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When God Declares War, Part 1
with Skip Heitzig from 'The Connection'

Skip Heitzig continues his series Rumblings of War and the Prince of Peace. Matthew 24 depicts a time when God wages war on the human race and throws every conceivable judgment upon the earth. This is because of the condition of man since his fall in the garden. Join Skip for “When God Declares…   (click here to read more)

Winning The Battle Inside Me - Part 4
with Pastor Rick Warren from 'Daily Hope'

Whenever we’re afraid, we need to turn our thoughts to God. This is how God’s Spirit sets us free from fear. The Bible says, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s…   (click here to read more)

Marijuana - II
with Dr. Dobson from 'Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk'

Is there really a problem with legalizing marijuana recreationally? What impact will that have on our country? On today's edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson interviews Dr. Robert Eckel on the complicated issue of marijuana.   (click here to read more)

My Battle with Porn
with Dennis Rainey from 'FamilyLife Today®'

Some habits are hard to break. Clarence Shuler talks about his past struggles with pornography. Exposed to illicit images when he was young, Shuler tells how he tried to shake off the habit, especially during his seminary studies and the ministry that followed. He explains that it wasn't until he exposed…   (click here to read more)

Ask Pastor Mike – Who is Satan?
with Pastor Mike Fabarez from 'Focal Point'

On this edition of Focal Point, we’ll join Pastor Mike and Executive Director Jay Wertin as they tackle a question sent in by a listener … looking to gain some clarity on the identity and strategy of our ancient Enemy.   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Childish Desires
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. - 1 Corinthians 13:11 HCSB Unfortunately, American “Christianity” is often characterized by childish immaturity and shallowness. As with all spiritual conundrums,…(continue reading article)

Comfort Through Abraham (11-11-10)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

The first biblical use of the word comfort was in regards to Noah's birth and the expectation of his father, Lamech, concerning his son (see Genesis 5.29). Lamech's expectations of comfort arose from the promises made by the God of all comfort following the sins of the original…(continue reading article)

Bible and Quote - October 13-17, 2014
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. Ps 119:18       The Holy Ghost enables men to recognize what is hid, to perceive beauty and to discover splendour where all before had appeared without form and comeliness. Henry Melvill, 1798-1871, clergyman Church of England, served as…(continue reading article)

The Ebb and Flow of Power in Politics
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

       I generally try not to comment on purely political issues, but this topic is important to the religious and the irreligious alike, determining how we all view ourselves as Americans.  The crux of the problem being that many are frustrated by failed agendas and angered by a president…(continue reading article)

'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

    “I no longer call you servants, because a servant doesn’t know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known.” John 15:15 (NIV)   This scripture humbles me. It speaks of a new relationship between Jesus…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  kâphar - 2014-10-18
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  A Good Thing - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Be True to Yourself - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  Sweet Fragrance - Refreshment in Refuge
•  It Can Be Dangerous To Sail Off Without Jesus Christ - Word from Scotland
•  Gentle Persuasion - 'Christ in You...'
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 13:17 - A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.
Words to Ponder
Love is an expansion of the soul, or the inflaming of the affections, by which a Christian breathes after God as the supreme and sovereign good. - Thomas Watson (1620-86)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  October 24

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
The Viewpoint

The viewpoint of a worker for God must not be as near the highest as he can get, it must be the highest. Be careful to maintain strenuously God's point of view, it has to be done every day, bit by bit; don't think on the finite. No outside power can touch the viewpoint. The viewpoint to maintain is that we are…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for March 9

"Yea, he is altogether lovely." - Song of Solomon 5:16 The superlative beauty of Jesus is all-attracting; it is not so much to be admired as to be loved. He is more than pleasant and fair, he is lovely. Surely the people of God can fully justify the use of this golden word, for he is the object of their warmest…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — october 24

I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. I forgat prosperity. And I said, My strength and my hope is… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Godly Stability

"And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD."   Jeremiah 15:20 Stability in the fear and faith of God will make a man like a wall of brass, which no one can batter down or break. Only the LORD… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Tishrei 30'

The Greek word klaytos (called) is best translated "invited." As we examine the word klaytos, it becomes apparent that it is a call to an elegant banquet, a solemn and special event. Rabbi Sha'ul (Saul; i.e., Paul) was telling the Messianic believers in Rome that they should treat one another respectfully, understanding that each of them was equally… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Sixteen Steps

Sixteen steps. Every morning I face them. Sixteen steps. They are part of my regimen right when I get up. Sixteen steps. That's the number of steps I go up to get to my second floor shower and office every morning en route to doing this column. Sixteen steps. They seem to get steeper each day, especially when…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes

Herbert Spencer, whom we quoted earlier, wrote: "The task of religion is at-one-ment: atonement. If it fails to do this it fails at the vital point." Its ritual may be beautiful, its sanctions may be ancient, its precepts may be good, but if it fails to bring men and women into correspondence with God it fails vitally and…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Stumbling - The word aptaistous is used only here in the entire New Testament. It comes from ptaio, a verb that is a metaphor for falling into disobedience. There is a beautiful parallel here with Isaiah 42:16 (October 20). God promises to make the blind walk in paths they do not know. Now we see the…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — October 24

It is surely an erroneous supposition for humans to think or to believe that death will transform our attitude and dispositions. This is what I mean: if in this life we are not really comfortable talking and singing about heaven and its joy, I doubt that death will transform us into enthusiasts! If the worship and adoration of God are tedious now,… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
In every thing give thanks. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Every thing we enjoy should be viewed as coming from the liberal hand of God : all was forfeited by sin; what we receive is of grace.

