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The Light of His Glory.

One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.
Psalm 27:4

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Psalm 73:16-17, 23-28 (,%2023-28&version=NKJV )

At a meeting of the Socratic Club in Oxford, England, in 1945, the Christian apologist C. S. Lewis said, “I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” In his biography of C. S. Lewis, Alister McGrath explains what Lewis meant: “We can look at the sun itself; or we can look instead at what it illuminates — thus enlarging our intellectual, moral, and aesthetic vision. We see the true, the good, and the beautiful more clearly by being given a lens that brings them into focus.”1

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The psalmist Asaph had a similar enlightening experience. He was confused and frustrated about the prosperity of evildoers in the world — “Until I went into the sanctuary of God;  then  I understood their end” (Psalm 73:17). When he went to the temple to worship God, suddenly he saw the answer — the answer was God! Somehow, when we “worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2), life looks different.

We worship God not only because He is God but because we see everything else more clearly in the light of His glory.

In the light of God, human vision clears.
James Philip

1Alister McGrath,  C. S. Lewis: A Life—Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet  (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2013), 277.

1 Corinthians 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

How to Step Out in Faith to Help Change the World.

Whitney Hopler

Editor’s NoteThe following is a report on the practical applications of Caroline Barnett’s book,Willing to Walk on Water: Step Out in Faith and Let God Work Miracles Through Your Life (Tyndale House, 2013).

The pervasive problems of our broken world – from poverty to crime – can seem overwhelming. But God can and does use individual people to help solve the world’s problems. You are part of the miracle that God is looking for to help change the world. If you make yourself available to God, He will work through your life in miraculous ways to bring healing and hope to people in need.

It all starts with taking the step of faith involved in saying “yes” when God calls you to follow Him. Stepping out to do what seems impossible can be scary – like trying to walk on water – but God will help you keep walking because everything is possible for Him.

Here’s how you can step out in faith to help change the world:

Start by simply finding a need you can help meet close to home. Look around your local community and notice problems that especially bother you and motivate you to want to do something to help solve. Pray about those problems, asking God to direct you to the one He most wants you to deal with right now. Once you’ve identified a specific cause, plan a simple way to start working on it. Among the many possibilities: babysitting for a single mom in your neighborhood, mowing the lawn of a local elderly person, giving rides to the grocery store or medical appointments to someone you know who doesn’t have a car, mentoring a student in need, volunteering at a local homeless shelter or hospital, or participating in a local food bank drive.

Look for needs you can help meet throughout the world. Look beyond your local community to the greater world and consider what needs God may be leading you to help meet there. Research an area of injustice that makes you particularly upset – from hunger to sex trafficking – and ask God to guide you to specific ways you can take action to help alleviate that injustice, such as by supporting charities that are working for that same cause or contacting legislators to work for law changes that relate to your cause.

Keep your motives in check. When you think you sense God leading you to serve in a specific way, check your motives by asking who it will help, who will receive glory, and why you believe you should do it. Then spend some time studying the Bible to see if your desires line up with what God’s Word says about God’s love compelling you to serve others. Afterward, if you feel at peace, move forward boldly to use your influence and initiate positive change.

Trust God to give you whatever you need to do the work He calls you to do. God will provide what you need to accomplish whatever tasks He wants you to perform. Trust Him to do so one day at a time. Since God’s provision comes after you start walking in faith, go ahead and keep taking steps of faith, expecting God to give you everything you need along the way.

Incorporate service into your life. Be assured that God won’t call you to serve others at the expense of other areas of your life; He will help you develop a habit of serving others in ways that fit well into your other commitments (such as to your family and your job). Make your goal simply being faithful in your particular season of life, and ask God to show you what that looks like. Determine which activities are and aren’t priorities for you. Then evaluate and eliminate the current activities that don’t contribute to what matters most to you. Also be sure to make time regularly to unwind and recharge by doing activities you personally enjoy; that will help strengthen you so you can keep serving others well.

Consider how you might partner with others to serve together. Contact other people in your community (from other churches to government agencies) that are working for the same cause you’re working for and figure out how you can best work together.

