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Do Actual Miracles Still Happen?

"Do actual miracles still happen today?" This is a question that would only be asked in the secular. Western world. Back in the '90's I was working on a graduate degree in New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. At least half of the student body came from the third world. Christians in this part of the world would laugh at such a question. As for me, back in the 1970's, I saw a man in the last stages of cancer healed instantaneously as we prayed for him. I saw him get off his death bed right there. He is still alive today, nearly forty years later. The cancer never came back.

2 Tim Keller on Doubt | Think Christianly

Jonathan Morrow Posts Twitter Facebook Google+ Jonathan Morrow (D.Min) is the founder of Think Christianly. He is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell), and contributed the chapter "Introducing Spiritual Formation" to Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN.

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The Briefing 11-26-14

1) Sec. Hagel’s resignation shows inadequacy of administration’s worldview in face of conflicts

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The Ultimate Study Bible for Learning Apologetics is only $5.99!

Drawn from Lee Strobel's own experiences as a former atheist engaged in a thorough search for truth, the articles and notes throughout The Case for Christ Study Bible provide a solid explanation of where the historical and scientific evidence point - toward the existence of a compassionate Creator God and his Son, Jesus, the Savior. The Case for Christ Study Bible features more than 500 notes and articles, including: A.) The Case for a Creator: highlighting the wonders of creation and demonstrating how the scientific evidence supports belief in an all-powerful Creator. B.) The Case for the Bible: exploring the character of the Bible, the extra-biblical evidence that corroborates scripture, and apparent contradictions. C.) The Case for Christ: investigating Jesus' claims, Messianic identity, deity, and resurrection. D.) And much more. The Good News of the Gospel transformed the life of this former atheist. It can do the same for others who commit to examining the evidence for themselves. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW >>>

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New study: how the hummingbird performs stunning feats of aerobatics

The common explanation I see is that nature or evolution considered this an important adaptation. An undirected process that lacks the capacity to reason ‘considered’ it important? This may seem odd for naturalists to make claims of intentionality but that is the best way to describe what’s going on. They would rather assume the observation of intent is actually an illusion that our brain is somehow wired to falsely recognize. In science we cannot assume an observation is illusory unless there is sufficient reason or evidence to support that conclusion. If we could then any observation could and should be dismissed; of course that would halt scientific research.

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Is Apologetics Biblical?

That’s why I named Apologetics Canada what I did. Many suggested I use another name, but I refused. I’m convinced we need to re-educate people. Apologetics is a Biblical word and practice. In fact, it’s mandated (written in the imperative, as a command). The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia , meaning to give an answer or defense for our hope in Jesus. The verse most quoted to promote apologetics is 1 Peter 3:15. It says:

7 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI

Who is the Antichrist? For centuries Christians have speculated about the identity of Antichrist. Likely candidates have included princes and popes of the past as well as potentates and presidents in the present. Rather than joining the sensationalistic game of pin–the–tail–on–the–Antichrist, Christians need only go to Scripture to find the answer. First, the apostle John […]

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Persecution, Fellowship, Thanksgiving, and Prayer

That attitude is critical when it comes to bearing up under persecution. The believer’s comfort in suffering comes from the firm confidence that God’s plans have not been thwarted, but that they are always unfolding in every situation. Our circumstances are never outside the power and purpose of the Lord. Persecuted believers need to find confidence and comfort in the preordained plans of our sovereign God. We need to look at our own suffering the way Joseph did, saying “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20).

9 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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Grace to You

“He said to them, ‘What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’ Then He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand!’ He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other” (Matthew 12:11–13).

11 Grace to You Radio

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9Marks at Southern

The gospel tells the story of God, man, Christ, and a requisite response. It heralds the news about creation, fall, redemption, and a glorious consummation. And it is the only thing that will build a church. All that other stuff only builds a crowd.

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New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Address Info As Ferguson Simmers

A number of Twitter users -- some of whom have identified themselves as planning to protest the grand jury decision -- have tweeted the location of Wilson’s home as they gear up for rallies. The house number was not printed in the Times, but the street in the St. Louis suburb of Crestwood where it sits is only about two blocks long, and the house number can be easily located via online sources using only the street name and Wilson’s name.

