Best Selling Author Turns FaithInspires.Org Founder into Storybook Character.

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor FaithInspires.Org

Guardians of the Heart Cover

Best selling Christian Author Loree Lough celebrates the release of her latest book, “ Guardians of the Heart.” With this release Internationally known minister, and Founder of FaithInspires.Org makes his second appearance as a character in one of her novels. Previously he was the inspiration behind Bob Crutchfield a 911 dispatcher in the novel “ A Man of Honor.” In this latest novel he is a minister in 1880’s Denver. Crutchfield’s “The First Responders Prayer” was also featured in all three of Lough’s “First Responders Series” of novels.

Guardians of the Heart is described at Amazon.com and other places as follows,

“Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather’s barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn. Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited. Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?”

Rachel Muller herself the best selling author of Letters From Grace, had this to say about Guardians of the heart, “ Engaging and suspenseful, with an unforgettable cast of characters and a plot that keeps pages turning, Loree Lough’s latest novel, Guardians of the heart is a masterful, collaboration of history, romance, redemption, and forgiveness. A must-read for every historical romance fan !”

Crutchfield is Pastor of Compassion Church of Katy. He is also Founder and Editor of Faith That Inspires Action also known as FaithInspires.Org. Faith Inspires is a Christian News and Information blog reaching about 1,500 visitors per day, from as many as 15 countries. He is a former Chaplain of the Katy Fire and EMS Department. He is also the Chaplain General of the Order of St. Isidore of Seville, making him that groups third highest ranking member.

Loree Lough is a former professional musician turned writer. She is the author of over 105 published novels many for major publishers. Her books have sold a total of over 5 million copies. She has taught for Writer’s Digest Schools and at writer’s conferences in many parts of the country.

Talking about the release of the book Crutchfield said, “ Loree is a great talent, and a pleasure to work with. The publicity our ministry will get from this will expose us to people we would never otherwise reach. For an author of Loree’s caliber to include small fragments of my work in her own is an honor that blesses me a great deal.”

Guardians of the Heart is available now at Amazon.com, and other leading online and brick and mortar booksellers.

BCWI Announces the Complete List of 2015 Best Christian Workplaces

I’m proud to Congratulate our neighbors from Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church here in Katy, Texas for making the list. I want to also thank all the other great Christian workplaces for such an excellent job over the last year.- Pastor Crutchfield

MERCER ISLAND, Wash., July 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Serving a cause that is greater than oneself is one of the top attractions of working in a Christian organization.  These survey results indicate employees in Christian workplaces experience work that is meaningful and life giving.

This year’s research conducted by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute concludes there are multiple factors that describe why employees experience healthy, flourishing workplace cultures.  Results show employees in our Certified organizations go the extra mile, bring more passion, energy and commitment in order to be sure the organization’s mission and vision are achieved, according to Al Lopus, President of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).

The importance of staff culture is growing as more organizations are making it one of their top three strategic initiatives.  This year’s list of 117 Certified organizations is larger than ever, as many more organizations survey their staff to discover the health of their workplace culture.

Certified Best Christian Workplaces are global and represent all facets of ministries from churches, private schools, universities, parachurch missions, product and services, book publishers and radio stations.  This year we have added Christian led businesses.

Historically, BCWI has surveyed over 180,000 employees from 702 unique organizations in 7 countries.  Over the past year ending in June, 234 organizations participated in the survey with 117 achieving Certification, with over twenty two thousand employees confidentially responding to more than 50 questions addressing these topics. Attaining BCWI certification is not easy, many organizations survey multiple years before receiving this distinction.  We wish to congratulate the following organizations Certified between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

