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Fidelity part 1
with Dr. Ron Jones from 'Something Good Radio'

Free sex, no-fault divorce, and now 'friends with benefits.' All of it points to a sex saturated society that has moved far away from God's pure and holy standard. Today, Ron Jones talks about "Fidelity" with another Lesson from the Sermon on the Mount.   (click here to read more)

Religion or Relationship? Part 1
with Jeff Johnson from 'Sound Doctrine'

Have you ever wondered about the difference between christianity and any other spiritual belief?  The difference is significant.  The Bible tells us that we can have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, while every other religion promotes "good works" in order to reach God.…   (click here to read more)

Corrupt Doctrine Leads to Corrupt Practice
with Gil Rugh from 'Sound Words'

Is the Mosaic Law significant or applicable to the Church today, and if so how? Understanding God's intention for the Law and who it was given to clarifies the matter for believers today. An accurate and clear understanding of what the Scriptures say results in correct doctrine from those Scriptures…   (click here to read more)

The Lost Sheep, Part 2
with Jerry Chaddick from 'Spirit Truth'

Our Lord has often been described as "the Great Shepherd," and we His children as His sheep.  In this chapter of the book of Luke we will explore this description of our Heavenly Father further, and learn much about His character from it. (Part 2 of 2)   (click here to read more)

Social Values - Relating to People
with Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe from 'Telling the Truth'

At the conclusion of the famous book Habits of the Heart the authors wrote: "Our society has been influenced by the tradition of modern individualism. We have taken the position that our most important task today is the recovery of the insights of the older biblical...traditions." Let's start…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Just Disgusting!
'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley

Disgusting! Yes, that's the word for the day. Disgusting! There are things that are disgusting. Fresh road kill. Nothing is more capable of ruining the old Saturday afternoon drive in the country than a pancaked turtle or opossum. "Why did the chicken cross the road?" To show the turtle and opossum it could…(continue reading article)

Sewage Pipe Dreams
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

Dear friends, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure. - 1 John 3:2-3 HCSB I watched an interesting TV show on which…(continue reading article)

The Spirit Also Helps (Romans 8.26; Encore)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Our focus text reads: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession…(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
•  Well Equipped - 'Winging It
•  Divine Majesty and Human Humility - Word from Scotland

Additional Articles

•  Man in the Middle - Find the Call
•  Formula Christianity - 'Christ in You...'
•  Revisiting Wedgewood Baptist Church - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Paying for Free Money - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote - August 4-8, 2014 - Bible verse and quote
•  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col. 3:13 - Point of Reference

Additional Articles

•  Love - God's Words For US
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 17:11 - A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Words to Ponder
We have taught our people to use prayer too much as a means of comfort -- not in the original and heroic sense of uplifting, inspiring, strengthening, but in the more modern and baser sense of soothing sorrow, dulling pain, and drying tears -- the comfort of the cushion, not the comfort of the Cross. - G. A. Studdert Kennedy
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  August 21

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 21

Thou art my portion, O Lord. All things are yours; ... and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. — Our Saviour Jesus Christ ... gave himself for us. — God gave him to be the head over all things to the church. — Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Night of Weeping; Joyous Day

"For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."   Psalms 30:5 A moment under our Father's anger seems very long, and yet it is but a moment after all. If we grieve His Spirit, we cannot look for His smile; but He is a God ready to pardon, and He soon puts aside all remembrance… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for May 12

"And will manifest myself to him." - John 14:21 The Lord Jesus gives special revelations of himself to his people. Even if Scripture did not declare this, there are many of the children of God who could testify the truth of it from their own experience. They have had manifestations of their Lord and Saviour…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
The Ministry Of The Unnoticed

The New Testament notices things which from our standards do not seem to count. "Blessed are the poor in spirit," literally - Blessed are the paupers - an exceedingly commonplace thing! The preaching of to-day is apt to emphasize strength of will, beauty of character - the things that are easily noticed. The phrase…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Av 25'

The fourth mitzvah (commandment) of the Ten Commandments concerns the remembrance of the Shabbat (Sabbath). Shabbat literally means " desist from work." Unfortunately, through the years, the Shabbat has been misunderstood by both Jews and Christians. to take seriously the commandment concerning Shabbat and dedicate this day to the Lord.… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Spiritual Disability

Many famous people have overcome some sort of physical difficulty to excel at what they do. Even some who were infamous became so through overcoming some handicap. Tamerlane, the Tartar who conquered all the land from India to Russia in the fourteenth century, was partially paralyzed. His name actually meant, "Timur…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
The Anatomy of a Fool

This chapter offers us the anatomy of a fool. But when you see how a fool behaves, you might begin to think you are surrounded by fools. Remember, however, the old saying that when you point one finger at another person you are pointing three back at yourself. Didn't our Lord warn us in Matthew 5:22 that we should not…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Take thought

Take thought - David spent many nights under the stars. Without the disturbance of electric lights, air pollution and man-made distractions, he must have been overwhelmed at the sheer immensity of the heavens. He looks into the depths of space, sprinkled liberally with the dust of angels, and asks the question that…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 21

One thing taught large in the Holy Scriptures is that while God gives His gifts freely. He will require a strict accounting of them at the end of the road. Each man is personally responsible for his store, be it large or small, and will be required to explain his use of it before the judgment seat of Christ. . . . Then there are talents. These… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"Shall not God avenge His own elect?" Luke 18:7

"Shall not God avenge His own elect?" Luke 18:7

THE Lord's people are often oppressed, they are tempted to be revengeful, but our God says, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." Under man's wrath, remember you are the objects of the Lord's love; when men oppress you, rest assured that God will befriend you. Carry your case to…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Islam, Like the Tour de France, Exists in Stages

Claiming Muhammad or Islam is peaceful is like claiming a toddler has won the Tour de France. No spectator or sports enthusiast would ever take seriously a toddler racing a bike. But, they'd have to take seriously a well-invested and trained adult, especially if the race tore through their town.

