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FRIDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 20th, 2017
Christian Headlines: Study Says Kids Who Read the Bible More Likely to Practice Faith as Adults
 A recent study has revealed that kids who read the Bible growing up are more likely to continue in the faith as adults. The study found that the biggest factor in predicting whether or not a child would continue in the faith as an adult after being raised in a Christian home was based on whether or not the child read the Bible regularly growing up.    LINK
CBN News: A Troubling Message to Those Who Want to Serve 'Christians Need Not Apply'
....The attack against Vought shows just how tense the political environment has become for people of faith and the danger of using religion as a litmus test for public office. "Christians are being discriminated against and this is the hypocrisy of liberalism," said Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress. "Those who cry the loudest for tolerance are usually the most intolerant people when it comes to ideas with which they disagree," he said.   Following Vought's confirmation hearing, Jeffress demanded that Sanders apologize or resign.     LINK
CBN News: Is Social Media Hurting Church Leaders?  This Pastor Says Yes
Today, church leaders and pastors use social media to reach countless people with the Gospel. But can social media sometimes do more harm than good? American pastor and author Ed Stetzer writes in Christianity Today that there are three main ways pastors and church leaders undermine themselves on social media. The first way is by trying to become famous.  "Some pastors and church leaders do nothing on social media but try to make themselves look more influential than they actually are," he writes. "The most common way pastors and church leaders try to make themselves look more influential than they actually are is by purchasing Twitter followers or Facebook likes."   LINK
National Geographic: Jerusalem Find May Have Been Ancient Music Hall
What can an unfinished Roman theater tell us about a tumultuous period in ancient Jerusalem? Quite a lot, say archaeologists.  The Israeli Antiquities Authority recently chipped away at understanding the region's distant past by announcing this week that recent excavations uncovered the remains of what they believe was once a small theater or public space. The discovery was made as archaeologists were excavating parts of the Western Wall, one of the most revered structures in the Jewish faith. The ancient wall encases what the Jewish people refer to as the Temple Mount and what Muslims refer to as Haram esh-Sharif. Today, the religious site has major significance for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.     LINK
Televangelist Morris Cerullo to Build $131 Million Religious-Themed Center in San Diego
International Pentecostal televangelist Morris Cerullo was granted approval Tuesday to build a $131 million religious-themed resort and conference center following a vote by the San Diego City Council.     LINK
Breaking Israel News: “You Cannot Understand the Mid-East Conflict Without the Bible”
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a “religious, spiritual and moral conflict,” said David Parsons, vice president and senior international spokesman for the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ), on Tuesday. “If you ignore that, then you ignore the heart of the problem.”Parsons, who was addressing a group of Christian journalists during a panel discussion about media bias on Tuesday as part of the government’s Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem, said he believes faith still motivates and drives people in the region far more than the mainstream media understands.... LINK
Christian Headlines: Two Christians Hospitalized in Critical Condition After Brutal Assault on Church in India
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Christians attending a worship service in Jaripara village, located in the Dantewada District of India's Chhattisgarh State, were brutally assaulted by suspected Hindu radicals on Sunday, October 15. According to witnesses, a mob of more than 300 attacked the Bastar for Christ Movement (BCM) Church and beat the congregants, leaving nine seriously injured, including two in critical condition at the government hospital in Dantewada.     LINK
