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Proverbs 28:13 - He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
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Boko Haram Burned Pastor's Dad Alive for Choosing Bible Over Quran

A Nigerian church leader who fled persecution and is now living in the United States recently shared the horrifying details of how his father was killed for simply standing by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how terrorists aligned with the Islamic State burned down his church building.

Most Americans Find More Meaning in Relationships Than in Religion, Study Finds

Most Americans, including those who believe in God, say their main source of meaning in life comes from their relationships with others such as family and friends instead of religion, according to a new study released by the Institute for Family Studies.

Eric Metaxas: 'Sacred-Secular Divide' Is From 'the Pit of Hell'

Conservative Christian radio host and best-selling author Eric Metaxas called out Christians who feel they don't need to share Christ with others just because they are not leaders in the Church.

Former Gays, Lesbians Blast Calif. for Regarding Them as 'Frauds' With Pending Therapy Ban

Eight former gays and lesbians who are residents of California have released a video resisting pending state legislation banning therapy for individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, arguing their state government considers them frauds.

Is Biblical Truth No Different Than the Yanny vs. Laurel Debate?

The Yanny vs. Laurel debate has taken the internet by storm. The offshoot of all this is simple (and scary): Two sincere people can hear (or see) two different things at one and the same time, even though they're hearing (or seeing) the very same thing. But that does mean that all truth is up for grabs?

Christians Called to Be Confrontational, Attorney Who Argued Supreme Court Christian Baker Case Says

An attorney who represented Colorado baker Jack Phillips before the United States Supreme Court has stated that she believes that being confrontational is part of the Christian calling.

Border Patrol Agent Detains Two US Citizens in Montana for Speaking Spanish

Two American citizens are now considering legal action after they were detained by a Border Patrol agent last Wednesday morning because they were speaking Spanish.

Billy Graham's Will and Testament Released to Public: Asks Family to Defend Gospel at Any Cost

The last will and testament of famous evangelist Billy Graham, who died at the age of 99 in February, has been released to the public.

How Germany Is Trying to Rein In Online Hate on Facebook

Germany, which has just instituted a new and stringent online hate speech law, is now part of a new frontier when it comes to online regulation. The country, which has seen its share of hate throughout its history, is now trying to become an example of how to rein in the world's biggest social network.

NBA Legend Bill Russel Hospitalized With Heart Trouble, Now Released

NBA Legend Bill Russell was reportedly rushed to the hospital from his home in Washington, apparently after what was believed to be a heart condition at the time. The 84-year old basketball icon then assured fans that it was just because he "don't drink enough."

Melania Trump in 'High Spirits,' Returns to White House After Kidney Procedure and Rest

The US first lady, Melania Trump, is now back home after nearly a week spent at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She has been "resting comfortably" in the almost five days she spent recovering from a kidney procedure, according to a representative.

Cleveland Cavaliers Finally Wins a Game Over the Boston Celtics; NBA Media Reacts

The Cleveland Cavaliers has just salvaged their postseason, avoiding the dreaded 0-3 gap as they scored an empathic win over the Boston Celtics on Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Cleveland last Saturday, May 19. NBA fans and the media were all abuzz as the Eastern Conference Finals roars back to life.

'Godly Symbol' Texas Governor Attends Church Service in Santa Fe, 2 Days After School Shooting

Texas Governor Greg Abbott attended worship at a Santa Fe church two days after a shooter opened fire at a local high school, killing 10 people.

'Arrow' Season 7 News: Stephen Amell Confirms Green Arrow Will Sport a New Look Next Season

Stephen Amell teased that a lot of things will take a different turn when "Arrow" returns for season 7, especially after his character Oliver Queen finds himself behind bars in the sixth season finale.

Meghan Markle's Mother Doria Raglan Emotional During the Royal Wedding

After all the family drama prior to the royal wedding, Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland was the symbol of a proud mother as she watched her daughter and Prince Harry tie the knot.

'Teen Mom 2' Season 8 Reunion Updates: Chelsea Houska Wants to Skip Reunion Filming to Avoid Negativity

Pregnant reality star Chelsea Houska wants to avoid any negativity while waiting for the birth of her new daughter, which could be the reason why she opted to skip the filming of "Teen Mom 2" reunion special after the rumored physical brawl between co-stars Kailyn Lowry and Briana DeJesus.

John Cena and Nikki Bella Spotted in Public for the First Time Since Split

A month after calling off their wedding, John Cena and Nikki Bella were spotted walking side by side in the place where they were supposed to live happily ever after.

Palo Alto Pastor Resigns After Slamming Community as 'Elitist Sh** Den of Hate'

The Rev. Gregory Stevens, a California pastor who has been highly praised for his "ability to relate to people," stepped down from his role at a progressive Baptist Church in the wealthy city of Palo Alto last week after sparking furor over his comments that the city is an "elitist sh** den of hate."

'Beyonce Mass' Celebrated at a California Church

Hundreds came in attendance to join a "Beyonce Mass" in a church in San Francisco, California.

NBA Trade Rumors: Could Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns Become Teammates on the Phoenix Suns as Early as This Offseason?

The NBA offseason hasn't even started yet, and yet the trade rumors are already starting to swirl. Some of the newest trade rumors even involve the Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves' young superstar Karl-Anthony Towns.


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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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