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Watching Jell-O Being Smacked with a Tennis Racket in Slow Motion Is Surprisingly Satisfying

YouTube auteurs “The Slow-Mo Guys” applied their innovative style and filmmaking technique to mankind’s ultimate test of physics: Smacking giant globs of Jell-O with a tennis racket. The results are expectedly breathtaking.

Star Wars and Disney Movie Mash-up Is the Geekiest Thing You’ll See Today

If there are too things that inspire unmatched geeky fan devotion, it’s the Star Wars franchise and classic Disney movies. That's why the YouTubers at Pistol Shrimps decided to mash-up the worlds into a single trailer. After all, now that Walt Disney owns the rights to Star Wars, anything could happen, right?

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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

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How Do You Know Jesus Really Rose from the Dead?

For nearly 2,000 years Christians have confessed together that, because the one who died on Good Friday didn’t stay dead, our despair can never have the final word. And unlike the resurrection of Aslan the lion, the resurrection of Jesus is no fantasy. It happened in history, and Jesus himself has promised that everyone who trusts him will share in his new life. So as Christians we declare:  Don’t worry; I read the book. He didn’t stay dead.

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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..”

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY- FLINTSTONES *HQ*

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Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

It's not parents OR society, it is not psychological frailty OR "a constant reminder of the negative consequences of failing" but the very nature of our society, the duality of choices, limits all areas of our society. We measure EVERYTHING by right and wrong, pass or fail. One's grades, one's compliance to choices of behavior, of faith and of political beliefs. I raised five children who all stepped into independence. I raised them without Television! I raised them to think for themselves! I allowed them to NOT be a reflection of myself! My youngest will soon graduate a college which does NOT parent my son; their energy is used to instruct those who are there to learn! I have acquaintances who question how I could possibly let my child go off to a college with co-ed dorms and no policing of drug use. My answer was that there is no way I could, or would, attempt such a monitoring, that I raised my children to think for themselves, to make choices - and then I SUPPORTED those choices (even if they were ones I would NOT make) and you know what? they have made me proud - each of them! (Before I elaborate on this amazing college, let me interject that my five children and my parenting were not unique.

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Grace to You Radio

You may never face a life-or-death test of your faith. But your integrity as a Christian is tested every day, in what you think, say, do, and refuse to do. What does it take to live An Uncompromising Life ? John MacArthur shows you in this practical study from Daniel.

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale joins the show talk about his children’s book, Veep and Arrested Development.

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The book that will have everyone talking about how we never talk anymore

But in the rush to be heard by people far away, we lose those closest to us. “Many young people are growing up without ever having experienced unbroken conversations either at the dinner table or when they take a walk with parents or friends,” Turkle writes. She shows children confronting their parents — “Daddy! Stop Googling! I want to talk to you!” — and notes that even well-intentioned parenting can backfire. A 37-year-old father goes on a school field trip with his 7-year-old, but spends his time posting and sharing photos about it. “All of a sudden I realize as I’m sitting there that Simone has been sitting there for, like, an hour, without me saying a word to her,” he tells Turkle. Even when we think we’re most engaged, our phones separate us.

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3 Things Not to Do After You Preach

Before, during, and after attacks, run to the good news of the gospel. Realize preaching is about the power of God’s Word, not your words. There’s no sermon delivery in the history of the world that was so bad it drained God’s Word of its power. The Lord is big enough to allow people to recall his eternal words and forget your stupid ones. Do you really think God’s purpose rests on the quality of your preaching? That’s certainly not what you preach. Sunday afternoon, then, is your time to apply.

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Why You Need a Mentor

You shouldn’t let critics define how you live your life, but you do need friends and mentors who will be honest with you when they see red flags. Even if this is only two people, keep them, value them, appreciate them, listen to them. They won’t always be right, but if you eject all these people from your life, the “Yes” friends can warp you.

