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An Unthankful Nation Is an Unthinking Nation

Mark Creech

In the mid-1970s, Dr. George Sweeting, now former president and chancellor of Moody Bible Institute, said in a sermon something that has stuck with me through the years. Dr. Sweeting contended, "An unthankful nation is an unthinking nation, and its people are in mortal danger."

Thanksgiving: 4 Facts About the History of the Holiday

Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving, one of the major holidays in the United States. Below are four points of interest regarding the development of the observance, on the last Thursday in November, and the practices therein. The modern concept of Thanksgiving dates back centuries, deriving from religious traditions in Europe.

Interview: Christian Psychiatrist on Why Holidays Are Rough for Depressed People; Forgiveness and Mental Health

Karl Benzio

Depression affects nearly 14.8 million people in the United States. Karl Benzio, founder of the addiction and mental health counseling helpline the Lighthouse Network, said depression and loneliness can be heightened during the holiday season. In this edited interview with the Christian Post, Benzio explains why the holiday season is so challenging for some and why forgiveness is the ultimate secret to health wellness.

Thanksgiving: Puritan or Pagan?

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a "pagan" holiday? I thought I heard it all. As Christians, we've heard the arguments against Halloween, Christmas and Easter but Thanksgiving? Aren't we stretching these "forbidden" holidays a bit too far?

China: Persecuting Christians Is Like Fitting a Race Car With a Steam Engine

Wallace Henley Portrait

When it comes to religious freedom for Christians, China is running that race for global economic leadership like an Indy 500 car chugging on a steam engine. It is true that Christianity in China is growing by leaps and bounds and may outstrip every revival in history. But it is also true that China's industrial future is being undermined by restrictions on religion and other freedoms, and that could eventually be a serious drag on Chinese economic aspirations.

Is God at Work in Ferguson?

Jim Denison

Like you, I have been watching the tragedy unfold in Ferguson and wondering if any good can come from such chaos. The father of Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot by Officer Darren Wilson, has stated: "Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. . . . I do not want my son's death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone." How could such change happen?

Thank the Giver vs. Give Thanks; 'Meat-up' This Thanksgiving

Kenny Luck

Holiday cheer can be hard to muster when there's chaos in the air. With the addition of more tasks and less time than usual, 'tis the season that puts a squeeze on our emotions, priorities and finances. Some men paint on a grin and roll through the routine with low expectations. Others face demons from the past, broken families, pressures and circumstances that bring up pain.

Ferguson, Missouri Must Be 'Redeemed'

Michael Brown

On August 22nd, I wrote an article entitled, "Five Obvious Lessons from Ferguson." Now, in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of my namesake, 18-year-old Michael Brown, and in the wake of the riots that immediately erupted, here are five more obvious lessons.

Why Every Sin Is a 'Gateway' Sin

dan delzell opinion page

Marijuana is widely regarded as a "gateway" drug, which leads some users to experiment with more serious drugs. In a similar way, every time we sin against God's commands, we commit a "gateway" sin. That is to say, our sin often leads us to engage in other types of sinful behavior.

Should North Carolina Magistrates Perform Gay Marriage Despite Their Faith?

Mark Creech

Nevertheless, AOC Director Smith claims that magistrates swear an oath to the United States Constitution, and, therefore, have a duty to perform such marriages since two federal judges have ruled the State's Marriage Amendment that defines marriage as one man and one woman is unconstitutional. Smith adds in his latest correspondence that he believes Berger may be misleading magistrates to believe they can opt out.

The Lord Is Your Healer

Joyce Meyer

Did you know that God cares about every single part of your life? He isn't only concerned with your spiritual health, but He desires for you to be healthy in every area.

Joni Eareckson Tada Defends Brittany Maynard: Christians Should Target 'Death With Dignity' Organizations, Not Individuals

Brittany Maynard.

Joni Eareckson Tada, an international advocate for people with disabilities, had unsuccessfully pleaded with Brittany Maynard to reconsider ending her life under Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. Maynard's decision to end her suffering from terminal, inoperable brain cancer on her own terms prompted critics to lash out at her decision. But Tada, a quadriplegic and breast cancer survivor, says the focus should not be on Maynard or her family, but on the organization that used the 29-year-old as "a poster child" for its right-to-die cause.

Different Is Better: The Ancient Church and Its Pagan Neighbors

Eric Metaxas

For the first seventy or so years of Christianity's existence, the Greco-Roman world paid it relatively little attention. There were persecutions here and there (like the one that claimed the lives of Peter and Paul). But, for the most part, it wasn't until the second century that their pagan neighbors began to focus their attention on just how different Christians were.

