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The Kids Are Not Alright: A Lesbian’s Daughter Speaks Out

Some children of gay and lesbian parents do not support gay parenting or marriage. Male and female biology each provide something every child needs.

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LivingWaters.com is an evangelism resource and training site that helps Christians share their faith (evangelism) effectively, biblically--the way Jesus did.

The Spiritual Toll of Pop Culture’s Irony Obsession

Serious truths in a culture that doesn’t take things very seriously.

Watch Oprah and Colbert Discuss Their Favorite Bible Verses

TV host and network executive Oprah Winfrey recently visited The Late Show to talk about her network’s upcoming series about world religions called Belief. While chatting with host Stephen Colbert (who is a devout Catholic), Oprah discussed her passion for the Christian Scriptures and how she was labeled a "preacher girl" as a child. While Colbert said that his favorite verse is Matthew 6:27, Oprah explained why Psalms 37:4 means the most to her, relating it to philosophies like karma and "the third law of motion.”

What You May Have Wrong About the Gospel

Jefferson Bethke on his new book, 'It's Not What You Think.'

Yes, Katy Perry Was Once a Background Singer for P.O.D.

The music industry can be a strange and wondrous place. Before pop superstar Katy Perry was Katy Perry, she was a young CCM singer that went by the name Katy Hudson. But a few years after her self-titled debut album released to relatively little fanfare, Hudson found another, more high-profile Christian music gig: Singing background vocals for P.O.D. Her work with the Christian rock outfit has been known in some circles for years, but for some reason, this week, Katy Perry’s stint as a vocalist for P.O.D. became a trending topic on social media, with users pointing her out in old performances and videos (like the one from 2006 below). Just in case you don’t believe us, check out the 3:11 mark of “Goodbye for Now.” UPDATE: In statement on their Facebook page, P.O.D. seemed to take issue with Katy Perry being called a “back-up” singer, saying that she was a "female vocalist on [the] track”: "This is revisionist history and disrespectful to our girl Katy who was NEVER a backup singer … We invited her to participate on our record as she was and is still is one of the few pop artists with strong musicianship roots … She paid her dues not as a backup singer but in a van going town to town. This is the problem with music journalism today. Shabby reporting. No research. No history."

The Time Steve Martin Performed Stand-Up For an Audience of Dogs

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In Allaying Darwin's Doubt, Two Cambrian Experts Still Come Up Short

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Blood Pressure and the Goldilocks Principle

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Can Science Define Morality? Sam Harris Thinks So

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Ideas Have Consequences: A Report from the National Conference on Christian Apologetics

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WORLD | Goosebumps movie too hair-raising for kids | Bob Brown | Oct. 19, 2015

Goosebumps delivers plenty of thrills—arguably in excess of its PG rating’s typical capacity for horror—but fails to achieve a campy greatness so easily

‘Bernie Steinbrenner’ Voice Mash-up Predicted Larry David’s Great Bernie Sanders Impression

If you watched Saturday Night Live this weekend, than you were lucky enough to see Larry David hilariously impersonate democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. But before David took the SNL stage, the site Death and Taxes showed just how much the Seinfeld co-creator sounded like the Vermont Senator. They created several clips last week, mashing up Bernie Sanders debate soundbites with scenes of Larry David impersonating Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on Seinfeld. At this point, we aren’t convinced they aren’t actually the same person.

Here’s a New Look Netflix’s ‘Very Murray Christmas’ Special

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New ‘Good Dinosaur’ Promo Shows 20 Years of Pixar Friendship

Sure, Pixar is known for creating stunning visuals and assembling great comedic casts, but if there’s one thing they truly do well, it’s telling stories of deep friendships. This latest teaser of their upcoming animated effort Good Dinosaur offers a glimpse at the new movie, while also reflecting back on the last two decades of famous Pixar friends.

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Can We Eliminate the Problem of Free Will By Redefining It? | Cold Case Christianity

In an effort to explain free will while staying “inside the room” of a purely physical, material universe, some naturalistic philosophers have attempted to redefine what we mean by “free will” in the first place. Many of these thinkers characterize free will as the unrestricted ability to make a choice when one “could have done otherwise.” But what do they really mean when they say, “We could have done otherwise”? Many philosophers argue this simply means “I could have made an alternative choice if I wanted to.” While our choices are limited by our foundational desires and wants, as long as we are able to do what we want, we can be said to act freely. Under this definition, it really doesn’t matter if my initial wants or desires have been determined by physical processes; if my choices are at least aligned with these desires, one could say I am “doing what I want” freely.

