[Reuters - March 4, 2014]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, popularly known as "vaping," from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces within the nation's second-largest city.
[startchurch.com - February 14, 2014]
Technology has revolutionized the way churches connect with the community. In fact, I often wonder how we ever did church without using the Internet. My wife and I began our church when the Internet was in its infancy, and no one knew exactly where it would lead. Today, we use church websites, email, blogs, social networking sites and many other forms of communication to plan, manage and run our churches. While these are all great communication tools, rarely do we stop to think about the threat that each one may pose.
[startchurch.com - February 18, 2014]
Key point: Every year, ministers all across America pay too much in Federal Income Tax and in Self-Employment Tax. By following a few simple rules, you lower your taxes to the lowest amount possible.
Pastors all across America work hard and are underpaid. Statistics show that the average pastor is severely underpaid; more than in any other profession.
Many pastors have chosen not to opt out of having to pay social security taxes. Social security tax (otherwise known as self employment tax) is 15.3% of the pastor's income. This means that a pastor making $30,000.00 a year has to pay $4,590.00 in self employment taxes. Additionally, he/she also has to pay regular income tax on his/her salary after calculating his/her housing allowance exclusions. Bottom line- this minister's taxes will be over $5,000.00 per year.
[startchurch.com - February 12, 2014]
Key point: Every time you give a church your personal information, such as name, address, and Social Security number, you may be contributing to your own identity theft. Starting a separate 501(c)(3) ministry may help you avoid identity theft.
Landing at Miami International Airport on a Saturday afternoon after visiting my father’s orphanage in Venezuela, I zipped across the state of Florida to preach at a church in Glades County. The very small building was filled beyond its legal capacity that night as eager congregation members awaited the start of the service. Having never spoken at this church before, I felt warmly greeted by the pastor upon my arrival. He offered to give me a tour of the building facility, during which time I made several mental observations about the church’s administrative offices. During the tour, the pastor informed me that at the end of service the congregation would be granted an opportunity to give a special love offering to me. Though I tried to convey that it was not necessary, he insisted that I receive it. After gathering for prayer, the service started with praise and worship, followed by some announcements, special music, an offering, and then the preaching. By the time I stood to share the message, we were an hour and fifteen minutes into the service.
Because the service started at 8:00 p.m., I was feeling that the congregation would not be able to process a long message. Therefore, I preached a 20-minute message on the joy of the Lord and closed with an altar call. An hour and a half later we were still closing the service. The pastor finally…click here to read the whole story
[StartCHURCH - February 4, 2014]
A man, who was dismissed from membership for causing division and strife over love offerings given to guest speakers, filed a lawsuit against the church and the pastor, claiming defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. The claim dates back to 2007 when the church hired a new comptroller to review the church books.
[STARTCHURCH - January 20, 2014]
Did you know that the fastest growing type of lawsuit against churches involves people suing churches for injuries that occur while serving at the church or while responding to an altar call? At our conferences we take time to discuss real-life examples and how to better prepare your church to minimize and even prevent similar situations from happening. Does a church have a legal responsibility to protect worshippers from injury? Chances are, you have probably not thought about it with much detail. What I mean is, "Have you ever pondered the possibilities of physical injuries that can happen at church during praise and worship, altar calls, or greeting time?" What is the church's responsibility if someone goes wild in a service, resulting in injury to others or to himself/herself? What if someone slips a disc conducting a baptism? Or what about the liability risks involved in Sunrise Easter services held off the church property? What if a perfect stranger attends and then claims he was injured while in attendance? Can the church be held responsible for his injuries?
[KTVN - February 4, 2014]
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is launching a media campaign to keep young Americans from smoking. The ads will target about 10-million teens that might start smoking or already do.
[Public Radio International - January 28, 2014]
Vapor rights activists exhale vapor from their e-cigarette before attending a city council meeting that will address the legality of indoor use of the devices in New York on December 19, 2013.
[Headlines & Global News - January 28, 2014]
A new study has revealed that about 20 children a day are checked into United States hospitals for gunshot wounds. Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine pored over hospital records from the Kids' Inpatient Database for the probe.
[USA TODAY - January 21, 2014]
A Metro Atlanta man has been found guilty of reckless conduct, for not telling his sexual partners that he has HIV. Police said Craig Davis exposed at least two women to the virus.
[Boston.com - January 15, 2014]
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world - but not in the United States - that allows the U.S.
[ABC News - December 18, 2013]
Some fled in panic as gunshots echoed through a sprawling Reno hospital complex while others locked themselves in medical offices as dozens of police cars and SWAT teams sealed off a three-block area and heavily armed officers began a nervous.
[PCWorld - July 31, 2013]
Get ready for a whole lot more Facebook content to start appearing around the Web. The social network kicked off a new program Wednesday that lets websites embed public Facebook posts on their own Web pages.
