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The Ultimate Journey, Part 2
with Skip Heitzig from 'The Connection'

Skip Heitzig unpacks more of the series From the Edge of Eternity. We’re all bound by mortality yet we’re made for eternity. Did you know we can find certainty for what comes after this life? Join Skip for the conclusion of “The Ultimate Journey.”   (click here to read more)

How To Keep Your Marriage Growing - Part 3
with Pastor Rick Warren from 'Daily Hope'

The kind of affection that leads to a lasting relationship tends to seep out of marriages. It’s almost inevitable at some point. When it happens, Pastor Rick wants you to remember the four steps in this message that will help you recapture your marriage.   (click here to read more)

Spiritual Mismatch In Marriage - III
with Dr. Dobson from 'Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk'

Do not become unequally yoked - what does that mean?  And what should you do if you think you're in a marriage with someone who doesn't have a growing relationship with God?  On today's edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson interviews apologist Lee Strobel on how to deal with a spiritual…   (click here to read more)

What about the Birds and Bees?
with Dennis Rainey from 'FamilyLife Today®'

How do you talk to your kids about sex? Author Denny Burk coaches parents on how to have age appropriate conversations with their children about sex. Denny shares how he's teaching his sons to be leaders and protectors of girls, and his daughters to be responders and nurturers like their mom.   (click here to read more)

Taking Stock of What's at Stake, Part 2
with Pastor Mike Fabarez from 'Focal Point'

As citizens of this country, we’re called to abide by certain rules and regulations.  But what would happen if nobody was there to enforce those laws?  Would anyone take those rules seriously?  On this edition of Focal Point, Mike Fabarez explains that God wants us to take His commandments…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Wealth Without Work
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

An inheritance obtained early in life is not a blessing in the end. – Proverbs 20:21 (NLT) Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi and Solomon ben David both agree. Wealth obtained without work is a curse, not a blessing. Gandhi listed what he termed the Seven Deadly Sins of society and put wealth without work at the…(continue reading article)

We are Perishing! (Matthew 8.25)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

“I have some good news and I have some bad news. Which would you like to hear first.” This line has been the lead in to countless comedy routines. Jesus didn't ever use this phrase to the best of our knowledge, but He surely experienced times when He could have said it. Today's message centers around…(continue reading article)

Well Equipped
''Winging It' from Stan Smith

The Gospel -- the Good News -- begins with bad news because without bad news there is no good news. The bad news, then, is that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23) and "The wages of sin is death" (Rom 6:23). The bad news is the fallen condition of each and…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  Hâlakh - 2014-04-19
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  Divine Majesty and Human Humility - Word from Scotland
•  Man in the Middle - Find the Call

Additional Articles

•  Formula Christianity - 'Christ in You...'
•  Revisiting Wedgewood Baptist Church - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Paying for Free Money - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote - August 4-8, 2014 - Bible verse and quote
•  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col. 3:13 - Point of Reference
•  Love - God's Words For US

Additional Articles

•  God's Value for His Collectibles - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 11:11 - By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
Words to Ponder
All our words ought to be filled with true sweetness and grace; and this will be so if we mingle the useful with the sweet. - John Calvin
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  August 20

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 20

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent. The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. — Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Deliverance Not Limited

"He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee."   Job 5:19 Eliphaz in this spoke the truth of God. We may have as many troubles as the workdays of the week, but the God who worked on those six days will work for us till our deliverance is complete. We shall rest with Him and in Him on our Sabbath. The rapid… — (click here to read more)

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

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." - Psalm 30:5 Christian! If thou art in a night of trial, think of the morrow; cheer up thy heart with the thought of the coming of thy Lord. Be patient, for "Lo! He comes with clouds descending." Be patient! The Husbandman waits until he…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Completeness

Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once and ask Him to establish rest. Never allow anything to remain which is making the dis-peace. Take every element of disintegration as something to wrestle against, and not to suffer. Say - Lord, prove Thy consciousness in me, and self-consciousness…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Av 24'

God has given us a great promise: the return of the Messiah Yeshua. Yeshua and his coming are our "certain hope." Some believe that through our own efforts we can bring Messiah to earth. The Jerusalem Talmud records Rabbi Levi saying, "If Israel would keep a single Sabbath in the proper way, forthwith the Son of David will come" (Ta'anit 1:1). Sadder still… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Fire God?

Many of Major League Baseball's teams have moved a time or two. The Los Angeles Dodgers started out in Brooklyn. The San Francisco Giants began in New York. The Minnesota Twins started out in our nation's Capitol as the Washington Senators. The Oakland Athletics began in Philadelphia. Then there are the twice…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Don't Take the Huff

A further characteristic of a fool, says Solomon, is that he cannot control his anger. If a boss is hot-headed then don't react in the same way, he instructs us (v. 4). A fool quits his job in a fit of temper, but a wise man remains calm. How many people reading these lines, I wonder, look back to difficulties…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Encamps

Encamps - As a child, I often went camping with my family. We set up our tent and rolled out the sleeping bags. We were always careful to make sure we had water and as much natural protection as we could find. The description of the camps of Israel is quite similar. As God's people traveled, they constantly moved…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 20

Failing in his frontal attacks upon the child of God, Satan often turns to more subtle means of achieving his evil purpose. He resorts to devious methods in his attempt to divert the Christian from carrying out the task God has committed to him. He often succeeds by involving the saint in some other lesser occupation and so distracting him. Nehemiah,… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"The Lord preserveth all them that love Him." Psalms 145:20

"The Lord preserveth all them that love Him." Psalms 145:20

ALL who know the Lord love Him, and none can love Him until taught by His Spirit. If we know God in Christ, as our covenant God, and enjoy our interest in Him, we shall love Him supremely, above our tranquillity, natural relations, earthly possessions, gifts and reputation.…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Donnie McClurkin's Camdon Music Record Label Provides Artists With New Platform

Pastor Donnie McClurkin plans to teach and empower up-and-coming musicians with his new record company Camdon music, and has enlisted the help of Andrea McClurkin Mellini and Nancey Jackson to ensure off-the-charts success.

