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Kay Warren Shares Powerful Tips for Ministering to Those Struggling with Mental Illness, Suicidal Thoughts

"If we weren't so afraid of talking honestly about suicidal thoughts, we could provide the kind of listening ear, warm arm around the shoulder, and tender care that could walk struggling people through a crisis." -Kay Warren



Pray: Christian-Killing Al-Shabaab is Behind Somalia's Worst-Ever Bombing

(Somalia)—[] The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, which is known for hunting down and killing Christians, carried out Saturday's massive bombing in Mogadishu that killed as many as 302 people, Somalian officials have said... Click here to read....


Archaeologists Uncover 'Enormous Find' with Roman-Era Surprise Beneath Jerusalem's Western Wall

Archaeologists hope to open the site to the public in a few years.

(Jerusalem, Israel)—[CBN News] The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) unveiled a huge underground section of the Western Wall on Monday that had been hidden for nearly two thousand years and while digging, they also discovered a Roman-era surprise....


Caught on Camera: These Roofers were Just Responding to a Nearby Game's Playing of the National Anthem; Now They're Seen as Patriots

[] Three Maine roofers put their hammers down and stood up to show respect for the national anthem on Saturday, in the process unknowingly posing for a photo that's been used to symbolize one side of the contentious nationwide debate about "The Star-Spangled Banner"... Click here to read. (Photo: Three Maine roofers stand for the playing of the national anthem/Credit: Michelle Lyons Cossar/via FoxNews....


European Philosophers, Academics, Warn Their Citizens in Groundbreaking Manifesto: "Protect Our Borders and Restore Marriage if You Want to Survive"

"In the roiling sea of sexual liberty, the deep desires of our young people to marry and form families are often frustrated. A liberty that frustrates our heart's deepest longings becomes a curse. Our societies seem to be falling into individualism, isolation and aimlessness ... It is our duty to speak the truth: The Generation of '68 destroyed but did not build. They created a vacuum now filled by social media, cheap tourism and pornography." -The Paris Statement, signed by French, Belgian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, English, German, and Dutch philosophers and academics

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Surprising Win for California Churches: Governor Jerry Brown Strikes Down Anti-Faith Law

"This bill would have required—with heavy fines and even criminal penalties—religious institutions to tolerate employee behavior directly contradicting the organizational mission." -Brad Dacus

(Sacramento, CA)—[CBN News] California's governor shot down a bill that would have prevented faith-based organizations from enforcing their own ethical codes and standards....


Syria: Fighting Over, U.S.-Backed Alliance 'Fully' Recaptures ISIS 'Capital' of Raqqa

(Raqqa, Syria)—[BBC News] A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State's one-time "capital" of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a five-month assault... Click here to read....


California Wildfires: Local Pastors Identify 3 of the Best Ways Christians Can Help

"While the below may not seem like enough, it is what has been communicated by local teams until the fires are contained. At this stage, these pastors have identified 3 different critical needs." -Transforming the Bay with Christ (TBC)

(Northern California)— [] As wildfires continue to devastate large swaths of northern California, a group of 40 local pastors have identified the three ways Christians across the country can help those affected....


Netanyahu Condemns Iran for Persecuting Christians: Uses Bible to Explain Why Israel Helps Others

"Israel is a light unto the nations." -Benjamin Netanyahu

(Israel)—[CBN News] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on a group of Christian journalists to put a spotlight on the persecution of Christians under Iran's Islamic regime....


"WORSHIP RELIEF": How Joel Osteen, Hillsong, Bethel Joined Forces for Houston Hurricane Victims

The foundation of "WORSHIP RELIEF: Houston, You're Not Alone" is a prayer that Houston would come worship, being encouraged in His presence and see revival in the midst of rebuilding the city.

(Houston, TX)—[CBN News] A special night of music and uplifting messages to benefit hurricane relief for the city of Houston took place Sunday night at the Lakewood Church in Houston....


