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Ask Pastor Mike – Can Christians Be Friends with Non-Christians?
with Pastor Mike Fabarez from 'Focal Point'

On this edition of Focal Point, we join Executive Director Jay Wertin and Mike Fabarez to consider a question from a listener.  Let’s join them inside the pastor’s study for another edition of “Ask Pastor Mike"
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Sound Advice on Healthy Eating (Part 3 of 3)
with Jim Daly from 'Focus on the Family'

Dietician David Meinz explains how you can make healthy choices at fast food restaurants, and provides three easy steps for weight loss. (Part 3 of 3)

NOTE: The download file is the same for both days of this two-part program. You'll only want to download it once.   (click here to read more)

Saving the Best for Last, Part 2
with Jeff Schreve from 'From His Heart'

The goodness and generosity of God is not limited to our lives and blessings on this earth.  Not. Even. Close.  He has so much more planned for His children in the life to come, we cannot not even imagine it!  In this incredible message from Pastor Jeff Schreve called, SAVING THE BEST…   (click here to read more)

Not Stealing; but Labouring
with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones from 'From the MLJ Archive'

Ephesians 4:28 - The manner in which the Gospel saves; the regenerate man must learn to grow and live his new life; we are not automatically delivered from all our sins and temptations; stealing in the widest sense; stealing; the misuse of an ability; the modern philosophy that despises work; fellowship…   (click here to read more)

31 States Approve Homosexual Marriage - Colorado and Florida Join the Crowd
with Kevin Swanson from 'Generations Radio'

So far, 31 states have issued marriage licenses or stayed the "gay-marriage" ban by court order. Of the 31 states, 23 have jumped on board since 2013. This may be the most rapid incorporation of a social deconstruction agenda in the history of this country or even the world. While the West apostatizes,…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

A Connection Between Music and Sex
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

        Legitimate research continues to uncover mounting evidence showing a correlation between explicit sexual lyrics and teen sexual activity.  Research by the Rand Corp. of Pittsburg and reported on by Lindsey Tanner of the Associated Press reveals once again that young people whose…(continue reading article)

Pride-aholics Anonymous
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

The result of humility is fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life. - Proverbs 22:4 HCSB An elderly man was once asked by a friend what was the secret of his longevity. “Is it vegetarianism? Vitamins? Wine? Abstinence from wine? How did you grow to be so old?” The old man smiled a wrinkled…(continue reading article)

I Know Him (John 7:29)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

“Its not what you know, its who you know!” Have you ever heard that statement? Usually it is applied to how we as human beings ascend (or descend) on the ladder of success. Let someone get a promotion at work and as likely as not, someone will affirm by this statement that the promotion was unwarranted based…(continue reading article)

Bible and Quote October 29 - November 2
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

(David fled from King Saul’s renewed desire to kill him) and went to . Jonathan (who said) You shall not die! why should my father hide this thing from me? It is not so!" 1 Samuel 20:1,2 The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by tenderness of the best hearts. Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754) English…(continue reading article)

'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) “Be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake, hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)   God’s word through…(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
•  Our Edge - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  God's Will for Your Life - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  Let These Parables And This Fresh Story Encourage You - Word from Scotland
•  Your New Creation - 'Christ in You...'
•  Your New Creation - 'Christ in You...'
•  Reacting to wrongs committed against us - Refreshment in Refuge
•  False Theory - Find the Call
•  Do you have a Lucky Star? - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 10:24 - What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Words to Ponder
Of all the things in the world that can set the heart burning, there is none like the presence of Jesus. - Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-92)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  August 1

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 1

The fruit of the Spirit is ... faith. By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. — Without faith it is impossible to please him. — He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. —… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Covenant Reaches Children

"And I will establish My Covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an Everlasting Covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee."   Genesis 17:7 O LORD, Thou hast made a covenant with me, Thy servant, in Christ Jesus my LORD; and now, I beseech Thee, let my children be included in its gracious… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for June 1

"The evening and the morning were the first day." - Genesis 1:5 Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity to the midnight of adversity. It will not always…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Something More About His Ways

If when God said "Go," you stayed because you were so concerned about your people at home, you robbed them of the teaching and preaching of Jesus Christ Himself. When you obeyed and left all consequences to God, the Lord went into your city to teach; as long as you would not obey, you were in the way. Watch where…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Av 05'

It is significant that David cried out to the Lord three times a day. These times corresponded to the Temple services, when sacrifices were lifted up to God (Psalm 141:2; see also Psalm 5:3; 88:13; 92:2). ...begin a lifestyle of praying three times a… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Ebb abd Flow or just Flow?

Ebb and flow. Two terms used to describe the movement of the earth's oceans during the course of the average day. The process was immortalized in the lines; "First the tide rushes in, plants a kiss on the shore, then rolls out to the sea and the sea is very still once more," from the song "Ebb Tide." But have you…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Putting God first

Although Elimelech's decision to care and provide for his family must be applauded, there can be little doubt that in moving to the land of Moab he went against the will of God. Everything seemed to go well at first, and no doubt the improved economic conditions were to their liking. One day, however, tragedy strikes.…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Unworthily - This is the Greek word anaxios. It comes from the Greek word axios. Axios is a word that carries a very clear picture the balance scale. It really means "to weigh". Weights are added to a balance beam scale until the balance is even. This determines the worth of the object being…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — August 1

