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Bishop Grabovenko
Bishop Grabovenko

Dr. George O. Wood, U.S. Assemblies of God general superintendent, has issued a call to prayer for suffering and persecuted believers this week, September 15-22.

The call to prayer originated with Bishop Edward Grabovenko, the head bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith (a member of the World AG Fellowship) calling for churches in Russia, Ukraine, and throughout the world to fast and pray this week. Grabovenko urged, "It is not our intent to support anyone's point of view but our desire is to restore the unity in Christ who has all the answers..." He requested prayers for God's peace and unity among believers for the region.

Dr. Wood joined Grabovenko's request for the week of prayer, expanding its focus to the suffering and persecuted believers in other regions of the world, including the extreme persecution of Christians in Iraq as well as the crisis in West Africa and the deadly Ebola outbreak.

The prayer list includes:

Ukraine — Pray for an end to the violent conflict in Ukraine and for divine protection over church leaders and missionaries.

Iraq — Pray that the horrific persecution inflicted by ISIS will cease and that God's love and salvation will prevail.

West Africa — Pray for God's sovereign intervention in Africa, particularly among AG pastors and believers affected by the Ebola outbreak.

To view the Call to Prayer video featuring Dr. Wood and Dr. Mundis, click this link. To see the Spanish version, click here.

 

 


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Depicted TV romance sours real relationships

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 - 1:45 PM CST

A new study has found that the more a person believes in television depictions of romance, the less likely that individual is to be committed to a real marital relationship.

"People who believe the unrealistic portrayals on TV are actually less committed to their spouses and think their alternatives to their spouse are relatively attractive," says researcher Jeremy L. Osborn of Albion (Michigan) College.

Osborn found that the more a viewer watches skewed representations of TV romance, the more he or she counts the "costs" of a real relationship in terms of losing freedom or focusing on a partner's unattractive qualities. Osborn followed 392 married couples and their reaction to romances in shows such as True Blood, The Bachelor and Two and a Half Men.

The study, published in Mass Communication and Society, suggests that TV typically shows people happily moving from relationship to relationship, with a seemingly endless supply of attractive partners. Further troubling to Osborn is the finding that most viewers don't realize such messages increases their dissatisfaction with their own spouse. Osborn warns that marriage in real life doesn't work like televised relationships.

"As Christians, it is our duty to protect the sanctity of the marital vow and the importance of marriage as a lifelong commitment," Osborn says. "Our marriages should be modeled after the relationship between Christ and His bride - the Church."

Osborn also urges Christians to look to the Bible as a guide for expectations rather than the small screen.

"Our love should be patient and unconditional," Osborn says. "That's not what we see on TV."

Author: Pentecostal Evangel


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