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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Allow me to play devil's advocate, Sean. Would love to hear your response. What would you say to someone who says that these moral understandings are the result of us being a social species and as a result, the most cooperative members survived and passed on their genes.

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4 What Is Christian Unity?

Where the Spirit of God is there must be love, and if I have once known and recognized any man to be my brother in Christ Jesus, the love of Christ constraineth me no more to think of him as a stranger or foreigner, but a fellow citizen with the saints. Now I hate High Churchism as my soul hates Satan; but I love George Herbert, although George Herbert is a desperately High Churchman. I hate his High Churchism, but I love George Herbert from my very soul, and I have a warm corner in my heart for every man who is like him. Let me find a man who loves my Lord Jesus Christ as George Herbert did and I do not ask myself whether I shall love him or not; there is no room for question, for I cannot help myself; unless I can leave off loving Jesus Christ, I cannot cease loving those who love him. ( The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons , vol. XII, 6)

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No argument - no matter how persuasive - will be effective

Without the work of the Spirit, no argument — no matter how persuasive — will be effective. But neither will any act of love nor any simple presentation of the gospel. Add the Spirit, though, and the equation changes dramatically. Here’s the key principle: Without God’s work, nothing else works; but with God’s work, many things work. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, love persuades. By the power of God, the gospel transforms. And with Jesus at work, arguments convince. God is happy to use each of these methods.

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Vincent van Gogh and the Gospel (David Wood)

http://www.acts17.net On December 23, 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his own ear with a razor and delivered the ear to a girl named Rachel at a local brothel. Many have assumed that van Gogh's ear was some sort of twisted present for a prostitute he loved. However, recent research has shown that Rachel wasn't a prostitute. She was a farmer's daughter who had been mauled by a rabid dog. This new information about Rachel affects our understanding of van Gogh's tragic episode. In this video, I discuss van Gogh and the Gospel. For more on the Gospel, watch these videos by David Wood: "Why I Am a Christian": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DakEc... "What Is the Gospel?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0maL4...

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Yes, Atheists Have Faith. But Do They Have Evidence?

I used to think that Christians had two brains—one was lost and the other was out looking for it. For me, the "faith" of Christianity was an arbitrary decision to dogmatically believe in something despite all the evidence to the contrary. I thought faith was blind. So, when a group of Christians challenged me to investigate the evidence for Christianity intellectually, I thought it was a joke. I accepted their challenge, fully intending to destroy Christianity and rub it in their faces.

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A Case for the Bible 101: The Bible's Scientific Authenticity

The first thing to note is that the Bible was not written to be a book of science, however, when it speaks of things related to science facts known today it is never incoherent or mythological in its descriptions. In fact, the Bible was giving accurate scientific and medical information thousands of years before their discoveries by humans. Unlike the other so-called “holy books” the Bible speaks about the things of nature, including cosmology, geology, and even biochemistry, in ways that we would speak of them today.

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Islamicize Me: Aftermath

After 30 days of following Muhammad's teachings and eventually leaving Islam, the gang meets the man who started it all. To visit Vocab's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jon's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok... PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? ... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net Thanks to everyone for watching "Islamicize Me," starring Vocab Malone, Jon McCray, and David Wood!

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Chaperones are molecular machines that help large, complex proteins achieve their native fold. Many polypeptides do not need chaperones to fold, but they are subject to misfolding as they emerge from the ribosome. In a lab dish, the HaloTag protein studied here is subject to collapsing into a useless aggregate instead of properly folded, functional machine. Since that doesn’t happen in a live cell, something must be preventing it. That something is a “rerouting of the folding pathway” that ensures quality control and folding efficiency. Do the authors speculate on how such a clever mechanism might have evolved? Cue the crickets. Rather, they were happy just to “systematically investigate how the translational and quality control machinery modulates protein folding.”

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Wins at the Supreme Court | Stand to Reason

That consideration was compromised, however, by the Commission’s treatment of Phillips’ case, which showed elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs motivating his objection. As the record shows, some of the commissioners at the Commission’s formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Phillips’ faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust. No commissioners objected to the comments. Nor were they mentioned in the later state-court ruling or disavowed in the briefs filed here. The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of Phillips’ case.

