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Fortune cookie or heavenly Father?

AUSTIN, Tex. (BNC) by Sofia Newton — The other day after a delicious Chinese dinner out with my family, I went for my fortune cookie. It was delicious, too. Of course I read my “fortune.”

It said, “New financial resources will soon become available to you.”

I had a good laugh and said out loud, “Sure! Who do I get to sign on this to guarantee it? The restaurant manager?” Continue reading “Fortune cookie or heavenly Father?”

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Germany’s Rent-A-Jew suggests idea for Christians

(BNC) by Greg Wanderman — Rent-A-Jew. That’s what it said. At first I thought, it must be a Mel Brooks joke. Then it seemed downright offensive. Then, after careful consideration, I decided to take a closer look. Now, I say, “Bold move, Germany.” Despite your, eh, “checkered past,” you might be on to something.

The “Rent-a-Jew” program is a joint effort by Germany’s Justice Ministry and Jewish volunteers. The efforts are aimed at stemming a rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and especially in Germany. It may be hard to believe, but 2015 saw a rise from 691 to 2,083 cases of hate-crimes and hate speech against Jews in Germany. It seems that Germany needs a bit of a refresher. Continue reading “Germany’s Rent-A-Jew suggests idea for Christians”

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LST’s association with instrumental churches

Let's Start TalkingHURST, Texas (BNC)  – “Let’s Start Talking” was begun as a ministry by Mark and Sherrylee Woodward in 1981. The idea was to make contacts and give Bible instruction by offering people in other countries the opportunity to learn English by reading the Bible with American students.

Recently, I was surprised when someone mentioned that not all workers sent by LST are members of the church of Christ. For verification I sent this question: “Are all those sent on LST campaigns active members of the church of Christ?” Continue reading “LST’s association with instrumental churches”

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Plants become bomb-sniffers. What else might they tell us?

CLOVER, S.C. (BNC) by Greg Wanderman — If plants, trees, animals, and the earth itself, could warn humans of danger, what would they say? Well, as it turns out, plants are talking…and you really want to hear what they are saying!

In a journal article in Nature Materials, MIT researchers explained how they have helped turn spinach plants into “bomb sniffing machines.” The plants were embedded with tiny carbon tubes to help them detect “nitroaromatics” (chemical compounds used in explosives). Once the plant detects the compound in the air, it emits a fluorescent signal that is picked up by an infrared camera and wirelessly notifies a smartphone. Continue reading “Plants become bomb-sniffers. What else might they tell us?”

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GoSpeak launches 3rd annual Prayer Writing Month

WINONA, Miss. (BNC) — The GoSpeak ministry launched its Prayer Writing Month today with the first prayer on the Believing Prayer website.

This year is the third event.

Prayers are published daily during the month on the Believing Prayer site. Members of the body of Christ are encouraged to write as well.

The idea came from American national events such as the National Novel Writing Month and National Poetry Writing Month.

The GoSpeak site provided a list of seven suggestions on how to participate.

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Gospel preacher Garland Elkins passes at 90

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNC) — Long-time gospel preacher Garland Elkins died this morning, Oct. 28. He was 90 years old.

“After a life of faithful service as a gospel preacher and a Christian gentleman, our beloved brother Garland Elkins passed away in the early hours of the morning on this day, Oct. 28, 2016. He had arrived home from the hospital late on Thursday evening, and had settled into his own bed, when he drifted off to sleep,” B.J. Clarke wrote. Continue reading “Gospel preacher Garland Elkins passes at 90”

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Jim Akins’s fellow elder: ‘He never asked for recognition’

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNC) by Mike Hughes — The church’s loss is Heaven’s gain. That’s the only way I can look at it and have it make any sense at all.

Photo, above: Mike and Mary Hughes with Janet and Jim Akins.

