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The Tenth Chapter: To Despise the World and Serve God is Sweet

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Tenth Chapter: To Despise the World and Serve God is Sweet The Disciple NOW again I will speak, Lord, and will not be silent. I will speak to the hearing of my God, my Lord, and my King Who is in heaven. How great, O Lord, is the multitude of Your mercies which You have stored up for those who love You. But what are You to those who love You? What are You to those who serve You with their whole heart? Truly beyond the power of words is the sweetness of contemplation You give to those who love You. To me You have shown the sweetness of Your charity, especially in having made me when I did not exist, in having brought me back to serve You when I had gone far astray from You, in having commanded me to love You. O Fountain of unceasing love, what shall I say of You? How can I forget You, Who have been pleased …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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Family of Nursing Graduates Featured on Fort Myers TV

By jkatzman CBS affiliate WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Fla., profiled the Wilson family, a mother, father, and son who all graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Nursing and now all work for Lee Memorial Health System. With the growing demand for health care professionals, including nurses, this helps demonstrate that it is never too late to pursue a second career. Click here to view the story on WINK-TV’s website. …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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20 and Counting: Abortion Facilities Continue to Close Due to Texas Pro-Life Law

By Garrett Haley DALLAS – A north Texas abortion center has become the twentieth abortion facility in the Lone Star State to close its doors as a result of pro-life legislation recently signed by Texas Governor Rick Perry. For over 30 years, Northpark Medical Group has offered abortion procedures to women in the Dallas area. The facility’s website describes the center as “being the foremost and preeminent provider of first and second trimester abortion services up to 15 weeks in the Dallas area.” According to reports, Northpark Medical Group is affiliated with Texas abortionist Douglas Karpen. As previously reported, Karpen allegedly killed babies born alive during late-term abortion procedures, but he was cleared of all wrongdoings by a Texas grand jury late last year. Now, Karpen’s Northpark Medical Group abortion center in Dallas has reportedly closed its doors because its abortionists failed to meet required health standards. Specifically, the abortionists were unable to meet the increased health standards of a pro-life bill—HB2—signed by Governor Rick Perry last summer. As previously reported, HB2 bans most abortions after 20 weeks gestation and requires all abortion facilities to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Pro-abortion activists have condemned the new standards, saying Texas politicians …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Republican Pa. Governor Won’t Appeal Ruling Striking Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ban

By Heather Clark HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Republican governor of Pennsylvania has decided not to appeal a federal ruling striking down the Commonwealth’s ban on same-sex ‘marriage,’ stating that he felt it would be ‘extremely unlikely’ that he would succeed. “As a Roman Catholic, the traditional teaching of my faith has not wavered. I continue to maintain the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement released on Wednesday. “ my duties as governor require that I follow the laws as interpreted by the courts and make a judgment as to the likelihood of a successful appeal.” “Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones’ decision,” he stated. “It is my hope that as the important issue of same-sex relationships continues to be addressed in our society, that all involved be treated with respect.” As previously reported, a federal judge appointed by then-President George W. Bush, who is known for his 2005 ruling against the teaching of Intelligent …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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American Pastor Incarcerated in Iran Beaten at Hospital, Returned to Prison

By Heather Clark An American pastor incarcerated in Iran was recently beaten at a local hospital and returned to prison, according to reports. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) issued an update on Tuesday that the family members of Saeed Abedini confirmed that the pastor had been “severely beaten” at an Iranian hospital and “forcibly returned to prison.” As previously reported, Abedini, a former Muslim turned Christian, left Iran in 2005 and moved to the United States with his wife and children to find religious freedom. Last fall, he traveled back to Iran to build an orphanage and visit his parents—and was about to return to the states—when he was taken into custody. Abedini was later charged with threatening the national security of Iran, and for attempting to turn youth in the nation away from Islam and toward Christianity. He was then sentenced to eight years in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, where he has spent the past year. In November, he was transported to Rajai Shahr Prison, which was believed to pose an even greater threat to Abedini’s health and safety. In March, Abedini made headlines as matters turned abruptly hostile just as he was set to receive treatment for injuries resulting from …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Enrolls First Muslim Student

By Heather Clark FORT WORTH, Texas – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, has enrolled its first Muslim student and is defending its decision to accept the applicant despite concern and criticism. According to reports, Ghassan Nagagren, a Palestinian Muslim, recently completed his first year of studies at the Christian seminary as he is pursuing a doctorate in archaeology. Nagagren has been volunteering with the seminary for the past six years at an archaeological site in Israel. Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma, wrote about the matter on his personal website Friday, decrying the seminary for enrolling Nagagren and urging the Southern Baptist Convention to address the issue. “Something very strange and bizarre is happening at Southwestern and Southern Baptists should intervene before we lose our seminary to evangelical irrelevancy,” he wrote. “The admission of a practicing Muslim who prays toward Mecca five times a day, who refuses to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who will leave the School of Theology and presumably work against the good news of Jesus Christ is something that should concern every Southern Baptist who funds theological education with Cooperative Program money.” Burleson said that he is concerned that Southwestern …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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News: The Great Baby Commission

By Sunday Oguntola (in Lagos) and Kevin P. Emmert One of Africa’s fastest-growing churches wants to expand by having as many children as possible. One year ago, the reportedly “fastest-growing church in Africa” dedicated a $15.5 million, 10,000-seat conference center in a sparse prairie town northeast of Dallas whose population is less than 1 percent black. The auditorium was just the beginning, said officials with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)—a fish farm, schools, and a university were on the way. The church is offering free land to members willing to build a home on the 788-acre campus, and plans to expand its Pavilion Center to seat 1 million. It sounded audacious, but then so did its statistics: The Pentecostal denomination that started in Nigeria in 1952 opened its first American congregation in Detroit in 1992. Between 2009 and 2013, it nearly doubled its churches in North America to 720. But when the RCCG’s longtime leader, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, returns for the North American branch’s convention in June, not much will have changed. Doyin Oke, chief operating officer, says the RCCG has about the same number of North American churches it did a year ago. Church planting, however, is not RCCG’s only strategy for growth. Even among West Africans, who have some of …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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