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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR FEBRUARY 11th-20th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, February 20th, 2017
Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe Of Roe V. Wade, Dies A Pro-Life Activist
Norma McCorvey, the woman behind the 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion, died Saturday. She was 69 years old. McCorvey died of heart failure at an assisted-living home in Katy, Texas, according to journalist Joshua Prager.....
Joe Carter:Will Trump Defend Religious Liberty Against the LGBT Agenda? 
....After years of pleading with the Obama administration to recognize and respect religious freedoms when they conflict with the LGBT agenda, many Christians are wondering whether President Trump will finally champion the cause of conscience. So far the administration is sending mixed signals.....
Leftists Attack Melania Trump’s Invocation of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’
After First Lady Melania Trump opened President Donald Trump’s campaign rally Saturday in Florida with “The Lord’s Prayer,” she was savagely attacked by leftists on social media, disparaging her for her religious faith, her accent, and other things....
Prophecy News Watch: Are Muslim Refugees Truly Turning To Christ Or Is It Just A Means To An End?....
Conservatives 'Stunned' by 'Devastating Blow' to Religious Liberty as Court Rules Against Christian Florist
Several conservative leaders and organizations are speaking out against the "devastating blow to religious liberty" after the Washington Supreme Court ruled that Christian grandma florist Barronelle Stutzman violated an anti-discrimination law for refusing to provide services for a same-sex wedding.....
78 Members of Congress Urge Turkey President to Release US Pastor
As many as 78 members of Congress have signed a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urging him to release a Christian pastor from North Carolina, who was imprisoned in Turkey on a false terrorism charge because of his Christian faith.....
Oregon's Euthanasia Bill Is Intentionally Ambiguous
....The state of Oregon is, in a word, making it easier for the state of Oregon to kill its most vulnerable citizens. It seems of little interest to the state’s legislators that their enterprise is a reversal of the state’s purpose — to protect the preexisting right to life, not to bestow that right on citizens of its choosing. Likewise, Oregon’s legislators seem little concerned with the possibility that the expansion of a government’s claim to its citizens’ lives accrues a momentum of its own; there is a straight line between this bill and a........
Matthew Recker:Why I Cannot Change My Mind On the Premillennial Return of Christ
....The Millennial hope was the clear expectation of the early church and it remains the expectation of many godly, believing people. Let’s not let go of this incredible promise! Premillennialism rests securely upon the hermeneutic of a literal interpretation of Scripture that leads us to “be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).....
Christianity Today: Stop Calling Everything a Bible Study—  Why It Matters What Churches Call Their Classes
....Churches have gradually shifted away from offering basic Bible study in favor of studies that are topical or devotional, adopting formats that more closely resemble a book club discussion than a class that teaches Scripture.....
Bob Jones University Regains Nonprofit Status 17 Years After It Dropped Discriminatory Policy
In a move that’s been more than two years in the making, Bob Jones University announced Wednesday it would regain its federal tax-exempt status on March 1, more than three decades after the IRS stripped its nonprofit status following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The issue in the court case was the university’s refusal to allow......
Gene Veith: The Pastor Who Baptized a Murderer
Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death for murdering nine African-Americans at a Bible study, had been baptized at the age of 2 in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, an ELCA congregation in Charleston, SC. The pastor who baptized him, Rev. Richard Graf,  is now in the news, trying to explain the Lutheran doctrine of Baptism and how there is still hope even for this monstrous killer if he turns back to Christ.....
CBN News: Campus Pro-Life Group Receives Backlash from Local Business for 'Saving Lives'
An Ann Arbor business has criticized a University of Michigan pro-life group for planning a fundraiser that will help students facing unplanned pregnancies. Students for Life group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will hold a silent auction fundraiser next month. The group said their goal is to provide young women with financial, emotional and other support they need throughout the course of their pregnancy.....
'My Goal Was to Kill Christians,' Says Islamist Gunman Who Attacked Istanbul Nightclub
An Islamist gunman, who has confessed to the killing of 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, told a court that he had aimed to kill Christians during his attack, Hurriyet newspaper said on Monday, citing testimony given this weekend....
Minnick:What’s an Evangelical To Do? —Part One
....Nearly two decades later, conservative Evangelical leaders are still finding themselves constrained to continue defending cardinal doctrines from relentless recasting by other Evangelical leaders. Truths, for instance, as theologically foundational as the extent of God’s knowledge, the penal substitution of Jesus Christ in the place of sinners, and the imputation of Christ’s blameless righteousness.....
Greg Morse: How to Love When You Don’t Feel It
So, given the reality that our fallen affections are not perfectly redeemed, what should we do in situations when we don’t feel like loving? I propose the following.......
Reinhardt:Our Blessed Hope— Why Premillenialism Matters
Premillennialism contributes some distinctive and BIblical truths to tells us what the Blessed Hope will mean for those who are saved and for those who are lost. This post offers four reasons why Premillennialism matters.....
Tim Challies: Why I Won’t Be Seeing (or Reviewing) The Shack Movie
....The book has a number of theological weaknesses that ought to be of concern to Christians. Some noteworthy theologians have gone so far as to describe it as full-out heresy. At the very least, it contains much that is foreign to the Bible and some that is directly opposed to it. It is probably safe to assume that many of these concerns will appear in the film just as they did in the book.....
 
Michael Brown: It Is Absolutely Outrageous for the Government to Force Christians to Violate Their Faith
....According to the Washington Supreme Court, when Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman declined to do the floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding, she violated the state's anti-discrimination laws, since she allegedly discriminated based on her customer’s sexual orientation by refusing to participate in his wedding ceremony. Attorney David French is correct in emphasizing how this should affect us........
