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Proverbs 10:29 - The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright, But ruin to the workers of iniquity.
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Perhaps the greatest single weakness of the contemporary Christian Church is that millions of supposed members are not really involved at all, and, what is worse, do not think it strange that they are not. As soon as we recognize Christ's intention to make His Church a militant company we understand at once the conventional arrangement cannot suffice. There is no real chance of victory in a campaign if ninety per cent of the soldiers are untrained and uninvolved, but that is exactly where we stand now. - Elton Trueblood (20th century)
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ESPN Radio show asks fans if Christian NBA player Jonathan Isaac's injury is 'funny'

ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard has apologized for a Twitter poll asking if the knee injury suffered Sunday by Christian NBA player Jonathan Isaac, who cited the Gospel last week for his unwillingness to kneel or wear a Black Lives Matter shirt, was "funny".

Are Christian couples biblically mandated to have children? John Piper answers

Theologian John Piper believes Christian couples are biblically called to have children unless God "makes it crystal clear that the self-denying path of Christ-exalting obedience is childlessness."

Americans with Christian nationalist views more likely to flout COVID-19 precautions: study

The results of a new study indicate that Americans who embrace Christian nationalism are more likely to refrain from wearing a mask and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sight & Sound to broadcast live performance of 'Queen Esther' after lockdown cancels 200 shows

Sight & Sound Theaters will present its first-ever live worldwide broadcast of "Queen Esther" after its stage production was canceled earlier this year due to lockdown orders in response to the novel coronavirus.

CDC director agrees hospitals have monetary incentive to inflate COVID-19 data

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield acknowledged during a House hearing Friday that COVID-19 data could be inflated because hospitals receive a monetary gain by reporting COVID-19 cases.

John MacArthur addresses critics, says church is not 'spreading anything but the Gospel'

John MacArthur responded to a pastor's criticisms of his church's decision to reopen in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom's second round of lockdown orders, saying his church is "not spreading anything but the Gospel."

Md. governor issues emergency order exempting private schools from shutdowns

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued an emergency order clarifying that private schools are exempted from a county order mandating their closure until October.

Biden campaign faith director talks Christian beliefs, outreach to evangelicals and systemic racism

The Christian Post recently interviewed Dickson on a variety of issues, including his faith journey, political views, and why he thinks evangelicals should support Joe Biden for president despite certain ideological differences.

What does the Bible say about abortion?

So many have concluded that the issue is not a biblical concern but a private matter. They say that we should be silent where the Bible is silent.

How to stop being miserable

I've been making myself miserable lately. In the same way it must have deeply hurt Daniel to see Israel taken captive by Babylon, it truly sickens my soul to see a new Babylonian captivity happening in America.

Dear President Trump, DACA is good for the economy

I know firsthand as I have taught DACA students and I've worked alongside H1-B workers. I can tell you the truth. Our economy is better for it.

Is California experiencing genuine revival?

We are to discern truth from error, light from darkness, and right from wrong, but not all leaders in revival movements are false and misleading.

Pastor Ed Young says it's 'critical' churches reopen despite COVID-19

Ed Young, founding and senior pastor of Fellowship Church, is challenging churches across the U.S. to reopen their doors, warning that the spiritual ramifications of refusing to meet outweigh the hype of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why is Nevada allowing more people into its casinos than its churches?

With Americans' mental health declining and substance abuse rising over the past several months, are drinking and gambling really the answer?

Priest tells lector to stop wearing BLM T-shirt; archdiocese defends dress code

The priest of a Roman Catholic Church in New Jersey is being criticized by a local activist group after he asked a lector to refrain from wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt during mass.

Worshipers praise Jesus on double-decker bus through London: 'An awakening needs to happen'

Worshipers took to praising Jesus in the streets of central London on a double-decker bus over the weekend in an effort to awaken the church.

Charity helps Egyptian Christians launch businesses amid COVID-19 unemployment struggles

A United States-based Christian charity has provided microloans to help Christian families in Egypt launch businesses or bolster their already existing ones as the combination of religious persecution and COVID-19 has reportedly led to an 80% unemployment rate among Christians in Upper Egypt.

Todd White says his mission is to 'wake up' 'dysfunctional' church: 'The end is closer than ever'

One week after publicly repenting for failing to preach the whole Gospel, evangelist Todd White said his mission now is to now "wake up" the "dysfunctional" and "sleeping" American Church.

Only evangelicals who've 'sold their soul to the devil' will vote for Biden: Robert Jeffress

Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, staunch support of President Donald Trump, said on Friday that only evangelicals who have "sold their soul to the devil" will vote for presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden in November.

Hydroxychloroquine: What is being said?

Debate over the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, a drug some say is an effective treatment for the coronavirus, has resurged amid the ongoing pandemic and Big Tech and social media platforms censoring medical professionals who promote it.

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
the Week of Proper 13 / Ordinary 18
Today in Christian History
Baptism of John Eliot, American "apostle to the Indians." His evangelistic zeal led in 1649 to establishing the (missionary) Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Kings 18; Micah 7; 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:13:
In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijahdaughter of Zechariah.He did what was right in the eyes of the , just as his father David had done.He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the…
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