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In two days, we will celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States. Many of us are convinced that ours is the greatest nation on Earth.  

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Updated: jul. 03, 2015 5:30 p.m.


This beautiful song reminds us who we must thank for our country's freedom this Independence Day



As we go about our 4th of July activities this year, let's take the time to remember that the freedom we celebrate is not free. It was bought with bravery, love and sacrifice. Many men, women and children throughout history have fought hard, cried bitterly and prayed fervently for the freedom we so often take for granted.
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At 150 years, The Salvation Army finds balance between service and sermons

On Sunday, thousands of Christians are expected to march along the Mall in London, past Buckingham Palace, sounding drums and tambourines, trumpets and tubas.
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It's extremely hard to end your marriage in the Philippines

It's extremely hard to end your marriage in the Philippines

It’s extremely hard to end your marriage in the Philippines.
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ValueSpeak: Wrestling with relationships

ValueSpeak: Wrestling with relationships

It started out normally enough.
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In light of Pakistan heatwave, what are the exceptions to Ramadan?

In light of Pakistan heatwave, what are the exceptions to Ramadan?

This past week, over 1,000 people in Pakistani died from a major heatwave that struck the country, CNN reported. Another estimated 14,000 people were hospitalized due to the sweltering heat.
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Keeping God in your life, part 2

Keeping God in your life, part 2

Last week, we began looking at how man is to keep God in the proper place in life.

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Updated: jul. 02, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Have faith in God for peace of mind

Have faith in God for peace of mind

We are living in a very chaotic world and complex times, but the “good news” is that God is still in charge.  

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Updated: jun. 29, 2015 5:30 p.m.
French have more favorable attitudes toward Muslims post-Charlie Hebdo

French have more favorable attitudes toward Muslims post-Charlie Hebdo

The cold, January day that two Muslim shooters stormed the office of French magazine "Charlie Hebdo", killing 12 people and injuring 11, France united under the tragedy they called their 9/11.
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We are all part of God's family

We are all part of God's family

The other day, I was returning home from a trip and turned on the radio. A song that caught my attention went something like this: “Long as I got King Jesus, I don’t need nobody else.”

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Updated: jun. 27, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Religious leaders ponder next steps after Supreme Court rules for same-sex marriage

Religious leaders ponder next steps after Supreme Court rules for same-sex marriage

As confetti and leaflets were cleared from the steps of the Supreme Court Friday after a 5-4 majority ruled in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, religious groups across the ideological spectrum reacted to the decision.
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Use your gifts to honor God

Use your gifts to honor God

I heard a story one time about a church that was looking for a new pastor. When asked what they were looking for, the chairman of the search committee said that they only had two main criteria. One, they did not want a pastor who had studied Greek, and two, they did not want a pastor who had ever been to the Holy Land.  

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Updated: jun. 26, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Keeping God in your life, part 1

Keeping God in your life, part 1

As Jesus was concluding what has become known as the Sermon on the Mount, he said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:33-34). In this, we are told to put God first in our lives and not to concentrate all our beings on the physical things of this life.

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Updated: jun. 25, 2015 6:00 p.m.
This Christian group won the right to uphold its faith standards at state universities in California

This Christian group won the right to uphold its faith standards at state universities in California

An evangelical Christian organization and the state universities in California have reached a compromise to allow the organization to uphold its faith standards for leadership positions and retain official status on state campuses.
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Walking into wholeness require's God's peace

Walking into wholeness require's God's peace

In this season of life, there are many worldly events that have the potential of robbing us of our peace.

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Updated: jun. 23, 2015 5:30 p.m.
ValueSpeak: Accidental rudeness leads to a kind gesture

ValueSpeak: Accidental rudeness leads to a kind gesture

I’m not saying the young woman in the fancy sports car was rude when she cut me off in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-through line.
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Why you shouldn’t blame scripture for acts of terrorism

Why you shouldn’t blame scripture for acts of terrorism

Earlier this week, H.A. Heller and Nathan J Brown wrote a piece for Foreign Affairs that explored whether or not an Islamic authority figure could put an end to Daesh (or, as its commonly known, ISIS).
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Supreme Court rules sign restrictions for churches are illegal

Supreme Court rules sign restrictions for churches are illegal

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that an Arizona town's restriction of signs posted by a church violated its free speech rights.
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Maintain perspective through God

Maintain perspective through God

On Saturday, I was on my way to conduct a wedding on Tybee Island scheduled to happen at 5 p.m. I was just a couple of miles west of the Bull River Bridge when all of a sudden, the traffic stopped.

