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Meriam Unshackled; Flies to Freedom After Long Wait

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Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Media Relations Director, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, JerryD@odusa.org SANTA ANA, Calif., July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The long, torturous wait is over.According to BBC News, Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim and her family have flown from Sudan to Italy where they were met by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who declared a "day of celebration." She also met with Pope Francis. Meriam had initially been sentenced to death by hanging by a Sudan Source: Open Doors USA
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Mastering Life Ministries Announces it's 5th Annual 'Pure Passion' Award

Christian Newswire - 0 sec ago
Awarded to "Help 4 Families" Contact: David Kyle Foster, Mastering Life Ministries, 615-507-4166, MLifeM@aol.com FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Help 4 Families' founding director is Denise Shick, who for many years has been a source of biblical guidance and comfort for those seeking to resolve Gender Identity Disorders. They offer encouragement, loving support, and an open-handed approach towards restoration, as well as guidance for pastors and help i Source: Mastering Life Ministries
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'Great Strides' in Bible Translation and Scripture Access in 2013

Christian Newswire - 0 sec ago
Contact: Andrea Rhodes, +44(0)118-952-1428 SWINDON, England, July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- New Bible translations in 18 languages spoken by 15 million people were published by Bible Societies and their partners in 2013. This is one of the highlights of the United Bible Societies' Global Scripture Access Report, which has just been released. The report, produced annually, keeps track of Bible Society translation projects and the rapidly increasing availability of Scriptures through Source: United Bible Societies
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Scientific Review of 72 Epidemiological Studies, Biological Evidence Supports Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

Christian Newswire - 27 min 28 sec ago
Contact: Karen Malec, Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, 847-421-4000 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A scientific review conducted by Angela Lanfranchi, MD and Patrick Fagan, Ph.D. found that support for an abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link exists in current knowledge of breast physiology (as it is presented in standard medical texts), as well as epidemiological and experimental research. The review, published in Issues in Law and Medicine, is entitled, "Br Source: Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
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Atlanta Ride of Life Event Raises Awareness to Fight ALS

Christian Newswire - 1 hour 20 min ago
Contact: Pat Puzder, 770-827-6494 STOCKBRIDGE, Ga., July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- For almost 2 months Silas "Randy" Smith has been riding his Motorcycle around the USA and talking about his wife, Sophia Smith and the losing battle she fought with ALS. Randy rides with a two fold purpose: (1) To raise awareness about this devastating disease and (2) To complete an inpatient center for Hospice of South Texas, a state of the art facility for those who require intensive palliative care Source: Avon
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Accepted

The Christian Post - 1 hour 27 min ago
All that God has done has been because of His grace, which means "unmerited favor." You aren't merely forgiven, justified, and cleansed of your sins; you have been received in love by God Himself. This is because of His deep love for His own Son, Jesus. Because His Son lives in you, you have found His favor. You have the approval of God because of what Jesus has done.
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One Man's Inspiring Story of Life After Stroke Told in New Book

Christian Newswire - 1 hour 50 min ago
Stroke survivor Paul Sybert pens enlightening new book about personal journeyContact: Paul Sybert, 831-238-4753, psybert@yahoo.com MONTEREY, Calif., July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- It came without warning. While relaxing at home one day, Paul Sybert suffered a "stroke" that left his arm and leg numb and severely impaired his ability to walk. The ischemic stroke, caused by a clot in his brain that cut off the blood flow to his brain cells, led to an emergency room v Source: Paul Sybert
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Selena Gomez's Former Disney Co-Star Says Catholic Faith Keeps Him From Falling Into Hollywood's Wildness

The Christian Post - 1 hour 51 min ago
Actor David Henrie, who appeared alongside Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," among other television shows, could have easily fallen into the out-of-control party lifestyle Hollywood is known for, but he credits his Catholic faith for giving him the strength to survive in Tinseltown with his moral values intact.
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Meriam Ibrahim released from Sudan

World Magazine - 2 hours 3 min ago
After diplomatic efforts by the Italian government, the family arrived safely this morning in Rome
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On a rampage

