Man Who Nearly Starved Gets a Chance to Be America's Favorite Idol
27-year-old Rocky Peter was abandoned by his father at a young age, leaving him and his family with no money. Every day was a struggle. They were starving and suffering because they couldn't afford food. But that didn't stop Rocky from chasing his dream.
One Man’s Fight to Save Hundreds of ‘Perfect’ Lives
South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society.
This Boy Fell Into an Icy Lake and Was Dead for 45 Minutes – Until God Made a Miracle Happen
A Missouri teen fell into an icy lake, and was stuck in there for 15 minutes. After being airlifted and brought to a nearby hospital, this boy was dead for 45 minutes. Until his mother started to pray and God sent them a miracle.
The Truth Behind This Matthew West Song is Beautiful and Will Touch Your Soul
One of the hardest things to do in life is forgive someone when they have hurt you deeply. It may take days, weeks, or even years. Christian music star Matthew West's song "Forgiveness" has truth and a powerful meaning behind it.
This Adorable Pup's Magical Surprise Will Brighten Your Day!
At first, it looks like this dog is just being cute staring into the camera. But, what happens next will light your face up. And it comes out of nowhere!
Lee Strobel Digital Book Sale & New Book
There's a digital book sale going on featuring many of Lee Strobel's (author & apologist) works on outlets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play
WORLD | Alabama judges refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses | The Editors | Feb. 9, 2015
The state’s highest judge, Chief Justice Roy Moore, told probate courts they did not have to issue licenses, but most of the local judges said they would, citing a lack of funds to defend a costly legal challenge. Judges in just four counties refused to issue licenses, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama (ACLU).
The Problem With Christian Apologetics
Dr. Craig: Yeah, maybe, Kevin, but it seems to me that what we have in this case and in other cases we've talked about is an equation between Christian apologetics and what I call theological rationalism or evidentialism. I think these people quite rightly sense that, as Christians, our confidence in the truth of our faith is not ultimately based in human arguments and evidence. We have a deeper source of the warrant of our Christian truth claims that is grounded in the Word of God himself mediated to us by the Holy Spirit. We have the testimony of God living within us that this is true. So I think they have a sense of that quite rightly, but then this is misexpressed by this false dichotomy that you either know something in that sort of immediate, properly basic way, or else you know it through inference from argument and evidence, but you can't have both. And that is just a false dichotomy.
Lecrae on Grammy Win: You Can't Celebrate Gifts, Without Celebrating the Giver, I Wanna Celebrate Jesus
"Love and respect to everybody out here because this is a celebration of gifts. And there's so many people out here who are gifted, but obviously you can't celebrate gives without celebrating the giver of all gifts. So I want to celebrate Jesus for gifting us all with the gift of love and sacrifice," he said.
The Highs, Lows and In-Betweens of the 2015 Grammys
Complaining about award shows is almost perfunctory at this point, so we'll keep this short but, seriously, what on earth? It is an incredible time to be alive and listening to music. Right now, a teenager in upstate Michigan has access to almost the same tools for musical expression as Rick Rubin does in his Brooklyn studio. Popular music is filled with terrific, dynamic performers saying important things. The likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lecrae, Drake, Adele, Hillsong United, Jack White, Kacey Musgraves and The xx are all major artists with huge followings capable of putting on incredible shows. Taylor Swift, Haim and Charli XCX were actually there in the Grammy audience, for crying out loud. St. Vincent won a Grammy, and currently has more rock and roll energy in a lock of her hair than AC/DC has left in its entire lineup. Lecrae, also a Grammy winner, could have delivered a razzle dazzle hip-hop performance, if anyone in the Grammys had the sense to ask him.
The Briefing 02-09-15
1) Canada supreme court strikes down euthanasia ban in inevitable outgrowth of culture of death
Does Baptism Have Regenerative Significance? - Stand to Reason Blog
I think this article has a false understanding of New Testament Baptism and Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
1) The Old "thief on the Cross" argument completely fails. He didn't have to be baptized for the remission of sins just like Abraham. The NT Covenant command hadn't gone into effect because the testator hadn't died yet (Heb. 9:16-17).
