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Connecting Prayer and God's Purposes, Part 2
with Dr. Tony Evans from 'The Alternative'

Many of us pray because of what's at stake for us... but next time on The Alternative, Dr. Tony Evans explains that God answers prayer because of what's in it for him and his kingdom. It’s a look at connecting our prayers with God’s purposes on…   (click here to read more)

Staying Focused Through All 4 Seasons
with Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg from 'America’s Family Coaches'

Today Dr. Gary Rosberg is coaching the guys how to stay focused through all 4 seasons of life.   (click here to read more)

Power Corrupts, Part 2
with Dr. John Munro from 'Back to the Bible'

Power and blind ambition can so easily corrupt the human heart. In today's study, John Munro show us five practical lessons for dealing with the evil that surrounds us in our lives today.   (click here to read more)

Q&A: Slavery, God’s Foreknowledge, and Ouija Boards
with Hank Hanegraaff from 'Bible Answer Man'

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers questions on the following topics: Does the meaning of the Bible evolve depending on your circumstances? How do I witness to an atheist who claims the Bible condones slavery? What are your thoughts on the…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

The Kingdom of Heaven
'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

        The first public pronouncement by Jesus – as well as his forerunner John the Baptist – was fashioned as a call for repentance because the kingdom of heaven was drawing ever closer. (Mat. 3:2 & 4:17) But in discussing what – or where – the kingdom is, Jesus…(continue reading article)

What is Biblical Loyalty?
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

What am I going to do with you, Ephraim? What am I going to do with you, Judah? Your loyalty is like the morning mist and like the early dew that vanishes. This is why I have used the prophets to cut them down; I have killed them with the words of My mouth. My judgment strikes like lightning. For I desire loyalty and…(continue reading article)

I Will Uproot Them (2 Chronicles 7:20)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

God has promised many things in the Bible. There are books written by uninspired men which capture and catalog these promises. One of these books, Precious Bible Promises, gives a long and quite extensive list of God's promises divided into over 100 categories. Another book of promises is actually a calendar…(continue reading article)

Bible and quote Oct 22-26
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

.all Israel and Judah loved David . (when King Saul offered his older daughter to him) David said, "Who am I, . that I should be son-in-law to the king?" 1 Samuel 18:16-18   He who takes his rank (or status, or ability or appearance) lightly raises his own dignity. Hebrew proverb    (after…(continue reading article)

Wisdom
'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

    “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5 (NASB)   “Lord, what can I do about that?” “Jesus, how did that happen?” “Lord, why would he do something like…(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
•  Careful Drivers - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  It's That Woman You Gave Me - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  Learning to Yield - Quiet Time
•  A Woman On A Warm Bus With A Rising Tub Of Dough! - Word from Scotland
•  Two Weeks from Today - Find the Call
•  America And Repentance - 'Christ in You...'
•  America And Repentance - 'Christ in You...'
•  Your First Fifty Years - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 10:17 - He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
Words to Ponder
Only one who has continually resisted temptation can know its maximum pressure, and on the other hand only one whom sin has not desensitized in any way can sympathize fully with us in our sufferings and failures. - Peter Lewis (20th century)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  July 25

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — July 25

We know that we have passed from death unto life. He that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. — He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. He which stablisheth us with you in Christ and hath anointed… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Nothing to Alarm Us

"But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."   Daniel 12:13 We cannot understand all the prophecies, but yet we regard them with pleasure and not with dismay. There can be nothing in the Father's decree which should justly alarm His child. Though the abomination of desolation be set up, yet… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for June 8

"There fell down many slain, because the war was of God." - 1 Chronicles 5:22 Warrior, fighting under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old so is it now, if the war be of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half tribe…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Am I Blessed Like This?

When we first read the statements of Jesus they seem wonderfully simple and unstartling, and they sink unobserved into our unconscious minds. For instance, the Beatitudes seem merely mild and beautiful precepts for all unworldly and useless people, but of very little practical use in the stern workaday world in which we…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Tammuz 27'

The "needle's eye" was not a small gate in Jerusalem's walls, as many teach. No such gate by that name existed, and this interpretation first appeared during the Middle Ages. It is far more likely that Yeshua was using a well-known teaching technique to make his point. He chose for his image the largest animal known in the Land of Israel (the camel) and the… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
Not in the Storm

Storms have always fascinated me. Thursday evening our eldership at the Minorsville Christian Church met to discuss some of the church's needs. During our time in the meeting the skies were angrily erupting with a light show of such immense proportions that we actually received a phone call at the church building…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Management-labor relations

The reception which Boaz receives from his workers when he arrives in his field shows that his relationship with them was far removed, generally speaking, from today's management-labor relations. Boaz greets his workers with the words "The Lord be with you!," and the workers reply: "The Lord bless you!" Can you imagine…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen
Future

Future - The Hebrew word is aharit. What is unusual about this word is that it literally means "afterward, backwards or after part". So, how can it be about the future? H. W. Wolff says that the Hebrew concept of time is like a man rowing a boat. He sees where he has been, but the future is toward his back.…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — July 25

Men and women who read and study the Scriptures for their literary beauty alone have missed the whole purpose for which they were given. God's Word is not to be enjoyed as one might "enjoy" a Beethoven symphony or a poem by Wordsworth. The reason: the Bible demands immediate action, faith, surrender, committal. Until it has secured these,… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalms 46:10

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalms 46:10

THE dispensations of divine providence are often very perplexing; our God has His way in the sea, and his path in the deep waters, and His footsteps are not known. Reason is confounded, and faith is staggered; but He hushes our fears, silences our cries, and bids us "BE STILL."…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

A Thank You Letter From Hamas to the Media

Dear Members of the Mainstream Media, You've been awesome! Everyone knows that we start unwinnable wars with Israel because the real victory happens when you predictably side with us each time. And you've been so supportive of our strategy that we really want to acknowledge your helpfulness.

