's how much God loves you," he said. The evangelist went on to preach a message of hope that is found in Christ alone, based on the beloved text of John 3:16. "That God so loved Haiti that He gave his begotten son and that if Haiti believes in Him, Haiti...
  • Film Team's Equipment Destroyed; Another Team Caught in Rebel Crossfire

    01/07/2011 11:36:28 AM PST · by wmfights · 7 replies
    Gospel for Asia ^ | January 5, 2011
    Two Gospel for Asia-supported film teams have faced serious opposition recently. One team was physically attacked by a group that also destroyed their film equipment. The second team was caught in the crossfire of rebel fighting. The first incident occurred October 30 when a film team was working with Gospel for Asia-supported missionary, Bikram Jouli, in a village where he serves as a pastor. About 60 people had gathered to watch the film near the church. After the show was over, the team, along with Pastor Bikram, was packing up the equipment when a group of 15 men from a...
  • Franklin Graham to Lead Festival of Hope in Haiti

    01/07/2011 11:13:48 AM PST · by wmfights
    The Christian Post ^ | January 7, 2011 | Natalie Chu
    Almost a year has passed since the devastating earthquake hit close to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, leaving over a million people homeless. Since the disaster that struck the highly populated area on January 12, 2010, survivors continue to struggle to rebuild their lives in the poorest country of the west. It is in this desperate time that a Festival of Hope will be held with Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He is set to lead the event in response to an invitation from 75 Haitian pastors eager to deliver the message...
  • "Shaking the Dust" after Drunk Man's Disturbance

    01/06/2011 11:08:32 AM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies
    Gospel for Asia ^ | January 4, 2011
    Disruptions commonly occur when missionaries attempt to show movies about Jesus. That's why Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Jaison Patel and his film team were not surprised when someone tried to disrupt the show. Since the local GFA-supported pastor received permission from the village leader to show the movie, Jaison and the film-team missionaries proceeded with their plan. They started the movie at approximately nine o'clock in the evening at a villager's house. About a half an hour later, an interruption shattered the peaceful gathering. A drunk man with a knife arrived. He damaged the screen and broke some light bulbs...
  • Passion 2011 Brings in Record High $1.1 Million

    01/06/2011 11:00:48 AM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 6, 2011 | Michelle A. Vu
    ATLANTA – The 22,000 students that attended the Passion 2011 conference were the most generous in the history of the event. University-age students, known for regularly joking about being broke, collectively donated $1.1 million, far exceeding the $500,000 goal as well as the $668,000 total for Passion 2010. Students donated specifically to nine global aid projects through Passion's Do Something Now campaign, which seeks to teach young adults to exchange self-centered lives for God-centered ones that focus on the needy. Instead of 15 wells, students provided enough money to build 24 wells in India. To help the mostly American students...
  • Sweet Tooth Leads to Salvation

    01/05/2011 8:32:12 PM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies
    Gospel for Asia ^ | January 4, 2011
    It was the end of rainy season, so it was warm and sticky outside. Kumari decided to go visit the local street vendor for a cool treat of kulfi, similar to ice cream. While she enjoyed her kulfi, Kumari started talking with Gulam, the vendor. She took the chance and started to share the Gospel with him, and he quickly became very interested. "Can Jesus heal my wife, Aditi?" Gulam asked first thing. Without even knowing what her ailment was, Kumari assured Gulam that Jesus was powerful enough to heal Aditi. Gulam went on to explain their story. Five years...
  • Titans' backup QB Rusty Smith trusting God with his future

    01/05/2011 8:24:27 PM PST · by wmfights · 10 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 5, 2011 | Joshua Cooley
    Smith doesn’t know what the future holds, but he wants to take advantage of the spotlight he’s been given. He has spoken many times at churches and schools and hopes to again “whenever possible.” “God’s given me a platform for a reason,” he said, “and I want to use it.” Just don’t ask him for many specifics about his fledgling NFL career. “It’s like that country song says: If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your life plans,” Smith said. “He’s the one who’s got plans laid out for me and my wife. Whenever a door opens...
  • In Bollywood Capital, Jesus Film is a Big Hit

    01/04/2011 4:41:00 PM PST · by wmfights · 11 replies
    Gospel for Asia ^ | January 4, 2011
    In the bustling capital of India's movie industry—known as Bollywood—the showing of a simple film still attracts many people. Those living in slums often have great interest in seeing a movie about Jesus' life. Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Sahil and his team showed the film in one slum and witnessed miraculous fruit. As Sahil and the other missionaries prepared to screen the movie, anticipation rose when many people gathered to watch. As the people watched, the events of the film mesmerized them. The crucifixion scene moved them to tears. Through seeing the film, the audience came to learn about Jesus'...
  • NFL Star Daniel Sepulveda: God Humbled Me

    01/04/2011 4:34:21 PM PST · by wmfights · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 4, 2011 | Josephine Vivaldo
    At one point, Pittsburgh Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda felt anger towards God thinking that his football dream may not come true after years of sleeping under an NFL banner over his bed. The NFL star recalls in “I Am Second” his younger years as a kid when he felt “God gave me passion for sports, and He made me good at it. I enjoyed being that kid who was the best at everything growing up.” “I thought it was me that was so fast. I thought it was me that was so coordinated. I thought that was about me …...
  • Francis Chan Shares Details of Asia Trip at Passion

