Friday, September 28, 2012

FIRST-PERSON: Confronting the scourge of pornography

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The pornography industry has had another STD scare in its ranks. No one should be surprised. Its mistreatment of the human body and complete disregard for human dignity is bound to lead to the destruction of those who engage in it.

But pornography destroys not only those who engage in making it. It also destroys those who view it. While men and women are attracted to pornography for different reasons, the impact is devastating. Pornography introduces women to a fantasy world of false relationships that substitute for the real thing. It enables men to imagine sexual relationships without responsibility. For both, the result is isolation from members of the opposite sex and the loss of relationships that give meaning to life.

Pornography also devastates marriages. The loss of genuine intimacy is one of the leading causes of marital problems, including divorce. Women who discover their husbands are viewing pornography feel a deep sense of betrayal and insecurity. Their feelings of betrayal arise from the knowledge that their husbands are actually fantasizing about other women while they are engaged in acts of intimacy with them. They are insecure because they believe they are no longer personally appealing enough to their husbands.

Men who discover their wives are viewing pornography feel a deep sense of betrayal and isolation. They believe their wives are engaged in the equivalent of affairs with other men. This can lead to a sense of insecurity as they believe that they have failed to keep their wives' interest. It also results in greater isolation in the marriage as the wife looks to others for emotional engagement and interaction.

Some advocate viewing pornography as a way to enhance the physical experience between couples. This is outrageous. Couples aroused by viewing pornography end up using each other as a means of self-gratification. God intended the sexual relationship to be an act of selfless giving, where the partners are focused on satisfying the needs of each other. In God's design for sex, personal satisfaction results but it occurs within the context of mutual giving. Pornography reverses this and makes the desires of each person the central focus and the satisfaction of the partner a byproduct.


10th Annual Preventing Abuse Conference -- Human Trafficking, Child Abduction and Drug Cartels -- A National Security Threat

DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 27, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Human trafficking is a national security threat. It is rampant in America. Children are being exploited. Drug cartels are entering through the open borders and infiltrated throughout America. Terrorists using pornography to encrypt messages. A Preventing Abuse Conference is being held to discuss these issues and inform participants of ways to protect themselves, their loved ones and combat these serious threats.
    Conference Details:

    October 19, 2012

    8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Speakers and Lunch (Provided)
    5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. dinner break (on our own)
    6:30 P.M. Film screening

    Embassy Suites
    101 East Locust Street,
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309

    National Security threat
    Child Abduction (nearly 1,000,000 children reported missing annually)
    Drug Cartels in America
    Pornography impact
    Moral disintegration fueling the demand for human trafficking.
    and more

    Governor Terry Branstad,
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley,
    BAZ former C.I.A. doing deep cover rescues,
    Noreen Gosch,
    Drew and Heather Collins (parents of abducted children),
    Tania, former madam of hundreds of prostitutes.
    Chuck Hurley (Iowa Family Leader),
    Tamara Scott (CWA),
    Ric Lumbard (victim restoration),
    Jim Rothstein (trafficking expert),
    Oscar Mejia (drug cartel expert),

    REGISTRATION: $59.00 includes conference and lunch** 79.00 at the door
The information presented may help protect a loved one and our nation.

The role of the church as a firewall and protecting women and children is very important

The role of reinforcing the moral foundations is absolutely critical to the protection of women, children, families and the nation

The conference is open to the public. Due to the sensitive nature of the information provided a drivers license or government I.D. will be required at registration.

To register go to or call 323-851-3872

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Christians Proclaim: 'Jesus Christ is Lord of the USA...In God We Trust...' Daily -- for Jobs, Christian Liberty and National Security

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Realizing that Americans need God to bring back jobs, Christian liberty and national security, Christians are praying: "Jesus Christ is Lord of the USA...In God We Trust..." daily at 6pm EST / 3pm PST. "Real Americans put their faith in God. Turning to God like our Founding Fathers is how to heal our nation," says Pastor Steven Andrew who is leading the effort. Video and details here.

All are invited and many pastors are participating.

He is president of USA Christian Ministries and author of "Making A Strong Christian Nation" which provides the answers to "The Harbinger" book.

Participants learn what the Bible and our Founding Fathers teach for the USA by joining the "Pastor Steven Andrew" Facebook page and to sign up for the daily prayer email at

"Jesus will uplift America. He is our Lord" and "Christ the Lord of the United States" are what participants believe. Another participant confirmed that God told them to declare "Jesus is Lord of our nation" before joining this revival.

The pastor has attractive graphics available for sharing and printing. He wants to see Americans love God with all our hearts and the Third Great Awakening.

The full prayer and proclamation is:

  • Jesus Christ is Lord of the USA

  • The Holy Bible is the Rock upon which our Republic rests

  • We repent of helping the wicked and all sin

  • "In God We Trust" to deliver the USA from tyranny, evil people and lukewarm pastors
"By proclaiming Jesus Christ is Lord of the USA from our hearts the USA is in right relationship with God (Psalm 47:7-8, Isaiah 33:22, Philippians 2:11). 'No King But King Jesus' is an American Revolution motto," he says.

