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Scientists Discover Spirituality Helps The Brain

December 31, 2013

PET scan of a depressed and non-depressed brain (Source: WebMD)

 A study conducted by Professor Myrna Weissman of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric institute reveals, religious people’s brains are at a lower risk for depression, as “Parts of the brain’s outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was “important” to them versus those who cared less about religion.”

One has heard the phrase regarding having a thick skin. Now we have a thick cerebral “cortex.” Studies have been done using PET scans to show the differences in a depressed brain and one that is in a better frame of mind. The scans show the variations between the two, indicating depression is real.

Some are told it’s all in their minds, as in something imagined. However, depression is quite real. Depressed people need prayer, hope and therapy. Talking out one’s problems helps. Keeping things in perspective, knowing that you have a future and things can and will get better, also makes a difference. You must always carry on, moving forward in life.

Thicker brain sections tied to spirituality: study

December 31, 2013 – NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints. Parts of the brain’s outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was “important” to them versus those who cared less about religion.

“Our beliefs and our moods are reflected in our brain and with new imaging techniques we can begin to see this,” Myrna Weissman told Reuters Health. “The brain is an extraordinary organ. It not only controls, but is controlled by our moods.” Weissman, who worked on the new study, is a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University and chief of the Clinical-Genetic Epidemiology department at New York State Psychiatric institute.

While the new study suggests a link between brain thickness and religiosity or spirituality, it cannot say that thicker brain regions cause people to be religious or spiritual, Weissman and her colleagues note in JAMA Psychiatry.  It might hint, however, that religiosity can enhance the brain’s resilience against depression in a very physical way, they write.

Previously, the researchers had found that people who said they were religious or spiritual were at lower risk of depression. They also found that people at higher risk for depression had thinning cortices, compared to those with lower depression risk…

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Christians Constitute Largest Immigrant Group In America

July 31, 2013

Congress

According to a recent Pew report, the majority of U.S. immigrants are Christians and the number of Christians has risen over the past twenty years. Currently, Congress is mulling over an immigration bill that will hugely impact the lives of immigrants in the nation. Some in Congress oppose amnesty, while others seek to lay out a path to citizenship.

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Polling and Analysis – Religious Affiliation of U.S. Immigrants: Majority Christian, Rising Share of Other Faiths

…While Christians continue to make up a majority of legal immigrants to the U.S., the estimated share of new legal permanent residents who are Christian declined from 68% in 1992 to 61% in 2012… unauthorized immigrants, by contrast, come primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the overwhelming majority of them – an estimated 83% – are Christian. That share is slightly higher than the percentage of Christians in the U.S. population as a whole (estimated at just under 80% of U.S. residents of all ages, as of 2010). These are among the key findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life examining recent trends in the geographic origins and religious affiliation of immigrants to the United States.

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14-Year-Old Christian Girl From Pakistan Granted Asylum In Canada After Being Framed For A Crime She Did Not Commit And Facing The Death Penalty

June 30, 2013

Rimsha Masih

14-year-old Pakistani girl, Rimsha Masih, has been granted asylum in Canada, after her neighbor lied to officials stating she had burned the pages of the Islamic book the Qu’ran, making her eligible for execution. After death threats and arrest, Masih was found to be innocent. The Canadian government has graciously granted Masih and her family asylum in Canada, where they have begun a new life. Compendius wishes the Masih family the very best. May God be with you always.

Malala Yousufzai has been granted asylum in Britain, after the Taliban tried to murder the young Muslim woman for seeking an education

Rimsha is now going to school in Canada, something forbidden by terrorists groups in Pakistan, who also tried to murder 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai for seeking an education. Everyone in society should be free to pursue an education. Women are not property, but people entitled to human rights.

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Liberal Group Seeks To Stifle Religious Freedom At The Pentagon Targeting Christian Soldiers

April 30, 2013

Pentagon

The liberal organization the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is attempting to suppress free speech at the U.S. Pentagon. The Constitution guarantees free speech, but the organization is targeting Christian soldiers for court martialiing if they speak of their faith in God. This is an abuse of soldiers’ civil rights that is unconstitutional.

