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Jonathan Cahn: A National Wake-Up Call

What an ancient mystery means to America’s future—and your ministry

What could an ancient mystery more than 2,500 years old mean to the future of your ministry? To understand its relevance for today, let me set the stage and go back to the last days of ancient Israel.

Before Israel’s destruction as a nation, nine harbingers appeared—nine warnings of destruction in a biblical template of national judgment. These same nine harbingers of judgment are now reappearing in modern America in specific detail. Some have appeared in New York City, some in Washington D.C., some have involved the highest leaders of the land, even the president of the United States. The manifestations of the harbingers involve such things as the Stone of Judgment, the Sign of the Sycamore, the Tower, the Utterance, the Prophecy and more.

The pattern begins with a national wake-up call: The nation’s hedge of protection is breached in some way. Years before the judgment, an enemy is allowed to strike the land. In the case of ancient Israel, that assault took place in 732 B.C. with the Assyrian invasion. In America, it happened on Sept. 11, 2001. After Assyria’s attack, Israel did not repent or turn back to the Lord. Neither has America. In fact, both nations descended deeper into apostasy. And in both cases, the first strike led to further shakings. In America, we saw the second strike as the U.S. economy collapsed. Behind this modern-day collapse was a stream of ancient mysteries, some of which actually identified and ordained the very dates, days and hours of the greatest economic crashes in American history.  read more

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American-Iranian Pastor Faces Death Penalty for Naming Christ

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional and human rights law, announced Wednesday it is representing the wife of an Iranian-American pastor who is being held in an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith.

Saeed Abedini, who converted to Christianity, has been indicted by an Iranian court and is facing formal charges that could result in a lengthy prison term or possibly even the death penalty. The ACLJ, which is providing legal representation for his U.S.-based family, is also launching an international campaign calling on the United Nations, the U.S. State Department and Congress to demand the release of Pastor Saeed.

“This is a very troubling pattern that we have seen inside Iran—Christian husbands and fathers who are punished for their religious beliefs,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ. “What makes this particular case so much more disturbing is that Pastor Saeed, who was born and raised in Iran, has been granted U.S. citizenship. He's been in prison for nearly three months simply because of his Christian faith. read more

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Cultural Engagement Involves Rules

If you want to learn about engaging the culture, go to New York City, stand in Times Square and simply look around. In fact, try not to look around. The multitude of flashing iconic images representing the latest music, art, movies, fashion and personalities virtually scream in your ear, every day influencing an increasingly homogenized global culture. Just like earthquakes can produce massive waves that travel thousands of miles from their origin, Manhattan produces a cultural tsunami that reaches all the way to Manila.

A recent meeting in New York with an executive from a major TV network confirmed my sense that as Christians, we are still lagging behind in the culture wars. In essence, this producer told me, “Christians aren’t shaping the culture in America; the culture is shaping them.” read more

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Summit Life-Changing Program Turns 50

In celebration of a half-century of life-changing, Christian worldview education, Summit Ministries will hold a dinner Celebration on October 20 in Colorado.

Under the leadership of new president Dr. Jeff Myers, Summit Ministries has provided a significant impact on the youth that it trains with its summer conferences and adult training programs. In a recent study, Summit’s Turning the Tide: Evidence of Impact Study, it was found that graduates of Summit Ministries affirm a Biblical worldview at four times the rate of the average born-again Christian. Graduates also experience up to a 429 percent growth in spiritual disciplines and positive habits of cultural engagement.

Summit grads not only understand their own Biblical worldview better after their experience at Summit training courses, they alsobetter understand many other major worldviews and topics covered during the course of the training. And when Summitstudents graduate from Summit’s programs, they show demonstrable increases in political activity. read more

Benevolence Shows a Love for Jesus

“Do not forget or neglect to do kindness and good, to be generous and distribute and contribute to the needy … for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Heb. 13:16, AMP)

Being radically generous and helping others is easier than you may think. I have asked people to share practical ways we can show love, have read books, searched the Internet, and been aggressive on my own journey to find creative ways to help others. Below are some helpful ideas to remember in your daily life and as you think of ways your church can show love in action. read more

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A Servant’s Heart Pleases God

Some people you meet change your life forever.

When I met Abeba, a beautiful, sweet and special little girl in one of our Joyce Meyer Ministries feeding programs in Ethiopia, she was severely malnourished. Her little body was swollen, already in the shut-down mode of starvation. Many in her village were starving, but she was one of the worst cases.

The thing that blew me away about Abeba was her joy. Despite how much pain she was in from malnutrition and her living conditions, Abeba’s smile always glowed. I had the opportunity to give food to Abeba’s mother for Abeba and her nine brothers and sisters. They were visibly happy and thankful just to have something to eat. Often, the food our ministry provides in this region is the difference between life and death for many of these children and families. Abeba now had a new shot at life. read more

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Has the Spirit of the World Entered Your Congregation?

The head of a large missionary organization told me that they are being sued by two of their members. These people had earlier dedicated their lives to missions.

Now they have various ailments. One man has ulcers. A woman, who lived in the tropics, has skin cancer. A "Christian" lawyer, hearing of their problems, advised them to sue the missionary organization. Their afflictions, he says, are "job related."

The mission director shook his head. "They were willing to give their lives—but I guess that didn't include stomach and skin." The missionaries and their lawyer have been infected with what Paul called "the spirit of the world" (1 Cor. 2:12).

