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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR NOVEMBER 1st-10th, 2017
Headlines & Articles — Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
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..;..The Constancy Of God In Uncertain Times   -Jack Wellman
In the news today, things are anything but certain, so how can we know and learn to trust the God Who never changes, even in changing and uncertain times?  In changing times, God has never changed. God cannot become any better or change His mind or learn anything new. God is omniscient, knowing everything there is to know. On the other hand, humans change all the time, and today, as in every day, the times are constantly changing. Some churches fit their teachings and doctrine to the times in which we live, but if anything needs to be changed, it is certainly not God or the teachings of the Bible. The Word of God is just as true today as in the day it was written. Even so, some denominations have watered down the truth in order to be more acceptable to the world...No one wants to hear “You’re a sinner and need Christ.” They’d rather hear “God loves you just as you are,” but the gospel that Jesus Christ brought was the gospel of repentance and faith (Mark 1:14-15). Jesus didn’t try to change it to fit the crowds of His day...
.;..The Good Guy With a Gun Who Stopped the Texas Church Shooter Was a NRA Firearms Instructor
....According to the story, his daughter ran downstairs to tell him that she had heard gunshots coming from the First Baptist Church next door. Willeford went to his gun safe and retrieved his rifle and that’s when his daughter told him that she had seen a man in black tactical gear shooting in the church.  “I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots – just ‘pop pop pop pop’ and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren’t just random shots,” he said in an interview.
..;.Former Classmates Say Texas Gunman Was an 'Outcast' Who 'Preached Atheism' Online -UK Daly Mail
The Texas church shooter who shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others was an 'outcast' who 'preached his atheism' online. Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who stormed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire on Sunday, was 'creepy', 'crazy' and 'weird'.
.;..Researchers Say Faith Helps Mass Shooting Survivors   -Christianity Today
No one expects their church to become the target of an attack—especially not the kind of spare-no-one shooting that took place Sunday at a Southern Baptist church in rural Texas.....However, recent research around mass shootings indicates that people of faith, particularly those who receive support from their churches and religious communities, fare better in their recovery.
..;.Canadian Doctors Mull Euthanizing Terminal Kids   -OneNewsNow
A Canadian medical society has been increasingly discussing assisted suicide as an option for parents with terminally ill children, according to a recent survey. “Exploratory discussions” about more than 400 children possibly receiving assisted suicide – often called medical aid in Dying (MAID) – have been entered between 118 doctors and parents, as revealed by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS).
.;..Millennials In America Have a Troubling View of Communism and Socialism    -Acton Institutte
Last year the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released their inaugural annual report on U.S. attitudes towards communism and socialism. The results were dispiriting. “We discovered a rampant amnesia about the crimes of communist regimes,” says Marion Smith, “and a growing inclination among younger Americans toward favorable views of communism and socialism.”
..;..Churches Urged To Be Prepared In Evil Times    -One NewsNow
.....It was just before Christmas: Sunday, December 9, 2007. Pastor Brady Boyd had come to New Life Church in Colorado Springs just three months earlier, and was helping the church heal from a sex scandal involving its high-profile former pastor ... when Boyd had to hold the most difficult press conference in his ministry life. "I watched the events unfold from my second-floor office," he shared during the press conference....
.;..Fear and Faith Church Security Scrutinized After Texas Massacre    -Yahoo News
After one of the nation's deadliest mass shootings unfolded on their doorstep, pastors and parishioners around the tiny Texas hamlet of Sutherland Springs have begun asking whether guns have a rightful place inside their houses of worship.  It is a debate that is echoing across the United States as security experts and some politicians ask churches to consider a wide range of enhanced measures to thwart tragedies like Sunday's deadly rampage at the First Baptist Church.  Barbara Burdette, who knew the 26 people killed in the massacre and as well as the 20 wounded, is ready to see her church hire armed security, or allow congregants to carry their own concealed firearms for self-defense. "God is our protector," said Burdette, 62, "but I do still think that we need to have people with conceal carry."
..;.Arm the Churches, Minnesota Preacher Says    -Jerusalem Post
In wake of Texas shooting, Rev. Robert Bakke tells pastors to stop teaching weakness. The only answer to the Texas church shooting is for houses of worship to arm themselves, said a Minnesota preacher who also has a black belt in Shotokan karate. “This is not about gun control, rental trucks or fertilizer bombs. It is about evil, and you will never stop evil because it is in the world,” said Rev. Robert Bakke. “But you can deter a coward by letting him know you have plenty of firepower on the premises.”
.;..German Army Prepares For 'Break-Up Of European Union' Or Worse    -ZeroHedge
The future projection describes a world in which the international order erodes after “decades of instability”, the value systems worldwide diverge and globalization is stopped. “The EU enlargement has been largely abandoned, other states have left the community Europe has lost its global competitiveness,” write the Bundeswehr strategists: “The increasingly disorderly, sometimes chaotic and conflict-prone world has dramatically changed the security environment of Germany and Europe.”
..;.Is Prayer Useless If It Can't Protect Christians at Church? Greg Laurie, Ronnie Floyd Respond   -Christian Post
Prominent pastors are responding to the claim that prayer is ineffective if it can't protect Christians at church, which was spurred by a debate on social media after the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.
.;..Cultural Marxism and Its Discontents     -Robert Knight
....Why do progressives promote diversity over unity, multiculturalism over American heritage, sexual anarchy over marriage, and applaud when people speak languages other than English?  The answer is that it ripens the field for identity politics and is part of the cultural Marxists' goal to radically transform America. Like President Obama's former pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, some appear gleeful each time our country suffers a terrorist attack because "America's chickens are coming home to roost." We have it coming, right? They actually believe that America is free and prosperous not because of our foundational values but because other countries are a mess and it's our fault.
..;.British Kidnapped Missionary Dies, Three Others Released by Armed Gang in Nigeria   -Christian Post
A British Christian missionary has reportedly died while being held captive for three weeks in Nigeria by kidnappers. Three other missionaries held hostage were allowed to go free.
.;..According To Science, the Universe Should Not Exist    -Stand To Reason
The scientists working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, recently made headlines by announcing that the universe should not exist. Christian Smorra, a researcher at CERN, said, “All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist.”
..;.Legendary Evangelist Billy Graham Celebrates 99th Birthday   -CBN News
"Happy Birthday" will be on the lips of well-wishers around the world as evangelist Billy Graham celebrates his 99th birthday Tuesday. "Nov. 7 will be a big milestone for my father as he turns 99 and enters his 100th year. As a family, we are just so very grateful that he is still with us. His mind is good but he's quieter these days. He can't see or hear well, but his health is stable," Franklin Graham, president, and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said in a statement. 
