Why I Am a Christian (David Wood)
http://www.acts17.net Lots of people have been asking me how I became a Christian, because I usually don't share much of my story. Here's a video explaining ...
THE PARENT RAP - Funny parenting song from Bluefish TV
Parenting rap from Bluefish TV's parenting series: It Starts at Home with Matt Chandler & Gary Thomas available exclusively at http://www.rightnowmedia.org L...
Trey Gowdy DESTROYS Marielena Hincapie At Immigration Executive Action Hearing
Trey Gowdy DESTROYS Marielena Hincapie for bringing race as an excuse for republicans response to the immigration debate At Immigration Executive Action Hearing
WHAT'S YOUR WORLDVIEW? (QUIZ)
Does God Exist? How Did Everything Begin? Who Am I? Why Am I Here? What Happens After I Die? Cabbages and puppies don’t think about this stuff…but people do....
Making a Difference
I was born with a noticeable facial difference, a port wine stain birthmark, on the left side of my face. No matter what the world constantly tries to tell m...
The Ten Commandments: Introduction
Still the Best Moral Code Humanity has everything it needs to create a good world. We've had it for 3,000 years. It's the Ten Commandments; ten basic, yet pr...
Girl writes off average Joe but falls for handsome stalker
Girl writes off average looking guy but falls for handsome creep in new video Girls Are A*******, which has more than 1.8million views.
The Briefing 12-05-14
1) New Minnesota state athletic policy portrays velocity of transgender revolution
The Heart of Christmas - Devotional - Day 5 - Christian Research Institute
Jesus Christ, the antitype to which all the types and shadows of the Old Covenant pointed, stands at the very apex of human history. Accordingly, Christmas is not about reveling in mythology; it is about celebrating events that are rooted and grounded in historical fact. As Paul explains, “When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4–5). As such, the Babe of Bethlehem is the fulfillment of both the law and the prophets. A primary reason why Christians believe in such miracles as Christ’s virgin birth is that the Bible is divine rather than merely human in origin.
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Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Is Now Officially the Worst Movie in IMDb’s History
The lowest rating anyone can give a movie, in case you’re wondering, is 1. Which means if 0 stars were an option, the score would probably be even lower.
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For the Days You Don’t Like Your Spouse
As an engaged couple, we received plenty of general encouragement along the lines of “marriage is really hard.” We appreciated the mostly good intentions behind this admonition and were thankful for the advice. Living in covenant with another sinful, imperfect human being is messy and, while full of many beautiful moments, is not a constant fairy tale. Whether you and your spouse are opposites like us, or you find yourself married to someone very similar to you, no married person lives in a difficulty-free union. It was helpful to be aware of this truth before actually experiencing it, and to know that struggling was normal.
Daily Truth Times
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Lecrae Unwraps His Joy in Jesus
How do you pursue joy in Jesus? I mean what does it really look like — like today? How about when things are crazy at work or tense at home? If God made us to enjoy him, we have something infinitely valuable at our fingertips at any given moment. But how do we tap into it?
Why people are raging upon this choice??? I mean Benedict Cumberbatch yes, he has not the original comic ethnicity but hey look at the bright side, one of the things we wanted for this beloved character with a semi-rather obscuritism was and is an actor with the capacity to play all the mannerisms and portrays that the Dr.Stephen Strange demonstartes in the Marvel Universe. On the other hand as much as I loved the MCU my guess is that with the addition of new characters, new strategies will be implied inside both the bussiness side as well in the evolution and progress of the movies that so far have been more than great, excellent actually. People are dissapointed now but why depressed yourself!? Embrace the choice afterall it will not change despite our ranting, believe me. And also my bet is that Dr. Strange will bring major storylines in the future, hopefully. Aaand be marvel and proud (no matter how good or wrong their choices are), don't be unreasonable!!
The Stacks: John Coltrane's Mighty Musical Quest
But here is Art Davis, who played for a time with Coltrane, as quoted in the Fall 1972 issue of the periodical Black Creation [Institute of Afro-American Affairs at New York University]: “John Coltrane would play for hours a set. One tune would be like an hour or two hours, and he would not repeat himself, and it would not be boring…. People would just be shouting, like you go to church, a holy roller church or something like that. This would get into their brains, would penetrate. John had that spirit--he was after the spiritual thing…. You could hear people screaming … despite the critics who tried to put him down. Black people made him because they stuck together and they saw--look what's going down--let's get some of this. You know all the hard times that John had at the beginning, even when he was with Miles. And when he left Miles, starting out, everybody tried to discourage him. But I'd be there and the brothers and sisters would be there and they supported him…. John had this power of communication, that power so rare it was like genius--I'll call him a prophet because he did this.
