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Chinese Christians memorize entire Bible in prison: Gov’t ‘can’t take what’s hidden in your heart’

Chinese Christians imprisoned for their faith are memorizing Scripture passages smuggled to them on small pieces of paper because prison guards “can’t take what’s hidden in your heart,” one former prisoner revealed.   In a recent sermon, Wayne Cordeiro, pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, shared an experience he had on a trip …

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85-Year-Old Widow Kicked Out of Apartment for Sharing Her Faith, Offering to Pray for People

Due to her advanced age and religious activities, an elderly widow in California has been reportedly forced out of her apartment. Eighty-five-year-old Diana Martin had lived in her apartment in Hanford for almost 14 years. Earlier this year, the owner and city’s vice-mayor, John Draxler, told her she was being evicted for sharing her faith …

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Billboard Showing Pastor Holding Bible Taken Down After Complaints

Evangelist Greg Laurie, who leads the multi-campus Harvest Christian Fellowship, was recently forced to remove billboards promoting his annual SoCal Harvest event from two popular malls in Southern California because they featured him holding a nondescript Bible in his hand that some people found offensive. Even after the evangelist and his team adjusted the artwork …

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Supreme Court gives victory to baker who refused to make cake for gay wedding

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a boost to advocates of religious freedom on Monday, ruling that a Colorado baker cannot be forced to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, in a case that involved marriage equality and protection from discrimination. But the opinion was a narrow one, applying to the specific facts of this …

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College Orders Student to Remove Jesus From Graduation Speech — They Messed With Wrong Girl

A Colorado university was forced to backtrack after it questionably demanded a student remove Bible passages from a graduation speech she was elected to give by her classmates. Colorado Mesa University nursing student Karissa Erickson was chosen to address graduates at an event days before their commencement this month, but her speech was nearly derailed by school …

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California Family Fined for Bible Study at Home

A California family has been fined for holding weekly Bible studies in their home, meetings that are allegedly in violation of the city’s zoning regulations. Stephanie and Chuck Fromm have been living in their San Juan Capistrano home for 18 years and were shocked when they received a notice of violation from the city. They have already …

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BREAKING: At Least 13 Dead, 40 Wounded in Multiple Pentecostal Church Attacks Across Indonesia

A family of six launched suicide attacks on Christians attending Sunday services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, killing at least 13 people and wounding 40, officials said. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy and police said the family who carried out Sunday’s attacks …

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Amazon Bars Christian Group From Charity Program Because Southern Poverty Law Center Says So

Amazon has barred prominent Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom from participating in its Amazon Smile charitable program, which allows nonprofits to recoup a small fraction of the money their supporters spend through Amazon. Alliance Defending Freedom, which specializes in First Amendment law and has won cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, is barred from …

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Supreme Court Appears Sympathetic To Christian Baker In LGBT Rights Dispute

Several justices expressed concerns about the integrity of civil rights and public accommodations laws, and the Court generally struggled with the proposition that Phillips has a speech interest in his custom cakes. But Justice Anthony Kennedy and the conservative justices expressed concern about government hostility to religious believers, signaling a potential victory for the baker. …

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New Zealand Revises Parliamentary Prayer to Exclude Jesus’ Name

New Zealand’s parliament has removed a reference to Jesus in a prayer that is said before parliamentary meetings. According to The Christian Post, the original version of the prayer read, “Almighty God, humbly acknowledging our New Zealand Revises Parliamentary Prayer to Exclude Jesus’ Nameneed for Thy guidance in all things, and laying aside all private and personal …

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