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A death row inmate changed, and like him we all have a need

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer had freedom even though he lived in Germany under Hitler

Dietrich Bonhoeffer resisted Hitler because of his faith in Jesus Christ, and as a result of standing up for the Jews, he died in a concentration camp. His bravery left a legacy throughout the generations.  He spoke often about freedom, and he was living under one of the most evil, repressive regimes in all history. He knew that true freedom could only be found in one place- Jesus Christ.

He had an opportunity to flee to safety. When the Nazis were hot on his trail, he had a brief trip to America. He could have stayed. He could have “saved” his life. But he knew the words of the Scriptures to be true, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39). He also knew that because of Jesus Christ he was, “free indeed.” So he was faithful to God’s direction- he knew he needed to lead his fellow Germans through their darkest hour. No matter the cost! He knew his freedom was in Christ- not in the safety of a free country. So he returned to Germany, and he would die, but upon his death he spoke these last words, “This is the end, but for me it’s the beginning of life.” What a testimony! His eternal perspective allowed him to absolutely change history. What about you, my friend? Are you free indeed? Are you eternity-minded? Just imagine how God could use you now.


This is Luis Palau.

Alim, formerly an assassin for Saddam Hussein is now a follower of Christ

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A church started by teens

Have you ever heard of a congregation planting a new church through teenagers?
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Young girl kidnapped by ISIS three years ago reunited with family

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Woracek twins reunited with Omaha police officers who rescued them 20 years ago

When the Woracek twins were 3 years old, they wandered out of their South Omaha home into the bitter cold. They nearly froze to death. They meet their rescuers for the first time.

Tom Woracek woke up early Jan. 17, 1997, to get ready for work. It was 4 a.m. and he noticed something awry in the house.

“I just saw the lights on and front door open and hand prints on the door,” Woracek recalled. “I yelled for Marlene, ‘the girls are gone’ and we started looking. I didn’t know where to look. I saw footprints but once I got down to the street, there were too many prints to follow so it was scary.”
The Woraceks called 911 and at 4:03 a.m., dozens of Omaha police officers swarmed the area near 13th and Center streets. There was a half-foot of snow on the ground and the temperatures were below zero.

Forty-six minutes later, the officers found the girls in an alley off Center Street. Kourtney was on top of her sister, Jennifer, who had taken off her coat. Officer Troy Kister said their cruiser got stuck on the icy hill and when he got out, he saw fresh little footprints in the snow and followed them.
“We walked down the alley and that’s how we found you. Because we got stuck in the snow, ” Sgt. Troy Kister said. “We found the shoes first and we looked up and we could tell further down that’s where they were at. When you first see that shoe, OK, this is getting worse, shoes and no kids and it’s cold out,” Kister said.
Kister said Kourtney looked up at them and said, “Help my sister.” No time to wait for an ambulance, the officers rushed the girls to the hospital in their police cars.

The twins spent days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and months getting physical therapy. They suffered from hypothermia and severe frostbite on their hands and feet. They did not lose any toes or fingers.

The twins described the effects of the severe frostbite. “We had to relearn how to walk again. We had blisters,” Jennifer said. Kourtney said she remembers the painful physical therapy. “I remember saying to someone, why do I have to walk again? It was that painful,” Kourtney Woracek said.
Despite the pain, both tried to play college soccer. They also suffer from arthritis.

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InterVarsity: where once was crisis, is new growth

USA (MNN) — About 20 years ago, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was facing a crisis. The ministry was having a hard time reaching out to students with the Gospel. In fact, in one year the ministry only saw eight college students come to Christ within the whole San Diego area.

From Crisis to Growth:
Now, decades later, InterVarsity has seen some incredible growth.

