Lysa TerKeurst, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 Ministries president, wants her First 5 app to get Christians into the habit of reaching for the Word before giving the world their full attention — and it seems many women are eager to do just that.
"When social media and email are the first things we look at in the morning, our hearts get set on busyness and wrapped up in the shouts of the world. I want to equip women to truly put God first — to truly give Him the first moments of their day — through this app," TerKeurst said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
The First 5 app triggered more than 100,000 downloads within the first two days of it being made available and "hit (No. 2) in the Lifestyle app category in the Apple store," according to a representative for TerKeurst's nonprofit women-focused Proverbs 31 Ministries and Crowd Hub, the California tech firm that helped bring the free devotional app to life. CP was informed that First 5, available since July 20, had been downloaded more than 200,000 times as of Monday afternoon. more >>
The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College and LifeWay Research began a one-year partnership Wednesday to further perfect efforts to evangelize at home and abroad.
Part of this partnership will involve the appointment of Ed Stetzer, head of LifeWay Research, to the position of senior fellow at the Billy Graham Center.
Laurie Fortunak Nichols, spokeswoman for the Billy Graham Center, told The Christian Post that the two entities have "a similar mission to see Christ's Church better equipped to engage in Gospel witness." more >>
A 12-year-old girl who survived a 30 foot fall three years ago now says that she sat on Jesus' lap in heaven while unconscious. Her experience and remarkable recovery are being published in a new book titled Miracles from Heaven.
The Mirror reports that Annabel Wilson Beam somehow survived the accident three years ago without an injury, to the astonishment of doctors. The incident occurred in December 2011 when the young girl was playing outside the family's Texas home with her two sisters and slipped and fell inside a hollowed out cottonwood tree.
"She hit her head three times on the way down, which is consistent with the findings of an MRI scan," said her mother, Christy Wilson Beam. more >>
Nashville, Tennessee-based LifeWay Christian Resources is in the process of removing literature from bookstore shelves that focus on "heaven tourism," or stories purportedly based on the accounts of people who claim to have visited heaven.
"We stopped re-ordering heaven visitation resources last summer. All remaining such items have been removed from our stores and website, and will not be replenished," King said. "We have more work to do aligning the LifeWay Retail Division with LifeWay's vision and values, so we covet your prayers as we continue to provide trustworthy biblical solutions for life." more >>
Nine out of 10 Evangelicals say that the Scripture has no impact on their views toward immigration reform, according to a poll released Wednesday. The poll similarly found that nearly seven in 10 Evangelicals have never been encouraged by their church to reach out to immigrants.
The Christian polling organization LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 Evangelicals on their attitudes toward immigration reform for the Evangelical Immigration Table and World Relief. The poll found that 61 percent of Evangelicals favor immigration reform that will provide a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, 86 percent of Evangelicals said they favor greater border security and 88 percent said immigration reform should uphold "the rule of law."
Although the two-thirds of Evangelicals said they want Congress to act on immigration reform before the end of the year, only 12 percent said their views on immigration reform were influenced by biblical principles. Evangelicals' views on immigration reform are more likely to be influenced by relationships with immigrants (17 percent), friends and family (16 percent) and the media (16 percent), than the Bible. more >>
An annual conference focused on the needs and interests of international Christian media professionals is expected to bring thousands to Nashville, Tennessee this week.
Overseen by the organization National Religious Broadcasters, the conference is scheduled to begin Monday and continue with various events until Thursday.
Known as the NRB International Christian Media Convention, it boasts of being the largest conference that's focused on Christian communications. more >>