International Award Winning Christian Blogger Condemns N.Y. Church Beatings

Katy,Texas)- The “Matriarch” of New Life Christian Church in New Hartford outside of Utica, New York has been jailed following the beatings of two boys aged 17 & 19. The beatings included 9 people in total and lasted all night. The boys were reportedly beaten for wanting to leave the church. One of the boys have died from the injuries sustained that night.

On hearing of the incident Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, founder of FaithInspires.Org and Scriggler.Com Author of the Month for October 2016 released the following statement,

“ I have no independent knowledge of this incident. However what has been alleged is disturbing to me. And it should be disturbing to anyone in church leadership ! I want to be as clear as possible, beating someone is not acceptable as a means of membership retention. Beating someone is not acceptable as a means of church discipline. Beating someone is not acceptable as a method of persuasion in any part of ministry practice. The church is not some sort of street gang where once you have been “jumped in” you must be “jumped out.” What these 9 church leaders in New York are accused of reminds me more of the “Sharia Law” kind of discipline most of us Christians find abhorrent, than anything found in the teachings of our beloved savior Jesus Christ. My prayers remain with the families of the teens involved and the members of the church where this happened.”

Crutchfield’s blog FaithInspires.Org is read in nearly every nation of the world. It is currently ranked 33rd out of 965 member blogs by the Fellowship of Christian Bloggers. He also serves as a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.Com, one of the world’s leading self-help websites. He won both Article of the Month and Author of the Month Awards in Scriggler.com’s monthly competition in October 2016. He has been seen in ChristianHeadlines. Com, Google News and other sites & publications.

YouVersion Bible App Reaches Quarter of a Billion Downloads

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With users in every country of the world, the YouVersion Bible App has reached a quarter of a billion downloads. The Bible App was one of the first 200 apps in Apple’s App Store debut eight years ago, and this year has been the biggest year yet for Bible engagement through the app.

“We are humbled by how many people use the Bible App on a regular basis,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Life.Church Innovation Pastor and YouVersion Bible App founder. “When we decided to make the Bible available as an app, we never could have imagined how much it would revolutionize the way people engage with Scripture.”

Use of the Bible App continues to grow with significant increases in downloads in several countries across the globe, from Argentina to Tanzania to Palestine, and some countries like Mozambique, Nepal, and Bangladesh are growing by triple digits.

Along with the increase in downloads, the app saw higher engagement with Scripture in these countries. As a whole, the YouVersion community read and listened to more than 13 billion Bible chapters this year, and created more than one billion highlights, bookmarks, and notes.

Bible verse sharing reached a record 230 million shares this year, including 2016’s most popular verse, Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Many users also began reading the Bible in their primary language for the first time. In July, the Bible App became the first app ever offered in 1,000 text languages, and Gruenewald says it’s only the beginning.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the many Bible societies and translation groups that make it possible for us to offer the Bible in more and more languages every month. Our goal is that every person with a mobile device will have access to the Bible in their native language through the Bible App,” said Gruenewald.

For a detailed look at the Bible App’s most recent milestones as it reached and surpasses 250 million downloads, visit www.bible.com/250million to see 2016 stats and real-time data.

About YouVersion and The Bible App
YouVersion was launched as a website in 2007 as one aspect of Life.Church’s missional approach to technology to help increase access and engagement with the Bible. Since launching as one of the first 200 apps available in Apple’s App Store in 2008, the Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million devices and in every country of the world. Featuring nearly 1,500 versions and supporting more than 1,000 languages, the Bible App helps people with busy, on-the-go lifestyles read the Bible at any time and in any place. To learn more or to download the app, visit www.bible.com/app.

Fixer Upper Pastor Joins Washington Watch with Tony Perkins

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Yesterday, Jimmy Seibert, founder and senior pastor of Antioch Community Church and pastor to HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country. On the show, Pastor Seibert discussed the attacks leveled against him simply because he preached the biblical view of marriage. BuzzFeed published an article criticizing Pastor Seibert for preaching biblical truth and went on to question Chip and Joanna Gaines on the degree to which they agreed with their pastor’s views.

