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The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

Dear ‘Good Parents’: This Is How You Miss the Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Child

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

Twins Found Floating Face Down in Backyard Pool. 6-Yr-Old Who Can’t Swim Dives in After Them in Bold Rescue.

“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."

United Methodist Church on Verge of Breakup Over Vote for No Same-Sex Marriage, No Gay Clergy

“This is really painful,” remarked United Theological Seminary Dean David Watson, an attendee of the conference. “Our disagreement has pitted friend against friend, which no one wanted.”

The denomination boasts nearly 7 million members in the United States and 12 million worldwide. The majority backing for the Traditional Plan is due largely to its global participation, evidenced by the fact that 43 [percent] of attending delegates are from abroad, primarily Africa.

“We Africans are not children in need of Western enlightenment when it comes to the church’s sexual ethics,” said Reverend Jerry Kulah of Liberia’s Methodist Theology School. “We stand with the global church, not a culturally liberal church elite in the U.S.”

In spite of the official ban, several members of the clergy have still officiated homosexual marriages and come out as gay without penalty. If the Traditional Plan comes to pass, the church will call for much stricter and more regulated enforcement.

For Methodists identifying as homosexual, Tuesday’s vote marks a particularly pivotal moment.

“For me, it’s about who’s in God’s love, and nobody’s left out of that,” said Lois McCullen Parr, a church elder who identifies as bisexual. “The Gospel I understand said Jesus is always widening the circle, expanding the circle, so that everyone’s included.”

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

Dear ‘Good Parents’: This Is How You Miss the Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Child

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

Twins Found Floating Face Down in Backyard Pool. 6-Yr-Old Who Can’t Swim Dives in After Them in Bold Rescue.

“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."