Walk with confidence. Place your confidence in what God can do for you, rather than in what you can do for God. Stay focused on God and His unlimited power instead of on yourself and your own limited efforts; remember that anything is possible with God. Don’t let feelings of guilt, shame, brokenness, fear, insecurity, and regret over your sin make you feel unworthy to serve others as God leads you. Instead, make a habit of confessing and repenting of your sin so you can walk confidently with the forgiveness and grace that God will give you when you do. Remember that God loves you completely, and that no one other than God should decide your value. Also keep in mind that the only qualification you need to serve others is an ability to love God and other people.

Expect to be blessed yourself when you answer God’s call to bless others. God – who is a loving father, not a harsh taskmaster – notices and appreciates your efforts to serve people in need. God will bless you while He is blessing other people through your work serving them. When you serve others, you can learn to: stand firm and steady, stop complaining, remember God’s goodness, get a better perspective, stop feeling entitled, leave the past behind, believe that God will take care of you, always be teachable, and respect your leaders.

Fear only God. You don’t need to fear anything or anyone except for God Himself. Fearing God means having a healthy respect for His awesome power, and doing your best to honor and obey God in everything you do and say. When you fear God, He will give you the peace you need to overcome any lesser fear, so you can keep stepping out in faith as the Holy Spirit leads you to change the world for the better.

Adapted from Willing to Walk on Water: Step Out in Faith and Let God Work Miracles through Your Life, copyright 2013 by Caroline Barnett. Published by Tyndale Momentum, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Ill.,

Caroline Barnett has a passion for inspiring women of the church to find their God-given cause. In her role at the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California, Caroline has changed people’s lives through a wide range of outreach ministries — from starting a food truck ministry that currently feeds more than 50,000 people each month to founding Project Prevention, a program designed to keep impoverished families together. Caroline is married to Dream Center founder and New York Timesbestselling author Matthew Barnett; they live with their two children in Los Angeles. I’m part of the Career Network Ministry and would like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.

Whitney Hopler, who has served as a contributing writer for many years, is author of the new novel Dream Factory, which is available in both paperback and ebook formats. Visit her website at:

Publication date: September 26, 2013

Trusting God for Peace When Kids Go Back to School.

kids going back to school
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Anticipation of school supply sales used to be such fun. Now all those bins of erasers, pencils and index cards are making me feel slightly woozy. I’m not ready for school supplies! I have no definitive plan for my children academically this fall. I’m trying to figure out options for everyone, and my head is pounding from the sheer weight of my decisions.
Why do I struggle so with decisions? Why can’t I simply make a decision and be done with it?
Each of my five children are in different situations for school, and none of them are where I want them to be. I wish I knew what the best option was for them. At the moment, there are five children, five plans, 500 decisions … and one confused me.
The bummer is that I’ve always enjoyed school supplies shopping! That’s one of the things I loved about home schooling—school supplies, craft supplies, paper, pencils and markers!
Now I have two little girls who are a little too enamored with writing their names on everything with markers, so the markers have lost their allure. I’m trying to organize and declutter, so purchasing more colored pencils to add to the two shoe boxes full we already have seems a bit redundant. And if I add any more paper or spiral-bound notebooks to this house, people might think it’s an office supply store.
This year, those school supplies didn’t bring a lot of excitement—just panic!
Decision-making is so difficult for me. And these education decisions seem huge! Huge. It feels as if every decision has major repercussions for the present and the future. My head is spinning, and my heart is heavy. I feel anxious.
Which reminds me of Philippians 4:6-7. I have it memorized in one version, but this is it in the Amplified Version:
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
I know that verse by heart; I wish I really took it to heart. I’m a whirling dervish of anxiety right now. That’s not how God wants me to be. He wants me to trust Him with it all—every big and little decision, every short-term and every long-term decision.
The best way to combat my anxiety is to answer it with Scripture. To preach the gospel to myself. God cares more about me and my children than I can imagine: “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children” (Is. 54:13, ESV).
God knows exactly what my children need, and in His perfect timing it will happen. I have to let go of wanting everything to happen in my timing: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6, NASB).
I’m choosing not to be anxious. To pray. To trust God and His Word. To move forward with faith. And maybe I’ll just make some decisions already!
Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SpiritLed Woman.
Sue Birdseye is an author and single mom of five kids that range from 4 years old to 17 years old. Her book, When Happily Ever After Shatters (Tyndale House), is in bookstores. This is adapted from her blog,

When Bad Things Happen to Good Marriages.

