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Author and Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick recently shared some interesting thoughts about doubt. In a message titled “The Benefit of the Doubt,” Furtick said that even he encounters doubt

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Most importantly, Pastor Mark is a family man. In 1988, when Pastor Mark was a 17-year-old high school student, a young woman named Grace gave him a nice Bible. Mark, a non-practicing Catholic at the time, was born again reading that Bible in college. He and Grace were married at the age of 21, graduated at 22, and planted a church at 25 in the living room of their home, while both working full time jobs. At the age of 26 they welcomed their first child, Ashley, and today have three sons and two daughters. The Driscoll kids are all walking with Jesus and helped plant The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona as a family ministry. Pastor Mark has debated Deepak Chopra on one of his multiple appearances on ABC's Nightline ; discussed marriage with Barbara Walters on The View ; bantered with the hosts at Fox and Friends ; co-hosted Loveline with Dr. Drew; and argued for the truth of God's Word on separate occasions with Piers Morgan and D.L. Hughley on CNN. Additionally, he has authored books including Real Marriage (with his wife Grace), Who Do You Think You Are, Vintage Jesus, Doctrine , and many more.

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This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume 36, number 06 (2013). The full text of this article in PDF format can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to...

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Did God Create Evil?

Evil Allowed to Permit the Ultimate Good.  So, the final question that must be tackled is this: If God is good, then why would he allow evil to exist in the first place? Why would he create a condition where evil could exist? The answer to this is quite simple. God’s allowance of evil is to allow a greater good. What is that greater good?  Love.  For love to truly exist, it must be free. It must be freely given, freely received, and reciprocal between both parties. God could have created us as robots or automatons. But, that would not provide true love. The ultimate love was given in Jesus, who experienced the horrors of torture and experienced the just punishment that we deserve. He did so that we would have life eternally. The penalty of our eternal punishment was paid on the cross at Calvary. God lovingly confers his grace to all who would willingly receive. His grace is freely offered and is freely received. This kind of love would not be possible if God did not allow the conditions that would allow evil to exist. A greater good has come. One day, those who have trusted Christ for their salvation will no longer need to worry about evil because evil will be vanquished.

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CSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students - Kindle edition by CSB Bibles by Holman, Sean McDowell. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Now updated with even more material, the CSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students anchors young Christians in the truths of Scripture by equipping them with thoughtful and practical responses when the core issues of their faith and life are challenged. With content curated by general editor Dr. Sean McDowell, the core materials in this Bible explore over 130 of the top questions students are asking today.  This revised and updated edition includes new articles and extensive apologetics study material from today’s most popular youth leaders and apologists to reflect relevant apologetics issues and questions being discussed today. The CSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students  is a truly unique Bible created to encourage students to ask tough questions, get straight answers, and strengthen their faith.   Features Include: Presentation page, Book introductions, Study notes, Articles from popular youth leaders and apologists (including editor Sean McDowell), Sixty “Twisted Scripture” explanations for commonly misunderstood passages, Fifty “Bones & Dirt” entries (archaeology meets apologetics), Fifty “Notable Quotes," Twenty-five “Tactics” against common anti-Christian arguments, Twenty “Personal Stories” of how God has worked in real lives, Twenty “Top Five” lists to help remember key apologetics topics, Two-color design-intensive interior, Two-column text, 9.

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What to pray for this week: Pray that God would remind us that Jesus is God in human form, that He walks with us just as truly as when He walked this earth, that He remains full of grace and truth. Download 21 Days of Prayer for Life! bit.ly/2CkG6ff pic.twitter.com/SLAv7KO3tw

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9 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Last night, President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh will be his nominee to replace retiring justice Anthony Kennedy. Here are nine things you should know about Judge Kavanaugh: 1.  Brett Kavanaugh , age 53, was born in Washington, DC, and educated at Yale University (BA) and Yale Law Law School (JD). He previously served in private practice at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2001. . He was appointed as a judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by George W. Bush. 2. After graduating law school, Judge Kavanaugh clerked for two appeals court judges and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States and an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr. As part of the Independent Counsel, Kavanaugh drafted the report refuting the claim that Bill Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster was the victim of a murder plot and coverup. Kavanaugh was also the primary author of the section of the 1998 Starr report that detailed grounds for a possible impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton.

