You Can Kill My Body, But Not My Soul': 
Christian Refuses to Convert to Islam in Face of Death
....Last month, a number of Christians fled Gwoza and the surrounding villages as Boko Haram attacked neighborhoods with explosive devices, fire bombs and assault rifles. Approximately 100 people lost their lives in the attack. Among those who fled was John Yakuba, who lives with his family in the predominately Christian village of Attagara in Northeast Nigeria. Yakuba fled to a refugee camp in Cameroon, but when it seemed that his family faced starvation there, he returned to the village to see if he could retrieve some of his livestock...However, when members of Boko Haram spotted Yakuba entering his house to gather a few other belongings left behind, they captured him and attempted to force him to become a Muslim. “You must convert to Islam or else you will die a painful death,” they threatened.   MORE
 Tim Challies: Five Things You Must Do To Protect Yourself Online
A couple of years ago an unknown person hacked my GMail account....This event and a hundred headlines convinced me of the need for better security. Recent news stories have once again shown the importance of properly securing accounts, apps and services behind best practices. Here are 5 steps you need to take to protect yourself online.   MORE
FRIDAY-SATURDAY I SEPTEMBER 19th-20th
False Christs Arising Worldwide Claiming to Be Second Coming of Jesus
A number of false Christs have been arising in various nations worldwide, claiming to be the second coming of Jesus. While many are following these self-proclaimed Messiahs, some are speaking out against their cults, being mindful of Christ’s words in Matthew 24:5, “For many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ,’ and shall deceive many.”
Pro-Life Leaders Furious Over Obamacare Abortion Funds
Outraged lawmakers and pro-life leaders gathered outside the U.S. Capitol building Thursday to demand Congress put an end to Obamacare's massive funding of health care plans that pay for abortions They pointed out past laws specifically forbid this, but Obamacare is ignoring that legislation and the president's own promises that no taxpayer dollars would subsidize abortion.
Pastors in Iran Could Face Death Penalty
Three pastors in Iran are facing charges that could lead to the death penalty for activities in the house-church movement in an unprecedented crackdown on converts from Islam, according to human rights groups.
 Iranian authorities recently filed charges against Silas Rabbani, assistant pastor in a Church of Iran group in Karaj, for “Mofsed-fel-arz” or “spreading corruption on Earth,” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Authorities previously charged Behnam Irani, lead pastor of the church, with the same offense. The exact date when each pastor was charged is not publicly known, but information about each pastor leaked out of Iran this month...   MORE
University Reverses to Allow Team's Cross Decals
The Arkansas State University football team can celebrate a major victory for free speech and religious liberty. The university is now allowing football players to remember their fallen colleagues with memorial cross decals on their helmets after initially banning it. One of the young men being remembered by the football team was Markel Owens, a former player at ASU who was killed in a robbery.
Ancient 'Moon God' Monument Unearthed In Israel
 A 5,000-year-old stone structure in the shape of the crescent moon in northern Israel has been identified to be an ancient monument, predating much of the construction of Stonehenge in England and Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The structure, known as Rujum en-Nabi Shua'ayb, is located near the Sea of Galilee. 
Nearly 20 States Now Reporting Enterovirus D68 Outbreak
Cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) are exploding all across the country with nearly 20 states reporting dozens of cases. The outbreaks are growing so quickly that the Centers for Disease Control are lagging far behind announced cases.
Atheist Group Makes Air Force Accept Enlistment Oath Without 'So Help Me God'
The Air Force said Wednesday it has joined the other military services in allowing its members to take their enlistment or officer appointment oaths without including "so help me God."  The change was prompted by an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, who crossed out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment documents. The previous policy had required that the four words be included, so the case was...
‘Kill the Christians’ Call at Australia Church
Church goers in Sydney’s west have been left shaken after a stranger shouted death threats from a car bearing the Islamic State flag. The car drove past Our Lady of Lebanon Church at Harris Park on Tuesday and witnesses claim it had a flag similar to those brandished by Islamic State jihadists hanging out the window.
Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Attack Nigerian College, 15 Dead
Fifteen people were reported dead from the attack and another 35 were injured. 
Football Coach Claims He Was Fired for Refusing to Stop Team Members From Praying
A public school football coach is claiming he was terminated from his position for allowing players at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona, to pray before and after games.
Cheerleaders at Tennessee High School Take a Stand for Pre-Game Prayer
Cheerleaders at a high school in Tennessee have found a way to put prayer back into the pre-game period of athletic events in the face of a recent decision by school officials to replace the prayers with a moment of silence. According to reports, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association instructed schools two years ago to discontinue offering prayers over the sound system prior to athletic events. But officials at Oneida High School defied the order and kept praying.
Satanist Group in Orlando Plans to Provide Public School Students with Activity Books
 A Satanist organization in New York is planning to distribute activity books to children in Orange County, Florida public schools. The books, provided by The Satanic Temple, feature a variety of activities that are intended to teach children about Satanism and counteract the teachings of Evangelical Christians in the region. 
