Pray for Nowruz, Iranian New Year!

From our 2016 Winter Prayer Guide: Pray for the upcoming celebrations of the Iranian New Year called Nowruz. This celebration is the weekend of March 19 this year and is observed by family and friends at parks and other venues. Pray for individuals and ministries to have successful outreaches using JESUS DVDs in the Farsi language. Pray for favor and …

God Bless You in 2016!

  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. ~Ephesians 3:20-21

Family Christmas Tradition: The JESUS Film!

Families follow a wide- variety of Christmas traditions: having an extended family get-together watching Christmas movies attending a Christmas Eve service writing letters to Jesus and many more! Consider adding just one more tradition: watching the JESUS Film (in part or the whole, in various versions)

Hanukkah News 2014

Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish observance, begins at sundown tonight with special blessings and the lighting of the menorah. It reminds the Jews of their struggle for religious freedom. Hanukkah is not complete without the festive foods fried in olive oil. A four-sided top called a dreidel is used for holiday games. Here are some interesting websites: Collection of short Hanukkah how-to videos 2014 news …

The Value of Women

Today, December 8th, many Christians in the US are observing the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Church services honor Mary and focus on Jesus being conceived without sin. Many works of art depict Mary as a young woman wearing white and blue. She is likely to be pictured on a hill and having a halo of stars around her head. Christianity values …

What is “Advent”?

Yesterday marked the first Sunday of advent, the first of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.  Can you guess what the word “advent” means?  Google gives the basic definition: “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.”  This is the time of year to pause and give thanks for the arrival of the “notable” JESUS who changes hearts …

The World Gives Thanks!

Did you know that Thanksgiving is actually observed around the world?  Here is a list of a few other countries who have a Day of Thanks along with the date they celebrate. Australia’s Norfolk Island ~ last Wednesday of November Brazil Canada ~ 2nd Monday of October China ~ 15th of the 8th lunar month Germany ~ early October India ~ Various regional harvest festivals …

Be Courageous!

  In honor of Veterans Day, a quote on courage: “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” ~Billy Graham God commands us to be courageous: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with …

Is Halloween Global?

American Halloween is a time of autumn festivities and superstition. Children especially love to dress in costumes and go trick-or-treating for candy. It likely originated from a Celtic festival of bonfires and scary costumes to ward off evil spirits. America has influenced the world and Halloween is celebrated in many other countries.  The British and the many places they have influenced historically  practice some …

Festival of Lights!

This week, South Asians are celebrating one of their happiest holidays… the Festival of Lights also called “Diwali” or “Deepavali.” Utah has proclaimed “Diwali” to be a state festival.  Various towns and cities across the US hold celebrations. People clean their homes and decorate with colored powders.  Special lamps and candles are lit both inside and outside. It is the biggest shopping …