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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JANUARY 16th-31st, 2017
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
CBN News: In Wake of Sutherland Springs Massacre, Law Aims to Fortify Churches in a Violent Culture
The mass shooting at a small Texas church late last year once again brings up the debate over church security. What's the best way to protect churches in today's violent culture?  CBN News spoke with a Texas lawmaker pushing a new law that allows church volunteers to become security guards. Going to church is supposed to be safe – a literal sanctuary where people meet God and find peace in a troubled world. That tranquil image has taken a beating after several shootings, including the one in Charleston, South Carolina, at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in 2015, where nine people lost their lives during a Bible study. ...
J. Warner Wallace: Is Christianity Shrinking in America? 'Yes' and 'No'
It's a common question asked by church leaders and laity: "Is American Christianity waning as our nation becomes more secular"? The statistics seem to support a "yes" answer to this question. I've been collecting data on this issue for over ten years. The surveys (more than 50 I've chronicled so far) reveal a disturbing, albeit unified, trend: Fewer people claim a Christian affiliation than ever before, and those who claim no religious affiliation are the fastest growing group in America.....
Prophecy News Watch: Christians Debate Trumps Impact On Sharing Faith
.....With all respect to our president, and with my appreciation for the good things he has done, he did not die for my sins, and I have not staked my soul's salvation on his reputation. That distinction belongs to Jesus the Messiah, and to Jesus alone. Why the need to state something that is so totally self-evident? It's because evangelicals are being judged on the character and accomplishments of our president rather than on the character and accomplishments of our Lord, hence the need to remind a watching world that there is only one Savior, and His name is not Trump.....
Jean-Louis Gassée: Saving Our Children From Smartphones
 ...“Computers don’t just do things for us, they do things to us, including to our ways we think about ourselves and other people.” Computer scientists and psychologists have long voiced concerns that our inventions may have nefarious influence on our minds, especially during formative years. Late last year, Sean Parker, the serial tech entrepreneur and founding president of Facebook, voiced just such a concern as he “unloaded” on his former company: “[Social media] literally changes your relationship with society, with each other … It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” That brings us to today.....
Christian Post: Moody Bible Controversy— Former Employee Reveals Confusion Over Inerrancy of Scripture
Following the resignation of top leaders at Moody Bible Institute amid controversy, some have now detailed their concerns about the theological direction of the institution, especially over the inerrancy of Scripture.....
Prophecy News Watch: China's Faith-Friendly Facade— What They Don't Want You to Know
To foreign Christians, China portrays itself as a free country. But Chinese Christians know better. Earlier this month, a delegation from the World Council of Churches made a "historic" visit to China. There, they toured churches and celebrated news that within our lifetimes, China will be home to more Christians than any other nation on earth. And that's true.....
Jews News: The Holiest Police in the World Paving the Way for the Third Jewish Temple?
in an extremely unprecedented move, Amit Branchuk, the police officer in charge of the Temple Mount entrance, went around to the roadblocks and personally accompanied any Jew who wanted to ascend the Temple Mount at that time.....
Stacey Hare: William Carey's Greatest Obstacle— The Local Church 
.... in the year 1786, Carey raised the question whether the command given to the apostles to teach all nations was obligatory for them at that present time. Reading between the lines, an older man present at the meeting looked at him and said,  "Young man, sit down: when God pleases to convert the heathen he will do it without your aid or mine." In the words of biographer Daniel Webber, “The hyper-Calvinism of the day was more than capable of turning the sovereignty of God into a pretext for doing nothing.” The local church was thus one of the biggest obstacles that Carey faced in his pursuit of missions. But he would not relent. He continued to bring the plight of the nations before the church until at last his fellow ministers started to desire to see the nations worship Christ. ....
Christian Post: Southern Baptist Convention Added to Sexual Abuse Suit Against Former Judge Paul Pressler
The Southern Baptist Convention has been added as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging that former Texas state judge and lawmaker Paul Pressler sexually abused a former Bible study student he hired as a home office assistant for decades, starting when he was just 14 years old. The 15-million member organization was added to the lawsuit on Jan. 12 after it was initially filed in a Texas court on Oct. 18.......
Tim Challies: Seven Thoughts on the Billy Graham / Mike Pence Rule
.....(Definition: The Billy Graham/Mike Pence Rule establishes that a man will not put himself in situations in which he is alone with a woman who is not his wife.) The Billy Graham/Mike Pence Rule bubbles up on a regular basis as a discussion that usually seems to generate considerably more heat than light. To be frank, I don’t much care how unbelievers feel about it, but do care quite a lot about how Christians feel about it. Even more so, I care how they feel about those who do or do not hold to it. What follows are some of my thoughts.....
Kathryn Butler: If God Doesn’t Heal You
Weeks of chemotherapy eroded the lining of her mouth, mangled her immune system, and culminated in an hours-long surgery to carve out a tumor the size of a grapefruit. Throughout, friends and loved ones lifted up a heartfelt but singular prayer: Heal her, Lord.....
Taigen Joos: Five Ways to Encourage a Missions-Mindedness in Your Family
....One thing that has been on my mind is how to build into our church families more of a missions-mindedness. As a church body, we support several missionaries, which is good. We skype our missionaries, send them financial gifts from time to time, and do other things. But I am talking about individual families seeking to instill in each other more of a desire for outreach, both locally and globally. Here are some things I have thought of to encourage your family in this direction.....
David Cloud: A Bible Education at Your Fingertips
I am convinced that the equivalent of a Bible School education is the starting point for the child of God to begin to study the Bible effectually and to know and do God’s will. I am not talking preachers here. I’m talking about every Christian.  Hebrews 5:12-14 says every believer is to become skillful in God’s Word, so skillful that he can be a teacher. To obtain this skill requires many things........
Carolyn Mahaney: The Cure for Most of Your Unhappiness
....The truth is, all the chatter we listen to, entertain, chew on, and replay generates many of our unhappy emotions. The voices that penetrate our minds may issue forth in the shape of anxiety, frustration, or discouragement. ....
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Christian Post: Kentucky Governor Says School Shootings a 'Cultural Problem,' Calls for Day of Prayer
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has labeled school shootings a "cultural problem" as he called for prayer following a recent tragic gun violence incident at a state high school.....
Daily Caller: Opioid Deaths Skyrocket Even As Painkiller Prescriptions Decline
Prescriptions for painkillers are declining across New York but opioid overdose deaths continue to climb as powerful synthetic narcotics like fentanyl take over. New York had a rate of roughly 42.7 prescriptions per 100 people in 2016, a rate significantly lower than the national average and a decrease from previous years. Westchester and Rockland counties carried particularly low rates, each with roughly.....
CBN News: Ben Carson to Atheists: 'I Refuse to Be Intimidated – My Faith Helps Me Serve the Nation Better'
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, is setting the record straight about the weekly Cabinet Bible study he attends. "I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs," Carson posted on the Facebook page he shares with his wife, Candy.....
Christian Post: Joni Eareckson Tada: If Christians Don't Act, US Assisted Suicide Laws Could Become Like UK, Canada
Renowned evangelical author and disabilities advocate Joni Eareckson Tada is warning that the United States could one day become like Canada or more liberal European nations that promote physician-assisted suicide unless Christians push back against the trend.....