Despite the classic Pentecostal definition, worldliness (the Greek word is kosmos) is far more than cosmetics. It is also more than R-rated movies or X-rated prostitutes. Worldliness is focusing on the things of time rather than things eternal. read more

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Your Guide to VBS 2013

We’ve done the legwork for you. Here’s everything you need to know to create and customize a VBS experience for your church and community.

 

 

Abingdon-HipHopHopeABINGDON PRESS

2013.abingdonpressvbs.com
Hip-Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad

Theme: Hip-hop culture is global! Surprisingly, its original goal was “Love, Peace, Unity and Having Fun!” Hip-Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad offers Jesus as the ultimate DJ who scratches out new songs of hope.

 

 

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answersvbs.com
The Kingdom Chronicles: Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth  

Theme: With The Kingdom Chronicles VBS, brave knights and fair maidens will be equipped to put on the full armor of God so they can stand strong in the battle for truth.

 

 

 

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vbs.bogardpress.org
The Mighty God: God Leads Moses and Me

Theme: This study from the book of Exodus explores how God led Moses through the perils of his life and remained faithful to him in extreme circumstances. Children will learn the ways that God loves us, calls us, saves us guides us and cares for us.

 

 

 

 

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2013.cokesburyvbs.com
Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together  

Theme: Everywhere Fun Fair is a global celebration with the look and feel of a world's fair. Children will discover that God’s love can be found everywhere—even in their own neighborhoods.

 

 

Concordia-TellItCONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE 
vbs.cph.org
Tell It on the Mountain: Where Jesus Christ Is Lord   

Theme: Get ready for a mountaintop experience! At Tell It on the Mountain, children will learn about the one true God through five mountaintop Bible accounts. This VBS features active Bible storytelling, energetic songs and Peak Performance videos for opening and closing.

 


EditorialConcordia-AventurasGlacialesEDITORIAL CONCORDIA 
(CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE) 
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Aventuras Glaciales (Cool Adventures)  

Theme: Five children receive a surprise trip and receive great gifts from God: forgiveness, salvation, joy, life and hope. 

 

 

GospelLight-SonWestRoundupGOSPEL LIGHT 
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SonWest Roundup: A Rip-Roarin’ Good Time With Jesus!  

Theme: This comprehensive VBS package uses a Wild West backdrop to help kids discover Jesus in the stories of Moses.

 

 

 

GospelPub-MegaSportsCampBreakingFreeGOSPEL PUBLISHING HOUSE
megasportscamp.com
MEGA Sports Camp: Breaking Free  

Theme: Teaching kids biblical principles and builds character through their favorite sports activities, this church-led program is fully adaptable to suit any church’s size, volunteers and facilities.

 

 

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GROUP PUBLISHING
group.com/athens
Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth 

Theme: Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the apostle Paul—straight from Paul himself! 

 

 

 

 

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group.com/kingdomrock
Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God  

Theme: Enter the epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong. At Kingdom Rock VBS, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale.

 

 

 

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lifeway.com/vbs
Backyard Kids Club  

Theme: Take VBS outside the church and into your community with Backyard Kids Club

 

 

 

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lifeway.com/clubvbs
Club VBS: Jungle Jaunt  

Theme: Based on Psalm 145:1-2, kids will learn to praise, trust and follow the one true God through the wild. 

 

 

 

LifeWay-ColossalCoasterWorldLIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
lifeway.com/vbs
Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God  

Theme: Using 2 Timothy 1:7, Colossal Coaster World VBS will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God as they zip along the roller coaster of life. 

 

 

 

 

 

MennoMedia-BreatheItInMENNOMEDIA
mennomedia.org/vbs
Breathe It In: God Gives Life  

Theme: Children are invited to discover the life-giving breath of God. Through Bible stories on breath and wind, children will explore how God’s own breath was used to create people, and how the wind of the Spirit helped the young church grow. 

 

 

 

RegularBaptistPress-InvestigationDestinationREGULAR BAPTIST PRESS
rbpvbs.org
Investigation Destination: Follow Clues to the King of Kings  

Theme: Investigation Destination turns VBS students into secret agents—investigators on a special mission to discover clues about a special person, the King of Kings. The objective: Prepare students for the return of the King, challenging them to believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior and then to choose to trust, follow, love, obey and serve Him. Those who know the Savior will want to tell others about Jesus, our wonderful King.

 

 

 

StandardPub-GodsBackyardUnderTheStarsSTANDARD PUBLISHING
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God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars  

Theme: Get ready for outdoor adventure under the shimmer of starlight that starts in your own backyard and gets bigger each day as kids take the love of Jesus into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

 

 

 

 

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vacationbibleschool.com
God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Sun  

Theme: Get ready for a sunny outdoor adventure that starts in your own backyard and gets bigger each day as kids take the love of Jesus into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

 

 

 

 

 

UrbanMin-Jesus-FamilyReunionRemixLogoURBAN MINISTRIES, INC.
(UMI)
urbanministriesvbs.com
Jesus Family Reunion: The Remix   

Theme: Encouraging stronger relationships in spiritual and natural families through Jesus Christ. This program introduces family time for all 10 lessons, including We Believe! 
We Encourage! We Forgive! We Protect! and We Give! Each lesson highlights a family from the Bible that dealt with the same struggles as families today.   read more

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