.;..God Knows Us and Yet Still Loves Us   -George Stiekes
....We should recognize that God had a very specific purpose in the creation of every person. He even chose the gender out of love for the person and one that would parallel the purpose of his/her existence. Do you realize that God made you unique. There is not another YOU in the entire universe and there never has been or will be. You are an original masterpiece and He loves you and is personally involved in your life.
..;.The Relationship Between Sin and Work   -Richard Phillips
Like many people, I can only handle a relatively small amount of information at a time...God seems to know this about us, for in the Bible’s creation account He keeps Adam’s job description simple. Man’s life in the world involves two basic poles: work and rest. The creation mandate to work is clear: Adam was given dominion so as to be fruitful and fill the earth (Gen. 1:28). God put the man in the garden “to work it and keep it” (2:15). Man’s calling to rest begins by imitating God’s own sabbath, when on the seventh day the Lord rested from His work (2:2).
.;..How Not to Be an American Missionary in Scotland   -David Robertson
....This is a subject dear to my heart – I have been involved with American missionaries for over twenty years and continue to encourage them to come to Scotland. Bear that in mind as you read the rest of this article. I am writing from the perspective of someone who wants American missionaries here and who believes moreover that we need American missionaries here.
..;.Child-Like Maturity and Childish Adulthood    -Rutledge Etheridge
What does it mean to have a child-like faith?  And how in the midst of their stormy youth are we adults to guide little ones away from childishness and toward the child-like maturity which Jesus commends as the only way to receive his kingdom?  We could begin by shoring up our understanding of “child-like” vs. “childish.”  Often without realizing it, and always to kids’ detriment, we adults tend to get those categories confused. 
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Headlines & Articles — Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
..;..Lean On His Understanding': Sutherland Springs Pastor's Last Message to Congregation Before Shooting    -CBN News
It is probably the worst news Pastor Frank Pomeroy could ever hear personally as a pastor. His congregation came face-to-face with a violent shooter who killed 26 people and injured 20 others.  Pomeroy lost his youngest daughter and many of his close friends.  Annabelle "was one very beautiful, special child," he said.  Pomeroy oversees First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. He and his wife were out of town in Oklahoma this past weekend but never expected to return to the chaos and pain that awaited. The white wood-frame church is considered the center of life in Sutherland Springs and ahead of the tragedy Pomeroy preached an encouraging sermon on turning to God when life becomes difficult never imagining what would happen just a week later.
.;..They Lost a Child, Grandchild and Great-Grandchildren In the Texas Church Massacre — Here's Their Powerful Response    -CBN News
Joe and Claryce Holcombe lost nine family members during Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, but, despite the unimaginable carnage, the couple are remaining firm and resolute in their Christian faith.  The extent of the impact that the event had on the Holcombe family is both staggering and unfathomable, as the elderly couple lost their son, Bryan Holcombe, and his wife, Karla, in addition to their grandson, Marc Daniel Holcombe, as well as his baby daughter — and their great-granddaughter — Noah.
..;.How Common Are Church Shootings?    -Joe Carter
....In the wake of this tragedy, Christians are likely to experience two competing emotions—grief and fear. As Ray Ortlund said on Twitter, “The San Antonio shooting prompts two sobering thoughts. One, it could have been any of us. Two, it was us. In Christ, we are one.” The appropriate response to the news is to grieve. We should mourn the loss of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and weep with their loved ones. We can also soberly reflect on the fact that it could have been of us who were directly and intimately affected by the massacre. What we should not do, however, is let this act of terror cause us to be afraid of gathering with our fellow believers in worship. While it may be tempting to give in to the fear, we should recognize....
.;..World Is Learning More About Atheist Shooter   -CBN News
CBN News is learning more about the gunman who opened fire inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more in the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history.  Four of the victims are in serious condition and 10 are in critical condition. The youngest victim was just 18-months-old.
..;.Texas Gunman Devin Kelley Was Atheist Who Taught Vacation Bible School -Christian Post
Devin Kelley, the 26-year-old suspect in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs that left at least 26 people dead and another 20 injured, was an avowed atheist who once taught Vacation Bible School.
.;..‘Last Days Babylon’ Now On the Drawing Board   -World Net daily
It is planned to extend over multiple nations and to dwarf New York City at 33 times its size. The costs are expected to be hundreds of billions of dollars, and it is already attracting investments from some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world. It’s Neom, the new mega-city planned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon. Located on the Red Sea coast, the city will have a special legal status within Saudi Arabia and will supposedly be fully automated, with robots outnumbering humans. The global financial elite are already rallying around the project.
..;..Tempted to Quit Church? Here's Why You Shouldn’t-Matt Recker
Church attendance is dropping nationwide. Many think they are perfectly justified. They offer many excuses...The list is long and you can Google many articles that give you 15 or 25 reasons why people no longer go to church. Admittedly, all churches do make errors in dealing with others from time to time. They do sometimes hurt people, people’s needs are sometimes unmet, and we can all rationalize reasons that make sense to stop going to church. Nevertheless, the reasons above are all man-centered, and when man becomes the focus one can easily lose the desire to fellowship in a local assembly.Often, the best reasons to continue faithfulness to a Bible believing local church seem unknown, perhaps because they are God-centered and we tend to be man-centered. Believers must continue in a local Bible-believing church for His glory. The church is the only institution He began and continues to grow until the end of the age. 
.;..China Deports Hundreds of South Korean Christians Helping North Korean Defectors  -Christian Post
Three Chinese provinces have expelled hundreds of South Korean Christians for allegedly helping North Korean defectors as the country's communist government carries on with its clampdown on religious activities, according to a report.
..;.Christians, We Need To Talk About Hollywood  -Tim Challies
These have been some dark days for Hollywood. I’m not talking about box office receipts or bad reviews. I’m talking about scandal. A few weeks ago, a scandal erupted in Hollywood. Since then, it’s risen, it’s grown, and it’s threatened to become a full-blown crisis that might disrupt the whole industry there in Hollywood. I think it’s important that we as Christian at a place like this start to think about our relationship to Hollywood. Christians, I think we need to talk about Tinseltown.
