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http://www.crossway.org/books/glory-hunger-tpb/

“While reading I was convicted of my tendency to crave glory and applause. Every chapter is laced with JR’s vulnerability and honesty, while the hero of the book remains God, his glory, and his kingdom. This is a book I’ll insist every member of my team reads to help us reject personal glory, embrace the discipline of obscurity, and spotlight Jesus alone.” —Aaron Ivey , Worship Pastor, The Austin Stone, Austin, Texas

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I think that's the hard part, because suffering is no respecter of persons. The most important thing, before even giving answers, is to be a good listener and a good person present with the friendship. And then when the questions are asked, determine the right time. Philosophical answers by a graveside are not exactly helpful, but an arm around the hurting can be helpful as they work through in time what it is that they are ready to listen to and when. I've seen people go through the heartache and go through the pain and at the end of it say they were able to come to conclusions through my suffering that I would never have come to before. James Stewart said in one of his books: "Conquer not despite the dark mystery of evil, you conquer through it'.

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The Word is Out – Premier Radio

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The Briefing 01-13-15

1) Paris killings sparks awareness of poor status of free speech in mainstream Islam

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The Resurrection of Jesus | Reasonable Faith

3. Certain appearances have earmarks of historicity. For example, we have good evidence from the gospels that neither James nor any of Jesus’ younger brothers believed in him during his lifetime. There is no reason to think that the early church would generate fictitious stories concerning the unbelief of Jesus’ family had they been faithful followers all along. But it is indisputable that James and his brothers did become active Christian believers following Jesus’ death. James was considered an apostle and eventually rose to the position of leadership of the Jerusalem church. According to the first century Jewish historian Josephus, James was martyred for his faith in Christ in the late AD 60s. Now most of us have brothers. What would it take to convince you that your brother is the Lord, such that you would be ready to die for that belief? Can there be any doubt that this remarkable transformation in Jesus’ younger brother took place because, in Paul’s words, “then he appeared to James”?

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How Should a Christian Respond to “Gay Marriage”?

Even though such problems as the spread of HIV might be shown to be a sound argument in this issue, ultimately it’s not a good basis for stating that one man for one woman must be the rule. It may be a sound argument based on the pragmatics of wanting to maintain a healthy physical body, but why should one or more human beings have the right to dictate to others what they can or can’t do in sexual relationships? After all, another person might decide that the relationship between one man and woman in marriage might cause psychological problems and use that as the basis for the argument. So which one is correct?

7 Challenge: No Scientific Consensus on When Human Life Begins - Stand to Reason Blog

Let's look at what all scientists will agree on. Is a grown living adult an individual human being? I can't see how any scientist could disagree. But how about a toddler? Do we all agree that she/he is an individual human being? Yes? ...but do all scientist agree? Well, we know that there are some that would question their status as fully valued human beings. So what does that tell us about scientific consensus? And how "important" is that consensus for a agreed upon definition? The majority of scientists views the fetal stage as developmental stage of a human being and not a potential human being. The same is true for an infant and the same is true for an embryo. Now pro choice advocates will throw in an argument about zygotes or implantation vs conception, but not because to present where science disagrees on what is considered what, but to avoid to look at what they pretty much all agree on. Yes, when it comes to abortifications/the pill, it's a valid question/concern that deserves an answer. But it doesn't matter in the abortion choice vs life debate. We do not elect to abort zygote stage beings.

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Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

The first show tells the story of Martin Pistorius, who fell into a mysterious coma as a young boy. He had only one thing left as his mind began to function again — his own thoughts. Here's a glimpse into his story.

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The First Charlie Hebdo Cover Since Deadly Terror Attack Is Being Called ‘Perfect’ and ‘Beautifully Subversive’

Last week’s deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices that killed 12 people is believed to have been revenge for the French satirical publication’s mockery of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and France’s military involvement in Muslim countries.

