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Jewish Newspaper Editor Calls for 'Jewish Megachurch,' Says 'We Have Much to Learn From Evangelicals'
LINK An editor with a well-established Jewish news publication argues that American Judaism has lessons to learn from Evangelicals and how they approach worship.

Lacey Spears, Young Mom Accused of Secretly Poisoning 5-Year-Old Son, Goes on Trial One Year After His Suspicious Death
LINK Lacey Spears, the young mother accused of secretly poisoning her late 5-year-old son and documenting his decline on social media, went on trial in Westchester County, New York this week.

Sheriff's Deputy Fired for Hosting Bible Study With Ex-Inmates Says God Told Him Not to File Lawsuit Seeking 'Financial Restitution'
LINK A deputy at a Georgia prison who was fired for hosting a Bible study with former inmates has said that he will not pursue legal actions against his former employer.

70-Y-O Pastor Married for 53 Years Found Guilty of Molesting Grandchildren; Faces Life in Prison
LINK A 70-year-old pastor who celebrated his 53rd wedding anniversary this month left behind a trail of grief and confusion Monday, when after years of speculation he was found guilty by a jury of sexually molesting two of his grandchildren.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Stay of Execution Could Be Granted During Procedural Review
LINK Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Supreme Court to stay several executions while it performs a full review of the procedure that has had disastrous results in the past.

Abortion 'Care Packages' Containing Handcuffs Sent to Over 500 Clinics in the US With Warning: 'Could You Be Next?'
LINK The Pro-Life Acton League has sent over 500 plastic handcuffs inside "care packages" that are being delivered to abortion clinics throughout the U.S. this week and include a picture postcard showing the recent arrest of an Oklahoma abortionist with a handwritten message asking: "Could you be next?"

'American Sniper' Suspected Killer of War Hero Chris Kyle to Plead 'Not Guilty' in Upcoming Trial as Attorney Insists 'He's Not Evil'
LINK Eddie Ray Routh, the Marine Corps veteran accused of killing real life "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, will plead "not guilty" in the upcoming trial his lawyer said.

Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Apocalypse Midnight; Now Just 3 Minutes Left
LINK The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a group founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, warned last week that the world has moved much closer to an apocalypse.

7 Homeschool Kids in State Custody After Judge Rules Against Christian Parents; Police Won't Say Why Children Were Seized
LINK Seven homeschool children, whose parents claim were unjustly removed from their custody by the state of Arkansas earlier this month on child abuse allegations, still remain in the state's custody after a court ruled there was probable cause to keep the children until after the parents could be judged in a mid-Feburary trial.

'She's Shaking and She's Having a Baby;' 4-Y-O Girl Saves Pregnant Epileptic Mother's Life With Impressive 911 Call
LINK A brave 4-year-old girl from Kalamazoo, Michigan, is being hailed as a hero after she made an impressive 911 call to get help for her pregnant, epileptic mother who had an unexpected seizure.

Christian Blogger Veronica Partridge Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post Claiming Leggings Tempt Men Draws Criticism
LINK A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan.

Northeast Braces for 'Potentially Worst-Ever' Snowstorm; Up to 3 Feet of Snow, 75 mph Wind
LINK Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for a potentially historic storm, which threatens to trigger massive power outages and has already led to cancellation of 1,422 flights. It has the potential for blizzard conditions and 2 to 3 feet of snow.

Bobby Jindal at National Prayer Rally: Billy Graham Inspired Me to Convert to Christianity; America Needs a Spiritual Revival, Not Just a Good Political Leader
LINK Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal shared with thousands of people at his national prayer rally Sunday how he converted from Hinduism to Catholicism, and urged prayers for America's spiritual revival as well as President Obama and his family.

America's 10 Most Bible-Minded Cities for 2015 Are All in the South and Birmingham, Alabama Tops Them All
LINK America's 10 most Bible-minded cities are all still located in the "Bible Belt" of the South and Birmingham, Alabama sits at the top of that pack. The state of Alabama also became the state with the most Bible-minded cities in 2015 according to a Barna survey commissioned by the American Bible Society.

Jury Awards $150K to Evangelical Christian Fired for Refusing 'Mark of the Beast'
LINK An evangelical Christian who said he was forced to retire from his job as a general laborer at Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Co.'s mining operations in Mannington, West Virginia, for his religious beliefs was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages last Thursday by a federal jury.

Franklin Graham on the US: 'All These Religions Are Getting Front Row and Christians Are Being Pushed to Back of the Room'
LINK The Rev. Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan's Purse and son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, feels that other religions are being brought to the forefront in the U.S. while Christianity is being pushed back.

Christian Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Files Religious Discrimination Complaint Against City of Atlanta After Termination Over Book
LINK Attorneys for Kelvin Cochran filed a complaint on his behalf with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission on Wednesday, claiming the ousted Fire Chief faced religious discrimination by the City of Atlanta.

