But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:28

Signs of Christian Maturity

Some of the most important questions that arise in a Christian’s mind will (and should) have to do with spiritual maturity.

Am I growing? How am I growing? Is “maturity” evident in my life? Have I been consistently (even if slowly) become more like Jesus?

The Bible repeatedly...

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Written by Costi W. Hinn
Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:15

Why are you using the King James Version? Are you KJVO?

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I was recently asked how I would answer people who are critical of my use of the King James Version of the Bible?

I think the first thing we need to be asking ourselves is why so many contemporary evangelicals make our use of the KJV a point of contention if we are not making it a point of...

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Written by Robert Truelove
Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:13

Sex appeal

1. It's a truism that men find pretty woman attractive while women find handsome men attractive. That's the physical dimension of sex appeal. Some Christians neglect their appearance because they focus on "inner beauty."
There's certainly something important to be said for that. It depends on part...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 23 February 2020 23:00

Male professor forced to say fake pronouns by female judges and female dean

imageFemale judge (Clinton appointee) rules that man violate his conscience

U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott ruled that professor Nicholas Meriwether had use the preferred pronouns of students instead of the ones that match biological reality.

Here’s an article from College Fix:

In a three-page...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:55

Link Love: Becoming a Fully Formed Human

I suppose we all walk with a slight limp somehow, for some of us, it is unnoticeable, existing in the mind (a bent toward simple, single perspective thinking that keeps us limited in space or time) or the heart (a propensity to think or act our way through life, instead of feel or emote God-given...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:39

Vigorous Dissent May Be Necessary for the Good of the SBC Featured

In the last week or so, releases from Baptist Press made their way around the SBC community. On Feb 5, an article was released in the form of a Q&A from the 2019 Resolutions Committee about the now infamous Resolution 9. Essentially, we were told that dissenters were misunderstanding the...

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Written by Daryl Cornett
Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:30

Guest Post: What Happened At Willow Creek?

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This in-depth analysis is provided by a special partnership with MinistryWatch.com. In the 1970s and 80s, radio personality Casey Kasem would often punctuate his “American Top 40” program with the phrase: “And the hits just keep on coming.”  The expression became a...

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Written by Warren Cole Smith
Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:00

Should Christians Study Philosophy? Featured

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Logic and critical reasoning are important elements of our thinking, especially when it comes to thinking about our faith. From one of our Ask R.C. events, R.C. Sproul discusses several benefits of studying philosophy.

Just ask Ligonier to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:00

What Does It Mean To “Tempt” God?

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Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Mat. 4:7)

William Perkins The Combat Between Christ and the Devil Displayed Point 3 of the Second Temptation Works, vol. 1, pp. 133-138.

Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:24

Every Marriage Needs God’s Grace

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,

clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:19

Were the Church Fathers Inspired in the Same Way as Scripture? A Preview of the Sizemore Lectures at Midwestern Seminary

A number of years ago, Everett Kalin wrote a well-known doctoral dissertation arguing that the early church fathers did not see inspiration as something that was uniquely true of canonical books.  Why?  Because, according to Kalin, the early Church Fathers saw their own writings as...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:00

How to Fly Your Cast Iron Kites

Introduction

It should be noted at the outset that Preston Sprinkle and Branson Parler are not exactly sons of thunder. They recently wrote an article on polyamory for Christianity Today, in which they pelted this particular noxious sin with some cotton balls. The cotton balls were thrown with a...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Sunday, 23 February 2020 20:38

Role of Women: Can Women Serve Communion

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Today’s Bible study question comes from a listener named Charles, who asks, “Wes, Is it right or wrong for women to serve the communion, as long as they are not leading prayer or reading scripture?” Wes and Travis discuss this issue. We hope this discussion is unifying, rather...

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Written by Wes
Sunday, 23 February 2020 20:25

Count Your Blessings Featured

If you grew up in a Christian home, you almost certainly sang a number of hymns as a child that have stuck with you (for good or ill) throughout your life. I distinctly remember singing the chorus to the hymn, “Count Your Blessings,” with my sister in the back of our parents’ car....

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Sunday, 23 February 2020 20:00

Introducing What Is the Gospel? Study Guide

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Define and Apply

Greg Gilbert’s best-selling book What Is the Gospel? has sold over 250,000 copies, helping Christians and non-Christians alike gain a clear understanding of the central message of God’s word. This study guide was created to further...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 23 February 2020 20:00

Podcast: Are Christians Obligated to Give 10%? (Sam Storms)

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This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series.

What Does the Bible Say about Tithing?

In this episode of The Crossway Podcast, Sam Storms, author of Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions, discusses what the Bible teaches about...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 23 February 2020 20:00

The Church Imperfect

Herman Bavink acknowledges the flaws that exist in true churches,

Even though there are unbelievers within a body of believers and there remain impure elements in doctrine or practice, this does not disqualify a church body altogether. A true church in an absolute sense is impossible on earth. For...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 23 February 2020 19:07

Contending for the Gospel (in an era when MOST Christians would rather “get along” with false teachers than contend with them)

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Contending for the Gospel: For the Glory of Christ and the Sanctity of His Church By Mike Gendron Proclaiming the Gospel, 2019, 288 pp.