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Spurgeon Almost Quit

The evening of October 19, 1856 commenced a season of unusual suffering for Spurgeon. His popularity had forced the rental of the Surrey Garden Music Hall to hold the 12,000 people congregated inside. Ten thousand eager listeners stood outside the building, scrambling to hear his sermon. The event constituted one of the largest crowds gathered to hear a nonconformist preacher — a throwback to the days of George Whitefield.

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Top 12 reasons to conclude Sodom has been FOUND

“Sodom (largest city), short distance to Gomorrah (satellite of Sodom), longer distance to Admah (second largest city), short distance to Zeboiim (two towns in close proximity). This reflects the logic that Sodom and Gomorrah would be very close together, as would Admah and Zeboiim. But because they’re coupled into two “doublets,” it follows that there was a larger distance between the doublets than between the main cities and their satellites.” ( Source )

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5 Uncomfortable Issues The Church Needs to Talk About

I'm a guy who feels isolated from my church. This comment may get ignored but I don't care if anyone listens or not. I just want to get it off my chest. There aren't that many people I can rely on at my church. I have been coming to this church for about a year now and I still feel like this distant stranger who feels rejected a lot of times. I usually sit alone in an isle where I'm the only one that sits in it. I feel very lonely. I wish I had more fellowship with other people. Our church tries building community through life groups but all the leaders that have been in my life group have moved out because of wonderful opportunities and I'm constantly searching for a new leader to be in my life group but as that happens, I see a lot of strangers that come into this life group which get's harder and harder to bond and entrust my issues to. My life group has had four leader already and they all moved out within one year. I'm constantly wondering if this will ever change and that I won't feel lonely any more.

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Christian Woman Survives After Screaming 'Jesus' as Muslim Terrorist Stabbed Her Repeatedly

An elderly Christian woman who was stabbed multiple times during a terrorist attack on a bus in Jerusalem, Israel, that left two people dead and at least 16 others injured on Tuesday says she is convinced she is alive today because she called on Jesus as her attacker plunged his blade into her body.

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A Sample Statement on Regular Church Attendance

The New Testament pattern of church life is that believers come together on the first day of the week to worship and serve the Lord, and that they regularly sit together at the Lord’s Table to remember his death on their behalf (1 Cor. 11; 1 Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:24–26). Consistent with that established pattern, the members of Del Ray Baptist Church (DRBC) voluntarily commit to regularly attend services at the church, a responsibility and privilege clearly specified in both the church covenant and the DRBC Constitution and Bylaws. Faithful church attendance does not earn salvation, nor does it act as a measure to rate spiritual greatness over and against other people. It does, however, reflect a growing commitment to the gospel, the good of the church community, and spiritual health.

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ISIS Terrorist Abandons Jihad After Witnessing 'Love of Christians' at Jordanian Refugee Camp, Aid Group Says

Christian Aid Mission has said that Islamic State militants are disguising themselves as refugees at some U.N.-operated refugee camps in Jordan, where they are killing people and selling girls. One such terrorist reportedly abandoned his mission to murder people after seeing the "love of Christians" at the camps.

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11 Church Phrases That Freaked Me Out as a Kid

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The Biggest Story: Kevin DeYoung on His New Children’s Book

In this book, he gives children an overview of the Bible’s entire redemptive storyline—beginning with creation, ending with new creation, and centering on Jesus, the “Snake Crusher.” It’s obviously a lot to pack into 130 brief and illustrated pages, so if you’re looking for detailed retellings of the “little stories” like Cain and Abel or David and Goliath, expect to be disappointed. But if you’re interested in seeing how these “little stories” fit into the big story about Jesus, then we’d encourage you to make this little book a part of your family reading. We strongly suspect your children won’t be the only ones learning.  

