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For two years, the pandemic had prevented Heart of Clay Ministry from offering opportunities to inmates at the Clay County Correctional Facility. The return has been joyous not only for the inmates, but also for the volunteers who are seeing large groups return to the Bible studies.
Attendees to a recent meeting at a small country church on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota found armed guards at the church entrance. Then someone saw an AR-15, prompting a visit by the sheriff. It's the latest development in a battle for the soul of Singsaas Church near Astoria, South Dakota. The conflict pits a divisive new pastor and his growing nondenominational congregation, who revived the old church, and many descendants of the church's old families, worried about the future of a pioneer legacy.
"Many who think they are faithful never fully understand the practical implications of their beliefs, and what is actually demanded of them. And Christians are no less guilty of this than the faithful of any other religion."
"It would serve us well to remember ... You have never looked into the eyes of a person God doesn’t love."

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“To be human is to know the journey of transformation,” says author Kaitlin B. Curtice, a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian. “We need to learn how to walk together; to be people who walk alongside each other to hear each others’ stories.”
"Idolatry means the 'extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone.' That’s more than an apt description of America’s obsession with guns."
Five years ago, Inka Mathew felt a tug on her heart from God after she learned from a friend that Houston is a big hub for human trafficking. A freelance graphic designer, Mathew said God pulled on her heart to use her talents to help fight the slave trade, and the small business 139Made was born.
"The prayer is dear to Christians because Jesus, the son of God, teaches us to pray in this fashion. And while there are variations depending upon the Christian denomination, the prayer has remained fairly consistent in wording for hundreds of years."
"We’re all frayed from two years of living with anxiety, worry, division, financial concerns, employment concerns, separation from our loved ones, death and illness. And making our way back from this tender place is going to take time and intention. In other words, it’s going to take us emulating God’s lead."
Freedom Forum First Amendment specialist Kevin Goldberg breaks down why two key religious freedom cases before the Supreme Court this term matter to you — and predicts how the court will rule.

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When you are overwhelmed, whether by the circumstances of the world, or even just your own plight, take a minute to celebrate God’s abundance.
"Easter is not the end of the story! Quite frankly, it’s the beginning. Because it is through our daily interactions with others, the work we do to heal this beautiful and endangered planet and the welcoming of all living species into the Body of Christ, that the resurrection and its renewal is fulfilled."
"Easter is the high point in the Christian calendar in which, after having been mercilessly crucified, Jesus rises from the tomb, thus delivering a crushing blow to the sin, the death and the evil that has such a tight grip on this earthly world."

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