National Review: Captured Islamic Manual 
Calls For Specific Attacks On America
President Obama may not have a strategy for defeating the Islamic State, but the Islamic State has a strategy for the U.S. In fact, that strategy is set out, in part, in an al-Qaeda manual recently translated for the benefit of the U.S. military. A guerrilla war proceeds in phases, according to Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin’s A Practical Course for Guerrilla War, a strategic and tactical guide to mujahideen intent on establishing “a pure Islamic system free from defects and infidel elements.” It was written after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The first phase is “attrition (strategic defense),” the time for carrying out attacks, “spectacular operations, which will create a positive impact.” The terrorists use the attacks as a recruitment tool and a morale boost for potential jihadis. Phase two is the time of “relative strategic balance,” when the jihadis build an army to hold territory that has....   MORE
Expert: ‘Imminent’ ISIS Threat To U.S. Power Grid
ISIS terrorists pose an “imminent” threat to the U.S. electric grid with the capacity to coordinate a devastating assault on our nation’s infrastructure, warned a leading homeland security and terrorism expert in a radio inter- view Sunday. Dr. Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards.  MORE
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Washington Post: Already the Worst Ebola Outbreak
In History, Strain Now Moving Into Africa’s Cities
....Ebola is now spreading from the remote provinces and into the teeming cities such as Freetown, where 1.2 million people jostle for space. Previous outbreaks had been limited to remote villages, where containment was aided by geography. The thought of Ebola taking hold in a major city such as Freetown or Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, is a virological nightmare. Last week, the World Health Organization warned that the number of cases could hit 20,000 in West Africa.
Court Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case
A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012. Festival-goers threw rocks and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet. 
New York Farm Yanks Wedding Ceremonies After $13,000 Court Fine for Refusing Lesbian Wedding
Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in New York, used to rent out their farm so couples could get married on the grounds. They will no longer offer such services because the state ruled they had to violate their Christian beliefs and allow same-sex weddings on their property.  The state had fined the Giffords $13,000 when they refused to allow a lesbian couple, Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, to be married on their farm in 2012. The Giffords were against a wedding ceremony for the lesbian couple but said a wedding reception would be permissible. The lesbians filed suit, citing discrimination. MORE
ISIS Laptop Reveals Project to Build Biological Weapons
Foreign policy said that the computer belonged to a Tunisian national who studied chemistry at two separate universities in his home country before leaving to join ISIS in Syria. The Syrian rebels who captured Idlib didn't know what was on the computer or what importance it may have and therefore passed it on to Foreign Policy reporters who initially thought that the laptop was empty. 
While Obama Ponders ISIS Action, UK's David Cameron Takes Charge
While Great Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short to deal with the Islamic State (ISIS) crisis, President Obama was golfing on Martha's Vineyard. While Cameron took action, raising Great Britain's terror threat to "severe," Obama told Americans "We don’t have a strategy, yet." So, while President Obama has spent Labor Day weekend raising money for Democrats, is it any wonder why some lawmakers and political analysts, including Red State's Erick Erickson are asking: "Can we borrow David Cameron?"
Lawmakers Urge ISIS Action: 'What is Obama Waiting For?'
Frustrated Lawmakers urged President Obama to launch stronger U.S. action against extremists in Iraq and Syria, with both Democrats and Republicans calling for a more aggressive strategy against the group known as Islamic State. "What is President Obama waiting for?" Rep. Peter King asked said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
Three Indiana Churches Vandalized With Islamic Graffiti Overnight
Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night. Some- one spray painted them on the outside. It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank. “It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!'” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted on Saint Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday. Parishioners saw that, along with the word "Qur'an 3:151" on their way into mass Sunday morning.
‘You Christians Need Beheading’: Jihadi Fighter Revealed as Former England Singer
A Muslim convert who goes by the name Umm Hussain al-Britani is thought to be Sally Jones, a mother from Chatham with an interest in “black magic” and witchcraft. Umm Hussain previously claimed she had wed computer hacker-turned jihadi Junaid Hussain after meeting online before the pair travelled to the Middle East to join with Islamic State....“You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at raqqa… Come here I’ll do it for you,” she wrote.
