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After flareups, religious freedom bills get cold shoulder in two states

After flareups, religious freedom bills get cold shoulder in two states

The governors of North Carolina and Michigan, where legislators are weighing bills to strengthen religious freedom protections, are cooling to the idea after similar pushes in Indiana and Arkansas ignited controversy, media reports indicate.
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After falling 30 feet, this girl died and visited heaven. Then, another miracle happened.

After falling 30 feet, this girl died and visited heaven. Then, another miracle happened.

When Annabel Beam was five years old, she was diagnosed with two incurable life-threatening digestive disorders — pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and antral hypomotility disorder. As a result, she spent much of her life in and out of hospitals.
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Does being married bring you closer to God?

Does being married bring you closer to God?

Married mothers are more religious than single and cohabiting mothers, according to a new study from the Bowling Green National Center for Family and Marriage Research.
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If you wouldn't say it to someone else, why do you say it to yourself?

If you wouldn't say it to someone else, why do you say it to yourself?



You know those mean, nasty, negative little things you say to yourself all day? The ones about your weight, looks or perceived failures that you berate yourself over?
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Running for God: why marathons are catching on among the faithful

Running for God: why marathons are catching on among the faithful

At the start of the Boston Marathon next Monday, runners will congregate by a church that posts a banner with an appropriate Bible verse: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
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5 quotes from former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz on faith

5 quotes from former ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz on faith

Farewell, Lou Holtz.
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She died giving birth to her daughter, but an amazing miracle happened

She died giving birth to her daughter, but an amazing miracle happened

When Melanie and Doug Pritchard were preparing to have their first child, they searched for a doctor who would fight, if necessary, for both Melanie and the baby's lives.
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What if the 'fat talk' voice in your head was the actual label on your clothes?

What if the 'fat talk' voice in your head was the actual label on your clothes?



I'm guilty.
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ValueSpeak: Memory's rocky road

ValueSpeak: Memory's rocky road

Not too long ago my 60-something friend Curtis was asked to help supervise a Cub Scout hike. Soon after the hike began, one of the Cubs — 8-year-old Josh — started shadowing Curtis, and the two quickly became good friends.
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Faith groups urge Supreme Court to uphold traditional marriage

Faith groups urge Supreme Court to uphold traditional marriage

A group of 19 religious organizations has filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against same-sex marriage.
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What religious tolerance looks like in the age of RFRA

What religious tolerance looks like in the age of RFRA

When Indiana passed the initial version of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an adaptation of the federal law passed in 1993, the backlash was tremendous.
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Cancer patient receives a 'sweet 16' surprise

Cancer patient receives a 'sweet 16' surprise



Sixteen-year-old Abby Snider, was diagnosed with leukemia last year. She was unable to celebrate her fifteenth birthday, because of intensive treatements she was going through. For her sixteenth birthday, her parents wanted to do something really special for her, as Abby, like most girls her age, had been dreaming of it for years. However, due to mounting medical bills accruing over the last year, this was more of a wish than a possibility.
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When Orthodox Jewish husbands say 'no' to religious divorce, women languish in marital limbo

When Orthodox Jewish husbands say 'no' to religious divorce, women languish in marital limbo

The often complicated spectre of divorce is being made even more difficult for one group of women: Orthodox Jews, whose faith requires not only a civil court divorce, but a religious decree from the husband granting his wife a divorce.
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Why people are still talking about this theologian who plotted to kill Hitler

Why people are still talking about this theologian who plotted to kill Hitler

Seven decades after his execution for his role in a plot to assassinate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer continues to inspire Christians and others around the world with his message of spirituality and faith.
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What the Bush family can teach us about religion and family life

What the Bush family can teach us about religion and family life

Jeb Bush, a likely (very likely) 2016 presidential candidate, does not belong to the faith of his father. He also does not belong to the faith of his brother. Jeb Bush belongs to the faith of his wife.
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Yoga in school isn't religious teaching, California court rules

Yoga in school isn't religious teaching, California court rules

Teaching yoga as exercise doesn't stretch the Constitution's ban on government "establishing" a particular religion, a California court ruled last week after some parents challenged the Hindu-based system's presence in an Encinitas school.
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Are millennials programmed to cheat in college?

Are millennials programmed to cheat in college?

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the eighth commandment, "Thou shalt not steal."
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'Jesus ossuary' story resurfaces during Easter

'Jesus ossuary' story resurfaces during Easter

New geological evidence supposedly linking two disputed ancient Jerusalem ossuaries — burial boxes for bones — has resurrected a debate over whether the boxes labeled as containing the remains of a first-century "Jesus" and his brother "James" are relics of the messiah and his family.
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WWII vet celebrates his 90th birthday with an unlikely best friend

WWII vet celebrates his 90th birthday with an unlikely best friend



Friends are an important part of life, regardless of how young or old you are.
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Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

I have always wanted to be a creative mom.
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Letter to a stranger in a cemetery

Letter to a stranger in a cemetery

Dear sir in the cemetery,
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Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

Trying to overcome my Easter anxiety

I have always wanted to be a creative mom.
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Does 'A.D. The Bible Continues' live up to 'The Bible?'

Does 'A.D. The Bible Continues' live up to 'The Bible?'

The first episode of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's new Bible miniseries, "A.D. The Bible Continues," began with a literal whisper and ended with a heavenly bang. But will it be enough to keep audiences coming?
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Can you relate to this hilarious look at people who 'quit Facebook?'

Can you relate to this hilarious look at people who 'quit Facebook?'



Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — they're supposed to be fun places to interact with friends or acquaintances. Well ... socially. Social media should be mostly for fun and networking. Some people, however, take things a little too seriously.
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Life goes on: Why I didn't tell my dying father 'goodbye'

Life goes on: Why I didn't tell my dying father 'goodbye'

It was about this time of year when I saw my father for the last time.
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Kids may understand love better than you

Kids may understand love better than you



Love can be defined in may different ways, yet, it sometimes seems like we forget how to express it to others.
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Once unifying, religious freedom laws have become divisive

Once unifying, religious freedom laws have become divisive

In the span of a week, legislation aimed at protecting individual religious freedoms — adopted by a near unanimous Congress more than two decades ago and present in 20 states — went from benign measures with broad support to being attacked as a new "license to discriminate."
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Passover: An ancient and modern celebration

Passover: An ancient and modern celebration

In several weeks, the Jewish community from around the world will celebrate the commencement of Passover, one of the oldest of the Jewish festivals. The celebration is held to honor God and remember His deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptian pharaoh after 400 years of slavery. Pharaoh refused to free the Israelites, and God sent ten plagues to humble the Egyptians. The term “Passover” derives from the last plague, the night the destroying angel “passed over” all the doors that had been coated with lamb’s blood, thereby protecting the first-born sons inside. It comes from the Hebrew word ... Read More
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7 songs you didn't know were about Jesus

7 songs you didn't know were about Jesus

With the release of Sufjan Steven’s seventh studio album, “Carrie & Lowell,” all eyes are on depictions of Christian belief in popular music. Stevens has made quite the name for himself by being a critical force within the ever-fickle indie-music scene, who doesn’t shy away from inserting his religion into music.
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Easter, Passover summon faithful to worship, celebration

Easter, Passover summon faithful to worship, celebration

As Roman Catholic and Protestant observances of Good Friday coincide with the first night of Jewish Passover celebrations, even occasional worshippers are noting the season.
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Lives 'resurrected' at rescue missions, reaching addicted, homeless

Lives 'resurrected' at rescue missions, reaching addicted, homeless

Easter, when the world's Christians celebrate Jesus' resurrection, has an intensely personal meaning for Harold Eansor, a 69-year-old recovering alcoholic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Contemporary media are filled with relentlessly negative news from the Middle East: murders, kidnappings, bombings, suicide attacks, torture, brutal executions, missile attacks, air and drone strikes, failed leaders and states, anarchy, hundreds of thousands dead in wars, millions displaced and widespread human suffering.
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Muslim population to pull close to Christians worldwide by 2050, survey says

Muslim population to pull close to Christians worldwide by 2050, survey says

Christianity’s claim as the world’s top religious affiliation may be more tenuous by the middle of this century, a report released Thursday revealed.
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Why one family puts down their cellphones, car keys and pens once a week

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the fourth commandment, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
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Why one family puts down their cellphones, car keys and pens once a week

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the fourth commandment, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
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One family's tragedy becomes another family's miracle

One family's tragedy becomes another family's miracle



Have you ever had a major tragedy turn into a blessing or miracle for yourself or someone else?
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A blindfold and hugs from strangers. It's about trust. Would you or wouldn't you?

A blindfold and hugs from strangers. It's about trust. Would you or wouldn't you?



How much do you trust people — including strangers?
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ValueSpeak: The greatest thing you'll ever learn

ValueSpeak: The greatest thing you'll ever learn

Mike was hurting.
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Understand the significant days of the Easter season

Understand the significant days of the Easter season

Easter is the day Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated. However, there are three other days, often seen on calendars but not always understood, that are important as well. Following is a short synopsis explaining those long ago events and their significance.
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The morality of playing God with your baby's DNA

The morality of playing God with your baby's DNA

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
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The morality of playing God with your baby's DNA

The morality of playing God with your baby's DNA

Editor's Note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
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A place where Jesus actually stood

A place where Jesus actually stood

Holy Week is upon us, and that means the sheep of the Good Shepherd are flocking to Jerusalem once again.
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State bills to protect religious freedom advance, alarming some

State bills to protect religious freedom advance, alarming some

As Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a new law this week guaranteeing religious freedom against governmental interference, a debate over whether those laws can be used to trump anti-discrimination protections for lesbians and gays continues, along with the question of how best to legislatively balance those competing interests.
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This 10-year-old plays the trumpet. And he was born without arms

This 10-year-old plays the trumpet. And he was born without arms



Kids are amazing human beings and are mostly willing to try new things and seek to overcome obstacles. Sometimes, there are pretty huge obstacles to overcome along the way.
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Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Janet Perry has been a Catholic for more than 30 years, yet going to confession still makes her sweat.
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Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?

Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?

The late Christopher Hitchens once ranked, with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, among the “four horsemen” of the New Atheism. His most comprehensive attack on religious faith came in a best-seller called — and don’t miss the title’s lowercased first word — “god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (Twelve, 2009).
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Would you help this child? What happens next will have you in tears

Would you help this child? What happens next will have you in tears



If you passed someone in need, in desperation, would you stop to help?
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Heaven (visitation stories) can wait, Christian bookstore chain says

Heaven (visitation stories) can wait, Christian bookstore chain says

Heaven, apparently, can wait, a chain of Southern Baptist-owned bookstores says.
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The door is open, but why won't this dog come inside?

The door is open, but why won't this dog come inside?



Have you ever walked into what you thought was an open door, but it was really a closed screen door or a really clean glass door?
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First degree: How America recovered from a murder epidemic

First degree: How America recovered from a murder epidemic

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the sixth commandment: "Thou shalt not kill."
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