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‘Heaven is for Real’ Jesus painting identified

May 29, 2014 --

pcjsshvnfrrlSummary: The image of Jesus painted by the “young Lithuanian girl” in the film ‘Heaven is for Real’ has sparked major media attention. Now revealed, is the girl’s name, the name of her artwork and the heavenly connection she shares with Colton, the main character in the film.

By Carol Corneliuson,

Released in April, the movie Heaven Is for Real, is based on the New York Times best-seller and follows the story of a 4-year-old boy named Colton Burpo. Colton claims to have visited heaven during a near death experience. He shares his story about heaven with his curious father Todd Burpo. With the portrayal and understanding through the child’s innocence, Colton’s family is not sure what to think of his story and his visit to heaven.

Throughout the film, Todd tries to have Colton identify Jesus through a varying number of images and photos he has on hand, but without any success. It is not until the end of the film, that Colton identifies the face of Jesus on Todd Burpo’s laptop. A character in the film referred to as the “young Lithuanian girl” paints the image of Jesus, but her name and the name of her Jesus painting is never revealed. Many who have seen the movie are left wondering who “the young Lithuanian girl” painting Jesus is and the connection between her, the movie and Colton.

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Univeristy of Portland: NBC news correspondent stresses faith


By University of Portland

NBC correspondent Anne Thompson, University of Portland 2014 commencement speaker, stresses power of faith to record-setting 929 undergraduates

Addressing a record number of graduating students at the University of Portland’s 2014 spring commencement Sunday, Anne Thompson, NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent, stressed the power of faith.“Faith is what lasts,” she said. “It is truly this life’s most powerful resource.”

To emphasize her point, she recounted her experience last year while reporting on Pope Benedict as he left the Vatican and headed for his retirement at Castel Gandolfo, the Papal summer retreat south of Rome. She was watching Pope Benedict fly in a helicopter over the Colosseum, when suddenly the power of faith struck her.

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How should the church respond to new same-sex ruling?

May 27, 2014 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog


As many of you have heard, on Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriages was overturned by a federal judge. In light of that, today’s video blog (filmed last year) addresses the question:

There’s been a lot of talk in the news and among the evangelical culture in America about legalizing gay marriage. What are your thoughts on how Christians should respond?

In this video interview with Randy and EPM staffer Julia Stager, we share our thoughts:

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Faith discrimination at your bank?

May 23, 2014 --

faith-consumer-logoMatthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer,

Following the announcement in The Daily Caller that the Atlanta, GA-based SunTrust Banks, Inc. has severed ties with Benham Real Estate Group, owned by David and Jason Benham, Faith Driven Consumer founder Chris Stone has issued the following statement:

“SunTrust Banks appears to have punished David and Jason Benham by taking action against their business purely based on their Christian beliefs. This sends a loud and clear message to people of faith in America, you’re not welcome at SunTrust, take your business somewhere else.

“SunTrust’s actions have effectively put into place a belief-oriented litmus test for its business partners seeking to compete in the marketplace of goods, services, and ideas. This is discriminatory, intolerant, and in direct opposition everything that America is about.

“Faith Driven Consumers, and all fair-minded Americans, are getting tired of this, they know it’s wrong, and they are not going to tolerate this kind of bullying. On behalf of our community of 46 million people who spend $1.75 trillion annually, we are actively seeking banks who will welcome them along with all of the other people that they serve.”

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Priest dies in Mt. Hood accident

May 21, 2014 --

By Crossroads Publishing,

On Tuesday, May 13, beloved Pastor, valued Crossroad author and friend Father Robert J. Cormier died in a climbing accident on Mount Hood in Oregon. He had reached the summit. A priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., Robert J. Cormier was a preacher, teacher, theologian, and pilot. His recent book, Better Than We Believed, ( was granted Honorable Mention in the prestigious Eric Hoffer Awards—an honor that was announced the same day that Fr. Cormier died. He is also the author of Why We Look Up, and A Faith That Makes Sense.

Gwendolin Herder, publisher of The Crossroad Publishing Company, has worked with Fr. Cormier for nearly 20 years. “Fr. Bob was passionate about God, a God who–he was convinced–did not want to hide behind formulas removed twice from peoples’ life experience today.”

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Pro-Con on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

May 19, 2014 --

courtBelow are two different opinions on the ruling this week that legalizes same-sex marriage in Oregon. One from the Oregon Attorney General and the other from the Oregon Catholic Conference.

