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CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Love & War: A Reflection of the     Hamas/Israel Conflict
APOSTASY RISING 4 Denominations Defy God’s Word
By Jennifer LeClaire   l   Charisma News
The United Church of Christ (UCC) bills itself as "the  church where God is still speaking." Apparently, God's Word is  falling on deaf ears of the leadership.  The UCC, which considers itself a mainline Protestant  denomination—claiming over 1 million members and about 5,200  congregations in the U.S.—proudly announced it will serve as a  major sponsor of the Gay Games. The UCC will now go down in  Christian history as the first major denomination to sponsor the  homosexual Olympics when the games roll into Cleveland, Ohio,  in August. I guess my jaw shouldn't have dropped when I read the  news, considering the UCC in April filed a gay marriage rights   lawsuit in North Carolina. But not only did my jaw drop, I'm  shaking my head. J. Bennett Guess, one of the UCC's national  officers and its first openly gay church executive, calls it a social  justice issue and says the denomination prides itself on "being a  bold voice for progressive Christianity."  In case you aren't familiar with what the term "progressive  Christianity" really means, let's take a moment to define it.  Progressive Christianity has a strong focus on social justice and  environmentalism. Progressive Christianity focuses on concepts  like "collective salvation"—where entire cultures and societies,  rather than just individuals with faith in Christ, are  redeemed—and bends toward a Marxist economic philosophy.  
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS What Does The Announced Caliphate Mean?
By Michael Youssef   l   Christian Post
The ISIS, which has conquered vast  portions of Syria and Iraq, has now declared  itself to be the new Islamic caliphate. There has  been no caliphate (an Islamic state led by a  “successor” to Muhammad) since 1916, after the  end of more than 400 years of Turk-enforced rule  over a resentful but helpless Arab world.  Since then, most Sunni Muslims have  informally recognized the legitimate successor of  the prophet Muhammad to be the king of Saudi  Arabia, whom they call the “Guardian of the Two  Holy Places.” But in recent years, many rival factions  have risen across the Islamic world, each  claiming to be the one to bring about the  legitimate succession.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS Senate Democrats Trying to Pass a Bill to Wipe Out All Pro-Life Laws on Abortion
By Steven Ertelt   l   LifeNews
Senate Democrats are attempting to pass a  bill that would wipe out every single pro-life law on  abortion.  S.1696 is deceptively titled the “Women’s  Health Protection Act” even though it revokes  protections for women and their unborn children.  Instead, the bill would be far reaching in how it  would topple pro-life laws passed in virtually every  state in the country. Carol Tobias, president of the National Right  to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state  right-to-life organizations, is one of the only pro-life  speakers testifying against the legislation. She  reports that four months before the mid-term  congressional election, Senate Democrats are  pushing into the national spotlight “the most radical  pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress.” 
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS Hostility Growing Toward Christians Following Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling
By Heather Clark   l   Christian News
Hostility toward Christians and Christian teachings is  growing since the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby  decision, with lawmakers even moving forward with efforts to  overturn the protections afforded to religious-owned businesses  through legislation.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30 in Burwell v.  Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties  Corp. v. Burwell that government cannot force owners of closely-  owned corporations to provide contraceptive drugs to employees  if they hold religious beliefs that oppose them.  “The government has failed to show that the contraceptive  mandate is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest,”  the court held in a 5-4 decision.  But political commentators, pro-choice protestors and  apostate churches alike have now come out swinging against  the Christian-owned company, and Christians in general,  asserting that the “religious right’s” intent is to force morality  upon the people. 
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS 2 Things Churches/Christian Non-Profits Should Know About Obama’s LGBT Order
President Barack Obama issued an  executive order July 21st,  prohibiting workplace  discrimination based on sexual orientation or  gender identity for federal contractors. What does  this mean for Christian organizations that remain  faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual  behavior?  Here are two main points that those groups  need to be aware of:  First, the order only applies to government  contractors and sub-contractors, it does not apply  to groups that receive government grants. Most  religious non-profits that provide services for the  government do so through a government grant.  They would not be affected.  A grant recipient is awarded money for  general purpose, but how that purpose is fulfilled is  decided by the recipent and spelled out in their  grant proposal. Contractors and sub-contractors  are hired to provide specific products or services.  Second, there is no blanket exemption for  religious organizations, but Obama did maintain  the religious hiring exemption that was put in place  during the George W. Bush administration.  
By Napp Nazworth   l   Christian Post
Christians Now Labeled as “Anti-Gay” & “Judgmental”
By Dr. Jim Denison   l   Christian Post
Adults ages 18-33 fall into a category  called "Millennials." As the next generation of  parents, prime ministers and presidents, they are  the future of any society. What they think says a  great deal about what their culture will think.  For those of us who believe God's word on  issues such as same-sex marriage, the news is not  encouraging. Nearly 7-in-10 Millennials support  allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Not  surprisingly, only one-quarter believe that  evangelical Christians are somewhat or very  friendly toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, or  transgendered people. In fact, nearly two-thirds  agree that "anti-gay" describes Christianity  somewhat or very well. And more than 6-in-10  younger Millennials believe that Christians could be  described as "judgmental."  How should the church respond?  
Ex-Planned Parenthood Director Speaks Out: Every Baby Killed in Abortion Makes Planned Parenthood $313.29
By Steven Ertelt   l   LifeNews
In a new expose’ video released Tuesday,  July 22,, a former Planned Parenthood abortion  clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a  price on the value of a human life: $313.29.  That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson  says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she  ran in south Texas would make every time it would  kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now  pro-life, released a video this morning exposing  the abortion quotas that take place at Planned  Parenthood.  In the video, Johnson says her supervisor  informed her that her clinic needed to double the  number of abortions it was doing and that it should  be killing 1,135 babies per year to make the  financial goals set up for her clinic by Planned  Parenthood’s head honchos. 
