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Which Black Lives Matter?

Ken Blackwell

Almost seven months after the fateful, fatal encounter between Michael Brown and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced a truth he had been holding close for months – that the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" mantra that had been used since August was based on a lie.

What the Bible Says About 'Heart-Mouth' Connection in Words

Joyce Meyer

Words are wonderful when they are used in a good way. They can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing (Proverbs 15:23). However, they can also keep us from experiencing God's plans for our lives. Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue…."

Why Ted Cruz Is More Electable Than You Think

Carl Jackson

Ted Cruz is the candidate most likely to take our country from where it's arrived under the leadership of President Obama to where it should be - in the hands of "We the People." His authenticity and consistency are just two of the advantages he has over the rest of the field-in-waiting. He says what he means, he means what he says, and Washington knows it.

N.C.'s Marijuana Bill Fight: Please Don't Misuse Bible's Genesis Verse to Support Legalization

Mark Creech

Proponents were also angry – very angry at times. Much of that anger was directed at me because I've been at the center of the opposition to proposals for medicinal marijuana in the Tar Heel state since they were first introduced in 2009. When the Committee Chairman called on me to speak, one of the medical marijuana supporters jumped up from his seat and interrupted the proceedings with a bogus claim that I wasn't on the speakers list. The Sergeant-at-Arms had to intervene and insisted the man be seated and quiet.

The Clothing You Need to Enter Heaven

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Ever since the first two people walked on earth, man has sought to clothe his body. In the case of Adam and Eve, it was only after they sinned that they felt this need for clothing. "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." (Genesis 3:7) Prior to their sin, Adam and Eve felt no shame over their physical nakedness.

What Makes a Man a Man?

paul tripp

These are ongoing debates whose conclusions will shape the lives of thousands of boys who are in the process of becoming men. The "manhood" conversation is something no serious Christian can avoid.

The Church Against Religious Liberty

Mark D. Tooley

Hardly anyone ever talks anymore about the Christian Church denomination, even though it is historically Mainline, because it doesn't have many members left and has become culturally marginal.

Descriptive Terms in Scripture Carry Theological Weight

dan delzell opinion page

Herbert Spencer said, "How often misused words generate misleading thoughts." This is especially true when attempting to explain what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. The terms which Scripture uses to describe believers say a lot about our new identity, our new life, and our new priorities.

Review: Swashbuckling 'Beyond The Mask' Breaks New Ground for Faith Films

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The movie breaks new ground in the faith-based category not only in genre but in its large number of impressive CG effects, which rival anything out of Hollywood. The storyline is fast-paced, the acting solid, and the 1776-era characters will entertain anyone who enjoys colonial history. (Yes, George Washington and Ben Franklin make an appearance.) It's a fun and gripping family-friendly movie that children and teens will enjoy.

7 Distinguishing Habits of Highly Effective Pastors

Thom Rainer

Determining the effectiveness of a pastor is a highly subjective exercise. While certain metrics may prove helpful, they do not tell the whole story. In that context, I reviewed my 40 years of serving churches in a variety of capacities and noted several very effective pastors I knew well. My list was lengthy: nearly 30 pastors total.

3 Female Ghosts That Haunt the Church

Jen Wilkin

Though you may not always be aware these ghosts are hovering, the women you interact with in ministry frequently are. I hear ghost stories almost on a weekly basis in the e-mails I receive from blog readers.

The Ferguson Hoax and Media Truth Telling

Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

You know the standards of the media have hit rock bottom when a liberal commentator makes news for telling the truth. Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC has become a media star for his belated recognition of the "Hands up, don't shoot" lie out of Ferguson, Missouri.

Four Words for Every Person Who Is Single

Perry Noble

There are lots of people in "single world" these days. I know the struggles of being single, I did not get married until I was 28 years old. Today I hope the following four words encourage you if you are single...

How to Instantly Increase Your Joy

Joyce Meyer

So whether we murmur and complain or give thanks and keep a positive attitude, we are feeding our body, mind and spirit. So if you're not enjoying your life, the best thing you can do is think about what you've been talking about.

