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God Has a Purpose for My Lyme Disease: Three Promises for Any Suffering

No matter what you are facing today, God can breathe hope into grieving hearts, give strength to weary bodies, and fill weak and broken lives with power.

Do You Delight in God’s People?: Two Questions to Ask Yourself

We should have relationships with all kinds of people, but no one should make us happier than our friends who find their greatest delight in Jesus.

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After Las Vegas: How Christianity Helps Us Deal with Evil and Suffering

55+ people are dead and 400+ are wounded. When a mass shooting in Las Vegas happens, a lot of people don’t know where to turn. A lot of people don’t know what to say or what to do. Why do these things keep happening to us? Is there anything we can do?

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Healing People and Nations: The Love of Christ

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Motive for Las Vegas attack remains a mystery … #TheSift @LeighJonesWORLD

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On ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After Another Mass Shooting

1.e. Politicians and public figures are fundamentally like all other human beings and have the same basic responses to tragedy. This is true no matter their position on controversial issues of policy (say, gun control). So it is no surprise that they respond immediately, like the rest of us do, with familiar words and phrases that express their human solidarity with those who suffer. Even the most accomplished speechwriters will take hours or days to come up with words adequate to great suffering. No human being, even the most articulate, can offer adequate words in the first moments after terrible news. To demonstrate that level of rhetorical fluency would in fact be to demonstrate an inhuman lack of empathy. Inarticulacy is the proper, empathic immediate response to tragedy.

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Whether an enlightened Islam can emerge remains to be seen. What is clear is that imans or intellectuals who advocate a modern Islam are a marginal phenomenon in Muslim countries and often face death threats.   At the same time, Islam benefits from European values and rights such as religious freedom and tolerance, which help it spread without having to adopt those same fundamental rights itself. Europe is under the illusion that the Muslim mases pouring into the continent are peaceable and tolerant. By contrast, Saudi Arabia and Qatar won’t take any refuges even though they share the same religion, language, and culture — precisely because they fear unrest and terror.

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Christianity is Hard and Easy

The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians is this. We take as starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests. We then admit that something else call it “morality” or “decent behavior,” or “the good of society” has claims on this self:  claims which interfere with its own desires. What we mean by “being good” is giving in to those claims…But we are hoping all the time that when all the demands have been met, the poor natural self will still have some chance, and some time, to get on with its own life and do what it likes. In fact, we are very like an honest man paying his taxes. He pays them all right, but he does hope that there will be enough left over for him to live on.

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Bible Study Fellowship Rewrites the Rulebook

M ost Monday evenings for the past two years, Naomi Ruth Jackson has ridden her 22-speed bike uphill or caught a bus after work to Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas. She meets there with around 450 women for a Bible Study Fellowship class. The 30-year-old is not the lay-focused ministry’s typical participant, having majored in Bible and theology in college. Her own church offers only unstructured Bible study, and her job as a medical records clerk grants her few occasions to re-engage her skills in scriptural interpretation.

One Day Never Again: May Heaven Fall on Las Vegas

At this point, we also know very little about the 59 he murdered — each life an unexpected and unsearchable tragedy. We haven’t yet met the spouses, the children, the loved ones left behind. We do not know them, and the extent of their heartache, but our hearts break for them as we feel just a faint part of their pain. We pray for God to deliver the comfort, healing, and hope each of them so desperately needs now, most likely in ways they’ve never needed before. We pray that heaven would fall on Las Vegas.

Is Science the Sole Means of Knowing Truth? No Chance.

Modern culture esteems science as the preeminent means of understanding the world. If something cannot be established by science, then, according to many, it is either unknowable or simply a matter of personal faith.

Flee from the Darkness: Letter to a Would-Be Adulteress

Call me gloom and doom, but I had my funeral planned by Friday night. That left two days to see everything in a different light. It was sort of an out-of-body experience, but in the best way. I was so affectionate toward my husband, I snuggled longer with my children, I seemed to know instinctively what not to care about, and all that was left was the pure enjoyment of the sweetness of life and love. At night I would tell God all my fears, and let his Spirit comfort me. I can’t tell you how good that was for me.

