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Proverbs 15:5 - A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.
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A Communist officer who came to arrest a pastor asked him, "Do you consider me a monster, as everyone else does?" The pastor, repressing any natural revulsion toward his oppressor, loved the man and answered: "Monster? No, I see an unhappy man who believes that no one loves him. But God loves you, and in a special way. It was for evil men that He became man. He did not come to earth because we were nice altar-boys, but because we were dirty. The dirtier we are, the more right we have to His pity." The officer defended himself. "I am not as bad as that. I am not a thief." "You are," answered the pastor. "You have stolen from God." "What?" came the sharp retort. How?" "You have robbed Him of your sins. Our sins belong to Him. To take them as His property, He came to be born as the Son of man. The dirt of our evil deeds are His, not yours. If you refuse to give them to Him, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, who has the right to take them away because they are His property, you are a thief. Only a robber keeps what belongs to someone else." That night the pastor remained unimprisoned. - Richard Wurmbrand (1909-2001)
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John Crist pokes fun at virtual reality churches in hilarious new video

Popular Christian comedian John Crist has uploaded a new video to his widely followed YouTube account poking fun at virtual reality worship services.

Former Baylor frat president accused of raping virgin to serve no jail time

A former Baylor University fraternity president accused of raping a 19-year-old student was given a plea deal by a Waco district judge Monday, which outraged many who signed on to a petition urging prosecutors to withdraw the deal.

Benny Hinn's nephew slams prosperity gospel as 'damning heresy that paves the road to Hell'

Costi Hinn, the nephew of televangelist Benny Hinn, has listed five reasons why he hates the prosperity gospel, which he has condemned as a "damning heresy that paves the road to Hell."

Christian doctor recalls rape of children, prayer in Nobel Peace Prize speech

Denis Mukwege, the Congolese physician who treats women and children rape victims, shared a prayer to God at the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

Over 578 kids sexually abused at US children's camps; victim describes being molested by counselor

More than 578 children have been victims of sexual abuse at children's camps in the U.S. over the past 55 years, according to a new report.

'You can have church and never minister,' Bishop Noel Jones says in dig at black church

California megachurch pastor Bishop Noel Jones has taken a dig at the black church for not fulfilling its role in the community.

'We have more evidence than we need' to prove Christianity, apologist says

Believers in Jesus Christ "have more evidence than they need" to intellectually defend the claims of Christianity, says noted apologist and Liberty University professor Gary Habermas.

Chance the Rapper leaves the US to 'learn the Word of God,' plans to read 'five or more' books of the Bible

Chance the Rapper has announced he's leaving the country to "learn the Word of God," admitting that while he was raised in a Christian home, he's mostly "unfamiliar" with the Bible.

Mainstream media continues to miss story on America's abortion decline

Two media stories largely credit increases in contraception use for the reduction in the U.S. abortion rate. However, this is, at best, an incomplete explanation. Neither cites that a higher percentage of unintended pregnancies are being carried to term.

Pastor Andrew Brunson calls for US-protected Islamic cleric Fetullah Gulen be extradited to Turkey

Freed U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson has sided with Turkey in its request to have controversial Islamic cleric Fetullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania, to be extradited.

100 Christians arrested; 3 tortured in 'heinous evil' raid by Chinese police: church

Close to 100 Christian leaders and students were arrested on Sunday at a church in Chengdu, China, with a prayer letter claiming that three believers were tortured.

'Town deserves Jesus in it': Dozens of Christians protest in Ohio to bring back Nativity

Dozens of Christians have been protesting in a town in Ohio against the city's decision to follow an atheist demand and not allow a Nativity scene this Christmas at the courthouse.

Was Jesus a historical figure?

Two separate sources recently questioned the historicity of Jesus. But let us set the record straight.

How evangelical kids can get their faith shaken on the first day of university

Let's consider the first morning at university for one hypothetical 18-year-old raised in a typical evangelical church subculture.

Pakistan expels World Vision and other aid groups, accuses them of spreading 'disinformation'

The government of Pakistan has expelled the evangelical relief charity World Vision, Catholic Relief Services and 16 other foreign aid groups and NGOs. The nation's top human rights official has claimed that they all engaged in spreading disinformation.

Pastor John Gray draws flak for gifting wife $200K Lamborghini Urus for anniversary

Two weeks after drawing praise for allowing congregants in need to take cash directly from his offering baskets, Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, is drawing flak for gifting his wife a Lamborghini Urus for their eighth wedding anniversary celebration that left her screaming on Saturday.

The war on Christmas: Is Rudolph really the worst?

According to the Huffpo video, everyone in Rudolph's story is the worst, and Rudolph is now a marginalized reindeer.

Principal placed on leave after banning all things Christmas, saying candy canes symbolize Jesus

The Nebraska principal who banned teachers from using all Christmas or holiday-related symbols or activities in class has been placed on leave for violating school district policy.

New York gives Christian group 'ultimatum': change gay adoption policy or end placement program

The state of New York has given a Syracuse-based Christian adoption agency an ultimatum to either change their adoption policy forbidding placement with same-sex couples or no longer be able to provide adoption services, a new lawsuit details.

NewSpring volunteer caught molesting children previously removed from Elevation Church daycare

A NewSpring Church volunteer charged with molesting a three-year-old child was previously removed from working with children at Elevation Church due to an "uneasy feeling" about his interactions with kids, the megachurch has revealed.

Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
the Second Week of Advent
Today in Christian History
Birth of Joseph Mohr, the Austrian Roman Catholic vicar who, along with the Oberndorf Church organist Franz Gruber, on Christmas Eve of 1818, authored the enduring Christmas hymn, "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night").
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 17; Isaiah 46; Ephesians 6:
The word of the came to me:“Son of man, set forth an allegory and tell it to the Israelites as a parable.Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar,he broke off its topmost shoot and carried it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders.“ ‘He took one…
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