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1 Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident

I now laugh as I picture myself with these books on my music stand, flipping pages this way and that with my mouth stick. But decades of study, paralysis, pain, and cancer have taught me to say, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Ps. 119:71). I won’t rehearse all of suffering’s benefits here. Many of you know them by heart. Like the way God uses it to shape Christ’s character in us (Rom. 8:28–29). Or how it produces patience (Rom. 5:4). Or how it refines our faith like gold (1 Pet. 1:7). Or gives us a livelier hope of heaven (James 1:12). And on and on.

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In Awe of Her God

Heart-splitting joy, God-breathed courage, the overwhelming presence and power of God — what a spectacular testimony to God’s grace! I am in awe of the life of Joni Eareckson Tada, who after fifty years of quadriplegia is even more convinced that God’s grace is sufficient for her. Not in awe of Joni, but in awe of the God who comes to us in our suffering, who gives us courage to tackle what lies ahead, and who alone is worthy of all honor and praise.

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Why Christians Are Abandoning the Orphanage

Over time, however, children who left the orphanage at age 18 weren’t faring well. Without the support of a family, they fell into drugs, prostitution, and suicide. The church asked God what to do, and he gave them Malachi 4:6: “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents.”

4 Vilenkin on the Universe’s Coming into Being without a Cause | Reasonable Faith

Vilenkin, however, infers that “no cause is needed” for the universe’s coming into being because the conservation laws would not prevent it and “according to quantum mechanics, any process which is not strictly forbidden by the conservation laws will happen.” (Vilenkin assumes that if there were nothing, then both the conservation laws and quantum physical laws would still hold. This is far from obvious, however, since in the absence of anything at all, it is not clear that the laws governing our universe would hold.) But even granted that the laws would still hold, why think that, given the laws of quantum mechanics, anything not strictly forbidden by the conservation laws will happen? The conservation laws do not strictly forbid God’s sending everyone to heaven, but that hardly gives grounds for optimism. Neither do they strictly forbid His sending everyone to hell, in which case both outcomes will occur, which is logically impossible, as they are logically contrary universal generalizations. The point can be made non-theologically as well: the conservation laws do not strictly forbid something’s coming into existence, but neither do they forbid nothing’s coming into existence, but both cannot happen.

5 The TC Apologetics Daily

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As Undeniable Debuts in Paperback, Frontiers in Biology Demonstrate Axe’s “Functional Coherence”

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Christianity: It's Either Objectively True or Objectively False

Lately, I've begun to realize just how much relativism is ingrained in our culture, particularly when it comes to religion. In conversations with people about Christianity, I've found that sometimes I am literally unable to communicate the idea that I'm claiming Christianity is an objectively true description of reality . Unfortunately, I've even had a conversation or two like this with Christians.

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For Culturally Illiterate Science Reporters, Canaanite DNA Yields Occasion to Slap Bible Around | Evolution News

The only problem with this reporting? The Bible is detailed and unambiguous in relating that the Canaanites survived Joshua’s invasion. So it’s no wonder they have living descendants. I’m not here to pass judgment on ancient Canaanites or ancient Israelites, on the Bible, Joshua, or anyone else. But come on, reporters, where’s your elementary cultural literacy, of which knowing a thing or two about the Bible is a key element?

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Russell Brand asks theologian Alister McGrath 'is there any point in God?' - Premier Christian Radio

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In Awe of Her God

Heart-splitting joy, God-breathed courage, the overwhelming presence and power of God — what a spectacular testimony to God’s grace! I am in awe of the life of Joni Eareckson Tada, who after fifty years of quadriplegia is even more convinced that God’s grace is sufficient for her. Not in awe of Joni, but in awe of the God who comes to us in our suffering, who gives us courage to tackle what lies ahead, and who alone is worthy of all honor and praise.

11 The TC Apologetics Daily

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Why Do We Give In to Porn?

