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Israeli archaeologists uncover rare, ‘magnificent’ pieces of Biblical-era royal structure

Archaeologists have uncovered “magnificent” pieces of elaborate columns they believe were part of a royal palace in ancient Jerusalem.

According to Israel Antiquities Authority, experts believe the pieces are from the First Temple Period, which lasted from 960 B.C. to 586 B.C., beginning with the construction of the temple in Jerusalem by King Solomon and ending with the exile of Judah to Babylon in the sixth century B.C.

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The discovery was made during excavation at the Commissioner’s Palace promenade, also known as the Governor’s House, and was announced Thursday.

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A rare, impressive, and very special collection of several dozen adorned architectural stone artifacts, which together were part of a magnificent structure, was discovered in the Antiquities Authority’s excavations in preparation for the establishment of a visitor center on the promenade…

These stone artifacts are made of soft limestone, with decorative carvings, and among them are capitals of various sizes in the architectural style known as ‘Proto-Aeolian’ – one of the most significant royal building features of the First Temple period, and one of the visual symbols of the period. The importance of this artistic motif as a symbol representing the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel led the Bank of Israel to choose it as the image that adorns the five-shekel coin of the State of Israel. The unveiled collection includes, among other things, three complete medium-sized stone capitals and items from lavish window frames, incorporating balustrades composed of stylish columns on which a series of Proto-Aeolian style capitals of a tiny size were affixed.

Yaakov Billig, Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s excavation, estimated the artifacts come from the time period between the reigns of King Hezekiah and King Josiah, and they indicate attempts at restoring Jerusalem after the Assyrian siege in the eighth century B.C.

“This is a very exciting discovery. This is a first-time discovery of scaled-down models of the giant Proto-Aeolian capitals, of the kind found thus far in the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel, where they were incorporated above the royal palace gates. The level of workmanship on these capitals is the best seen to date, and the degree of preservation of the items is rare,” Billig said.

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Best-selling Christian author looks for answers about the end times, says ‘Israel being reborn’ is ‘God’s super sign’

Author Jeff Kinley believes the Bible lays out some fascinating circumstances that will unfold as humanity marches toward the biblical end times.

But there’s one sign in particular that Kinley, author of the new book, “Interview with the Antichrist,” believes has already unfolded: the re-emergence of Israel.

He explained the development while telling “The Pure Flix Podcast” why he is so intrigued by eschatology (i.e. the study of the end times).

“Part of it is … the sense of knowing that we are living in the last days, with Israel being reborn as a nation — that’s really God’s super sign,” he said. “There’s so many things that are happening almost daily around the world that it’s almost like you … have to be living under a rock not to notice it.”

Listen to Kinley break down the ins and outs of end times theology:

Kinley also addressed the social and political unrest unfolding across the globe, noting that many “people feel like the world’s in peril.”

Despite these feelings, end times theology is sometimes overlooked, ignored, or downplayed even within Christian circles.

“We know that Jesus is coming back, but no one is talking about what happens in between,” he said. “God actually tells us what’s going to happen, and He tells us how to prepare for it.”

But Kinley was pointed in his warning that Christians must be cautious when it comes to end-times theology, declining to make specific predictions, especially of timetables, as the Bible notably tells Christians to avoid date-setting.

(Read also: 11 Christian movies about the end times)

“We need to be reasoned, we need to be seasoned, we need to be biblical,” Kinley said, urging people not to “make crazy claims.”

The popular author also discussed the rapture — the biblical belief that Christians will be taken up to heaven and spared from the majority of end times events.

The rapture typically sparks debate, as not everyone believes the rapture is seen in scripture. Kinley, who believes the rapture is indeed a biblical construct, said that the issue isn’t a matter of salvation.

“It’s not a salvation issue,” the author said. “But it is an important issue.”

Toward the end of the interview, Kinley discussed the secular cultural changes that are afoot and encouraged Christians to take a cue from the early Christian church. While the church was a small and unpopular cohort, the message grew and resonated.