Is ISIS Trying to Assassinate Pope Francis?
Pope Francis will still travel to Albania this weekend despite warnings from Iraq's ambassador to the Vatican that there are clear assassination threats coming from Islamic State militants.
Evolutionist Bill Nye Ready to 'Go to Hell' Over His Beliefs
Bill Nye, best known as "The Science Guy," came face-to-face with one of the most articulate creationists in our land and has concluded that even if it means going to hell, he will believe what he believes.
10 Things You Need to Know About Biometrics Technology
From using facial detection  to spotting an online fraudster, the art of identification is getting more sophisticated.
Nightmare Continues for Family of Freed Prisoner of Conscience in China
When Chinese authorities released Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng from prison on Aug.7, we didn’t hear anything from him, presumably because of the communist state’s one-year prohibition against him saying anything publicly that might “damage the reputation or interests of the state.”
Lawsuit: Taxpayer Funding of Common Core Unconstitutional
Two anti-Common Core activists in Missouri have joined in filing a lawsuit against state officials that challenges the state’s payment of taxpayer funds to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), one of the two federally funded multi-state groups that are developing tests aligned with the Common Core standards.
Denny Burk: What the Bible Teaches About Spanking
Christians need to be ready to engage this discussion in a biblical way, insisting on the protection of children from abuse while also pursuing biblical truth concerning discipline.
Eco Collapse Blog: Computer Models Tell Us
That This Ebola Pandemic Could Soon Kill Millions

We could potentially be on the verge of the greatest health crisis that any of us have ever seen.  The number of Ebola cases in Africa has approximately doubled over the past three weeks, and scientific computer models tell us that this Ebola pandemic could end up killing millions of us - especially if it starts spreading on other continents.
End of Am Dream: ‘ISIL Is Not Islamic’? Is Obama Completely Insane?
Barack Obama told the entire nation that “ISIL is not Islamic”.  Well, then what in the world are they?  Atheists?  And what is Obama going to try to convince us of next?  That the Pope is not Catholic?  Of all of Obama’s lies (and there certainly have been a lot of them), this one might take the cake. 
Matt Walsh: Joel Osteen and His Wife Are Heretics,
and That’s Why America Loves Them

In primitive times they burned heretics at the stake. Now we greet the blasphemers with applause and  book deals. I’m not sure if the latter response is any more enlightened than the former, but both are wrong.
Mark H. Creech: A Society's Soul--How to Tell Its Condition
What kind of people in pursuit of their own devices and selfish endeavors would destroy their own children – their own future?  How does our nation treat its children?
David Curry: A Warning Against Apathy
....But the destruction of religious viewpoints outside of their own—and of Christianity in particular—is the central tenet of ISIS' mission
Robert Dickie III: Economies Thrive On Hope, Not Jealousy
Poor people say the worst thing about their material conditions isn’t their material conditions.
David Marcus: Reports Of Adulthood’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Luckily for us all, most American men ignore The New York Times.
Art Rainer: How to Protect Your Church from Lawsuits
In today’s litigious society, no organization is exempt from a potential lawsuit, including the local church. Church leaders know the damage a lawsuit causes a church. Trust is lost. Reputation is tarnished. Often, a backlash by the surrounding community is felt, and not just by the involved church. Neighboring churches feel a portion of the weight as well. While lawsuits are not completely avoidable, here are guidelines to help prevent litigation:
Thom Rainer: Five Ways to Use the Offertory to Enhance Financial Stewardship
....Because of the number of times I have been in different churches, I can come pretty close to determining how healthy the financial stewardship of a congregation is just by listening and watching the time of offertory in a worship service. In most churches, that time has little meaning. Some people come to the front with offering plates, and someone prays. It’s mostly tradition and ritual. But in churches with very healthy giving relative to their demographics, something different takes place in the offertory. It is meaningful. It is engaging. And it makes a difference. Here are five ways I have seen it done well in a number of churches.
Paul Maxwell: How God Cares for Those Who Don’t
...“I don’t care” has become a parasite on something much more forceful: “That doesn’t matter.” Recently, apathy has thrown off its garments of unrespectability and taken the judgment seat of cultural prestige. “I’m not motivated” has been replaced with a bigger philosophical gun: “I’m not persuaded.” Self-indulgence now piggy-backs on self-involvement. We now face a bigger, badder “I don’t care.” It’s more complex. 
David Mathis: Is Secular the New Satanic?
Founded in New York just two years ago, the Satanic Temple is cutting paths across the country, acting as a religious group and aiming to undo supernaturalists in general, and Christians in particular. The group has done first-amendment rights demonstrations in Florida and Massachusetts and...
