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A Hunger for God
By John Piper
Awaken your appetite for God. In this inspirational book, John Piper invites you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and in their place, develop a deep craving for God. Get this incredible Logos edition for FREE—exclusively from Logos and Vyrso. You’ll get all of the benefits of a Vyrso ebook—plus, with your Logos app, you can look beyond the text to discover the original languages, get instant information on biblical people, places, and events, and conn…

Web-Sightings including Kindle Deals, Being Wrong about Being Right, Christian Boy Tortured and Killed, a Muslim Leader's Voice Against Persecution of Christians and More

I just found this story while reading another though it dates back to this summer. This story, actually a series of them with one focus, is heart-wrenching and outrageous. The evil perpetrated by the Taliban against girls is indefensible.

The story of Malala's friend: Brightening girls' lives with educationBy Gordon Brown, special for CNN
updated 6:57 PM EDT, Mon July 1, 2013

It Doesn’t Matter if I’m Right
By Dionna Sanchez on November 29, 201

Married or not… you should read this.
AVMEDIA NOVEMBER 17, 2013 INSPIRING
Married or not is a great story of a man who wanted out of his marriage and the odd request that his wife made that eventually changed his mind


Muslim official stands up for persecuted Christians
By JULIA A. SEYMOUR
Posted Nov. 28, 2013, 07:57 a.m.

7-year-old boy tortured, killed for being Christian A story that reveals the moral bankruptcy of the extremists

Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board [Kindle Edition]
Bethany Hamilton (…

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Getting Back to the Basics: A Review of How to Begin the Christian Life by George Sweeting

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How to Begin the Christian Life by George Sweeting is billed as a book to help new believers grow in their faith. Personally, I think it goes beyond that but more on that in a moment.

True to the book’s down-to-earth nature inside, the exterior is a simple design. A kneeling man is featured on top of all three sides of the cover. In the top right hand corner of the front cover is a circle with “35th anniversary revised and updated” printed inside.

The book is divided into 12 chapters that deal with living the Christian life. They answer such questions as what is a Christian, how does one grow, how to pray and how to be sure of one’s salvation. Topics include the Holy Spirit, Bible study, carnality vs. spirituality, the church and finances. The last chapter is a collection of Scripture verses that Sweeting encourages the reader to memorize which he divided into topics.

The uses of this book go beyond its design as a guide for the individual new believer. It can be used for a Su…

A Red Line to Which Israel Will Likely Feel Compelled to Respond with Force: an Interim Deal Among Iran and World Powers

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Eyes and Knees on the Middle East (Watch and pray!)

God makes clear through the prophet Ezekiel that there will be an end-times coalition of nations that is huge in nature moving militarily against Israel.  Ezekiel reveals that this coalition will have a major role for Iran (called Persia in the prophecy, Iran's more ancient and long-lasting name).  The prophecy also indicates that the world will do nothing but complain about the invasion, evidently including the West in general and the United States in particular.  Only an act of God against the coalition forces arrayed against Israel will save the nation.  

What we are seeing in today's headlines may be building up to the fulfillment of that prophecy.  Whether Israel strikes Iran's nuclear forces, and whether it does so successfully, will not stop this coalition and thus this prophecy from occurring.  In fact, one could argue that the lack of a strike or even the strike itself could result in such a future attack. 

A strike…

November 22, 1963: Do You Know That Two Other Famous People Died on That Date Too?

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Updated on Nov. 23, 2013:


Who Was C.S. Lewis?
Sinclair Ferguson Nov 22, 2013  C.S. Lewis was a twentieth-century novelist, Christian apologist, and lay theologian. . . (Nov. 22) marks the 50th anniversary of his death.

Some other blog posts on C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis on Amazon


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As an aside, one of the above videos provides further fodder, I am sure, for the contention that John F. Kennedy was a conservative, standing up to the Soviet Union and communism.  Quotes have also been cited that he sought to lower taxes to expand growth.  Here, for example
Two other famous personalities died on that day.
Here are a couple of links that speak about them as well. Of the three, C.S. Lewis had the most profound impact upon my life personally.  His influence remains to this day. 
Kennedy,…

New Noah Movie, Love for Boring Men, N. Korean Massacre, Marriage Isn't for You, Eyes and Knees on the Middle East

Don't Be Taken in by the Noah Movie's Promotion
I'm not sure how accurate his sources are on this and, like he said, how much will make the final cut. However, this depiction of Noah seems flooded with inaccuracies typical of a Hollywood which claims to use biblical scholars yet cannot seem to get right what your grade schooler knows from Sunday School.
See my earlier thoughts on The Bible:  a History Channel Series 

The Real Truth about ‘Boring’ Men — and the Women who Live with Them: Redefining Boring
The kind of man whose romance isn’t flashy – because love is gritty.
The kind of man whose romance isn’t about cameras — because it’s about Christ.
The kind of man whose romance doesn’t have to go viral — because it’s going eternal.

80 People Executed in N. Korea
Some were executed for possessing a Bible. The condemned were lashed to poles, hooded, then sprayed with machine-gun fire, JoongAng Ilbo quoted its source, who reportedly is familiar with North Korean internal affai…

Free Books on Seeing Good Change in Both People and Organizations

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How People Change 
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When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Jesus' work on the cross targets our hearts, our core desires and motivations, and when our hearts change, our behavior changes. It's amazing to watch people who once seemed stuck in a pattern of words, choices, and behaviors start living in a new way as Christ changes their hearts.


Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min., is Executive Director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), a faculty member, and a counselor with twenty-five years of experience, including ten years as a pastor. He is the coauthor of the books How People Change and …

Super Typhoon Haiyan and the Relief Effort

Update 11/15/13:

Mission Network News reports:  
Bohol Island, which suffered significant damage from an earthquake three weeks ago, was further ravaged by the typhoon. Missionaries and pastors serving in the area lost everything in the quake, and the typhoon has only added to their distress.

“Due to the strong earthquake, houses, church buildings, roads, and bridges were badly damaged. As a result, most of these believers were temporarily living in tents. Food, medicine, water, communication, and transportation are very hard for them to find,” said a ministry leader who works on the island.

He asked for urgent help for the 25 pastors who were directly affected by both the earthquake and typhoon. In addition, he reported that there are “300-500 families from these pastors' congregations who are very much in need.”

“No complaints are heard from them, for they know Jesus knows what they are going through. Still, they need our prayers for comfort,” said the ministry leader.

Numerous churc…

Wisdom Personified (Proverbs 1:20-33)

Wisdom Personified Proverbs 1:20-33
Wisdom calls (20-21) Wisdom is available to everyone
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20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words:

Wisdom criticizes (22-27) The challenge of wisdom (22-23) Even to the simple, there is still time to listen/change

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22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

The consequences of ignoring wisdom (24-27)                                 Ignoring wisdom’s instruction described (24-25)

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24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke,

  Ignoring wisdom’s consequences (26-27)

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26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when yo…

Free Christmas Song Download, Free Kindle Books on Human Trafficking and Subject of Courage, Free Mission Book

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Heart of the Matter:  Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives Was $19.99!  Now Free for a limited time!
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Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances [Kindle Edition]
by Kimberly L. Smith Free for a limited time! 258 pages and overwhelmingly loved by reviewers
As she shares her extraordinary stories of fighting human trafficking as an ordinary mom, Kimberly Smith offers hope for readers who wonder if God is calling them to greater things.

Passport Through Darkness takes readers on Smith’s journey from normal family life and business, to Europe, to the deserts of Africa and ultimately, to the deserts of her own soul as she tries to live well as an imperfect American mom, crusade for justice for orphans around the world, and embrace God’s extraordinary dreams for her. When Kimberly and her husband risk everything to answer God’s call, they see God change and res…

Israel is Israel's Only Hope Vs. an Iranian Nuke Program

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Please note that I am looking at this from a purely strategic point of view.  Most accurately, from a spiritual point of view, Jesus is the only hope for Israel.  And Jesus, Israel's Deliverer, will do just that at His Second Coming.  In the meantime, the spiritual warfare behind the scenes manifests itself in the following ways in the physical realm.  Let's remember to obey the Scripture:  "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  May they prosper who love you" Psalm 122:6 (NASB).

If true, this could be considered a major act of betrayal to Israel:
Exclusive: Obama’s Secret Iran D├ętente
by Eli Lake, Josh Rogin Nov 8, 2013 5:45 AM EST
Long before a nuclear deal was in reach, the U.S. was quietly lifting some of the financial pressure on Iran, a Daily Beast investigation reveals. How the sanctions were softened.

pic from CNN story here

Recent U.S. policy in the Middle East has so far produced two results:  1) more animosity to the U.S. and 2) more trouble for its "chief&q…

Web-Sightings: Kenyan pastors murdered, little girl's love for Down Syndrome brother, Middle East updates and Church articles

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pic found at World Magazine
Kenyan pastors murdered as tensions, violence escalate 
Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 02:15 p.m. | JULIA A. SEYMOUR


Little girl talks about her love for her adopted brother with Down’s Syndrome


Persian Gulf officials, tired of waiting for U.S., move to boost aid to Syrian rebels Washington Post


What Small Churches Can Do by Joe Thorn
"The small church is not limited in its fruitfulness by its size. It is only limited by the will of head of the church, Jesus Christ. A small church may be relatively small in number, but it wields the power of God through the ministry of the word which the Lord has been pleased to use to accomplish the impossible since the beginning. The Lord will use you to accomplish his work not because you are right, but because you are his. You will trample the devil under foot not because of your size, but because of your Savior. Many small churches can do far more than they believe, and part of the key is to stop focusing on its size."

Your C…

Kindle Deals: Scripture for Life's Problems, Living by Faith, Hope for the Disillusioned, Fiction on Race Relations

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CrossTalk by Michael R. Emlet

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Your friend just left his wife. You catch your child posting something inappropriate on the Internet. Someone in your small group is depressed. A relative was just diagnosed with an incurable disease.

When those you know and love experience trouble, you don't want to hand out pat answers or religious platitudes. Instead, you want to offer real hope and help from God's Word. You know it's true, but how does an ancient book, written thousands of years ago, connect with our twenty-first century problems?

In CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, Michael R. Emlet gives you the tools to connect the Bible to your life and to the lives of your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. You will learn to understand people and God's Word in ways that promote gospel-centered, rich conversations that help you and those you know grow in love for God and others. This book will make …

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