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WES THE HALLS! Wes Anderson must have seen our Christmas wish list, because just yesterday he released a festive short of good tidings and great joy. Though it’s not a full-length film, it’s enough to get us through the holiday season. The award-winning director teamed up with clothing store H&M to debut the new Holiday collection. The short film, Come Together, stars Adrien Brody (of course) who plays a train conductor who is working to surprise his passengers with a Christmas celebration despite the unfortunate weather conditions. It’s everything you’d expect from Anderson plus a little message about looking out for your neighbors. You can watch the holiday short here:

Here’s a Trailer for the New Show Starring the Mythbusters’ Build Team

Netflix has just released a trailer for its upcoming show The White Rabbit Project, starring Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara—the “build team” from the long-running show Mythbusters. As you might expect, there are a lot of explosions and a lot of really cool looking “science” experiments. The series drops on Dec. 9

This New Avett Brothers Video Is a Real Tearjerker

The Avett Brothers have released a video for their heartbreaking song, “No Hard Feelings,” and it's really good. The song, from their latest album True Sadness, is sung from the perspective from a man pondering his own mortality, God and the impact of his life. Utilizing home video footage, the video takes the opposite approach than the lyrics. It's a reflection on family, relationships and youth. It’s a simple concept, a great song and a really stirring viewing experience.

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1 Advent: He Has Come

Well, the King has come. And for Christians, Advent is about preparing to greet Him when He comes again, through repentance, prayer, and worship. It takes a little effort—to set aside the time, to set aside a place, to study and pray—to even light a violet candle as a remembrance.

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Diversity in the Church Matters More Than Ever

With a recent election that left our country divided and with race relations that seem to be crumbling nationally, the church is an obvious solution as a place to unite others. However, if churches want to show a true commitment to diversity, we will need to do more than just welcome a range of people; we must welcome a range of church traditions that reflect those people.

Hugh Ross: Purposeful Cambrian Explosion Argues for God's Existence

Introduction I love watching illusionists. They perform feats that seem to defy the very laws of physics- cutting people in half (who live to tell about it), disappearing and reappearing, escapes, and many, many others. It is interesting that we see all these things "magically" happen, but we know that they could not happen unless the illusionist was involved. The illusionist has a purpose for making something "appear" or "disappear." They wish to impress and entertain their audience. They usually pick an object with a certain level of complexity that is easily recognizable- a ball, a playing card, or dove or rabbit for instance. They carefully prepare the environment for the illusion; often the audience is a witness to this setup. Now, if any of those objects just appeared on stage (or in the street for that matter), we would not think for a moment that it "just happened" with no explanation. We would immediately look for a cause, a purposeful agent who designed and orchestrated the stunt. Appearing Acts in Nature The Cambrian and Avalon explosions are quite analogous to the appearance of an object by an illusionist.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Apologetics To Your Children

If you’re a believer, you’ve either read or narrated the Genesis account of creation to your children. We see it as history, as fact, as truth and we present it as such. When our children are young, they believe every word, until one day they don’t.

Christmas Is Too Big for One Day

Solomon’s temple is rebuilt (called “the Second Temple”), but this new era is characterized by a gradual lessening of the prophetic voice. In fact, even though the Maccabean revolutionaries restore a measure of political independence from foreign overlords to Israel, the priesthood turns increasingly corrupt — so much so that one group turns its back in disgust on conditions in the Holy Land and relocates to the area near the Dead Sea (the Qumran community, famous for the Dead Sea Scrolls).

Why Intellectuals Adore Tyrants like Castro | The Stream

So it is your business to enlighten them — whether they want your enlightenment or not. In fact that is your duty, as one who has risen above their sad obsessions with cars and houses and tacky white picket fences, to the cold and austere vision offered by the socialist conspiracy theory. It is also deeply satisfying to know that you have a kind of political and economic X-ray vision, which sets you apart from the vast majority of dupes and victims. That superpower which you have gained introduces you to an elite, a class of supermen who make it their business to seize and redirect the course of human history.

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Is Jesus the Creator God?