“Go out there and be the light of Jesus Christ to the world,” Kinley said.

If you’re looking to understand the end times, consider downloading this theology guide, which explains the ins and outs of what the Bible says about the end of days.

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Bishops blast Trump in scathing rebuke for Bible photo op: ‘Antithetical to the teachings of Jesus’

President Donald Trump ignited controversy late Monday when he and other top administration officials walked to St. John’s Episcopal Church. But in order to ensure the president’s safety on the one block walk, federal law enforcement forcefully removed protesters from the area.

Once Trump was at the church, which had been targeted the night before by violent protesters, the president held a Bible for media to snap his picture.

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In response, Episcopal Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, under whose jurisdiction St. John’s falls, blasted the president, accusing him of exploiting both the church and the Bible.

“Let me be clear: The President just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without permission, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus,” she said.

In a separate interview with the Washington Post, Budde said she was “outraged” by Trump’s actions and that she was “not given even a courtesy call, that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop.”

“Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence,” Budde told the Post of Trump. “We need moral leadership, and he’s done everything to divide us.”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the top leader of the Episcopal Church, also took Trump to task.

“This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or to heal us,” Curry said in a statement, the Post reported.

“The prophet Micah taught that the Lord requires us to ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God,'” he continued. “For the sake of George Floyd, for all who have wrongly suffered, and for the sake of us all, we need leaders to help us to be ‘one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.'”

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Lead singer of major Christian band no longer believes in God: ‘I have been terrified to be honest about this publicly’

Hawk Nelson lead singer Jon Steingard says he no longer believes in God.

What are the details?

Steingard offered a lengthy
Instagram post last week telling his fans and followers that his present lack of faith has been in the works for several years — and that making such a confession is unnerving for him: “I have been terrified to be honest about this publicly for quite some time.”

“After growing up in a Christian home, being a pastor’s kid, playing and singing in a Christian band, and having the word ‘Christian’ in front of most of the things in my life — I am now finding that I no longer believe in God,” the singer of the veteran band wrote.

Steingard also said that in conversations with trusted friends about his doubts, he’s been shocked to learn that almost every close friend his age who grew up in the church shared his doubts — but in reading his post, his doubts are not uncommon.

Among his questions: Why is there evil in the world and a hell if God is all powerful and all loving? Also, “Why does he say not to kill, but then instruct Israel to turn around and kill men women and children to take the promised land?” And, “Why does Jesus have to die for our sins (more killing again)?”

Soon, Steingard said, he began to doubt the reliability of the Bible and then came to the conclusion that it is”human, flawed and imperfect” and can’t be trusted.

In the end, he wrote that he’s open to God existing and would “prefer it if he was” — but that he suspects that if God exists, he’s much different than he grew up believing. Steingard added that he’s been getting a lot of support from friends and family.

“I hope this is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning,” he also wrote. “I hope this is encouraging to people who might feel the same but are as afraid to speak as I am. I want to be open. I want to be transparent with you all — and also open to having my heart changed in the future. I am not looking for a debate at all — just a chance to share my story in the hopes some good can come from it. I love you all.”

How did fellow musicians react?

The day after Steingard’s post, fellow Hawk Nelson member Daniel Biro
posted on the band’s Instagram page some words of encouragement: “Forever grateful for these brothers of mine. We’ve been through some highs and lows together and we share a very special bond that can’t be broken. There are many seasons to a band, as Hawk Nelson has experienced. But one thing that isn’t seasonal is our support for one another on or off the road touring. God has a unique path for each of us and it’s important that we stay honest with one another. Looking forward to seeing how each of us continue to G R O W.”

