Month: June 2017

Learn to Sing in the Desert

“And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing” – (Isaiah 35:1, 2). Have you ever been in the desert? I’ve been in many deserts, both physically and spiritually. My husband likes to minister to people who live in the desert where there …

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Christians Faced Widespread Harassment in 2015, But Mostly in Christian-Majority Countries

Vice President Mike Pence recently drew attention to the persecution of Christians around the world, telling a summit in Washington, D.C., that “no people of faith today face greater hostility or hatred than the followers of Christ.” In the same speech, Pence singled out “the suffering of Christians in the Middle East,” promising that the …

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Minnesota woman seeking YouTube fame fatally shoots boyfriend in stunt gone wrong

A Minnesota woman was charged with second-degree manslaughter after she shot and killed her boyfriend during a YouTube prank gone wrong, according to local reports. Monalisa Perez, 19, was charged Wednesday in the shooting death of her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, 22. According to a criminal complaint, Perez said Ruiz wanted to make a prank YouTube …

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Numbed by Video Games: Anesthetic for the Soul?

*The following is an opinion article. The views and opinions expressed in it might not necessarily reflect those of the JNN staff. This potential issue affects men and women alike.*   If there is a stereotype that lives up to reality these days, it’s the unemployed, disaffected, twenty-something American male who haunts his parents’ basement, …

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Pastor Meng Died because He Wouldn’t Run

Our missionaries have remained with us; we will stand by them, and live or die together.” Meng Ch’ang-ch’un and the other Chinese pastors at Pao-ting Fu were united in their determination. The Boxer Rebellion, an angry reaction against western interference in China, raged across China. The government encouraged lawless bands to kill all foreigners and …

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3 Reasons the Church MUST Start Talking about Domestic Violence

He had been her doctor for over 25 years. He knew everything about her social history and her medical problems. In fact, he was not only her healthcare provider, but over the years, he had even become a friend. This is why it caught him completely off-guard when she answered “Yes” to his question. You …

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Don’t Think of Church as Your Own Spiritual Power Bar

“I get fed there” is one of the classic “Christianese” phrases that puzzle outsiders. “Are you referring to a buffet?” they might ask. For many who use this phrase, a rough translation typically means something like: “I get my spiritual energy boost every Sunday to help get me from Monday to Saturday.” Joining other believers …

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What Happens When We Sing in Worship?

Singing has been a major part of my life, but I don’t assume you share my background. To appreciate this message you don’t even have to enjoy singing. But if that’s where you’re at, remember that God has a passion for singing. “Oh sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord all …

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Church of England Considers Baptizing People into New Gender

The Church of England will consider a proposal to implement a new baptism service to celebrate transgender individuals who have transitioned genders. CBN News reports that the Church will discuss this issue at their General Synod meeting in July. Some argue that the new services would be a way for the Church to reach out …

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What’s More Important to Americans–Religious or Sexual Freedom?

A new study has found that Americans are divided over whether religious freedom or sexual freedom is more important in situations in which the two clash. The study was conducted by Nashville-based LifeWay Research and surveyed 1,000 Americans. According to a press release from LifeWay, the study found that, in a situation in which sexual …

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Worship Wars: Determining Musical Excellence

*NOTE: this article contains opinions that might differ and don’t necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the JNN Staff. We encourage you to read without bias, and wait to give your opinion until the end of the article.*   I prefer the older hymns of the faith over modern praise choruses. Other people feel …

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Striking Balance between Old and New Can End Worship Wars

I stood at the front of the church and watched as the congregation was led in a full slate of old hymns and familiar gospel songs. Nothing that ascended from us that morning had been composed since the 1950s. My grandparents would have been right at home there. It was the menu we are told …

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