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    Donations and Charitable Receipt Rules

    Does your section 501(c)(3) organization hold fundraising auctions, where donors can walk away with gift certificates, spa packages, or other treats in exchange for generous contributions? Do your attendees pay for their own dinners at such events, or do certain folks sponsor tables? How about freebies at the door – does your organization give away mugs, T-shirts, or other items to its supporters?   Read More...

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    Fishers of Men Cast a Prayer Net

    Many pastors have told me that their favorite ministry times are not Sunday morning services, but rather funerals and weddings, because when someone has died or two people wed, the congregation is more likely to be full of backsliders, nonbelievers, seekers and re-examiners of the faith—who often sob with regret or cry with joy. The fishing is good when hearts are soft. Tyler Makepeace is one of the humblest lawyers I have ever met.   Read More...

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    ComEd Program Saves Worship Center $80,000

    Pastor Hill and his congregation at Open Arms United Worship Center were getting ready to hire contractors to update the electrical wiring in their building and switch all their light fixtures to LED. The church had started to replace the light fixtures themselves and decided to hire out. The contractors estimated that the fixes could be as high as $80,000, the electric being the brunt of the cost.   Read More...

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    The Valuable Asset Most Christians Forget

    For Christians, estate planning should not only be leaving behind our material things through the drafting of a will and/or a trust and the careful designation of insurance, IRA and pension plans which provide for loved ones and avoid estate taxes. Rather, a focus on the eternal and the Gospel should also be an important part of the planning. As you have been called in life to witness to God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ, so too, in death, by reflecting on your legacy there is great ...  Read More...

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    City Writes $60,000 Check to Church

    In efforts to defend the right to worship, two churches filed suit against the City of Markham after they were unlawfully denied zoning for their religious assemblies. Just a couple of weeks ago one of those two lawsuits came to a close. Following a court order protecting the Church’s right to worship at its property, the City of Markham also wrote Original Bible Church a $60,000 check as part of a settlement of the Church’s claims to damages and attorneys fees.Back in 2015, Reverend...  Read More...

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    The Real Bracket of Shame: College Free Speech Madness

    Tonight’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game will bring an end to this year’s March Madness. If you are like me and 80% of America, your basketball bracket busted a long time ago so there isn’t much at stake now. This year my superior sports knowledge was put to shame by my four year old son’s picks, which on one hand had Middle Tennessee State going to the Elite Eight and on the other hand correctly placed Oregon and North Carolina in the Final Four.   Read More...

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    Resurrection Sunday: Triumphalism Is Not Victory

    Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.   Read More...

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    5 Insights on Repairing the Johnson Amendment

    At the National Prayer Breakfast in February, President Trump said that he will “get rid of, and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” which limits free speech by prohibiting nonprofit organizations from endorsing or opposing a political candidate, under threat of losing their tax-exempt status. Although there have been rumors of an outright repeal in line with the president’s declaration, the currently proposed “fix” to the Johnson Amendment is the Free Spee...  Read More...

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    Does Religious Liberty Have a Friend in soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch?

    When it comes to religious liberty, America has long had the best laws. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution succinctly and powerfully states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Many state constitutions contain even stronger protections for religious liberty and recognize the God of the Bible as the foundation of good governance and the source of our liberty. On top of constitutional protections, Co...  Read More...

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    Case Dismissed Victory: Pastors Free to Counsel Concerning Same-Sex Attraction

    On February 15, federal Judge Ronald Guzman ruled that pastors are not subject to the Illinois’ Youth Mental Health Protection Act (YMHPA) that went into effect January 1, 2016; consequently Illinois pastors can now feel less risk in telling counselees that Jesus can help them with unwanted same-sex attraction. This is truly a victory as it frees pastors to counsel to those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction and see homosexual behavior as sin. It is important we spread the word on...  Read More...

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