[Reuters, January 24, 2012]
BOSTON (Reuters) - A former Boston-area dentist accused of substituting paper clips for stainless steel posts in patient root canals faces the possibility of decades in prison when he is sentenced next week for Medicaid fraud, authorities said on
[Washington Post, January 11, 2012]
WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama has gotten a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health injuries.
[Daily Beast, January 11, 2012]
Facing a scandal about pardoning five people? How about pardoning 193 more. Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi pardoned 193 criminals on his last day in office.
[Digitaltrends.com, December 27, 2011]
Security expert Karsten Nohl says all GSM phones are potentially vulnerable to eavesdropping and hijacking that would enable attackers to send texts or make calls.
[The New York Times, December 13, 2011]
A federal agency on Tuesday called for a ban on all cellphone use by drivers — the most far-reaching such recommendation to date — saying its decision was based on a decade of investigations into distraction-related accidents, as well as growing concerns that powerful mobile devices are giving drivers even more reasons to look away from the road.
[Associated Press, August 23, 2011]
AP NEW YORK - Tremors from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., rumbled across New York state Tuesday afternoon, shaking buildings and unsettling residents from New York City west to Buffalo to as far north as Lake Placid.
[Technorati, August 23, 2011]
Kathleen King, professor emerita at the University of Rochester's School of Nursing, and author of the study, said that 'there is something in a good relationship that helps people stay on track.'
[Medical News Today, August 9, 2011]
Fresh strawberries from a Newberg farm contaminated with E. coli have made ten people ill, one of whom died, the Oregon Health Authority has announced.
[ABC News, July 11, 2011]
Everything really is bigger in Texas. On Friday, Janet Johnson gave birth to a baby boy, who entered the world weighing 16 pounds, more than double the average weight of a newborn.
[Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2011]
The result: Between 1995 and 2008, lightning killed 648 people, and of those, 82 percent were male, according to AccuWeather.com. "Men take more risks in lightning storms," said John Jensenius, of the National Weather Service
[Reuters, June 28, 2011]
The state of New York sued a breast cancer charity on Tuesday, accusing it of soliciting more than $9 million and spending virtually none of it on the cause.
[Associated Press, March 8, 2011]
MIAMI - Attorneys representing potentially thousands of Guatemalans who were affected by U.S. syphilis experiments decades ago said Tuesday they will sue top federal health officials unless a system is created out of court to settle claims by the victims or their survivors.
[Associated Press, February 22, 2011]
NAIROBI, Kenya - Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Tuesday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years.
[The Christian Post, February 15, 2011]
The Rev. Amy DeLong is scheduled to go to trial on April 11. Two charges were brought against her – one for conducting a ceremony for the union of a lesbian couple and another for being a self-avowed practicing homosexual.
[Examiner.com, February 1, 2011]
It was supposed to be a normal vote to decide if Pastor LeVonia Ray should remain in his current position as head of Greater New Zion Baptist Church but tempers led to the vote getting settled in the parking lot. More than 30 Henderson County Deputies and Fletcher Police Officers were called to Greater Zion in order to defuse a very heated argument that erupted as a result of the vote over Rev Ray’s tenure.
[The Christian Post, January 18, 2011]
A judge has sided with a gay couple who were refused a double room at a Christian guesthouse.
[USA Today, January 18, 2011]
Facebook's recent decision to allow application developers to request access to a user's address and mobile phone number ruffled a lot of feathers over the weekend.
[Reuters, January 11, 2011]
TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Representative Gabrielle Giffords is breathing on her own and doctors were hopeful on Tuesday about her recovery from a head wound suffered in an Arizona shooting spree that killed six people.
[Associated Press, January 10, 2011]
TYLER, Texas - A judge has sentenced two men to life in prison after they pleaded guilty in a series of fires at churches in East Texas last year.
[Washington Post, December 14, 2010]
A 25-year-old Arlington County man was arrested after threatening on his Facebook page to use explosives in the Washington area, writing that he could put pipe bombs on Metro cars or in Georgetown at rush hour, according to a criminal.
[The Christian Post, December 7, 2010]
A week after atheists rolled out their 'Good without God' bus ads in Fort Worth, a blue mobile billboard truck appeared in the city declaring an entirely different message.
[The Associated Press, December 7, 2010]
MOBILE, Ala. - A father whose missing children are believed to be dead told investigators he buried one of them in Mississippi and the other in Alabama but says it was their stepmother who killed them, police said.
[AFP, November 29, 2010]
PORTLAND, Oregon (AFP) - A 19-year-old Somali-American pleaded not guilty to a charge of trying to set off a car bomb at a crowded Christmas event -- as his lawyers said he was entrapped by an FBI sting.
[Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2010]
Thursday is the 35th annual day devoted to encouraging a smoke-free lifestyle. So it seemed like an opportune time to share the latest data on the smoking habits of American adults.
[abc News, March 17, 2010]
Even though Michigan resident Joseph Casias had a prescription from his doctor for medical marijuana, he was fired after a positive test for the substance by his employer, Walmart.
