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Mercy, Blessings and Character, Part 1
with Alistair Begg from 'Truth For Life'

In our culture, comfort and convenience are worthy pursuits. But God’s Word talks about setting aside our personal needs while focusing on personal virtues. On Truth For Life, Alistair Begg introduces us to Ruth and her search for Mercy, Blessings and Character.   (click here to read more)

A Bend in the Road, Part 1
with Dr. David Jeremiah from 'Turning Point'

It happens to everyone -- something unexpected suddenly intrudes on your life, demanding your attention and disrupting your plans. How do you respond? Dr. David Jeremiah begins the series, When Your World Falls Apart - a look at how God often uses the worst situations to bring about His best blessings. …   (click here to read more)

Common Core and the Christian: A Clash of Worldviews
with Jan Markell from 'Understanding the Times'

Jan tackles the issue of Common Core in our public schools. One of Jan’s guests, attorney and spokesperson against Common Core, Marjorie Holsten, calls it “ObamaCore” and says it is worse than ObamaCare. It is indoctrination on steroids and is training kids to be good little global…   (click here to read more)

The Garden, Part 1
with Colin Smith from 'Unlocking the Bible: Daily Broadcast'

Either you are an accident of history or you were created. Many people have never really considered this. But what you believe about where you come from will impact on how you live. Find out why, today on Unlocking the Bible: 'the power of the open Book.'    (click here to read more)

Depression, Part 1
with Dr. James MacDonald from 'Walk in the Word'

God's Word meets you where you are, including that place where the dark clouds continue to gather seem to fill more and more of your horizon. Are you downcast, discouraged, depressed, or in despair? God's Word can help you diagnose and stop the downward spiral. Are the causes physical, chemical, behavioral,…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

Leah’s Despair
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

Jacob slept with Rachel also, and indeed, he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years. – Genesis 29:30 HCSB Unfortunately, women have always been susceptible to the vagaries of human ideas of beauty. Leah probably grew up in the shadows cast by her beautiful sister’s…(continue reading article)

Mercy and not Sacrifice (Matthew 9:13)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

If there were someway to miraculously cause everyone to pay attention to a particular text, I would will it to be so with today's text, Matthew 9.13. I know that my efforts surrounding this verse are just that, they are my efforts, and as such, are limited to my own human frailties. However, I would suggest that there…(continue reading article)

We Take All This Seriously Because Jesus Took It Seriously
'Word from Scotland' from Sandy Shaw

 There is so much to learn from these parables in Matthew Chapter 13 and we move on now to verses 47 to 58.  There is such depth of truth in these words of Jesus Christ.   Many of the truths from these previous parables seem to be drawn together in this net.  There is such a seriousness attached…(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
•  Be Thoroughly Patient - Find the Call
•  God's Love For You - 'Christ in You...'

Additional Articles

•  Tangled Web - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Laugh Hard, Laugh Often - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote Feb 8-12, 2010 - Bible verse and quote
•  God's Gifts - God's Words For US
•   “…without HOLINESS no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 - Point of Reference
•  New Kids on Your Block - Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life

Additional Articles

•  Camping with Dad - 'Winging It
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 17:22 - A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Words to Ponder
At the entrance to that straight gate there is a notice that says: 'Leave yourself outside'. - Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  September 1

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

The fruit of the spirit is meekness. The meek ... shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. — Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Abiding in Obedience, in Love

"If ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My love."   John 15:10 These things cannot be parted — abiding in obedience and abiding in the love of Jesus. A life under the rule of Christ can alone prove that we are the objects of our LORD's delight. We must keep our LORD's command if we would bask in His love. If we live in sin we cannot live… — (click here to read more)

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

"His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers." - Song of Solomon 5:13 Lo, the flowery month is come! March winds and April showers have done their work, and the earth is all bedecked with beauty. Come my soul, put on thine holiday attire and go forth to gather garlands of heavenly thoughts. Thou knowest…… — (click here to read more)

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
Destiny Of Holiness

Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated with them; right, good, noble affinities which will yet have their fulfilment, but in the meantime God has to atrophy them. The…… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Elul 06'

Az mi iz foiyl, hot men nit in moiyl is Yiddish for "The lazy person acquires no food." A man called my office, complaining that he had a flat tire. "Rabbi, what can I do? Can you pray with me about this? The devil is attacking me!" I asked if he had a spare tire. He responded by saying that he had a good one. I asked why he had called the office before… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
No Stand In

Reality shows abound nowadays with programs such as "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "American Idol" playing to great Nielson numbers. You would be surprised just how real some movies have been for movie stars who have had to do their own stunts and take the lumps. Sometimes it got just a little bit too real for these…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
Keep Your Balance!

One perplexing situation for which wisdom and a divine perspective is needed, says Solomon, is when we see the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper. The psalmist struggled with this age-old problem (particularly in Ps. 73), and so have millions since. A tyrant lives on, while a missionary family on their way to bring…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Knife - This is the Hebrew word ma' akelet. It is a special kind of knife a knife used to slaughter sacrifices. In the Old Testament, it describes the instrument used to cut a person into pieces (Judges 19:29) and to prepare animals for the altar. This word is sinister, fearful and ominous. Our picture of…… — (click here to read more)

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

Christ in a believer's heart will act the same as He acted in Galilee and Judea. His disposition is the same now as then. He was holy, righteous, compassionate, meek and humble then, and He has not changed. He is the same wherever He is found, whether it be at the right hand of God or in the nature of a true disciple. He was friendly, loving, prayerful,… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
"The Deliverer." Romans 11:26

"The Deliverer." Romans 11:26

THE Lord Jesus Christ is anointed and appointed to deliver His people whenever they need His aid; for this purpose all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are stored in Him, authority over all flesh is given to Him, and every attribute of Deity can be exerted by Him. We are not left to the mercy of men,…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

How I Can Destroy Your Reputation and Career in Two Minutes By Photoshopping Your Facebook Page

There is a new form of cyber bullying out there and it is scary, because it could derail the professional career of any conservative - even those working in apolitical jobs. Slimy folks like "Busta Troll" are hijacking Facebook pages of conservatives, replacing the content with goats and anti-conservative messages. Some believe a goat is used because it is a satanic symbol; many of the conservatives are targeted because of their Christian or Jewish views.

