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Hillsong already has branches all over the world, but now the church is expanding its reach even farther. Hillsong Church is teaming up with Trinity Broadcasting Network to launch a new 24-hour TV network. The Hillsong Channel will launch to a global audience June 15, and will feature worship performances, messages from Christian leaders, conferences, documentaries, kids programs, talk shows and more. "This new aspect of the Hillsong global vision is unlike anything we have launched up to this point," Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston said in a statement. "It'll be a continuous, 24-7 feed that will be exalting Jesus and empowering people for every part of life."  In a statement, TBN Chairman Matthew Crouch said," This powerful new praise and worship network will offer an amazing opportunity for us to reach a whole new generation of viewers with the message of hope and grace as we partner with the most iconic and far-reaching presence in contemporary Christian music." The new network will be available through a variety of cable providers, including Direct TV, Fios, AT&T and Sky.

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5 Lies I Used to Believe About Being A Christian

I have read some of the comments that pertains to this article, and I have to say that it's sad. First of all, each person have different experiences with the church, some positive and some negative, and I feel that sometimes we can be so apathetic when it comes to those who has had negative experiences with a particular church, such as the writer of this article. I can also relate to the writer, because I have been through similar situations when it came to church.I don't think he was trying to say that if a church isn't tech savvy or more modern then it's not a good church, but he was discussing much bigger issues such as whole idea of what Christianity is about. Too many times, we put labels in front of the words "church" and "Christian" such as "fundamentalist", "liberal", "modern", etc. I know that some churches have unbiblical teachings whether they're identified as fundamental, liberal, mini, midi, mega, black. white, modern, traditional, Protestant, or Catholic. Church is not just a building, it's a population of believers who make up the Body of Christ. I don't care what type of church you belong to, who you voted for, your political views, whether you like old hymns, Kirk Franklin, or Hillsong, whether you like wearing suits or T-shirt and jeans, whether you are introverted or extroverted, or what your skin color or ethnicity is, if we all believe that the God's word is the ultimate foundation of our lives, that God created us in His own image, that Heaven and Hell are real places, that because of Adam and Eve's sin, we're all sinners in need of a Savior, that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to the Cross to die for our sins so that we can have life (both on Earth and in Heaven), that Jesus defeated death, hell, and the grave by resurrection, and that one day, He will return so that we can be with Him in Heaven, I don't see the reason to complain about how other churches operate or how other Christians live their lives.

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Radio host Steve Deace ponders the role of evangelicals in the new Republican Party

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6 Ways You Are Making Life Much Harder Than It Has to Be

Well, here are six ways you might be making life more difficult than it has to be. The first one in particular is like grabbing a 1990s box TV off the side of road, tying it around your ankle, and then trying to run at a full sprint.

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What Your Emotions Are Trying to Tell You

We are so quick to judge, squelch or bottle up our emotions. We let others see our smile, but we hide our tears. We contain our anger and we ignore our loneliness. Instead, sit still in all your feelings and ask those tough questions about why you’re feeling a certain way. Pray like David did, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalm 139:23-24).

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Hope on the Refugee Highway: A Special Report on Christians in Iraq and Greece

As winter approached, Christianity Today traveled to Iraq and Greece to witness how Christian leaders are working along the “refugee highway” that now stretches from the Middle East to Europe and North America. The situation is so complicated, and the risks so high, that leaders are torn between two aid strategies: should they help Christians and other minorities stay in their historic homelands, or should they help them journey to safer Western democracies?

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The Root of Mental Health

I hope you can see and feel the world in which my thoughts orbit. The issue is: What is the root of mental health? My answer is, God. Or seeing God as God and enjoying him as God, which involves being forgiven by God and welcomed with utterly free grace. I personally believe that these truths are hijacked when they are used to make self-esteem the root of mental health. The minor evangelical adjustments to the world’s way of making people happy on the way to hell are not radical enough for me.

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The FAQs: #Prayforrefugees and the Syrian Civil War

Syria, which is about the size of North Dakota, is located north of the Arabian Peninsula at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. The country is bordered by Turkey on the north, Iraq on the east, Jordan on the south, and Lebanon, Israel, and the Mediterranean on the west. Its biggest cities are Aleppo (pre-war population 2,301,570) and Damascus (pre-war population 1,711,000).

