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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

Profiles of the Prophets; The Series (19 of TBD)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Nathan – A Prophet; Not a Yes Man (1 of 3) Focus Text: 2 Samuel 7.1-3 “Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, ‘See now, I dwell in a…(continue reading article)

A Mitzvah for a Fool
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

When arguing with fools, don’t answer their foolish arguments, or you will become as foolish as they are. When arguing with fools, be sure to answer their foolish arguments, or they will become wise in their own estimation. – Proverbs 26:4-5 Have you ever had to deal with a fool? You know –…(continue reading article)

Courage to Be Vulnerable
'Quiet Time' from Kasia Kedzia

“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.”…(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
•  Serving In The Kingdom Of God Is Highly Challenging! - Word from Scotland
•  The Fruit Carver - Find the Call

Additional Articles

•  The Search For Comfort - 'Christ in You...'
•  Misplaced Faith Leads Nowhere - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Laughter is the Best Medicine - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and quote September 17-21 - Bible verse and quote
•  Along The Roman Road - God's Words For US
•   EVE AND SARAH, MOTHERS OF US ALL - Point of Reference

Additional Articles

•  Perfect - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Jesus, the Friend of Sinners - 'Winging It
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 10:27 - The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Words to Ponder
Try to make every message such that the most flippant shall see without any doubt that, if it is an amusement for them to hear you, it is no amusement for you to speak to them, but that you are pleading with them in downright solemn earnest about eternal matters. I have often felt just like this when I have been preaching. I have known what it is to use up all my ammunition, and then I have, as it were, rammed myself into the great gospel gun and fired myself at my hearers - all my experience of God's goodness, all my consciousness of sin, and all my sense of the power the Gospel. - Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-92)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  August 4

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
The Brave Comradeship Of God

The bravery of God in trusting us! You say - "But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing in me; I am not of any value." That is why He chose you. As long as you think there is something in you, He cannot choose you because you have ends of your own to serve; but if you have let Him bring you…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for May 29

"Thou hatest wickedness." - Psalm 45:7 "Be ye angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, "Get thee…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 4

It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. — I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. — We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering an offering oftentimes… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
He Blesses and Keeps

"The LORD bless thee, and keep thee."   Numbers 6:24 This first clause of the high priest's benediction is substantially a promise. That blessing which our great High Priest pronounces upon us is sure to come, for He speaks the mind of God. What a joy to abide under the divine blessing! This puts a gracious flavor into all things. If we are blessed,… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Av 19'

A man who was interested in learning to shoot well visited a practice range. There, as he surveyed each of the bays where the targets were located, he noticed one that had all perfect bulls-eyes. Intent on finding the one responsible for such sharpshooting, he was told that Simon Greenstein was his man. He went out in search of him. ...consult the Word of… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
March Madness

Here in America we are in a time that is referred to as, "March Madness." It is the time of the year that the National Collegiate Athletic Association stages its annual men's college basketball tournament pitting the 65 best teams in the college ranks against each other for an earned national title as the National…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
I belong

Our theme now centers on the only two books in the Bible which are named after women - Esther and Ruth. Although the two books are quite different in style and scope, there are several intriguing similarities. First, both books depict a woman who was brought by God into an unusual marriage. Second, both books are set against…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Knowing - There are several Greek words for "know". One is ginosko. It is a word that means knowledge that comes from experience. This is knowledge that we gather from living, observing and testing. This knowledge comes through the process of education. That is why the cult of secret knowledge was called the…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 4

It was John Milton who said that hope springs eternal in the human breast. Indeed hope is such a vital thing that were it to die out of the heart of mankind, the burden of life could not long be sustained. But precious as this hope may be, it is yet, when it is ill-founded,a dangerous thing. The hope, for instance, which almost all people feel,… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"Thou shall know hereafter." John 13:7

"Thou shall know hereafter." John 13:7

WE are often at a loss to account for many things in our feelings, in our circumstances, and in the Lord's dealings with us; but what we know not now, we shall know hereafter. This is our Saviour's promise; let us take the comfort of it, and expect its fulfilment to our perfect satisfaction by-and-bye.…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

OnePlus 2 Sells 30,000 Units in China in 64 Seconds

A record of 30,000 OnePlus Two smartphones were sold 64 seconds after the new handset was declared available on its Chinese website.

iPhone 6C Rumors: Budget Friendly Phone Expected to Launch in Q2 2016

Reports have emerged Apple is set to launch its affordable iPhone 6c during the second quarter of next year.

EA DICE Tweets Clip of New X-Wing Fighters in Upcoming 'Star Wars: Battlefront' (VIDEO)

Games developer EA DICE just tweeted a brief teaser of the new X-Wing Fighters for its upcoming "Star Wars: Battlefront" video game.

Apple's iPhone 7 Update on Release Date and Features

There hasn't been any confirmation yet on what the latest Apple phone will be called, whether iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s, but speculations on the features and date of release of the company's new flagship phone are already making its rounds on the Internet.

EA Releases Teaser Trailer for 'Mirror's Edge: Catalyst' (VIDEO)

EA has released a short teaser for "Mirror's Edge: Catalyst" just before it's unveiling at the 2015 GamesCom.

