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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JULY 12th-21st, 2017
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FRIDAY EDITION JULY 21ST, 2017
Christian Headlines: Should Infanticide be Legal? This Professor Thinks So
A professor in the department of ecology and human evolution at the University of Chicago said in a blog that killing disabled infants is the same as aborting a fetus before it is born. “If you are allowed to abort a fetus that has a severe genetic defect, microcephaly, spina bifida, or so on, then why aren’t you able to euthanize that same fetus just after it’s born?” he writes in his Why Evolution Is True blog.
Ken Ham Reclaims Rainbow for God With Permanent Light on Ark; LGBT Advocates Riled
Ken Ham, president of the Answers in Genesis Christian ministry that built the $100 million Ark Encounter biblical theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, riled LGBT advocates Tuesday when he announced that they will be reclaiming the rainbow for God with permanent rainbow lights for their life-sized Noah's Ark replica.
CBN News: Chinese Government— Give Up Your Faith, Or Else
It is officially illegal to be a person of faith in China's communist party. That's according to a new statement released by the country's State Administration for Religious Affairs.  "Party members should not have religious beliefs, which is a red line for all members", wrote Wang Zuoan, director of the religious affairs administration.  Instead, Marxism and the party's politics is to be each member's belief system....Communist leaders say the party's recent crack down on faith is due to it's powerful influence. 
Michael Brown: Yes, Gay Activists Want to Punish Christian Conservatives
Call me paranoid if you like, but I’m simply quoting what Tim Gill, the foremost LGBT political donor says in his own words: “We're going into the hardest states in the country,” he declares. “We're going to punish the wicked,” by which he means Christian conservatives. In short, if you will not comply with LGBT activism, be it as a minister or as a businessperson, you will be punished. That is Gill’s goal, and to deny it is to be in denial. According to Rolling Stone magazine, which interviewed Gill last month, he is the “Megadonor Behind the LGBTQ Rights Movement” who “turned a $500 million fortune into the nation's most powerful force for LGBTQ rights.” 
Facebook Blames 'Spam Detection Tool' for Blocking Catholic Pages With Millions of Followers
Facebook has restored close to two dozen Roman Catholic Facebook pages it blocked earlier this week, and blamed a "spam detection tool" for the error.
CBN News: California Proposes Jail Time for Using the Wrong Pronoun for Transgenders
California is on its way to passing a new law that makes it illegal to call transgender senior citizens a pronoun they don't like. For example, if an elderly person who was born male and lives in a long-term care facility wishes to be called "her" or "she," the workers there had better do it or face the consequences.  The proposed law would even apply to Christian facilities. 
Christian News Net: Pastor in India Shot Dead
A pastor in northern India’s Punjab state was shot dead in front of his church premises two months after Hindu extremists took offense at a gospel event celebrating his church’s 25th anniversary, sources said. Pastor Sultan Masih of Temple of God was found shot dead at Peer Banda Mohalla in the Salem Tabri area of Ludhiana District on Saturday evening (July 15). He was 50.
CBN News: Hagee's End Times Warning— 'The Fuse Is Lit, Every Prophetic Player Is on Stage'
 Over 5,000 Christians traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for the 12th annual Christians United for Israel Summit. As part of the summit, attendees lobbied congressmen and senators for a day on Capitol Hill to stand with Israel. At the top of the list of legislation they'd like to see passed is the Taylor Force Act, which calls for a halt of all U.S. taxpayer funding of the Palestinian Authority until they stop rewarding people for being terrorists.          SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Christianity Today: Jehovah's Witnesses Remain Banned as Russia Rejects Appeal
The last-ditch efforts by Jehovah’s Witnesses to appeal Russia’s ban against their faith have failed in the country’s Supreme Court. With all three judges siding on Monday with Russia’s Ministry of Justice, the April 20 ruling to liquidate the Witnesses’ centers and criminalize their worship stands—despite desperate pleas from members of the faith and religious freedom advocates.
Hobbs: Big Free-Speech Win in Illinois: Court Stops State From Forcing Pro-Lifers to Promote Abortions
A federal judge in Illinois handed down a major victory for religious conscience and free speech protection Wednesday, granting a statewide preliminary injunction against a 2016 law change that would force pro-life medical providers to refer patients to abortion businesses upon request.
Peter Barry Chowka: Charlie Gard— It Can't Happen Here— Or Can It?
Charlie Gard has, in effect, been medically kidnapped by the socialist National Health Service bureaucracy that has lined up with the British medical establishment to assert the primacy of the state’s rights over the parents’ rights to determine the fate of a minor child. In Britain, the state essentially owns the child, and the experience faced by Charlie Gard and his parents has brought that outrageous situation clearly to light.
Thomas S. Kidd: Politics and What It Means to Be an ‘Evangelical’
....I have long been on record as being opposed to Donald Trump (though Hillary Clinton was not an acceptable alternative). But this idea of people leaving their evangelical church because the majority of self-identified white “evangelicals” support Trump seems out of whack to me. What did you start going to your evangelical church for in the first place? 
David Archibald: The Nazi Origins of Renewable Energy (and Global Warming)
Why study history, and such an ugly subject as the Nazi rise in the Weimar Republic?  Because, quoting George Santayana, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  It seems we have forgotten a lot, because, as a civilization, we are repeating the mad Nazi schemes of renewable energy on a massive scale.
David Cloud: Be Careful About Video Games
Video games are very addictive and they are great time wasters. Also many of them have very wicked content. Even the more innocent games use rock music as a background, thus addicting young people to the sensual rock rhythms. If young people are allowed to play video games, they must be carefully chosen and the play time must be strictly limited by the parents.
Jerry Sivnksty: Right and Wrong Motives In the Ministry
....It would be well for all of us to examine our lives and evaluate our motives in serving the Lord. Are we trying to impress people? Are we trying to build a name? Are we trying to manipulate people to see what we can get out of them? In our preaching, are we trying to create an atmosphere by playing on people’s emotions? Do we want the spotlight on us?
Thomas Overmiller: The Most Sensible Explanation For the Origins of Life
....For all the talk and so-called science that goes on, Bible Christianity offers the most reasonable explanation. An eternal, moral God created all things out of nothing (Gen. 1:1; 2:4; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:11). Then he created mankind, to whom he a material body, but also gave life, consciousness, and a conscience (Gen. 1:27; 2:7; Eccl. 12:7; 1 Cor. 15:45-47).
Ron Edmondson: Wanting To Be Led vs. Wanting To Be a Leader
There is a big difference the way you lead someone who wants to be led and how you lead someone who wants to be a leader. It requires a different approach. The person who wants to be led desires structure. They want to follow the rules. They need someone to tell them how to do what you want done....The person who wants to be a leader needs space to dream, freedom to explore, and permission to experiment. He or she desires less direction and more encouragement. They continually need new challenges. They get bored easily.
Thom Rainer: 10 Outreach Ideas for Your Church This Fall
These ten outreach ideas will allow your church to be noticed in your community and, most importantly, provide your members with several opportunities for gospel conversations.
