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What Makes America Great
with Dr. Dobson from 'Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk'

What are the characteristics that make America great? On today's Family Talk, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal shares powerful personal stories from his childhood, and discusses the impact that the Obama administration has had on the American dream.   (click here to read more)

Know What You're Getting
with Dennis Rainey from 'FamilyLife Today®'

Dreaming of your future spouse? Pastor Dan Chun encourages singles to closely observe the person they're dating and invites them to ask some key questions. Once infatuated, or in the weird zone as he calls it, it's hard to judge a person's character accurately. Chun advises singles to take their time…   (click here to read more)

Reaching Out to Christ When Life is Caving In, Part 2
with Pastor Mike Fabarez from 'Focal Point'

Life can be so unsure.  One minute we’re on firm footing … then suddenly, the bottom drops out from under us.  The next thing we know, we’re in a proverbial hole, looking up.  Of course, we could try to dig our way out.  On this edition of Focal Point, Mike Fabarez…   (click here to read more)

Navigating End of Life Decisions (Part 1 of 2)
with Jim Daly from 'Focus on the Family'

It's bad news that no one wants to face, but every family will experience it someday. On today's “ Focus on the Family ,” a heartfelt look at the end of life and what decisions your family needs to consider before that day comes.   (click here to read more)

What Does the Future Hold? Part 2
with Jeff Schreve from 'From His Heart'

Even Jesus’ disciples had questions about what was going to happen in the days to come. In this message called WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD, Pastor Jeff Schreve shares the truth of what Jesus told His disciples and what still is true for us today.  This message is part of the encouraging 7-message…   (click here to read more)

Today's Articles  from  StudyLight and LiveAsIf

The Purpose of the Award
'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley

I live for Thursday evenings. No, go ahead. You can ask. "Why do you live for Thursdays, Tom?" That's the day I get to have my grandchildren for the evening. My father was only 42 years old when he had his first grandchild. By the time he was 45 he had four; all grandsons by my sister. At age 52 our first child…(continue reading article)

The Thunderous Voice of God
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

  A Davidic psalm. Give the LORD--you heavenly beings--give the LORD glory and strength. Give the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness. The voice of the LORD is above the waters. The God of glory thunders--the LORD, above vast waters, the voice of the LORD in power, the…(continue reading article)

How God Treats Sinners
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Sweet words and deeds linger long after the emotion and excitement of the moment have passed. If you stop and think, I almost know that you can remember some kind words and/or deeds that someone spoke or did years and years ago. However, I also know that no words or deeds could be sweeter than those spoken and performed…(continue reading article)

Additional Articles

•  MENO* - 2014-04-20
•  bânâh - 2015-01-24
•  The Peshitta - 2014-04-18
•  Is Gad Jacob's son, a troop, fortune or a pagan deity? - 2007-03-08
•  Empathy - 'Winging It
•  The Power of Remaining Weak - Quiet Time

Additional Articles

•  Get At the Facts - the Actual State Of Affairs - Word from Scotland
•  The Blame Stops Here! - Find the Call
•  Your Life Has Been Arranged - 'Christ in You...'
•  Prejudice vilifying prejudice - Refreshment in Refuge
•  Love Your Unconditional Friendships - Inspiration For You
•  Bible and Quote April 12-16, 2010 - Bible verse and quote

Additional Articles

•   If You Ain’t Cheatin’, You Ain’t Tryin’ - Point of Reference
•  What God Requires - God's Words For US
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
I do a great wrong in His sight, when I beseech Him that He will hear my prayer, which as I give utterance to it I do not hear myself. I entreat Him that He will think of me; but I regard neither myself nor Him. Nay, what is worse, turning over corrupt and evil thoughts in mine heart, I thrust a dreadful offensiveness into His presence. - Bernard of Clairvaux
Daily Dose
Daily Devotionals  for  January 29

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"
But It Is Hardly Credible That One Could Be So Positively Ignorant!

"The Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand." There is no escape when Our Lord speaks, He always comes with an arrestment of the understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken to you in the language you know best, not through…… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Morning and Evening for December 3

"There is no spot in thee." - Song of Solomon 4:7 Having pronounced his Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms his praise by a precious negative, "There is no spot in thee." As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that he had only mentioned her comely…… — (click here to read more)

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Morning / Evening Devotional — January 29

Thou God seest me. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether ... Such knowledge is too wonderful for me:… — (click here to read more)

Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"
Obedience Brings Blessing

"Observe and hear all these words, which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God."   Deuteronomy 12:28 Though salvation is not by the works of the law, yet the blessings which are promised to obedience are not denied to the… — (click here to read more)

Voice of the Lord
Devotional for 'Shevat 09'

In the Torah, death is considered the ultimate source of defilement. Only the mixture of water and the ashes of the burned red heifer are able to wash away that defilement. The strangest aspect of this ritual is that everyone who took part in preparing this cleansing formula was also rendered unclean by virtue of his participation in the process. The man… — (click here to read more)

Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life
His Purpose

A newspaper that is curculated in the Louisville, Kentucky area ran a story on Kentucky basketball in this week's rag. They tied the idea of "passion" into it, which, in and of itself, was not a problem. However, the front cover showed Jesus holding a basketball with the story's caption emblazoned in print reminiscent…… — (click here to read more)

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes
How strong convictions come

We continue meditating on the first verse of Psalm 73: "Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart." The psalmist has gone through an experience of crippling doubt but the great thing is this: he has emerged from it spiritually enriched and with a deeper confidence in the goodness of God. So he starts…… — (click here to read more)

"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Forever - This Greek word (panteles) is a combination word. It comes from pas, which means "any or all" and telos, which means "end". It can be translated forever when it refers to a temporal period, but it has its root in the idea of being complete, whole or entire. It is often translated with…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer
Morning / Evening Devotional — January 29

We have developed in recent times a peace-loving, soft-spoken, tame and harmless brand of Christian of whom the world has no fear and for whom it has little respect. We are careful, for instance, never to speak in public against any of the false cults lest we be thought intolerant. We fear to talk against the destructive sins of modern civilization… … — (click here to read more)

The Believer's Daily Remembrancer
Search the Scriptures. - John 5:39

Search the Scriptures. - John 5:39

The Bible is God's Book, a favour bestowed on man; intended to lead him to a knowledge of the nature, perfections, purposes, will, providence, and salvation of God. It contains all that is really necessary to be known.

