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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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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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Stadia: Every Child To Experience Love of Jesus Through a Local Church

Stadia, a national church planting organization that places children as a priority, is working on its tenth collaborative church plant in the Los Angeles area, said executive Nathan Hawkins. “I get to visit a lot of great cities and there’s something unique about Los Angeles,” said Hawkins during a recent Together LA Facebook Live video stream (below). “I do believe it’s an epicenter of culture. It’s a place where people...

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Santa Fe High School Shooting: Evil Begins in the Mind

When we see “senseless” acts of murder like the one we saw on Friday at Santa Fe High School we have to remember that a process of thought actually made “sense” of this to the one doing the murdering. That is where evil begins – in the mind. A lie regarding how to best resolve an inner dilemma is considered, accepted, internalized and acted upon. BY KENNY LUCK In this case,...

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Remembering Motherhood Well (A Letter To Future Me)

Dear Future Me, I wanted to write this letter to you, hopeful that you aren’t as hard on yourself (now that your kids are all grown up) as you were when you were a mom of young children. I hope you give yourself more grace and remember motherhood well. They say hindsight is 20/20, but when I look back on memories from my teens, twenties, and early thirties, it’s hard...

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Advocacy For Foster Children Grows From Possum Trot to Orange County

Bishop W.C. Martin, the man who led members of his small country church in Possom Trot, Texas, to collectively adopt 76 foster children, said he believes the Zero by 2020 initiative launched in Orange County, California, will lead to a national movement. Zero by 2020 is a collaborative initiative of Christian churches in Orange County with the goal of finding a family for every child in Orange County by 2020...

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Empowering Urban Leaders to Go and Make Disciples

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. — Matthew 28:19-20 Post Resurrection we read the story of Jesus speaking to his disciples. Many doubted that he had actually...

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Is Trend Towards Spirituality Over Religiosity a Good Thing?

A possible shift by Americans toward spirituality—”measured by self-reported experiences of being connected to something larger than oneself”—and away from religiosity—”measured by frequency of religious attendance and the personal importance of religion,” as indicated in a recent study, produced mixed reactions from Christian leaders. The study finds 29% of Americans are both spiritual and religious; 18% are spiritual but not religious; 22% are not spiritual but religious; and 31% are...

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Love LA Launches To Demonstrate and Proclaim The Gospel 24/7

Editor’s Note: Below is an announcement from Love L.A., which is “a week of the citywide church coming together to engage the heart of God in worship and prayer and out of His presence to go forth and engage our culture with acts of love and the proclamation of gospel truth,” organizers said. Friends of the gospel and lovers of L.A. – FINAL LIVE TRAINING It’s almost here. After nine months of...

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2020 Vision: What Does ‘Getting to Zero’ Mean?

What does “Getting to Zero” mean? Getting to Zero is the idea that we want to see zero children waiting for families here in our community — zero kids having to go to bed each night still praying for a mom and dad. No child should be left to wonder whether they are worthy of love. An ambitious plan to eliminate the number of vulnerable children without a caring family...

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