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Brittni Ruiz Trades Porn Star Past for Gospel Message; Works with XXX Church to Help Bring Adult Industry to Jesus [INTERVIEW 2]

Yesterday BREATHEcast introduced ex-porn star, now Christian, Brittni Ruiz as she shared of her struggles with family life, self-image, drugs, and of course the adult entertainment industry where she was known as Jenna Presley.

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Julia Roberts Promotes "Subhumanism"

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What God Can Do with a Little Wire

Our sanctuary was built in 1991, and after over twenty years of use, some of the old and frequently used connectors have started to fail. It isn’t a glamorous task. I have to be uncomfortable on the dusty floor, and then disassemble the steel pocket that houses the connectors. I use a hot, handheld instrument to liquefy the metal that holds the cables in place to the failed connector. Then I replace the connector, work with more molten metal, and reverse the entire process. Common side effects include melted plastic, burned fingertips, and splashes of liquid solder on clothing and hands.

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The many meanings of the word "evolution"

For example, different skin shades are very easy to explain within just a generation or two from the initial created people (Adam and Eve). Really, everyone has the same skin pigment (called melanin) – just different amounts of it. Genes for more or less pigment combine to give a variety of shades, depending on how many genes you have for lots of melanin versus little bits of melanin. People with very light skin simply have all their skin pigment genes saying “less melanin” while people with very dark skin have all genes that say “more melanin.” People with intermediate skin tones have a mix of “more” and “less” melanin genes.

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Grace For All

As a nursing student I have learned the importance of a normal sodium level! Thanks be to God for your recovery! I am struck by the connection between our relationship with our earthly father and our heavenly father. I agree. Growing up in a home where I had multiple 'fathers' has negatively impacted my walk with God at times. Without putting all the blame there, I too, find it difficult to relate to God in the manner that he 'is.' So this is my journey and I welcome it. I don't think anyone ever truly grasps the significance of our loving God but I do believe that a loving (and Godly) earthly father can make the journey a little less rocky if you will. Thanks Lee for the openness!

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The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

Your Stress is Harming Your Spiritual Life

I set a challenge for myself this year that you may want to consider if your stress level is high. I’m starting every day by writing down five things I am thankful for and five things I know to be true about God’s character. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and though I can’t say my stress is completely gone and everything is roses, I have felt more aware of how good my life is and more aware of God’s presence in it. Reminding myself of these things has allowed me to be less skeptical of God and more trusting of Him. And in that trust, there has been peace.

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In God’s Own Defense of Scripture , John MacArthur shows how the Bible itself gives the best testimony to its veracity. You can be confident that the Bible you own is indeed God’s Word—this study helps you see why.

Rob Bell on gay marriage: 'We're moments away' from church embracing it

"We're moments away," Rob Bell said. "I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone."

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Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

"If anything, parents who live in poverty are more likely to be helicopter parents," he says. "They're more worried about their children when they go to school, whether they'll be sucked into gang life, teaching them how to duck when they hear gun fire and all kinds of stuff, because they understand some of the risks their children may be exposed to."

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Keep Calm and Plant Churches

As we survey the world today, we love the various kingdoms and kings of this world by bearing witness to the true King and his kingdom. The risen Jesus who reigned over the imprisonments and even beheadings of the apostles under the Roman Empire is the same Jesus who reigns over the imprisonments and beheadings of his people today. And, just as the various world powers eventually receded into the background of world history in that day, the same will be true today. More than just a small hunch or a good reading of history, we’re assured by Jesus’s promise that the church, by the power of the Spirit, will continue to triumph (Matt. 16:18). In the face of a world in seemingly continual crisis, the call to Christians can’t simply stop with the admonition to be calm; we must also follow in the footsteps of countless brothers and sisters who have gone before us. 

