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"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15)
"Apologetics is the branch of Christianity that deals with the defense and establishment of the Christian faith. Christian Apologetics is something very true believer should be involved in even if it is only a little ... CARM is a ... Christian ministry dedicated to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promotion and defense of the Christian Gospel. To do this, CARM analyses religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the Bible ... along with Christian preachers and teachers. In all our analyses we use the Bible as the final standard of truth in order to defend and promote Christianity."
"Christian Answers is a worldwide evangelism, education and discipleship ministry of Films for Christ. Our primary goal is to provide accurate, biblical answers ion a wide variety of questions asked by Christians and non-Christians ... We also provide a great deal of other valuable information and resources related to Christianity, Christian education, discipleship, media, and more ... We freely provide answers to tough and important questions, on such subjects as Creation, Bible archaeology, theology, parenting, sex, abortion, social issues and much more..."
"Do you have a question about God, Jesus, the Bible, or theology? Do you need help understanding a Bible verse or passage? Are there any spiritual issues in your life for which you need advice or counsel? ... With over 6,800 answers to frequently asked Bible questions published online, approximately 85% of the questions we are asked already have answers available to you instantly. Got Questions? The Bible has answers. We'll help you find them."
"Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven ... Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path ... Thy testimonies are wonderful ... The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Psalm 119:89,105,129-130)
"The King James Bible Online website is the online version of the King James Bible - the most printed and widely distributed work in history. The website features the standard King James Version (Cambridge edition), along with the original 1611 edition in early modern English. The King James Version is widely regarded as the most accurate English translation of the Bible. It's translators performed a painstakingly meticulous, precise and accurate job in the translation - a project that took seven years ... This website allows users to share comments about their King James Bible readings and interact with other readers. Learning and research is encouraged by allowing users to click on individual verses to compare to a dozen alternate Bible translations. It also contains references such as commentaries, a concordance, and Bible dictionary. This site features one of the largest collections of Bible trivia on the internet with questions after every chapter to test the reader's comprehension..."
"...he that watereth shall be watered also himself" (Proverbs 11:25)
"My name is Jill. I became the 'Piper's Wife' years ago when [my husband] began bagpipe performances ... Everyone remembers the Piper but no one knows who I am. When I say 'I am the Piper's Wife' there is immediate recognition and I become a celebrity! Thus my popularity and my title is owed to the Piper. I am a supporting partner of The Watchman Ministry, my primary focus being teaching and encouraging women in discernment and discipleship. I currently co-lead a ladies' Bible study group. Although not as prolific as my husband in writing, every once in a while I will come out with something..."
"I am now 81 - so way past my threescore years and ten. Everything seems to slow down as you get older but my enthusiasm and love for the Lord and His truth, by His grace, are as fresh now as they were when He saved me fifty four years ago. Though not physically able to do all the things I used to so, I sincerely thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity vis this Blog to reach out to Christians, but also to unbelievers who may happen to drop by..."
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15)
"We assert that 'There is something for everyone from Day One', with books and booklets dealing with subjects as diverse as creation/evolution, bioethics, children's topics, church history, travel guides, evangelistic literature, daily devotionals and principles for Christian business people. Day One's publishing mission statement is defined as follows: 'To publish and promote exciting and unique, high quality, Bible-based media, including books, digital products, and travel, to a worldwide market'."
"At Eden.co.uk we believe that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. As individuals and communities grow in their relationship with Him, understand and apply His teaching to their lives, they will be transformed. For centuries, followers of Jesus - teachers, writers, musicians and artists - have used their God given talents to create works of literature, music and art to inspire their generation, to help them grasp the relevance and meaning of Christ."
"The principle purpose of this society is to promote the Glory of God and the salvation of men, by circulating, both at home and abroad, in dependence on the Divine blessing, the Holy Scriptures, which are given by inspiration of God, and are able to make men wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. This emphasis is clearly shown in our aims: (1) To publish and distribute the Holy Scriptures throughout the world in many languages; (2) To promote Bible translations which are accurate and trustworthy, conforming to the Hebrew Masoretic Text of the Old Testament, wand the Greek Textus Receptus of the New Testament, upon which the English Authorised Version is based; (3) To be instrumental in bringing light and life, through the Gospel of Christ, to those who are lost in sin and in the darkness of false religion and unbelief; (4) To uphold the doctrines of reformed Christianity, bearing witness to the equal and eternal deity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, One God in three Persons; (5) To uphold the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God; (6) For the Glory of God and the Increase of His Kingdom through the circulation of Protestant or uncorrupted versions of the Word of God."
