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Using Your Tongue for God's Glory

Just as the Bible illustrates many forms of bad speech, it gives detailed instruction on positive uses of the tongue. It tells us to use positive words in our relations with our spouses and children, and to be cheerful in our speech. The following practices will help us use our tongues in positive ways and teach our children to do the same:

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Catalyst on Twitter

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The Briefing 04-17-15

1) Rubio’s openness to attend gay wedding result of mixing approval of people with ceremonies

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Voddie Baucham - "Experience isn't everything."

Taken from the TGC 2015 Conference "Coming Home." Panel discussion

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Matthew Mcconaughey's reaction to Star Wars teaser #2 - Celebrity reactions

Matthew Mcconaughey's Reaction To Star Wars Teaser #2 - Celebrity Reactions - Reaction & Review

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Logic On Fire

When Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899—1981) gave a series of lectures on the subject of preaching in 1969, he coined a phrase that became an emblematic description of his own ministry: “What is preaching?” he asked. “Logic on fire!” But what exactly does it mean, and how does it manifest? Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones charts the story of this most remarkable man, widely considered to be one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century. Medically trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, Lloyd-Jones shocked many when he announced he would leave medicine to become the pastor of a small church in Aberavon, Wales. He was eventually called to Westminster Chapel in central London, where he gained considerable national influence and international renown for his dynamic expository preaching. More than simply a recounting of the man’s life, Logic on Fire examines Lloyd-Jones’ home life, his spiritual influences, the emphasis he brought to his two pastorates, the way he sought a union of “logic” and “fire” in preaching, as well as his continued relevance and influence in conservative evangelicalism today.

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Log Cabin Republicans launch ‘bully movement’ after being denied exhibit space at the Western Conservative…

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http://utmost.org/all-or-nothing/

Have you ever had a crisis in your life in which you deliberately, earnestly, and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing. The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being in total bondage.

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Jesus Wept

Jesus wept. And in these tears we see that God does not stand aloof to the pains of our existence. He has drawn near. He has taken our flesh and blood. He has not called us to a humanity that he himself was unwilling to take. We have not been abandoned to a world into which he was unwilling to enter. We suffer no pain he was unwilling to bear. We have no grief he was unwilling to carry.

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Why Christians Should Support Earth Day

“The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it” (Ps. 24:1). Just as saying the Pledge of Allegiance does not signify submission to the United States above Christ, participating in Earth Day activities does not require Earth worship or theological compromise. Even if bad theology is being proclaimed and practiced at an event, our mere attendance does not constitute affirmation. Instead, participating with our community in Earth Day activities allows for positively demonstrating our theological valuation of creation. The earth is our home; God is doing a work to restore it through Christ’s resurrection. 

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Fresh Starts

Would you pray this with me today? "Lord, I get it wrong so often; I make so many bad choices. I say I love you and then act out of self-love. I have nothing to offer; I rest in your grace alone. Please help me! Won't you change my fickle heart?’”

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The Catalyst App

Through the Catalyst App you’ll join pastors and business leaders, innovators and doers, influencers from all walks of life who are here for the same reason, because they believe that through great leadership the Church’s influence will be maximized. We are ready to encourage you, and be encouraged by you, as we all cultivate a true community of change makers.

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How to Love Where You Are

Write them down and then find the right home for them. You may have some expectations that belong at your job. You may also have a lot of expectations that belong somewhere else, like a side job or a hobby. Starting the blog Stuff Christians Like helped me enjoy my corporate job more because I no longer expected that job to be my sole outlet of creativity.

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How to Build a Worm

Philosopher of Biology Paul Nelson describes the amazing process by which the worm C. elegans is constructed and how it points toward intelligent design. For more about the intelligent design of worms go to:

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http://northlandcamp.org/camps-and-events/leadership-summit

David Brown holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina and was a litigation attorney for seven years before transitioning into global missions. Dr. Brown and his wife Karin served with Biblical Ministries Worldwide for nineteen years, during which he earned a PhD in Ethics from South Africa's Northwest University. The Browns moved from Johannesburg to Dunbar in 2013 when David accepted his current role as Dean of Northland's School of Leadership. He teaches apologetics, philosophy, ethics, leadership, cross-cultural, and worldview classes.