.;..Do I Love God More Than My Entertainment? -Desiring God
The base meaning of the word entertainment is “to hold.” It’s a term for maintaining interest. To entertain is to capture and hold one’s attention. And we naturally find the passive watching of television more appealing than labor. Entertainment holds us. But the on-demand access we have for a lifetime of captivating entertainment literally at our fingertips also raises really important questions about what is it that most holds my attention. Does God have any chance at competing for my attention with the allure of Hollywood? 
..;.Mumps Makes a Comeback, Even Among the Vaccinated   -New York Times
If you think you’ve been seeing mumps in the news more often in the past couple of years, you’re absolutely right. “Mumps outbreaks are on the rise,” said Dr. Janell Routh, a pediatrician who is a medical officer on the mumps team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 6,000 cases of mumps were reported in the United States last year, the highest number in 10 years. Around 2010, annual cases were down in the hundreds.
.;..Forgotten Today, Remembered ForeverHow Heaven Rewards Earthly Obscurity     -Reggie Osborne II 
“We should ask the question John the Baptist faced: Would I gladly fade into obscurity if it meant more attention for Jesus?”  Obscurity.  That’s a word I’ve thought a lot about....Certainly, it’s wrong to seek earthly fame for the sake of pride, but at the same time, no child of God should entertain the idea — even for a second — that he lives in true obscurity.
..;..Godlessness Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions  -Concerning the Times
Imagine the world with no rules, accountability, or consequences for evil actions. This image is one where people take a life with no remorse. It is a place where life savings are greedily stolen, women and children are abandoned, and even basic respect that was afforded to a mother and father is absent. This place of our worst imaginings is one fraught with lawless, heartless, and treacherous people who are concerned with no one but themselves. That would be a world where the concept of love is foreign, while brutality, slander, and darkness become the norm. This is not a description of total societal, economic, or geopolitical breakdown sometime in the distant future. It is an accurate analysis of the condition of our world at this very moment. This is how a majority of people are living life. These are the direct results of one fact: Godlessness is reaching epidemic proportions.
.;..Labyrinths Have Found Their Place in the Christian Church   -Lighthouse Trails
Enclosed are photos of various labyrinths in churches across North America. We have posted these, not to single out these particular churches, but rather to show examples of how many denominations have now incorporated the contemplative mystical practice of walking the labyrinth. And this is only showing some of the churches that have labyrinths on site. There are countless churches, ministries, and denominations that may not necessarily have labyrinths on site, but pastors and leaders encourage their congregations or followers to use them...
..;.Brass and Percussion In Church Worship   -Way of Life Literature
What does the Bible teach about how instruments should be used in worship? This is a burning issue today. Those who advocate the uninhibited use of solo instrumental ‘numbers’ and groups point to the Old Testament and say that God allowed all kinds of instruments and large orchestras to contribute a major musical element to worship. If God, they reason, is the same yesterday, today and forever, He must want the same kind of worship today....
.;..Why the Coming Resurrection Frees You from the Bucket List Mentality  -Randy Alcorn
The concept of a bucket list, a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket,” is entirely understandable for people who believe that this is the only life they will ever live, and that after they die they will no longer exist....But for us as Christians who believe in the resurrection and the coming New Earth, we should be the last people to think in terms of a bucket list.
..;.Isaiah 17 & Ezekiel 38 In the News -Todd Hampson
....Many prophecy experts think that the sudden destruction of Damascus will be the catalyst that triggers Ezekiel 38. These 2600+ year-old prophecies have not been fulfilled as of yet. Damascus, though ravaged by the Syrian Civil War, still stands and still has people living there. In fact, recent news reports inform us that Iran is setting up shop in Damascus and has been laying the groundwork for a highway from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea—in essence building a caliphate with clearly stated plans to destroy Israel.
.;..Dancing With the Devil In Hollywood    -Geri Ungurean
.....Brethren, have you wondered why these people kept these horrific sins from the public and law enforcement?  Many of the people coming forward now, had these heinous acts done to them decades ago.  Has it occurred to people that if those who have been violated had told their stories right after they happened, that many may have been spared becoming  prey to these predators?
..;.George Washington, The Flag and The Almighty   -Rapture Forums
It is reported that a church in Virginia, founded and attended by President George Washington, will remove a plaque that honors him, our very first President. Why would they do that, you might ask? Why would a church of today’s enlightened era of inclusion of all and everything suddenly exclude the Founding Father and winner of the Revolutionary War?
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Headlines & Articles — Monday, November 6th, 2017
..;..Rants of Texas Church Shooter Who Preached Atheism Before Killing 26  -UK Sun
...Two officials said married dad, Kelley, lived in a suburb of San Antonio and does not appear to have links to organised terrorist groups.  Kelley's now deleted Facebook page showed a photo of what appeared to be an assault rifle, posted under the words: "She's a bad b****."  The page also featured the Mark Twain quote: "I do not fear death." The killer's Linked In profile reveals he has previously taught bible studies to kids as young as four. But, former schoolmates revealed he was a militant atheist whop would rant on Facebook about "stupid" religious people. By Sunday night cops had surrounded Kelley's rural address with a neighbour revealing he had heard gunfire coming the property in recent days, saying: "It was someone using automatic weapon fire." 
..;..Gunman Opens Fire In Texas Church, At Least 26 Dead, 20 Injured  -CBN News
At least 26 people are dead after a gunman walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas Sunday morning and opened fire on the crowd.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement about the latest death toll at a press conference Sunday night calling it "the largest mass shooting in the state's history." "There are no words to describe the pure evil that we witnessed in Sutherland Springs today," Abbott said. "Our hearts are heavy at the anguish in this small town, but in time of tragedy, we see the very best of Texas. May God comfort those who've lost a loved one, and may God heal the hurt in our communities."  There was a prayer vigil held outside the church building Sunday night. 
..;..Texas Shooter Targeted the Church Where His Second Wife's Family Worshipped   -UK Daily Mail
Neighbor Mark Moravitz told ABC News that Kelley lived at his parents' home in New Braunfels with his wife. Moravitz said that he would sometimes hear gunshots coming for near the house late at night.  Marriage records show the couple tied the knot in Comal County, Texas on April 4, 2014, when Kelley was 23 and his bride was 19.  Danielle's mother Michelle Shields was a  parishioner at the church and was connected to the pastor's wife on social media.  Public records show he was also married once before to a Tessa K Kelley, who he married in April 2011. Kelley and his other wife divorced a year later - the same year that he was court-martialed for domestic violence. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Kelley was court-martialed on one count of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on their child. He was sentenced to 12 months' confinement, a reduction in rank and was discharged for bad conduct two years...
