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The Cross:Our Challenge Before a Watching World, Part 2 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)
with Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer from 'Running To Win'

While on earth, Jesus chose to contain His glory and limit His options. And that is the key to how we can bring His message to lost mankind. As we learn why the cross can do what politics cannot, today we will find out how to effectively take the cross into the world.   (click here to read more)

The Six Days of Creation, Part 1
with Dr. Ron Jones from 'Something Good Radio'

Which provides the best and most truthful understanding of our origins: Darwinian evolution or the creation story found in the Bible? Today, Ron continues his powerful series Imago Dei: The Image of God in the Creation Story, based on the early chapters of Genesis.   (click here to read more)

The Prince Of Darkness, Part 2
with Jeff Johnson from 'Sound Doctrine'

As we continue our study called "The Prince Of Darkness," Pastor Jeff warns us not to take evil lightly.  Satan tries to sneak his way in by pretending to be innocent, but we must be vigilant against evil.  Satan seeks to put us in bondage, but God's Word is our surest defense!   (click here to read more)

Leadership Authority For God's Family
with Gil Rugh from 'Sound Words'

Authority for leading God's family comes from the authority of God's Word. God has clearly spoken regarding His intention for the organization and leadership for His church. Elders plural and church singular is the pattern established by God. Men have the responsibility to provide the overall leadership…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Metaphors from the Minor Prophets
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Break Up Your Fallow Ground (Hosea 10.12-13) There are passages of great hope in the book of Hosea. The following text is one such passage: "Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. You have…(continue reading article)

Pride in the Church
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

Do not brag that you are better than those branches. But if you do brag--you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you. Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." True enough; they were broken off by unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.…(continue reading article)

Bible and Quote May 11-15, 2015
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. Ps 139:9-10 Just as the distance between us and God makes no separation and the gulf is one that is bridged over by His love, so distance in time leads to no exhaustion…(continue reading article)

“Remember the men from whence you came.” (Celtic Proverb)
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

        Many peoples have revered their elders and ancestors, feeling a keen connection with the men and women of their past.  At times, this respect was expressed in extremes such as over-sensitivity to perceived insults and the virtual worship of their predecessors.  Sadly, a proper…(continue reading article)

Looking with God's Eyes
'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

  Looking at World Events As we read our local newspapers, catch the evening news on television, or get our news online, we discover the goings on of the world. Most of it speaks of hardship and tragedy for people. They are at the very least affected, if not injured, by the events.   Our Reaction               …(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  râ‘a‘ - 2015-05-09
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  Finish the Course - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  "Go, therefore, and ..." - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  Is This Not The Most Difficult Part of Discipleship? - Word from Scotland
•  Are You Hoarding? - Find the Call
•  Are You A Christian? - 'Christ in You...'
•  Troubled Fountain and Corrupt Spring - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Your Personal Inheritance - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 28:14 - How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Words to Ponder
Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee's touching upon the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian. - Thomas Brooks (1608-81)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  May 22

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Now This Explains It

If you are going through a solitary way, read John 17, it will explain exactly why you are where you are - Jesus has prayed that you may be one with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or have you some other end for your life? Since you became a disciple you cannot be as independent as you used…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for August 11

"Oh that I were as in months past." - Job 29:2 Numbers of Christians can view the past with pleasure, but regard the present with dissatisfaction; they look back upon the days which they have passed in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known, but as to the present,…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — May 22

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. The world passeth away, and the lust thereof. — Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches. and knoweth not who shall gather them. — What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Song of Confidence

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me."   Psalms 138:7 Wretched walking in the midst of trouble. Nay, blessed walking, since there is a special promise for it. Give me a promise, and what is the trouble? What doth my LORD… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Sivan 04'

The rabbis teach that Moshe Rabbeynu (Moses our Rabbi) is the greatest of all the prophets of Israel. They go on to say that the Rambam (Moses Maimonides) is the next greatest. There's a rabbinic saying, "From Moses to Moses, there is none like Moses." In other words, between Moses the giver of Torah and Moses Maimonides, there has been none greater. The… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Make the Bunny

The wildcat is a predator. It makes its livelihood off the carcasses of animals it is able to capture. One of those animals is the rabbit. Or, as many people are prone to refer to them, the bunny. Wildcats in many regions have become very adept in getting the bunny every time and miss few if any. Last night I…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
The purpose of sorrow

We continue meditating on our Lord's second Beatitude: "Blessed [or happy] are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." The word "mourn" has reference to more than just sorrowing over the death of a loved one; it includes all those experiences in life where we may feel crushed, broken or sorrowful. I feel the best…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Regard lightly

Regard lightly The Greek word here is oligorei from two other words oligos ("little") and ora ("care"). Since this verse in Hebrews quotes a verse in Proverbs, we are able to look at the Hebrew word as well. That word is ma'en. It means, "to refuse". You can see how strong this word is…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — May 22

The contemporary world is a result of radical changes down the generations amounting to revolution: the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, the communications revolution, the philosophical revolution and the social revolution. Are we going to accept the belief that the Bible must be interpreted anew in the light of these developments?… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it. John 14:14

If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it. John 14:14

THIS is the word of Jesus to us this morning; it is intended to encourage and embolden us at the throne of grace, and to comfort us under all our privations and wants. Jesus has all power in heaven and in earth; all things are delivered unto Him by the Father. He has a large store,…

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Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Obama Denounces Growing Anti-Semitism in Speech at Washington Synagogue; Seeks to Reassure American Jews of Support for Israel

President Barack Obama warned of rising anti-semitism in the world, while seeking to reassure American Jews of his support for Israel, in remarks at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington on Friday.

