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Nigeria: 737,000 people displaced by Boko Haram last year - premier

As many as 737,000 Nigerians were forced to flee their homes because of Boko Haram in 2015 alone, an international report has found.

Reasons To Believe : The Logic of DNA Replication Makes a Case for Intelligent Design

DNA replication can’t proceed along the strand with the top-to-bottom orientation until the replication bubble has expanded enough to expose a sizable stretch of DNA. When this happens, DNA replication moves away from the advancing replication fork. DNA replication can only proceed a short distance for the top-to-bottom-oriented strand before the replication process has to stop and wait for more of the parent DNA strand to be exposed. When a sufficient length of the parent DNA template is exposed for a second time, DNA replication can proceed again, but only briefly before it has to stop again and wait for more DNA to be exposed. The process of discontinuous DNA replication takes place repeatedly until the entire strand is replicated. Each time DNA replication starts and stops, a small fragment of DNA is produced. Biochemists refer to these pieces of DNA (that will eventually compose the daughter strand) as “Okazaki fragments,” named after the biochemist who discovered them. Biochemists call the strand produced discontinuously the “lagging strand”   because DNA replication for this strand lags behind the more rapidly produced leading strand.

Why Should We Believe the Gospels Are Reliable? | Cold Case Christianity

Bobby Schuller interviewed J. Warner Wallace and discussed the reliability of the New Testament Gospels from the perspective of a cold-case detective.

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Here Are the First Trailers for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

We finally have a full trailer for the new Spider-Man movie, and it looks very, very promising. The clip has everything you’d want in a collaboration between Sony and Marvel: Cool villains, lots of action and, of course, a wise-cracking Tony Stark. Spider-Man: Homecoming drops in July.

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Ryan Adams Has Released a New Song (and It’s Not a Taylor Swift Cover)

Ryan Adams has just released the first single off his upcoming album Prisoner, which will be his first studio album of new music in nearly two and a half years when it drops in February—and the first release of any music since his cover album of Taylor Swift songs. You can check out “Do You Still Love Me” below.

Reasons To Believe : Science News Flash: An Old-Earth Perspective on Dinosaur Feathers Preserved in Amber

It turns out the same is true for paleontologist Lida Xing who purchased several amber pieces from a market in Myitkyina in the country of Myanmar. The amber sold at the market comes from a nearby mine in the Hukawng Valley. While most buyers are looking for amber to make jewelry, Xing was looking for amber with inclusions of plant and animal remains. The amber from the mine dates to 99 million years. Because of the amber’s age, the well-preserved plant and animal remains entombed by this fossilized tree resin offer a unique glimpse at ancient life on Earth, providing details and insight that far exceed those available from highly compressed fossil remains that typically comprise the fossil record.

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The Humility of a King | Stand to Reason

The divergence of Jesus’ rule from Pharisaic rule is stark. Throughout his gospel, Matthew addresses the emerging power of the Pharisaic rabbis. His gospel was likely written in the Syria-Palestine area, where the rabbis exercised serious influence in Jesus’ day. Matthew records the growing conflict between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders. Things start “heating up” in chapter 12, as we see the religious leaders’ initial rejection of Jesus and his authority. In chapter 14, Jesus withdraws with his disciples, but in chapters 15 and 16, He encounters more resistance from the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. The confrontations continue in chapters 19, 21, and 22. After Jesus silences the Sadducees in 22:23-46, the religious leaders do not “dare from that day on to ask Him another question.”

Serving Others Gets Noticed

And she has no regrets. At TOPPS, she and volunteer mentors are keeping young people in school, preparing them for college, steering them away from drugs and crime. During the summer, TOPPS feeds 600 people a day. Young men are learning things like “how to tie a necktie,” and “how to look a job interviewer in the eye.” At TOPPS meetings, they talk about politics and what’s going on in the world. And they talk about personal responsibility: finances, how to make a budget, how to treat girls with respect.


Hand out two pieces of paper to each person in the group. Say the Lord’s Prayer together. When it comes to the line ‘forgive us our sins’, take a moment of quiet to each write on one of the pieces of paper the things for which you are asking God’s forgiveness. Then gather the papers in a large saucepan, light a match and let the papers burn. If you have an open fireplace, burn that the papers there. As you say the line ‘as we forgive those who sin against us’, take Your second piece of paper and write down the names of those you need to forgive. Ask for God’s help to forgive these people, and again gather the papers and burn them. Then continue saying the rest of the Lord’s Prayer together.

