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“When the praises go up, the blessings come down.” Chance the Rapper performed his highly anticipated new single, "Blessing," on The Tonight Show last night, and it actually sounds a lot like a worship song. On Twitter, the hip-hop star has been open about his faith and his own spiritual journey, and his new song—which features a verse from gospel star Byron Cage and a choir—has unabashedly Christian lyrics throughout. His new mixtape drops on May 13.

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Huckabee Rips #NeverTrump: If You’re Not Going to Support Voters’ Choice, Leave the GOP

“When we nominated people over the past several election cycles, some of us had heartburn, but we stepped up and supported the nominee,” he said, and told any Republicans not backing Trump to leave the party. “This isn’t Burger King,” he said. “This is an election. And you don’t get it all the time just like you want it.”

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9 Reasons Harriet Tubman Is a Perfect Choice for the New $20 Bill

Her escape plans were, despite Tubman’s illiteracy, well-planned and well-executed. Some sources report that she lead more than 13 expeditions during her life and helped to free tons and tons of slaves. The number is hard to track, but some sources say Tubman led as many as 300 people to freedom in Canada and other free states. These journeys were long and difficult and her skills and sleuth tendencies kept many people alive, including children. She would often use natural remedies for sicknesses and to hush crying babies—because, again, she was awesome.

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Every Mother’s Son

This is why Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to render genuine honor that is more than something that Hallmark demands of us. If we just check off the perfunctory card, or the obligatory vase of flowers, then we are missing the point. Now when I say that a celebration of something like Mother’s Day is scriptural, as I do, I am not extending this into the particular customs. Nothing in Scripture requires a particular date on the calendar, or to give roses instead of tulips, or a card instead of a gift. We are after the principle, not the method. Scripture does not dictate which particular method we use, but it does require that we have a method.

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Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter

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Grace to You

When David’s ascent to the throne began, Saul’s slow and painful descent began also. “The Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul” (1 Sam. 16:14). Without God’s empowering Holy Spirit, Saul was effectively no longer king over Israel (15:28), although his physical removal from the throne, and his death, happened many years later. “And a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.” God, in His sovereignty, allowed an evil spirit to torment Saul (see Judg. 9:23; 1 Kin. 22:19–23; Job 1:6–12) for His purpose of establishing the throne of David. This spirit, a messenger from Satan, is to be distinguished from a troubled emotional state brought on by indwelling sin or the harmful consequences of the sinful acts of others (e.g., spirit of jealousy, Num. 5:14). This demon spirit attacked Saul from without, for there is no evidence that the demon indwelt Saul. Saul, whose inward constitution was already prone to questionable judgment and the fear of men, began to experience God’s judgment in the form of severe bouts of depression, anger, and delusion, initiated and aggravated by the evil spirit assigned to him.

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The Church Needs Your Humility, Not Your Criticism

The famous writer’s response offers a powerful lesson to a generation of Christians who grew up watching their churches stumbled through the culture wars, neglect justice and bungled questions about marriage and family. It’s easy for Christians in the Millennial generation constantly to criticize the Church and become cynical. We’ve seen and often are seeing the flaws of today’s Christianity. And many of us have become experts at pointing out these flaws.

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NYT Opinion on Twitter

Moral silence in the Trump era shortchanges both our gospel and our future, writes @drmoore http://nyti.ms/1SUwGHJ  pic.twitter.com/TxufbfC8Bx

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Outrage: Officials Just Decided That ‘Boaty McBoatface' Will Be Called the ‘RRS Sir David Attenborough’

In a failed attempt to appease the masses that they willfully ignored, officials will name a small research submarine onboard the ship “Boaty McBoatface.” We should issue a reminder here: The sub is neither a boat nor the mighty vessel that the good people of Britain agreed to vote on when they exercised their democratic right.

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5 Myths about Teaching Apologetics to Students

There are endless debates in youth ministry about whether we should teach up or teach down to students. In my experience, students are capable of far more than we give them credit for. In fact, I think most students will rise to the level of expectations we set for them. If students can take algebra, world history, and biology, they can certainly learn how to defend their faith at a high level. We do need to work to make apologetics interesting and relevant to students, but that doesn’t mean we always need to dumb it down. In fact, the favorite lesson for my 11 th and 12 th graders this year was the week we spent on the ontological argument for the existence of God.

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The Untold Story of Olympic Champion Eric Liddell

Throughout the book Hamilton portrays Liddell in heroic tones, but in the final section he really lays it on thick. “Liddell’s character and his beliefs never allowed him to be depressed or negative,” Hamilton writes, “irrespective of the hardships.” Hamilton seems to have good reason for such an assessment, based as it is on accounts from those who lived at the camp and who overflow with praise for Liddell’s integrity and unselfishness. Indeed, Liddell’s sterling character shines through to such an extent that it’s not at all diminished when Hamilton dismisses as false one story—supposedly, Winston Churchill managed to secure Liddell’s release from the internment camp, but Liddell gave his spot to a pregnant woman instead.

