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Is Christianity bad news for women? | Zacharias Trust | RZIM Europe

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You Are Not Addicted: The Power to Resist Pornography

No one is absolutely addicted to pornography. You can say no to porn by trusting a better promise.

The Gospel Is More Than Just Forgiveness

The gospel is so much more than forgiveness. If we stop there, we miss out on the greatest gift Jesus died to purchase.

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Was Jesus’ Death on the Cross Faked? - Bible Gateway Blog

by Lee Strobel [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel: Find Answers to Tough Questions About the Bible] The plush setting was starkly incongruous with the subject I was discussing with Alexander Metherell, MD, PhD. There we were, sitting in the living room of his comfortable California home on a balmy …

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Charlottesville, White Supremacists, Evangelicals, Racists, and Trump | The Stream

If you listen to some secular media, you’d get the impression that Donald Trump is responsible for Charlottesville and that those who voted for him are culpable as well. You’d also get the impression that unless you denounce Trump, you’re guilty of racism and are likely a white supremacist. And since many evangelical leaders support Trump, you’d be led to believe that they are part of the alt-right, all of them racists and hyper-nationalists.

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Jesus Was A Case Maker | Cold Case Christianity

The Jesus I encounter on the pages of the New Testament is a committed case maker. He didn’t expect His followers to believe what He said (direct evidence) without good reason (the support of indirect evidence). Jesus continually supported His testimony with the indirect evidence of the miracles He performed. He then made the case for the authority of His testimony from the corroborative evidence of these miracles:

Mourning Charlottesville: A Domestic Sorrow, A National Woe | RZIM

But Jesus also lamented on a national scale. As he entered the city of Jerusalem, Jesus wept because it was embroiled in a calamity of its own making. “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:41). It is haunting just how applicable Jesus’s words are to our nation today. We seem to be ignorant—whether willfully or otherwise—of the things that would bring us peace. Our desire to be right, to be justified, to think of “us” versus “them,” has hidden these things from our eyes. And so we suffer collectively, some racial groups suffering deeply, because hatred simply doesn’t have anything that makes for peace. As Spurgeon points out, “Our Lord, in weeping over Jerusalem, showed his sympathy with national troubles , his distress at the evils which awaited his countrymen. Men should not cease to be patriots when they become believers; saints should bemoan the ills which come upon the guilty people among whom they are numbered, and do so all the more because they are saints.

7 Monday, August 14, 2017 — The Briefing

Now notice after all that evasion, he himself lists some people of faith. This is after in the original article there was reference to the religious right just before Gill said he was going to punish the wicked. Now to be sure, there are many Christians who hold to an understanding, a biblical understanding of marriage, that identifies marriage as exclusively the union of a man and a woman who haven’t identified with any movement including the religious right. But that’s not to matter because it is clear that Gill and Kroll identify any Christian who stands in the way of the total normalization of the LGBTQ agenda as being part of the religious right. And thus fair for targeting, you’ll recall his phrase, he’s out to punish the wicked. Well there you’ll see the clash of moralities and of course the clash of liberties as well. And you see the language used, the unabashed language about targeting those who have held to a biblical understanding of sexuality and marriage with the agenda now that this movement believes it has the upper hand to target the wicked.

Pray Your Way to Wonder: How to See More Beauty in the Bible

If we do not feel the value of what we see in the Bible, we are not seeing it as it really is. We are seeing it the way Satan sees it — except that even the demons tremble (James 2:19). We are seeing it the way the natural man sees. Before the supernatural enlightenment of our hearts at conversion (Ephesians 1:18; Hebrews 10:32), we look at the story of Jesus and are blind to “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). And even after that initial enlightenment (2 Corinthians 4:6), we must pray repeatedly, the rest of our lives, that God would continue to give us eyes to see.

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Two-Thirds of Americans Admit They Are Sinners

A third (34%) of Americans say they are sinners and are working on being less sinful, while a quarter (28%) say they are sinners and rely on Jesus to overcome their sin. Meanwhile, 1 in 10 Americans say sin doesn’t exist (10%) or that they are not sinners (8%), while a larger share (15%) prefer not to say if they are sinners at all. Only 1 in 20 is fine with being sinners (5%).

Why is the Scientific Community Resistant to the Idea of a Creator?

Why is the Scientific Community Resistant to the Idea of a Creator?

Never Give In, Never Make Peace

We are at war. When Jesus called us as disciples, he not only delivered us from the domain of darkness (Colossians 1:13), he drafted us into his war against the darkness (Ephesians 6:11–12; 2 Timothy 2:3). War is not a metaphor for the spiritual reality we experience; it’s what it is. If anything, the earthly war is metaphor for the spiritual reality, though more accurately, earthly war is one horrible way the spiritual war manifests in the physical realm.