Other well-known Christian artists followed suit with messages to Steingard, according to the
Christian Post:

  • “Love you bro. Always will.” — Jeremy Camp
  • “To echo so many others here, I have nothing but love in my heart for your old friend.” — Matt Hammitt, former lead singer of Sanctus Real
  • “Man I love that you shared this. You know I’m always around to talk about our belief in God or lack thereof. Love you and always will.” — Mike Donehey, Tenth Avenue North
  • “Love you Jon. I miss being around your joyful presence. The next time I’m in San Diego I’m hunting you down and hugging you and bro-ing out. I’m here for you and love you.” — Jeff Owen, Tenth Avenue North
  • “We love you and hope you will continue seeking. Life can hit us hard sometimes. Just know we are always available for you bro!” — Seventh Day Slumber

A Canadian group, Hawk Nelson formed in 2002, started out as pop-punk, then later gravitated toward pop-rock, and released eight albums along the way. Their latest, “Miracles,” includes the song “Parachute”:

Hawk Nelson – Parachute (Official Music Video)

Anything else?

Steingard’s announcement that he no longer believes in God comes less than a year after “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” author Joshua Harris said he was leaving his Christian faith and that he and his wife of 21 years are divorcing.

FaithWire added that in February YouTube celebrities Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal — who “grew up in Christian homes and spent years working for a parachurch ministry before pursuing entertainment careers” — “came out” as agnostics and said their views on the LGBTQ movement aren’t in line with Christianity.

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Little Richard shares his Christian faith in unearthed 2017 broadcast: ‘I started just thinking about Jesus’

Gone was his famous pompadour and mustache. And confined to a wheelchair, he wasn’t about to bound up to a piano and assault it with one of his legendary rock ‘n’ roll songs.

But Little Richard — who died Saturday at age 87 — one day in 2017 spoke at an Illinois church and agreed to an interview with WSIL-TV. And he unquestionably was in command of his audience as he spoke about his Christian faith.

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“At the time you would think about how you could become bigger and bigger and make more money,” the singer — whose real last name is Penniman — told the station of his heyday during the infancy of rock ‘n’ roll.

But soon the adulation shifted: “I didn’t feel right anymore. I would sing and do things, but you know, I wasn’t a part of the in-crowd anymore.”

‘God Is Real’

Rolling Stone said he gave up music in 1957 and began attending Alabama Bible school Oakwood College where he was ordained a minister — and his 1959 album “God Is Real” was full on the gospel. Little Richard went back to entertaining mainstream audiences, even while newer acts such as the Beatles took over, the magazine said. Yet the Fab Four as well as the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan still looked up to and paid tribute to him.

Rumors about his sexuality also swirled throughout his career, Rolling Stone said, and he struggled with addictions. But late in his life he had long past given up drugs and also denounced gender-bending and alternate sexual lifestyles.

“I just started thinking about Jesus,” Little Richard said in his 2017 interview with WSIL. “I started thinking the world was going to end soon and all the trouble of the world.”

He added that “I made up my mind that I’d rather have Jesus than anything the world could afford.”

Speaking to the church crowd, Little Richard was in full-on preacher mode.

“And I’m so glad that I know Jesus. 84 years old; I know Jesus. 85 this year — if i live — I know Jesus. [There’s] nothing like Jesus. Brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, remember I don’t care what color you are black, white, red, brown, purple, yellow — it don’t matter. Jesus loves you. He made you. Jesus, the word of God. In times like these, I just say that we need a savior. You’ve got to remember that Jesus is the Word of God, and all Scripture is given by inspiration of God …”

He added that when he goes to bed at night, he sleeps with a Bible in his arms: “It makes me feel comfortable.”

Little Richard added that one night the lights went out, and it was “a horrible feeling.” Not knowing what to do with nobody there to help him and being unable to walk, he said he simply called out to God.

“We need Jesus,” Little Richard added. “Don’t let nobody tell you anything different.”

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Nancy Pelosi exploits the Bible, well-known parable of Jesus to advocate for prisoner release

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants the release of federal prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak — and she is using the Bible to make her case.

