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02-28-2016CBN NewsShareTweet +4The Alliance of Evangelistic Ministries backed by Christian leaders, including pastor and author Rick Warren, have designated May 15 as the International Day for the Unreached. The one-day event aims to reach out to more than 2 billion people around the world who have yet to hear the Gospel. “With more than 2 billion people who haven’t had a chance to meet Jesus, it’s time for the Body of Christ to take a radical stand and say, ‘This has to end in our generation.’ Join me in committing to pray, give, go, and advocate for those who need [More]
Clutter can get out of hand, especially in small living spaces. Before you know it, you are losing things and forgetting where you stored something, and you end up getting another one to replace said item. Or, you think you have something stocked up but it ran out a long time ago, but since you hung on to a near empty containers, you thought you still had a good supply. Clutter fools you into thinking you have some needed items but you actually don’t. We spent the weekend going through our belongings and getting rid of clutter. This will help [More]
Preppers are always looking to learn additional skills and methods for survival. In some cases knowledge comes from reading prepper blogs like the Prepper Journal. Other times, you can obtain training from reputable instructors in disciplines like self-defense, weapons training and first aid. Yet another source that many people use are books. Books are a great prepper resource in my opinion that you shouldn’t neglect as part of your prepping efforts. They might not replace skills you can acquire by other means, but they are something that you may be able to fall back on as a source of information. [More]
A few weeks ago, Merv Knight walked into my office door. Merv is a dear elder brother of mine, in his 80’s now, who lives in Australia. Merv Knight has served our persecuted brothers and sisters for more than 40 years. Perhaps his most important contribution to the work of serving the persecuted was summed up in the recent words of one of VOM’s executives: “Merv Knight has served as a spiritual advisor to us all.” Merv first became involved in the work of VOM in 1969 when he was part of a group of people who hosted Pastor Richard [More]
Hope is birthed out of some of the most surprising of places. If you have been a Christian for even a small amount of time, you have heard the biblical Christmas story many times. We sing peaceful songs like Silent Night and Away in a Manger. You can feel the magic of Christmas when the lights are hung on the tree and the smell of cider is in the air. The reality is though, the first Christmas probably didn’t appear very peaceful or magical to those who lived in that time. Surely most of us are even aware of the [More]
On a quiet, misty Northern California morning, I walked through a lush green forest of ferns scattered beneath tall redwood trees, where I sometimes spotted deer roaming in the distance or a hawk soaring high above. The air was damp from the coastal fog, and I could smell just a hint of the salty ocean. God’s majesty was on full display as I communed with him and delighted in his splendid creation. I continued on my path, speaking to God in my heart. I longed to have a comforting reply–to hear God’s voice. But the woods around me remained quiet. [More]
Half a century after the Supreme Court ruled to kick prayer and other religious elements out of public schools, many Christian students and teachers are still fighting to freely live out their beliefs in their school settings. Though even the most benign and personally motivated (i.e., not actually school- or state-sponsored) instances often draw lawsuits from those who oppose any religious expressions in the school setting, one tactic to get the Bible back in schools is sweeping the nation. These Texas students—and others across 43 states—are studying the Bible in their public school… legally. Watch this video to see how: [More]
In 1904, Britain’s King Edward VII invited William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, to Buckingham Palace to honor him for his contributions to society. When the king asked Booth to sign his autograph album, he wrote these timeless words: “Some men’s ambition is art. Some men’s ambition is fame. Some men’s ambition is gold. My ambition is the souls of men!” The Apostle Paul was apprehended by this same passion for souls, stating in Rom. 9:2-3: “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from [More]
I did it all wrong for years. And I was miserable! I’m talking about my attitude and my stinkin’ thinkin’ that was focused on the thought, “What about me?!” And it came out in my behavior: If I didn’t get my way all the time, I tried to control other people through my temper. I honestly didn’t know what my problem was until God spoke to my heart one day and said, “You’re selfish. You’ve studied My Word about spiritual warfare, prosperity, healing, having power and authority as a believer in Christ … but how much time have you studied [More]
