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Christian Book Basket Magic City (5)
In addition to our Sunday book basket in which 15 new book releases are showcased, one Wednesdays we bring you the Christian Book Basket in which we showcase the latest new Christian book releases. Today we bring you 7 such books. They are: "Being With: Maybe This Is What Life Is All About" by Robert R. Ball; "The Purpose of Life" Mark Kolodziej; "Why Christians Need to Suffer" by Joseph Bonacci; "Casting Lots" by William McEachern; "Blessings: Questions and Answers" by J. Michael Lewis; "America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America" by Bruce Feiler; "Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching" by Evelyn T. Watson
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:20:07 AM

May 11 Word Day of Prayer for Catholic Vocations
WASHINGTON--The Vatican has set the 51st World Day for Vocations for May 11, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The theme for this year's celebration, which falls on Mother's Day this year, is "Vocations, Witness to the Truth."
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:05:04 AM

He is Alive - But they still want him dead!
What will we do when he is totally gone from our nation?

Apr 20, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM

Christian Book Basket Magic City (4)
In this our fourth Edition of the 'Christian Book Basket' we only have information for three (3) of the latest Christian book releases. There are: "The Reader-Friendly Life of Christ" By: Sterling Redd; "Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age" edited by Dr. Jesse Yow; "The Way, The Truth and The Life" By Mickey Mullen. All Christian writers are invited to submit articles for publishing with us on a no-pay no-charge 'self-promotion' basis.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:10:12 AM

"Scrape O the Timber Pon Stone" by William A. Salmon
An Easter Excerpt from the Poem "Scrape O the Timber Pon Stone" by William A. Salmon. W.A. Salmon is a longshoreman by trade, but studied English Literature in Langara College. He started writing as a child, including placing second in a poetry contest only falling short of the top prize because they thought an adult helped him. In the early 1980's Salmon was participating in an acting class when the group asked him to use his creative flair to write them a series of new scripts. He has been channeling that creative writing ever since and has turned his years of work into the collection, "Meanderings."
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:20:39 AM

Lutherans participate in 'Refugee Sunday' June 22
ST. LOUIS: Schools and congregations of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) will be participating in Refugee Sunday on June 22. The LCMS is joining with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to recognize the day as LIRS celebrates its 75th anniversary of walking alongside migrants and refugees.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:10:32 AM

Thousands of New Catholics Prepare to Receive the Sacraments this Easter
WASHINGTON--A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:13:29 AM

Christian Books: Heaven and Ethics
These two books were recently listed in Magic City's "Christian Book Basket" Heaven's Eagle by Rev. Daniel O'Neil and The Ethics of the Faith by Ean W. Burchell

Apr 12, 2014 - 12:02:34 AM

Overseas Council celebrates 40 years of spiritual education and growth
Indianapolis -- In 1974, a group of businessmen launched Overseas Council for Seoul Theological Seminary with the vision of providing scholarship funds for seminaries in South Korea. After 40 years of support, hard work and dedication of many involved, the nonprofit organization has become known as Overseas Council and has grown to support 130 seminaries and Bible colleges in 70 countries around the world.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:03:30 AM

Christian Book Basket Magic City (3)
In this our Third Edition of the 'Christian Book Basket' we are providing material in relation to six (6) of the latest Christian book releases. There are: "Heaven's Eagle" by Rev. Daniel O'Neil; "One for the Heart" by G. Raye Jones; "Saints and Heroes" by Andrew Schultz; "What To Do Before You Say 'I Do.'" by Susan Ziggy; "Fear" by J. Ibeh Agbanyim; "Connected to Goodness: Manifest Everything You Desire in Business and Life" By David Meltzer
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:25:12 AM

The Greatest Awakening of the Church is at Hand
The greatest spiritual awakening, revival, and change to the church landscape is at hand. Insight, understanding and encouragement about this remarkable reformation of the church, and the good reason and great purpose for it, are found in my book Outside the Camp -- The Wisdom, Humility, and Power of the Church.
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:17:35 AM

