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From peddling dope to pleasing Jesus

Religion | Drug-dealer-turned-pastor reflects on a life of miracles bestowed to bring God glory
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/06/16, 11:25 am

FONTANA, Calif.— As a young man straddling the cusp of adulthood, David Zamora saw two ends to his life: Either he’d be butchered in the streets by rival gangs or die shivering in prison as a drug addict who robbed, lied, and cheated just for a moment of drug-induced bliss.

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Straight outta el barrio

Religion | Once on a path to both physical and eternal death, two former gang members are now preaching the gospel in the most broken parts of Los Angeles
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/01/16, 01:00 am

LOS ANGELES—David Trujillo was a skinny 12-year-old when he witnessed his first murder scene.

He had just joined the Harpys “Dead End” gang, a violent Hispanic street “brotherhood” in South Central Los Angeles. Then he heard the gunshots. By the time Trujillo ran over, a friend was lying on the ground, feet and fingers twitching. A rival gang member had shot him twice with a shotgun—once in the leg, and then close-range into his face.

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An Easter Parade of essays from the past 20 years

Religion | A look back at culture and conversation surrounding the Christian celebration of Easter
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/26/16, 08:55 am

Editor’s note: Jesus emerged from the tomb on Easter long ago, and in honor of that wonder we’re republishing seven Easter essays written over the past two decades by WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky.

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