When I was a boy, my dad used to tell me that when he wasn’t around the house, I had to “be the man.” That sounded really important, so I loved it when he spoke those words. But things never really changed … I didn’t get to make the rules. What my dad was really saying was, “Behave for your mother and watch out for your siblings.” The truth is that manhood is a lot more than just bossing somebody around. The world has espoused some odd definitions of manhood … like, “Men get in touch with your sensitive side,” [More]
Last week my column “10 Men Christian Women Should Never Marry” went viral. More than 1.2 million people have shared that message so far—most likely because so many single men and women are seriously asking for guidelines on finding a compatible mate. In response I received numerous requests to share similar guidelines for men who are looking for wives. Since I am mentoring several young men right now and have seen a few of them marry successfully during the past few years, it wasn’t difficult to draft this list. These are the women I tell my spiritual sons to avoid: [More]
My wife and I raised four daughters—without shotguns in the house!—and three of them have already married. We love our sons-in-law, and it’s obvious God handpicked each of them to match our daughters’ temperaments and personality. I have always believed God is in the matchmaking business. If He can do it for my daughters, He can do it for you. Today I have several single female friends who would very much like to find the right guy. Some tell me the pickings are slim at their church, so they have ventured into the world of online dating. Others have thrown [More]
Early on, rejection led me to deny who I was. Because I saw women as victims, the last thing I wanted to be was a girl. It started out like any other Sunday morning. Mom was in the kitchen finishing her breakfast before heading off to the golf course. I stopped to chat with her briefly before going to church. Only this time our conversation turned sour. “What do you want from me?” my mom asked abruptly. Without thinking I shot back, “I want a mom!” “I don’t want to be a mom,” she said curtly. “I didn’t plan to [More]
“Would we make the same decision if faced with similar circumstances? Something to think about.”  Admin In a small village in Colombian, 139 indigenous believers had bravely chosen to leave their livelihoods and familiar homes rather than deny Christ. As they sat together, contemplating their situation, the enormous needs facing them were impossible to ignore. Some of them secretly wondered whether or not they had made the right decisions. The indigenous authorities in their village approached them last year with the demand that they sign a document renouncing their beliefs or face the consequences. Overwhelmed by what awaited them if [More]
“How we take for granted the Bibles we possess and for many seldom read, while others consider them a rare treasure worth any hardship to obtain and cherish, quite a contrast.”  Admin We recently recieved this report from Ted, a Christian worker serving in Nepal who connected with one of our VOM workers and participated in a day of VOM ministry outreach: The day began with a monthly prayer meeting for pastors. Approximately 60 pastors traveled the rough roads of Nepal and gathered for a wonderful time of worship, prayer, and fellowship. We prayed not only for Nepal, but also [More]
“Sad but true, millions of Christians spend hardly any time in the Word and are therefore spiritually anemic. If they ever had to use their faith in a crisis they would fail miserably. “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”.  Admin Stacey Irvine ate almost nothing but chicken nuggets for 15 years. She never tasted fruits or vegetables. She occasionally supplemented her diet with French fries. One day her tongue started to swell and she couldn’t catch her breath. She was rushed to the hospital, her airway was forced open, and they stuck an [More]
Author and father of four daughters, Kevin Leman discusses the indelible imprint a father leaves on his daughter’s life.  cbn.com
recall a long, bumpy ride in a tiny van across Northern India. I finished teaching a group of persecuted believers in a remote village. As I prepared to leave, a small, hunchbacked woman grabbed my hand and reached out to present an interesting gift. It was handmade, with intricate detail: a small box made of glass and plastic that looked like it was originally intended as a wedding gift. I’ve often wondered what the story behind this mysterious gift is. She clearly gave me something that was very precious to her. I was reminded of the vast difference in what [More]
