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‘My Five Wives’ TLC Reality Show to Follow Life of Utah Polygamist

By Heather Clark SALT LAKE CITY – A new reality show coming to The Learning Channel (TLC) tonight will feature a Utah polygamist and his five wives, with whom he has fathered 24 children. My Five Wives will follow the life of Brady Williams, 43, and his wives Rhonda, 43, Paulie, 41, Robyn, 40, Rosemary, 40, and Nonie, 35. Williams is married to Paulie, and the others co-habitate with Williams without marriage licences. Each have conceived a range of four to six children with Williams. “Believing in equality for everyone and a God who loves and accepts all—a belief system Brady and his family call progressive polygamy—the Williams family emphasize that their choice to be together is more about their mutual love and commitment than it is about religion,” a summary of the show from TLC outlines. “Though their beliefs and their decision to leave their church have led them to be shunned by their community and estranged from many family members, the Williams believe their sacrifices are worth it.” “When I married Brady, I still had it in my mind that, that was how I was going to make it to heaven was by living in a plural marriage situation and I wanted to make …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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The Twenty-Third Chapter: Thoughts on Death

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Twenty-Third Chapter: Thoughts on Death VERY soon your life here will end; consider, then, what may be in store for you elsewhere. Today we live; tomorrow we die and are quickly forgotten. Oh, the dullness and hardness of a heart which looks only to the present instead of preparing for that which is to come! Therefore, in every deed and every thought, act as though you were to die this very day. If you had a good conscience you would not fear death very much. It is better to avoid sin than to fear death. If you are not prepared today, how will you be prepared tomorrow? Tomorrow is an uncertain day; how do you know you will have a tomorrow? What good is it to live a long life when we amend that life so little? Indeed, a …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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Ohio City Councilman Refuses to Stop Presenting Prayers in Jesus’ Name

By Heather Clark CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – An Ohio city councilman has refused to stop presenting prayers in the name of Jesus despite having come under fire from a prominent atheist activist organization, as well as a number of area residents who find the prayer offensive. City Council members in Cuyahoga Falls recently received copies of a letter sent to the city from the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The letter asserted that invocations during council meetings that end with “in Jesus’ name we pray” violate the U.S. Constitution. According to reports, city council meetings used to open with inspirational poems, quotes and/or a moment of silence, but since Councilman Terry Mader was appointed as chaplain this past January, prayers have been presented in Jesus’ name. It is not known how FFRF became involved in the matter, but the organization customarily sends letters to city officials following the receipt of a local complaint. As a result of the controversy, approximately 200 area residents attended the council meeting on Monday to hear discussion on the matter, including several local pastors and faith-based leaders who stood to voice their support of the prayers. “Regardless of what some people believe, we were not founded to be secular,” said …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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FOX Sports Southwest Under Discrimination Investigation for Firing Christian Commentator

By Heather Clark DALLAS – The Texas Workforce Commission has launched a religious discrimination investigation into FOX Sports Southwest for allegedly firing a Christian commentator over past remarks regarding the sin of homosexuality. Craig James and The Liberty Institute had filed a complaint against the network late last year, asserting that James was unlawfully fired because of his Christian faith. As previously reported, James played for the New England Patriots in the 1980′s and later became a sportscaster for ESPN. In 2011, he decided to run for the U.S. Senate, and participated in a number of debates, including the 2012 event that he believes cost him his job. During the debate, Craig was asked about his views on homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” As a Christian, he responded that he could not support unBiblical behavior, and neither should any other civil leader. “I think that this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up–the leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades,” he said. “I can assure you, I will never ride in a gay parade. Our kids out there…People need to see examples. I’m a guy who believes in [the union …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Second Circuit Court Hears Atheist Arguments Against 9/11 Cross

By Heather Clark NEW YORK – The Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Thursday both for and against a cross-shaped beam that is set to stand on display at the 9/11 museum in New York City, an artifact that was removed from the rubble of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. As previously reported, the group American Atheists filed a lawsuit against the presence of the cross in 2011, asserting that it has caused individuals to suffer “depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish,” and even indigestion. It had filed suit against numerous responsible parties, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “This shrine is a cross. It was picked up, trimmed, polished, the word ‘Jesus’ was carved on top of it, it was prayed over in front of a church for five years, and then it was installed in the WTC memorial with no warning by a priest in a religious service where in the ground was consecrated,” stated David Silverman, the president of the organization. “This is a working Christian shrine in the memorial, and then they had the gall …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Pope Suggests Support for Some Same-Sex Civil Unions

