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Denzel Washington: A Woman Once Prophesied I Would Preach to Millions

Actor Denzel Washington was recently a guest on Access Hollywood, and told a really interesting story about an encounter he had after flunking out of college. One day, while in his mother’s beauty salon, a woman told him something and then wrote him a note. Here's how Washington told the story: It was March 27th, 1975. I started acting four months later. She said, “You know young man, you are going to travel the world and speak or preach to millions of people … She said that, and then she wrote “prophecy.” Then my mother wrote “preacher.” Then I wrote my name—and it was on a blue envelope; I still have it. So when she left, I said to my mother, “Who was that lady?” She said, “Well, she’s one of the oldest church members in town, and she’s known to have the gift of prophecy.” This was supposed to be my life. She actually called it … It’s nothing I did. It’s by the grace of God. He added, “Now I’m not here to tell you I did all of the right things,” while laughing and motioning that his life has had ups and downs. Washington is known for being vocal about his faith. He was recently a guest on T.D. Jakes’ talk show, and explained, "Who have you lifted up? Who have you made better? Today. That’s what I’m about. … I’m in the service business. I’m here to serve God. I’m here to serve my family." Back in 2015, he was a commencement speaker at Dillard University and told students, “Put God first in everything you do … Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift. … I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”

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Will Arnett Prank Called a Toy Store as Lego Batman

And it's just as funny, weird and uncomfortable as it sounds. As you probably know Will Arnett is reprising his Batman character from The Lego Movie in a new stand-alone movie aptly called The Lego Batman Movie, which hits theaters today. As a part of promoting the film, the comedian teamed up with a BBC radio show to pull off the prank. Check it out:

William Lane Craig lectures on naturalistic alternatives to the Big Bang

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Trends in Apologetics: Women in Apologetics

The short answer is yes. An example is the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA).  ISWA is a loosely-connected group of Christian women who are theologically, philosophically, and apologetically inclined, and have a passion for encouraging and equipping other women in the church who are interested in learning how to think more deeply and intelligently about their faith.) There website is Women in Apologetics .

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4 Reasons Friends with Benefits Is a Really Bad Idea

I think it's like playing relationship Russian roulette, just because you have a chance of one to five it does not mean it is a good idea overall. Human diversity (and are we diverse nowadays!) entails that it will "work" for some, but not necessarilly for everyone. I have been into such a relationship, tried to play it cool, enjoyed the company and connection, but it just did not work for the reasons mentioned above, they describe quite accurately my experience. Six months of drained energy, focus, productivity, emotions.

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Christian charity urges government to reconsider plans to cancel child migrant scheme - Premier

The government is being urged to reconsider its plans to cut back the number of lone child refugees it takes in.

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CrossExamined Solution - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

I say all that to show that the playing field is truly level. Everyone is some kind of religious fundamentalist, and everyone has a certain amount of faith. That means that the seventy-five percent of churched students who reject the Christian faith after high school are implicitly adopting another faith, one with its own set of fundamentals and religious beliefs. Of course, few realize that. They think that they are becoming beacons of rationality by rejecting Christianity. Ironically, I think the evidence shows that the exact opposite is true. Those who reject Christianity are becoming more irrational. They require more faith to believe their new worldview than the Christian one they abandoned. The “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” seminar begins to show them why. (To go deeper into the details, get the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist .)

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Is co-habitation harmless or having a damaging effect on society? - Premier Christian Radio

Prof Bradford Wilcox shares the findings of a research paper he has co-authored. As a Christian sociologist hear his reflections on the impact of co-habitation on children, society and relationships, in a conversation with Maria Rodrigues.  www.family-studies.org

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Here’s an Encouraging Update on the Toddler Adopted By Aid Worker Featured in Viral Photo

About a year ago, a photograph taken in Nigeria went viral, showing a heartbreaking image of an emaciated toddler who had been abandoned by his parents. Anja Ringgren Loven, who is featured in the photo giving the young boy water, ended up adopting the child. The boy, like many children in the region, had been outcast by his family because they believed he was a witch.

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Why You Should Avoid the Gospel of Comfort

As Christians, the same thing can happen to us. We can focus so much on the blessings that we forget about the God that provided them. With God out of mind, we can begin to compromise our convictions. These compromises may start small, but can grow and spread into different areas of our lives. For David it started with a glance, which lead to adultery, then to murder. However, there is always hope if we decide to change and turn back to God as we see in David’s life.

