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CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Love & War: A Reflection of the     Hamas/Israel Conflict
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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 ....
CHRISTIAN INSPIRATION Collector of Cracked Pots By Gene Markland   l   The Church Guide
One of my favorite movie heroes is Indiana Jones.  I love  to watch his adventures as he searches for artifacts from past  civilizations.  Real life archeologists sometimes search for years  to find only scattered pieces of pottery.  It’s amazing how  painstakingly they put all the shattered pieces together.  In many  instances they are able to completely reconstruct the pottery to  its original form.  Other than the obvious cracks, once the repairs are made,  it looks as good as new.  Once restored, a quality piece is  usually placed in a museum where it is illuminated by special  light and prominently displayed on a pedestal for all to see and  enjoy. But there are also private collectors of such treasures.   One day while praying in the Spirit, I saw such a place in a  vision.  I entered a large building, which was rather plain, and  followed a dimly lit carpeted hallway into a large room.  The room  was dark except for an area to the left, so I made my way there. 
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW NEWS America Must Have a        Great Awakening By Awakening America Alliance
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
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The Supreme Court granted opponents of  Virginia gay marriage a stay on Wednesday (Aug.  20), preventing same-sex couples from legally  marrying in the commonwealth while the court  continues litigation. The Virginia 4th U.S. Circuit  Court of Appeals had ruled on July 28 to permit  gay marriage, a decision that overturned the  commonwealth’s gay marriage ban.   Most Virginia officials were not shocked by  the high court ruling, as the Supreme Court has  made the same decision in January for the state  of Utah.   Michele McQuigg, the Prince William  County clerk of court applied for the stay in  Virginia. Her attorney Byron Babione said on her  behalf, "The Supreme Court acted wisely in  restraining the lower court from implementing a  ruling of this magnitude before the high court has  a chance to decide the issue.” The next term for the Supreme Court will  begin in October; the high court is expected to  make a decision on at least one of the pending  gay marriage cases. The three pending gay  marriage cases before the Supreme Court are  now Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.  
Barna: Many Pastors Wary of Raising ‘Controversy’
George Barna – research expert and  founder of The Barna Group – shared with  American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" about  new information he's compiling at American  Culture and Faith Institute over the last two years,  gauging where theologically conservative pastors  are at politically. "What we're finding is that when we ask  them about all the key issues of the day, [90  percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible  speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask  them: Well, are you teaching your people what the  Bible says about those issues? – and the numbers drop ... to less than 10 percent of pastors who say  they will speak to it." "So the thing that struck me has been that  when we talk about the separation of church and  state, it's that churches have separated  themselves from the activities of the state – and  that's to the detriment of the state and its people,"  stated the researcher. Why the disconnect? According to Barna,  the answer is simple. He suggests asking pastors  how someone would know if their church is  "successful" – which he did. "There are five factors that the vast majority  of pastors turn to [when asked that question]," he  explained. "Attendance, giving, number of  programs, number of staff, and square footage.  "Now all of those things are good  measures, except for one tiny fact: Jesus didn't  die for any of them," Barna continued. "What I'm  suggesting is [those pastors] won't probably get  involved in politics because it's very controversial.  Controversy keeps people from being in the seats,  controversy keeps people from giving money, from  attending programs. 
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 because, for moral reasons, they  cannot and will not include abortion-causing  drugs, sterilization and contraception procedures  in their private health insurance plans. 
Top Saudi Cleric says ISIS           is Enemy #1 of Islam, ‘Destroying Human Civilization’
Present conditions in the church and nation  demand united, decisive action. We need more  than one positive election ... one godly, Supreme  Court decision ... one good sermon series or one  significant, local church revival. America is  desperate for a change. Overall church attendance  is declining. An entire generation is emerging with  little understanding of absolute truth. The only  hope for change is in the spiritual climate of our  nation, and it begins at the grassroots level.  Founded following the infamous 9/11  terrorist attacks, Cry Out America is a grassroots  prayer initiative signaling that hope.  September 11, 2001 was a moment that  forever changed America. "It was a national event  which affected us all," stated Ashley Wilson,  former COA National Coordinator and current  pastor of Lifegate Church in Lexington, KY.  "It was the JFK assassination moment of  this generation," commented Dr. Billy Wilson,  founder of the Awakening America Alliance and  current Oral Roberts University President. 
