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2014 Facebook Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions

January 1, 2014

OFFICIAL "PROMOTION" RULES

Limitations on Eligibility/Availability of Charisma Media Sweepstakes" ("Promotion").

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Timing

The Promotion begins January 2014 and ends in January 2014 (the "Promotion Period").

How to Enter

Register during the Promotion Period by providing email address and name through the Facebook form hosted on the Charisma Media Facebook Page at facebook.com/Charismanews and share through one of the designated share channels. Additional shares will increase the chances of winning. No purchase is necessary to participate in the "Promotion." One (1) entry per person. Duplicate entries will be void. By entering the "Promotion" users agree to become a member of the Charisma Media email lists and to receive communication. Information collected in connection with the "Promotion" may be used by Charisma Media in accordance with our Privacy Policy (please see our privacy policy for more information) and may be shared with their affiliated business entities, and that you automatically opt-in to receive email, text messages or other communications from Charisma Media . You may subsequently opt-out of the receipt of such email or communications by following the directions in the email, communications or by contacting Charisma Media directly. All online entries must include entrant's valid email address. The email address provided by online entrants will be the identity of the entrant and, if selected for a prize, the identity of the winner. No copies, facsimiles or mechanical reproductions of entries will be accepted. We expressly reserve the right to disqualify any entries that we believe in good faith are generated by a so-called spam or automated e-mail program or via scripts and automated submission. By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules. The winner of any "Promotion," "Promotion", or Giveaways will receive an e-mail identifying him or her as the winner. The winner must reply via email as instructed in the newsletter to claim the prize withing three (3) business days.

Prizes

Winners of the "Promotion" will be chosen at random. All prizes will be awarded. No substitutions (including for cash) are permitted, except that Charisma Media reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state/provincial and local taxes on the value of their prize. The Prize is subject to its stated terms and conditions and as permitted by state or provincial law. Sponsors are not responsible for lost or stolen gift card. The prize is non-transferable.

The Prize: One Spiritual Warfare Bible, One Kindle, One Harbinger Bundle Including Book, DVD Set, & Companion Study

No substitutions (including for cash) are permitted, except that Charisma Media reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners will be notified via valid email address and will have three (3) business days to claim.

The winning entrant will be chosen at random. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting the entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the e-mail account is registered. All drawings will be conducted under the supervision of Charisma Media . The decisions of Charisma Media are final and binding in all matters relating to this "Promotion." The winners will be notified by email; Charisma Media reserves the right to determine the method of notification. Winners must claim their prize within three (3) business days after the date of notification of such prize. A "Promotion" winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three (3) business days will be considered such "Promotion" winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Charisma Media reserves the right to ship prizes directly to the mailing address provided by winners during their entry to the "Promotion". Each entry submitted and in accordance with the rules will constitute an official entry. One (1) entry per person. Duplicate entries will be void. All entrants agree to abide by these Official "Promotion" Rules. All entries become the property of Charisma Media .

General Conditions and Releases

An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the "Promotion" if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these official rules, as determined in the sole discretion of Charisma Media . Charisma Media shall not be liable for 1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner on the "Promotion" entry form, 2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind, 3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant's ability to participate in the "Promotion", 4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from downloading any part of this "Promotion" or 5) any warranty of fitness or merchantability of any prize or the function or operation thereof, which shall be the sole responsibility of the manufacturer of the prize. Unless prohibited by applicable law, entry constitutes permission to use an entrant's name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state) and testimonials in all media, in perpetuity, in any manner Charisma Media deems appropriate for publicity purposes without any further compensation to such entrant. By entering or accepting a prize in the "Promotion", winners agree to be bound by these rules.

Winner may be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive prize.

By entering, an entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Charisma Media and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively Claims) that may arise from their acceptance, possession and/or use of any prize or their participation in this promotion, or from any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this "Promotion" will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Charisma Media reserves the right to modify the rules of the "Promotion" in any way or at any time. Charisma Media reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this "Promotion" should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the "Promotion". This "Promotion" shall be governed by Florida law. By participating in this "Promotion", entrants agree that Florida courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this "Promotion" and that venue shall be only in Florida. read more

Church Rescue

‘Church Rescue’ Propels Unlikely Reality TV Stars

A new reality TV show features a trio of church consultants traveling across the United States to assist failing churches, using “the wisdom of Scripture and a little Southern ingenuity” along with some red-faced shouting at obstinate pastors. read more

Martinez: Are You Hearing God’s Voice This Season?

