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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MARCH 1st-10th, 2017
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Headlines & Articles —  Friday, March 10th, 2017
Jim Tonkowich: In Age of Relativism, Christians Should Remind Ourselves: ‘This is the Truth. Deal With It.’
....“This is the truth.” What a wonderful way to end any Bible reading in any church. Part of me, however, wants to change the “Peace be with you,” to “Deal with it.” I say that because we are so accustomed to lies and spin that even the Gospel can seem a bit negotiable. As Anthony Esolen writes... “It isn’t just the sheer multitude of lies, or their weight, like a mudslide rumbling down the side of a two-mile-high volcano. It is that we really do not expect people to do anything but lie.” And that can’t help but influence how we read the Bible.....
Daniel Greenfield: How Democrats Brought a Muslim Child Molester to America
When Tanveer Hussain and Abid Khan weren’t allowed into the United States, they blamed President Trump. So did the media outlets that covered the story. The controversial Democrat mayor of Saranac Lake reached out to fellow New York party members Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. They leaned on the local embassy and Hussain and Khan were waved through.....Tanveer Hussain would be charged with molesting a 12-year-old girl who was a student at the school. Based on her age there is a high probability that she had been one of the children writing letters on his behalf to Schumer and Gillibrand. One of the children smiling cheerfully in the photos with the alleged Muslim abuser. The adults who led her community should have protected her. Instead they betrayed her.....
Christian Preschool Closes Over Fear of Government Forcing Staff to Compromise Church Teachings
A Christian preschool in Florida that receives much of its funding from the state government will close its doors in May due to concerns that government regulations could one day force staff to compromise religious teachings or even create bathroom accommodations for transgender children. Gateway Christian Preschool, an outreach ministry of the Gateway Church of Christ in Pensacola, will shut down after......
Gladstone Institute: Canada's New Blasphemy Laws
A resolution, M-103, seeking to condemn so-called "Islamophobia," was introduced a few weeks ago in the peaceful country of Canada by Liberal Party MP Iqra Khalid in the House of Commons, sparking a controversy. A similar motion, labelled M-37, was later tabled in the Ontario provincial legislature by MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers on February 23, 2017, and was passed by the provincial parliament. M-37, like its predecessor, demanded that lawmakers condemn "all forms of Islamophobia" and reaffirm "support for government efforts, through the Anti-Racism Directorate, to address and prevent systemic racism across government policy, programs and services". Although these motions are not legally binding, extremists have already started demanding them as laws. There are, of course, no comparable motions against "Judeophobia" or "Christianophobia".  Neither motion M-103 nor motion 37 exactly define "Islamophobia," leaving that to the imagination of the supposed victim(s).....
Granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church Founder Tells Why She Left the Church
Megan Phelps-Roper remembers being a blue-eyed chubby little girl holding a sign she couldn't even read: "Gays are worthy of death." She grew up in one of the most notorious religious sects -- the Westerboro Baptist Church. The group, which was founded by her grandfather, has made national headlines for its hateful antics against gays, Jews, soldiers, and many more. ....
CBN News: A New Warning for Parents When It Comes to How TV and Movies Influence Children
The debate, protests and controversy surrounding Disney's "big gay moment" in its new Beauty and the Beast film warrant one big reminder for parents. Children are influenced by what they see. The Parents Television Council sites recent studies that show the harm TV can have on children, including: sex, violence and profanity.....
UK Independent: Stephen Hawking SaysWithout a ‘World Government,’  Technology Will Destroy Us
Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the human race. The world-renowned physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past, believes we need to establish a way of identifying threats quickly, before they have a chance to escalate. “Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” he told The Times.....
Gospel Coalition: What Christianity in China Is Really Like 
....When asked if China is like this or that, the answer is almost always “Yes.” In fact, it’s easy to spot a China rookie: They’re the ones who confidently begin, “The church across China looks like ______,” “All Chinese Christians believe ______,” “Ministry in China is always ______,” or “The government’s attitude toward Chinese Christians is ______.” So the goal of understanding what China is really like must be tempered. Or at least approached in a way that allows for ambiguity and recognizes the enigma of the subject. Toward that goal and in that spirit, here are five things helpful to understand about the church landscape in China.....
Family Research Council Sides With Conservatives Against Trump in Healthcare Battle
The leading social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council has joined conservative lawmakers in voicing opposition to certain elements of the Obamacare replacement bill being advanced by House leadership, which some are calling "Obamacare Lite."....
Jewish Press: Christians Worldwide Proclaim Jerusalem ‘Undivided Capital of Jewish State’
President Donald Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Wednesday that in order to stabilize Syria, it must not be allowed to remain a “safe haven for terrorists,” and that it is vital “we get Iran and their proxies out.”....
Greg Laurie: What's All This Witch and Trump 'Hocus-Pocus' About?
I recently read that a group of witches are seeking to "cast a spell" on President Trump under each crescent moon until he is no longer in office. Many would dismiss this "hocus pocus" with a laugh but it brings up a very real issue.....
ACLU Loses Effort to Charge Kim Davis $231K in Legal Fees
Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, who in 2015 spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples due to her religious beliefs, will not have to pay $231,000 in court fees, a federal judge has ruled.....
Canadian Prime Minister Donates $650 Million to Fund Abortions Worldwide
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to donate $650 million for abortions worldwide on International Women's Day, with "horrified" pro-lifers calling it a "sick" decision.....
ISIS Radicals Disguised as Doctors Massacre Over 30 Sick and Wounded in Hospital
Islamic State militants killed over 30 patients and staff at an Afghan hospital and wounded twice as many others after managing to disguise themselves as doctors in what some have called an "abhorrent new low."....
Wyoming Judge Under Fire for Religious Beliefs on Gay Marriage
Ruth Neely has been a small town judge in Pinedale for more than 20 years. She has never been asked to perform a same-sex marriage, but was asked the hypothetical question of whether she would perform a same-sex ceremony if asked to do so.  Judge Neely publicly stated that if asked, she would refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies because doing so would violate her religious beliefs.....
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Headlines & Articles —  Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Gladstone Institute:The Future Of The European Union?
The European Commission has published a document outlining five scenarios for how the European Union could evolve within the next ten years. The so-called White Paper on the Future of Europe, which will be presented at the Rome Summit on March 25, 2017 to mark the 60th anniversary of the European Union, is intended to be "the starting point for a wider public debate on the future of our continent." Each of the five scenarios is based on the premise that "the 27 Member States move forward together as a Union."  The document does not consider the possibility that the EU could collapse or break apart, or even that the powers of the EU be significantly curtailed. The document states: "Too often, the discussion on Europe's future has been boiled down to a binary choice between more or less Europe. That approach is misleading and simplistic. The possibilities covered here range from the status quo, to a change of scope and priorities, to a partial or collective leap forward."..
OneNewsNow: Trump's Obama Spying Accusations Not Out of Thin Air
A pro-family leader says there is plenty of evidence that the Trump campaign was monitored by the Obama administration last year, as the media reported on former President Barack Obama wiretapping Trump before the president tweeted his accusation about spying.....
Pat Buchanan: The Beltway Conspiracy to Break Trump
At Mar-a-Lago this weekend President Donald Trump was filled "with fury" says The Washington Post, "mad -- steaming, raging, mad." ...The president has reason to be enraged. For what is afoot is a loose but broad conspiracy to break and bring him down, abort his populist agenda, and overturn the results of the 2016 election.....