The providence that supplies us, is the wisdom, benevolence, and power of God in operation for us, as expressive of His infinite love and unmerited grace.…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Far Cry 4 Season Pass Available on Nov. 18 Alongside Game Release

Ubisoft's "Far Cry 4" is scheduled to be released on November 18 for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and on the Windows PC. It is a direct sequel to "Far Cry 3" and is the fourth main installment in the "Far Cry" series.

Cena-Orton in Hell in a Cell, AJ Lee Wishes to be Part of HIAC

WWE's Hell in a Cell is only a few days away and people are already expecting some interesting matchups for the pay-per-view event. One of the main events would be Cena facing against Randy Orton but fans are disappointed with the matchup and would have wanted to see Brock Lesnar instead.

Microsoft Watch Approved by FCC, Release Following in a Few Weeks; Apple Watch Early 2015

Smartwatches are not exactly new in the tech market as Samsung has been releasing their smartwatches, the Gear line as early as 2012. However, the market has been gaining momentum especially after the announcement of Motorola's Moto 360 and Apple's Apple Watch. However, it is worth mentioning that Microsoft is going to release their own smartwatch as well.

Two Ten-Dollar Wars on Women

What can you get for $10? In America, you can purchase birth control. In the regions controlled by ISIS, you can purchase a woman.

Parents of Rare Quadruplets Thank God for Successful 'Miracle' Surgery; Couple Pregnant With Two Sets of Identical Twins

The mother and father of quadruplets are thanking God after surgery to save all four babies in utero was successful.

80-Year-Old Lady Performs a Beautiful Piano Piece Right on the Sidewalk

Natalie can probably become a professional if she actually wanted to, but she loves to play on the streets so everyone can enjoy her music for free.

Lolo Jones on Praying for Oscar Pistorius: 'God is Ultimate Judge'

Lolo Jones has decided to pray for Oscar Pistorius instead of judge him, despite the fact that the South African sprinter went to prison this week for murdering his girlfriend.

Amnesty International Releases Report Claiming Human Rights Abuses Committed in Ferguson Riots

Amnesty International has released a report claiming that human rights abuses were committed during the Ferguson, Missouri, riots earlier this year, which stemmed from the police shooting of Michael Brown.

'Insidious Chapter 3' News: First Teaser Trailer Released

Horror movie fans are already excited for the upcoming third sequel to the hit supernatural horror film franchise 'Insidious.'

Re-Heroizing Missions Work to the Next Generation

I believe youth ministry is facing mission-drift when it comes to missions work. Far too many of our younger youth leaders view the "missionary" as an ancient relic of a bygone era whose place is as a dimly lit picture in the foyer of a steepled church on a "Go ye into all the world" wall. Missionaries are either ignored, marginalized or viewed as a necessity to pacify older tithers in the church and keep them happy.

How Do You Really Forgive Someone Who Hurt You?

Forgiveness is MUCH DEEPER than a feeling (if we wait until we feel like forgiving we will never actually forgive) but rather a choice I have to make over and over again when the pain from what was done to me hits me out of nowhere.

'White Collar' Season 6 Spoilers, Premiere Date: Final Season to See the Return of a Character

USA Network's hit television series 'White Collar' is now ready to kick off for its sixth and, as reported, the finale season with its premiere episode entitled, "Borrowed Time," which will air this coming Thursday, Nov. 6.

Austin Mahone News: Tour Comes to an End, Backup Member to Leave the Crew

Austin Mahone and the rest of the crew are now heading home as their concert tour is officially over, Fanlala reports.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

The week before He would die by crucifixion, Jesus talked to His disciples about what was to come: After His resurrection, they would receive a Counselor--the Holy Spirit--who'd be with them forever (John 14:16). He would indwell each believer, providing His power to make it possible to live a victorious Christian life. The Lord will also empower us with His divine strength if we cultivate certain Christlike qualities.

'Switched at Birth' Season 4 News, Spoilers: Christmas Special Episode 'Yuletide Fortune Tellers'

While the fourth season of the hit drama TV series, "Switch at Birth" is yet to air, fans can still see their favorite teenager characters on an upcoming Christmas special episode entitled, "Yuletide Fortune Tellers." The special premieres on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 on ABC Family.

Ebola Hits New York City; Manhattan Doctor Craig Spencer Falls Ill After Treating Ebola Patients in West Africa

New York City remained on edge late Thursday night as local and federal officials encouraged the city that never sleeps to keep calm after news broke earlier that Manhattan doctor Craig Spencer, who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa, had fallen ill from the disease.

'The Newsroom' Season 3 Spoilers, News: Finale Season to See an FBI Raid, Low Ratings for ACN

It's only be a matter of weeks before the hit TV drama series "The Newsroom" returns for its third and final season which will premiere this coming Sunday, Nov. 9 on HBO.

'2 Broke Girls' Spoilers, News: The Broke Girls Are Back With 'New Friend' Kim Kardashian

'Keeping Up with The Kardashians' reality star Kim Kardashian-West is reported to appear in an upcoming episode of the hit scripted comedy show from CBS, '2 Broke Girls.'

BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic Smartphone Updates: Inventory Issues Are A Good Sign for Canada Company

BlackBerry has undoubtedly been successful in once again reinstating their name in the competitive world of smart mobile phones.

Secularism Declares Open War on Religious Faith

In case you didn't know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that's what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this.

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Lectionary Calendar
Friday, October 24th, 2014
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
Today in Christian History
English founder of Methodism John Wesley, 87, made the last entry in his 55-year-long journal, written after preaching a sermon: 'I hope many even then resolved to choose the better part.' (Wesley died the following March.)
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Isaiah 17-19; Psalm 114; 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13:
A prophecy against Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid.The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the Almighty.“In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body…
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