"God is our foundation when the Holy Bible is the Rock on which our Republic rests, as Jesus Christ and Andrew Jackson say (Luke 6:47-49)," he adds.

"By repenting to: bring back the Holy Bible and Christian prayer to schools, help the righteous, be pro-life and support marriage of one man and one woman, then jobs, unity and Christian liberty will come back to Americans. God blesses those who obey Him, but sin causes curses," he says.

"'In God We Trust' is our national motto-God helps those who trust Him (Psalm 37:40)."

"It's an ongoing relationship with God-not a repetitive act."

The pastor is also leading Seven Months of National Repentance to Save the USA.

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Working to offset homeless feeding ban in Philly

The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Inside a century-old bank at 39th Street and Lancaster Avenue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, a pair of carpenters cuts wooden beams for a loft in the big open space.

The workers are volunteers from a church in Boyertown, Montgomery County, who have given up their day to help Brian Jenkins convert the site into a 150-person dining hall to serve free meals to anyone who is poor and hungry.

It will be the third indoor meal center in the region for his nonprofit, Chosen 300 Ministries, and it comes at a critical time.

Over the summer, advocates for the homeless were locked in a standoff with the city over a ban on serving free meals on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Mayor Nutter supported the move, but groups such as Chosen 300 fought back in federal court, arguing that the ban violated their religious rights. They called the move politically motivated and tied to the May opening of the $150 million Barnes Foundation on the Parkway.


Think and pray about your vote in upcoming election

From Homeless to Financially Stable with a Family - “My first wife died of breast cancer and when she passed away I really floundered,” Scott Arnold told the 700 Club. “And I ended up being homeless in the streets of Tucson, Arizona.”
In 2005, Scott got off the streets--and the drugs. He became a Christian and learned about tithing. When Scott got a job working construction, he decided it was time to put what he’d learned into practice.
“It was very difficult at first, because for me to give money when I was just coming out of the streets was a big decision,” says Scott. “Well right away, I started seeing the supernatural favor of God. I went from living in a halfway house to getting my own apartment.”
Scott wanted to help others who were in recovery and began praying for a job at a local rehabilitation center. He was hired a few months later.
“I prayed for a month straight before they hired me,” Scott recalls. “Others had college degrees, were already working for the company, wanted that position and they hired me because they saw the love that I have for other people and how much I wanted to help other people get better.”


65 Million People Are Using the Bible App

Pilot Program Takes TBN's JCTV Youth Channel to West Virginia Juvenile Facility

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Trinity Broadcasting Network announced that it will partner with the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services in a pilot program through TBN Second Chance, the network's special outreach that takes Christian programming to the nation's correctional and detention facilities. Through the pilot program TBN Second Chance will install TBN's JCTV youth network at one of West Virginia's twelve juvenile facilities. JCTV offers a 24-7 blend of Christian music videos, extreme sports, relevant talk, reality shows, movies, comedy, concerts, and more -- all geared for teen and young adult viewers.
Mark Reynolds, director of TBN Second Chance, explained that JCTV will be installed at a facility housing youth ages ten to 21. "We are excited about this opportunity to place TBN's exclusive youth channel in an environment where many young people will be impacted by its life-changing programming," he said. "With hundreds of thousands of young people being placed in some type of detention every year, we have been working diligently to expand our program to juvenile facilities nationwide, and the West Virginia pilot program is a significant step in that direction."
Since its launch in 2007, TBN Second Chance has worked closely with state correctional officials and cable and satellite companies to bring relevant Christian programming to prison facilities in California, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri -- 31 states so far.
TBN covers the cost for equipment and installation, providing inmates with up to four of its top faith networks: TBN's flagship channel, America's most-watched faith network; JCTV network for teens and young adults; the Church Channel, featuring the best worship services and ministry programs from across the nation; and Enlace, TBN's affiliate Spanish-language Christian network.
Dr. Paul Crouch, TBN's founder and President, emphasized the importance of reaching out to troubled young people with the good news of Jesus Christ. "America's youth is its greatest resource and its hope for the future," he said. "I am thankful for the opportunity TBN Second Chance has to work with West Virginia in its juvenile system. I believe this pilot program will provide a model for similar initiatives across the nation."
For more information about TBN Second Chance, visit

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As Christianity's Center Shifts to Global South, Leaders Converge in Chicago to Pioneer Next Generation of Innovative Global Ministry Partnerships

Global:Church Forum shifts conversation from 'West teaches the rest' to one of listening and collaboration; Goal is to create global initiatives that are highly effective and sustainable
CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- One hundred years ago, the average Christian was a mid-40s Western male. Today, the average Christian could be an African female in her 20s. The population epicenter of Christianity has shifted.

In fact, 60% of today's 2 billion Christians are from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America) -- a figure that will rise to 75% of 3 billion Christians by 2050.

