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Earth Just Had Its Hottest September on Record | RELEVANT

No, it’s not just your city that was burning up this summer. Unprecedented heat around the world vaulted September 2020 to the hottest September in recorded history, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The month’s warmth also contributed to 2020s trend as a remarkably hot year overall, with the year-to-date global... Read more

9 New and Notable Books for September 2020 – Tim Challies

The good books continue to roll in! As September turns to October I thought it would be good to provide a roundup of some of the best books to cross my desk over the past month (acknowledging that, in reality, I’m posting this a day late). As usual, I need to add the disclaimer that... Read more

The Unsearchable Greatness of God – Girlfriends in God – September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020The Unsearchable Greatness of God Gwen SmithTodays TruthGreat is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3, ESV)Friend to FriendMy son Hunter had been home from school for days on end following the concussion he sustained in a high school basketball game. In an effort to occupy his... Read more

How to Find Your Strength and Identity in the Lord – Encouragement for Today – September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020How to Find Your Strength and Identity in the LordALLI WORTHINGTON Lee en espaolThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)Have you ever watched a time travel movie where the main character keeps going... Read more

Transformation Garden – September 30, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.Psalm 5: 11Amplified BibleI heard a robin singing... Read more

Not An Artisan But a Creator – Daughters of Promise – September 30

NOT AN ARTISAN BUT A CREATORBy: Christine WyrtzenIn the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1When I make something, I begin with pre-existing pieces.  Make a cake and I have a list of ingredients that already exist.  Fashion a piece of pottery and there is clay to mold.  I dont make the... Read more

Finding Rest on the Weary Road – Encouragement Café – September 30

Finding Rest on the Weary Road By Shelly RobertsYes, my soul, find rest in God. My hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5Sometimes the path we find ourselves on isnt one we would have chosen. Perhaps you even wonder how you got there. It could have been some bad life choices or circumstances beyond your control. Regardless,... Read more

Pearls of Grace – September 30

September 30 Our Heavenly Report Card"It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself, if his conduct is pure and right." Proverbs 20:11 Like every other child who had not given their best in school, I dreaded report card day. I knew that my grades in math, reading, science and social studies would be... Read more

Seeing Gods Beauty Beloved Women September 30, 2020

Seeing Gods Beauty Beloved Women September 30, 2020READ: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Seeing the seasons change can be exciting and sometimes dreary depending on the season that you love the most. But its amazing that in each season that God has given us beauty to... Read more

Bible News Roundup Week of September 27, 2020 – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway [Return daily during the coming week for updates] Support Bible GatewayFind the Resources You Need At: FaithGateway Store Christianbook.comOrder Resources in Bulk At: ChurchSource Most Americans Embrace Religion, SpiritualityEven Atheists Facts & Trends Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, How an Atheist Turned to Jesus Despite the Church: An Interview... Read more

A La Carte (September 29) – Tim Challies

Observation: If you use a certain app and it becomes important to your life or workflow, it’s almost always worth paying for the Pro version. You get better features and you get to support the people who make it. That’s a win-win. It is another good day for Kindle deals! The collectors will want to... Read more

The Season of Wait – Girlfriends in God – September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020The Season of WaitLisa Morrone, PTTodays TruthMy sheep hear my voice and they follow [obey] me (John 10:27, NIV).Friend to FriendBe still.HuhDo I have to?Honestly, I am not particularly fond of the word still. For a super productive doer like myself, the word conjures up images of idleness, passiveness, and inactivity. It just... Read more

Our God Is Not a Do-Nothing God – Encouragement for Today – September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020Our God Is Not a Do-Nothing GodLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaol casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) How can God just do... Read more

Transformation Garden – September 29, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:And their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall not sorrow or languish any more at all.Jeremiah 31: 12Amplified BibleTodays Study Text:Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told His disciples, Sit down here while I go over yonder and pray. And... Read more

Speech – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of September 29

SpeechThe heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.Psalm 19:1-4Right now, as we exist, in this very moment, the heavens are declaring Gods glory.... Read more

