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With the U.S. Assemblies of God Centennial celebration two weeks away, being held August 5-10, in Springfield, Missouri, registration for the event continues to build. Yet, even though it's the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrating, the overseas AG members are coming in significant numbers to join in the celebration as well as participate in the World AG Congress, being held concurrently.

According to Sheila Mixer, AG Convention Services Group registration coordinator, for those who have pre-registered, so far more than 43 percent are coming from overseas, representing 118 countries!

Mixer expects that by the time the Centennial events begin, there could be as many as 2,000 or more overseas AG representatives attending the events, which include the Centennial celebration, Global Church Planting Summit, and the World AG Congress.

"It's exciting to see such enthusiastic support from Assemblies of God churches overseas," says U.S. AG General Superintendent George O. Wood. "This gathering will truly be a global, once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Wood says there will be nothing like attending the event in person — worshipping God and experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit while standing side-by-side with AG brothers and sisters from around the world - and he encourages all AG members to make every effort to attend. However, for those who are unable to attend, all of the Centennial services will be live-streamed from the event website.

The AG Centennial is being commemorated through a new book that identifies 100 significant moments in AG history. Titled "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," the book is a collection of 100 stories that demonstrate God working in and through the people who make up the Assemblies of God. Included in the book are key missions stories — missions that have resulted in more than 64 million AG overseas adherents, and whose representatives are now coming to help the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrate its centennial.

For more information about the AG Centennial events, including registration information, resources, event schedule and more, see 100.ag.org. To preorder the AG Centennial book, "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," click here.

 


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Wood speaks out on Chick-fil-A controversy

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 - 4:15 PM CST

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Dr. George O. Wood heard Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel loud and clear when he said that, "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values."

The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God now has a rapid-fire series of questions for Emanuel and any other mayor who may be tempted to follow in his footsteps.

"Are you saying that the Catholics are also unwelcome in Chicago because they don't have Chicago values? That evangelicals aren't welcome? That Muslims aren't welcome? That Orthodox Jewish people are not welcome?

"That other persons who have religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman don't have Chicago values and therefore they are excluded from your community? Do you intend to discriminate against persons of faith? Do you intend to marginalize them? Are you becoming, in your view, intolerant of persons of religious faith?

Wood believes these are all important questions for the public square. As he sees it, the push to characterize anyone who has convictions about personal marriage as bigoted is itself bigotry on display.

"We are in the middle of a massive decision in this country as to whether we are going to embrace a path toward total secularism which marginalizes people of faith, or whether people of faith and other persons of goodwill are going to rally to the side of those who hold to the moral and religious values that have made this country what it is," Wood says.

Indeed, Wood says the United States is at a watershed moment. At this time, he says it's still up in the air as to which side is going to prevail. He'd like to see Christians be alert to the moment and mobilize for morals.

"Christians have a choice in this upcoming election, whether they are going to put their moral values ahead of everything else. There's been so much talk about the economy and that's understandable when you are hurting financially," Wood says.

"But if the culture shifts and we become Western Europe replayed where religion is out of fashion, so to speak, then we are headed for moral chaos in this country and decline. Christians in this country have to come to an understanding of where they are with regard to the moral issues of our day-issues that relate to life and issues that relate to sexuality."

Authors: Steve Strang and Jennifer LeClaire, Charisma News
Reprinted with permission.


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