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Teaming Up to Prepare Our Generation, Part 3
with Pastor Mike Fabarez from 'Focal Point'

In order to finish the work He started, Jesus put together a unique team of people.  In the first church were men and women from all sorts of social, economic and racial classes.  Flash-forward two thousand years, and many of our churches are just as diverse.  And sometimes it can seem…   (click here to read more)

Answering Questions Single Adults Ask (Part 2 of 2)
with Jim Daly from 'Focus on the Family'

Lisa Anderson, the director of Boundless and young adults at Focus on the Family, offers hope, encouragement and advice for singles, particularly those who are 30 and older. (Part 2 of 2)

NOTE: The download file is the same for both days of this two-part program. You'll only want to download…   (click here to read more)

All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go, Part 1
with Jeff Schreve from 'From His Heart'

Hurried, busy, overscheduled?  This is not the kind of life God has in mind for His children!  In this eye-opening message from Pastor Jeff Schreve called ALL STRESSED UP AND NOWHERE TO GO, he walks us through some key scriptures that show the restful and peaceful life God desires for each…   (click here to read more)

Sinful and Righteous Anger
with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones from 'From the MLJ Archive'

Ephesians 4:20-27 - Anger of itself is not sinful; a right kind of anger; moral indignation; sin is disappearing; bad temper and irritability condemned by Scripture; a wrong kind of temper; lack of control gives the devil his greatest opportunity; renewed in the image of God; forgiveness the mark…   (click here to read more)

Evangelicals and the Gospel - Interview with Paul Washer
with Kevin Swanson from 'Generations Radio'

Whatever the Christian 'Gospel' became over the last generation or so within the evangelical church was not substantial enough to salvage the faith. So serious Christians are beginning to define the Gospel using biblical language, and they're bringing back old biblical notions such as the Fear of God,…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Choosing A Mate, 3 of 3
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. - Proverbs 18:22 HCSB  So generally, what specific characteristics should you be looking for? A good mate should already be demonstrating the character and loyalty that is so vital to a successful marriage. If they have a roving…(continue reading article)

My Doctrine Is Not Mine (John 7:16)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Question: When is a door not a door? Answer: When it is ajar. Question: When is my doctrine not my doctrine? Answer: When it is of God. Jesus responded to some who questioned the source of His teaching in just this way. He spoke of His doctrine, but He said it was not His doctrine. By paying careful attention to His statements,…(continue reading article)

It's That Woman You Gave Me
''Winging It' from Stan Smith

When God found Adam and Eve hiding in the garden because they were naked and heard their confession of guilt, He asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" Adam answered "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  Hâlakh - 2014-04-19
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  Learning to Yield - Quiet Time
•  A Woman On A Warm Bus With A Rising Tub Of Dough! - Word from Scotland

Additional Articles

•  Two Weeks from Today - Find the Call
•  America And Repentance - 'Christ in You...'
•  America And Repentance - 'Christ in You...'
•  Your First Fifty Years - Inspiration For You
•  October 15-19 - Bible verse and quote
•   Old Fashioned Paganism In The Modern World - Point of Reference

Additional Articles

•  Courage - God's Words For US
•  The First No - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 10:15 - The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
Words to Ponder
Make resistance against temptations by arguments drawn from the honour of God, the love of God, your union and communion with God; and from the blood of Christ, the death of Christ, the kindness of Christ, the intercession of Christ, the glory of Christ; and from the voice of the Spirit, the presence of the Spirit, the seal of the Spirit, the whisperings of the Spirit, the commands of the Spirit, the assistance of the Spirit, the witness of the Spirit; and from the glory of heaven, the excellency of grace, the beauty of holiness, the worth of the soul, and the vileness or bitterness and evil of sin, the least sin being a greater evil than the greatest temptation in the world. - Thomas Brooks (1608-81)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  July 23

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — July 23

Then cometh the end. Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. — The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Absolutely No Remembrance

"And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."   Hebrews 10:17 According to this gracious covenant the LORD treats His people as if they had never sinned. Practically, He forgets all their trespasses. Sins of all kinds He treats as if they had never been, as if they were quite erased from His memory. O miracle of grace! God here doth that… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for June 10

"We live unto the Lord." - Romans 14:8 If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"

The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfections of Jesus Christ are imparted to me, not gradually, but instantly when by faith I enter into the realization that Jesus Christ is made unto me sanctification. Sanctification does not mean anything less than the holiness of Jesus being made mine manifestly.…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Tammuz 25'

The fear of pain has weakened Western civilization and made it soft on morality and on commitment to causes. Pain is something that needs to be mastered by the individual, just like eating a hot chile pepper. ...remember that without pain there is no gain, even in the things of… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Seeing Well

Back in 1988 I had some problems seeing. One evening, while sitting in the family room of the Bellville Church of Christ parsonage, I asked my wife what time it was. She told me to look on the VCR. I told her I couldn't see the VCR. Two days later I was at the eye doctor being checked and fitted for glasses. The…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Handfuls - on purpose

Today we see how his protective concern leads Boaz to invite Ruth to join him during a meal break. "Come over here," he says: "Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar" (v. 14). A little later he offers her some roasted grain. Gets more interesting, doesn't it? Once Ruth has completed her meal, she returns…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Works - In Greek the word is erga. It is the word for energy and deeds. In classical Greek, this word was used to describe activities from professions and trades to daily accomplishments. It was a familiar and ordinary word. But John uses it in a very special way. He uses it almost exclusively as a description…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — July 23