John Ellis: 'Crappiest Halloween Ever'; HuffPost Slams Ken Ham's Gospel Tracts
Few evangelical Christians cause progressives as much angst as Ken Ham. This time the co-founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis has angered HuffPost because he's encouraging people to use Halloween as a means to help share the gospel of Jesus Christ. On his blog, Ken Ham published a post titled "Sharing Christ with Trick-or-Treaters." In his opening, the creationist writes, "In just a few weeks here in America, kids will come knocking on our doors—are you ready? Halloween can present a fantastic opportunity to share the saving gospel with your friends and neighbors. And we have special gospel booklets and tracts to help you." In response, HuffPost writer Ed Mazza took an angry shot at Ham with an article titled "Creationist Ken Ham Wants To Make Sure that Kids Have the Crappiest Halloween Ever."     LINK
Christian Headlines: In Australia, Churches Vandalized by Gay Marriage Supporters ahead of Legalization Vote
 Several churches in Australia were vandalised by same-sex marriage supporters. Such conflicts have become increasingly frequent in Australia as the country is in the midst of deciding whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage. According to reports, two churches in Melbourne were graffitied. Those who perpetrated the vandalism called those who hold to a traditional view of marriage “bigots” who should be “crucified.” The perpetrators also drew swastikas on the churches.    LINK
John W. Whitehead: This Is How Tyranny Rises and Freedom Falls
We are being ruled by a government of scoundrels, spies, thugs, thieves, gangsters, ruffians, rapists, extortionists, bounty hunters, battle-ready warriors and cold-blooded killers who communicate using a language of force and oppression.    LINK
CBN News: 'God Will Take Care of This... God's Got This'  —Injured Celtics Star Gordon Hayward Surrounded by Faith
New Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward may be out for the season after suffering a gruesome injury in his first game with the team, but his family is trusting in God throughout his ordeal. Teammates watched in horror, some pausing to pray after his ankle was mangled, dislocated when his tibia was fractured during the game Tuesday night, his ankle completely twisted around. Since the traumatic injury, this strong Christian has been surrounded with prayers and support from his family and fans.     LINK
Christian Post: Six Police Officers Arrested for Beating Christian Teen to Death in Pakistan, Activists Say
Six police officers in Pakistan have been arrested and charged with murder after they allegedly beat to death a Pakistani Christian teenager earlier this month, according to human rights advocates.     LINK
CBN News: Court Sides With Humanists Who Want to Destroy or Tear Off the Arms of WWI Memorial Cross
It has stood for nearly 100 years in honor of 49 Bladensburg, Maryland-area men who sacrificed their lives in World War I. But this week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the historic cross-shaped veterans memorial unconstitutional. The appeals court ruled the display, also known as "Peace Cross," is "an excessive entanglement between government and religion."     LINK
Christian Today: How a Megachurch Tragedy Nearly Destroyed 'Prince of Preachers' Charles Spurgeon
On Sunday night the hall was filled, with another 10,000  eager to hear him crowding outside. A few hymns into the service, cries emerged from the congregation: 'Fire! Fire! Fire! The galleries are giving way! The place is falling! The place is falling!'  Suddenly the crowd was in a mad, violent panic. As one witness described: 'The cries and shrieks at this period were truly terrific, to which was added the already pent-up excitement of those who had not been able to make their exit. They pressed on, treading furiously over the dead and dying, tearing frantically at each other. Hundreds had their clothes torn from their backs in their endeavours to escape; masses of men and women were driven down and trodden over heedless of their cries and lamentations.'     LINK
Jack Wellman: What Responsibility Do Adult Children Have To Their Elderly Parents?
