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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR OCTOBER 21st-31st, 2017
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TUESDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 31st, 2017
Crossway:12 Practical Ways to Be on Mission This Halloweeen
Halloween offers a great opportunity for many to engage in new relationships with those around us or to revisit some old relationships with new missional intentionality. Regardless of what you think of the holiday and it's roots, the culture we have been sent by Jesus to reach is going to celebrate Halloween this Tuesday. We all have in front of us a wide open door for missionary engagement in our neighborhoods. I want to encourage you not to miss out on the opportunity. If you are looking to be more intentionally engaged this year, I want to present you with a few ideas for how you can more effectively walk through the open door that Halloween presents to us as Jesus's missionaries..... . LINK
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Wanda Alger: Overcoming Witchcraft at Halloween
With Halloween just around the corner, we are reminded again of the increased darkness hovering over this nation.    LINK
CBN News: Former Satanist Warns Christians About Celebrating Halloween
Should Christians celebrate Halloween? Opinions differ between Christian leaders, lay people and church members.  According to a CBN News Facebook poll, 87% of believers feel that Christians should not celebrate Halloween, while 13% believe it's okay.  Former Satanist John Ramirez recently joined CBN News to talk about Christians and Halloween.     LINK
Carl Laferton: Christmas Outreach Starts Now
It’s October. (You knew that.) Christmas is coming. (You knew that too.) And people are starting to get ready. We’ll have the food. We’ll buy the presents. We’ll see the family. We’ll enjoy the parties. We’ll go to church. We’ll probably think about inviting someone else to church. And, when it’s all over, will we have used the season as well as we can for the glory of the one who gives his name to the festival?  That’s the question that counts. And to answer it, here are five questions to start asking yourself and your church, starting… in October.   LINK
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Christian Headlines: Pro-Lifers Protest UN Proposal to Endorse Abortion, Euthanasia
Pro-life governments and nongovernmental organizations have asked the United Nations Human Rights Committee to amend its draft of a legal commentary endorsing abortion and euthanasia. The UN’s proposed commentary on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights retains the commitment to recognize and protect “the right to life of all human beings” but doesn’t name the unborn as human beings. It also forbids pro-life laws...   . LINK
Associated Press: Court Orders Arizona Tribe To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
A tribal court has cleared the way for gay couples to marry on an American Indian reservation in the Phoenix area after a two-year legal battle that could have repercussions for Native Americans elsewhere. The court ruled that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry under the constitution of the Ak-Chin community and the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.    . LINK
Daily Signal: The Ugly Truth About Sex Reassignment the Transgender Lobby Doesn't Want You to Know
Sex reassignment is as natural as being born, some in the media tell us. And many Americans are buying it. But a growing chorus of dissenters made up of physicians, researchers, and even transgender individuals is beginning to paint a far different picture of the truth.    . LINK
Western Aid Not Reaching Christians in Iraq, Middle East, Persecution Watchdog Says
Christians in Iraq have been unable to celebrate the defeats of the Islamic State terror group for long, said a Christian worker who has been aiding the church there for more than 10 years, noting that they have received nothing but "lip service" in terms of actual help from Western countries. . LINK
Washington Post: How the Prosperity Gospel Is Sparking a Major Change In the World's Most Catholic Country
....In a country struggling with the worst economic crisis in its history, with long queues at unemployment offices and public health clinics, perhaps it’s not surprising that Brazilians are increasingly drawn to the promises of personal wealth.  . LINK
United Methodist High Court Rejects Attempts to Strike Down Church's Stance Labeling Homosexuality a Sin
The United Methodist Church's highest court declined two petitions attempting to get a ruling labeling the denomination's official stance against homosexuality unconstitutional.   . LINK
Vance Christie: Martin Luther – Father of the Reformation
October, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the igniting of what became known as the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther is generally considered the father of the Reformation. Luther’s nailing his “95 Theses” to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, is commonly cited as the event that sparked reformation fires.  . LINK
Randy White: Why the Purpose Driven Cult Doesn’t Lead to Meaningful Lives
Somewhere in the past 40 years “Purpose” has become our god.   I suppose Rick Warren revealed this god more than he invented it in his wildly successful book, The Purpose Driven Life. Somewhere, having Purpose  became a “must have” for western culture...     . LINK
Wellman: What Will Christians Be Doing In Heaven?