In the interview, Pastor Seibert explained what impact BuzzFeed’s attack piece was having on the traffic to the Antioch Community Church’s website, “Viewership has increased by a thousand fold… That has actually been the most encouraging side of the journey over the last 48 hours or so. Thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands of people are now getting Scripture, getting some clarity, getting some truth and some thought on this issue of marriage, and life, and sexual identity. In a weird way we’re grateful, because that message is getting out.”

When asked about speaking truth in love Pastor Seibert went on to say, “I call it ‘compassion clarity’. God defined what marriage is, not you, or I, or anyone. God defined what male and female are. As a person of faith I just decided that God’s got to be right. That does not mean that we’re not all on a journey. There has to be tremendous compassion for anyone and any sin or any journey or any challenge. There’s great compassion for the journey but we can’t switch the fixed point. God’s truth and God’s word is going to be our fixed point that we’re all journeying toward.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of Washington Watch, responded, “This reminds me of another passage of Scripture. It says, ‘all things work together for good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purposes.’ …[this] is actually giving a platform to the truth and a lot of people are seeing something they may not have seen before,” concluded Perkins.

To listen to the full interview, click this link: https://soundcloud.com/family-research-council/20161201-jimmy-seibert

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Friends of Zion Heritage Center Initiates Ambassador Institute at Diplomatic Gathering

JERUSALEM, Nov. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Friends of Zion Heritage Center (FOZHC) – with its campus located in the heart of Jerusalem and consisting of the internationally renowned Friends of Zion Museum visited by over 100,000 guests last year – hosted more than 80 distinguished guests representing more than 30 nations on Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 to mark the commencement of Phase II of its Ambassador Institute development initiative. The Ambassador Institute is focused on combatting anti-Semitism through partnership with the Christian community.

Distinguished guests included Ambassadors, Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Core, Members of Parliament and other honored guests. The late President Shimon Peres served as International Chair of the Friends of Zion Heritage Center up until the time of his death in September of this year. Diplomats in attendance included representatives from Belgium, Brazil, India, Japan, and Russia. The event took place following the Jerusalem Post’s Diplomatic Summit where Friends of Zion president, Dr. Michael Evans, joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a keynote presenter.

H.E. Deborah Lyons, Ambassador of Canada to Israel, reflected, “Tolerance, understanding, dialogue and cooperation are part of our people, the same way our trees and mountains are.  We are honored to be a part of an event which promotes these shared core values.”

H.E. Martin Weiss, Ambassador of Austria to Israel, said, “Our people share a long history with the Jewish people, and it is more important now than ever that we stand with Israel and create friends around the world.”

The FOZHC is devoted to the celebration of Christian Zionists from around the world who have energetically worked to protect the Jewish people from persecution and whose efforts were instrumental in the creation and establishment of the State of Israel.

The Friends of Zion Museum is a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience that utilizes state-of-the-art technology, immersive video content, touch screens and 3D displays to commemorate the lives and efforts of 33 individuals including biblical heroes, businessmen, academics and military figures who helped forge the everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.

Phase I of the development initiative spanned the last 24 months and included over $50 million in investment into the Heritage Center campus and museum.

Phase II will bring the total investment to more than $100 million and will unite the Friends of Zion Research Institute’s communication center and the Ambassador Institute. Currently Friends of Zion boasts over 13 million fans on social media with over 550,000 joining each week, the majority of whom are millennials. The FOZHC is on track to reach its ambitious goal of accumulating 100 million fans in 5 years.

“We are tremendously honored to bring together such a distinguished list of diplomats, statesmen and other honored guests to celebrate the Friends of Zion movement,” says FOZHC President, Michael Evans. “The Friends of Zion Ambassador Institute is an ambitious plan to unite, mobilize and educate the millions upon millions of Christian Zionists from around the world. Phase II will enable us to continue training tens of thousands of Christian Zionists as ambassadors through their smart phones and on social media, while also leveraging adaptive learning to speak up and stand up for Israel in their own countries, college campuses and in political halls of power.”