World Magazine - 2 hours 9 min ago
I’m on a rampage this week. My father showed up at the doorstep and said, “Why don’t we clean the garage?” I hemmed and hawed that I didn’t have time, but like the second son of the parable who at first said no and then did what he was told, I threw on work clothes and joined my dad. That’s when the rampage started. Improbably, I got into the project with a vengeance—vengeance at the clutter, vengeance at the way it has taken over my existence and slowed me down and sucked
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Book Reviews are in -- It's a 'One of a Kind Book' the Best of What did Jesus Say

Christian Newswire - 2 hours 20 min ago
'What Did Jesus Say? The Seven Messages From the Master' helps lead Christians back to the words of JesusContact: Helen Cook, 903-654-0938, helen.cook@primestarpublicity.com  SAN DIEGO, July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- As a Christian author, speaker and minister, Rev. Terry Christian's singular mission is to HELP all Christians, of all denominations by presenting only the words, actually spoken, by Jesus Christ.Every so often a book comes along that can a Source: PrimeStar Publcity & Public Relations
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Air Algerie Flight AH5017 Disappears With 116 People; Many French Likely Aboard

The Christian Post - 2 hours 33 min ago
An Air Algerie flight with 116 people aboard went missing Thursday after it dropped off the radar and a search has now been launched for the missing plane according to the airline's operator.
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Rallies, Prayer Vigils Mark 100 Days Since Over 200 Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram

The Christian Post - 2 hours 55 min ago
Rallies and prayer vigils worldwide are marking 100 days since more than 200 schoolgirls from northeastern Nigeria were abducted by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, with most of the girls still missing.
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Supreme Court Vote Forces Obama Admin to Craft New Birth Control Option for Religious Nonprofits

The Christian Post - 4 hours 5 min ago
The Obama administration is devising a plan that will allow religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives and abortifacients in their healthcare plans and also object to filling out a form that allows a third-party to cover these products and services, to opt out.
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Kids Internet Safety Tips – 10 Truths Parents Should Teach

Covenant Eyes - 5 hours 24 min ago

As a  parent or guardian, you are the gatekeeper of the home. The ultimate goal of any “Internet safety tips” are not just to protect your kids but to train them to eventually live as responsible young adults in an online world. Kids need to know not just what is wise and unwise, but why.

1. People can be cruel, so stand up for others.

Studies show that about a third of teens have been targets of a range of annoying or potentially menacing online activities. Moreover, 88% of social media-using teens say they have seen someone being mean or cruel to another person on a social network site. This could include spreading rumors, rude comments, or posting embarrassing photos. Many have called this “cyberbullying.”

Parental involvement and school programs can only go so far to prevent bullying online. Sameer Hinduja of the Cyberbullying Research Center states:

Bystanders have a humongous role to play. [...] Maybe you aren’t the victim or the target, and maybe you aren’t the offender, but I promise you, you talk to any teenager, and yes, they’ve seen this happen at their school amongst people that they know. [...] I think bystanders absolutely can be heroes because they’re coming to the rescue of their friends.

Teach your kids to be the hero online and stand up for others when they see abusive words or harsh comments.

2. People can be persistently cruel, so tell an adult.

When your kids see others being abusive or cruel online, or when they are the target for cruelty, usually just ignoring the bully is best. Don’t give the bully the satisfaction of having annoyed you. But if the bullying is particularly menacing or habitual, it is time to tell the right adults. Tell parents, teachers, or school administrators. Alert those who host or manage the websites where the abuse is taking place.

3. Nakedness is meant to be a private thing.

From childhood to the teenage years, children should be taught that though the human body is a beautiful and often alluring thing, nakedness is meant to be private. The online world is a place the human body is often flaunted for the purpose of alluring others, so children should be on guard about this.

  • If a child sees pornography or other sexual content, they should be told that such images dishonor the people in the images. No one benefits when sex is on-tap all the time. The women and men in those images are being treated like products, not people. By making these photos available for everyone to see, it only cheapens the goodness of sex.
  • A child or teen should never treat themselves this way, sending or posting provocative photos of themselves. As many as 30% of older teens have has sexual images sent to them (called “sexting”). Teens should be taught to honor their own sexuality by not making themselves a commodity for others.
4. Don’t look to online friends for validation.