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4KIDS – Fort Lauderdale, FL
African Leadership, Inc. – Brentwood, TN
Antioch Community Church – Waco, TX
Apartment Life – Euless, TX
Aspen Group – Frankfort, IL
Bethany Community Church – St. Catharines, ON Canada
Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, AB Canada
Blue Ridge Community Church – Forest, VA
Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, TN
Bridgepoint Church – Boise, ID
Bridgeway Community Church – Columbia, MD
C3 Church Kawana Waters – Warana, QLD Australia
CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, IN
Care Net – Lansdowne, VA
Central Baptist Church – Sioux Falls, SD
Chalice Canada – Lower Sackville, NS Canada
Chase Oaks Church – Plano, TX
Cherry Hills Christian School – Highlands Ranch, CO
Child Evangelism Fellowship, Greenville/Piedmont District – Taylors, SC
Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ
Christian Veterinary Mission – Seattle, WA
Christ’s Church of the Valley – Peoria, AZ
Church of the King – Mandeville, LA
Coalition for Christian Outreach – Pittsburgh, PA
Compassion Australia – Warabrook, NSW Australia
Compassion Canada – London, ON Canada
CRISTA Camps – Seattle, WA
CRISTA Media – Seattle, WA
CRISTA Ministries – Seattle, WA
Cross Point Church – Nashville, TN
Crossroads Bible College – Indianapolis, IN
Denver Rescue Mission – Denver, CO
Desert Christian Academy – Bermuda Dunes, CA
DiscipleMakers, Inc – State College, PA
East-West Ministries – Plano, TX
Emmaus Bible College – Dubuque, IA
English Language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, CO
Experience Life Church – Lubbock, TX
Faith Promise Church – Knoxville, TN
First Assembly Community Ministries – Lafayette, IN
First Assembly West – Cape Coral, FL
Garland Heart – Wylie, TX
Gateway Church – Southlake, TX
The Gideons International – Nashville, TN
Grace Bible Church – Virginia Beach, VA
Grace Church – Middleburg Heights, OH
Grace Church – Overland Park, KS
Grace Family Church – Durban, South Africa
Grace Fellowship UMC – Katy, TX
Grant Memorial Baptist Church – Winnipeg, MB Canada
Hearts at Home – Bloomington, IL
Highlands Church – Scottsdale, AZ
HOPE International – Lancaster, PA
The Human Capital Group, Inc. – Brentwood, TN
International Leadership Institute – Carrollton, GA
InterVarsity Press – Westmont, IL
Joni and Friends – Agoura Hills, CA
King’s Schools – Seattle, WA
Lake Ann Camp – Lake Ann, MI
Lake Pointe Church – Rockwall, TX
Light of Life Ministries, Inc. – Pittsburgh, PA
Lionheart Children’s Academy – Euless, TX
Miracle Hill Ministries, Inc. – Greenville, SC
Mission India – Grand Rapids, MI
The Navigators – Colorado Springs, CO
Network Communications – Maroochydore, QLD Australia
New Covenant Church – Clyde, NC
New Life Ranch – Colford, OK
NewSpring Church – Anderson, SC
North Avenue Presbyterian Church – Atlanta, GA
Novo Ministries – Oklahoma City, OK
Oak Pointe Church – Novi, MI
Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbannais, IL
Overseas Council – Indianapolis, IN
Palmetto Christian Academy – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Pantano Christian Church – Tucson, AZ
Peninsula Covenant Church – Redwood City, CA
Pillar College – Newark, NJ
Pine Harbor Christian Academy – Hastings, MN
Prairie Bible Institute – Three Hills, AB Canada
PrairieLand Partners, Inc. – Emporia, KS
Real Life Christian Church – Valencia, CA
River Pointe Church – Richmond, TX
Riverlife Church – Henty, NSW Australia
Rolling Hills Christian Church – El Dorado Hills, CA
Rose Publishing – Torrance, CA
SA Christian Hope Resource Center – San Antonio, TX
Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL
Santa Fe Christian Schools – Solana Beach, CA
Savannah Christian Church – Savannah, GA
Seattle Urban Academy – Seattle, WA
Seed Company – Arlington, TX
Shepherd Church – Porter Ranch, CA
Southland Christian Church – Lexington, KY
Southridge Community Church – St. Catharines, ON Canada
Sparks Christian Fellowship – Sparks, NV
Syndal Baptist Church – Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
Trinity Academy – Wichita, KS
Trinity Habitat for Humanity – Fort Worth, TX
Union Gospel Mission – Vancouver BC Canada
Union Rescue Mission – Wichita, KS
Upward Sports – Spartanburg, SC
Valor Christian High School – Highlands Ranch, CO
The Vineyard Church – Duluth MN
Vineyard Church – Kansas City, MO
Visalia First Assembly – Visalia, CA
VisionTrust International – Colorado Springs, CO
The Wesleyan Church – Fishers, IN
Wheaton Academy – West Chicago, IL
Whitworth University – Spokane, WA
Willow Creek Community Church – South Barrington, IL
The Woods Church – Warren, MI
World Concern – Seattle, WA
WorldServe Ministries (Canada) – White Rock, BC Canada
Worthington Christian Schools – Worthington, OH
Young Life of Western Washington – Everett, WA

To earn certification as a Best Christian Workplace, organizations participate in BCWI’s employee engagement survey and meet predetermined standards of excellence. The survey covers eight factors defining BCWI’s “FLOURISH Model” including Fantastic Teams, Life-Giving Work, Outstanding Talent, Uplifting Growth, Rewarding Compensation, Inspirational Leadership, Sustainable Strategy and Healthy Communication.

Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s purpose is to serve faith-based and Christian led organizations by creating processes of discovery, facilitating leadership and organizational health and encouraging behaviors that build flourishing organizations.  BCWI is a non-profit research based organizational development and human resources consulting firm based on Mercer Island, WA.  www.bcwinstitute.org   blog.bcwinstitute.org   www.facebook.com/bestchristianworkplacesinstitute

By Faith with Frank Shelton: Episode 8

Check out the latest episode of my friend Frank’s T.V. Show. In this installment he teaches on John the Baptist to a conference of baptist evangelists in Houston, Texas.

Baptist World Alliance: Rwandan Accepts Global Human Rights Award

DURBAN, South Africa, July 24, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The fifth Congress Human Rights Award was presented by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) to Rwandan Corneille Gato Munyamasoko, general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (AEBR), during the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa.
Photo: Corneille Gato Munyamasoko of Rwanda, accompanied by wife, Anne Marie, accepts the BWA Congress Human Rights Award from David Maddox, a longstanding BWA supporter
Munyamasoko was recognized for his work in peace and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide in his country.
The Rwandan Genocide was a mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. During the approximate 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994, an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 70 percent of the Tutsi and 20 percent of Rwanda’s total population.
A citation read at the presentation on July 23 described Munyamasoko as a strong advocate; a prophetic witness; a champion of the vulnerable; and as a reconciler, peacemaker, pacifist and mediator.
BWA General Secretary Neville Callam, who read the citation, declared Munyamasoko a committed Christian who has drawn “upon biblical theology, integral mission, training and community development to assist groups and persons to overcome national rivalries and ethnic differences.” The Rwandan Baptist leader, who was born to exiled parents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is “driven by the idea of the church as a home of peace.”
He was instrumental in leading groups in Rwanda “to consider the painful background of Rwanda’s ethnic divisions in the quest to overcome the destruction of social groups victimized by suspicion and lack of trust.”
Munyamasoko led Rwandans “to understand the causes of the genocide; to seek and to extend forgiveness; and to build relationships based on the principles of justice, mercy and faith, emphasizing the need for reconciliation with God, self and others.”
Initiatives led by Munyamasoko include the launching of peace and reconciliation clubs in each of the secondary schools of the AEBR, confronting suspicion and hate among teachers and students within these institutions.
He also helped found a peace camp movement, now recognized by the Rwandan government, which brings young women and men together from various provinces in Rwanda, advancing conversations between survivors of genocide and those whose parents were imprisoned for acts of genocide.
He has trained and mentored hundreds of youth and young adults to become peacemakers and reconcilers on the basis of an understanding of justice drawn from the Bible.
Munyamasoko has worked to mediate peace on both sides of the border between the DRC and Rwanda during times of tension between the two countries.
He extended his peacebuilding role to Kenya, visiting and working with Kenyan church leaders after the 2007 election violence and, in 2013, helping churches prepare to serve as agents of peace in preparation for the Kenyan national elections.
Under Munyamasoko’s leadership, the AEBR participates in the fight against stigma associated with HIV and AIDS, training pastors to become role models for caregivers of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Munyamasoko paid tribute to all those who helped and worked with him, including friends, colleagues and acquaintances in the DRC and Canada, as well as to his wife, Anne Marie, “my very good friend for 22 years,” and their seven children.
“This award is recognition of the resilience of all Rwandans,” he said. “The award is a great encouragement to me to continue to strive for the wellbeing of my brothers and sisters. I feel reenergized in the calling to work for peace.”
The Congress Human Rights Award is presented at each Baptist World Congress, normally held every five years. The first Congress Human Rights Award was made in 1995 to former President of the United States Jimmy Carter.
Some 2,500 Baptist Christians from more than 80 countries are in South Africa attending the 21st Baptist World Congress from July 22-26.
The congress, which has as its theme, “Jesus Christ, the Door,” continues from July 22 to 26 at the International Convention Center in Durban.
The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 232 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 40 million members in 177,000 churches. Its priorities are nurturing the passion for mission and evangelism, promoting worship, fellowship and unity, responding to people in need, defending human rights and justice and advancing relevant theological reflection.