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THURSDAY EDITION JULY 20th, 2017
Donald Trump: Republicans Shouldn’t Leave for August Recess Until They Act on Obamacare
President Donald Trump said that House and Senate Republicans shouldn’t leave Washington D.C. for their August recess until they have passed something on Obamacare. “Inaction is not an option, and frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great health care,” Trump said after meeting Senate Republicans for lunch at the White House.
Minister: Israel Will Now Act to Reestablish Jewish Sovereignty Over Temple Mount
The Islamic Waqf’s jurisdiction over the Temple Mount is over and Israel will now work to reestablish Jewish sovereignty over the holy site, said Knesset Member Avi Dichter (Likud) on Tuesday. “The question of our policy [at the Temple Mount] may not be clear to the Palestinians, but it is very clear to us… The Mount will remain under the control of the Israel Police.”
Ted Noel, M.D.:Charlie Gard Is the Face of Single-Payer
.....When Charlie Gard entered Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England's single-payer health system, the National Health Service, took over.  At first, it seemed that this was a good thing, since his parents didn't have to pay extra for his care.  But they didn't have a choice.  They weren't in the small minority who are either wealthy enough or favorably employed to access private insurance. 
CBN News: Quiet Prevails as Hundreds Visit the Temple Mount
Israel Police temporarily closed the Temple Mount on Wednesday after several Jewish visitors did not comply with standard procedures there. Though the Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest site, neither Jews nor Christians are permitted to pray there, a privilege reserved for Muslims only. Police closed the site briefly, reopening it 15 minutes later. Several Israeli media agencies claimed Jews had been barred from the Temple Mount, but Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CBN News it was open to visitors all morning outside of the brief interlude.....It all took place on the day the Palestinian Authority's Fatah faction called for a "Day of Rage." Instead, hundreds of visitors, tourists and Muslims cooperated with the new security arrangements to enter the Temple Mount.
International Business Times:Religious Men Watch More Porn Than They Admit
Americans with strict religious beliefs strongly oppose pornography on moral grounds – but this opposition to porn is not always reflected in their private lives. Researchers have shown that despite their anti-pornography rhetoric, some of these individuals, men especially, still consume pornographic material.
Fox News: Teen Vogue Magazine Defends Teaching Kids How to Engage in Sodomy
Teen Vogue is defending its decision to publish a graphic tutorial to anal sex for children and teenagers – calling critics homophobic.
Atheist Group Stops Church From Handing Out 'Religious Flyers' During State-Affiliated Hunter's Safety Class
A prominent professing atheist group that seeks to separate God from government has succeeded in stopping a church from distributing gospel literature and an invitation to Sunday services to attendees of a state-affiliated hunter’s safety class held at the house of worship.
Christian Institute UK: British Street Preacher Cleared In ‘Encouraging Result’
A Christian street preacher has been cleared of all charges after being falsely accused of making abusive comments towards a homosexual couple. Andrew Frost had been preaching in Nottingham when two homosexuals reported him for verbal abuse
China's Communist Party Members Told They Must Abandon Religious Beliefs for Marxist Atheism
A top Chinese government official has said that members of the ruling Communist Party must abandon any religious beliefs they hold for Marxist atheism.
Christian Post: Hobby Lobby NOT Closing All Stores; Christian Company Refutes Internet Hoax
Hobby Lobby has released a statement correcting a viral Internet hoax claiming that the company was closing down all of its stores.
Tony Perkins: Why We Were Right to Pray for President Trump
The Religious Right and Left may disagree on a lot of things, but the importance of prayer shouldn't be one of them.
Mark A. Hewitt: Redefining 'Transgenderism' as Normal Behavior
In December 2012, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced changes to its official guide to classifying mental illnesses. Gender identity disorder had been classified for decades in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a mental disorder. The new DSM eliminated “gender identity disorder” and replaced it with a new term, “gender dysphoria.” Dysphoria is the distress a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.
Tim Challies: Master Your Finances
I have a love-hate relationship with money. I love the good things money can accomplish. I love how it can be used to provide for my needs and the needs of my wife and children. I love how it can be used to support God’s work in the world...Yet I hate the way money can hold me captive, the way it subtly promises what only God can deliver. I hate how quickly it leaves my hands in an endless torrent of bills, payments, and expenses. Money is a joy and money is a burden. The bank account may be in your name, but it’s not actually your money. The deed to your home may have your first and last name printed at the top, but your house doesn’t truly belong to you. You came into this world naked and empty-handed, and you’ll leave this world naked and empty-handed. All that you enjoy between birth and death is a gift. It belongs to God but is assigned to your care.  This is known as stewardship.
Don Johnson: Counting the Cost of Letting Your Light Shine
..... Christians who consider entering the “worldly” fields (as opposed to the “spiritual” fields such as pastor, evangelist, Christian school teacher, etc.) need to think soberly about the path they might choose and seriously count the cost.
Kent Brandenburg: No Two Biblical Manuscripts Are The Same? Old and New Testament Evidence
Have you heard the oft-repeated assertion that "no two Biblical manuscripts are the same?"  It is one of the most often-repeated arguments by enemies of the God of Scripture and opponents of perfect preservation.  However, it is simply false. There are early copies that are identical to the later printed texts.
David Cloud: The Parable of the Fire Alarm
.....In spite of the fierce criticism aimed at the alarm and the alarmist, the fire could not be totally ignored once attention had been brought to bear in such a public manner.
Peter Mead: The Difference Between Exegesis and Exposition
What is the difference between exegesis and exposition? Haddon Robinson put it this way, “Exposition is drawing from your exegesis to give your people what they need to understand the passage.” This implies that the preacher will have a lot more material after the exegesis than they are able to present in the sermon.  Here are three implications for us to ponder:
Thom Rainer: Ten Roadblocks to Church Revitalization
You have seen the data. You know that two-thirds of our churches are plateaued or declining. Even more, among the declining churches are those that are on the precipice of closing, following the pattern of tens of thousands of other churches that have already closed. Why? Why are so many of our churches not moving forward? Since so many of our churches are in need of revitalization, let’s begin by seeing what roadblocks hinder turnarounds. Here are ten of the most common.....
Deepak Reju: 12 Ways to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
.....If you pay any attention to the news, you are well aware that sexual offenders show up in churches, predators hunting defenseless prey, who do unspeakably horrible things to our children. Much of what is done could be prevented, but many churches are ignorant about how to protect their children and about how to respond when child sexual abuse happens at church. It all adds up to being irresponsible with the littlest ones that God has entrusted to our care. Why do churches fail our kids? 
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WEDNESDAY EDITION JULY 19th, 2017
CBN News: Mike Pence to CUFI I Support Israel Because I Am a Christian
Thousands of Christians descended on the nation's capital Monday for Christians United for Israel's 12th annual summit.  Mike Pence addressed the crowd, assuring that not only he, but President Donald Trump are proud supporters of the Jewish state....The Vice President also revealed where his love for Israel comes from: not from Capitol Hill, but from the very Word of God.
