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  • The Book that Everyone Read During World War I

    07/29/2014 9:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Standard Newswire ^ | July 28, 2014 | Andrea Rhodes
    SWINDON, England, July 28, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- 100 years ago, on 28 July 1914, the first shots of World War I were fired. Over the following four years, 16 million lives were lost as 65 million men from 32 countries were drawn into the conflict. The book that was read and cherished by people on both sides of the conflict was the Bible. To commemorate the First World War centenary, Bible Society in England and Wales has been looking back at its records to trace the extent and impact of its Scripture distribution during the war years. What they...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-14, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2014 8:59:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 30, 2014Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 15:10, 16-21 Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!a man of strife and contention to all the land!I neither borrow nor lend,yet all curse me.When I found your words, I devoured them;they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,Because I bore your name,O LORD, God of hosts.I did not sit celebratingin the circle of merrymakers;Under the weight of your hand I sat alonebecause you filled me with indignation.Why is my pain continuous,my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?You have indeed become...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/29/2014 5:52:41 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 7/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Dont Settle Where You Are Today's Scripture ...No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God did not create you to live a little life with little dreams, little goals, little passion, little influence. God thinks big. He thinks abundance. He thinks expansive. He told the Israelites, I am bringing you into a wide land, a spacious land flowing with milk and honey. God has something bigger, something better, something more rewarding in front of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 29, 2014]

    07/29/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? " Behold, He is coming with clouds . . . —Revelation 1:7 " In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a...
  • "So. Baptist Mom Has Some Really Fabulous Comebacks To Some Really Terrible Questions" (pro-"trans")

    07/29/2014 4:13:52 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    Upworthy ^ | Alana Karsch
    How much do I love this video? Let me count the ways... 1. She's a mom who takes stereotypes and kicks 'em to the curb. 2. The story she tells is R-E-A-L, REAL. No apologies. She's serving up realness, people. 3. "I'm a conservative Southern Baptist from Alabama." 'Nuff said. 4. I just really love it.
  • Jessa Duggar's Beau Ben Seewald Deletes Anti-Catholic Statements From Facebook After Backlash

    07/29/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 104 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/24/14 | Sami K. Martin
    Jessa Duggar is currently courting Ben Seewald, a very strong Christian with very strong views on things. His views on the Catholic faith, however, recently caused a social media scandal and Seewald deleted the comments he had posted to his Facebook page. "Where Catholics depart from Scripture, I will in no way support, but will call them out because I love them and desire that they be turned from their deadly errors," Seewald wrote. He also noted that he disagreed with the claim that Jesus' mother Mary was a "sinless being. I have nothing against individuals who are Catholic," he...
  • "How conservative Christian women came to claim true feminism" (Salon)

    07/29/2014 3:57:00 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/29/14 | Leslie Dorrough Smith
    Concerned Women for America (CWA) was founded in 1979 by Beverly LaHaye, wife of conservative activistand later Left Behind co-authorTim LaHaye. Irritated by the ascendance of Betty Friedans National Organization for Women (NOW), LaHaye founded CWA to represent traditionalist women who balked at feminist liberation. Since its inception, the group has worked to bring biblical values to bear on the American political process, with special attention to issues of sex and gender. Over the past three decades, CWA has become a powerful political force, claiming over half a million members. Leslie Dorrough Smith is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at...
  • Looking for Feedback on Christian Healthcare

    07/29/2014 3:54:24 PM PDT · by MarineBrat · 4 replies
    Vanity | 07/29/2014 | MarineBrat
    I'm seriously considering joining a Christian health care ministry in order to not be backstabbed by Obama's health care TAX next year. The three that I'm aware of are... Samaritan Ministries http://samaritanministries.org Christian Care Ministrys Medi-Share http://mychristiancare.org/medi-share Christian Healthcare Ministries http://www.chministries.org/ Can any FReepers who have experience with these organizations please share their experience?
  • "Is Religion Good for Children?" (Slate)

    07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/29/14 | Mark Joseph Stern
    I n the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religionapart from a principled urge to keep the faithand theyre likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it. Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues. But is religion really good for kids? That might depend on what kind...
  • "Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests" (Australia)

    07/29/2014 3:37:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 36 replies
    ABC.net.au ^ | 7/5/14
    Children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units, new Australian research suggests. In what they described as the largest study of its type in the world, University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing. Lead researcher Doctor Simon Crouch said children raised by same-sex partners scored an average of 6 per cent higher than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion. . . . Ms Phillips also questioned the the objectivity of the study's lead researcher....
  • Troops told to refrain from eating, drinking in front of Muslims

