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Year: 2019

2020 Vision – Why I’m Coming Off the Leash!

John Cooper, lead singer of Christian Rock band Skillet, has been up front and vocal on his views of the church and music scene in the last year. He has again posted about what he is seeing and what his views are on it based on his 25+ years both in Christian music and ministry. …

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Do People Who Commit Suicide Go to Heaven?

Last month, a successful young pastor, Andrew Stoecklein, ended his life at age 30 after suffering from months of depression. He left behind a grieving wife, three young sons and a baffled congregation in Chino, California. Just days before his suicide, Stoecklein preached a sermon at Inland Hills Church about the reality of depression among …

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Churches Are Preparing to Fast in January, but Here’s What They’re Missing

The New Year is approaching and many people will make New Year resolutions. These commitments usually last 30 days and then people stop exercising, losing weight or changing the bad habits they have developed. Resolutions are temporal, and what as Christians we should desire is something that is lasting for the kingdom of God and …

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Why You Don’t Have to Pretend to Be OK When You Come to Church

Pastor DawnChere Wilkerson of VOUS Church in Miami that you shouldn’t have to feel like you need to isolate yourself and cover up the “real you” when you walk through their doors. “A lot of times we try to Photoshop the bruises of our life away; we try to walk through the doors in our …

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The Hidden Cost of Tax Exemption

Churches may someday lose their tax-exempt status. Would that be as bad as it sounds? In theory, churches should make attractive neighbors. They are places of prayer, worship, and good works. When you see a sign pop up in an empty field announcing new church construction, you might think of the new families that will …

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There’s No Shame When A Miracle Doesn’t Come

God didn’t #WakeUpOlive, but the gospel teaches Christ’s solidarity with suffering. Two-year-old Olive Heiligenthal wasn’t raised from the dead. She fell asleep in her bed two weeks ago, and never woke up. For six days, Bethel Church in Redding, California, and its followers prayed for Olive to be raised from the dead—singing, dancing, and declaring …

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Why You Need to Pray in Tongues More

Bob Yandian, pastor and excellent Bible teacher, taught me a spiritual lesson I’ve never forgotten. In one of his powerful teachings, he spoke about bad days and the things that happen through the normal pace of life. He spoke about the full armor of God and how often we head into our work day only …

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Trump Signs New Law Cutting Taxes for Churches

On Dec. 20, President Donald Trump repealed a 2017 Republican bill, cutting taxes for churches as they head into 2020. H.R. 1865, the “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020,” repeals what was called the “parking lot tax,” which required churches and charitable nonprofits to pay a 21% tax on parking spaces and transit subsidies, according to …

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Kanye West Is Preaching the Gospel, but Pope Francis Is Telling People Not to Evangelize

Pope Francis has certainly said a lot of controversial things over the years, but what he just told a group of Christian high school students is the most controversial of all. I know that may be hard to believe, because some of the statements that Pope Francis has made in recent years have definitely been …

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Texas Churchgoers Shot Down Gunman Who Opened Fire During Communion

Congregants shot and killed a man who opened fire in a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, killing the attacker, police said. A person shot by the suspect also died and a second parishioner has life-threatening injuries following the attack at the West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement Police Department Chief J. P. …

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Sudan Lets Christians March for Jesus Again

The Sudanese Christian marchers weaved through bustling markets and traffic-clogged streets wearing “I Love Jesus” T-shirts or colorful traditional robes known as thobes. “Glory to God in the highest. And on Earth, peace, goodwill toward men,” a speaker said. Hymns blared and chants of hallelujah intermingled with loud, emotion-filled cries of celebration. Passersby and merchants …

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ISIS executes 11 Christians in Nigeria: ‘Message to Christians in the world’

An Islamic State terrorist faction in West Africa claims it killed 11 Christian aid workers in Nigeria in retaliation for the killings of IS leader Bakr al-Baghdadi and his spokesman in two separate U.S. military operations earlier this year. The terrorist group known as the Islamic State in West Africa Province released a 56-second video …

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