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Judith Hill Performs "Cry, Cry, Cry"

Singer Judith Hill performs a song off of her latest album, "Back In Time." Subscribe To "The Late Show" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/ColbertYouTube For more content from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", click HERE: http://bit.ly/1AKISnR Watch full episodes of "The Late Show" HERE: http://bit.ly/1Puei40 Download the Colbert App HERE: http://apple.co/1Qqgwk4 Like "The Late Show" on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1df139Y Follow "The Late Show" on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1dMzZzG Follow "The Late Show" on Google+ HERE: http://bit.ly/1JlGgzw Watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert weeknights at 11:35 PM ET/10:35 PM CT. Only on CBS. Get the CBS app for iPhone & iPad! Click HERE: http://bit.ly/12rLxge Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream live TV, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B

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http://conference.thegospelcoalition.org/2016

We invite you to the conference for women, but not all about women. It's a gathering of women around the Word of God. To this third TGC Women's Conference, we come joyfully but soberly, knowing that suffering meets us at every hand, right at home and all across the globe. What better book for us in 2016 than 1 Peter—packed with gospel perspective on our short lives. It's a little epistle, but it gives us a big view of who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners in this world. How do we stand firm in God's true grace? How do we offer a strong shining witness to Jesus Christ even in the midst of fiery trials? Peter points us insistently to the Lord Jesus, to his suffering on our behalf, and to the resurrection life he makes possible for those who believe in him. At TGCW16 we won't be getting away from real life; we will be seeing it clearly, in light of gospel help and hope. By God's grace, we will go away better prepared to live and share resurrection life, in a world of suffering.

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The Catalyst App

COMMUNITY - One of the things we are passionate about here at Catalyst is community, and we've made it easier than ever to engage with leaders all over the world. Respond directly to other users to create a conversation around any of the articles, growth tracks, or videos you find on the Catalyst App!

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Muslim Reportedly Planned to Kill Christians Until He Saw Something in a Dream That Changed Everything

A Muslim man who was planning to kill a group of Christians in the Middle East changed his mind and subsequently converted to Christianity after reportedly having a dream about Jesus, according to a missionary group .

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Help Me Teach the Bible: How the New Testament Helps Us Teach the Old Testament Rightly

In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible , Lane Tipton , associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, walks us through key passages in the New Testament that reveal how Jesus, Paul, and Peter train us to read and understand the Old Testament. He then applies these insights to key passages in the Old Testament including David and Goliath, Abraham and Isaac, the Psalms, and Isaiah 52–53.

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The Pro-Choicers' Cheapest Trick, Pulled by Wired Magazine | The Stream

Since that embryo is a human being, it deserves all the protections we give a human being. You shouldn’t kill me, because I’m a human being with a right to life; and for the same reason neither of us should kill the unborn human being. The argument makes sense to the average person. That’s the reason the pro-choicers do whatever they can to keep people from hearing it. And they have one cheap but effective trick to hide the argument, a trick they don’t want you to know.

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The Complete MacArthur New Testament Commentary

If you’re familiar with John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching, you have an idea of what you’ll find in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary . The commentary takes you deep into each passage, verse by verse — sometimes word by word. It’s like having a Bible teacher sitting next to you as you study Scripture.

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The 5 Big Misconceptions About Community

I could not agree with this more! I moved to Nashville about 2 months ago by myself. No relatives here, no family... Just me, myself and I. It has been so incredibly lonely the last 2 months that all I do is work and go home. I started attending a house church and only within the last 2 weeks has there started to feel like any community has developed. It's so difficult to actually meet people and befriend them and start to develop a mural sense of pouring into/being poured into. It's such a slow process, but when it happens it is so incredibly sweet.

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After everything, SEC Saturday results pointed us back to Alabama-LSU - SEC Blog - ESPN

No matter how hard we fight it, we're on a hellacious crash course for a Nov. 7 matchup in Tuscaloosa that will once again shake the SEC -- and the sport in general -- to its very core, as the conference's two best teams (again) pulverize each other in an attempt to declare SEC supremacy (again). We still had lingering concerns about both teams, but once Les Miles' beautifully dark-and-twisted fake field goal was perfectly orchestrated against eighth-ranked Florida late Saturday night, we knew that there would be no stopping this matchup.

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Is the Refugee Crisis an End-Times Event?

Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast with John Piper. Listener Brittany writes in to ask, “Dear Pastor John, I currently live in Hungary and am experiencing first-hand the current refugee crisis. There has been so much talk and debating amongst Christians here about how we are to view the refugees and how we are to view this situation in light of the end times. Everyone seems to think that this crisis is the end to Christian freedom in Europe because of the influx of Muslims and a sign of the end times. Pastor John, do you see this situation as a start to the beginning of persecution for Christians in Europe? People think that because there will be many more Muslims that Europe will become a Muslim continent. What is your opinion on this?”