Dear Teens, Virginity Is Good for You

We talk about this on BreakPoint quite a bit: Young people who wait until after the wedding have a better chance for a stable, fulfilling, happy marriage—not to mention they don’t have to worry about sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. You’ve probably also heard me or Eric Metaxas talk about how obedience to the Lord’s loving plan for confining sex within marriage brings incalculable spiritual benefits in our Christian lives.

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Wesley Snipes Is Writing a Novel About Spiritual Warfare

There are spiritual warriors that inhabit this planet who are here to help balance out the evil forces, and they are always looking for the next apprentice. And when they find the next apprentice to train—the next heir apparent—then they can move on to the higher realms.

What 'Hook' Can Teach Us About Childlike Faith

I mentioned that the ending of this iconic film is unsatisfying for me—scary, even. That’s because I find myself wondering what George Bailey is doing in late January that following year. Sure, he was able to thwart Potter once again, barely. But long after the glitter and tinsel are gone, after everyone’s left and Zuzu’s petals are lost, what is George Bailey waking up to? Because if it’s driving back to the Bailey Brothers' Building and Loan for any reason other than to burn it down, I can’t help but feel afraid for him.

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Atheists Steal Rights From God

Atheist Richard Dawkins has declared, “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. . . . DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music.”

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The Archbishop of Canterbury said it has been "inspiring" to see first-hand work in his former-home city to welcome refugees.

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Toddler With Down Syndrome Stars in OshKosh Holiday Campaign

In October, Asher’s pictures were uploaded to a group called, “Kids with Down Syndrome” and shared over 126,000 times. The photos made their way around the web and quickly caught the attention of OshKosh, who in just two months made Asher Nash the face of the clothing company’s holiday line.

Holy cow: cattle blessed at St Paul's Cathedral - premier

Two Oxfordshire cows received a blessing outside St Paul's Cathedral yesterday as part of an annual celebration of British livestock.

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You Are Not Alone: For Women Fighting Every Man’s Battle

To be sure, presenting one’s self as a virgin on a wedding night is a precious thing in God’s sight. Furthermore, those who are lifelong singles, forgoing sexual pleasure because of God’s calling and joyfully submitting to his high view of sexual union, present a uniquely fragrant living sacrifice to him. Their undivided attention and unyielding diligence brings opportunities to glorify God married men and women won’t have, and avoids the hardships marriage inevitably brings (1 Corinthians 7:32–35, 7:28).

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The Wisdom in What God Doesn’t Say

Why didn’t God say more? One reason is because God’s will for us is our sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3), which means God wants hearts, not just behavior. And what our hearts really want can be revealed as much in how we respond to moral ambiguity as to how we respond to moral clarity. God wants us to wrestle with the grey areas in light of knowing there’s a “holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). How will we seek to love Christ by obeying his commandment to love each other (John 13:34; 14:15), and help one another pursue a “pure heart and good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:5), when we must discern what purity means for us in our place in the world and in history?

20 Dave Brubeck, Liberty’s New Hire, Hotel Bibles, and the Obama Administration by the Numbers

DC by the Numbers. As the Obama administration comes to a close, a few factoids that help explain the Trump phenomenon and why those Inside-The-Beltway didn't see it coming. The population of the District of Columbia (D.C.) in 2015 was 672,228, and more than half of them were employed by the federal government. The median compensation for a government employee (including healthcare and retirement benefits) is more than $104,000, compared to about $54,000 for the rest of America. All this money drove up the median home price in D.C. to $523,050, up from $375,000 in 2009. In short, while the rest of the country was experiencing a populist revolt, things were booming, thank you very much, in Washington, D.C. While we’re at it, here are a few more interesting Obama-era factoids: Foreign Nations Visited: 56 (Bush visited 75). Solo News Conferences: 36 (Bush: 44). Vacations: 28 (Bush: 77) Rounds of Golf: 321 (Bush: 24). Data from the Dec. 2016 issue of The Washingtonian . Image courtesy of Wikipedia. Warren Cole Smith is an investigative journalist and author as well as the Colson Center vice president for mission advancement.

