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Joy Changes Everything: An Invitation to Christian Hedonism

When you finally recognize that God wants to make you happier than you could ever dream, nothing will ever be the same again.

Why It's Important to Teach Skeptics About the Nature of Circumstantial Evidence (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

What are the basic categories of evidence and how does an understanding of these categories help us make the case for Christianity?

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The Top 10 Cold-Case Christianity Articles from 2017 | Cold Case Christianity

These ten articles, all posted in 2017, became the most read, most popular articles on our website. They were viewed and shared thousands of times. I hope you got a chance to read them as well, but if you didn’t, here is your opportunity. Thanks so much for making Cold-Case Christianity a part of your Christian experience. We hope we’ve helped you to become a better Christian Case Maker.

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Paul Won Converts Through Peaceful Preaching; Muhammad Used Bribes and Threats (PvM 17)

Paul and Muhammad were amazingly effective in their preaching. But what were the messages that made them effective? Paul's message focused on Jesus' resurrection, and how it confirms the Gospel. Muhammad's message involved bribes and threats. This video is the seventeenth comparison in David Wood's "Paul vs. Muhammad" series. Here's a link to the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGcuc... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

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Today's Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: 10 Titles from $0.79 to $2.99!

Your financial support is vital to this ministry, especially as we approach the end of the year. I hope you will please consider chipping in $5 right now via my donation page to help keep us going—or better yet, please consider becoming a monthly financial partner . Running TPE, along with my additional responsibilities as a member of the Ratio Christi National Staff , is a full time job and your support is vital to keep us going and growing; providing daily resources and articles to help equip you to commend and defend the faith in a world that is ever increasing in hostility toward Christianity. Blessings to all of you and yours as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus this Christmas Season! —Greg West (founder/editor of The Poached Egg)

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WORLD Digital's #Beginnings roundup looks back at the top science stories of 2017: Design, Darwin, discoveries, and discrimination https://world.wng.org/content/design_darwin_discoveries_and_discrimination … pic.twitter.com/CjNOO1N7tj

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Paul's Revelations Made Him a Better Man; Muhammad's Made Him Worse (PvM 16)

Muhammad received revelations that made him more violent. Paul received revelations that made him more loving. Which revelations do you think came from God? This video is the sixteenth comparison in David Wood's "Paul vs. Muhammad" series. Here's a link to the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGcuc... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

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What Exactly is a Biblical Miracle? 3 Key Things Your Kids Should Understand

A few weeks ago in our family worship time, we were studying the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (Matthew 14). After we finished the story, I asked what I thought was a pretty straight forward question: “So, how did Jesus feed 5,000 people with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish?”

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5 Things Christian Apologetics Must Have

I was raised in a Christian home, always active in an evangelical church, and was even on a first name basis with my youth pastor. However, I was not “apologetically” prepared for my first year in college. It started after freshman orientation when my advisor met with us and said, “Look, you’re getting a liberal arts degree so you have to take one class in religion and philosophy. Get it over with now. Don’t wait until the end.”

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Jude: A slave of Jesus Christ

My business card is standard fare. It identifies me and describes my role at the MBC. It also tells how to get in touch with me. That’s what most business cards do: serve as practical, brief, and efficient introductions.

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When we celebrate #Christmas , we celebrate the birth of the #Jesus , the Son of God. But we do not celebrate His beginning. http://bit.ly/2ljhBUk  pic.twitter.com/r4F7ciCHSj

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Elisha’s review of Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith | Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2229137158 …

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Washington Post to Christians on Christmas Morning: Jesus Didn't Exist | The Stream

I really couldn’t care any less about what some staunch, close-minded atheist has to say about Jesus. Thankfully, His existence isn’t contingent on whether or not someone believes in Him or has “adequate” proof that He lived. He has withstood the critics yesterday and today, and He will still win tomorrow, no matter the controversy or “scholarly findings”. This? This is just annoying, like a mosquito tinning in your ear. Does it concern me? To the extent of knowing the smug atheists will be insufferable for a time. Otherwise, go ahead. No amount of publicity or insistence or distortion of facts will make the truth align with your desperate attempt to ignore your Creator.

