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Memorial Day Isn't for Shopping Sprees

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Therefore, I pray that everyone selling refrigerators, cars and other goods comes to realize the price our fallen men and women paid for their freedom. Let it be a reminder to Americans that our fallen Armed Forces are not unknown soldiers, but real persons who sacrificed their lives for us. Let it inspire us to care for their families and care for our veterans too.

Finding Redemption in the Josh Duggar Story

Michael Brown

I have no desire to pile on with more comments about Josh Duggar, who appears to be a very serious and committed Christian who has made no excuses for the sins of his youth and who deeply desires to make a positive impact for the Lord in the years ahead. I simply want to share some redemptive thoughts.

How to Relish, Reread, Review, Retell and Relive Bible Stories

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The Bible is an awesome adventure, introducing precious eternal teachings within specific historical contexts. Through its pages readers find universal principles dramatically revealed in extraordinary human persons. God's eternal principles always matter, and so do specific timely moments of Divine action within people's lives.

What Should the Duggar Scandal Teach the Church?

Russell moore

I'm not interested in litigating the specifics of this case—the civil authorities and the relevant employers are now alerted to the situation. I'm more concerned that we see that this story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual abuse in "churched" contexts. We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative, and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities, and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction to this question preemptively, before any specific situation arises, with a word from God.

Cultural Christianity vs. Convictional Christianity

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As cultural Christianity wanes the more faithful, traditional Christianity practiced by Evangelicals will stand out in ever more vivid contrast with mere civic or "country club" Christianity in America. The shameful gap between the "orthodoxy" (sound doctrine) and "orthopraxy" (sound practice) of too many Christians has been, and is, a disgrace to the Gospel.

The Scandal of Christianity

John stonestreet

And no amount of calm will dissuade critics, such as the Lynn, Massachusetts, school board member who compared Gordon College to the KKK and dismissed their work among the city's poorer children out of hand. In the end, no matter how "nice" we are, our faith in Jesus and our faithfulness to His teaching will be a scandal to the world. And we are and will be treated accordingly.

How Sexual Disorientation Can Lead to Self-Deception

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The idea of "sexual orientation" is the world's way of trying to explain why people experience various sexual desires. In reality, all of us experience some measure of sexual "disorientation." The presence of sin within human nature causes confusion regarding our sexuality.

5 Interesting Facts About Ted Cruz's Christian Faith

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith.

9 Stupid Things I Did as a Pastor

Thom Rainer

1. I neglected my prayer life and time in the Word too often. It sounds absolutely insane as I write it, but I got too busy for God. As a consequence, I operated out of my own insufficient power too many times.

Andy Stanley on Homosexuality: He's Really Right and Really Wrong

Michael Brown

I really appreciate Pastor Andy Stanley's call last month for Christians in America to live like real Christians, but he was way off in his call for Christians to take one year off from the culture wars, as if the only way we could live like real Christians was to refrain from engaging the culture. Quite the contrary.

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'There's No Such Thing as Comfortable Christianity;' NHCLC's Samuel Rodriguez Urges Spirit-Filled Christians to Speak Up

In a high-energy parting shot to a gathering of several thousand Spirit-filled believers at the closing session of the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Samuel Rodriguez warned that "there is no such thing as comfortable Christianity" and urged the group to use the power God gave them to declare Him to the world.

ISIS Slaughters and Mutilates 400, Mostly Women and Children, in Syrian City of Palmyra; Hundreds of Captives Face Similar Fate

Terror group ISIS has executed at least 400 people, mostly women and children, in the city of Palmyra since it was captured last week, Syrian state television has said. Hundreds of others have been captured and face a similar fate, according to a human rights agency.

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Churches Must Go Beyond 'Thank You for Your Service' to Help Veterans Struggling With Mental, Physical Wounds From War

The mental plight of American servicemen returning home from war zones has been well documented by various groups and news organizations. And there are many churches and faith-based organizations that are seeking to help returning veterans cope with life after combat, offering soldiers more than a "thank you" for their service.

8 Arizona Pastors Create 'Progressive Christianity: Fact or Fiction' Sermon Series; Local Progressive Pastor Says They're Trying to 'Alienate' People Who Don't Interpret the Bible Literally

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Eight conservative Arizona pastors have banded together to teach a sermon series to their local community titled "Progressive Christianity: Fact or Fiction," but one local United Methodist Church pastor, who holds more progressive views on the Bible, says they're trying to alienate people who don't interpret the Scriptures literally.

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New England Patriots Chaplain Don Davis Talks 'Deflategate,' Shares Message for Christian Players Potentially Involved, Fans (Exclusive)

The New England Patriots were riding high on the heels of winning the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title three months ago, but dreams of a seamless off season have been deflated by controversy. Don Davis, the Patriots' linebacker-turned-chaplain, is looking at the situation from a spiritual perspective and has a message for any Christian player potentially involved in the allegations that has resulted in $1 million worth of consequences for the team.

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Osama bin Laden Repeatedly Warned Against Formation of ISIS, Huge 'Treasure-Trove' of Documents Reveals

Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda and mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, repeatedly warned his supporters against the formation of terror group ISIS, newly released documents by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed.

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'I Was Terrified' — Partially Blind Muslim Schoolgirl Who Found Jesus Recalls Risking Her Life to Read the Bible

At age 12, the concerns of most American children usually revolve around schoolyard politics and the awkwardness of becoming a teenager, but for Rifqa Bary, a young girl in Ohio, a life-changing decision to secretly convert to Christianity completely consumed her world and left her living in constant fear.

In New Book to Moms Ex-Ambassador's Wife Marina Slayton Says 'We've Been Empowered By the Holy Spirit'

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In a new book for mothers titled Be the Best Mom You Can Be Marina Slayton, a Christian mother of four and wife of former U.S. diplomat Gregory Slayton, has shared tips on parenting in the 21st century. It's a time, she says, when parents and children alike are facing new challenges such as growing hostility against Christianity and a higher rate of suicide, both of which have touched her family personally.

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