Pope Francis— World Government Must Rule U.S. ‘For Their Own Good’
Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the United States of America has “a distorted vision of the world” and Americans must be ruled by a world government, as soon as possible, “for their own good.”
Christian Grandma Florist Fined for Not Working Gay Wedding Takes 'Last Stand' at Supreme Court
Barronelle Stutzman, also known as the "Christian grandma florist," is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal to reverse a Washington court's decision earlier this year that found her guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding.
Jerusalem Post: VP Pence Says U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem Is a Question of 'When, Not If'
The US will never waiver in its support of Israel, its most cherished ally, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday at the 12th annual Christians United for Israel summit in Washington. “Let me say with confidence to all who are gathered here and to all the watching world: President Trump and I stand without apology for Israel today. We will stand without apology for Israel tomorrow and President Donald Trump and I will stand with Israel always. Of that you may be assured,” the keynote speaker said, receiving a standing ovation. Pence reiterated that feeling many times throughout his nearly 30-minute speech, saying what an unbelievable honor it was to serve as vice president under a leader who was so committed to defending faith, restoring freedom...
Christian Headlines: Charlie Gard’s Parents Optimistic after Encouraging Medical Tests
 Charlie Gard’s parents continue to fight for their son’s life. They are optimistic about a possible improvement in Charlie’s condition after new medical tests were conducted. Eleven-month-old Charlie has a rare mitochondrial disease that has resulted in brain damage and seizures. The hospital where he was being kept on life support, Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK, appealed to the courts to....
Holmes: Why Your Smartphone Is a Direct Threat to Your Friendships
.....Now, I do have real life friends...But no one can be as available to me as an object that I own. No actual person can ride around in my pocket during the day, sit on top of my nightstand at night, and ride in my cup holder everywhere I go. If I called one of my best friends at 3 AM just because I couldn’t sleep, her husband would assuredly object; if I called the other and mindlessly talked to her until the wee hours of the morning, I don’t think her boss would be happy...Our smartphones don’t have any needs other than to be used by us.
Archaeologists Searching for Ark of the Covenant and Tabernacle Find Biblical Clues at Shiloh Dig
Archaeologists at Shiloh in the West Bank who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant have said they've discovered ancient clues that could suggest they're getting closer to determining whether the site really held the stone tablets bearing the 10 Commandments.
Baptist Press: Oregon To Make Abortion Coverage Free For All
Oregon health insurers and taxpayers will soon be paying for abortion, contraceptives and sterilization under a new law Gov. Kate Brown has vowed to sign. The newly-passed Reproductive Health Equity Act forbids health insurance plans from imposing "a deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or any other cost-sharing requirement" for abortion, STD screening, prenatal care, post-natal care and all forms of contraception.
Washington Post: Trump Threatens To Change the Course of American Christianity
.....The Trump presidency is only six months old, but it is already beginning to alter long-standing spiritual alignments. It seems as though Christians are not changing Trump, but rather that Trump could be changing Christianity.   SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Christian Institute: Parents Would Be Criminalized By Welsh Government 'Smacking Ban’
Plans to outlaw smacking in Wales would criminalise thousands of ordinary parents, a new campaign group has warned...More than seven in ten, 72 per cent, agreed with the statement, “I support laws against child abuse, but smacking is not child abuse.”
Mormonism's Russia Dilemma How To Grow a Fledgling Faith Without Preaching or Proselytizing
....Moscow’s strong arm not only tied the hands of youthful Mormons serving across Russia but those of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists and Buddhists, Muslims and Mennonites, Seventh-day Adventists and Scientologists.
Israel National Newa: Allen West Says, If Israel Goes, All of Western Civilization Goes
Former Congressman (Florida-R) Col. Allen West addressed the 2017 Christians United for Israel (CUFI) summit in Washington DC on Monday, warning that pro-Arab activists in the US and abroad were working to erase Jewish history, and thus undermine the State of Israel. “As goes Israel – so goes the United States of America and so goes Western civilization. And so many of our adversaries and enemies know that. That’s what we’re facing all across the Middle East and, truthfully, all across the world.”
Common Sense: Frightening! The Mark of Beast Is Upon Us             SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Just like vaccines are becoming mandatory with no exceptions, RFID chips are headed in that direction as well.  Soon, if you are not willing to take and RFID chip, you will not be able to buy, sell or hold a job. The Mark of the Beast is nearly upon us.
Christopher Chantrill: Why Is the Left So Anti-Baby?
....My own personal experience is that the closer an American identifies with academia the less likely he or she is to have children. The “educated” have been anti-baby and pushing population control for at least a century. What is going on here?
Susan Stamper Brown: Why the Media Hates Trump
As the drumbeat to oust President Trump reaches near fever pitch, it is important for all fair-minded Americans to understand if that happens, America as we know it is finished ... done.
E. Jeffrey Ludwig: Knowing the Difference Between True Liberty and Fake Liberty
....So, in order to avoid the pitfall of mistaking license for liberty, this writer will try to remember to consistently link liberty with God's grace.  We're told in Scripture that he whom the Lord sets free is free indeed.  Jesus quotes Isaiah saying that he, the Messiah, has come to set the captives free.  Yet clearly there is a difference in meaning between the "liberty" that flowed out of the godless, anti-clerical French Revolution and the liberty that was engendered and established by the U.S. Constitution. 
Michael Lawrence: The False Gospel of Nice
.....Perhaps the main way we teach nice is how we present Christ. We commend him and the gospel as a method of self-improvement. It’s not that we fail to talk about the cross or even sin; it’s that sin is presented as a problem primarily for how it messes up our lives and relationships and gets in the way of our goals.  Jesus is presented as the one who will change all that. We tell people he will make a...
Gerald L. Priest: Is Fundamentalism a Cultural Phenomenon?
One criticism leveled against Fundamentalists is their refusal to engage the culture. Sociologist Alan Wolfe writes, “When believers refuse to engage the culture, their opponents dismiss them as fanatics, frustrated people rendered insecure by the dilemmas of...."
Brian Davis: How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money
How do you do ministry when you don’t have any money? How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke? After 30 years of experience, I assure you I have expertise. But wisdom comes from Scripture:
J.A. Medders: Seven Promises to Pray Against Porn
....In our ever-connected world, when we are a flick and click away from danger, we can call God’s word to mind at a higher speed than any page can load. But you have to call it to mind. When the temptations circle, we have to stop, crack our knuckles, dig in our heels, and believe the Bible. These seven verses can serve as an attack plan, a Messiah-taught martial art against lust and pornography.
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TUESDAY EDITION JULY 18th, 2017
Charlie Gard's Parents Shocked Their Appointed Lawyer Is Tied to Pro-Assisted Suicide Group
Baby Charlie Gard's parents expressed concern that the attorney appointed to represent them in court is affiliated with a "Death with Dignity" organization, in what appears to be an ideological conflict of interest.
CBN News: Conflict of Interest— Cards Stacked Against Charlie Gard?