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The Bible in a Year by Premier on Apple Podcasts

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2017 news review: Around the world - Premier

Premier consists of Premier Christian Media Trust registered as a charity (no. 287610) and as a company limited by guarantee (no. 01743091) with two fully-owned trading subsidiaries: Premier Christian Communications Ltd (no. 02816074) and Christian Communication Partnership Ltd (no. 03422292). All three companies are registered in England & Wales with a registered office address of 22 Chapter Street, London, SW1P 4NP.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/waiting-is-essential-to-your-faith

Do you want God to do miracles in your life? In this series, Pastor Rick shares why faith is the key to miracles and challenges you to grow and be stretched in your faith so that you can experience God’s blessing, spiritual maturity, answered prayers, and even miracles.

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Historical References to Christ From Non-Biblical Authors

One of the first Gentile writers who mention Christ is Thallus, who wrote in A.D. 52. He wrote a history of the Eastern Mediterranean from the time of the Trojan War to his own time. However, his writings have disappeared, and we only know of them from fragments cited by other writers. One such writer is Julius Africanus, a Christian writer about A.D. 221 One very interesting passage relates to a comment from Thallus about the darkness during the last 3 hours Jesus was on the cross. Julius Africanus writes:

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Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017

Hometown to three of the apostles (Peter, Andrew, and Philip), Bethsaida is believed to have been located just east of the outlet of the Jordan River into the northern Sea of Galilee. But its precise location has eluded Bible scholars. Archaeologist Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska–Omaha maintains Bethsaida was located at et-Tell, a site he has been excavating since 1987. But its distance—two kilometers from the current shore of the lake—has always raised questions about that identification. This year, a team led by archaeologist Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College discovered remains of a Roman-era bathhouse at el-Araj, much closer to the shore. Neither site is convincingly identified as Bethsaida at this point; other archaeologists have weighed in to support each side.

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WORLD on Twitter

#TheSift : Alabama certifies Jones victory, denies Moore challenge https://world.wng.org/content/roy_moore_claims_fraud_in_suit_over_election_results … @EvanWilt_ @MooreSenate @GDouglasJones pic.twitter.com/dkOtd7udXZ

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God Must Exist: The Proper Paradigm for Science

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How I Learned the Difference Between Belief THAT and Belief IN | Cold Case Christianity

Mark told me that he was working patrol when he saw a man driving down the street, swerving from lane to lane as though he was drunk. He pulled the driver over and approached his car. When he leaned in to talk to the man, he could smell the alcohol on his breath. Mark asked the man to step out from the car, and the driver reluctantly complied. As the man stood outside his car, Mark could see that he was angry and defiant. Mark decided to conduct a quick “pat-down” search to make sure the irritated driver wasn’t carrying any weapons. Mark had no idea that the driver was Jacob Stevens, a parolee with a long arrest record in an adjacent city. Jacob had just been released from state prison. He was on parole for an assault charge, and tonight he was carrying a loaded Colt .45-caliber pistol hidden in his waistband. Jacob knew that he would go back to jail if the gun was discovered, and he was determined to stay out of jail.

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2 Corinthians 9:6–11: Why Do You Give to the Church?

In this lab, John Piper reminds us that God doesn’t want you to begrudgingly give. He wants to satisfy you with himself so that you would give cheerfully.

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My 5 Favorite Arguments for God’s Existence

Now, like the Moral Argument, I think only the Christian God is compatible with this conclusion. Various reasons have been given in chapter 5 of my book “Inference To The One True God”, but for the sake of length, I’ll only go into one of them. In order to be a morally perfect being, this being would have to exist as more than one person. If God is not a trinity then God is not love. This is because love requires three things: someone to love, someone to do the loving, and a relationship going on between the lover and the Beloved. If these three things are not present then love is not present. But before any human beings were created, God was all by himself. So if God was all by himself, who was there to love? God had no one to love! Given that God had no one to love, God couldn’t be love or loving until he created the first human beings or Angels or any persons other than himself. But in that case, God could not be maximally great, for in order to be maximally great, God would have to be morally perfect, which he could not be if God were only a single person.