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Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

Evolution supposedly progresses by the death of the less fit and the reproduction of the most fit. So, if this the case, why should we help the old, sick, infirm, and disabled? Shouldn’t they be eliminated as less fit? After all, in the world of evolution the strong survive, and tough for you if you’re born weak or less fit. According to an evolutionist’s own worldview, how can death, disease, suffering, cancer, and disabilities really be “bad”? In nature, the weak and ill die off and the strong survive, passing on their good genes to the next generation—this is how evolution supposedly progresses. Death and weakness from disease and mutations is a must for “bad” genes to die out. So by what standard do evolutionists call these things bad? Certainly not by their own standard! To claim a standard for good and bad, they have to borrow from a different worldview—the biblical one—to define what good and bad even are.

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Ask your kids the tough questions they don't ask

Your kids should know you're an open door for faith questions, but some questions may never occur to them to ask. If we want our kids to develop a robust faith, we can't just react to their comments and questions. We also need to proactively place the big questions in front of them — the ones we know that they will encounter from the skeptics, such as why God allows so much evil, or why Christians believe miracles like the Resurrection are possible. This doesn't mean that your home needs to become a lecture hall. Instead, think of these conversations as a journey to discover faith truths together…You don't need to have all the answers at first, but you do need to provide the forum

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This easy to read book uses scientific and philosophical truths to prove that God must exist as the foundation for science. Robinson maintains that rejecting God is illogical, unscientific, and to requires blind faith. 'Science Requires God' demonstrates that the first cause, the Big Bang theory, genetic information, and the fine tuning of the universe presuppose and require God. Intended to provide assured proof and powerful evidence for God, this captivating volume evaluates modern science and demonstrates that the scientific method requires God. Robinson addresses such subjects as the origin of life; the DNA code and its origin; the nature and scope of unguided evolution; and the scope and boundaries of science. Fascinating and thoroughly argued, it is an illuminating look at the foundation of science: God. In 'Science Requires God,' distinguished author and Biblical scholar Mike A. Robinson demonstrates the surprising parallels between a variety of Biblical teachings and the findings of biology, cosmology, and quantum physics. 'Science Requires God' is a brilliant and wide-ranging discussion regarding vital topics that have divided science and religion—the grounds for science, the development of the cosmos, the origin of life, and the origin of humanity.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Wicket Gate | Jun 26, 2018

John Bunyan’s allegory of the Christian life is in many ways the story of his own journey. Today, Derek Thomas provides some helpful background on The Pilgrim’s Progress.

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The Islamic god Cannot Exist

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Should We Contextualize the Gospel?

By virtue of our calling, pastors and teachers are uniquely attuned to the need for gospel translation. Standing between two worlds, we are rooted in the theological vision of the Scriptures even as we live and speak to those who move and have their being on Maple Street. It is our vocation to bring the former world to bear upon the latter, communicating the gospel in a comprehensible fashion such that God’s will might be done “on earth as it is in heaven.”

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Cold-Case Christianity Teaching Outlines | Cold Case Christianity

We get requests every day from people just like you who are trying to teach the material from Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels . If you’re a pastor, small group leader, or teacher, we’ve assembled everything you’ll need to effectively communicate the case for the reliability of the New Testament Gospels. If you’ve ever had to make a presentation of this kind, you know the important questions:

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How Do We Save Truth? Interview with Author Abdu Murray

ABDU MURRAY: Thanks for the opportunity to share about the book, Sean.  The title is meant to be a double-entendre.  In and of itself, truth doesn’t need saving but it does need to be saved in the sense that we’ve lost our emphasis on it as a culture.  We’re in a “post-truth” society, which elevates personal preferences and feelings over facts and truth.  We don’t deny that truth exists, we just subordinate it to our preferences.  We think that this will lead to freedom and human dignity and flourishing.  But it won’t.  It will lead to chaos because truth no longer serves as the standard by which to judge human preferences and opinions.  That’s why we’re seeing such vilification of “them.”  Whoever disagrees with our preferences is automatically a villain, even if the truth is on their side.  We need to recover our love of the truth and its primacy if we’re to escape the chaos that so laces our cultural climate.  When we see that truth is the lens through which we should shape and express our preferences, we’ll see the truth that we are made in God’s image and that Jesus redeemed that image at the cross.

