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Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

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

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100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Free Activities

5.     Get photographed with a star: Speaking of movie stars (and other pop culture figures), at Madame Tussauds Hollywood you never know which famous wax figure will be on display near the box office entrance off Hollywood Boulevard, a free photo opp waiting to happen. For example, in the fall of 2011, the attraction featured Robert Pattinson for a limited time, to the delight of Twilight fans everywhere.

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In Adam All Die: Sin’s Guilt and Corruption and the Remedy of Grace

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5 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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

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The Christian Writers Daily

The Christian Writers Daily, by T.E. Avery: Daily Articles By Christian Writers.

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The Single Person’s Good Desire for Sex

Below, we’re going to get into Paul’s very complex thoughts about the sexual desire of the unmarried Christian. But I want you to keep one thing in mind as you read (the main point): The sexual desire of the unmarried person is good, is holy, and is part of the shining creation of the image of God. Among all of the other voices, some helpful and needed (and some not), I want you, when you feel shame for sexuality or sexual desire, to be able to return to 1 Corinthians 7:9 and find peace. I want 1 Corinthians 7 to, without a doubt, be a place of respite for the unmarried Christian from shame, from self-hate, and from accusation, insofar as they feel those things about God’s good creation of their sexuality. You are loved, and you have sexual desires which propel you to get married which God endorses. Remember that as we interpret the text below.

8 The TC Apologetics Daily

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

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Why It Matters That the Exodus Really Happened

And a new documentary will likely spur that debate. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus , a film more than a decade in the making, appeared in about 700 US theaters last week. Directed and produced by Timothy P. Mahoney, it explores a central issue at the heart of the debate over the Bible’s historical reliability: whether or not Moses led Israel out of bondage in Egypt, through the Red Sea on dry ground, and into the wilderness of Shur (Ex. 15:22). Mahoney is not an Old Testament scholar, an archeologist, or a theologian. Rather, he is a lay evangelical Christian who admits he sometimes doubts that the Exodus was a real historical event. He appears on screen as himself, asking a difficult question: Can I trust the biblical text that I hold in my hands?

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The Persecution of Gordon College, by David French, National Review

Not only is this respect for religious liberty a matter of tradition, it’s also mandated by federal law. While accrediting agencies such as the New England Association are private, their decisions have power because the accrediting agency is “recognized” by the Department of Education. To be recognized, an accrediting agency must satisfy a host of “eligibility requirements,” and none of those requirements give the accreditor the ability to dictate a Christian college’s religiously motivated policies on sexual conduct.

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Houston's nightlife deemed the best in all of America: Respected mag touts Washington Ave as world class - 2015-Feb-03

Following the barrage of Texas cliches, National Geographic adds that "there's excellent theater and jazz for the artsy crowd, too," suggesting that perhaps even in a city populated by rednecks, there are a few arts-loving (but probably cowboy hat-wearing) people here as well.

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How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: Contra Bart Ehrman: Jesus Christ Claimed to be God

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross (Colossian 1:15-20).

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Norton Hall Band - Nothing But The Blood

Norton Hall Band - Nothing But The Blood

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God's Not Dead: Distant or Bad Fathers May Lead to Atheism

Koster documents that the ranting and ravings of atheists such as Nietzsche, Freud, Huxley, Darwin, Ingersoll, Darrow, Hitler, and others were the consequence of an unhealthy relationship or lack of a relationship with their earthly father--this void fueled their wishful thinking. He goes on to establish that this led to mental illness in many of them, hence the "Atheist Syndrome." He brings this point to our attention with the following: "Materialists and atheists will, of course, be offended if we suggest that their heroes were actually insane, and their attack on God... was a deranged fantasy and not an explanation of scientific knowledge. But ... Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud - had many hallmarks of mental illness stamped on their personality. In point of fact, a careful study of their biographies in light of improved scientific knowledge may reveal not only that each man was mentally ill, but that each man suffered the same form of mental illness. It was this mental illness that led each of them to pervert science into an attack on God." Koster goes on to present how atheist Shelley rebelled against God because he was "tormented and beaten in a religiously oriented school.