Richard Dawkins Says Unborn Babies With Down Syndrome Should Be Aborted; Pro-Life Group Slams 'Sick and Twisted' Comments

Atheist author Richard Dawkins is under heavy criticism on social media after stating that unborn babies with Down syndrome need to be aborted and that parents should "try again" to conceive. Pro-life group Live Action has slammed the comments as "sick and twisted."

'American Horror Story' Season 4 News: New Teaser Trailer Released, Show to Premiere on Oct. 8

"American Horror Story" has officially set its season 4 premiere date.

Richard Dawkins Exposes the Immorality of His Atheism

Giving further ammunition to those who say that atheists cannot fully value all human life, Richard Dawkins has now stated that it would be "immoral" not to abort a baby with Down syndrome. Are you surprised?

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay in a lower court decision ruling the Commonwealth of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Marcos Rojo Signs 5-Year Deal With Man U

Argentine defender Marcos Rojo penned a five-year contract deal with Manchester United after his move from Sporting Lisbon, Mirror UK reported.

Is the Tea Party Winning or Losing?

Tea Party candidates had few victories in the 2014 congressional primary season. By challenging "establishment" Republicans, did those Tea Party challenges, nonetheless, make the Republican Party more conservative?

Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Jose Mourinho's 'Silent Treatment,' Chelsea Legend May Leave the Blues Club

Earlier reports indicated Jose Mourinho's desire to keep two of the best goalkeepers in the world in his team but that might not happen as Petr Cech will be more than willing to give way for the younger Thibaut Courtois.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date, Rumors: March 2015 Unveiling Date Unlikely, More Disney Movie Characters to Be Implemented

During the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 at Los Angeles, Square Enix has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III, the eighth installment in the game series, is now undergoing developments.

Ebola-Fighting Samaritan's Purse Doctor Kent Brantly Discharged From Hospital

Samaritan's Purse Dr. Kent Brantly is set to be released from Emory University Hospital following his recovery from the deadly Ebola virus, which he contracted while fighting the spread of the disease in West Africa.

'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5 Release Date, Spoilers: 'No One Goes Quietly' as Show Comes to an End

HBO's hit American period crime drama TV series "Boardwalk Empire" is slated to launch its upcoming season 5 premiere on Sunday, Sept. 7, 9/8c. The date has been revealed in the official teaser trailer released earlier this month.

'Archer' Season 6 Release Date, News: Premiere Coming January 2015, Exclusive SDCC Teaser Trailer

Fans of FX's hit adult animated TV series "Archer" rejoiced with the news that the show is renewed for another two seasons with 13 episodes each.

Christian Men Who Pledge Virginity Struggle With Sexual Temptations, Confusion After Marriage, Says Sociologist

Evangelical men who remain abstinent have a difficult time when it comes to sex after marriage because most lack support within the church to openly discuss their newfound sex lives and oftentimes still deal with confusion and temptations, says Sarah Diefendorf, a Seattle-based sociologist.

Life in Two Dimensions

Believers live in a spiritual dimension — where we walk in the Spirit and know God in the Spirit. Yet as human beings, we also live and move in physical bodies here on earth.

'Prometheus 2' Release Date: March 2016 Postponed for 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'

Fox initially scheduled a "Prometheus" sequel for March 4, 2016, but that won't happen yet as Tim Burton's purported adaptation for "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is rumored to replace the release date instead.

'The Amazing Spiderman 3' Plot Spoilers: Release Date Postponed, Emma Stone to Appear Again in Sequel as Gwen Stacy?

"The Amazing Spiderman 3" will not hit the big screens until 2017, which is to be followed by "TASM 4" in 2018 to give way for the purported standalone movie "Sinister Six."

'Jimmy's in Heaven,' James Foley's Parents Say at Press Conference for Slain Reporter

The parents of American journalist James Foley have said that they are "so proud" of their son and know that he is in Heaven, after he was brutally murdered by members of Jihadist group ISIS.

Dr. Kent Brantly Condition Latest Update, News: 'Thank God for His Mercy,' Says Missionary

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the two Americans who contracted Ebola while treating virus-stricken patients back in Liberia, finally broke his silence about his condition, saying he is now steadily recovering and is "growing stronger every day."

Obama: 'No Just God Would Stand for Foley Beheading'

President Barack Obama has condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of terror group ISIS, describing its ideology as "bankrupt" and stating that "no just God" would stand for its violent acts. He also pledged that despite the militants' threats, the U.S. will not be backing down from military operations against them.

Israel Air Strike Kills Three Top Hamas Commanders Following Ceasefire Collapse

An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday has killed three top Hamas commanders that it had identified as having "planned deadly attacks against Israeli civilians." Israel and the Palestinian militant group have resumed fighting following the collapse of a 10-day ceasefire.

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Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
Today in Christian History
Pioneer linguistic educator Frank C. Laubach wrote in a letter: 'If this entire universe has a desperate need of love to incarnate itself, then "important duties" which keep us from helping little people are not duties but sins.'
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1ch17; zec6; John 4:43-54:
After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the is under a tent.”Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.”But that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the says: You are not the one to build me a house to…
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