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Guest Post: My Trip to the Philippines | THE CRUNCHY CHRISTIAN

“This trip was hard for a number of reasons but I’ve never felt so encouraged and uplifted in all my life. It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world … Our God is a missionary and so we are missionaries… there are still whole people groups that have never heard of Jesus; of the Lord who has died for them. But the good news is that we can have a part. We must either go or send. We must be either goers or senders. It takes both to successfully spread the gospel into new frontiers …”

We’d like to share this post from Pastor Thailer, from “THE CRUNCHY CHRISTIAN,” one of our favorite blogs, writing about his missionary trip to the Phillipines.
We always encourage you to pray-every day-for Pastors, Missionaries, and  Evangelists around the world. For God to give them safety, protection, wisdom and understanding, and boldness. And, please pray for those who support them! As I read his words, I am again reminded of how fortunate and blessed we are here in the United States. And, let’s face it: So many of us just don’t realize how blessed we are, and how different … how so very different it is in so many ways, in other countries around the globe …

Here’s a direct link to Pastor Thailer
https://certainlyresurgam.wordpress.com/

 

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Guest Posts: July 4th From Israel: Daughter and Father

From Yael Eckstein

Yael“.. during the week leading up to July 4th, I take some time to reflect on how special America is and to thank God for this glorious country that has served as a beacon of light and democracy for hundreds of years. I was born in Chicago and lived in America for the first 17 years of my life …

Here’s the link to Yael’s  message:
http://www.ifcj.org/site/PageNavigator/eng/rabbi/yaels_corner

From Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
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“This July 4, let us remember all the men and women whose service and sacrifice have made our country great. And, as we look up once again at the fireworks displays in the heavens, may we also lift our prayers of gratitude to God for the blessings of living in a free nation, and for the long and enduring friendship between the United States and Israel.”
Here’s the link to IFCJ Website:
www.ifcj.org/

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Special Video: Billy Graham and Every President Since WWII

Billy Graham.
“America’s Pastor.”

Here is a special video which was shared with us, highlighting Billy Graham’s work as advisor and friend to United States Presidents, and leaders around the world.
Note that every President since World War II has “had occasion and reason to call on Billy Graham.”  

Featuring comments from several U.S. Presidents, we think you will enjoy this remarkable look at a remarkable man.

We are also including a link to the Billy Graham Library, in Charlotte, NC. Just click on the image below to go directly to the Billy Graham Library.


Here is the link to the Billy Graham Library, in Charlotte, NC. Just click on the image below to go directly to the Billy Graham Library:

Billy Graham Library

 

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Guest Post: Father’s Day Message From Our Friends at Stand For Israel

We are proud to support the ministry work of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein,
Founder and President of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Here’s a special message for Father’s Day … and, every day:
Rabbi’s Commentary – Stand for Israel.

 

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Special Video Preview: Jesus-He Lived Among Us

Here is a video preview of the DVD “JESUS: He Lived Among Us” from The Voice of the Martyrs. Underneath the video is a direct link to the Voice of the Martyrs website, where you can order packs of DVDs to distribute on your own. For our friends around the world, please note that the DVDs are now also available in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Russian languages.

This video is a great outreach tool that helps introduce others to the saving power of Jesus Christ while showing the potential dangers involved in following him.

Hundreds of thousands of these DVDs have been distributed within Restricted and Hostile nations, encouraging viewers to follow Christ no matter the cost.

We are proud to support the efforts of The Voice of the Martyrs.
Just click on the DVD image below to go directly to their website:

Jesus He Lived Among Us DVD

 

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Free DVD From Voice of the Martyrs

We are proud to support the mission and work of Voice of the Martyrs.
Here is another opportunity to receive this free DVD:
Voice of the Martyrs LogoFree Iran Alive DVD

The Voice of the Martyrs received an overwhelming response to its Iran Alive DVD offer in April. Thousands of believers across the United States requested the FREE DVD, sharing in the hope of God’s work in a culture dominated by Islam.

