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Religious Left Revival?

Christian Newswire - 0 sec ago
"Historically, liberal religion leads to spiritual atrophy, as the embers of faith and doctrine cool, so too understandably do religious zeal, loyalty and motivation." -- Mark Tooley, IRD President Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell, jwalton@TheIRD.org WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new report from a center-left think tank is questioning the appeal and impact of the Religious Left. It also touts economic justi Source: Institute on Religion & Democracy
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Legendary Coach Bobby Bowden Heading to Branson

Christian Newswire - 1 hour 21 min ago
Contact: Gaye Lisby, 417-527-2260 BRANSON, Mo., April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast in Branson, Mo. will host Coach Bobby Bowden as the 2014 keynote speaker in celebration of the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 1 at the Branson Convention Center. Bobby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams. Having coached young men in seven decades, he is the second-winningest coach in major college football history. Source: Gaye Lisby
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The Gender Hypocrisy of the Liberal Left on Women and Sarah Palin

The Christian Post - 1 hour 39 min ago
Every successful Republican woman politician today faces the inevitable question … is she the next Sarah Palin? It's unfortunate that every Republican female leader is put to this same litmus test by the liberal media. The question infers a judgment … that Republican women are not unique or independent-minded individuals; instead, easy to caricature and stereotype.
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Religious Freedom Under Threat in the US and Abroad, Says Q Conference Speaker

The Christian Post - 2 hours 31 min ago
Religious freedom and the common good was among the topics discussed Wednesday during the annual three-day Q Conference which is built around the belief that "Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals."
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Every Man Should See This Inspiring Message About His Role in God's Kingdom (VIDEO)

The Christian Post - 4 hours 2 min ago
This heartfelt word from The Anima Series affirms men and their identity in Christ.
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Christian doctor killed in Afghan attack

World Magazine - 4 hours 14 min ago
Pediatrician from Chicago, others, gunned down by policeman in Kabul
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58 Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Sign Statement Condemning Activists Who Ousted Mozilla CEO

The Christian Post - 4 hours 28 min ago
A group of 58 same-sex marriage supporters signed a public statement condemning the gay marriage activists who have sought to punish, rather than persuade, those who disagree with them.
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Father Turns Superhero to Save Little Girl - See This Jaw-Dropping Rescue! (VIDEO)

The Christian Post - 4 hours 36 min ago
Watch this dad assume powers worthy of a comic book to stop a tragedy from occurring. Go, Dads!
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Inevitable Confrontation

Persecution Blog - 4 hours 37 min ago

Most people are non-confrontational; they don’t like to confront people or be confronted if what needs to be said makes them feel uncomfortable. The great devotional writer, Oswald Chambers, says that the church confronts the world with a message the world craves because it is deliverance, but it is deliverance through the cross of Christ (The Best of Oswald Chambers, Vol. I, 48). They may crave it, but they may resist it and those who deliver the message. This makes it hard for those who are non-confrontational by nature.

In some cases those who deliver the message of love, peace, and reconciliation are considered disturbers of the peace! Jürgen Moltmann, a German theologian, suggested those in places of power think Christians are a threat to the social order because the powerful can over-estimate their own importance and anyone bringing a message from a higher authority (like Christ) is seen as a threat (Crucified God, 25). Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who died a martyr in World War II, said that Christians will be seen as persons who cause divisions, undermine family life, mislead the nation, and disturb the peace (Cost of Discipleship, 216).

Today, it is not so much that we are disturbing the peace but that we are considered intolerant because of our witness to the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father and there is salvation in no one else. Such an idea is offensive to people, it is said. Francis Schaeffer once wrote that truth carries with it confrontation. It is a loving, caring confrontation but confrontation nevertheless (The Great Evangelical Disaster, 64). It has been noted that the late Francis Schaeffer could confront the world with a tear in his eye. No doubt he had a deep-felt compassion for the lost and this led him into active ministry to the lost. It is not that we march out into the world seeking trouble but the nature of the truth that we are mandated to speak about will be resisted to some degree since darkness, in the spiritual sense, resists the light.

Today, we hear about ‘caring enough to confront.’ We confront persons with the truth of the gospel, which, if accepted, will benefit them immensely. John MacArthur writes that unless we recognize the truth (and it becomes a conviction for us) that Jesus is the only way to heaven, we will become (or remain) irrelevant and weak (Why One Way?).

In 2012, the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Abubakar  Shekau, wrote a letter to the president of Nigeria and in it he speaks to Christians as well. He said: “You Christians should know that Jesus… is not the son of God.” He has declared war on Christians but in reality he has declared war on Christ. He hates Christ and he hates Christians. “I am the Shekau that does not like Christians, and I don’t like Muslims that relate with Christians.” Boko Haram has publicly announced three choices for Christians in northern Nigeria: become Muslims, leave the area, or die.