Christianity Today: China Kicks Out South Korean Missionaries in ‘Unprecedented’ Numbers
In the past few months, China has expelled dozens of South Korean missionaries from Jilin, a northeastern province that neighbors North Korea. News media reported the raids, with estimates of the total expulsions ranging from 30 to 70.....
Christian News Net: 1,000 'Faith Leaders' Endorse Blasphemous 'Shack' Film Based on Universalist Novel Depicting God as Woman
A website dedicated to marketing the controversial film “The Shack” states that 1,000 “faith leaders” have given their endorsement of the movie—a film that is based on William P. Young’s bestselling novel of the same name, which some say contains universalistic doctrine and teaches that God is all love and no holiness, wrath or justice. The resource site for “The Shack” provides both written and recorded endorsements from many well-known entities, including leaders and representatives of The Salvation Army, Young Life, Family Christian Stores, The Christian Post, K-LOVE, CBN and TBN, to celebrities such as Michael W. Smith, Joel Houston of Hillsong United, Gospel artist Tasha Cobbs and.......
Government Spooks Can Use The Mic And Camera On Trump’s Phone Even When He Thinks It Is Turned Off
...Any digital device can potentially be accessed and used to spy on you even if it appears to be turned off.  And this is why Donald Trump needs to be so careful right now, because the intelligence community wants to take him down and they can literally use any digital device in his possession to try to gather dirt on him.  We have a “deep state” that is absolutely obsessed with watching, tracking and monitoring the American people, and something desperately needs to be done about  this unconstitutional surveillance. ....
Radical Islamic Jihadists Kill Christian Family for 'Defiling' Islam by Converting to Christianity
Islamic extremists believed to be affiliated with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia shot to death a Christian convert and her son after breaking into their home last month.....
Neil GorsuchA Supreme Court Pick Whose Writing Is Down To Earth
 When Justice Antonin Scalia backed out of a book project with writing partner Bryan Garner, the justice recommended who might take his place. Neil Gorsuch was first on this list. Experts who spend time examining the writing of the nation’s top judges say it’s not hard to see why the veteran jurist would recommend the man whom President Donald Trump would later nominate to fill the Supreme Court seat Scalia held for nearly 30 years. “He has a great facility with ideas and with words,” Garner said. An examination of Gorsuch’s writings shows he can be breezy with the written word. He can be jocular. He invokes myth and literature and even sports. And you don’t have to agree with his opinions as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to appreciate the final product.....
Christians Warn Pope Francis: Making Deal With China Is Big Mistake, Would Worsen Persecution
Reports of warming relations between China's atheistic Communist Party and the Vatican have beet met with high caution by some watchdog groups, which are warning that the persecution of Christians could get worse.....
CBN News: These Networks Are Now Airing Once Banned Atheist Commercial
 For the first time, an ad inviting viewers to join the Freedom from Religion Foundation is airing on multiple cable news networks.  The 30 second spot features Ron Reagan proudly proclaiming his atheist views.  It originally aired in 2014, but had been refused by CBS, NBC, ABC and Discovery. The ad had aired on some regional network markets, as well as CNN and Comedy Central.  Now the spot will run on "Morning Joe" and the "Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC through March 12. It will also return to CNN.....
Baptist Press: Kentucky Religious Expression Bill Clears Final Hurdle 
Students would be able to express religious and political viewpoints in public schools and on college campuses without interference from administrators under a bill that cleared its final legislature hurdle Monday (March 6) and was headed to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to be signed into law. State Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, said he decided to sponsor Senate Bill 17 after a Johnson County elementary schools removed biblical references from a presentation of "Charlie Brown's Christmas Carol" in 2015.....
T: Millennials Abandoning Christianity Because of Family Breakdown, Says Author
Millennials abandoning Christianity is mostly fueled by family breakdown, says the author of a new book on why so many of them are leaving their faith, yet reasons do exist to be encouraged.....
In an Unexplained Case, Brain Activity Has Been Recorded as Much as 10 Minutes After Death
Doctors in a Canadian intensive care unit have stumbled on a very strange case - when life support was turned off for four terminal patients, one of them showed persistent brain activity even after they were declared clinically dead. For more than 10 minutes after doctors confirmed death through a range of observations, including the absence of a pulse and unreactive pupils, the patient appeared to experience the.......
CBN News: Eight-Year-Old Boy Credits ‘Angels’ with Helping Him Lift Car off Dying Dad
8-year-old J.T. Parker says “angels” must’ve helped him save his dad’s life, and his mom agrees there’s no other earthly explanation for what transpired. J.T.’s mom Jodi said “This whole thing is a miracle. There’s no other way to describe it. There’s no way that little boy could have done that. I just felt that it was a responsibility we now have to tell people that miracles still exist.”....
UPI: Ripple Effects In Cairo From ISIS Attacks On Christians
The displacement of Chris­tian residents of North Si­nai after the Islamic State started systemati­cally attacking them has led to unprecedented Christian an­ger and potential withdrawal of sup­port for the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi...
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
How Will America's Seismic Cultural Shift Affect the Next Generation?
What's perhaps most striking about the current cultural dynamic is that ten years ago — or even five — there was an entirely different societal vibe. Extend that back a few decades and the differences are even starker. What is it that has so fervently transformed American culture? What is it that has changed our fabric so intensely? I would argue there is what I call a triangular dominance at play when it comes to how members of our society receive their information — a systematic control over educational content that has permeated our minds, our hearts, and perhaps most tragically, our souls. And it is only intensifying.  Through the media, entertainment, and university system — the three main information sources that shape the American conscience — people are bombarded with moral codes and messages that are anything but modest, restrained, or in line with biblical tenets...
Christian Post: Over 80 Chinese Christians Arrested for Worshiping In House Churches
Dozens of Christians were arrested for worshiping at underground house churches across the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang during crackdowns on Christianity that occurred around the Lunar New Year holiday in late January, a leading persecution watchdog has reported. According to China Aid, more than 80 Christians were arrested by authorities after they attended house church meetings across the northwestern region, while six others were detained in the days leading up to and after the Chinese New Year.....
The Stream: British Street Preachers Arrested for Offending Pro-Gay as Well as Muslim Crowds
....In a video captured by one of the men, Michael Overd, his preaching the gospel brought the pro-Gay, pro-Muslim crowd to an uncontrolled frenzy. This got the attention of the local police, who arrested Overd, not the unruly crowd. “There’s a line of freedom of speech, okay?” The officer explained to Overd. “But it’s when you’re causing a disturbance, okay, that is aggravating people, antisocial behavior, which you were causing, you have been detained.” ....
CBN News: Tel Aviv Fulfilling Biblical Prophecy and Future Promises
President Trump has pledged to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While the Old City of Jerusalem is the center of biblical events, Tel Aviv has become Israel's economic and hi-tech center. As CBN News' Scott Ross found out, the bustling city also fulfills biblical prophecy. Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv could be described as Israel's New York City. In just over 100 years, it's become one of the world's leading startup cities.   ....
Ancient Origins:Can Different Religions Peacefully Share a Sacred Site? 