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The Real Abuse at the Heart of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

I have never been with a Dom who was not sexually abused by a woman. They also said they didn't feel they were abused as well. I can say my experience was so fun... For a while. Nine of these men could actually love me. They cared in their own way for me. That isn't the same thing as loving me, but honestly some of vanilla relationship people couldn't live me either. Just so you know subs set rules, so play and have lots of control of the Dom if he is honorable. The biggest danger in these books is a sudden turn that young people think they are are supposed to be like this. I have 2 daughters of college age who have gone out of dates and their first romantic encounters were crazy. Guys trying to come them, spank them, trying to do anal sex with them, no conversation just start choking or whatever. In real life you talk explicitly about this. If they can't just make live to you at first line run fit the hills. I should mention I am not shy about conversation with my daughter's on this. This is not biblical and all that stuff but it's real life. They knew to remove themselves out of the situation ASAP and to tell these guys no.

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Pride Is Poisoning Your Happiness

The gospel reminds us that it took the Son of God dying in our place in order to save us from sin, death, and hell. The god of self is weak god, unable even to save itself from destruction. It’s difficult to be prideful when the gospel tells us that we are sinful and wicked, even from birth (Psalm 51:5). Pride is insanity for those who know that they are unable to save themselves and must be helped by another.

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10 Ways Christians Misuse Faith

2. Yet at the same time, we do need to draw a line between God's Word which is eternal truth and secular truth, if we don't we may be in danger of falling into society and not being set apart from the world. We can't mix down, water down or make God's word more palitable so that we can fit in, in fact i think our call should be to raise the standards of life, after all isn't it Christ who is the Fountain of Life and hasn't He given us the gift of life? Here I feel that if we focus on our own personal walk with God and the moment by moment transformations of glory we will learn so much more about the eternal truth than relying on secular truth - just my two pennies worth.

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Report: A New 'Dead Sea Scroll Cave' Has Been Found

The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient documents discovered in the caves of Qumran (in Israel) during the 1940s and 1950s. For Jews and Christians, the scrolls are significant because they represent the oldest known documentary fragments with connections to Old Testament texts. Their discovery went a long way in the scholarly world in verifying the historicity of the OT.

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Doubts persecution against Christians will ease under Somalia's new president - Premier

Just two days after his election, doubts are already being raised over whether persecution against Christians in Somalia will improve under the country's new president.

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Prayers in court as nurse spared jail over fatal blood mix-up - Premier

Friends and family of a nurse who killed a patient after giving him the wrong blood type prayed in court as she was handed a suspended sentence.

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Manchester church offers prayers for victims of fatal house fire - Premier

He told Premier News Hour: "We're quite a close-knit community and many of our members live within just a few doors of where the house fire was, so obviously they've been very shaken and upset by this tragedy. It is particularly moving and particularly upsetting that a family with young children were involved."

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Don't Let Social Media Debates Ruin Your Actual Relationships

Effective communication requires determination. It isn't always easy, and it doesn't always come naturally. If we don't make a conscious effort to become better communicators, it's likely not to happen. Let's face it, we are fallen creatures in a fallen world. At times we will mess things up, sometimes really badly. However, if we don't press on, we'll never improve. As the author of Hebrews urges us, let us persevere and not lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3) We press on, not that we may become eloquent speakers of great renown, but that we may follow in Christ's footsteps—speaking not for ourselves, but for God whom we represent.

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Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

Many thanks to Good News Network & West Acres Baptist Church for your hospitality tonight in Augusta. May God bless you as you pursue truth. pic.twitter.com/dG1w0y8sDl

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Pope Francis reveals his secret for a good night's sleep - Premier

Pope Francis has joked about not needing tranquillisers to get a good night's sleep.

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9 Voices on Justice and Faith You Should Follow on Twitter

With over 317 million active accounts, it can be hard to know who to follow or how to pick out the gems from people who just retweet celebrities. In honor of Black History Month, we've highlighted a few leaders you need to be following in the space of justice, racial reconciliation and faith.

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St Paul's Cathedral launches appeal to keep bells ringing - Premier

The bells of St Paul's Cathedral need renovation costing an estimated £360,000 to stop them from falling silent.

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CBS Is Making a Sitcom Called ‘Living Biblically’

The network CBS has ordered a pilot for a new sitcom called Living Biblically , that, literally, is about living exactly as the Bible mandates. The show—which is being produced by The Big Bang Theory ’s Johnny Galecki—is based on the book A Year of Living Biblically , in which journalist A.J. Jacobs chronicles his life of following every command of the Bible “as literally as possible.” The show’s actually been in development for a few years.

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Survey reveals 'most religious' state in America - Premier

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Archdiocese seeks to curb divisive priest's Twitter 'trolling' - Premier

In a statement to NJ.com, an Archdiocese representative Jim Goodness said: "Certainly, a priest doesn't give up his civil liberties when he is ordained, and he maintains the same right to freedom of expression as anyone else in the United States," Goodness said. "That said, we are concerned about Father West's comments and actions, and will be addressing them according to the protocols of the Church."