2) You are assuming Cornelius' and his household was saved by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and not at water baptism. This same assumption would be for the Apostles in Acts 2. Yet, Peter himself says he was saved at Baptism (1 Peter 3:21). He couldn't refuse the gift of salvation to them because God judged the Jewish Church in Acts 10 for the prejudice just like he judged the Nation of Israel for their unrepentant heart.
3) This article doesn't differentiate between the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Baptism of Water in Jesus' name.
4) "Baptism is necessary, but not absolutely necessary" is such a terrible philosophical statement. Substitute baptism for faith, preaching, or faithfulness to prove its absurdity.
LeBron Reminisces over Emotional 'Fresh Prince' Episode
This glossed-over facet of Will’s character is finally addressed in Season 4’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse,” which James just finished watching Monday morning. The episode ends with Will realizing his biological father will never be there for him, which is exactly as sad as it sounds. In fact, LeBron grew up without his dad, so the episode likely hits home for him.
WORLD | Our dark record of Christian cruelty | D.C. Innes | Feb. 9, 2015
Americans have expressed impatience with the unwillingness of Muslims worldwide to denounce ISIS and al-Qaeda for their crimes against humanity. So they should. But while Obama weakened his case by reaching back a thousand years for an example of Christian cruelty, he was right to direct our attention to our own recent history of appalling inhumanity from church-attending Christian people. As a nation, we need to repent more clearly of what our Christian brothers did with conviction and joy to their black neighbors, even to brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to articulate in biblical terms how it was wrong, and thoughtfully pledge ourselves to a renewed study and practice of Christian charity.
2 Factors to Consider Before You Move
I know this might sound far-fetched, but at some point, it is okay to say “no” to new job possibilities or education or a bigger home because you don’t want to give up your church. I’ve known folks who did that, even in their 20s or 30s. I have a friend who has turned down promotions because he knows the next level of responsibility will make it hard to stay involved in his church or force him to move to another part of the country. I’ve known college students who picked a school in their own community because they loved their church, or have said “no” to good schools because they couldn’t find a good church in the same town. I’ve known folks who stuck with the same home, even though they could afford a bigger one, so that they could live near their church and invest in the same community that their church resides in.
Grace to You Radio
What do you need to be the same person in private that you are in public? The same person Monday through Saturday that you are in church on Sunday? John MacArthur shows you in his look at The Integrity Factor .
32 Reasons California Is The Most Beautiful State In The Country
32 Reasons California Is The Most Beautiful State In The Country
Are You Fighting the New Greed?
He helped me understand by applying the Word to me: “Your greediness means you're trusting in uncertain riches and not in me. It also slices your mind in a million pieces, taking you out of your present life and causing stress. This stress gives the illusion that you don't have time to give to others; that you're busy in ways that you're not; that you don't have enough when you have all you need, and that you must be stingy with yourself. Going somewhere else in your mind takes away time and energy that could be given to the good works right in front of you. You are rich—in love, in time, in energy, in gifts—but you act as if you're not. Keep reading.”
Yeah, Well, But What About the Crusades?
We are right to deplore the cruelty meted out by crusading Christians, but should not ignore their plight. Christians lands had been captured. Surely, they thought, this could not stand. For an American, it would have been as if Al-Qaeda sacked Washington D.C. following 9/11, set up shop for Bin Laden in the White House, and turned the Lincoln Memorial into a terrorist training center. It would be unthinkable, cowardly even, for no one to storm the city, liberate its captives, and return our nation’s capital to its rightful owners. We should never excuse the atrocities that occurred under the banner of the cross during the Crusades, but we should, at least, take pause to understand why they set out on what seems to us to be a fool’s errand.
