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Ravi Zacharias

Three Tests for an Authentic Ministry, Part 1
with Ravi Zacharias from 'Let My People Think'

Why are Christian ministries often mistrusted? How can you discern between faithful ministries and those that are badly-flawed? What can you do to help protect the Gospel’s reputation? This week on Let My People Think, Ravi Zacharias looks at the temptations Christian ministries face and how you…   (click here to read more)

Chip Ingram

The Peace and Power of a Prioritized Life, Part 1
with Chip Ingram from 'Living on the Edge'

Would you like to make this the best year of your life - no matter what happens with the economy, on your job, or even your health?  It is possible! Chip explores how to balance the demands of life and prioritize the activities and relationships that matter most to you.   (click here to read more)

Adrian Rogers

Why I Believe in Jesus
with Adrian Rogers from 'Love Worth Finding'

People put their faith in all kinds of things. Where is yours? Adrian Rogers explains how without Christ your heart and your life will still be empty.   (click here to read more)

Dick Woodward

Spiritual Values
with Dick Woodward from 'ICM's Mini Bible College'

One of the reasons people have so many problems is that they do not have the right values. Disciples who have the right attitudes within them are living with the right values. That is why they can have a salt and light influence in the world; their priorities are based on eternity and not on earthly…   (click here to read more)

Steve Arterburn

New Life Live: June 10, 2016
with Steve Arterburn from 'New Life Live!'

Caller Questions: I am 23yo engaged to an older man with 15yo kids; how do I convince my family I know what I am doing?  How do I forgive my husband for having an affair with my coworker and leaving me with the bills? Why does your Lose It for Life workshop work for…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Judging the Externals
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

Reconsider; don't be unjust. Reconsider; my righteousness is still the issue. Am I lying, or can I not recognize lies? - Job 6:29-30 HCSB    When seeking to understand a passage, it is important (among other things) to know who is speaking to whom. In this case, Job[1] is answering someone. Job was…(continue reading article)

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment (29 of 32)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Just how big a part do mercy and grace play in our salvation? In as much as Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment one would think that these godly twins play a substantial role. Today’s message will highlight two passages which focus on this very question. Paul writes: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord…(continue reading article)

Bible and Quote May 9-13, 2011
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

  One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. Ps 27:4   May I be always amongst those who not only hear but know Thee, who walk with and rejoice in Thee, who take…(continue reading article)

A Thankful Spirit and Giving Heart
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

       I have often addressed issues involving social concerns and current events because as Christians we can’t – or shouldn’t – isolate ourselves from the world around us; abdicating our role as salt and light to those living in darkness and the shadow of death. (Lk. 1:79…(continue reading article)

'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

      Today, we look at an Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah and a New Testament visit of an angel of God to a very confused Joseph. The angel directs Joseph in what he must do to aid his intended in her circumstance. God’s angel tells Joseph the impending child’s name and its meaning. …(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  lâqach - 2015-06-20
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  The Right Tool - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Running - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  We Are Called To Be Witnesses or A Spokesman at Times - Word from Scotland
•  False Theory - Find the Call
•  Unable To Believe? - 'Christ in You...'
•  The Valley of Dry Bones - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Looking Beyond the Surface - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 21:4 - Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.
Words to Ponder
Christ was the revelation of the Father on earth ... believers are the revelation of Christ on earth. - Andrew Murray (1828-1917)
Daily Dose
Daily Toon
Daily Devotionals  for  December 2

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Christian Perfection

It is a snare to imagine that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do; God's purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements is apt to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you go off on this idea of personal holiness, the dead-set of your life…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for January 30

"When thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, then thou shalt bestir thyself." - 2 Samuel 5:24 The members of Christ's Church should be very prayerful, always seeking the unction of the Holy One to rest upon their hearts, that the kingdom of Christ may come, and that his "will…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 2

Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power. — It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. — Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. Thou anointest my head with oil. — The anointing which ye have received of him abideth in… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Our Holiest Example

"I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved."   Psalms 16:8 This is the way to live. With God always before us, we shall have the noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation, and the mightiest influence. This must be a resolute act of the mind. "I have set," and it must be… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Kislev 02'

Four U. S. presidents were assassinated, contrary to the commandment, "Do not murder" (Exodus 20:13). Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was shot in a movie theater by an actor who was a confederate sympathizer. The murderer did not act alone. A number of co-conspirators simultaneously attempted to kill the vice-president and other… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Playing to Win

They lost. Yep. No doubt about it. They lost. They could have won it, but they lost. They squandered too many opportunities through penalties, poor play or indecision. And they lost. Yeah, I know. It's been three days and you were wondering when I was going to say something about the Super Bowl. I just said…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
The Last Is the Best

The words of our text today point out that though God spoke in times past through prophets and sages (referring to the religion of Judaism), His final Word to this world is in His Son. That is our claim as Christians. Not that the Jewish religion contains nothing of value. God forbid! But it is not God's last Word to…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

So - Probably the most recognized verse of the New Testament, John 3:16 is so familiar that we overlook its shocking depth. In Greek, the verse begins with a small adjective, houto. This word has many uses, but here it is used to emphasize what follows. It is a verbal red flag. Pay attention, this is really…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 2

The people of this world have always fussed and argued over this world's resource-hope for life, health, financial prosperity, international peace and a set of favorable circumstances. These resources are good in their own way, but they have a fatal defect-they are uncertain and transitory! Today we have them; tomorrow they are gone. It is this way… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
Believe in the Lord your God. - 2 Chronicles 20:20

Believe in the Lord your God. - 2 Chronicles 20:20

The proper object of faith is God in Christ, not God as the God of nature. In Christ He is gracious unto us, ever with us, ready to help us, and takes pleasure in us.

