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Proverbs 17:6 - Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
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An analogy of God's work of preservation may be seen in the image of a father holding onto his small child's hand as they walk together. In the Arminian view the safety of the child rests in the strength of the child's grip on the father's hand. If the child lets go he will perish. In the Calvinist view the safety of the child rests in the strength of the father's grip on the child. If the child's grip fails, the father's grip holds firm. The arm of the Lord does not wax short. - R.C. Sproul (20th century)
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Cinema Chain That Banned Ex-Gay Christian Film Settles Lawsuit

A U.K.-based cinema chain has settled a lawsuit with Christian filmmakers after it canceled their screening for a film about individuals who've abandoned homosexuality.

5 Best Bible Apps for iPhone and iPad

Hundreds of millions of people are using Bible apps to make God's Word a part of their daily lives. Users can access not only Scripture, but also reading plans and hundreds of Bible versions, including audio, all on their iPhone and iPad. To make your search for a Bible app easier, we've put together a review of some of the best Bible apps out there.

Tim Tebow, Brother Robby Make Faith-Based Movie 'Run the Race'

Tim Tebow can now add filmmaker to his list of accomplishments after he and his brother, Robby, teamed up to executive produce the new film "Run the Race."

Ministry Leaders Who Counsel People Struggling With Porn Addiction Say It Can't Be Fought Alone

People who struggle with an addiction to porn won't succeed in overcoming it if they try to battle it alone, explained people who minister to porn addicts.

1,800 Soldiers Have Professed Faith in Christ at Missouri Army Base in Last 6 Months

Over 1,800 soldiers have made professions of faith in the last six months at an Army base in Missouri, a chaplain says.

Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church Honored by Houston Mayor for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church was given a proclamation by the mayor of Houston Tuesday for their humanitarian and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

13-Y-O Boy Struck by Lightning Thanks God for Saving His Life

A 13-year-old boy who survived a lightning strike that doctors say was enough to stop his heart is now thanking God for sparing his life.

'When Calls the Heart' Co-Creator Explains Why Series Is a Hit With Christian Audiences

Hallmark Channel's most-watched and longest running prime-time series, "When Calls the Heart," has a loyal following, says Brian Bird, the show's executive producer who's worked in Hollywood for over 30 years.

Cognitive Memory Disorder

After a lifetime of helping others enjoy life, she's losing the ability to enjoy hers.

Mere Revolution vs. Extraordinary Transformation

Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity are proving as transformational as the first century church was in ancient Rome. They also reveal the stark contrasts between mere revolution and extraordinary transformation.

Domestic Violence: Reclaiming Your Security After Escape

The physical and emotional scars left behind after living in an abusive relationship are hard to heal. Perhaps the most difficult thing to reclaim is your sense of safety.

Health Care Sharing Gives Christians the Gift of Bearing Each Other's Burdens

American health care becomes more expensive year after year, while at the same time, insurance companies make billions of dollars annually.

Canada's Largest Private Christian University Drops Ban on Same-Sex Relationships

Trinity Western University, Canada's largest privately-funded Christian university, will no longer require students to sign a Community Covenant agreeing to abstain from same-sex and other relationships outside marriage between a man and a woman.

Mo. Democrats Welcomed Pro-Lifers, Then Changed Mind; Newspaper That Endorsed Hillary Slams Reversal

A major Missouri newspaper that in 2016 endorsed Hillary Clinton for president has denounced the state Democratic Party's recent decision to remove a position welcoming pro-life supporters into their party.

Christian Students Fight for Their Place on Campus

An InterVarsity Christian student group is suing the University of Iowa after the school kicked it and several other religious groups off campus over what has been deemed as discriminatory leadership policies.

Jase Roberston's 30-Second Rule for Social Media

In an era when this is becoming increasingly difficult, it's important to explore the ins and outs of compassionate discussions and interactions.

Is Your New Church in a Videogame?

A virtual church has been launched for gamers, the pastor of which says he is reaching a people group for Christ that the traditional church does not even know exists.

Joanna Gaines Shares Motivational Message With Fans in Magnolia Journal's Fall Issue

"Fixer Upper" star Joanna Gaines shared an encouraging message with her fans as she introduced the fall issue of Magnolia Journal.

New Christian Movies and TV Coming Soon; Lionsgate Signs Deal With 'I Can Only Imagine' Filmmakers

Global content leader Lionsgate is expanding its footprint in the faith-based world by signing a multi-platform film and television deal with the Erwin brothers and producing partner Kevin Downes, the creators behind the box office hit "I Can Only Imagine."

Jack Phillips Again in Legal Trouble, This Time for Not Making Transgender-Themed Cake

Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who earlier this year won a United States Supreme Court case over his refusal on religious grounds to make a same-sex wedding cake, is back in court over his objection to making a transgender-themed cake.

Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19
Today in Christian History
Death of early 19th century Presbyterian revivalist Charles G. Finney, 82. Converted at 29, he led revivals for several years before affiliating with Oberlin College in 1835, where he spent the rest of his professional life.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Chronicles 10-11; Zechariah 1; John 2:
Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua.The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him.Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it;…
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