Breaking Israel News: Photo of Obama and Anti-Semitic Farrakhan Surfaces After 13 Years of Being Suppressed
In 2005, when Barack Obama was still an Illinois senator, a journalist snapped a photo of him with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam movement, a notorious anti-Semite. The Trice Edney News Wire published the photo that was taken by Askia Muhammad at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus. Muhammad also reported that followers of the Nation of Islam worked in Obama’s office..
CBN News: California Arsonist Targets Places of Worship in Series of Fires; Churches Stand Strong
A 25-year-old man in Southern California has been arrested for allegedly setting a series of overnight fires and committing acts of vandalism at several different churches. The most recent incidents involved a fire and vandalism at Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights and the Church of the Angels located in Pasadena, according to ABC7.....
Ryan Hoselton: The Many Changes Missionaries Made to America
....Emeritus professor of history at U.C. Berkeley, Hollinger compellingly shows why the history of missionaries is worth understanding. Over his years of scholarship, he connected dot after dot that linked missionary-connected individuals with key transformations in America. Now that he’s told their story, it seems astounding that it’s been overlooked for so long.....
Daily Signal: Why the State Can Never Get Out of Marriage
....To decide that the state ought to leave people free to choose on any given matter is to decide either that the realm in question is truly private—and hence, unimportant, such as the choice of beverages—or that individual choice is more important than the common good, such as the choice of how to define marriage.....
Daily Caller: DC Episcopalians Push Open Borders And A Gender Neutral God 
The governing body of the Episcopalian Diocese of Washington, D.C., approved measures to adopt gender neutral pronouns for God, embrace transgenderism, and a push for open borders. The 123rd Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church in D.C. passed a trifecta of resolutions Saturday to replace all gendered pronouns referring to God with gender neutral pronouns, oppose laws against illegal immigration, and open traditionally gender restricted congregational roles and facilities, like bathrooms, to transgender individuals..
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Monday, January 29th, 2018
Christian Post: Artificial Intelligence, Transhumanism and the Church—  How Should Christians Respond?
As artificial intelligence and emerging technology continue to develop at breakneck speed, Christians have no choice but to engage given the staggering implications it's already having for ministry and the broader culture, scholars say. For many followers of Jesus, the explosive use of digital devices like smartphones and an ever-growing number of social media utilities are challenging enough to deal with, especially when it comes to raising children. As leaders in the tech industry place their own children in schools where technology is not available and even home use is discouraged, many are also increasingly concerned about a burgeoning, smartphone-fueled mental health crisis. But wholly rejecting or ignoring technology will only worsen conditions for everyone, according to.....
The Stream:50,000 Americans Expected To Die By the End of Flu Season
More than 50,000 Americans are expected to die from the influenza this season, the highest on record since an epidemic outbreak in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say the 2017-2018 flu season has been unique in that the virus is not spiking in different areas at different times, but is maintaining a high rate of infection across the entirety of the U.S. at once.....
Warhorn Media: Why Bible Colleges Are Closing
....What Bible colleges can’t escape is dwindling enrollment and financial support. With an enrollment of 293, Grace University has 100 fewer students this year than last. Moody’s applications have declined 28% from 2012-17 and Columbia International University’s income continues to dwindle. The decline has been going on for decades. ....
Daily Caller: Hillary Clinton's Faith Adviser Faces More Sexual Harassment Accusations 
A faith adviser for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faces sexual harassment accusations from young women working under him, with allegations ranging from unwanted “constant touching” to uncomfortable text messages, according to a BuzzFeed News report....
Tom Gilson: 'Secularist' Faith vs. Christianity— The Religious Reality of the Culture Wars
.....Today’s secularism has all the features of a new religion. This secularist faith demands full obedience — no rivals allowed, especially Christianity. It’s time we see the culture war for what it is: Two belief systems vying for the soul of our nation, and  the Western world..
Christian Post: Senate to Vote on 'Pain Capable' Act Banning Abortion at 20 Weeks
The Senate will vote Monday on legislation banning abortion at the 20-week mark, the point at which unborn children can feel pain...
Fox 17 Nashville: Does Google Home Know Who Jesus Is?
Audio technology like Google Home and Amazon's Alexa are becoming a dominant source for information. But now, it appears one of the most common names is unknown to Google Home. And some people are sounding the alarm about what the technology tells you when you ask about Jesus. Brentwood resident David Sams owns a Google Home and an Amazon audio speaker. He says both give two different answers when asking "Who is Jesus Christ?" "I even asked Google who is David Sams? Google knew who I was, but Google did not know who Jesus was, Google did not know who Jesus Christ was, and Google did not know who God was," Sams said.....
World Religion News: New Study Reveals How Your Religion Defines How You See Abortion
.....According to a new study by Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans stance on abortion stems from their religious affiliations. The starkest contrast was between atheists and the majority of faith groups on the banning of abortion. Atheists expressed positive sentiment about abortion rights. People of various faiths contradicted the atheists and hoped that abortion would be criminalized......
Tony Perkins: I Support Trump Because He Has Delivered, Not Because He’s a Role Model
If there’s one thing I’ve always said, it’s that Christians should never check their faith at the door when they enter the public square. So, let me start by practicing what I preach. Like you, I’ve heard all of the allegations about President Donald Trump’s past, his years of baggage and personal failings. I don’t pretend to know what’s true and what isn’t—certainly not now, in an environment as toxic as ours. But there is a truth I do know: Faith in Jesus Christ calls us to live with moral clarity in everything we do. And that means calling sin, sin...
Book Review: What Do We Do With the King James Version?
.....Ward begins with an excellent overview of what we stand to lose as the church stops using the KJV. We lose some of the intergenerational ties that bind us together; the kind of Scripture-memory by osmosis that happens when everyone quotes a common translation; a cultural touchstone that provides a source of common phrases and a form of distinctly religious communication; some of the implicit trust Christians have in the Bible as they now choose between a hundred competing translations; and even some of the implicit trust non-Christians have in the Bible. There is a cost to abandoning the KJV.....         PLEASE SEE EDITOR'S DISCLAIMER BELOW
Newsmax: Atheists Sue Dr. Ben Carson Over His Christian Faith
The soft-spoken chief of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, struck a defiant note in response to a lawsuit filed against him by a group of atheist activists this week in response to his weekly Cabinet-level bible studies: “I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country.”...
World Net Daily: Burning Man Festival Goes Gaga for Gaia
The eclectic Burning Man Festival, held annually in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, has chosen for its new centerpiece structure a massive wood temple dedicated to the pagan goddess Gaia, another indication of America’s sprint from the God of Israel and Christianity....
Daily Caller: Pastor Quits After Video Shows Her Yelling At Police For Arresting Alleged Felon In Church 
 A Connecticut pastor resigned Thursday after berating police officers for arresting a man who took refuge inside the church after beating his mother. Rev. Care Goodstal Spinks obstructed a police car Tuesday and tried to force East Haven police officer to release Ryan Champlin, whom they arrested in Old Stone Church for attacking his mother and beating her head with a phone until the device broke......
