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Pride Poisons Ethnic Harmony

Pride is one of the greatest enemies to ethnic harmony. But the gospel breaks the back of our pride and empowers us to move forward together.

After Eddie Long's Death, Daughter Says He Was 'Perfect,' Others Point to His Cloud of Secrets

"He was ill, what the illness was we may never know. However, HE KNEW and somehow not using the moment to teach (being a bishop and leader) was a disservice and disingenuous 'This is my struggle, here is what I'm doing to overcome' that wasn't the battle cry. Instead a cloak of secrecy which is what makes people distrustful. SECRETS. I hope that his family will find strength and can make peace living under the cloud of secrecy which they have now inherited," wrote Celeste Mckenzie .

The Secularization of Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s a story you won’t hear anywhere this week as the life of Martin Luther King is celebrated: the story of the battle for the soul of a nation between King and his rival, Malcolm X. The battle between a Baptist preacher and a Nation of Islam disciple. And if you listen carefully, what you’ll hear is deafening silence about the one element of King’s life without which none of his efforts would have been possible: his devotion to his faith and his God. His devotion to Jesus Christ. “To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license,” Bill Maher once explained. “Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll down to the bottom and click, ‘I agree.'” Reverend Martin Luther King thought differently. Indeed, he found the Bible so compelling that his undergraduate degree was in Bible studies and his Ph.D. was in theology. To King, the Bible wasn’t a software license. It was software code — a deep,

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21 Days of Prayer, prayer guide for life on the App Store

An Invitation to Pray and Engage Download the 21 Days of Prayer guide to join us as we pray. Many people wish the abortion debate would just go away. They’re tired of the controversy and name-calling played out almost daily on social media. They’re turned-off by harsh rhetoric and careless labels, not to mention constant political bickering. Perhaps you feel this way. You have a heart for the unborn, but have yet to act on your pro-life sentiments. You want to do something, but see only two options—pick a fight or avoid the issue in polite company! But there’s a third option—pray and engage. Line Up - See a full list of the 21 days of prayer. - Add each day to your schedule to receive a reminder to pray that day. - Stories, prayers, and more for each day. Resources - Curated resources for equipping yourself and others.

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I started using Commun.it to be more efficient on the way I manage out Twitter communities. My favorite features? The prioritized feed to focus on the relevant members of the community - Orange

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One More Time? Three Ways to Worship in Repetition

When we look to learn from the experience of believers in other cultures, we find that repeating lyrics does not necessarily involve mindlessness. Indeed, repetition in worship offers certain opportunities for mindfulness that are difficult to access in many of our word-heavy worship songs. Consider these three ways to engage your mind during a repetitive time of worship.

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‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

“The Open Doors World Watch List is the most accurate, thorough and intensive research available on the persecution of Christians,” said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA. “It calculates not only deaths reported in the news, but also persecution at a grassroots level, where family-to-family persecution is tracked. The 25-year research shows where the most unstable areas for Christians have historically been and, in many countries, remain.”

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A look back on 2016 and the impact we have made as a church. Together we have made a difference locally and globally. Now we look forward to what the Lord would have us do in 2017.

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CrossExamined Radio w/ Dr. Frank Turek

Listen to CrossExamined with Frank Turek on American Family Radio network Saturday, 10-11 am Eastern on AFR network streaming audio and FM radio Tune in to our weekly call-in radio program hosted by Frank Turek on American Family Radio network. Join Frank as he discusses challenging topics, takes calls from listeners, and interviews dynamic Christian apologists. Sponsored by CrossExamined.org, this apologetics program is both informative and entertaining!  It is also available in podcast at the iTunes link below.

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

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For the Name and Word of God

When Jesus said that he who would be great must be the servant of all (Mark 10:43), he did not mean that a great life serves to make much of small things. He meant a great life pays any price to help others make much of the name and the word of God. John Sailhamer’s unrelenting labors to lead others into the riches of the name and the word of God have borne fruit for eternity.

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Why Christians Should Support Rehabilitation for the Charleston Church Shooter

There have been several cases of prisoners turning to God when facing execution, such as ax murderer Karla Faye Tucker (executed in 1998) and Crips co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams III (executed in 2005). And there are Christian organizations and ministries, such as Prison Fellowship and the Tim Tebow Foundation, that directly minister to inmates on death row. But in general the Christian community in America has largely adopted the modern, truncated notion of rehabilitation to be solely about societal re-integration. The result is that we become dismissive of “jailhouse coversions,” assuming that they must be a ploy since claiming someone has been “rehabiliated” means they are deserving of leniency. We have forgotten what our ancestors knew: that rehabilitation of character is a worthy end in itself, even for those who will never live outside of prison walls.