"For though we walk in flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but might in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (
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Remember Ronnie Smith
We remember and honor Ronnie Smith because he gave his life in the work of pursuing the unreached, because he kept the faith, because he has shown the world what the love of Jesus leads his followers to do. May thousands take his place.
Your 2014 Book-Giving Guide
B ooks make the perfect Christmas gift. They generally are reasonably priced, and once read they can be kept for re-reading or shared with others. And of course, you can find a book fitting for just about everyone on your Christmas list. Here are some recommendations of new books to give this holiday season since you probably have some of these sorts of people to shop for this Christmas.
Does Christ Speak in the Rape of Dinah?
When we witness Dinah’s violation and betrayal, watch revenge unfold in the name of justice, wrestle with the seeming silence of God, and search for answers, we hope for someone who will do better, someone who can save Dinah.
Who Is Killing Off All the Black Americans?
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Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Given the title, Kirk Cameron's prominent placement, and a poster involving Cameron with a background explosion of holiday paraphernalia, one would assume Saving Christmas would concern itself with the oft-repeated "War on Christmas." I was expecting Cameron to lament our use of "Happy Holidays" and the like. Perplexingly, Cameron's war is not with those outside Christianity but those within. Saving Christmas is a shoddy evangelical sermon with shoddier theology, straining to fill out a running time, and ultimately being pro-materialism and anti-empathy. Come again? At Kirk's (Cameron) family Christmas party, his brother-in-law Christian (Darren Doane) is a Grinch. He complains that Christmas has been co-opted by secularism. Santa Claus and other symbols with pagan origins dwarf the nativity and baby Jesus. Christian removes himself from the party and sits in his car. Kirk won't allow this to stand. He gets inside the car and proceeds to explain why Christian is wrong about Christmas. To call this a film is to be more charitable than perhaps even Jesus would be.
You Can Abort Babies Up to Birth in Canada, But Activists Want “Animal Charter of Rights”
Oh, good grief. Animal rights activists in Canada–not the same as animal welfare–are pushing an “Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Typical of most animal rights advocacy, much of it is utterly nonsensical.
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Advice to Young Pastors from Paul Tripp, John Frame, and John Yates
How would what I recommend young pastors to be studying today differ from what I would’ve recommended 10 years ago? I would still say stock your library with the best commentaries you can get; good ones keep coming out. We need to be learning more about the history of the church, not just by reading the most recommended historical studies but also the insights of sociological historians like Rodney Stark. Then, find someone like Patrick Lencioni who writes about leadership and team management in order to keep focused on how to be an effective leader. Read more Christian fiction like Michael O’Brien. Read the most respected news sources like The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , The Washington Post , and The Economist , but also read World magazine for a different flavor. Let Albert Mohler help you think about contemporary societal developments; listen to his daily briefings. Read what Tim Keller writes; he’s a gift to all of us. Always be on the lookout for fresh biographies, not just Christian biographies but the biographies of non-believers as well.
Labor Force Participation Remains at 36-Year Low
The 156,397,000 who participated in the labor force was 62.8 percent of the 248,844,000 civilian noninsttutional population, which matches the 62.8 percent rate in April, May, June, August and October of 2014 as well as the participation rate in March of 1978. The participation rate hit its lowest level of 62.7 percent in September 2014.
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Faith and Work: Your Story Here
What you will learn in the pages of this Bible is not a list of do’s and don’ts at work, but a theology that will hopefully rewire the way you understand the gospel and how it has everything to do with your work. Once you see the connection between faith and work, the work of Christ will become more beautiful, comprehensive, and necessary. I hope this Bible will bring to you an excitement to engage not only your work, but also the world around you, with a renewed sense of purpose grounded in the unique hope of the gospel.
The Basics of a Biblical Theology of Work
Work is not evil, nor is it a side effect of sin. This truth can be hard for congregants to trust when they are frustrated in their jobs or unfulfilled in their careers. It’s certainly true that the curse of Genesis 3 brought toil and futility into work. Ever since, our experience of work involves pain as well as pleasure. But work itself is good. It has intrinsic value.
Ferguson, Church, and Continuing the Conversation
I appreciate the democratization of technology that we enjoy, especially via social media. But our anger, sadness, and wisdom tends to be short-lived. Our society suffers from what some have called a "continuous state of partial inattention." Consequently, issues that arise hardly get the kind of slow, thoughtful, and contemplative attention that's required for substantial change to occur in our personal lives, churches, and cities. In a few days or weeks, our anger and concern will subside. The dust will settle and we will be on our way to the next issue the media feeds us. But there is a better way.
