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Churches Sign Up for “.Church” Domains
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The ".Church" domain has been successfully  adopted by congregations across the United States.  "I saw this as an opportunity to take  advantage of important geographic branding  opportunities domains that immediately and easily  identify my church," said Wesley Sanders, pastor at Brookhaven United Methodist Church of  Brookhaven, Georgia.  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 
By Danette Crawford  l  The Church Guide
CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT Total Turn Around in Your Teenager 2
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE Letting Go of the Dead Stuff in Life By Joyce Meyer  l  The Church Guide
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW 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  wedding.  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  homosexual conduct.
CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Love & War: A Reflection of the     Hamas/Israel Conflict
CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Embracing Resistance By Gene Markland   l   The Church Guide
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
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
CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Build Yourself in the Love of God
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. . . Large Print Bibles
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Houston Pastor Subpoenas Show Consequences of Electing Candidates Who Do Not Share Your Values
A heated debate is raging in Houston after a  homosexual activist mayor and city attorneys  subpoenaed pastors’ sermon notes and church  conversations dealing with homosexuality,  transgenderism or the mayor herself.  The subpoenas stem from an issue last  spring, when Mayor Annise Parker and two  homosexual city council members spearheaded a  non-discrimination ordinance that gives special  rights and protections to homosexuals. The  “bathroom bill,” called the Houston Equal Rights  Ordinance (HERO), granted “equal rights” to gay  and transgender individuals so that men could use  women’s restrooms and vice versa. HERO passed  in June, despite vocal opposition from the Houston  community. The headlines, says Parents and Friends  of Ex-Gays & Gays, a non-profit organization  serving ex-gays and families with a homosexual  loved one, are a powerful  reminder for Americans to  vote for candidates who  share their values in the  upcoming election on  November 4. We must take  seriously our right, privilege  and duty of voting with our  values at heart. 
CHRISTIAN OPINION How Should the Church Respond in Perilous Times?
By Mat Staver    l    Charisma News
The times in which we live are unprecedented in the  history of America. Every generation thinks the cultural decline  is worse than in prior times. These times are clearly  unprecedented—at least in American history. But the threats we face today are not unprecedented in Judeo-Christian history, a  point I will address later.  Let me give just two examples. For the first time in world  history, the citizens of a country are being forced to participate  in genocide. No government has ever forced its citizens to  participate in genocide until now. Yet, that is what is happening  in America with the ObamaCare law, which forces employers to  provide and/or pay for abortion-inducing drugs or devices. And  many individuals are now being required to make a monthly  payment separate from their insurance premiums to fund  abortion.  The second example is the deconstruction of marriage...  
Newly Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing a Miracle
Historian and archivist Ignazio Perrucci, was  hired by the Vatican authorities in 2012, to sort,  analyze and classify some 6,000 ancient  documents that had been uncovered in the gigantic  archive vaults. He was already very excited when  he noticed that the author of the text was the  famous Roman historian Velleius, but he was  completely stunned when he realized the nature of  the content. The text as a whole is a narrative of the  author’s return journey from Parthia to Rome that  occurred in 31 AD, recorded in a highly rhetorical  style of four sheets of parchment. He describes  many different episodes taking place during his trip,  like a a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit  to a temple in Melitta (modern day Mdina, in Malta).  The part of the text that really caught M.  Perrucci’s attention is an episode taking place in  the city of Sebaste (near modern day Nablus, in the  West Bank). The author first describes the arrival of  a great leader  in the town with a group of disciples  and followers, causing many of the lower class  people from neighbouring villages to gather around  them. According to Velleius, that great man’s name  was Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin  translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua  haNotzri 
Prince Charles Calls on Muslim Leaders to End the “Indescribable Tragedy” of Persecution of Christians
Breitbart News reports that Prince Charles  has "condemned the persecution of Christians in  the Middle East and called on Muslim leaders to  help end the 'indescribably tragedy' in Syria and  Iraq," calling on all faiths "to ensure their followers  respect people of other religions than 'remaining  silent.'" The report notes that the Prince of Wales's  speech was presented via video at the House of  Lords in advance of a new report claiming that  Christians are the "most persecuted religious  minority" in the world and that freedom of religion  is most under threat in Muslim nations. "We have learnt with mounting despair of  the expulsion of Christians, Muslims and Yazidis  from towns and cities that their ancestors have  occupied for centuries," said the prince. "Sadly,  incidents of violence in Iraq and Syria are not  isolated. They are found throughout some,  though not all, of the Middle East." The prince was also quoted as saying  people of faith play a "crucial role" in ensuring a  free society around the world. 
