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Proverbs 13:12 - Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
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Oh God, Thou hast made us for thyself, and ours hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee. - Augustine (354-430)
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Could this faith-based nonprofit lower divorce rates across the country?

A faith-based nonprofit in Virginia that uses data tools to help churches build more effective relationship ministries could have already helped drive down divorce rates in Florida's most populous city.

Someone's always watching

Terry Brubaker was driving near Gloversville, New York, when she saw $20, $50, and $100 bills flying into her windshield like confetti. She pulled over and began collecting the money, which amounted to roughly $6,600.

Christ's emphasis on pure worship

Jesus clearly emphasized the restoration of true worship as the core of his mission through his identification with the place of God's worship in key points throughout his earthly ministry.

Muslim-majority UAE commits to rebuilding 2 churches destroyed by ISIS in Iraq

The Muslim-majority United Arab Emirates announced plans this week to help rebuild two Christian churches destroyed by the Islamic State and said it's the first national government in the world to help rebuild Christian churches in postwar Iraq.

The NBA is a spineless little bully

Arrests, brutal interrogations, imprisonments, disruption of meetings, beatings, destroying of "unauthorized" Bible and Christian books are increasingly common. Yet none of this stopped the NBA from bringing its teams to China and working with major Chinese companies for corporate sponsorships. After all, money talks!

Weekly briefing: Ruling against Obamacare mandate, ceasefire in Syria, US Christianity in decline

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

Population of US Christians declines; China bans African students from church, Algeria shuts down 3 churches

Americans are turning away from church as population of Christians decline, Pew study; China bans African students from worshiping in churches; Algeria shuts down 3 churches days after Christians hold sit-in protest

Free speech film 'No Safe Spaces' features Christian student attacked for her faith

Capital Research Center's film brand Dangerous Documentaries is gearing up to release the film "No Safe Spaces" that targets efforts to ban free speech.

Americans are turning away from church as population of Christians decline, Pew study claims

Only 65 percent of Americans now identify as Christian reflecting a 12 percent decline in the last 10 years while the ranks of Americans who identify as religiously unaffiliated swelled to 26 percent reflecting a 10 percent jump over the same period a new study from the Pew Research Center says.

UMC, Church World Service launch $2 million project to help asylum seekers

The United Methodist Church and the humanitarian group Church World Service have announced the beginning of a $2 million project aimed at helping asylum seekers.

Lauren Daigle performs new worship song at Louisiana concert (video)

Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer Lauren Daigle performed a new worship song she recorded that's not included on her hit album, Look Up Child, as she closed out a concert in her hometown last week.

At the church he loved in life, those who loved congressman Elijah Cummings will say goodbye in death

For nearly 40 years, the late Democratic congressman from Maryland, Elijah E. Cummings, worshiped at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore. And his longtime pastor, Bishop Walter Thomas, says he could always count on him "being in church" as long as he wasn't working elsewhere.

Apologists debate what to do when Bible passages appear to contradict each other

Two professors who both profess belief in the inerrancy of the Bible held a debate over how to respond to claims of contradiction in scriptural passages.

Spike in violence, profanity on TV shows rated OK for kids: PTC warns

A lengthy new report from the nation's leading nonpartisan family television watchdog group indicates a large increase over the last decade in the amount of violence and profanity in television shows rated as appropriate for children.

Gendercide: Baby girl found buried alive in cemetery

A four-day-old baby girl was rescued recently after she was found buried alive in a cemetery in India. An investigation has been launched to find her parents, who could be charged with attempted murder and child abandonment.

10 signs your church staff is working well together

Occasionally over the last few years, I've spent time with a church staff that seemed really happy together. Here are some characteristics that mark those teams:

China bans African students from worshiping in churches to prevent 'foreign infiltration'

The Chinese government has banned African international students from worshiping in Christian churches under the pretext of "preventing foreign infiltration through religion," a persecution watchdog has revealed.

This spiritual discipline will reignite your hunger for God

If your heart's not in spending time with God, then turning up to church on Sunday, reading your Bible or saying and doing all the right things that a good Christian should do and say means nothing. It's dead--it's just religion.

US, Turkey agree to 5-day 'ceasefire' in Syria, Vice President Mike Pence says

Turkish leaders have agreed to a five-day ceasefire to its incursion in northern Syria after an hours-long meeting with the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday.

National Association of Evangelicals elects Walter Kim as its first minority president

The National Association of Evangelicals named its first president of color Thursday when its board of directors elected Korean-American Virginia pastor Walter Kim as the next head of the 45,000-church network.

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
Today in Christian History
English revivalist George Whitefield, 29, arrived in Maine at the start of his second visit to America. Whitefield struggled to adapt the beliefs of Calvinism to the Arminian teachings of proto-Methodists John and Charles Wesley.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Isaiah 5-6; Psalm 109:20-31; Revelation 19:
I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.What…
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