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Problem 6: Molecular Biology Has Failed to Yield a Grand

Finally, a study published in Science in 2005 tried to use genes to reconstruct the relationships of the animal phyla, but concluded that "[d]espite the amount of data and breadth of taxa analyzed, relationships among most [animal] phyla remained unresolved." The following year, the same authors published a scientific paper titled, "Bushes in the Tree of Life," which offered striking conclusions. The authors acknowledge that "a large fraction of single genes produce phylogenies of poor quality," observing that one study "omitted 35% of single genes from their data matrix, because those genes produced phylogenies at odds with conventional wisdom." The paper suggests that "certain critical parts of the [tree of life] may be difficult to resolve, regardless of the quantity of conventional data available." The paper even contends that "[t]he recurring discovery of persistently unresolved clades (bushes) should force a re-evaluation of several widely held assumptions of molecular systematics." 117

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When God Says Go

Humans want a place to call home. From the time Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s provision and presence in the Garden, we’ve been endlessly wandering, trying to find our way back. Vain in our thinking, homeless yet defiant, we sinfully strive to establish ourselves and build our kingdoms. We look for Eden-like security in this post-Eden world.

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4 Bible Verses That Are Constantly Used Out of Context

Well I agree with the author on the first two points. For the last one, actually scholars believe that Luke may be closer to the original. It cannot be both original. And that is Jesus looking at us holistically can actually be debated. If Luke is closer to the original as it stood in the gospel of Q, then physical poverty is in view. Interpreting "poor in the spirit" as Mathew puts it may be problematic. And finally for point #3 I disagree completely. Christ did not come to free the physical slaves/captives at all. The author talks much about context, but it misses the larger context of not only the gospels but the entire Bible. Maybe for political correctness' sake. Bringing up in view the Roman rule of that land does not help but leads to wrong interpretation. We can see in the Bible that either Jesus or the apostles makes NO effort to free the slaves, but they saw slavery as the social norm/reality of the day. Moreover, if we continue reading up to verse 21 we see this clearly: "And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” What scripture? The Isaiah scripture.

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The Long Tail: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ and ‘Rocks in My Pockets’

Alissa’s note: Ken Morefield, a long-time contributor to Christianity Today Movies and a cinephile and critic for whom I have great respect, writes a monthly post we’re calling “The Long Tail.” Each month, he looks at a few films that are being primarily distributed to American audiences through DVDs or Internet streaming and tries to surface some movies that might otherwise fly under the radar. Look for a new column every first Tuesday of the month!

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Book Review - “Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case” by Frank Turek

This is a book that will generate discussion among believers and unbelievers alike. Frank is definitely capable of supporting his claims presented in this book in a public forum and I definitely look forward to potential debates in the future. It is people like Frank that do the intellectual hard-work for the church, and help One Dollar Apologists like myself deepen their understanding. Christian apologetics is vitally important for the expansion of the church in today’s secular society. These types of books are tools that help defuse the potency of atheistic claims against Christian theism. Equipped with the knowledge of this book, we’re better prepared to explain why atheism is false and easily point out the false assumptions atheism makes to articulate its case. This book is a wonderful apologetics book that is uniquely capable of delivering a message about the inadequacy of atheism.

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Navigating the Middle School Years (Part 2 of 2)

Jim: Well, and that frustration is so big at these years. Your parenting style could be to detach or to overlord your desire on that child. And you need that mature approach. Sue, I want to ask you a question, being a teacher for 20 years and still teaching and I know it's a Christian school environment for you and I want to talk about that in a minute, the different education environments and how this plays out. And this may be a tough question for you to answer. But when you see a student in front of you and you're probably teaching 20, 25 students at a time, can you in your mind picture the home that they're coming from because of the behavior you're seeing?

