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One Nation - I
with Dr. Dobson from 'Family Talk Weekends'

Getting America back on the right track isn’t brain surgery—well, maybe it is! On this edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson interviews world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson about his story and the future of America.   (click here to read more)

August 23, 2014
with John Fuller from 'Focus on the Family Weekend Magazine'

This weekend: Dealing with in-laws, how boredom can be good for kids, and examining the differences in how men and women communicate. Tune in for all this and more!   (click here to read more)

The Responsibilities of the Church: Preaching, Part 2
with John MacArthur from 'Grace to You Weekend'

If you’ve got a headache, you take aspirin. For a cold, you grab some cough medicine. If it’s an infection, you take antibiotics. Knowing the illness helps you get the right medicine. So what problems affect the Spiritual health of your church? And what’s the cure?   (click here to read more)

10 Things I Wish My Dad Did Differently
with Mark Gregston from 'Parenting Today's Teens Weekend'

Dads are an irreplaceable half of the parenting team. And every teen longs to have a meaningful relationship with his father… whether he admits it or not! On this edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston lists the top ten things that Heartlight students wish their dads…   (click here to read more)

The Brand for Every Believer, Part 1
with Dr. Stephen Davey from 'Wisdom for the Heart Weekend'

It’s not the strength of your faith that enables you to endure suffering. It’s the substance of your faith.   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

The Spitting Wife
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God's children, and if children, also heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ--seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the…(continue reading article)

All Things Work Together,,, (Romans 8.28-20)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he…(continue reading article)

Unforgettable Characters
'Inspiration For You' from Randy Mitchell

  The recent death of actor, Michael Clarke Duncan at such an early age made me stop, and remember all the memorable roles he played during his short time on the silver screen. For instance, I loved him as accused murderer, John Coffey in The Green Mile. He was a huge, extremely powerful-looking man…(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
•  Our Cloud of Witnesses - God's Words For US
•  Bible and Quote August 11-15, 2014 - Bible verse and quote

Additional Articles

•   How Bad Is Too Bad? - Point of Reference
•  Just Disgusting! - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Well Equipped - 'Winging It
•  Divine Majesty and Human Humility - Word from Scotland
•  Man in the Middle - Find the Call
•  Formula Christianity - 'Christ in You...'

Additional Articles

•  Revisiting Wedgewood Baptist Church - Refreshment in Refuge
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 11:14 - Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Words to Ponder
The knowledge of God is the deepest subject that can engage our attention. Have we begun to get hold of it? Every true Christian has begun to do so, and some much more than others. But we must not treat that knowledge simply as a source of delight. We must follow in the train of those who, knowing God, have proclaimed Him. Here is our task. Here is an additional delight. This knowledge, like all knowledge, is enjoyed best when it is shared. - Tom Wells (20th century)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  August 23

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

I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. We are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Love and Seek True Wisdom

"I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me."   Proverbs 8:17 Wisdom loves her lovers and seeks her seekers. He is already wise who seeks to be wise, and he has almost found wisdom who diligently seeks her. What is true of wisdom in general is specially true of wisdom embodied in our LORD Jesus. Him we are to love and to… — (click here to read more)

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

"But now is Christ risen from the dead." - 1 Corinthians 15:20 The whole system of Christianity rests upon the fact that "Christ is risen from the dead;" for, "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain: ye are yet in your sins." The divinity of Christ finds its surest…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Prayer Choice And Prayer Conflict

Jesus did not say - Dream about thy Father in secret, but pray to thy Father in secret. Prayer is an effort of will. After we have entered our secret place and have shut the door, the most difficult thing to do is to pray; we cannot get our minds into working order, and the first thing that conflicts is wandering thoughts.…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Av 27'

Have you ever noticed that Yeshua always goes "up" to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem)? Even when he is going south, he goes "up" to Yerushalayim. Why? Yerushalayim is high up on the Judean hills. But more than that, it's the city of God. You never go down to God. You always go up, so the journey to Yerushalayim was given a special name—aliyah (going up).… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Saved by Animals

Animals have played a rather bizarre part in many chapters of both history and fiction. Rodents have been a fixation for some famous people. President Andrew Johnson kept pet mice while he was in the White House. There was no word on whether or not they performed any information gathering functions. Rats were important…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
The Rat Race

An explanation is necessary for Solomon's reference to death in the verses we read yesterday: "In the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom" (v. 10). Death, to Old Testament saints, was a mystery. They believed in life after death, but they were not sure of the…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Save - The Greek word is sozo. In its basic meaning, it carries the idea of rescuing from peril, protecting and keeping alive. The basic idea is extended in many New Testament verses to include spiritual salvation. But look closely at this verse. Notice that Jesus does not repeat the word "save" in the second…… — (click here to read more)

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

It is certainly a reality in our day that too few men and women are willing to keep the "top side" of their souls open to God and to His light from heaven. You may wonder about such expression as the "top side" of the soul, but I do think it is in line with Bible teaching, and certainly in line with all Christian experience. The… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"God, even our own God, shall bless us." Psalms 67:6

"God, even our own God, shall bless us." Psalms 67:6

HE has pledged Himself to do so in His word, and He delights to make good His promise. He is our God by covenant, by a spiritual birth, through Christ Jesus, and at our own desire, request, and consent. He is the great God who fills heaven and earth; the all-sufficient God, who has…

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Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Mike Huckabee on Education Reform: Children Aren't Dry Cleaning, Drop Them Off, Pick Them Up Spot Free

Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee on Friday charged parents to accept the responsibility of educating their children, and the church to pitch in to help ensure minority students don't fall by the wayside at the NHCLC (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference) event on education.

