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MONDAY EDITION JUNE 26th, 2017
Reuters: U.S. Top Court Set To Rule On Religious Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue the final rulings of its current term on Monday, including one on religious rights, amid talk that swing voter Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering retirement...Although there are no firm indications that Kennedy, 81 in July, will step down, some of his former law clerks have said he is considering it. Any announcement could come Monday morning.
Prophecy News Watch: Yellowstone Quake 'Swarm' Raises Disaster Fears
The "supervolcano" at Yellowstone National Park is being hit by a swarm of hundreds of earthquakes, according to researchers who have been tracking seismic activity this week.  More than 400 have been detected in the area since June 12, including a 4.5 magnitude quake within the park on June 15. Researchers say the risk of activating the supervolcano is low and the quakes are nothing to be concerned about, as they are common in the region. However, others believe it is inevitable and only a matter of time before a disaster takes place.
Christian Post: Nearly Half of Americans Say They Pray Before Meals: Poll
About half of all Americans say a prayer over their food at least a few times a week which is an unusual commonality in a politically divided nation, according to a new poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Spurgeon.org: Five Ways Spurgeon Coped With London’s Terror Attacks
On September 30, 1888, “Jack the Ripper” murdered his third victim, Elizabeth Stride, only five miles from last Sunday’s terrorist attack in Finsbury Park. Terror seized Spurgeon’s London. Would the murders continue? Who would die next? (Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly)....Spurgeon was no stranger to terror. A madman once stormed through the door of his house with a club. Seizing the weapon, Spurgeon opened the door and bellowed at the top of his voice, “If you are not out of this house this very moment, I’ll break every bone in your body.” The man was paralyzed with fear and arrested...In the recent wake of suicide bombers, knife attacks, and runaway vehicles, here are five ways Spurgeon coped with terrorism in London....
CBN News: How Secularism Threatens Freedom and Righteousness In America
Over the last century, secularism in America has triumphed so spectacularly that secularists now dominate the cultural mountains of influence: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. Raised upon the Christian cultural foundation laid by the American Founders in the 17th and 18th centuries, secularists have produced a structure that is the antithesis to the Founders intention. Unless confronted by the men and women of Issachar, people “who know the times and know what to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32), secularism spells doom for freedom and liberty in America. Why? Because virtue is a key component of freedom. 
Christian Post: Michigan Judge Stops Deportation of Over 100 Iraqi Christians
A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that more than 100 Iraqi Christian migrants facing deportation can stay in the U.S. for at least two more weeks to give the court more time to determine its jurisdiction.
Mary Katharine Ham: Aftermath Of Alexandria Shooting Showed Left's Bullying At Its Worst
....Less than 48 hours after a multiple assassination attempt on members of Congress, there were no media vans or cameras at the Alexandria baseball field where it occurred. Just for perspective, when Republican staffer Elizabeth Lauten committed the offense of writing something critical of President Obama’s daughters on her private Facebook page, news cameras were camped on her parents’ lawn staking her out for the better part of a week.
James Simpson: When Evangelicals Become Useful Idiots for Islamism
Our culture looks to be coming apart at the seams. The June 14 attack on the GOP Congressional Baseball team is only an exclamation point in an increasingly hostile, increasingly violent, premeditated campaign by Democrats and other leftists to create an atmosphere of ungovernable anarchy. The Christian church has not escaped this agenda. In fact, it has become a major target.
Michael Snyder: America Is On The Verge Of Widespread Chaos And Civil Unrest
Things will never be the same in America from this moment forward. When 66-year-old James Hodgkinson attempted to gun down as many Republican members of Congress as possible at a baseball field in Virginia, he permanently shattered the notion that we could go back to the way that things used to be in this country. At one time, Republicans and Democrats may have strongly disagreed....
Douglas Murray: How Europe Lost Its Way
....For even the mass movement of millions of people into Europe would not sound such a final note for the continent were it not for the fact that (coincidentally or otherwise) at the same time Europe lost faith in its beliefs, traditions, and legitimacy. 