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How the Ante-Nicene Church Fathers Preserved the Eyewitness Gospel Accounts

The students of the apostles played a pivotal role in preserving and promoting the eyewitness Gospel accounts. While many skeptics claim the New Testament Canon was formed during 4 th Century Church Councils (such as the Council of Nicea or Laodicea), the earliest believers had already preserved the canonical gospels and letters centuries prior . In fact, the early Church leaders prior to the first council at Nicea (known as the Ante-Nicene Church Fathers), began to collect and affirm the canon of Scripture in three separate geographical areas . The first surviving list of canonical texts dates to approximately 170AD in what is now known as the “Muratorian Fragment”, a partial copy of an ancient text discovered in the Ambrosian Library in Milan in the 18th century. This document affirmed and acknowledged Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Jude, 1 John, 2 John and Revelation as reliable, apostolic Scripture. The author of the Muratorian Fragment was also careful to warn his readers about Paul’s alleged letters to the Laodiceans and Alexandrians, and a document known as the “Apocalypse of Peter” (identifying these as forgeries).

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Too Few Pastors Spoke Up. It’s the Real Reason We’re in This Mess Today | The Stream

As for knowing any churches that refuse to perform marriage for folk who have divorced for shallow reasons, I can’t say I do – not because there aren’t any, but because I don’t know what criteria local churchesministers use for agreeingrefusing to perform marriages. It is further complicated by the fact that nonbelievers who divorce may come to Christ then seek to remarry. Should they be permitted to marry, or are they bound to seek reunion with their former spouse? I know of one couple where the wife’s husband abandoned her for another women – valid grounds for divorce, and her second husband had divorced his then wife whilst not walking with the Lord. The pair had an amazing witness, and walked strongly with the Lord ’til the husband passed away. I would contrast this with those who call themselves Christian then seek a divorce.

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Jay Richards: Press Pause on the Robot Apocalypse | Evolution News

In the piece, Kissinger sounds an alarm over artificial intelligence, and raises questions about machine ethics and the possibility that humans may learn we’re not so special after all. Richards, author of the forthcoming book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work In an Age of Smart Machines , pushes back, explaining how we can continue to use artificial intelligence to our advantage, prudently but without fear of the robot apocalypse or of computers becoming conscious and free.

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When Comforting Turns Selfish

A family recently lost their young child. At the funeral, a well-meaning friend says, “Isn’t it comforting to know that God is using her death for good?” The mother stares, nods stiffly, and resolves not to reach out to that friend for comfort in the future. Have you ever wondered why Christians, who should be the most compassionate people on the planet, can say such unhelpful things when hardship hits? We have a whole Bible full of promises that God will redeem terrible situations, and these sentiments should be comforting; but we can often wield them at the wrong time, out of discomfort or fear. In the process we further wound the people we’re trying to help. Instead of trying to paste over evil with biblical platitudes, we must have the courage to acknowledge that evil and suffering are real. We must respect the fact that God’s redemption is often mysterious. Only then can we apply God’s promises to suffering people in a compassionate and loving way. Cold Comfort Blurting out clichés in the face of pain isn’t a uniquely Christian problem. Suffering is uncomfortable and awkward for everyone, and comforters say positive things to try and bring relief as fast as possible.

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A Case for the Bible 101: Prophecy Fulfillment in the Bible

We have been laying out a “Case for the Bible” over the past few months and the evidence collection has been based on a question that many have posed: How do we know the Bible is the Word of God? You can be skeptical of the Bible, as I once was, but at some point, in light of the avalanche of evidence, you have to pause and ask yourself: Could it be true? If there is at least a 50/50 chance based on the evidence you’ve seen here that the Bible is the Word of God (and it’s so much more than that) don’t you owe it to yourself to consider it?

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ADAMS: One Less 'Anti-Fascist' Professor

Professionalism in the college classroom is on the decline. Since the 2016 election, professors all around my campus (UNC-Wilmington) have become much more inclined to use the classroom as a platform to spout political beliefs wholly unrelated to the course subject matter. In the case of one professor, the emotional trauma of Trump’s presidency eventually caused him to become so uncivil and unprofessional that he has now found himself without a job. The story of how that came about can be instructive for conservative and Christian students who find themselves subjected to pervasive abuse in the classroom.

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Since Roe v. Wade, especially in recent years, pro-lifers have made dramatic legislative gains in restricting abortion. Thank God for that. Yet we should never lose sight of the fact that the ultimate goal is to change hearts and minds, not just laws. bit.ly/2JE6FPq pic.twitter.com/kkXZhGXUTW

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43 Where Is Satan Most Visibly Active Today?