I absolutely adore my wife. I love her and celebrate her not only because she loved me four years ago on our wedding day when she entered the covenant of marriage with me. I cherish and enjoy her because of all that she is in this present moment: a gospel co-laborer, a servant mom, a radical disciple maker, a humble Christ worshipper. My joy in my wife didn’t end on our wedding day; in many ways, it began there. Likewise, our joy in Jesus must not stop with the cross; rather, we must see how the gospel story affects right here, right now, and forevermore.

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Book Review: “The Fox and the Hard Day”

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Solar eclipses inspire awe, declare the Divine Designer's glory

On October 22, 2134 B.C., two Chinese astrologers failed to foretell the coming of a solar eclipse, and it sealed their fates. As legend tells, the astrologers Hsi and Ho were soon executed. For, in ancient China, an eclipse could bode ill for the emperor, especially if it hadn’t been predicted.

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Where Will You Be One Year from Today?

I do not know how things will turn out for us. As a husband, I feel obligated to lead our family toward obedience, whatever the end may be — whether it is life or death or discomfort or disappointment. It is clear that the Lord Jesus calls us not to an easy life, however he calls us. He bids us to take up our cross — just as he did — to suffer and die. Perhaps we will toil for years to raise support and never make it overseas. Perhaps we will go and utterly ‘fail’ as missionaries from all worldly perspectives. Perhaps we will labor for decades without any visible fruit. Or perhaps through willing obedience, many will pass from death to eternal life. . . . The Lord may see fit to keep us here, but if he does not, let’s go. It may cost us much, but would you have it any other way? Whatever we lose will be worth it if we gain more of Christ.

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Jesus Is A Myth, Just Like President Kennedy | Cold Case Christianity

There are lots of skeptics who try to deny the historicity of Jesus just because he allegedly shares some similarities with gods or mythologies that pre-date him . Truth be told, the similarities related to Jesus are more fiction than reality , but even if they were all true (like those I’ve listed related to Kennedy and Lincoln), the mere existence of similarities does not invalidate the historicity of Jesus (or Kennedy, for that matter). If we’re prepared to say that Jesus is a myth just because he shares a few characteristics, we better be ready to tell the world that there was never a president named John F. Kennedy.

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Please stop saying 'Faith is belief without evidence'

Last week, my post, entitled “ Please stop saying ‘Atheism is not a belief’ ” generated a lot of discussion on various online discussion groups. A number of atheists took issue with me telling them what they believe and (sometimes kindly) suggested that I stop saying that .

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Why Make the Case for Christianity, If God Is in Control? | Cold Case Christianity

I’ve written a Christian apologetics book that makes the case for making the case . I argue that Christians ought to embrace a more evidential, thoughtful faith and accept their duty to become Christian case-makers. Many people, after reading the book and thinking about this call to become better case makers, have asked, “If God calls His chosen, can’t He achieve this without any case-making effort on our part?” I also pondered this question as a new Christian, and I think the following analogy is helpful, although certainly imperfect.

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Popular Culture: The Ballad of John and Jesus

In the end Ono won. In his final years, the man best known for his lines "Imagine there's no heaven / It's easy if you try" was living a life dictated by astrologers, numerologists, clairvoyants, psychics, herbalists, and tarot-card readers. The one song that Lennon wrote during his born-again period has never been released. "You Saved My Soul," which recounts being prevented from attempting suicide while staying in a Tokyo hotel, is known only to Beatles bootleggers. Two years later, Lennon wrote a parody of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" in which he urged his listeners to believe in no one but themselves—a line he had peddled on his first solo release in 1970. According to Rosen in Nowhere Man , Lennon wrote the song in Palm Beach after seeing the newly converted Dylan on a Grammy Awards TV broadcast.

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My Best Life Now?

Welcome to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Today’s question comes to us from Rasmus, who lives in Denmark. “Hello, Pastor John! I love the truth that the fullest joy possible is to be found in God. But there’s one angle to it that I quite don’t understand: My question is, when is this true? If I chose not to deny myself and follow Jesus, would I have more joy in this life? Or in other words, can we say that the Christian life is the most joyful life here and now? Or do we as Christians deny ourselves the greatest possible joy in this life for greater joy in the life to come? There are verses pointing in this direction, such as 1 Corinthians 15:19: ‘If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.’ But there are also verses talking about the joy in God being greater than the riches on earth, such as Psalm 4:7: ‘You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.’ What do you think?”