Nepal Constitution Crisis Places Christian Ministries in Peril

Gospel for Asia Calls Christians Worldwide to Prayer for Religious Freedom

KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Political factions in this mountainous country are debating a new constitution that includes anti-conversion laws and underscores decades-old religious tension. If ratified, the result could be a likely crackdown and severe persecution for dozens of Christian ministries serving there.

Photo: This is a critical time for prayer on behalf of the people in Nepal as the government seeks to ratify a new constitution.

With the country facing its constitutional crisis, Gospel for Asia Founder Dr. K. P. Yohannan is issuing a call to prayer for Nepal.

“Right now, religious minorities in the country fear their freedom to practice and share their faith will be severely restricted if the current draft of the constitution goes unchanged,” said Yohannan. “Will you pray with me for this situation? Pray that the governing authorities will be guided by wisdom as they work to finalize Nepal’s constitution. Pray also that God’s people will be granted freedom to worship.”

The constitutional language in question states, “[…] any act which may be contrary to public health, public decency or morality or incitement to breach public peace or act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of each other is not allowed and such act shall be punishable by law.”

The Nepalese government continues to seek input from its citizens before the Civic Relations and Constitution Recommendation Committee of the Constituent Assembly receives the final constitution draft on July 23. The government plans to finalize the constitution by mid-August.
Violence erupted between police and protesters in southern Nepal when government officials held a public meeting to gain citizen input to the constitution, according to news reports from the region. The protesters threw chairs at the deputy prime minister.

This isolated country wedged between India and China historically has been a Hindu nation, and most protesters are demanding a return to that status. Nepalese monarchs advocated Hinduism, and the people believed their monarchs were the reincarnation of Vishnu, a Hindu god.

A secular republic led by Maoists abolished the traditional monarchies in 2008 and welcomed the humanitarian aid of Christian organizations. Only about 2 percent of Nepalese are Christians.

Gospel for Asia has a long-standing history of support in Nepal for Believers Church, a network of 450 churches and 20 Bridge of Hope Centers that serve downtrodden children. During the earthquakes in April and May, Gospel for Asia responded quickly with Believers Church workers already on the ground. Their response grew to include Compassion Services teams that delivered basic supplies and other goods and built shelters in remote mountain areas.

Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) is a mission organization sharing the love of Jesus across South Asia.

By Faith with Frank Shelton: Episode 7

Check out episode 7 of my friend Frank Shelton’s show By Faith. In this episode Frank interviews Dr. Roy Fish, and speaks to a conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists.

Palestinian Bible Society Serves Communities During Ramadan

During Ramadan

SWINDON, England, July 14, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — As pressure on Christians in the Middle East continues to mount, the Palestinian Bible Society has been encouraging and equipping churches to reach out with love to their communities in this 99% Muslim territory. This Ramadan – a sacred month of fasting for Muslims, which started on June 17 – it began two new initiatives to serve their Muslim neighbours in a very practical way.

Every evening during Ramadan Bible Society staff, members of the Palestinian national force, and volunteers from churches have been going out onto the streets of Zababdeh, a town in Jenin Province in the northern West Bank, to offer packs of dates and bottled water to people unable to get home on time to break their fast.

“It’s a simple gesture of care that is so appreciated by our Muslim brothers and sisters,” notes Bible Society Executive Secretary Nashat Filmon. “Thousands of people are talking about it on social media, and Christians in other towns who heard about this also began similar initiatives.”

Last week, the Bible Society took this act of hospitality a step further by hosting a special ‘iftar’ or ‘breaking fast’ Ramadan dinner for prominent people in Jenin Province.

It was attended by 500 people, including the deputy governor, the head of the province’s security forces, more than 20 district mayors, two muftis, and many imams and church leaders. The event was broadcast on national television and an important national newspaper published an article about it.

“Our Bible Society values the friendship that has existed between the Christian and Muslim communities for many years,” said Mr. Filmon in his speech to welcome the guests. “This dinner is an affirmation of that friendship.