Have you ever thought about what you will be doing in heaven? The Bible tells us some of the things believers will do in heaven.   . LINK
Here Are the 10 Worst Countries for Christian Persecution According To a UK Report
 The U.K. All Party Parliamentary Group has released a report listing 10 of the worst countries for religious freedom. The report, “Article 18: From Rhetoric to Reality,” found that the countries had violated Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which protects religious liberty.    . LINK
Christian Headlines: Egypt’s Christians Appeal for Help after Churches are Forced to Close
 Egypt has been one of the worst places for Christian persecution in recent months. A series of attacks targeting Christians and forced closures of churches have caused Egypt’s Christian population to call on authorities for help. Two churches were reportedly shut down by authorities in Minya and another church was closed after rumors of an attack surfaced. No attack occurred, but the church has remained closed. Egypt’s Christians are known as Copts and have been in the region since ancient times. Copts make up 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 95 million people.   . LINK
Thom Rainer: Fifteen Unusual Hospital Visits Experienced by Pastors
Pastors visit church members and others in the hospital. It is what pastors do. And most patients appreciate the ministry and efforts of these pastors. But that does not mean the pastors’ visits are uneventful. I went to social media to learn about some of the unusual visits pastors experienced. Here are my top fifteen submissions.    . LINK
Scientists Pinpoint Oldest Recorded Solar Eclipse, and It's Mentioned in Joshua's Biblical Battle
Researchers from Cambridge University have reportedly pinpointed the oldest solar eclipse ever recorded, dating back to 30 October 1207 B.C., which is also mentioned in the Bible in the book of Joshua.   LINK
Bible Mesh: The Reformation’s Far-Reaching Implications
The most important reason to celebrate the Reformation’s 500th anniversary is its recovery of the doctrine that salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by Scripture alone to the glory of God alone. Yet the Reformers recognized that bedrock doctrine had implications cutting across every facet of life. Their application of Scripture to life and culture continues to serve as a model for followers of Jesus. Amid your Reformation Day celebration, consider the following...    . LINK
Christian Media: Five Strategies to Keep Children with Food Allergies Safe During Children’s Church
Food allergies in young children are high on the rise. 1 in 13 children has a food allergy according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). With so many children having food allergies the following are precautionary measures that parents and children’s church workers can take to keep children with food allergies safe...    . LINK
Randy Alcorn: Prosperity Theology Tells Us to Live Now as Kings, Not Servants
The prosperity gospel teaches that the more money you give away, the wealthier you will become. Following God through giving and other forms of obedience becomes a formula for abundant provision and the celebration of prosperous living. This is, in essence, a Christianized materialism.    . LINK
Christian Media: Are Miracles Contrary to Science?
In a world where science and the supernatural are no longer reconcilable, can they co-exist? Are miracles diametrically opposed to the laws that govern our universe? People of faith are confronted with an increasingly antagonistic scientific community, which generally opposes any acknowledgement of the supernatural, and more importantly, the divine.    . LINK
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MONDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 30th, 2017
Paganism and Witchcraft— The Dark Reality of Halloween 
Millions of people will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, October 31, including many Christians. Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in America grossing $8 billion in sales. Some parents will dress up their children in costumes ranging from princesses to goblins and go trick-or-treating. However, many do not realize there's a darker reality to this celebration and it is steeped in paganism and witchcraft.  Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve, originated in the ancient Celtic festival Samhain, which means "end of summer." According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes and many people believed that ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies, and demons roamed the earth.  However, the holiday took a different turn when Christianity arrived on the scene and began celebrating All Saint's Day.....LINK
Free Beacon: Man With Down Syndrome to Congressional Committee: ‘My Life Is Worth Living’
Frank Stephens, a man with Down syndrome and an advocate for those with the genetic disorder, told a congressional committee on Wednesday that his life is “worth living” as he criticized those who believe fetuses with Down syndrome should be aborted… Iceland is close to eliminating Down syndrome births through abortion. Since the introduction of prenatal screening tests to the country in the early 2000s, close to 100 percent of women whose pregnancies test positive for Down syndrome have chosen to have an abortion.    LINK
Common Sense: Pedophilia Is the New Normal— The Anti-Christian Movement Is Led by Google and Netflix
....Jesus and his Christian followers had a very special place in their hearts for children. The Bible admonishes all parents to protect their children with their lives and to fulfill their duty of raising up their children to obey and fear God. I am reminded what the Bible says about the requirement to protect the children in Luke 17:2  as the word of God proclaims....   LINK
George Washington’s Church Says Plaque Honoring First President Must Come Down