Why Restricting Religious Freedom Endangers All Freedoms
By Eric Metaxas    l    BreakPoint
Religious freedom is the source of all of  our freedoms.  In a fantastic address at Cedarville  University in Ohio, John Stonestreet quoted the  French philosopher Luc Ferry, an atheist, who  acknowledged the West’s debt to Christianity. Ferry wrote that “Christianity was to  introduce the notion that humanity was  fundamentally identical, that men were equal in  dignity—an unprecedented idea at the time, and  one to which our world owes its entire  democratic inheritance.”  But Christianity’s contribution to our  “democratic inheritance” was not limited to its  ideas about human equality. It was Christianity  that taught the West that there are limits to the  state’s power and it made our ideas about  human freedom possible.  The story that sums up this contribution is what German historians call the “walk to  Canossa.” In 1077, the Holy Roman Emperor  Henry IV traveled from Speyer, Germany, to  Canossa Castle in Northern Italy.  The purpose of his “walk” was to ask  Pope Gregory VII to lift his decree of  excommunication against Henry.
Upending the New Immoral Order
By Robert Knight   l   One News Now
The November 4th Republican wave  election was not just about the economy,  repealing ObamaCare, illegal immigration, failed  foreign policy or the nation's nearly $18 trillion  debt. It was about all of that, but it was really  about electing adults to escort America safely off  Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. This is where multiple-choice exit polls fail  to do justice. ObamaCare's unpopularity was  huge, but how do you quantify public disgust with  a ruling party's lawlessness and arrogance,  combined with lawless judges and a media that  refuses to do honest reporting? You count the  votes.  "Right track" and "wrong track" surveys do  not quite do the job. Like a whale under the  surface, the fear that we are no longer a self-  governing nation is palpable. 
Did Machines in VA and TX Keep Voters From Picking Pro-Life Republicans?
By Michael F. Haverluck   l   One News Now
Voters in Texas and Virginia were  reportedly put in a quandary when trying to vote  for their pro-life candidates in at least two states.  In Texas, voters couldn’t find pro-life governor  candidate Greg Abbott on their ballots, while  voters in Virginia found themselves inadvertently  voting for a Democratic candidate when they  touched to screen to vote for his Republican pro-  life challenger.  Voting in Virginia … more harm than  good?  In Virginia, voters reportedly voted for pro-  life Republican candidates and their votes ended  up going to the challenging Democratic  candidates. Many pro-life candidates in the Old  Dominion State are up-in-arms over the alleged  illegal voting taking place in precincts of the  state’s Second Congressional District. Even though pro-life Republicans did well  in Virginia, the issue continues to be investigated,  as many conservatives are concerned that such  questionable irregularities will keep their  candidates from winning future elections.  Numerous problems at the ballot box were  reported to one Virginia Congressman, who says  such complaints arose across the Second  Congressional District, where votes for a  Republican candidate ended up being registered  for the Democratic challenger.  Shortly after the complaints were called in,  a statement was released by the office of U.S.  Representative Scott Rigell addressing the issue  with voting machines. 
Christian women chained and forced to wear veils by ISIS militants in Iraq, on way to be sold.
ISIS Sex Slave Price: 1 to 9 Year-Old Christian, Yazidi Girls Sold for $172
A regulatory price list recently released by the Islamic  State leadership shows that ISIS militants are selling captured  Christian and Yazidi girls, as young as one to nine years old,  as sex slaves and charging nearly three to four times the  amount that they would charge for a grown woman.  A document obtained by, issued by the  Islamic State, puports to be an updated price guide detailing  how ISIS fighters must price their spoils of war, which include  female slaves and cattle. The document, which is dated Oct.  16 and was first reported earlier this week, claims that ISIS'  sex slave and cattle trading markets have seen a recent  decline in demand, and because of that, ISIS' overall revenue  has been affected.  The document states that price changes are needed in  the face of ISIS' declining revenue from those markets.  
