It is becoming alarmingly clear that few people, including
believers, have a solid handle on the love of God. While I agree
that many hunger for God, and sincerely desire to see the
promises of God manifest in their lives, few people understand
the correlation of the love of God and victorious living. This is
because there is a difference between head knowledge and
When unexpected challenges occur in our
lives, it is the unconditional and unrelenting love of
God that is present to get us through these challenges.
However, if God’s surpassing love is perceived only
through head knowledge, defeat is likely because
you will not always “feel” the love or presence of
God. And this is a common problem among
believers. When believers don’t "feel" God, then a
plethora of thoughts relating to “works” surface,
such as: maybe I don’t deserve God’s help; what do
I need to do to get God’s attention; ...
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“That I may publish with
the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy
wonderous works.” Psalm 26:7
The Supreme Court granted opponents of
Virginia gay marriage a stay on Wednesday (Aug.
20), preventing same-sex couples from legally
marrying in the commonwealth while the court
continues litigation. The Virginia 4th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals had ruled on July 28 to permit
gay marriage, a decision that overturned the
commonwealth’s gay marriage ban.
Most Virginia officials were not shocked by
the high court ruling, as the Supreme Court has
made the same decision in January for the state
Michele McQuigg, the Prince William
County clerk of court applied for the stay in
Virginia. Her attorney Byron Babione said on her
behalf, "The Supreme Court acted wisely in
restraining the lower court from implementing a
ruling of this magnitude before the high court has
a chance to decide the issue.”
The next term for the Supreme Court will
begin in October; the high court is expected to
make a decision on at least one of the pending
gay marriage cases. The three pending gay
marriage cases before the Supreme Court are
now Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.
Barna: Many Pastors Wary
of Raising ‘Controversy’
George Barna – research expert and
founder of The Barna Group – shared with
American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" about
new information he's compiling at American
Culture and Faith Institute over the last two years,
gauging where theologically conservative pastors
are at politically.
"What we're finding is that when we ask
them about all the key issues of the day, [90
percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible
speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask
them: Well, are you teaching your people what the
Bible says about those issues? – and the numbers
drop ... to less than 10 percent of pastors who say
they will speak to it."
"So the thing that struck me has been that
when we talk about the separation of church and
state, it's that churches have separated
themselves from the activities of the state – and
that's to the detriment of the state and its people,"
stated the researcher.
Why the disconnect? According to Barna,
the answer is simple. He suggests asking pastors
how someone would know if their church is
"successful" – which he did.
"There are five factors that the vast majority
of pastors turn to [when asked that question]," he
explained. "Attendance, giving, number of
programs, number of staff, and square footage.
"Now all of those things are good
measures, except for one tiny fact: Jesus didn't
die for any of them," Barna continued. "What I'm
suggesting is [those pastors] won't probably get
involved in politics because it's very controversial.
Controversy keeps people from being in the seats,
controversy keeps people from giving money, from
By Steven Erlelt l LifeNews
The Obama administration has revised the
HHS mandate rules — the first revision since
losing to Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court. The
revisions provide no relief from the mandate and
essentially restate how pro-life groups, like the
Little Sisters, will have to pay huge fines if the
violate the mandate.
The upshot of the new rules? As Arina
Grossu, Director for the Center for Human Dignity
at the Family Research Council, tells LifeNews,
it’s “the threat of crippling fines on non-profits
who stand up for their freedom of conscience.”
Congressman Chris Smith, the top pro-life
advocate in the House of Representatives, says
that resident Obama has resorted to coercion and
massive, punitive fines against pro-life
organizations and faith-based groups that oppose
the mandate because, for moral reasons, they
cannot and will not include abortion-causing
drugs, sterilization and contraception procedures
in their private health insurance plans.
Top Saudi Cleric says ISIS
is Enemy #1 of Islam,
‘Destroying Human Civilization’
Present conditions in the church and nation
demand united, decisive action. We need more
than one positive election ... one godly, Supreme
Court decision ... one good sermon series or one
significant, local church revival. America is
desperate for a change. Overall church attendance
is declining. An entire generation is emerging with
little understanding of absolute truth. The only
hope for change is in the spiritual climate of our
nation, and it begins at the grassroots level.
