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The Hardest Peace - II
with Dr. Dobson from 'Family Talk Weekends'

Kara Tippetts is a young mom and wife without much time left. She is dying of cancer, and yet her story is one of hope and grace. Today on Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson interviews Kara Tippetts about her journey through a dire diagnosis, and the way she is preparing her family and friends for her passing…   (click here to read more)

October 25, 2014
with John Fuller from 'Focus on the Family Weekend'

When managed wisely, technology provides us with many benefits, like convenience and communication. This weekend authors Dr. Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane discuss the dangers of overusing digital gadgets and media. From brain chemistry to addiction, they share how technology is impacting our families.…   (click here to read more)

The Legacy of Jesus, Part 1
with John MacArthur from 'Grace to You Weekend'

Even if you don’t leave your children a house, car, or even a dime when you die . . . you’re going to leave them a legacy. Question is, what will it be? Find out what Jesus left behind for His followers . . . and how it should affect your life and legacy   (click here to read more)

There’s No Pain Like Family Pain
with Mark Gregston from 'Parenting Today's Teens Weekend'

Have family issues brought you to the end of your rope? Do interactions with your teenager leave you feeling worn out, spent, and overwhelmed? On this edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston shares biblical hope and practical tips for dealing with the pain.   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Profiles of the Prophets; The Series (15 of TBD)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Samuel - Teacher, Prophet and Prophet Teacher (2 of 5) Focus Text: 1 Samuel 8.4-10 “Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, ‘Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us…(continue reading article)

Bible and quote September 17-21
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

“.whenever the (evil) spirit (allowed by God) was upon Saul, David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him (for a time). 1 Samuel 16:23  Just because youcannot alleviate the problem, you can help alleviate the suffering.…(continue reading article)

Complex Simplicity
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 “Teach us to pray.” This disciple had a flash of insight. He realized that there were hidden depths, unrealized complexities…(continue reading article)

Along The Roman Road
'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

       I find myself drawn to the Roman Road passages to lead another person to Christ. Let's examine the verses as we travel this road.             Romans 3:23 (NIV) “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”   Paul…(continue reading article)

'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

       Eve and Sarah are seldom mentioned without their counter-parts – Adam and Abraham.  But the lives of these exceptional women are worth examining individually as their faith and personal character was not developed so much as a result of their partnership with their mates but in…(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
•  Perfect - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
•  Jesus, the Friend of Sinners - 'Winging It

Additional Articles

•  Being Lead to Who I Want To Be - Quiet Time
•  How Does Jesus Prepare Us For The Future? - Word from Scotland
•  It Doesn't Matter - Find the Call
•  Afflictions - 'Christ in You...'
•  Rejection and Crushed Grapes - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Give The Gift Of You! - Inspiration For You
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 16:24 - Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Words to Ponder
I endeavor to keep all Shibboleths, and forms and terms of distinction out of sight, as we keep knives and razors out of the way of children; and if my hearers had not some other means of information, I think they would not know from me that there are such creatures as Arminians and Calvinists in the world. But we [would] talk a good deal about Christ. - John Newton
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  August 1

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)

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)

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)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Av 16'

When God came to Hagar with this important question, she was standing at a crossroads in her life. Her mistress Sarai had sent her away and she was facing an uncertain future. What would she do? Where would she go? ...remember where I came from and ask the Lord to show me where I am… — (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

Send Hillary to the Big House, Not the White House

Hillary Clinton is in a freefall right now. Her poll numbers are dropping, her socialist rival is drawing larger crowds and a new book being released this week is reminding Americans about her phony marriage.

Was Planned Parenthood's Hack Attack Orchestrated by Pro-Life 'Extremists' or Is It a PR Stunt?

Planned Parenthood claimed this week that its website was hacked by "extremists," but some media outlets are asking questions regarding the validity of its allegations, even going so far as to call it a "PR stunt."

Christian Rapper Lecrae Takes White Evangelical Fans to Task After Criticism for Posting Samuel Dubose Video

In a very candid video appeal on Wednesday, popular Christian rapper Lecrae challenged his "white brothers and sisters" to explain why they never protest when he talks about issues like abortion or the Islamic State terror group, but usually express concern when he speaks out about racial injustice.

Former Homeschooled Pentecostal Woman Weds ISIS Militant She Met Online; Celebrates Chattanooga Terror Attack

A Tennessee woman who identified as a Pentecostal Christian during her teenage years has allegedly started a new life in an Islamic State-controlled territory where she married a member of the terror group she met online.