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How Do You Explain Miracles?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org While Dr William Lane Craig was on his Australian speaking tour, he spoke at EV Church on the topic, "The Evidence for Christianity." Can we trust that the Bible is true? After his talk, he answered a number of questions from the audience. In this clip, Dr Craig answers the question, "What is Scientism and is it true?" We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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Moral Apologetics

I used to think that wrath was unworthy of God. Isn’t God love? Shouldn’t divine love be beyond wrath? God is love, and God loves every person and every creature. That’s exactly why God is wrathful against some of them. My last resistance to the idea of God’s wrath was a casualty of the war in the former Yugoslavia, the region from which I come. According to some estimates, 200,000 people were killed and over 3,000,000 were displaced. My villages and cities were destroyed, my people shelled day in and day out, some of them brutalized beyond imagination, and I could not imagine God not being angry. Or think of Rwanda in the last decade of the past century, where 800,000 people were hacked to death in one hundred days! How did God react to the carnage? By doting on the perpetrators in a grandfatherly fashion? By refusing to condemn the bloodbath but instead affirming the perpetrators’ basic goodness? Wasn’t God fiercely angry with them? Though I used to complain about the indecency of the idea of God’s wrath, I came to think that I would have to rebel against a God who wasn’t wrathful at the sight of the world’s evil.

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Crossway on Twitter

A case for why all Christians should care about systematic theology: http://cway.to/1UhyYmp  pic.twitter.com/zuWaBbH9TJ

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What Sexuality Looks Like if You're Single

There is certainly great truth in the comfort that we can and should find fulfillment in God. Where life brings loneliness or insecurity in our identity, the Gospel promises that we are loved, accepted and made complete in Christ. Our fullest and truest selves as men and women are found in our being divine image-bearers. God promises that He draws near to those who take refuge in Him. When you’re in the awkward place of “waiting for marriage,” these words can be both balm and anchor to loneliness.

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WORLD | Are mass shootings really becoming routine? | Daniel James Devine | Oct. 3, 2015

According to data compiled by Jaclyn Schildkraut, a researcher at State University of New York at Oswego, and Texas State University doctoral student H. Jaymi Elsass, the United States does see a greater overall number of mass shootings than other developed nations—133 shootings between 2000 and 2014. Other countries typically only experienced a handful of mass shootings in that timeframe: Canada had three, China had four, and Norway and France just one apiece.

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Guard your hearts at all costs in the war with porn

Engaging in pornography not only erodes the soul, it also physically impacts the way that your brain is wired. John Piper in a recent article explains some research within the medical community that shows pornography has an addiction effect similar to cocaine and heroine. Cocaine and heroine cause a “high” in two distinct ways. Yet, as the article explains, viewing pornography actually taps into both these causes. A drug addict needs more and more drugs to realize the same sensation. Likewise, pornography re-wires the brain in the same way and, thus, needing more and more pornography to feel the same effects. Therefore, pornography is not only addicting in a spiritualized, sin-craving manner, but your body becomes physically addicted to the “high” and *needs* more material to achieve this high. This addiction is both spiritual and physical. It can all be accessed alone—”anonymously”—in the comfort of your personal computer or smartphone.

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Newsweek on Twitter

Anti-vaxxers accidentally funded a study showing no link between autism and vaccines http://bit.ly/1GoSVvS  pic.twitter.com/mtCf4zuekv

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For the First Time, Fewer than 10% of People Will Be Living in Extreme Poverty

The World Bank has released some encouraging news. According to their projections, by the end of 2015, for the first time ever, fewer than 10 percent of the global population will be living below the extreme poverty line. While the fall in the number of people living in extreme poverty is encouraging, their numbers indicate poverty is still a major problem in many parts of the world—the line for extreme poverty is only an income of $1.90 a day. And, many of the extremely poor are isolated to a single region: More than half of the 10 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Justice Will Be Done

And one of the deep hindrances to your letting that hurt and bitterness go is the conviction — the justified conviction — that justice should be done, that the fabric of the universe will unravel if people can just get away with horrible wrongs and deceive everyone.

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World Renew on Twitter

We pray for an end to the horror in Syria. May those who have the power to address this crisis do so with wisdom. #praymonday

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E! Online on Twitter

The Kardashian and Jenner girls are "America's First Family"on the cover of Cosmopolitan: http://eonli.ne/1QTk9Ao 

23 21 Questions With Washington Florist Who Refused Gay Couple

21 questions with Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist who refused to make flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding.