CBN News has learned of a potential conflict of interest involving a party to Charlie Gard's protracted legal battle. Charlie is the terminally ill 11-month-old British baby who has garnered international media attention as world figures from President Donald Trump to Pope Francis weigh in on a case that pits Charlie's parents against the doctors who are treating him. But there is another party who has a say in the matter....A judge appointed a guardian ad litem to represent Charlie....according to records from the U.K....
Jerusalem Post: ‘Israel May Need To Take Out Iranian Bases In Syria’
Israel may need to take military action to prevent Iran or Hezbollah from setting up permanent bases in Syria, former National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror said on Monday. Amidror’s comments come a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told journalists in Paris that Israel was opposed to the Syrian cease-fire brokered recently by the US and Syria because it perpetuates Iran’s military presence in the the country.
Christian Headlines: Archaeologists Discover Solomon-Era Linens
Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University have unearthed 3,000-year-old dyed wool fabric samples from the time of Kings David and Solomon. The archaeologists discovered the samples at a large, ancient Edomite copper smelting site and nearby temple in the Timna Valley, a desert region in southern Israel. They date the cloth from the 13th to 10th centuries B.C. The fabric was so well dyed that even now the original colors are visible. The discovery, reported in Plos One, highlights several aspects of cultural life in the Timna Valley at that time. It shows highly skilled weavers made the fabric and that it could not have been produced in the Timna region....
Christian Headlines:Florida Fortifies Religious Freedom in Public Schools
Florida public school students will have added protection for expressing their faith on campus during the upcoming school year, thanks to a new law that went into effect July 1. Supporters say the bill just reiterates existing constitutional protections for religious liberty by listing specific practices with which educators cannot interfere. Opponents say the bill goes too far and could unleash a rash of lawsuits.
Christian Post: Eugene Peterson Retracts Support for Gay Marriage, Says He Was 'Put on the Spot'
Eugene Peterson has reversed his new stance affirming gay marriage, saying he was "put on the spot" and that he really does believe in traditional marriage.
China Unveils Gene Technology To Create 'Superhumans' With Hyper-Muscular Test-Tube Dogs
....The dogs, which are test tube bred in a lab, have twice the muscle mass of their natural counterparts and are considerably stronger and faster. The canine genome has been especially difficult to engineer and replicate – but its close similarity to the human genome means it has long been the prize of geneticists.
Christian Post: Church Mourns as Funeral Is Set for Pastor, Father of Five, Killed in Crash
Parishioners of Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Texas, mourned their late pastor and father of five, Trevor Morris, 40, on Sunday three days after the Marine Corps veteran died in a crash on his way to his other job as vice president at Burton Oil Service Operations Thursday.
Christian Headlines: Nearly 100 Percent of UK Christians Feel They are Marginalized for Their Faith
 A recent survey has revealed that close to 100 percent of Christians in the UK believe their faith is being marginalized in modern British society.  The Christian Post reports that the survey was conducted by Premier Christian Communications. The survey, which is titled “State of the Faith,” polled 12,000 “ordinary Christians.”
Michael J. New: Democrats' Abortion Catch-22
In the 1990s and early 2000s, the pro-life position made some impressive gains in the court of public opinion, but over the last eight years, there has been a veritable public-opinion stalemate on this issue.
Denny Burk: Standing Against a Destructive Misogyny Threatening Our Children
Sexual perversion is firmly entrenched in our cultural mainstream, so it takes a lot these days to astonish me. But I am astonished today. In the span of twenty-four hours, I have come across not one but two separate unrelated articles about teenage girls who agree to be brutalized during sexual encounters with teenage boys.
Jeremiah Keenan: GOP Senators Need To Fulfill Their Planned Parenthood Defund Promises Now
The defund Planned Parenthood campaign hinges on whether we can convince wavering GOP leaders to leave the defunding provision alone as they tweak the Obamacare repeal. 
Georgi Boorman: Oregon’s New Abortion Law Proves The Left Doesn’t Care About Consent
.....The audacity of the radicals who wrote this bill is breathtaking. Elected Democrats don’t just want to force all Oregonians to finance abortions (for literally any reason—Oregon has the most unregulated abortion industry in the nation), but they’re calling it an emergency. Nor do they care that a good portion of their constituents don’t want to pay for a procedure they find morally repugnant...
J.D. Greear: Marriage Is Not About You— Divorce Is All About You
Divorce is not usually the problem. It’s the fruit of the problem; the root is a life that is self-centered. The problem is that people go into marriage looking for someone to complete them or make them happy, and when their spouse quits doing that or gets difficult to live with or they meet someone they think might do it better for them, they get divorced.
Sinclair Ferguson: Alienation from God
..... It should not surprise us that therapy cannot solve the world’s ills. Neither should we expect it to. Therapy that takes no account of man’s deepest problem—sin—can never resolve man’s deepest alienation—his broken relationship with God. A socioeconomic theory cannot bring world-scale or individual reconciliation when the basic problem is moral. Treating sinful behavior as a medical category...
David Cloud: The Independent Baptist Mutual Admiration Society of Compromise
I am deeply concerned about the rapidly-growing compromise among independent Baptists. After I was saved in 1973, I didn’t know where to go to church. I was led to Christ by a Pentecostal man who went on his way the next day, and I have never seen him again. I began to study the Bible diligently, visit churches, listen to Christian radio, and read books, seeking God’s will about church membership. I knew that I wasn’t going back to the Southern Baptist Convention that I had grown up in, because they simply....
Unlocking the Bible: When a Christian Leader Fails You
Leaders in the church aren’t exempt from sin. No one is. We don’t expect perfect people to lead our congregations, create our resources, and speak into our culture. But we do expect them to uphold the Bible’s authority. We do want them to remain faithful to Christ. So what are we to do when a respected Christian leader fails the church, in any context? How are we to respond? 
Justin Taylor: What Did It Mean to ‘Hit the Sawdust Trail’?
By 1901, the pro-baseball-player-turned-revivalist Billy Sunday was popular enough that construction of large wood tabernacles would begin to be constructed months in advance of his revival. They were large enough to hold up to 10 percent of a population in a smaller city, and up to 20,000 people in major cities. The aisles of the earthen floor of the tabernacle were covered with sawdust, which accomplished several purposes. It was less expensive than constructing temporary wooden floors. In an age before air conditioning--or antiperspirants!--it could be swept out and refreshed with a fresh new smell throughout the tabernacle.
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MONDAY EDITION JULY 17th, 2017
Jerusalem Post: Muslim Authority Protests Temple Mount Security Measures After Deadly Attack
Israeli police lifted a ban on Muslim worshipers entering Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound on Sunday after it was closed in the wake of a deadly attack that resulted in the deaths of two Border Police officers at the contested holy site on Friday. A police spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post that at this stage, two gates will open to the public – The Gate of the Tribes and The Council Gate.
Jerusalem Post: Jordan’s King Abdullah Calls for Calm After Temple Mount Attack
Jordan’s King Abdullah…called for calm as he condemned the terror attack near the Temple Mount in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… Israel has feared that Friday’s attack, in which three Israeli-Arab terrorists killed two policemen, could spark a third intifada. The Temple Mount is under Israeli control and Jordanian custodianship and is managed by the Islamic Wakf. Jews are allowed to visit, but not worship.
