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How the Refugee and Asylum Process Works in the US: 9 Things to Know

How the Refugee and Asylum Process Works in the US: 9 Things to Know

June 20, 2018 was World Refugee Day, an annual observance created by the United Nations to “commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.” Here is what you should know about refugee and asylum policy in the United States, especially in light of the recent immigration crisis and President Trump's signing of a new executive order that seeks to keep immigrant families together.

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10 Things Christians Should Know about the End Times

10 Things Christians Should Know about the End Times

Whether you hold a pre-trib, mid-trib, or whatever rapture point of view, 1,923 years ago God gave these last words to believers, so that we would know, understand, and be prepared for the end of our lives or the end of this age—whichever comes first. The message to the church is clear: we’d best be about the Father’s business. That means praying in the name of Jesus that He would change men’s hearts and spreading the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ—not sitting on our pompous piety, waiting for the trumpet and deliverance from the presence of evil.

God’s first judgment came by water, but the coming and final judgment will be by fire. God still offers mercy, grace, and pardon because of the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, to all who hear, believe, and trust Him for forgiveness.

“From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He.” (John 13:19)

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5 Easy Ways to Make Netflix More Kid-Friendly

5 Easy Ways to Make Netflix More Kid-Friendly

The first time I realized the need for parental controls on Netflix, I was searching with my 10-year-old son for shows on the “Revolutionary War.”

But I didn’t find anything related to Valley Forge, the crossing of the Delaware, or even George Washington. Instead, a program about “Revenge Porn” popped up.

Mortified, I hit the “back” button on my Roku remote, prayed he didn’t see the cover art, and then quickly changed the subject.

“It looks like there’s nothing about the Revolutionary War. Want to watch a basketball game?”

What I discovered that day is something parents across the country already knew: Netflix is great for original programming and movies, but is woefully lacking in parental controls. The problems are three-fold:

1) Netflix offers kid-friendly accounts but does not allow mom and dad to block access to the parental account. (For example, with a password.)

2) Netflix’s search function is way too fast. The moment you type a single letter, the system shows results. That’s why “Revenge Porn” popped up on my search. After all, it begins with the same three letters – “rev” --- as Revolutionary War.

3) Ratings aren’t accompanied with content information – such as “S” (sexual content), “L” (language) and “V” (violence) – that are seen at the beginning of television shows. Even theatrical movies give us a hint of content.

Honestly, though, it’s not just a Netflix problem. Hulu and Amazon Prime also lack solid parental controls, as the Parents Television Council detailed in a 2017 report.

Still, there are a handful of ways to make Netflix – which reaches 51 percent of streaming households – more kid-friendly:

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Why is Jeff Sessions Quoting Romans and Why is it So Often Invoked?

Why is Jeff Sessions Quoting Romans and Why is it So Often Invoked?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border this week by citing a passage from the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans:

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” Sessions said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders summed up the same idea: “It is very biblical to enforce the law.”

But is it? Does the Bible really preach to obey the laws of government? If so, was Sessions right to use this passage to defend the government’s actions?

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What Does the Term 'Evangelical' Really Mean? Here are 10 Things to Know

What Does the Term 'Evangelical' Really Mean? Here are 10 Things to Know

The term “evangelical” has become a general term for Christians despite some differing opinions on just what that means.

Many experts have weighed in on just what evangelism is and is not, and more and more the word is being used in political and sociological terms. Despite the complexity of the term, it’s clear the word may mean different things to different people.

Here are 10 things you need to know about evangelicals.

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Here are 8 of the Most Controversial Issues in the Church Today

Here are 8 of the Most Controversial Issues in the Church Today

What is the Christian view on gay marriage? Are spiritual gifts biblical? Can Christians drink alcohol? These are some of the topics that often cause heated controversy within the church today. Christians take very different opinions on these issues and both sides refer to Scripture to support their views. Discernment is certainly necessary, even among a group of believers in today's culture. Whatever your views on each of these topics, hopefully reading this list of the areas where the church often experiences division will encourage us as Christ-followers to strive for unity within our own churches and even across denominations, because although there is much division and controversy among the broader church, there are also core doctrines that unite us.

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