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What Makes America Great
with Dr. Dobson from 'Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk'

What are the characteristics that make America great? On today's Family Talk, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal shares powerful personal stories from his childhood, and discusses the impact that the Obama administration has had on the American dream.   (click here to read more)

Know What You're Getting
with Dennis Rainey from 'FamilyLife Today®'

Dreaming of your future spouse? Pastor Dan Chun encourages singles to closely observe the person they're dating and invites them to ask some key questions. Once infatuated, or in the weird zone as he calls it, it's hard to judge a person's character accurately. Chun advises singles to take their time…   (click here to read more)

Reaching Out to Christ When Life is Caving In, Part 2
with Pastor Mike Fabarez from 'Focal Point'

Life can be so unsure.  One minute we’re on firm footing … then suddenly, the bottom drops out from under us.  The next thing we know, we’re in a proverbial hole, looking up.  Of course, we could try to dig our way out.  On this edition of Focal Point, Mike Fabarez…   (click here to read more)

Navigating End of Life Decisions (Part 1 of 2)
with Jim Daly from 'Focus on the Family'

It's bad news that no one wants to face, but every family will experience it someday. On today's “ Focus on the Family ,” a heartfelt look at the end of life and what decisions your family needs to consider before that day comes.   (click here to read more)

What Does the Future Hold? Part 2
with Jeff Schreve from 'From His Heart'

Even Jesus’ disciples had questions about what was going to happen in the days to come. In this message called WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD, Pastor Jeff Schreve shares the truth of what Jesus told His disciples and what still is true for us today.  This message is part of the encouraging 7-message…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

God's Way Into the Record Book
'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley

While Barry Bonds chases "the Babe" and ultimately "Hammerin' Hank", there are other records that float out there in Major League Baseball. Many have tried but still no one has eclipsed the "Yankee Clipper", Joe Dimaggio (is there something that says you can only hold a record if you have a nickname? Maybe that's…(continue reading article)

Simplicity, 1 of 2
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone. - 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12 HCSB Francois de Fénelon[1]…(continue reading article)

Chicken or Egg?
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Of course you have heard the age-old conundrum, “Which came first; the chicken or the egg?” It has been the subject of many a heated debate. Did you ever stop to question why this puzzle is so difficult to answer? Have you ever seriously considered the implications of the fact that this enigma has survived over…(continue reading article)

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•   Ring Your Own Telephone - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote - October 13-17, 2014 - Bible verse and quote

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•   The Ebb and Flow of Power in Politics - Point of Reference
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Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 13:23 - Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.
Words to Ponder
Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness. - Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-92)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  October 30

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Faith

Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into a right relation. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual; of impulse and inspiration. Nothing Jesus…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for March 3

"I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." - Isaiah 48:10 Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, "I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it not an asbestos armour, against which the…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — october 30

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? — I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. Shall not God avenge his own elect, which… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Thorough Cleansing

"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you."   Ezekiel 36:25 What an exceeding joy is this! He who has purified us with the blood of Jesus will also cleanse us by the water of the Holy Spirit. God hath said it, and so it must be, "Ye shall be clean." LORD,… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Cheshvan 06'

Of all the festivals appointed by God, Shabbat (the Sabbath) stands out as the preeminent celebration. Some think that because it occurs every week, Shabbat is somehow common or mundane. However, our people have always felt the opposite; that is, because Shabbat is so special, it is to be observed every week. Why is special emphasis put on this holy day?… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
A Three-in-one Holiday

Easter. Thanksgiving. Christmas. The three "holidays" that are recognized by the federal government and heavily celebrated by the church around the United States. I have given them in their chronological order as they fall in the calendar year. You know what each is for. Easter is the celebration of the death, burial…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
The Book of Books

What do we mean when we say that the Bible is "inspired"? There are various views. One is natural inspiration - that the Bible is inspired in the same way that any work of genius is, like Pilgrim's Progress for example. Another view is of partial inspiration, which claims that the Bible is not a scientific textbook…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Repent

Repent - Have you ever experienced repenting? It is not the same as regret or remorse. Regret means that I wish that something had not happened. Remorse means that I feel badly about what happened. But repent means that I acknowledge my guilt for an evil past act. It is my fault. I did it. And…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — October 30

I have met two classes of Christians; the proud who imagine they are humble, and the humble who are afraid they are proud! There should be another class: the self-forgetful men and women who leave the whole thing in the hands of Christ and refuse to waste any time trying to make themselves good. They will reach the goal far ahead of the rest. The… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
Call upon me in the day of trouble. - Psalms 50:15

Call upon me in the day of trouble. - Psalms 50:15

Keep the straight path of duty, and if troubles come, or difficulties arise, thy God invites thee to call upon Him. He will come to thy help and bring all His boundless resources with Him.

He is always within call. His ear is never heavy, that it cannot hear; His arm is not shortened, that…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

President Obama Versus Franklin Graham On Whether Islam Is a 'False Religion'

During a 2009 interview on France's Canal+TV channel that is just now being reported widely, President Obama claimed that Americans needed to be better educated on Islam and that, if we compute the total number of Muslims in America, we would be one of the biggest Muslim countries in the world.

ISIS Militants Plant Bombs Inside Villagers' Homes to Explode When They Return, Says Iraqi Christian Whose Town Was Captured

A Christian who was one of the last to flee his village in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq before Islamic State jihadists captured it in August claims that ISIS militants are setting up explosives inside of homes so that if residents are ever to return to the village, their houses will explode upon entering.

