23 Sep 2018

23Sep18 ANCIENT CHRISTIAN WORSHIP SITE DISCOVERED



ANCIENT CHRISTIAN WORSHIP SITE DISCOVERED
Archaeologists searching for the site where Jesus performed His water-to-wine miracle have said that excavations of tunnels of ancient Christian worship provide a strong clue. Tom McCollough, lead researcher at the excavation site of Khirbet Qana, a Jewish village that existed between 323 B.C. and 324 A.D., told The Daily Star that a network of tunnels used for ancient Christian worship has been found. The tunnels reportedly are marked with crosses and the Greek phrase for “Lord Jesus.” They also contain an altar, and the remains of a stone vessel.

MORE BIBLES IN MORE HOTELS
According to Eternity News, the world’s largest hotel chain is putting Bibles in another 300,000 rooms. Although the Bible often seems to be brushed aside as outdated or unnecessary, Marriott International is reportedly stocking its Starwood hotels with the good book.

AN ACTOR’S APPROACH TO PRAYER
Christianheadlines.com has reported on actor Mark Wahlberg’s daily approach to prayer. Wahlberg said he does not pray so he can have success but focuses his prayer time on his wife, his four children, and his character. “For me to sit down and ask for material things is ridiculous. It’s a much bigger picture than that. I want to serve God and to be a good human being and to make up for the mistakes I made and the pain I put people through. That’s what I’m praying for, and I recommend it to anybody.”

16 Sep 2018

16Sep18 MORE BIBLES NEEDED IN CHINA



MORE BIBLES NEEDED IN CHINA
Eternity News reports that last year, in China’s Henan Province, more than 120 believers, mostly aged in their 50s, were baptised, leading to a great need for many more Bibles.  Most of the believers are rural poor who can only afford subsidised Bibles. The Bible Society Australia is providing free Bibles for those in need, making it possible for churches to give Bibles to believers for spiritual growth as well as to seekers as a means of community outreach.

COPTIC CHRISTIANS JAILED
According to ChristianHeadlines.com, authorities in Egypt ordered 15 more days of jail for Christians arrested last month for worshipping in a house without a permit. After Muslim mobs demonstrated against the Virgin Mary and St. Mahrael church in Luxor Governorate, 435 miles south of Cairo, police accused the Coptic Catholics of worshipping without a permit, according to Coptic rights activist Safwat Samaan.

‘BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN’ MOVIE
The faith-based movie, “Beautifully Broken,” released recently in USA, tells a story of redemption and trust while reminding viewers that, though our situations and circumstances might be worlds apart, God’s sovereignty is big enough to cover it all. The film follows a Rwandan family and an American family, revealing the true story of how all their lives intertwined.  In an interview with Faithwire, Christian singer Michael W. Smith, who portrays the American family’s pastor in the movie, described the story as “remarkable” and “a faith-riser.”

10 Sep 2018

9Sep18 AUSTRALIANS AND THE BIBLE



AUSTRALIANS AND THE BIBLE
New Life reports that a book charting the history of the interaction of Australians with the Bible has won this year's Australian Christian Book of the Year award. Written by historian Meredith Lake, The Bible In Australia: A Cultural History, was described by the judges as ‘a history of national importance and a unique insight into Australian culture.’

CATHEDRAL TO BE REBUILT
Rebuilding of New Zealand’s earthquake‐damaged Christchurch Cathedral will commence soon. The cathedral has sat desolate since the 2011 earthquakes, as the Anglican Church and heritage groups battled over its future, but last year the Church agreed to restore it. The cost of the project and a timeframe to complete it is still to be determined.

BIBLES FOR CUBA
OneNewsNow reports that thousands of young people in a country that has suffered under a communist dictatorship for almost 60 years are getting their very first look at a Bible. Evangelist Tim Todd has spent nine days in Cuba handing out 50,000 Truth For Youth Bibles. Mr Todd stated that the young people held their Bible like it was a piece of gold, close to their chests. ‘Their response is overwhelming,’ he says.

3 Sep 2018

2Sep18 CRUSADE IN COLOMBIA



CRUSADE IN COLOMBIA
Evangelist Luis Palau's Association reported big numbers for its recent Gospel crusade in Bogotá, Colombia, where over 18,500 people decided to follow Jesus Christ. The Christian Post reports that over 200,000 people attended the events, with another 410,000 viewers watching videos online. 18,545 people made decisions to follow Christ during the events, which were supported by 852 partnering churches.


WHERE ARE THE WORLD’S MOST COMMITTED CHRISTIANS?
The world’s most committed Christians reside mostly in Africa, Latin America and the United States, according to a new Pew Research Centre report documented by christianheadlines.com. Ethiopia has the world’s most committed Christians, according to Pew, with 98% saying their faith is very important. In the Philippines, it’s 91% and in the USA 68%.


‘CHASING COMETS’
The movie Chasing Comets, written by retired NRL star Jason Stevens, was released in cinemas late last month. Eternity News states that, essentially, Chasing Comets is the story of Stevens’ own life – his struggle to keep his footy career on track in the midst of a party-hard culture and, most importantly, his journey to Christian faith.