"We are a young publishing house, launched in March 2013, with a distinctive ethos. We publish books (and e-books) that put the spotlight on aspects of society and culture in the light of Christian thinking and scientific evidence. Our books, written by experts in their fields, range from history and philosophy to sociology and politics, and have been widely acclaimed. They are valuable resources for Christians and non-Christians alike who seek a fresh perspective on the many challenges facing us today. Wilberforce Publications is an initiative of Christian Concern which applies Biblical principles to society, for the good of all."
Christian (and non-) Action / Civil Liberties Groups
"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy" (Psalm 82:3)
"Today, you are watched by a network of intelligent surveillance systems. You are tracked by your personal devices, monitored by social platforms and targeted by invasive corporations. You may not know their names. But they know yours. Every decision is collected and archived, somewhere, by someone. We do not consent. we do not submit. Big Brother Watch is a UK civil liberties campaign group fighting for a free future. We're determined to reclaim our privacy and defend freedoms at this time of enormous technological change. And we fight to win. We're a fiercely independent, diverse, non-partisan and non-profit group of campaigners and researchers who work to roll back the surveillance state and protect rights in parliament, the media or the courts if we have to. We publish unique investigations and pursue powerful public campaigns to pursue real change. We work relentlessly to inform and empower the public to collectively reclaim privacy, defend our civil liberties and protect freedoms for the future."
"We're passionate about bringing the love, justice, truth, freedom and hope of Jesus Christ to the heart of society. And we're building a movement of Christians who share that passion. We believe that Jesus Christ is good news for society and as relevant today as he has ever been. We believe that a flourishing future is a future shaped around him. But we also know that it's becoming harder to be a Christian in the UK today. So, we're at work to make Jesus and his ways known, to protect the freedom to live and speak for him, and to empower Christians to be compassionate and courageous ambassadors ... We Speak and Influence: We communicate God's truth in public debate, especially in the media, politics and law. We campaign on various issues. We give interviews on TV and radio and we are quoted in newspapers and online sites. We engage with government policy, and we work with parliamentarians and public officials. We Challenge and Protect: We use our legal, policy and media expertise to seek justice and protect the vulnerable. Our Christian Legal Centre is particularly well known for helping Christians who suffer in the workplace because of their Christian faith but we also work to protect families, unborn children, disabled and elderly people, and those who want to leave Islam, for example. We Mobilise and Equip: We're building a movement of Christians across the UK (and further afield) who are passionate to see society changed for the good of all, by Jesus Christ. We're in touch with tens of thousands of Christians, via email, postal mail and social media, informing, equipping and energising for prayer and action."
"The Christian Institute exists for 'the furtherance and promotion of the Christian religion in the United Kingdom' and 'the advancement of education.' We are a nondenominational Christian charity with more than 60,000 supporters throughout the UK, including more than 4,500 churches. We are committed to upholding the truths of the Bible which we believe is inerrant and the supreme authority of all of life. We are committed to upholding the sanctity of life from conception. God's design for our world, as revealed in his word, is for the benefit of all people. We seek to encourage and promote the Bible's teachings so that society can prosper and thrive. There is so much of great value in our nation. We can appreciate law and order, the right to vote, access to healthcare and educational opportunities, among many other benefits. Other issues we need to discuss, challenge and work through. Whether the debate of the day surrounds the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family, religious liberty or free speech, Christians will seek to honour God, as his representatives on earth, by playing their part. The Bible commands us to love our neighbours as ourselves, which is fundamental in showing concern for society. If we say we love our neighbour and care about the welfare of our communities, we should be acting as salt and light to be an influencer for the better. This includes using the opportunities that come our way to respectfully urge our lawmakers to fulfil their God-given role to restrain and punish evil, and to promote good. Historically all sorts of legislation such as the abolition of the slave trade, the protection of children and adult workers from exploitation, and more recently concerning human trafficking were all campaigned for by politicians primarily influenced by the Bible."
"We're here to safeguard the freedom of Christians to live and speak for Jesus Christ, and to provide legal support for those taking a stand for Jesus and the truth that flows from him. We're perhaps best known for some high profile legal cases that have arisen form our work in helping Christians who suffer in the workplace because of their faith but we also provide assistance and advice to many others. So if you need help, please get in touch."
