As believers in Christ Jesus, daily we are faced with issues that affect our physical lives, our spiritual lives and ministries.
Here are some articles and related links to research that will help us understand the relationship of the spiritual reality and the physical reality here on earth.
[KMOX.com, August 9, 2011]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - New guidelines are out to ensure that adults don't accidentally put their kids in danger for the sake of a sport.
[U.S.News & World Report, February 1, 2011]
Winning private college scholarships can certainly help make college more affordable, but you need to know the realities of competing for college cash. A handy resource to turn to is a new book, Secrets to Winning a Scholarship, by Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of Fastweb, a popular scholarship search engine.
[AFP, December 7, 2010]
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has fallen from top of the class to average in world education rankings, said a report Tuesday that warned of US economic losses from the trend.
[The Christian Post, January 29, 2010]
The Tennessee State Board of Education approved guidelines Thursday on how to teach the Bible in public high schools.
The curriculum, which will start next fall, was developed in response to a bill that coasted easily through the state legislature in 2008 following a series of unanimous votes on the house floor.
[The Christian Post, August 10, 2009]
Two Pace High School administrators are facing criminal contempt charges over a prayer offered at a luncheon.
Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman are subject to fines and imprisonment if convicted of violating a court injunction.
Earlier this year, Florida's Santa Rosa County School District consented to an order that prohibits all district school officials from promoting, endorsing, or causing religious prayers during school-sponsored events. The consent decree was prompted by a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two unnamed students.
[The Christian Post, June 30, 2009]
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to stop a school district in Washington state from blocking a group of Christian students from forming a Bible club on campus.
The court refused to hear an appeal from the high school students who wanted to form the Truth Bible Club at Kentridge High School in Seattle nearly a decade ago.
[The Christian Post, June 16, 2009]
A five-year legal battle over Miami University’s speech policy has come to an end with a settlement obtained Monday, according to attorneys with a Christian legal group.
[The Christian Post, June 6, 2009]
The school year has officially ended for the students in Florida’s Santa Rosa County School District but the controversies stemming from an anti-religious court order have not.
And they may not for up to the five years that all Santa Rosa County School District employees are banned from engaging in prayer or religious activities under the consent degree that resulted from a lawsuit filed six months ago by the ACLU.
[The Christian Post, June 6, 2009]
The University of California in Los Angeles has responded to media pressure and agreed to allow a graduating student to thank Jesus in her personal statement.
UCLA student Christina Popa claimed the school's Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology was denying her freedom of speech when she was told by Pamela Hurley, a faculty adviser, that she would not be allowed to mention 'Jesus' in her graduation remarks.
[The Christian Post, May 24, 2009]
Students at Pace High School in Florida are protesting the removal of two fellow classmates who were barred from speaking at their own graduation ceremony due fears of prosecution.
Earlier this month, a federal judge made public a consent decree requiring school officials in Florida’s Santa Rosa County to stop promoting their personal religious beliefs in public schools following complaints filed on behalf of two students.
[The Christian Post, March 28, 2009]
In a final vote, the Texas Board of Education approved on Friday new language that requires science teachers to encourage students to 'critique' and examine 'all sides' of scientific theories.
In adopting the new science standards, the board dropped a 20-year requirement that teachers address both the 'strengths and weaknesses' of scientific theories. The vote was 13-2.
[The Christian Post, December 12, 2008]
A federal appeals court in St. Louis heard arguments Thursday in a case involving the distribution of Gideon Bibles to children in public schools.
The South Iron R-1 School District formerly had a policy that allowed outside religious groups to distribute Bibles to fifth graders during the school day.
The policy prompted a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the district in September 2006, demanding a stop to the distribution.
The Christian Post, November 25, 2008]
If you've always wanted a career in healthcare, helping people, there's great news. According to the Department of Labor, careers in nursing are skyrocketing, even with a recession looming. In fact, according to Yahoo! HotJobs, health care careers, including nursing, are some of the most 'recession-proof' careers. Fortunately, with online education options, it's easier than ever to get a degree in health and nursing.
The Christian Post, November 3, 2008]
An eighth grader at a New Jersey middle school was sent home Friday after he dressed up as Jesus Christ for Halloween.
Alex Woinski, 13, wore a white robe, red sash, sandals, fake beard, and crown of thorns on his head after receiving encouragement from his friends, who said he looked like Jesus with his shoulder-length hair...