Michael Oh and Brett Rayl: Signs of Spiritual Awakening in Japan
Japan is known by many to be a difficult mission field. But for those who know missions in Japan well, the phrase “hard mission field” is merely a euphemism for a grimmer expression that was previously used about Africa, one that has been recently applied to Japan: “the missionary’s graveyard.” One would expect such a bleak designation to be used in reference to a land known for physical hardship or violent persecution, and there have been martyrs in Japan’s Christian history. That is not the case today, however. 
Stand To Reason: Christianity's Uniqueness
In reply to the critics who claim Christianity was just a copy-cat religion among the ancient religions, it's helpful to take a look at how an ancient adherent of these pagan religions viewed Christianity. The inherent uniqueness of Christianity was a scandal to many. Not only would Jesus' followers not worship other gods, they rejected the layers of intermediary deities. Christianity taught that we could approach God directly in Jesus Christ. This was utterly unique in the ancient pantheon of gods.
Simon Roberts: How To Read the Bible In Church
....But I’d like to suggest that there’s a whole lot more to reading the Bible than simply standing up front and saying the words. Just as we are no better off if we haven’t understood the Scriptures we have read, we’ve wasted our time reading the Bible aloud if no one has understood what we have said.
Christine Hoover: What People Who Are New to Your Church Want You to Know
....Until you are new, until you're a visitor, it's difficult to understand what it's like and to put yourself in a visitor's shoes at your church, but it's so important to try. A warm, welcome, and helpful environment is one of the most essential ingredients for a person to become a follower of Christ and grow within the church.
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THURSDAY I SEPTEMBER 18th
Ebola ‘Spiralling Out of Control’
BARACK Obama has pledged to send 3000 US military personnel to West Africa to stem the Ebola outbreak, described by the United Nations as a billion-dollar problem. Mr Obama’s military response is part of a heightened US role that will include erecting new treatment and isolation facilities, training health care workers and increasing communications and transportation support. “If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us,” Obama declared after briefings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kurdish Forces Taking Back Christian Villages as More Christians Join Fight
 Fighting continues across Iraq and Syria, as Kurdish forces attempt to force Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists out of the region and regain control. Christian Today reports that Kurdish forces are beginning to see some success, as seven Christians villages were taken back from ISIS authority. 
CNN: Christians In Eastern China Scramble
To Save Symbol of Their Faith
At a gray church on the outskirts of Wenzhou in eastern China, Christians from across the county keep a nervous watch. Some stand behind the iron gate; others sit just inside the church door. For more than two months they've waited, preparing themselves to protect the cross on top of their church. "If I have to, I am going to hold it in my arms and protect it," one elderly man says. "They have no right to tear it down, that is why we have to defend our church." Like many here, it's too risky for him to give his name. Wenzhou is known as the "Jerusalem of China" and throughout this year the local Communist Party authorities have demolished scores of churches and forcibly removed more than 300 church crosses.   MORE
Islamic State Magazine: ‘This Isn’t the Beginning, It’s the Apocalypse’
INSTRUCTIONS for invasion, boasting of killings and martyrdom, and apocalyptic predictions line the pages of Islamic State’s shocking magazine. Named after a town in northern Syria, flagged as the location of “Armageddon”, DABIQ is a professional-looking publication, and it’s disturbingly accessible. Three 50-page volumes of the extremist propaganda mag, used by the terror outfit to recruit and radicalise foreigners are available online and published in a number of languages, including English.
NFL Reportedly Tells QB to Remove Jesus Shirt
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was told to remove his "Know Jesus, Know Peace" t-shirt before a press conference, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Reporter Michael Phillips posted on Twitter that Tony McGee, a NFL uniform inspector made Griffin turn the shirt inside out because it wasn't a Nike product.
Gallup: Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low
....As has been the case historically, Americans are most likely to feel the news media are "too liberal" (44%) rather than "too conservative," though this perceived liberal bias is now on the lower side of the trend. One in three (34%) say the media are "just about right" in terms of their coverage...   MORE
Mideast Christians Urge Arabs to Lead Fight Against Islamic State
Middle Eastern Christian believers called on Muslim governments and religious authorities on Tuesday to condemn Islamic State for its assault on minority religious communities and to take the lead in efforts to destroy its power in Iraq and Syria. They told a news conference that the reaction so far from Arab countries had been “timid” to the militant group’s killings and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Christians in massacres against all religious and ethnic minorities.
In Ebola-Ravaged Liberia, Churches Serve as a Last Gathering Place
....Formal gatherings of any kind are discouraged in Liberia these days, because the lethal Ebola virus is spread by contact with other people’s body fluids, including sweat and saliva. In addition to the schools, most workplaces are closed. Sporting events have been canceled. But people in their best clothes could be seen everywhere in Monrovia on Sunday, heading to one place where they might find some solace together.
S.C.Pastor Gets Jail Time for Noisy Church
A Columbia pastor is serving jail time after his church repeatedly violated the city's noise ordinance.
