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North Korea Again Rescinds Invitation to U.S. Ambassador Seeking Release of Missionary

The U.S. State Department announced its disappointment after North Korean officials rescinded for a second time an invitation to discuss the release of American Missionary Kenneth Bae.

Russians Return to Religion, But Not Church

A new study by PewReserch shows that the number of Russians who identify themselves as “religious” has increased in the past several years.

Justice Department to Expand Rights for Married Gay Couples

The Justice Department announced a number of changes this weekend that will give same-sex marriages in the country some benefits of equal protection.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • February 11, 2014 |
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This Olympian’s Inspiration is His Brother with Cerebral Palsy

Get the tissues out, because this story will tug at your heartstrings. Canadian freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau won gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics yesterday, the second of his career. And right there cheering him on was his older brother, Frederic. After the big win Monday, the brothers hugged, with Alex lifting Frederic over the fence so they could celebrate together.

Survey Finds British Children and Adults are Biblically Illiterate

Three out of 10 British children have next to no understanding of the Bible and their parents aren’t that knowledgeable, either.

Bob Jones University Fires Firm Hired to Investigate Sex Abuse

Bob Jones University has fired an independent firm hired to investigate sex abuse reports just one month before the group planned to release its 13-month review findings.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • February 10, 2014 |
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Teens' Relationship With Parents Impacts Future Romantic Relationships

The type of relationship a teen shares with his or her parents directly impacts how successful his future romantic relationships will be, a new study finds.

Kenneth Bae Worried About Health in North Korean Camp

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American who has been held in North Korea since November 2012, says he is worried about his health after authorities moved him back to a labor camp following a stay in a hospital.

Federal Agents Conduct Raid on ‘Machine Gun Preacher,’ ‘Totally Destroyed’ Charity’s Shipment

On Friday, February 7th federal agents reportedly raided the home and business of pastor and crusader Sam Childers.

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Plus One

Amazon's list spans the past 200 years or so, and has something of a tilt toward the new and trendy. But some things about this list raised questions.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 10, 2014 |
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VIDEO: Brother and Sister’s Amazing Bond Captures the Heart of Family

You may have already “met” Trenton Cochran and his sister Lindsay via an interview that’s gone viral.

A Rush to Register “Young Invincibles” by Healthcare Deadline

Throughout the country groups are employing campaign tactics to register young people between the ages of 18-34 for insurance available under President Obama’s healthcare law.

Obama Calls for Release of Two U.S. Christians Imprisoned Abroad

During the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, President Barack Obama asked for the release of two U.S. Christians who have been punished overseas.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • February 07, 2014 |
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What's Hot? 02/07/14

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

Winter Olympics Begin, Christians Rally

Bob Provost, President of the Slavic Gospel Association, is asking believers to pray for the Olympics

Olympic Commercial Shows a Parenting Truth

Have you caught Olympic fever yet? Here at Focus we have. Our staff is celebrating “Olympic Fridays” by wearing the red, white and blue.

Study: Teen Media Use, No Sleep, and Little Exercise Increases Risk of Mental Illness

According to a new study, cell phone use, sleep deprivation, and a lack of exercise, together, can point to mental illness in teens.

Student Responds to Removal of Christian Poster

A teacher at Rusk Independent School District in Rusk, Texas, was recently asked to remove a poster featuring a Bible verse. One student, Cameron Franks, has responded by selling Christian t-shirts in support of the teacher.

Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast Amid Controversy

President Barack Obama spoke about his faith at the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast. But his appearance there was not welcomed by all.

Emotional Survival

The hits and hurts that can come your way working in ministry are occupational hazards that can tear away at your soul, sap your enthusiasm, your creativity, and your missional stamina.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 06, 2014 |
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