The news last November he'd been terminated was devastating for Casias, 29, who took great pride in his job, once earning the honor of Associate of the Year.
[CBS, March 2, 2010]
(CBS/AP) A college atheist group is offering students pornography in exchange for Bibles.
Atheist Agenda calls the exchange 'Smut for Smut,' prompting prayers and protests from Christian students at the University of Texas San Antonio campus.
Student Monica Cornado says it's offensive to compare pornography to 'the Word of God.'
University officials say the atheist group has the right to conduct the swap.
UTSA spokesman David Gabler says, 'As long as students are not violating laws or violating the Constitution, they have the freedom of speech and assembly.'
[ministrytodaymag.com, February 16, 2010]
A Richmond, Calif., congregation is looking to authorities for answers after two teens were wounded Sunday when a gunman opened fire during a worship service at New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in the San Francisco Bay area.
Investigators said roughly 100 people were gathered inside the church when three men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered around 12:30 p.m., the Associated Press (AP) reported. One fired a gun, hitting a 14-year-old boy in the shoulder and a 19-year-old man in the leg. Both victims were hospitalized and are expected to survive. No one else was wounded.
[The Christian Post, January 30, 2010]
The pregnant widow of a young Baptist pastor plans to file a wrongful death suit after Feb. 11, claiming that the officers who shot and killed her husband last year during a botched drug bust violated state laws.
[Associated Press, Dec. 15, 2009]
TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts, who helped pioneer TV evangelism in the 1950s and used the power of the new medium — and his message of God's healing power — to build a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, died Tuesday. He was 91.
Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, Calif., according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday.
[The Christian Post, August 24, 2009]
Three Lutheran pastors recently completed a 13,000-mile U.S. tour to raise awareness and donations to fight world hunger.
Starting from Chicago – the location of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America headquarters – the three pastors on May 13 embarked on the Tour de Revs 2009. One hundred cities and 65 ELCA synods later, the Revs. Fred Soltow, Jr., David Twedt, and Ron Schlak arrived at the denomination’s Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis on Aug. 20
[Associated Press, August 17, 2009]
CHICAGO – Two infant skeletons found in the trunk of an impounded car owned by an Illinois woman charged with leaving a newborn to freeze on a roadside were wrapped in cloth and stuffed in separate plastic bags, authorities said Monday.
[Associated Press, August 17, 2009]
STOCKTON, Calif. – A San Joaquin County grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.
[The Christian Post, August 8, 2009]
Popular Christian rock band MercyMe was involved in an automobile accident Saturday that resulted in the deaths of two people and the hospitalization of a third.
'Car just hit our tour bus,' tweeted MercyMe frontman Bart Millard from his iPhone around an hour after the early morning accident. 'We are ok, but 2 of the 3 in the car did not make it. The one that did is pregnant. Please start praying.'
[The Christian Post, August 4, 2009]
There are 876 churches in all. Most of them have their names written in my books. They are Effective Evangelistic Churches, High Expectation Churches, Standout Churches, and Breakout Churches. Three books were written on these churches. My teams did hundreds of hours of research.
Though quantification of church health is difficult, we attempted to look at health from several perspectives. Evangelistic health. Discipleship health. Doctrinal health. Fellowship health. Worship health.
[The Christian Post, July 21, 2009]
Former president Jimmy Carter and a group of 'Elders' is calling on men and boys – particularly religious and traditional leaders – to 'change the harmful and discriminatory practices against women and girls and give their full support to the equality of all.'
[The Christian Post, July 14, 2009]
The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies have adopted a resolution that declares the denomination’s ordination process open to all individuals but also expressed the church body’s ongoing commitment to the wider Anglican Communion.
After passing by a 77-31 lay vote and 74-25 clergy vote on Sunday, resolution D025 is now headed to the House of Bishops, where it must be passed to be enacted.
[Reuters, June 18, 2009]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California health officials are investigating the Los Angeles clinic where a pornographic film actress recently tested positive for HIV, saying it has failed to alert local authorities to cases of sexually transmitted disease in the adult film industry.
[The Christian Post, June 16, 2009]
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics rejected a proposal to allow voters to decide on whether the District should recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
[The Christian Post, June 16, 2009]
A blogger whose pro-life story tugged on the heartstrings of thousands online has formally apologized for deceiving all who had prayed for and supported her throughout the last few months of what was recently revealed to be a fictitious pregnancy.
[The Christian Post, June 8, 2009]
Researcher George Barna says a spiritual makeover is taking place as Americans approach religion and church in less traditional ways.
Half of Americans surveyed in the latest Barna Group report say a growing number of people they know 'are tired of the usual type of church experience.'
The Christian Post, May 30, 2009]
The San Diego County has backed down from shutting down a home Bible study after receiving a flood of complaints from people concerned that the county is attempting to 'muzzle religious expression.'
[The Christian Post, May 25, 2009]
Atheist messages have hit the third largest city in the country.