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How Your Habits Show and Shape Your Heart

The power of habit not only keeps us from the folly of bad decisions; it can also transform spiritual exercises, like Bible meditation and prayer, from exhausting ourselves with Martha’s tiring exertions to coming alive through Mary’s life-giving receptions of grace (Luke 10:38–42). If we had to learn Bible meditation and prayer all over again each time we engaged, we’d be continually distracted, anxious, and troubled by our own doing. But forming good habits can make Bible intake and prayer into opportunities to sit at Jesus’s feet, and listen to his voice, and choose the good portion that will never be taken away.

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Mark Driscoll's new church to meet for first time on Easter Sunday - premier

"Even though it's last minute, as the ink on our rental contract is still wet, we look forward to meeting you at our modest open house and prayer meeting. Pastor Mark will be sharing our church vision as we begin gathering our launch team."

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John 11:1–6, Part 3: God’s Love Allows Pain and Loss

If Jesus loved Lazarus enough to let him die, what can we learn from this story about true love? John Piper looks at Jesus’s love and unfolds three important principles for how we should love one another.

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It’s Officially Time to Redefine 'Evangelical'

While certainly, evangelicals have exerted influence on whatever society they find themselves in (think Luther, William Wilberforce, etc.), the politicization of American evangelicalism seems to have formalized in the early 1980s with the founding of the political group "The Moral Majority." The group’s purpose was to consolidate voters who share an ethical outlook similar to the judeo-Christian tradition in order to influence the moral direction of the U.S. through the political process. It’s tough to tell exactly when the term “evangelical” itself began melting, but this election season, it's clear the the word means little more than a lazy demographic category for non-progressive people who aren’t atheists.

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Why I Was Not Pro-Life

I can take a few minutes to engage with my government regarding my unborn neighbors and their parents, believing with all my heart that every life is valuable and that God himself wields the gavel and holds the clock, while I am free to simply speak the truth in love to those with ears to hear — and I never know who they may be. People look on the outward appearance, but “the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

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The Gender Conversation We Aren’t Having

Secondly, the church. While complementarian/egalitarian labels can be helpful when discussing women’s ordination, in the pragmatic realities of ministry, these labels aren’t clear-cut either. I am a female priest, so my church may rightly be called “egalitarian.” Still, according to some—like Anglican priest John Stott, for instance—my ordination fits in a complementarian view since I serve under the authority of a male bishop. Other complementarians see female pastorship or priesthood of any sort as impermissible. But the categories become more complex and blurry if we ask about women teaching adult Sunday School, leading worship, writing books, preaching at conferences , speaking at church gatherings, or heading parachurch groups.

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12 Hollywood Presidents You’d Probably Rather Vote For

There’s just something about your childhood church. It’s lodged into your memory for the rest of your life. Maybe it was the Bible lessons you learned, maybe it was that familiar smell, or maybe it wa... Read This

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How to Pray for the Syrian Refugee Crisis

While I read about the refugee crisis, I’m prompted to give and advocate, but I sometimes forget that prayer is a powerful way to help, as well. I can pray for peace. I can pray for protection. I can pray for our leaders to open their hearts and our borders to take in those fleeing unimaginable circumstances. I can pray for safety. I can pray for changed hearts. I can pray.

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WORLD | Trump, Clinton extend leads with big wins in Tuesday’s primaries | The Editors | March 15, 2016

8:10 p.m. —Early returns in Ohio gave Gov. John Kasich hopes of keeping his presidential campaign alive. Though he went into the race with just 63 delegates (compared with Trump’s 460 and Cruz’s 370), he led the Ohio primary by double digits after polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Kasich had promised to drop out of the race if he lost in his home state, but if he continues to carry the lead as more precincts count their ballots, he could win Ohio’s 66 delegates in the winner-take-all race. What his future holds after that is unclear since the other Republicans are still far ahead in the delegate count.

