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Paula White on how she became Trump’s spiritual adviser and why he’ll carry evangelical vote in 2020

President Trump‘s spiritual adviser, Paula White-Cain, told Fox News Thursday that she’s sharing “never-told stories” as his personal pastor in a new book.

The author of “Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Tragedy” is confident, with a recent Fox News poll showing Trump with 81 percent of support from evangelicals, that he will carry the vote in 2020.

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“We look at these baseless claims. First, it was the Russian hoax, now it’s the Ukranian inquiry of impeachment…and it’s not only against the president…but it’s against the vote of the American people in 2016,” White-Cain said on “Fox & Friends.”

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President Trump’s personal pastor and spiritual adviser, Paula White, kicked off the president’s reelection campaign rally with a fiery prayer.

The president of Paula White Ministries said many Christian voters wondered if Trump would keep his campaign promises, to which she responded that he has.

White-Cain said Trump has been staunchly pro-life and pro-Isreal, strong on religious liberty and preventing human trafficking. She also said that the average American now [has] $1,400 more in their pocket.

“I could go on and on,” she said.

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She promised “a lot of voter registration, organization, and activation.”

On Trump’s tweets and, sometimes vulgar speech, White-Cain said many people disapprove of it, but many voters love the authenticity.

“Number one, he’s a New Yorker, a strong businessman,” she said. “I know him personally, so I know behind what would be seen as the persona and understand the man. I get to see him with his family, with his wife, with his grandchildren, his children. He’s a strong man, no doubt about that, but I also see the compassion, the humanity, the care, the strength in maybe a different way than many other people see it.”

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White-Cain said she starts her book, “Something Greater,” by explaining how, after 18 years of knowing Trump, she was connected to him and shares “never-told stories” of pastoring the former New York City real estate mogul.

“He’s watching Christian television and calls me out of the blue,” she said. “I’m joking and I’m like if I’m on ‘The Apprentice’ he’d be like you’re fired.”

Instead, however, Trump’s first words were positive, telling her she had the “it factor,” which she said was like an “anointing.”

White-Cain told “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt she decided to share her “extreme, vulnerable pain” in the book — including her father’s suicide, sexual and physical abuse, an unwanted divorce, and more — to help others find their purpose as she did.

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“This was not the script that I would’ve written out…I don’t say I like the broken parts…but how can I show you what God can do in your life,” she said. “Looking back now I can see…that it prepared me for such a time as this.”

The wife of Jonathan Cain, who is on tour with the band Journey right now, further explained, “It prepared me to stand in a position and understand what’s really happening, from both a spiritual perspective and in a natural way, like how the system fights you when you stand for righteousness, how unfair our ‘supposedly’ fair democracy can be.”

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Booker quotes this Old Testament Bible verse to defend LGBTQ rights

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, D-N.J., said he’s been dealing with the “juxtaposing issues of religious freedom and LGBTQ rights” all of his life as a Christian with people “using religion as a justification for discrimination.”

The New Jersey senator then used a Bible verse from the Old Testament to answer a question during CNN‘s LGBTQ town hall Thursday night.

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Citing Micah 6:8, Booker made his defense after a UCLA student, who attended an all-girls Catholic high school in N.J., said her school routinely rejected requests for an LGBTQ+ club.

“It said in Micah, ‘What do you want from your Lord, but what is it you want from your people?'” he said. “Which is to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly — walk humbly — and, so for me, I cannot allow, as a leader, that people are going to use religion as a justification for discrimination.”

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He added, “I can respect your religious views but also protect people from discrimination.”

Booker used the opportunity to push for the Equality Act as one of the laws “that do not allow people to discriminate…in our schools in education…healthcare….globally.”

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He concluded, “My faith, as well as my American values, will make me fight on every front to make sure that people are not discriminating against someone because of who they are.”

At another point in the night, Booker said he once held negative views about “two men kissing” and “hating gays,” but said his activism started as a teenager on a crisis hotline.

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Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood’s husband, on faith, family, and ‘Catchin’ Deers’

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Former NHL player Mike Fisher, who is married to singer Carrie Underwood, opened up to Fox News about his faith, family and new business venture.

The former Ottawa Senator and Nashville Predator founded a new hunting supply and apparel company called “Catchin’ Deers” with his brother, Bud, and some friends.

