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Is Donald Trump a Christian? Is Donald Trump a moral person?

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1 Grace to You Radio

It’s John MacArthur’s most popular study—laying out a biblical pattern for strengthening and improving family relationships. Learn how to make your home one of stability, love and joy, not a breeding ground for strife, in The Fulfilled Family .

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“..I started using Commun.it to be more efficient on the way I manage out Twitter communities. My favorite features? The prioritized feed to focus on the relevant members of the community..”

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Why Do Churches Treat Singleness Like a Problem?

My thoughts on Michael's post: Well, I have to say that I just don't think any of us have to be that "heartbroken and concerned" for Rachel, as you expresses here. (Please see the Editor's latest piece about agreeing to disagree.) In many ways, I think being heartbroken and concerned for someone you've never met and have no relationship with is kinda like critiquing a book without reading it. While you see someone who is representative of the self-centered single population, I see someone who can poke some fun at herself and her quirks, while simultaneously critiquing a church that has certainly inflicted itself on people who haven't married and done significant damage in the process. So, yes. I think the irony was missed. I also think, in as much as you are absolutely entitled to your opinion on those not married, those not married are equally entitled to their opinions. I don't think the author of this article would disagree in the slightest that marriage is something to be entered into with seriousness and thoughtfulness. I would also argue that Rachel has embraced her singleness in order to work as effectively as she can, whether on Skid Row, or whatever else she does.

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Ligonier Ministries

Six 30-Minute Messages. The Holiness of God is Ligonier Ministries’ most popular and enduring series. Literally thousands of people have testified to a transforming encounter with God through this series. This series examines the meaning of holiness and why people … Learn More

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Jesus’ Flipping Tables Isn’t an Excuse for Your Online Rants

The irony here is that always smiling and being nice and unfailingly polite aren't actually Christian virtues, they are the thin veneer of a materialistic middle class society which promotes forced silences and grudging cooperation. They are not love, charity, longsuffering, forebearance, etc. They are social programs of control inflicted upon people by various cliques for various purposes, hiding under the guise of Christian virtue. And, yet more ironically, these sorts of theologies and counselings seek to make a sin out of human emotion. Christ never told people anger was sinful. And yet I hear it all the time. This doesn't come from the Bible, this comes from self-help gurus, pop-psychology, and Miss Manners.

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The Data Don’t Lie: Couples That Pray Together Actually Do Stay Together

The academy is pretty divided, ideologically speaking. Most scholars, particularly in sociology, have a more progressive and often more secular perspective on the world than do ordinary Americans. There are few opportunities for scholars who don’t share the same ideological commitment to engage in a meaningful way. Despite our differences, Wolfinger and I share a commitment to the truth and to trying to understand what’s happening in the data. For people who are skeptical of our empirical claims about marriage and church, it’s important to underline the fact that a progressive was also doing the statistics.

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9 Things You Should Know About Jehovah’s Witnesses

1. Jehovah’s Witnesses — their name is intended to designate them as “ a group of Christians who proclaim the truth about Jehovah ” — comprise just less than 1 percent of U.S. adults , yet are among the most  racially and ethnically diverse  religious groups in America. According to Pew Research , no more than four-in-ten members of the group belong to any one racial and ethnic background: 36 percent are white, 32 percent are Hispanic, 27 percent are black and 6 percent are another race or mixed race. Roughly two-thirds (65 percent) are women, while only 35 percent are men. They also also tend to be less educated, with a solid majority of adult Jehovah Witnesses (63 percent) having no more than a high school diploma (compared with, for example, 43 percent of evangelical Protestants).

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How Writing Can Be a Spiritual Discipline

As writers, we lasso meaning, shape it into something beautiful, and offer it to the world. The key, for me, is not to get hung up in whether or not I’m writing about faith. 2 Corinthians 2:15 says we’re the aroma of Christ. Because the Holy Spirit lives in us, we exude God’s character. Even if I don’t name drop Jesus in my article, the message of hope I capture relays a dimension of who God is—His love, His power, His sovereignty, His goodness. And when I say “yes” to God’s design for my life by living creatively, I give others permission to do the same. What does the world need more than a band of free men and women living true to their callings?

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Die to Your Flesh and Live

But we also find our weak flesh to be powerful, opposing our willing spirit’s intentions and resolve to follow Jesus in the obedience of faith (Galatians 5:17; Romans 1:5). Fighting it is a daily struggle. What do we prayerfully watch for to escape the power of our weak flesh?

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Christianity's Five Most Countercultural Virtues

Faith doesn’t mean there’s an absence of doubt, mystery, or complexity, but it allows you to have confidence in something—a relationship with someone. To invest your trust and hope in any one thing is notable enough, but to have faith in an unseen, unquantifiable, supernatural God is one of the most countercultural acts imaginable.