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Clearing the Fog: 'Christianity Doesn't Need Evidence Because Faith is Blind.'

First, Jesus predicted his resurrection on multiple occasions in the presence of the disciples. Thomas should not have been surprised at the return of Jesus. Second, Thomas heard eyewitness testimony (evidence) from the rest of the disciples and yet still refused to believe. (The vast majority of scientific knowledge we possess depends upon trusting the conclusions of other scientists, which is true for virtually all disciplines.) Third, Jesus did many miracles during his ministry as proof of his identity. In fact, right after the story of Jesus scolding Thomas, John said the miracles of Jesus were recorded “so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name” ( John 20:30-31 )

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CRI Resource: CRI18072A - Christian Research Institute

Why People Stop Believing by Paul Chamberlain This book addresses a growing need in apologetic literature. It is a response to the growing wave of Christian leaders who are rejecting Christianity and becoming some of its most ardent critics, often supported by a plethora of new organizations arising to encourage such people to cut ties to their faith. This is a new challenge from a different breed of critics who are using their instant credibility and insider’s knowledge of theology, the Bible, church history, even apologetics, to debunk the faith they once believed and promoted. They have taken aim at the foundations of Christianity, including God, the Scriptures, miracles and the supernatural, and Christianity’s perceived inherent prohibition on free enquiry.

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Wasn’t Paul carrying the burden of the Lord’s desire to save Israel? And in the end doesn’t the Lord accomplish that desire to save Israel after that the fullness of the nations have come in?- Romans 11:25-27 God’s mercy triumphs over judgement.(James 2:13)

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Defending YOUR faith: Why It's Important-Part II

Neither trait is worthy of “greatness” or “honor.” I will conclude and paraphrase what Lewis concluded: if Jesus was not lying or crazy, He must be the Son of God. If we allow Jesus to be framed a “great prophet or teacher,” we have allowed Him to be relegated to the level of any other religious sage, with a message no more or less important than that of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, or numerous others–famous or obscure. The “truth” becomes simply a matter of personal pragmatism, if it works for you, then it is good for you. While this may work if we are only concerned with people governing themselves according to some moral guidelines, it cares nothing for the souls of men or their eternal future. This is not acceptable in the Christian faith.

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Hebrews Doesn't Say What Atheists Think It Says about Faith

As you can see from these examples, “faith” is trust in God—trust that He will faithfully fulfill His promises in the future, trust that “He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (which is how 11:6 defines “faith”). It’s the kind of trust that leads to visible obedience now. The “things hoped for” were not yet seen by these faithful people because those events were in the future. In other words, the use of the term “not seen” is not meant to convey the idea of a lack of evidence ; it merely stresses the idea of a future fulfillment .*

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The Historical Reliability of Mark's Gospel

It is impossible to prove that an ancient account is fully reliable, and the very fact that Mark’s Gospel records miracles is enough for some people to reject it as a reliable record. However, provided one is prepared to be open minded about the possibility of miracles, there are a number of arguments that, I believe, combine to indicate the historical reliability of Mark’s Gospel.

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Out of Prison & Out of Work

Although the employment status of formerly incarcerated people is not a new subject, this report extends upon previous research by constructing an unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated people that is similar to what is typically accepted by economists: those who were not employed at the time of the survey but were available and actively looking for a job, divided by the total number of people in the labor force (Note: the Bureau of Labor Statistics considers jobless people who have looked for work in the past 4 weeks as part of the labor force. The National Former Prisoner Survey does not stipulate 4 weeks and instead asked respondents if they were currently looking for work).

