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A special moment between a bride and groom goes viral.

Photo of Marine praying with bride-to-be goes viral

Private pre-wedding moment goes viral   They weren't supposed to see each other before the wedding, a quick moment between a North Carolina Marine and his bride has gone viral. According to WLOS, the photo captured a prayer between groom U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Caleb Earwood and his bride, Maggie Edwards, ...

Gloria’s Luscious Lemon Pie

Last week we as a church joined together in preparing an Amish meal that was to served at the community hall in the town of Robinson, Illinois. Several times each year we do this as a fundraiser for our parochial school or to help pay hospital bills. These suppers are ...

Evelyn Davison prays at the Texas State Prayer Breakfast on the National Day of Prayer event at the Doubletree Hotel on Monday May 4, 2015.

Speaking to a higher power: 5 things to know about the National Day of Prayer

In an American tradition that stretches back to the '50s, May 7 marks the annual National Day of Prayer and it's coming at a time that some may thing isn't a moment too soon. >> Read more trending stories   The main event will be in Washington, D.C., where leaders of ...

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Town to remove Christian flag flying over city hall

A small town's city council - against the advice of its attorneys - voted to fly a Christian flag over city hall to promote a local Bible-reading marathon. What could go wrong? City officials in Cochran, Ga., have now bowed to threats of legal action and "fiscal" concerns and will ...

Church sign calls homosexuality a 'death worthy crime'

Pastor Robert Lee’s Ten Commandments Church is known for staunch views. However, when Robert Owens saw a sign at the church reading, "Homsexuality is a Death Worthy Crime," he was shocked. "This is the first time that I have ever seen anything that actually crossed the line and was inferring ...

Church receives touching note with 18-cent offering

When church workers at First United Methodist Church in uptown Charlotte discovered 18 cents in an offering envelope Sunday, Pastor Patrick Hamrick said it was the note written on back that touched their hearts.    "It so precious," Hamrick said.  “It has the note, 'Please don't be mad, I don't ...

Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty."

'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson under fire for anti-atheist speech

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson is under fire after delivering a graphic anti-atheist speech at a religious event in Vero Beach, Florida. According to Huffington Post Canada, Robertson, the featured speaker at Friday's Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast, described a hypothetical scenario in which robbers force an atheist man to watch ...

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Must-see: Pizza maker hand-delivers pie to Pope Francis

Pope Francis got a special delivery this weekend: a fresh Naples-style pizza. Enzo Cacialli, co-owner of Pizzeria Don Ernesto, decided to make the pie after hearing that the pope recently said he'd like to go to a pizzeria "without being recognized," CNN reports. >> PHOTOS: Pizza maker hand-delivers pie to Pope Francis ...

Mars Hill Academy’s performance jump rope team, Highlander Heat, recently performed during half time of the Indianapolis Pacers vs. Sacramento Kings NBA game. CONTRIBUTED

Retired Firecrackers helping build program at nearby Mars Hill Academy

MASON — It was more than just a hop, skip and a jump for the Highlander Heat performance jump rope team when they took to the court in Indianapolis.For six minutes all eyes were on the 16 girls from Mars Hill Academy as they performed during halftime of the Indianapolis ...

Student's church-themed Valentines removed

An Oklahoma parent says her child’s freedom of religion was in jeopardy over a Valentine’s Day card.  The student used cards advertising a church service as his valentines. Those cards were confiscated by his teacher.  “It feels he’s been denied the right to express his love for his church and ...

Controversial homeless Jesus statue coming to Orlando (PHOTOS)

A church in downtown Orlando, Florida, is putting a message about Jesus and homelessness out on the sidewalk for everyone to see. The realistic statue depicts a homeless Jesus sleeping on a park bench. "When people walk by, it looks like a park bench," the Rev. David Swanson told Orlando's ...

Denise Peters is the director of Tabitha’s Closet, a ministry dedicated to providing clothing to those in need in the community. CONTRIBUTED

Denise Peters, director, Tabitha’s Closet

MORROW – Tabitha’s Closet seeks to assist people with their most basic needs by providing free clothes one Saturday a month.It is located in The Park United Method Church’s former parsonage on the corner of Highway 22 & 3 and Zoar Road. Denise Peters, director of Tabitha’s Closet, talks about ...

A photo of Joshua Alcorn, who went by Leelah, posted on Tumblr.

A life that could have meant even more

If the tragic death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has taught us anything, it is the need for compassion, for empathy.“My death needs to mean something,” she wrote in her achingly poignant suicide letter.And it already has, raising awareness of the plight of transgender youth, who are at 41 percent ...

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Christian woman ditches leggings because they trigger men’s ‘lustful thoughts’

Do leggings cause men to lust? The popular Christian family blogger Veronica Partridge says yes, sharing her decision to give up leggings and yoga pants on her personal blog. She said after talking to friends and her husband, she determined that such tight-fitting pants can cause men to have lustful thoughts, ...

Bakeries stocking up on Paczki for Fat Tuesday

A Polish food tradition has caught on locally in the area with Paczki, an extra-large, round, fried, sugar-coated/glazed, cream or fruit filled Polish pre-Lenten pastry (or donut).From early January through mid-February, local bakeries are gearing up for Paczki Day (pronounced punch-key or poonch-kee), which is typically recognized on Fat Tuesday, ...

Boy admits he didn’t go to heaven, prompting publisher to pull book

Alex Malarkey, who claimed in the best-selling book, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” that he visited heaven and saw angels while in a coma, has recanted his story. In an open letter published on the website of the Christian book retailer LifeWay, Malarkey wrote, "I did not die. ...

El Capitan climbers reach peak, make history at Yosemite

Two Americans reached the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, making history by completing what some have called the world's most difficult climb. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first to free-climb El Capitan's 3,000-foot Dawn Wall. For 19 days, the pair used only their hands ...

Church canceled lesbian woman's funeral, family says

Dozens gathered outside a Colorado church to protest Tuesday after a bereaved family said the pastor stopped a woman's funeral when he found out she was a lesbian.  According to KMGH, Denver's New Hope Ministries ended Vanessa Collier's funeral Saturday after the minister saw a video tribute that showed Collier kissing her significant other, which ...

Brandy Wiley, right, is the outreach director for CityGate Church. CONTRIBUTED

Brandy Wiley, Project Truth outreach director, CityGate Church

WEST CHESTER TWP. – The people of CityGate Church are reaching out to make a difference in the communities of greater Cincinnati.The church, which has campuses in both West Chester Twp. and Cincinnati, serves those in need through Project Truth… Love in Action, its non-profit outreach ministry.For example, this holiday ...

‘Hamilton Goes Hollywood’ for Icefest 2015

HAMILTON – More than 25,000 residents and visitors are expected to gather on the streets of downtown Hamilton Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17 for IceFest 2015. With this year’s theme, “Hamilton Goes Hollywood,” the 80-plus sponsored sculptures will focus on everything from historic films to current, popular movies ...

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