• Why identity in Christ is at the heart of a successful Christian life

    Most Christians, if they were being honest, would tell you that they struggle invariably to understand their identity in Christ. One moment you can be reading the scriptures, which point you to the blessed life and the promises of God that are available for God’s children, and the next, you’re facing a barrage of challenges, many spiritual.

    Consequently, maintaining consistency as to who you are in Christ is the challenge so many Christians face. However, a new book has just hit the market that aims to remind Christians globally of their complete identity in Christ.

    The Identity Project is the work of Jessica Harper, who has not only watched people struggle with their identity, but has faced the same issue herself.

    “I struggled with my own identity growing up, wondering who was I meant to be and how I fit into the world around me,” Jessica stated. “Did my life have purpose? Was I enough the way I was? These are questions that most people ask themselves at some point in life.

    “As the years went on, I realized that the places I was looking to for the answers to these questions were quite a mixed bag and often took me on a roller coaster of emotions. When I looked to the people around me for acceptance and to validate who I was, my internal world could be flipped upside down overnight by the words and actions of others.

    “When I looked to the perfect and filtered world of social media to define how my life measured up, I was often left feeling inadequate and like my life could never rise to the invisible, yet unattainable standards I saw behind the images and posts.”

    Jessica grew up in a Christian family, and she gave her heart to Jesus at a young age, the words and truths of the Bible were always present in her life. “It was during these years of discovery and struggle, however, that I really began to see these truths in a new light,” she stated. “I discovered that while the opinions of others, the approval of friends and the shifting trends of the culture around me could change as quickly as the wind, the words of God were constant and unchanging.

    “In Matthew 7:24 Jesus describes His words as ‘foundational words, words to build a life on’.

    “I found that the more I paid attention to what He said about me, the less the opinions of others mattered. The more I looked to His word to shape my future, the more purpose my life had. This book is really the result of a desire to share this journey with others, and to invite them to step into the same freedom and confidence in who God has created them to be.”

    The challenge for so many Christians is the fact that while the Word is full of scripture that confirms who we are in Christ, the painful and broken experiences in life can spill over and into our worlds, tainting our image of God in the process.

    “The truth, however, is that He is a perfect Father who loves us perfectly- no matter how imperfect we are,” she continued. “The more we see Him for who He truly is, the more we see ourselves for who we truly are as people created in His image and welcomed into His family through Jesus.

    “I find it so heartbreaking that so many Christians are nervous, sometimes even scared, to ask God about their purpose in life. They feel that He will ask them to go to deepest, darkest Africa or something similar.

    “The truth, however, is that God has created each one of us uniquely and individually, with different skills, talents, giftings, passions and abilities, and that His purpose and plan for your life is tailor made to compliment and align with your uniqueness. I believe that if you could glimpse, even for a second the purpose that God has planned for your life, you wouldn’t want to be anyone other than the person He has created you to be.”

    The Identity Project is now available globally and can be purchased from Amazon. You can also liaise with the author directly at http://www.identityproject.com.au.

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  • New group launches to support Christian women in business

    A new group has been launched in an effort to support the growing number of Christian women and stay-at-home moms venturing out into their own businesses.

    Christian Woman & Co is the brainchild of Nicole Danswan, who along with her husband, are the owners and founders of the global media group, Initiate Media.

    CW&Co has been launched with a vision of connecting mompreneurs and Christian women in business who want to combine work and faith in a new digital era,” Nicole stated.

    As the workforce changes dramatically and we are seeing the rise of the gig economy, where more and more jobs are becoming part-time, casual, and in many cases, cut all together, Nicole felt compelled to launch a support group so that Christian women are not left behind.

    “As both a Christian woman and a Christian woman in business, I can very clearly see how quickly employment is changing. So many jobs are going offshore, automation is changing so many industries and thus gobbling up many of the part time jobs that were once available for us moms, and so I really felt led to create a product that ensures my Christian sisters are not left behind.

    “My vision is to provide content, which will then lead into workshops and retreats, where we can teach women the aspects of running a business. For most, this isn’t something they are doing as a hobby. Many families need additional income to survive, and so a support group that can adequately educate women in starting and running a business is in fact a necessary ministry.”

    Initiate Media purchased the Hillsong Business Directory some ten or so years ago and already serves Christian owned businesses with web development, app development, creative services, and much more.

    “We already own Christian Woman, and so we have an amazing platform from which to launch with,” Nicole said. “As a company, we already provide a myriad of services for businesses. From web development, to branding, PR and printing, we are already heavily invested in this space.

    “Only a very small percentage of people are called into ‘official’ ministry, and so for the rest of us, our businesses and workplaces are one of the best, most influential, ministries we have.

    “Doing work with excellence really makes people stand up and take notice. I’m excited to see what Christian women from all around the world are going to achieve in the years to come and feel so honored to lead CW&Co.”

    To learn more visit https://christianwomanandco.com.

    For media inquires please contact enquiries@initiatemedia.net. 

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  • Colleges and Universities Want Homeschool Graduates!

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Colleges and universities are turning to The Old Schoolhouse® to help them find the best students.

    The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine exists to support homeschooling families, and that support continues beyond a student’s grade 12 graduation. There is a Higher Education Portal on The Old Schoolhouse® website that is helping homeschoolers make the transition from high school to the college and career phase of life. It features many articles that help families prepare for higher education, and a directory of more than fifty outstanding colleges, universities, and academies that have expressed a desire to enroll students who have been homeschooled.

    Paul and Gena Suarez are the publishers of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Gena explains why homeschooled students are in great demand by post-secondary institutions: “They are most often advanced academically and do well with independent study. They have a good work ethic, model exemplary character, and reflect well on the institutions they attend.”

    Homeschool students generally score higher than average on the SAT test. In 2014, the mean scores of 13,549 homeschool seniors were 567 in critical reading, 521 in mathematics, and 535 in writing. The corresponding mean scores of all college-bound seniors were 497, 513, and 487 respectively (Brian D. Ray, PhD, NHERI.org, June 7, 2016). With these scores, it is no surprise that colleges are actively recruiting homeschool students (Ray, January 7, 2019). In fact, all eight Ivy League colleges do accept homeschoolers.

    Paul and Gena are working hard to help facilitate connections between the best students and the best schools. “We encourage parents to check out the colleges and universities in our directory,” invites Paul. “They are listed there because they want your homeschoolers to attend. We also welcome schools that are looking for homeschool graduates to join our list.”

    Articles in the portal include such topics as the preparation of high school transcripts, applying for college, adapting to college life, and choosing a career path.

    The Higher Education Portal is one of the many ways that The Old Schoolhouse® company supports homeschooling families. Its famous trade publication, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, gives practical advice and encouragement in every quarterly issue. Its curriculum website, SchoolhouseTeachers.com, provides a full lineup of online courses for students from preschool to high school.

    As homeschooling grows in popularity, more homeschool graduates are gracing the halls of higher education, and many have been helped along the way by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.

    About The Old Schoolhouse®

    The Old Schoolhouse® (www.theoldschoolhouse.com) is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, supports over 7,000 member families, with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

    Publishers Paul and Gena Suarez are available for radio interviews.

    Contact: Paul and Gena Suarez 
    888-718-4663
    publisher@theoldschoolhouse.com

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  • New Book ‘The Christian Meditation Journal’ Makes Meditation Accessible to Christians

    Faith Newswire – Since 2012, the number of adults meditating more than doubled with 35 million Americans saying they have either meditated or practiced yoga at least once in the last year, according to a 2017 CDC study. In fact, it’s one of Americans most popular health trends. However, what has been the popularity of meditation amongst Christians who in the past were fearful of what they believed to a new age practice that called for emptying their minds or worshiping false gods?

    In the last 10 years, meditation amongst Christians has also skyrocketed with some Christian meditation apps boasting thousands, even millions of subscribers, and guided Christian meditations filling YouTube channels for everything from reducing stress, maintaining peace of mind, and resting in God’s presence.

    Author Rhonda Jones, known as The Christian Meditator, has been in the forefront of the Christian meditation movement, along with many others, being one of the first websites on the internet to write about meditation for Christians, sell guided Christian meditations CDs, and host annual retreats. “When I started teaching Christian meditation in 2005, there were only a few sites on the internet,” said Jones, “and many Christians didn’t know if they should be meditating or not. Although the practice was typically held by Catholics within the Christian tradition, more and more orthodox Christians were discovering the benefits of meditation as well.”

    It was meditation integrated with scripture that helped Jones overcome years of a deep depression. “I basically stumbled upon meditation,” said Jones, “and after reaping the benefits, wanted to teach meditation in a way that Christians could embrace.”

    Now Jones is introducing her new book, The Christian Meditation Journal, to help Christians learn how to meditate effectively and with purpose in daily easy lessons and prompts. “Christian meditation is a discipline that is cultivated over time,” said Jones. “Many Christians give up before experiencing the benefits because they think they’re doing it wrong. Others want to meditate, but only in a way that honors God and their faith,” she stated.

    “There is a lot of controversy around meditation,” stated Jones; “however, I see Christian meditation as an opportunity to connect with God on a deeper level. It’s being still and knowing God in action. As we quiet our minds and observe our thoughts, it’s so much easier to bring every thought captive and let go of our stink’in thinkin’,” she declared.

    The Christian Meditation Journal addresses all these concerns. As Christians work through the journal, not only will they learn why they need to meditate, but also how to meditate to restore their peace of mind, reduce stress, overcome limiting beliefs, deal with negative thoughts, and heal past hurts and inner pain.

    The meditation journal also comes with a leader’s guide for those who want to bring Christian meditation to their spiritual group or church community.

    The Christian Meditation Journal is now available for order on Amazon and Rhonda’s website, https://christianmeditationjournal.com for $17.95 in paperback or $14.95 in Kindle.

    Contact: Rhonda Jones, Author
    Phone: (916) 529-9854
    Email: thechristianmeditator@yahoo.com

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  • New book aims to ‘revolutionize Christian theology regarding creation and all things cosmic’

    Just when you decide to forget about it, along comes Terry McIntosh. He’s not a recognized name in the world of quantum physics but his exciting conclusions might change that. His theory of time and things mysterious may be destined to revolutionize Christian theology regarding creation and all things cosmic.

    His book, The Time Particle, delves into spooky things that Christians often wonder about but fail to explain when others ask about it. There’s things like prophecy, time loops, time travel, aliens, predestination or free will questions that stump a lot of us because we don’t know how to answer it satisfactorily. That leaves a void that needs be filled. How does it work? The Time Particle brings clarity to it all.

    According to Terry, things Christians can’t explain are explained with revelation of the pseudoscience Time Particle. “It’s a new approach to all things cosmic,” he says. “Nobody really knows what time is until now. It’s much more than a measurement of movement. It’s a real thing. Among other things, it’s God’s memory book.”

    Science may or may not adopt his conclusions but Terry believes he’s on target because it’s rooted in known science at quantum levels. “Time will tell the tale,” he says, and jokingly adds, “no pun intended.” The hypothesis covers events from before, during, and after creation week.

    Terry isn’t a stranger to controversial subjects. He is CEO of the Jesus Christ Embassy Palestine, which is a Christian organization promoting reconciliation of Jews and Palestinians. He previously authored, “I Shall for the sake of my holy name” which, he says, upset some peers. “Truth is a tough pill to swallow but God’s truth finds it way into the hearts of his saints.”

    Regarding the Time Particle, Terry has already been hammered hard by atheists who oppose anything God related. “God haters attacked the hypothesis in a public forum without even knowing its content. Maybe it frightens them? I expect them to organize bad reviews to diminish its value to potential readers once it goes live. Closed minds impede progress.”

    Terry was introduced to the subject in a dream that led him to the exciting new concept of time, why it exists, and how it works. He says, “We live in an age where knowledge abounds, and so much of it is contrary to God’s truth. Science offers answers to legitimate questions whether right or wrong. If Christians can’t give the right answers, it’s expected that others will adopt the godless explanation. The questions posed are the same ones that people of faith are confronted with. Someone will say that imparted faith is all that’s required and that’s enough. True, God imparts faith but he also gave us a mind to reason with. He said as much in Isaiah 1:18.”

    Terry goes on to say, “All we need to know Christ and live good, godly lives is in the Bible but we want to know more and that’s okay, I’m excited that the Lord is giving us a glimpse into his handiwork. It has a divine purpose. The revelation of how time works and it’s eternal significance is imparted first for edification of the church. Secondly, perhaps it will eventually serve science as well. It needs a new concept of time and this is it. It’s not mandatory to understand the mysteries of God to be saved, but it’s very helpful in bearing witness of a living God who created time. It’s for those with inquiring minds,” he says with a smile.

    The book is a short read but you’ll likely read it more than once. It goes live on November 1. The retail price is $6.95 for the e-book version and $11.95 paperback. You can pre-order the e-book for $4.95 and save a couple of bucks. You can reserve your copy at The Time Particle.

    Contact info
    Terry McIntosh Ministries, Inc.
    PO Box 766, Paducah, KY 42002
    terry@usajourney,us
    Phone 270-217-0132.

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  • “The Jeremiah Johnston Show” Celebrates its First Anniversary on Faith Radio Network

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    St. Paul, Minn., September 17, 2019 —Faith Radio Network, in conjunction with Christian Thinkers Society, celebrates the first anniversary of “The Jeremiah Johnston Show” radio show and podcast this month.

    Within the past year, the weekly hour-long interactive talk program hosted by Dr. Jeremiah Johnston has grown significantly with the help of many distinguished guests such as: Sheila Walsh, John Stonestreet, Derwin Gray, Lee Strobel, Greg Laurie, Alister McGrath, Angie Smith and Karen Swallow Prior. A hallmark of the show is that Dr. Johnston concludes each of his guest interviews with a final question, “What is your unanswered question for God?”

    “We are excited to see ‘The Jeremiah Johnston Show’ thrive on Faith Radio Network’s lineup of unique and live programming,” says Neil Stavem, director of Programming. “We have been encouraged by Jeremiah’s wisdom, insight and ability to present deep truths in compelling ways. Along with guests, he addresses complicated issues in relevant and thoughtful ways with God’s Word as the source of truth and hope.”

    As one of the most popular podcasts on Faith Radio Network, “The Jeremiah Johnston Show” has received amazing feedback and reviews during its first year on-air:

    • “Binge worthy! The conversations have challenged me to go deeper in my relationship with the Lord. I appreciate the thought-provoking content Jeremiah and the guests bring to the show, along with the Q&A at the end of the program…I can’t get enough!”
    • “I don’t know of a stronger, smarter voice in the world today than Dr. Johnston. He’s hip, he’s funny, he’s engaging, he’s normal but yet this young PhD has a wealth of knowledge…”
    • “I really enjoyed the variety of real-life questions and how thoughtful/thinking Christians should respond…”

    “When we began ‘The Jeremiah Johnston Show,’ we committed to create inspiring content to help every listener have the confidence to ask their toughest questions and give them answers,” says Johnston. “We are especially grateful for our partnership with Faith Radio Network, supporters, prayer partners, pastors, leaders and seekers who regularly interact with us in a desire for a thinking faith that answers the toughest questions life throws at us.”

    The Jeremiah Johnston Show is a weekly, one-hour, interactive talk show airing on Saturdays at 9:00 am CT and Mondays at 12:00 am CT on Faith Radio Network stations, online, and through iTunes and other podcast platforms. The show is available for syndication via Faith Radio Network through Amb-OS. To learn more about carrying this program on your station, please contact Neil Stavem at 651-631-5030, or via NLStavem@unwsp.edu.

    For a full list of Faith Radio Network stations, click here.

    “The Jeremiah Johnston Show” On Demand Channels:

    iTunes Podcast
    Android Google Play
    Spotify
    STITCHER
    OVERCAST

    Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D., is president of Christian Thinkers Society, a New Testament scholar, and apologist. He is the author of several books and Bible studies, including: Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity. Jeremiah is married to Audrey, and they are parents to five children — including triplet boys!

    Connect with Jeremiah:

    The Jeremiah Johnston Show
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    www.christianthinkers.com

    To submit guests for interview consideration, please contact Karen Campbell at karen@karencampbellmedia.com and send books to: 

    The Jeremiah Johnston Show
    Christian Thinkers Society
    9711 S. Mason Rd., Ste. 125-101
    Richmond, TX 77407

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  • The Whole Truth Announces Winners of 2019 “40 Under 40 Award”

    The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) award-winning e-magazine, The Whole Truth (TWT) reveals the names of its 40 Under 40 Award recipients.

    Memphis, TNThe Whole Truth magazine is excited to award and recognize 40 young, dynamic leaders who are praying, praising, learning, volunteering, texting and tweeting their way to success in business, church and community. We are more than proud of each of their vast accomplishments and TWT is delighted to acknowledge the contributions of each of the 40 Under 40 recipients through this unique award mechanism.

    Robert Coleman, Jr. the Managing Editor of TWT and COGIC’s Public Relations Director says, “The 2019 TWT 40 Under 40 Awards provides an opportunity to highlight and showcase some of the incredible young adults who are making a difference in their communities around the country.” He went on to say, “The 2019 recipient list includes a state representative, doctors, doctoral and master’s degree holders, pastors, entrepreneurs, musicians, a former juvenile corrections officer, and more.”

    “With over 6 million members globally, it’s difficult for many of us to realize the greatness that is occurring outside of our own sphere of churches, jurisdictions and communities,” stated April Quillen, Editor of The Whole Truth. “40 Under 40 is only a snapshot of the amazing accomplishments flowing throughout our denomination among some truly phenomenal young adults. I am thrilled to be part of such a showcase of COGIC’s very own. Congrats to all!”

    The winners of the 2019 TWT 40 Under 40 Award are:

    NAME CITY, STATE
    1. Sarah Anthony Lansing, Michigan
    2. Krystal Bracy Durham, North Carolina
    3. Karen Burks Metairie, Louisiana
    4. Korie Christian-Moreland Rochester, Pennsylvania
    5. Kalynn Clinton St. Louis, Missouri
    6. Keren Clinton St. Louis, Missouri
    7. Tequila Dorris Joliet, Illinois
    8. Otis Dupree Bowie, Maryland
    9. Jason Erby Richardson, Texas
    10. Timothy Fair Auburn, Alabama
    11. Steven Fluker Hill Lithonia, Georgia
    12. Sidney Frye II Rochester, Minnesota
    13. Katrina Garrett Alexandria, Virginia
    14. Noah Gordon Arlington, Tennessee
    15. Christian Green Claremont, California
    16. Ebony Green Columbia, South Carolina
    17. Mosaic Griffin Wichita, Kansas
    18. (Mr.) Morandon Henry Richmond, California
    19. Jennifer Hudson Atlanta, Georgia
    20. Anthony Hudson, Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
    21. Michael Hunt Waldorf, Maryland
    22. Cedric Jackson, Jr. Cleveland Heights, Ohio
    23. Breana Jelks Montgomery, Illinois
    24. Aliyah Joseph Sherwood, Arkansas
    25. Terry Kidd Houston, Texas
    26. Jacqueline King Cordova, Tennessee
    27. Ms. Christian Lewis Detroit, Michigan
    28. Wayne Martin, Jr. Atlanta, Georgia
    29. Erinna McKissick Saginaw, Michigan
    30. Tena McQueen Lufkin, Texas
    31. Carl Patten II Atlanta, Georgia
    32. Kylese Hammond Charlotte, North Carolina
    33. Jacquetta Ransom Grovetown, Georgia
    34. Angela Sims Kansas City, Kansas
    35. Brandon Smith Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    36. Sophia Strother Pflugerville, Texas
    37. Christin Thorpe Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    38. Tony Torain II Owing Mills, Maryland
    39. Julius Van Hook Hercules, California
    40. Kelly Webb II Minneapolis, Minnesota

    An awards reception will be held during the 112th Holy Convocation of the COGIC on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:30pm at the St. Louis America’s Center. To purchase tickets go to https://www.cogicpublishinghouse.net/the-whole-truth-magazine-cogic-s-40-under-40-2019-reception-ticket-non-refundable for more information.

    The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the country and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States with churches in over 105 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

    The Whole Truth (TWT) is the #1 award-winning e-magazine of the Church of God in Christ. Established 124 years ago, TWT is one of the oldest religious quarterly magazines in the world.

    Contact information:
    Church of God in Christ PR
    pr@cogic.org
    www.cogic.org

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  • The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is Recruiting Homeschool Bloggers

    Applications are now open to join the 2020 Homeschool Review Crew

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine loves to connect families with the best homeschooling products and resources on the market. A key way it does this is through the Homeschool Review Crew—a community of families that get to try out (and keep) a wide range of curriculum and other products. Each family receives these resources for free, in exchange for a personal review of each item on their established blog or vlog.

    The Homeschool Review Crew is currently hosting a recruitment season for the 2020 crew. Interested candidates are encouraged to complete the online application form. Those who are selected for the team will be notified shortly before Thanksgiving. Throughout the year, members will be given approximately six weeks to utilize in their homeschooling each item that is under review. They will need to maintain an active blog or vlog, and be committed to writing and sharing honest reviews on their social media platforms.

    Publisher Gena Suarez describes how this review process helps all the parties involved. “Vendors benefit from the increased exposure for their products, potential buyers are encouraged by the testimonials of fellow homeschoolers, and crew members are blessed by the opportunity to enjoy the latest and greatest teaching resources for free!”

    Members of the Homeschool Review Crew receive two additional free benefits—a subscription to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, and a family membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the full-curriculum website of The Old Schoolhouse®.

    Interested homeschool bloggers and vloggers are encouraged to apply now, before all the spots are filled for 2020.

    About The Old Schoolhouse®

    The Old Schoolhouse® (www.theoldschoolhouse.com) is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, supports over 7,000 member families, with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

    Publishers Paul and Gena Suarez are available for radio interviews.

    Contact: Paul and Gena Suarez 
    888-718-4663
    publisher@theoldschoolhouse.com

     

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  • What’s a Christian single to do?

    Being a Christian and single is an interesting exercise for many. In a church world that has been obsessed with matching up men and women for marriage, the reality of the modern age is that more and more Christians are living single lives.

    Christians are not immune from the challenge of finding a life partner, and hence a new book has entered the market addressing this very issue. On Being Single is written by Bethany Bell, a Christian woman who had to address this very issue in her own life.

    “As a young adult, I didn’t feel the pressure so much to marry, but I perceived judgement that if you were not in a relationship, there was something wrong with you,” she said.

    “I attempted to live a life balancing this perceived judgement, the self-expectations that formed as a result, along with my contentment being single with my desire for a relationship whilst trusting God. This was a challenge. I looked around and observed that many others were also in the same boat, struggling to reconcile the many aspects of logic and emotions that can so easily arise.”

    With the church having been focused on young people either dating or getting married, Bethany felt the need to discuss the topic of being single to bring some clarification.

    “One thing I have noticed in church life is that singleness is rarely acknowledged as a ‘relational status,’” she continued. “Those on the platform often refer to people dating, engaged or married, completely neglecting those who are single. As a single person, there are relational, sexual and financial challenges, just like any person in a relationship.

    “The challenges in each relational dynamic – single, dating, engaged, married, separated, divorced, widowed – look different, but are still present. These subtleties can leave single people feeling as though they have not yet arrived and do not face such challenges. I believe this perception needs to change.”

    As society sees more and more people single, the church needs to change its thinking around being single and ensuring that singles feel valued for who they are, and understanding that relationship status does not determine adulthood, worth or maturity.

    “Single people want to be acknowledged, not because we are single, but because we are people,” Bethany stated. “We need to shift our thinking and language not to make people feel single, but to make them feel valued.

    “This change isn’t cultural, it’s personal. It involves each of us shifting our thinking, which will, in turn, change our language and behaviour as a whole. As single people, we are not living idle or still lives; we are living. We have a choice to join the ride of life, or let it pass us by.

    On Being Single is definitely not a rule-book for maintaining a balance between being single and hoping and praying for a partner, however it does address realities that encourage both hope and contentment, stemmed in the knowledge of being deeply loved by God.