…The church came to the conclusion that the plaques were not acceptable to all worshipers. “The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.      LINK
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Christian Headlines: Facebook Blocked Two Christian Ministry Pages This Month
Facebook shut down two Christian ministry pages this month, without warning or explanation, renewing fears about the social media giant’s ability to control access to an important corner of today’s public square. A Facebook media representative said due to privacy issues she could not discuss details about the company’s actions against The Tree of Life Outreach and Sheologians. The representative also refused to speak on the record about company protocol...   LINK
BBC: Mattis Says North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Accelerating
The threat of nuclear attack from North Korea is increasing, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said during a visit to South Korea. Mr Mattis warned it would face a “massive military response” if it used nuclear weapons. Separately, North Korea released a South Korean fishing boat which it said had been found in North Korean waters illegally.  LINK
Will the FDA and the Public Approve? Chinese Scientists Design Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs
Using new genetic engineering techniques, Chinese scientists have successfully given life to low-fat pigs. Yes, you read that right -- low-fat pigs.  The scientists said they wanted to engineer the low-fat pigs with the hope of providing pig farmers with animals that would...   LINK
Yates: 3 Reasons School Choice Should Matter To Christians
This is an issue that many believe is too complicated, better left to the educational experts and our government officials to solve. Yet, at the core, this is not only a political issue — it's a biblical issue, too.   LINK
World Mag: In Secular Morality, the Majority Rules
Parents of teens commonly hear, “Everybody else is doing it!” But adolescents are not the only ones who judge right or wrong by others’ actions. Two recent studies on morality showed the choices of the majority often dictate society’s moral standards.   LINK
Cloud: Karl Marx’s Violent, Blasphemous Delusions
It was at the crossroads of history, with the rise of industrialization and the decline of monarchs, when mankind was offered a Faustian bargain: Abandon your traditions and morals, and enter a new age. The promise was “heaven on earth,” and the cost was to partake in a movement to destroy morals and religious belief—and to destroy anyone who stood against this new future.  The ideas of communism, and the various schools of thought at its foundation, had already seeped deeply into the societies of Europe ahead of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. Provocateurs presented it as a way out of the suffering....    LINK
Nat Review: Canada Child Euthanasia— A Matter of Time?
Once euthanasia consciousness is unleashed, it never stops expanding. The law is still brand new, and yet there is already talk about allowing dementia patients to be killed and a mentally ill patient was euthanized with the permission of a court. And now, children are in the target range...Do you think there will be strong pushback from Canadian medical leadership? Dream on!  LINK
Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu Delays Vote on Bill Annexing Greater Jerusalem After US Frowns On It 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed on Saturday an initial vote on the Greater Jerusalem bill, after some of his coalition partners opposed it and the US appeared to frown on it. The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs had intended to vote Sunday on the bill, which would shore up the Jewish vote in Jerusalem by annexing 19 settlements to the capital.    LINK
AP: Doctors Clash Over Euthanasia for Mentally Ill
....Like many in Belgium, Thienpont believes that when modern medicine can't relieve pain, euthanasia — when doctors actively kill patients — should be an option. But Thienpont appears more inclined than most to approve euthanasia, some colleagues say.  LINK
CBN News: A Mass Shooting at a Tennessee Church— Burnette Chapel One Month Later
It has been one month since a gunman walked into Sunday service at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee.   Before making his way into the building, that gunman took the life of 38-year-old Melanie Crow, a mother of two. He then marched into the vestibule where about 40 members were preparing to leave and began firing.    LINK
Christian Headlines: Strong Link Found Between Worship Attendance and Religious Giving
 The more frequently a household attends worship services, the more likely its members donate to religious institutions, and give generously, new research shows.....The report draws on data from the University of Michigan’s Philanthropy Panel Study.    LINK
Jack Wellman: Why Christians Must Love Muslims
Should Christians love Muslims? What does the Bible say about loving others, even outside of the church?  The command to love our neighbor as ourselves is not new. It’s been taught throughout the Old Testament as in Leviticus 19:18...and if you read all of Leviticus 19, you’ll see what loving your neighbor looks like.    LINK
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WEEKEND EDITION — OCTOBER 28th-29th, 2017
Jerry Falwell Jr. to Evangelicals: Don't Vote Based Upon Faith, Back Steve Bannon's Effort Instead
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is calling on evangelicals to join Breitbart Chairman Steve Bannon's war against "fake Republicans" in Congress, and not support candidates because they are also evangelicals.    LINK
'Christians Are Being Told to Shut Up': Expelled Student Who Called Homosexuality a Sin Loses Court Case