.;..Church Where Shooting Took Place was Center of Community   -CBN News
....The white wood-frame church where a gunman opened fire Sunday was at the center of life in Sutherland Springs, one of the hundreds of tiny towns that dot rural Texas. A week after the video was posted, one of those killed was Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle.
..;.Sunday Church Attack Called the Worst Church Shooting In U.S. History  -Christian Post
....The suspected shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley from New Braunfels, Texas. Kelley served in the U.S. Air Force from 2010 to 2014, and was court-martialed in May 2014. The pastor's 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, a 5-year-old child, and a pregnant woman were among the worshipers killed on Sunday.
.;. ARMED CITIZEN 'ENGAGED' THE SHOOTER, ENDING HIS RAMPAGE
Sunday's mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was only halted after an armed Texan "engaged" the killer and put an end to the rampage, the Texas Rangers reported.  Freeman Martin, a major in the Texas Rangers and a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, says the suspect dropped his rifle and fled after being confronted by a local man who had grabbed his rifle. Freeman provided a timeline of the tragedy....
..;.Christian Leaders Urge Republicans Not to Scrap Adoption Tax Credit -Christian Post
The GOP tax proposal unveiled this week cuts the pro-life policy of adoption tax credit, which has eased the financial burden of families that have adopted for decades, and Christians are urging Republicans to reconsider the decision. 
.;..Islamic Scholars Gather to Discuss Destroying Israel   -Free Beacon
Some 700 Islamic scholars gathered in Beirut, Lebanon this week to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration with a conference discussing the future of the movement to destroy Israel and featuring a message from Iranian leadership to attendees to keep fighting the “Zionist regime,” Arab media reported on Wednesday.
..;..Science Tells Moms to Prioritize Motherhood In the First Three Years  -Christian Headlines
....According to her findings, babies don’t have a central nervous system when they are first born. To make up for this, mothers act as a sort of “central nervous system” for the infants, especially within the first year of a baby’s life. Mohler summarizes another statement from her findings, explaining that each time a mother “comforts the baby, the baby’s own central nervous system is actually not just being comforted but even developed.”  This is due to the “love hormone,” oxytocin. The amount of oxytocin that the baby produces depends largely on the amount the mother produces. The more the baby produces this hormone at a young age, the more likely that child will be able to regulate his own emotions when he is older. And, as Komisar explains, the mother shares this with the baby through “eye contact, touch and gentle talk.”
.;..Children Fast-Tracked into Gender Transition    -WORLD mag
Parents, doctors, and pro-family groups in Britain this week sounded the alarm about the skyrocketing rate of children with complex psychological issues being streamlined into gender transition by the country’s National Health Service (NHS).
..;.The Occult Makes a Comeback The Season of the Witch  -New York Times
On a Wednesday evening last week, I sat in on a class called “Witchcraft 101: Curses, Hexes and Jinxes,” at Catland, a fashionable occult boutique in Bushwick, Brooklyn. More than a dozen people, most of them young women, sat in folding chairs in the store’s black-walled event space. The instructor was one of Catland’s co-owners, Dakota Bracciale, a charismatic, foul-mouthed 28-year-old former M.A.C. makeup artist dressed in flowing black, with a beard and long, lavender nails.
.;..Pakistani Christian Accused of Blasphemy Dies Before He Can Clear His Name -Christian Post
A 70-year-old Christian man in Pakistan, who had been falsely accused of "blasphemy" and was out on a bail, suddenly died. His family now finds itself even more vulnerable to attacks as they will find it more difficult to prove his innocence.
..;.Obama Hid 470,000 Documents From Bin Laden Raid in Order to Win 2012 Election -Gateway Pundit
The Weekly Standard revealed in a very powerful piece written by Stephen Hayes, how the Obama administration hid hundreds of thousands of documents from the Bin Laden raid in order to make it look like Al Queda had been defeated following Bin Laden’s death. Until now, only 571 documents from this raid were available to the public.
.;..Screen Time Is Changing the Way We Think, Focus, and Memorize-Christianity Today
The first time I heard a pastor say, “Take out your Bible or phone or iPad and turn to …” was in 2016. It seems like a fairly harmless statement, but given recent evidence that screen time is changing the way we think, perhaps not.
..;.Is Islamic Reform Possible?  -David Solway
.....If we do not move even more seriously to prevent them, they will indeed become the ‘new normal.’ ” The violence, he continues, “will never be squelched until the ideology is defeated and reformed… We must all now be obnoxious, politically incorrect busybodies and get in Islam's face, demanding reform in every way possible, economically, socially, theologically and, yes, militarily.” This is a bravely unpopular stance to adopt vis à vis Islam that will surely be opposed and condemned by progressivists and offended Muslims.
.;..The Story Behind Girl with 3D Printed Bionic Hand Throwing World Series First Pitch    -CBN News
A 7-year-old girl with only two fingers on one hand isn't the person you'd expect to toss the ceremonial first pitch at a World Series baseball game. That didn't stop Hailey Dawson from climbing on the pitcher's mound and throwing the first pitch for the World Series game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros.  But she didn't do it alone.
..;..Should Christians Avoid Business or Personal Connections With the Marijuana Industry?   -Randy Alcorn
Recently, a strong Christian friend, who owns a business here in my home state of Oregon, asked my opinion about his doing work that would either directly or indirectly facilitate the legal growing and selling of marijuana. I’m sharing my edited response to him because this is a subject that is relevant for many, and will only become increasingly so as more states legalize marijuana. My personal counsel to him was to stay away from any business or personal connection with the marijuana business, whether direct or indirect. It’s important to clarify that I believe medical marijuana is sometimes beneficial, and I have counseled believers in serious pain to try it when other alternatives have not worked for them. The stigma of marijuana use shouldn’t prevent someone from a treatment they would otherwise have embraced.
.;..How America Became Conversion Nation  -Christianity Today
For most evangelicals in America, conversion is a central part of one’s religious experience. They are accustomed to hearing testimonies at church, on television, or in print. They would not be surprised, then, by historian Lincoln A. Mullen’s identification of conversion as a major American religious theme. What might come as a surprise, however, is Mullen’s claim that conversion is not unique to evangelicalism. Instead, he argues, it is perhaps “the defining feature of what American religions had in common.”