But the God we must see is not the utilitarian God who is having such a run of popularity today, whose chief claim to men's attention is His ability to bring them success in their various undertakings and who for that reason is being cajoled and flattered by everyone who wants a favor. The God we must learn to know is the Majesty in the heavens,… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"We trust in the living God." 1 Timothy 4:10

"We trust in the living God." 1 Timothy 4:10

THE living God is opposed to a dying world, to our dying frames, and to our dying friends; these must not be trusted, or we shall be wretched. Our God may, ought to be trusted, for He is the only suitable object of a Christian's trust; He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all…

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Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

NYT Reporter: Traditional Marriage Supporters 'Unworthy of Respect,' Deserve Incivility, Marriage Is Whatever Gov't Says It Is

Civil discourse has long been regarded as a necessary component of a well-functioning democracy. But a New York Times reporter believes that value should be abandoned in relations with those who disagree with him on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Pastor, Mother Arrested After 'Holy Water' Kills Two Young Sons Named Prayer and Wisdom

Two young brothers, Wisdom, 2, and Patience Clement, 9 months, died in Nigeria last Friday after their mother allegedly gave them holy water she purchased from a local pastor for their healing.

Kelly Rowland Gushes About Being Blessed With an 'Amazing' Husband

Kelly Rowland is revealing how blessed she is to be married to her husband.

Chris Brown Rants About Single And Disloyal People

Chris Brown may be venting about relationship issues with on-and-off again girlfriend Karrueche Tran in his latest Twitter rant.

Tiny Professes Love For T.I. on Wedding Anniversary

Tameka "Tiny" Harris is sending a heartfelt message to her rapper husband Clifford "T.I." Harris after sharing that she was working through issues within her marriage.

Adrienne Bailon Defends Herself by Comparing Fame and Career

Adrienne Bailon is defending comments about Rob Kardashian that prompted his sisters to speak out against her.

Homicide: NYPD Officer's Chokehold Killed Eric Garner, Rules New York City Medical Examiner's Office

Results of an autopsy conducted by the New York City medical examiner's office revealed Friday that Eric Garner, the 43-year-old Staten Island man who died after a struggle with police last month, was killed by a chokehold administered by an officer.

Noelle Aston Shawver, 5, Shot at Playdate Accidentally

Noelle Aston Shawver, a 5-year-old from Blackfoot, Idaho, was shot and killed during a playdate Wednesday. The young girl had been playing with another 5-year-old, who accidentally discharged the gun, killing her.

Shaquille O'Neal Mocks Disabled Man on Instagram? Jahmel Binion Sues for Damages

The disabled man mocked on social media by celebrities including Shaquille O'Neal is now reportedly suing for emotional distress.

Woman In Black 'Driven By Faith' to Walk Streets of U.S, Virginia Police Confirm Her Motivation

The mystery surrounding the woman dressed in a black robe and head scarf came to a close after she arrived in Winchester, Virginia on Tuesday, July 29.

Trial Concludes Over Breakaway SC Diocese's Property Dispute With Episcopal Church

After two weeks of testimony, the trial phase of a legal dispute between The Episcopal Church and a Diocese that broke away over theological differences has concluded.

Quite Possibly the Toughest 9-Year-Old Girl You Will Ever See (VIDEO)

This girl is someone you don't want to make mad or cross paths with ever.

Woman Sticks Hand in Lion Cage and Loses A Finger; She's Suing Zoo for Not Stopping Her

A woman stuck her hand in a lion cage and lost a finger to the wild animal in Michigan Saturday, according to reports. Renae Ferguson is now planning legal action against the Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park for not preventing her from putting her finger in the cage.

Jada Pinkett Smith Credits New Perspective on Gender Roles for Strengthening 16-Year Marriage to Will Smith; Talks Open Marriage Rumors

Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed that changing her understanding of gender roles as they relate to marriage strengthened her 16-year union with Will Smith.

'Calvary' Review: Film Offers No Redemption Despite Perfect Opportunity and Title

"Calvary" (rated R) opens in theaters Friday, August 1 and offers the unpredictable story of a man abused by a priest in the Catholic Church and how his experience affects a so-called "good" priest in Ireland.

Is Psalm 2:8 About God's Promise to Christ, or About 'Your Hidden Dreams' and 'Unborn Promises?'

A recent post appearing on the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page suggests that a Bible passage commonly interpreted as God's invitation to the Messianic King was also applicable to believers. Amid an overwhelming number of "amens," however, there were a handful of people who insisted that the popular passage had been taken wildly out of context.

3-Year-Old Plays a Breathtaking Solo With an Orchestra

Lyonya makes sure the audience gets their money's worth this night.

Homeless Man Arm Wrestles For $100, But What He Does at the End is Jaw Dropping

Watch this inspiring video of a homeless man arm wrestle with one of the Model Pranksters.

If You Didn't Understand Gravity Before …You Definitely Will Now

After watching this video, you will be an expert on understanding gravity.

A Hilarious Prank by Grandparents on Youngsters!

Hilarious prank played by these grandparents crossing the street.

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Lectionary Calendar
Friday, August 1st, 2014
the Week of Proper 12 / Ordinary 17
Today in Christian History
Following her graduation from rabbinical college in Philadelphia, Linda Joy Holtzman was appointed spiritual leader of the Conservative Beth Israel congregation in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, making her the first female rabbi to head a Jewish congregation in America.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Kings 12-13; mic3; 1co16:
In the seventh year of Jehu, Joashbecame king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba.Joash did what was right in the eyes of the all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the —the money collected in…
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