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The greater our affections the deeper are our afflictions, and the more we love the more we have to weep. - J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
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'The Middle' Star Atticus Shaffer Says Christians in Hollywood 'Need to be Strong and Courageous'

Actor Atticus Shaffer, best known for his role in the hit ABC comedy "The Middle," believes Christians need to be "strong and courageous" when standing up for their faith in Hollywood.

'Far Cry 5' Release Date: New Footage Reveal 2 Returning Characters; Game to Boast Biggest Map in Franchise History

"Far Cry 5" will feature a couple of familiar faces, if the latest leaks are anything to go by.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs, Release Date Rumor: S8 Successor to Be Unveiled Earlier Than Planned and Here's Why

Samsung is fast-tracking the release of its next big offering--the Samsung Galaxy S9.

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' News: More DLC Planned After 'Champion's Ballad'?

Now that "Champion's Ballad," the second major downloadable content (DLC) for "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is out, director Hidemaro Fujibayashi is ready to look ahead into what the future holds for the hit game.

This Week in Christian History: D.L. Moody, Charles Wesley, NRB

Here are just a few things that happened this week, Dec. 17-23, in Church history. They include the death of a notable evangelist, the incorporation of a Christian media group, and the birth of a prolific hymnist.

'The Originals' Star to Guest-Star on 'The Affair' Season 4

Phoebe Tonkin will appear in an episode of "The Affair" season 4.

'Dragon Ball Movie 20' Confirmed, First Plot Details Revealed

A new "Dragon Ball" movie will hit the theaters next year, making 2018 an even more massive year for the long-running manga and anime franchise.

'Bayonetta 3' Release Date News, Update: New Leak Reveals Co-Op for Switch Exclusive

"Bayonetta 3" is getting a co-op component, if the latest reports are anything to go by.

'Designated Survivor' Season 2 Spoilers: Was Alex's Accident Really Just a Random Tragedy or Is There More to It?

President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) will continue to deal with his heart-wrenching loss when "Designated Survivor" season 2 returns next year.

'The X-Files' Season 11 Spoilers, News: Episode 1 to 5 Titles, Summaries Leaked; Cast Promises Show's Return to Form

Fans can count on "The X-Files" to return to its "quintessential" form that they loved when it hits the small screen with season 11.

'Assetto Corsa' DLC Release Date: 'Bonus Pack 3' Coming This Week; Vehicles Previewed in New Clips

"Assetto Corsa" is getting a batch of seven additional vehicles care of a brand-new downloadable content (DLC) called "Bonus Pack 3."

ISIS Claims Deadly Attack on Hundreds at Pre-Christmas Church Service in Pakistan

At least nine worshipers were killed and over 50 others were injured after Islamic extremists conducted an attack on a church in southwestern Pakistan during a Sunday pre-Christmas service.

'Battlefield: Bad Company 3' Not Releasing Anytime Soon After All; Here's What's Coming Next Year Instead

It looks like "Battlefield: Bad Company 3" will not be DICE's 2018 offering after all.

President Trump's Mental Health Under Scrutiny

Questions have been raised about President Donald Trump's mental health, with many pundits and even mental health experts believing that that the billionaire real estate mogul is mentally unstable and even "dangerous" for the nation. But others believe that such as claim is nothing more than a political campaign to delegitimize the president.

Spires and Crosses: The Malaysian Church That Could Be in the English Countryside

Malaysia isn't a country one associates with old churches. Yet, as a past installment of this column detailed, Malaysia is home to a surprising number of interesting churches -- Anglican and Roman Catholic alike.

Top 20 Secular TV Shows Watched by Religious Families

A recent E-Poll Market Research survey revealed which mainstream shows faith-based viewers enjoy watching.

100 Christians Killed in Clashes With Militant Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria

Islamic Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, who have been accused of aligning with the Boko Haram terror group, killed more than 100 Christians after reprisal clashes earlier this month with the suspected help of the military, according to a report.

Hanukkah Day Six -- Be the Light

We light our candles by adding another candle each night. However, we need to follow Hillel's advice all year long as well. As God commanded, we need to be light and add light to the world.

Archaeological Discovery: Biblical City Corinth, Visited by Apostle Paul, Found Underwater

New archaeological excavations at the ancient port of the earthquake that struck the Biblical city of Corinth, which is now underwater, have uncovered Roman architecture.

5 Reasons We Should Still Be Singing Christmas Carols

This Christmas, there are so many reasons to remember and enjoy the carols together--so above all else, let us sing!


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Sunday, December 17th, 2017
the Third Week of Advent
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Today in Christian History
1943
German theologian and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter from prison: 'The consciousness of being borne up by a spiritual tradition that goes back for centuries gives one a feeling of confidence and security in the face of all passing strains and stresses.'
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 24; Isaiah 52; Philippians 4:
In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the came to me:“Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.Tell this rebellious people a parable and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign says: “ ‘Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces—the leg…
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