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Hyatt Hotels Next Chain to Block Porn From In-Room Entertainment

A major hotel chain has announced that they will be phasing out on-demand pornographic films from their available in-room entertainment.

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The Story of Philosophy

The story of philosophy should challenge both Christians and non-Christians to hear God’s Word as they develop their worldviews, for God’s Word teaches us how to think his thoughts. It also shows the importance of asking God for courage in what I call the “spiritual warfare in the life of the mind.” That warfare is not easy, as more and more cultural forces line up to marginalize the biblical view of the world. But God has promised us victory. In time, everyone will bow the knee as God brings every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 

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Newsweek on Twitter

A new poll shows that more than half of American adults favor stricter laws on gun sales http://bit.ly/1XeQYfh  pic.twitter.com/GrYlX7m2WZ

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You’re not as virtuous as you think

I teach another case study in which a senior banker asks an associate to present data to a client that makes the expected returns of a transaction look more attractive than they actually are. When I ask students how they would respond, most say they’d initiate a conversation with the boss in which they gently push back. I then role-play as a busy banker who’s on the phone, annoyed at the associate showing up to talk about this issue again: “Why are you back here? Haven’t you done it yet? I’ll take responsibility — just do as I instructed.” Asked what they’d do next, the students generally fall into two groups: Most say they’d cave and go along with the instructions, and some say they would resign. What’s interesting is how they stake out the two extreme positions; very few have the imagination to find a middle ground, such as talking to peers, or senior employees beyond the boss, or seeking out an ombudsman. The aim in teaching this case is to help students see ways to behave more resourcefully and imaginatively in the face of pressure, and to adopt a wider perspective that offers alternative solutions.

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Macy's

But if our hearts are being progressively captured by the awe of God, his work, his grace and his kingdom - "things that are above" - we'll begin to see our local church not just as a place we attend, but as a major commitment in our life. We'll take studying the Bible seriously; we'll take giving seriously; we'll take relationships seriously; we'll take ministry opportunities seriously. Our hearts, minds and hands will be set on that which is above.

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Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion

From this brief excerpt you can probably tell Guinness isn’t the type to advocate for a postmodern apologetic in which Christianity is merely a more attractive metanarrative. He’s an ardent defender of what Francis Schaeffer called “true truth.” Persuasion, he holds, must therefore be rooted in countering the false worldviews held by unbelievers, since that is the heart of unbelief. “In the biblical view,” Guinness notes, “the central core of the anatomy of unbelief stems from its willful abuse of truth.”

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What is God calling me to? Your past could be key to your future

In fact, my first three years in school were marked by vocational uncertainty. I could tell you what I didn’t believe God’s call on my life entailed, but I couldn’t tell you what it did mean. I was certain I wasn’t called to be a pastor. I thought maybe it was to some sort of educational ministry but at that time my understanding of such a thing was limited to the educational minister that I had observed in our most recent church home. That sense of calling, however, wasn’t out of conviction. It was out of default. I just didn’t know what else was out there. As I learned more, I began to question more. What is it that God’s called me to do?

31 #Christian Reason Today

#Christian Reason Today, by Arthur Khachatryan: The Christian apologetics e-paper highlighting the best of reasons for the Christian faith.

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NBC News on Twitter

“ @NBCNews : Netflix is planning a return to Stars Hollow with a 'Gilmore Girls' revival http://nbcnews.to/1NkWlVv  pic.twitter.com/vgFdX2WMdi ”

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Always be prepared to make a defense

Peter’s first epistle was written to believers who had faced or were facing persecution. As such, Peter’s call to “always being prepared to make a defense” meant that believers had to be ready to answer objections to Christianity. When the Christians in Peter’s time were charged by the Roman state with atheism and ordered to recant their faith, they had to be ready to defend their hope in Christ despite threats of prison and torture. 1 Peter 3:15, then, meant that believers were to have already reflected upon the answer for their faith.

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Sexual Orientation Doesn’t Mean Anything

“Sincere” and “self-reported.” Is that not a can of worms? At least Planet Fitness has some sort of criteria. The Houston Ordinance offers no definition, language, or guidelines about what does or does not constitute “gender identity.” Laws backed by substantial fines and penalties, not to mention the potential for publicly shaming violators, require some form of objective clarity.

