Author Archives: Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Alliance Church Leader Among Ebola Team Members Killed in Guinea

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Rev. Moise Mamy and seven others in an Ebola education delegation were killed by villagers in southern Guinea on September 16 or 17, 2014. Government officials and news reporters were among those who died. Mamy was a member of the Eau de Vie (Water of Life) Ebola awareness team, a ministry of Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), the relief and development arm of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (The Alliance).

Mamy was a fervent evangelist and district superintendent of the Alliance church among the Mano, the people group of his ethnic origin. He was also the executive secretary of Eau de Vie and cofounder of Hope Clinic, a CAMA-initiated medical and surgical facility that provides treatment for villagers in southern Guinea who otherwise would have no access to medical care.

“Many places accepted [the awareness team's] teaching,” wrote Jon Erickson, an Alliance international worker and close friend of Mamy, with whom he cofounded Hope Clinic, “but some villagers had heard a rumor that the [bleach they were distributing], which kills the Ebola virus, was actually the virus itself.” In the ensuing chaos, the team members were attacked and killed. The BBC reports that the bodies were recovered from a septic tank at the local primary school.

Mamy is survived by his wife, Nowei, and five grown children.

The Alliance in the United States comprises more than 2,000 churches, mobilized to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20) by living out the fullness of Jesus Christ in personal experience and building His Church worldwide. Seven hundred U.S.-based Alliance workers serve in 70 countries.

CAMA shares the hope of Jesus Christ in word and deed through development projects, medical care, microenterprise initiatives, and disaster relief. Forty-five U.S.-based CAMA workers serve in 13 countries.

SIM Saddened by Recent Attack on Ebola Aid Workers in Guinea

Mission Group to Review Crisis Response Policies and Safety Procedures

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — SIM USA (www.simusa.org) said today it is saddened by the recent attacks on Ebola aid workers and journalists in Guinea and plans to review its crisis response strategies in light of the attacks.

According to published media reports, at least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were killed in Guinea because of fear surrounding foreign workers who are attempting to control the spread of the deadly disease. Crowds have also reportedly turned back aid workers in other areas of West Africa where the outbreak has been the most severe.

“We at SIM are deeply saddened by the recent attack in Guinea that took the lives of people who came to offer assistance in the face of the Ebola crisis,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “We are praying for their families and for the people in Guinea as they work through the aftermath of this atrocity.”

At this time, SIM does not plan to relocate staff in the area. It will review its crisis response policies to ensure that its staff is safe and secure.

According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, nearly 2,500 people have died as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak, with nearly 5,000 probable, confirmed and suspected cases.

SIM had two of the three American missionary workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia and were evacuated to the U.S. for treatment.

SIM’s ELWA 2 Ebola Treatment Center in Monrovia has experienced increasing survival rates as a result of consistent and quality medical care supported by prayer. Dr. Jerry Brown, SIM’s Liberian medical director, reported that 40 of the 69 Ebola patients in its care center are in stable condition and showing signs of survival.

The latest updates on SIM’s role in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are available at www.simusa.org.

SIM (www.simusa.org) is an international Christian mission organization with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers from 70 nationalities serving in more than 65 countries. In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM (pronounced S-I-M).

 

Family Rewards USA Introduces the Bible Belt

 

PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Rewards USA has announced the beginning of a program that will enable Ministries, Churches, Christian organizations and individuals to grow both spiritually and financially.

 

Family Rewards has developed a witnessing tool called the Bible belt. The Bible Belt is designed to reveal that believers are living out their faith in Jesus Christ.

 

They will provide encouragement to those who are lost and have a need for hope and the assurance of God’s love and saving grace, members believe that wearing the Bible belt can lead others to God and He will put them on the path to salvation.

 

The program aims to play a large part in the spreading of the good news and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Family Rewards USA believes God is still at work, transforming lives and increasing the residents in His kingdom.

 

In order to spread their message, Family Rewards USA invites all believers, ministries and individuals who live by the true living word, to partner with them by displaying a professionally made banner on their website or blog.

 

Family Rewards USA has implemented a tracking system that determines which banner an order came; Family Rewards USA will use this information to credit that banner with $29.98. Ten percent (10%) of the profits will be donated to the Wounded Warriors.

 

Family Rewards USA is not in the business of selling belts; it is in the business of selling Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior. The organization invites everyone to become a member.

