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Heartbreaking Video Shows How Technology Addiction Is Changing Childhood

Is a generation of kids missing out on a childhood of exploration and outdoor fun because of technology? The granola bar company Nature Valley has released this ad that asks three generations of people in several different families the same question: When you were a kid, what did you do for fun? While parents and grandparents talked about things like fishing, forests and baseball, many of today’s children discussed the hours they spent on mobile devices and playing video games. Sure, it’s a granola bar ad (and not exactly a scientific survey), but it’s still pretty a sobering commentary on how technology is changing the ways we spend our time.

Here’s the Trailer for Pixar’s New Movie ‘The Good Dinosaur’

Pixar has released a look at its new movie The Good Dinosaur that looks at the questions, “What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?” Along with some killer visuals, from the trailer, the movie—like most Pixar films—looks like it is really about friendship, this time, between a young cavekid and a friendly dinosaur. The Good Dinosaur hits theaters in November.

Understanding How Everything in the Universe Plays a Part

Dr. Hugh Ross is an Astronomer & Best-Selling author he talks about his study of the universe and how everything plays a role. Books: “Navigating Genesis”, “A Matter of Days” To Get Your Copy and for more Information on Dr. Hugh Ross:

More than "In God's Image"

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Flagellar Diversity Challenges Darwinian Evolution, Not Intelligent Design

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

For the Origin of Life, on Earth or Elsewhere, "Ingredients and Conditions" Aren't Enough

Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Sunday Praise: "We Are Yours" by I am They

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

And Now, Justin Timberlake and Alfonso Ribeiro Doing the Carlton Dance on a Golf Course

Justin Timberlake and Alfonso Ribeiro were among the participants at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament, and like any golfers, even celebrities occasionally hit a bad shot. When Ribeiro missed the fairway on tee-shot, Timberlake knew exactly how to cheer the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor up: With an impromptu Carlton dance. It’s safe to assume that for Ribeiro, this never gets old.

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Michael Brown - The Nazis, Medical Research, and Planned Parenthood

The medical website Whonamedit? (“A dictionary of medical eponyms”) puts things in more stark terms. In 1939, “a euthanasia centre had been established at the Brandenburg-Görden centre, where there was a sudden surge in institutional deaths. It is now assumed that a majority of the some 700 brains [Hallervorden] investigated during the Nazi period were victims of euthanasia, and that he was present at the killing of more than 60 children and adolescents in the Anstalt Brandenburg on October 28, 1940.”

2 Does God Exist? The Craig-Law Debate | Reasonable Faith

What of the second premise of Craig’s moral argument: objective moral values exist? This is undoubtedly a belief that just seems obviously true to us, and, indeed, I’ll put it forward quite happily; but I am willing to take it back later if I need to, O.K., objective… The mere fact that it seems true doesn’t guarantee that it’s true. It seems like there are objective moral values. That isn’t a belief we should abandon easily, but it’s by no means irrefutable, all right. After all, we have a powerful impression that the earth doesn’t move. It doesn’t, I mean, it really, really doesn’t seem to move, but if we have been given powerful evidence that it does move and it’s also explained why nevertheless seems like it doesn’t move, then the rational thing for us to believe is that our initially highly convincing impression was wrong. The moral is even if Professor Craig could show that his first premise is true, he can’t deal with the problem of evil by just digging in his heels and saying, “But look, it really, really seems to us as if there are objective moral values, so there must be a God.

Is Kepler-452b an Earth-like planet? Does it support life?

On 2, we see that these spacecraft flying by planets not only confirm that there cannot be life there but give us an imagery appreciation for the awesome handiwork of God. The imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, which I was blessed to work on, has been a gift to Christian theism in much the same way that ultrasound has been a gift to pro-lifers. Even some of this SETI-like work is not totally useless as it continues to show the folly of the naturalistic worldview. How many people are being led to the Lord because space scientists continue to jump the gun and then are forced to apologize after the fact for their emotion-laden blind faith in ET and naturalistic a-theism?!?

