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19. Why would a loving God send people to hell?

Nathan Betts ( http://bit.ly/nathanbetts ) of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question "Why would a loving God send people to hell?" This video is episode 19 of the "Short Answers to Big Questions" series, in which we take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realise we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. Do feel free to download each video, circulate it to friends, or share it on social media. More about "Short Answers to Tough Questions": http://bit.ly/sabqvideo More about RZIM Canada: http://www.rzim.ca/

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Grace to You Radio

A one-minute radio feature where John MacArthur applies biblical truth to daily living.

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Do You Still Want to Be Like Mike?

There’s a fable about returning Roman generals who rode in victory parades through the streets of the capital; a slave stood behind them, whispering in their ears, “All glory is fleeting.” Nobody does that for professional athletes. Jordan couldn’t have known that the closest he’d get to immortality was during that final walk off the court. . . . All that can happen in the days and years that follow is for the shining monument he built to be chipped away, eroded. His self-esteem has always been, as he says, “tied directly to the game.” Without it, he feels adrift. Who am I? What am I doing? For the past 10 years, since retiring for the third time, he has been running, moving as fast as he could, creating distractions, distance.

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Ask Pastor John

Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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Pastors.com

People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends....

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The Prosperity Gospel Creates Poor Christians

The prosperity message has gone to the extreme. Although I dislike the term prosperity message (usually coined by those who believe Christians should be poor), I do believe it has become an extreme point in many religious groups. Just like grace or law, which is often taught in the extreme in churches, the Bible does speak about our financial needs and wants (from going town to town with nothing spreading the Gospel), the fault becomes when it supersedes the Gospel. I actually hear a lot less about it nowadays. But, just like I hear SO MUCH about tolerance and compassion, don't judge, love is all- as a bigger focus than the Gospel, if any subject is spoken about more than the Good News, it is a turning away from our first love. It is hard to find that balance. I believe God wants us to be financially secure, whether that's to give to missions, or have your needs met as a missionary, as long as we acknowledge He is our source. The teaching started because of financial hardship and to teach the congregation that we can't look to ourselves or our jobs, our spouse or others to provide our needs, but that our trust should be placed completely in God.

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Time With God Shouldn’t Be a Chore

If being outside makes your soul come alive, set aside intentional time to connect with God in the great outdoors. The One who called the earth into existence is the same God who died on the crossbars of a tree to save us. The whole earth is full of God’s glory (Isaiah 6:3)—so go and encounter Him there. Sit by a river and meditate on Scripture. Go on a hike and let the beauty of the earth remind you of God’s beauty.

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Pro-Life Christian or Pro-Justice Christian? Yes.

In my role at Focus on the Family I’m blessed to meet and work with people in both the Christian pro-life and pro-justice communities. I’ve noticed they have much in common: they love Jesus, they love their families, they share a deep sense of calling and are led by the Holy Spirit, and they take Scripture seriously and find in it the inspiration to advance the Kingdom and to participate in God’s redemptive work. They all want to be careful to first and only worship Jesus, who called them to His work, rather than make an idol of the calling itself. They’ve sacrificed the American dream, many of them, to give their lives away like the One who gave His for them.

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Christianity and ‘The Good Wife’

Though not a “family friendly” show (this is not 7th Heaven —there are frequent sex scenes that are unsettling despite broadcast television regulations), The Good Wife  may be the best option for those tired of seeing the negative stereotypes of Christians that have become cliché in Hollywood. It presents a fair and in-depth examination of the impact of faith and unbelief on individuals and their overarching perception of themselves. This is accomplished without the kind of moralizing that would make it a Christian niche program ignored by the viewing public.

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NEW RESEARCH: Divorce Divides More Than Just Families

Minorities are also frequently more likely to consider as a sin the particular reasons for a divorce. Hispanics are more likely than whites to say it is sinful to divorce when one spouse commits adultery—45 percent compared to 36 percent. African Americans are most likely to believe divorcing over abuse is a sin. Almost half (47 percent) say yes, compared to 36 percent of whites and 32 percent of Hispanics. Only a quarter (26 percent) of African Americans say none of the reasons given are a sin, compared to 40 percent of whites and 37 percent of Hispanics.

