Stop&Think Movie to Share While Sharing Christ

We believe our decisions on Earth determine our eternal destiny; thus, we choose to “leave our pre-conceived beliefs and biases at the door” as we honestly seek to know Almighty God, human nature, and the means of eternal life.

When you think about it, our eternal destiny is the most important subject in all of life. Why? Well, if there is an eternal life (i.e. 850 billion years is the first inning), and our decisions on earth determine if we go to peace/joy/love (heaven) or wrath/horror/misery (hell), then we need to put all religious pride, feelings, assumptions, and biases aside and honestly pursue the truth. This is a big deal!

The most common hang-up we hear via this website is (in one form or another), “I don’t believe the bible can be trusted.” Ok, that’s cool; however, have you ever spent 10 hours of your life openly and honestly investigating it for yourself? How about 5 hours? 3? 1? So what you’re saying is, “I’m betting my eternal (!!) life on a hunch.”

Honestly, it is not our intention to talk you into anything. Your relationship with God is between you and him; however, we’ve studied this subject for literally thousands of hours (formally and privately) and simply want to help you, whether you’re a believer or not, go to the next level of (theological) education. We believe our creator gave each of us a brain, and with it, the responsibility to learn for ourselves. Truth is not subjective, it’s not relative, it’s not a feeling. Your belief in something doesn’t make it truth. It’s either true or not true. Oxygen is either essential to human life or not; the light we see from stars actually left the star years ago or not; a man named George Washington was once the president of the United States or not; Jesus Christ was the son of God or not; Jesus rose from the dead or not. We’re not advocating blind faith, at all! We’re encouraging you to consider the evidence and make your own decision. We’re attempting to present the evidence honestly and clearly and asking you to stop and think about it.

I grew up as a religious person, going to church every week, trying to be moral, and doing the best I could to please God. In my late 20s, I was challenged regarding the accuracy/truthfulness of the Bible. In an attempt to disprove its historical accuracy, my paradigm totally changed. That was over 20 years ago and I’ve been openly and honestly studying ever since. I’ve realized that it’s okay to question… in fact, I now question just about everything. That is why, as said above, we encourage you to leave your preconceived ideas at the door and just pursue intellectual truth; there are answers to all of your questions. Christianity is not blind faith, far from it!

So, I invite you to spend time going through the website. Before you do though, spend at least a minute or two asking God to help you hear/understand honest truth. If you have any questions, or see that something on the site is in error, please let us know. However, (since we’re committed to truth and clarity), don’t say something is wrong without presenting an intellectual case using official doctrine/documents. With all due respect, feelings or hunches are not worth much here. If we’re shown to be in error with something, trust me, I’ll move very quickly to change it; again, since we are committed to honesty, truth, and clarity.

May God richly bless you as you diligently seek after him. He’s there, you know, and wants to be known.


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Wycliffe’s New Method Can Translate New Testament in Weeks

By Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Ever since Wycliffe Associates (WA) debuted a new approach that can translate almost half of the New Testament in two weeks, the smaller sister organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT) has been inundated with requests.

The process, called Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation (MAST), relies heavily on the local church to provide translators that are fluently bilingual. In a radical shift from earlier work, translators work simultaneously on the text instead of sequentially, and they learn translation principles (including proper names, idioms, and key terms) as they go instead of attending weeks of training beforehand.

By the end of 2014, WA had 115 projects underway. It added another 133 in 2015, and expects to begin another 500 in 2016. The world has about 4,100 living languages without any Bible translations, according to Mission Frontiers, the online magazine of Frontier Ventures.

“This is a breathtaking moment in the history of the church,” WA president Bruce Smith said in October when announcing MAST’s growth. “Christ’s Great Commission is doable. We can share God’s Word with every language group on earth—in our lifetime.”

Is this the death knell for longstanding translation practices, which invest years into language training and translation preparation?

Not quite, said Roy Peterson, CEO of the American Bible Society (ABS). That model was already dead.

“There is no such thing as traditional right now,” he said. “We are watching methodologies evolve right before our eyes that are accelerating translations.” ABS recently completed a New Testament in Zambia in three and a half years, he said. In 1980, the same text would have taken 10 years, according to Mission Frontiers.

Three and a half years is still a lot longer than MAST’s claims. But the accuracy of MAST was recently called into question by a peer-review assessment team, which included members of the Seed Company, Word for the World, WBT Ethiopia, and WBT Africa. They observed a two-week MAST project in Ethiopia in August.

While cautioning that “this review should not necessarily be interpreted as a ‘blanket assessment’ of other MAST implementations,” the group found that “the rate of progress and the quality achieved clearly do not substantiate the widely publicized claims made for the accelerated rate of translation that can be achieved through the MAST methodology.”

The review group had trouble with both of MAST’s time-saving techniques.

