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The Moral Danger Lurking When You're Self-Sufficient
The Moral Danger Lurking When You're Self-Sufficient

By: Ron Rolheiser
If you're strong, talented and blessed with sufficient wealth, it's easy to nurse the illusion of self-sufficiency. We forget we need God and others. How do you avoid the danger? There's a solution.

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Protecting Kids When They're Left to Their Own Devices
Protecting Kids When They're Left to Their Own Devices

By: Katharine Hill
When it comes to digital technology, how do you stay a step ahead and keep your children safe? You don't have to be an expert to protect them and help them make the most of what the digital world has to offer.

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3 Ways to Involve Your Kids in Disaster Relief Efforts
3 Ways to Involve Your Kids in Disaster Relief Efforts

By: Christina Embree
Hurricanes. Floods. Fires. Families who have lost everything. Our kids see all of this on the news and want to help. The worst answer you can give is to say "Nothing." Here are 3 ways to involve your children.

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5 Ways to Give Your Kids Something Great to Imitate
5 Ways to Give Your Kids Something Great to Imitate

By: Christina Embree
Children learn by imitating adults' behavior, whether that behavior is healthy for them or not. Here are 5 ways you can give your children something worthwhile to imitate.

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Report: U.S. Child Well-Being Improved in 11 of 16 Areas
Report: U.S. Child Well-Being Improved in 11 of 16 Areas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. children have seen improvement over the past five years in 11 of 16 areas that serve as key indicators of well-being, a report said. Overall, children saw gains in economic well-being and health.

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20 Percent of Children in High-Income Nations Live in Poverty
20 Percent of Children in High-Income Nations Live in Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Based on an analysis of 41 nations, a significant number of children in these high-income nations are impoverished and experiencing food insecurity, a new United Nations report says.

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What Your Church Can Do to Help Foster Children
What Your Church Can Do to Help Foster Children

By: Pam Strickland and Kendall Coker
Foster care children are more likely to be at risk for being a victim of domestic sex trafficking. Here's how your church can help raise awareness about foster care children awaiting adoption.

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South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children
South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Millions of children have fled their homes, either living as refugees or internally displaced as a result of South Sudan's ongoing civil war. And Baptists are ministering to these growing numbers.

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1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water
1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water

By: EthicsDaily Staff
An estimated 600 million children - that's one in four - will struggle to access potable water by 2040 if current trends continue, a UNICEF report says. Thirty-six nations currently struggle with sufficient access to clean water.

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5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry
5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry

By: Renee Embree
Are smartphones a distraction in your youth group or ministry? These five suggestions can help you appropriately and creatively incorporate them into your ministry.

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Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture
Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture

By: Sarah Stevens
In a culture that encourages and even demands self-centeredness, the church's role in teaching children to have a global and others-centered worldview is increasingly important. Here's how one church does it.

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Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones
Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With tens of millions of displaced children in need of education, churches and faith-based organizations in Lebanon have ministered to the needs of displaced persons since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

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Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For
Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For

By: Zach Dawes
A new song titled "What I'm Thankful For" - a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor - offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than "making a list and checking it twice."

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What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?
What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?

By: Christina Embree
One day, your children are going to Google you? What will they find? Will they find that you social media self, your written words, are consistent with the things you are teaching them as truth, as right, as good?"

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Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17
Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A total of 767 million people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as a household living on less than $1.90 per day per person. And 385 million of them, half of them, are 17 years old or younger.

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Teaching Children to be Heroes in Selfish World
Teaching Children to be Heroes in Selfish World

By: Christina Embree
Our children are growing up in a world of pride and judgment -- where the Almighty 'You' takes precedent over Us. We must teach them to be heroes who look beyond themselves to others.

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Crossover Between Foster Care and Juvenile Justice a Pressing Issue
Crossover Between Foster Care and Juvenile Justice a Pressing Issue

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Youths who are abused or neglected and engage in delinquent activities pose unique challenges to foster care and juvenile justice systems.

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Parents Not Alone When It Comes to Discipling Children
Parents Not Alone When It Comes to Discipling Children

By: Christina Embree
Parents have a significant influence on their children, but it's not exclusively a parent's job to disciple their children. It is corporately the church's role to disciple children.

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Human Trafficking: Global Scourge with Significant U.S. Presence
Human Trafficking: Global Scourge with Significant U.S. Presence

By: Zach Dawes
Often referred to as modern-day slavery, human trafficking is a global scourge with a significant presence in the U.S - up to 27 million victims. Here are 5 ways your church can help end this sinful practice.