He is our covenant God, all sufficient, and ever propitious. We should believe in His word, which is true and faithful;…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Married Couples Who Attend Church Services Together Are Less Likely to Divorce: Study

Married couples who attend church services together are more likely to live longer, are less likely to be depressed, and less likely to get divorced, according to a new study conducted by a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Tullian Tchividjian Says His Family Is 'Fighting to Breathe'; Book Publisher Remains 'Committed'

Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham's embattled grandson whose sordid sexual sins wrecked his marriage and ministry after they were publicly exposed in the summer of 2015, said he and his family are now "fighting to breathe" after multiple women who claim they were his lovers recently spoke out against his efforts at an apparent comeback.

See Why Conservative Senator Mike Lee Praised Barack Obama

It's not too often that a socially conservative senator praises the work of President Barack Obama and the work of a liberal senator, but Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, did just that on Thursday morning.

Buzzfeed Defends Article Attacking 'Fixer Upper' Stars Chip and Joanna for Attending Church That Opposes Gay Marriage

The editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed took to social media to defend an article published earlier this week that's critical of Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV reality TV series "Fixer Upper" for attending a church that opposes gay marriage.

3 Historical Facts You Should Know About the Advent Season

Here are three things you should know about the month-long season of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.

American Atheists Use Trump Slogan: 'Make Christmas Great Again' in 'Skip Church!' Billboard Ads

American Atheists, one of the nation's largest secular groups, has released its Christmas 2016 billboard ad campaign in which it uses President-elect Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan to encourage young people to skip church.

Have the Diversity Police Finally Gone Too Far in Attacking the 'Fixer Uppers'?

For years I have said that gay activists and their allies would overplay their hand and that their bullying would backfire.

US Abortion Rate Continues to Decline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week released its Abortion Surveillance report for 2013, revealing that the abortion rate in the U.S. continued its steady decline from previous years.

Mark Driscoll: 3 Types of People to Know to Survive Family Holidays

The holiday season can be a time of happiness or dischord. Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll says that family, and people in general, can best manage their interactions with the knowledge of three personality traits, according to a recent blog posted to his website.

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Pastor Jimmy Seibert Responds to Buzzfeed's 'Hit Piece'

Jimmy Seibert, the pastor of the Texas megachurch attended by HGTV "Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, has responded to Buzzfeed's recent "hit piece" targeting the popular celebrity couple because of their pastor's traditional Christian teachings that "homosexuality is a sin."

ISIS Sex Slave Survivor Told Jihadists Who Raped Her: 'No Religion Accepts What They Did'

An Islamic State sex slave survivor who testified before U.N. officials about the repeated rapes and torture she and other girls endured at the hands of radical jihadists said she told her captors that neither Islam nor any other religion would condone what they were doing.

ISIS, Radical Jihadist Groups Plotting Car Bombs, Kidnappings in Europe, Europol Warns

The Europol police agency has issued a new report alerting EU citizens to the threats posed by Islamic State militants who are plotting attacks in Europe, and could use tactics such as car bombs, kidnappings and extortion.

Religious Freedom Law Doesn't Require Removing 'God' From Currency, Judge Rules

A district court judge in Ohio has upheld the constitutionality of having the national motto "In God We Trust" on United States currency, rejecting the most recent legal attempt by atheist activist Michael Newdow to strike the phrase.

Greg Laurie: Nonbelievers Facing 'Final Judgment' Which Christians Will Escape

Greg Laurie, senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, has been preaching a sermon series on the book of Revelation in which he warns nonbelievers that they are facing a "final judgment."

Robert Jeffress Agrees With Trump That Gay Marriage Is Settled Law, 'Had to Argue Against Some Hard-Right Evangelicals'

Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, revealed that he had to argue against what he called some "hard-right" Catholics and evangelicals in order to defend President-elect Donald Trump's decision not to challenge the legislation of gay marriage in America.

Top 5 Android Games of 2016: Pokemon GO, Clash Royale and Traffic Rider Lead the List

In a recent blog entry from Google, the company announced the most globally popular games, movies, music, apps, books and TV shows that you can download through Google Play.

'Hip-Hop Theologian' Sho Baraka Says Political Correctness Has Stifled Honest Dialogue in America (Interview)

Self-professed "hip-hop theologian" Sho Baraka recently released his new album, "The Narrative," and says his desire to speak out on the nation's political climate as an African-American Christian has caused a great stir.

Slovakia Bars Islam, Atheistic 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' From Obtaining Official Religion Status

Slovakia has stirred controversy this week by passing legislation that blocks Islam and the atheistic Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster from gaining official status after it raised the membership requirements for a religion to qualify for government subsidies.

Key Religious Freedom Protection Stripped From Defense Spending Bill After Pro-LGBT Groups Complain

Congressional lawmakers have removed a proposed religious freedom protection from the annual defense spending bill that would have protected religious charities and other federal contractors from losing federal grants because of their views on marriage and sexuality.

Ask Chuck: How To Buy the PERFECT Insurance Policy

Dear Chuck, My father recently passed away in an accident and a whole life insurance policy he had is providing some financial relief to my mother, though unlike some other policies they had, it did not pay more for an accidental death.

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Lectionary Calendar
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
the First Week of Advent
Today in Christian History
Birth of Francis N. Peloubet, American Congregational clergyman. A promoter of the Sunday School, he penned 44 annual volumes of "Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons" between 1875 and his death in 1920. They were known afterward as "Peloubet's Notes."
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 1; Psalm 148; Galatians 5:16-26:
In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin—the word of the came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.There the hand of the was on him.I looked, and I saw…
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