By Editor ROME — In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis suggested that he could see Rome permitting some forms of homosexual civil unions when it comes to medical care and property for those living in sexual sin, although did not come out in support of same-sex “marriage.” Francis told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera that “matrimony is between a man and a woman,” but efforts to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care,” according to a translation by Catholic News Service. “It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety,” Francis said. While the remarks were far from endorsing same-sex marriage, something Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI have spoken out against, they represent the latest in what many Catholics and church observers have read as a more “gay-friendly” tone of the church under the pope, who was elected nearly a year ago. In an interview last summer, Francis drew global attention when he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” He also …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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English MP’s Seek to Overturn Hundreds of Years of Law Surrounding Definition of Marriage

By Waithera Junghae ENGLAND – Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK want to overturn hundreds of years of legislation recognizing the biblical definition of marriage and family. MPs recently agreed on the sweeping changes to legislation that date as far back as the 13th century to avoid clashes with the Married Couples Act, that allows homosexuals to get married. Civil Servants have consolidated a list of statutes and regulations dating as early as 1285 to be changed or excluded when the Government’s Same-Sex Marriage Act comes into force next month. Under the proposals, references to mother, father and husband will be amended in acts dating back to almost seven hundred years ago will be removed. The term widow would also be removed or replaced with ‘surviving spouse,’ or in some instances, with “the woman whose deceased spouse was a man.” The Treason Act 1351 would be partially changed, meaning that it will remain high treason to have sexual relations with the wife of a future king, but it will not be the case if the adultery is committed with a king’s same-sex spouse. The amendments would likewise make clear that a man who “marries” a King of Britain cannot be referred to …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Purdue University Reaches Comprise with Donor Seeking to Engrave ‘God’ on Plaque

By Heather Clark WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Officials at Purdue University have reached a compromise with a donor who had sought legal counsel after the university refused to engrave an inscription on his dedication plaque that included a reference to God. As previously reported, Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife made a donation to the university in 2012, and was asked to provide an inscription for the plaque, which was to be posted at the recently renovated Herrick Laboratories. “To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical laws and innovation of practical solutions,” the plaque was to read. “In honor of Dr. William ‘Ed’ and Glenda McCracken.” Last October, university officials informed McCracken that they would not be utilizing the submitted language as they wished to avoid the appearance of promoting religion. McCracken then contacted the Texas-based Liberty Institute, requesting assistance from the Christian legal organization. Local legal office Covington and Burling LLP also became involved. Late last month, attorney Robert Kelner sent a letter to Purdue on behalf of McCracken and the organizations representing the donor, noting that the university’s reasoning was flawed. “Even if the McCrackens’ plaque were considered speech by the university—which it is not—the …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Christian Alternative to Obamacare Growing Fast as Deadline Nears

By Heather Clark With just weeks left to sign up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, a growing number of people are opting to enroll in a Christian alternative to traditional health insurance. Nationwide networks of fellow believers help share each other’s major medical bills through what’s known as health care sharing ministries. “It works just like insurance. I have an insurance card. I show it just like anyone else would. I have a deductible. I have a monthly premium that I pay,” explained Eileen Wade, who joined the health care sharing ministry, Medi-Share, in 2011. this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Dalai Lama Opens U.S. Senate for First Time with ‘Prayer’ to ‘Buddha and All Other gods’

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – For the first time ever, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism opened the United States Senate with ‘prayer’ on Thursday, wishing for world peace and ‘good fortune’ for America’s lawmakers. After being introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and escorted by Senator Mazi Hirono (D-HI), the Dalai Lama characterized himself as only being “a simple Buddhist monk.” “So pray to Buddha and all other gods,” he said, before speaking in Tibetan and then repeating his “prayer” in English. “With our thoughts, we make our world,” the Dalai Lama stated, robed in gold and red. “Our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves.” Senators bowed their heads and visitors watched from the balcony. “May there be joy in the world, with bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth,” the Dalai Lama continued. “May every good fortune come to be. And may all our wishes be fulfilled.” He then referenced what he called his “favorite prayer,” which he said he offered daily. “As long as space remains, and as long as sentient beings remain, until then may I too remain, and help dispel the misery of the world,” it read. The Senate is …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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The Twenty-Second Chapter: Thoughts on the Misery of Man