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Defiant Charlie Hebdo to print 3M copies of latest edition with Muhammad on cover

The decimated, but uncowed magazine upped its usual print run of 60,000 copies to 3 million for the magazine, due out Wednesday but released to the French newspaper Liberation . Fierce bidding on eBay had editions commanding as much as $500 following the outpouring of support for Charlie Hebdo, whose four top cartoonists were among the dozen killed. Editor-in-chief Gérard Biard said in a Tuesday radio interview the decision to run a cartoon if Muhammad holding a a “Je Suis Charlie” sign with the caption "Tout est pardonne," or "All is forgiven," and said the message was not that Muhammad was offering forgiveness, as some initially assumed.

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Christian Internet Radio Featuring Biblical Preaching and Teaching | RefNet

Preaching, teaching, Scripture, news, music, & audiobooks

15 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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The Janet Mefferd Show

The Tax Foundation recently released its annual analysis of federal income taxes, based on data from the Internal Revenue Service. The report, authored by Kyle Pomerleau and Andrew Lundeen, finds that in 2012, the top five percent of income earners paid a majority (59 percent) of federal income taxes and earned 37 percent of total adjusted gross income. The effective tax rate for this group was 21 percent. These findings are echoed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. These data make it possible to fact check the claim that in 2012, the rich skimped on their tax responsibilities at everyone else’s expense. It seems so long ago, but the central point of contention in the 2012 presidential race was over the question of whether the rich pay their fair share of taxes. As President Obama argued, “Those who have done well, including me, should pay our fair share in taxes to contribute to the nation that made our success possible. We shouldn’t get a better deal than ordinary families…”

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Loving the Lost

It’s interesting that after coming to Christ and growing in knowledge, we often distance ourselves from former friends. We seem to have less time for the hurting and struggling. We’ve found the thing that meets the need in our lives, but keep our distance from those who need the very thing we’ve found. I don’t think this separation is intentional, but it happens, and in the end, our intentions don’t matter.

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Which Promises Are for Me?

Limiting a promise to your own understanding . Even when we rightly recognize a promise as intended for us, we often impose our own understanding of exactly how it will be fulfilled. Or we are tempted to impose our own timeline on its fulfillment. Yes, God does have a plan to prosper you and not to harm you (Jer. 29:11), but as in the case of the people to whom those words were originally written, that “you” is more likely a collective reference to the body of believers, and that plan may play out across centuries in ways we can’t possibly predict. To recognize this intent does not diminish the beauty of the promise at all. It actually enhances it.

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Why I Bought Myself an Engagement Ring

I'm actually a hopeless romantic. I get that dating is a numbers game (now more than ever in the age of Match, Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, etc.). I was told the other day that there is even an app that connects you with other people who just want to meet up to cuddle. But somehow I still believe in the serendipity of locking eyes with someone across a crowded airport, bumping into him in the Acropolis, or being forced to share a cab in Mumbai. I actually have no doubt that I will meet my husband somewhere on my travels.

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How to Break Up to the Glory of God

The worst thing you can do is throw stones and cast blame on the other person, not only causing sadness over the lost relationship but also provoking feelings of guilt, as if it is his/her fault. Even in the act of breaking up, you need to be thoughtful, gracious, and loving towards the other person (Eph. 4:1-3; Col. 4:6; Titus 3:2). After all, he or she is a child of God, loved by God, so what gives you any right to treat him or her any differently than God does? If you are not sure how to do this, find an older, godly Christian man or woman and ask for help.

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2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. 

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Pelosi to name first Muslim lawmaker to House intelligence committee

A senior Democratic aide said Rep. André Carson of Indiana would be named in the “coming days” to the key national security-focused panel. Pelosi (D-Calif.) told lawmakers of the appointment during the members’ weekly caucus meeting.

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Home for the Holidays When Home Isn’t Safe (Part 1)

Indeed, it was otherwise in my childhood. My father (who died eight years ago) was a church leader and a violent man. His wisdom and insight, his ability to connect with anyone he deemed worthy, and his capacity to help people who had the least reason to expect it let him become a surrogate father to a number of grateful people. Alas, he had threats, humiliations, and blows for his sons. About half of my earliest memories have beatings and cruelties as their centerpiece. And Christmas was often the worst day of the year. On Christmas Eve, he spoke of the night heaven came to earth, and on Christmas day he gave his family a chocolate sampler of hell.