Sonrise - A Poem by E.M. Parke
Please feel free to publish my poem if you would like to. I think it's not a bad effort for a first. And now they've taken everything, His poor, decaying flesh.....
They stripped Him of His majesty and now they steal afresh!
I only wanted just to sit and guard His resting place,
But now He's gone.....I know not where and tears stream down my face.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:25:04 AM

Rev. Johnson's Overview of Isaiah Chs 32-35
Today's text comes from Isaiah Chapter 32 through 35 which is actually a continuation of the preceding chapters and may be described as the prophetic promise of punishment, restoration and exaltation of the Lord on High. In as much as the prophetic word was originally given in relation to the various exiles 722BC (Israel) and 586 BC (Judah) they find fulfillment in the restoration of the temple under Ezra and Nehemiah, but we know that the temple was again destroyed by the Romans in the 1st century of our Lord and the people of Israel were once again scattered throughout the world, not being returned until 1948 AD.
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:17:27 AM

Catholic Home Missions Appeal Strengthens the Church at Home
The 2014 Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 26-27. The appeal supports isolated, challenged parishes and missions in dioceses and eparchies across the United States and in several U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific islands, including Samoa Pago-Pago, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Apr 3, 2014 - 5:27:26 AM

Christian Book Basket Magic City (2)
In this Second Edition of the 'Christian Book Basket' we are providing material in relation to nine (9) of the latest Christian book releases. There are: "The Healing Desert" by Mona Hadeed; "The Ethics of the Faith" by Ean W. Burchell; "Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming" by Hattie Kauffman; "World War 3 Coming Soon!" by Meyer Stahl; "Kinsman Redeemer" by Ruth Lawler; "More of God" by Stephanie Davison; "The Gospel in 99 Words" by Jimmy Knight; "How I Led Over 700 People To Christ In A Year" By Jason Robert; and "The Healing Hand of God" by Shirley Kirwan
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:17:31 AM

To Understand the Bible, Start with the Small Words
The story is told about a high-wire performer many years ago who stretched a cable across a deep canyon. To the amazement of a large crowd, he easily made the crossing. He asked how many in the crowd believed he could cross pushing a wheelbarrow and received a loud expression of confidence from the crowd. After crossing with the wheelbarrow to the delight of all, he asked how many believed he could cross with his assistant riding in the wheelbarrow. Again, the crowd was enthusiastic. Then he asked for a volunteer to serve as his assistant. There was silence. True, biblical believing in Jesus is much like getting into the wheelbarrow.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:30:27 AM

Catholics to Pray, Fast, Take Action for Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration and bishops who will attend the Mass on the Border and "Mission for Migrants," in Nogales, Arizona, March 31-April 1, invite all Catholics to unite in prayer, fasting and action for immigration reform.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:20:48 AM

Rev. Johnson's Overview of Isaiah Chs 28-31
These same people also find many reasons to discount the prophecies of Ezekiel and the Apostle John (Book of Revelations) and yet today we find ourselves living in an age prophesied by both. 'Global Governance', the euphemism for 'One World Government' is at our door. The 'Whore of Babylon' (Revelations Chapter 17) can be seen rising in the world financial and political system which seeks to destroy the Christian Faith and cause individual Nation States to lose their independence through submission to the United Nations. The 'Mark of the Beast' without which men can neither buy nor sell is partially in place already (from credit cards and debit cards to implanted computer biochips), and the restoration of Israel is already an established fact thus paving the way for the Battle of Armageddon.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:17:25 AM

Saving America: New Christian Book Releases
"America's Resurrection" By Caleb MacDonald was featured in our first edition of the Christian Book Basket which was published on March 26, 2014. "The Gospel in 99 Words" by Evangelist Jimmy Knight was featured today in an article published at Magic City by the author

