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High School Girls Forced to Undress Next to Naked Boys

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights spent almost two years checking out the Township High School District 211 because of the transgender “girl.” He filed a complaint with the feds in 2013 after the school refused “unrestricted access” to the girls’ locker room. The district eventually agreed to allow the boy into the girls’ room so long as he used a privacy curtain while disrobing.

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Christians Shouldn’t Try to Scare the Hell Out of People

I am no longer a Christian. I thought I would start with that disclaimer. I was one, however, for 40 years. So, it was a legitimate experience for me. Now that I am on the outside looking in, it is so easy for me to see the corner Christianity is backed into because, while, yes, God is supposedly a "loving" god, he also sends you to hell if you don't buy into his schtick. In fact, that is the sole reason for you going to hell. You didn't buy his schtick. You can be a really great human being that lives to make the world a better place and still go to hell just because you didn't drink the kool-aid, and you can be a murdering, raping, child molesting, thieving, greedy person that believes in Jesus and the angels will meet you with open arms at the Pearly Gates. Period. There are going to be those that come to him for whatever reason, but there will always be those that will never believe he is loving because, frankly, he isn't and pll see it and know it. It's the information age. People can now research and see that Christianity is not this lovely organic relationship. It is a manipulative, master/slave relationship that is absolutely founded in fear.

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John Anderson - I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna be a Diamond Some Day)

John Anderson - I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna be a Diamond Some Day)

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15 Unintentionally Hilarious Christian Pickup Lines

"I was looking in the book of Numbers and saw that I didn't have yours."

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Three Ways to Love Your Imperfect Husband

Still, it is a very real issue if our husbands are not cultivating spiritual disciplines such as prayer and Bible study. And if love is lacking, it’s downright heartbreaking. How do we set aside our own hurt and frustration and live out our calling as Christian wives? How do we follow a shepherd who is not adequately shepherding? Here are three ways to love your imperfect husband.

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God Can Restore Your Lost Years

Lost years are misdirected years. The path you chose in your career or at college was a dead end. You just didn’t fit. Often in your mind, and sometimes in your conversation, you say, “How did I end up here? If only. . . . If only I had made that move. . . . If only I had taken that opportunity. . . . If only I had chosen a different path.” But the moment has passed. It’s gone. You can’t go back to it. You’re left with locust years.

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Kel Mitchell: Christ Helped Me Overcome Drugs and Suicidal Thoughts

I have seen, felt and been in all types of sin and have been done wrong by others. I know how you feel. Don't be lost anymore! Let go of your past. Be a new creature in Christ! I did! I let Him in and Life is GOOD now, my eyes have been opened. I have always known God but now I have a true understanding of who He is and why I am here and why God has kept me safe, and sinful ways are no longer around me because I am surrounded with the love of Jesus and I have allowed Him to make the decisions in my life. I study the word I worship His name with praying and song.

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Be Known for What You’re for, Not Just What You’re Against

Do Christians know what they actually are for? Can they articulate it in a graceful and non-judging way? Do they understand God's story and what he is actually trying to do? Can they communicate the positives of God's plan for sex, money, justice, marriage, humility, economics, etc.? Can they continue to watch the secularization of society and not fight against it but instead offer a new way full of life and hope and peace? Will their lives reflect theses truths or will it reflect compromise and hypocrisy?

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How Would Jesus Vote?

We need to stop that. But how exactly does the Christian community live in this election season as a signpost of the kingdom rather than a pawn in a political power play? There are at least four ways we can start.

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Satan Hunts Among the Hurting

The enemy of your hope and happiness hunts with that same instinct, with a cold-hearted and ruthless hunger for the weak or hurting. Satan prowls like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). And because he’s clever, he spends a lot of his time among the suffering. He lies in wait with lies, wanting to consume the fragile and vulnerable.

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Is Technology Killing Relationships?