Christian Post: New Jersey School Sued for Showing Islamic Video Praising Muhammad for Killing Christians
A parent has filed a lawsuit against officials and teachers of the Chatham Middle School and the School District of the Chathams in New Jersey for forcing her son to endure Islamic propaganda and an explicit call to convert to Islam.....
Thomas Overmiller: Lessons in Evangelism from Old Testament Israel
As we learn to be a witness for the gospel, we give a lot of attention to what we say and how we say it. This is important because you cannot be a witness for the gospel without giving people the message of the gospel in a clear and accurate way (Rom 10:17). But in addition to the message that we share, we must also consider the life that we present to the world as the backdrop to the message. Scripture emphasizes this aspect of our role as witnesses. In fact, this is not a NT phenomenon. You can trace it back to the OT nation of Israel....
Marshall Segal: How Christian Is Self-Improvement?
.....Self-improvement feels so exhilarating, so hopeful, so liberating — at least in theory (or in Nike ads). But resolutions can become Band-Aids we slap on to avoid really deepening our relationship with Jesus. We feel like better Christians, even though we’re no closer to Christ, and therefore no closer to addressing the heart behind our restlessness, insecurity, and guilt. So, what role, if any, does self-improvement play in the Christian life? Is there anything distinctly Christian about self-improvement?....
Intellectual Takeout: Religion Isn’t the Enemy of Science— It’s Been Inspiring Scientists for Centuries
The actual entanglements of religious tradition and the development of science are far more interesting than the superficial conflict common today – and far more important.....
George Stiekes: Discouragement
.....When discouragement comes, it is important to deal with it immediately. As a Christian discouragement is not something that should be on parade before others. Not only does it harm your testimony but it could also be harmful to another brother or sister in Christ. We must recognize that many people around us are dealing with tough battles and need the encouragement of others in the body of Christ....
Jani Ortlund: Most of Life Is Waiting
I wish someone had told me. Looking back now, I wish an older lady had sat me down and told me, “Most of life is waiting, Jani. Learn to wait in hope, not fear.” ...
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Friday, January 26th, 2018
..;..Kentucky Shooter Joined Atheist Group, But Couldn't Stop These Students from Praying -CBN News
Students across Kentucky are banding together in support of the victims of Tuesday's tragic school shooting. A 15-year-old student gunman targeted students with a pistol just before 8 a.m. in the common area of Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky where students gather before class. Two students were murdered and at least 18 more were injured. While many Kentucky students are wearing the school's colors and flooding social media with encouraging word, students at several different high school have gathered together in prayer.  Students at a neighboring school, Paducah Tilghman High School, organized a prayer circle Wednesday morning in sub-freezing temperatures. Several peers from the victim school also joined. 
..;..Pence’s Biblical Knesset Address Affirms America’s Christian Connection to Israel -Breaking Israel News
“We stand with Israel, because we believe in right over wrong, in good over evil, and in liberty over tyranny,” Pence said in his address. “The people of the US have always held a special affection and admiration for the People of the Book.” “The Book” Pence was undoubtedly referring to was the Bible, which he said not only described the story of the Jewish people but also foreshadowed the story of America in a similar fashion.
.;..Study: Progressive and Liberal US Churches Are Shrinking, Fundamental and Nondenominational American Christians Are Growing  -Christian Journal
Christians are tired of hearing watered down teachings, instead, according to a recently published study, people of America are turning to Churches that stand on the Word of God. Globally speaking, people are, according to similar studies, turning away from religion and faith based on what is explained as the secularization thesis. In summary, the thesis reads that “as societies progress, particularly through modernization and rationalization, religion loses its authority in all aspects of social life and governance.” However, that is not taking place in America, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
..;..Pence In Jerusalem Ends Israel's Obama Era Nightmare   -Prophecy News Watch
In the tradition of giving a special blessing to foreigners who come to Jerusalem and acknowledge the Jewish roots of the city, Vice President Mike Pence has certainly earned such a benediction. His historic speech to the Knesset on Jan. 22, 2018, showed a deep and compassionate understanding of the despair and triumph of our people from their dispersion from the city in 70 A.D. by the Romans to the reunification of the city in 1967. Few world leaders have had the courage to acknowledge Jewish history in this way and to embrace the Jewish future of Jerusalem by understanding it as inextricably bound to our past.
.;..Teacher Sued for Teaching Islam Is ‘the True Faith’  -World Net Daily
A lawsuit has been filed against social-studies teacher Christine Jakowski and others in the Chatham School District in New Jersey for teaching public school students that Islam is “the true faith.”  Jakowski’s lesson included an explanation on how to become a Muslim and ended with a plea: “May god help us all find the true faith, Islam. Ameen.”
..;.Patients Are “Dying In Corridors” Of Britain’s Socialised Health System
…So went the headline which appeared on the BBC’s website last week, detailing the newest outrages which have emerged from Britain’s crisis-beset healthcare system. This most recent revelation came as a result of an open letter sent to the prime minister by 68 senior doctors, offering details of the inhuman conditions which have become common in the National Health Service’s hospitals.
.;..Church of England Sneaks Transgender ‘Re-Baptism’ into Liturgy  -Breitbart
The Church of England has rejected a proposal for a new service to mark a congregant’s sex change – but has given the nod to using an existing ‘reaffirmation’ baptism service, instead. The decision by the Anglican House of Bishops to reject proposals for the development of a new special service to mark gender transitions was criticised by LGBT activists within the church.
..;.What Is a 'Super Blue Blood Moon' and Does It Have Spiritual, Prophetic Significance? -CBN News
A special full moon is expected on Jan. 31 and if you're in the western part of the U.S. you'll have the best view. It's being called a "Super Blue Blood Moon" and it's special for three reasons according to NASA: it's the third in a series of "supermoons," that's when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and is brighter than usual.  It's also the second full moon of the month which is known as a "blue moon." 
.;..Cuban Christian Man Jailed After Police Confiscate Bibles, Told 'Our God Is Fidel Castro'  -
Details have emerged about the arrest and imprisonment of a Cuban Christian rights activist who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison late last year after authorities raided his home and confiscated Bibles and crucifixes.
..;.Trump, Morals and Mulligans  -Tony Perkins
I was asked about an accusation of infidelity that's resurfaced against Donald Trump from 2006. I did not then, and I will not now, try to rationalize or excuse this type of behavior. But let's also be realistic: Americans can only hold President Donald Trump accountable for what he does in office. We can't do anything about the past.
.;..California 'Church' Shut Down After Police Discover Marijuana Dispensary  -Christian Post
..;.The Way Back To Religious Liberty  -Robert Knight
In early January, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) overturned a longstanding policy that forbade churches from getting federal disaster relief money. The rule change by the Trump administration affected any houses of worship that were damaged on or after August 23, just before Hurricane Harvey devastated large areas of Texas and especially the Houston area. It was a welcome relief also to congregations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the path of Hurricane Irma, and to church communities in Puerto Rico that endured Hurricane Maria.
.;..People Are Killing Themsleves In Record Numbers: Why and What Can We Do? -Jerry Newcombe
..;.Would Your Kids Know How To Survive A School Shooting?  -
Imagine getting a phone call like this from your high school aged child.  "Mom, there's been a shooting. I'm running."  Those were the chilling words heard by a mom in Kentucky yesterday when her son was fleeing from a classmate who killed 2 students and injured 17 more. The two 15-year-olds died at the hands of another 15-year-old boy, who was later arrested.