A Temple Mount Tragedy
One of the major points of contention between Israel and the Arab/Moslem world is over the most sacred piece of real estate on the planet. At 37 acres, the Temple Mount is the focal point of prayer and contention for the three western religious traditions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. While Christianity has Rome, Constantinople, and Jerusalem vying for spiritual “seniority;” and Islam has Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem; Judaism has Jerusalem, and Jerusalem, and Jerusalem. However, traditionally, the role of the holy city and, in particular, the Temple Mount, has been widely, if not grudgingly, recognized in importance by each of these traditions to the other. ....
Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump Compromise on Funding: Abortion 'Vital to Our Mission'
The Donald Trump administration has reportedly told the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, that it can maintain its hundreds of millions of dollars in annual federal funding as long as it stops performing abortions altogether.  According to The New York Times, the White House has issued Planned Parenthood an informal compromise that would preserve the organization's federal funding, most of which could be stripped should legislation that would repeal major components of Obamacare be passed....
Jerusalem Post: Archeologists Discover 2,000-Year-old ‘Emperor’s Road’ Near Beit Shemesh 
A wide and well-preserved 2,000-year-old road dating to the Roman period was unearthed last month during archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority and students near Beit Shemesh. The dig, located just off of Highway 375, was conducted prior to laying a water pipeline to Jerusalem at the initiative of the Beit Shemesh water corporation Mei Shemesh.....
Greenfield: Democrats Fought for Muslim Kept Out by Trump, Then He Molested a Little Girl
....He was a wonderful Muslim whom we had absolutely no reason to keep out of the country came to New York showing us how silly our fears were. Then he molested a 12-year-old girl.....
Spending More Than Two Hours on Social Media Per Day Could Make You Feel Isolated, Study Finds
....Overall, those who logged on more frequently reported that they experienced a decreased sense of social belonging, lower engagement with others, and less fulfilling relationships — even when researchers controlled for social and demographic factors like relationship status and living situation in the results. ....
Capstone Report: The Southern Baptist Case Against Russell Moore
Russell Moore’s biggest problem is his mouth. He comes across as condescending—smug. That is a major problem when you are in a job where you need to exhort people to an elevated involvement in political and ethical issues. While Dr. Moore’s defenders are trying to make this about race, the real issue is Dr. Moore.....
A Third Of All U.S. Shopping Malls Are Projected To Close As ‘Space Available’ Signs Go Up All Over America
If you didn’t know better, you might be tempted to think that “Space Available” was the hottest new retail chain in the entire country.  As you will see below, it is being projected that about a third of all shopping malls in the United States will soon close, and we just recently learned that the number of “distressed retailers” is the highest that it has been since the last recession.....
CBN News: Disney Shareholders Meet: Will LGBT 'Agenda' Come Up?
Disney shareholders will gather for their annual meeting in Denver on Wednesday amidst a week of controversy over an "exclusively gay moment" in the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" movie due in theatres on Friday. Critics like evangelist Franklin Graham have accused Disney of inserting an "LGBT agenda" into children's entertainment, noting that Disney also featured its first on-screen gay kiss last week in the children's cartoon show "Star vs. the Forces of Evil."...
Michael Snyder: Is The Left Trying To Start A Civil War?
An army of subversives is attempting to undermine the Trump administration from within the government, and at the same time a whole host of prominent leftist leaders are fueling the flames of hate against Trump and are promoting riots, civil uprisings and in some cases even violence. And of course the mainstream media is a more than willing accomplice, because pretty much everyone that works in the mainstream media absolutely hates Donald Trump. On a fundamental level, the United States is more divided today than.......
World Mag: A ‘Shack’ Divided
New film may raise some good questions, but avoid its heresies and answers.
The film treads on very dangerous ground by personifying God in the image of man and putting words outside of Scripture into His mouth. The Shack is the first major motion picture that presents God in three visual, humanized persons: Father God or known here as Papa (Octavia Spencer) is portrayed as a huggable black woman who wears beads and jams to Neil Young; Jesus (Aviv Alush) is a super-chill, kind-eyed Jew who tinkers with wood in the shed and walks on water; the Holy Spirit or Sarayu (Sumire Matsubara) is a swan-necked, sparkly Asian woman who gardens and communicates in whispers. They have personalities, facial expressions, fashon styles......
Two Vietnamese Christian Leaders Abducted, Beaten With Metal Rods
Two Christian pastors in Vietnam claim that they were kidnapped, stripped of their clothes, robbed and beaten with metal rods by security officers as they tried to make their way to the town of Ba ??n to meet up with fellow activists subjected to recent police violence...
David Cloud: Is America a Christian Nation?
 America is a nation deeply influenced by Christianity and the Bible, but this does not add up to a “Christian nation.”   I love American history and have read hundreds of books directly bearing on this subject, including many dozens of biographies of America’s most influential early leaders as well as more recent ones.  It can surely be said that America is a Christianized nation in the sense......
Joel Woodard: Five Reminders As We Serve the Dying and Their Families
....A few months ago, I received such a call and went to visit an elderly man, the father of someone in our church....They made their way into the room and stood awkwardly along the walls and in the doorway. It was obvious no one wanted to approach the bed. The man’s son, whom I knew, leaned over and said, “Dad, this is Joel. He’s a pastor.” Then he moved out of the way to give me room to do whatever it is that pastors do in situations like this. As I stepped toward this elderly man, I remember thinking that I was putting on the mantle of a pastor approaching a death bed, which I’ve learned means five things........
Jonathan Howe: Five Ways Churches Can Encourage Members to Share on Social Media
....Whether through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, your church can reach, inform, and inspire more people when you use social media wisely and effectively. But that’s not where the social media influence should stop. Truly effective social media campaigns don’t end with the originator of the message. They motivate those who see the posts to share with their friends and beyond. So how can your church encourage your members to share your content with their friends? Here are five practices that we’ve seen work for churches who get their members to share and engage more often.....
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Is Christianity Central to American Identity? Most Believe US Is Losing Its Identity
A national poll has found that while there is deep disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over whether Christianity is central to American identity, a majority of the population agrees that the country is losing its identity as a whole.....
Christian Post:  Trump's New Travel Ban—  No Priority for Persecuted Religious Minorities
President Donald Trump signed another executive order on immigration Monday that acts as somewhat of a revision to his Jan. 27 executive order that barred refugee resettlement for 120 days and immigration from seven, now six, Muslim-majority countries for a period of 90 days.....
Todd Starnes:Obama Audited Billy Graham, So Wiretapping Trump Tower Is Not a Stretch
In 2013 President Obama's minions sent IRS agents to bully the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association....They targeted Billy Graham, America's pastor. Just let that sink in, folks. So if the Obama Administration went after Billy Graham, it's not out of the realm of possibility they wiretapped Donald Trump.  The Mainstream Media believes such a charge is absurd, but is it really?....
Christian News Net: Science Again Confirms Genesis as Evidence of Africa's Wet Past Points to Flood
New research has confirmed that the dry, desolate climate of the Sahara Desert was once a lush tropical climate—an observation that correlates well with the predictions of biblical creationists, a physicist with the Institute for Creation Research says. A team of international researchers collected and........
AP:Ex-Sect Members Tell AP: Prosecutors Obstructed Abuse Cases
At least a half-dozen times over two decades, authorities investigated reports that members of a secretive evangelical church were being beaten. And every time, according to former congregants, the orders came down from church leaders: They must lie to protect the sect.....
Vintage News: The Ark of the Covenant, Which Supposedly Has Contained the Tablets With the Ten Commandments, Is the Subject of a New Search
Researchers from France and Israel are getting together to search for this historical artifact. They believe the Ark rests in a Biblical site that has not yet been extensively explored. Kiriath-Jearim in West Jerusalem will be opened for research between August 7th and September 1st.....
