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Headlines & Articles — Weekend, April 22nd-23rd, 2017
Breitbart News: ‘Shattered’ Revelation— Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian 
Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary’s Loss

The new Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, reveals how Hillary Clinton personally placed blame for her bruising defeat on Russian meddling “within twenty-four hours of her concession speech.”....
SBC Voices: SBC In Free-Fall Compared to Southern Population, But There Is Hope
....We all know about the flatlining and then declining numbers of the SBC related to baptisms, church membership, and worship attendance. We’ve talked about them for years, heard warnings years ago, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. While SBC megachurches are still doing well numbers wise, there continues to be consolidation going on, churches struggling, and many churches in steep decline. With the new numbers set to come out in the next few weeks, an overall analysis might be helpful....
‘Separation of Church and State!’: Leftist Activists Disrupt Michigan Town Hall
A group of leftist activists wearing pink pussy hats disrupted a Christian opening prayer at Rep. Jack Bergman’s (R-MI) Thursday evening town hall in Gaylord, Michigan, shouting, “Separation of church and state!” as other constituents stood with their heads bowed in respect.....
Christian Post: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Most Effective Ways to Combat Christian Persecution— Report
A new study released this week reveals the extent of Christian persecution worldwide and the effective strategies the oppressed are employing to combat it...The study found that 43 percent of persecuted Christians respond to persecution primarily with what are called "strategies of survival," which includes adapting ones life and practices to blend into the community, going underground, or fleeing the land altogether.....
Breitbart News: Second Detroit Doctor Busted in Female Genital Mutilation Ring
Dr. Fakhruddin Attar was arrested in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan Friday, accused, along with his wife Farida Attar, of involvement in the same female genital mutilation conspiracy that led to the landmark arrest last week of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala.....
Florida Teacher Bans Cross Necklaces in Class, Promotes LGBT Day of Silence
A national religious liberty law firm is threatening to sue a Florida public school district over allegations that a high school math teacher forced Christian students to remove cross necklaces and that she is engaging in LGBT activism in her classroom.....
Are School-Issued Computers Spying On Your Kids?
There was widespread outrage back in 2010, when it was discovered that a Philadelphia school district had issued laptops to students with a very creepy function.  Unbeknown to both students and parents, school officials had the ability to remotely access the webcams on the laptops, and spy on the students in their homes.  Seven years later, school-issued computers are still spying on students, albeit in more subtle ways.....
Christianity Today: What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O'Reilly Debacle?
The explosive controversy surrounding Bill O'Reilly has captured the attention of global news networks, and his sudden departure has sparked conversation about harassment, bullying, and organizational response...There are many lessons Fox News needs to learn from this situation, and certainly O’Reilly has a lot to learn as well.  But I'm wondering something different.  I want to know, what can the Church learn from this debacle?  Here are some thoughts.....
Erik Raymond: We Need More ‘Parlour Preachers’
.... The 19th-century English pastor and author Charles Bridges writes in his book The Christian Ministry that we need more “parlour preaching.” He defines this as “the ability to introduce the subject of religion seasonably and acceptably into social intercourse.” This, Bridges says, “is one of the most valuable talents to the church.”....
Push To Rebuild Jerusalem Temple Has Earth-Shaking Implications
There is probably not a more disputed parcel of real estate than the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. A portion of the land there is occupied by an Islamic mosque, yet there are developing plans to rebuild the prophesied third Jewish Temple. That leaves the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a political situation that offers no easy way out. One American pastor now is telling Christians they need to pay careful attention to what happens next.....
Christian Post: 'Bible Answer Man' Booted From Bott Radio Network After Hank Hanegraaff Joins Orthodox Church
The "Bible Answer Man" radio show program with Hank Hanegraaff has been booted from Bott Radio Network over concerns regarding biblical accuracy, following Hanegraaff's conversion into the Eastern Orthodox Church......
Daily Signal: What This Supreme Court Case Could Mean for School Choice
.....The Supreme Court has already acknowledged and disavowed the discriminatory history of Blaine Amendments...Based on oral arguments from Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the Supreme Court is once again preparing to issue a decision on the question of state aid to a religious institution. As Elizabeth Slattery, legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center, notes: “If Trinity Lutheran wins the day, it will be a signal to states that they may not discriminate against churches under the guise of Blaine Amendments.”.....
Bible Mesh: How Christianity
Conquered Rome
....Even though the cities were unpleasant places to live, they were the population and intellectual centers of the empire, and they provided Christians with opportunities for numerical growth and cultural influence. Indeed, Christianity eventually dominated the empire by taking root in almost all the major cities of the ancient Mediterranean world, from Alexandria in North Africa to Cordova in Spain.....
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Headlines & Articles — Friday, April 21st, 2017
Supreme Court Ponders Striking Down State Constitution Anti-Faith Amendments
The Supreme Court seems poised to strike down constitutional amendments in 39 states that forbid tax money from going to churches after Wednesday’s oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, unless two procedural issues derail the case at the last minute.....
Christian Post: Church-State Playground BattleLiberal Supreme Court Justices Appear to Side With Church
