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Lay Aside the Weight of Moodiness

But we’re not only manipulated by our moods; we also use them to manipulate others. We know that others dislike and resist unpleasant emotions just like we do. So our sinful, selfish natures seek to use this to our advantage. We leverage our bad moods to make others unhappy in order to get them to do what we want or to punish them for hurting us.

2 A Flood of Evidence

But several new dig sites have unearthed inscriptions that refer to just such a flood along the Yellow River, almost 4,000 years ago. And a team of geologists led by Qinglog Wu of Peking University in Beijing says they’ve found evidence in the rocks of a natural dam that trapped several cubic miles of water. When the dam collapsed, it sent a deluge downriver large enough to wipe out a civilization—just as the Chinese legends suggest.

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"God Made Me for China" - Eric Liddell Beyond Olympic Glory - AlbertMohler.com

Later, Eric and his brother would be sent to boarding school near London and would know their parents only through correspondence and brief visits. But China was always on Liddell’s heart. As a student at the University of Edinburgh, Liddell became very well known as both a runner and a preacher. He was especially powerful as a preacher to young men. Liddell spoke passionately but conversationally, explaining that the best preaching to young men took the form of a simple talk, in Duncan Hamilton’s words, “as if chatting over a picket fence.” But Liddell’s clear biblical and evangelical message came through, and powerfully.

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WORLD News Group on Twitter

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Contested Bones: Is There Any Solid Fossil Evidence for Ape-to-Man Evolution?

We conclude that the hominin bones do not reveal a continuous upward progression from ape to man, but rather reveal a clear separation between the human type and the ape type. The best evidence for any type of intermediate “ape-men” derived from bones collected from mixed bone beds (containing bones of both apes and men), which led to the assembly of chimeric skeletons. Therefore, the hominin fossils do not proof human evolution at all. Those hominin bones classified as Homo actually suggest that highly inbred human populations underwent a type of reverse evolution (genetic degeneration). We suggest that the field of paleoanthropology has been seriously distorted by a very strong ideological agenda and by very ambitious personalities.

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The Briefing 08-12-16 - AlbertMohler.com

This is the kind of brilliant reporting that comes from a newspaper that understands there’s a big story here. How in the world would a group like the Amish respond to the candidacy of someone like Donald Trump? Actually the story is also about how they would consider the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, and they don’t support her either. They simply can’t imagine a woman candidate running for President of the United States. It doesn’t fit their theological worldview. The Amish are, as the newspaper notes, very committed to family structure and to a traditional understanding of biblical sexual morality and, for that reason, they generally would support Republican rather than Democratic candidates at the national level in particular. And they would especially hold many of the moral positions that are far more Republican than Democratic in terms of the party platforms. So this group would traditionally be more encouraged by the Republican candidate. And yet, as the reporter says, that,

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Is Hillary Clinton an 'enemy' of religious liberty?

Is Hillary Clinton an 'enemy' of religious liberty?

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9 Scan Again

With ever-cheaper technology and minimum wage hikes looming, more retailers are installing self-service checkouts, where customers scan items and pay without ever seeing a cashier. Like all technology, it doesn’t always work. And a new report by criminologists at the University of Leicester finds that automated checkouts often turn honest shoppers into thieves.

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Feet of Clay and Medals of Gold - R.C. Sproul Jr.

As we record today, we are still in the midst of the Olympic season. One of the big stories of this Summer Olympics has been, actually, a little story when you think about it. I suspect for some of you, you’re not old enough to remember a Summer Olympics without Michael Phelps. This time, the ageless wonder has already secured his 19th gold medal, which is of course, a record. I find the story of Michael Phelps interesting because it tells us something about our heroes. You see, when Phelps first burst onto the scene, I don’t know how many Olympics ago, there was a great hue and cry and celebration of his skill, and determination, and efforts. He became sort of an emblem of the American team.

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6 Problems With Media's Reaction To Trump's ISIS Comments

First off, let’s note for our hyperliteral media that Trump says “I’m a person that doesn’t like insulting people” a few seconds before Hewitt asks about the ISIS comments. (Fact check: Pants on fire, amiright?) In this minute and a half, Trump says “I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.” Hewitt pushes back, saying that Obama is trying to kill ISIS. Trump says:

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Celebs from Michael Phelps to Kim Kardashian Want a Purpose-Driven Life

(Warren) wrote a book called The Purpose Driven Life , a genre of book that is known in the religious-publishing business as “Christian Living,” and that typically sells thirty or forty thousand copies a year. Warren’s publishers came to see him at Saddleback, and sat on the long leather couch in his office, and talked about their ideas for the book. “You guys don’t understand,” Warren told them. “This is a hundred-million-copy book.” Warren remembers stunned silence: “Their jaws dropped.”

