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"Faith ultimately can't be argued, faith has to be felt. And hopefully you can still feel your faith fully, and let your mind have a logical life of its own, and they do not defy each other, but complement each other, because logic itself, I don't think, for me, and you know — logic itself will not lead me to God," Colbert previously said. "And, so, hopefully I can use my mind to make my jokes, and not deny my love for God at the same time."

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Why Earth Day Must Matter to Christians

This is why Earth Day matters. Because we have a mandate from God, from the rightful owner, to compassionately care for what is His. Is Earth Day the only day that matters? I can’t help but think of Matthew Scully, who put it this way, “Justice is not some finite commodity, nor are kindness and love … a wrong is a wrong, and often the little ones, when they are shrugged off as nothing, spread and do the gravest harm to ourselves and others.”

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3 The Quiet Plague of Painkillers

God calls us to follow this Good Samaritan’s example. The Lord places people into our paths for a purpose (Acts 8:26–39). He calls us to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and minister to the least (Matthew 25:34–40). I will never know if a medical failure in the form of a prescription bottle first wronged my patient. But I know I failed him when I stood at the foot of his bed as a medical student. I failed him when I responded to his pain with protocols alone, without patience, without love and inquiry — without the gospel. I failed him when I did not take hold of his hand, pray for him, and endeavor to see his suffering and anguish as something only the Lord can take away (Revelation 21:4).

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Genetic Code Complexity Just Tripled | Evolution News

The more that natural selection has to “think” about (if you’ll pardon the expression), the less able it will be to get things right. More accurately, it’s going to take a lot more of what David Berlinski calls “sheer dumb luck” to find a beneficial change. If there are 845,596,301 codon combinations to worry about, it’s like having to get many more numbers right in Powerball than you thought when you bought your lottery ticket. This is what they imply:

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Unbelievable? The Conference 2017

Unbelievable? The Conference 2017

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Why Creativity Isn’t Optional for the Church

You’ve heard people refer to others as “creatives,” to themselves as “a creative” and various other versions. The opposite is true, too: If you’re not the type to consider yourself creative, you think of yourself as, well, not creative. This isn’t really new, is it? People have always been more or less drawn toward creative expression, particularly when it comes to musical or visual creativity.

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. #reTHINK17 Apologetics Student Conference Alabama starts today!! You can still register at the door for $45. http://www.rethinkapologetics.com  pic.twitter.com/GFg4hSUoUE

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The Opioid Crisis Is the Life Issue Christians Must Address

A pro-life stance is the basis for both federal and church efforts in combating opioid abuse. Governor Christie highlighted his pro-life perspective as the foundation for his commission in the listening session: “[Trump] and I are both pro-life for the whole life. Not just for the nine months in the womb, but for the whole life. Every life is an individual gift from God and is precious. And no life is irredeemable.”

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So, Which Is Harder, Marriage or Singleness?

The thing is, we were never meant to live this life alone. We often think that the solution to that is marriage or feeding singles the “contentment in God speech.” The reality is the Church is meant to come alongside each and every person, married or single, young or old, and be there for them. And this means not just saying it, but doing it. The married should purposely reach out to the singles. Enjoy their company. Invite them to things. Take them out to dinner—because we should be celebrating them just as much as a newly married couple.

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Your Job Doesn’t Define You

There is a quote from Brennan Manning that reads, “Define yourself as one radically loved by God. This is your true self, every other identity is an illusion.” My identity is not in my job title. It is not found in the city I’m living in. And it certainly is not found in others’ perspective of me. I am a child of the King. That’s my main title. All the rest is just details of where we live out our calling, to love God and to love His people. Paul refers to himself in scripture as “One beloved by God.”

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What's the Moral of the Story?

Maybe you remember from your earliest school years the common refrain, “What’s the moral of the story?” Depending on the story, we’d say something like, “Slow and steady wins the race,” or “You shouldn’t cry wolf.” The moral of the story is more than just a recounting of the events in the narrative itself. It’s not just a description, but a prescription intended to give guidance. This distinction between description and prescription isn’t just for bedtime or the childhood classroom; it is an abiding aspect of ethics that in turn supports the existence of God.

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10 Things You Should Know about Eastern Orthodoxy

There are @ 6 million people in the U.S. who identify with the Orthodox faith, and @ 200-215 million worldwide (70 million of whom are in Russia alone), all of whom are gathered into one of the 13 autocephalous or “self-governing” Orthodox churches throughout the world. The head of each autocephalous church is called a Patriarch. The Patriarch of Constantinople is given greater honor but has no authority to interfere with the affairs of the other 12 Orthodox communions. “All bishops share equally in the apostolic succession, all have the same sacramental powers, all are divinely appointed teachers of the faith” (Timothy Ware,  The Orthodox Church  [hereafter TOC], new edition [New York: Penguin Books, 1997], 27).