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The Point: The Problem of Pronouns

“So how can we work this out together?” Quite simply, you can’t. And it’s quite possible this will end your friendship. Because, what will you do when your friend starts dressing like the gender he/she identifies with? Or undergoes surgery to adjust his/her body to his/her gender? In Canada and most European countries refusing to use the correct gender pronouns (meaning the pronouns of the gender a person identifies with) is considered rude, to say the least, and, in some cases, punishable by law. And it’s quite likely that will be a battle in the near future the LGBT community will have to fight. And all because religious conservatives believe their believes and convictions are the most important ones.

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To Love With Our Minds

As a child I have memorised Matthew 22:37 – ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’  – but I didn’t really understand the last bit completely until I read Moreland’s book. To understand the concept of love in terms of an emotion or an action is easy but how do you love with your mind? Moreland explains how the God of the Bible is a God of reason as well as of revelation, that He is perfect in knowledge, the only wise God and that He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures in “understandable, true propositions.” The Old Testament repeatedly teaches us the importance of wisdom and shows us that God created our minds to be apt for gaining knowledge and wisdom, so when we are ignorant, we are definitely not mirroring God’s character.

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/five-first-steps-to-building-a-life-of-love

So how do you build a life of real deep love? That’s a profound question, and you will spend the rest of your life trying to do it. But I can give you some steps to get you out of the starting block — five things you can do this week that will help you get on the road to becoming a truly great person of love.

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After 50 Years in a Wheelchair, I Still Walk With Jesus

I served on the National Council on Disability, which authored the initial draft of the ADA. Our second director, Paul Hearne, was a Jewish man who had osteogenesis imperfecta. We were all together at the White House on the day that President George H. W. Bush signed the ADA into law. Afterward, Paul proposed a toast. He said, in so many words, “This will mean a mandate of greater access into areas of employment, in public accommodations, and transportation. It means employers will now hire qualified individuals with disabilities, it means that restaurants will have ramps, it means that buses eventually will have mechanical lifts.” And then he said, “But this law is not going to change the employer’s heart, and this law is not going to change the heart of the maître d’ at the restaurant, and this law will not change the heart of the bus driver.” He raised his glass and he said, “Here’s to changed hearts.”

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The Doctrine of Perseverance: The Earnest Pursuit of Assurance

The organ of faith is designed to empower joyful obedience. And so if we want the organ to grow strong — if we want to realize full assurance of hope — we must exercise it. If God says don’t lie on your income tax form, then we must put faith to work and trust that God will meet all our needs as we obey him. If God says, flee fornication, then we must put our faith to work and trust God that life will be fuller and relationships deeper and eternity sweeter because I have been obediently chaste.

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Awana Is Poised to Equip the Next Generation

When my daughters were young, they attended Awana at a local church in our community. They were eager to participate, and they were blessed by the commitment the program made (and continues to make) to scripture memorization. I bet many of you have been similarly blessed by a local Awana program, so I’m delighted to announce a new generation of Awana for high school students. My good friend, Sean McDowell, has partnered with Awana to create a program that is sure to impact the hearts and minds of young people. He agreed to tell us about the future of Awana and this new effort to equip high school students:

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Universe Cannot Be Created Because That Would Be Magic?

Naturalists, atheists, and skeptics are taking a not-so-new approach to dismissing the scientific evidence for God. Recently, they have been asserting that any claim to God creating the universe is out of bounds since such a claim is an appeal to magic. An example is this question that appeared on my Facebook page.

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Are You a Spectator on Sunday Morning?

I also tend not to sing all twelve repetitions of the same line. I worry that such redundancy might disobey Jesus’s command, “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7). I wonder whether our endless repetition might annoy God. Does he throw up his hands and say, “You’ve been ‘Running to my arms’ for ten stanzas. Get here already!” Remember his warning, “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. . . . Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:1–3).