“Great story of a supernatural conversion.”  Admin Before he became a believer, the Apostle Paul dragged Christians out of their houses to imprison or kill them. A modern day Iranian named Taher was no better; he even threatened to kill his own family because they became Christians. Like Paul, he received a vision of the Lord that turned his life upside down. Taher was the last one anyone expected to convert to Christianity. He was well respected as a Haji, a pilgrim who had made the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. His wife was a Haji-eh; she had also made the [More]
By today’s standards in the American church, Jesus wasn’t cut out to be a pastor, nor would His ministry be highlighted as a model for church planters. Consider these facts: Jesus had the greatest preaching, teaching and healing ministry in history. Thousands came to hear Him, followed His every move and lined the streets to get a glimpse of Him or simply touch Him. Yet amid His rock-star popularity, He intentionally offended religious leaders, challenged potential mega-donors and weeded out casual followers with tough teachings. Not exactly the textbook strategy you’d find today to grow your church, much less your [More]
Shortly after the diving accident, which left her a quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada, found herself asking, “How could this be an answer to a prayer for a closer walk with you, God?” Joni did not let her questions drive her away from God; instead, they pushed her deeper into His embrace. The rich insights she has uncovered during the past forty years have sustained her for a lifetime of paralysis, convincing her that she’d rather be in her chair knowing Him, than on her feet without Him.
I Wish You Wouldn’t Look In My Closet by Jamie Buckingham “Something to ponder.”  Admin I’m having a hard time enjoying my Filipino houseguest. Already his presence has upset my way of living- a way in which I have grown very comfortable. The alternatives are not pleasant; either get rid of him or change my way of living. I first met Aley Gonzalez three years before my first visit to the southernmost island of the Archipelago: Mindanao. An ex-boxer with more than a hundred professional fights under his bantam-weight-belt, this middle aged, tough-as-coconut- husk, brown-skinned Filipino was preaching like he fought [More]
Heaven, the abode of God, a place of bliss and serenity, is the final destination desired by many. 81% of respondents in a poll conducted by Barna Research group, say they expect to go to Heaven when they die. When asked, how you get to go to heaven, many people reply, “Be a good person, “and “Do good deeds.” Recently, former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg asserted he has little doubt about what awaits him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said during a recent interview with the NY Times [More]
“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:5–6, NIV). I don’t think I have to convince you about the power words wield. When you think back to eventful moments in your life, there are likely words involved, either encouraging or discouraging. Those words had power. They perhaps changed your course. The [More]
Every verse in the Bible has an immediate relevance that can bring you closer to God, can help deepen your faith and bring a positive focus to your day. Download your FREE copy of the eBook Daily Devotions: 7 Days of Bible Devotions to Strengthen Your Faith right now and you can make every day of the next week an opportunity to feel God’s presence in your life. By reading these daily devotionals—a Bible verse, a real life story and a prayer—you’ll find your spirit uplifted and your faith strengthened. Each of the devotions in the free eBook Daily Devotions: [More]
Did you know that 76 percent of young American adults below 32 years of age, consider living together before marriage as acceptable? And that 65 per cent of singles who intend to marry-including professing Christians-now live together before marriage? These shocking statistics are based on a recent national survey conducted by USA Today, of 18 to 31 years regarding ‘cohabitation’ or ‘living together’ or ‘shacking up’ – all convenient euphemisms for lifestyles of fornication. Larry Tomczak, in a recent report for the Christian Post, outlines some common excuses given by unmarried persons choosing to live together: “Look, times have changed. [More]
Three out of five young Christians leave church after the age of 15. If one were to stand in a room full of hundreds of people and ask why that is, one should expect to get at least as many answers. The issue is personal; perhaps deep down, those of us who have influence over a child’s potential faith, either point our fingers at others, or partly blame ourselves for not setting a good enough example. For letting the kid hang with the wrong crowd, for not wowing the kid into faith, for not keeping church interesting enough, for not [More]