Destiny PC Release Date: March 2015 Launch, Destiny Beta on PS4 and Xbox One Launched

Destiny is coming to the PC, which will delight fans eager to get their hands on Bungie and Activision's most anticipated action-RPG game. According to rumors, fans may have to wait until a March 2015 release date though.

America: Who Are We? A Nation of Kings or Fellow Pilgrims in the World?

Recently, Jeremiah Heaton, a man from Virginia, claimed an 800-square-mile area of unclaimed land between Sudan and Egypt as his own kingdom. He did so because his 7-year-old daughter wanted to be a princess.

Ma$e Leaves Atlanta Church to Focus on Rap Career Full Time

Mason Betha, a multi-platinum selling rapper known as Ma$e, reportedly left his position as pastor of his multisite congregation, El Elyon International Church, to focus on his rap career full time.

Penny Nance: Rubio's Unifying Speech Contrasted Sharply With Obama's Divisiveness (Video Interview)

The unifying tone of Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Florida, Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America contrasted sharply with President Barack Obama's divisiveness, Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, told The Christian Post in an interview after the event.

Grieving Dutch Mayor Wanted to Deport Putin's Daughter Over Sloppy Handling of MH17 Tragedy as Bodies Come Home

Frustrated by the sloppy handling of the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy in which more than half of the 298 victims were Dutch citizens, a Dutch mayor called for the deportation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's 29-year-old daughter Maria, who is currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch boyfriend.

NYC Pastor Who Prayed With Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan Credits Those Who Cried 'Let Meriam Go!' for Defiant Christian Woman's Release (Video)

The U.S. pastor who took it upon himself to fly to Sudan to meet with and pray for imprisoned persecuted Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim was among those celebrating her freedom Thursday. He credited the 27-year-old married mother's release to the outcry of people from around the world who were captivated by her steadfast Christian witness in the face of impending death.

Newspaper Editor Fired for Criticizing Pro-Gay Bible Files Federal Complaint Against Former Employer

A former Iowa newspaper editor filed a federal complaint against his former employer Wednesday, accusing the newspaper's owners of religious discrimination and retaliation after he was terminated for expressing his views on a pro-gay Bible made popular by LGBT activists on his personal blog.

Texas Sees 13 Percent Drop in Abortions With Controversial Pro-Life Law

Texas has experienced a 13 percent drop in abortions since last year, when Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that requires abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Since November, some abortions clinic owners have opted to close their facilities instead of raising their level of care.

Russell Moore on Rubio's Tolerance Remarks: I Wanted to Say 'Amen' Very Loudly (Video Interview)

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, praised Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Fla., Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America as both courageous and civil.

Marco Rubio: Intolerance in the Name of Tolerance Is Hypocrisy

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., condemned liberal intolerance toward those who support the traditional definition of marriage in a Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Free at Last: Christian Mother Meriam Ibrahim Meets Pope Francis After Escaping Death for Her Faith in Sudan (Watch)

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother from Sudan who became a global icon for Christians when she refused to renounce her faith even after she was placed on death row for it, was blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican just hours after she finally fled Sudan after a protracted fight for her freedom.

'I Am Second' Student Director Began Evangelizing in Hospital Waiting Rooms

Evangelizing is not about methodology as much as it is about intentionality because there is always an opportunity to share the Gospel with people, says David Martin, Director of Student Initiatives for "I Am Second," a ministry that posts a series of web videos featuring notable personalities and their testimonies about God.

UN Human Rights Group Wants Ireland to Loosen Abortion Laws; Raises Concern About Catholic-Run Single Mothers' Homes

A human rights panel that is part of the United Nations has criticized the Republic of Ireland over its abortion laws and alleged abuse taking place at its Catholic-run homes.

Fiery Baptist Preacher Jody Hice Will Likely Head to Congress After Winning GOP Georgia Primary; Liberal Media in Knots Over it

Jody Hice, a Baptist preacher with a firm stand against homosexuality and a strong supporter of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment won the Republican primary in Georgia's 10th District on Tuesday night and is likely to end up in Congress after the general election this November given the district's strong conservative tradition.

Oklahoma Pastor's Wife Loses 165 lbs on ABC's 'Extreme Weight Loss' Show

A pastor's wife from Tulsa, Oklahoma and former competitive gymnast revealed her new look after losing over half of her body weight on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."

Atheists File Lawsuit Against Michigan City Over Rejection of 'Reason Station'

A city in Michigan has become the subject of a lawsuit after refusing to allow an atheist to display a "Reason Station" at its city hall atrium.

America: Then vs Now; How Far Have We Drifted?

To understand the core values of a nation, one must simply look to the beliefs set forth during its conception. Judge for yourself how far we have drifted from the original intent of early Americans.

Newspaper Editor Fired for Criticism of Gay Bible

Bob Eschliman is a Christian. He's also a veteran news editor. And when he decided to write a column on his personal blog objecting to a gay-friendly version of the Bible, Bob was unceremoniously marched out of the Newton Daily News and shoved out the front door.

In Israel's Desperate Hour, Obama Leads from Behind

"We have your back," President Obama told Israelis when he visited that embattled country recently. Way back, apparently. Mr. Obama's administration famously claimed to "lead from behind" in overthrowing Libya's strongman, Khaddafi.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Your extremity shall beGod's opportunity.'
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Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife.She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is…
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