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Cannes' Mayor Bans Women From Wearing Burkini at the Beach

Anyone wearing the burkini will be asked to either change into something else to swim or leave the beach. The penalty for not doing either one is 38 Euros, or about $42.

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Today's Moment of Truth: Is Life an Accident?

Consider, for instance, how our sun and moon are essential for life on earth. Without the sun, water would remain frozen, and neither plants nor animals could live. And the moon plays a vital role as well. But isn’t our sun an ordinary star, and isn’t our moon just like countless others in the solar system? Are the factors that contribute to life on our planet really so unusual?

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The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran - Christian Research Institute

The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy.

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You Want to Be a Good Apologist?

If you need to get started in this habit by following a one-year plan, then by all means do so. However, the best way to do this is to read as large a chunk at one time as you can manage. One book in one or two sittings is ideal. I can remember the first time I read through the Bible. I used a one-year plan and read such a little amount per day that I couldn't keep track of the story. Characters would be referred to later on in one of the longer books and I wouldn't remember who they were. I had no understanding of the overall history of Israel even after finishing. It wasn't until a class assignment forced me to read the entire Old Testament in four months (and therefore, in large portions per sitting) that the text opened up to me as a full, meaningful, unified story.

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http://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2016/08/apologetic-non-starters-arguments-to.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

But where Christians differ from Mormons and others is that they have a whole toolbox of apologetic arguments at their disposal. A strong testimony and a godly life since conversion must be supplemented with the ability to give honest answers to the unbeliever’s honest questions about the existence of God, the problem of evil, the reliability of the Bible, the claims of other religions, and so forth.

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Crossway on Twitter

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Southern Seminary on Twitter

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A Conversation with Nate Parker about 'The Birth of a Nation'

It was a really interesting way to deal with the natural and the supernatural in a way that hadn't been done, and to really deal with some of the spiritual battles we're having here in 2016, when it comes to what it's like to be Christlike. I thought it would be very interesting to bring Christians to a crossroad. When you think about Nat Turner and what he did, if you're able to view this film without the baggage of racism, then it's very clearly a story of someone that was compelled by his faith to act as the hand of the God through his interpretation. There's black people killing white people, but with [Turner] very, very explicitly saying, “I have to cut the head from the serpent. I have to kill the evil. I have to destroy the evil that is subjugating us.”

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Habitability for Redemption

member at Southern Evangelical Seminary , and the minister of apologetics at Sierra Madre Congregational Church. I have a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of British Columbia, a PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto, and conducted five years of postdoctoral research on quasars and galaxies at the California Institute of Technology. I have authored or co-authored 16 books on apologetics. At this year’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics , my talk, Habitability for Redemption , will be a condensed version of one part of my latest book, Improbable Planet . Here is a summary:

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Christian charity "praising God" after sex club plans rejected - premier

A team of Christian legal experts are claiming victory after plans for a new sex club in South Wales were overwhelmingly rejected on Thursday.

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Q&A: Are There Transitional Intermediates in the Fossil Record?

Evolutionary biologists will often use this second definition when they have no real understanding of the precise evolutionary pathway that connects two organisms. Yet, in spite of their uncertainty, they are convinced that an evolutionary pathway must exist. They are equally convinced that they will eventually identify that pathway. In the meantime, they deem all the organisms that exist between two time points in the fossil record as transitional forms, irrespective of whether or not they are actually part of an evolutionary sequence.

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Health update on US Evangelist Billy Graham - premier

The famous American evangelist Billy Graham who has been living with Alzheimer's disease for a number of years is "very frail", his staff in the UK have told Premier Christian Radio.

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9 Proverbs Every Voter Should Read

In a recent conversation with pastor Rick Warren, author of the international bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, he pointed out that we often miss how pertinent many of the Bible's Proverbs are. He thinks we get distracted by references to “kings” and “princes” and rulers that seem far removed from 21st-century America. But, Warren told me, when we take a look at many of the Proverbs in a modern-language translation, we see freshly the kind of leaders and officials the Bible endorses.

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

The making of peace is one of the most important motifs of all of Scripture. In fact, the whole drama of redemption involves the pursuit of peace in the midst of a war that spans the whole world and almost all of history since creation. In Genesis 3, we read of the fall of the human race; this is not only an isolated historical event but the beginning of a worldwide situation of hostility and estrangement. In the New Testament, the gospel is articulated in terms of reconciliation: God in Christ was reconciling the world to Himself, and we who believe in Him have been given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18–20).

