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Rascal Flatts Member Says His Children Are Raised 'Knowing Jesus' as Their Foundation

Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus says he and his wife Allison are raising their children Christian because it's important to have a foundation in Jesus.

Christian Convert Explains Why She Wanted to Go to Hell as a Muslim, How Her View of God Changed

A Palestinian Christian woman has explained how her views on God changed when she converted from Islam, and why she wanted to go to Hell as a Muslim.

Are You Willing to Follow God Up the Mountain?

When Abraham was one hundred years old, God finally gave him and Sarah the son of promise--Isaac. And with Isaac came the fulfillment of the covenant between God and Abraham, and, with that fulfillment, the blessings of God.

Heading to 'Training Camp' -- Why Christians Need Spiritual Training

Do Christians need spiritual training? Absolutely. In some ways, the training concepts for a believer are much simpler than what football players have to digest each year as they prepare to play.

5 Ways #MeToo Will Impact Churches

The #MeToo Movement will be one of the historic markers of 2018. Its impact is felt in the entertainment industry, in politics, in businesses and, undoubtedly, in churches.

The Deaf Shepherd: How Pastor Born With Hearing Loss Is Making a Difference in Michigan

Michigan pastor Scott Blanchard is not an ordinary church leader. Although he had a strong desire as a kid to become a minister after accepting Christ at the age of 7, the obstacles he faced along the way were unlike those faced by the average pastor.

Franklin Graham Blasts Chelsea Clinton's Claim 60 Million Abortions Added $3.5 Trillion to Economy

Evangelist Franklin Graham and other pro-life conservatives are denouncing Chelsea Clinton's claim that abortion has led to economic growth in the U.S.

Nepal: Law Criminalizing Evangelism, Conversions to Christianity Goes Into Effect

A law criminalizing religious conversions and the "hurting of religious feelings" went into effect in Nepal this week, a year after the bill was passed.

Facebook Bans Activist Mommy Again for 'Hate Speech,' Claims It Was 'Mistake'

Facebook again blocked a Christian vlogger known as the Activist Mommy for "hate speech" this week but now says its actions were a "mistake."

Hollywood Actor Hill Harper Declares Everyone Can Talk to God If They Open Up to Him

The upcoming film "An Interview With God" aims to give viewers a look into the genuine struggles people encounter while on their journey of faith, and Hollywood actor Hill Harper, who stars in the film, says everyone can communicate with God.

'12 Days With God': Movie Based on Man's Changed Life After Talking to God in Hospital

The story of a man who says he "spent 12 days with God" while he was in the hospital has been made into a movie.

Mariah Carey Says Aretha Franklin 'Never Left Church,' Taught Her to Bring God With Her

Iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin died Thursday and as tributes flooded social media, one of her mentees, Mariah Carey, revealed that the pastor's daughter never left the church despite her successful mainstream career.

Germany Set to Allow 3rd Gender Option on Birth Certificates Instead of Only Male, Female

Germany is a step closer to allowing its citizens to legally identify as a third gender -- instead of male or female -- on official documents in which they will be designated as "diverse."

Virginia Couple Threatened With Eviction for Hosting Bible Study Fight Back

A couple threatened with eviction from their Virginia-based senior living community for hosting a Bible study have gotten the support of a conservative legal group to fight the decision.

Patricia Heaton Says No Money to Catholic Church 'Until Everyone Who Abused or Abetted Is Gone'

Pro-life Christian actress Patricia Heaton has said she won't be giving any donations to the Catholic Church until the institution removes from its ranks those who have engaged in sexual abuse or covered it up.

Greg Laurie Discusses Pastor Abuse Scandals, Safeguards He Has as Megachurch Pastor

Popular evangelist and megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie has shared his thoughts on the circumstances involving Christian leaders being exposed for sinful behavior and talked about the safeguards he has in place in his own life.

Max Lucado Identifies Reason for Suicide Epidemic Across US, Offers Solution

Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado has said that the dramatic increase in suicide over the last two decades is partially due to the lack of hope stemming from the rise of secularism across the U.S.

The Happy Honk: The Importance of Good Manners

These are angry times. So what better time for Christians to display good manners, courtesy, and respect?

A Tale of 2 Serpents: Moses and the British Medical Association

Disturbing leaked guidance distributed to BMA members, says medical professionals should be allowed to remove tubes giving food and water to those who cannot feed themselves. Doctors will be enabled to decide to end the lives of patients with severe dementia or other degenerative diseases by effectively starving and dehydrating them.

This Is Not Satire. An Open Pedophile Is Running for Congress

A man who wants to legalize incest is running for public office and is not ashamed. This should not surprise us in the least. We have been heading in this direction for decades now. Some have called for sympathy and understanding for pedophiles. After all, we are reminded, they did not choose their feelings, and they are people like everyone else.

Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, August 19th, 2018
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
Today in Christian History
The Christian Union was founded by Baptist clergyman Richard G. Spurling (1858-1935) in Monroe County, Tennessee. In 1923, this pentecostal denomination changed its name to the Church of God. Headquartered today in Cleveland, Tennessee, its current membership is nearly 500,000.
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:6; Zechariah 4; John 4:1-26:
After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.Then David said, “No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the chose them to carry the ark of the and to minister before him forever.”David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the to the place he had prepared for it.He called together the descendants…
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