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1. 8 Found Dead in Illegal Immigrant Smuggling Case (UCNN 07/23/17)

8 Found Dead in Illegal Immigrant Smuggling Case (UCNN 07/23/17)

1. AP - Eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Wal-Mart store in Texas’ stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case. 2. AJC - An Atlanta congregation displaced by the construction of a Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open its new church next weekend. 3. Mansfield News Journal - The number of disenfranchised members of Mount Calvary Baptist Church is growing, according to an attorney representing the group.

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2. Whyte House Family Devotions: Prayer for the Family, Church, Nation & World #64 (7/24/17)

Whyte House Family Devotions: Prayer for the Family, Church, Nation & World #64 (7/24/17)

J.C. Ryle said, “We must not expect all things at once. We must remember what children are, and teach them as they are able to bear. Their minds are like a lump of metal — not to be forged and made useful at once, but only by a succession of little blows. Their understandings are like narrow-necked vessels: we must pour in the wine of knowledge gradually, or much of it will be spilled and lost.” DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 42:6-11 DEVOTIONAL READING: “Stand Still,” from “Morning & Evening,” by Charles Spurgeon

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3. Tools of the Trade, Part 12 (Proclaim #35)

Tools of the Trade, Part 12 (Proclaim #35)

Our Scripture verse on preaching is 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 which reads: "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?" Our quote on preaching today is from D.L. Moody. He said, "I'd rather be able to pray than to be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught his disciples how to preach, but only how to pray." Today, our topic is titled “Tools of the Trade, Part 12” from “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson.

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4. Reality — Keep it Real, Part 9 (Strategic Christian Leadership #42)

Reality — Keep it Real, Part 9 (Strategic Christian Leadership #42)

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is Isaiah 41:10 which says, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Napoleon Bonaparte. He said, "A leader is a dealer in hope." Our topic today is part 9 of “Chapter 3: Reality — Keep it Real” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning.

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5. Charlie Gard's Parents End Legal Fight (UCNN 07/24/17)

Charlie Gard's Parents End Legal Fight (UCNN 07/24/17)

1. Guardian - Charlie Gard’s parents have ended their legal fight over treatment for the critically ill baby, saying that it is “too late” for it to work. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced their decision as a high court judge was preparing to oversee the latest round of a five-month legal battle. 2. CNN - Israel has begun installing security cameras around the entrance of the Old City of Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in the country. 3. CBS - Controversial Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak has officially departed the United States as his assignment has come to an end, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan reports.

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6. Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Nation and the World #11 (6/1/17)

Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Nation and the World #11 (6/1/17)

William Wilberforce said, "This perpetual hurry of business and company ruins me in soul if not in body. More solitude and earlier hours! I suspect I have been allotting habitually too little time to religious exercises, as private devotion and religious meditation, Scripture-reading, etc. Hence I am lean and cold and hard. I had better allot two hours or an hour and a half daily. I have been keeping too late hours, and hence have had but a hurried half hour in a morning to myself. Surely the experience of all good men confirms the proposition that without a due measure of private devotions the soul will grow lean. But all may be done through prayer — almighty prayer, I am ready to say — and why not? For that it is almighty is only through the gracious ordination of the God of love and truth. O then, pray, pray, pray!" DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 11 DEVOTIONAL READING: "Praying That Is Praying" from A. W. Tozer

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7. Mike Pence, Karen Pence, & Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" (The Cross in Culture #23)

Mike Pence, Karen Pence, & Al Green's

An article published in The Washington Post this week took an extended look at the relationship between Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence. Among numerous details -- including that Karen is the family “prayer warrior,” that campaign aides internally saw her as a “major part” of the team, that she often serves as her husband’s gut check, that he proposed to her by hiding the ring in a loaf of bread for her to find while they were feeding ducks, and that President Trump has recognized her influence in her husband’s life -- one detail grabbed the attention of the media more than others: the fact that Vice President Pence has committed to ‘never eating alone with a woman other than his wife and never attending events featuring alcohol without her by his side.’ This detail prompted an extended round of mocking posts on blogs and social networks from liberal members of the media and many in the liberal sector of our country. While some would say it is unnecessary to make this type of commitment public knowledge, now that we know, I think Mike Pence ought to be applauded for such a commitment. It is a commitment in line with such great men as Billy Graham who never ate, traveled, or visited a hotel room alone with a woman who was not his wife. It is also refreshing in light of the long string of politicians, some who claim to be Christians, who have gone down in a blaze of sex scandals and infidelity. ...

