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Proverbs 12:13 - An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.
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This insensibility of ours is a bad symptom. For one thing, it implies that we have no spiritual ambition, else we should not be satisfied with such poor lives; that we cannot have thought out the fact of Jesus Christ, and how immeasurably He has raised the standard. Will you hang your wretched daubs beside the works of Titian and Michelangelo and not be shamed by the enormous contrast -- stand back and say, with a satisfied smirk, "That is pretty good, you know!"? And can you live face to face with Jesus Christ, and be content with what you are? - A. J. Gossip, From the Edge of the Crowd
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Rapper Common Discusses Powerful Moral Truths in Animated Film 'Smallfoot' (Exclusive Clip)

In an exclusive interview with The Christian Post, hip-hop artist Common discusses the deeper themes in the forthcoming animated film "Smallfoot."

Values Voter Summit Panel: Gender Ideology Is 'Large-Scale Child Abuse,' Threat to Basic Liberties

Transgender ideology results in "large-scale child abuse" and poses a threat to all kinds of cherished rights, a panel at the Values Voter Summit says.

Tori Kelly Reveals How Jesus Helped Her Overcome Struggle With Identity in 'I Am Second' Film Debut

Grammy-nominated artist Tori Kelly recently introduced her millions of pop fans to her Christian faith by releasing a new Gospel album, and now the singer is sharing how Jesus helped her find her identity after years of comparing herself to others because she didn't fit into the personality type of a typical singer.

Dr. Ben Carson Says He Can Identify With Kavanaugh: 'There Are 2 Sides to Every Story'

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson told evangelicals Friday that people need to look at the "big picture" to make sense of the sexual misconduct allegation facing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Pakistan: Christian Girl Thrown Off Roof for Refusing to Marry Muslim, Convert to Islam

Debate is swirling in Pakistan over whether a violent attack on a Christian girl who was thrown off a roof for refusing to marry a Muslim man was a crime of jealousy or religious hatred.

Megachurch Pastor Rodney Washington's Widow Sues After She's Fired From Church-Owned Hotel

Just over a year after her husband died of an unspecified cancer, April Washington, widow of R.J. Washington Sr. who founded the Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum Church in Florida, is suing officials at the church after she was ousted from the organization.

Mike Pence Hails Trump Achievements, Criticizes Obama for 'Taking Credit for Economic Miracle'

Vice President Mike Pence Saturday hailed the accomplishments of the Trump administration and criticized former President Barack Obama for taking credit for its successes in a speech at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

Pastors in China Prepare to Lose Their Lives for Preaching the Gospel, Defying Communist Crackdown

In the face of an ongoing Communist crackdown, Chinese pastors have vowed to continue preaching the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives.

Being a Good Christian . . . and a Good American

It's time for followers of Jesus to be the best of Christians, and the best of Americans, all at the same time.

Why So Scared of the Bible?

If you look closely at the book I am holding up, it does not say "Bible." There is no cross on it. Yet, the image of someone holding a book up is now offensive to some.

China's Censorship Regime

At the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., they have a display of many burned Bibles. This is the book that, down through the centuries, has been burned more than any other. Ironically, that even happened sometimes at the hand of church officials.

Wake Up Christians -- Silence Is Not an Option

We don't have to compromise our principles to be involved in politics--what good is salt left in the shaker, or a light that is hidden? "Politics" is not a bad word. In simple terms, politics refers to governing or leading a group of people. Politics won't save America, but in order to implement change, honor God, and help others, we must take action.

Terry Gross's Anti-Christian Crusade

Terry Gross, the host of NPR's Fresh Air, has been taking advantage of the good weather during the summer months to wage a war on Christianity.

It Takes Humility to See Jesus

So many people today don't seem to care much about spiritual things. Sure, they may go to church for the token Christmas or Easter service, but more likely you can almost see the little sign around their necks that says, "Do not disturb, I'm not really interested in spiritual things."

Will Graham Shares Message His Late Grandfather Would Have Told Values Voters at FRC Summit

Billy Graham's grandson Will Graham spoke to one of the nation's leading evangelical conservative political conferences on Friday and rather than offering a political message like many of the gathering's other speakers, he offered up what he thinks his late grandfather would have shared.

Christian Hoarding? Do We Own Stuff? Or Does Stuff Own Us?

Hoarding isn't just a grotesque curiosity for TV voyeurs. It's a real and present danger for Christ's Church.

Truth and Fiction

I believe fiction can be a vehicle to communicate truth. From the moment I sensed a call to write, I understood my focus would be using story. This isn't an original concept. Jesus spoke in parables and is known for deepening spiritual principles through the power of story.

Evangelicals 'Strongly Behind' Brett Kavanaugh, Tony Perkins Says at Values Voters Summit

Conservative evangelical leader Tony Perkins said Friday that evangelicals are "strongly behind" Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh despite the sexual misconduct claim that was recently leveled against him from 36 years ago.

2016 Election Was 'Reprieve' From God 'to Get Things Right,' Says Pastor Running for Congress

The 2016 election of President Donald Trump was a "reprieve" from God in order to "get things right," according to a former Baptist pastor who's running for Congress.

Wisconsin Pastor Jason Webb Resigns 'Due to Marital Infidelity, Addiction'

Jason Webb, senior pastor of Elmbrook Church, a nondenominational congregation that is among Wisconsin's largest churches, has resigned "due to marital infidelity" and is expected to seek inpatient treatment for an unspecified addiction.

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
Today in Christian History
The angel Moroni reportedly revealed the golden tablets (containing the "Book of Mormon") to Joseph Smith. They were hidden near the family farm, in Palmyra, NY. Smith's English translation of their strange hieroglyphics became the literary foundation for the new Mormon religion.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Chronicles 33; Psalm 89:1-18; John 21:
Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years.He did evil in the eyes of the , following the detestable practices of the nations the had driven out before the Israelites.He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them.He built altars in the temple of the , of which the…
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