27 Choose Kind. Go See Wonder. | Think Christian

If “choosing kindness” is the mantra of Wonder , it is also a recognition of the testament of Psalm 139 : “You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made, whether the world chooses to acknowledge our wonder or not. We are glorious, marvelous works of the Creator God. We are known full-well by that God and we are beloved. Regardless of the size, color, or shape of the packaging, regardless of how we come into this world and what form we take as we pass through it, there is a Creator God who is desperate for each of us to experience kindness. Choose kind. Go see Wonder .

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3 Ways I Plan to Read the Bible Less in 2018

Let us strive, every year we live, to become more deeply acquainted with Scripture . – J. C. Ryle Regularly reading God’s Word is one of the most important things we can do. We live in a world that constantly tells us lies that our hearts are prone to trust. But in his mercy, God has given us his Word to guide and guard us. He has “granted to us his precious and very great promises” to renew our minds and refresh our hearts (2 Pet. 1:4). As much as we need food to live physically, we need God’s Word to live spiritually (Matt. 4:4). The dawn of a new year offers a natural time to recommit to regularly reading the Bible. Of course, there’s nothing magical about a new year, but we do tend to think about changes that will grow us in Christlikeness. One change I’ve made the past few years is that I plan to read less of the Bible each year. I’ve found less can actually be more. Since becoming a Christian in 1999, I’ve followed a read-the-Bible-in-a-year plan. I’ve enjoyed it, but honestly, I’ve never finished one. Some years I’ve made it farther than others, and by God’s grace, I’ve never gone more than a few days without spending time in his Word.

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Evolving Icons of Evolution

Peter and Rosemary Grant, the husband and wife pair from Princeton University, have spent 40 years studying four species of ground finch on one uninhabited island of the Galápagos archipelago. They are to be commended for their dedication, and for details that they have published over the years about the birds made famous by Darwin. (Design advocates appreciate the Grants for their findings that undermine neo-Darwinism , although they would not see it that way.)

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Are Christmas and Jesus 'Fake News'?

Just in time for Christmas 2017, an atheist group put up a billboard in Dallas with the message, “Just skip church. It’s all fake news!” This is right next to a manger scene. Well, certainly the manger scene with the shepherds and the wise men together at the same time reflects poetic license. The Bible tells us the shepherds came first. The wise men would have come long after that. But the atheists are throwing out the whole thing — including the baby in the manger. In an article about this billboard, Dallas TV station Cw33.com quotes the president of American Atheists, who said, “Everyone knows that the stories we’re told in church aren’t the truth.” Really? And Christmas and Jesus are just “fake news”? But this is 2017 because Jesus was born in AD 1. Well, actually, He was likely born in 5 B.C. Dennis the Fair, the 6th century monk who created the Christian calendar (BC, AD), had overlooked an emperor or two in his calculations. Fake News? Tell that to the former legal affairs journalist for the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel.

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4 Things You Can’t Do without Systematic Theology

Before we can understand why systematic theology is essential, we must first understand what it is. There’s no single definition of systematic theology, but at its heart it’s the discipline captured by the phrase “faith seeking understanding.” Systematic theology builds on the results of biblical theology. Biblical theology is the exegetical discipline that seeks to grasp the entirety of Scripture as the unfolding of God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation. Starting with Scripture as God’s Word written through human authors—our final authority ( sola scriptura ) for what we think about God, ourselves, and the world—biblical theology seeks to “put together” the entire canon in a way that’s true to God’s intent. Systematic theology then applies the truths gained in biblical theology to every aspect of our lives. It leads to doctrinal formulation—what we ought to believe and how we ought to live—warranted by the canon and done in light of historical theology. In this way, systematic theology constructs a well-thought-out worldview that enables the church rightly “to think God’s thoughts after him” and to set biblical truth over against its worldview competitors.

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Why It's Important to Guard Against Your Presuppositions

When I was an atheist, I held many presuppositions that tainted the way I investigated the claims of Christianity. I was raised in the Star Trek generation (the original cast, mind you) by an atheist father who was a cop and detective for nearly thirty years before I got hired as a police officer. I was convinced by the growing secular culture that all of life’s mysteries would eventually be explained by science, and I was committed to the notion that we would ultimately find a natural answer for everything we once thought to be supernatural.