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Focus on the Family on Twitter

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2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

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How to Honor and Encourage the Singles in Your Church

The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures.  We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing our confession and theological vision for ministry, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures.

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How Should You Respond to Ferguson?

We learned last night that Darren WIlson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, was not indicted by the grand jury. Multiple businesses have been looted and burned, and our city—St. Louis—is trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces and move forward. Leading up to the grand jury decision, we wanted to prepare our church, regardless of the verdict, to rightly respond to the issues this case has unearthed. Over the last few months, the elders and other leaders at The Journey have been encouraging our church and the wider community to let their guard down and step into hard conversations about justice, privilege, and race. To further equip our church, we gathered together several members of our church from different backgrounds with different cultural and political views for a roundtable discussion. We believe the way forward must include these kind of discussions with people who don’t share our skin color, preferably around a dinner table.  

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Up all night with bitcoin hackers

One of the night’s celebrities is Yifu Guo, a 24-year-old two-time startup founder who specializes in the bitcoin payment network. He has agreed to help judge the competition and watches in the main room as students tinker and tabulate. By now, it’s past 2 a.m. Guo, clad in a leather jacket and with hair tied in a jet-black ponytail, roams underneath extension cords that dangle like tentacles from the ceiling. Guo is an NYU dropout who made his fortune as an early adopter of bitcoin. Through his first company Avalon, he was also the first person to bring dedicated bitcoin “mining” hardware—machines designed specifically to solve complex puzzles that reward their operators in cryptocurrency—to market. Guo is used to keeping nocturnal hours, thanks to business partners in Germany and China. In the wee hours of the morning, he looks livelier than the hacking cohort.

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Why You Should Still Care about Ferguson DESPITE the Facts

We will never experience true Christian unity when one ethnicity demands of another that we keep silent about our pain and travails. The way forward is not an appeal to the facts as a first resort. Rathewr, we should attempt to get inside each others skin as best as we can to feel what they feel, and understand it. Tragedies like Ferguson are like MRIs that reveal the hurt that still lingers. The chasm that exists between ethnicities can only be traversed if we move past facts and get into feelings.

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Scientific Proof That Public Debate Is Dominated By Stupid People

Now let's consider gender. It's not accurate to say, based on the data above, that "women are thicker," although I know that's what you'll have been wondering. But if it's true, as some claim, that there are similar numbers of men and women in each percentile of IQ, why do we see the graph above? If the smartest women aren't learning how to land probes on asteroids or unlocking the secrets of the universe with maths, what are they doing? Where are they?

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The Origins of Aggressive Atheism

Non-believers are often marginalized in the U.S., which has led to a lot of resentment among their ranks. But don't be deceived: For most Americans, lack of religion usually comes with a shrug, not a shout.

22 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Why “The Hunger Games” Is About Racism

(In his book Playing God , CT's executive editor Andy Crouch defines the slippery, contested concept of privilege this way: “The best way I know to define privilege is the ongoing benefits of past successful exercises of power.” Those past exercises could have been righteous, or not; the point is, it's a type of power, and that power must not be taken lightly.)

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Matt Pearce on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Feds order Bible college to deport 120 Christian students

On Sunday – Pastor Guiler delivered the bad news to his congregation – the federal government had denied their recertification for a program that allows foreign students to attend American schools.

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Multiply Your Gift this Giving Tuesday

Your gift on Tuesday, December 2, will equip pastors with the resources they need to grow in faith and be more effective in sharing the gospel with others. You’ll multiply their ministry!

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5 Ways to Have a Missional Thanksgiving

Logan is currently serving as the Executive Pastor at Apostles Church in New York City. He has served in a variety of ministry roles at Apostles Church for four years, starting with missional community transitions in the church and moving into a development role for the various ministries and church planting initiatives. Logan regularly assists churches in creating, cultivating, and implementing ministries to meet the needs of their congregation and engage their context with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Logan blogs at Gentrified, is a regular contributor at Gospel-Centered Discipleship and has contributed to The Gospel Coalition. Logan is married to Amber, they have three children and live in Manhattan.

