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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”  ....
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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. 
Followers of Jesus Christ are a wonderful people of faith.  Faith sustains us in difficult times. Our faith gives us hope, joy,  and a reason to live. As we study the Word of God we find many  blessed promises, which enrich our lives. With God’s promises  also come guidelines for living.  The Bible says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and  a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NLT).  In today’s culture, many people have the opinion that we  should live by our own standards, oblivious to the Word of God.  Some want the blessings of the promises of God, without  subjecting themselves to obedience to God. However, to truly be  happy and fulfilled, we must examine ourselves in the light of  God’s Word and live by it.   The stress and tensions of life becomes more unbearable  when lived in selfish disobedience to the Word of faith. Yet simple  submission and obedience to God’s Word relieves the stress that  disobedience, and today’s culture, imposes.
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wonderous works.”   Psalm 26:7
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Every word that comes out of our mouths has power in  it—creative or destructive, positive or negative. Proverbs 18:21  (AMP) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and  they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].” So  whether we murmur and complain or give thanks and keep a  positive attitude, we are feeding our body, mind and spirit. So if  you’re not enjoying your life, the best thing you can do is think  about what you’ve been talking about.  First Peter 3:10 says, “For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good—whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile                                 (treachery, deceit).” Our joy is connected to what                                                 we say. And one of the ways we can instantly                                                         increase our joy is to stop talking about all of our                                  problems. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “Do not be                              anxious about anything, but in every situation, by                                     prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present                                                  your requests to God. And the peace of                                                  God, which transcends all understanding,                                                               will guard your hearts and your minds in                                                 Christ Jesus.”
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By Eric Metaxas    l    BreakPoint
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Do you find that it is easier to walk by faith in every area except for your finances? Money can be the most difficult thing to surrender to God. We all have preconceived ideas of how God’s provision will be brought about for our lives. People who have grown up in government housing may unconsciously believe that their provision comes from the government. Working-class people generally believe that their                      provision comes from their paycheck. Business owners                      and investors often have the mind-set that their                            provision comes from their investments, their                              customers, or their savings. In reality, our provision comes from the                                   Lord. Your current income source is just a                                             means through which your provision is being                                     funneled. But you should never view your                                                         source as your provider. God is your provider,                                                  and His provision for you will be manifested when                                         you are in the right place, at the right time, with                                                             the right heart motive! Obeying the Lord is a secret key to financial freedom.