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Christians Defending the Fatherless: Orphan Sunday
with Eric Metaxas & John Stonestreet from 'BreakPoint'

This Sunday is Orphan Sunday but caring for orphans has been part of the Church’s DNA from the very beginning, and one of our best Gospel witnesses. John Stonestreet comments..   (click here to read more)

Ready or Not, Here He Comes, Part 1
with Skip Heitzig from 'The Connection'

Skip Heitzig continues his series Rumblings of War and the Prince of Peace. The second coming of Jesus Christ is the ultimate event of all history, and it will occur during a time of intense distress for the world. The question is: Are you ready for Him? Join Skip for “Ready or Not, Here He Comes!&rdquo…   (click here to read more)

Set Free From 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)

What Makes America Great
with Dr. Dobson from 'Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk'

What are the characteristics that make America great? On today's Family Talk, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal shares powerful personal stories from his childhood, and discusses the impact that the Obama administration has had on the American dream.   (click here to read more)

Know What You're Getting
with Dennis Rainey from 'FamilyLife Today®'

Dreaming of your future spouse? Pastor Dan Chun encourages singles to closely observe the person they're dating and invites them to ask some key questions. Once infatuated, or in the weird zone as he calls it, it's hard to judge a person's character accurately. Chun advises singles to take their time…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

A Guide for the Trip
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. – Psalm 119:105 HCSB   Men are notorious for not reading instructions. They don’t want to read the map or ask directions. We laugh and many sitcoms have used this premise as the basis for a comic situation. “How foolish of him…(continue reading article)

Bible and Quote April 19-23, 2010
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

  The ungodly crouches, he lies low, That the helpless may fall by his strength. Psalms 10:10  Beasts cover their malicious designs with the pretence of meekness, humility, and kindness. They concern themselves in their victim’s concernments to make them fall, to make a prey of them. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714,…(continue reading article)

How God Treats Sinners
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

“But He [Jesus] needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came…(continue reading article)

Sow, Plow, Reap
'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

  “Sow for yourselves righteousness, Reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and, showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 (NIV)   I felt the need to learn to better manage my time. I could waste a day just by sitting…(continue reading article)

Times of Testing
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

        In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus very matter-of-factly refers to a time of testing many have difficulty dealing with. (Lk. 8:13) What is he talking about?  How do times of testing come to us and what should we learn from them?  More to the point, does God specifically test…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  nûwach - 2015-01-31
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  The Purpose of the Award - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Empathy - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  The Power of Remaining Weak - Quiet Time
•  Get At the Facts - the Actual State Of Affairs - Word from Scotland
•  The Blame Stops Here! - Find the Call
•  Your Life Has Been Arranged - 'Christ in You...'
•  Prejudice vilifying prejudice - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Love Your Unconditional Friendships - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 10:25 - When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
Words to Ponder
Some Christians want enough of Christ to be identified with him, but not enough to be seriously inconvenienced; they genuinely cling to basic Christian orthodoxy but do not want to engage in serious Bible study; they value moral probity, especially of the public sort, but do not engage in war against inner corruptions; they fret over the quality of the preacher's sermon but do not worry much over the quality of their own prayer life. Such Christians are content with mediocrity. - D.A. Carson (20th century)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  January 30

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
The Dilemma Of Obedience

God never speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand, and we say, "I wonder if that is God's voice?" Isaiah said that the Lord spake to him "with a strong hand," that is, by the pressure of circumstances. Nothing touches our lives but it is God Himself speaking. Do we…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for December 2

"Thou art all fair, my love." - Song of Solomon 4:7 The Lord's admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but "all fair." He views her in himself, washed in his sin-atoning blood and clothed in his meritorious righteousness, and…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — January 30

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. — Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. — Let us therefore cast off the works of… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
A Heavenly Escort

"And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest."   Genesis 28:15 Do we need journeying mercies? Here are choice ones — God's presence and preservation. In all places we need both of these, and in all places we shall have them if we go at the call of duty, and not merely according to our own fancy. Why should we… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Shevat 10'

Have you ever noticed that the number seven is the very foundation of the biblical calendar? There are seven days in a week. The seventh day is a Sabbath. The seventh month of the biblical year contains all the autumn sabbaths. Counting seven months from that seventh month brings us to the first month, which contains most of the spring sabbaths. Every… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Remote Control

Life is great, isn't it? Evening comes, work is done, and we sit back in our easy chair and watch a little something on the telly. We grab this device with rows of buttons on its top side and start pushing buttons until we achieve the desired result. What were our ancestors thinking making televisions without…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
A lost emphasis

Although in Psalm 73 the psalmist is beset by doubt, he begins, nevertheless, on a triumphant note: "Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart." Preachers usually leave their conclusion until the end of their sermon - but here the psalmist begins with it! It might seem strange to some that the psalmist…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Seek - The word used in this quotation from Jesus means "to deliberately strive and desire something as an act of the will". It is the Greek word zeteo. Here the context implies putting your whole life at the disposal of God's rule and will so that nothing takes greater priority. This meaning carries over…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — January 30

The happiest man in the world," said a well-known preacher some time ago, "is the new convert before he has met too many Bible teachers and seen too many church members." . . . The first half of our opening quotation, then, is so true as to need no verification. "The happiest man in the world is a new convert." But it is… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
And shalt thou be delivered? - Isaiah 37:11

And shalt thou be delivered? - Isaiah 37:11

This is plainly the language of an insulting foe; he had triumphed, and now he boasted, but his power was bounded, and his pride procured his fall.

