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Cameron is not ruling out military action in Islamic State

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David Cameron has said he is not ruling out military action to combat the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq and Syria.

The prime minister, speaking ahead of a Nato summit in Wales, also restated the Government’s policy not to pay ransoms in the the light of threats made by IS to the life of a British hostage after the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The family of the 44-year-old aid worker has asked the media to refrain from identifying him.

Mr Cameron said he was “personally supervising” efforts to secure the man’s release.

Speaking to the BBC about the possibility of taking part in military action against IS, Mr Cameron said: “I certainly don’t rule anything out. We should pursue our national interests. The most important thing to consider is that we mustn’t see this as something where you have a Western intervention over the heads of neighbouring states and leaving others to pick up the pieces.”

In another interview with Good Morning Britain, he added: “”We need to show real resolve and determination, we need to use every power and everything in our armoury with our allies, with those on the ground, to make sure we do everything we can to squeeze this dreadful organisation our of existence.”

On the issue of the paying of ransoms to IS, Mr Cameron told the BBC said he was sure that the Government’s policy to not pay them was the right one.

“I know that this is difficult for families when they are the victims of these terrorists – but I’m absolutely convinced from what I’ve seen that this terrorist organisation, and indeed others around the world, have made tens of millions of dollars from these ransoms – and they spend that money on arming themselves, on kidnapping more people and on plotting terrorist outrages, including in our own country,” he said.

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Cause is postponed

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The highly publicised Cause for the sainthood of an American archbishop has been halted indefinitely, the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, announced yesterday.

Although the beatification of the televangelist Archbishop Fulton Sheen was expected as early as next year, the Diocese said in their statement that the process had been suspended indefinitely following discussions with the Vatican.

The statement read: “The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the Cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year.

“The Holy See expected that the remains of Venerable Sheen would be moved to Peoria where official inspection would be made and first class relics be taken. Subsequently, the Archdiocese of New York denied Bishop Jenky’s request to move the body to Peoria. After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be relegated to the Congregation’s historic archive.”

Archbishop Sheen’s Cause excelled after doctors failed to explain how a still born baby boy came back to life after his mother prayed to the archbishop, who died in 1979.

The full statement from the Diocese of Peroria is below:

It is with immense sadness that the Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria and President of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, announced today that the Cause for Sheen’s beatification and canonization has for the foreseeable future been suspended.

The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the Cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year.

The Holy See expected that the remains of Venerable Sheen would be moved to Peoria where official inspection would be made and first class relics be taken. Subsequently, the Archdiocese of New York denied Bishop Jenky’s request to move the body to Peoria. After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be relegated to the Congregation’s historic archive.

Countless supporters especially from the local church in Central Illinois have given their time, treasure and talent for this good work with the clear understanding that the body of Venerable Sheen would return to the Diocese. Bishop Jenky was personally assured on several occasions by the Archdiocese of New York that the transfer of the body would take place at the appropriate time. New York’s change of mind took place as the work on behalf of the Cause had reached a significant stage.

Bishop Jenky is what is technically called the “actor” of the Sheen Cause. The Diocese of Peoria and the Sheen Foundation have prayed and labored for this good work for the last twelve years.

The Bishop is heartbroken not only for his flock in Peoria but also for the many supporters of the Sheen Cause from throughout the world who have so generously supported Peoria’s efforts. It should be noted, however, that saints are always made by God not by man. Efforts for many causes have sometimes taken decades or even centuries. Bishop Jenky urges that those who support the Sheen Cause continue their prayers that God’s will be made manifest.

No further comment will be released at this time.

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Obama now has a global strategy – but not for ISIS

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Ebola runs rampant, Ukraine and Iraq are torn by war, America is being warned of an imminent ISIS

attack and natural disasters abound while the Obama administration’s key aid agency expands “inclusion” strategies for lesbian, “gay,” bisexual and transgender persons.

The increased application of the LGBT-inclusion philosophy will help to transform agency hiring practices as well as the delivery of worldwide assistance programs, according to a procurement document WND located via routine database research.

The USAID Special Initiatives & Development Partners Division on behalf of the agency’s Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, or OCRD, awarded a sole-source, no-bid purchase order to communications-services provider Aptive Resources for LGBT-specific training.

As WND reported, USAID has criticized “conservative gender norms related to sexuality” and denounced “strong normative preference for heterosexuality” in foreign nations.