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Unanimous Federal Appeals Court Decision Rejects Immigration Executive Order

The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States. Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.

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The Bible’s Clarity Should Be Evident in Our Lives

I read and re-read the Gospels, and then the whole New Testament. I was without instruction in almost any of the historical, cultural, political, or theological issues of the text. I was by no means sure there was a god, nor was I sure that this text and its apparent claims were true or relevant to some possible divine being. It simply seemed to me that a literate person should be acquainted with the Bible, and so it all began.

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New Catholic and Protestant Bible translations released to mark Reformation - Premier

"I am very pleased that we are placing God's word in our midst in such an ecumenically meaningful year as 2017, in which we together recall the events of the Reformation 500 years ago and celebrate them today as a celebration of Christ, to place God's word in our midst," said Catholic Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising.

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Cliff Richard: After losing Cilla, I had to rely on God - Premier

Cliff Richard has spoken out about the loss of his good friend Cilla Black.

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Movie Trailer: Is Genesis History?

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Lord, Make Me More Bold

Whatever it takes, Lord, decrease the hold that unbelieving fear has over me and increase my boldness to declare the gospel to everyone you put in my path.

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Young filmmaker scoops budget prize for Elisha movie - Premier

A young filmmaker says he "can't wait to get started" after being awarded £27,500 to bring his modern retelling of Elisha's story to life in a new short film.

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My Response to the Dishonest Atheist Critics of My Book (First Things) | Larry Alex Taunton

O n December 15, 2011, Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer. Some remember him as a man of the left who, after 9/11, converted to a kind of neoconservatism; others remember him as an atheist provocateur and serial blasphemer. For me, Christopher Hitchens was much more than either of these things. He was, as he put it, my “debate partner” and friend. This relationship, largely hidden from view, was a surprise to no one more than me. I am, after all, an Evangelical Christian. Even so, after his diagnosis of cancer in 2010, it was my privilege to take two lengthy road trips with the celebrated atheist. The first was from his home in Washington, D.C., to mine in Birmingham, Alabama. The second was through Yellowstone National Park. In both instances, we studied the Bible together and discussed the Great Questions. This relationship is the subject of my recent book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist.

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Leaving Islam: Volume 3 (David Wood)

Support our work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 While it's still common for Muslims to insist that no one leaves Islam, reality tells a completely different story. Muslims are leaving Islam in droves. In this video, David Wood goes through ten brief testimonies of former Muslims. For previous installments of "Leaving Islam," click on one of these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Xne... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyz1P...

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/when-you-re-down-the-bible-lifts-you-up

If you’re discouraged and have lost hope, I can tell you one thing about your life without ever meeting you: You’re not spending time in God’s Word. If you were, you wouldn’t be discouraged. The more you read God’s Word when you’re down, the more he lifts you up.

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What about the Dinosaurs?

Why does the Bible does not talk about Dinosaurs? A question from Sam Houston State University Q&A.

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It Takes a Platform to Influence a Culture | Cold Case Christianity

There are a number of popular cultural icons who are Christians. I can think of several Christian athletes, for example. These folks already have the spotlight; they have the ear of our culture. They are in positions of power and influence most Christian apologists would love to occupy. But what would these men or women say on the issue of religious pluralism? Abortion? Hell? Same Sex Marriage? Are these well-known Christians clear thinkers who have reasoned through the arguments and understand the tactical challenges related to spiritual communication? Maybe not. For the most part, our cultural Christian heroes are respected more for their character than their thinking. They are revered more for the way they live their lives or perform within their disciplines (or sports) than the way the express their views. It’s time for the apologetics community to reach out to popular Christians and help them become great thinkers and communicators.

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Fifty Shades of Nay: Sin Is a Needle, Not a Toy

Before you buy a ticket and some popcorn — or before you talk to a friend who wants to read the books or see the movie — I want to put ten of God’s promises before you. My hope and prayer is that the clarity and power of God’s words will convince many of you to save your money and your heart, and help you do the same for others.

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Why Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban

More than 500 conservative evangelical pastors and leaders representing all 50 states are urging President Donald Trump to reverse his temporary ban on refugee resettlement and his “dramatic reduction” of the total America will accept this fiscal year.

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Atheists: Thor is not a Rational Substitute for God

Yesterday, I responded to a common atheist claim that one cannot prove a universal negative. But can one really prove that something does not exist, especially when that thing is mystical or other-worldly? For example, one atheist responded to the idea that a personal God was the best explanation for the beginning of the universe with "I think Thor is the best explanation. My claim isn't falsifiable." He seems to think that by invoking the name of a Norse god instead of the Christian God he has made an equally valid claim, but he hasn't. Of course the claim that Thor is responsible for the creation of the universe is falsifiable. Let's see how.

