TobyMac, a singer and songwriter, just released his new album called “The Elements” which he says is about combating the pressures and hardships of the world today.
While talking about the inspiration behind the album the musician said, “To me, it means waking up every morning and setting your mind on being the person you want to be, the friend you want to be, the spouse you want to be.”
He added, “You walk out the door and it feels like you're beat down on all those fronts all day ... you're sort of facing these elements — all of these things that this crazy world throws at us.”
TobyMac said making that conscious decision to live for God daily is an essential recommitment to make every morning.
The singer offered some advice to his fans noting the divisiveness of the world today saying, “I do think that there is a trend toward isolation rather than community.” He continues,
“When … tough times come, instead of stepping into community, now it feels like we're isolating ourselves.”
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ABC chief legal analyst and Mediaite and Law & Crime TV founder Dan Abrams launched a streaming network on Monday “dedicated to broadcasting Christian sermons with an in-studio discussion.”
Abrams, who has seen great success with his media properties in recent years under Abrams Media, launched Ambo, named for a historic synonym for a pulpit, from a studio in New York.
"The live programming rollout is scheduled for November with simultaneous back-to-back live sermons airing Saturdays and Sundays and featuring a lineup of high-profile partners such as Victory Church of Tulsa, OK and the multi-site Fresh Life Church, led by pastor and best-selling author, Levi Lusko,” according to an announcement from Ambo.
“From there, it will quickly expand to weekdays as well,” it continues. “The network will be hosted out of the newly built Abrams Media studios in Herald Square in New York City and viewers will be able engage with other viewers via a live-chat feature throughout the programs.”
Ambo will be led by Brooke Girley, who received a B.A. from New York University in religious studies, a law degree from Duke University School of Law and M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School, according to the network. Girley comes from a family of pastors.
“An inspirational network for younger Christians is long overdue,” said Girley. “Ambo TV will allow viewers to watch compelling sermons, in real time, from pastors of my generation and discuss them with other viewers from around the world. This is the type of network many of us have been waiting for, and I’m thrilled to be a part of creating it."
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Reported by: The Hill
Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) has revealed authorities have demolished crosses, burned Bibles, raided Christian homes to remove religious symbols, arrested church members and seized churches.
Chinese Communist Party crackdowns in Henan province escalated after the revised regulations on religious affairs were published last February.
Under new religious regulations introduced in February, churches have to be officially registered in the state and adhere to the rules set by Chinese authorities.
However, the ICC reported that even government-sanctioned churches in Henan could not escape being destroyed.
Henan province has one of the largest Christian populations in China, with several million living in the region, including approximately 300,000 Catholics.
In March footage emerged of Communist Party officials using a crane to rip a cross off an iconic Catholic church in Henan province.
Last month, police stormed a summer camp in the northern Gansu province where 80 children between the ages of 10-14 were staying.
Catholic news agency UCAN claimed the police accused the two summer camp organisers of holding an illegal Christian event.
Charity Open Doors said scores of Christians have been detained and sent to 're-education' camps in the first few months of 2018.
They were being taught to be loyal to communist ideology instead of religion.
Unofficial figures suggest there could be as many as 85,000 people detained in re-education camps.
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Reported by: Express News
Commitment to prayer, church attendance and religion is highest among Christians in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Pew Research Center said Aug. 22 in an analysis of data collected over the past 10 years.
In the U.S., Christians register comparatively high levels of religious commitment among the most developed countries, Pew said in its analysis of 84 countries with Christian populations deemed sizable. Here, 68 percent of Christians deemed religion "very important" and just as many said they pray daily. Weekly church attendance was registered among 47 percent of U.S. Christians.
In 35 of the countries studied, at least two-thirds of Christians said religion was "very important" in their lives. All but three of those 35 countries are in sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America, namely the U.S., Malaysia and the Philippines.
"These findings reflect the broader pattern of Christianity's 'march southward' from wealthy countries to developing ones," Pew said at pewresearch.org/fact-tank. "This phenomenon is particularly evident in sub-Saharan Africa, where Christianity is rapidly growing, largely due to high fertility."
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Reported by: Baptist Press
Yoga is not a religion. It is nonsectarian, but contains the ability to deepen anyone’s faith. Aspects of yoga have been incorporated into many groups and various organizations, including religions, for thousands of years. However, yoga is not a religion in and of itself, nor do you have to be religious to practice yoga. Some have used the practice of yoga, meditation and times of stillness to reflect on self enlightenment, a source they believe in, or as an act of worship.
There are many misconceptions as to why a Christian can or cannot practice yoga. As with anything, it is a matter of intentionality. What are you meditating, contemplating or dwelling on? What are you setting your heart and mind toward at any given moment? Scripture says, whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Colossians 3:23 reads, “Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others.” Christians, no matter what we choose to do to honor our “temple,” do it all for the glory of God. When we take care of ourselves, we are honoring and glorifying Christ.
Let’s get real. You do not have to be Brazilian to do Zumba, you do not have to be Buddhist to practice martial arts and you do not have to be Hindu to practice yoga. A person of Christian faith no longer has to fear doing yoga.
When was the last time that you created a space and time to simply be still? You do not have to be a person of faith to know that in a loud and chaotic world you need to decompress and exhale some junk daily. As a Christian, I cannot find anywhere in the Bible when God shouted He wanted to speak to His disciples. We cannot and will not be able to hear His still, small voice if noise is cluttering the frequencies. As a Christ-follower, you can’t afford not to find stillness and meditate with Him daily. He isn’t trying to keep anything from you. Perhaps it simply has been too long since you completely surrendered and exhaled “you” to create space for God.
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Reported by: Seattle Yoga News
The U.S. Supreme Court today handed a victory on narrow grounds to a Colorado Christian baker who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, stopping short of setting a major precedent allowing people to claim exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on religious beliefs.
The justices, in a 7-2 decision, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed an impermissible hostility toward religion when it found that baker Jack Phillips violated the state's anti-discrimination law by rebuffing gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012. The state law bars businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
The ruling concluded that the commission violated Phillips' religious rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
The vote was narrow not because of the number of justices for and against, but because of the slim precedent it sets.
The justices did not issue a definitive ruling on the circumstances under which people can seek exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on their religious views. The decision also did not address important claims raised in the case including whether baking a cake is a kind of expressive act protected by the Constitution's free speech guarantee.
"Government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society, yet the state of Colorado was openly antagonistic toward Jack's religious beliefs about marriage. The court was right to condemn that," said lawyer Kristen Waggoner of the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Phillips.
Waggoner said the decision "makes clear that the government must respect Jack's beliefs about marriage."
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Reported by: CNBC