Such resistance to the administration’s LGBT agenda is viewed as a chief impediment to achieving U.S. policy goals.

USAID Administrator Ravi Shah recently said it is up to the U.S. to take action against legal restrictions against LGBT populations in 70 nations.

“We have to be the ones that stand up for those that are marginalized and for those that are not benefiting from their legal and social systems protecting their individual human rights,” Shah said at the unveiling of USAID’s “LGBT Vision for Action” plan in July.

“And in doing so, we have the best chance of ending extreme poverty, of supporting efforts to reduce hunger and suffering, of improving health and adequate nutrition.”

The LGBT inclusion plan will help govern various agency policies, including its National Action Plan on Women, Peace, Security; its Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Strategy; and even its climate change policy.
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Nancy Writebol Praises God with Surviving Ebola

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Nancy Writebol, the second American missionary to contract Ebola while in Liberia, said Wednesday she’s thankful to be alive.

After nearly one month of battling the deadly virus, the 59-year-old nurse spoke publicly for the first time about her illness, saying she’s getting stronger with each passing day.

Writebol credits God for her recovery. She, along with fellow missionary Dr. Kent Brantly, was treated at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital before being released in August.

“I wondered at times whether I would live or die,” Writebol said in a press conference. “His presence really was with me — and I knew that, I could sense it. … I am so thankful for His mercy and His grace.”

***Our CBN News team is down in North Carolina at the press conference and will be speaking one-on-one with Nancy Writebol and her husband David. Stay tuned for mor

Meanwhile, another American doctor from Boston has fallen ill with the virus. The 51-year-old ob-gyn often traveled to Liberia during the past 20 years to treat patients there.

He said he suspects he contracted the virus from a patient with masked symptoms.

He went to Liberia after two other doctors got sick. There are no plans currently for him to come back to the United States for now, and there no more ZMapp serum doses, used to treat Brantly and Writebol, anywhere in the world.

Still, the doctor is said to be in good condition.

So far, the West African Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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Christians Need to Know 5 Things about the American Captives in North Korea

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Three Americans are being held captive in North Korea. During a recent interview with CNN, Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle pleaded for U.S. intervention in setting them free.

The North Korean government accuses all three Americans of various forms of anti-government activity.

1. What is Known About Kenneth Bae?

Bea is an American-Korean missionary affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2012, Bea was sentenced to 15-years of hard labor of “hostile acts” against North Korea.

“I do believe that (a) special envoy need to come in order to resolve the situation I am in right now,” Bae said during the CNN interview.

Born in South Korea and a naturalized U.S. citizen, Bae was leading a Christian tour group from China when he was arrested near the city of Yanji along the northeastern coast.

Facing a myriad of health problems, Bea was hospitalized several months ago, but has since been released back to the labor camp. Bae is the longest held American in North Korea since the Korean War and the only captive to be sent to the nations labor camp.

2. What is Known About Matthew Todd Miller?

Matthew Todd Miller is the second of three Americans being detained for “rash behavior” by the North Korean government.

According to the Korea Central News Agency, the 24-year-old Bakersfield, California resident was arrested April 10 for seeking asylum. Inverting his name, KCNA claims Miller tore up his tourist visa while attempting to enter the country.

“A relevant organ of the DPRK put in custody American Miller Matthew Todd, 24, on April 10 for his rash behavior in the course of going through formalities for entry into the DPRK to tour it,” the KCNA said.

Miller told CNN that he wouldn’t know his exact charges until he goes to trial.

“I prepared to violate the law of the DPRK before coming here and I deliberately committed my crime,” said Miller. “I have already admitted my guilt and apologized to the government of the DPRK.”

3. What is Known About Jeffrey Edward Fowle?

Jeffrey Edward Fowle lives on a small farm in West Carrollton, Ohio with his wife, Tatyana, and three children, Alex, 13; Chris, 11; and Stephanie, 9.

The 56-year-old entered North Korea April 29 on a tourist visa. From Miamisburg, Ohio, Fowle was taken into custody for leaving a Bible in a hotel room.

During the interview with CNN reporter Will Ripley, Fowle said, “It’s been very good so far, and I hope and pray that it continues, while I’m here two more days or two more decades.”

“You guys should convey my desperate situation,” he said. “I’ve got a wife and three elementary school-aged kids that depend on me for support.”

Fowle works for the city of Moraine.

According to WHIO TV, City Manager Dave Hicks claims the city of Moraine needs Fowle to return soon or face termination.