New Republic: Do Fundamentalist Churches Face an Epidemic of Sexual Abuse and Institutional Denial Not Unlike the Catholic Church Sex Scandals?
.....Yet the potential for sexual abuse is actually exacerbated by the core identity of fundamentalist groups like ABWE. Like Catholics, fundamentalists preach strict obedience to religious authority. Sex is not only prohibited outside of marriage, but rarely discussed. These overlapping dynamics of silence and submission make conservative Christians a ripe target for sexual predators. As one convicted child abuser says, “Church people are easy to fool.”   SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW
Eco Collapse Blog: 69 Percent Of Americans Do Not Have An Adequate Emergency Fund
Do you have an emergency fund?  If you even have one penny in emergency savings, you are already ahead of about one-fourth of the country.  I write about this stuff all the time, but it always astounds me how many Americans are literally living on the edge financially.  Back in 2008 when the economy tanked and millions of people lost their jobs, large numbers of Americans suddenly couldn’t pay their bills because they were living paycheck to paycheck.  Now the stage is set for it to happen again.
Thom Rainer: Six Attitudes That Kill Evangelism In the Church
....I won’t bore you with statistics about declining evangelism in our churches. You don’t need me to convince you most churches are not reaching our communities with the gospel. You don’t need me to provide data that shows our churches are reaching fewer people today than just a few years ago.  But why are our churches less evangelistic today?
Mike Riccardi: Ecumenical vs. Evangelical
One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement—the downplaying of doctrine in order to foster partnership in ministry between (a) genuine Christians and (b) people who were willing to call themselves Christians but who rejected fundamental Christian doctrines.
Dave Hare: Four Misconceptions of the Missionary Call
.....We have found that there is a very common perception that certain people are "called" to be missionaries in a unique way. While I certainly have met a lot of unique missionaries, I believe that there are some misunderstandings undergirding this belief. Below are four of these misconceptions I hope to clear up in this post. 
David Cloud: Let the Dead Bury the Dead
....If a young person wants to make wise decisions in God’s will he must fear and serve God more than man. If it comes to a choice of obeying and pleasing his friends or relatives and obeying and pleasing God, he must choose God. One of the greatest sins among young people is to fear their relatives and friends more than God. Great numbers of unbelievers commit this sin and....
Tim Challies: How To Distinguish True Zeal from False Zeal
I fear there is a plague of complacency among Christians today. Whatever happened to zeal? Whatever happened to Christians who are on fire to know and obey God, who have  “an earnest desire and concern for all things pertaining to the glory of God and the kingdom of the Lord Jesus among men?” Yet while zeal is a noble trait, it must be properly directed, for not all zeal is good. Here are some pointers on distinguishing true from false zeal. 
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FRIDAY EDITION JUNE 23RD, 2017
Daily Caller: UK Man Sentenced To 20 Months For Anti-Muslim Posts On Facebook
Nigel Pelham of Sussex, England, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after being found guilty on “eight counts of publishing threatening written material intending to stir up religious hatred against Muslims,” according to the Sussex police.
Thought Crime: German Police Raid Homes Of People Who Made 'Hateful Postings' On The Internet
On Tuesday, German police raided the homes of 36 people accused of posting “hateful” content on social media. The content in question includes allegedly racist posts and threats. The raids largely targeted individuals associated with far-right movements hostile to immigration. “But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats or harassment based on someone’s sexual orientation,” reports The New York Times.
Ch Post: Charges Dropped Against Undercover Activists Who Exposed Planned Parenthood in California
Fourteen felony charges that were filed in California against undercover investigative pro-life activists who exposed Planned Parenthood's selling of fetal body parts to biotech firms and other practices have been dismissed.
Chicago Tribune Op-Ed: Bernie Sanders, the Left, Christianity and the Constitution
...."In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world," Sanders said. "This country, since its inception, has struggled, sometimes with great pain, to overcome discrimination of all forms." And then he said, "We must not go backwards."