    Readers of this bite-sized book will read chapters that are each the length of or a bit longer than a blog post. It is easy to read and is not a ‘how to’ book. The book is relevant for all people, single or in a relationship – an invitation to another person’s life that may shift perceptions, thinking and cause us to see our world and those in it with a fresh perspective.

    On Being Single is now available globally.

    Contact:
    Bethany Bell
    Email: bethgbell@gmail.com
    https://www.bethanybell.org

     

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  • Dare 2 Share LIVE moves outside the US to unleash students to start a movement of Gospel conversations

    On October 12, Dare 2 Share LIVE Will Empower Tens of Thousands of Teens and Youth Leaders in 90+ Locations in the US, Canada & South America to Serve and Boldly Engage Local Communities with the Gospel.

    Arvada, CO — Following up the success of the Dare 2 Share LIVE event the past two years, national non-profit organization Dare 2 Share is preparing to go beyond our borders, in order to inspire and unleash tens of thousands of teenagers this fall into even more communities to serve and to share the good news of Jesus. Founder and CEO of Dare 2 Share, Greg Stier stated, “With skyrocketing statistics of teen depression, anxiety and suicide, I believe we must do something radical to change the spiritual trajectory of this current generation of teenagers. Only the good news of Jesus can set them free from all they’re going through! That’s what Dare 2 Share Live is all about. It’s about reaching a generation with the hope of Jesus and then mobilizing them to reach their peers until every teen everywhere has every last chance to put their faith in Jesus.

    “On October 12th, 2019 thousands upon thousands of teenagers will be mobilized simultaneously to fight to win the souls of their peers with the hope that only Jesus can bring. Through powerful worship, inspirational talks, hands-on training and cutting-edge technology, teenagers will be unleashed to serve the poor and reach their peers in their local communities. Now more than ever with violence and depression rampant, students are stepping out with the message of life, serving and bringing the Gospel to make a difference because the Gospel changes everything.”

    Commenting on the expansion of Dare 2 Share LIVE outside the U.S, Kris Stout, the Executive Vice President of Word of Life said, “The vision of Dare 2 Share Live is desperately needed for the local church and its teenagers not only in the United States, but also around the world. We are thrilled to pilot the first South American event in Paraguay this fall and ook forward to helping expand the impact to every region worldwide in the years to come.”

    At the event last year, almost 10,000 students and youth leaders attended from 93 sites. This year, on October 12, Dare 2 Share LIVE will be broadcast from the flagship event in Denver, Colorado and is on track to be streamed to 100+ satellite sites nationwide. Each individual site will feature their own live worship band and emcee trainer, along with the direct feed of prominent speakers and artists such as Greg Stier, The Skit Guys, Vertical Worship, Esteban Shedd and Zane Black.

    Over the last 28 years, Dare 2 Share has inspired and equipped over 1 million christian teenagers and youth leaders to engage in spiritual conversations through conferences, training curriculum and resources. In this one-day event, Dare 2 Share LIVE is seeking to engage over 500-800 churches to initiate up to 60,000 gospel conversations in one day.

    A teen-led evangelism movement, Dare 2 Share LIVE is a national, multi-site training event designed to inspire students with the mission Jesus gave His people, to reach their generation for Christ. Utilizing technology that students are accustomed to, the event is structured to inspire teens as they are trained to relationally share Christ, and then empower them to reach out to both their local communities and their social networks. Dare 2 Share President, Debbie Bresina shares, “This is the largest youth population in history. By leveraging technology, these young people have the opportunity to ignite a significant movement of Gospel conversations on one day. Our vision is to see every teen everywhere hear the Gospel message from a friend so the expansion to include Canada and Central and South America are a critical step in the right direction.”

    About Dare 2 Share: Founded in 1991, Dare 2 Share’s mission to Energize the Church to Mobilize youth to Gospelize their world, has led them to train and provide resources to hundreds of thousands of students and youth leaders. The focus on relational evangelism training has made Dare2 Share the go-to teen evangelism training resource for youth leaders and churches globally who want a Gospel Advancing Ministry that accelerates the spiritual growth of their teens and impacts their communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.

    For more information on Dare 2 Share Live, visit dare2share.org/d2sliveinfo

    For more information on the organization of Dare 2 Share, visit dare2share.org

    For press inquiries and interview requests, please contact Jillian Treibel, jilliantreibel@dare2share.org.

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  • Pastor Marvin Winans & Perfecting Church Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Black Tie Gala | Friday, October 11

    Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artists BeBe and CeCe Winans Shows Support for Perfecting Gala with Special Performances

    Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2019) – Pastor Marvin L. Winans and the Perfecting Church Choir shined brightly as musical guests at the recent Democratic Presidential Debates held at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Winans created special arrangements of, “America the Beautiful” and the “National Anthem” that was performed and aired live on CNN’s domestic and international platforms.

    White House correspondent April Ryan tweeted, “What an incredible rendition of “America the Beautiful,” it mixed both the classical choral styles with the soul of the Black church experience. Bravo!”

    Pastor Winans has now turned his attention to the Perfecting Church 30 Year Celebration and Gala on Friday, October 11. The black tie affair is being held at the historic Henry Ford Museum 20900 Oakwood Blvd. located in Dearborn, Michigan. The gathering is open to the public and Winans welcomes the residents of Detroit to join the celebration; the deadline for RSVP and ticket confirmation is September 26. Visit www.perfectingchurch.org or call (313) 365-3787 for more information.

    The reknown social activist, Bryan Stevenson, and former professor at the University of Michigan School of Law is making national headlines and appearances on television outlets such as: NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt; MSNBC; National Geographic with Katie Couric and a one-on one with OWN Founder and CEO, Oprah Winfrey. The author of New York Times best-seller Just Mercy is the guest speaker for the Perfecting Church’s big celebration. Since 1989, Stevenson has been executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, nonprofit law organization he founded that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States.

    Pastor Marvin L. Winans says, “It is hard to believe that thirty-years have passed since Perfecting Church opened her doors. We are honored to have Social Activist, Bryan Stevenson as our special guest to lift us to a greater awareness of social justice. We will be entertained by the multiple Grammy Award winners BeBe Winans and CeCe Winans. Come and Celebrate with us!”

    The evening of festivities begins at 6:30pm with special performances by hometown recording artists, BeBe Winans along with his sister, CeCe Winans. BeBe adds Author and Theatrical Producer to his title after touring the states with his award-winning play and book, Born for This, now headed to Broadway and the book is available for purchase online and via retail. Continuing to make her mark in music and ministry, CeCe recently collected her 12th Grammy Award for the release of Let Them Fall in Love CD, and enjoying her sixth year as Co-Pastor of Nashville Life Church with her husband Alvin Love. The extraordinary talent of these two siblings is unending and far-reaching as they move beyond their confront zone of singing.

    The Detroit legacy of the Winans Family expands over several decades. The Patriarch David Winans, Sr. supported his large family as an employee at Ford Motor Company and a few side jobs. Through his example the Winans family learned the importance of community outreach and continues to honor the memory of their father with a very powerful community presence. In 1992, Pastor Winans founded the Perfecting Community Development Corporation (PCDC) which is home to: The Amelia Agnus Transitional Home for Women, The Winans Academy of Performing Arts, Perfecting Community Care Center, Hands of Hope, Camp Peace and SOAR.

    A portion of the proceeds will help support the Perfecting Community Development Corporation (PCDC)

    Mission Statement: https://perfectingcdc.org/programs-services/.

    About Pastor Marvin Winans

    Pastor Marvin Winans is a multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove winning recording artist, as well as one-fourth of the legendary gospel quartet, The Winans, with whom he recorded such beloved hits as “Tomorrow”, “Ain’t No Need to Worry” and “It’s Time.” Marvin, Carvin, Michael and Ronald crossed formats and styles and stretched the creative boundaries to show the myriad shades and subtleties of love. Ronald, the eldest of the group, passed away in 2005, but The Winans’ distinctive sound and musical legacy blazed the trail for many gospel recording artists, including their younger siblings BeBe and CeCe Winans. The quartet’s tenth and final album was released on the Qwest/Warner Bros. Records label founded by Quincy Jones. They Winans recorded and performed with top music legends such as: Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and countless others. Other highlights of their career comprise of performing for U.S. Presidents, Nelson Mandela and various diplomats. Winans is now the senior pastor of Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan and celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. The church’s humble beginnings started with eight people in Winans’ home basement in 1989. Living by and building on the principle of Colossians 1:28, “Ministry Means People,” the church flourished to a membership of more than 4,500 who congregate weekly in an expansive, 165,000 square foot site facility.

    For more information, please contact Erma Byrd at (213) 382-3656, or via email erma@ebyrdcom.com .

     

     

     

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  • Generosity devotionals increases giving at thousands of churches

    Pastor Brian Kluth from Colorado never expected his personal Bible study of God’s word on finances and generosity would lead to two bestselling devotionals (600,000 copies) that would be used by God to help Christians and churches across America, Australia, Europe, Russia, India, East Asia, Latin America and Africa.

    Pastor Kluth spent six weeks studying his Bible and found 400 Scriptures on what God wants people everywhere to know about finances and generosity. He then organized these verses under 40 Biblical financial principles and 40 daily readings. He printed out copies of the 40 Day generosity devotional for every family in the church and challenged everyone to take a few minutes each day to read and pray about the daily financial principle for the day and the 10 Bible verses. Individuals, couples and even entire families took him up on his challenge. In the weeks and months that followed, giving increased over 40% at his church!

    Kluth thought his generosity devotional might help others churches, so he contacted seven Christian publishing companies to see if they would like to print and sell his devotional to other churches. All seven publishers turned him down. So, he and his wife decided to pay a graphic designer friend to make his 40 day devotional into an attractive 4-color booklet. When they printed their first 15,000 copies people laughed at them and said they would never be able to sell that many copies in their lifetime. But the people that laughed at them were wrong. God allowed them to sell hundreds of thousands of copies to thousands of churches who gave out the devotionals to ignite people’s faith, inspire generosity and increase giving..

    In Australia, hundreds of churches used the devotional and saw giving increase an average of 35%! One church saw giving go up 80%.

    Another church saw giving increase 50%!

     

    A church in Texas received a $200,000 special offering and saw giving increase 50%!

    After the dramatic and powerful impact the 40 Day Generous Life devotional was having on people’s living and giving, Kluth was invited by the Salvation Army in Australia to write a follow-up 30-Day devotional. This second generosity devotional is called the “7 Keys to Open-Handed Living in a Tight-Fisted World.” All 30 days have a daily Bible devotional, an inspiring true story of generosity, a daily quote and prayer.

    Pastor Kluth went on to develop digital companion materials for his devotionals at www.generositydevotional.com. Both his 30 and 40 Day digital kits include weekly videos for church services, weekly discussion videos for small groups, sermon helps, children’s Sunday school curriculums, digital copies of the devotional and even downloadable iPhone/Android/Microsoft apps for phones, tablets and computers. There are also digital copies available in over 40 foreign languages for worldwide distribution.

    Over 3000 churches from over 100 denominations/affiliations have purchased copies (print, digital or app) and given out copies to every family in their church. Because Kluth self-published these devotionals, he is able to offer them to churches for as little at $2.95-$4.95 per copy in bulk orders, but sample PDF copies are available for free to preview. Kluth has also allowed churches and denominations to make their own 4-page custom covers for just $1 more per copy. Churches as small as 25 or larger than 20,000 have distributed his devotionals to every family in their congregation.

    In addition to his bestselling devotionals, Pastor Kluth has created hundreds of dollars of downloadable resources for churches. He sells these digital resources at a deeply discounted price of $99 (limited-time-offer) for over $500 in year-round generosity materials at www.kluth.org/kit99.htm. This includes cartoons, eBooks, webinars and much more!

    Kluth’s ministry has taken him across America and to over 50 countries as a popular generosity speaker for churches and colleges and leadership conferences and events.

    For more information, speaking engagements or media interviews, please contact Brian Kluth – Cell 719.930.4000 – bk@kluth.org. To receive your FREE sample copy or to place an order for print, digital or app copies and the digital kit of companion resources, go to www.GenerosityDevotional.com.

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  • If ministry stinks, then this new book is a must

    For people outside of ministry, the perception can be that it must be pretty easy. After all, it’s 90 minutes on a Sunday, leaving the rest of the week free, right?

    Not quite, and in Ministry Stinks, this revealing new book, author Melanie J. Saward helps those in ministry navigate the challenge of being a pastor or in a ministry position.

    “Ministry has got to be one of the most mentally and emotionally grueling roles I’ve personally ever played in life,” states Melanie. “I was a counselor, so I know the weight of people’s pain and how to not let it get you down. But in ministry, you deal with people throughout some of the darkest moments of their life and you don’t have the option to opt-out, because they are your sheep.

    “There are incredibly high expectations of leaders in the church these days. They are often being asked to do tasks and have people skills that are rare to find cohabiting in one person.”

    Statistics show that 50% of people will exit the ministry within five years of employment, and in terms of current pastors, 89% are considering leaving their jobs, so there is a real need to help pastors perform their all-important role.

    “It can often feel like you are frequently letting people down, and falling short in some way,” she continues. “Because people are often dissatisfied with their church experience, there is the subsequent disillusionment at realizing that it’s definitely not as glamorous as people have often made it out to be. There’s the risk of burnout that is high for most ministry leaders. There’s the constant challenge to not let ministry become your identity. And there’s the ongoing battle to keep a humble heart when you see fruit. I could go on, but probably the worst challenge is how terribly lonely and sometimes isolated you feel.”

    The success of megachurches has placed even more pressure on pastors, as people make the comparison that a church must be large to be influential and successful.

    “Most churches nowadays presume that success in ministry is being a megachurch,” states Melanie. “I can’t even begin to imagine what influence social media and viewing famous celebrity pastors (who often have a platform because of their megachurches) have on the psyche of the average leader and their own expectations on themselves.

    “But there is hope, and with the right tools, a position in ministry is one of the richest and most rewarding vocations. “I deliberately go very deep in unpacking what each challenge looks like so that those in ministry can identify quickly if that difficulty applies to them.

    “I am also very deliberate to give quite practical solutions, because I believe we need real and not conceptual tools to empower leaders to live out their calling.

    “Because we don’t generally share the really hard stuff with those around us, I’ve put myself out there in this book, bringing solutions to the questions and challenges that need to be faced.”

    Ministry Stinks is a must read for anyone currently in ministry, or at least considering it. The book is available globally. Those in ministry can also follow Melanie via her blog.

    Media Inquiries:
    Melanie Saward
    sawardmelanie@gmail.com

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  • Building God’s Way Seminars show ministry leaders how to create an “Embedded Church” Facility

    For immediate release: August 15, 2019

    Building God’s Way (BGW), an organization that provides a network of services to support faith-based organizations, will be hosting seminars in 10 cities this fall. The events will focus on effective strategies for churches to maximize the use of their buildings in order to offset overhead costs and meet community needs 7 days a week. Seminar stops include Modesto, CA; Oceanside, CA; Lincolnshire, IL; Janesville, WI; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Louisville, KY; Middleburg, OH; Spokane, WA and Richmond, VA.

    Experts in church architecture, construction, church leadership and funding will share how ministries can reduce the cost of their next facility expansion or remodel project by up to 30%. BGW Principal Architect Don Mahoney will share some key design principles for churches to consider for their new or existing facility that will help bring people to their campus who may not be looking for Jesus, but who might later realize that Jesus is looking for them. “In order for churches to thrive in the 21st century, we believe they must be willing to put their community first. Strategic master planning and design can help optimize community impact – 7 days a week!”, Mahoney said.

    Matt Roberts, Senior Pastor of The Genesis Project Church and CEO of The Genesis Fund National Church Planting Network, will share some keys from his book, The God of New Beginnings, that can help churches create a culture that allows people to belong before they believe. “Community doesn’t just happen by accident”, said Roberts. “We must break ground and cultivate a culture that invites people in. We must come to a place where we truly believe there is no “us and them”, there is just…us”.

    Church facilities have traditionally been among the least utilized buildings in America, sitting empty throughout most of the week. Derek Bartlett, Director of Mission-Based Sustainable Solutions, will share how churches can build financially sustainable forms of ministry that allow them to invest more of their resources into their actual mission, while creating a catalyst for ministry growth.

    “Great information and exactly what our Church needed as we navigate through the complicated process of expanding our Ministry Center. A no nonsense approach towards becoming an embedded church in our community along with an in-depth look at how to move through the process of building, with an emphasis on integrity and accountability at every phase.” – Bill Meadows, Farmdale Church of the Nazarene, Louisville, KY

    For more information, visit bgwservices.com/seminar or call 800-752-7910.

    Building God’s Way (BGW) is an organization that was founded with the mission to transform the “world’s way” of design & construction by delivering the best possible stewardship of ministry resources. An industry leader in church architecture, BGW Architects has designed more than 850 ministry buildings throughout the U.S. Over the years, BGW has continued to expand beyond architecture into a network of kingdom building solutions to meet a wide range of ministry needs, with strategic partners in the areas of construction, building supply, funding & financial services, for-profit integration, strategic planning and more.

     

     

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  • Little Women – New Trailer Now Available On EPK.TV!

    Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.

    In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

    Directed By:
    Greta Gerwig

    Screenplay by:
    Greta Gerwig

    Based on the Novel by:
    Louisa May Alcott

    Produced by:
    Amy Pascal
    Denise Di Novi
    Robin Swicord

    Executive Producers:
    Arnon Milchan
    Adam Merims
    Evelyn O’Neill
    Rachel O’Connor

    Cast (In alphabetical order):
    Timothée Chalamet
    Chris Cooper
    Laura Dern
    Louis Garrel
    Tracy Letts
    James Norton
    Bob Odenkirk
    Florence Pugh
    Saoirse Ronan
    Eliza Scanlen
    Meryl Streep
    Emma Watson

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  • ‘Servant Leadership’ five-book series by best-selling author Kevin Wayne Johnson

    Clarksville, Maryland (USA) – Employees at all levels in the workplace feel undervalued, marginalized and underappreciated in more ways than one. U.S. companies spent $160 billion on employee training and education, yet:

    • 58% of managers said they did not receive any management training.
    • 79% of people quit their job due to lack of appreciation.
    • 77% of organizations report they are currently experiencing a leadership gap.
    • Only 10% of CEOs believe their company’s leadership development initiatives have a clear business impact.
    • 63% of Millennials said their leadership skills were not being fully developed.

    To reverse this disturbing trend, Leadership With A Servant’s Heart is a new series of books with you in mind. They will equip the front-line, mid-level and senior-level leaders of small, medium and large organizations, and churches, with practical and proven leadership principles, strategies, facts and real-time examples with the sole purpose of creating a new and dynamic cadre of leaders. Through the subtitle for book #1 – Leading through Personal Relationships – the principle goal is to teach, coach, mentor and share the concepts of leading others by valuing and caring for them. While it is true that “Many will not remember what you say, but most will remember how you make them feel,” the readers of this book will learn the truth of this emotion and how to effect change in their respective leadership styles. When leaders value and care for those that they are entrusted to lead, their influence increases exponentially.

    Leadership With A Servant’s Heart” is systematically divided into three parts, three chapters each, to emphasize the core characteristics of a servant leaderserving, inspiring and leading:

    Part I – The Key to Servant Leadership: Serving Others

    Part II – The Goal of Servant Leadership: Inspiring Others

    Part III – The Result of Servant Leadership: Leading Others

    Foreword by: Mr. Ed DeCosta, Founder of EDC University and Author of “Ascend” and “Release Your Superhero” and senior trainer/coach with The John Maxwell Team

    Genres: Leadership/Christian Living/Spirituality/Personal Growth/Business/Relationships
    ISBN: 978-0-9883038-5-0 /© 2019
    Trade Soft cover / 280 pages / Edited by: Fresh Eyes Proofreading and Editing
    Retail Price: $24.95 U.S.A. / €22.30 Euro / £19.90 U.K. / $32.70 Canada
    Dimensions: 5.5” x 8.5”
    Publication date: September 3, 2019

    Praise for Leadership with a Servant’s Heart:

    “Kevin Johnson has created a valuable resource to accelerate leadership development with a Servants’ heart. His foundation of scripture supported by practical business examples, cases, and models provide a detailed guide for the growth-minded leader.”
    Nigel Adams
    Owner, Adams Consulting LLC and C12 Group Chair, Washington DC Metro Region
    Former Vice President, Customer Service – JetBlue Airways 

    “It is obvious that Kevin Johnson is a spirit-driven, kind and generous family man, servant of God and leader of men because he has lovingly crafted a book that speaks to those very traits. Quoting Kevin, “leadership is not convenient.” Being a leader and taking on a leadership role is a tremendous responsibility, and a frequent sacrifice. The characteristic of quality leadership is a gift from God and to whom much is given, much is required.”
    – Joan M. Pratt, CPA
    Comptroller, City of Baltimore, Maryland

    Kevin Johnson is masterful in this work.  The personal experiences that he shares and the case studies are inspiring and refreshing. If you desire to be a better leader and to help others maximize their leadership potential, this is a must read.”
    Reverend Dr. Miki Merritt
    Past Presiding Elder of the National Association of the Church of God, W. Middlesex, Pennsylvania

    “This book certainly packs a punch, it is loaded with solid statistics aligned with scriptural references. Highly recommended for men and women who want to be successful leaders in any field.”
     – Dr. Reg Morais
    Founder, Anoint the World Ministries, Founder & Senior Pastor, Living Faith Community Church Global, Perth, Western Australia

    “I commend to you Kevin Johnson’s latest book, as he describes not only servant leadership theories, but provides practical applications and examples which connect the dots.  As the president of a Christian university, and having served as the head of a 60,000 person federal agency (TSA), and Deputy Director of the FBI under Robert Mueller, with over 35,000 employees, I understand and appreciate the importance of those who lead with a servant’s heart.”
    Dr. John S. Pistole
    President, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana

    “We are all called to serve.  Leaders are called to serve above and beyond all others.  Pastor Kevin establishes the connection between relationships and service.  Lead yourself to this book and expect to grow.”
    Dr. Steve Greene
    Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media Group

    About the Author:

    As Founder and Chief Executive of The Johnson Leadership Group LLC, Kevin provides organizations, and the people who work within them, with the tools to forge effective personnel and interpersonal communication. He delivers training on the elements of dynamic relationships, to equip teams with the attitudes and attributes needed to develop individuals into leaders. He does so through motivating workshops, seminars, insightful keynote speeches and compassionate coaching – all to encourage personal and professional growth. He is a John Maxwell Team certified trainer, coach, mentor and speaker, and an active member of the International Coach Federation. Kevin enjoyed a 34-year career (retired) in government and private industry as a middle-to-senior level leader. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Management / Economics / Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kevin is an ordained minister by the Church of God Ministries, Incorporated, Anderson, IN, and has held multiple leadership positions at the local, regional, national and international levels, including Senior Pastor. His best-selling book series – Give God the Glory! – earned 19 literary awards from 2001 to 2013. He authors a weekly blog (www.kevinwaynejohnson.com/blog) and is the co-host of the monthly radio show (www.blogtalkradio.com/christianauthorsontour). He currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife Gail and three sons.

    Media Contact:
    www.kevinwaynejohnson.com
    (410) 340-8633

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  • The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Is Coming to Walmart

    Shoppers will soon discover homeschooling’s premiere publication gracing the shelves of another major retail chain. The Old Schoolhouse® is pleased to announce that it has accepted an invitation to partner with Walmart, which will carry the quarterly publication The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.

    Walmart joins a growing list of retailers selling the homeschooling community’s go-to trade magazine. Other vendors include Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, Walgreens, and Kroger grocery stores.

    The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine (TOS) is published by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. Most of the people working for TOS are homeschooling moms and dads living in various parts of the United States and Canada. They work from home, communicating via computer and phone, to produce a product that helps and encourages families around the world.

    Publishers Paul and Gena Suarez are the homeschooling parents who started The Old Schoolhouse® as a newsletter nearly two decades ago. “We are happy to be working with Walmart!” says Gena, who believes this will help to increase the number of home educating families. “When Mom picks up our magazine, she will see that she can do this! Outstanding resources are available to help her be a successful homeschool teacher.”