The Truth About the Crusades | Clay Jones
invaded the lands of those Christians and has depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire; it has led away a part of the captives into its own country, and a part it has destroyed by cruel tortures; it has either entirely destroyed the churches of God or appropriated them for the rites of its own religion. They destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness. They circumcise the Christians, and the blood of the circumcision they either spread upon the altars or pour into the vases of the baptismal font. When they wish to torture people by a base death, they perforate their navels, and dragging forth the extremity of the intestines, bind it to a stake; then with flogging they lead the victim around until the viscera having gushed forth the victim falls prostrate upon the ground. Others they bind to a post and pierce with arrows. Others they compel to extend their necks and then, attacking them with naked swords, attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow. What shall I say of the abominable rape of the women? To speak of it is worse than to be silent. The kingdom of the Greeks is now dismembered by them and deprived of territory so vast in extent that it can not be traversed in a march of two months.
Why Knowing About Jesus Is Not Enough
The first breakthrough came as I contemplated Paul’s declaration, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (v. 8, ESV used throughout). As I read and reread those words, I began to realize the true nature of my problem: My faith had affected my mind but left the rest of me untouched. Up to that point, I had thought of spiritual growth in terms of accumulating knowledge. And so I had read biblical commentaries and books on systematic theology. But that hadn’t deepened the quality of my faith. I was like someone who had read books about France but had never visited. Or someone who had read about falling in love but had never experienced it.
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The Book of Exodus - Part 2 of 2
An animated Bible walk through of Exodus 19-40 Donate To More Videos Here: http://www.jointhebibleproject.com Say hello or follow us here: Twitter: http://twitter.com/joinbibleproj Facebook: http://fb.com/jointhebibleproject Website: http://www.jointhebibleproject.com In the 2nd half of Exodus Israel meets God at Mt. Sinai. They make a covenant with him, receive rules by which to live, build a tabernacle where God will dwell with them, but things go terribly wrong. The Bible Project is a non-profit creating animated videos that explain the narrative of the Bible. These videos are free to use for personal and educational. Download a full resolution version of this video along with a study guide at www.jointhebibleproject.com. Support us so we can make more videos! You can give to the next video at www.jointhebibleproject.com. Help us translate this video into more languages! Email email@example.com for more information. About the authors: Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary. Jon Collins is a founder of Epipheo and Sincerely Truman and a veteran explainer video producer.
Gay Marriage Cleared by U.S. High Court to Start in Alabama
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for
same-sex weddings to start in Alabama, letting the number of
gay-marriage states climb in advance of a constitutional
showdown that may mean legalization nationwide.
The Old Man and His Big Book
When Culver and his second wife moved to the farm in May of 1977, they spent the first six months constructing the house, just in time for winter. Culver initially had some loose ends to tend to with two writing commitments. Preaching regularly and being a visiting professor kept him busy, as did building a “writing cabin” adjacent to the house, for storing his books and giving him a place to craft his sentences. By the time he was done being a visiting professor at various places in the States and Canada, he was ready to make some headway on the book to which he would give the next twelve-plus years of his life.
Francis Chan - "Why We Need the Bible"
Think about life without the Bible, and how easy it is for those who have the Bible to take it for granted.
Francis Chan shares why the Bible means so much to him.
Does Intelligent Design "Prove" God’s Existence?
1. Questions and Answers from Last Week’s Discussions and the Readings for This Evening
Wounded and Weary Sinners Waiting for Good News that Never Comes | LIBERATE
As a Pastor, this saddens me. Today is Monday and as usual, I am going over yesterday’s events– I ask if I was faithful to the Word? Did I feed the “sheep?” Did I faithfully fulfill the dictates of a Pastor to “equip the saints for ministry” as written in Ephesians? The “sermon” quoted in this article failed to do that. It should pointed out that the Law was not preached in this man’s message. He perverted its purpose by turning into a standard to live by. This message defines Legalism, a cancer among many churches. This speaker would do well to read the second chapter of Ephesians where Paul takes just 3 verses to explain Law (and it sounds hopeless for us) but then spends the remainder of the chapter explaining the Good News of what God has done to redeem us. I’m afraid men like this man, and some sitting in the pews, love the first few verses while know nothing of the mercy & grace of God through Christ as found in the remaining verses. Shame on him.