6 Friends Who Will Ruin Your Life

Maybe instead this article should have addressed to just be aware of our friend's negative traits and to keep aware of they are leading us from Christ. But I agree with a comment above that we are to be a light and disengaging is not away to do that. To the author I would ask - do you have a negative personality trait? Would you want friends to kick you aside based on that trait? How about dealing with these friends compassionately and letting them know when they are doing these things. What if one of these people has no other friends and you cut them out? Let He who is perfect cast the first stone.

An Introvert’s Guide to Making an Impact

This is great! I am an introvert and sometimes struggle with feeling guilty about needing my space. It's good to be reminded that it's really ok. That's how I'm wired. God can use me in the way He made me. I just need to find those balances and build my ministries around those. :)

You Need Africa More Than Africa Needs You

I appreciate the point that when you spend time in a culture that is less materialistic and less western than the typical American does that you gain greater appreciation for certain things in life. However, this can be found in any developing country, not just African ones. Also, the author opened with "I'm not an expert" and said they'd only been to about "20%" of Africa. If that's the case, then why proceed to make sweeping generalizations about "Africa" throughout the rest of the article? Africa is not one giant place full of simple, happy, but tough people. If you've only experienced one part, then only write about one part! Write about Ugandans and Sudanese, not "Africans". Africa also isn't full of conflict. The author says that she's met many people who have survived conflict, but that's because she lives in South Sudan. There are plenty of other parts of the continent where people haven't experienced war in decades. So no, just going to Africa does not guarantee you'll meet people who overcame war and everything else. I also have a huge problem with the feel-good tone of this article that Africans all get along and that if Americans would just be more "African" (is that even a thing??) we'd be better.

State forbids pastors calling homosexuality ‘sinful’

The state of Kentucky has begun imposing a religious test on volunteer pastor counselors in its youth division, insisting that they refrain from calling homosexuality “sinful” and dismissing those who cannot bend their religious faith to accommodate the state requirements.

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4 Signs You Might be Legalistic

1. Reading the Bible daily, saying your prayers, and attending Church of course should not be done because God loves us. However I think doing them simply to just remind ourselves that he does is also not entirely correct. We should discipline ourselves to do these things because we realize we NEED TO. We must pray the same way we must eat. It is enjoyable and can be used for community benefits or for therapeutic reasons however at the end of the day, we eat because we die without doing so. We should pray and attend church because we realize our life in Christ will die without doing so. "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” John 6:53

I Disagree with My Pastor. Should I Say Something?

I am a pastor. I have often differed from what parishioners believe, as have they from what I say. Every right-minded believer - and clergy are no different - understands that no-one has definitive information on God, nor the final answers to all of life's questions. The Bible needs to be read and understood with great care. Even then, we interpret the Bible and venture into life knowing full well that our perspectives are our own. The Bible warns that we should not be distracted from the basic tenets of faith by arguing over petty things. And that at best we may look into a mirror and can only ever know in part. This is both sobering and humbling. Therefore, even if to our mind our concerns do not seem petty, I am always reminded that in conversation with another of God's children, He is always present, and loves both of us equally. Loving is a challenge. If all else fails, I propose that we err on the side of grace, resolving to love unconditionally. One thing only I cannot tolerate: denial that Jesus is God. Nothing else matters that much.

Trapped Inside My Own Body for 12 Years

I grew up in South Africa, a normal, healthy child, until I came home from school one day in 1988, complaining of a sore throat. I was 12 years old. From that day on, my parents fought for a diagnosis from doctors who couldn’t explain what was happening to me. First I stopped eating. Then I stopped speaking. I lost all sense of time. The bonsai trees I had once tended grew dense as I lost mobility in my limbs. My body weakened as I stopped using it.