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The Most Surreal Look at California’s Drought Is From the Air

Heinser, who has been shooting aerial landscapes for about a decade, hired a pilot to fly him over the fields, lakes, and reservoirs of the Central Valley and the vast salt evaporation ponds on the southern end of San Francisco Bay. They set out each day just after sunrise, when the light casts long shadows. Buckled in tightly, Heinser shot from a helicopter with the doors taken off, using a pair of gyroscopes to stabilize a Hasselbad medium format camera with a Phase 1 digital back.

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Read the Bible for Life aims to improve biblical literacy in the culture and the church by simultaneously moving readers toward greater skill in reading the Bible well and toward a deeper commitment to applying Scripture to everyday life. Through a series of down-to-earth conversations with some of today’s brightest scholars, author George Guthrie discusses the basic tools and attitudes needed to read the Bible more effectively. Chapters focus on the various types of literature in Scripture and how to read them well. For instance, how should we read a psalm differently than we read a parable? How should we read a story of the Old Testament differently than we read a letter from Paul? The book also discusses issues such as reading the Bible in context, and choosing and reading a Bible translation. As we better understand how to read the Bible skillfully, we begin to see how every person of the Bible, every psalm, and every teaching fits into the Bible’s powerful, overarching story, and we begin to realize our place in the story that God is still writing in the world.  ORDER YO

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Apologetics Study Bible for Students - Kindle edition by Sean McDowell, Holman Bible Staff. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

As a young believer I developed a sudden intense hunger for apologetics after a cultist knocked on my door challenged my faith. Then with an atheist at my work site I had to find a way to get intellectually armed, consequently I purchased dozens of books on apologetics. Oh how I wish this Bible or Strobel's apologetic bible had been available. Accordingly, Sean McDowell's (author: "Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God"; son of Josh McDowell) "HCSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students" is an outstanding apologetic resource for young people and students. Within this reader-friendly tool one will discover: - How to identify scripture twisting - Simple and powerful evidential proofs - Easy to understand archaeology facts - Outstanding quotes - Ways to defend the Christian worldview - Easy to implement tactics that will help intellectually equip students - Potent testimonies from important Christian figures. McDowell's "Apologetics Study Bible for Students" is a helpful and powerful apologetic instrument written by an author who understands the challenges that Christian students face.

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The Withering of Vice and the Sexual Revolution – AlbertMohler.com

Technological advances also fueled the sexual revolution. Pornographers, for example, have taken advantage of every new technology from the printing press to the latest digital advances. Of course, the most technological achievement for the new sexual morality was the arrival of contraceptives and antibiotics. Put bluntly, so long as sex between a man and a woman implied the likelihood of pregnancy, there was a certain check on extramarital sexual activity. Once the Pill arrived, with all of its promises of reproductive control, a biological check on sexual immorality that had shaped human existence from Adam and Eve forward was almost instantaneously removed. The sexual revolution could not have taken place without the arrival of effective, cheap, and available contraceptives.

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How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare?

This question deserves much deeper treatment than I can give it here, particuarly regarding the presence of God’s grace even in the Old Testament and Jesus’s role in present and eschatological judgment. But when we compare apples to apples, we see there is a great difference between Islamic jihad and Old Testament violence. An increasing trajectory of jihad was the model of Muhammad until the day he died, and he is the exemplar for Muslims. It was enjoined upon them—the best people among humanity—in the Qur’an’s final commands so that Islam could prevail over all other religions. Early and classical Muslims interpreted jihad accordingly, systematizing it into a doctrine and ultimately coming to dominate one-third of the known world.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Word Made Flesh | March 15, 2016

A clear understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ is absolutely vital for the church. In response to this need, Ligonier Ministries has officially released The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology. Dr. R.C. Sproul and Dr. Stephen Nichols unveiled this statement at the 2016 Ligonier Ministries National Conference.

