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  • Red-hot favourite Scheffler dominates to win Masters

    World number one Scottie Scheffler wins the Masters for a second time after keeping his nerve at Augusta National as his rivals faltered.

  • 'Obvious' Sydney killer targeted women - police

    Joel Cauchi, 40, fatally stabbed six people in a crowded Sydney shopping centre on Saturday.

  • Primary school places 2024: When do parents find out offers?

    Parents will soon be finding out which primary school their children will be going to.

  • Universal Credit 'must change' to tackle sickness

    Britain faces new challenges from an older and sicker population, according to a new report.

  • Israel 'vows revenge' as it 'weighs up response'

    The fallout from Iran's unprecedented aerial attack and fears of regional escalation dominates the papers.

  • Israel to respond to Iran attack 'when time is right'

    The US says it won't take part in any Israeli response and urges its ally to exercise caution.

  • BBC Verify examines video from Iran's attack on Israel

    Footage shows projectiles being intercepted after Iran attacked Israel with drones and missiles.

  • Sunset Boulevard equals Olivier Awards record

    The musical won seven prizes including best revival and best actress for Nicole Scherzinger

  • Cancer survivor urges others to seek GP help early

    Tony Gillard says if he had ignored his symptoms, he might never have met his great-grandchildren.

  • 'Was this the day the Premier League title tide turned?'

    Can Arsenal and Liverpool hit back from savage blows in the Premier League title race or has momentum shifted decisively to Manchester City?

  • 'Incredible feeling’ - Alonso toasts Leverkusen title

    Bayer Leverkusen end Bayern Munich's era of dominance and clinch their first Bundesliga title with five games to spare by beating Werder Bremen.

  • Warrington stun St Helens to reach cup semi-finals

    Matty Ashton's incredible finish is the best of Warrington's five tries as they stun St Helens to book a Challenge Cup semi with Huddersfield.

  • Stars hit the red carpet at Olivier Awards

    Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant, Sarah Snook and Nicole Scherzinger were among those posing for pictures.

  • Football fans in hospital after A1M minibus crash

    Seventeen people are in hospital after the crash near Pontefract on Saturday night.

  • US tells Israel it won't join any Iran retaliation

    Officials said Joe Biden urged Israel to "think carefully" before launching a response to the attack.

  • Late Villa goals dent Arsenal's title challenge

    Aston Villa produce an outstanding performance to stun Arsenal and leave Manchester City in pole position in the Premier League title race.

  • Bowen: As Israel debates Iran attack response, can US and allies stop slide into all-out war?

    World leaders are scrambling to prevent the Middle East entering a damaging wider conflict.

  • Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway finale pulls in 4m

    Girls Aloud, Holly Willoughby and Olly Murs helped the duo bid farewell to the show - for now.

  • RAF jets shot down a number of Iran drones - Sunak

    The MoD says the RAF will repel "any airborne attacks within range" of its jets in the Middle East.

  • Boycott of Downing Street Eid celebration planned

    The BBC understands some Conservative politicians as well as business and charity leaders will not attend.

  • Man Utd hold on to beat Chelsea and reach Wembley

    Manchester United beat Women's FA Cup holders Chelsea in a thrilling semi-final to set up a Wembley final against Tottenham on 12 May.

  • Why has Iran attacked Israel?

    Iran's attack on Israel marks a major escalation in a long-running shadow war between the two nations.

  • Cooper defends Rayner as house row continues

    It comes after an ex-aide to Labour's deputy leader says she lived with her husband when registered elsewhere.

  • US media push Biden and Trump for TV debate pledge

    A dozen top US outlets urged candidates to take part in debates, citing "exceptionally high" stakes.

  • Increasing share of young adults say the Bible has transformed their lives: poll

    The share of young adults who say the Bible has had a transformative impact on their lives has increased, even as a majority remain “Scripture Disengaged,” according to a new survey.  #AmericanBibleSociety #StateoftheBible #GenerationZ #Millennials

  • FM condemns attack on Israel and repeats ceasefire call

    Humza Yousaf described the attack as 'worrying' and stood by his call to end UK arms sales to Israel.

  • NI woman sheltered those fleeing Sydney attack

    Leanne Devine says "traumatised" customers came into her salon having run in fear for their lives.

  • This week in Christian history: First baptisms in Philippines

    Events that occurred this week in Christian history include Cardinal Richelieu becoming a bishop, the death of Father Damien, and Christianity being introduced to the Philippines. #History #Philippines #FatherDamien #CardinalRichelieu #France #baptism

  • Hottest temperature of 2024 so far recorded in Essex

    Saturday was warmer than average, but the weather is expected to get colder during the next week.

  • Pastors praying for Israel in response to Iran launching drone, missile attack

    Prominent Christian leaders worldwide are urgently calling for prayers for peace and security in Israel after Iran initiated a significant aerial assault on Israel, deploying hundreds of drones and missiles early Sunday, intensifying existing regional tensions and pushing the Middle East closer to a broader conflict. #ChristianLeaders #pastorsprayforIsrael #Iranmissilestrike #hamas #MiddleEastConflict #Palestine #Syria #Yemen

  • Mum killed protecting baby from Sydney knifeman was 'beautiful person'

    Ashlee Good was killed and her nine-month-old baby injured during Joel Cauchi's rampage at a Sydney mall.

  • Hundreds of Manchester bomb survivors to sue MI5

    A claim on behalf of more than 250 survivors of the 2017 blast has been lodged, lawyers confirm.

  • What we know about Iran's attack on Israel

    Israel says 99% percent of projectiles fired at it by Iran overnight were intercepted by it and its allies.

  • 5 tips for raising healthy kids in a food processed world

    For our own and our children’s health, it is important to lead by example and direct our children into healthy, faithful lives, both physically and spiritually. #Health #nutrition #obesity #food #processedfoods #mealprep #dieting #wholefoods #childobesity #healthydiet #familytime

  • Woke elites demand renaming of Francis Scott Key Bridge

    As we well know, the Francis Scott Key Bridge was destroyed recently, and already the woke elites are calling for it to be renamed. #Slavery #abortion #JoeBiden #cancelculture #FrancisScottKey #NationalAnthem #nationalmotto

  • Analysis: What will Israel do next?

    With Iran and Israel in direct confrontation, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner considers what comes next.

  • Why faith and science are not at odds

    Is our faith simply blind allegiance to what we cannot know? #Faith #science #GenZ #evidence #creation #theology #IsaacNewton #FrancisCollins #biology

  • Dad of girl missing since 1981 to hand back Army medals

    Army veteran Richard Lee says the inquiry into Katrice Lee's disappearance has been mishandled.

  • Ex porn star’s testimony highlights exploitative Christianity

    While it is true that false and shallow conversions pop up in Hollywood from time to time, the cruelty directed towards Nala even from alleged Christians took me by surprise. #NalaRay #porn #pornstar #OnlyFans #baptism #manipulation #divorce #trauma #dissociation #abuse

  • 8 essential qualities of pastors who love their jobs

    What distinguishes pastors who love their jobs from those who do their jobs? It boils down to several essential qualities. #Pastors #duty #criticism #worship #discernment #satisfaction #preaching #relationships

  • Archbishop of Canterbury expresses concern over Christian woman's arrest in West Bank

    "I'm shocked and deeply concerned by this news," Welby said.

  • Charities plan legal action against Rwanda removals

    The move comes as legislation to revive the removal scheme is expected to pass in the coming days.

  • 'She is a hero': Australia PM hails cop who shot attacker

    Inspector Amy Scott singlehandedly pursued and killed a man in Sydney after he fatally stabbed six people.