    07/29/2014 3:23:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/29/14 | Todd Starnes
    Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion. Thats the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md. The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month just before the start of Ramadan advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues. This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship, Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote....
  • Homosexual Man Fired from Childrens Ministry for Introducing Boyfriend to Kids

    07/29/2014 3:21:41 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 34 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 7/29/14 | Garrett Haley
    LUBBOCK, Texas Homosexual advocates are outraged that a Christian childrens ministry in Texas fired an employee after he introduced his boyfriend to a group of children under his care. Childrens Home of Lubbock is a non-profit west Texas ministry founded in 1954 and sponsored by Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock. According to the churchs website, the childrens home is committed to bringing hope, healing, a sense of worth and value to the lives of fatherless, abused, and neglected children. In spite of the negative behavioral responses, every child, and family of origin will be treated with dignity and...
  • Ohio State Psychology Course Teaches Christians Are Dumber Than Atheists

    07/29/2014 3:18:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 7/28/14 | Garrett Haley
    COLUMBUS, Ohio Students in an Ohio State University psychology class are being taught that atheists have higher IQs than Christians, according to a report from a college watchdog organization. Campus Reform notes that a question from a recent online psychology quiz from the university implied that religious beliefs were directly related to IQ levels. Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125, the quiz stated. Which of the following statements would you expect to be true? Students were then asked to select an answer from the following four options: 1.Aine is an atheist, while...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings: 07-29-14, M St. Martha

    07/29/2014 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 29, 2014Memorial of Saint Martha  Reading 1 Jer 14:17-22 Let my eyes stream with tearsday and night, without rest,Over the great destruction which overwhelmsthe virgin daughter of my people,over her incurable wound.If I walk out into the field,look! those slain by the sword;If I enter the city,look! those consumed by hunger.Even the prophet and the priestforage in a land they know not. Have you cast Judah off completely?Is Zion loathsome to you?Why have you struck us a blowthat cannot be healed?We wait for peace, to no avail;for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.We recognize, O LORD,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 28, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/28/2014 6:12:18 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/28/14 | Joel Osteen
    Gods Dream for Your Life Today's Scripture My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the LORD. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. (Isaiah 55:8, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We all have dreams and goals. We do our best to stretch our faith and believe that one day, if we work hard enough, get the right breaks or meet the right people, well see that dream come to pass. In our mind, that would be big. A great accomplishment. But, whats big to us is not big to God. He...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 28, 2014]

    07/28/2014 6:09:40 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    God’s Purpose or Mine? " He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . —Mark 6:45 " We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not....
  • Promises (Between a Mother and her son

    07/28/2014 4:22:12 PM PDT · by girlangler · 3 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 2010 (Mother's Day) | Rodney Elrod
    Today is my youngest brother's birthday. He died a week before his 51st birthday. In his honor, and to show what kind of person he was, I thought I'd share something he wrote for our Mother's Day in 2010 for her, while she was dying of esophageal cancer. "Promises (Between a Mother and a Son)" Dear Mother, When I was conceived, you promised to bring me into this world healthy. And you did. When I was young, you promised to love me and nurture me. And you did. When things got rough, and you were all alone, you promised to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-14

    07/27/2014 9:50:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2014Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 13:1-11 The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on.A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus:Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,and go now to the Parath;there hide it in a cleft of the rock.Obedient to the LORD’s command, I went to the Parathand buried the loincloth.After a long interval, the LORD said to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 27, 2014]

    07/27/2014 1:41:34 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Way to Knowledge " If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine . . . —John 7:17 " The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. If a person wants scientific knowledge, then intellectual curiosity must be his guide. But if he desires knowledge and insight into the teachings of Jesus Christ, he can only obtain it through obedience. If spiritual things seem dark and hidden to me, then I can be sure that there is a point of disobedience somewhere in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-27-14, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/26/2014 8:05:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2014Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12 The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon answered:“O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, kingto succeed my father David;but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act. I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heartto judge your people and...
  • Whats Happening to Montreals Churches? Quebec Finding New Ways to Preserve Heritage in Secular Age

    07/26/2014 12:08:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The National Post ^ | 7/25/14 | Graeme Hamilton
    MONTREAL Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Judes Shrine on Montreals St. Denis Street remains a temple of sorts. It becomes almost a religion for some people, Sonya Audrey Bonin, general manager of the Saint-Jude Espace Tonus gym, said this week. I see it with yoga, with taking care of yourself, being careful about what you eat, having a healthy lifestyle. And in a secular age when people are more likely...
  • Why do Protestant lay people hate clergy?