'In the beginning, man created God,' read ads posted on 25 Chicago buses.
The slogan 'espouses the idea that man created God as well as all religions, and encourages public and critical examination of the merits of religious belief,' according to Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign.
[The Christian Post, May 18, 2009]
Tens of thousands of Christians filled several blocks in Manhattan Sunday during a protest against the legalization of gay marriage in New York.
[The Christian Post, May 12, 2009]
Last week we began to unpack Michael Spencer’s explosive article, 'The Coming Evangelical Collapse.' Spencer’s central assertion that 'we are on the verge-within 10 years-of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity' drew widespread affirmations (or resignation) from many evangelicals. Whether or not one agrees with Spencer’s conclusions, the general resonance with this article by so many evangelicals and its specific charges against the evangelical church in America warrant serious consideration
[The Christian Post, May 11, 2009]
Though many of Christians would like to grow and develop on their path of faith, most are unsure what a 'healthy, spiritually mature follower of Jesus' looks like, let alone how to become one.
A new Barna survey revealed on Monday that half of churchgoers cannot describe how their church defines a 'healthy, spiritually mature follower of Jesus.'
Even among born again Christians – a smaller subset group whose members say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as their savior and confessed their sin – a significant portion was unable to say how their church defines spiritual maturity
[The Christian Post, April 27, 2009]
Miss California Carrie Prejean appeared onstage Sunday at the San Diego megachurch where she is a member to share about the events of this past week.
Since the Miss USA competition on April 19, Prejean has gone from interview to interview discussing her highly publicized comments on same-sex marriage – comments that many agree likely cost her the crown.
[The Christian Post, April 27, 2009]
Former president Jimmy Carter delivered the closing address at a diverse gathering of Baptists over the weekend, and urged them to come together to help the people of America in their time of need.
During his address Saturday at the Southeast regional gathering of the New Baptist Covenant, Carter said the shared faith in Jesus Christ should be enough reason for Christians to unite and that other divisive issues need to be put aside if they stand in the way of unity.
[The Christian Post, April 25, 2009]
The relationship between religion and politics has become murky in recent years. The effort of America's Founders to prevent the establishment of a state religion has been twisted and reinterpreted to create an increasingly large gulf between religion and public life. That gulf became even wider this past week, when President Obama's administration asked Georgetown University to remove all signs and symbols from their hall before the President delivered his speech to the assembly. The University was only too willing to strip the hall of its religious symbols in order to land such a prominent speaker. The message was clear: religion has no place in the public square.
[The Christian Post, April 16, 2009]
An evangelical Chinese billionaire and his two billionaire brothers are behind a massive project of building the world’s first biblically proportioned Noah’s ark.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Kwok brothers, heirs to Hong Kong’s largest real estate developer Sun Hung Kai Properties, has built the 450-foot-long ark/luxury hotel complete with 67 pairs of fiberglass animals to draw visitors from beyond the city’s limit.
[The Christian Post, April 14, 2009]
The majority of American Christians do not believe that Satan is a real being or that the Holy Spirit is a living entity, the latest Barna survey found.
Nearly six out of ten Christians either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Satan 'is not a living being but is a symbol of evil,' the survey found.
Forty percent strongly agreed with the statement while 19 percent of American Christians somewhat agreed.
[cbs5.com, April 13, 2009]
CBS News has learned that police in Tracy believe 8-year-old Sandra Cantu was murdered in the Clover Road Baptist Church by her accused killer, Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby.
Huckaby, 28, was arrested on Saturday morning and charged with the girl's kidnapping and murder. She spent Easter Sunday in an observation cell where jail staff monitored her mental health, officials said.
[Associated Press, April 3, 2009]
ALLENDALE, S.C. – James Hines was a giant — a 6-foot-7, 300-pound preacher and funk musician so big that after he died in 2004, a macabre rumor began circulating in this small town that the undertaker had to cut off his legs to fit him in the coffin.
[The Christian Post, March 30, 2009]
'Because we firmly believe the current polices of the ELCA, when enforced, are consistent with the biblical witness, Christian moral tradition, and the view of the vast majority of Christians in the world, we refused to sign off on both the social statement and the recommendations and are submitting our dissent,' the Revs. Dr. Scott Suskovic, Corinne Johnson, and Carol S. Hendrix stated, according to their post in the Lutheran Forum
[The Christian Post, March 23, 2009]
Mission Aviation Fellowship recently received the first specially designed-for-mission plane, which is considered the 'first fruit' of an 11-year quest for cost-efficient planes to better serve missionary agencies.
[The Christian Post, March 15, 2009]
Gospel music star BeBe Winans has been accused of assaulting his ex-wife and was held briefly at a county jail in Nashville on Friday before posting $1000 bond.
According to official documents, Winans, 46, and his ex-wife Debra Winans got into a 'verbal altercation' on Feb. 13 over 'custody issues dealing with their children.' The two were married for 16 years before divorcing in 2003 and have a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son.