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Gentle Jesus and the Compassion Conspiracy

The metaphor seems self-evident. “Bruised reeds are people who are broken and needy, people worn out and tired and exhausted with life’s circumstances, people neglected by the world, but accepted by Jesus.” We casually toss the phrase out like a trump-suit ace impervious to counter-play. No need to explain; just assert: “Jesus never broke a bruised reed.”

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How the Muslim Concept of God Fails

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org William Lane Craig was invited by the undergraduate Christian Union at Imperial College, London to give a lunch-time lecture on "The Evidence for God". Dr. Craig presented seven arguments and then invited questions from the student audience. The lecture was web streamed at the time. This is a high definition film recording of the event which includes the previously unseen Q&A session. Imperial College, London, United Kingdom -- October 18, 2011 We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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How Hurt Pastors Hurt People

She brightened up somewhat and graciously told that she didn’t know what I was talking about. It was nice of her to lie on my behalf. I’m happy to say that we were able to patch up our relationship after that conversation, and I consider her to this day a dear sister in Christ and a wonderful encouragement to me as a pastor. But I learned something important in that conversation: Some people are trying to destroy pastors, it’s true. But some people are not. And you have to give every individual an opportunity to prove that they are the latter and not the former.

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Died: Billy Ray Hearn, CCM Pioneer Who Discovered Amy Grant, Keith Green, and Steven Curtis Chapman

By the mid-1990s, Christian music had become big business , and major record companies snatched up Christian labels, including Sparrow. Albums sales at Sparrow and other record labels jumped from 31 million in 1996 to 44 million in 2000. After Sparrow was sold to EMI in 1992, sales more than doubled and the company’s value grew from $35 million to a reported $135 million in 2002. That growth prompted fears that the Christian message of CCM was being lost, reported CT under the headline , “CCM’s Growing Pains.”

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Reinstating Adrian Peterson

The NFL has ended its suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who missed most of last season while facing child-abuse charges.

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Flannery O’Connor and the Violence of Grace

I understand this reaction. It’s what good ‘ole Flannery would have wanted. Shock. But she wanted that shock to lead to understanding. So before helping my students unpack the story, I ask them a question: What must come before grace? I ask because the answer is what every Flannery O’Connor story is about: the moment when characters realize they need grace.  

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Newsboys Exclusive: Duncan Phillips Talks Stopping Poverty on Tour, Being More Excited Than Ever About Band

The Christian pop rock band, Newsboys, are grateful that they can still sell out shows after forming close to three decades ago, but the foursome decided to up the ante by working to end world hunger on their current tour.

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15 Things You May Not Know About ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’

Sean Hutchinson lives in the wilds of Brooklyn, NY. He’s got a couple of them fancy schmancy academic degrees in English literature, is a big World War II buff, counts Carl Sagan and Harry Nilsson among his personal heroes, and he’s also a huge movie fan. When he's not coming up with strange and interesting things to write about on Mental Floss, he's writing movie reviews and news at CriterionCast.

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Bound for the Promised Land: The Latest in Carson’s NSBT Series

Theologies of “the land” of Israel have taken various forms. One thinks of earlier works, such as the magisterial tome by W. D. Davies that was descriptively rich but did not attempt a biblical synthesis. Of course, there have also been many contributions that attempt to tie the various “land” promises to the re-founding of the nation of Israel more than half a century ago. Dr. Martin paints his biblical theology of the land on a grander scale. He argues that the land promises constitute part of a trajectory that begins with the loss of “land” at the expulsion from Eden and ends, finally, in the new heaven and the new earth. The resulting synthesis of the land promises, kingdom promises, and eschatology is thought-provoking and sometimes moving.

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Not the Christian Zionism You’re Thinking Of

While some of the speakers hold to a new “progressive dispensationalism” that differs from the Scofield version, the majority propose a Christian Zionism without any version of dispensationalism at all. For us, Christian Zionism begins with the belief that Jews need and deserve a homeland in Israel. Period. The Bible as a whole proclaims that God is saving the world through Israel, its people (including Jesus), and its land. This was true in ancient times, as it is today and will be in the future. Its presence isn’t to displace others, but to develop the country given to them by the United Nations in 1948 and to fulfill a special history going back at least 3,000 years.

