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Proverbs 16:9 - The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
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'Defund Pornhub': Christian actor Terry Crews declares as 1.5M demand porn site be shut down

Terry Crews, the Christian actor and host of primetime programs including "America's Got Talent" and "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" has denounced the website Pornhub.

Judge rejects NM megachurch's request to ease in-person worship restrictions

A judge has rejected a New Mexico megachurch's request to ease state restrictions on in-person worship gatherings amid the state's ongoing lockdown orders in response to COVID-19.

Children in ICE dentention centers need safety and family units

As ICE considers how to release children from detention in order to protect them from the spread of the coronavirus, ICE must prioritize keeping families together and in homes within welcoming communities.

The way you leave a church is more important than how you came in. Here's why.

People will remember how you leave. They'll forget even the most miraculous works of God to bring you to the church if you leave in a negative way.

India: Christians faced 135 cases of persecution in first half of 2020; believers lynched, sodomized

In India, 135 cases of persecution occurred in the first half of 2020, including a lynching, community ostracization, and the sodomization and murder of two Christian men, a new report has revealed.

When Humpty Dumpty writes the dictionaries

These days, facts and information don't matter. Opinion is what counts.

Will population control heal the planet?

According to news reports, there's at least one bright spot amidst all the COVID-19. With those pesky and invasive humans stuck at home, animals are reclaiming wild spaces (and even city streets).

Churches burned across the country: Why was this not national news?

What does the lack of news coverage over these attacks on Christian churches and statues say about our media?

How busyness during COVID-19 prevents us from hearing God's voice

Overscheduled. Overworked. Overcommitted. Overwhelmed. Our activity and productivity can prevent us from hearing God's voice and discerning his guidance.

Naya Rivera's body found minutes after 'Glee' stars pray at edge of lake where she drowned

Actress Naya Rivera's former "Glee" castmates were seen praying at the edge of Lake Piru on Monday and within minutes of their gathering authorities discovered the actress' body in the water after days of searching.

Progressive evangelical leader urges Biden to talk to evangelicals about abortion, religious freedom

A longtime progressive evangelical leader who's urged white evangelicals to rethink their vote for President Donald Trump is now calling on 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to do more to appeal to evangelical voters and address their concerns about abortion and religious freedom.

Judge suspends FDA rule mandating women see doctor in-person before getting abortion pills

A judge has suspended a Food & Drug Administration rule requiring that women be seen by a doctor before abortion-inducing drugs are dispensed to them to have an at-home abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Catholic churches vandalized, 1 torched with churchgoers inside

Several Catholic churches and statues paying homage to one of the most revered figures in Christianity became the targets of violence and vandalism over the weekend. Two Catholic churches were set on fire while statues of the Virgin Mary in major American cities were defaced.

Doctor worried he'd lose pastor to COVID-19 says he prayed and things began to change

As the new coronavirus was still ravaging victims at The Mount Sinai Hospital on April 19, Dr. Robin Varghese was worried there was nothing he could do to help then comatose Queens Pastor Benjamin Thomas recover from the virus.

John Crist posts first message in 8 months: 'Biggest hypocrite was me'

Christian comedian John Crist returned to social media on Wednesday after an eight-month hiatus during which he sought help following accusations of sexual misconduct.

NYC pays $100K in damages over former ban on gay 'conversion therapy'

New York City has agreed to pay $100,000 in attorney's fees and damages to end a legal battle with a Jewish practitioner of sexual orientation "conversion therapy."

God's kingdom expands regardless who the president is

As Christians, we want our politicians or the president to represent our Godly and kingdom values. However, there is danger in expecting such representation from them when we are not willing to do anything to advance the kingdom ourselves.

Va. drops charges against pastor who held in-person worship service on Palm Sunday

A Virginia pastor who was threatened with criminal punishment for holding an in-person worship service on Palm Sunday has had charges against him dropped.

A Never Trumper endorses the president

I rejected the "Flight 93 election" rhetoric in 2016 people used to force me to choose him as the "lesser of two evils." I no longer reject it.

From 'Am I not a man?' to 'Am I not a baby?'

At this critical time in our nation's history, when important questions about justice and equality are being raised, let us not lose sight of the little ones, hidden from sight yet terminated and discarded by the hour.

Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, July 16th, 2020
the Week of Proper 10 / Ordinary 15
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Today in Christian History
1944
German Lutheran theologian and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letterfrom prison: 'One has to live for some time in a community to understand how Christ is"formed" in it (Gal 4:19).'
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Kings 17; Amos 1; 1 Corinthians 4:
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbein Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the , the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”Then the word of the came to Elijah:“Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”So he did what the had told…
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