Could Christian Chaplains Be Silenced Under Pentagon Rules? Military Policy Bans Religious Proselytizing

April 30th, 2013 at 03:13 PM | – Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing.

President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished – by the hundreds if necessary – to stave off what he called a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”…

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Christians Need To Create Blogs To Encourage People Who Are Hurting And Suffering

February 28, 2013

Blogs have become an important communications outlet, allowing everyday people to reach the world via the written word. Many successfully blogs started from nothing and grew into worldwide sites, due to the impact of what was written.

Christians should make use of this wonderful tool, via sites such as Blogger and WordPress (templates are available) creating blogs to share the faith and inspire hope in others. With so many people in the world hurting from the troubles of life, a good word in season, via blogs sharing hope and faith, will encourage those who are struggling, while edifying others.

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Christians In America Hold A Massive Rally For The Nation

September 30, 2012

Christians held a massive two day “America For Jesus 2012″ rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the Independence Mall, to pray for the nation ahead of the November 6 presidential election.  America has hit a number of lows over the past several years and the rally is aimed at uplifting the country. Thousands turned out for the rally each day, which is being labeled a success.

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Questions About Mitt Romney’s Religion Vs. Obama’s Beliefs Still An Important Election Issue

 August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan

Questions still linger in the 2012 presidential election in America about candidate Mitt Romney’s religion, Mormonism and what Mormons believe. They do believe in Jesus, but their religion has an additional person named as a prophet and messenger of Christ (Joseph Smith).

Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden

Questions also surround President Obama, due to his slip ups in interviews, leading many to believe he is Muslim and not Christian as he states, which is being labeled dishonesty to get in office on his part. Since he has attained office, President Obama’s choices and tone has been adversarial towards Christians and Christianity on the whole. Romney has not made such statements or acted in a manner against the faith. Neither has his running mate, Paul Ryan.

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Chick-Fil-A Receives Increase In Public Support

August 31, 2012

Chick-Fil-A

This is a follow up to last month’s article regarding Compendius urging people to support Chick-Fil-A restaurants. Others did as well and the next day was declared Chick-Fil-A day by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. As a result, Chick-Fil-A saw an increase of 500,000 customers, who came out to support them.

I know times are tough, but I urge the public to keep the support going in any way they can, even if it is buying a small item at Chick-Fil-A. Christians need to help and support each other, especially regarding attacks from those hostile to our peaceful faith.

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Athletes Like Jeremy Lin And Tim Tebow Popularize Christian Based Clothing

March 31, 2012

Jeremy Lin

NBA basketball players Anthony Tolliver and Lanny Smith have created a fashion line called IJNIP, which stands for “In Jesus Name I Play.” It has been popularized by other Christian athletes, such as Jeremy Lin, Demaryius Thomas, Stephen Curry and Micah Owings. For more on the line please visit https://myactivefaith.com.

Active Faith: Pro Athletes Bring Christian Apparel to the Masses

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 30, 2012 03:33 PM – There have always been Christian athletes in the ranks of professional sports. Guys would pray together in the end zone or in the locker room. Last year, some pro teams even started to add religion-themed promotional fan days.

The San Francisco Giants, for example, added days had game promotions for Christian, Jewish, and Mormon fans planned, according to USA Today, which didn’t sit well with Muslim fans of the team. Oakland A’s yarmulkes were handed out a Jewish Heritage Night that team held. The rise of new New York Jet Tim Tebow and the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin, two very devout Christians (and pals, apparently), has drawn attention to how religion and professional sports mix.

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Christian Athletes Sharing Their Faith With The World

February 29, 2012

Tim Tebow

For years, Christian athletes like A.C. Green and Wayne Simien have been sharing their faith in the Lord with the public, proclaiming Christ apart of their lives. Football player, Tim Tebow and basketballer, Jeremy Lin can be added to the list of those apart of the faith.

Jeremy Lin

In encouraging others through their testimony, they can provide a sense of hope to those experiencing difficulties in life. There is nothing wrong with being proud of one’s faith in God. Said faith has taken many through troubles and crisis, serving as comfort in the storm, when problems seem to overwhelm.

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