[Associated Press, March 9, 2009]
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old man with murder for allegedly shooting a southern Illinois pastor through the heart during Sunday services.
[The Christian Post, March 9, 2009]
The percentage of people who claim no religion has nearly doubled since 1990. Meanwhile, the percentage of Christians is on the decline, according to a new study on American religious life.
[The Christian Post, March 8, 2009]
A Christian legal group, which is defending the National Day of Prayer Task Force against a lawsuit by an atheist group, has launched a campaign to rally support for the annual prayer day.
[The Christian Post, February 15, 2009]
A widely respected evangelical Christian theologian said that while some Christians try to reconcile evolution with their faith, Christianity and Darwinian evolution are incompatible.
[The Christian Post, February 6, 2009]
There is one law that all major religions share, President Barack Obama contended on Thursday. That is, to love thy neighbors.
[The Christian Post, February 8, 2009]
Over six thousand Christian ministry and media representatives have flooded the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., to participate in the world’s largest gathering of Christian broadcasters.
[The Christian Post, January 30, 2009]
A federal judge on Thursday denied a request to keep the names of late donors to the Proposition 8 campaign undisclosed, a move that backers of the California same-sex marriage ban say puts more donors at risk of harassment or reprisals.
[BostonHerald.com, January 26, 2009]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — New Life Church tried to head off the fallout that has embroiled the congregation in its second sex scandal involving Ted Haggard, the Rev. Brady Boyd said Saturday.
Boyd asked the church’s disgraced former pastor in December to postpone the release of the HBO documentary 'The Trials of Ted Haggard,' saying that it could motivate a second man to go public with sexual allegations against him.
[The Christian Post, January 19, 2009]
Thousands of travelers headed for Washington, D.C., hoping to witness history in the making at Obama's Inauguration won't be the only ones flocking to the nation's capital with a firm purpose this week.
[The Christian Post, January 16, 2009]
Rick Warren, who has been under a cloud of controversy since it was announced that he will deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration, applauded the President-elect this week for also inviting the openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to pray at the inaugural opening ceremony.
[The Christian Post, January 13, 2009]
WASHINGTON – As the Bush administration comes to a close, the department created by President George W. Bush to 'level [the] playing field' for faith-based organizations seeking federal funding reflected on its strengths and weaknesses over the past eight years.
[The Christian Post, December 29, 2008]
Last week, after a flurry of debates and protests broke out over Barack Obama’s selection of prominent megachurch pastor Rick Warren as the invocation deliverer at his inauguration, openly gay singer Melissa Etheridge and her partner stepped into the ring in hopes of avoiding another 'reverse smear-the-queer.'
[The Christian Post, December 23, 2008]
Stages are set, sermons are ready, and tickets are nearly all reserved for the thousands of seats in megachurches across the country as they begin numerous Christmas services this week.
But while everyone anticipates a joyous and grand Christmas observance, many preachers are rejecting the hoopla around the season and pointing people to a moment in history that's far humbler and darker than people typically hear about.
[The Christian Post, December 10, 2008]
CAMDEN, N.J. – A commission has concluded that New Jersey legislators should allow gay couples to marry, setting up what could be a spirited debate over whether the state should be the first to allow gay marriage by passing a law, rather than by court mandate.
[The Christian Post, December 3, 2008]
An advertising watchdog has banned a newspaper ad – run by a Belfast, Ireland, church – condemning homosexuality. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the ad was offensive and indecent. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church ran a full page ad entitled 'The Word of God against Sodomy' in the Belfast Newsletter to coincide with Belfast’s Gay Pride parade.
[The Christian Post, November 25, 2008]
As a Body of Believers are often faced with trying to figure out how the world and all that it stands for intersects with our beliefs. Frequently it appears as if the truth has gotten muddied and caused our view of right and wrong to be grayed. It is in these times I strive to step back and to see the world as Jesus did and not through that solely of my own eyes. Office politics are frequently the bane of many as the 'company line' often seems to itself diverge from the truth and actions in no way align with the truth.
The Christian Post, November 24, 2008]
When it came to taking the Gospel into the marketplace, Jesus not only set the example, he also showed his disciples how to follow.
Following in the Lord’s footsteps, Open Air Campaigners (OAC Ministries) are gearing up for the launch of a new training course that will equip Christians for outreach in the most ordinary of places – on the streets of the United Kingdom’s towns and cities.
'Streetwise' has been developed by OAC to help believers who have a busy day to day schedule but who still want to reach out to others with the Gospel by giving them the tools they need to balance their lives with their passion to effectively share their faith.
The Christian Post, November 24, 2008]
Q: When I was young, people told me that God put us here for a purpose. I asked God to show me what it was, but I'm in my 80s now and I can't say I've ever done anything special. I tried to do what was right, to be a good husband and father, and to help our church, but did I miss something? - P.L.
