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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  place." 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 Marriage Rulings
Churches Sign Up for “.Church” Domains
The Christian Examiner
The ".Church" domain has been  successfully adopted by congregations across  the United States after becoming available last  week. "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,  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 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."   
By Danette Crawford  l  The Church Guide
CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT Total Turn Around in Your Marriage and Relationships
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE Are You Content With Your 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 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  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
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 Less Conservative?
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  their elders. 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Home Schooling Skyrockets in North Carolina: More Kids Now Taught at Home than in Private Schools
By Teresa Neumann    l    Breaking Christian News
New figures posted in the News Observer  reveal that there are 98,172 home-schoolers in  North Carolina.   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  report.  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." 
Virginia’s Abortion Development ‘Terrifying’
With the latest ruling from Attorney General  Mark Herring, the Virginia Assembly may need to  visit the subject of protecting underage girls from  predators.  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,"  Turner laments.  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  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. . .
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  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...."
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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 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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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
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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).
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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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