In this recently published book, evangelist Mike Gendron compares the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ...

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Written by Tom
Sunday, 23 February 2020 19:05

February 24: Rev. A.M. Stewart

On the Value of History
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At the time of his decease, the Rev. Alexander Morrison Stewart, D.D. was serving as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Chico, Butte county, California. He died in that town on Wednesday morning, February 24, 1875. Dr. Stewart was born in Lawrence county,...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 23 February 2020 19:01

On Cracking the Code

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It’s a recurring theme in current events. Every few weeks, as I scour the headlines, I see yet another story about someone who is sure he has cracked the code. He has hacked the human body in such a way that he will live an unusually long life. He has come up with just the right diet, just...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 23 February 2020 19:00

The Mailbag: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lent Featured

imageWhat are Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lent? Are they biblical? Should Christians participate in them?

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 23 February 2020 19:00

Walking with God – Part 4 Featured

Currently, I am preaching through Genesis 1-11 at Perryville Second Baptist Church. In our 33rd week through the series (no, I am not recommending everyone go that slow!) we came upon the curios case of Enoch in Genesis 5:22-24. This series of posts (see part 1 here) fleshes out some thoughts on...

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Written by Allen Nelson IV
Sunday, 23 February 2020 18:54

A La Carte (February 24)

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I had a very enjoyable weekend here in Littleton, Colorado, and was blessed to meet so many of you. And now all that remains is for me to make the homeward journey!

Today’s Kindle deals include Andrew Peterson’s Adorning the Dark, which many people considered their favorite book of 2019.

O...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 23 February 2020 18:52

Some encouragement in dark days: Those who love Christ Alone Featured

By Elizabeth PrataI'm upset over the feminism in my denomination. I was raised by a feminist mother and my sister's a feminist professor at a state University. Liberal to the core and so, so blind. I have skin in the game. However, I want to take a moment to extol the glory that is the unblemished...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 23 February 2020 18:00

The Problem of Forgiveness Featured

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Forgiveness is a problem for many people due to their misunderstanding of what forgiveness involves and confusion about what forgiveness really is. Part of the issue is that sometimes we are unable to distinguish between forgiveness and feeling forgiven. Sometimes our feelings can get out of sync...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Sunday, 23 February 2020 18:00

Language Barrier

It's that time again. We have a major election in November and accompanying minor ones in between. That means that people who watch TV will need to endure hours of screeching political ads, and it also means that there will be people everywhere trying to get you to sign their petition. It has...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:58

Free Ebook: The Keys to Spiritual Growth by John MacArthur

Boy last week and weekend was quite busy.  Didn’t get to finish books as much I would like.  So today’s post on Monday is going to be not a book review but about an opportunity for a free Christian e-book!

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The publisher Crossway has made available online for free the book...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:14

What Does Christianity Say About the Nature of Humans? Five Honest Realities

imageAfter speaking at a church recently, I was approached by a woman who identified herself as a defense attorney and a Christian. She told me she struggled to understand how some of the suspects I’d arrested for cold-case murders had been able to live law-abiding, uneventful lives for thirty...

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Written by J. Warner
Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:01

Be Still My Soul: a cure for panic Featured

by Clint Archer

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At 8:07am on January 13, 2018, the population of Hawaii was propelled into abject panic and confusion by a text message that the state government sent out in error:  “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

Hawaii is...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:01

Miracles On Video: Some Examples

People often ask for video evidence of miracles (atheists, agnostics, cessationists, etc.). Some individuals even demand video of miracles, or come close to demanding it, as if any other evidence would be insufficient. I want to provide some examples of miracles caught on film and other forms of...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:00

The Truth About Bringing Your Faith to Work

As the founder of 4word, a ministry organization for women in the workplace, I spend significant time speaking to and mentoring Christian professionals worldwide.

I’m often asked about how Christians can or should “bring faith to work.” My answer is simple: If you are...

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Written by Diane Paddison
Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:00

Hardline Animists Attack Church and Threaten to Kill Christians in Eastern India

 
February 24, 2020
Tribal animists in eastern India earlier this month surrounded a church building with axes, threatened to kill Christians within and later burned down the thatched-roof structure, sources said....

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:03

Mark Chanski- Encouragement Adrenaline for the Soul

On today’s Equipping You in Grace Show Dave and Mark Chanski talk about the importance of encouragement in Christian friendship, the gospel as ultimate encouragement, along with his book, Encouragement Adrenaline for the Soul (RHB, 2019). What you’ll hear in this episode Why...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:02

Rejoice in the Lord

Philippians 3:1, “Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.” “I choose joy.” My friend spoke these words through tears as she relayed the story of her husband leaving...