A UK court has ruled that a university's decision to expel a Christian student over his comments on homosexuality is legal.  In 2015, Felix Ngole wrote on his personal Facebook page that "same sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God's words and man's sentiments would not change His words."  He went on to add that "the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin." Ngole, who was studying social work at Sheffield University, was immediately expelled for the comments. The 39-year-old student challenged the university's decision arguing that expelling him was a breach of his human rights.      LINK
Christianity Today: Pence Says US Will Bypass UN and Aid Persecuted Iraqi Christians Directly
During a speech to advocates for the persecuted church, Mike Pence unveiled plans for the United States to provide more direct aid to Christians and other minorities facing genocide in the Middle East. The vice president reiterated the Trump administration’s commitment to defending religious groups persecuted by ISIS....    LINK
Christian Pastor Tortured For His Faith: North Korea Is 'Hell'
A North Korea pastor who was brutalized for his Christian faith describes North Korea as “hell.” “There is an enormous difference between my life in North Korea and my life in the U.S,” Choi Kwanghyuk, who defected from North Korea a few years ago and now lives in Los Angeles, told Fox News. “The life in North Korea is hell, life in America is heaven.    LINK
The Blaze: Pastor Warns That Millennials Are ‘On the Verge’ of Losing All Knowledge of God and Faith
....“Seemingly, no young adult has a biblical worldview anymore,” he said. “They don’t know who God is. Even fundamental things about salvation and heaven and hell and things that are in the category you might argue are Christianity. They have no understanding of these things.”     LINK
The Federalist: 12 Insane Ways Artificial Wombs Will Change The World
....While this technology holds much promise for premature babies, we should take the meantime to think through the potential ramifications. I’ve drawn on the expertise of several ethicists and writers to explore the ways in which artificial wombs could impact reproduction and our society. They are not all equally plausible, but nevertheless we must consider these potential outcomes with care.    LINK
College Fix: Kent State Mulls Whether Telling Someone ‘You Need Jesus’ Is Hate Speech 
A Christian student leader is demanding an apology after a poster distributed by Kent State University asked if stating “You need Jesus“ could qualify as hate speech.     LINK
Ed Stetzer: Three Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media
Pastors and church leaders need to be in social media spaces. Here are three basic ways I see pastors undermine themselves on social media, and  ideas about how to avoid  missteps...     LINK
Reuters: Depression Tied To Shorter Lifespan
People who suffer from depression may not live as long as individuals who don’t experience this mental health disorder, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers examined six decades of mental health and mortality data on 3,410 adults during three time periods: 1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990 and 1991 to 2011. Depression was associated with an increased risk of premature death in every decade of the study for men, and starting in the 1990s for women.  LINK
Phil Moore: How Holocausts Happen
.....Two things had happened in the years leading up to their meeting that made the murder of six million Jews seem normal, even virtuous. As they wiped the biscuit crumbs from their laps and stepped out onto the veranda, these two things made them all agree that it was simply the only proper thing to do.  LINK
Peter Heck: Jim Wallis and Michael Wear Teach That Government Aid Is an Arm of Christian Charity
....My objection to Wallis was and is that he teaches and many of his followers repeat that support of socialist redistribution policies is synonymous with obedience to the call of Christ to care for the "least of these."  But if the government takes from me and gives to the poor, I am not fulfilling the command of Jesus to be personally charitable. Anyone who teaches that deserves rebuke.     LINK
Eric Geiger: Research Reveals the 5 Biggest Influencers on Your Child’s Spiritual Health
What do you think makes the biggest impact on a child’s spiritual development? Dinner as a family? Parents who don’t miss special events? Having church friends? Being at a good Christian school? Being at a church with a vibrant kids and student ministry?     LINK
Scott Slayton: Five Parenting Myths I Used to Believe
....Raising children frequently brings me face to face with my own ignorance, foolishness, and inadequacies. My children presented me with problems I never anticipated, disobey in ways I never imagined, and bless me in ways I only dared to dream.    LINK
Michael Heiser: 14 Sobering Facts about Satan, the Devil
We have an enemy—and if we’re going to stand firm against him, we need to know whom we’re up against. However, there’s a lot of devil folklore out there. It can be difficult to distinguish traditions from what the Bible actually says about Satan. So, let’s take a look at some biblical facts about the devil.     LINK
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THURSDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 26th, 2017
Acton Institute: The Inhumanity of Communism 100 Years After the Bolshevik Revolution
One hundred years ago on October 25, the Bolsheviks seized Russia’s Provisional Government under the guidance of Vladimir Lenin. As a result of Lenin’s Marxism, up to 100 million people were killed in the 20th century. Considering the corruption and devastation Communism wreaked upon Russia, it’s important to realize the foreshadowing signs of this ideology because many are flirting with Communism today. In an article written for The Catholic World Report, Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg explains just how damaging Lenin’s political program was for Russia. Lenin was a materialist.....    LINK