MSNBC host Joy Reid asked Pelosi on Sunday whether releasing prisoners will be a part of future COVID-19 relief legislation. In response, Pelosi cited a well-known biblical parable.

“In our caucus, we are very devoted to the Gospel of Matthew,” Pelosi responded, going on to quote the parable.

“‘When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was homeless, you sheltered me. When I was in prison, you visited me,’ and so this for us is part of our value system,” she said.

The parable, found in Matthew 25, tells about the separation of sheep and goats at the end of time. Traditionally, the parable is interpreted to mean that the people whom Jesus refers to as “sheep” are true Christians who receive “eternal life” and those whom he refers to as “goats” are people who will receive “eternal punishment.”

The parable is often invoked by those advocating social justice to demonstrate the significance that Jesus placed on carrying out justice for vulnerable and marginalized people.

Pelosi said the House Judiciary Committee is developing legislative “language” that will secure the release of some federal prisoners “who really don’t need to be there.”

The COVID-10 pandemic has resulted in the release of hundreds of thousands of prisoners around the world, according to the New York Times, including thousands in the United States.

Prisoners are particularly vulnerable to contracting the virus due to the proximity in which they live to dozens of other inmates.

The Bureau of Prisons released updated guidance last week on which prisoners would be eligible for release or revised confinement during the COVID-19 outbreak. Politico reported that home confinement is being considered only for inmates who have less than 18 months remaining on their sentence.

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UN experts say the world will face a global famine of ‘biblical proportions’ due to COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is on the cusp of causing global famines of “biblical proportions.”

What are the details?

According to CNN, the famines will affect the world in a matter of months and will likely push an already coronavirus-struck population of 130 million people to the brink of starvation.

In a Tuesday address, David Beasley — the executive director of the World Food Programme — told the UN Security Council during a video conference that widespread famines could affect “about three dozen countries” in the coming months.

CNN reported that Beasley — a former Republican South Carolina governor — cited “conflict, an economic recession, a decline in aid, and a collapse in oil prices” as factors that could lead to massive food shortages.

“While dealing with a COVID-19 pandemic, we are also on the brink of a hunger pandemic,” Beasley said. “There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself.”

A report from the agency identified at least 55 countries around the world that are at elevated risk of famine due to the virus.

A portion of the report read, “These countries may face an excruciating trade-off between saving lives or livelihoods, or, in a worst-case scenario, saving people from the coronavirus to have them die from hunger.”

What countries will most likely be impacted?

Those countries include:

  • Afghanistan
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Nigeria
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
CNN reported that while those countries have been mostly spared from the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic when compared to places like China, Italy, and North America, the countries’ food supply was previously being impacted by locust swarms and crop failure.

“Exceptional drought followed by extremely heavy rainfall markedly decreased the seasonal crop yield in the Horn of Africa during 2019,” the outlet added. “These irregular weather and climate patterns also contributed to the worst desert locust invasion in 25 years, which further threatened the crop supply in the region.”

Beasley added that other measures — such as lockdowns and recessions — will also lead to a “major loss of income among the working poor” around the world.

“The loss of tourism receipts will damage countries such as Ethiopia [and] the collapsing oil prices in lower-income countries like South Sudan will have an impact significantly,” he pointed out.

“There are no famines yet. But I must warn you that if we don’t prepare and act now — to secure access, avoid funding shortfalls, and disruptions to trade — we could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions within a few short months,” he added.

“The truth is,” he concluded, “we do not have time on our side, so let’s act wisely — and let’s act fast. I do believe that with our expertise and partnerships, we can bring together the terms and the programs necessary to make certain the COVID-19 pandemic does not become a humanitarian and food crisis catastrophe.”

Anything else?

Beasley told the Guardian that famine is more than just hunger.

“We are not talking about people going to bed hungry,” he said. “We are talking about extreme conditions, emergency status – people literally marching to the brink of starvation. If we don’t get food to people, people will die.”