“My husband and I enjoyed the faith that just spilled out when they spoke with such passion and desperation for a new life.”

Realizing the powerful effect of the Iran Alive DVD, The Voice of the Martyrs has extended this FREE online offer. We also encourage you to forward this e-mail to your Christian friends and share the offer with them.
If you have recently requested a copy, VOM is processing your DVD order.

“GREAT DVD that moved me to tears several times!! I will be passing these out to friends and family.”

Iran Alive brings to life the powerful testimonies of Muslims in Iran who are turning to Christ.

“The testimonies were incredibly heart touching. It’s great to see God moving in Iran!”

Please forward this offer to your Christian friends so they, too, can witness the power of God at work in the hearts of those previously opposed to the gospel.

For those in bonds,
The Voice of the Martyrs
Free DVD offer limited to U.S. residents only; one request per household please. Please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery.

Click the image to request your FREE Iran Alive DVD today.
Iran Alive

 

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Guest Post: “Winsome to Win Some” | THE CRUNCHY CHRISTIAN

We continue to be blessed by the “hearts” behind this blog. Please enjoy this post, and allow it to both encourage, and strengthen you.

“… how much of our discipleship will be spent interacting with others, both unbelievers and brothers or sisters in Christ. Christianity is certainly not a calling to solitude, but to go into the world as Christ did and shine His light and proclaim His message. Christianity also means being knit into a new spiritual family, the church, which serves so many purposes – including the purpose of strengthening, teaching, confronting and sharpening its members spiritually …”

via “Winsome to Win Some” | THE CRUNCHY CHRISTIAN.

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Guest Post: “A LIFE-RING ON A SINKING SHIP” – Feb. 21 | A DEVOTED LIFE

Recently, we featured a guest post about John Harper, who spent his last moments on earth, onboard the sinking Titanic, leading fellow passengers to salvation …
We came across this post, and felt, as a follow-up, we had to share it:
It speaks of Jesus, and what He came to do, and wants to do now … and, He is the only way:

He came to drag us away from certain destruction.  He came to save us because there is no other way.
There is salvation in no one else.  Jesus is our life-ring.  Grab Him with all of your mind, heart, and soul.  Cling to Him because your eternal life does depend upon it.  Let’s shout at the top of our lungs to our fellow ship mates and direct them to the only thing that will save them as we are being pulled to our salvation.”

Wow!
Please enjoy this post from “A Devoted Life” Blog.

“A LIFE-RING ON A SINKING SHIP” – Feb. 21 | A DEVOTED LIFE.

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Special Prayer Meeting Invitation: Heart of God/Heart of Boston: Prayer, Pulpits, Politics, and Petition

A friend of ours sent us an email invitation to a special prayer meeting being held Wednesday night, April 17, at Tremont Temple Baptist Church, located in downtown Boston. I just got this, so by the time I post, it’ll be “tonight.” The email was originally sent from the Pastor of Tremont Temple, Denton Lotz, and then forwarded to us.

We wanted to share this because of what the invitation says … what it really says … about our hope, faith, and courage … in spite of circumstances which may surround us.

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Members of Tremont Temple Baptist Church!
 
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of he Almighty
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day …” (Psalm 91:1)
 
    A great tragedy has come to Boston. The terror of bombs going off at the Boston Marathon, the tragic loss of lives, the destruction, the terror that struck the heart of the people of Boston reminds us again of a world without God and without hope.       
    Yet, as Christians we are a people of hope. We believe that Jesus Christ has overcome all the powers of evil and darkness. We believe that in Christ the power of God is present and gives us power to overcome. We will not be defeated or terrorized by a few evil people. We will put our hope and faith in the God who is victorious on a cross!
   Therefore, tomorrow, Wednesday evening, we will continue to have our regular prayer meeting at 6:30. It will be a Special Prayer Meeting to pray for the families who are mourning the death of their loved ones. We will pray for the recovery of the wounded. We will pray for the solace of those in fear and still suffering. We will pray for Boston and that peace and order will return.
   You are invited to bring friends to this Special Service of Prayer to be held at 6:30 in Currie Chapel!
May the Peace of Christ be with you!
 