Washington Post: MS-13 Gang Members Accused of Killing Teen Claimed Satan ‘Wanted a Soul,’ Say Police
The Houston police sergeant who faced reporters Friday grimaced with each question. What did the dead girl’s parents say? How was MS-13 involved? Should people be frightened?  The investigation was ongoing, Sgt. Chris Sturdivant said. Not even the victim’s name could be released. But after so many questions, Sturdivant finally made the same startling claim as prosecutors: “There was some, uh, satanic type activity taking place.” A few days earlier, two men had been arrested, each charged with.....
At What Age Should a Pastor Retire? Ten Diagnostic Questions
There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire? Instead of responding with a specific number, I ask my Baby Boomer peers a series of ten diagnostic questions:....
Lifezette:Inside the Minds of ISIS Militants
....Living half a world away from Middle Eastern nations, most Americans in the United States may not fully comprehend how indoctrinated radical Islamic terrorists actually are — but we need to know and understand it in order to defeat it.....
US psychologists Claim Social Media 'Increases Loneliness'
Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are causing more people to feel alone, according to US psychologists. A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chances of a person experiencing social isolation...
Franklin Graham Thankful for Controversy Over Vancouver Event
American evangelist Franklin Graham says he's thankful for all the attention he's received as he prepares to headline a free three-day evangelical Christian event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. "Of course there's been a little bit of controversy the last few weeks, which has helped even more to get the word out," said the 64-year-old son of Billy Graham....
Jon Cyrus: What I’m Learning After Losing My Daughter to Drugs
My dark journey began with a phone call. My oldest daughter was dead of drug overdose. Here’s what God has been teaching me.....
Thomas D. Hawkes: Three Common Dangers Church Planters Face
Planting a church is no easy task. New church planters often ask about problems and challenges they might face in the early years...three would be near the top for many new church planters: a leadership problem, an emotional problem, and an outreach problem. Being aware of these three issues can help a planter avoid paralyzing frustration and lead to a healthier first few months or years.  ...
 
Ex-Atty General Loretta Lynch Calls for Violent Protests Against Trump
 This isn't really new. Obama and his people encouraged violent racist protests using similarly coded language. Lynch is just carrying on the same custom. Her language is careful. Its apparent invocation of the Civil Rights movement gives it cover. But everyone knows exactly what the former Attorney General is talking about. And this is as blatant as Team Obama has gotten in calling for open war. We can expect Obama Inc to be increasingly blatant in its activism, with the man himself making a public reappearance before long. ..
Public Discourse: Biology Isn't Bigotry— Christians, Lesbians, and Radical Feminists Unite to Fight Gender Ideology
Public schools have a duty to serve all children, but a school cannot serve children and a totalitarian ideology all at once. For the sake of children’s well-being, Christian mothers are uniting with their radical feminist and lesbian sisters to reject the idea of “gender identity.”.....
wayoflife.org: Religion In the Aged
“They shall still bring forth fruit in old age” (Psalm 92:14). Old age, physically considered, is a condition replete with calamities. It is the imperfection of childhood, with the addition of many positive and peculiar evils. The tent is sunburnt and weather- beaten, and ready to be laid aside as useless. The mansion God's chief earthly workmanship is in decay, and on the eve of absolute desolation. It is the winter of life; her vitalities are chilled and frozen; the bones have become earth, the muscles are ossified....
 
Dave Zuleger: Two Lies Satan Tells Us In Suffering 
What do you lean on when the pain won’t go away? What do you do when you can’t help the pain go away for someone you love? What do you do when suffering seems to saturate your life, seeping into every circumstance?Six years into my wife’s struggle with brutal and sometimes crippling chronic pain, I’m still surprised by how often I find myself grasping for promises and hope because I’m suddenly (sometimes without warning) shaken and disoriented by the sorrow and frustration I feel. .....
David R. Brumbelow: The Proper Use of the Public Invitation
.... I grew up thinking everyone used a Public Invitation...The Public Invitation is effective, biblical, even psychologically sound.  Pastor, do you want to be a more effective evangelist?  Do you want your church to be more evangelistic?  Do you want to reach more people for Christ?  One way to accomplish this is to learn the reasons for using the Invitation.  Also, learn the proper use of the Invitation.  How do you learn how to give a good Public Invitation?  Go hear and read good pastors and evangelists and see how they do it....
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, March 6th, 2017
Loretta Lynch Tells Protesters & Rioters: We Need More Marching, Blood, Death On the Streets
The Obama administration’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made an impassioned video plea for more marching, blood and death on the streets – a video that was later posted on the Facebook page of Senate Democrats as “words of inspiration.” The video is less than a minute long and begins by stating that people are experiencing “great fear and uncertainty,” with the unstated implication it is due to Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House.....
CBN News: Why Some Parents May Not Take Their Children to See Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'
Disney is just days away from premiering its highly anticipated live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast." However, many families are concerned after the company says the film will feature a gay character and a love scene.  Disney calls it the debut of their first ever "exclusively gay moment" on the big screen. ....
Christian-Owned Movie Theater Refuses to Show 'Beauty and the Beast' Over Gay Propaganda
A drive-in movie theater in Alabama announced on its Facebook page it will not screen Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" because it includes an "exclusively gay moment," and its Christian owners don't agree with the film's propaganda. The theater's Facebook page is now inaccessible.....
Congressional Delegation: Move US Embassy to Jerusalem....
Christian Post: ISIS' Destruction of Tomb of Jonah Uncovers Ancient Palace of Biblical King Sennacherib....
Lifezette: Where Can the Persecuted Christians in the Middle East Go?....
TGC: Europe’s Most Godless Country May Surprise You .....
Ronnie Floyd: Pastors, It's OK Talk to Your Church About America
This past Sunday morning, I took the opportunity to talk to my church about America. While I do not do this weekly, I do practice it regularly. I believe it is a stewardship entrusted to me for the church I pastor.....
Public Discourse: Ideology and the Corruption of Language
We might ask ourselves, with some embarrassment, whether, after decades of enforcing politically correct speech codes, the plight of black people, or any of the other disadvantaged groups in America,  is any better than it was before we developed our current hypersensitivity to people’s every word and gesture.....
Christian Post: Syrian Muslim Refugees Converting to Christianity After Fleeing War Zone: 'Jesus Saved Us'
Numerous Syrian Muslims who fled their war-torn country and found refuge in Lebanon have converted to Christianity despite threats and incidents of attacks on new converts, according to a report....
Pope Urges Faithful to Consult Bible as Often as Cellphones
Pope Francis has called on the faithful to consult the Bible with the same frequency as they might consult their cellphones for messages.Francis urged a packed St. Peter s Square following his weekly Angelus blessing Sunday to give the Bible the same place...
Nathan W. Bingham: Pixels Are People
....The Internet has changed the way we communicate. The ability of an individual to share a message has never been as easy or as far reaching....Yes, the Internet can draw us closer together. But because of our sinful hearts, it can also push us apart. People—even those of us inside the church—easily twist God’s good gifts.....
The Church of Norway Adopts New Liturgy For Homosexual Marriage
The Church of Norway (Evangelical Lutheran) finally adopts a new liturgy to include same-sex couples....88 of the 115 council members believe that a new liturgy should be created so that all members will be able to get married in their local church. On Monday, the new liturgy went into effect.....