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When Disappointment Is The Best Thing For Us

Now even as I say that, it's important to note that disappointment is a perfectly valid emotion, and so we need not tamp it down the moment it surfaces, or rebuke it in the name of Jesus. But it's equally important that we not get mired in our feelings of frustration because they are not so much a punishment as they are a signpost. The failure to find fulfillment in life’s pursuits is what turns our hearts to God over and over again, to the Living Water which alone can fill us to overflowing, like the woman at the well. So when we feel disappointed, it does not make sense for us to endlessly brood on what has gone wrong, any more than it makes sense for us to sit and pout for hours when our stomachs begin to growl. No, the proper response is to go and find something, or Someone, that can fill us up properly.

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Feinstein Proposal Would Lock In Anti-Torture Measures

The CIA's excruciating interrogations of suspected terrorists, widely seen as torture, are detailed as official acts in the Senate report released last month. Now Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who spearheaded that report, wants to prevent such acts from ever happening again. She's proposing legislation and administrative moves for which her Republican colleagues see little need and which activists deem too timid.

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Dressed for Death: The History of Funeral Fashion

King David instructed Joab to "tear your clothes, and put on sackcloth, and mourn over Abner" in 2 Samuel. As Abner's killer, Joab would have worn sackcloth both as mourning garb and as a form of official (if not deeply felt) repentance for his deception and sin. Mordecai wore sackcloth in Esther 4 to mourn the edict signed by King Xerxes that would destroy all the Jews in the kingdom, going "through the city, wailing with a loud and bitter cry."

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Pain and Evil amid the Wreckage of Eden

As Ravi and I had conversations on this topic, we found we were united in wanting to question all three of these assumptions. We wanted to write something that would be helpful for seekers and Christians alike, for those with intellectual questions and for those who are hurting. We wanted to help show that the intellectual and emotional challenges are deeply related, and that there aren’t just one or two Christian responses to suffering but rather the variety of responses one would expect from a God who loves each and every person and desires to meet us amid the great variety of circumstances and challenges we find ourselves in.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Christian World View: Rational Predispositions That Support Truth

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: God Alone Supplies the Necessary Truth Conditions

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Southern Seminary Expeditions provide opportunities to further your theological education by going outside of the classroom to locations rich in biblical and historical significance. The Expeditions offer on-site lectures from biblical, theological and historical scholars and seek to cultivate hearts and minds that worship Christ.

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Applied Apologetics on Twitter

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34 Reflections

We live in a capitalist world in which people are weighted and measured by the kind of cars they drive and clothes they wear and home they own. And I think as a father and husband, there’s a side to me that wants to get my family something really nice to communicate that I care for them deeply and that I’ve listened to them and taken the hints. I’m aware of what they’re telling me. But on the other hand I think it’s very easy to be caught up in a merchandise culture and forget that the thing we truly care deeply about is our family. It’s not the things that they can give us; it’s them. We want their love and to enjoy that relationship. Greed is a big problem and I’m not surprised that Thorin’s greed would have application in ours lives.

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Much Of America Still Hasn't Recovered From The Recession

So how does that all play out on the ground? According to the National Association of Counties, "county economies are where Americans feel the national economy." And, they've found, at the county level only 2.1% of counties have fully recovered from the recession.

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9Marks at Southern

The gospel tells the story of God, man, Christ, and a requisite response. It heralds the news about creation, fall, redemption, and a glorious consummation. And it is the only thing that will build a church. All that other stuff only builds a crowd.

