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What Did Abraham Do, Part 1
with Dr. Robert Jeffress from 'Pathway to Victory'

Are good works necessary for salvation? Before you answer too quickly, consider the incidents in Abraham’s life recounted in Dr. Robert Jeffress’ eye-opening message, “What Did Abraham Do?”   (click here to read more)

Life on the Rock
with Jack Graham from 'PowerPoint'

On today’s PowerPoint, Pastor Jack Graham shares a powerful message on real faith in Christ. How can we know we are saved? We must begin by looking at our foundation.   (click here to read more)

#8 Choose Faith Over Fear
with Dale O'Shields from 'Practical Living'

We are learning how to choose faith over fear   (click here to read more)

Jeremiah #39: Weep for the Captives!
with Kay Arthur from 'Precepts for Life'

All around us, there’s a mission field filled with people who don’t know the Lord. We need to incline our hearts toward them.  Ministry’s Kay Arthur directs us to weep for the captives, as she continues a series in the first part of Jeremiah.   (click here to read more)

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray
with Dr. R.C. Sproul from 'Renewing Your Mind'

This imaginative tale from R.C. Sproul, based on a true story, begins one evening with Mr. McFarland leading family devotions. When his daughter asks him how she should pray, Mr. McFarland shares a 500-year-old story about a barber and his famous customer. Master Peter is a barber well-known to all…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

A Led Plurality
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

  For you yourselves know how you must imitate us: we were not irresponsible among you; we did not eat anyone's bread free of charge; instead, we labored and toiled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It is not that we don't have the right to support, but we did it to…(continue reading article)

Justification VI (2-14-11)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

God's way is a way of clarity and not confusion. Although there is no biblical passage which directly states this fact, the principles that it embraces are repeated throughout the Bible. Any way which is a way of obscurity and confusion is not God's way. Some of the brightest and best minds I have ever known are…(continue reading article)

''Winging It' from Stan Smith

You've heard of that which is "inimitable". That is, it can't be imitated. It is typically intended as a compliment, a recognition of that which is truly unique. "There's no one like her." That's the idea. Now, in the history of humans, if there was ever anyone that fell in the…(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
•  Is This Not An Astonishing Beginning To The Solution Of A Massive Problem? - Word from Scotland
•  The Final Solution - 'Christ in You...'

Additional Articles

•  Twas Anything but Silent - Find the Call
•  When You Are Blindsided - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Looking Beyond the Surface - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote March 8-12, 2010 - Bible verse and quote
•  His Glory Revealed - God's Words For US
•   What’s In A Name? - Point of Reference

Additional Articles

•  The Right Tools for any Course - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 21:18 - The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.
Words to Ponder
Can we weep at television drama and sit dry-eyed before the needs of the lost? - Tom Wells (20th century)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  December 17

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Redemption Creates The Need It Satisfies

The Gospel of God creates a sense of need of the Gospel. Paul says - "If our gospel be hid, it is hid" - to those who are blackguards? No, "to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not." The majority of people have their morality well within their…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for January 15

"Do as thou hast said." - 2 Samuel 7:25 God's promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; he intended that they should be used. God's gold is not miser's money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see his promises put in circulation; he loves…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 17

Quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. It is the Spirit that quickeneth. — The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Nearest and Dearest Fellowship

"So shall we ever be with the LORD."   1 Thessalonians 4:17 While we are here the LORD is with us, and when we are called away we are with Him. There is no dividing the saint from His Savior. They are one, and they always must be one: Jesus cannot be without His own people, for He would be a Head without a body. Whether caught up into the air, or… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Kislev 25'

Although Chanukkah (the Feast of Dedication) is not a festival specifically commanded in the Scriptures, we are told that Yeshua observed it in first-century Jerusalem (John 10:22). He certainly affirmed the importance of the Maccabean victory of 164 B. C. E. and celebrated the preservation of his people, Israel. A central part of the observance is the… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Emergency Kit

Now that we live in Georgetown, Kentucky there is one thing that I will probably never use but still have. I have an emergency kit that was sent to me as a resident of Madison County who lived in close proximity to the chemical weapons dump that the United States Army maintains just off Route 25 South of Richmond. I can…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Where does it all end?

Today we look at the special understanding the psalmist received when he came into the sanctuary of God: "Then I understood their final destiny" (Psa. 73:17). As soon as he considered the final destiny of the ungodly, everything dropped into focus for him. He had looked at the prosperity of the ungodly but he had not looked…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

How - Not quite right. This translation in the NASB isn't quite what Paul is saying. Your English Bible may have the same translation, or you might be using a version that says, "we do not know what to pray." That is the real sense here. The tiny Greek particle tis means what, who or which,…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 17

WILL ROGERS ONCE OPINED that a sure way to prevent war would be to abolish peace conferences. Of course Will, as usual, had his tongue in his cheek; he meant only to poke fun at the weak habit of substituting talk for action. Still there is more than a little uncomfortable truth in his remark. This above all others is the age of much… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
They are the enemies of the cross of Christ. - Philippians 3:18

They are the enemies of the cross of Christ. - Philippians 3:18

The cross of Christ is the Christian's glory, and few things would give him more pain, than to be considered its enemy.

It embraces the whole doctrine of salvation by grace, and is viewed by the Christian as the foundation of his hope, and the object of his faith; as the end of…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Samsung Galaxy Tab S vs Asus VivoTab Note 8 Comparison: Review of Specs, Price and Features

When it comes to tablets, some people need a bigger screen to really get the most out of the gadget, since videos and games definitely look better on a large display.