Gladstone Institute: The West Submits to Blasphemy Laws....
David Cloud: Tight Clothing and Modesty
Tight, clinging attire is as immodest as skimpy attire because the woman’s figure is emphasized and accented, and the man’s attention is directed to that which is forbidden outside of marriage. Men are strongly influenced sexually by the eye-gate......
Eric Geiger: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Time
....Paul challenged us to walk wisely and make the most of the time (Ephesians 5:15-16). While we are incapable of creating more time, we can get more out of the limited time we have. Here are ten ways I work to get the most out of my time.......
 
College Campuses Are Now a Battleground Over Free Speech
College campuses were once a place for the free exchange of ideas and the center for vigorous intellectual debate, but increasingly this is no longer true as liberal intellectuals have tightened their hold on schools across the country.   Increasingly, conservative viewpoints, as well as any that don't align with the left's agenda, are shutout or outright banned under the guise of creating safe zones free from "offensive" viewpoints.Pro-life students on the UC Davis campus recently sat at a table and asked passing students their opinion with a simple question, "Should abortion be legal?" The opinions provided were "yes", "no" and "it depends". ...
Ryan Anderson: Just Because Liberals Call Something ‘Discrimination’ Doesn’t Mean It Actually Is
The biggest problem with current sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws — including “Fairness for All,” which proposes a grand-bargain compromise between SOGI laws and religious liberty — is that they do not appropriately define what counts as discriminatory...These are the laws that are being used to shutter Catholic adoption agencies, fine evangelical bakers, and force businesses and public facilities to allow men into women’s locker rooms. The problem is that liberals are calling anything they dislike “discrimination.” But liberals are getting it wrong. To illustrate this, consider several different cases of putative “discrimination.” The law must be nuanced enough to capture the important differences in these cases......
 
Is A Great Crash Coming? The Laws Of Economics Cannot Be Defied Forever
Current stock market valuations are not sustainable.  If there is one thing that I want you to remember from this article, it is that cold, hard fact.   In 1929, 2000 and 2008, stock prices soared to absolutely absurd levels just before horrible stock market crashes.  What goes up must eventually come down, and the stock market bubble of today will be no exception.  In fact, virtually everyone in the financial community acknowledges that stock prices are irrationally high right now.  Some are suggesting that there is still time to jump in and make money before the crash comes, while others are recommending a much more cautious approach. ...
Newsmax: Transgender Boy With Girls Wrestling Title: 'I Don't Cheat'
A transgender boy who won a girls wrestling state title in Texas says he would compete against boys if allowed and is taking lower doses of testosterone to try to be fair to his opponents.Mack Beggs said in an interview that aired Sunday on ESPN that he competes against girls only because the state's governing body for public high school sports requires him to wrestle under the gender listed on his birth certificate......
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, March 4th-5th, 2017
New Report Says Islam Will Surpass Christianity and Become the Largest Religion In the World
If current trends continue, Islam is on track to become the largest religion in the entire world by the end of this century according a stunning new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center. While it is true that Christianity is still growing on a global basis, it is not growing nearly as rapidly as Islam. So unless something changes, Christianity will only be the second largest faith in the world by the year 2070....
Christian Street Preachers Found Guilty of 'Abuse' for Quoting Bible, Saying 'Jesus Only Way to God' ....
The Bristol Magistrates' Court in the UK has convicted two Christian street preachers of public order offenses for saying Muslims are going to Hell and Jesus is the only way to God. The prosecutor in the case argued that Jesus being the only way to God "cannot be true."
Disney Downplays LGBT Angle Amid 'Beast' Backlash, but Can't Dodge Gay Cartoon Kiss
Amidst the controversy over a ground-breaking gay scene in Disney's upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" movie, director Bill Condon and cast member Josh Gad appear to be pulling back on previously bold statements to the media about creating an "exclusively gay moment." It's a moment that many people of faith are already protesting. More than 49,000 have signed an online petition to tell Disney no......
Christian Post: Christian Leaders Urge Parents to Boycott 'Beauty and the Beast' Over Inclusion of 'Gay Moment'
Disney's upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" will include an "exclusively gay moment" on screen, a first for the company, according to the film's director. Notable Christian leaders are urging Christian parents to boycott it.....
New Beauty & the Beast Movie Promotes Homosexual Relationships....
UK Daily Mail: Illegal Immigrant Gang Members Accused of Raping Girl and Slaying Another In Satanic Ritual....
CBN News: Is Egyptian Gov't Sitting Back as ISIS Slaughters Christians?
Christians are still fleeing persecution from the Northern Sinai region as reports of murder and oppression from the Islamic State continue... The surge in violence against believers has many wondering if the government is doing enough to protect them. ....
UK Telegraph: Artificial Human Life Could Soon Be Grown In Lab After Embryo Breakthrough 
Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells. Cambridge University mixed two kinds of mouse stem cells and placed them on a 3D scaffold. After four days of growth in a tank of chemicals designed to mimic conditions inside the womb, the cells formed the structure of a living mouse embryo. The breakthrough has been described as a ‘masterpiece’ in bioengineering, which could eventually allow scientists to grow artificial human embryos in the lab without the need for a sperm or an egg.....
‘Life at Conception’ Bill Introduced in North Carolina
A North Carolina lawmaker has introduced a bill into the state legislature that would include a definition of the beginning of life as “the moment of fertilization or cloning.” Rep. Beverly Boswell (R) introduced H.B. 163, which would provide “equal...."....
Scranton, Pennsylvania YMCA Bans 24-Hour News Channels at 
Its Work-Out Facility....
UK Globe & Mail Op-Ed: The Frail Wall Between U.S. Church and State
....Mr. Graham, it should be said, was not always like this. For decades, he was known for his humanitarian work around the world. It is believed the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States were a profound moment of change in his thinking, especially as it pertains to Islam. . He became almost radicalized himself in the belief that Christianity was under attack by Islam, on one side, and the godless purveyors of.......
George Stiekes: Seeing Self
....What do you see when you see yourself? We are all familiar with what Isaiah saw when he caught a glimpse of the glory of God in Isaiah 6. When he saw himself, he said, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.”....
Jason K. Allen: Six Tips for Preaching in a Missionary Context
....To be candid, preaching to believers in a context like Egypt is a bit intimidating. In many ways, they have paid a greater price for their faith than I have for mine. They know what it means to leave father and brother to follow the Messiah in ways we do not. We American Christians curse the darkness; they live in it. ....
Gospel Coalition: Chinese Christians Preparing for ‘New Normal’
Amazing things are happening in the Chinese church. In many ways believers are at a watershed moment, ready to take their place in the global Christian community. At the same time, political trends within and without suggest many Christians in China could be facing a new wave of persecution.....
 
Disney Cartoon's 'Unbiblical' Gay Kisses Prompt One Million Moms Petition
Disney's portrayal of gay characters kissing on a popular cartoon show has prompted One Million Moms to launch a petition against the media giant. Meanwhile, evangelists Ray Comfort and Ken Ham have invited children to come visit the Ark Encounter as an alternative. "Alerting all parents! In a first for the Disney Channel, a Disney XD show subtly displayed several gay kisses in an episode that aired a couple of days ago," One Million Moms said in its petition, signed by over 32,000 people.......