“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 Collector of Cracked Pots By Gene Markland   l   The Church Guide
One of my favorite movie heroes is Indiana Jones.  I love  to watch his adventures as he searches for artifacts from past  civilizations.  Real life archeologists sometimes search for years  to find only scattered pieces of pottery.  It’s amazing how  painstakingly they put all the shattered pieces together.  In many  instances they are able to completely reconstruct the pottery to  its original form.  Other than the obvious cracks, once the repairs are made,  it looks as good as new.  Once restored, a quality piece is  usually placed in a museum where it is illuminated by special  light and prominently displayed on a pedestal for all to see and  enjoy. But there are also private collectors of such treasures.   One day while praying in the Spirit, I saw such a place in a  vision.  I entered a large building, which was rather plain, and  followed a dimly lit carpeted hallway into a large room.  The room  was dark except for an area to the left, so I made my way there. 
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS America Must Have a        Great Awakening By Awakening America Alliance
Graham Urges Christians to Follow God’s Word, Not Ignore Unpopular Parts
The Rev. Franklin Graham has made a call  for Christians to follow God's word in its entirety,  and not simply pick the parts they like and ignore  the parts that are unpopular or cause division.  In his call for Christians in America to stand  for biblical values despite social opposition,  Graham insisted that "Heaven is not for cowards!"  He was exhorting his position in a new  column published in the July-August edition of  Decision magazine.  Graham, who is the head of Samaritan's  Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic  Association, wrote: "Christians cannot ignore parts  of God's Word because they are unpopular or  cause division. Our commission is to proclaim  Christ and all He stands for.  "This is what the church's presence in the  world is all about. We cannot sincerely proclaim  the truth of God's love while ignoring what He  hates, and God hates sin." For social issues, Graham urged Christians  to make a firm and biblical stand on abortion and  homosexuality. He wrote, "We are soldiers in God's army,  and we cannot stand down on biblical issues out of  fear of being labeled a homophobe or judge.  "People make judgments every day. The  world's system passes judgments accepted by  governments and citizens. But the world considers  Christian judgment to be biased, judgmental and  intolerant." 
AG to Investigate Planned Parenthood’s Teaching Teens S&M Sex, Gagging
The Colorado Attorney General says he will  investigate a shocking video that busted the  Planned Parenthood abortion business, where its  staffers are teaching teenagers about S&M-based  sexual relationships and concepts such as  gagging, whipping and asphyxiation.  In a series of undercover audits, Live Action  investigators documented Planned Parenthood  counselors and nurses advising our investigators,  who the Planned Parenthood staffers thought were  minors, on how to practice torture sex.
Prime Minister David Cameron Calls on Britan to Rise to the Challenge of “Monstrous” ISIS
In a sobering message, British Prime  Minister David Cameron issued one of the most  challenging calls to the West yet about the threat  of ISIS to western democracies  Comparing the current situation with ISIS to  Hitler in pre-war Europe, Cameron said "Islamic  militants in Iraq are planning to attack us here in  the UK," and insisted the United Kingdom must  help defeat them before it was too late.  In the Sunday Telegraph, Cameron was  quoted as saying, "If we do not act to stem the  onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist  movement, it will only grow stronger until it can  target us on the streets of Britain. "We are in the middle of a generational  struggle against a poisonous ideology," wrote  Cameron, "which I believe we will be fighting for  the rest of my political lifetime … Already [ISIS]  controls not just thousands of minds, but  thousands of square miles of territory, sweeping  aside much of the boundary between Iraq and  Syria to carve out its so-called caliphate."  "This is a clear danger to Europe and to our  security," he concluded. "It is a daunting  challenge. But it is not an invincible one, as long  as we are now ready and able to summon up the  political will to defend our own values and way of  life with the same determination, courage and  tenacity as we have faced danger before in our  history. That is how much is at stake here; we  have no choice but to rise to the challenge." 
By the time you read this article, you've undoubtedly  had the pleasure of celebrating Resurrection Sunday or as  many still call it Easter Sunday. Perhaps you donned yourself in  your Sunday best and attended church for the first time since  last "Easter." If you really knew the meaning of  Easter—Resurrection Sunday, I guarantee you your outlook on  life would drastically change.     Recently I saw the movie "The Son of God."                           I read my Bible often, so I  was  able to follow along                    quite well. What became clear was the diseased                   hearts of the religious leaders.  They had no idea                       that Jesus was God clothed in flesh. They were                                                         blinded by their own traditions that they couldn't                            see Him with the eyes of their heart; that He not                            only was whom they were awaiting (the Messiah,                               their King), but that He would reconcile man back to                            God. In John 3:17, Amplified version, the author                           says,  “For God did not send the Son ...
By Juanita Weiss   l   The Church Guide
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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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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 noticed that the enemy loves to keep us paralyzed by stirring up our emotions?  After all, you might say, I can’t help how I “feel.” Some of his favorite ingredients for cooking up disaster in your life are fear, anxiety, and depression. If you find worry and depression are                   ruling your day, it’s time for you to have a total turn-             around in your emotions! In the dictionary, anxiety is defined as “a                     state of being uneasy, apprehensive, or worried                    about what may happen.” The key word here                                        is may! The enemy tries to get you to worry                            about what “may” happen. His job is to try                                  and put doubt in your mind about God and                              His ability to handle your situation. Fear                                      and depression seep into the lives of God’s                           precious people because they are worried                                about what “may” happen—as if worrying ever                           prevented bad things from happening. READ DANETTE’S COLUMN
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