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Why Christian Kids Are Less Generous Than Nonreligious
Why Christian Kids Are Less Generous Than Nonreligious

By: Christina Embree
Kids raised in religious homes, specifically Christian fundamentalist homes, tend to be more judgmental, less altruistic and more punitive than kids raised without religion. How do we turn it around?

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3 Spiritual Habits You Can Pass on to Your Children
3 Spiritual Habits You Can Pass on to Your Children

By: Christina Embree
Not only are your kids watching you, but they are also copying you. Like a serious game of "Simon Says," your children are learning what is normal in life by watching your actions.

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Report: 5 Million U.S. Children Have Parents in Prison
Report: 5 Million U.S. Children Have Parents in Prison

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 5 million children have had at least one parent with whom they live be incarcerated at some point in their childhood, a new report said. How are they affected by their parent's incarceration?

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Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears
Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Leaders from four faith traditions in Burma have called for a fuller embrace of religious freedom and increased respect between traditions.

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4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media
4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media

By: Christina Embree
Social media has a huge impact on teens, with some checking their social media accounts 100 times per day. But parents can take some practical steps to help their kids navigate the digital world.

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Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth
Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth

By: Christina Embree
Young people often leave church because they have no connection to the larger church body. While there's no magic bullet, intergenerational worship can provide that link.

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Armed Conflicts in 2014 Impact Tens of Millions of Children
Armed Conflicts in 2014 Impact Tens of Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Tens of millions of children were negatively affected by armed conflict last year, according to a new United Nations report. Large-scale abductions were prevalent.

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Answering Your Kids' Questions About Nepal Earthquake
Answering Your Kids' Questions About Nepal Earthquake

By: Christina Embree
As news of Nepal's devastating earthquake floods all forms of media, your children will hear about it and turn to you for help, advice and processing. Here are 4 things you can do.

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Survey: Religious Faith 3rd Most Important Quality to Teach Kids
Survey: Religious Faith 3rd Most Important Quality to Teach Kids
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith finished third for the most important quality to teach children, a survey discovered. Only being responsible and hard work ranked ahead of it.
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Key Shifts Taking Place in Undocumented Immigration
Key Shifts Taking Place in Undocumented Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The primary crossing location for undocumented immigrants has moved to Texas' Rio Grande Valley, and Central American children are crossing in record numbers.

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Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
By: Trevor Barton
How do we help the countless at-risk children in our schools? We can begin by seeing them not as problems to be pushed into the corners, but as people to be welcomed into our hearts.
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Debt and Britain's Children: Bullying, Anxiety, Going Without
Debt and Britain's Children: Bullying, Anxiety, Going Without

By: Paul Hobson
The findings of a British study show that millions of children in Great Britain are suffering worry and anxiety, bullying and going without essentials as their families are trapped in debt.

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Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children
Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children

By: Barry Howard
Whether it's in their own neighborhood or halfway around the world, First Baptist Church of Pensacola has focused its ministries on investing in the lives of children.

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Teaching Your Kids to Welcome Strangers and Be Safe
Teaching Your Kids to Welcome Strangers and Be Safe
By: Nick Megoran
The stranger can be a channel of unexpected blessing and encounter with God, the Bible teaches. How do we teach this to our children in a culture of stranger danger?
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British Children in Poverty Face Chilling Reality
British Children in Poverty Face Chilling Reality
By: Baptist Times Staff
More than 3 million families in the United Kingdom are likely to cut back on food so they can pay their energy bills this winter, a survey found. It's a scandal, an archbishop said. 
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Blessing of the Children
Our children need us to provide a safe place for them to explore the mysteries of life and faith by asking questions and sharing their stories. As a church, we need to provide the kind of environment which encourages our children to be curious, search for truth, think for themselves, ask questions, wrestle with tough biblical passages and voice their opinions. Just as Paul encouraged the Philippians to “work out their own salvation,” we must move our children beyond the faith they have borrowed from us to one that is authentically theirs.
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Hemingway, Jesus and Death at a Children's Hospital
Hemingway, Jesus and Death at a Children's Hospital
The public death notice posted on the gate of a children's hospital in Greece brought to mind the words of Hemingway and the compassionate care of Jesus.
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4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church
4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church

All parents have struggled with the fear that they could make their children hate church if they forced them to go. Here are 4 grace-filled reasons for taking your kids to church.

