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Posts Tagged ‘Challenge’


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NEWS: CHRISTIANS UNITE IN SILENCE FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Release International sponsored silence

Release International have created a unique way to stand up and speak out for persecuted Christians around the world through a sponsored silence. For the week beginning 25th of November, Release International will be holding the event in the UK and Ireland to raise funds for Christians persecuted that witness about their Christian faith. The charity is encouraging people to get their church, friends and family members involved  to make a difference and support the charity's work dedicated to helping victims of persecution. The cause is fighting to help those whose lives are in danger like Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy. The charity is also asking Christians to remember Chinese Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Iranian pastor Behnam Irani, 17-year-old Eva Abdullah from Tanzania and evangelist Mussie Ezaz.  All these Christians have been subjected to some sort of torture, brutality and imprisonment. By keeping quiet for all or part...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY 21 – ‘ATTITUDE’ @ANDYGRAYJOHN330

Andy Gray presents the final Mind Makeover video blog for the 21 day challenge. Andy's message is based on Philippians 2:5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.' Looking at the life of Christ, Andy says we should take on the attitude of Jesus in our daily lives. He lived a life of service and obedience even to the point of death. It's this amazing kind of  humility that Jesus displayed that we should model. Andy advises we can do this by putting others first before ourselves. The Christian life is a sacrificial lifestyle which considers the needs of others before ourselves. Day 21 asks us to honour and serve friends, family, colleagues, brothers and sisters. The bible also says in John 3:30 He must increase but I must decrease. The final Challenge is to ask yourself do I have the same attitude as Jesus? Do I put others...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY 19 – ‘LIVING A LIE’ @DJKELECHI

Today's Mind Makeover video is presented by DJ Kelechi where he gives us an insight into his powerful testimony.  DJ Kelechi recalls when he first became a Christian and he integrated his faith into his life. However he admits to doing things that didn't really glorify God. As he went into a deeper relationship with God, the Lord began to talk to him about coming out of a life of darkness and walking into a life of light; living in the right way. Christianity is not just about singing and praising and attending church on Sundays; it's a lifestyle. We should come to a point where we hate sin and decide to live for God wholeheartedly. DJ Kelechi asks what things in our life should we cut out? Is there anything in our life that is stopping us from praying or drawing us closer to God? The more time spent in God's presence...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY 18 – ‘GO TELL EM’ BY TINA AMADI

The bible says in 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT) But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, [a] a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Tina explores our roles as Priests. As Christians we are to do the exact same thing that Jesus did which is to spread the good news of the gospel. We are to tell people that they can come out of darkness into light, tell them they can come out of sorrow and into joy, tell people they can come out of unhappiness and into happiness. This is the power of the gospel and its also how we should exercise our God given roles as priests. Today's message is full of hope and challenges us to spread...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY 17 – ‘DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE’ @REALJVESSEL

J Vessel breaks down how the pleasures of this world isolate us from the things of the Father. Chasing after the things of the world is a wasted life because these things will perish. It's easy to get caught up in the hype of status and possessions for validation but J Vessel emphasizes the importance of putting God first. 1 John 2:16-17 says  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. The scripture shows that chasing after God brings life and when we put him first, everything else shall follow. Today's challenge prompts us to live unselfishly and do something that pleases God. What can...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY 16 – ‘POP CULTURE’ @BALIVAMUSIC

What is considered 'socially accepted' may not always be in line with the bible. Even Christians can get it wrong says Baliva. He speaks on the slave trade which happened with tolerance and under the eyes of many Christians.  At the same time there were some Christians that opposed it and fought for the abolishment of slavery. Baliva points out that they were able to see that it was wrong even though it was socially accepted.  Its through revelation that we establish what is right and what is wrong and by spending time with God, prayer and meditation of his word. Romans 12:2 says  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. The challenge for today is check yourself. Are the views and beliefs you have in line...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY 14 – ‘HOW TO BE A SUPERHERO’ TINA AMADI

Tina presents today's Mind Makeover Challenge which is based on Ephesians 4:24 'Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy'. Tina remembers when she was young she desired to be a super hero, wishing she could do amazing things, with strength and power. Although she couldn't be like the cartoons she would watch, she identified with the attributes of God and his super natural power, miracle works and healing abilities. Understanding God way's gave Tina the confidence to live in his likeness, by helping others and living out her super hero ambitions!  She also reflects on  Ezekiel 22:30  which says 'So I sought for a man who would... stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land.. but I found no one.' Today's Challenge is to pray for someone who is in their hour of need. Stand in the gap for someone. Their miracle could depend...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY 12 – ‘LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE’ @FAITHCHILDMUSIC

