Olympic gymnast found her ‘secret’ sister, endured abusive training

By Michael Ashcraft

As she vaulted, tumbled and dismounted, the daring and graceful 14-year-old Dominique Moceanu stole America’s heart as she helped the “Magnificent Seven” win America’s first team gold in women’s gymnastics at the 1996 Olympics.

Little did fans realize that behind the winsome waif was a nightmare life of overbearing Romanian coaches and an iron-fisted dad who would ultimately drive …

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Nepal: Influential Buddhist monk receives Jesus

By Mark Ellis

The Nepal earthquake in 2015 killed over 8,000 people and was the worst natural disaster to strike that country since 1934. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless — with entire villages flattened — which prompted many Christian organization to respond with humanitarian aid.

A prominent Buddhist monk observed carefully as Christians helped rebuild his community last year after the massive …

Powerful demonstration of love

The Father’s love: dad gets tattoo to match son’s surgery scar

By Mark Ellis

In a powerful demonstration of the Father’s love, John Marshall got a tattoo to match the scar left from his eight-year-old son’s cancer surgery.

Little Gabriel Marshall was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma last year. A surgery to remove the tumor left him without hair and a scar on the right side of …

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Sylvester Stallone’s prodigal path led him back to faith

By Alex Cervantes

Action megastar Sylvester Stallone has always done his own stunts, which sometimes resulted in broken bones and hospitalizations. The Italian Stallion’s faith in Christ survived many blows as well, until the Hollywood prodigal found his way back to the Lord.

“I was raised in a Christian home,” Stallone told the Dove Foundation. “I was taught the faith and went …

Bryce Popken

From pauper to prince to preacher

By Mark Ellis

After his father was murdered his mother slid into drug addiction. In and out of shelters and foster care, he received the Lord at six-years-old and immediately began speaking in tongues and preaching the gospel.

“Dad was an auto mechanic and ran his own business,” says Bryce Popken.

“Mom was a beautiful model and it was love at first sight,” …

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Dwight Howard answered the call to glorify God in the NBA

By Alex Cervantes

When Dwight Howard was 15 years old, he had national coaches admiring his basketball skills, friends galore following him around and lots of girls throwing him kisses.

Then he broke his leg, and the coaches, the friends, and the girls all disappeared as if by the rapture.

“God said, ‘Dwight, I had to humble you,’” he said in a YouTube …

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James credits ‘Man above’ for historic NBA finals win

By Mark Ellis

Against all odds, the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3 to 1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors to win Cleveland’s first NBA championship in 52 years. Playing with a peace that surprised his teammates, LeBron James credited the “Man above” for his presence of mind.

After the final buzzer sounded, LeBron dropped to his knees on the …

The pastor's daughters mourn his death

Uganda: Evangelistic preacher who publicly debated Muslims killed

By Mark Ellis

A bold and courageous evangelistic preacher in eastern Uganda who had received death threats from Muslims following fiery religious debates was killed on June 4, according to Morning Star News.

The body of Yokannah Zirinkuma was found in a pool of blood in Kadama village, near the home of the primary suspect. Zirinkuma was 50.

West Virginia revival meeting

In ‘Coal Country Revival,’ 4000 gave their lives to Christ

By Mark Ellis

In the small towns that dot the mountainous coal region of West Virginia, a revival that began in early April brought 4,000 souls to Christ over eight weeks.

“My life has gone back to normal,” says Bo Copley, the unemployed coal miner who had a brief encounter with Hillary Clinton when she visited Williamson. Copley, his wife, and their children, …


Overcoming the failures of fatherhood

By Tim Bayly

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all fathers are failures. That’s why there are thousands of volumes on fathering and fatherhood in the evangelical Christian world alone, and that’s not counting the innumerable gallons of ink spilled on the subject by the world at large.

So why write about fatherhood?

Fathers who fail need help. And if you’re a …

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