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Women’s Ministry Beyond Women’s Roles
While women’s ministry looks different today than it did decades ago, the church still focuses much of its programming for women based on their life stages or roles in the church or home. Holistic discipleship, though, addresses the whole woman as image bearer of God. It transcends age or other factors of our identity. Without minimizing the specific needs of women at certain stages of life, it emphasizes the virtues that apply equally to the unmarried woman in college, the older single in the workplace, the young mom of multiple toddlers, and the grandmother in her 70s.
People in the South are really into ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
The film opens on Feb. 12 and the 8 p.m. showtimes are already selling out in Tupelo, Miss.; Florence, Ky.; and Chattanooga, Tn. Ticket sales of “Fifty Shades” in Mississippi are nearly four times the average pre-show ticket sales. In Arkansas and Kentucky, sales are 3 times the average movie pre-ticket sale.
InterVarsity Victory in Sex Discrimination Case Is Good News for All Parachurch Ministries
InterVarsity is thankful that the Sixth Circuit Court’s decision in the case of Conlon v. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship affirms the distinctive legal identity of religious organizations consistently expressed in our country's history. InterVarsity also affirms its deep belief that both women and men should be treated fairly and justly. We have a long track record of valuing the role of women in Christian ministry. In this situation, InterVarsity believes it made every effort to resolve differences in perspective with appropriate grace and respect. In respect for all parties, as an organization we do not publically discuss the specifics of any personnel situations
Counsel the Word
Parents often feel anything but confident. They know they are shaping lives, but feel they are only learning as they go. They also know the Bible is supposed to guide them, but feel uncertain how a handful of verses help them with this years-long task. The temptation is to be intimidated by both the importance and the complexity of the task.
Who Is Jesus?
It is no small challenge to a write a short and compelling book on Jesus’s person and work like Gilbert has done. Some elements will be overlooked or omitted. I wish the book would have included a small section on why Jesus’s name is, well, Jesus. Why didn’t his parents name him Ted? Jesus means “YHWH saves,” as the angel told Joseph: “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
Islam: Inherently Violent or Peaceful?
Given the growth of terrorist groups such as ISIS, what is the true nature of Islam—violent or peaceful? President Obama says that the terrorist group, the Islamic State, ISIS, or ISIL, is “not Islamic.” But others insist that the entire religion founded by Muhammad is inherently violent. Where does the truth lie? Stan Guthrie, a CT editor at large and author of the new book God’s Story in 66 Verses , interviewed Warren Larson—professor emeritus at Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University and author of Islamic Ideology and Fundamentalism in Pakistan: Climate for Conversion to Christianity? —to shed new light on this question.
The Text of the Gospels: First-century Mark: A Timeline
That about covers it. We are still awaiting the publication of the first-century papyrus of the Gospel of Mark; I expect that it will be published by Dirk Obbink (perhaps along with Jeffrey Fish) in late 2015 or 2016, and that it will turn out to be a small fragment with text from Mark chapter one. It is very possible that some of the other fragments to be published in the same series, which is expected to be prohibitively expensive, will turn out to make a much more significant text-critical contribution than the Mark fragment. (Note to the GSI and Brill: affordable digital copies would be a nice compensation for making everyone wait so long!)
Dear Mr. President: Holding to Exclusive Belief is not Arrogant | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
Is it humble to say that no one should claim to have the truth? I've heard
such assertions before. I've had discussions with others about religious beliefs
and many of them have responded that to claim any kind of concept of God that
excludes other beliefs systems is arrogant. But I think the opposite may
actually be true.