Where does the adult parent’s responsibility begin and end with elderly parents? Is there an end to the children’s responsibility of their adult or elderly parents?     LINK
David Cloud: What the Roman Catholic Church Teaches About Salvation
Because of the ecumenical movement, a growing number of Roman Catholics are familiar with biblical terminology about salvation, such as born again, and some have been trained to reply affirmatively to the questions, “Are you saved?” or, “Have you been born again?” The problem is that they do not mean by this what the Bible means. Rome’s doctrine of salvation is not the the true gospel of complete and sure salvation through personal faith in Christ. It is a gospel of works that is sometimes presented under the guise of grace. ...   LINK

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THURSDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 19th, 2017
Christian Post: Trump Administration Reverses Obama-Era Support for Abortions for Undocumented Minors
The Trump Administration has reversed an Obama Era practice of helping undocumented minors receive abortions, arguing that they now provide quality care for both mother and unborn child.     LINK
Breaking Israel News: Fabled ‘Sea People’ May Be Israel’s Biblical Arch-Nemesis the Philistines
A 3,200-year-old text that lay undeciphered for 140 years has finally been translated, revealing details of the military campaign of the fabled Sea People and the downfall of the Hittites. Most importantly, it gives definitive clues about the true identity of Israel’s archnemesis, the Philistines.     LINK
Islamists Murder 28 in Nigeria, Including Christian Women and Children; President Decries 'Madness'
Islamic Fulani herdsmen have reportedly killed at least 28 people, including Christian women and children, in a raid on a village in Plateau State, Nigeria.   LINK
CBN News: Study— In Times of Crisis People Turn to Prayer, Not Social Media
A recent study found that more people would rather pray than scroll through their social media feeds when they are forced to make a difficult decisions or face tragedy.  The study, which was conducted by the polling company ComRes, found that when facing difficult decisions 77 percent of people turn to friends or family, 51 percent turn to the Internet, six percent turn to prayer, and only four percent turn to social media.  While the percentage of people who turn to prayer may seem small, researchers say it's a big deal.     LINK
Christian Post: South African Pastor 'Burned Beyond Recognition' With Hands Tied Behind His Back
The body of a South African pastor has been found "burned beyond recognition" with his hands tied behind his back in a small farming town about 50 miles outside of Johannesburg.    LINK
space.com: How Gravitational Waves and ‘Multi-Messenger’ Research Will Change Astronomy
This new era began with the detection of gravitational waves — ripples in the universal fabric of space-time — produced by two neutron stars merging together. That collision also erupted with light in every wavelength range — radio, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray — which were detected by observatories around the globe and in space.    LINK
Star Parker: Trump's Timely Evangelical Appeal
President Trump addressed this year's annual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so.    LINK
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Boorman: I Don’t Care If It’s Halloween. Your Gruesome And Tacky Yard Decorations Are Sick And Rude
Nothing will make me like your blow-up witch or haunted castle. Why can’t people put a pile of pumpkins on their stoop and call it good?          LINK
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William L. Gensert: Misunderstanding America and Its Constitution
This glorious nation, this America, is the envy of the world.  You don't see people walking through the desert for days to get into Russia or making a boat out of old tires to get to Cuba.      LINK
Jack Wellman: How Do You Know Your Being Called As A Missionary?
Some people might think they’re being called by God as a missionary, so how can they know for sure? On Mission Now If you believe that God might be calling you as a missionary, let me ask you a question. Have you been on mission for Christ where you....      LINK
Jerry Sivnksty: The Biblical Teaching of Hell (Part Two)
....Death is a universal reality that no one can escape or avoid. Death is no respecter of persons. Genesis tells of great men who lived hundreds of years on this earth. These men lived long years on this earth, but they all died. And if the Lord tarries, there is coming a time when all of mankind will walk through the door of death.       LINK
David Cloud: The Church Fathers— A Door to Rome
Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism.   The Catholic apologetic ministries use the “church fathers” to prove that Rome’s doctrines go back to the earliest centuries.      LINK

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WEDNESDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 18th, 2017
Scott Slayton: Take Up Your Cross, Put Down Your Phone, and Follow Me —How to Follow Jesus In a Hyper-Distracted World
Maybe it has something to do with turning 40 over the summer, but I have spent a lot of time this year thinking about what it means to live a joyful life. I have become convinced that one of the greatest enemies to joyful living is our constant addiction to technology. Because we spend so much time staring at our phones, we don’t have the productivity at our jobs that we should, we don’t spend enough time outside, we ignore our spiritual disciplines, and we spend too much of the time that we spend with people staring at our phones.   LINK
Gateway Pundit: Satanic Looking Drag Queen with Horns Reads to Little Kids at Michelle Obama Public Library in Long Beach
…The shocking photo of a man dressed as a female demon with giant horns on his head reading to little children at a public library was posted to Twitter and Facebook by the Long Beach Library but taken down after a huge outpouring of critical replies, including from GOP Congressional candidate Omar Navarro. It also got the approval of the Church of Satan.   LINK
Christian Post: Most Americans, Third of Evangelicals Believe Faith In God Is Not Needed to Be Moral, Says Pew
A majority of U.S. adults and almost a third of evangelicals now say they believe that faith in God is not needed to be a moral person, a survey has revealed.  LINK
Christian Post: Maryland Pro-Lifers to Protest Newly Opened Late Term Abortion Clinic of LeRoy Carhart
Pro-life groups are staging protests against the newly opened Maryland clinic of infamous late term abortion provider Dr. LeRoy Carhart.   LINK
Christian Headlines: Report Claims Trump Jokes About Pence’s Faith
In a blistering piece for The New Yorker, Jane Mayer shared quotes from several sources who overheard the President make jokes about Vice President Pence’s religious faith and social conservatism. Mayer’s profile of Pence is her response to many who wish to see Trump impeached. In it, she lays out the case for why she finds the prospect of Mike Pence as President just as risky as the administration led by President Trump. The piece, titled “The Danger of President Pence,” paints Pence as an ambitious politician whose religious zealotry and social conservatism conflict with his desire to the rise to the top of American political life. Mayer also portrays Pence as an intense devotee of the Koch brothers’ political philosophy and a hypocrite who doesn’t live up to Jesus’ admonition to love our neighbors. ... LINK
“I’m Concerned… It’s Highly Unusual” – Vegas Massacre Security Guard Remains Missing
Following reports of his disappearance late last week, after numerous timeline changes and ‘fact’ clarifications by The Mandalay Bay, The FBI, and Vegas PD; Jesus Campos, the secuirty guard, who may or may not have been shot by Vegas Massacre shooter Stephen Paddock, remains missing and friends and family are concerned.      LINK
Christian Headlines: ISIS Militants Attack Church in Egypt, Killing Seven
Seven people were killed and another 15 injured when suspected Islamic State militants targeted a bank and a church in Egypt. Egyptian Christians, known as Copts, have been facing intensified persecution recently. According to The Christian Post, the ISIS militants attacked a bank and then the Church of Saint George in El-Arish, Egypt. They reportedly robbed the bank and then proceeded to fire on security forces who were guarding the unused church.   LINK
Campus Reform: Universities Warn Against Halloween Costumes Based on Other Cultures
Universities across the country are once again encouraging students to think twice about their costume choices this Halloween, promoting the yearly “culture not a costume” campaign.   LINK
Todd Starnes: Air Force Punishes Colonel Who Refused to Affirm Gay Marriage
The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate.  Col. Leland Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommending he not be promoted.      LINK
Walter Williams: WHO PAYS WHAT IN TAXES?
Is a system where over 45% of people pay no income taxes really "fair"?  LINK
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Wanda Alger: FIVE IMPORTANT POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU PRAY FOR AMERICA
As we continue to pray for this nation in the midst of increased lawlessness, anarchy, and rebellion, it is easy to become discouraged and wonder if our prayers are working.   LINK
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Michael Brown: NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND MIKE PENCE'S MORALITY GUIDELINES?