    07/26/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT · by michaelwlf3 · 827 replies
    I am coming up on my first year as an ordained minister in a continuing Anglican church, and I have noticed that participating on political forums (even when the topic is religious) I find that my opinions and postings more often than not generate more hatred than anything else. Among the things I often hear are that the laity are the real priests and that I am a Pharisee, that my vocation disqualifies me from offering an opinion on anything Christian because I am too narrow minded, and (my personal favorite) because I look too Catholic I must be a...
  • 'Desire of the Everlasting Hills' Provides Potent Witness to Truth of Catholic Teaching

    07/25/2014 9:28:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | THOMAS L. McDONALD
    In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, the most powerful moments occur when the action of grace breaks through and changes a life. In a film thats attempting to change the ground on which the discussion of same-sex attraction in the Church takes place, these little epiphanies are a potent witness to the truth of Catholic teaching. Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a 60-minute documentary from Courage International, the apostolate helping people with same-sex attraction to live chaste lives. The film was showcased at Courages national conference, July 17-20, in Philadelphia.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-26-14, M, Sts. Joachim and Anne, Parents, Bl. Virgin Mary

    07/25/2014 8:11:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2014Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Jer 7:1-11 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,and there proclaim this message:Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judahwho enter these gates to worship the LORD!Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:Reform your ways and your deeds,so that I may remain with you in this place.Put not your trust in the deceitful words:“This is the temple of the LORD!The temple of the LORD! The temple...
  • Editor Fired for Criticizing Queen James Bible on Personal Blog Files Federal Complaint

    07/25/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/25/14 | Heather Clark
    DES MOINES, Iowa A newspaper editor who was fired earlier this year for opining on his personal blog that the Queen James Bible is an attempt by homosexuals to make their sinful nature right with God has filed a complaint with the federal government. As previously reported, Bob Eschliman has worked as the editor of the Newton Daily News since 2012, and has served as the publisher of the Clarinda Herald-Journal. But he found himself out of a job this past May when he spoke his mind about the Queen James Bible on his personal blog. Its pretty easy...
  • We Will Not Tolerate Your Religion! School Fires Scientist for Questioning Evolution

    07/25/2014 2:37:50 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/24/14 | Garrett Haley
    LOS ANGELES A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory. Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State UniversityNorthridge (CSUN), where he worked as a researcher and supervised the schools electron microscope laboratory. He was also a member of several scientific organizations, including the Microscopy Society of America, the American Society of Parasitologists, and the Southern California Academy of Sciences. However, CSUN suddenly terminated Armitages employment two years ago after he discovered soft tissue on a Triceratops fossil. Evolutionists...
  • Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

    07/25/2014 2:36:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/24/14 | Heather Clark
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. A prominent atheist organization has convinced an Indiana school district to end teacher-led prayer at area public schools following a complaint from an anonymous parent. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) contacted the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute last May after receiving a complaint from a parent after teacher Jeffrey Burress at Sarah Scott Middle School allegedly led prayer at an awards banquet. Any prayers led by teachers at school-sponsored events must be stopped immediately, the letter, addressed to Superintendent Daniel Tanoos, read.
  • When Modesty Is Hot: How Much Skin Before It's Sin? (CBN News)

    07/25/2014 2:32:07 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    CBN News ^ | 7/23/14 | Jennifer Wishon
    WASHINGTON -- How much skin can a girl show before it's a sin? Modesty can be a sticky subject, even among Christians. But experts say being modest doesn't mean a woman can't let her beauty shine. In fact, that's the point. If you look around, it's easy to think modesty is dead. Everywhere we look images tell us less is more, and the pressure for young girls to look sexy has never been more potent. . . . "It all has to do with beauty, but beauty should really come from the inside out," explained Jaime Jamgochian, a worship leader...
  • "Why 'Modern Family' Star Eric Stonestreet Refused A Photo With Rick Santorum" (Huffington Post)