The state of Missouri rejecting a Christian preschool from accessing its scrap tire program to resurface its playground is religious discrimination, religious liberty advocates said outside the Supreme Court Wednesday. And the court's liberal justices reportedly seemed to concur with that during oral arguments in what some consider this cycle's marquee case, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer...
Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With a Spouse
Four decades ago, in the mid-1970s, young American adults--in the 18-to-34 age bracket--were far more likely to be married and living with a spouse than living in their parents’ home. But that is no longer the case, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. “There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement,” says the Census Bureau study.....
Chinese Officials Arrest Pastor For Singing 'Jesus Loves You'
Taiwanese Pastor Xu Rongzhang was arrested in China over Easter weekend. His crime? The pastor is accused of leading a gathering of Christians in the popular worship song “Jesus Loves You.” Pastor Xu was detained in the city of Zhengzhou in the Henan province for the offense. He was in jail only for a few hours, but the Henan authorities refused to turn over his confiscated identification and travel documents until Monday. According to Communist officials, singing the song is an illegal religious activity. ....
CBN News: Georgia College Argues In Court That Gospel Message Incited 'Hostility' and 'Fighting Words'
A Georgia college has filed a motion to dismiss a First Amendment lawsuit by claiming it removed a Christian student from campus because his discussion of the Gospel incited "hostility" and "fighting words." The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is suing Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) for censoring college student Chike Uzuegbunam.  Uzuegbunam was repeatedly stopped from discussing his Christian faith on campus, even after following the school's strict guidelines.....
Americans Are Swamped In $1 Trillion of Credit Card Debt
Americans now owe $1 trillion in credit card debt, with an average monthly balance of about $9,600 for borrowers who don’t pay their cards in full each month.....
Nazworth: Fake News— Are Evangelicals the Problem?
It's refreshing to find secular sources finally concerned about truth, now that Donald Trump is president. But blaming evangelicals, who've been fighting the "truth is relative" concept in America for over 100 years, is misplaced.....
CNS News Commentary: It's Time For an About-Face on Facebook
A verdict has just been passed on Facebook, and the news is not good. A new study has come out pointing out the negative effects of Facebook. This study claims to be much more rigorous than those of the past. Of course, Facebook has always had its enemies. 
Christian Post: ISIS Attempted Terror Attack on St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt Leaves 1 Officer Dead, 4 Wounded
The Islamic State terror group killed one police officer and wounded four others in a foiled attack at St. Catherine's monastery in Sinai, Egypt, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world...
Maples: The Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, Leaves the Christian Faith?
There are numerous reports that Hank Hanegraaff, the well-known talk show host, and evangelical apologist known as “The Bible Answer Man,” has left the biblical Christian faith for Greek Orthodox tradition...It is also reported that Hanegraaff hinted at his possible conversion while defending the Orthodox tradition on his radio program a few weeks ago. The Orthodox Church is a false expression of Christianity, much like the Roman Catholic Church, that is highly driven by graven images and denies the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, and instead, trusts in......
Christian Post: Religious Left Emergence 'Unlikely,' Polling Expert Says
The predicted emergence of a "Religious Left" to counter the political agenda of the Republican-dominated White House and Congress is unlikely, according to an expert from a left-leaning polling organization.....
Ch Today: Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as Extremists
It’s official. Jehovah’s Witnesses can no longer practice their faith freely in Russia, where the Supreme Court on Thursday declared the pacifist religious organization an “extremist group” and banned all of its activity. The judge ordered all 395 local chapters and its Russian headquarters to close and authorized the government to seize all property. Under the ruling, distributing copies of the Watchtower, discussing their beliefs in public, or even worshipping at a meeting hall has become a crime. A lawyer for Russia’s justice ministry, Svetlana Borisova, told the court that Jehovah’s Witnesses “pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security,” according to media reports.....
Swedes Microchip Themselves, Become Guinea Pigs in Digital Dystopia
....Over a thousand of Swedes have chosen to voluntary implant a microchip under their skin to keep track of personal health data and avoid the necessity of having to remember a password. The technology used to chip people is roughly the same being used on dogs and cats. Using today’s cutting-edge technology, a microchip, which takes half a second to install, can be read from several decimeters’ distance, and its contents can be altered using a mobile phone. From that moment onwards, the digital microchip may be used for such features as opening and unlocking doors, paying for goods and services.......
New Yorker: War, Terrorism, and the Christian Exodus from the Middle East
....Syria’s Christians are part of a mass exodus taking place throughout the Middle East, the cradle of the faith. Today, Christians are only about four per cent of the region’s more than four hundred million people—and probably less. They “have been subject to vicious murders at the hands of terrorist groups, forced out of their ancestral lands by civil wars, suffered societal intolerance fomented by Islamist groups, and subjected to institutional discrimination found in the legal codes and official practices of many Middle Eastern countries,” several said....
Ch Today: Scoot Over, You're In My Seat!
....Whether it’s a courtside sports bench, a desk in the classroom, or a pew in church, people routinely sit in the same places. In every church I’ve been part of—from a 3,000-member downtown church in the Deep South to a small congregation in Pennsylvania farm country— members tend to pick their seats and stick with them, sometimes for generations...
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Lee