FOZHC will have a real time social network communication hub providing rapid response to anti-Semitism online and it will be linked to the thousands of Christian TV and radio stations, print media, churches, and universities worldwide with pro-Israel content packages and video clips going out weekly. FOZHC will also collaborate with one of the world’s leading research companies to create Israel’s first Christian Zionist think tank.

About Friends of Zion – Located in the heart of Jerusalem, the Friends of Zion Heritage Center is dedicated to bringing stories of love and heroism to the world. Magnificently told using ground-breaking technology found nowhere else in the nation, visitors experience the unfolding story as though stepping back in time. Accompanied by a moving original musical score, fantastic surround sound, lighting second-to-none and interactive displays that appear to come to life before your very eyes, the Friends of Zion Museum is a once in a lifetime experience for audiences from around the world. Visitors enter a whole new world, where they meet the biblical figures, academics, businessmen, and military officials who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples.

Dr. Michael D. Evans is an award-winning journalist who has served as a confidant to multiple Prime Ministers of Israel and leaders in the Middle East for more than two decades. He has spoken in thousands of churches and appeared on hundreds of network television and radio shows, including Good Morning America, Crossfire, and Nightline, including multiple appearances on the 700 Club. He appears frequently on Fox News, CNN World News, NBC, ABC, and CBS, and his insightful articles and perspectives on Israel and the Middle East have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Times, Jerusalem Post, and newspapers worldwide. Dr. Mike Evans is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Israel and the Middle East, and he is one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject.

Cardinal DiNardo Elected USCCB President of U.S. Bishops, Archbishop Gomez Elected Vice President.

BALTIMORE—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during today’s annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Cardinal DiNardo has served as vice president of the USCCB since 2013. Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected as USCCB vice president.

Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Gomez are elected to three-year terms and succeed Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, and Cardinal DiNardo, respectively. The new president and vice president terms begin at the conclusion of the General Assembly on November 15.

Cardinal DiNardo was elected president on the first ballot with 113 votes. Archbishop Gomez was elected vice president on the third ballot by 131-84 in a runoff vote against Archbishop  Gregory Aymond of New Orleans.

The president and vice president are elected by a simple majority from a slate of 10 nominees. If no president or vice president is chosen after the second round of voting, a third ballot is a run-off between the two bishops who received the most votes on the second ballot.

Cardinal DiNardo was born May 23, 1949, and ordained a priest of Pittsburgh on June 16, 1977. He previously served as bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, from 1998-2004 before being appointed to coadjutor bishop, then archbishop, of Galveston-Houston. Pope Benedict XVI named him a cardinal in 2007, making him the first cardinal from Texas. Archbishop Gomez was born December 26, 1951, in Monterrey, Mexico. He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1978. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Denver in 2001, and in 2004, he was appointed archbishop of San Antonio. He was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles in 2010, and was installed as archbishop of Los Angeles in 2011.

The bishops also chose the chairmen-elect of five committees and new members of the board of Catholic Relief Services, (CRS). The bishops elected are:

Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland, Maine, chairman-elect of the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance in a 111-89 vote over Bishop David M. Malloy of Rockford, Illinois.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, chairman-elect of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in a 115-90 vote over Bishop Michael C. Barber of Oakland, California.

Bishop Robert E. Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, chairman-elect of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis in a 122-90 vote over Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services, chairman-elect of the Committee on International Justice and Peace in a 127-88 vote over Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego.

Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette, Indiana, chairman-elect of the Committee on Protection of Children and Young People in a 128-86 vote over Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington.

Each bishop elected will serve for one year as secretary-elect or chairman-elect before beginning a three-year term.

Bishops elected to the CRS board were: Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida; and Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In November 2015, Archbishop Gomez was elected to chair the Committee on Migration for a term beginning this week. Since his election as USCCB vice-president prevents him from assuming leadership of the committee, the bishops will elect a new chairman at a later time.

Christian Blogger Dominates International Writing Competition.