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
..;..Massive Study Finds Link Between High Screen Time and Unhappiness-Intellectual Takeout
We’d all like to be a little happier.  The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. People can be unkind, and jobs can be tedious. But we do have some control over how we spend our leisure time. That’s one reason why it’s worth asking which leisure time activities are linked to happiness, and which aren’t. In a new analysis of 1 million U.S. teens, my co-authors and I looked at how teens were spending their free time and which activities correlated with happiness, and which didn’t. We wanted to see if changes in the way teens spend their free time might partially explain a startling drop in teens’ happiness after 2012 – and perhaps the decline in adults’ happiness since 2000 as well.
.;..Why We Should Escape Social Media (And Why We Don’t)   -Tony Reinke 
Yet another former Facebook exec has issued a warning about how his previous employer has conditioned us with bad habits, poisoned our civic lives, fleeced our sanity, and sabotaged our relationships. This time it’s Chamath Palihapitiya, age 41, now a venture capitalist and co-owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Palihapitiya explained how Facebook corrodes social discourse, recently speaking to students at Stanford....
..;.Pence Visits Western Wall, Repeating Jerusalem Embassy Vow -CBN News
During his second full day in Israel, US Vice President Mike Pence visited two of Jerusalem's most revered sites: the Holocaust museum and the Western Wall. He's also receiving high praise for his Knesset speech on Monday that warmed the hearts of many Israelis.
.;..The Best Preacher In the World  -David Murray
Every church needs two preachers. We need a human preacher, one who is visible, audible, tangible. But we also need a divine preacher, one that is invisible, inaudible, and intangible. I’m speaking of the Holy Spirit, without whom the work of the human preacher is in vain.
..;..Atheist Group Targets Ben Carson over 'Secretive' White House Cabinet Bible Study -CBN News
The weekly Bible study attended by members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet is once again under attack, this time from an atheist group. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), led by Secretary Ben Carson.  The group has issued Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to agencies led by Cabinet secretaries who attend the Bible study to see if government resources are being used or if agency staffers feel "coerced..."
.;..Tuning Out Television   -Mark Herbster
.....The average American watches over four hours of television a day. One study recently reported that sixty-three percent of all teens have their own television. Teens between the ages of twelve and seventeen watch an average of twenty-two hours a week. Those who control the content of the television and movie industry are not friendly to Biblical values. One-half of all those who control the media do not claim to be associated with any religious group; eighty-six percent seldom or never attend church. An astounding eighty-four percent of media moguls believe that the government...
..;.The Sex-Change Revolution Is Based on Ideology, Not Science-The Daily Signal
.....America is in the midst of what has been called a “transgender moment.” In the space of a year, transgender issues went from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights. But can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender identity conflict? What should our law say on these issues?
.;..Bolivian President Revokes Anti-Evangelism Law; Major Victory for Evangelicals After Days of Protest
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he will revoke a new penal code that would have criminalized evangelism, explaining that he wants to "avoid confusion" following protests, prayer and fasting by evangelicals.
..;.Patrick Deneen Why Liberalism Has Failed  -David Gordon
Patrick Deneen’s thoughtful book poses a challenge to libertarians. Deneen, a political theorist who teaches at Notre Dame, has with great force identified a fundamental tendency of our times. Destruction of traditional attachments to family, local institutions, culture, and virtuous behavior isolates individuals and makes them dependent on an all-powerful government. In arguing in this way, Deneen shows himself an apt disciple of ....
.;..Politico Botches Basic Fact In Hit Piece On Christian HHS Staffers  -Rachel Stoltzfoos
The error completely undermines the premise of the report, and suggests the people at Politico aren’t clear on the meaning of the term ‘evangelical.’
..;..Christian Churches 'Under Attack' Amid Turkey's Bombardment of Syrian Region-Christian Post
Christian churches in Syria are crying out for help  amid deadly attacks by Turkish forces on Kurdish areas of the civil war ravaged nation.
.;..Prophetic Update: Is the Great Deception Here?   -World Net Daily
....Some call it fake news. Jesus called it deception. When His disciples asked about the signs of the last days, Jesus began by giving His followers this warning: “Take heed that no one deceives you” -Matthew 24:4
..;.How Today’s Students Can Become Great Writers by Using Thomas Jefferson’s Methods
.;..Evil, Not Homeschooling, Caused The California ‘House Of Horrors’  -Cheryl Magness
If local governments can’t protect the children in their own schools, what makes anyone think they can protect children in home schools they are only going to inspect once a year?
..;.The Cultural Roots of Trumpism-Geoffrey P. Hunt
Trump has sparked a cultural earthquake in newfound respect, self-esteem, and optimism for working-class citizens, rural and urban, similar in important ways to what was seen in the 1840s.
.;..The Secret Small Churches Know Best   -Stephen Witmer 
Most Christian churches in America are small. In 2012, the National Congregations Study found that the median Sunday morning attendance for churches in the United States was 75 people. The study also found that 43% of American churches had fewer than 50 regular participants, 67% had fewer than 100 regular participants, and 87% had fewer than 250.
..;.The Holy Spirit is Not an 'It'    -Jared C. Wilson
.;..Training for Song Leaders   -David Cloud
The position of song leader is important. Just as orchestras need good conductors and armies need good officers, churches must have the right song leaders if they are to have effectual song services.  An individual can worship God alone effectively if he is so inclined, but a congregation must be led. That is why God has ordained leaders and has set forth high qualifications for them. It is true that the New Testament does not spell out the position....
..;.Do I Have to Pray Every Day?   -Olan Stubbs 
Do I have to pray every day? Many of us wrestle with some form of this question throughout our Christian lives. If we ask in duty to earn God’s blessings, the answer is No.... If we ask in desperation, wanting to experience God’s presence to strengthen our faith, empower us to obey, and deepen our joy in him, the answer is Yes. We don’t ask, “Is it my duty to breathe every day?” We breathe every day to survive!
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
..;..Pence Praises 'the Miracle of Israel,' Pledging to Open US Embassy in Jerusalem in 2019 -CBN News
In a warmly received speech, Vice President Mike Pence told members of Israel's Knesset the United States embassy will open in Jerusalem "before the end of next year."  "By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction, and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace," Pence told Israeli parliamentarians. In a wide-ranging speech, the vice president called on Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, delivered a message of friendship to the people of Iran and celebrated long-awaited aid being delivered to persecuted Christians. "For the first time we are providing direct support to Christian and religious minorities as they rebuild their communities after years of repression and war." To Palestinians he said, "Peace can only come through dialogue."  Arab members of the Knesset boycotted his speech, creating a disturbance as Pence waited at the podium.
.;..Healing from the Trauma of Abortion   -Kendra Dahl 
It’s been 16 years since my abortion. I’m married now with three children, and I’ve been walking with Jesus for nearly eight years. But, some days, I feel like I’m playing house. Some days, I’m 16 and lying in a sterile room, staring at an ultrasound screen, wishing I’d looked away—that oval forever etched into my memory. I’m running home while blood trickles down my legs. I’m staying home from high-school hangouts pretending to be sick. I’m hiding, hoping no one will find out. Some days, I wonder if I’m still hiding.