Oregon Attorney General:
This is an historic day for our state. I am delighted that Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, finding no legitimate state purpose justifies the preclusion of gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage. The U.S. District Court concluded that Oregon’s constitutional ban is not defensible under the United States Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.I did not take lightly my decision not to defend the Oregon constitution in this matter. That is why we presented the court with all of the arguments we were aware of that had been made in other jurisdictions. And that’s why my office carefully explained in a lengthy brief and at oral argument why making those arguments in this case would have been at odds with our oath to defend the United States Constitution.Today’s decisive ruling shows that the U.S. District Court also considered these arguments and rejected them. The ruling affirms our state’s commitment to equal protection under the law. It says, plainly and simply, that under the supreme law of the land, it is not okay to deny same-sex couples in Oregon the same right to marry that is given to opposite-sex couples.As I said three months ago, marriage is the way loving couples become family to each other and to their extended families. As the court said: “Creating second-tier families does not advance the state’s strong interest in promoting and protecting all families.” I would like to personally congratulate and welcome the many families that will soon be recognized as a result of today’s historic ruling.

The Oregon Catholic Conference
The Oregon Catholic Conference is deeply grieved by Judge Michael McShane’s ruling to redefine marriage.It is a travesty of justice that marriage, as the foundation of society, received no defense in the U.S. District Court. Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, in an extreme dereliction of her sworn duty to uphold the law, refused to represent the interests and the people of Oregon. It is a sad day for democracy when one federally appointed judge can overturn, without any representation, the express will of the people of Oregon.Despite the judge’s ruling, authentic marriage remains what it has always and only been according to God’s design: the loving union between one man and one woman for the mutual benefit of the two who have become one flesh and any children born of their union. Redefining marriage confuses the true purpose and meaning of marriage. An act deliberately ensuring that more children will grow up motherless or fatherless is not an act of love. The Oregon Catholic Conference will continue to uphold the true meaning of marriage and advocate for genuine marriages and families in Oregon, and it urges all people of good will to continue to reject the flawed notion that a pairing of two people of the same gender constitutes a marriage.

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Luis Palau event: 10,000 new Christians


By Luis Palau Association,

International evangelist Luis Palau’s inaugural visit to northwest Argentina for an evangelistic campaign resulted in tens of thousands of people reached with the Good News and nearly 10,000 documented decisions for Jesus Christ.

Joined by his son and fellow evangelist, Andrew Palau, the duo were able to fan across the region, gathering churches, encouraging unity, training believers, and coordinating more than 20 evangelistic gatherings across three cities.

The capstone of the week-long campaign was a massive evangelistic festival on April 25 and 26, which drew packed crowds to Salta, the capital city of Salta Province (population 619,000). The festival, which featured both Luis and Andrew along with popular recording artists Rescate, Guitarerros, and GeneraSion, drew people of all ages and generated widespread publicity around the city — including television interviews, newspaper stories, and radio coverage. Through longtime Palau partner Enlace Television, the festival was broadcast to more than 48 countries via live streaming video and television.

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Harvard addresses Black Mass

May 16, 2014 --

Faust harvBy Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on the response of the Harvard president to the Satanic staging of a “Black Mass” on campus:

After allowing a week to pass without a responsible rejoinder to the “Black Mass” on the Harvard campus, President Drew Faust issued a morally defensible letter today. She stated that students have freedom of speech, but she also spoke against the obscene content of this speech.

President Faust branded the mocking of the Catholic Mass “abhorrent.” She said it was “a fundamental affront to the values of inclusion, belonging and mutual respect that must define our community.” Moreover, she said it was “deeply regrettable that the organizers of this event [a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School], well aware of the offense they are causing so many others, have chosen to proceed with a form of expression that is so flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory.”

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Heaven author on “Heavens for Real” film

May 14, 2014 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

Please visit his blog

The phenomenally popular book Heaven Is for Real—the bestselling evangelical book in the last ten years—has remained on the New York Times best-seller list after more than three years, with nearly 8 million copies sold. It’s also been translated into 25 languages and has now been made into a major movie by Sony Pictures, released in theaters this week.

The book was written by an evangelical pastor, Todd Burpo, and tells of his then four-year-old son Colton, who survived emergency surgery and later told his family that he went to Heaven. Colton described seeing Jesus and meeting his miscarried sister and his great-grandfather, who died before he was born.

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Vietnam delegation to Eugene opens adoption doors

May 13, 2014 --

By Holt International
Based in Eugene Oregon

Photo: The Nguyen family pose for a picture with the delegates from Vietnam.

Four government officials from Vietnam visit Holt families and staff in Eugene as part of a final selection process to begin adoptions from Vietnam to the U.S. The two selected agencies will participate in a pilot adoption program for children with special needs.

Sixteen years ago, Hai and Valerie Nguyen traveled to Vietnam to bring home their twin 2-year-old daughters, Mai and Ly. This month, Mai and Ly will turn 18. Both girls love math and science, can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 46 seconds — blindfolded — and have big ambitions to be the first twins in space! They also speak fluent Vietnamese, an amazing feat considering they grew up in Eugene, Oregon and have only traveled to Vietnam twice.

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