Christian-Owned Life Center Offers Hope to Thousands of Refugees Fleeing War-Torn Syria

A small relief center tucked away in Lebanon's bustling city of Beirut continues to offer hope and humanitarian relief for Syrian refugees seeking shelter, safety and food.

Confederate Flags Erected at MLK Center and Church in Atlanta; Police Considering Hate Crime Charges

The MLK Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the Ebenezer Baptist Church were surrounded by four Confederate flags early in the morning Thursday and authorities are working to find the culprits. Surveillance cameras captured two white men laying the flags on the ground, and if the men are caught, police are considering hate crime charges.

Robert Jeffress, Virginia Christian Alliance Say Churchgoers Should 'Drop Out' of Boy Scouts

As churches and Christian organizations weigh whether or not to continue participating in and sponsoring the Boy Scouts of America after it lifted a ban on openly gay scout leaders, a number of prominent evangelical figures are advising churchgoers to drop out and stop supporting the BSA altogether.

Ben Carson: I Used To 'Drink the Liberal Kool-Aid' Until I Met Able-Bodied Gov't Entitlement Moochers

Republican presidential candidate and staunch conservative retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson explained in a Thursday interview that he used to be a "flaming liberal" until he noticed how many able individuals were relying on the government to live their lives.

Texas Lawmakers Investigate Planned Parenthood, State Attorney General Slams Dehumanizing Language of Abortionists

The Texas Attorney General's office has access to unreleased undercover Planned Parenthood videos and the Health and Human Services Committee in the state senate is asking questions about the popular abortion provider's operations.

The Islamic State's Christian and Yizidi Sex Slaves

Unlike Muslims, who can conform and wait out ISIS until the day it is defeated, Christians, along with "polytheist" Yizidis, can don veils and give up cigarettes and alcohol, but, as non-Muslims, their very presence is an intolerable offense to the year-old "caliphate."

Communion With God

God created men and women to be in relationship with Him. The type of communion Adam and Eve first enjoyed with Him was meant for us as well. But when sin entered the world, everything changed. God's intended intimate relationship with mankind was broken, and it has been passed down through the generations in that damaged condition.

White House Says Undercover Videos 'Fraudulent' Because Planned Parenthood Told Them So

Citing Planned Parenthood as its source, the White House declared that the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that appear to show Planned Parenthood illegally profiting from the sale of aborted baby body parts are "fraudulent."

South Dakota Episcopal Diocese Moves to Be Closer to Its Native American Members Living on the State's 9 Reservations

The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota will soon be moving its offices in Sioux Falls to the city of Pierre to be closer to its Native American members, who comprise about half of its numbers.

Kansas Judge Awards Breakaway Church's $4.4 Million Property to PC (USA); Congregation Prepares for Appeal

A Kansas-based congregation that voted to disaffiliate from the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country has lost a legal battle over the church property.

Russell Wilson, Comedian Joel McHale Pull Boeing 737 in Competition to Raise $24K for Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson teamed up with comedian Joel McHale to raise $24,000 for children with cancer by towing a Boeing 737 airplane.

IRS Commissioner Vows to Not Target Christian Colleges Opposed to Gay Marriage ... 'At This Time'

The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service vowed in a Senate hearing this week that the federal agency will not strip Christian colleges and universities of their tax-exempt statuses should those institutions refuse to update school policies to be more accommodating toward same-sex relationships.

Pennsylvania High School Ten Commandments Display Can Stay on Public Property, Judge Rules

A judge has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument located on the grounds of a Pennsylvania high school can remain.

OB-GYN on Planned Parenthood Videos: As They Violate Medical Ethics, We Can Overcome Evil With Good

Recent weeks have seen the revelation of deeply disturbing practices at Planned Parenthood, the world's largest corporate abortion provider.

A Sincere Question for Those Who Identify as 'Transgender'

If you identify as transgender and have read my previous articles or book chapters dealing with transgender issues, you almost certainly count me as an enemy, not a friend, a transphobic bigot lacking empathy - or even worse.

Over 100 Million Christians Are Being Persecuted for Their Faith in Jesus Christ, Says Christian Charity Report

A charity helping persecuted Christians throughout the world reports that over 100 million followers of Christ, along with other religious minorities, are being targeted for their faith.

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Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
the Week of Proper 12 / Ordinary 17
Today in Christian History
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for He is victorious over sin, death, and the world.'
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Kings 12-13; Micah 3; 1 Corinthians 16:
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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