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Proverbs 10:14 - Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
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If murmuring were a duty, some saints would never sin, and if mourning were commanded by God they would certainly be saved by works, for they are always sorrowing, and so they would keep his law. - Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-92)
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DNC Official Urges Amazon to Quit Selling Products Based on Group That Smears Christians as 'Hate'

A top ranking Democrat is asking Amazon to quit selling products that promote "hate" as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a controversial group that regularly links conservative Christian organizations with neo-Nazis.

NFL Saints Player Rescues Man Trapped in Car Crash After Church: 'I Prayed With Him' (Video)

New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Mitchell Loewen is being hailed a hero after he prayed and rescued a man pinned inside of a vehicle due to a bizarre accident.

Discovering Hawaii's Royal Past at Two Historic Churches in Honolulu

Hawaii's history and culture is among the richest of any of the U.S. states.

Why Children Aren't Optional: Self-Sacrifice vs. Self-Fulfillment

Americans are having fewer and fewer babies, and the New York Times wants to know why.

The Judgment of God to Be Feared the Most

There is a judgment of God, which is to be feared and dreaded more than any other type of His judgment.

Baby Boomers Are Returning to Church

The rebellious generation may become the religious generation.

First-Ever State Dept. Ministerial on Religious Freedom Will Be 'More Than Talk,' Pompeo Says

The United States State Department is gearing up to host what is being described as the first-ever three-day ministerial to promote and advance religious freedom in Washington, D.C., which will be attended by delegations and leaders from over 80 countries.

This Week in Christian History: Gregor Mendel Born, Social Gospel Theologian Dies, Second Crusade

Here are just a few things that happened this week, July 22-28, in Church history. They include the birth of a monk who was a pioneer of modern science, the death of a prominent social gospel theologian, and a major defeat for the Second Crusade.

Christian Family Sues Over Order to Stop Hosting Bible Studies, Church Retreats on Property

A Christian couple in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit after being ordered by government officials to stop using their private property to host Bible studies or other religious events.

Pro-Life Christians Defeat Charges in NY Abortion Clinic 'Harassment' Lawsuit

A federal judge in New York has struck down a lawsuit against a coalition of Christian pro-life protesters who had been accused of threatening patients, staff and family members outside of an abortion clinic in New York City last year.

What Practicing Righteousness Looks Like

We are called to practice righteousness. But what does that righteousness look like in our everyday life? How do we, as Christians, do righteousness?

Beyond Contemporary vs. Traditional

The need for "emotional vitality" in worship did not start with the rise of contemporary worship; it started much earlier, first with Romanticism, and then with the theological underpinnings of Revivalism.

Beyond These Walls

Are we sharing what we have with those beyond these walls? Beyond these walls are people who are lost and don't know Jesus can rescue them. We can't just come to church week after week, experience the saving power of Jesus, live in His blessing, and then keep all of it to ourselves.

Speakers for LGBT Christian Conference 'Revoice' Defend Event

Participants for the LGBT Christian conference Revoice are defending the event from criticism that the gathering will promote pro-LGBT ideas at the expense of biblical teaching.

Christian Singer Riley Clemmons Debuts New Music Video on Ashton Kutcher's A Plus

Christian singer Riley Clemmons debuted her new music "Hold On" this week on a website co-founded by actor Ashton Kutcher.

Alveda King Refutes Claim 'Roe v. Wade' Filmmakers Tricked Actors Into Starring in Pro-Life Film

Alveda King, the executive producer of the upcoming "Roe v. Wade" movie, has said she wants to set the record straight about claims that her team had deceived actors into being part of a pro-life film.

Chick-fil-A Flash Mob Video Goes Viral, Hits Over 13 Million Views

A video of a flash mob performance by 60 professional a capella gospel singers from around the world inside a Chick-fil-A in Nashville, Tennessee, has gone viral with more than 13 million views on Facebook.

3-Year-Old Dies After Being Left in Day Care Bus for Several Hours

A 3-year-old boy was found to have died inside a daycare bus in Houston, Texas, and police say he was likely left behind following a school field trip to a nearby park earlier that day. The boy was found unresponsive inside a sweltering 113-degree bus, as temperatures that day soared to a blistering 97 degrees.

Europe Is Looking for Name Suggestions for the Next Mars Rover

Europe has the red planet on its sights in two years, as the European Space Agency is about to launch their own Mars rover in 2020. The agency is now casting for naming suggestions for their six-wheeled robot explorer, and submission of entries is now open to the public on Airbus' website.

John Piper's Podcast Hits 100 Million Listens With Marriage Sex Question Being No. 1

Episodes of theologian John Piper's podcast "Ask Pastor John" have been played 100 million times over the last five-and-a-half years, and just one episode, on whether oral sex is okay, has been played more than 1.5 million times.

Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
Today in Christian History
The first large company of Mormon immigrants entered the Salt Lake Valley, in whatwas still Mexican territory. Soon after, Mormon leader Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City,Utah.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
2 Kings 1-2; Amos 7; 1 Corinthians 9:
After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel.Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”But the angel of the said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you…
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