“We’re going to have to do something with that pretty soon,” he said. “At some point, we can’t let this go on forever.”

Hicks suggest the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which Foyle belongs, establish a pension to support his family.

“He’s there because he chose to go there,” Hicks told WHIO. “Everyone’s accountable for the decisions we make.”

4. What is the North Korean Agenda?

Following the attacks of Sept. 11 and later North Korea’s nuclear test in October 2006, Security Council members imposed sanctions on Pyongyang, the capital of DPRK.

Some maintain the imprisoned Americans could be a ploy by the North Korean government in an attempt to loosen sanctions against the nation’s drive to develop long-range missiles. Yet others contend North Korea’s warheads aren’t advanced enough to reach the US homeland.

Bruce Klingner. senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, argues North Korea deserves more attention that the administration has given.

“North Korea has likely made greater progress than perceived—if not already achieved—warhead miniaturization, the ability to place nuclear weapons on its short-range missiles, and a preliminary ability to reach the United States,” wrote Klingner. “As such, the United States and its allies face a greater threat today than is widely construed.”

Klingner warns that North Korea is as much a nuclear threat as Iran.

“Washington should no longer hold some sanctions in abeyance, to be rolled out after the next North Korean violation or provocation. There will be little change until North Korea feels pain and China feels concern over the consequences of Pyongyang’s actions and its own obstructionism.”

5. Has Washington Responded?

In news reports earlier this summer, Bea expressed that he feels abandoned.

“Bae said he had heard that the U.S. government is doing everything it can for his release but feels disappointment that there has been no sign of resolution when he is approaching two years in his stay in (the North) and that he feels abandoned by the U.S. government,” according to the Choson Sinbo newspaper.

In late August, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) informed the United States that it had rescinded its invitation for Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Ambassador Robert King to travel to Pyongyang August 30-31 on a humanitarian mission focused on securing the release of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae.

“We are surprised and disappointed by North Korea’s decision,” said Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State.

Harf maintains the State Department has sought clarification from the DPRK about its decision and have made every effort so that Ambassador King’s trip could continue as planned or take place at a later date.

“We remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae’s health and we continue to urge the DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds.”

Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, contends the three Americans are being used to broker a deal with the U.S.

“They’re sending a signal, saying, ‘We’re ready to bargain for the three hostages,'” Richardson told CNN.

Russ Jones is co-founder of Christian News Service, a content creation and news distribution firm. He’s also a media consultant to a number of cause oriented campaigns and organizations. Russ has been a guest on such programs as the Mike Gallagher Show, the Dennis Prager Show, Bill Martinez Live and Sandy Rios in the Morning. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree from St. Paul School of Theology. He is married to Jackie and together they have four children.

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Sotloff’s Family: Enemy Won’t Hold Us with Fear

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PINECREST, Fla. – The family of a journalist slain by Islamic State militants says Steven Sotloff dedicated his life to portraying the suffering of people in war zones, but was “no hero.”

Family spokesman Barak Barfi told reporters gathered outside the family’s suburban Miami home Wednesday that Sotloff “tried to find good concealed in a world of darkness,” and to give voice to the weak and suffering in the Arab world.

A militant video released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria last year.

Barfi said Sotloff was “no war junkie,” but was drawn to the stories of the turbulent Middle East.

Barfi said Sotloff’s family was grieving, but have pledged to “not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapon they possess – fear

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Boko Haram take over churches in Nigeria as Minister for Africa condemns ‘brutal and inhumane’ crimes

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Islamist group Boko Haram has begun taking over churches in the areas of Nigeria where it has gained control, beheading men and forcing women to convert to Islam, according to local reports.

The extremist group is turning churches into strategic bases, according to local Christians. Local news agencies report that it is also imposing strict sharia law, beheading Christian men, forcing conversions and living in the homes of people who have fled.

“Things are getting pretty bad,” Rev John Bakeni, the secretary of the Maiduguri Roman Catholic diocese, told the Religion News Service. “A good number of our parishes in Pulka and Madagali areas have been overrun in the last few days.

“Many civilians are now on the run,” he added. “Many others are being trapped and killed. Life means nothing here. It’s so cheap and valueless.”

Local newspapers report that “every Christian man available in the areas” has been beheaded.

This week Boko Haram seized another town, Bama, in Northern Nigeria, with just a handful of fighters, following their advances in the region and their declaration that they have founded a new Islamic Caliphate. As many as 5,000 people have fled the town, and scores were killed in the fighting.

