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Follow-up to the Sri Lanka Church Bombings

Photo: Open Doors. Funeral for a Sunday school teacher and 13-year-old boy killed in the Sri Lanka church suicide bombings. On Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, coordinated terrorist suicide attacks targeted worshipers in Christian church services north of Sri Lanka’s capitol Colombo (West), in Negombo (West), and in Batticaloa (East), as Christians celebrated the resurrection […]

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Persecution of Christians is Increasing Worldwide

Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, experiencing imprisonment, loss of home and assets, rape, torture, beheadings, and other forms of murder because of their identification with Jesus Christ. Across the 50 countries on the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List (@OpenDoors) (#2019WWL), more than 245 million Christians now experience […]

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Standing Strong Through the Storm of Persecution

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever […]

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With God in Russia: Christian Hope Despite Persecution

Republished for a new century, With God in Russia (HarperOne, 2017) is the classic memoir of an American-born Jesuit priest imprisoned for 15 years in a Soviet gulag during the height of the Cold War—a poignant and spiritually uplifting story of extraordinary faith and fortitude as indelible as Unbroken: A World War II Story of […]

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Letters to the Church: Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy

Did you know that most of the books that comprise the New Testament are actually letters? These letters (also known as “epistles”) contain both general Christian teaching and specific instructions for the congregation to which they were addressed. As part of our Letters to the Church series, we’re taking a brief look at each epistle […]

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Letters to the Church: Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians

Did you know that most of the books that comprise the New Testament are actually letters? These letters (also known as “epistles”) contain both general Christian teaching and specific instructions for the congregation to which they were addressed. As part of our Letters to the Church series, we’re taking a brief look at each epistle […]

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Letters to the Church: Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians

Did you know that most of the books that comprise the New Testament are actually letters? These letters (also known as “epistles”) contain both general Christian teaching and specific instructions for the congregation to which they were addressed. As part of our Letters to the Church series, we’re taking a brief look at each epistle […]

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Standing Strong Through the Storm: Stories from the Persecuted Church

Has your church or faith community been talking this month about the plight of the persecuted Christian church around the world? The first two Sundays of November have been set aside as special days on which to pray for Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. If the struggles of the persecuted church have been […]

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