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Prayer List: Mass Starvation Killing Hundreds of Venezuelan Children

Venezuelan selling food in 2012, before the oil prices dropped and the economy failed.

In a heartbreaking news article, The New York Times reports that in 2018 almost 400 Venezuelan children died from starvation at nine public hospitals following emergency room visits.

Dr. Livia Machado told The Times, “Never in my life had I seen so many hungry children.” Dr. Milagros Hernández describes the tragic conditions of her patients, “Children arrive with the same weight and height of a newborn.

Prayer List

* Pray for Venezuela’s starving citizens to receive the food and nutrients they need for physical health.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the parents and siblings of children grieving the loss of family members.
* Pray for the physical, emotional and spiritual health of parents, doctors, nurses and other care givers struggling at this time.
* Pray for Venezuela’s political leaders to change their destructive economic policies or be replaced by politicians that will pursue policies that would rebuild the economy.

Unreached People of the Day

Thursday: Magh in Myanmar
Friday: Arab, Jordanian in Canada

Operation World Prayer Focus

Thursday: Global Hot Spots
Friday: The Church Worldwide

Birthday Prayer Lists

Have you prayed for the salvation of all your friends? Why not turn your Facebook friend list into a prayer list? It shouldn't take long to pray for each friend on their birthday.

Some Christians also pray for entertainers, politicians and media personalities on their birthday.

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Baptist Press

  • newFormer heroin addict finds Christ in fishing village
    "I believe this. I want to be baptized." Mark was just one of the men recovering from heroin addiction at "The Well," a rehabilitation center founded by Southern Baptist missionaries in sub-Saharan Africa. His new start in recovery led to his new beginning in eternal life.<br>
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  • newLife of service leads couple to Bapt. mission
    Richard and Amy Greene of Prestonsburg stand inside the food pantry at the Freeda Harris Baptist Center in Elkhorn City, Ky. On July 1, the couple took over the mercy ministry center from Greg and Alice Whitetree, who retired after running the center for 35 years.
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  • newHe has 2 mothers to provide life-giving support
    A mother who gave her baby up for adoption and the mother who raised him share a common goal of helping their son through a difficult season in life.<br>
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  • newMiddle Eastern men delve into God's Word
    A local believer in Middle East is faithfully leading a Bible study for a group of his friends who decided to follow Jesus. They face persecution because of their choice.<br>
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  • newAbortion providers adjust to new federal funding rules
    Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers said last week they will go without federal family planning money after the Trump administration began enforcement of new pro-life rules on July 15. <br>
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Berean Research

  • Lou Engel ends “The Call” to usher in Billy Graham’s “mantle”
    Millions of young people around the world are being told that they can soon supernaturally receive the hovering mantle of evangelism from the late Billy Graham, and that this opportunity will be theirs on February 23. Please hear me, Christian, there is no “mantle” from any person dead or alive that we are to activate […]The post Lou Engel ends “The Call” to usher in Billy Graham’s “mantle” appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • Holding on.
    Discernment Ministry. What do you think of when you hear or read that term? Does your nose wrinkle a little? Does your upper lip curl in disgust? A lot of good, solid, caring, sheep-loving discerning writers are being told not to quit their day jobs due to the actions of a few. Whether those actions […]The post Holding on. appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • Why we “Mark and Avoid”
    There is a growing trend to dismiss the Bible in a world that says, “you can’t believe a book that’s a couple thousand years old,” as Rob Bell has done. Bell recently made these statements and said that the Church is very close to embracing gay marriage. If you haven’t boldly marked false teachers, people […]The post Why we “Mark and Avoid” appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • Liberation-Not For Everybody
    Youth Testify, a new program launched by Advocates for Youth and the National Network of Abortion Funds is “helping young people advocate for their reproductive rights and reframe the narrative around abortion.” Reframe the narrative? According to Peter Jones, re-framing means that “not a word of warning will be given to young women about the death knell that will forever […]The post Liberation-Not For Everybody appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • Andy Stanley: “Most Former Christians Still Have a Crush on Jesus”
    Megachurch leader Andy Stanley has made some interesting statements over the past few years. Most notably are his statements distancing himself from the authority of Scripture. Easy to mark and avoid a teacher like this, right? Actually, not so easy. Stanley’s many marketable brands include curricula for children, teens, adults, couples…and many well-meaning church staff […]The post Andy Stanley: “Most Former Christians Still Have a Crush on Jesus” appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 26 Sep 18, 10:36am -