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Donald J. Trump on Twitter

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Science: Being With Friends Is More Powerful Than Morphine

One theory, known as 'the brain opioid theory of social attachment', is that social interactions trigger positive emotions when endorphin binds to opioid receptors in the brain. This gives us that feel-good factor that we get from seeing our friends.

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God Is Not Like You—And That’s a Good Thing

Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth, not that we lack a sense of significance. It’s that we lack awe. . . . Awe helps us worry less about self-worth by turning our eyes first toward God, then toward others. It also helps establish our self-worth in the best possible way: we understand both our insignificance within creation and our significance to our Creator. (148–49)

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it. Listen here....

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Can People of Color Really Make Themselves at Home?

InterVarsity was like a house with all sorts of staff living in it. Most of the white staff felt like they owned the house. They felt free to move the furniture, decorate the walls, put their feet up, and cook the foods they liked to eat. But others on our team, though they “lived” in the house, were just guests. As a guest, it’s impolite to move the furniture or criticize the decor, and if you don’t like the food served, you don’t complain—because if you complain, you’re not invited back.

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Special Section - The 2016 Wilberforce Weekend - Washington Times

The 2016 Wilberforce Weekend: Energizing and equipping Christian leadership in the spirit of William Wilberforce is a Special Report sponsored by The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.

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Living Faithfully in the New Public Square: A Google Hangout with Jennifer Marshall Today at 3:30pm

Today at 3:30pm, we will be joined by The Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall , and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College . Miss Marshall is a vice president and runs the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. Together, we will discuss the theological foundation for living faithfully amid radically transformed social norms and cultural upheaval.

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J.P. Moreland Answers Three Important Questions

J.P. MORELAND : When I started, most people believed in God and historical apologetics, and questions about people who never hear the gospel were front and center. Now, the question of God needs to be defended, issues of science and Christianity, and topics about pluralism and relativism regarding worldviews and religions are important. Also, people don’t believe in truth, so that needs to be defended and clarified.

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Your Desires Want to Kill You

When God saved us from our sin, he brought us from death into marvelous light and life. But sin still tries to entice us and destroy us, so the call to faith is a call to war. In twenty minutes, John Piper brings this warfare to life, and then begins to apply it to marriage.

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7 Books That Will Help You Care for the Poor

My curious nature and appetite for reading led me to a career in journalism, and then public relations and international development. Along the way, I realized that if I wanted to do my job well—or just do life well, really—I needed to keep reading and learning. While we all may have an idea of what we think helping the poor should look like, often those ideas are in fact harmful to the very people we’re trying to help. (Google “whites in shining armor” or take two minutes to look at the latest viral sensation on Instagram— Barbie Savior —to see what I mean).

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Did the Early Christians Get the Jesus Story Wrong?

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Five Awkward Conversations Every Teen Needs to Have with Their Parents

Teenagers need to talk with parents about our future and our dreams and our life-long pursuit of Christ. We need long conversations in large doses, with mutual respect and gracious spirits. But there will inevitably be conflict. Sometimes, parents, you will not like our plans. You will have your own expectations and ideas. You want what’s best for us, but sometimes we disagree, because you, teenager, have your own dreams. You don’t like your parents’ suggested college or career, and you will have to say so.

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What Is the Inner Witness of the Holy Spirit?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org In 1998, Dr William Lane Craig debated Professor Keith M. Parsons at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. The topic of the debate was "Why I Am/Am Not a Christian." After the debate there was a lengthy exchange between the debaters lead by the moderator. The debate concluded with a question and answer period allowing both Dr Craig and Professor Parsons the opportunity 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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Myth #4: Hallucinations

This is just one of the many myths about Christianity that millions of people have bought into. But one thing remains certain — Jesus died on the cross and rose again 3 days later. That's not just faith — it's FACT — and there's a strong historical foundation to support this. Click here to buy the full course: resurrectionjesus.com

28 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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Let's Agree to Disagree

In my estimation, serious false doctrine is often promoted in Christian circles under the pretense of "asking questions" and "having conversations." As I said, there is nothing wrong with genuine questions and conversations. Yet certain questions reveal that the questioner already presupposes the answer to his own question. For example, consider Bell's classic question, "Would a loving God really send people to suffer for eternity?" Embedded within this question are certain assumptions about God and what it means for Him to be loving, and by extension also assumptions about the human condition and our relationship to God. The way the question is worded reveals its own answer. Love Wins was an attempt by Bell to justify his assumptions about God, not to honestly wrestle with Scripture and strive to submit himself to it.