Josh’s second question is “Where do you see his works most clearly?” My answer is that wherever saving truth is hated and resisted and distorted and muted, Satan is at work so that people are kept from being saved by the truth of the gospel. That’s where I see his works most clearly.

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Holy Trinity, Three Persons in One God, may we learn to listen; help us to love; bless and uphold the people of North Kensington and all who have been traumatized by the Grenfell Tower fire, and grant them your healing and peace. Amen.

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I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing — if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:12–15)

46 Finding God at the End of Ourselves

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination” (Proverbs 18:10–11). God uses any means necessary to tear down whatever we hide behind. Our job, reputation, accomplishments, or material possessions may be our fortified city or our imaginary high wall. But anything less than God himself will come up short. “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).

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In the first case, your typical question is, “Well, what is wrong with it?” It would apply to movies and music, and kids often ask their parents, “What is wrong with it?” And the other approach is not to ask, “What is wrong with it?” mainly, but, “Will it make me more Christlike? Will it make me more devoted to Jesus? Will I be more powerful and full of the Holy Spirit? Will I be more effective in prayer because of it? Will it make me more bold in witness or weaken me? Will it help me be spiritually discerning of the ways of Satan in the world and will it help me lay up treasures in heaven? Will it help me find joy in God and all that he is for me in Jesus?”

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Where the Spirit of God is there must be love, and if I have once known and recognized any man to be my brother in Christ Jesus, the love of Christ constraineth me no more to think of him as a stranger or foreigner, but a fellow citizen with the saints. Now I hate High Churchism as my soul hates Satan; but I love George Herbert, although George Herbert is a desperately High Churchman. I hate his High Churchism, but I love George Herbert from my very soul, and I have a warm corner in my heart for every man who is like him. Let me find a man who loves my Lord Jesus Christ as George Herbert did and I do not ask myself whether I shall love him or not; there is no room for question, for I cannot help myself; unless I can leave off loving Jesus Christ, I cannot cease loving those who love him. ( The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons , vol. XII, 6)

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56 William Lane Craig and the Origin of the Universe
57 Why Won't God Show Me A Miracle?
58 Digging Past the Doubts
59 Louie Giglio on Instagram: “// y o u r w o r t h // #goliathmustfall”
60 Rapid Response: "The Gospels Have Been Altered" | Cold Case Christianity
61 Justin Bieber Wants You to Hear Pastor John Gray’s Thoughts on Immigration
62 SCOTUS Ruled by ONE Vote Not to Make Pro-Lifers Abortion Salesmen. Here's What That Means.
63 Teach Kids How to Defend Their Faith
64 Dealing with disappointment to the glory of God — Southern Equip
65 A Powerful Ex-Gay Testimony
66 Why Science Doesn't Equal Atheism
67 What about Revoice?
68 What Does It Feel Like to See the Beauty of Christ?
69 The Apologist's Secret Weapon
70 How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus
71 From Genesis to the Gospel
72 In <i>Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom</i>, a Consistent Life Ethic Finds a Way
73 How Contemporary Society Promotes Elder Suicide | Evolution News
74 Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Land of the Bible? - Bible Gateway Blog
75 Listen: Wade Warren on 10th Anniversary of LSEA | Evolution News
76 How the Catholic Church Became Roman
77 Would Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life Spell Doom for Christianity?
78 The Big Questions In Life: Part 2 | Cross Examined Official Podcast
79 The First Apologists and Why They Still Matter
80 Why the Christian Worldview Explains Our Obsession with "Fake News" | Cold Case Christianity
81 That Little Red Hen Was a Pharisee
82 Working When It Hurts
83 Why Are So Many Young People Leaving The Church? (Video) | Cold Case Christianity
84 Ask Ligonier. A Place to Find Answers.
85 What my son with autism taught me about myself, Christ, and ministry
86 Pensees by Blaise Pascal - Reviewed
87 Louisiana Science Education Act Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary | Evolution News
88 Why Skeptics Struggle with God Allowing Pain and Suffering
89 Contradictions: Two Creation Accounts?
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92 Parents: Don't Train Your Kids On Your Own | Cold Case Christianity
93 ‘The Incredibles 2’ Is A Story About Triumphing Over Adversity
94 562. What Is The Cost Of Following Jesus?
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