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American Christian Connection
Week of March 6, 2017

 

Christian College Students Offer Free Rides to Spring Breakers In Need
A program called BeachReach brings hundreds of Christian college students, from all over the nation, to Panama City Beach, every Spring Break.  "I've been doing it the past four years and honestly, I just like coming down here because it's a good opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people from different schools, while also honestly telling people about Jesus Christ," Louisiana Tech Student Micah Ivey said.  While the students are here, they offer free rides to people who are stranded or under the influence. They say the program's mission is for people to gather, mature in their faith and share the gospel.

Is Christianity Part of America's Identity?
Seven out of 10 of those who responded to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey, conducted Feb. 16-20 from a sample of 1,004 U.S. adults, believe that America is losing its identity.  The poll found that the question is one of the very few where there is agreement among Democrats, independents, and Republicans, but exposed deep disagreements over what this American identity actually is.  



Syrian Muslim Refugees Converting to Christianity After Fleeing War Zone: 'Jesus Saved Us' Numerous Syrian Muslims who fled their war-torn country and found refuge in Lebanon have converted to Christianity despite threats and incidents of attacks on new converts, according to a report.  George Saliba, Bishop of Syrian Orthodox Church in Lebanon, said he has baptized around 100 Muslim Syrian refugees since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011.
 

This Week's Thought

By Brad Campbell

A little fuzzy due to the tree limb between me and the deer, but pretty obvious that I was being watched!  Deer have extremely sensitive hearing and sight, and it’s very difficult to get a still photo of one that senses your presence.  But I like to try, and this one was simply walking around in our yard.  Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched?  Children pay attention to the adults. The outside world pays attention to the church and God’s people...

Spend Time With Your Family
by Ryan Kelly

I had the joy of spending a fun and relaxing weekend with my family.  Although most weeks are like this for us, this one was particularly fun for me.  I was able to really take in the blessing that my children and wife are to me, and I was able to spend special moments with them.  One thing that we are working to do is make more activities “family activities.”  For instance, when my daughter had gymnastics practice this week, we all went as a family to watch her.  When my son wants to go to the park, we all go to the park.  It’s the little moments together that keep a family together...

5 Warning Signs for the Church in a “Facebook Culture”
by Michael J. Kruger

One of my favorite childhood memories is watching the movie Star Wars in the theater in 1977. I (along with an entire nation) was awestruck. Nothing like that had ever been done before. We were all sucked into a new world of spaceships, light sabers, strange creatures, and distant galaxies. But of all the things that caught the attention of the average Star Wars viewer, no doubt the amazing technology...

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