Charlottesville This Morning, and Your Church's Response Tomorrow

For the first time in a long time, the masses of this movement are proudly showing their faces (no hoods this time). And we must be willing to acknowledge that they have been emboldened by the rise of Donald Trump and the values and rhetoric surrounding his 2016 Presidential campaign. Although the President seems to teeter-totter between silence and condemnation, the table has been set. The truth is, it is clear that many in the alt-right movement feel as though a door has been opened for their supremacist worldview, and that “Make America Great Again” was about their warped definition of a great nation.

The Reasonable Expectations That Cause Mythologies to Resemble Jesus

The Reasonable Expectations That Cause Mythologies to Resemble Jesus by J Warner Wallace While the similarities between Jesus and the “divine” mythological characters that preceded him are grossly overstated , we ought to expect some parallels between Jesus and the imaginative creations of those who lived prior to Christ’s appearance on earth. As ancient people began to consider the possibility of God’s existence, a series of reasonable inferences certainly must have guided the fabrication of their mythological deities. Consider the following reasonable conclusions one might draw when thinking about the possible existence of God: A Creator God would be incredibly strong and likely emerge in our world in a way that defies the natural order of things. A Creator God would have the power to perform miracles and control the forces of the natural environment. A Creator God, if He wanted us to know Him, would likely provide us with some form of mediator. A Creator God, if He was to come to earth, would certainly draw attention to Himself, gathering disciples. A Creator God would be powerful enough to defeat death.

Is America Worth Saving?

Others want to preserve America's uniqueness, her exceptionalism, which is anchored in a Judeo-Christian heritage that has given rise to her laws, art, literature, culture and place in the world as a refuge from just the types of governments the Left idealizes.  Proponents of this vision would readily acknowledge that America's global influence has, at times, been evil, but this is, they would argue, the result of an agenda that has nothing whatsoever to do with the principles upon which America was founded.  On the contrary, that agenda — championed by the Left and epitomized by America's bullying of Third World countries to adopt permissive abortion and LGBT policies — is at odds with those principles.  Trump's rallying cry — "Make America Great Again" — embodies this group's fear that America is rapidly becoming something not-so-great and that it must be saved.

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Charlottesville, White Supremacists, Evangelicals, Racists, and Trump | The Stream

If you listen to some secular media, you’d get the impression that Donald Trump is responsible for Charlottesville and that those who voted for him are culpable as well. You’d also get the impression that unless you denounce Trump, you’re guilty of racism and are likely a white supremacist. And since many evangelical leaders support Trump, you’d be led to believe that they are part of the alt-right, all of them racists and hyper-nationalists.

18 White Supremacy Is Spiritual Bondage

A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon

There are a number of possible reasons for why it is skipped.  But perhaps most people just assume that the whole idea of a “canon” is a late development anyway, and thus we wouldn’t expect to find anything about it in the New Testament books themselves.

Common Objection #34- "Jesus never claimed to be God!"

"The Jews answered him [Jesus], 'Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?'  Jesus answered, 'I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.  Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.  Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.'  The Jews said to him, 'Now we know that you have a demon!  Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.'  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?  And the prophets died!  Who do you make yourself out to be?'  Jesus answered, 'If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing.  It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.'  But you have not known him.  I know him.  If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.  Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day.  He saw it and was glad.'  So the Jews said to him, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?'  Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.

How Does Christianity Fulfill our Deepest Aspiration? Author Interview with Greg Ganssle

GANSSLE: I start there because I think that most people do not care whether or not Christianity is true. They are already convinced that it is a story that hinders human flourishing, rather than a story that secures and promotes flourishing. What is startling is the fact that the things most human beings care most about fit better within the Christian story than they do in the various atheistic stories. Once we see this connection, we see that we want the Christian story to be true. Of course, the fact that we want it to be true does not show that it is true. But once a person wants it to be true, the objections to the truth of the Gospel seem much smaller.

Scripture Memory Is Not a Chore

God’s advice to Joshua, the new leader of Israel, was simple. He told him to “meditate on [the Book of the Law] day and night” (Joshua 1:8). Mary the mother of Jesus found strength as she “treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Paul, the master scholar, commands us to meditate on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable” (Philippians 4:8).