Aaron Wilson: What Christians Should Know About Embryo Adoption
....there’s another front that often gets overlooked in the fight for life: the state of the thousands of children who remain cryogenically frozen as human embryos following in-vitro fertilization cycles. A growing Christian response to this issue is the life-affirming answer of embryo adoption. If you haven’t heard of embryo adoption, you’re not alone. Even though thousands of children in the United States could immediately benefit from this act of love, many people—Christians included—remain unaware of this adoptive need. Because embryo adoption can be confusing, here are six answers to common questions......
Bruce Frohnen, Imaginative Consevative:
How Christianity Civilized Mankind
Christ’s call to forgiveness has played an important role shaping Christianity’s civilizing influence on man and society. The Golden Rule. Increasing recognition of the intrinsic dignity of the person. Increasing discomfort with lustful engagement in violence (something on which Augustine wrote a great deal). All these combined with Christ’s Word to encourage amelioration of the severity of retribution and punishment. One might even claim that Christianity truly civilized mankind, taming our savage nature through the ministrations of God’s love...
 
Vaneetha Rendall Risner: Where Is God When Things Keep Getting Worse? 
....I remember years of crying out to God, thinking my faith would get back on track when life got back to normal. But as the pain grew more intense, I realized I needed to find God in the present, and not wait for my circumstances to improve. God wanted me to find him sufficient in the midst of trouble rather than just demanding that he deliver me from it.  And I found God more than sufficient as I met with him daily in Scripture and in prayer. His word became exceedingly precious to me. It brought light to my darkness. It became life to me. ...
Thom Rainer: Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Bad Bosses
....In the course of three decades, I have seen some pastors thrive and some pastors fail. And I have seen two common reasons for pastors failing. They lack leadership skills and they lack relational skills. Most pastors have no formal training in either. Yet they are expected to lead and relate the first day they begin serving a church. Indeed, many pastors are expected to be bosses of full-time or part-time personnel even though they may have never led anyone...... 
T.Sing: When Ministry Is Unglamorous
If you’re someone imagining what a life of ministry could look like for you, it’s easy and more fun to picture it being pretty glamorous, with expanding programs and people coming to know Christ and growing in their faith. But we actually need to be content with unglamorous service....We need to die to ourselves daily, completely, which includes dying to our dreams of what it will look like to serve God, both now and in the future. .....
Prophecy News Watch: Americans Divided Over Establishment Of Palestinian State
Although an increasing number of Americans oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, a new Gallup poll shows the U.S. public is divided over that issue. Currently, 45 percent of Americans say they support the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, and 42 percent are opposed to it, the latter figure representing a 5-percent increase from last year......
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, February 17th, 2017
Fox News: Conservatives To Mobilize Amid Anti-Trump Protests
As liberal protesters step up confrontations with Republican lawmakers, leaders of the original Tea Party movement that wrote the book on those tactics are reassembling their political army – dispatching activists to push a conservative agenda that includes tax reform and dismantling ObamaCare....
Washington Court Rules Against Christian Grandma Florist Fined for Not Working Gay Wedding, Heads To SCOTUS
The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a Christian florist who was fined for refusing to provide her services for a same-sex wedding. Now, the florist will ask the highest court in the land to hear her case.....
CBN News: Why Trump's Top LGBT Activist Pick is Ruffling Conservative Feathers 
Evangelicals are raising their brows after President Trump decided to keep Randy Berry as the State Department's leading LGBT diplomat.  President Obama appointed Berry to be the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a job specifically created to fight discrimination against gay rights in the U.S. and around the world. ....
Daily Signal:US Economic Freedom Has Hit a Historic LowWhat Happened?
....According to the 2017 index, the U.S. ranks 17th out of 180 rated economies, lagging behind other comparable advanced economies such as Switzerland (fourth), Australia (fifth), Canada (seventh), and the United Kingdom (12th). The U.S. remains mired in the ranks of the “mostly free,” the second-tier economic freedom status into which it dropped in 2010. Since 1995, the index has measured a nation’s commitment to........
Baptist Standard: Will the SBC Executive Board Follow Messengers' Votes and Remove Churches?
The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Executive Board faces some serious decisions when it holds its winter meeting in Dallas next week. Will it follow the will of messengers to the 2016 BGCT annual meeting and remove churches not in “harmonious cooperation” with the convention?....
Reason: IRS Won’t Reject Tax Returns That Don’t Answer Health Insurance Question
How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare’s individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement....
China Practices For War With US - Tests Preemptive Missile Strike Against US....
Are States One Step Closer to De-Funding Planned Parenthood?
A newly passed resolution allows states to starve Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars. Congresswoman Diane Black, R - Tenn., spearheaded H.J.R. 43, essentially overturning the Obama Administrations's order that forced sates to give Title X funding to abortion giants like Planned Parenthood. Now, states have the freedom to cut abortion funding without fear of pressure from the government.....
Christian News Net: Historic Cave Discovery in Israel Renews Hopes of Finding More Dead Sea Scrolls....
Iran Continues To Call for Israel’s Destruction Despite Nuclear Deal 
Iranian leaders’ calls for Israel’s destruction have not abated at all in the 20 months since the Iranian nuclear deal was signed, meaning that those who claimed the deal would moderate Iranian attitudes were completely wrong…“There is absolutely no indication of one iota of moderation by the Iranian elite in their hostile intentions toward Israel since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear agreement.....
 
CBN News: How Do Americans Really Feel About Evangelicals?
