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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

Chinese lawyer advocating for Christians amid cross takedowns arrested

A Christian lawyer has been arrested by local police in Wenzhou city after he was discovered to have been providing legal counsel to churches resisting government order.

Pope Francis' Meeting With 9/11 Families and Multi-Religious Service at Ground Zero to Be Highly Symbolic

The eyes of the world will be on Pope Francis when he makes a visit to the western hemisphere next month, stopping first in Cuba before heading north to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. But his stop at the Ground Zero memorial in NYC amid commemoration of the deaths of thousands due to terrorism has been described by organizers as an "extremely important event for the world."

Storm Erika has weakened but flooding still possible in Florida, reports say

"Completely unpredictable" storm Erika is seen to cause flooding in Florida, despite news of its weakening.

Ashley Madison leak update: Noel Biderman steps down, at least 400 church leaders resigning, report says

CEO of Avid Life Media Inc., Noel Biderman, stepped down on Friday, after weeks of being in the storm of the Ashley Madison leak.

ISIS news: Dozens detained in Iraqi town for street protest against terror group

ISIS forces detains residents in Rutbah for a rare street protest against the execution of a local resident.

#TrumpBible: Twitter Users Mock Donald Trump After He Refuses to Share Favorite Bible Verse

Thousands of tweets using the hashtag #TrumpBible are pouring in with re-imagined Bible verses to make fun of the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who wasn't able to name his favorite Bible verse in an interview.

Harvest Crusade Anaheim: Evangelist Greg Laurie Warns Against the 'Unforgivable Sin'

In his second nightly message at the Southern California Harvest Crusade on Saturday, Pastor Greg Laurie warned a crowd of tens of thousands in Anaheim's Angel Stadium that it's possible to reach "a point of no return" if they consciously reject God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

'Dancing With The Stars' Cast News, Update: Who Else Is Joining Bindi Irwin For Season 21?

The cast for the upcoming 21st season of ABC's hit reality dance competition series "Dancing With The Stars" is now coming together with these new celebrity performers being confirmed to join the list.

Ashley Madison Hack Should Be A Wake Up Call for Churches

Because of the cyber hack, there is a massive amount of upheaval in the homes of many who were registered in the database.

A Hymn for Our Time

"Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world," wrote Yeats in "The Second Coming." He penned those words in 1919, but as David Lehman observes, those words provide a "summary of the present age."

5 Questions to Consider When Leaving A Church

Here are a five questions to consider before leaving a church or discarding fellowship.

10,000 Stand Up for Religious Freedom, Biblical Morals at SC's 'We Stand with God' Rally

At least 10,000 people gathered at the South Carolina State House for "Stand with God, Pro-Family Rally," where Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Rick Perry and U.S. senators spoke about faith and moral issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion.

'Gotham' Season 2 News, Update: Young Bruce Wayne Actor Spills Details About The Batcave, Jim Gordon, the New Villains and More

It's only just a matter of weeks before the highly-anticipated second season of Fox's hit crime-fighting drama TV series "Gotham" returns to the small screens. However, fans may still be hankering for more information on what to expect in the new season.

'Game of Thrones' News, Update: "A Song of Ice and Fire" Author Just Spilled One Major Character Spoiler

Fans of the hit HBO TV series "Game of Thrones" will have to wait until next year to (hopefully) find out the answers to the questions left in Season 5. But George R.R. Martin, the author of the book series that the show is heavily based from, just spilled the fate of one major character.

'The Trial' Amazon Studios Series Cast News, Update: Legal Drama Casts Maria Bello and 'Lost' Alum Tania Raymonde

Amazon Studios' upcoming legal drama series "The Trial" adds two more actors into the fray.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Cast News, Update: Season 3 Casts NFL Veteran Matthew Willig As Lash

The upcoming third season of ABC's hit superhero drama TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is adding yet another Inhuman character into the show.

'America's Next Top Model' episode 5 spoilers and episode 4 recap: Hadassah freaks out; Stefano is eliminated

The models will have an unretouched photo shoot in the next episode, and the models got their makeovers in the previous episode.

'MasterChef' season 6 episode 17 spoilers and episode 16 recap: The restaurant takeover; Hetal is eliminated

Three former champions return to the MasterChef kitchen in the next episode and another team challenge was done followed by a pressure test in the previous episode.

'Bloodline' season 2 spoilers: What will happen to the Rayburn siblings?

In the aftermath of Danny's death, how does the Rayburn family deal with the impending fallout and what will happen to John?

'Humans' season 2 spoilers: Will Niska create new conscious synths?

Fans can expect more conscious synths in the next season. Also, Niska is off to see the world and experience what she can. With this, will Niska create new synths?

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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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