Those who love Jesus have a hard time understanding that someone could hate Him so much. It is reality but it is not unexpected. In John 15:18 Jesus says: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

Roy Stults, PhD, is the Online Workshop Coordinator and Educational Services Coordinator for The Voice of the Martyrs. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University (BA and MA), Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Doctor of Missiology), and The University of Manchester (England) with a PhD (theology). A Vietnam veteran, Dr. Stults served as a missionary for 19 years and pastored U.S. churches for eight years. Prior to joining VOM, he was a Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

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Oregon officials: Power plant will stop burning aborted babies from Canada

World Magazine - 4 hours 39 min ago
An Oregon incineration power plant has been burning the bodies of Canada’s aborted and miscarried babies through a medical waste agreement with a company that works for regional hospitals in British Columbia. In an emergency meeting Thursday, the Marion County board of commissioners halted the burning of all medical waste indefinitely.  “Bottom line: I’m not going to facilitate abortion,” county chair Sam Brentano told Oregon news station KGW. “It’s the ultimate
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The mystery of our body temperature

World Magazine - 4 hours 40 min ago
Last night my husband had teeth-chattering chills and lips as white as paper, and no amount of blankets piled on him, nor hugs and body heat, nor a hot water bottle, could warm him. A few hours later, I awoke from a sound sleep to find his torso and forehead hot to the touch. A digital thermometer inserted under his arm ran up to 104.2 degrees. That got me thinking about the curious matter of body temperature. Does it not amaze you that normally our innards stay put at around 98.6
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Dog Goes So Hilariously Crazy Over a Squirrel, You Can't Help But Laugh (VIDEO)

The Christian Post - 4 hours 49 min ago
Has Rocco the Springer Spaniel unlocked the code of the secret squirrel language, or is he just nuts? Either way, you'll love him for it!
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'Veil of Tears' Now Available to Churches as Free Movie Resource

Christian Newswire - 4 hours 57 min ago
Documentary Saw Multiple Sold-out Shows, Overflow Crowds since Its Release Contact: Taun Cortado, 972-300-3120, tauncortado@gfa.org CARROLLTON, Texas, April 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Veil of Tears: Hope Is on the Way" (www.veiloftearsmovie.com/kit), the successful and award-winning film that shows the oppression of millions of women in South Asia, is now available as a free "Movie Night" Kit for churches and small groups."Veil of Tears," which Source: InChrist Communications
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Global Media Outreach Ministry Reaches 1 Billion People Through Virtual Gospel Presentations

The Christian Post - 5 hours 1 min ago
Global Media Outreach, a web-based evangelical ministry, has presented the Gospel to one billion individuals through their network of websites, officials announced this week.
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At Least 40 US Veterans Died While Allegedly Stuck on Secret Waitlist at Phoenix VA Hospital

The Christian Post - 5 hours 5 min ago
At least 40 U.S. veterans reportedly died after they were allegedly stuck for months on a secret waiting list to see doctors in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare system.
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TJ Taotua Performs 'Lord, I Lift Your Name on High' Like You've Never Heard - and It's Stunning (VIDEO)

The Christian Post - 5 hours 9 min ago
The New Zealand-based musician makes the worship classic beautifully fresh and familiar. It will bring you peace.
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The Key to Answered Prayer

The Christian Post - 5 hours 17 min ago
How often have you felt that your prayers were hitting a glass ceiling — as though the Lord were saying no? Maybe it is because you were praying outside of His will. Maybe it's because you were praying for something that God didn't want you to have.
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Theologians Challenge Bart Ehrman's 'Sloppy' Scholarship in 'How Jesus Became God' With Book on 'How God Became Jesus'

The Christian Post - 5 hours 20 min ago
Bart Ehrman, prolific author, New Testament scholar and former evangelical Christian, says it took him eight years to research and complete his new book, "How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee." Yet, a group of fellow scholars claim in their own response book, "How God Became Jesus," that the Christian-turned-agnostic's "sloppy" scholarship on Jesus' divinity leaves much to be desired.
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Writing Hemingway’s way

World Magazine - 5 hours 33 min ago
“Chelsea, would you like to live in Paris for a short period of time?” My spirit groaned as I read this text message, which my fiancé sent me a few weeks ago. “How long is short?” I replied. At that moment, any stretch of life in Paris sounded long to me. I sometimes feel traumatized after driving an hour to the Elmira mall, to say nothing of flying over the Atlantic and landing in the City of Love. He said, “A couple months. Maybe a summer.” At the time I did not understand
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Nexus 6 Release Date, Specs: Features Could Include 20MP Camera, Fall 2014 Launch?

The Christian Post - 5 hours 39 min ago
The Nexus 6 is one of the most eagerly awaited smartphones for this year. The popularity of the Nexus 5 surprised some people, but now the future sales for its successor are touted to be even greater. According to rumors, the new device will be out sometime in the Fall of 2014, and various rumors of the specs, features and price have suggested it could sell for less than $100!
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