Confessions of a Functional Cessationist

My attitude towards spiritual gifts has fallen far short of earnest and eager. In fact, Scripture goes further and asks me about how much I am committed to corporate edification. Spiritual gifts or manifestations of the Spirit are for “building up the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12). The great Love Chapter (1 Corinthians 13) controls the application of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14). This issue is not just an attitude check, but a love test. Will I love my people enough to move from extreme caution to earnest desire? What motivates me more? Do I fear losing a measure of corporate control, or does love move me to desire greater heights of corporate edification?

Bible 'Contradictions' and the Goldilocks Principle

One of my first dates with Leah was a rafting trip on the Nolichucky River back in the summer of 2012. If you ran into me at church today and I was feeling talkative, I might tell you about how I enjoyed guiding our raft down the river, showing her the sights and hoping she was impressed that I kept us above water through the dangerous whitewater of Quarter-Mile rapid. Then I might talk about how I enjoyed the drive home with her afterward, talking about everything and nothing in particular.

Are Humans Unique? Darwinians Say, "No." God says, "Yes."

The Golden Rule in Bible Reading

The goal of Christian Bible reading is simple. When you read, you should be trying to find what the inspired author intended to communicate by what he wrote. We might call it the Golden Rule of Bible Reading: do unto the biblical authors as you would have them do unto you. Our goal in Bible reading is not always easy to achieve, but it is straightforward. What did the author of this verse — or this chapter, or book — intend to communicate to his audience?

The Nail in the Coffin of Our Hearts: Five Hundred Years of Fighting Idolatry

Man’s heart is an idol factory, and it took an entire revolution to slow its gears. Preachers had to be trained and sent out, evangelists had to take up the call, missionaries had to sail across dark seas to unknown lands, translators had to bring Scripture into the vernacular of the people, and healthy local churches had to grow so they could serve in this war. Every believer had to resist the idol factory of their heart by filling their hearts with Christ and nourishing themselves with robust knowledge of who God has revealed himself to be in Scripture.

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An Ethic of Instagram - Christian Research Institute

Second, Instagram offers users a way of preserving and celebrating ephemeral moments of life. As the wonderful fiction writer Eudora Welty once said, “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away,” and this is exactly the function Instagram serves. A cup of hot coffee, a son or daughter running through a sprinkler, a ladybug crawling over a leaf, Instagram thrives off the capturing and sharing of the ephemera of our daily lives. No other platform available to us online allows the circulation of this type of moment so effectively. While on the one hand, Instagram is a place where superficial values can thrive, it is also a place where simple beauty can be admired. As the great essayist G. K. Chesterton wrote, “Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.” If we keep this in mind, the type of images we share can draw attention to the loveliness or curiosity of life in its simplicity rather than promoting a striving for a life that is different or more materially rich.

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How to Fight When Your Mind Is Failing

So, if you once repeated a promise to yourself ten times in the morning and could remember it easily all during the day in any situation, you might need to repeat it twenty or thirty times to achieve the same effect. This will change over time. Know yourself. I could run eight-minute miles when I was in my thirties. Today I can only run twelve-minute miles. (Which most people would not call running!) It takes longer. It hurts more. It leaves me more tired. All because I am forty years older. So why do it? Same reason I’ve run for fifty years. I don’t want to be depressed, I don’t want to be fat, and I don’t want to be dead (yet).

Religion and the Question of Origins

In the months ahead, we will critically examine the scientific evidence both for and against evolution. Is the evidence for evolution so overwhelming that teachers may be justified in running roughshod over the most cherished religious beliefs of many students and their parents? On the other hand, is there scientific evidence in support of special creation? Finally, can Bible-believing Christians safely make their peace with Darwin? We will attempt to answer these and many other questions on the relationship of science and Scripture. I think you are in for some real surprises.

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Answering Islam 12: What Does the Quran Say about the Bible?

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What are the Best Questions for Meaningful Spiritual Conversations?

