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Evangelical youth ministry leader Awana to release first-ever Sunday school curriculum

Awana, one of the world's leading youth ministry and child evangelism nonprofits, will soon publish its first-ever digital weekend curriculum that will be made available to Sunday school classes nationwide in July 2020.

London is an underrated Christmas destination

London doesn't get as much attention as other destinations this time of the year, but the British capital makes for a ...

This week in Christian history: 'Ben-Hur' released, COGIC founder dies, Presbyterians in England

Here are just a few things that happened this week, Nov. 17-23, in Church history. They include the release of the 1959 blockbuster film "Ben-Hur," the launching of the first Presbyterian regional body in England, and the death of the founder of the Church of God in Christ.

Kanye West performs Sunday Service concert for Harris County Jail inmates

Ahead of Kanye West's Sunday Service concert at Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church on Sunday, he and members of the gospel choir performed at two Harris County jails.

Gateway Church pastor Robert Morris identifies 'dangerous,' 'great silent epidemic of our time'

Pastor Robert Morris vividly remembers what he calls the "Great Underwear Crisis of 2004."

Preventing costly ministry decisions

Leaders, we are called to be under-shepherds, under the ongoing leading of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We should be humble and teachable, in continual dependence on His Holy Spirit's guidance in our life.

The big surprise of 'Simple Church'

It has been 15 years since a young doctoral student named Eric Geiger came into my office to share with me his research on churches that had clearly defined processes of discipleship. I saw his genius in those early years and was eager to put my name on a book reflecting his insights.

Revolutionary War silhouettes cause freakout

In an obscure display in the state of Washington, liberals are melting down over the presence of flat steel depictions of guns -- guns held by silhouettes of Revolutionary War Minute Men.

Millions flocking to spirit-empowered Christianity for personal encounter with God

When the Empowered21 Global Congress convenes in Jerusalem, Israel, in spring 2020, one of the main items on the agenda will be how to get every person on the planet to have an authentic experience with the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Tony Evans becomes first African American to publish study Bible, commentary

Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, has become the first African American to have both a study Bible and a full-Bible commentary with his name.

Confessions of a white, heterosexual male

I confess. I am guilty. Guilty as charged. No, guilty by birth. I am, after all, a white male. What could be worse ...

Mom files lawsuit against priest for suggesting son who died by suicide might not go to Heaven

The mother of an 18-year-old college student who died by suicide last December, has filed a lawsuit against Rev. Don LaCuesta, a priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Temperance, Michigan, for suggesting at her son's funeral that he might not go to Heaven.

AME Church's first female bishop seeks to empower women: 'Dream big, get it done'

The first woman to be consecrated a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church will be hosting an event aimed at empowering women leaders.

99% of UK Christian mission workers struggle to pay living costs, Stewardship charity finds

Almost all Christian volunteer mission workers in the U.K. do not have enough money to cover basic living expenses, new findings from a Christian charity show.

High school accused of threatening to fire teacher over 'controversial' pro-life student group

A school district in Florida is now allowing a pro-life student club to launch after a high school principal was accused banning the group because it was seen as too "controversial." The school district has denied that claim.

JD Greear warns masturbation can be 'addictive,' 'significantly harm' God-honoring sex life

While masturbation is not an "unforgivable" or "unavoidable" sin, it is a "dangerous" practice that can "significantly harm" a healthy, God-honoring sex life, J.D. Greear has warned.

6 takeaways from Trump impeachment hearings

Here are six takeaways from the first and second days of the impeachment hearing, held Wednesday and Friday. They include the first phone call between President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, whether the whistleblower will testify, and if the hearing will sway opinion on the issue.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes celebrates 65 years of seeing the world transformed by Jesus

We're bearing the fruit of a rich history of faithful servants who believed God wanted to use the vehicle of sports to introduce competitors to Christ.

What is Heaven really like?

Each of us has loved ones there; I assume we all would like to spend eternity there ourselves. So let's ask the word of God to tell us about heaven. Then let's ask why our topic matters--why heaven is important for us on earth.

Edward Graham says evangelism goes beyond stadiums, shares impact of giftboxes in Mexican village

Edward Graham, a grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Samaritans Purse's Operation Christmas Child mission trip to a remote village in Mexico so he could witness what he described as true evangelism at work in the world today.

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Sunday, November 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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Today in Christian History
1906
In Toronto, Ellen Hebden experienced a Pentecostal baptism, followed soon after by her husband James. Their East End Mission afterward became a source and focal point for establishing Pentecostal holiness throughout Canada.
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Jeremiah 29-30; Psalm 133; James 5:
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.(This was after King Jehoiachinand the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the skilled workers and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.)He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to…
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