  • 'I envy my peers with grandkids' - Hillsborough mum

    Jenni Hicks says years of campaigning for justice meant she could not deal with her own loss.

  • 'I envy my peers with grandkids' - Hillsborough mum

    Jenni Hicks says years of campaigning for justice meant she could not deal with her own loss.

  • A Prayer for Unity in the Body of Christ - Your Daily Prayer - April 14

    When our focus is fixed on the Lord and his word, divisions don’t have to invade our churches.

  • Boy, 7, died from Aids after doctor ignored rules

    The doctor who gave Colin Smith imported blood products broke his NHS department's guidelines.

  • Biden blasts 'brazen attack' and backs Israel's security

    The US president says American forces "helped Israel take down nearly all" the drones and missiles.

  • First ladies rebel against being in husband's shadow

    Being a spouse to a Latin American leader used to mean supporting your husband's career. But no more.

  • Who can get a Covid booster this spring?

    Those most at risk from Covid will be offered a spring booster by the NHS in England from Monday.

  • New 'Gen Z' Scrabble: 'It feels a bit like cheating'

    A new, easier version of the traditional word game leaves us asking: What are board games for?

  • The 276 schoolgirls whose kidnap shocked the world

    Most of the Chibok girls abducted 10 years ago in Nigeria are now free but some feel badly let down.

  • Puberty-blocking drugs may pose risk of testicular atrophy, infertility: Mayo Clinic study

    A recent study by 11 scientists with the Mayo Clinic suggests that boys who take puberty-blocking drugs could be at risk of developing atrophied testicles and long-term infertility issues, despite claims that such drugs are reversible. #Transgender #MayoClinic #Health

  • Newscast

    The former PM reveals details of her fractious 49 days in office.

  • Naked man claiming to be trans at Planet Fitness arrested for indecent exposure

    A man who claimed to identify as a woman was arrested for indecent exposure to a minor after he walked around naked in the women’s locker room at a Planet Fitness location and asked a woman to rub lotion on him and take a shower together.  #PlanetFitness #womensspaces #indecentexposure #maninplanetfitness #transgender #maninwomenslockerroom

  • Texas authorities discover suspected smuggling 'stash house' with altar to cartel patron saint

    Texas officials discovered five illegal immigrants and an altar to the cartel patron saint Santa Muerte inside of a “stash house" near Fort Worth, a place that authorities say traffickers use to hide migrants that they plan to smuggle into the country.  #bordercrisis #illegalimmigration #migrantcrisis #southernborder #Texas

  • Archbishop of Canterbury expresses concern over Christian woman’s arrest in West Bank

    Anglican leaders have voiced alarm following the arrest of a Christian woman by Israeli forces in the West Bank, about three years after she was previously detained for her association with a student group Israel deems illegal.  #ArchbishopofCanterbury #BishopofSouthwark #Christian #IsraeliForces #WestBank #Israel #Palestine #Hamas #LayanNasir #Birzeit #Arrest #Humanitarian

  • 'Dont Mess With Our Kids': Parental rights activists gather for prayer rallies nationwide

    Parental rights activists across the country are holding prayer rallies at each of the 50 state Capitols as well as in Washington, D.C. this weekend as part of an ongoing attempt to turn individual states and the United States as a whole “back to God.”  #DontMessWithOurKids #HerVoiceMovement #Parentalrights #Education #LGBT

  • A call for Christian leaders to (finally) challenge the regime

    What’s it going to take for Christian pastors and leaders in America to step up with a backbone and call out the pagan practices being promoted at the highest level of government? #Biden #LGBTQ #trans #Hamas #genderaffirming #TransgenderDayofVisibility #secularism #samesexmarriage

  • Will your death be precious to God?

    When your body expires, your soul will either be welcomed into Heaven or dragged away to Hell. There is not a third option. #Death #saints #forgiveness #HolySpirit #sin #salvation #Heaven #Hell

  • Our children are being mutilated. Why are we silent?

    We are no longer the protector of our children when we suggest they can choose their gender. We are part of the problem.  #Teenagers #puberty #gender #genderdysphoria #children #HippocraticOath #pubertyblockers #minors

  • Spiritual decisions in a digital age

    In the face of advancing technology, in the rush of daily life, in the quiet moments of contemplation, the question remains — whose will you be? #Digitalage #artificialintelligence #communion #prophecy #trials #technology

  • Why Donald Trump is so hated

    Why, then, does Trump bring such extreme polarization? Why is he so hated? #DonaldTrump #polarization #hatred #JoeBiden #farleft #evil #moralmajority #voting

  • Pakistan told to address forced marriages, conversions of girls

    UN human rights experts on Thursday called on Pakistan to make legal changes in light of continued vulnerability of women and girls of minority faiths to forced marriages and religious conversions.

  • Christian evangelist killed in Uganda

    Muslim extremists target evangelist in eastern Uganda.

  • We need more than simplistic slogans for complex issues like Gaza

    Christians need to be people who press the hard questions. They should not just go along with the mantras of surrounding society.

  • What progressive Christians get wrong

    Progressive Christians, intent on enforcing equality in the church, instead sow division.

  • Living in a world that's lost its reason

    I was talking to a friend about the challenges that we Christians face today when he said, 'We are swimming against the current – the world has lost its reason.' The phrase struck me and I've been pondering it.

  • Engineers in Oregon train dog robot to walk on Moon

    The team has a two-year $2 million grant to help Nasa study the Moon's surface.

  • Alabama Supreme Court sides with megachurch over property dispute with UMC

    The Alabama Supreme Court has rejected a request from a United Methodist Church conference to kill a lawsuit filed by a megachurch trying to secure the rights to its church property as it disaffiliates from the denomination. #UMC #Alabama #SupremeCourt #UnitedMethodistChurch #HarvestChurch #Dothan #lawsuit

  • Erie, Pennsylvania: A swing county Biden and Trump can’t ignore

    Inflation is the big issue in this bellwether for the nation. And voters have a message: listen or lose.

  • US diplomat turned Cuban spy jailed for 15 years

    Victor Manuel Rocha is believed to have spied for communist nation for more than four decades.

  • Trump backs under-fire Speaker after first meeting

    It comes as the Republican House speaker faces internal dissent and calls for his removal.

  • Kamala Harris blames Trump for Arizona abortion law

    Donald Trump has distanced himself from a revived 1864 law that would ban most abortions.

  • Regulators pull potato chip ad that stoked outrage for mocking Eucharist: 'This is a hate crime'

    Italy’s advertising standards authority pulled a 30-second TV ad by an Italian snack company after it stoked outrage and accusations of blasphemy among Roman Catholics for replacing the Eucharist with potato chips. #Italy #RomanCatholic #AmicaCrisps

  • Democratic donors paid $1.7m in Biden legal fees

    Mr Biden has criticised Donald Trump, his election challenger, for using donor funds to pay legal fees.

  • Engineers in Oregon train dog robot to walk on Moon

    The engineering team has a two-year $2 million grant to help Nasa study the Moon's surface.