Senegal Ebola Case ‘a Top Priority Emergency,’ WHO Says
The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the gov't continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive...
Joel Osteen's Wife Accused of 'Blasphemous' Remarks    W/VIDEO
Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch minister Joel Osteen and co-pastor of the Houston, Texas, Lakewood Church is under fire for comments being called blasphemous during a recent Sunday morning service.
Medicare May Cover End-of-Life 'Death Panel' Talks 
Five years after the political firestorm over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback,  and may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare....
Islamist Militia Now Guards Deserted US Embassy in Libya
An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.
Saudi Religious Police Beat Up Briton
Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday.
Increasing Number Of Christian Singers Adopting Gay Theology
Another artist in the genre of contemporary Christian music has openly declared her homosexuality. Vicky Beeching, a talented worship leader from Great Britain, made the announcement one week ago to the dismay of many Christians who have enjoyed listening and worshipping to her music. Her songs, “Glory to God” and “Breath of Life”, are sung at worship services all around the world.
Glenn Fairman: Slouching Towards the End of History
The fashioning of the City of Man is always subject to that same fatal flaw: that men cannot read the tea leaves of their own natures and are infatuated with their own intoxicating brilliance.
Eco Collapse Blog: Wall Street Admits That a Cyberattack 
Could Crash Our Banking System at Any Time
Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day.  It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public.  But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat this growing problem.  The truth is that our financial system is not nearly as stable as most Americans think that it is.  We have become more dependent on technology than ever before, and that comes with a 
Rachel Alexander: I Can Destroy Your Reputation and Career in Two Minutes
There is a new form of cyberbullying out there and it is scary, because it could derail the professional career of any conservative - even those working in apolitical jobs. Slimy folks like “Busta Troll” are hijacking Facebook pages of conservatives, replacing the content with goats and anti-conservative messages. Some believe a goat is used because it is a Satanic symbol; many conservatives are targeted because of their Christian views.
Joanna Rosamond: When the Teleprompter Hits the Fan
Every public speaker will either acknowledge his audience’s right to freedom of opinion and expression or learn it the hard way. The last word always belongs to people...show the utmost respect or the highest finger.
Joseph Klein: Putin’s Unchecked Aggression
How to avoid Russia’s checkmate. 
Bob Unruh: Muslim Rape in Rotherham
Why British authorities failed to act on the long-term sexual abuse of 1,400 children by Islamic sex-slavery gangs.
Kevin Wade and Fay Voshell: The Incompetence of Leftist Ideology
History abounds with cases of bright people who have been zealously committed to wrong ideas...
Jon Gleason: 'The Houses of Ivory Shall Perish'
....Some read Amos and see the ivory as symbolic of a luxurious lifestyle.  They see his message as condemning those who enjoy luxuries when others have less.  But is this really what Amos is saying?  Certainly, Amos condemns those who oppress the poor, but is enjoying expensive things like ivory the same as oppressing the poor? When we look elsewhere in Scripture, ivory usually appears in a positive light.
Thom Rainer: Five Reasons Many Churches Are Not Growing Evangelistically
....The primary reason most churches are not evangelistic is because most pastors, staff, and church members are not evangelistic. Our theology may be sound. Our motives may be sound. But we are not personally evangelistic. Let me be clear before I start looking for specks in your eyes when I have a plank in my own eye.  I fail evangelistically too often. And I fail evangelistically because I fail to be evangelistic.
T.J. Addington: 'I Feel Like a Failure as a Leader'
....When we are not in our lane, and don't do well, the solution is not to work harder, longer or try to learn a new set of wiring. Rather it is to acknowledge how God created and designed us and get into a role that is inside the lane He designed us to play. When we work in the wrong lane we frustrate ourselves and those around us. 
Steve Caton: Staying in Ministry May Be Harder Than You Think
Working in ministry can be the most fulfilling and challenging thing that someone can do with his or her life. Every year thousands of people answer the call to be a full-time minister, yet all too often, they find themselves struggling with burnout and considering a career change. There are a few steps that can help leaders avoid...
Clint Archer: Communion on the Moon?
