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Striving to Be A Good Dad (Part 2 of 2)
with Jim Daly from 'Focus on the Family'

Focus President Jim Daly discusses his new book The Good Dad and the importance of being a responsible father.

NOTE: The download file is the same for both days of this two-part program. You'll only want to download it once.
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You Can Run but You Can't Hide, Part 1
with Jeff Schreve from 'From His Heart'

Are you running from God? When trials and obstacles hit, do you turn your back and high tail it the other way, or do you humbly bow before the Lord and seek Him? How you react to overwhelming circumstances reveals what you truly believe about the Lord. In this challenging message from Pastor Jeff Schreve’s…   (click here to read more)

Union with Christ
with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones from 'From the MLJ Archive'

1 Peter 1:3-5

The Vital Importance of the Resurrection; The Impact of the Resurrection; How Does the Resurrection do This? What Does it Lead To?   (click here to read more)

Creation Ministry in the Second Generation - Interview: Eric Hovind
with Kevin Swanson from 'Generations Radio'

Is there anything more encouraging than seeing John Morris following in his father's (Henry Morris) footsteps? Or Eric Hovind taking the mantle and continuing the creation ministry? Kevin Swanson interviews Eric Hovind on the explosion of creation ministries across the United States, and the maturation…   (click here to read more)

The Riches of Our Salvation, Part 1
with John MacArthur from 'Grace to You'

When writing a school essay or preparing a presentation at know the importance of focus...of avoiding distractions. And you need that same-disciplined focus in your spiritual life.   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Mountain Climbing Prayer
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

"Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” - Matthew 7:7-8 HCSB Prayer is hard work, requiring…(continue reading article)

Will a Man Rob God? (Malachi 3.8)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Robbery is a severe charge. In our legal system, there are two basic types of robbery, armed and unarmed. In either case, it involves the taking of something from another by force or the threat of force. In the Law of Moses, it was simply, “Thou shalt not steal.” (Exodus 20.15). There, it simply meant taking…(continue reading article)

Hitting the Target
''Winging It' from Stan Smith

Look, you gotta cut me some slack. I mean, I was only a junior high kid. It sounded good when I said it. I don't remember how the conversation came about, but I remember talking to my 8th-grade teacher, Mrs. Proud, at the Christian school I attended about my older sister who had been her student before. We were…(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
•  When It Comes to Spiritual Warfare Whose Side Are You On? - Word from Scotland
•  He Upped the Ante - Find the Call

Additional Articles

•  The End Of Grace - 'Christ in You...'
•  The Power of our Tongues - Inspiration For You
•   Identifying Sin - Point of Reference
•  Bible and Quote April 7-11, 2014 - Bible verse and quote
•  Every Knee, Every Tongue - God's Words For US
•  Money or the Will of God? - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 13:17 - A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.
Words to Ponder
The ground from which divine worship becomes due to God, is his own infinite perfections, and our dependence on him as the author of our beings and fountain of our bliss. - William Gurnall (1616-79)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  April 23

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

The Lord was my stay. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel. — The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. — Cry out and… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
No Fear of Death

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; he that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death."   Revelation 2:11 The first death we must endure unless the LORD should suddenly come to His temple. For this let us abide in readiness, awaiting it without fear, since Jesus has transformed death from a dreary cavern… — (click here to read more)

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

"I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." - Jeremiah 33:3 There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, "I will shew thee great and fortified things." Another, "Great and reserved things." Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
The Worship Of The Work

Beware of any work for God which enables you to evade concentration on Him. A great many Christian workers worship their work. The one concern of a worker should be concentration on God, and this will mean that all the other margins of life, mental, moral and spiritual, are free with the freedom of a child, a worshipping…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Nisan 23'

Following at a distance is a good way to become lost, as anyone who has tried to follow a friend's car through city traffic can tell you. ...follow Yeshua closely by openly declaring my loyalty to him, even at the risk of mockery or… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Good Friends

This past weekend was a landmark for me. After begging for several years for a friend of mine to come down and play some golf, he finally made it. I have had the pleasure of Rod and Mariann Wright's hospitality for a number of years and have been after them to come down and spend some time with my wife and me.…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Whiter than snow!

As we continue discussing what it means to be pure in heart, we ask: How do we ensure that our hearts are made pure? Great controversy has raged over this issue in every century of the Church. Those who see sin as having made deep inroads into human nature say that the only thing God can do with sin is to forgive it. Others…… — (click here to read more)

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

We of the twentieth century have exactly the same basic needs as the people of the first century. We feel the weight of sin and mortality just as they did. We long for peace and life eternal exactly as they did. We are tortured by fears, stunned by losses, grieved by betrayals, hurt by enmities, made heartsick by failures, scared by threatening death,… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"Have faith in God." Mark 6:22

"Have faith in God." Mark 6:22

YOU have His word, believe it; plead it; expect the fulfilment of it. He cannot deceive you. His ear is open to you. Try Him. What do you want? Why do you want it? If you really need, if your motives are good, plead with God for it; expect Him to bestow it; and receive it as coming from Him. In every trial,…

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Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

When You See Who's Playing With This Cat, Your Mind Just May Be Blown (VIDEO)

What seems like a routine pet moment takes a spin into the surreal. See why this video has been viewed nearly 1 million times in a few days.

