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Proverbs 11:9 - With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
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An analogy of God's work of preservation may be seen in the image of a father holding onto his small child's hand as they walk together. In the Arminian view the safety of the child rests in the strength of the child's grip on the father's hand. If the child lets go he will perish. In the Calvinist view the safety of the child rests in the strength of the father's grip on the child. If the child's grip fails, the father's grip holds firm. The arm of the Lord does not wax short. - R.C. Sproul (20th century)
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Patricia Heaton Says No Money to Catholic Church 'Until Everyone Who Abused or Abetted Is Gone'

Pro-life Christian actress Patricia Heaton has said she won't be giving any donations to the Catholic Church until the institution removes from its ranks those who have engaged in sexual abuse or covered it up.

Greg Laurie Discusses Pastor Abuse Scandals, Safeguards He Has as Megachurch Pastor

Popular evangelist and megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie has shared his thoughts on the circumstances involving Christian leaders being exposed for sinful behavior and talked about the safeguards he has in place in his own life.

Max Lucado Identifies Reason for Suicide Epidemic Across US, Offers Solution

Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado has said that the dramatic increase in suicide over the last two decades is partially due to the lack of hope stemming from the rise of secularism across the U.S.

The Happy Honk: The Importance of Good Manners

These are angry times. So what better time for Christians to display good manners, courtesy, and respect?

A Tale of 2 Serpents: Moses and the British Medical Association

Disturbing leaked guidance distributed to BMA members, says medical professionals should be allowed to remove tubes giving food and water to those who cannot feed themselves. Doctors will be enabled to decide to end the lives of patients with severe dementia or other degenerative diseases by effectively starving and dehydrating them.

This Is Not Satire. An Open Pedophile Is Running for Congress

A man who wants to legalize incest is running for public office and is not ashamed. This should not surprise us in the least. We have been heading in this direction for decades now. Some have called for sympathy and understanding for pedophiles. After all, we are reminded, they did not choose their feelings, and they are people like everyone else.

Evangelicals in Cuba: Controlled, Repressed, but Still Multiplying

The situation for Evangelicals in Cuba greatly depends on which denomination the congregations belongs to.

The Conditions of Unconditional Love Part 1

I have come in contact with believers who have been steeped in the "unconditional love" teachings. I have observed that they often exhibit an attitude, an attitude that corresponds greatly with the narcissism of our self-focused society. The attitude of self-entitlement!

US Sanctions Myanmar Military Over Human Rights Atrocities Against Rohingya, Christians

The Trump administration has sanctioned Myanmar military forces for their "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya population in Rakhine state and "widespread human rights abuses" against Christians and other religious minorities in two other states.

Persuading Someone to Seek Assisted Suicide, Helping Carry It Out May No Longer Be Crime in Calif.

California lawmakers are revising the state's penal code to make advising or helping someone to carry out a physician assisted suicide unprosecutable.

Crossroads Christian Church Loses 3 Pastors, 2 Fired Over 'Philosophical Differences'

Elders of the multicampus Crossroads Christian Church in Indiana have reportedly fired two pastors in a dispute over "philosophical differences."

Trump Asks Pastor Brunson to Be 'Great Patriot Hostage;' Says US Will 'Pay Nothing' for Release

President Donald Trump asked American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson who is currently under house arrest in Turkey to be a "great patriot hostage" as he declared that the U.S. will "pay nothing" for his release late Thursday.

Does the Systemic Sexual Abuse Among Catholic Clergy Undermine the Catholic Church Itself?

All this prompts the question: how many people reject Christianity because the word 'God' makes them think of him?

Ask Chuck: Stewarding the Gospel With Your Children

How do I start sharing the Gospel with my kids at such a young age? It seems that, just like money, we need to steward the Good News as well.

Texas: Muslim Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Son-in-Law Over Daughter's Christian Conversion

A Muslim immigrant has been sentenced to death by a court in Texas for killing his Christian son-in-law and another woman after his daughter converted to Christianity.

The Media Is Generally Ignoring the Other Story Out of Charlottesville

There's another side to Charlottesville that I wish would get the same kind of attention as did the negative events. The media generally ignores this story.

Undercover Police Raid Worship Service in China, Assault Christians in Mass Arrest

Undercover police and Chinese government officials raided a church in Henan province Sunday where they seized worshipers' cellphones and iPads as they were being arrested.

Christian Rocker Oz Fox Suffers Seizure on Stage, Has 2 Tumors; Family 'Trusting God'

Christian rocker Oz Fox from the band Stryper collapsed on stage during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday.

Calif. Senate Passes Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Ban; Religious Liberty Threatened, Critics Warn

California's Senate has passed a controversial bill that labels as fraud any business or goods that advance sexual orientation change efforts therapy, advancing proposed legislation critics say will curb religious freedom in the state.

7 Traits of Healthy Churches

A member of the Church Answers community recently asked about the characteristics of healthy churches today. Immediately, I began to review churches that were having great community impact, whose members regularly had gospel conversations, and whose leaders faithfully preached the Word with power every week.

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, August 18th, 2018
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19
Today in Christian History
At age 20, Christian radio pioneer Theodore Epp was converted to a living faith. In 1939 he founded Back to the Bible Broadcast, an evangelistic radio program with outlets today on over 600 stations around the world.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Chronicles 13-14; Zechariah 3; John 3:22-36:
David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.He then said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the our God, let us send word far and wide to the rest of our people throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their towns and pasturelands, to come and join us.Let us bring…
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