Sony Xperia Z5 Release Date News: Coming in September 2015, Alleged Specs Leaked

Not long after the Xperia Z3+ (Xperia Z4 in Japan) launched, there were already rumors spreading about the Sony Xperia Z5 which is considered to be the electronic device and gadget company's real flagship device for 2015.

Xbox Games with Gold August 2015 Free Games List, Review: Members in for a Treat for New Lineup of Free Games

It's already August which means it's another round of free games for Xbox users. Microsoft is in the deal of giving away even more free games at a rate of two Xbox One and two Xbox 360 games per month.

Nuclear Physicist Insists Evolutionary Worldview 'Fails Dismally;' Says Denial of Genesis Account Should Not Be 'Taken Lightly' by Christians

A nuclear physicist who recently spoke out against the theory of evolution in relation to the origin of human life, has warned Christians that public denial of the Genesis creation account cannot be "taken lightly."

'Gears of War Ultimate Edition' Will Come With All 'Gears of Wars' Games

The third-person shooter video game franchise "Gears of War" is releasing an Ultimate Edition. It will be launched on August 25. The Ultimate Edition, according to the game's official website, offers remastered digital surround sound, new campaign content, a concept art gallery, and "modernized multiplayer" which features 60 frames per second, new game types and matchmaking that is skill-based. There will be a total of 19 maps, as well as many customization options.

Pastors Sue Houston's Lesbian Mayor Over Stopping Vote on Transgender Ordinance

A group of pastors have filed a lawsuit against a Texas city mayor whose administration refused to allow a referendum on a controversial transgender rights ordinance.

Pastor Tackles Man Who Put Gun to Mother's Head Inside Church as He Preached Sermon on 'What's Life Worth'

A Sunday morning sermon about the value of life turned into a frightening fight for it two days ago when a man placed a gun to the head of a Florida pastor's mother as she listened to him preach about "what's life worth."

Colin Trevorrow Shares Some 'Jurassic World 2' Story Details

"Jurassic World" fans now know that there is a sequel coming. And they all know that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be returning for "Jurassic World 2" which is set to bow in theaters in June 2018. Story details about the upcoming sequel came through the film's screenwriter Colin Trevorrow.

Another OnePlus Smartphone is Coming Before End 2015

If people cannot get enough of OnePlus phones this year, they may very well get their wish by the holiday season. According to a report in Tech Times, the company behind the OnePlus smartphones will be introducing another OnePlus device before the end of the year.

Planned Parenthood vs. Jesus Christ

Jesus was chased out of his manger and into Egypt by one of Planned Parenthood's ancestors, King Herod, who also sacrificed Bethlehem's infant children for the sake of power.

PlayStation Plus Games With Gold August 2015 Free Games List, Review: Users Get New Update of Free Games

PlayStation owners are celebrating as the August 2015 free games have finally arrived. Gamers who particularly subscribed to Sony's PlayStation Plus service automatically get free games for their Sony consoles. Every first Tuesday of the month, two free games are made available for each Sony system. And for the month of August, players are looking forward to a good time with the free games that have been released.

Naomi Campbell Convicted of Paparazzo Assault in Italy

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been found guilty of assault in Italy following her 2009 attack on a photographer. A Sicilian Court has just handed down the guilty verdict of assault against English supermodel Naomi Campbell after a photographer she hit with her purse in 2009 pressed charges for an eye injury.

'Dungeons and Dragons' Movie is Finally Moving Forward

The film adaptation of the popular fantasy game "Dungeons & Dragons" is finally moving forward. This is after a legal battle between Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast LLC's and Sweetpea Entertainment, Inc. has finally ended. Hasbro's Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment are now ready to work together to bring the feature film to life. Warner Bros. is teaming up with the two groups and wants to start production immediately.

Craig James Sues Fox Sports for Firing Him Over Comments on Homosexuality, 'Gay Parades'

Former sportscaster Craig James has filed a lawsuit against Fox Sports in a Texas court over their firing him in 2013 because of comments he made criticizing homosexuality.

Upcoming Huawei Phones 2015: Unnamed Honor Smartphone Sports Sliding Camera?

Huawei may be among the top smartphone brands today, but it does not mean it won't try and make things new, even if the result is somewhat strange.

Michael Schumacher Condition Latest News: Formula One World Champion Status Revealed by Former Ferrari President

The former long-time Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo acknowledged F1 legend Michael Schumacher in his acceptance speech for his induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit.

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Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
the Week of Proper 13 / Ordinary 18
Today in Christian History
Methodist clergyman John H. Vincent (1832-1920) and Ohio manufacturer Lewis Miller established the Chautauqua Assembly in northwest New York state a summer retreat center combining recreational activities with the training of Sunday School teachers and other church workers.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Kings 17; Micah 6; 2 Corinthians 4:1-5:10:
In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years.He did evil in the eyes of the , but not like the kings of Israel who preceded him.Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up to attack Hoshea, who had been Shalmaneser’s vassal and had paid him tribute.But the king of Assyria discovered that Hoshea was a traitor, for he had sent envoys to Soking of Egypt, and…
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