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  • 5 teachings of Jesus that will help vanquish your fears

    Fear is a natural human emotion. Everyone experiences it. Christians are not immune to worry and fretting. Even Jesus, in His humanity, experienced anxiety in the Garden of Gethsemane. The problem arises when you allow your fears and anxieties to prevent you from living your life to the fullest.

    Use these five teachings from Jesus to help overcome your fears and not allow them to control your thoughts, relationships, decisions and behavior:

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  • Manny Pacquiao: Gays Are Worse Than Animals

    Manny Pacquiao says he believes people in gay relationships are "worse than animals

    The boxing superstar -- who says he may run for President of the Philippines after he retires -- was asked about his stance on gay marriage during an interview with local TV news. Pacman strongly condemned gay marriage -- saying, "It's common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?"

    Manny went on say ... "The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals."

    The backlash to Manny's comments was swift -- and he quickly posted a video apologizing for his comments ... though not backing down on his anti-gay marriage stance. 

    "I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals ... please forgive me for those I've hurt.

     



     

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  • 7 Fantastic Tips For A Happy, Christian Marriage

    1. Create Lasting Traditions

    Whether it’s a weekly/monthy date night, holiday memory-makers or even the daily kiss and hug before you go off to work. Traditions like this will go really far in holding marriages together.

     

    2. Have Special Times Of Prayer Together

    It may sound cliche but it’s true- A couple that prays together stays together! It’s difficult to allow division and discord to creep into your marriage when your praying together. This is a great time to share feelings and even to confess struggles to each other.

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  • A Sweeter Future: Shashemene’s Beekeeping Business in Ethiopia

    In Ethiopia, converting to Christ involves significant personal cost. When a number of Muslims from Shashemene, Ethiopia came to Christ, their family members chased them out of town and levied false charges against some of them. Left with limited social network and financial opportunities, these brothers and sisters struggle to make enough money to survive. Their pastor is a bee expert, so has ingeniously constructed a bee house for honey production, which the community can sell to sustain. ICC helped this persecuted community by purchasing 20 new bee boxes and equipment so the venture can increase production. Please pray that God will bless believers in Shashemene and bless their beekeeping business

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  • ISIS executes 12 Christians for refusing to renounce Jesus including boy and 2 women

    Islamic State militants have brutally murdered 12 Christians, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ and embrace Islam instead, the Gospel Herald reported.

    The horrific executions took place last Aug. 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria, according to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group that assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries.

    "In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam," Christian Aid said, according to Gospel Herald.

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  • ‘Fast And Furious’ Star Tyrese Gibson Encourages His Followers To Follow and Fall in Love with Jesus

    Tyrese Gibson, known for his R&B music and role on “The Fast and Furious” franchise, encourages his fans and followers to also follow Jesus. Despite being surrounded by challenges and temptations, Gibson still chooses and stands on Jesus’ calling in his life and even telling his fans to do the same thing. Posting on social media, Gibson wrote, “The spirit of doubt is real the feeling of letting go and walking away is real. But I’m here to remind of the power and the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and to tell you that the God I know wants you to learn during those dry spell, he wants you learn how to conquer fears and doubts.”

    At the end of his post, he asked his followers to pray for him and that he would pray for his followers as well. December last year, he posted that only believing Jesus is the remedy to cure the hunger and thirst for significance, fame, and wealth.

    Gibson told his followers that “Fame is one of the biggest unspoken addictions. Over the years I’ve learned and discovered that people will do damn near anything to get it. Validation is a men’s and women’s silent killer,” he wrote. “When you love yourself deep within and when you fall in love with Jesus and you’re completely submerged in Christ your heart and soul is fulfilled independent of what’s in your bank account and where you are on the charts.

    He told his followers in a form advice that it would be better for them to walk in obedience to their God-given assignments and purpose. He often say on his video post that although he had a rough upbringing, challenges and setbacks, he did not allowed it to hold him back. “Trust me I know,” he concluded.

     

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  • Popular South African Pastor Dies Following 30 Days Fasting to Beat Jesus Christ’s Record

    In a determined bid to break the record set by Jesus Christ of Nazareth, a 44-year-old popular South African pastor, Alfred Ndlovu, has died of malnutrition following a dry fasting that lasted for 30 days.

