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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do (With More Money)

After seeing London buses advertising a Christian evangelism conference, an atheist group raised more than $175,000 online—mere hours after launching a charity site—to retaliate with their own signs. The British Humanist Association, which is administering the "Atheist Bus Campaign," will purchase ad space on more than 30 buses for signs that read: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." Although organizers originally planned to post the signs for only four weeks in January, donations have exceeded expectations almost twentyfold so far, immediately creating the possibility of a more massive push. "A lot of people say trying to organize atheists is like herding cats. The last couple of days shows that is not true," said comedy writer Ariane Sherine, who initiated the campaign. "I thought it would be a really positive thing to counter that by putting forward a much happier and more upbeat advert, saying 'Don't worry, you're not going to hell.' Atheists believe this is the only life we have, and we should enjoy it." [AP, 10/23/08]

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Let's Not Forget

With all the focus placed on the down economy and its affect on nonprofits, the Giving USA Foundation, which tracks overall philanthropy in the country, is reminding people of a few things. The good news? According to the organization, total donations from people of all ages exceeded $300 billion in 2007—an all-time high. More than 75 percent of that came from individuals, while the remainder consisted of corporate donations, foundations or charitable bequests. However, the bad news for ministers is that church- and ministry-based giving continues to diminish. In 1967, more than half of all charitable dollars went to faith groups; today, that’s down to one-third. In fact, the most recent study on church giving from Empty Tomb Inc., states that “the total portion of per capita income given to churches in 2006 was lower (in 2006) than in the worst year of the Great Depression.” [usatoday.com, 10/8/08; Religion News Service, 10/11/08]

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Restoring a Nation

QUOTE: “My faith is not in a person, and certainly not in a political party, for the healing of America, but I know God’s Word and His ways well enough to know that our decisions do move Him to action or inaction. … There is no doubt that we have entered a Daniel 10 moment in time. … The spiritual warfare in this election is incredibly fierce, and just as it was in Daniel’s day, it is all about restoration of a nation. And also like Daniel, we must keep praying until we win the battle in the heavens.” —Dutch Sheets, pastor of Freedom Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., who is asking the church to pray for this election “like you’ve never prayed for any in the past.” For more on Sheets’ plea for intercession, click here.

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