Albert Mohler: The Problem of Delaying Marriage
Adulthood is not just a function of age—it is an achievement. Throughout human history, young people have aspired to achieve adulthood and have worked hard to get there. The three nearly universal marks of adulthood in human societies include marriage, financial independence, and readiness for parenthood. Now, the very concept of adulthood is in jeopardy. Study after study reveals that young Americans are achieving adulthood, if at all, far later than previous generations now living. The average age of marriage for young Americans fifty years ago was in the very early twenties. Now, it is trending closer to age thirty. Why is this important?...
 Are Attacks Against President Trump a Satanic Ploy to Destroy America?
....Robertson concluded with an appeal to pray for the President and for the nation because he believes the war against the President is a spiritual one. “”We need this land, it’s so important. I counsel you: Pray for this nation, pray for the president, pray for this nation. What’s being done against him surpasses—it’s not human, it’s a spiritual thing.”....
 
Michael Snyder: Is Something Strange Happening Inside The Earth?
Why are “giant fountains of lava” suddenly pouring out of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet, and why are so many long dormant volcanoes suddenly roaring back to life?  The spectacular eruption of Mt. Etna in Italy is making headlines all over the world, but it is far from alone.  According to Volcano Discovery, 35 major volcanoes either are erupting right now or have just recently erupted, and dozens are stirring.  So what is causing this upsurge in volcanic activity?  Is something strange happening inside the Earth?.....
Cloud: The Rapture and Jewish Feasts
There is a growing movement to interpret the Jewish Feast of Trumpets as pointing to the Rapture of the church, and dates have been set based on that interpretation. In other words, according to this view, the Rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets (the Jewish date of Tishri 1, which usually occurs in September).  Based on this view, some have claimed that the Rapture would occur in September 2011; others claimed it would occur in 2015. Now some are saying it will occur in 2017. .....
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, March 3rd, 2017
CBN News: The Bible Is 'Abusive' British Court Convicts Preachers
In what their lawyer calls a "modern-day heresy trial," a British court has convicted two street preachers of a public order offense for preaching the Bible in public.The public prosecutor in the case claimed that publicly quoting parts of the King James Bible in modern Britain should "be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter."....
Bakers Accused of Hate Get Emotional Day in Court 
The ongoing battle between gay rights and religious liberty escalated Thursday as husband-and-wife bakers in Oregon appealed their case after being ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.  “Everything up to this point has been administrative hearings,” Aaron Klein, co-owner with his wife Melissa of the since-closed bakery, told The Daily Signal afterward.....
Honoring Fallen Navy SEAL and His Widow Shines Light on an Important Need for Military Families
The image of Navy SEAL widow Carryn Owens' tear-stained face at President Donald Trump's address to Congress is a reminder that our military men and women - - and their families -- need support. "What these men and women do is incredible," Joel Solomon, the executive pastor of New Life Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, told CBN News. Solomon comes from a military family....
WND: New DNC Deputy Keith Ellison's Islamic Agenda for Congress
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the new deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and the first Muslim elected to Congress, has a plan to recruit additional Muslim lawmakers like him — including possible candidates sponsored by a terror-tied Islamist group for which he helped raise millions of dollars, according to a source who once prayed alongside him in the basement of the Capitol.....
Acton Institute: Chinese Communists Intensify Religious Persecution, According To a New Report
A disturbing new report from Freedom House shows how widespread religious persecution is in China....The report reveals that “under Xi Jinping’s leadership, religious persecution in China has increased overall.” Despite this intensification of persecution, the Chinese religious have remained resilient. “Religion and spirituality have been deeply embedded in Chinese culture and idenity for millennia,” notes the report’s author........
Christian News Net:Chinese Christians Sentenced for Buying, Selling Devotionals 
A court in China’s northeastern Liaoning province sentenced five Christian leaders to three to seven years behind bars on Wednesday for purchasing and selling prohibited Christian material. On Feb. 22, the defendants, comprised of four women and one man, learned they would be imprisoned for allegedly buying and selling “officially forbidden Christian devotional books.” ....
Ancient Origins: Shock Find! Assyrian Palace from 600 BC Discovered Under Demolished Shrine in Iraq
Archaeologists working at a demolished shrine in Mosul, Iraq have stumbled upon a discovery of a previously unknown palace from about 600 BC. It has been declared that the monumental find may provide new insight on the Assyrian Empire, however, archaeologists are also worried that many important artifacts were destroyed by the ISIL militants who uncovered it. ....
Raymond Ibrahim: A New Genocide for Egypt’s Christians?
Yet another murderous wave is taking Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority by storm, leading to yet another exodus from their homes.   Last week in al-Arish, Sinai, Islamic State affiliates killed a 65-year-old Christian man by shooting him in the head; they then abducted and tortured his 45-year-old son, before burning him alive and dumping his charred remains near a schoolyard. ....
Daily Caller: If Franklin Graham Can’t Speak Then Who Can?
....Many in Vancouver do not want Graham to visit their city because of his “derogatory” statements about Muslims and the ever-expanding LGBTQ “community.” The mayor is one of them. Gregor Robertson is a former director of Tides Canada, which is one of George Soros’s lefty enterprises that are solely concerned with iintolerant policies on......
Christian News Net: Wisconsin Teacher Placed on Leave After Using Ouija Board in Kindergarten Class....
Todd Starnes: Jiminy Cricket! Disney Goes Gay
The folks who gave us Mickey Mouse and Goofy have decided it’s time for your children to enjoy same-sex romance while they slurp down their Fruit Loops. Disney just broadcast their very first gay carto on kiss. The smooch happened during the second season of “Star vs The Forces of Evil,” a cartoon broadcast on Disney XD. An audience scene shows two guys kissing and a later scene show two ladies sharing an intimate moment.....
Christian Parents Fear Sex Presentations Will Be Forced on Kids After UK Mandates Sex Ed in Schools....
NYC Teachers Must Refer to Transgender Students by Preferred Pronouns, Memo Says....
 
World Net Daily: ISIS Looting Uncovers Palace of Two Biblical Kings
Archaeologists in Iraq are decrying the latest destruction of the nation’s historic heritage by the Islamic State while celebrating an amazing discovery of biblical significance made possible only by the terror group’s looting. The slow recovery of Mosul by Iraqi forces, backed by an international coalition, has allowed archaeologists to examine ISIS’ damage to artifacts at the site of ancient Nineveh. ISIS's now- abandoned tunnels, archaeologist say, have revealed the palace of the seventh century B.C. Assyrian King Sennacherib and his son King Esarhaddon....
Daily Wire: Leftists Say There Are NO Examples of Men Exploiting 'Trans' Laws to Harm Women. Here Are 9.
The left has made it clear that "gender identity" must be the new standard for any and all things segregated by sex. If John says he "identifies" as a female, he should be allowed access to that corresponding fitting room, bathroom, locker-room, etc. Anything less would be discriminatory, and as Totally Objective CNN journalist Chris Cuomo recently noted, if a 12-year-old girl doesn't want to see a penis in her locker-room, she's "the problem." ...
 
The Satanic Temple Has Experienced A Huge Surge In Membership Following The Election Of Donald Trump
The election of Donald Trump has been the best thing that has ever happened to the Satanic Temple. Founded in 2013, this relatively new organization now boasts chapters all over the country, and over the past couple of months they have experienced a huge surge in membership. Recently the Los Angeles chapter held a full-blown Satanic mass that included “a live bloodletting ritual“, but mostly it is the Satanic Temple’s ultra-liberal politics and anti-Trump message that is fueling interest in the group. .