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Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More |

We’re living in a culture that moves at a rapid pace. In this culture, we can communicate our thoughts faster than ever through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. We can also share our thoughts on a vast array of topics on blogs, podcasts, and other forms of new media. Combine this with the desire of many to share their thoughts with the goal of being published and or sharing their message, and you have a recipe for people seeking to build their own platform and establish themselves as a voice on a vast number of topics. The internet often times brings out the worst in us as Christians rather than the best. Rather than it being a tool for good—the internet is often the opposite. We feel entitled, after all we have a message we want to share, or we feel we must reply to that person to show them how they are wrong. Yes, speaking is important, but how we speak is just as important as when or how we speak. If we can’t speak words to others in love then we should be silent. Not everyone needs to hear our perspective on every issue. It is into this culture and for many reasons Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More by seasoned Pastor Jr Vassar is needed.

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Capture all sorts of angles to up your editing steez. Mikey explains how to master coverage + cutaways in this VVS lesson.

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The Weird Vaccine Panic

On Tuesday we rapped Chris Christie for his odd doubts about public vaccines amid a dangerous outbreak of measles in California. But it seems this is something of an epidemic among potential GOP presidential candidates, so perhaps it’s time for some facts about science, liberty and public health. Rand Paul joined the vaccine follies Monday in an interview with CNBC. While acknowledging vaccines are a “medical breakthrough” and it is a “great idea” to raise “public awareness of how good vaccines are for kids,” Mr. Paul...

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For Worst Reporting on Academic Freedom Bills This Year, Montana Leads the Competition

Instead, the Montana news stories quote extensively from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), a group whose main goal is to censor science, concealing from students any scientific evidence that challenges neo-Darwinian evolution: The supposed controversy doesn't exist among scientists, say advocates and educators. "It's all bunk," said Glenn Branch, deputy director for the National Center for Science Education based in Oakland, Calif. " [Representative Clayton Fiscus of Billings] thinks that these whole fields are scientifically controversial, and that's not true." Of course if you only talk to "advocates and educators" who advocate for censorship when it comes to the controversy about evolution, then you might well think that there is no scientific controversy. In line with its sources at the NCSE, the story itself censors all mention of scientists, advocates, and educators who dissent from modern Darwinian theory and support the academic freedom to talk about its weaknesses. Indeed, the reporter didn't even attempt to contact us, the main group that advocates for academic freedom bills, here at Discovery Institute.

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Is Christian Teaching on Sexuality Psychologically Harmful?

Clearly, we are told, the solution is for Christian parents to get over their old-time religion and create a welcoming and affirming environment for the child. They should enable their child to securely explore his or her sexual identity in a safe and loving environment in which tolerance is the only virtue. In this scenario, the terms are either complete affirmation or complete abandonment—but the gospel recognizes neither of these as viable options. This false dichotomy is a straw man based on an ideology that sees sexual liberation and parental affirmation as the road to healthy self-actualization.

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'The Boy Next Door' Features One of the Most Incredible Moments in Modern Cinema

That, of course, would be a little like you trying to impress your girlfriend by giving her a map to Atlantis. The Iliad was written in 762 BC. The printing press was invented in 1439 AD. Indiana Jones would outrun giant boulders for this thing, and Lopez's student says he picked it up for "a buck at a garage sale." Truly amazing. What an astonishing moment in film history. Enjoy your incredible archeological find, Jennifer Lopez ...

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Why Don’t Christians Think?

“Loving God with our minds is not finally a question of orthodoxy, but love. Offering up our minds to God in all our thinking is a part of our praise. Anti-intellectualism is quite simply a sin. Evangelicals must address it as such, beyond all excuses, evasions, or rationalizations of false piety. We need to affirm certain truths: Intellectualism is not the answer to anti-intellectualism, for the perils of intellectualism-supremely in Gnosticism- are deadly and ever recurring. Or passion is not for academic respectability, but for the faithfulness to the commands of Jesus. Our lament is not for the destruction of the elite culture of Western civilization but for the deficiencies in our everyday discipleship as Christians. For anti-intellectualism is truly the refusal to love the Lord our God with our minds as required by the first of Jesus’ commandments. Thus, if we take the commands of Jesus seriously, we cannot dismiss the charge of anti-intellectualism as elitism or intellectual snobbery. As God has given us minds, we can measure our obedience by whether we are loving him with those minds, and disobedience whether we are not.