Crows Are Even Smarter Than We Thought Possible

of items. The middle card would display pairs AA or CD, and the two side cards would display pair BB and pair EF. The relation between one pair of items must be appreciated and then applied to a new pair of items to generate the correct answer: the BB card in the case of AA or the EF card in

The Fine Tuning of the Universe

For more resources visit: Be sure to view the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism Read more: We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.

‘We Are All Messy’: Rosaria Butterfield on Loving Our Gay and Lesbian Friends

Not only is Butterfield unwilling to rail against gays and lesbians, she believes they have much to teach Christians. “The gay and lesbian community is a real community,” she says, “from which the church has a lot to learn about standing with the disempowered and being good company for the suffering.” In fact, she often tells believing parents with gay children, “You will have to work very hard to love your son and daughter as much as the gay community is.”

The Moral Argument

For more resources visit: View the Kalam Cosmological Argument animation video: View the Fine Tuning Argument animation video: Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains full-length clips: Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.

A Lent That's Not For Your Spiritual Improvement

The Israelites in the wilderness complained time and again about food, saying that they didn’t have enough to eat and that the cuisine back in Egypt was preferable (Exod. 16). Jesus, however, resisted the temptation to turn stones into bread when he was hungry, saying, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matt. 4:4). Second, whereas the Israelites constantly put God to the test, doubting his love and provision (Exod. 17:2–7), Jesus refused to test God by jumping off the temple. Finally, Jesus was tempted to bend his knee to the Devil. In the wilderness—and throughout the whole Old Testament, for that matter—Israel betrayed her covenant God by worshiping an object of creation (Exod. 32). But Jesus resisted, saying, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’” (Matt. 4:10).


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Dream It, Do It. | Julia Immonen | Catalyst Conference

If I could count the amount of times people mocked, laughed or worse gave that silent look of disbelief because they thought I was crazy or simply that I wasn’t able, I’d be a rich woman! Ok so I used to have more handbags and shoes than I care to disclose so I could see why people thought it was impossible – for me especially!

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True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25 - Telegraph

The trend has been dubbed ‘kidulthood’ by commentators who in recent years have noticed a shift towards irresponsibility in the behavior of young adults.

Rob Bell: We're moments away from the Church embracing gay marriage - Stand Up For The Truth

It’s important to note that there are the well-known emergent leaders we’ve tracked: Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Rob Bell and Rick Warren (whom many of these leaders point to as their inspiration for the Emergent Movement). Then there is the next generation; the up-and-coming rookies who now are the prolific young voices at leadership conferences (like Catalyst and many others), that you can’t easily research because they don’t have anything questionable yet attached to their bios. But make no mistake: The leaders of old have not gone away, nor has the movement died. Instead it is shifting into a new or neo mode, making the Neo-Emergent movement even more insidious, confusion and (worst of all) appealing to a whole new audience of young Christians. It’s the same old “Hath God said” lie repackaged into a slick media marketing formula with programs helping many pastors “plug and play” with sermon topics and programs in their own churches to perpetuate the movement. Most don’t even know they’re doing it.

A Mother’s Greatest Enemy

By way of reminder, let me refresh your memory of our fiendish plan. It’s simple, really. We work to reinforce the idol so the Patients reflect its attributes and not the Enemy’s. The idol of perfect motherhood is starving, so its admirers are starving. Falling short. Not enough. Not measuring up. They fear failure. Though together, they feel outnumbered. Such genius! But I fear you may have allowed your zeal to blind you. They’re starting to question the system. If they lose their cherished autonomy then we’re sunk. The Patients doubt the validity of the consumerism-driven, competitive narrative of motherhood. Some Patients have said that this role is too demanding, and the script we’ve written is actually a nightmare. You’re trying too hard, Wormwood.

Why Don’t the Guys in my Church Ask Women on Dates?