21 Seven Reasons You Should Not Indulge in Pornography

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food—and God will destroy both one and the other.” The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. “Every sin a person commits is outside the body,” but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6:12–20) 8

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Well let’s take a step back from this for just a moment. The push for the taxation on sugary drinks began under the auspices of a campaign for public health. At the very head of that was former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who famously established a policy that was later reversed by the courts. The argument here is that taxes can be used as a disincentive to what will be classified as unhealthy behavior, in this case, drinking too many calories in the form of sugary drinks. Those sugary drinks, by the way, have been extremely popular with the American people, but those sugary drinks have also been more popular with certain segments of the American public than with others.

Giraffes Lose 40 Percent of Population in 30 Years, Moved to Extinction Watch List

The decline is so steep it’s a little alarming that there hasn’t been greater notice taken in giraffe extinction before now but apparently, the African mammal has historically been overrepresented in zoos worldwide and has now caused what scientists are dubbing a “silent extinction.”

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7 Advent Practices That Will Make Your December Better

Serving others is an important aspect of this seasons, but if you’re already stretched too thin, it doesn’t have to consume your schedule. If you have more money than time, consider buying a gift for a local gift drive. More time than money? Volunteer one afternoon at a local Christmas event, or stop by the neighbor’s house to say Merry Christmas. No time or money? Remember that all this work you’re doing for friends and family is a service to them. Pray for each person you’ll see this year before the holiday reunions. Serve them when they’re in the same living room as you, knowing it will likely be another calendar year before you see them again.

Day 10: Was Jesus Born in a Stable?

Was Jesus Born in a stable? The nativity scene is a tradition that has been passed down for years, but was Jesus actually born in a stable? Brian Henson provides an argument from archeology and the evidence that shows the conditions and place of Jesus' birth.

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Can Christian Men and Women Be Friends?

“Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18). No pharisaical command about male-female relationships should inhibit this command. Neither should a libertarian free-for-all subtly subvert it. God delights in male-female friendships, but only when they say something true and good about him to the world (John 13:35). Men and women, let’s be diligent in wisdom, relentlessly above reproach, and let’s be friends in Christ.

Holiday Parties and the Forgotten Vice of Gluttony

Historically the concept of capital vices, what we unfortunately and incorrectly call the “seven deadly sins,” were first put into writing around the fourth century. The list includes: envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony and lust. They are part of a long moral tradition, and meant to stand opposite a list of capital virtues (faith, hope, love, wisdom, justice, courage and temperance). This list can be traced back to the third century B.C. and expounded upon by Paul.

Priest's concerns as councils continue begging crackdown - premier

A priest's expressed concerns over plans by councils nationwide to crackdown on begging, including fining homeless people.

Uganda Christian beaten by Muslim mob - premier

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Pope refuses to allow gay Catholics into priesthood - premier

Celibate Catholics experiencing "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" will not be allowed into the priesthood, the Pope has restated.

Five Reasons Calvinists Love Election

Calvinists embrace the biblical teaching called unconditional election , that God sovereignly chooses, and takes the decisive initiative, to save unworthy sinners for his own glory. The Scriptures give us many reasons why God’s election is such a sweet truth. Here are five of them.

Brits to spend 1.9 billion minutes on social media on Christmas Day - premier

Research conducted by Save the Children has suggested that we will spend a combined 1.9 billion minutes on social media across the UK on Christmas Day.

Can We Do Whatever We Want in Heaven?

Another way to say yes is that in heaven — that is, in the age to come — when there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more sin, those who have trusted in Jesus will experience for the first time complete and perfect freedom. Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). And Paul said, “For freedom Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1). Only Christians will enjoy complete and perfect freedom, which I have often defined this way: doing whatever you want to do and not regretting it in a thousand years.

Jury shown moment church shooting suspect calmly leaves building - premier

The jury at the trial of a man accused of shooting dead nine black Christians has been shown CCTV footage of a man leaving a South Carolina church holding a machine gun.