This is information is about forty-five years the wrong side of news; but it’s news to me. On July 20, 1969, moments after the lunar module, The Eagle, alighted upon the Sea of Tranquility, a solitary Presbyterian church elder celebrated the Lord’s Supper in reverent silence—on the Moon. Commander Buzz Aldrin had stashed a piece of bread, a capsule of wine, and a tiny silver chalice onboard the Columbia, and smuggled it into space with him. Before his historic walkabout, Aldrin requested a brief radio silence. He described the following...
Marshall Segal: Four Habits of a Happy Heart
Today’s happiness is not promised, and it refuses to be assumed. True happiness — the kind that really anchors, satisfies, inspires, and lasts — is not something to be taken for granted. It’s not a reasonable, predictable, effortless expectation, not even heading into the freedom and rest of the weekend. Happiness can be very hard work. If you’re honest, I really don’t have to convince you of that. You’ve tasted too many...
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Report: Islamic State Is Trying To Develop Biological Weapons
The Islamic State...is also trying to develop biological weapons , Foreign Policy reported, citing information found on a laptop computer seized from an IS operative. ...The laptop, belonging to a Tunisian operative of the Islamic State, named Muhammed S., with a background in chemistry and physics, included a 19-page document on developing biological weapons and weaponizing the bubonic plague. 
Fla. Sch. District Replaces Chaplains With ‘Life Coaches’ Following Atheist Complaint
A Florida school district has decided to replace its use of local pastors as high school football chaplains and replace with the position with life coaches following a complaint from a prominent atheist organization.
UK Daily Mail: Al Gore's Myth of an Arctic Meltdown
The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.   MORE
Fox News: Is There a Microchip Implant In Your Future?
You can inject one under your skin and no one will ever notice. Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life. Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they’re appropriate for people, but the implants could offer several advantages. For soldiers and journalists in war zones, an implant could be the difference between life and death. A tracker could also help law enforcement quickly locate a kidnapped child.      MORE
Federal Court Upholds Ten Commandments Monument as
Being Historical, Not Religious Display
A Ten Commandments monument in North Dakota does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause as it serves more as a historical display than a religious one, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this past week. The monument had been donated over 50 years ago by the Fraternal Order of Eagles and sits in Fargo’s Civic Plaza, a public location in the city. Since 2002, the Red River Freethinkers have been fighting against the presence of the monument, asserting that it serves as a government endorsement of Christianity.
Victoria Osteen Ripped for Telling Church 'Just Do Good for Your Own Self;' 
Worship Is Not for God, 'You're Doing It for Yourself'
Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch preacher and New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen, is now facing withering criticism online for a viral video clip in which she is shown telling congregants at Lakewood Church that obedience, worship and church attendance is not for God but themselves.
Ibrahim: Raped and Slaughtered--Muslim Persecution of Christians, April, 2014
From one end of the Islamic world to the other, the abduction and rape of Christian girls at the hands of Muslims—both terrorists and laymen—was a dominant theme in April.
New Orleans Pastor Arrested After Shooting Man Caught Stealing from His Church
A Louisiana pastor was arrested Thursday after shooting a man who was stealing from his church. Pastor Willie Littleton was charged with aggravated battery for an incident that occurred outside of Greater Morning Star Baptist Church in Algiers on Wednesday, according to Nola.com.
Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State
Of all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors. But today Iraq's Assyrians, and its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative Islamist group the Islamic State (IS).
Iraqi Christians Upset Gov't Abandoned Them to ISIS, Catholic Priest Says
A Catholic priest described his shock at the conditions Iraqi Christian refugees face, saying that they were left helpless and angry at government soldiers who abandoned them to ISIS extremists after the militants attacked..
Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED).
Mars Hill Pastors Urge Driscoll To Step Down Permanently
A group of Mars Hill pastors have written a letter to other elders of the Church, in which they criticise Mark Driscoll, the "abusive, coercive ministry culture" his leadership has created and call for him to step down...
Feds May Reimburse Medicare 'End-of-Life Discussions'
After Mocking Palin's 'Death Panels'
ears after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was mocked for being concerned about "death panels," the federal government may reimburse Medicare doctors for end-of-life consultations that critics say would only encourage sick patients to reject costly treatments to prolong life.