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The Two Most Overlooked Apologetics Verses In the Bible

The ancient Hebrews’ conception of God and his relation to his creation was vastly different from that of others in the Ancient Near East. From a philosophical perspective it has been exceedingly successful for millennia since then: it was, in that sense, very highly advanced philosophy. Such uniquely prescient and enduringly successful thinking is not explained by any prior tradition, for there is no indication of advanced thought leading up to it either among the Hebrews or in any neighboring culture. Did it come from nowhere at all? Or did it come by revelation from God?

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With Hands She Could Not See

We know that Mary was more blest Than any mother — gave her breast To give him life who gave her breath And with his life chose, freely, death. We know what Mary pondered when She saw him, unlike other men, Without a single flaw. “I am The mother of a spotless Lamb.” The words of Simeon were etched Deep in her soul, nor could be stretched To lose their sting, as if the sword He prophesied did not accord With her worst dreams. “This child is set To heal and wound the world. And yet, Not he alone, but you the toll Must pay. A sword will pierce your soul.” And so it was. With every blow, She tasted the prophetic woe. And then, before he said, “I thirst,” And she would now behold the worst, The Lord looked down and said to her, “From this day, woman, I confer On John, my most beloved friend, The first-born duty: to attend To every need you have.

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Steve Chalke's Oasis church to offer gay marriages - premier

Steve Chalke, the founder of the Oasis movement, has told Premier his church is in the process of registering to perform gay marriages.

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What C.S. Lewis Teaches Us About Losing Faith and Finding It Again

As Chesterton puts it, “The popular critics of Christianity are not really outside of it … Their criticism has taken on a curious tone; as of a random and illiterate heckling.” You likely know what he was talking about: Many of the complaints and criticisms we hear about Christianity are more emotionally charged than carefully reasoned. And safe passage to meaningful conversations with each other can be hard to find.

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Is God Just a Human Invention? | Gospel eBooks

Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow have penned an accessible yet rigorous look at the arguments of the New Atheists. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, McDowell and Morrow lay out the facts so that the emerging generation can make up their own mind after considering all the evidence.

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Joanna Vitale on Twitter

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Christians are marginalized in academic life // Elaine Storkey

Speaking from her experience, Dr Elaine Storkey shares some of the struggles of being both a Christian and an academic. Elaine is a philosopher, sociologist and theologian. She is known for her lecturing, writing and broadcasting. Join us for an in-depth interview with a well known Christian speaker, author or public figure every Saturday afternoon. The Profile is broadcast every Saturday at 4pm on Premier Christian Radio and is brought to you in association with Premier Christianity Magazine. For more 'The Profile' interviews, visit: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/... | For more video and audio content: http://player.premier.org.uk | Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/togetherpremier | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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How a French Atheist Becomes a Christian Theologian (Guillaume Bignon)

For more by Guillaume Bignon: http://theologui.blogspot.com Born and raised in France, Guillaume was happy and successful as an atheist. So why is he now a Christian theologian? Find out how God changed him in this interview.

22 The Briefing 05-06-16 – 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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No Trinity, No Love

Think about it: A solitary god cannot be love. He may learn to love. He may yearn for love. But he cannot in himself be love, since love requires an object. Real love requires relationship. In the doctrine of the Trinity we finally see how love is part of the fabric of creation; it’s essential to the eternal, need-nothing Creator. From eternity past, the Father and the Son and the Spirit have been in community, in relationship. They have loved each other. That loving relationship is bound up in the very nature of God himself.

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WORLD | The tragedy of transgenderism | Sam A. Andreades | May 6, 2016

But all this means that, according to Scripture, the current eagerness to pursue sex-change procedures as an answer to inner alienation is misguided. As many parents can testify, gender dysphoria is common in children and usually can be addressed not by changing the body but by dispelling misunderstandings of what they think a boy or girl should be, by clarifying for them the truth of their gender.

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5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

While I used to read Jesus’s teaching on money and possessions as a burdensome call to sacrificial (even boring) living, owning less actually resulted in a better life, full of freedom and joy and peace. I began to recognize that Jesus wasn’t calling me to a boring life; he was calling me to a more abundant life. Here are a few of the surprising spiritual benefits my family and I have experienced since deciding to own less stuff:

26 THE LAB 2016

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3 Ways You Can Serve Teenagers in Your Church

Love can’t thrive where stereotypes and misunderstandings reign. If you don’t know the teenagers at your church, you can’t serve them (Gal. 5:13). Start by pulling them into the life and heartbeat of your church through communication. Walk up to a teen or two this Sunday and ask them about their week, about their studies and hobbies, and what they’ve recently read in the Bible. Tell them about yourself. Create a meaningful dialogue as the first step to building a relationship. You’ll discover fears, insecurities, needs, and desires that will equip you to serve them with an intentionality you wouldn’t have otherwise.

