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The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were kept in the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbruck were terribly overcrowded and flea-infested.
They had been able to miraculously smuggle a Bible into the camp, and in that Bible they had read that in all things they were to give thanks, and that God can use anything for good.
Corrie's sister Betsy decided that this meant thanking God for the fleas.
This was too much for Corrie, who said she could do no such thing. Betsy insisted, so Corrie gave in and prayed to God, thanking Him even for the fleas.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
Everyone on Twitter is learning that a hashtag cuts both ways — it can be hijacked or lampooned by detractors, and it's a key way that online activists are pushing back against opposing messages or what some might even call hate speech. (Bailey, Religion News Service)
Worshippers are increasingly turning their backs on the centuries-old practice of attending worship on Sundays because of other leisure and social "commitments." (Bingham, The Telegraph)
The home-schooling boom is getting a new push due to opposition to Common Core, the controversial national education standard that some parents claim is using their children's public school lessons to push a political agenda, according to critics of the Washington-backed curriculum. (Chiaramonte, Fox News)
A leading forensic psychiatrist who has testified in some of America's most infamous violent crime cases seeks the nation's collective opinion on these and other imponderables to complete more than 13 years of pioneering research aimed at codifying the concept of evil for the justice system. (Edwards, Fox News)
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do bad things happen to me? Why do cancer, war and death exist? Why would a good and loving God not save us from suffering?
These questions are often hard to answer and leave us wondering how we can have faith when God doesn't seem to be showing up. In this series, Senior Pastor Jim White will walk us through biblical principles that will direct our thinking about hardship and help us understand where God is through it all.Click here to see this product and more.