(Katy, Texas) The monthly competition at Scriggler.com for October closed yesterday. When it did, noted Christian Blogger Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield emerged as winner of both Author of the Month, and Article of the Month titles. In all 439 people were eligible for October’s Author of the Month. Award. Contestants were allowed to enter any combination of poems, short stories, and opinion articles. Entrants came from several countries around the world. Each writer’s top three publications are used to rank them. The Author of the Month Award goes to the writer whose top 3 publications prove most popular with the site’s readers. Including his first place winning article, How Not to Buy Electronics, Crutchfield finished with 3 articles in the top 10 and two in the top 5.

Talking about the win Crutchfield said, “ First of all I want to thank God, and my fans for all their support. This award was determined by those visiting the site and reading the different publications. Without them their would be no victory.” He went on to say, “With this victory I have proven that I can write not only quality Christian content, but content on a wide range of topics. However writing to me is ministry. I look forward to seeing how this win will open doors for my ministry, and broaden my ability to serve Christ.”

Crutchfield is founder of FaithInspires.Org, a Christian news and information blog read in over 195 countries last year.he still edits that blog on a regular basis. He is also founder of Compassion Church of Katy, a small congregation in Katy, Texas outside Houston. He also founded and runs the National First Responder Prayer Team group on Facebook. He is also a Christian growth and healing expert at SelfGrowth.Com, the world’s leading self help website. He and his work have been seen in Google News, ChristianHeadlines.Com, MotivateAmazeBeGreat.com, Katy Christian Magazine, and many others.

FaithInspires.Org Founder Leads National Writing Competition with Less Than a Week to Go !

(Katy, Texas)- With only days remaining Faithinspires.Org Founder Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield is leading in the Author of the Month Contest at Scriggler.com. The contest is based on the three most popular publications a writer has at that site for a particular month. Writers can make submissions in opinion articles, poems, stories etc. All three of Crutchfield’s articles in the competition are vying in the opinion article category, although writers can enter any combination of manuscripts. In fact all three of Crutchfield’s articles are in the top 10 in their category !

The articles making up Crutchfields entry, and their current rankings are,

How Not to Buy Electronics– Leveraging off Crutchfield’s over 10 years experience in consumer electronics, this article shows how consumers can be more informed in their buying approach.  Currently ranked 1 out of 239 entries. Read full article.

Customer Service Tips Every Retail Associate Should Know– Also based on Crutchfield’s secular experience. This article shows different strategies a retail associate can use to gain happier, more satisfied customers. This article is currently ranked 3rd out of 239 entries. Read Full Article.

The Story of a Grandfather’s Pride– Here he lets us share an open letter of sorts he wrote to to his oldest grandson, after the grandson competed in his first drama competition. in this article the message Crutchfield has for his grandson, and other young people is there is honor and achievement in having the courage to try. He also points out that seeking to be a better version of you makes you a winner no matter what the final score. Read Full Article

Combined these three articles are doing so well that Crutchfield ranks 1st out of 395 total entrants for Scriggler’s Author of the Month Award for October ! The contest is based on reader interaction. So every page view, comment or like helps decide the winner. Those wishing to help our founder win this prestigious award are asked first of all to pray for his success. Pray that not only will he win this award, but will bring him and this ministry to the attention of people that we might not otherwise come into contact with.  Pray that we will inform and education these new visitors as god would seem fit. The most important practical thing anyone can do is click on the links above, read, like and comment on each article. Each view, comment and like puts Pastor Crutchfield that much closer to winning !

Healing the Wounds ‘After The Storm’

KINSTON, N.C., Oct. 21, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Hurricane Matthew brought a devastating blow to the east coast with power outages and down trees, but the worst was yet to come with record breaking flood waters threatening hundreds of people who had to evacuate to shelters. The community responded with clothes, shelters, and perishables, but Recording Artist Lessette who lives in the little town of Kinston, NC. which was devastated by the flood found an unusual way to encourage the people in the shelters. “After The Storm” is the anthem for storm survivors.