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10 Bible Verses That Remind Us to Be Thankful for All God Has Given Us

Throughout the world, Thanksgiving is celebrated in different ways and in some places, not celebrated at all. Regardless of what holiday is celebrated during this time, we all should be thankful for our blessings as often as possible. Dedicating our days to say "Thank You." The Bible has many verses that focus on reasons to praise our great God. So everyone be sure to thank God for all that he has done and all those in your life that have picked you up when you were down.

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Proximate Justice Is the Only Justice We Have in this Age

When we pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we are yearning for the way things ought to be, and someday will be—even as we give ourselves to what can be in a world where evil persists, sometimes very malignantly. If we think that the lordship of Christ over every square inch of the whole of reality means that we can settle for nothing less than explicit recognition of that claim and its reality in public life, then we will never be able to sustain the vocations that are required for meaningful political witness in the face of the continuing injustice, which comes from the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

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WORLD | Judges fell marriage laws in two Southern states | The Editors | Nov. 26, 2014

Federal judges in Mississippi and Arkansas on Tuesday overturned those states’ laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Both judges put their rulings on hold pending appeal.

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Hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets, research finds

Air bacterial counts close to jet air dryers were found to be 4.5 times higher than around warm air dryers and 27 times higher compared with the air when using paper towels. Next to the dryers, bacteria persisted in the air well beyond the 15 second hand-drying time, with approximately half (48%) of the Lactobacilli collected more than five minutes after drying ended. Lactobacilli were still detected in the air 15 minutes after hand drying.

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Gratitude Without God

But in 1863, America was a different kind of Christian nation than it is now. The country is far more religiously diverse and culturally secular than it was when Thanksgiving was founded. A strong majority of Americans consider themselves religious, but for many others, religious faith doesn't play much of a role in their everyday lives . And although roughly 90 percent of people in the U.S. believe in "God or a universal spirit," faith doesn't have much bearing on the way Thanksgiving is talked about in public life, from Butterball commercials to the Macy's Parade. Gratitude is the animus of these secular rituals, but the object of the gratitude is unclear. If people aren't thanking God, who are they thanking? You can thank your grandma for making delicious pie, but who do you thank for the general circumstances of your life?

33 Here’s the Trailer for ‘Pan’

E arlier this week we got our first look at Hugh Jackman as the legendary pirate Blackbeard, now we’ve got our first full trailer for the upcoming Captain Hook origins story Pan. The film is a bit of a darker twist on the classic story of Peter Pan, before Captain Hook is a villainous hook-handed pirate, when Neverland is a place where children abducted by Blackbeard are forced to work in a mine. Still, the trailer seems to show that the movie will still feature some of the magic of the classic story. Pan hits theaters in July ...

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Thanksgiving Science: Why Gratitude Is Good for You

A simple trick is to keep a daily diary of things you are grateful for, or list three good things you notice during the day. Buying someone a gift or giving a charitable donation can also boost happiness in a way that splurging on yourself doesn't, according to a 2008 study published in the journal Science. Moreover, simply saying "thank you" to a spouse can create a virtuous cycle of gratitude, where each person feels more appreciated and happy, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Personal and Social Psychology.

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Complaints or Thanks?

Honestly admit that you may be more arrogant, demanding, and entitled than you think. Confess where you need to confess, both to God and to others. Finally, don't be afraid of what may be revealed. God has already forgiven you on the Cross, and on top of that, he provides abundant and life-transforming grace for you, right here, right now.

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Four Questions to Make your Brain Hurt | Reasonable Faith

As to the second question of personal identity over time, this problem is far more difficult for the naturalist who denies the reality of the soul or mind. Bain’s questions arise only if we assume that a human person is a material object like a humanoid body or a brain. But if there is a substantial self which is the possessor of the mental states Bain mentions, then none of his conundrums applies. Of course, new puzzles might be posed about how the soul can undergo intrinsic change in its contingent properties over time. Interestingly, the question raised here becomes really pointed when you pull in theories of time. For if you are a partisan of tenseless time (the so-called B-Theory) and deny the objective reality of temporal becoming, then you do seem to be committed to the conclusion that you are not the same person who started reading this article, for that individual is just a segment of a four-dimensional spacetime “worm,” a segment which is not identical to the present segment, since they have different properties. Thus, tenseless time theorists face real problems about identity over time, problems which are avoided if we say with so-called A-Theorists that the only temporal things that exist are those that exist presently.

