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Rags To Riches
with Richard Ellis from 'Richard Ellis Talks'

No matter how good we act, our goodness will still be seen as filthy rags to God because we are poisoned by sin from the start. When we trade in our filthiness to accept the forgiveness and grace offered to us because of Christ’s death, we become God’s children and inherit His riches.   (click here to read more)

The Cross:Our Challenge Before a Watching World, Part 2 of 4 (Why the Cross Can Do What Politics Can't)
with Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer from 'Running To Win'

While on earth, Jesus chose to contain His glory and limit His options. And that is the key to how we can bring His message to lost mankind. As we learn why the cross can do what politics cannot, today we will find out how to effectively take the cross into the world.   (click here to read more)

The Six Days of Creation, Part 1
with Dr. Ron Jones from 'Something Good Radio'

Which provides the best and most truthful understanding of our origins: Darwinian evolution or the creation story found in the Bible? Today, Ron continues his powerful series Imago Dei: The Image of God in the Creation Story, based on the early chapters of Genesis.   (click here to read more)

The Prince Of Darkness, Part 2
with Jeff Johnson from 'Sound Doctrine'

As we continue our study called "The Prince Of Darkness," Pastor Jeff warns us not to take evil lightly.  Satan tries to sneak his way in by pretending to be innocent, but we must be vigilant against evil.  Satan seeks to put us in bondage, but God's Word is our surest defense!   (click here to read more)

Leadership Authority For God's Family
with Gil Rugh from 'Sound Words'

Authority for leading God's family comes from the authority of God's Word. God has clearly spoken regarding His intention for the organization and leadership for His church. Elders plural and church singular is the pattern established by God. Men have the responsibility to provide the overall leadership…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Living by Faith
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on…(continue reading article)

The Series: Profiles of the Prophets (81 of TBD)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Paul, Peerless Apostle and Prophet (1 of 15) Focus Text: Isaiah 66.10-14 His name was Saul, Saul of Tarsus. He loved his work and his love was evidenced by the passion that he poured into it; every ounce of his strength was thrown into doing what he deemed was right. Apathy…(continue reading article)

Coming Out On the Other Side
'Quiet Time' from Kasia Kedzia

 God is good at giving us wake-up calls. My wake-up call came a number of months back and what God began in me was hard, painful and unpleasant. The work I had to do was messy and the depths I had to dig into my heart were deep, but I heeded the call and I braved the journey because hitting snooze was not an option…(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
•  Let’s Get Rid of God’s Man – Let’s Get Rid of God’s Book! - Word from Scotland
•  Man in the Middle - Find the Call

Additional Articles

•  Moving Out Of Your Past - 'Christ in You...'
•  Temple destroyed: Not a sign of the end - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Politics With The One You Love - Inspiration For You
•  When We Have Doubts - God's Words For US
•  Bible and Quote - September 28 - October 2, 2015 - Bible verse and quote
•  Something is always happening - Point of Reference

Additional Articles

•  How Big is Your Half Full Glass? - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Did Jesus Preach Pacifism? - 'Winging It
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 19:12 - The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.
Words to Ponder
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he would never be found out. - Thomas Macauley
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  October 13

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Individual Discouragement And Personal Enlargement

Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After the first strike for God and for the right, God allowed Moses to be driven into blank discouragement, He sent him into the desert to feed…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for March 20

"My beloved." - Song of Solomon 2:8 This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang,…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — october 13

From the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard. Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
If, and a Triple Promise

"If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."   2 Chronicles 7:14 Called by the name of the LORD, we are nevertheless erring men and women. What a mercy it is that our God is ready to… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Tishrei 30'

The Greek word klaytos (called) is best translated "invited." As we examine the word klaytos, it becomes apparent that it is a call to an elegant banquet, a solemn and special event. Rabbi Sha'ul (Saul; i.e., Paul) was telling the Messianic believers in Rome that they should treat one another respectfully, understanding that each of them was equally… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Round Wreckers

It doesn't take a lot to make a good round of golf go south. The smallest of influences can wreck what had promised to be a fine eighteen holes of golf. Whether you are an amateur or a pro makes no difference. Golf is golf; and what makes a round of golf stand out from another is the finest of lines. It may be…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Anteroom to Glory

Young Christians who have just come into the faith often ask: Why is the resurrection so important? How can an event which took place 2,000 years ago have any relevance for us today? Three very simple statements (not original to me) will bring us to the heart of the matter. First, the resurrection of Christ assures us of…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — October 13

It is time for us to reconsider this matter of the church. Most people think of the church as a familiar social fact. Their attitude toward Protestantism generally is that of a matter of course, and people, even average Christians, think they are in favor of the church. They favor the church much the same as they support motherhood, decency and sanitation.… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
I will restore health unto thee. - Jeremiah 30:17

I will restore health unto thee. - Jeremiah 30:17

Jesus is a skilful Physician. He heals all the falls, bruises, and dislocations of His people. He brings health to the heart.