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Nothing Is More Conservative Than Birthright Citizenship

It was apparent to those who passed the 14th Amendment that it would do more than just affirm the citizenship of former slaves. In debates over this clause, some objected that it would affirm the citizenship of children from certain immigrant populations that were considered, at the time, to be undesirable—specifically, gypsies in Pennsylvania and Chinese in California. This objection was rejected, but it is instructive to recall the words of the chief opponent of birthright citizenship, Pennsylvania Senator Edgar Cowan: “[I]s it proposed that the people of California are to remain quiescent while they are overrun by a flood of immigration of the Mongol race? Are they to be immigrated out of house and home by Chinese? …It is utterly and totally impossible to mingle all the various families of men, from the lowest form of the Hottentot up to the highest Caucasian, in the same society.” Is this a tradition you really want to endorse?

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A London Apartment Complex is Building an Epic ‘Sky Pool’

Swimming pools between buildings and swimming pools on top of buildings are old news. But what about a swimming pool suspended between the tops of two buildings? Evidently, that will be a fixture at the luxury apartment complex Embassy Gardens in London. The developers called on aquarium designers to help build what they’re calling the world’s first “sky pool,” which will allow residents to swim across the gap between the two apartment buildings in a glass-bottomed pool 10 stories above ground. The glass will be about 8 inches thick. “The experience of the pool will be truly unique,” the CEO of the firm developing the project said in a statement. “It will feel like floating through the air in central London.” That idea sounds both amazing and kind of terrifying.

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A Recently Recovered Screwtape Letter

How careless these vermin are with words—words, the very thing that separates them from the rest of the Enemy’s ridiculous menagerie. With our promptings and manipulations, they readily substitute words for thoughts. These talkative bipeds spew out a million words and few of them make up rational assessment or argument. As I said in a previous letter, we must never move the contest into the world of true and false, good and evil, rational and irrational. No, those silly dichotomies are tools of the Enemy—narrow-minded, dualist, rationalist that he is. These categories quicken the mind. We must numb it.

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The tools your church needs for effective family ministry

In the first place, help parents to see that if they are believers in Jesus Christ, God has already equipped them with his Spirit, his Word and the community of faith (John 16:12–14; Eph 4:11–16; 2 Tim 3:16–17; Heb. 13:21). Through these gifts from God, it is possible for the gospel to reshape every part of life, including practices of parenting. In whatever problem parents may face, the gospel is foundational to the answer. If the gospel is not foundational to the answer, either we don’t understand the problem, or we don’t understand the full implications of the gospel.

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Felony charges for student who admitted she made up sexual-assault claims - The College Fix

About a year before Sweetin’s report, another UA student Julia Garcia,18, filed a complaint that she had been attacked in the Garland Avenue Parking Garage. An investigation that included surveillance videos proved that the events never happened. At court, Garcia pleaded guilty and admitted she made up the story.

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Innovative Apologetics: A Bone to Pick with Paleoanthropologists and a Darwinian Hoax

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Life is Short. Don't Have an Affair. - Garrett Kell

Their message was clear. You don’t have time to waste in a difficult or unsatisfying marriage. You don’t have time to waste in the boredom of faithful, sacrificial service to your spouse. You deserve better. You are better, so secretly step out and be satisfied. Find someone who fits you—and nobody has to know.

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Innovative Apologetics: Atheists Cannot Find the Colossal Proof for Theism For the Same Reason a Thief Cannot Find a Cop

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Innovative Apologetics: Searching for the Historical Exodus WSJ

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http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-i-motivate-students-who-dont-seem-to-care?utm_content=bufferaebca&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

One of the most common—and frankly one of the toughest —questions I receive is how to motivate students who are apathetic. How do you make students care? If you are expecting an easy answer, then you might as well click away now. Students are not robots and so we can’t force them to care about anything! But there are a few things I have learned from my experience and research that may help you motivate students who don’t seem to care about spiritual issues:

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Confronting Your Fears as a Mom (Part 1 of 2)