Dabney Hedegard
Dabney Hedegard has battled nine life-threatening diseases and has had four near-death experiences.

I want my husband to love me unconditionally, even in the midst of my dumb choices.

But I’m human.

He’s human.

And we both really stink at playing God. After 17 years of marriage, we started attending an ongoing Bible study group to guard our hearts because we knew how fleshly they can be.

We were only a few sessions in to a new couples’ workbook when my husband and I hit a big pothole. After arriving home from class with clenched teeth, I quickly tucked our kids in and then shut our bedroom door behind us for our heated disagreement. I say disagreement because we don’t really raise our voices anymore. Living with four intuitive kids who sense disharmony by any tone alteration nipped that. We have also learned voice-raising exacerbates whatever issue we are disagreeing over. But here we were, acting human.

I began my recap of exactly what he’d done wrong that evening. How in our marriage class he spent 20 minutes explaining a fake argument we never had because he felt like someone needed to break the ice since everyone was a little too quiet—a charade that embarrassed me.

“I told everyone it was a hypothetical situation,” Jason said.

“Yeah, but when you start a statement by saying, ‘HHHypothetically, when your wife decides not to … ,’ people assume you’re bringing up a sensitive topic, albeit generically.”

Not feeling loved, I chose—in a very mature way—to sleep on the couch that night. When I woke at 4:30 the next morning, I knew God wanted to speak to me.


Not him?

Still unsettled about the whole thing, I needed a source of reason, a tidbit of truth to know I was in the right. I flipped through a section of Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word and read, “Searching for perfect, unfailing love in anyone else is not only fruitless, it is miserably disappointing and destructive. I am convinced our hearts are not healthy until they have been satisfied by the only completely healthy love that exists: the love of God, Himself.”

I forcefully wrote out this powerful quote on the inside cover of my journal while I mumbled under my breath, “Stupid Beth Moore.” We’re not allowed to say that “s” word in our house. Had the kids heard, Mom most certainly would have taken drops of vinegar on the tongue. But I knew what was happening. Beth’s God-given wisdom pierced my heart so much I read further through her precious book.

I needed more of this type of wisdom at 4:45 a.m.

But God wasn’t done with me. As soon as I attempted to shut my journal, the well-worn binding flopped open to the back page on which I had written one of my favorite sayings: “I have discovered that if I can change the way I think about something, I can change the way I react to it,” Lysa Terkeurst.

Geez, I was getting a real beating—a long overdue heart check and a mini personalized Bible study the Lord tailored just for me.

The message was clear: I needed to change.

It took a whole day of discussions with Jason for me to swallow my pride and fully surrender my hurt feelings. Finally, in my most monotone voice I said, “Will you please forgive me for my sarcastic remark in class about, ‘If I knew what argument you were talking about, I’d be able to contribute.’ I didn’t mean to disrespect you. I’m working on this.” This phrasing I’d recently adapted from the verse in Ephesians 5:33 about how “each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

That’s an awful lot of “musts” in one sentence, I remember thinking. God probably wants me to pay attention.

Jason’s face changed. “Apology accepted.” He explained his logic behind the comment (it had something to do with making everyone feel comfortable), but he promised never again to repeat this action and followed up with his own apology for my embarrassment.

Huh, I thought. All I had to do was surrender and respect his opinion? Well, isn’t that what I want? To be listened to and understood?

Abiding by God’s mandate to change my heart and respect my man, although challenging at times, has benefits I have eagerly embraced. Like letting our dumb actions fall away with the erasing of our recorded wrongdoing. Because I really am human, he really is human, and we’re so grateful we serve an all-knowing God.



Dabney Hedegard is a writer, speaker, and professional patient. In addition to writing for the Good News newspaper, Dabney speaks at churches, MOPS groups and women’s conferences. Her memoir,When God Intervenes, releases July 1, 2013 (Tyndale House Publishers). She lives in South Florida with her husband and four children. She also blogs at

No Regrets – Cross the Bridge.

Acts 27:3

“And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care.”

