Meriam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan, Italy
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Meriam Ibrahim's 'Heroic Witness to Virtues of Faith, Marriage and Motherhood' Praised in Open 'Thank You' Letter by Christian Woman

By Nicola Menzie

Meriam Ibrahim, arrested last August in Sudan and sentenced to death after being accused by family members of apostasy and adultery, was not only pressured to recant her Christian faith and thereby nullify her marriage, but was kept in shackles while giving birth to her second child in prison. At least one Christian woman, also from Africa, was lauding the 27-year-old's resilience, and thanking her for bearing "heroic witness to the virtues of faith, marriage, and motherhood."

Pope Francis Becomes First Pope to Visit Pentecostal Church; Calls Evangelicals His 'Brothers'

By Stoyan Zaimov

Pope Francis became the first pope to make an official visit to a Pentecostal church, after he flew on Monday to speak at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta, Italy. The pontiff apologized for persecution of Pentecostals the Roman Catholic Church was involved with in the past, and reached out with friendship to evangelicals.

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Downing of MH17 Over Ukraine May Be 'War Crime,' UN Says

By Katherine Weber

The recent downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine could be classified as a "war crime" due to the 298 civilians deaths of those on board the flight, a United Nations spokeswoman announced this week.

Chinese police in the city of Wenzhou have removed a cross from a local church in their most recent crackdown on Christianity in the Asian country, specifically in the Zhejiang province.

A mob in Pakistan has reportedly killed a mother and two of her granddaughters over a Facebook post that was deemed "blasphemous" to the Islamic religion.

U.S. President Barack Obama has been declared persona non grata in the small Russian republic of Chechnya.

Thousands gathered in two different cities in France this past week to offer their support and opposition to Israel in its continued conflict with Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, was recently diagnosed with Ebola, after spending time working with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief agency. Now his family and church family are calling for prayers from across the globe as Dr. Brantly fights for his life, which he has "put in God's hands."

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End of Christianity 'Very Near' in Iraq, Anglican Bishop Warns

By Stoyan Zaimov

The end of Christianity in Iraq could be "very near" according to Canon Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, as Islamic militants continue their attacks of Christians and the central government.

As the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip carried on with no breakthrough in efforts for an enduring ceasefire, Pope Francis on Sunday broke off from his scripted weekly Angelus address and said, "Please stop," pleading for peace in the world.

At least five people were killed and eight others injured in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday. The bombing was blamed on the Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

A Samaritan's Purse doctor working in Liberia to fight the deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus in history is one of two Americans to have contracted the disease, while one of Liberia's top doctors died of the virus on Sunday.

One of the Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt on alleged terrorism charges will reportedly appeal his sentence, his younger brother told reporters this week.

The U.N. Security Council has demanded an 'immediate and unconditional' cease-fire in Gaza on Monday morning after the Israel-Hamas conflict topped 1,000 deaths. U.S. President Barack Obama has meanwhile backed Israel's right to defend itself with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but expressed concern with the mounting civilian deaths.

A movie adaptation of author Anne Rice's novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which follows Jesus' life as a young boy, is set for theater release a week before 2016's Easter Sunday.

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ISIS Blows Up Muslim Shrine With Biblical Prophet Jonah's Tomb 'to Dust' Because it Had Become a Place of Apostasy

A revered Muslim shrine in Mosul, Iraq, said to be the burial place of the biblical prophet Jonah known as Yunus in the Koran, was reportedly blown "to dust" by members of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Thursday.

Meriam Ibrahim Departure From Sudan Is 'Answered Prayer' for Thousands, Watchdog Groups Hail

Persecution watchdog groups who have campaigned for the release of Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim are celebrating her family's departure from Sudan to Italy, with one calling it an "answered prayer" for the thousands who had signed petitions and offered prayers.

Gaza: Shell Kills 16 People at UN School; Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Criticizes Both Sides

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticized both Israel and Hamas and urged them to stop the fighting after a shell destroyed a U.N. school on Thursday in Gaza, killing 16 people and injuring over 200.

ISIS Jihadist Group Orders Shopkeepers in Mosul to Cover Mannequins With Veils

Members of a militant Islamic group is demanding shopkeepers to cover their store mannequins with full-face veils to abide by the strict Islamic teaching regarding the human form.

Free at Last: Christian Mother Meriam Ibrahim Meets Pope Francis After Escaping Death for Her Faith in Sudan (Watch)

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother from Sudan who became a global icon for Christians when she refused to renounce her faith even after she was placed on death row for it, was blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican just hours after she finally fled Sudan after a protracted fight for her freedom.

UN Human Rights Group Wants Ireland to Loosen Abortion Laws; Raises Concern About Catholic-Run Single Mothers' Homes

A human rights panel that is part of the United Nations has criticized the Republic of Ireland over its abortion laws and alleged abuse taking place at its Catholic-run homes.