That is, God the Father, whose voice was never heard, nor his shape seen by angels or men; for though Jacob, Moses, the elders of Israel, Manoah, and his wife, are said to see God, and Job expected to see him with his bodily eyes, and the saints will see him as he is, in which will lie their great happiness; yet all seems to be understood of the second person, who frequently appeared to the Old Testament saints, in an human form, and will be seen by the saints in heaven, in his real human nature; or of God in and by him: for the essence of God is invisible, and not to be seen with the eyes of the body; nor indeed with the eyes of the understanding, so as to comprehend it; nor immediately, but through, and by certain means: God is seen in the works of creation and providence, in the promises, and in his ordinances; but above all, in Christ the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person: this may chiefly intend here, man’s not knowing any thing of God in a spiritual and saving way, but in and by Christ 11

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At this point Christians should also keep in mind that we’re talking about a vast federal bureaucracy. One of the major battles in the United States has been the battle between local control of the public schools and federal control. And of course federal control is exactly what those who style themselves as the educational progressives want, indeed even demand. To state the matter as clearly as possible, under local control, many schools, if not most schools, remain under at least some kind of more conservative control that would be true at the federal level. And the Department of Education is itself a significant parable of this problem. It is indeed a vast federal bureaucracy. We’re talking about the United States federal department that has a $73 billion budget, much of that acknowledged should be passed-through money, that is between the federal government back to the states and then on to the local school systems. But the other thing you need to recognize is that money comes from the states to the federal government and then is sent back, and it is not sent back without so-called mandates.

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Fun Islamic Facts 13: Drinking Muhammad's Blood (David Wood)

Support my video projects on Patreon: Here's the text of the video: Do you like to drink human blood? I don’t mean wine or grape juice—I mean actual blood that’s oozing out of a human being? If so, have I got a religion for you. In Qadi Iyad’s "Ash-Shifa," page 36, we read: **There was also a time when Malik ibn Sinan drank his blood on the Day of Uhud and licked it up. The Prophet allowed him to do that and then said, “The Fire will not touch you.”** So, Malik wouldn’t go to hell because he drank Muhammad’s blood. I guess any mosquitos or fleas or bedbugs that bit Muhammad are going to be in Paradise, since they drank his blood. **Something similar occurred when Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr drank cupped blood. [This was blood drawn from Muhammad during the Islamic practice of cupping.] The Prophet said, “Woe to you from the people and woe to the people from you,” but he did not object to what he had done.** The Islamic scholars at Islam Q&A give a number of additional accounts. For instance: **Concerning this topic there is a mursal hadeeth that was narrated by Sa’eed ibn Mansoor via Umar ibn al-Saa'ib, who said that he heard that when the Prophet was wounded, Maalik the father of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, sucked the wound so as to clean it until there was no blood and the whiteness of his skin showed.

Lord, Help My Daily Unbelief

Prayer is medicine for unbelief. When belief and unbelief collide, let us turn to the one our belief comes from, the source and object of our faith. Personal contact with Jesus our Savior is how we drive away unbelief. Seek his face. Pray desperately and expectantly — the belief we do have is the only means of vanquishing the enemies of our peace. Let your weak faith cling to our mighty God. Repent and pray for deliverance from unbelief even before praying for deliverance from your circumstances.

Is Spiritual Truth a Matter of Opinion? An Open Letter to a Relativist.

I enjoyed the article. It’s interesting that I’ve gotten used to seeing blogs, comments and responses to comments always form the opposite sides as they always do. Considering the topic here is in part discussing truth, there’s bound to be two sides, right? I’m a Christian myself, and am still trying to understand that if the commenter is an agnostic theist as he notes, I wonder if he can appreciate what Christianity is stating, or if his viewpoint solely hinges on how he sees it through those that have reflected it to him. I ask that, only assuming that if he believes in a God or higher power, that even if he hasn’t decided who that God is, that it would be realistic to assume that a single path would lead to God. For example, if I’m mistaken about Jesus Christ, would the actual God in question consider that ok that I at least believed in a God? Or would God consider it misguided that a person just believe in any God for the sake of knowing one exists… As if to say, I pray to whatever God there is, figuring that covers a broad spectrum of possible choices.

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Your 9-to-5 Is Not in Vain

We might not understand why our diligent efforts fail, and be tempted toward exasperation. But we must remember that as Christians we aren’t guaranteed success in our work. In his wisdom, God “makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). Seasons of fruitlessness are simply part and parcel of living in a world cursed by the effects of the fall. Our work in this present world is subject to “thorns and thistles” that impede progress and hinder fruitful outcomes (Genesis 3:18).

God Is Not Out to Get You

Many people have a similar view of God. They believe he’s a grumpy old man who has to get his way, and that when he doesn’t, he will shame, guilt, and scare people to get them in line. Although most wouldn’t say it out loud, deep down even many believers think of God as “the God who is out to get me,” that he is waiting for us to mess up so he can meet his divine quota for punishing sin. Perhaps this comes from a particular teaching or from a bad experience with a church or a Christian, but either way, this is how many functionally view God.

