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Eric Metaxas in The Wall Street Journal

Go here to read Eric's new piece, "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God." And tune in to The Kelly Files on Fox News at 9 Eastern tonight, to see Eric being interviewed about the article!

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Productivity: Redeeming Your Time

When I was a child in elementary school, people often asked me, “What is your favorite subject?” Invariably my response was one of two things. I either said, “recess” or “gym.” My answer revealed my deepest predilections. I preferred play to work. Indeed, my nascent philosophical musing regarding the cosmic “Why?” questions took place as I made a game of walking to school via tiptoeing along a long path, pretending I was a high-wire walker in a circus.

3 Defenders 2 Podcast: Doctrine of Creation | Reasonable Faith

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Christian World View: Rational Predispositions That Support Truth

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Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.

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5 Things Jonathan Edwards Teaches Us about the Christian Life

Toward the end of his life, Edwards was kicked out of his church by a vote of ten to one—by professing Christians, upstanding church members. This, and other trials he encountered during his life, lead me to conclude that the lofty vision of Christian living that he has left to us is not naïve idealism. He felt the pain not only of rejection, but of rejection by close friends and family members who were part of his church. And yet, having his eyes opened to present pain did not close his eyes to future glory.

7 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. 

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014

World Vision's reversal, Kay Warren on son's suicide, 33 Christian leaders under 33, and more.

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Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2014

The world's potentially oldest clay tablet containing a flood story was found in the British Museum archives and put on display last January. Discovered by the museum's cuneiform curator, Irving Finkel, the tablet makes note of a round ark and is one of several versions of the flood story that have been found in Mesopotamian excavations. Although this tablet from ancient Babylon, dated around 1750 BC, may be the oldest found containing the flood story, it's not necessarily the earliest version of the story.

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From This Day Onward

Tucked near the end of the Old Testament, third from last on that biblical road-less-traveled called the minor prophets, it’s one of Scripture’s shortest books — and one of its best for turning a corner and making a fresh start. Like at the outset of a new year.

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

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How Not to Read Your Bible in 2015

This hackneyed high school yearbook quote is bad advice for most things, Bible reading plans not excepted. If you shoot for and miss the “moon” of six chapters a day, you won’t quietly land among the “stars” of three. You’ll just be lost in space. It’s better to read one chapter a day, every day, than four a day, every now and then. Moreover, the value of meditation cannot be overstressed. Meditation isn’t spiritualized daydreaming; it’s riveted reflection on revelation. Read less, if you must, to meditate more. It’s easy to encounter a torrent of God’s truth, but without absorption—and application—you will be little better for the experience. As Thomas White once said, “It is better to hear one sermon only and meditate on that, than to hear two sermons and meditate on neither.” I think that’s pretty sage advice for Scripture reading, too.

13 Pastors.com

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Don’t Just Make a Resolution—Make a Habit

Identify the habit loop — The new pattern of behavior you want to create, such as one based on a resolution, will consist of the habit loop: a cue, a routine, and the reward. Take a few minutes to think through and write down the details of each part of the loop. For our example let’s use the habit of a daily devotional reading. To set up the routine — the main action of the habit, such as actually reading the devotional — we’ll need to identify the materials that are needed (e.g., access to a Bible and the devotional material) and establish a time in which we can consistently carry out the habit loop (e.g., in the morning, before work).

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Addressing the Vital Doctrine of Scripture

There is another question in the early chapters of Genesis, this time from God. He asks, “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9). This question is not asked out of ignorance, since God is omniscient. Rather, it is asked in love. After Adam and Eve rebelled against God and his Word, God had no obligation to respond. He could have remained silent and allowed sin to have its full effect in both physical and spiritual death. And he would have remained just and righteous in doing so. Yet, in his love and mercy (Ex. 34:6-7), he speaks. Though he will speak a word of judgment, he also speaks a word of hope, found in the promise of an offspring (Gen. 3:15), a son, the Word incarnate (John 1:14) revealed through God’s Word inscripturated.