TGC Australia Celebrates National Launch

Gary Millar, the chairman of the Council, introduced TGCA, explaining that Australians are beginning to see the need for Reformed evangelicals to work together. This is just the beginning, he noted. “We’re working out how to serve the church best,” Millar remarked. “We can see multiple ways in which we potentially might serve the church, but we don’t want to duplicate things. We’re aware that the needs of each state and territory are very different.”

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Singleness Does Not Have to Equal Loneliness

The problem comes if we put our lives on hold or think we can’t be truly fulfilled until we have someone. We shouldn’t buy into the lie that our lives really have no worth until there’s a ring on our finger. We don’t have to wait until we’ve found our soul mate to start living a life of purpose.


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Living on Mission in Your Community: An Interview with Pastor Clayton Reed

CR: Find out what people do in your city and get involved. Southlake orbits around football, sports, school, politics and business. I wanted to make sure that I was getting involved at all of those levels so I could actually be a part of the life that was happening in the city. For instance, we have a church tailgate party at all our local high schools home football games and we serve awesome BBQ and refreshments. It is an incredible opportunity to meet people and serve our local community. I also try and stay connected with our city council and local school board by showing up at meetings and encouraging our local leaders.

Raising future men and women

There are no generic people. There are men, and there are women. Consequently there are no generic Christian people. There are Christian men and there are Christian women. In Genesis 1-2, Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, we find clarity about the primary roles of men and women. There are differing ways in which men and women will live out the Christian life. For instance, when giving specific instruction and admonition to men, the Bible usually does so within three key categories: leading, providing and protecting. In other words, biblical masculinity involves a heart that is inclined to obey God within this particular context of leadership, provision and protection. This may take place predominantly as husbands and fathers, but it still should be cultivated, encouraged and instilled in boys as they mature into manhood.

Finding Flight with the Falcons

It turns out that birds are quite a problem for airports. Bird strikes cause millions of dollars of damage to airplanes each year, and the culprits aren’t just big birds like geese. Starlings—a common, small bird—are referred to in the aviation world as “feathered bullets.” Gulls are common culprits as well. A single bird can cause millions of dollars of damage to a jet turbine. If you were superstitious, you might wonder if they were defending their territory. Who are we to think we belong in the air?

The 8 Most Annoying Habits of Modern Dating

“Hey, there’s a wedding in a few weeks. It’s not my wedding. We aren’t getting married and I’m not engaged to anyone else. It’s a wedding I’m attending and I don’t know if you like attending weddings or would want to attend one with me, but if you want to come to this one with me as my date, I would like that. If not, it’s no problem. We may break up before then and hate each other. Did I say break up? I meant to say, ‘We may not still be casual like we are now.’ We may be more casual? Less casual? The amount of casualness that we are currently experiencing may be experienced to a different degree in the future and we could prepare for that. This was a really bad idea to leave on your voicemail, wasn’t it?”

Dog Tinder Is Now Really a Thing

Having trouble finding a playdate for your four-legged BFF? Don’t worry, Tindog , a new “dating” app for dogs based on the design of Tinder, has been released . Just browse the database of K-9s in your area, read about potential puppy love connections and swipe right when you find a pal for your puppy. We live in fascinating times.

Doctrine of the Church Part 5: The Lord's Supper (Biblical Data)

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Here the Apostle grounds his admonition for Christians to love one another in the very character of God. “Love is from God,” he tells us. What he means is that Christian love comes from God Himself. This love is not natural to fallen humanity. It originates in God and is a divine gift to His people. When we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are given a capacity for this supernatural love that has God as its source and foundation. When John says that “whoever loves has been born of God and knows God,” he is not teaching that every human being who loves another is therefore born of God. The kind of love of which he speaks comes only from regeneration. Without the Holy Spirit’s transformation of the human heart, no one has this capacity for love. No unregenerate person has this kind of love, and no regenerate person lacks such love. Therefore, a person who does not have the ability to love in the way John describes has not been born again. “Anyone who does not love [in this manner] does not know God.”