..;.Science is Revolutionizing Argument Against Abortion   -The Stream
Pro-abortionists have historically used science as a tool to argue that babies can be aborted because they are merely clumps of cells up until 28 weeks of pregnancy, but advancements in science are changing how abortion advocates and pro-lifers argue their cause.
.;..Study: Post-Abortion Ministry Yields Spiritual Renewal  -Baptist Press
Nearly 20 percent of post-abortive women who sought help from a crisis pregnancy center say their experience led them to a "deepened spiritual life," with 7.5 percent saying abortion drove them to faith in Christ, according to a study published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
..;..Moody Bible Institute Faces History of Racial Tension and Attempts to Move Forward -Christian Headlines
 Moody Bible Institute is one of the oldest Bible colleges in the nation. Recently, the school has been called into question after allegations surfaced that there is a pervasive if subtle culture of racist attitudes on campus. Several former African-American students shared their stories. One, identified as Micah Bournes, said that overall, neither faculty or other students ever tried to be more inclusive of minorities on campus. Furthermore, when Bournes read that the college’s student handbook “didn’t allow students to have what it called extreme or distracting hairstyles that included cornrows and dreadlocks,” he took this issue up with the Dean. Since cornrows and dreadlocks are almost exclusively hairstyles worn by Black people....
.;..Analysis A New Anti-Israel Axis Is Forming   -Israel National News
With Hamas running out of options in its terror war against Israel from Gazan soil, the Islamist terrorist organization is looking for other options to hit Israel. After Israel proved it can virtually neutralize every rocket launched at southern Israel from Gaza and developed what is dubbed ‘an underground Iron Dome’ in order to combat the increasing threat of Hamas’ terror tunnels, the Palestinian terror group is now threatening Israel...
..;.Will Turkish Invasion of Syria Bring About Pre-Messianic Conflict With Russia? -Breaking israel News   --See Disclaimer--
A massive Turkish ground force crossed into the Afrin region of Syria to fight the Kurdish militia and push them out of Syria. The Turkish government claims their goal is to establish a 19-mile buffer zone against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group based in Syria. If the conflict intensifies, it could pit Turkey directly against Russia, which has boosted its military presence and bases in Syria in an effort to support the Syrian government in the country’s nearly seven-year-long civil war. A conflict between Turkey and Russia was predicted over 200 years ago....
.;..ACLU Using Undocumented Minors as 'Political Pawns' in Abortion Debate, Pro-Lifers Warn  -Christian Post
The American Civil Liberties Union is being accused by pro-life groups of using undocumented immigrant minors as "political pawns" to force the Trump administration to fund abortions.
..;.Scholars Decipher One of Last Remaining Mysterious Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oldest Bible Texts
Israeli researchers have reportedly deciphered one of the last remaining unread parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half a century after their initial discovery.
.;..Pope Shocks Chile By Accusing Sex Abuse Victims of Slander   -
Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”
..;..Satanic Temple Finds Reason to Fight the Abortion Laws in Missouri-CBN News
The Missouri Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday in an abortion case involving The Satanic Temple against the state. In October of 2017, a Missouri woman who is a follower of The Satanic Temple and believes state abortion law goes against her religious beliefs, won her appeal in the Western District Court of Appeals.
.;..India 'Prayer Warrior' Pastor Tortured, Then Hung to Death in Church; Congregation Terrified
A pastor in India who was known for long five- to six-hour prayer sessions was found beaten, tortured and hung to death from the rafters of his church, parishioners said. The murder has deeply shocked the congregation.
..;.Author of Books on Presidents’ Faith Says Trump Misunderstands Evangelicals -Christian Headlines
 Author Stephen Mansfield, who has written about the faith of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, says the current occupant of the Oval Office has captured the “fundamental gripes” of evangelicals but misunderstands just how divided they are these days.
.;..New Evidence Emerges on Anti-Trump Agents at FBI and Mueller's Russia Team -CBN News
The Justice Department has turned over more text messages between an anti-Trump FBI agent and FBI lawyer from the team investigating Russia's involvement in the election.  But the department also added in a letter to lawmakers that they failed to "preserve and retrieve" about five months of communications.  Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were removed from Robert Mueller's Russia investigation team following derogatory texts about President Donald Trump. Strzok was a veteran counterintelligence agent who worked on the Clinton email case and was later reassigned on the....
..;.Franklin Graham Defends President Trump on MSNBC -Christian Headlines
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Monday, January 22nd, 2018
..;..Vice President Pence Arrives in Israel
Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Israel Sunday, his final stop on a four-day, three-nation visit to the Middle East....Pence is scheduled to address Israel's Knesset Monday and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Pence is not scheduled to meet with any Palestinian leaders, who are angry after President Trump's announcement last month recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and pledging to move the US Embassy there. The leader of a coalition of Israeli Arabs in the Knesset said his members will boycott Pence's speech.
.;..On Eve of Pence Visit, Netanyahu Says ‘No Substitute’ for US Leadership In Region    -Jerusalem Post
There is no substitute to US mediation in the diplomatic process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday…hours before US Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to arrive for a two day visit. In an apparent reference to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to boycott Pence, Netanyahu said that “those who truly aspire to these goals [regional stability] know that there is no substitute for US leadership.”
..;.Mike Pence Takes Heat for Trump's Jerusalem Decision on Middle East Tour -Christian Post
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who is on a four-day trip to the Middle East, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in Egypt and King Abdullah II in Jordan, and saw anger in the region over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
.;..Atheists Are Throwing a Fit Over Trump’s “Secret” Bible Study
Over the summer the White House began holding a Bible study for President Donald trump’s cabinet sponsored by Vice President Mike Pence. No big deal, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, this study wound up piquing the attention of the secularists at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which began hounding the Trump administration for additional information on these otherwise totally innocuous Bible study sessions.
..;..Obama Mocked Trump’s Political Ambitions. Trump Spent His First Year Dismantling Obama’s Legacy
As president, Barack Obama repeatedly mocked Donald Trump’s political ambitions, laughing at the idea of Trump ever winning the presidency. Obama mocked Trump in 2011 for calling into question whether he was born in America. The state of Hawaii later released Obama’s longform birth certificate to put the matter to rest. Obama viciously mocked Trump for the controversy, before mocking the idea of Trump ever serving in the White House.
.;..Earthquake Swarm in U.S. City Has Lasted 7 Days Straight—What’s Going On?  -Newsweek
In the past month, parts of Reno, Nevada, have experienced a total of 274 known earthquakes. But if you’re surprised you haven’t heard about them by now, consider that the vast majority of those have been truly tiny tremors—just five of those quakes have been stronger than a magnitude 2.0, which means they’ve mostly been too gentle to feel.
..;.Jordan’s King Says East Jerusalem Must Be Capital of Palestinian State  -Jerusalem Post
In remarks during talks with US Vice Mike Pence in Amman, the king said the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a two-state one. “The US decision on Jerusalem …does not come as a result of a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the monarch told Pence at the start of the talks in the royal palace.