Did Ted Cruz Deliberately Upend Middle East Christian Summit
With Pro-Israel Speech?
A number of news outlets, including conservative ones, are charging Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with deliberately upsetting Middle East Christians gathered at the inaugural summit of In Defense of Christians in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday, with some calling it a political stunt.
Daily Beast: Rick Warren’s Troubling Africa Mission
Is the megachurch pastor doing good in Africa—or cynically exploiting African leaders to enhance his position and spread a social conservative message that oppresses women and gays?
Brandon Smith: C. S. Lewis and Mere Christianity
the author takes readers behind the pages of Mere Christianity and into the World War II context of Lewis’s BBC radio addresses. This succession of talks appeared on the airwaves of a country embroiled in war.
Lolo Jones 'Crushed' Over 'Dancing with the Stars' Elimination,
Tweets 'I Need to Trust God'
Lolo Jones was the first contestant to be eliminated from this season of "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday night and the Olympian is relying on her faith to carry her through the disappointment.
Salon: The Cruelest Amish Hate Crime Ever Committed
A new book digs deep into a story that, for all its seeming quaintness, has the power both to rock the underpinnings of hate crime legislation and to break the human heart.
Calif. Convention Expels 'Third Way' Church
he California Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Board voted Thursday (Sept. 11) to withdraw fellowship from a church whose pastor says he believes homosexual acts are not always sinful.
Europe After Secularization: What Future Has Christianity on the Continent?
In Western Europe, politics and the media are still dominated by the liberal mentality that prevailed among European intellectual elites for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and gave rise to various versions of the "theory of secularisation." Some of those theories assumed, in the light of the changing role of the major Christian churches in certain European countries, the gradual decline or even rapid extinction of religion throughout the world. Others did not go that far, and simply maintained that religion had shifted out of the public into the private sphere. Either way, the assumption was that the process was irreversible.    MORE
Satanists Handing Out Religious Literature at Schools
The Satanic Temple of New York City has been granted permission to pass out its literature to students in public schools in the Orlando, Florida, area after district officials declined to prohibit distribution of religious materials. So will there now be a huge new interest among students in the pentagram, the goats-head emblem and devilish rituals? Maybe not, according to one columnist.
Bill Walsh: The Gospel for Sweden
Over the years, the geographic focus of our theological famine relief mission has primarily been the Global South. Though growth in the number of believers in Asia, Africa, and South America has been strong in the last century, the lack of access to biblical resources is generally more pronounced.  We’ve also long been engaged in Europe through various publishing projects in English, Italian, French, Swedish, and other languages. The famine there takes a different shape, since the economic environment is much different. Nevertheless, the dearth of gospel-centeredness is still present. 
Dane Ortlund: What’s All This ‘Gospel-Centered’ Talk About?
Specifically, the gospel is the startling news that what God demands from us, he provides for us. How? In his own Son. The gospel is the message that Jesus Christ delights to switch places with guilty rebels...
Ross Douthat: The Middle East’s Friendless Christians
For decades, the Middle East’s increasingly beleaguered Christian communities have suffered from a fatal invisibility in the Western world. And their plight has been particularly invisible in the United States...
Dawn Perlmutter: Beheading Raises Islamic State Street Cred
The strategic advantages of our jihadist enemies.
Caroline Glick: Obama’s Self-Defeating Fight
Why the world thinks America is fighting to lose against Islamic State. 
Jack Cashill: Don't Blame the NFL
What the media rarely discuss, and then only gingerly, is how black NFL players have fared compared to young black men not in the NFL.
Daniel Allott: Ted Cruz’s Squandered Opportunity
When Senator Ted Cruz delivered the keynote address at last Wednesday’s inaugural In Defense of Christians Summit in Washington, D.C., he was expected to place a much-needed spotlight on the plight of the ancient and persecuted Christian communities of the Middle East. Instead, under the guise of supporting Israel, Cruz placed the spotlight squarely on himself, and by so doing inflicted untold damage to the cause of Christianity’s survival in the Middle East.
Joe Carter: The Poverty Problem is a Marriage Problem
If you’re out of work and can’t earn an income, it’s easy to slide down the economic ladder from working-poor to just plain poor. So it’s no surprise that the poverty rate in America has, since at least 1970, moved in sync with the unemployment rate...But around 2010, something seems to have changed.     MORE
Mark Tapson: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Inter-Faith Charade
Dr. Mark Christian confronts stealth Jihad in Omaha.
Glenn Fairman: Foreign Policy and Roosting Chickens
Obama’s chickens have come home to roost -- except that these birds are better described as black carrion auspiciously returning to pick clean a morbid foreign policy’s carcass. 
Michael Curtis: President Obama, This Is the Islamic State
A primer on exactly what we're up against.
Mark Judge: Don Draper and the Death of God
....In fact, the distance from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye to Knocked Up and Girls is not a quick ride, but a chasm.