One News Now: 44% of Liberal Democrats Claim That Churches Are Bad For the U.S.
A recent nationwide poll found that 44 percent of liberal Democrat believe that churches in the United States have a negative impact of society. This view, however, is not only shared by a significant proportion of “liberal” Democrats, but by a large chunk of all Democrats, as Pew Research Center also revealed that more than one in three Democrats in America (36 percent) see churches’ impact on society as negative. This is in stark contrast to the meager 14 percent Republicans who see churches’ influence as negative.
Michael Snyder: The Most Unusual Solar Eclipse In U.S. History Will Happen Next Month On August 21
August 21st is the date of “the Great American Eclipse”, and the hype around it is already starting to reach a fever pitch. It is being called “the Great American Eclipse” because this will be the first total solar eclipse ever that is only visible in the United States. In other words, since the United States became a nation there has never been a total eclipse that was only visible here and nowhere else. And this will be the first total solar eclipse to cross from the west coast to the east coast in 99 years. So for those that love astronomy, this is bigger than the Super Bowl. Close to 200 million people live within a day’s drive of “the totality zone”, and many are projecting that this will be the most-viewed eclipse ever. In fact, many hotels and campsites along the path of the eclipse are already completely booked. So if you want to see it live, you better make arrangements quickly.
CBN News: American Doctor Approved to Travel to UK in Charlie Gard Case
The American doctor who offered to treat Charlie Gard has permission to travel to the UK and examine the terminally-ill baby early next week.  High Court Judge Nicholas Francis said Friday that he was, "open-minded about the evidence" to come after the visit of Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University. Hirano's research focuses on mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies and he has treated others with conditions similar to that involving the 11-month-old.
 Christian Post: Christian Legal Group Blasts ABC News for 'Hate Group' Smear
Alliance Defending Freedom is demanding that ABC News retract a "defamatory" story in which it labeled the Christian legal firm a "hate group" while covering a speech by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at an event for the group earlier this week.
CBN News: The Coming Solar Eclipse— What the Bible Tells Us About This Phenomenon
A solar eclipse is set to pass over the United States on August 21.  It’s a big deal because one hasn’t been visible from the continental United States in 37 years and one hasn’t passed over the country in almost 100 years.  A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking out a significant chunk of the Sun’s rays. So what does the Bible have to say about this strange natural occurrence? There’s passages scattered throughout scripture that talk about the sun being blacked out or darkness descending...
Christian Post: Cuban Pastor Punished With 1-Year Heavy Labor for Homeschooling His Children In Evangelical Faith
An Evangelical pastor in Cuba has been sentenced to one year of heavy labor and house arrest for defying the Communist government and insisting that his children be homeschooled. International Christian Concern reported on Thursday that Pastor Ramon Rigal, leader of Iglesia de Dios en Cristo, has openly stated that his decision to take his children out of state-run schools was based on his Christian faith. As Diario de Cuba noted last week, Rigal had originally been sentenced by Guantanamo courts to one year imprisonment....
Christian Headlines: Dangerous ‘Do it Yourself’ Abortions On the Rise
 Abortionist rights activists are now promoting “do it yourself” abortions, in which women have access to abortion-inducing drugs they can take at home. LifeNews.com reports that abortion supporters allege that since the number of abortion providers has dropped in the U.S. due to more pro-life legislation, there is an increased demand for abortion, and one way to meet this demand is to make ....
Brown: Christian Leaders, Please Speak the Truth About Homosexuality Plainly and With Love
To my brothers and sisters in ministry, I appeal to you in the sight of God: Please speak plainly and clearly when it comes to homosexuality, and please do so with compassion and love. At this critical time in history, we’ve got no business dancing around these life and death issues, issues which affect people we love. We’ve got no business playing games with words, trying to be so subtle that no one understand us, working so hard not to offend that we fail to warn and save. We’ve got no business being unclear when God’s Word....
Christian Headlines: Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Naboth’s Vineyard, Referenced in Bible
An archaeologist in Israel has shared an exciting new discovery that seems to validate the Bible’s account of a man named Naboth and his ownership of a vineyard. The Christian Post reports that Dr. Norma Franklin, one of the leaders of the Jezreel Expedition, confirmed that the Jezreel Valley was a wine-producing region, as the Bible says it is.
Dudley Hall: The Church and the Media
Thinking “Christianly” about the current concern over the media forces us to ask the question: What is the God-ordained role of media? I suppose this begs the question of whether there is a God-ordained role for the media.  Or government, or any other societal institution.
Joseph Farah: 'You Didn't Build That'— Five Years Later
It’s been five years since Barack Obama, during a re-election campaign speech, told entrepreneurs they weren’t really responsible for the successful businesses they built. It was July 13, 2012, while campaigning in Virginia, Obama made the statement....The immediate negative reaction to Obama’s astonishing remarks was swift...Reflecting on this speech five years later, though, it hit me right between the eyes that there’s a much bigger point no one made at the time.
Andy Naselli: 12 Principles On How To Disagree With Other Christians
The consciences of Christians are remarkably similar, since we all have the same Word and the same Spirit. But on the edges of conscience, God has always allowed Christians a surprising degree of latitude in personal scruples. Paul didn’t command the stricter Christians of Romans 14 to get with the program and start eating meat as Jesus allowed. Nor did he command the meat-eaters to end their carnivorous ways on the outside chance they might upset the vegetarians. He expected them to get along until Jesus returned....But human nature being what it is, the stricter group was always tempted to judge those they saw as too free (“And they call themselves Christians!”), while the free group tended to look down on those with unnecessary restrictions (“those poor legalists!”). Fortunately, Paul condemned both attitudes.
Aaron Earls: The Selfishness Behind Environmentalists’ Call for Fewer Children
Selfishness is much more palatable when you can cast as concern, but strip away the faux outrage and it’s always there under the surface. That is illustrated once again by the reaction to a recent study that argues the best way to fight climate change is by having fewer children. More than recycling, using an electric car, eating a plant-based diet,  according to this study, having one fewer child has a much larger reduction of CO2 production...The issue is about less humans so those of us already living have more resources.
Joe Thorn: Entertainment and Worship
....One of the more dangerous drifts happening in our local churches today is within our corporate worship. In many churches there is a de-emphasis on the means of grace (Scripture, prayer, and the sacraments or ordinances), and a reliance on entertainment. Some try to balance the two in the name of reaching more people with the gospel, but there is an inescapable danger in overvaluing entertainment and implementing it in corporate worship.  This is not a new phenomenon. The nineteenth-century pastor Charles Spurgeon said....
Sarah Walton: To Parents with Special Needs
....This is for the family who has been given the responsibility of raising a child with a behavioral or neurological disorder....While you may not have experienced this personally, my hope is that I can encourage those parents who are hurting and feeling alone as they navigate the uncharted waters of special needs. At the same time, I hope to bring awareness to others, that they might be more sensitive to those around them.  If you are a parent with a child with special needs, this is what I’d like you to know.
