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Proverbs 13:15 - Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard.
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Sometimes when I pray, it feels like God is all around me - so close, that when I'm done, I almost hate to say amen. Saying amen - in a way, that's almost like ending a hanging up, you know? It feels like God just evaporates out of the room. So that made me think...wouldn't it be great if we could leave a prayer off the hook? Just leave it off the hook forever. Then whenever we stopped to listen, God would be right there breathing. - Laura Peyton Roberts
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Oct. 22, 2019: Christians in Syria, ruling favors pro-life counselors, China destroys church

Christians in Syria, ruling favors pro-life counselors, China destroys church, John MacArthur on women preachers, Sandy Hook

Kanye West to release 'Jesus is King' IMAX-only film on Friday

Kanye West will release an IMAX-only Gospel-themed film titled "Jesus is King," based off of the Sunday services that the famed rapper has been overseeing this year.

Pa. city can't stop pro-life activists from counseling women outside abortion clinics, says federal court

A three-judge federal appeals court panel has upheld a Pennsylvania city's ordinance creating a buffer zone restricting demonstrations outside of abortion clinics, however it ruled that the ordinance does not apply to pro-life counselors.

Syria crisis: Here's how to help suffering Christians, according to Open Doors CEO

The CEO of a persecution watchdog has opened up about the precarious future of northeastern Syria's ancient Christian communities and urged believers in the West to fulfill their God-given mandate to take action and support those persecuted for their faith.

Jury rules conspiracy theorist must pay father of child killed at Sandy Hook $450,000

The father of a child killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in 2012 was awarded $450,000 from a jury after he filed suit against a conspiracy theorist who falsely claimed his son did not die in the tragedy.

John MacArthur skewers Beth Moore, Paula White, evangelicals who support women preachers

Lamenting what he sees as a heretical "plunge" away from biblical order, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church skewered popular Bible teacher Beth Moore, Paula White and evangelicals who support the idea of women preachers in general.

Indonesia: Christian woman with schizophrenia to be tried for blasphemy after bringing dog to mosque

A Christian woman in Bogor, Indonesia, who suffers from schizophrenia, will be tried for blasphemy after bringing her dog to a mosque, angering Muslims.

China destroys 3,000-seat church, detains pastors

The People's Republic of China destroyed a church that reportedly could seat 3,000 people and detained its pastors, according to a human rights organization.

American Medical Association abandons healthcare for extreme abortion activism

We unfairly give way too much authority and credibility to medical associations. The American Medical Association (AMA) just released one of the most ludicrous defenses of abortion ever.

Atheist's ad: Placement, time, and significance speaks volumes

Did you see that ad, the one that ran during the commercial break of the last Democratic debate? As a political force, the secularists, are characteristically members of the Democratic Party.

How can I study the Bible?

There are certain principles and practices that guide all effective Bible study. These tools are intended for every person who wants to meet God in his word.

What are the biggest threats to religious liberty in the US?

What is the status of religious liberty in America? What are the biggest threats to the freedom of religion? How should Christians, especially those who hold conservative theological views, approach the debate?

Klopfer's 'Garage of Horrors': What abortion looks like

While pro-lifers say Klopfer and Gosnell offer glimpses into the violent reality of abortion, defenders of so-called "reproductive rights" want to distinguish these houses-and-garages-of-horror from the practice itself.

Oct. 21, 2019: Church size, counseling and discipleship study; UAE helps rebuild churches; New film about Norm Geisler

Pastors of larger churches more likely to prioritize counseling and discipleship. Muslim-majority UAE commits to rebuilding 2 churches destroyed by ISIS in Iraq. Al Mohler: Complementarian theology 'can and has' led to the abuse of women in the church. Norm Geisler film 'Not Qualified' set to release in 2020. Hillsong Worship invites listeners into 'revelation' of who God really is in new album, 'Awake'.

Postcard from Boise: Idaho's capital has more than potatoes

The extent of what I knew about Boise was that it's the capital of Idaho and that Idaho is synonymous with potatoes.

This week in Christian history: Self-flagellation, Thomas More, John Scopes

Here are just a few things that happened this week, Oct. 20-26, in Church history. They include the death of John Scopes, the pope denouncing self-flagellation, and Sir Thomas More becoming chancellor of England.

Al Mohler: Complementarian theology 'can and has' led to the abuse of women in the church

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler Jr. has said that complementarian theology "can and sometimes has" led to the abuse of women and stressed that the SBC must "take responsibility" for failing to hear the cries of those who have spoken of such abuse.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done

The kingdom of Jesus is established in every heart that receives Him as Savior and Lord. Christians are never called to build their own little kingdom, but rather, we are called to be willing vessels and loving agents of God's grace and mercy.

Pastors of larger churches more likely to prioritize counseling and discipleship, new study says

While a majority of Protestant pastors prioritize counseling and discipleship among their ministry meetings, pastors of larger churches are more likely to invest in these meetings according to the results of a new study by Lifeway Research.

Sex trafficking survivors fight bill to decriminalize prostitution in nation's capital

Hundreds of sex-trafficking survivors are pushing back against a bill that would decriminalize prostitution, euphemistically called "sex work," in the nation's capital.

Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
Today in Christian History
The "Great Disappointment" began when this latest date, set for the return of Christ by religious leader William Miller, passed without event. Over 100,000 disillusioned followers returned to their former churches, or abandoned the Christian faith altogether.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Isaiah 11-13; Psalm 112; 1 Thessalonians 1:
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.The Spirit of the will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the —and he will delight in the fear of the . He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;but…
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