I recommend, if you find yourself in some sort of a dysfunctional relationship with technology, to start with a three-day technology fast. If you have to use tech for work, use it for work or whatever, but it can be as simple as a three-day social media fast. The first day is hard, the second day’s kind of awkward, then the third day most people start saying stuff like, “You know, all the sudden I was engaging with people”, “I started reading my Bible”, “I wrote a note to somebody” and “I went over to a friend’s house.” All the sudden, when they’re detoxing from the constant click-click, scroll-scroll, they’re re-engaging in face-to-face relationships.

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Do You Neglect Your Salvation?

Do you respond to the greatness of your salvation? Or do you treat it the way you treat your will or the title to your car or the deed on your house? You signed it once and it is in a file drawer somewhere, but it is not a really great thing. It has no daily effect on you. Basically you neglect it.

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Goodbye 'Bathroom Bill': Houston Voters Reject New LGBT Protections

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was branded the “bathroom bill” by opponents who feared accommodation of transgender individuals would give men, including sexual predators, the right to use women’s restrooms in public.

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A Christian Case for Ending the War on Drugs

America’s “War on Drugs” first came to being in the '70s as a way to fight the proliferation of drugs. But decades later, two of its main strategies—the complete prohibition of most recreational drugs and long sentences for crimes as simple as possession—are being reconsidered. And for Christians, even those who oppose drug use, the consequences are significant.

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God Doesn’t Want You to Be Cynical About Your Future

I've been thinking a lot about cynicism. Many recent life events left me cynical. I fight against it on a daily basis, but I don't think I'll ever trust the church (as in, church the institution) like I used to. I'm learning to trust God because he is perfect. The church has issues because its made up of imperfect people, but I can't be mad at God. He is perfect even though the church isn't. I try to believe the best about the world, but I feel like the reason many millennials who are struggling with their faith get upset with the church is because we are trying to believe that the world is still good. We try to believe that there's hope. Yet, I hear over and over again from older Christians that the world is "going to Hell in a handbasket." It's hard. Hard not to be cynical. Hard not to hurt. When the people who are supposed to be your leaders do nothing but condemn your generation, my natural reaction is to not want anything to do with them. So, on a daily basis, I fight cynicism and ask God to help me. I still go to church. Still live a Christian lifestyle. Still follow Jesus. But God, it hurts.

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Actually, God Does Want You to Be Happy

Of course, God’s desire for us to be happy doesn’t mean we won’t have times that we’re not. He takes us through seasons of suffering and difficulty, because He does desire more for us than only happiness; or what we think is happiness. He wants to refine our character, help us heal from the past and develop into our emotional and spiritual potential. This process often feels painful, and He doesn’t ask us to just pretend like everything’s OK and smile through it.

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Christian Apologetics - What Is Christian Apologetics?

Christian apologetics represents the serious and sustained engagement with ‘ultimate questions’ raised by a culture, people group, or individual aiming to show how the Christian faith is able to provide meaningful answers to such questions. Where is God in the suffering of the world? Is faith in God reasonable? Apologetics clears the ground for evangelism, just as John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus of Nazareth. …Evangelism…issues a personal invitation: ‘You are invited to the feast! Please come!’ Apologetics lays the ground for this invitation; evangelism extends it. Both are an essential part of the mission of the church

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3 Excuses We Use When We Mess Up

Most of us get shy and shameful when we hear the word “self-control,” mainly because most of us aren't good at it. Self-control is discipline’s ugly big brother that is almost impossible to get right, and nearly as difficult to talk about. Every since I was eight years old, the very term has made me fidget in my chair. It’s uncomfortable for me because I’m bad at eating healthy and I really like buying shoes.

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How a PTSD Diagnosis Can Help, and Harm

There are at least three ways that a psychiatric diagnosis can be harmful. The first way is to treat a person as if their diagnosis is their identity—to speak of someone as a “raving schizophrenic,” a “hopeless alcoholic,” or, in the case of PTSD, a “crazy vet.” This brings shame to the person diagnosed, and aversion from everyone else.

