Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Los Angeles, CA!

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The Dead Sea Scrolls will be at California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA — Opens March 10 2015.

Exhibit & Ticket Information: www.californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/dead-sea-scrolls-the-exhibition

The Dead Sea Scrolls discovery is one of the most important finds to confirm that the Bible was handed down accurately over the centuries. A few people believe (wrongly) that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the originals of the Bible. They are actually the oldest copies we have of portions of the Old Testament.

About the California Science Center and Ticket Information

The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films.

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive. The Science Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. Please check the Science Center web site for schedule updates. Tickets for Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition are currently on sale. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets online at www.californiasciencecenter.org to reserve an entry date & time. The general information number is (323) SCIENCE. Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition admission prices are $19.75­­­ for adults 18-59, $16.75 for youth 13 to 17, college students with I.D. & seniors 60+, and $12.75 for children 4 – 12. Member discount rates are $12.75 for adults, $11.75 for youth 13 to 17, college students with I.D. & seniors 60+, and $10.75 for children 4-12. Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition and IMAX combination ticket prices are $26.00 for adults 18-59, $21.25 for youth 13-17, college students with I.D. and seniors 60+, and $16.25 for children 4-12. Member discount rates for combo tickets are $18.25 for adults, $15.25 for youth 13 to 17, college students with I.D. & seniors 60+, and $13.75 for children 4-12. Special rates for schools and other groups of 15 and over apply. The exhibit’s special group information number is (213) 744-2019. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Admission to all other Science Center exhibits is free. More information is also available at www.californiasciencecenter.org

Go Metro to the California Science Center. Ride the Expo Line to the Expo Park/USC Station. For the best route, use the Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net.

Want to Learn More Now?

The Dead Sea Scrolls pamphlet is an excellent introduction for Christians to learn the basics about this fascinating discover and why it is so important for Christian and Jewish people. It is available as an attractive easy-to-understand full-color 14-page pamphlet or as a PDF download. The Dead Sea Scrolls was written for Christian groups by archaeologist Dr. Randall Price. Quantity discounts for groups are available.

There is also a basic and advanced PowerPoint (basic and advanced on one disc) and a wall chart available.

Archaeologist J. Randall Price, Ph.D, author of Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Stones Cry Out: What Archaeology Reveals about the Truth of the Bible, is the Director of Excavations at the Qumran Plateau and is president of World of the Bible Ministries, Inc. Dr. Price gives seminars and is often on TV.

 


Statistics Reveal Christian Persecution Has Never Been Worse

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From Open Doors USA

 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.–Matthew 5:10-12

Kidnappings.

Executions.

Church bombings.

There seems to be no end to the heart-breaking news coming from all over the world. And Christians are being targeted like never before. This isn’t a blogpost to tell our readers that things are alright and we can relax… things aren’t alright, and we must partner with each other in prayer like never before. Wait till you read the statistics.

According to Open Doors USA, Christian persecution has reached a new high: in 2014 Christian persecution was greater than it has ever been in modern history, and it is projected to increase in 2015.

Christian Persecution

From Open Doors USA

There is not one terrorist group to blame for the endless terror and slaughter across the globe. These extremists are by no means united. What is clear, however, is the anti-Christ attitude targeting our believing brothers and sisters and we see collateral damage across people of various faiths because of a raging intolerance. Jesus didn’t sugar coat the risk of following him in a world that doesn’t recognize him. He preached a hard gospel, but a good gospel, better and truer than anything we could ever conceive.

How Can I Pray?

Biblically speaking, we can pray the Lord’s Prayer, that God’s will be done. That His justice meets us all where we’re at. We can pray for deliverance and salvation. Seek the Lord for guidance in what you should be praying. Here are some prayer points to get you started:

  1. God’s will done on the earth
  2. Mercy, peace, and deliverance for victims, families of the martyred, and the displaced
  3. Salvation for the lost
  4. Mercy and revelation of Christ Jesus for those that extremist groups are targeting for recruiting
  5. Providence for refugees and non-profit causes aiding them
  6. Christians around the world being called to prayer for their persecuted brethren
  7. Boldness in just leaders

What Can I Do?

It’s not always enough to pray; we need to keep our hearts open to the voice of the Holy Spirit, to respond when He calls us to. Pray and ask the Lord for guidance and seek His wisdom for further action and trust that He will speak to you. Here’s a step-by-step action list*:

  1. Get informed: learn about what is happening in the global family of God through reliable news sources or missionary contacts.
  2. Pray.
  3. Get God’s Word to them: many Christians are starved for the Bible because of book bans and strict environments of control.
  4. Participate in advocacy campaigns for religious freedom.
  5. Tell their stories: spread testimonies of those suffering for Christ. You never know who else might want to help.
  6. Visit them: are you able to visit imprisoned Christians in your area? Minister to them with God’s Word and kindness.
  7. Get involved: there are various non-profit groups dedicated to helping persecuted Christians around the world (Open Doors USA, Barnabas Fund, Christian Freedom International, International Christian Concern, etc…).
  8. Provide resources: persecuted Christians need your financial assistance through organizations that deliver Bibles, church materials, spiritual leadership training, and legal counsel.