A recent analysis of global trends by First Fruits summarizes this impact of stunning shift: "The West will no longer be the territorial center of Christianity," adding that while the West still controls the conversation globally, the Global South Church will increasingly critique Western approaches, and indigenous mission movements will create new, creative ways to do everything from fundraising to leadership training to community engagement.

Today's most successful Western Christian leaders embrace this shift as an opportunity for unprecedented growth, collaboration and learning within the global church -- and a powerful time to foster collaboration between ministry, church, corporate, major funding and secular development groups to maximize the success of global initiatives.

Global:Church Forum, Oct. 15-18, unites more than 23 speakers from 11 countries who will provide an unprecedented, clear picture of how ministry and development work is conducted within different cultures and economies -- citing with honesty what works and what needs changing -- in order to redefine models and methodologies pursued by the West. The hands-on, practical approach of the forum seeks to uncover points of collaboration that will lead to strategic partnerships that are powerful, scalable and sustainable and address the world's the greatest needs.

Global:Church Forum, hosted by re:source global, will take place Oct. 15 - 18, 2012, at Park Community Church, Chicago. Daytime working sessions are by invitation only, with evening sessions free and open to the public, featuring music by Sara Groves and inspiring talks from global leaders from India, Africa and beyond.

"The current growth of the church in the Global South and East changes the way we as Westerners engage with the church -- we need a shift in perspective, attitude and strategic project and funding models," said Jimmy Lee, founder and CEO of re:source global, the organization hosting the conference and dedicated to pioneering innovative investment models for global development and ministry work.

"The goal for attendees of Global:Church is to become more coordinated and strategic in the work we are doing as funders and ministry leaders," adds Lee. "This is the start of a global conversation we are taking from Chicago to cities around the world, and it's growing in intensity."

Free, public evening sessions feature speakers David Gibbons of New Song Church, Bethany Hoang of International Justice Mission, Ralph Borde of As Our Own India, Tanya Walker of RZIM Europe, and Oscar Muriu of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. Daytime speakers include Michael Ramsden, European Director of RZIM Zacharias Trust; Bob Doll, former Chief Investment Officer of Global Equities at BlackRock Advisors, LLC; Fayez Ishak, Director of Missions of the Kasr El Dobara, the largest Evangelical Christian Church in the Arab World; and Dr. Zhao Xiao, who was commissioned by the Chinese government to study the success of the American economy and in the process found and embraced Christianity himself.

For more information or to register for daytime or evening events, contact Sarah Martel Lee at 773-931-3559 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            773-931-3559      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or visit

Note: Portions of the 4-day Global:Church Forum will be recorded and available online after the event. Visit to receive these sessions and for more information.

Global:Church Forum is hosted by re:source global, a for-profit organization redefining international philanthropy by engaging global communities, identifying and analyzing their needs and uniting ministry partners, funders and other stakeholders to create long-term solutions and sustainable development initiatives. Based in Chicago, re:source global manages innovative projects in Asia and Africa, and hosts thought leadership events co:lab and Global:Church Forum. For more information visit:

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Hundreds to Gather in Front of the White House for 3 Days of Prayer, Rallies and Civil Disobedience in Support of Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Individuals and groups to speak out against President Obama's HHS Mandate which forces people of faith and conscience to violate their deeply held religious beliefs and core values.

The event, which is called Actsfive29, will be held in Lafayette Park Saturday, September 29 through Tuesday, October 2.

Go to or for more information.

The issue of religious freedom and the HHS Mandate will play a critical role in the upcoming Presidential election and is a major voting issue for Catholics and Evangelicals.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states:
    "For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious freedom. As people of principle and faith, we must purpose in our hearts that we will never comply with an unjust or immoral government mandate which would require us to violate our conscience, the teachings of the Scriptures and the historic teachings of the Church.

    "We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials that we would rather spend time in jail that to be forced into complying with a mandate that crushes religious freedom."
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, adds,
    "Therefore our reaction to the HHS Mandate is not only in the press, in the courts, and in the Congress. It is, should be, and will be in the streets. Civil disobedience must be part of the response."
Kristina Garza, Campus Outreach Director for Survivors, states,
    "As a practicing Catholic, I am stunned that President Obama would show such a profound disrespect for religious freedom, civil liberties and the First Amendment.

    "I agree with Cardinal Dolan when he says, 'No government has the right to intrude into the affairs of the Church, much less coerce, the Church faithful to engage or cooperate in any way with immoral practices. It is the place of the Church, not of government to define religious identity.'

    "Mr. President do not tell us how to live our faith."
Schedule of events:

Saturday, September 29:
    5:00 P.M. Civil disobedience and arrests in front of the White House. (Pennsylvania Ave. Side.)
Sunday, September 30:
    12:00 P.M. Hundreds praying the Rosary in Lafayette Park led by Father Pavone of Priest for Life.

    1:30-3:30 P.M. Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Lafayette Park

    4:00 P.M. Civil disobedience and arrests in front of the White House.
Monday and Tuesday, October 1-October 2
    12:00 P.M. Civil disobedience and arrests in front of the White House.
For more information or interviews call:

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741

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