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The Hardest Peace - II
with Dr. Dobson from 'Family Talk Weekends'

Kara Tippetts is a young mom and wife without much time left. She is dying of cancer, and yet her story is one of hope and grace. Today on Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson interviews Kara Tippetts about her journey through a dire diagnosis, and the way she is preparing her family and friends for her passing…   (click here to read more)

October 25, 2014
with John Fuller from 'Focus on the Family Weekend'

When managed wisely, technology provides us with many benefits, like convenience and communication. This weekend authors Dr. Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane discuss the dangers of overusing digital gadgets and media. From brain chemistry to addiction, they share how technology is impacting our families.…   (click here to read more)

The Legacy of Jesus, Part 1
with John MacArthur from 'Grace to You Weekend'

Even if you don’t leave your children a house, car, or even a dime when you die . . . you’re going to leave them a legacy. Question is, what will it be? Find out what Jesus left behind for His followers . . . and how it should affect your life and legacy   (click here to read more)

There’s No Pain Like Family Pain
with Mark Gregston from 'Parenting Today's Teens Weekend'

Have family issues brought you to the end of your rope? Do interactions with your teenager leave you feeling worn out, spent, and overwhelmed? On this edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston shares biblical hope and practical tips for dealing with the pain.   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

1 Peter....
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

There are roles and responsibilities that God places upon women (1 Peter 3.1-6) and there are roles and responsibilities that God places upon men (1 Peter 3.7). Having written about these gender-specific items, Peter now aims inspiration's pen at admonitions that are equally binding upon men and…(continue reading article)

The Money Test
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

  Sitting across from the temple treasury, He watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums. And a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little. Summoning His disciples, He said to them, "I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than…(continue reading article)

who will get ready for battle?” I Cor. 14:8
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

         In any call to arms or plea for aid, people invariably ask – ‘Why should I get involved?  Why can’t the people we elect, hire or appoint take care of it?’  In the case under consideration today, ‘Why can’t the preacher do it?’ …(continue reading article)

Bible and Quote - April 6-10, 2015
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

 Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease And with the contempt of the proud. Ps 123:4          Deliver me, Jesus, From the desire of approval and the fear of humiliation. Gold Dust, 1880, French collection golden counsels for sanctification of daily life Had…(continue reading article)

'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

                 As believers, we have a privilege to approach God with our needs and concerns and those of others. It is a special treat to pray for another person.   What is prayer?                 …(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  mal'’âkh - 2015-04-11
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  Effective Communication - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Who Is Your Opposition? - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  Have You Ever Seen A Crowd When Jesus Christ Is Handing Out Crosses? - Word from Scotland
•  Instantly! - Find the Call
•  A New World For You - 'Christ in You...'
•  Unsowing Discord - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Sports Are Good For The Soul - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 13:12 - Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Words to Ponder
Jesus did not die in order that you might have a free insurance policy against the flames of hell. Some people look upon Christianity as nothing more than cheap fire insurance. But believe me, dear friends, Christianity is you becoming Jesus Christ in the world. - Donald Grey Barnhouse (1895-1960)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  April 18

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Neck Or Nothing

Have you ever had a crisis in which you deliberately and emphatically and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of will. You may come up to it many times externally, but it amounts to nothing. The real deep crisis of abandonment is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of external things may be an…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for September 14

"There were also with him other little ships." - Mark 4:36 Jesus was the Lord High Admiral of the sea that night, and his presence preserved the whole convoy. It is well to sail with Jesus, even though it be in a little ship. When we sail in Christ's company, we may not make sure of fair weather, for…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — April 18

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee. [Moses] stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid. — There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
He Never Fails

"I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."   Joshua 1:5 This word to Joshua is often quoted; it is the basis of that New Testament word "He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Beloved, a life of warfare is before us, but the LORD of Hosts is with us. Are we called to lead a great but fickle people? This promise… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Nisan 29'

Rabbi Sha'ul (Saul; i.e., Paul) was writing to his talmidim (disciples) from prison. He had suffered and was continuing to suffer much hardship for proclaiming his faith in Yeshua. Nevertheless, nearing the end of his life, he was still able to write with great confidence concerning his own salvation and eternal life with the Lord. This is because he had… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life

One thousand miles south of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean lies a tiny island that has been named the Palmyra Atoll. As tiny islands go it is fairly large encompassing the grand total of some four and one half square miles. And, as tiny islands go, it is uninhabited. For some reason no one wants to live on an insignificant…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Peace in our time

We have come now to the seventh positive attitude that makes for good spiritual and mental health: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). This Beatitude seems to have a special relevance to the age through which we are passing, for if there is one thing the world needs at this moment,…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Walk uprightly

Walk uprightly - You will have a good laugh over this word. In Greek it is orthopodeo. It comes from the Greek word for "level" (orthos) and "foot" (pous). Now you can tell the mattress salesman that an orthopedic mattress is a contradiction in terms. Paul uses this vivid word picture…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — April 18

Self-righteousness is terrible among God's people. If we feel that we are what we ought to be, then we will remain what we are. We will not look for any change or improvement in our lives. This will quite naturally lead us to judge everyone by what we are. This is the judgment of which we must be careful. To judge others by ourselves is to create… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"Our sufficiency is of God." 2 Corinthians 3:5

"Our sufficiency is of God." 2 Corinthians 3:5

LET us think of this, whenever we are cast down on account of our weakness, or the difficulties we meet with in our way. We are weak, but Jesus is strong; and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He has given us His word, that He will work in us to will and to do of His own…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Christian Blogger Matt Walsh Tells Fast-Food Workers They Don't Deserve $15 an Hour to Flip Burgers

Christian blogger Matt Walsh ripped into fast-food workers who reportedly rallied in some 230 American cities for a $15 minimum wage this week, has declared, rather bluntly, that they don't deserve it.

