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Weary of attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, Christians in Nigeria ask how long they're supposed to “count it all joy.”At the Church of Christ in Nigeria congregation, Sunday morning worship opens with the din of a military-style drumroll. Inside a long, one-room building with a sheet-metal roof supported by handmade trusses, the uniformed Girls’ Brigade choir takes turns singing and dancing—younger girls on the left and women on the right. A wide-eyed child clings to a djembe played by his mother.Next to her, a young drummer bears a dramatic scar across her left cheek. It is a reminder of the day, eight years ago, that the evangelical church and surrounding homes in this community of Christian farmers south of Jos were razed by Muslim extremists.Other markers are less subtle. Beyond rebuilt houses with soaring live-cactus fences, amid rice and corn fields where a dozen goats are tied to stakes, sprawls an enormous concrete slab with a thin, rusty metal cross on top. Entombed there are 483 victims from the attack, stacked in three rows.A plaque on the mass grave cites Revelation 6:10–11: They shouted in a loud voice, “Almighty Lord, holy and true, how long will it be until you judge them on earth and punish them for killing us? Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the complete number of their fellow servants and fellow Christians had been killed as they had been.The verse would prove prophetic: Days after Christianity Today visited the site, Muslim extremists killed more than 200 people across a dozen nearby villages, prompting outrage from Nigerian Christian leaders wearied by years of the crisis with little response from their federal government or from abroad.After worship that Sunday, a police escort walks from the tomb with a radio on his hip, bouncing next ...Continue reading...
Today's category: RednecksIn A Redneck Church 1. People ask, when Jesus fed the 5000, whether the two fish were bass or catfish, and what bait was used to catch 'em. 2. The pastor says, "I'd like to ask Bubba to help take up the offering," and then five guys and two women stand up. 3. Opening day of deer season is recognized as an official church holiday. 4. A member of the church requests to be buried in his 4-wheel-drive truck because "It ain't never been in a hole it couldn't get out of." 5. The choir is known as the "OK Chorale." 6. Boone's Farm "Tickle Pink" is the favorite wine for communion. 7. In a congregation of 500 members, there are only seven last names in the church directory. 8. Baptism is referred to as "branding". 9. There is a special fund raiser for a new church septic tank. 10. Finding and returning lost sheep isn't just a parable. 11. High notes on the organ set the dogs on the floor to howling. 12. People think "rapture" is what you get when you lift something too heavy. 13. The final words of the benediction are, "Y'all come back now, ya hear?" (banjo accompaniment optional)View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
At Christmastime, our church holds many special Christmas services—including “The Journey of Christmas” event with live drama and a gospel message.And we're not alone in this. All around the world, churches are holding special services and events with the express purpose of sharing the gift of the gospel with people who do not yet know Christ.Our church family has worked diligently to invite guests—their family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, as well as reaching into every home in our community with a personal invitation. And we pray that guests do indeed come.But what then?Here are five gifts I pray every guest who comes to our campus will find:1. LoveI pray that each guest will sense warmth and acceptance and through it see the love of Christ.There will be people who serve on our hospitality team who will welcome them with a smile and cookies and hot chocolate. But the place a guest will really find (or not find) love and acceptance is at their seat—the person sitting next to them.If you, during this Christmas season, find a guest next to you or near you, welcome him or her. Give the warmth and acceptance you want others to show any guest you may bring.2. AweI hope our guests will sense the awe of our church family over the Christmas story.I want them to see that this isn't old to us. It isn't just an event we “put on” to get them in. It's real, and it's awe-inspiring—that God would come to live with us.3. Christian MusicOur choir and orchestra isn't singing and playing to impress, but to magnify Christ.Some of the songs will even be the same as someone will have heard at the mall at some point this season. (Christmas carols are amazing like that.) But if we are doing it right, it won't really be the same. It will be so different. It will come from a choir and a congregation truly worshipping Jesus—not just singing familiar words. I pray our guests sense the greatness of God through our worship.4. Bible PreachingWho knows but that this might be the only time any single guest hears preaching. I want it to be full of Scripture and to point them to Christ.This will be my thirty-third year to preach Christmas messages, and each year, my understanding of God's grace through Christmas grows. I don't study less with each passing year, but more.5. SalvationThis is the gift—the unspeakably wonderful, miraculous gift—of Christmas. God humbled Himself to come to us, be born in a manger, give His life on the cross to pay for our sins, and was raised again. Today, He offers salvation as a free gift, and He uses us—His people—to share this gift with the world.I pray that each special service, each act of love, each moment of awe, each song, each message, each effort of God's people will lead toward someone receiving Christ this Christmas.
December Free Hymn of the Month: How Shall I Sing? The lyrics of this reverent hymn, “How Shall I Sing?,” invite all worshipers to join the heavenly choir in thunderous praise of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The original words for “How Shall I Sing That Majesty” came from John Mason […]
The CCM pioneer used to talk faith with George H. W. Bush and Billy Graham. This year, he performed at both of their memorial services.Michael W. Smith’s hit song “Friends” has been sung thousands of times over the decades, but never quite like today’s performance at the funeral service for President George H. W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.Not only was Smith backed by a full orchestra and a 150-person choir, but he also sung it as a personal farewell to the leader who, to his surprise, became his longtime friend and fan. Bush died on Friday at age 94.“First and foremost, I hope the song is very honoring of the president because he loved the song,” Smith said in an interview with CT. “The last time I saw him, when we said goodbye, he gave me a hug, pointed his finger in the air, and with a twinkle in his eye, said, ‘Friends are friends forever.’”The contemporary Christian music (CCM) chart-topper first played for President Bush in the White House after a Christmas special in 1989. They struck up a friendship that led to regular visits to the late president’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine; relationships with the rest of the Bush family; and even travel together.“He’s just been an inspiration to me,” the three-time Grammy winner said. “We didn’t talk about politics much. But we did have a lot of conversations about God and faith.”“One thing that tied us together was his relationship with Billy Graham. There were times we would get Billy Graham on the phone and talk,” Smith said, remembering them standing on the deck conversing with the late evangelist, whose memorial service and funeral the singer performed at earlier this year.Bush requested “Friends,” his favorite song of Smith’s, for his funeral. Smith sang ...Continue reading...
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