The Stream: Astrology, Witchcraft, Community— What Millennials Trade Religion For
Millennials are leaving organized religion in droves. What are they taking up? Spirituality of various kinds. As Market Watch reported Monday, they’re into astrology and witchcraft. The article cites 2014 report revealing that more Americans believe astrology is science than in recent years. And it notes how the psychic service industry grew 2 percent between 2011 and 2016. According to the report, businesses like Mystic Lipstick and astrology app Co-Star have also seen a major boom.     LINK
NBC: As the Number of Witches Are Growing in US, the Media Provides Them a Favorable Voice
.....“A lot of people think that we’re evil, that we’re spawn of Satan, that we worship the devil. We don’t even believe in hell, much less Satan,” Stephens said. “We’re people. We have as much variety within ourselves as a group as any other group." “We’re not all painted with one brush. There are witches that I would not associate with, but there are Christians that I would not associate with.....     LINK
UK Telegraph: Down To Six Commandments? Modern Christians Say Four of the Ten Are No Longer Important
The ten commandments are a central tenet of the Christian faith. But research has revealed that just six of them are still important to British Christians.  Most Christians believe that four of the commandments are not "important principles to live by" according to a YouGov poll. The four which have fallen by the wayside are the requirement not to worship idols, use the Lord's name in vain, to worship no other God, and to keep the Sabbath day holy.   LINK
Nepal Criminalizes Christian Conversion and Evangelism 
Last week, Nepal enacted a law to curb evangelism by criminalizing religious conversion, joining neighboring countries like India and Pakistan, where the region’s small-but-growing Christian minority faces government threats to their faith.    LINK
Illegal Immigrant Teen Obtains Abortion After Full DC Court of Appeals Allows Killing to Proceed
A legal battle over whether the Trump administration is required to facilitate an illegal-immigrant teen's abortion ended Wednesday (Oct. 25) when the American Civil Liberties Union announced she had terminated her pregnancy.    LINK
CBN News: Little Richard Rejects Homosexuality: 'I Want to Be Holy Like Jesus'
Iconic musician Little Richard is renouncing his past life of sexual immorality, saying he believes same-sex relationships are "unnatural affections." In previous interviews, the famous singer referred to himself as "omnisexual," revealing in an interview with GQ five years ago that he lived a life of perversion, including orgies.      LINK
Breitbart Newa: Five Reasons President Xi’s Speech Shows China Is a Threat to America
Last week China’s President Xi Jinping gave a 3 ½ hour speech at China’s Communist Party Congress. While some American commentators say China is becoming more like the west, Xi declared, on the contrary, that China is rising quickly to world superpower status, capable of challenging the US economically, politically, and, by 2050 militarily, too.    LINK
Concern for Chinese Christians Grows as President Xi Becomes Most Powerful Since Communist Leader Mao
The concern for persecuted Christians and churches in China is set to grow following the 19th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, a watchdog group said, with President Xi Jinping set to rule for years to come.  LINK
CBN News: Millennials Replacing Religion with Witchcraft
As millennials move farther and farther away from religion, they're running to witchcraft and astrology instead.   LINK
Seattle Times: Clinton Campaign, DNC Paid for Dossier about Russia and Trump 
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.    LINK
National Geogrpahic: 50 Ways an Earthquake Could Shatter - or Spare - These Major Northwest Cities
One of the world’s most dangerous earthquake faults lies just 50 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. To find out what might happen when the next big one hits, scientists simulated 50 different magnitude 9 earthquakes, and  yielded a surprising result: Cities actually fared better closer to the earthquake’s starting point.     LINK
CBN News: Texas Adoption Law Seen as Major Victory for Religious Freedom
A controversial new Texas law protects faith-based adoption agencies from being forced to place children in homes headed by same-sex couples.   LINK
Benny Hinn's Nephew: Hinn Clan Like 'Royal Family' and 'Mafia,' Prosperity Teaching Is 'Twisted'
The nephew of Benny Hinn, who is a pastor in Southern California, is criticizing his uncle's prosperity theology and teaching, explaining how it cost him personally as a member of the Hinn family. The theology his uncle espouses is "twisted," he said.     LINK
Gateway Pundit: Wikileaks Shows Clintons Knew Uranium One Was Major Scandal in 2015
Hillary Clinton likes to laugh off the Uranium One scandal as a ‘debunked’ right-wing conspiracy, however; internal emails show the Clinton camp was panicking as the conservative media revealed the dirty details of pay-to-play.    LINK
CPH Post: Danes In Increasing Numbers Prefer to Die at Home and Not in Hospitals or Hospices
Figures revealed in a national newsletter show that the number of Danes dying in hospital or a hospice over the last 35 years has fallen from 54 to 43 percent. More specifically, the figure for people dying at home, in an old peoples’ home, or other place outside hospital, was 57 percent in 2016, reports Kristeligt Dagblad.   LINK
Eric Geiger: Four Ways Spurgeon's Teaching on Love Shapes Our Leadership
How does love shape our leadership?  To help us understand what it looks like to live out Christian love, Charles Spurgeon unpacks 1st Corinthians 13:7....   LINK
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WEDNESDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 25th, 2017
Denison:Will Christians In America Face More Persecution?