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The Spiritual Gift of Physical Exercise

We’re right to be concerned about what happens when our love of fitness gets taken to extremes—over-exercise, pressure, competition—and the church should continue to caution us against any hobby becoming an idol. But before we roll our eyes about another fitness challenge or workout of the day a friend posts on Facebook, we would do well to celebrate what our growing embrace of physical activity gets right.

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Woman to Woman 2015 – Premier Radio

An inspiring and uplifting conference from 10 am where women will gather in prayer and praise and hear encouraging stories of rejoicing in the Lord in good times and bad from a great line up of speakers. From 7.30pm we are delighted to host our first event woman to woman night of worship - an upbeat, life-transforming evening, rejoicing and praising with women from all walks of life who at living out their faith in their  everyday life.

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Stewardship Isn’t Just About Money

Instead of getting frustrated that I didn't get more (N.T. Wright’s brain, George Clooney’s looks, Peyton Manning's arm), I'm going to get every drop out of what I have to work with. I want to get the highest rate of return possible out of every part of my life, so that when the time comes, I will know I’ve given my all for the God who gave me everything.

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Kiefer Sutherland Officially Bows Out of 24

“It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given as an actor,” Sutherland told the press. “But it’s moving on without me. I want to do other things…My experience of 24 was unbelievable, but the main benefit was that it was nice to do something that people actually watched, and that they enjoyed…I don’t think there’s a better medium than television out there at the moment. So think I want to do more of it and look for projects where I can repeat my experience.”

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

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Lee Strobel on Twitter

Strobel is a creditable witness! RT @LeeStrobel : Getting ready to testify at trial in God's Not Dead 2 movie. pic.twitter.com/OY4tBDJFoe

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How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God

Basically, anyone who doesn’t have a benevolent, involved father is going to have an enormously difficult time believing that moral boundaries set by an authority are for the benefit of the person who is being bounded. The best way to make moral boundaries stick is to see that they apply to the person making the boundaries as well – and that these moral boundaries are rational, evidentially-grounded and not arbitrary. It is therefore very important to children to be shepherded by a man who studied moral issues (including evidence from outside the Bible) in order to know how to be persuasive to others. If you want your child to be religious and moral, you have to pick a man who is religious and moral. And it can’t just be a faith commitment that he makes, he can just lie about that. Women ought to check whether men are bound to what they believe by checking what they’ve read. A man usually acts consistently with what he believes, and beliefs only get formed when a man informs himself through things like reading.

31 22 People Killed at Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan During U.S. Airstrike

The organization Doctors Without Borders says that at least 22 people were killed—10 of whom were patients—when one of their hospitals in Afghanistan was hit by a U.S. airstrike. The mayor of the city where the hospital is located told The Washington Post that the structure was being used as a base for Taliban fighters who’d been firing weapons from the grounds. The NGO, however, disputes those claims. In a statement, they said that the airstrike constitutes a war crime : “Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, [Doctors Without Borders] demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.”

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Why the Information in Our DNA Points to the Existence of God | Cold Case Christianity

The more we learn about the origin of life in our universe, the more reasonable the case for God’s existence. The building blocks of life (proteins, ribosomes, enzymes etc.) are formed at the direction of specific nucleotide sequencing in DNA, the largest molecule known. In humans, DNA contains as many as 10 billion atoms. The adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine bases in DNA are linked in a particular order to form the genetic code containing the master plan for every organism. The information in DNA guides and instructs the formation of proteins; without it, protein formation would be a haphazard, hit-or-miss proposal. The nucleic sequence in DNA is informational .

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Guard your hearts at all costs in the war with porn

Engaging in pornography not only erodes the soul, it also physically impacts the way that your brain is wired. John Piper in a recent article explains some research within the medical community that shows pornography has an addiction effect similar to cocaine and heroine. Cocaine and heroine cause a “high” in two distinct ways. Yet, as the article explains, viewing pornography actually taps into both these causes. A drug addict needs more and more drugs to realize the same sensation. Likewise, pornography re-wires the brain in the same way and, thus, needing more and more pornography to feel the same effects. Therefore, pornography is not only addicting in a spiritualized, sin-craving manner, but your body becomes physically addicted to the “high” and *needs* more material to achieve this high. This addiction is both spiritual and physical. It can all be accessed alone—”anonymously”—in the comfort of your personal computer or smartphone.