    One such resource is SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. One membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com gives a family unlimited access to over 400 online courses, plus streaming videos and numerous teaching tools. During the August BOGO sale (on now), new members are purchasing their first two years for less than the price of one!

    The company that publishes these print and digital resources to help parents teach their children “at home where they belong” is delighted to have a new home for its print magazine—Walmart!

    About The Old Schoolhouse®

    The Old Schoolhouse® (www.theoldschoolhouse.com) is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, supports over 7,000 member families, with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

    Publishers Paul and Gena Suarez are available for radio interviews.

    Contact: Paul and Gena Suarez
    888-718-4663
    publisher@theoldschoolhouse.com

     

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  • New book helps children discover their inner superhero

    A new children’s book is an imaginative tale about dreaming big and believing in yourself.

    Arya’s Flying Dreams was originally conjured up as a bedtime story for the author’s nephew and two sons to inspire them to believe that anything is possible. A few years later and whilst on maternity leave with her daughter, her eldest son encouraged her to write the book.

    Arya’s Flying Dreams is a fresh perspective on taking good risks, because that is where the real discoveries are made and resilience is born. With the help of nutrition and rest to boost the mind and body with energy, anything is possible.

    “What started as nothing more than a dream saw the seeds of my first children’s book planted and my publishing journey begun. Thanks to my encouraging husband, the great people at Ark House Kids and the visionary illustrator, Valerie Bouthyette, this book is now a wonderful dream come true.”

     

    In this beautiful children’s book, Arya dreams about flying. Like a bird, like a plane or like Superman! Can he make his dreams come true? Even though he fails to fly time and time again, he doesn’t give up. With his mum’s encouragement, Arya keeps inventing and learns to have fun along the way!

    About the Author:

    Dawn is passionate about reading and writing meaningful stories whilst raising her three kids, together with her husband in Melbourne, Australia. Dawn is a member of Writer’s Victoria and writes regularly on her blog, CreativeMama.com.au and on www.facebook.com/CreativeMama.com.au. She aspires to empower parents with insights to have fun connecting creatively with their kids.

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  • Invitation to a Fast – A Study on the Power of Fasting

    Never has there been such a vital time for the church to rediscover the ancient weapon of fasting. Battles over legislations, worldviews and souls are breaking out all around us and often the individual can feel close to impotent to do anything about it. In response, over the last decade, the worldwide church has seen a reawakening around prayer and fasting.

    More churches than ever in recent memory are calling congregations to seasons of Prayer and Fasting. But how does an individual believer or a local church shed the overtones of legalistic fasting and engage with this in such a way that is full of grace and sustainable?

    Invitation to a Fast is a follow up to This Chosen Fast (Ark House) and will give you all the tools to answer that question. It presents a survey of all of the major biblical texts. It has a multitude of personal stories and tips to make fasting accessible. And it is all wrapped in a grace covered, invitational framework that can be missing from so many works-orientated fasting discussions.

    Lou Engle, founder of The Call and The Send, which gathers tens of thousands in stadiums across the world, in his foreword says,With the sound of fasting on the lips of generals of intercession there will always come the questions, the doubts, and the critics – primarily from among the Church.

    “Many raise very important questions concerning fasting. I am proud of this book. It is so well written, and it answers many of these questions with well thought-out and articulated biblical revelation. I believe this book should be a key resource for those who are serious about leading the parade of history in fasting and prayer and mobilizing this last days movement described in Joel 2 and elsewhere in the scriptures.”

    Invitation to a Fast is an opportunity to delve deeply in scripture, engage with an author who has fasted for multiple 3 day, 7 day, 21 day and 40 days fasts, and throw off guilt around prayer and fasting and respond to the heavenly invitation to change the history of the world.

    About the author:
    Matt Madigan is a pastor, speaker, author and a passionate faster. When Matt speaks about prayer and fasting, he does so from a wealth of personal experience. Much of Matt’s personal breakthrough has come through dedicating his life to prayer and fasting. For the last 20 years, a 40 day fast has been part of his annual routine. He is a known authority on the topic, leading the 40 day fast for ‘The Call Australia’ in 2004 which culminated with 6000 people attending 12-hour event at the Sydney Showground.

    Matt has written 2 books: This Chosen Fast and Invitation to a Fast as well as blogging at 7-14.org.

    Invitation to a Fast is available now on Amazon, ArkHousepress.com and all book sellers.

    Matt is available for interviews and speaking engagements. We would love to forward you a copy of Invitation to a Fast, so you can use it as a giveaway on your channel or review it for articles and book reviews. To book Matt or request a complimentary copy contact him on +61402 302 405 or 714unitedferventprayer@gmail.com

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  • Northeastern Seminary Offers Free Child Safety Webinar Training for Churches

    On Tuesday, August 6, at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) Amy Lynn Smith, licensed master social worker, mother, and 2015 graduate of Northeastern Seminary’s Theology and Social Justice, M.A. program, leads a free webinar on “Implementing Child Safety Strategies in Houses of Worship.”

    “I regularly come across churches and communities that have a difficult time implementing important safety policies, such as having two unrelated adults in a classroom,” Smith said. “Leaders often wonder how they can accomplish this when they only have five volunteers for their children’s ministry.”

    Pulling from her training as a social worker and experience in pastoral ministry, Amy will offer insight on how church and ministry leaders can:

    • Complete a preliminary child safety vulnerability analysis for their church or ministry addressing common critical areas of risk
    • Identify how their church can safely engage with and protect children online
    • Implement best practices for safety and prevention
    • Rethink what a community of wholeness can look like inside and outside of the church

    This webinar is free and open to the public. Webinar attendees will receive a best practices toolkit download that includes sources for further training and research-based information. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a special two-hour workshop hosted by Amy on August 15 at Northeastern Seminary.

    For more information or questions, please contact Maria Gilluly, event coordinator, at gilluly_maria@roberts.edu or 585.594.6420, or visit the event website at www.nes.edu/Webinar

    About Northeastern Seminary

    Since opening its doors in 1998, Northeastern Seminary has continued to grow in prominence as an independent, multi-denominational seminary and as a significant resource for the Church and community in upstate New York. Located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College, Northeastern offers five Masters Programs available fully online and onsite and one Doctoral program with residency. Through innovative approaches to ministry, engagement of cultural contexts, perseverance in the face of challenges, excellence in biblical preaching and worship, and transformation of self and others through spiritual formation, Northeastern Seminary students share in the creative and redemptive work of God.

    Contact:
    Michael Blankenship
    Director of Marketing
    585.594.6804 | Blankenship_Michael@roberts.edu

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  • Parents Are Joining Their Children on Summer Vacation

    SchoolhouseTeachers.com is saving home educators time and money

    As the homeschooling year draws to a close, students are planning fun things to do on their summer break, but parents are already planning for next year. Choosing curricula and gathering resources can take many hours and a lot of money, but those who visit SchoolhouseTeachers.com are finding everything they need in a matter of minutes at a bargain price!

    The June Firefly Special on monthly memberships is happening now at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum website of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Until June 28, new members pay only $5 for the first month (using the code FIREFLY) and then the price is locked in at $10.95 per month for the lifetime of the membership. (That is more than 45% off the regular monthly rate of $19.95.)

    “Parents need a summer break, too,” explains Gena Suarez, homeschooling mom and publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. “Moms breathe a sigh of relief when they land on our website and realize that their summertime search is over. They see more than 400 courses, 450 streaming videos, and 1,100 pages of planning and recordkeeping tools. There are 10 libraries of World Book Online and 13 Focused Learning Centers, including a Just for Parents Center.”

    A monthly membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com grants a whole family unlimited access to the site. Lessons can be downloaded and printed or completed online. Students love the interactive course content. Parents love the interactive support from the Member Forum and the Facebook Group.

    Gena says, “Hey, Mama! Take the summer off and have fun with your kids! Lock in your membership now, and don’t worry about the fall. We will be here with everything you need when the school bell rings.”

    About The Old Schoolhouse®

    The Old Schoolhouse® (www.theoldschoolhouse.com) is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, supports over 7,000 member families, with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

    Contact: Paul and Gena Suarez 
    888-718-4663
    publisher@theoldschoolhouse.com

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  • Brazilian blind surfer’s story of great courage and faith

    Every so often, a unique book comes along that will inspire and motivate you to step into what is you dare to dream about. Beyond These Eyes (Ark House Press) is the biography of Derek Rabelo, the world-renowned Brazilian blind surfer and one of the most courageous people on the planet.

    Born blind due to congenital glaucoma, Derek Rabelo is globally recognized for his big wave surfing feats. He carries with him a great faith in his God, a faith he says makes it possible to achieve what very few with able sight can.

    Famous for his big wave courage, he has ridden life-threatening monsters at Pipeline, Jaws and Mavericks in Northern California, and most recently surfing 50-foot waves in Nazare, Portugal. While it is an unbelievable attempt for anyone, it is a pure miracle if you are blind.

    Derek’s story is one of overcoming in the face of great opposition. His humility is shown throughout his life as portrayed in the book.

    Derek owes so much of his surfing career to the guidance of his father, a former surfer. He encouraged his son to step out in faith and do the extraordinary. In fact his whole family have lovingly supported him in all his endeavors. He has also successfully been a downhill skier and skateboard rider.

    Beyond These Eyes takes you on an extraordinary journey inside Derek’s life. From the time of his birth, the anguish and then devotion and love of his family, to his build up to being a big wave surfer.

    Contact information:
    Derek Rabelo
    derekrabelo@gmail.com

    Lynn Goldsmith –
    lynngoldsmith194@gmail.com

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  • Homeschool Graduations Celebrate Children

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Old Schoolhouse® is helping families dream for the future

    As June approaches, hundreds of homeschool groups are planning graduation ceremonies for their grade 8 and grade 12 students. Thousands of families who will celebrate these educational milestones have been helped along the way by homeschooling’s premiere publication, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. The Summer 2019 issue has recently gone to print and is scheduled for release on June 1. It is available for pre-order now through the online store at https://www.theoldschoolhouse.com.

    “Graduation season is a great time for mom and dad to celebrate all their children, and the grades they have completed,” says Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. “It is also a perfect time to dream together as a family about the coming year and the new adventures that lie ahead.” While most students are looking ahead to the next grade, many soon-to-be high school graduates are preparing for college and the pursuit of a career. (They can discover ocean careers by reading the upcoming issue!)

    Published quarterly, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine helps homeschool families get ready for every new season. A subscription can be purchased for $29 US (one year) or $39 US (two years). Every issue will arrive in the mail, containing 120 glossy pages of help and encouragement for home educators. In the Summer 2019 edition, parents will find excellent teaching tips such as when to start formal math and how to make grammar fun. They will learn strategies for teaching multiple ages and receive advice about social media and about working while homeschooling.

    For this graduation season, Paul and Gena Suarez have a special message for homeschooling families: “Congratulations to parents and students on another great year of learning! Thank you for making The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine an important part of your homeschooling journey.”

    About The Old Schoolhouse®

    The Old Schoolhouse® (www.theoldschoolhouse.com) is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, supports over 7,000 member families, with more than 400 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

    Contact: Paul and Gena Suarez 
    888-718-4663
    publisher@theoldschoolhouse.com  

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  • Designer shoes – a pastoral concern

    Dallas, TX…Searching for worship music and sneakers on the internet, a young man started noticing a strange occurrence. Several Christian pastors wore rather expensive sneakers in the pictures on their church websites. The shoes ranged from $600 to $3,000. This trend alarmed him, and he asked a question, “What is OK as far as optics … as far as pastors wearing hype or designer clothing?”. His Instagram post started a blaze of comment from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times and several other media outlets.

    Public criticism is an occupational hazard of Christian leadership. It’s nearly as old as the poverty-modeling founder of the Christian faith, the one who had “no place to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20, NIV) but who also did not prohibit the “wasteful” spending of expensive perfume by a doting follower (Matt. 26:7-13) as justifiable preparation for his upcoming burial.

    So where should we land on our evaluation of pastors and possessions? Since the matter is more than mere optics, concerned colleagues sent me the relevant links and suggested I provide applicable instruction.

    Years ago, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) distributed an article I wrote on the matters of money and ministry. Current events prompt me to add to that guidance. I am an itinerant proclaimer of God’s Word who regularly must navigate between geographies of deprivation and opulence, and balance the optics for poor and well-endowed audiences across the world. I am sending off this article after lift off from Rwanda having just addressed well-to-do opinion leaders and economically deprived pastoral leaders. Whether I should even write on this somewhat superficial matter of “sneakers and preachers” after visiting the Kigali Genocide Museum this morning causes a heaviness of heart. How lightweight can insensitive leaders and heavy-handed their critics be?

    And yet this newsy matter is noisy enough to share a few principles for level-of-lifestyle decisions among Christian leaders who receive their compensation from donors?

    Your Audience’s Sensitivity

    “God is not a respecter of persons,” a friend mentioned in passing, “but people are.” Therefore, I avoid judging by external appearance but recognize that the external does matter to most. I try not to embarrass my primary audiences, either by over or underdressing, or by indulging or rejecting luxury as intrinsically good or evil. Last Sunday, my Rwandese hosts preferred I wear a suit, white shirt and cravat to address a pre-Christ audience of government, military, and business professionals. I pay attention to what matters to them, so “by all means I may save some” (1 Cor. 9:22, NET). The rest of the week, while speaking to pastors, I left off the jacket in the mornings, and took off my tie in the afternoons.

    Only those who serve a specific audience best know the sensitivities of that audience—no journalist or outsider does. Only we and God can truthfully answer if we use externals to initially impress others in order to reach them. So we must ask what God thinks of what we are doing. He knows if we are sincerely reaching out to people with our behavioral choices or stage-managing their public responses. He knows if we are serving psychological deficiencies in our self-view or social efficiencies for better communication.

    Know your audience then. As you bear fruit in evangelizing and discipling them, be aware of their sensitivities, and adjust your lifestyle as you are able. Do not worry about self-authorizing faultfinders. Turn their projectiles into a spiritual advantage, as veteran missionary E. Stanley Jones remarked, “My critics are the unpaid guardians of my soul.” Only as you carry the cross of criticism in daily leadership, are you, like your Lord Jesus, being prepared for your burial and worthy of the extravagance any few might pour out. So consider what only you know with honest rigor: are critics pointing out the expense of the occasional alabaster perfume or the wretchedness of your hidden but constant mentality of entitlement?

    Your Sense of Identity

    Pay strong attention when those critics who normally disagree with each other agree on a matter against you. That agreement should tell you something is amiss in your assessment of external relevance. Perhaps you have developed a mistaken sense of the Self from a wrongly identified source of self-identity.

    If you need luxury to feel better about yourself, then you are ignoring God’s unconditioned acceptance. And if you feel free to ignore everyone else’s opinion about your chosen lifestyle, then you have disregarded how to love your neighbor well.

    Temper the truth of having nothing to prove to God with the reality that you do have to prove something to people. Don’t be overly concerned about your image; you are already accepted among the beloved. Do be concerned about your reputation; it reflects inner strength and affects God’s glory through you.

    When it comes to money, possessions and lifestyle, always evaluate your levels of contentment and gratitude. The former is not passive. The latter is the strongest of all emotions. They will help you make better spending choices and deprecate any ownership claims over your belongings. Follow your Master’s sacrificial approach to ministry as you seek to discern (by all means with your spouse) your standard of living under God.

    Not long ago, I visited the pastor of the world’s fastest growing, mega-church—100,000 people in five services in just a dozen years. He lives in a modest two-bedroom apartment attached to the stage of a massive arena. “God has cured me of desire for luxury,” he said, “I am missionary at heart and by practice.” Although high-living by a mega-church pastor could be tolerated or even reasonable, his choices show godly contentment. Do yours?

    The apostle Paul notes that our hard work is worthy of double material honor (1 Tim. 5:17) from those who receive God’s Word from us (Gal. 6:6), but we shall never demand that deference. Why? Because we live off the voluntary generosity of others. This dependence on donors is both amazing and humbling. Like many of you, I have received beautiful gifts from God through friends to enjoy (I Tim. 6:17). It is also humiliating at times. No other profession I know feels more the conflict of keeping motives pure than those who wish to altruistically serve the very people on whose gifts they depend.

    Spiritual maturity requires regular affection-management, of setting “your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2, ESV). Just because your income goes up, your lifestyle does not have to keep rising. Instead, your giving can.

    Your Ministry Sensibility

    Importantly, though often missed, these level-of-lifestyle decisions call for a ministry sensibility, a mixture of love, humility, wisdom and courage. They fall into the larger and deeper issue of “questionable” issues. God’s Word is clear on matters such as Gospel content and sexual immorality. Those issues may be questioned (what is not questioned these days?) but are not questionable. The Bible leaves other matters, such as styles of church buildings, worship music, and preaching shoes without clear prescription. The latter fall into the class of questionable issues.

    While personally nauseous and culturally hideous, no biblical absolute governs preacher fondness for $600 sneakers. Rather the Bible expects that maturing believers will disagree about preferences in behavior with openness and without bitterness. Our tendencies toward legalism (behavior to gain favor with God) or license (the freedom of grace without denying ungodliness, Titus 2:13) factor into these penchants too. The only clear direction about any questionable matter, personal and public, is that we live by biblical values and faith-filled conviction toward our preferences.

    Biblical values framing “questionable” issues exhort us to avoid becoming a stumbling block to a weaker believer (Rom. 14:21), or letting anything gain control of us (1 Cor. 6:12). God’s Word also requires a faith-filled conviction about our choices, since “whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23, NRSV).

    Although you might manage to rationalize anything you want, the more you find yourself defensive with God, Scripture and loved ones about a level-of-lifestyle choice, the more likely you are rationalizing your love of lavishness. I can convince myself to deserve anything I really want, yet the only thing I deserve is eternal damnation.

    Shall we empty ourselves to follow Jesus’ unentitled, servant model, voluntarily releasing use of our rights so that we might seek and save the lost? In these ways, we will build rather than weaken the faith of others; we shall attract unbelievers (I Pet. 2:12) rather than repel them.

    Oh, one more matter of audience sensitivity to consider: if freed in your self-identity to tie on those sneakers, ministry sensibility in some cultures obliges you to remove all footwear as you approach the podium to honor the greatness of the God you worship and represent. Indeed I submitted my free right to wear shoes for the joy of preaching at that fastest-growing, mega-church. Hearers were not distracted, new converts did not stumble, and mature believers all embraced God’s Word.

     

    A theologian-evangelist, philosopher-expositor, educator and author, Dr. Richard holds a Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. In addition to serving as president of RREACH, he also serves as Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Richard travels throughout the world clarifying the message of the Bible through lectures and preaching. His audiences range from non-Christian intellectuals in major universities to poor pastors in rural areas, from gatherings of a few to crowds of a hundred thousand. RREACH is a global proclamation ministry. Through RREACH, he has trained thousands of church leaders in over 100 countries to preach, live, and think biblically.

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    This article can be duplicated.

    You can click here to obtain a free downloadable pdf, Who Giveth the Increase? to find more of Dr. Richard’s “thoughts ,” on developing a biblical mindset on money, growth and ministry.

     

    Contact: Tina Jacobson
    tina@rreach.org
    903-654-1319

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  • Host Israelis in your home with Chiburim

    FAITH NEWSWIRE Chiburim is the Hebrew word for “connections” and what better way to display Messiah’s love than by hosting Israelis in your home, as and when you are able? As the only not-for-profit hosting Israelis network, connecting Israelis free of charge solely with believing hosts,  Chiburim’s outreach is unique on all three accounts. Since commencing in 1999 this has helped build appreciation, respect and friendship between Christian/Messianic hosts and thousands of Israeli travelers using Chiburim across six continents

    Learn more here: https://www.chiburim.com/english/

    There are four ways to participate and help Chiburim’s outreach:                        

    HOST
    If you would like to participate in Chiburim as a host, it is free and flexible and hosts may offer accommodation for free or ask for a small donation to help cover costs. Please visit our hosting website at www.chiburim.com/english for more info and to apply to host. Learn more here: https://www.chiburim.com/english/

    SHARE
    If you would like to help by sharing with other believers about Chiburim’s outreach please direct them to our hosting website at www.chiburim.com/english and/or to our partner ministry website, Gefen International, via the link below

    PRAY
    For more info or to support by praying for Israelis and for Chiburim’s outreach please visit our partner ministry website, Gefen International, via the link below

    GIVE
    For more info or to support Chiburim’s outreach by giving please visit our partner ministry website, Gefen International, at https://www.ariel.org/about/partners/gefen-international-israeli-outreach

    Shalom, Toda Raba! Thank you & God bless you!

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  • Life Fest – Hollywood, Again Set to Rock the Industry

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., — On May 3 and 4, Life Fest Hollywood marks its 9th year at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, the original Chaplin Studios. In seeking to revive the real roots of Hollywood storytelling, the goal of Life Fest is to honor films that highlight the significance of an individual life, especially the seemingly insignificant life. Life Fest’s signature award, the “Spirit of Capra,” is named after director Frank Capra, whose work underscored the significance of the seemingly insignificant life, and how one “insignificant individual life, though seemingly irrelevant, can actually change everything in the world in which he or she lives.”

    Many diverse shorts and features have been honored at Life Fest over the years, including: October Baby, The Way; Doonby; The Book Thief; Brother’s Keeper; Return to the Hiding Place, Gosnell, and now Unplanned, which has been nominated for picture of the year.

    Of the 280 films entered for this year’s screenings only 14 were chosen. “We actively seek out the new generation of filmmaker, and help get them scholarships and connections with industry folks,” says Brian Johnston, Festival Director. Johnston, who brings experience in entertainment law, acting and producing, wants the ‘deeper structure’ of real story-telling retold in the visual medium again.

    “Not a lot of car crashes; CGI or gratuitous blood and kinetics in our typical honorees. It’s the human story – the individual who struggles and whose struggle and decisions are just human. That’s how good storytelling reaches us. They may be facing extraordinary circumstances, but they face them.

    “I think Frank Capra said it best,’ says Johnston. “Every individual is unique. That insignificant guy or gal is in fact VERY significant. We are all unique. There is only one you.’

    “Capra really got story, says Johnston. “And he mastered so many nuances and details of examining that person and making them empathetic characters. The reason stories matter is that, we all have a story. We are all significant, even if others or all of society implies otherwise.”

    Screenings run May 3-4, with workshops and industry networking opportunities. A limited-time early bird discount (code EZ) is available on-line. See more at http://Lifefilmfest.com.

    SOURCE Life Fest Film Festival
    CONTACT: 310-962-1131

    Related Links
    http://Lifefilmfest.com
    IMDb –  Brian “Keenan” Johnston

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  • “The Passion Oratorio: A Live Concert Event” releases to DVD and On-demand

    To coincide with the 15th anniversary of “The Passion of the Christ” movie, “The Passion Oratorio: A Live Concert Event” releases to DVD and On-deman

    Featuring original music from John Debney, the Oscar-nominated composer for the film

    For Immediate Release

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – (Burbank, CA) – Debney Productions and Costa Communications, in cooperation with Icon Productions, announce the DVD/On-demand release of “The Passion Oratorio: A Live Concert Event.” The concert was filmed before an audience of over 6000 people at the world-renowned Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba Spain.  It was the first orchestral concert performed in the mosque in over 40 years.

    “The Passion Oratorio” features the original concert work by the Oscar-nominated composer John Debney, the film’s lyricist/vocalist/soloist Lisbeth Scott, the film’s worldwind flute soloist Pedro Eustache, the Ziryab Choir, and the Cordoba Orchestra under the direction of Kevin Kaska. Other solo performers included tenor Juan Luque and soprano Maria Alonso.  “The Passion Oratorio” is available on-demand on iTunes, Amazon and Vudu, and available for purchase on Amazon.  The release coincides with the 15th anniversary of “The Passion of the Christ” movie release.

    “I was so honored to have the Passion Oratorio performed in the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba where people of all faiths visit the mosque that was constructed over 1000 years ago,” explains Debney.

