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National Day of Prayer Calls Americans to Unity

“Cultural darkness is everywhere. Hopelessness abounds. Divisiveness is touching every segment of American life,” notes Dr. Ronny Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer and Senior Pastor of Cross Church in Arkansas. That’s why he is urging everyone across our nation to gather together to pray for unity on the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. History of the National Day of Prayer This annual event , inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation, is a vital part of our heritage, going back to 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to […]

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Church United Hosted A Community Prayer Vigil for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Speaking as one voice, representatives of Church United, hosted a community prayer vigil for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday, February 15. Students, friends and family gathered on the lawn at Parkridge Church located just one mile from the scene of the horrific shooting that took the lives of 14 students and three adults so abruptly and left our community in mourning. Parkridge Church originally met at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when it was founded in 1992 and Pastor Eddie Bevel, its founder, said many of their church families have students who attend the local school. Church United […]

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Billy Graham, Evangelist to the World, Dead at Age 99

Evangelist Billy Graham died Wednesday, February 21 at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat. He was 99.   Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. He reached millions more through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books.   Born Nov. 7, 1918, four days before the armistice ended World War I, William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr. grew up during the Depression and developed a work ethic that would carry […]

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Loving God with Our Minds: a Tribute to the Late R.C. Sproul

  The greatest command, said Jesus, is that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Sometimes missing today among many professing Christians is the emphasis on the mind. A great evangelical theologian died December 14, 2017, R. C. Sproul (rhymes with role), the founder of Ligonier Ministries. And I think he exemplifies the notion of loving God with our mind, as well as our other faculties. Even his radio program was called “Renewing Your Mind with R. C. Sproul.”   Educated Sometimes one gets the impression that the more religious you are, the less likely you […]

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25 Years After Hurricane Andrew, What Will This Hurricane Season Bring?

Hurricane season officially lasts from June 1st through November 30th, and 2017 has already seen four systems reach tropical storm strength. However, most activity typically occurs during August through October – the peak months of the season. August 24th will mark the 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. Andrew was one of only three hurricanes known to have made landfall in the United States at Category 5 intensity, was the most destructive hurricane in Florida’s history, and up until 2005, was the costliest storm in U.S. history. Most people want to know if their home or community will be impacted during […]

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Participate in the National Day of Prayer on May 4

On Thursday, May 4, people of all faiths across America are invited to join together in a day of prayer for our nation to intercede for our leaders, defenders, public servants and families. Designating a national day of prayer is a tradition that began in 1775 with the Continental Congress, has been observed by many presidents over the years, including Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and was established as an annual event by President Truman in 1952. In 1983 the Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer and in 1988 President Ronald Reagan officially […]

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Evangelical Leaders Urge Trump to Reconsider Refugee Order

(WNS)–Thousands of evangelical leaders are asking President Donald Trump to reconsider his executive order pausing the United States refugee program and barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Christian humanitarian group World Relief published a letter in the Washington Post on Feb. 8 with signatures from 100 prominent evangelical leaders asking Trump to reassess his decision. Signatories included popular Christian authors Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Ann Voskamp, as well as church leaders such as Bill Hybels, Eric Costanzo, and Eugene Cho. World Relief opened the letter to other pastors and church staff and this morning delivered it to the White […]

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United For Religious Freedom

On January 16, people nationwide will commemorate two important things: National Religious Freedom Day and Dr. Martin Luther King Day. In essence, these two are connected. Dr. King fought for racial equality and opportunity for all Americans to have equal rights, and National Religious Freedom Day is designed to acknowledge the free exercise of religion so that students and teachers can be comfortable sharing their beliefs. Discrimination, hatred and violence against those exercising their religion often generates negative news stories. It’s often been said that religion and politics are two topics to avoid simply because of the many differences someone […]

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Pray, Engage and Vote

  It’s inescapable. The fervor of political campaigning, speech making, debate, commentary, scandal and mudslinging – on both sides of the isle — is enough to make anyone want to escape to a deserted island, isolated from this impending election and the potential consequences for our nation. With our country seemingly more divided than ever and facing so many critical issues, we all long for a strong, proven leader with impeccable character who we can cast our vote for with confidence. Unfortunately, that perfect candidate does not exist… and never has. “All people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the […]

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Judge hears first argument in HB2 court battle

(WNS)– North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” had its first day in court on Aug. 1, with a district judge considering whether to block its enforcement while courts determine its constitutionality. The law requires restroom and locker room facilities in schools and government buildings be accessed based on biology, rather than gender identity, and bars local governments from circumventing the rule. On Nov. 14, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will preside over a full trial for House Bill 2 (HB2) to establish its long-term viability. Today, Schroeder heard oral arguments for a preliminary injunction to halt the law’s enforcement. Transgender rights groups claim it poses an immediate threat and […]

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