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Christian Post

Christianity Today

  • The Nazis Persecuted Him. The Soviets Killed Him. Today He’s Barely Known.
    James Edwards’s biography recovers the memory of German theologian Ernst Lohmeyer.Whenever I teach the history of 20th-century Europe, I incorporate stories from Christians who resisted the evils of totalitarianism. That list always includes martyred anti-Nazis like the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the university student Sophie Scholl. But thanks to theologian James R. Edwards, this fall I can add one more name to that cloud of witnesses: the German Lutheran Ernst Lohmeyer, who stood fast against Nazism and survived fighting in two world wars, only to be executed by Soviet authorities in 1946.Having first encountered Lohmeyer’s commentary on the Gospel of Mark in graduate school, Edwards’s interest was kindled on a 1979 visit to Greifswald, East Germany. A local pastor told him that “we cannot mention the name of Ernst Lohmeyer” in the city whose university Lohmeyer served as theology professor and president. As he began a decades-long research project, Edwards “joined the small company of people dedicated to remembering, recovering, and recording the life of Ernst Lohmeyer.”His labors have resulted in a new biography, Between the Swastika & the Sickle: The Life, Disappearance, & Execution of Ernst Lohmeyer. I hope it finds an audience among many Christian readers, for whom Lohmeyer’s life should serve as both an inspiring and cautionary tale.Deepest TrialsThe story begins at the turn of the 20th century, in the home of a Lutheran pastor whose fourth son followed him into the clergy. Young Ernst concluded his 1912 ordination sermon with Jesus’ admonition that the “truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The liberating power of truth became a recurring theme in his life, forming him, as Edwards writes, “to follow a unique course ...Continue reading...
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  • From DC to Mecca, Should ‘Human Dignity’ Be the New ‘Religious Freedom’?
    Shift in human rights language could allow for greater acceptance in the Muslim world.In his opening remarks at the second US Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo challenged every major world religion and secular society—and also invited them in.“We all agree that fighting so that each person is free to believe, free to assemble, and to teach the tenets of his or her own faith is not optional,” said Pompeo last week to the almost 1,000 participants from civil society and more than 100 invited foreign delegations gathered at the US State Department. “Indeed, it is a moral imperative that this be permitted.”But do all actually agree? A change in human rights language might make the difference.And could Saudi Arabia improbably become the next champion?At the first ministerial last year, the State Department invited participating nations to sign the Potomac Declaration and Call to Action, validating a vision of religious freedom grounded in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).At a side event during the second ministerial, Knox Thames, the State Department’s Special Advisor for Religious Minorities, spelled out several international cooperative accomplishments. But he told CT that it would have taken far too much negotiation to get other nations to put their pen to the Potomac paper.The panel, organized by the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI), studied six recent international human rights declarations, including the Potomac one.RFI’s director for education, David Trimble, emphasized that each generation does well to restate the UDHR, because “language changes” and the once-meaningful 1950s concept of freedom of religion has faded with the millennial generation.Thus, the term might need to be updated, and ...Continue reading...
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  • Interview: What the Ordination Debate Misses: Laywomen in Ministry
    Complementarians and egalitarians share common ground in lay leadership.As managing editor of the Christian Research Journal and a women’s ministry trainer in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Melanie Cogdill has had ample opportunity to closely observe the unique discipleship challenges faced by evangelical women. In Beyond the Roles: A Biblical Foundation for Women and Ministry, Cogdill has gathered essays from various authors who explore a theological foundation for women’s ministry and also delve into 14 practical issues often found in female-centered ministries. CT spoke with Cogdill to find out more about her burden for women’s discipleship in the church.Why were you particularly burdened for a book that went “beyond the roles”?Several years ago, I was in the exhibit hall for the Evangelical Theological Society, where the attendees are more than 95 percent men. The books some publishers had put out were ones for women that focused on marriage and motherhood. Literally hundreds of books come across my desk at work each year, and I have very rarely if ever seen a volume that addresses laywomen in ministry.Sure, many books address exegetical issues regarding women’s roles in ordained leadership but not the particular issues women face as they minister to other women. As someone on the national women’s leadership team for my denomination, I wanted to let church leaders know that there is a fully developed ministry philosophy that doesn’t focus on a woman’s stage of life or marital status but that is all about equipping women in discipleship in the local church.These essays don’t cover the exegetical debate about women's ordination. Why not?I have spent my career working in theology and apologetics, and I have seen many, ...Continue reading...
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  • You Don't Accidentally Evangelize: If You Don’t Prioritize It, It Won’t Happen
    We need to bring intentionality to our gospel witness today.Evangelism has fallen out of style.Sure, some of us are trying to keep it at the forefront of our churches’ thinking, but stats don’t lie: While 79% of unchurched people said they would engage in a faith conversation if asked, only 39% of Christians have shared how to accept Jesus in the past six months. That’s a wide margin by any measure.This means that over 60% of people are not telling our world about Jesus—even on an annual basis. This is a sad reality. Of all the activities in the church, evangelism is most likely to be neglected and thus, we actually do need to make it great again in a world which offers us so many competing priorities.Both evangelism and social action are part of the mission of Jesus. Jesus came to serve the hurting (Luke 4:18ff) and save the lost (Luke 19:10). We do similarly as we join Jesus in that mission.However, in almost every era, when Christians hold the values of gospel proclamation and gospel demonstration, it is proclamation that gets lost. So, I believe in what is often called “integral mission,” but I also think we have to find a way to be sure that evangelism does not get lost.And, in 2019, evangelism is getting lost.I call this being an “integral prioritist.” I love mission, social action, and discipleship. These are all good things — even essential things. But I have to find a way to prioritize the thing that gets lost— to prioritize evangelism. In 2019, we all need to consider how to be sure that evangelism does not get lost.Historical intentionalityIf we go back to the 1930s and 40s and look at the Wesleyan, Pentecostal, or Baptist traditions, Spring and Fall revivals were commonplace. These were intentional times where ...Continue reading...
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  • 6 Keys to Reproducing Normal-Size Churches
    All churches can, and should, reproduce.Language of sending is common in evangelical vernacular in recent years. Church planting initiatives rank at the top of the agenda of denominations and networks throughout North America. It’s exceedingly clear that lasting change in the evangelization of North America requires far more healthy, faithful churches than we currently have. But what part does the normal church play in getting us there?Granted, “normal” is a vague word—loaded with assumptions and baggage. For the sake of conversation, let’s define “normal” based on church size alone and provide a simple metric. The normal church in North America is a church with fewer than 200 people in attendance on any Sunday. Some would go further and suggest that the normal church is far smaller, something akin to an average Sunday attendance of 75 people. But for our purposes the threshold of 250 will suffice. Others note that many of these small churches have aberrant doctrine, anemic leadership, and divisive congregations. This point is hard to argue, yet it’s overly simplistic and naive to suggest that this reality is the only rationale for the size of a church. Thousands upon thousands of these churches—in which the Bible is taught, the gospel is proclaimed, and disciples are made—need to know how to reproduce. Here are a few suggestions.Die to the Inferiority ComplexThe first key for the average church to reproduce is mental. We must die to the belief—stated or assumed—that our normal churches are inferior to a few megachurches and their prominent pastors. We praise God for those in positions of cultural influence and we should pray for them and their flocks, but we must not measure our efforts against ...Continue reading...
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Forum 18 News Service

