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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

What the Blind Man Heard
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. – Matthew 12:34b-35   A blind man once sat in a very popular park. He loved to sit there and listen to all the activities in the beautiful…(continue reading article)

Profiles of the Prophets; The Series (43 of TBD)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

 Amos – Shepherd Prophet of Judgment (3 of 5) Focus Text: Amos 4.1-5 One of the important but often misunderstood facets of biblical inspiration is that God used the personalities and vocabulary of His prophets in delivering His word.  By paying attention to the approach…(continue reading article)

Take Control of the Keyboard
'Find the Call' from Andy Castro

 Once we become "born again" we threw away the old script of our lives that were written from our experiences of pain, sorrow and heartache. But being “born again” gives us the opportunity to write a new story for our lives.  But there is an opposing factor that will still try to dictate…(continue reading article)

Is Christ Living In You?
''Christ in You...'' from Dale Krebbs

For the last eight years "Christ In you..." has been the column title for articles appearing on the Live As If website. While reminiscing those years, I have felt that an explanation of those words, and what it means for Christ to be living in us, is needed. This is of the utmost importance, because if Jesus…(continue reading article)

Of Prayers and Fruit
'Refreshment in Refuge' from Gina Burgess

Jesus had a huge problem with the moneychangers because they were sticklers for Law rather than ministers to the people’s needs. When those scribes and Pharisees asked, “By what authority do you do these things?” Jesus uses the same source as He did with Satan… “It is written.”…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  lâqach - 2015-06-20
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  The Power of the Tongue - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote August 11-15 - Bible verse and quote

Additional Articles

•  Ruth and the Samaritan Woman - Point of Reference
•  Attitude - God's Words For US
•  When Satan Interferes - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  That's Not Fair! - 'Winging It
•  Turning The Page - Quiet Time
•  Can A Bad Sad Past Be Overcome To Give Me A Better Future? - Word from Scotland
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 11:21 - Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.
Words to Ponder
Let your hearts dwell on truth as the bee doth upon the flower, every truth being a flower of paradise that is more worth than a world. - Thomas Brooks (1608-81)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  August 30

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Am I Convinced By Christ?

Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don't rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ.…… — (click here to read more)

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

"In the world ye shall have tribulation." - John 16:33 Art thou asking the reason of this, believer? Look upward to thy heavenly Father, and behold him pure and holy. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like him? Wilt thou easily be conformed to his image? Wilt thou not require much refining in the…… — (click here to read more)

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

The king held out ... the golden sceptre. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. It shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious. We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Solace, Security, Satisfaction

"Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath made with me an Everlasting Covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although He make it not to grow."   2 Samuel 23:5 This is not so much one promise as an aggregate of promises — a box of pearls. The covenant is the ark which contains all… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Elul 15'

Iwas visiting a local conservative synagogue with my family. At the break, I met some longtime friends, including my former chazzan (cantor, worship leader), who had recently moved to Israel. The chazzan was now working for an organization that promoted Orthodox Judaism among secular Israeli Jews. He was glad to see me ...until I told him I was a Messianic… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
A Fitting Send-off

As many of you open this column and read it this morning you may be doing so while golf history is taking place across the ocean. This morning Jack Nicklaus may well play his final round of competitive golf on the venue that has long been golf's hallowed ground; The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. The round…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
What's Scarce?

Wisdom was something very important to Solomon. It was this that he prayed for when God said to him: 'Ask for whatever you want me to give you' (1 Kings 3:5). In addition, Solomon had set out to discover all he could about earthly wisdom. When he put all his findings together, he concluded human wisdom was not all…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Not ashamed

Not ashamed - The Greek words are ouk and epaischunomai. Paul uses the word ouk for "not". This word is very strong. It means "absolutely not" or "under no circumstances". The other word is the combination of epi (upon) and aischuno (to shame or be put to shame). The important aspect…… — (click here to read more)

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

There comes a time when the true believer must take his stand on the oath and covenant of God and refuse to be shaken. He must lift high his happy affirmation, not in arrogance, but in faith and in deep humility. Perhaps his declaration of independence will go something like this: I am not yet perfect, but I thank God and my Lord Jesus Christ… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"He will not always chide." Psalms 103:9

"He will not always chide." Psalms 103:9

IF we sin, our heavenly Father will correct us, in order to reclaim us; His strokes often fall heavy, and the effects remain for a long time. But He will not always chide; when we repent and confess, He pardons and restores. His anger is but for a moment; but His mercy is everlasting. He loves…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 release date & specs revealed, deemed as lightest and thinnest tablet

Samsung just launched two variants of the Galaxy Tab S2 in July. Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung's new flagship in their line of tablets and it's a mobile computer that has been well thought of in terms of form and function. Apparently, the new tablet is the current title holder of the lightest and thinnest tablet the world has seen, as reported by Observer. With a profile of just 5.5mm thick for both the 9.7-inch and 8.0 inch versions, the S2 tablet is 16 percent thinner than its predecessor. It also beat the previous world's thinnest Dell Venue 8 7840 by more than 8 percent.