'Batman vs Superman' Movie Release Date: Dawn of Justice Spoilers on The Flash, Wonder Woman ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' movie continues to draw huge interest as fans wait for what is sure to be one of the biggest superhero movies of the coming years. The movie is expected to arrive in movie theaters on March 25, 2016, but despite the long time until the release date, every week there are various rumors surrounding Ben Affleck's stint as Batman, and numerous other cast leaks.

James Foley Wanted to 'Build Bridges Between Christian and Muslim Worlds'

James Foley, the American photojournalist beheaded by ISIS militants was reportedly trying to forge dialogue between Christians and Muslims, his former fellow hostage told the Irish Times.

Selah Exclusive: Jesus 'Makes Our Ugly Beautiful;' Trio Recounts 'Humbling' Encounter With Billy Graham

Dove award-winning group Selah recently spoke about why there is power in leaning on Jesus in the midst of pain and "brokenness." The trio also shared why they believe millions of people around the world are still drawn to their music after nearly two decades in ministry.

Kirk Franklin Exclusive: 'Sunday Best' Host Talks Making God Famous, Prayer For Gospel Music

Kirk Franklin's name may be synonymous with gospel music, but with his hand in television, radio programming and hosting, it is easy to think he is working hard to advance his own brand.

Homing Instinct

An old chorus begins, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through." That is literally true. The Bible says that when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you become a citizen of heaven because that is your real home.

Liberal Professor Stunned to Learn Liberals Not More Open-Minded Than Conservatives

Neither liberals nor conservatives are more or less likely to demonstrate blind obedience to authority, a new study finds. One of the authors of the study wrote that he used to believe that conservatives suffered from blind obedience while liberals were open minded.

'Pitch Perfect 2' Release Date, Latest News: Rival Acapella Groups Revealed, Sequel to Have Bigger Musical Numbers

The success of the 2012 smash hit movie, 'Pitch Perfect' was a surprise for the cast and crew of the film, as it was reported that the movie was shot with a relatively modest budget and the story line was an unconventional yet light-hearted take on the world of competitive acapella singing.

Mark Driscoll's 'Empire' Is Imploding, Says NYT; Megachurch Pastor to Make Special Announcement Sunday

Mars Hill Church officials confirm that Pastor Mark Driscoll will have a special announcement this Sunday on the heels of the latest public accusation against him – improper leadership. However, no further details were released Friday.

Kate Middleton Pregnant Rumors Latest News: Royal Trip to Malta Suggests No Baby

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will embark on a foreign trip next month to represent the British Queen, with the trip indicating that the princess may not be pregnant after all, despite repeated rumors in the media and online.

If We Follow Dr. King's Advice, We Won't Have Another Ferguson Fiasco

The tragedy of Michael Brown is too common a story. As the human spirit of black youth is suffocated under these horrible circumstances, frustrations boil over and wind up in violent encounters, often with the police, and a young black man winds up pointlessly dead.

Lecrae Speaks Out on #Ferguson: 'At Times it Feels Like My Eternal Family Could Care Less About My Earthly Family'

Lecrae, outspoken Christian and award-winning recording artist, has taken to his social networks to speak out on the frustration he feels in light of responses to the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. The rapper also has received pushback for suggesting that hip-hop artists lose credibility by rapping about "lawlessness" and then demanding "equality and justice."

Jackie Chan's Son Jaycee Chan Arrested News: Jackie Chan 'Ashamed' and 'Sad' After Jaycee Drug Arrest

Jackie Chan's Son, Jaycee Chan, was arrested on drug-related charges recently, and that has led the Hollywood actor to admit that he is "ashamed" and "sad."

GOP 'Insane' for Encouraging Mitt Romney to Run for President in 2016

Unbelievably, the drumbeat is beginning for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to run for President a third time. The man who lost twice for President is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try.

7 Bible Verses That Show Righteous and Unrighteous Anger

Anger can be caused from many different things we go through in life such as, work, family, relationships, or even from someone else's wrong doing.

Motorola Moto 360 vs Samsung Galaxy Gear 2

The Motorola Moto 360 has not come out yet and its already being compared to the latest Samsung smart wear, the Galaxy Gear 2. As it stands, Samsung is looking to get some fierce competition when September rolls around with the release of the Moto 360.

Federal Judge Uses 'Wrong Side of History' Argument in Striking Down Florida Marriage Law

Even though the citizens of Florida voted in a 2008 referendum to define marriage as between one man and one woman in their state's constitution, yet another federal district judge has ruled that amendment is unconstitutional because it does not let Floridians marry someone of their same gender.

'When The Game Stands Tall': Football, Christian Values and Journey of Boys to Men (Review)

Sony Pictures' "When The Game Stands Tall" injects a fresh take on the true meaning of brotherhood as it relates to sports. The film did a great job of maintaining the integrity of the story. Nothing seems to be overstated or outlandish, even though the coaching sentiments given by Coach Lad are extremely rare in execution.

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Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
Today in Christian History
During its Amsterdam Assembly (Aug 22 Sept 4), the newly-formed World Council of Churches officially ratified its Constitution.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Chronicles 20:1-22:1; zec8; John 5:19-47:
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and left it in ruins.David took the crown from the head of their king—its weight was found to be a talentof gold, and it was set with precious stones—and it was placed on David’s head. He took a great…
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