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The Great Tribulation & the Church: Will the Church Experience the Great Tribulation?

The Great Tribulation & the Church: Will the Church Experience the Great Tribulation?

Can you imagine 50-pound chunks of ice falling out of the sky?

Can you picture the Sierra Nevada mountain range suddenly dropping to 5,000 feet below sea level?

Can you conceive of a time when people won’t be able to die?

Such events will soon take place upon the earth. God will pour out His wrath upon the world and His judgment upon the men who have rejected His plan of salvation. There’s a debate in theological circles as to whether or not the church will be here when God’s wrath is unleashed upon the earth. So the purpose of this book is to examine the biblical reasons why I feel the Church will not be here during the Great Tribulation.

-Chuck Smith

Topics include:
• The Two Tribulations
• The 70 Weeks
• The Rapture of the Church
• The Book of Revelation
• The Time of the End
• Preparation

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The Black Church in the African American Experience

The Black Church in the African American Experience

Black churches in America have long been recognized as the most independent, stable, and dominant institutions in black communities. In The Black Church in the African American Experience, based on a ten-year study, is the largest nongovernmental study of urban and rural churches ever undertaken and the first major field study on the subject since the 1930s.
Drawing on interviews with more than 1,800 black clergy in both urban and rural settings, combined with a comprehensive historical overview of seven mainline black denominations, C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya present an analysis of the Black Church as it relates to the history of African Americans and to contemporary black culture. In examining both the internal structure of the Church and the reactions of the Church to external, societal changes, the authors provide important insights into the Church’s relationship to politics, economics, women, youth, and music.
Among other topics, Lincoln and Mamiya discuss the attitude of the clergy toward women pastors, the reaction of the Church to the civil rights movement, the attempts of the Church to involve young people, the impact of the black consciousness movement and Black Liberation Theology and clergy, and trends that will define the Black Church well into the next century.
This study is complete with a comprehensive bibliography of literature on the black experience in religion. Funding for the ten-year survey was made possible by the Lilly Endowment and the Ford Foundation.

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Bishop GE Patterson Classic ‘HolyGHOST Experience at 16 years old

You Need The Holy Ghost- Pentecost 1999 Bishop Gilbert Earl “GE” Patterson (September 22, 1939 [1] — March 20, 2007[2]) was an American Pentecostal-Holiness, Charismatic minister who served as the international Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Inc. Dr. Bishop Gilbert Patterson was born to Bishop WA (1898–1991) and Mary Patterson (1901–1981) in Humboldt, Tennessee. He was reared in Memphis, Tennessee and Detroit, Michigan. Bishop Patterson’s uncle was JO Patterson, Sr. (1912–1989), the Presiding Bishop of (COGIC) from 1968 until his death. He was the first cousin to Bishop JO Patterson, Jr., a former interim mayor of Memphis, TN and the current Chairman of the COGIC General Assembly. His best friend and First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the COGIC, Inc., Charles E. Blake, Sr. succeeded him as Presiding Bishop. Bishop JS Bailey ordained him in 1958 as an elder in the Church of God in Christ. In 1962, Patterson became co-pastor with his father at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis. Patterson continued his pastorate in 1975 as the founder and pastor of Temple of Deliverance, the Cathedral of the Bountiful Blessings near downtown. Today, Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ is one of the nation’s fastest growing congregations with over 18000 on its membership roll. In 2000, Calhoun street where Bountiful Blessing is located was renamed GE Patterson Ave., in honor of the Bishop. Patterson founded the rapidly

Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience

Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience

Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?

  • Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?
  • If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?
  • Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as “Dr.” or “Pastor”?
  • Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to “surrender fully,” “yield completely” or “lay it all on the altar”?
  • Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?
  • Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.

Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God’s forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.

Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?

With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ’s gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences.Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?

  • Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?
  • If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?
  • Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as “Dr.” or “Pastor”?
  • Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to “surrender fully,” “yield completely” or “lay it all on the altar”?
  • Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?
  • Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.

Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God’s forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.

Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?

With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ’s gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences.

List Price: $ 12.00

Price: $ 12.00

Caputured – A Live Experience From Fellowship Church

Caputured – A Live Experience From Fellowship Church

1. The Noise We Make
2. Beautiful One
3. Step By Step / Forever We Will Sing
4. Glory
5. History Maker
6. Better is One Day Medley
7. How Great is our God
8. Surrender
9. Word of God Speak
10. Grace Flows Down
11. He Reigns

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New Online Church Aims to Reach Those with No Experience of God, Christianity or Church

Ripon, England, (PRWEB) July 5, 2007

Holy Trinity Church Ripon has launched an online ‘church’ for people who are not already engaged with the Christian faith, and who are looking for answers, but may not feel ready (or be able) to walk into a church building. Its goal is to help people discover if God is of relevance to them today, providing a safe and self-directed way to find straightforward answers to questions about Christianity. Longer-term, the goal is to encourage them to find a local church where they can feel at home.

