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Inked up Christians

It seems everywhere you look you see a tattoo these days.

Young/Old, Short/Tall, Fat/Skinny…doesn’t seem to matter that age, gender, or size of the tattooee (is that a word?!)

So what is this obsession American has with the TATTOO? I mean we are a Christian America…right?

Is it ok for Christians to have tattoos?

There is a major debate over this question…

Some would say they use their tattoos as a witnessing tool. Many Christians today are tattooing themselves not in tribute to a false idol or anti-Christian deity, but with love for the one true God and Creator. Read more here.

Tattoo is not for everyone, and is certainly not for a Christian who feels unconvinced that getting a tattoo is completely Biblical. In this and many areas of the Christian life there are many truly excellent believers who have varying degrees of agreement and disagreement about Christians with tattoos.

The Narrow Way Christian Riders make this statement about Christian Ink:

What does JESUS think about INK? Most “religious” people, like the Pharisees, have a problem with tattoos. They use Leviticus 19:28 that says …”Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” …as their reason. These same people wear polyester/cotton blend clothes…” Continue reading this article here…

Our local newspaper recently ran a story that lends to the whole TATTOO debate  : Christian Ink

Tattoos have been debated among many Christians, especially evangelical Protestants, citing various biblical passages — including Leviticus 19:28 and 1 Corinthians 6:19 — to support a prohibition on the body markings.

But Christians, young and old, male and female, sporting tattoos have been an increasingly more common sight in churches today.  Continue reading this article here…

To view an in-depth  history of Tattoos including viewpoints including views from the New and Old Testament – click here.

Is it the small town rural church pastor that is against tattoos? …I found that not to be the case…

I guess the debate continues …as more and more Christians continue to get tattoos

…what do you think?

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This month, believers around the world are standing together in unity for One Prayer 2010.

Thousands of churches will join forces to share resources, serve our communities, and give to a meaningful cause. As we come together across continents and cultures, we’ll have the opportunity to leave a permanent imprint of Christ on the world.

  • One Prayer lasts from June 5/6 to 26/27.
  • Churches will have access to free video messages from gifted teachers and pastors.
  • Other free resources such as graphics and videos will be available.
  • Churches are encouraged to team up with other churches in their area for outreach and service projects during One Prayer.
  • Churches can collect an optional offering during One Prayer to benefit the organization of their choice.
  • There is no cost to participate in One Prayer, though a free registration is required.

One Prayer began in 2008 to explore the question: We pray to Jesus asking Him to answer our prayers – what if we became the answer to His?  For two years, millions of believers around the world have united to pray, learn, and love others. God has worked in amazing ways each year, and will be exciting to see what He does this month during One Prayer 2010.

One Prayer is an incredible opportunity to come together and show the enormity of God’s grace, love, and mercy to the world. Preview the messages below to see which ones will reach into the hearts and minds in your church as we explore the teaching theme, “Unstoppable”

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Church are encouraged  to consider contributing a message for other churches to use. The truth God shares through you could very well change a life on the other side of the world!

The teaching theme for this year is Unstoppable, because when the Church unites, it’s unstoppable. What could God accomplish through us if we were all pulling together? What kind of change could we see in the world? Unstoppable grace, unstoppable compassion, unstoppable evangelism, unstoppable love, unstoppable generosity, unstoppable truth, unstoppable hope… If you’re contributing a message, your teaching should include an Unstoppable theme like one of these examples. We can’t wait to see your creativity!

Below, you’ll find a video and some tips to help you develop and record your message for maximum effectiveness.

The heart of One Prayer’s giving initiative is generosity that flows beyond the four walls of our church buildings. We encourage you to join with other churches in demonstrating that generosity by considering a special offering during June. What’s different about this year is that the recipient is up to you—you’ll be able to tap in to the cause your church is passionate about.

Choose Your Cause

You already might be working with an organization doing great work in your area, or this might be an opportunity to identify a new partner you can work with to make a difference in your community. Another option is to choose from these four trusted organizations who are changing lives on a global level, primarily through and in partnership with the local church.