Christian Man's Lips Burned in Iran for Breaking Ramadan Fast

Multiple media reports indicate that a Christian in Iran was reportedly sentenced by a judge to have his lips burned with a cigarette after he failed to fast during the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

Sierra Leone Head Doctor Contracts Ebola Virus While Fighting Deadliest Outbreak in History; Hailed as 'National Hero'

Sierra Leone's head doctor in fighting the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, the deadliest in history, has himself contracted the disease. Sheik Umar Khan, who has treated more than 100 Ebola victims, has been hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry.

#WeAreN Unites World in Solidarity With Persecuted Christians in Mosul

People around the world are uniting with persecuted Christians in Iraq through the Twitter hashtag "WeAreN," meant to reference the "N" painted on the doors of Christians in Iraq that make them a target for militant Islamists.

Teenager Confesses to Raping Orphans on Kenya Missions Trip

According to court records, Matthew Lane Durham confessed to raping several girls, forcing some of the boys to perform oral sex and forcing others to watch the acts.

Jerusalem Catholic Patriarch: Israel Must Recognize Palestinian State, Warns 'Useless Massacre' in Gaza Will Not Bring Peace

The Patriarch Emeritus of the Latin Catholic Church in Jerusalem has said that the violent conflict between Israel and militant group Hamas in Gaza is a "useless massacre" that will not bring peace, and insisted that Israel must recognize the sovereignty of the Palestinian territory if the cycle of violence is ever to end.

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Ma$e Leaves Atlanta Church to Focus on Rap Career Full Time

By Jessica Martinez

Mason Betha, a multi-platinum selling rapper known as Ma$e, reportedly left his position as pastor of his multisite congregation, El Elyon International Church, to focus on his rap career full time.

Sway Calloway interviewed Lecrae this week as promotion for his upcoming album Anomaly and asked a few off color questions during the segment.

A pastor's wife from Tulsa, Oklahoma and former competitive gymnast revealed her new look after losing over half of her body weight on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."

Actor David Henrie, who appeared alongside Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," among other television shows, could have easily fallen into the out-of-control party lifestyle Hollywood is known for, but he credits his Catholic faith for giving him the strength to survive in Tinseltown with his moral values intact.

Retired NFL coach and the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, Tony Dungy, clarified comments he made several weeks ago stating he wouldn't have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam after they sparked a media storm Monday. Sam, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, has since reacted by saying: "Thank God he wasn't the St. Louis Rams Coach."

HBO's the Leftovers is four episodes in and one thing seems clear about the world these writers are trying to create, Christianity will not mean much to people anymore if a rapture takes place.

Lecrae recently stopped by Shade 45's Sway in the Morning to promote his upcoming Anomaly album and during his interview the acclaimed host had some very encouraging words for the rapper.

A version of the Bible reported to be more "elegant" and easier to read in form than traditional versions has exceeded original sales expectations.

The tallest man in Canada, 7'8 tall Jerry Sokolosky, has been chosen to play Philistine warrior Goliath in the upcoming "David and Goliath" movie. Director Tim Chey explained that the filmmakers did not want to use a CGI imitation for the part.

Country music star Reba McEntire has recruited people from around the world to create a music video to accompany her new song "Pray For Peace." This is the first song McEntire has released in four years.

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Elderly Man Hears His Favorite Song Then Suddenly He's Got Moves Like Jagger (VIDEO)

You won't believe how good this old man can move on the dance floor!

Learning a Life Lesson From an Empty Pickle Jar

This may sound crazy but when you see the crazy twist at the end you may have a different outlook on life.

5 Good Habits to Aquire in Your 20s That Can Definitely Shape Your Future

These habits are greatly beneficial and should be maintained for as long as possible.

These Cute Cats Will Put a Smile on Your Face for the Rest of The Week (VIDEO)

If you are a cat lover than it just doesn't get any cuter than this!

Abandoned Dog Takes a 4-Mile Trip Every Night, So Someone Decided to Follow Her (VIDEO)

This abandoned dog took a four mile trip every night, so they followed her...

In the Midst of Horror and Pain, God Answers Our Prayers

By Jerry Dykstra

The media has blasted out the breaking news of an alarmingly hostile, hateful world in the last several months. How should we as Christians react to the mounting mayhem, especially directed at fellow believers?

Secretary Kerry's Hot-Mic Israel Critique: He Has No Excuse

By David French

David French

When Secretary of State Kerry criticized Israel's military operations in Gaza by calling them a "hell of a pinpoint operation," he not only validated Hamas's human-shield strategy, he handed Hamas a key propaganda victory.

Back In the USSR: Putin and Blaming Others

By Ron Hart

Ron Hart

Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, bent on getting the old USSR band back together, shot down a Malaysian airliner. Rivaled only by Obama, Putin is adept at blaming others. He did so in this case, but since he shot down a plane full of Europeans, he might have angered more than Americans.

Obama's LGBT Executive Order Endangers Religious Liberty

By Todd Starnes

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President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.