"Christian Voice is a ministry for those Christians who have had enough to secularist politicians imposing wickedness on the rest of us. We are not even satisfied with trying to get 'Christian influence in a secular world.' That's because we know 'The earth is the Lord's and the fullness therefore, the world and they that dwell therein' (Psalm 24:10. So by God's grace we are praying for national repentance and working for godly government. If you have had enough of the way things are and want instead to lift high the Crown Rights of the King of kings, you have found the right place! Christian Voice is a prophetic ministry in the 'forthtelling sense'. We attempt, with God's grace, to analyse current events in the light of Scripture. So we proclaim God's word to those in public life. In addition, we provide the information Christians need in order to pray with the mind of God and witness in these dark days. We are not 'conservative'. We don't want to conserve this present darkness. Yes, we may have to 'Hold the Fort', but we are looking to take the battle to the Lord's enemies. We are radical, urging repentance, a better way, God's way ... In an age when oestrogen is overwhelming the church, this is Christianity with testosterone. The Lamb of God was the worthy sacrifice by whom we are saved. Now we are saved to serve the Lion of Judah! And by God's grace we shall! ... As Isaiah said: 'Here am I. send me!"
"CitisenGO is a community of active citizens who work together, using online petitions and action alerts as a resource, to defend and promote life, family, and liberty. We work to ensure that those in power respect human dignity and individuals' rights ... What are CitizenGO's Core Values? Innovation, Transparency, Agility, Credibility, Commitment, Charity, Independence, Passion, Rationality..."
"The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition. Our supporters believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others and for life. Since the redefinition of marriage in 2013, the Coalition has worked to protect freedom of conscience on marriage for our supports and resist attempts by the government and lobby groups to coerce people into supporting same-sex marriage against their conscience. We also continue to work to promote traditional marriage as a 'gold-standard' for couples and wider society, drawing on the substantial body of evidence which supports this view. The Coalition is committed to a reasoned and courteous debate on this issue, and will highlight any intimidation or intolerance shown to supporters of traditional marriage. The Coalition was established in 2012 with the aim of opposing the redefinition of marriage and coordinating public opposition to this unnecessary change. It soon gained backing form polititicans, lawyers, academics, and religious leaders, reaching out to people of all faiths and none who believe that marriage is the most successful partnership in history and should not have been redefined. The Coalition's public petition was signed by 669,444 people, demonstrating the broad public opposition to the redefinition of marriage."
"Equipping the next generation of Christian leaders in public life. The Wilberforce Academy is a 1-week intensive residential programme aimed at students and young professionals with a passion to serve Jesus Christ in a variety of vocations including law, politics, educations, media, arts, healthcare, ministry and business. Our aim is that delegates will be prepared for servant-hearted, Christ-centred leadership in their communities, Churches, and workplaces, having been equipped with a robust biblical framework that guides their thinking, prayers and activity in addressing the issues facing our society. Beyond the residential programme, you will have access to Wilberforce Academy Refocus events, where you will receive more in-depth teaching, network with other Wilberforce Academy members, and continue to be equipped for Christ-centred service in public life."
Creation and Evolution
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1)
"For the wrath of God is ... against all ... Who ... worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator" (Romans 1:18-25)
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away ... And he that sat upon the throne, said, Behold, I make all things new" (Revelation 21:1-5)
"AiG is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the gospel if Jesus Christ. We focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is the most-attacked book of the Bible. We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview, and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a 'millions of years old' earth (and even older universe). AiG teaches that 'facts' don't speak for themselves, but must be interpreted. That is, there aren't separate sets of 'evidences' for evolution and creation - we all deal with the same evidence ... The difference lies in how we interpret what we study. The Bible - the 'history book of the universe' - provides a reliable, eye-witness account of the beginning of all things, and can be trusted to tell the truth in all areas it touches on. Therefore. we are able to use it to help us make sense of this present world. When properly understood, the 'evidence' confirms the biblical account."
"CMI is a group of non-profit ministries in several countries ... Our role is to support the church in proclaiming the truth of the Bible and thus its Gospel message. We provide real-world answers to the most-asked questions in the vital area of creation/evolution, where the Bible is most under attack today - Genesis. Our Motto: Proclaiming the truth and authority of the Bible; Our Vision: To see the Lord Jesus Christ honoured as Creator and Saviour of the world; Our Mission: To support the effective proclamation of the Gospel by providing credible answers that affirm the reliability of the Bible, in particular its Genesis history."
