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4 Marriage Miracles

Though no one can guarantee them, they happen quite often. Marriages beyond hope by any reasonable standard turn around, become stable, and grow into a wonderful relationship. Though nearly everyone, especially the couple involved, thought it impossible, war evolves into peace and rage turns into romance.

3 Views on How Long a Sermon Should Be

Thom Rainer

The reality is there are two major trends taking place related to sermon length. I have been following these trends through anecdotal information and social media polls for three years. There are growing numbers of respondents who believe sermons should be longer. There are also growing numbers of respondents who believe sermons should be shorter. And there aren't many people in the middle of those two divergent views.

Don't Be a 'House of Cards' Man

Kenny Luck

The hit, made-for-Netflix, series "House of Cards" exhibits how men craving power will don a public mask in order for private gain. It's a story about men living with two faces: a public persona and a private will; an image vs reality; a means to an end.

N Is for Nazareth

Russell moore

Christians around the world are changing their social media avatars to the arabic letter "n." In so doing, these Christians are reminding others around them to pray, and to stand in solidarity with believers in Iraq who are being driven from their homes, and from their country, by Islamic militants. The Arabic letter comes from the mark the ISIS militants are placing on the homes of known Christians. "N" is for "Nazarene," those who follow Jesus of Nazareth. Perhaps it's a good time to reflect on why Nazareth matters, to all of us. The truth that our Lord is a Nazarene is a sign to us of both the rooted locality and the global solidarity of the church.

Minimum Legal Drinking Age Makes Johnny a Little Safer

Mark Creech

What actually works is a form of prohibition. Don't misunderstand me; I'm not calling for a return to the kind of prohibition before 1933 in the United States. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that all forms of restrictive alcohol measures in state and federal law are an acknowledgement that alcohol is not an ordinary commodity. It poses a significant risk to the public's health and prohibitive determinations are necessary. This is especially true for those in their formative years.

Christian Leaders Meet in NY to Support Israel; Say Hamas Conflict Is a 'Defining Issue of Our Time'

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Dozens of Christian faith leaders from the greater New York area united at the Faith Exchange in New York City on Friday to express their support for Israel in its current conflict with the Palestinian Hamas group. Israel and Hamas are currently involved in a violent and ongoing clash that one religious leader attending Friday's event described as one of the "defining issues of our time."

NYC Pastor Who Prayed With Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan Credits Those Who Cried 'Let Meriam Go!' for Defiant Christian Woman's Release (Video)

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan, Italy

The U.S. pastor who took it upon himself to fly to Sudan to meet with and pray for imprisoned persecuted Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim was among those celebrating her freedom Thursday. He credited the 27-year-old married mother's release to the outcry of people from around the world who were captivated by her steadfast Christian witness in the face of impending death.

6 Barriers to Effective Prayer

Pastor Rick McDaniel

These barriers can keep the power we need from being manifested in our lives and country. James 5:16 tells us, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." But is unrighteousness the only barrier to powerful and effective prayer? I am certain there are other barriers as well. Let me identify six.

Are You Content with Your Life?

Joyce Meyer

It seems there are very few people who are consistently content with life. It's more common to be up and down mentally and emotionally, depending on what our circumstances are. So I want to ask you: How content are you? Are you consistently enjoying your life?

Jesus Is For Losers

Tullian Tchividjian

Often, when a sports team is losing and the game is almost over, fans will start to head for the exits. Sometimes they want to beat the traffic home, but often, they're just disgusted with the way the game is going and can't watch any more. It's interesting to note the human movement: when the team seems sure to lose, the people move away, literally leaving the arena. If a miracle happens, and the team looks like it might win, they come streaming back.

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Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for allegedly abandoning Islam, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican after arriving in Rome, Italy, on Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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Meriam Ibrahim, Daniel Wani and Children Leave Rome for US After Escaping Sudan; Persecuted Christian Family to Be Welcomed by Philadelphia Mayor

Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children will be greeted quietly Thursday afternoon by Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter upon their arrival at the Philadelphia International Airport, in another leg of a harrowing persecution case that nearly resulted in the Orthodox Christian woman being executed for her faith by Sudanese authorities.

Braxton Caner to Be Buried Saturday as Ergun Caner Reveals 'Excruciating Pain' at Son's Suicide; Kay Warren Left Speechless

Evangelicals reeling from the suicide of 15-year-old Braxton Caner are now preparing to celebrate his life at a funeral Saturday as his father, Ergun Caner, popular Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Georgia, publicly revealed he was going through "excruciating pain" Wednesday.

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Massachusetts Enacts New Abortion Clinic Protest Law After Supreme Court Rules Prior Law Unconstitutional

A month after a law restricting abortion clinic protests was struck down by the U. S. Supreme Court, Massachusetts passed a new law meant to replace it.

Pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter address the Redemption World Outreach Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014.
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Hope Carpenter Repents, Apologizes to SC Megachurch for First Time Since Husband Ron Carpenter Revealed Marital Woes

Hope Hilley Carpenter, wife of Pastor Ron Carpenter, has addressed for the very first time their marital woes that were made public last year before the congregation she and her husband founded over 20 years ago. Mrs. Carpenter repented and apologized to members of Redemption World Outreach Center, but did not cite the specific sins or behavior she regards as stumbling blocks to her husband, family and church community.

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No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Christian Philosopher

Several months before "Left Behind" opens in theaters, a prominent Christian philosopher is reminding the American church that the movie's claims about the rapture are false.

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Pope Francis Becomes First Pope to Visit Pentecostal Church; Calls Evangelicals His 'Brothers'

Pope Francis became the first pope to make an official visit to a Pentecostal church, after he flew on Monday to speak at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta, Italy. The pontiff apologized for persecution of Pentecostals the Roman Catholic Church was involved with in the past, and reached out with friendship to evangelicals.

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iOS App Tells David and Goliath Story in an Amazing Way; 'Righteous Tales' Created by Former Microsoft Employee

A former Microsoft worker created a new app for iOS that brings the biblical account of David to life in a way that has never been done before.