Will China Be World's Largest Christian Nation by 2025?
Fenggang Yang is a sociology professor at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival Under Communist Rule.  He believes that "China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon."  By his calculations, the number of believers in the People's Republic of China will rise to 160 million by 2025 and 247 million by 2030.  If so, it would be home to more Christians than any nation...
Wall St. Journal: Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.
Richard Butrick: The Two Faces of Islam
It seems to have gotten to the point that exonerating Islam is the primary concern of U.S. foreign and defense policy with regard to terrorist activity from ISIS to Fort Hood to Boko Haram. 
Nazworth: Why Won't Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Answer These Two Questions?
Traditional marriage supporters have presented a view, complete with foundational principles, for state recognition of conjugal marriage while same-sex marriage supporters have failed to answer two questions...
Justin O. Smith: Fight the Religious War We are Already In
America is in a generational struggle against the sick, pathological and extreme ideology of Islam, and America must show no mercy for the merciless Islamic State.
Robert Tracinski: The American Dream Isn’t Just About Income
The American Dream is not defined in fixed economic terms—and it is supposed to take work and effort to reach.
Erick Erickson: The Continued Farce
Because polling and focus grouping suggested "global warming" was not working, the name changed to "climate change." No one really opposes the new term. Every person who has ever lived agrees the climate changes. 
Daniel Greenfield: Obama’s Miserable Failure
There’s no inspiration here. No words that will resound across time. Just dirty rats on a sinking ship.
Erik Raymond: Never Resist the Urge to Pray
As people we know that it is often wise to resist various urges that we have... However, there is one urge that you should never resist. This area is prayer. I believe it was Martyn Lloyd-Jones whom I first read who said, “Never resist any urge to pray.” That is great advice... But let me point out a couple of reasons why.
Stephen Altrogge: Four Rules To Simplify Christian Dating
Is it just me, or has the whole Christian dating / courting / dorting thing become really, really complicated? When Josh Harris wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye, he had good intentions. He was reacting against the casual, recreational, aimless dating that had come to dominate the American landscape. He was trying to help young men and women stop hurting each other through the endless hooking up, breaking up, hooking up, breaking up, etc. Like I said, good intentions, good impulse.
Josh Blount: Delighting in the Storm
....But there’s a value system imbedded in the whole Murphy’s Law-weather conundrum. It’s so common and universal we almost never notice it. Subtly, unobtrusively, but persuasively, it says, “A stormy day is bad if it interferes with my plans; it is good if it furthers my plans.” Do you see the value system, the assumed point of reference? Me. My plans. This is my universe, and everything in it must bow to me!
Sammy Rhodes: College Doesn’t Change Your Heart, It Reveals It
Every summer the same thing happens to my inbox. I open it to find a steady stream of emails from concerned parents, youth pastors, and older siblings, asking me to check in on so and so when they get to campus in August. They all want the same thing: to see their beloved 18-year-old get involved with our ministry....
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Boko Haram Beheads Six-Year-Old Boy for Christian Faith
Boko Haram militants have reportedly beheaded a six-year-old boy because he was a Christian. The attack occurred June 1 in Attagara, Gwoza district, an area that is now controlled by the Muslim extremist militants. During the attack, Attagara was swarmed by more than 100 Boko Haram members on a rampage to kill residents. Men women and children were attacked with machetes and militants opened fire at the village.  The six-year-old child was wounded from machete slashes, but survived the initial attack. When a villager found him, Boko Haram militants swiped the boy from the villager’s arms and beheaded the child. The villager, Sawaltha Wandala, was then beaten and left to die. MORE
Kerry Urges Iran to Release Pastor Saeed, Other Americans
The two year anniversary of Pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment in Iran is next month. With it a new focus by the U.S. Government calling for his release and that of other Americans held there. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued an impassioned plea for their release according to the American Center for Law and Justice.
Ebola Could Infect 20,000 People Within Months
The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people before it is brought under control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. The dire prediction came as more than 3,000 people had been registered as being infected with the virus. However the WHO said the true figure could be much higher. More than 1,500 people have already died from the virus, with most of the deaths occurring in...