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Eternal Security

Is it possible for Christians to fall away and lose their salvation? If a professing believer appears to reject the faith, was he ever really saved to begin with? What does the doctrine of eternal security say? In this teaching series, Dr. Sproul examines the Scriptures to answer these questions and offers a balanced view of perseverance and reminds believers of the security that all true Christians enjoy.

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Can We Know Anything About God?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org If God is so big, can we really know anything about Him at all? In this clip Dr William Lane Craig answers this question during the Q&A time of his debate with Dr Alex Rosenberg. On February 1st, 2013 at Purdue University, Dr Craig participated in a debate with Dr Rosenberg on the topic, "Is Faith In God Reasonable?" Over 5,000 people watched the event on the Purdue University campus along with tens of thousands streaming it live online from around the world. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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Renewing Your Mind | How to Deal with Anxiety | August 12, 2016

What does this have to do with worry? Everything! As a result of sin, no longer do we attach our inner peace to a God who is the definition of wisdom, power, and love and who will never, ever change. No, without realizing what we have done, we begin to look for identity, meaning and purpose, and our inner sense of well-being horizontally. We look to the broken and ever-changing situations and relationships of this fallen world for our purpose and our inner rest. Things that were not designed to give us peace and over which we have no control become our replacement messiahs. We ask them to do for us what only God is able to do. You see, here is what happens: important things (like family, work, housing, money, etc.) become all too important to us because they become the places we look to for rest. When they do, they not only do not give us rest, they become the reason for the endless cycles of worry, anxiety, and fear that, frankly, are in the daily lives of too many believers. Your job is important, but it must not be the source of your identity, and when it is, it becomes the cause of endless anxiety.

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Ligonier Ministries

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The Best One-Sentence Answer to Show Why God Is True

I would like to offer you, in a nutshell, what I think is the simplest, most powerful way, strategically, to make your case as a Christian. I have been using it a long time in a variety of ways, though it really came together for me quite by accident recently when my eldest daughter, then about eight years old, asked me an important question.

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Overcoming Rejection to Live in God's Love (Part 2 of 2)

And that's our hope for you today, as you listen along. We want you to get in touch with those parts of your heart that maybe the Lord's been knockin' on the door, sayin' open up. I want to help. Ephesians 3:18 tells us, "Grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you." And that's coming through loud and clear from Lysa last time and I know it will today as we talk about her book, Uninvited and she reminds all of us that the love of God cannot be taken from us. And Lysa, let me welcome you back to "Focus on the Family."

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Parenting in the Age of Binge-Watching

It pays off for them because they do not have to do the hard work of socializing with others, or learning to share, compromise, and play by the rules. Their world is their own, and it goes wherever Netflix, Amazon, or YouTube will take them. And it pays off for us too. We do not have to worry about the constant nag for entertainment, the coordination of schedules and events, or the disorder of a well played-in room.

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James Corden’s ‘Drop the Mic’ Segment Is Now Going to Be Its Own Spin-off Show

Based on the popular Late Show segment, the series will feature four celebrities rap battling each other, as a live studio audience chooses the winner. Corden will serve as an executive producer for the 16 episodes that will air in 2017.

36 Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/05 - 08/12) - Apologetics 315

Brian Auten is director of Reasonable Faith Belfast and founder of Apologetics 315, a daily online resource helping to equip the next generation of Christian apologists. More...

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Biola University on Twitter

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Recapture the Wonder

In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion... It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it. Listen here....

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John Piper on How to Teach 1 Peter

John Piper on How to Teach 1 Peter

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WORLD News Group on Twitter

Swimmer @simone_manuel gives glory to God for last night's historic win #Olympics #TeamUSA https://world.wng.org/2016/08/american_swimmers_make_olympic_history … pic.twitter.com/Ofax52gph0

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Grace vs. Holiness

God is gracious, but don’t confuse His mercy with justice. God is not unjust when He acts in a holy manner against sin. Don’t ever get to the place that you are so used to mercy and grace that you abuse it by going on in your sin. Don’t question God when He does what He has every right to do—to punish sin. Don’t abuse God’s grace; He will judge you, too. Remember this: He is holy, and He is to be feared.

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Gay Activists are Attempting to Dissolve the First Amendment | The Stream

Yes, these gay activists are calling on the NCAA not to allow this Mormon university to be part of the Big 12 football conference because of their prohibition of homosexual practice. To paraphrase this new version of the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, unless, of course, the practice of that religion is considered discriminatory by homosexuals.”