Jerusalem Post: Israeli Forces Brace for Last Friday of Ramadan Prayers
Police have finalized enhanced security preparations in the Old City for the final Friday of Ramadan, less than one week after a terrorist stabbed to death a female Border Police officer guarding the Damascus Gate. Noting that tens of thousands of Muslims from the West Bank and east Jerusalem will gather at al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday that special units will be on hand to ensure there is no violence.
DNA Study of Mummies Indicates Ancient Egyptians Descended From Biblical Ham
In a scientific first, DNA taken from Egyptian mummies has been decoded, producing unexpected results about the true origins of the Egyptian people. These results confirm a controversial theory that traces the First Egyptian Dynasty back to Biblical Ham, as described in the Book of Genesis.
Ch Post: Former United Pentecostal Church Pastor, Wife Arrested for Being Drunk at Bar With Baby
Three years after parting ways with the United Pentecostal Church International, Michael Trosclair, a former senior pastor at Turning Point Church in Theodore, Alabama, was arrested at a bar along with his wife and their infant daughter in tow.
Todd Starnes: Would Baseball Team Have Mocked Tebow’s Religion Had He Been a Muslim?
The Charleston RiverDogs are in the doghouse with baseball fans after they incessantly mocked the Christian faith of Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow...Every time Tebow came to bat, the “Hallelujah Chorus” was played over the public address system. The Riverdogs’ mascot wore eye black inscribed with “John 3:16” and was filmed “Tebowing” on the field.
New Book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, Describes Shocking Details About the Abortion Industry
When police raided the Women’s Medical Society, they thought that they were putting an end to a pill mill that was the largest supplier of illicit prescription painkillers in Philadelphia. But once inside, police made the grisly discovery that Kermit Gosnell’s medical office was something much worse. Police seized the bodies of 47 aborted babies – all with mysterious wounds across the backs of their necks. They soon realized they had uncovered a “House of Horrors” where babies were routinely born alive during very late-term abortions amid unspeakable squalor, only to be brutally murdered.
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THURSDAY EDITION JUNE 22nd, 2017
CBN News: Kushner Arrives in Israel: Can He Revive Stalled Mideast Peace Talks?
Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner arrives in Israel Wednesday for meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The visit is the latest attempt to forge a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. "Listening and learning" from Israelis and Palestinians, that's what the Trump administration is doing.
Newsmax: Planned Parenthood Played Huge Part in Republican Triumph In Georgia House Race
....Where Ossoff supported Planned Parenthood funding and received an estimated $1 million from the controversial organization, Handel campaigned as an opponent of Planned Parenthood. She also had a particular history with the controversial organization: In 2012, she resigned in protest as a vice president of the Susan G. Komen cancer foundation after it reversed a decision to end its grants to Planned Parenthood. "Planned Parenthood was the principal issue," former Georgia Rep. John Linder, said...
CBN News: Woman Sexually Violated in Target Bathroom
Target's gender neutral bathroom policy has backfired once again.  A woman identified only as Leslie, claims she was sexually violated by a man in the women's bathroom at a Target store in Woodlands, Texas.  She says a man came into the restroom, and began videoing her as she tried on different bathing suits.  "In the mirror I saw the reflection of the cell phone," she said. 
Dennis Prager: If a Trump Supporter Had Shot a Democratic Congressman
 What would have happened if a Trump supporter had shot a Democratic congressman and other Democratic Washington officials? The answer is obvious. The New York Times, the rest of the left-wing media and the Democratic Party would have made the shootings the dominant issue in American life. It is not possible to understand the left — and, therefore, the media and the current state of American life — without understanding how the left uses and relies on hysteria. Hysteria is to the left as oxygen is to biological life. 
Egyptian Church Raided, Chained Off by Police to Prevent Christians From Worshiping
Authorities in Egypt raided a church-owned building that was being used by a local Coptic Christian community for worship and chained down the doors so that Christians could no longer enter the building.
