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‘Saturate SoCal’ To Deliver Jesus Film DVD Pack To 4 Million Homes

ANAHEIM, Calif. — More than 200 Christian leaders learned of a plan to mobilize hundreds of churches and thousands of volunteers to spread the gospel to all the people living in the 364 zip codes found in Los Angeles and Orange counties at a kickoff meeting hosted by Christ for All Peoples on Tuesday. Organizers said “Saturate SoCal” is part of a nationwide strategy (Saturate USA) to deliver a free...

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What Defines a Great Church?

When people think of a great church, these things often come to mind: A church with a huge attendance, perhaps great facilities and fun programs; a church with nice (and maybe even attractive) people, exposure in the mainstream; great music, and an all-time favorite criteria, a church with an entertaining and funny pastor. By STEVE CHA Of course, our idea of a great church might differ from how God looks at...

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Faith Leaders Urge Signing of ‘Our Hope for Peace’ Amid Violence Surrounding US Embassy Move

Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem seeks to bring a biblical perspective, balance and different tone to Israeli-Palestinian conflict NEWS RELEASE A. Larry Ross Communications As deadly violence erupted in Gaza protesting the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, The Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem urged individuals to sign “Our Hope for Peace: A Statement on Israel, the Nations and the Gospel.” “‘Our Hope for Peace’ is a...

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Woman’s Dream Gathering Becomes Real at Grace City LA Church

Kimberly Yu’s dream from more than a dozen years ago to hold a gathering that highlights the transformative life stories of women who have suffered much and gained hope through Jesus becomes real this Saturday (May 12, 2018). “I know God can heal broken hearts and broken souls and that’s really what this conference is about,” said Yu in an interview with TogetherLA about the upcoming HOPE Conference to be...

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True Identity: We are Strangers In a Foreign Land

The reality is, Christians are interlopers. We are strangers and foreigners. BY ED STETZER As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by our national identity, our political identity, our environmental identity, our social identity, or even our church identity. Don’t get me wrong. We ought to love our church. (I know I love my church.) And the Church (with capital C) is...

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Francis Chan Uses Revelation To Call Out Picky American Christians

I’ll get to Francis Chan and picky American Christians in a moment, but first… Together LA is a movement that started even before the conference of the same name took place in 2015. Years before the 3-day gathering held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ , pastors in the Los Angeles area met regularly to pray for a movement of unity in the city where churches came together...

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Human Trafficking: Churches Must Move Beyond Awareness

Although the Church excels in bringing awareness to the gravity of human trafficking it must do a better job of mobilizing people to strategically fight the problem, said author and social justice advocate Danielle Strickland recently. “I think the commodification of human beings is one of the gravest and most intense issues of our time,” Strickland told TogetherLA (VIDEO BELOW) before she spoke on stage at Catalyst West in Irvine...

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How to Speak the Truth in a Relative World

When I was 19 years old, I preached at a little church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The church only had about 40 people, most of whom were elderly. Of those 40 members, only one was younger than me. I would love to say we had a youth group, but in reality, it was more like a “youth kid.” By DUDLEY RUTHERFORD I was just starting college in Missouri, so I had to...

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Advocacy For Foster Children Grows From Possum Trot to Orange County

Bishop W.C. Martin, the man who led members of his small country church in Possom Trot, Texas, to collectively adopt 76 foster children, said he believes the Zero by 2020 initiative launched in Orange County, California, will lead to a national movement. Zero by 2020 is a collaborative initiative of Christian churches in Orange County with the goal of finding a family for every child in Orange County by 2020...

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Empowering Urban Leaders to Go and Make Disciples

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. — Matthew 28:19-20 Post Resurrection we read the story of Jesus speaking to his disciples. Many doubted that he had actually...

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