    07/25/2014 2:18:51 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 7/23/14 | Ryan Buxton
    There's no question that Emmy-winning sitcom "Modern Family" is influencing American cultural opinions on same-sex relationships through its characters Mitch and Cam, and that influence goes all the way up to the most powerful people on the planet. . . . "President Obama mentioned in an interview like three weeks ago, just casually, that Michelle and the kids watch Mitch and Cam and they're in tears," Stonestreet said. "To hear the leader of the free world, the president of the United States, say that and to know we have that sort of reach with people and that the people in...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-14, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2014 8:59:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2014Feast of Saint James, Apostle  Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh....
  • Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

    07/24/2014 6:04:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/18/2014 | David Kyle Foster
    For over 10 years I lived the homosexual lifestyle, and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?" Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-24-14, OM, St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest

    07/23/2014 9:36:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2014Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 This word of the LORD came to me:Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear! I remember the devotion of your youth,how you loved me as a bride,Following me in the desert,in a land unsown.Sacred to the LORD was Israel,the first fruits of his harvest;Should any presume to partake of them,evil would befall them, says the LORD. When I brought you into the garden land to eat its goodly fruits,You entered and defiled my land,you made my heritage loathsome.The priests asked...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/23/2014 6:14:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    Growing Strong in Faith Today's Scripture "No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God." (Romans 4:20, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In scripture, Abrahams circumstances were beyond his control. He was way too old to have a child, but God promised him that he would have a son. What did he do while he was waiting? Scripture says, He grew strong in faith by giving praise to God. He got up every morning and said, Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 23, 2014]

    07/23/2014 6:11:18 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Sanctification (2) " But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us . . . sanctification . . . —1 Corinthians 1:30 " The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to me, not gradually, but instantly once I enter by faith into the realization that He “became for [me] . . . sanctification . . . .” Sanctification means nothing less than the holiness of Jesus becoming mine and being exhibited in my life.The most wonderful secret of living a holy life does...
  • Is that God peering over Norfolk? Stunning image shows bearded face in the clouds

    07/23/2014 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 26 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 7/22/14 | Agencies
    It is normally Yorkshire which likes to refer to itself as God's Own County. But by the look of this stunning picture, Norfolk can now lay claim to the title. Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took this extraordinary photograph which appears to show a God-like bearded man in the clouds. The 56-year-old took the image during recent turbulent weather conditions and says the clouds momentarily parted at sunset to reveal the image. Mr Fletcher, of Bray, Berkshire, was in Norfolk for a three-month work attachment took the photograph on an evening stroll along the beach at Snettisham . "I realised the...
  • Marriage Is Not Priority for Millennials, Study Says

    07/23/2014 11:48:39 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 50 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Anugrah Kumar
    While only about 18 percent of Gen X women were married by 40, the number of their Millennial counterparts waiting till age 40 to tie the knot could now almost double, according to a recent study. Using data from the American Community Survey to estimate age-specific marriage rates, Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute finds that the percentage of Millennials marrying by age 40 will fall lower than for any previous generation of Americans, even in a scenario where marriage rates recover considerably. In the early millennium period, from 2000 to 2004, the peak first marriage rate for single U.S.-born women at...
  • Democratic candidates address Christian group (N.C.)

    07/23/2014 11:14:18 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    New Bern (N.C.) Sun Journal ^ | 7/22/14 | Sue Book
    Craven County Democratic candidates for the North Carolina Legislature and an Onslow County Democrat running for the U.S. House must at moments have felt like Daniel in the lions den in front of Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition Monday. The expressly conservative and mostly Republican groups meeting packed about 50 people into a New Bern Golden Corral room, which usually sees a smaller crowd, to hear and question U.S. District 3 House candidate Marshall Adame; N.C. Senate District 2 candidate Carr Ipock; and N.C. House District 3 candidate Whit Whitley. The meeting opened with a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a...
  • Christian evangelists seek out children at Portland playgrounds, pools

    07/23/2014 11:09:55 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 184 replies
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An evangelical Christian group plans to try to convert children as young as 5 at Portland apartment pools, public parks and dozens of other gathering spots this summer -- a campaign that's got some residents upset. They've banded together in recent weeks to warn parents about the Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Club, buying a full-page ad in the local alternative weekly to highlight the group's tactics. "They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible study when in fact they're a very old school fundamentalist sect," said Kaye Schmitt, an organizer with Protect Portland Children, which...
  • Pro-marriage group asks for boycott of Chase

