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This Week in Christian History: Charles Spurgeon, Supreme Court School Prayer, Council of Ephesus

Here are just a few things that happened this week, June 17-23, in Church history. They include the birth of Charles Spurgeon, the Supreme Court ruling against Bible reading in public schools, and the opening of a major early church council.

The Army of God: A Great Awakening Coming

There is hope. We will rise up. Great awakening is coming. Don't think it, know it. We see great struggle, brokenness, and strife. But we don't look upon the world, we look upon Jesus Christ, our glorious risen savior. Therefore we have great hope.

Debunking a Commonly-Held Belief About Revivals

Did you know that our human nature, our flesh, if you will, does not like to pray? Many churchgoing Christians will fight revival the way a sinner will resist coming to Christ in the first place. We are so independent and rebellious we don't like to get on our knees, let alone on our faces, before God. We will gladly go to almost anything at the church except for prayer meetings.

When You Get Death Wishes for Sharing Biblical Truth With Love

I was attacked for rebuking a radical-right pastor who rejoices when gays are killed. You would think, then, that our tolerant LGBT friends would appreciate my approach. Not a chance! To them, I'm a homophobe of the worst kind.

The Heart of God, the Father

Jesus showed us that God is personal, like a wise, loving, tender, and watchful father. Jesus always used this form of address when praying.

Why Are 2 of 3 White Evangelicals Opposed to Helping Refugees? World Relief Director Responds

As research shows that white evangelicals are the least likely demographic to believe that the United States has a responsibility to accept refugees into the country, a leading evangelical humanitarian activist has warned that many evangelicals and Americans may have misguided views about who refugees are as the U.S. turns its back against them.

Christian Singer Has Emotional New Song on Fatherhood, 'The Beautiful Things We Miss' (WATCH)

Award-winning singer Matthew West recently released the lyric video for his song, "The Beautiful Things We Miss," off his latest album, All In and revealed that he makes sure to reflect on whether his career is coming between him and his family.

Pope Francis: Abortion Due to Genetic Test Results Like 'White Glove' Nazi Eugenics

Pope Francis on Saturday denounced parents who abort a child if prenatal tests show the baby has a malformation or genetic problem, calling such "murder of children" the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program.

48 Hours in the English City of Gloucester

Gloucester just isn't on the map. Most visitors to this part of England, not far from the border with Wales, instead spend their time in the Cotswolds. They miss out on old pubs, historic buildings and notable churches that line the city's streets.

The Real Father

Being a father isn't always easy, but we have a heavenly Father with unconditional love that helps make it possible.

When Fathers Can Carry Their Children

Fatherhood that shows signs of the love like that of our Heavenly Creator is something to be lauded. It is becoming increasingly difficult to be a father, however, for certain men in our communities. Immigrant fathers, those who are arriving and those who have made a home here, are too often deprived of their ability to care for and provide for their families.

Longing for a Father: A Story About David Cassidy

I recently watched a documentary on the life of David Cassidy titled David Cassidy: The Last Session, and let me tell you, it was just absolutely heartbreaking. To me, the story could be summed up this way: David had a deep longing for a father.

World Cup and Christian Persecution: 7 Countries Top Open Doors' Worst Nations List

As teams from 32 countries compete for the World Cup in Russia, the Open Doors ministry pointed out that seven of those countries are on its 2018 World Watch List of where it's most difficult to be a Christian.

Teresa and Joe Giudice's Bankruptcy Case Is Now Over

The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe are already cleared from their bankruptcy case.

Netflix Saves Fox's 'Lucifer' From Cancellation

While fans are ecstatic about Netflix's decision to save "Lucifer" from cancellation from Fox, the cast and crew of the show also expressed their relief that they will be back on TV.

Pete Davidson's New Instagram Post Hints at Engagement With Ariana Grande

While the engagement rumors have yet to be officially confirmed, Pete Davidson turned to Instagram to proclaim that putting a ring on Ariana Grande is better than a dream.

Pulse Nightclub Survivor Offers Tips Church Can Use to Help LGBT Individuals Find Freedom in Jesus

Luis Javier Ruiz, a survivor of the deadly 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, has since walked away from homosexuality and is now sharing advice on what people in the church can do to help the LGBT community find freedom in Jesus, just like he did.

Luis Palau Health Update: Son Andrew Asks for Prayers for Father's Strength (Video)

Andrew Palau recently spoke with The Christian Post about the upcoming film "Palau the Movie," where he also shared a health update on his father, world-renowned evangelist Luis Palau.

This Could Be the Most Important Thing Men Read Today

As Christians, our bodies are "temples of the Holy Spirit, and God calls on us to offer our bodies as "living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God." Many Christian men are careful to take great care of their bodies, but more men are not careful at all.

Can We Make Sense of the Canaanite Genocide?

Some people will be drawn to the book because they are troubled by the ethics of the genocide of the Canaanites. In the last fifteen years, the problem of biblical violence generally and the ethics of the Canaanite genocide, in particular, have exploded like a brush fire on a tinder-dry field.

Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, June 17th, 2018
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
Today in Christian History
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.'
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Samuel 7-8; Daniel 4; Mark 3:20-35:
After the king was settled in his palace and the had given him rest from all his enemies around him,he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the is with you.”But that night the word of the came to Nathan, saying:“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what…
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