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How Focus’ Staff Gives Back

Here’s a heartwarming story as we close in on the end of the week: there’s a Colorado young woman who’s taking care of preemies and their families in a most thoughtful way.

World Vision Reverses Decision to Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

Two days after the announcement that Christians in same-sex marriages could be hired at World Vision, the Christian relief organization reversed its decision.

New Study Claims Spanking Children Leads to Aggression

A new study says that parents who spank their children are part of a “vicious cycle” that will lead to more spankings and more misbehavior.

U.S. Supreme Hears HHS Abortion Mandate Cases

Tuesday the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on behalf of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, Corp., whose business owners have brought lawsuits against the HHS Mandate.

North Korean Military Performs Unannounced Missile Test-Launch

North Korea performed an unannounced test launch of two medium-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday morning.

'Bishop of Bling' Expelled from Post After Construction of $41.3 Million Home

Pope Francis has asked German bishop Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg to leave his post since the $41.3 million cost of his personal mansion have gone public.

Coerced Sexual Activity Common for Teen Boys, Young Men

A new study examined the pervasive, but largely unexamined problem of sexual coercion among teen boys and young men and found that coerced sex is fairly common and can lead to psychological distress and risky behavior.

Study Finds Link Between Teen Girls, Depression and Obesity

A new study finds a link between depression and weight gain in teenage girls. Depressed teens were more likely to gain weight and those who struggled with weight were more likely to experience depression.

Christian School Rebukes 8-Year-Old Girl for Looking Too "Boyish"

Eight-year old Sunnie Kahle recently left her private Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia after the administration complained that her appearance was not sufficiently female.

Christians Upset over Noah’s Creative License

According to the Christian Post, the upcoming Noah film by Darren Aronofsky has stirred up considerable controversy among faith driven audiences.

World Vision’s Reversal Is the Right Decision

Since its founding in 1950, World Vision has put the teachings of Jesus Christ into daily practice around the world by feeding and caring for those in dire need. As a ministry, it’s been one the great gems of evangelical Christendom. Their organization has made – and is making - a dramatic difference in the lives of countless individuals.

Experts Say U.S. Could Do More to Help Persecuted Christians

A panel of three experts was recently assembled by the Center for American Progress to discuss the problem of Christian persecution in the Middle East and what can be done to end it.

Kids of Authoritarian Parents More Likely to be Obese

A new study suggests that kids whose parents are strict but not emotionally receptive are more likely to be obese, compared with kids whose parents set boundaries but are affectionate.

Obama Administration Dissatisfied with Israeli Defense Minister’s Apology

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon apologized to the Obama administration for his recent comments claiming that the U.S. is “showing weakness” in the world.

O’Reilly Book “Killing Jesus” Sparks Criticism

Since the release of his book "Killing Jesus," O’Reilly has faced criticism from members of the secular-progressive movement.

International Adoption Rates Plummet to Concerning Numbers

Americans adopted 7,094 children from other countries in the 2013 fiscal year, the lowest number of international adoptions since 1992.

Cocaine-Filled Condoms Intercepted En Route to the Vatican

A drug seller sent a shipment of 240 grams of liquid cocaine worth $55,000 to the Vatican Post Office. The cocaine was concealed within 14 condoms.

UK Hospitals Burn Aborted, Miscarried Babies for Green Fuel

Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge incinerated 797 babies under 13 weeks of gestation at its waste-to-energy plant after telling mothers the bodies had been “cremated.”

Please Pray for Religious Liberties Cases before the Supreme Court Today

Today the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments for two cases that will have far-reaching implications for our religious freedom: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. I’d like to ask for you to please pray about these cases – but before I go into specific prayer requests, I want to share a bit about why they're so important.

Get OVER Your "Selfie"

Are others to be served, or to serve as our "audience?"

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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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