A New Jersey teacher was suspended for giving a student a Bible. A football coach was placed on leave for praying on the field. The Atlanta fire chief was fired for self-publishing a book defending Christian morality. A Marine was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her desk. A senator castigated a political nominee for his evangelical theology. Christian groups like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship have been expelled from college campuses.It's hard for evangelical Christians not to feel that our culture is increasingly antagonistic toward our faith and values today. I raise this topic because of a fascinating report that was recently released. Sociologist George Yancey shows that those who oppose evangelical Christianity have become wealthier in recent years and thus have more money to bankroll their viewpoint. ...LINK
Christian Post: Ben Sasse Blasts Robert Jeffress for Interviewing Sean Hannity During Sunday Service 
Megachurch pastor and Donald Trump's spiritual advisor Robert Jeffress has fired back at Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska after he seemingly accused the pastor of politicizing Sunday worship by inviting conservative, pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity to speak at First Baptist Dallas this Sunday.  LINK
China Now Arresting Families for Praying at Home
In the most recent case of religious persecution in China, a house church pastor, Xu Shizhen, her daughter and her 3-year-old grandson were arrested by authorities. The family was reportedly taken into custody after a month of being found singing and dancing in praise and worship, and preaching the gospel in a public park.  LINK
 
Paul Austin Murphy: What Is 'Democratic Socialism'?
Socialists don't see any conflict at all between outright revolution/ "radicalism" and democracy.      LINK
Gospel Relevance: 25 Bible Reading Tips
Looking for some Bible reading tips? Here are 25 of them.  LINK
Banner of Truth: Three Reasons Why We Need Evangelists
A church that is dominated by teaching or preaching, while appearing to be a lively and growing body, actually has the seeds of death in it, already working to bring down the ministry of that church. The church needs evangelists to labor beside the pastor in his role as pastor-teacher.   LINK
Matt Recker: Dung On the Face?
Malachi 2:3 “I will… spread dung upon your faces…” We might think this is a bit “over the top!” I have never preached about God spreading dung on the faces of the priests, and, on the surface, it seems a coarse tactic to use. In preaching through Malachi recently, this troubling passage confronted and challenged me. What could this possibly mean and why would God go to such extreme measures?    LINK
George Stiekes: Ready For the Battle
You already recognize that our world is filled with Satanic darkness...It is in the midst of this darkness that God has called us to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14, 16). Many Christians fail to recognize that we are in the midst of spiritual warfare.    LINK
CBN News: 'Our Country Is In Trouble'  Franklin Graham Says Only God Can Fix America
On the last night of his Decision Texas Tour in Longview, Texas, Franklin Graham handed down a powerful warning about the state of America.  "Our country is in trouble," he said, adding that hatred and division is running rampant.   LINK
Federal Court Clearing Way for Immigrant Teen to Get Abortion Could Have Huge Ramifications
A U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant to obtain an abortion in the United States. 
  The ruling Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a decision that  temporarily blocked the teen from having the procedure. The teen...   LINK
African-American Leaders Defend Colorado Baker Amid Supreme Court Gay Wedding Cake Battle
A group of African-American rights activists have spoken out in defense of Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop as his religious freedom case will be argued before the United States Supreme Court in December.  LINK
World Mag: Judge OKs Suit Over Baby Body Parts Research
Woman claims New Mexico abortion center misled her about what would happen to her baby’s body.     LINK
Daniel Greenfield: The Global Failure of Globalization
....To Merkel and Obama, returning to pre-globalization times was every bit as mad as going back to the caves. Globalization had become synonymous with civilization. And its prophets traced back its rise to the fall of the Berlin Wall in the city where Merkel and...    LINK
David Cloud: Communist Dictators—Mass Murderers
Lenin and his followers “decided to eliminate, by legal and physical means, any challenge or resistance, even if passive, to their absolute power,” according to “The Black Book of Communism.”  LINK
Jack Wellman: What Happens Right After You Die?
What happens the next moment after you die? It depends upon whether you are a believer or an unbeliever, and the differences are great.  Every one of us has an appointment we must keep, even after birth, we’re on our way to death, but the problem is...   LINK
Walter Williams: Undermining America
Why the Left is intensifying attacks on the Founding Fathers and the origins of the US.   LINK
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TUESDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 24th, 2017
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Wally Morris: Clapping vs. Amen — Which Will Win?