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http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/balancing-grace-and-truth-on-the-lgbt-issue-interview-with-author-caleb-kaltenbach

Jesus came in grace and truth (Jn. 1:14, 17). He was gracious when some thought Him firm. Sometimes, Jesus was firm when expected to show grace. While the Son of God is a perfect example of grace and truth, we humans struggle. There’s tension between grace and truth. It’s difficult when someone we love makes choices opposed to what God says. Each of us is either more grace-oriented or truth-oriented, but the tension draws all to the middle. Embracing the tension shows that we love God and people (and won’t stop loving either). Our theology is tension-filled (Trinity, sovereignty of God, free will, etc.), so shouldn’t our love and treatment of others have tension? Maybe we should follow the example of Jesus and spend time with individuals the Pharisees never would (and Jesus never compromised His beliefs)? Let’s return to modeling Jesus when it comes to this issue.

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Coach Kennedy Defies Bullies, Resumes Praying After Football Games

This is about much more than a small hometown football team with a coach who prays. This is just one further step in the relentless, increasing efforts of progressives to stamp out Christianity everywhere from society. The march continues, and if there is no pushback, it will go much further, as we've seen happen in other countries, until there are no churches left but state-run churches, with people forced to hide their worship in secret at home. Christianity is already being stamped out in the U.S. at universities and even private employment because it is now considered offensive to the LGBT community. Longstanding monuments and statues are being removed everywhere because they are supposedly offensive to atheists. Christian books are being purged from schools and libraries because they teach things like abstinence, monogamy and one God.

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Love’s Greatest Happiness

Yet what Christ does for his bride, this text plainly calls love: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church . . . ” (5:25). Why not let the text define love for us, instead of bringing our definition from ethics or philosophy? According to this text, love is the pursuit of our joy in the holy joy of the beloved.

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JOHN BOLTON: Russia’s Syria campaign blurs Obama’s vision of world

Confusion reigns inside the Obama administration regarding Russia ’s military campaign to bolster President Bashar Assad’s endangered Syrian regime. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention clearly caught President Obama flat-footed, and so far there is no sign Mr. Obama knows how to respond. His public defensiveness reinforces the impression of a man whose worldview is collapsing around him.

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Susanna Wesley, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks and Other Ordinary-Extraordinary Women God Used to Change the World

NEW YORK — In Seven Women , author Eric Metaxas offers up little-known details about the inspiring lives of seven women, including Susanna Wesley, mother of vastly influential Christian ministers John and Charles Wesley; Joan of Arc, the teen martyr who changed the course of a war with claims of being guided by "voices;" and Rosa Parks, whose decision to say "no" led to her becoming the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."

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Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

As a South African, I have visited the Holy Land several times at the invitation of Jewish as well as Palestinian friends and it grieves me to say that the similarities between Apartheid South Africa and Israel today are stark. I feel retraumatized every time I visit Israel, and here is why:

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The Friction of Faith

send to a friend #2  Posted by Hiroko Morioka  |  Monday, October 19, 2015 at 8:44 AM How bizarre. I just preached the same topic and the same understanding yesterday in Tokyo. I also sent out the message to my Christian circles in Australia and Asia. Too many Christians are complaining they are facing danger of isolation and marginalization. Some of them are in the midst of persecution. It is bound to happen to Christians with rock-solid faith in Christ. Christians are to be persecuted, as they always were. Even in Japan where I grew up, the early Christian converts in the 16 century ended up in sever persecution by the Samurai lords. They were killed, deported to remote areas, and had to worship God underground. I love saying to the fellow Christians we don't belong to this world, but only live in it. Our home is Heaven, and we are already in Heaven.

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Big or Small, God Cares About it All - Holley Gerth

Love your posts as always. Today the timing couldn’t be more perfect…I’m from Argentina, and we’re celebrating today Mother’s Day. I’m not a mom, not even a wife (yet) but enjoy and am so blessed by your posts and testimony…just earlier this morning (it’s noon here) I read an extract from one of your posts that I wrote down…it ministered my heart then and did it again today…praying today for you, Lovelle and all the amazing things God has in store for you on this new season HE’s invited you to join in. Thank you for sharing your heart with the rest of us!! Feliz día, mamá!! 😀

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Love Story: Young Christian Couple Overcomes Brain Damage to Celebrate 5th Anniversary

Prior to the devastating accident, the Pennsylvania couple had made plans to get married immediately after college, and Ian had even been searching for the perfect ring, but fate would temporarily halt their wedding dreams. In a recent interview with CP, Larissa shared how watching Ian spend months in a coma and struggle with brain damage initially had her questioning God and why He allows pain and suffering in the world.

