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The Necessity of Grace
with Dr. R.C. Sproul from 'Renewing Your Mind'

R.C. Sproul and former Muslim Abdul Saleeb continue their discussion on the points of conflict that exist between classical orthodox Christianity and Islam. Today we look at the Islamic view of salvation and how radically it differs from the Christian view. We learned previously that Islam and Christianity…   (click here to read more)

The World Cup
with Richard Ellis from 'Richard Ellis Talks'

There are times in our lives when we face suffering and pain, and we may pray fervently that God would just take it all away. Sometimes it is His purpose that we face those things in order to bring us closer to Him, and we know that we never face them alone.   (click here to read more)

God's Glory in Our Glorification, Part 3 of 4 (Nothing Else Matters)
with Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer from 'Running To Win'

One day, the chaos of earthquakes and tsumanis will be no more. All of creation will resound with the glory of God, free from the curse of the fall that left creation groaning, waiting for its rebirth. God will reign supreme over a new earth.   (click here to read more)

The Great Commission, Part 2
with Dr. Ron Jones from 'Something Good Radio'

Great Commission people are gospel-centered people, and vice versa. Nothing is more central to living the Christian life than fulfilling the Great Commission. Today, Ron shows how as he continues his series Your Life On Mission.   (click here to read more)

Our Wedding Day, Part 3
with Jeff Johnson from 'Sound Doctrine'

The Bible makes clear that the church is the Bride Of Christ, and a wedding will soon take place in Heaven.  Today Pastor Jeff will bring out some interesting comparisons to our wedding preparations with the ancient Jewish traditions.   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

A Christ-Centered Marriage
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about…(continue reading article)

Mercy and not Sacrifice (October 15, 2010)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Since there is a connection between my actions and God's mercy extended toward me, does this mean that I deserve (earn) God's mercy? This question can be stated another way that more formally captures a point of theological difference; here is the other way this question can be posed: If my receipt of God's…(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
•  How Would Men React And Respond To John’s Preaching Today? - Word from Scotland
•  Joy Of Life - 'Christ in You...'

Additional Articles

•  The Importance of DIfficulty - Find the Call
•  Why do we doubt? - Refreshment in Refuge
•  The Uprising Against the Rich - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote - September 8-12, 2014 - Bible verse and quote
•  Table Fellowship - Point of Reference
•  Weakness - God's Words For US

Additional Articles

•  Don't Let Satan Strike You Out - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  But I Thought ... - 'Winging It
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 18:16 - A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.
Words to Ponder
Obedience will yield for us a great peace. - Hank Houghton
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  September 23

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — September 23

Our God hath not forsaken us. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. — If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards,… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Deliverance from Dust and Chaff

"For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all sections, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth."   Amos 9:9 The sifting process is going on still. Wherever we go, we are still being winnowed and sifted. In all countries God's people are being tried "like as corn is sifted in a… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for April 9

"And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him." - Luke 23:27 Amid the rabble rout which hounded the Redeemer to his doom, there were some gracious souls whose bitter anguish sought vent in wailing and lamentations-fit music to accompany that march of…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
The Missionary'S Goal

In the natural life our ambitions alter as we develop; in the Christian life the goal is given at the beginning, the beginning and the end are the same, viz., Our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him - "until we all attain to the stature of the manhood of Christ Jesus," not to our idea of what…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Elul 28'

When God created "lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night," he said, "Let them be for signs, seasons [mo'adim], days and years" (Genesis 1:14). Later, these mo'adim became known as mo'adey Adonai (the appointed times of the Lord)— the yearly cycle of festivals ordained for Israel (Leviticus 23:1-2,44). Before Israel or even… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Will Makes the Difference

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have long been linked as two of the "Big Four" of the older set in golf. Between them they have almost thirty major championships. Both of them have had countrymen whose swings were buttery smooth and nearly picture perfect. And both of them have wondered what they could have done with the…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
All Things Beautiful

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we knew how to react properly to all of life's events? To do the right thing at the wrong time is almost as bad as not doing right. "What time is it?" we often ask. In regard to life's events, how often we wish we knew! Solomon follows up his poetic appraisal of time with a question:…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Shepherd - Here is a thought that is directly related to Jesus' command to Peter. When Peter uses this word in his letter, he must have had a chilling memory of Jesus' conversation on the seashore about being a shepherd (see John 21). Both Jesus and Peter make word plays with this Greek word since the same root word…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — September 23

There is an art of forgetting, and every Christian should become skilled in it. Forgetting the things which are behind is a positive necessity if we are to become more than mere babes in Christ. If we cannot trust God to have dealt effectually with our past we may as well throw in the sponge now and have it over with. Fifty years of grieving over… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee." Psalms 55:22

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee." Psalms 55:22

THE Lord's people are often heavy laden, their burdens are heavy and their grief great; but the Lord kindly directs them to cast every burden upon Him, and promises to sustain them. Guilt in the conscience and a sense of sin in the soul, often prove an intolerable…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

It's the NFL That Should Be Taking Hits, Not the Women Who Support and Love It's Players

A two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice's horrible assault on his then-girlfriend is a joke. I think we all agree on that. And yes, it was a joke before the second video surfaced. The first video showed him carelessly dragging her tiny, unconscious body out of an elevator and laying her on the floor.

'NCIS' Premiere Spoilers, Start Time: Special Agents Gibbs and McGee's Russian Ordeal

Season 12 of CBS' original and long-running police procedural TV series, "NCIS," will be back for more criminal investigation drama on its brand new twelfth season. Set to air on Tuesday, news about the show already pointed out Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Agent Timothy McGee's (Sean Murray) mission to Russia.