..;.How Historians Are Quietly Rewriting the Typical Story of American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism -T.Kidd
Writing 10 years ago in Books & Culture, David Bebbington suggested that the general consensus regarding the American evangelical story needs revision.  The typical story in his retelling goes something like this:
.;..Some Reformers Are an Embarrassment to Christians!   -Don Boys
.....It should be remembered that while Reformers were great men, they were still men and made many mistakes in their lives and ministry. Those mistakes, not to be excused, must not negate the major contributions they made to the Reformation. Readers should realize that most great leaders are complex people whom God uses in spite of their “clay feet.” Just like today.
..;.Preachers Catering to Carnality Is the Curse of 21st Century Christianity  -Travis Smith
.....Antagonists of 21st century Christianity take the commands given to Israel in Deuteronomy 7 out of historical context and foolishly equate them to our day.  Adversaries of believers and the Church declare the Bible is a violent book and Christianity is as evil as militant Islam.  Those who assert such are either disingenuous or ignorant!
.;..Why American Christianity Needs Jonathan Edwards… Again    -Scott Slayton
....While talking about American Christianity, which boasts many different denominations and emphases, can be a tricky proposition, there are enough general trends for me to say that American Christianity could use another dose of Jonathan Edwards. While no person is worthy of our complete emulation other than Jesus, many of Edwards’s works emphasize truths about God and his work through Jesus Christ that we need to hear again. 
..;.Why Down Syndrome Awareness Is Important- Adam Morris
....We need awareness of the unique challenges Down Syndrome may present, but also awareness that they are not the only side of the coin. We need awareness that Down Syndrome is not a disease or some kind of devastating affliction. We need awareness of the accomplishments people with Down Syndrome make... We need awareness that people with Down Syndrome bear the image of God along with the rest of humanity and are masterfully crafted by a good and wise Creator.
.;..Six Ways to Appreciate Your Pastor’s Wife   -Justin Deeter
.....Any pastor worthy of honor most often has a wife standing behind him who is equally worthy of honor. As any pastor will tell you, the demands of church ministry can often strain the home. The pastor’s family senses the fishbowl mentality... Though every pastor must prioritize his wife and children above the congregation, most pastor’s wives lovingly die to themselves and joyfully sacrifice in this way.  So how can you appreciate your pastor’s wife? Here are a few suggestions...
..;.A N*gger and an Uncle Tom   -Samuel Sey
Black people call me “Uncle Tom” far more than White people call me “nigger”. It’s not White people who use racial slurs against me, it’s Black people. They grumble about me because I am Black but think differently than they do. They say I am a traitor. They say I am a slave to White evangelicals. They give me just as many dirty looks as some White people do when I hold a White woman’s hand. They have made me think less of myself as a Black man than white people ever have.
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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, November 4th-5th, 2017
..;..Will Charitable Deductions Still Be Included in GOP Tax Reform?  -CBN News
Debate is underway on what House Republicans call the largest tax overhaul since the Reagan revolution. House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Kevin Brady said, "This is a complete redesign of the code so that we can simplify it so much nine out of 10 Americans can file using a postcard file system."   House Speaker Paul Ryan calls the bill a pro-growth, pro-family plan.  "With this plan the typical family of four will save $1182 a year on their taxes," Ryan said.  And President Trump praised the bill, which is called the Tax Cuts and Job Act. 
.;..Egyptian President Meeting with US Evangelicals 'Prophetic' and 'Historic'  -CBN News
For the first time ever, a delegation of Christian evangelicals from the United States met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Some believe the meeting represents a landmark in evangelical relations with the Arab world's largest country.
..;.Most Americans Agree Christian Bakers Should Not Be Forced to Make Cakes for Gay Weddings  -Christian Post
Nearly seven in 10, or 68 percent of Americans believe that bakers should not be forced to make cakes for gay weddings if it goes against their religious belief, a major national survey has found.
.;..Half of All Millennials Would Prefer Living Under Communism, Survey Says  -Marketwatch
....According to the latest survey from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit, one in two U.S. millennials say they would rather live in a socialist or communist country than a capitalist democracy.  What’s more, 22% of them have a favorable view of Karl Marx and a surprising number see Joseph Stalin and Kim Jong Un as “heroes.”  Really, that’s what the numbers show. 
..;.Deadly Airborne Plague In Madagascar Is Now At a 'Crisis' Point  -UK Daily Mail
The deadly airborne plague spreading rapidly across Madagascar is now at 'crisis' point as cases have rocketed by 37 per cent in just five days, official figures reveal.  The outbreak, the 'worst in 50 years', is being fueled by a strain more lethal than the one which usually strikes the country off the coast of Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) now states there are 1,801 suspected cases - significantly higher than the 1,309 it reported Thursday.
.;..Israel Police to Set Up New Temple Mount Unit    -Breaking Israel News
The Israel Police will establish a special unit to secure the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced Tuesday. “I envision Jerusalem becoming within two years not only the holiest city in the world but one of the safest cities in the world, with the most advanced technology that exists today. The city will become a role model for advanced cities throughout the world, both in terms of the skills of the police deployed in and in terms of the technologies that exist there,” he said.
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Marriage makes for happy men, according to a British study. Two thousand men answered questions on “the state of masculinity in 2017,” The Telegraph reported Monday.
.;..Nikki Haley Tells United Nations You're Not the Boss of U.S     -McClatchey DC
Ambassador Nikki Haley blasted the United Nations Wednesday in a defiant speech to the 193-member General Assembly before it adopted a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba.  Haley called the long-standing debate “political theater.” “Let’s be honest about what we really see going on here,” Haley said. “This assembly does not have the power to end the U.S. embargo. It is based in U.S. law, which only the United States Congress can change.”
..;.Discovering Naboth's Vineyard Another Find of Biblical Proportions   -Eric Metaxas
We love to tell you about the ways that archaeology is confirming the biblical narrative. Well, the latest discovery is one of the coolest yet.
.;..Why Violence And Looting Are Hypocritical Responses To Social Injustice  -Jack Wellman
 Why do people protest social injustice by civil disobedience, such as looting and violence? Why are these hypocritical responses? Today there seems to be more protests in the streets about real or perceived social injustices than there were just ten years ago, and I think it’s good to protest social injustice when we see it, but when protesters turn violent, they are no longer protesters, but domestic terrorists.
..;.As Australians Vote on Same-Sex Marriage, Concerns for Religious Liberty Looms -National Review
.....Doumit worries that being forced to bake cakes for same-sex weddings is not the crux of the problem. She is concerned that the government will take aim at Christians’ rights to free speech more broadly. Although religious institutions are protected in the bill, Doumit contends that the Australian government has already targeted Christians over speech. She notes that Catholic archbishop Julian Porteous was investigated for possible discrimination because at Catholic schools he handed out booklets opposing same-sex marriage. His words were too aggressive, according to the person who filed the complaint, which was dismissed only after the complainant dismissed it.
