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Proverbs 25:24 - It is better to live in a corner of the roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
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While growing up in Texas, I enjoyed my mother's buttermilk biscuits made from 'scratch' every morning for breakfast. But there was not a single ingredient in those biscuits that I would have enjoyed by itself. And even after they were mixed together, I would not have cared for the raw biscuit dough. Only after they were mixed together in the right proportions by my mother's skilful hands and then subjected to the fire of the oven were they ready to be enjoyed for breakfast. The 'things' of Romans 8:28 are like the ingredients of the biscuit dough. By themselves they are not tasteful to us. We shun them. And we certainly shun the heat of the oven. But when God in His infinite skill has blended them all together and cooked them properly in the oven of adversity, we shall one day say, it is good. - Jerry Bridges (20th century)
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EFCA suspends Harvest Bible Church amid scandal; former members demand donations be returned

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has suspended Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Church following the firing of its longtime pastor James MacDonald and amid ongoing revelations that the ministry had misappropriated funds.

Nigeria genocide: 9 more, including children, killed by armed men in Kaduna; houses burned

Nine more people have been killed and more homes have been destroyed as Fulani violence in Nigeria's troubling Kaduna state has seen the death of dozens upon dozens of Christians in the last few weeks.

Whale nearly swallows man and the debate over Jonah

As a dive operator, he was observing and documenting a sardine run, when suddenly he was scarfed up by a whale. The story almost sounds like fake news, but it really happened.

Q&A with Abby Johnson: Abortion must not be illegal, but unthinkable

On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, My Faith Votes gathered alongside hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters ...

Homeless 8-y-o Christian refugee who fled Boko Haram wins NY chess championship, donations pour in

Thousands of dollars in donations are now pouring in to help find a home for a homeless 8-year-old Christian refugee who fled persecution with his family from Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria, after he beat wealthier competitors to win New York State's primary chess championship.

Christian B&B must serve same-sex couples, Supreme Court lets ruling stand

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear oral arguments in a case about a Hawaiian bed and breakfast that refused on religious grounds to serve a lesbian couple, allowing a ruling against the business to stand.

Church mourns after two pastors, including Indy 500's 'Priest in the Pits,' die in one week

A day after Saint Susanna Church gathered to mourn their former pastor, Father Kevin Morris, who was killed in a tragic car crash last Tuesday, they were sent reeling in grief again when the man who replaced him in 2012, Father Glenn O'Connor, an auto-racing enthusiast known in racing circles as the "Priest in the Pits," succumbed to stage 4 cancer on Friday.

UFO sighting tourist destination becomes 'sanctuary city for the unborn'

Roswell, New Mexico, the southwestern United States city famous for a 1947 incident that some claim involved an alien spaceship crashing to earth, has passed a resolution "in support of the unborn."

Trump, wife attend worship at DC church on St. Patrick's Day

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended worship at an Episcopal congregation located near the White House on Saint Patrick's Day.

New Zealand, Nigeria massacres: Who has authority over the abyss?

Many Bible students wonder when the Great Tribulation will come. The survivors of the New Zealand and Nigeria bloodbaths and their families might conclude that "great tribulation" is already here.

YouTube demonetized my entire channel - and you won't believe why

While YouTube/Google is a private company, they are obligated to abide by their guidelines and to enforce them in an even-handed and fair way. This they have not done.

The college scam, Felicity Huffman, and Lori Loughlin: Two biblical responses

In a society that measures us by where we went to college, how much money we make, what we drive and wear, where we live, how we look, and how popular we are, these allegations should not surprise us. Does anyone think that the number of parents using illegal means to help their children succeed is limited to the fifty people named in the FBI's indictment?

Pastors, don't neglect your family for your ministry

One of the disturbing trends I have witnessed in ministry comes from pastors who neglect their families for their churches.

Muslim parents protest LGBT indoctrination

The Muslims in Birmingham realize that British society accepts homosexuality and there's no way their children can avoid the issue. But these parents insist that the indoctrination, especially at such a young age, must stop. American parents can learn from this ...

Ireland warns women against using abortion pill reversal that could save babies' lives

Women in Ireland are being warned against seeking the abortion pill reversal treatment that's been successfully used in the U.S. to save babies' lives. The Irish Department of Public Health is advising women that there is "no such thing" as abortion reversal and attempts to do so could result in either a miscarriage or an unhealthy outcome for the pregnancy.

Where have all the student pastors gone?

I received yet another inquiry today: "Do you have any recommendations for a student minister? We just can't seem to find one. We've been looking for over six months."

Erwin McManus warns believers that blaming the devil removes ownership of one's life

Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic Church Los Angeles, says he wants to guide this generation out of being devil-blaming into warriors of peace who take ownership of their lives.

48 hours in Arlington: Seeing Washington without visiting Washington

Spending 48 hours on a citycation in Arlington gives one a unique experience. You get Washington without Washington because let's face it: Two nights is hardly enough time to get to know the nation's capital, but it's the perfect amount of time to discover everything this side of the Potomac has to offer.

PCUSA's only seminary in Western US to become part of nonsectarian Calif. University

Presbyterian Church (USA)'s only seminary located in the western United States will soon become part of a private nonsectarian university based in California.

Abortion survivors speak out

Anyone who wants to truly communicate the horror of killing needs to do more than cite statistics. They have to tell stories. This holds true for any atrocity, including one that has claimed more lives than even the highest estimates of Stalin's regime.

Lectionary Calendar
Monday, March 18th, 2019
the Second Week of Lent
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Today in Christian History
1767
Anglican clergyman and hymn writer John Newton wrote in a letter: 'The more you know him, the better you will trust him; the more you trust him, the better you will love him; the more you love him, the better you will serve him.'
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Numbers 5-6; Ecclesiastes 5; Matthew 18:1-20:
The said to Moses,“Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has a defiling skin diseaseor a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body.Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them.”The Israelites did so; they sent them outside the camp. They did just as the had instructed Moses.The said to Moses,“Say to the Israelites: ‘Any…
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