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The colonial ‘spirit of Massachusetts’ stirring anew in America

In 1774, Baptists petitioned the Continental Congress for relief from New England establishment laws. A delegation that included Massachusetts congressmen John Adams, Samuel Adams, and Robert Treat Paine agreed to hear the Baptists’ grievances. For four hours they dismissed Baptist concerns. They claimed that the establishment in Massachusetts was a “very slender one” that was “hardly to be called an establishment” at all. Baptists in fact had “no cause to complain.” Their complaints had nothing to do with conscience but only with “paying a little money.” Those who complained, they suggested, were fanatics with a martyr complex who sought to divide the colonists in their conflict with King George. The solar system would change, John Adams said, before they gave up their religious establishment.

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A Response to Ken Ham’s Response to Justin Taylor

Ham is adamant that any consideration of an old earth comes from “outside Scripture,” a phrase meant to invoke fear and suspicion of heretical intent towards Christians who hold OEC. Of course, Ham has one small problem: Taylor’s article was entirely made up of arguments from the text of Scripture itself. How does Ham get around this problem? By reassuring his readers that as soon as someone has the sense to “ask the right questions” of Taylor (note how personally Ham frames the issue; “if you search their writings”, “their thinking is being controlled,” etc.), deviant, secular motivations will be laid bare, and the debate between OEC and YEC will again be shown to be a choice between faith and unbelief.

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Ligonier.org

We see in culture a radical shift in understanding the origin of human beings along with the various theories of evolution. “The Creation of Man,” explained by Dr. Sproul, shows us that even sinful human beings walking around in our world today are still creatures made in the image of God.

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Does Scripture Prohibit Women from Doing Apologetics

Often the idea of doing apologetics evokes the image of men debating on a stage, or speaking to or teaching an audience. Because of a misunderstanding of what apologetics is, some Christians who believe scripture passages such as 1 Timothy 2:11-12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 do not permit a woman to speak in the church worship setting, or to teach or exercise authority over a man in the home or church argue that these passages also prohibit a Christian woman from doing apologetics.

32 How to Profit From False Prophets | HeadHeartHand Blog

Your first and third points: “by helping us discover the questions people are asking” and “by highlighting where the church has been silent” re. how to profit from false prophets are points I have felt challenged about recently, and maybe to one degree or another for much longer. That spirit has impacted some comments I’ve made here and there at church and on Facebook re. what I think sound like self-righteous and sanctimonious criticism of many others of people like Doug Phillips and Mark Driscoll – and Osteen, etc. Too often I get the feeling that such comments fall on deaf ears because too many seem to like their self-righteousness and sanctimonious attitudes and don’t know how to converse around the kind of profits proposed by Murray! Lord, deliver us from our smug self-righteousness so that we don’t become like the people we criticize, even when they are legitimate objects of criticism.

33 William Lane Craig discusses reason and faith with university students

It is really fun to see him fielding the questions from the skeptical university students. My favorite question was from the physics student who sounds really foreign, (at 1:19:00), then you realize that he is a Christian. I do think that Dr. Craig went a little far in accommodating evolution, but I put that down to the venue, and not wanting to get into a peripheral issue. I’m also surprised that no one asked him why God allows humans to suffer and commit acts of evil.

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William Lane Craig's secret weapon is his amazing wife Jan

And it was also at that time that I began to see what an invaluable asset the Lord had given me in Jan. I remember I came home from classes one day, and found her at the kitchen table with all the catalogs and schedules and papers spread out in front of her and she said, “look! I’ve figured out how you can get two Masters degrees at the same time that it would normally take to get one! All you have to do is take overloads every semester, go to all full-time summer school and do all these other things, and you can do two MAs in the time it takes to do one!”