How We Told Our Kids About Sex

Parents, be warned. If it has yet to happen, your day, too, will come. You will, at one time or another, as surly as dawns death and Obama tax hikes, be forced to have "that talk" with your little ones.

Suicide Takes 22 Soldiers a Day: What Can We Do?

American soldiers are "bringing the war home": 22 veterans and one active duty soldier are said to commit suicide every day. Some estimate that more than 30 lives are lost every day.

Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Premiere Date Sept. 23: 'The Enemy Has the Advantage'

Marvel's television series, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," is getting a second season and is set to premiere on September 23. After a fairly good first season run, the series was renewed on May 8 earlier this year.

'Vikings' Season 3 Release Date, Plot Spoilers: Summer 2015 Premiere, A Fan-Loved Character to Die?

The Canadian-Irish historical drama television series, "Vikings," is going to be premiered during the summer of 2015. History channel renewed the series for a ten-episode third season on March 25 earlier this year.

Two Catholic Colleges Are Being Forced to Cover Abortions in California

Two Catholic academic institutions in California have been told by the state government that their healthcare programs must cover abortions.

Vandals Graffiti 'Qur'an' and 'Infidels' on Columbus Churches; Community Confused by Attacks

Three Columbus, Ohio churches were recently vandalized by graffiti messages that read "Qur'an" and "Infidels!."

'Top Gun 2' Premiere Date Still Unknown, Jerry Bruckheimer to Push Sequel's Release

"Top Gun 2," the sequel to Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer's "Top Gun" was supposed to get a 2014 release but has been delayed since Scott's suicide in 2012.

'Transformers 5' Premiere Date: Possibly a Summer 2017 Release, Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg Walk Away From Project

The "Transformers" film franchise is one of the biggest blockbuster hit franchises and it shows no signs of stopping. The next one is still a few years away, however, most likely during the summer of 2017. That will be the least discomforting news though as the next one will be taking a new direction.

Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Cast Spoilers, News: Celebrity List Leaked Online? Alfonso Ribiero, Lolo Jones, Janel Parrish Included?

The Dancing With the Stars Season 19 cast should be one of the most exciting in recent times, with news that a host of celebrity dancers will take the dance floor in the upcoming season.

Kenneth Bae, 2 Other US Prisoners in North Korea Speak to Media; Urge Visit From High US Official to Secure Release

North Korea on Monday allowed The Associated Press and CNN to speak to three detained Americans, including Christians Kenneth Bae and Jeffery Fowle. All three said there's hope only if a high-ranking U.S. representative visits for negotiations. Bae complained of deteriorating health.

Lecrae on Faith; 'I'm Not Religious at All, I Have a Relationship With God'

Lecrae's recently discussed the topic of faith with a popular hip-hop website while promoting his upcoming "Anomaly" album

'The Vampire Diaries' Premiere Date: October 2014 Will Reveal If Bonnie and Damon Be Saved?

The Vampire Diaries, an American supernatural drama television series on The CW channel will be premiering its sixth season on October 2.

'Supernatural' Season 10 Premiere Date, Spoilers: October 7, 2014 - Dean Enjoys Being a Demon

'Supernatural," the popular American television series featuring paranormal hunter brothers Sam and Dean Winchester will be getting a tenth season premiere on Oct. 7.

'The Walking Dead' Premiere Date October 2014, First Episode Titled 'No Sanctuary'

AMC's popular post-apocalyptic zombie horror drama series, "The Walking Dead," is set to premiere its fifth season on Oct. 12. Season five will be comprised of 16 episodes and will be run by season four executive producer, Scott Gimple.

'Person of Interest' Season 4 Spoilers: Artificial Intelligence System Revealed, New Characters to Be Introduced

"Person of Interest" executive producer Greg Plageman and star Jim Caviezel were at the show's panel in last month's Comic-Con in San Diego to discuss the upcoming season, according to reports.

'Power Rangers' Movie Reboot to Be Released in 2016

Lionsgate has greenlit a reboot of "Power Rangers," and it is slated to premiere on July 22, 2016.

Billions of Locusts Swarm Skies of Madagascar; Invasion Caught on Video

Billions of locusts clouded the sky over Madagascar's capital Antananarivo starting last week.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Sequel Gets 2016 Release Date

This summer's reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is still showing in theatres, but recently, it has been confirmed that a sequel to the movie has been greenlit.

'Once Upon a Time' Season 4 Release Date, Teaser Trailer News: New Promo Video Shows 'Frozen' Character in Storybrooke

"Once Upon a Time" has released its new teaser for the show's upcoming season. The teaser shows "Frozen" character Elsa (Georgina Haig) walking through the town and leaving an icy trail wherever she goes.

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Lectionary Calendar
Monday, September 1st, 2014
the Week of Proper 17 / Ordinary 22
Today in Christian History
The Cambridge Synod of Congregational Churches convened in Mass. It formulated the 'Cambridge Platform,' outlining the proper polity (religious government) to be followed by the New England Congregational churches.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2ch6; Malachi 2:17-3:18; John 9:1-23:
Then Solomon said, “The has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;I have built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.”While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed them.Then he said: “Praise be to the , the God of Israel, who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to my father David. For he said,‘Since the day I brought my people…
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