Notice in the verse above, that Paul did not retreat to a quiet corner somewhere by himself to rest or ‘get away from it all’. Instead, he went to his friends and they cared for him. When we are going through difficult problems, we often retreat to our house or our own room ‘just to be alone for a while’. Do not get me wrong guys; it’s great to find a quiet place to talk to God. You should do that every day. Nevertheless, there are times when you need to have friends who will come alongside of you, lift you up, and pray for you. The reality is… if you do not place yourself in a position where you develop relationships with others, you will never have that encouragement in times of trouble. Where do you find these friends? Chances are you see them every Sunday. They are soldiers of Christ at church serving God and others. You will find them in the media booth, parking cars, or greeting newcomers. They are sweeping, mopping floors and cleaning toilets. They are teaching and caring for the children. However, if you are not in the trenches with them, you may never know them.

When you serve in church, you develop relationships with people that you never would have otherwise. Take a moment to look around at those who are serving. You will see them laughing and joking, but you will also see them encouraging and praying. It is under the common ground of serving God that these relationships are founded. In the midst of amity or conflict, the strongest relationships are forged.

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.” NLT

If you are not serving in your church, I want to encourage you to do so. You will never regret it.

Life Lesson: There is an incredible bond you have with people you serve with that sadly, mostChristians will never know.

Dear Father,
I love You and want to serve You by serving others. Please forgive me for times when I have focused on myself instead of You and others. I want to have friends who will pray for me and encourage me. I ask You to give me the courage I need to take the next step. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge

Scripture quotations marked ‘NKJV™’ are taken from the New King James Version®.
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2013 Cross the Bridge.

By David McGee.

Obama Admin. Surrenders in Abortion-Pill Mandate Case.

Tyndale House Publishers
Tyndale House Publishers

At the government’s own request, a federal appellate court Friday dismissed the Obama administration’s appeal of an order that stopped the president from enforcing his abortion-pill mandateagainst a Bible publisher. The administration’s retreat marks the first total appellate victory on a preliminary injunction in any abortion-pill mandate case.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Tyndale House Publishers say the administration is apparently nervous about trying to defend its position that a Bible publisher is not religious enough for a religious exemption to the mandate.

“Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish,” says senior legal counsel Matt Bowman. “The government dismissed its appeal because it knows how ridiculous it sounds arguing that a Bible publisher isn’t religious enough to qualify as a religious employer. For the government to say that a Bible publisher isn’t religious is outrageous, and now the Obama administration has had to retreat in court.

“We will continue to argue that the administration cannot disregard the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom for all family business owners and must offer a comprehensive exemption to the mandate,” Bowman adds.

The abortion-pill mandate is a component of Obamacare that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.

Tyndale House Publishers, based in Carol Stream, Ill., specifically objects to covering abortifacients. It is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles and digital media and directs 96.5 percent of its profits to religious nonprofit causes worldwide.

Friday’s order from U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means the preliminary injunction issued by a district court in November of last year will stand while the case, Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, moves forward.


How to Get Your Kids to Talk About God During Dinner.

Tricia Goyer
Tricia Goyer

Dinnertime conversations about God are normal for Tricia Goyer and her five children. An accomplished author of 30 books, Goyer shared with SpiritLed Woman about the importance of talking about God at mealtimes. Goyer is hosting a Facebook chat on May 1 and a giveaway for her new family devotional,Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions. The devotional, published by Tyndale House, is being released by Focus on the Family‘s popular radio show Adventures in Odyssey. The show has over 2 million listeners in the U.S. and is broadcast in over 40 countries.

Q: Do you have mealtime devotionals with your kids?

TG: For John and I, dinnertime is more than just feeding our bodies. We also see it as a time to feed our kids’ souls. We use mealtime to talk about God, to share Scripture, and to use books like Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions. We don’t have a set schedule, and each night is different. I think being prepared to do something is key.

Q: How do you manage to have mealtime devotionals with 6 kids?

TG: Our six children range in age from 2 to 23. Our oldest son is married with a baby. Our second and third oldest are university students who live at home, and our three youngest joined our family through adoption. They are ages 5, 3 and 2! When everyone is there, we have a busy table, but even at a young age our children join us in prayer and talking about God’s Word. This type of family worship is as regular to them as asking for “More peas, please!”