"Founded in 1932 as 'The Evolution Protest Movement' by a small group of Christians concerned by the propaganda that was promoting the theory of evolution as if scientifically proven, it has grown in strength over the years and is now known as the 'Creation Science Movement' abbreviated as CSM."
Discernment / Watchman Ministries
"For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth" (Isaiah 21:6)
"But strong meat belongeth to them ... who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (Hebrews 5;14)
"The past few decades have brought immense and confusing changes to the Church. We are tossed on a sea of contradictory teachings. Finding out what's false and what's real is not easy but this website seeks to help, with explanatory articles and comparisons from Scripture: (1) Building Up Your Faith; (2) Examining Sound Doctrine; (3) Warning About Error; (4) Offering Media ... The new website for Banner Ministries has been revamped and made much more accessible. All the articles are in categories and are easier to find. The new material is placed alongside the old, but the archives are still available from their own section. This website replaces the earlier Cross+Word website and incorporates relevant new material from the Birthpangs website, which contains devotional and prophetic topics."
"We live in an age where we see evidence of cultural decline, the erosion of values, the decline of civility, the denial of truth and the elevation of unreason. Many people are asking, 'Where is our culture heading?' This website is devoted to exploring the major cultural, social and political issues of the day. It offers reflection and commentary drawing upon the wealth of wisdom found in the Judeo-Christian tradition. It offers reflective and incisive commentary on a wide range of issues, helping to sort through the maze of competing opinions, worldviews, ideologies and value systems. It will discuss critically and soberly where our culture is heading. Happy reading! "
"The crossroad - the way of the cross - may be rocky and narrow, and it will never merge with the crowded superhighway nudging the masses toward a global village. But no other way leads to genuine love, peace, and lasting security. The destination is well worth the struggle. We hope to provide vital facts and Biblical encouragement that will help you prepare for a global union that shows little tolerance for Christian faith. You will find resources that demonstrate and document: (1) The cultural shift from a Christian to a global paradigm; (2) The classroom shift from fact and logic to feeling and imagination; (3) The growing acceptance of a code of ethics that bans biblical truth; (4) How movies, television and classrooms promote a global spirituality; (5) Why the 'consensus process' turn young and old against absolute truth; (6) Why many Christians are conforming to this transformational process."
"As a response to learning that a mystical-type spirituality had entered the Christian church through many avenues, we began Lighthouse Trails. This spirituality, called contemplative spirituality or spiritual formation, was infiltrating youth groups, churches, seminaries, and Bible studies at an alarming rate through the Spiritual Formation movement, the emerging church, the Purpose Driven movement and so forth. In the Spring of 2002, we began Lighthouse Trails Publishing with the hope of exposing this dangerous and pervasive mystical paradigm ... Because the premise of this spirituality is both pantheistic (God is all things) and panentheistic (God is in all things), thus refuting the Gospel message of the Cross, we are compelled to address this issue ... We are dedicated to bringing clarity and light to matters affecting our society and the church today and to preserving the integrity of the Gospel."
"Prophecy Today UK is published with the intention of conveying the word of God for our times to the people of God and through them to the nations of the world. We define prophecy as the forthtelling of the word of God. This was the task of the prophets in ancient Israel. It is the task of the Church today. The Church is the prophet to the world. Christ wants his Church to be a prophetic people proclaiming his word to the world. It was for this reason that the Holy Spirit was given to the New Testament community of believers. We believe the nature of God is unchanging and that the God who communicated with his people in biblical times still communicates with his people today through the Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Holy Spirit enables us to understand the word of God that is set forth in Scripture. We believe that the Bible contains all that is necessary for our salvation and that it is the full and final revelation of God that can neither be added to nor taken away from ... The most urgent need for the nations is not to hear the opinions of me, but to hear the word of God. It is as a contribution towards this prophetic task that Prophecy Today UK is published."