Big Bang Theory Actress Explains How Dressing and Acting Modestly Has Helped Protect Her from Hollywood Pitfalls

[] Actress Mayim Bialik wrote in her NY Times op-ed: "I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise. I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don't act flirtatiously with men as a policy"... Click here to read....


Army Sgt. Bergdahl Pleads Guilty to Desertion, Misbehavior

[] Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty Monday to charges he endangered comrades by walking away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009—the court case wrapping up just three years after a stunning Rose Garden spectacle in which former President Barack Obama, flanked by Bergdahl's parents, triumphantly announced the soldier's release from captivity... Click here to read. (Photo: Army Sgt....


Here's Why the United States Must Pass Legislation to Ban Late-Term Abortions

According to doctors, by 20 weeks, pre-born babies "feel pain more intensely than adults because of development of their neurological mechanisms."

[] Faithwire Opinion is a platform to discuss opinions and points of view from a variety of perspectives and voices. The opinions or information put forth by contributors/authors are exclusive to them and do not necessarily represent the views of Faithwire....


Check Out These Awesome Photos of The Proud Lion of Judah in Israel

Did you know that the lion is the official emblem of Jerusalem?

(Israel) — [] Jerusalem, as any resident or visitor will attest, is home to many cats. And while debate rages over the good and evil of Jerusalem's ubiquitous strays, another proud member of the feline family is even more visible to those with an attentive eye: the Jerusalem lion. (Photo by Yehoshua Halevi via Israel21c....


Actor Tim Allen Finally Speaks About "Last Man Standing's" Sudden Cancellation

"There is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character." -Tim Allen

[] ABC's sudden 'Last Man Standing' cancellation caught everyone off guard, including the show's star, Tim Allen. And now, the actor is finally speaking out about the way the network handled the unexpected decision. (Photo Credit: Christian Headlines....


Breaking! Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal

[] President Trump announced Friday he will decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying he believes the "radical regime" has committed multiple violations of the agreement as he kicked a decision over whether to restore sanctions back to Congress… click here to continue reading....


Good News: Pentagon Drops Southern Poverty Law Center's Anti-Christian 'Hate' Materials

The SPLC routinely attacks conservative Christian groups, labeling the staunchly American values-based Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel, and the family-promoting Family Research Council as "hate" groups because of their religious beliefs.

(Washington, DC) — [CBN News] Pentagon sources tell CBN News the Department of Defense has officially severed all ties to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)....


"In America, We Don't Worship Government—We Worship God": President Trump's Address At 2017 Values Voter Summit

[] President Trump underscored his administration’s commitment to families and religious freedom Friday, saying that “times have changed, now they’re changing back.” Trump addressed an audience at the Values Voter Summit Friday, marking a milestone as the first sitting president to appear before the group… Click here to read....


President Trump Stops 'Massive Subsidies' of Obamacare, Allowing 'Choice and Competition'

"…this is promoting healthcare, choice and competition all across the United States. This is going to be something that millions and millions of people will be signing up for and they're going to be very happy. This will be great healthcare."

[CBN News] President Donald Trump has taken a step to roll back another part of President Obama's legacy—Obamacare....


Researchers May Have Found Santa Claus' Tomb, And it's Nowhere Near the North Pole

To finally put all the theories surrounding St. Nicholas to rest, archeologists are going to have to find out what truly lies beneath the mosaic floor of the Demre church. They'll start by taking apart the mosaic piece by piece.

airlift[CBN News] A team of researchers in Turkey have unearthed what they believe is the grave of St. Nicholas, a generous 4th-century bishop who inspired the [Santa Claus] Christmas tale many children hold dear today. (Photo Credit: stnicholascenter....


Israel's Radical New Approach to Psychological First Aid That Helps Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress

The success of the Six Cs model has been documented. For example, in the summer of 2014, residents of an Israeli town on the Gaza border who were traumatized by rocket fire did not develop post-traumatic stress disorder if they had been treated on the scene according to Farchi's protocol.

[] When dealing with someone in psychological trauma, most people instinctively hold, calm and soothe the person. (Photo: Israeli trauma expert Moshe Farchi working with children affected by the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines/courtesy/via Israel21c....