Having as the High Priest of our profession the incarnation of all divine wisdom and having as our source book of religious knowledge the holy Scriptures, the soundest and saltiest work ever written, why do we tend so easily to become confused about things spiritual? I believe the causes are four, and I propose to state them in this and the next… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe." Psalms 119:117

"Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe." Psalms 119:117

THIS should be the Christian's daily prayer; his way is rough, the dangers are many, his foes are powerful, and he is liable to fall. If we from the heart present this prayer, it proves that we have a sense of our own weakness; a knowledge of the Lord as our strength; genuine humility…

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Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Prayer Makes a Difference

After observing the godless trends in our nation, we readily recognize the need for change. But God's solution for our predicament is surprising. Paul instructs Timothy to establish some priorities in the church, and first on the list is prayer "for kings and all who are in authority" (1 Tim. 2:2). The reason for our petitions is so that we can live tranquil and godly lives and thereby have unhindered opportunities to tell others about the Savior (vv. 2-4).

Detroit Residents of Every Color Should Pay Their Water Bills

There's nothing in the United States Constitution stating Americans have the right not to pay their bills. In fact, the Declaration of Independence, which gave birth to our nation, notes the only unalienable rights we have are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Former Pastor Kills Himself in Front of Deputy After Resisting Arrest for Alleged Child Sex Charges

A former North Carolina pastor shot himself in the head Saturday moments after authorities appeared at his home with arrest warrants related to alleged child sex offenses.

U.S. Open Borders: Every Terrorists' Dream

The Transportation Security Administration is strongly denying accusations that it has been allowing illegal immigrants to board American jetliners without proper identification.

Ancient Palestine Church Provides Shelter for Muslims Fleeing Gaza Strikes

The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius, whose origins date back to the 12th-century, is currently home to roughly 1,000 Palestinians hoping to remove themselves from harm's way as Israeli forces continue to strike the region.

Liberal, Conservative Evangelicals Unite to Call Congress to Act on Migrant Children

In the midst of an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American children migrating across the Mexican-American border, Conservative and progressive Evangelicals have called upon Congress to authorize additional funds to address the crisis.

These Cute Cats Will Put a Smile on Your Face for the Rest of The Week (VIDEO)

If you are a cat lover than it just doesn't get any cuter than this!

Mark Driscoll Admits He Should Have 'Acted With More Love and Pastoral Affection' During Leadership Changes at Mars Hill

The normally outspoken and media-engaged Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, who has attempted to stay away from the spotlight for several months since being embroiled in controversy this past year, admits that it has been a tough season for the church and it is time for reconciliation.

Analysis: On LGBT Workplace Discrimination, GOP House Has Potential Path to Splitting Democrats on Religious Freedom

President Barack Obama's LBGT workplace discrimination order has revealed a rift among Democrats over whether religious freedom trumps gay rights. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could exploit that rift by bringing the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has a religious exemption, to the floor for a vote.

Aaron McGruder's 'Black Jesus' Blasted as 'Utter Foolishness;' One Million Moms, Christians Demand 'Blasphemous' Show Be Cancelled Before It Even Airs

The trailer for Aaron McGruder's upcoming live-action comedy series "Black Jesus" has been making the rounds on the Internet since last Friday, and some Christians are anything but amused by what the Adult Swim network was teasing as "the most anticipated comeback in history." At least one "violently offended" Illinois pastor, in addition to the activist network One Million Moms, has issued a clarion call for Christians to pressure the network to drop "The Boondocks" creator's new program before it even airs next month.

Illegal Immigrant Children Are 'Created in the Image of God,' Issue Is Not Just Political, Says Russell Moore After Touring Texas Facilites

Members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention toured two Texas facilities Tuesday that are providing temporary shelter to illegal immigrant children from Central America. During their tour, members met with U.S. Border Patrol agents, spoke to children with the help of translators, and learned more about the work of pastors who are facilitating humanitarian efforts to meet the needs of the large number of immigrants who are flocking to the U.S.

Colorado Cake Company Appeals Decision Forcing Them to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Weddings

A Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing the decision.

If Marriage Is Not About Procreation, Why Is It About Sex?

In the court cases which have upheld the one-man-one-woman definition of marriage (yes, there have been many, though not in the last year), the "rational basis" that judges have found for the laws has been the state's interest in promoting "responsible procreation."

This Supermarket Comes Up With a Genius Idea to Keep Food From Going to Waste (VIDEO)

It is often we find ourselves wasting food when we don't finish it all. But, here is a brilliant solution!

Demi Lovato: 'A Loving God Would Never Condemn Anyone for Loving Another Human of the Same Sex'

Singer and entertainer Demi Lovato told her more than 23 million followers on Twitter that the God she worshiped and believed in loved and accepted those in the LGBT community.

Abandoned Dog Takes a 4-Mile Trip Every Night, So Someone Decided to Follow Her (VIDEO)

This abandoned dog took a four mile trip every night, so they followed her...

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Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
Today in Christian History
Birth of William R. Featherstone, Canadian Methodist hymnwriter. He penned thewords to 'My Jesus, I Love Thee' before age 16.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2ki3; am8; 1co10:
Joramson of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned twelve years.He did evil in the eyes of the , but not as his father and mother had done. He got rid of the sacred stone of Baal that his father had made.Nevertheless he clung to the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.Now Mesha king…
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