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1-1-17 Sun Am (special Singing and Preaching) Special Singing by the Harrell Family - ISLAND FORD BAPTIST CHURCH 2124 NC hwy 67, Jonesville NC 28642 -336-526-3900 -Pastor: Charlie Kennedy ...
Brian McBride Family Mini Revival at First Baptist Church of Ocoee The Brian McBride Family visits bringing great gospel singing and music. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF OCOEE (FUNDAMENTAL,INDEPENDENT, KING ...
A Nun's Story: From Convent Bondage (Sexual Desire, Dating Priests, Rituals, No Bible) to Jesus Mary Allen spent 26 years as a Nun. She gives a personal and very descriptive account of her long life in the convent. Her coming to true Christian salvation many years after convent life is fascinating. Please share this video with family and friends. If
From Knight of Columbus to Soldier in Christ Kirk Vitzhum was raised on an Iowa farm in a devout Catholic family. Richard Bennett interviewed Kirk on his life he explained what was involved his Catholic education. Kirk give details of how he came to true biblical salvation. He had been a member of
Lost in the Church - Secure in Christ This is the story of Mark and Trisha Parrent. Mark grew up in a devout Catholic family and faithfully served as a alter boy, however, something was missing in the emptiness of his ritualistic prayers. His wife Trisha was from a strict Polish Catholic
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The director of last year's family film Mary Poppins Returnis hoping for a gay rights theme in a future film – if one is made.
The nation's biggest Christian retail chain ends its brick-and-mortar operations.LifeWay Christian Resources, the largest Christian retail chain in America, plans to close all 170 stores this year and shift its offerings entirely online.“The decision to close our local stores is a difficult one,” said acting president and CEO Brad Waggoner, who is succeeding longtime LifeWay president Thom Rainer.“LifeWay has developed close connections with the communities where our stores are located, and we have been honored to serve those communities. We will continue serving local congregations as they meet the spiritual needs of their neighbors.”The Southern Baptist affiliate announced in January initial plans to reduce its locations this year due to declining sales and financial pressures, but ended up deciding it wasn’t viable to keep any stores open past 2019. Rainer said they did all they could to save the stores.“Our retail strategy for the future will be a greater focus on digital channels, which are experiencing strong growth,” Waggoner said in an announcement on Wednesday. The chain will continue online sales through LifeWay.com.LifeWay’s store closures come two years after its competitor, Family Christian Resources, shut down all 240 locations in the midst of mounting debt and bankruptcy. Cokesbury Bookstores closed all 38 retail stores in 2013.“As someone who spent 20 years working in Christian retail, I am sad that there will be 170 fewer physical stores where people can find and purchase Christian books, Bibles, and resources,” said Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) president and CEO Stan Jantz in response to LifeWay’s news.“Certainly in the short run, adjusting to this new reality will be a challenge … ...Continue reading...
Family and Ministry Do Not Have to Compete All of us who are passionate about ministry recognize that we can have competing interests when it comes to balancing our ministry and family responsibilities. If we're not careful, we can yield to the addiction of busyness in ministry to the neglect of our own family.In the years Terrie and I were raising our children, I didn't always get it right. I'm thankful for God's grace and for how He often showed that to me through Terrie's reminders to work for balance in ministry and family life.Today, all four of our adult children are serving in full time ministry with their spouses, and we praise the Lord for that.People often ask how we did it. The only full answer is God's grace… and that's not just a cliché. It really is God's grace to us and in our kids' lives that has made the difference.But below are five biblical practices we tried to follow:1. Remember God's Divine OrderGod ordained the family first. Genesis 2:21–24 describes how God brought Adam and Eve together establishing the marriage covenant.As a husband and father (or wife and mother), your greater responsibility is to your family over your ministry. Remember to have your family devotions. Spend time together. Invest in your children by obeying Ephesians 6:4 to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.God also ordained the church, and it is a divine institution which He loves so dearly that He gave Himself for it (Ephesians 5:25). But as a pastor, it is good for me to remember that Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18) and that “the Lord added to the church daily” (Acts 2:47).There is no question about the fact that we are to be about our Father's business and to give of ourselves in ministry. But we need to recognize urgency addiction and a desire to build in our own strength. These will not only hurt our family, but ultimately they won't even produce a church that is truly growing through the work of the Holy Spirit in the grace of God by the Word of God.2. Integrate Family and Ministry LifePeople who look for the perfect balance between ministry and family sometimes fail to recognize that both fit together. Terrie and I look forward to times we can make a visit together, and we often read the same books or are in the same book of the Bible in our personal devotions and can discuss these together.When our children were at home, we did ministry-related things with the kids. Like Priscilla and Aquila who served the Lord as a couple, we don't have to segregate family life from ministry life.God did not design the church and the family to be competing institutions but completing institutions. Don't use the ministry as a tool against your family, and don't use your family as a reason to not be involved in ministry.3. Behave Passionately toward Both Family and MinistryWhen you're with your family, be passionately engaged with your family.Again, I had to work at this. Terrie will tell you that there were many times we'd be on a family day, and I was trying to keep up with the building committee or dealing with crisis counseling. She was always so good though at finding a moment to remind me, “This is your time with our family.”When you're with your family, be locked and loaded. Make memories, laugh, and enjoy time together. Similarly, when you're in ministry apart from your family, passionately give your attention and focus to those responsibilities as well.4. Be Sensitive and Responsive to the Holy SpiritI suppose the question I'm asked more than any other in this area is, “How do you know if you're balanced between your family and ministry?”My answer isn't as diagnostic as most people are looking for, but it's important: The Holy Spirit will tell you.Beware of imbalances, and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He cares more about your church and about your family than you do.You may also want to seek the counsel of a trusted mentor who you've observed balance both well. If you're a staff member or busy church worker and you feel like you're out of balance, be sure to talk to your pastor about it.In any case, don't continuously dread that you might be out of balance and just go on. You'll eventually begin to resent your ministry or family or both. Ask God for guidance, seek counsel, and take responsibility to make whatever changes need to be made.5. Bless the Ministry in front of Your FamilyMake sure you're not begrudging the demands of ministry, belittling other preachers, or bemoaning your own busyness to your family.Your family has the opportunity to get a front row seat to God at work in the church and changing people's lives. Let that be what they see. Point their attention to God's goodness and to the joy there is in serving Him.Through God's grace and by following His Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can nurture a godly family in the midst of a fervent ministry.
