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Jimmy Fallon's "Puppy Predictor" Determines Super Bowl Winner

Last night on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon released an army of puppies to determine who would win this year’s Super Bowl. Oddly enough, this wasn’t the first time Fallon used his “Puppy Predictions” segment to decide the winner. In years past, The Tonight Show host has attempted to predict the winners of The Final Four, The Kentucky Derby and even the Oscars. So what did the little dogs have to say about this year’s football extravaganza? According to the little furballs the Atlanta Falcons would be taking home the Super Bowl LI trophy. Obviously, we have to wait until Sunday to know for sure if the cute little pups were right or not. Regardless of whichever team you find yourself cheering for, we should all be able to agree that puppies are the real winner here. Just look at how cute they are:

LEGO Batman Shows Off Wayne Manor in This 'Cribs' Style Spoof

The people behind the LEGO franchise are at it again with another hilarious teaser for The LEGO Batman Movie. Yesterday, Warner Bros. released a clip to promote the new and much anticipated movie the only way we could expect them to: with a special Batman parody of MTV’s Cribs. The clip, “Gotham Cribs,” displays some of the finest features of the Wayne Manor such as sky-high ceilings, an insane kitchen cooking up lobster thermidor and swimming pool with dolphins freely swimming about. Batman also takes a minute at the beginning of the tour to clear the air, “And yes, the rumors are true. I am Bruce Wayne … ’s roommate.” Take a look:

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Brits support government backing for churches - Premier

A poll's found most Britons believe the government should keep providing financial support for churches in order to preserve them for future generations.

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13 Signs Your Relationship Is Moving Way Too Fast

The truth is that no one ever regrets taking their time in a relationship. Don’t give in to instant gratification in your love life because instant gratification almost always leads to disappointment. Taking your time through the seasons of your relationship will set up your relationship to succeed. Each season reveals deeper levels of knowledge, intimacy and information about the person you’re dating moving you one step closer to marriage, or maybe one step back.

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Christian charity issues famine warning for Somalia - Premier

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How Do You Super Bowl?

“Living as a Christian doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We live in the world, but not of the world. If you don’t use ‘real life’ situations to teach people how to live a Christian life, then you aren’t being a teacher. All teachers explain the rules then give you examples on how to apply those rules. The best examples are the ones people can understand because it relates to their life. Everyone watches the Super Bowl, so using it as an example to teach discernment is a good choice. It’s an example of knowing your audience” (Melissa Clarke).

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A Tweet About Paying the Debts for Kids Who Can't Afford Lunch Went Viral

The Associated Press reported, “In Minnesota, an online fundraising effort has paid almost $100,000 in lunch debt in Minneapolis schools and $28,000 in St. Paul's. Donors, mostly anonymous, erased $6,000 in debts in Topeka, Kansas, $2,000 in Bellevue, Washington, $1,200 in Wilmington, Delaware, and $900 in Herminie, Pennsylvania.”

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2 Ways Apologetics Can Help You as a Pastor

If you scan the pages of Scripture looking for a list of “offices” (leadership positions within the Church), you’re likely to find eight roles described in the New Testament: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers ( Ephesians 4:11 ), elders, deacons and bishops ( 1 Timothy 3:1-7 ; 1 Timothy 3:8-13 ; Titus 1:5-9 ). One thing you’ll never find in any biblical list of leadership positions is the office of “apologist”.

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A Children’s Book About Homosexuality

Homosexual relationships of the sort portrayed in The Best Man are now normal in contemporary Western culture. For Bible-believing Christians, however, they remain something we can’t in good conscience affirm as morally good. But whereas many Christian parents will have lived through a cultural change on this, our children are growing up never having known any other world. We may be migrants to a gay-affirming culture, but they are natives. Many of them, in fact, may be more accustomed to some of these new dynamics than the generation raising them. It’s simply part of the cultural oxygen they breathe growing up today. How best to encourage our kids to navigate the new normal with faithfulness and grace is a responsibility for every Christian parent. It’s also quite a challenge.