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5 Things Great Leaders Do (That Most People Don’t)

I meet a lot of passionate young people who jump from one thing to the next without finishing many of the things they’ve started. As my mentor pointed out to me in my early twenties, this is a character issue. It’s a sign of immaturity and selfishness as we what we want or feel right now is given complete precedence. It breaks trust with others as they come to realize we can’t be counted on to follow through on what we’ve said. It develops a really bad habit that will not serve you well as you grow older. And it shortcuts the character development that happens in the hard work of persevering (Romans 5:3-4), a necessary quality for every leader.

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Should Christians be Ashamed to Believe in Hell? | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

I recently read a question that was posted by a non-believer to a board that both Christians and atheists follow. There, someone posted a simple question: "Christians, Do you ever feel ashamed that you believe in Hell?" The question is a provocative one. It seems to assume that the doctrine of hell is something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Yet, there are Christians who may never have felt uncomfortable with the concept of hell react to such a charge in just that way. But there's no good reason to be embarrassed about the concept of hell. If one starts with the premise that God exists, then hell becomes something that makes a lot of sense. I'd like to examine both sides of this issue to show just why Hell offers nothing to be embarrassed about. Shame Implies Moral Failing What is it about the idea of hell that makes people feel ashamed? Shame is a feeling normally associated with moral failing, that is it is properly invoked when the person believes or does something that's in error. For example, one may be ashamed that he or she didn't know the answer to an elementary math question.

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"No Catcalling Zone" Street Signs Posted Around New York City and Philadelphia

As part of Anti-Street Harassment Week, New York-based non-profit clothing company Feminist Apparel and Philadelphia-based activist group Pussy Division have collaborated to install street signs in their respective cities, declaring public areas a “No Catcalling Zone.”

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Rachel Held Evans Returns to Church

The Mission had launched in 2010 at the urging of Brian Ward, Evans’s former youth pastor in Dayton, Tennessee, 45 minutes north of Chattanooga. Like other emergent/missional/ancient-future “experiments,” the house church had a piecemeal, earnest feel to it. Evans was quickly named worship pastor and wrote liturgy for group drawn from the Anglican prayer book. Ward baptized a local guitar player in the Tennessee River. Members volunteered at Dayton’s free health clinic. Evans and her husband, Dan, helped to pay the lawyer’s fee to register the Mission as a nonprofit, a decision that “felt as momentous as a down payment on a house,” Evans writes in a new book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church (Thomas Nelson).

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Students Support Hillary Clinton Because She is a Woman

Students Support Hillary Clinton Because She is a Woman

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Finding My Place in The Gospel Coalition

When it comes to gender roles, consent to TGC’s confessional statement doesn't ensure agreement on practice. For example, Tim Keller, pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, gives wide latitude to women in his congregation, encouraging them toward all the rights and responsibilities of unordained men. By contrast, John Piper, co-author with Wayne Grudem for Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, sticks more strictly the biblical text, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man," (1 Tim. 2:12). These differences are inherent to a coalition of Christians, and they represent an inevitable, if sometimes confusing, diversity.

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Renewing Your Mind | Grace Alone, Part 2 | April 17, 2015

Though Pelagianism was rejected by the church, efforts soon emerged to soften the doctrines of Augustine. In the fifth century the leading exponent of such a softening was John Cassian. Cassian, who was the abbot of a monastery in Gaul, together with his fellow monks, completely agreed with the condemnation of Pelagius by the synod in 418, but they objected equally to the strong view of predestination set forth by Augustine. Cassian believed that Augustine had gone too far in his reaction against the heresy of Pelagius and had departed from the teachings of some of the church fathers, especially Tertullian, Ambrose, and Jerome. Cassian said that Augustine’s teaching on predestination “cripples the force of preaching, reproof, and moral energy…plunges men into despair and introduces a certain fatal necessity.” This reaction against the implied fatalism of predestination led Cassian to articulate a position that has since become known popularly as “semi-Pelagianism.” Semi-Pelagianism, as the name implies, suggests a middle ground between Pelagius and Augustine.

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What Is Reformed Theology?