A: No, not necessarily; maybe you were doing exactly what God wanted you to do. God wants us to be faithful in whatever tasks He sets before us - including the ordinary responsibilities of life (although they aren't 'ordinary' in His eyes).
The Christian Post, November 7, 2008]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Billy Graham has counseled every American president since Dwight Eisenhower. But the evangelist known for his globe-trotting crusades has no plans to mentor Barack Obama, though his son did say his father would like to meet the president-elect and pray with him...
The Christian Post, November 7, 2008]
NEW YORK – The barrier-crossing election of Barack Obama did little to bridge the deep racial divide in American churches. In fact, some clergy say it has only served to underscore their differences...
[Reuters, November 5, 2008]
WASHINGTON - Scientists for the first time have decoded the entire genome of a cancer patient, identifying a series of genes never before linked to the type of white blood cell cancer that ultimately killed the woman.
[The Christian Post, October 14, 2008]
MIAMI - Supporters and opponents know Amendment 2 will be called the 'gay marriage amendment,' but neither see it that way. They also agree that the vote will be close, but that's about it.
Amendment 2 would do one thing, supporters say - define marriage as between a man and a woman in the state constitution. Opponents argue that the amendment is unnecessary because there is already a state law banning same-sex 'marriage' and that its vague wording would create unintented consequences for gay and straight couples.
[WorldNetDaily.com, September 28, 2008]
WASHINGTON – When Taysir Saada served as a trained assassin for Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization in the late 1960s, he admits he hated Christians...
Today a non-uniformed Saada, now known as Tass, patrols the dangerous Hamas-dominated streets of the Gaza Strip – no longer hunting down Christians or bearing arms; the Palestinian-American has traded in his automatic weapons and grenades for the Bible, humanitarian service and apologies to Arab Christians he once persecuted...
Bliss & Fire opinion:
Please for pray for him as he is now walking in the light: Remember John 3:16-18 Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' - John 14:6
[Reuters, September 15, 2008]
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Ice, bottled water and other vital supplies poured into storm-struck Texas on Monday as the nerve center for the U.S. energy industry struggled without electricity to recover from Hurricane Ike's mighty punch.
About 2,000 people had been plucked from flooded areas by helicopters and boats in the largest rescue effort in the state's history as searchers scoured hard-hit places like the devastated island city of Galveston. That city was shredded when the hurricane made landfall on Saturday morning...
[Reuters, September 13, 2008]
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Ike slammed the Texas and Louisiana coast on Saturday with ferocious winds and a wall of water that flooded hundreds of miles, cut power to millions and caused billions of dollars in damage.
But relieved officials and residents said Ike may not have caused the catastrophe they had feared in the densely populated region...
Bliss & Fire opinion: We thank God for the power of prayers. As many believers in Christ Jesus cry unto God against the work of 'IKE' and God answer his people.
[WorldNetDaily.com, August 15, 2008]
Big Mac, has been cited by a boycott campaign for sponsoring conferences at which homosexuals are trained to be activists in advancing their own sexual preferences, according to the American Family Association.
The AFA has launched a boycott campaign of the company for an anti-family agenda and public condemnation of traditional family supporters as being motivated by 'hate.'
The AFA's petition and other outreaches have been assembled at the website: boycottmcdonalds.com.
[WorldNetDaily.com, August 17, 2008]
She may have the hit of the summer ... she may have been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks and at the top for seven ... she may have just hit the top of the pop music chart in the United Kingdom, but Katy Perry's Christian parents are anything but proud of their daughter's success for the controversial 'I Kissed a Girl.'
her mother, Mary Hudson, told the London Daily Mail. 'We are a very outspoken family and she knows how disappointed her father and I are. I can't even listen to that song. The first time I heard it I was in total shock. When it comes on the radio I bow my head and pray.
'I hate the song. It clearly promotes homosexuality and its message is shameful and disgusting.'
[WorldNetDaily.com, August 10, 2008]
A new television program broadcast this month follows a group of 13 non-Christian volunteers, who, on camera, attempt to 'live by the teachings of the Bible for three weeks.'
'Make Me a Christian,' broadcast in a three-part series, asks the participants to be mentored by four pastors from a variety of backgrounds – Anglican, Catholic, Evangelical, and Pentecostal – as they attempt to live like Christians, an effort that runs in stark contrast to many of the participants' backgrounds.
The 13 volunteers who will make the effort include a tattooed militant atheist biker, a man who converted from Christianity to Islam, a lesbian schoolteacher, a lap-dancing witch with a lust for expensive shoes, a middle-class yuppie couple that can't find time to spend with their children and a party animal who claims he's slept with over 150 women.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 25, 2008]Fifteen years ago, Christian missionary Charl van Wyk viewed it as his duty to pull a handgun and shoot back when terrorists who had made plans for a sanctuary massacre attacked worshippers in St. James Church in South Africa. He says it still is a Christian's duty to defend the innocent.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 27, 2008]
A blanket of prayer for America is being proposed for Sept. 11, 2008, the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, because it no longer is the Christian nation it once was, according to a coalition of organizations.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 19, 2008]
Your dollars for Happy Meals and Big Macs could end up paying for sex-change operations of McDonald's employees if the home of the Golden Arches continues its promotion of homosexuality, according to a pro-family group that has joined an expanding boycott of the fast-food restaurants and its Ronald McDonald's mascot.