.;..Video, Transcript: While Left Marches To Abort, Trump Attends March For Life
President Donald Trump speaks at the March For Life anti-abortion rally in Washington D.C. where over 100,000 are expected to be in attendance. Trump will be the first president to attend the march in 45 years. Meanwhile, the left is holding another women’s march, which focuses on abortion rights among other issues.
..;.Methodists, Church of England May End 200-Year Split to 'Sustain Christian Presence' -Christian Post
Leaders of the Church of England will debate at their governing body next month whether they should have a priest-sharing arrangement with the Methodists to "sustain Christian presence."
.;..Luis Palau Diagnosed With Stage 4 Lung Cancer-Christian Post
..;.Hezbollah Warns Israel Against Continued Construction of Border Wall  -Jerusalem Post
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has warned Israel against continued construction of a wall along its border with Lebanon… “After liberating the Lebanese occupied territories from the Zionist enemy in 2000…the Lebanese government informed the UNIFIL about its rejection for any Israeli measure in this concern,” Nasrallah was quoted by Hezbollah website al-Manar as saying.
.;..State Demands Preachers Get Permission to Speak  -World Net Daily
Two street preachers are targeted, confronted and eventually arrested by transit officers who insist that they stop talking about their Christian beliefs without getting the agency’s permission first, and the courts say that’s all right.
..;.Franklin Graham Praises President Trump for Defending Christianity-CBN News
Appearing on Fox and Friends Sunday, the Rev. Franklin Graham said President Donald Trump is concerned about religious freedom of Americans and the religious freedom of people in other countries as well. "I applaud what he has done this first year, even though he's been attacked since day one., Graham said. "The left is trying to destroy this man. It's almost like we're in the middle of a digital coup --  and that's what it is a digital coup d'etat. They're wanting to force him out of office. They're wanting to take control of the government.  And we need to pray for this man."
.;..'It Comes Down to My Faith': Baltimore Ravens Benjamin Watson Finalist for Walter Payton Award  -CBN News
Ravens Tight End Benjamin Watson has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.   The nomination marks the second time that Watson has been nominated for the annual award from the National Football League. He was nominated for the honor in 2015 but lost out to Anquan Boldin.  Watson was named by the New Orleans Saints organization as their Man of the Year that same year. 
..;.Overreach Is the Part of Obama's Legacy That Trump Should Undo. And He Is -Christianity Today
.....The Obama administration, as many of us know, was seen as less-than-accommodating to individuals and groups with deeply-held religious convictions when those conflicted with new politics and laws. Instead of expanding opportunities for conscience-based objections, the Obama administration approach was one that stifled thoughtful conversation and prevented compromise. And, most importantly, they did not make appropriate accommodations for religious beliefs—picking unnecessary fights with groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor.
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Friday, January 19th, 2018
..;..More Than 3 in 4 Americans Support Limits on Abortion, Poll Finds  -The Stream
About 76 percent of Americans support stricter laws on abortion, according to a new Marist Poll, a finding that is part of a consistent trend in data the company has collected in the past decade. While 51 percent of respondents identified as pro-choice, 60 percent of them said they support limitations on abortions, such as backing a ban on the procedures after 20 weeks of pregnancy and opposing the use of tax dollars to pay for them.
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.;..The 1929 Stock Market Crash, Could It Happen In 2018?
As U.S. stocks continue soaring to record high after record high, investors anticipating an inevitable plunge have yet another cause for sleepless nights. The CAPE ratio, a measure of stock valuations devised by Nobel Laureate economist Robert Shiller of Yale University, is now at a higher level than it was before the Great Crash of 1929, the Financial Times reports, adding that the only time the CAPE was even higher preceded the dotcom crash of 2000-02. However, the FT notes, there are some differences between 1929 and 2018 that make the CAPE parallel less terrifying for investors.
..;.'Pastor' Greg Locke Divorces Wife, Finds New Girlfriend  -Pulpit & Pen
Greg Locke is founder and pastor of Global Vision Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He’s best known for his Facebook presence, and has over one million ‘likes’ on Facebook and it is not uncommon for him to have hundreds of thousands – or even millions – of views on his Facebook videos. Locke is a conservative politically and a pseudo-fundamentalist doctrinally. Mostly, however, he focuses on politics and current events.
.;..Trump: Freedom Doesn’t Come From Govt, It’s a ‘Sacred Right From Almighty God’ -CNS News
Tuesday President Trump issued a proclamation declaring January 16, 2018 as Religious Freedom Day, wherein he noted that, “Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the govt, but a sacred right from Almighty God.”
..;..HHS Announces Formation of ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom Division’ -The Stream
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will extend new rights to health care workers. The protections come via the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). HHS announced the new division this morning. The division allows officials to enforce protecting rights of conscience and religious freedom. 
.;..Canadian Christians Say They Can’t Apply for Federal Job Funding Due To Abortion Clause   -The Blaze
Canadian Christians say they can’t apply for a federal job funding program called the Canada Summer Jobs program because it would require them to voice support for abortion, the Ottawa Citizen reported. The clause states that “reproductive rights” includes “the right to safe and legal abortions.”
..;.Psychiatrist on House of Horrors Shocker: 'Don't Confound this with Homeschooling' -CBN News
....The Turpin children were homeschooled. However, Breggin said this case should not cast aspersions on homeschooling.   "Don't confound this with homeschooling," he admonished, "Which is a very active and marvelous and growing phenomenon. Children who are homeschooled often relate to people outside the family and relate to the community and have community projects and are cherished." 
.;..Franklin Graham: ‘Darkness Is Spreading,’ ‘Forces of Evil’ Working to Destroy Moral Society  -CNS News
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, son of Pastor Billy Graham, said, “darkness is spreading rapidly” across the globe — the sins of pornography, sexual abuse, drugs, religious persecution — and that the “forces of evil are” are doing all they can to “destroy the foundations of a morally healthy society.” He added that the light of Truth, which is Jesus Christ, will dispel the darkness but believers need to help spread truth in their everyday lives.
..;.Iranian Christian Convert Leads 1,500 Muslims to Christ in Sweden  -Christian Post
An Iranian convert to Christianity, now an ordained minister in the Church of Sweden, has said that she has helped bring close to 1,500 Muslims to Christ over the past five years, overcoming severe family abuse and death threats.
.;..Facebook Lifts Ban on Paid Ads for Pro-Life Film Produced by MLK's Niece After Appeal -Christian Post
Facebook said Thursday that it has lifted its ban on paid ads for a fundraising effort connected to Alveda King's upcoming documentary that highlights the "real untold story" of abortion in the United States and the history of eugenics associated with Planned Parenthood.
..;.How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms   -Politico
Last year, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte made an announcement to great fanfare: The university would soon open a branch of the Confucius Institute, the Chinese government-funded educational institutions that teach Chinese language, culture and history. The Confucius Institute would “help students be better equipped to succeed in an increasingly globalized world,” says Nancy Gutierrez, UNC Charlotte’s dean of the....
.;..Lifeway Curriculum Promotes Roman Catholic Priest as Gospel Preacher  -Pulpit & Pen
....“Father Damien” was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium serving the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Evangelicals (Congregationalists and Presbyterians) on the island of Molokai vehemently opposed him, calling him a “coarse and dirty man." He was later canonized by the Vatican as a “saint.”
