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Alex McFarland on the Christian Post | Billy Graham: In a Category of ‘One’


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Billy Graham: In a Category of ‘One’

The fruit of Billy Graham’s laser-focused commitment to the Gospel is truly awe-inspiring. His purpose was to see that the whole world heard about Jesus. May God grant that it becomes our mission as well.

By Alex McFarland

“That word … it was mysterious to me, yet beautiful. I carried the word around in my mind for years, repeating it to myself over and over so I wouldn’t forget. I grew up wondering, ‘What could it mean?'”

The woman telling me her story was originally from the Philippines. She was running a pawn shop across from the Fort Bragg military base in central North Carolina. Having spoken at a chapel service there, I stopped to browse in a Fayetteville pawn shop on my drive home. From her store, I came away with a treasure: A conversation that moves me to this day.

“Are you a Christian?” I asked. The woman said that she was, and I replied, “How did you come to know the Lord?”

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Dan Celia on Town Hall | Focus on Markets Overlooks Strong Fundamentals


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Focus on Markets Overlooks Strong Fundamentals

By Dan Celia

Trump’s announcement Thursday of steel and aluminum tariffs served as the ammunition to blow up the markets, re-load it with uncertainty and double-down on worries of inflation. This move must have a concise, detailed, well-thought-out walk-back very soon. But all that aside, here is where we really are.

I’ve been trying to put everyone’s mind at ease with reminders that economic growth and corporate profits are likely to be good this year—so good that we should see the economic rally continue, based on new fiscal policies and a great environment for business. We must not forget the positive impact of fewer government regulations, lower taxes, a less-intrusive government and the stimulus from a prospective infrastructure program. All of this is creating an environment conducive to job growth and a thriving free market.

Yet, no matter how much I emphasize these things, even as most of the correlating numbers back up my enthusiasm about the economy, it seems to make little impact. Too many people are focused on markets and markets alone. People watch their IRAs or 401(k)s and when they see them going down, their attitude sinks with the news. When they see them going up, even if it’s an era of false positives and poor economic fundamentals, they don’t care much; they become optimistic.

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Elizabeth Yore on Town Hall | The Chilling Face of Cowardice and the Perils of Political Correctness on International Women’s Day


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The Chilling Face of Cowardice and the Perils of Political Correctness on International Women’s Day

By Elizabeth Yore

“Such a comment is beneath you, Holmes. It shows me very clearly that you are unwell.”

The Adventures of the Dying Detective, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Truth is stranger than fiction, even the fiction of the great British crime author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Yet, Doyle’s ‘dying detective’ is alive and unwell in not-so-merry Old England. The comment heard round the world was the utterance by British Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet, who oversees the crimes of honor violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

After two unresponsive requests to top cop Balhatchet from Jonathan Nicholas, a former police officer, as to why there has yet to be a single conviction for female genital mutilation, Commander Balhatchet responded that: There are many nuances to this crime type, which even third-sector charitable organizations, do not claim to share a nexus with your rationale of concerns for the lack of successful prosecutions [sic].” 

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Kim Ketola on Town Hall | Mississippi Abortion Ban Is Sane and Humane


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Mississippi Abortion Ban Is Sane and Humane

By Kim Ketola

“Am I killing a baby if I get an abortion at 16 weeks?”

The 2014 Baby Center message board thread started with a desperate cry for help from veronika4044, a young woman who felt her situation was impossible. She was too young, not ready, scared and unprepared in every way to mother.

The replies from young moms were almost universal, with many offering encouragements for her specific difficulties and urging various alternatives. Yet, even those who identified as pro-choice were straightforward in giving the proper answer: yes, it is killing a baby.

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Dr. Paul Chappell on the Christian Post | It Looked Different In the Picture: In Marriage, Unrealistic Expectations Can Set Couples Up for Disappointment


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It Looked Different In the Picture: In Marriage, Unrealistic Expectations Can Set Couples Up for Disappointment

Many dating or married couples build up Valentine’s Day and have sometimes unrealistic expectations for a romantic holiday. Sigh!

By Dr. Paul Chappell

Candlelight, roses and chocolate. Many dating or married couples build up Valentine’s Day and have sometimes unrealistic expectations for a romantic holiday.

Husbands and wives can fall into the same trap with marriage itself.

Many years ago, at a family meeting that included all my immediate family and our spouses, my dad said these exact words: “I’m taking you on a vacation to paradise. The exchange rate is so good right now that you can eat steak and lobster every night.”

