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Chance the Rapper Debuted a Worshipful New Song Called ‘Blessings’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

“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.

Here’s the New Justin Timberlake Song He Made for a Troll Movie

Justin Timberlake released a star-studded video for his brand new single “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The video and song are so fun, we can almost ignore the fact that it’s for an animated movie about troll dolls (though, as the video shows, the cast, which includes Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Gwen Stefani, is pretty great).

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6 Things Holding You Back From Making a Difference

"Making a difference" is not an unselfish act. If you elevate the lives of others, then you have just elevated the social infrastructure; within which, you prefer to live. This is an 'enlightened self-interest'. "Comfort" is a variable threshold for uncertainty or cognitive dissonance; interdependent among evolving skills of exploration. Therein arises the synergistic self or "yourself" and it's dynamic functional empowerment. But we are all restricted by the laws of physics; in & around us. We are social animals and are psychologically programmed by this parameter of survival. This is why culture lags technological ephemeralization--to allow for integration. Reflectively, Monetary exchange--now unnecessary, is the structural violence of leveraging each other against relative control over resources. Hence, you have your resulting mentality of "entitlement" or narrow self-interest; perpetuated by this neurotic culture of acquisition and hoarding. "Apathy" and "time" are both the editing of relevance; based on the relative acuity of the aforementioned narrow perspective. But this level of autonomy is the collective momentum of skills we develop by sequential experiences.

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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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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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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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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 stumble through the culture wars, neglect social justice, or bungle 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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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.

10 The Story of Ian & Larissa

Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.

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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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Westminster Seminary on Twitter

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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/24CDAbV  pic.twitter.com/9zJueOtQoB

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Joanna Vitale on Twitter

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No Pow’r of Hell, No Scheme of Man

Where does the wrath of God come in? It is his righteous response to the outrage that sin is. It would not be good news if God were unrighteous, and if he were not angry with genocidal dictators and the pimps of child prostitution. The love of God wouldn’t be very comforting if God didn’t get angry when people assault the weak and vulnerable, especially his loved ones. If he were to stand idly by, without wrath, when his loved ones are abused and hurt and mistreated, then we wouldn’t be very impressed by his love.

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4 Things My Mom Taught Me About Theology

Now, my mom doesn’t have “formal theological training.” She was raised in a Catholic school and got saved in a Calvary Chapel Bible study a few years before I was born. I don’t recall us owning a single systematic theology text in the home before I bought mine in seminary. Mom learned theology by attending church and Bible studies, and through her own devotional reading and the countless hours she spent listening to sermon tapes. In time, she learned enough to be recognized by the leadership at our old church and was asked to be a women’s Bible study leader, which she excelled at leading.

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On Christian Music

But that is not the fault of the label, musicians, marketers or anyone else for that matter. We have the personal responsibility to make the determination. There are faults in everything and every ministry. We know or should know that and proceed accordingly. Is it perfect? No but we will never have perfection in this world. There are bands that I have come across that have the Christian label but the band’s website nor any information about them put forth a Christian message. I consider them Christians in a band but not a Christian band. I still like the music but don’t go to it for worship. The label helps so we at least don’t have to weed through the counsel of the ungodly to get to what we want. If I can support another Christian that is a bonus also. What I meant by “lighten up” is this really is not a big issue worthy of debate. The posers are revealed and changing or removing the label will not bring in secular listeners.

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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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Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter

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Pastors, Platforms, and Pride

This is the time of year here in Omaha when the tornado sirens go off. Sometimes they are a reminder and other times they are a warning. Not being from this area they serve the same purpose whether a warning or an exercise: they get my attention. The Bible gives warnings about sin. And we should hasten to add that included in sin is the prideful pursuit of fame by a minister. God portrays sin as a crouching animal behind the door (Gen. 4:7). Sin is not to be trifled with. Like a vicious animal predator it is not to be taken lightly. We can’t domesticate, coddle, practice, or love sin. We must mortify it. Do you see how deceptive this is? “This will be good for me and the kingdom.” No. It will be bad for you and the church. If a pastor thinks it is harmless to pursue his own fame he should hear the warning siren. That cat that you are petting is not a kitten brother, it is a raging lion! And it will devour you. Hear the siren and slay sin by savoring Christ.

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

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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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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:

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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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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.

34 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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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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The Enduring Appeal of a 'Churchy' Church

My church, one fellowship, actually consists of two congregations who worship at different sites but who come together for retreats and other ministries. And while the site I attend is a 20-minute hike—a long way to travel in the finicky Missouri weather, or at 7:30 in the morning if I need to be there for worship rehearsal—the other site is five minutes from my apartment. I could jog there if I were so inclined. So why wouldn’t I?

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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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Crossway on Twitter

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How to Experience the Outpouring of God’s Love

First, consider 2 Thessalonians 3:5, “ May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ. ” Here we have Paul praying that God would do something now for the Thessalonians. What does he want God to do now? He wants God to “direct their hearts.” This is a remarkable phrase! The heart has directions. It moves toward one thing or another. When the heart moves toward something it moves toward what it regards as attractive and satisfying and valuable. So Paul is praying that God would give the heart a sight of the love of God as more attractive and satisfying and valuable than ordinary earthly things. “May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God.” What would this be other than an experience of God’s love. Paul prays for it to happen. Which means this experience can rise and fall. It can be greater or lesser. And the great desire is, O let it be greater!

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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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One of them was called Daddy’s Magical Mystery Tour. The kids loved it. It’s a hallowed reputation in our family. Now I do it with grandkids! When the kids were in preschool or grade school, I’d wake them up about midnight and yell, “Get out of bed! It’s time for Daddy’s Magical Mystery Tour!” And they’d get excited because they knew that meant that they didn’t have to go to school and that we were about to do something really fun, whether it was driving to a hotel with a pool or making an ice cream run.

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Colson Center on Twitter

One woman’s approach to reisisting evil was on the money. And soon, she will be, too. http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/29251 … pic.twitter.com/sHHa5dtWe2

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Crossway on Twitter

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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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Josh Larsen on Twitter

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Sunday Quote!- “Gospel” Rap? “Christian” Music?

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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Mother's Day

Evangelicals have the highest regard for the calling of motherhood. After all, Jesus came into the world not as a fully grown adult, but as a helpless baby, formed in the womb of his mother Mary, and dependent upon her for care and nourishment. Evangelicals have found themselves on both sides of the “Mommy Wars,” with many defending the combination of motherhood and career pursuits, while others promote stay-at-home motherhood as the best option for mothers and children alike.

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53 The Two Most Overlooked Apologetics Verses In the Bible
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57 5 Reasons Christian Teens Need Apologetics
58 Reasons To Believe : Q&A: Is Christianity a Science Showstopper?
59 Why #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone
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61 Why Would God Create a Massive Universe?
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69 Meeting There at Last by John MacArthur | May 7, 2016
70 Boycotts, Buffalo, Berrigan, Boys, and Press Freedom
71 President Obama Politicizes Mother's Day | The Stream
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76 Doctrine of the Last Things Part 5: The Classical View of the 2nd Coming | William Lane Craig
77 Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote
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79 Walking the Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity
80 Does Evolution Have a . . . Chance?
81 How To Be An Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough
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83 5 Myths about Teaching Apologetics to Students
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85 Resurrection Appearances in the Longer Ending of Mark
86 Infographic: Everything you Need to Know About Arianism
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89 Christians and Homosexuality
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