CARMA Aims to Put God Back in America

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Faith is a large part of most Americans’ daily lives. In a world where people are now bombarded with advertising—pushing everything from candy to fast food, and from clothing lines to politicians, one enormous part of American daily lives is left out: Christian beliefs and messages.

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CARMA aims to put God back in America and save Christianity for generations to come. “It’s true,” says Deborah T. of Denver, Colorado, “on my commute to work, whether it’s signs or the radio, I’m constantly being sold something. It’s a refreshing thought to just hear or see a positive message.”

Marketing that just advertises Christian messages or morals are rare. More times than not, advertising like this is designed to promote a church, not Christianity as a whole. “The reason is because advertising is expensive,” says the president of CARMA. “Instead of directing people to buy a product, we’re directing them towards Christianity and to have a nice positive day. Since we’re not selling consumers a product, all of the money to advertise Christianity through CARMA comes directly from Christian Americans.” CARMA aims to launch the first phase, large scale marketing, by July 2016, thanks to the contributions of Christian Americans.

The idea that allows any Christian to contribute any amount of money to help market and promote Christianity is new, but how will it work? “CARMA is taking the concept of crowdfunding to spread positive messages. Christian Americans that want to see a change in America can visit our site to contribute money that will go towards marketing and promoting Christian beliefs and morals. We are starting off by raising money for billboards, radio ads, and print marketing,” states the president of CARMA. “The driving force behind this concept is Christian Americans who care about their faith, their family, their future, and their community. It’s yet to be seen if crowdfunded effort to spread the truth of Christianity will work, but I have faith that it will.”

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the process of raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. Any contribution, large or small, is an enormous blessing and will help spread truth and bring God back to America. People interested in CARMA and the efforts to spread positive Christian messages can learn more at www.wearecarma.com.

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Life, Love and a Little Bit of Grace

Life, Love and a Little Bit of Grace
Paul J. Webster
Published by: A Book’s Mind

Love is more than a moment
It’s spending our life together
Knowing you’re inside of me
Begins my tomorrow forever

Life has a passion for giving and receiving love. If you add a little bit of grace as the main ingredient this life is worth living. My introduction to wonder occurred while sitting on a hill overlooking a white sandy beach in Vietnam. I’m watching the crystal blue tides roll in as feeding birds dive into the crashing waves. There’s this huge sun setting in the foreground and the brilliance of the scene overwhelms me. I’m in awe of this God who can place me in such a terrible place but still show me life’s wonder. He’s made me aware of the true beauty contained in this world. And this is my small attempt to replicate His majesty. I ended the work with “A Blessing”. This is my gift given for you, so as you read this work I pray God will look down upon you, be gracious to you and give you peace. Thank you for reading.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis., Feb. 16, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — The Rest That Works Ministries, LLC has launched a new interactive website and blog featuring innovative resources for Christian mindfulness. The site’s content is based on a practical form of prayer and meditation pioneered by RTW Ministries founder, the Rev. Scott Daniels, called “the rest that works.”

“Anyone seeking greater spiritual health and vitality can find help on our site, starting from the moment they open the homepage,” Mr. Daniels said. He added: “Through the resources we offer, particularly the weekly blog, we give visitors an opportunity to develop practices that enhance spiritual vitality and healthy relationships with God and others.” Mr. Daniels said that participants have called “the rest that works” a “path to the present moment through God’s love.”

Mr. Daniels is author of “The Rest That Works: Living a Life of Loving Mindfulness” (Rider Green/RTW Press, 2015) and director of The Center, an interfaith retreat based in Eau Claire, WI. His book has been praised for its “revolutionary simplicity” for living a spiritually fulfilling life. Through his new website/blog, Mr. Daniels says, people living with spiritual pain and confusion can

see themselves in contemporary real-life situations and stories, reassuring them that they are not alone;

learn personalized, practical ideas that can be put to immediate use; and

experience a “rest in God” that leads to healing and increased vitality.

He pointed out that subscribing to “the rest that works” blog is free and that visitors to the website can receive discounts on his books.