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Dexter Van Zile on the Christian Post | I Know Whom I Will Be Praying For


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I Know Whom I Will Be Praying For

We need to pay attention to the plight of Christians throughout the world.

By Dexter Van Zile

A coalition of Christian organizations operating under the umbrella of Save the Persecuted Christians will be asking followers of Jesus of all creeds – Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox – to display banners calling attention to the plight of Christians throughout the world in front of their churches. The coalition is also asking Christians to pray for their brethren throughout the world between now and Easter.

I know exactly whom I’ll be praying for. I’ll be praying for two Christians I met in the Holy Land in 2016.

I met the first one on a taxi ride out of Bethlehem. I had attended a conference near the city when I got into his taxi and saw a set of Muslim prayer beads hanging from the rearview mirror, indicating that the taxi driver was a Muslim.

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Elizabeth Yore on the Daily Caller | The Disgusting Barbarism Of Female Genital Mutilation Is Not Religious Freedom


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The Disgusting Barbarism Of Female Genital Mutilation Is Not Religious Freedom

By Elizabeth Yore

In April 2017, The Times of India reported that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual global leader of a Shia Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohras, reaffirmed the mandate of female genital mutilation (katna) in a sermon carried over a livestream and repeated in a messaging app:

“It must be done. If it is a man, it can be done openly and if it is a woman it must be discreet. But the act must be done. Do you understand what I am saying? Let people say what they want …we are not scared of anyone.”

The curious timing of this female genital mutilation global spiritual mandate suggests a serendipitous coincidence with the announcement of a federal indictment of eight Dawoodi Bohra members in a conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation in Michigan. The leader of this conspiracy is Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who, according to the indictment, perpetrated female genital mutilation on a number of little girls. The U.S. government alleges that Nagarwala and others carried out this barbaric practice on unsuspecting little girls at night and after hours in a Livonia, Michigan, clinic.

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Dan Celia on Town Hall | A New Track of Leadership and Functioning Government


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A New Track of Leadership and Functioning Government

By Dan Celia

As I have said many times before, and particularly over the past four weeks, we can’t allow the markets to be our barometer of the success of this president or the growing success of the U.S. economy. Certainly, we will likely look at the markets to give us a sense of how we might perceive the direction of the economy. But we are seeing a very opposite effect in the past 12 months than we saw during the previous administration.

For eight years, I told people not to get excited over a strong market, but instead to keep their focus on the underlying fundamentals of the economy. A strong market with eight years of 2% GDP growth does nothing to help the average American. It is only a strong economy that will continue to impact America in a positive way. If we have that, the markets will take care of themselves.

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Dillon Burroughs on Beliefnet | Behind the Scenes of ‘The God Who Speaks’


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Behind the Scenes of ‘The God Who Speaks’

By Dillon Burroughs

“The God Who Speaks” is a 90-minute documentary released on Feb. 1, 2018, that traces the evidence of the Bible’s authority through interviews with some of the world’s most respected biblical scholars. This film answers common objections about the Bible’s reliability and equips believers to confidently base their lives on the power of God’s Word.
Director M.D. Perkins offered to share his thoughts on important aspects of this newly-released documentary. This is part one of a two-part exclusive series.

In ‘The God Who Speaks,’ there is the mention of a battle for the truth. What does this mean? What kind of battle exists regarding God today?

 

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Dr. Paul Chappell on the Christian Post| In Marital Conflicts, Grace-Filled Responses Pour Water on a Fire Rather Than Gasoline


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In Marital Conflicts, Grace-Filled Responses Pour Water on a Fire Rather Than Gasoline

A carnal Christian takes what could remain a small matter and makes it larger.

By Dr. Paul Chappell

Perhaps no area of our lives reveals our walk with the Lord like relational conflict. It is in these moments that our raw responses reveal the true depth of our development in Christlikeness. A spiritual Christian will take what seems like a large matter and make it smaller by responding properly. A carnal Christian takes what could remain a small matter and makes it larger.

Another way to think of this is to pretend that everywhere you go you carry with you two buckets—one filled with gasoline and the other filled with water. The instances of conflict in your relationship are fires. Some are small fires, just a little spark. Some are large fires, threatening to destroy the relationship.

Even a small fire will become large when gasoline is poured on it. And even a large fire can be put out when water is poured on it. Ineffective responses are like gasoline, while spiritual, grace-filled responses are like water.

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