'Heroes Reborn' new and returning cast revealed, TV promos released

When Tim Kring's TV series "Heroes" arrived in NBC in 2006, it garnered a large fan base proving the show to be exceptionally well written and rendered. After it ended in 2010, NBC announced a series reboot that will feature returning and new casts. The show will pick up a year after a terrorist attack that happened in Odessa, Texas left the city annihilated and the ones blamed were those with extraordinary abilities.

'Pretty Little Liars' season 6B spoilers & update: Show jumps five years forward, Hanna gets engaged but not to Caleb?

It's no secret that "Pretty Little Liars" is going to be back for the part two of season six. After viewers learned from the last season the shocking identity of "A," the American teen drama show promises to bring more to the fans including new mysteries to solve and new villains to deal with.

'Hawaii Five-O' Cast News, Update: Julie Benz Joins in Season 6 As San Francisco PD Detective

"Defiance" actress Julie Benz joins the upcoming season of the show as a San Francisco PD officer. Showrunner teased a possible romantic link.

'Scorpion' News, Update: Season 2 Promo Photos Show Walter and Paige Getting Closer

New promo photos showed some awkward moments between Paige and Walter. Meanwhile, the group gets back to work.

'Marvel's Luke Cage' Character and Plot Rumors: Netflix Series To Feature Diamondback as Villain

New character and plot rumors talk about about Luke Cage's main enemy and a prison experiment going wrong.

Microsoft's 'Surface Pro 4' rumored to have Intel's latest processor, Skylake

Microsoft will launch its Surface Pro 4 in October this year and it will be made available to the public sometime in November. Intel has just showcased its new Skylake processor and it shouldn't be a surprise if Surface Pro 4 comes with the Skylake processor.

'Woodlawn' Movie Depicts True Life Story of 40-Person Football Team Coming to Christ During Height of '70s Desegregation

"Woodlawn," a faith-based sports film set to release in October that stars Sean Astin and Jon Voight. tells the true story of the Woodlawn High School football team in Birmingham, Alabama, giving their lives to Christ during desegregation in the 1970s.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Slim makes an impression

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Slim was meant to be a notable competitor for Apple's iPad Air 2. This has certainly been the case as there is no doubt that the tech giant has come out with an excellent tablet.

Kentucky High School Students Defy Atheist Group by Starting Football Season With Pre-Game Prayer

A Kentucky high school has defied an atheist group's demand that the school keep prayer out of its pre-football game festivities, as the school kicked off its 2015 football season with a student-led invocation last Friday.

'Sunday Best All Stars' Top 3 Talk Second Chances, Disappointments, Recording Music Together (Interview)

Instead of giving up on their dreams, three men are taking a second chance at being crowned the winner of "Sunday Best All Stars," and win or lose Clifton Ross, Dathan Thigpen and Zebulon Ellis are witnessing God's power move throughout the BET gospel music competition.

"Gambit" casting news: Gambit may have found his Bella Donna

If recent casting reports are true, Channing Tatum's Gambit may have found his Bella Donna. According to a SlashFilm report, the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, the female character opposite Gambit in the movie, has been offered to French actress Lea Seydoux.

Sony Xperia Z5 Rumors: Alleged Smartphone Cases Leak Online

What are purported to be Sony Xperia Z5 cases have leaked online, showing the general shape of Sony's new flagship series.

Motorola to absorb Lenovo Mobile and merge into one company

Reports have emerged Motorola will be absorbing Lenovo Mobile, and both companies are set to merge into one.

Microsoft Lumia rumors: Images of two new flagship phones leak online

Photos of what appear to be the new Microsoft Lumia flagship phones have leaked online.

'Five Nights at Freddy's' creator hints at new game reveal in Halloween update

Indie game designer Scott Cawthon has announced he will reveal a new game he is working on when he releases a free update for "Five Nights at Freddy's 4" on Halloween.

Ubisoft Announces 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate' Xbox One, PS4 and PC Releases (VIDEO)

Ubisoft has recently announced the release dates for its upcoming "Assassin's Creed Syndicate" for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

'Mr. Robot' season finale airing postponed due to Virginia shooting incident

The season finale for USA Network's "Mr. Robot" has been postponed due to a graphic scene in the episode similar to the recent Virginia shootings.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer collaborating on a comedy screenplay

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer have teamed up to write a screenplay for a comedy movie which they will star in together.

'Chicago Fire' season 4 plot news: First teaser released

NBC released the first teaser footage of season 4 of "Chicago Fire," which revealed the season will pick up soon after the events on season 3 finale.

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Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, August 30th, 2015
the Week of Proper 17 / Ordinary 22
Today in Christian History
Colonial religious teacher Anne Hutchinson, 46, was charged with "traducing (i.e., degrading) the ministry" and was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Moving the following year to Rhode Island, then to New York, Anne and her family were killed by Indians in 1643.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Chronicles 2:17-5:1; Malachi 1:1-2:9; John 8:21-47:
Solomon took a census of all the foreigners residing in Israel, after the census his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600.He assigned 70,000 of them to be carriers and 80,000 to be stonecutters in the hills, with 3,600 foremen over them to keep the people working.Then Solomon began to build the temple of the in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunahthe…
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