….this cause is near and dear to my heart, as you all know:

Convoy of Hope feeds the hungry and provides pure drinking water to people in need across the United States and around the world. They work in close partnership with the faith-based community and national and state disaster relief agencies and organizations.

Learn more about Convoy of Hope

One Prayer is The Church standing together

One Prayer is an incredible opportunity to come together and show the enormity of God’s grace, love, and mercy to the world. Preview the messages below to see which ones will reach into the hearts and minds in your church as we explore the teaching theme, “Unstoppable”

Visit OnePrayer.com to be a part of this amazing journey of prayer!

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Christians from across the Gulf of Mexico are calling on God’s help in this time of trial.

On May 6th, the National Day of Prayer Christians came together at city hall in Biloxi, Mississippi to pray for various needs…with a theme of “Such a Time as This. A main focus of prayer for the day was the oil spill crisis. “We pray for protection of our coast and protection of the businesses that profit from this resource. Protect our shores. Protect our land. And protect our habitat,” was the prayer of David Oliver, of Cedar Lake Christian Assembly.

Venice, Louisiana, is a small shrimping community that is praying for God’s help in this time of crisis.  Steve McNeal, pastor of First Baptist Mission in Venice hosted an impromptu prayer service shortly after the oil started heading their way. “One day that we prayed was right after they fond out there was not going to be shrimping anymore, so we prayed and the next day they announced that they were going to use the shrimpers as part of the cleanup and pay them at a pretty good amount to use their boats and their crews to go out and clean up.” McNeal said. As Southern Baptist watch coverage of the oil spill on the news. McNeal urges them to pray for Venice and people along the coast whose lives are impacted by this disaster.

One Sunday afternoon, Pastor Rick Long of Christian Life Church called together a group of men, women, children,  school officials, and local business owners around a cross at Cotton Bayou for prayer concerning the oil spill crisis.

About 100 churches in the gulf states held prayer vigils this past Monday from Destin, Florida, to the Louisiana state line gathered to pray. Christians prayed for the oil leak to stop and the spill to not reach their shores. Church embers also prayed for volunteers, oil workers, scientists, and the families of the lives lost in the explosion. Included in this vigil were nearly 150 people in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Upwards of a thousand residents met across the gulf to pray for the end to the oil spill organized by the Gulf Christian Evangelistic Association.

As more and more Christians come together and pray for this tragedy in our Gulf waters…what miraculous things will come of this which we call a disaster?

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I’m not all political for the most part …but when you mess with my Jesus …or you mess with the right for prayer…it get’s me kind of riled up for sure.

The City Council of Lancaster, California is being sued for opening its meetings with Christian prayer.

By a three-to-one margin, voters in the Los Angeles County city voted last month to make the invocations policy.

Mayor R. Rex Parris stated in February that he wanted to “grow a Christian community” as he intended the tradition of opening the City Council meetings with pastor-led prayer.

Of course, the ACLU is involved and has demanded that  the Lancaster City Council cease immediately what they see as an unconstitutional practice. A letter outlining the complaints states that in 2002, the California Court of Appeal upheld a Superior Court ruling that concluded that a prayer given by the city of Burbank “in the name of Jesus Christ” violated the First Amendment. The court ordered the city to cease opening its meetings with sectarian prayers, and to inform anyone conducting a prayer that sectarian prayers are prohibited.

The city of Lancaster has until August 14 to respond to the letter…and I’m sure the ACLU isn’t through with this yet …and I’ll be keeping up with it to see the outcome.

I mean a Christian mayor …do we still have Christian politicians out there anymore? …it looks like we do.

…and one who isn’t afraid to stand up for what he feels is right.

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So should we look at this prayer in the name of Jesus – as something that is unconstitutional? Should we separate prayer from our government institutions and leave it only to the churches?

Even the money I have in my wallet (not that I have much!) states “In God We Trust” – I sure trust Him. Not a god with a little “G” but the one true God …and I will call on His name – the name above any other – anytime – anywhere …for as long as I have breath.

…and that’s constitutional.

…just sayin.

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