[ABCNews, August 15, 2008]
Olivia Del Gavio-Kusich loved her religious classes at California's St. Francis High School, even though they didn't necessarily help her get into college. When it came time to apply, just two of the Catholic school's eight required courses qualified for college credit in the prestigious University of California state college system.
And while she's OK with that, a coalition of private Christian schools is not and alleges in a lawsuit that UC's crediting policy is a form of religious discrimination.
[WorldNetDaily.com, August 08, 2008]
An appeals court in California has ruled that state law does permit homeschooling 'as a species of private school education' but that statutory permission for parents to teach their own children could be 'overridden in order to protect the safety of a child who has been declared dependent.'
The long-awaited case resolves many of the questions that had developed in homeschooling circles across the nation when the same court earlier found that parents had no such rights – statutorily or constitutionally – in California.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 26, 2008]
A pamphlet set to be distributed by the California secretary of state warns voters that if they do not pass Proposition 8 in November to constitutionally define marriage between one man and one woman, thay will face an unexpected consequence: children as young as kindergarten will be subject to mandatory teaching on the virtues of homosexual marriage.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 19, 2008]
Arguments were heard today in a federal district court case to determine whether a state university system can dictate that private Christian schools in the state teach their college prep courses from exclusively secular, Bible- and God-free textbooks.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 12, 2008]
School students attending a youth leadership conference have been scolded by armed security officers in the California Capitol in Sacramento for singing the 'Star-Spangled Banner' and 'God Bless America' in the rotunda, according to organizers of the conference.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 2, 2008]
A school is punishing two admired high school social studies teachers, one described as conservative, for promoting a 'locker room' and 'boys club' environment in their classrooms, but students are firing back and demanding the school board reconsider its disciplinary action.
[WorldNetDaily.com, June 26, 2008]
A 60-year-old science teacher at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center in Florida has been arrested and charged with 15 counts of unlawful sex with minors and one count of filing a false police report.
Palm Bay police said Adrienne Laflamme told her 17-year-old student to conceal their sexual liaisons, including a threesome with a third student, and drug use so she wouldn't lose her job, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
[WorldNetDaily.com, June 28, 2008]Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this week signed into law the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows school districts to permit teachers to present evidence, analysis and critique of evolution and other prevalent scientific theories in public school classrooms.
The law came to the governor's desk after overwhelming support in the legislature, including a unanimous vote in the state's Senate and a 93-4 vote in the House.
[WorldNetDaily.com, June 7, 2008]
It apparently takes more than a government investigation and the threat of fines to keep a priest in Canada from speaking his mind about biblical issues. Father Alphonse de Valk, who WND reported just days ago is the target of a Human Rights Commission case over his biblical references regarding homosexuality, now is warning of an educational agenda to be implemented in support of [gay] pairs.
[WorldNetDaily.com, June 8, 2008]
Joseph Bryan Shore's march to the podium to receive his diploma Friday night was not met with the usual pomp and circumstance. Perhaps it was because he used his 15-second walk in the spotlight to curse at his family and school administrators, make an obscene gesture at the crowd and take a swing at his principal.
Police were called in following the ceremony at Arab High School in Arab, Ala., to settle the 18-year-old graduate, but his continued cursing and resisting of police officers led to his arrest on charges of disorderly conduct.
[WorldNetDaily.com, May 10, 2008]
A Pennsylvania elementary school has angered parents by giving them one-day's notice of planned counseling sessions with 100 third-grade students to explain that one of their male classmates would soon begin wearing girls' clothing and taking a female name and to ask that they accept him as a girl and not make unkind remarks.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
This is the reality of the world of abomination that we live in now.
[WorldNetDaily.com, May 11, 2008]
A northern Kentucky man is in jail today – serving a 180-day sentence – because his 18-year-old daughter failed a math test and didn't get her General Equivalency Diploma, or GED, as a previous court order required.
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., may 2, 2008]
This is no civil rights movement, but a sexual special interest lobby -
Rioting lesbians have stormed a speech by Born Gay Hoax author Ryan Sorba on the campus of Smith College in Massachusetts, shutting down his address, according to two major pro-family organizations, Americans for Truth and Mass Resistance.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
This is where the world is today, truth is always better to hear. The bible says: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” -John 17:17 (NI V) As many receive the word in truth will be sanctify by the Lord.
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., April 19, 2008]
A court in Wisconsin has been asked to suspend immediately a policy in the Tomah Area School District that bans Christian symbols in students' artwork, but allows Hindu, Buddhist and satanic representations.
