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RIP Rich Mullins: Palm Sunday Dark Devotional

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April 7, 2017 by Guest Contributor Leave a Comment Artwork by Brian Jocks “You had no stones to throw You came without an ax to grind You did not tow the party line No wonder sight came to the blind You had no stones to throw You rode an ass’s foal They spread their coats and cut down palms For You and Your donkey to walk upon But the world won’t find what it thinks it wants On the back of an ass’s foal So I guess You had to…

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“Jewish Holy Days”

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A fin-de-siècle image of Passover, painted by Mathilde Hahn Meyer(Wikimedia Commons public domain) As we move into the season of Easter and Easter Week, this is a timely topic for discussion:

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This 1 Small Thing Will Change Your Life

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Pop Quiz: What is a very small thing in size that has a gigantic impact regarding the direction of your life? Clue: It moves, kind of flippantly, up and down. Got it yet? Not yet? This should help: ” Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set…

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How SNL is Fueling the White House Infighting

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April 7, 2017 by Ed Brayton Leave a Comment In a Daily Beast article is a little tidbit that shows how the mocking of Trump on Saturday Night Live is making him more paranoid and may even be helping to tilt the balance of power and influence from Steve Bannon to Jared Kushner inside the White House. The Times also reported that “Bannon’s Svengali-style reputation has chafed on a president who sees himself as the West Wing’s only leading man,” and that “several associates said the president had quietly expressed…

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Muslim extremist who attacked African church gives life to Jesus

(Reuters/Ahmad Masood) A muslim praying A radical Muslim who participated in an attack to demolish African church has now surrendered his life to Christ and converted to Christianity. According to a report from Bibles for Mideast, a global missionary group that smuggles Bibles into the Middle Eastern nations, Ibn Yakoobi was an extremist who has converted to Christianity after a series of supernatural events made him question his Islam beliefs. Before his conversion, Yakoobi, a “fanatic religious leader of the local mosque,” joined in an assault on a pastor and…

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Reflection For Palm Sunday

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April 7, 2017 by Henry Karlson Leave a Comment The Great Fast is over. Palm Sunday, on the Byzantine Calendar, starts Holy Week, which is distinct from the Great Fast. With the end of the fast, we have a minor celebration, a time of joy as we remember when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and his subsequent entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem: Christ our God, before your passion you confirmed our common resurrection when You raised Lazarus from the dead. Therefore like the children we carry the symbols of…

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The Franklin Prayer Myth that Refuses to Die: The Liberty Counsel Edition

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April 6, I have come to believe that some historical myths will never die. In this Liberty Counsel edition , Mat Staver and Matt Barber reinforce their mutual misunderstanding of this story, making the delegates to the Constitutional Convention prayer warriors. As I have documented previously, Franklin proposed daily prayers but the Convention delegates did not vote favorably on his motion. In fact, daily prayers were not thought necessary by most of the delegates. Staver and Barber began by celebrating a recent federal appeals court decision allowing a Texas school…

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Faith helped baseball coach Tony Beasley beat cancer

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Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley sings the national anthem before the team’s opening-day game against the Cleveland Indians on April 3, 2017. Photo courtesy of Louis DeLuca/Texas Rangers ARLINGTON, Texas (RNS) Tony Beasley never lost faith, even when he was diagnosed with cancer. “It’s been an opportunity for me to be who I said I am,” said Beasley, the third base coach for the Texas Rangers. “My favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:7: ‘For we walk by faith, not by sight.’ To have an opportunity to actually live…

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What did the papal envoy discover in Mejugorge?

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Keywords: Papal envoy , Medjugorje , apparitions LOS ANGELES, CA (CNA/EWTN News) – Archbishop Henryk Hoser was sent by the Pope to evaluate the pastoral situation for residents and pilgrims in Medjugorje. He clarified that he was not tasked with anything beyond this scope. “The same as you, I expect a final decision from the commission, and of course the Holy Father Pope Francis,” Archbishop Hoser said at an April 5 press conference in Medjugorje. “I do not know what the Holy Father thinks, he never told me,” he said….

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Palm Sunday – How Jesus’ Triumphant entry into Jerusalem turned the world on its head

Andy Walton Christian Today Contributing Writer 06 April 2017 | 3:04 PM Next Post >> x Palm Sunday on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem Reuters This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Churches around the world will mark it by waving Palm crosses, in imitation of the crowds who greeted Jesus on His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Donkeys will lead processions of Christians who often shout ‘Hosanna!’ following the people welcoming Jesus. What’s the significance of Jesus’ actions on Palm Sunday, though? And what does this have to teach us today?……

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Grace – The Untold Story

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1 2 Grace is a constant theme in the Bible, and it culminates in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus (John 1:17). By His mercy, God accepted Christ’s sufferings and death as the punishment for sin that we all deserved. By His grace (unmerited favor), God extended to those who put their trust in Christ Jesus the blessings of imputed righteousness, the indwelling Holy Spirit, adoption into God’s family, membership in Christ’s Church, citizenship in His eternal kingdom and the blessed hope of being resurrected to life everlasting….

