LONG BEACH, Calif., April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing, along with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, finished fifth place in the VERIZON INDYCAR Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with Simon Pagenaud behind the wheel of the No. 77 car. Pagenaud started in sixth place and after an on-track incident landed him in 21st place, he fought his way back to the top. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This was the scripture verse (Jeremiah 29:11) given to Simon before the race. It was prophetic for KR both on and off the track in Long Beach this weekend,” said George Del Canto, Kingdom Racing’s Founder and Co-owner.
Kingdom Racing also ministered and hosted two Miles of Smiles guests at the race track giving them a VIP race experience, and most importantly, sharing God’s Word with them. “The smiles on the faces of our Miles of Smiles guests was a good indicator they truly enjoyed fellowship with other followers of Christ at the race track. Lord willing they were encouraged to continue to courageously live their lives for Christ and share with others the joy that can only be found by a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Tim Carrie, Director of Miles of Smiles.
About Kingdom Racing: Kingdom Racing’s mission is to Deliver God’s Word Through Motorsports. This year marks Kingdom Racing’s third full season of INDYCAR competition partnering with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports and seventh appearance at the Indianapolis 500. This season, Kingdom Racing will continue to reach thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Trackside Fan Festivals, Infield Ambassadors, Miles of Smiles ministries, and other events in partnership with churches and ministries. For more information, visit www.KingdomRacing.net.
Maps Battle Plan for Conservative Victory in GOP Civil War It’s the Primaries, Stupid! Argues Viguerie.
MANASSAS, Va., April 9, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ – TAKEOVER, the latest book by conservative direct marketing pioneer and author Richard A. Viguerie was released April 8 and within hours hit #1 on Amazon’s Political Parties list.
In TAKEOVER Viguerie makes the case that the most important battle in politics today isn’t between Democrats and Republicans – it is the civil war within the Republican Party between limited government constitutional conservatives and the establishment proponents of Big Government Republicanism.
“If you read today’s political news and opinion pages you would think the ‘civil war’ in the Republican Party between limited government constitutional conservatives and big government progressive Republicans started in 2009 with the rise of the TEA Party movement, or maybe after Mitt Romney gave away the 2012 presidential election,” said Viguerie. “The fact of the matter is this civil war for the soul of the Republican Party has been going on for over 100 years.”
Viguerie argues in TAKEOVER that the civil war in the GOP started in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican Party in the pursuit of his personal political agenda and made progressivism the governing philosophy of the Republican establishment.
Even though conservative ideas about how to govern tend to be the majority opinion in America, the Democratic Party is now the political home of secular liberals says Viguerie. In TAKEOVER Viguerie argues that the present leadership of the GOP is a progressive elite that sees big government as often inefficient, but not wrong.
Conservatives must take control of the Republican Party if it is to be a real alternative to the big government secularism of the Democratic Party.
“One can’t really understand today’s battles in the Republican civil war, and the rise of the TEA Party movement,” claims Viguerie, “unless one understands that the TEA Party is as much or more a rebellion against the entrenched leadership of the Republican Party who have accepted big government, as it is a reaction to specific policies of President Obama, such as Obamacare or the growth of spending, the deficit, and the $17 trillion federal debt.”
The lesson for conservatives? For over a century we conservatives have been pointing our political guns at the wrong target Mr. Viguerie argues.
“It’s the Primaries, stupid,” says Viguerie. “The greatest impediment to conservative governance is not the Democrats, it is big government progressive Republicans.”
“Like the Biblical Jews wandering in the wilderness, conservatives are not going to get to the political Promised Land and be able to govern America according to conservative principles until the flawed, big government Republican leaders, such as Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Reince Priebus pass from the scene and are replaced with limited government constitutional conservatives.”
“The fierce reaction of the Republican establishment to the rise of the TEA Party movement and the millions of new troops the TEA Party brings to the field on the conservative side is a sure sign that the GOP elite fears the civil war they started is beginning to turn,” concluded Viguerie. “I wrote TAKEOVER to give grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives the history, the tools and a plan to make sure that when the battle does turn, it turns in favor of conservatives.”