Because, what about if you go to a church with very few, actually none who aren't already taken, nice, polite, and godly young women? Most of the girls where I attend are catty, arrogant, and just down right mean. Most of them just want a trophy boyfriend who sits quietly in the corner and looks good. I'm a firefighter, so they all think I'm a hot commodity and that dating me will make them more popular. And if you dare to ask one of them out they all know and gossip on Twitter about it within 5 minutes. Then you're treated like leper if the relationship goes south, seem to be less than the "perfect gentleman who has NO flaws", or never even gets past the first date. I learned my lesson after two such incidents, and very nearly left the church because of the fallout after the second. It's just not a healthy place to start, or even be interested in a relationship.

Does Language Make Humans Unique?

So what does language have to do with the Christian doctrine of the  imago Dei ? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Scripture never provides an explicit definition of the image of God, but it does provide a number of contextual clues. In Genesis 1-2, we read that humans are created in the context of a  covenant . Broadly defined, a covenant is a solemn relationship between two parties, with mutual promises and obligations. Other elements of a covenant often include a historical prologue and threats for covenantal breach. In all of these respects, a covenant relationship requires language. Language is what enables us to recount history, make commands, offer promises, issue threats, and so forth. Further, the ability to reflect on the covenant relationship itself requires the capacity for recursive thought. If image-bearing implies a covenant relationship, and if a covenant relationship requires language, then we must conclude that language is an essential part of our identity as human beings.


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Former Porn Star Brittni Ruiz Finds God While Battling Drugs, Suicide, Anorexia, & the Persona Jenna Presley [INTERVIEW]

Brittni Ruiz is among one of the truest testimonies of a life being turned around and transformed into something miraculous. Ruiz, known more by the name Jenna Presley, is an ex-porn star that decided to dedicate her heart to Jesus and share how she was delivered from a world of sex, drugs, suicide, and an eating disorder.

Observation of Two New ${\mathrm{$\Xi${}}}_{b}^{$-${}}$ Baryon Resonances

Researchers report the detection of two new subatomic particles made of three quarks from each of the possible quark families.

Pagan Trash Or Provocative Treasure?

We know the early Vikings of Scandinavia converted from their violent ways, dropped their Nordic myths, and eventually turned toward Christ roughly a millennium ago. And this TV series wades into the pre-Christian era of the Vikings, igniting debate among both religious and medieval scholars. While Hirst’s depictions do not match up perfectly with written history, many viewers still appreciate the territory he navigates in the series.

The World Was Not Worthy of Them

The purpose of the video was to foment sectarian strife in Egypt between Christians and Muslims. Those Islamic extremists clearly intended to provoke the 10 million Christians in Egypt to rise up violently against their Muslim neighbors. But the loving and caring response of Muslims all over the nation softened the blow that many Christians felt. Until now the Christians of Egypt have responded with restraint, sorrowfully calling out to God.

John MacArthur on the Importance of Genesis

send to a friend #55  Posted by Kris Stiles  |  Wednesday, February 18, 2015at 5:05 PM Some questions I have that I have never heard addressed. Consider how long Adam could have been in the garden before he sinned. How long could it have taken for him to name every form of life on the planet? How long before God created Eve and sin occurred. Adam was immortal before he sinned. Was time even passing at the same rate inside the garden as it was outside? He lived 900+ years after he sinned. Did he even age before he sinned? Doubt it. Was the clock even ticking inside the garden. With the Lord a thousand years is like a day. Answer: we won't know in this life. However, if it is okay to spiritualize the Genesis account then we might as well spiritualize the whole book. Dangerous territory. I am a science guy. The flood explains to my satisfaction geological processes happening in short times that could appear to have been 100's of million years to non-creationist scientists.

Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?

“You were born to do this!” declares one recruitment page. “Our life-changing opportunity has helped more than 100,000 women take control of their future, and you could be next!” Others emphasize flexibility and the chance to set your own hours. These offers are especially appealing to Christian women who value their roles as mothers and wives. In fact some companies, like Thirty-One Gifts, were established with explicit religious overtones—the "Thirty-One" being a reference to the woman in Proverbs 31. MLM companies also present women with established leadership tracks, clear goals, and quantifiable levels of success—things often missing from both domestic and professional life. Since a distributor's success is dependent on the success of those selling under them, “uplines” provide oversight, training, and mentoring for new recruits. At first glance, MLM appears to have mastered what Fortune 500 companies have yet to learn—how to recruit women and get them to “lean in.”

