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10 Things Jesus Had to Say about the Homosexuality Debate

10 Things Jesus Had to Say about the Homosexuality Debate

My hope is that readers will read the entire article before drawing conclusions. I have nothing but compassion for those trapped in sexual sin. Those who strongly believe in the Bible and God’s will regarding sexual behavior also strongly believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith. To “confront in love” simply comes from a desire to honor God and to truly love and care for others. The ability to relate to people on their level, show genuine concern, and love them regardless of their lifestyle is the mark of true Christianity.

In case you don’t continue reading, let me offer some encouragement: if you’re hopeless, depressed, and confused, look to the One who created you. He has the answers. No matter what you have done, you have the ability to turn to Christ and start anew: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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10 Things Everyone Should Know about Seventh-Day Adventists and Their Beliefs

10 Things Everyone Should Know about Seventh-Day Adventists and Their Beliefs

Like many other Christian denominations, the Seventh Day Adventist church believes in a core set of beliefs about God and salvation.

Where the church differs from others stems from their own 28 Fundamental Beliefs, which outlines the church’s specific beliefs on topics such as their well-known Saturday as Sabbath day. There are many sects of the church, but most falls under the guidance and direction of the authority of what’s called the General Conference.

Here are 10 things to know about Seventh Day Adventists:

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10 Christian Series We Need to Reboot

10 Christian Series We Need to Reboot

Any Christian who grew up during the 90’s knows they experienced a golden age of faith-based media. DC Talk was on every radio, WWJD bracelets were in fashion, and all families had at least one Christian program that was their go-to source for entertainment. With our current pop culture experiencing a kind of “nostalgic renaissance”, it’s surprising more Christian series haven’t taken the chance to stage a comeback. The success of Christian films at the box office certainly suggests there’s an audience eager for more faith-based content.

But which of these nostalgic treasures deserves a remake for the modern viewer? It was a tough decision, but here are 10 Christian series we desperately need to reboot:

How to Be a Justice Seeker in a World Filled with Injustice

How to Be a Justice Seeker in a World Filled with Injustice

Injustice fills today’s headlines. Christians are hunted and killed in Somalia. Men are auctioned off as slaves in Libya. Imperfect babies are murdered in Iceland. Gang violence claims the lives of young men in America. Daughters are discarded in India for not being sons. Orphans are transported across borders and forced into prostitution in Nepal.

I’m heartbroken for the vulnerable people who endure injustice. The Lord opened my eyes to injustice and oppression a few years ago. In his mercy, he rescued me from my bubble of indifference, safety, and comfort. I was aware of oppression, but not personally affected by it. Knowing my four sons slept comfortably in their warm beds led to my own peaceful sleep. Injustice was easy to ignore with my egocentric worldview. But God.

With the Holy Spirit’s prompting, I began to wonder about the many mothers worldwide who are denied peaceful sleep because their children have been trafficked. I began to feel burdened for families without access to the gospel, clean water, food, and security. I repented of my indifference toward the plight of the vulnerable. He changed me and redirected my priorities. I wanted to be a seeker of justice and corrector of oppression (Isa. 1:17).

There are many ways to obey God’s good command to seek justice. Here are a few suggestions:

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10 Things Christians Should Know about the Pentecostal Church

10 Things Christians Should Know about the Pentecostal Church

It’s one of the oft-talked about denominations and sometimes draws the most controversy, but Pentecostalism has a long history in Christianity.

While the church has spawned a variety of other belief groups, Pentecostalism is considered a renewal movement in the Christian church.

Here are 10 things to know about the Pentecostal church.

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5 Countries Where Christians Celebrated Easter Despite Persecution

5 Countries Where Christians Celebrated Easter Despite Persecution

Easter this year was a time of mixed emotions for the Christians who live under pressure for their faith. While political and religious leaders called for peace, reconciliation and brotherhood, Christians in countries like Syria and the Philippines continued to face violence and its consequences.

Below, World Watch Monitor gives a snapshot of what Easter 2018 looked like in some of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.

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How Can We Protect Our Privacy on Facebook? Here are 5 Ways

How Can We Protect Our Privacy on Facebook? Here are 5 Ways

Imagine overhearing the following conversation:

Company X: “I’d like you to give me access to your personal data (email, birthday, address, etc.), a list of a hundred of your friends, family, and acquaintances, and permission to use that information in whatever way I choose.”

Individual Y: “And what do I get in return?”

Company X: “You get to take a quiz that tells you what Lord of Rings character you are.”

Individual Y: “Sounds like a fair trade.”

You might think that no one would be foolish enough to engage in such an exchange. But I have. And if you use Facebook, chances are you have too. But even if you’ve never taken an online quiz or accepted a game request, your friends may have given away your private information.

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10 Things Christians Should Know about the Museum of the Bible

10 Things Christians Should Know about the Museum of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. is drawing growing interest for the museum based around the most read book in the world.

Since its opening in November 2017, the high-tech museum with thousands of artifacts and displays has since welcomed thousands to its doors. Founders of the museum say displays and exhibits are sparking more conversations about the Bible and Jesus.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the Museum of the Bible.

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6 Special Features of the MLK50 Christian Racial Unity Event

6 Special Features of the MLK50 Christian Racial Unity Event

Racial unity is a gospel issue and all the more urgent 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. The anniversary of King’s tragic death marks an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture. It creates the occasion to reflect on where Christians have been and look ahead to where we must go as we pursue racial unity in the midst of tremendous tension.

So, we’d love for you to join the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition at a special event,MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop, taking place April 3-4, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee. Key speakers include Matt Chandler, Jackie Hill Perry, Eric Mason, Russell Moore, John Piper, Benjamin Watson, and many others.

Here are six special features of the MLK50 conference that we pray will make it a unique and culture-transforming experience.

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8 Idols That Exist in the Church Today

8 Idols That Exist in the Church Today

I’ve never had the urge to bow down to a metal cow, a carved human, or a wooden pole. The idea of chanting or dancing around a six-armed deity or pot-bellied statue doesn’t even come close to getting me excited. I’ve never wanted to make offerings to rats living in a shrine.

But that doesn’t mean I’m immune to idols. The idols that trip me up as a church leader aren’t tangible figures of supposed gods and goddesses. They’re ideas and beliefs that can, if left unchecked, crowd out my worship of the one true God.

Pastor Carey Nieuwhof hits on this idea in a recent article for Charisma News. He transparently lays out the eight idols that commonly impact him in his desire to serve the church:

“John Calvin was dead on when he said, ‘Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.’ Discard one, and you'll simply create another…”

So, what idols cause him fits?

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