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Proverbs 22:28 - Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.
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The Cross is the strength of a minister. I for one would not be without it for the world. I should feel like a soldier without arms,-like a pilot without his compass,-like a labourer without his tools. Let others, if they will, preach the law and morality. Let others hold forth the terrors of hell, and the joys of heaven. Let others drench their congregations with teachings about the sacraments and the Church. Give me the Cross of Christ. This is the only lever which has ever turned the world upside down hitherto, and made men forsake their sins. And if this will not, nothing will. A man may begin preaching with a perfect knowledge of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. But he will do little or no good among his hearers unless he knows something of the Cross. Never was there a minister who did much for the conversion of souls who did not dwell much on Christ crucified .. This the preaching that the Holy Ghost delights to bless. He loves to honour those who honour the Cross. - J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
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David Platt: Christians cannot remain silent in 'evil' world that 'devalues' children

In a "world of evil" that "devalues children," obedience to the Great Commission will lead Christians to "treasure the sanctity of human life" and refuse to stay silent in the face of abortion, Pastor David Platt said ahead of the March for Life.

Weekly briefing: Pro-life events, Christian persecution, Karen Pence

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

'Breakthrough' movie billed as 'modern day resurrection story' in new clip

Golden State Warriors All-Star Steph Curry, the Rev. Samuel Rodriquez, and Chrissy Metz reflect on the power of prayer in new clip for the upcoming movie "Breakthrough" from 20th Century Fox and Devon Franklin.

Christians worldwide urged to sign letter thanking family of Muslim man who died saving churchgoers

Christians around the world are being urged to sign a letter to the loved ones of a Muslim police officer who sacrificed his life to save hundreds of churchgoers in Egypt.

Pastor accused of choking woman pregnant with his child at Southside Impact Church

Rashan Lamar Wilson, lead pastor of Southside Impact Church in Charleston, South Carolina, who is also a relationship expert, was arrested and charged Monday for allegedly strangling the pregnant mother of his children until she passed out.

How dare Karen Pence be Christian!

How utterly brazen. How shameless. How bigoted. How inexcusable and unjustifiable. The wife of the Vice President of the United States is a committed Christian who - perish the thought - teaches at a Christian school. What has become of our nation?

'Tolkien' film synopsis, release date: Biopic of Christian 'Lord of the Rings' author J.R.R. Tolkien to hit big screen

"Tolkien," a biographical drama based on the life of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien, is slated for May 10 release and will explore the early life, love, and friendships of the Christian novelist.

Christians attacked 25 times over Christmas in India; pastors dragged, bloodied by mob

Christian communities in India were attacked at least 25 times over Christmas because of their faith, with pastors dragged by hundreds of radicals, beaten and bloodied.

Carl Lentz shares how he responded when 9-y-o son didn't feel like going to church

Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz revealed that his son, Roman, was honest about not wanting to attend church. The father taught him a valuable life lesson.

Asia Bibi living like a prisoner in Pakistan, hiding from angry mobs who want her dead

Three months after her acquittal of a blasphemy charge, Asia Bibi is still living like a prisoner, hiding from angry mobs in Pakistan who want her dead.

Pence defends wife amid media attack on her teaching at Christian school

Vice President Mike Pence has defended his wife Karen's decision to teach at a private Virginia Christian school amid controversy over the school's views on homosexuality and transgender identity.

'Will Roe go?' Supreme Court lawyer talks overturning landmark abortion case

The Christian Post sat down with Alliance Defending Freedom's Kristen Waggoner at the Evangelicals for Life conference to talk about the future of Roe, her inspiration for becoming a lawyer and what cases Christians should be keeping an eye on in 2019.

Salt and Light: Finding the legitimate balance in the Christian life

Balance is important with nearly everything. This same is true of the Christian life and Christian theology.

Does new Gillette ad insult men?

The Gillette ad is just the latest skirmish in a growing battle over masculinity in America.

How to answer pro-abortion arguments

Friday, thousands of Americans will stream to the National Mall to voice their support for the sanctity of all human life--and to mark the deadliest mistake in Supreme Court history: Roe v. Wade.

Churches worldwide observe 'Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,' focus on Deuteronomy 16:20

Churches worldwide are planning to observe the annual "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" starting on Friday to promote ecumenical practices.

Administrator who tried to rig online polls for Trump 'made great contributions,' Liberty University says

Liberty University responded to news that one of its administrators was paid by Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen to rig online polls during the 2016 election by saying he is an "outstanding" employee who has "made great contributions."

LifeWay Christian Stores to close some locations amid declining sales

LifeWay Christian Store, the chain known for its Christian books, gifts and Bibles, will close some of its locations due to "an accelerated rate of erosion," the company's president has announced.

Christian author tears into 'terrible' Christian movies, says they are made by 'propagandists'

A Christian author and preacher tore into what he called "terrible" Christian movies today, arguing that many are being made by "propagandists" rather than artists.

John Piper offers advice for singles desiring marriage, warns against having 'unrealistic notions'

Theologian John Piper has shared six ways single people who want to be married can keep their desire for marriage in proper perspective and refrain from "unrealistic notions" that such unions are the "key to happiness."

Lectionary Calendar
Friday, January 18th, 2019
the First Week after Epiphany
Today in Christian History
In Washington, DC, Catholic biblical scholars met to discuss two proposals: the preparation of a new Bible translation and the formation of a society of Catholic biblical scholars. In result, the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) was formed in 1937, and the New American Bible (NAB) was published in 1970.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Genesis 25; Psalm 18; Luke 14:1-24:
Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah.She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites.The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son…
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