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39 Reflections

We live in a capitalist world in which people are weighted and measured by the kind of cars they drive and clothes they wear and home they own. And I think as a father and husband, there’s a side to me that wants to get my family something really nice to communicate that I care for them deeply and that I’ve listened to them and taken the hints. I’m aware of what they’re telling me. But on the other hand I think it’s very easy to be caught up in a merchandise culture and forget that the thing we truly care deeply about is our family. It’s not the things that they can give us; it’s them. We want their love and to enjoy that relationship. Greed is a big problem and I’m not surprised that Thorin’s greed would have application in ours lives.

Why Lent Still Matters

To preface this response, I do not have ashes on my head currently. Now to your comment. Nowhere in this article does the author hint towards the fact that this is only done during Lent. It is a time for remembrance. Do you sit down and celebrate Christmas everyday? Do you celebrate Easter 7 days a week? Do you have a Passover Meal everyday? No. It is just during these seasons we remember together what it is about, while still growing in our spiritual life daily. So, instead of asking people to "reconsider their view on it and the authenticity of their salvation," maybe we can celebrate together and keep the judgment out of our hands. I'm happy that you have a "continuous reprinting and filling of the Holy Spirit" in your life, but I think someone who celebrates Lent can do the same.

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All in All, Not a Great Day for neo-Darwinism

The major finding in the Nature article to which Casey Luskin referred earlier -- "widespread evidence of interspecific gene flow" among the Galápagos finches -- is, if anything, evidence AGAINST neo-Darwinian evolution, not evidence for it (neo-Darwinian evolution being the idea that living things change over time and become different species because of changes in DNA sequences).

Libya's 21 Christian Martyrs: ‘With Their Blood, They Are Unifying Egypt’

“There has been a very strong response of unity and sympathy,” said Andrea Zaki, vice president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt. “People are describing Copts as Egyptians, first and foremost, and with their blood they are unifying Egypt.”

44 Understanding Ash Wednesday | Think Christian

The solitary silence that approaches death enables us to experience the resurrection life—a life lived in and with the people of God. It is through death—in suffering, in weakness, in solitude—that the communion of saints begins. The brokenness of Jesus’ body is the birth of his people. This is the meaning of Ash Wednesday.... As we fast on Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that man lives not on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. While acknowledging the isolating power of death and repenting from the sin which its sting, we can begin to taste the power of the Resurrection, the love which binds us in holy communion.

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Does my Life as a Parent Count?

This year, as I observe Lent, my hope is that I’ll be even more lovingly present to my family in the mundane, that those moments of pining away for something more exciting will become fewer and farther between. You see, my temptation is to believe that what I call the minutiae of life doesn’t count. Instead, what counts is whatever animates me or whatever I deem spectacular. Making disciples, talking theology, teaching and equipping leaders for ministry, writing, speaking, and influencing culture—being in the thick of these things—animates me. Folding and putting away laundry, playing Candy Land more than a few times, reading Brown Bear or some other book too many times to count, doing and putting away the dishes, and cleaning and picking up around the house doesn’t animate me or make my life count. At least that’s what I tell myself. And so like Jesus, I am tempted to throw myself off of the temple, to do something spectacular, to prove that my life counts, to make my mark in the world (Matt. 4).

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Having said that, I get pushback when I mention that I do something for Lent. The basic idea is that evangelicals should not observe Lent. I would like to address this by looking at the two most common objections. Before I do that, I want to make it clear that I am not arguing that evangelicals should observe Lent, as if it was some sort of religious obligation. I am only saying that there is nothing wrong with it.