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Twenty-Second Chapter: Thoughts on the Misery of Man WHEREVER you are, wherever you go, you are miserable unless you turn to God. So why be dismayed when things do not happen as you wish and desire? Is there anyone who has everything as he wishes? No–neither I, nor you, nor any man on earth. There is no one in the world, be he Pope or king, who does not suffer trial and anguish. Who is the better off then? Surely, it is the man who will suffer something for God. Many unstable and weak-minded people say: “See how well that man lives, how rich, how great he is, how powerful and mighty.” But you must lift up your eyes to the riches of heaven and realize that the material goods of which they speak are nothing. These things are uncertain and very burdensome because they are never possessed without anxiety …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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U.S. Troops Perform in Drag as Fundraiser for Homosexual Organization

By Heather Clark OKINAWA, Japan – U.S. troops performed in drag this past weekend on an American Air Force base in Japan. Six service members performed at the event held at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, dancing and lip syncing to popular secular tunes, such as Whitney Houston’s I Want to Dance with Somebody. The event was a fundraiser for the newly-formed chapter of OutServe, a homosexual advocacy group for the military. Organizer Lt. Marissa Green told reporters that she was initially unsure whether there would be much interest in the show, seeking to sell just 75 tickets. But she said that she was surprised when ticket sales surpassed her expectations. “We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an event like this on the island, but it has actually blown up,” she said. “We ended up selling 400 tickets in 10 days.” The five male performers—the drag queens—dressed as women for the event, donning formal wear and high heels, and wearing wigs and makeup to appear feminine. The sole female performer—the drag king—dressed as a man and lip synced songs sung by male artists. The crowd cheered as they strutted across the stage one by one, dancing and singing along with the selected tunes. The …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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North Korea Frees Christian Missionary Arrested Over Gospel Literature

By Heather Clark PYONGYANG – North Korean officials have freed a Christian missionary who was arrested last month for distributing Gospel literature in the country. As previously reported, John Short, 75, who has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years, was arrested in his Pyongyang hotel on February 16, a day after arriving in the North Korean capital. “ was carrying Korean literature on his person and that could be the reason, but I don’t know,” John’s wife Karen told The Associated Press in an early interview. According to later reports, Short’s travel partner Wang Chong stated that Short left Gospel literature in a Buddhist temple during a tour. Authorities had been later notified by the local tour company Short was traveling with since the action breaches North Korean laws of spreading religious materials. Short was released after he read a written confession of guilt, which some have characterized as being forced or staged. “I deeply apologize for what I have done by spreading my Bible tracts on February 16th the birthday of his Excellency Kim Jong Il,” he stated, according to the North Korean outlet KCNA. “I realize that the mass media of the USA and the western countries who say that the DPRK is …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Obama Administration Allows Christian Homeschooling Family Seeking Asylum to Stay in U.S.

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has decided to allow a Christian homeschooling family from Germany to remain in the country after initially battling the family in court as they sought asylum in the United States. As previously reported, Ewe and Hannelore Romeike have been battling the matter in the courts for several years while continuing to raise their six children in rural Tennessee. The Romeike family fled to the United States in 2008 after German authorities demanded that they stop homeschooling in violation of national law. Homeschooling was made illegal in the country in 1938 under the dictatorship of Adolph Hitler, and the law has never been repealed, but rather strengthened. In 2007, the German Supreme Court ruled that the country’s mandate that children be sent to public school is necessary to “counteract the development of religious and philosophically motivated parallel societies.” German officials have been cracking down on families that keep their sons and daughters at home, and have threatened them with fines, imprisonment and even the removal of the children from the household. The Romeike children were taken from their parents for a time before fleeing to the United States for refuge. In 2010, Memphis immigration judge Lawrence Burman granted …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Research Reveals Human/Chimp Genetic Disparities, Undermines Evolutionary Theory