Kent Brandenburg: The Role of the Attack on Spanking in Worldwide Apostasy
....Since Proverbs says that the rod and reproof give wisdom, the world, the flesh, and the devil oppose both the rod and reproof, but especially the rod.  Many times parents won't spank their children in a biblical way, but it is possible that the day is near that they can't.  Today the practice is chilled by various child protective services. 
Melissa Edgington: There is a Better Way to Experience Sexuality, and Christian Parents Need to Be Talking About It
.....We have to teach our kids that one of the greatest gifts of God is the intimacy between a man and a woman who have committed themselves to loving every inch of each other’s heart and soul. We have to teach them that great sex is safe sex, in the arms of the person who has vowed to hold us up when we need it, who has promised that no illness or accident, no outside interest, no schemes of this world will separate us. We have to show them what it looks like to be in love.
David Cloud: A Warning About Professional Sports
The more I have meditated upon the topic of professional sports, the more disgusted I have become. This is not to say I have not found enjoyment from sports in general...There is a tremendous amount of misplaced enthusiasm, money, and time being spent upon the vanities of this life by those who profess the name of Christ. There can be some value in sports but it is a dangerous thing and easily becomes an idol. May God help us redeem the time while we have the opportunity. 
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WEEKEND EDITION JULY 15th-16th, 2017
Todd Starnes: ABC News Christians Who Defend Religious Liberty Are 'Hate Group'
Alliance Defending Freedom is demanding a retraction and apology from ABC News after reporters smeared one of the nation’s most respected religious liberty law firms as a ‘hate group.’ ABC News reporters Pete Madden and Erin Galloway wrote a scathing report on a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered behind closed doors at the Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, California. “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks,” read the explosive headline.
Breitbart News: Papal Advisers Bash American Christians in Bigoted Screed
In a peculiar, rambling essay, papal adviser Father Antonio Spadaro SJ has caricatured white southern evangelicals as well as conservative American Catholics as ignorant, theocratic, Manichean, war-mongering fanatics anxiously awaiting the apocalypse. It is “these religious groups that are composed mainly of whites from the deep American South” that push conflicts and justify belligerence, while favoring the Old Testament “rather than be guided by the incisive look, full of love, of Jesus in the Gospels.”
Hank Hanegraaff Must Step Down After Converting to Eastern Orthodoxy: CRI Founder's Family
Family members of Dr. Walter Martin, founder of the Christian Research Institute, are calling on current CRI president Hank Hanegraaff to step down due to his conversion from evangelicalism to Eastern Orthodoxy.
Aaron Klein: Temple Mount Terrorist Attack Follows UNESCO Anti-Israel Vote On Jerusalem
It cannot be ignored that today’s deadly Palestinian terrorist attack at the Temple Mount comes less than two weeks after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed an anti-Israel resolution declaring Jerusalem’s Old City and its ancient walls to be “occupied” and scandalously listed the areas as Palestinian heritage sites. And the attack on the Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – comes one week after UNESCO passed an anti-Israel resolution singling out another holy site. 
Christian Post: Want to Be Happier? Be More Generous, Study Says
A new study out of Switzerland shows that people who are generous and focus on helping others report feelings of happiness more than those who act on their own self-interests.
Ch News Net: Group of Religious Leaders, False Teachers Surround and Lay Hands on President Trump
A number of religious leaders, including several known for their false teachings, appeared in the oval office on Monday, where they surrounded President Trump and laid hands on him. Rodney Howard-Browne, known for the “Holy Laughter Movement” and his claim of being a “Holy Ghost bartender,” said that he had been asked by prosperity preacher Paula White, who reportedly serves as a spiritual advisor to the president, to pray over Trump. Howard-Browne also recorded a video explaining the time of prayer and noting that....
Jerusalem Post: Two Policemen Killed In Temple Mount Attack By Israeli Arabs
Three terrorists opened fire on a group of policemen near Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday morning, killing two and injuring one before the attackers were killed by police, the Israel Police and paramedics said. The assailants, who were residents of Umm al-Fahm, near Haifa, fled to the Temple Mount where they were killed by police officers and guns were found in their possession, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri.
Breitbart News: More Christian Refugees Arriving under Trump than Muslims
Under President Donald Trump, more Christian refugees have been admitted to the United States in the first six months of 2017 than Muslim refugees, a departure from the Obama-era. Since Trump took office in January through June 30, nearly 9,600 refugees who are affiliated with the Christian faith have been resettled in the U.S., accounting for roughly 50 percent of all refugee resettlements, according to research by Pew.
Jerry Newcombe: Hate Speech and the Salem Witch Trials
Perhaps, the most overused word in America is "hate." All you have to do is accuse someone who disagrees with you of hate, and that's it: guilty as charged. Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean even famously said recently that "hate speech" is not protected by the First Amendment. This is like the modern equivalent of the horrible anti-witch hysteria in Salem in 1692-1693. If you were accused of being a witch, then you were virtually guilty. Twenty were accused and executed for supposedly being a witch. 
Archaeologist Uncovers Clues Pointing Towards Evidence of Naboth’s Vineyard
“As an archaeologist, I cannot say that there was definitely a specific man named Naboth who had a particular vineyard,” Dr Franklin told Breaking Israel News. “The story is very old but from what I have found, I can say that the story as described in the Bible quite probably could have occurred here in the Jezreel.”
CNN: What's Behind Trump's Prayer In the Oval Office      SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
The secular media has made much of some viral photos from the Oval Office in which a group of ministers are seen touching President Donald Trump while praying. But it's not particularly shocking to a vast and influential swath of America. Anyone surprised about it, should get used to seeing and hearing a lot more displays of evangelical fervor in and around the White House. 
Jonah Goldberg: The Rhetoric of Climate-Change Alarmists Grows Ever More Hysterical
One of the hallmarks of the “Ugly American” is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He exaggerates the challenge of global warming by using ever more hysterical rhetoric, thinking that if the last doomsday prediction didn’t work, this one will.
John Stonestreet: A Genderless Child? When Ideology Becomes Abuse
I don't think "abuse" is too strong a word for a mother who refuses to acknowledge the biological reality of her child's sex, and to raise him or her in denial of such reality. The potential for harm here is great.
Israel Nat. News: Muslim Woman Infiltrates Church To Spy On, Report On Somali Christians
A Somalian woman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Qamar Cleasson, spies on families in who converted to Christianity and shares the information with Muslims abroad, reports Pamela Geller.
Minnesota CBS Local: Minnesota Town Allows Satanic Monument In City Park
A small Minnesota town is getting a lot of attention for a Satanic monument coming to their veterans park. The monument going up for The Satanic Temple — which features an upturned helmet atop a black cube — will soon be at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine.
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FRIDAY EDITION JULY 14th, 2017
CBN News: British Hospital to Gard's Parents: You Alone Cannot Decide Child's Fate
 The London hospital treating Charlie Gard, a terminally ill baby whose case has drawn international attention, says Gard's parents do not have the right be the sole decision-makers for their son. In a submission to the High Court on Thursday, hospital attorney Katie Gollop said the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) holds a very different view than the parents of how treatment decisions should...