Evangelist Could Face Felony Charges After Asking Baker to Make Anti-Gay Marriage Cake

Arizona Internet Evangelist Joshua Feuerstein could be facing felony charges after posting a YouTube video recording of a conversation he had with a Florida baker where he asked if she could make him a sheet cake displaying the words "We do not support gay marriage."

OnePlus Two Rumors, Release Date: 'Flagship Killer' Successor to Launch in Q3 2015

Despite the fact that the OnePlus One has been released more than a year ago, it still remains a sought-after mobile device for people who cannot afford the latest in the market.

Christian Dieseltec Owner Gets Death Threats for Saying He Will Refuse Service to 'Openly Gay' People Who Show PDA in His Shop

A conservative Christian owner of a Dieseltec auto repair shop in Grandville, Michigan, who sparked controversy this week when he declared that he won't hesitate "to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons," says he's now receiving death threats but will not back down from his views.

Senator Mike Lee: The Past Dictates the Terms of Our Debate About the Future

Given the importance of the Medicare program to America's seniors and doctors, it's worth asking: how did we end up with a bill that replaced one unsustainable cost structure with a slightly different unsustainable cost structure?

Cardinal Francis George, the First Chicago Native to Serve as City's Archbishop, Dies at 78

Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who served from 1997 to 2014, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, sources confirmed.

ISIS Militants Hold Sex Slave 'Lottery,' Pass Around 8-Y-O Girls to Rape and Torture, Says Escaped Captive

A report released Wednesday that includes interviews with 11 women and nine girls who were sexually enslaved by the Islamic State reveals horrifying details about how the terrorists beat, torture and pass around sexually abused Yazidi and religious minority women and girls.

Now Is the Time for American Taxpayers to Revolt

This was the horrible week in which millions of Americans paid their taxes to the ever increasing and intrusive federal government.

New 'A.D: The Bible Continues' Clip Reveals the Coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost; (Watch Here)

"A.D. - The Bible Continues" is returning to NBC with its third and most dynamic episode yet this Sunday, revealing the moment the Holy Spirit appears at last.

Huawei P8 Specs, Release Date: Can Brand New Flagship Take On Fierce Android Competition?

After months of letting its fans wait, Huawei has finally unveiled its latest flagship, and it's not just one, not two, but three new smartphones.

A Millennial's March for Marriage

More than ever before, this year's March for Marriage is centered on protecting God's design for one man and one woman marriage, as well as defending the religious liberty of those who hold that conviction.

Asus Zenfone 2 Release Date, Specs: Taking A Closer Look At Asus' Most Popular Device

The Asus Zenfone 2 is probably one of the most popular smartphones today, thanks to its high quality specs and a reasonable price tag.

Nina Dobrev, Michael Trevino Say Goodbye to 'The Vampire Diaries' Fans

It's the end of an era for "The Vampire Diaries" fans as they say farewell to two beloved characters of the show, Michael Trevino's Tyler Lockwood and Nina Dobrev's Elena Gilbert.

Selena Gomez Is 'Beyond Happy She's a Godmother Now;' Celebrates Cousin's Birth

Selena Gomez is now a godmother after visiting with relatives and celebrating the arrival of a new baby in her family this week.

Manny Pacquiao Hopes to Beat Floyd Mayweather Jr., Then Have Bible Study With Him

For weeks leading up to the May 2 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Filipino boxer's trainer, Freddie Roach, has been saying that his fighter has a deep dislike for Mayweather, due to Mayweather's history of domestic violence. Roach has repeatedly referred to the megafight as the battle between "good and evil."

Nina Dobrev Urged by Julianne and Derek Hough to Join 'Dancing With The Stars' Next Season

Now that Nina Dobrev has said goodbye to "The Vampire Diaries," many of her fans can't wait to see what the actress does next in her career. As previously reported, Dobrev left because she wants to make movies, but a new report claims that the 26-year old is thinking about appearing in "Dancing With the Stars" for its 21st season.

Controversial 'Sex Box' TV Program Canceled After 5 Episodes; Conservative Group Claims Victory

A program where couples have sex inside a soundproof box before discussing their relationship issues has been canceled after just five episodes.

Jodi Arias' Lawyer: She's 'Chatty and Smiley' But 'Could Never Do That in Court'

One day after Jodi Arias was sentenced to life in prison without parole, her lawyer, Jennifer Willmott, is speaking about the convicted murderer being really "chatty and smiley", but being in court forced her to refrain from showing that side of her personality.

Megachurch Pastor Mark Smith Who Church Leaders Hired as 'God's Man' Quits After Just 18 Months

Just 18 months ago, in an announcement that they had hired Mark Smith to be their new senior pastor, top officials at the First Baptist Jackson Church in Mississippi said they had fallen "in love" and described him as God's man and "God's will" for the job. In a surprising turn of events this week, however, Smith abruptly quit, declaring in his rejection of the job that he is not the man for their church.

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Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
the Second Week after Easter
Today in Christian History
German reformer Martin Luther, at the Diet of Worms, proclaimed that a biblical foundation supported the theological position of his "Ninety-Five Theses." Luther ended his defense with the famous words: 'Here I stand! I can do nothing else! God help me! Amen.'
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Deuteronomy 29-30; Job 18; Acts 7:1-22:
These are the terms of the covenant the commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Horeb.Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land.With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders.But to this day the has not given you a…
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