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Proverbs 14:27 - The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.
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They [the laity] have taken their seats in the right train, and are only to sit quiet, while the clerical engine draws them to heaven, perhaps half asleep. - J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
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Rush Limbaugh grateful for living 'one of the greatest lives' as he faces 'scary' terminal cancer

Months after revealing he is battling terminal lung cancer, popular conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said while his journey into the "unknown" has been scary, he is thankful he has been allowed to live "one of the greatest lives anybody could have."

UMC split may lead to 20% drop in denomination-wide giving to ministries

The exit of congregations from the United Methodist Church will cost 20% of local churches' net expenditures and force changes in how they contribute to the denomination's global ministries, say UMC budget officials.

Supreme Court ruling favoring churches is 'statement' on new conservative bent: Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling favoring religious organizations in a dispute over COVID-19 restrictions, "irrelevant" and not "final" while arguing that the decision is really more of a statement on the court's new conservative bent.

Artza gift boxes bring Holy Land experiences to Christians in America after tourism lockdown

A holiday subscription box by Artza is bringing the Holy Land into the homes of people all over the world who aren't able to visit Israel due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

African apologetics event asks if Christianity is the faith for Africa

The first Annual African Apologetics Conference is engaging with postmodern and traditional African worldviews by asking if Christianity is the faith for Africa.

Researchers partner with faith leaders to promote gene therapy in communities of color

A group of faith leaders and research scientists have partnered to create a nonprofit organization called The Faith Based Genetic Research Institute in a bid to promote the value of gene therapy in communities of color.

China: House church pastor detained, fined for refusing to join state-controlled church

The leader of a house church in China's Yunnan province who refused to join the state-sponsored church was detained for five days as his "administrative punishment" and hit with a fine amid an uptick in religious persecution by the regime.

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6 worthwhile gifts your kids won't immediately throw away this Christmas

If you, like me, want to give children presents that have a little more meaning and will last longer than the time it takes to rip the wrapping paper off, ditch the dollar store and explore some gift ideas that are more worthwhile.

COGIC celebrates God's goodness even after COVID claims quarter of top board

A two-day, nearly four-hour virtual celebration of Thanksgiving by the predominantly African American Church of God in Christ remembered the lives of three General Board members claimed by COVID-19 and was also filled with shouts of praise and teaching lessons on thankfulness.

Los Angeles is struggling, but it's worth fighting for

I say this not only as a parent, but as a leader of an organization that provides remote learning assistance to many schoolchildren Monday through Friday - children who have no place else to go when their parents have no choice but to work.

Americans increasingly comfortable with church defiance of COVID-19 restrictions: survey

A new survey reveals that the American public is much more accepting of churches defying coronavirus lockdowns than they were when the pandemic first broke out in March.

Ask Chuck: Christmas shopping when money is tight

Money is tight for Christmas this year. Any tips for shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales?

Supreme Court blocks New York's COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in favor of a Catholic diocese and an Orthodox Jewish group, temporarily blocking New York's COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship.

DC archbishop will serve Biden communion despite abortion stance

Washington's archbishop and soon-to-be cardinal Wilton Gregory said he will not refuse communion to President-elect Joe Biden despite Biden's support for abortion.

Christian medical group urges churches to stop gathering amid pandemic: Don't make church an idol

The Christian Medical and Dental Association is urging churches to pause in-person meetings in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

After failed reconciliation attempt with HBC, James MacDonald says firing was unbiblical

More than a month after winning a lucrative arbitration settlement against Harvest Bible Chapel in the greater Chicago area, founder James MacDonald has alleged elders colluded to oust him from the helm of the church in an unbiblical manner following a failed attempt at reconciliation.

Ask Dr. Land: Why is Thanksgiving such an important opportunity?

As a Christian, I encourage all of you as fellow Christians to undertake a spiritual exercise this Thanksgiving which I have found to be a tremendous blessing.

The great unraveling and our great hope

That's why I was fascinated to read that one medieval historian picked the year A.D. 536 as history's worst year.

Safe harbor or perilous voyage? The Mayflower dilemma at 400

And yet, perilous voyages into the unknown by courageous adventurers are defining of the American story and our collective identity as a people.

Lectionary Calendar
Friday, November 27th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
Today in Christian History
In France, Pope Urban II solemnly proclaimed the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont. Urban's twin-purpose was to relieve the pressure by the Seljuk Turks on the Eastern Roman Empire, and to secure free access to Jerusalem for Christian pilgrims.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Jeremiah 49-50; Psalm 143; Galatians 2:
Concerning the Ammonites: This is what the says: “Has Israel no sons? Has Israel no heir? Why then has Molektaken possession of Gad? Why do his people live in its towns?But the days are coming,” declares the , “when I will sound the battle cry against Rabbah of the Ammonites; it will become a mound of ruins, and its surrounding villages will be set on fire. Then Israel will drive out those who drove her out,” says the .…
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