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Ministry brings hope to Russians like Nadia, who lost her son in terrorist attack

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Nadia will never forget the day terrorists stormed a local school in her hometown and took nearly 1,200 children and adults hostage. When the siege in Beslan, Russia, ended two days later ...

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Christian persecution up as governments, extremists leverage Covid restrictions

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Violence, discrimination and oppression surged against the world’s Christians in 2020 according to research by Open Doors USA. Their latest report on persecution lists underlying reasons including the Covid restrictions, more and ...

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2021 shaping up to be good year for faith-based films

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Faith-based movies performed well in 2020 despite many theaters closing because of the pandemic. For example, the film “I Still Believe” landed at No. 1 for its debut opening and brought in ...

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Religious background of the new Congress

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Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver made headlines on the opening day of Congress when he added “a-women” to the close of his prayer. His remarks, which drew scorn from all sections of the ...

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National World War I Museum receives grant to raise awareness of religion and war

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The Lilly Endowment has given a grant of $2.5 million to the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City to establish an endowed curator position on faith and religion; ...

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Church attendance has dropped during pandemic, according to ‘2020 State of the Bible’ report

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The ongoing pandemic and limits on group size has taken a toll on church attendance, a study by the American Bible Society and the Barna Group found. According to the “2020 State of ...

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China’s crackdown on religion worst since millions murdered in Cultural Revolution of 60s

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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is cracking down on Christians and other religious minorities at a rate not seen since the cultural revolution. That was the assessment of a panel hosted by ...

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Matthew McConaughey talks Christianity and cancel culture

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Actor Matthew McConaughey says that some actors are afraid to openly express their faith for fear of the cancel culture. “I have had — and I won’t throw any people under the ...

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Tucker Carlson calls Harris ‘most secular candidate ever to run’

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is not buying the claims of faith by vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. “First of all, Joe Biden and I are both people of faith,” Harris said ...

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The story of Hamid: A hardline Muslim finds Christ

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“Show me the straight path,” Hamid* continually prayed in Arabic. Hamid and his family came from a fanatical Islamic background in Banten, West Java. They were also deeply involved in occultism. They ...

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‘God showing up’ – Youth For Christ replaces loneliness with hope in juvenile detention centers

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“I was totally lost, really hopeless and ashamed of what I was doing with my life. I was in a hopeless spot at a time where I didn’t really care what happened ...

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Poll: Pastors worried election will impact congregations

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A poll of protestant pastors has found they’re worried that the 2020 election will have a negative impact on their church congregations. The news comes as faith is being used as a ...

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Washington DC Prayer march called nation to repentance

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Christians across the nation are still talking about what happened Saturday in Washington, D.C.. On the same day that President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barret to the U.S.. Supreme Court, tens of ...

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Can baptism forgive your sins?

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Can baptism forgive your sins?  I walked in the hospital room and Terry was lying on her bed.  Her physical condition was deteriorating, and she was not ready to face her Creator.  I got ...

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Disney’s Mulan credits reveal connection to Chinese concentration camps

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Disney is being criticized by politicians, moviegoers, religious rights activists and victims of Chinese torture after perceptive viewers noticed something disturbing in a film’s credits. The film Mulan includes a credit to ...

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Patrick Mahomes’ mother credits faith for keeping her grounded

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Church has always been important to Randi Mahomes, the mother of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. But during those turbulent, fast-paced years of professional baseball, she’d largely stopped going, until Pat’s ...

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Does obedience to God matter?

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Does obedience to God matter? Often I engage with people in conversations about God and the Bible.  Many times I do not know where they stand with God until we begin talking.  ...

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How the sound of religion has changed in the pandemic

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Things sound different in a lockdown. The silence of usually bustling streets, the two-tone whirr of ambulance sirens and the sudden awareness of birdsong, all formed an aural backdrop to the coronavirus ...

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Ted Cruz asks US military to stop attacks on faith

Concerns about a culture of discrimination and hostility toward faith in the US Military have led Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to demand an explanation from Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He sent the ...

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Who will redress my grievances?

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Ten words.  That is all there are.  Ten seemingly throw-away words at the end of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.  But if you were to take a few seconds and ...

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Supreme Court protects religious freedom from Obamacare contraceptive mandate

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In another win for the Trump administration and religious liberty advocates, the Supreme Court today ruled 7-2 that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause exempts religious organizations from employment discrimination lawsuits. It also ...

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Pompeo, Brownback focus on China and ‘decades-long war on faith’

Religious persecution in China has intensified over the past year as the regime continues with its “decades-long war on faith,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on June 10 while presenting his ...

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Author interview: Annika Bergen is digging up spiritual roots

Kansas City is an area rich in religious history. Annika Bergen, a member of the Heart of America Christian Writers Network (HACWN), also based in Kansas City, recently co-authored a book on ...

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Americans maintain faith in God throughout pandemic, study finds

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Although Americans have not been able to meet in churches for several months, their faith in God remains strong. That is one of the key findings of a recent survey by UChicago ...

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DOJ warns California over closing churches: “there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution”

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom that the state’s public health orders may be discriminatory against churches. In a letter on May 19 the DOJ expressed “several” concerns over the state’s ...

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