Having different translators work simultaneously on different parts of a Bible chapter “can only result in major inconsistencies in style and terminology, especially where they are working from different source versions,” the report said.

It also warned against skimping on pre-translation training: “Such shortcuts may give the impression that the goal is being achieved faster, but they inevitably result in loss of quality.”

A first draft of the Gospel of Mark in five languages was “achieved faster in the two-week Ethiopia MAST workshop than is typical in other initial translation workshops, but the quality was such that much more work will be needed to bring it to an acceptable quality and in a condition ready for wider testing,” the report said.

While all Bible translators want both speed and accuracy, accuracy is more important, six organizational members of Every Tribe Every Nation told CT. The alliance includes some of the world’s largest Bible agencies.

“The only thing worse than keeping someone waiting for the Bible in his or her heart language is a new translation that jeopardizes the clear communication of this same gospel message,” they wrote.

Making errors can cause lasting damage, said Peterson, whose society is part of the Every Tribe Every Nation coalition. “There’s something so delicate and important about the transmission of the Word of God. If we don’t give [local translators] the tools and training, if we let Scripture go out that has not had the care, then I think we’re playing fast and loose with the Word of God.”

Seed Company CEO Samuel Chiang agreed.

“There is deep historical precedence for training,” he said, pointing to the education Old Testament rabbis received. “I would never want to overweigh people with things, but [training] ahead of time is important.”

That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place for MAST, both Chiang and Peterson said.

“We want to build bridges with everyone who is trying new things,” Peterson said. “[WA is] passionate about translation and we want to affirm that, and ask in what ways we can make sure quality and accuracy are the hallmark of whatever methodology we embrace.”

The report had “elements that are helpful inputs and other parts that are both inaccurate and perhaps not as helpful,” WA’s Smith told CT. The Ethiopia MAST project was hampered by some specific problems, he said.

“We encouraged the church to bring whoever they chose to participate, and we ended up with people who were not actually fluent in two languages,” he said. “Bilingual speakers are really the foundation for all Bible translation.”

The lack of language skill “significantly handicapped the outcome,” he said. So did the size of the teams, which were smaller than WA prefers for MAST.

But letting the local church choose the number and fluency of the translators remains one of WA’s core commitments, he said. “Part of the results in Ethiopia are the result of allowing the church to exercise their full authority over stewarding God’s word in their language.”

The MAST process, correctly used, still turns out a level of accuracy that rivals slower translation methods, Smith said. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

“We’re still on a learning curve,” he said. “We’re improving this.”

While MAST increases the options available to local churches, it doesn’t make other Bible translation methods obsolete, Smith said. “There remains an overwhelming number of languages without even one verse of Scripture. At this point, every strategy is needed to get God’s Word to every nation.”


5 Simple Prayer Ideas

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“Prayer is more powerful than habits, heredity, and natural tendencies. It can overcome all these. It is more powerful than the forces that hold the planets in place. Prayer, though it comes from the heart of an unlearned child of God, can suspend the laws of the universe, if such be God’s will, just as the sun stood still when Joshua prayed. There is no other power on earth that the enemy of souls hates and fears as he does prayer. We are told that ‘Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.’”
[Matilda Andross “The Life That Wins”]

Today I am sharing with you “5 Prayer Prompts” that keep me on my toes in prayer.  They are simple, easy, and effective, but help keep me intentional when I’m busy.

Pick a few this week and give them a try.

Prayer-Stops– Each week choose a person you are going to pray for every time you come to a stop light.  Get your kids to participate if they are in the car with you.  It is a great way to model prayer habits in front of them, and let them know we can pray anywhere and anytime.

On-the-Road Prayers-  In this day and age, people spend an enormous amount of time in their cars. Cars are loaded with all kinds of entertainment:  satellite radio, DVD players, ipod docks, etc.  To take prayer on the road with you, I challenge you to turn it all off for a portion of your drive and pour your heart out to God in prayer.

Hand-Washing Prayer – Each time you wash your hands throughout the day, call in prayer the names of the lost loved ones, friends, or anyone you know of that needs salvation.  Ask God to make himself known to them as never before, and bring cleansing to their heart and soul through the blood of his Son Jesus.

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Write & Mail a Prayer- Think of someone that is in great need of prayer and encouragement.  Send them a card of encouragement and close in a handwritten prayer that is in your own words.  When my Mom was sick, she would read her cards over and over.  This is something so simple, yet very powerful in the life of the one who receives it.

Phone-Alarm Prayers- For those prayer promises you made to someone that you would pray for them, or those pressing needs that require serious intentional prayer.  Don’t just talk about it or worry about it…PRAY!  Set your alarm to remind you, and no matter where you are when the beep sounds, breathe a prayer.