Founded following the infamous 9/11
terrorist attacks, Cry Out America is a grassroots
prayer initiative signaling that hope.
September 11, 2001 was a moment that
forever changed America. "It was a national event
which affected us all," stated Ashley Wilson,
former COA National Coordinator and current
pastor of Lifegate Church in Lexington, KY.
"It was the JFK assassination moment of
this generation," commented Dr. Billy Wilson,
founder of the Awakening America Alliance and
current Oral Roberts University President.
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By Joyce Meyer l The Church Guide
It seems there are very few people who are consistently
content with life. It’s more common to be up and down mentally
and emotionally, depending on what our circumstances are. So I
want to ask you: How content are you? Are you consistently
enjoying your life?
God loves us and has a good plan for our lives. Jeremiah
29:11 says His thoughts and plans for us are “for welfare and
peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome”
(AMP). And John 10:10 says Jesus “came that they may have
and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full,
till it overflows)” (AMP).
It was such a revelation for me when I
realized that God wants me to enjoy my life now,
and not just barely get by, hanging on until I get
to Heaven. It was also a life-changing revelation
when I understood that my joy and contentment
don’t have to be based on my circumstances. In
Christ, I can learn “how to be content
(satisfied to the point where I am not
disturbed or disquieted) in whatever
state I am” (Philippians 4:11 AMP).
CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA
Culture Upside Down: There Has Been
a Colossal Shift in America’s Values
Planned Parenthood Plans to Spend at
Least $18 Million on Elections
Supreme Court Orders Stay
on Virginia Gay Marriage
Pro-Lifers Slam Massive
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Organizations Who Oppose
Pope Francis Says Radical
Islam Must Be Stopped
Pope Francis is giving his blessing on
efforts to stop ISIS terrorists from attacking
religious minorities in Iraq. (Photo via Wikipedia)
On Monday this week, while boarding a plane
from South Korea, Francis was quoted as telling
reporters that the world would be justified in
stopping Islamist militants in Iraq.
According to a Thomson Reuters report,
the pontiff said, "In these cases [such as the
United States strikes against Islamic State
insurgents] where there is an unjust aggression, I
can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust
Francis said he's also considering visiting
northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted
Christians, but has not yet made a decision.
By Michael Gryboski l Christian Post
Saudi Arabia's top religious official has
recently denounced the Islamic State terrorist
organization, better known as ISIS.
Following the words of other Muslim
leaders, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-
Sheikh issued a statement Tuesday that was
released by the Saudi Press Agency.
"Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism
which spread decay on earth, destroying human
civilization," said al-Sheikh, "are not in any way
part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam,
and Muslims are their first victims."
The Saudi Grand Mufti's comments were
the latest of several Muslim leaders both religious
and secular, from Indonesia to Egypt, condemning
the actions and views of ISIS.
Formed out of al-Qaida in Iraq last year and
led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS has garnered
international attention for its military victories and
Occupying large swathes of territory in
Syria and Iraq, ISIS has been known for its violent
treatment of religious minorities, Muslims, and
Are African Americans
Being Recruited by ISIS?
By Samuel Smith l Christian Post
Considering the social conflict between cops
and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, the terrorist
group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS) is using the strategic moment in
American history to recruit African-Americans to
join the Islamic State's jihadist movement.
Those fighting alongside ISIS, a globally
growing terrorist group in which U.S. Secretary of
Defense Chuck Hagel said was "as sophisticated
and well-funded as any terrorist we have ever
seen", have made no secret that they have vowed
to bring turmoil to America. ISIS members
promised to "divide America in two", while their
spokesman Abu Mosa promised to raise the flag of
Allah over the White House.
In the aftermath of the clash between
militant police forces and protesters in the St. Louis
suburb, the Washington Post reports that many
ISIS members see the Michael Brown shooting and
confrontation between black citizens and
government forces as confirmation that the terrorist
group's ideas of oppression and racism in America
are completely accurate.