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To Defend the Disposable

D r. Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is best known these days for an imprudent lecture in which he suggested that the Obamacare bill (of which he was an intellectual architect) was deliberately crafted to be so complex that the stupid American people couldn’t possibly understand it. Gruber’s lecture opened a window into the arrogance of the secular clerisy: those enlightened members of the professoriate who know best and who, as a matter of duty, are going to give the dimwitted people what’s best for them—and give it to us good and hard. Yet many who found Dr. Gruber’s condescension akin to fingernails scraping down a blackboard were even more appalled by a paper Gruber wrote in 1997, which came under scrutiny during a recent congressional hearing at which the MIT professor was a witness.

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The Christian Post on Twitter

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Did Christian Parents Drive Their Child to Suicide?

I personally know individuals who once identified as transgender and who no longer do, and they are so thankful to God that they found a better way. They emphatically discourage parents from affirming their children as transgender (while even more emphatically urging those parents to show unconditional love to their kids). Should we ignore what they have to say? (For more on this, see the important, recent article, "Trouble in Transtopia: Murmurs of Sex Change Regret.")

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5 Game Changers for Your Love Life in 2015

For some of us, these patterns of relationships are a combination of ingrained and learned behaviors that aren’t always easy to identify and sometimes need the help of a professional. But for most of us, with a little bit of looking back combined with a little bit of planning ahead, we can really make some major changes in the area of relationships this coming year by doing just a few things differently:

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Making Room For Those With None

As 2015 quickly approaches, I have been thinking about a journey that my own family began a year and a half ago, a journey of making room for someone in our lives when there seemed to be no room to spare. I have directed an inner city ministry to children in Washington, D.C. for twenty-five years, and in that time, helped mentor a young man named AC. In June of 2013, AC proudly returned home from his first year of community college, only to discover that he had no place to live. His mother had left their apartment and made other living arrangements that could not include AC. His father, who was working toward getting his life on track, also had no room. At 22, with physical and mental disabilities, AC found himself very alone and unprepared to face the world on his own.

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Denny Burk

First of all, let me just say that I am grateful that Angelina Jolie got a fire in her belly about making this movie. The story has been languishing in Hollywood for decades, and somehow she got it done. Zamperini’s story is so big and so important, and yet no one has been able to pull it off until now. No doubt, her relationship with Zamperini had something to do with this. All things considered, she did a fine job with the portion of the story that she decided to tell. But the difficulty is that it really is only a portion of the story. Hillenbrand’s narrative of Louie’s life divides into three major phases: pre-crash, crash-imprisonment, post-war. Jolie focuses almost entirely on the middle phase. In Hillenbrand’s book, the resolution occurs in the post-war phase. Because Jolie doesn’t include that, she has to create her own mini-resolution out of Zamperini’s release from prison. But anyone who knows the story knows that Zamperini’s war didn’t end there. I am grateful that Jolie at least told some of the story, but there really is something big missing at the end.

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End-of-Year Giving and 2014 Highlights

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

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Innovative Apologetics: Rene Descartes’ Dreaming Doubt: A Solution - Christian Apologetics

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The many sins of Newsweek's expose on the Bible (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

That’s clever, no really it is. You realize, of course, that it takes all of one Google search for us to find representative Atheological scholars, both popular and academic that freely admit to atheological morality ethics to run straight to moral illusionism, relativism, or nihilism. Rosenberg is a moral nihilist. As I recall, Sinnot -Armstrong admits to having no non arbitrary epistemological warrant for his morality, so he runs directly into radical moral skepticism. I’d peg him as an illusionist. Dawkins and Avalos both admit to moral relativism. With systems like that in play, you may want to ask yourself on what basis you can consider our Christian delusion objectionable at all. One man’s delusion is no matter than another. All you have is your persona preference. With ethics like that, then you have no basis to castigate anybody else.