We had a 22 year old seeker come to our Bible study last week and we just poised the question to everyone is there anything in the Bible you struggle with? He answered the whole hell thing. Someone proceeded to give a textbook answer and I could tell by his face it was not what he wanted to hear and seemed wounded in some way. I finally asked him why he asked the question in the first place, was he concerned about past loved ones and what was his perception of it. He admitted that part of that was his concern but trying to figure out how it could be loving for God to send anyone to hell. We need to ask more questions to really understand why someone asks a question. I also validated his concerns telling him that I also struggled with that same issue as many do. So it led to what is love how people make choices and possibilities of how God can communicate to all of us. He is coming back!! We need to listen more, validate feelings, gain trust and then speak the truth in love.

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Tire Track Apologetics

Scripture begins with the statement “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” ( Genesis 1:1 ). It is no surprise that many of our apologetic conversations center around this important doctrine. The fact that we are created beings accountable to our Creator has a profound impact on a person’s worldview. However, we know that not everyone accepts this truth.

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Is It Harmful to Date in High School?

The second thing I want to say about the older generation (my generation perhaps) is that many parents today who did marry quite early would still counsel young people today not to pair off in dating relationships during high school. In other words, it doesn’t follow that because godly people you know married early, that dating early is a good idea. That needs to be decided on other grounds. Whether you see dating at age fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen as wise will depend partly on your view of sexual relations, partly on your view of the meaning of dating, and partly on your view of the relative maturity of teenagers. I think the Bible settles the question of sexual relations for us clearly — namely, sexual relations are for marriage.

NHCLC: Thousands of Puerto Rican Churches Wrecked by Maria

About half of Puerto Ricans go to church at least once a week, according to the Pew Research Center. (Most of the island’s 3.4 million residents are Catholic, and about a third are Protestant.) But some churches haven’t had power since Hurricane Irma hit earlier in the month. Without power, or due to other damage to their buildings, they’re forced to skip regular services or to worship unplugged outside.

65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer

I want to give you a very specific list of 65 apologetics questions every Christian parent needs to learn to answer and discuss with their kids (in age appropriate ways). Of course, any such list is subjective. I created this list based on my own study and experience with engaging in these topics, with a special emphasis on the issues challenging young adults today.

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Get Thee to a Swanky Tourist Trap

After my time overseas, I now think everyone who goes on a mission trip should also take time to experience a country’s beautiful side, too. I’m not suggesting that we all spend a year’s salary on a two-week safari in the Serengeti; that might not be a good use of your resources. However, I am suggesting that spending a few nights at a lodge in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro or on the shores of Lake Kivu might be worthwhile. Stay at a nice hotel for a night, explore a community’s handicraft shop, and tip your taxi driver well. While you’re there, start conversations with a neighbor who may have an interesting job, travel experience, or language knowledge. These simple actions helped broaden my perspective of the world and see those around me as whole, multidimensional persons.

Children, Heirs, and Fellow Sufferers

If there were no afflictions and difficulties and troubles and pain, our fallen hearts would fall ever more deeply in love with the comforts and securities and pleasures of this world instead of falling more deeply in love with our inheritance beyond this world, namely, God himself. Suffering is appointed for us in this life as a great mercy to keep us from loving this world more than we should and to make us rely on God who raises the dead. “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

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Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Church in Culture

The First Tremor: Peter Waldo (Died by 1218)

More than three hundred years before Martin Luther was born, an unlikely reformer suddenly appeared in the city of Lyon in southeast France. His protests against doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church were strong tremors foretelling the coming spiritual earthquake called the Reformation. And the movement he launched survived to join the great Reformation. He is known to history as Peter Waldo.

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‘Jonah runs away from God not because he has done something wrong but because he thinks God has done something wrong.’ — @RamsdenMichael

Something Greater Than Us: A Groom’s Heart on His Wedding Day

In the beginning, God officiated the first marriage. As birds sang from their branches, as wind danced in the trees, as brooks babbled and crickets chirped, as wolves howled and lions roared, the man quieted creation with a song to his beloved (Genesis 2:23). God joined them together. And with that first marriage, God cued a mini-drama of eternity’s Greatest Romance. A Groom was coming.

