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Last month, architect and New York City Church of Christ member, Rick Cook, was recognized in Manhattan Magazine for his earth-friendly impact on the New York City skyline. Rick, and his company CookFox Architects, designed Manhattan’s fourth tallest building, the Bank of America Tower, NYC’s first LEED Platinum-Certified commercial skyscraper.
Mark Avila was baptized in the East Region of the Los Angeles Church in October 1997 and faithful for four years, going through Chemical Recovery for alcohol abuse and having a life-changing experience. As time passed however, Satan got in his heart and Mark drifted back into alcohol abuse, which caused him to suffer many spiritual consequences, including leaving God and his church. There were other consequences, too, as he and his wife of nine years were divorced. His kids grew up in the church in Kid’s Kingdom for seven years and were no longer close to God's kingdom.
“Boanerges,” they called us, “sons of thunder.” There we stood among a flurry of religious voices, amidst a throng of men deluded into thinking they could tell the future. Unfamiliar hands reached out from the circle of flesh and rested on our shoulders, trying to impart their fervor to us. “You,” they told us, “will trust in the Lord.” My brother and I – atheists – waited for it to end. “You,” they insisted, “will boast in the power of the Lord.” They called this prophesying. I called it a bunch of lunatics ranting.
Valencia Koean, also known as Valen, is a talented girl. She has a family who loves her so much. She is the youngest of four. Her older brother, Kevin, and her sister, Devi Fransisca, are disciples. Kevin was baptized on April 21, 2012. Devi was baptized on December 30, 2013.
Even atheists go to church in boot camp.
Each day, from 4:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m, drill instructors ceaselessly scream and yell and curse at Navy initiates. Each day, that is, except for Sunday morning. Drill instructors aren’t allowed to yell in church.
Editor's note: The following story was written for an Ivy League Black History Month celebration in 2004. It features Calvin Johnson, our brother and a member of the Los Angeles International Church of Christ. It is reproduced here for archival purposes and is not updated; Calvin provided a recent update at the end of the article.
January 3, 2004. That was the day that I decided to change my life by giving it over to Christ. While I know this decision was paved out in the book of life for me, I can tell you that, save for one very important resource, I may have had to take a much longer and harder road to get here. That one resource was the Internet.
Hannah Kauffman (now Hannah Dignan) considered herself an atheist her sophomore year of high school -- she had seen hypocrisy among peers who professed to be Christians and was not able to develop her own faith in God. Like many other teens in her affluent suburb of Chicago, Hannah experimented with unhealthy choices. Seeking fulfillment from worldly pursuits and empty promises proved futile, but she continued on that path for a while. She thought nothing of it when she heard Lindsay Dawson (now Lindsay Heigerick), a fellow student in her speech class, give persuasive speeches in class on the existence of God and the resurrection of Jesus.
This is third in a series of miracle stories shown at the 2014 New England Christian Conference, "Everything is Possible." In this video, the Renshaw family of the Worcester County Church of Christ tells their story of redemption: from divorce, walking away from God, and an unplanned teen pregnancy, God has brought tremendous healing and reconciliation to this family of seven. Share this moving testimony with your churches, as well as your friends and family who want to learn more about our fellowship.
Two brothers in Bangalore learned what it means to suffer for the name of Christ after sharing their faith one afternoon. After evangelizing to a mysterious man, a group of men surrounded them, beat them publicly, and then allowed the police to arrest and imprison them under false accusations. Both brothers lived to tell the tale, and one of them, Prem, shared the story with ICOC HotNews.