The Bible remains a ‘powerful, transformative tool’ in American culture: Poll

(Worthy News) – The Bible remains a fixture in American culture and lifestyle according to the “State of the Bible” report, an annual poll conducted by the Barna Group, a California-based research organization, and the American Bible Society.

“The results show that, despite shifting cultural trends, Americans still read the Word, and it remains a powerful, transformative tool in their life. These and other snapshots are included in our list of top seven findings from this year’s State of the Bible report,” the survey said.

Overall, half of Americans are “Bible users” — they read it, pray with it or consider biblical content through online or recorded forms. The survey found that Bible use has remained relatively consistent since 2011. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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Families Warn of ‘Devastating’ Consequences If Adoption Agencies Are Shut Down Over Gay Marriage Beliefs

(Worthy News) – A number of former foster children who are now helping others find homes through faith-based adoption agencies told a Michigan court on Thursday that there will be “devastating” consequences if such agencies are shut down over their views on gay marriage.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing agencies such as St. Vincent Catholic Charities in the state over its conservative stance on marriage, accusing it of turning down gay couples who want to adopt.

The law group added that in 2017, St. Vincent successfully recruited more new adoptive families than nearly 90 percent of other agencies in the area. [ Source: Christian Post (Read More…) ]

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DC Council Considers Bill That Might Force Pro-Life Clinics to Hire Abortion Providers

(Worthy News) – Pro-Life activists have expressed concern that a proposed amendment to the District of Columbia’s Human Rights Act will force pro-life healthcare centers to hire abortion providers.

Last November, six members of the DC Council introduced a bill titled “The Abortion Provider Non-Discrimination Amendment Act.” The bill would make it unlawful for healthcare providers to dismiss or refuse to hire someone who performs abortions, adding abortion providers to the District’s list of protected classes.

First Amendment Partnership attorney Katie Glenn denounced the bill in an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner published Tuesday, saying that it “is not viewpoint neutral, and if challenged, will likely be held unconstitutional.” [ Source: Christian Post (Read More…) ]

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Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes Through June; Still Run $607B Deficit

(Worthy News) – The federal government collected a record $1,305,490,000,000 in individual income taxes through the first nine months of fiscal 2018 (October 2017 through June 2018), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Despite the record individual income tax collections, the federal government still ran a deficit of $607,099,000,000 over those same nine months, according to the Treasury statement.

The approximately $1,305,490,000,000 in individual income taxes that the Treasury collected in October through June of this fiscal year was $71,815,310,000 more (in constant June 2018 dollars) than the $1,233,674,690,000 (in constant June 2018 dollars) in individual income taxes that the Treasury collected in October through June of fiscal 2017—which was the previous record. [ Source: CNS News (Read More…) ]

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Putin hosts Abbas in Moscow, days after Netanyahu visit

(Worthy News) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in Moscow on Saturday to meet with Vladimir Putin, just days after the Russian leader hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas told the Russian leader of his concerns over US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem, as well as Israeli settlement activity.

“We are resisting attempts by the Americans to impose their decisions on the most sensitive problems of Palestine,” Russian news agencies quoted him as saying in translated remarks. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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As dozens of rockets hit Israel, IDF pounds Gaza in heaviest strikes since 2014

(Worthy News) – Israeli aircraft on Saturday attacked more than 40 targets in the Gaza Strip in the most extensive daytime assault since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge as Palestinian terror groups fired repeated salvos of rockets and mortars into Israel.

The surge in violence intensified after midnight Friday-Saturday as the Israel Defense Forces hit an attack tunnel and Hamas training bases in Gaza in response to the moderate wounding of an IDF officer by a hand-grenade thrown during a border riot on Friday.

During the night, Palestinians fired more than 30 projectiles into Israel and kept up the attacks on Saturday, firing a further 100 rockets and mortar shells. Residents of Israeli border communities spent the night in bomb shelters and were cautioned to remain close to the shelters during the day. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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NC Church On Track to Reach Ambitious Goal: 1,000 Church Plants in 50 Years

(Worthy News) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) new president wants the denomination to re-focus on evangelism and church-planting. And Pastor J.D. Greear knows what he’s talking about.

Greear’s megachurch, The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, is on track to plant 1,000 churches in 50 years.

The church’s growth stems back to its emphasis on “sending.” It’s a word the church uses often to help members understand what it believes is their personal responsibility for evangelism. [ Source: CBN News (Read More…) ]

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Hamas leaders in Cairo for talks on Gaza crisis, ‘reconciliation’

(Worthy News) – Egypt has invited senior Hamas officials to Cairo for talks on the continued tensions along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and ways of ending the dispute between the Islamist movement and the ruling Fatah faction in the West Bank.

On the eve of the visit, Hamas leaders said they were not prepared to “pay any political price” in return for economic and humanitarian projects in the Gaza Strip.

The visit comes amid increased tensions between Fatah and Hamas, with representatives of the rival parties holding each other responsible for thwarting efforts to achieve “national reconciliation.” [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]

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Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit

(Worthy News) – When President Donald Trump meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Syrian conflict will be one of the most immediately pressing issues on a wide-ranging agenda.

As fighting wanes after seven years of war, the U.S. has made curtailing Iran’s influence in post-war Syria a strategic objective — one strongly backed by Israel. And U.S. and Russian officials have signaled that a broad framework for such a deal is likely to be the main outcome of the summit.

Any agreement is likely to be general in nature, and discussions are likely to be centered more on limiting Iran’s presence rather than ending it, analysts say. [ Source: Fox News (Read More…) ]

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Mission accomplished: Trump says NATO members agree to spend more on defense

(Worthy News) – President Trump’s bare-knuckles diplomacy agitated NATO allies, but he said it paid off.

After two tumultuous days at the NATO summit in Brussels, Mr. Trump emerged claiming allies bowed to his demand that they substantially increase defense spending, relieving some of the burden on the U.S. to prop up the military alliance.

NATO allies committed to an additional $33 billion in defense spending this year, he said. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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