     

    According to Buzz South Africa, the cleric left home on June 17 for a nearby bush to have prayers just like Jesus did in an attempt to equal or break Jesus Christ’s record of fasting for 40 days, but died just a month despite having no history of illness.

    It was learnt that the pastor was alone in the wilderness and his body was found by a stranger who then called on his family, congragation and the police.

    He was known by his family and community at large as a very spiritual person whose faith could move mountains and his death surprised everyone, even church members.

    A close relative said: “He was a very spiritual man. Its unfortunate he had to die this way. After a month we got the sad news of his death. Pastor was a healthy and religious old man who did not even look his age.”

     

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  • Defeated boxer Pacquiao keeps faith

    After he lost the latest "fight of the century" to undefeated American heavyweight Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saturday night, Filipino boxer (and legislator) Manny Pacquiao went to church.

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  • Stephen Curry, Manny Pacquiao, Tiger Woods and Nike

    Although Manny Pacquiao quickly apologized for his remarks about homosexuals, Nike dropped him like a hot potato. In contrast, Nike never dropped Tiger Woods despite the revelations of his serial adulteries, even though those led to the destruction of his marriage and worldwide public shame. Why the double standard?

    Does Nike believe that it is far worse to make a passing, extremely derogatory comment about homosexuals—one for which Manny quickly apologized and asked forgiveness—than to betray one's children and cheat on one's wife, sleeping with a bevy of different women over a period of years (including several porn stars)?

    Or could it be that, because Tiger is still worth more money, his transgressions are more forgivable?

    While appearing on a local Philippines TV station, Manny said, "It's common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals."

    Not surprisingly, there was an immediate uproar, and Manny quickly apologized, saying, "I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you."

    There's obviously no comparison between Manny's words and Tiger's acts (I would ask male Nike executives if their wives would prefer that they said what Manny said or did what Tiger did). And again, Manny immediately apologized, with sincerity.

    But that was not enough for Nike.

    Manny committed the cardinal media sin: "Thou shalt not criticize homosexuality."

    Better to be a married man who sleeps with porn stars over a period of years and destroys a marriage than to speak for a few seconds in a regrettable way about homosexuality and then quickly apologize for it.

    Nike's statement read, "We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao."

    Oh, the righteous indignation.

    For Manny's part, he does not seem troubled about losing the endorsement and has reinforced his opposition to homosexual practice, stating, "I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. I'm not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways.

     2 (sic) Corinthians 6:9: 'Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.' God Bless everyone i love you all."

    At this point, though, you might be saying to yourself, "Well, what does Stephen Curry have to do with all this?"

    Curry is an openly committed Christian and the best player in basketball this year, and he before he had a sneaker contract with Under Armour, Nike passed up on him twice.

    I have read articles speculating on why Nike chose not to sign him, but we do know that before he signed with Under Armour, he made clear that he wanted to put Phil 4:13 on the tongue of the sneaker with the underside reading, "I can do all things." The message is from Philippians 4:13 which states, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    Some have claimed that this was another factor in Nike's decision not to match Under Armour's offer, but I have not been able to verify that. (If you can find any verifiable information about this, please post it in the comments section.)

    It would not be surprising, though, if Stephen's strong message of faith was not to Nike's liking. As for their skepticism that his shoes would sell (there's no dispute that they were concerned about this), they're actually selling off the shelves.

    What we do know is that when Tiger fell, Nike stood with him.

    As Reuters reported on December 14, 2009, "Nike Inc Chairman and co-founder Phil Knight said the scandal surrounding Tiger Woods is 'part of the game' in signing endorsement deals with athletes and did not back away from the athletic shoe and clothing maker's relationship with the golfer."

    Knight added, "I think he's been really great. When his career is over, you'll look back on these indiscretions as a minor blip, but the media is making a big deal out of it right now."

    So, Tiger's multi-year, multi-woman adulteries are a "minor blip" while Manny's one-time, several seconds, quickly retracted, unfortunate comment about gay sex is "abhorrent."

    With a mentality like that, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Stephen Curry's strong Christian message wasn't welcomed by Nike either.

     

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