    Director Mel Gibson praised the composer’s concert work. “John Debney’s musical score for ‘The Passion of the Christ’ enhanced the film’s images to an otherworldly realm,” said Gibson. “In his Oratorio, John has gone a step further and expanded his inspiration to a work that transcends its orchestrations to speak straight to the heart and soul, like a prayer.”

    John Debney has conducted several performances of “The Passion Oratorio” throughout the world, including the first concert in Rome, Italy.  Following the performance, Archbishop Foley of the Vatican, who was in attendance, blessed Debney and the work.  “As a composer, it was an experience that comes along once in a lifetime to be associated with a film that touched so many people’s lives,” said Debney. To date, “The Passion of the Christ” movie has made over $611 million worldwide.

    “The Passion of the Christ” movie score was nominated for an Oscar, and became a gold-selling album in 2004. The score was also honored with a Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year at the 36th Annual Gospel Music Awards. “The Passion of the Christ” score was composed by John Debney and produced by John Debney & Mel Gibson. “The Passion Oratorio: A Live Concert Event” is directed by Ray Costa, executive producers are John Debney & Ray Costa, and co-producers are Lola Debney and John Debney Jr.

    For more information go to  www.thepassionoratorio.com  to view the trailer: https://youtu.be/aLtZUEooyvU.

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  • To Call Greek Religious Art “Myth” Is a Profound Insult to the Ancient Sculptors and Artists

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ANCIENT GREEK RELIGIOUS TEMPLE AND VASE ART BOASTS OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE WAY OF CAIN (MAN AS THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS) IN THE POST-FLOOD WORLD

    To Call Greek Religious Art “Myth” Is a Profound Insult to the Ancient Sculptors and Artists

    Author Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. is pleased to announce that his latest book, the full-color “Genesis Characters and Events in Ancient Greek Art,” reveals for the first time the human Genesis identities of the key ancient Greek gods. Zeus and Hera, the first couple according to the Greeks, are the deified Adam and Eve of Genesis. Hephaistos, their eldest son, is the Cain of Genesis, the eldest son of Adam and Eve. Herakles is the Nimrod of Genesis, and Nereus (“the Wet One”) is the ancient Greek representation of Noah, and so on.

    The key ancient Greek gods look just like people because they are people – exalted ancestors. The philosopher Socrates knew this quite well, referring in Plato’s Euthydemus (at 302d) to Zeus, Apollo and Athena as his “lords and ancestors.”

     

     

    Mr. Johnson reinforces the truths revealed in his book in the following articles as well:

    Garden of Eden Depicted in Ancient Greek Religious Art

    Ancient Greek Vase Artists Painted Images of Biblical Figures Noah and Nimrod Over 2,000 Years Ago

    Ancient Greek Vase Celebrates the Exaltation of Our Ancestors as Gods

    The Hidden Identity of the Woman Glorified as Athena: Her Link to the Pre-Flood World

    According to Mr. Johnson, “The Greeks believed the ancient serpent ‘enlightened’ rather than deluded the first couple in paradise.” He added, “In ancient Greek religious temple and vase art, we find the origin in this age of so-called progressivism – the idea that God should be pushed out of the picture, and mankind exalted instead.”

    Mr. Johnson is also the author of “Noah in Ancient Greek Art” and “The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble,” translated into French and Greek.

    For more information, please contact the author at 410.757.4630, email rbowiej@comcast.net. Web Sites: www.genesisingreekart.com   www.solvinglight.com

     

     

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  • Bridgefest celebrates 15 years with concert featuring Big Daddy Weave

    BRIDGEFEST CELEBRATES 15 YEARS WITH CONCERT FEATURING BIG DADDY WEAVE AND FULL DAY OF FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 22ndDURING OCEAN GROVE’S 150th YEAR CELEBRATION

    For Immediate Release

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – OLD BRIDGE, NJ – Join The Bridge Christian Radio as they present Bridgefest 2019 with musical guests Big Daddy Weave and Matt Schuler in concert on Saturday, June 22nd in beautiful Ocean Grove, NJ. Pastor Lloyd Pulley of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge will be hosting the event and Pastor Pancho Juarez from Calvary Chapel Montebello, California will be sharing the gospel message at the concert. Pastor Lloyd and Pastor Pancho can both be heard daily on The Bridge Radio.

    Bridgefest, the annual outreach event of The Bridge Christian Radio Network, consistently draws thousands to Ocean Grove, NJ each summer. Now in its 15th year, Bridgefest remains the largest and longest running Christian Summer festival of its kind to be held on the Jersey Shore.

    Bridgefest’s theme for 2019 “Calm in the Storm” is especially significant with the 150th Anniversary of Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association taking place this year. Ocean Grove has survived many storms in its long history most recently Hurricane Sandy. “In today’s world and in this life of uncertainty, with events and political turmoil rocking our lives, there is only one that has the ability to calm the storm. We must look to Him in the midst of the storm,” said Pastor Lloyd Pulley.

    The all-day Summer festival is filled with great teaching, faith and fun for the whole family! Events throughout the day include teachings from Bridge Radio On-Air Pastors, a Youth Rally, several Q&A Pastor Panels, a surf clinic, boardwalk games, kid’s activities, food trucks, ministry and business vendors/sponsors, and a beach baptism. The highly anticipated Christian Festival caps the day with a night-time concert featuring Big Daddy Weave and Matt Schuler, one of the top finalists of The Voice – Season 5.

    The evening concert will be the second time Big Daddy Weave will perform at Bridgefest. “We are looking forward to returning to Bridgefest! We’ve always had a great time with the people of New Jersey and can’t wait to see you all soon!” said Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave.

    The Bridge Radio is a ministry of Calvary Old Bridge and is dedicated to sound Bible teaching.

    “There are some wonderful Christian music stations in the area, but the Bridge fills a much-needed void. We focus on the straightforward teaching of the Bible, featuring some of the best teachers and communicators in the country,” said Lloyd Pulley, Pastor of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, co-founder of The Bridge, and featured teacher on the station. “Great teachers, musicians and listeners all come together at Bridgefest to celebrate our common delight in God and His Word and enjoy the company of thousands who do as well.”

    General admission and reserved seating tickets are available starting at $20. For more information about Bridgefest, and to purchase your tickets to the concert, go to bridgefest.org or call 888-861-6100.

    The Bridge is heard worldwide on TuneIn and bridgeradio.org. Locally, it is heard on 89.7FM in Monmouth & Ocean Counties, NJ; 91.9FM in Southern Middlesex & Northern Monmouth Counties, NJ; 95.1FM New York City; 99.7FM in NY’s Sullivan County; 103.1FM in Northern Jersey & NYC; and 106.9FM in Poughkeepsie, NY.

    CONTACT: Catia Trooskin
    732-679-9222
    catia@ccob.org

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  • What is Our Response When Terrorists Attack? Vengeance, Anger …. or Prayer

    For Immediate Release

    Dallas, TX…. Sri Lanka! Yet, another terrorist attack to outdo all prior terrorist attacks happened on Easter Sunday. Dr. Ramesh Richard, president of RREACH and Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary, wrote this to help Christians know how to respond:

    Today is Sri Lanka’s day of mourning over the terrorist’s bomb blasts I churches and hotels on Easter morning two days ago.

    A place of worship, just as believers call on their respective almighty Gods for protection and provision, is the most vulnerable of all locations to strike and kill. Our “thoughts and prayers” have been with the nation and families of victims over these two days. Although “thoughts and prayers” has become a responsive but ineffective cliché, it could not apply better than when mosques, churches and temples are attacked—where thoughts and prayers are most thought and expressed.

    Further, the Christian Faith’s holiest day, what makes its Founder most distinctive among the various salvation offerings was picked by terrorists for the most possible number of casualties among believers. They had gone in droves to worship Jesus, the Christ, who rose from his death three days prior. This annual commemoration of the only verifiable, self-resurrection in all of history gives eternal hope in the face of death—whether by age, illness, accident or murder—the pervasive final equalizer. In the middle of their deep sorrow, our thoughts for them are help-filled, because they are hope-filled.

    And in the face of sorrow for brothers and sisters and others who died, we are prayers-filled.

    Perhaps, the most known teacher of the evangelical Christian faith in Sri Lanka who humbly wrote the following prayer requests for his land. Please join him, me, and thousands of others in mature, forgiving and targeted prayer:

    1) Please pray that the church would act with maturity reflecting the holy-love of God: on the one hand, insisting that the authorities will carry out a thoroughgoing investigation and will punish the wrongdoers; and on the other hand, personally and corporately showing love to all, including our enemies.

    2) Pray for the injured and for their speedy recovery.

    3) Pray for the emotionally scarred and for their steady recovery.

    4) Pray for God’s comfort and strength to the many Christian and non-Christian people who have been devastated by the loss of their loved ones.

    5) Pray also that extremist forces would not use these incidents to cause unrest in the country.

    You can click here to obtain a free downloadable pdf, Terrorists: What Should We Do? Just Pray?, to find more of Dr. Richard’s “thoughts and prayers,” on this horrific subject written after another such unforgettable incident.

    This pdf can be made available to your reader’s either as an article or as a free, downloadable pdf.

    A theologian-evangelist, philosopher-expositor, educator and author, Dr. Richard holds a Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. In addition to serving as president of RREACH, he also serves as Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Richard travels throughout the world clarifying the message of the Bible through lectures and preaching. His audiences range from non-Christian intellectuals in major universities to poor pastors in rural areas, from gatherings of a few to crowds of a hundred thousand. Through RREACH, he has trained thousands of church leaders in over 100 countries to preach, live, and think biblically.

    Contact: Tina Jacobson
    tina@rreach.org
    903-654-1319

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  • Word Potential “Essays On The Faculty Of Spoken Words”

    Dr. Tony V. Lewis opens our hearts and minds to the endless possibilities of the Word of God and presents a thought-provoking message of transparency. Word Potential is a kingdom jewel every born again believer should own as part of their ministry library. The potential of our words shape the world in which we live. Dr. Lewis shows us the difference between talking and speaking. The old saying is true; it is not what we say – it is how we say it. One of the reasons some received the Word of God in Christ is because some heard Him talking, while others discerned Him speaking. We aren’t talking spirits; we are speaking spirits. God didn’t talk and there was light. God spoke and there was light. God didn’t talk about day and night. God spoke, and there was day and night. Those who speak produce, and those who talk consume.

    Word Potential (ISBN-13: 978-0997948325)
    Trade Paper
    $18.95
    ISBN-10: 0997948329
    164 pages
    From Jabez Publishing House https://www.cityofjabez.com, is also available from www.tvlewisbooks.com.

    The eBook can be purchased from FaithLife https://www.ebooks.faithlife.com for $11.37 More information on Word Potential can be found at https://www.cityofjabez.com.

     

     

    About the Author

    Dr. Lewis is the founder and president of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary. He also serves as Senior Pastor of the Dwelling Place of God Christian Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas.

    Dr. Lewis has earned both Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees, a Ph.D. in Theology, and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling. Dr. Lewis is a Certified Christian Counselor, Anger Management Specialist, Integrated Marriage and Family Therapist, Christian Chaplain and Biblical Life Coach. He is also the author of The Wife He Wants “What A Godly Man Seeks In A Wife “and The Messenger “A Guide To Basic Sermon Preparation and Ministry Protocol”.

    He is happily married to Dr. Carla D. Lewis. First Lady Lewis, an anointed psalmist, works closely in ministry with Dr. Lewis. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children, Tony, Timothy and Breanna. For more information on Dr. Lewis, visit https://www.tvlewisbooks.com.

    About the Publisher:

    Jabez Publishing House (https://www.cityofjabez.com) is a Christian publishing company helping authors edit their manuscripts, publish, print and successfully market their books nationwide.

    CONTACT:
    Dr. Tony V. Lewis
    281-882-9492
    info@tvlewisbooks.com

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  • The Message and the Messenger “A Guide To Basic Sermon Preparation and Ministry Protocol”

    PRESS RELEASE

    **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

    “The Message and the Messenger” may be the first and last book you will need on basic sermon preparation. Written from a scholarly but pastoral perspective, Dr. Tony V. Lewis, President of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary, provides a great concise guide in preparing not only the sermon, but the preacher, for a lifetime of ministerial service from the pulpit. In the opening pages of the book, Dr. Lewis writes, “The call to ministry and to preaching is also a call to preparation and a call to study.” This book gives the reader spiritual, academic, and practical ways in which they can prepare themselves for a lifetime of preaching.

    The Message and the Messenger (ISBN-13: 978-0692651780
    Trade Paper, $18.95;
    ISBN-10: 0692651780
    136 pages

     

    From Jabez Publishing House https://www.cityofjabez.com, is also available from www.tvlewisbooks.com.

    The eBook can be purchased from FaithLife https://www.ebooks.faithlife.com for $11.37 More information on The Message and the Messenger can be found at https://www.cityofjabez.com.

    About the Author

    Dr. Lewis is the founder and president of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary. He also serves as Senior Pastor of the Dwelling Place of God Christian Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas.

    Dr. Lewis has earned both Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees, a Ph.D. in Theology, and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling. Dr. Lewis is a Certified Christian Counselor, Anger Management Specialist, Integrated Marriage and Family Therapist, Christian Chaplain and Biblical Life Coach. He is also the author of The Wife He Wants “What A Godly Man Seeks In A Wife “and Word Potential “Essays On The Faculty Of Spoken Words”.

    He is happily married to Dr. Carla D. Lewis. First Lady Lewis, an anointed psalmist, works closely in ministry with Dr. Lewis. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children, Tony, Timothy and Breanna. For more information on Dr. Lewis, visit https://www.tvlewisbooks.com

    About the Publisher:

    Jabez Publishing House (https://www.cityofjabez.com) is a Christian publishing company helping authors edit their manuscripts, publish, print and successfully market their books nationwide.

    CONTACT:
    Dr. Tony V. Lewis
    281-882-9492
    info@tvlewisbooks.com

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  • WWME Longest Married Couple Project Still Open for Nominations for June (Marriage Month) National & State Recognitions

    For Immediate Release
    April 10, 2019                        

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.If you want to honor family or friends who have long marriages, now is the time to nominate them for the Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country. The project, which is celebrating its ninth year of success, honors one national winner along with winners from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories.

    As in previous years some couples whose marriages are 50 years or less are being nominated and in some cases could be their state winners while other nominations include much longer married couples. Also, as in prior years well known   couples with long marriages are also being nominated.

    The nomination process ends on May 14th with the winners being recognized throughout the month of June. Tony & Sue Morris and Fr. Tom Ogg, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME, will personally present the Longest Married Couple in the United States with special gifts during the June event, which traditionally takes place in the winning couples’ community. During the same time frame the state winners will receive a special certificate of achievement and recognition from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter representatives in their states.

    Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of faith expression, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number. Co-coordinators of the project, Bryan & Karen Berland, who serve along with Dick & Diane Baumbach, said that nominations are being received from across the country.

    The information for sending in a nomination requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and what city and state they reside in, while the nominator needs to include their name plus a phone number or email address so they can be contacted if their nominee is a national or state winner.  Upon determination of the winners’ initial contact is made by WWME with nominators, not directly with the winning couple. The nomination information may be submitted by one of the following ways: www.wwme.org or email bkberland@gmail.com, regular mail Bryan & Karen Berland 530 S. Academy, Guthrie, OK 73044, special phone number 405-850-4274. Nominations must be received by midnight May 14, 2019.

    Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 50 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The marriage enrichments are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day enrichments that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in just under 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME enrichments are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.

    Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to wwme.org (http://www.wwme.org/), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 332-7309.

    Media inquiries should be directed to: Dick & Diane Baumbach (321) 544-3440 Dick.Diane.Baumbach@wwme.org

    Worldwide Marriage Encounter
    275 W Hospitality Ln # 102
    San Bernardino, CA 92408
    909-332-7309
    www.wwme.org

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  • The Wife He Wants: “What A Godly Man Seeks In A Wife”

    PRESS RELEASE

    **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

    The Wife He Wants “What A Godly Man Seeks In A Wife”

    Let’s be clear. This is not yet another chauvinistic how-to manual designed to inflict more pressure on, and anxiety in women or the men who love them. Relationships are serious business. Beyond the initial giddiness, heart palpitations, syrupy declarations, and grand promises, there’s work to do by both parties.

    Women are one of God’s greatest gifts to the world. They have the power to heal, encourage and satisfy their husbands. Wives are called to support and minister to their husbands in ways that no other person on earth can.

    In the new book by Dr. Tony V. Lewis, The Wife He Wants, Dr. Lewis underscores the spiritual secrets that every godly man wants in his wife. Written from years of both ministerial experiences, this work is a great guide for both men and women who are looking to enrich, revive, and re-establish their marriage on both Biblical and practical principles.

    The Wife He Wants can be purchased from Jabez Publishing House www.cityofjabez.com, or from www.tvlewisbooks.com
    ISBN-13: 978-0999361757
    Trade Paper
    $12.95
    ISBN-10: 0999361759
    108 pages.

    The eBook can be purchased from FaithLife at www.ebooks.faithlife.com for $11.37

    About the Publisher

    Jabez Publishing House www.cityofjabez.com is a Christian publishing company helping authors edit their manuscripts, publish, print and successfully market their books nationwide.

    About the Author

    Dr. Lewis is the founder and president of Christian Bible Institute and Seminary. He also serves as Senior Pastor of the Dwelling Place of God Christian Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas.

    He has earned both Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees, a Ph.D. in Theology, and a Doctorate in Christian Counseling. Dr. Lewis is a Certified Christian Counselor, Anger Management Specialist, Integrated Marriage and Family Therapist, Christian Chaplain and Biblical Life Coach. He is also the author of The Message and The Messenger “A Guide To Basic Sermon Preparation and Ministry Protocol” and Word Potential “Essays On The Faculty Of Spoken Words”.

    He is happily married to Dr. Carla D. Lewis. First Lady Lewis, an anointed psalmist, works closely in ministry with Dr. Lewis. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children, Tony, Timothy and Breanna. For more information on Dr. Lewis, visit www.tvlewisbooks.com or www.christianbibleinstitute.net.

    CONTACT:
    Dr. Tony V. Lewis
    281-882-9492
    info@tvlewisbooks.com

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  • Jesus Global Youth Day

    For Immediate Release
    Diane Morrow
    Diane@BarnabasAgency.com
    817.319.9805
    Jesus Global Youth Day

    Inaugural Gathering Aims to Shape the Trajectory of Christianity for the Next Generation

    Manila, Philippines – Research continues to suggest that there is an ever-widening gap between the Church and today’s youth. With an exponentially rapid rate of change underway, young people are submerged in a tidal wave of technology and moral revolution sure to make the smart phone and social media craze of today appear as a mud puddle in comparison. As a result, many leaders have grave concern over the growing competition for the hearts and minds of young people and are finding it increasingly difficult to reach the younger generation for Christ.

    Sensing that it is time for significant change, steering committees in 45 nations have come together to create and facilitate Jesus Global Youth Day (JGYD), August 8-10, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines, and coinciding with the United Nations International Youth Day. A number of denominational heads from around the world, along with international organizations such as Empowered 21, have also joined together to form a JGYD global advisory council aimed at uniting church leaders and encouraging them to focus on the next generation.

    Bishop Ef Tendero, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance and co-chair of JGYD states, “We are gathering youth from all over the world to lift up the name of the Lord Jesus, to declare the commitment and the desire to follow Him all of their lives. We truly believe that this will be a historic event.”

    JGYD 2019 will be streamed live to 1,000 locations, partnering with 10,000 churches with the potential of reaching up to one million Filipino youth alone. And for the very first time, on the night of August 10, another 100,000 churches filled with young people from all over the world will join a global broadcast that will unite millions of youth in the name of Christ.

    The three life-changing days will include a Global Pastors Congress on the Next Generation, a Global Youth Leader Congress, and evening celebrations led by internationally acclaimed speakers, worship bands, and artists. The global broadcast finale on Saturday evening is designed not only for Christian young people but will also target non-Christian youth as well with a fresh, relatable presentation of the Gospel that will enable them to stand firm amidst today’s deceptive culture.

    “We are not out to reinvent the wheel,” states Ron Luce, co-chairman and director of JGYD and president of Generation Next. “We are gathering some of the leading minds who have already proven to be effective and asking them to share best practices with those in attendance. We are simply acting as curators of what they have already learned. In doing so, we hope to encourage other leaders with the success they have achieved in spite of the cultural challenges they face. Christianity is losing ground worldwide, so it is vital that the Church remains relevant and exponentially effective in reaching our youth. We must ride the crest of the wave, or we will be crushed by it. We believe that JGYD will be instrumental in achieving that goal.”

    Church leaders are also invited to bring their young people a week early, July 31- August 7, for a mission and outreach experience in the Greater Manila Area where youth from all around the world will live out their faith by sharing the good news about Christ with Filipino youth and children. Churches and organizations in the Greater Manila Area will host these groups and lead them in the one-week outreach effort. Churches outside Metro Manila and elsewhere in the world may design and host their own youth conference in their own community and will be provided with sample programs, activities, and JGYD materials such as event logos and brochures.

    It is important to note that the vision of JGYD extends far beyond the August event. Their goal is to not only learn over their 3 days together, but to create a global network of church leaders that are committed to reaching and discipling the next generation and extending the kingdom of God globally through their united efforts.

    Bishop Tendero and Ron Luce are available for interviews and media appearances.

    Watch Jesus Global Youth Day Shout Outs at https://youtu.be/ZhWjw2jGzy8

    For more information on JGYD and its programs, visit Jesus Global Youth Day and

    follow JGYD on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

     

     

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  • New book tells the story of an Australian nurse as a missionary in Africa

    A new book has hit the global marketplace, outlining the fascinating life of an Australian missionary in Tanzania.

    Guided – A True Story is the autobiography of Jo Brennan, an Australian nurse who worked in Tanzania, East Africa, with the Christian Missionary Society, before moving on to Liberia, West Africa. Her book is aimed at inspiring younger readers to do something great for God.

    Guided is the author’s own story about herself, recording events both tragic and funny that happened during both her childhood and in Africa. Her own sketches of some of the incidents that occur will amuse the reader. Her story has been published previously in a title called The Heavens Declare, however it was written for adult readers.

    Being a missionary in Africa is not for the feint-hearted, but the author’s story is one of absolute trust in Jesus Christ. Her missionary journey starts with first hearing God’s call to serve Him as a nurse with CMS in Tanzania, before moving on to Liberia in West Africa, this time with another Christian group, SIM. When civil war broke out, she ended up moving on to Sri Lanka to look after street children with the Colombo City Mission.

    “It was an amazing experience, said Jo. “One of the exciting things that happened in Africa was when I was sleeping in a little church in the Rift Valley and I woke up with my heart thudding with fear. I was sleeping in the open doorway to get the breeze and had a thorn-bush barrier to protect me. Shining my torch around I could not see anything to have awakened me in fear but I moved my bed up inside the church away from the doorway. Next morning I heard that a leopard had been around and had jumped the thorn-barrier of a nearby house and carried off a goat.

    “Included in the story is a twelve year old missionary kid whose parents worked in a remote village in Liberia and as a nurse I treated his 12 year old African friend for a tropical ulcer. The boy Warwick is now grown up and he and his wife Lauren and three daughters serve God with SIM in West Africa to this day.

    “It really is an inspiring story for both adults and children alike to do something great for God.

    Guided – A True Story (published by Ark House) is available now.

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  • On Christchurch, why Christians are part of the human family first and foremost

    Media Release

    First, Christians everywhere stand with all New Zealanders at both the outrage and shock at what happened in Christchurch last Friday and we send our condolences to the families of those who died and are seriously injured in these senseless attacks.

    Secondly, we are troubled that the rise in many countries, New Zealand included, of a form of ‘nationalism’ that claims to be based on Christian roots, and that carries references to ‘Christian values’ or ‘Christian heritage’.