    01/03/2011 4:45:34 PM PST · by wmfights · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 3, 2011 | Michelle A. Vu
    ATLANTA – Bestselling author and pastor Francis Chan shared details of his time in Asia on Sunday to 22,000 students at the Passion conference. He talked about persecuted Christians he met in India and China who think it is normal for Christians to suffer for Christ, and orphans in Thailand who sing praise songs with so much joy that it left his whole family in tears. “I heard these stories all my life and I got to meet some of these people. I just wanted to see if this is for real,” said Chan about his shocking decision to leave...
  • Pastor Falsely Charged with Theft

    12/31/2010 9:31:31 AM PST · by wmfights
    Gospel for Asia ^ | December 30, 2010
    Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Mandal Bhaskar has been accused of stealing a motorcycle by a group of anti-Christian extremists in his village. Mandal is the pastor of a rapidly growing church with about 100 people attending worship services. Daniek Rahi, a member of the church, died on December 15. The next day, pastor Mandal led Daniek's funeral service. After the service, Daniek's family observed a local custom by washing his body in a nearby river. The extremists, who openly oppose Mandal's ministry, used this opportunity to stage a false theft. One of them rode to the ceremony on a motorcycle...
  • Christians Encounter Opposition for Faith, Church Construction

    12/31/2010 9:26:42 AM PST · by wmfights · 4 replies
    Gospel for Asia ^ | December 30, 2010
    Persecution comes as no surprise for Christians living in two separate Indian states. These believers faced hostility for their faith and for their desire to build a place where they can worship the true God. Conflict Arises Over Public Displays of Faith In a village in northern India, 34 people publicly testified of their desire to follow Jesus Christ, and 30 more await their turn. But this act of faith caused trouble for Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Khamal. A drunk man lodged a complaint against the pastor. The police inquired of Khamal and a few of the individuals who chose...
  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Stay in Youth Ministry

    12/30/2010 9:12:18 AM PST · by wmfights · 9 replies · 5+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | December 30, 2010 | Greg Stier
    1. The pay is great…when you get to heaven. 2. You can defend watching movies as ministry (“I’m picking scenes for my talk on Sunday!”) 3. The spectacular view from your office window. Alleys can be interesting! 4. Ticking off charter members…in the name of Jesus. 5. Knowing when your talks are getting boring by the number of teens texting. 6. If your pay gets cut in half you still don’t have to move down a tax bracket. 7. What other job description has eating pizza and playing dodgeball listed as “necessary skills”? 8. God loves to use the unlikely...
  • Sharing Christ at Christmas

    12/29/2010 3:18:10 PM PST · by wmfights · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Gospel for Asia ^ | December 29, 2010
    How do you explain Christmas to someone who has never celebrated the holiday? Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries and staff start by sharing the story of Christ. Each year during the weeks leading up to Christmas, missionaries, Bridge of Hope workers and office staff fan out and share the Good News about the Savior who was born in a stable. Each group of GFA workers creates their own program and chooses their own venue for sharing the Christmas story. Singing and Praying In one area, staff and missionaries visited a hospital and sang Christmas carols for the patients, doctors and nurses....
  • Tim Tebow Moves Bible Verse from Eye Black to Wrist

    12/28/2010 8:55:33 AM PST · by wmfights · 27 replies · 4+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | December 27, 2010 | Ethan Cole
    Tim Tebow, the evangelical darling who uses football as a platform for ministry, has found a way around the NFL rule that bans writing on the eye black. He was seen Sunday during the game between his Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans with a Bible verse written on his wrist band, usually used to store game plays. The verse appears to be Luke 2: 10-11, which says: “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a...
  • Fishing Nets Free Them of Debt

    12/24/2010 10:19:27 AM PST · by wmfights · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Gospel for Asia ^ | December 23, 2010
    Pradyun Chakraborty reclaimed his torn fishing net from the river. He and his wife counted the fish they caught—only 20 small Bagdha Ponnas, enough to get him 20 rupees (40 cents US). The net alone cost him 200 rupees ($5 US) to rent, half of which he still owed to his creditor. With fish escaping from his torn net and hardly any other work, Pradyun and his family were just barely surviving. It was the same for Jalal Balan. He bought his fishing net on credit for 1,000 rupees ($22 US) and was slowly paying it off. The majority of...
  • Tim Tebow, in 1st NFL start, scores twice

    12/20/2010 11:17:59 AM PST · by wmfights · 16 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | December 20, 2010 | Tim Ellsworth
    OAKLAND, Calif. (BP)--Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow, one of the most visible Christians in college football history, threw for one touchdown and rushed for another in the first start of his NFL career Dec. 19, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Oakland Raiders. Tebow completed 8 of 16 passes for 138 yards and added 78 yards rushing on eight carries in a 39-23 loss at Oakland. Both touchdowns came in the first quarter, the first on a 40-yard quarterback draw and the second when he connected on a 33-yard-pass to Brandon Lloyd. Tebow didn't throw an interception. "You're...