Military Men Worship The Lord Together During a Briefing – There Singing Performance Will Give You The Chills! (VIDEO)

The marines sing an awesome version of 'Days of Elijah' that you simply can't miss!

After Praying for Years to Have a Son, Mother Loses 22-Month-Old Toddler to Drowning in Church Baptistery

A mother of two daughters, who had been praying to God asking Him to also give her a son, had her prayer answered 22 months ago when she gave birth to a baby boy, who she named Brayden King. Her joy, however, turned to mourning on Friday, when the Brayden drowned in her church's baptistery.

'The Voice' Recap From Monday's NBC Show, Preview for Tuesday, Start Time

Premiere episode of "The Voice" Season 7 opened up with new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharell Williams along with the veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton performing a cover of No Doubt's "Hella Good." Gwen and Blake on the vocals, Pharrell on the drums, and Adam on guitar, they surely rocked the stage.

Who Killed the American Family?: How the Breakdown of the Family Is Impacting Our Children

Much has been written about the decline in the percentage of Americans who live in a traditional nuclear family. The scholar Charles Murray has pointed out that the shocking rate of illegitimate births (now 41 percent) is the most serious social and fiscal problem America faces because it is the factor that drives everything else.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Premiere Start Time, Spoilers: 'Fugitives With Limited Resources'

ABC's action/adventure and superhero drama TV series ''Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is now coming back for its brand new second season with premiere episode entitled "Shadows" on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at 9 p.m.

Stigma of Mental Illness 'Still Real' Inside the Church, LifeWay Research Reveals

Talking openly about mental illness remains a struggle within the Christian church community despite the fact that pastors often become first responders when a crisis in the family hits, according to a study released by LifeWay Research on Monday.

Democrats Are Ideologically Obedient and Humanity Absent

Is anyone going to notice that President Obama's comments on "optics" are amazingly dense? Much was made of the "optics" of his decrying beheadings in the morning and then golfing in the afternoon.

Beyonce, Jay Z Take Blue Ivy to Church in Paris (PHOTOS)

Beyonce and Jay Z recently took Blue Ivy to church in Paris and photos of the outing were shared online on Friday.

The Lesson of Brokenness

No one enjoys the feeling of brokenness, but we can't ignore its benefits to spiritual growth. Being broken gives us an entirely new perspective on the Lord's plan for our lives. You see, enjoying a steady, uninterrupted stream of blessings has an interesting effect on most people: It distorts our view of the Father, often leaving us to assume He exists for us.

Ricky Dillard Exclusive: Choral Master Talks Almost Quitting, Why He Couldn't Abandon Choir

Choir master Ricky Dillard seems to be an anomaly on radio airwaves during a time when many of his kind have been replaced by more modern sounding gospel music artists.

Palestinians Suspected of Kidnapping and Killing 3 Israeli Teens in Prelude to War Shot Dead

Two Palestinians suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens in the West Bank earlier this summer, which served as a prelude to the Israeli-Hamas war, have been shot dead by Israeli security forces.

'NCIS New Orleans' Premiere Live Stream, CBS TV Start Time, Spoilers: Spin-Off Show to Air Back to Back With Original NCIS 12

With the program's characters and back stories already introduced in the eleventh season of the main "NCIS" show ("Crescent City Part 1" and "Crescent City Part 2," consequently) "NCIS: New Orleans" will now take off for its main time slot this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

'Awkward' MTV Premiere Live Stream, Start Time, Spoilers: Mid-Season Premiere to Answer Questions From Previous Episodes

MTV's teen comedy series "Awkward" will once again witness the adventures of Ashley Rickards' Jenna Hamilton on the mid-season premiere entitled "Finals."

The 'Oil Market': Time to Get Off the Rollercoaster

In the midst of all this chaos, oil prices were expected to rise. Instead, they have dipped in recent months, thanks primarily to lower global demand and increased production here at home.

'Chicago Fire' Season 3 Premiere Live Stream, NBC Start Time, Spoilers: New Season to Pick Up From Finale

"Chicago Fire" will be returning to NBC for its brand-new third season with its premiere episode entitled "Always" on Sept. 23, 2014 at 10 p.m.

Satanic 'Black Mass' at Oklahoma Civic Center Met With Hundreds of Christian Protesters

The highly anticipated Satanic "black mass" that was held Sunday night at an Oklahoma City civic center drew exponentially more protesters than actual attendees but the service continued as scheduled despite efforts from some protesters to disrupt the event.

Nicolas Cage, Star of 'Left Behind,' Feels Like 'Outsider' in Hollywood

Actor Nicolas Cage recently spoke out about his attitude towards life in Hollywood and his experiences as an "outsider."

Author Went From Atheist to Christian While Writing Book on Horrors of 20th Century (CP Video Interview)

In The Race to Save Our Century, authors Jason Jones and John Zmirak argue for five core principles to prevent the catastrophes of the previous century from being repeated in the next century. In a video interview with The Christian Post, Jones explains how he became a Christian in the process of writing the book.

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Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
Today in Christian History
The Concordat of Worms was reached between Pope Callistus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V. It settled the Investiture Controversy over who had the right -- bishop or emperor -- to choose replacement clergy for vacant positions.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2ch34; Psalm 89:19-37; 1jo1:
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.He did what was right in the eyes of the and followed the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles…
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