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Written by Carolyn Lacey
Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:00

The Inescapable Truth About God Featured

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Acceptable worship demands that God be known—worship cannot occur where the true God is not believed in, adored, and obeyed. The object of our worship must be right if our worship is to be acceptable. We must consider the God we worship.

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:00

We Will Serve the Lord

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serv... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:00

Four Reasons Christians Distinguish Between Happiness and Joy

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When I was writing my book Happiness, I knew that the chapter on “What’s the Difference Between Happiness and Joy?” would likely prove to be one of the most controversial. To verify my assertion that joy and happinessare synonyms, I cited more than one hundred verses in various...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:48

Why Baptists Believe in Separation of Church and State

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As the election draws near the discussion about the appropriate protection of religious freedoms will continue to rage. This topic matters to us—a lot. Religious freedom is a historical novelty and is still denied to billions in our world today.

Most credit the historical genesis of the idea...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:00

Beauty and Prose Style

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Some of the boldest and most entertaining writers are also some of the most dangerously careless, misleading, or even wicked:  Bacon, Machiavelli, and Nietzsche, for example.  Perhaps this is why St. Paul resolves to forgo the use of “lofty words” or rhetorical tricks...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:00

Two Sets of Search Criteria

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Here are two descriptions of the ideal candidate for the office of Pastor. The first is taken from a large and well-known church in the West; the second is taken from Gregory the Great’s Book of Pastoral Rule. I’ve broken them down into twelve chunks, for the sake of comparison.

Here&rsqu...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Sunday, 23 February 2020 14:53

10 Things You Should Know about Definite Atonement

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Jonathan Gibson:

1. Definite atonement is a way of speaking about the intent and nature of Christ’s death.

The doctrine of definite atonement states that, in the death of Jesus Christ, the triune God intended to achieve the redemption of every person given to the Son by the Father in eternity...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Sunday, 23 February 2020 14:00

Romans 12:1–2 and the Doctrine of Sanctification, Part 3

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Reproduced with permission from DBSJ 11 (2006). Read the series.

Dedication in Romans 12:1–2

Romans 12:1–2 begins the final section of the letter. Paul shifts his focus from instruction to exhortation, from what we might call the indicative—what God has done for us—to the...

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Written by wcombs
Sunday, 23 February 2020 13:41

Welcoming each another—Romans 15:1-7

In Romans 14:1-23 Paul summons believers to respect one another despite their differences on issues secondary to the gospel that unites us. In light of Paul’s language there and the larger context of Romans, Paul is especially calling Jewish and Gentile believers to welcome one another...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 23 February 2020 13:10

Social Media and the Loss of “Serendipitous Learning”

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A few years ago, I wrote a multi-part review of Yuval Levin’sThe Fractured Republic.Levin is a brilliant and insightful commentator whose research leads him to offer up explanations and suggestions for our society’s most intractable problems. 

His newest work,A Time to Build,make...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Sunday, 23 February 2020 13:00

The Delight Of Sacrifice Featured

I will very gladly spend and be spent for you. — 2 Corinthians 12:15

When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin deliberately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Sunday, 23 February 2020 11:37

Chronological Bible Reading Numbers 1 to 2

23 Feb 2020, Chronological Bible Reading, Numbers 1 to 2. My wife, Lori, and I are reading through the Bible in chronological order, which is the order in which the events happened. Her blog on this can be found here. This is not intended to be a lesson or a sermon. It is my thoughts […]

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Written by wbmoore
Sunday, 23 February 2020 11:18

The Church, Apostasy and Homosexuality Featured

Full-blown apostasy is among us, with homosexuality leading the way:

Here are three things that you should have heard repeatedly: One, the Bible often warns about the dangers of apostasy, of falling away. Two, Scripture and church history both attest to the fact that the church is sabotaged from...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 23 February 2020 10:04

Church, scripture, canon

I'm going to quote some excerpts from a book by a noted evangelical OT scholar. The quotes are clearly germane to a Catholic apologetic trope against the Protestant canon. Provan supplies detailed supporting material to document his claims. I won't be quoting the copious documentation, but just his...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 23 February 2020 09:30

Examples Of Agreement Between Paul And The Four Gospel Narratives

        *Jesus Christ is a man (Philippians 2:6; 1 Timothy 3:16)        *Christ is a descendant of King David (Romans 1:3-4; 2 Timothy 2:8)        *The ordinance of the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)       ...

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Written by Jesse
Sunday, 23 February 2020 07:39

Christian News Weekly Recap Feb 17 – 22, 2020 Featured

Christian News Weekly Recap Feb 17 – 22, 2020 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Feb 17, 2020 Pakistani Christian Girl Reunited with Family After Being Kidnapped, Raped, and Forced to Convert to Islam ‘Hoping and...

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Written by Alf Cengia
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