Jason's Recovery | A Salvation Army Story
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Blood Moon Lunacy
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Christians Should be Forgiving People
It’s important that we look closely at this directive from Jesus regarding forgiveness. It is often taught in the Christian community that Christians are called to forgive those who sin against them unilaterally and universally. We see the example of Jesus on the cross, asking God to forgive those who were executing Him, even though they offered no visible indication of repentance. From that example of Jesus, it has been inferred that Christians must always forgive all offenses against them, even when repentance is not offered. However, the most that we can legitimately infer from Jesus’ actions on that occasion is that we have the right to forgive people unilaterally. Though that may be indeed a wonderful thing, it is not commanded. If we look at the commandment that Jesus gives in Luke 17:3, He says, “If your brother sins, rebuke him.” Notice that the first response to the offense is not forgiveness but rather rebuke. The Christian has the right to rebuke those who commit wrong doing against him. That’s the basis for the whole procedure of church discipline in the New Testament.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Seeing Things | Answers in Genesis
For both the skeptic and critic the solution is the same. They must repent of their sins and place their faith in the resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While they may fear that this would be akin to committing intellectual suicide, we have seen the opposite is true. The bodily Resurrection of Jesus is corroborated by a wealth of demonstrably reliable historical facts and is taught in the eyewitness accounts in God’s infallible Word. To reject such a well-evidenced historical event is an anti-intellectual move and reveals a greater problem—an unwillingness to humble oneself before the Creator who sent His Son to die in our place and raised Him from the dead. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so that we can live eternally with Him. To continue in the rebellion started by our first parents in the Garden of Eden is not only foolish, it is worse than intellectual suicide because the person who refuses the Savior’s sacrificial death consigns himself to a miserable, Christ-less eternity in the lake of fire ( Revelation 20:11–15 ).
Ross Doouthat: challenges facing the modern family, and some pro-family policy ideas
But in thinking about why this is happening, and what’s going wrong, I wouldn’t single out just one issue, because they’re all too deeply intertwined. The biggest problem the American family faces right now is a problem of compounding: The way that many of the trends you cite have, since the 1960s but in certain ways especially in the last generation, effectively all been pushing in the same direction, with each problem making other problems worse. There’s a perverse cycle, in other words, that’s hard for people to escape: A higher divorce rate creates a cultural context in which young people don’t see lifelong monogamy as a plausible goal and don’t want to take the chance of being hurt in the way that one or both of their parents were . . . which, in turn, prompts them to delay marriage and cohabit for an extended period instead, to effectively test their partner . . . which makes it more likely that they’ll have a child during such a “test” period, without a marital bond with the other parent . . . which raises the odds, whether they marry or not, that the relationship will dissolve, creating more instability in the life of their child or children .
SN: Celebrating Brett Favre's 45th birthday with 12 great photos
When you mix durability and success, you often get records. This came true for Favre in 2007, when he knocked some all-timers off their spots atop numerous NFL passing charts. On Sept. 16 against the Giants, Favre snagged the quarterback wins record (this one from John Elway, not Dan Marino). Two weeks later at Minnesota, Favre passed Marino for the all-time lead in passing touchdowns. In December at the Rams came the yards record, also one that belonged to Marino. Favre still owns these and many more records
although Peyton Manning is bearing down on many of them.
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Seven Things to Pray for Your Children
Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it’s beautiful to see how God has (and still is) answering the faithful, specific prayers of faith-filled parents in the lives of these young, godly women.
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Uhuru Kenyatta’s appearance before the International Criminal Court
is a first for a sitting head…
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.
'Mass Mobs' Aim To Keep Pews Full At Old Churches
The day of the Mass mob, St. Florian's collection basket brought in more than $19,000 — about 10 times the amount donated at a typical Mass. The Mass mob's next target is St. Francis d'Assisi in southwest Detroit, another church that could use an influx of parishioners to fill its pews and collection baskets.
Will Christians Be Secretly Raptured?
Finally, be aware of your hope. As you groan at life in this broken and sin-soaked world, place your hope in Jesus’ coming, not in a certain theory of how he will come. Of course those who believe in the secret rapture believe Jesus is coming back. But when I talk to such folks I sometimes get the sense they're really comforted by knowing that they’ll be beamed up before the world goes completely haywire.
War-torn Liberia already had too many orphans. Then came Ebola.
In a country still recovering from 14 years of civil war, Ebola is posing a new threat to children, with challenges never seen here before. Some children have been forced to leave homes where relatives are infected, cleaving families into the sick and the well. Others face stigma if parents or siblings contract the disease, or they are shunned if they get it themselves and are fortunate enough to survive. And Liberia has a new wave of orphans, like the one caused by the war.