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Exposing Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris, Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin A Christian Analysis

Sorry, this is stupid. Ben Shapiro’s good friend and colleague Andrew Klavan is a Christian that believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and not just in a metaphorical sense. I believe he is an evangelical. They talk all the time on air for everyone to see. The IDW is not a formal group that invites people in by voting. Not at all. They’re just people who disagree on things but want to talk honestly and not get beat up for it. I will admit I did not watch the full two hours of this, but the page of text in the description was enough for me to tell that this guy doesn’t understand what these people are about. It’s not a group concerned about diversity, because it’s not really a group at all. They are just popular intellectuals that have all been cast out by the far right and left fanatics, and they just happen to enjoy talking to one another. They don’t need quotas for the amount of Jews, Atheists, Christians, and agnostics because as I said before, they aren’t a formal group with memberships and rules. That’s what makes the whole thing cool. I’ve seen Jordan Peterson and even Sam Harris talk to people like William Lane Craig (a true Christian in the classic sense and an intellectual).

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President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a prime-time announcement tonight. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to give the court a likely solid 5-4 conservative majority. dailysignal.com/2018/07/09/8-t…

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J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Biola, and Author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith

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It’s Becoming Harder to Ignore the Genocide in Nigeria | The Stream

Yet the same world that is concerned (rightly so) about the rescue of trapped boys in a cave in Thailand is indifferent to a genocide taking place on our watch.

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Book Review: “The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Women, Sexuality, and Nazi Germany” by Diane Reynolds

The most controversial aspect of Reynolds’ biography is that she takes Marsh’s hints about Bonhoeffer’s sexuality and states “I will openly argue… that Bonhoeffer went beyond emotional friendship with Bethge and was  in love  with him–and that Bonhoeffer’s fiancee knew it” (7). Indeed, Reynolds even goes so far as to argue that there are “seeds of a nascent queer theology in Bonhoeffer’s writing” (7). Regarding Bonhoeffer’s being in love with Bethge, it is true that Bethge himself left open the question of Bonhoeffer’s sexuality. Reynolds’ evidence for her strong claim starts with that, but continues by noting the specific language Bonhoeffer used of and to Bethge, which parallels some of that used by homosexuals in Germany at the time. Moreover, a mutual acquaintance of Bethge and Bonhoeffer (Gerhard Vibrans) used words for their special relationship that were “codes used for gay relationships in Weimar Germany” (141). Maria von Wedemeyer, Dietrich’s fiancée, seemed to question his feelings for her at multiple points in their letters back and forth, forcing the latter to reassure her that his feelings were genuine on multiple occasions.

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“Faith comes by hearing and the Word of God. How can they hear if they don’t have a preacher.” We live from ‘faith..to faith’ We need to be kept in faith. This is job #1 of a pastor. Not discounting that there are tons of bad sermons..that work against faith and prod ‘the self’

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We are people who live in a state of exile, sent from Eden to make our way through a world shaped by sweat and sorrow. There is hopeful news. Here's why christianitytoday.com/women/2018/jul…

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A Grief Sanctified: How Reformed Theology Helps Deal with Death

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If we don't vote according to our values, what measure do we use? Isn't that what scripture calls us to follow, the values of the Word of God? I'm not as concerned about what America can live without but what guides what we as followers of Christ are "learning to value".

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Megan writes, “Hello, Pastor John! I’m with you when you say that Christian Hedonism says my happiness is not at odds with God’s will for me. But what about the dark season of trials? In these seasons it seems my happiness is not as significant as God’s intent to grow my holiness. How would you describe the pain of trials in light of Christian Hedonism and God’s desire for my joy?”

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Can Natural Processes Explain the Origin of Life?

When considering how life began, there are only two options. Either life was created by an intelligent source (God) or it began by natural processes. The common perception presented in many textbooks and in the media is that life arose from nonlife in a pool of chemicals about 3.8 billion years ago. The claim by evolutionists is that this formation of life was the result of time, chance, and natural processes. One widely used example of how life could have formed by natural processes is the Miller-Urey experiment, performed in the early 1950s.

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Who did Jesus think he was

I am the author of C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason, published by Inter-Varsity Press. I received a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989.