The increase in clapping of the hands in churches as a response to musical ministries and even preaching is one of the obvious changes taking place in many churches. What I find intriguing is why? What is behind this growing preference for hand clapping as a sign of approval rather than “Amen”, “Praise the Lord”, or some similar phrase? Some reading this are perhaps already questioning the wisdom and motivation of this topic. “Why spend time discussing something so insignificant and harmless?” I submit that the changes we see are not insignificant and harmless.    LINK
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Ch. Today: The Evangelical Case for Wealth Creation
....Wealth creation is a godly gift and command, and business is a “noble calling,” as Luther and Calvin put it, a “noble vocation,” in the words of Pope Francis. Business and wealth creation can and should be solutions to justice issues such as human trafficking and environmental challenges.   LINK
Huffington Post: Roy Moore Is An Outspoken Fundamentalist About Everything But Climate Change
Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore takes a hard-line Christian fundamentalist stance on just about every issue. He’s written poems lamenting legal abortion. He wants to make gay sex illegal and overturn marriage equality. The former judge says he places “God’s law” above the Constitution, describes Islam as a “false religion” and has repeatedly defied federal orders to remove religious ornaments from his courtroom... But Moore has remained uncharacteristically subtle when it comes to climate change and environmental issues.   (SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW)   LINK
Todd Starnes: Texas Teens Stand Up to Atheists and Defend American Flag
The American flag and the Christian flag both fly outside LaPoynor High School in LaRue, Texas ...The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, sent a letter to the local school district demanding the flag be removed.     LINK
Gene Veith: The Christianophobia of the Rich
Hostility against Christians among the general public has not increased  ...But who has hostility against Christians has changed. Today more anti-Christian bias is coming from the rich. Because wealthy people have more power, their hostility is amplified.  LINK
Christian Post: Former NPR CEO Spends Time With Evangelicals, Republicans; Discovers Media Bias
Ken Stern, the former CEO of National Public Radio, spent a year venturing "out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood" by meeting Republicans and attending evangelical church services, which led him to his discovery of "an America far different from the one depicted in the press."   LINK
Thom Rainer: Ten Really Strange Things That Happened at Church Business Meetings
Dead bodies and donuts. Those are two of the themes of church business meetings.LINK
Don Johns0n: Christians and the Movies
You can’t escape the media these days, which means almost everyone knows of their latest obsessions within a few hours of their formation. The last week or so, one story crowded out the regular obsessions. You can hardly go to a site on the web that isn’t offering some kind of opinion about Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood scandal. I’ve read a few of these articles myself.    LINK
Tyndale's Last Words—Lord, Open European Eyes
The last reported words of William Tyndale, strangled and burned at the stake in 1536, referred to Henry VIII: ‘Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.’ Now, immigrant-led churches may revive the Continent’s Reformation legacy—and open our eyes as well.   LINK
Bloomberg News: Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between
The U.S. retirement age is rising, as the government pushes it higher and workers stay in careers longer. But lifespans aren’t necessarily extending to offer equal time on the beach. Data released last week suggest Americans’ health is declining and millions of middle-age workers face the prospect of shorter, and less active, retirements than their parents enjoyed.  Here are the stats.... LINK
Stream: Social Justice Warriors are Coming for Mathematics
....Yet just as everybody cannot be over six feet tall, not everybody has the same facility with math. Some are better at it, some worse. Some are better because of innate talent and industriousness. Some are better because circumstance allows them to use their talents.   LINK
Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Mainline Churches Deal With Closures, Merges
....Denominations large and small report falling membership numbers, decreased attendance and faltering financial support. The decline began accelerating in the 1990s. Membership at churches and synagogues has fallen by nearly 20 percentage points since World War II, according to Gallup.The Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church USA have lost nearly half their members since 1967. LINK
Pat Buchanan: Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?
....Equality, diversity, democracy -- this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular state at whose altars Liberal Man worships. But the congregation worshiping these gods is shrinking.   LINK
Jim Davis: Four Myths That Keep College Students from Joining a Church
...Most church-going college students never join a church during their time away, electing either to retain membership at their old church or not join anywhere. The question they ask is this: If I have community, am mentored, receive Bible teaching, and am engaged in mission, then why do I need to join a church?  LINK
Gracy Olmstead: How To Save Your Family From Technology Creep
The more time we spend on our various technological devices, the less time we spend together as a family. How do we fix this problem?  LINK
J.Jenkins: Why Christians Should Sing with Their Spouse
 My exhortation was to sing hymns with your wife.   LINK
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ERLC: Why Clergy Get Tax-Free Housing
For the second time in four years, a federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances is unconstitutional. In her latest ruling U.S. District Court Judge Crabb claims the ministerial housing allowance violates the Constitution's Establishment Clause “because it does not have a secular purpose or effect and because a reasonable observer would view the statute as an endorsement of religion.”   LINK