A Closer Look at the Virgin Birth

Let’s go a little deeper at the Sign to the House of David in Isa. 7:13-14. In Hebrew, there is a clear change between the singular “you” of vs 9, 11, 16, 17, and the plural “you” of verses 13-14. The sign is not just for Ahaz, but for the whole house of David. [2] In vs  14, we see the word  “Behold,” This Hebrew word draws attention to an event which is past, present, or future. However, grammatically, whenever “behold” is used with the Hebrew present participle; it always refers to a future event. That is the case here. Not only is the birth future, but the very conception is future. This is not referring to a pregnant woman about to give birth. The NASB translates it as “a virgin” which is wrong. The NIV and NKJV translate it as “the virgin”- according to the rules of Hebrew grammar, when finding the use of a definite article “the”- the reader should look for a reference in the immediate previous context. Having followed the passage from 7:1, there has been no mention of any woman. Having failed the immediate context, the next rule is called “ the principle of previous reference”- something that which has been dealt with earlier and is common knowledge among the people.

‘Fake News’ Is Far More Pervasive Than We Realize | The Stream

Most of all, it means that in this era of sound bites and memes, we need to learn to think again — that’s right, we need to learn how to engage our brains in focused thinking and reasoning — rather than merely repeating what our favorite website or commentator or reporter has to say.

Youth leaders urged to get training in supporting self-harmers - premier

There's a call to train all youth leaders in offering support for self-harmers as the number of young people ending up in A and E with injuries inflicted on themselves increase.

Stem Cell Research—Lifesaving Alternatives

Given these advances, it’s no wonder Ian Wilmut, who cloned Dolly the sheep in 1996, has abandoned using embryonic stem cells in his research. Likewise, Bernadine Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health (USA), pronounced embryonic stem cell research “obsolete” and pointed out its dangers, such as an embryonic stem cell experiment that caused tumors in a patient. Even President Obama has cautioned, “The full promise of [embryonic] stem cell research remains unknown.”

Swim in the Deep End of the Bible

Too many of us settle for too little from our Bible reading. Often, we are content simply to check off the box of our Bible reading, and if we come across something we don’t understand, we’ll run to a commentary or give up without a fight.

Witnessing to Theological Liberals - Christian Research Institute

When witnessing to liberal people, there are times that we must function as evangelical Christianity’s complaint department. Liberals have often perceived actions of conservative evangelical Christians as harmful to vulnerable groups of people. Because of the strife, division, and misunderstanding that have plagued relations between conservatives and liberals over decades, effective evangelism to liberals often begins on an emotional level rather than on an intellectual one. Let’s take the above scenario and place it in the context of a liberal person complaining to a Christian about a gang of angry, shouting Christians picketing a gay man’s funeral that he or she has just attended. I hope most of us agree that this sort of behavior is outside the bounds of good taste, let alone the bounds of Christian concern and charity. You could respond:

6 Signs Your Relationship Shouldn't Last

The ability to communicate well is vital to the success of any relationship. Some people don’t know how to talk about hard things. Maybe they feel uncomfortable being vulnerable. This puts their partner in a tough spot because they’ll have trouble connecting deeply with someone who won’t open up. Or maybe the person you’re with doesn’t take responsibility for things he or she does. You may feel nervous to speak up when they’ve upset you because they’ll get defensive. They could yell, shut down or make you feel like it’s all your fault. Knowing this, you may feel nervous to share your thoughts.

Oh Boy, This 'Santa vs Jesus' Board Game Is Causing a Stir

The game came out of a Kickstarter campaign that billed the game as one of the "most complained about game in history"—it reached its goal of more than five thousand dollars in just two days, finishing the campaign with 2,500 dollars more than they needed.

The Twist Ending to This ‘Star Wars’ Ad Might Make You Cry

The Twist Ending to This ‘Star Wars’ Ad Might Make You Cry

Charleston church shooting trial hears from survivor - premier

The trial of a man accused of killing nine black Christians at a church in South Carolina has heard how a survivor hid under a table.

Chris Pratt Says He’d Like to See ‘Parks and Rec’ Back (Possibly as a Movie)

There’s jobs that I’ve done in the past where I could safely say I would never do that again, but Parks and Rec is not one of them. We did do seven seasons, you know, somewhere along the lines of 150 episodes, so eventually you start running out of stories to tell, but because of the nature of that show kind of mimicking time, I definitely wouldn’t rule out seeing it again, seeing us get back together for a movie, or for another season down the line, a possible spinoff, or whatever.

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55 Christian charity claims 1 in 3 children bored of presents by end of Christmas Day - premier
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59 Chapter 21, Sec. 1-6 by John Gerstner | December 10, 2016
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