Mar 30, 2014 - 12:02:26 AM

Almost $2.5 Million in Grants to the Church in Latin America
WASHINGTON--At their meeting on March 13, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 127 projects, totaling over $1.7 million. The funds will be disbursed as grants to aid the pastoral work of the Church in the Caribbean and Latin American region.
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:17:09 AM

Christian Book Basket Magic City (1)
Welcome to our first edition of the 'Christian Book Basket' which we hope to publish every Wednesday. We will still publish the regular book basket on Sundays but decidedly Christian material will appear in the Christian Book Basket. Today we have ten books listed. There are: "Foreshadows" by Sharon Harp Gregory; "What's Next for the People of Earth?" By Phyllis Gordon; "Glimpses of Grace" by David G. Duggan; "Judas Beloved Disciple" by Bill Brison; "America's Resurrection" By: Caleb MacDonald; Adam by R.C. Besteder; "Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching Volume one" by Evelyn Theresa Watson; "Life-Changing Verses About Men" by Carlton Arnold; "Outside the Camp: The Wisdom, Humility, and Power of the Church" by Colin Brown; "Christianity: Lifeblood of American Society" by Dr. John A. Howard.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:15:48 AM

M Wallace Johnson Overview of Isaiah Chs. 23-27
Israel - the Kingdom of Judah - went into exile in Babylon in 586 BCE. Their exile was brief - only 70 years, but later after the Death of Jesus of Nazareth, the Romans destroyed the Temple and scattered the people abroad. Today, 2000 years later they are back and once again their traditional enemies seek their destruction. When foreign nations have dealings with the Nation of Israel they need to be very mindful of who it is that watches over Israel and very careful to abide by any covenant they make with Israel. Israel is a peculiar nation whose very existence speaks to the reality of God in History.
Mar 23, 2014 - 12:10:18 AM

Prayer and Action During Lent for Peace in the Holy Land
WASHINGTON--Catholics can make praying for peace in the Holy Land part of their Lenten journey by using resources from the Justice, Peace and Human Development department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The bishop who chairs the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace also urges U.S. Catholics to act and speak out for peace.
Mar 14, 2014 - 2:40:38 PM

'Shared Parishes' are communities with diversity
WASHINGTON--"Best Practices for Shared Parishes: So That They May All Be One" is the newest resource created by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. Its goal is to assist pastors and pastoral teams in welcoming diverse communities and building unity in diversity.
Mar 13, 2014 - 12:02:03 AM

First Anniversary of Pope Francis March 13
Gathered together in Washington, DC, for their annual March meeting, the members of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have noted with thanksgiving the first anniversary of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis as the 266th successor of the Apostle Peter.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:07:30 AM

Overview of Isaiah Chs 15-22 by M. Wallace Johnson
For the most part however these chapters concern countries which still today afflict Israel - Moab (Jordan), Syria, Ethiopia/Egypt, Assyria (Iraq) and Babylon (Iran). The difference between then and now is that in the days of these prophecies, these nations were tools of judgment that God used against his faithless people whereas today Israel has just been reborn - regathered from all the nations of the earth unto which God had scattered them.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM

'In Christ Alone' theme for 2016 Youth Gathering
When participants converge upon New Orleans in July 2016 for the LCMS National Youth Gathering, they will be meeting under the theme "In Christ Alone." Gathering planners met Jan. 20-21 in New Orleans -- working in a hotel conference room under the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome that will play host to the Gathering's group events -- to begin the creative process that would lead to the development of the theme.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:30:36 AM

Pro-Life Action League Prayer Requests Provokes
Scheidler acknowledges that such a response was not unexpected, though it is totally unwarranted. "We want to challenge ourselves and the whole pro-life movement to love our enemies, just like Jesus said to," she explained. "For a pro-life activist, it can be difficult to really love those who assist in the killing of over 3,000 unborn babies every day in the United States. There is no better way to overcome that difficulty than to pray for them--just like Jesus, who prayed from the cross even for those who were crucifying him."
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:25:03 AM