Q: How do you have a mealtime devotional in a busy household?

TG: The hardest part of mealtime is getting the meal on the table. Right before dinnertime is a busy time for our large family. Our kids are coming and going, and the little ones like playing outside and are in and out, in and out. Yet we make it a priority to sit together. We always wait for Dad to get home from work. We make sure the television is off, and we all gather around. Once we are settled, you can almost see everyone releasing a big breath—finally, peace and quiet and time to connect with each other and God!

Q: How often do you have a mealtime devotional with your kids?

TG: We talk about God every night. We have a more “formal” devotional time a few times a week. We tailor our devotional books or Scripture verses we’re reading at the younger kids’ level. Just talking about where all the food on the table comes from and how God made it all is an example of a great mealtime conversation.

Q: What results have you seen with mealtime devotionals?

TG: Our family members have a close relationship. We talk to each other about our lives, experiences, joys and struggles. Because of our openness, our kids know they can talk to us about anything or ask any question.

Just last week, our 20-year-old asked her dad how he shares his personal testimony since he’s walked with God since he was a young child. That one question became the topic of the night, and we talked about how each of us sin and need God’s grace. Sometimes the older ones will be talking about their classes at the secular university and how they relate to God, and sometimes the younger ones are talking about the worms they found and how God takes care of them.

Conversations like that are typical, and even the younger kids jump in with their simple thoughts about doing bad and asking forgiveness when they hear us adults talking about it.

Tricia Goyer is hosting a 12-day “Diverting Dinnertime” giveaway that ends April 30th. Visit herFacebook page for a new giveaway every day. On May 1, she is hosting a Facebook party, where you can ask your own questions about having a mealtime devotion. Your question will qualify you to win some prizes, including copies of Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions.



Leilani Haywood is a Kansas City, Mo.-based award-winning writer and columnist. Her work has been published in the Kansas City StarMetro Voice and other publications. When she’s not updating her status on Facebook or Twitter, she’s working on her book. Follow her on Twitter @leilanihaywood.

Obama Continues Pushing Bible Publisher to Violate Religious Convictions.

Tyndale House staff
Tyndale House Publishers employees, with co-founder Margaret Taylor front and center in red

A Bible publisher celebrated in November when a federal court stopped enforcement of President Obama’s abortion-pill mandate, but the battle is not over. The Obama administration filed an appeal on Tuesday.

The administration argued that Tyndale House Publishers doesn’t meet the criteria for religious exemption from the mandate, despite the fact that it is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles and digital media, directing 96.5 percent of its profits to religious nonprofit causes worldwide.

“Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish,” argues Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “Regrettably, the administration does not want religious freedom to stand in the way of imposing Obamacare.

“The district court rightly halted Obamacare’s abortion-pill mandate against Tyndale House, but the administration continues to argue that a Bible publisher isn’t religious enough to qualify as a religious employer. For the government to say that a Bible publisher isn’t religious is startling. We will continue to argue on appeal that the administration cannot disregard the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom to achieve certain political purposes.”

The publisher, based in Carol Stream, Ill., is subject to the mandate because Obama administrationrules say for-profit corporations are categorically non-religious, even though Tyndale House is strictly a publisher of Bibles and other Christian materials and is primarily owned by the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation. The foundation provides grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.

In its opinion accompanying a preliminary injunction order in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, the court wrote that “the beliefs of Tyndale and its owners are indistinguishable. … Christian principles, prayer and activities are pervasive at Tyndale, and the company’s ownership structure is designed to ensure that it never strays from its faith-oriented mission.

“The court has no reason to doubt, moreover, that Tyndale’s religious objection to providing insurance coverage for certain contraceptives reflects the beliefs of Tyndale’s owners,” the court continued. “Nor is there any dispute that Tyndale’s primary owner, [Tyndale House] Foundation, can ‘exercise religion’ in its own right, given that it is a nonprofit religious organization; indeed, the case law is replete with examples of such organizations asserting cognizable free exercise and RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] challenges.”



Obama’s Abortion-Pill Mandate Losing 10-4 in Court.


Kathleen Sibelius
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius tours the stage during a walk-through on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Amid a flurry of activity this month in lawsuits against President Obama’s abortion-pill mandate, the administration’s record in cases litigated so far stands at 10 losses and only four wins.