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31 The Briefing 05-02-16 – AlbertMohler.com

Now from a Christian worldview perspective it is hard to overestimate what this represents in two different ways. In the first sense, directly, when it comes to requiring women to register for the draft and then on the basis of that draft, were it to be reinstated, to be deployed just as young men in combat positions. One of the things we saw when the Obama Administration announced the change that all combat positions would be open to women is that we are now in a secular society that seems to have lost not only its sanity, but also to have lost any ability to make a moral argument against women serving in combat. Successive generations of feminist ideology and political correctness have rendered even Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, at least some of them in this case, the crucial margin for passing this bill in the House Armed Services Committee, from recognizing or making or having the courage to stand by an argument that in some sense men and women are different, and that in any sense it is morally wrong to put women in combat positions. But we need to note how this particular discussion has shifted in a matter of weeks and months.

32 Light at Conception

The lead to a recent article in the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper sums up a remarkable discovery by researchers at Northwestern University near Chicago: “Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.”

33 Get 'Six Ways to Pray for Our Nation'

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Click here to support Russian Jesus Storybook Bibles by Mark Browne

Hi. My name is Mark Browne. I am a pastor and have been doing friendship evangelism in the former Communist Pioneer Youth camps north of St. Petersburg, Russia since 1994. By God’s grace we have mobilized over 3,000 volunteers into those camps over the past 22 years. We’ve built relationships with the kids and orphans on the camps so that our lives might become bridges over which the Lord Jesus could walk into their lives with His grace and mercy. I am raising money to get the bible in Russian to children. We will use the money to buy 400 Russian Jesus Storybook Bibles to reach Russian children in camps, orphanages and  for college students through missionaries in Moscow and St. Petersburg. We need the funds by: May 15, 2016. We will be giving these away, so the cost to us will only be $6.00/ Bible: $2,400. The shipping will be around $700: $400 to ship to Moscow and $300.00 to then ship to St. Petersburg. So I am praying for at least $3,100.  Anything over that will help to provide sheets, clothing, blankets and school supplies for a homeless children’s shelter in Vyborg, Russia, which on the border with Finland.

35 Commissioning Service Information | Bevin Center

In support of all students mobilizing for missions this summer, Dr. Mohler will be leading in a special time of commissioning during chapel on May 3. If you’re planning on being part of a summer missions or evangelism excursion, let us know so that we can pray for you in this chapel service.

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Will Ben Carson's Bible Advice to Donald Trump Work? Here’s What Americans Think

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson recently told reporter Rita Cosby that his advice to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on handling his temper was to “read the Bible and pray and learn how to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes.” (Trump recently said his favorite Bible verse is “ an eye for an eye .”)

37 Rob Schwarzwalder on Twitter

Author Mindy Belz speaking at FRC now on Christian genocide in Middle East. pic.twitter.com/nJvoSRyP3D

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Crossway on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

39 Stand to Reason | 2016 STR Cruise

In a world where Christians are constantly faced with opposition, it is particularly important to refocus, refresh, and refuel. That is why Stand to Reason is offering you an opportunity to take six days away from the demands and challenges from our culture and take advantage of STR’s vision which is to give confidence for every Christian, clear thinking for every challenge and courage and grace for every encounter.

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Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine

I’ve heard it said that evangelical Christians don’t study our church history very deeply. As a fellow evangelical, I think there is, unfortunately, a lot of truth in this statement. Contemporary Christians can learn a great deal from the history of their faith. But where to start? This series, “Christian Thinkers 101,” provides a snapshot of some of the faith’s key theologians and apologists and their important books and ideas.

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Is free will an illusion?

42 Challenge: Is Pig’s Meat Allowed Today or Not?

First, that God was angry with the Israelites for eating pig and described those who ate pig as irritating does not entail that there is something inherently or enduringly wicked about pig eating. For instance, I may set a bedtime for my nephew at 9 pm and get angry with him if he violates it. But that doesn't entail that I have any objective reason for thinking nephews should be in bed by 9 pm and there is clearly nothing inherently or enduringly wicked about staying up past 9 pm. Thus, that God is angry with pig eating and finds pig eaters irritating in Isaiah 65:3-5 is not sufficient grounds, in itself, to tell us that there is a universal or enduring moral principle about not eating pigs.

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7 Sure Signs That America Has Declared War on Our Faith

According to Jeremy Tedesco, Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, "We asked the Colorado Supreme Court to take this case to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect the people's freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living. Jack, who has happily served people of all backgrounds for years, simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message and event with which he disagrees, and that freedom shouldn't be placed in jeopardy for anyone."

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Books - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Using sound reasoning and evidence—not religion—award-winning author Frank Turek shows that everyone will be hurt including children, the nation, and even homosexuals themselves. Turek provides concise answers to objections about equal rights, discrimination, and being born a certain way, and he exposes the real reason gay activists are trying to impose same-sex marriage on the country without a single vote from the people. Turek’s message is direct but respectful. It is correct, not politically correct. And it is a message that we must not ignore. For details, see ImpactApologetics.com .