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“After I retired, God kind of put this on my plate without expecting it,” he told “Fox & Friends” recently.” My brother and a few friends started an apparel company called Catchin’ Deers.”

The new line of clothing is available in select Tractor Supply Company stores across the country. The Tennessee-based company often shares Bible verses and humorous posts related to hunting on Instagram.

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“We love the outdoors. We love to hunt,” he added. “We love just sharing our faith through the outdoors. We love to make people laugh.”

On the name, Fisher joked, “Our grammar’s suspect.”

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Fisher said he and Underwood like to keep their family life as private as possible but are tempted to share because they love their two sons and want to show everyone.

He said that he met his wife of nine years at a meet-and-greet before the two started dating a few months later.

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“I guess I said the right things,” he joked.

Fisher played in two Stanley Cup finals during his 17-year NHL career, retiring after the 2017-18 season.

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Jack Graham: What I learned about God the day my father died

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One of the darkest valleys I’ve ever had to walk was when my father was fatally wounded in the parking lot of his hardware store back in the summer of 1970.

A shoplifter came in and violently bludgeoned my father with a hammer. My father laid for 10 days on life support at a local hospital, but he never recovered consciousness.

My father’s death was the most devastating time of my life. In that moment, I wondered how I’d survive. I doubted my ability to overcome the trial.

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I even doubted God’s presence and care.

I remember going to the hospital’s chapel late in the evening the day my father died and asking God, “Why, Father, why did this happen?”

Over the years, I have learned that if there’s one promise of Jesus that’s easy to believe, it’s this one: “In the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33)

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As much as we’d like it, believers don’t get a pass from pain. We’re not immune to the suffering and heartache that many people experience in the world. And when tough trials come upon us, it can suddenly seem much harder to take God at his word.

But whatever you’re facing today, I want you to know what I learned that night while I prayed in the hospital’s chapel: God is always holding out his hand to rescue you, even while the storm is raging.

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The apostle Peter learned this lesson the night Jesus invited him to walk on water.

You might remember the story — Jesus’ disciples were on a boat in the middle of a lake while Jesus had gone up to a mountain to pray, when all of a sudden, they saw a man walking toward them over the waves. At first, the disciples thought he was a ghost and were terrified. But then Jesus called to them, reassuring them it was he who was walking toward them.

Will you take your eyes off Jesus and sink, or will you allow God’s presence and power to steady you in the storm?

Yet Peter, being the brazen one of the crew, wanted more proof. He wanted to walk on the water with Jesus. This is what the Gospel of Matthew says happened next:

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31)

Peter did fine as long as he had his gaze fixed on Jesus. But as soon as he turned his attention to the wind and waves surrounding him, he began to sink.

Your circumstances may be different from mine and different from Peter’s. But you face the same choice: Will you take your eyes off Jesus and sink, or will you allow God’s presence and power to steady you in the storm?

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That night at the hospital’s chapel, I sensed God’s presence like few other times in my life. Despite all the pain and the loss of my father, I knew God was with me then and would be with me throughout it all.

My prayer for you is that when trials hit, you’ll look up and lean hard into the arms of our loving Father, knowing he is faithful. He will hold you close — even through the darkest storm.

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Dominican Republic doctor helps impoverished community he grew up in: ‘God answered my prayers’

Today, Dr. Jose Frank Piña, 30, has a wife and a daughter in his native Dominican Republic. He is a medical missionary who shares medical advice every Saturday on television.

But when he was growing up in an impoverished community, none of this seemed possible.

Piña grew up in the city of San Juan, in a home that had just two rooms, sharing a bed with two siblings, in an area ravaged by gang violence and frequent flooding.

At 4 years old, he was registered in a local church’s Compassion International, a Christian sponsor program center where he received medical care, nutrition and vocational courses like English and computers.

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“When I was a child living in a dangerous environment where gangs used to fight with machetes and guns, the letters from my sponsors helped me see a different reality of the world,” Piña told Fox News. “We saw hope.”

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Dr. Jose Frank Piña Montero grew up in extreme poverty, but today he is an outstanding doctor and role model in the same community he grew up in. (Compassion International)

He added: “I thank God for Compassion because being a kid in poverty, you can’t have dreams or sometimes you have dreams but you can’t make them come true because of the needs you have. They gave me the opportunity to dream and make those dreams come true.”

Speaking to Fox News from the hospital where he works now, Piña shared how he is helping others in his community break the cycle of poverty.