In light of the flood of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the left’s extreme reaction to Vice President Pence’s personal morality guidelines now seems even more absurd.  LINK
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David Byrne: HOW MARXISM FUELED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS AT FOOTBALL GAMES
Colin Kaepernick and his supporters may not realize it, but their ideas originate in a nineteenth-century German who interpreted the world as a struggle between oppressors and oppressed.   LINK
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Raleigh: THE WORLD SHOULD BE WARY OF CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S COSOLIDATION OF POWER
There’s never been a regime that oppressed its own people domestically yet accomplished good for the rest of the world. Xi is no exception.  LINK
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Lloyd Marcus: BLACK PREACHERS TRASHING TRUMP FROM THE PULPIT
Leftists and fake news media have deceived many blacks into believing that a desire to make our homeland great again is code for white supremacy.   LINK
G. N. Barkman: Reasons for the Reformation
.....Little did he know that his theses would be copied, printed, and distributed across Europe within days. In the providence of God, Luther’s modest debate propositions ignited a fire that is still burning today. On this five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it is fitting to remember how it all began, and more importantly, why.     LINK
Kent Brandenburg: Reflecting on my White Privilege
....Some are born on third base and others have to touch all four bases.  What someone needs to hear is, you can do it.  You can make it.  You can succeed.  Stop feeling sorry for yourself.  Take all of the energy dedicated to self-pity, wrap it in a ball, and send in the direction of a solution.... LINK
Thomas Overmiller: The Power of Heartfelt Values
The noteworthy “media” statistic for parents used to be the average number of hours teenagers spent in front of a television screen. This is no longer the case, because portable electronics and the omnipresent internet have changed the way that young people (or anybody for that matter) consumes media and information. The New York Times reports on a recent Harvard University Report, which revealed that teens spend about nine hours every day using some form of online media.     LINK
Matt Recker: The Ten Commandments of James for Times of Despair, Death & Devastation
In such a time as this, as our hearts mourn the destruction of hurricanes throughout our land and the horror of the murderous rampage in Las Vegas, we may wonder how to respond. One Bible passage that gives a wonderful heart response are the “Ten Commandments” of James 4:7-10...The ten commands in this passage are expressed by these words:  Submit to God....Resist the Devil....Draw nigh to God...   LINK
David Cloud: The Gettys— The Pied Pipers of Contemporary Worship Music
Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “contemporary hymns” are used widely among “traditional, non-contemporary” churches, because they are considered relatively safe.  At least eight of their songs are included in Majesty Music’s Rejoice Hymns. Twenty-nine of their songs are featured in Hymns Modern and Ancient, published by Heart Publications, a ministry of Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association and compiled by Fred Coleman who heads up Bob Jones University’s Department of Church Music.     LINK
Jared C. Wilson: Six Things Christ Does With Your Sin
It is good to remember what the cross accomplishes. Here are six things Jesus does with sin...     LINK
Jack Wellman: What Are Modern Day Idols Christians Can Worship?
Do Christians really still have idols in their life? If so, what are they? Idolatry An idol is anything that gets between us and God, and it is whatever we worship more than God or instead of God. It could be money, family, shopping, sports, fame, education, or....     LINK

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TUESDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 17th, 2017
CBN News: Archaeologists Uncover 'Enormous Find' with Roman-Era Surprise Beneath Jerusalem's Western Wall
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) unveiled a huge underground section of the Western Wall on Monday that had been hidden for nearly two thousand years and while digging, they also discovered a Roman-era surprise.  Two years ago, archaeologists began excavating under the section of the Western Wall known as Wilson's Arch hoping to determine its age. It leads to the indoor men's prayer section.  "We drilled down these beams to support the floor," IAA archaeologist Tehillah Lieberman told CBN News. "One of the main goals of the excavation was to not interrupt with the prayer activity going on."Wilson's Arch is the only intact, visible structure remaining from the Temple Mount compound of the Second Temple period. It was the last arch in a series that made up a giant bridge leading to the Temple Mount from the west and served as a passage for people to enter the Temple Mount... LINK
PJ Media: Persecution of Christians Has Increased Worldwide
Throughout history, Christians have been persecuted because of their faith. Now, a new report reveals that the persecution of Christians is on the rise.   LINK
Surprising Win for California Churches Governor Strikes Down Anti-Faith Law
California's governor shot down a bill that would have prevented faith-based organizations from enforcing their own ethical codes and standards.  Many religious organizations ask new employees to sign a code of conduct that aligns with what the Bible says about abortion, contraception, and sex outside of marriage. However, Assembly Bill 569 calls these provisions discriminatory and says they should be banned.  However, in a surprise move, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill.... LINK
CBN News: Freaky Future? How Humans and Machines Will Merge Through Nano-Devices
Humans and machines could be merging within 20 years through artificially intelligent nano-machines, injected into people to repair and improve muscles, cells, and bones, or to help us send signals to other machines.   LINK
Christian Post: Tortured Missionary Begs Trump Not to Go to War and Risk Lives of Hidden Christians in North Korea
A Korean-American missionary who was tortured by North Koreans has begged U.S. President Donald Trump to resist going to war with Kim Jong Un, warning that a military option could kill countless of civilians and many of the hidden Christians there.   LINK
Michael Brown: Have Evangelical Leaders Become Disciples of Donald Trump?