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8. How to Prepare for an Untimely Death (Gospel Light Minute X #281)

How to Prepare for an Untimely Death (Gospel Light Minute X #281)

Death is sure. Death is common. No one likes it, but sometimes we expect it. A grandfather in his seventies. A mother who has been battling a terminal illness for decades. An actor with a long, successful, much-feted career. The victims of a long-running war in which hundreds or thousands have already died. In these cases, we grow numb to death. We expect it. We prepare for it.

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9. The Literal View of Hell, Part 7 (Theology of Eternal Damnation in Hell #17)

The Literal View of Hell, Part 7 (Theology of Eternal Damnation in Hell #17)

The Bible says in Revelation 20:13-14: "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." The featured quote for this episode is from J. Vernon McGee. He said, "Don't say that a loving God is going to send you to hell -- He's not. The thing that's going to send you to hell is that you're a sinner and you don't want to admit it." Our topic for today is "The Literal View of Hell (Part 7)" from Dr. John Walvoord.

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10. How Does God Work in the World? Part 4; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 9 (The Study of God #42)

How Does God Work in the World? Part 4; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 9 (The Study of God #42)

Let's start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today's passage of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 1:9 which reads: "God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." Today's words from a theologian are from William Barclay. He said: “Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.” Our first topic for today is titled "How Does God Work in the World? (Part 4)" from the book, "Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day" by Dr. Daryl Aaron. Our second topic for today is titled "Theology of the Synoptics (Part 9)" from "The Moody Handbook of Theology" by Dr. Paul Enns.

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11. Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Nation and the World #12 (6/2/17)

Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Nation and the World #12 (6/2/17)

William Henry Griffith Thomas said, "We cannot make up for failure in our devotional life by redoubling energy in service. We shall never take people beyond our own spiritual attainment." EPHESIANS 5:22-33 EPHESIANS 6:1-3 EPHESIANS 6:10-20 DEVOTIONAL READING: "It All Starts With God (Part 2)" from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren

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12. The Plantation System, Part 1 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #48)

The Plantation System, Part 1 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #48)

Our Scripture Verse for today is Psalm 119:30 which reads: "I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me." Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, "Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens." He said, “Spirituality or spiritual, as a concept, apart from organized religion or Christianity, is becoming more of a force to be reckoned with. Increasingly, as already noted, more people are comfortable in declaring themselves as spiritual, but without having a specific religious affiliation. However, in a biblical context, the word ‘spiritual’ as used in the New Testament is defined by Scofield as 'non-carnal.' While the Bible makes reference to 'spiritual wickedness in high places,' spirituality in the Christian context is very precise. It is the result of a connection to God as defined in the Bible and is produced by reliance on the Holy Spirit.” In this podcast, we are using as our texts: From Slavery to Freedom, by John Hope Franklin, The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier, and The Black Church In The U.S. by William A. Banks.

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13. The Leader’s Challenge, Part 2 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #2)

The Leader’s Challenge, Part 2 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #2)

Our Bible verse for this episode is 1 Timothy 3:2 which says, "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach." Our quote for this episode is from Charles Swindoll. He said, "Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it." In this podcast, we are using as our text, Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby. Our topic today is part 2 of “Chapter 1: The Leader’s Challenge”, where we look at the challenge of technology.

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14. Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #133)

Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #133)

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 10:32 which reads: "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." Our soul winning quote today is from Watchman Nee. He said: "If a believer in Christ did not preach in his first two years of his conversion, he may not likely open his mouth again to preach." Our soul winning devotional is part 116 of our series titled "What Evangelism Is" from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from their book "Evangelism Is...: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence." Evangelism In the Early Church, Part 3 There are at least five basic characteristics of the New Testament Church revealed in Acts 1–4. Each of these principles should serve as a foundation for future generations to follow. We looked at the first two characteristics in previous podcasts, and now we will look at the third characteristic. 3. The Early Church Shared a Consistent Message A close reading of Acts chapters 2 and 3 reveals that the early apostles never compromised the integrity of the gospel message. Even in the face of intimidation and possible death in front of the religious leaders, Peter refuses to back down. ...

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15. Praying, Prophesying, and Order in God's Church, Part 3.1 (Praying Through the Bible #246)

Praying, Prophesying, and Order in God's Church, Part 3.1 (Praying Through the Bible #246)

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 11:1-12 Having established the foundational authority structure within God's economy, Paul now moves into the specifics of the situation in the Corinthian church. He says, "Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head." Paul's concern here is not with the behavior of males and females in the church. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament portray men and women in prominent roles when praying and prophesying. Rather, Paul is concerned with the manner in which men and women go about that behavior.