Americans have developed better relationships with every major religious group except evangelical Christians. A Pew Research study released today says Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Catholics, Buddhists, and Hindus have all improved their standing with Americans, but relations with Evangelicals haven't budged since 2014. Despite their stagnant relationship, 44 percent of Americans say they feel positively about Evangelicals. However, much of that favor comes from Evangelical Americans themselves. The ratings drop to only 32 percent when responses from fellow Evangelicals are removed. ...
Turkey - A Prophetic Piece Aligned
....We all had hope of a slow gradual change in Turkey as one soul at a time was reached for Christ. We prayed that this secular yet Muslim nation would lead other Islamic nations to shake off the oppressive yoke of the Koran, so the Word of God could grow. Unfortunately, I am saddened to say from a recent trip back to Turkey and what has been unfolding politically over the last decade, the nation of Turkey I once knew, and loved and prayed for is no more. The Koranic curtain closes upon Turkey.....
The Globalists Strike Back With A Major Push Toward A Cashless Society
Their agenda may be on the rocks in the United States at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that the globalists are giving up. In fact, a major push toward a cashless society is being made in the European Union right now....
Abrahams: Proponents of ‘Diversity’ Tried to Force My Religious Group Off Campus
Recent news about U.S. colleges has not been flattering. We’ve seen a tidal wave of stories from campus protests and violent riots, to sexual assault and purported millennial “safe spaces.” But obscured by the attention-grabbing headlines is the reality that many students are actively engaged in campus communities that foster cultural and intellectual diversity, encourage innovative thinking, and create opportunities for enriching and helping others in their campus communities and around the world.  I know, because that’s part of my story.....
NY Times: For Religious Conservatives, Success and Access at the Trump White House
....Mr. Trump, a profane, bombastic, thrice-married New Yorker, may not have been the candidate many religious conservatives prayed would win the White House. But the mutually beneficial arrangement he has nurtured with the Christian right is already starting to nudge the government in a more conservative direction.....
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Trump Promises Israel That Iran Will Never Get Bomb
President Donald Trump hailed the United States’ “unbreakable” bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump’s vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat. “With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel,” Trump said. “The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which I’ve talked a lot about,” he said. “One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon.”....
CBN News:Iranian Nuclear Deal Tops Trump, Netanyahu Talks
Iran, Jerusalem and Israeli settlements will all be on the agenda when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump meet on Wednesday. But aside from the topics, Israel is expecting a big improvement in U.S.-Israel relations....
Trump Open to One-State Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was open to any solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including ditching the "two-state solution" to the decades-long land dispute. "I'm looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one," replied Trump, according to an NPR transcript.....
Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘No Greater Supporter of the Jewish People’ than Donald Trump
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Donald Trump and his staff for their support of Israel during a press conference at the White House on Wednesday. “I’ve known the president and I’ve known his family and his team for a long time. There is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than president Donald Trump,” Netanyahu said. “I think we should put that to rest.”....
Poll: Majority of Hispanics Support Deporting Criminal Illegal Aliens, Plurality Back Defunding of Sanctuary Cities....
100,000 Massacred, Over 2 Million Displaced in Boko Haram's War to Eradicate Christianity
Islamic terror group Boko Haram has now reportedly killed close to 100,000 people, both Muslims and Christians, and displaced over two million citizens in its ongoing quest to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria.....
The Stream: Dutch Woman With Alzheimers Euthanized — Even After She Changed Her Mind....
Many Meteorologists Question Climate Change Science
....Michaels, a former meteorologist at WBZ-TV, lost her job as a science reporter at WGBH’s show “Greater Boston” last week after colleagues raised concerns about her views on vaccines and climate change. She had previously questioned the safety of vaccines and the evidence that human activity was causing global warming.......
 
Study Finds Cohabiting Parents Twice as Likely to Split as Married Parents 
Children born to unmarried, cohabiting parents—both in the United States and across Europe—are nearly twice as likely to see their parents split up, compared to children born to married parents. A new study from the Institute for Family Studies and Social Trends Institute examines family stability among cohabiting and married-parent families from numerous countries across the world. The findings provide evidence against some common myths about cohabitation and children’s family stability.....
Religious Freedom Could Top Sessions Civil Rights Priorities
When President Donald Trump spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast this month, he underscored his vow to defend the religious rights of the conservative Christians who helped propel him to power. Now, they expect the Justice Department under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reposition itself as a champion of that religious freedom. It would be a welcome change for conservative Christians....
Obama's 'Gift to Planned Parenthood' Likely to Be Rescinded by Congress
The House of Representatives is advancing a resolution that would overturn an Obama Era federal measure meant to prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood.....
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
ISIS' 'Sickening' Genocide Against Christians— Why Is the UN Still Silent, Asks ACLJ
The American Center for Law and Justice has asked the United Nations Human Rights Council why it continues to be silent and refuses to formally identify Christians and other religious minorities as victims of genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terror group, despite well-documented evidence.....
Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu Lands In Washington Amid Annexation Calls
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Washington for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump amid calls by right-wing members of his government to annex part, if not all, of Area C of the West Bank, otherwise known as Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu did not address the complicated issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when he landed........
Rod Dreher: Trump Continues Obama LGBT Foreign Policy
The Trump administration has decided to keep President Barack Obama’s top advocate for gay rights issues at the State Department in defiance of evangelical groups who called for his immediate expulsion, Foreign Policy has learned.....
Frank Cannon: Are Republicans in Congress About to Betray Pro-Lifers While 'Fixing' Obamacare?