  • KAZAKHSTAN: 104 administrative prosecutions in January-June 2019 - list
    Administrative prosecutions to punish exercising freedom of religion or belief appear to be rising. At least 104 cases were brought between January and June to punish unapproved worship, sharing faith, selling religious literature and items in shops or online, or using "Amen" in mosque worship. In three cases, courts ordered seized religious literature to be destroyed.
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  • RUSSIA: First Jehovah's Witness ban conviction, more trials underway
    In the first conviction deriving from the Supreme Court ban on all Jehovah's Witness activity, Aleksandr Solovyov was fined nearly a year's average local wages, although prosecutors had sought to jail him. Six more trials – of 13 defendants – are underway or imminent.
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  • KAZAKHSTAN: Fined for worship, funeral prayer rooms
    Bolat Isabayev was fined for leading a home worship meeting on the most sacred day annually for Jehovah's Witnesses. A court fined two ethnic Azeri imams in Zhambyl Region for maintaining funeral prayer rooms without state approval. Police fined or tried to fine up to 20 members of Karaganda's Revival Protestant Church after raiding a birthday party.
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  • KYRGYZSTAN: "Registration only gives you permission to exist"
    Kyrgyzstan has registered over 60 communities, most of them Protestant, since December 2018. But some Jehovah's Witness communities still cannot get state permission to exist, while Ahmadi Muslims remain banned. Amid physical attacks on and burial denials to non-Muslims,"giving registration does not guarantee that people can exercise their freedom of religion and belief".
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  • AZERBAIJAN: Censorship case to join 41 other ECtHR cases?
    After failing in the Supreme Court to overturn a state ban on his book on Islam, Elshad Miri is preparing a case to the European Court of Human Rights. It would join 41 existing cases at the Strasbourg court (involving 76 individuals and 7 communities) over Azerbaijan's repeated freedom of religion or belief violations.
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Get Religion

