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[14 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 135 views]

Dear friends,
The Pentecostals of Kentwood is currently looking for a solid ministry couple (or individual) that is talented, self-motivated and creative to lead our Outreach and evangelism ministry. This is currently a volunteer position, and responsibilities would include the following:

Directly responsible for Outreach and evangelism for POK in the Kentwood, MI and surrounding area
Develop outreach programs that are effective in winning souls in today’s generation
Recruit and train new people to assist with the outreach ministry of our church
Develop a group of people who are willing to teach Bible studies
Implement a …

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[22 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 88 views]

According to the April, 2011 edition of Newsmax, religion in the United States is evolving almost as rapidly as America itself. Listed below are seven top religious trends that are changing the nation’s spiritual and political landscape:

Social Networking — As a cohesive community, religious conservatives are positioned to take advantage of the rise of social networking, in an era when a single tweet or Facebook post can monopolize a political agenda.
Political Ecumenism — Religious conservatives, facing a culture that appears indifferent or hostile to their values, are more willing to set …

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[18 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 117 views]

Thou shalt not be required to financially support your church – but you should anyway.
That’s the upshot of a new informal survey of evangelical leaders finding that less than half believe that the Bible requires church members to tithe, the practice of giving at least 10 percent of one’s income to the church.
The survey, conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) among its 100-member board of directors, found that 42% of evangelical leaders believe the Bible requires tithing, while 58% do not.
“The Old Testament called for multiple tithes, sort of …

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[23 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 109 views]

Hawaii’s state Senate has voted to stop the daily prayer before each session for fear of a possible court challenge. This makes it the first state legislative body in the nation to halt the practice. A citizen’s complaint had prompted the American Civil Liberties Union last summer to send the Senate a letter noting that its invocations often referenced Jesus Christ, contravening the separation of church and state. [The Associated Press]

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[16 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 155 views]

In December, members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus — 68 bipartisan members of the United States House of Representatives — sent a letter to President Obama requesting he issue a correction to a speech he made in Indonesia at the end of 2010 in which he misidentified the national motto as E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one). Congressman Randy Forbes, R-Va., has reintroduced a resolution — H.Con.Res.13 — to affirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto. [CitizenLink.com]

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[9 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 151 views]

Marriott International will phase out pornography on its in-room televisions, beginning with hotels it will open in the next several years. The chain joins Omni Hotels, which stopped offering in-room porn in 1999. A spokesman for Marriott told  USA Today that “As we transition to this new platform, adult content will be off the menu for virtually all of our newly built hotels. Over the next few years, this will be the policy across our system.” [CitizenLink.com]

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[4 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 185 views]

The  2011 Church & Clergy Tax Guide by nonprofit tax expert, Richard Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, releases today. Included in this annually updated, exhaustive tax guide are all of the last-minute changes that will affect churches throughout the United States. Here are some of the developments Hammar highlights in this book.
A few of the changes you’ll want to find out more about are:

Beginning in 2010, the new Healthcare Reform Legislation will grant small employers, including nonprofits, a refundable tax credit as inducement to obtain health insurance for their employees. After …

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[19 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 163 views]

Not quite half way through his first term, President Barack Obama has appointed more than 150 openly homosexual officials, exceeding all other presidents. They have been appointed as everything from agency heads and commission members to policy officials and senior staffers. The previous high, of about 140, was during two full terms under President Bill Clinton. [FoxNews.com]

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[3 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 195 views]

In November, the Polish town of Swiebodzin near the German border — population of 21,000 —is due to complete the soon-to-be world’s largest Jesus Christ statue. At 33-meters (approx. 100 feet), it will exceed the current world’s record holder in Rio de Janeiro which is 30 meters. [Telegraph.co.uk]

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[10 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 363 views]

TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– A well-known Iranian pastor faces execution after two judges agreed to make him “liable to capital punishment,” as part of a crackdown on the growing Protestant church movement in the Islamic nation, Worthy News and its parner agency BosNewsLife learned Tuesday, July 13.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was detained in June along with wife Fatemeh Pasandideh in the city of Rasht in northwestern Iran because of their Christian activities, Iranian Christians said.
A senior pastor of the Church of Iran movement, which includes house churches across the country,  told …