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Cross taken from man making cross-country pilgrimage

A man who is making a cross-country pilgrimage to strengthen his faith has come upon a difficult situation.

The cross that Mitchell Manning has been dragging on his trek between Florida and California has been taken, KCBD reported.

Manning, who is from Tennessee started his quest in Jacksonville, Florida, in October and so far he has made it to Texas, but his trip has been delayed in Seminole, Texas.

The 12-foot symbol of his faith was taken over the weekend and he said he will not continue his walk until he finds it or rebuilds one.

Posted by Cross Walk America on Monday, November 9, 2015

He left it in a ditch Sunday when he was offered a place to stay. 

"The cross is so big, it's hard to carry even if you have a truck, so I've always just left it on the side of the road in the grass," Manning told KCBD.

Manning camps some nights during the trip, other nights he either stays in a stranger's home or someone pays for a hotel room. 

He has reached out on Facebook about the missing cross, asking for any information as to its location.

I left my cross at the park in Seminole TX Sunday, it is missing now. I checked with TxDOT and they said they didn't move it. I may have to build another one. If  anyone has seen it, please message me.Posted by Cross Walk America on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

If you would like to keep track of Manning's quest, see below, or click here. You can also follow him on his Facebook page.

Mom captures touching moment when her 6-year-old son prays with police officers

Kelly Garza may have had one of the proudest mommy moments ever after seeing her 6-year-old son, Joshua, leading a prayer with three police officers.

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Garza and Joshua had just finished eating breakfast at a Bob Evans in St. Petersburg, Florida. On their way out, her little boy confidently approached the police officers and held their hands as he sat at the end of the table.

“My sweet boy prayed over these officers for safety and thanked them for their service,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

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She took a picture as her son sat at the end of the table, holding the police officers’ hands and praying as he was taught.

“Joshua is being brought up in a very loving church, where he has learned that it’s OK to share his faith and that it’s an act of love to pray for others,” she wrote.

The St. Petersburg Police Department also shared the photo on Facebook.

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Officer Williams, Officer Blackshear and Officer Mitchell were honored to pray with this young man this morning.Posted by St. Petersburg Police Department on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

“Officer Williams, Officer Blackshear and Officer Mitchell were honored to pray with this young man this morning,” it read.

Steve Harvey interview with Bishop Eddie Long airs Wednesday

Bishop Eddie Long will appear on Steve Harvey’s TV show Wednesday to discuss the struggles he and his family went through several years ago after the megachurch pastor was sued by four young men, who alleged he coerced them into sexual relationships.

The accusations made in 2010 against Long by Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson alleged that the bishop used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relations. At the time, Long vowed to fight to clear his name. In 2011, the case was settled, then dismissed.

In the Wednesday appearance, due to air at 3 p.m. on WAGA Fox 5 in Atlanta, Harvey directly asks Long whether he ever had sexual relations with any of his accusers. Long says he was “bound by court that I can’t make any statements about that.”

Harvey asks why he settled the cases.

At some point, Long says, he had to decide “am I going to win the battle or do I need to win the war? I had to make the decision to save me, save my family and save the church.”

According to a release from the Harvey show, Long talks about resilience, as described in his latest book, “The Untold Story: A Story of Adversity, Pain and Resilience.”

Long also discusses the struggles that he and his family went through, as he and his wife navigated the thought of divorce and he considered suicide.

Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, told his congregation earlier this year that he once considered suicide.

When it seemed like he was getting “condemned from the four corners of the Earth, I had a moment … I had a moment … I wanted to kill myself and was ready,” he said in a video that went viral.

A tearful Long said in the video that he did not take his life because “my family loved me, my church loved me … regardless of what anybody said, love lifted me and carried me.”

Ohio students told not to sing the Lord's Prayer at graduation had this bold response

Seniors at an Ohio high school are making headlines with their defiant response after being told not to sing the Lord's Prayer during their graduation ceremony.

According to WTOV, the prayer has been included in East Liverpool High School's commencement for seven decades. But that tradition looked like it was going to come to an end this year after the Freedom From Religion Foundation told the school to remove the prayer from the program because it violates the separation of church and state.

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"We said, 'OK, we just won't do it anymore,'" school board President Larry Walton told WTOV. "It was a decision made because we don't have a lot of money, and we'd rather hire teachers than pay lawyers."

But the graduating class had other ideas. When valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery came onstage to speak Sunday, he led his fellow students in reciting the prayer. Afterward, the audience gave the grads a standing ovation.

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Parents capture touching photo of brother and sister praying before school

A touching photo shows two siblings taking some time to reflect before parting ways for the day.

The picture shared on Facebook by WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi, shows the kids standing in a driveway in front of their home. The boy, Jordan Wyatt, is dressed for school, wearing a white shirt tucked into his khakis.

