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Proverbs 21:16 - A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
Words to Ponder
There is nothing so convenient and comforting as a sense of vagueness in connection with religion. As long as it is kept nebulous and indefinite, and as long as its followers can busy with various activities, they can persuade themselves that all is well with them. In the absence of clear, precise definitions no discomfort is caused. The more complicated the religion, the more accommodating and comfortable does it prove. There is nothing which is so disconcerting as a plain, direct gospel which, stripping away all mere decorations and embellishments, and ignoring all non-essentials and make-believes, exposes the naked soul and flashes onto it the light of God. How much easier it is to appreciate the ceremony and ritual, to indulge in high-sounding, idealistic generalities, and to be busy with philanthropic actions - how much more gratifying to the natural self are these than to face the simple direct questions of the Word of God. Idealists and humanists are rarely, if ever, persecuted. - Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
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Christian Headlines  from  The Christian Post

Weekly briefing: Pakistan expels charities, LGBT compromise, Darlene Zschech

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

Ninth Circuit partially lifts block on Trump's religious exemptions to Obamacare contraception mandate

A circuit court has refused to fully lift an injunction against the Trump administration's broad exemption for religious objections to the HHS' contraception mandate that requires the coverage of birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.

Boy Scouts consider bankruptcy as membership plummets, cost of sex abuse lawsuits mount

A month after being slapped with a federal trademark lawsuit by the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts of America is considering bankruptcy as membership plummets and legal costs mount.

'The Pilgrim's Progress' CGI animated film to hit theaters in 2019 (watch CP video premiere)

Revelation Media is gearing up to release a CGI animated version of the classic Christian story "The Pilgrim's Progress."

State Dept. adds Russia to religious freedom 'watch list,' labels Pakistan a 'country of concern'

The U.S. State Department has added Russia to its "special watch list" for religious freedom violators and added Pakistan to its list of "countries of particular" concern.

Pastor John Gray defiantly defends buying wife $200K Lamborghini with Ephesians 5

In a response to critics concerned about his decision to gift his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus for their eighth wedding anniversary, Relentless Church Pastor John Gray cited the book of Ephesians.

Is it good to leave an inheritance with my family while I'm alive?

This Christmas I want to leave a tangible inheritance with my family while I'm able to see them enjoy it. Is this a good plan?

Atheist couple who protested Christmas classroom decorations awarded compensation

A Canadian atheist couple who protested against religious-themed classroom decorations was awarded a compensation.

'Full lament': Southern Baptist Seminary releases report on its history of slavery, racism

The Southern Baptist Convention's flagship seminary has released a report detailing their history of racism and support for slavery as part of an endeavor to recognize their past moral failings on race issues.

Catholic ministry spreads love of Jesus worldwide with 70,000 Box of Joy Christmas gifts

The Christian Post recently visited the Box of Joy headquarters in South Florida where volunteers gathered to pack gifts for children around the world as part of their annual evangelistic initiative spearheaded by Cross Catholic Outreach.

Montana Supreme Court: No state tax credit program scholarships for religious schools

The Montana Supreme Court has struck down a tax credit program that allowed for the funding of private religious schools.

Christmas commercialization

Christmas isn't so over commercialized in Haiti. In a country where most of the people live on less than a couple bucks a day, who can afford to buy mountains of presents for each other?

Who makes up new words?

I discovered that it is dictionary publishers who determine what to add to the million or so existing English words, and that they come up with about a thousand new words each year.

Pastors in Cuba monitored, threatened by Communist officials despite requests for greater protections: watchdog

Church officials in Cuba have asked for greater protections for their denominations but instead pastors are being monitored and threatened as believers face increased incidents of harassment by Communist officials, a persecution watchdog group reports.

Lauren Daigle and homosexuality: Why we should all be prepared to answer the question

When yet another Christian celebrity fails to give a straight answer on a hot-button moral issue, it reveals a deeper problem.

Town ignores atheists' warnings, keeps Christian cross in Christmas lights display

To the delight of many Christians, a town in Christian County, Missouri, has reversed its decision to take down an illuminated cross from its Holiday display.

Anne Graham Lotz warns her cancer could be sign Israel is in danger of fatal attack

Anne Graham Lotz has suggested there might be a deep significance attached to her battle against breast cancer, as it could be a warning sign that Israel is in danger of suffering a fatal attack.

Judge Hatchett's son praises God, Congress for maternal health bill, 2 years after wife's death

Two years after tragically losing his wife Kira shortly after she gave birth to their second child, Charles Johnson IV, son of TV judge Glenda Hatchett, praised God on Tuesday when Congress unanimously approved a bill to investigate America's growing maternal mortality rate.

Darlene Zschech details difficult season in her life after leaving Hillsong, battling cancer

Darlene Zschech, who's written over 100 Christian worship songs including the popular contemporary hymn "Shout to The Lord," details in a new book how she's made it through the hardest seasons in her life.

6 Christian organizations win legal battle against Obamacare birth control mandate

Six Christian organizations have won their years-long legal battles against an Obama-era federal mandate ordering the provision of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health care plans.

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
the Second Week of Advent
Today in Christian History
In England, proto-Baptist minister and founder of Rhode Island, 26-year-old Roger Williams married Mary Barnard, daughter of a Puritan clergyman. Two years later, he and his wife sailed from Bristol to Massachusetts.
Daily Reading Plan
Bible-in-a-Year — NIV
Ezekiel 21-22; Isaiah 50; Philippians 2:12-30:
The word of the came to me:“Son of man, set your face against Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuary. Prophesy against the land of Israeland say to her: ‘This is what the says: I am against you. I will draw my sword from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked.Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.Then all people…
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