Radical Leftists Are Warning That The Trump Years Will Be ‘Apocalyptic’ – And They Just Might Be Right
....At the moment, conservatives are generally more optimistic than they have been in many years, but quite a few liberals are warning that the Trump years could have absolutely disastrous consequences for this country. They are concerned that Trump’s policies could burst the giant debt bubble that we have been living in and trigger economic collapse, they are concerned that widespread civil unrest could soon erupt in our cities.......
Cleisthenes, Father of Democracy, Invented a Form of Government that Has Endured for Over 2,500 Years
Ancient Athens is best remembered for giving birth to the first democracy in history, a course of action that took many years and several leaders to develop. One of the most prominent figures of that period is without a doubt Cleisthenes, also known as "the father of Athenian democracy."  Ancient Athens is best remembered for giving birth to the first democracy in history, a course of action that took many years and several leaders to develop. One of the......
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Headlines & Articles — Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Pastor and Wife Arrested for Homeschooling Children in ‘Normalized’ Cuba
A pastor and his wife have been arrested in Cuba for homeschooling their children, according to Mike Donnelly, director of global outreach for the Home School Legal Defense Association, a U.S.-based organization that has offered legal assistance to homeschooling families since 1983. Donnelly wrote about Cuban pastor Ramón Rigal and his wife Adya, who were arrested on Feb. 21, on the HSDA website on Monday. .
Christian Post: Over 100 Conservative Leaders Urge Trump to Sign Religious Freedom Executive Order
Over 100 conservative leaders have signed onto a letter urging President Donald Trump to sign an executive order on religious freedom that will protect the rights of businesses and individuals to act in accordance with their religious convictions on marriage and sexuality without fear of government backlash.....
Christian Leaders Call for 'Year of Good News'
A coalition of prominent evangelical Christian leaders is calling on Christians to make 2017 “The Year of Good News” and reject the “fake news, distracting news, divisive news, disorderly news and, sometimes, depressing news” pervading the country.....
Wendy Alsup: How Not to Spread Lies in a Social Media Age
With the advent of social media and its collision with an incredibly acrimonious election season, it’s a fight to distinguish truth from slander on Facebook, Twitter, and online news sources. Perhaps you have a family member or friend who sends you online articles disparaging a particular politician or public figure. Maybe you follow folks on.....
Christian Post: Conservatives Slam Disney's Display of Gay Characters Kissing in Cartoon
In keeping with what the company describes as a longstanding policy to be inclusive, Disney XD, for the first time in the company's history, included several gay characters kissing in an episode of "Star vs. The Forces of Evil," one of its most popular cartoons on Monday. And conservatives are not happy about it.....
How Many Americans Have a Biblical Worldview?
Millions of Americans call themselves Christians, but how does their faith shape their worldview? A new Barna Group study says, "not so much."  Researchers asked American Christians about their views on issues like lying, cheating, the nature of God, and sin.  They found that while more than seven out of 10 Americans call themselves Christians, just one out of every 10 were able to answer basic questions about the Bible and the faith...
Chinese Christians Sentenced to Up to Seven Years in Prison Over Christian Devotionals
Five persecuted Christians in China have reportedly been sentenced to between three to seven years in prison for purchasing and selling what authorities called "forbidden Christian devotional books."....
ISIS Destruction of Jonah’s Tomb Incredibly Reveals Ancient Palace of Biblical King Sennacherib
The palace of the Biblical King Sennacherib, long buried underneath the tomb of the prophet Jonah in the Biblical city of Nineveh, has incredibly been discovered by Iraqi archaeologists as a result of efforts by the Islamic State (ISIS) to destroy the site and loot its priceless antiquities.....
ISIS Attacks On Sinai Christians Pose Challenge To Sisi 
At the Mary Jirjis Church in Ismailia Egypt, Mervat Jirjis describes how her family recently fled their home in the northern Sinai town of El Arish after her husband received a threat to leave immediately or be slaughtered…Jirjis is one of hundreds of Coptic Christians forced to flee their homes in El Arish due to ISIS attacks. They have become the region’s newest group of displaced persons.A....
CBN News: Indiana Bill Reignites Decades Old Debate Over 
Prayer In Schools ........
Christian Post: Kidnapped Pakistani Christian Mom Rescued After Being Forced Into Islamic Marriage....
Target Shares Plummet, Hit 2-Year Low After Mass Conservative Boycott Over Bathroom Policy....
David Cloud: Beth Moore’s Ecumenical Philosophy
Beth Moore is one of the most popular female Christian speakers and authors. Her Bible-study books have sold millions of copies. Her conferences, hosted by.......
David Steele:Truth Unhinged in Edinburgh Square
My wife and I recently spent five days in Edinburgh, Scotland. While there is much to commend in this very beautiful city, it did not take long to realize that God is no longer welcome for many of the inhabitants there. On the last evening in Edinburgh, I watched a young street preacher proclaiming the gospel from a makeshift podium on Royal Mile Street, which stands in the shadow of St. Giles Cathedral. Here John Knox prayed, “Give me Scotland or I will die.” But, the days of the Reformation are long gone in Scotland. The scoffs of the crowd directed at the street preacher bore witness to that........
Tim Challies: The Blessings of Growing Up in a Christian Home
I consider it the greatest privilege, the highest act of God’s providence, that I grew up in a Christian home. I consider it no small responsibility to ensure my children, likewise, are growing up in a home that is distinctly Christian. What are the benefits belonging to those so blessed? They are, perhaps, too many to list, and only eternity will fully enumerate them. But these few resonate in my heart today.....
 
CBN News: The God Story Behind the Story of Navy SEAL Widow Carryn Owens
The applause was incredible, and the tears were heartbreaking. For two solid minutes during President Trump's address to Congress, the room erupted with gratitude for Navy SEAL widow Carryn Owens whose husband Ryan was killed this year during a raid in Yemen. The still-grieving widow wept as the applause resounded through Capitol Hill, over and over again...But there's even more to this story.
Before Ryan Owens was killed in that raid, people who know his family say God was at work.  ...
IB Times: Islam Set To Overtake Christianity As Most Popular Religion
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and will overtake Christianity as the most popular before the end of this century, according to an analysis of religious surveys published Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. With 1.6 billion, Muslims made up 23 percent of the world’s population, according to a 2010 Pew estimate. That figure was still some way short of the 2.2 billion Christians which comprised 31 percent of the population......
 
Daily Signal: Full Text of Trump’s Address To a Joint Session of Congress
....Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people—and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict—not more. We must learn from the mistakes of the past—we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world......
CBN News: Transgender Bathroom Battle Continues At State Level
President Donald  Trump may have announced that he would reverse former President Barack Obama's controversial school bathroom order, but the battle continues at the state level. A federal judge has ruled that three transgender students at a Pennsylvania high school can use bathrooms that correspond to their preferred gender identities. A....
Thom Rainer: How the Entitlement Mentality Crept into Our Churches
....Burger King's slogan was once“Have It Your Way.”
So what does this have to do with churches?  It describes the mentality that has crept into our churches, where many of our members think church is a place where I can always “have it my way.” Let me share some reasons many of our congregations have become more like country clubs than churches, a place where some members demand their way instead of serving and self-sacrificing......