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Submit to Laws for the Lord’s Sake

Look at the Book is John Piper’s latest effort to help teach people to read the Bible for themselves. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher.

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Harriet Tubman, on the Money

She was an incredible woman—one we can and should celebrate and emulate. Today there still is, sad to say, plenty of evil that needs resisting. For instance, we’re increasingly facing the demands of bullies that we embrace laws and opinions that contradict the teachings of God. Who knows, like Harriet, we may be called upon to move to another state—one that puts a proper value on religious freedom. Or we may have to go to court to protect our First Amendment rights—or help others to do so.

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Welcome! Truthbomb Apologetics strives to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever.

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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

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Eight Steps to Investigating the Case for Christianity

After twenty-five years spent handling evidence and investigating the truth (much of that time related to cold-case homicides), I’ve learned a few things about how we can investigate the Christian worldview and present it to those who have questions. There are a number of important parallels to be drawn between criminal investigations and examining the case for Christianity. In this post, I want to share eight steps I take in all my cold-case investigations. In my next post, I provide you with eight steps prosecutors take when presenting our cases. I hope there are a few valuable principles you can apply to your own investigation (and presentation) of Christianity. When I open a cold-case investigation, there are a number of steps I have to take before I can even begin to think about making a presentation to a jury. The process looks something like this:

35 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Reasons To Believe : Q&A: Is Christianity a Science Showstopper?

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

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Why #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

First , Hollywood has had openly gay characters in movies and TV for years (shows like Will and Grace and Modern Family come to mind). Granted, it hasn’t been as prevalent in movies, but it’s hard to find a show on TV today that doesn’t have a gay character. It was only a matter of time before this kind of thing made its way to movies and TV shows for kids . From a worldly mindset, this is a natural progression. Whether or not Disney makes Elsa a lesbian character remains to be seen, but make no mistake, the day will come. Some LGBT groups will not rest until their ideology is propagated in every area of education and media. If Jesus doesn’t come back first, it will come.

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Jon Stewart’s New HBO Show Could Be on Before the Election

It is a perfect example of bringing a remarkable original voice into the house, giving a new opportunity of expression to that original voice and saying, ‘We now have the flexibility to let you paint however you want to. My hunch is it will evolve over time. It will iterate over time … He has free reign to do whatever he wants.

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Why Would God Create a Massive Universe?

From time to time, an atheist will say to me that the size of the universe is evidence that A) we’re insignificant, and B) it wasn’t created by God (since there’s so much “wasted space”). In his book Look and Live , Matt Papa reflects on a purpose for the massive size of the universe:

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Four Principles for Reading the Old Testament - Westminster Theological Seminary

The interpretation of the Old Testament is sometimes presented as a complex affair, a task only to be attempted by those with advanced degrees and a fluent understanding of Ancient Near Eastern culture, intertestamental literature, and ancient languages. To be sure, each of these areas of study can be a great asset to our understanding of the Word of God, but in this short post I want to suggest four basic principles for interpreting the Old Testament that can be grasped and applied thoughtfully by almost anyone who approaches this part of the Scriptures.

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Really Recommended Posts 5/6/16- creationism and the Grand Canyon, Deborah, and more!

It’s another week and I’m here to bring you some more great reading for your weekend. Be sure to let the authors know what you think, and let me know here as well. Topics for this week include the Grand Canyon and the biblical Flood, Deborah as leader, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and more!

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Good Without God: Is God Necessary for Morality? Kile Jones vs. David Wood

http://www.acts17.net/2013/05/good-wi... http://www.kilejones.com Can we be good without God? In one sense, we obviously can, for we can all do things that human beings regard as "good," whether we believe in God or not. But in a deeper sense, moral judgments presuppose objective moral values, moral duties, and responsibility for our actions, and some thinkers are convinced that such presuppositions are inconsistent with Atheism. In this debate, Kile Jones and David Wood discuss two different views of the relationship between God and morality.

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Is God Just a Human Invention? | Gospel eBooks

Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow have penned an accessible yet rigorous look at the arguments of the New Atheists. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, McDowell and Morrow lay out the facts so that the emerging generation can make up their own mind after considering all the evidence.

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Are You Nominally Pro-Life?