Judge Issues Final Order Declaring Utah’s Ban on Polygamous Cohabitation Unconstitutional
A federal judge appointed by George W. Bush has issued his final order striking down key parts of Utah’s ban on polygamous cohabitation as unconstitutional, while leaving intact the state prohibition against bigamy. As previously reported, Kody Brown of the TLC reality show Sister Wives, along with his four “wives,” Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, filed suit in 2011 to challenge parts of the law that they claimed violated their privacy rights. The five had been under investigation by state officials for violating the statute, and moved to Nevada to escape punishment. Brown is married to Meri, and considers his relationship with the other three women as being “spiritual unions.” He has fathered 17 children with his four lovers.    MORE
Farm Owners End ALL Ceremonies After Forced to Conduct Gay Weddings
Farm owners in upstate New York have decided to end all wedding ceremonies on their property after being fined $13,000 by state government for refusing to allow a lesbian couple to wed there.
Saudi King Warns West Will Be Jihadists' Next Target
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action. "If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. "Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.
Children at Camps Forced to Watch Crucifixions, Beheadings...
A video has emerged reportedly showing children at training camps run by the Islamic State firing machine guns that are almost as big as them. The footage released by the terror group shows small children sitting reading from the holy book before showing a youngster, wearing a ski mask, firing an automatic weapon, which he struggle to control as he fires it. It shows another boy assembling a weapon, while other children look...
German Government Returns Custody of Homeschooled Children to Their Parents
Over a year after German police raided their home and seized their children, the parents of four homeschoolers have regained legal custody of their children, but remain concerned about the criminal ramifications surrounding the right to homeschool.
Humanists Threaten Lawsuit Over Sermon, Prayer Delivered at Miss. Convocation
A nationally-recognized humanist organization has threatened to sue a Mississippi school district after a pastor delivered a sermon and prayer at a convocation for teachers earlier this month. The American Humanist Association’s (AHA) Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the superintendent of the Jackson Public School District on Monday stating that it had received a complaint from a teacher who attended the event. The organization claims that the convocation was mandatory.
Obama: 'We're Just Noticing' World Is 'Messy... Because of Social Media'
A day after President Barack Obama revealed to the world that he had no strategy to combat ISIS, he said that people are only noticing that the world is complicated, dangerous, and "messy" because of social media. 
This 'Ism' Is Forcing Christians to Hide Their Faith in Jesus
An "aggressive form of secularism" is pushing faith out of the public square, the former attorney general for England and Wales has warned.  Dominic Grieve told The Telegraph that there is a "sanitization" of religion from the workplace, which will lead to people being "excluded" from society.
Man Claims To Be 'Dark Lord', Burns Bible Outside Mission
A 22-year-old man allegedly burned a Bible and urinated on it in from of rescue mission on Thursday night.
Devil Worshipers Confident Black Mass in Oklahoma Will Happen Despite Petition
The devil worshiping church hosting the black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sept. 21 remains confident that the event will take place, despite a recent online petition from opposing organization.
Bolivia’s Evangelical Christians Launch Fight for Religious Freedom
Evangelical Christians have begun their battle against new measures that could result in the dissolution of Protestant denominations and other groups that have ministered in Bolivia for decades. As organizations that fail to comply with the new government measures will lose their legal standing, the National Association....
Abilene Christian University President Allowed to Keep Position after Divorce
The trustees at Abilene Christian University (ACU) have determined that Phil Schubert will retain his position as president even in the face of divorce proceedings for “irreconcilable differences.” Schubert’s wife, Jamie, filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage. The couple has three young children. 
Islamic State Terror Threats Put U.K., Australia on Alert
Australia joined the U.K. in heightening warnings against terrorism, with both governments concerned citizens who have joined Islamic State militants may return with plans to attack on their home soil. 
Muslim Activists Demand Overhaul of All U.S. Law Enforcement Training
Islamic activists that strong-armed the FBI to purge anti-terrorism training material considered “offensive” to Muslims have made their next wave of demands, which include an overhaul in the way all law enforcement officers are trained in the United States. 
