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Is ISIS More Violent Than al-Qaeda?

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When comparing the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda, experts on international terrorism say that one should be careful in saying that one group is more violent than the other.

7 Benefits of Attending a Healthy Church

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A healthy church is kind of like a healthy family. It just oozes with encouragement and mutual care. And when you experience it, you reap the benefits deep within your soul. With that in mind, here are 7 benefits of attending a healthy church:

Israel Under Siege: An Evangelical Diary (Day 3 - Final)

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What a 24 hours! Shortly before midnight Tuesday night, as I was preparing to be a guest on Tony Perkin's "Washington Watch" radio program being broadcast live from the CBN studios in Jerusalem, the air raid sirens went off, signaling a rocket attack was imminent. So, I joined Tony, the sound engineer, and former Senator Rick Santorum (in an adjacent studio to be interviewed) in the studio's stairwell until the all-clear was sounded.

Ferguson and the Quest for Racial Justice

Russell moore

The violent scenes from Ferguson, Missouri, are not what most Americans expected to see in 2014 America. The simmering tensions in this town, following the shooting of an unarmed teenager, ought to remind the Body of Christ of our responsibility to model reconciliation in Christ.

Persistent Prayer Gets the Attention of Heaven

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One of the mysteries of biblical prayer is that the Lord is honored and pleased when His children persist in prayer and don't give up. And if you stop and think about it from heaven's perspective, it makes a lot of sense.

Jesus' Return: Waiting on a 'God From the Machine'?

Michael E. Brooks

What motivates your longing for Christ's return? Is it a healthy and discerning enthusiasm for Christ's glory to be revealed, or simply a desire for easy resolutions to the numerous problems plaguing humanity? While the latter may seem God honoring it actually contains a pessimism that is self-fulfilling rather than preordained.

'Black Jesus' and the Measure of One's Insanity

Mark Creech

Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft once said, "A measure of your insanity is the size of the gap between what you think you are and what you really are." [1] Certainly this is true. Still, it might also be said that the greatest measure of one's insanity is the size of the gap between who we think Christ is and who he really is.

Why You Need to Make God Your First Priority

Joyce Meyer

So, why do many people seek the "things" first? Many people's top priorities seem to be jobs, houses, cars or other material things. To seek means "to crave, pursue, to make sacrifices to get, to go after with all of your strength and all of your heart." It is a mistake to crave and pursue possessions, believing they will give us the lasting peace, joy and contentment that only come from God's presence in our lives.

St. Louis Rapper Thi'sl Calls on Christian Church to Exemplify 'Racial Peace' Amid Ferguson Protests Over Fatal Shooting of Michael Brown

St. Louis, Missouri, rapper Thi\'sl.

Christian rapper Thi'sl, a St. Louis, Missouri, native, knows firsthand about the racial tensions that have plagued his city for decades. It is that same dark cloud of racial unrest that overshadows the recent police killing of an 18-year-old black man in nearby Ferguson. Calling for justice while trumpeting a peaceful response, Thi'sl also says it is time for the church to step up and face the fact that U.S. Christianity has its own festering racial wounds that have long needed healing.

Evangelical Christian Pastor Says Jews Were Chosen by God to Serve; Not to Be 'Teacher's Pet'

The Rev. Charles Kopp, Chairman of the Evangelical Alliance of Israel

An American pastor of a diverse congregation in Israel known to be targeted by anti-Christian vandals, reminded those in attendance at a recent Mideast prayer service that, according to the Bible, the Jewish people were chosen by God in special service to the world, and never designated as "the teacher's pet." He also called for Christians to be careful in jumping to judgement and picking sides in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

#Ferguson: Why We Need More Multi-Ethnic Churches

Derwin Gray

We don't know all the details of what went down in Ferguson, but what we do know is that black evangelicals and white evangelicals interpret these types of situations very differently. What if black and white evangelicals attended multi-ethnic churches instead of segregated ones?

5 Battle Strategies for Youth Leaders When It Comes to Fighting Lust

Greg Stier

It's the secret youth leader battle that's not so secret. All of us know down deep inside that the pot of hormones simmering underneath can turn into a boil in a micro-second. Given the right conditions any of us could fall, not just into lust, but into moral sin with someone we are ministering with or to in our youth groups.

No Jonathan Merritt, I'm Not Sorry for Supporting the Invasion of Iraq

David French

As Syria burns, as casualty rates soar to levels not seen in the Middle East since the Iran–Iraq War, and as a Ba'athist dictator clings to power in part by the use of chemical weapons, it simply boggles the mind that so many Americans seem to believe that the world would be better off with Saddam Hussein — and are so committed to this view that they literally want to shut down any discourse from supporters of the 2003 invasion. Here, for example, is Bill Clinton, dismissing Dick Cheney's critiques, with this incredible statement: "I believe if they hadn't gone to war in Iraq, none of this would be happening."

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Lecrae Speaks Out on #Ferguson: 'At Times it Feels Like My Eternal Family Could Care Less About My Earthly Family'

Lecrae, outspoken Christian and award-winning recording artist, has taken to his social networks to speak out on the frustration he feels in light of responses to the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. The rapper also has received pushback for suggesting that hip-hop artists lose credibility by rapping about "lawlessness" and then demanding "equality and justice."

Mark Driscoll's 'Empire' Is Imploding, Says NYT; Megachurch Pastor to Make Special Announcement Sunday

Mars Hill Church officials confirm that Pastor Mark Driscoll will have a special announcement this Sunday on the heels of the latest public accusation against him – improper leadership. However, no further details were released Friday.

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Mike Huckabee on Education Reform: Children Aren't Dry Cleaning, Drop Them Off, Pick Them Up Spot Free

Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee on Friday charged parents to accept the responsibility of educating their children, and the church to pitch in to help ensure minority students don't fall by the wayside at the NHCLC (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference) event on education.

Unaccompanied minors ride atop the wagon of a freight train, known as La Bestia (The Beast) in Ixtepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca on June 18, 2014.
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Christians Playing it Too Safe? Chicago Megachurch Pastor Says Leaders Paralyzed by Fear, Unwilling to Stick Necks Out for Marginalized

Wilfredo De Jesus, pastor of a Chicago megachurch that oversees more than 130 ministries to the poor and disenfranchised, believes Christians in the U.S. have been playing it safe for far too long. He says many are unwilling to stick their necks out for the marginalized who are suffering in the cracks created by society's broken systems and abusive structures.

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Selah: Jesus 'Makes Our Ugly Beautiful;' Trio Recounts 'Humbling' Encounter With Billy Graham

Dove award-winning group Selah recently spoke about why there is power in leaning on Jesus in the midst of pain and "brokenness." The trio also shared why they believe millions of people around the world are still drawn to their music after nearly two decades in ministry.

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British Muslims Enlisting to Fight for ISIS; Find Jihadi Sub-Culture 'Cool'

There are now reportedly more British Muslims fighting for terror group ISIS than Britain's military, an issue that some British Muslim leaders have recognized and warned that youngsters are being drawn by the idea that the jihadi sub-culture is "cool."

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Latest iPhone 6 Leaks Gives Best View of Possible Finished Product to Date

With Apple's all but confirmed iPhone event just 3 weeks away (Sept. 9th) leaks of the possible design and hardware have ramped up exponentially. Retailer Feld and Volk have released photos that show the alleged iPhone 6's front panel and rear shell fully assembled.