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Less than HALF of U.S. children grow up in a two parent home

Less than half of U.S children under the age of 18 live at home with two married, heterosexual parents in their first marriage, new research has revealed (stock image)

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Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel

A woman holds a baby as Pope Francis, background, delivers his speech during a baptizing ceremony in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Pope Francis baptized 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel as part of an annual tradition, this year repeating an invitation to mothers to nurse their babies if crying out of hunger. (Photo: L'Osservatore Romano, via AP)

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The Church Growth Movement: innovating like it’s 1894

The seeker sensitive model gets the whole thing upside down. Exactly, what difference does it make how many are in the multitude, if the gospel is never preached?!?! And you can’t sugar coat it. Those who came for the candy will bolt out in all directions when they see the true gospel. But what is the point in alluring them by appealing to their flesh, just to tell them they must crucify it with Christ when you give them the gospel, and then they all run away? The goal is, and let me make this clear for those who seem to be a bit… er… confused here… the goal is: salvation, and it works by giving… (drumroll….) the GOSPEL! You can’t lure them in with candy, bells, neon lights, and whistles folks. The message and the wrapping it comes in should match. The point is that people get saved, so they need the gospel. You want to attract the sincere ones so you make the brochure match the destination. That is how you get results. Even if you draw 100, and 20 get saved, at least there are twenty. But if you draw 100,000, and never preach the gospel, 0 will get saved, and 0 is less than 20.

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Colorado cake case pits religion against tolerance

DENVER | Colorado baker Jack Phillips was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to prepare a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, but his attorneys said Monday that a state official who ruled against him is guilty of anti-religious bias.

41 Dating by Q&A

In modern romance we are quick to give answers to the questions we expect to be asked. For the man, can he support a family? For the woman, does she want to have children? What are his future plans? What are hers? For the Christian, what is our theology? Or maybe more simple, do we even go to church? Or more simplistic still, are we physically attracted to one another? These are the expected questions, the ones of most import in modern courtship. The means to the end— which is marriage for most of us.

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ZachariasTrust on Twitter

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Ligonier.org

Over the past one hundred years, Christians have sung, “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free” countless times. Despite what one might think about “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” the hymn rings true in that our joy and freedom in Christ make us want to sing. Yet, sometimes we are not happy and do not feel like singing in corporate worship. It is therefore helpful to consider some aspects of sung praises in order to properly address this feeling.

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Andrae Crouch Memorial Services Begin Tuesday; TD Jakes, President Obama Mourns Gospel Singer

The singer and songwriter died at age 72 on Jan. 8, after suffering a heart attack. New Christ Memorial Church is honoring Crouch with public memorial services referred to as "a celebration of Andrae Crouch's life" in the coming week, including a viewing on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a tribute that evening, another viewing on Wednesday, Jan. 21, as well as a four-hour celebration of his life, according to the church's website .

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Christian Florist Can Lose Personal Assets for Declining Gay Wedding Due to 'Relationship With Jesus,' Judge Rules

A florist in Washington State who refused to provide floral arrangements to a gay couple for their same-sex wedding ceremony, due to her religious objection to such a union, can now legally be sued personally by the state's attorney general's office, a judge in the state has determined.

46 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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7 Educational Scriptures On Loving and Forgiving Our Enemies

It's important for us to read and understand God's word because in the Bible it tells us that we can't grasp it on our own. One area that is difficult for us to grasp is about loving and forgiving our enemies.

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The Unbelievable Gospel

The book’s stated thesis is to “recover a believable evangelism, one that moves beyond the cultural and personal barriers we have erected in contemporary evangelism to rediscover the power of the biblical gospel” (14). To that end Dodson, pastor of City Life Church in Austin, Texas, lays out his case by explaining why people find the gospel so unbelievable, followed by a detailed cultural analysis of four distinct evangelistic practices common to the North American context. After showing precisely where these practices fall short, Dodson unfolds a way forward that involves (1) gaining a fresh vision of the gospel, (2) handling the gospel in its different forms, and (3) speaking the gospel in cultural key. In each of the remaining chapters he presents a number of gospel metaphors that can be used in evangelistic conversations—metaphors like acceptance, hope, intimacy, tolerance, approval, and community.