Showing Grace in the Era of Cultural Outrage
I don't think the author means to turn the other cheek and ignore what is facing us, rather, to recognize that some things carry more weight in injustice than others. To spend your time on the comments section of a newspaper article "yelling" at each other instead of getting out there and maybe volunteering and making a difference where you actually can. Yes, there are lots of things out there to make you mad, the author says you don't have to look far to find that. But being angry about everything doesn't change anything. Going out there and trying to make a difference does.
4 Ways G. K. Chesterton Engaged His Culture and Why He Still Matters Today
I used to find Chesterton deeply appealing, but after a second read of Orthodoxy, I found him more like a windbag of fallacies than a font of wisdom. My favorite example of his misdemeanors is his attempted refutation of Hume on miracles. Chesterton accused Hume of denigrating the hypothetical old apple woman in saying that, categorically, she could not have been a reliable witness to a miracle. In characteristic fashion, Chesterton merely flipped Hume’s point: the old apple woman categorically must be considered a reliable witness. Of course, hogwash. She could be mistaken or . . . she could be lying. More than a few poor sops went to the gallows or had their reputations soiled because of lying or mistaken old apple women (and old farmers, too). Someone is not the salt of the earth just because of their station in life. In the case of testifying to alleged miracles, the incentive to lie is an especial form of temptation.
If you've been a Christian for longer than a week, you should know that your experience is filled with bumps and bruises. In some cases, you'll feel as if you have nothing left. That's what Psalm 42 depicts: a deer desperate for a drink of water, even from a muddy puddle, because it can’t continue without refreshment.
The Pastors.com Daily
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Supreme Court and Holt v. Hobbs: Religion in the public square and the prison yard
Our nation was founded by religious dissenters who fled statist persecution and ratified a First Amendment that guarantees the Free Exercise of religion for all, giving rise to the proud American tradition of conscientious objection: pacifistic Mennonites willing to serve but not kill; Roman Catholic physicians willing to save life but never take it; Jewish butchers willing to serve the general public but never serve pork; Sikh soldiers willing to wear the uniform but not remove their turban; and, soon, Southern Baptist military chaplains willing to forfeit their lives but not the Gospel truth of marriage. All have a place in our crowded, noisy, and contested public square – and, under RLUIPA, so does the prison minister.
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A Man With Autism Nearly Dies - Then He Sees Heaven and Everything Changes (VIDEO)
David Gillert was diagnosed with a rare form of autism and never understood why. He also had trouble understanding how God could ever use him.
Living with Ebola in West Africa - The Boston Globe
The World Health Organization estimates that the Ebola virus has killed more than 3,400 people in West African countries and infected twice as many since the recent outbreak began. The World Bank estimates the economic impact of Ebola will exceed $32 billion by the end of next year. This collection of images shows the effects of the epidemic over the the last month in Africa. --By Lloyd Young
How to Deal with Disagreeable Aspects of Christianity | Reasonable Faith
Thanks for your encouraging words, Steve! There are certainly aspects of Christianity that people will find disagreeable to one extent or another. I take it that what you consider unusual about your case is that these disagreeable features of Christianity do not elicit in you an emotional reaction, as is the case with so many other unbelievers, but are simply a source of intellectual puzzlement which is an obstacle to Christian commitment. So how can one deal with these disagreeabilities?
Is It Wrong to Earn a Profit?
The nobleman represents Jesus himself, who went to a far country to receive a kingdom and then returned to reward his servants. The parable has obvious applications to stewardship of spiritual gifts and ministries that Jesus entrusts to us, but in order for the parable to make sense, it has to assume that good stewardship, in God’s eyes, includes expanding and multiplying whatever resources or stewardship God has entrusted to you. Surely we cannot exclude money and material possessions from the application of the parable, for they are part of what God entrusts to each of us, and our money and possessions can and should be used to glorify God. Seeking profit, therefore, or seeking to multiply our resources, is seen as fundamentally good. Not to do so is condemned by the master when he returns.
5 Guidelines for Living in a Pluralist Society
As I write these words, my hometown of St. Louis grapples with painful and complex questions about race, class, and law enforcement. The public commentary of the past month has made clear that people across this country disagree sharply over the causes of and solutions to the problems brought to light by the shooting death of Michael Brown. Many disagree about the scope and meaning of Ferguson itself: whether Brown’s death and the ensuing protests concern an isolated incident whose details are not yet known (and may never be known), or whether they represent a far greater set of challenges. These disagreements point to striking differences in perception and belief—not merely about what our goals should be as a society, but even about what our problems are in the first place.
