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Oregon Honor Israel event celebrates shared values

June 30, 2009 --

By Traci Scott, Faith Reporter

Oregon recently played host to two successful “Night to Honor Israel” events, which are sponsored by Christians United for Israel, a coalition of more than 250,000, and have been held in 95 cities since 2006. “Night to Honor Israel” is a non-conversionary tribute to the nation of Israel and the Jewish people of the world. Its purpose is to promote respect and understanding between Christians and Jews and to emphasize the things that we hold in common, rather than accent our religious differences.

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New book touts religion rise, naturalism decline

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Los Angeles (June 25, 2009) — Sociologists, historians, and economists have been diligently mining the mounting evidence for how and why religion, especially Christianity, is flourishing globally and succeeding in the U.S. despite secularist predictions.  “Reasons abound for how and why ‘God is back.’ But there appears to be an evident theme,” says J.P. Moreland, Biola University’s Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and one of the most distinguished philosophers of religion in North America. “Religion, and especially the Judeo-Christian worldview, stubbornly resists explanation by the worldview of naturalism and her elites, which empowers secularism. Consequently, genuine religious phenomena are helping to falsify secularism and the process of secularization.”  Moreland, an award-winning author and seasoned cultural observer, expands upon his vast corpus of philosophical writing and research in a recent book about how naturalism fails to give us satisfying explanations concerning basic human facts.

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Lessons from sexual scandals

June 29, 2009 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Author of Bestselling book, Heaven

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has joined a long line of leaders, both secular and Christian, who have committed adultery.  Someone suggested, in light of this, that I post about fleeing and resisting sexual temptation. First, consider this from God’s Word: “Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.” (Proverbs 6:25-29).

Notice that both men and women are held accountable for adultery. It is never an excuse that someone tried to seduce you, but you should always be on your guard against seduction, including the media seduction that lures us toward impurity.

I vividly remember meeting with a man who had been a leader in a Christian organization until he committed immorality.

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India closer to removing anti-conversion laws

June 28, 2009 --

CARROLLTON, Texas, June 26 /Christian Newswire/ — The newly elected Indian government, led by the moderate Congress party, is taking a strong stand against anti-conversion legislation that has restricted religious freedom in the nation. They plan to block bills introduced in a number of states by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This is very encouraging news for Christians and other minorities in the nation. Dr. K.P. Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia, gladly welcomed the news of the Indian government’s recent stand.

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Faith Film Review: Transformers2

June 27, 2009 --

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13):
By Catholic Film Reviews.org,

Overlong, mindlessly violent action adventure sequel in which a college freshman (Shia LaBeouf) and his girlfriend (Megan Fox) assist a group of friendly, shape-shifting alien robots as they battle to defend humanity against the designs of a hostile horde of similar creatures. Derived from the back story of a line of Hasbro toys, director Michael Bay’s globe-trotting explosion fest offers only a modicum of human interest amid the thunderous special effects. Also shown in Imax. Pervasive action violence, brief rear nudity, brief nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity, drug use, occasional rough and crude and some crass language, and frequent sexual references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L—limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling.

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HarperOne to Publish The Pink Ribbon Bible

June 26, 2009 --

One Dollar From Each Consumer Purchase Will Go Towards The Pink Ribbon Girls, a Nonprofit Organization Dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Education, Early Detection, and Support.  May 2009, San Francisco: HarperOne, publisher of the NRSV, announces the publication of The Pink Ribbon Bible (HarperOne; September 2009; $24.99; ISBN 9780061917448) in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Beautifully packaged and portable, this limited edition Bible was developed for the 11,000 young women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year, and the more than 250,000 women under the age of 40 already living with this disease.

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Result of first ever Oregon church survey

June 25, 2009 --

By Oregon Family Council,


96%
of churches surveyed offer Marriage and Family support
94% offer practical aid for People in Need
93% offer Personal Growth and Development assistance
92% are engaged in meaningful Community Service
87% extend their ministry through National and International Outreach
74% actively provide Recovery ministries

All too often the debate surrounding religion in public life centers on issues like allowing a nativity scene on public property or prayer around a public school flagpole.  Yet, lost in this discussion is the critical truth that churches make a tremendous contribution to the lives of individuals, families and the greater community. That’s why the Oregon Family Council Education Foundation sponsored a research project called, The Good Neighbor Church in Society Survey.  In March 2009, over 2000 churches received surveys.  Of these, 352 churches from more than 50 denominational affiliations, and every corner of the state participated.

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Rock star, Lenny Kravitz, talks about living chaste

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From the London Telegraph,

Lenny Kravitz: “It took years to get it right. To actually do it, and really try to walk the walk and not just talk it. It’s not like it’s not important – I think sex and intimacy and all that is very important. It’s just that I’m going to do it with my wife.” He laughs. “And not everybody else.”

Telegraph Newspaper: This summer, not long after he turns 45, it will be four years. The final trigger came after a night in the Carlyle Hotel in New York. (His apartment was under renovation.) “I was doing my normal thing and I was with somebody, and I remember waking up in the morning thinking, ‘What am I doing?’ It’s not that I was all over the place.

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Medford based Mercy Flights gives global help

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Medical Teams International,

Medford-based Mercy Flights Air and Ground Ambulance did what it always does when a call for help comes in. It jumped to respond. Only this time, the call came from Sri Lanka and its fledgling Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. Tigard-based Medical Teams International has been working for three years in Sri Lanka to develop EMT’s and ambulance services.  Since the devastating Tsunami of 2004, a strong Oregon connection has been built with participating emergency services agencies and paramedics.

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Obama talks immigration at Hispanic prayer breakfast

June 24, 2009 --

by Lindsay Perna
Religion News Service

WASHINGTON — President Obama committed to comprehensive immigration reform Friday (June 19) at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in a speech that was laden with religious language but short on policy specifics. “We know there is much more work to be done to extend the promise of a better life to all our children and grandchildren,” Obama said. “In all that we do, we must be guided by that simple command that binds all great religions together: Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Many of the Latino religious leaders at the breakfast, as well as several prominent members of Obama’s faith advisory council, have been lobbying in recent weeks for substantial immigration reform.

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