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The Hardest Peace - II
with Dr. Dobson from 'Family Talk Weekends'

Kara Tippetts is a young mom and wife without much time left. She is dying of cancer, and yet her story is one of hope and grace. Today on Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson interviews Kara Tippetts about her journey through a dire diagnosis, and the way she is preparing her family and friends for her passing…   (click here to read more)

October 25, 2014
with John Fuller from 'Focus on the Family Weekend'

When managed wisely, technology provides us with many benefits, like convenience and communication. This weekend authors Dr. Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane discuss the dangers of overusing digital gadgets and media. From brain chemistry to addiction, they share how technology is impacting our families.…   (click here to read more)

The Legacy of Jesus, Part 1
with John MacArthur from 'Grace to You Weekend'

Even if you don’t leave your children a house, car, or even a dime when you die . . . you’re going to leave them a legacy. Question is, what will it be? Find out what Jesus left behind for His followers . . . and how it should affect your life and legacy   (click here to read more)

There’s No Pain Like Family Pain
with Mark Gregston from 'Parenting Today's Teens Weekend'

Have family issues brought you to the end of your rope? Do interactions with your teenager leave you feeling worn out, spent, and overwhelmed? On this edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston shares biblical hope and practical tips for dealing with the pain.   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Our Best Now
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

  "A son honors his father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is your fear of Me? says the LORD of Hosts to you priests, who despise My name." Yet you ask: "How have we despised Your name?" "By presenting defiled food on My altar."…(continue reading article)

Justification VIII (2-18-11)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

The only justification that counts for eternity is the justification that occurs in the heart of God toward those who find favor with Him. We can justify ourselves, we can justify the deeds of others, and we can even seek to be justified in the eyes of other men, but all that counts for absolutely NOTHING in the courts…(continue reading article)

Always Right
''Christ in You...'' from Dale Krebbs

Years ago a popular country/western melody filled the radio airwaves. The title of the song seemed to make the point completely - "Always Late". I was labled this once, when extremely late to an important radio musical performance. The MC even labled me as always late (jokingly), at the beginning of the program! No…(continue reading article)

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Mighty Dose of Hope
'Find the Call' from Andy Castro

The title was "10 Things You Can Do to Finish Strong, and Focus Forward" by Brian Holmes. ( Brian Holmes is one of my favorite bloggers and he always has something good to say. He gives practical information blended with his faith and I always come away with something good from his…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  ’âzan - 2014-12-13
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  Our Chemistry Between Us - Inspiration For You
•  Strangers and Aliens – Not of this world - Point of Reference

Additional Articles

•  Peace on Earth - God's Words For US
•  "Do Not" Means "Do Not" - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Imitable - 'Winging It
•  Is This Not An Astonishing Beginning To The Solution Of A Massive Problem? - Word from Scotland
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 15:15 - All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Words to Ponder
One can hardly think too little of one's self. One can hardly think too much of one's soul. - G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  December 21

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Experience Or Revelation

Reality is Redemption, not my experience of Redemption; but Redemption has no meaning for me until it speaks the language of my conscious life. When I am born again, the Spirit of God takes me right out of myself and my experiences, and identifies me with Jesus Christ. If I am left with my experiences, my experiences have…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for January 11

"These have no root." - Luke 8:13 My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 21

The days of thy mourning shall be ended. In the world ye shall have tribulation. — The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. — We… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
From Anger to Love

"He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."   Micah 7:19 God never turns from His love, but He soon turns from His wrath. His love to His chosen is according to His nature; His anger is only according to His office. He loves because He is love; He… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Kislev 29'

One of the realities of living in Israel is the everpresent threat of war. Many of the peoples that surround us are controlled by the same spirits that motivated their ancestors who occupied those same geographical locations. When Asaph wrote this psalm three thousand years ago, he listed the names of those who sought Israel's destruction. The descendants… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Our Edge

Allegations of steroid abuse have permeated the sports world for a number of years now. However, the sport that seems to be having the most trouble with them is baseball. With a recent book out on the subject that points fingers at certain star baseball players and last year's round of suspensions for steroids including…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
He never leaves the helm

We touched yesterday on the truth that the reason why the ungodly are set in eminent places is because God arranges it. The psalmist goes on to say that not only does God raise up the ungodly, but He also brings them down: "You cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed –" (Psa. 73:18-19). The hand that…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Loves to be first

Loves to be first - "Now you listen to me! I'm important around here." This is a man who wants to run the show. His life is focused on self-promotion and control. It's his way or the highway. Such a man does not belong in the assembly of believers. He violates everything that Jesus taught about being a servant. The…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 21

While many are busy trying to set forth satisfactory definitions of the word "faith," we do well to simply consider that believing is directing the heart's attention to Jesus! It is lifting the mind to "behold the Lamb of God," and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives. At first this may be difficult, but it becomes… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
They shall not be ashamed that wait for me. - Isaiah 49:23

They shall not be ashamed that wait for me. - Isaiah 49:23

Waiting for the Lord, supposes that we want Him to do something for us, bestow something on us, or fill some relation to us. It implies that we have sought Him, that He has promised, but that He delays to answer our request. It proves that no substitute can be found.

