North Korean Christian Risks Life, Walks ‘Many Hours’ to Be Baptized

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor  | Friday, February 14, 2020 A North Korea Christian woman who fled to China illegally was recently baptized, even though such an action could have resulted in her being repatriated back to her nation and killed. The woman, identified as “Bon-Hwa” by Open Doors, crossed the border more than two years ago into China, where it is illegal to help North Korea escapees.  Despite the risk, Open Doors ministry partners ...

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Iranian Student Group Threatens to Destroy Tomb of Queen Esther, Mordechai

Amanda Casanova | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Friday, February 21, 2020 The Basij group, a student group of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has threatened to destroy what many believe to be the ancient burial site of Queen Esther and Mordechai in Hamedan. The threat comes after President Donald Trump announced his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. According to CBN News, the Basij group released a statement saying they want to tear down the tomb ...

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U.S., 17 Other Countries Launch First-Ever International Religious Freedom Alliance

In one of the first international efforts to champion religious freedom, leaders from the United States and several other countries will gather in Washington D.C. this week for the first meeting of the new International Religious Freedom Alliance. The alliance falls under the leadership of U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, as reported by The Christian Post. “I have not seen this type of organization or push on a human rights ...

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Virginia Couple Threatened with Eviction for Hosting Bible Study Reaches Settlement with Apartment Complex

Amanda Casanova | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Monday, January 13, 2020 A Virginia couple who say they were threatened with eviction for holding Bible studies in their apartment has settled their lawsuit with the apartment complex. According to Faithwire, Kenneth and Liv Hauge can now host Bible studies in the community room or in their apartment in their Virginia senior living community. As Christian Headlines previously reported, the couple said their apartment had threatened ...

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Church Decimated after Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh, India

Morning Star News Southern India Correspondent | Morning Star News | Thursday, February 13, 2020 HYDERABAD, India, February 13, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized. Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula on Jan. 27 pleaded with about a dozen local residents to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship ...

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Islamic terrorism spreading in majority-Christian Mozambique; 700 dead, 100,000 displaced

By Samuel Smith, Christian Post Reporter Over 100,000 people have been displaced and at least 700 have died in the majority-Christian country of Mozambique since 2017, as the spread of radical Islamic extremism in Africa is starting to plague the continent’s southeast region.  This month, the U.N.'s High Commission for Refugees said it is boosting its response in Mozambique’s northeastern Cabo Delgado province, an oil-rich coastal region on the Indian Ocean. Although southeast Africa ...

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47 Percent of Mainline Pastors Now Support Same-Sex Marriage

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Friday, February 21, 2020 Nearly half of mainline pastors say they back same-sex marriage, although support among evangelical pastors remains low, according to a new LifeWay Research survey. The poll of 1,000 pastors found that 47 percent of mainline pastors say they “see nothing wrong with two people of the same gender getting married.” That’s an increase from 2010, when 32 percent of mainline pastors answered ...

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Jesus ‘Found Me in My Dirt and Pulled Me Out,’ Justin Bieber Says

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Singer Justin Bieber in a new interview credits his Christian faith for saving him from self-destruction, saying he’s “grateful” to have friends in his life who live for Jesus. Bieber, who recently released a new album, Changes, told Apple Music's Zane Lowe his faith saved him from darkness and transformed the way he views life.  “I was just living in this shame, living in all ...

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Mass Revival Breaks out across Tennessee: ‘The Holy Spirit Came and Took Control’

Amanda Casanova | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Some 1,000 churches in Tennessee are joining together for prayer and fasting as part of Awaken Tennessee, a 30-day prayer event. Awaken Tennessee kicked off Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 23. According to CBN News, 220 churches in East Tennessee are joining in the event. Another 800 from central and west Tennessee have also committed to the month of prayer. Pastors in ...

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I Went to the U.S.-Mexico Border: This Is What I Really Saw

Shane Idleman | Pastor, Westside Christian Fellowship | Thursday, February 20, 2020 Why has the issue of illegal immigration dominated the conversation in our nation over the years? I believe there are, at least, three reasons the border issue is at the forefront of politics: It's a legitimate crisis.Some want open borders to add voters to their party.It’s hard to balance justice and compassion. The main question for me was: How does our government ...

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