As an example, I would like to look at part of the speech
Barack Obama made at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. While the
president, unlike his predecessors, is the first to not hold any observances for
the National Day of Prayer during his presidency, he has attended the prayer breakfast each year. The
event is put on by The Fellowship Foundation, an organization that blurs all
faiths and is described as "assertively non-doctrinal and non-ecclesiastical." 1
It isn't surprising, then, that Obama's remarks would take on a non-committal
tone. Yet, he made some statements that go beyond non-commitment. In admonishing
the audience to "counteract intolerance," he advised:
I believe there are a
few principles that can guide us, particularly those of us who profess to
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Did Daniel Prophesy a Seven-Year Great Tribulation? - Christian Research Institute
“After the first brother had died in this way, they brought forward the second for their sport. They tore off the skin of his head with the hair, and asked him, ‘Will you eat rather than have your body punished limb by limb?’ He replied in the language of his ancestors and said to them, ‘No.’ Therefore, he in turn underwent tortures as the first brother had done. And when he was at his last breath, he said, ‘You accursed wretch, you dismiss us from this present life, but the king of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws’” (2 Macc. 7:7–9). Likewise, after the third brother had fallen victim to their sport, he “courageously stretched forth his hands and said nobly, ‘I got these [hands] from heaven and because of his laws I disdain them, and from him I hope to get them back from him’” (7:11). The fourth brother, when near death, in like fashion, cried out, “One cannot but choose to die at the hands of mortals and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him. But for you there will be no resurrection to life!” (7:14).
Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 47 States, Including California, New York, Gallup Finds
The margin of error for each state ranged from plus or minus three percentage points for most states to plus or minus six percentage points for the smallest states. When taking this uncertainty due to sampling into account, the three states where liberals outnumbered conservatives and eight additional states, New York, California, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Connecticut and Delaware, can be considered a statistical tie.
'The Drop Box': Film Radiates Christian Love From Dark Subject of Abandoned Babies
Lee's forces gather to attention at the sound of the bell. He rushes downstairs to open the door of the small box. He removes the small package and tenderly unwraps it, like a precious gift. When Lee reveals the beauty inside, the audience wonders, how is such a thing possible? An unwanted baby?
About Those Crusades… - Stand to Reason Blog
All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested. O what a disgrace if such a despised and base race, which worships demons, should conquer a people which has the faith of omnipotent God and is made glorious with the name of Christ! With what reproaches will the Lord overwhelm us if you do not aid those who, with us, profess the Christian religion! Let those who have been accustomed unjustly to wage private warfare against the faithful now go against the infidels and end with victory this war which should have been begun long ago. Let those who for a long time, have been robbers, now become knights. Let those who have been fighting against their brothers and relatives now fight in a proper way against the barbarians. Let those who have been serving as mercenaries for small pay now obtain the eternal reward. Let those who have been wearing themselves out in both body and soul now work for a double honor. Behold! on this side will be the sorrowful and poor, on that, the rich; on this side, the enemies of the Lord, on that, his friends.
Does Evolution Have a . . . Chance?
But wait, there is more! This number, 10 30 , only measures the possibility of getting all left-handed amino acids. It does not say anything about their order. In our example, we have a chain of 100 amino acids. Each position can be occupied by any 1 of 20 different amino acids common to living things, and these must be in a specific order to form a functional protein. What is the probability that the correct amino acid will be placed in position number 1 of the chain? It will be 1/20. What is the probability that the first two positions will be correct? This can be calculated by multiplying the two probabilities together (1/20 x 1/20 = 1/20 2 ). Therefore, the probability of getting all 100 amino acids in the correct position would be 1/20 multiplied by itself 100 times or 1/20 100 (this equates to 1/10 130 ). This is 1 followed by 130 zeros!
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Speaker discusses the beginning of the universe
Craig discussed the origins of the universe yesterday evening at “The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe,” lecture and question-and-answer session held by the Rutgers chapter of Ratio Christi, Latin for “The reason of Christ,” a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering Christian faith through intellectual investigation.