He added, “This is truly more than just a pandemic — it is creating a hunger pandemic. This is a humanitarian and food catastrophe.”

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Half of Americans still say the Bible should influence our laws: poll

The Word of God has long played a role in the United States. It is part of our founding and has influenced much of our laws.

A poll from the Pew Research Center shows that half of Americans still want the Bible to have at least some influence on laws of the U.S. And when the will of the people comes in conflict with the Bible, more than a quarter side with having the Bible hold influence.

What did the poll say?

The survey details posted Monday showed that 49% of all U.S. adults say the Bible should have “a great deal” (23%) or “some” (26%) influence on laws of the use. The poll also said that 50% of Americans say the Bible should have “not much” influence (19%) or “none at all” (31%).

Broken down by faith, 68% of Christians, 31% of Jews, and 21% of “unaffiliated” — including 4% of atheists — said the Bible should have influence on our laws. Among Christians, 76% of Protestants and 51% of Catholics held this views.

Not surprisingly, when broken down further, white Evangelicals were the most likely group to support Biblical influence on U.S. laws at 89%.

Black Protestants came in second at 76%.

Of course, there was a major discrepancy between the two major political parties. Republicans were twice as likely to say the Bible should have influence on U.S. laws. Two-thirds of Republicans (67%) agreed with that stance, compared to 33% of Democrats (the party that famously “booed God” when debating the party platform in 2012).

Age also a played a factor: The older the respondent, the more likely he was so side with keeping the Bible as an influence. Sixty-four percent of adults 65+ held that view, while 30% of adults ages 18-29 said the same.

And when the Bible and the will of the people conflict, what then? Which should have more influence?

More than a quarter of Americans (28%) say the Bible should have more influence, 19% said will of the people.

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‘Go the f*** home!’: Woman repeatedly screams bloody murder, drops f-bombs on anti-abortion street preacher in Seattle ‘Gayborhood’

It used to be that abortion-hungry types were intimidated by sign-carrying anti-abortion activists — but those days are long gone. In fact, the opposite now appears to be true.

As we’ve seen repeatedly over recent years, those who go public on a pro-life stance have opened themselves to far more vitriol and indeed physical harm than those espousing sociopolitically popular pro-choice beliefs.

What happened this time?

Anti-abortion activist Matthew Wiersema was on a street corner in Seattle recently preaching the gospel and reminding passersby that abortion is murder, Pulpit & Pen reported.

Well, a woman suddenly appeared with Wiersema on the corner and began cursing at him and repeatedly screaming at him — and he recorded most of the jaw-dropping interaction and posted it to YouTube Wednesday.

“I could hear you from where I live, and I’m f***ing tired of it,” the woman told Wiersema, adding that “you’re f***ing too loud.”

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When Wiersema said he was trying to save people from hell and babies from being aborted, the woman unleashed a loud, lengthy, high-pitched scream at him.

“Did that feel good?” she asked him afterward. “Because that’s what I hear every time I hear you talking.”

When Wiersema tried to answer, she screamed again, adding that “there’s a stay-at-home order that you are literally not following” and “go the f*** home, you asshole!”

It isn’t clear why the woman was on the streets as well, other than simply exercising her constitutionally protected First Amendment rights.

Anyway, gaining momentum, the woman raised the bar: I will continue screaming. Would you like that? Because I’m actually finding it really, really relaxing.”

On cue, buttons pushed, she unleashed a third prolonged scream at Wiersema as he again tried to engage her; she added afterward, “Go the f*** home.”

White knight to the rescue

At that point the purple-haired woman was joined by a dark-bearded white knight who — besides also never having met an F-bomb he didn’t immediately take to — threatened to call police on Wiersema: “He’s been doing this for weeks. Everyone’s f***ing sick of it. So you can stay and talk to police and enjoy that. And every single time you’re out here, I will be out here calling the cops on you because you’re supposed to be at home!”