  • Haunting words: What did Jeffrey Epstein mean when he used the term 'spiritual stimulation'?
    I have followed the acidic soap operas (timeline here) surrounding Jeffrey Epstein for more than a decade. That may sound strange, but there’s a logical reason — I lived in West Palm Beach from 2001-2005 and taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University, right next to the mini-towers of Trump Plaza.Yes, that was a long time ago, back when Donald Trump was embracing his good buddies Bill and Hillary Clinton and acting like a rather mainstream Democrat, in terms of moral and social issues. And it was impossible to read the news in the Sixth Borough of New York without bumping into the kingdom of Trump. That included, from time to time, the people being courted — socially speaking — by Epstein and Co.Life behind the scenes? That, of course, is where everyone who cares about the details of this sordid affair has to dig into the essential “Perversion of Justice” series by Julie Brown of The Miami Herald. Download it into an iPad program of some kind, because you’ll have to read it in painful chunks.So why bring this up here at GetReligion? To be blunt: I am waiting for some kind of religion shoe to drop, some angle linked to twisted religion or anti-religious convictions. In my experience, great evil almost always involves twisted religion or blunt, demonic rejection of what is good, beautiful and true.In one recent story, I was struck by an Epstein statement — when he was a young prep-school teacher — that mentioned his use of “spiritual” activities with his students. Hold that thought.Meanwhile, everyone is waiting to see the long lists of people who socialized with Epstein, did “business” with him or both. Some of those names — such as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump — are already known.Will the list contain hypocrites as well as libertines? Of course it will. We live in a sinful and fallen world.A new Vanity Fair piece on this scandal notes that it’s hard to talk about the mysteries of Epstein’s fortune without getting into the moral dynamics inside his entourage and clients: In the absence of much other information, the reigning theory on Wall Street currently is that Epstein’s activities with women and girls were central to the building of his fortune, and his relations with some of his investors essentially amounted to blackmail.
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  • Keeping up 2.0: The transgender movement continues to pose media quandaries
    The Religion Guy examined aspects of transgender coverage last fall, but this delicate topic continues to pose media quandaries.We sidestep here the substantive discussion among religious groups, which is well worth attention. All of these issues will show up in coverage of debates inside and among religious groups.For starters, should journalists apply “nonbinary” pronouns preferred by persons they cover?The New York Times, long an arbiter of copy desk standards, has experimented with allowing the “mx” identifier. Other proposed neologisms include e.g. thon, hir, ze, zie, zir, xe, xir, xyr, xem, xer, xeir, xis, hirself and zirself. Problem is, even media that want to sidestep old male-female lingo lack substitutes that won’t perplex readers.The purpose of copy style is to avoid confusion. We see this problem in a paywalled Times item July 5 to conclude the WorldPride celebration, under the hed “’Gay’ - ‘Femme’ - ‘Nonbinary’: How Identity Shaped These 10 New Yorkers.”One of the spread’s three pages covered a New Yorker born male who now identifies as “nonbinary trans-femme,” but avoids female hormone therapy due to hopes of having children with the female spouse. The Times followed the subject’s insistence on using ambiguous plural pronouns (they, them, their). As a result, head-scratching readers had trouble figuring whether pronouns referred to the individual or the couple.Given the traditions and structure of the English language, there are no easy solutions here, and copy editors can expect years of debate, agitation and flux.Th at earlier Guy Memo noted that Facebook recognizes 50-some identities and writers need to know at least key labels beyond the older LGBT as defined by Yale Divinity School:
    - 5 days ago 18 Jul 19, 12:50pm -
  • Today's must-read story: Linger over the @NYTimes multimedia report on Notre Dame fire
    Forget Twitter for a moment.Forget American politics, in fact and the circular firing squads that both political parties seem anxious to stage at least once a week. Forget You. Know. Who.What you need to do right now — if you have not, as my colleague Clemente Lisi recommended this morning — is read the massive New York Times multimedia feature that vividly tells the story of the firefighters who risked all to save Notre Dame Cathedral, making decisions in a matter of minutes that kept this holy place from collapsing.Read and view it all: “Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.”Yes, I know that some readers will say: “You mean the same New York Times that made that embarrassing mistake when covering the fire, confusing a priest’s reference to saving the ‘Body of Christ’ (sacrament) with rescuing a mere statue?Set that aside for 15 minutes and did into this piece.The key to the story is the heroism shown by the firefighters who saved Notre Dame’s north tower, where flames were already threatening the beams that held some of the cathedral’s giant bells.The equation: If those beams broke, the bells would fall. If the bells fell, the north tower would fall. If the north tower fell it was al; but certain that the south tower would, as well.That would pull down the entire structure of Notre Dame. Here’s a crucial passage linked to that:
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  • Think like a reporter: What kind of American cities are booming? Any impact on religion news?
    I have a question for GetReligion readers, especially those who have experience in journalism or online publishing.Here it is: Are readers “trolls” if they constantly write comments (and sends emails) that have little or nothing to do the journalism issues covered in our posts, but also provide — on a semi-regular basis — totally valid URLs for stories that deserve the attention of your GetReligionistas?One of our readers, for example, is offended by references to “elite” newsrooms or “elite” U.S. zip codes, especially those along the East and West coasts. All of those studies showing that places like New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley have more clout than cities and towns in flyover country? Who has more power to shape the news, editors at The New York Times or The Oklahoman?This brings me to a fascinating Axios piece that ran the other day with this headline: “The age of winner-take-all cities.” You have to see the simple, blunt, graphic that Axios editors used to illustrate data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (there’s a screenshot at the top of this post).Now, what does this story have to say about religion news and trends?Absolutely nothing, in terms of specific information or explicit references.However, if you read this piece carefully and think like a reporter who covers issues linked to religion, morality and culture (and, yes, politics) it’s easy to see a burning fuse in this piece that is attached to many explosive stories in the news today. Here is the overture: For all the talk of American cities undergoing a renaissance, economic success has been concentrated in a few standout metropolises while the rest either struggle to keep up or fall further behind. Why it matters: This winner-take-all dynamic has led to stark inequalities and rising tensions — both inside and outside city limits — that are helping to drive our politics off the rails.
    - 6 days ago 17 Jul 19, 5:00pm -
  • Church vandalism cases in France starting to get the journalism attention they deserve
    Spending two weeks in France earlier this summer was a wonderful experience. While I was there to cover the Women’s World Cup, I did get an opportunity to travel extensively throughout Paris and the northern part of the country.During my travels, I walked into a lot of churches. France is one of the few countries I have ever visited where churches were always open. There was something comforting seeing churches with their doors swung wide, inviting anyone to walk right in.The other thing I noticed was how empty these houses of worship were. It’s not surprising given that church attendance in France is among the lowest in the world.I’m used to New York City, where churches are often locked when Mass isn’t going on. The reasons are plentiful. Theft, vandalism and other factors often goes into why this has become a practice. You’d think they would have heeded the warning in France, where the vandalism of Catholic churches has become an all-too-common occurrence the past two years.This trend has largely been ignored in the mainstream press (we discussed this extensively at GetReligion at the time of the Notre Dame blaze and again in the aftermath). It should be noted, once again, that the fire at Notre Dame was an accident and not part of the spate of attacks.  This takes us to a great piece of journalism by Real Clear Investigations, the same people who run Real Clear Politics (full disclosure: I have written for Real Clear Sports in the past). A recent piece posted to the site takes a deep dive into the trend, quantifying it with anecdotes, lots of data and interviews with people in the know. The reporting sheds a spotlight on the string of attacks and what it has done to France. It may be one of the best reported pieces on what’s been going on there by any news organization to date.What Richard Bernstein has been able to do here is the kind of reporting that we no longer see. A former foreign correspondent at The New York Times, Bernstein worked as the paper’s Paris bureau chief from 1984 to 1987. His knowledge of the country, the history and factors that may have influenced the events of the past year shows through his reporting. These two paragraphs early on, for example, illustrate the magnitude of the problem — with help from data collected by various French authorities:
    - 6 days ago 17 Jul 19, 1:00pm -

Mission Network News

  • Somalia sees bloodiest terror attack in country’s history (MNN) -- Over 300 people were killed in Somalia's bloodiest attackThe post Somalia sees bloodiest terror attack in country’s history appeared first on Mission Network News.
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  • Emergency medical flight gets conjoined twin infants to life-saving surgery (MNN/MAF) -- Conjoined twins saved through ministry’s medical flightThe post Emergency medical flight gets conjoined twin infants to life-saving surgery appeared first on Mission Network News.
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  • Christmas short-term mission opportunities!'l (MNN) -- Short-term mission trip opportunities this ChristmasThe post Christmas short-term mission opportunities! appeared first on Mission Network News.
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  • The faces and stories behind World Food Day (MNN) -- On World Food Day, ministry spotlighting long-term solutionsThe post The faces and stories behind World Food Day appeared first on Mission Network News.
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  • State elections draw near in India, spark anti-Christian sentiment (MNN) -- Christians are being watched closely The post State elections draw near in India, spark anti-Christian sentiment appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 16 Oct 17, 4:00am -