RICHARD A. VIGUERIE, called the “Funding Father of the conservative movement,” transformed American politics in the 1960s and ’70s by pioneering the use of direct mail as the first means for conservatives to bypass the main stream media. The author of a number of books on politics and the conservative movement Viguerie’s latest book TAKEOVER was released to booksellers April 8.
The brothers have caught the eye of several TV producers who tried to turn them into reality TV stars. The Chrisagis Brothers have pursued their dream and calling from the Lord since they were young and now at 46 years old they are still going strong. Brian & Shawn have both dated and talked about each of them getting married in the future but many wives wouldn’t understand their commitment to their call. Now folks may get to see the true hearts of two men who are passionate about their Lord, Jesus Christ and about the goals they have for their lives.
The brothers have a toy line for children and have written many children’s books and one of their major goals is to bring back the variety shows like Carol Burnett, Donny & Marie and the Barbara Mandrell & Mandrell Sisters type format. The brothers hope this reality show will branch them off to do just that.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
There ‘s an old saying in computers, “Garbage in, Garbage out!” What that means is your result depends on what you put in and the quality of what you put in. In truth computers only mimic what we as people do. This is a prime example.
Many parents wonder what difference does it make if my child plays this video game ? What difference does it make if he watches a certain T.V. Show ? After all, all his friends do. In moderation I’m not sure it does make that much difference. The question to ask is are you getting the right output. In computers if you are not getting the right output or result the first thing you do is check the input.
In terms of our children, are they growing into the kind of people who want them to ? If not then we need to check their input or in other words the influences around them that are affecting who they are growing into.
Moderation is a key factor. Are they passing up quality time with the rest of the family to play those video games ? If so how are they going to learn to be husbands, fathers, wives and mothers ? Call of Duty 1-5 ? Are they falling asleep in church because they stayed up watching some show Saturday night ? How are they going to feed a faith that will see them through the many challenges of life ? How much of their day/week is spent on each activity ? Does this show the right mix of priorities ? Childhood is in many ways an apprenticeship. Living a successful, fulfilling life is a craft that must be learned. Parents are the masters, who must teach and mentor children to become what they should.
Even the best parents must be wary lest their children fall victim to the ever present influence of friends, pop culture etc. This is an ongoing challenge, not one that is met and then you move on.
If your children are not turning into the kind of people you expect examine closely what they are being influenced by on a daily basis. What are they studying in school ? What kind of friends do they have ? What video games do they play ? What TV shows do they watch ? What are THEIR goals ?
In spite of today’s busy, busy world, you also have to look at how much time you are spending with them. Even if its just minutes a day it can make a big difference. You also have to be careful not to be too heavy handed. Moderation is a key here too. In our thinking we have to take into consideration that our children are experimenting at who they are as individuals. Our goal is to guide this exploration not stifle it.
Each of us is a combination of everything we have seen, felt and experienced. It is up to us as parents to make sure our children end up with the right mix.
Free Live Webcast to Offer Thousands of Church Leaders Access to Evangelism Conversation at Exponential East 2014
We all become aware of how fast time flies as we get older. At the same time we often wonder why children seem so impatient. The fact is the two things are related. It all boils down to the concepts of perception and perspective. Perception is the way we see something. Perspective has to do with using our knowledge and life experience to make sense of what our senses are telling us. Perception is of course reality at least to the one holding the perception. This holds true for that person even if the perception later turns out to be false.
Now lets look at how this applies to children, time, and patience. First of all we need to remember that time is only a figment of our mutual imaginations. Time was created thousands of years ago as part of man’s effort to understand the world around him. You cannot see time. You cannot taste time. You cannot even feel time. It has no existence in the natural world. Time exists only because it is a mutually accepted way of perceiving the motions of the Earth and other planets.
In fact to the smallest children time doesn’t exist ! They know nothing of lunch being at 12, only that they are hungry. They know nothing about bedtime being at 7 or 8 o’clock only that they are sleepy. Once children become old enough to grasp time as a way to understand their daily routine perception begins to come into play.