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Before the Lease Runs Out: Summer Reading List for 2018

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Andrew Peterson describes how the beauty and heroism of fantasy and science fiction novels gave him a true hunger for a world beyond this—a hunger that was only satisfied by the gospel of Jesus Christ. @AndrewPeterson bit.ly/2KZP0Cf pic.twitter.com/5AqJMSn1SH

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Letters to an American Christian

I think this declaration bugs me because it’s not helpful. Of course God isn’t a registered voter, but that doesn’t mean he’s an opinionless dissident. What should disquiet the American Christian conscience isn’t the possibility that one of our political factions is “God’s own party,” but the reality that God does indeed care about politics. He cares about what citizens, governments, and nations do. The question isn’t what party or agenda God belongs to. It’s whether we belong to him.

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Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, is a rock-solid conservative with impeccable judicial credentials. He’s a good choice. That’s why I signed a statement with other evangelical leaders urging the Senate to confirm Judge #Kavanaugh . bit.ly/2umEta6 pic.twitter.com/ADVtVQJQc8

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Musings on the President, the Religious Right, Democrats, and the Supreme Court | The Stream

Minor little offshoot from within the column above: Trump’s tweets often come up in the context of Christians being offended by them or somehow taking issue with them. I am a Christian—and I have no problem with Trump’s plain-spoken or even combative speech. Frankly, I welcome it and I think it’s needed. I’m sick of politicians using greasy language to make it sound like they’re saying something when they’re really not saying anything. War on a battlefield isn’t pretty, and Christian warriors get bloody and dirty (well…they do if they want to win). Christians don’t kill more gentleman-like. The cultural war we’re in is really no different, and the stakes are just as high—we could lose our Country and our freedoms. This war is fought with words conveying ideas. Very often those things need to be said starkly, plainly, and forcefully in order to get and hold peoples’ attention. Our politicians HAVE been “stupid” in matters of trade. Why sugarcoat it? Strozk and Page ARE “lovebirds”. Why not say it? Hillary IS crooked and SHOULD be in jail. Why not say it? The Mueller Probe IS a witch hunt.

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This is absolutely the worst thing I've read in weeks!!! How can someone be fired for telling the actual scientifically based truth about anatomy??? When I was in college getting my Masters Degree in psychology I was taught that people who believe they were born the wrong gender

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YouVersion Bible App celebrates 10 year anniversary - Premier

YouVersion will soon launch Bible Lens, a new app that analyses the objects in a photo and detects biblical themes to suggest the Bible verse that best fits the photo. Then, it automatically creates an image of the verse that can be shared with friends.

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Frank reflects on the life of Charles Krauthammer who just recently passed away then retakes the topic of his last podcast that focused on the question “What worldview best explains the biggest questions in life?” He deals with some of the most important questions we need to answer. Questions such as: Why is the universe fine-tuned? Why is there reliable cause and effect? Why is there such a thing as evidence? How did life begin? and many more. Listen to find out the answer to these questions.

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So, what’s your page limit these days? A page should not be a tough thing to turn, but for countless smart-phone owners, reading books—either in paper or digital form—has become really hard. bit.ly/2J76mbu pic.twitter.com/jRu5bcT6HC

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7 Reactions From Christian Leaders to Trump's Nominee Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

"My sincere congratulations to Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his nomination to the Supreme Court. I'm thankful we have a president who has time and again remained true to his word. Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court is another checkmark in a long list of promises President Trump has kept," Graham said in a statement.

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Encryption System Found in Genes | Evolution News

Now, according to the scientists at Aarhus, the specific position of the m6a mark appears highly relevant not only to the type of messenger RNA produced — and thus the protein to be translated — but also to the rate of production. If the m6a mark is placed near a splice junction, the constitutive transcript is produced quickly (i.e., exons are arranged in the order they were transcribed). If the mark is placed on an intron, it slows down the splicing, and might produce a completely different transcript with a different protein resulting. Is this a method to achieve cell-specific regulation?