.;..Sex Is Now the Progressives Problem    -American Spectator
....The “sex is a beautiful thing” crusaders had found their followers in the public school system, in the pop culture, even in the churches. Now, however, the sex-is-beautiful solemnity is being shut down almost overnight, and the shutdown is being achieved by the fair sex. Anyone caught intoning it in the present moment will be in danger of ostracism, especially if the intoner is a male of the species.
..;.Political Correctness Aided Radical Islamic Bike-Path Attack    -National Review
Eight people were killed and twelve injured on Tuesday, merely because they were on the wrong bike path in New York City. Blame two factors: Islamic extremism and political correctness.
.;..Research Proves The Number One Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage   -Glenn T. Stanton
For the last 20 years, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors rise above, remain, or descend into poverty. The research is astounding.
..;.God’s Love Generally Believed But Personally Denied -Matt Recker
God’s message through Malachi to a disillusioned nation begins with this comforting declaration: “I have loved you, saith the LORD.” Nevertheless, the people childishly argue back to God saying, “How have you loved us?” (Mal 1.2) This interaction causes one to wonder whether God’s love may be the attribute of God most generally believed but most personally denied among His people. It is easier to believe that God is love in some sort of general, impersonal way, than to believe, God loves me in a specific, personal way. 
.;. .Opening Our Eyes to the Clash of Worldviews   -George Stiekes
....Ken Ham wrote: “Statistical research shows that approximately two-thirds of young people in America are leaving the church by the time they reach college age – with very few returning.” Once they get into the secular colleges, their minds are being filled with deceptions they are not prepared to handle, particularly in areas like evolution, political correctness over against truth, immorality and so many other areas that conflict with the Word of God.  Are our young people and adults being properly discipled through the ministry of the local church? How much apologetical teaching is....
..;.You Cannot Guarantee Your Child’s Godliness   -Marshall Segal 
If Christian parents could choose to control one thing about our child’s future, we all would choose the same thing, wouldn’t we? Across every nation, every culture, in any generation, one thing rises highest on the prayer list of any Christian parent, dwarfing every other request we might make for our precious son or daughter: we want them to know, obey, and enjoy Jesus.
.;.The Emerging Church Loves to Drink    -David Cloud
Having read about 80 books by emergent church writers over the last several months, I have been impressed with the fact that they love to drink.  The book Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives, for example, contains probably a dozen references to the joys of drinking. The contributors are Karen Ward, Mark Driscoll, John Burke, Dan Kimball, and Doug Pagitt. They meet in bars and taverns for theological discussions. They exchange beer-making techniques. 
..;.The Five Choices of Declining Churches   -Thom Rainer
It's simple and straightforward.  Leaders of declining churches have five choices. Let me clarify. In theory, the choices are simple. But putting them to practice is not so easy. So when pastors or other church leaders ask me what they can do about their declining church, I ask them to begin at the high level before looking at a lot of details. One of these five choices must be made.
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FRIDAY EDITION — NOVEMBER 3rd, 2017
Christian Headlines: GOP Aims to Repeal Johnson Amendment in New Tax Reform Bill
 The Republican Party is seeking to repeal the Johnson Amendment in their new tax reform bill. The Johnson Amendment prohibits nonprofits, and thus churches and pastors, from endorsing particular political candidates and parties if they are to keep their nonprofit status. Christians have argued that the Johnson Amendment puts a muzzle on churches and religious leaders and even violates their right to free speech. According to CBNNews.com, GOP leaders plan on getting the tax reform bill on President Trump’s desk by the end of the year. "Our goal in the House is to get this bill out of the House, passed on the floor by Thanksgiving," House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) told CBN News. ....LINK
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Randy Alcorn: How Should We Approach Debt?
Why do I receive mailings telling me that $5,000 or $10,000 or $20,000 has already been approved for me and to receive it I need only send in the enclosed agreement? Why do banks and credit companies beg me to borrow from them, listing dozens of ways I could use the money? Why are people so anxious to lend me money? The answer is simple—they want me to borrow because they will make a lot of money from my debt.     LINK
Mark H. Creech: Can a Christian Be a Democrat?
.....I don't claim to speak for Rep. Brisson, but I suspect, knowing his love for the Lord and his unflinching commitment to a righteous culture, it became increasingly difficult to stay in a political Party that supports policies far removed from Christian teachings. In fact, I personally believe a lot of Christians who are in the Democrat Party should consider changing their registration.   LINK
Breakpoint: The Church of Harry Potter
....Their new podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” is described  as “a weekly church-like service for the secular” which seeks to draw morality and meaning from the story of the boy wizard with the lighting-bolt scar. It’s now one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes, and its hosts are touring the country, drawing droves of eager young converts. One student told the Post after listening, “I feel like I’m born again.” Secularism, according to the hosts, doesn’t “speak to [their peers’] hearts and souls.” Apparently, imaginary magic does.     LINK
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Houston Astros Win World Series— Altuve Says, “Best Success, Live Your Life for God”
.... "I always believed that we could make it," All-Star slugger Jose Altuve said. "We did this for them,” referring to Houston fans who recently endured the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. It was Altuve's first World Series - a man who was once told he would never make it to the major leagues. Answering all his critics, Altuve is now on the big stage. At 5’6” he plays in front of millions of fans and he gives all the glory to God.   . LINK
Daily Signal: A Traditional Marriage Student Group Has Been Branded a ‘Hate Group’
....Love Saxa’s position is not a popular one, particularly on a D.C. campus of politically active millennials. But one would hope that its place at a Catholic university, even one so liberal as Georgetown, would provide some level of security. But when the utter complacency of the Georgetown University administration is combined with the insatiable appetite of social justice warriors, no strand of Orthodox Christianity can be left unthreatened.   . LINK
Christian Post: Egypt's President Sisi Meets With US Evangelical Leaders in Cairo
A delegation of evangelical leaders from the U.S. met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the presidential palace in Cairo Wednesday to talk about a series of issues including the persecution of Egyptian Christians by Islamic extremists.  . LINK
State Lotteries Are an Exploitative Tax On the Poor
From the 1800s to the mid 20th century, government-run lotteries in America were not only recognized as immoral but were banned in every state. That changed in 1964 when New Hampshire—a state without an income tax—reinstituted a state lottery. Over the next 50 years, 43 more U.S. states and three territories would legalize state-run gambling operations to pay for government programs. . LINK
Challies: Why Are You Friends with Your Friends?
