Pope Francis Disagrees With Labeling Islam as Violent

Pope Francis Diasagrees with Labeling Islam as Violent

Pope Francis told journalists during the July 31 papal flight to Rome following his apostolic journey to Poland, “I do not believe it is right to identify Islam with violence. This is not right and it is not true.” The Pope expressed his belief that every religion has its fundamentalist groups, including Catholicism.

He goes on to say, “There are violent Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence.” Pope Francis’ remarks came in response to a question put by a journalist regarding the murder of a French priest at the hands of Islamist militants, an attack which Pope Francis condemned.  See full story…catholicnewsagency.com

Pope Francis, following the recent attacks: It is not a war of religions. Religions want peace. Source: youtube.com

See also: Muslims Attend Catholic Mass After France Church Attack


Pastor Josh Squires: The Perfect Spouse Will Not Complete You

The Perfect Spouse

Motivations are one thing, expectations are another. If you asked most people, they would affirm that there is no such thing as a perfect spouse. However, I’m betting that most of those same people would probably also affirm the “perfect-for-me” theory of spousal selection. That is the idea that there is some perfect person somewhere on the planet, and if they could just find them, the two would be perfectly happy together. Their interests, strengths, and shortcomings would all blend in perfect relational harmony.

Chemistry With the Perfect Spouse

Chemistry is the domain that lets me know that two people are really attracted to each other. There are common refrains in counseling; problems that I hear again and again. One of them is when one spouse is not attracted to the other. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common I’ve found is that people have tried to fight against the trend in society that relationships are almost exclusively about looks and lust, so they have fallen for the opposite lie, that looks don’t matter at all.  See full story …desiringgod.org

Keith & Beth Moore: Enjoying Marriage (James Robison/LIFE Today)

  • Beth Moore looks into James’ and Betty’s marriage and relates the quality of tenderness to her marital relationship.


Bishop T.D. Jakes Cautions Against More Violence Following Dallas Police Shootings

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Dallas Police Shootings: Bishop T.D. Jakes, of the Dallas, Texas based Potter’s House church, is reminding people not to let revenge rule their hearts and let God take care of everything.


Cee Harmon’s insight:

Instead of being fueled by hate, Bishop T.D. Jakes is encouraging people – regardless of their skin color – to unite and stand together in battling social injustices.

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How to stop the cycle of hate crimes against Muslims

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Khalid Latif at CNN: We can pretend like our society is not in pain and in need of healing, but the prevalence of hate crimes against Muslims lets us know otherwise.


Cee Harmon’s insight:

According to reports by CNN, this 4th of July weekend alone, in cities throughout the United States: Two Muslim teenagers assaulted outside a Brooklyn mosque while the assailant called them “terrorists,” a Muslim doctor ambushed and shot in Houston by three men as he went for morning prayers, and another Muslim beaten in Fort Pierce, Florida, outside of an Islamic Center there.

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Pastor Banning Liebscher: Christians Can Thrive With God’s Help

jesus culture music bannining liebscher - God's help

According to Pastor Banning Liebscher of Jesus Culture Music Ministries, “Growing isn’t always comfortable, but it’s exhilarating and rewarding. The pastor says Christians should keep their eyes focused on God and avoid distractions so they don’t miss what God is trying to teach them at the moment. “Make no mistake: God is trying to grow you exactly where you are,” he stresses.

Cee Harmon’s insight:

Pastor Banning Liebscher says, “God is intent on establishing a good root system in one’s life, although Christians don’t always recognize it.”

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Research poll: What reasons would draw Americans to church? Survey reveals

Research Poll on Church Attendance
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According to a LifeWay Research poll, if invited by a friend, Americans who don’t go to church said they would attend an event to help make a neighborhood safer that is sponsored by a local Christian church rather than go to a worship service, a survey said. A total of 67 percent said they are unlikely to attend church regularly sometime in the near future.

When asked the reason why they decided not to attend church regularly, 25 percent said they only attended because their parents wanted them to; 23 percent said they lost interest, and 21 percent said they were turned off by the moral stances of the church. Twenty percent said they lost trust in the church and 20 percent said they got too busy in their life.