Often when in trouble, when distressed, when tried by a sense of sin and unworthiness, unbelief and Satan join, and pointing to others who have fallen…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

4 Tips for Parenting an Adult Child Who Has Made Poor Choices

Unfortunately, even good parents might one day see their adult children make poor choices. Here at Focus we've spoken with many heartbroken moms and dads who are grappling to understand and respond well to their grown kids' decisions.

Why Volunteer Service Embodies the Spirt of Christ

"Tutor 2-hours a week and benefit 2-people forever," I just heard someone wisely advise. So very true. That quote captures one of the most important expressions of faith, hope and love in any community - the volunteer spirit. Every act of devoted action to give faithful, informed, regular service to address needs within our communities or on mission trips can embody the very spirit of Christ. That joyful ministry service can be a measurable benefit both to the people who are helped and to the volunteer helpers.

Should Christians Support the National Football League and the Violence It Produces?

I have a confession to make. I absolutely love NFL football. That may sound odd coming from a middle-aged mom of three, but you have to understand: I married a Cheesehead - Wisconsin born and bred. So for me, rooting for the Packers is not just sport; it's marital duty.

10 Things a Lead Pastor Never Wants to Hear From a Youth Pastor

1. "Just what exactly is a youth ministry budget again?"

An Open Letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran

Although I am no longer an American youth, I am an American, and on behalf of others in my country, I would like to respond to your open letter to Western youth.

Bible Survives Muslim Mob Attack on Churches

Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger. From their compound in Niger's capital city they could see three churches burning. The smoke was filling their home.

You Thought Conservatives Were Moralistic? Liberal Rules for Political Correctness Are Repressive, Exhausting, Liberal Author Complains

While conservatives are often considered moralistic to a fault, liberal moralism has become so repressive that some liberals now fear everyday conversations.

House Speaker John Boehner: I Was The Tea Party Long Before The Tea Party Was Born

Although Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been criticized by many staunch conservatives for his willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama, the speaker claimed Wednesday that he "was the Tea Party" before the Tea Party even existed.

Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin Says Christianity's Subculture Made Him 'Question If God Was Even Real'

Popular gospel musician Kirk Franklin is no fan of Christianity's subculture and recently explained how it alienated him as he grew as a Christian and made him question "if God was even real."

Sherri Shepherd Posts Cryptic Tweet as 'Angry' Surrogate Speaks Out Against Her in First Interview

Sherri Shepherd posted a cryptic tweet about the importance of one's character on Thursday, after a woman claiming to be her surrogate spoke out against her.

Is God's Spirit in Everyone, Even in Aggressive Atheists Like Richard Dawkins?

A survey examining Americans' views on Christian theology revealed that, among even self-identified Christians, there is confusion or disagreement about the Holy Spirit. Is the spirit a force or a personal being? Is the spirit present in only Pentecostal Christians, or in all believers? According to one theologian, the spirit is both a force and a being -- and is present in everyone, not just Christians.

Tim McGraw to Perform Glen Campbell's 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' at Oscars

Tim McGraw is set to honor country music icon Glen Campbell at this year's Oscar Awards by singing the country music legend's Oscar-nominated song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."

Taylor Swift's Social Media Accounts Hacked

Taylor Swift's social media accounts were hacked on Tuesday, Jan. 27, by a group of hackers who threatened to release nude photos of the singer in exchange for bitcoins. However, Swift said that there were not any nude pictures and even taunted the perpetrators, telling them to "have fun" photoshopping.

Ian Somerhalder Engaged to Nikki Reed, but Still Close to Nina Dobrev?

It has been previously reported that "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed has just confirmed her engagement to "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder. The two have been inseparable since they started dating last summer and have even adopted several animals together, so fans of the two know that an engagement is the next step to their whirlwind romance.

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood On a Christmas Duet Album: 'We Are Trying'

Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are beloved by country music fans both individually and for their previous collaborations, and now the couple may be releasing a Christmas duets album.

'Arrow' Season 3: Stephen Amell Talks The Arrow's Return

Last night on 'Arrow' the team, who still thinks that Oliver is dead, tried to take care of business as Brick went on a killing spree, while Laurel donned the Black Canary mask, much to the disapproval of Roy and Diggle. It's only a matter of time before the Arrow comes back, but how will the team react when he returns to Starling City?

Ebola Survivor Kent Brantly and Wife to Share Inspiring Story in New Book

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber have signed a book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group to tell their story of surviving Ebola while maintaining their faith in God.

Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Exchange Numbers at Miami Heat Game, Boxers Negotiate Fight at Hotel

NBA and boxing fans were in for a surprise when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. both attended the Miami Heat game on Tuesday night.

Nick Jonas Explains Relationship Between Sex and God

Pop icon Nick Jonas explained his decision to stop wearing his purity ring, stating that he has developed his own beliefs and the relationship between physical intimacy and faith in God.

'Stop Insulting Our Military' Republican-Led Petition Drive Supporting 'American Sniper' Movie, Condemning 'Hollywood Liberals,' Gains 'Tremendous Support'

A Republican organization which recently launched a petition calling on "Hollywood liberals" to stop disrespecting the military amid criticism of Clint Eastwood's blockbuster film "American Sniper," says it has had "tremendous support" from the public.

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Lectionary Calendar
Friday, January 30th, 2015
the Third Week after Epiphany
Today in Christian History
Rome recognized the Vandal territories in Northwest Africa as "federati," in an effort to stave off their invasion of Italy. (The invasion was successfully postponed for 20 years.)
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Genesis 39; Psalm 30; Luke 22:1-38:
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.The was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.When his master saw that the was with him and that the gave him success in everything he did,Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in…
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