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Ohio Will Let 17-Year-Olds Vote in the Primaries

A judge in Ohio ruled that 17-year-olds who will turn 18 before the general election in the fall can vote in Ohio’s primaries on Tuesday. Obviously, this only includes those who have already preregistered to vote, but according to the Secretary of State in Ohio, 16,000 17-year-olds in the state are already registered. Experts say this boost of young voters could potentially be good news for Bernie Sanders, who has done well among young voters in other states. At least 20 other states in the U.S. allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries, but Ohio’s election chief had interpreted Ohio’s laws in a way that kept 17-year-old’s presidential votes from counting. The judge's ruling opening the elections back up comes in response to a suit filed by a group of nine 17-year-olds, who disputed the interpretation. "This is a huge victory for 17-year-olds across Ohio," an attorney for Bernie Sanders' campaign told Mashable.

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Questions & Answers with Godfrey, Mohler, Lawson, and Sproul by Various | March 15, 2016

As a believer and a woman who has had an abortion, how can we as the church combat against the mentality that some sins are unforgivable? (23:35)

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God's Not Dead 2: Official Trailer #2

Watch the trailer for the new movie, God's Not Dead 2, which will be in theaters April 1, 2016! Want more info about the film? Visit http://godsnotdead.com

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Does Same-Sex Attraction Disqualify Someone from Ministry?

Fourth, Paul makes it clear that there remains a place for people who experience same-sex attraction in the church. In fact, he says that there are many who not only were attracted to the same sex but who practiced same-sex relations that are now washed in the blood of Christ. This probably does not mean that their attractions have totally faded away (any more than it might mean heterosexual attraction completely ceases to exist for those in Christ), but rather that they now fight any temptation stemming from these attractions by the power of the Spirit because they have been washed in the blood of Christ.

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So how can we break this cycle and focus on each other? Well, Chick-fil-A has just issued what it calls the “Family Challenge.” When you and your family order a meal, Chick-fil-A employees give you a cardboard chicken coop for your phones. If you pin them up until after the meal, everyone gets an ice cream cone.

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Investigating Easter: Were the Disciples Fooled By An Imposter?

While imposter theories may account for the observations of the disciples, they require an additional set of conspirators (other than the apostles who were later fooled) to accomplish the task of stealing the body. Many of my partners spent several years investigating fraud and forgery crimes prior to joining us on the homicide team. They’ve learned something about successful con artists. The less the victim understands about the specific topic and area in which they are being “conned,” the more likely the con artist will be successful. Victims are often fooled and swindled out of their money because they have little or no expertise in the area in which the con artist is operating. The perpetrator is able to use sophisticated language and make claims that are outside of the victim’s expertise. The crook sounds legitimate, primarily because the victim doesn’t really know what truly is legitimate. When the targeted victim knows more about the subject than the person attempting the con, the odds are good that the perpetrator will fail at his attempt to fool the victim. For this reason, the proposal that a sophisticated first-century con artist fooled the disciples seems unreasonable.

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If not for the Gang of 8 -- the @marcorubio you just saw would've won this GOP primary in a cake-walk and likely the next president.

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How Intellectual Christians Can Fit in with the Evangelical Church

There are times when I’ve felt alone because I’ve sensed that other Christians are not interested in what I find fascinating. In those times, I’ve reached out to some of the great Christian thinkers of the past for solace, encouragement, and inspiration. For example, when I read Augustine, Pascal, and C. S. Lewis, I gain the sense that I know them and that I’m part of their great conversation about ideas such as truth, goodness, and beauty. These three Christian authors write in such a way that I often feel they somehow know me and are writing to me. As an introvert I find it much easier to pick up a book than to introduce myself to someone I don’t know. Reading the writings of some of Christianity’s most reflective thinkers gives me a special sense of community that crosses the centuries.

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Why Are You Debating? - Stand to Reason Blog

Regarding Intelligence and Charity, well, Scott Ryan exemplified both although his patience and charitable methodology in blog threads and forums are what people seem to remember about him. His intelligence and logic were exceptional and yet his charitable method of interfacing both with disagreement and with what were perhaps weak arguments from interlocutors is what, at the end of the day, not only drew people to him but also that is (among other things) what gave so much weight to his voice:

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The Crucified Life with Father Themi - Christian Research Institute

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank welcomes Father Themi, a Greek Orthodox priest to discuss his remarkable conversion from Marxist rock star, to Christianity. Now he works with the poorest of the poor in Sierra Leone through the sponsorship of the international charity, Paradise Kids 4 Africa.

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