Thom Rainer: Six Major Implications of the Growth of Multisite Churches
It is one of those topics that almost always engenders lively discussion. Some church leaders are incredibly and positively excited about the multisite church movement. Others view the movement with many questions if not some level of suspicion. But recent studies tell us that we should not ignore this movement. 
Jason Helopoulos: Why Not Sin?
As a Christian, why not sin? We could give a myriad of answers to that question. However, the best answer is in Romans 6. Paul could have talked about the misery that sin brings, the pain that it inflicts upon others, the consequences which flow from it, or the penalty that Christ had to pay for it. But that is not where he first turns. He wants Christians to understand that we cannot easily entertain sin, because of our identity.
Owen Strachan: 10 Ways to Exercise Christlike Headship
Few words are more invested with meaning than the term “headship.” It’s a Christological and theological term that is grounded in Ephesians 5:23, which reads “For the husband is the head [Greek kephale] of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.” This is the preeminent statement in all of Scripture on what a husband is and is to be.
Tony Reinke: God’s Beauty for the Bored, Busy, and Depressed
To escape our bondage to sin, we must come alive to the glory of God in Christ. He’s our only hope. On this theme, theologian Jonathan Edwards was a master. He discovered God’s glory and beauty all over Scripture, and he centered his understanding of the Christian life there.
J. Mack Stiles: How Should We Define Evangelism?
....For example, a housewife meeting with a friend over coffee may be evangelizing, while a brilliant Christian apologist speaking to thousands in a church sanctuary may not be. Few see it this way, but that’s because we have false understandings of what evangelism is. Defending the faith is a fine thing to do, but it is easy to give apologetics for Christianity without explaining the gospel—and we cannot evangelize without the gospel.
T.J. Addington: The Media and Christian Ministries
I have watched with sadness the travails of a large church and famous pastor over the past year or so. It has been my desire that they would get their act together for the sake of the church as a whole. One of the interesting facets of the saga has been the charge that the media has been used to create undo attention to the charges against the senior pastor and that dirty laundry should not be aired in the secular media. Even I was chastised for suggesting on Facebook that I wished the parties involved would get their act together...
Jon Bloom: New Every Morning, New Every Moment
Every single moment is new. Every moment is a completely unique creation by God the Father through God the Son who is upholding the universe at that moment by the word of his power. Never is a moment neglected. Never is a moment repeated.
Randy Alcorn: What Languages Will We Speak In Heaven?
Revelation 7:10 says, “They cried out in a loud voice.” This singular “voice” implies a shared language. This could be a trade language, Heaven’s equivalent to Swahili or English, second languages that many know in addition to their native languages, allowing them to communicate. Or the common language could be our primary one. It may be a universal language God grants us without our having to learn it. If he wishes, God could allow us to understand all languages even if we can’t speak them.
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WEDNESDAY I SEPTEMBER 17th
Nigerian Christians: We Are On the Run
 What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria, a Nigerian cleric says. For Rev Samuel Dali, recent territorial gains made by Boko Haram in the northeast, signal the end of his home and of the church in that part of the country, Africa’s most populous. ‘‘The news is really bad. When they attacked our hometown, we decided to vacate the place. In Michika and surrounding areas, soldiers were running away. Some of them were killed or wounded and lot of people were also running for their lives,” Rev. Samuel Dali, President of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, saidr as he was on the run, metres from the Cameroon border.
ISIS, in Magazine, Warns of 'Armageddon' Against US, West
An Islamic State (ISIS) magazine called Dabiq has warned that the United States and other Western “crusaders” are facing Armageddon at the hands of the terror group’s fighters. The Islamic State,... also employs Dabiq to promote its violent campaign to defeat the “Romans” or “crusaders” from the West, who are symbolized by photos of ...Obama and ... John McCain. 
CBN News: Obama Overreach Causing
a Constitutional Crisis?
President Barack Obama has often threatened that if Congress won't pass laws he wants or feels are needed, he'll go ahead and act on his own. He's now made good on that threat so many times, protests are rising that he's throwing America's constitutional system off-balance. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told CBN News he's worried the president is changing laws by himself in ways the Constitution says only Congress is allowed to do. "He is overreaching in a multitude of ways," the congressman said, and then pointed to the massive law legislating Obamacare. "There are dozens of examples. Obamacare itself. He has now in 40 different matters changed Obamacare."   MORE
Bush 2006: World War III Coming If ‘Caliphate Capitol’ Established In Iraq
On September 5, 2006, then-President George W. Bush gave a speech headlined “U.S. Foreign Policy and Terrorist Threats” to military officers about the “stages” of the third world war which would be begun by the establishment of a “caliphate” if America was to abandon the fight in Iraq. He warned radical Islamic jihadist, at the time lead by Osama bin Laden, were planing to “expel Americans” and create a “caliphate capital’ in Iraq.   MORE
Attorney: University Broke Law by Banning Crosses on Football Helmets
Arkansas State University violated the law when it ordered football players to either remove or modify crosses they had affixed to their helmets, a prominent religious liberty law firm alleges. The cross decals were meant to memorialize former player Markel Owens, who was killed in January, and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, who was killed in a June car crash.