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William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity

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Graham Nabity finds role not as a runner, but as a spiritual leader for the Nebraska Huskers

( Billy’s thoughts – Below is part of a story about a young man who has become a spiritual leader for his college football team. Years ago I attended the same church as his family, and even taught one of his brothers in my junior high Sunday School class. I am also friend’s with his dad on Facebook. You can read the full story in the Omaha World Herald, or just click on the link on the button of this post. Thanks. ) 

Graham Nabity assumed the same role each week this season, and Nebraska teammates and even some opponents would gather around to take a knee and share in something beyond the game they’d just played.
Nabity would start the postgame prayer — something he took over a year ago after Ron Brown left the coaching staff — and it wouldn’t be unusual for the Husker I-back to look up afterward and see that a crowd of 20 had turned to 40, or that a gathering of 40 had maybe doubled to 80.
It provided a few minutes for Nabity and others to be thankful for the ability to play the game, for being kept safe, for the travels of the road team. And he always ended the prayer by affirming their Christian beliefs and seeking strength for their walk through life.
“It’s really important for a lot of guys,” Nabity said.
That time also might have helped bring sense to why Nabity became and remained a Husker, when occasionally the former walk-on would wonder what a transfer to a smaller school might bring to his football career.
Nabity can’t go back and change the stats from this season. Or get the playing time that he always held out hope would come but never did.
But the things that Nabity will remember most will be those prayer circles, his spiritual place on the team and the unscripted role that he and others took after the death of Sam Foltz. And even NU coach Mike Riley telling him he appreciated some of the work he was doing.

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A walking talking dead man 

My wife and I were staying at a little place that we had when we could get away from our work and from our ministry for a little while, and there were some next door neighbors there. We got to know them along the way, John and Vicky. And they stopped to ask us one day if they could pick some of our mushrooms. Yeah, for use in witchcraft.
As Halloween approached, we noticed that they had built a ceremonial circle at their place, which is really somebody else’s property, technically. But it had become someone else’s through encroachment over the years. My wife was pretty troubled and so was I by the thought of this occult ceremony happening right close to where we would stay occasionally. We had to leave soon, but we felt led to pray, “Lord, do whatever it takes to break up the satanic activity there.” We were stunned by the report from a neighbor who had tried to watch that property at Halloween. He said, “Oh, you know, last week there was a terrible accident near here, and one guy is paralyzed with a broken neck. And John, the guy in that house, was killed.”
Well, we were wiped out. Well, back in the Spring, we were back at that place, and as we walked the perimeter, we saw a young couple at the house where John and Vicki had lived. Except it was John and Vicki! We couldn’t believe it! Then John told us his story. Yes, there had been an accident. Yes, his neck was broken in three places. But, miraculously, he survived. He had planned to give his soul to the devil, he said, at that Halloween ceremony in his yard, but the accident stopped him and turned him to Jesus Christ. John said, “I’ve been involved in unspeakable evil. But that night I left the darkness and chose the light. I gave myself to Jesus.”
Since then apparently John and Vicki have stopped smoking and drinking and doing drugs. They even got married. They burned all the clothes and the attachments of their old life, and apparently really got into God’s Word. Well, we were pretty blown away by the mighty miracle God had done. John himself summed it up. He said, “In a way, what you heard about last Fall was true. The man who lived here was in a terrible accident, and that man did die that night.”
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “A Walking, Talking Dead Man.”
John realizes what it means to belong to Jesus Christ. It actually means a death and then a new person. Our word for today from the Word of God talks about that in Colossians 3, beginning in verse 2, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
What happened to our neighbor John is exactly what’s supposed to happen to you if you know Christ. It’s supposed to be the death of the old you. Your circumstances may not be dramatic, or your sin, but the same miracle of a new you is what Jesus died to accomplish.
See, if you have followed the steps to a wonderful, new you, and that guy next door was a good example, first, you go to your own funeral. You declare a point in time where you say, “This is the end of the way I have been living. ‘My way’ dies today.” Secondly, you starve the old you. That means burning all your bridges to the old you, eliminating any things or any associations that keep the old you alive.
Finally, you feed the new you, consuming God’s Word along with reading and websites and radio and music that uplifts you and uplifts Jesus, and connecting yourself to other believers who will help you grow. Maybe you’ve tried to have a foot in both worlds – a little old you and a little new you. That can’t be done. You’ve got to make a clear-cut choice, against the darkness and for the light of Jesus.
A funeral for the old you. And, because of Jesus, the birth of a whole new you.