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Netanyahu Sounds Alarm on Iran Nuke Deal Not Unlike Queen Esther in Bible, but Is America Listening?

Tony Perkins

Tuesday on Capitol Hill, we heard about another grave threat to the Jewish people. As I sat in the House Chamber and listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I heard a leader who respectfully but urgently conveyed a single, compelling message, the same message Esther gave to the Persian King Ahasuerus: the Jewish people are under threat, and need immediate help.

Why Should Christians Care About the Jewish Holiday Purim?

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The annual Purim date is fixed at about one month before Passover, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday. It is seen by some as a strictly Jewish holiday, but since we Christians are fully "grafted into" God's special relationships, it makes sense for us to celebrate Purim as well.

Pitiful or Powerful: Learning to Get Our Minds Off Ourselves and Bless Others

Joyce Meyer

Do you want to be happy — I mean, really happy? I believe that deep down we all want to be happy and enjoy our lives. We can spend a lot of time and energy trying to do things that will make us happy, but our own efforts will never truly satisfy us. That's because God doesn't want our minds to be on ourselves all the time. He wants us to look past the things that are happening in our own lives and reach out to others and bless them. Because when our focus is on ourselves, we can end up feeling sorry for ourselves and face the danger of self-pity.

Was the Apostle Paul a Misogynist?

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In the modern world many people rather casually assume, or assert, that the Apostle Paul was a misogynist based upon his teachings concerning the differing roles of men and women in the church and in marriage in the early church.

ISIS Captures Christians: Piece By Piece, Middle Eastern Christianity Is Being Shattered

Nina Shea

Still reeling from last week's news of the Islamist beheading of 21 Coptic Christian migrant workers in Libya, Middle Eastern Christians were again targeted by a large scale Islamist terror attack with thousands of victims Monday, in Syria. Islamic State jihadists laid siege to a string of Christian Assyrian villages, along the Khabour River, in northeastern Syria, kidnapping or killing scores of residents.

When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

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Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers in an attempt to get them to "do more." Such badgering is not helpful, and can actually rob those weak in faith of the assurance of salvation. I suspect you have heard this passage used in such a way. But have you stopped to really think about not only what Jesus said, but what the hearers said to Christ? Or better yet, what they didn't say.

The Top 10 Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in Churches

Thom Rainer

I recently embarked on a major research project for a new resource I will soon be offering. Part of my research included a long review of thousands of comments made on this site over the past few years. Though my research had another purpose, I became intrigued by the comments related to church traditions.

15 Concerns in Children's Ministries

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Recently, I spent time with a church that is upgrading their children's wing. In the midst of those discussions, we talked about some of the common problems our Lawless Group consulting team sees in a children's ministry. Here are 15 of those problems:

Is Sexual Violence a 'Shade of Grey' or a Black and White Issue?

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After a series of bestselling books, the subsequent release and record-setting box office of the motion picture "Fifty Shades of Grey" seems to indicate that Americans are embracing what previous generations would have considered sexual deviancy. But after spending two years producing a hard hitting documentary film about the connections between pornography and human sex trafficking, Producer Guy Noland and Executive Producer Jim Knaggs have seen the damage up close.

FBI Director James Comey Sees the Path to Racial Understanding

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On February 12, 2015 – exactly 150 years after Abraham Lincoln's final birthday – Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James B. Comey gave one of the most wise and relevant perspectives on the racial issues of 2015 in a 23 minute speech at the Jesuit Georgetown University. Even through the media sound-bites, the timeliness and truth of Director's comments were cogent, clear, and widely praised. I

Nation of the Cross

Johnnie Moore

Muslims consider Jesus a prophet, so this was a coy bit of advice given to help them stay alive. But there would be no way around ISIS identifying them as members of that country's ancient Christian minority.

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Canadian Megachurch Pastor Goes Missing in North Korea, May Be Detained by Communist Regime

The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, has been missing for over a month after he failed to return home following a trip to the Communist nation of North Korea.

Interview: Christian Woman Explains Why She's Wearing a Muslim Hijab During Lent

Jessey Eagan, a Christian mother of two and part-time children's director at Imago Dei Church in Peoria, Illinois, has chosen to wear a hijab this Lenten season and has been blogging about her experience since she started.

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Israel's Netanyahu Tells Congress Nuclear Deal With Iran Will Leave Jewish State in Great Danger; Nancy Pelosi 'Near Tears' at 'Insult'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Tuesday and warned that a nuclear deal with Iran would leave the Jewish state in great danger. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said that the speech left her "near tears" and was an "insult to the intelligence of the United States."

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Tim Keller Closes Together LA Conference Saying Christianity Gives an 'Infinitely Better Identity' Than the One Culture Offers

Together L.A., a three day conference featuring close to 50 speakers primarily discussing how churches and ministries can effectively collaborate to show the love of Christ to the city, concluded with best-selling author and pastor Tim Keller speaking about individual identity before 2,000 people in attendance last Saturday.

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'There Probably Wouldn't Be a Lecrae Without DC Talk,' Says Hip-Hop Legend Bun B

Bun B, one half of the legendary rap group U.G.K. made an appearance on the Hot 97 Morning Show late last month where he discussed a new course on religion and hip-hop that he's teaching.

Russell Brand Scorns Porn, 'Fifty Shades of Grey;' Says He Would Never View Porn Again 'If I had Total Dominion Over Myself'

Singer Katy Perry arrives with husband actor Russell Brand for the annual David Lynch Foundation benefit celebration in New York on Dec. 13, 2010.

In a new video for Fight The New Drug, a campaign "dedicated to educating and raising awareness on the harmful effects of pornography using only science, facts, and personal accounts," Russell Brand discusses the pitfalls of pornography and why he would never watch it if he had full control over his body. He also dismisses the popular "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie as "cultural smog."

Palestinians attend Friday prayers near the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed or damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City, January 23, 2015.
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'People Have Lost Hope,' Angry at Everyone in the World, Says Catholic Aid Director on Gaza; Situation Now Worse Than During Israel-Hamas War

The "grave humanitarian crisis" in Gaza is even worse now than it was during the Israel-Hamas war during the summer, a new report declared. With an international embargo hampering reconstruction efforts, close to 1.8 million people are living among the destroyed buildings in the region, and facing a 70 percent unemployment rate.

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(Interview) Francis and Lisa Chan: We're Not Perfect Christians; Every Day We Fight for an Ounce of Holiness

You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity co-authors Francis Chan and his wife, Lisa, insist that they wrestle with fear and selfishness just like everyone else despite the public putting them on a pedestal after they left the stability, comfort and spotlight of leading a California megachurch in 2010 to surrender to God and let Him call them anywhere in the world and do anything He wants.

Costco vs. LensCrafters Eyeglasses – How Much Does It Cost?

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Why the dearth of good, upfront information on Costco and LensCrafter eyeglass lenses online? I don't know. But in my quest to find the best prescription eyeglass – my definition, designer frames and stylish for the cheapest price – I came across some shocking information. I'll share my eyeglass hunting experience, with detailed price and lens information, in this article.

Q&A With Matt Chandler: The First 7 Years of My Marriage Were Tough; Loving Relationships Take Discipline

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Texas megachurch pastor Matt Chandler says the way the world defines marriage is "unbiblical" and "unhealthy", yet far too many young Christians are following after the cultural standards of love. This reality prompted the Village Church leader to offer biblical insights on dating, courtship and marriage from the Song of Solomon in his recently released book Mingling of Souls.

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.