Ferguson Shooting: A Dozen Witnesses Back Claims That Brown Assaulted Officer Leading to Shooting

Police sources told a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter that a dozen witnesses have confirmed the claim that the unarmed 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on Aug. 9 was shot because he charged and physically attacked the officer.

iPad Mini 3 Announcement in September, Get October Release

The iPad Mini 3 could see a release sometime before the holiday season. Speculations place the release in October since the last generations of the iPad Mini were released in the same month year after year, so the trend may actually carry over with the third iPad Mini.

'Fantastic Four' Reboot Movie Release Date: June 2015 Premiere Set

The "Fantastic Four" reboot has finished filming, and "House of Cards" actress Kate Mara, who plays Sue Storm in the film, shared a picture of her and her other co-stars who make up the legendary superhero team.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Together Again, Couple Spends Entire Weekend Together

It looks like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are together again. The pair was spotted together all throughout the weekend looking like they have mutually decided to rekindle their romance.

Eric Holder Arrives in Ferguson, Urges Healing and Supports 'Legitimate Demonstrators'

Eric Holder, the first African American U.S. attorney general, landed Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, where racial tension is boiling over, and pleaded for the end of violence on the small town's streets, which he says "seriously undermine[s] ... the cause of justice."

'The Vampire Diaries' Season 6 Spoilers: Executive Producer Julie Plec to Make Directorial Debut, New Season Features 'The Originals' Crossover

"The Vampire Diaries" show creator Julie Plec has confirmed that she will be making her directorial debut in the upcoming season of the hit CW show. Plec shared the reason why it took her so long to get behind the camera.

7 Bible Verse to Help Us Deal With Temptation

We have all been tempted to do things we knew were wrong and outside of God's will.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder News: Ian a No-Show at Nina's Movie Premiere, Ian Takes New Girlfriend Nikki Reed to Emmy's

Almost the entire cast of "The Vampire Diaries" was at the premiere of "Let's Be Cops" to support Nina Dobrev, who stars in the movie.

Southern Baptist Leaders: Christians Should Make Themselves 'Marry-able' Younger

Christian couples should marry sooner, an ethicist and a pastor with the largest Protestant denomination in the United States argue.

Pope Francis Says He Has 'Two or Three Years' Left to Live

Pope Francis spoke publicly about his death and old age for the first time earlier this week, noting that he tries to stay humble by remembering that he only has a few years left to live.

'Black Jesus' and the Measure of One's Insanity

Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft once said, "A measure of your insanity is the size of the gap between what you think you are and what you really are." [1] Certainly this is true. Still, it might also be said that the greatest measure of one's insanity is the size of the gap between who we think Christ is and who he really is.

Review of Jars of Clay '20': An Innovative Fan-Focused, Stripped-Down Album

It isn't often that a fan can pick a song for their favorite artist to preform. It's even more rare for fans to be able to choose what songs their favorite artist records. But Grammy and Dove Award Winning group Jars of Clay have done just that with "20".

A Christian Response to Ferguson

When will the rioting in Ferguson, MO stop? There has been much mayhem---including the police using tear gas---and much looting in the St. Louis suburb. The media covers this story heavily. Some estimate there may be as many media members as there are protesters.

Theo James and Shailene Woodley News: Theo Talks About Kissing Shailene in 'Divergent'

During the promotional tour for "Divergent" earlier this year, much of the questions aimed at Shailene Woodley and Theo James focused on their kissing scene. Now that the DVD for the film has been released, fans have gotten more info about how the actor really felt about the 22-year old actress, and more specifically about the two of them kissing in the film as Four and Tris.

Iraqi TV Host Cries On Air Over Persecuted Christians; Urges Govt to Stop ISIS

An Iraqi TV host lost his composure on air and broke down into tears when talking about displaced Iraqi Christians, forced out by the terror group ISIS by the tens of thousands.

T.D. Jakes on Michael Brown: Racial Profiling Puts Black Men 'on the Endangered List'

Texas Megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes blamed racial profiling for fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, saying America is far from being a post-racial society in a blog published on Huffington Post.com.

Sending Kids to Concerts: Do You Have a Clue?

Your daughter has turned Sweet 16. Like many her age, a rite of passage is going to a concert or music festival with friends to enjoy the songs, atmosphere and just have some good clean fun.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date, Specs Rumors: Lining Up Against the LG G3

Samsung's Galaxy S5 has only been released for a few months now and consumers are already looking forward to the S5's successor in the Galaxy smartphone line. The Galaxy S6 won't be out for a while since the South Korean tech giant usually releases their next phone a year after the last phone's release.

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Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
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Today in Christian History
1886
Birth of Paul Tillich, German philosophical theologian. Tillich advocated "myth" as a signpost, participating in the reality to which it points. Evangelicals generally criticize Tillich today for his pantheistic views of God.
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