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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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10 Things Christians Should Know about the Alfie Evans Case

The case of Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old boy who has a rare neurodegenerative disorder, has garnered international interest. In a case involving implications both for the pro-life movement and for parental rights, Alfie's parents have been fighting for their son's life. People around the world have been rallying in support of Alfie and his parents. Here is what you need to know about this heartbreaking case so that you can stay informed, and most especially, so that you can pray for this little boy and his parents.

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5 Reasons Why America Needs Prayer Right Now

From Assembly Bills that are trying to silence the voice of truth, to legislation that limits parental rights and seeks to promote perverted sex education, we are at the crossroads: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). It is clear America is in desperate need of prayer. The good news is that God has promised to hear our prayers and accept our repentance. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Let's take a moment right now to intercede for our nation.

23 Important Things about Syria, as Found in the Bible

Syria has been in the news over the last several years. With the recent chemical attacks and bombing, curiosity over Syria and Bible Verses regarding this country has increased.

Syria is written about throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Its people trace their origins to Noah. So, what exactly can we learn about Syria and its people?

Have you ever wanted to know:

What land is Syria comprised of? What are other names for Syria found in the Bible? Were there famous Biblical figures who lived in or visited Syria? What prophecies are there regarding Damascus? Why is this country important in the Bible? And, who are the Biblical ancestors of the Syrian people?

These important questions we will delve into.

Here are 15 Things About Syria's People and History, as Found in the Bible:

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5 Faith Facts about Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State Nominee

Mike Pompeo, a Republican congressman from Kansas before he took the helm of the CIA in 2017, is President Trump’s nominee now for secretary of state. But Pompeo’s fitness for the office has been called into question over statements he has made and legislation he has sponsored, to the point that some wonder whether the Senate will confirm the former Army officer and Harvard Law School graduate.

Much of what senators and religious groups have called into question about Pompeo is tied to his abiding and conservative faith. So where is all this religious controversy coming from? Here are five faith facts about Pompeo:

10 Things Everyone Should Know about Mennonites and Their Beliefs

Sometimes mistaken for Amish, Mennonites are a group of Christians that formed during the Protestant Reformation.

Their beginnings were marked by persecution, while the church itself has long been a proponent of peace. And while there are many divisions of Mennonites (also called Anabaptists), most agree on the core tenets of Christianity.

Here are 10 things you should know about Mennonites.

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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

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

Where this church differs from others stems from its own 28 Fundamental Beliefs, which outline 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 fall under the guidance and direction of the authority of what’s called the General Conference.

Here are ten things to know about Seventh-Day Adventists:

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

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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