45 Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/05 - 08/12) - Apologetics 315

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46 Grace to You Radio

What would Jesus say if He wrote a letter to your church? Would He praise it, or condemn it? John MacArthur’s new study, What Jesus Wants Your Church to Know , shows you what Jesus wrote to first-century congregations, and how His letters can help your church experience God’s blessing and avoid His rebuke.

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Creatorgate: Scientism Out of Hand

In his book, “ Darwin’s Doubt ,” Dr. Stephen Meyer quotes Chinese paleontologist J. Y. Chen: “In China,” Chen says, “we can criticize Darwin, but not the government; in America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin.”

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Atheists Say Darwinism Means Life is Meaningless (But Their Behavior Shows They Know Better)

In a YouTube video the University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne said science has shown that “the universe and life are pointless … in the sense that there is no externally imposed purpose or point in the universe. As atheists this is something that is manifestly true to us. We make our own meaning and purpose.”

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What about Satan and the Origin of Evil?

In reality, we suffer death and the Curse because Adam sinned ( Genesis 3 ) and we sinned in Adam ( Hebrews 7:9–10 ), and we continue to sin ( Romans 5:12 ). Adam did his part, but we must take responsibility for our part in committing high treason against the Creator of the universe. It is faulty to think that death and suffering are the result of Satan’s rebellion. Man had dominion over the world, not Satan. When Satan rebelled, the world wasn’t cursed; when Adam sinned, the ground was cursed, death entered the world, and so on. This is why we needed a last Adam ( 1 Corinthians 15:45 ), not a last Eve or a last Satan. This is why Christ came. The good news is that for those in Christ, the punishment for sin (death) will have no sting ( 1 Corinthians 15:55 ).

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Talking About “Man-Boys”

These categories give us a new perspective. “Man-boys” aren’t first and foremost struggling with being men, but with being human. Singleness, solitude, laziness, video games, and Mom’s house are modern-day fig leaves — self-made coverings for men who are stripped of competence and deeply ashamed of their inability to engage with the realities of life because of their experience with the Oppressor (Isaiah 14:4), who seeks to spread confusion and chaos among God’s people (John 8:44; 2 John 7; Revelation 12:10).

51 The Evidence for God is Widely Available and Easily Resistible
52 Can We Eliminate the Problem of Free Will By Redefining It? - Cross Examined - Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers
53 Arches of Utah
54 The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) - Christian Research Institute
55 Does French Culture Have a Future? | Pierre Manent
56 Are there Non-Religious Skeptics of Darwinian Evolution?
57 How to Be an Atheist - Christian Research Institute
58 Democrat policies hurt the poor, and actually increase income inequality
59 The Great Evangelical Recession - Christian Research Institute
60 Ayesha Curry Designed a Cool Looking Spatula with Proceeds Going to End Childhood Hunger
61 One of the Most Important Lessons John Piper Learned in the Pursuit of Racial and Ethnic Harmony and Diversity
62 Bible Contradiction? Where did the devils ask not to go?
63 A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper)
64 Henry VIII, the Reformation, and the First Authorized Bible
65 Stand to Reason on Twitter
66 Instagram photo by J Warner Wallace • Aug 13, 2016 at 2:42am UTC
67 Are the Four Gospels Anonymous?
68 Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over 'Obamacare'
69 You Want to Be a Good Apologist?
70 The truth about salvation - Faith Radio
71 A Controversial Interview with Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
72 How Can I Learn to Receive—and Give—Criticism in Light of the Cross?
73 Entertainment, Modern Worship and What God Really Desires
74 Medal-Winning Swimmer Maya DiRado: My Faith Frees Me to Dream Big
75 Young Earth Creationism Does Not Have Historical Pedigree
76 Pew Poll: Most Churches Avoid Polarizing Social Issues | Michael J. New
77 House probe: Central Command reports skewed intel on ISIS fight | Fox News
78 Apologetics: Key to Successful Evangelism
79 RELEVANT Podcast: Hillsong United
80 What I Learned Through 10 Years of Life Not Going 'According to Plan'
81 Crossway on Twitter
82 Why some preachers get better and others don’t
83 'Sister Wives' to petition U.S. Supreme Court to recognize plural marriage | Fox News
84 OS Guinness Says Everyone Is an Apologist
85 The TC Apologetics Daily
86 Greg Stier on Twitter
87 How Jesus Responded to Doubt | Cold Case Christianity
88 Why Don’t Christians Follow All the Old Testament Laws?
89 CRI on Twitter
90 WORLD News Group on Twitter
91 The Bitter Lesson From Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike
92 Why the Church Should Care About the College Campus
93 Conservatives Pull Off a California Religious Liberty Win