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What is the Earliest Complete List of the Canon of the New Testament?

Athanasius’ canon probably reflects an earlier tradition. Athanasius appeals to “the church” (Festal Letter 39:2), what was “handed down” (39:3), and what was “appointed by the fathers” (39:7). In section 4 of the letter, he refers to the number of Old Testament books as something that was “handed down”, so he seems to be including the numbering of the books and their formation in a canon, not just their existence. And a wide diversity of sources writing shortly after Athanasius advocate the same canon (Jerome, Augustine, etc.). Athanasius’ appeals to the traditions of the fathers and the acceptance of the same canon by other sources writing shortly afterward suggest that the canon predates Athanasius. It’s doubtful that so many sources from so many backgrounds, in so many locations, etc. would accept the same canon in that timeframe if nobody held to that canon before Athanasius.

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Legalized Assisted Suicide Moves Us Scarily Close to Real-Life Horror Story

moves toward its shocking conclusion, a naïve young woman who has placed simple-minded faith in the utter goodness of the Antichrist figure at the center of the story awakens to the fact that her hero has artfully constructed a regime of violence, oppression, and thought control.

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God Calls Us to Share the Gospel, Not Just Talk about It

I would like your opinion on how how “direct” to be about the issue of Hell when witnessing. I have a friend who contacted me a year ago when she came down with a fatal illness. She likely has only 2 or 3 years to live. She said she wanted me to talk to her about God, because she said I’m “the most brutally honest person she knows.” I sprang into action, addressing the issue of God’s love and His magnificence from every angle I could think of. I definitely covered the basics, and of course, I elaborated on the reason Jesus Christ came to die for us, and what it says of him–how incredibly wonderful He is. I gave her a Bible and I’ve spoken to her of the possibility of being “eternally separated,” from God but I haven’t delved into how horrible it will be. My friend believes God saved her life when she was hospitalized recently on two occasions (she really did almost die), but when I asked her if that made her more interested in getting to know Him, she said “not really.” When she first became ill, I asked a pastor about how far I should go with being upfront with my friend about Hell.

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I Was Embarrassed by the Bible

But by censoring the Scriptures—functionally proclaiming only certain portions—we end up creating a fictitious faith by creating God in our image. We begin reinventing the story of creation, fall, and redemption to suit our sensibilities. As a “recovering cherry-picker” myself, I am simply suggesting we take an honest evaluation of ourselves before God.

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51 Trump Says He Could Have Prevented 9/11
52 Canadian federal election is today: please vote for Stephen Harper!
53 Dear Timothy: Pursue faithfulness above all else in your life and ministry
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56 Why Are We So Obsessed with Celebrity Tragedy?
57 Ligonier Ministries
58 What I Learned From Being a Vegas Call Girl
59 What Are We Missing in the General Epistles?
60 Foreplay Redefined
61 "But it's Legal" - Does the legality of an act make it moral?
62 A Call for Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Chinese Translators
63 Mark Mittelberg | My Reason for Faith
64 Hyatt Hotels Will No Longer Offer Pay-Per-View Porn
65 Training Worship Leaders – Shane and Shane
66 If unborn babies don't have consciousness or don't feel pain, may we kill them?
67 Crossway on Twitter
68 Evangelicals Now Officially Divided on Death Penalty
69 5 Ideas For Blessing Your Pastor
70 If the Concept of Infinity Cannot Be Applied to the Universe, Then Why God?
71 5 Ways That Pastors Can Introduce Apologetics Into Their Ministry | Hope's Reason
72 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
73 Alexander Pruss's Blog: Correcting Bayesian calculations
74 WORLD | High court hears death penalty and sentencing guideline cases | Mary Reichard | Oct. 19, 2015
75 Moral Responsibility and Emotional Rejection of God | Reasonable Faith
76 Floating Buildings Appear Above City in China
77 Crossway on Twitter
78 Truthbomb Apologetics: Notecard Answers for Why I Believe the Bible
79 ThinkChristian on Twitter
80 The Origin of Life and the Origin of Science Point to God | The Stream
81 WORLD | Louisiana loses first court battle over Planned Parenthood funding | Courtney Crandell | Oct. 19, 2015