Atheist Son of Former US President Says He's 'Not Afraid of Burning in Hell' Is Wrong on So Many Levels

Mark Creech

Ron Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, has proudly stated in an ad that he's "not afraid of burning in hell." Reagan did the 30 second ad for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The same ad for radio was running a year ago on "The Randi Rhodes Show." [1] The television ad is currently running on CNN and has been aired on "The Daily Show." ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox have all declined to run it, but it has aired in local metropolitan markets. [2]

Placing ISIS' Persecution of the Copts in Context

21 coptic christians beheaded isis

Martyrdom was not new to them or their people. For nearly two thousand years, their Church had prided itself as being the Church of the Martyrs. If martyrdom was a central feature of the early church, it had become the hallmark of its identity in Egypt.

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Al-Shabaab Releases ISIS-Style Mass Execution Video Showing Somali Civilians Being Shot to Death While Swimming in the Ocean

The al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia has released a new ISIS-style execution video purporting to show the execution of a group of male Somali civilians who were forced into the sea to swim for their lives and fatally gunned down by a firing squad of militants using machine guns.

Germanwings Audio Transcript Reveals Captain Begging Lubitz to Open Door; Co-Pilot's Girlfriend Claims She Is Expecting His Child

The audio transcript from the "black box" recordings of the fatal Germanwings Flight 9525 has been leaked, revealing that Capt. Patrick Sondenheimer screamed and begged co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to open the door. Lubitz's girlfriend has said in separate reports that she's expecting his child.

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Christian Grandma-Florist Fined $1,001, Ordered to Work Gay Weddings but Refuses, Says She Won't Betray Jesus; State Threatens to Take Her Home, Business Away

A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially.

Robert P. George: Sexual Revolution Is Hurting Poor People Among All Races in America, Not Just African-Americans

Robert P. George

Robert P. George says the sexual revolution is hurting lower income Americans of all races, not just black communities, with family disintegration contributing to poverty. In his analysis of the state of American families, George referred to a 1965 government report by the-late politician and sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan who believed the crisis befalling the African-American community was due, in part, to the lack of a family structure which leads to "juvenile delinquency and adult crime."

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NJ Megachurch to Hide 100,000 Easter Eggs in State's Largest Ever Easter Egg Hunt

One of New Jersey's fastest growing Christian churches will be hosting the state's largest Easter egg hunt ever by hiding more than 100,000 eggs in its campuses in four counties for children and families on Easter Weekend.

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Roma Downey, Mark Burnett Underline Women's Roles in the Church and the Ongoing Persecution of Christians in 'A.D. – The Bible Continues'

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are bringing women in the Bible to life while shedding light on the persecution of Christians both past and present with "A.D. – The Bible Continues."

Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer to Play God in Film Version of Controversial Bestseller 'The Shack'

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One of the most controversial books amongst the Christian community to come out in recent years, The Shack underwent intense scrutiny and criticism from Christians for its depiction of the Holy Trinity in ways that veer away from the Bible and the basis of Christian beliefs. Despite the book being described as a "Christian novel," Bible experts question the fictional relationships inside of the Holy Trinity and the Trinity's relationship with man as described in the novel.

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ISIS Cuts Off 4 Kids Hands, One for Stealing Toy; Executes Starving Child for Stealing Food

A mixed Sunni-Shia family that once lived in ISIS' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul but has fled to live in the Kurdish north after the militant group took over the town last June, has provided deeper insight and revelations about the horrors that people living under the jihadis brand of sharia rule must deal with.

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'Curb to Castle' Journey to God: Complete Stranger Invites Homeless Family to Live in His Home for 7 Months

As an unmarried homeless couple stood on a street corner in northern California with their four children holding up a sign that read "Family Needs Help God Bless," little did they know that within 10 years they would be living comfortably in their own house overlooking Lake Elsinore and living their lives by "God's design."

Could Working Out Be Considered an Act of Worship?

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Why should physical fitness be a mundane or dreaded activity if you can spend time exalting God while doing so? While some may raise their eyebrows at this notion, others are making this budding belief system their reality. Celebrities such as Kierra Sheard, the 27-year-old gospel singer who released her fifth studio album Graceland last summer, recognize the power of incorporating fitness and faith.