To begin to see new communities emerge that reflect Jesus' reconciled kingdom reality, the conversation of race and class needs a comprehensive and continual strategy to keep this at the forefront of our theologies and discipleship. We need conversations on matters of race and reconciliation to be perennial dialogues that fill our churches and consequently our cities. After all, this matter is not going anywhere soon.
This is what we have endeavored to do at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, over the past 27 years.
Study: Less than 7% of Americans Are ‘Very Certain’ about Young Earth Creationism Principles
Instead of just asking which one of three broad statements they agreed with, the new survey asked a variety of questions regarding creationism, along with what degree of certainty respondents believe them. The Slate article does a great job of analyzing the numbers, and found that only 7% of those polled were “very certain” of all five of the following basic beliefs associated with Young Earth creationism: “that God created the world in six 24-hour days, that God created humans miraculously, that humans didn’t evolve from other life forms,” that Adam and Eve were actual people and that the earth is only 10,000 years old ...
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Court: Unborn Baby an “Organism” Not a Person, But Girl Born With Disabilities After Mom Drank
Pro-life Conservative MP Fiona Bruce said: “The pro-abortion movement did their best to prejudice this judgment. Their false spin labelled this case as being about criminalising drinking during pregnancy. In fact, it was nothing of the kind. It is a civil case about whether a child should be offered compensation after excessive drinking during pregnancy rendered her disabled for life. The law is hopelessly unclear on the status of the unborn child, and this judgment makes it even more incoherent. The only loser in this case is the child who has been denied compensation to help with her care costs. I find no cause for rejoicing in that.”
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Greg Laurie on End Times: ISIS May Fulfill Bible Prophecy; US Needs to Align With Israel in Last Days
The Harvest America preacher acknowledged that his claims may seem trite to those who have long heard warnings of End Times. Laurie quoted critics as saying, "I know how some people react when I bring a subject like this up. They think, 'Oh please Greg. C'mon, my grandmother believed that and her grandmother believed that. We've been hearing this Jesus is coming stuff for a long time.'" To those naysayers, he said, "True, I don't deny that," but continued to list reasons why he believes the end prophesied in the Bible is close. His reasons included the fact that Israel has re-formed as a sovereign nation and that, "The city of Jerusalem is under Jewish control for the first time in over 2,000 years."
How To Wrap A Present With Mathematical Precision (and Waste Less Paper)
Mathematician Sara Santos, who specializes in finding entertaining ways to popularize math, worked out the formula for a wrap that uses paper and tape most efficiently. If you have a three dimensional box you can solve for the dimensions of the two dimensional square of paper that makes for the best wrap.
Justice for Black Lives Must Begin With Us (Part 1)
I was drawn to this article as a result of originally seeing Propaganda's tweets on the subject and noting a decided change in tone. I have to admit I have been puzzled by the automatic jump to assuming all these incidents being discussed are racial in nature. Yes they involved white police and black men breaking the law, but at the root it was police responding to crimes. Granted Garner's crime was likely a misdemeanor and choke holds are definitely not proper procedure. But was it racial? The media has not shown unedited video of the incident, but the grand jury was shown such video. And what they saw was the officer's responding to directives by their sergeant, a black female. What made Officer Wilson's self defense racial? Autopsy evidence, forensic evidence, even eye witness testimony backed up the bulk of Officer Wilson's account. While I have not gone through police training, as a corrections officer I have had some similar training. I can tell you someone raising their hands AND approaching me is not a sign that they are properly responding to directives being given them. It is actually a form of mocking defiance and impending attack.
7 Bible Verses That Will Help You When Choosing Career Decisions
When it comes to making a decision for our career it can sometimes be the hardest decision we will ever have to make. It is without a doubt very stressful, and on top of that we never know if we are making the best decision for ourselves.
The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacher
Her Foursquare Church still exists to this day and claims a membership of 8 million worldwide. You can still visit Angelus Temple on a Sunday for a service but it's a very different congregation to the one that listened to McPherson. Nowadays the worshippers are mainly Hispanic - a sign of the changing demographics of both Los Angeles and modern-day Pentecostalism in America.
I have been struggling quite a bit with Structured Prayer - particularly due to my trust in the sovereignty of our Lord in all providences and in salvation. Yet these are not so much the issues I have had; as the issue I struggle with at the core is, that I believe that I have an ongoing continual "open line" of communication by the Spirit Interceding for me and as I think I converse with Him.