Believer, is thy heart hard, wandering, unbelieving , or wounded? Jesus can heal it, and to you He says, "Come and be healed." He restores the fainting, the…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

American Missionary Is Gunned Down in Haiti, Child Kidnapped

An American missionary who became a mother to orphaned children in Haiti, and kept scores of others from going hungry through a nutrition program, was viciously gunned down on Saturday while one of the children she was traveling with was kidnapped.

These Curious Meerkats Love Their Jack-O'-Lanterns; That's One Way to Celebrate Halloween

Halloween is a spooky occasion filled with candy, creepy costumes, and jack-o'-lanterns. But human beings aren't the only ones who like to celebrate this national pastime.

Adorable Cheetah Cub and Puppy Are Best of Friends; Watch Them Hang Out and Play

Talk about an odd couple! While some may think that cats and dogs are always enemies, two furry, four-legged creatures in the Commonwealth of Virginia beg to differ.

House Republicans Should Elect a Strong Speaker Like Newt Gingrich

It has been an extraordinary two weeks of massive, positive change in the Republican Party.

'Hawaii Five-0' Season 6 Episode 4 Spoilers and Episode 3 Recap: Steve Was Left by Catherine; Adam Will Be Kidnapped

In the upcoming episode, Adam will be kidnapped as Jerry Rice guest stars, and in the previous episode, Catherine left Steve.

'America's Next Top Model' Season 22 Episode 11 Spoilers and Episode 10 Recap: Justin and Dustin Were Eliminated

The upcoming episode will show some never-before-seen footage, and in the previous episode, two guys were sent home as the models went to Las Vegas.

'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' Season 3 News, Spoilers: Lincoln's Life Is Endangered in 'A Wanted (Inhu)man'

Things are about to get even more intense as the 3rd season of ABC's hit superhero drama TV series "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" continues this week with an episode that will see an Inhuman's life getting endangered. Meanwhile, a cast member explains why the MCU don't use the term "mutant."

'Sleepy Hollow' Season 3 News: Cast Shares Teasers during NY Comic-Con

The cast of "Sleepy Hollow" made an appearance at the New York Comic-Con that happened last week.

'Homeland' Season 5 Episode 3 Spoilers: Carrie Revisits Past

Details about episode 3 of "Homeland" season 5 will see Carrie trying to figure out who is after her.

Jefferson Bethke Sparks Christian Faith of Millennials by Revisiting Ancient Biblical Concepts

YouTube sensation and Christian author Jefferson Bethke hopes to re-spark the faith of millions of millennials who feel that Christianity has failed them with his new book, "It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die," which examines first century church practices and demonstrates how they can reinvigorate the Body of Christ in today's society.

'Jane the Virgin' Season 2 News: A New Mystery

With the second season of "Jane the Virgin" already stated, fans will be happy to know what the rest of the season will present.

'Limitless' Season 1 Recap, Spoilers: Brian's Loyalty Gets Tested

Brian Finch proves to be capable of doing multiple things at a given time. Of course, he can only do so when he is on NZT.

Kirsten Powers and Protestants Becoming Catholics

No, I'm not converting, although I enjoyed my 1983 visit to the Vatican. But yesterday, columnist Kirsten Powers announced on Fox News that she was joining the Catholic Church today. Not many years ago she moved from non belief to Evangelical Christianity, and she has been attending an Anglican church with friends of mine.

Ben Carson Criticizes Young Earth Creationism, Says Earth Could Be Billions of Years Old

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson clarified that he believes that God created the world but does not believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old, as young Earth creationists claim. Carson also criticized those who claim there is no way the Earth can be billions of years old, saying that such people put themselves "in the same category as God."

'Mr. Robot' Season 2 Plot News: Sam Esmail Scared To Be Alone with Cast

With the successful debut season of "Mr. Robot," more news on the sophomore season have been circulating the web.

'NCIS' Season 13 News, Spoilers: 'Double Trouble' Sees Gibbs Teaming Up With Leon Vance

The last action-packed episode of CBS' hit police-procedural drama TV series "NCIS" is about to be overshadowed with the reportedly intense events in the new episode of the show's current season.

'Gotham' Season 2 Plot News: Barnes Against the Bad Guys

With the second season of "Gotham" currently in progress, a new character has joined the crew.

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Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
Today in Christian History
B'nai B'rith ("Sons of the Covenant") was established in New York City by a group of German Jews. It is both the oldest and the largest of the Jewish fraternal organizations.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Esther 3-4; Psalm 106:1-23; Revelation 13:
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?”Day after day they…
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