'If McDonald's restaurants and franchises … follow the small business advice of the company's new homosexual partner – the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), which received a $20,000 grant from McDonald's – there would be chaos,' said Peter LaBarbera, chief of Americans for Truth.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 11, 2008]
Those who oppose homosexuality for religious reasons are participating in 'hate,' according to an official for McDonald's, the worldwide purveyor of Big Macs and Happy Meals.
'Hatred has no place in our culture,' corporate spokesman Bill Whitman told the Washington Post in response to a campaign by the American Family Association for a boycott of the burger-and-fries outlets because of the corporation's advocacy for the homosexual lifestyle.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 2, 2008]
Members of 'Jews for Jesus' who were ordered not to hand out literature or even speak about Jesus on public property in Oyster Bay, N.Y., have reached a settlement with the city that will provide for them to exercise their First Amendment rights if they choose, according to a law firm.
[WorldNetDaily.com, July 7, 2008]
An American pastor who made news in April by studying NASA's eclipse calendar to speculate on the return of Jesus Christ to Earth is now planning a worldwide blast of trumpets this fall to get God's attention.
Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Wash., is organizing the global 'Day of Shouting' for the evening of Sept. 29, marking the annual biblical holiday known as the Feast of Trumpets.
[WorldNetDaily.com, Jun 20, 2008]
For eight years Daniel and Sharon Dixon, apartment managers in Lake City, Fla., displayed in the apartment complex's management office a stained glass depiction of flowers with the words 'Consider the lilies … Matthew 6:28' written in the lower left corner – an act for which they were suddenly fired from their management jobs and evicted from their apartment.
Bliss & Fire opinion: It’s in your blood brother, The Word. God will turn this around to be an advancement to a higher level for you. We are praying for you.
- Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. - John 15:20(NKJV).
[WorldNetDaily.com, June 7, 2008]Thousands of stone Ten Commandments monuments on highly visible properties in communities across the nation, millions of smaller plaques in Christian and Jewish homes, and a massive bronze showing the biblical image of Moses holding the stones on which God wrote… The target of the ACLU? Nope. Thanks to the ACLU!
Joe Worthing, the executive director for Project Moses, says his organization, only a few years old, is well on its way to reaching many of its goals of placing Ten Commandments monuments all over the nation, and it's because of a complaint from the ACLU.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
God will always make a way!
Thank you Joe Worthing! We are praying for all of you.
[WorldNetDaily.com, May 27, 2008]Comments about God and the Holocaust made in a sermon 10 years ago by a leading evangelical pastor, John Hagee, have received a great deal of attention. They have led to Sen. John McCain severing ties with the pastor, whose support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee had originally solicited.
Pastor Hagee, a major supporter of the Jewish people and Israel, citing verses from Jeremiah, said: How did it [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said [my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.]
[WorldNetDaily.com, May 27, 2008] By: Janet L. Folger.
Babylonian Talmud, Jewish rabbinical writings 1,000 years before Christ, stating that there was only one other time in history (besides now) when homosexual [marriage contracts] were issued. That only time was: [during the days of Noah.]
I pointed out in the column that if this is true, the California ruling seems to relate directly to another verse found in Matthew 24:37: [As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.]
Bliss & Fire opinion:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites -1 Corinthians 6:9 (NKJV)
[WorldNetDaily.com, May 17, 2008]
A minister at one of Texas' largest megachurches was arrested this week after driving his wife's car 200 miles for a planned liaison with a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
We always feel embarrassed when we see our brothers in Christ allow the Devil to use them. We have been praying prophetically since January 2008 that God should cleanse HIS Church and reveal every darkness that hides in the body of Christ. Nevertheless we pray for this man of God that God will restore him.
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., April 28, 2008]A state-funded organization in Maine that has been touted as a stellar program for social change is advertising a coming seminar that essentially provides information to impressionable school-age boys on how to be homosexual, according to a pro-family organization opposing the plans.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
This is outrageous! what is this world becoming? God help us...
[ABCNews.com, April 25, 2008]
Two years ago, ABC News hired two actors, a man and a woman, to publicly display their affection for each other by kissing in public at a restaurant. Reactions from other restaurant-goers varied; some onlookers enjoyed the sight of young love, while others lost their appetite.
This year, we once again decided to explore how the public responds to public displays of affection -- but this time, our couples were gay.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
The media sometime promotes what we call ungodly acts as they tend to balance the news coverage.
[The Associated Press, April 27, 2008]
A teenager who had recently moved back home after breaking up with his live-in girlfriend is accused of gunning down and killing four family members, stunning friends and neighbors.