Click here to read more and find out what you can do to help.

Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.–1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

*This list was taken from Strong in the Storm. Click to learn more, including the Four Stages of Persecution, and terms and definitions you need to know.

Can We Really Know What the Bible ACTUALLY Says?

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It’s been a week since we started the 40 Days of Fasting Bible challenge! How are you doing? Perhaps you’re still going strong and you haven’t missed a beat. Maybe you forgot the next day and had to write yourself a little note to remember not to eat chocolate or turn on the TV. Or perhaps this is your first reminder and it’s time to rededicate yourself to the 40 days of fasting. Regardless of what your journey has been over the week, we’re glad you’re still with us and we want to encourage you to keep pressing on!

Click here for 6 ways to have a positive attitude about your Bible study habit

So How Do We Really Know What God Means?

As part of our Rose Bible challenges, we want to provide some help along the way! As you’ve been going through God’s Word with all of us, you may have asked yourself or prayed “How can I know what God really means by this scripture?” There are so many interpretations out there, from the little details like whether the fruit in the Garden of Eden was really an apple or a metaphor to what it means when Jesus talks about bread as his body in the communion feast.

Theologian Dr. Michael Horton put together a short clip explaining how we can trust to glean reliable understanding from God’s Word:

Was that helpful to you? Want more tools to really dig into the Bible? We’re giving away this FREE eChart on studying the Bible, download it here!:

Want to join in on the 40 Days of Fasting challenge? It’s not too late! Download your customized Bible Reading Plan to get started!

Hello from National Religious Broadcasters Convention 2015!

Our set up in Booth #835!

Our set up in Booth #835!

Just wanted to share some highlights with you from NRB 2015!

This morning, we started our day at the NRB Women’s Breakfast, which our friend and author June Hunt graciously sponsored! We had the pleasure of hearing from speakers such as June Hunt, Janet Parshall, and Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim this morning. Janet shared about prayer and Jesus’ suffering on the cross.

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June Hunt with Janet Parshall:

June Hunt and Janet Parshall (left to right)

June Hunt and Janet Parshall (left to right)

And back at our booth…

A special guest from The Holy Land Experience with Rose President Gretchen Goldsmith

A special guest from The Holy Land Experience with Rose President Gretchen Goldsmith

Are you at NRB? Come stop by and say hello on the floor! We’re located at booth #835 and have lots of our bestsellers and NEW products available!

Christianity + Islam = Chrislam?

Let’s get things straight… Islam and Christianity are VERY different and the Lord makes it CLEAR in the Bible that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Now that that’s out in the air, let’s talk about what happens when people blur those lines…

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Top Countries for Christian Persecution – from OpenDoorsUSA.org

The World Watch List has a list of the top 50 countries that host the worst Christian persecution statistics. 40 out of the 50 countries have Islamic extremism as the primary source of persecution. Tension is high in the air with the recent events in the Middle East, especially that of Christian persecution, and this is pushing leaders to find politically correct ways of answering the tough questions and soothing the masses. How do you encourage peace while expressing biblical truth? With today’s conditions, it’s an understatement to say that faith is a tough subject to discuss… leaders don’t want to cause people to be violent or unforgiving towards people of varying faiths, but neither do they want to be accused of promoting “Chrislam.”

The term “Chrislam” has been coined by William Lane Craig to describe interfaith groups of Christianity and Islam. This isn’t a new fad or cult, since groups have been mixing the faiths since the 6th century, but the term has been popping up here and there as leaders try to find a new middle ground to establish a forum between varying beliefs and viewers grow increasingly skeptical of political motives. We’re not here to point fingers at politicians or church leaders for practicing “Chrislamism,” but to educate you to know the difference between solid Christian doctrine and heresy-tainted philosophies out there. If you feel that a leader in your community is mixing the Bible with the Quran, you can start with this eChart to really know what you’re getting. Click to download:

Quran and the Bible

Want to learn more about the differences between Islam and Christianity? Maybe you have a Muslim friend who has been asking about your faith and you want to answer him/her in a respectful way. The pamphlet Islam and Christianity is a great resource to address the differences respectfully and lovingly and gives the main doctrinal differences PLUS a list of do’s and don’ts when sharing your faith or entering a Muslim community (for example: did you know that you should NOT use your left hand for eating food when in Muslim countries?).

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