"Warning: This area is not a safe space! The Quagmire: Well, here we are nearing the end of the revolution, the 'long march through the institutions' with its modest aim of annihilating Christianity from the West. As we near its completion, we may well ask: is this it? Is this what the promised sunlit uplands of secularist utopia really looks like? From where I'm sitting, it looks more like a quagmire. The culture is toxic: families are crumbling, societies are breaking apart, economies are going down the pan, crime is rampant, the womb is by no means a place of safety for a baby, politics has become the dwelling place of every unclean bird, and true liberties are dying daily. Sounds a bit boggy, doesn't it? Post-Christian Culture: The quagmire has emerged at precisely the same time as the West has abandoned Christianity and replaced it with something called secularism ... Pre-Western Culture: But western culture is also pre-Christian in two senses ... Godless secularism has turned the clock back and is leading us all into a dark age of Canaanite permissiveness, Pharaotic despotism and neo-pagan superstition ... [But] far from wringing our hands at the demise of Christianity, our eschatology just will not accommodate such a result. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Jesus Christ will have dominion to the ends of the Earth, and not even antiChristian fundamentalism can prevent this ... Theblogmire: The aim of the blogmire is therefore: (1) To expose the cheerless quagmire of secularism for what it really is ... (2) To encourage the building of a counter-culture ... And so both hands to the plough. No looking back. There is work to be done..."
"Identifying and addressing areas of apostasy, error and deception in the Church, such as affect Wales in particular."
Family / Children
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6)
"And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children" (Isaiah 54:13)
"No Greater Joy is the ministry of Michael and Debi Pearl ... Michael has been a pastor, missionary, and evangelist for ever 40 years. The Pearls have 5 children, all homeschooled. They have grown up to become missionaries and church leaders. Though holding a degree from the Mid-South Bible College, when Michael is asked for his credentials on child training he points to his five children. As goes the child so goes the future adult - and the future parent. At every moment, parents holding little children are holding the future. Parenting, the most important and demanding job in the world comes on us by default. Ready or not, prepared or ill-equipped, all parents produce fruit that lasts throughout eternity ... Through books and tapes, the Pearls are training parents to break the bad habits passed down from former generations and to recognize and emulate the wisdom of those who have gone before. The Bible and common sense are the foundations for effective parenting..."
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11)
"In times like this, we need a Shepherd! We don't know all the hazards ahead but He does! ... In the Sermon on the Mount - one of the Bible's best loved messages - Jesus compares two kinds of foundations: unyielding rock versus shifting sand. The first leads to unshakable peace and certainty, the other leads to disillusionment and destruction. As the storms around us grow increasingly fierce, our foundations will surely be tested. But those who follow the Shepherd and stand on His Word will be safe with Him - both now and forever!"
Missions / The Persecuted Church
"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8)
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me' (Matthew 25:40).
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19)
"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body" (Hebrews 13:3)
"The BPCA was born from a single event - in the ashes of churches and homes razed to the ground by a horde of Islamist thugs who persecuted Pakistani followers of Jesus Christ ... This incident highlighted the need for a body such as the BPCA to highlight the ongoing abuse of Christians in Pakistan. Believers in the country face regular persecution under a so-called 'Blasphemy Law' by the wider community including a lack of employment and constitutional rights; child slavery and forced labour; the rape and forced marriages of women; the imprisonment of believers for their faith; destruction of churches and even death ... Aims and Objectives: (1) To advance the Christian Faith for the benefit of the public in accordance with our statements of belief; (2) Campaign for equal citizenship for every citizen of Pakistan; (3) Provide a social network for Pakistani Christians; (4) Update Pakistani Christians on news of successes, tragedies, campaigns, events and other matters attributable or impacting on our community; (5) Hold public events to promote and support fellowship, Christian learning, and raise better awareness of our community; (6) Promote better integration between our community and wider Christian organisations; (7) Raise funds to support outreach, capacity building and tragedy response programmes devised by our committee; (8) Network with people of other faiths to promote community cohesion in a local capacity, whilst sharing positive community learning."
"Sources of Persecution: (1) Marxism: In communist countries like Cuba, China, Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea, Christians are targeted because they vest their faith in the Lord and not in the Marxist regimes; (2) Islam: Fundamentalist Islam is very intolerant toward other faiths, and in radical Muslim countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Indonesia, Christians suffer greatly. This ranges from job discrimination to the abduction, or rape, and forced conversion of Christian women. Persecution is most violent in these countries and often includes the imprisonment and murder of Christians; (3) Cultural: Christian persecution also occurs as a result of social and cultural discrimination. Human beings in general are afraid and intolerant of that which is different. In places like India, Christians are discriminated against, denied employment, physically attacked, and sometimes even murdered ... Social Media: ICC utilizes Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to create communities of believers who will pray and raise awareness for the persecuted. Weekly Persecution Updates: Our weekly Persecution Digest emails will keep you updated in ICC news stories, prayer needs, and the status of projects. Free Monthly Magazine: Our free monthly magazine on persecution brings you news, articles, testimonials, and stories about the persecuted church ... Ending Generational Persecution: Most people think persecution is only when a pastor is killed or imprisoned. Actually, persecution is a very systematic and multi-dimensional problem that involves generational poverty, massive educational deficits, job discrimination, denial of basic legal rights, lack of access to legal aid, etc. Bridge Conference: Our annual Bridge Conference gathers the victims of persecution, church leaders, government leaders, policy experts, and NGOs to break the chains of persecution. Regardless of denomination or distinction, we seek to build a bridge of understanding and aid between the persecuted and free Church.."