Dr Sproul has presented a wonderful review of Reformed Theology which will challenge the listener in relation to how they understand both the word of God and their theological understandings. Of grest value in this series is the the historical roots of Reformed Theology with the church fathers and the discussion of church heresies and debates. Dr Sproul explains how Reformed Theology developed to combat misunderstandings or heresies within the church so as to provide a correct understanding of both God and His word. Chris Ross. Australia

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O for 7,000+ Tongues to Meep

John’s gospel opens with “In the beginning was the Word.” Most linguists argue that at a deep, cognitive level, all languages are in fact the same: we all speak Language. But we are not the creators of the Word that spoke us into being and made variety possible. As the Russian language theorist Mikhail Bakhtin argued, every word we say is a response to what we’ve heard from others before us, extending infinitely back into the past and toward the future. None of us, Bakhtin says, “is the first speaker, the one who disturbs the eternal silence of the universe.”

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Paul Was Inspired, Yet He Wanted Timothy to Bring Him Books to Read!

We do not know what the books were about, and we can only form some guess as to what the parchments were. Paul had a few books which were left, perhaps wrapped up in the cloak, and Timothy was to be careful to bring them. Even an apostle must read. . . . A man who comes up into the pulpit, professes to take his text on the spot, and talks any quantity of nonsense, is the idol of many. If he will speak without premeditation, or pretend to do so, and never produce what they call a dish of dead men’s brains—oh! that is the preacher. How rebuked are they by the apostle!

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Tim Tebow Teaches Wyoming Youth About Peer Pressure: 'When I Was Young, Even If It Wasn't Right, I Chose to Be Different

Tim Tebow recently provided words of wisdom to the youth at Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Wyoming for a K-Life ministry event Wednesday where he opened up about peer pressure.

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Reading Luke Through Latin American Eyes

Luke’s account of the riot in Ephesus (Acts 19:23–41) is a good example of attentiveness to these matters. Paul’s ministry to Ephesus had a direct social and economic impact. The riot began because he was challenging the city’s worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, and this threatened the economic interests of those who made shrines for her. Or take the story about Pisidian Antioch in Acts 13. When Paul preaches the gospel to a group of Jews and Gentiles, he is talking in part about including diverse cultures, and how majority cultures feel pressure when too many outsiders come in. He’s addressing the problem of racial rivalry. All of these themes remain relevant today.

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Franklin Graham Warns Holocaust Might Be Repeated With Influx of Muslims in US and Europe Who Hate Christians and Jews

The Rev. Franklin Graham warned on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday that another holocaust might become a reality, pointing to the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and the United States, who he said are "bringing their hatred of Jews and Christians with them."

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'Muslim Hardline' Gunmen Open Fire on Catholic School in Pakistan; Injured Christian Student Taken to Hospital

Two masked gunmen on motorcycles, believed to be Muslim, open fired on the campus of a Pakistani Catholic school in Lahore Friday morning, injuring one Christian student and two security guards.

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Matthew McConaughey Got Extremely Emotional Watching the ‘Star Wars’ Trailer (Wink)

Yesterday, the new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens basically broke the Internet , with geeked out fans around the world taking to YouTube to get a look at the JJ Abrams sequel. The brief video was especially emotional for one noted sci-fi fan, actor Matthew McConaughey. It was almost like he was watching videos of his own children of the course over their lifetimes, filmed while he was stuck battling relativity on distant planet. The dude must really like Star Wars ...

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Rachel Held Evans Returns to Church

The Mission had launched in 2010 at the urging of Brian Ward, Evans’s former youth pastor in Dayton, Tennessee, 45 minutes north of Chattanooga. Like other emergent/missional/ancient-future “experiments,” the house church had a piecemeal, earnest feel to it. Evans was quickly named worship pastor and wrote liturgy for group drawn from the Anglican prayer book. Ward baptized a local guitar player in the Tennessee River. Members volunteered at Dayton’s free health clinic. Evans and her husband, Dan, helped to pay the lawyer’s fee to register the Mission as a nonprofit, a decision that “felt as momentous as a down payment on a house,” Evans writes in a new book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church (Thomas Nelson).

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The Compelling Community

Often the word community  is casually tossed around like a Frisbee at a church picnic. Most are familiar enough with it to comfortably “give it a toss” but don’t often think deeply about its dynamics. What would you say community is in your church? Is it small groups? Perhaps it’s a fellowship meal. Maybe it’s men or women getting together. Whatever the case, community likely involves church people getting together for one reason or another. This is a good start, but there is more.