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America's Religious Climate and Christianity's Exclusivity

Religious pluralism… is the belief that differences between religions are not a matter of truth and falsehood, but of different perceptions of the one truth; that to speak of religious belief as true or false is inadmissible. Religious belief is a private matter. Each of us is entitled to have—as we say—a faith of our own.

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Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: Christians Cannot be Intellectual Slackers

Your financial support is vital to this ministry, especially as we approach the end of the year. I hope you will please consider chipping in $5 right now via my donation page to help keep us going—or better yet, please consider becoming a monthly financial partner . Running TPE, along with my additional responsibilities as a member of the Ratio Christi National Staff , is a full time job and your support is vital to keep us going and growing; providing daily resources and articles to help equip you to commend and defend the faith in a world that is ever increasing in hostility toward Christianity. Blessings to all of you and yours as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus this Christmas Season! —Greg West (founder/editor of The Poached Egg)

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Defending You Faith 101: The Teleological Argument, Part 2

Shrinking down to the size of an atom as you rode Disneyland’s Adventure Thru Inner Space was both scary and exciting as you imagined how far into the microscopic world we could travel. This attraction opened on August 5, 1967 as part of the New Tomorrowland and was every serious science student’s favorite ride. It was the first attraction to utilize Disney’s Omnimover system, but it closed in 1985 moving on to more imaginative rides leaving this one in the archives of nostalgia.

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The Necessity of God's Existence: Ontological Arguments Worth Considering

One of the more difficult of the apologetics arguments to understand is that known as the ontological argument. The ontological argument finds root in Anselm of Canterbury’s famed declaration, “ God is that, than which noting greater can be conceived.”[1] This is the say, God is the greatest of all possible beings. God, properly understood, is maximally great. Nothing could be greater than God. Thus, Anselm argues that if it is possible to conceive of the greatest possible beings, then that greatest possible being must exist. There is much to unpack in this argument. However, I would like to focus on arguments that provide reasons to believe that God is a necessary being.

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Eric Metaxas on Twitter

Yesterday morning I wrote this poem, titled "Christmas Dawn." http://ericmetaxas.com/writing/poems/christmas-at-dawn/ … … Soli Deo Gloria. pic.twitter.com/8hJyqCmL2X

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The Poached Egg on Twitter

How #Atheist Hate & Mockery Led a Richard Dawkins Fan, Richard Morgan, to Faith https://buff.ly/2CFMAAX  pic.twitter.com/tpK05udxh3

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Great time to join!! For as low as $25, become an annual member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society AND enjoy a subscription to Philosophia Christi as part of your membership! http://bit.ly/2Dc5kbB  #analytictheology # #christianphilosophy #christianscholars #Deals

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Here's a major reason to donate now to the EPS: Your gift will be matched—dollar for dollar—up to $25,000! Please give today so we can widely expand reach and access to EPS content in 2018: http://bit.ly/2ldne6C  #apologetics #theology #christianity #ChristianPhilosophy #pastors pic.twitter.com/auE0OnDdRT

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A Welsh Christmas: Nine lessons and carols from St Mary’s Church, in Swansea - LISTEN LIVE: http://ow.ly/HuLV30hopsa  @SwanseaCouncil @Swanbrec #WelshChristmas #WalesChristmas #Swansea pic.twitter.com/YDQxjspFJt

42 Exclusive: Federal agents found fetuses in body broker's warehouse (Wa

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reuters has pixelated this image; editors judged the original image to be disturbingly graphic. In a photograph obtained by Reuters, a fetus lies alongside a government evidence marker. The fetus and three others were found during a 2013 search of a Detroit warehouse operated by Arthur Rathburn, a businessman who sold human body parts for medical research and education. Rathburn has pleaded not guilty to selling infected body parts of adults. Government photo via REUTERS

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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

This week’s list of recommendations includes several books about the world’s major faiths. This year is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and a new biography of Martin Luther attempts to make him attractive to a general audience. Simon Schama continues his panoramic “The Story of the Jews” with his second volume, “Belonging: 1492-1900.” Christopher de Hamel offers a view into the stunning world of illuminated manuscripts, Garry Wills studies the Quran and Tova Mirvis tells her story of leaving the community of Modern Orthodox Judaism. On the secular side of things, we suggest a haunting memoir about surviving sexual assault, a collection of stories by P. D. James and an absorbing history of coffee.

