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This Week in Christian History: John Wesley Rebirth, American Presbyterian Church, Failed End Times Prophecy

Here are just a few things that happened this week, May 20-26, in Church history. They include the first Presbyterian Church General in America, a born again spiritual experience for the founder of Methodism, and Family Radio's failed end times prophecy.

Why Some Christians Are Not Open to the Holy Spirit: Scot McKnight

A New Testament scholar is tackling a subject that has confounded sincere Christians across the ages: the identity and function of the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. And, he maintains, many Christians in the West remain closed to the Spirit and are hampered by fear when it comes to relating to Him and tapping into his power.

Johnnie Moore Says Evangelical Leaders Criticize Trump Behind Closed Doors

One of President Donald Trump's informal evangelical advisers has assured that the group of evangelical leaders who advise the administration do in fact criticize the president behind closed doors but don't necessarily do so in public.

Son of Christian Bombing Victim in Indonesia Says He Forgives Killer Family

An Indonesian Christian, Kurnianto, lost his mother in a spate of suicide bombings that was carried out by the members of one family last Sunday. At her funeral, the son declared he has forgiven the bomber family, which included children.

Gunmen Raid Orthodox Church in Chechnya, Killing 3 Worshipers

Four gunmen killed two policemen and a churchgoer as they attacked a Russian Orthodox church during a worship service Saturday before being shot dead by police in the mostly Muslim Russian republic of Chechnya.

Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry Preaches on Jesus' Sacrificial Love' at Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Wedding

In his 14-minute sermon at the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday, American Episcopalian Bishop Michael Curry stressed the power of sacrificial, receptive love, as Jesus demonstrated in his death.

3 Words of Encouragement While We Wait for Christ's Return

It can be difficult to remember the security of our eternity when we are facing the ugly realities of a sinful and fallen world. In a time when human life is devalued, when virtue is weakened or even shamed, and when our God is continually shoved out of a culture that constantly claims to esteem love above everything else, it is tempting for God's people to fall into discouragement and even despair.

How to Have Eternal Life

What teachings of the scriptures encapsulate the requirements for eternal life? We're going to look at some scriptures, and some instructions in those scriptures for how to receive eternal life, live it out on Earth, and how to be found as a faithful servant when we meet Jesus in heaven.

6 Common Problems With Church Bylaws

Church bylaws are a necessity, both from a legal and an organizational perspective. They provide the framework from which the organization exists and operates.

Hero Thwarts School Shooting; 4 Commitments to Be a True Hero

Mark Dallas is truly a hero. However, real heroes don't generally see themselves that way. They say they were just doing their job or doing what anyone would do. The fact that they believe they're not heroes is one of the reasons they are.

What Is Pentecost Sunday and What Does It Mean for Christians?

Pentecost Sunday is an annual holy day that falls on May 20 of this year. While denominations like the Roman Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church officially celebrate it, large numbers of Christians who do not follow a liturgical calendar might not be familiar with the observance.

'Charmed' Reboot Updates: Cast Appeals to Viewers to Give New Series Another Chance

The first look for the "Charmed" reboot has been released, but the cast of the upcoming series appeals to the public to give them a chance.

'Jane The Virgin' Season 5 Spoilers: What to Expect in the Show's Final Season

After the unexpected twist that happened at the end of season 4, fans of "Jane the Virgin" will have to say goodbye to Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) and her wacky family after the TV series returns for its fifth and final season.

'Alaskan Bush People' Updates: Browns Helped Neighbors Deal With Massive Flood While Filming Season 8

The eighth season of "Alaskan Bush People" is well underway, and all the members of the Brown family are present to start their new life in Washington state where they helped their neighbors deal with a massive flood.

Paris Hilton Wedding Updates: Aunt Kyle Richards Invited to the Wedding After All?

Paris Hilton's entire family will be present during her upcoming special day in November as she weds fiance Chris Zylka -- even her aunt Kyle Richards.

Laurel vs. Yanny: The Real Questions People Should Be Asking, and How the Debate Sheds Light on a Much Bigger Picture

People who are often online would have already heard of the Laurel vs. Yanny debate by now.

Did Google Pre-Plan the Google Duplex Calls During the AI Demo?

Google recently wowed, and in some cases, horrified, audiences after a flawless demonstration of its new Artificial Intelligence assistant (AI) called the Google Duplex.

Bitcoin Might Be No More by 2020 If Its Power Consumption Is Not Dealt With

Bitcoin could be the money of the future -- unless it continues to operate in the same way that it currently does.

'Avengers: Infinity War' Rumor: New Theory Turns This One Character's Fate Around

"Avengers: Infinity War" left fans with so much to talk about, and three weeks into the cinemas, people are starting to talk about Hulk.

'The Lord of the Rings' Series Update: Amazon May Have Found Its Lead Character

Amazon is taking the most expensive risk it could ever take by committing to two seasons of a small screen series based the J.R.R. Tolkien series "Lord of the Rings."


Lectionary Calendar
Monday, May 21st, 2018
the Week of Proper 2 / Ordinary 7
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Today in Christian History
1739
Methodist hymnwriter Charles Wesley, 31, on the first anniversary of his religious conversion, penned the hymn, "O For a Thousand Tongues."
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Samuel 2:11-36; Psalm 50; Acts 27:1-12:
Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the under Eli the priest.Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the .Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiledand would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest…
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