Ancestry.God – Daughters of Promise – September 29

ANCESTRY.GODBy: Christine WyrtzenIn the beginning God Genesis 1:1aKnowing where we come from has become of paramount interest in recent history. Ancestry.com has grown in popularity and I know many people who have spent years constructing their personal genealogy. I cant count how many meals Ive shared with people who love to talk about their discoveries.Their eyes... Read more

Pearls of Grace – September 29

September 29 Living Large "I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise, nor wealth t the discerning, nor favor to men of ability, for time and chance overtake them all." Ecclesiastes 9:11 Abraham Lincoln... Read more

When Your World Crumbles – Encouragement Café – September 29

When Your World Crumbles By Carolyn Dale NewellBy faith, the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe when she had received the spies with peace Hebrews 11:30-31 NKJV.The earth shakes. The walls rattle. They begin to crack... Read more

Its Working  Beloved Women September 29, 2020

Its Working Beloved Women September 29, 2020READ: It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. (Psalm 119:71 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: In life, we will experience things coming from all different directions and sometimes several things all at once, yet God will give us peace even during our storm. Life happens to... Read more

A La Carte (September 28) – Tim Challies

Today is an amazing day for Kindle book collectors as there’s a large collection of excellent resources on theology and Christian living. You can find them on the Kindle deals page. Logos users will want to check out this long list of commentaries on sale. (Yesterday on the blog: A Side Of Perfect Beauty in... Read more

Letting Go Of Nagging – Girlfriends in God – September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020Letting Go Of NaggingBarb RooseTodays Truth: The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21, NIV).Friend to FriendIm a descendant from a long line of well-meaning women whose nagging is a preferred expression of love. You can calculate just how much youre loved based on the number of times we call or text... Read more

Jesus Wept – Encouragement for Today – September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020Jesus WeptANITHA ABRAHAMLee en espaolAnd he said, Where have you laid him? They said to him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. So the Jews said, See how he loved him! John 11:34-36 (ESV)There are times when there are no words. The situation is so heartbreaking that you feel it deep down in... Read more

Transformation Garden – September 28, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:You will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself any more,... Read more

When God Honors the Underdog – Daughters of Promise – September 28

WHEN GOD HONORS THE UNDERDOGAnd the angel of the Lord said to her, Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because theLord has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyones hand against him, and he... Read more

Time – Encouragement Café – September 28

Time By Maria Drayton Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34I wish things were different some days.  Some days I wish I could change things and slow things down.  It all has happened so fast.  My son is growing up and Im... Read more

Fragile Hearts, Faithful God – Beloved Women – September 28, 2020

Fragile Hearts, Faithful God Beloved Women September 28, 2020READ: "He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together." (Colossians 3:17 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: The world has been swirling in a perfect storm. A pandemic, protests, and politics wedge themselves between us. They demand we stay apart so we can stay healthy or stay hostile.With all... Read more

Pearls of Grace – September 28

September 28 Every Good Work, Every Good Word "Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word." II Thessalonians 2:16-17 In every good work and in every good... Read more

Surrounding Wisdom – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of September 27

Surrounding Wisdom Part 2 By Margaret D. MitchellWeek of September 27, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXY4UH513tQ[/embed]God has been delivering His people out from under clouds of darkness into His marvelous light to declare His praise (Ro 13:11-14, Lk 11:33-36 TPT, Ep 5:8-21, 1 Jn 1:5-7).Psalm 71:15 AMPC says, My mouth shall tell of Your righteous acts and of Your deeds... Read more

Transformation Garden – September 27, 2020

Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.Romans 8: 18King James VersionTodays Study Text:My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You... Read more

Pearls of Grace – September 27

September 27 Emptied to Fill "He must increase but I must decrease." John 3:30 From the time the Lord saved me I have had a heart to help people; to give them Jesus. For years I struggled in my feeble to "save" everyone and be some sort of spiritual hero in the lives of others.... Read more