re you friends with your friends for the sake of your friends? Or are you friends with your friends for the sake of yourself? I suspect you don’t really know while you derive some clear benefit from the relationship. As long as the relationship is gain, not loss, as long as it enhances your reputation instead of diminishes it, you probably don’t really know. A friend and I were recently considering some mutual...    . LINK
Daily Signal: What the Reaction to John Kelly’s Civil War Remarks Says About Our Culture
Jesus famously said that no prophet is accepted in his hometown. It turns out the Father of Our Country isn’t accepted in his home church.    . LINK
McAlpine: The Age of Consent in the Age of Exposure
....Hollywood ran at the head of the pack in the Sexual Revolution and now finds itself reaping the bitter fruit of what was sown.  The problem with the Sexual Revolution of course is that it took a few decades to figure out the consent bit of the revolution.    . LINK
Jack Wellman: How Do You Approach A False Teacher?
What can we do when we know someone who’s a false teacher? What does the Bible say about false teachers?  The Bible clearly indicates that there will be false teachers in the latter days. In fact, they were even around in the days of the apostles, but false teachers are not something new....I believe the first step in approaching a false teacher is to pray about it. Ask God to give you a love for that person and a genuine care for their soul, but also pray for the boldness to speak the truth.  LINK
UK Guardian: Archaeologists Discover Mysterious Void Deep Within Great Pyramid of Giza
Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious enclosure hidden deep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The massive cavity stretches for at least 30 metres and lies above the grand gallery, an impressive ascending corridor that connects the Queen’s chamber to the King’s in the heart of the historic monument. It is the first major structure found in the pyramid since the 19th century.  It is unclear whether the void is a chamber or a corridor, or whether it played any more than a....    . LINK
Humans Love Dogs More Than Other People, Says Study
Humans love dogs more than their fellow man.  Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London. A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns — one for a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions.   . LINK
Dept. of Education Refocusing On Religious Discrimination
Christians could soon have a friend in the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights, a welcome change from the previous administration. Last week, President Donald Trump nominated Kenneth Marcus to head the office, a post he held during the George W. Bush administration.    . LINK
CNS News: Lindsey Graham— Trump ‘Understands We Are in a Religious War’
....“The one thing I like about President Trump, he understands that we’re in a religious war,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday night, hours after a legal immigrant from Uzbekistan rammed his rented truck into people enjoying a sunny day on a lower Manhattan bike path, killing eight of them.  . LINK
Samuel Sey: 15 Theses Against The Prosperity Church
500 years ago, Martin Luther hammered the Catholic Church when he nailed The 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Germany—igniting the Reformation....So in honour of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I have written 15  Theses Against The Prosperity Church...    . LINK
Christian Post: Biggest Threat to Christianity in 21st Century Comes From Within, Theologians Say
The biggest threat to Christianity in the modern day comes from within, a panel of theologians said at an event hosted by Ligonier Ministries Tuesday evening to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  . LINK
W.A. Wilson: The Myth of Scientific Objectivity
......Science has been ideologically captured since its birth, and “value-laden inquiry” is not a recent deviation but is rather fundamental to its successful practice. The successful conquest of the institutions of science by overtly politicized forces would change little on the ground, but it would help to update society’s perceptions so that they match the underlying reality.   .LINK
David Cloud: Gedaliah Pastors
Gedaliah was appointed governor by Nebuchadnezzar to watch over the remnant of Jews that remained in the land after the destruction of Jerusalem and the other walled cities....But he turned out to be a “sincere” and “good” man but a very poor leader, like a great many pastors today.  . LINK
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THURSDAY EDITION — NOVEMBER 2nd, 2017
Michelle Malkin: Allahu Akbar-itis
‘Shout ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.” Who knew hijacker Mohammed Atta’s parting words, discovered in his journal after the 9/11 attacks, would become a national punchline? The louder and more frequently jihadists around the globe shriek their signature battle cry, the more fervently multicultural apologists deny its meaning. They’ve transformed the Islamic supremacists’ obvious and explicit call for violence into a bland utterance of peace as indiscernible and nonsensical as “Aloha Snackbar.”  With blood still fresh on the pavement in Manhattan after Tuesday’s outbreak of Allahu Akbar–itis that took at least eight innocent lives........  LINK
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UK Guardian: Under the Skin— How Insertable Microchips Could Unlock the Future
....The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and usually inserted in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger using a needle the same thickness as used in body piercing.  It feels, says insertable technology expert Kayla Heffernan, like getting a drip. Once the needle is removed the incision heals in a few days and the microchip remains, allowing the wearer to open doors with the brush of a hand....     LINK
Allan Murray: God’s Alarm
....Is there such a thing as God’s alarm? Yes. It does not just waken us from sleep, but in a sense it wakens us from the dead! God’s alarm  sometimes works dramatically quickly. This may happen under the preaching of the gospel, or a simple few words from a faithful witness, or from reading the bible, or one of many other means that God uses as His alarm. The person is dramatically awakened from his or her spiritual death. However, God’s alarm very often works very slowly: sometimes so slowly and imperceptibly as to be at first unrecognised. Yet it is the same work...  LINK
Wally Morris: Approving Alcohol, Prohibiting Marijuana— An Inconsistent Position
.....Christians who accept the consumption of alcoholic beverages will find it difficult to justify prohibiting tobacco and, particularly, marijuana. One common argument used to justify drinking modern wine, for example, is that Christians in the early church drank wine. OK, if that is going to be the argument, then how is it possible to prohibit legal substances such as tobacco and marijuana, which the Bible never mention? What is the basis for that prohibition? Often, the basis for prohibiting these substances will focus on health concerns or possible addiction problems. Could we not argue the same concerning alcoholic beverages?       LINK
Kent Brandenburg: Steven Anderson Is a False Teacher Who Believes and Preaches a False Gospel 
....The false gospel of Anderson has been called different names through the years, since Jack Hyles perfected it -- easy believism, easy prayerism, or 1-2-3-pray-with-me.  Once someone has prayed the prayer, Anderson counts the person as saved, and then, even if the person never shows fruit of salvation, says he has eternal security -- once saved, always saved.  He is pushing the same methodology all over the country, continuing to scorch the earth for anyone who wishes to preach a true gospel.   LINK
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Daily Caller: Just One Of The Last Five Islamic Terrorists In US Was Native-Born
The alleged terrorist behind Tuesday’s truck attack in New York City is the fourth immigrant to carry out a Jihadi terrorist attack on American soil since early 2016.  Sayfullo Saipov, 29, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly killed 8 and injured 13 in New Y0rk City. Saipov said he committed the attack in the name of the Islamic State, NBC New York reported. The alleged terrorist was born in Uzbekistan and gained a permanent resident visa in 2010 due to...  . LINK
Larry Provost: Exposed— Jonathan Martin's Leftist Christianity
Jonathan Martin came to the evangelical Liberty University with every intention of picking a fight and making a name for himself.  Like the leftists he is deceived by, Martin cried foul when he was going to break the law and paints himself as a victim.       LINK
More Students, Young Americans Turn to Paganism
As millennials continue to leave traditional Christian religions, interest in Wiccan and pagan practices have seen increased interest in recent years, a trend also spotted among young people and on college campuses. Pagan or Wiccan student groups are present on a number of college campuses — both secular and religious — across the nation. The growing normalization of such practices, albeit still a minority, corresponds with the decline in Christian believers.... . LINK
Michael Brown: What Martin Luther and Donald Trump Have in Common
....But Luther’s strengths were also his weaknesses, and just as he was responsible for much good – really, an immeasurable amount of good – he was also responsible for much bad.  His words often got him in trouble – shall I quote here some of his worst sayings regarding the Jewish people, the peasants, or the Anabaptists? – and his bullheaded style of leadership made for him many unneeded enemies. Can you see why I liken him to Trump?  .LINK
Aaron Blumer: Do We Even Know What Bad Language Is Anymore?