There’s a famous saying warning that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. As the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress begin the process of fulfilling their campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, it makes sense to review the legislative history of a key component of that law to ensure that the errors of the past are not repeated. In 2010, as President Obama’s signature health care program was.....
We Must Start Building Third Temple Today, Says Temple Experts
The man in charge of organizing the Third Temple construction thinks he knows what it will take to jump-start the process. Like any other commandment, it is incumbent upon the Jews to perform it themselves, and not to wait for God to perform it for them.....
Gene Veith: An Obituary For a Contemptible Life
A woman recently wrote an obituary for her father, who, she said, would “be missed only for what he never did; being a loving husband, father and good friend.”  He died at age 74, “which was 29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved.”...My first impulse was to laugh, then to appreciate the brutal honesty, then to be disturbed...A news story confirms that the man abused his family, having been arrested several times, including for pouring boiling water on his wife.  But imagine living a life that inspired your family to write an obituary like this.....
Baylor Students Petition School to Become 'Sanctuary Campus;' Say It's Not a Political Stance....
Joseph Puder: EU Globalists Resent Israel's Nationalism
.... What is at the core of the EU nastiness toward Israel is not so much the legality or illegality of the Knesset’s “regularization law,” but rather the unique nationalism of the Jewish state that runs counter to the post-nationalism and globalism of the EU. ..
Bruce W. Davidson: The Perils of Religious Romanticism
....In its reaction against contemporary scientific rationalism, Postmodernism can be seen as one recent manifestation of Romanticism, as Gene Veith remarks.  Among Christians, that trend has taken the form of a rebellion against a focus on theology and an emphasis on religious experience.....
Christian Post: Mass Rape Epidemic of Women, Girls and Teenage Boys Inside France Refugee Camp....
UK Sun: Three Teens Are Arrested After ‘Half-Naked Girl, 15, Is Killed In Suspected Satanic Ritual ....
 
Daniel Greenfield: The Rape and Slavery That No Campus Will Condemn
 "I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody."  "A male owner of a female slave has the right to sexual access to her.”  These views don’t come from an ISIS underground bunker, but out of the brilliantly lit halls of Georgetown University where rape and slavery are defended by an Islamic studies professor.
Georgetown had changed the names of Mulledy Hall and McSherry Hall because Mulledy and McSherry had once been involved in selling some slaves back in the early 19th century....But defending actual slavery and rape is still okay at Georgetown. So long as it’s committed by Muslims under the license of the Koran.....
Veith: Why is Cedar Rapids So Godless?
....The second largest city in the state, with a population of only 130,000, is an island of secularism in an ocean of religion.  By virtually ever standard–Bible reading, Bible believing, church attendance–Cedar Rapids scores closer to the big coastal cities than any of its midwestern neighbors.  Nearly half (47%) of its adults are “nones,” holding to no particular religion at all.  That’s the same percentage as Los Angeles county. So why is this?  People are trying to figure that out. ....
CBN News: Why Most Americans Believe a Heartbeat Should Mean No Abortion
A remarkable new study from the Barna group reveals that 69 percent of Americans believe unborn babies with heartbeats should not be aborted. The study comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is set to discuss the "Heartbeat Bill" this Thursday, a law that would protect babies in the womb with a detectable heartbeat.. The bill has support from nearly every side on the political spectrum. A majority of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats are behind it.....
China Practices For WarTests Preemptive Missile Strike Against US
The increasing tension between the United States and China has been no secret in recent years, but now satellite evidence appears to indicate that China is preparing for a crippling, preemptive missile strike in the Pacific.  The evidence gleaned from Chinese rocket battery training grounds is easy to miss at first, until the pattern emerges from the targets.  Across numerous training grounds, the rocket targets are clearly designed to imitate the shape and dimensions of United States military targets. Thomas Shugart describes  how the training areas are configured to replicate US bases........
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Prophecy News Watch: Trump And The Third Temple
The Jewish Temple Mount movement are excited over the recent election of Donald Trump. They know very well that rebuilding the Jewish temple in today's world would be a dangerous and politically incorrect task.  In their view, if there is any modern political leader with the guts and determination to stand behind such a project, it could be President Trump.  Biblically, many Christians affirm that the Jewish temple will be rebuilt at some point in the End Times.  Could President Trump's strong pro-Israel stand be the game changer which could help lay the groundwork? What role would President Putin play in the mix? A number of Christian leaders have........
Bloomberg: America’s Biggest Creditors Dump Treasuries In Warning to Trump
In the age of Trump, America’s biggest foreign creditors are suddenly having second thoughts about financing the U.S. government. In Japan, the largest holder of Treasuries, investors culled their stakes in December by the most in almost four years, the Ministry of Finance’s most recent figures show. What’s striking is the selling has persisted at a time when going abroad has rarely been so attractive. And it’s not just the Japanese. Across the world, foreigners are pulling back from U.S. debt like never before.....
Netanyahu Heads to Washington for Big Meeting with Trump
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to strengthen the alliance between the US and Israel on Monday afternoon before taking off to Washington for his first meeting with President Donald Trump since he entered the White House in January.....
Breaking Israel News: Mysteries of Ark’s Journey Revealed as Excavation Begins at Site of Ark of Covenant
This summer, archaeologists will begin the first-ever excavation of the major Biblical site where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades before King David conveyed it to Jerusalem. The site, known in Hebrew as Kiryat Ye’arim and often transliterated at Kiriath Jearim, is mentioned over a dozen times in the Bible as a Judean town near Jerusalem during the period of Biblical history associated with the judges and King David. Today, it remains one of the last such Biblical landmarks unstudied.....