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10 Skills Every Husband Needs

It takes a lot of ongoing and intentional refocusing to keep your marriage from drifting to a place where everything revolves around your children and a healthy marriage becomes a low priority. This is true when kids are little, and we’ve found it continues to be equally true as our kids get older. It’s rarely convenient or easy to get time alone or away together. But we’ve seen a lot of marriages disintegrate after kids grow up and leave home, and have learned it’s not healthy or beneficial to anyone when kids are raised as the primary focus and goal of a marriage and family.

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Is the Trinity Three Different Gods?

Have you ever wondered about the doctrine of the Trinity? How could the God of the Bible be one God, but at the same time three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Doesn’t the Bible emphatically state that God is one? These queries are common discussions among Christians and non-Christians alike.

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See Where the U.S. Spent $35 Billion in Foreign Aid in a Single Map

Last year, the U.S. spent $35 billion providing 142 foreign countries with financial aid. Now you can see where most of the money went in a single map. The site HowMuch.net created an infographic that resizes each country based on how much U.S. aid it received. As you can see, with $3.1 billion, Israel received more than double the aid of any other country. As Market Watch notes , most of that was military spending. Other leaders included Egypt ($1.5 billion), Afghanistan ($1.1 billion), Jordan ($1 billion) and Pakistan ($933 million). Overall, global health programs received the biggest portion of foreign aid, with 24 percent. You can go here to see a full-size image of the map.

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An R&B Singer Is Accusing Taylor Swift of Stealing Lyrics for ‘Shake It Off’

He claims to have inspired the song, but Jesse Graham just can’t follow its advice. The R&B artist, whose real name is Jesse Braham, says Taylor Swift stole his lyrics for her massive 2014 hit, “Shake It Off.” He claims the pop star tooks the phrases "haters gone hate" and "playas gone play" from his song “Haters Gone Hate,” which he released in 2013. He told the New York Daily News: "Her hook is the same hook as mine. If I didn't write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn't be a song called ‘Shake It Off,’" At first, Graham just wanted a co-writer credit from Swift's record labels—oh and a picture with Swift, of course. But after the label didn’t grant his requests, Graham is now filing a $42-million lawsuit. And, we’re told, he still wants his picture.

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Slaughter of the Canaanites | Reasonable Faith

I think that a good start at this problem is to enunciate our ethical theory that underlies our moral judgements.  According to the version of divine command ethics which I’ve defended, our moral duties are constituted by the commands of a holy and loving God.  Since God doesn’t issue commands to Himself,  He has no moral duties to fulfill.  He is certainly not subject to the same moral obligations and prohibitions that we are.  For example, I have no right to take an innocent life.  For me to do so would be murder.  But God has no such prohibition.  He can give and take life as He chooses.  We all recognize this when we accuse some authority who presumes to take life as “playing God.”  Human authorities  arrogate to themselves rights which belong only to God.  God is under no obligation whatsoever to extend my life for another second.  If He wanted to strike me dead right now, that’s His prerogative.

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Are You a Faker?

In his book  Faker: How to Live for Real When You’re Tempted to Fake It , McDonald tackles the core issues of identity and being real. He does so in a way that’s approachable for your average preteen to early college-age youth. It’s worth noting here that Faker succeeds in part because of the overall aesthetic. From design to pop culture references to personal examples from life to writing style, McDonald and the team at The Good Book Company have put together a terrific contextualized apologetic for young people. And there’s a balanced mix of pop culture contextualization with deep theological truths like propitiation, justification, resurrection, and new creation. For example, as he introduces the doctrine of propitiation, McDonald quips: “Propla-whoozee-whats-it!? Nick, you’re being a nerd again” (46). This kind of humor runs throughout and works as a kind of a release valve for those who might feel the pressure of not being familiar with certain theological terms. That’s why Faker works well.

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Jon Stewart Is Taking His Talents to HBO

It’s only been a few weeks since Trevor Noah took over on The Daily Show , but former host Jon Stewart already has some projects in the works. The long-time Comedy Central personality has just inked a 4-year deal with HBO to create new “short-form digital content,” though few other details were announced. In a statement, Stewart said, “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.” The deal also leaves open the possibility of Stewart making new TV and movie projects with the network.