People do all kinds of things online to get attention. Nearly three quarters of teen girls agree that “most girls my age use social networking sites to make themselves look cooler than they really are,” and 41% admit this describes them. Some post videos of themselves on YouTube asking random strangers if they are pretty, or they will post questions on Formspring to receive anonymous replies.

Those with low self-esteem are far more likely to put more stock in their online image, so as parents, we should help our children be self-aware. While teenage insecurities are as normal as the day is long, we should help our children see the fruitlessness of validation from thousands of online spectators, and worse, how easily these spectators can turn vicious.

5. Don’t trust online resources for research.

While the Internet is a great source for quick-and-easy answers to questions, when doing research for something formal (like a school report), Internet sources should be approached with skepticism. Parents should tell their kids to use the Internet as a place to search for valuable and credible sources.

6. People can be dishonest, so be cautious.

Kids need a reminder that the “don’t talk to strangers” rule applies as much online as offline. Young children should avoid putting personal information online like phone numbers, real names, or home addresses. Teens often post this information, and parents should make sure their teen understands and uses the built-in privacy settings for any given website.

For younger children, screen names should not be a child’s real name, and passwords should never be shared.

There are many Internet predators online, but for most of them their targets are young girls or boys who are willing to have sexual conversations online. Parents should teach their children that it is fun to meet new people online, but not everyone is who they claim to be. They should approach any stranger with skepticism and remember to never engage in sexual questions, sexual chat, or exchange sexual images online. They should also never agree to meet offline with someone they met online.

7. Programs can be malicious, so ask permission.

Thousands of viruses and malware programs can be accidentally accessed online. Parents should inform their children that these exist and to never download new programs they haven’t spoken to their parents about first.

8. Time online should be fun, informative, and purposeful.

It is important that you communicate to your children that the Internet is a place for recreation, connection, and learning. But it is possible to have too much of a good thing. It is easy to let time online slip away. Over 11% of teens can be classified as “hyper-networkers,” spending more than three hours a day on social networks. In some studies, more time online is a predictor of depression.

Parents should monitor the amount of time kids spend online and set appropriate limits. Encourage children to be social and creative in other ways and model for them using the Internet purposefully—with intention.

9. Websites and games can have bad content, just like movies and TV.

There are thousands of great age-appropriate sites for young children. Parents should locate some favorites and bookmark them for their children.

Most social networks, however, have age restrictions for a reason. Unfortunately, many parents are either unaware or unconcerned about these restrictions and allow their children to have accounts.

Parents should consider getting an age-based monitoring and filtering program for all their devices. Covenant Eyes rates every website for its content and applies an age-based rating, like T for Teen or M for Mature—similar to movie ratings or video game ratings.

10. We monitor everything because we want to watch each other’s back.

Most importantly, parents need to model transparency and openness about Internet use in the home. Children should grow up in an environment where Internet-time is not private time—for parents or kids.

“For parents, the answer is to create a new culture in the home—a culture of accountability. Simply put, it means that you can—and should—give an account of your actions (including the websites you visit and the search terms you use) to someone else. Kids should be accountable to their parents. Husbands should be accountable to their wives and vice versa. (Even better, a man should also be accountable to another male friend or mentor.)”

- Protecting Your Family Online: A Parent’s How-To Guide 

Learn more about how to hold your kids accountable online in this free guide for parents.

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Jeffress ponders evolution of 'tolerance'

One News Now - 11 hours 20 min ago

There's a word thrown around a lot these days but one pastor says it's not being used in the way it was meant. 

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Moto X+1, Moto X2, Moto 360 Release Date, Rumors, Specs: August or September 2014 Launch Touted (Leaked Photo)

The Christian Post - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:51pm
Motorola has yet to make an official announcement on the release date of the Moto X2 (which has also been called the Moto X+1), and Moto 360, the latest rumors surrounding the devices are that they could be launched sometime in August or September 2014.
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