Man Challenges Belgium’s Euthanasia Law after Mom’s Death
Tom Mortier is taking Belgium to Europe’s highest court for allowing doctors to euthanize his depressed mother and waiting to notify him until the next day. Euthanasia killings in Belgium and the Netherlands have spiked in recent years, especially for people with mental illness or depression, and the elderly who don’t want to go to nursing homes. Godelieva De Troyer died April 19, 2012, at the hands of an oncologist—not her psychiatrist of 20 years, who refused to say her depression was untreatable.
Rare Respiratory Illness Confirmed In 10 States, Expands to New York, Alabama
The rare and severe respiratory illness sickening children around the country has expanded to new states, and health officials believe there could also be unconfirmed cases in other places. These children — and it has only affected children so far, for reasons we explain here — are suffering from enterovirus 68, an uncommon virus strain that can cause severe breathing problems. Alabama and New York are among the newest states with...
Police Incite Public to Film British Street Preacher's 'Offensive' Gospel Remarks
....Overd says he is compelled to preach the good news of the gospel when he sees groups of people gathered together, and he has evangelized in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and currently in Taunton, near where he and his wife now live. "My preaching is challenging because I tackle sin head on, but I take care not to be offensive, and I use a small amp box  so I can be heard but don't have to shout loudly," explains Mike.
School Orders Girl to Remove ‘Virginity Rocks’ Shirt
Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Thats the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her moms surprise when she got in trouble at school. 
School Bans 'Offensive' Chick-fil-A Sandwiches
Feathers have been ruffled at California's Ventura High School, where the principal last week banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be offended.
South Carolina Pastor Receives Jail Time for Church Service Noise Complaints
 A South Carolina pastor is behind bars for repeatedly violating the city’s noise ordinance. According to WLTX TV, Columbia police officers have been called to Rehoboth United Assemblies Church more than 50 times due to noise complaints.  Reportedly a majority of the complaints came from one neighbor. 
Government Report: Obamacare Funds Abortions
A new government report confirms what pro-life advocates have long feared: President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law allows for taxpayer-funded abortions. In a report to Congress, the Govern- ment Accountability Office found 28 states with no laws restricting health plans that limit abortion coverage.
Hoover: What Jesus Might Say About Social Media
We are moving quickly into a day when life is real only as it's captured on social media. A milestone is not momentous unless a picture is posted on Instagram, a life circumstance is not fully experienced until it is discussed on Facebook, and an event isn't fun or meaningful unless it has a cute hashtag. We read 140-character philosophies or follow links to blog posts and articles, but how often do we--do I--evaluate what is said rather than consider how it might actually apply to the deep recesses of my heart? ...Which led me to consider what Jesus might say about social media. Like most things, social media is a fairly neutral medium, but it's a medium that reveals our hearts so accurately. Social media has been a source of discontentment, pride, comparison, and envy; it's revealed my heart.     MORE
Yes, the Bible Is Constitutional, Attorneys Assure Penn State
"By allowing Bibles to be placed in their guest rooms, Penn State was not unconstitutionally promoting religion to guests but was merely serving its guests' needs and desires..."
Facing Death, Sudan Mom Says She Relied on Faith
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to convert to Islam, says she relied on her Christian faith throughout her ordeal.
Navy SEAL's Amazing Survival: 'God, Get Me Home'
 Navy SEAL Sr. Chief Mike Day had never been shot before, but that changed dramatically one night in April 2007.
Al Qaeda terrorists shot Day more than two dozen times.
Brutally Murdered Nuns Laid to Rest in the Congo as Investigation Continues
 Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Thursday (Sept. 11) in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid heightened calls for action about their death.
Peter Rosenberger: Seven Danger Signs for Caregivers
Despite all their skills, blinding speed and apparent competency, all caregivers suffer from the same challenge: What they do is unsustainable. It's simply a matter of time before a caregiver's body, emotions and/or their wallet will break down.
At Least 41 Dead in Nigerian Church Guest House Collapse
The number of people killed in the collapse of a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of one of Nigeria's best-known Christian evangelical pastors rose to 41 on Sunday, rescuers said, as they worked to clear the wreckage. The five-story building in the Ikotun neighborhood of Lagos collapsed on Friday, and Farinloye said some 130 people had been pulled out alive with varying degrees of injury.