Top U.S. General, Chairman of The Joint Chief, Defends Israel Saying They Went to “Extraordinary Lengths” to Save Lives in Gaza
By Lea Speyer    l    Breaking Israel News
US General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint  Chiefs of Staff, said that Israel went through "extraordinary  lengths" to prevent civilian casualties during the summer war in  the Gaza Strip, Reutersreported.   Speaking during a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for  International Peace in New York City, Dempsey acknowledged  recent reports accusing Israel of war crimes for civilian deaths  during the war but said that the Israel Defense Forces "did  what they could" to avoid the casualties.  "I actually think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths  to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties," the genera  stated. "In this kind of conflict, where you are held to a  standard that your enemy is not held to, you're going to be  criticized for civilian casualties." Dempsey added that while Hamas terror tunnels  "caused the IDF some significant challenges," the military "did  some extraordinary things to limit civilian casualties, to  include... making it known that they were going to destroy a  particular structure." One of the more impressive methods that Israel utilized  to prevent civilian deaths was, according to the general, the  "roof-knocking method." Before a targeted strike, the Israeli Air  Force would launch a dud rocket onto the roof of the structure,  giving fair warning to those inside to evacuate.  Dempsey also mentioned the vast efforts of the military  of dropping warning leaflets over areas in Gaza before any  type of operation in order to save civilian lives. 
One afternoon while running an errand near the oceanfront  in Virginia Beach, I decided to go an extra block and take a peek  at the ocean. The air was cold, in the 40s, and cloudy, with a  slight drizzle. It was a typical off-season day. The boardwalk was  deserted, so with my pick of the benches, I sat on a choice one,  stretched out my legs, stuck my hands in my jacket pockets, and looked out over the water.  It was a little windy, as the rough waves crashed ashore  making that unmistakable sound of the sea. Looking up at the  seagulls flying, I noticed the drizzle had stopped. So I decided to  enjoy the fresh sea air for a while, and maybe even get a little  inspiration from the nature that God created.    Sitting there in the cold, my attention was drawn to a  seagull flying above the boardwalk, about 10 feet in front and  above me.  Hovering perfectly still, his wings gave a slight flutter  as he faced into the wind, which was blowing strongly. At first, I  felt sorry for him as he was getting nowhere in this wind.    But, by facing that wind, he was kept aloft by its force. For  a few moments he opened his wings, without flapping them, and  remained stationary, directly in front of me,  
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wonderous works.”   Psalm 26:7
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Have you ever hired a professional to prune a tree in your  yard? Well, Dave and I hire someone to do that for us and there  are times when he cuts the branches back so far that I’ve said to  him, “There is nothing left. You have totally destroyed our tree!   But he says, “You just watch and see.” And sure enough, before  long the tree is much better looking than it was before.  Just like trees need pruning from time to time, to remove  dead branches or areas where there is overgrowth, you and I  need to be pruned or reshaped at different times in different  areas of our lives. We may not enjoy the pruning   process, but when it’s over, we’re much better off   than we were before.  You see, God wants us to be at our very best—spiritually, emotionally and physically. John 15:2 says, “Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away   (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and   repeatedly prunes every branch that   continues to bear fruit, to make it bear   more and richer and more excellent fruit.” 
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“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 ....
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I want to share some nuggets of wisdom the Lord has  given me in raising my teenage daughter. We need God’s  wisdom, and more of it every day so that we can raise God-  fearing children who will become world changers for the Lord.  BUILD THE ARK FOR YOUR CHILDREN. Years   ago, in a series entitled “Building the Ark of His Presence” I talked about how the presence of the   Lord in our lives builds a present-day ark for us.   Just as in the days of Noah, the ark is a place of security, a safe haven from all of the destruction   happening in the world around us.  We build   the ark of the Lord’s presence by worshipping   Him, praying to Him, and meditating on   His Word of truth. Maintaining our personal   devotions with God keeps us living in the ark of the Lord’s  presence and enjoying the protection it offers.  SET A STANDARD AND KEEP IT. We must set the standard for our households and   our children.