The Story Behind This Iconic Photo: Las Vegas Survivor's Tearful Search Goes On

"...God saw me through it ... and it's a story of hope."

[CBN News] Californian Sheri Sletten was at the Route 91 concert in Las Vegas when shots rang out. As bullets whizzed by, she stopped to help some of the injured. A photo of her sitting on a curb, exhausted and traumatized has been viewed around the world....


Harvey Weinstein, a Prophetic Glimpse of Hollywood, and How You Can Intercede in Prayer

The Lord has allowed Weinstein's perversion to be revealed, because He wants to do something dramatic. He has shifted the intercessory battle from the special forces to the Church at large, calling us all to pray.

[] "You have to sleep your way to the top in Hollywood." This has been the unspoken Hollywood secret for decades: the powerful manipulate, corrupt, and abuse the young and vulnerable. Harvey Weinstein was not isolated. His behavior is part of the ethos of Hollywood studio culture....


'Our Rights Come from God': Judge Upholds Congressional Prayer Despite Atheist Challenge

"Recently, especially following the return of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, this institution has been reminded about the power of prayer. I commend the District Court for its decision, and I am grateful that the People's House can continue to begin its work each day as we have for centuries: taking a moment to pray to God." -House Speaker Paul Ryan

(Washington, DC)—[CBN News] Congress will continue opening sessions in prayer after a challenge to the tradition by an atheist....


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Plucky Duck Commander Phil Robertson Asks Politicians, Media Outlets, "Do Y'all Love or Hate Jesus?"

The politically incorrect reality star is unapologetic about ruffling feathers: "What did I hear today? That a girl can now be a Boy Scout? The name is 'Boy Scout.' How hard is that to understand? If ... Hollywood elites are going to pressure a network and advertisers to abandon me for saying something that is common sense as 'you need to be a boy to be a Boy Scout,' then I am going to go where they can't silence me. I have never been one to shut up."

(West Monroe, LA)—[Gospelherald....


Elite British Snipers Shot Dead ISIS Militants Seconds before They Could Behead Christian Family

(Mosul, Iraq)—[] An elite team of British snipers shot dead a group of ISIS militants just moments before they executed a Christian family. According to a source close to the military, the incident took place in Mosul back in July, though details are only just emerging now... Click here to read....


Scientists Witness Huge Cosmic Crash: Find Origins of Gold

[AP] "We already knew that iron came from a stellar explosion, the calcium in your bones came from stars and now we know the gold in your wedding ring came from merging neutron stars," said University of California Santa Cruz's Ryan Foley... Click here to read. (Screengrab: illustration of two neutron stars colliding/via NASA....


Biopsy Report After Natalie Grant's Surgery: It Was Cancer, But God Has Strengthened Her Faith

"It just further confirms in my heart and my mind that we experience and learn more about the character of God in the valley than we ever will in a mountaintop. I've never heard God speak audibly, but I know what His presence feels like, and He's been so kind and so near." -Natalie Grant

(Nashville, TN)—[] CCM artist Natalie Grant has revealed that two tumors discovered on the right side of her thyroid were, in fact, cancerous—but doctors "got it all" in a surgery she underwent last week. (Photo: Natalie Grant/via GospelHerald....


Senate Candidate Roy Moore of Alabama: "Bringing Back the Knowledge of God Will be My Priority"

"When we become one nation under God again, when liberty and justice for all reigns across our land, we will be truly good again." -Roy Moore

(Washington, DC)—[] Roy Moore, the strongly pro-life, pro-family Alabama judge running for the U.S. Senate, said there's a "wide discrepancy" between his pro-life views and the pro-abortion views of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. (Photo: Judge Roy Moore/Claire Chretien/ LifeSiteNews....


