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The Reality of Being More Than a
Conqueror in Life
By Joyce Meyer l The Church Guide
Copyright 2014 The Church Guide
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
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.
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How Can Churches / Ministries
Protect Themselves in the Wake
of the Supreme Court’s Gay
By Erik Stanley
By now, you have heard the U.S. Supreme
Court issued its long-anticipated decision that
imposed a 50-state same-sex marriage mandate.
Pastors and churches have exhibited a great
degree of uncertainty preceding this moment,
wondering what the effect will be on their
ministry. Now that the decision has been
released, we can respond with greater clarity.
Here are the immediate things you need to
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Supreme Court’s Same Sex
Marriage Decision is Judicial
Tyranny and ‘A Threat to
American Democracy’ ....
Expect a Wave of Christian
By Thomas More
June 26th, a committee of five un-elected
lawyers ignoring the expressed will of an
overwhelming majority of Americans, ruled that
the definition of marriage as the union of one
man and one women, which has existed for
thousands of years, is unconstitutional. In the
process the majority dispelled the concept “that
we are a government of laws, not of men.”
Four Justices wrote stinging dissents.
Justice Scalia wrote that the majority opinion is
“a threat to American democracy.” Scalia went
on: “This is a naked judicial claim to
legislative—indeed, super-legislative—power; a
claim fundamentally at odds with our system of
government…. A system of government that
makes the People subordinate to a committee of
nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be
called a democracy.”
Of the 35 States that voted on the issue
of same-sex marriage, 32 States opted to retain
the traditional definition of marriage. In fact,....
Ex-Lesbian Shares How She
Discovered Freedom in Christ
By Janet Boynes
Sometimes the hurt in our hearts cuts so
deeply that even hope seems impossible. I am
writing this because I have been at that place in my
life, where I felt I was without love and without hope,
and I want my story to be an example for all who feel
that they are in a similar place.
I know that love can be found and hope can
be renewed, but only if we turn to the One who truly
loves us. I want you to know God loves you! There
are no ifs, ands or buts. He loves you no matter who
you are, no matter what you've done, no matter
where you've been. Nothing will ever ever change
His love for you.
Do you know He sees your tears and cries
with you? He feels every hurt you endure as if the
pain were His own. The shortest verse in the English
Bible is one of the most powerful: "Jesus wept."
(John 11:35) Standing outside the tomb of his friend
Lazarus, the emotions spilled over, and Jesus
audibly cried. Jesus weeps with us. The tears prove
He cares. And in moments of personal or national
pain, knowing God cares is far more important than
knowing why He cares. He doesn't say buck up; be a
big boy; don't cry; or come now, it doesn't hurt.....
So What Do Christians Do
By Jim DeMint
Conservatives and Christians are reeling
after two outrageous decisions last week by the
Supreme Court. In one case they reinterpreted
Obamacare so that “established by the state”
magically meant “or the federal government.” In
another, they redefined marriage—even though
nothing in our Constitution gives the court the
authority to do that.
What do we do now?
The Obamacare case is the simpler of the
two when it comes to next steps. While the court
refused to enforce the plain meaning of the text,
Congress can still vote to repeal Obamacare
and replace it with patient-focused, market-
based healthcare reforms that will truly serve all
Americans. Obamacare remains unworkable,
unaffordable and unpopular. Congress must act
to repeal it.
Responding to the marriage decision will
be more complicated. It will require a
commitment to the long haul. This bad decision
cannot be remedied in any single bill, or vote or
election cycle—though all of those can certainly
soften the blow.
The problem is that right when American
citizens were in the middle of
crucially important deliberations
about marriage policy, five
unelected judges shut down that
democratic process and declared
the conversation closed....
40 Questions for Christians
Now Waiving Rainbow Flags
By Kevin DeYoung / Gospel Coalition
For evangelicals who lament last Friday’s
Supreme Court decision, it’s been a hard few
days. We aren’t asking for emotional pity, nor do
I suspect many people are eager to give us any.
Our pain is not sacred. Making legal and
theological decisions based on what makes
people feel better is part of what got us into this
mess in the first place. Nevertheless, it still hurts.
There are many reasons for our
lamentation, from fear that religious liberties will
be taken away to worries about social ostracism
and cultural marginalization. But of all the things
that grieve us, perhaps what’s been most difficult
is seeing some of our friends, some of our family
members, and .......
“That I may publish with
the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy
wonderous works.” Psalm 26:7
A FRIEND OF
Romans 8:37 says that Christians are “more than
conquerors” in this world. But do we really know what it means to
be more than a conqueror? I know it took many years for me to
learn what it means and how to live the victorious life Jesus died
to give us as believers.
I remember many years when I went to church faithfully
every week, yet my private life was pathetic. It was so frustrating
because I really loved God and was a born-again believer, but I
wasn’t experiencing victory over the problems in my life so that I
could really live for God and help people.
As I eventually grew in my personal
relationship with Christ and spent time studying
the Word, I came to understand what it means
to be more than a conqueror and how I could get
there. And if I can do it, so can you. To be more
than a conqueror means that before you ever
get a problem, you already know that what
ever problem comes your way, you can
overcome it through Christ.
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