By the Will of God

By Greg Laurie

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We may look today at people in the church who are called to be pastors or evangelists or worship leaders or elders and conclude they are the spiritual elite.

LGBT Executive Order: Mr. President, You Have Crossed a Dangerous, Unprecedented Line

By Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Dear Mr. President, I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2004, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret. I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning "discrimination" by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind.

Four Problems and a Response to Obama's LGBT Executive Order

By Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson

On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as "discrimination" on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Employers should respect the intrinsic dignity of all of their employees, but as I explain in greater detail at the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal, today's executive order undermines our nation's commitment to pluralism and religious liberty.

6 Barriers to Effective Prayer

By Rick McDaniel

Pastor Rick McDaniel

These barriers can keep the power we need from being manifested in our lives and country. James 5:16 tells us, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." But is unrighteousness the only barrier to powerful and effective prayer? I am certain there are other barriers as well. Let me identify six.

Abortion: The Real 'War On Women'

By Tricia Erickson

Tricia Erickson

I am so sick and tired, yes, sick and tired, of hearing about the "War On Women" while women fill abortionist's offices to terminate the life of their own female (and male) babies. The left has labeled those who are against the act of abortion as "warring" against women" even though the lives of the little female babies within them are being slaughtered at the altar of the female mother's "right to choose".

The Coming Christian Revolt

By Matt Barber

Matt Barber

From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular-"progressive." He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, "War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?

Are You Content with Your Life?

By Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

It seems there are very few people who are consistently content with life. It's more common to be up and down mentally and emotionally, depending on what our circumstances are. So I want to ask you: How content are you? Are you consistently enjoying your life?

When Is It Time for a Pastor to Leave a Church? 7 Scenarios

By Thom S. Rainer

Thom Rainer

I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized they had made a mistake. They left too soon.

The Border Crisis: Nixon Points the Way

By Wallace Henley

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In the summer of 1970, the American Southeast baked when eleven states faced federal enforcement of school desegregation, but that social scorcher will be small compared to the border crisis sizzling now from Texas to California. Believe it or not, President Richard Nixon's handling of the challenge 44 years ago could point the way to the best solution.

Did God Forget to Answer My Prayer?

By Dan Delzell

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True prayer is intended to change us. Just think about it from heaven's perspective for a second. God could obviously choose to always give us exactly what we request, but the Lord is after something deeper. And what might that be you ask? God wants us to trust Him entirely.

Good Days and Bad Days

By Greg Laurie

Greg Laurie

Sorrows come into all of our lives. And while none of us enjoy them, they are a reality. You will experience heartache. You will be heartbroken. But there also will be times of laughter, times of great joy and celebration. One of the lessons I've learned from life is to enjoy the good times.

The Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage

By David Kyle Foster

David Kyle Foster

For over ten years I lived the homosexual lifestyle and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?

Immigration: Are We Saving the Wrong Children?

By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., and Hope Connexion Orlando in Florida, is seen in this file photo.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has nearly doubled in less than a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports detaining about 50,000 children since last October, with thousands more crossing undetected.

New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

By Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim

The new "caliphate" of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly "ISIS"—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the "hypocrites" and "apostates," or in Western terminology, "moderates."

How to Win Back Your Husband or Wife

By Joe Beam

Joe Beam

She didn't hesitate a moment. Yes, she wanted to save her marriage. She and her husband were 40ish, married about twenty years, with a couple of children. One evening he told her he was in love with his assistant, that he already had a lawyer, and suggested she procure one for herself.

Christian Eschatology and The Planet of the Apes

By Russell D. Moore

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As the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being released in theaters, I'm reminded of a few years ago when I launched a new semester of my Doctrine of the Last Things class with the showing of a clip from the original film, Planet of the Apes.

Only America Smuggles Immigrants State to State

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell

In case you haven't noticed, it is not only the southern border of our nation that is being brazenly violated on a daily basis. Now even the borders between our states in America are being shamelessly breached. And amazingly, this unbelievable transgression is being paid for with your tax dollars as it gets facilitated by employees of our federal government.

Is Your Identity in Your Favorite Team or Jesus? 3 Lessons From Our Love of Sports

By Kenny Luck

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When push comes to shove, are God's men more inclined to represent their team or country in a more energetic manner than their Savior?

Why Millennial Guys Must Care About the 'War on Women'

By Chelsen Vicari

Chelsen Vicari

If you are against abortion or tax-payer funded contraception, then you are waging a so-called "War on Women." No right to talk about it. Men should stay out of women's business, they say. This is a major falsehood that liberals constantly tell men. But as Christians and future husbands and fathers, women need men to engage in the "war on women" debate.

Our Lawless President Obama Opens the Borders

By Jerry Newcombe

Jerry Newcombe

During this administration, there has been a decrease in enforcing the borders; and therefore, people from south of the border have been encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity.

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