24 The Origin of Cultivation and Proto-Weeds, Long Before Neolithic Farming

Weeds are currently present in a wide range of ecosystems worldwide. Although the beginning of their evolution is largely unknown, researchers assumed that they developed in tandem with cultivation since the appearance of agricultural habitats some 12,000 years ago. These rapidly-evolving plants invaded the human disturbed areas and thrived in the new habitat. Here we present unprecedented new findings of the presence of “proto-weeds” and small-scale trial cultivation in Ohalo II, a 23,000-year-old hunter-gatherers' sedentary camp on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Israel. We examined the plant remains retrieved from the site (ca. 150,000 specimens), placing particular emphasis on the search for evidence of plant cultivation by Ohalo II people and the presence of weed species. The archaeobotanically-rich plant assemblage demonstrates extensive human gathering of over 140 plant species and food preparation by grinding wild wheat and barley. Among these, we identified 13 well-known current weeds mixed with numerous seeds of wild emmer, barley, and oat. This collection provides the earliest evidence of a human-disturbed environment—at least 11 millennia before the onset of agriculture—that provided the conditions for the development of "proto-weeds", a prerequisite for weed evolution.

25 Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

The True Saint Abhors All Sin

Sometimes I just need to be reminded about the seriousness of sin. And sometimes I just need to be reminded off the slipperiness of sin. Those reminders came this week through Charles Spurgeon and a sermon he preached on June 29, 1890.

One Big Happy Polyamorous Family

Dani and Melinda’s home is a little more crowded these days, filled with the two of them, their husband Jon and their two babies, Ella and Oliver.

What to Remember When Bad Things Happen

Because we live in these conditions, experiencing a broken heart is almost inevitable. Many of us will face the intense emotional pain associated with grief, disappointment or other overwhelming circumstances. If you are currently working through heartbreak, remember there is purpose to these bad things. Through these experiences, we arrive at a place where we can learn the following four things:

Why Boyce? A Parent's Perspective

Why Boyce? A Parent's Perspective

How to Practice a Gospel-Centered Spirituality

Although the Holy Spirit gives a believer the desire and the power for a biblical spirituality, some reformatting of life and habits must also take place to practice a gospel-centered piety. Thus Paul also wrote, “Train yourself for godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7). This doesn’t refer to physical training, for mere bodily activity—despite its health benefits—does not by itself build godliness, as the next verse makes plain. Rather, the kind of training or exercise that promotes godliness (that is, Christlikeness) is spiritual training.

A Grand Jury Officially Indicts Charleston Shooter for Hate Crime

Today, a federal grand jury indicted Dylann Roof , the man who shot and killed nine people inside a prayer meeting at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church, for a hate crime. In all, Roof received indictment for 33 federal law violations, the combination of which could subject him to the death penalty. The night of the shooting, authorities first called the shooting a hate crime. And agents from the FBI also investigated Roof’s motives. But today’s indictment by a federal grand jury confirms the shooting—considered the state’s worst ever racially aimed crime—as an official hate crime. In a press conference following the indictment, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said,

Wisconsin Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks

Late-term abortions are now illegal in Wisconsin. State governor Scott Walker signed a bill yesterday that bans all non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks, the stage when some experts say fetuses begin to feel pain. Rape and incest are exceptions to the new law. This legislation makes performing a late-term abortion a felony, carrying a punishment of up to three and a half years in prison and up to $10,000, reports Politico . Still allowable after 20 weeks are emergency abortions in situations where the mother may die or incur severe injuries. Wisconsin lawmakers approved this action earlier this month.

The Atheist Who Didn't Exist

Yet when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments used to prop it up quickly unravel. The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is designed to expose some of the loose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognise lazy scepticism and bad arguments. Be an atheist by all means: but do be a thought-through one.