Hindu Radicals Battle Christian Compassion and Conversion
India is the world's largest democracy and also the most populous Hindu nation. With the media focus given to the numerous atrocities of Islamic extremists, most people forget that Hindu nationalists and radicals are also engaged in a large-scale campaign to persecute Christians across India. ...
Shut-Down Indonesian Church Told It Can ReopenIf It Shares Land With A Mosque
The Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church was shut down by the mayor of Bogor, West Java nine years ago, due to vocal opposition from local Muslims. Last week the church accepted a compromise offer from the mayor to reopen their old grounds, and have a Muslim mosque share the land, as UCAN reports.....
Will Pakistani Christians Be Protected From Lynchings, Forced Conversions Under New Law?
A new bill passed by the Pakistani Parliament earlier this week seeks to protect religious minorities, including Christians, from being killed in mob lynchings or endure forced conversions to Islam and forced marriages to Muslim husbands.....
Christian Post: Perry Noble ConfessionI Have a Difficult Time Believing Jesus Loves Me
....The preacher warned that sometimes in religious circles people start believing that Jesus loves only "good" people, but argued that it's not so.  "Jesus loves difficult people," he reiterated. But despite taking all that into account, Noble, who has struggled with alcohol- ism, admitted that he has "a really hard time believing that Jesus loves me."...
Gracy Olmstead: It’s Time To Stop Living On The Internet
...Regardless of one’s stance on partisan issues, the past several days have been frustrating. This isn’t about Trump’s executive order, its goodness or badness. This is about the way we’ve responded to it, and the way our feelings have prompted us to act toward each other....Many have felt a sense of depression and lowness....it’s tempting to just get off Facebook and leave the drama behind. It’s tempting to leave the news alone, turn off the computer, and do something else.....
Jonathan Leeman: Sixteen Ways to Promote Unity Amid Political Disagreement
....The more our culture looks to government to solve our problems and be our savior, the higher the culture-war stakes will become on both sides. Certainly, our church on Capitol Hill has felt its share of political tensions. Here are 16 things the pastors or elders try to do to help maintain unity. ....
Eric Metaxas: What Makes Christianity Different
The power of forgiveness transcends personal relationships. Think of the reaction to the Amish forgiving the man who killed ten young girls back in 2007. There was a power at work there that even the most hardened skeptic could not deny.....
Prophecy News Watch: Germany's Muslim Demographic Future
If most of the new migrants arriving in Germany for the next four decades are from the Islamic world, the Muslim population of Germany could jump to well over 20 million and account for more than 25% of the overall German population by 2060....
George Stiekes: Cry Aloud! Revive Us Again!
....There will be no revival without prayer. Every believer should recognize that there are millions and millions of people who are going to a fiery, eternal, tormented hell. Can you imagine what our church prayer meetings would be like if every church member believed this truth. The meetings in Wales were typical where genuine revival has occurred. A period of extraordinary prayer preceded the meetings. ....
Wally Morris: The Preacher's Solitude
A pastor understands the meaning and significance of the word “solitude”. If he doesn’t, he soon will...Some witty observer of the ministry once said that the ministry would be great if it weren’t for people. Yet even though people are the reason for the ministry, those in the ministry must make time away from people if we are to have a ministry to people. Christ’s attempts to find times and places of solitude are well-known.....
Timothy George: How the Reformation Recovered Preaching
....Of course, preaching—unlike the printing press—was not a new invention of the Reformation era. Far from it. Think of Augustine and Chrysostom in the early church, Bernard of Clairvaux, John Hus, and the many mendicant friars who fanned out across Europe in the Middle Ages.....The Protestant reformers knew this tradition and built on it, but they also transformed it in two important respects.....
Bill Randles: The Man Among The Myrtle Trees…Zechariah pt 2
....I can remember a time in my own lifetime, when Islamic terrorism was Israel’s problem to solve, not the rest of the modern world. Europe, the USA, The UN and Russia didn’t have to deal with it, just the Jews. Everyone had a lot of council for the Jews, as to how best to solve this problem, such as “the two State Solution”, “Land for Peace” and endless negotiations were urged as if the only Democratic and free state in the........
David Cloud: The 'Pragmatic'  Preacher
....The pragmatic preacher makes decisions about the church and ministry based on what “works” to produce a desired goal as opposed to making decisions based strictly on Bible truth, though he will give lip service to the latter. The pragmatic preacher will not be faithful to the whole counsel of God because he has other objectives that are more prominent and pressing.....
Jonathon Woodyard: Pride Is Poisoning Your Happiness
....We have all heard about the dangers of pride. We know arrogance, self-centeredness, and self-exaltation are unbecoming of a Christian. If you haven’t heard it explicitly, you know it intuitively: we must steer clear of pride. Yet, for some reason, people like me far too often struggle with pride and arrogance. ....
 
The FAQs: Federal Courts Block Donald Trump’s Refugee Ban 
....On February 4, the Trump administration appealed that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Five days later, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit denied the Trump administration’s request to prevent the restraining order from taking effect...The next highest court of appeals after the Ninth Circuit is the U.S. Supreme Court...Trump would need five justices to side with him against the Ninth Circuit’s decision. If the court votes 4-4, then the lower court decision stands and the temporary restraining order would remain in place.......
In the Face of Rising Health Care Costs, Christians Turn to Biblical Alternative
As Washington tangles over health insurance, many Americans are taking matters into their own hands. "I wanted something that wasn't going to be the same sort of trap that I had been in," said Stephen Strosnider. Strosnider is an attorney at a small law firm in Waynesboro, Virginia. His wife, Jennifer, is a stay-at-home mom and they have three young boys and a baby on the way....
Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Request for Stay of Block on 'Transgender' Restroom Use Policy
In what appears to some as being a signal that the Trump administration is not going to defend the Obama administration’s directives requiring public schools to allow male students who identify as female—and vice versa—to use the restroom that correlates with their “internal sense of gender,” the U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn the previous administration’s request for a stay of an injunction against the Obama-era restroom policy. The filing, submitted on Friday, notifies the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that it desires to withdraw the motion, as well as the oral argument scheduled over the matter, which would have.......
Andrew Kerr: The Antidote To Evolution
....Moses has important lessons to teach us in Genesis 1 about the nature and character of God, and the methods by which He has worked and still works. Chief among these is that God the Creator has a perfect, predetermined, plan, which, aiming at His own glory, led to the regular, systematic, detailed, unfolding of the events of  ‘Creation Week.’  Far superior, infinitely more detailed, than for example the Blueprints for the Hoover Dam or Brooklyn Bridge or Empire State Building – taking every detail of this process into account........
 
Wilhelm: That Houston Daycare Sign Is Right. Parents, Get Off Your Phones
....The tone of the sign indicates that large numbers of parents were idling about on their phones all the time. If you live in twenty-first-century America, and have taken a recent quick look around, you can instantly confirm this. Go to the park, and you’ll see parents zoned to their phones, eyes glazed, ignoring their kids. Go to a restaurant, and you’ll see whole families tapping away on their iTools. I’ve seen parents on the phone at the aquarium, the amuse- ment park, and at movies, while their kids either stare into space or tug at their hand. That daycare sign is right: It is appalling. It’s also sad.....
Joel Beeke: The Puritans Believed Marital Love Must Be Sexual
The Puritans had a rich understanding of Christian marriage.  I'd like to show that they also believed marital love must be sexual. Both marital partners should give themselves fully to each other with joy and exuberance in a healthy sexual relationship marked by fidelity.....
Brumbelow: A Time To Laugh
 “There is so much sorrow and heartache in the world, we should use every opportunity we have to laugh.”  -Paige Patterson, president, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary    Don’t always be negative; don’t throw cold water on everything.   Don’t take yourself too seriously.   Some people can brighten up a room just by leaving!   Lighten up.  Laughter is good for you.  ....
Jonathan Aigner: Countering the Youth Worship Phenomenon
....If a church has the monetary resources to recreate the rock concert experience every week, they may be able to attract a certain number of youth. Maybe. If the word gets out that a good time can be had, then yes, they might be able to attract a crowd. But that crowd would leave without any understanding of the real nature of worship. And there would be no lasting bond forged between them and the church....
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, February 13th, 2017
USA Today: North Korea Tests Trump’s Resolve With Latest Missile Launch
North Korea's latest ballistic missile test triggered swift condemnation Sunday from the international community as the hermit nation's move challenges President Trump in his first month in office. South Korea’s defense ministry quickly charged in a statement that Kim Jong Un’s missile launch — probably a medium- or intermediate-range missile — was “aimed at drawing global attention to the North by boasting its nuclear and missile capabilities.” The launch came as Trump was hosting.......
Sperry: How Obama Is Scheming To Sabotage Trump’s Presidency
....In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.....
Report: House to Vote on Repealing Obama Order on Planned Parenthood Funds
The House of Representatives will vote next week to repeal a last-minute executive order by former President Barack Obama that provided federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The vote to repeal Obama's Title X order under the Congressional Review Act is scheduled for late next week, The Washington Examiner reports. President Obama finalized the regulation in the last weeks of his administration, barring states from withdrawing federal funds from clinics that provide abortions.....
Trump Sends Mixed Messages on Religious Liberty
President Donald Trump promised his administration will defend religious freedom, but conflicting messages from the White House last week left conservatives holding their breath. At the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, Trump spoke at length on religious persecution around the world and claimed the United States flourishes......
Christian Post: Thousands of Pro-Lifers Rally Across US to Defund Planned Parenthood
Gathering outside more than 200 Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation Saturday, thousands of pro-life supporters called for Congress and the federal government to cut off funding to the country's largest abortion provider.....
Marshall Segal: Fifty Shades of Nay— Sin Is a Needle, Not a Toy 
....The message that sex is selfish, manipulative, and even playfully violent will abuse and violate you. It might feel like a fun and harmless fantasy, but it’s not so subtly redefining the power and beauty of sex, creating spiritual blockages in your heart that will eventually kill you, and impairing your ability to enjoy real and lasting pleasure.....
The Federalist: Congress Investigates Federal Climate Study After Whistleblower Exposes Fake Science
....House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said during a Tuesday hearing that NOAA “has deceived the American people by falsifying data to justify a partisan agenda.” He will now push for all documents related to the climate study, materials he requested via subpoena in 2015 after Obama Administration officials refused to disclose them....
Meet the 3 Leading Candidates for Trump Religious Freedom Post
At least three people are being considered by President Donald Trump to fill the role of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a position that could gain more prominence as the new administration aims to prioritize aid for persecuted religious minorities.....
Planned Parenthood Workers That Reached Abortion Sales Quota Goals Were Rewarded With Pizza Parties
Could you imagine having a job where you had to meet an “abortion sales quota” every month?  According to a shocking new investigation, this was actually happening at Planned Parenthood clinics all over the nation, and workers that reached abortion sales quota goals were rewarded with pizza parties and other incentives.  ...
The Federalist: The Data Suggests Unisex Bathrooms Are A Bonanza To Male Perverts
....Advancing technology is also changing how seriously we perceive this crime. Not only is miniaturization making it easier for men to record women, but the fact that pictures and video can be stored, shared, and viewed over and over again, has significantly changed the nature of the crime from the traditional “peeping tom.”....
