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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  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 
By Danette Crawford  l  The Church Guide
CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT Total Turn Around in Your Finances
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE - Living Without Frustration 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 Is Your Faith Worth the Leap? By Gene Markland   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
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. . .
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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.  The second example is the deconstruction of marriage...  
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.
13 Gay Bakers Refuse Christian Cake Order
Theodore Shoebat, communications director  for Rescue Christians, recently completed an  experiment to determine if gay bakery owners  would fill an order for a cake that featured the  slogan “Gay Marriage is Wrong.”   Shoebat was inspired to complete the  experiment after hearing about a Christian-owned  bakery in Ireland that is facing legal action for  refusing to make a cake with a picture of Bert and  Ernie with the words “Support Gay Marriage.”    Charisma News reports that Shoebat called 13  bakeries that are owned by homosexuals and  asked them to make a “Gay Marriage is Wrong”  cake for a traditional marriage appreciation event.  All 13 bakeries refused the order and one owner  used foul language against Christians in response.    Shoebat said, "A Christian making a homosexual  cake with 'Support Gay Marriage' goes against his  faith and a homosexual putting 'Gay Marriage Is  Wrong' goes against his faith as well. Now of  course we honor their right to say no, this is not  the issue, but what about honoring the Christian  right to also say no?"
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We all go through times of frustration in our lives.   Frustration happens when we’re trying to do something in our  own strength—something that only God can do through His  grace in us. My personal definition of grace is “God’s power  made available to us free of charge, enabling us to do with ease  what we could never do on our own with any amount of struggle  or effort.” The truth is, our human effort can never bring the  changes that God’s amazing grace can bring.   The word “grace” has become so common in church or other religious settings that we sometimes forget its                           value in our life.  God’s grace really is amazing,                              and once you have a revelation of His grace in                                     your life, you’ll know just how amazing it is.  It is                                          the power we need to live an abundant life. And                                       His grace can do more in us in five minutes than                                               we could do in twenty-five years of living. In fact, we are saved by the grace of God through                                     our faith in Him. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it                                            is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor)                                                                  that you are saved (delivered from j                                                                    udgment and made partakers ....
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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 
Why Restricting Religious Freedom Endangers All Freedoms
By Eric Metaxas    l    BreakPoint
Religious freedom is the source of all of  our freedoms.  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  democratic inheritance.”  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.
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.
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Grant Norsworthy helps you bring a fresh, yet   ancient perspective to worship. Come hear about  practical and theological  components of worship.  Attendees will be equipped with new tools and  concepts  that will enable them to better facilitate the  sincere and passionate worship of God  through  songs. As part of the workshop, he is excited to offer  a limited number of band coaching  sessions with  Grant. This coaching is intended to give  encouragement to  participating bands and as well as feedback to other workshop attendees. Coaching   sessions are only available to bands that lead  congregational worship through music  and song.  Grant Norsworthy has vast professional experience  and success as a  band member with Paul Colman  Trio (PC3) and Sonicflood and has worked with   many other well-known CCM artists. $10 lunch option  available. Held at the  Williamsburg Community  Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg Click header to register.