Faith Child's video blog is based on Matthew 5:16 and he questions 'how can we let our light shine before men?' As Christian's no matter how dark things may be we can make a difference to the things and world around us. Whether at work, school, home, community or socially we can impact people and our environments in a good and positive way. Our light can be anything from our actions and even the things that we say and stand up for. The challenge today is to go out and do an act of kindness so that God may be glorified. Sometimes we are the only bible people read. Our lifestyles can encourage, inspire and bring people...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER DAY ELEVEN – ‘DO GOODER’ @BALIVAMUSIC

Check out Baliva's message for today's I Do Not Conform Mind Makeover Challenge. Day eleven looks at whether our good deeds make us a good person. Baliva reflects on Galatians  5:4-6 which asks us to review our faith in Jesus Christ which justifies us. He  stresses that our works do not save us as we all fall short of the glory of God. It's our relationship with God that counts not religious deeds. Baliva prompts us to ask ourselves does doing good deeds make us good? Does attending church and doing charity work get us into heaven? And are we saved by Faith in Jesus?

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MIND MAKEOVER CHALLENGE DAY NINE- ‘PURE RELIGION’ @ANDYGRAYJOHN330

Andy Gray shares his experience of working with African Child Trust.  A part of his decision to contribute to charity works is based on James 1:27  which says 'Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.' 

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER CHALLENGE DAY EIGHT- ‘THE NEW YOU’ ALYSON, LISA & STACEY

2nd  Corinthians 5:17 says " Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." In today's video blog Alyson, Lisa and Stacey present the realities of building a relationship with God which takes dedication, prayer and time in his presence. A new life in Christ is truly a new start to live life in the spirit which is a change that starts on the inside and will eventually manifest on the outside. Your past is not taken into account when you are born again, taking the example of Paul, the girls recall how God used him for his glory even though he had a past of persecuting Christians. Yet God turned around Paul's life and did not hold his sins against him. So for today's challenge; Look at yourself through God's eyes. What does His Word say about you? Know that u are...

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NEWS: MIND MAKEOVER CHALLENGE DAY SIX – ‘INFLUENCE’ @JENDELLA

Jendella's video blog highlights the different types of opinions and ideas that we consume through popular culture. This might be through reality TV, social media, music and other mediums. Without realising we are subconsciously influenced by these things. Jendella reflects on the way in which reality TV impacted some of the decisions she made in her day to day life. It may not be obvious but celebrities and images of the media can really impact us. Jendella ask's us to think of our 3 favourite songs, 3 favourite shows and the people that we follow on Twitter or Facebook and identify what kind of lifestyle are they promoting? Will they help or harm our Christian walk if we continue to follow these them? If so why not take action today and step up to Jendella's challenge which will help us to  improve and grow in  faith.

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NEWS: MINDMAKEOVER CHALLENGE DAY THREE – WORD UP! @TRIPLEOMUSIC

Ever felt like reading your bible is a bit of a chore? Sometimes when there's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to visually amuse us and keep us busy socializing, the Word of God becomes low on our list of priorities. Here Triple O relates to that and encourages us to make time for the bible and write down verses.  Triple O highlights the importance of  getting to know God for ourselves. So the question is how much time are we putting aside to know God on a personal level? It's never to late. We can start today.

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NEWS: MINDMAKEOVER CHALLENGE DAY TWO – WHO COMES FIRST? @FAITHCHILDMUSIC

Faith Child goes in with his video blog today, asking us to consider who comes first in our lives? There are so many things we can look for satisfaction in, this might be clothes, girls, guys, money and other things. Faith Child explains the importance of seeking God's Kingdom first and everything else will follow (based on Matthew 6:33).  Listen to his experience on how putting Christ first has helped his life. Day two of the Mind Makeover challenge asks us to look out how we honour God through our lifestyle and thoughts. Be blessed and step up to today's challenge peeps!

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NEWS: MINDMAKEOVER CHALLENGE DAY ONE – YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT @ANDYGRAYJOHN330

Check out the first in a series of Video's produced by IDoNotConform as part of the Mind Makeover Challenge 2012. Over 21 days, 21 people will present 21 videos with encouragement on how not to conform to the world. Each video ends with a challenge for viewers which will help us to renew our minds in Christ. Today's video blog is by @AndyGrayJOHN330 advising us to consider the things we watch on TV and  online and how they make a difference to our lives.

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