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7 things to pray for missionaries

There are numerous ways a church or even those who are preparing for ministry can pray to bless their missionaries.  Because the church might not always know those immediate, pressing issues in the missionary’s life, praying from God’s Word is always valuable and applicable in every season and place. Here are seven simple ways to pray for missionaries from Paul’s charge to Timothy (see 2 Tim. 2:1-7):

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Three Ways Christians Can Be Like Jesus Amidst a More Polarized Culture

We need a renaissance of evangelism that grows from relationships. We need a renewed passion for evangelization in our churches that is currently lacking. The world is going to know we're different by our positions; they should know we are different by our actions. Let's tell them why we're different, and live the kinds of lives that give us credibility. Perhaps part of the reason we're known by our disagreement is that we're not working hard enough to by known by our love.

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A New ‘Star Trek’ Series Is Coming to TV

The Star Trek franchise will always live long and prosper. CBS has green-lit a new iteration of the beloved sci-fi franchise that will air exclusively on its digital subscription service CBS All Access, which will stream the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will “ introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise.” The network seems to be committed to maintaining the tone of the original series, hiring veteran sci-fi filmmaker Alex Kurtzman—who co-wrote 2009’s Star Trek with J.J. Abrams—to produce the show. The president of CBS television said in a statement , “Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately.”

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Another important piece of advice to seminarians

One of the most common objections to this advice is “I’m just too busy.” I have heard it from lots of young seminarians. I understand this objection. By the end of my seminary time I was working three part-time jobs, a full time Ph.D. student, father of two with one more on the way, and serving as a writer and editor. I knew business. However, I can tell you that God never let me get burned out, overwhelmed, or stressed out. I don’t say this to be prideful; rather, I say this to boast in my Lord and his faithfulness.

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JK Rowling Has Another Children’s Book in the Works

She said she is also planning on working on another detective novel under her pen name, Robert Galbraith. And she explained that the future of the Harry Potter franchise might not be in the form of a novel (she produced a play that will run in London.) "I always said, I'm not going to say 'Never' [to another Potter story] because there were things I had in my head," she said. "I personally had no particular desire to write it as a novel for reasons that I think will become clear when people see the play.”

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Fossil Fuzz Gives “Ostrich Mimic” Dinosaur a New Look

Ornithomimus wasn’t completely covered with fluff from head to toe, van der Reest and coauthors conclude, but instead had a relatively even covering of simple fuzz over most of the body, with expanded feathers on the arms and naked legs. This distribution of plumage recalls the arrangement on ostriches, emus, and their relatives, the bare-legged look helping the birds dump excess heat to the cooler air. In short, Ornithomimus was an even better ostrich mimic than paleontologists expected.

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I also believe that we need to defend marriage and the unborn through natural law in the public sphere. Sometimes pastors, with good intention, try to preach a strong divine command theory in the public sphere arguing that same-sex marriage is wrong because the Bible forbids it. I disagree with that approach. Although it is clear that immoral acts like murder and same-sex marriage are contrary to Scripture, I believe murder was wrong long before the Bible was ever written and God revealed to Moses, “Thou shall not murder.” Cain was guilty of shedding innocent blood because he acted in complete disobedience to God’s unchanging eternal law that was prescribed in natural law or as Romans 2 says, “written on the heart.” So murder is not only wrong because the Bible says, “Thou shall not murder.” But murder is wrong because it violates the natural law that was prior to God ever speaking to Moses.