  • United Methodist General Conference to have ‘queer clergy’ caucus at event

    The United Methodist Church’s legislative meeting will have an unofficial caucus of LGBT-identified clergy advocating for changes in the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. #UMC #UnitedMethodistChurch #queer #queerclergy #caucus #GeneralConference

  • Chuck Swindoll stepping down as senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church

    Notable Evangelical pastor, author, and radio personality Chuck Swindoll is stepping down as senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, a Texas megachurch based in Frisco, but he will continue to preach on Sundays.  #ChuckSwindoll #megachurch #seniorpastor #Texas #StonebriarCommunityChurch

  • National Center on Sexual Exploitation's 'Dirty Dozen' List Includes Apple, Roblox, Spotify

    Roblox, Spotify and Instagram - all popular among children - are also popular among sexual predators according to a new report by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

  • Here Is What 10 Christian Leaders Had to Say about Racial Equality

    The U.S. -- and the world -- has been wrestling with issues of racial equality for centuries. In America in recent times, the issues of racism and equality have been particularly at the forefront of our national discourse, with many Christian leaders speaking out against racism and for reconciliation. Ultimately, many Christian leaders have acknowledged that there is much injustice to face and much work to be done, but that the Gospel is essential to true and lasting reconciliation. Here are 10 quotes from Christian leaders on the issues of racism, equality, and what the Church can do to work for justice and unity.Photo courtesy: ©Getty Images/ktsimage

  • 'Religious leaders' sign declaration denouncing 'religious nationalism,' promoting progressive causes

    A group of Christian clergy, theologians and scholars who took part in the inaugural conference of the Yale Divinity School’s Center for Public Theology & Policy this week signed a declaration denouncing so-called "religious nationalism." #YaleDivinitySchool #WilliamBarber #Christiannationalism

  • 89-Year-Old Chuck Swindoll 'Not Retiring' but Changing Roles at His Texas Church

    Chuck Swindoll is taking a new role at the Texas church he founded, but he’s not retiring.

  • Your Neighbors (Probably) Don’t Hate You

    They might not even know you’re there. When paranoia eclipses our witness, here’s what to remember. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore’s newsletter. Subscribe here. Some colleagues and I happened to be meeting in New England this week, so we drove a little bit north to a small village in Vermont called St. Johnsbury, right in the line of the totality of the solar eclipse. Even before the sky darkened, I was mesmerized by the people gathering in the town square, each with a sense of anticipation and excitement over the shared experience. We ended up standing on the front lawn of someone’s house, eating sandwiches while we waited for the sun to hide. The homeowners sat on their stoop and were not only unperturbed by our camping out on their property but seemingly enjoying the chance to welcome people to their place. Several articles this week noted how the eclipse seemed to have the effect of bringing out kindness and connection, almost the way a natural disaster would, except in collective wonder instead of in common suffering or fear. Not only that, some studies are showing that this sort of neighborliness and openness is far more common than we think, eclipsed behind the maelstrom of division we see on social media and on cable news. Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen describe our sense that the country is hopelessly and irreparably divided as “America’s reality distortion machine.” Most people aren’t fringe-right Christian nationalists or fringe-left campus activists. Those fringes, though, are amplified not only by the nature of our media but also by the incentives of politicians to cater to the extremes. A couple weeks ago on my podcast, I asked social psychologist Jonathan Haidt some of the questions I’d received from listeners since the last time we’d talked, one of the ...Continue reading...

  • Chuck Swindoll Steps Down as Senior Pastor, but Won’t Retire

    At 89 years old and more than 60 years into ministry, the Stonebriar Community Church founder plans to remain its primary preacher after the church names his successor. Chuck Swindoll has said that pastors “should never retire,” and the 89-year-old won’t be stepping away from the pulpit even as his church welcomes his successor. Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, announced this week that Swindoll will transition to founding pastor, continuing to preach on Sundays, as Jonathan Murphy becomes its senior pastor on May 1. “This is a very unique way of expanding, of ‘moving into another chapter,’ as we often call it here,” said Swindoll in a video clip alongside Murphy, a Belfast-born preacher who currently serves as chair of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. With over 60 years in ministry, Swindoll is the oldest megachurch pastor in the country and one of the most influential. He has been vocal about his plans to remain active in ministry until his death. “One of my great goals in life is to live long enough to where I am in the pulpit, preaching my heart out, and I die on the spot, my chin hits the pulpit—boom!—and I’m down and out,” he said at age 75. “What a way to die.” In his new role, Swindoll remains Stonebriar’s regular preacher, while Murphy leads day-to-day ministries and fills in to preach when needed, according to the church’s announcement. “We have the founding pastor being able to continue to preach as long as the Lord would have, and I can have a season as a senior pastor taking responsibility for the staff and caring for them and the ministry direction of the church at large,” said Murphy, who has been a guest preacher at Stonebriar and serves on the board for Swindoll’s long-running radio ministry Insight for Living. The two have been preparing ...Continue reading...

  • In ‘Civil War,’ What You See Is What You Try to Forget

    The new dystopian thriller reminds viewers it’s not just what we witness that matters, but how. There’s nothing more frightening than the sound of a camera shutter in the new film Civil War. Distributed by A24, the production company behind releases like Everything Everywhere All at Once and Past Lives, the movie depicts the remnants of a United States government battling the Western Forces, an alliance between Texas and California. If you’re looking for reasons—Why these factions? Why now?—you won’t find any answers. The film is frustratingly opaque on logistics, though we’re able to hypothesize based on a few offhand comments. (The unnamed president, played by Nick Offerman, is entering his third term and isn’t gun-shy about using air strikes against American citizens.) Even so, a California that cooperates with Texas seems far-fetched. For writer/director Alex Garland, our incredulity is the point. “I find it interesting that people would say, ‘These two states could never be together under any circumstances.’ Under any circumstances? Any? Are you sure?” he told The Atlantic. By asking us to accept his premise, Garland forces viewers to consider the ideological divisions we take for granted. Turns out, the why doesn’t matter all that much. Dystopia, no matter how it comes about, is still dystopia. What is clear, though, is that the war provides an opportunity for journalists, capitalized on by photojournalist Lee (Kirsten Dunst), her Reuters colleague Joel (Wagner Moura), and her mentor, New York Times reporter Sammy (Stephen McKinley Henderson). Their coverage of atrocities shapes our experience of this imagined future. Many of those chilling camera shutter sounds come from Lee, as she documents truly terrible scenes of domestic conflict with ...Continue reading...

  • Why these Arizonans disagree on the abortion debate

    People in the state are divided after its Supreme Court reinstalled a near-total abortion ban from 1864.

  • Make Nepal Hindu Again: Christians Concerned by Rising Religious Nationalism

    Hindutva ideology is crossing the border from India and making ministry more challenging for churches in the former Hindu kingdom. More than 15 years after Nepal officially became a secular democracy, the former Hindu monarchy may have a religious extremism problem, incited and aggravated by its closest neighbor. In an “alarming” development, Indian Hindutva ideology and politics have begun to spread throughout the country, as local experts and journalists report. This proliferation has resulted in a recent spate of attacks and restrictions on Christians reported within the country of 30 million. According to local sources, at least five separate incidents targeting Christians have been reported in March and April of this year. “The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) in Nepal is rapidly growing. Aiming to protect Hinduism, they degrade Christianity and badmouth us through social media and other sources,” said Kiran Thapa, who was arrested last month for praying for people in Kathmandu. In March, Thapa and several foreigners, all Christians, were visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, a religious World Heritage Site deeply venerated by local Hindus. When they entered the temple, they came across an elderly couple who were suffering with pain in their knees and back. The group offered to pray for them with the couple’s consent, and they subsequently reported that they were healed. More people then requested prayers from the group and reported being healed. “I had to request them to come one by one,” said Thapa. After two monks asked for prayer and then reported that they too had been healed of their physical afflictions, a policeman ordered the Christians to leave the Hindu temple for praying in Jesus' name. As they were leaving, a man with an immobile hand followed the group out. When the Christians prayed for him in the ...Continue reading...

  • 'God Bless the USA Bible’: Good idea or bad?

