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The Best Quotes from 5 Christian College Graduation Speakers

The Best Quotes from 5 Christian College Graduation Speakers

This month prominent speakers from a variety of backgrounds gave their best advice to graduates at five Christian colleges: Wheaton College, Oral Roberts University, Liberty University, Biola University, and Geneva College.

These five speakers shared wisdom from lives spent following Christ as they worked in American politics, global justice, religious education, business, and research. What messages did they tell the Christian grads of 2018?

Here are quotes from the Commencement speakers at five Christian college graduations as well as links for you to watch the rest of your favorite excerpt.

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Here are 8 Things to Know about the White House's Decision to Cut Abortion Funding

Here are 8 Things to Know about the White House's Decision to Cut Abortion Funding

The Trump administration has announced its intention to propose new regulations regarding abortion. The ruling would prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion referral entities from receiving grant money through Title X, the government’s family planning program.

Title X funds cannot be used for abortion, but Planned Parenthood still receives more than $50 million from the program for other services. Under the new policy, clinics could not accept the money at all if they recommend or perform abortions.

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Here are 5 Things the Church Can Do to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Here are 5 Things the Church Can Do to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic claimed more than 40,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016 alone.

And the problem is growing particularly acute in Appalachia. In Tennessee, for example, 80 percent of crimes are drug related.

On Friday and Saturday (May 18-19) a conference was held to address opioid addiction and brought clinicians, clergy and educators to the tip of southern Appalachia to begin a yearlong conversation on ways churches can help heal and support those caught in the epidemic’s grip.

Among its organizers is Dr. Raymond Barfield, a pediatric oncologist at Duke University who has a joint appointment at its divinity school. For five years he directed a program called “Theology, Medicine and Culture.” He now teaches courses on Christian philosophy and mentors students in the Medical Humanities Study Program.

This interview was edited for length and clarity.

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Mormons - 10 Things to Know about the Church of Latter Day Saints

Mormons - 10 Things to Know about the Church of Latter Day Saints

Often capturing public fascination, Mormonism can actually refer to several different groups. The most well-known group of Mormons is the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, which was founded in the early 1800s.

Later, branches of the original Mormon church were started with each splitting over differences in theology or conflict over certain religious practices.

Here are 10 things to know about Mormonism:

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What Are Pentecost and Shavuot? 10 Things Christians Should Know

What Are Pentecost and Shavuot? 10 Things Christians Should Know

This weekend marks the observance of Pentecost and Shavuot, holy days to Christians and Jews respectively. And both involve certain “gifts” that don’t come with wrapping and bows. Both of these holidays have deep biblical significance, but we don't talk about them much today. This year, Pentecost is on Sunday, May 20th, and Shavuot begins on Saturday, May 19th and ends on Monday, May 21st. The overlapping of these holidays this year is also significant. Here is what you should know about them:

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Does the Devil Make Us Do Things? No, and Here are 5 Reasons Why Not

Does the Devil Make Us Do Things? No, and Here are 5 Reasons Why Not

“And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time” (Luke 4:13).

One simple story illustrates an example of an opportune time, “Alexander was trying to save all the pennies that he could in order to buy a baseball bat. But he had a hard struggle. One night when he was saying his prayers, his mother heard him say fervently, ‘O Lord, please help me save my money for a baseball bat. And, God, don’t let the ice cream man come down this street anymore’!”

Isn’t that true of temptation? It takes from us, while at the same time, it looks so appealing. Commentator Klyne Snodgrass states it well, “Mention of the ‘schemes’ of the devil reminds us of the trickery by which evil and temptation present themselves in our lives. Evil rarely looks evil until it accomplishes its goal; it gains entrance by appearing attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate. It is a baited and camouflaged trap.” That’s important to note: we can miss evil for what it really is until after it has accomplished its purpose. Only by comparing thoughts and actions to God’s word can we have the insight to see beyond the circumstances.

Being tempted isn’t sin—surrendering to it is. Temptation is also an opportunity to do what is right by turning from it. I Corinthians 10:13 states, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” The door of temptation swings both ways—you can enter or exit. If we choose to enter, once inside, we may not see the exit sign so clearly again.

Consider these points:

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6 Things to Know about Paige Patterson and the SBC's Stance on Wifely Submission

6 Things to Know about Paige Patterson and the SBC's Stance on Wifely Submission

An audio recording recently surfaced in which a prominent Southern Baptist leader said abused wives should focus on praying, “be submissive in every way that you can” and not seek divorce.

The recording, which dates back to the year 2000, is of Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a leading figure in the Southern Baptist Convention. Many credit him with orchestrating the conservative resurgence of the denomination beginning in 1979.

Not surprisingly, Patterson’s comments touched off a flurry of condemnation and calls for him to step down. Commentators mostly objected to the implication that he condoned domestic violence, which he has denied. But the Southern Baptist Convention has had a long history of conservative stances on women that it maintains are based on Scripture.

So what’s the back story on the SBC’s position on the role of women, and wives in particular?

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What is Meant by the Kingdom of God? 10 Things to Know

What is Meant by the Kingdom of God? 10 Things to Know

Theologists and religious leaders have long discussed and debated the phrase, “The Kingdom of God.”

It’s one of the phrases Jesus himself consistently uses in his teaching and one of the most important tenants of Christianity. It’s also one of the more mysterious phrases, drawing opinions from religious experts and others.

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25 Free Email Devotionals You May Not Know About

25 Free Email Devotionals You May Not Know About

When Christians hear the word, devotion, it’s likely that they’ll imagine a small, hardback book with gilded pages and a silky ribbon attached to it. Those are great; I love those tiny books. But when I look in the Bible, even in the dictionary, devotion tells a different story. I like Google’s definition of devotion: “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.” In the Bible, Hezekiah finds out from a prophet that he will not be healed of his serious illness. Naturally distraught, Hezekiah cries out to God in 2 Kings 20:3.

“Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”

God knew and remembered this man’s devotion. Before Hezekiah left the Temple, God told the prophet Isaiah to tell Hezekiah: “This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you,” 2 Kings 20:5. And Hezekiah went on to live in devotion to God on this earth for another 15 years.

This is a list summarizing 25 free email devotionals that are researched, written, formatted, and sent out to inspire your love, loyalty, and enthusiasm (aka: devotion) for the LORD. When God’s people devote themselves to him, he notices and remembers. Sometimes “having quiet time” or “doing devotionals” can feel like it doesn’t really matter. But bowing your heart and sacrificing your time – one of your most valuable resources – to the LORD matters. He sees your devotion and remembers. Many of these email devotionals include provoking questions, journaling prompts, prayer suggestions, and additional scripture to read. Whether you’re looking to spend 15 minutes or 45 minutes in a new devotional, we’ve got you covered.

Discover one that’s right for you by browsing through these summaries and reading a sample.

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Why Unity is Important for America (and the Church)

Why Unity is Important for America (and the Church)

[Editor’s note: The following is adapted from two articles by Ronnie Floyd, published on RonnieFloyd.com. Used with permission.]

People need each other.

Following having a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, our greatest need is each other. God believes this so much that at the moment of salvation, we become part of Jesus’ family, His Church! This occurs just as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body.”

While this happens to us spiritually, we are living in a culture that is completely opposite of this. The American way compels us to live independently of one another. This leads to a selfish and oftentimes destructive life. It also defies the Scripture and is not the life we are called to live within the body of Jesus Christ.

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