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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
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ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE -
Living Without Frustration
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
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. . .
Copyright 2014 The Church Guide
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...
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?"
“That I may publish with
the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy
wonderous works.” Psalm 26:7
A FRIEND OF
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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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
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.
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
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