Very few churches exist purely online, and Church on the Net (www.church-on-the-net.com) is unique because it is evangelistic, rather than designed to serve believers or any pre-existing fellowship. The team behind the project says that as well as agnostics, atheists and seekers, however, the online church may be useful to new Christians afraid of asking ‘silly’ questions, Christians who have slipped away from an active faith, and those who find it difficult to meet together (such as the housebound, carers, and those in remote areas or who face persecution).

“As odd as it may seem to Christians, who have all the advantages of fellowship through belonging to a traditional church, there are huge numbers of people who are accustomed to being part of online communities, whose ‘friends’ they may never meet face-to-face,” says Mark Tanner, vicar of Holy Trinity Ripon. “The idea of doing things online feels safe and attractive to them, so why not introduce church into that lifestyle?”

Church on the Net is divided into three sections:

· a reference section, with 85 articles offering explanations or perspectives on many issues relating to God, church and Christianity, including common and difficult questions

· a weekly article, updated every Sunday, exploring the Christian faith and how it is lived out on a daily basis. The launch address has been provided by the Rt Revd John Packer, Bishop of Ripon & Leeds

· an interactive community area, where visitors can engage with the site and one another through forums and blogs.

Site content is provided by an editorial panel of ordained and lay people drawn from within Holy Trinity Ripon, plus guest writers.

“In an increasingly secular world, we are in danger of making assumptions about what people already know about our faith — which may not be much,” says Nicola David, project leader of Church on the Net. “This hit home when a teenager asked me if Christmas was when Jesus married Mary. So our articles try to be as clear, conversational and jargon-free as possible — particularly because we expect the majority of our audience to be outside of the UK, and won’t have English as a first language.”

40% of visitors to Holy Trinity Ripon’s own church website (www.holytrinityripon.org.uk) are overseas, and come looking for answers to spiritual questions. Most commonly, these are seekers from China, Brazil, Vietnam, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, Morocco and Israel.

“Church on the Net is one of a range of ways Christians are extending a new invitation to community, to exploration and to faith through fresh expressions of church. I warmly commend it,” says the Revd. Dr. Steven Croft, archbishops’ missioner and team leader of Fresh Expressions (an initiative of the Church of England and Methodist Church).

Plans are already afoot for phases two and three of the site, which will introduce extensive new functionality and features.

Church on the Net is registered as a fresh expression of church with Fresh Expressions. It exists under the authority of Holy Trinity Ripon (a church in the Church of England) and the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. It is co-funded by Holy Trinity Ripon, the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, and charitable grants.

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SoulOfAmerica Showcases the Gullah Islands and their African Heritage — Experience the Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Africa without Leaving the States

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2005

SoulOfAmerica.com announces a guide to the historically significant Gullah Islands in South Carolina. Once home to African slaves, this Atlantic coastal region still brims with the culture of the Motherland. The Gullah area consists of more than a dozen islands in addition to sections of coastal plains in the Carolinas.

The online destination guide, at [http://www.soulofamerica.com/resorts/gullah.html , explores Gullah culture in towns such as Beaufort, St. Helena Island, Bluffton, Hampton, Hilton Head Island, Daufauskie Island and Georgetown. Find out where to savor food laced with the spicy flavors of Africa, witness weavers transforming sweetgrass into exquisite baskets, admire quilters using a “long-strip” technique to create masterpieces of fabric art and hear storytellers bringing Gullah’s history to life. Visit and learn about “Praise Houses,” small sacred buildings in which slaves worshiped and conducted ancestral ceremonies.

“This region is a true national treasure, especially for African Americans,” said Thomas Dorsey, publisher of SoulOfAmerica.com. “Nowhere else within the United States can you immerse yourself in such authentic and rich African culture and history. The Gullah Islands enable us to experience the triumphs and challenges of those who came before us.”

The guide provides a history of the Gullah people and their language, the latter being a combination of many African dialects, and information about the area’s lively heritage festivals. Also included are historical sites, art galleries, museums, churches and music venues that pulsate with the rhythms of Africa.

First publishing to travelers in 1994, SoulOfAmerica.com provides extensive destination guides and photographs of such subjects as Family Travel, Cruises, Spas, Holiday Travel, Black History Month and International Destinations, including Paris and the Caribbean. Black travel experts are also available for interviews and for referrals to other black travel resources. “SoulOfAmerica.com” is the DBA name and “Soul Of America” is a trademark of Soul Of America Travel, Inc.

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