Anceint Origins: Krampus—The Ancient Origins of the Christmas Devil
It is well known in America that Santa Claus maintains a Naughty and Nice list for when he comes to town. Good kids get presents; bad kids get coal...In Europe, however, children are frightened into being nice by Krampus, the Christmas Devil. Originally an ancient pagan tradition, Krampus was being co-opted into the story of Saint Nicholas. Since then, he has been  revived in an era of mass consumerism. Today, practitioners are worried about how the massive influx of refugees will respond to the terrifying Christmas Devil. .....
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Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
AP Exclusive: Ex-Congregants of N.C. Church Reveal Years of Ungodly Abuse...... 
....Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to "purify" sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews. Victims of the violence included pre-teens and toddlers — even crying babies, who were vigorously shaken, screamed at and sometimes smacked to banish demons. "I saw so many people beaten over the years. Little kids punched in the face, called Satanists," said Kathy Fetachu, who spent nearly 17 years in the church.
The Week: Five New Brain Disorders That Were Born Out of the Digital Age
It's hard to remember what life was like before we had the internet at our fingertips, smartphones in our pockets, and a laptop on every desk. Today, our brains are racing to adapt to the digital age. Cognitive neuroscientists say all that time we now spend in front of screens has changed the way we read and comprehend. Internet browsing has shortened both our attention spans and our patience. And it's doing a number on our memories. In one recent study, researchers asked people a series of questions. Half the group.....
Preachers Found Guilty of Violating UK 'Crime & Disorder Act' After Arrests for 'Anti-Social' Opposition to Islam, Homosexuality
Two street preachers who were arrested last July on accusations of “causing a disturbance” and engaging in “anti-social behavior” after some listeners became offended by their speech about issues such as Islam, Buddhism, homosexuality and divorce have been found guilty of “intentionally alarming” the public with open-air preaching. The verdict against Michael Overd of the U.K. and Michael Stockwell of the U.S. was handed down Tuesday in Bristol Magistrates’ Court. They were fined $4202.98 each.....
Christians' Freedom Challenged by Homosexuality, Islam: NRB Head
The National Religious Broadcasters Christian Media Convention kicked off in Orlando, Florida, Monday with NRB Pres. Jerry Johnson stating that the two major concerns Christians in America have are homosexuality and Islam.....
Joe Carter: Why the Transgender Debate Is About Redefining Reality
The sexual revolution has so subverted public opinion and Christian-influenced morality that teachings about sex that were previously considered immoral or even unthinkable eventually found their way into the classroom as school policy. But a quicker and more effective route to societal change is to simply reverse the process: force an issue to become school policy and eventually opposition to it will become unthinkable.....
The Blaze:Air Force Removes Posters From Langley Air Force Base Following Complaints About Religion, Sexism....
BBC: World’s Most Threatening Superbugs Ranked In New List..
Thom Rainer: 10 Key Shifts Churches Must Consider as They Minister In an Ever-Changing World....
Sharper Iron: Don't Allow Facebook Groups to 
Replace Personal Discipleship
....Because online relationships tend to be shallow or just flat out nonexistent, answers may be harsh and tactless, glib and thoughtless, or full of affirmation and sympathy. I can sometimes picture the women quickly typing out their answers, taking out their frustrations on a stranger, or patting themselves on the back for their sharp wit, or commiserating and feeling justified for their own discontent—none of which is truly focused on the benefit of the questioner.....
Who Was Mithra? Sanctuary for a Mysterious Cult that Once Rivaled Christianity is Found on Corsica
Archaeologists working in the ancient Roman city of Mariana on the French island of Corsica have unearthed the ruins of a sanctuary of a cult of Mithra. This is a surprising find as it is the first example of the mysterious religion known as Mithraism having been practiced on the island. ....
Nicholas T. Batzig: When Christians Hurt You
As the culture war rages on, there is another battle raging to which we must turn our attention. When I was a boy, my dad would sometimes tell me, “No one will hurt you so much as others in the church.” In my lifetime, this has generally proven to be true. Believers sometimes experience the greatest hurt in their relationships with other professing believers in the church at large. When a professing believer hurts our feelings or reputation, how should we respond?....
Ed Stetzer: Cities and Multiculturalism— Two Trends in Church Planting Today
...One of the things I’m continually reminded of is that as culture changes, so too does our strategy and methodology for planting churches. If we are focused on reaching people for Jesus, then we must be willing and able to plant churches which most effectively do that. As I continue to look at church planting, let me share just two trends I’ve noticed over the past few years, but also talk about their counter trends as well.....
Gospel Coalition: How and Why Did Some Christians Defend Slavery?
....The heart of the matter boiled down to a simple question: Is slavery, in principle, a sin? Wayland argued it is. Fuller disagreed. Fuller raised concerns about slavery’s abuses, but he defended it nonetheless. How did he, and others like him, use Scripture to advocate for slavery? Fuller argued that slavery, in principle, is not sinful. Undergirding his......
 
CBN News: Confusing Playing Field—  How States View Trans Athletes
Mack Beggs, the high school transgender athlete who just won the Class 6A girls' state championship in Texas high school wrestling, has become the face of the national debate over how to accommodate transgender students. It's not only complicated when it comes to bathrooms and locker rooms--it's an issue on the playing field as well.Beggs is a 17-year-old high school junior who began transitioning from a girl to a boy two years ago and has used testosterone injections to enhance the process.   ....
Christianity Today: Chaplain Says—    They Jeered My Prayer in Jesus' Name at GOP Town Hall. Here's My Response.
....It was clear after a while that it wasn’t going to stop, so I proceeded with the prayer. As I prayed in Jesus’ name, there were shouts of “Lucifer” and “separation of church and state.” Some people referred to me as a Nazi. That was the atmosphere during the prayer time. During the pledge, there was also a little disrespect. Many people turned their backs or shouted during the pledge, dishonoring the time. Many who came seemed to have........
New Study Reveals the TRUTH About Climate Change – Liberals Meltdown…
All this climate change nonsense is just bull poop. A new article that summarizes scientists’ findings has come out with the real reason that we experience climate change… you know, other than seasons and cyclical weather. It has to do with the orbital cycle of Earth and Mars and solar radiation levels. Not cow farts, not meat eaters, not cars, not barbecue grills, not appliances and certainly not ISIS....
 
Jay Adams: The Preacher's Library
You used to be able to tell a lot about a preacher—and about his preaching—simply by walking into his library. If it was filled with catchy titles, how-to manuals, frothy experience-oriented fluff, as well as second-rate commentaries, you could know that isn’t the place to hang your hat as a church member.  But things have changed. Now, a man can have an entire library on a computer’s disc that includes volumes that were once inaccessible, and with translations galore at his fingertips.  ....
Mack Stiles:Missions— Don’t Go
Until You’re Sent
....Modern missions endeavors face many thorny challenges: contextualization, indigeneity, and autonomy, among other cultural issues. Yet in our globalized world, with so many doing great work on cultural issues, there seems to be an ascendant problem: a lack of understanding of the church’s nature and its role in missions. .....
Prophecy NewsWatch: Pro-Israel Supporters Concerned Over Keith Ellison's Rise
The appointment of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has left some Jewish Democrats worried about their party's future positions on Israel. Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez defeated Ellison for the party chairmanship Saturday in a 235-200 vote. In his first act as chairman, Perez named Ellison to the post of deputy chairman. There has never previously been a deputy chair of the DNC; the position was created specially for Ellison. ..
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