By Dr. Belinda G. Moss  l  The Church Guide
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It seems there are very few people who are consistently  content with life. It’s more common to be up and down mentally  and emotionally, depending on what our circumstances are. So I  want to ask you: How content are you? Are you consistently  enjoying your life?   God loves us and has a good plan for our lives. Jeremiah  29:11 says His thoughts and plans for us are “for welfare and  peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome”  (AMP). And John 10:10 says Jesus “came that they may have  and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full,   till it overflows)” (AMP).  It was such a revelation for me when I                           realized that God wants me to enjoy my life now,                        and not just barely get by, hanging on until I get                           to Heaven. It was also a life-changing revelation                        when I understood that my joy and contentment                         don’t have to be based on my circumstances. In                        Christ, I can learn “how to be content                                   (satisfied  to the point where I am not                                 disturbed or disquieted) in whatever                                                 state I am” (Philippians 4:11 AMP).
Have you been taught all your life that it is wrong to have a high opinion of yourself? Many people misinterpret the Scripture that says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober                   judgment” (Romans 12:3), taking it to mean that they             should embrace low self-esteem and not develop a         positive self-image. They couldn’t be more wrong! Our heavenly Father wants each of His                     children to appreciate his or her worth. One                          reason is that our self-esteem affects our                        confidence, and our confidence affects our                       boldness—and we need Holy Ghost bold-                            ness to be effective witnesses for the Lord                               and to fulfill His call on our lives. If God                                    wants us to walk with healthy self-confidence,                                         it follows that the devil wants the opposite—he                        desires to steal our confidence, and his go-to                         tactic is to kill our self-esteem. READ DANETTE’S COLUMN
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Pope Francis Says Radical Islam Must Be Stopped
Pope Francis is giving his blessing on  efforts to stop ISIS terrorists from attacking  religious minorities in Iraq. (Photo via Wikipedia)  On Monday this week, while boarding a plane  from South Korea, Francis was quoted as telling  reporters that the world would be justified in  stopping Islamist militants in Iraq. According to a Thomson Reuters report,  the pontiff said, "In these cases [such as the  United States strikes against Islamic State  insurgents] where there is an unjust aggression, I  can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor." Francis said he's also considering visiting  northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted  Christians, but has not yet made a decision.
By Michael Gryboski   l   Christian Post
Saudi Arabia's top religious official has  recently denounced the Islamic State terrorist  organization, better known as ISIS.  Following the words of other Muslim  leaders, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-  Sheikh issued a statement Tuesday that was  released by the Saudi Press Agency. "Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism  which spread decay on earth, destroying human  civilization," said al-Sheikh, "are not in any way  part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam,  and Muslims are their first victims." The Saudi Grand Mufti's comments were  the latest of several Muslim leaders both religious  and secular, from Indonesia to Egypt, condemning  the actions and views of ISIS.  Formed out of al-Qaida in Iraq last year and  led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS has garnered  international attention for its military victories and  horrid atrocities.  Occupying large swathes of territory in  Syria and Iraq, ISIS has been known for its violent  treatment of religious minorities, Muslims, and  others.
Are African Americans Being Recruited by ISIS?
By Samuel Smith   l   Christian Post
Considering the social conflict between cops  and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, the terrorist  group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq  and Syria (ISIS) is using the strategic moment in  American history to recruit African-Americans to  join the Islamic State's jihadist movement.  Those fighting alongside ISIS, a globally  growing terrorist group in which U.S. Secretary of  Defense Chuck Hagel said was "as sophisticated  and well-funded as any terrorist we have ever  seen", have made no secret that they have vowed  to bring turmoil to America. ISIS members  promised to "divide America in two", while their  spokesman Abu Mosa promised to raise the flag of  Allah over the White House.  In the aftermath of the clash between  militant police forces and protesters in the St. Louis  suburb, the Washington Post reports that many  ISIS members see the Michael Brown shooting and  confrontation between black citizens and  government forces as confirmation that the terrorist  group's ideas of oppression and racism in America  are completely accurate.