PE News

  • newCuba Fulfilling Decades-Old Prophecy
    A prophecy made more than three decades ago, that the Cuban church would become a light to the world, is now becoming a reality.
    - 22 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 12:00pm -
  • CHLS Now Consortium Member of Shiloh Archaeological Dig
    The Center for Holy Lands Studies' status as a full consortium member of the Tel Shiloh dig gives the Assemblies of God/CHLS access to the dig as well as the resulting findings.
    - 4 days ago 19 Jul 19, 2:00pm -
  • Roundabout Calling
    After a series of disappointments, Sylvia Simons becomes a minister at 54.
    - 5 days ago 18 Jul 19, 3:30pm -
  • This Week in AG History -- July 18, 1931
    Before turning back to Christ and becoming a powerful AG evangelist, Otto Klink was an atheist who served in the office of Kaiser Wilhelm II in Germany.
    - 5 days ago 18 Jul 19, 12:00pm -
  • When Children Receive a Call by God
    "If a child is old enough to accept Christ as his or her personal Savior, a child is old enough to hear from God.”
    - 6 days ago 17 Jul 19, 6:00pm -

Persecution Blog

  • Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' Story
    Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian...      Related StoriesVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God"Nate Saint Memorial School: End of an Era"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese Prison 
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  • After Arrest, "I Was Terrified"
    “Dr. Andrew” is working to share the gospel in the Middle East, but he hasn’t always had a heart to share Christ’s love with Muslims. Growing up in a nominal Christian family, Andrew was harassed by Muslims his whole life....      Related Stories"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonPetr Jasek: God Opened the Prison DoorMiddle East Christians "Standing in the Fire" 
    - 27 Jun 17, 10:07pm -
  • Being a True Vessel for God's Use
    “Brother Matthew” is a pastor and church planter in South Asia, working among Muslims to share the gospel. After threats against his life and an attack on his brother, he was encouraged by family members to leave his country. He...      Related StoriesVOM Radio in Central Asia"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonAfter Arrest, "I Was Terrified" 
    - 7 Jun 17, 4:56pm -
  • VOM Radio in Central Asia
    "Tanya" is a Christian worker in Central Asia, living and ministering in a country where she must always be cautious about what she says openly and who she says it around. Listen to hear how Christians in the former Soviet...      Related StoriesBeing a True Vessel for God's Use"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonPetr Jasek: God Opened the Prison Door 
    - 9 May 17, 7:17pm -
  • Nate Saint Memorial School: End of an Era
    The end of an era comes next month. In August 1985, I clutched my mom’s hand and squeaked my rubber flip-flopped way down the gravel path from the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) “base” to the cinderblock Nate Saint Memorial school....      Related StoriesMissionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' StoryVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God" 
    - 27 Apr 17, 8:14pm -