    I would like to clarify that most Christians in NZ believe that Christian values are not compatible with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and xenophobic discourses. Nationalism, when it stirs up a sense of victimhood, grievance, and blame against other groups in society, when it stokes fear and hatred of ‘the other’, is anything but Christian.

    We believe that Christianity means loving our neighbours and welcoming the stranger. We have to admit that over the centuries, we have failed this principle and at times we have failed miserably. But the principle still stands and continues to inspire believers across the globe.

    In order to counter rising nationalist populism, we have to recognize that before being citizens of any country, we all belong to the human family, made up of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation around the world.

    While we affirm the right and need for every nation to provide for its own security, we are concerned that so-called Christian values have been leveraged to foster hatred, and discrimination against those adhering to other religions, or from other nationalities and regions of the world.

    We would like to reaffirm the unique value of each and every “member of the human family”, as stated in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights. Without such a bedrock, democracy is at best the rule of the majority, and at worst the rule of the mob.

    Ends

    Alan Vink is Christian leader and a former Baptist Pastor. He works with church groups across the denominational spectrum. He blogs at http://www.leadershipworx.org.nz/browse/category/blog/
    Ph. 021 562 743
    alan.vink@leadershipworx.org.nz

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  • Just Pray No to drugs!

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – The weekend of April 27 – 28, 2019 has been designated as the 29th Annual “Just Pray NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the addicted and their families.

    Since April 7th, 1991 “Just Pray NO!” has united Christians around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of those bound by alcoholism, drug addiction and other life controlling compulsions.

    Addiction in America is an ever increasing national crisis! Millions of Americans have addictions. 200 people die every day from overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years. The rising overdose numbers make the drug epidemic more deadly than gun violence, car crashes or HIV/AIDS!

    “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” –James 5:16

    Not only is substance abuse America’s number one health problem, the devastation of alcoholism and other drug addiction has impacted families and communities worldwide. Substance abuse has been directly linked to violence and sexual immorality and is a major source of income for organized crime and terrorist activities.

    “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” –Ephesians 6:12

    Make a formal commitment to join with believers in Christ from around the globe this coming April. Put on the full armor of God and fervently pray in spirit and in truth. We are seeking to enlist millions of prayer warriors from around the world to join us in battle!

    “We are not only praying for the release of those bound by substance abuse but also for people to be delivered from pornography, gambling, obesity and smoking,” said Steven Sherman, “Just Pray NO!” founder.  ”We seek individuals and groups which are willing to commit to pray weekly on behalf of the addicted and their families, and then join with multitudes of other committed Christians from around the world in prayer and fasting April 27 – 28, 2019.”

    If you believe that God is calling you to intercede for the addicted please contact us. To find help for addiction through prayer and Christian ministries log on to our web site: http://justprayno.org. To learn how groups can participate in our annual prayer event, click on “Information on the Annual Worldwide Weekend of Prayer” or email: justprayno@aol.com.

    For a personal interview with “Just Pray NO!” Founder and Author Steven L. Sherman, in the U.S.A. call: (727) 647-6467 or email: justprayno@aol.com.

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  • Christ-focused financial planning: Our identity is not in our purses

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Created: Thursday, 2019-03-14 08:30

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Christ-focused financial planning: Our identity is not in our purses

    Confused, overwhelmed, or ashamed about your money? Working hard but have no idea how to save and steward money wisely? Worried about your financial legacy?

    Many women are worried about day-to-day living. Others wonder how to truly steward money according to Biblical principles.

    “As Christians and women of faith, it’s crucial that we are rooted and grounded in the identity of Christ. Our identity is not in our purses,” says Michal Slate, Founder of Christ-Centered Financial Planning, and the author of, The Practical Christian Woman’s Guide to: Christ Focused Financial Planning.

    As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, she helps women save and steward their money God’s Way. Slate has worked in the financial industry for 13 years and is one of the only women in the US with both an MBA and a CFPⓇ.

    She encourages Christian women to start financial planning with their testimony and teaches the entire process of creating a Christ-Focused Financial Plan.

    Although she’s built up a successful career in the financial sector, financial management wasn’t something she was born knowing and she has personally experienced how our financial situation has weaves itself into our identity.

    Michal uses a kind and encouraging approach; like a girlfriend you’d want to sit down and chat with and never makes someone feel guilty about having debt.

    “My hope is that women won’t look at their balance sheet and feel shame for past mistakes or compare their financial situation to someone in different circumstances. A traumatic upbringing, a failed marriage, abuse, illness or disability can cause severe financial hardships.”

    A few of the topics Michal Slate is available to speak, write, and add commentary on include:

    • Helping Christian women master their finances

    • Christ-Centered Financial Planning for women

    • Conquering Financial Anxiety

    • Personal Financial Management for Women

    • Budgeting and taxes with Jesus as Lord.

    For more information please contact Claire Winson at Graphite & Grace at 530-945-5517 or email hello@graphiteandgrace.com.

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  • New book investigates wrongful convictions and innocent Americans on death row

    FAITH NEWSWIRE The Deprived: Innocent on Death Row’ by Steffen Hou describes how thousands of Americans are convicted of crimes they never committed. Many of them end up on death row where inmates have been executed despite their innocence.

    The Deprived—Innocent on Death Row tells the dramatic stories of the innocent death row inmates and describes the murder cases that led to their wrongful convictions.

    The book also describes what ultimately set them free and how they struggle to restore life after prison.

    The Deprived—Innocent on Death Row also investigates what leads to wrongful convictions in the U.S. and who’s most likely to be incarcerated for a crime they never committed.

    The book is based on interviews with ten Americans who have all been affected by wrongful convictions and the death penalty.

    Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs tells what it is like to be a woman on death row and how she reacted when her husband was wrongfully executed.

    Derrick Jamison tells what it feels like to be scheduled to die in 90 minutes and why he accuses law enforcement officers of killing his mother.

    Damon Thibodeaux tells what it feels like when even relatives believe you are a cold-blooded killer.

    Kwame Ajamu tells what it feels like to be put in the death house as a teenager and be deprived the chance of having children.

    Randy Gardner tells what it did to him when a firing squad executed his brother and why he fights to abolish the death penalty.

    Herman Lindsey tells why he is still labeled a murderer even after being exonerated.

    Ronnie Sandoval tells what it is like when your teenage son is the victim of a wrongful conviction and how she lost him twice.

    Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avilá tells why his own past as a violent gang member turned him into a human activist.

    Marietta Jaeger tells why she forgave her seven-year-old daughter’s serial killer and fought for him not to be sentenced to death.

    Nick Yarris tells what life is like on death row when Ted Bundy is in the cell next to you, how you survive the violence in prison without becoming a monster yourself.

    Paperback: 218 pages
    Publisher: BookBaby
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 154395507X
    Sold through 170 online retailers worldwide

    About the author:

    Steffen Hou is a Danish author (born 1975). He has a background as a journalist and he has previously written about topics such as ‘Human Trafficking’ and ‘The White Supremacy Movement in America’. He is also a filmmaker.

    Contact for interview, further information or if you would like to publish excerpt of book:

    Steffen Hou: +45 4081 3196
    steffen.hou@houmedia.dk
    www.steffenhou.com

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  • The history of Christian music, compiled into one book

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – If you’ve ever wanted to understand where Christian music originated from, then this is the perfect book for you.

    Let the People Rejoice: An Interactive history of Christian Music is a remarkable book that has been put together by Mike Spencer, a New Zealander who now resides in Australia.

    “I always wanted to tell the story of Christian music, so I jumped at the opportunity to lecture on the subject in my local church in New Zealand,” stated Mike. “Five years and 24 lectures later, I was still going strong! At that stage, I moved to Australia and concentrated on promoting my landmark Australian history book, One People, One Destiny: A Christian History of Australia. However, I felt that I shouldn’t waste all the research that I had done, so I started collating it into book form. Several years later, Let the People Rejoice is the end product of my endeavours.

    “Because music is such a vital expression of our Christian faith, it has proved very controversial over the ages. Churches and congregations have often found it difficult to accept new forms and expressions of worship. This has culminated in the so-called ‘worship wars’ of recent years.

    In personally growing up singing hymns and Gospel choruses, Mike passionately believed that worship leaders should be able to choose from the whole heritage of Christian music, and not just part of it.

    “The book’s title comes from the Fanny Crosby song ‘To God Be the Glory,’ he continued. I use the word ‘Interactive’ in the title because I want readers to actually experience the music they are reading about. Music is by nature participative, so for that reason, I encourage readers to either access video clips of songs and musicians, or sing the songs for themselves.

    “In this book, I delve into the history of music in the church, from Bible times right through to the present day. I look at the relationship between music and some of the great events in church history and examine the lives of some of the men and women of God who have contributed to our rich musical heritage.”

    An extraordinary read for music lovers everywhere, Let the People Rejoice is now available globally.

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  • Believe it – Eating, the Way God Intended, Can Stop Disease in Its Tracks!

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – January 2019 – Do you want to eat right but aren’t sure how to do it? Maybe you need some inspiration to cook the foods your body needs.  In Nine Servings of Vegetables: The Cookbook for the Nutritional Balancing Diet to Eliminate Toxic Metals, Balance Your Biochemistry, and Prevent Disease, by Josephine Zanetti (published, November 2018 www.josephinezanetti.com) you will find that, and more.

    The goal of nutritional balancing is entirely different from that of other programs as it does not seek to return a person to a regular diet and lifestyle.  Instead, it seeks to drastically improve mental and physical health, providing complete restoration to the body. This requires a different type of diet and one that can keep you away from the doctor’s office.

    We’re told from the time we could lift a fork, to eat our vegetables.  Little did we know how right our parents were.

    The challenge we face is getting the recommended nine servings of vegetables each day.

    Josephine removes that challenge in this book. She reaches deep-down drawing on her faith and encouraging you to do the same.  A suggestion of attending a 12-step program for addiction is also a wonderful tool for strengthening ones resolve to follow this new, healthy, way of eating.

    This book has been written with great care and detail to include everything from purchasing your food, to cleaning, to storing and of course the preparation.

    It includes lists of the best vegetables and proteins from maximum nutrition along with an explanation of “Nutritional Balancing.”  There are over 100 pages of ingredients for a nutritionally balanced diet. With more mouth-watering, easy to prepare, recipes than most traditional cookbooks.

    There is also a three-week, three meals and two snacks a day, meal planner to help get you started.

    This is a book that, if followed, will change your life – for the better.

    JOSEPHINE ZANETTI holds a degree in culinary arts from the Dubrulle French Culinary School in Vancouver, B.C and certification in holistic nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Let her be your guide in returning your body to its natural alignment through healthy cooking and eating.

    Praise for Nine Servings of Vegetables

    I got Josephine’s lovely book today and I have been reading it like a crazy person. I really do love it!!
    It is different than I thought it would be. I had envisioned this book would be mostly vegetarian and I was pleasantly surprised that it covers, well…just about everything.
    I love that Josephine has wonderful lists in the book of what to eat and what not to eat.  And it is all referenced as to what page the additional recipes for sauces can be found. It is very easy to navigate and I do like Josephine’s stories about the different foods, and stories from her family and her up-bringing.  It reads very well, and I am super impressed with it.
    It is a comprehensive look at the diet we all have, the foods we all eat, or should be eating. 
    WAY TO GO, JOSEPHINE!
    Thank you for putting this one together for us all! We have needed this book! 

     —Kathy Scogna, CA, U.S.A 

    Author of Junk DNA and several other books


    Josephine’s Nine Servings Of Vegetables Is the most comprehensive book on nutrition I have ever read! 
    Her eloquent style of communicating the benefits of nutrition, expertise, background, and great recipes, is a real treat to read and reference.
    Every home should have a copy of this enjoyable, and comprehensive, nutritional guide to health- conscious lifestyle cooking.
    Thank you Josephine, for publishing this great creative life influencing work!

    —Jim Manegold, PA, USA
    Certified SAF Practitioner

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  • New daily devotional and online Bible course launches

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – A revolutionary new daily devotional and online course, aimed at helping Christians get closer to God, has just launched.

    Tech entrepreneur Andy Schick has taken content developed by his grandfather over 40 years and 3 generations to develop Knowing God, a daily devotional and fully integrated online course.

    Knowing God is a daily devotional that takes members on a four year journey through the Bible, chronologically. Delivered through a daily online bible study program, members of the group start and journey through the program at the same time, getting to know one another, discussing, encouraging and sharing their learning journey together.
    Knowing God also consists of 19 paperback and Kindle editions.

    As a former Hillsong College student, as well as having been involved two churches in New Zealand, Andy not only saw the opportunity to publish the printed guides, but also had the technical ability to develop the online component.

    “This project is very close to my heart,” Andy stated. “A daily devotional that my grandfather spent 20 years of his life writing, it is exciting to see it hit the marketplace. Knowing God takes the reader on a four year journey through the Bible. It is a really unique mix of expositional and personal devotion teaching for the Christian who wants to go deeper in their bible.

    “Whilst we live in and have adapted to a hyper-connected environment, we still have traditional expectations of what the Bible should look like, which can put us on a path of dis-engagement and guilt. In my opinion, quiet times aren’t always meant to be hidden or alone, and devotions aren’t meant to just be personal. Exploring the Bible can also be done in community, with people who can encourage us, support us, share their revelations and learnings with us, get curious with us and keep us accountable. That’s why I created Knowing God.

    Instead of watering down the deep content that my Grandfather created to make it more ‘accessible’ to today’s audience, I decided to make it easier to go deep into God’s word by creating an encouraging and collaborative community where there is a sense of belonging. I believe there is a genuine hunger to know God in a deeper and more intimate way, but many people need to be taken on a journey, and a community to journey with.

    “The other unique element is that we have set it up so online classes go through the material together, so they can learn together in community, ask questions of each other, and encourage each other when the journey gets tough.”

    Each day, those doing the online course are sent their study for the day, either by email address or Facebook Messenger. They receive a Bible passage to read, as well as related teaching. Members don’t need a physical bible or need to switch to a different app; they can read the bible passage directly from the study page, including switching between a range of translations.

    Course members can study each page, as well as highlight anything they like, saving it to their journal for review and reflection at a later date. They can also comment and discuss particular passages with the community.

    Each day after the reading, members are asked to contribute to the group what they thought, learned, wondered or questioned. They are then asked to find at least two other contributions from others, replying to them with useful thoughts or words of encouragement.

    Members also receive days of reflection and review, whilst being encouraged to put their thoughts into the community. Outside of the daily bible study comments and encouraging replies, members can join a private Knowing God Facebook Group, deepening their connection and sense of community along the way.

    For more information, or to join, visit www.knowing-god.co .

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  • Family suicide leads author to express her journey from anguish to healing

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – On a dark Tuesday night in June 2006, Debby Curreen’s youngest brother took his own life. Driving to his favourite beach, he parked his car and left this earth. Such was the anguish of this event in her life, Debby Curreen, the author of The Long Cold Nights of June, healed her pain through writing.

    “I was notified by the police the following day and I had to go with them to make the formal identification of my little brother, whose body was now laying cold and silent at the local undertaker,” says Debby.

    “That day, in an instant, my life cracked and I fell into a pit full of never-before imagined pain, and a frightening darkness of anguish and confusion. The grief overwhelmed me, and my journey back to a life that was now forever altered, seemed unending.

    In talking to God, her brother, her dogs and herself, and struggling to make sense of suicide and a life that no longer had her beautiful brother in it, she would go home exhausted and sleep, then write her thoughts out.

    The Long Cold Nights of June is the result of her heart being poured out in a remarkable poetry book.

    “At times I feared I would never again see the light of another happy day,” she said, “but my hopes in God, and of course the fierce love I held for my family, became my sole purpose for living.
 It was at this time that I began to write again as I daily walked my brother’s two beautiful boxer dogs, who were now mine, along the roadside by our home.

    “Gradually life began to settle down and time slowly healed my shattered heart and broken mind. Many dear friends pulled and pushed me through the darkest times of my life with their love and unceasing belief in me. I will be eternally grateful for them all.”

    Debby agrees that grief is messy and unpredictable to manage. There is no right way to grieve and no magical timeframe where you suddenly emerge from a dark tunnel into bright and happy day.

    “When a loved one dies through suicide,” she says, “it is unlike any other grief and is in fact, trauma. You have nightmares, you cry continually; sleep is elusive and your substance/s abuse becomes infinitely harder to control. I remember going from being a non-smoker to a chain-smoker overnight.

    “My memory of those first six months is a time of continual chain-smoking and drinking coffee to stave off unpredictable bouts of crying and near screaming. At night I would drink enough wine or beer to fall asleep, only to wake in the middle of the night crying or gasping from the frightening nightmares that would wake me up.”

    Debby’s hope in sharing her poems of grief, pain, denial, bargaining and hope is that people who have lost loved ones to suicide may be able to relate to her words and that they will help in some way to heal.

    “Eventually, thank God, we do find acceptance and we do move on, but we never forget and we never stop missing our loved ones,” she continues. “All of these stages of grief fade with time and life slowly returns to a different ‘normal’, but a peaceful one where you can accept your darling’s fated decision to say goodbye on their terms.”

    To order The Long Cold Nights of June, email the author on tlcnj2018@gmail.com, or connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/milliepariri.writes.

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  • Abortion is a Crime Against Humanity, Not a Fundamental Human Right

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – On December 10, various liberal Democrats introduced a bill, the Reproductive Human Rights Act which would require the U.S. State Department to include abortion on demand and other reproductive rights in its annual Human Rights Report.

    110,000 Americans believe that abortion is a crime against humanity, not a fundamental human right. See www.themoraloutcry.com. These Americans have signed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to reverse its abortion cases. Allan Parker, Attorney for The Moral Outcry Petition, stated: “If you believe abortion is a crime against humanity, you can sign the Petition at www.themoraloutcry.com.”

    These signers are calling upon the Supreme Court to reverse its abortion decisions because abortion is a crime against humanity just like the Dred Scott decision that African Americans could not be citizens under the Constitution was a crime against humanity. A crime against humanity occurs when the government withdraws legal protection from a class of human beings.

    The petition drive is a part of a national campaign which has already filed two Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and which ultimately provides a legal justification for reversing Roe v. Wade. The legal reasons in the Petition are based on the Law of Judicial Precedent, a book which was co-authored by Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch before they were placed on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Section 47(d) says that one of the reasons for overturning a Supreme Court decision is if it has been met with “severe criticism”. Obviously, Roe is one of the most severely criticized and controversial decisions in American history.

    The five reasons in the Petition for reversing Roe are:

    1. New Argument that Abortion is a Crime Against Humanity

    2. New scientific evidence shows Life Begins at Conception

    3. New scientific evidence and testimonies show Abortion Hurts Women

    4. New, better alternative to abortion –Safe Haven Laws (www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org)

    5. New – a million people are waiting to Adopt Healthy Newborn Infants

    Contact: Allan E. Parker, Jr., J.D.
    Tel. (210) 614-7157
    info@txjf.org

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  • The bodybuilding pastor and his extraordinary life

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – When you think of a pastor and a bodybuilder, you don’t normally combine the two. Pastors read and are scholarly, while bodybuilders are thought of as being more about brawn than brains.

    A generalization, yes, but at the same time it’s a unique situation for a pastor. One such pastor is Neil Emerson, the author of 16 Providence Road. His book tells the story of being a senior minister for thirty-two years in Wentworth Falls, an area in the far west of Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Providence Road has a two-fold meaning, and hence the title of the book.

    “I grew up in Providence Road in the Sydney suburb of Ryde,” states Neil. “But for me personally, ‘Providence Road’ was not just a physical place, but it also became a spiritual journey. That is, I believe God’s love and care for me has guided and protected me always. It also led me to take on challenges that I never thought I would be able to navigate my way through.”

    Through a series of comings and goings, Neil eventually ended up in Moore Theological College in Sydney’s Newtown to study for the ministry. “This was hard going for me,” he states, “for I always tended to lack confidence in the academic sphere. However, I got there in the end. The Lord brought me through and I was able to commence my ministry in various churches in the Sydney metropolitan area.

    “I was even eventually able to complete a Ph.D, thus mastering my fear of academia once and for all. For me, this was like conquering Mt Everest. “

    16 Providence Road tells the story of a long road and sometimes a very difficult road to take. Long ministries are often like that. In the final section, the book tells of the highs and lows along the way and pays tribute to those who supported the author and helped him the most, especially his wife.

    “Throughout this time, I always maintained a sense of ‘call’ to the ministry, despite my battles with depression and various other tribulations and struggles,” he said. ”It is my hope that whoever reads the book will be inspired to take on challenges which they might previously have felt reluctant to pursue. All things are possible with God.

    16 Providence Road is first and foremost a Christian book; the product of a Christian heart. But it contains a lot of humor, as well as a lot of serious pondering. I also try to give a little advice to any would-be ministers along the way, hoping they may benefit from my own experience.”

    Part of Neil’s ability to cope with the pressure has been his love of bodybuilding. “I have always pursued the sport of bodybuilding and this has often been a good talking point in ministry ventures today,” he says.

    “There are not many ministers around, I believe, who would take such a sport so seriously. Hopefully, many will exercise to keep themselves fit. But I was always a little further along the line in my pursuits with the sport than that. It continued on and off throughout my ministry years. I still train hard today.

    “I have suffered from depression for most of my life, even though in early times the word ‘depression’ was never really mentioned much in family or friendship circles. I didn’t even know that I was suffering with depression in my late teens when it seemed to hit me hardest of all. No one seemed to know or understand much about this condition. But this has been part of my journey as well. God has been good to me and despite bouts of severe tiredness at times, I have always been able to keep my depression in check.

    “The Christian life and Christian ministry is not without its struggles. There are struggles with sin and self-doubt and there are also struggles with situations and people you encounter along the way. To remain in the one place for so long and to see it grow and change throughout that time, despite the “downers” along the way, is a remarkable thing. It is a testimony to God’s character and grace. If he ‘calls’ you to do something, he also gives you the grace to carry it through. That is, he can do extraordinary stuff with ordinary people.”

    16 Providence Road is available globally.

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  • The author inspired to ‘smuggle’ Christian values into a secular novel

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Graham Leo is not your average fiction author. But then again, who and what is your ‘average fiction author?’

    An author of five books, as well as a school principal for 20 years, Graham has just penned A Clear Dusk Settles, written due to what he believed is a lack of quality in the Christian marketplace for younger readers.

    “I was tired of not being able to find a novel for young people that expressed hope and reflected good values,” he states. “Too many novels, especially for young people, are about depressing topics such as drugs, family breakdown, crime, or suicide. The only ones that did were soppy or unrealistic, or set in unrealistic religious settings.

    “I wanted to write a novel for ordinary people that provided strong traditional values, while not preaching at them. I wanted to smuggle Christian values into a secular novel.”

    That he has. In A Clear Dusk Settles, the main character is a young woman who is a university student at Britain’s Oxford University. Part of her family lore is that there is some family secret hidden in Tasmania, the small, rural island to the south of the Australian mainland. But details are sketchy. No-one knows the details. Deep inside herself, she nurses a desire to find her true home. Accordingly, she decides to go to Tasmania to try to find out the family secret and also perhaps to find herself.

    In a culture where it is just normal for young people to experience serial sexual encounters as part of their social life, this book stands as a reminder that this is not the only way for young people to live. The author is careful to avoid any kind of ‘preachiness’, but he shows his heroine and several others in the novel thinking their way into loving relationships, rather than just plunging into yet another physical experience.

    As Graham says, “They make choices based on good values, and preserve their humanity by doing so.” The effect is subtly achieved, and by the end the reader is deeply impressed with the power of love that has been thoughtfully but passionately engaged.

    After completing his first novel, Graham is not done yet. He is in the process of writing another novel, as well as planning a new children’s series.

    A Clear Dusk Settles is now available globally.

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  • Facebook Silences Christian Music Festival, Labels Page as “Political Account”

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – (TORONTO, ONTARIO) — Christian Music Festival, a Toronto-based ministry founded by Molly and Jay Banerjei, has joined a long list of Christian organizations being targeted by social media giant Facebook.