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Open Doors raises concern after Jehovah's Witnesses banned in Russia - Premier

A banned on Jehovah's Witnesses operating in Russia has been described as a "concerning development" by a Christian organisation which defends religious freedoms.

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What the March for Science Is Really About: Your Money | Evolution News

Organizers describe the Washington march as “a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists.” In this atmosphere “it is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.” But unlike the imaginary Moscow marchers in 1950, the Washington marchers are risking nothing more than a few blisters. Scientists in America today are a privileged class. American taxpayers support them with billions of dollars every year.

18 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

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FILM REVIEW: The Case for Christ

Ecumenical (hooray!). One of the experts Lee visits is a Roman Catholic priest and former archaeologist who really knows his stuff about ancient manuscripts. However, it made me laugh when the priest pulled, from the dusty shelves of his church office library, the original P-52 fragment. Ha!! (I don’t think he calls it that, but the shape of that fragment is so iconic, there’s no doubt that’s what the filmmakers used.) One funny thing I noticed is that when the priest gives the count for surviving New Testament manuscripts, he uses the current total, which I’m pretty sure is significantly higher than the total was in 1980.

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Let No One Despise You for Your Youth: A Vision for the Next Generation

I hope the children and young people will pay especially close attention in these messages and listen for what God is calling you to be and to do in these younger years. One of our premises is that living for the glory of Christ is not on hold until you are eighteen or twenty-one. There is a way for six-year-olds to make much of Christ and a way for ten-year-olds to make much of Christ and a way for sixteen-year-olds to make much of Christ. And there is a way for parents and church leaders and all of us to create a matrix of relationships and teachings and expectations and blessings that awaken young people from the emptiness and aimlessness of our popular youth culture and give them a vision for Christ-exalting significance throughout their pre-teen and teen years.

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The Trinity by John Gerstner | April 22, 2017

In this classic one-hundred-message series, Dr. John Gerstner provides an in-depth overview of systematic theology. He explores what God has clearly revealed in Scripture about Himself, mankind, the fall, redemption, the church, and many other essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

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Should Christians Be Patriotic?

But I have to come back in closing to our alien-exile-sojourner status as the main thing. We are citizens of heaven before we are earthly patriots, which means that there are bound to be conflicts between the way Christ our King calls us to live and the ways our beloved homeland expects us to live from time to time. And the other reminder that the culture and ethos of the earthly homeland we love, the other reminder that I have to give is that it is not static. That is, the thing I love about America is not static. It is changing. It is always changing. It always has been changing. The America today is not the America of the 50s, which means that there is a sense of conflict, not only between our earthly homeland and other cultures, but also between what our earthly homeland was and what it is becoming.

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If You’ve Served On A Jury, You’re Already A Good Epistemological Philosopher | Cold Case Christianity

These are concepts we must teach and master in every criminal trial. They are epistemological concepts I describe and examine in Cold Case Christianity . Jurors use these concepts every day, but they’re not the only people who get to test the ideas. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably been employing these principles without even knowing it as you examine the claims of your children! Yes, when it comes right down to it, we are all amateur philosophers, and the courtroom is a practical, accessible epistemological laboratory where these philosophical ideas are clearly communicated, understood and applied every day. If ever there was a time in our culture for Christian Case Makers to examine the activity in courtrooms in order to understand how we come to understand the truth about a past event, now is the time. If you’ve served on a jury, you’re already a good epistemological philosopher and you’ve already got some skills that you can use to make a case for Christianity.

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My Wedding Was Supposed to Be Today

Marriage is a gift. A gift isn’t earned or bargained for, and neither is a spouse. Pursuing maturity in Christ should be a consistent theme in any believer’s life, but never as currency to spend on something else. We pursue Christ not to “earn” a spouse, but in order to know Christ (Philippians 3:10). The gift isn’t given because the gift-receiver is fit enough, or tall enough, or smart enough. It is freely given because the gift-Giver is good. You cannot “earn” your way or “behave” your way to a spouse. God must give him or her to you in his own way, and at his time.

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Letter to a Parent Grieving the Loss of a Child

But there is another way God is honored in our grieving. When we taste the loss so deeply because we loved so deeply and treasured God’s gift — and God in his gift — so passionately that the loss cuts the deeper and the longer, and yet in and through the depths and the lengths of sorrow we never let go of God, and feel him never letting go of us — in that longer sorrow he is also greatly honored, because the length of it reveals the magnitude of our sense of loss for which we do not forsake God. At every moment of the lengthening grief, we turn to him, not away from him. And therefore, the length of it is a way of showing him to be ever present, enduringly sufficient.

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The March for Science Is Willing to Get Political. But Will It Welcome Religion?