Jim Akins was as good a man as ever was. He served the Lord’s church faithfully for nearly five decades. First as a member, then as a deacon, then as an elder. He served as both deacon and elder at the Somers Avenue congregation in North Little Rock for over 30 years. Continue reading “Jim Akins’s fellow elder: ‘He never asked for recognition’”

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Driverless truck goes 120 miles. No life should go without God as pilot.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (BNC) by Timothy D. Hall — Passing big rigs on Interstate highways is a common phenomenon. There are so many of those vehicles, you can’t drive ten miles without seeing several. Rarely do I notice the one who is driving the truck; even if I tried, they sit so much higher in the cab I don’t believe I’d be able to see them.

Had I made the effort to see the driver of the 18-wheeler rolling down I-25 in Colorado last week, I would have failed. There wasn’t a driver. For 120 miles, this rig, loaded with cases of beer, navigated traffic, curves, and hills with no one behind the steering wheel. There was a human on board, but his job was merely to monitor; he did nothing to steer, brake, or accelerate. Reportedly the trip was completed without a hitch. Continue reading “Driverless truck goes 120 miles. No life should go without God as pilot.”

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‘Very good, but very strict’

ASSAM, India (BNC) — Jim Waldron shared this report Oct. 24 from Joysingh, principal of the Karbi Bible Institute, Assam, NE India and a bold gospel preacher. His style has been preserved below.

Chondro Engti is a farmer and a 2015 graduate of the Karbi Bible Institute. Last year he began to visit his mother-in law who was a member of the Baptist Church. He visited her and her husband often and every time he would preach to them about the original Church. The initial period covered about three weeks and she was very interested, but her husband was not willing to come into the church of Christ. Continue reading “‘Very good, but very strict’”

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Filipinos conduct medical mission, treat 625, baptize 19

MANGALDAN, Philippines (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — Successful medical, dental, and evangelism missions were conducted by the Mangaldan church, in cooperation with Asian Christian University in the municipality, Pangasinan province, Philippines, this past October.

According to Junas Sagurit, president of Asian Christian University, on the last day 351 patients were treated (294 for a medical checkup, and 57 dental checkups).

“Let us give our thanks to God almighty for making the event a suçcess. Thanks also to our doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, Bible teachers, cooks, servers and all the brethren who served,” brother Sagurit said. Continue reading “Filipinos conduct medical mission, treat 625, baptize 19”

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10 baptized after baptism debate, new argument introduced

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (BNC) — Preacher Jack Honeycutt said today he knew of 10 people who had obeyed the gospel as a result of a public discussion with a Baptist minister May 27-28.

He shared background on the Carolina Christian website to the public discussion he held with Baptist minister Michael Brawner. His article was published today.

The debate centered on whether or not baptism in water was essential to salvation. Continue reading “10 baptized after baptism debate, new argument introduced”

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16-year-old preacher’s daughter killed while door-knocking for gospel meeting

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (BNC) by Adam Cozort — Members of the Middle Fayette congregation were out door-knocking Sat., Oct. 8, in preparation for their upcoming gospel meeting when tragedy struck. Sixteen-year-old Caelyn Adams and another member were walking on the side of the road when a driver high on prescription drugs hit her head on. Continue reading “16-year-old preacher’s daughter killed while door-knocking for gospel meeting”

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Haiti hurricane devastation slows WEI online evangelism

(BNC) — World English Institute administrator Lee Allen posted a notice to the ministry’s teachers on the website about the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused in Haiti and its impact on the hundreds of online students there.

“Haiti has been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Lives have been lost. Please pray fervently with your families for this special country of God’s people. We have many brothers and sisters in Christ there,” he wrote. Continue reading “Haiti hurricane devastation slows WEI online evangelism”

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Video: ‘When the tree is down, the seed is still alive’

KELLER, Tex. (BNC) — In a recent sermon, Cory Collins surveyed the great religious apostasy and noted that people appeared throughout history to proclaim the seed of the word of God.

“Did that departure mean the death of authentic Christianity? Or did the true faith, like seeds in the ground, remain alive but dormant? Would biblical teaching ever resurface and grow again? Thankfully, the answer is, yes, as men of courage began to study, question, challenge, and teach. May we do the same!” Continue reading “Video: ‘When the tree is down, the seed is still alive’”