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Proverbs 17:4 - An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
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Truth is thy crown, hold fast thy crown, and let no man take thy crown from thee. Hath not God made truth sweet to thy soul, yea, sweeter than honey, or the honeycomb? and wilt not thou go on to heaven, feeding upon truth, that heavenly honeycomb, as Samson did of his honeycomb. Ah, souls, have you not found truth sweetening your spirits, and cheering your spirits, and warming your spirits, and raising your spirits, and corroborating your spirits? Have not you found truth a guide to lead you, a staff to uphold you, a cordial to strengthen you, and a plaster to heal you? And will not you hold fast the truth? Hath not truth been your best friend in your worst days? Hath not truth stood by you when friends have forsaken you? Hath not truth done more for you than all the world could do against you, and will you not hold fast the truth? Is not truth your right eye, without which you cannot see for Christ? And your right hand, without which you cannot do for Christ? And your right foot, without which you cannot walk with Christ? And will you not hold truth fast? - Thomas Brooks (1608-81)
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Ben Carson Reveals the Death-Defying Moment He Truly Embraced God

Ben Carson has long been open about his deep faith in God, routinely showcasing his calm and kind demeanor as he navigates the political landscape and shares his past struggles and victories. But the man that many now know as a faithful and compassionate leader wasn't always so calm and collected.

'It Was a Miracle': The Amazing Story Only God Could Write

After growing up in an intensely abusive household and later suffering from the results of that treatment, Rick found Jesus -- and his life was never the same.

Indiana Catholic School May Fire Counselor in Same-Sex Marriage for Violating Policy

A Catholic school in Indiana might fire a guidance counselor who didn't reveal that she's in a same-sex marriage, which is contrary to Church teaching on sexual ethics.

Evangelicalism's 'Newfound Obsession' With Social Justice Is Threat to Gospel, John MacArthur Says

Leader of Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California, John MacArthur, who also serves as president of The Master's College and Seminary warned Monday that evangelicalism's "newfound obsession" with social justice is a threat to the Gospel.

Chris Pratt Declares Love for God at Teen Choice Awards: I Love God, You Should Too

"Jurassic World" actor Chris Pratt accepted an award at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday where he again unashamedly spoke about his love for God.

Trump Admin. Directive Protects Faith-Based Contractors From LGBT Discrimination Policy

The Trump administration has issued a directive to protect the rights of faith-based federal contractors that have religious objections to same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

Ephesians for Catholics, Protestants and Every Christian

The book of Ephesians is one of these treasured letters inspired by the Holy Spirit. The revelation of truth contained in this epistle is needed today more than ever by Catholics, Protestants and every Christian.

NFL Millionaires Continue Their Protest

The players who have been protesting are not disadvantaged by any means. According to a Forbes 2015 study, the average NFL player earns $2.1 million annually.

Some Candid Questions for Evangelical Supporters of President Trump

Trump's loyal supporters are doggedly loyal. The question is: Are his evangelical supporters just as loyal? The deeper question is: Should they be? To my surprise, I've heard evangelical leaders defend Trump's harsh tweets, saying things like, "Well, he's the president, not a Christian leader."

Abortion Needed for an Abundant Christian Life?

Elon's Professor of Religious Studies, Rebecca Todd Peters, claimed that opposition to abortion by conservative Christians "flies in the face of Jesus' teaching that he came to bring abundant life."

Egypt: Coptic Church Attack Thwarted, 1 Person Killed by Suicide Bomber

A suicide attack on a Coptic church in north Cairo, Egypt, was thwarted on Saturday, reports Coptic news site Watani.

Charlottesville Clergy Hold Interfaith Service to Mark 1-Year Anniversary of Violent White Supremacist Rally

A coalition of Charlottesville, Virginia, area clergy held an interfaith worship service last week in preparation for the one-year anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally held in their city.

Aretha Franklin Falls 'Gravely Ill,' Family Asks for Prayer

The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin has fallen "gravely ill," according to her friends and family.

3 Teenagers Killed, 10 Injured After Church Van Crashes During End-of-Summer Trip

An end-of-summer trip for a Missouri church youth group was tragically canceled Friday morning when three teenagers were killed and 10 others injured after a van they were traveling in blew a tire and crashed.

When It Comes to Abuse, the Church Needs a Paradigm Shift

When will churches learn that the only way through abuse charges and complaints is early transparency and accountability regardless of who will face consequences? The harm and trauma have already occurred.

Iran Ramping Up Persecution Against Christians as US Imposes New Sanctions

The hardline Iranian regime is responding to a new wave of sanctions imposed by the United States by increasing its grip on the nation's oppressed Christian community, activists are warning.

Gone Too Soon

I was a new driver with Grandpa in the passenger seat. I signaled to pass a slow car. He sternly cautioned that I was now potentially endangering everyone on the road. As a cop, he'd seen far too many car accidents.

Jewish American Girl Left Home at 18 to Join Israeli Army

Keren Claster grew up in New Jersey, but decided to leave for Israel shortly after her high school graduation to join the army.

Belgium Euthanizing 9, 11-Y-O Children: Report

Belgium is coming under scrutiny as reports emerge detailing the number of people legally put to death in that nation through euthanasia, including children as young as 9 and 11.

Texas Shooter Devin Kelley Regretted Killing 26 People Inside Church; Widow Says She Still Loves Him

Texas shooter Devin Kelley, who massacred 26 people inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs last November, apologized for his actions shortly before he shot himself, his widow Danielle has revealed.


Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19
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Today in Christian History
1814
During the American Revolution, American patriot Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) was held overnight as a British prisoner during their shelling of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. In the morning, Key penned what later became our national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
1 Chronicles 7-8; Zephaniah 3; John 1:19-34:
The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron—four in all.The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam and Samuel—heads of their families. During the reign of David, the descendants of Tola listed as fighting men in their genealogy numbered 22,600.The son of Uzzi: Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel and Ishiah. All five of them were chiefs.According to their family genealogy, they had 36,000 men ready for battle, for they had many wives and children.The relatives…
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