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What's Hot? 11/08/13

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

This Operation Christmas Child Grew Up and Paid It Forward

In my post last week “How Shoeboxes Help Spread the Gospel,” I talked about how Operation Christmas Child provides children around the world with what might be their only opportunity to receive the Gospel message. I also shared pictures taken by a Focus staffer of the boys and girls in Senegal, Africa, as they received boxes.

Unplug Your Family

Children spend almost 8 hours a day consuming media for fun, including TV, music, video games and other content.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 07, 2013 |
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Role Modeling: Moms' Relationships Influences Teens' Relationships

A new study suggests that mothers' friendships with other adults can impact their adolescent children's relationships with their own friends, particularly the negative aspects of these relationships such as conflict and antagonism.

Happy Birthday, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham!

Happy 95th birthday, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham! He’s been called “America’s Pastor” for a good reason: for almost 70 years, Dr. Graham has worked in ministry, preaching, evangelizing, counseling U.S presidents and meeting with world leaders. Millions have come to know Jesus as Savior through his sharing of the Gospel.

More Grandparents Caring for Kids

New study says as families become more complicated, more grandparents are providing care for their grandchildren.

How to Pass Along a Faith that Lasts to Your Kids

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the misperception that millennials are losing their faith. In that post, I mentioned two facts that will springboard us to today’s topic of faith retention.

Couple Sues N.J. Governor Over Conversion Therapy Ban

A New Jersey couple is suing Gov. Chris Christie for signing a bill that bans gay conversion therapy.

Obesity Might Trigger Early Puberty in Girls

The age at which puberty starts in some girls has continued to drop, finds the latest study to suggest obesity may be a key trigger.

Iranian Christian Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison Freed

An Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years in prison has been released after three months.

  • World Watch Monitor |
  • November 05, 2013 |
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Guest Post: Curse God and Die

A few years ago, our public relations team welcomed a spirited young woman as a summer intern. Whitney Williams immediately threw herself into her role, learning to coordinate interviews and write news releases. She even met her husband, Mix, while serving at Focus.

Iran: Pastor Saeed's Life in Jeopardy After Prison Transfer

Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his faith, is facing life-threatening conditions after a recent prison transfer.

Facebook Admits Teens Are Losing Interest in the Site

Facebook stock loses steam after the company admitted young teens are losing interest in the site.

Rise in IVF Popularity Leaves Thousands of Babies in Limbo

More women are using donated eggs for in vitro fertilization and more healthy babies are being born through the process. While this is good news, the process also creates more embryos than can be implanted, leaving hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos in fertility clinics.

Iran's Crackdown on Christians Hasn't Let Up

In a country where less than half a percent of the population are Christians, devotion to Christianity remains dangerous — and in cases of male converts from Islam, punishable by death.

Five Biggest Things We Did Right Early On

One of the biggest questions I get from pastors is what we did in the early years that now, looking back with hindsight, we feel made the most difference. It’s a good question.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 04, 2013 |
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North Korean Christians Pray for 'Free' Christians to 'Realize God is All You Need'

One of the first things Eric Foley, the co-founder of Seoul USA, learned about the North Korean underground church is that it is not a group to be pitied.

Guest Post: What I’ve Learned About Adoption Since Adopting

November is National Adoption Month, so I want to do something special in this space to observe the occasion. Throughout the month, I’ll be highlighting adoption stories – the experiences of real-life families who have taken that leap of faith of welcoming someone new as their own.

Eritrean Christian Dies in Prison

A Christian woman perished from pneumonia in an Eritrean prison after facing harsh conditions and denial of medical treatment -- all because she would not renounce her faith.

Smartphones Capture 70% of Teen Market

Smartphone saturation among teens and young adults in the US is nearly complete.

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