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Proverbs 21:17 - He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
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Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself. Have you ever considered the deeper implications of the slightest sin, of the most minute peccadillo? What are we saying to our Creator when we disobey Him at the slightest point? We are saying no to the righteousness of God. We are saying, 'God, Your law is not good. My judgment is better than Yours. Your authority does not apply to me. I am above and beyond Your jurisdiction. I have the right to do whatever I want to do, not what You command me to do.' The slightest sin is an act of defiance against cosmic authority. It is a revolutionary act, a rebellious act where we are setting ourselves in opposition to the One to whom we owe everything. - R.C. Sproul (20th century)
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Evangelizing in America when Christians are afraid to stand out, distrust is growing

As the religious landscape of America continues to change and those identifying with faith continues to decline, the fear of standing out as a Christian is growing.

Dog the Bounty Hunter turns to God after learning of wife's incurable cancer diagnosis

Reality TV star Duane Chapman, who's best known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, says he's turned to God in fervent prayer after his wife, Beth, was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer.

5 faith-based movies to give as Christmas gifts this holiday season

The Christmas season is upon us and while many families may still be looking for presents to stuff their stockings with, The Christian Post put together a list of faith-based DVD's released recently that could be the perfect gift.

Russell Moore: Too much aloneness is 'way of the devil,' but Revelation warns of too much community

Ethicist Russell Moore reflected on the loneliness epidemic in the U.S., saying it should alarm believers that "the most 'Christianized' places in this country are also among the loneliest."

Chris Pratt says God brought girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger into his life, gifts her Jesus present

"Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt honored his girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger on social media for her birthday acknowledging that she was sent to him by God.

California pastor says large church ignored his family because of disabled child

A California pastor has shared his family's experience of being ignored at a large church due to one of the children having a disability.

Kathy Lee Gifford leaves 'Today': 'Life is not over 'til the Lord takes you home'

Daytime TV host Kathie Lee Gifford announced on Tuesday that after 11 years of co-hosting NBC's "Today" show she will be leaving to work on other projects.

Pakistani Christian woman tortured, starved 4 years in solitary confinement on false blasphemy charge

A Pakistani Christian woman who was jailed on a false blasphemy charge has recounted in a recent interview how she spent four years in solitary confinement and was periodically starved because of her faith in Christ.

Poland grants asylum to mother and 2-y-o fleeing Norway's controversial child services

Poland has granted asylum to a mother and her 2-year-old daughter who fled Norway after child services tried to remove the child from the mother's care based on what she says are false allegations of drug abuse.

The Christian Post's top 10 news stories of 2018

The Christian Post's top 10 stories of 2018 are a reflection of both what interested our readers and what the editors believe were important stories that will have a lasting impact beyond this year.

Fewer Americans say Christmas should be about Christ: Study

While the majority of Americans believe the Christmas season should be more about Jesus, that number is steadily decreasing, a new study has revealed.

Faith leaders counter critics of prison reform bill: 'The opposition's solution is to do nothing'

Criminal justice reform activists and faith leaders can smell the end zone as they sit on the "5-yard line" of passing what could be the most comprehensive prison reform bill in decades. But a few staunch "tough-on-crime" conservatives in the Senate stand in their way.

We have to leave our familiar world behind to get perspective

A fish can't know how small its tank is until it's dropped in the ocean. We have to leave our familiar world behind to begin to see how small it really is.

Is Isaiah 7:14 a messianic prophecy?

More and more scholars are becoming skeptical of Messianic prophecy in the Hebrew Bible--that is, the Old Testament. ...

Are we really shocked at genetically modified human embryos?

The inventors of CRISPR are alarmed that the gene-editing technology is being used to . . . edit genes? Really?

10 notable Christian deaths of 2018

This year saw the passing of many Christian leaders. Some of them were controversial, others were widely acclaimed.

Weekly briefing: Pakistan expels charities, LGBT compromise, Darlene Zschech

We've compiled the top stories of the week. Here's what you need to know:

Ninth Circuit partially lifts block on Trump's religious exemptions to Obamacare contraception mandate

A circuit court has refused to fully lift an injunction against the Trump administration's broad exemption for religious objections to the HHS' contraception mandate that requires the coverage of birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.

Boy Scouts consider bankruptcy as membership plummets, cost of sex abuse lawsuits mount

A month after being slapped with a federal trademark lawsuit by the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts of America is considering bankruptcy as membership plummets and legal costs mount.

'The Pilgrim's Progress' CGI animated film to hit theaters in 2019 (watch CP video premiere)

Revelation Media is gearing up to release a CGI animated version of the classic Christian story "The Pilgrim's Progress."

Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
the Third Week of Advent
Today in Christian History
Birth of Konrad Kocher, German chorister and composer of the hymn tune DIX ("For the Beauty of the Earth"). Kocher did much to popularize four-part singing in the churches.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 23; Isaiah 51; Philippians 3:
The word of the came to me:“Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother.They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth. In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.“Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers,…
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