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Nobody can be eloquent for atheism. Atheism is a denial. Who can write enthusiastically about a negation? Who can address a sonnet to a negation, or dedicate a concerto to a negation, or sculpture a negation? Religion has inspired symphonies, paintings, statues, poetry. Atheism, by its very nature, could never have this impact. Atheism has no wings. - Richard Wurmbrand (1909-2001)
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'Creed II': Michael B. Jordan Shares How Spirituality Helps Him When Life Knocks Him Down

"Creed II" hits theaters on Nov. 21 and in a recent interview, lead actor, Michael B. Jordan revealed that his faith keeps him going when life knocks him down.

37 Best Gifts for Pastors

Are you searching for a gift for your pastor? Pastor Appreciation Month may have passed but with Christmas coming up soon, here are 37 suggestions that would make great gifts for pastors.

Colorado U Denies Apologetics Student Group Official Status for Requiring Members Be Christian

Christian students who have tried for three years to get official status for their campus apologetics group at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs have filed a lawsuit claiming their religious freedom rights have been violated.

Pastor John Gray Unites With Megachurch Leaders to Push Bridging Racial Divide

After coming under heavy criticism from members of the black community for meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss prison reform and urban job creation, Pastor John Gray continued his push for change Wednesday when he gathered with several high-profile megachurch pastors to see how churches can lead the healing of the nation's racial divide.

Weekly Briefing: Calif. Fires, Prison Reform, Berkeley Student's Christian Views

We've compiled the top stories of the week. Here's what you need to know:

Christian Women's Shelter Sues City Over Complaint Saying It Must Admit Transgender Females

A faith-based women's shelter in Alaska has filed a lawsuit against the state's most populous city for pressuring it to admit men who identify as women.

Egypt: Man Wielding 'Sharp Tool,' Quran Attacks Christians at Prayer Service

Christian worshipers in Cairo, Egypt, were left injured after a man wielding a "sharp tool" and a Quran attacked them during a prayer service as he shouted "Allah is great."

Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts Sees Boost in Interest Amid Girl Scouts Lawsuit Against BSA

A Christian scouting group formed in response to the Boy Scouts of America's stance on LGBT leaders and members has reported an increased interest after the Girl Scouts filed a lawsuit against the BSA for its gender-neural policy.

Episcopal Church Head Michael Curry Responds to Bishop's Refusal to Allow Gay Marriage in Diocese

The head of The Episcopal Church has said that he's deciding on what actions to take after the bishop of a New York State-based diocese has refused to officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies.

'A Scene From Hell': Christians Talk Being Bloodied, Pelted Wih Stones, Metal by Muslim Mob in Kenya

Christian survivors of a stoning in Kenya from September which led to two deaths have described what they called the "scene from hell" at the hands of a Muslim mob.

Killing by Mail: Why We Need to Make Abortion Unthinkable

Abortion clinics are facing a new challenge, but this time it's not from the pro-life movement. Mail order abortion pills could be a game changer.

4 Frustrating Things Christians Do

I have a few frustrating things that I wish I was clever enough to put into rhyme, so that they would hook into the memory of Christians. This is because remembering these few things could help the cause of the gospel.

We Have Some Idea What Americans Think About Abortion

Buzzfeed published an interesting article recently by Ema O'Connor, entitled "No One Really Knows What Americans Think About Abortion." O'Connor provides a detailed analysis of the recent polling on life issues.

Ask Chuck: Overcoming Holiday Comparisons

This has become a very emotional topic because our friends and family will likely be giving us very nice gifts at Christmas and we won't be able to do much for them this year.

ERLC, Faith-Based Coalition Urge Congress to Repeal Parking Tax on Churches, Nonprofits

A coalition of some 32 faith-based organizations joined with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday in calling on Congress to repeal a provision in the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will force churches and other historically tax-exempt organizations to file federal and likely state income tax returns on parking benefits.

Megachurch Pastor Victor Couzens Wanted for Aggravated Harassment, NYPD Confirms

Embattled megachurch pastor Victor Couzens, of the 5,000-member Inspirational Bible Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, is wanted for aggravated harassment, the New York City Police Department confirmed Thursday.

Are We Loving All Our Neighbors?

We all engage with people of other faiths and worldviews--the real question is whether or not we're doing a good or bad job being a witness to Christ. Engaging badly and leaving a bad taste in someone's mouth about Christ is not what Jesus calls us to. Not engaging with people of other faiths at also engaging badly.

Don't Trash the Bible

Many in this sinful world will tell you that the Scriptures are filled with unscientific statements, mistakes, contradictions, and atrocities. But if you believe them and trash the Bible, you will shred the directions on how to find everlasting life.

Dave Ramsey Says Pastors Must Stop Telling 'Broke' People to Tithe, Must First Address Debt, Budget

Dave Ramsey has urged pastors to refrain from preaching sermons about tithing "to broke people" -- unless they first address debt and budgeting from the pulpit.

California Fires: Will Graham Says Christians Should Be 'First Ones' Responding as Death Toll Rises

Will Graham, grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham, has urged Christians to help victims of the California wildfires, arguing that believers "should be the first ones to be responding because we represent the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords."

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
Today in Christian History
English churchman Philip Embury, 30, married Margaret Switzer. Afterward immigrating to America, Embury was later encouraged by his cousin Barbara Heck to found a Methodist society in New York City in 1768. Embury thus became the first Methodist preacher in North America.
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Jeremiah 29-30; Psalm 133; James 5:
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.(This was after King Jehoiachinand the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the skilled workers and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.)He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to…
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