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By Michael Gryboski l Christian Post
Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of
Samaritan's Purse & the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association, said that "activist
judges are overturning the will of the people,"
when speaking about the 61 percent of North
Carolina voters who supported an amendment
banning same-sex marriage in their state.
"It's sad when a judge is able to overrule
the will of the people. This is a democracy and
the people spoke. We're seeing that activist
judges across the country are overturning the will
of the people," Graham, a native of the state,
said in an interview with NBC Charlotte. “We
saw that in California. We're now seeing it here
in North Carolina now. I don't know what will take
Last week a court declared North
Carolina's ban, which passed via popular
referendum in 2012, unconstitutional. Counties in
the state have since been issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples.
Franklin Graham: ‘Activist
Judges Are Overturning the
Will of the People’ in Gay
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The ".Church" domain has been
successfully adopted by congregations across
the United States after becoming available last
"I saw this as an opportunity to take
advantage of important geographic branding
opportunities domains that immediately and
easily identify my church with the Brookhaven
and greater Atlanta area have long been taken,"
said Wesley Sanders, pastor at Brookhaven
United Methodist Church of Brookhaven,
He added, "I had been planning on doing
a redesign of our church's website for a while,
and the release of the new dot church domain
names gave me a good opportunity to implement
a new online presence."
"Churches absolutely must have a strong
online presence," he said. "Visitors don't just
show up on Sunday morning anymore; they first
look at the church's web site or Facebook page,
and they often want to listen or watch sermons to
get a feel for the church."
Total Turn Around in Your
Marriage and Relationships
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE
Are You Content With Your Life?
By Joyce Meyer l The Church Guide
Is Federal ‘Leviathan’
Pushing This ‘Mark of the
Beast’ on Christians?
By Bryan Fischer l Charisma News
"And it causes all, both small and great, both
rich and poor, both free and slave, to be
marked on the right hand or the forehead, so
that no one can buy or sell unless he has the
mark" (Rev. 13:16-17, ESV).
A baker in Oregon is fined $150,000, told
he needs "rehabilitation," and put out of business
for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding.
A baker in Colorado is fined, ordered to bake a
cake in violation of his own conscience, and sent
to re-education camp for the same offense. A
florist in Washington is pursued by the state
attorney general for politely declining to make a
floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding. A
photographer in New Mexico is fined $6,700 for
declining to do a photo shoot for a lesbian
A T-shirt company is ordered to produce T-
shirts to promote a message it finds morally
objectionable. Jennifer Keeton and Julea Ward
are kicked out of graduate school counseling
programs because of their moral objections to
Love & War: A Reflection of the
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!
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; ...
By Juanita Weiss l The Church Guide
By Eric Metaxas l Break Point
Before his death on July 4, 1826, Thomas Jefferson
left explicit instructions on what the epitaph on his
tombstone should read: “Here was buried Thomas
Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American
Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious
freedom, & Father of the University of Virginia.”
Yet within a few years after his death, his beloved
University of Virginia was in deep trouble, and what would
wind up saving it would have been a shock to its founder.
As Carlos Santos and Rex Bowman tell us in their
book, “Rot, Riot and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson’s Struggle to
Save the University That Changed America,” Jefferson’s
vision for UVA was that of an “academical village” and a
“forward-looking community with no religious affiliation.” It
was to be a place where “Virginia’s best minds could go to
study with the world’s best scholars.”
But within a few years after its founding, UVA was
none of these things. As Santos told Public Radio’s
“Backstory,” the level of violence at UVA during its first
decades is difficult for the modern mind to fathom. The
young men attending school in Charlottesville had “hair-
trigger tempers” ....
How Evangelical Christianity
Saved the University of Virginia
By Dr. Belinda G. Moss l The Church Guide
Build Yourself in the Love of God
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.
Results of New Study May Surprise You:
Why Are Young Evangelicals
By Napp Nazworth l Christian Post
A study looking at what drives some
Millennial Evangelicals to hold less conservative
views than their elders generated surprising results.
Young white Evangelicals whose social
networks mostly included people like them were the
most likely to depart from older Evangelicals on
cultural issues while young Evangelicals with more
diverse social networks were more likely to hold
views similar to older Evangelicals. In other words,
the more embedded Millennial Evangelicals are in
the Evangelical subculture and the less interaction
they have with non-Evangelicals, the more likely
they are to demonstrate attitudes diverging from
Home Schooling Skyrockets
in North Carolina: More Kids
Now Taught at Home than in
By Teresa Neumann l Breaking Christian News
New figures posted in the News Observer
reveal that there are 98,172 home-schoolers in
The figures reflect 60,950 home schools in
the 2013-14 school year. That's a 14.3 percent
increase from the previous year and a 27 percent
increase from two years ago, according to the
The report also notes that this is the first
time North Carolina's home-school enrollment has
surpassed the number in private schools.
"If you're dissatisfied with public education,
you really have two routes," said Kevin McClain,
president of North Carolinians for Home Education.
"You can send your child to a private
school—which is really expensive—or you can
home-school. The economy means that, for many
people, you home-school."
With the latest ruling from Attorney General
Mark Herring, the Virginia Assembly may need to
visit the subject of protecting underage girls from
Herring has issued a ruling that abortionists
only have to report the procedures involving
minors if they suspect a parent or a legal guardian
is responsible for the unwanted pregnancy. That
means an abortion clinic does not have to report
the abortions they perform on girls who have been
molested by older men.
"The proof is in the pudding that elections
do have consequences," says Olivia Turner of The
Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL). "The
actions that Mark Herring has taken as the
Commonwealth's highest law enforcement official
are shocking at best and terrifying at worst."
Turner adds that Herring's action overrules
two previous regulations that particularly require
healthcare workers to report to authorities if they
suspect a minor girl has been victimized.
"I don't know at this point what action might
be taken by the General Assembly, but it is
certainly something that must be considered and
looked at seriously, because clearly the current
attorney general of Virginia actually does not have
the well-being of minor aged girls in his sights,"
She goes on to point out that Herring ran for
office as a pro-abortion Democrat and is
"completely in line with the abortion industry.
That's something every Virginian should be
concerned about," regardless of political affiliation,
the pro-lifer contends.
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
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. . .
By Mark Martin l CBN News
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
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
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
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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],"
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
"This body armor took more rounds than it
was supposed to," explained Day, who is now
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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People everywhere are suffering from broken
relationships. Husbands and wives are at odds with each
other. Friends are giving each other the “silent
treatment.” Conflict seems to be a normal part of
every relationship. More often than not, that conflict
stems from misunderstandings and misperceptions.
When we jump to conclusions, we risk erecting
barriers that shouldn’t be there—and that are
very difficult to tear down.
If anybody had reason to be
suspicious, it was Joseph. Imagine being
engaged, only to find out that your wife-
to-be was pregnant—and not by you! I’m
sure that Joseph dealt with all manner of
suspicion and hurt when he first found out. He
was ready to break it off, just as I’m sure any
other man would have done. But then, his perspective shifted
when he received a special visit.
“That I may publish with
the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy
wonderous works.” Psalm 26:7
A FRIEND OF
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).
“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
“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
I saw reporters travel through Hamas’
tunnels that must have required painstaking
hours to burrow through dirt, rock, and
silt to infiltrate Israel ....
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