"Protecting Citizens From Conception to Natural Death" is Declared TOP Priority in Trump Administration: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

"It's a sign of the power of the abortion lobby that it's big news for HHS to acknowledge the kind of science every kid learns K-12: that a new human life is created at the moment of conception, growing, responding to stimuli, exhibiting all the signs of life that NASA keeps looking for on distant planets." -Kristan Hawkins

(Washington, DC)—[] NOTE: The draft plan is up for public comment on the HHS website, or via email at (more)

Natalie Grant Praises God for Outcome of Her Thyroid Surgery

"It'll be a minute before I belt out 'How Great Thou Art again.' But Jesus protected my voice during surgery, and I know He'll restore it to full strength ...We will share pathology news early next week." -Natalie Grant

airlift(Nashville, TN)—[] CCM artist Natalie Grant has revealed there was "no damage done" to her vocal chords after undergoing thyroid surgery to remove tumors and praised God for the positive news....


Bishop T.D. Jakes: "Domestic Disturbances are Going to be a Distraction from the Threats We're Getting from Outside the U.S."

Bishop Jakes is calling on Americans to focus on the real threats to our borders.

(Dallas, TX)—[CBN News] Once dubbed "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine, Bishop T.D. Jakes calls the country to focus on the real threats to our borders.  Jakes says the United States has many enemies and he is concerned that the "domestic turbulence is going to be a distraction from the threats we are getting outside of the U.S." (Photo: Bishop T.D....


'Cleansed and Reborn in JESUS Name!': NFL Team Uses Hotel Pool for Baptism Prior to Last Night's Big Game

"Christianity is all about love and showing that love and that kindness and that grace." -QB Carson Wentz

[] The Philadelphia Eagles could possibly be the most spiritually active NFL team around. (Photo: Baptism in the hotel pool/Marcus Johnson/Twitter/via Faithwire....


Kellyanne Conway: "When I Get to the White House in the Morning, I Say a Prayer as I Walk in"

"It took a Manhattan billionaire male who for part of his adult life was pro-choice—for abortion rights—to give the most impassioned defense of life I had ever heard from a presidential debate podium on October 19th last year." -Kellyanne Conway

airlift(Washington, DC)—[] The first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign and now one of President Trump's top counselors said she prays as she walks into the White House each morning. (Photo: Kellyanne Conway/via LifeSiteNews....


Indian Supreme Court: Sex with Teen Brides Now Considered Rape

Women and children's rights advocates are calling this move a major step toward protecting young girls although some are concerned with how the law will be enforced and if men can be punished for past crimes.

(India)—[CBN News] The Indian Supreme Court has implemented a new rule aimed at cutting down on spousal rape and even consensual sex with teenage brides....


House of Representatives Passes Bill Honoring Frederick Douglass

As we approach the bicentennial of Douglass' birth, all Americans should learn more about his work as an abolitionist and his lasting influence on our nation's culture...

(Washington, DC)—[] On Wednesday, October 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2989, the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act.  Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2989, and released the following statement lauding its passage: (Image: Frederick Douglass/via azgovernor....


How This Lesbian at Yale Found Jesus after Reading C.S. Lewis

"I knew the Bible was clear: What I wanted was off-limits. But I didn't understand why. How could love, intimacy, and companionship be forbidden by this loving, intimate, companion-seeking God?"

[God Reports] Her parents met at a gay nightclub in San Francisco. Mom was looking for a safe place to dance and dad happened to be the security guard at the club....


[Watch] What These Patriotic Coal Miners Do before Going Underground Will Make You Proud

By the way, Josh has an amazing voice! I wouldn't be surprised if—when this video finally makes it to the White House—he finds his performance on the President's Twitter feed.

[] One of the latest viral videos to make the social media rounds is of a shift crew of coal miners gathered for their daily safety meeting, held prior to descending into the mines....


Trump Admin Pulls U.S. out of UNESCO Citing Anti-Israel Bias

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform of the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO."

[CBN News] The US State Department has announced the United States will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after a series of decisions by the UN body displayed what the Trump administration sees as clear hostility toward Israel....


PRAY: Death Toll Hits 31 As California Infernos Grow to Size of NYC

Grim search for victims is on in the deadliest week of wildfires in the history of the state.