    The latest example of this presidential election year phenomenon is the appearance of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump touting Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA Bible,” which includes the Bible bound together with the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the lyrics to the chorus of Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” #trump #donaldtrump #trumpbible #donaldtrumpbible #GodBlesstheUSABible

  • Embrace a Spirit of Strength

    I believe we could all agree on this: When you became a follower of Jesus, it wasn't so that you could kick back and relax. Actually, becoming a follower is just the beginning for us!  You are part of God’s plan, and God wants to show His goodness through you. Here’s the thing: you didn’t have to work for your salvation.  It was a free gift from God. But now that you’ve got it, it’s time to share it enthusiastically with others.  And life events are going to require your effort, too; God’s not going to shield you from tough stuff because He wants to see you grow. So, when life gets rough, don’t be surprised! In fact, He wants you to step up every time life throws something your way, bringing all you’ve got to the task. Even so, you will triumph not by your own strength but by God working through you. Rise to the challenge! It’s an opportunity for God to shine through you! When times get tough, are your actions, thoughts, and feelings reflecting the change God continues to make in you? If you’re still reacting to adversity the way “the old you” would, then you probably aren’t living out the full life that God offers you. Let’s ditch the sin of complaining and embrace a spirit of strength and willingness to face whatever challenges come our way. I love how Psalm 18:29 says, “By my God I can leap over a wall.”  Because of God, we have the strength to get through any wall in our path.  In fact, we can view the wall as an opportunity. Our main goal? To let Jesus shine through us! That can only happen when our desires take a back seat, we quit complaining, and we become all about letting God work through us however He wants. Jesus never demanded anything of His Father, and we are not to make demands either.   Instead, we can be like broken bread and poured-out wine, nourishing others with God’s love and grace as it shines through us.   I am Wildly Cheering You!  🤍 Alita 🤍 

  • IRS can examine church's bank records amid investigation into lawmaker: appeals court

    An appeals court has rejected a Kansas-based church's attempt to stop an Internal Revenue Service investigation from obtaining its bank records as part of an investigation of a state senator. #Kansas #GodsStorehouse #Kloos #IRS #taxes #inquiry #investigation

  • Our Faith Is Not Too Fragile for Science

    An excerpt from The Sacred Chain: How Understanding Evolution Leads to Deeper Faith. I sat by myself at one end of the boardroom, fidgeting with a few notes on the table in front of me. At the other end were about ten older men in suits and ties peering over their tables, arms crossed. It wouldn’t have been difficult for someone just walking in to determine which end of the room held the power. After my brief opening statement, the rest of our time was set aside for “discussion.” The two-hour meeting felt more like an inquisition. The first questioner hardly let the silence settle after I spoke: “Jim, I went to school with your father. We even went on a mission trip to Mexico together. I’ve known you since you were a kid. What happened to you?” I’ve replayed this scene in my head a hundred times, varying what I say in an attempt to get my accusers to stand up, shake my hand, and say, “Oh, now we see. That makes sense. Sorry for the trouble.” But every time it ends the same way: I have to give up my position as a tenured professor of philosophy and leave the college I’ve served for 17 years. My crime? Believing what 99 percent of those who have a PhD in biology or medicine believe: that human beings evolved over time and share common ancestors with every other life form on the planet. But this was a small Christian college, one of the places where evolutionary theory is deemed incompatible with Christian beliefs. And not just incompatible—evolution is considered dangerous. These men believed that hearing anything positive about evolution would make students doubt the Bible. If you can’t believe the creation account in the very first chapter of the Bible, their thinking goes, then why believe any of it? I do not believe ...Continue reading...

  • US restricts travel for diplomats in Israel

    Iran is believed to be planning retaliation after blaming Israel for a strike on its Syrian consulate.

  • First Baptist Abilene Pastor Brandon Hudson resigns after arrest

    The pastor of a historic large Baptist church in West Texas has resigned two weeks after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. #PastorBrandonHudson #FirstBaptistChurchAbilene #WestTexas #Resigns #Resignation #Arrest #DUI

  • Ask Chuck: How to stop financial procrastination

    I just started my career. Can you give me some simple tips that could help me improve my finances? I really struggle with procrastination. How do I set and meet financial goals? #Procrastination #finances #goals #saving #diligence #taxrefund #spending #budgeting

  • I'm an ex weightlifter pastor. And I agree with John Piper on harm of caffeine

    I became a more patient, kind, and easygoing person when I quit abusing coffee. I never realized how much it was contributing to my anger, irritability, mood swings, and anxiety until at least a week after weaning off, and the withdrawals brought out the worst in me. #JohnPiper #coffee #spiritualhealth #stress #caffeine #anxiety #fatigue #anger #withdrawal

  • Jesus can save porn stars

    If Jesus can save people who watch porn, why wouldn’t he be able to save people who do porn? #Pornstars #pornography #redemption #addiction #OnlyFans #NalaRay #repentance

  • Americans are not happy. What is the cause?

    What has led to such a steep reduction in people’s overall happiness in the U.S.? #Happiness #WorldHappinessReport #genz #trans #abortion #joy #satisfaction

  • Hamas says it doesn't have 40 living Israeli hostages necessary for ceasefire deal

    Hamas has told international mediators it can't identify 40 living hostages who meet the requirements for a U.S.-backed ceasefire deal as American and Israeli officials increasingly fear most of the people still held captive may already be dead.  #Hamas #Israel #Gaza #Hostages #ceasefire #IsraelHamaswar

  • Biden cancels another $7.4bn in student loans

    The White House says Mr Biden has cancelled $153bn (£122bn) of student debt to date.

  • Beth Moore Opens Up About Her Troubling Past and the Astonishing Power of Grace

    Prominent Christian leader Beth Moore’s past includes plenty of heartache and deep hurt. Beth opens up about the struggles she’s faced and the power of God’s amazing grace!

  • Brady 'not opposed' to NFL emergency comeback

    NFL great Tom Brady says he is 'not opposed' to coming out of retirement in the event of an emergency.

  • Nine-year-olds added to malicious WhatsApp groups

    Schools warn thousands of parents on Tyneside about malicious group chats on the messaging app.

  • What is GDP and how does it affect me?

    A basic guide to how the health of the economy is measured, and why that calculation matters.

  • Ukrainian priest could face prison for 'espionage'

    A Ukrainian priest abducted by Russian occupiers nearly a year ago could face 12 years in prison after a secret court trial for alleged espionage, contrary to international law.

  • Unpaid carers shocked at having to repay thousands

    Two ex-ministers say the government should pause demands for large sums of money from benefits overpayments.

  • Paxman: Parkinson's makes you wish you'd not been born

    The former University Challenge presenter delivers a list of recommendations to Downing Street.

  • OJ Simpson, NFL star cleared in ‘trial of the century’, dies aged 76

    The ex-American football star was controversially acquitted of the murder of his wife and a friend in 1995.

  • NFL star Rashee Rice turns himself in to police

    The Super Bowl champion, 23, has said he takes "full responsibility" for his role in a high-speed crash.

  • NHS spring Covid booster jab bookings to open

    People eligible for the free vaccine in England, including everyone aged over 74, can book from Monday.

  • World's Top Golfer Scottie Scheffler: 'I Believe in Jesus… That's What Defines Me'

    The No. 1 golfer in the world says his faith -- not his sport -- is what defines him as a person.

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  • Anne Wilson: Following Christ 'Makes You a Rebel because Jesus Was a Rebel'

    “A lot of people are labeling it as country and I would label it as just Anne Wilson,” she told CrosswalkHeadlines. “Some songs will be on Christian playlists, and some will be on country. And then some will maybe just be in the middle."

