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Churches Sign Up for “.Church” Domains
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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 Overcoming Evil With Good 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
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. 
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 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 ...
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Pro-Lifers Slam Massive Fines Obama Wants on Faith Organizations Who Oppose HHS Mandate
PRO-LIFE GROUPS TO VOTERS: Come November, Remember the Lie
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],"  ... Large Print Bibles
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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  community. 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. 
Anne Graham Lotz: Church, It’s Time to “Rise Up!”
By Anne Graham Lotz “...If the Church doesn't wake up now and stand and fight there IS no Church in  America. This is the red line. It has been  crossed. When I read about this I  immediately thought, THIS IS RIGHT OUT  OF MY BONHOEFFER BOOK.”  So wrote Eric Metaxas on October 18. He is the author of the NY Times bestselling biography, Bonhoeffer, which describes the  heroic stand of one pastor against the rise  of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany. Eric  was voicing his outrage over what he had  just read concerning the subpoenas issued  by the Houston mayor’s office to five  Houston pastors. Mayor Parker has  demanded that the pastors turn over to her office their private papers in 17 different  categories, including sermons, “speeches,”  phone or private conversations that in any  way touch on homosexuality, the mayor  herself, and the city ordinance concerning  transgender people using public restrooms.  The subpoenas were clearly issued to  intimidate not just the 5 pastors on whom  they were served, but every pastor and  Christian leader in Houston and beyond.  The message was clear. If you oppose the  lesbian/bisexual/gay/transgender  community or agenda in any way, you will  pay. Eric further urged every Christian  leader to send the mayor a Bible. And  Governor Mike Huckabee has urged every  pastor to send her their own sermons. I agree with Eric Metaxas. The red  line has been crossed. Persecution of God’s  people has begun. In response to the  question the Lord voices in Psalm 94:16, I  want to answer clearly, I will!   Will you?
“Here We Stand, Black and White Ready to Go to Jail” Pastors United in Defense of Free Speech & Religious Rights
Hundreds of Michigan Pastors and  Christian leaders gathered on the steps on the  State Capital in Lansing, Michigan to hold a  press conference in opposition to the growing  movement within the Michigan Legislature to  amend the State's Civil Rights Act—Elliott  Larson—to include sexual orientation, gender  identity, and gender expression.  "We, the undersigned Christian Pastors  of the State of Michigan declare our opposition  to adding sexual orientation, gender identity or  other similar designation to the Elliott-Larsen  Civil Rights Act." -Pastor Doug Levesque,  Immanuel Baptist Church, Corunna, Michigan,  reading a pastor's joint statement.  The pastors said that legislation in orther  states that were allegedly intended to protect  homosexuals actually ended up ...
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.  The second example is the deconstruction  of marriage...  
Obama No Longer Believes Marriage Definition Should Be Left to the States
By Leonardo Blair   l   Christian Post
Although President Barack Obama previously  said the definition of marriage should be decided  locally, he now believes the U.S. Constitution  guarantees the right to same same-sex marriage in  all states. He also suggested that the Supreme Court's  decision earlier this month to not rule on same-sex  marriage is the hallmark of his tenure in an interview  recently published in the October 27, 2014 issue of  The New Yorker. In the interview, President Obama picked the  silence of the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage  when writer Jeffrey Toobin asked him to name the  best Supreme Court decision of his career.  "In some ways, the decision that was just  handed down to not do anything about what states  are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being  as consequential — from my perspective, a positive  sense — as anything that's been done," said  Obama. 
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  content. 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 haNotzri 
Muhammad and Islam’s Sex Slaves
By Raymond Ibrahim   l   Breaking Israel News
Once again, Islamic State Muslims are pointing to Islam in order to justify what the civilized world counts  as atrocities. According to an October 13 report in the  Telegraph:  Islamic State jihadists have given detailed  theological reasons justifying why they have taken  thousands of women from the Iraqi Yazidi minority and  sold them into sex slavery.  A new article in the Islamic State English-language  online magazine Dabiq not only admits the practice but  justifies it according to the theological rulings of early  Islam. “After capture, the Yazidi women and children  were then divided according to the Sharia amongst the  fighters of the Islamic State who participated,” the article  says. As for “theological reasons” for sex slavery  “according to the Sharia,” these are legion—from male  Muslim clerics, to female Muslim activists.   Generally  they need do no more than cite the clear words of  Koran 4:3, which permit Muslims to copulate with  female captives of war, or ma malakat aymanukum,  “what”—not whom—“your right hands possess.” 
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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Has anyone ever hurt your feelings? Maybe you found out somebody lied to you or you didn’t get the raise at work that you deserved, or maybe you were rejected or physically abused. Well, one of the most important things we need to learn is how to trust God and walk by faith when people don’t treat us the way they should. Our natural response is to get angry when we’re mistreated, and feeling angry is not wrong. But God’s Word reminds us that we shouldn’t return evil for evil or anger for anger. Have you ever noticed that being angry never                        makes anything better? I know because I used to                                        have a quick temper. In fact, I was angry more                                            than I wasn’t. Sometimes, I voiced my aggression,                                    and sometimes it was just seething on the inside of                                       me. The problem is, if we have unresolved anger,                                               we either explode or we implode; we either blow up                                          at somebody or we fall apart on the inside. And                                                a lot of times we take it out on a person who                                                             has nothing to do with what we’re angry                                             about. It’s just a miserable way to live.
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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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