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“I am trying to help others, not only to restore their physical health but to restore their spiritual health and help restore their relationship with God,” he said.

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Doctor Piña received an award for delivering the first baby in an ambulance. They were called the “angels of the roads.” (Compassion International)

It was through Compassion that he met his wife, Yaneli, also a doctor. The two met in high school and they got to know each other better during a Compassion trip.

Today they work as medical missionaries helping different communities in the area through their church, called “Jehova Fuerte y Valiente.”

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But his favorite role of all, in helping change his community for the better, is that of a father.

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Jose Frank Piña with his wife, Yaneli, and their 10-month-old daughter, Sofia Arlette. (Compassion International)

“Compassion gave me the best things I’ve ever had. They gave me love, hope and the opportunity to dream and overcome,” he told the organization. “Because of Compassion, I met the most beautiful woman on the planet, my wife, and now I am enjoying the fruit of our love: our daughter, Sofia Arlette.”

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Holding his 10-month-old reminds him of the incredible changes he’s experienced in his life.

“For me, for my family, for my little daughter, it’s something I can’t describe because I know it’s not something my daughter has to live,” he said.

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Jose Frank holds one of his sponsorship photos from childhood. (Compassion International)

And it’s all coming full circle now, as the family is preparing to sponsor their first child through Compassion, the program that helped lift him out of poverty and connect wirh his now-wife.

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“God is going to impact more lives through Compassion,” he said. “Me and my wife are planning to sponsor a girl in Haiti … We are close to her so we can go and meet with her many times and show her love, so we are trying to do that.”

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Memphis pastor says he forgives vandals who caused $50G in damage to church: ‘God still loves you’

The pastor of a local church in Frayser, Tenn., walked in Sunday morning to see his church had been almost completely destroyed overnight.

Davante Hill, the pastor of One Church, told the police that when he entered at 8 a.m. he found musical instruments broken, paint thrown at the walls, pews destroyed, 90 percent of the chairs damaged and the power had been cut off. Money and several speakers were also stolen.

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“When I walked in… what broke me, was not the condition of the sanctuary, what broke me was the condition of someone’s heart to be willing to do such a thing,” Hill told WMC, a local TV station.

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(Courtesy of Devante Hill)

The pastor said he believes that the person that did this to the church, which has been in the community for only five months, has been there before because the vandals turned off the security cameras before the incident.

Police are still investigating the burglary.

Pastor Hill hopes the police find those who are responsible for this damage to the congregation but still sends words of forgiveness and support to the vandals that did this to the house of worship.

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(Courtesy of Devante Hill)

“I would love for whoever is responsible to consider my heart when I say, ‘I love you and God still loves you. And that this is not the end, there is life after this,” he told WMC. “And that whatever it is that has you broken, whatever it is that has you destroyed on the inside, there is help for you.”

The Memphis Police Department told FOX 13 that the estimated damage at the church is between $15,000 to $20,000, but Hill said it could be well over $50,000.

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On Facebook, the pastor thanked the community for the support they have given the church in this hard time.

“The amount of love and support at One Church Memphis right now has me speechless,” he shared.

Fox News College Associate Thiery Lantigua contributed to this report.

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Demi Lovato apologizes for ‘offending anyone’ following ‘magical’ trip to Israel

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Demi Lovato is apologizing after some characterized her recent trip to Israel, during which she was baptized in the Jordan River, as a political statement.

Lovato, 27, traveled to the Middle East after she “accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few [social media] posts.” But her trip apparently sparked backlash, as the singer saw the need to explain the reasoning for her experience in a follow-up Instagram Story.

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“I’m extremely frustrated,” she wrote. “No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”

The former Disney star said: “Sometimes people present you with opportunities and no one tells you the potential backlash you could face in return. This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry.”

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Lovato went on to apologize for not being “more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience.”

“Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself, than staying quiet to please other people.”

It’s unclear what backlash Lovato has experienced, as it appears the comments on the three Instagram posts from her trip — of her at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism; at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial; and at the Shalva National Center, which provides care for children with special needs — are turned off.

However, according to Entertainment Tonight, many criticized her experience as taking a side in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Lovato detailed her travels to Israel in recent days in a series of Instagram posts, explaining that she’s “an American singer” who was raised Christian but has Jewish ancestors, and said, “There is something absolutely magical about Israel.”

She said she had “never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now.”