Lessette Kornegay (artist name Lessette) singer/songwriter wrote this timeless song for hurting people to encourage them that after their storm the sun will shine again. She has lived through domestic violence and a bad divorce that has given her a heart for hurting people. That’s why she wrote “After The Storm,” and it speaks of divorce, death, tragedy and broken hearts.”

Determined to make a difference, she sang “After The Storm” at the Disaster Relief Shelters, Kinston High School and Lenoir Community College. The people was encouraged and with tears of joy.

“We pay so much attention in preparing for the storm, but we forget about after the storm. People experience storms AFTER THE STORM,” she said.

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The Story of a Grandfather’s Pride

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Back when I was in junior high our school had what they called the victory flag. It flew in front of the school only when somebody (usually a sports team) won something against another school. There came a day when I was in a speech contest against two other nearby schools, and I won. My teacher/coach brought me back to school just in time to hear the principal say over the P.A.system, ” The victory flag is flying !” The whole school  started clapping and cheering. It was an amazing feeling, and I  thought I could never feel prouder.

Until today, today I am a grandfather and my oldest grandson is the one in junior high. Today he was in a drama tournament. The first time he has ever competed in anything with other schools. He entered five events, and reached the semi-finals in two. Not bad for  a sixth grader on his first time out. He did not win the top prize today. However has many reason to be proud of what he accomplished today. If he has reason to be proud, then I as his grandfather also have reason to be proud.

He should be proud that he had the courage to try. Many people much older than him would not perform in front of people like he did in five different ways today. There’s even less of  a chance that they would do so in a competitive environment that involved hundreds of other students.

He should be proud that as young as he is, he has discovered that he has a talent that makes him happy, and through that talent he is able to bring happiness to other people

He should be proud that he has the initiative, and the confidence at such a young age to put his talents and abilities to the test against so many others.

He should be proud that he can start his day at 7am and keep himself going until 6pm. That would be  along day for any of us !

He should be proud that he made the semi-finals in two of his five events on his first time out. Many of his fellow competitors did not. Some of them likely had more experience than he does in and out of competition.

He should be proud for not taking the easy way out. Entering five completely different events, not just one. This of course required five times the commitment, and five times the practice.

He was of course disappointed that he didn’t win. But he will realize among other things that the fact he is not satisfied with doing well, but desires to be the best is yet another thing to be proud of. I am proud of him for all of these reasons.  There will always be other competitions. With time, and patience, and the burning desire I know him to have, the wins will come. With pride  I look forward to sharing Devin Morrison with the world.

 

 

Mission of Hope Haiti Endures Hurricane Matthew, Mobilizes to Help a Nation.

What would happen if the strongest hurricane to strike the Atlantic in over a decade, were to make landfall in our hemisphere’s poorest country ? Unfortunately we are about to find out. This morning Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti bringing 145 MPH winds and horrific floods. Obviously this did not happen without warning, and every disaster aid group in the book is looking to help. One Christian ministry among all of them is ideally suited for this disaster. During times of disaster or not Mission of Hope Haiti’s focus is on Haiti. They have served Haiti since 1998. Even in more normal times they serve 90,000 meals per day, and treat 30,000 patients annually. They started gearing up for this crisis on Saturday. Before the storm even made landfall they had ore-positioned over 200,000 meals.

Working from their own in country facilities, and their U.S. office outside Austin, Texas in partnership with their HaitiOne network of over 500 indigenous partner organizations across the nation they  have already come up with a relief plan that includes the following,

35 million meals

350 million units of water

750,000 temporary shelters

Medical care for 280,000 patients

 

After the first 14 days of relief efforts the group plans to transition into a 45 day recovery plan, then into a longer term sustainability plan.

 

Mission of Hope Haiti are veterans of both the 2008 hurricane, and 2010 earthquake in Haiti. They have also been there for the Haitian people everyday in between. Those wishing to help Mission of Hope Haiti in this dire time can text @mohhaiti to  52014, to donate to MOH Disaster Relief. Or you can donate online. At the very least please extend your prayers to Mission of Hope Haiti, the Haitian people, and all those being affected by Hurricane Matthew !