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Is Jesus Knocking at the Heart of the Unbeliever?

We have all heard evangelists quote from Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20). Usually the evangelist applies this text as an appeal to the unconverted, saying: “Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. If you open the door, then He will come in.” In the original saying, however, Jesus directed His remarks to the church. It was not an evangelistic appeal.

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Farewell to TV’s Most Powerful Single Ladies

However, a comparative analysis of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Girls does more than illustrate feminism’s impact on primetime. When reading it as a story of contrasting approaches, we encounter a larger question: What tactics for shaping—or as Christians often say, “engaging”—culture have the most impact? In a moment when so little is civil in our civil discourse and polarization is the theme of each morning’s front page, a look over our collective shoulders suggests that a “culture war” footing rooted in bold confrontation (more in line with Dunham’s approach) has rarely been as effective as a patient, steady charm offensive (à la Moore).

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The Earliness of the Resurrection Belief (1 Cor. 15)

Arguably the most important line of evidence pertaining to the earliness of the proclamation of a risen Jesus comes from one of Paul’s epistles in a very early tradition cited in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8. This creed implies the fact of the empty tomb, which in turn implies that the earliest Christian belief was that Jesus was raised from the dead. Paul writes that Jesus “was buried and that he was raised.”

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Letting God Fill in the Blanks

If we had all the blanks filled in, we would explain away God’s part in our story. God doesn’t want to be explained away. He wants to be invited in. He wants us to make room for His additions to our story.

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Have the New Testament Charismatic Gifts Ceased? (Brown and Waldron Debate)

Have the New Testament Charismatic Gifts Ceased? (Brown and Waldron Debate)

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Victory for Christians: Georgia State Employee Fired for Weekend Sermons Prevails | The Stream

Walsh, a member of former President Barack Obama’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and holder of multiple advanced degrees, was hired as a district health director with Georgia’s Department of Public Health in 2014. But officials abruptly fired him after reviewing YouTube videos of sermons he had preached on the weekends.

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A Japanese City Created Some Awesome Signs to Solve Traveler's Language Barriers

If you’ve ever traveled internationally then you’re well aware of just how funny and frustrating language barriers can be. Simple tasks like ordering food off of a menu or asking for wifi become momentarily impossible.

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The Briefing 02-10-17 - AlbertMohler.com

Now we should be clear that from a Christian biblical worldview perspective, this is a really interesting article, because it gets to the larger issue I referenced with the previous story. We’re looking at a moral shift in this culture that represents the crossing and transgressing of certain boundaries. Christians understand that language matters. It always matters because language is not merely communicative, it is representational. When we use certain words, we use them not only so that they will be heard a certain way, but we use them because they are at times even performative. We want words to do things. Using curse language is a way of trying to exaggerate the importance of the urgency of what someone says. It’s an attempt to try to blow up a conversation in terms of using that kind forbidden language. The use of that language absolutely demands attention, whether that attention is what is desired or not. But make no mistake; the person using that kind of language is looking for attention.

51 The Briefing 02-10-17 - AlbertMohler.com
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53 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily
54 Justified by Faith Alone
55 Why an incredible new discovery proves that the Dead Sea Scrolls belong to Israel
56 Do Pets Distract the Christian Life?
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58 How to Defend the Gospel from Its Enemies—and Friends
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61 How Does Jesus Help Prove to the Existence of God?
62 Information behind DeVos irony: NBC News discovers that liberal homeschoolers do exist
63 How to Defend the Gospel from Its Enemies—and Friends
64 Church extremists jailed - Premier
65 Freedom of speech decreasing for Christian students - Premier
66 Contradictions: Did Animal Sacrifices Remove Sin?
67 Noncitizen Sentenced to 8 Years for Illegal Voting
68 Archbishop Welby: Rich should pay more tax - Premier
69 CrossExamined Radio | "STOP to interpret the Bible” 🛑
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74 Hope for Hard Marriages
75 Meet the Pro-Life Group Cracking Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Market
76 The Hardening of Pharaoh and the Hope of the World
77 How to Support Survivors Without Selling Them Out
78 The Best Form of Slavery
79 Improbable Planet
80 Christianity Without an Adjective
81 Romans Prescribes the Gospel, Not Execution
82 Contradictions: Could Adam Eat from Any Tree?
83 You Had One Job on Twitter
84 What the Gospel Means for the Transgender Debate
85 Frank Turek on Twitter
86 10 Steps to Get an Internship Ministry Started In a Small Church
87 World War II History on Twitter
88 The Problems With Ricky Gervais' Problems With God
89 Contradictions: Eve’s Birth Certificate
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91 What do you expect from a Trump Presidency?
92 Ann Voskamp: We Must Trade Charity for Solidarity
93 Why the Church Needs Intergenerational Friendships
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