Report: Obama mulls action to close Guantanamo
President Obama is considering executive action to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, despite congressional legislation that bans the transfer of detainees there to prisons in the U.S., according to a Thursday report.Administration officials told The Wall Street Journal that that the president is weighing two options to force the closure of the controversial facility, which he pledged to shutter before his election in 2008. ADVERTISEMENT Obama could veto the annual defense spending bill, which includes a provision prohibiting him from moving any of the prison’s remaining 149 inmates back to the United States. Doing so would force Congress to either override the veto with a two-thirds majority or risk cutting off funding for the military. Or, Obama could — as he has done in the past — sign the legislation but include a singing statement that declares the restrictions on detainee transfers unconstitutional. He could then unilaterally move to transfer the remaining prisoners to a military or civilian prison in the U.S. “This Administration has repeatedly objected to statutory restrictions that impede our ability to responsibly close the detention facility and pursue appropriate options for the detainees remaining there, including by determining when and where to prosecute detainees, based on the facts and circumstances of each case and our national security interests,” then-White House press secretary Jay Carney said in May.
Seven Things You Need To Know About Faith
2) Curiously, Boghossian based his definition of faith on how he believes others use the term when he discusses religion with them. This is very odd; he does not appeal to, and does not appear to have consulted theologians, lexicographers, social scientists or philosophers. His belief in the true definition of faith depends on his personal interpretation of how others use the term; his definition is not based on evidence. By his own reasoning, Boghossian’s definition of faith is an act of blind faith and should be abandoned.
A Handy Rundown of the Internet’s Fake News Sites
With it’s faux Huffington Post layout, National Report at first appears like a news blog, but its headlines are (mostly) too absurd to be mistaken for real events. Stories like “Marine to Be Promoted For ‘Call of Duty’ Performance” is obviously a joke, but some of the less witty features (“Potential Ebola Outbreak Prompts Martial Law,” “Feds Issue Travel Advisory for Texas Following Ebola Spread,” “White House Strategizing National Marijuana Legalization in Summer of 2015”) are over-the-top, but seem more concerned with stoking paranoia and fringe political rumors than actual punchlines. Some stories, like the one about a teen arrested for “swatting,” is sensational, but plausible enough to fool people—mostly because it’s hard to tell what exactly it’s supposed to be satirizing.
Christian Pastor Escapes Boko Haram After 10 Months in Captivity
Christian pastor Rotimi Obajimi has escaped from terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria after nearly 10 months in captivity and has been brought back to his church, reports said.
Christian Graduate Gets Obscene Job Rejection Letter From Pro-Gay Viking Employer Calling Mary a 'Whore,' Threatening Jesus
A recent graduate from a Canadian Christian University who applied for a job with a Norwegian wilderness tourism company got the shock of her life when she was "attacked" for her religion in a series of emails in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, is called a "whore" and Jesus is threatened with sodomy.
The Deeper Draw of YA
Ruth Graham sparked a fury with her article in Slate claiming adults should be embarrassed to read juvenile fiction. A New York Times article by A.O. Scott touched on Graham’s arguments as it explored the death of adulthood in American culture. If Scott is to be believed, there is a connection between the death of cultural adulthood and the rising love of YA by adults. He argues our literature choices indicate our culture's increasingly infantilization. Or to quote my mother, “Most people just operate on the level of a teenager.”
Hot-N-Ready and Made With Love
I eventually came to love cooking—then came two babies that keep me too busy to play around with recipes or do anything too elaborate in the kitchen. The joy of cooking many days is nowhere to be found. Sometimes it’s homemade tacos—everyone’s favorite—and sometimes, it’s a Hot-N-Ready pizza.
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6 Great Reasons To Study Doctrine
Fourth, doctrine leads to unity. I once attended a church where I heard a pastor use that old phrase, “Doctrine divides.” He told the church that the path to unity was to hold a very low and basic level of doctrine, because he was convinced that knowledge would breed arrogance and division. But he was dead wrong and that church splintered because of lack of unity—a lack of unity that flowed directly from a lack of sound doctrine. Churches are bound together by the beliefs they share. Of course there will be certain minor variances in a church on lesser matters, but the greater the shared beliefs on the essentials, and the greater the emphasis on the essentials, the greater the degree of unity. In Ephesians 4 Paul talks about the way God gives leaders to churches and says they are given, “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Christians often wonder whether it is worth their time to read and study the seemingly odd narratives about God’s instructions for the tabernacle in the second half of the book of Exodus. The answer, according to Daniel R. Hyde, is an emphatic yes.