..;.Your Church’s Response to an Increasingly Complex World -The Stream
....The U.S. is experiencing its gravest crisis since the Civil War, but there is no agreement as to what the crux of the battle is. This very list shows more than fifteen issues identified by Christian leaders. They’re all so different, yet I don’t think any of them is wrong. What’s the crux of the battle? Where do we even begin? Where should your church begin?
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
..;..Think Flu Season is Bad? It Might Get Even Worse
The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans this season is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track more than a dozen years ago. Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse. “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point.”  The most optimistic assumption among government experts is that the season peaked a few weeks ago, marking the apex of what was already an early and severe outbreak. However, such an outlook requires observers to ignore that outpatient doctor visits have continued to climb  in the first week of 2018, yielding the most flu cases ever for this time of the year. 
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.;..Israeli Security Forces Find Cell Phone Bomb In Joseph’s Tomb   -Jerusalem Post
Israeli security forces removed a bomb on Monday from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in the West Bank, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The bomb, found in a cell phone during a security scan to secure the tomb for about 1,000 worshipers, was removed from the tomb and detonated by security forces. Protestors threw stones at security forces upon their entry to and departure from the site, damaging their bus but no casualties. 
..;.38 Minutes in Hawaii: My Family and the False Missile Alarm   -Jason Scott Jones 
.....Then my wife called up, “Babe, it’s garbage day. Take out the trash!” So I rushed downstairs. My typical Saturday ritual. As I dragged the trash out a bizarre sound boomed from my phone. I read the message: “Ballistic missile threat inbound. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” “So it’s today,” I thought.
.;..President Trump Touts Diversity, Religious Freedom Day, Amid Accusations of Bigotry -Christian Post
President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation touting religious diversity in honor of Religious Freedom Day, while continuing to weather allegations of religious and racial bigotry.
..;..Preparing for a Cultural Winter In American Christianity-Carl Trueman
The Bob Jones precedent could easily lead to the revocation of tax-exempt status for schools committed to traditional views of marriage and sexual morality...Christian institutions [need] to wean themselves off of government money as soon as possible. Given the financial significance that the federal student loan system has for most colleges, this process will be painful and difficult for many, where it is possible at all. Yet it is vital. The complexity that federal loans bring to the relationship between private institutions and the government is such that the whole notion of a public accommodation is now potentially far more extensive than could have been imagined a generation or two ago. And that means that the First Amendment, far from being a friend of Christian colleges and confessional seminaries, might prove to be the very opposite. If you take government money, what right do you have to restrict speech on your campus in accordance with your own religious convictions? 
.;..Iowa Lawsuit Pits Gay Rights Against Religious Freedom   -Yahoo News
The University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with a conservative Christian student group that denied a leadership position to a student who is gay. The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation against the religious beliefs of a 10-member group called Business Leaders in Christ. The group sued after the state’s flagship university in Iowa City revoked its campus registration in November.
..;.Persecution Is Rising in India, But Christianity Is Standing Strong  -CBN News
It's more dangerous now than ever before to be a Christian in India. Open Doors has officially released its 2018 World Watch List, and India ranks number 11 out of the top 50 countries where Christian persecution is at its worst. 
.;..Chinese Lawyers Accused of 'Illegally' Defending 40 Christians Arrested for Being in 'Cult'  -Christian Post
Lawyers who represent dozens of Christians arrested in China could lose their legal certifications after they were accused of illegally defending their clients. The Chinese Christian persecution watchdog group China Aid reported over the weekend that attorneys who represent 40 Christians arrested during a crackdown on so-called "cult" activities over the last year have been informed that their qualifications will come under review of officials....
..;.Nine Volunteers 'Arrested' for Feeding Homeless in Calif. Park, Charged With Misdemeanors
About nine volunteers, including a female minor, were "arrested" in El Cajon, California, on Sunday afternoon simply because they were feeding the homeless and are now facing misdemeanor charges.
.;..12 Ideas You Must Embrace to Affirm Theistic Evolution   -Wayne Grudem
Theistic evolution is a viewpoint that God created matter and after that, God didn't guide, intervene, or act directly to cause any empirically detectable change in the natural behavior of matter until all living things had evolved by purely natural processes. But, what that belief implies is that there are actually twelve details in Genesis 1-3 that simply didn't happen. If you hold to theistic evolution, you would say:
..;..I Have a Dream Fulfilled    -David R. Brumbelow 
On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his famous message, “I Have a Dream.”  He spoke of a check that needed to be cashed....In his message, he specifically asked for three simple things: 
.;..Christians Should Be Readers-Taigen Joos
.....Reading good Christian books enhances your spiritual alertness and can help you grow in your understanding of various theological truths. While reading the Bible is mandatory and expected of every Christian, reading good Christian material is something that every believer should view as necessary as well. I would urge you then, as a Christian, to cultivate the habit of reading.
..;.Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You?   -Russell Moore
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” These words are the John 3:16 of American cultural Christianity. Watch how often they show up on the Bible verse plaques sold in Bible Belt mall kiosks or posted on Facebook walls, even on tattoos. Whether as home decor or on social media posts, I see this passage claimed fervently by people I know haven’t been in a church service since the first Bush administration. Naturally, this love for Jeremiah 29:11 has often led more theologically oriented Christians to lament its out-of-context use. So much so that a young Christian recently asked me, “Does Jeremiah 29:11 apply to me, or not?” 
.;..Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?   -Nick Batzig
.....Though some sins are most certainly more abhorent than others--and deserve greater judgment than others--"every sin, even the least...deserves the wrath and curse" of God and "cannot be expiated but by the blood of Christ." There are no grounds for anyone to think that he or she is in a better spiritual position than others by nature. 
..;.Is God a Good Father?-Dan DeWitt
If God is really our father, as he says in the Bible, if he really loves us like a father, or as Jesus tells us, more than earthly fathers, then surely his love is amazing, his acceptance total, and his care reliable. I love my children. I would do anything for them. But can God really love me like that—more than that? This is one of those truths that our hearts—with all our jacked up human experiences—just cannot seem to accept. For some, comparing God’s love to that of an earthly father is more painful than promising, more destructive than inspiring. This must be some kind of trick. 
.;..Four Reasons Why God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers   -David Qaoud
God answers every prayer — but he often says “no.” Why does God sometimes not answer your prayers the way you want him to?  There’s more than just four reasons, I’m sure. But below are a few things that come to mind. Some may apply to you, some of them won’t.
..;.Thoroughly Human Thinking  -Andrew Hudson
The fall of mankind into sin has caused corruption to human thinking (Titus 1:15). This is evidenced by the repeated appeals in the New Testament for believers to renew their thinking (Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:10). This raises the question, “What is fallen man’s thinking like?” The answer to this question is multifaceted.  Fallen man is unable to understand spiritual truth (Rom. 3:11; 1 Cor. 2:14). Fallen man is susceptible to the deception of the Devil (Rev. 13:14). Fallen man considers Biblical truth foolish and mocks those who believe it (1 Cor. 2:14; Jude 18). Fallen man elevates his own thinking over the truth of the Bible (Rom. 1:21–23; 12:3).