However Amnesty International has released footage which it says shows Nigerian soldiers putting Boko Haram suspects into a mass grave.

Boko Haram has also kidnapped hundreds of children who have yet to be found. In the past few years, the group has repeatedly attacked churches and exploded bombs in Nigeria.

James Duddridge, the Minister for Africa, attended a meeting in Abuja today to discuss regional coordination in the fight against Boko Haram.

Speaking this morning ahead of the meeting he said:

“Boko Haram is a growing threat to peace and stability in the region, and regional coordination between Nigeria and its neighbours remains crucial to defeating the extremists and locating the missing Chibok girls.

“In London, the UK announced a substantial package of military, security and development assistance. I will be updating partners on the significant progress made on implementation of this package, whilst underlining that respect for human rights and safeguarding the civilian population remain the key pillars of our support.

“Most importantly, with our French, US and other international partners, we will today again reiterate our common stance that we cannot, and will not, tolerate Boko Haram’s brutal and inhumane crimes.”

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3 Ways the Bible Can Help You Lose Weight – Believe it

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3 Ways the Bible Can Help You Lose Weight
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Have you ever worked on your weight-loss plan, got on the scale and then discovered you haven’t lost anything … or worse, actually gained weight? Biblical words of encouragement can help.

During those times, you may think “What’s the use? I might as well eat what I want, because what I am doing is not making any difference.”

Hold on there! Don’t make the mistake of cursing your efforts to do good.

Before you quit, please take these words to heart. I have three reasons it is important that you resist the urge to quit. They all involve the power of time.

1. Bible encouragement for the past. You’ve probably tried dozens of diets. You stuck with your plan for a while, and then discouragement set in. What did you do in response? You quit before, right? The only reason you must work on this again now is because you quit before.

So you know where quitting leads you. Do you really want to go there again? Even if you did not get what you wanted in the time frame you set, at least you would be closer to your goal now if you had not quit. Learn to develop a “never surrender” attitude regarding weight loss.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Gal. 6:9).”

2. Bible encouragement for the present. If you keep going, at least you would have the satisfaction of forward motion. Even if you have to crawl toward your goal, do that until you have the strength to walk again.

One of my favorite quotes that states the benefits of endurance is by Eleanor Roosevelt:

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

I recommend you start tracking your food intake if you aren’t already. I know that is not fun to do, but from my experience, it is too easy to “forget” the amounts we eat. But your body never forgets. Here are some biblical words of encouragement regarding endurance:

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

3. Bible encouragement for the future. If you make up your mind that you will not quit no matter what, imagine where you will be one year from now. You will be amazed at how far you’ve come. I gained 100 pounds after high school—all because I didn’t respect the power of time.

You see, I didn’t realize that just by over-eating 50 calories every day, I would gain five pounds every year. Those five pounds every year eventually added up to 100 pounds over 20 years. So believe me, even if you can only manage a little more self-control today than you had yesterday, exercise it!

I believe if I had used enough self-discipline to exercise off just those extra 50 calories per day, then that 100-pound weight gain would not have happened. Whatever you can do, do that. Here is some Bible encouragement about the future:

“Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace” (Psalm 37:37).

I pray many prayers to you on your weight-loss journey. Yes, it is a journey, because your responsibility to take care of your body will remain as long as you live. But it is a journey that is well worth taking for the quality of your life!

Once 240 pounds and a size 22, Kimberly Taylor can testify of God’s healing power to end binge eating. She is an author and the creator of the Christian weight loss website takebackyourtemple.com. Visit today for inspirational health and weight-loss tips.

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Will Warren Buffett’s Investment Advice Work for You?

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Will Warren Buffett's Investment Advice Work for You?
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In his most recent Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter, the ever-folksy Warren Buffett sounds more like a personal finance guru than a financial mastermind, focusing on buy-and-hold investing and advocating indexing strategies.

Buffett’s net worth is about $60 billion, according to Forbes magazine, so he is obviously doing something right. But how sound is his advice for the rest of us?

I spoke to some financial advisers and pundits, some of whom are the kind of folks Buffett thinks you should ignore, to get their take.

Stay Passive, Keep Costs Low

What immediately caught my eye is Buffett’s instruction that his wife back up the truck and invest in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index upon his death.