Religion News Service

  • newBuilding a new church community in a culture that has forgotten how
    (RNS) — Today’s young people are more connected than ever, but they carry a lot of baggage about the idea of walking through the doors of a church. The post Building a new church community in a culture that has forgotten how appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • newHusband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident
    (RNS) — Lee Dingle was the husband of Shannon Hope Dingle, a blogger and activist who has written about sexual abuse, the #Churchtoo movement and disability rights.The post Husband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 13 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 8:06pm -
  • newAttack on Hindu priest in New York leads to call for hate crime investigation
    (RNS) — Faith leaders are calling on New York City police to launch a hate crime investigation into a violent attack on a Hindu priest near his temple in Queens.The post Attack on Hindu priest in New York leads to call for hate crime investigation appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • newPope places sanctions on bishop investigated over sexual harassment, lavish spending
    (RNS) — The sanctions obligate the former West Virginia bishop to "make amends" and bar him from celebrating Mass or living in his former diocese.The post Pope places sanctions on bishop investigated over sexual harassment, lavish spending appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • newThe refugee crisis broke my heart, but refugees mended it
    (RNS) — Walking alongside refugee families has restored and strengthened my Christian faith. It has expanded my worldview and ignited my life with passion and purpose.The post The refugee crisis broke my heart, but refugees mended it appeared first on Religion News Service.
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  • newSelected specks
    Selected specksReligionScienceAstronomyIntelligent DesignSmall doesn’t mean insignificant in this vast universeIntelligent DesignJanie B. CheaneyJuly’s 50th-anniversary commemoration of the Apollo moon landing struck a few sour notes about where we were then and what we’ve done since. A great achievement, for sure, but it didn’t open a Star-Trekkian world of possibility for exploring “the Final Frontier.” Going to the moon looked like a great leap, but compared to the inconceivable size of space, a modern cynic might compare it to a puddle jump.The universe seemed big enough even to ancients who knew nothing about it. All agreed on one thing: Looking up on a cloudless, moonless night, when the sky is pierced with stars like an overturned colander, invariably makes one feel small. “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man, that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).As knowledge expands, so does the universe, and our place in it grows correspondingly small. Our Earth, literally the center of the old Ptolemaic system, is only a particle of dust in the great scheme of things. It’s a middling satellite of an insignificant star on an arm of a massive spiral inside a galaxy that’s merely one of countless other …Is your head popping yet? Are put-down words like only, merely, one of many, etc. making you feel like nothing much? You’re not alone. “I’m a speck on a speck orbiting a speck among other specks among still other specks in the middle of specklessness! I suck!” That’s Bill Nye the Science Guy, perhaps not the brainiest of brains, but top physicists with impeccable credentials express the same basic sentiment.But think about it: Why are we so impressed by size?Within the last hundred years, smallness has come to seem equally impressive. Atoms were once assumed the bedrock of matter, until their protons, neutrons, and electrons gave way to particles and subparticles and quarks, and we’re still not to the end of it. Weaving it all together is the “God particle,” long speculated, supposedly discovered, never actually seen. In spite of the nickname, God as an actual entity is not necessarily assumed. It’s all “specks.” As you consider the heavens, God is considering you, and it’s not according to your bigness or smallness, but His vast and abiding love.Materialist science can’t find God in space or time. But if God is who He says He is, He made space. And time. Bigness and smallness are works of His hands. What if, in presenting us with unthinkable size, He’s making a point backed up by Scripture? “The last shall be first.” “You must become like a little child.” “God rejects the proud, but exalts the humble.” Within the massive vault of space stands a speck of a creature, the only known creature in the entire universe who can observe and think about it. At one point in time, the Creator opened a door in space and walked in, humbling Himself still further to become a particle of dust within His own creation—with an aim to redeem it all.I don’t know what redemption will look like, but here’s my speculative, very unscientific picture of the cosmos. We’ve learned that the universe is expanding, like ripples on a pond. What if it’s more like a balloon, so big its curve looks flat? It expands by the breath of God, but He keeps His eye on one speck of dust on the surface of space: our tiny planet with its tiny souls. One day, there will be no more days. Perhaps the cosmos will pop at a single prick, revealing the holy city with open gates that glow like pearl, filled with “innumerable angels in festal gathering and the assembly of the firstborn.” Or perhaps it will shrink again, all its glory gathered up, in the blink of an eye, to shine on the new creation.What will really happen is beyond imagination. But I know this: Size won’t matter a whit. It doesn’t matter now. As you consider the heavens, God is considering you, and it’s not according to your bigness or smallness, but His vast and abiding love.ReligionVoices
    - 13 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 8:28pm -
  • newNow hiring: Abortion crusader
    Less than a year after hiring Leana Wen as president, Planned Parenthood fired the physician and former Baltimore health commissioner on Tuesday over a clash of goals for the nation’s largest abortion provider.“I just learned that the [Planned Parenthood] Board ended my employment at a secret meeting,” Wen tweeted after the firing. “We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.”Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, told me it was telling that the firing came directly on the heels of the Trump administration’s announcement it would enforce new Title X rules that keep federal family planning funds from going to abortion centers.“The crux of the issue is the fact that Planned Parenthood is watching their influence slip away,” Nance said. “And they’re getting kind of desperate. And what we see often in these kinds of situations as organizations implode is they blame each other. The issue is not Leana Wen. The issue is the mission of Planned Parenthood.”Wen herself said that she was working to “depoliticize Planned Parenthood” and incorporate healthcare for women “before, during and after pregnancies,” but she faced heavy opposition from other members of leadership. “In the end, I was asked to leave for the same reason I was hired: I was changing the direction of Planned Parenthood,” she said.Wen broke the pro-abortion mold last month when she wrote about the emotional pain of her miscarriage. While she said it furthered her commitment to promote access to abortion, she still drew attention to the love and hope she felt for her unborn child. She also said she was reaching across battle lines to pro-life advocates who supported Planned Parenthood’s nonabortion work and was working to promote an image of Planned Parenthood that was primarily one of healthcare—not just abortion.Apparently it wasn’t an image Planned Parenthood wanted.Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, likened Wen’s hire to an experiment gone wrong.