Romney and Obama Debate #1 Tonight
Tonight is the first of three
presidential debates, with just over a month to go until Election
Day. Already people on both sides are trying to predict who will
“win” the debate, but Melody Gardner has a word of warning for us
regarding how much stock we put into either candidate.
Melody is the author of a new book
called “Christianity and Politics”, which seeks to encourage a
Biblical discussion of God’s role for government.
Hutchinson's complete interview with Melody Gardner via the link at
More News of Security Omissions at US
Consulate Attacked in Lybia
New letters obtained in a freedom of
information request appear to show that the State Department refused
to get involved when the company in charge of protecting the U-S
Consulate in Benghazi, Libya raised security concerns ahead of last
month’s terror attack there. A source with knowledge of two State
Department meetings told Fox News that Blue Mountain Libya felt the
security provided by its UK partner was substandard. Those meetings
reportedly took place back in June and July.
US Warns Americans In Egypt
The U-S Embassy in Cairo is issuing new
warnings for Americans living in Egypt, especially female
missionaries. The embassy’s website says the government has
credible information that terrorists are targeting female
missionaries. Already several Christian families are fleeing their
homes in northern Sinai after threats from Muslims there.
Taxes Will Rise if No Tax Deal Reached
A new non-partisan analysis takes a
look at how much more it may cost you if Congress and the president
aren’t able to come to a deal regarding the Bush tax cuts by the
end of the year. The Tax Policy Center says the average household
will face about 34-hundred dollars more in taxes next year, and about
88-percent of households would see an increase of some kind.
Smoked Salmon Implicated in Salmonella
Dutch smoked salmon is the latest
culprit of salmonella. About 100 people have become sick after
eating salmon from a Dutch fish producer called Foppen – and the
fear is that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
The Jesus Film... There's an App For
A new app is bringing the Jesus Film to
your smartphone – in over 1,100 languages. Jesus Film Media is an
app that gives anybody with an Android or iOS device access the full
film, AND some 66,000 video clips, allowing you to share it with
anyone as you talk to them about Jesus. JesusFilmMedia.org has all
you need to know.
Christian Fraternity at Yale May Be
A Christian fraternity at Yale
University may be denied official recognition because it restricts
membership to those who believe in Jesus. Beta Upsilon Chi had no
more than announced their chapter’s formation, when the student
newspaper at Yale called for them to change their membership rules to
comply with Yale’s anti-discrimination policies. That policy bans
groups from using sex, race, religion, age, disability, or
nationality. However, there are women only groups that are allowed
to exclude men. Beta Upsilon Chi is the largest Christian fraternity
in the nation.
Family & Relationships
Serious Faith Impacts Divorce Rates
You’ve probably heard that the
divorce rate among Christians is just as high as it is among
non-believers. Maybe not. New research from LifeWay suggests people
who practice a traditional faith – Christian or not – have a
divorce rate that is markedly lower than others. Some of the key
behaviors are church attendance, reading your Bible & other
spiritual material, praying privately and together as a couple, and
living as a serious disciple. When you look into different faiths
and denominations, it shows Catholic couples are 31-percent less
likely to divorce. Protestant couples are 35-percent less likely;
and Jewish couples – 97-percent less likely to divorce.
US Birth Rate is Down
The U-S birth rate is down for the
fourth year in a row, which some say can be a sign that the weak
economy is dampening our enthusiasm. However the drop in 2011 was a
little less than it was the previous three years. And some good news
that the teen birth rate hit a new low.
Finances and Economy
Saving Money on the Little Things Will
Everybody has had occasions where
they’ve made a bad spending decision. The key is to not let those
decisions turn into bad habits. That takes being intentional about
how you spend your money – And a new list shows 8 areas where you
may be wasting money. Those include ATM fees, buying new clothes,
lottery tickets, buying DVDs or paying more for 3-D, eating lunch
out, spending more for a hardcover book, and maybe the biggest –
bottled water. Drinking it from the tap can save you up to
14-hundred dollars per year.
Auto Sales Up
Auto sales around the nation were up
last month, led by Toyota and Volkswagen. Chrysler led U-S carmakers
with 12-percent sales gain, thanks mostly to an 89-percent jump in
sales of the Dodge Avenger. Ford sales were pretty flat, because
they discontinued the Ranger pickup. GM car sales were good, but
truck sales were down.
Good Jobs News for College Grads
It’s been a rough three to four years
for college grads when it comes to hiring, but a new report shows
things may be looking up in 2013. The National Association of
Colleges and Employers suggests a 13-percent bump in hiring is coming
for the Class of 2013. Andy Ernst with the staffing firm Robert Half
says the trend rose this year, as well, especially in the areas of
business, computers, accounting, and IT. Further, 25 year olds with a
college degree have a current unemployment rate of 4.1%. High school
grads of the same age are unemployed at a rate of 8.8%.
Ernst also advises your college student
to be agressive in seeking job opportunities, and to take full
advantage of professional social media, networking sites, and the
good 'ol college campus career center, because "Jobs are'nt
going to come to them, you must me agressive." and to top it all
off, he encourages a good attitude to help you land--and keep-- your
Pop-Up Ads Generate Dollars AND Jobs
The dot-com bubble of the 1990s may be
the key to fixing the jobs problem in America. A new study shows
that all those annoying Internet pop-up ads and ads on sites like
Facebook generated 530 billion dollars and helped support more than 5
million jobs last year.
Hydration Hydration Hydration
Calories in vs. calories out may help
with weight loss, but WHAT you eat or drink can have an impact on
your performance at the gym. Researchers in Dallas say drinking 2-3
cups of fluid 2 hours before you workout, and then another cup or 2 a
half hour before will help your hydration and give you more energy.
That could be water, or something like low-fat milk or V8 juice.
Sports drinks are only recommended if it’s really hot or humid. As
far as food, avoid stuff that’s high in fiber and fat beforehand.