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Carrie Dedrick

A new study has found that while most Americans believe faith in God is an important part of being a citizen, they do not consider the United States to be a Christian nation. 
Christian Today reports the Public Religion Research Institute found that 69 percent of Americans claimed that belief in God was an “important part of being truly American.” However, about 59 percent of respondents indicated that the US is not a Christian nation. 
According to the study, older people were more likely to think that belief in God was important than young people. Seventy-seven percent of the senior population confirmed that belief in God was an important part of being a citizen, while only 52 percent of young adults indicated that belief in God was important. 
Republicans were also more likely to confirm that belief in God was important than Democrats. 
Most most people indicated that American is not a Christian nation, 45 percent said that the country once was Christian. Only 35 percent of respondents said that the US is currently a Christian nation, Christian Today reports. 
Publication date: July 31, 2015
Christian singer Natalie Grant reportedly posed in a swimsuit on the cover of “First for Women” to promote modesty, while also honoring God by loving her body. Charisma News reports when  the magazine asked Grant to wear a swimsuit on the cover, her first response was no. 
On Facebook, Grant wrote, "I learned it would be a summer issue and I was asked to be in a bathing suit. My first reaction was 'NO! No no no no no no!' But then honestly, I prayed about it."
The singer told “First for Women” she would wear the swimsuit on the cover if they followed her specific guidelines. 
First, the swimsuit had to be a one-piece. Second, it had to be modest. And third, the magazine could not use an excessive amount of photoshop to make her appear appear thinner or younger. 
Grant said the decision to model in a swimsuit was her way of showing her children that she could honor God by loving her body. 
"I wanted my three little girls to see their momma accepting who she is, making the most of every opportunity and doing it with modesty, yet rockin' what you got for Jesus," Grant said.  
Photo courtesy: Natalie Grant Facebook
Publication date: July 31, 2015
A Ukrainian nun was found dead at her apartment in Kiev on Wednesday (July 29), according to Christian Today. Sister Alevtina, 62, served as a nun at the Florivsky Convent in Kiev. 
The nun appears to have been tortured before she was killed. 
Alevtina's mentor sister, Maria-Agafia, was shown photos of the crime seen. She said, "Her killer was so cruel. He strangled and beat her. The burns from the cigarette stubs were all over her body. Her hands were tied.” 
In a separate incident Wednesday, a Ukrainian priest died and after being shot in the head on Sunday (July 26). Father Roman Nikolayev was found by a neighbor nearby his home in Kiev’s Obolon district. 
Police do not believe the killings are related. 
Police spokeswoman Iryna Levchenko said, "The investigation does not connect these episodes… They are in fact very different. Two separate investigation teams are working on them. But we are exploring different versions."
Publication date: July 31, 2015