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President Barack Obama has spoken at his last National Prayer Breakfast as president of the United States. He used the occasion to address the collective fears of Americans, discuss how those fears can be destructive and explain how his Christian faith is the "great cure for fear." "Lately, I've been thinking and praying on a verse from II Timothy," he said, "'For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.'" The president says Jesus gives us the power to resist fear's temptations.
President Obama invited Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the White House to discuss how and if they can work together during the president's last year in office.
For anyone who heard Jerry Falwell Jr.'s glowing introduction of Donald Trump when he spoke at Liberty University recently, his endorsement of Trump for president probably didn't come as a surprise. But that isn't stopping Liberty alumni and other Christian leaders from sharing their displeasure on social media. If you don't know, Jerry Falwell Jr. is the president of Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world. A #LUAlumniAgainstTrump Facebook page quickly emerged.
Washington, D.C., like many cities in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast, is still trying to climb out of all the snow left by Winter Storm Jonas. While the controversy over the official snow total remains unresolved, what is undisputed is the nation's capital is far from returning to business as usual. Federal offices and the DC Public Schools are closed for the second consecutive day, leaving the city somewhat of a ghost town.
President Barack Obama has authorized the release of 17 prisoners from Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp this month, but only 16 actually left. One prisoner Muhammad Bawazir, a 35 year old from Yemen, refused to get on the plane to be transported to his new country. "It's a country I'd go to in a heartbeat," Bawazir's attorney, John Chandler, told the Associated Press without revealing the country. "I can't help you with the logic of his position. It's just a very emotional reaction from a man who has been locked up for 14 years."
On Sunday, July 4, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. discussed the ideals of the American dream in a speech by the same name. In it, he referenced the Bible's influence on America's founding fathers and the concept of "Imago Dei" -- Latin for "image of God." It's the biblical concept that humanity bears a likeness to God; and as His image bearers, all of us inherently have value placed within us and the capacity to have fellowship with God.