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These Churches Fought Domestic Poverty with the Gospel—and It Worked

“I got involved with this ministry because I quickly realized that to preach the gospel effectively to jobless folks, I need to show them that I care about their situation here on Earth and not just their situation eternally,” Burkhead said. “That usually meant helping people find jobs. At first I was able to connect folks through business owners and managers that were in our church family or close to it, but this wasn’t ultimately productive, because most of the people we were ministering to were not ready for the workplace.”

Rapid Response: “We Don’t Need God to Explain the Beginning of the Universe” | Cold Case Christianity

In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if someone said, “Christians claim God created the universe, but modern science explains the origin of the universe. God is not needed to order to explain how the universe came into existence.” How would you respond to such a claim? Here is a conversational example of how I recently replied:

The Biblical Map To Wisdom

Furthermore, gospel-saturated discipleship allows saved sinners to employ the twofold, interdependent God-given means of acquiring wisdom—prayer in faith and “the hearing and doing” of God’s Word—as identified in James, which is often considered the New Testament book of wisdom. Additionally, wisdom is a desired objective in Christian parenting, as clearly extolled in Proverbs. Its value is illustrated in the repetitive summation of the effects of Mary and Joseph’s parenting in the life of Jesus. As Jesus embarks upon adolescence, the gospel of Luke sums up His childhood: “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). Another summary statement of parental focus highlights the importance of developing wisdom as Christ enters manhood: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Admittedly, these verses beg for further treatment, but we can at least observe that in the limited amount of Scripture describing the parental activity of Joseph and Mary, we are repeatedly informed that He was “increasing in wisdom.

Top 16 Books of 2016

8 — Vaneetha Rendall Risner, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering (Desiring God) . This year brought several books on personal suffering — for men, women, singles, couples, and parents. Every Christian suffers, and some Christians suffer inordinately, but very few have suffered like Vaneetha. In the words of John Newton, God sometimes sends extra suffering into the life of a saint, to provide a vision of God’s mercy to us all. Like a burning bush unconsumed, this saint suffers in ways unimaginable to most of us — but she survives the flame, offering us all fresh grace and hope for the various trials and suffering more normal to the ordinary Christian life. Born in India, she contracted polio as an infant, after it had been “eradicated,” due to a doctor’s error. Today she suffers from post-polio syndrome, a debilitating progressive disease, yet Veneetha is a woman unconsumed by the flame of pain in her body, in her children (she lost an infant son due to another doctor’s error), and in her relationships. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story of more diverse suffering.

The Southern City that Lies Forgotten

What do you do in a city where hope has gone to die? Where is hope to be found once it’s moved out of your neighborhood and despair has taken residence? Ministry to the poor and marginalized is often accompanied by the visceral reality of hopelessness. Not only is there a need for the gospel of Jesus Christ to penetrate hearts, but there’s also the urgent need for economic growth. Where unemployment and crime rates far exceed the national average, and schools fall well below state and national standards, the church must rise to action. On occasion, the church has to meet basic human necessities before a spiritual remedy can be received. The church must bring a plan to care for the poor that includes both gospel witness in word through preaching and gospel fruit in deed through financial investment. 

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send to a friend #42  Posted by Justin Peters  |  Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM I want to thank Cameron and Jeremiah for this excellent post. Hillsong music along with that of Bethel (Jesus Culture) has infiltrated and overtaken the music services of even non-charismatic churches. Doctrinal depth has been jettisoned for songs that emphasize feelings, emotions and ambiguity. There is nothing wrong with feelings and emotions in and of themselves provided that they rest upon a solid doctrinal foundation. Anyone who is not moved at the core of his being when reflecting upon Who God is and the magnitude of what He accomplished on the cross should probably take some spiritual inventory. However, "spiritual" feelings and emotions unmoored from doctrinal truth are exceedingly dangerous. These songs do not constitute true worship. Hillsong and Bethel embody and promote theology ranging from that of Joel Osteen to hard-core Word-Faith/N.

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Does the secularization of our culture affect church culture? What is the impact of atrocities committed throughout history in the name of religion? Ravi Zacharias tackles these difficult questions on today’s Just Thinking.