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Make War: The Pastor and His People in the Battle Against Sin

It’s not a peaceful picture. It’s not a pretty picture. Because sin is not a pretty reality. All human suffering, especially the suffering of the Son of God, is meant by God to portray, for dull souls like ours, the unimaginable ugliness and offensiveness of sin — That’s why God subjected the world to this horrible futility (Romans 8:20) — to make plain how ugly and offensive sin is. * So ugly and so offensive the only remedy is the death of an infinitely worthy, divine substitute (Isaiah 53); * so ugly and so offensive that all human death—billions and billions of deaths—are owing to one sin (Romans 5:12); * so ugly and so offensive that everlasting conscious torment is a just and proper response to it (Revelation 20:10; 14:11); * so ugly and so offensive that it justifies the slaughter of the Canaanites, because finally the iniquity of generations was full (Genesis 15:16; Deut. 9:4-5); * so ugly and so offensive that Jesus describes it in a parable as an unpayable debt, 10,000 times 20 years’ wages (Matthew 18:24); * so ugly and offensive that God ordained 1,500 years of law-covenant so that every mouth would be stopped, and all would see that no human being will be justified by works of the law, because through the law comes only knowledge of sin, not deliverance from it (Romans 3:19–20).

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William Lane Craig's secret weapon is his amazing wife Jan

And it was also at that time that I began to see what an invaluable asset the Lord had given me in Jan. I remember I came home from classes one day, and found her at the kitchen table with all the catalogs and schedules and papers spread out in front of her and she said, “look! I’ve figured out how you can get two Masters degrees at the same time that it would normally take to get one! All you have to do is take overloads every semester, go to all full-time summer school and do all these other things, and you can do two MAs in the time it takes to do one!”

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Sunday Quote!- Spiritual Warfare and Mapping the Land?

Now I admit that I come from a background in which spiritual warfare was little (if at all) discussed, but this does seem a little bit more than we can glean from the biblical image of spiritual warfare. Where, for example, are we instructed to try to use dreams and revelation in order to find “open doors” of the spiritual world? Where are we instructed that there might be doors for the spiritual world into our own that are identifiable? I think some aspects of this notion might be helpful for witnessing and the like–after all, knowing the landscape in this fashion would be helpful for identifying areas of conflict in a community and offering Christlike compassion in those areas–but I hesitate to think that the way they can be applied is in this fashion.

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Why God Made the Seahawks Lose

Actually, I take that back. A sports team is by its nature trivial, and so the display of its logo is not necessarily idolatrous. Whereas a national flag or the symbol of any earthly state in a sanctuary is necessarily and inherently idolatrous. The Seahawks stunt may be foolish, but it isn’t necessarily sinful. Displaying a national flag necessarily is. So while neither a Seahawks logo nor an American flag has any place at the altar, of the two, the Seahawks logo certainly has more of a place. That is, the former is marginally less bad than the latter.

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a quote by E.E. Cummings

“i am a little church(no great cathedral) far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities --i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest, i am not sorry when sun and rain make april my life is the life of the reaper and the sower; my prayers are prayers of earth's own clumsily striving (finding and losing and laughing and crying)children whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness around me surges a miracle of unceasing birth and glory and death and resurrection: over my sleeping self float flaming symbols of hope,and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains i am a little church(far from the frantic world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature --i do not worry if longer nights grow longest; i am not sorry when silence becomes singing winter by spring,i lift my diminutive spire to merciful Him Whose only now is forever: standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence (welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness)”

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Foolish mistakes.

Skeptics often point to this passage in Judges 19, and accuse God of wrongdoing. However, God didn’t sanction this incident. The Bible is filled with strange, foolish, and wicked acts of men: Lot foolishly offering his daughters to homosexuals, Jephthah’s rash vow (see 11:30–34), and many others. These incidents were not instigated by God, but were recorded for our instruction (see 1 Cor. 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16), so that we wouldn’t make the same foolish mistakes.

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A New Front Door | HeadHeartHand Blog

If you click on over to  the blog’s homepage , you’ll see a new look that’s intended to make navigation and finding resources a bit easier for you.

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Andy Bannister on Twitter

So true!“ @andygbannister : When you're two years old, a stuffed rabbit and a pillow = happiness. pic.twitter.com/vHc82XrOgj ”

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