Star Wars Expanded Universe Read-Through “Labyrinth of Evil” by James Luceno

There are a number of problems with the book, however. For one, Obi-Wan Kenobi is portrayed as very whiny. Rather than guiding Anakin, it seems he’s always just complaining about things he does–many times without merit. Perhaps this is a stylistic way to show Anakin’s perspective on how Obi-Wan is obnoxious, but it struck me as pretty out of character. Of course, Kenobi is also portrayed in a similar fashion in the Clone Wars TV show, which is apparently canon, so maybe it’s just my feelings about what Kenobi should be played like that I’m going by. Still, it annoyed me. The dialogue is part of the problem, and that persists throughout the book for all the characters. Conversations seem stilted and forced. Another problem is that the galaxy is made, again, to be too small. When there are so many people and droids in the universe, how is it that the same 10 people keep making everything happen? It seems to stretch credulity and make Star Wars seem much smaller than it should.

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Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!

Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father , my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth.

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30 Last Supper by R.C. Sproul | August 15, 2017

In the Old Testament, the Passover lamb distinguished the people of God from the unbelieving Egyptians. The Passover also marked Israel’s redemption from Egypt. The Old Testament prophets described the future redemption of Israel in terms of a new exodus. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks at the Last Supper, showing how Christ is our Passover lamb in this meal that marks the arrival of the greater exodus, redemption from slavery to sin and death.

The What and Why of Apologetics

The term “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word for “defense” used in 1 Peter 3:15 : “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (ESV). This word is “ἀπολογία” in Greek (pronounced “apologia”). It is the same word from which we get our word “apology”, although giving a good apology in the modern sense of the word requires one to admit the wrong one has done, take responsibility for it, accept the consequences, and commit oneself not to do it again. The sense in which this word is used in 1 Peter is not like that at all. Rather, it carries legal connotations.

Revelation 22:3–5: Will There Be Slaves in Heaven?

Slavery is a great skeleton in the closet of many nations of the world. But doesn’t the Bible say there will be slaves in heaven? In this lab, Pastor John shows us the beauty of redeemed enslavement.

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Renewing Your Mind | One in Essence | Aug 15, 2017

How important is the belief that God is "one in essence?" Today, R.C. Sproul considers the oneness of God.

Can Christianity Be Saved in Its Cradle? Christians Face 'Biggest, Greatest Challenge' in Iraq

Christians in Iraq are facing their "biggest and greatest challenge" as they return to their homelands freed from the Islamic State, according to human rights activists. The very future of Christianity in its cradle is on the line.

What Happens When Neo-Nazis Are Outside Your Church Doors

The song leader told us to sing loud enough for the neo-Nazis outside to hear. This church—my Episcopal church—normally a place of stiffness and Southern gentility, transformed into a loud celebration. We were stomping and pounding on the backs of pews, clapping our hands together like cymbals. We were singing spirituals and marching songs together with unencumbered joy, all ages and races and faiths together, trapped in a building with no particular urgency to leave each other. In that moment, we were unified, choosing joy in the face of an unknowable terror.

Christian mother dies after being imprisoned for her faith - Premier Christian Radio

Fikadu Debesay, who was arrested in with her husband during raids which targeted Evangelical Christians in Eritrea, has died in incarceration.

God's Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace | Cold Case Christianity

Can the Tools of a Homicide Detective Be Used to Examine the Case for God’s Existence? How do detectives know when a murder has occurred? Every death investigation presents one of four possibilities; the victim died accidentally, died from natural causes, committed suicide or was murdered. Only one of these circumstances requires someone outside the room to enter the scene. Accidental deaths, natural deaths and suicides can occur without an intruder. Homicide detectives, therefore, are looking for evidence of outside involvement . One important question must be asked and answered: “Can the evidence ‘in the room’ be explained by staying ‘in the room’?” This question is key to determining whether a death scene is a crime scene . If, for example, there is a victim in the room with a gunshot injury lying next to a handgun, but the doors are locked from the inside, all the DNA and fingerprints in the room come back to the victim, the gun is registered to the victim and there are no signs of an outside intruder, this is simply the scene of a suicide or accidental death.


It doesn't matter how much you work out or how healthy you may eat, if you're not feeding and exercising your spirit… you're going to feel run down and tired – you’ll run out of gas. You’ve got to do more than just take care of your body. You’ve got to energize your spirit! And the best way to do that is with God’s Word! That’s why we’ve put together this new interactive guide called Re-Energize Your Life! In this first-of-its-kind guide, created from Pastor Rick’s most practical teaching, you will learn everything you need to know to re-energize your life the way God intended. Step by step, you will begin a journey of restoration and renewal. It’s a hands-on guide you take at your own pace. No need to rush! In fact, we encourage you to stop and linger where you want to spend more time. You’ll benefit from biblical wisdom and learn how to apply it to your life in practical ways. We’ll send you the “Re-Energize Your Life - A Life Change Book” when you give a gift to support Daily Hope. This is a limited time offer; request your copy today.