Payday Someday    I Kng 21:18,19,23  Mat 10:28
Is Hell a Myth?      Mat. 10:28
Prepare To Meet Thy God    Amos 4:12
The Meaning of Christmas    Luke 1:78
Ichabod: Goodbye To Glory     1 Sam. 4:18-22

Billy Sunday
Broken Down Altars    1 Kng 18:30
Show Thyself a Man     1 Kng 2:2
The Devil's Boomerangs     Ecc 11:9
Teach Us To Pray      Luk 11:1
The Blood of Jesus Christ    Heb 9:13-14

Charles H.
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I Would, But Ye Would Not!    Mat 23:37
Open House For All Comers   Luke 15:2
Why Some Seekers Are Not Saved   Is 59:1-2
Fathers in Christ    1 Jn 2:13,14
The Fatherhood of God     Mat 6:9
The Drawings of Divine Love    Jn 6:44-45
The Saint's Horror at the Sinner's Hell   Ps 26:9
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A Living Hope of the Hereafter    I Peter 1:3-5
Faith On Trial   Psalm 73:1-2
The Christian & the Non-Christian   Eph. 4:20
The Breadth, Length, Depth, Height of God's Love
God Or Mammon    Matt. 6:19-24

T. DeWitt Talmage
The Laughter of the Bible    Psalm 126:2  2:4
The Power of Kindness    Prov. 15:15
Windows Opened Toward Jerusalem   Dan 6:10
The Ministry of Tears    Rev 7:17
The Spider in Palaces    Pro 30:28

G. Campbell
Morgan
Christ's Call To Courage    Matt. 9:2, 22
The Optimism of Faith    Heb. 11:1
Christ's Vision of Jerusalem    Luke 9:51
As An Eagle...The Lord Did Lead    Deut. 32:11-12
How To Succeed In Life    Prov. 3:6
 
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