    For several years, the Banerjeis have produced community events in the Toronto area, and they have frequently used Facebook to promote them on their page Christian Music Festival, with phenomenal results. But this year, that changed. Their attempts to boost October’s Christian Music Festival event failed, as did attempts to boost a GoFundMe page associated with the event. Assuming that it was a glitch, they reached out to Facebook. And the results were shocking.

    In a series of emails from “Ryan” at Facebook, the Banerjeis were told that Christian Music Festival is a “political account.” The annual Christian Music Festival is not a political event. Instead it is a celebration of faith and freedom. Diverse and multi-ethnic Christian groups and musicians from a variety of churches and cultures participate in this event held at Nathan Phillips Square, a premier location. They come from different parts of Canada and the United States to express their freedom in music, drama and the arts.

    Coincidentally, Gospel group Zion’s Joy was one of the featured performers at this year’s Christian Music Festival. The group made news headlines in July after Facebook flagged their music video as “political content” and blocked the video from the social media platform. Extensive media coverage followed, including interviews with the New York Times, Fox News Channel and TBN’s Huckabee, after which Facebook restored the video and apologized to the group in a written statement.

    Facebook’s chat support insisted that the Banerjeis sign a non-discriminatory form even though they have never been accused of discriminating against anyone. They gladly signed the form, assuming that it would resolve the matter. But it did not. Facebook then asked for permission to access Molly’s account. She gave consent with the assumption that they were correcting the issue. But again, no resolution.

    Facebook is also blocking promotion efforts for Christian Music Festival’s upcoming “I Stand With You” prayer vigil in support of the Jewish people, scheduled for Sunday, November 11. This is a community event in support of victims of the Pittsburgh massacre.

    Additionally, attempts to promote Jay’s political page, Jay Banerjei for Scarborough Guildwood, are also being blocked. He’s currently running for public office as a Conservative Member of Parliament in Canada.

    “We keep watching the news on how Christian ministries and the Conservatives are being targeted by Facebook,” says Molly. “I never thought this would ever happen to us. This has been frustrating and very disappointing.”

    For more information, visit www.christianmusicfestival.org.

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    Brian Mayes
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  • New book details the journey of a Christian media company built debt-free

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – A new book detailing the founding of Initiate Media is set to hit the global book market.

    Not Business As Usual, published by Ark House Press, is the story of how one of the world’s most influential Christian media and marketing companies.

    Matt Danswan and his wife Nicole founded the company in 2003 when they acquired Alive magazine, at the time Australia’s major monthly Christian publication. Founding a business is one thing, but building it debt-free is another, and Not Business As Usual details the story of how the company was built without debt.

    “From the outset we have always purposely built an organization that was different,” explained Matt Danswan, the company’s current CEO.

    “Neither my wife or I had any ambitions to be in the marketplace full-time. We thought we were business people who would contribute funds to the church and Kingdom, but God had other ideas. Even moving in to Christian media, we thought that Alive and other Christian media initiatives would just be a side business for us. I was running a few businesses, so I thought this was simply our contribution to the Kingdom.

    “However this was His plan for our lives, and as such once we realised this was what we were called to do, we threw all caution to the wind. We had that inner confidence from the get go that we were going to do something that could really make a difference. It’s been a whirlwind, and has been a ride of absolute faith, which i detail in the book.

    “Doing something out-of-the-box is not for the faint-hearted, but what an exciting way to live life. Every day for us is literally a new adventure and a new opportunity, and it would never had happened if we hadn’t accepted the call on our lives.”

    Not Business As Usual is not just a business book, but rather an inspirational story for anyone keen to think outside the square; for those looking to get a God plan for their lives.

    “We have never asked for a cent to start, fund and grow this business,” Matt said. “As all profits go back in to Initiate Media to fund the endless number of projects being worked on, it is hoped the book will act as a major fundraiser.”

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  • Comedian Jeff Allen Co-Headlines CRTV’s ‘Make Comedy Great Again’ Tour

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Great comedy is back! Comedy legend, Jeff Allen, is co-headlining this fall’s Make Comedy Great Again Tour. Presented by CRTV and Stand-Up Global, the family-friendly comedy tour is playing theaters on the East Coast, and will be filmed for an upcoming special on CRTV. Jeff joins fellow comedians Ross Bennett, Earl David Reed, Tina Giorgi and Brad Upton (lineup subject to change) for the 100% politics-free stand-up comedy tour featuring some of the best clean comedians working today.

    Jeff Allen is the best at what he does – making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. His Happy Wife, Happy Life® message of a marriage gone wrong and redeemed has given laughter and encouragement to millions of people. Jeff’s comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life and the joy derived from a healthy marriage.

    For over four decades, Jeff has been performing in churches, theaters, on television and radio, and as a keynote for corporate functions and fundraisers around the world. His extensive television appearances include Showtime, TBN’s Huckabee, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, VH1’s Standup Spotlight, TheBlaze TV’s Glenn Beck, and he starred in the syndicated comedy series, Bananas, and his own one-hour comedy special, Happy Wife, Happy Life, on Odyssey Channel and FamilyNet. He also produced and starred in his own PAX TV sitcom pilot, Happy Wife, Happy Life, and starred in the critically acclaimed film, Apostles of Comedy, and was featured in the Warner Bros. comedy film, Thou Shalt Laugh.

    A live comedy favorite, Jeff has been featured at the Grand Ole Opry, the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal, and the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. He’s also been a featured performer on Bill Gaither’s popular Homecoming tours, the Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush, and the National Prayer Breakfast. Always supporting the military, Jeff has also performed for American troops around the world, including in Bahrain and on ships in the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

    Make Comedy Great Again Tour audiences are certain to appreciate the “conservative” language while feeling free to laugh “liberally” during this night of label-free comedy. CRTV and Stand-Up Global encourage everyone to leave their differences at the door and bring the family. Real comedy — GREAT comedy — is coming back in a big way this fall, and you do not want to miss it!

    “I have been working my entire career for an opportunity like this,” says Jeff. “To work with great comedians in beautiful venues with no other agenda than to make people laugh. How cool is this going to be!”

     Jeff Allen Tour Dates:

    October 19: Make Comedy Great Again — Colonial Theater — Pittsfield, MA

    October 20: Make Comedy Great Again — Shubert Theater — New Haven, CT

    October 26: Make Comedy Great Again — Patchogue Theater – Patchogue, NY

    October 27: Make Comedy Great Again — State Theater — Easton, PA

    October 29: Private Event — South Park, PA

    November 2: Make Comedy Great Again — Tarrytown Music Hall — Tarrytown, NY (**This show will be taped for CRTV**)

    November 3: Make Comedy Great Again — The Egg — Albany, NY

    November 6: Landmark Baptist Church — Greenville, NC

    November 8: Wake Chapel Christian Church — Fuquay-Varina, NC

    December 1: Meadowview Convention Center — Kingsport, TN

    January 12: Theatre Club at Trilogy — Gilbert, AZ

    February 1: Make Comedy Great Again — Wood Theater — Glens Falls, NY

    February 2: Make Comedy Great Again — Carrier Theater — Syracuse, NY

    **More dates to be added!**

    For more information on Jeff Allen:
    Web: JeffAllenComedy.com
    Facebook: @jeffallencomedy
    Twitter: @jeffallencomedy
    Instagram: @jallencomedy

    For tickets and more information on the Make Comedy Great Again Tour:
    Web: MakeComedyGreatAgain.com 
    Facebook: @MakeComedyGreatAgainTour
    Twitter: @MCGATour
    Instagram: @MakeComedyGreatAgainTour

     

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    Nashville Publicity Group
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  • Acton Institute’s 2018 Novak Award winner Professor Lucas G. Freire to deliver Calihan Lecture in Grand Rapids

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (October 30, 2018) — Brazilian Professor Lucas G. Freire will deliver the 18th annual Calihan Lecture at the Acton Institute’s headquarters in Grand Rapids on the evening of Monday, November 5. Freire was awarded the 2018 Novak Award this past spring and will be the first of the recipients to give the lecture in Grand Rapids at the Acton Building. The lecture is part of the international two-day conference, Crisis in the Public Square: A Response from the Kuyperian Tradition. Advance registration is required to attend this free lecture, including dinner. The entire conference, including the Calihan Lecture, will be broadcast live online. More information at acton.org/kuyperconf.

    Lucas G. Freire is an assistant professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil, and a fellow at the university’s new Center for Economic Freedom. He is also a postdoctoral fellow at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He received his PhD in politics from the University of Exeter. Previously, he also served as a research associate with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics in Cambridge, UK.

    Prof. Freire has commented on political and economic issues drawing on Christian thinking in the Reformed tradition. He has published on political theory and philosophy in journals such as Philosophia Reformata and Acta Academica. His current research focuses on the connection between religion, politics and economics in the ancient Near East and the biblical world. He lives in São Paulo with his wife and two children.

    Named after distinguished American theologian Michael Novak, this $15,000 award rewards new outstanding scholarly research concerning the relationship between religion, economic freedom, and the free and virtuous society.

    The Novak Award recognizes those scholars early in their academic career who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology’s connection to human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life. Recipients of the Novak Award make a formal presentation on such questions at an annual public forum known as the Calihan Lecture.

    The Novak Award is made possible by the generosity of Joseph L. Calihan and family and forms part of a range of academic grants and awards available from the Acton Institute that support those engaged in serious reflection and research on the relationship between theology, the free market, limited government, and the rule of law. Details of these academic grants and awards may be found at acton.org/grants-awards.

    About the Acton Institute

    The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute works internationally to “promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” For more on the Acton Institute, please visit
    www.acton.org.

    Contact Charissa Reul at (616) 454-3080 or creul@acton.org for more information.

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  • SWITCHFOOT announces new album and American tour

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – GRAMMY award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT expands on their trademark epic soundscapes and explores new themes and textures on Native Tongue, the group’s 11th full-length album set for release on January 18th (2019) via Fantasy Records. 

    The band also announced the North American leg of the Native Tongue Tour, which kicks off in Asheville, N.C on February 14th. 

    Tyson Motsenbocker will join SWITCHFOOT as supporting acts. 

    Tickets are on sale now

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  • Inspired by the loss of a child, Kiwi author and reality TV star finds healing through writing

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Losing a young child would rate as one of the great tragedies that anyone would face in life. For Jeff Poole, losing his son had a devastating affect on his life.

    However, the kind thoughts of a friend in giving him a blank journal to write down his thoughts allowed him to not only deal with his grief, but also led to him writing a book that would be able to help others.

    Kissing You Goodbye is Jeff’s story of losing his son Xander. He says, “Xander’s Godmother and a dear friend wisely gave me a blank little book. She said if the desire arose, I should write down thoughts and feelings. I didn’t use it profusely, but I did write a number of little poems, bits of prose and thoughts. Some of these I have used in the book.

    “As I went through the struggles of grief, I found that there was very little from men on the subject. Most were strangely silent on the matter of child loss. It would have been helpful to have had another father to talk to who had lost a child, but I didn’t come across any in both life connections or in authors.

    “It is just a simple book but my hope is that it will help people who have experienced loss, either directly or indirectly. In losing our son, our children lost their brother, our parents lost their grandchild, our siblings lost a nephew and so it goes on. It touches everyone.”

    Heartbreak, even loss of faith, can be natural for those experiencing such loss, but Jeff stated that, “It took me awhile to know that God was good and that He was for me. I didn’t lose my faith in Him, but I lost my confidence in His goodness. It took me years to work through, but over time, we saw God turn difficult things around.

    “We nearly lost our marriage. We nearly lost everything we had through potential bankruptcy. We have been too poor to buy food. We have gone without, but He is good. He loves me. He loves each one of us. Ultimately losing Xander has brought me closer to God.

    “Losing a child changes you forever. There is always a bit of a hole. Someone is missing. It was a difficult journey, but I have journeyed through and out the other side. A strange thought that helped me survive was that over the millennia, people have lived on this earth, multitudes have lost their children and survived. If they could, so could I. I have the hope and joy of seeing Xander in heaven when I get there. I have the confidence that God is with me in every moment of my life.”

    Life has moved on, and Jeff is a part of the 2018 Great Kiwi Bakeoff, the British-born TV juggernaut. It’s an elimination cooking show that, in a reality-television landscape driven with cruelty, is actually nice to people.

    “My wife suggested I have a go at auditioning,” said Jeff. I have always wanted to have a go at a cooking show. I see myself as a better cook than a baker, but the GKBO has a nice feel and a great bunch of people. It was a fellow Christian on the show who really encouraged me to put the book out there. She felt it would help people.

    “After reading it, she messaged me, stating, ‘Wow, wow, wow Jeff, I am in a puddle of tears! This is so incredibly moving. Thank you for writing this and for sharing your most precious story ❤️ I absolutely think this is worth sharing, please do get it published! I can imagine it like the most healing, beautiful coffee table landscape style book. This is going to touch so many lives. Wow.’”

    Kissing You Goodbye is now available globally.

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  • From Muslim to Christian, and the price paid for faith

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – When you think of becoming a Christian, it’s a pretty simple process. You believe in your heart, you pray a prayer, and with that, your life is transformed forever.

    However, when a Muslim decides to convert to Christianity, it’s a whole different story.

    Guryel Ali, the author of a new book titled Know Yourself Loved, has written his story in a compelling new book. He states that, “When you leave Islam for another religion, it’s important to note here the dilemma Muslim people are plunged into when they receive Jesus as Lord. It often comes with a great price tag.

    “Even in Western secular societies, Apostasy in Islam is a grave matter. The religion takes this personally. It is considered a public shame for the family and community. Accepting Jesus is seen as rejecting their family and their faith. For seekers, this is a very real struggle and a heavy burden.

    “In some Muslim countries, the sacrifice is even greater. They may not only lose their families, they may lose their friends, their jobs, their place in society, and in extreme cases, they may face punishment, retribution and perhaps even lose their lives.”

    Ali became a Christian after having supernatural encounters. He notes that, “Many Muslims have dreams of a man in white, just like I did. Muslims revere the supernatural vision/dream, so this is a powerful witness. There is in fact a great move of God happening at the moment.

    “When this happens in Muslim countries, there is an underground movement, where they become secret believers, just like there was in Communist China and Russia.”

    This book is the result of 25 years of travelling in ministry singing and preaching. Whenever he shared his story, people kept asking where they could buy his book. “One of the reasons I wrote the book was to help Christians understand that Muslims are not atheists,” he adds. “On the contrary, they are children of Abraham. I go in to more detail in this in the book on this aspect and on how Christians can witness to Muslims.”

    Know Yourself Loved is therefore a fascinating, true story of a Muslim born in London and raised in Australia. A powerful account of conversion from Islam to Christ, it involves a broken childhood, a teenage rebel, a dream/vision of Jesus, a search for the ‘Man in White’, uncanny coincidences and supernatural encounters along the road to find a Father.

    Ali shares his extraordinary testimony with sincerity and humour. His book is one of hope and shows that, no matter the circumstances, God is within reach for anyone who is searching for Him.

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  • God’s Love, Grace and Healing Through Nature

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – ‘Monarch Wonders’ is a book that is sensitively and delicately written. The inspirational words written will bring comfort and peace to readers.

    The author states, “I regret not doing a dedication page for the book. It would be dedicated to my brother David, cousins and others who have died before their time. David passed away soon after I was drawn to the Monarch. It spoke of new Life we can have in Christ now, and more importantly, eternally. I had heard many times how the emerging butterfly gave hope and comfort to others going through grief. It now did this for me as well as much more.”

    The story of the Monarch has enthralled young and old alike. The aim of this book is to help us find great beauty and healing in nature – God’s creation. Marion Robinson, the author certainly did and she wants to share her wonderful experiences in her own growth and healing.

    Marion explains, “Following a serious head injury I was stopped in my tracks. I was unable to drive for a couple of years and the cognitive process had taken a battering. My sense of balance was impaired and noise, especially in shops was a problem. Every aspect of living had slowed right down.”

    Hence the offshoot of this accident was Marion started paying attention to her surroundings and the life she was living. This brought to her attention the Monarchs in her garden and wherever she went. They were like a light to her, enthralling her in nature that God had created. She brought the newly laid eggs inside her home to observe their life cycle. All this drew her more towards God and she felt Him speaking clearly to her.

    The author was so enthralled by what she was observing that she decided to photograph these events and began researching more about their life cycle and their beauty. However because of her injury her concentration was quite limited so most of the images and insights came over a four year period.

    “So began the process of putting it together in a book form,” the author says. “First as an e-book, but it is only now, a few years later, that I have revisited it when asked to speak to a group on the Monarch Life Cycle. This led to other sharing opportunities to different audiences with the responses being very humbling. Since I believe that this is of God I should not be amazed. Hence I am now having the book published in a hard copy.”

    The author maintains that the head injury was the best thing that happened to her and can only make this statement because of her close relationship to Christ. She has always been drawn to nature, as it is where she has always felt more prayerful and alive and photographing these moments has enriched this so much more.

    “Capturing a seemingly fleeting moment allowed me to ponder and be awestruck at what had taken place. No more so than in the story of the Monarch Butterfly. It brought healing and new growth.”

    A negative has truly been turned into a big positive for Marion. “I doubt very much that I would have slowed down so much and therefore I would have missed so many wonderful life changing moments.”

    So, what inspiring revelations does the author hope that her readers will learn from reading this book? “My hope is that it is not just a book that is read once, but one that God will use to speak individually into anyone’s life as the reader reflects, ponders the amazing process that takes place and sees much of it in the images. Thus allowing God to bring hope and healing for whatever they may need at that time.

    “I am truly grateful for all God has done, and continues to do in my life.”

     

     

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  • There Is Hope for those with serious sickness

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – With the re-publishing of Robert Hillman’s 1992 book There is Hope, people with serious illness and those who care for them have a new resource to help them cope.

    Dr Coral Chamberlain, who collaborated with Dr Hillman on the 1992 edition, has produced the new edition in response to many requests that this book be made available again.

    “In doing so, I have done my best to remain true to Robert Hillman’s original intent and his gift for connecting with his readers,” Dr Chamberlain said.

    “My hope is that, through this new edition, Robert Hillman’s words of timeless wisdom, encouragement and hope will continue to provide inspiration and comfort.”

    In There is Hope, Robert Hillman presents in a balanced and simple way an approach to dealing with illness that will help readers receive all the healing possible for them in every aspect of their lives – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social.

    “My main reason for writing this book is to give you hope: to encourage you to see that serious illness need not be accompanied by a sense of despair,” Dr Hillman said.

    “Indeed your illness may be the beginning of real life for you. It may open up to you such vast resources of healing and wholeness that, whether or not you are cured, you will find your true self,” he said.

    The first edition of There is Hope (Anzea: Sydney) was released in February 1992, just 8 weeks before Robert Hillman died as a result of cancer that was diagnosed 10 years previously. The book was an instant success: 1500 copies of the first run of 4000 sold in the first month. An additional 4000 copies were printed the same year and also sold quickly. Many readers bore testament to the blessing and help they had received. However, because the publisher ceased operations, no more reprints were available. Interest in purchasing copies of this book persists to this day, prompting the decision to revise and re-publish with Ark House Press.

    Robert J Hillman BA, BD, PhD was in full-time church ministry and a popular speaker for many years. Then came the diagnosis of non-curable cancer with subsequent radical medical treatment and enforced early retirement. But this did not keep him from being involved in a caring ministry, especially the care of those who were ill. He also devoted time to writing in his latter years, in the fervent hope that others might benefit from the insights he gained during his long journey with serious illness.

    Coral Chamberlain MSc, PhD is a former biomedical researcher and a writer/editor. Her role has been to bring both the first edition and this new edition of There is Hope to publication.

     

    There is Hope is now available from Amazon and Koorong.

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  • Delving into the Mysteries of God

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – There are many people, Christian and non-Christian who crave to know more about God and the depth of his being. This is part of our exciting journey along this sometimes, perilous path of life – to get to know God more intimately. But how can we get to know more about him? How can we delve deeper into the mysteries of the Creator?

    The author, Pastor Jim Stevens, comes up with some good questions and answers in his book ‘Taping Over God’, published by Ark House Press. He brings challenges, enthusiasm and intrigue into his writing. The author takes us on a journey of discovery into the depths of God.

    Most of the time our relationship with God is limited because of what we have been taught or maybe read. However Jim Stevens had some questions running through his mind at the time of contemplating writing his book. At first he was just content to go along with whatever was said to him in church. But the more he read and talked about God the more he realized there were many conflicting ideas about him. So he went on a voyage of unearthing some truths.

    Jim says, “I think many people both within the church and out of it, are generally craving something deeper in life and are prepared to engage in conversations about God but they have often been presented a version of God that seems to be only for a few people and against most people and it seems that this God they heard about wants them to change everything about themselves before he’ll accept them. But this isn’t what we saw from Jesus at all.”

    So how does Jim see God now after his exploring more of how big God is and writing his conclusions in his book? He admits, “I absolutely see God as bigger and more encompassing and more inclusive than ever before. I didn’t always feel that way. For a lot of years I thought people had to believe the same as me to be ok with God. But my own beliefs and understandings were unfolding and changing themselves, so how could I expect anyone else to keep up with my supposedly correct (in my mind) ideas?”

    The author explains that it is so important to try and approach ideas about God without the pre-set limitations of what we already think we know. We all have a limited perception of God and his ways and the writer helps to address this.

    In this book Jim challenges us to think ‘outside the box’ and re-examine our thoughts and ideas on Almighty God. Yes, he is Almighty, and we all need to start to think big and get our heads around this. This is where the writing of Jim Stevens comes to the forefront. To confront our limited views!

    So why did the author decide to write this book – what was in his mind at the time? He states, “I remember hearing a speaker named Shane Willard who talked about God and the Bible from a more Jewish perspective, which I found to be far richer and deeper than how I had previously understood things. This really started me off on a journey of reading a wider variety of writers. I wanted to help people to not feel ostracized simply because they have questions.” What Jim was contemplating was it also made him realize that maybe there was much more to the picture of God/the Bible/life and how those three mix together more than he had previously thought.

    “I remember being at school and hearing the teacher ask, ‘Does everyone understand?’ But if you feel like the only one who doesn’t understand there’s no way you’re putting your hand up because you feel too silly. Having questions can make us feel excluded and I want those with questions to feel safe enough to ask them and have the conversations without feeling like there is something wrong with them.”

    The greatest message Jim Stevens wants to convey in his book is he hopes that those who read ‘Taping Over God’ can know that it’s ok to have questions and uncertainties when it comes to matters of faith and God. He points out, “It isn’t after we’ve wrestled with ideas that we find the correct answers but rather it’s within the wrestling that we experience and grow in understanding God better. We never arrive at the final conclusions about God because there is more to God than we can grasp.” He explains that asking questions can lead to a more robust and deeper faith.

    “I want people to consider that God could be possibly better than their current understanding because with that kind of ‘searching’ approach there is potential to find a better understanding of God,” Jim says. “But when we’re certain we already know it all we restrict our own ability to learn something better.”

    ‘Taping Over God’ is a book that the author hopes will usher people into a deeper realm in God.

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  • Daring To Living With Purpose

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – It’s not until we realise where contentment comes from that we are able to live the most fulfilled, meaningful, and perhaps even daring life.

    As a collection of thoughts and topics, ‘Satisfiction’ is a heartfelt conversation for young women who want to live with purpose and contentment in the season they’re in.

    The author, Shelley Ward, believes there are many young women who are living unfulfilled lives. They are searching for contentment and purpose, expecting the world to give them these things. She has written her book to encourage women to be all they are meant to be in Christ. 

    “I believe many lives are unfulfilled because people are searching for fulfillment in the wrong things,” Shelley says.  “This world is filled with so many things that give us a false sense of satisfaction or fulfillment. This false sense of satisfaction is what I like to call satisfiction. We believe that these things will fill us but it is only temporary and always leaves us craving something more.”

    Fulfillment can only be found in Christ alone. It is the feeling of completeness – knowing that you have all you need. It is the quenching of desires and longings and it brings with it a sense of peace. This is what women are searching for, but not only women – the whole world!

