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American Christian Connection
Week of February 6, 2017


News From Around the Country


Six Christians Playing in Super Bowl LI
For some NFL stars making their way to Super Bowl LI, a faith in Jesus Christ will be accompanying them on the quest for a championship ring.  The Christian Post has rounded up six NFL players from both the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots whose foci remain on God as much as their high-profile career.

Town takes stand after mayor forced to remove Christian flag
A Mississippi town rallied Saturday after its mayor said he was forced to remove a Christian flag following the threat of a lawsuit by an atheist organization, WREG reported.  More than 100 supporters united at the Veterans Memorial Park in Rienzi, where the group waved Christian flags – a red cross on a blue background in the upper left corner of an all-white base. "I never dreamed that something like this would have happened in a town this small, but it happened." 

Not All News is Good News  |  Few see Christianity as very important to be ‘truly American’
Americans may pledge allegiance to “one nation under God,” but they are divided on whether religion is essential to national identity.  Nearly one-third of Americans view being a Christian as “very important” for being “truly American,” according to a Pew Research Center report on national identity in more than a dozen countries that was released Wednesday (Feb. 1). About the same number (31 percent) said it was “not at all important.”

We Knew It Was Coming  |  Christianity: the new extremism?
Barna Research Group released a study last year that revealed a disturbing trend: the idea that Christianity is irrelevant seems to be morphing into the notion that Christianity is bad for society.  Forty-five percent of atheists, agnostics, and religiously unaffiliated in America agree with the statement that “Christianity is extremist”.


This Week's Thought
By Brad Campbell

When we were kids, we enjoyed pretending to be someone else or somewhere else.  To pretend opened up new worlds and experiences!  Well, this morning I received notice from my particular social media profile that my account had been hacked.  Actually it said that someone had set up a fake account and was “pretending” to be me!  My first thought was, “How absurd!”  Why on earth would anybody pretend to be me, of all people?

Exercising Trust
By Ryan Kelly

One of my favorite movies is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The reason is because of the scene at the end where Jones has to pass the test which is a “leap of faith.” Before him was a deep cavern with no bridge to the other side. Crossing the cavern was the only way to save his father, but there was no apparent rational way to cross. It seemed to him that crossing would be disastrous.   Have you ever felt like this in your life? 

Wholehearted Worship

By Dr. Michael Youssef
God doesn't want our half-hearted worship. Joshua told the people, "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).

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