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HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
..;..Reconsidering Your Approach to Evangelism  -T. Overmiller
God entrusts the ministry of evangelism to every believer. It is the way that he has chosen to spread the message of life and redemption to a lost and dying world. Yet how many believers faithfully participate in this crucial endeavor? Do you? In Matthew 9:37, Jesus taught that the great challenge of evangelism is recruiting people to do the work. He said, “The laborers are few.” Nevertheless, God commands us to proclaim the good news of salvation in Christ. Therefore, you should be committed to compassionate evangelism...You should be committed to compassionate evangelism, without discrimination, through your life, to your community and to the world. To encourage this participation, I would like to offer a simple definition of evangelism. Then I hope to correct some wrong perspectives that believers may subtly embrace, followed by excuses we often make for why we don’t get involved. Then I would offer some good reasons for getting involved and a basic strategy for doing so.
.;..Memphis Pastor in Sex Abuse Scandal Takes Leave of Absence as Criticism Mounts -CBN News
Many in the Christian community are speaking out about the sexual abuse scandal of Memphis megachurch pastor Andy Savage.  Savage is taking a leave of absence from his position as teaching pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis. "Please know that we support Andy as a leader of our church but we also understand this has been a difficult season not only for Andy and his family but for our congregation as well," lead pastor Chris Conlee said...
..;.Non-Believers Call on God When Faced With a Crisis – Despite Insisting They’re Not Religious -UK Daily Mail
A new survey has revealed that one in four non-believers pray when confronted by tough times – despite insisting they are not religious. For atheists and agnostics, personal crisis or tragedy is the most common reason for them to resort to prayer, with a quarter admitting they pray for comfort or to feel less lonely. Church attendance in the Great Britain dropped from 6.5 million to just over 3 million between 1980 and 2015, according to.....
..;..Seduced By a Comfortable Life   -Go There For
Most people would agree that living in places like Australia or the United States means having a pretty comfortable life. Most of us reading this are affluent compared to global averages, and have privileges that other people around the world only dream of. These are good gifts from God, given out of his kindness and grace, and we ought to thank him for them. But has it become too much of a good thing? Is it possible that some of us have become too comfortable? Think about your daily life: your routines, your habits, and your thought patterns. Are you mindful of God? Does he feature in your thoughts throughout the day, or just when you sit down to do your quiet time? Where is he on your daily priority list? In my life, I have noticed an unhealthy pattern. When things are hard the difficult situation makes me cry out to God for help and serves to remind me how dependent I am on him.   But when things are going well I am quick to forget what I learned in the hard times, and leave behind that closeness and reliance on God that I enjoyed. 
.;..Criminal Charges Against Street Preachers Dismissed   -World Net Daily
A group of five Washington state Christian street preachers who received prior approval of their public evangelism efforts but were nevertheless charged criminally under the guise of violating a noise ordinance won dismissals with the assistance of a nonprofit First Amendment legal defense group. Police in Washougal, Washington, cited the five for disturbing the peace outside a high school in November.
..;.'What Would You Do If You Had 20 Minutes to Live?': Franklin Graham Uses Hawaii Scare as Teaching Tool on Eternity -CBN News
Following a weekend false alarm that a missile was on its way to Hawaii, Pastor Franklin Graham used the event as a teaching tool on eternity.   In a Facebook post, he asked users, "What would you do if you only had 20 minutes to live? Would you call on the name of God? Would you ask for forgiveness of your sins? would you contact your loved ones?" "I'd probably spend the last 20 minutes with family and devotional time with Jesus," Greg Gerald replied. Similarly, Lawrence Ganzy Jr. said, "If I only had 20 minutes to live, I'd defiantly be praying asking for forgiveness..."
.;..Do Americans Still Believe In Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream?  -David Marcus
The passage of time has made us wonder if Martin Luther King’s dream of a healed nation was maybe just that: a fantasy. 
..;.'Onward Christian Soldiers' Should Not Be Taken Out of Hymnals, Says Popular Pastor Blogger  -Christian Post
A Michigan pastor whose columns on the intersection of faith and everyday life has argued that hymns like "Onward, Christian Soldiers" should not be removed from hymnals.
.;..Masked Gunmen Shoot Dead Coptic Man as Murder Spree of Christians in Egypt Continues -
Three masked gunmen reportedly shot dead a Coptic Christian man in the latest attack on believers in Egypt's North Sinai. No group has claimed responsibility yet.
..;..Warnings Against the 'Re-Moralization' of Sex    -Gene Veith
.....The “Judeo-Christian ethos” teaches that sex is for marriage and the conception of children.  Sexual actions outside of that context are immoral. But if that ethos is dismissed and we are not allowed to consider the morality of sexual actions, we are left with less certain subjective criteria.  In re-moralizing sex, “consent” becomes the primary consideration:  If both parties consent to sexual actions, then they have no moral content.  But if one or both does not consent, that makes the action evil.  And so it does, but “consent” can be manipulated or coerced. 
.;..As Evangelicals Our Ultimate Allegiance Is to the Lord, Not the President -Michael Brown
..;.Why Professing Christ Is Becoming A 'Hate Crime' In The West -Raymond Ibrahim
....“You can say what you like about the Virgin Birth, the miracles and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but as soon as you say ‘come on, is Islam really the religion of peace that it claims to be,’ all hell breaks loose.” Indeed, and there is a reason for that: unlike Islam—which many Western elite feel no (direct) connection to and thus no threat therefrom—Christianity is the faith of their forefathers; it is ever present in their societies, judging them—and they hate it for it.   But rather than seek to suppress it openly, they operate indirectly, including by propping up always angry Muslims.....
.;..Hudson Taylor’s Remarkable Christian Conversion   -Vance Christie
Hudson Taylor was the eminent nineteenth century pioneer missionary to inland China. The story of Hudson’s Christian conversion through the prayerful influence of his mother is somewhat well known and quite extraordinary. But that is only part of the story in a broader series of events that comprised God’s gracious and remarkable workings to draw Hudson Taylor to Jesus Christ as his Savior. Here’s the rest of the true story:
..;.What Do We Do With Dreams?   -Erik Raymond
In our Christian lives, we often encounter experiences we can’t explain. Recently I had a dream that surprised me and left me wondering about its significance. It was startling because I rarely remember my dreams, and it pertained to something that was not immediately on my radar...But more than just not understanding things, how do we process these surprising and sometimes strange incidents? They are tough to ignore, but does that mean they are automatically divine revelation? Are they fallible? How do we understand them?
.;..What Happens When The Fear Of God Is Missing? -Jack Wellman
What’s happened to the fear of God behind the pulpit and in society? More people are living as if there is no God, so what happens when the fear of God is missing?  The fear of God is not completely understood by those outside of the church, but even some in the church. The fear of God is not a fear of being struck down by God when you sin, or of having the dread of hell hanging over your head, although that is a real fear for non-believers, but rather the fear of God is a deep, holy, reverential respect and awe for God, for God’s Word, and for obeying God’s commands. 
..;.The Seven Churches of Revelation Why They Matter and What We Can Learn  -Zondervan
The book of Revelation opens with seven letters to seven churches. Each of the seven letters is a prophetic word from Jesus, through the Spirit, who is inspiring John to write.  Who were the recipients...? How were they read and understood in the first century? And what are we to make of them today?
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