    Satisfiction’ talks about love, life and relationships. The author explains in her book that it is possible for women to find fulfillment in each of these areas by trusting God to write their story, aligning themselves with His ways and by understanding, that in all things, Christ is our contentment.

    Shelley says, “On the topic of life, I want the readers to dream big, discover their purpose and identity, and to dig deeper into Him, with a focus on living for His Kingdom.

    “With the topic of love, there is an emphasis on God’s immense love for us and on the value and righteousness He gives us as His daughters – no matter our shortcomings or weaknesses. He makes us new. And He is our strength.

    “The topic of relationships is a major topic that is covered in Satisfiction. I dedicated much of this book to discussing this topic because I believe relationships is more often than not, where young women today are looking for their fulfillment. They believe that once they find and marry the perfect man, they will be satisfied and have a purpose. But the problem with this ideal is that there is no such thing as a perfect man. Only Christ meets the criteria of ‘perfect’. So once these young ladies find themselves in relationships, they become disillusioned. On the flipside, other girls settle into bad relationships because they don’t understand their precious worth as a daughter of the King.”

    Satisfiction’ encourages girls to rethink the how and why of dating, encouraging them to shift their thinking to align with God’s Word and not the world.

    The book contains many thoughts, questions and lessons conveyed through personal storytelling, biblical stories, and discussions. It covers a variety of topics and issues common to young women in a way that is relevant and light-hearted yet challenging.

    The author explains that she believes women are missing out on living a truly fulfilled life because they are putting Christ on the sideline rather than centre-stage of their life. God’s ways are truly the best but sadly, so many young Christian women are falling into the patterns of the world instead.

    The book ‘Satisfiction’ is an easy to read, conversational style of writing suited to young women. It’s written like the reader is conversing with their trusted sister or close friend who is sharing her experiences and what she’s learned in life and faith. It’s simply girls doing life together.

    “This book lets the reader know that no matter our life’s story – no matter how extravagant, crazy, or simple we might perceive it. No matter our past, present, or future – we each have been made for a purpose. And that purpose is to glorify God with our lives. We each are capable of this and the uniqueness of our story and identity in fact glorifies God that much more.

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  • Making Retirement Work: Getting Old and Finishing Well

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – The prospect of retirement can be daunting for many people. Some are concerned that they will be bored. Others worry that they will no longer have enough money on which to live comfortably. John Bradford, in his latest book, “Making Retirement Work: Getting Old and Finishing Well” answers these and many other questions asked by people entering the twilight of life. 

    “People are living longer, as life expectancies increase rapidly, and many are retiring earlier,” states the author. “This is compounded by the fact that as the great 20th Century economist John Maynard Keynes suggested by 2030 mankind would be confronted with the greatest challenge it had ever faced: what to do with a sea of spare time when the working week by that time would be reduced to just 15 hours.”

    John writers that, “Staying busy is one of the keys to continuing to enjoy life in retirement. Ideally that means having a plan for the transition. It’s important to stay active both physically and mentally and to continue to grow spiritually. However, when you retire perhaps the time for achieving is over. Now it’s time to consolidate and maybe it’s a time to focus on being rather than becoming.”

    John admits that looking back there are things he might have or should have done differently but he has no regrets. “Regret is a harmful emotion,” he says. “Nostalgia is a natural and positive emotion.” John says he is blessed to have had a wonderful life. “I was most fortunate to marry somebody 35 years ago who shared my beliefs and passion for adventure. Soon after we were married we moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast with our then two baby children in tow! The best was yet to come.

    “Then years later after I retired from the Australian Parliament, Judy agreed to us taking our three children out of school to go and live in Mongolia and work there for the Bible Society. Then we travelled around the world as missionaries for four years after that.” We only came home because our youngest child Lisa was ready to start high school.”

    Asked about how the death of his son Tim from cancer in 2015 impacted on him and his wife Judy, John is philosophical: “Tim’s death is still very fresh and indeed painful. Even though we know he is in heaven we still miss him incredibly. He was only 31 when he died. Already I am 72. However, with the passage of time I have come to accept that I must get on with my life and “not grow weary or fainthearted” (Hebrews 12:3b). It’s a challenge I face every day.”

    Making Retirement Work is full of advice and reflections based on John’s own experiences. “Many people may not be as fortunate as I have been, but hopefully it will encourage people to look forward to their own retirement and have a positive attitude and outlook on this new phase of life. In other words, I want people to ‘make retirement work for them’.”

     

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  • Delving into the Mysteries of God

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – There are many people, Christian and non-Christian who crave to know more about God and the depth of his being. This is part of our exciting journey along this sometimes, perilous path of life – to get to know God more intimately. But how can we get to know more about him? How can we delve deeper into the mysteries of the Creator?

    The author, Pastor Jim Stevens, comes up with some good questions and answers in his book ‘Taping Over God’, published by Ark House Press. He brings challenges, enthusiasm and intrigue into his writing. The author takes us on a journey of discovery into the depths of God.

    Most of the time our relationship with God is limited because of what we have been taught or maybe read. However Jim Stevens had some questions running through his mind at the time of contemplating writing his book. At first he was just content to go along with whatever was said to him in church. But the more he read and talked about God the more he realized there were many conflicting ideas about him. So he went on a voyage of unearthing some truths.

    Jim says, “I think many people both within the church and out of it, are generally craving something deeper in life and are prepared to engage in conversations about God but they have often been presented a version of God that seems to be only for a few people and against most people and it seems that this God they heard about wants them to change everything about themselves before he’ll accept them. But this isn’t what we saw from Jesus at all.”

    So how does Jim see God now after his exploring more of how big God is and writing his conclusions in his book? He admits, “I absolutely see God as bigger and more encompassing and more inclusive than ever before. I didn’t always feel that way. For a lot of years I thought people had to believe the same as me to be ok with God. But my own beliefs and understandings were unfolding and changing themselves, so how could I expect anyone else to keep up with my supposedly correct (in my mind) ideas?”

    The author explains that it is so important to try and approach ideas about God without the pre-set limitations of what we already think we know. We all have a limited perception of God and his ways and the writer helps to address this.

    In this book Jim challenges us to think ‘outside the box’ and re-examine our thoughts and ideas on Almighty God. Yes, he is Almighty, and we all need to start to think big and get our heads around this. This is where the writing of Jim Stevens comes to the forefront. To confront our limited views!

    So why did the author decide to write this book – what was in his mind at the time? He states, “I remember hearing a speaker named Shane Willard who talked about God and the Bible from a more Jewish perspective, which I found to be far richer and deeper than how I had previously understood things. This really started me off on a journey of reading a wider variety of writers. I wanted to help people to not feel ostracized simply because they have questions.” What Jim was contemplating was it also made him realize that maybe there was much more to the picture of God/the Bible/life and how those three mix together more than he had previously thought.

    “I remember being at school and hearing the teacher ask, ‘Does everyone understand?’ But if you feel like the only one who doesn’t understand there’s no way you’re putting your hand up because you feel too silly. Having questions can make us feel excluded and I want those with questions to feel safe enough to ask them and have the conversations without feeling like there is something wrong with them.”

    The greatest message Jim Stevens wants to convey in his book is he hopes that those who read ‘Taping Over God’ can know that it’s ok to have questions and uncertainties when it comes to matters of faith and God. He points out, “It isn’t after we’ve wrestled with ideas that we find the correct answers but rather it’s within the wrestling that we experience and grow in understanding God better. We never arrive at the final conclusions about God because there is more to God than we can grasp.” He explains that asking questions can lead to a more robust and deeper faith.

    “I want people to consider that God could be possibly better than their current understanding because with that kind of ‘searching’ approach there is potential to find a better understanding of God,” Jim says. “But when we’re certain we already know it all we restrict our own ability to learn something better.”

    ‘Taping Over God’ is a book that the author hopes will usher people into a deeper realm in God. For more information visit www.jimstevens.com.au.

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  • Ark House launches partner publishing

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Global Christian book publisher Ark House Press has launched a new partner publishing program.

    The publisher, which specializes in working with a wide range of Christian authors, has made the announcement in light of the changes taking place in the retail marketplace.

    Matt Danswan, the CEO of Initiate Media, the parent company of Ark House, said, “As we continue to see a breakdown in both the Christian retail and general bookseller marketplace, this is putting a lot of strain on publishers.

    “With channels closing, getting physical books in front of readers is tougher than ever. Having said that, the opportunities have never been greater in that an author now has global exposure and distribution as people buy their books online. But at the same time, the net result is that it is a challenge to sell the same number of units in the new digital marketplace.”

    Ark House’s co-publishing model works with authors who have solid content, but just don’t have the runs on the board in terms of previous sales, or they do not have a strong social media presence with which to promote their title to.

    Partner publishing allows the author all of the benefits that a published author gets, but because they pay a small fee, they keep the rights to their title.

    “Partner publishing, or as we call it, co-publishing, is an exciting new model for authors,” explains Matt. “It’s a hybrid of being with a credible traditional publisher, while at the same time keeping your rights and not having to go down the path of self publishing, which generally sees books published at a fairly low quality, de-valuing the author’s reputation and credibility.

    “We are still committed to being a boutique publishing house, underwriting the publishing of authors who have the ability to sell a high number of units, but we simply cannot ignore the large volumes of inquiries from amazing authors who have huge talent, but just need someone to back them as they make their start.”

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  • Which Christian and Initiate Media join forces

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Initiate Media has announced a joint venture with whichchristian.com.au, Australia’s leading printed guides publisher.

    Whichchristian.com.au has been in the Christian marketplace for 20 years. Its print guides have been the preeminent magazines for connecting Christians with Australian Christian schools, colleges and missions. However as the market moves away from print, whichchristian.com.au is re-directing its focus to online search.

    Rod Heard, Managing Director of whichchristian.com.au, said: “Which Christian and Initiate Media have been active in the Christian space for many years. Although Matt and I have had a number of conversations about working together, it has not been until the last few days that the pieces have suddenly fallen into place.

    “We’re looking forward to being able to combine to continue to publish information about Christian organizations very effectively online.”

    Matt Danswan, CEO of Initiate Media, commented: “The publishing world is changing at record pace, and I believe the strong brand whichchristian.com.au possesses, coupled with the strong network of websites and traffic we can bring to the site, make this a perfect fit.

    “Rod and I have had informal discussions over the last few years, and it has just been a matter of waiting for the right time to come together. The time is now, and so this is an exciting result for not only our advertisers, but also Australian Christians looking for quality Christian organisations.”

    For more information visit www.whichchristian.com.au.

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  • Initiate Media to launch new housesitting site

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Initiate Media has announced that it is launching a global site connecting Christians looking for like-minded house sitting services.

    Christianhousesitting.com will be the first of its kind, connecting homeowners with those looking for short-term accommodation.

    As the owners of christianhomeswap.com, Initiate Media is launching the site in response to homeowners specifically looking for trusted individuals who can mind their animals whilst traveling.

    Initiate Media co-founder Nicole Danswan stated, “Christianhomeswap.com fills an amazing space in the marketplace by connecting Christians together and affording them free holiday accommodation.

    “However, many have told us of the need to have their homes and/or pets minded while traveling. In addition to this, who you have stay in your home unattended is a big decision. It’s not only the personal assets within your home, but also the spiritual connotation that person brings.

    “Sadly, there are also people in our community with no fixed address, and so this also bills a void for those who need short term accommodation. We are really confident that christianhousesitting.com is therefore going to be a perfect fit between home owner and those needing such accommodation.”

    The site is due to launch in September 2018.

     

     

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  • Initiate Media completes ownership of christianhomeswap.com

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Initiate Media has announced that it has acquired 100% of the popular website ChristianHomeswap.com. ChristianHomeSwap.com is an international community of house swappers located all around the world.

    ChristianHomeswap.com has been in the marketplace since 2007. The website was originally started as a result of dissatisfaction with the cost of traditional accommodation, the prohibitive costs of travel making holidays difficult for many people.

    Until recently, Initiate Media was a 60% owner of the website, with the remaining 40% owned by Australian company Pack Your Bags Pty Ltd.

    ChristianHomeSwap.com provides an alternative form of travel, where friendly local and international travelers swap homes to enjoy free accommodation.

    Matt Danswan, CEO of Initiate Media, said, “While we enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Pack Your Bags and its owners, Dave and Kirsty Utting, at the same time we are happy to announce that we have acquired the website in full.

    “The Uttings were steering their business in a slightly different direction, and so as the majority shareholders, it was only natural that acquiring the full site was going to be a good fit for both parties.

    They have done a tremendous job in building this website from a standing start, and we are confident that, as our platform continues to grow, that we can go on to build ChristianHomeSwap.com into an even more amazing website than it is today.”

    For more information visit www.ChristianHomeswap.com.

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  • Racism and Discrimination – one man’s journey

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Have you ever stopped and wondered what it would be like to be different – I mean of a different race and culture to the one you are living in? The many trials and suffering that are undergone because you don’t fit in and are not welcome in your community?

    Leonard Young, the author of ‘The Man Who Rebelled Against God’ tells his story of an unforgiving society that wouldn’t accept him for who he was – a young Chinese living in Brisbane in the early 1940s. 

    This is the story of a young Chinese man growing up in western society where racism was rife. This story is Leonard’s personal testimony of God’s forgiveness of his sin, and by trusting Jesus Christ.

    The book is published by Ark House Press. 

    The author explains his journey. “Some people who hear the call of God upon their lives respond immediately and never waver throughout their entire life. They grow closer to Him every day and never fail to obey His demands on their lives. They can look back over their lives with satisfaction knowing just how much God has blessed their service for Him”. 

    “As for me I have struggled throughout much of my life to show a consistent walk with our Lord.” 

    As a child Leonard was led into a life of delinquency and law breaking and was totally uncontrollable. His foster mother had a house of amoral boarders that gave him a poor role model. “Being Chinese in a completely white community I was ostracized and suffered from abuse from both adults and in my school,” he says. “On the other hand, a small Christian church gradually changed my life by patient and loving acceptance and brought knowledge of Christ to me.” 

    Being fostered by an Irish mother in a completely white society Leonard was basically cut off from his Chinese community (apart from his school holidays). However, the language barrier with his father and his Chinese friends prevented any close connections between father and son. His Church became his only haven from the verbal abuse and isolation from outside in the general community. Christian men became his spiritual mentors and emotional support.

    Having accepting Christ in his late teens and then rebelling against God through interpersonal relationships within the Christian community Leonard lived a life of wanton selfishness and sin. “I never at any time believed that God did not exist but felt that he had deprived me of my deepest desire,” Leonard went on to explain.

    After a time, Leonard became marginally connected to the Christian community because, as he pointed out, he wanted his children to grow up to be law-abiding and morally upstanding citizens and to reject drugs and other pit-falls young people fall into. “However, with the death of my grandson I realized my life without Christ was empty and I desperately needed God’s love and comfort the world could not give me.” 

    This is a story of a Chinese man born on the wrong side of life and the law who, as a young child, lived in a suburb of Brisbane just after World War 2. Although he experienced the psychological barbs of racism and discrimination and became bitter and rebellious, a small congregation of Christians eventually rescued him. 

    Leonard Young inspires us with the account of his journey from childhood and teenage rebellion to finding God in the midst of his trials. 

    This story begins in a period of our history when there have been many changes within the Australian community as well as its churches. Some of these transformations have been positive and beneficial while others are spiritually destructive. 

    “Although the Church, in particular, is generally welcoming, there is again an increase in racial discrimination and verbal abuse,” Leonard strongly points out. “This is not helped by the atrocities and terrorism that has become a current occurrence nearly every day. My hope is that when their children grow up in our society they will gradually become more accepted.”   

    “I believe this story of mine is also timely. We are now in a period when there is little sympathy for others in the world who are suffering persecution, social isolation, discrimination and even worse; innumerable deaths and acts of genocide. This is particularly so when they are considered not to have the same belief system, a common ethnic origin, social standing, or political preference. However, God sent Christ to die on the cross because of His great love for all humanity. 

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  • Poetry: The Reflection of God 

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – The author, Dr Edwin Yip has composed some very meaningful poems in his book ‘Glorifying God Centred in Christ’. The purpose, he maintains, is to glorify God, through meditation on the poetry. Dr Edwin Yip’s goal is to help Christians grow in faith and to understand what it means to be a Christian.

    But why poetry? “If you are a Christian, it does not really matter whether you like poetry or not,” the author explains. “For example, even if you do not like the literary styles in the book of Psalms, you can still study and learn from it. Of course, if you enjoy poetry then that’s a bonus. This book is more than a collection of poems. It has reflective questions and my own comments besides each poem. In other words, its main value is as a devotional tool.” 

    Why the author decided to write down his inspiration for these poems is because he was sharing a personal poem he had written in front of others. He realised he wanted to share all his poetry and bring joy to his readers.

    Dr Yip gives an overview of the time in his life when he felt he wanted to write his poetry. “Although I have written a few poems relating to my faith in the past, it was not enough to form a collection. During my brief missional trip to Tonga in 2016, I had the opportunity to share a personal poem I had written with other believers, and I was encouraged by the responses of those who heard it. 

    “At the same time, I was inspired by one of the sisters who travelled with me. Her main role during the trip was to impart knowledge and wisdom and encouragement to caregivers and families looking after children with autism. This is made possible through her experience in bringing up her youngest child with autism. She also went on to write a book called ‘Mikey & Me’ which shares her personal journey. Her story has become a source of hope and blessing to others.

    “I also wanted to write something that can inspire and help others, to cultivate and strengthen their spiritual growth. As I thought about what my spiritual gift(s) are and what I can do for Christ, the idea of writing and publishing a poetry collection was born.”

    So how does the author believe his collection of poems can glorify God? “It’s personal,” he declares. “It’s a reflection of my gratitude to God and what he has done in my life. I hope others can appreciate what I have written even if they are not into poetry. Furthermore, I hope they are inspired to focus on their own gifts and passions to glorify God.” 

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  • A Mum Without Her Baby – A Father Without His Daughter

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – “Time of death…” were the words the doctor spoke to Liz and Ray when their baby daughter went to heaven. Relive the gripping emotions and feelings the family encountered at the time of this great tragedy. It is a time in your life you will always remember when a loved one (and especially at such a young age) is taken from you.  

    Alana’s Brief Season’ is the compelling story of the death of little six month-old Alana Bremer. This captivating book recounts the faith that brought Liz Bremer, the author, through the pain of losing her precious child.

    The words uttered by the doctor came sometime in the afternoon, 29 December 1994. Liz knew it was the right decision but she was still stunned by their words. She had tried to revive her doing CPR, then the ambulance officers took over and finally the nurses at the hospital.

    “Monitors were turned off, IV lines removed, the place tidied up and doctors and nurses left the room for Ray and I to be together alone with Alana,” Liz said. “In the last couple of hours so much of how I had reacted was due to my nursing training. Now I was a mum without my baby while Ray was a dad without his daughter. For a moment in time we were lost in our pain. There were no words, we just hugged each other and cried at the enormity of our loss. This was the worst moment of our lives.”

    No words can describe this loss, but Liz and Ray had a great faith in their God and trusted Him. Yes, they hurt so much over their bereavement but Liz explained it beautifully.

    “I did a lot of crying in the first few months,” Liz said. “Instead of running away from God I turned to Him daily on my own. I didn’t question what God had done and wouldn’t let myself linger on the ‘why’ or ‘if. For me Alana was gone, full stop, rule off’, end of story. Yet I was hurting and told God so. In fact I told Him everything, just as I learned to do many years ago when I understood that God is my Father and friend. I needed time to heal. God was everything He promised to be. My best friend was and is Jesus and together we went through the pain.”

    Liz and Ray were numbed by the experience as they left the hospital. They just wanted to shut down and let the world go by.

     “We were physically and emotionally exhausted when we went to bed,” Liz goes on to say. “We all had a good night’s sleep and that has continued for many years. I’ve never had a dream / nightmare when Alana has been in it since that day.”

    It was a blessing that they had family and friends around them from the day till just after Alana’s funeral. It felt like God carried them through this time with His energy to deal with everything.

    Liz coped by taking time out writing to work through pain and for special days such as Alana’s birthday. The couple have had other children. However this was a great step of faith as this allowed them to be open that it all could go wrong again. 

    God was everything to Liz. She had become a Christian at the age of 13 years and now 17 years later she was calling out to Him to get her through this, knowing He loved her and was in control.

    “Alana’s death was like the winter of my world. It was a season of loss and death. Somehow my ability to make sense of this tragic event came from words of comfort and hope in the Bible. There’s the hope and power of the resurrection of Jesus because He’s gained victory over death. One day I will be forever with Jesus in heaven. Love, blood, death and resurrection power will get me there and keep me there forever along with Alana who I will see again and many millions more.

    “This is my autobiography, not a self help book or written by a counsellor wanting to help others. It’s one of the worst experiences I’ve gone through. It took years for this wound to heal to become a scar.”

    Time heals pain experienced in the first stage of bereavement, which is slowly turned into a permanent sense of loss according to Liz. “From the day Alana died to the time I felt a sense of closure was around five years. It was a journey I never thought would take so long.

    “I end the book with my youngest daughter’s birth. Her name is Nicole and means victory while Alana’s name means beautiful and for a brief season we enjoyed her beauty.”

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  • From Religion to Intimacy with God

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – A person’s life consists not of what we plan or achieve or dream about. It is not about our own purposes and ideas. It is whether we are prepared to recognise that God is in control. It depends on whether we are prepared to accept His control, or to reject it in favour of our own machinations.

    The author of the book, ‘The Gardener’s Son’ details his sometimes torturous journey into submitting his life to Christ, completely. 

    The book is published by Ark House Press.

     When this book is read, and mixed with faith, it will generate a new sense of purpose, vision and empowerment.  It will lift the discouraged out of their shallow dungeon and they will see the Cross and be drawn to Jesus who hung there for humanity. It is the intention of the author that readers will put their complete trust in God.

    David Munns, the author, says, “Recognition often comes with hindsight. Whilst having been raised within a Christian environment, this does not necessarily mean that there is a spiritual qualification automatically conferred upon one in understanding what it is that God requires of one.”

    David’s statement comes out of his childhood in the Plymouth Brethren. “Its doctrines are founded on the belief that they are the only people who God has chosen for salvation. Anyone outside of their group is unsaved, children of the devil and sold out to the world. To enhance this concept, they strictly enforce a ‘Doctrine of Separation’ by not permitting their people to interact with ‘outsiders’, either by speaking to, living with, or eating with their neighbours or having common walls between dwellings,” David explains.

    In the late 50’s the world leader of the Brethren wanted greater control of the ‘church’. He applied the doctrine of separation. Children were being cut off from their families. Husbands and wives were being forced to not only separate, but to divorce, claiming through the legal system the husband’s assets, so that he was left with nothing. Young people having their belongings literally thrown out onto the street because they left the brethren. David could not tolerate this it was so traumatic and he looked for a way out.

    David Munns became a member of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia and learned to fly. This was entirely contrary to edicts of the Brethren. “But I managed to keep it quiet for a time until my photo appeared on the front page of the Daily Newspaper. The Brethren tried to pressure me into stopping after visiting me, but I refused and was dutifully withdrawn from the organisation.

    “Life was hard for a time, as I was only 21, but I slowly found friendships both in my work and at the aero club. I have never danced and always avoid it at all costs. Some things remain and last a lifetime.”

    David had a negative religious experience. It certainly was not one that gave him a personal and intimate relationship with Christ. 

    Missionary Training College had been the organization where David had studied. He learned vital biblical truths and principles to live a life dedicated to God. He knew it all. 

    But the reality of knowing God’s presence in his life came when his marriage failed. 

    “At that time it seemed my prayers were unanswered,” David maintained. “My Christian friends deserted me; my church shunned me; my endeavours to compensate with social activities through my work, failed. It was when some faithful Christian friends from America took me under their wing, that I was able to understand that the truth of Hebrews 13:5 where He says, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.”

    Then David was unlawfully terminated from his work. This was restored through the legal system. He stood on God’s word and declared victory over the situation, which was achieved. It was God’s grace and mercy upon his life and more answers to prayer!