Want to Attract Millennials? Assemblies of God Leader Offers What Not to Do

George O. Wood, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, does not believe the Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church are dying congregations because their worship sets clash with Millennial preferences

Crowder, Kari Jobe, MercyMe and More to Perform at K-Love Fan Awards on May 31

The K-Love Fan Awards announced Thursday that Crowder, Kari Jobe and Plumb will join an already star-studded list of performers and presenters at the awards ceremony on May 31.

With the Help of Some Close Friends, A 675-Pound Man Conquers the Biggest Challenge in His Life

Ronnie Brower weighted in at 675 pounds two years ago. Doctors had given him a grim diagnosis and he knew he needed to make a change. Thanks to a two good friends, Joe Bufano and Gina D'Addario, he was able to conquer all the negativity in his life and do something incredible.

5 Ways We Can Help Persecuted Christians

Christian Persecution has reached an "unprecedented" high with an average of 11 Christians being killed every hour.

Mr. President, Giving Spiritual Counsel to Ministers Is Above Your Pay Grade

With due respect for your office and the tremendous responsibilities you face, I must take strong exception to comments you made at a recent Evangelical-Catholic leadership summit.

A Group of 12 Men Get on Stage and Sweep the Judges Off Their Feet When They Sing 'You Raise Me Up'

It has been sort of a trend that groups have been auditioning on talent shows, hoping they can one day become famous. But, most of the time it is reoccurring and the performance isn't as good as they thought. The Kingdom Tenors go above and beyond with their performance ... WOW!

Washington National Cathedral Holds 'Blessing of the Bikes' for Rolling Thunder During Memorial Day Weekend

Washington National Cathedral held its annual "Blessing of the Bikes" on Friday for members of Rolling Thunder as they arrived at the nation's capital to honor fallen veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces on Memorial Day.

'Need for Speed' Reboot Coming This Fall, Game to Be Launched at E3

Ghost Games, a subsidiary of game developer Electronic Arts, recently announced that a new "Need for Speed" game will be launched at the E3 2015, and will be released this coming fall. The new game is called a "full reboot" of the racing game series, and will be available for the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One and PC.

Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts 'Saddened' by Gates' Push for BSA to Drop Ban on Gay Troop Leaders

The leader of a Christian scouting group that was founded by former members of the Boy Scouts of America after the organization opened its membership to openly gay youth, said he's "saddened" by the BSA president's Thursday statement that the organization should also lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders.

The Foster Care Crisis Is Ours and Now Is the Time to Save It

The decision to foster a child brings great challenge and great reward. You become the stabilizing force in a life disrupted by turbulent times.

'Bringing Up Bates' Stars Announce Wedding Date

"Bringing Up Bates" will premiere its second season in June and feature not only the birth of a grandson but the wedding of daughter Michaella to husband Brandon Keilen.

Christian Mom Thanks 'Good Samaritan' Cop for Not Profiling Black Son in Viral Facebook Post

A Christian mom in Virginia recently took to social networking site Facebook to express her gratitude to a Virginia State Trooper, who she called a "Good Samaritan," for not profiling her African-American son and instead helped him fix a flat tire.

Football Star David Luiz, 28, Vows to Wait Until Marriage for Sex After Being Baptized Into Hillsong Church

International football star and ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz vowed to abstain from sex until after he's married in an Instagram post last week which included a picture from his recent baptism.

Permanent Plaque Memorial Honoring Michael Brown Not Funded by City of Ferguson; 'We Will Not Designate City Money to Be Used'

The city of Ferguson announced on Wednesday that a permanent memorial plaque will replace a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown, nine months after he was fatally shot by a former police officer. City officials also clarified that contrary to previous reports, the city is not funding the project.

Rockstar Games Sues BBC for GTA Docu-Drama

Rockstar Games' parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has filed a suit against BBC for trademark infringement for the broadcasting company's upcoming airing of the documentary drama "Game Changers" about the story behind Rockstar Games' popular racing game series "Grand Theft Auto."

HTC One ME9 News: A Few Differences With One M9+, Will Be Available in Selected Asian Markets Only

A recent leak on Twitter by a leaker who is known for his accurate leaks, @upleaks, revealed that HTC is coming out with another model of the HTC One, called the HTC One ME9, also called Hima Ace. In his tweet, he shared the new phone's image and its specifications sheet.

George Romero's 'Empire of the Dead' Heading to TV

Another zombie story series is coming to TV soon. This time, it is the "Empire of the Dead," written by George Romero, who is famous for his 1968 movie "Night of the Living Dead," which is considered a "cult classic" and helped define modern horror cinema.

Aetna Fined $4.5 Million for Covering Elective Abortion, Undercoverage of Autism, in Missouri

Missouri has fined a major insurance company $4.5 million for violating state laws regarding insurance coverage of autism spectrum issues and for covering elective abortions.

'Orphan Black' Season 3 News, Spoilers: 'Certain Agony of the Battlefield' Will Be the Mid-Season Climax

This week's episode of the hit science-fiction TV drama series "Orphan Black" is touted to be the current season's major turning point filled with emotional and action scenes.

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Lectionary Calendar
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
the Seventh Week after Easter
Today in Christian History
The Gospel Mission of South America was founded by William M. Strong in Concepcion, Chile. An interdenominational Protestant missions agency, its headquarters moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1975.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Samuel 3; Psalm 51; Acts 27:13-44:
The boy Samuel ministered before the under Eli. In those days the word of the was rare; there were not many visions.One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the , where the ark of God was.Then the called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.”And he ran to Eli and…
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