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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Prayers back home boost new Japan church

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (8 days ago)

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    JAPAN (BP) -- From the minute Tara Jones walked through the door of her new pediatrician's office, she knew something was going on that was bigger than the fact she had a sick child.

    Tara and her husband Jared had been praying for years for God to start a fire in the hearts of the people of Japan, where the couple serves as International Mission Board missionaries. They had been praying for God to open very specific doors -- doors that many people had told them were sealed shut. And they had been praying for God to soften hearts in a country many consider hard, cold and closed. Read More

  • High court weighs cake artist's liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (8 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court grilled four lawyers today (Dec. 5) in its effort to determine if a state can require a cake artist to design a cake for a same-sex wedding in spite of his free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion rights.

    The justices heard oral arguments in an appeal by Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop in a major case at the center of the growing legal and cultural skirmish between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

    The court is expected to issue an opinion next year before its term ends in late June or early July.

    Phillips, who is a Christian, declined to design and decorate a cake for the wedding of two men because of his belief marriage is between only a male and a female. But he told them he would make and sell them all other baked items. Read More

  • TN fires: Churches reflect on God's grace 1 year later

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (8 days ago)

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    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- For pastor Kim McCroskey and his congregation, the odyssey appears to be nearly over.

    After spending nearly exactly one year in temporary venues, the members of Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg will soon be returning to their original location.

    "The light at the end of the tunnel is really bright," McCroskey said. "We know we are about to come back home."

    Roaring Fork Baptist was destroyed last November -- losing its sanctuary and family life center -- in the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires that swept through the region. But after a long and steady recovery process, aided by Tennessee Baptist disaster relief teams and Builders for Christ, the church is scheduled to start hosting services on its campus again within the next few weeks. Read More

  • Fighting taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service , posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (8 days ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- Opponents of an Illinois law that would allow state funding of abortion on demand for state employees and Medicaid recipients have filed suit.

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law, known as HB 40, earlier this year, and the Thomas More Society filed suit last week on behalf of 10 pro-life organizations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, and eight state legislators filing as taxpayers. The suit, a request to "restrain and enjoin" a misuse of tax dollars, points out Illinois cannot afford the abortions it has promised to cover.

    Pro-life experts said they were watching the lawsuit closely because the outcome could have national implications. Read More

  • 'Genesis: Paradise Lost' docudrama back 1 final night

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (8 days ago)

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- A docudrama defending the Genesis 1 creation story is back in theaters one final night Dec. 11, producer Eric Hovind has announced.

    "Genesis: Paradise Lost" will show creation unfold in 3-D animation that Hovind described as utilizing "cutting-edge cinematography, trusted creation science and biblical accuracy" in a Nov. 28 press release. A panel discussion including historians, researchers, scientists and Christian leaders is included in the production.

    "Over the past 150 years, we have seen an increasing attack on the idea that God created the heavens and the earth," said Hovind, president of the ministry Creation Today. "By focusing on creation and the science behind it, 'Genesis: Paradise Lost' will reinforce how the universe was intelligently designed by a divine Creator." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Giving up

    by Rebecca Manry, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (8 days ago)

    After being successfully treated for cancer, Rebecca Manry encountered a new enemy: anxiety. Battling anxiety, she writes, requires a willingness to trust "the good plan of our good God." Read More