NPR: Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating 
as It Spreads Across West Africa
For the first time, scientists have been able to follow the spread of an Ebola outbreak almost in real time, by sequencing the virus’ genome from people in Sierra Leone. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, offer new insights into how the outbreak started in West Africa and how fast the virus is mutating. A international team of researchers sequenced 99 Ebola genomes, with extremely high accuracy, from 78 people diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone in June. The Ebola genome is incredibly simple. It has just seven genes. By comparison, we humans have about 20,000 genes. “In general, these viruses are amazing because they are these tiny things that can do a lot of damage,” says Pardis Sabeti, a computational biologist at Harvard University and the lead author of the study.     MORE
Federal Judge Opens Door Further to Group Marriage
The polygamist reality TV stars of "Sister Wives" can sleep easy tonight as a Federal Judge in Utah has struck down at least part of the State's ban on polygamy. 
Houston Pastors Battle Lesbian Mayor's 'Unequal' Gay Rights Ordinance
The coalition of pastors and citizens who submitted more than 55,000 signatures on a referendum petition to repeal Houston Mayor Annise Parker's "Equal Rights Ordinance" that grants special privileges to sexual behavior and gender confusion have taken their case to the highest court in Texas. 
John Lennon's Assassin: My Life Is All About Jesus
The man who murdered John Lennon wants only one thing now—to tell others about Jesus. Mark David Chapman, 59, told parole examiners he was no longer the man who sought notoriety through killing the Beatles rock star in 1980. Now, he said, he's sorry, "forgiven by God" and eager to spend his days—in prison or out—ministering to others. Examiners denied Chapman the possibility of parole for the eighth time on Aug. 20.
Charlie Spiering: Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS
Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans. 
Bryan Fischer: Jesus Is Not a Politically Correct Wimp
Christians: The "softer, kinder, gentler" approach ain't working. One of the perpetual myths well-intentioned Christians indulge in is that if we are just nice enough, everybody will love us and eventually agree with us.
Raymond Ibrahim: The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns
An ancient tradition continues — with little to stand in its way. 
Danusha V. Goska: Islam, Postmodernism, and Poltiical Correctness
The postmodern refusal to define Islam according to objective criteria does not withstand analysis.
Jordan J. Ballor: Social Ethics in a Season of Suffering
What distinguishes, for instance, the biblical view of marriage, abortion, and poverty and the various ways to respect these teachings in practice?
John Burger: While Politicians Argue, Iraqi Christians Continue to Die
Since August 6, when thousands of Christians fled an onslaught of Islamic militants in northern Iraq, no "concrete solutions" to the crisis have been found, said Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Louis Sako of Baghdad....
Doug Bandow: More Christians Than Party Members In China
In Beijing, Christianity is real, growing, and visible. “Religion is on the rise,” one U.S. diplomat told me. Religion also is under attack by the Chinese government. When it comes to religious liberty in China, there’s the....
Ronn Torossian: Support Heroic Police Officers
New York City returns to the bad old days. 
Yoav J. Tenembaum: Islamic Terrorism and the Power of Ideas
In order to defeat a totalitarian ideology, the United States needs to advance an alternative. It must challenge Islamism with a morally superior vision and with a pragmatically more enticing solution.
Thom Rainer: Five Reasons Many Churches Are Not Growing Evangelistically
....The primary reason most churches are not evangelistic is because most pastors, staff, and church members are not evangelistic. Our theology may be sound. Our motives may be sound. But we are not personally evangelistic. What, then, are the reasons we are not evangelistic, which in turn means our churches are not evangelistic? Allow me to suggest five reasons.
Brandenburg: How Bifurcation of Truth Became and Stays Acceptable
....Where did Christianity start going down the wrong path, related in the first paragraph?  Satan gave Eve an alternate choice in the garden.  She could do something that God prohibited and still be OK.  He tempted her with a liberty she didn't have.  Satan justified what she would do contrary to God's prohibition.  With that being settled, today's various iterations of two truths or two stories or two realms hearkens back to Constantine and then Augustine among others in early Roman Catholicism.
    Joel Hathaway: How Pastors Get Hired Today
...In my role I've found that ministerial candidates who believe it is enough to have an MDiv, a resume, and a few sermon MP3s will continue to be frustrated and disappointed by the job application process. 