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Michael Brown Family's Church Torched, Destroyed; Pastor Suspects White Supremacists to Blame

A resident, lying shirtless, keeps warm as another approaches the blazing skeleton of Juanita's Fashions R Boutique after it was burned to the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, early morning November 25, 2014. Gunshots rang out and buildings burned in a Midwestern suburb after a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict a white police officer over the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a fresh wave of racially tinged violence. At least a dozen buildings were set on fire in Ferguson, Missouri, most of them left destroyed.

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Thanksgiving Place to Be Set Up in Front of White House for Pastor Saeed Abedini

The Christian Defense Coalition and Church on the Hill have announced that they'll be setting up a Thanksgiving place for American pastor Saeed Abedini in front of the White House on Thanksgiving morning, reminding President Barack Obama about the imprisoned husband and father.

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A Very RELEVANT Christmas, Vol. 4

A Young Chris Pratt Actually Predicted that He Would One Day Star in ‘Jurassic World’

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A Loving Father Creates a Beautiful Timelapse Over 14 Years – Wow!

For 14 years straight, this loving father did something heartwarming for his daughter. Frans Hofmeester filmed several different footage timelapses each year as his daughter, Lotte, was growing up.

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Christian Leaders React to Ferguson

The thing that bothers me about this is is that I don't see anyone suggesting that the decision made by the court might actually be regarded as "just." The closest I have heard is "I don't have all the facts." Truth is, I don't have all the facts either. I am not racist, nor do I delight in any kind of death of an unarmed teenager, nor am I unable to sympathize. But from what I've heard, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the officer had more than a reasonable belief that his life was in danger and that he was operating in self-defense. Maybe that is wrong. But maybe it's not. The thing that disturbs me here is, however, the idea that somehow mob violence might in any way be excusable. Do we so easily forget that Jesus exposed the shame of the cross and the evil of the mob who joined in and cried "crucify him!" Christ was innocent. Suppose the officer is innocent and our courts, like the Romans, had "caved" in to the mob. That would be unjust. No, there is a stronger way of overturning evil, and it doesn't look like a mob. I am a pastor, and I see tragedy on all sides of this.

42 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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God's Not Dead: God Surely is Not Dead: Some of the Powerful Evidence

We see evidence of God’s fingerprints in every known corner of the universe. Mankind discovers the proof and affirms many of the facts that the Bible records and announces. The greatest miracle is the resurrection of Jesus. The Lord Jesus is alive! He is the only religious leader to rise from the dead. He is the only one who promised a resurrection and duly kept His promise. You can visit the tombs of all the deceased religious leaders and find their remains still in the grave. However, Jesus is alive because God is not dead.

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How the Normalization of Pornography Fuels the Rape Culture

Why does society all too often objectify female bodies while devaluing or ignoring female consciousness and experiences? We contend that the normalization of pornography contributes significantly to the “rape culture.” Sadly, a significant number of those responsible for describing and attempting to address issues related to the “rape culture” are the very ones normalizing the viewing of pornography.

45 How could the Bible command a rape victim to marry her rapist? - Christian Research Institute

According to Mosaic Law, “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives” (Deuteronomy 22:28–29). Isn’t that barbaric?

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Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More

Anyone who has read to a child is probably familiar with Laura Joffe Numeroff’s now-classic picture book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In the story, a boy sits in his yard, eating a bag of cookies. A mouse comes by, and the boy shares a nibble. Having eaten the cookie—and emboldened by the boy’s obvious inclination to be generous toward him—the mouse asks for some milk to wash it down. The boy kindly gives it. The mouse then asks for a straw, which he receives, and then for a napkin, and on and on. Through the kitchen and into the bathroom and down the hall and back again. Each kindness from the boy inspires the mouse to ask him for something else. In the final scene—surrounded by evidence of gift after gift—the mouse once again turns to the boy and asks for a cookie.

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Bill Cosby's Nephew Compares Uncle's Rape Allegations to Biblical Story

"The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity," Singer said in a statement, according to the Daily News. "These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."