Really Awkward White House Petition Responses

Over a quarter of a million Americans wanted the White House to deport Canadian pop star and TMZ magnet Justin Bieber.

Bill to Make the Bible Louisiana's 'State Book' Withdrawn

A proposed piece of legislation that would have made a historic copy of the Holy Bible the state book for Louisiana has been withdrawn by its sponsor.

Understanding God's Holiness

If you've ever read through Leviticus, you may have wondered why God gave the Israelites so many rules and details about sacrifices and worship procedures. When I was a boy, I remember thinking all those cows could have fed a lot of people. To me, the sacrifices seemed like a big waste, but that's because I didn't understand what the Lord was teaching His people.

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Live Stream Free Football: Watch Online Champions League Semi Final (Start Time)

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi final first leg takes place on Wednesday night. This should be a game from the top drawer, and will see two of the best sides in Europe fight it out for the prize of making it to the Champions League final this season.

Q Conference: What is It? Ideas Head Gabe Lyons Explains

A conference whose diversity of speakers, brevity of talks, high prices and intentionally urban focus belies a "typical" Christian event, Q Ideas' annual event kicks off in Nashville on Wednesday.

See the Inspiring Life of Nico Calabria, Star Soccer Player With Only One Leg (VIDEO)

His story of overcoming the odds is featured in this Powerade commercial that's gone viral.

Calif. Evangelical Couple Runs Medical Marijuana Shop to Spread the Gospel and Heal the Sick

A California couple claims that they own and operate a medical marijuana dispensary in order to help the sick and spread the Gospel at the same time.

Pastor and Singer Donnie McClurkin Says God Used Music to Free Him From Bondage of Shame

In a heart-stirring testimony, Pastor Donnie McClurkin credited his God-given musical talents and the prayer of an influential gospel singer in helping him to get free from the shame and sense of inferiority he had been experiencing at just 11 years old.

Comedian Hilariously Shows What It's Like to Be a Christian Single in Less Than Two Minutes (VIDEO)

John Felts took all the advice that Christian singles get and compiled it into one hilarious video.

IRS Paid $2.8 Million in Bonuses to Problem Employees; Over $1 Million Paid to Workers Who Didn't Pay Taxes

An Internal Revenue Service awards program designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for their performance is found to have awarded $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary issues and more than $1 million of that amount was paid to tax delinquent employees.

What Happens When a National Capital Doesn't Use Red Lights in a Busy Intersection? Sheer Insanity (VIDEO)

Thousands of cars drive everyday through Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia without the aid of red lights or painted lines. See this crazy scene.

Malaysia Flight MH370 May Have Landed Somewhere Else, Says International Search Team; Search May Have to Start Over

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could possibly have to start all over again as members of the International Investigation Team say the plane may not have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Pastor Craig Gross Urges Christians to Look Beyond 'Black and White Rhetoric' About Homosexuality

Pastor Craig Gross of XXXchurch advises Christians to look beyond the "black and white rhetoric" about homosexuality and focus on the people most affected by the church's stance on surrounding issues instead.

Exposed! The New Trend of After-Sex Selfies

There is a new trend sweeping across the internet and specifically Instagram – selfies taken after sex. Some call it edgy and steamy and others call it disgusting and wrong. The reality is this new phase of the digital age has made it easy to record and share our lives with our friends and everyone on the internet. But how much is too much?

Atheist Strong Arm Wrestling Team Over Bible Verse

Hulk Hogan once said, "I fear no man, no beast or evil, brother." And the wrestlers at South High School in Parkersburg, W.Va. fear no atheist.

ACA Does Not Help the Nation's Poor!

My mother passed away just before Easter of this year. During her last five months, she made six trips to the emergency room. Her journey from failing health to death gave our family an opportunity to observe, first hand, the positives and negatives of our transitioning healthcare system. Essie Jackson was a frugal senior citizen who suffered from a rare form of blood cancer and expired from complications of that health challenge.

Teacher Reportedly Bars Second Grader From Bringing Bible to School (VIDEO)

The Texas teacher is accused of not allowing a student to read the Bible during an independent reading time, or even bring the book to school.

Gospel Phenom Cam Anthony Wows Church With 'His Eye is on the Sparrow' (VIDEO)

The 12-year-old singing prodigy brings a church to his feet with a pitch-perfect moment of worship.

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International Bible Society for permission to use the The Holy Bible, New International Version®.

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Wednesday in Easter Week
Today in Christian History
Christian tradition says the Jesus Christ, crucified three days earlier, was raised from the dead -- marking this date as the very first Easter. (The next time Easter falls on April 23rd will be in the year 2000.)
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Joshua 5:2-6:27; Job 23; Acts 9:26-43:
At that time the said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.”So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt—all the men of military age—died in the wilderness on the way after leaving Egypt.All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness during the journey from Egypt had not.The Israelites had moved about…
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