......It’s also true that some evangelicals have been guilty of turning Trump into Saint Donald. He is presented (by a precious few) as a truly Christian man who can do no wrong. A selfless champion of the people whose most unbecoming tweets are justified because of the fierceness of the battle. He is one of us, and he is our hero! I addressed this concern during the campaign. Since the election, I have....    LINK
Christian Post: Christian Baker Jack Phillips Asked to Make Birthday Cake for Satan With Upside Down Cross
Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips has reportedly been asked to make a birthday cake for Satan this Halloween season, as he prepares to defend his rights before the Supreme Court not to work gay weddings.   LINK
ACLU Defends Gay Couple Refused Cake; Silent on Pro-Lifers Kicked Out of Coffee Shop
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has remained silent on the issue of a gay coffee shop owner kicking out a group of Christians, despite multiple requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation. The ACLU did not return multiple requests on an incident last week, when a gay coffee shop owner in Seattle, Wash., kicked out some Christians for religious pamphlets they handed out.    LINK
PJ Media: Author Dan Brown Gets Smacked Down by Physicist He Referenced in Novel
.....Hopefully, the smackdown that physicist Jeremy England gave Dan Brown in a Wall Street Journal article titled "Dan Brown Can't Cite Me to Disprove God" will help people realize that Brown is pretty much making all of his anti-God nonsense up.    LINK
wnd.com: U.N. Now Calls Abortion Part of Basic ‘Right To Life’
Perhaps the ultimate example of bureaucratic double-speak is developing at the United Nations, where officials are set to adopt a new definition of the “right to life.” It apparently now will include a “right to abortion.” The Human Rights Committee’s proposed revision regarding the right to life in the International Covenant on Civil Rights says, “States must provide safe access to abortion.”     LINK
Christian Headlines: Is Homeschooling Past Its Peak? Research Shows Interest Waning
A government survey released last week showed interest in homeschooling appears to have leveled off in the last five years. Education analysts pointed to the results as evidence the homeschooling “fad” had reached its peak after three decades, but homeschooling experts disputed that conclusion—and the data it’s based on.    LINK
California Becomes First State to Legally Recognize a ‘Third Gender’
California became the first state in America to legally recognize a third gender after Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation Sunday. State drivers’ licenses, birth certificates, and other identity documents will now allow residents to check “non-binary” rather than just male or female, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday.     LINK
Erik Raymond: Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership
Church membership is a concept that while not explicitly articulated in the Scriptures is assumed and supported. Many of the New Testament letters were written to local congregations with instructions as to how they were to deal with their life together...Even though church membership is common in churches today and throughout history, I’ve found it helpful to broaden out the answer to help fill out my reasons for why we have church membership. Is church membership biblical? Is it important? Yes, I believe so. Here are four reasons... LINK
Randy Alcorn: Prosperity Theology Tells Us to Live Now as Kings, Not Servants
The prosperity gospel teaches that the more money you give away, the wealthier you will become. Following God through giving and other forms of obedience becomes a formula for abundant provision and the celebration of prosperous living. This is, in essence, a Christianized materialism.      LINK
Adam Kareus: God Is Bigger Than Our Immaturity
.....The fact of the matter is that most people don’t like change. And this might be one of the reasons people shy away from maturity or growing up. Make no mistake about it, there is a maturity problem in our society. It has been around for a while now, but it seems like more and more people are noticing. Adolescence is being extended. College students still act like high school students. Young adults are adults in name only. There are, of course, exceptions to this, but I am describing a disturbing trend.    LINK
David Cloud: A Mixed Multitude Church
In many traditional Baptist churches today, disciples are rare, and it has become acceptable to have a mixed multitude membership filled with people who are half-hearted followers of Christ, at best.   Decades ago, Evangelist Fred Brown said that he feared that a high percentage of members of Independent Baptist churches were not born again.      LINK
Jack Wellman: Why Isn’t Discipleship Taught In Many Churches?