Why the Melted Fuel Under Fukushima Could Poison Our Planet With Nuclear Radiation For 1000s Of Years
Six years ago, an absolutely devastating tsunami caused a triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power facility.  It was the worst environmental disaster in all of human history, and even though six years have passed since that time, nobody knows where the three melted cores are.  Just recently, authorities believe that they spotted some melted fuel underneath reactor 2, but even from a distance the level of nuclear radiation that was detected was being described as “unimaginable”. ....
George Stiekes: Do You Really Want Revival?
....It has been stressed that prayer is the major key to revival — serious, intense, persistent prayer. Prayer is our spiritual strength and it generates strength. It strengthens our relationship with God and generates both vision and power. This is why Satan strives to keep the believer from prayer. Nehemiah illustrates the kind of prayer that precedes revival. His heart was broken over the condition of Jerusalem and the people......
Bob Shea: Every Way I Turn He’s There
....As believers we understand the Lord is pouring out His Spirit to the prophetic people of this world to send us a crystal clear message for His Glory and the ushering in of His Kingdom. If I were to create a summation of synonymous words and phrases used within the articles posted below, it would be as follows:.... 
Ortlund: How to Defend the Gospel from Its Enemies—and Friends
....Defending the gospel against both its enemies and, at times, its friends is not easy. On the one hand, we desire not to be cowards; on the other hand, we desire not to be provocateurs. How can we find our way? Here are four thoughts........
David Cloud: Charles Spurgeon and the Battle for Truth
....In Spurgeon’s day, Protestant and Baptist denominations were beginning to be infiltrated with theological modernism. They were eaten up with lukewarmness. Spurgeon’s own group, the Baptist Union of England, faced this problem....Though Spurgeon was a defender of the faith during his entire ministry, his battles can be grouped into three distinct periods.....
 
Andrew Shanks : The New Eugenics—  Can We Pick and Choose Our Children? 
....Currently, genetic testing is becoming a common tool for physicians and diagnosticians. The general idea behind genetic testing is that there are certain genes which predispose a person to certain genetic traits, including an array of hereditary diseases. In some cases, the discovery of these genes may give doctors an edge in fighting the diseases which will result. For example, young children......
Chris Martin: I Have Deleted Politics From My Digital Life
...I want to be politically-informed, but I don’t want to hear what you think about politics...I want to know what happened, but I don’t care to know what anyone thinks about what happened, and I no longer care to share what I think about what happened. I want to be completely ignorant of what my Twitter people think about politics, and I want you to know as little about what I think as possible. Honestly, politics have become more divisive than unifying, even among friends and co-laborers in Christ, and the fight really just isn’t worth it to me anymore. Thankfully, it’s not a mandatory fight, online anyway. You can just dismiss yourself; so I did.....
Don Johnson: The Ethical Challenges Presented by 'Three-Parent Babies'
....What does this mean for the Biblical concept of personhood, the nature of human life, and Biblical ethics? Unsurprisingly, reactions to this news among various observers is decidedly mixed. There are many who applaud the results and have no question at all about the ethics of the procedure.....
 
Luke Holmes: What's Left When a Church Closes
Through years of practice and hard work, I have learned to spot a garage sale sign at great distances. Driving through the city recently my eye caught a big one - not only was it a going out of business sign, it was at a church.  I drove to a big, old church building that backed up to a high school in one of the older parts of the city. It was a mainline protestant church and as I entered the old gym, the sights and smells were familiar. It looked and felt like almost every older church I have been in. Like my church, even. I wandered around the building and... ....
Case Involving Rights of Christian Counselors May Reach Supreme Court
 A legal case involving the religious freedom rights of California state counselors may be heard by the Supreme Court. Charisma News reports that Christian counselors in the state have been battling against Senate Bill 1172 for nearly five years. According to the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), which is representing the counselors, “The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012, requires state-licensed mental health providers, including psychologists, psychiatrists.....
Samuel James: What the Gospel Means for the Transgender Debate
....For the transgender-affirming, gender is an extension of self-determined identity. Any sexual or gender expression—so long as it does not violate someone else’s autonomy—is morally valid, because to suggest otherwise would be to demean someone’s humanity. But for the Christian, gender is part of God’s design for how we, body and spirit, reflect the image of the Creator.....
Rill Randles: After Seventy Years… Zechariah Part One
Zechariah was a prophet in the time of the restoration of Israel, being one of the meager company of Jews who came back into the land after the seventy year Babylonian Captivity had ended.He began prophesying about the year 520 BC. It is interesting to note that currently we are approaching another 70 anniversary for Israel, for in our day, the nation which was reborn in May 1948, in fulfillment of so many prophecies, is very near 70 years old. The Prophet gives a preliminary address to the nation, before he reveals the eight visions which were given him concerning Israel and Jerusalem....
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, February 11th-12th, 2017
Snyder:Why the 'Elite' Hate Trump So Much
Have you ever wondered why the elite hate Donald Trump so much? There have certainly been many politicians throughout the years that have been disliked, but with Trump there is a hatred that is so intense that it almost seems tangible at times. During the campaign, they went to extraordinary lengths to destroy him, but it didn’t work. And now that he is president, the attacks against him have been absolutely relentless. So why is there so much animosity toward Trump? Is it just because he is not a member of their club?...
Eric Sapp: Trump Isn't the Antichrist But He Is Anti-Christ
....666 Fifth Avenue falls almost perfectly in the "middle" of Fifth Avenue from north to south. And candidate Trump's famous proclamation that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue (where 666 Fifth is) and shoot somebody without losing any voters reflects precisely the environment and cult the Bible warns about....