Raymond Ibrahim: Beheading Infidels -- How Allah ‘Heals the Hearts of Believers’ 
To understand why the Islamic State not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks their corpses—and all to sadistic laughter—one need only turn to the Koran and deeds of Islamic prophet Muhammad. The Koran exhorts believers to “Fight them [those who oppose Islam], Allah will torment them with your hands, humiliate them, empower you over them, and heal the hearts of the believers, removing the rage from their hearts” (Koran 9:14-15).   MORE
Tony Perkins: Is ISIS Truly Muslim or Not?
The reality is, our military is about to put their lives on the line, and they need a strategy driven by national security—not political correctness.
Daniel Greenfield: Can Republicans Win in a Post-Family America?
The end of marriage will lead to big government.
Carol Brown: The Mysterious Moderate Muslim
Throngs of people claim that most Muslims are moderate and do not condone violence. How do they know that?
Daniel Greenfield: A Christian Federation in the Middle East
Middle Eastern Christians have to stop thinking like a minority.
Michael Brown: An Appeal to Joel and Victoria Osteen
...The big problem is that you haven't told them what their sins are, and you haven't told them what real repentance is. And  you can't possibly assume that all of them understand the meaning of sin and redemption and repentance. 
Robert Spencer: The War at Home
A Muslim serial killer in America. 
David Murray: The Why of Note-Taking
Note-taking begins with a big question: ”Why?” Why take notes in lectures? It may seem an easy question with an obvious answer but once you ask it, you’ll realize that there are a few possible answers and that your answer will determine how you take notes. Lets ask three students why they take notes:
Tim Challies: Why Curious People Don't Get Bored
....There were two weeks left in summer vacation. Two of my kids were sprawled on the couch in dejected boredom, wishing they could just watch a little more Netflix or play a little more Flappy Bird. One of my kids was wide-eyed, staring into the pages of a book. And it occurred to me: Curious people don’t get bored. People with a deep sense of wonder don’t get bored. People with a deep desire to appreciate the world around them and to learn its secrets—these people have developed a resistance to boredom.
Alcorn: Can It Be Heaven If People Are Aware of Anything Bad On Earth?
Many maintain that those in Heaven cannot be aware of people and events on Earth because they would be made unhappy by all the suffering and evil; thus, Heaven would not truly be Heaven. I believe this argument is invalid. After all, God knows exactly what’s happening on Earth, yet it doesn’t diminish Heaven for him.
Murray Campbell: The Drama of Preaching
...In short, preaching is a visual demonstration of God ruling his church. The very nature of preaching (monologue, authoritative, speech) is a public demonstration of God ruling (teaching, correcting, rebuking, encouraging, training) over his people (God is saving a people, not simply individuals). 
David Potter: The Historical Credibility of the New Testament, Part 2
In my last post, I introduced, Diane, a sincere inquirer about the historical credibility of the New Testament. Diane, a fifth generation Mormon who graduated from Brigham Young University, had good cause to doubt the Book of Mormon, and she wondered if the New Testament was equally dubious. The earlier post dealt with the external evidence for the Gospels. In this post I will talk about internal indications that the Gospels are just what they seem to be: accounts of the life of Jesus written within forty years of His crucifixion and resurrection.
Erik Raymond: Help for Those Who Feel 'Disconnected' at Church
It is a common phrase spoken by Christians and wrestled with by pastors, “I don’t feel connected at church.” The pastoral burden is for all Christians to be thriving in and through the ministry. When we hear something like this we immediately go into “fix-it” mode. Often times we even attempt to construct some structure around the person to help them feel connected. But what if this didn’t help anyone? What if the problem wasn’t the ministry but the individual? What if the disconnection we feel is actually the consequence of selfishness?*
T.J. Addington: Signs of a Toxic Ministry Leader
Yes, they do exist, and in too many places. Ministry is a place where almost anyone who has some skill can set themselves up for leadership in some manner. And in ministry, we often seem to give toxic leaders a pass because they preach well or because in the name of "grace" we are afraid to call them on what is candidly just bad behavior. Here are some signs of toxicity in ministry leaders.
 Tony Reinke: God’s Beauty for the Bored, Busy, and Depressed
To escape our bondage to sin, we must come alive to the glory of God in Christ. He’s our only hope. On this theme, theologian Jonathan Edwards was a master. He discovered God’s glory and beauty all over Scripture...
