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Why Did This Painting Sell for $46 Million?

Norman Rockwell was originally paid $3,500 for the painting, a detailed illustration of an older woman and a young boy bowing their heads in prayer over a meal in the middle of a crowded restaurant. It first appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1951.

What's Hot? 12/06/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Give the Gift of Family this Christmas

Everything we do at Focus on the Family is made possible by friends like you – and we want you to know just how your contributions make a difference in the lives of so many.

Christians under Fire in Syria

Syria’s Greek Orthodox patriarch and the head of a convent have confirmed recent reports that Syrian rebels have abducted 12 nuns from Maaloula, a Christian village near Damascus.

Five Teen Trends for 2014 And Beyond

Teens are the gatekeepers of cool, always willing to try new things and setting the standard for what’s hot and what’s not. They are early adopters and an important barometer for brands.

Angelina Jolie Directing Movie About Christian POW

According to a recent article in Charisma News, Hollywood icon Angelina Jolie will be directing a new movie about the life of a Christian POW.

Two World-Class Libraries Launch Online Archive of Ancient Scriptures

The Vatican Library in Rome and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University have scanned and loaded the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient Hebrew, Greek and early Christian manuscripts.

Praying Kingdom Come

It’s a simple idea, and a deeply biblical one, woven into the very fabric of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray. “Thy kingdom come.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 05, 2013 |
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5 Things Christians Can Learn from Adoption

I recently had the opportunity to write a piece for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, a group dedicated to engaging the culture and speaking to issues in the public square.

Teens' Social Media Can Hurt College Chances

Colleges are increasingly searching for applicants' names on the Internet as part of their review, according to new research from Kaplan Test Prep.

Dozens of Christians Murdered in Nigeria in November

About 70 Christians were murdered in Nigeria in November, according to Release International.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • December 04, 2013 |
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Netanyahu: Sanctions Against Iran Already Falling Apart

While visiting Rome for a conference with Pope Francis and leaders in the Italian government, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued his recent offensive on Iran.

VIDEO: Boys, BB Guns and Christmas

Ralphie Parker wanted just one thing for Christmas: "An official Red Ryder, carbine-action, two-hundred-shot, range-model air rifle. " Fans of the perennial Yuletide favorite “A Christmas Story” know the plot like the back of their hand. Many even recite the lines from memory.

Has the Cross Become Merely a Fashion Symbol?

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is worried that the cross has become trivialized.

Is Pope Francis Leaving Vatican At Night To Minister To the Homeless?

It would seem Pope Francis isn't about to let his position within the Catholic Church stop him from taking an active role in Christ’s ministry.

VIDEO: Troubled Boy Has a Dad-Sized Hole in His Heart

This 40-second clip demonstrates the need for engaged dads more than a thousand research papers ever could.

Families Hope For Release of Americans Detained in North Korea

Two families in the U.S. are hoping that two detained Americans in North Korea are released soon— especially with the Christmas season underway.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • December 02, 2013 |
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Spending This Christmas or Spending It Well: Resisting Consumerism

The Christmas season is once again upon us and with it overwhelming encouragement from Madison Avenue to spend what we have not earned to buy what we cannot afford. The thrust of this consumerist message is that the holiday is best enjoyed or most fully realized through the acquisition of “things.”

TD Jakes’ Potter’s House Offers Free HIV Testing

In observance of World Aids Day, Bishop T.D. Jakes’ The Potter’s House megachurch provided free HIV testing to hundreds of people in Dallas.

A Very "Selfie" World

By now you may have heard that Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is “selfie.” It’s good word for our day, as without a doubt, it has become a very “selfie” world.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 02, 2013 |
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