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The Gospel Coalition on Twitter

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Stephen C. Meyer and Doug Axe discuss 5 major problems with macro-evolution

The host of the Cross Examined radio show Dr. Frank Turek talks with Stephen C. Meyer and Doug Axe about a recent conference of Royal Society scientists discussing the problems with the theory of macro-evolution.

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How Some Churches Accidentally Create Narcissists

Rather than avoiding the topic or turning a blind eye, a good way to address the dysfunction is through honest conversation. Perfection will never be reached on this side of heaven but we can still strive to live honorably and exalt one another above ourselves in the choices we make day to day. We can call out destructive, inexcusable behavior when we see it. We can seek justice for all, not just betterment for one. This requires bravery, character, maturity and emotional competence but it’s a responsibility we have to protect the namesake of Christ’s bride.

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Millennial Christians Are Redefining 'Bible Belt' Values

Life is all about good and bad experience Life is all about good and bad experience. It was all good and lovely when i met joelly, she was a good business woman until things become rough for her and her business empire started liquidating. I was a very courageous and hardworking man so i decided to sell my inheritance to assist . We both struggle together and built the business world again. This time around the business was growing from strength to strength. I was surprise one Sunday evening when she came home with her secretary and told me that we cannot continue with this pretense called love. I was shocked and heart broken, i was in a friend, house for three weeks frustrated until i met Fernando my old friend at the supermarket, he directed to me to Dr saka. I contacted saka and he told me that Joelly was been manipulated by some spiritual power and he told me to provide some items which he is going to use to destroy the evil spirit. I never believe in voodoo but i had to give him a trial. To my greatest surprise, Joelly called and started apologizing 2 days after i sent Dr. Saka the email.

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16 The TC Apologetics Daily

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If My Words Abide In You

Then in verse 7 instead of using the pair, “If you abide in me and I in you,” Jesus says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you.” I think the point of this change is to let us see practically how we let Jesus abide in us, namely, by letting his words abide in us. “If you abide in me, and I abide in you,” is explained partly by, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you.” We let Jesus abide in us, as we let his words abide in us.

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New 'World Watch List' Ranks the 50 Most Dangerous Places to Be a Christian

According to the report, about 215 million Christians worldwide are facing a high level of persecution, and in 35 of the 50 countries, it is because of Islamic extremists.

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RELEVANT on Twitter

@RELEVANT @RNS Of course we shouldn't. Just toss away religion. Spirituality has a chance then.

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Chapter 27, Sec. 2-Chapter 28, Sec. 7 by John Gerstner | January 14, 2017

The Westminster Confession of Faith has, for hundreds of years, served as the doctrinal foundation of the Reformed churches. In this message, Dr. John Gerstner further examines the sacraments by looking at the Westminster’s teaching regarding baptism.

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Is Dr. King Coming to Dinner?

In the Civil Rights Era (1950–1968), Martin Luther King, Jr. and others protested the continued injustices. Blacks fought for the right to legal equality with regards to voting, racial segregation, and dehumanizing discrimination. But too often they were met with silence, and even hostility, from evangelical, Reformed, and Bible-believing churches and churchmen who “remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows,” as King wrote in “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.” Only through tumultuous times of police brutality, riots, hosings, and dog-bitings, was a place at Uncle Sam’s table legally granted to African Americans. But even then, segregation still flourished within American homes.

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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Choosing a Church | Reasonable Faith

So, Chris, I think you should look for a local church where you meet with God in meaningful corporate worship each Sunday. That’s the main criterion in choosing a church, more important than good preaching (you don’t go to church primarily to receive instruction). Then find out if there are service opportunities and ways for you to get involved and exercise your spiritual gift. Last of all, determine if the church has a doctrinal confession that permits you to become member. If it has a statement that would require you to confess things you don’t believe in, you may wish to attend that church anyway without becoming officially a member of that denomination or church. But if you can join in good conscience, then as an expression of your solidarity with the local believers, do become a member.

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When the 'Enlightened' Left Doesn't Get Its Way, Expect Riots and Death Threats | The Stream

Bullying, belittling and refusal to tolerate a different view of anything has become the political correctness of the politically liberal. I can hardly believe that anyone with half a brain can’t see the hypocrisy of such high-handed dictatorial behavior in the name of peace, equality and tolerance. I am an artist, I am not a fan of many people but I would NEVER deny the right for anyone to be who they are as long as it doesn’t kill anybody or break any laws. You freaks who assume to speak for me as an artist or a woman or not a political partisan not only do not know who or what I believe in or approve of, but your erratic bullying behavior may make me choose to someday treat you as you are treating my fellow Americans who do not agree with you. You are not persuading anybody with your ham-fisted tactics and you are making enemies of people who would defend your right to be idiots to their death. Congratulations on your win.