Jesus told His own disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, so why don’t you find much discipleship taught in churches today?   LINK

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MONDAY EDITION — OCTOBER 16th, 2017
Jeff Crouere: The Boy Scouts Take Oath to Political Correctness
Another one of our great national institutions, the Boy Scouts of America, has officially lost its way. An organization with an impressive history of over one century has buckled to the insidious forces of political correctness. The latest sign occurred this week as the Boy Scouts formally opened their doors to girls. In 2018, girls will be able to join the Cub Scout program and the following year will become eligible to attain the highest rank, Eagle Scout. This act of inclusion was wisely not followed by the Girl Scouts, which will remain an exclusively female organization. According to Jacqueline Alexander, CEO of Girl Scouts of Louisiana East, "I think people will decide what they want to do and we’re just going to continue to do what we do which is offer the best program for girls. I think people that have sons and daughters realize there’s going to be differences all through their lives...."   LINK
Trump: 'We Are Stopping Cold the Attacks on Judeo-Christian Values'
President Donald Trump told a gathering of pumped-up Christian conservatives on Friday that he’s keeping his promise to stop government intrusion into people’s faiths and return the country to more traditional values. “In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God,” Trump declared to a cheering crowd at the Values Voters Summit in Washington. "How times have changed," he added, " but you know what? Now they are changing back again, just remember that."      LINK
George Barna Explains How Christians Altered America’s Future by Supporting Trump Last November
A veteran researcher has detailed how on Nov. 8, 2016, Christian conservatives altered the course of American history by voting overwhelmingly for and delivering victory to Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States. And though the mainstream press derides or ignores them, he says, such Christians will retain their influence if and only if they stay alert and engaged. To the chagrin of secular progressives, particularly in the mass media, George Barna believes that spiritually active, government engaged conservatives — SAGE Cons he calls them — continue to leave an indelible mark on American political life.      LINK
Yahoo News: Collective Consciousness Will Soon Replace God, Says Author Dan Brown
Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfils the role of religion, U.S. author Dan Brown said on Thursday. Brown made the provocative remark at the Frankfurt Book Fair where he was promoting his new novel, "Origin", the fifth outing for Harvard "symbology" professor Robert Langdon, the protagonist of "The Da Vinci Code", a book that questioned the history of Christianity.... LINK
Tony Reinke: Should Teens Own Smartphones?
When Silicon Valley’s 20-something techno-prodigies were awing the world with new, shiny, unveilings of iPods and then iPhones and then iPads, many of the inventors didn’t have kids. Few had teens. Now, most of them have kids, and many have teens — teenagers addicted to gadgets their parents birthed into the world years ago. This is the story of Tony Fadell, a former Senior VP at Apple, known as the grandfather of the iPod, and a key player on the early design team for the iPhone. On the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone in an interview, he made this admission: “I wake up in cold sweats every so often thinking, what did we bring to the world?"  Fadell, a father of three, has come to see the addictive power of the iPhone, an addiction that cannot be removed. “I know what happens when I take technology away from my kids. They literally feel like you’re tearing a piece of their person away from them — they get emotional about it, very emotional. They go through withdrawal....”    LINK
PJ Media: The Huffington Post Is Angry at Ken Ham for Being an Evangelical Christian
Few evangelical Christians cause progressives as much angst as Ken Ham. This time the co-founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis has angered HuffPost because he's encouraging people to use Halloween as a means to help share the gospel of Jesus Christ. On his blog, Ken Ham published a post titled "Sharing Christ with Trick-or-Treaters." In his opening, the creationist writes.....     LINK
Christianity Today: Confessions of a Christian Prepper
....With multiple earthquakes, successive hurricanes, fires raging in the Northwest and California, as well as escalating tensions with North Korea, the last few months have brought an onslaught of natural and man-made chaos....This “confluence of disastrous events” brings out our most basic instinct: the urge to survive. The “prepping” trend has grown in response, from basic emergency preparedness (extra water and bags of dried beans) to fully furnished underground bunkers packed with freeze-dried rations.    LINK