It should be read carefully, prayerfully, frequently, and in course: every part of the Bible…

… — (click here to read more)

Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Taylor Swift's Social Media Accounts Hacked

Taylor Swift's social media accounts were hacked on Tuesday, Jan. 27, by a group of hackers who threatened to release nude photos of the singer in exchange for bitcoins. However, Swift said that there were not any nude pictures and even taunted the perpetrators, telling them to "have fun" photoshopping.

Ian Somerhalder Engaged to Nikki Reed, but Still Close to Nina Dobrev?

It has been previously reported that "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed has just confirmed her engagement to "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder. The two have been inseparable since they started dating last summer and have even adopted several animals together, so fans of the two know that an engagement is the next step to their whirlwind romance.

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood On a Christmas Duet Album: 'We Are Trying'

Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are beloved by country music fans both individually and for their previous collaborations, and now the couple may be releasing a Christmas duets album.

'Arrow' Season 3: Stephen Amell Talks The Arrow's Return

Last night on 'Arrow' the team, who still thinks that Oliver is dead, tried to take care of business as Brick went on a killing spree, while Laurel donned the Black Canary mask, much to the disapproval of Roy and Diggle. It's only a matter of time before the Arrow comes back, but how will the team react when he returns to Starling City?

Ebola Survivor Kent Brantly and Wife to Share Inspiring Story in New Book

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber have signed a book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group to tell their story of surviving Ebola while maintaining their faith in God.

Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Exchange Numbers at Miami Heat Game, Boxers Negotiate Fight at Hotel

NBA and boxing fans were in for a surprise when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. both attended the Miami Heat game on Tuesday night.

Nick Jonas Explains Relationship Between Sex and God

Pop icon Nick Jonas explained his decision to stop wearing his purity ring, stating that he has developed his own beliefs and the relationship between physical intimacy and faith in God.

'Stop Insulting Our Military' Republican-Led Petition Drive Supporting 'American Sniper' Movie, Condemning 'Hollywood Liberals,' Gains 'Tremendous Support'

A Republican organization which recently launched a petition calling on "Hollywood liberals" to stop disrespecting the military amid criticism of Clint Eastwood's blockbuster film "American Sniper," says it has had "tremendous support" from the public.

'Winds of Winter': George R.R. Martin's Publisher Says Book Will Not Come Out in 2015

Fans of the 'Game of Thrones' series are anxiously awaiting the fifth installment in the series, 'The Winds of Winter.' Though there has been a lot of speculation about the book's release, fans may have to wait a little longer as George R.R. Martin's publisher took to Twitter to confirm that the novel is not on her schedule for 2015.

The Forgotten Plight of Native Americans

When it comes to the harsh difficulties many Native Americans face every day, the saying "out of sight, out mind" hits home.

'Duck Dynasty' Star Sadie Robertson Leads All-Female Bible Study, Urges Fans to Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

Sadie Robertson, who stars on A&E's "Duck Dynasty," recently shared photos from her all-female Bible study before encouraging her thousands of followers to spread only love.

Ted Cruz: Plant the Flag for School Choice

"It's time to plant the flag on school choice," Sen. Ted Cruz told a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the Heritage Foundation recently.

Liberal Outcry: Jindal Calls for 'National Revival'

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal did something supposedly "controversial." He called for a national revival.

Mortal Kombat X New Trailer Features Return of Reptile

Last Tuesday, Warner Bros. and developer NetherRealms Studios announced that Reptile has joined the roster for the much anticipated fighting game, 'Mortal Kombat X'.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Specs, Features Review

Those who love the performance and reliability of a Samsung phone often point to one thing that takes away from making an otherwise impressive device almost perfect--it's plastic, conservatively shaped body. But those who have seen or held a Samsung Galaxy Alpha can attest that the smartphone is one of the most unique and beautiful handsets that the Korean company has produced in a while. But will Galaxy Alpha's premium looks match up to what's inside?

'Batman: Arkham Knight' to Be Released June 2

"Batman: Arkham Knight" is scheduled for a June 2 release date.

Microsoft Announces Release of Windows 10 in Late 2015

Windows 10 will be released late this year and technical preview will end on April 15.

Bungie Promises 'Destiny DLC' Expansion Pack 'House Of Wolves' Will Be Better

Game developer Bungie assured players that "Destiny DLC" expansion pack "House of Wolves" will be better than the problematic "Dark Below."

Police Arrest 'Love & Hip Hop' Star Ray Benzino at the Airport

Former "Love & Hip Hop" star Ray Benzino was arrested at the Atlanta airport after a loaded gun was discovered from his carry-on luggage.

Miami Heat Player Dwayne Wade's Injury and Absence Affects Team's Performance

Dwayne Wade got injured during the third quarter of the team's game against Milwaukee Bucks, which affected their performance.

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Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
the Third Week after Epiphany
Today in Christian History
The Congregational Holiness Church was formally organized, following a split the previous year with the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Headquartered today in Griffin, GA, most CHC churches are located in the Southeast US.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Genesis 38; Psalm 29; Luke 21:
At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and made love to her;she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er.She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan.She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to…
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