Denton Lotz, Pastor”

After I read the invitation, I found the Church’s website, to gain information about the church. Loved the website, the videos of the choir, their mission and ministry outreaches … and then, I read the history of the church. And, boy did I get a history lesson!

I began to think, to realize again, what a large part of our nation’s history churches have been. I know, we are the “church,” the body of Christ. Yet, I began to think about how large a role the actual church buildings have played in our history. Think about it … before there were city buildings, often, the only place large enough to hold a public meeting was the church, so often located at the very center of town. Yes, the symbolism rings … at one time, the church was at the very center of our lives, just like our town squares. How many of you can remember when the church was called “the meeting place,” or, a more modern slang (in my time), when you were going to church, you were “going to meeting.”

In many towns and cities, like Boston and Hartford, the seeds of so many “movements” were either planted or cultivated in the church building, during these public meetings. I remember walking the “History Trail” through Boston, and being aware of how many churches were included in the walk. And, of standing inside the Old North Church … looking up at the church tower, thinking of lanterns, and how these churches are still sounding “warnings” today …

A few notes from the “Our Story” page at Tremont Temple:

“Tremont Temple Baptist Church has a rich history that has made it a leader in the Boston area for social justice, evangelism, and human rights. In the 1830s the struggle for social justice was seen in the fight for the abolition of slavery. In 1838 a group of men led by Timothy Gilbert started the Baptist Free Church. It was “free” in that there was no rent charged for pews, but more than that it was for the freedom of all people, being the first integrated church in America.
A group of 82 charter members organized the church in 1839.

Throughout its history many famous individuals spoke or performed here, including the singer Jenny Lind. Abraham Lincoln spoke here. The first reading in Boston of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 took place here. Charles Dickens read for the first time in Boston his famous Christmas Carol here. Dwight L. Moody called the church “America’s pulpit.”

Tremont Temple is now in a period of renewal. We are united in our efforts to become a church that holds together the Biblical concerns of mission and evangelism. At the same time we are concerned about mirroring the Kingdom of God and thus our concern for social justice issues.

God has blessed Tremont Temple throughout our long history. We are aware, however, that history will not save us. Rather, it is our commitment to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that makes our church relevant to the city of Boston. We exist for the sole purpose of glorifying God and making Christ known to the people of Boston and the surrounding area. We have always been a church that welcomes all people. We are pleased that God has places in our midst an international community. What a joy to worship with the people of God from every continent and many nations. We invite you to join us for worship and experience the warm international fellowship that we have become!”

Here is a direct link to their website:
http://www.tremonttemple.org/

P.S. Hey, I just thought of something, in regard to church being so important in our daily lives “so long ago” … Growing up, I went to school, home, church, school, home, church … every now and then, get to go to the store or shopping (not often) … then, school, home, church, school, home, church …
Today … Guess what? school, home, church, school, home, church,every now and then go to store (mostly gas station) or shopping … then school, home, church … I know I am grateful for the first … maybe I become more grateful for the second …

 

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Heroes of the Faith … and Courage: A Virtual Tour of the Ten Boom Museum

Just when I think I know about courage and faith …

Here is a follow-up to our last post about the ten Boom family …
We wanted you to see, and learn, for yourself, what the ten Boom family did, and how their legacy is being kept alive through the Ten Boom Museum. The link below will take you directly to the home page of the “tenboom.org” website, where you will actually be able to take a virtual tour of the museum, the actual “Hiding Place,” where over 800 Jews were saved from certain death through the courage and faith of the ten Boom family.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the family, and to share in this legacy work.

Please click the link below to go directly to the website:

http://www.tenboom.org/