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CHRISTIAN NEWS Easter 2014 Marks 30th Anniversary Production of THE PLAY
Easter 2014 marks             the 30th the 30th anniversary                               production of THE PLAY -                          the classic  Story of The                                          Man Called Jesus, directed by Robert Klein, with  Dr. Gillette Elvgren,  and f eaturing the music of  Paul Wilbur  with Eric Ryan Olson portraying the role of Jesus.  The Man Called Jesus dancers,  choreographed by local artist Jessica  Rickards Rockey will feature the angels  celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Cana  wedding dance and Jesus' festive entrance  into Jerusalem for the Passover. Experience all the joy of Jesus' earthly  ministry performed by over 100 cast  members from 30 local churches ....
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Soon, the leaves will start to change;  school will recess for the summer with the  children pursuing something to occupy their  time; yes, time flies.  Yet, people continue to  waste time trapped in their fears—fear of  failure, fear of success, and then covertly the  fear of death. This fear of death has not  escaped God’s children even though once we  leave this body, a better place is promised.  A recent prophetic word from Brother Kenneth  Copeland for 2014 begs me to address this  issue about death.  Briefly, he said, 2014 was  the year of victory over death.  Second Peter  1:2 (Amplified) says that perfect peace and  freedom from fears, to name a few, comes  from not just knowing God, but having the correct knowledge of God. Another  scripture says God's people perish for lack of knowledge. It is this lack of  knowledge about death that has released a spirit of fear over most people.  However, I have good news for you.... 
12-Year-Old Lia Mills Speaks Out on Abortion This moving speech on abortion was given by Lia Mills to her seventh grade class. She was 12 at the time, but has continued to remain steadfast in her beliefs on pro-life.
INSPIRATION He Walked into My Leper Colony
By Juanita Weiss   l   The Church Guide
      We call it Leprosy! The Hebrews call it tzara’at!  The Jewish sages believed that tzara’at was more  than a skin disease.They believed that it was a  physical manifestation of a spiritual sickness. After  all, the infected person (kjv calls a “leper”; the  Hebrew calls a “metzora”) was not sent to a doctor,  per se, but to the priest to be examined.         The Jewish sages believed that the causes of  tzara’at stemmed from sin: more specifically  “sexual immorality, gossip, murder, perjury,  forbidden sexual relationships, arrogance, theft,  and envy” (Avakhin 16a).            In Matthew 15:18-20, Yeshua even  corroborates this belief when he says .....
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CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT Forgiveness is a One Way Street By Gene Markland   l   The Church Guide
Have you ever been wronged by someone? I mean really  hurt to the core? It’s probably happened to all of us a time or two  in our lives. The pain is worsened when someone close to us  does it, such as family, friends,  or fellow Christians. Natural human reactions can be revenge, anger,  bitterness, or even disillusionment. We often protect ourselves by  drawing away from the offender. This may lead to isolation from  everyone into a self-imposed exile of loneliness.  Waiting for the offender to make things right is usually  futile. The offender either doesn’t realize the  damage they’ve done through their words or  actions, or they just don’t care. Your suffering  means nothing to the offender. They couldn’t  care less! The injured one carries the hurt.   The Lord Jesus showed us a higher way.  He taught us by example to forgive. He said, as  He hung on the cross dying, "Father, forgive  them, for they don't know what they are doing”  (Luke 23:34 NLT).  I’ve had to forgive on occasion.  
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS Franklin Graham: ‘At Every Turn, the Gay and Lesbian Agenda is Being Pushed by the Obama Administration
President Barack Obama, his administration,  and many people in Congress are pushing “a gay  and lesbian agenda” and, like Russian President  Vladimir Putin, our Congress “needs to do more in  protecting our nation’s children” from exploitation,  said Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the world-  renowned evangelist Billy Graham.  Graham added that gays and lesbians  biologically cannot have children but they can  “recruit,” and he believes in “protecting children,  okay, from exploitation, all exploitations.” Reverend Graham, who heads the  international Christian aid groupSamaritan’s  Purse, made his remarks during a recent interview  with reporter Tim Funk at the Charlotte Observer.  “Gays and lesbians cannot have children.  Biologically, it’s impossible,” said Graham. . .
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By Rodica Lambert   l   The Church Guide The Apostle Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17 that the Jewish feasts and celebrations were a shadow of the things to come through Jesus Christ. And though as Christians we                       may not commemorate these holidays in the traditional biblical sense, as we                       discover the significance of each, we will certainly gain a greater knowledge                             and appreciation of God's Word, an improved understanding of the Bible, and                                 a deeper relationship with the Lord.   As we are observing the Passover season and the liberation of the                              Israelites from slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land, we too can celebrate                             the freedom from the slavery of sin into a Heavenly Kingdom. We have such                                 a beautiful story to tell of our journey from slavery into a Heavenly Kingdom,                                but how many of us are truly  living  the abundant life that Jesus came to give                           us? The sacrifice has already been paid and He whom the Son sets free is                           FREE indeed but unfortunately, our mindsets keep us in the wilderness and                                not possessing all that Jesus came to give us.
