In It To End It

download-end-it-logoSlavery is illegal in every single country of the world, and yet slavery still exists in 167 nations today! One-in-five of those in slavery is under the age of 18, and 55 percent of those trapped in slavery are women.

NOT COOL! 

One of the biggest industries fueling human trafficking and human slavery is the pornography industry. Every time you click on a porn link, you are helping to keep someone in bondage. Those clicks mean money in the pockets of those who peddle in human flesh, so they do whatever they can to keep you clicking and viewing.

Think about this—Your porn viewing is keeping someone’s daughter or son in slavery! 

Thursday, February 23, is the day the End It Movement wants us all to shine a bright light on the vile practices of those slave-holders who are keeping people in bondage all over the globe.

What can you do?

  1. FullSizeRender 2Wear your bright red X tomorrow, and share it for the world to see. Use hashtag #endit to let slave traders know you are on to them.
  2. Pray for those held in slavery and traffickedRemember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies (Hebrews 13:3).
  3. Support groups like The End It Movement or International Justice Mission who are working to free slaves around the globe.
  4. Stop viewing pornography!

I am in it to #endit in my generation! Will you join me?

End It Movement

End It MovementPornography has fueled the sex trafficking market. In The Porn Circuit, Sam Black reports that “between 14,500 and 17,500 sex slaves are trafficked into the US each year. Another 300,000 American children are at risk for trafficking each year.”

NOT COOL! 

You see, every time you click on a porn link, you are helping to keep someone in bondage. Those clicks mean money in the pockets of those who peddle in human flesh, so they do whatever they can to keep you clicking and viewing.

Think about this—Your porn viewing is keeping someone’s daughter or son in slavery! 

February 25 is the day the End It Movement wants us all to shine a bright light on the vile practices of those slave-holders who are keeping people in bondage all over the globe.

What can you do?

  1. FullSizeRender 2Wear your bright red X tomorrow, and share it for the world to see. Use hashtag #endit to let slave traders know you are on to them.
  2. Pray for those held in slavery and traffickedRemember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies (Hebrews 13:3).
  3. Support groups like The End It Movement or International Justice Mission who are working to free slaves around the globe.
  4. Stop viewing pornography!

We can #endit in our generation!

Barna’s Megathemes For 2010

I really appreciate the research that The Barna Group undertakes. I always find such timely insight into the mindset of people’s attitudes on matters of church and religion.

Their annual year-end report reveals the “megathemes” that they have observed emerging throughout the year. I encourage you to read the full article for yourself by clicking here, but the six megathemes for 2010 are:

  • The church is becoming less theologically literate.
  • Christians would rather be with other Christians than reach out to others.
  • Pragmatism is becoming more important than spiritual principles.
  • Christians are becoming more interested in community activism.
  • Tolerance is more accepted in the church.
  • The church’s influence in their local community is almost invisible.

Wow, looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us in 2011!

At Calvary Assembly of God, we’ve been streamlining our ministries to help us address these megathemes.

  • One way we are doing this is through our Next Level Groups. Each group is laser-focused on addressing where someone is in their faith walk, and helping them take the next step. These groups are more discussion-based than teaching-based, which allows us to be more individualized and intentional in helping increase biblical literacy.
  • We have a heavy emphasis on community involvement. We are involved in the B2B (business-to-business) group, the Community Action Network, the city and township official meetings, and the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.
  • We are also involved in so-called activism efforts on the local level: Michigan Right to Life, Alpha Family Center, and Women At Risk International.
  • We are front-and-center in the traditional Cedar Springs events: Community Action Night, the Spooktacular, the Red Flannel Festival, and Mingle With Kris Kringle.
  • And we’ve planned two series of messages in 2011 to engage and activate our congregation. One is called Salt & Light to address how we can (and should) be people of influence in our communities, schools, and work. And the other is The Q Series where my Sunday messages will be answers to questions the congregation and community at-large have submitted.

What do you think about Barna’s Megathemes?

If you are a pastor or church leader, how do you plan to engage these megathemes in 2011?

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