For many of them, that’s not all they believe in. Evangelicals’ involvement in the upcoming March for Science reflects their unique place in the sector. Despite all the motivations and concerns they share with their secular counterparts, there’s still some tension over how their faith fits in a field built on empirical facts—especially as the movement employs those facts toward political ends.

34 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily

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Beware of Broken Wolves

Many of us men—including elders called to protect their flock—remain silent hoping that one of our sisters in Christ will speak up before the popular and prominent female Broken Wolves in our midst devours another one of our own. But if not, we probably won’t speak up. The brokenness of Broken Wolves often act as a shield that protects them from any legitimate criticism because we fear being viewed as harsh or unloving towards women. The result is in failing to speak out we leave the women (and men) in our churches vulnerable to be ravaged.

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Signposts: How Can You Know If You're Under God's Discipline? - Russell Moore

How can you know if you’re under the discipline of God? Recently I was asked this question by someone who was concerned that her recent struggles with sin were causing her health problems. Like many others, she worried that God was punishing her.

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Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable

This history returned with a vengeance in 2010, when the Two Saints Church in Alexandria was bombed on New Year’s Eve. Copts poured out into the streets in anger, presaging the Arab Spring. In the months that followed, Muslims rallied around them and defended their churches.

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‘The Lost City of Z’ Points to the City That Is to Come

Based on David Grann’s 2009 book , The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon— and, before that, Grann’s 2005 New Yorker story —the film follows the adventures of Fawcett, who pioneered multiple explorations into the Bolivian jungle between 1906 and 1925. At first commissioned by the Royal Geographic Society to survey the land for mapmaking purposes (and to act as a third party between rival border nations vying to claim the territory), Fawcett soon becomes driven by his own obsessive mission: to uncover a lost civilization (“Z”) he suspects is hidden beneath centuries of vines and underbrush. The evidence for his theory of Z’s existence is scant, but his curiosity and drive are unquenchable. He devotes the rest of his life to searching for his mythic El Dorado, spending years at a time away from his wife (Sienna Miller) and children.

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The Briefing 04-21-17 - AlbertMohler.com

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The Briefing 04-21-17 - AlbertMohler.com

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The Briefing 04-21-17 - AlbertMohler.com

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The Briefing 04-21-17 - 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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The Current Popularity of the ‘Religious Left’ May Not Last Long

FiveThirtyEight’s reasoning lies in the fact that there are actually fewer religious liberals today than there were in the ’90s. Thirty-eight percent of today’s liberals are “religiously unaffiliated,” more than double the number in the ’90s. Another issue is the growing generational gap. Nearly half of all liberals under 30 are “religiously unaffiliated” while 80 percent of liberal seniors are religious. This means that the liberal movement’s more religious components are aging, while the younger generation is more diverse.

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The Ark—A Picture of Jesus

Help us build a full-scale Noah’s Ark! AiG’s part in the Ark Encounter project is raising $24.5 million in donations for an all-wood Ark, the centerpiece and first phase of the whole multi-attraction complex! A finished Ark will be a great testimony to the historicity of the Bible and will proclaim the gospel. For an explanation of the funding of the entire Ark Encounter, go to ArkEncounter.com.

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Were the Apostles Willing to Die for a Misguided Faith?

Craig argues that without the resurrection the Christian faith could not have come into being. It was the resurrection that turned tragedy into triumph. God had vindicated the person of Jesus Christ by raising him from the dead. Thus, he could be proclaimed as the long-awaited Messiah (Acts 2:32-36). If Jesus had not risen, Paul claims the faith of a Christian is worthless and there is no forgiveness for sins (1 Cor 15:14, 17). But since Jesus has risen salvation is possible (Rom 10:9), without belief in the resurrection, the disciples would have seen Jesus as a failed Messiah (Luke 24:21). They would have returned to their previous jobs and gone on with their lives as before. Craig concludes…

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How Lee Strobel, NY Times Best-Selling Christian Author, Wrestles With Doubt

Down-to-the-bone honest Christians will always admit that doubt is something which never disappears. Doubts emerge with every new page turned in life and faith. However, doubt doesn’t have to get the best of us.  In a recent interview with me, Lee Strobel, New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books, unpacks the importance of the doubt – hope dynamic for our faith and how he wrestles with his own doubts in life.

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Stossel - A Practical Earth Day

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The Logical Incoherence of Arguing God is a Social Construct

Some notable points he brought up, which are straight from the Sociology textbook, is that all religion is "socially constructed" and that faith is "belief without scientific evidence." He then brought up the Council of Nicea, concerning the nature of Christ, which reconciled the two ideas that Christ was both fully man and fully God, but attributed it to maintaining unity in the church. In short, we made this up in order to keep peace.

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