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Ending his threat in a growl, Mr. Tough Guy also called Wiersema an “a**hole” and — for good measure — a “d**kwad.” Yikes!

‘This is the Gayborhood, and you are not welcome!’

The woman turned up the heat on the street preacher a little more, as she explained to him in front of a rainbow-colored sidewalk in an even higher-pitched squeal that “this is the Gayborhood, and you are not welcome!” As you might already know, sections of certain U.S. cities with high LBGTQ populations have been known as Gayborhoods.

“That’s why I need to be here,” Wiersema replied before the woman let fly yet another prolonged scream — number four, if we’re keeping count.

“You need Jesus, ma’am,” he managed to utter until she cut him off with scream number five.

While the white knight called police on Wiersema, the woman screamed more — all told over a dozen times.

Here’s the clip.
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Anything else?

Wiersema told Pulpit & Pen that folks should treat the woman with respect as they comment about her.

For everyone visiting my page because you’ve seen my recent viral screaming Seattle woman video, please don’t post demeaning comments about her in the comment thread. She is created in the image of God and needs your prayers, not your hate,” he said. “… May many be reached with the gospel through this and emboldened to reach the lost on the streets. Pray for the woman in the video.”

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Bible verse scrubbed from locker room after atheists complain. So community puts verse on T-shirts — and Scripture spreads wider.

A Kentucky public school district last week decided to remove a Bible verse in its high school locker room after atheist activist group the Freedom of Religion Foundation lodged a complaint, WYMT-TV reported.

But only a few days later, folks in the community surrounding Letcher County Schools decided to fight back, the station said in a follow-up story.

What are the details?

The verse in question is from Jeremiah 20:11 and reads, “But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior.”

Image source: WYMT-TV video screenshot

The FFRF sent the district a letter in November saying the message violates the constitutional separation of church and state, WYMT said.

“I was completely taken by surprise,” Superintendent Denise Yonts told the station, adding that she immediately consulted with the school board attorney for advice.

“We’re not allowed to influence students’ religious beliefs as public school employees,” she added to WYMT.

So the district decided to scrub the sign as it wasn’t student-generated display, the station said.

Fighting back

Undeterred, members of the community decided they’d print T-shirts with the verse in front, WYMT reported.

Image source: WYMT-TV video screenshot

Debbie Osborne, owner of Deb’s Place in Whitesburg, called the FFRF complain “discrimination” and told the station the atheist group “should not stop us from wanting to have our opinions, too. Are we supposed to be to the backside of everything? I don’t think so.”

With that, the T-shirts were available at Friday night’s regional tournament at Letcher Central High School, WYMT said.

Image source: WYMT-TV video screenshot

“It’s really important that we rally and stand together for something that we believe in,” Zachary Hal told the station, adding that the shirts have helped to galvanize the community and that it’s been “refreshing.”

“I used to play football for LCC, and I would walk in and look at that every [verse] single day, and it would remind me to keep going on,” he added to WYMT.

History repeats itself

While the verse no longer was in the locker room, one might say its appearance on hundreds of T-shirts broadened its message considerably.

Image source: WYMT-TV video screenshot

And that wasn’t the first time an apparently successful complaint by the FFRF ended up spreading faith:

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‘Not a page gone’: Cops find intact family Bible among Tennessee tornado wreckage

As Tennessee residents continued clean-up efforts after tornadoes ravaged the area, first responders found a nearly unscathed Bible among the wreckage.

“I found the holy Bible here. … There’s not a page gone in this Bible,” a Sparta Police Department cop identified as Officer Denton told WVLT-TV. “It’s a family Bible. We’d like to find out whose family Bible it was.”

(Read: The Best and Most Inspiring Bible Verses and Scriptures)

At least two additional Bibles were found in the wreckage, with police looking to return these items to their rightful owners.