By Garrett Haley Creation scientists say new genetic findings challenge the evolutionary model and show that humans and chimps did not evolve from a common ancestor. Scientists from MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently published a report in the journal Genome Research entitled “Evolutionary dynamics and tissue specificity of human long noncoding RNAs in six mammals.” The article compares human long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) with lincRNAs of several mammals—including chimps and rhesus monkeys. According to experts, lincRNAs are critically important to cells’ existence and serve many different roles. Not only are lincRNAs found within cells’ nuclei and cytoplasm, but they also assist communication between cells. “LincRNAs play diverse regulatory roles in human development and disease,” the authors of the Genome Research article wrote, “but little is known about their evolutionary history and constraint.” According to evolutionary theory, the lincRNA patterns of humans and chimps should be similar, since—according to evolutionists—humans and chimps evolved from a common ancestor. However, the journal article reports that a significant portion of human lincRNA is unique to humans—not found in chimps or monkeys. “We find that at least 35% of human lincRNAs show orthologous transcripts across mammals, and 20% are not conserved beyond chimp and undetectable even in …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Week 10, One Year Bible Challenge: “Milk and Honey”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study This week’s reading March 5th to 11th1 Spies Bring the Grapes from Canaan Numbers 4:1-16:40Mark 12:18-15:47Psalm 48:1-54:7Proverbs 10:26-11:6 Next Week’s Reading March 12th to 18thNumbers 16:41-28:15Mark 16:1–Luke 3:22Psalm 55:1-61:8Proverbs 11:7-17 Discussion Questions:Old Testament Numbers 5:11-31 describes a complicated procedure to deal with the situation in which a jealous husband suspected his wife of adultery, but had no proof. If there was no proof, why is the matter even considered? Why did the Israelites refuse to go into the land of Canaan after Caleb and the other spies brought back their report? New Testament When Jesus was taken to be crucified, “they brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, ‘The place of a skull.’ They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he didn’t take it.” Why was Jesus offered this drink, and why did He refuse it? <a target=_blank href="http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?go=Go&q=Mark+15%3A22" title="ESV Mark 15:22" …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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Megachurch Minister Remains Under Fire for Allegedly Manufacturing Mass Baptisms

By Garrett Haley CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina megachurch pastor remains under fire for his alleged practice of instructing volunteers to strategically respond to salvation calls in order to bolster baptism numbers. Steven Furtick leads Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the largest megachurches in the United States, with weekly attendance above 14,000. According to reports, Furtick performed 3,519 baptisms in the first eight months of 2013 alone, and baptized 400 attendees during a ceremony just last month. In addition to those taking note of the large number of baptisms, Furtick recently drew controversy when Elevation Church published a document entitled Spontaneous Baptisms How To Guide. The nine-page document outlines the baptism policy followed during one of its previous outreach events. The baptism how-to guide features detailed instructions for volunteers, including directions on how strategically-placed members are to sit in the auditorium and “be the first ones to move” toward the baptism area “when pastor gives the call.” “Sit in the auditorium and begin moving forward when Pastor Steven says go,” the church document instructs. “Move intentionally through the highest visibility areas and the longest walk.” Speed and efficiency are important to the baptism process, according to the Elevation Church guide. “The first people going …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Ray Comfort to Release Biblical ‘NOAH’ Movie on Same Day as Controversial Hollywood Film

By Garrett Haley LOS ANGELES – Christian evangelist Ray Comfort will release a 30-minute film entitled NOAH—And the Last Days on March 28—the same day that Hollywood’s controversial Noah movie will debut in theaters. As previously reported, Hollywood’s Noah epic, starring Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, will be released on March 28. Though the movie is based on the Bible’s Great Flood account, reviewers say its storyline does not accurately follow the Scriptural narrative. As a result, many Christian leaders have criticized the movie. “We have heard from various sources … that it is not at all faithful to the biblical account in Genesis,” apologist Ken Ham wrote in a blog post. “The final movie will probably be very unbiblical in some bizarre and shocking ways.” Evangelist Ray Comfort told Christian News Network that he is also disappointed with the Hollywood Noah film, saying the producers strayed considerably from the biblical account in numerous scenes. According to Comfort, the film depicts Noah as a boat-building psychopath who vowed to murder his grandchildren. “The movie doesn’t take ‘artistic license.’ The artists did a whole new paint job,” Comfort stated. “No wonder it was listed as ‘fiction.’” However, Christians disappointed by the Hollywood epic will have another viewing …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Purdue University Refuses to Engrave ‘God’ on Donor’s Plaque

By Heather Clark WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University is under fire after it refused to engrave language about God on a donor’s plaque for fear that it might be considered a government endorsement of religion. Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife made a donation to the university in 2012, and was asked to provide an inscription for the dedication plaque, which was to be posted at the recently renovated Herrick Laboratories. “To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical laws and innovation of practical solutions,” the plaque was to read. “In honor of Dr. William ‘Ed’ and Glenda McCracken.” Last October, university officials informed McCracken that it would not be utilizing the submitted language as they wished to avoid the appearance of promoting religion. McCracken then contacted the Texas-based Liberty Institute, requesting assistance from the Christian legal organization. Local legal office Covington and Burling LLP also became involved. This past week, attorney Robert Kelner sent a letter to Purdue on behalf of McCracken and the organizations representing the donor, noting that the university’s reasoning was flawed. “It is difficult to imagine that the FirstAmendment permits a private speaker to blaspheme Jesus at length in university spaces, yet simultaneously prohibits the …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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The Twenty-First Chapter: Sorrow of Heart

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