This promise SUGGESTS…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

US Claims ISIS Demoralized by Airstrikes; Militants Selling Christian Artifacts, Using Churches as Torture Chambers

While U.S. officials say Islamic State, or ISIS, has been demoralized by losses it has suffered in Iraq and Syria due to ongoing American airstrikes, reports suggest that its militants are turning Christian churches into torture chambers and selling priceless artifacts in the black market.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Gives Hefty Donation to Gay Rights Campaign to Push LGBT Initatives in Southern States

The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, who recently went public with his homosexuality calling it a "gift from God," has donated a considerable amount of money to help fund an LGBT initiative in Southern states, including his native Alabama.

Obama Says North Korea Behind Cyber Attack; Sony's Decision to Cancel 'The Interview' a Mistake

President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in cancelling the Hollywood studio's film "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, after the company was subjected to a devastating cyber attack.

A Video Reminding Us That You Can't Spell Christmas Without CHRIST

It is important for us as Christians to remember the reason why we celebrate this special day.

10-Year-Old Kaitlyn Maher Sings a Powerful Cover of 'Find You On My Knees'

After watching Kaitlyn praise the Lord, you will truly be blessed. Knowing that no matter what circumstances you may come across, Jesus will always be there to talk to.

13 Gay Bakeries Refuse to Make Traditional Marriage Cake With the Message: 'Gay Marriage Is Wrong'

Despite anti-discrimination laws in many states that require Christian bakery owners to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, 13 LGBT and gay-owned bakeries objected to one man's request when he asked if they'd make a pro-traditional marriage cake that would read "gay marriage is wrong." All refused to back the cake and one person even cursed at the Christian man for "hate speech" and said a cake supporting traditional marriage "went against their beliefs."

Atheist Sam Harris Attacks Accomplished NIH Scientist Dr. Francis Collins for Being Christian

theist author and activist Sam Harris has taken aim at the head of the National Institutes of Health, arguing that he's an example of an intelligent person pushing religion.

Parents Television Council Awards UP Network, Home of New TV Show 'Bringing Up Bates,' With 'Seal of Approval' for Family-Friendly Programming

The television station that will air the reality TV program featuring a family with 19 children has been honored by a conservative entertainment watchdog group.

Ted Cruz Wins the Ringside Political Championship for 2014

After years of putting the spotlight on "turkeys" we are pleased to announce our first "Champion of the Year." For 2014, there is no one more qualified for this honor than U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Roma Downey Named on 2014 Women in Entertainment Power 100 List

Roma Downey was named one of the 100 Women in Entertainment Power by The Hollywood Reporter this year, commemorating her hard work on the "Bible" series, "Son of God" and the upcoming "A.D."

Brute Force, Cohabitation, and the NFL

Domestic abuse scandals have rampaged through the NFL: Greg Hardy, Rod Smith, Anthony Ray Jefferson, and most recently, Ray Rice.

Game of Thrones Author, George R.R. Martin, Offers to Show 'The Interview' in His Theater; Calls Sony Move 'Corporate Cowardice'

Fantasy writer George R.R. Martin whose popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" was adapted to create the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" called Sony Pictures and major movie theaters corporate cowards Wednesday for cancelling the release of the controversial movie, "The Interview" and offered to show it in his own theater instead.

American Airstrikes Kill Three Top ISIS Leaders in Iraq; Officials Claim Operations Having 'Significant Impact'

The Pentagon revealed on Thursday that three top ISIS leaders in Iraq have been killed in recent weeks, and argued that the American-led operation against the terror group is having a "significant impact."

Missouri Bill Says Women Must Seek Consent From Fathers Before Doing Abortions; Planned Parenthood Calls It 'Insult to Women'

A new bill introduced in the Missouri state legislature that would require women seeking abortions in that state to get written consent from fathers except in the cases of rape or incest, is already under attack from abortion rights group Planned Parenthood, which has slammed it as an "insult to women."

ISIS Selling Church Artifacts on Black Market to Fund Terrorism

The Islamic State has been selling artifacts from churches and other cultural centers in the nation of Iraq to fund their organization, says a British publication.

Christians Correcting Other Christians on the Internet: A Culture of Attack

There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it's also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It's created a culture of attack.

Christmas: Should Christians Celebrate Holidays?

Can we, in good faith, redeem the holidays with their roots saturated in paganism, superstitions, and the occult?

Kevin Hart Wins People Mag's 'Comedy Star of the Year' Award; Tweets 'God Is So Good'

Kevin Hart expressed gratitude on Twitter last night after being named Comedy Star of the Year at the People Magazine Awards.

HTC Desire Eye vs. Apple iPhone 6: Comparison of Features, Specs

It's the battle of the ultimate phones as we pit Apple's flagship phone, the iPhone 6, against HTC's ultimate selfie phone, the HTC Desire Eye. With Apple currently leading in the smartphone market, HTC hopes to pull in customers that use their phone primarily for taking pictures. But will a superb camera be enough to sway finicky customers?

BlackBerry Classic: Features and Specs Review

At a time when smartphones are all about touch screens, BlackBerry offers a very welcome and refreshing change of pace with the BlackBerry Classic, a phone that features a traditional keyboard. Though at first glance it looks like most of its predecessors such as the BlackBerry Bold, it offers so much more.

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Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
the Fourth Week of Advent
Today in Christian History
Oglethorpe University was chartered in Milledgeville, Georgia under Presbyterian auspices. In 1913 the campus was moved to Atlanta.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 31-32; Isaiah 56; Colossians 3:18-4:18:
In the eleventh year, in the third month on the first day, the word of the came to me:“Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes: “ ‘Who can be compared with you in majesty?Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage.The waters nourished it, deep springs made it grow tall; their streams flowed all around its base and sent…
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