᛫  

Crazy Grace: Bad News for Good People (Romans 3:120) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

2 Doctors – 1). mask consequences 2). make changes I got defensive, made excuses, raised objections, & he educated me =God Great Physician Rom. 1-2 spiritual checkup sinner; Rom. 3. answers us Objection #1: There is no benefit to church involvement. Romans 3:1-2 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of... Read more

Scripture Union launches new framework to reach missing generation of young people

Friendship needs to be worked at, says Claire Musters.Mateusz StachowskiScripture Union (SU) has launched a new mission framework to reach young people - the missing generation from many UK churches. 'Revealing Jesus' is two years in the making and aims to reach the 95% of under-18s across England and Wales who do not go to... Read more

Faith leaders call for changes to welfare to stop more people falling into poverty

(Photo: Unsplash/evstyle)Faith leaders in Scotland have made a joint call to the UK and Scottish Governments urging changes to welfare to stem the rising tide of poverty.  They say Westminster and Holyrood should implement measures that reflect the values of "care and compassion", and which would "make a real difference to families and individuals living... Read more

Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett is Part of the Catholic Charismatic ‘People of Praise’ | RELEVANT

Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barretts affiliation with obscure Catholic charismatic community People of Praise is sure to come up during senate confirmation hearings that start today, in particular because of the organizations ultraconservative views on women. But others say scrutinizing Barretts beliefs and relationship to the organization would be anti-religious bigotry. People of Praise... Read more

World’s largest charity hospital ship to serve the people of Africa

The Global Mercy will launch in 2021Mercy Ships has announced the construction of the world's largest charity hospital ship, the Global Mercy.  Over 18 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care, 93 per cent of them from Africa, but Covid-19 is posing additional challenges to the already strained healthcare systems of... Read more

The Importance of Dignity and Seeing People | RELEVANT

A few months back I was walking through downtown Chicago with my wife. As in every city, people experiencing homelessness were sitting on the sidewalks, asking for change. One man asked me if I could buy him some food. Anytime someone asks me that specific question, I stop. If were near a restaurant, Ill go... Read more

Christian ministry helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction suspended from Facebook

REUTERS/KhamFacebook has removed the page of an interdenominational Christian ministry that helps people struggling with unwanted sexual attractions and gender confusion. The Restored Hope Network said its Facebook page had been removed without notice or explanation by the social media giant. The organisation's executive director Anne Paul said the suspension was a "chilling example of... Read more

Living As a People Pleaser Will Suck You Dry | RELEVANT

For the first four decades of my lifeand please try to squelch any envy you may feel as a result of my personal achievementsI was an exceptional people pleaser. Sure, I liked to think that I was just super nice and quick to defer to the wants/wishes/plans of others, but the barebones reality is that... Read more

Did People Really Get Arrested for Holding a Church Service in Idaho? | RELEVANT

Today on President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed (yep, this is one of those stories. You’ve been warned.), Trump cautioned that “DEMS WANT TO SHUT YOUR CHURCHES DOWN, PERMANENTLY. HOPE YOU SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING. VOTE NOW!” Attached to the tweet was a video from Young Americans for Liberty president Cliff Mahoney of police arresting a... Read more

Judicial review begins into puberty blockers for young people with gender dysphoria

(Photo: NHS)The High Court has today started hearing evidence in a judicial review into puberty blockers and other medical treatments for young people suffering from gender dysphoria.  The legal challenge has been brought against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in London by Keira Bell, 23, who claims that a gender clinic put her on... Read more

Hillary Clinton says young people are leaving the Church because it has become ‘judgemental’ and ‘so alienating’

Hillary Clinton recording her new podcast, 'You and Me Both', in her study(Photo: Twitter/Hillary Clinton)Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks a judgmental culture has put young people off the Church.  The Democrat, who lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 elections, discussed Christianity, the Church, politics and race in her new podcast 'You and Me... Read more

Christians minister to Jewish people in the former Soviet Union – Mission Network News

Ukraine (MNN) Slavic Gospel Association works with Jewish populations in many different countries throughout the former Soviet Union. Millions of Jews live in countries like Russia and Ukraine, even after many have emigrated from the region. SGA supports local churches that often minister to these populations. This ministry comes with its own challenges. Eric Mock... Read more

Greg Laurie Contracts COVID-19, Urges People to Stop Politicizing Issue: ‘It’s Real’

Greg Laurie Contracts COVID-19, Urges People to Stop Politicizing Issue: 'It's Real' Author and pastor Greg Laurie revealed Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is doing OK, although he requested prayer and urged Americans to stop politicizing the pandemic.Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, said he tested positive on Friday... Read more

Church of England failed to protect children and young people from sexual abuse – report

(Photo: Keith Blundy)The Church of England failed to protect children and young people from sexual predators, a damning independent report has found. The report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), published today, is based on evidence given by clergy and abuse victims during public hearings in July 2019.  It accuses the Church of... Read more

Becoming A People of Mercy | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Throughout His life, Jesus reached to those rejected by others. He loved the outcasts, those who were despised, scorned, and excluded. Yet His practice of dining with known evildoers offended the Pharisees, and they confronted Jesus’ disciples with this question: “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?” (Matthew 9:11). When Jesus heard... Read more