Rob Smith: Responding to the Transgender Revolution 
....The phenomenon of transgenderism not only provokes reactions, but inevitably raises questions—questions about what is real and questions about what is moral. The reality question boils down to this: Is it really the case that a person can be born with “the wrong body,” or is the person who feels this way simply confused at the level of their mind? The morality question follows on from this, but has numerous faces to it, as well as various legal implications. LINK                SEE OUR DISCLAIMER BELOW
Israel's Netanyahu Raps Iran for Persecuting Christians; Cites Bible on Why Israel Helps Others
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on a group of Christian journalists to put a spotlight on the persecution of Christians under Iran's Islamic regime.    LINK
Trevor Thomas: HARVEY WEINSTEIN PROVES WHY THE LEFT REALLY HATES TRUMP
As long as President Trump acts on conservative – especially Christian conservative – principles, he is undermining the left's agenda.   LINK
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Melissa Mackenzie: GOODBYE, BOY SCOUTS
Boys will not be boys. Boy Scouts will not be Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts will be Boy and Girl Scouts so says a new edict from the leadership of the Boy Scout organization....    LINK
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Nathan Eshelman: THE ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD
The church and the culture at large need to reconsider whether Hollywood ought to be telling us how to think and feel about sexual ethics. Maybe there’s a better source for determining human sexuality than those who walk the red carpet.     LINK
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Connor Mighell: WHY WE CAN AND SHOULD LEGISLATE MORALITY
‘You can’t legislate morality’ actually means ‘You shouldn’t make laws based on your morality, but on mine instead.’   LINK
Christian Post: Christian Persecution Hits All-Time High Worldwide, Says Report
The persecution of Christians is now "worse than at any time in history," according to a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which states that not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, they are also experiencing the worst forms of persecution.... LINK
Jeremy Writebol: The Baffling Call of God
.....Confident of God’s call on my parents to serve Him in Africa, I was baffled by what they were enduring for the sake of the needy there. Furthermore, as I dealt with my own weary and broken heart, I was baffled at what God was doing in my own life. None of it made sense.  It all seemed like failure—and the conclusion of the matter would be death. ... LINK
Elliot Grudem: The Courage to Be Ordinary
....One of my mentors often tells me, “It takes extraordinary courage to be ordinary.” For the longest time, I would nod in agreement but not believe him. I needed to be extraordinary. When I replanted a church, I often over-functioned in my role as a pastor. I carried the entire weight of the church on my shoulders. I had my own scorecard full of the metrics that mattered to me. And one was becoming....      LINK
John Dunlop: God Will Keep You Through Dementia
.....Dementia can change personalities. It has transformed wonderful, loving, godly people into tyrants. It can warp a vibrant relationship with God savored over the years. Its presence can make our very existence become a horrible burden that drains the life out of those we love. Or it can send us to a nursing home to be cared for by strangers until we die. But dementia is not something that Christians should fear. Dementia now ranks with cancer as the most feared medical diagnosis.      LINK
Jerry Sivnksty: The Biblical Teaching of Hell (Part One)
The preaching of death and Hell has always been a means of bringing many individuals to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. However, many preachers have been scorned for their message of Hell-fire and damnation. Multitudes of the unsaved have voiced that preachers are trying to scare them into becoming Christians. But the preaching of death and Hell is not a scare tactic—it is the solemn teaching of Scripture. We dare not be silent in our preaching about this place called Hell.      LINK
Nick Batzig: The Old Perspective on the Works of the Law
.....Proponents of the New Perspective(s) have insisted that the phrase "works of the Law" does not, as the Reformers and Puritans held, refer to "a man's attempt to work for his standing before God based on his own law keeping." They contend that the phrase refers to Jewish boundary markers. In redefining it in this way, they reduce the meaning of the phrase down to nothing....   LINK

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