The Boomerang Effect
Disillusionment is exactly what Yong Kim felt when he was a young adult attending his home Korean immigrant church outside of Toronto, The Light Presbyterian Church. After more than a decade of service to the church but little power or control over decisions that affected the English-speaking ministry to which he belonged, he and his family left the church. Ten years later, Kim was visiting the church when the senior pastor approached him. “He said to me, ‘It’s been a while since you've been back to this church, and I know you're active at the other church you are at, but this is your home church. We are in need of more leaders to help the English speaking congregation. Could you come back home?’” At the time, this congregation had dwindled down to about 40 people, so after much thought and prayer, Kim and his family decided to “boomerang." Alongside the English ministry pastor Jason Noh, they were able to rebuild the congregation, renamed New Hope Fellowship . The church continued to meet on the campus of its parent Korean immigrant church, then launched a second location in downtown Toronto; today the church serves a total of 400 English-speaking congregants.
RELEVANT Podcast: St. Paul & The Broken Bones
This week we spotlight one of our favorite new bands, St. Paul & The Broken Bones. We also talk to Will Bakke, Director and co-writer of the new film, Believe Me. And we give you our recap of Nic Cage’s Left Behind. This episode is sponsored by Ugmonk.
Safest Campus - College Rankings
Safest Campus ranks 1,127 colleges based on crime statistics and more than 330,000 opinions from 82,000 students. A high ranking indicates that there is little or no crime on campus and low drug and alcohol usage and students report that the college provides a safe and healthy environment for students.
College students raise money for struggling friend | KSL.com
THE DORM — When a Biola University resident assistant faced serious financial problems that would have forced him to leave school, students rallied to help him and keep him in school, learning a bit about making a difference along the way.
After realizing he wouldn’t be able to return to school his junior year, the RA, Austin — only first names are used in the I Like Giving video — broke the news to his friends. Their response wasn’t quite what he expected. A son of missionaries in India put together a campaign to raise enough money so Austin could stay.
The students got much more than money from the experience, though. They also learned about how empowering service can be.
“If I can do this, if I can make something that seems impossible, then what else can I do in life?” the organizer of the campaign said. “I've learned that it’s critical to see opportunities wherever you go.”
Watch the video to hear more about the story and the lessons the students learned.
Should Incest Between Consenting Adult Siblings Be Legalized?
No stranger to perceived homophobia, Shelton was heavily criticized after he tweeted, "Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song ... Any man that tries touching my behind he's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy."
He later apologized for the gaffe via Twitter, noting:
Hey y'all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night...
It honestly wasn't even meant that way... I now know that their are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere
But when it comes to gay/lesbian rights or just feelings... I love everybody. So go look for a real villain and leave me out of it!!!
The original lyrics are, "Any man of mine better walk the line/ Better show me a teasin', squeezin', pleasin' kinda time."
Nothing Seemed to Help Them Bring a Child Into the World – Until One Last Effort With an Amazing Surprise!
Her husband, Tyson, agreed that she should give it one last shot using a different medical procedure and most importantly … prayer. After countless attempts and failed attempts. A miracle occurred. They were given news that not only were they finally going to have a child.
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Study Bibles for Cameroon and the Global South
The recipients in Bambalang shared their appreciation in letters. One translation team member, Kingsley, expressed his joy in receiving a Bible that helps him better understand difficult verses. “You have done a wonderful thing to me by giving me this Bible,” he said. Another man, Marshall, said he badly needed a study Bible and is digging in to explore it for his own understanding as well as for lesson preparations for his ministry to youth and children in his village church. Another wrote of his encouragement in knowing that Christians in the West considered the needs of those in Africa, including his remote region of Cameroon.
Tim Keller Talks Evangelism, Says Preachers Need to Persuade, Relate to Non-Believers
"Paul didn't just beat people over the head with the Gospel. He crawled up inside people's belief, found something they believed that he could affirm and used those beliefs against them," the New York pastor said. "That's the difference between beating a person and telling them they're wrong and having them glaze their eyes and walking away from you or making them feel like you have some force in your argument."
Behind bars, where people search for something to give them purpose and a sense of belonging, many religions and sects peddle their beliefs. In some units, where prisoners have no access to chapel services or other special events, the Truth can be even harder to spot.
Supreme Court 'Approval' of Gay Marriage, Christian Responses and Popular Opinion
NEW YORK — The Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals affecting the legalization of gay marriage in five states, effectively doing away with attempts to maintain the traditional definition of marriage in those states. As a result, six other states will likely follow suit as they also fall under the same federal court jurisdiction. This means that same-sex marriage could be legal in 30, or even 35 states , plus Washington, D.C. if the trend continues.