Reparative Therapy Counselor: 'We Point Toward a Relationship With Christ,' We Can't 'Fix' or Change Sexuality (Part 2)
LINK Christian minister and self-described former homosexual McKrae Game has developed an organization called Hope for Wholeness, which allows people dealing with same-sex attraction to come together and worship God, with the ultimate goal of bringing them closer to Christ.

American Women More Pro-Life Than Men, Says Boston Cardinal in Message Against 'Irresponsible' Men 'Threatening' Women Into Abortions
LINK Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has said that American women have shown they are more pro-life than men, who sometimes attempt to force them into having abortions. O'Malley vowed that the Catholic Church will continue its fight against abortion, and predicted that it "shall overcome" in the cultural battle.

Darren Wilson Unlikely to Face Federal Charges in Shooting Death of Michael Brown
LINK Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown last year, will likely not face federal charges, according to a CNN report.

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Bible Scholars Reveal 'God's Battle Plan' to Defeat ISIS
LINK Contact: Janis Backing, 312-329-2108

U.S. Rep. Smith on 'Religious Freedom Day:' Advancing Religious Liberty Worldwide Must Be a U.S. Priority
LINK Contact: Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765, chrissmith.house.gov WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The recent attacks in Paris and Nigeria remind us again that religious freedom and religious engagement need to be central pillars of U.S. foreign policy and national security strategywe ignore this fact at our peril," said Cong. Chris Smith, (NJ-04) Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights.  "Too many people are jailed, suffer, or die for Source: Congressman Chris Smith

Georgia Right to Life Supports Religious Liberty Effort
LINK Contact: Nancy Stith, Georgia Right to Life, 770-339-6880

Dr. Alveda King Reminds Mayor, Fire Chief: 'It All Started with an Apple'
LINK Contact: Leslie Palma, 347-286-7277

FBI Commands FAA to Ground (censor) Florida Family Association Aircraft with Banner that Stated 'AIG SPONSORS JIHAD TV'
LINK Contact: David Caton, Florida Family Association, 813-690-4829

Hypocrisy Runs Deep at 'Washington Post'
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

ExtinguishIntolerance.com Campaign Calls on Atlanta Mayor to Reinstate Ousted Fire Chief
LINK Faith Driven Consumer launches petition campaign asking Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to apologize for discriminating against Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran -- fired simply for expressing his protected religious convictions -- and reinstate him immediately

Indiana Supreme Court Strikes Down Overreach by State's Civil Rights Commission
LINK Thomas More Society Wins Appeal for Catholic Homeschool Group

Federal Court Rules that Michigan Firm, Autocam, Not Required to Provide Abortion Coverage
LINK Thomas More Society Wins Lengthy Lawsuit in Defense of Religious Liberty for Christian-Owned Business

Jihadists Massacring Copts in Libya; Urgent Intervention Needed to Pre-empt Pogroms
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity strongly condemns the systematic targeting by Islamic militants of Christian Copts in Libya, and urges Egypt and the international community to act immediately as the entire migrant community is in grave danger. The Jihadists of the Ansar al Sharia (Defenders of Sharia), supporters of the Islamic State, have been kidnapping and murd Source: Coptic Solidarity

IRD's Top Church News Stories of 2014
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org

Bishop E.W. Jackson Launches Prayer For Police
LINK Contact: Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444, sandy@standamerica.us; Martin Brown, 804-874-6706, martin@standamerica.us; both with S.T.A.N.D.

International Olympic Committee OKs the Persecution of Christians While Giving Homosexuals and Transgenders a Pass
LINK Contact: 4 WINDS, 608-469-7956

Foundation for Moral Law Criticizes Obama/Communist Cuba Plans
LINK Contact: Martha Till, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245

Nativity Scene will Remain in Franklin County, Indiana this Christmas
LINK Thomas More Society Reaches Temporary Agreement with ACLU of Indiana

Masterworks Announces Open Doors as Newest Client/Partner
LINK Masterworks is pleased to welcome Open Doors USA to our vibrant client family

Will the ACLU Steal Christmas in Indiana?
LINK Thomas More Society to face ACLU and Freedom from Religion Foundation in Emergency Hearing Over Nativity Scene

Coptic Solidarity Launches Advocacy Campaign for Imprisoned Christian Mohammed Hegazi
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity announces the launch of an advocacy campaign seeking the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammed Hegazi.  Mr. Hegazi -- who goes by his adopted Christian name Bishoy Armeya Boulos -- has been the subject of numerous spurious charges and sentences, prolonged detentions and threats to his and his family's lives.  H Source: Coptic Solidarity

Ratio Christi Club Kicked Off of San Jose State University Campus
LINK Contact: John Stewart, Director, Ratio Christi International, 657-201-1151, johnstewart@ratiochristi.org

Georgia Baptist Convention Defends Religious Liberty, Calls on Atlanta Mayor to Reverse Discipline of Atlanta Fire Chief
LINK Contact: Mike Griffin, Public Affairs Spokesman, 706-436-2646, mgriffin@gabaptist.org; Mark Strange, Communications, 770-936-5233, mstrange@gabaptist.org; both with Georgia Baptist Convention

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