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Proverbs 21:13 - He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.
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It becomes thee, when thou canst not perceive that God is within reach of thy arm, then to believe that thou art within the reach of his, for it is long, and none knows how long. - John Bunyan (1628-88)
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Pro-life group gives Trump 'Courageous Witness for Life' Award

A prominent pro-life group has bestowed upon President Donald Trump an award for his efforts to advance anti-abortion efforts.

The majority doesn't determine morality

It's always nice to be able to point to the polls when they support your position. But polling, when done accurately, does nothing more than tell you what other people think. And just because you have the majority on your side doesn't mean you are right.

Gov't agency stopping doctors from giving flu vaccinations to migrant kids

The United States Customs & Border Protection agency is preventing doctors from giving migrant children vaccinations for influenza, according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Need of the hour: True shabbath rest

God made rest an ordinance and a command as direct provision against work as well as an antidote and blessing that would offset the poison of sin and the curse it incurred.

HHS advisor blasts WHO for promoting medical abortions in countries with restrictions

An advisor with the Department of Health and Human Services criticized the World Health Organization for what she says is the United Nations agency's promotion of self-managed medical abortions in countries where abortion rights are restricted.

'90s Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell is now a youth pastor

Comedic actor Kel Mitchell, who starred in popular 1990s era Nickelodeon television shows like "All That" and "Kenan and Kel," has become a pastor at a California church.

New Testament themed video game 'I Am Jesus Christ' lets gamers portray Jesus

A New Testament inspired role-playing video game called "I Am Jesus Christ" is set to be released early next year and will allow gamers to portray Jesus Christ.

Blake Shelton believes in God more than ever, now attends church regularly because of Gwen Stefani

Blake Shelton has publicly thanked his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, for strengthening his relationship with God and encouraging him to attend church more often.

Dec. 12, 2019: Worship leaders pray with Trump; Army bans Bible verse tags; 11 Kenyan Christians murdered

Megachurch pastor steps away from pulpit because he feels far from God, tired in soul. Judge removed from 7-year-old James Younger case, new judge to be appointed. Brian Houston, Christian worship leaders pray for Trump, visit Oval Office. Army bans faith-based business from selling Bible verse dog tags. 11 Kenyan Christians murdered in Al-Shabaab bus attack.

Gender nonbinary pronoun 'they' is Merriam-Webster's 2019 'word of the year'

Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday that the word "they" was its "Word of the Year for 2019," mainly due to the news it garnered as a term used by individuals who identify as gender nonconforming.

Spiritual seekers increasingly open to visiting United Methodist churches: report

Americans who are spiritual seekers are increasingly likely to visit United Methodist churches, according to a recently released report.

11 Kenyan Christians murdered in Al-Shabaab bus attack: ICC report

As many as 11 Christians were killed in a Dec. 6 bus attack carried out by the Somali-based radical Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Kenya, according to a Christian persecution watchdog group.

Army bans faith-based business from selling Bible verse dog tags

The U.S. Army's licensing office has banned a faith-based company from engraving Bible verses on Army-licensed dog tags and jewelry, an action that has outraged at least one member of Congress.

Raising teens who are ready for trouble

Kids today are under more pressure than ever before. They're also more anxious than any generation of kids before. ...

Are millennials coming back to church?

"The rise of the nones" is the attention-grabbing phrase used to describe the well-documented increase in the percentage of Americans who, when queried by survey researchers about their religious identification, say "none."

A Christian's pilgrimage to the Holy Land

In his album, "Resurrection Letters," Andrew Peterson describes, in a song called "Maybe Next Year," how a visit to ...

Megachurch pastor steps away from pulpit because he feels far from God, tired in soul

Rev. Howard-John Wesley, senior pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, surprised his congregation earlier this month with an announcement that he is stepping away from his ministry for a season because he feels far from God, tired in his soul and needed to recuperate mentally and physically.

Iran may have killed over 1,000 protesters in last few weeks: State Dept.

Videos and other evidence suggest that the Iranian regime could have murdered as many as 1,000 unarmed Iranian protestors since anti-government demonstrations began in November, a Trump administration official has said.

When a Christian psychologist makes Trump into a monster

Dr. Chris Thurman is a Christian psychologist who claims that President Trump has no strengths and that any evangelical who supports Trump is a fool.

Judge removed from 7-year-old James Younger case, new judge to be appointed

The Texas judge who ruled that the parents of 7-year-old James Younger, the child at the center of a bitter custody battle involving medical gender-transitioning, share joint conservatorship has been removed from the case.

Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
the Second Week of Advent
Today in Christian History
The South Carolina colony passed a "Sunday Law" requiring "all...persons whatsoever" to attend church each Sunday, to refrain from skilled labor, and to do no traveling by horse or wagon beyond the necessary. Infractions of this law were met with a 10-shilling fine and/or a two-hour lock-up in the village stocks.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 18; Isaiah 47; Philippians 1:1-11:
The word of the came to me:“What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: “ ‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign , you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.“Suppose there is a righteous…
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