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Updated: jun. 20, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Trip taught gratitude to God

Trip taught gratitude to God

I returned last week from a mission trip to Haiti. When asked about the trip, my first response often has been, “It was hot.” I’m so glad that I came back home to cooler temperatures.

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Updated: jun. 19, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Pope's encyclical on environment will affect more than Catholics, faith leaders say

Pope's encyclical on environment will affect more than Catholics, faith leaders say

In a highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis this week condemned widespread disengagement with the issue of global warming, using both scientific and theological arguments, and creating an opportunity for leaders from all faiths to address what their religion teaches about caring for creation.
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Lord's word is sure thing in unsure world

Lord's word is sure thing in unsure world

Most everyone wants to have a sure thing that can be counted on without any worries. Things like that come few and far between.

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Updated: jun. 18, 2015 5:30 p.m.
The angry noise behind yoga in India

The angry noise behind yoga in India

While 35,000 people will be closing their eyes and humming 'Om' in New Delhi for International Yoga Day, thousands of others in India will be angered — not calmed — by the practice.
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Confidence in religion at a new low — except among Catholics, poll finds

Confidence in religion at a new low — except among Catholics, poll finds

Americans' confidence in religion is at an all-time low in four decades, according to a new Gallup poll, while it ranked fourth in the polling firm's confidence-in-institutions list.
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Experiencing Ramadan in America vs. the Middle East

Jana Al-Akhras, an American-born Muslim, began fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the second grade and has managed to observe the annual practice ever since — in winter and summer, during high school soccer practices and games and through long days of classes in college.
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Churches need to refocus on the individual to attract the 'nones'

Churches need to refocus on the individual to attract the 'nones'

Churches seeking to recapture the growing numbers of religiously unaffiliated should forget about preserving the past and instead focus on the needs of those who see no need for organized religion, one mainline Protestant thought leader said.
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Use God to master art of gift-giving

Use God to master art of gift-giving

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” — Romans 6:23

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Updated: jun. 16, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Bringing men back to church

Bringing men back to church

There's something — or, more precisely, someone — missing from many churches on Sunday mornings: men.
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Does your child know the Bible well enough to compete in this competition?

Does your child know the Bible well enough to compete in this competition?

Would you classify your child as a Bible scripture aficionado?
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Serving with love

Serving with love

New Beginnings Church in Ludowici is getting ready to deliver some love.

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Updated: jun. 15, 2015 6:00 p.m.
The Rohingyas: A look into one of the world's most persecuted minorities

The Rohingyas: A look into one of the world's most persecuted minorities

“People lost at sea” has been prominent in the news headlines in the past few days. Thousands of Rohingyas, a Muslim sect, have fled persecution in what they say is their homeland in hopes of finding justice elsewhere.
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Megachurch draws $71 million in pledges for 'daring' project

Megachurch draws $71 million in pledges for 'daring' project

An evangelical Christian megachurch has received $71 million in pledges for what it says is a "daring" project aimed at expanding its global ministry, with an estimated $7 million in cash already received.
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Evangelical leaders split over gay marriage as Supreme Court decision nears

Evangelical leaders split over gay marriage as Supreme Court decision nears

As the Supreme Court is poised to rule on same-sex marriage, evangelical Christian leaders, once unified on the topic, are expressing opposing viewpoints, even though polls show a majority of the movement's rank-and-file oppose it.
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Jesus can turn dream into reality

Jesus can turn dream into reality

The other day, I woke in the night after having a bad dream. To make a long story short, I was attacked by a couple of house cats for no apparent reason.

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Updated: jun. 13, 2015 6:00 p.m.

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