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The Church Must Preach Christ

The church of the twenty-first century faces many crises. One of the most serious is the crisis of preaching. Widely diverse philosophies of preaching vie for acceptance among contemporary clergy. Some see the sermon as a fireside chat; others, as a stimulus for psychological health; still others, as a commentary on contemporary politics. But some still view the exposition of sacred Scripture as a necessary ingredient to the office of preaching. In light of these views, it is always helpful to go to the New Testament to seek or glean the method and message found in the biblical record of apostolic preaching.

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Catholic Church criticises Philippines President's 'war on drugs' - Premier

Catholics across the Philippines will hear criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs' at mass this weekend.

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You're Probably Overthinking Your Prayer Life

And as our Father, He already knows what you and I need, when we need it. If this is true, how could we not pray simply? Therefore, prayer is more about who we are praying to than what we are saying. It’s about trusting in who God is rather than trying to convince God with our many words. This is precisely what Jesus says in the verses leading up to the Lord’s Prayer.

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Foster Care as the Way of Christ

Foster care means playing by the government’s rules, which requires a lot of flexibility. Are you ready to be told you can’t discuss the sexuality of a teenager in your care, or “force” the child to come to church with you? Are you ready to work with government agencies and workers who are burnt out? You may be the only evangelical they have ever met. You may be yelled at or mocked or derided by your state worker because they are having a bad day. Are you ready for visitations with birth parents who cannot be counted on to show up? People sign up to take care of children, but often end up spending a fair amount of emotional capital on the state workers and parents.

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Poor Theology Could Be Keeping You From a Real Faith

In fact, I think this hunger to experience the presence of God in real time has been the unwitting motivation behind some unfortunate practices and some derailed doctrine. The music as worship mindset through which we often hear, "I so felt the Spirit of God during that last song" may very well (at least at times) provide counterfeit moments in which people believe they've experienced God since they were "swept away" emotionally. Some church practices, like charasmatic events or emotionally charged calls to service, may very well fall into this trap. There are others. They all have something in common...an emotionally satisfying something that we believe is the presence of God. It may be. It may not be. It's just not something the Bible points to as the evidence of the Lord's presence. However, in John 14 and John 16, Jesus pointed to a real time experience with the Spirit of Truth...it has to do with illumination. In the Psalms, David pointed to something similar..."I will hide your word away in my heart that I might not sin against you." And in real time, God's word became a light and lamp to his feet and path.

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Fresh abuse revelations from Christian summer camps - Premier

Details of alleged abuse at Christian summer camps have been revealed in a letter sent by John Smyth to parents.

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Muslims outnumber Christians at over 30 church schools - Premier

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Lord Carey defends Trump and says critics guilty of 'staggering overreaction' - Premier

Lord Carey's defence for Donald Trump comes in a week in which his policies were criticised by current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the leaders of Catholics in England and Wales Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

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God Knows What You Need in Worship

As a worship pastor, I feel acutely our need for the Holy Spirit’s work. After all, I am just one man and a sinner at that. I think to myself, “There is no way on earth that I could hope to minister to each individual need represented by all those people out there. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.” But God does. His Spirit is dwelling in each believer gathered every Sunday. So, we sing — to God and to each other — in order to be filled with his influence and changed by his truth. Thank God that this miraculous work is not left in the hands of mere men!

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Carol Burnett Could Be Returning to TV With Amy Poehler

Carol Burnett is getting closer and closer to making an iconic return back to TV, according to reports . The comedy legend is set to star in a new sitcom appropriately titled Household Name where Burnett will play an older actress who tries to more or less give her home away to a family under the condition that she can still live there—which sounds more like a privilege than a stipulation.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/the-whole-bible-guides-us-toward-jesus

The Bible, on the other hand, was written by 40 different people, at every age and in every stage of life, on three continents. And they all wrote the same story: Jesus’ story. Prophets and poets, princes and kings, and sailors and soldiers all had the same story. Some were written in homes, others in prisons, and others on ships. You couldn’t have put together a more diverse group of authors.

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Are Christians Arrogant? Rethinking the Definition of Humility

One of the most common objections made to the absolute claims of Christianity is that Christians are arrogant.  Christians are arrogant to claim that they are right; arrogant to claim others are wrong; arrogant to claim that truth can be known.

