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Not One More Dime for Persecuting Nations
with Jay Sekulow from 'Jay Sekulow Live!'

Jordan, David and Thann discuss the U.S. sending aid to Pakistan and other countries with blasphemy laws.   (click here to read more)

Under Attack: The Enemy, Part 2
with Ron Moore from 'The Journey'

Those who want to love God and serve Him know they’re in a battle. Those who fight successfully are also aware that their adversary knows them and knows them well. Here Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin outline the particular battle plans our enemy uses to defeat us and how we can…   (click here to read more)

The Lord is My Shepherd
with Dr. Michael Youssef from 'Leading The Way'

On the next Leading The Way, Dr. Youssef takes you to a very familiar passage of the Bible...Psalm 23. It’s a look at our Good Shepherd, Jesus!     (click here to read more)

The Search for Absolutes in a Pluralistic Society, Part 1
with Ravi Zacharias from 'Let My People Think'

This week on Let My People Think Ravi Zacharias looks at the three major ideas that characterize our times – secularization, pluralization, and privatization and how they can lead to relativism.   (click here to read more)

Facing Adversity, Part 1
with Chip Ingram from 'Living on the Edge'

What’s the biggest problem you’re facing right now?  We all know that adversity is a fact of life. Learning how to make adversity work for you, however, will transform the situation you’re facing from a curse to a blessing. Chip shares how you can turn adversity from a foe to friend…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Strangers and Aliens – Not of this world
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

        A popular song titled, “Not of this World”, recorded by the Christian rock group Petra back in the 80’s, asserted that ‘we are strangers, we are aliens, we are not of this world.’  This scriptural concept is often misunderstood or misrepresented,…(continue reading article)

Peace on Earth
'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)  Each day in our newspapers and our television news broadcasts we read and hear about war, terrorism, and unrest affecting innocent people. Because…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  ’âzan - 2014-12-13
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  "Do Not" Means "Do Not" - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Imitable - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  Is This Not An Astonishing Beginning To The Solution Of A Massive Problem? - Word from Scotland
•  The Final Solution - 'Christ in You...'
•  Twas Anything but Silent - Find the Call
•  When You Are Blindsided - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Looking Beyond the Surface - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 15:13 - A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
Words to Ponder
When I speak of Christ, I am conscious of my internal doubt, fear, hesitations, sin and unbelief. The knees of my soul knock in trembling uncertainty when I speak of Christ. But when my brother speaks of Christ, I cannot feel his fear or see his trembling heart or sense his struggling faith. I can only hear his words, and they penetrate to my soul with a confidence and certainty that my own words never could. - Mark Shaw (20th century)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  December 19

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
What To Concentrate On

Never be sympathetic with the soul whose case makes you come to the conclusion that God is hard. God is more tender than we can conceive, and every now and again He gives us the chance of being the rugged one that He may be the tender One. If a man cannot get through to God it is because there is a secret thing he does…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for January 13

"Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber" - 1 Kings 22:48 Solomon's ships had returned in safety, but Jehoshaphat's vessels never reached the land of gold. Providence prospers one, and frustrates the desires of another,…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 19

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness. Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. — Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. — The… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Afflictions, But No Broken Bones

"He keepeth all His bones; not one of them is broken."   Psalms 34:20 This promise by the context is referred to the much afflicted righteous man: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivereth him out of them all." He may suffer skin wounds and flesh wounds, but no great harm shall be done; "not a bone of him shall be broken." … — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Kislev 27'

Chanah (Anna) was born in 88 B. C. E., when the memory of Maccabean victories had degenerated into political intrigue and internal conflict. When she turned 11, conditions improved as Queen Alexandra began a 9-year peaceful reign over Israel. Some years later, Chanah married and the future looked bright. Unfortunately, in 69 B. C. E., the queen died,… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
"It's a dead certainty!"

There can be no doubt that the Bible presents the death of the ungodly as being terrible. How differently, however, does it portray the death of the righteous. Even a hireling prophet like Balaam, bad as he was, recognised that there was something different about the death of the godly. Listen to his words in Numbers 23:10:…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Taught

Taught - Learning is a deliberate act. The Hebrew word lamad describes the actions of studying, teaching and learning. Whether it is learning war or the word of God, the action requires commitment and decision. God warns His people over and over about learning the ways of a disobedient world. He tells us…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — December 19

The love of Jesus is so inclusive that it knows no boundaries. At the point where we stop loving and caring, Jesus is still there-loving and caring! The question may be asked: "How does the living Christ feel today about the sinful men and women who walk our streets?" There is only one answer: He loves them! We may be righteously indignant… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
I will give you the sure mercies of David. - Acts 13:34

I will give you the sure mercies of David. - Acts 13:34

The mercies of David are SUITED to a sinner's wants; they comprise all he needs for time, for body and soul; and all he will need through eternity.

The mercies of David are COVENANT mercies; the Father has engaged to bestow them through the doing and dying of Jesus; the Son has secured…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

A Video Reminding Us That You Can't Spell Christmas Without CHRIST

It is important for us as Christians to remember the reason why we celebrate this special day.

10-Year-Old Kaitlyn Maher Sings a Powerful Cover of 'Find You On My Knees'

After watching Kaitlyn praise the Lord, you will truly be blessed. Knowing that no matter what circumstances you may come across, Jesus will always be there to talk to.