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Are Comfortable Christians Compromisers?

However, my answer is that he should find in Scripture a theology of contentment in comfort, as well as contentment in pain. Yes, yes, yes. He should. And if he hasn’t found it, which it doesn’t sound like he has, he should pursue it, and I will try to give a little guideline here. That is exactly what Paul said in Philippians 4:11–12, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.” That would be Noah’s concern: “Can I be okay feeling comfortable?” So go to school here, right? “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things [both of those] through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:12–13).

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Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Osiris Mythology? | Cold Case Christianity

Over the past two weeks, I’ve examined the similarities between Jesus, Mithras and Horus . Early mythological characters are sometimes offered by skeptics in an attempt to argue Jesus is nothing more than a re-creation and retelling of the ancient “rising and dying” mythologies embraced by a number of primitive cultures. Movies like Zeitgeist: The Movie and The God Who Wasn’t There , have capitalized on this strategy, highlighting every possible similarity, while ignoring the critical differences. Osiris is mentioned in both of these movies as yet another iteration of the rising and dying Savior preceding the appearance of Jesus. Skeptics claim Osiris and Jesus were identical in a number of important ways. According to these doubters, Osiris was called “Lord of Lords”, “King of Kings”, “God of Gods”, “Resurrection and the Life”, “Good Shepherd”, “Eternity and Everlastingness”, and the god who “made men and women to be ‘born again’.” Osiris’ birth was allegedly announced by three “wise men”; the three stars Mintaka, Anilam, and Alnitak in the belt of Orion. Osiris had a star in the east, Sirius, that signified his birth, and his followers enjoyed a Eucharist ceremony of sorts (in which his flesh was eaten in the form of communion cakes of wheat).

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28 BreakPoint This Week: Celebrities, Politics, and Persecution

What’s President Obama’s Legacy?: This week, President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address in his hometown of Chicago. John and Ed discuss how this president changed over the course of his two terms, and whether he lived up to the promises he campaigned on eight years ago. They also praise Mr. Obama’s good example as a husband and father, which returned visible family values to an office and party with a damaged reputation. President Obama’s hard leftward shift on marriage, gender identity, and political correctness will likely be remembered as a cause of the voter backlash in 2016.

29 The TC Apologetics Daily

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Is Addiction a Disease? Yes, and Much More

In fact, we need to recognize at least four dimensions in addiction: moral, social, biological, and spiritual. Addicts are moral agents, in community, with biology working against their spiritual goals. Biological science gives us insight into the particular ways an addict’s body makes a normal life that much harder to live. Public health can describe how a community and its institutions make recovery more accessible to people trapped in addiction. A moral framework helps us understand how addiction harms ourselves and the people we love, while also providing the basic routines of living free. Most importantly, spirituality helps us to understand God’s love for everyone (no matter how lost they are) and gives us the power to live healthy, whole lives.

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The Idol Behind Same-Sex Desires

No, the “win” for me, and for everyone who struggles with same-sex desires, is a greater love for Christ, and to have a deeper knowledge of the all-sufficiency of his grace. There is a prize greater than heterosexuality — a greater Bread — in the holy One who is what we are not or cannot be, in whom is found our ultimate and eternal satisfaction.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/how-to-cooperate-with-the-holy-spirit

Would you like to become all that God intended you to be?  You can, but not on your own power.  If you're like most people - every new year - you've tried to make positive changes and then given up or slidden back into old destructive patterns.  Here's the good news, with God's help you can make and maintain positive changes in every area of your life.  Let Pastor Rick show you how unlocking the promises in God's word and following his instructions will  TRANSFORM  your life in seven key areas...from the inside out.

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Sky Arts Pulls Michael Jackson Episode of 'Urban Myths' After Paris Jackson Tweets ‘It Makes Me Want To Vomit’

“Sky is not in the habit of pulling programs but we felt that this was the right decision to take. Sky Arts puts the integrity of the creative vision at the heart of all of its original commissions, and casting decisions are made within the overall diversity framework which we have set.”