That’s not a huge surprise, though. Buffett is a longtime fan of Jack Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, who champions passive, low-cost investing. But this is the first time Buffett is “putting his money where his mouth is in his own estate,” Bogle said in a email exchange with Reuters.

Specifically, Buffett wants the trustee of his estate to put 10 percent of his wife’s cash inheritance in short-term government bonds and 90 percent in a low-cost S&P index fund—and he tips his hat specifically to Bogle’s Vanguard in doing so. Says Buffett: “I believe the trust’s long-term results from this policy will be superior to those attained by most investors—whether pension funds, institutions or individuals.”

Face value, that’s a solid recommendation, although it might seem a bit odd, considering that Berkshire Hathaway has underperformed the S&P 500 in the past five years, and is trailing it slightly in 2014. But that’s not surprising because Buffett tends to lag a bit in bull markets, says Robert Hagstrom, author of The Warren Buffett Way.

“I had this image of the American flag waving in the background as I read the letter,” said Hagstrom. “He’s so bullish about the U.S., not necessarily about stocks, but about the country in general.”

When it comes to equities, Buffett’s recommendation to buy the S&P 500 is solid, experts say. “The S&P 500 is probably the best index out there—it’s clearly a core holding,” says Lou Kokernak, a financial adviser at Haven Financial Advisers in Austin, Texas.

However, other advisers say Buffett is endorsing an asset allocation strategy that’s not optimal for most investors. That’s because the S&P 500 is focused on U.S. companies, even if quite a few have a multinational tilt. “We refer to that as a home bias, and it’s very dangerous,” says Randy Kurtz, chief investment officer at RK Investment Advisors in Kinnelon, N.J.

That is exactly why Paul Jacobs of Palisades Hudson Financial Group in Atlanta suggests putting as much as 40 percent of Buffett’s suggested equity stake in foreign stocks.

Another criticism? Most investors cannot tolerate the risk of a 90/10 portfolio. “They would be scared out at the bottom when their $1,000,000 would have turned into $500,000 in 2009,” says Matthew Chope, a financial adviser at Raymond James in Southfield, Mich. “It’s as easy as that. We are paid to manage risk, not just return.”

Investing vs. Speculation

Which brings us to another big Buffett takeaway: invest, rather than speculate. In his 24-page letter, Buffett uses the examples of an office building in New York City and a farm he has visited only twice as investments he has held for the long haul, through the ups and downs of the market.

A farm and office building might strike some people as odd investments. Yet they are “classic Buffett” because they get to the heart of what is plaguing investors, who spend more time worrying about the price of an asset rather than its intrinsic value, Hagstrom says. “Investment is focusing on the asset and what that asset will earn, while speculation focuses on the price and predicting what the changes in price will be,” says Hagstrom.

Writes Buffett: “With my two small investments, I thought only of what the properties would produce and cared not at all about their daily valuations. Games are won by players who focus on the playing field—not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.”

That is the key takeaway from Buffett’s latest tome to shareholders, says Josh Brown, chief executive officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management in New York City and a frequent pundit. “He invests like an owner and keeps himself aware of his own weaknesses,” Brown says. “He buys companies that he prefers to own no matter what happens with the macroeconomic picture.”

Can investors tune out the incremental ups and downs of the market? That is a tall order.

But I do love this little nugget from Buffett: “If you can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays without looking at stock prices, give it a try on weekdays.” I just might try that one.

 

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9 to 5: The New Window for Missions

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9 to 5: The New Window for Missions
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Jesus probably spent more time in the marketplace than anywhere else. Of His 132 public appearances recorded in the New Testament, 122 were in the marketplace. Over 85 percent of the parables Jesus told had a workplace context.

This fall, business leaders will join other Christian leaders from every sector of society when they convene at Movement Day in New York City for the fifth consecutive year. The idea is to transform cities through “Gospel Movements” by showing marketplace leaders that their influence in the workplace is a fundamental key to that transformation.

Since vast numbers of people spend the majority of their waking time at work or work-related events, it makes sense that Christians in the workplace devote a significant amount of time investing in workplace relationships with the ultimate goal being sharing to introduce others to God and His ways.

I believe that with the right attitude and approach, Christians in the workplace have an unprecedented opportunity to influence people from all walks of life and in the process, see the Kingdom of God advanced and their cities changed.

While many believe that the marketplace is a key place to transform cities for Christ, many also do not understand the call to let their faith lead them in business—but that is beginning to change.