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4 keys to preaching more engaging sermons — Southern Equip

How long should a sermon be? As a preaching professor and a pastor, I’ve asked and been asked that question a hundred times. Today, after 35 years in ministry, I have a definitive answer: You can preach as long as you hold their attention.

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Matt Chandler Never Wanted a Big Church. How He Ended Up With Six.

Since Chandler became senior pastor of The Village Church in 2002, it has planted five churches and launched six campuses across the Dallas area, drawing in over 10,000 worshipers a weekend. This fall, though, The Village Church announced plans for each campus to become its own church, as its Denton location did in 2015.

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BreakPoint on Twitter

Does it seem like the world is going to heck in a handbasket? Then it may be time for a reality check. #goodnews http://bit.ly/2la29ux  pic.twitter.com/fNMNZINJCK

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Premier Christian on Twitter

Start 2018 with inspiration by downloading your FREE copy of the brand new eBook 'Meeting God in 2018' --> http://ow.ly/Uw6530hmYzR  #SeekFirst pic.twitter.com/9FWUErlSTc

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The Top Testimonies of 2017

CT devotes a premium slot in each print magazine—the back page—to a compelling story of Christian conversion. Dozens have shared their tales of how God brought them to himself.

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CT Pastors’ Top 17 Articles of 2017

These narratives connect us to others engaged in the highs and lows of pastoral ministry. Other pastors’ failures paint a picture of God’s ability to use even the most flawed individuals for his purposes. Their tales of temptation chart for us a map of the pitfalls and landmines we should avoid. Their successes encourage us to press on when nothing seems to go the way we think it should. Ultimately I hope these stories, and our other top articles of 2017, prepare you for and reaffirm your calling as a shepherd of God’s people.

50 Questions Children Ask About The Christian Faith

When I taught Years 9 and 10, I often began the year by asking them what questions they had about God, Christianity and life in general, with the promise to explore these during the course. So here I am piggy-backing on Gavin Lawrie's  article (published 31 st  October 2017) about teaching Scripture in primary school.

51 Paul Wilkinson on Twitter
52 ICYMI: The Most Popular Articles of 2017
53 Christians brutally beaten with clubs as mob loots church - Premier
54 Marry the Bible This Year
55 Shaun Tabatt on Twitter
56 3 Lies Students Believe About Freedom That Will Ruin Their Lives - Jonathan Morrow
57 The Gospel Coalition on Twitter
58 Faulty Assumptions in Biblical Interpretation
59 Comment: Our Favorite Reads of 2017
60 2017: Reflections from the editor - Premier
61 Discovery Institute on Twitter
62 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
63 Bishop of Liverpool criticises Christians who support Trump - Premier
64 Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter
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67 Animal Crossing’s Small Acts of Faithfulness | Think Christian
68 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
69 Desiring God on Twitter
70 Renewing Your Mind on Twitter
71 Find a Friend to Wound You
72 31 questions to ask for a more Christ-centered 2018 | Don Whitney
73 RELEVANT on Twitter
74 2 Scripture passages every pastor needs today (and every day)
75 Why I became a Christian and not a Muslim | Question of the Week
76 BreakPoint on Twitter
77 Bible Before Books: A New Year’s Resolution
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80 The TC Apologetics Daily
81 Stand to Reason on Twitter
82 Bible Answer Man on Twitter
83 Most-read resources of 2017 | Southern Equip
84 Why Atheism Makes Reason Impossible
85 Where Is Heaven Right Now?
86 [PODCAST] Five Proofs of the Existence of God w/ Dr. Ed Feser
87 The Limited Atonement of The Punisher | Think Christian
88 Is Morality Better Explained By God Or Science? (Frank Turek vs. Michael Shermer)
89 Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Keeping the Faith | Think Christian
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91 Stacy Reaoch on Twitter
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94 Don’t Be Yourself
95 Philippians 1:20–26: How Do We Get to Heaven?
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