 

God is the ultimate communicator. When He speaks, he makes sure that we can hear and understand Him.

When a child is small, whether we want to or not, we train them to hear our voice. We have certain tones of voices that indicate “I mean business.”

By the time a child is four or five years old, they will begin to have so much going on in their heads that sometimes they don’t hear us until we turn on that certain tone of voice.

In the busyness of the Christmas season, it might seem counterproductive to pause. Yet, it is in these moments that we can learn so much about listening. Take a few moments today to consider how you hear God’s voice. Do you only hear Him when He “turns on the voice”, or are you hearing even His whispers?

God speaks in many different ways. The Christmas narrative shows us that God spoke to people in ways that they would understand, and with just the right approach to help them understand and believe.

For Mary, God showed up as an angel, in person, with encouragements.

“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you…you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus…”

Joseph got an angel too, but every time an angel appeared to Joseph, it was in a dream.

God spoke to Zechariah through an angel, but his wife only heard God’s voice through circumstances—first her husband couldn’t speak, then she found out she was pregnant.

Yet, God used her to encourage Mary with a word of knowledge. “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!”

The shepherds heard from a host of angels, but the Wise Men heard from God through a change in nature—there was a star in the East.

There are two people in the narrative that we should take some time to consider: Simon and Anna.

Luke 2 tells us that Simon was moved by the Spirit. It wasn’t even his day to work, but he went into the temple courts. He was there when Mary and Joseph brought in the child Jesus. Simon had spent so much time in God’s presence that he knew His voice.

Then we have Anna. Anna made it her habit to be in the Temple courts. Because it was her habit to fast and pray and be in the Temple, she was there when Jesus showed up.

In the season where we celebrate God’s big acts, let’s take a few moments to consider—are we making it our habit to be in God’s presence? Are we listening for His voice so we will hear Him when He speaks?

Whether you are in a space to really listen, or in a space that you need God to turn up the volume, the Bible shows us that God is the ultimate communicator. He speaks so that His audience will hear and understand Him. read more

The First Prayer in the First Congress – 1774

The First Prayer in the First Congress – 1774

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the kingdoms, empires and governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed, that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world; and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen.

Rev. Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia
Sept. 7, 1774, 9 a.m. read more

Our World on Fire

If we truly want to see the Holy Spirit transform our communities, here’s how we can prepare ourselves for His coming. Only God can transform a community, but there are several things we can do to prepare for His arrival. Here’s a short list of considerations. read more
Robert-Ricciardelli

25 Kingdom Initiatives for 2012

{jcomments on}As we move along into the New Year, I wanted to share 25 key initiatives that I feel are significant for every believer. I am hopeful that these will confirm some things the Lord has already been showing you as well as encourage you to pray into these initiatives for your own lives, and for the body of Christ. I pray that each of us would ask the Father to reveal to us our part in the body and that we would seek Him for guidance for His will to be done through us. May the Lord kingdomize your life in amazing ways in 2012 to further expand His kingdom and His glory upon the earth.

1. Give to Caesar (government) what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is His, which are our very lives. Jesus was consumed with His Father’s Kingdom being brought to the earth. We must focus on Christ and His kingdom rather than being overly concerned with political processes and government foolishness. We pray for governmental change, but we must look to God and not government to provide for us.

2. God is raising up new leaders who will stand for righteousness in the realms of government. This generation of Daniels and Josephs will continue to take their place in leading nations with Father’s influence, presence and wisdom in governmental offices. read more

God at Ground Zero

Christians working near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy say the Holy Spirit is moving in special ways to soften a city known for spiritual resistance. read more

Charismatics Under Fire

Despite Hungary's democratic politics, charismatic believers are harassed and falsely accused of illegal behavior. read more

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