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Digital global missions empower local churches 

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The Influence Lab is changing how the church looks at missions in today’s digital age. Investing in digital missions can significantly expand a local church’s reach and impact in a multitude of ...

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Streaming service will focus on the hope and heart of Christmas this season

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The hope and heart of Christmas is the theme of this year’s holiday lineup on the faith-based network Great American Pure Flix. “This is the most wonderful time of the year and ...

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The ‘Hamas of Hanukkah’ is theme of local Messianic synagogue festivities

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is set to begin soon. Celebrated by Jews, the Messianic community and also many Christians, it traditionally includes skits with a touch of humor ...

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Ministry and music propels the Gospel in Cuba

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MATANZAS, Cuba — Church members in this port city overlooking the Bay of Matanzas sang “Glory, Glory Hallelujah” on a recent Sunday as they celebrated the baptisms of five new Christians. Afterward, about ...

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8 thoughts on being genuine friends with unbelievers

As a young believer, I learned from older believers that we were supposed to evangelize lost people—but do so from a distance so you’re not stained by the relationship. I understand that ...

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National Geographic film “The Mission” tells story of murdered missionary

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“The Mission,” a new documentary film from National Geographic, shares the story of John Chau, a 26-year-old missionary who was killed by the Sentinelese tribe after he traveled to North Sentinel Island, ...

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On Giving Tuesday, U.S. Christians donate generously to charities

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As Americans share with others on this Giving Tuesday, Christians once again are among the most charitable people. “It won’t come as a surprise that people who are invested in their Christian ...

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Kirk Cameron shares message of love in new children’s book

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At a time of rising hate, actor and author Kirk Cameron is sharing a message of love with young readers. “The Fox, the Fair and the Invention Scare,” released this week by ...

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The miraculous connection of Hanukkah to Christmas

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I grew up a nice Jewish boy in Brooklyn, New York. When December arrived it brought some interesting challenges. Why? My family owned a toy store! I knew little about Christmas, but ...

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C.J. Stroud’s faith brought him from rough background to NFL stardom 

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Quarterback C.J. Stroud of the Houston Texans not only is running away with the NFL rookie of the year award but also is being mentioned as a potential most valuable player. Stroud, ...

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“Mother of Thanksgiving” inspired Abraham Lincoln to declare national holiday

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As Americans eat turkey and watch football today, they can thank Sarah Josepha Hale, who is considered the mother of the modern Thanksgiving celebration. In 1864, the Newport, N.H., native was editor ...

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Kids find Christ through the expanding ministry of YFC

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“We pursue kids where they are, instead of expecting them to come to us,” says the CEO of Youth for Christ, Jacob Bland. “Together, through trusted relationships, we point them to Jesus, ...

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“Gotta Serve Somebody”: Bob Dylan’s spiritual journey continues to unfold

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Bob Dylan rocked the music world in 1979 when he released the iconic album “Slow Train Coming.” The singer who was the voice of his generation was writing about overt Christian themes, ...

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RJ Thesman: Helping Caregivers Through the Holiday Season

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When a disastrous fire thrust RJ Thesman’s father into trauma-induced dementia, she and her family began to learn firsthand about what’s involved in caregiving. While RJ’s mother, a nurse, was sure she ...

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Survey reveals stunning fact about Bible reading

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Only 9 percent of Americans read their Bibles daily, one-fourth open the scriptures once a week and 38 percent never use them, an American Bible Society survey found. That same study found ...

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Former Muslim, then atheist, finds Christ

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim-turned sharp critic of Islam and then vocal atheist, has gone through a new conversion — revealing that she’s now a Christian. “I still have a great ...

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Massive DC rally for Israel unites Republicans, Democrats

Leaders across the political spectrum joined in support of Israel during a Tuesday rally in Washington, D.C. Marc Thiessen, a former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and Philippe Reines, a ...

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Former Kansas City Star religion editor Helen Gray dies at 81

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Helen T. Gray, the longtime religion editor of the “Kansas City Star,” died on Saturday at age 81.  When she was hired in 1965, Gray was paper’s second black reporter and its ...

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“Max Lucado’s Because of Bethlehem” coming to theaters in early December

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Although it is still early November, the calendar of family Christmas activities already is beginning to fill up. Bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado will share the Christmas story in  “Max Lucado’s ...

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For King & Country on the power of Christian music

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While Christmas remains a Christian holiday and a powerful public statement of the faith, it has also transcended its religious roots to become a cultural phenomenon. Including its music. And though some ...

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Things to remember when your friend (or you) is suffering

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Every few years I return to the biblical Book of Job, the best guidebook I know for dealing with suffering and loss. It’s an ancient work with timeless applications. I’m not sure ...

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Christian leader calls on pastors to provide biblical context for Mideast conflict

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The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas must be understood in light of the Bible, Christian filmmaker and author Phil Cooke says. “The more I see demonstrations in the streets supporting Hamas, ...

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Voice of the Martyrs encourages churches to pray for persecuted Christians this Sunday

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The International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians, sponsored by Voice of the Martyrs, is scheduled for this Sunday. “This special day is set aside as a global prayer meeting for persecuted ...

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Arab children find hope, assurance in Christian satellite ministry

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As conflict rages across the Middle East and Africa, young Arab children are turning to the Arabic language SAT-7 for inspiration, hope, and assurance. Andrea El-Mounayer, SAT-7 KIDS Channel manager, calls the ...

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David Berkowitz: “Son of Sam” becomes a son of God

Meet the transformed David Berkowitz in Dr. Michael Caparrelli’s new book, Monster Mirror. Is there any act too evil for God to forgive? Although we cannot grasp God’s mercy, we encounter a ...

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