Reuters: China Expels 32 South Korea Missionaries Amid Missile Defense Tension
China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Korean government official said on Saturday, amid diplomatic tension between the two countries over the planned deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in the South. The 32 were based in China’s northeastern Yanji region near the border with North Korea, many of whom had worked there more than a decade, South Korean media have reported. ....
National Catholic Reporter: Repealing the Johnson AmendmentLegal and Ecclesiological Problems
....The way the opponents of the Johnson Amendment talk, you would think that the IRS has agents in every church in the nation, monitoring sermons, ready to pounce if a preacher says anything remotely political. In reality, the IRS is so underfunded that the last thing it wants to do is waste agents on watching churches. Nor does the IRS want the political flak it would get if it went after a church.....
CBN News: Pastor Fired for Religious Beliefs Wins Big In Court
Eric Walsh, a lay pastor and former district health director with the Georgia Department of Public Health, filed a lawsuit against the state after being fired for what he preached in the pulpit.  Just a week after he got his new position as district health director in 2014, the department forced Walsh to hand over copies of his sermons to the state. Soon, after watching his sermons, the department fired him.....
Fox News: 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered In Israel
Researchers have discovered a new cave in Israel that they say once held Dead Sea Scrolls, making it just the 12th such cave of its kind found. The find is thus a milestone, according to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem....
Rod Dreher: For Church, Gay Rights Trump Religious Liberty
Here’s news that ought to shake Christians out of their complacency regarding the future of the church in America: The majority of Americans who identify as religious say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry and oppose policies that would give business owners the right to refuse services to same-sex wedding ceremonies, according to data compiled by the Public Religion Research Institute.....
Poll Shows Public Trusts Trump Administration More Than Media
An Emerson College poll released on Tuesday revealed President Donald Trump’s administration is viewed as more truthful than the news media among American voters.
The poll shows 49 percent of the voters saw the administration as truthful...The news media took a hit in this poll, showing 39 percent of the public sees them as honest, with a staggering 53 percent calling them “untruthful.”.... 
Christian Post: Will Trump Court Pick Gorsuch Play Role in Transgender Bathroom Case?
It is not likely that United State Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed in time to be part of the decision in the case surrounding a transgender student's lawsuit against a Virginia public school district, according to a legal expert.....
Tim Challies: On Christian Coloring Books and Meaningful Hobbies
...God is delighted when we find delight in hobbies. But there’s no heavenly or earthly reason to elevate coloring to the realm of prayer, meditation, or spiritual discipline. The same is true of any other hobby or any other activity. When coloring becomes a form of spirituality, it becomes both distracting and dangerous.....
Nick Batzig: Teachability
One of the great goals, to which each of us should aspire in our short lives, is that of becoming a teachable person. That statement sounds, at one and the same time, both noble and straightforward. However, a careful consideration of this subject leads us to conclude that it is commonly mischaracterized and misunderstood.....
Amy Medina: 10 Myths About Africa Many Americans Believe
....I am going to debunk the following myths with what I have learned by living in Tanzania, since that is the country I am most familiar with.  However, keep in mind that I will be speaking broadly, and knowingly countering the stereotypes about Africa with more stereotypes (albeit, hopefully more accurate stereotypes).....
 
Christian Post: Does Neil Gorsuch's Liberal Church Matter?
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch attends a liberal church. Should conservatives be concerned? As President Donald Trump has nominated Tenth Circuit Court Judge Gorsuch to fulfill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court, many conservatives have praised the selection while others are weary of the fact that Gorsuch attends a very liberal Episcopal church in Colorado.....
Europe Accelerates Move To Begin Elimination Of Paper Money
In the shadow of Donald Trump’s spree of controversial actions, the European commission has quietly launched the next offensive in the war on cash. These unelected bureaucrats have boldly asserted their intention to crack down on paper transactions across the E.U. and solidify a trend that has been gaining momentum for years....
Could Moderate Nationalism Save Us from Post-Christian “Americanism”?
....Of course, the critics of nationalism are right, up to a point. They correctly warn that an unreflective attachment to hearth and home, totem and tribe can quickly get out of control and erupt in the kind of ugliness we see around the world, which took its most infamous form in Hitler’s Germany. But that’s not the only kind of danger. Countries bound together only by an abstract ideology can be very dangerous too — as we see not just from the Soviet Union and revolutionary France, but also........
Will 'Gays' Become More Numerous In America Than Christians?
The LGBT population in the United States is on the rise, and meanwhile the number of evangelicals is on the decline. For now, evangelicals still greatly outnumber those that identify as LGBT, but if current trends continue it is only a matter of time.....
 
John Stonestreet: Are Riots in the Streets the New Normal?
....The Left likes to compare Trump to Hitler and the Nazis. Yet it was Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, who said, "History is made in the streets." Get enough brown-shirts to beat up and silence the opposition, and you seize power. Might makes right. That's not the American way.....
TGC: Meet the Pro-Life Group Cracking Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Market 
....Human Coalition seeks to connect with “abortion-determined” women in an effort to help them choose life. Along the way, the organization has tracked its success, measuring everything from how many women clicked on their advertisements to how many ended up choosing life. They’re using these numbers to improve effectiveness—and Human Coalition is definitely improving. In the first two years after it established a presence in Raleigh, Pittsburgh, and Dallas, an average of four times as many abortion-minded women saved their babies. Since 2010, the organization has saved more than 5,500 babies from abortion.....
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