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Innovative Apologetics: Reza Aslan’s 'Zealot—The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth' An Evaluation

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: How to Teach Children to be Honest: New Research

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Innovative Apologetics: 'The Essential Trinity: Defending the Biblical Truth and Necessity of the Triune God' new book

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Why TGC Australia?

TGC is not supporting TGC Australia financially, but they have generously agreed to host us on their website, and have also given us helpful advice and information. May the Lord use our efforts to cultivate more effective gospel ministry in Australia, and in turn increase our country’s contribution to his global mission.

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Angelina Jolie on Faith, 'There's Something Greater Than All of Us and It's Uniting and Beautiful,' Actress Says

"She said, 'I don't know what I'm going to do so I'll do what Louis would do.' She got on her knees and she prayed for a miracle … everybody saw it. It stopped raining. She was moved by my father's faith to try that and that's what he wants for people to get from the movie. I think maybe in God's plan for Angelina, she was supposed to find Louis and make this movie to find her way to a life that would encompass the Almighty," Garris continued.

30 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

31 Ligonier.org

e was a young man unsure of his future. He had many gifts and not a few options before him. His father and grandfather were ministers, as were uncles and others in the family tree. He had a first-rate education, one of the finest of the day, so he was well-prepared for a future in the halls of the academy, should he so choose. He even had a penchant for science and perhaps could have headed off in that direction. But for the time being he was a pastor, a young pastor at that. Eighteen going on nineteen, he found himself far from his native

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4 Things the Church Learned in 2014

Great article. It's been a big year for the Church and the world can see the growing pains it is experiencing. One lesson I would add to this list is the struggle to prioritize primary gospel issues vs secondary issues. I'm thinking specifically about the fiasco that happened when World Vision announced that it employed homosexual Christians and tons of churches pulled their funding and denounced the organization's mission altogether. The church has a long way to go in terms of deciding how they will address issues like this moving forward. The response of many churches in this case showed a lack of prioritization: putting condemnation of sin above sharing the gospel with ALL by marginalizing a constantly increasing segment of the population.

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How not to read the Bible in 2015

This hackneyed high school yearbook quote is bad advice for most things, Bible reading plans not excepted. If you shoot for and miss the “moon” of six chapters a day, you won’t quietly land among the “stars” of three. You’ll just be lost in space. It’s better to read one chapter a day, every day, than four a day, every now and then. Moreover, the value of meditation cannot be overstressed. Meditation isn’t spiritualized daydreaming; it’s riveted reflection on revelation. Read less, if you must, to meditate more. It’s easy to encounter a torrent of God’s truth, but without absorption—and application—you will be little better for the experience. As Thomas White once said, “It is better to hear one sermon only and meditate on that, than to hear two sermons and meditate on neither.” I think that’s pretty sage advice for Scripture reading, too.

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Boko Haram's Bloodiest Year Yet: Over 9,000 Killed, 1.5 Million Displaced, 800 Schools Destroyed in 2014

The Nigerian Security Network, an organization monitoring the casualties surrounding the Boko Haram insurgency, estimates that 2014 was the deadliest year so far in the terrorist group's five year insurgency in Northeast Nigeria.

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Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll Launches New Website

Mark Driscoll, who resigned as the lead pastor of a Seattle-based megachurch in October due to a controversy surrounding his leadership style, has launched MarkDriscoll.org, which looks similar to the website of Mars Hill Church that is going to dissolve at the start of the new year.

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WORLD | WORLD’s Top 25 columns for 2014 | Mickey McLean | Dec. 30, 2014

2014 News of the Year  |  The 25 magazine and online-only columns that generated the most reader traffic on WORLD’s website this year

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Five Personal Reflection Questions to Evaluate Your Year and Start the New Year Right - Ron Edmondson

Sometimes it isn’t about quitting, but working to make something better that makes all the difference. Intentionality can sometimes take something you dread and make it something you enjoy. I’ve seen couples who appeared destined for divorce court turn into a thriving marriage when two willing spouses commit to working harder (and getting outside help if needed). I was out of shape in my mid-thirties. I’m healthier today in my 50’s than I was then. The change began in one year — one decision — one intentional effort. Conventional wisdom says a new habit begins in 21 days, but some now believe it may take as long as 66 days to really get a habit to stick. But, would it be worth it if you really began a daily Bible reading habit? Or the gym really was a part of your life more than just the first couple weeks in January? Maybe this is your year to get serious about improving some area of your life.