Fox News: Trump Seen Praying During Oval Office Meeting With Evangelical Leaders
An intimate moment during a meeting between President Trump and evangelical leaders earlier this week is now going viral. Photos posted by some of the attendees of the Monday meeting show the group during a prayer session, laying their hands on Trump's shoulders as his head is bent in prayer. The picture was posted by Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University, a large evangelical university in Virginia.
National Review: Oregon's Radical, Grisly Abortion Law
Once upon a time, Democrats wanted abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Today, that mantra is “unregulated, on demand, and” — in the state of Oregon — “free.” Oregon is preparing to enact a law that would force all Oregon insurers to cover abortions, whatever the reason, at no cost to patients. House Bill 3391-B compels insurers, public or private, to provide a whole swathe of “reproductive services” free of cost and regardless of income, insurance type, citizenship status, or gender identity. 
CBN News: UK Court Acquits Christian Street Preacher of Harassing Gays Charge
A Christian street preacher has been acquitted of charges of harassing a homosexual couple. Police arrested Andrew Frost after he allegedly began a conversation on the streets of Nottingham city centre with two passers-by about homosexuality. The Christian Legal Centre reports that back in March, while Frost was preaching on the consequences of sin and quoting Luke 13:1-5 and Matthew 15:19, two men holding hands and in a homosexual relationship walked by.
Christian Post: Archaeologist Discovers Proof for Biblical Vineyard of Naboth
An archaeologist in Israel said she found proof of the biblical story of Naboth's vineyard. Dr. Norma Franklin, one of the leaders behind the Jezreel Expedition, established that the Jezreel Valley was indeed a major wine producing area in biblical times.
Conservative Daily News: Now Even Jesus Christ is a Symbol of Hate to the Radical Left
The totalitarian left is hellbent at redefining everything that they do not approve of as hate speech and not even Jesus Christ is safe. Americans will soon need to make a decision on exactly how far that they are going to allow the left to go in declaring everything that they disapprove of as a hate crime. Such views have led to the rise of some of them most repressive regimes in world history and today’s left is showing signs of becoming a cult that in many aspects, mimics early Nazi Germany and the crushing of free speech. Last week, someone left a painting of the Christian Lord and Savior on a fence outside of a Long Island mosque which authorities are.....
Christian Post: Married Christian Mother Robbed, Sexually Assaulted by 5 Men After Prayer Meeting
A born-again Christian mother of two, who stayed behind for a few extra minutes of prayer and a brief meeting with her pastor after a prayer meeting at a Queens church on Tuesday night, was brutally robbed and sexually assaulted by a gang of five men just a few minutes after she left for home.
Atheist Group Demands Removal of Roadside Cross Memorializing Mother Who Died in Car Crash
An atheist activist group is demanding that the city of Salem, Oregon, remove a roadside cross that was purportedly erected to remember the life of a mother who was killed in a tragic car crash years ago, arguing that the symbol’s presence on public land is unconstitutional. This is reportedly the first time that the cross, which is about four feet tall and has reportedly been near a road....
Deseret News: Protestant Churches Embrace Gluten-Free Communion Bread as Vatican Reaffirms Ban
While the Roman Catholic world digests a Vatican letter confirming the church’s prohibition on gluten-free wafers, Protestant churches continue to place orders for a Eucharist that won’t bother the gluten-intolerant.  Gluten or no gluten — the difference is theological.
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THURSDAY EDITION JULY 13th, 2017
UK Sun: North Korea Warns It Will 'Turn Self-Destructive US Into a Pile of Ash'
NORTH Korea has vowed to “turn the US into a pile of ash” if Donald Trump tries to curb the nation’s nuclear ambitions by force. State-run newspaper Minju Choson warned military confrontation will “inevitably lead the US to self-destruction”.  It comes after Kim Jong-un’s regime launched what it claimed was an intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching the West coast of America.
Christianity Today: The American Church Has a Better Reputation Than Higher Ed or the Media
....According to Pew Research Center, Americans view the impact of religious institutions more positively than colleges, labor unions, banks, or the media, and their reputation has changed little during the political shifts over the past few years.  59% of respondents continue to see the church as having a positive impact, while 26% see it having a negative impact. The church’s positivity ratings are more than twice as high as the lowest-rated institution, the media, which 28% of Americans view positively and 63% negatively.
UK Daily Mail: Evangelical Pastors Pray Over Donald Trump In Oval Office
Evangelical pastor Rodney Howard-Browne led a prayer circle alongside his wife Adonica in the White House and then shared the image on Facebook. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence can be seen closing their eyes and bowing their heads in the solemn moment.  The group were invited to pray with Trump during a meeting with members of The Office of Public Liaison. Others pictured included Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and Michele Bachmann, the former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota.  Mr Howard-Browne, who is from South Africa but came to America in 1987 after a 'calling from God', described the moment as 'surreal' and 'humbling'.  He wrote: 'Yesterday I was asked by Pastor Paula White-Cain to pray over our 45th President - what a humbling moment standing in the Oval Office - laying hands and praying for our President - Supernatural Wisdom, Guidance and Protection - who could ever even imagine - wow - we are going to see another great spiritual awakening. 
World Net Daily: Suddenly Everyone Gets ‘Biblical’ In Hot U.S. Senate Race
A Republican lawmaker is vowing to filibuster any spending bill that doesn’t fund President Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall – and he says he’ll use the opportunity to read the King James Bible on the floor of the U.S. Senate until the funding is approved. Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, who is running for Senate, released a campaign ad Sunday titled “Build the Wall”:
SBC Voices: Baptists and Numbers 'It's Complicated'
There can be little doubt that the New Testament was written by Baptists. The Apostles counted the crowds that Jesus fed with the loaves and fish and carefully quantified the leftovers....We modern Baptists, like the Baptists in Jerusalem and Antioch and Ephesus, love our numbers. If it can’t be counted, quantified,  and statistically analyzed, can it truly be counted as a work of God? 
UK Mirror: Growing Sophistication of Sex Robots Is Leading to Moral and Legal Dilemmas, Expert Warns
The rise of sex robots is presenting increasingly difficult moral and legal dilemmas, an expert has warned.  Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with sex dolls increasingly lifelike.  But advancements in technology bring with them their own serious issues surrounding morals and the legal status of such sex robots. 
ISIS Told Christians to Renounce Jesus in Egypt Bus Slaughter but Women Refused, Says Survivor
One of the survivors of the massacre of 29 Egyptian Christians in Minya in May said that the Islamic State extremists forced the women off the bus and ordered them to renounce their faith in Christ, but the Copts refused.
Christian Post: Five Things You Should Know About Trump Jr. and Russia
The media is abuzz with new information indicating that Donald Trump, Jr. may have sought out help from Russia for his father's presidential campaign last year.
Ch Post: Pastor Says Facebook Removed Live Video After Calling Gay Pride Rainbow Mark of the Beast
A West Virginia pastor who has expressed vocal opposition to Facebook's pro-LGBT rainbow emoji is accusing the social media site of unjustly suspending his personal account.