“Abortion is not healthcare, and dressing it up in a white coat has not fooled the American people, so they fall back on the mainstay of their political machine,” Dannenfelser said in a statement.Wen said she would likely return to practicing medicine in Baltimore. In the meantime, Planned Parenthood announced that Alexis McGill Johnson will serve as acting president, whom the abortion giant called a “social justice advocate” with strong roots in political activism. In an open letter, McGill Johnson sounded a call to defend abortion access and to fight for LGBTQ causes.Regardless of who leads Planned Parenthood, pro-life advocates still have the same job, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement.“The musical chairs at the top of the nation’s No. 1 abortion vendor will not change the pro-life commitment to confronting them in court, in the legislatures, and on the campaign trail,” Hawkins said. “Women don’t need what Planned Parenthood is selling. Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and with federally qualified health centers standing by to offer true, full-service healthcare, women have lots of options that don’t include abortion.” Associated Press/Photo by Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch A pro-life advocate waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member in St. Louis on June 28. HHS pauses Title X enforcementThe Trump administration said Saturday it would give abortion centers two more months to comply with new Title X rules written to prevent federal dollars from funding abortion.The rules, which were originally set to take effect July 15, stipulate Title X participants cannot co-locate with abortion centers or perform or refer for abortions.Pro-life advocates celebrated earlier this month after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled again in favor of the regulations.“Implementing the Protect Life Rule makes sense when you consider all the funds misused by abortion vendors to sell abortions to unsuspecting women,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said in a statement last week.For Planned Parenthood, about $60 million hangs in the balance. Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver said in a statement that it perhaps led to the organization’s ousting former President Leana Wen.“Planned Parenthood is in turmoil because it’s losing tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money,” Staver said. “Apparently, the president was not radical enough for this giant abortion mill. … Planned Parenthood performed nearly one-half of all abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That is an average of 911 abortions each day. That is human genocide for profit. Americans do not want to fund the destruction of innocent human life.” —S.G. Facebook Tafida Raqeeb Another Charlie Gard?The United Kingdom has earned a reputation for refusing to transport sick children to hospitals willing to treat them. Now Royal London Hospital said it will not release 5-year-old Tafida Raqeeb for treatment in Genoa, Italy. The child is in a coma from a brain injury caused by a burst blood vessel.The case resembles those of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, both of whom died after lengthy court battles over their treatment. Also in their cases, other doctors and hospitals were willing to treat them, but the hospital where the children stayed would not allow the parents to take them. The doctors eventually prevailed in ending all treatment and allowing the children to die.Rod Liddle, associate editor of The Sun in Britain, wrote in a commentary that it is “beyond imagination” that doctors would keep Tafida hostage when another hospital is willing to treat her. He compared her case to Ashya King’s, whose parents abducted him from his U.K. hospital to get treatment in Prague. The treatment was successful, and Ashya was declared cancer-free last year.“There is often a lack of adequate communication with patients and their parents about diagnoses and prognoses,” Liddle wrote. “[Physicians] think they always know best. Yet sometimes they do not. We need a law to stop doctors overriding the wishes of parents in cases where children are assumed to be beyond recovery.” —S.G.7-Eleven celebrates lifeThe convenience store chain 7-Eleven celebrated the birth of J’Aime Brown not with a Slurpee but with a pledge of $7,111 to her college fund. St. Louis residents Rachel Langford and Johntez Brown welcomed their baby girl at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital on July 11 at 7:11 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. The company also gave the family diapers, 7-Eleven onesies, and other gifts “to help her parents along the way,” the company said. —S.G. Image: Deck: Fired Planned Parenthood president wanted more emphasis on healthcareCategory: Pro-LifeKeywords: AbortionHealthcareParental RightsPlanned ParenthoodGovernmentWhite HouseFamilyU.K.InternationalSlug: AbortionArticle Title: Now hiring: Abortion crusaderAuthor: Samantha GobbaDigital Branding: VitalsHide from Archive?: 0
    - 14 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 7:30pm -
  • newWatching airplanes
    Watching airplanesIntelligent DesignEvolutionDarwinismLike jets in flight, the marvels of creation bear fingerprints of designIntelligent DesignSophia LeeI was at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last week, waiting for my flight back to Los Angeles, when I did something I never do: I ate lunch by myself without my iPhone, my laptop, or a book.There was a spot at the airport terminal where I could sit near a floor-to-ceiling window and watch the airplanes land and take off. As I sat there munching bread and watching heavy machines soar into the puffy cotton clouds, a young family of four wheeled their suitcases over and sat next to me. One of the two sons was a brown-haired kid of about 5 years old who had a cast around his left arm. Together we watched a massive plane rumble to life, zoom across the runway, then gently lift its nose into the sky and wade straight and steady into the air like an eagle. “Oooooooh!” the little boy cried out, his eyes round and his mouth gaping in a toothy grin.He jumped out of his chair and stared transfixed at the window. It was a busy Sunday afternoon, with all sorts of planes flying in and out—Delta, Hawaiian, Alaska, Omni. For every plane, the boy looked as if he were witnessing a miracle. “Wooooow!” he exclaimed. “Whooooooaaaaa!” From time to time, he turned to his parents and said, “Mommy! Daddy! Look! … Daddy, this is a great view. Like, a greeeaaaat view!” His parents, who looked to be in their 30s, weren’t as amazed. The mother sat with her back toward the window and didn’t bother to turn around. The father dutifully looked out at the planes, but his expression was dull and his eyes dazed, staring into nothingness. They both looked exhausted and distracted.Something about the scene reminded me of my younger days in Singapore. As an occasional treat when my father wasn’t flying on mission trips, he would take my siblings and me to Changi Airport to watch the airplanes fly. He could leave us there for hours and we wouldn’t budge. We would kneel with our noses pressed to the window, gazing at the magic of aviation, wondering how something so big and heavy could carry hundreds of people so gracefully and powerfully into the sky. However magical an airplane seems, we knew it didn’t just appear by chance—someone created it with a specific purpose in mind. We were kids, but we knew at least that, because we had common sense.We were young and didn’t know anything about the engineering of “aeroplanes,” didn’t know anything about fluid mechanics or aerodynamic forces or gravity. But we knew by looking at that ingenious creation that someone really, really clever had designed it. However magical an airplane seems, we knew it didn’t just appear by chance—someone created it with a specific purpose in mind. We were kids, but we knew at least that, because we had common sense. Today it seems we live in a world without much common sense. I was in Seattle because I had been attending a nine-day seminar on intelligent design thanks to the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think tank that, among other programs, also promotes the understanding of intelligent design. Google “Discovery Institute,” and you’ll see people labeling the nonprofit an “anti-evolution” “pseudoscientific organization” pushing conservative, faith-based agendas. My 62 hours of lectures during those nine days taught me that if there’s any dogmatized pseudoscientific idea with tons of scientific holes in it, it’s the widely accepted Darwinist idea that all the marvelous plants and creatures in this world evolved from a wholly blind, material process of random mutation and natural selection. Look at the tiny toenails, the fluttering eyelashes, the button nose of a human baby. As evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins wrote in his book The Blind Watchmaker, we can all see that a baby is a complicated life form that “give[s] the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” But Dawkins then goes chapter after chapter seeking explanations for why living organisms are not designed. Maybe that human baby or that whale or that peacock looks designed because it was indeed the product of a designer. But we can’t state that—it would be too simplistic, too elementary, too … commonsensical. Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory, himself once wrote in his Beagle diary as he discovered similar organisms in opposite ends of the hemisphere, “Would any two workmen ever hit on so beautiful, so simple and yet so artificial a contrivance? It cannot be thought so. —The one hand has surely worked throughout the universe.” He also wrote in the first edition of On the Origin of Species that he saw “the impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man ... as the result of blind chance or necessity.” Toward the end of his life, however, Darwin held considerably different views on the world he lived in. He wrote, “I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world.” Now that he had discovered the laws of natural selection and firmly believed that he himself was the product of accidental, materialistic processes, he looked at nature and no longer sensed “higher feelings of wonder, admiration, and devotion. … I well remember my conviction that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body. But now the grandest scenes would not cause any such convictions and feelings to rise in my mind.” Little wonder that he lost much joy and taste for life’s beauty along the process: “My mind has changed during the last twenty or thirty years. ... Now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry. … I have also almost lost my taste for pictures or music. … My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.” I thought of these things at the airport, and I felt tremendously sad for Darwin and anyone who follows his degradation of humanity. Then I turned to the little boy who was still staring at the airplanes. Many times he gasped, “Oh my God!” Oh, my God, indeed. This boy could have been how Darwin once was during his adolescent days, full of curiosity and amazement at the world around him, brimming with gratitude and admiration for the Creator. I smiled at the little boy, and uttered a silent prayer for him: “Lord, may he never lose that sense of wonder and awe for Your creation. May he never be someone who clearly perceives Your eternal power and divine nature yet denies it. Bless him with wisdom to see and understand that all creation sings glory to You.”Intelligent DesignSophia's World
    - 15 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 6:20pm -
  • newRussia attacks in Syria
    SYRIA: Locals in Idlib province say Russian forces carried out airstrikes on Monday that “massacred” more than 40 civilians and have left more than 100 wounded. Russian and Syrian forces have violated a safe-zone agreement to attack militant groups controlling the area. In one village, al-Nusra militants stoned to death a 60-year-old Armenian Christian woman whom they had held and raped.IRAN released footage showing its takeover of a British oil tanker on Friday, along with audio: “If you obey you will be safe, alter your course,” said an English-speaking officer from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. A Royal Navy officer responded, urging the vessel to stay its course, saying, “Under international law your passage must not be impaired, impeded, obstructed or hampered.”The seized vessel, currently docked along with its crew in Iran’s Bandar Abbas seaport, inserts the U.K. in the middle of rapidly escalating crisis between Tehran and the Trump administration.Iran announced the capture Monday of 17 CIA “spies”— and sentenced some to death—a claim President Donald Trump dismissed as false.AFGHANISTAN: As Trump urges Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to advance a peace plan with the Taliban, a former foreign policy adviser to the president said the U.S.-negotiated peace plan is “a disaster.” Walid Phares said the plan “basically surrenders the country to the Taliban,” as the militants appear to have intensified attacks, bombing a U.S.-supported hospital in northwest Pakistan and forcing the shutdown of cell phone services inside Afghanistan.INDIA: “Every Indian is immensely proud today!” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, moments after the successful liftoff of India’s first lunar mission set to land on the moon. The Chandrayaan-2 mission plans to land a rover on the unexplored lunar south pole and carries a payload from NASA.GUATEMALA: Driven by drought, crime, and poverty—plus a 2015 U.S. federal court ruling easing asylum requirements and fear of a U.S. border wall—the city of Joyabaj has become the epicenter of the U.S. border crisis.GLOBAL: “Those who are willing to suffer and die for their religious beliefs have much to teach the rest of us”—my remarks at the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom last week on the importance of covering religious oppression.SOUTH KOREA: Britain’s Adam Peaty, unbeaten in the 100-meter breaststroke over the last five years, became the first to swim the event in under 57 seconds, besting his own world record with 56.88 in the semifinals of the world championships in Gwangju.NETHERLANDS: The Dutch practice of “dropping” (known in my childhood as “playing in the woods”) is a newsworthy thing for Americans.Sign up to receive Globe Trot via email.Image: Deck: Airstrikes leave dozens of civilians in Idlib province dead or woundedCategory: InternationalKeywords: InternationalGlobe TrotSyriaIranAfghanistanIndiaGuatemalaSouth KoreaNetherlandsSlug: InternationalArticle Title: Russia attacks in SyriaAuthor: Mindy BelzDigital Branding: Globe TrotHide from Archive?: 0
    - 15 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 6:13pm -
  • newSupreme Court pays respect to late Justice Stevens
    WASHINGTON—Supreme Court justices, joined by President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and other dignitaries, honored former Justice John Paul Stevens on Monday as his body lay in repose at the court. Stevens, a Supreme Court justice for almost 35 years after his nomination by President Gerald Ford in 1975, died at age 99 last week after a stroke.Justice Elena Kagan, Stevens’ replacement after his retirement in 2010, praised her predecessor in a speech at the ceremony. “He was a brilliant man with extraordinary legal gifts and talents, which he combined with a deep devotion to the rule of law and a deep commitment to equal justice,” she said.Besides Kagan, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, and Sonia Sotomayor, and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy also attended the ceremony. Prior commitments kept the other justices from attending, according to a spokeswoman.Stevens’ flag-draped casket sat in the court’s Great Hall. About 100 of Stevens’ clerks took turns watching over it during the public visitation.The Trumps arrived a little later in the morning after the ceremony. They stood briefly before Stevens’ casket and portrait after Roberts greeted them. Stevens will be buried Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony.Image: Category: Supreme CourtArticle Title: Supreme Court pays respect to late Justice StevensKeywords: Supreme CourtCourtsObituaryObituariesWashingtonAuthor: Kyle Ziemnick
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