Discovery Said to Show Dinosaurs Walked with Their Evolutionary Ancestors

With this biblical understanding of history, let’s consider what Langer’s team knows and what they can only assume. Without evidence of a meaty meal in the dinosaurs’ stomach, we cannot know for certain what they ate. Sharp teeth can be used for more than ripping flesh. And even if these dinosaurs were carnivorous varieties (and we have no problem with that possibility—the fossil record demonstrates that many varieties of animals were carnivorous by the time of the global Flood), their placement in the fossil record would not indicate carnivory existed before herbivory. That notion is based on worldview-based assumptions, not observable science. These dinosaurs’ placement in the fossil record only indicates roughly when during the global Flood they were catastrophically buried compared to animals buried in other rock layers. (Read more about the age assumptions that are based on the fossil record in “ Doesn’t the Order of Fossils in the Rock Record Favor Long Ages? ”)

How God Saved My Marriage

When Jesus teaches us how to love each other, he tells us to focus first on the sin in our own lives before moving too quick to help others with theirs. He says, “First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5). Even if we think our spouse is 99% wrong, and we are only 1% wrong, we first should turn our energy and effort on our own sin — the sin closest to us, the sin we are responsibile for.

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How Atheism Fails To Explain A Beginning To The Universe

The beginning of our universe is evidently troubling for atheists judging by their responses. For a start philosophical reasoning shows that it is not possible to have an infinite regress of past events. Couple that with persuasive scientific evidence from cosmic expansion and the second law of thermodynamics, and we needn’t doubt that the universe had its finite beginning in the Big Bang.

Evangelical Advisers Condemn Charlottesville Rally More Than Trump

Shame on the politicians who are trying to push blame on President Trump for what happened in #Charlottesville, VA. That’s absurd. What about the politicians such as the city council who voted to remove a memorial that had been in place since 1924, regardless of the possible repercussions? How about the city politicians who issued the permit for the lawful demonstration to defend the statue? And why didn’t the mayor or the governor see that a powder keg was about to explode and stop it before it got started? Instead they want to blame President Donald J. Trump for everything. Really, this boils down to evil in people’s hearts. Satan is behind it all.

The Great Wall of Cotton

Now, the button isn’t the problem — the love of this button is. Yawning hearts that adore the pleasure of “ten more minutes” take our souls hostage behind linen sheets. Our blankets stand as prison bars preventing us from the Comforter of our souls. Each morning, life, gladness, and increased holiness pass us by as we stay imprisoned behind the Great Wall of Cotton.

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment

Second, this is a time to present the Bible’s strong and clear teachings about the sin of racism and of the idolatry of blood and country—again, full stop. In Acts 17:26, in the midst of an evangelistic lecture to secular, pagan philosophers, Paul makes the case that God created all the races “from one man.” Paul’s Greek listeners saw other races as barbarian, but against such views of racial superiority Paul makes the case that all races have the same Creator and are of one stock. Since all are made in God’s image, every human life is of infinite and equal value (Gen. 9:5–6). When Jonah puts the national interests of Israel ahead of the spiritual good of the racially “other” pagan city of Nineveh, he is roundly condemned by God (Jonah 4:1–11). One main effect of the gospel is to shatter the racial barriers that separate people (Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:14–18), so it is an egregious sin to do anything to support those barriers. When Peter sought to do so, Paul reprimanded him for losing his grasp on the gospel (Gal. 2:14).&n

Our Wedding Date Is Set — Why Not Have Sex Now?

They will be jealous to set a beautiful example to their peers, to children that are watching, and to the teenagers around them that are all watching, knowing what they do shows that sexual relations belong in marriage. They will want to witness, with their lives, that God created this beautiful gift and placed it precisely where he knew it should be. The most satisfying, most fruitful, most beautiful, most God-honoring place is in marriage. Therefore, Christians do not sleep together before their wedding night.

The Point: Make the Eclipse Great Again

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Why You Want a Jealous God

We often think of jealousy as a bad thing, something we should avoid because our sinful hearts covet what others have. God’s jealousy, however, is appropriate and good. God’s jealousy is in regard to idolatry , which is worshiping anything other than the one true God of the Bible. God is jealous for people to acknowledge him as the only real and true God and worship him as such ( Ps. 78:58 ).

Do New DNA Discoveries Really Disprove the Bible?

The problem, again, is the word “But.” There is no contradiction between this genetic discovery and the Old Testament accounts. A more accurate statement would have been, “But the Hebrew Bible tells us explicitly that Israel failed to complete this mission of extermination, and a genetic analysis published on Thursday lends confirmation to this account, finding that the ancient population survived that divine call for their extinction, and…

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56 A time for moral clarity
57 Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO
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