13 Gay Bakeries Refuse to Make Traditional Marriage Cake With the Message: 'Gay Marriage Is Wrong'

Despite anti-discrimination laws in many states that require Christian bakery owners to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, 13 LGBT and gay-owned bakeries objected to one man's request when he asked if they'd make a pro-traditional marriage cake that would read "gay marriage is wrong." All refused to back the cake and one person even cursed at the Christian man for "hate speech" and said a cake supporting traditional marriage "went against their beliefs."

Atheist Sam Harris Attacks Accomplished NIH Scientist Dr. Francis Collins for Being Christian

theist author and activist Sam Harris has taken aim at the head of the National Institutes of Health, arguing that he's an example of an intelligent person pushing religion.

Parents Television Council Awards UP Network, Home of New TV Show 'Bringing Up Bates,' With 'Seal of Approval' for Family-Friendly Programming

The television station that will air the reality TV program featuring a family with 19 children has been honored by a conservative entertainment watchdog group.

Ted Cruz Wins the Ringside Political Championship for 2014

After years of putting the spotlight on "turkeys" we are pleased to announce our first "Champion of the Year." For 2014, there is no one more qualified for this honor than U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Roma Downey Named on 2014 Women in Entertainment Power 100 List

Roma Downey was named one of the 100 Women in Entertainment Power by The Hollywood Reporter this year, commemorating her hard work on the "Bible" series, "Son of God" and the upcoming "A.D."

Brute Force, Cohabitation, and the NFL

Domestic abuse scandals have rampaged through the NFL: Greg Hardy, Rod Smith, Anthony Ray Jefferson, and most recently, Ray Rice.

Game of Thrones Author, George R.R. Martin, Offers to Show 'The Interview' in His Theater; Calls Sony Move 'Corporate Cowardice'

Fantasy writer George R.R. Martin whose popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" was adapted to create the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones" called Sony Pictures and major movie theaters corporate cowards Wednesday for cancelling the release of the controversial movie, "The Interview" and offered to show it in his own theater instead.

American Airstrikes Kill Three Top ISIS Leaders in Iraq; Officials Claim Operations Having 'Significant Impact'

The Pentagon revealed on Thursday that three top ISIS leaders in Iraq have been killed in recent weeks, and argued that the American-led operation against the terror group is having a "significant impact."

Missouri Bill Says Women Must Seek Consent From Fathers Before Doing Abortions; Planned Parenthood Calls It 'Insult to Women'

A new bill introduced in the Missouri state legislature that would require women seeking abortions in that state to get written consent from fathers except in the cases of rape or incest, is already under attack from abortion rights group Planned Parenthood, which has slammed it as an "insult to women."

ISIS Selling Church Artifacts on Black Market to Fund Terrorism

The Islamic State has been selling artifacts from churches and other cultural centers in the nation of Iraq to fund their organization, says a British publication.

Christians Correcting Other Christians on the Internet: A Culture of Attack

There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it's also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It's created a culture of attack.

Christmas: Should Christians Celebrate Holidays?

Can we, in good faith, redeem the holidays with their roots saturated in paganism, superstitions, and the occult?

Kevin Hart Wins People Mag's 'Comedy Star of the Year' Award; Tweets 'God Is So Good'

Kevin Hart expressed gratitude on Twitter last night after being named Comedy Star of the Year at the People Magazine Awards.

HTC Desire Eye vs. Apple iPhone 6: Comparison of Features, Specs

It's the battle of the ultimate phones as we pit Apple's flagship phone, the iPhone 6, against HTC's ultimate selfie phone, the HTC Desire Eye. With Apple currently leading in the smartphone market, HTC hopes to pull in customers that use their phone primarily for taking pictures. But will a superb camera be enough to sway finicky customers?

BlackBerry Classic: Features and Specs Review

At a time when smartphones are all about touch screens, BlackBerry offers a very welcome and refreshing change of pace with the BlackBerry Classic, a phone that features a traditional keyboard. Though at first glance it looks like most of its predecessors such as the BlackBerry Bold, it offers so much more.

Dog is Able to Run for the First Time Ever - Thanks to His 3-D Printed Leg

Some may call him disabled, but they clearly have never seen him in action.

Marquette University Suspends Tenured Professor After He Criticized Instructor Who Prohibited Student From Discussing Gay Marriage Opposition

Marquette University has suspended a tenured political science professor after he blogged about his disapproval of the actions of a teaching assistant at the Catholic school, who forbade a student from discussing an opposing view to gay marriage in her class.

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Together Again at 'Shall We Dance on Ice' and 'Sway'

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy reunited on the dancefloor once again as they showed off their winning moves at "Shall We Dance on Ice" last Dec. 16 and "Sway" on Dec. 17.

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Lectionary Calendar
Friday, December 19th, 2014
the Third Week of Advent
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Today in Christian History
1808
Birth of Horatius Bonar, Scottish clergyman and poet. He authored several missionary biographies and penned over 600 hymns, including "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say."
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 27-28; Isaiah 54; Colossians 1:24-2:19:
The word of the came to me:“Son of man, take up a lament concerning Tyre.Say to Tyre, situated at the gateway to the sea, merchant of peoples on many coasts, ‘This is what the Sovereign says: “ ‘You say, Tyre, “I am perfect in beauty.”Your domain was on the high seas; your builders brought your beauty to perfection.They made all your timbers of juniper from Senir; they took a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you.Of oaks from…
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