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The “Confident” singer said the experience “fill[ed] the God-sized hole in my heart.”

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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Jim Daly: It’s Bring Your Bible to School Day – A celebration of religious freedom and God’s love

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Only days ago, we were reading headlines about tens of thousands of kids walking out of their classes to protest the “climate crisis.” In a show of support, several school districts announced they were granting excused absences.

“1.1. Million Can Skip School for Climate Protest,” a New York Times headline trumpeted above a story explaining that the nation’s largest school district would grant passes to the protesters.

This week, it will be fascinating to see how the national media — as well as the nation’s largest school districts — respond to the hundreds of thousands of students participating in Bring Your Bible to School Day on Thursday.

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Will these students’ efforts to freely express their faith receive equal levels of school district support and glowing media coverage?

It’s not a hypothetical question, considering the stories we hear from students like Isabella, an elementary school student who was taken to the principal’s office after asking permission to share a Bible with a friend.

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Growing from just 8,000 students in 2014 to 500,000 within six years, Bring Your Bible to School Day is annually sponsored by Focus on the Family. On the first Thursday of every October, students engage in a visual celebration of religious freedom by taking one simple step: Bringing their personal Bibles to school and initiating conversations about how God’s love has changed their lives.

Bring Your Bible to School Day is a student-led event. It’s up to students to lead and organize the event in their individual schools. It differs from recent climate change walkouts in some notable ways.

First, rather than walking out in protest, Bring Your Bible participants are walking into their schools with a message of hope and an effort to begin conversations. Take Perry, for instance, a 17-year-old high school student in Colorado. He has brought his Bible with him to school every day since he was in middle school. “I want to be real at school, and at church, and with my friends,” he explained.

But the real test of his faith came when his mother was suddenly diagnosed with cancer during his junior year in high school. He said reading just a few Bible verses a day brought peace and emotional stability. “That’s what really got me through that — just practically digging into God’s Word.” And now he wants the freedom to talk about that spiritual strength with other classmates.

Another reason these kids are walking into the schools, rather than out of them, is that they want more dialogue, not less. For example, Hailey is an elementary school student who organized a bilingual event in her southern California school district. “Some of the kids,” she said, “they were different religions and they also wanted to learn. … I feel more open about talking about Jesus at school because of that.”

Of course, adults have been demonstrating a much different standard lately: You may recall seeing all the recent headlines about a smear campaign launched against NFL quarterback Drew Brees after he recorded a simple 20-second video shout-out encouraging students to “live out your faith” and know “you’re not are not alone” on Bring Your Bible to School Day.

I guess the onslaught of intimidation tactics isn’t all that surprising. After all, it’s hard to miss all the repeated headlines these days about Christians being marginalized for their faith — whether it’s Second Lady Karen Pence, who was attacked for teaching art at a Christian school, or Chick-fil-A being banned from airports due to the owners’ biblical beliefs.

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These stories remind us why events like Bring Your Bible to School Day are needed. It’s vital to empower the next generation with the understanding that they don’t have to hide their faith or compartmentalize it to the “private” sphere. The nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage protects their right to boldly, authentically and freely live out their faith without fear of punishment.

Meanwhile, as some adults continue to engage in smear campaigns designed to muzzle religious perspectives, perhaps we can take a cue from some of the youngest members of our society: The hundreds of thousands of kids like Perry, Hailey and Isabella who provide us with a simple, yet powerful portrait of courage — the kind of courage it takes to start a simple conversation with someone you care about. Let’s hope those examples will remind all Americans of the principles of civility, free expression and open dialogue that we once held so dear.

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University officials held ‘personally liable’ for discrimination against Christian student group

A federal court ruled University of Iowa officials must pay out of their own pockets for discriminating against a prominent Christian student group, calling the university’s conduct “ludicrous” and “incredibly baffling” during a hearing last week.

Judge Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa ruled Friday that the University of Iowa and its officers violated constitutional law when they kicked InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and other religious groups, off the campus in June 2018 for requiring leaders to uphold Christian beliefs — but giving a pass to secular student groups that also have leadership requirements.

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The university limited the Christian group’s access to campus after being there for over 25 years, froze its bank account, shut down its website and advertised that it was “defunct” for lack of student interest, according to court documents. This violated the Christian group’s free speech and free exercise rights, the court ruled.