CBN News: Judge Says Big Pensacola Cross Must Come Down
A massive cross that stood in a Florida park for nearly half a century is being removed.  A federal judge ruled in favor of the American Humanist Association and the Freedom from Religion Foundation on Monday.  The secularist groups filed a lawsuit on behalf of four plaintiffs in 2016. They claimed the 34-foot monument violated the so-called separation of church and state and was offensive to non-Christians. Now, the city has 30 days to remove it from where it stands in Bayview Park in Pensacola.
Christian Post: Federal Court Declares Cross on Fla. Public Property Unconstitutional
A federal judge has ruled that a 34-foot cross displayed on a public park in Florida is unconstitutional and should be removed.
Moneyish: 24% of Americans Don't Have Single Dollar Saved For Emergency
A survey released Tuesday by Bankrate.com found that 24% don’t have even a single dollar saved for an emergency. And that’s just one of many surveys showing how little we have saved.
Daily Caller: Four New York Churches Spray Painted With 'Hail Satan' Graffiti
Vandals sprayed satanic graffiti on four Long Island churches in New York over Father’s Day weekend, police said Sunday. Police are investigating the pentagrams and “hail Satan” graffiti as a hate crime, saying vandals spray painted three churches Friday and another sometime Saturday, PIX-11 reports. The four churches, Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, the Gospel Church, the Amityville Full Gospel Tabernacle, and the Prayer Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, are all within a mile of each other.
CBN News: Role Reversal— The Changing Face of Caregivers
The face of the United States is changing with shifting demographics and majorities. And those changes aren't solely along racial, ethnic or religious lines. Today, men make up about 40 percent of America's 40 million caregivers — a role traditionally viewed as predominantly female....In 1996, the number was only 19 percent.
Christian Post: Most Czechs Don't Believe in God, Souls or Heaven, Says Pew Poll
The Pew Research Center reports in a new analysis that the Czech Republic stands as an atheistic anomaly in Eastern and Central Europe, with most Czechs rejecting the belief in God, souls and Heaven.
John Van Gelderen: Why Churches Still Need Evangelists
Why do churches still need evangelists? This question is akin to asking, “Why do people with physical issues still need specialists?” Of course, the answer is—they specialize! When you need eye care, you don’t go to a general practitioner; you go to an eye doctor. If you have heart issues, you go to a heart specialist, and so forth.
David Cloud: Steven Anderson’s Holocaust Denial
In his YouTube video “The Holocaust Hoax Exposed,” Steven Anderson says the Holocaust is a “fantastic story that has no basis in reality” and that it is believed because “most people have just not looked at the details.” He says, “There is a mountain of evidence on why this never could have taken place.”  He does admit that a lot of Jews died of harsh conditions and a lot were murdered, but he does not believe that the Jews were systematically exterminated by the Nazis in World War II.
H.B. Charles Jr: Preachers Need To Be A Faithful Steward of Their 'Other Pulpit'
....When I stand in the pulpit – be it in the pulpit where I serve as pastor or as the guest speaker in another church – I must speak at a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God. I have one responsibility, which is to be faithful. A faithful pastor will not compromise the centrality of the pulpit. Lately, I have been thinking much about how this stewardship from God applies to another “pulpit” where I often speak. Social media. I use various social media platforms.... Every now and then, I wade into the waters of controversy on social media to share my perspective on some current event, biblical point, or public debate. But I am growing increasingly hesitant about what I say in this personal but public “pulpit.”
Christianity Today: Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It
....If you can’t develop habits of discipline that overcome a growing area of temptation, blow the whistle! Tell your spouse, a pastor friend, even a trusted leader on your church board. It is always better to admit your struggle than to get caught as you are seeking to cover it up. King David spent a lot of time and energy seeking to cover up his affair with Bathsheba. In his efforts to hide his sin....
Ryan M. Reeves: Why Biblical Archaeology Matters
....The biblical accounts, Sennacherib's written and pictorial records, and the excavated remains from Lachish provide us with a rare glimpse from multiple angles of an important historical event in the lives of God's people during a time of national crisis.
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