    Dan Doriani: How to Deal with a Bad Boss
....Both younger and older adults, though, need a concept of employment and authority that's grounded in Scripture rather than culture. Consider, for example, Peter's command, "Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh" (1 Pet. 2:18). This is necessary, "because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (2:21). We may resonate with Peter because we feel like slaves at times. 
Scot McKnight: Depression, a Pastoral Approach
With the tragic suicide of actor and comedian, Robin Williams, depression is once again in the headlines and before us in conversation. This morning Forbes has posted on the five common myths about depression. I will list those myths and end this post with a few thoughts of my own.
    Joe Novenson: Three Deaths Every Seminarian Must Face
...It may seem odd to suggest that death is at the core of seminary preparation for every student who would truly profit from the study. It certainly seemed odd to me. As a new seminary student, I supposed seminary to be an essentially life-enhancing, life-renewing endeavor. This is true enough; but it is not the whole truth.
Russell Moore: How Should a Pastor Approach Baptizing an Autistic Believer?
I have a really interesting question that came to me from a pastor who says, “Dr. Moore, in our church I am very careful about baptizing people. I make clear in my preaching that God can save people at any age, but often it is harder to determine whether or not say, a five-year-old has been saved as opposed to someone else. And so we take baptism very seriously...But here’s my problem: We have a severely autistic teenager in our congregation who isn’t comfortable talking very much at all and is certainly not comfortable talking...He communicates mostly with his parents via iPad. And so how do we interview him for baptism? 
Jenny Frank: Sanctified Name-Dropping
In Jesus’s name, amen. We often tack this phrase onto the end of our prayers out of habit. Perhaps because of our Christian conditioning, or maybe because it signals that we’ve finished our turn in group prayer times, we regularly repeat this phrase, but do we really think about its significance?
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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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....Getting saved is not like taking a holiday outing. The men and women who are full of the truth -- who are walking embodiments of the troth-- have not become so without effort. They have digged for truth; they have loved it; they have longed for it more than for their necessary food; they have sacrificed all for it. When they have fallen they have risen again, and when defeated they have not yielded to discourage- ment, but with more care and watchfulness and greater earnestness, they have renewed their efforts to attain to the truth. They have counted not their lives dear unto themselves that they might know the truth. Wealth, ease, a name among men, reputation, pleasure, everything the world holds, has been counted as dung and dross in their pursuit of truth, and just at that point where truth took precedence over all creation they found it -- the truth that saves the soul, that satisfies the heart, that answers the questions of life, that brings fellowship with God and joy unutterable and perfect peace.    MORE
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It is nearly four centuries ago now, that a young professor from the north of Germany went to Rome. He went to Rome because he was in trouble about his sins and could find no peace. Having been educated to regard Rome as the center of the Christian world...We read— some of you remember the story quite well— how one day, according to the strange ideas that prevailed and still prevail at Rome, he went climbing up a stairway on his knees, pausing to pray on every step, to see if that would not help him about his sins. Then, as he climbed slowly up, he seemed to hear a voice echoing down the stairway, "The just shall live by faith; the just shall live by faith." And so he left alone his dead works, he arose from his knees and went down the stairway to his home to think about that great saying, "The just shall live by faith."   It is no wonder that with such an experience, and such a nature, Martin Luther should have lived to shake the Christian world with th thought that justification by faith is the great doctrine of Christianity, "the article of a standing or a falling church."   MORE
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The name by which the early Christians were familiarly known was "The people of that way." In the year 36 the Sanhedrin issued a commission to Saul of Tarsus authorizing him to arrest any whom he might find "of the way"...In the year 58, twenty-two years later, the same Saul, now an apostle of Christ, made a defense from the steps of the Castle of Antonia...  The name thus given to the followers of Christ is significant for many reasons. The question has been raised in some quarters as to whether religion is dogma or life. In fact, our religion in the last reduction is neither dogma nor life; it is a way from sin into the Kingdom of God. Its bed-rock is truth, its pavement is character, its destination is eternal life....Nevertheless , to the unsaved no question is more bewildering than this: "What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"   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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