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NFL's Torrey Smith says trip to notorious prison led him to question his view of forgiveness

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith has detailed how a recent ministry trip to the largest maximum security prison in the United States changed the way he views forgiveness.

Lauren Daigle reveals music healed her after two year battle with extreme illness

Grammy award-winning artist, Lauren Daigle visited New York's Z100 studios this week and revealed that music healed her while in a two year battle with an extreme illness.

Ohio pro-life group optimistic that heartbeat abortion ban law will survive legal challenge

A spokesperson for a pro-life organization based in Ohio is confident that the state's newly signed law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected will survive a legal challenge.

You have to work at marriage

So many marriages have been destroyed because of a lack of the virtue of self-denial when following Jesus. I have often heard the words "Marriage is hard" from the world.

France's faith, France's loss

The Christian faith is in worse shape in Europe than at any time since the first stones of Notre Dame were laid eight-and-a-half centuries ago. And in many respects, France has led the way in the aggressive secularization. Numerous glorious Parisian churches today stand mainly as tourist attractions.

AOC and the wrong debate about American aid to Israel

AOC wants to cut aid to the Jewish state to punish Israelis for re-electing Benjamin Netanyahu. But Israelis would be wise to phase it out anyway for their own reasons.

Jentezen Franklin, Abby Johnson urge thousands at Free Chapel Church to not stay silent on abortion

Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of the multi-campus Free Chapel Church in Gainesville, Georgia, urged more than 4,000 Christians to speak out against abortion at an event celebrating life with former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson from the hit movie 'Unplanned' Saturday.

Twitter drops 'hate map' nonprofit SPLC as 'safety partner' amid accusations of discrimination

Twitter is reportedly no longer partnering with the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center after the organization was itself accused of having a culture of discrimination and sexual harassment.

Pastor dies suddenly from virus; church united in prayer

James W. Nichols, a Northport, Alabama, pastor whose congregation thought he was just battling allergies in recent weeks, died suddenly from a virus. He was 62.

When Twitter blocked Mother Theresa

Imagine your reaction if I told you 20 years ago that a major internet platform would block a Mother Theresa comment about abortion because it was "hateful."

9 steps to transform your finances

I wonder if we have handicapped ourselves in our reliance on debt, the government, church benevolence, etc. I understand the need in emergency situations, but I'm concerned for our general population.

School district passes 'biological sex' rule for using gendered changing facilities

At a time in which school districts across the United States are opening up their locker rooms and bathrooms on the basis of gender identity, a Pennsylvania school district in a largely conservative Christian area is bucking the trend with its own solutions.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? A lesson for conservatives and charismatics

I was recently asked for my take on the controversy surrounding Francis Chan speaking at what some call "questionable events." Why is emotional worship, nights of prayer, and pressing into God viewed as fanatical when these things are actually biblical?

Unintended pregnancy rate reductions likely due to less sexual activity -- not more contraceptive use

New GSS data revealed that there was a significant decline in sexual activity among young adults. The GSS data found that the percentage of Americans aged 18 to 29 who reported having no sex in the past year doubled between

Some Baylor U. faculty, students fear free speech, try to ban Christian author Matt Walsh

Christians are called to be strong and courageous, but that's not what Christian students are being taught on many Christian college campuses today. Too often, they're taught to fear and to hide behind a false pretense of grace while extending none.

The race to challenge Trump: Biden strong; Harris losing support?

With the first contests to determine the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party several months away, the race for the White House in full swing.

Pete Buttigieg stops calling Mike Pence a 'Pharisee' because it offends Jews

The campaign of Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg says that it will no longer refer to Vice President Mike Pence or other evangelical Republican adversaries as "Pharisees" after receiving complaints that the term is offensive to Jews.

'Unplanned,' 'Captain Marvel' and the state of the American Church

We can be reasonably sure that many more American Christians saw "Captain Marvel" than "Unplanned." Why? It's because we'd rather be entertained. Most American Christians are so apathetic about abortion that we can't even take the time to see a powerful, even watershed, pro-life movie.

Donations for 3 burned historic black churches pour in after Notre Dame fire

Donations to restore three historically black churches torched in alleged arson attacks in Louisiana are pouring in after high profile figures like Hillary Clinton asked the public to remember them too when more than $700 million was quickly raised to restore the famed Notre Dame cathedral in France.

Texas backs Chick-fil-A, come what mayo!

Chick-fil-A may cater, but not to the demands San Antonio liberals care about.

Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Maundy Thursday
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Today in Christian History
1882
Birth of George S. Schuler, American music educator. Affiliated with Moody Bible Institute for 40 years, Schuler is remembered today for composing the melody to the hymn, "Make Me a Blessing."
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Deuteronomy 29-30; Job 18; Acts 7:1-22:
These are the terms of the covenant the commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Horeb.Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land.With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders.But to this day the has not given you a…
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