A friend of mine, Bob Doll, recently posed the question: “Why is there not more transformation in the marketplace?” His answer was, “because we haven’t taken seriously the concept of our calling in the workplace. God has a holy calling for each of us.”

Billy Graham has said the marketplace in this century will be for the spread of the gospel what the medical profession was last century. Do you work heartily for the Lord as a marketplace person? We now have a 9-5 window as opposed to the 10/40 window. We need to match our action and attitudes to God’s, and Movement Day seeks to do that very thing.

During the one-day event, there are multiple tracks available. For example, in the Faith & Work Interactive Track, marketplace leaders will gather with other faith leaders from organizations such as Center for Faith and Work with Redeemer City to CityCruTheology of Work ProjectThe NavigatorsNew Canaan Society and others from around the world to hear from some of the greatest minds on urban ministry, to share ideas and establish measurable goals that will lead to lasting gospel movements in their cities. It is not just about discussion, but mobilizing Christian leaders to address some of the crippling spiritual and social issues of our time.

 

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UN Peacekeepers Flee Inside Israel For Safety

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Nearly every major Israeli-Arab conflict has ended the same, with the international community inserting peacekeeping forces that are intended to server as a buffer between the Jewish state and hostile Arab forces in order to prevent future wars.

Late last week, that formula was put to the test when Syrian rebel forces affiliated with Al Qaeda advanced on and seized control of the border region in the Golan Heights.

The current focus of the Al-Nusra Front is not attacking Israel, but the international forces that make up the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were still in the way and quickly found themselves under siege.

Numerous reports attested to heroic actions by UN peacekeepers in rescuing some of their colleagues that were pinned down by jihadist gunfire. Others were earlier taken captive.

But at the end of the day, it required the peacekeepers’ best, most valiant efforts just to save their own skin when faced with a real threat. And even then, the battle lasted a mere seven hours before scores of UN personnel fled into neighboring Israel.

Israel has asked before, and many are asking again – how exactly are such forces supposed to prevent or deter violence in the region? And the bigger question stemming from that is, can containment of more hostile elements still be viewed as a viable tactic in the Middle East conflict?

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Learning To Cope

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Learning to Cope

Appeal from Oxfam

 

It’s back to class in the UK, but in Syria and South Sudan children are missing out on school because of ongoing fighting, and in Gaza schools are now home to thousands of people. At any one time Oxfam is responding to some 25 emergencies worldwide, improving life for children and their parents.

 

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Churches Open ways to Refugees Fleeing ISIS

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ERBIL, Kurdistan — Where can you go when you’ve lost almost everything?

Throughout northern Iraq and Syria, the scourge of ISIS, the Islamic State, has forced thousands and thousands into a life without homes, jobs and family. While they face an uncertain future, churches are helping fill that void with help and hope.

Many of the churches in Erbil opened their doors, literally, to the many Christian refugees fleeing the advance of ISIS. They said they feel it’s part of the Church’s calling to provide refuge for families like these.

The Kurdsman Church transformed its building into a true sanctuary.

“The building is for the humanity,” Pastor Majeed Mohammed, who has opened the doors for both Christians and non-Christians, told CBN News.

“We wanted to show those people we don’t care if they are Christians, Yazidis, [or] Muslims. We don’t care about that,” Mohammed said. “They are human beings and they have been kicked out of their home[s] by ISIS. We wanted to show them that as Christians we love them and are very glad to have them here and save them.”

One man led a mini-exodus of several families to the Kurdsman Church.

“On behalf of all the people here, Pastor Majeed is really showing the love of Jesus,” he said.

Across town at Ankawa (Assemblies of God) Church, families who are now safe talked about the violent ultimatum they faced.

“We have been told by ISIS if we don’t convert to Islam either they will kill us or we will have to leave the city,” one refugee told CBN News.

For most, it wasn’t a choice at all.

“We prefer to die rather than convert to Islam,” he said. “God has created us as Christians so we don’t want to convert to Islam. The power of God keeps us and strengthens us to remain as Christians.”

Most will never return, like one policeman who escaped with his family and 10-day-old baby.

“I’m already wanted by the Islamic groups over there and secondly I’m a Christian,” he said. “As a minority, I’m also wanted by ISIS so we cannot go back there anymore.”

Most told CBN News they simply want to leave Iraq.

“This is the only way or the only solution for our problem because we cannot go back to our home and we cannot stay here,” he said. “We want to go out, even if they provided international protection. We don’t want to keep staying here.”