About RTW Ministries, LLC: RTW Ministries, based in Eau Claire, WI, was founded in 2014. Its mission is “to help people rest in God so they can work and play from there.” Founding director Scott Daniels, an ordained United Methodist minister, is a published author, spiritual counselor, speaker and workshop leader. Media review copies of his books are available upon request.

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 17, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Initiating a bold outreach for the New Evangelization, the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy message and devotion from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, has teamed up with Oscar Delgado, an independent Hollywood producer, to create Divine Mercy Matters, a 14-part miniseries launching today across all media platforms.

Father Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers and host of the miniseries, said: “We are throwing open our archives in order to bring to the Church and the world the very best teaching about Divine Mercy as given through St. Faustina Kowalska, the Secretary of Divine Mercy. As Pope Francis has said repeatedly, now is the time for mercy, and the legacy of St. Faustina is a providential gift for this moment of mercy.”

The series covers a variety of topics, including the life of St. Faustina, the essential elements of the Divine Mercy devotion (feast, image, novena, chaplet, and hour of mercy), and the tremendous promises given by God to those who ask for His mercy.

Please go to divinemercymatters.org to view the episodes, sign up for webinars, and access other resources on living Divine Mercy.

The 14 episodes of the Divine Mercy Matters miniseries will draw upon the teachings of some of the greatest experts on Divine Mercy, including Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, former vice-postulator for the cause of canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska. He was present for St. Faustina’s approved beatification miracle and helped make her the first saint canonized in the new millennium.

“The Divine Mercy message is in the DNA of our congregation,” said the Very Rev. Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, the Marians’ provincial superior. Before he’d even become a Marian, a young Kazimierz Chwalek assisted with the initial translation and publication of the “Diary” of St. Faustina. “It is critical in this time to amplify the Holy Father’s message of mercy.”

If you would like to schedule an interview with Fr. Chris or Fr. Kaz, please contact Peter Markavage at (413) 298-1303.

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Fresh Wind: Catching Hold of God’s Power in this New Year

EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y., Dec. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — A New Sermon Series from Island Christian Church, a Long Island Evangelical church with campuses in East Northport, Port Jefferson, and Holbrook:

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“I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. ” (1 Timothy 3:14-15 ESV)

The first three Sundays in 2016 will help Christ followers and those seeking more from God to hit the ground running through these encouraging messages from Pastor Mike O’Connor, senior pastor of Island Christian Church.

January 3: “We Hold These Truths…” SECURITY… the church as buttress of the truth. Where can we go to find truth? What truth is and where it resides. The duty of the church to be faithful to it. Felt need that it addresses: security. So much changes. God does not. His word is eternal. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” (Hebrews 12:1) The word of God marks out the track on which we run the race of life.

January 10: “My God, He’s Alive.” SIGNIFICANCE… we do not serve a book, or a principle. Our God lives and is at work in our lives and in His church today. Calling our congregations to expect God to act in the present. As someone famously said: “He is there, and He is not silent.” Raising the level of expectation that God will act as we align with Him and His purposes. Understanding our part and God’s part. How the work of God in our lives builds His fame as He builds our testimony. The importance and place of prayer. Living things grow.

January 17th: “Household of Faith.” STAYING POWER…that you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God… The third and final week would focus on community–the things that enhance it; the things that degrade it. God’s house rules. The organic nature of the Kingdom. The importance of living out what we say we believe, the price of hypocrisy.

The community at Island Christian Church is pursuing the kind of church life set forth in Scripture. The foundations of this church are Spirit-led worship, relevant teaching, authentic relationships, unceasing prayer, and compassionate provision for the needy. We hope you will join us as we strive to demonstrate a compelling faith that will touch the lives of individuals within our larger communities.

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Lutheran Pastor writes Book about Whisky

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Lutheran Pastor writes Book about Whisky

LINDEN, Mich., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Did you know that Darth Vader prefers Lagavulin? Were you aware that Santa Claus keeps a bottle of Caol Ila on the shelf? Read More →

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