Pew: Atheists and Agnostics Far More Likely to Be on Political Left Than Religious People

Pew: Atheists and Agnostics Far More Likely to Be on Political Left Than Religious People Atheists and agnostics in the United States and many countries around the world are far more likely than religious individuals to identify with the political left, according to a new Pew Research Center report.The Pew Fact Tank report, released Sept.... Read more

Trump is a ‘champion for people of faith’ – Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence made an unscheduled stop to address Franklin Graham's Prayer March on 26 September 2020(Photo: Samaritan's Purse)Mike Pence has told a prayer rally in Washington DC that Donald Trump is a "champion for people of faith, for life, and religious liberty".  The Vice President spoke to tens of thousands of Christians in... Read more

3 Ways Elder and Younger People Should Honor One Another

Elders need those who are younger to lovingly listen, respect, and connect with them. Younger folks need those of us who are older to let go, keep up, and show more of Jesus. My doctor started it. Medical charts don't lie. He knows how old I am. I've tried all of the tricks: Photoshop edits,... Read more

Report: People Who Are Highly Spiritual Tend to Be More Civic-Minded

Report: People Who Are Highly Spiritual Tend to Be More Civic-Minded (RNS) People who identify as highly spiritual are more likely to say its important to make a difference in their communities and contribute to the greater good, a broad new study on American spirituality finds.The study, What Does Spirituality Mean to Us?, found that... Read more

NHS to launch review into gender identity services for children and young people

(Photo: NHS)The NHS is to launch an independent review of its services for children and young people suffering from gender dysphoria.  The review will be led by Dr Hilary Cass, former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  The NHS said the review would be "wide-ranging in scope" and seek to understand why... Read more

‘Merciful Hand of God:’ Thai Church Celebrates Baptism of over 1,400 People

'Merciful Hand of God:' Thai Church Celebrates Baptism of over 1,400 People Despite gloomy predictions for Thailand at the onset of the global pandemic, an evangelical church-planting mission in the Southeast Asian country has experienced dramatic growth.According to Christianity Today, church members of Free in Jesus Christ Church Association (FJCCA) celebrated the baptisms of 1,435... Read more

Pandemic has strengthened global identity among young people – study

A Christian Aid worker hands a bag of essential items to a Rohingya refugee in the Cox's Bazar camp, Bangladesh.(Photo: Christian Aid)The pandemic has heightened many young people's sense of a global identity, a study by Christian Aid has found.  Well over a third (39%) of 18- to 34-year-olds polled by Savanta ComRes for the... Read more

Telling People They’re Wrong Doesn’t Help Them Change | RELEVANT

A friend of mine recently came to me with a problem. Since I spent many years as a pastor, many of my friends still come to me with their problems about faith, ethics, the Bible, or relationships. And Im grateful to play that role for many of my friends. His problem is that his daughter... Read more

Calif. Church That Faced Fines Moves to Outdoor Services: ‘I Do Not Want to See People Lost on My Watch

Calif. Church That Faced Fines Moves to Outdoor Services: 'I Do Not Want to See People Lost on My Watch A California megachurch that defied its countys health restrictions and held indoor services has changed course and is now holding outdoor services in its parking lot.North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif, had tallied more... Read more

SNP will lose support from people of faith if it embraces assisted suicide, says councillor

(Photo: Unsplash)The SNP has been warned that it stands to lose party members of faith if it supports calls to legalise assisted suicide.  Councillor Chris McEleny told The National that backing assisted suicide was "simply not compatible to the faith based belief systems of many people in Scotland". McEleny, a Catholic, continued that it would be... Read more

Chad Veach Wants You to Be a People Person | RELEVANT

Are you a people person? Your answer to that question probably depends on a host of life experiences, feedback youve received from others and your own general self perception. Maybe youd identify as a people person, but not necessarily for all people. Maybe youd say youre not a people person at all, since you prefer... Read more

7 Ways Everyday People Can Help End Human Trafficking | RELEVANT

When I started working in the anti-trafficking field at 11, I was convinced of two things. The first was morally obvious: that the $150 billion industry of modern slavery needed to be brought down. My second conviction was a little more misguided: that the only way to contribute to ending this lucrative, rapidly-growing global criminal... Read more

Switch to online church hasn’t persuaded people to abandon in-person services

(Photo: Unsplash/Thays Orrico)Most Catholics in the UK turned to online church during Covid-19, but very few want to make the switch permanent, a study has found.  The vast majority (93%) of the 2,500 respondents had attended an online church service during lockdown, although researchers said this high figure was likely down to the online survey... Read more

Why Unhealthy People Crave Controversy

In Walter Percey’s novel The Moviegoer, the protagonist Binx Bolling reflects: Whenever I feel bad, I go to the library and read controversial periodicals. Though I do not know whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I am nevertheless enlivened by the hatred which one bears for the other. In fact, this hatred strikes... Read more

12,000 People Gather for Worship Service at California State Capitol

12,000 People Gather for Worship Service at California State Capitol In California, 12,000 people have gathered on the Capitol Grounds to worship God. The move was apparently illegal in California, but Sean Feucht, who held the service, says freedom of religion is a right that everyone should have, regardless of what State Officials have to... Read more