Their long-term fate remains one of the major questions in this humanitarian crisis.

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Learn How to Love Gays Without Condoning Their Sin

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Learn How to Love Gays Without Condoning Their Sin
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Chances are, you or someone close to you has a loved one who is living a homosexual life. God wants you to love them unconditionally. Here are three simple ways we all can do this.

1. Show them Jesus. Please love them, welcome them and minister to them. A church and its people “loved” my brother back into a relationship with Jesus that ultimately secured his destiny into heaven!

2. Get real about sin. Let’s realize that we all have a natural inclination to certain things that challenge our walk with God. On the sin scale, is homosexual fornication different than heterosexual fornication? No. Yet do we condone heterosexual fornication more readily than homosexual fornication? I would say most of us do. Sin is sin, wrong is wrong, and any sin breaks God’s heart.

3. Pour on the grace. Make no mistake; we are to follow the Bible in its entirety. The instruction manual is clear, and we are to resist all temptations. But we all fall from time to time (see 1 John 2:1-2). Even though Peter denied Christ three times (and yes, he walked on water with Jesus), he was not disqualified from a wonderful purpose. It was Peter who was used to preach on the day of Pentecost. God gave him a place to fit in.

My plea to the body of Christ is before you judge or form an opinion, before you shun or disqualify one of God’s own children, think about this: Where would this person fit in to Jesus’ group?

I’ve served as a church leader at many churches and heard every reason for why “We can’t let this or that happen, pastor!” But I know this as Eddie’s brother: If we had created a place for him to serve, to use his gifts and talents, and to be celebrated, he might still be with us today. Just maybe part of God’s plan for my brother was to open our eyes to his dilemma.

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Richie Hughes is an agent/manager for authors and music artists, and an in-demand speaker for churches and businesses. He is the former executive pastor of Free Chapel church, pastored by Jentezen Franklin. His latest book, Start Here, Go Anywhere, released in August. For more information, visit richiehughes.org.

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Obama Vows to ‘Destroy’ ISIS after Beheading Sotloff

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President Barack Obama has ordered more troops to Iraq to protect U.S. diplomatic posts and workers in Baghdad after the gruesome beheading of another American journalist by the Islamic State.

The military personnel will offer protection as the country fights a growing insurgency from the jihadist army.

Obama condemned the killing during a press conference in Estonia early Wednesday morning.

“We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists,” the president said.

“The bottom line is this: Our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy [Islamic State] so that it’s no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States,” Obama continued.

President Obama is sending 350 more military personnel to Iraq. Did the U.S. pullout from Iraq encourage the rise of Isis there? CBN News’s Erick Stakelbeck addressed that question and more on The 700 Club, Sept. 3.

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For months, ISIS has been mounting attacks and capturing territory across Iraq and along the Iraq-Syria border, even in the face of American airstrikes.

Meanwhile, U.S. authorities have confirmed that footage released by ISIS Tuesday showing the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic.

“Overnight, our government confirmed that, tragically, Steven was taken from us in a horrific act of violence,” the president said.

The grizzly video is called “A Second Message to America” and shows the 31-year-old American on his knees in an orange jumpsuit before an Islamic State fighter.

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy toward the Islamic State,” Sotloff’s executioner says in the video. “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

Sotloff’s death comes two weeks after American journalist James Foley was executed in a similar video.

Investigators are trying to determine if the same hooded jihadist with an apparent British accent killed both journalists.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken the lead in responding to the Islamic State threat. He recently introduced legislation to stop ISIS fighters from returning to the United Kingdom.

“It is abhorrent that people who declare their allegiance elsewhere are able to return to the United Kingdom and pose a threat to our national security,” Cameron said.

Obama’s critics say his weak foreign policy is contributing to the terror group’s rise. Both Democrats and Republicans are pushing the president to act quickly against ISIS.

“We have to deal with this threat comprehensively and thoroughly now, and that is what I want to hear and see from our commander in chief,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said.

“I would say, I wish our president were showing the same leadership that David Cameron showed. What is President Obama waiting for?” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., asked.

Meanwhile, ISIS is holding at least one more British journalist and two American aid workers hostage.

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Mary Mary: ‘Christians can be saved and sexual’

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Gospel Duo Mary Mary want to make one thing clear: You can be saved and sexual.