    The author joined the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and served there for three and a half decades. During this time he was faced with many dangerous and life-threatening challenges. He says, “I was able to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. I looked death in the face and was part of the miraculous restoration to life after the death of a baby. I also had the privilege of being asked to fly a new aircraft from Switzerland to Perth.” 

    There are many stories from the author while flying, of near-death experiences, in-flight emergencies and tragedies avoided through the protection and faithfulness of God.

    “I have written this book to share how God has worked in my life,” the author states. “I   suspect that most people have similar failures and successes without knowing that it is God who is working in their lives.  I have attempted to share my story, warts and all so that others may understand that the Christian pathway is not a complicated obstacle course, replete with rituals and traditions. But rather a simple hand in hand walk with Jesus each and every day. Most importantly, to believe that what He has promised He will fulfill.

    “If my book can reach one person and change that person’s life, then I will have achieved something in history.” 

    Read about David Munns’ incredible journey to find an intimate relationship with his Savior. 

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  • The Ordinary Made Extraordinary

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Rob Hawkes, the author of ‘Peter’s Song’ takes an exclusive look into the life of Peter, the disciple of Jesus. He has examined his humanness and looks at the humanity of the men Jesus chose to be His disciples. The very enlightening book deals with the tragedy and humour of the various situations scripture places them in.

    ‘Peter’s Song’ is published by Ark House Press.

    The book looks at the unique celebration of the very ordinary made extraordinary by the hand of God. It brings some great insights into the life of the Apostle Peter as recorded in scripture. But it is seen through his eyes and those who may have witnessed the events with him.

    What makes the author’s book intriguing and interesting to read? Rob explains, “There are a number of unique perspectives on familiar passages in the scriptures…at least I think they’re unique. For example: readers may be familiar with the accounts of the Last Supper in the upper room and when the Holy Spirit fell in power on those gathered there at Pentecost. But have you ever wondered what those events would have sounded like to those in the lower room? ‘Peter’s Song’ looks at that perspective. The book also dares to take a first person viewpoint of the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples gathered in the room.”

    The author also looks at the Gospel account of Peter’s reinstatement by Jesus on the shores of Galilee after His resurrection from the dead. It mentions Peter wrapping his outer garments about himself before leaping from the boat into the water to greet his Master on the shoreline. This is a beautiful illustration of the love that Peter had for Jesus.

    “I have used this example of Peter and the others to highlight one of the qualities that may have singled out Peter as leadership material,” the author says. “It may be alien to our controlled, ordered western view of the world, but maybe there is something about allowing our love of Jesus freedom of expression that the rest of the world needs to see more. Even if we look a little foolish in the process!”

    The book is unique as there is a touch of humor and it is not overly religious nor is it excessively theological in its approach. This may be a little unusual given its subject matter. The author hopes it is all the more accessible for a wider readership because of that.

    ‘Peter’s Song’ is a little unconventional in its perspective on familiar passages. The author explains, “It emphasizes the humanity of the ordinary men and women who met Jesus. It takes you into their company as they travel together, share meals and wrestle with the horrifying death of their beloved Rabbi, contemplate their future without Him, then share in the wonder of His resurrection. It explores their new relationships that developed now that Jesus was no longer (physically) with them.

    “Peripheral figures in the Gospels like Mary, Martha and Lazarus take a more prominent role in the story. The disciples would have previously had a relationship with them because of their association with the renowned Jesus of Nazareth. Would this change following His death? Would they have any association with them in the future or would they have to establish their own relationship with each other, without Jesus in their midst?”

    Rob Hawkes describes how he sees Peter as different from the other disciples. “His propensity to make very public mistakes.
    The completely inappropriate violence he exhibited in the Garden of Gethsemane at the moment of Jesus’ arrest followed shortly after by his cowardice and rejection of Jesus in the courtyard of the house of Caiaphas, when confronted by a young servant girl. His eagerness to have a go. Jesus’ eagerness for him to succeed!

    “To a greater or lesser extent I see these traits in my life and in the lives of some others who I know. I find him endearing because of them, not in spite of them. He’s the one who comes across as the most human and therefore the easiest for me to identify with, because all his failings are my own too. Peter was an ordinary, hardworking man. Someone who was prone to misunderstandings and making mistakes, even after meeting and living alongside Jesus throughout His ministry years.”

    The book builds to a crescendo of hope brought about by the transforming work of the Holy Spirit working in and through them as they continue with the ministry Jesus started.

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  • Creating a new mindset with the Bible

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – We all have many unanswered questions concerning God and what is written in the Bible. Why aren’t things so straightforward? Why are they quite complex, we may ask?

    Malcolm Dunjey, the author of 136 Questions, published by Ark House Press, had the same questions, so he decided to put pen to paper on some topical and controversial subjects. Some of the discussions are formal, some casual – all focused on helping the reader understand some of the Bible’s many and great unanswered questions.

    Malcolm has written his book to help readers understand the scriptures and to give them an overview of some of the unanswered questions that arise.

    The author explains why it was so important to write this book. “I wanted to ask some questions which reflected on my varied background as a missionary, minister of the gospel and a medical doctor,” Malcolm told me.

    “The need for a book to be free of denominations and theology. My thinking was the book should be one-of-a-kind and unique in its conception and range of topics.”

    Christianity always provokes a number of questions and Malcolm discusses many topics that people are contemplating on a wide range of Biblical issues. In fact, 136 of them.

    Some questions deal with eternity; what that actually means and what awaits us. The author also looks at who God is, as this is a question many people are thinking about.

    His book covers articles on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriage, the future or fate of Israel, the trustworthiness of the Bible and examines if there are any errors in these topics.

    Malcolm also debates and examines what and where are heaven and hell, and the contentious issue of suffering, particularly relating to Christians. He also talks about Jesus, a blood sacrifice for sin.

    “Many people are not sure if the devil even exists or if there is a second coming and how this will manifest,” the author explains. “There is also the question of how God is portrayed in the Old Testament and then in the New Testament, as there appears some differences in how God seems to handle humanity, and suffering.

    “Is there sometimes the possibility of there being a hiatus between the Gods of the Old and New Testaments? Why did Jesus die? These subjects are often discussed and debated and often there are no finite answers.”

    “I think my treatment of all these topics is ‘one of a kind’, almost unique,” Malcolm maintains. “The range of topics is wide, covering most of our beliefs, but the answers are brief, succinct and nearly complete within my self-imposed limit of a reasonably small and attractive book, without being academic or stuffy. Each topic is introduced

    and peppered with searching and sometimes controversial questions, but I remain Evangelical in doctrine. I searched before I wrote but couldn’t find a similar work.”

    If you have questions about God and what is written in the Bible then 136 Questions can help you and give some answers.

    The book is available now globally.

    Lynn Goldsmith

     

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  • Domestic violence and the grace to forgive a killer

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – A story unfolds of a great tragedy, but it is also a story of forgiveness – sometimes a miracle in itself. There is a call to the judicial system to bring justice and righteousness in the midst of tragic circumstances.

    Tragically in 2013 and at just 22, Rekiah Lee O’Donnell fell victim to domestic violence from her ice addict partner. Nelson Lai took a precious life from this world, a beautiful young woman who should still be alive. Someone who had the world at her feet.

    The author, Kerryn Robertson, reveals her pain and heartbreak at the death of her daughter in her new book Rekiah’s Law, released by Ark House Press. Kerryn explains why it was so important to write about the tragic events. “Rekiah’s Law was written for a variety of reasons: both to help myself through writing and to help other people through the various topics covered in the book,” she said.

    “When such a tragedy happens, particularly if it’s the death of a loved one, you have trouble making sense of it. I felt compelled to write Rekiah’s Law as part of my healing process, because to make any sense of Rekiah’s death I had to know that I was helping others, and that her death was not in vain.

    “Because Rekiah died at the hands of her partner, I also wanted to write the book as a warning for others who might be experiencing domestic violence: to not only tell Rekiah’s story about where violence can lead, but to provide explanations of what domestic violence is and give information of where to go for help. My hope is that the book will also give understanding to family and friends of domestic violence victims, and to give examples of the warning signs to watch for.”

    The heartbreaking murder occurred when Nelson shot Rekiah in the head at close range. In his statement to the police he maintained he loved his girlfriend, but admitted he used to punch and threaten to kill her, and frequently wrongly accused her of having affairs with a number of different males. He fervently maintained this happened only when he was coming off drugs. It was also discovered he had previous convictions for attacking his partner from a previous relationship, who was the mother of his two children.

    When the matter went to court, Nelson, through his defence barrister, claimed he did not know the gun was loaded. He said he was not particularly aggressive towards Rekiah at the time and the gun was not pointed towards her. It was just a grave mistake that unfortunately ended in taking her life.

    The ending of this court case resulted in Nelson being convicted of manslaughter and not murder. The family was totally heartbroken at this verdict, and the light prison sentence of a maximum of nine years and five months.

    Kerryn explained, “The title Rekiah’s Law came about because of the injustice we believe we were served through the Victorian (Australia) justice system. One of the reasons for writing the book was not only for me to vent my frustrations at the legal system, but to create awareness of the injustices that occur in our court rooms and campaign to get laws changed for the benefit of victims and their families. I felt this was vital to bring to the attention of politicians, lawyers and families.”

    However, there is another side to this tragedy – the grace that enabled Kerryn Robertson to forgive Nelson for killing her daughter. This was the miracle – it was, of course, an extremely difficult thing to do. Not many people would come to this place of forgiveness, but Kerryn found the strength to reach out into the darkness and bring God’s light into an evil and heartbreaking situation.

    Because of her courage and faith the judge was immediately impressed, and commended Rekiah’s mother when she turned to Nelson during an earlier pre-sentence hearing and told him she forgave him. The judge did not think many people, including himself, could forgive their child’s killer.

    The author said she had included writings from her journaling in the years that followed Rekiah’s death, as she wanted people who are grieving deeply, to know that anything they are going through is okay, and that grief and the healing process never follow the same pattern. Everyone’s journey is different and it’s okay to take as long as you need, because life is never quite normal again after the death of someone close, particularly if it is a child or a spouse.

    Kerryn goes on to say, “From a faith perspective, I want to give readers a glimpse of what a relationship with God is like, and how faith is so important in giving you hope through the worst of times, and the peace that forgiveness can bring. I have said that losing a child is like losing a limb. Life will never be the same again, but you learn to live with it.

    “I made a decision early on that I was not going to let Rekiah’s death ruin my life and the lives of those around me, particularly my other children’s lives. I want people to know through reading this book that no matter what happens, whether it is teenage rebellion, divorce, adversity, death, injustice… all of which I have had to endure, that there is still hope for a happy future.”

    The book is available globally.

     

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  • The Battle Within to Fight the Enemy

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – the substance of things believed for but not as yet seen. The promises God has made to us in His Word and for us personally that we are believing for and need to fight for.

    Beryl Spencer, the author of the recently released And Then Came A Lion writes about the consuming faith and the battle we have to fight against the enemy to manifest all God has given us. The book, published by Ark House Press, is communicative and also contains teaching, particularly from the book of Ephesians.

    A key theme in her book is ‘faith that shuts a lion’s mouth’ and is more than a hope that ‘it won’t bite’, according to Beryl. A lion is a wild animal and will bite and we can be prepared for an enemy who, though he thinks he is a roaring lion roaming about trying to destroy, in reality Jesus rendered him as dead when He died on the Cross.

    “We need to learn to believe and live in that truth. Faith and fear cannot walk in tandem,” says Beryl.

    The author encourages God’s people to stay in the Word of God, which gives such a strong foundation. She previously conferred to many readers on faith: AW Tozer, Andrew Murray and Watchman Nee and felt compelled to share her knowledge.

    “As I was writing and preparing, I studied the lives of many of the great Generals in wartime and their strategies as well as other leaders,” Beryl explains. “There are powerful truths to be learned. I also read about the National Defence Systems (NMD) of places like the USA and Israel, who have the best in the world.

    “We have our own PMD (personal missile defence). It is the tested Word and the Spirit positioned to disarm any missile the enemy cares to hurl at us.”

    Beryl believed at one stage, like many people, that God would always protect His people. This is true to a certain extent, but there are actions we need to take. She discovered that we need to put on God’s armour, we need to stay in God’s Word and rise up in faith.

    Her heart is very much for the youth and the author knew they would need strong faith to overcome life’s challenges. Although she had read many wonderful books, she felt the need to write a book that would ground the truths of God’s Word in their hearts. “But above all I knew there was quite a bit of ‘hyper-faith’ and presumption and I knew they could be led astray by that. I talk about presumption in the book,” she states.

    “At the time I felt challenged to write And There Came A Lion I was leading a large country youth group and felt strongly they needed to have some foundations set in the Word. I started a series on Ephesians 6 based on ‘putting on the whole armour’. The youth loved it and I found some innovative ways to teach these Scriptures and I have incorporated these into my book.”

    The book is written in a communicative way rather than straight teaching, though it does teach to a small extent.

    “It actually grounds the Word of God in everyday life,” Beryl continues. “In His Word, God by His Spirit has given us all we need. It reaches out of the Word and into everyday life. God wants to direct us back to His Word for the answers. I wanted to share the authenticity of the Word and show God’s Word is alive and active and energising. It reminds us over and over that we can live victoriously in faith in the Word of God.”

    The book is available globally.

     

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  • Author’s Story Shares Her Hope in Cancer, Death and Grief

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Every day around the world, thousands of women, hear those dreaded words: “I’m sorry, but you have breast cancer.” One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before they reach the age of 85. Lois Thompson is one of those women.

    When she heard those dreaded words: “Breast cancer,” for herself, what followed was a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and nine months off work for treatment.

    The foreboding, insidious force we call “Cancer” is on the increase. Most of us are affected by it in some way, either personally or watching someone who we know and love go through it. Our general reaction is: “it’s an enemy that must be fought.”

    Praise God, cancer patients and their support network don’t fight this enemy alone. They’re supported by an army of medical professionals and researchers, who help in the battle to conquer this enemy.  Today, 89 out of 100 breast cancer patients are termed “Survivors.” They live beyond five years of diagnosis. Most never have a recurrence or suffer metastatic breast cancer.

    In her book, Hope in Cancer, Death and Grief, Lois documents her own battle with breast cancer, and how facing death helped her to embrace life.

    The stakes are high!

    Most people want to live this life for as long as possible but we can become weary in battle.  When Lois’s eldest son died in a tragic car accident in 2002, in her grief, Lois just wanted to be reunited with him. But as she faced the reality of her own death, her heart and eyes were opened and for the first time, and she could see everything life and living had to offer. Cancer made her stop!  It forced her to decide and she decided to live. As she fought to defeat cancer, her enemy, Lois found cancer her friend! Lois is one of the many breast cancer hurdlers who say their life is richer, stronger and better for having jumped that hurdle.

    Sadly, despite fighting cancer with all available spiritual and medical weapons, sometimes cancer, the enemy, wins. Lois again faced crippling grief, when her husband lost his battle against bowel cancer in 2011. Lois thought she had done enough grieving during her husband’s long battle with this old enemy. She had her Christian faith and family and seemed quite happy on the surface, but deep inside, she had once again lost the will to live. Lois lost sight of everyone and everything in her life. The pain of loss, we call grief, clouded her world.

    But God led her through those clouds of grief. Her husband had a full life, loving and serving Jesus, after the Lord saved him from suicide and alcoholism. God spoke to them through his Word. He gave them the scripture, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” (2 Timothy 4:7). For Pat, death was “gain,” as written in Philippians 1:21. As he waited in hospital for six weeks, at times impatiently, to enter his glorious destiny (Psalm 73:24 NLT), cancer became his friend as it carried him to his Heavenly Home.

    And then death was swallowed up by victory.

    “O Death, where is your sting?” O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

    You can read more of Lois Thompson’s story at: https://www.facebook.com/loisthompsonauthor

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  • Publisher launches pastor publishing division

    FAITH NEWSWIRE  – Global Christian book publisher Ark House Press has recently launched a new pastor publishing initiative.

    Ark House Pastor Publishing is specifically aimed at pastors and speakers who have the platform for selling books as they speak, but want to avoid the costs and headache of lugging books all over their nation, or the world.

    Just a few short years ago, the model for pastors as authors was to pay to print larger quantities in a country like China, and then have stock on hand to sell where the pastor was speaking. But with the costs of shipping books, carrying them on airlines, as well as to other countries, it quickly became apparent that the logistics outweighed the benefits.

    Matt Danswan, CEO of Initiate Media, said: “With the advent of digital printing, printing short runs of books and having them shipped to where authors are speaking is the new model.

    ‘This used to be too expensive to achieve, but in this day and age, and with the volume of book printing we do at Ark House, we have been able to secure pricing low enough to make this entirely possible for pastors.

    “Ark House offers its authors the full gamut of publishing services, but at the same time does not acquire the rights to a title. So pastors and speakers get all of our benefits, including global distribution, but at the same time they are not locked into a contract.”

    Ark House prints in key locations around the world, including the US, UK, Singapore, India, South Africa and Australia, which then also services New Zealand.

    So no matter where pastors reside, or are traveling to, stock is printed in the local market, as well as being delivered direct to venues.

    “One of the great benefits to our authors also is the fact that authors’ books carry the Ark House imprint, which is a recognized, respected Christian publishing house,” Mr Danswan commented.

    “And as our company supplies full e-book files as well, our pastors get all the benefits of being with a quality publishing house, but without signing away their rights.”

    For information visit www.arkhousepress.com.

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  • Digital agency re-launches

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – One of the world’s leading Christian media companies has re-launched its creative agency for the Christian market.

    Initiate Agency is the new agency of Initiate Media, publishers of My Christian Daily, among other media assets. Initiate Agency was launched with the sole aim of helping Christian organizations with a range of digital services.

    Nicole Danswan, Art Director of Initiate Media, as well as Initiate Agency, said: “Over the years we have both developed and acquired a range of Christian products and services companies to help create a dynamic Christian marketplace.

    “All of our own company’s work has been done in-house under our immensely skilful team, and now we feel it is the time to make our talented team available to the greater Christian marketplace.

    “I am of the belief that many Christian organizations have the right message, but don’t package the message with the design required to engage their marketplace. In this competitive day and age, we need more than just a great message; we need to present it in a way that people will be open to it.

    “So all good communication in any organization starts with exceptional design. Every website we own, every Ark House book we have published, every magazine we own and edition published have all designed by our team and under my leadership.

    “The future is online, and many Christian organizations just don’t know who to partner with to really build a solid branding and subsequent digital presence. We aim to fill that gap.”

    Initiate Agency will also utilize the executive team on hand at Initiate Media, with Ray Curle heading up the Agency as Business Development Manager.

    For more information visit www.initiateagency.com.

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  • Author puts out a call to evangelism

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Australia has a distinctly Christian heritage, but today, mention Jesus in a Queensland school and you could find yourself in hot water.

    And earlier this year, Presbyterian pastor, Campbell Markham, and street preacher, David Gee, were hauled before Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination commissioner for preaching the gospel.

    The latest Australian Census data shows a steady decline in the number of people professing a Christian faith and in an increasingly pluralistic society, it’s no wonder Christians are fearful about fulfilling the Great Commission.

    Helen Devenish is a Street Evangelist in the same town where Campbell and David are still waiting on the outcome of their court case.  But she’s still reaching dozens of locals every week with the gospel message, simply by starting conversations in her local coffee shop, walking through the mall or while stopping to help a mother struggling with her pram [baby carriage].

    Helen is an “evangelism expert” and she’s written a book about it called Let’s Go – Fearless Evangelism. In her book, Helen shares her experience of overcoming “Evangelism Anxiety” and some of the incredible stories of salvations and healings she has witnessed as she ministers to the homeless and the wealthy alike on the streets of Hobart.

    In a world that’s increasingly hostile to the gospel, Helen has five tips to help you overcome “Evangelism Anxiety” and answer the call of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).

    1. What will other people think about me? Get over it! That’s fear of man and it’s a trap to stop you from being who God created you to be. You should be much more concerned about what God thinks of you. “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe” (Proverbs 29:25).

    2. What if someone gets angry? It’s actually very rare for someone to get angry if you take a gentle, loving and kind approach. And most importantly, don’t be judgemental.

    3. What if I can’t answer their questions? You might be surprised to hear that not knowing all the answers is a good thing! It shows that you’re not proud and arrogant or think you know everything. And it’s a great excuse to follow them up. Just say, “I don’t know the answer to that question. Let me find out and get back to you.”

    4. How do I start a conversation with a stranger, without coming across as “weird?”Just be friendly. Say “hi” and ask a general question (ask God to give you a good conversation starter). Then gently, gradually find a way to bring up your faith in a general conversation. Look for a natural segue, rather than getting “straight into it.”

    5. Does it matter what I say? Yes, it does. Don’t chase a “quick conversion” from someone who doesn’t really understand what they’re doing. A lot of the younger generation don’t even understand what sin is. Explain sin and explain the remedy — Jesus on the cross. Explain that repentance means turning away from your sin and asking God to help you stop. It’s going to mean change, so explain how good God is and how He can help them through the change.

     

    Note: Helen Devenish is a Pastor, artist, evangelist, author and mother of 9. Find out more at www.lovehobart.com.

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  • On-demand Christian movie platform launches

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – On-demand TV company Channel C has announced the launch of a new video on demand movie platform.

    Channel C Extra is a joint venture with Heritage HM, a global distributor of faith-based movies. Rod Hopping, Heritage HM Managing Director said, “We are so happy to partner with Initiate Media and their Channel C project to launch Channel C Extra.

    “With Initiate Media’s traffic and Channel C brand, coupled with our extensive collection of faith-based films, this is a smart, strategic partnership. We are really looking forward to seeing where this ends up.

    Matt Danswan, CEO of Initiate Media, said: “We have enormous respect for the team at Heritage HM, and together we hope to develop a Netflix-style platform for the faith film market.

    “Their commitment to spreading the word via film is inspiring, and together we see a great future in online movie streaming.”

    For more information on Channel C visit www.channelc.net. For more information on Channel C Extra visit www.channelcextra.com.

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  • The Former Violent Drug Addict Whose Life Was Turned Around

    FAITH NEWSWIRE – Just over 3 million Australians use illicit drugs each year*.

    These statistics are disturbing and so is the reality of living with drug addiction.

    Mark Johnston used to be one of these statistics. A childhood marred by physical and sexual abuse left him feeling hopeless and desperate for a panacea to dull the pain. Drugs became his escape from reality but only succeeded in making his reality so much more unbearable.

    By 19, Mark had attempted suicide numerous times and was put into seven drug-induced comas. He was self-harming and prone to violent fits of rage. Helpless and afraid, Mark’s mother kicked him out of home and a family took him in.

    As he slowly recovered from addiction, they invited him to church, but he refused again and again. Until his uncle also come to live with Mark’s adopted family to overcome his own addition, and he started sharing the gospel with Mark.

    One day, Mark decided to open up a bible and as he read Psalm 72:14, he watched in amazement as the face of God looked up at him through the pages and said, “I’m going to rescue you from oppression, violence and fraud because your blood is precious in my sight.” From that moment, Mark picked up that bible like no other drug before, reading it with the same urgency and desire with which is used to inject drugs. It was the first book he had ever read in his entire life.

    Soon after his encounter with God, Mark entered The Transformations Discipleship Program on the Gold Coast of Australia, which really turned his life around. He completed the program in a little over a year, becoming a staff member of the program in south-east Queensland, where he helped pioneer a new campus.

    Today, Mark has a deep passion for discipleship, mentoring and recovery. He’s sober and clean from drugs. He has a Diploma in Ministry and he regularly shares his testimony in churches, prisons and schools. He’s also written a book, Marked by Mercy, to provide encouragement and hope to drug addicts like himself and their families.

    He is a living testimony to God’s mercy and restoration power.

    You can find out more about Mark at www.markcjohnston.com

    *2016 NDSHS Key Findings: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/illicit-use-of-drugs/ndshs-2016-key-findings/data

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