  • Gen Z: More Women Than Men Are Religiously Unaffiliated

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  • Gang culture at neurosurgery department, doctor alleges

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  • More Porridge? Senegal Protestants Debate Exchanging Holiday Foods with Muslims

    Ngalakh combines baobab fruit and peanuts to end Easter in West African nation, reciprocated by the sharing of meat breaking Ramadan’s fast. In Senegal, Muslims love to share meat. Christians share porridge. Ending the monthlong Ramadan fast this week, the faithful in the Muslim-majority West African nation invited Christian friends to celebrate Korite (Eid al-Fitr), focus on forgiveness and reconciliation, and share a wholesome meal of chicken. A little over two months later during Tabaski (Eid al-Adha), the mutton from sheep slaughtered in commemoration of Abraham’s sacrificing of his son will likewise be distributed to Christian neighbors. (Both feasts follow the lunar calendar and change dates each year.) But for Christians, the sign of interfaith unity is the porridge-like ngalakh. “Senegal is a country of terranga—‘hospitality’—and the sense of sharing is very high,” said Mignane Ndour, vice president of the Assemblies of God churches in Senegal. “Porridge has become our means of strengthening relations between Christians and Muslims.” Sources told CT the holiday treat is highly anticipated. In the local language, ngalakh means “to make porridge,” and the chilled dessert marks the end of Lent. Between 3 and 5 percent of Senegal’s 18 million people are Christians—the majority Catholic—and families gather to prepare the Easter fare on Good Friday. Made from peanut cream and monkey bread (the fruit of the famed baobab tree), these core ngalakh ingredients are soaked in water for over an hour before adding the millet flour necessary to thicken the paste. The dessert is then variously seasoned with nutmeg, orange blossom, pineapple, coconut, or raisins. Tangy and sweet yet savory, the porridge gets its brownish color from the peanut cream. The Christian community in Senegal traces its ...Continue reading...

  • PM defends NHS record as targets missed in England

    The latest figures show many patients face long waits, but the PM insists headway is being made.

  • Baptists Call on House Speaker Mike Johnson to Stand with Ukraine

    Seminary leaders say that the country, where Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination, has lost hundreds of churches in the war with Russia. Southern Baptist leaders have written to US House Speaker Mike Johnson, a member and former official of their denomination, urging him to support Ukraine in Russia’s war against its Eastern European neighbor. “As you consider efforts to support Ukraine, we humbly ask that you consider the plight of Christians,” wrote the leaders, who either have ties to the SBC’s Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary or to Ukrainian Baptists. “The Russian government’s decision to invade Ukraine and to target Baptists and other evangelical Christians in Ukraine has been a tragic hallmark of the war.” The letter, sent Monday, was signed by Daniel Darling, director of the seminary’s Land Center for Cultural Engagement; Richard Land, the namesake of the center and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC); Yaroslav Pyzh, president of Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary; and Valerii Antoniu, president of the Baptist Union of Ukraine. Johnson is a former trustee of the ERLC, serving when Land—who also is a former commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom—was its president. In February, the Senate passed a $95 billion package for funding Ukraine, Israel and other allies, with $60 billion earmarked for Ukraine. But Johnson, whose tenure as House speaker may rely on his handling of the bill, has yet to schedule a House vote on the funding measure. Conservatives in the House who oppose funding for Ukraine on “America First” grounds, led by US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, have threatened to trigger a vote to remove Johnson from office. “Speaker Johnson has a really difficult ...Continue reading...

  • MSNBC Segment on School Bible Ministry Felt 'Like an SNL Skit'

    "Blue Islands… those blue islands in red states and swing states… they could be swayed by LifeWise," host Alex Wagner warned.

  • How OJ Simpson's 'trial of the century' unfolded

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  • We Are ‘Gods’ Because We are God’s

    The Book of John reminds us that Jesus’ humanity makes ours possible. Nearly halfway through John’s Gospel, Jesus tells those gathered in the temple at the Feast of the Dedication, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’?” (10:34). In effect, Jesus says that Scripture says that God says, “You are gods.” What is Jesus on about? It really is quite surprising. After all, we read the Scriptures and learn that human beings are not gods—at least, not in the sense that God is God. When the mighty Nebuchadnezzar failed to recognize the difference between human beings and God, he ate grass alongside the oxen until he learned as much (Dan. 4:1–37). Yet, strange as it seems, Jesus saying “you are gods” tells us something essential about what it means for us—and for Jesus—to be human. Now recall that, shortly before this statement in John 10, Jesus had said, “I and the Father are one,” and that those who heard him recognized the statement as an offense to God punishable by stoning (vv. 30–31; Lev. 24:10–16). Their concern was not unfounded. Jesus said this at the Feast of the Dedication, when Jews remembered how God delivered them from Antiochus IV, whose chosen name Epiphanes (meaning either “illustrious” or “manifest”) suggested he thought of himself higher than he should have. So, stones in hand, those gathered around Jesus charged him: “You, a mere man, claim to be God” (v. 33). Their accusation of blasphemy includes the critical idea that a human being cannot be God. And it is this idea that makes Jesus bring up the time that God called human beings gods: Is it not written in your law, “I said you are gods?” ...Continue reading...

  • Watch OJ Simpson's notorious 1994 car chase

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  • Some Evangelicals Want a Third-Party Option, Even Without a Chance at Winning

    The American Solidarity Party is a small but growing alternative to the Trump-Biden race. Charlie Richert would really like to stop voting for his dad. But in the last couple presidential election cycles, the 30-year-old attorney in Indianapolis has been unable to square his conscience with picking either the Republican or Democratic party nominee, so he’s resorted to writing in a name. “There’s no way I can escape having my faith inform how I vote,” said Richert, a nondenominational Christian who grew up Republican. “Unfortunately, we’ve been kind of stuck in a doom loop of candidates at the presidential level that I’ve just not felt comfortable voting for.” This year, he’s not drawn to alternatives like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. or Cornel West. “Maybe I’ll write in Abe Lincoln this year. Sorry to my dad, but a new name to write in would be fun,” he said. He recalls seeking to convince his classmates in an eighth-grade mock election that they should support Mitt Romney, but his chagrin with the Republican Party’s presidential nominee tracked with the ascension of Donald Trump. In a year when both major party presidential candidates are viewed unfavorably by a quarter of Americans, many find themselves less excited about the two options at the top of the ticket. But, like Richert, that doesn’t mean they’re ready to go for third-party options. The third-party candidates running in 2024 span the ideological spectrum, from independents Kennedy and Princeton University professor Cornel West to Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Then there are the more obscure party or candidate options—the Prohibition Party, Andrew Yang’s Forward Party, Maryland politician Jason Palmer, and that man in Texas who changed his name to “Literally ...Continue reading...

  • Pastor Ed Young Shares a Shark Tale Full of Hope amid Grief

    In this remarkable exclusive interview, pastor Ed Young tells CrosswalkHeadlines how the experience of catching and tagging a Great White shark has been a gift from God in working through grief following the loss of his daughter.

  • Is biblical Christianity the same as today's Christianity? (part 1)

    The devil must have developed another brand of Christianity through the other gospel and many Christians are sadly embracing it. #ProsperityGospel #miracles #wonders #biblicalChristianity #forgiveness #Gospel

  • Man Escorts Fiance's Sister to Daddy-Daughter Dance after Her Father's Passing

    One man stepped up and lovingly decided to take his fiancée’s little sister to a daddy-daughter dance after her father passed away.