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Colson Center on Twitter

“There are other children whose stories are not being told.” Katy Faust tells Supreme Court. http://bit.ly/1JKzosl  pic.twitter.com/z6n8kOxKPX

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If God Is Perfect Must His Design Be Perfect?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On March 22, 2001 Dr William Lane Craig debated Dr Massimo Pigliucci on the topic, "Does the Christian God Exist?" at University of Georgia in the U.G.A. Chapel. The conclusion of the debate provided a lengthy Q&A session. Questions were asked of each debater allowing the other time to respond. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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God's Super Apostles by Doug Geivett and Holly Pivec - Apologetics Guy

Doug and Holly define NAR as “a movement within Protestant Christianity–and particularly rising out of independent charismatic churches–the seeks to restore the “lost” church offices of apostle and prophet. People in this movement believe that modern-day apostles and prophets must hold official offices in church government” (145).

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ISIS Militants Hold Sex Slave 'Lottery,' Pass Around 8-Y-O Girls to Rape and Torture, Says Escaped Captive

A report released Wednesday that includes interviews with 11 women and nine girls who were sexually enslaved by the Islamic State reveals horrifying details about how the terrorists beat, torture and pass around sexually abused Yazidi and religious minority women and girls.

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Are There Logical Reasons to Believe that God Exists?

William Lane Craig on the logical reasons for believing that God exists. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/

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5 Changes Elementary Sunday Schools Need to Make…ASAP

Yes! Yes! Agree completely. Today’s kids, especially in the part of the country where we live (in the Pacific North West), are confronted at earlier ages with questions by peers who come from non-believing homes. The primary role in equipping them with answers is the parent’s, but I think more can also be done in Sunday school, church activities, classes and VBS settings as well. I’ve been saying this for a while now, kids are able to handle more than what we give them credit for. They can deal with the difficult questions and deserve answers. This is one of the reasons why we decided to leave our previous church. I volunteered in the children’s ministry. I have two kids of my own. The rooms where completely chaotic most of the time and very little time was given to an actual “lesson”. I think the only think the only thing my then first grade daughter took away from her time there was “God made the world and everything in it.” Ok, that’s great, but I wanted more. So, we searched and searched for a new church with a great children’s ministry.

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52 Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Atheism: The Sure Existence of Moral Absolutes
53 Preaching the Ten Commandments
54 How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: What Bart Ehrman Doesn't Understand: The Resurrection of Christ
55 444. Don't We Get All Our Truth From Science?
56 Vandals Wrap Dog Chain Around Mother Mary Statue in India, Remove Baby Jesus' Head
57 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
58 Craig Springer on Twitter
59 Answers in Genesis on Twitter
60 Dr. Brown responds to an Orthodox Jewish caller
61 Mann's Word: Darwinism and its Moral Implications
62 4 Things the ‘Hate Psalms’ Teach Us
63 701. What Is A Four-Point Case For Christianity?
64 Book Review: "Faith, Freedom, and the Spirit" by Paul Molnar
65 Practical Advice for Parenting Teens (Part 2 of 2)
66 Crossway on Twitter
67 http://adrianpursglove.com/science-v-christianity/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer26913
68 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
69 Ryan Gosling in Talks to Star in the ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel
70 Students gain insights into SBC & its leaders
71 A Survey of Church History, Part 2 A.D. 500-1500
72 The Limits of Dialogue: Q Ideas, Gay Marriage, and Chuck Colson - Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture
73 Book a Mission Trip in the Inner City!
74 Christians Across the US Urged to Wear Orange to Raise Awareness About ISIS Victims
75 Self-Doubt as an Ally: Words of Wisdom from Steven Pressfield
76 BetweenTwoWorlds on Twitter
77 Crossway on Twitter
78 The Christian Post on Twitter
79 http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Storyteller-in-All-of-Us-Zac
80 MARK MITTELBERG on Twitter
81 Ligonier.org
82 http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2015/04/rick-warrens-imagination-doctrine.html
83 WORLD | Absolute relativism and missing marriage champions | Nick Eicher | April 17, 2015
84 The Case In Favor Of Micro-Management