"Release International is an inter-denominational Christian ministry working through local church partners in more than 25 countries, helping persecuted Christians prayerfully, pastorally and practically. Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3 ... We were founded in 1968, inspired by the testimony and ministry of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for his faith for 14 years in communist Romania. Be inspired by reading his book Tortured for Christ ... Showing God's Compassion: (1) Prividing for the needs of families of Christians who are being persecuted; (2) Serving God's Church: Enabling believers to survive persecution and its effects; (3) Sharing God's Love: Helping persecuted Christians bring Christ to those who are opposed to the gospel; (4) Spreading God's Word: Supplying bibles and literature to meet the need for growth and evangelism; (5) Speaking as God's Advocates: Being the voice of Christians persecuted for their faith."
"Barnabas Fund works to provide hope and aid fro the persecuted Church, from Christians, to Christians, through Christians. Barnabas stands alongside our Christian brothers and sisters where they suffer discrimination and persecution by providing aid through our partners on the ground encouraging prayer, telling their untold story and speaking out on their behalf ... We Give: The main ministry of Barnabas Fund is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders. Encourage Prayer: We seek to encourage and facilitate prayer by providing prayer information, prayer requests and resources in many different forms and formats. Raise Awareness: This ministry makes known the plight of the persecuted Church, particularly in the Muslim world, by a wide variety of means, in order to educate Christians and others about the current situation and needs as well as the background and causal factors. Contest Injustice: When requested by Christians in the contexts concerned, we engage in speaking on their behalf. This can be by public petitions and letter-writing campaigns or discreet contacts behind the scenes."
"The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian charity with 141 years of experience. Through The Leprosy Mission's global family we serve a population of 305 million people in around 30 leprosy-affected countries ... We are an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Our aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy ... As a global charity, The Leprosy Mission works in around 30 leprosy-endemic countries."
YOUTUBE: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
This is in memory of my mother who was called home by the Lord on 8th March 2020...
YOUTUBE: Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
A hauntingly beautiful version of this hymn played on piano and viola.
"Peace, be still, lay all your worries down. Be still oh my soul, for our GOD is in control..."
YOUTUBE: Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
The choir of Claire College, Cambridge. Just sublime.
YOUTUBE: G.F. Handel: Messiah
Viewers' comments: "That is surely the most joyous, even riotous, performances I have ever heard or seen! The tenor is magnificent; he is not just singing words but rejoicing in the story of the Messiah" / "Every now and then, I bump into something so unimaginably wonderful I forget the dark side of humanity and lose myself in awe, beauty, and inspiration" / "This has to be the most beautiful presentation of the most beautiful, faith-filled, Oratorio by Georg Handel ever" / "It is the glorification of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and how He is felt in this. My soul is overwhelmed by His Majesty and the wonders of the prophecies of the scriptures that have come together to announce Him in this grand masterpiece by Handel" / "...the exquisite melodies and the pure 'sola scriptura' which gives this Oratorio its power to touch the hearts of believers as well as those who have chosen to disbelieve" / "Truly a wonderful performance" / "All honour and praise and worship to our Messiah Jesus" / "Herein is love, not that we loved, but that God loved us" / "Magnifico. Glory to God. Worthy, worthy, worthy, is the Lamb" / "And He shall reign for ever and ever"
YOUTUBE: J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
"The Christmas Oratorio BMV 248 is an oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach intended for performance in church during the Christmas season ... The Oratorio is in six parts, each part being intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period ... The first part (for Christmas Day) describes the Birth of Jesus, the second (for December 26) the annunciation to the shepherds, the third (for December 27) the adoration of the shepherds, the fourth (for New Year's Day) the circumcision and naming of Jesus, the fourth (for the first Sunday after New Year) the journey of the Magi, and the sixth (for Epiphany) the adoration of the Magi" / Viewers' comments: "A soul stirring passage into beauty" / "The music that begins at 40:45 is among the most sublime I have ever heard" / "Beautiful performance" / "This performance is magnificent" / "32:48 is just wonderful" / "Wonderful!"
