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God creates the vine and teaches it to draw up water by its roots and, with the aid of the sun, to turn that water into a juice which will ferment and take on certain qualities. Thus every year, from Noah's time till ours, God turns water into wine. - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
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NBA Trade Rumors 2018: LA Lakers Ditches Luol Deng Buyout Plan; Could It Delay the Signing of Two Star Players?

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly "given up" in looking for ways to buy out Luol Deng's contract in order to free up their salary cap and make room for star player additions.

Selena Gomez's Mother Not Thrilled About Her Romance With Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez's mom recently opened up about her famous daughter's love life.

'PUBG' Xbox One News: New Controller Option and More Arrive in New Update; Port Surpasses 3 Million Players

The developer of "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" recently released a new update for the game's Xbox One port that mainly featured some additions and a few changes in its controller options. Meanwhile, the game continues to expand its base and has been accessed by more than three million players on the Xbox One.

'Onward Christian Soldiers' Should Not Be Taken Out of Hymnals, Says Popular Pastor Blogger

A Michigan pastor whose columns on the intersection of faith and everyday life has argued that hymns like "Onward, Christian Soldiers" should not be removed from hymnals.

Pastor Who Planned to Retire From Day Job to Work Full-Time for God Killed in Crash With Wife

A bivocational North Carolina pastor and his wife were killed about 200 yards from their church Sunday when an Amtrak train heading to Savannah, Georgia, crashed into their SUV.

When the True Sovereign Decides the Outcome of War

In a world that has made it clear that it is tired of war, we find ourselves, once again, as spectators to one of many standoffs between sovereign powers: the US and North Korea.

9 Volunteers 'Arrested' for Feeding Homeless in Calif. Park, Charged With Misdemeanors

About nine volunteers, including a female minor, were "arrested" in El Cajon, California, on Sunday afternoon simply because they were feeding the homeless and are now facing misdemeanor charges.

Love Life Restores Faith and Targets Abortion

Nearly a million abortions will take place in America this year - but that number will hopefully decrease as movements like Love Life are gaining traction.

China's Role in the Great Tribulation

The "kings from the east" in Revelation chapter 16 verse 12 has been a silent topic for many years. However, this changed when the communist took-over China during World War II.

Life Expectancy Dropped in the U.S. for a Second Year Running - What Does This Mean?

The chief culprit driving the decline in life expectancy is, as you probably guessed, the opioid epidemic.

The Biggest Challenges Facing The Church in 2018

Every year, churches across the United States are rocked by legislation, culture and politics. Where are we headed this year? The expert weigh in.

New NHS Guidelines Invite Men Who Identify as Women to Have Cervical Exams

Great Britain's National Health Service is offering breast exams and cervical smear tests for men who identify as women despite not having a cervix, according to a new public health guidebook on transgender and nonbinary persons.

Google Is Making Us Even Lazier

Dependence on our smartphone happens over time, little by little, with each app download, setting tweak and alert. But any day is a good day to start reclaiming control over your life and your identity.

Michelle Williams Responds to Mark Wahlberg's Donation of $1.5 Million to the Time's Up Movement in Her Name

Michelle Williams has officially responded to Mark Wahlberg's generous donation of $1.5 million to the Time's Up movement in her name after sparking controversy regarding their unequal reshoot fees.

Android Security News: Google Removes 60 Malware-Infected Apps Displaying Pornographic Ads

Around 60 games and applications were recently removed from Google Play after it was discovered they contained a malware called "AdultSwine" that prompted the display of pornographic ads.

Liam Neeson on Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Allegations: 'There Is a Bit of a Witch Hunt Happening'

Liam Neeson has some bold words to say about the growing number of sexual misconduct accusations in Hollywood.

Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Quentin Tarantino's Manson Movie

"Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio is set to work with film director Quentin Tarantino yet again for his upcoming Manson movie. According to reports, the actor is still in talks with the director regarding the role but they are expected to close the deal soon.

More Women Come Forward to Accuse Steven Seagal of Sexual Assault

Hollywood superstar Steven Seagal is currently under investigation for alleged sexual assault. The Los Angeles Police Department has revealed that several women have come forward to accuse the actor of sexually abusing them years ago.

Sylvester Stallone Teases the Fourth Installment of 'The Expendables'

It has been a while since fans of the "Expendables" franchise have heard any major update about the fourth installment. If Sylvester Stallone's recent Instagram post is anything to go by, however, it looks like "Expendables 4" might already be on its way.

Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' to Stay Out of DCEU's Current Timeline?

Details about Matt Reeves' "The Batman" are still scarce, but early rumors suggest that it will stay out of the current DCEU timeline. This means that the upcoming standalone film will be under the new Warner Bros. banner and that Ben Affleck will no longer have anything to do with it.

Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
the Second Week after Epiphany
Today in Christian History
Great Britain established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Genesis 23; Psalm 16; Luke 13:1-17:
Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.He said,“I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”The Hittites replied to Abraham,“Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty…
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