Pro-life Group Releases Another Sting Video of Planned Parenthood Exec

Last week’s video prompted the U.S. Congress to open investigations into Planned Parenthood, which is the country’s largest provider of abortions. In addition, Texas republican governor Greg Abbott and Missouri’s democrat attorney general Chris Koster both announced that their respective states will also investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices within their states. Planned Parenthood seems to chalk up the videos to a smear campaign, maintaining that the original video is misleading. Yesterday, the organization sent a letter to Congress saying that subsequent videos would be similarly misleading.

Sin Gone Viral

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul is harsh with the Corinthian church, which had welcomed immorality into its midst. Warning against the dangers of sin, he writes, “Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?” This verse is frequently used to justify Christian isolation. Based on this passage, some Christians refuse to keep company with known sinners, for fear that the sin will spread. (In fact, my friend was criticized for just this reason, owing to her friendships with openly gay men.)

Democrats' "Equality Act" will threaten religious liberty in all 50 states

But this “Equality Act” bill would make all 50 states allow these kinds of punishments against people who disagree with same-sex marriage. The laws really are anti-religious-liberty laws, because they force you to agree with the gay agenda, or else face consequences. They force you to violate your conscience, just because you don’t agree with redefining marriage. If this law passes, it means that anyone who disagrees with gay marriage being the same as child-centered natural marriage would be a potential target for the federal government.

Where Was the Garden of Eden Located?

Moses says that one river flowed to water the garden, which afterwards would divide itself into four heads. It is sufficiently agreed among all, that two of these heads are the Euphrates and the Tigris; for no one disputes that . . . (Hiddekel) is the Tigris. But there is a great controversy respecting the other two. Many think, that Pison and Gihon are the Ganges and the Nile; the error, however, of these men is abundantly refuted by the distance of the positions of these rivers. Persons are not wanting who fly across even to the Danube; as if indeed the habitation of one man stretched itself from the most remote part of Asia to the extremity of Europe. But since many other celebrated rivers flow by the region of which we are speaking, there is greater probability in the opinion of those who believe that two of these rivers are pointed out, although their names are now obsolete. Be this as it may, the difficulty is not yet solved. For Moses divides the one river which flowed by the garden into four heads. Yet it appears, that the fountains of the Euphrates and the Tigris were far distant from each other.

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Chameleons’ Color of Divine Wisdom

Chameleons are unique lizards of the reptile clan. The family contains 200 species and has many unique features that may qualify it as a single created kind. 1 The panther chameleon ( Furcifer pardalis ) has been a major research subject in color technology. 2 Male adults of this species have a greater range of color variation than juveniles and females. Although they can change color and be camouflaged with their environment, male color change is based mostly on their emotional state. Emotions change when they meet other competitive males, or when females capture their interest. Skin color can shift dramatically as blue patches turn yellow to white and red patches grow brighter without changing hue. In just a few minutes their colors can revert back to the original. How do they do this?

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Who are we to judge? // Revd Fraser Dyer // Inspirational Breakfast

In Matthew 7:1, Jesus says “Do not judge”, but is this practical? Author of the book “Who Are We To Judge?”, Anglican priest Fraser Dyer joined Inspirational Breakfast to talk about the way we view the actions and attitudes of others. Is it right to judge and how should we do it in a godly way? Fraser starts by telling John how we can become wise in our perception of others. Kick start your day and join John Pantry and Lisa Mainwaring (Mon and Fri) and Esther Higham (Fridays) every weekday morning for big name guests, great music and news from a Christian perspective. | For more video and audio content: | Like us on Facebook | Tweet us @TogetherPremier

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Salvation is not passed on genetically, therefore just because you are a Jew it does not mean you are chosen Israel. This sets up the direct relationship of the visible and invisible church. Dr. Sproul investigates the doctrine of unconditional election and how some use this section of scripture to apply to the selection of nations, but it is pointed out that this section specifically talks of one individual being selected over another.