Alex Trebek has announced that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The legendary Jeopardy! host told his fans, “I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working.” He added courageously, “With the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
A few weeks ago, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decided to take to Instagram Live and make a statement about the environment, but instead ended up raising a question about motherhood. It was a question that, frankly, was irresponsible for a public figure, let alone a member of Congress, who wields so much influence and power, to subject our society to. In the video, she said, “There’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question, you know, ‘Is it okay to still have children?’”The statement, fueled by her own personal agenda, points to a much bigger issue that is affecting our country. Regardless of her intentions, AOC is discrediting women everywhere by questioning their natural desire to have children and also questioning the responsibility of having children in today’s society. There is already a huge stigma around women who long for motherhood and pursue having a family over having a career.On Fox News, Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women of America, fired back at AOC’s comment: “[This is] the same apoplectic anti-child rhetoric we’ve heard before.” Such radical anti-children comments are smearing the earnest intentions and desires of women all over the U.S. whose greatest ambition is to be a mother. For many, including myself, the calling to be a parent is the most important thing they will ever realize in their life.Women who place their focus on motherhood and raising a family are often looked down upon in today’s pop culture. Television shows like Sex and the City, Vampire Diaries, and Two and a Half Men and movies like How to be Single, No Strings Attached, and He’s Just Not That into You glamorize casual dating and make parenthood seem like a trap, implying that by having children, a woman can no longer fulfill her career ambitions and be fully empowered as a woman because she has a baby to care for and nurture.Women who choose to seek motherhood or to be a stay-at-home mom are viewed as weaker than those who stick to their career and don’t pursue marriage and a family. Women are falling for the lie that they must be self-dependent and self-sufficient to be fulfilled.Sarrah Le Marquand, Editor-in-Chief of the Australian magazine Stellar, once wrote, “There’s one issue guaranteed to trigger hysteria across the nation … It’s the topic of stay-at-home mums. More specifically, the release of any data or analysis that dares recommend Australian women should get out of the living room/kitchen/nursery and back into the workforce.” Jody Day, author of Living the Life Unexpected, denigrated motherhood by stating, “As we continue to delve into a realm where childlessness is not just a choice, but a common part of our culture, perhaps the glorification of motherhood will start to disintegrate.”The horrifying reality is that society today no longer wants to celebrate and give God the glory for the gift of motherhood, which is a natural blessing of womanhood. This cultural shift is showing in the falling number of women having children. According to a recent study, the average number of children women are having in their lifetime has fallen from 4.7 in 1950 to 2.4 in 2017.Philip Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, addressed the reason for this trend when he said, “There is no getting around the fact that the relationship between gender equality and fertility is very strong.” He elaborated: “There are no high-fertility countries that are gender equal.” Many assume that a woman chooses to have more children or stay at home because there is a lack of gender equality. No one appreciates the woman whose main “career goal,” her greatest personal achievement, is to be a mother, even a stay-at-home mother.In college, I had a close friend who confided to me that she felt hopeless and alone because she felt that her greatest calling in life was to be a mother. My sweet friend was very much single with little to no relationship prospects. She told me, “Everyone keeps pushing me to a more realistic goal to work towards, and I feel like they think me building a career is the most important thing in my life. It is only a secondary goal for me.”My friend made it clear to me that to the world, having a successful career is the primary goal, but for many women of God, it is only secondary. Like her, my main calling in life is to grow and raise a God-fearing and honoring family. Every other goal, including my career goals, will fall into place around it. So, how can we as godly women not be discouraged in this pro-singleness culture?Many in our culture seem to think that motherhood is the end of your life, but it isn’t. It is the end of living for yourself. Motherhood is often a thankless job, and many feminists don’t want to give up the worldly career recognition that often has to be given up when motherhood is placed first.I believe wholeheartedly that mothers should be honored and cherished. They deserve recognition and praise for everything that they do. Regardless though, being a mom requires self-sacrifice, and frankly, that is something that the feminist movement does not want to accept. To them, it means giving up a career position, title, and status.Motherhood is about laying down one’s ambition for the sake of their children and putting their needs, wants, and futures first. As women, motherhood is not about giving up our strength but about utilizing it for the sake of others. It is about embracing our vulnerability to be a woman and a mother.Alyson Gritter is an intern at Family Research Council.
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