(Sonoma, CA) — [] Teams with cadaver dogs began a grim search Thursday for more dead in parts of California wine country devastated by wildfires, resorting in some cases to serial numbers stamped on medical implants to identify remains that turned up in the charred ruins. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jae C....


Dr. Corinne Weaver: Identify Inflammation in Your Body; Treat It for a Healthier You, Here's How

For digestion distress, I recommend taking 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before meals. If apple cider vinegar is new to you, start with 1 teaspoon and mix with small amount of water and honey if desired.

One of the first steps in my office is to identify the inflammation in your body so that we can start removing what is causing your body to be inflamed. We can use thermographic analysis to determine if you have any inflammation in your nerves, lungs, sinuses, or gut. (Photo: Dr. Corinne Weaver/via drcorinneweaver....


BCN Exclusive Interview: a First-Person Account of Last Weekend's Awaken the Dawn Event in DC through the Eyes of Worship Leader/Singer-Songwriter Hannah Ford

"It moved us forward! It was powerful! Regardless of what the news does or doesn't report, I know God heard the prayers, the cries, the repentant hearts. He saw many races come together with love and tears to fight for the souls of our young and old, and the unborn. He saw us cry out to have a realignment to His morals and heart....


Lee Strobel on Sharing the Gospel with Hugh Hefner: 'He was Really Engaged'

Although neither Strobel nor anyone else can say whether Hefner ever repented and accepted Christ, even in his last moments, we can be sure that God was using Strobel's willingness to share the Good News.

airlift[] Renowned Christian apologist Lee Strobel recently shared how he had an opportunity to have a conversation with Playboy founder and cultural icon Hugh Hefner before Hefner's death on September 27, 2017....


Boy Scouts Cave to Pressure Yet Again with 'Bombshell Announcement'—They Will Allow Girls

"When you lose your moral compass the next thing to go is the courage and conviction to navigate in contrary times." -Mark Hancock, Trail Life

[Reprinted with permission from Todd Starnes] The Boy Scouts dropped a bombshell announcement, Wednesday—they are going gender inclusive. The BSA is about to open its tents to girls—from Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts....


Israeli Toddler Who Nearly Drowned Dances Five Days Later

"The chances of this kind of CPR succeeding on a young boy in this situation are infinitesimal."

(Jerusalem, Israel)—[] The 2-year-old boy, whose first name is Elchanan, left his family's sukkah in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood after lunch Oct. 5 and wandered away to a nearby pond, where he slipped and fell in. The toddler was underwater for some time before he was found by his parents, who called for help, according to United Hatzalah. Two volunteer emergency medical technicians were close by and arrived about two minutes later....


[Watch] This 11-Year-Old's Reaction to Life-changing, Great News Will Warm Your Heart

"...a sweet reminder today that life can be, and still is, beautiful in spite of it all." –Jackie Alexander

(South Jordan, Utah)—In case you've been like me of late—scanning the headlines, looking for SOME good news—you'll appreciate the following story, which a co-worker sent me today (thank you Peter). It's positively heart-warming! (Screengrab: Instagram/via KUTV....


Canada Reports Nearly 2,000 Assisted Suicide Deaths in First Year of Legalization

Based on the number of reported assisted deaths, it is possible that Canada will quickly surpass the Netherlands and Belgium.

airlift(Canada)—[Euthanasia Prevention Coalition/via LifeSiteNews] The data from Health Canada's second Interim Report on assisted dying states that there were 1982 reported assisted deaths (1,977 reported euthanasia deaths and five reported assisted-suicide deaths) in the first year (June 17, 2016-June 30, 2017) since legalization. (Image via Euthanasia Prevention Coalition/via LifeSiteNews....


CBN's David Brody Interviews Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Christian Cake Bakers Have a 'Fundamental Right and Ought to be Respected'

" the 1990's we passed a religious freedom restoration act that said the government should not constrict a person's religious belief without a compelling reason to do so. So we think that statute has been ignored too often and not respected sufficiently." -AG Jeff Sessions


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