  • Speeding up the Great Commission by eliminating student loans

    Jesus called us to go and make disciples. Yet too often, that call gets interpreted as “slow, take on a lot of student debt, and then maybe make disciples sometime in the future.” #Studentloans #debt #tuition #seminaryeducation #GreatCommission #discipleship #ministry #education

  • To be a bachelor or husband? A message to young men

    To marry or not to marry? That is the question. #Marriage #bachelor #conflict #divorce #trials #Genesis #AdamandEve

  • Does Donald Trump want to make abortion gettable again?

    Imagine if slavery were allowed up to 15 weeks. Or maybe we allow hard-core drug usage (you know, “my body my choice”), but just up to 15 weeks. Then, put that magical ban into place that pretends to protect life. #Abortion #DonaldTrump #RoevWade #prolife #JoeBiden #racism #slavery

  • Trump-ite evangelicalism or Biden-ist Catholicism?

    Which is more threatening? Trumpite “evangelicalism” or Biden’s brand of “devout” Catholicism? #Evangelicalism #Catholicism #Biden #Trump #ChristianNationalism #homophobia #trans #imageofGod

  • Apple, Roblox, LinkedIn: 12 mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation

    The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has released its annual "Dirty Dozen List" of "mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation" — ranging from Big Tech giants to pieces of federal legislation.  #Apple #Meta #Roblox #LinkedIn #Reddit #Facebook #Discord #GitHub #Section230 #CommunicationsDecencyAct #sexualexploitation #pornography #Reddit #Telegram

  • Can health secretary name NHS trusts performing well?

    Victoria Atkins is challenged to name some health trusts meeting their targets to cut waiting lists.

  • After JK Rowling's bold stand against Scotland's new hate crime laws, Christians hope for the best

    The Christian Institute has said that for now, "the law is still on the side of free speech" after worrying new hate crime laws came into force in Scotland earlier this month.

  • What you need to know about Arizona's abortion ban

    The state supreme court reinstated an abortion law from 1864. What will that mean for Arizonians?

  • 10 Christians killed in Easter massacre in Nigeria

    Reports have emerged of a massacre over the Easter weekend in which 10 Christians were killed in Nigeria.

  • Cass Review shows children have been failed by medical and social 'transition'

    It is not true that you may be born in the wrong body. It is not true that you can change gender. It is not true that puberty-blockers will help children. It is high time we stopped telling children these things.

  • What is the 10-year passport rule?

    The price of a applying for or renewing a UK passport has risen for the second time in 14 months.

  • NHS pauses transgender clinic appointments for minors after review: 'Extreme caution'

    The NHS will instruct "gender clinics to implement a pause" on first appointments for those under 18 after the release of a long-awaited review of how the government service treats youth with gender dysphoria.

  • Vatican condemns sex-change surgeries, surrogacy in new human dignity declaration

    The Vatican has released a new document confirming the Catholic Church's opposition to gender transition surgeries and surrogacy as it seeks to draw attention to the institution's longstanding teachings about the indispensable dignity of the human person.

  • Longshot presidential candidates who could swing vote

    Independent and third-party nominees could siphon voters from the Democrats and the Republicans.

  • Tim and Pete Hughes talk about 'psychological and spiritual abuse' under Mike Pilavachi

    Worship leader Tim Hughes and his brother Pete, lead pastor at King's X Church in London, have said they experienced wrestling and massages under the leadership of Mike Pilavachi.

  • Skydivers witness total solar eclipse mid-air

    Dramatic video shows a woman and her father jumping from 14,000ft (4,267m) as the sky begins to darken.

  • Arizona pushes abortion to centre stage of 2024

    Republicans have scrambled to respond to public condemnation of Arizona's court ruling this week.

  • How a Chinese-Born Research Scientist Became a Daring Online Evangelist

    CT’s outgoing Asia editor recalls how God led him to America, toward the Christian faith, onto the internet, and outward to serve the global Chinese church. I was born in southwest China, in the Ganzi (Garzê) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Only a few days after birth, I was sent to Chengdu, the province’s capital city. My sister and I were raised by our grandmother while my parents, both medical doctors, were sent by the Communist Party to the rural Tibetan area many high mountains away from the city, where children could not get a decent education. I knew at a very young age that I had to get outstanding grades to enter college and avoid living in the cold and poor mountainous area. I studied hard and excelled in school. At age 16, I went to Shanghai to study chemistry at Fudan University, one of China’s top schools. This was in the 1980s, after China had opened its door to the world. At this time, Chinese universities were quite liberal and tolerant of free thinking, and Fudan was known as one of the most “Westernized” universities. In college, I began to rebel against indoctrination into official Communist ideology, and I wanted to learn more about Western thought and culture. But my worldview had been influenced by years of atheist education. I thought I did not believe in anything and had no interest in any religion. After graduation, I went back to Chengdu and started to work in a research institute as a polymer scientist. After work, I played a lot of mahjong, gambling late into the night, but I was unhappy in my heart. After the crackdown on the student movement in Tiananmen Square in 1989, I was heartbroken and lost. (I witnessed similar forms of violent suppression on the streets of Chengdu.) I sank into deep darkness and hopelessness. I could not find an answer to my heart’s questions, and life became meaningless ...Continue reading...

  • Watch: 9 Plane Crash Rescues & Close Calls

    From daring landings to rescuing plane crash survivors, here are nine nail-biting moments.

  • Weak evidence and toxic debate letting down gender care children, report says

    A landmark report says "toxicity" of debate is hampering medical research into gender services.

  • Why is the call so urgent for more servant leaders?

    In today's world, where leadership often equates to power, wealth, and fame, there is a growing quest for authentic influence.

  • US survey sheds light on Church exodus

    The results of a comprehensive survey into the religious experiences of American adults have been released, offering some sobering food for thought to religious and faith organisations.

  • Scotland's destiny and the rewriting of history

    Orwell's 1984 is more and more sounding like a handbook for Western 'progressive' society in the UK.

  • The two-state solution misses the real problem

    And why should we welcome a Palestinian state now, one that will be authoritarian, misogynist, anti-American, and a source of future conflagrations? #Twostatesolution #Israel #Palestine #Hamas #Gaza #warterrorism #barbaric

  • New 'X' gender in US citizenship form is a sad farce

    If America is to survive, we must, as a nation, turn away from the absurdities of a make-believe world of sin and depredation and once again embrace the God line of morality that once existed in the hearts of our people. #Immorality #Biden #gender #immigration #COVID #science #sin #sexuality #morality #transgender #Xgender

  • Poll reveals public opposition to decriminalising abortion

    A majority of the public do not support MPs' proposals to decriminalise abortion, new polling has found.

  • The death toll of Biden’s illegal alien bloodbath

    Trump and his supporters should remind voters constantly about the victims whom illegal aliens are killing while Biden snores. These deaths remain 100% preventable, if Biden simply keeps these killers out. #JoeBiden #illegalimmigration #openborder #Trump #homicides

  • Speaker Mike Johnson should end Lyndon B. Johnson's Amendment

    We need the American church to rise up and speak out in defense of America. And if a pastor cannot see, or does not care that they are using our White House to mock Christ to our faces, then I urge church attendees to find another church. #MikeJohnson #LyndonBJohnson #taxexemptstatus #welfare #schoollunchprogram #homosexuality #trans #churchstate

  • Traipsing in the ‘cultural Christianity’ of Richard Dawkins

    So, what was the point of the world’s most famous atheist when he recently complained about the decline of “cultural Christianity” in the UK? #CulturalChristianity #RichardDawkins #Humanism #secularism #sin #repentance #forgiveness #grace

  • Watch: Is that a house floating through San Francisco Bay?

    The unusual sight - complete with a white picket fence - was seen passing through the bay.