The Pastor’s Personal Holiness

Neglect of the Soul: Neglecting to tend the garden of his own soul threatens the pastor’s personal holiness more than anything else. He busies himself with planting the Word and pruning weeds in the lives of others, but his own soul receives little care. He is too busy. The work is too hard. Others are worse off. And in his own heart, worldliness creeps in, pride pitches its tent, lust grabs a hold, and righteousness flees. The small sins which once had a foothold, now control. His sermon preparation no longer stirs him, his sermons become performances, his ministry becomes sheer duty, and his life begins to disintegrate. Oh dear pastors, examine your heart daily. Seek to root out sin and fan the flames of righteousness. Never teach or preach anything that does not first move your heart. Seek out brothers in the Lord who, like Philemon, refresh your soul (Philemon 1:7). Find authors who stir your mind. Practice daily prayer, Scripture reading, and memorization for your own personal life in Christ. Pray that the Lord would give you a true view of self, so pride would have no seat, lust would have no allure, greed would find no ground, and slothfulness cannot lounge.

Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Peril In Paradise

Introduction The problem of suffering and evil is one of the most persuasive challenges against the Christian worldview. As defenders of the true worldview, Christians need to be prepared to address this challenge. Interestingly enough, this challenge does not only come from unbelievers but also from those within the Church. The idea that animals died before humans arrived on the scene (and fell into sin) is a stumbling block for many to coming to Christ, yet the natural world tells of a history of animal suffering and death prior to humanity. It seems as though the scientific evidence and the claims of Christianity are at odds with one another. In his book "Peril In Paradise" ( paperback ,  Kindle , and Quotes ), Mark S. Whorton addresses this supposed incompatibility directly. His confrontation of the issue is in the context of a long discussion with Christians who support such an incompatibility (which appears to give the unbelievers' concern credibility). The book is 233 pages divided into four parts and sixteen chapters. This review will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book's content, but it is not meant to replace reading the book to dig more deeply into the details of the arguments presented by the author for his conclusions.

In Weighing Beliefs, Only Monotheism Makes Sense | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

Having proved the existence of the Deity, we come next to his attributes: the first whereof is, that there can be no more Gods than one; which may be gathered from hence; because, as was before said, God exists necessarily, or is self-existent. Now that which is necessary, or self-existent, cannot be considered as of any kind or species of beings, but as actually existing, and is therefore a single being; for, if you imagine many Gods, you will see that necessary existence belongs to none of them; nor can there be any reason why two should rather be believed than three, or ten than five: beside, the abundance of particular things of the same kind proceeds from the fruitfulness of the cause, in proportion to which more or less is produced; but God has no cause, or original. Further, particular different things are endued with peculiar properties, by which they are distinguished from each other; which do not belong to God, who is a necessary being. Neither do we find any signs of many Gods; for this whole universe makes but one world, in which there is but one thing that far exceeds the rest in beauty, viz.

Jesus Did Not Say “Teach the Sheep to Self-Feed”

Thanks for the post. I think this all comes back to discipleship. This is why Paul commanded Timothy to disciple those who are faithful and train them to disciple others. The Church has been given Pastors (Eph 4:11-12) among other servants, to equip believers to do ministry. Until we begin equipping ALL the saints, we will continue to see a chasm between the clergy and the laity, and this is exactly what happened to Israel in Exodus 19 and 20. God called them a nation of priests (Ex 19:3-6), and they told Moses and God, “no thanks” (Ex 20:18-21 /This led to the Levitical priesthood). The modern day levites in the local church are pastors, and they don’t have all the time, energy, gifting, etc. to perform all the functions of church leadership, shepherding, and discipleship. For the sake of the lost, the nations, and the glory of God we must see laborers raised up not only from the harvest (the lost), but among those who sit every week and watch someone else do ministry (the saved). Programs and more teaching will not accomplish this, it must be done as you said by, “sitting with them, walking with them, eating with them, praying with them, touching them and encouraging them and counseling them and correcting them.

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