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The Most Frequent Burdens Pastors Face

In my years of church consulting, I have spent hours talking to local church pastors. Much of the conversation revolves around church structure, vision, etc., but seldom does the conversation stay at that level. Pastors, it seems, long for someone to listen to them. They want someone to share their burdens, even if only for a few minutes.

Planning to Watch the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie on Valentine's Day? Christian Authors Want You to Hear God's Perspective on Sex First

E L James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, poses for photographers during a book signing in London September 6, 2012.

The Christian authors behind the popular "Pulling Back the Shades" book that challenges the "satanic" elements in E.L. James' breakout "Fifty Shades of Grey" titles are reaching out to fans of the erotic book series by offering them a unique opportunity to learn how they can be sexual without compromising their spiritual or emotional well-being.

Is God's Spirit in Everyone, Even in Aggressive Atheists Like Richard Dawkins?

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A survey examining Americans' views on Christian theology revealed that, among even self-identified Christians, there is confusion or disagreement about the Holy Spirit. Is the spirit a force or a personal being? Is the spirit present in only Pentecostal Christians, or in all believers? According to one theologian, the spirit is both a force and a being — and is present in everyone, not just Christians.

Why Volunteer Service Embodies the Spirt of Christ

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"Tutor 2-hours a week and benefit 2-people forever," I just heard someone wisely advise. So very true. That quote captures one of the most important expressions of faith, hope and love in any community – the volunteer spirit. Every act of devoted action to give faithful, informed, regular service to address needs within our communities or on mission trips can embody the very spirit of Christ. That joyful ministry service can be a measurable benefit both to the people who are helped and to the volunteer helpers.

Your 'Aha' Moment With God Is Essential

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No one knows God simply by virtue of being alive. It takes an "aha" moment so to speak. It requires divine revelation, which brings about an understanding of grace and salvation. This is how a person is welcomed into the family of God.

Beware of the Emptiness of 'Superhero Sermons'

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Many of the current blockbusters being developed and produced by Hollywood involve or revolve around superheroes. The popularity of this genre and its films among the masses is undeniable. What is not so clear is what specifically produces this popularity.

What Yemen Chaos Means for Christians

David Curry Open Doors USA

Events this past week in Yemen have raised new questions from policy makers and pundits on the reach of extremists in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. Complicating the situation is that, as in past situations in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq, there is a muddled political response from the West that makes the situation hard to understand.

How Bible-Minded Are You?

Roy Peterson American Bible Society

Across this country thousands of Americans read the Bible each day. They read it to connect with God and as a source of inspiration, hope, encouragement and entertainment. Each city and state is home to people who believe the Bible to be a source of truth and an essential guide to life. At the same time, people who adamantly oppose the Bible also make their homes in cities across the country.

Calvinist Evangelicals In a United Methodist Church!

Mark D. Tooley

Last evening in Washington, D.C. I was walking by an old United Methodist sanctuary and heard uncharacteristic music emanating from the windows. Curiosity drove me inside, where I was surprised to see a full congregation of almost all twenty-something's singing fulsomely as a band performed behind the altar.

How to Live Without Frustration

Joyce Meyer

We all go through times of frustration in our lives. Frustration happens when we're trying to do something in our own strength – something that only God can do through His grace in us. My personal definition of grace is "God's power made available to us free of charge, enabling us to do with ease what we could never do on our own with any amount of struggle or effort." The truth is, our human effort can never bring the changes that God's amazing grace can bring.

In Redeeming Racial Relationships, It Matters How We Look

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This is deeply encouraging, because Gospel-teaching churches must take bold Biblical leadership on the present American racial scene for there to be real progress. The very institutions that remain so embarrassingly segregated on Sunday mornings can become the brightest, exemplary beacons of light for racial justice and reconciliation going forward. This is also a personal passion; racial social justice has been a constant and costly major theme of my life and ministry.

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ISIS Threatens to Kill More Japanese After Kenji Goto's Death; Japan Says It Will 'Never, Never Forgive' Islamic State

The Islamic State terror group calls Japan an ally of a "Satanic coalition" and warns that it has "an entire army thirsty for your blood" in a video showing the beheading of a second Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto.

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Christian Activist Denies Asking Colorado Bakery to Make 'God Hates Gays' Cake

A Christian activist who filed a complaint against a Colorado bakery for refusing to make two cakes protesting against homosexuality has denied asking for the confections to include the phrase "God hates gays."

Is Obama Waging War on Stay-at-Home Moms?

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A tax proposal in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address led to a pundit debate over whether government does, or should, give preference to stay-at-home versus work-outside-home parents. The debate itself is a helpful illustration of the different views conservatives and liberals hold about government.

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As Part of Deepening Ties, United Methodist Clergy Oversees Communion at Episcopal Church Cathedral

For the first time in its history, Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral had a United Methodist minister oversee the sacrament of Communion for an Episcopal service.

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'Preachers Daughters' Exclusive: Cast Member Talks Another's Struggle With Homosexuality, Missions Pastor Reacts to Wild Behavior

"Preachers' Daughters: has decided to tackle the topic of Christianity and homosexuality in a way that no other show has done before.

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Nigerian Pastor 'Butchered' to Death by Muslim Herdsmen; Remembered as Dedicated Servant to the Poor Who Educated Over 400 Kids for Free

A popular Nigerian pastor, who is touted as a dedicated servant to the poor, was "butchered" to death last week on his way back from pastoral duties by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, whom some say could be linked to the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Auschwitz Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary, Warn of Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe; Steven Spielberg Delivers Speech

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Almost 300 survivors from the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where over a million people were killed during the Holocaust marked the 70th year since the camp's liberation on Tuesday. Notable Jewish figures such as director Steven Spielberg attended the event and delivered a speech, with survivors warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe again.

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Marriage Counselor, Wife Discuss Dishes, Laundry as Foreplay, Misconceptions About Women, Sex

Dave Willis works to build healthy marriages and families through his ministry Stronger Marriages. Now he and his wife, Ashley, are partnering with XXXChurch.com founder Craig Gross to help married couples build a healthy sex life.

Faith Crashers: Why Does God Kill People in the Old Testament?

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There is a growing refrain among non-theists: reading the Bible made me an atheist. The saying commonly refers to Old Testament passages that puzzle non-believers and Christians alike. Most puzzling are the accounts in which God allows the death and destruction of humanity as He did with the flood in Genesis and bloody wars against the Canaanites detailed in Deuteronomy.