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16. The Free State of Glory (Part 28)

The Free State of Glory (Part 28)

TEXT: Revelation 22:1-7 Verses 6 and 7 of our passage begin what commentators have called the "epilogue" of Revelation. From here on out, John affirms the message that he received from Jesus and challenges saints to live in light of "the things which must shortly be done." Dr. Ed Hindson writes, "The concept of 'witness' or 'testimony' is central to John's writings. The combination of 'faithful and true' appears four times in the Revelation. The threefold witness of the angel, John, and Jesus is intended to assure the reader of the validity and authenticity of the prophecy of the Revelation. It is this assurance that will be necessary to encourage future believers to hold true to their testimonies."

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17. N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on U.S. (Second Coming Watch Update #857)

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on U.S. (Second Coming Watch Update #857)

1. North Korea has said it would launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. if a “single bullet is fired” as U.S. forces flood the Korean Peninsula. 2. British troops began a long-term deployment to Estonia on Saturday as Germany’s intelligence chief warned that Russia had doubled its military presence on its Western border. 3. Turkey’s foreign minister has said that the anti-Islam views of politicians such as the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders are pushing Europe towards “wars of religion.” 4. The Israeli Defence Minister has threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. 5. At least 100 million people, including Protestant Christians, are facing “high” or “very high” levels of persecution at the hands of the atheistic Communist Party in China. You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com. The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 30:1-3 which reads: "The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it." Plus, commentary on this passage from the Popular Bible Prophecy Commentary, edited by Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson.

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18. The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #43

The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #43

One Way Passage, Part 4; An Arena of Political Life; Reconstruction and Retaliation, Part 12 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #43) Our Scripture verse for today is Romans 5:10 which reads: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, "Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens." He continues discussing statements which are frequently heard in the black church which he calls “innocent but dangerous.” Our first topic for today is titled "One Way Passage, Part 4" from the book, "From Slavery to Freedom" by John Hope Franklin. It is more difficult to measure the effect of the slave trade on African life than it is to estimate the number of persons removed. The expatriation of millions of Africans in less than four centuries constitutes one of the most far-reaching and drastic social revolutions in the annals of history. It is to be remembered that traders would have none but the best available natives. They demanded the healthiest, the largest, the youngest, the ablest, and the most culturally advanced. ... Our second topic for today is "The Negro Church: A Nation Within a Nation, Part 12" from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier. --- An Arena of Political Life It was inevitable that preachers who had played such an important role in the organized social life of Negroes should become political leaders during the Reconstruction period when the Negro enjoyed civil rights. The career of Bishop Henry M. Turner of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will enable us to see how these leaders in the religious life of Negroes became, after Emancipation, leaders in politics. He was born in South Carolina of free ancestry in 1834. ... Our third and final topic for today is from "The Black Church in the U.S.: Its Origin, Growth, Contributions, and Outlook" by Dr. William A. Banks. Today we are looking at part 12 of Chapter 4: "Reconstruction and Retaliation -- 1866 to 1914" --- One writer described the post-Civil War black family life as follows: “The plague-spot in sexual relations is easy marriage and easy separation. This is no sudden development, nor the fruit of Emancipation. It is the plain heritage from slavery, In those days, Sam, with his master's consent, ‘took up’ with Mary. No ceremony was necessary, and in the busy life of the great plantations of the Black Belt it was usually dispensed with. ...

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19. Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study Of Mental Disorder..., by Anton T. Boisen, #39

Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study Of Mental Disorder..., by Anton T. Boisen, #39

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is John 13:34 which reads, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “The Call to the MInistry: Borders of the Promised Land” (Part 11): Throughout this period Alice was always uppermost in my mind, and her letters meant a lot to me. However, as I look back, I see that I did not make as much of the privilege of writing as I might have. It seemed to me of first importance that I should do good work in my studies. Therefore I did not respond affirmatively to her suggestion that we correspond in French, and I did not devote to my letters the time and thought needed to make them really worthwhile. My academic standing I brought from an average of 83 in the first semester to 96 in the senior year, and 93 for the entire three years. Meanwhile the old battle for self-control seemed to be in hand. I felt therefore a certain degree of self-satisfaction. On this account I felt more keenly the fact that Alice would not permit me to see her and that her letters were written on her official stationery. In any case, at the end of my second year at Union she sent me an excellent picture of herself, one which I have always treasured. ...

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20. Pastor Formally Mentored by TD Jakes Resigns (UCNN 04/24/17)

Pastor Formally Mentored by TD Jakes Resigns (UCNN 04/24/17)

1. CBN - A pastor formally mentored by Bishop T.D. Jakes has officially resigned, according to a statement released by The Potter’s House of Denver on Facebook. 2. NY Daily News - The husband of a respected state judge whose body was found floating in the Hudson River last week dismissed reports that she committed suicide. 3. BP - The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) has suspended its June 11 worship service in Phoenix preceding the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting to allow members to attend the SBC Pastors’ Conference and the Harvest America Crusade.

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