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I hope you enjoyed these simple creative prayer prompts and will implement a few of them on your faith journey!



Prayer Vision



What makes Prayer.Vision unique? 

1) Story Driven – Happy to pray for lost jobs and sick relatives, but we want to be about more than just ‘requests’ and ‘needs’. We want to collect and share ‘stories’ of real people on the front lines of what God is doing (and remember, those front lines include your back yard, because God is at work in every time and place!) We hope that many missionaries, church planters, and risk takers will use this platform to facilitate their own prayer support, and we encourage you, as you post to the site, to include some of the background story.

2) Visually Rich – We seek new and creative ways to visualize God’s work across the globe. The millennial generation, more than any previous generation, is highly visual. We hope to stimulate the hearts of our generation by speaking with color, contrast, movement, and light.

3) An Open Network – We built this platform to harness the power of an open network. Rather than taking a top-down approach, where staff members up at the top decide what content should be disseminated, we want to give voice to believers everywhere. YOU will generate and aggregate our content. We hope that many powerful stories will go viral, pulling our hungry hearts up outside our monotonous daily routines, into God’s history-shaping work.


Q) How much does it cost?
A) Its free

Q) How do I use it?
A) Simply click anywhere on the map to add a prayer pin. Or click on any existing pin to see what others are inviting you to pray for. For the full rundown, watch the getting started video at the top of this page.


Become an Online Mentor for Focus on the Family

Billions of hurting people turn to social media for comfort and advice. All too often they are drawn further into darkness. Learn how you can be a light in this space as an Online Mentor.

Become an Online Mentor to share Good News and encouragement in the digital world: Anytime, Anywhere.

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Then Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom…” Matthew 9:35

Do you love social media and have a heart for Jesus? YES! This is the missionary opportunity you have been waiting for.

As an Online Mentor you can reach hurting individuals all over the world from the comfort of your home. Powerful technology & training provided by Focus allows you to enter online communities where you can engage in conversations and offer prayer, biblical support and encouragement.

You will participate in social media platforms such as forums and blogs, where people are discussing topics related to family, marriage, parenting, child rearing, sanctity of life, amongst others. On these platforms you will respond to posts from brokenhearted people and can offer biblical truth, prayer, Christian resources and encouragement.

As an Online Mentor, you can volunteer onsite at Focus on the Family or anywhere you can bring a tablet or computer. Online Mentors can serve any time of the day, any day. You may be a college student looking for volunteer hours, a retiree looking to mentor the hurting, or a person at home seeking to serve. Online Mentoring is a designed for anyonewith a passion to shed light in the darkened world.

If you are passionate about reaching others with Truth but need flexibility APPLY TODAY!

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We love the arts! When a church expresses the arts as part of a worship experience, there is a constant glory experienced. God’s first identity was a Creator and this is one of His most powerful identities. We want to release not only the whole church into a creative identity, but we also believe in empowering the visual arts with dance, fine arts, drama, film, poetry, and more.


Fight Like A Girl Club

The Fight Like A Girl Club was formed to provide a welcoming place where women (men are welcome, too!) battling cancer and other diseases, survivors, and loved ones can come together to share stories, experiences, hope, and encouragement with one another, a place where you can come to relax and devote time to yourself, a place where you feel accepted and cared about, a place to soothe your soul with meditations, poems, and inspirational quotes, to release your fears and anxieties through sharing and writing, to put your problems on the backburner while playing games and puzzles, to request Prayer from others who truly care, a place to


Crown of Beauty

21-year-old Livy Jarmusch lives in North Carolina where she stargazes, dreams, writes, composes love songs for Jesus, and worships the Lord with singing.
As the founder of Crown of Beauty
Magazine, she strives to reach young girls and inspire them to realize their true worth. She loves fairy tales, the smell just after it rains, golden retriever puppies and peppermint ice-cream cones. If you want to really get to know her, follow her on Pinetrest, and if you find yourself repining everything…you’re sure to be the best of friends.


Night Light International

NightLight is an international organization compelled by love to reach out to, rescue, and restore all those who are negatively impacted by sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Our local offices build relationships with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk and provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance by offering alternative vocational opportunities, life-skills training, and physical, emotional, and spiritual development to those seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men, and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

In Bangkok, Nightlight operates as a business (NightLight Design, Co. Ltd) and a non-profit (NightLight Foundation). In the United States, NightLight operates as a 501c3 with branches in Atlanta, Branson, and Los Angeles.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2


Not for Sale

In 2001, Dave Batstone discovered that his favorite Bay Area restaurant had been the center of a local human trafficking ring that forcefully brought hundreds of teenagers from India into the United States.
He realized this was part of a growing international issue affecting every industry and corner of the earth. From there, Batstone wrote the book Not For Sale in 2007, and our organization was born.