The Essence of Existentialism: Existence Precedes Essence—or Does it? - DEFEND Mag
[Existentialism] states that if God does not exist, there is at least one being in whom existence precedes essence, a being who exists before he can be defined by any concept, and that this being is man, or, as Heidegger says, human reality. What is meant here by saying that existence precedes essence? It means that, first of all, man exists, turns up, appears on the scene, and, only afterwards, defines himself. If man, as the existentialist conceives him, is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he himself will have made what he will be. Thus, there is no human nature, since there is no God to conceive it. Not only is man what he conceives himself to be, but he is also only what he wills himself to be after this thrust toward existence.
The Gospel is Not a Sales Pitch
3. Maturity. Most people don't respond to the superficiality of our evangelism today due to the maturity we have in it: we want something for ourselves, we want something for these people, we want something for God, we want want want. It takes a mature heart and mind to know that life was never about our corrections or mistakes, yet moreso about our hearts and the connections we have with people. For somebody to look at you as a Christian and see Christ is the highest level of maturity I could think of- for people to see that you meet people where they are, crippled by disease and fear, littered with jealousy and rage and desires and ambitions that are all self-satisfied yet never fulfilled. For people to see that you meet people THERE, and still care so deeply and genuinely enough for them that you'd share their burdens and their triumphs? That's a maturity worth aiming for, a growth that yields a hundredfold more.
Frank Turek - Obama Hijacks Christianity to Defend Islam
President Obama has hijacked Christianity in an attempt to defend Islam. At the National Prayer breakfast Thursday, he said, “There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency, that can pervert and distort our faith.” And that there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.” So we shouldn’t “get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place—remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
One of Sutton’s most interesting arguments comes when he addresses the rise of postwar neo-evangelicalism and focuses on Carl Henry’s The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism (1947) in particular. Put succinctly, Sutton concludes, “Henry did bad history.” To be fair, Sutton is right to point out ways in which postwar figures like Henry were tempted to often overstate their differences with classic fundamentalism. But Sutton misses that their vision was different not only in its style and ambition, but also in its core principles. Sutton’s desire to locate apocalypticism everywhere as the uniting theme in American evangelicalism seems to render him at times blind to the diversity within the movement. For example, when discussing Henry and other neo-evangelicals he largely passes over the real distinction made over questions of separation. Whereas classic fundamentalists retained their insistence on second- and third-degree separation—refusing to collaborate with individuals and organizations who might have ties with others tied to groups like the National Council of Churches—Henry’s network had no appetite for such a tight drawing of lines.
This Is My Mission Field
This Is My Mission Field
Is Billy Graham an Evangelical?
To The Christian Century ’s reviewer, for example, “Billy Graham was an enabler” of evangelicals’ worst instincts. “Graham perpetuated more than challenged the obscurantist and reactionary postures that were common within his core constituency,” David Hollinger writes. Rather than bravely fight against “ignorant and antiscientific ideas about evolution” or recant “his early-career assertion that the Bible declared same-sex relationships to be so sinful that those guilty of this sin must ‘repent,’” Graham “led a life of missed opportunities.” When the evangelist took steps to fight racism, poverty, and other injustices, Hollinger writes that “Graham and his cohort of evangelicals were merely falling into line at long last with an outlook the hated ecumenical Protestants had advanced for several generations.” Hollinger admits that this is “a different interpretation” than the one presented in Wacker’s book.
Jupiter Ascending never really manages to reconcile its tonal dissonance, which it clearly tore from the playbook of movies like Thor . On the one hand, the movie is a grand space opera, with orange-lit vistas of spaceships emerging from Saturn-like rings. And on the other hand, it is, for its first 45 minutes or so, an earth-bound character-focused comedy. Mila Kunis plays her Jupiter as a real-seeming person, but not as an especially deep or multifaceted one—so her interactions with Caine, a Stranger With A Dark Past And Secrets To Hide, fall short.