Watch Officer Denton show the Bible:

In the midst of such pain, devastation and loss, these personal belongings — especially Bibles — will surely bring solace to families.

“These are treasures,” the TV reporter conducting the interview proclaimed, noting that people will surely want to reclaim such items.

(Read also: 11 Bible Verses About Sadness, Grief And Overcoming The Odds)

“This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” Denton added of the devastation.

Please continue to pray for Tennessee as clean-up continues, and as at least 24 deaths have been reported.

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Author, teacher Beth Moore explains how Bible Scriptures got her through childhood sexual abuse

Prominent evangelical teacher and author Beth Moore appeared on Fox Nation’s “Ainsley’s Bible Study” and revealed that leaning on the Word of God helped her cope with childhood sexual abuse.

What are the details?

Speaking with co-host Ainsley Earhardt and other Bible study guests, Moore discussed her experience overcoming childhood sex abuse trauma.

“I had the great blessing of being raised in church three times a week in those days, Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night —minimum — we were always there,” she began. “I do not remember a time of my life that I was not hearing the name of Jesus.”

“However,” she added, “my family was very, very broken. … It’s just that sort of the combination of the good and the bad and the ugly that can all take place under one roof.”

Moore pointed out that while she was loved, she also lived in a home that was “extremely unstable.”

“While there were certainly people that loved me and met a lot of my needs … our home was extremely unstable, extremely unstable,” she admitted. “I also fell victim to a childhood sexual abuse within my own home.”

Moore said that she will not publicly identify her alleged abuser, but revealed that the culprit was in a “protective role.”

“I don’t identify publicly who it was, but I will simply say that when anyone that should be in a protective role around you becomes not the protector, but the perpetrator, I cannot tell you how that will mess with you,” she added.

Moore pointed out that it took her decades of relying on God’s Word to leave the abyss.

“No one would ever have known from the outside,” she explained. “But I was going to absolutely implode. I was 40 years old by the time I would tell you that my mind was completely out from under the influence of my victimization.”

Finally breaking free

Moore said that she was able to finally break free through memorizing Bible Scriptures.

“I put those truths on index cards and I would take those things with me everywhere I went,” she said. “I would walk around the grocery store … I was just saying those Scriptures over and over.”

Moore said that she would receive validation through God as her creator.

“I’d make statements of ‘This is who God says you are,’ and ‘This is what you have to believe,'” she added. “And I don’t care how you feel — this is the truth.”

(H/T: Faithwire)

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Pete Buttigieg attacks Christians who support Trump: No ‘compatibility’ between Bible, Trump

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday again went after Christians who support President Donald Trump.

Responding to a question during a CNN town hall, Buttigieg said there is no compatibility between Trump’s actions and the moral ethic prescribed by the Bible, which means Trump is not worthy of a Christian’s endorsement or support.

“Do you think it is impossible to be a Christian and support President Trump?” CNN host Erin Burnett asked.

Buttigieg responded, “I’m not gonna tell other Christians how to be Christians, but I will say, I cannot find any compatibility between the way this president conducts himself and anything that I find in Scripture. Now I guess that’s my interpretation but I think that’s a lot of people’s interpretation and that interpretation deserves a voice.”

Buttigieg’s critics likely find the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s line of critique hypocritical. They argue that Buttigieg’s personal lifestyle as a gay man is not compatible with Christian values, nor is his unequivocal support for abortion.

Indeed, the Bible establishes the equality of humanity and sanctity of all human lives, born or unborn, by declaring that every human being is created in the “Image of God.” And despite progressive objections, the scriptures, apostles, and Jesus himself are clear about what constitutes God-honoring expressions of sexuality and that which is considered “sexual immorality.”

Tuesday’s remarks were not the first time Buttigieg has criticized Trump’s Christian allies.

Last year, Buttigieg said that he “can’t imagine” that God would be a Republican, and said that he would uphold Christian values if elected president, unlike Trump.