 

Popular “Bible Verses” that aren’t in the Bible

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The Bible, long debated as the bestsellingest book of all time, might also be one of the most quoted texts. But how much of what is cited as coming from the Old and New Testaments is actually in the Bible?
“Spare the rod, spoil the child”

This could very well be a paraphrase of Proverbs 13:24, but the statement doesn’t really exist in any translation of the Bible. The Bible verse actually reads: “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
Samuel Butler, 17th century British poet who coined the term “spare the rod, spoil the child” in his satirical poem “Hudibras.”
“Money is the root of all evil”

This misquote is not too far off from the actual verse, found in 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

“God don’t like ugly”

While some may want to suggest that this phrase could be a colloquial interpretation from the Book of Proverbs to sum up ungodly behavior, they would be wrong. The phrase, as profound as it may be, is not anywhere in Scripture.
“Cleanliness is next to godliness”

No, Jesus did not say this in the Sermon on the Mount nor in any of his teachings recorded in the Gospels. This Bible misquote might have its root in James 4:8: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
“Money cometh to me now!”
someecards.com – I say, Money cometh to me now! Now, all you imbeciles bring me your money so I can dance on it to bless you. Money cometh to me now! I said, Money cometh!

This phrase, made popular by preacher Dr. Leroy Thompson and frequently chanted during his “Money Cometh to You” conferences is, unfortunately, not in the Bible. The phrase, also picked up by Kenneth Copeland, won’t instantaneously attract unexpected income.
“Blessed and highly favored”

Paul, credited with writing many of the New Testament letters, never wrote to the churches in Corinth or Rome declaring Christians to be “blessed and highly favored.” As good as the phrase may sound, it’s not in the Bible.
“Touch your neighbor”

This phrase might frequently be heard during sermons, when a preacher has a particular point he or she wants to get across — but, surprisingly, this saying isn’t in the Good Book. Christians are admonished throughout Scripture to love their neighbors, but there is nothing in the Bible about turning to your neighbor, high-fiving your neighbor, or touching your neighbor.
“All things work together for good”

This is another passage in which context is key — what things work together for whose good? Romans 8:28 reads in full: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
“God moves in mysterious ways”

This might be a universal confession among all Christians, but this phrase is stated nowhere in Scripture. Perhaps the phrase can be linked to Isaiah 55:8: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.”
“Pride comes before the fall”

This phrase often attributed to the Bible is almost correct. The actual verse, found in Proverbs 16:18, actually reads: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

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You may have been Misusuing these Verses of the Bible Unknowingly

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Last weekend, I read a helpful book by Eric Bargerhuff titled The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word Is Misunderstood (Bethany House, 2012). Eric takes the reader through 17 often misquoted verses and helps us see their proper meaning and application.

Since some of these misinterpretations are more damaging than others, Eric doesn’t recommend we run to correct people who innocently mis-apply the passages. He does recommend, however, that pastors and teachers take special care to avoid the common mistakes that lead to misuse.

I should note that pastors and scholars don’t always agree on the meaning and application of some of these passages. Personally, I found myself appreciating Eric’s analysis of some of the more rampant misunderstandings that come from these verses without necessarily agreeing with all the particulars of Eric’s interpretation. Still, the book is a helpful tool that resembles F. F. Bruce’s Hard Sayings of Jesus.

Here’s a look at the “most misused verses” Eric writes about in his book:

“Judge Not” – Matthew 7:1
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you” – Jeremiah 29:11-13
“Where two or three are gathered” – Matthew 18:20
“Ask for anything in My name” – John 14:13-14
“All things work together for good” – Romans 8:28
“If My people who are called by My name” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Jesus as the firstborn of all creation” – Colossians 1:15
“Money is the root of all evil” – 1 Timothy 6:10
“No more than you can handle” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
“Train up a child” – Proverbs 22:6
“I can do all things through Christ” – Philippians 4:13
“An eye for an eye” – Exodus 21:23-25
“Prayer offered in faith” – James 5:15
“Repent and be baptized” – Acts 2:38
“Guard your heart” – Proverbs 4:23
“Where there is no vision” – Proverbs 29:18
“Lifting up the name of Jesus” – John 12:32

What are some other verses that you see commonly misused? How can we as pastors help people interpret the Bible rightly?

Original Content by The Gospel Coalition

Crying about ISIS, Boko Haram Is Taking Over Nigerian Churches

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Boko Haram Taking Over Nigerian Churches

While we are still crying about ISIS, Boko Haram  is Taking Over Nigerian Churches

 

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