 

There is a one-time payment of $99.95 to become a member. All members will receive three practical and useful gifts: the Bible belt, a $50.00 gift certificate and 500,000 ways that members can save money on their daily purchases.

 

When the Bible belt is worn, it prompts people to ask what’s that belt, you answer by witnessing to them is. The gift certificate can be shared with family or friends and the more the savings are used, the more the member will save.

 

Everybody wins: the ministries, members, Wounded Warriors and especially Jesus. Family Rewards USA’s overall goal is to encourage everyone to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and live a sprit filled life.

 

For information, please visit www.familyrewardsusa.org.

At the Intersection of Faith and Freedom are Those Who Serve

COLUMBIA, Mo., Sept. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Those Who Serve is a devotional for those who serve our great nation. At the core of this book are the themes of faith, family, and freedom. It includes personal life stories from the author as well as thirty-three stories from Medal of Honor recipients and ex-POWs from our country’s major conflicts. Some of their stories are told in the inspiring DVD, which is included with the book. The author also uses examples of military insignia and badges to connect military history with pertinent scriptures. It’s designed to be a resource for military chaplains, all those in uniform, as well as all veterans.

Two of the sections of the book include advice for life and stories of American heroes who served in harm’s way. These individuals offer practical and spiritual wisdom for life. Much of their wisdom was forged during combat and in the burning fire of adversity, pain, suffering, sorrow, sadness, and death. Those Who Serve includes the photos of all the contributors featured in this book as well as images of various military insignia.

Col. Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret.) MOH, Vietnam shares, “I have been blessed to know Jim Coy many years. This book combines service to the Lord and to the nation and makes it easy to share and encourage a faith in God. The book is a great resource for all who have a love of God and nation.” Brig. Gen. Robbie Risner, USAF (Ret), Korean War Ace, Ex-POW, Vietnam adds, “Any book written by this red, white, and blue Christian will make a powerful impact on the reader. Everyone who reads it will experience a renewed awareness of what makes America the greatest nation in the world.”

Those Who Serve — A Devotional for the Military is the fourth book in “The Gathering of Eagles” series. It follows A Gathering of Eagles, Prisoners of Hope, and Valor. He served as a medical consultant for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and with the Army Special Forces. Coy has received numerous military honors. Jim and his wife, Vicki, are on staff with the military ministry of Campus Crusade (CRU). He frequently speaks to community, church, and military groups across the U.S.

Those Who Serve, by Col. Jimmie Dean Coy (Ret.), 240 pages, HC with included 116 min. DVD, $24.99, Author’s website: www.agatheringofeagles.com, ISBN: 978-158169-471-0 Published by Evergreen Press christian-publishing.net (2013)

Do I Know You ?

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

I have been lucky enough down through the years to meet many famous people. I have met Medal of Honor winners. famous athletes, powerful politicians etc. I always find it funny that people who on an average day that wouldn’t pay me any notice come up to me on such occasions. When they do they say things like “Robert, old friend, why don’t you introduce us? “ Actually I like introducing my friends to each other. I enjoy seeing the things they do for each other, and watching their relationship deepen. But with these people all I can think is what opportunistic fakes ! It makes me want to get them away from me, and my other friends as fast as possible.

Think about this in terms of when we get to Heaven. Is it hard to imagine that Christ would look forward to introducing his friends to his father when they arrive ? Of course not. If we are proud of our friends, we should want to introduce them to our family. Why should Christ be any different.
Now look at Mathew 10:33. “ But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” ( KJV) Which would you rather hear Jesus say when you get to Heaven, “Dad, this is the guy I have been telling you about !” or “Sorry, do I know you ?” A relationship with a famous or powerful person is something to be proud of. Why then would we keep quiet a relationship with the son of God himself ?

The time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior is now, not when you arrive at the Pearly Gates. The time to develop your relationship with Christ is now, while he can still help you with the struggles so common in this world. Even more you should be proud to introduce your friend Jesus to your friends so they can benefit from a relationship with him just as you have. Part of why we introduce our friends to each other is the satisfaction of seeing them help each other. Why then would we hold back the most powerful friend we know ?

You should talk of Jesus, and what he has done for you often. You should help him make new friends. As a true friend you should want Jesus to be as popular as possible. To be the kind of friend is is only around when they need something is the sincerest kind of fakery ! Your love of Jesus, and gratitude for what he has done for you should well up inside you until you simply can’t keep quiet. So be a true friend, not a fake !

Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson Lets The Full Force Of The Rapture Be Known In Promoting His Upcoming Feature Film “Left Behind”

Stoney Lake Entertainment Film Left Behind / DUCK DYNASTY'S WILLIE ROBERTSON LETS THE FULL FORCE OF THE RAPTURE BE KNOWN IN PROMOTING HIS UPCOMING FEATURE FILM LEFT BEHIND (PRNewsFoto/Stoney Lake Entertainment)

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson announces his involvement with this apocalyptic action-thriller feature film based on the New York Times best-selling book series starring Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage.

Left Behind is one the most highly anticipated films to be released this fall and Willie is proud of his Executive Producer role: “I am so excited to be a part of the brand new feature film Left Behind. As I continue my journey into the major motion picture business, I am proud to be associated with this project which is based off of the best-selling novel that really brings the book series to life.  It’s a film that audiences need to see to Believe – are you ready?”

Producer/Writer Paul Lalonde stated, “We are thrilled that Willie Robertson is part of our team and that he shares the same vision for Left Behind and its message that will be brought to moviegoers around the world.  Willie and I are both on the same page not only theologically but also in our commitment to high quality entertainment that reaches a wide audience. Working with him has been inspiring.”

Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner during the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.

The movie is based on the New York Times best-selling book series of the same name, co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.  Based on the Bible and published in 32 different languages, the series has sold more than 65 million copies and is one of the best-selling fiction series of all time.

Left Behind stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (NATIONAL TREASURE, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, THE CROODS) as Rayford Steele, as well as Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks. The movie is directed by veteran filmmaker, Vic Armstrong (THOR, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, WAR OF THE WORLDS), widely renowned for directing action sequences.

For Willie’s Rapture Warning video, news and updates about LEFT BEHIND visit: www.Facebook.com/LeftBehindTheMovie

LEFT BEHIND opens nationwide on Friday, October 3, 2014. For group tickets, please go to www.LeftBehindMovie.com.

About Stoney Lake Entertainment

Stoney Lake Entertainment (SLE) is a film production company created in 2012 by CEO Paul Lalonde, co-founder of Cloud Ten Pictures. SLE is focused on producing big budget faith-themed films for a wider audience. LEFT BEHIND will be SLE’s first feature film.

Dallas Area Christians to Stand Up in Support of Christians Persecuted in Iraq

DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Christians in North Texas will gather on Sunday September 14th at Dallas City Hall Plaza; at 4:30 pm, for a rally to show their support for humanitarian relief for persecuted Christians in Iraq and other Muslim nations.  A press conference will be held prior to the rally on Wednesday, September 10.

Press Conference Details:

WHEN: Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

WHERE: Fair Park Bible Fellowship 1321 Rowan Ave. Dallas, Texas 75115

The media is invited to attend and receive additional information about the concerns of the Christian community on this important issue.

Event Details:

WHEN: September 14, 2014 at 4:30pm.

WHERE: In front of Dallas City Hall 1500 Marilla Street Dallas, TX.

The deliberate targeting and persecution of Christians by ISIS in Iraq, as well as the blatant attacks on Christian communities throughout the Middle East has caused great concern and offense within the Christian communities of Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding counties. In Iraq, many Christians are fleeing their homes and cities to escape the brutal jihad against Christians at the hands of ISIS. Many are now refugees in need of humanitarian aid. As confirmed by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity and the Vatican, 100,000 Christians are murdered every year because of their faith. Open Doors Ministry has stated that 9 out of 10 countries cited for the worst atrocities against Christians are Muslim.

Iraqi born Pastor Jalil Dawood of the Arabic Church of Dallas and Pastor Stephen Broden of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship will be featured speakers at the rally. In addition, other notable speakers and pastors will be present.

For more information: Contact: Pastor Stephen E. Broden 214-394-0098 Facebook: DFW Rally of Support for Persecuted Christians www.facebook.com/DFWrallyforpersecutedChristians

The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship Responds to John MacArthur’s ‘Strange Fire’

WOODSTOCK, Ga., Sept. 3, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) is countering John MacArthur’s cessationist theology with the first book published under its own imprint, Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture.  The 600-page, 35 chapter tome features 26 scholars who specifically target MacArthur’s recently-released book Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship and broader issues underlying cessationism. Strangers to Fire specifically challenges the logic of MacArthur’s argumentation and the validity of his biblical interpretation.