LA Times: China’s Rising Authoritarianism Has a Stark Human Cost
....Since Chinese President Xi Jinping ascended to power in 2012, he has both amassed extraordinary power — analysts routinely call him China’s strongest leader since Mao Tse-tung — and ratcheted up repression to its highest levels since the early 1990s.    LINK
Fox News: Fossilized Teeth Dating Back 9.7 Million Years Could 'Rewrite' Human History
Dental remains discovered by German paleontologists who were sifting through gravel and sand in a former bed of the Rhine River could potentially lead to a “rewriting” of human history.    LINK
Christian Headlines: China— House Church Leader, Daughter, and Grandson Arrested for Sharing Faith in Public
.....Xu Shizhen, along with her daughter and grandson, was singing and dancing in worship and preaching about her faith in a public park in Xianning, Hubei province. A month later, Xu, her daughter Xu Yuqing, and her three-year-old grandson Xu Shouwang were arrested. Their exact whereabouts following the arrest are unknown.    LINK
Christian Post: Father of Two Shot Dead on Way to Early Morning Service, Bible Found 10 Feet From Body
A father of two on his way to an early morning service at the Light of the World Church in Las Vegas was shot and left for dead just outside the entrance of the church where his Bible was found 10 feet from his body Monday morning. LINK
Christian Post: Church of England Under Pressure After Diocese Votes to Bless Same-Sex Unions
The diocese of Hereford in the United Kingdom has voted to back services and prayers to bless same-sex unions, putting pressure on the Church of England to abandon its institutional opposition to same-sex marriage.  LINK
Zmirak: MARXISM TICKLES EACH OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
Yesterday I marked the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with a list of the crimes that Marxist ideologues have committed around the world. I promised to analyze why all through the decades those crimes were being committed, intelligent people were still drawn to Marxism. Indeed, some still are today.    LINK
Tom Gilson: The Local Church Must Take a Stand on Sexuality
I’d been talking with a pastor about his church’s position on homosexuality and gay marriage. His own position was conservative and biblical, but someone else in leadership had fired a gay-affirming shot across the church’s bow. I wondered what he was going to do about it. “I don’t know, Tom. I don’t like debate.” LINK
David Cloud: Cultural Factors In the Weakening of Churches
Following are some of the factors that have weakened the character of Bible-believing churches over the past 70 years and helped create a mixed multitude philosophy. LINK
Gulf Coast Pastor: Children and Salvation by L. R. Scarborough
L. R. Scarborough, excerpts from “With Christ After the Lost,” Broadman Press; 1952 (I think originally published in 1919).  A great, classic, evangelism book to have in the church library.    LINK
MarketWatch: Why Millennials Are Ditching Religion for Witchcraft and Astrology
…Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not...   LINK
Christian Headlines: Hamas Says ‘We Will Wipe Out Israel’
At a rally in the Gaza strip on Thursday, Hamas’ second highest ranking military leader, Yahya Sinwar, said the terror group has no intention of recognizing Israel; instead, it still intends to wipe out Israel. "Gone is the time in which Hamas discussed recognition of Israel. The discussion now is about when we will wipe out Israel.”     LINK
CBN News: Millennial Takeaways From a Traditional Summit Held For Conservative Christians
The 17th annual Values Voter Summit carried a poignantly unique tone this year. While the event, held each fall in the nation's capital, routinely boasts conservative values, it carried a narrative of new hope for religious liberties and pro-life activism this year.    LINK
APPLE REMOVES PRO-LIFE PRAYER APP
Tech giant Apple removed a pro-life prayer app from its App Store following backlash from pro-abortion advocates, another example of bias against Christian groups.    LINK
Christian Post: Mass Trials of Over 6,600 Boko Haram Suspects Accused of Slaughtering Christians, Children Begin
The mass trials of over 6,600 suspects believed to be members of Islamic radical group Boko Haram have begun in Nigeria, and are being carried out in secret by civilian court judges at a military facility in Kainji town. The terror group has slaughtered...   LINK
Jimmy Needham: The Prosperity Gospel in Our Closet 
....As Christians, we have access to a thousand gifts that are breathtakingly wonderful in their own right: forgiveness of our sins, relief from God’s wrath, escape from hell...  LINK
Aeon: How Our Smartphones Stop Us from Living In the Moment
Technology is part of humanity’s narrative. That’s neither inherently good nor bad – the implications are up to us.     LINK
In Nepal, President Signs Law Criminalizing Evangelism, Human Rights Group Warns
The President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari has signed into law legislation that makes religious conversion a crime, the international human rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported.   LINK
Lifenews: Women’s Blog Reveals the 20 Best Cities to Kill Your Baby In an Abortion
The pro-abortion women’s blog Refinery 29 wants young women to add “easy abortion access” to their list of things to consider before moving to a new city. The blog highlighted a new project that ranked cities by their willingness to support abortion on demand.    LINK
Thom Rainer: THE FIVE CHOICES OF DECLINING CHURCHES
It’s simple and straightforward. Leaders of declining churches have five choices. LINK
Chuck Lawless: What to Do with Cliques In the Church
....Almost every survey done shows that church members believe their congregation has cliques. In fact, I can’t remember ever reading a survey that did not reveal that same finding. If that’s the case, how should we try to avoid cliques in our church?    LINK
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