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ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE - The Reality of Being More Than a Conqueror in Life By Joyce Meyer  l  The Church Guide
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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. 
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How Can Churches / Ministries Protect Themselves in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling?
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  know .....
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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 Persecution
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 Now .......
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 .......
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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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