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The Reformation of the 16th Century

The cry for a thorough reformation echoed through all Europe. Although the outward circumstances varied from country to country, the one constant was a reformation of hearts and lives by a return to the authority of the Word of God. With the recovery of the Word of God, there was the corresponding recovery of the gospel of grace. When the gospel of grace was preached in power and purity and received by faith alone, the lives of people were changed. The doctrines of justification and acceptance by God now became living realities in the hearts and lives of countless multitudes, rather than just religious phrases.

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45 Book Preview: Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain

About the Author Natasha Crain is a popular blogger, author, and speaker who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. Her blog, " Christian Mom Thoughts ," attracts more than 25,000 readers each month. The author of Keeping Your Kids on God's Side , Natasha has an MBA in marketing and statistics from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University . A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, she lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. About the Book You want to pass on your faith to your children. But in today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world, how can you prepare your kids for the challenges and doubts they will inevitably face? In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain brings clarity to this question by walking you through thirty essential conversations about God that parents and kids must have today, including discussions about · the existence of God · science and God · the nature of God · believing in God · the difference God makes Organized so that each chapter builds upon the last, this book provides a cumulative learning experience appropriate for home, church classes, youth groups, small groups, and homeschools.

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After “the worst mass shooting event” in U.S. history — We mourn. We pray. We love. And we call evil what it is.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 — The Briefing

There may be any number of secular critics who will criticize this president and for that matter previous presidents as well for turning to scripture in such a public way. But what we need to note is that they offer absolutely no alternative. There is no solace nor even an adequate moral vocabulary that would come from any secular source. It’s not an accident that presidents have turned so regularly to scripture. They do so in public, even if perhaps they do not do so in private. In public, the moral vocabulary for which they are grasping can be found only in scripture, and the kind of comfort they intend to give can be grounded only in scripture. Reflexes tell us a very great deal not only about an individual, but about a society. And the reflex to turn to scripture is very telling about the American people. It tells us that the American people when faced with a brush with eternity, when faced with a great a momentous moral challenge, know that we in ourselves simply do not have even the moral vocabulary to speak to one another meaningfully about what has just happened. We are indeed moral creatures.

The FAQS: Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

On September 20, Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean, devastating Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Almost two weeks later, the islands are mired in a severe humanitarian crisis that shows no signs of abating anytime soon. Here is what you should know about the islands and their current situation:


Decide from the start you’ll protect your mind. Decide you’ll run everything through a biblical filter. That’s how you thrive in your education — and your faith. And use this filter no matter how old you are or where you are in life — God wants you to be a lifelong learner, which means you’ll face lifelong challenges to your faith.

After Mass Shootings, Americans Turn to Four Bible Verses Most

Bible Gateway analyzed search patterns surrounding Sunday night’s concert shooting as well as 18 other major incidents of violence over the past decade, including Virginia Tech in 2007, Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, San Bernardino in 2015, and Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in 2016. Among the site’s 150 million-plus visitors a year, the four verses that saw distinct spikes in readership around those shootings were:

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52 Demanding Evidence for God While Denying Evidence for God
53 Line of Fire, 10-02-17: Responding to the Mass Shooting in Vegas
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56 The Universal Design Intuition: Case in Point | Evolution News
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58 Reeling After the Deadliest US Shooting: Only God Can Heal America
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63 Where Is God in a Mass Shooting? - Russell Moore
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67 What Happens to Our Souls When We Die? | Cold Case Christianity
68 Renewing Your Mind | What Is the Standard of Truth? | Oct 2, 2017
69 The Goosefather: Jan Hus (c. 1369–1415)
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75 Based on the Early Reports, the Las Vegas Shooting Is Very, Very Strange
76 Let’s Save the University from Secular Privilege
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80 Breathing New Life into the Christian University
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82 Why Doesn't God Stop Mass Shootings and Terrorists?
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