This article is for any girl or woman who is feeling pressured into having an abortion. 1.  Stand your ground.  You know you don’t want an abortion.  Maybe you know in your heart that  your child is a real, live person  (you’re right!). Maybe you know your  science and facts already. Maybe you can’t bear to be a part of killing an innocent human being. Maybe  you already love your child. Maybe you or someone you know has  had an abortion, and you know the physical and emotional pain  that comes with it. Whatever your reason, you do not have to get  an abortion. It is against the law for anyone to force or coerce you  to get one. You are your child’s mother, and no one – not your  boyfriend, husband, parents, pimp, teacher, or lady at the grocery  store – can make you get an abortion.
By Krisi Burton Brown   l   LifeNews
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Are you longing for a turnaround in your life? Then you need to grab hold of the key of intimate prayer.  In Jeremiah 7:13, the Lord declares,          “I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you  did not answer.” Before we experience any type of turnaround, we need to hear from God. He is the one with the master plan, and any turnaround we           try to bring about on our own, without His guidance, will be a big flop.            And the way in which we hear from God, besides by reading His Word,          is by consulting Him in prayer. If we don’t have a dynamic prayer life,              we’ll remain ignorant to His wonderful plans for our lives. God wants you to experience His highest level in your                   prayer life. I’ve learned that we go from level to level in the things                 of God. His Word says He wants to take His people “ from glory to               glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV). No matter where you are in your                 prayer life today, I want to challenge you to ascend to a higher level—
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ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE Getting from the Pit to the Palace By Joyce Meyer  l  The Church Guide
When you were younger, what did you dream of? Maybe  it’s been so long you don’t remember. No matter what our age,  we need to have a dream for our life. We need to have  something to look forward to and work toward. And if we will  trust God and do our part, we can see our dreams come to  pass —  even if they’ve been shattered and we need to begin  again. That doesn’t mean things will always go the way we  think they will, and it won’t always be easy. But when we’re determined to be faithful and diligent to do what God is calling us to do, He’ll always give us the grace and strength to keep going. Joseph was a young man with a dream.   In the dream that God gave him, Joseph saw himself as a leader and his father and brothers were bowing down to him. In reality, Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him, and ...
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CHRISTIAN NEWS Virginia Governor Vetoes Student Religious Freedom Bill
By Heather Clark   l   Christian News Network
The Democratic governor of Virginia vetoed a bill on  Friday that aimed to reinforce the religious rights of  students, stating that it infringes on other student’s desires  to be free from “coercive prayer and religious messaging”  at school events.  Senator Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) introduced  SB 236 this year as part of his longtime fight for faith in the  public arena. The legislation reinforces students’ rights  under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to be  open about their faith without retribution or restriction.  Text of the bill outlines that it “[c]odifies the right of  students to (i) voluntarily pray or engage in religious  activities or religious expression before, during, and after  the school day in the same manner and to the same extent  that students may engage in nonreligious activities or  expression; (ii) organize prayer groups, religious clubs,  ‘see you at the pole’ gatherings, or other religious  gatherings before, during, and after school to the same  extent that students are permitted to organize other  activities and groups; and (iii) wear clothing, accessories,  or jewelry that display religious messages or religious  symbols in the same manner and to the same extent that  other types of clothing, accessories, and jewelry are  permitted.” 
BREAKING CHRISTIAN NEWS Virginia Community Colleges Suspend Speech Policy
The Virginia Community College System has  abandoned its policy, that was challenged by Christian  Parks, a student at Thomas Nelson Community College who  alleged he was prohibited from preaching on the Hampton  campus. When Christian Parks sought to preach and discuss  his religious views in an open, outdoor plaza on campus,  TNCC officials required him to stop in part because his  speech might offend someone." The suit alleged that the  campus officials took these actions because they feared his  expression would prompt complaints, and because they  wanted to pacify those who might be offended by his  expression. In taking these actions, they violated his  constitutional rights.P Parks was represented by the Alliance Defending  Freedom, a conservative law firm based in Scottsdale, AZ.  The community college agreed to suspend  enforcement while a settlement is worked out and a new  policy is developed that would not limit student speech.  (SEE  RELATED STORY BELOW) 
24th Annual “Just Pray No” Weekend for the Addicted April 26-27th
By Russ Jones   l  Christian News Service
The 24th Annual “Just Pray  NO!” weekend for the addicted is  scheduled for April 26 – 27, 2014. The  event is designated as the “Just Pray  NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of  Prayer and Fasting.  Since April 7th, 1991 “Just Pray  NO!” has united millions of Christians  from 150 nations and territories  around the world in intercessory  prayer on behalf of the addicted and  their families.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray  for one another, that you may be healed. The effective,  fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 
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