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Tim Tebow's Almost-Too-Crazy-to-Be-True John 3:16 Story

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

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WORLD on Twitter

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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.

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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.

4 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily

Daily Christian apologetics and news fresh to your desktop, courtesy Ichthus77.com. by Maryann Spikes

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NASA on Twitter

We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra. pic.twitter.com/89idi9r1NB

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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.

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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.

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Five Reasons Calvinists Love Election

Calvinists embrace the biblical teaching of 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 a such a sweet truth. Here are five of them.

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Ligonier Ministries

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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?

11 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.

12 Good Ol’ Scripture

And now, as the New York Times reports, scientists using “volume cartography” can now read a rolled-up scroll from En-Gedi containing the first two chapters of Leviticus. The scroll, which dates back to the first century AD, was nearly burned to a crisp in an ancient synagogue fire. Incredibly, now that we can read it, the text matches our medieval texts letter for letter!

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‘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.

14 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

15 The Briefing 12-08-16 - AlbertMohler.com

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.

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Archbishop Justin Welby visits refugee centre - 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.

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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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Four ways that the progress of experimental science conflicts with atheism

When people ask me whether the progress of science is more compatible with theism or atheism, I offer the following four basic pieces of scientific evidence that are more compatible with theism than atheism.

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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.

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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.

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

Explore our history, discover scholarships, compare our programs, & more on our new website: http://www.wts.edu  pic.twitter.com/AXT8kPTraC

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Child stabbed after claims she was possessed by Jesus - premier

A woman who allegedly stabbed a girl in Edinburgh through the heart was convinced the child was possessed by Jesus, it has been reported.

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Really Recommended Posts 12/9/16- Jack Chick, Modesty, movies, and more!

I’ve been feeling pretty gross this week, but thankfully had already scoured the internet for some good reads for you to peruse this weekend. Check them out, and be sure to let me know what you think. It’s a snowy owl edition because it’s actually feeling and looking a bit like winter now.

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5 things we learned this week - premier

A survey conducted by Traidcraft, the UK's leading fair trade organisation, has found that 3 in 10 children are fed up with their new toys by the end of Christmas Day. This is despite the fact that 60 per cent of parents questioned in the survey said they spend more than £100 on gifts for each child. Larry Bush, the Marketing Director at Traidcraft told Premier: "Parents are under so much pressure to buy things for kids that often we forget to take a step back and think 'what is Christmas all about? We're throwing things at our kids which they don't necessarily want. There are so many other ways to show you care."

26 Renewing Your Mind | The Offices of Christ | Dec 9, 2016

God calls His people to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. This transformation of thinking God’s thoughts after Him is a daily pursuit. To aid you in this, Renewing Your Mind broadcasts a daily message and related resource offer that exposits the glories of God revealed in the Bible against the backdrop of culture, philosophy, apologetics, ethics, and church history. Think of it as bridging the gap between Sunday school and seminary—equipping you for the Christian life.

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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.

28 Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective

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Day 9: Can We Trust The New Testament? Part 2

What is a variance? Many scholars today will try and undermine the integrity of the scriptures based on the fact that there are 200,000+ variances in the New Testament manuscripts. Is this a significant objection to the reliability of the Scriptures?

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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.

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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.”

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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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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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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.

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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:

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WORLD on Twitter

Former astronaut John Glenn dies: Time in space gave Glenn an awe of the universe https://world.wng.org/2016/12/former_astronaut_john_glenn_dies … pic.twitter.com/FQLVXgsJtv

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Do We Really Live In A "Post-Truth" World?

Second, we don’t really live in a post-truth world . In fact, a post-truth world is impossible. Not too long ago I was speaking at a youth event. Afterwards, a student came up to me and said, “You talked about truth a lot. What’s the big deal? Why is truth even important?” I looked at him and simply asked, “Do you want the true answer or the false answer?” He clearly valued truth, even though he didn’t realize it. The same is true for all of us.

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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.

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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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Fresh call for release of Christians facing death penalty in Sudan - premier

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has raised concerns over the prolonged detention of four Christians in Sudan on the anniversary of their arrest.

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CRI on Twitter

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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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Fairness for All: Evangelicals Explore Truce on LGBT and Religious Rights

In recent months, the CCCU and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) have discreetly led the charge to get evangelical institutions to think through potential legal options to safeguard their Christian distinctives as they look ahead to 2017. They met with more than 200 leaders in 9 cities to discuss Fairness for All, an approach that would bring together religious liberty defenders and LGBT activists to lay out federal legislation to secure rights for both.

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Christian charity claims 1 in 3 children bored of presents by end of Christmas Day - premier

A survey conducted by Traidcraft, the UK's leading fair trade organisation, has found that 3 in 10 children are fed up with their new toys by the end of Christmas Day.

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1 Peter 4:17: God Is Working in Your Suffering

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that although it may be hard to hear in the moment, God is sovereign over our suffering — and in the long run, this makes all the difference.

51 CLA on Twitter
52 Continually Washed by the Gospel
53 C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter
54 Is God’s Jealousy a Negative Attribute?
55 "I Loved Heresy...But the Holy Spirit Found Me" - Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016) and the Recovery of Christian Orthodoxy - AlbertMohler.com
56 Five Christmas Movies to Watch
57 Greg Koukl on Twitter
58 When Christmas Meets the ‘Umbrage Industry’
59 It Is Not "Special Pleading" to Say God Is Without A Cause
60 When “fake news” comes from both right and left
61 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
62 Lightning Round | Reasonable Faith
63 Apologetic of Absence « Erik L. Strandness, MD, MATh
64 The Puritans in New England by W. Robert Godfrey | December 9, 2016
65 Died: Thomas Oden, Methodist Theologian Who Found Classical Christianity
66 Why ‘The Secret of Kells’ is a Perfect Christmastime Movie
67 The Remaking of a Modern Mind: A Conversation with Thomas Oden - AlbertMohler.com
68 Rapid Response: “The Gospels Have Been Altered” | Cold Case Christianity
69 The Briefing 12-09-16 - AlbertMohler.com
70 The Briefing 12-09-16 - AlbertMohler.com
71 The Briefing 12-09-16 - AlbertMohler.com
72 Slavery By Another Name: A Review of ‘13th’
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75 Grace to You Radio
76 8 Science-Backed Reasons Why Dads Deserve More Credit
77 My Favorite Quran Verse (David Wood)
78 Abdu Murray makes his C.A.S.E. for the Resurrection of Jesus
79 How God Became a Man: What Jesus Did for Thirty Years
80 Six Ways Christians Can Respond to the Growing Police Dilemma | Cold Case Christianity
81 Are Trump’s White Evangelical Supporters Racist?
82 New study reveals lack of confidence in church youth work - premier
83 If Everything is Determined How Can We Have Free Will?
84 Why Doesn’t An Ontological Argument Work For The Universe?
85 Reasons To Believe : Does Dissipation-Driven Theory Explain Life’s Origin?
86 Five Principles to Respond to Claims That Jesus is a Copy-Cat (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity
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88 The Briefing 12-08-16 - AlbertMohler.com
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90 The Heavy Indictment Against God's Righteousness
91 What the Church Gets Wrong About Safe Spaces
92 Wes Anderson Quotes on Twitter
93 Frank Turek on Twitter
94 Nietzsche and the New Atheists
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