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His little sister, Marlie Rain, wearing pajamas and her mother’s shoes, is holding both of his hands. Their eyes are closed in prayer.

The image, posted Thursday, has gone viral, with more than 4,000 shares and 8,900 likes.

“Since there is so much negativity being shown, especially with the youth, we can perhaps show some positive influence to other parents as well as the youth… Prayer changes things,” parent Juan Wyatt wrote.

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Man admits to pulling off a woman's hijab on an airplane

North Carolina man pleaded guilty to "forcibly" pulling off a woman's hijab during a Southwest Airlines flight.

Gill Parker Payne admitted that he walked up to the stranger wearing the religious headscarf and told her to take it off during a flight from Chicago to Albuquerque at the end of last year.

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In the plea agreement, Payne also admitted to saying something like "Take it off! This is America!" and pulling the woman's hijab completely off.

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The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico said: "This prosecution sends a clear message to anyone who contemplates the use of threats or intimidation to interfere with the right of individuals, including members of our Muslim community, to express their faith without fear."

Payne faces up to a year of imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. A date for his sentencing hearing has not been set. 

This video includes an image from sittiealiah M A / CC BY 2.0.

Noah's Ark to sail into San Diego

A replica of Biblical proportions will soon sail into the harbor in San Diego. 

A life-sized copy of Noah's Ark will travel by barge from the Netherlands to Brazil this summer for the Olympic and Paralympic games, KFMB reported.

It is then scheduled to visit Long Beach, San Diego and Seattle.

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The five-deck ship was built by carpenter Johan Huibers as a religious attraction. 

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And while the original Ark had animals loaded two-by-two, the replica includes life-sized model pairs of giraffes, elephants, crocodiles and many more animals.

It was created to be a museum and event center in partnership with the Ark of Noah Foundation.

The foundation's director said the group would like to build Ark of Hope Centers in areas that need help, KFMB reported.

There is no timeframe for the Ark's voyage to the United States.

Divine sign? Indiana mom's otherworldly ultrasound picture goes viral

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An Indiana mom's viral ultrasound picture isn't just unusual – some say it's otherworldly.

According to WFIE, Aley Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, was at her baby shower recently when a friend pointed out that a sonogram of her son, due in June, seems to include an image of Jesus on the cross.

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"We took a picture of it and blew it up on my phone to get a closer look and it is so much detail," she told WFIE. "You can see the hair and his legs crossed and everything."

Meyer believes the image, which has gone viral on Facebook, is a sign. 

"I've been on a lot of medicine for my Crohn's disease, and I've been very worried about it, so I feel like it's a sign that everything's going to be OK with him," Meyer told WFIE.

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Instead of speeding ticket, deputy offers prayer for driver's mom fighting cancer

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An Idaho sheriff's deputy's heartwarming act of kindness for a woman and her sick mother is going viral.

According to KREM-TV, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Brakeman recently pulled over a speeding driver, identified as RaeAnn Kuykendall, in Hayden. But as he spoke to Kuykendall and her passenger –  Kuykendall's mother – he could tell something was wrong.

"I asked where they were headed, and she said, 'To the oncologist,' " Brakeman told KREM. "She then started to become a little bit emotional."

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Brakeman, who lost his own mother to cancer, knew the feeling all too well. He went back to his patrol car but didn't return with a ticket.

"(I) then walked back up to the passenger side and asked her mother if she would accept a prayer, and she said, 'Absolutely,' " Brakeman said. "So then we prayed, and (I) told them to have a good day and went back to my car."

Kuykendall was touched. She took to the department's Facebook page to share the deputy's good deed.

"Needless to say, I emotionally lost it but (am) thankful for him pulling me over at that moment and offering his kindness to us," she wrote. "I don't know the officer's (name) that stopped me, but I want to thank him for his blessings and for hope."

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U.S. Army rules Sikh officer can keep these distinctive parts of his look

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A Sikh U.S. Army captain will be able to keep his religiously-mandated turban and beard.

Capt. Simratpal Singh had filed a discrimination suit against the Army last month. The Army announced last week that Singh, a West Point graduate, would be granted a “religious accommodation” to the rules against facial hair and headwear while on active duty.

The Army also announced that it “intends to gather information to develop uniform standards for religious accommodations.”

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“My military service continues to fulfill a lifelong dream,” Singh, who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan, said in a press release. “My faith, like [the faith of] many of the soldiers I work with, is an integral part of who I am. I am thankful that I no longer have to make the choice between faith and service to our nation.”

Singh had cut his hair and shaved his face for years to comply with the Army’s regulations.

The Army had requested tests to make sure Singh could wear a helmet and gas mask while wearing the turban. Singh sued, noting that other soldiers with beards were not subjected to tests.

The Army’s permanent accommodation comes with conditions. It could be revoked if the beard and turban affect “unit cohesion and morale” and safety.

(H/T Huffington Post)

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