8 Reasons Why It Is Less Stressful to Be Single During the Holidays - Very Funny!

8 Reasons Why It Is Less Stressful to Be Single During the Holidays - Very Funny!

LG G3 vs HTC One M8 Review: Comparison of Specs, Features, Price

With Apple and Samsung battling for smartphone supremacy, it's good to know that other companies have staked their own claims in the quest to be recognized as makers of quality devices that can hold their own against those made by the Cupertino-based and the Korean companies.

Secret Santa Pays off $50,000 in Layaways for 100 Cash-Strapped Walmart Customers

An anonymous donor surprised 100 Walmart customers recently after paying off their layaway balances to the tune of $50,000.

Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial Update: Court Reveals Reason Arias Refused to Testify in Public

Testimony has resumed in the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after a weeklong break.

Teresa Giudice News: 'RHONJ' Star Spends Time With Family and Friends Before Prison

With only three weeks to go before Teresa Giudice goes to jail to serve her 15-month prison sentence, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reality star is choosing to live life to the fullest and is reportedly spending some quality time with her family and friends.

NBC's 'The Sing Off' to Feature Prison Outreach Timothy's Gift With Christian Singer Melissa Green

"The Sing Off" competition show produced by Mark Burnett premieres Wednesday night on NBC and will feature groups of acapella singers competing for a chance to win $50,000. Melissa Green, a worship pastor and former member of the Christian contemporary group Avalon, will be competing on the show with the prison outreach group Timothy's Gift.

Obama Announces Historic Changes to US-Cuba Relations; Says Pope Helped in Release of Cuban Prisoner Alan Gross

Calling it the "most significant change" in foreign policy affecting U.S.-Cuba relations in more than five decades, President Barack Obama announced the beginning of an effort to "normalize relations" between the two countries Thursday and praised Pope Francis for his role in facilitating the release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years.

Russell Moore on Vatican Trip: World's Religious Leaders Optimistic About Their Fight Against the Sexual Revolution

Leaders from most of the world's major religious groups who gathered at the Vatican last month for a conference on marriage left optimistic that they can win their fight against the forces of the sexual revolution emanating from the West, Dr. Russell Moore said.

Kim Kardashian Crops Daughter North Out of Instagram Picture, Explains Why

There's no doubt that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West like to show off their daughter North West. The tiny tot is often photographed with her parents and looks as if she has been styled to perfection, and more often than not, her outfit is coordinated with whatever her stylish mother is wearing. However, a recent snap which Kim posted on Instagram gained the ire of some of her followers as the reality star appears to have cropped her daughter out of the photo.

Born Again Rapper Hopsin Who Lost Faith, Says He's Leaving the Business to Go Live in Australia; Says MC Life 'Just Isn't for Me'

Born-again rapper Hopsin, who shook the Internet this summer when he irreverently revealed that he'd lost his faith in God on his latest album "Ill Mind of Hopsin 7" shocked fans again early Wednesday morning when he announced that he's leaving the music industry and is moving to Australia.

Stressed Grinch Says the Funniest Thing at Yoga Class

It's the most wonderful time of the year for everyone ... well just about everyone.

Lecrae's Brand New Music Video 'Say I Won't' Promotes Diversity

Lecrae released a music video for "Say I Won't" featuring Andy Mineo and a diverse cast including people of several different ages and backgrounds on Tuesday.

Democrats Try to 'Torture' Bush Yet Again In Report

Democrat Senate staffers did not even talk to the heads of the agencies that oversaw the programs. It took seven years and was a hatchet job targeted at Bush. The 6,000-page report was slightly longer than a Tom Cruise pre-nup.

Church of England Announces First Ever Woman Bishop, Breaking Centuries of Tradition

The Church of England has for the first time in its history appointed a woman bishop, breaking centuries of tradition that had defined the position as exclusive to men. The Rev. Libby Lane was announced on Wednesday as the new Bishop of Stockport, with her consecration ceremony scheduled for January.

DC City Council Picking Fight Against Supreme Court Over Hobby Lobby Decision

Washington, D.C., passed a bill that attempts to counter a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for closely-held businesses to be exempted from the federal birth control mandate.

Mother Allegedly Kills Son to Send Him to Heaven Instead of Letting Him Face World's Problems

A woman in Wellington, Kansas is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son, whom she allegedly killed on Sunday night in order to protect from this world.

Stephen Collins Confesses to Child Molestation But Says 'I Have Not Had an Impulse' Since

Stephen Collins recently confessed to inappropriately touching and/or exposing himself to three underage girls in a statement obtained by People magazine.

Making a Commitment

Although it has been more than three decades, I still remember clearly the day I was joined in marriage to my wife, Cathe. She walked down the aisle looking beautiful. I, on the other hand, resembled Jeremiah Johnson with my shoulder-length hair and big beard.

New York Premiere of 'The Interview' Canceled After Hackers Targeting Sony Pictures Threaten 9/11 Style Attack

The film premiere of the upcoming Sony Pictures movie "The Interview" has been canceled in New York after a group of hackers threatened an attack reminiscent of 9/11 in a series of emails. The hackers have protested against the comedy, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, which depicts an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
the Third Week of Advent
Today in Christian History
Confiscation of the property of the Russian Orthodox Church and abolition of religious instruction in schools was announced by the Bolshevik government.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 24; Isaiah 52; Philippians 4:
In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the came to me:“Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.Tell this rebellious people a parable and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign says: “ ‘Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces—the leg…
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