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50 Things the Holy Spirit Does

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

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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

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

Imagine a World Where Everyone Follows Christ

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What if everyone in the world was a follower of Jesus Christ? And not just in name, but in reality. Imagine if everyone knew the love of the Savior and then shared that love with those around them. What would this world look like?

Legalization of Marijuana and the Opera Singer With the Glass Eye

Mark Creech

During the last election, two more states, Alaska and Oregon, approved by referendums the legalization of recreational marijuana. The District of Columbia also approved a voter initiative that is subject to the review of Congress. Colorado and Washington had previously passed similar ballot measures legalizing cannabis in 2012. It may take a while, time enough for the full import of their decision to be felt, nevertheless, it's inevitable these states will discover the legalization of pot didn't turn out as they expected.

How to Have a Happier Family

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

On a recent program, the first in our two-part broadcast, "Game Plan for Having a Happier Family," our guest, author Dr. Kevin Leman, challenged parents with something of a brainteaser: Imagine your 14-year-old son announces he just gave the $200 he earned last summer to his buddy.

Letting Go of the Dead Stuff in Your Life

Joyce Meyer

Have you ever hired a professional to prune a tree in your yard? Well, Dave and I hire someone to do that for us and there are times when he cuts the branches back so far that I've said to him, "There is nothing left. You have totally destroyed our tree!" But he says, "You just watch and see." And sure enough, before long the tree is much better looking than it was before.

10 Reasons Why Friends and Family Struggle to Believe the Gospel

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Southeastern Seminary, where I work, challenged all students, staff, and faculty to share the gospel at least once a day during the month of September. Based on my experiences that month, in addition to years of sharing Christ with family members, here are my thoughts about why my family and friends struggle with believing the gospel.

14 Characteristics of Genuinely Friendly Churches

Thom Rainer

Several years ago, when I was involved in active church consultations, I assembled data on what I called GFCs, genuinely friendly churches. I set certain parameters for GFCs; then I attempted to measure those churches guest return rates. A guest return rate is simply the percentage of guests who will return to the church for at least a second visit.

Barbarism 2014: On Religious Cleansing by Islamists

Nina Shea

In a brief, nationally televised announcement on August 7th regarding the Islamic State, which invaded the multicultural, northern Nineveh Province of Iraq this summer, President Obama observed "these terrorists have been especially barbaric towards religious minorities, including Christian and Yazidis."

6 Reasons Your Church Might Not Be As Friendly As You Think It Is

LifeWay Rainer

I have heard that statement thousands of times. I promise. In over 500 church consultations and thousands of church member interviews, I heard it. Most church members really do think their church is very friendly. But, more times than not, they are wrong. Guests who visit the churches usually have a much different perspective. Here are six things to consider if you really think your church is friendly.

How Did One Man Use $10 to Feed 28,992 Children?

Jim Denison

Anton Cobb decided to help the local food bank in Portland, Oregon. So he put a checkered cloth on a table in a busy area near his office. He sat there during his lunch break next to a sign which read, "I am skipping lunch. So that 30 children won't. Will you join me? Donate your lunch money to the Oregon Food Bank."

Happy 1660th Birthday: Augustine's Enduring Appeal Is His Personal Passion for the Living Lord

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Of the hundreds of thousands of published Christian writers over the centuries since the Scripture books were complete, none have had a level of influence to compare to Augustine. Even now in 2014, he remains a #1 favorite for huge numbers of both Evangelical leaders and Roman Catholic leaders. He was a scholar and an evangelist; he was a faithful senior leader of the church universal and a charismatic healer who made house calls. Now he is 1660 years old. Happy Birthday, Augustine!

A Diverse and Powerful Egyptian Church

David Curry Open Doors USA

In June and July of 2013, Tahrir Square became a place where history was made. This Cairo, Egypt landmark housed the largest outpouring of protest against the radical Jihadist agenda in the Middle East, with estimates of over 20 million people protesting the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Wisdom and Encouragement for Stressed-Out Souls

Joyce Meyer

It seems that so many people are constantly busy and overwhelmed with the activities of daily life. But it's not God's will for you to be frustrated. He doesn't want you to be stressed-out about everything that you're expected to do. So if you find yourself feeling pressured to get things done, I want to help you fix that.

10 Things I Would Tell You as a First Time Visitor to Your Church

Greg Stier

As a "traveling evangelist" I've had the privilege of preaching in churches from coast to coast. And, until I have the microphone on over my ear, most people have no clue that I'll be the preacher that day, so most treat me like a first time visitor. Over the course of many years of visiting churches I have had great experiences as a guest along with some not-so-great ones.

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Republicans Will Suffer in 2016 If They Fail to Pass a Bill on Immigration Reform, Says Samuel Rodriguez

Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and one of the leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table, warned Friday that if Republicans fail to pass a bill on immigration reform, keeping millions of undocumented immigrants in limbo, they can expect to suffer at the polls in 2016.

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Thousands of Children Find Forever Families as Nation Celebrates 15th Annual Adoption Day

Thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families are hoping their dreams will come true as communities and churches across the country celebrate the annual National Adoption Day on Saturday.

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Survivors of Suicide Loss Day to Include Kay Warren's Testimony, New Documentary

Events sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, which takes place on Saturday, include the release of the organization's new documentary and Saddleback Church's Kay Warren sharing her testimony, both available during webcasts.

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Next Step of Faith for 'Touched by an Angel' Producer: Hallmark Movie 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas' (Interview)

It's not too hard to imagine that Hallmark's TV movie "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" — produced and written by Martha Williamson, the creative visionary behind the ground-breaking TV show "Touched by an Angel" — premiering on Sunday will become a Christmas classic, early reviews say as much.

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3 Americans Among 4 Killed in Palestinian Ax Attack on Jerusalem Synagogue (Photos)

Three Americans are among four people killed during an attack Tuesday at a Jerusalem synagogue carried out by two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and gun. The Israeli police, who shot down the attackers, said they view the incident as a terror attack.

Fifth Person Dies in Jerusalem Synagogue Slayings That Killed 3 American Rabbis; Hamas Calls It Revenge Attack

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An Israeli police officer has died from his injuries sustained in the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that also led to the deaths of three rabbis with dual American-Israeli citizenship, and one with British citizenship. Terrorist group Hamas has claimed that the attack was revenge for the killing of a Palestinian bus driver on Sunday night. An autopsy report reveals, however, that the bus driver committed suicide.

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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.

Bible's Most Popular Verse Is 'Be Anxious For Nothing', Says Amazon

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The most popular portion of the Bible is a verse urging readers not to be anxious, according to data released from online book seller Amazon. The online retailer recently released a list of the most popular passages from its most popular books. Amazon's most popular books include The Hunger Games, The Harry Potter Series, Pride and Prejudice, and the Bible. It found that the commonly highlighted portion of the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7.