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Proverbs 13:13 - The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
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To think of God as we sometimes think of a court where a kindly judge, compelled by law, sentences a man to death with tears and apologies, is to think in a manner wholly unworthy of the true God. God is never at cross-purposes with Himself. No attribute of God is in conflict with another. - A.W. Tozer (20th century)
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Klopfer's 'Garage of Horrors': What abortion looks like

While pro-lifers say Klopfer and Gosnell offer glimpses into the violent reality of abortion, defenders of so-called "reproductive rights" want to distinguish these houses-and-garages-of-horror from the practice itself.

Oct. 21, 2019: Church size, counseling and discipleship study; UAE helps rebuild churches; New film about Norm Geisler

Pastors of larger churches more likely to prioritize counseling and discipleship. Muslim-majority UAE commits to rebuilding 2 churches destroyed by ISIS in Iraq. Al Mohler: Complementarian theology 'can and has' led to the abuse of women in the church. Norm Geisler film 'Not Qualified' set to release in 2020. Hillsong Worship invites listeners into 'revelation' of who God really is in new album, 'Awake'.

Postcard from Boise: Idaho's capital has more than potatoes

The extent of what I knew about Boise was that it's the capital of Idaho and that Idaho is synonymous with potatoes.

This week in Christian history: Self-flagellation, Thomas More, John Scopes

Here are just a few things that happened this week, Oct. 20-26, in Church history. They include the death of John Scopes, the pope denouncing self-flagellation, and Sir Thomas More becoming chancellor of England.

Al Mohler: Complementarian theology 'can and has' led to the abuse of women in the church

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler Jr. has said that complementarian theology "can and sometimes has" led to the abuse of women and stressed that the SBC must "take responsibility" for failing to hear the cries of those who have spoken of such abuse.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done

The kingdom of Jesus is established in every heart that receives Him as Savior and Lord. Christians are never called to build their own little kingdom, but rather, we are called to be willing vessels and loving agents of God's grace and mercy.

Pastors of larger churches more likely to prioritize counseling and discipleship, new study says

While a majority of Protestant pastors prioritize counseling and discipleship among their ministry meetings, pastors of larger churches are more likely to invest in these meetings according to the results of a new study by Lifeway Research.

Sex trafficking survivors fight bill to decriminalize prostitution in nation's capital

Hundreds of sex-trafficking survivors are pushing back against a bill that would decriminalize prostitution, euphemistically called "sex work," in the nation's capital.

Hillsong Worship invites listeners into 'revelation' of who God really is in new album, 'Awake'

Grammy Award-winning group Hillsong Worship released their latest studio album, Awake and the popular band hopes to invite listeners to have an "awakening" with God.

Norm Geisler film 'Not Qualified' set to release in 2020

Notable Christian apologist, professor, and prolific author Norman Geisler, who passed away earlier this year, will have a film released about his life, according to his son.

'Baseball was my God:' Retired MLB CY Young winner Barry Zito details his path to Christ

Former MLB all-star Barry Zito was a baseball standout at an early age as he began developing his signature curveball from the time he was 7 with his father intensely pushing him to pursue his dream of becoming a World Series champion.

Scottish clergy warn against proposed changes to UK surrogacy laws

Scottish clergy are objecting to proposed changes in British surrogacy laws, changes they say would lead to the commercialization of pregnancy and exploitation of women and babies.

Florida church opens coffee shop run by young adults with autism

A Florida congregation has launched a coffee shop operated by young adults with autism spectrum disorder in part to help with employment training.

5 films highlighting Christian faith topics coming fall 2019

The success of faith-based films in recent years has led to a resurgence of Christian movies being made in Hollywood but some mainstream films are now including faith elements in their content also.

Could this faith-based nonprofit lower divorce rates across the country?

A faith-based nonprofit in Virginia that uses data tools to help churches build more effective relationship ministries could have already helped drive down divorce rates in Florida's most populous city.

Someone's always watching

Terry Brubaker was driving near Gloversville, New York, when she saw $20, $50, and $100 bills flying into her windshield like confetti. She pulled over and began collecting the money, which amounted to roughly $6,600.

Christ's emphasis on pure worship

Jesus clearly emphasized the restoration of true worship as the core of his mission through his identification with the place of God's worship in key points throughout his earthly ministry.

Muslim-majority UAE commits to rebuilding 2 churches destroyed by ISIS in Iraq

The Muslim-majority United Arab Emirates announced plans this week to help rebuild two Christian churches destroyed by the Islamic State and said it's the first national government in the world to help rebuild Christian churches in postwar Iraq.

The NBA is a spineless little bully

Arrests, brutal interrogations, imprisonments, disruption of meetings, beatings, destroying of "unauthorized" Bible and Christian books are increasingly common. Yet none of this stopped the NBA from bringing its teams to China and working with major Chinese companies for corporate sponsorships. After all, money talks!

Weekly briefing: Ruling against Obamacare mandate, ceasefire in Syria, US Christianity in decline

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

Lectionary Calendar
Sunday, October 20th, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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Today in Christian History
1828
Birth of American lawyer Horatio Gates Spafford. In 1873, upon learning of the drowning of his four daughters following a ship collision in the Atlantic, Spafford penned the lines to the hymn, "It is Well With My Soul."
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Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Isaiah 7-8; Psalm 110; Revelation 20:
When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.Now the house of David was told, “Aram has allied itself withEphraim”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.Then the said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub,to meet…
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