  • Raising Difficult Children

    Parenting is no easy feat, and sometimes we find ourselves raising difficult children...

  • 'Zombie' drug found in cannabis THC vapes in UK

    Cannabis vapes are being sold containing the dangerous animal tranquiliser xylazine, experts say.

  • When and where is the next eclipse in the US?

    There will be a much longer wait before the phenomenon is visible again across North America.

  • The decline of church attendance in America

    The serious decline in church attendance, whether complete absence or sporadic participation limited to Christmas and Easter, is not just an individual concern anymore; it’s evolving into a matter of national security, reflecting broader societal shifts and potential consequences for the nation’s survival. #Churchattendance #religion #Islam #Hinduism #socializing #sin #GodsWord

  • Criminal record, mental illness hindering job search? Second chance here

    Following a bout of COVID-19 and a resulting mental health struggle, Gavin had been out of work for seven months, and his unemployment was starting to put a strain on his marriage. #Mentalhealth #physicalhealth #domesticviolence #fostercare #secondchance #incarceration #COVID19

  • Evangelicals and immigration: Church and state have different roles

    How might the Bible and the Church inform the United States government to respond to immigration? First, the Church must offer an alternative to the state. #Immigration #churchandstate #evangelicals #authority #theChurch #humanrights #GodsWord

  • The hoax of denying the reality of replacement theology

    Replacement theology is real and must be rejected. #Replacementtheology #Israel #Jews #TheChurch #hoax #rapture

  • A durable Baptist public theology for confusing times

    While many Christians refresh important debates about the intersection of the church and state, Baptists remain confident in a public theology that is as durable in the 21st century as it was in the 18th century. #BaptistFaithandmessage #ChurchofEngland #BillofRights #religiousliberty #conscience #secularism

  • Pesach's survival story is relevant for today

    Jewish academic and Hebrew scholar Irene Lancaster reflects on the survival of Israel and what this has to do with Pesach - or Passover.

  • Trump divides with latest position on abortion

    Pro-life advocacy groups are offering differing reactions after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that abortion laws should be decided on a state-by-state basis as the issue remains at the forefront of American politics.

  • Matt Redman claims 'significant' abuse at hands of Mike Pilavachi

    Worship leader Matt Redman and his wife Beth are opening up about their experience under disgraced Soul Survivor founder Mike Pilavachi.

  • The eclipse at Niagara Falls: 'Wow! Spectacular'

    The BBC's Nada Tawfik describes the moment clouds parted, allowing thousands to experience the full eclipse.

  • 'The NHS paid for my mum to go private. She died'

    BBC Panorama investigates patient safety at a major private provider used by the NHS.

  • The Path of Self-Denial

    This world celebrates the self, self-help, self-love, and the pronouns "me," "mine," and "my," amidst the clamor of all these selfish ambitions and desires, there exists a quiet yet profound call from the heart of Jesus: "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). But what does it truly mean to deny oneself and follow Jesus? At its core, denying oneself is about surrendering our own will, desires, and ambitions to align with God's will. It's a conscious decision to put aside our personal agendas and comforts in order to prioritize following Christ. Jesus didn't mince words when he spoke of this requirement for discipleship; it's not a suggestion but a fundamental aspect of what it means to follow Him. Yet, this call to self-denial isn't merely about emptying ourselves. It's about making room for God's transformative power to work within and through us. As we deny ourselves, empty ourselves, we create space for God to shine through us—to mold us into vessels of His grace, love, and truth. Daily self-denial is a practice—a continuous journey of surrendering our will to God's, of taking up our cross and following Jesus each day. It's not always easy; it requires humility, obedience, and a genuine desire to align with God's will. But the transformation that occurs when we deny ourselves and allow God to shine through us is profound. Walking in humility, seeking God's glory above personal recognition, and aligning our motives with His will—these are the keys to making God's voice louder in our lives. When we prioritize God's agenda over our own, we become more attuned to His leading, more sensitive to His voice, and more aligned with His purposes. In denying ourselves, we find true freedom—not in pursuing our own desires, but in surrendering them to the One who knows us intimately and loves us unconditionally. It's a paradoxical truth: in losing ourselves, we find ourselves in Christ. In embracing the path of self-denial and following Jesus wholeheartedly, you will find this freedom is unlike any other. It's a freedom that transcends the limitations of our own desires and ambitions, a freedom that comes from being unshackled from the burdens of self-centered living. When we release the grip of our own agendas and surrender to God's will, we discover a newfound liberty—a liberty to love sacrificially, to serve selflessly, and to live with purpose and meaning. This freedom isn't found in pursuing our own interests, but in aligning our lives with the One who offers true abundance and fulfillment. As we walk in obedience and humility, we experience the liberating truth that in denying ourselves, we find the fullness of life that Jesus promised to those who follow Him (John 10:10). So let us embrace this journey of self-denial with courage and conviction. Let us daily take up our cross and follow Jesus, knowing that in denying ourselves, we make room for God's transformative power to work within us. May we walk in humility, seeking God's glory above all else, and aligning our motives with His will. And may the transformation that occurs within us be a testament to the power of God's love and grace at work in our lives. Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for the profound call to deny ourselves and follow you. Give us the strength and courage to surrender our will to yours each day. May we walk in humility, seeking your glory above all else, and aligning our motives with your will. Transform us from the inside out, Lord, and use us as vessels of your grace, love, and truth in the world. In Jesus' name, Amen.

  • 'Radiographer started crying during my cancer scan'

    Molly Cuddihy shares her story in a podcast covering themes including mental health and body image.

  • How have the child benefit rules changed?

    Changes announced in the Budget mean people earning up to £80,000 can get the benefit.

  • New cause of asthma damage revealed

    Cells lining the airways are squeezed to destruction, setting up a cycle of harm, lab studies suggest.

  • NO Habits?

    Hey there!  Have you ever heard about the idea of having NO habits?  The phrase refers to when we start doing something regularly, like praying or reading the Bible, and it becomes so routine that we do it without even thinking.  You may be thinking to yourself, what do you mean NO habits?  All the gurus out there say we must have daily habits to maintain a disciplined life.   And, when it comes to having consistent and routine habits, I would agree! Here's the thing, though: getting stuck in the habit itself can be a problem. It could turn into a time when we focus more on checking off our prayer time than actually connecting with God. Instead, the goal and idea of “no habits” is to let these habits become a natural part of who we are, so much so that we don't even realize we're doing them.  It's about living in a way that reflects our desire to seek God and His love without even trying. Sometimes, we might think we're being holy by sticking to our routines, but in reality, we might miss out on something deeper.  What if our dedication to our routine is stronger than our dedication to follow as the Spirit leads us? It's like we're saying, "Sorry, God, I can't do that right now. It’s my time to pray.” I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to show you when you have stayed in a habit instead of doing what God wants you to do at that moment.  Ask yourself, “What habits have gotten in the way of me experiencing a deeper relationship with Jesus?” When we prioritize the habit over obedience, we’re missing the point of why we're praying (or reading the Bible, fasting, etc.) in the first place.  And if there's a behavior or habit in our lives that doesn’t bring us closer to God, well, that's an opportunity for growth. True love for God means our actions flow from our hearts as we are moved to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, not just from following a set schedule.  Let's not get too caught up in our habits. Instead, let’s focus on growing closer to God in every aspect of our lives.  I am Wildly Cheering You! 🤍 Alita 🤍  

