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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
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
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
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
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
Love & War: A Reflection of the
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
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
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. . .
Copyright 2014 The Church Guide
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
By Eric Metaxas l BreakPoint
Religious freedom is the source of all of
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
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
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
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
"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
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-
Voting in Virginia … more harm than
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 IraqiNews.com, 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
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
A FRIEND OF
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.”
“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
“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
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