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Reformed Retrieval: The Theology of the Westminster Standards by J.V. Fesko

In this work, Fesko, academic dean and professor of systematic and historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido California, attempts to give a historical grounding for understanding the theology of the Westminster Standards (Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism, Shorter Catechism). As the confessional standards for most Presbyterian churches for hundreds of years, and the foundation for particular Baptist confessions as well, they have formed something of a standard touchpoint for confessional Reformed theology since their adoption. The problem is that while they’ve been widely read and commented on, Fesko contends that there have been a number of confusions surrounding the theology espoused in the Standards due to the fact that they have typically been read with little attention paid to the historical and theological context. Fesko aims to fill that gap by drawing on recent historical studies and the wealth of new material made available to historical researchers through the digitizing of a plethora of historical sources, in order to shed new light on passages long buried under the weight of anachronism and assumption.

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He Said, She Said

That question—of how memory and justice are intertwined—is obviously political, particularly in a system which relies on witness, testimony, and human juries to determine the “official” series of events, as well as if and when someone gets punished. But it's also a religious question, because in some ways, our memories constitute ourselves. A man who loses his memory to amnesia, for example, has little to no knowledge of who he is, and therefore no sense of how to live his life. Our memories tell us who we love, what we want, where we've been, and where we intend to go. Our memories seem tightly linked to what we'd call our souls—our immortal essences.

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Southern Baptist Leader Albert Mohler Denounces Newsweek Piece Calling Evangelicals 'God's Frauds'

A prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader has denounced a front page Newsweek piece calling evangelical and fundamentalist Christians "God's frauds."

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A Story About Faith - How to Illustrate Biblical Faith - Apologetics Guy

Great article Mikel! Over the past 6 months I’ve thought about why I believe what I do and where my faith in Jesus comes from. Sometimes, honestly speaking, I have even doubted. The thing though that consistently comes back to me is all the things Christ has done for me. From saving my marriage from inevitable divorce to healing our then 9 month old daughter from an unknown illness (at one time thought to be liver cancer) to everything else in-between. It’s not the blind leap that has built my faith but the answers I have received along the way when I truly sought the face of God. It’s knowing Him, the relationship with Him, the evidence of Him, that has built my faith. This is why I believe what I believe.

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After Being Interrupted by Simon During an Audition, This Girl Silences the Crowd With Her Beautiful Voice

Hope Murphy stepped on stage for a moment of a lifetime. She had the opportunity to sing in front of the world. But when she started to sing the song she chose for this big night, she was immediately cut off by Simon.

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See Why This Man Has Been Writing Thank You Letters for 38 Years Straight

Every year, for 38 years now, Ron Brown has been writing a thank you letter to the people who saved his life. If not for them, he claims he would be a "faded photograph" in an album. 38 years later and Ron has something special to say to the people who saved his life.

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Left Behind in the Mainline: Witnessing Within The Episcopal Church

Longstanding American churches known as mainline Protestant denominations have garnered many headlines for their increasing liberal theological stances. In response to this theological drift, large numbers of people and congregations have opted to leave these mainline churches for more biblically orthodox pastures.

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules Catholic Firefighters' Rights Were Not Violated When Forced to Drive Fire Truck in Gay Parade Parade Despite Religious Objections

The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has unanimously ruled that that the constitutional rights of two Catholic Providence firefighters were not violated when they were forced to drive a fire truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections to the homosexual lifestyle.

