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This train is bound for glory!
Why pilgrimage is of such paramount importance By Charles Gardner, Special to ASSIST News Service DONCASTER, UK (ANS – October 18, 2016) -- I was thinking about the Feast of Tabernacles when I booked my train ticket to London and was rather tickled by the Virgin Trains slogan “Be bound for glory,” obviously based on the traditional gospel hit, This Train. If it means Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is spreading the good news, who’s complaining? I was making a pilgrimage to see my mum, but I was also mindful of Sukkot, one of three festivals for which the ancient Israelites were required to visit Jerusalem (Leviticus 23) and which, in the millennial reign of Messiah, every nation will be required to make (Zechariah 14.16).…
Pastors With Outside Interests: Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the Southwest
By Brian Nixon, Special to ASSIST News Service ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS – October 17, 2016) -- Pastors that have interests and occupations outside of ministry has always held a curiosity for me; maybe because I’m one of them. The curiosity is not in any judgmental way, something like, “How dare you do something other than work for the church.” No. My curiosity comes in the form of finding that outside interests of pastors help shed light on our common humanity -- of people enjoying God’s gracious gifts -- both in the church (special revelation) and outside of church (general revelation). There are many parsons (to use an old phrase) with varied specializations. The catalog of ministers that have been bi-vocation is a list too…
A Matter of Faith -- Don’t Hide Your Light!
By Carol Round, Special to ASSIST News Service (Writer’s Opinion) GROVE, OK (ANS – October 16, 2016) -- “Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father” -- Matthew 5:16 (TLB). Turn on the television or pick up a newspaper and the headlines scream with the negative, evil and dark happenings in our world today. It can be depressing. Recently, the author of a daily devotional said, “Sometimes we see the evil in this world and wonder how a loving God could let it go unchecked. Perhaps we should be asking a different question. Aren’t goodness, love, and care evidence of the presence of God in our midst?”…
From Coke, Meth and Alcohol Addiction to Joy Junction Chaplain
I'm Not Ashamed movie: Columbine victim's inspiring story
By Rusty Wright, Special to ASSIST News Service (ANS Movie Review) MOUNT HERMON, CA (ANS – October 14, 2016) – The 1999 Columbine High School massacre became etched in a nation's collective consciousness. Shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered twelve fellow students and one teacher. Rachel Joy Scott was their first victim. This new film tells her inspiring story. And what a touching and powerful story. A young woman with typical middle-class teenage struggles morphs into a beacon of caring, faith, and – eventually – international impact for good. I'm Not Ashamed opens in US theaters October 21. Stars include Masey McLain as Rachel, Ben Davies (Courageous), Sadie Robertson and Korie Robertson (both of TV's Duck Dynasty; Sadie of Dancing with the Stars), singer…