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For The Love of The Game
Jesus seems to turn everything into a lesson on the kingdom of heaven. It was one of his greatest abilities and gifts. The clue to this lesson is found in what Jesus says next. “For it is to such as these (the children) that the kingdom of God belongs. Amen, I tell you,” Jesus says, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And then he takes the children into his arms, lays his hands on them, and blesses them. And all the while, his red-faced disciples just stand there in amazement at such a thing. As important as discussions on marriage and divorce and adultery may be, Jesus is saying that having the attitude of a child is just as much so, if not more, important and eternal. Jesus has this gift of taking the moment – whether it’s in the often unwelcomed presence of the Pharisees or the very welcomed presence of the children – and turning it into a lesson on the kingdom of God.
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Our Children – Simple and Complex Gifts
Our Children – Simple and Complex Gifts
A galimoto – a toy with wheels made out of sticks, wire or anything children can find – is like our children, who are beautiful in simplicity, astonishing in complexity.
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What Young Children Can Teach You About Faith
What Young Children Can Teach You About Faith
Nothing escapes the notice of children. They offer fresh comments and questions on all they see, including these humorous and poignant observations about faith.
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What Did Your Father Teach You?
What do you think Jesus learned from his heavenly Father? I think he learned about life, faith and relationships.
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More States Allowing School-Bus Advertising
More States Allowing School-Bus Advertising
Missouri may become the latest state to allow advertising on school buses. People of faith should be concerned about the effects this exposure will have on young children.
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L.A. Bishop Resigns After Fathering Children
(RNS) A Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop from Los Angeles has resigned after admitting he is the father of two children, both now teenagers.
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Sexual Abusers Hard to Profile or Predict
(RNS) The grand jury report reads like a textbook profile of child sexual abuse.
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Parents of Dead Baby Defend Use of Faith-healing
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two parents accused of choosing faith healing over medical care said that given the chance, they would do nothing differently.
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Some Churches Cancel Sunday School, Put Parents in Charge
(RNS) Don’t look for children’s Sunday school classes at Ridgewood Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water park trips.
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Fourth Faith-healing Trial in Two Years Starts This Week
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) When the trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman begins this week, the curtain again rises on a familiar tragedy.
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The Divine Surprises of Adoption
(RNS) Jennifer Grant has posted prayers to remind her that parenthood is both a labor of love and a sacred calling.
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HBO Film Follows Muslim Children Competing to Memorize the Quran
(RNS) The movie follows three Muslim children as they compete in a tournament that requires young contestants to recite portions of the Quran.
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Faith-healing Parents Lose Custody of Daughter
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) State officials will retain custody of a girl whose parents treated the girl’s condition with prayer.
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Oregon Strips Faith-healing Parents of Legal Defenses
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) There is a new law that removes the remnants of Oregon’s legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing.
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It Takes A Church to Raise A Christian
The truth is it takes a church to raise a Christian. It takes this safe place, it takes this broader place than just the home, and it takes a combined effort to be able to teach faith to our children.
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Amnesty International Chides Vatican for Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse.
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What a Mother Goes Through
Human children take longer to rear than most other creatures, so it's no surprise that human mothers have a lot on their minds and hands.
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Evangelicals Resist Obama’s Childhood Obesity Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are the only major religious group where a majority opposes the federal government’s efforts to reduce childhood obesity.
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Almost 25 Percent of U.S. Children in Poverty
Almost 25 Percent of U.S. Children in Poverty
About 16 million children in the United States live in poverty – an increase of 2 million in the last two years and "the fastest fall for the middle class since the government started counting 51 years ago," a news report said.
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Christians Banned from Foster Care over Gay Views
LONDON (RNS) Two senior judges have banned a Christian couple from any further foster care because they oppose homosexuality.
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Father Oprah and Wife Welcome First Daughter
(RNS) The Miami priest once known as “Father Oprah,” announced the birth of his first child.
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First Lady Expands 'Let’s Move' to Religious Groups
WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has expanded her “Let’s Move” initiative to include working with religious and community organizations.
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Cathedral Think
We continue to leave our children with a passion for the story of Jesus, a center for missions. Together, we declare that the Creator has redeemed His creation through the death of His Son and the glorious resurrection. And we’re all called to go and tell. As our forefathers have given us a passion for the Great Commission, we must pass that passion to our children.
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Britain's Child Detention Policy Challenged
Britain's Child Detention Policy Challenged
The British government's policy of detaining children at immigration removal centers has been challenged in court. The Baptist Union of Great Britain has called regularly for the policy to end.
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Definition of Family Shifting, Scholar Says
