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Graham drops out of GOP, drops into Christian voter drive
Jan. 3, 2016
The Rev. Franklin Graham is leaving Republican ranks but promising to enter all 50 states in campaigning for the born again to get involved in the 2016 elections.
“I don’t have hope in the Republican party or the Democratic party. The only hope that I have is in the church, if it would repent of its sins,” says the head of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “And if we confess our sins individually and then repent, then I believe God … can use us.”
A map of the U.S. on the Decision America Tour website shows more than 8,000 red dots for prayer groups and nearly 33,000 blue dots representing those signing Graham’s pledge to honor God at home, in public and by voting for candidates reflecting biblical values as well as promising to pray for the nation, vote in all elections possible and engage the community. ...
NFL QB Russell Wilson following Christ on gridiron, in church, with relationships
July 19, 2015
The news is full of talk of gender, homosexuality, abortion and other tempestuous sex-related issues, so here’s a story to encourage the Bible-based heart: a young star living the Word in purity and spreading Jesus’ Good News to others.
He’s Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, 26, who led the team to its only Super Bowl victory and came just short of a second NFL title. In an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church in San Diego last Sunday, Wilson revealed his high-profile relationship with singer Ciara Harris, 29, is going God’s way.
The footballer said the Lord impressed upon him he was to “lead her” in their dating, then he asked her, “What would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus’ way?” …
Diversity at church – not on your (eternal) life, poll finds
Jan. 26, 2014
About three-quarters of American adults believe churches should strive for racial diversity, but only half the population is comfortable in a multiethnic congregation, according to a survey by LifeWay.
The Southern Baptist-based ministry’s findings are extremely disappointing, amounting to the new millennium’s version of NIMBY – “not in my backyard.”
It is no secret that, as an old saying goes, “Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in the USA.” That’s because churches tend to be all-Caucasian, completely African-American, 100 percent Latino and so on, down the racial divide.
But it is a surprising revelation that so many Americans are closed to membership in a diverse congregation a half-century after landmark civil rights legislation giving legal equality to the races. …
Stress, pressure & toil vs. God’s power
March 15, 2015
“Work like it all depends on you, and pray like it all depends on God,” goes one popular saying. It’s catchy and sure to bring claps from an audience, but just how scriptural is it?
I’ve been mulling over that question for some time. I’m a Pentecostal who is fully persuaded of the power of Jehovah; when it comes to signs, miracles and wonders, I’m all in. However, I also tend to be a workaholic, having been raised by an accountant who opened his briefcase on the kitchen table every night after dinner and a mother who taught school and did clerical jobs as well as kept up the household.
I’m not alone. I know many good church members who are toiling long hours due to the stresses and pressures of their jobs, families and even congregations. Many say they’re beginning to wear out. …
There is an overriding image in my mind that comes from John 15. … “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit.” Branches don’t have to strain to grow; instead, they soak up sunshine, drink in rainwater and slowly stretch. …