The motion was filed yesterday by the Alliance Defense Fund, which has taken on the case of a student identified by the initials A.P.
The ADF launched a lawsuit on the student's behalf after a teacher refused to give him a grade on a project because his work included [John 3:16] as well as [As sign of love].
Bliss & Fire opinion:
The Anti-Christ is already spreading his word among us until when the whole world will accept him. Pray the God will open your eyes and your hears.
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., April 11, 2008]
A community college in New York has been presented with a demand letter from the American Center for Law and Justice to halt a professor's classroom practices that allegedly have damaged at least one student – so far.
The letter from the ACLJ targets Suffolk County Community College and will be the prelude to a federal lawsuit if the issue isn't resolved, the organization said.
At issue is a professor's demand that students change their own personal viewpoints or state that they are unsure of whether their own personal beliefs are correct on religious issues, according to the letter.
That is an expression of hostility to religion, the letter explains.
Bliss & Fire opinion: If this professor is god he will not let rain, rain on christians
[Associated Press, April 7, 2008]
CLEVELAND - Screaming children jumped off a school bus as it rolled downhill Monday while the driver was in a gas station restroom, the station's manager said. A child took the wheel and steered it into a pillar to keep it from going farther, a fire official said.
After all the chaos, 15 students suffered only minor injuries.
"This kid did some quick thinking," said Larry Gray, a fire department spokesman.
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Nine-year-olds at a school in the U.S. state of Georgia brought a broken steak knife, handcuffs and electrical tape to school in a plot to injure their teacher, authorities said on Tuesday.
Teachers at Center Elementary School in Waycross, Georgia, uncovered the plot on Friday when a pupil reported that a child in the third grade had brought a weapon into the school.
[NaturalNews, April 3, 2008]
A middle school in Portland, Maine is considering a proposal to provide birth control pills and patches to students as young as 11 years old. King Middle School launched a reproductive health program after five of the 135 students who visited the school's health center in 2006 reported being sexually active. The program already provides condoms to students, but the new proposal would expand this to include prescriptions for birth control pills and patches (which would then have to be purchased at a pharmacy).
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Bliss & Fire opinion:
What is happening for God’s sake, can’t we educate this young girls and boys what the Bible says about sex? The society choose to promote their products rather than the Word of GOD.
[St. Petersburg Times, March 13, 2008]TAMPA — A 28-year-old math teacher was arrested Thursday, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
Stephanie Marie Ragusa didn't have the student in any of her classes, a Hillsborough Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. But she met the boy on campus while she was working as a special education teacher at Davidsen Middle School last year.
Somewhere along the way, deputies say, the two began having sex.
[WorldNetDaily.com, March 11, 2008] A former librarian at Ohio State University-Mansfield who was publicly accused by the faculty of sexual harassment – just for recommending students read the best-selling book - The Marketing of Evil - by David Kupelian
Bliss & Fire opinion: Where is this World heading to?
We born again, spirit filled, people of God need not to fold our arms but to cry to the Lord in prayer.
[The Associated Press, February 13, 2008] KANSAS CITY, Mo — Kansas activities officials are investigating a religious school's refusal to let a female referee call a boys' high school basketball game.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association said referees reported that Michelle Campbell was preparing to officiate at St. Mary's Academy near Topeka on Feb. 2 when a school official insisted that Campbell could not call the game. - Read detail
Bliss & Fire opinion: Schools should get the right understanding of the Word of God.
[The New York Times, February 15, 2008]
A gunman, whom the authorities did not identify, went into a lecture hall on Thursday and killed six students and himself. Fifteen other students were wounded in the attack. - Read more -
Bliss & Fire opinion:
The school can teach all other thing but cannot teach the student the basic understanding of the fear of God. How long are we going to allow our society to be control by the evil spirits of this last days? Innocent live are been taken by not allowing the WORD of God in our schools.
[The New York Times, Feb 8, 2008]
BATON ROUGE, La. — A nursing student opened fire Friday morning in a classroom filled with students at a technical college’s campus here, killing two young women before fatally wounding herself, the police said.
Bliss & Fire Opinion: The fear of God is far from our schools system. Colleges and universities has been a shooting ground as believers we need to stand up and let our prayers and words be heard. The church should move into his seasons of revival by fire.
[The New York Times, Jan 17, 2008] LAHTORA, India — With the dew just rising from the fields, dozens of children streamed into the two-room school in this small, poor village, tucking used rice sacks under their arms to use as makeshift chairs.