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Let’s Stay: A Prayer for Suicidal Young Men

Has it been years? You may be on your final lap. For every voice that comes against you, God comes against that voice. “You shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.” No female or father could ever give you that power — they are not evils; they were the wrong place to look to fight those voices to begin with. No fame or romantic acceptance or professional advancement can ever say to you in a way that addresses our existential pain, “I will have compassion on you,” and, “His vindication is on me.”

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Obama Ends 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Cuban Immigration Policy

The policy, enacted in 1996 by President Clinton, essentially said that Cuban migrants who arrived by sea would be allowed to stay as long as they had reached the soil of the United States. Any migrants intercepted while still at sea would be sent back. This policy was only for Cuban immigrants, giving them special treatment that migrants from other places did not receive and, in some ways, encouraging dangerous travel.

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Doctrine of Christ Part 3: The Incarnation (3)

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Defenders is Dr William Lane Craig's weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. This video is part 3 of the Doctrine of Christ. Be sure to check out more doctrines as well as the audio of Defenders: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/defend... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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How Our Sex Life Manifests Our Soul Health

It is not at first an ignorance problem. Nobody’s main problem is an ignorance problem. Everybody’s main problem is a preference problem. “I don’t want you in my head. I don’t want you in my heart. I don’t want you to be supremely valuable. I will not have a God in my life who is supremely valuable. I just won’t.” That is the meaning of the first half of verse 28: “Since they did not see fit to acknowledge” — or “did not approve” — I don’t want it. I don’t approve of having God in my knowledge, — “[therefore] God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”

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Why Congregational Singing Matters Today More than Ever

Congregational singing is far from dead, mainly because it’s connected to a source of life higher than cultural trends or modern comparisons. Even so, it receives less attention and adulation than it should—and there are several reasons. First, people tend to be attracted to larger churches where the “performance” of music approximates the professional; in principle, there’s nothing wrong with that. Second, the music in most churches tends to be so loud that the congregation simply cannot hear itself sing. Third, smaller churches with less ability to produce professional-sounding music tend to minimize singing altogether, so as to minimize embarrassment or perceived weakness. 

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God Is the Best Explanation of the Existence of Objective Moral Values and Duties

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42 Teach Them: About Hell

Children are not too young to die, and therefore they are not too young to think about what will happen to them when they die. They need to hear about the Father’s house with its many mansions and the place that Jesus is preparing there for all who love Him and put their trust in Him for salvation. But our children also need to hear about the wages of sin, the state of eternal death and eternal separation from the love of God that is called hell. We need to explain to them that God’s perfect justice requires that sin “committed against the most high majesty of God be punished with everlasting punishment of body and soul” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 4, Q. 11).

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There's A Black Lady Liberty On A U.S. Coin For The First Time Ever

On Thursday, the United States Mint and Treasury revealed the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint. The coin has a depiction of Lady Liberty like we’ve never seen her: a black woman with twists in her hair, wearing a crown of stars.

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The Inherent Bias in Science

Last week, I wrote about an online conversation I had with an atheist who accused me of making a God of the gaps type argument for the origin of life, even though all the observational evidence across humanity's history demonstrates that life comes from life . He claimed that "Science may well provide an answer to the origin of life in the future," whereby he commits the very fallacy he accused me of committing. While not appealing to a God of the gaps, he is certainly appealing to " science of the gaps ."

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There Is No Truth?

Recently, I was asked a question that I get asked a lot. It's a common challenge on the campus. It was offered as I spoke in the lecture hall at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. Though it was primarily a Christian group who came from the outside, this was the facility they used. The question is one that is asked all the time on campus.

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Does the Bible Condone Abortion?

Even if this were an accurate translation of the passage, this Mosaic law does not really address the modern practice of abortion. This law regards an accident, but Bob sought to apply it to deliberately destroying the life of the unborn through abortion. Nevertheless, the passage is relevant to the abortion debate as it does address the issue of the value of life of the unborn.

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Sleepless in the Physics Lab: 7 Cosmic Questions That Induce Insomnia

The article was reporting on a panel discussion held in October 2009 at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada. Upon being asked, "What keeps you awake at night?" the group of physicists came up with the following list of vexing questions. Disappointingly, their discussion failed to reveal the depth of these mysteries and why they are so discomforting. To better understand the troubled spirits of scientists, I thought it would be helpful to fill in some detail for each of the seven questions.

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Bible Contradiction? Is it a good thing to be childish?

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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64 No Middle Ground: Evangelical Leaders Reject Compromise on LGBT and Religious Rights
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85 "King" Eddie Long is Dead
86 The Holy Ones of the Most High in Daniel VII
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