    07/23/2014 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    One News Now ^ | 7/21/14 | Charlie Butts
    The National Organization for Marriage is calling for a public response to an employee survey conducted internally by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. Workers at the financial institution leaked information on the so-called confidential survey, which asked in part if they identified as LGBT and whether they were an ally of the LGBT community (see earlier story). Joe Grabowski, with the National Organization for Marriage, tells OneNewsNow that this survey was intrusive into the private beliefs of the employees. It's a very invasive question, he says. And one could certainly imagine - especially in the wake of things like the forced...
  • "How LGBT Students Are Changing Christian Colleges" (The Atlantic)

    07/23/2014 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/23/14 | Philip Francis/Mark Longhurst
    Over the past five years, an underground movement has been burgeoning on evangelical Christian campuses. Although many of these colleges explicitly ban homosexual behavior, they are now home to dozens of LGBT-friendly student groups. The umbrella organization Safety Net, founded in December 2011, encompasses groups from approximately 75 different evangelical Christian colleges. Some of these groups are tiny, and many operate in near-secret. But over the past two weeks, an LGBT group at Gordon College has made itself impossible to ignore. When we, the authors, attended Gordon College over a decade ago, the vast majority of administrators, faculty, and students...
  • Reality show mocks covenant of marriage, says pastor

    07/23/2014 9:54:37 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 15 replies
    One News Now ^ | 7/18/14 | Russ Jones
    A new reality show called "Married at First Sight" is legally marrying two complete strangers as part of a "social experiment," all in the name of entertainment. The show debuted last week on the FYI channel and follows three couples who are thrown into a legal marriage the moment they meet. A sexologist, psychologist, sociologist and spiritual adviser use "scientific matchmaking" to pair up the couples, then watch to see what happens. According to the show's publicist, the marriages are indeed binding. But the couples can have their divorces paid for by the show within six months if they choose...
  • What's so unique about Christianity ? CS Lewis answers

    07/23/2014 9:24:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 55 replies
    Grace Guy ^ | 1997 | Yancey
    During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods' appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. "What's the rumpus about?" he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity's unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, "Oh, that's easy. It's grace." After some discussion, the conferees had to agree....
  • When You Should NOT Submit to a Church

    07/23/2014 8:15:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    9marks.org ^ | 7.18.2014 | Jonathan Leeman
    All of us will, at times, be called to endure humbly a leaders mistakes and sins. Nonetheless, should you find yourself in a church where the leadership is characteristically abusive, I would, in most cases, encourage you to flee. Flee to protect your discipleship, to protect your family, to set a good example for the members left behind, to serve non-Christian neighbors by not lending credibility to the churchs ministry. How do you recognize abusive leadership? Paul requires two witnesses for a charge to be leveled against an elder (1 Tim. 5:19), probably because he knows that leaders will be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-23-14, OM, St. Bridget of Sweden

    07/22/2014 9:29:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2014Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 1:1, 4-10 The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah,of a priestly family in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin. The word of the LORD came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you.“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,"I know not how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD answered me,Say not, “I am too young.”To whomever I send you, you shall go;whatever I command you, you...
  • Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza Shelters Muslims Fleeing War

    07/22/2014 8:06:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/22/14 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church. Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. Shortly after they arrived, Israeli aircraft bombed a nearby field, spraying shrapnel on the church and damaging graves. But children from the Shejaia district, where some 72 Palestinians - many of them women and children - were killed during fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/22/2014 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    His Ways are Higher Today's Scripture "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A lot of times, we have our own ideas about how things should work out in life. But Gods ways are not our ways. In scripture, God brought water out of a rock. Jesus told Peter to go catch a fish, open its mouth, and there was the money he needed for taxes. Another time, God caused a young lady named Mary...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 22, 2014]

    07/22/2014 5:48:53 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    Sanctification (1) " This is the will of God, your sanctification. . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " The Death Side. In sanctification God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death, but many of us spend so much time there that we become morbid. There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized— something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts immediately. Jesus said,...
  • Christianity is Abhorrent: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/22/2014 2:28:15 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 14 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/17/14 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on Religious Freedom Day. To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • "Jesus Was Not a Bible Believer let Alone an Evangelical" (F-word warning)

    07/22/2014 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 113 replies
    Frank Schaeffer/Patheos ^ | 7/22/14 | Frank Schaeffer
    Jesus certainly was not a Bible believer, as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity thats used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didnt take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasnt even saved, according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didnt. He undercut the scriptures. A leper came to Jesus and said, Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean. If Jesus had been a good...
  • IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for Electioneering

    07/22/2014 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against electioneering. As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been blatantly and deliberately flaunting electioneering restrictions, but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter. According to the IRS website, Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or...