Palestinians renovate Christian holy site

BETHLEHEM, West Bank – After two years of painstaking work, experts have completed the initial phase of a delicate restoration project at the Church of the Nativity, giving a much-needed face-lift to one of Christianity’s holier sites.

  • Jews increasingly leave Europe for Israel

    JERUSALEM – Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, as France’s beleaguered Jewish community grapples with whether to refrain from donning Jewish skull caps for their own safety.

  • Symbol of faith becomes a target

    PARIS – Religious Jews in Marseille are facing a wrenching choice: Whether to wear the skullcap that proclaims their religion or tuck it away in hopes of staying safe.

  • Minister finds pleasure in two professions

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Ministers are called. Artists are born.The Rev. Sue Trowbridge is a pastor and a painter.

  • ‘Pink Sisters’ mark 100th year of worship

    PHILADELPHIA – For more than 100 years, the cloistered nuns known as the Pink Sisters have worked in shifts to ensure nonstop prayer in Philadelphia’s Chapel of Divine Love.

  • Bills offer exemptions for gay-marriage foes

    ATLANTA – Months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers nationwide are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of the owners’ or workers’ religious beliefs.

Parable explains truth about salvation

“The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire.

  • Miracles abound in John

    “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31)When I first came to know Jesus, confusion set in about what just had happened to me.

  • Have we lost God’s security?

    “And now, please let me tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; and break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down” (Isaiah 5:5).

  • Wait costs friend her salvation

    “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13).It was strange.

  • All must account to the Lord

    “You cannot serve both God and Money” (Luke 16:13).

  • Mistakes come at a high cost

    “It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it” (Ecclesiastes 5:3).January is not my favorite month. I lost my mother 55 years ago on Jan. 9.

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KEEPING FAITH

Author Suzanne Clark discusses faith and spirituality in the context of everday life.