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Proverbs 13:9 - The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.
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This astonishing sense of spiritual attack which, it seems to me, must inevitably follow the continual reading of the four Gospels, without preconception but with an alert mind, is not the sole privilege of the translator. It can happen to anyone who is prepared to abandon proof-texts and a closed attitude of mind, and allow not merely the stories but the quality of the Figure Who exists behind the stories to meet him afresh. Neat snippets of a few verses are of course useful in their way, but the overall sweep and much of the significance of the Gospel narratives are lost to us unless we are prepared to read the Gospels through, not once but several times. - J. B. Phillips, New Testament Christianity
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Atlanta Reaches $1.2M Settlement With Ex-Fire Chief Fired Over Christian Views on Sex, Marriage

The city of Atlanta has reached a settlement with Kelvin Cochran, its former fire chief, who was fired after he distributed a book at work in which he shared his views on sexuality and morality.

'Together 2018' Evangelistic Event to Equip Millennials, Gen Z to Fulfill Great Commission 'In Our Lifetime'

Thousands from across the nation will gather at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, for a millennial evangelism event focused on calling and equipping the next generation to move closer to one another, Jesus, and the world He loves.

12 Christians Arrested in Sudan for Sharing Gospel With Muslims

Twelve Christian men were arrested in Sudan on Saturday, reportedly for interacting with Muslims and sharing the Gospel with them.

Most Evangelicals Believe God Accepts Worship of All Religions, Study Shows

A majority of evangelicals now believe that God accepts the worship of all religions, according to a new study released by Ligonier Ministries that shows many have also grown confused about some core doctrines of the Christian faith.

Greg Laurie: Jesus Revival May Lead to US Christians Being Ruptured, Removing America From End Times

Evangelist Greg Laurie has suggested that a massive Jesus revival in America could lead to Christians being snatched from Earth, removing the U.S. from the End Times conflict.

Iran Is Witnessing 'One of Fastest Growing Church Movements,' but Christians Face Intense Persecution

Iranian Christians are witnessing one of the "fastest growing underground church movements" in the world, a ministry has said, but are also under intense persecution.

He Vowed 'I Will Never Be a Christian.' Now, His Music Is Inspiring Millions

Singer Austin French is on a mission to make music that reaches fans' hearts and souls. French, 24, recently shared his incredible journey from skeptical pastor's kid to popular Christian musician -- an exploration that forced him to question absolutely everything, including his childhood faith.

Non-Traditional Students Represent 'Significant' Opportunity for Christian Higher Education: Study

Non-traditional students -- those who are outside the "norm" of straight-from-high-school traditional students -- represent a "significant, untapped market for Christian higher education," a study has found.

Nobel Prize Laureate Gives Glory to God

In the midst of this chaos, darkness and death, a bright light is shining. That light will now receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Denis Mukwege is the son of a Pentecostal pastor who has a strong and robust faith in Jesus.

'Inhuman, Ungodly': Boko Haram Executes 2nd Hostage, Says Leah Sharibu Will Be 'Slave for Life'

The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram has executed a second humanitarian worker and vowed that Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu will be a slave for life.

Texas 'Prophet' Joshua Holmes Is 'Jesus in the Flesh,' Followers Say

If you don't know self-styled Texas prophet Joshua Holmes of Joshua Holmes Ministries, you don't know Jesus because he is "Jesus in the flesh," according to some who follow him. The flamboyant young minister, whom many critics dismiss as a dangerous departure from orthodox Christianity, has emerged in recent months as an online sensation.

Evangelical Bishops Warn of 'Major Problems' If Church of England Changes Stance on Sexuality

A group of evangelical bishops have sent a warning about the consequences that could arise if the Church of England decides to alter its stance on sexuality.

3 Things You May Not Know About the Old Testament

Roughly three-fourths of the Bible is found in the Old Testament. Most Christians, however, spend the bulk of their Bible-reading time in the New Testament. If you're one of them, then you may not be intimately familiar with what was, in the time of Jesus, the entire Bible. Here are three things that you may not know about the Old Testament.

Evangelicals Must Respond to #MeToo With 'Grace and Love': Christian Author

Evangelical churches must respond to the revelations of the #MeToo Movement with "grace and love," according to a Christian author and activist.

Lilly Endowment Gives Christian Ministries $70 Million to Support Pastors Facing Challenges, Isolation

The Lilly Endowment has donated a combined $70 million to dozens of Christian colleges and ministries across the nation to help them establish pastor support networks and programs in 29 states.

Comedian Michael Jr. Is 'More Than Funny,' Uses Punchline Analogy as A Worldwide Call to Action

Michael Jr. is releasing his new comedy special "More Than Funny" this month, and in the film, the Christian comedian blends comedy and real-life inspiration in an effort to encourage people to find their "punchline."

We're Asking the Wrong Question

As you make your way through life, how often do you have questions you'd like to ask of God? And how many of those questions start with, "Why?"

You Don't Support Trump? Neither Did I, Until ...

I'm reading about more and more former people like Erick Erickson. They were once Never Trumpers, but they would vote for him in 2020 if he runs again. What's changing their minds?

Muslims Launch Nationwide Campaign to Get Asia Bibi Hanged, Threaten Supreme Court Judges

As the world awaits Pakistan Supreme Court's decision in the death sentence appeal of Christian mother Asia Bibi, radicals have threatened violence and promised nationwide protests if she is set free.

Christian Leaders, Home Church of Pastor Andrew Brunson Celebrate His Freedom

Christian leaders and the home church of Pastor Andrew Brunson are celebrating his return to the United States, saying the development is a hopeful signal for the persecuted and is another reason why evangelicals support Trump.

Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
Today in Christian History
The Council of Vienne was convened, called by Clement V. During its three sessions, the council suppressed the Knights Templars (the principal military-religious order of the Middle Ages).
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Esther 9-10; Psalm 107:23-43; Revelation 16:
On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those determined to destroy them. No one could stand against them, because…
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