Kaoma Chende sings all four parts of the a cappella hymns on his youtube channel: "I am so thankful for the gift of music! Not really sure how our world would be without it. And so, as you visit my channel, I hope you will find a song or two that will be a blessing to you. I have a lot of fun putting these videos together. Thankful I can share my love for music with everyone that comes across it. All praise belongs to the Most High."
This is the website for the "vocal trio, featuring Simon Elman, Chrissy Rodgers and Helen Shapiro. The present their Biblical Messianic songs in a variety of styles, including Folk, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, and Hebraic. With close vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments (bass, guitars, ukuleles and banjo), Hebron's music has broad appeal. In their concerts of testimony and songs, most of them original, Hebron endeavours to declare a simple and clear Gospel message so needed today ... Their burden is to lead people in worship, to edify believers, to minister the Gospel according to Romans 1:16 and to remind people of the soon return of Jesus."
"I am a singer/songwriter from the South of England. From a young age I have played the violin and piano and later picked up the guitar as a teenager. Although I grew up in a Christian home I didn't have a deep understanding of what it meant to be a follower of Christ and that I am saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus. I came to this realisation at the age of 16 ... As I would learn more about the Lord I would express through song what God was revealing to me ... In recent years ... the Lord once again began to give me new songs as I meditated on scriptures. In the last 3 years I have written over 20 songs. While I did not know the purpose of these songs, the Lord has brought wonderful friends along the way to encourage me to share them. Ruth Hill has been a great source of encouragement and has worked tirelessly to produce beautiful videos for my songs on youtube. In recent months I have felt the prompting of the Lord to continue this walk of faith by having my songs re-mastered and put into a format available for people to buy. It is my prayer that these songs may minister to you...."
Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, Jazz,
YOUTUBE: Down to the River to Pray
YOUTUBE: If I Should Fall Behind
YOUTUBE: Eva Cassidy
I have no words!"
This is fabulous! One day I hope to play this piece like Monty Suffern does here - but, I must master many lesser pieces first!
Jools Holland (and Ruby Turner)
News and Commentary
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"The UK Column story began with local residents in Devonport ... Fighting against corruption within Plymouth City Council, and motivated by the increasing interference in their community by government backed 'Quangos', as well as the political charity Common Purpose, local people were unable to get their concerns published by the local press. Research suggested a collaboration between Plymouth City Council, South West of England Regional Development Agency, the Government Office of the South West, Common Purpose and local newspapers. The simply objective appeared to be to hide the truth. In response, a small Devonport group decided to print the truth themselves ... As our readership grew, the Devonport Column was renamed, first to the Plymouth & Devonport Column, and then the UK column ... Alongside the hard copy papers, our website, ebooks, research groups and forums, we have also given hundreds of public talks across UK and overseas and produced thousands of hours of internet presentations, documentaries and live weekday news programmes..."
Print and online newspaper: "Our vision is to see local Christians unified and strengthened, sharing information ad building trust across churches by providing a meeting place, a marketplace and forum for the local Christian community. To inform and stimulate concern about local and national issues relevant to our society. HEART celebrates local Christians' achievements; readers have often often testified to feeling encouraged at knowing what is happening to other local believers and non-churchgoers who are given HEART can read of Christians' successes and testimonies..."
Back in the Day: 50 Years of Two-Wheeled Motorcycle Mayhem (by Rev. Barry Dobell)
"Has anyone else noticed that even in today's world there is still that sense of camaraderie between most bikers that has long since vanished amongst car drivers, along with being saluted by the AA and RAC road rescue patrols of you were a badge-displaying member?... Bikers, generally speaking, will still give a nod or raise a hand in greeting to other bikers in passing ... in a lot of way biking hasn't changed much since my early days, although the machines themselves have become so much more sophisticated ... So here we have a collection of real stories which I have put together to share with others who have the same joy and, often, frustration with our two, sometimes three, wheeled companions. Some of these stories are sad, some funny ... some may be helpful and some, with hindsight, are just plain ridiculous ... I hope you enjoy this and maybe your non-biker friends may learn a bit about why you love your bikes from reading it too..."
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