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“It’s rare for a federal judge to call out a public university for ‘ludicrous’ and ‘incredibly baffling’ violations of the First Amendment,” Daniel Blomberg, senior counsel at Becket, who represented InterVarsity and BLinC, told Fox News. “But it was necessary here. The court already told the University of Iowa to stop picking on one Christian student group. The University responded by doubling down and kicking out Christian, Muslim and Sikh groups. That was obviously wrong. And it’s even more clearly wrong once you consider, as the court did, that it was also unfair.”

He explains the university makes room for Greek groups and sports clubs, for the College Democrats and Republicans, for the environmental groups and the pro-life groups, but singled out religious groups.

“We must have leaders who share our faith,” Greg Jao, director of external relations at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, said in a statement. “No group — religious or secular — could survive with leaders who reject its values. We’re grateful the court has stopped the University’s religious discrimination, and we look forward to continuing our ministry on campus for years to come.”

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This was the second lawsuit brought against the university after Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) won their case earlier this year. A BLinC member claimed he was denied a leadership position for being openly gay. The group argued the member was rejected because “he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC’s religious beliefs and would not follow them.”

The court stated it “would never have expected the university to respond to that order by homing in on religious groups” like InterVarsity, while “carving out explicit exemptions for other groups. But here we are.” The court did “not know how a reasonable person could have concluded this was acceptable,” since it “plainly” doubled down on the exact same conduct the court had already held unlawful.

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“It’s too bad it took twice for the University to learn its lesson,” Blomberg added. “There was no excuse the first time for squashing students’ First Amendment rights. University officials nationwide should now take note that religious discrimination will hit them in the pocketbook.”

The university did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

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Yael Eckstein: Christians and Jews can celebrate shared virtues on Jewish High Holy Days

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Beginning at sundown Sunday, Jews around the world will begin celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days. These are the most sacred days to the global Jewish community. Over 10 days – beginning with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and ending with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) we will enter into days of focused repentance.

While these Jewish holidays may seem foreign to my Christian friends, I want to invite them to find in these holy days a reason to celebrate three virtues shared by Jews and Christians.

These virtues are as foundational and inseparable to the Christian faith as they are to our own. One needs only to remember that the Christian Old Testament is our Hebrew Bible, and concepts like repentance, prayer, and charity – the key themes highlighted throughout these 10 days – are three values we share, partly because we take them from the same source.

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When these virtues become practices in our daily lives, we will strengthen our relationship with God and our neighbors.

The first of these pillars is repentance, which is, simply, “getting right with God.”

There’s so much happening in our modern world that constantly distracts us from God and His love; as a result, we often lose our way. Repentance is about taking a moment to examine our hearts and see the places in our lives where God needs to be invited back in.

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In the Book of Joel we’re told: “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Joel 2:13).

This time of the year, we remember that the God who knows every misstep in our lives has a bottomless storehouse of grace and forgiveness for each and every one of us.

What Joel is also telling us here is that when we take the first step in getting right with God, He is there waiting for us; and not as an angry judge, but as a gracious Father ready to embrace us and welcome his wayward children home.

The second pillar is prayer, communing with God.

Prayer is a direct line to our mighty God, and we can feel confident going to Him with any concern. We take this profound concept for granted so often. We disregard its power but it’s quite remarkable when one stops to think about it.

The very Creator who gave us life and has authority over every living thing in our vast universe actually cares to hear what’s on each and every human’s heart, and He desires for us to constantly and honestly communicate with Him.

King David came to God with everything: joy and sorrow, anger and thanksgiving, praises and concerns. And so can we.

As my Christian friends often say, we can “come boldly” to God’s throne in times of need. What an awesome God we serve that we can come to Him with both the big and the little things! I hope you will be bold with God today, because He is ready to listen.

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The third pillar is charity, giving back to God.

When you get right with God, it creates a thankful heart for all He’s done. And a thankful heart is a generous heart: you want to spread God’s love to others.

Spreading God’s love to those in need is what our organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, is all about. We’re blessing God’s children in very tangible ways, like supplying food for families throughout these High Holy Days, mainly because of the generosity of Christians.

The prophet Isaiah tells us that God isn’t pleased by an outward display of devotion, but by acts of service like feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

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I invite you, Christians (or anyone for that matter), to join me in practicing these three pillars of the High Holy Days – to get right with God, to come humbly before Him in prayer, and to give generously – and then to wait and to see how God richly blesses you.

I KNOW that He will.

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