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Is your kid really top 3? Out of 10,000? For all of us who don’t have the next Steph Curry on our hands, let’s set realistic goals for our kids' participation in youth sports: have fun, stay fit, let’s help them develop discipline and appreciate teamwork. bit.ly/2L230bE pic.twitter.com/W9Neu4Y0qs

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Watch Peter Strzok Get Called Out For Cheating On His Wife With An FBI Colleague

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert went after FBI agent Peter Strzok during a televised House committee hearing Thursday for cheating on his wife with colleague Lisa Page druing the investigations into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Free From God

I recall an online conversation I had with a skeptic about spiritual things. To gain some clarification, I asked if he was an atheist or agnostic. His response? “I’m free!” Now, although this in no way answers the question, it does illustrate what people think about religion. It’s some form of mental slavery that you must liberate yourself from. Then you can be free to live your life however you wish. And freedom is a very important thing!

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Jesus: Logician and Lord

Dallas Willard once said, “There is in our culture an uneasy relation between Jesus and intelligence.”[1] What Willard meant is that there are many things we, as Christians, think of when we think of Jesus, but His smartness and intelligence are not often among those things. It’s true that most of us will affirm Jesus’ divine omniscience, but we do not seem to think of Him as generally a brilliant thinker. That is, when we think of the world’s great philosophers and thinkers, Jesus doesn’t often make the list. Or when we read through the Great Books, we read Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and often blow right past Jesus and perhaps pick up with Plutarch to Athanasius and Augustine. We rarely read the teachings of Jesus as a great and influential work of intellectual history.

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52 Four Truths about the New Testament Every Christian Should Know
53 The Thailand Cave Rescue Shows Why Men Are Necessary
54 RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM: Kavanaugh Caught Serving Food To Homeless
55 Book Review: The Real Face of Atheism by Ravi Zacharias
56 Do You Hear God in Good Music? Listening for the Immortal Song
57 The Eric Metaxas Show: Brian "Head" Welch
58 Contradictions: The Firstborn Creator?
59 What Is Man? Adam, Alien or Ape?
60 In Wisconsin, a Win for Academic Freedom | Evolution News
61 Some Christian Leaders Slam Paula White for Saying Jesus Wasn't an Illegal Refugee
62 Is Jesus Just a Pagan Copycat?
63 Renewing Your Mind | Jonathan Edwards | Jul 12, 2018
64 The Christian Debate over Sexual Identity
65 Evolutionary Psychology Grapples with Racism and Anti-Semitism | Evolution News
66 Oprah Winfrey Calls 'Greenleaf' Copyright Lawsuit 'Frivolous,' Files Motion to Dismiss
67 Don’t Underestimate the Enemies of Your Soul
68 Contradictions: How Did Judas Die?
69 Apologist Demeanors: Are You a Patton or a Bradley?
70 Rules Without Reasons: Why the Culture is Eating Evangelicals for Lunch
71 The Better Version of Noah's Ark
72 Positivism and the Burden of Proof - The Veritas Forum
73 Tim Tebow Named as Newest Addition to the Florida Gators' Ring of Honor
74 Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglican Archbishops Comfort Nation After World Cup Semi-Final Loss
75 Wrath or Love? Speaking the Truth About God - The Gospel Coalition | Australia
76 13 Ways To Combat Snarky, Mainstream Immigration Arguments
77 How Heretics Help Establish the Historicity of Jesus | Cold Case Christianity
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80 LGBT Activists Demand Christian DA Candidate Withdraw From Race for Saying Being Gay, Transgender Is Sin
81 Your Church Is Not Your City’s Savior
82 DC Council Considers Bill That Might Force Pro-Life Clinics to Hire Abortion Providers
83 How to Prepare for a Major Financial Emergency
84 How Can I Reach My Jehovah’s Witness Friends and Family?
85 RELEVANT Roundtable: 9 Takeaways From the 2018 Emmy Nominations
86 Prophecies of Jesus - Old Testament Prophets and the Messiah
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88 Philippines President Duterte Says Only 'Stupid God' Would Create Hell, Then Apologizes to God
89 Why Didn't Jesus Reveal Scientific Facts to Demonstrate His Deity? | Cold Case Christianity
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