50 Things the Holy Spirit Does

frank viola

In some denominations and movements, the Holy Spirit is overemphasized, leading to a Christless Pentecost — putting the Spirit exclusively on the throne and losing Jesus in the temple. In other denominations and movements, the Spirit is but a footnote, an afterthought, even a stranger. What follows are 50 things the Holy Spirit does according to the New Testament. If you find this list helpful, share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The Messiah's Critics Couldn't Produce His Body

dan delzell opinion page

Christianity hinges on the resurrection of Christ. If it didn't happen, there is no forgiveness or eternal salvation for anyone. But if it didn't happen, surely the critics of Christ would have easily been able to produce His dead body. After all, they had plenty of time to do it, and all the clout to get the job done. And yet they came up empty.

3 Ways to Cherish the Differences in Your Spouse

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly recently spoke on same-sex marriage on NPR\'s

They say opposites attract. And at first, the differences are what make each other loveable. That's why the introvert marries an extrovert. The spender decides to get hitched with someone who's really thrifty. But after the wedding comes… life. And what was once cute is now irritating.

A Jesus Response to Suicide

frank viola

Comedian Robin Williams' recent suicide has once again exposed the different ways that "Christian" people respond to the tragic issue of suicide.

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Shoppers look over items on sale at a Macy's store in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States.
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'Black Friday' Vs. 'Bless Friday': Counterculture Churches Urge Members to Serve Homeless, Give to Charity Instead of Shopping

"Bless Friday is something that our congregation and staff have embraced. The beauty is in the soul-building that occurs when we focus on others instead of self, and serve in Christ's Name," said Kaminski.

Christian Chibok Schoolgirl Who Escaped Boko Haram Recalls Attack; Prays That Militants Will Find God and Renounce Violence

An 18-year-old Christian Nigerian schoolgirl who escaped during terror group Boko Haram's attack on the village of Chibok in April recalled her ordeal in an interview in the U.S., and said that she prays the Islamic militants will turn to God and renounce their violent ways.

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Petition Demanding Federal Prosecution of Darren Wilson Gets Over 120,000 Names in 3 Days; White House Must Respond to it

An online petition on the White House's website calling for a federal prosecution of Officer Darren Wilson regarding the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has garnered over 120,000 signatures in three days.

Native American Pastor Talks of Celebrating Thanksgiving as a Youth

For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of mourning, for the meeting between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag began a series of events that led to many tribes being wiped out. But for one Native American pastor, the observance is not a source of historical mourning or regret, rather he celebrated the occasion since a youth growing up on a Virginia reservation.

2.5 Million Children Are Homeless in US, New Data Reveals

Homeless child

A historic number of America's youth – 2.5 million children – are homeless according to a report recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness. These children, the report shows, are victims of a number of variables that contribute to homelessness including single motherhood, racial disparities and low household incomes.

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TWR Arabic Program Resonates With Middle Eastern Listeners in Midst of Refugee Crisis

At the height of a refugee crisis, the Arabic version of the popular Trans World Radio program Women of Hope is being aired in prime time on a popular FM station in the heart of the Middle East, TWR announced Wednesday.

Rob Bell hosts his new self-titled show, airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Dec. 21, 2014.
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'The Rob Bell Show' Premieres on OWN Days Before Christmas; Watch Preview of 'Rock Star' Pastor's New Self-Help Program

Rob Bell, former megachurch pastor and bestselling author, will finally have his new self-help show premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network next month, just a few days before Christmas.

'Country Buck$' Series Not 'Duck Dynasty 2.0' Star Says

Country Bucks

A&E debuted a new show last week, much to the delight of fans of the hit series "Duck Dynasty." "Country Buck$" follows the lives of the Busbice family, owners of Wildgame Innovations, as they navigate personal and professional business. One of the stars, Matt Busbice, spoke with The Christian Post about the show, his family and faith, and the relationship between the Busbice family and the Robertson family.

Christian Women, Sex Slaves, Iraq
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UN Expert: ISIS Received Up to $45 Million in Ransom Payments Over the Past Year

A United Nations terrorism expert said on Monday that the Islamic State terrorist group has made between $35 million and $45 million off of ransom payments in the past year alone, the Associated Press reports.

Pope Francis Says Door of Dialogue With ISIS Should Never Close; Warns Fighting Terrorism Leads to Deaths of Innocents

Pope Francis addresses the Council of Europe in Strasbourg November 25, 2014.

Pope Francis has said that he would "never close the door" on dialogue with terror group ISIS if there is any way it could end the suffering in the region. The pontiff was speaking to reporters on Tuesday following a speech at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and added that states striking back against terrorism can lead to loss of innocent life as well.

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Matt and Lauren Chandler to Married Couples: God's Design Is for You to Have Children

In a new Tuesday video series promoting Matt Chandler's upcoming book Mingling of the Soul: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption, the Texas pastor and his wife Lauren told husbands and wives that God's big plan for them is to have children.