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Nun receives death threats for saying Mary was not a virgin - Premier

"The belief that Mary was a perpetual virgin forms part of the faith of Church from its beginnings and that this truth of faith was collected and proclaimed by the Second Council of Constantinople, being the primary Marian dogma observed by Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Such statements do not conform to the faith of the Church."

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Southwell Minster trumps the rest in gargoyle look-a-likes - Premier

A gargoyle at Southwell Minster has been found to have an uncanny likeness for the new president of the United States.

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The former leader of a Church holiday camp who has been accused of abusing teenage boys had also been linked to the death of a 16-year-old, it has emerged.

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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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Lettuce pray: Christian farmers concerned about veg shortage - Premier

A Christian farmer has said that we should reconsider how much fresh produce we import from abroad after bad weather in Europe has led to a shortage of vegetables.

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Christians show solidarity with Muslims following Quebec Attack - Premier

Londoners of all faiths have formed a human circle outside a mosque at Friday prayers as a sign of solidarity with Muslims.

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Everyone Loves Sex. So Why Wait?

A century ago, young people courted and married in their late teens. This took care of that hormone thing. The culture we live in, with getting through college, trade school, or being financially able to support a spouse, marriage has been more and more delayed. In my faith, we also send our young off to college in hopes that they will find a life partner before graduating, this puts and incredible stress on young people. I'm not saying I'm all for pre-marital sex, but we are all to human and I get why it happens.

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'We are all failing children', says Christian charity amid sex offence rise - Premier

A Christian charity has said "we are all failing children" as new figures reveal the number committing alleged sexual offences on other young people has nearly doubled in the last three years.

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The Briefing 02-03-2017 - AlbertMohler.com

This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Thursday morning, January 8, 2015. The war on terror took on a savage new face…

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Paris priest remains defiant in the face of another terror attack - Premier

A priest in Paris has told Premier that the city has been left with a sense of "despondency" after yet another terror attack in the city.

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Imagining Bill Belichick analyzing film of the Left's strategy

4. Tacitus. Was this a famous coach or quarterback from a previous era? No. It turns out that Coach Belichick is an educated man. He went on to explain that Tacitus, a Roman historian, had spoken of a principle called “divide and conquer.” The Left knows that evangelicals, 26 percent of the U.S. population, pose the greatest threat to their game strategy. So the Left tries to run a spread offense, to get evangelicals running sideline-to-sideline. And getting evangelicals off their assignments is easy. Relying on misdirection, the Left simply finds a verse in the Bible that appears to support its agenda. Failing that, it finds a Christian — or someone who at least says he’s one — and quotes him liberally against other Christians.

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Life Hacking Gone Wrong

Then his scientific experiment, in particular his experiments in electricity and the nature of lightning. He is most famous for this experiment that he did where he flew a kite into a thunderstorm and was able to draw off an electrical charge from the electrified kite string. And that experiment is not only a part of American scientific lore and so forth, but it really did draw international attention for him — so much so that he won the Copley Medal from the Royal Society in England, which was kind of the equivalent of winning the Nobel Prize at the time. It was just a huge deal. As kind of a side project almost he made these incredible scientific discoveries in electricity and he got awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, and after that point he was always called Dr. Franklin. That is where that name came from.

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James Brown: The Word of God Undergirds Everything I Do

My call as a minister, my belief in Jesus Christ, is the foundational stone. Everything else emanates from that. When I was working in corporate America, our executives would talk about understanding the objective and subjective criteria for being successful: how to avoid the landmines that might bounce you out of the corporate environment; your dress and attire speak volumes because people will make a judgment about you before you open your mouth; how you interact in diverse environments, because it takes a team orientation to do well; promptness; overcoming adversity; etc. Those are all excellent points, but as I grew in my understanding of God’s Word, I discovered that all of those points are rooted in the Bible.