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Here is Love Vast As The Ocean - in Welsh and English

This wonderful version of the 'love-song' of the Welsh revival was recorded in 1995. It is part sung in Welsh, the original language of the hymn, which dates from the 18th Century. It was recorded at The Event Without Walls at the Exeter Showground in 1995. (The identity of the vocalist is unknown - please post her name if you know it)

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Report: More than Half of Black Millennials Know a Victim of Police Harassment

The responses to the research date back years before the Black Lives Matter movement. The report shows that in 2009, groups of millennials of different ethnicities were asked the question “Have you or anyone you know experienced harassment or violence at the hands of the police?” Among black millennials, more than half—54.4 percent—said “yes.” The response is dramatically higher than whites (a third), Latinos (a quarter) and Asian-Americans (28 percent). Interestingly, in all of the groups, most of the respondents said that did believe that local police were “there to protect you.” The leader of the Black Youth Project explained to the AP,

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Women | Q Ideas

In many ways, the 21st century is a revolutionary age of opportunity for women. Along with owning 30% of American businesses, women currently make up 57% of college graduates and 63% of master's degree holders. But we can only look up to those whose stories we know. If we only pass the torch to the already successful, we have failed to share the vision. What does it look like to inspire the next generation of women? Nicole Baker Fulgham discusses the importance of sharing these stories with young girls whose vision is limited by economic context.

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Did Earth’s Earliest Life Leave Carbon Footprints?

Of course, secular scientists, who reject the history recorded in God’s Word, believe the early Earth, spawned by a solar nebula about 4.54 billion years ago, endured a catastrophically destructive “Late Heavy Bombardment” of the inner solar system about 3.9 billion years ago. Therefore, if evolutionary scientists believe the reported Jack Hills zircon crystal is really 4.1 billion years old and really does harbor bits of biogenic carbon, then they have to assume that such newly evolved life was sufficiently tenacious to survive. Perhaps it lurked beneath the surface as some have suggested. 2 Or perhaps conditions on the early Earth weren’t so bad after all. Harrison opts for the latter. “The early Earth certainly wasn’t a hellish, dry, boiling planet; we see absolutely no evidence for that. The planet was probably much more like it is today than previously thought,” he says. “We need to think differently about the early Earth.” 3

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Renewing Your Mind | God, the Father Almighty | November 4, 2015

One of the most well-known statements of the Christian faith is the Lord’s Prayer, which begins with the words “Our Father which art in heaven.” This is part of the universal treasury of Christendom. When I hear Christians in a private gathering praying individually, almost every single person begins their prayer by addressing God as Father. There’s nothing more common among us than to address God as our Father. So central is this to our Christian experience that in the nineteenth century, there were some who said the basic essence of the whole Christian religion can be reduced to two points: the universal brotherhood of man and the universal fatherhood of God. In that context I am afraid we have missed one of the most radical teachings of Jesus. A few years ago, a German scholar was doing research in New Testament literature and discovered that in the entire history of Judaism—in all existing books of the Old Testament and all existing books of extrabiblical Jewish writings dating from the beginning of Judaism until the tenth century A.D. in Italy—there is not a single reference of a Jewish person addressing God directly in the first person as Father.

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Allowing God to Heal My Messy Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Domingo and Irene Garcia discuss the early years of their marriage which were filled with alcoholism and abuse, and how God brought about a miraculous healing to their lives and relationship. The Garcias offer hope and encouragement to other couples that they, too, can change destructive patterns and embrace God's plan for their lives. (Part 1 of 2)

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Catholics and other believers victims of "intolerance" in Australia ‐ Premier premier

Faith leaders in Sydney have been told that Catholics and other faithful people are increasingly becoming victims of intolerance in Australia.

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Leave Her Alone, Judas, This Is for My Burial

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

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Claims Vatican bank knew "risk of becoming involved in money laundering" ‐ Premier premier

The UK's Holy See Envoy has revealed that a British aristocrat was one of the first people to point out potential financial corruption at the Vatican.

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@PremierRadio Its tough.In say Elijah's time before the New Convenant,the fruit of the Holy Spirit was demo'ed because society was quieter

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/for-conflict-resolution-switch-your-focus

You need to intentionally switch your focus from your needs to their needs. Conflict resolution starts with the way you look at the situation. The word “look” in Philippians 2:4 is the Greek word “scopos.” It’s where we get the words “microscope” and “telescope.”

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