'Thor' 3 News: Movie Gets Official Title and Release Date, Tom Hiddleston to Return as Loki

Recently, Marvel unveiled the movie release schedule for Phase 3 of its Cinematic Universe at a special event. Among the films that were announced is the third installment in the "Thor" movies, officially titled "Thor: Ragnarok."

Obama's Dove Crows: Israel's Hawk a Chicken****!"

Feathers are flying--in Washington and in Jerusalem--over the off-the-record comments by a senior Obama administration official to the respected Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. The unnamed dovish Obama policy maker said "the thing about Bibi [Netanyahu] is he's a chicken****!" Direct quote, characterization included.

Rick Santorum on Why We May Be 'One Generation Away' From Christian Persecution in America

Rick Santorum recently stopped by CP Voice to discuss a new documentary he helped produce titled "One Generation Away" which deals with the perceived erosion of religious freedom in America.

Does the GOP Have a Prayer of Winning in 2014?

With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, candidates around the country are scrambling to make their case to voters. Republicans--whose brand has been weakening for at least a decade--are hoping to make big gains, particularly in the Senate. Polls indicate that many races are still tight, so the outcome is far from certain.

'Grey's Anatomy' Season News: Sara Ramirez Talks About 'Calzona' Breakup, Episode 6 Spoilers Revealed

Last week's episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' shocked viewers as Callie and Arizona--often referred to by fans as Calzona--broke up.

'Duck Dynasty's Jep Robertson on Illness: 'I Thought I Was a Goner'

"Duck Dynasty" star Jep Robertson has spoken out about the seizure that landed him in the hospital and on life support for four days.

Tim Cook is Gay: It's 'Among the Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me,' Says CEO

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, came out as gay in an Op-Ed piece this week titled "Tim Cook Speaks Up." In it the technology and consumer electronics businessman said that he considers being gay "among the greatest gifts God has given me."

'Scandal' Season 4 News: Episode 5 Recap, Episode 6 Plot Revealed

Last Thursday's episode of 'Scandal' saw Jake being held captive as President Fitz does all that he can to get him to admit to killing his son, Jerry.

11 Guilty Dogs Who Are Impossible to Get Mad At - Their Reaction to Being Bad is Adorable! (VIDEO)

If you have a pet you know how hard it can be to yell at them sometimes. When they make a guilty face, we instantly forgive them because they are adorable.

Conservatives Send More Than 1,000 Bibles to Houston Mayor Annise Parker's Office After Sermons Are Subpoenaed

The mayor's office of the city of Houston in Texas confirmed Thursday that conservatives sent in more than 1,000 Bibles to the city's first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, in protest after the sermons of five local pastors were subpoenaed in a legal dispute over a controversial ordinance some say will allow men to use women's restrooms in the city.

Houston Subpoena Controversy Is 'Far From Over,' Say Conservatives Who Support the 'Houston Five'

Conservative groups believe there's still much to be done in Houston after Mayor Annise Parker dropped her controversial subpoenas against five pastors who had spoken against homosexuality and the city's Equal Rights Ordinance.

Knowing and Trusting the Lord

How much do you trust God? Before you answer, think about these scenarios: Do you really trust the Lord when everything seems out of control and He appears absent? When He has called you to move in a certain direction that seems illogical and risky? When painful circumstances continue, making you wonder if the Lord really cares?

'Stoned' Street Preachers' Freedom Of Speech Case To Be Reviewed By US Appeals Court

A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has voted to review a case that claims police officers in a Michigan town failed to protect the freedom of speech for 12 evangelizing Christian street preachers who were pelted with stones and water bottles by a crowd of Muslims while preaching at an Arab festival in 2012.

'God's Not Dead' Earns Two Prestigious Awards, Sequel Film in Development

The highest-grossing independent faith film of the year "God's Not Dead" is now being honored with two prestigious awards recently, including the GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Film of the Year.

Julius Randle, Lakers Rookie, Breaks Leg in NBA Debut (VIDEO)

Julius Randle, the rookie player for the Los Angeles Lakers, broke his leg in his NBA debut Tuesday night, according to reports. The 19-year-old's right tibia was fractured in the fourth quarter when he went up for a shot against the Houston Rockets.

Android Lollipop News: New OS to be Released on Nov. 2014, New Features Revealed

Google has recently announced that Android's newest operating system, known as the Android 5.0 or Lollipop, will be released on the first week of November. Fans of Android devices are expecting a lot from the new OS, especially since it will reportedly contain new features that will help save battery life, and some of Android Lollipop's aspects will apparently be very similar to Apple's iOS8.

'Scream' TV Show News: MTV Gives Full Series Order for Show, Character Descriptions Revealed

Another scary TV show is about to make its debut next year as MTV has given the nod for a full series order for "Scream." The show is based on the popular 90's movie franchise from Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor to Be Released on Nov. 13, Level Cap Increased to 100

"World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor" is the upcoming fifth expansion to Blizzard's massive multiplayer online role-playing game "World of Warcraft." The expansion is scheduled for release on Nov. 13 and will only be available for the Windows PC and Macintosh OS X.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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1738
English founder of Methodism John Wesley explained in a letter: 'By a "Christian," I mean one who so believes in Christ as that sin hath no more dominion over him.'
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Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the .Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words. He will rise up against that wicked nation, against those who help evildoers.But the Egyptians are mere mortals and…
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