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Book Review: "Overcoming Sin and Temptation" by John Owen

But Owen does not end with the conviction of our hearts for our sin. Instead, as the title of this book suggests, he puts forward ways in which we may overcome sin and temptation. Primarily, they involve watchfulness and prayer. We are called by Owen to an active assault on sin rather than passive resistance. We must always be looking out for the ways sin penetrates our lives and close those gaps. Some concrete things Owen suggests are focusing upon Christ’s work and how our sin adds to Christ’s suffering; thinking upon the grace and love of God and how we wound the great God who made us when we sin; considering God’s sovereignty and asking, with Joseph in Genesis, “How can I sin against my God?” These are only a few of the ways Owen suggests we put sin to death in our lives.

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Our Happy Book: Finding Joy in God's Word | HeadHeartHand Blog

We find joy in its grace: There could be no joy if this was a book of mere law of do’s, don’ts, guilt, condemnation, and judgment. But finding its pages packed full of grace for the guilty and mercy for the miserable, we find great joy. Many of us can take you to a text or passage that God used to open our eyes and give us new life. What laughter fills our hearts and mouths when we read the words that God used to bring us alive from the dead, to open our eyes to the beauty of Christ.

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ThinkChristian on Twitter

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Four ways that the progress of experimental science conflicts with atheism

There has only been one creation of the universe, and the universe will never reverse its expansion, so that it could oscillate eternally. That view is popular, perhaps in part because many people watched videos of Carl Sagan speculating about it in public school classrooms, but all it was was idle naturalistic speculation, (Sagan was a naturalist, and held out hope that science would vindicate naturalism), and has been contradicted by good experimental science. You should be familiar with the 3 evidences for the Big Bang (redshift, light element abundances (helium/hydrogen) and the cosmic microwave background radiation. There are others, (radioactive element abundances, second law of thermodynamics, stellar lifecycle), but those are the big three. Point out how the experimental evidence for the Big Bang has piled up, making the problem even worse for the eternal-universe naturalists.

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The Danger of Worshipping Good Works | Open Biola

Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewall discusses the goal of the Christian life, explaining that its emphasis is on being with God far more than doing things for him. She explains that there is a temptation to build up oneself with works, but that this is rooted in pride and insecurity.

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The Christian Post on Twitter

Oxygens new series 'Rich in Faith' airs Dec. 2nd. #RT pic.twitter.com/STSsyd3tze

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Apologetics Seminar: If God is so Loving, Why Does He Pass Judgement? - Michael Ramsden

Michael Ramsden, International Director of RZIM and joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, shows us that God is the same in the Old and New Testaments, with his love clearly displayed in both.

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WORLD | Another mass shooting | D.C. Innes | Oct. 5, 2015

It was a couple of days before we could piece together the details surrounding the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.: the shooter’s identity; his background, motives, and mental health; the number and names of the slain and wounded; and the murder weapons and how the killer obtained them. But it was just a few hours after the first shots that President Obama was scolding the nation with his fatherly displeasure over our unwillingness to support stricter gun control laws.

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Help Your Teens Achieve Their Dreams

After navigating that extraordinary highway with four teens of my own and assisting some 20,000 young dreamers each summer in our 10 sports camps, I can tell you this without a shadow of doubt: The time you, as a parent, invest in becoming a dream builder, helping your child discover his or her unique wiring, will be one of the most cherished investments you'll ever make.

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WORLD | The pope’s betrayal of Kim Davis | Andrée Seu Peterson | Oct. 5, 2015

There is a life-sized cardboard figure of Pope Francis in the gift shop of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall Visitor’s Center, where many a tourist took photos before the papal visit, and I am starting to think that that’s all there is to the man.

44 Get Out Your Pencils, Cassettes are Back

This just in—the newest way for hipsters to listen to their music is actually quite old. As reported by NBC nightly news, the cassette is making its comeback. While it hasn’t quite hit has hard as the vinyl craze, the numbers are impressive. A Springfield, Missouri-based tape manufacture called National Audio Company reports having sold more than 20 million cassette tapes. (20 million!) Kinda insane to think about it. (Seriously, who knew that there were that many tape players still in existence?) But it’s also nice to hear from someone like National Audio Company president who owes his success to “stubbornness and stupidity.” Check out the full video segment below.