48 Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? | Cold Case Christianity

Book Findings : Nearly 25% of the 18- to 29-year-olds interviewed said “Christians demonize everything outside of the church” most of the time. 22% also said the church ignores real-world problems and 18% said that their church was too concerned about the negative impact of movies, music and video games. 33% of survey participants felt that “church is boring.” 20% of those who attended as a teenager said that God appeared to be missing from their experience of church. Many young adults do not like the way churches appear to be against science. Over 33% of young adults said that “Christians are too confident they know all the answers” and 25% of them said that “Christianity is anti-science.” 17% percent of young Christians say they’ve “made mistakes and feel judged in church because of them.” Two out of five young adult Catholics said that the church’s teachings on birth control and sex are “out of date.” 29% of young Christians said “churches are afraid of the beliefs of other faiths” and feel they have to choose between their friends and their faith. Over 33% of young adults said they feel like they can’t ask life’s most pressing questions in church and 23% said they had “significant intellectual doubts” about their faith.

Tony Perkins Slams Obama for Calling Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS 'Egyptian Citizens'

Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State (IS) kneel in front of armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media on February 15, 2015. Islamic State released the video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. In the video, militants in black marched the captives to a beach that the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded. Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead.

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52 Fazale Rana on Twitter
53 Three Views: After Domestic Violence, Why Should a Christian Wife Call the Police, Not a Pastor, First?
54 Alan Turing and the New Emergentists
55 Is Jesus the Creator God?
56 Jimmy Fallon Now Has His Own Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavor: ‘The Tonight Dough’
57 Want to Get Your Dream Job? Do These 4 Things
58 Can a Socio-Cultural Revolution Be Reversed? - Stand to Reason Blog
59 8 essential components for discerning God’s will
60 Does "50 Shades" reveal some unspoken longing for gender hierarchy?
61 Beautiful Orthodoxy: The Back Story
62 The Bible and Homosexual Practice - Christian Research Institute
63 Contradictions: The Unforgivable Sin
64 Where Are They Now?
65 Innovative Apologetics: Science or God? God! Because Science Depends on God
66 The Husband Who Sent Flowers from the Grave
67 Star Trek: TNG Season 4, "First Contact" and "Night Terrors"
68 Things Every REAL Christian Should Give Up for Lent
69 Addressing the Emotional Problem of Evil: Why Christians Hope - Christian Research Institute
70 WORLD | Russell Wilson and the Fifty Shades backlash | La Shawn Barber | Feb. 18, 2015
71 The University of Michigan's Tolerance Problem | The Stream
72 Why Do We Need God for Morality?
73 WORLD | Face time | Julie Borg | Feb. 21, 2015
74 The Christian Post on Twitter
75 The Spiritual Life of an Apologist—MP3 by Tim McGrew and Tom Gilson - Apologetics 315
76 Burning Hearts
77 Connecting with Our 2015 National Conference
78 WORLD | Scott Walker faces tough questions on road to the White House | Feb. 18, 2015
79 Attorney General: There Should Be a Moratorium on the Death Penalty
80 WORLD | Former Atlanta fire chief sues city for religious discrimination | Leigh Jones | Feb. 18, 2015
81 Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter
82 Scientism in the Age of Obama
83 Wretched on Twitter
85 Where a Desperate Small-Town Pastor Found Hope
86 Fifty Shades of Grey: Can True Love And Abuse Really Co-Exist?
87 For the fifth year in a row, Bobby Jindal's state of Louisiana declared "most pro-life"
88 A Recently Discovered Dr. Seuss Book Is Being Published.
89 Finding the back door to people’s hearts
90 Finding God's Mercy When Life is Messy (Part 2 of 2)
91 Links Mentioned on the 2/17/15 Show - Stand to Reason Blog
92 Links Mentioned on the 2/17/15 Show - Stand to Reason Blog
93 Spurgeon on Christians who Rail Against the Times |