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Arguments Against The Existence Of God

2) Why do Bad People Exist and Get Away With Things? If God is loving, why does he permit so much suffering in this world? A. Bad people exist due to their free will to choose evil over good; their first choice is to reject the existence of evil as even existing in a universe which is closed and physicalist, a common Atheist position. Thus “all things are permitted” (Dostoevsky). If evil does not exist, then how can you ask about “bad” things and suffering as being evil? The question is posed out of a worldview which does not even believe that “bad” exists, and therefore that suffering is actually “bad”. So it is an attack on God for the purpose of justifying the contrary position. But the presupposition that “love” would produce a different outcome is false; a loving deity might provide a gift which involves having to deal with hardship and choices. So the underlying presupposition is false (False Premise).

46 I’m addicted to porn…what do I do?

The problem of pornography is a secret sin that both men and women struggle deeply. Many want to overcome their addiction, but don’t know how. If you struggle with pornography, or know someone who does, Pastor Mark answers one of our reader’s questions to provide some helpful insight.

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Manual of Christian Evidences: Fisher Chapter 1 Guided Reading

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Reasons To Believe : Thank God for Merging Neutron Stars

Have you thanked God for neutron and black hole merging events today? You should. A new study of an ancient dwarf galaxy shows that human life—and certainly a global high-technology civilization—might not have been possible if it weren’t for neutron and black hole merger events. Without such events, Earth and the rest of the universe would lack the abundance of elements heavier than zinc that are needed for the existence of billions of people on a single planet.

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Advice for future church planters

Recently a friend in his first year of seminary asked me what kinds of classes he should take and what he should do while in school to prepare for church planting. This question was not on my mind during my time at SBTS in the early 2000’s, but in God’s providence I planted a church six years after graduation. As I reflect on the disciplines, gifts, and knowledge needed to plant a church, this is what I would do if I were a seminarian who hoped to plant a church.

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Reasons To Believe : Believe It or Not! Ancient Biomolecules Evidence for Old Earth

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana

51 Paul Rudd to Star in the Crazy Real-life Thriller ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’
52 4 reasons why every Christian should be pro-life - Premier Christianity
53 Is God Real? Common, Objective Moral Standards Are an Evidence of God's Existence
54 The Search for a Godly Spouse (Part 2 of 2)
55 WORLD | Globe Trot: Rome honors Christian martyrs with blood-red fountain | Mindy Belz | April 29, 2016
56 ThinkChristian on Twitter
57 When (and Why) Feminism Is Anti-Feminine
58 Is There a Europe without Christianity?
59 Spiritual Warfare: What You Didn't Hear at Bible Study
60 The Briefing 04-29-16 – AlbertMohler.com
61 Research Finds that 90% of Americans Pray for Healing
62 Studies show: families that pray together are stronger and closer
63 Going On Retreat: The Role of Good Intentions in Spiritual Formation
64 WORLD | Two U.S. missionaries slain in Jamaica | Onize Ohikere | May 3, 2016
65 Is the Universe an Object, and Does It Matter?
66 Five Ways God Relates to You
67 Small Acts of Cowardice Are Destroying Our Culture
68 Indiana: Last Chance to Save the Country | RedState
69 1 Peter 2:20–23, Part 3: Those Who Suffer Receive a Blessing
70 Renewing Your Mind | The Mother of God's Children | May 3, 2016
71 Seeing Christ in All of Scripture - New, Free Book from Westminster
72 Can Science Rule Out the Existence of God?
73 Planned Parenthood under Investigation
74 A majority of millennials reject capitalism
75 Some Heroes Just Invented a Pizza Box Made Out of Pizza
76 Jonas Miller on Twitter
77 http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/05/share-your-thoughts-reader-on-god-and.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
78 Radical Depravity (Part 1) by Steven Lawson | May 3, 2016
79 http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/can-pleasure-in-god-really-compete-with-the-pleasures-of-porn
80 Advice for future church planters
81 Premier Christian on Twitter
82 Why Is Radiohead Deleting All of Their Social Media Accounts?
83 http://markdriscoll.org/recommendedreading/
84 Answering Tough Questions About Forgiveness
85 Dostoevsky vs. Superman
86 Were the Stories of Jesus Radically Changed Before They Were Written Down? My Review of Bart Ehrman's Latest
87 Meet the Mysterious Inventor of Bitcoin: Australian Entrepreneur Craig Wright
88 Aimee Semple McPherson and the Greatest Mystery in American Religious History
89 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily
90 4 Problems with Free-Spirit Theology
91 Why It’s Foolish to Underestimate the Gift of Faith
92 Islam: The World's Fastest-Growing Religion (David Wood)
93 In 6 Months Since Budget Deal: Debt Up More Than $1 Trillion
94 The Babylon Bee | Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.
95 Against misogyny: why every conservative should #DumpTrump #NeverTrump
96 Jesus and Repentance