This little exposition of Scripture has however helped my see that prayer is not for God's benefit - BUT for MY sanctification and for my Intercession in behalf of others - so that this is an occasion for ministry and also to benefit and serve others in expression of the royal Law of Love: To Love YAHWEH our Triune God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength AND my fellow mankind in a way that honours and glorifies our Master JESUS.
Thank you Pastor Sproul for helping me get a good perspective on my responsibility and my PRIVILEGE in Christ!
Court: Chimpanzees are not people
Court: Chimpanzees are not people
A New York appellate court found that chimps aren't entitled to basic legal rights.
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Thanks for all your fine work! I have your GGSTJ in both print as well as eBook (mobi) editions. I immensely appreciate Christopher Dendy and Lindsey Jacobs putting this reading plan together for the benefit of others too. Please correct me if I’m mistaken but it appears the GGSTJ Bible Reading Plan is keyed to GGSTJ page numbers? If so, I’m afraid I don’t have access to the print edition, and only the eBook edition (via Amazon Kindle), which doesn’t have page numbers as such. I’m wondering if you might know if GGSTJ on Kindle comes with “real” page numbers (i.e. the same page numbers as the print edition)? Thanks in advance!
A New Paper from Biologic Institute: "Enzyme Families -- Shared Evolutionary History or Shared Design?"
I am pleased to announce the publication of a new paper from Biologic Institute, a research organization devoted to investigating the limits of unguided evolution and advancing the development of a new paradigm for biology based on intelligent design. This paper, " Enzyme Families -- Shared Evolutionary History or Shared Design? A Study of the GABA-Aminotransferase Family ," is the closing chapter of our long-term study of bacterial enzymes to determine if they can be coopted to new functions. The answer to this question is important for the evolution debate. If enzymes can't be recruited to genuinely new functions by unguided means, no matter how similar they are, the evolutionary story is false.
Why a conservative, white evangelical leader keeps talking about racial reconciliation and justice
Moore, who is white, is also preparing the Southern Baptists to take a closer look at those issues. “We were planning to have a national event on racial reconciliation issues in 2016,” Moore told The Post in an interview. After a “sleepless night” following the Garner verdict, Moore said that he and the other leaders of the organization are trying to make that conference happen much sooner. “We’re talking March. But we don’t know yet if we can pull that together.”
Speaking the Story at Christmas
Without fail, every year, Christmas is the time of year I've seen the most non-Christians open up to the idea of Jesus and church than any other time of year. The Christmas season is a wonderful time for Christians to share their faith with friends and family who they may not see very often and whom are more open to Jesus than at other times in the year.
South African Pastor, His Two Kids Killed in Their Home in Afghanistan; Taliban Extremists Targeted 'Secret Christian Missionary'
A South African pastor and his teenage children were recently killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan after three extremists attacked the compound they were living in because they believed he was a "secret Christian missionary."
3 Things Not to Do While Pursuing Spiritual Growth
Choose exegesis over eisegesis by beginning with a prayer for wisdom. Then constantly remember cultures are very different, even in very small details. Become skeptical of the immediate simple conclusions you gather from a quick reading of the text. Extra reading is vital to begin to see just how different that culture may have been. Then try explaining your conclusions to someone else—start with someone in your tribe. If brave, tell what you learned to someone not in your tribe—which can be a giant leap forward in understanding. Plus: stop trying to attempt the preacher’s trick of forcing three points out of any text. Repeat daily for 30+ years and be shaped like iron sharpening iron.
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord
Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
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Asking for a sext can be an exciting risk that a teen is willing to take, especially if there is a potentially willing participant on the other end. A person willing to send the photo is most likely confident that the other person will like what they see and want to be with them (hooked). It opens up the door to sexual fantasizing and, most likely, actual sexual contact at some point. It’s like the old way of sending a note to “test the waters,” but much more sexually overt. It is a quick way to explore curiosities, get someone to think about you more often, and see if the other person is open to continuing sexual fantasies. Usually kids sext to get attention, show off and prove their commitment or interest and to get a person’s attention. Once the picture is sent, however, no one really knows what will happen from there. Teens, most of the time, do not have a long-term view of life due to an emotional world that requires their immediate attention. This reality, many times, leaves them blind to consequences.
Former Lesbian Candidate for United Methodist Ordination Undergoing 'Gender Transition'
A former lesbian candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church has recently announced that she has undergone a "gender transition."