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Crossway on Twitter

"The more we trust him, the more we experience him. The more we experience him, the more others see him." pic.twitter.com/E0UNa2GrEd

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The Church's Most Dangerous Doctrine.

If one of the Church’s primary purposes is to fulfill God’s plan by leading a fallen world into right relationship with Him, then any doctrine that undermines that objective poses a danger to not only the Church’s mission but also to the world that so desperately needs God’s love. And while any Church teaching that contravenes Scripture is both deceitful and heresy, the most dangerous are those that send adherents down a path that leads to eternal suffering and separation from God.

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Reformation Heritage Conference

Purpose : Each year, we set aside a weekend to focus on our Reformed heritage, stemming from the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. We invite world-class scholars in Reformation history to present a series of lectures for every-day Christians, which are meant to encourage a love for the Scriptures, to foster an appreciation for those who have gone before us, and to cultivate a joy for God through Christ.

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Vatican: Pope’s Meeting with Kim Davis ‘Should Not Be Considered a Form of Support’

The Vatican has released a statement attempting to clarify some of the details behind Pope Francis’ meeting with Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis during his recent U.S. visit. Davis rose to national attention when she was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Though she was release, she has since been accused of altering licenses issued by her deputies.

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WORLD | ECFA strips Gospel for Asia’s membership | Warren Cole Smith | Oct. 5, 2015

A focus of the investigation was a new Gospel for Asia headquarters campus in Wills Point, Texas. That facility cost about $40 million, with half of the money coming from Gospel for Asia–India, which was likely given by donors to promote the spread of the gospel in India. Gospel for Asia COO David Carroll admitted that the organization “did not disclose in 2013 that gift from our field partner [Gospel for Asia–India].” The lack of disclosure and the use of funds in ways contrary to donor intent were key reasons for the ECFA terminating the ministry’s membership.

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Dead Chickens Tell No Tales, Though Journalists Might

To be fair, they were taking x-rays, not normal pictures, and they were then measuring the angles of the vertebrae connections at the various positions. Why, you ask? Because they think chickens are living (well, dead for the experiments) dinosaurs. They were hoping for insight into why so many fossilized dinosaurs are buried in rock appearing to be in what’s been called the “throes of death”—called the opisthotonic posture—with the long neck extended unnaturally toward the animal’s back.

51 Oregon begins seizure of $135,000 from Christians who refused to celebrate gay marriage
52 Eric Metaxas on Twitter
53 Ligonier Ministries
54 NHS worker wins right to appeal lost tribunal, over disciplinary for giving Christian book to colleague – Premier Premier
55 Challenging Christianity on Facebook
56 The Briefing 10-05-15
57 Climb the Ladder: Ecclesiastes 6:1-12
58 Ligonier Ministries
59 Have Computer Simulations Proven Darwinian Evolution? Part 1
60 One Minute Apologist on Periscope: "OMA behind the scenes"
61 Reformation and All Saints Days - Christian Research Institute
62 Sunday Quote!- Mormonism and Breaking the Ninth Commandment
63 WORLD | Midday Roundup: 1,000-year flood engulfs parts of Carolinas | Lynde Langdon | Oct. 5, 2015
64 Man Buys GOOGLE for $12
65 Man Calls in Bomb Threat To Avoid Missing His Plane
66 Christian charity calls for outright ban on carrier bags – Premier Premier
67 WORLD | U.S. lawmakers file bills to help Iraqi, Syrian Christians | Julia A. Seymour | Oct. 5, 2015
68 Crossway on Twitter
69 The Passage of Time | Reasonable Faith
70 Obama borrowed $10 trillion dollars and all we got was this horrible jobs report
71 Josh McDowell on Twitter
72 Renewing Your Mind | The Second Awakening | October 5, 2015
73 Priest who takes calls from migrants in distress nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – Premier Premier
74 Are Atheists Just Suppressing the Truth in Unrighteousness? - Stand to Reason Blog
75 Thorny Pigs
76 X Factor Catholic group never been kissed – Premier Premier
77 http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/god-takes-your-problem-and-makes-it-his
78 Premier Christian on Twitter