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CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Love & War: A Reflection of the     Hamas/Israel Conflict
“All’s fair in love and war,” they say. If that is so, let’s allow  this current war between Israel and Hamas (Operation Protective  Edge) to remind us of how Satan, the enemy of our souls, knows  nothing of love, only war.   Satan’s aim is to discredit our God by attacking mankind,                      the crown of creation—and he pulls all stops to do it.   I watched media footage of Hamas soldiers                   raising their heads above their underground lair,                         like deadly vipers, to snipe soldiers in the Israeli                          Defense Force. “Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out                             falls into the pit they have made. The trouble                                    they cause recoils on them; their violence                               comes down on their own heads”  (Psalms                                  7:16-17) I saw reporters travel through Hamas’                          tunnels that must have required painstaking                                 hours to burrow through dirt, rock, and                                             silt to infiltrate Israel ....
CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Beware of Shadow Lane By Gene Markland   l   The Church Guide
Some years ago my wife and I were planning to purchase  our dream home.  We searched and searched to find just the  right house in the best location.  We found it at the end of  Shadow Lane.  It was a beautiful traditional two-story home in a quiet  neighborhood.  It seemed like the answer to our prayers.  The  price was right and we were ready to buy.  Everything seemed  perfect…too perfect.  So I decided to check the court records on  the property.  It didn’t take a long search before discovering that  the owner did not have clear title to the property.  There were  liens against the property, which he failed to disclose.  After confronting him with the situation, he refused to pay  off the liens.  He wanted us to lease the house from him until the  liens were paid off.  If we had taken the bait, we would have  ending up investing our money and not owning anything.  We  were so disappointed!  This was our dream home, our answer to  prayer, our blessing from God.  Or so it appeared.  But it was  revealed to be a counterfeit, a substitute, and a trap! 
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By Mark Martin    l    CBN News
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  heart knowledge.    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; ...
By Juanita Weiss   l   The Church Guide
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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  attending programs. 
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 ...
By Napp Nazworth    l    Christian Post
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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....
By Dr. Belinda G. Moss  l  The Church Guide
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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).
Have you been taught all your life that it is wrong to have a high opinion of yourself? Many people misinterpret the Scripture that says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober                   judgment” (Romans 12:3), taking it to mean that they             should embrace low self-esteem and not develop a         positive self-image. They couldn’t be more wrong! Our heavenly Father wants each of His                     children to appreciate his or her worth. One                          reason is that our self-esteem affects our                        confidence, and our confidence affects our                       boldness—and we need Holy Ghost bold-                            ness to be effective witnesses for the Lord                               and to fulfill His call on our lives. If God                                    wants us to walk with healthy self-confidence,                                         it follows that the devil wants the opposite—he                        desires to steal our confidence, and his go-to                         tactic is to kill our self-esteem. READ DANETTE’S COLUMN
Pro-Lifers Slam Massive Fines Obama Wants on Faith Organizations Who Oppose HHS Mandate
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." 
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. 
Air Force Will No Longer Require “So Help Me God” In Enlistment Oaths
Airmen who enlist or reenlist in the United  States Air Force will no longer have to say the  phrase “so help me God” as part of a required oath,  the agency announced on Wednesday.  According to USA Today, the Air Force faced  pressure to change the policy from the American  Humanist Association, which threatened to sue  them on behalf of an airman who was not allowed  to reenlist because he would not say the phrase.  The Air Force allowed those who took the oath to  omit the phrase until late last year, but then began  requiring all airmen to take the full oath, the  Washington Post reported. In a statement, Secretary of the Air Force  Deborah Lee James said the changes to the Air  Force policy were effective immediately.  “We take any instance in which Airmen  report concerns regarding religious freedom  seriously,” Lee said in the statement. “We are  making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our  Airmen's rights are protected.”  Both the Army and the Navy allow soldiers  and sailors to omit saying “so help me God” from  their oaths when they enlist.
Iraq: Girls as Young as Three Sold as Sex Slaves
One of the hardest things about hearing  people's stories in Iraq of rape, persecution,  violence and beating was knowing that these were  the people who had got away.  The many families I met  in the Kurdish region of Iraq  who had fled shootings and  the risk of sex slavery were  just that – the ones who had  fled.  And of course,  thousands of people didn't. I  haven't watched any of the  Internet clips showing  executions – described by  one commentator as 'atrocity  porn' – but we all know that  it's happening.  As, apparently, are the sex slave markets. A  number of people in different cities told me of the  systematic rounding up of women and girls; the  rapid, enforced divorce of married women from  their husbands; the 'testing' of single women to  assess whether they're considered to be a virgin;  ...
PRO-LIFE GROUPS TO VOTERS: Come November, Remember the Lie
By Charlie Butts   l   One News Now
The Government Accountability Office just  released a report  showing the Affordable Care Act  does fund elective abortions in 28 states – despite  the fact that President Obama and Democratic  leaders in Congress vowed there would be no  taxpayer-funded abortions in the massive  healthcare reform bill. That promise swayed  enough "pro-life" Democrats to vote for it and pass  it in March 2010. Marilyn Musgrave, vice president for  governmental affairs at the Susan B. Anthony List,  is mindful of the promise that has now proven to  be empty. "Well guess what, it does [fund abortions],"  ...
Samaritan Ministries Offers Biblical Alternative to Health Care Insurance
By Lori Arnold   l   Christian Press
Cody DeWitt sold his family home and was  packing up his household for a move to Illinois  where he was about to start a new job with  Samaritan Ministries International, a nonprofit  alternative to medical insurance.  Unlike insurance in which policyholders  send premiums to their insurance companies,  Samaritan Ministries’ members send their  monthly payment—called a share—directly to a  co-member dealing with a health issue.  On the eve of DeWitt’s move, though, the  two-year Samaritan Ministries member  discovered just how effective the ministry really  was after coughing up blood at his parent’s  Florida home. . .
Christians May Have to Follow MLK's Example, Go to Jail, to Protect Religious Freedom, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf Says
Christians in the United States may have  follow the example of Martin Luther King Jr. and go  to jail to defend their religious freedom, Rep. Frank  Wolf, R-Virginia, claimed. "I think evangelicals and people of faith are  really going to have to adopt what Martin Luther  King did and maybe go to jail and do some things  like that," Wolf said Sept. 10 at the American  Enterprise Institute's Evangelical Leadership  Summit. Wolf was on a panel with former  Congressman and Ambassador Tony Hall. Hall, a  Democrat, and Wolf, a Republican, talked about  how their friendship and Christian faith helped  them overcome their political differences and work  together on a number of issues in Congress.  During the Q&A, Wolf was asked to clarify  what issue he believes Christians may have to go  to jail over and he answered, "religious  freedom...."
Navy SEAL’s Amazing Survival: ‘God, Get Me Home’
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Navy SEAL Sr.  Chief Mike Day had never been shot before, but  that changed dramatically one night in April 2007.  Al Qaeda terrorists shot Day more than two dozen times. "This body armor took more rounds than it  was supposed to," explained Day, who is now  retired.    Body armor capable of handling only one  round took multiple hits at close range and  amazingly held together.  "They advertise that it can take one round, and then it falls apart .....
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