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Relief in Wartime Chaos

More than 619,000 officially registered Syrian refugees—along with 2 million Palestinians and thousands more from Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, and other countries—have flooded into Jordan. Four years into the Syrian conflict, Jordan’s refugee emergency has turned into a national crisis, taxing the country’s ability to sustain the masses who aren’t leaving anytime soon. (Today, there are 3.2 million Syrian refugees in the region.)

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What Kind of God Would Condemn People to Eternal Torment?

On what basis can I so strongly and confidently assert the necessity and existence of eternal, conscious torment in hell, even if my heart naturally cries out in rebellion against the thought? Only because God’s Word is clear on the matter. The Bible describes hell as a place where God pours out His wrath on people who have been created in His image (Matthew 10:28; 25:46; Revelation 14:10–11; 20:10–15). God the Father has appointed His Son to be the eternal Judge who will condemn people to hell (Matthew 25:31–34, 25:41; Acts 10:42). This is not momentary or temporary torture dispensed by Satan or his demons, but eternal torment poured out by God Himself. This punishment will be inflicted upon conscious human beings, people who know who they are, what they were, what they have done (Luke 16:22–31).

51 Ewan McGregor and Rodrigo Garcia On Jesus, Satan, and 'Last Days in the Desert'
52 8-Year-Old Diagnosed With Cancer Will Inspire You and Make You Smile
53 Did God command genocide in the Bible? - On Faith & Culture
54 Pakistani Christians on Twitter
55 Blog: Ten Key Points on Islamic Blasphemy Law
56 The Fundamental Equation of Chemistry Is Itself Fine-Tuned
57 Charlie Hebdo Returns With Defiant Prophet Muhammad Cartoon
58 Man Linked to Charlie Hebdo Killers Arrested in Bulgaria; Possible Threat to US Ahead?
59 Bill Maher Claims Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Paris Terror Attacks
60 Editor’s Choice: The Best of 2014
61 Innovative Apologetics: Even With all the Time in the World - Monkeys typing aimlessly Results in No Shakespeare
62 Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Peter Boghossian and the New Atheist's Comparisons of Zeus, the Easter Bunny and Jesus
63 When It’s Good to Get Angry With God
64 Finding Balance in Your Life and Family (Part 1 of 2)
65 Discretion, Free Speech and 'Charlie Hebdo'
66 When Was the Exodus? – A Review of ‘Patterns of Evidence: Exodus’
67 ‘Parks and Rec’ Saw the Best in Millennials
68 Home for the Holidays When Home Isn’t Safe (Part 2)
69 Misfit or Miss Goody Two Shoes? Adolescent misperceptions abound, Stanford researcher says
70 Did Adam and Noah Really Live Over 900 Years?
71 Love Covers
72 Evangelical Textual Criticism: What is the Oldest Manuscript of the New Testament?
73 Innovative Apologetics: God is Required for Reason and Logic
74 Christian Cake Company's Refusal to Bake Pro-Gay Marriage Cake Compared to Slavery, Holocaust by Colorado Commissioner
75 The Leadership Journal Book Awards
76 One Indispensable Rule
77 Applied Apologetics on Twitter
78 Me and Jack Kevorkian
79 Are you Skeptical of the Bible Because it Reports Miracles?
80 Innovative Apologetics: Defeating Relativism and Exposing Self-referential Sentences
81 Dance Moves to Do Before Church in The Morning – This Guy is Hilarious! (VIDEO)
82 Chris Rosebrough on Twitter
83 The Riot and the Dance
84 When Jesus Says, ‘Don’t Follow Me’
85 4 Suggestions to Deepen Your Small Group Prayer
86 Innovative Apologetics: The Trinity: The God Scripture Reveals
87 Why does God let people suffer? Why is there so much evil in the world?
88 Be Ready: A Worldview Course
89 Innovative Apologetics: Seeing the Powerful Patterns of Evidence for the Exodus
90 CRI on Twitter
91 Catalyst on Twitter
92 WORLD | For one young couple, ‘the simple life’ meant starting out in a tent | Mary Reichard | Jan. 13, 2015
93 James White on Twitter
94 Chief Kelvin Cochran: “My termination has made a great statement” [VIDEO]