For instance a 24 year old parent is about 210,240 hours old. A two year old on the other hand is 17,520 hours old. The effect of this is that the two year old perceives an hour to be 12 times longer than the parent ! Know wonder kids raise such a fuss about waiting an hour for something ! Lets look at another example . You are a 35 year old parent, you tell your 13 year old you will do something next week. You are about 1820 weeks old. Your teen on the other hand is about 676 weeks old. So from your teen’s perspective the wait seems almost 3 times longer than it does for you. One more example, as adults we have to do many things every 30 days. A 22 year old parent is 8,030 days old, a 9 year old is 3,285 days old. So to the 9 year old each day is over twice as long as it is for the parent.
This also shows the value of perspective when dealing with such a situation. The key is to look at it from the child’s perspective. It also helps to bear in mind that the additional maturity you have gained over the years makes it easier for you to be patient. Your life experience has given you a perspective on the priorities of daily life that your teen simply cannot have yet. They have not yet been an adult fortunately you were once a teen !
This is were the leadership part of being a parent comes in. Any leader benefits by looking at things from the perspective of those they are trying to lead. Working with children cam be very much the same. It is not always easy. As adults in this modern world we often feel rushed. Our kids get impatient, we get frustrated, and everything gets harder for everybody than it needs to be. So when you feel yourself getting frustrated because your child is getting impatient, take a breath. Reconsider how the length of time involved looks to the child instead of how it looks to you. Remember what it was like when you were young.
BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Every Christian ministry has ongoing needs. They need prayer, resources, workers, and finances. They might have a lot to offer but many times it’s an uphill battle just to get the resources needed to operate. A startup ministry called Crowds for Christ is hoping to change that. They’re building a network that will allow ministries, churches, small groups, and individuals to post needs (prayer, material, financial, and personnel) and share resources.
The network will offer a free online space for the various church entities to connect and collaborate. They’ll have their own pages to operate from where they can post needs, fundraise, and be found by those who want to help. “Essentially, we’re a ministry that will serve other ministries. It’s not just crowd funding but crowd resource sharing,” said Kenneth Brown, founder of Crowds for Christ. Before that can happen though Crowds for Christ is hoping to obtain some crowd funding of its own. It needs to raise $45,000 to build and test its platform. It’s seeking this financing through a crowd funding process on its
So how exactly will it function? Here are two hypothetical examples that Brown gave us:
Ministry: A street evangelism team of three people serving in Chicago.
Problem: They have prayer requests and need the following: another individual to share the Gospel with them, $2,000 for equipment needs, a truck, and they have two recent converts who need to be discipled.
Solution: They join CFC and share their needs. Users of the network see their needs and here’s how they respond: a brother from Green Bay feels called to street witnessing and moves to Chicago to join them, fifty different individuals collectively donate the $2,000, a nearby church donates a truck, and this team of evangelists is able to search the CFC network and find good Bible teaching churches and Bible studies located near these two individuals that they can refer them to.
Individual: Bob is a Christian just trying to serve the Lord.
Problems: Bob has several problems: 1) It’s hard to stay up-to-date with the various small groups and ministries that he’s active and interested in. 2) He doesn’t really know what other churches and ministries are doing in his area. 3) Bob has graphic design skills and is fluent in Japanese but He hasn’t found a way to honor God with these abilities.
Solution: He joins CFC under his church’s umbrella. When he logs into his account he’s able to see on his personalized dashboard all of the latest prayer requests, announcements, activities, events, and needs for the groups and ministries that he’s involved in both inside and outside of his church. Additionally, he’s able to search ministry needs. He finds that on the west coast there is a church that needs bulletins and tracts translated into Japanese. With his skills he’s able to help them.
In order to keep a Christ centered and like minded network Crowds for Christ will not be open to just any ministry, church, or individual. Brown added, “Would be users will have to agree to a Statement of Faith and enroll through an application process. Once they’re approved churches, ministries, and individuals will have access to a wide array of privacy options allowing them to control their footprint within the network.”
MEDIA: Contact Kenneth Brown for interviews and further info. Last minute calls are okay. Visit www.CrowdsforChrist.com for Statement of Faith, case studies, FAQs, fundraising details, and more.