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Video: Israel's Best Kept Secrets

Few places compare with Israel. Though the country is relatively small (about the size of New Jersey), it is filled from end to end with biblical history. If there is one place on earth that every Christian needs to visit, it’s Israel. Why? Because being there is the only way to physically experience God’s eternal story that runs through the ancient sites and historical wonders. It is the land where the Bible comes alive. Many Christians who go to Israel are challenged to new levels of discipleship. Some are healed, renewed, empowered and blessed. The experience of one pilgrim sums it up: “It was like visiting with the Lord in His home,” she said. When you go, visit the well-known sites but also set aside time to take in some of the land’s best-kept secrets. Here are 10 we suggest you see. You won’t be disappointed.

 

1. TEL DAN
Seconds into Israel’s Tel Dan Nature Reserve, and all else is forgotten. You’ll want to get lost under shady trees as you’re serenaded by the sounds of the rushing Dan River—the Jordan’s largest source—and its flowing streams and gentle springs. But if you keep going, you’ll come across three sites: the ruins of the Canaanite city once captured by the tribe of Dan, one of the “high places” from the time of King Jeroboam and the ancient Canaanite “Gate of the Three Arches.”

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Innovation in the Church

The pioneers behind Youversion, GloBible and Bible.is explain why digital creativity is imperative for believers today.

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Pastor of innovation at Lifechurch.tv and creator of YouVersion, the world's most popular Bible app

Co-creator of the Glo-Bible, an interactive digital Bible that won an Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Bible of the Year award in 2010

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The Oak Initiative

Watch as leaders of the Oak Initiative explain the ministry. Many of the group's board members include mostly national charismatic-associated names such as Cindy Jacobs, Bob Weiner, Bishop Larry Jackson, Lance Wallnau and Ardell Daniels, the husband of Jacksonville, Fla., Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels. It is a grassroots movement to unite, mobilize, equip and activate Christians to be the salt and light. They are called to be engaged in the great issues of our time from a biblical worldview. read more

Pentcostalism and Politics

Glimpse an in depth University of Southern California panel discussion on Pentecostalism and Politics.


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The 12 Mistakes of Christmas Outreach

After 30 years of experience with holistic church marketing and community outreach, working with churches and ministries across nearly 100 denominations, in every state and in many other countries. Drawing on that wide experience, this article outlines what they've learned to be the 12 most common mistakes churches make in Christmas outreach.
Church can takes active steps to avoid these mistakes and dramatically increase the effectiveness of their outreach. Christmas outreach done in the way described here will positively impact every other facet of a church's ministry, and many of the recommendations provide smarter ways to plan for the whole year.

Mistake #1: Not planning for something great.

Seth Godwin calls it the Purple Cow.
Tom Peters calls it the WOW principle.
George Lois calls it the Big Idea.

Seeking a change of scenery, you drive a new route through the countryside. The first cow you pass draws attention. If kids are along, they practice mooing and laugh. Everyone watches for the next cow. Yet after an hour of cruising along pasture fences, who notices anymore? Not that the cows have become any less effective at being cows. But to a passing motorist with passing interest, all those cows begin to seem familiar and ordinary and nearly invisible. The only thing that would get new attention and strong interest would be a purple cow. We live in a world of extraordinary things. The mistake often made is to settle for the ordinary, familiar....or safe. Familiarity does not always breed contempt. But settling for the ordinary and the all-too-familiar may breed something else. read more

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