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Fazale Rana on Twitter

My Top 3 Science-Faith Posts of 2014, No.1: Digital and Analog Information Housed in #DNA http://bit.ly/1p41PuT  pic.twitter.com/QquK9Y8Be5

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5 Unforgettable Moments in Sports This Year, Told by Retweets

Any sports fan would agree that these were five of the biggest sports moments to take place this year. It includes one, in each of the 5 major sports we follow in the U.S. Thanks to social media, especially Twitter, we were able to get the players reaction to each of these memorable moments.

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A Resolution That Could Start a Revolution (#STUMIN)

And when it comes to resolutions we tend to think of a limited amount of categories. These categories can range from exercising off our newly acquired egg-nog induced fat layers to doing a complete financial makeover (i.e. eliminating debt from that overcharged Christmas credit card.)

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Rev. Billy Graham Makes Top 10 Most Admired List for 58th Time as Obama, Hilary Clinton Take Lead

The Rev. Billy Graham was named the fourth most admired man by Americans in a new Gallup poll, and President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also topped the lists.

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The Christian Post on Twitter

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51 Training the Next Generation to Be Men and Women
52 What We Learned From 'The Year of Bible Movies'
53 After Suffering a Deadly Heart Attack This Man is Touched by God's Gentle Hand
54 Renewing Your Mind | The Cost of Discipleship | December 31, 2014
55 CP Exclusive: Detroit Lions' Don Carey Talks Balancing Seminary, Leading Ministry Ahead of Playoffs
56 Oklahoma Abortionist Arrested for Scamming Women Into Taking Abortion Drugs Loses License; Faces 3-10 Years in Prison, If Convicted
57 Top 10 most read post of 2014
58 RELEVANT's Top Albums of 2014
59 Strengthen the Basics in 2015 - Stand to Reason Blog
60 The Christian Post on Twitter
61 The Mormon View of Salvation: A Gospel That Is Truly Impossible - Christian Research Institute
62 What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
63 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Bible or the Qur’an: There's No Comparison
64 Michael Strauss lectures on scientific evidence for a Creator at UT Dallas
65 Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Abortion That's 'Haunted' Her for Years
66 Work and Worship | Reasonable Faith
67 The Talk with Dr. Paul Nelson, and Q&A - Christian Research Institute
68 White Castle debuts new 'Veggie slider'
69 The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
70 Christian Golfer Bubba Watson in the Process of Adopting Second Child
71 RELEVANT Podcast Survey
72 WORLD | Three opportunities for the resolute | Marvin Olasky | Dec. 31, 2014
73 WORLD | Wrestling with God | Sophia Lee | Dec. 31, 2014
74 Alec Hogg: Science switches, now makes the case FOR God
75 Responding to Newsweek, Mohler tells ‘FOX & Friends’ the Bible ‘still matters’
76 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
77 Ligonier.org
78 Mikel's Radio Interview on the Virgin Birth
79 WORLD | Another year of tepid U.S. population growth | Daniel James Devine | Dec. 31, 2014
80 The Christian Post on Twitter
81 WORLD | New Year’s resolution: A heart for the lost | La Shawn Barber | Dec. 31, 2014
82 Innovative Apologetics: Answering Atheism: God is Required to Underwrite Propositions
83 WORLD | New Year’s house cleaning | Andrée Seu Peterson | Dec. 31, 2014
84 http://goo.gl/FJIkKZ
85 Customers Pool Their Money to Surprise Beloved Bagel Shop Employee with a Car
86 The Comfort Zone: Words of Comfort: Driving Power.
87 The Christian Post on Twitter
88 Newsweek Attacks the Bible…Are You Ready to Respond? | Think Christianly
89 Technological advances make the Keystone XL pipeline safer than alternatives
90 Alexander Pruss's Blog: Klingon bat'leth sword
91 http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/45290/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
92 Newsweek cover story accuses Christians of misinterpreting the Bible, upsets believers
93 WORLD | House Republicans take year-end swing at IRS | J.C. Derrick | Dec. 31, 2014
94 RESOLUTE 2015