(RNS) The definition of who makes a family is shifting in the minds of Americans to include more same-sex couples, new research shows.
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Faith-healing Family Pleads not Guilty to Manslaughter
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of an Oregon church pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.
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German Catholic Bishops Release New Sex Abuse Guidelines
BERLIN (RNS) Officials of Germany’s Roman Catholic Church will be required to immediately report suspicions of child abuse.
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Catholic Adoption Agency Loses Fight over Gay Parents
LONDON (RNS) A Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
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Lessons From Vacation Bible School – For Adults
Lessons From Vacation Bible School – For Adults
Adults can learn some lessons when they teach Vacation Bible School. Children, for example, are as honest as the day is long. They're incredibly kind and generous. These are important lessons adults tend to forget.
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Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
A child is sexually abused in the United States every four minutes. And Protestant churches, as part of the larger society, are not immune from this sin – no matter how some may try to camouflage it.
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Spiritual Child Neglect
When we neglect our own faith, when we neglect the consistency of our own lives and the implied message that goes along with what we tell our children, we neglect the spiritual development of our own hearts and the spiritual development of our children.
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Activists: End Britain's Detention of Children
Activists: End Britain's Detention of Children
Protesters opposed to the detention of children in immigration centers in Britain believe a "perfect storm" of circumstances may work in their favor to end the controversial practice.
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Dedicated to God
What do children and youth really need to survive, to be healthy, to be productive, and to have a good life? Clearly, I think, they need safety. If you kept a child in perfect safety, that still would not be enough. If you could protect a child and make sure they were never injured, never fell, never scraped their knees, and were never in danger from someone outside hurting them, that still would not be enough.
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The Ancient Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part One
The Ancient Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part One
Months after the joyous cries of Elizabeth and Mary for the births of their sons, another cry was heard from mothers in and around Bethlehem. But these were not cries of joy.
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Missing the Mark: Eight Flaws in Quiverfull Theology
Missing the Mark: Eight Flaws in Quiverfull Theology
Advocates of quiverfull theology believe any kind of contraception or any desire to prevent the conception of a child during the coital act is a sin against God. Here are eight ways they miss the target.
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Testing...testing...
What we are finally left with is what every child is left with... the need for mercy and forgiveness, the knowledge that in our imperfect world, inhabited by flawed people such as ourselves, the law is not the final word. With God, grace is always the bottom line. And aren’t you glad for that?
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Great to God
How do you measure a church’s success? What really counts when it comes to being a church?
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Children’s Sermon Sack Always Full of Surprises
Children’s Sermon Sack Always Full of Surprises
Whatever a child places in the sack becomes the object lesson for the children’s sermon at First Baptist in Fitzgerald, Ga. One Sunday the sack held toy binoculars and a plastic dagger. What would you say?
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The Unsatisfied Womb
My choice for the title of the book I just read is the "Unsatisfied Womb." This is one of the sub titles found in the work.
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British Baptists Go 'On Our Knees' to Raise Awareness of Ministry to Children
Baptists in the United Kingdom last Sunday took part in a second "On Our Knees" emphasis aimed at turning around a dramatic decline in the number of children attending Baptist churches.
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House Sustains Veto of Children's Insurance Bill
Faith leaders called Thursday's House of Representatives vote upholding President Bush's veto of a children's health insurance bill a defeat for America's children and win for tobacco.
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Poor Children Victims of Multiple Marginalization
In September 2006, I was asked to lead a Bible study on children and poverty for the all-staff gathering of National Ministries (American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.) The purpose of the study was to help staff explore the biblical mandates related to the Children in Poverty Initiative, which was adopted in 2005 as denomination-wide issue of concern.
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Bush Wants Money for Iraq, but not America's Children
President Bush recently demanded another $189 billion to extend his occupation of Iraq for another year--even as he stripped low-income children of their healthcare. The cost of funding an expanded State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP, pronounced s-chip) is only $12 billion per year, less than a tenth the money he wants for Iraq.
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Violent Young Men
I saw the Halo youth-ministry story that everyone's commenting on when I picked up a copy of the New York Times at the airport on Sunday.
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Help Save a Sinking SCHIP
I pay attention when the Gospels show Jesus' anger. In addition to a few confrontations with religious hardliners, there are only a few other notable episodes.
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SCHIP Veto a Moral Issue, Congressman Says at Screening of 'Golden Rule Politics'
An Alabama congressman said Monday that President Bush's veto last week of a children's health insurance bill is a moral issue.
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Baptists Hold Key to Overriding Veto on Health Insurance Bill for Children
Baptists hold one of the keys to overriding President Bush's veto last week of a bipartisan bill that would provide health insurance to millions of low-income children.
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Faith Leaders Denounce Veto of Children's Insurance Program
Religious leaders expressed disappointment after President Bush on Tuesday carried out his threat to veto legislation to provide health insurance for 10 million American children.
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