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....The business of Christianity is not to improve the world. No! it is to take men out of the world, to save them from it, and to form this new realm, this new kingdom, and this new humanity. We must get hold of that idea. It is not a kind of Christianisation of the world that is taught in the Bible. People are to be taken out of it, to be separated from it, and to be translated into a different position. Peter puts it like this in the second chapter of his First Epistle: "Who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." The Lord takes us out of Egypt, and puts us into Canaan!     MORE
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....We are about to look into something which is so glorious and endless that it will be the theme of contemplation of all the saints, not only in this world, but also in the world which is to come. We shall spend our eternity in gazing upon it, and wondering at it, and in being astounded by it. But it is our business to start upon this here and now in this life. Indeed this is a characteristic of love at all levels; it delights in thinking not only of the object of its love, but also of the love it receives. Nothing therefore should give greater joy to all God's people than to meditate upon this love of Christ. Indeed, our chief defect as Christians is that we fail to realize Christ's love to us. How often have you thought about this? We spend time thinking about our activities and our problems, but the most important necessity in the Christian life is to know Christ's love to us, and to meditate upon it. MORE
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...“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”—“depend on Me for what you need; look to Me for what you need, and do not take the advice of those brokers, or any other such agents, but consult the Lord”—“lean not unto thine own understanding.” Do not suppose because you have had a good deal of experience, or another person has had a good deal of experience, that that is all which is needed; but betake yourself to the Lord under all circumstances, at all times, under all difficulties, and seek His advice and counsel. Now this has been my habit (it was not my habit for the first two years after my conversion), but it has now been for 69 years my habit to act according to this, and the result is that all has been going on well with my affairs. I have never been allowed to bring myself into difficulties on account of such matters, because I have not trusted in my own experience, but have trusted in the Lord.  MORE
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....Jesus set limits to his activity, and beyond those limits no man ever persuaded him to go. One day his brothers wanted him to go to Jerusalem and make an impression on the big men there, but he refused to listen to their exhortation, telling them that they might go any time they chose, but that it was different with him. He could not go until it was time for him to go, until his work compelled him to go. He could not go until his hour had come. When the hour arrived he set his face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem. All along the way men tried to divert him, but he could not be diverted, to Jerusalem he must go...Men all around him have the enjoyment of large liberty. They wander hither and thither, going whithersoever they wish, but it was not so with him.  He could not dissipate his energy, he could not waste a single hour. It was always, "I must," "I must," "I must." There were broad roads on his right and left, and along these roads thousands were traveling, but he could not go with them.     MORE
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AMERICA'S GREATEST NEED  4TH OF JULY SERMON INDEPENDENCE DAY
In these days of national strife and international confusion, when the seeds of hatred are being cultivated in the hotbeds of communism and radicalism, let us throw back our shoulders, double up our fists, rough with the calluses of honest toil,and stand up for true, fundamental, godly Americanism. The Bible teaches patriotism, and patriotism was the light that burned in the hearts of the faithful in the midnight gloom of the dark ages.  It was the torch that lit the fires of the Reformation. It was the rock upon which Western civilization survives the onslaught of the Red Scourge, it will be Christian patriotism that will fuel the lamps of truth and provide morale for the fight for freedom. America has many privileges, but it also has great responsibilities. Our freedom was obtained at a great price. Our first responsibility is to God, but we are duty bound to our beloved country.   MORE
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....There is not a soul among us, no matter how seemingly indifferent or unconcerned, who is not at times —and these times come oftener and oftener with the advance of years—brought face to face with the problems of the reality, of the very existence of heaven. It is my purpose, God aiding, to bring to your minds, hearts, your souls some of the glorious, victorious truths about heaven, its citizens, its perfections, its conditions, and, perhaps most of all, to point out to you what you must do to get there; then to plead with you in all the passion of my soul that you put your feet by faith in the way of the cross that leads to God and to heaven. My outline is simple, brief, and, I hope, to the point. I know there is a heaven. I know what kind of place it is. I know I am going there.    MORE
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....There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. MORE
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....As Ahab goes walking through the rows of vines, he begins to plan how he will have that vineyard arranged by his royal gardener, how flowers will be here and vegetables yonder and herbs there. As he converses with himself, suddenly a shadow falls across his path. Quick as a flash Ahab whirls on his heels, and there, before him, stands Elijah, prophet of the living God. ..."And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?" and Elijah, without a tremor in his voice, his eyes burning their way into Ahab's guilty soul, answered: "I have found thee: because thou has sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord." Then, with every word a thunderbolt, and every sentence a withering denunciation, Elijah continued...     MORE
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...If the issues of life are determined by fate or chance, there are no foundations. In the one case we become the effortless children of apathy upon whom no responsibility devolves, our only consolation being the Oriental proverb, “Kismet.” In the other case we become the devotees of ephemeral pleasure with no higher watchword than, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Hence my theme today: The Providence of God is the Christian’s foundation. Under these - Fate, Chance and Divine Providence may be grouped all the theories and philosophies of life. There is no room for another classification.   MORE
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...ministers in all ages have found it necessary, frequently to remind their people of the terrors of the Lord, as so many powerful dissuasives from sin. But whence is it that men are so disingenuous? The reason seems to be this: The promise of eternal happiness is so agreeable to the inclinations and wishes of mankind, that all who call themselves Christians, universally and willingly subscribe to the belief of it: but then there is something so shocking in the consideration of eternal torments, and seemingly such an infinite disproportion between an endless duration of pain, and short life spent in pleasure, that men can scarcely be brought to confess it as an article of their faith, that an eternity of misery awaits the wicked in a future state.  MORE
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