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Top 5 Reasons We Can Trust Genesis 1 thru 11 as History Not Fiction

The historicity of Genesis 1-11 is often debated by secularists, which in turn has influenced the thinking of many evangelicals since the early 20th century. BY STEVE CHA There are two predominant views concerning evolution: Atheistic Evolution: An impersonal and unknowable force brought about life through a multi-billion year evolution process. This view is held by atheists, agnostics, and people who adhere to non-theistic philosophies. Theistic Evolution: A personal force (God) brought about life through...

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Reminds Us That All Lives Matter

In a world where kindness toward our neighbors is severely lacking, Fred Rogers — Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — is a reminder that everyone deserves to be loved. BY JON GARCIA Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary recently released about the life of Rogers. The film chronicles his life and work from humble beginnings to faithful endings. Rogers believed his calling in life was to serve God through the medium of...

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YouVersion Bible App Celebrates 10th Anniversary, 330 Million Installs

The world’s most downloaded Bible App was released 10 years ago, not by a startup in Silicon Valley, but a local church in Oklahoma. The YouVersion Bible App was one of the first 200 free apps available when Apple launched the App Store on July 10, 2008. Since then, it has been downloaded in every country of the world. After seeing 83,000 installs of the Bible App in the first...

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God’s Call To Love Our City: Babylon, Nineveh, or New Jerusalem

When you think about creation and God’s original intent for mankind, what do you envision? Does your mind immediately fill with images of wide open spaces filled with beautiful creatures living in perfect harmony and free from the busyness, noise, and clutter that comes with urban living? BY TOMMY LEE RESOURCE GLOBAL It is easy to think of the Garden of Eden as the ideal dwelling place, but it is just as...

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LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Using His Platform Wisely

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Clayton Kershaw, who is featured on the cover of the newest Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Magazine, said he must use his time, talent and treasure wisely for his Savior. NEWS RELEASE HAMILTON STRATEGIES Kershaw tells FCA that his time is taken up by regular dinners in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse, cardio and weight-room workouts, stretching routines, scouting report breakdowns and long-toss sessions in the outfield. And...

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Stories From Skid Row: Homeless in High School

Jazzmine was told she wouldn’t graduate after her family became homeless. Hope Gardens helped her get her life back. BY UNION RESCUE MISSION STORIES FROM SKID ROW Editor’s Note: Jazzmine’s story is part of the Union Rescue Mission’s “Stories From Skid Row” videos available on the organization’s website, URM.org. Hope Gardens We believe no child should be raised on the dangerous, unforgiving streets of Los Angeles. Yet economic circumstances, illness, and abuse are forcing...

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Jesus Didn’t Fit Politically or Socially; Probably Wouldn’t Now Either

If Jesus walked among us today he would probably not fit neatly into any of our political categories. BY ROBERT CHAO ROMERO Matthew 25 Movement I don’t think he would endorse the full political platform of either the Republicans or the Democrats because each party has biblical blind spots. Two thousand years ago, Jesus didn’t fit neatly into any of the major social groups of his day either. ONE IN A SERIES: HOW WOULD...

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When a Church Skips Sunday Service To Help a Cause

I couldn’t believe we decided to cancel our Sunday service. BY ANDREW ALESSO On July 1st at Thrive LA we asked our entire congregation to skip church and go participate in a fundraiser hosted by a local small business on behalf of families separated and detained at the border. It wasn’t even a Christian event. The event raised over $15,000 for free legal aid for those families, helped us form amazing relationships...

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Protestors, Patriots and Christians, Oh, My! TLA Stories of the Week

This is turning into quite a summer of discontent — and the dog days aren’t technically even here, yet! TogetherLA.net continues to look for stories that shed light on where God is in all of this, from America’s immigration policy to its celebration of Fourth of July. TLA Stories of the Week is a conversation about the articles most recently published as shared by its editor via video, including on Facebook LIVE (see below)...

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America, Fireworks and Jesus

I grew up during the Cold War. Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were high as each side vied for the upper hand around the globe. In a frantic effort to keep the other side from ‘winning,’ conflicts and wars would begin to stem the tide of Communism or to stop Democracy in its tracks. Threats were made, shoes were pounded, and missiles were placed. A...

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