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Christians the ‘Butt of Jokes’ at the Workplace, Uncomfortable Admitting They Go to Church: Study

(Photo: Reuters/Toby Melville) St. Mary’s Church at Woburn in southern England, May 15, 2015. (Photo: Reuters) A workplace office in this undated file photo. of A new study on British cultural attitudes at the workplace has found that religion has become the “butt of jokes,” where workers who would not make sexist or racist jokes feel free to mock faith instead. The recently released ComRes study in question warned that as many as a million workers may have faced harassment, discrimination or bullying because of their religious beliefs, with some…

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‘The Case for Christ’ Film: Lee and Leslie Strobel Reveal Which Scenes Brought Them to Tears (Interview)

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By Leah Marieann Klett 05, 2017 10:43 AM EDT Comment Lee & Leslie Strobel, the subject of The Case for Christ Film’, talks about the part of the movie that brought them to tears as they were reminded of the struggles that they went through. Gospel Herald Lee and Leslie Strobel have revealed that scenes depicting their marriage in the upcoming “The Case for Christ” film were so realistic, they were brought to tears. “It was really hard [watching the film] in the fact that it dredged up old feelings…

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Former Atheist Lee Strobel: Here’s How to Encourage Non-Christians to See ‘The Case for Christ’ Film

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By Leah Marieann Klett 05, 2017 11:08 AM EDT Comment Atheist-turned-Christian apologist Lee Strobel has encouraged Christians to bring their non-believing friends to watch “The Case for Christ” film, as they will simultaneously be entertained and exposed to evidence for the truth of the Gospel. “I encourage someone if they’re going to invite [a non-believer] to say, ‘You might like this one character. He’s a little bit like you, he’s a skeptic…over-the-top atheist, kind of a militant, hostile atheist, and I think you might get a kick out of his…

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Death toll rises in horrifying Syria chemical weapons attack as Russian denials are dismissed amid diplomatic row

Next Post >> x A man breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. Reuters The death toll in the Idlib province of northern Syria has risen to at least 70 after victims were exposed to a toxic gas that survivors said was dropped from warplanes, as a major diplomatic row grew over the carnage. A further 100 people, at least, were being treated in hospitals in the province where…

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Easter: Too Violent for Children?

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Is Easter Really Too Violent for Children? Russell Moore Tweet Every year, around this time, parents and churches ponder how to communicate the Easter story to children, as something more than dyed eggs. The problem is, of course, that it’s impossible to talk about the resurrection of Jesus without talking about death. And, in the case of Jesus, it’s really hard to talk about death without talking about crucifixion. Some churches resolve this tension by deeming the cross too violent for kids. They talk instead about Easter meaning that Jesus…

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11 Things Christians Should Do Before Heaven

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11 Things Christians Should Do Before Heaven Sarah Landrum Tweet As a Christian, you may often think about how during your time on Earth, you’re acting as a representative of Jesus Christ and His teachings. With that in mind, it’s important to take part in specific actions that strengthen your faith and help you live it out. The list below will help you get started. 1. Engage With Societal Outcasts Interacting with disadvantaged segments of the population is an effective way to embrace some of Christ’s practices through your…

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Virtue is Social

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April 5, 2017 by Henry Karlson Leave a Comment St. Augustine by Philippe de Champaigne [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In The City of God, St. Augustine gave an extensive, although highly polemical, exploration of the beliefs and teachings of the preeminent pagan philosophers. In it, he often noted what they had in common with the Christian faith in contrast to popular religious beliefs and practices. He was especially interested when their reflections led to some understanding of a transcendent first Principle or One which created and guided the universe….

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Daily Lectionary Readings for April 05, 2017

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD; give heed to my sighing. 2 Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3 O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. 4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil will not sojourn with you. 5 The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 6 You destroy those who speak lies; the…

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Travel Gal: Kim Swidler

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NYC: India Night at the Ruben Museum of Art By Kim Stuart Swidler 00 PM The Ruben Museum of Art wants us to know about their upcoming May programs. Highlights include: · Two Indian classical music performances by masters Ikhlaq Hussain and Tejendra Narayan … Things to do in NYC This Week By Kim Stuart Swidler 5:43 PM Here’s a list of things to do in NYC this week as compiled by Louis Lucero II of The New York Times: 1.FOR CHILDREN Its Birthday, but the Party’s for You: Prospect…

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