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New York Student Gets OK to Start Christian Club 'Dare to Believe' After She Was Told It Would Be Illegal

A New York school district has decided to approve a student's proposal to start a Christian club at her high school called "Dare to Believe" after she was initially told that her student organization would be a possible violation of the U.S. constitution.

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After This Man Forgave His Abusive Father, Something Amazing Happened

“I got to the point where I realized that I was still blaming my father for a lot of things in my life, and that I needed to finally take responsibility for my life,” Noack continued. “But I didn’t know how to do that until I had a relationship with God. And I realized that I needed to forgive my father — not condone his actions, but truly forgive him, or for the rest of my life, things would happen and I could always blame him for it.”

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CROSS

CROSS exists to mobilize students for the most dangerous and loving cause in the universe: rescuing people from eternal suffering and bringing them into the everlasting joy of friendship with Jesus.

51 Ligonier Ministries on Twitter
52 UN Expert: ISIS Received Up to $45 Million in Ransom Payments Over the Past Year
53 Kirk Cameron Blasts 'Haters and Atheists' for Dropping Rating of 'Saving Christmas'
54 If You Choose Gratitude, Will Your World Be Different?
55 What's the Big Deal With Race?
56 Faith-Based Charity Bowery Mission Hosts 135th Thanksgiving Day Tradition of Feeding New York City's Homeless
57 Chicago Church Gives $500 to Each Member to In Turn Bless Others; Pastor Discusses What They Did With the Money
58 Walmart Lifts Black Friday’s Curse
59 A Prayer for Ferguson
60 ETS: A Review
61 The Story of Thanksgiving Told by a Group of Children – With a Funny Twist!
62 Sunday Quote!- Using Genealogies for the Age of the Earth?
63 What the New Atheism's Gender Gap Tells You
64 Here's a Beautiful Song From Joy Williams and Haley Williams
65 A Modern-Day Version of the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (VIDEO)
66 DeVon Franklin Opens Up About Wife Megan Good's Nude Photo Leak
67 A Young Chris Pratt Actually Predicted that He Would One Day Star in ‘Jurassic World’
68 Back to Broadus: Why Pastors Still Consult This Preaching Classic
69 Pope Francis Says Door of Dialogue With ISIS Should Never Close; Warns Fighting Terrorism Leads to Deaths of Innocents
70 Franklin Graham Shares Childhood Memories With Pastor Greg Laurie at Operation Christmas Child Dedication Service
71 Don't argue about politics this Thanksgiving. Just don't.
72 http://www.crossway.org/books/the-power-of-words-and-the-wonder-of-god-tpb/
73 WORLD | Jailed in North Korea: The inside story | Julie Borg | Nov. 26, 2014
74 Protracted Unrest Between ENCODE Researchers and Junk-DNA Advocates Goes On
75 How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: A ‘Blasphemy’ Blight in Pakistan WSJ
76 Spurgeon: Faithful man, faithful ministry, and the importance of early impressions
77 Escaped Yazidi Refugees: ISIS Cut Throats of Babies; Killed Over 100 Kids in One Yazidi Village
78 Ligonier.org
79 The Ferguson Moment—A Moral Test for the Nation
80 New study: gamma ray bursts make life impossible in 90% of galaxies
81 Working in Family Law Can Reflect God’s Compassion
82 BreakPoint on Twitter
83 God Always Heals
84 Many Faiths, Common View on Marriage: Men and Women Are Created For Each Other
85 I'm a Christian. Why Am I Still So Scared of Dying?
86 My Top 5 Books for Reading in the Wilderness
87 Houston Pastor Reportedly Refused to Host Funeral for 93-Y-O Member Because She Didn't Tithe Enough
88 Giant Panda Has an Awesome Time Tumbling in the Snow at the Zoo
89 Conservative professor Mike Adams on the decline of Campus Crusade
90 Navigating Genesis Curriculum Kit (Small Group Study)
91 The Christian Post on Twitter
92 Apologetics for the Average Christian: Asking Good Questions
93 Lee Strobel on Twitter
94 WORLD | Thank vs. Thank You | Marvin Olasky | Nov. 24, 2007
95 WORLD | A tale of two kings | Andrée Seu Peterson | Nov. 26, 2014