“Palestine is a unique and special place, where Crescent and Cross, church and mosque, sheikh and priest, nun and veiled sister have lived side by side for centuries. We are all united in wanting a better life for those in our homeland.”

Mr. Filmon ended with a plea to surrounding countries to take similar initiatives in order to promote unity and uproot enmity. The event ended with a resounding affirmation from the audience to have similar gatherings in the future.

“We need to seek out creative ways to build better relationships and raise the profile of the body of Christ – the Church – in this land, where the Christian community is diminishing,” notes Mr. Filmon. “If you spread love, people will receive it. If you spread hatred and animosity, they will receive it. So we decided to send out a message of love. In the light of what ISIS is doing, killing and displacing hundreds of thousands of Christians, this gesture of love and compassion by Christians is very poignant.

“Please pray as we seek to carry out our mission statement to ‘live and give, serve and proclaim the Word of God.'”

‘700 Club’ Features 11-Year-Old Kenzie Walker, Abandoned as an Infant in China, Now a Contemporary Christian Recording Artist Raising Funds to Build an Orphanage

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., July 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — ICM Emissary Artist Kenzie Walker will perform songs from her new CD, “Smallest Gifts,” on CBN’s “The 700 Club,” airing at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday, July 16. Hear her amazing testimony as she shares how she was abandoned at only a month old and found by a stranger in a cardboard box at a train station in China. The Good Samaritan took her to a nearby orphanage, where Kenzie lived until she was adopted by a couple from Texas a year later. Visit www.cbn.com/700club for show information.

Despite her inauspicious beginnings, God has truly performed the miraculous in young Kenzie’s life. Only 11 years old, Kenzie recently released her debut album, “Smallest Gifts.” She made her television debut earlier this year on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” with Jason Crabb. By partnering with International Cooperating Ministries (ICM), Kenzie is raising funds to build an orphanage in Southeast Asia to help other children like her. For more information about Kenzie and ICM, please visit www.icm.org/kenzie.

ICM is a ministry of the Rosser Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, located at 1901 N. Armistead Avenue in Hampton, Va. ICM has partnered with in-country ministry leaders to build more than 5,300 churches in 74 countries, plant 26,000 daughter congregations and establish an estimated 52,500 small group Bible studies in 36 languages in developing nations around the world. Visit www.icm.org to learn more.

For more information, contact Mark Carman at 1-800-999-3892 or e-mail mcarman@icm.org.

Forgiveness Without Limits !

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Editor, FaithInspires.Org

In baseball you only get three chances, three strikes as they are called and you are done at least for that inning. Many states have adopted this concept in passing so called “ three strikes” laws. Under these laws if you are convicted of three felonies you are sentenced to life in prison. We have all had people in our lives who have hurt us and we forgive them, and then they hurt us again, and we forgive them again. In order for this to not become a dangerous situation it must be a two sided relationship. We should forgive, as God forgives us. We must remember that although God will always forgives us, he will do so only when we truly repent for what we have done. Repentance is more than being sorry for our actions. It is a commitment to make actual changes in our lives.

It is the same with our relationship to each other. We should forgive others as God would forgive us. However we also have to protect ourselves. Forgiveness is hard, especially when it is not the first time. This is why God values the forgiveness we show others so highly.

How many times should we forgive ?

In Matthew 18:21-22 we find Christ’s answer, “ Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Now Christ did not literally mean 490 times. He was exaggerating to make a point. In biblical numerology seven is the number of perfection and completion. So anything done seven times must be complete, you must be done right ? People in the first century certainly would have though so. Christ in giving them a very high number, that was a multiple of seven was saying that we should forgive limitless number of times.

But how are we to forgive so many times ? Forgiving the second or third time is already so very hard.
The most powerful way to start is to pray for those whom we need to forgive. Consider the words of Matthew 5:44 “ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Frank Shelton of Fox News, Author of Carrying Greatness, and Host of By Faith with Frank Shelton had this to say about praying for our enemies, “ You cannot destroy someone, and pray for them at the same time.” In praying for them we actually allow God to change our heart toward the person we are needing to forgive.

Our forgiveness should not have limits. However it is only with the guidance and support of God himself that we can hope to accomplish this.

By Faith with Frank Shelton: Episode 4

Check out the fourth episode of my friend Frank Shelton’s show By Faith. This one features the Billy Graham ” My Hope”  video. I have been much impressed with how this show has come together, and only expect it to get better.

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