Christian Post: Bob Harrington, 'Chaplain of Bourbon Street,' Dies Leaving Cautionary Tale
Bob Harrington, one of America's most popular and flamboyant preachers during the 1960s and 1970s, has died. Popularly known as the "Chaplain of Bourbon Street," Harrington publicly fell from grace and lived as a backslider for years before quietly being restored and returning to ministry. He was 89.
Vice-President Mike Pence: "We Hope and Pray That Little Charlie Gard Gets Every Chance"
During an interview on The Rush Limbaugh Show, pro-life Vice President Mike Pence said that he hopes and prays Charlie card gets every chance at life. Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disorder, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which can cause weakened muscles and organ dysfunction, among other symptoms, and though his parents have ra
Happiness From Being Generous Has a Neural Basis Within the Brain
 What inspires humans to display acts of generosity? Economists, psychologists and philosophers have pondered this question for millennia. If one assumes that human behavior is primarily motivated by self-interest, it seems illogical to willingly sacrifice resources for others. In an attempt to solve this paradox, some experts have theorized that giving satisfies a desire to boost one's standing in....
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WEDNESDAY EDITION JULY 12th, 2017
Christian Post: 44 Percent of Liberal Democrats Say Churches Bad for America, Says Pew Poll
Democrats are more likely than Republicans to believe that churches have a negative impact on American society, according to a recent report by Pew Research Center. In a report released Monday by Pew's U.S. Politics & Policy department, 36 percent of Democrats were found to view churches' impact on society as negative, contrasted with 14 percent of Republicans. Among Liberal Democrats, the percentage that view churches in a negative light jumps to 44 percent, with 40 percent of Liberal Democrats and 50 percent of overall Democrats viewing churches as positively impacting society.
Charlie Gard's Parents Given Two Days to Prove Their Baby Should Be Allowed Treatment in the US
Connie Yates and Chris Gard, the parents of a critically ill 11-month-old British baby were given two days at a high court hearing on Monday to produce convincing evidence for why their son should be allowed to have potentially life-saving experimental treatment...
Michael Snyder: Dying Middle Class The Number Of Americans That Can’t Afford Their Own Homes Has More Than Doubled
Have you lost your spot in the middle class yet?  For years I have been documenting all of the numbers that show that the middle class in America has been steadily shrinking, and we just got another one.  According to a report that was produced by researchers at Harvard University, the number of Americans that spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing has more than doubled.  In 2001, nearly 16 million Americans couldn’t afford the homes that they were currently living in, but by 2015 that figure had jumped to 38 million. When I write about “economic collapse”, I am writing about a process that has been unfolding for decades in this country.  Back in the early 1970s, well over 60 percent of all Americans were considered to be “middle class”, but now that number has fallen below 50 percent.  Never before in our history has the....
John Murdock: Should Christians Associate With Donald Trump?
.....A number of vocal Christians are thrilled to see President Trump breaking the old political playbook and taking it to a media establishment that, to their eyes, has not played fair for a long time. I can understand where they are coming from.
World Net Daily: Canadian Christian Slapped With $12,000 ‘Shariah Fine’ for Not Removing Shoes
Canada is now fining its citizens for offending people of the Islamic faith. John Alabi, 53, is a Christian and a landlord who lives in the Toronto area and is being ordered to pay a fine of $12,000 by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal because he failed to remove his shoes when he entered the apartment he was renting to a Muslim couple.
CBN News: The 'Chaplain of Bourbon Street' Bob Harrington Passes Away at 89
Bob Harrington, one of America's most well-known preachers, has died at age 89. He passed away from kidney failure in Stigler, Oklahoma on July 4.  His funeral was held Saturday, July 8 at Sweet Water Baptist Church in Sweet Water, Ala. Plans for another memorial service are underway for a memorial service in Stigler - where he lived with his daughter Mitzi Woodson.
Five Christian Reactions to Church of England's Controversial Transgender Affirming Vote
The General Synod of the Church of England has been making headline news across the Christian world with its recent vote in favor of the Church affirming people's gender transition.
CBN News: West Va. Pastor Sent Death Threats, Feces in Mail for Opposing Gay Emoji on Facebook
A pastor who heads up a Christian ministry is under fire for blocking anyone who uses the rainbow flag emoji on his organization's Facebook page.  Pastor Rich Penkoski of West Virginia leads the ministry "Warriors for Christ" and says he has blocked more than 900,000 Facebook users in the last month.  It all started when he promised to ban anyone who uses the rainbow flag on their Facebook page, claiming it is an act of support for the homosexual lifestyle. 
Michael Brown: When the Church of England Celebrates Sex-Change Surgery
I am not the least bit surprised that the Church Of England is “Considering Special Services To Celebrate Gender Reassignment.” I’m saddened and disappointed, but certainly not surprised. The handwriting has been on the wall for a while now, and other religious groups have already instituted special ceremonies for people “transitioning.”
John Fea: Does Robert Jeffress Think Morality Is Determined by Popularity?
.....Jeffress is probably correct when he says that Trump's election demonstrated the irrelevance of the evangelical "Never Trumpers." What scares me here Jeffress's attempt to equate the "relevance" or popularity of a particular political view with whether or not such a view is correct or moral.
World Net Daily: Feds Hire Researchers To Merge Brains, Computers
The federal government has reached contract agreements with six entities, five research groups and a company for the Neural Engineering System Design program designed to merge human brains with computers....
People Are Getting Exorcisms Instead of Going to the Doctor
.....Known for their belief in "supernatural warfare" (the idea that angels and demons are in constant battle for our souls and bodies), evangelicals say engagement in any kind of sin can be an invitation to possession. Which means pretty much everyone is a potential candidate for exorcism.   SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Texas Teen Electrocuted After Cell Phone Accidentally Falls In Bathtub
A 14-year-old girl from Lubbock died early Sunday morning after being electrocuted in a bathtub. Madison Coe's mother and grandmother tell us she was in the bathtub, and either plugged her phone in or simply grabbed her phone that was already plugged in. It happened at her father's house in Lovington, NM. Madison just graduated from the 8th grade from Terra Vista Middle School....
CBN News: Was Solomon a Republican? News Magazine Attacks Rubio's Bible Tweets
Senator Marco Rubio likes to tweet Bible verses almost every day, but one news organization is accusing him of playing politics with the Holy Scriptures.  A recent article in Politico Magazine says Rubio is "tweeting the most Republican part of the Bible" -- Proverbs. "Some of the statements in Proverbs look strikingly similar to those made by modern-day conservative policymakers," Joel S. Baden wrote...
Lifezette: A Planned Parenthood Doctor’s Murderous Claim
A former Planned Parenthood patient claims a doctor at the clinic told her the medical staff would likely break her baby’s neck if the infant were born alive during the abortion. “We don’t tell women this, and a lot of women don’t even ask this question, but if [the doctor] was to proceed with the abortion and the baby was to come out still alive and active, most likely we would break the baby’s neck,” a female Planned Parenthood doctor allegedly told a woman in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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