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35 Freedom of Conscience on Hacksaw Ridge

Doss went with his platoon to Okinawa and scaled a cliff known as “the escarpment,” which in the film is called “Hacksaw Ridge.” And that is where the floodgates of hell opened. Hundreds of GI’s perished in the fight that day. At night, as the wounded lay in agony, Doss went from man to man, dragged them to the edge of the escarpment and lowered them down on a rope one by one. In all, he saved some 75 wounded GIs from certain death.

Talk to Your Wife About Lust

If I would add anything to what Jackie says, I might say to the guys: Jackie stressed lustful thoughts in which you think about doing things with other women. Don’t let yourself off the hook if you say, “Well, I don’t fantasize about doing things with other women. I just fantasize about seeing things.” Jesus said, “Everyone who looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery in his heart” (Matthew 5:28, my translation). So, the question is: Is that woman in your head your wife? That is the question.

Is Your Transformational, Religious Experience Evidence Enough?

I just finished a wonderful weekend at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas . This is a large, active church with an innovative and visionary leadership team . They invited me to speak to their members because they understand the growing skepticism in our culture; they’re eager to prepare younger members to defend what they believe and to equip older members to better share the truth. Our sessions were well attended and energetic. After one talk, a frustrated sister in Christ (I’ll call her Jan) told me about a recent exchange she had with a friend who believed in God but rejected Jesus. In past efforts to share her faith, Jan relied on her own relationship with Jesus and her testimony of transformation. But when she took this approach with her friend, she discovered she wasn’t the only person who had a transformational experience. Jan’s friend shared her own relational experience with God and her own testimony of transformation. Jan found herself at a stand-off: personal testimony vs. personal testimony. She discovered her transformational experience simply wasn’t evidence enough.


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Lord, Help My Daily Unbelief

Prayer is medicine for unbelief. When belief and unbelief collide, let us turn to the one our belief comes from, the source and object of our faith. Personal contact with Jesus our Savior is how we drive away unbelief. Seek his face. Pray desperately and expectantly — the belief we do have is the only means of vanquishing the enemies of our peace. Let your weak faith cling to our mighty God. Repent and pray for deliverance from unbelief even before praying for deliverance from your circumstances.

Remembering Castro's Crimes | William Doino Jr.

L ast December, when the United States announced that it would be re-establishing diplomatic relations with Communist Cuba after more than fifty years of separation, the news was welcomed by many while leaving others in near despair.

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Twitter-verse fact checking: The New Yorker learns that Calvinism can be tricky stuff

DeVos is a religious conservative who has pushed for years to breach the wall between church and state on education, among other issues.* (The Washington Post reports that Betsy DeVos has been an elder at Mars Hill, in Grand Rapids.) Betsy, who served as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party in the late nineties and again in the early aughts, spent more than two million dollars of the family’s money on a failed school-vouchers referendum in 2000, which would have allowed Michigan residents to use public funds to pay for tuition at religious schools.

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Is it possible that the actual tomb where Jesus was placed by Joseph of Arimathea has been opened?

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10 Quotes From Dr. Hugh Ross on Why The Universe Is The Way It Is

This is a collection of my favorite quotes from the book Why The Universe Is The Way It Is by astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross . My full review of the book may be read here . For more information about the work of Dr. Ross, please visit Reasons to Believe . Investigating Reality "Humans...wonder about everything: tangible and intangible, tiny and huge, near and far, the past and the future as well as the present- the how and why of everything both in this universe and beyond. Human curiosity knows no boundaries, and many individuals will pay any price, even lose their own lives, to satisfy it."

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Danger! Sceptics Naively Asserting Contradictions Ahead!

It is often claimed that the birth narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke are full of contradictions and so cannot be taken seriously. For example, in the 2011 Christmas issue of the New Statesman, Bart Ehrman claims that ‘these two versions of the events cannot be reconciled’.[i] Richard Dawkins likewise states that the ‘contradictions are glaring, but consistently overlooked by the faithful’,[ii] while the late Christopher Hitchens asserted that Matthew and Luke ‘flatly contradict each other on the Flight into Egypt’.[iii] The idea of a contradiction should be clear enough (you’d think). If Matthew claimed Jesus was born in Bethlehem and Luke said that it was Nazareth, we’d have a very obvious and major contradiction. Of course, we need to be careful with contradictions – it’s often the case that apparent contradictions can be resolved by taking into account context or use of metaphor (see Peter’s articles here and here ). With that in mind let’s consider the ‘Flight into Egypt’.

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