Strangers to Fire (Foreword by J. Lee Grady) is composed of two parts: Part One consists of seven chapters that are direct replies to Strange Fire; Part Two consists of 28 chapters that are classic replies to cessationism (the belief that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased in the apostolic age) and misuses of the gifts of the Spirit. The 26 scholars who contributed to the anthology are from a variety of Protestant traditions and from three streams of charismatic Christianity: Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Third Wave.

A complete list of the authors is on TFFPS’s Web site, included are Wayne Grudem, J. P. Moreland, Craig Keener, Jack Deere, Jon Ruthven, Sam Storms, Robert Menzies, Horace Ward, Mark Rutland, Gary Greig, Cecil Robeck, Paul Elbert, Stanley Burgess, and William Kay.

Strangers to Fire has already received accolades from the following leaders and Greek scholars: George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Dr. R. T. Kendall (Charismatic), Dr. Michael L. Brown (Charismatic), Dr. Anthony Palma (Assemblies of God), Dr. French Arrington (Church of God, Cleveland, Tenn.), Dr. Vinson Synan (Pentecostal-Holiness), Dr. Derek Morphew (Vineyard), and Larry Tomczak (Charismatic).

Palma calls Strangers to Fire “a formidable apologetic for the present-day continuation of all the spiritual gifts.” A “magnificent collection of essays” (Arrington). A “robust collection of wide-ranging biblical, historical, and theological essays” (Brown). A “masterful collection of scholarly responses by a coterie of excellent scholars” (Synan). “This book is as good as it gets” (Kendall). It is “an excellent biblical defense of the present-day operation of the Holy Spirit’s power” (J. Lee Grady).

Strangers to Fire is available through The Foundation’s Web site at www.tffps.org.

TFFPS was formed in 2005 with the goal of advancing biblical scholarship by sponsoring research and publishing projects within the global Pentecostal-Charismatic family. TFFPS is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Experts on the Shroud of Turin Gathering in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 2, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — International experts on the controversial Shroud of Turin will gather in St. Louis in October to present and discuss the latest discoveries on the burial cloth purported to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. The International Conference, called Shroud of Turin: The Controversial Intersection of Faith and Science, will be held October 9-12 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield. This will be the first Shroud Conference held in the United States since 2008.

More than 30 Shroud experts from around the world will be presenting information on the latest discoveries about the Shroud. The experts, or sindonologists, represent such diverse fields as archeology, physics, iconography and theology. Conference chair and sindonologist Joe Marino says, “I’m particularly excited that we have many new presenters since the last USA Conference in 2008.”

One of the keynote speakers is Bruno Barberis, Director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin. Another keynote speaker is St. Louis native The Most Reverend Michael John Sheridan, Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Renowned Shroud lecturer, Russ Breault, will begin the conference on Thursday evening. Barrie Schwortz, Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) is currently slated to give two presentations.

Other special presenters include historian and attorney Jack Markwardt, biologist and teacher Kelly Kearse, and artist Veronica Piraccini. A complete list of speakers, and the tentative program can be found at the conference website www.stlouisshroudconference.com.

The conference, sponsored by The Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation and the Salt River Production Group, will begin on Thursday evening, October 9 and conclude at noon on Sunday, October 12. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in the Shroud.

Love Is: A Poem

I know its different from what I usually do, but I thought those here might enjoy one of my first published works. It is a poem called Love Is. It was originally published in Hearts on Fire: A Treasury of Poems on Love, by The American Poetry Society. I forget the exact year, I believe it was 1983.

LOVE IS
By Robert A. Crutchfield

A man for his chosen woman.
A woman for her chosen man.
A child for its loving parent.
Love is a most unpredictable thing.

Sharing is a large part of it
Caring is a large part of it.
Being together is a large part of it.
Love is a most unpredictable thing.

It comes in lots of shapes and sizes.
The bounds of logic it does not heed.
Love’s bond cannot easily be broken.
Love is a most unpredictable thing.

People may study its various episodes.
They can try to interpret its signs.
History’s greatest minds have tries this and failed.
Love is a most unpredictable thing.

 

 

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