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The Election of Donald Trump Tells Us That Anything is Possible | The Stream

Sure is a good thing that God skips the polling process before making a move upon the affairs of men. Even Jesus had His antagonists from w/in the “party”. It seems like in the wisdom of God, He gets a “kick” out of being “contrary”. Contrary to popular opinion & ideaologies imbedded in religious indoctrination. Look, as Mr. Brown implies & as much of the world has had to concede – none of this was “supposed” to happen. That in itself is practically all that is needed to provoke considerable thought. So while much of the world & some in the kingdom “doth protest too loudly” it only lends further credence to the prospect that we are on the verge of something “yuge”…!

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How an Evolutionary Virologist & Molecular Biologist, Karma Carrier, Converted to Christianity.

Karma James Carrier, a former atheist, has a PhD in molecular biology and currently works in the biotech industry at Meso Scale Discovery that specializes in Biomarker detection and translational research. Some few years ago he studied and graduated in genetics and molecular virology at the University of British Columbia. Karma also runs GC Science (GC stands for Grace Chapel) on Facebook and regularly dialogues about how science points towards God’s existence rather than from it. What’s even more Karma has his black belt in karate. More information can be accessed on the Grace Chapel website , and although Karma kindly provided me with his personal written testimony readers can also engage his video testimonial on YouTube .

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But the exodus, along with all the other biblical stories of redemption, is also a reminder that God purposefully designs our weak places and assigns us to them. When we feel ourselves trapped in them, we can be deeply discouraged, panicky, and even angry. God’s purposes in such experiences are typically not clear to us at first. Things just look like he’s either made a huge mistake or he’s capricious. But he’s neither.

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You Don’t Find Community by Looking for It

Recently  Christianity Today   reported  some statistics on why people start looking for other churches. Lots of reasons were given, from moving out of the area to disagreeing with the pastor. Only 2 percent of respondents indicated they were looking for another church because they “wanted more community.” I’m convinced the actual number is much higher. It’s easier to say you’re leaving the church because you’re dissatisfied with the worship experience than saying you’re leaving because you don’t have friends. It’s hard to admit you’re lonely.

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The Inconceivable Start of African-American Christianity

There were legal complications as well. Many masters in colonial America believed if a slave was baptized that, "according to the laws of the British nation, and the canons of the church," he must be freed. Colonial legislatures sought to clear up this matter, and by 1706 at least six had passed acts denying that baptism altered the condition of a slave "as to his bondage or freedom." It wasn't just economics but a twinge of Christian conscience that prompted the legislation. As Virginia's law put it, it was passed so that masters, "freed from this doubt, may more carefully endeavor the propagation of Christianity."

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The Treasure at Your Fingertips

Jonathan Edwards is well-known, sometimes notoriously so, for the copious amounts of time he spent studying. His student and friend Samuel Hopkins  said Edwards “commonly spent 13 hours every day in his study.” Historians have sometimes used this to argue Edwards neglected other duties. This is questionable, though, since it doesn’t seem to adequately explain how many close to him saw things quite differently, nor does it account for his tender relationship with his wife. Plus, Edwards often shared his study with family, friends, and parishioners. Debates aside, what Edwards’s study time does point to is the man’s deep love for Scripture.

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Richard Allen

In 1781, Allen began traveling the Methodist preaching circuits in Delaware and surrounding states. "My usual method was, when I would get bare of clothes, to stop travelling and go to work," he said. "My hands administered to my necessities." Increasingly, prominent Methodist leaders, like Francis Asbury, made sure Allen had places to preach. In 1786 the former slave returned to Philadelphia and joined St. George's Methodist Church. His leadership at prayer services attracted dozens of blacks into the church, and with them came increased racial tension.

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Investigating Bart Ehrman’s Top Ten Troublesome Bible Verses | Cold Case Christianity

While this list may seem large (and even surprising for those of us who haven’t examined the presence of textual variants in the New Testament), I think this list does little to impact the reliability of the text. In fact, I think Ehrman is profiting from the unfamiliarity that most Christians have with the presence of textual variants. The list does seem shocking and daunting if you’ve never taken the time to examine matters such as these. But if you stop and think about it and examine each verse listed here, the impact is actually very minimal. I recognize four truths about these verses:

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