....One sign of the times is that attitudes about what constitutes appropriate language have shifted noticeably. Certain anatomical references, body-emissions references, and “F-bombs” used to be considered rude, crude, and unfit for professional or public discourse. But now—not so much. It’s harder and harder to find settings where this sort of talk isn’t routine. So what’s a Christian to do? The answer to this is less simple than many think—and also more simple than many think. . I hope these observations may be of some help...    . LINK
Tony Reinke: The Crisis of Masculinity
....The story of a high-power movie producer inviting an aspiring actress to his hotel room, at some point stepping into the bathroom, emerging in a robe, asking for a massage (or worse), should make us uncomfortable. But the storyline is not new. In its most infamous version, we read of the predation of King David and his misuse of his authority, and his abuse of a woman.... . LINK
Jen Oshman: Hey Christian, You Can Loosen Your Grip On the Future 
A group of women recently gathered in my living room for a Bible study on the Lord’s Prayer. The words “Your will be done” sat on our tongues like cough syrup that wouldn’t budge (Matthew 6:10). We had numerous objections.  One of us admitted, “I feel like if I pray those words, I’m going to bring on what I’m trying to avoid. I know I don’t have that kind of power, but it just feels like it.” Another agreed: “His will scares me. I want my will — it feels safer.”    . LLINK
Jon Bloom: The Proven Path To Mental Health
....In fact, it’s hard to overstate how important hope is to human mental health. In this light, we need to ask what worldview gives people the most mentally healthy hope. Because the human psyche’s need for hope, while not itself a proof, is a pointer to ultimate reality.To address this, first we need to begin with a...  . LINK
Bruce Ashford: The Manhattan Terror Attack and Islam’s Complicated Relationship with Terrorism
On Tuesday, a terrorist in a rental truck plowed onto a bike path and into a crowd in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring at least a dozen. The suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after he finally crashed, and was found in possession of handwritten notes pledging his loyalty to ISIS.  This horrifying act is a reminder that hardly a day goes by without an Islamic terror attack somewhere in the world.  We are now familiar with the post-terror routine when a Western city is attacked. Government leaders note the need to shore up security and assure their people that every protective measure will be taken, TV commentators dutifully state that terrorism’s roots are not in Islam but in some other phenomenon. Is it really true that these terrorist attacks have nothing to do with Islam?    . LINK
Billy Graham Set to Mark 99th Birthday; Son Franklin Gives Update on Health, Plans for 100th Year
World famous evangelist Billy Graham is set to celebrate his 99th birthday on Nov. 7, with son Franklin Graham announcing that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will mark the major highlights of his life throughout the next year.    . LINK
What is Next After Hurricanes, Fires, Floods How About Yellowstone Super-Earthquake?
So far, 2017 has been an extraordinary year for natural disasters with three hurricanes and awful wildfires. What possibly could come next? According to some folks, it could the big blow – the eruption of the famous Yellowstone National Park Supervolcano. Or perhaps just an earthquake?    . LINK
Cripplegate: Ten Doctrines Which Render Rome Outside of Christ
The Reformers were not moved by preferences to seek and start another denomination. They were moved by Scripture to break from something that could not be considered Christian. Five centuries have not improved Rome’s doctrine. The need for her reform could not be greater. Tragically, several reasons remain why Roman Catholicism still is not Christian. At this 500th year anniversary, it’s worth taking a thorough look at ten doctrines which render Rome outside of Christ. Many of these are sufficient on their own.   . LINK
Marshall Segal: Best Friends Make the Worst Enemies
Our best friends always make the worst enemies. Opposition of any kind can make life miserable, but opposition of a particular kind multiplies the misery. We rarely give our enemies enough latitude to really hurt us. They can hurl insults, stand in our way, and even inflict pain, but we always have our guard up. But with our friends and family, we let them through the gates, inside locked doors, to the most vulnerable places. And too often, those we are nearest.... . LINK
NewSpring Church Founder Perry Noble Announces Divorce From Wife of 17 Years, Asks for Prayers
Popular founder of NewSpring Church in South Carolina, Perry Noble, who was fired in July 2016 for alcohol abuse and other "unfortunate choices and decisions," announced Wednesday that after 17 years of marriage he is getting a divorce from his wife, Lucretia.    . LINK
Raymond: The Pastor Who Buried 200 Church Members
.....Here was a man who has buried more than 200 of his parishioners. And here I stood, a young-buck having buried a grand total of zero of our members. The seasoned pastor went on to tell me that he cannot throw this box away because in every folder is a life. “In every folder is a life, a soul. And in each one is a piece of my life,” he said, holding back obvious emotion. I almost lost it too.    . LINK
Jack 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. New Heavens and Earth The Bible teaches that there will be a new heaven and a new earth since someday the elements will all burn... . LINK
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