Nathaniel Dickson, 18, was arrested Saturday night at a home in Belton about 20 miles from where the bodies of his father, stepmother, stepsister and younger brother were found, authorities said.
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., April 19, 2008]A man who wants to spread the word about Jesus in his town of Alma, Ark., says he was intimidated by officials from the local school district as well as police officers when they approached him on a public sidewalk and told him to find another place to preach.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
God bless America! Nobody wants to hear the Word of God, the gospel but we all want the blessings of God. Do we have right to freely speak the Word of God again? We pray for revival oh Lord God!
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., April 10, 2008]
A war has erupted over teaching the Bible in public schools across the United States, not whether to teach it but how it should be taught: by using the Bible itself or whether it should be accompanied by a committee-written text that costs $50 each that teaches God's help comes with strings attached.
The issue is raging now before the state Legislature in Tennessee as well as in other states, where officials have begun joining the move towards teaching more about religion, especially Christianity, although trying to remain constitutional by not teaching students to be religious.
Bliss & Fire opinion: This is what they need to read: "I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book". -Revelation 22:18-19
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., April 11, 2008]
Staff members for a prominent pro-family organization that has been key to the battle against California's mandated homosexual indoctrination programs for public schools are working off-site while an investigation is conducted into threats that someone would arrive at the office and punish them, officials confirmed today.
Bliss & Fire opinion: Please keep this Pro-family Organization in prayer. May God stand for them and fight their battle. -Amen
[The Associated Press, April 11, 2008] LOS ANGELES - Two elderly women charged with murder for profit stared Thursday at blown-up pictures of the mangled bodies of two homeless men as a prosecutor told jurors the defendants should be convicted of the killings even if they were not at the scene of the crimes.
Bliss & Fire opinion: The bible says:"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." - 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV), Ecclesiastes 5:10
[The Associated Press, April 6, 2008]LOS ANGELES (April 6) - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84.
[The Jerusalem Post, March 18, 2008]
A hotel and grocery store are assessing the damage after a naked man ran amok and allegedly did thousands of dollars' worth of damage.
West Lampeter Township police said they were dispatched to the Willow Valley Resort, and later Darrenkamp's Market, on Friday amid reports of a nude man on a rampage.
[WorldNetDaily.com, March 16, 2008]
Two thousand years after Jesus walked the Earth, Christians are at war with each other concerning – as strange as it may sound – a day of the week mentioned in the Ten Commandments.
The issue boils down to: "When is God's Sabbath?" In other words, what is His holy day of rest?
Most Christians today think it's Sunday, when the majority of churches hold services.
[The Associated Press, March 11, 2008]
At least one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease, suggests a first-of-its-kind federal study that startled some adolescent-health experts. The Associated Press - read more
[WorldNetDaily.com, March 10, 2008] In the face of plummeting car sales, Ford Motor Company has taken steps to reduce its aggressive, pro-homosexual policies, prompting a family-rights group to call off its boycott of the carmaker.
Bliss & Fire opinion: Thank God for the people who are able to stand against the abomination of this days – We are praying for you. God will stop them one after the other.
[The Associated Press, Jan 31, 2008] DAYTON, Ohio - A former cellmate of a woman accused of killing her month-old baby by burning the girl in a microwave testified Thursday that the woman confessed to the crime, saying the baby fit right in the oven.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
The Bible says: "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" - Jeremiah 17:9 TNIV
Such people feed on ashes, a deluded heart misleads them; they cannot save themselves, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?" -Isaiah 44:20 TNIV
[Cay Compass, Jan 28, 2008]
Prophecy clearly states that the false prophet, acting on the behalf of the Antichrist (Revelation 13:11–18), will control the global financial market so that no one can either buy or sell unless he has the mark of the beast, probably an implantable computer chip, which shall control all facets of the new global financial community.
[Politico, Jan 23, 2008] Not sure what prompted this, but Al Gore has quietly released a video with a forceful endorsement of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians. It pushes the Democratic establishment that much closer to a position he now shares with Eliot Spitzer and some other leading Dems, and is prompting a bit of grumbling in gay political circles that this batch of candidates aren't quite there.
[The Associated Press, Dec 28, 2007]
It's taken 40 years, but this southwest Louisiana village no longer bears the mark of the beast.
Beginning this month, residents and businesses can change the first three digits of their phone numbers from 666 — depicted in the Bible as the mark of the beast — to 749.
Mayor Scott Walker said one of the biggest hangups he's had, both as mayor and as a lifelong resident of Reeves, is the reaction he's gotten when giving people his number. He describes it as a pause, followed by the admonition: "Y'all have to change that."
"That's what we're trying to get rid of," he said. "This is a good town."
He worked with the phone company, CenturyTel, and the state Public Service Commission, among others, to make the change.
The switch is set to be official for City Hall on Jan. 2, and Walker said he'd had people contact him Friday morning about changing as well.
"This boils down to, this is a very, very religious community," Walker said.