Some new statistics show that churches in the United States are more focused on what’s happening in the U.S. than missionary work overseas to the vast majority of the world’s population.
For example, more than 90% of a local church’s budget never leaves the U.S. Also, the U.S. Center for World Missions finds only 5.7% of giving to Christian causes goes to foreign missions. Furthermore, 87% of foreign missions funds go for work among those who are already Christians, 12% among evangelized non-believers and only 1% among unevangelized people groups. Finally, 90% of Christian workers live in countries having 10% of the world’s population.
Of course, the mass media of entertainment has a worldwide influence on society, from the smallest...
A Brigham Young University study finds religious involvement (regardless of the denomination) makes teenagers half as likely to use marijuana as their peers without religious participation!
“After we accounted for family and peer characteristics,” said Stephen Bahr, one of the study’s authors, “there was an independent effect that those who were religious were less likely to do drugs, even when their friends were users.”
Once again, the contention by clueless atheists and agnostics that religion is bad for you has been proven wrong!
More than 70% of Americans believe the nation’s moral compass is headed in the wrong direction, according to the Knights of Columbus Marist Poll. The poll also found that 70% of Americans oppose same-sex marriages!
“Active” Christians spend 66% more on Christian books than do “Professing,” “Private,” “Liturgical,” and “Cultural” Christians combined. They also buy 63% of their books on impulse, and more of them at Christian retail stores than any other retail outlet.
Small groups in large churches are fast becoming the way in which Christians relate to one another, and to the world, through their faith, according to one expert.
“Megachurches are creating around them structures and especially functions that once were done by the denominations,” says Scott Thumma, author of BEYOND MEGACHURCH MYTHS and Hartford Seminary professor. “They are creating alternative ways for churches and for religious people to get resources to do ministry, to do missions, to connect with other churches.”
This could mean that the best way to reach the Christian audience today is through small groups.
A team of researchers from Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center, reports, “Family structure clearly matters for children, and the family structure that helps children the most is a family headed by two biological parents in a low-conflict marriage.”
This, and many other studies, refute the contention by homosexual activists, liberals and some “moderates” that homosexuality has no negative effects on society, families or children.
Please don’t buy the media lies and misinformation about homosexuality, same-sex marriage and adoption!
U.S. teenagers spend $170 billion per year of their disposable income on entertainment, including books.
This shows how great the impact of the mass media of entertainment is on your children and grandchildren.
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A UCLA Higher Education Research Institute study finds the percentage of college students who never attend religious services nearly doubles from the time they enter college until their junior year.
The reason, according to researchers, isn’t indoctrination by faculty but the influence of fellow students. And at most colleges, liberal peer groups are more common than conservative ones.
The mass media can play a major role in influencing those peer groups, as countless scientific studies have shown.
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New studies of children age 9 to 12 and 12 to 18 in the United States and Japan proves that violent video games make children more likely to be hostile, aggressive and get into fights.
“One can no longer claim this is somehow a uniquely American phenomenon,” said Craig A. Anderson, a psychology professor at Iowa State University and director of its Center for the Study of Violence. “This is a general phenomenon that occurs across cultures.
“We now have conclusive evidence that playing violent video games has harmful effects on children and adolescents,” he concluded.
The studies accounted for gender and previous aggression in their research.
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