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7/31/2014

Every Christian Should Read These Ten Books

Although not everybody has the luxury of enjoying a summer vacation, the season invariably lends itself to setting aside some time to read a good book. If you’re looking to pick one up, our online resource center is packed with exciting and entertaining t

Although not everybody has the luxury of enjoying a summer vacation, the season invariably lends itself to setting aside some time to read a good book. If you’re looking to pick one up, our online resource center is packed with exciting and entertaining titles. Whatever your taste, I think you’ll find a title to your liking. If you’re more inclined to invest in the classics (including some modern ones), the following list should be helpful to you. Continue Reading Topics: Family and Home Tags: church, faith, pop culture Follow me on Twitter @Dalyfocus Follow me on Facebook Keep up with Focus on the Family on Facebook Sign up for my weekly e-newsletter                               read more
7/30/2014

Court Rules Abortions in Mississippi Still Lawful

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has recently voted to block a pro-life law that would have presented Jackson Women’s Health Organization from providing abortion services.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has recently voted to block a pro-life law that would have presented Jackson Women’s Health Organization from providing abortion services. The clinic is the last remaining abortion provider in Mississippi.   According to LifeNews.com, the law required abortion doctors to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion clinic.   “Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state,” wrote Judge E. Grady Jolly. “Such a proposal would not only place an undue burden on the exercise of the constitutional right, but would also disregard a state’s obligation under the principle of federalism—applicable to all fifty states—to accept the burden of the non-delegable duty of protecting the established federal constitutional rights of its own citizens.”   "As a result, we hold that JWHO has demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on its claim that H.B. 1390’s admission-privileges requirement imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose an abortion in Mississippi, and is therefore unconstitutional as applied to the plaintiffs in this case. Finally, we hold that, to the extent the district court’s preliminary injunction enjoined enforcement of H.B. 1390 against parties other than the plaintiffs in this case, it was overly broad and is modified to apply only to the parties in this case. Accordingly, the judgment of the district court granting the preliminary injunction is affirmed."   In a 2-1 vote, the court concluded that to drive out of state ... read more
7/30/2014

Real Life Giant to Play Goliath in Upcoming Film

Canada’s tallest man will be playing the role of Goliath in the upcoming “David and Goliath” movie.

Canada’s tallest man will be playing the role of Goliath in the upcoming “David and Goliath” movie. The BLAZE reports that director Tim Chey did not want to use CGI imitation to create the illusion of a giant; they were looking for a real human being. After searching for someone who literally fit the measurements, the production team found Jerry Sokoloski, the man holding the Guiness world record for Canada’s largest man and biggest hands.    Chey said, “Jerry was a tremendous blessing. We didn’t want to create a CGI imitation like ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and so our casting directors set out to find the biggest guy and he’s very big.”   Sokoloski is 7 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 450 pounds. He is a former basketball player and wrestler, and became an actor after his sports career ended.    “Goliath stood at nine feet,” Chey said. “So Jerry was about a foot and four inches shorter than the real thing. He adds an incredible, realistic dimension.”   Chey, a former atheist turned Christian convert said that he is planning a film that will be “biblically correct.”   “I want to show more of the cruelty of who the Philistines were and who Goliath was through historical data. Also, I want to flesh out the powerful fear Goliath instilled on Saul’s army. Also David’s brothers — the incredible tears they must have shed knowing the little brother was going to take on the 9-foot warrior. It could have been ... read more
7/30/2014

House Church Movement Sees Growth in China

House churches in China are growing and spreading in some areas, according to reports.

House churches in China are growing and spreading in some areas, according to reports.   Liu Qiang, a house church pastor, said when he was growing up, believers in China met behind boarded up windows and doors. Today, his church has an open invitation in front of his home.   Zhao Jun, another pastor and church planter, said the house church is still being persecuted in China, but there are areas where government has backed off.   “We went through a test during the Cultural Revolution and now there is rapid growth,” Zhao said.   Years ago, believers had to be wary of carrying a Bible in public. Today, Christians can buy the Bibles in a church bookstore.   According to an article in the Christian News Journal, technology is allowing the gospel to spread more easily.   “Now, we have computers and phones and many ways to look at His Word,” Liu said.   Christian workers also meet with people who come to the city looking for work.   “When people are outside of their comfort zones, they are open to new things,” Alexander Kirkpatrick, a Christian worker, said. “There is more openness because people are in transition.”   While many house churches meet in homes, others meet in the break rooms of the factories. Pastor Liu spends some of his week walking the factory floor and talking with the workers.     Publication date: July 30, 2014 read more
7/30/2014

John Kerry: United States Will Continue to Call for Saeed Abedini's Release

Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed that the United States will continue to call for the release of imprisoned pastor, Saeed Abedini.

Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed that the United States will continue to call for the release of imprisoned pastor, Saeed Abedini.    Kerry said, "In Iran, U.S. Iranian citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned. The Iranian authorities sentenced him to eight years behind bars simply because of his religious beliefs.   "We will continue to call for his release and we will continue to work for it. And make no mistake: We will continue to stand up for religious minority communities under assault and in danger around the world, from Jehovah's Witnesses to Baha'is to Ahmadi Muslims.   "So we have a long way to go to safeguard these rights. We also have a long way to go when governments use national security as an excuse to repress members of minority religious groups."   Kerry’s speech came in response to the release of the State Department’s 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom. The report covered cases on religious persecution worldwide, but Kerry emphasized American pastor Abedini who has been held in an Iranian prison for nearly two years.    According to the report, “The United States has no diplomatic relations with Iran, and therefore has limited opportunity to directly raise concerns with the government over its religious freedom abuses and restrictions.   "On several occasions, however, senior U.S. government officials, including the President and the Secretary of State, raised directly with their Iranian counterparts the case of Christian pastor and dual U.S.-Iranian national Saeed Abedini, who is being ... read more