  • For Faith and Family

    In Theaters NationwideApril 26, 2024 GET TICKETS NOW! 🚨Family’s not in the way…they are the way! Join the adventure when #UnsungHeroMovie hits theaters beginning April 26—we’re making it a Family Day at the theaters! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🎞️ SEE IT FIRST April 24th in select theaters. It's gonna be dangerous and scary. It's going to be so hard that you want to go back and giving up. It's not an option. We've got to fight our way forward.  Unsung Hero is about how family pulls together and supports one another.  It's also a story about God and how He just shows up so evidently, and just made a way for your family.  Families need a story that they can hang on to or something that can inspire them. This is really powerful. GET TICKETS NOW! SYNOPSIS:Based on a remarkable true story, Unsung Hero follows David Smallbone as he moves his family fromDown Under to the States, searching for a brighter future after his successful music company collapses.With nothing more than their seven children, suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING +COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives.Helen’s faith stands against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs. With theirown dreams on hold, David and Helen begin to realize the musical prowess in their children, who wouldgo on to become two of the most successful acts in Inspirational Music history: five-time GRAMMYAward®-winning artists for KING + COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James. Rating: PG Official Site:https://unsunghero.movie/ StarringDaisy Betts, Joel Smallbone, Kirrilee Berger, Jonathan Jackson, Lucas Black,with Candace Cameron Bure, and Terry O’Quinn Directed byJoel Smallbone, Richard L. Ramsey Written byJoel Smallbone, Richard L. Ramsey Produced by:Joshua Walsh, Justin Tolley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone GET TICKETS NOW!

  • Divine Alignment: Surrendering Our Goals to God's Will

    In a culture often consumed by personal ambitions and self-driven goals, it's easy to lose sight of what truly matters – aligning our aspirations with God's divine will. The Scriptures provide a guiding light, reminding us of the paramount importance of surrendering our plans to the wisdom and direction of our Heavenly Father. Proverbs 16:3 encapsulates this principle succinctly: "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." Embedded within these words is a profound truth – by entrusting our goals to God, we invite His divine intervention into our lives. This isn't merely about offering a perfunctory prayer over our endeavors, but a heartfelt surrender of our desires, acknowledging God's sovereignty over every aspect of our existence. However, the pursuit of selfish ambitions poses a formidable obstacle to this alignment with God's will. James 4:3 cautions against the dangers of harboring self-serving motives: "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." This verse serves as a sobering reminder that our prayers and aspirations must be rooted in selflessness and a desire to glorify God, rather than indulging our own desires at the expense of His purposes. So how do we practically align our goals with God's will? It begins with introspection – a sincere examination of our motives and desires. Are our aspirations driven by a genuine desire to serve God and others, or are they fueled by personal ambition and gratification? This introspective journey often requires humility, as we confront the inherent selfishness within our hearts and surrender it to God's transformative power. Prayer becomes our most potent tool in this endeavor. Through earnest communication with God, we invite His guidance and wisdom into our decision-making processes. We relinquish our grip on control, trusting in His providence to lead us along paths that honor His name. Additionally, seeking counsel from fellow believers can provide invaluable perspective. Proverbs 15:22 reminds us, "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed." By engaging with the wisdom of others within the body of Christ, we gain insights that can illuminate God's will more clearly and help us navigate the intricacies of our goals. Ultimately, aligning our goals with God's will isn't a one-time event but a continuous journey of surrender and obedience. It requires vigilance against the allure of self-centered ambitions and a steadfast commitment to seeking God's guidance in all aspects of our lives. As we cultivate a posture of surrender and reliance on God's wisdom, our goals cease to be mere pursuits of personal gratification but become instruments for the advancement of God's kingdom on earth. In our pursuit of aligning our goals with God's will, it's essential not only to surrender our own aspirations but also to actively seek out what God desires for us. This involves humbly approaching Him in prayer, not only presenting our plans but also earnestly asking for His goals, desires, and plans – what we call "God Goals." These God Goals are the divine purposes and callings that God has specifically designed for each of us. By seeking God's perspective and submitting to His divine direction, we position ourselves to embrace His unique plans for our lives, which ultimately lead to fulfillment and abundant life in Him. In conclusion, let us heed the timeless wisdom of Scripture and commit our aspirations to the Lord. May our goals be not a reflection of our selfish desires but a testament to our surrender to God's perfect will. And in this alignment, may we find fulfillment, purpose, and the abundant blessings that flow from walking in harmony with our Heavenly Father. Let's Pray Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you with hearts open to your leading and guidance. We acknowledge our need for your wisdom and direction as we seek to align our goals with your perfect will. Grant us the humility to surrender our ambitions and the courage to seek out your divine purposes for our lives. Help us to discern your God Goals and to walk in obedience to your calling. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

  • What is the infected blood scandal and how many people died?

    Thousands were infected with HIV and hepatitis C, in the worst treatment disaster in NHS history.

  • Study aims to break brain injury link to depression

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Yet, as Jesus rode into the city, He wept, knowing the fleeting nature of their praise and the weight of the suffering that awaited Him. Monday: Cleansing the Temple The next day, Jesus made His way to the temple, only to find it desecrated by greed and exploitation. With righteous anger, He overturned the tables of the money-changers and drove out those who had turned His Father's house into a marketplace. His actions were not only a rebuke of the corruption within the religious establishment but also a call to true worship and reverence for God. Tuesday: Teaching and Prophecy Jesus spent this day teaching in the temple courts, engaging in debates with religious leaders and imparting parables of profound wisdom. He warned of the impending judgment upon Jerusalem, lamenting over its spiritual blindness and refusal to recognize Him as the promised Messiah. Jesus also spoke of His imminent betrayal by one of His own disciples, foretelling the events that would unfold in the days to come. Wednesday: Preparation and Betrayal As the week progressed, tension mounted, and the forces of darkness conspired against Jesus. Judas Iscariot, driven by greed and disillusionment, made a pact with the chief priests to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Meanwhile, Jesus retreated to the home of Simon the leper in Bethany, where a woman anointed Him with expensive perfume, foreshadowing His burial. Despite the betrayal looming on the horizon, Jesus continued to prepare His disciples for the trials they would face.Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper On the evening before His crucifixion, Jesus shared a poignant last supper with His disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem. As they reclined at the table, Jesus humbly washed their feet, demonstrating the selfless love and servanthood He embodied. He instituted the sacrament of communion, symbolizing His body broken and His blood shed for the forgiveness of sins. In the intimacy of this final meal, Jesus foretold His betrayal and the denial of Peter, urging His disciples to remain steadfast in faith. Good Friday: The Crucifixion The darkest day of Holy Week witnessed the betrayal, arrest, and unjust trial of Jesus. He was scourged, mocked, and condemned to death by crucifixion, the most agonizing form of punishment known at the time. As Jesus hung upon the cross, He bore the weight of humanity's sin and suffering, crying out, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." In His final moments, Jesus commended His spirit into the hands of the Father, proclaiming, "It is finished," and yielding His life for the redemption of all. Holy Saturday: The Silence of the Tomb On the day following Jesus' crucifixion, the world stood in silent anticipation. His lifeless body lay in a borrowed tomb, guarded by Roman soldiers, while His disciples mourned in disbelief and despair. Yet, even in the darkness of the tomb, God's promise of redemption remained steadfast, as Jesus descended into the realm of the dead to proclaim victory over sin and death. Easter Sunday: The Resurrection As dawn broke on the third day, the women who had followed Jesus came to the tomb, only to find it empty. An angel proclaimed the glorious news: "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said!" Jesus appeared to His disciples, bearing the scars of His crucifixion as a testament to His victory over death. His resurrection shattered the power of sin and inaugurated a new era of hope and salvation for all who would believe. In the unfolding drama of Holy Week, we witness the depth of Jesus' love and the magnitude of His sacrifice. 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