“Americans should be free to honor God and abide by their consciences at work, home and church,” said Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “Washington politicians can’t confine our faith to the four walls of our homes and churches alone. Honoring God is important every day, in all areas of life, including in our work. The Obama administration’s attacks on faith and business prove that it doesn’t respect either one.”

Alliance Defending Freedom and allied attorneys filed a motion for an emergency injunction Friday following a notice of appeal filed this week in a lawsuit challenging the abortion-pill mandate on behalf of Grote Industries, based in Indiana. The emergency motion in Grote Industries v. Sebelius seeks to suspend the mandate against the Catholic-owned auto lighting manufacturer while its appeal of a district court decision goes forward.

In a similar Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit filed on behalf of a nonprofit college, Louisiana College v. Sebelius, a federal judge has refrained from granting the administration’s motion to dismiss and instead issued a stay order Friday that preserves the college’s lawsuit and religious freedom claims through August. Rather than dismiss the case as the administration had requested, the court ordered the administration to provide an update of rules related to the mandate at that time.

Additional court deadlines are approaching next week for the administration in two other abortion-pill mandate challenges: Tuesday is the deadline for the administration to appeal the injunction issued against the abortion-pill mandate in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, and Jan. 18 is the deadline for the administration’s opening brief appealing another injunction issued against the mandate in favor of Colorado’s Hercules Industries in Newland v. Sebelius.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allied attorneys are also litigating several other lawsuits against the mandate: one in Minnesota on behalf of Annex Medical, Inc.; another one in Indiana on behalf of Indiana’s Grace College and Seminary and California’s Biola University; and one in Pennsylvania on behalf of Geneva College and The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company and its owners, the Hepler family. The lawsuits represent a large cross-section of Protestants and Catholics who object to the mandate.


Christian Stores, Suppliers Offer Black Friday Deals.

Black Friday sale
(LifeWay Christian Stores, Facebook)

Christian stores and suppliers are offering deals for Black Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving and the official start of the Christmas shopping season.

Family Christian Stores is advertising a 12-page Black Friday circular on its website, spotlighting a Black Friday 50% discount—the chain’s “lowest price ever”—on all wall art.

Family is also offering $5 Doorbusters on several products, including Matt Redman‘s 2011 CD 10,000 Reasons (sixstepsrecords/EMI CMG) and the 2013 Women’s Daily Planner: Amazing Grace (Christian Art Gifts).

LifeWay Christian Stores is running a two-day After Thanksgiving sale on Friday and Saturday, including offering Positively Christmas CDs featuring various artist (WarnerCurb/Word Distribution), for $5.

“Black Friday is certainly important to us because it seems so important to many of our customers,” Scott Chancey, director of marketing for LifeWay Christian Stores, told Christian Retailing. “We want to do the best we can to make choosing Christian products high on their list.”

Berean Christian Stores is touting a Pre-Thanksgiving Sale on its Facebook page, spotlighting a 50 percent discount on select DVDs.

“Black Friday is a significant day of opportunity for ministry since we have the opportunity to reach consumers who might not normally shop Christian retail,” said Bill Nielsen, chief operating officer of Berean Christian Stores. “We take advantage go the higher-than-normal traffic and invite our customers to join with us in giving hope to those in need. This year we are donating money and Bibles to Samaritan’s Purse to help those afflicted by the recent hurricane in the northeast.”

Johnsen & Taylor in Wheaton, Ill.—Tyndale House Publishers‘ joint venture with Christian Art Gifts and South Africa-based Christian Publishing Company—is offering $5 Doorbusters Friday, includingFireproof (Eric Wilson’s novelization of the hit movie, Thomas Nelson) and Laura Story’s Blessings (Fair Trade Services/Provident Distribution).

Among suppliers, Know Him apparel company is offering Black Friday Deals, with T-shirts starting at $8.99. Christian Audio is also planning a big sale announcement Black Friday and will have exclusive deals for its social media fans and followers Cyber Monday, Nov. 26.

According to the National Retail Federation‘s preliminary Black Friday shopping survey, up to 147 million people plan to shop post-Thanksgiving weekend, a slight decrease from the 152 million who planned to do so last year.



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