Missouri Synod president shares Lenten message
"We as a church body need the mercy of Christ," Harrison says. "We're in turbulent and challenging times, there's no doubt about it. Recent events in Ukraine harken back to many wars and challenges in the past. I've been traveling in Africa and other places in the world, and right in the midst of all the difficulties and challenges, the Gospel is prospering mightily.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:23:30 AM

Voting on S. 653: Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities
The U.S. Senate should act quickly to address a "growing crisis of religious minorities" by allowing a vote on S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace and the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in a March 4 letter.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:32:08 AM

Catholic Priests Urge Congressional Support for Second Chance Act
Congress should take an important step to address issues faced by the more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who reenter society each year from prisons, jails and detention centers. This was the message of the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA in a March 4 letter supporting the Second Chance Act (S. 1690/H.R. 3465).
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:30:30 AM

M Wallace Johnson Overview of Isaiah Chaps 10-14
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God - Many there are who do not believe in the Scriptures, but it surely cannot escape anyone's attention, that the principle nations named in the Bible, still exist. Israel has returned, and once again she is the focus of the Battle between God and his enemies.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:13:13 AM

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President, Issues Statement on Ukraine
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Ukraine, March 4, and cited concerns for "current tensions and troubling events which continue to unfold there." He comments followed a call of Pope Francis that all "endeavor to overcome misunderstandings and build together the future of the nation."
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:05:23 AM

Christians Leaders Oppose Mass Incarceration
WASHINGTON--Christian leaders, representing a broad coalition of Christian churches and denominations in the United States, voiced their united opposition to mass incarceration, February 7. Mass Incarceration was the topic of the 2014 annual meeting of Christian Churches Together (CCT), in Newark, February 4-7. USCCB has taken part in CCT since 2004.
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:35:16 AM

The Will of God: Creator, Lover, Judge and Savior
Ideas flooded my head as I contemplated writing a book. I settled on the theme of the title to the book "The Battle of the Three Wills." From that beginning I felt it necessary to build the basis for each of the respective "Wills" from the Holy Bible. With this background information as revealed by the Bible, it was obvious that God's Will was a Creator, Lover, Judge and Savior. Where Satan's will is diabolically opposed as a Want-to-be God, Hater, Deceiver and Destroyer. Man's will is to choose between God (good) and Satan (evil). .........So let the Battle begin.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:20:32 AM

'Carrying On' DVD - Mysteries of the Rosary
For Lent this year, Family Theater Productions is releasing a brand-new DVD paralleling the Carrying of the Cross in the Mysteries of the Rosary. "Carrying On" is a modern- day story of a girl who must face her own shortcomings. Filmed in the Philippines, it is the latest installment in the Manifest Mysteries Anthology.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:12:29 AM

Overview of Isaiah Chs 6 to 9 by M. Wallace Johnson
The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. -- God himself may not specifically 'Speak Judgment' against any particular nation in existence today, but every nation that does not have leadership that leads with righteousness is at risk of the natural consequences that befall a society that cares for nobody.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:30:16 AM

Collection for the Church in Central, Eastern Europe Builds Future
One funded project is located in Bucharest, Romania. The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart run the New Home Centre, which provides a place for abandoned children. Through providing nursery care and preschool education, the sisters give the children a stable, safe environment and adequately prepare them to start primary school.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:03:02 AM

Who were the Prophets and what did they say. Isaiah Chapters 2-5
Verse 20 holds a real warning for us today when it says: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! This verse has a companion in Romans Chapter 1 verse 25. The root cause of both the sin and God's judgment is revealed in verse 24 - "because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel".
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM

Holy, Wholly or Holey? Prayer and Fasting
There are many who 'do' all the right things in their quest to become holy or close to God, but only God knows what is really in their hearts, for as is recorded in Ezekiel 33: 31-32
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:05:06 AM

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