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All’s Not Fair When Love Is War: Extending Grace in Conflict

Our most familiar hymn declares how amazing it is (and for good reason). Although the Old Testament only contains several sightings of the word, the New Testament explodes with it. God’s grace fills Christ (John 1:14), appears in his person and work (Titus 2:11–14), brands the gospel (Acts 20:24), overwhelms sin (Romans 5:20), founds God’s promises to us (Romans 4:16), transforms weakness into strength (2 Corinthians 12:9), defines God’s throne (Hebrews 4:16), and characterizes God’s Spirit (Hebrews 10:29). God is the God of all grace (1 Peter 5:10).

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6 Misconceptions About the New Testament

People argue that since the Gospels are full of Jesus’ teachings on the kingdom of God while Paul’s focus seems to be on justification, Paul must be teaching something Jesus never taught nor intended to teach. Revelation throughout the Bible unfolds in an organic step-by-step way, rather than all at once. Christ inaugurated what the apostles built upon through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Additionally, a concept may be present despite the lack of specific vocabulary naming the concept. Christ clearly indicated that salvation could only come through him (Jn. 3:16-17; Jn. 14:6) despite never using the word “justification.” Likewise, Paul also taught that Christians who trust in Christ have an eternal inheritance, are called sons of God, and will be resurrected when Christ returns. All these things are elements of the kingdom Christ also taught.

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Escaping the Gay Lifestyle and Critiquing Pope Francis’ Politics: An Eric Metaxas Doubleheader

I don’t understand the silence of the church (the Body of Christ at large) in today’s challenged world. However, some do include the voice of those delivered out of the dark life of perversion. The first interview mentioned here was a powerful example. I applaud Michael Brown, who has stated that some listening to his uncompromised voice heard that homosexuality was wrong for the first time, what the bible has to say about it, along with redemption’s plan. I know of various strong leaders in other camps standing up and speaking out and embracing and giving a platform for those coming out. It is that powerful melding of speaking the truth in love. The church still needs an overall apologetic followed by an outreach in the arena.

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About Geekdom House

As Christians looking to be an impact in the community we want to walk in the footsteps of the missionaries that have gone before us. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald all made unique and excellent contributions to this geek culture while embodying their faith through it all. By doing likewise and making our own unique and excellent contributions to the community, our voice becomes far more respected and welcomed.

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Does Similarity Imply Common Ancestry? | Evolution News

These so-called convergences are ubiquitous. And while a fundamental tenet of evolutionary theory is that similarity implies common ancestry, convergences are similarities found in more distant species — they cannot have arisen from a common ancestor. This falsifies the fundamental tenet that similarity implies common ancestry.

42 Atheists May Not Believe In God, But They Still Live in His World

Many people claim not to believe in God, but in my experience, it’s only a matter of time before their lives betray them. Why? Remember, even those who don’t believe in God still live in the world God created. It’s inescapable.

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Question of the Week July 31, 2017: Common ancestor between Humans and Chimps?

Question of the Week July 31, 2017: Common ancestor between Humans and Chimps?

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Do the Gospel Writers Speak the Truth?

The Gospel writers claim to have recorded what Jesus said and did. How do we know they haven’t embellished history beyond the bounds of ancient biography as they did so? Should the Gospels be trusted or rejected as hopelessly un-historic?

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Praying with All the Saints - Christian Research Institute

Good morning, heavenly Father. Good morning, Lord Jesus. Good morning, Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, I worship you as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and King of the world. Holy Spirit, I worship you, Sanctifier of the people of God. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence, and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Holy, mighty and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me. Amen.

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What Does It Mean to Succeed?

What does it mean to succeed? We typically think success involves reaching particular personal and professional goals—prospering financially, being respected by peers, raising a solid family, and so on. We measure success in terms of receiving honor, reaching the top, being admired, getting rich, or being noticed. Meanwhile, failure means being poor or insignificant, being unpopular or disliked, or being the object of shame. Even in ministry, we often rate “success” as a large or rapidly growing congregation, combined with a reputation as a fine pastor or preacher, while “failure” means a small or shrinking flock or having to leave a church because of difficulties or differences over direction.

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64 Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident
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