If we’re saying the former (“Abortion is killing”) without the latter (“We will serve you”), we aren’t truly understanding the gospel. And if we’re claiming we’re pro-life yet doing nothing about it, we not only aren’t truly understanding the gospel; we’re not truly pro-life. 

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When the DOJ (Department of Justice) Became the DOGA (Department of Gay Activism) | The Stream

What the DOJ has now made clear is that in its aggressive solidarity with the LGBT community, it will wage war against the rights of everyone else. Be aware and be on guard, conservative Americans and people of faith. The DOJ might soon be targeting you.

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The Way of Lament

The laments in Scripture do more than just voice painful emotions. The psalms of lament, in particular, go further than just releasing pent-up emotions. They are more than mere catharsis. Within themselves, these psalms are a theology, a doxology, a form of worship. They are reminders of truth. They are exercises in faith. They are transformative for the believer. And there is much we can learn from them.

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Meeting There at Last by John MacArthur | May 7, 2016

The biblical doctrine of salvation has past, present, and future aspects to it. In anticipation of heaven, the Bible teaches that every true believer will persevere from this world to the next. As Jonathan Edwards wrote to his daughter Esther on the death of her husband, “Let us all take care that we may meet there at last.” This session will consider the comfort and hope of heaven that encourages the saints to persevere in faith to the end of their lives.

49 Boycotts, Buffalo, Berrigan, Boys, and Press Freedom

Buffaloed by a False Narrative. An oft-repeated staple of American lore is that buffalo were as plentiful as the stars in the sky until Europeans wiped them out. Then environmentalists rushed in to save the day. Well, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan: It’s not what we don’t know that hurts us. It’s what we do know that’s wrong. New scholarship suggests the buffalo population was in decline long before Europeans came to America, and it was in fact entrepreneurs, not environmentalists, who brought the bison back from the brink of extinction. According to historian Larry Schweikart , the real hero of the story is the American rancher, who saw a business opportunity with the bison: “These advocates of preservation were primarily Western ranchers who speculated that ownership of the few remaining bison could be profitable and elite Easterners possessed of a nostalgic urge to recreate . . . the frontier.” Rancher Charles Goodnight, not environmentalists, provided the herd reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1902. Today there are around 500,000 buffalo in the United States, and about 90 percent are in private hands.

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/strong-marriages-build-strong-culture

Marriage is the fundamental building block of every community, church, state, nation, society, and culture. If you know anything about history, you know that where marriages are strong, cultures and nations and empires are strong. You know that wherever marriages and families are weak, cultures and nations are in decline. We know that the more marriages are devalued, the more a nation is in decline.

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52 Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity
53 Does Evolution Have a . . . Chance?
54 How To Be An Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough
55 Todd Kron on Twitter
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57 BreakPoint This Week: Parting Ways with Parties?
58 Twitter Video
59 5 Myths about Teaching Apologetics to Students
60 On Christian Music
61 Log In - The New York Times
62 Resurrection Appearances in the Longer Ending of Mark
63 Instagram photo by @louiegiglio • May 7, 2016 at 7:02pm UTC
64 The Explanatory Power of Christianity
65 Biola Apologetics on Twitter
66 Christians and Homosexuality
67 Biola Apologetics on Twitter
68 Infographic: Everything you Need to Know About Arianism
69 Should I leave my church? 8 critical questions
70 RELEVANT Podcast: Joshua DuBois
71 A Q&A with the Apostle Paul on What’s Wrong with the Human Race and What God Did About It
72 Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter
73 .@Ichthus77 #Apologetics Daily
74 ZachariasTrust on Twitter
75 Ligonier Ministries
76 Biola Apologetics on Twitter
77 Should Christians Celebrate Biblical Feast Days?
78 The Blessings of Forgiveness
79 Jesus’ Words Gave Him Away | Cold Case Christianity
80 Five Reasons Why You Can Believe God Exists | The John Ankerberg Show
81 Renewing Your Mind | The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones | May 6, 2016
82 Meet Your New Han Solo: Alden Ehrenreich
83 CRI on Twitter
84 Justice Department: Men Can Be Women Too
85 FREE Social Media Management Dashboard | Twitter/Facebook Marketing Tool | Commun.it
86 Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? (David Wood vs. John Loftus)
87 J. Brian Huffling on Twitter
88 Instagram photo by @louiegiglio • May 6, 2016 at 3:42pm UTC
89 Not So Vestigial
90 David Mageropoulos on Twitter
91 http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/a-confession-of-liberal-intolerance.html?referer=
92 Is dc Talk's Facebook Page Trying to Tell Us Something?
93 Cover Story: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church
94 Franklin Graham: Obama's Gay Rights Monument Is 'Monument to Sin'