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Proverbs 10:23 - Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
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Soul, take thy lust, thy only lust, which is the child of thy dearest love, thy Isaac, the sin which has caused most joy and laughter, from which thou hast promised thyself the greatest return of pleasure or profit; as ever thou lookest to see my face with comfort, lay hands on it and offer it up: pour out the blood of it before me; run the sacrificing knife of mortification into the very heart of it; and this freely, joyfully, for it is no pleasing sacrifice that is offered with a countenance cast down - and all this now, before thou hast one embrace more from it. Truly this is a hard chapter, flesh and blood cannot bear this saying; our lust will not lie so patiently on the altar, as Isaac, or as a 'Lamb that is brought to the slaughter which was dumb,' but will roar and shriek; yea, even shake and rend the heart with its hideous outcries. - William Gurnall (1616-79)
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Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Supreme Court allows DHS rule on immigrant welfare benefits heavily criticized by evangelical groups

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that a Trump administration immigration rule that has been criticized by some evangelical leaders who say it could prevent poor immigrant families from being reunited can go into effect, pending an appeal.

Muslim Fulani herdsmen kill dozens of Christians in Nigeria; gov't condemned for inaction

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed dozens of Christians in separate attacks in Plateau state this month amid a spate of violence carried out against believers in Nigeria.

Parishioners at church where Kobe Bryant worshiped hours before crash Sunday 'stunned' by his death

Parishioners at a California church where NBA legend Kobe Bryant worshiped Sunday morning approximately two hours before he perished in a fiery helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in Calabasas, California, on Sunday were so "stunned" when they got news of his death they could only respond initially with "silence."

Look who's spreading blood libel lies

The blood libel is one of the most hateful and destructive lies launched against the Jewish people over the centuries.

Kobe Bryant's death reminds us life is not fair

There are no easy explanations, but here are three things we should keep in mind as we reflect on Kobe's passing:

TS Eliot's hopeless affair and the lesson we learn from it

We ended 2019 thinking the Taylor Swift "Cats" movie would be the biggest embarrassment to the legacy of T. S. Eliot. We began 2020 wishing it were.

Christian author tackles 'battle for our minds' in book on mental health, spiritual warfare, 'self-help'

The Christian Post interviewed Bible teacher and author Jennie Allen about her book and the topics it touches on, including "self-help," mental health and the church, and spiritual warfare. Here are some excerpts.

Franklin Graham responds after UK venue cancels tour event over evangelist's views

Evangelist Franklin Graham released a statement Monday after an entertainment venue in the United Kingdom canceled his event due to objections over his views.

Are we understanding God's mercy correctly?

He assured me that he desired to see God do something new in his church, but he made it clear that there was something, which he wanted me not to talk about, namely Sin!

'Keep waiting for God': Adoptive parents receive amazing surprise

Matt and Cassie explored at least 70 birth mothers' cases and said yes to 42 before finally finding baby Evelyn.

Bad news for Europe's Jews on the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Despite decades of efforts to educate and warn, and despite the constant refrain of "Never forget," much of Europe no longer remembers the Holocaust.

Trump: An unseen Christian

Trump joins evangelicals through faith. Sustained faith cannot be faked, it is based on experience, a spiritual fact.

Bible Answer Man Hank Hanegraaff on divorce, remarrying

In his latest radio broadcast, Hank Hanegraaff, also known as the "Bible Answer Man," deals with two questions. What does the Bible say about remarriage, and is a believer permitted to separate if that person chooses to never get remarried?

Detransitioner joins legal challenge against UK gender clinic, says trans medicalization 'torturous and unnecessary'

A British woman, who was given hormone blockers and opposite sex hormones as part of a gender transition, is suing the clinic that gave her the drugs, arguing she was medically harmed.

Setting the record straight about healthcare sharing ministries

Though other ministries will want to speak for themselves, I'd at least like to set the record straight regarding Medi-Share.

Leah Sharibu's family responds to reports that she gave birth to Boko Haram commander's son

The family of abducted Nigerian Christian teenager Leah Sharibu has spoken out after reports published over the weekend suggested that their daughter has given birth to the son of a Boko Haram commander and that she was forced to accept Islam.

Why Christian leaders struggle with 'dark nights of the soul'

If you read church history at all, you'll learn that men as faithful to God as Martin Luther and Charles Spurgeon struggled with bouts of at least heaviness, if not depression.

Andy Stanley talks politics ahead of 2020 election; 4 interesting takeaways

Here are four important points made during Andy Stanley's sermon series on how American Christians should handle political differences during the 2020 election season.

Algeria orders another Christian church to close as crackdown continues

Yet another Christian church has been ordered to shut down in Algeria as the government's crackdown on houses of worship continues.

True story of KKK member who converted to Christianity under ministry of black pastor hits big screen

"Burden," a powerful new film about a former KKK member whose life was transformed after forming a friendship with a Black preacher he once planned to assassinate, will soon hit the big screen.

Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
the Third Week after Epiphany
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Today in Christian History
1581
Scotland's King James VI, who in 1603 would become England's James I, signed the Second Scottish Confession of Faith.
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Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Genesis 37; Psalm 28; Luke 20:27-47:
Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made…
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