Sherry: You know, sometimes I can feel a general sense of anxiety, a worry, a fear about something and I haven't given myself time to really think about what is it that I am afraid of? With our fears, when we can name it and I really recommend saying it out loud to someone, "I am worried about my child getting their driver's license and driving. I'm worried about them being in a car accident." To be able to say it like that and talk to another mom who can say, "Me, too and here's what I did," and help you kind of talk it through, but then form a strategy for your thoughts, to be able to kind of being it down to size and—

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This July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has records of average temperatures around the globe dating back to the late 1800s, and they’re saying that July 2015 had the highest average temperatures ever recorded. In fact, 2015 is on track to become the hottest year on record, beating out last year. Nine of the 10 hottest months ever recorded have been in the last 10 years, which one of the NOAA scientist says is “reaffirming what we already know. The world is warming, it’s continuing to warm.”

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Andy Andrews: Dear Alabama, our bubble is shrinking, but all is not lost - Yellowhammer News

I love most everything about this state and suppose I always have—Bear Bryant, Shug Jordan, The Vulcan, Tony Nathan, long deer seasons, Dothan’s Conestoga Steak House, yes sir and no ma’am, the Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores, my eighth grade English teacher Mrs. McLoyd, church at the Flora-Bama, Winston Groom… I could go on and on.

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President Carter Says His Cancer Is ‘in God’s Hands’

America’s 39th president, Jimmy Carter, has “four small spots” of cancer on his brain. He will begin radiation immediately. The former president says he is "at ease with whatever comes.” Earlier this year, doctors found cancer on Carter’s liver, and a subsequent operation could fully remove it. "I'm ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure," said Carter at a news conference . His pain is only "very slight," and Carter said he hasn't felt any weakness or debility. Still, he will dramatically cut back on his work with the Carter Center and will give the treatment regimen his "top priority." One thing he won’t stop is teaching his Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia. In fact, he plans to teach this weekend.

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Women, Emotions, and Apologetics: A Response to "Apologetically Blonde"

I recently came upon  Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics , a book I’d been meaning to read for some time. I decided to take a break from the unpacking I was doing to do a little browsing as my son crawled around on my lap. I turned to the index to discover an article entitled: “Apologetically Blonde: The Struggle of Women to Defend Their Faith and What They Should Do about It” by Toni Allen (full citation below- all references to this text). As I browsed the article I knew I needed to write a response, because–with apologies to Toni Allen–I felt much of it was misguided.

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The Rock Will Star in a Movie Version of Disney’s Jungle Cruise Ride

Remember riding the Jungle Cruise ride when you were a kid (or earlier this summer)? Well, the safari ride at both Disney World and Disneyland is floating onto the big screen. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star in a yet-untitled movie based on Disney’s popular ride. Plot details for the project—which has been be percolating with various writers and actors since 2004 (previous actors include Tom Hanks and Tim Allen)—are still unclear. One thing we do know is that the film is a period piece, and according to Vulture , could “be reminiscent of 1951's African Queen .” You know, the last time Disney did a ride-to-film project, Pirates of the Caribbean happened. And that turned out pretty well.

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Slovakia 'only wants Christian refugees' from Syrian war – Premier Premier

Slovakia will only accept Christian refugees from the Syrian war, a government spokesman has claimed.

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Andy Bannister on Twitter

Church growth is happening! > New book "God's Unwelcome Recovery" http://www.lionhudson.com/display.asp?K=9780857216304 … pic.twitter.com/AVzTiA0bNt

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Unveiling the Cover for Keeping Your Kids on God's Side

It’s a weird thing to see the cover of your book for the first time. You might be surprised to know that authors often have no role in the cover’s development. You write the manuscript, send it to your publisher, and a couple of months later the cover arrives in your inbox. So, it is with a mix of excitement and trepidation that you double click the cover file that suddenly comes your way.

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ThinkChristian on Twitter

Why kids (& adults) love the chaos of Dr. Seuss but really long for his poetic sense of order http://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/what-pet-should-i-get-and-the-well-ordered-chaos-of-dr.-seuss … pic.twitter.com/KyTNvOEld0

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Pastor flee Sudan – Premier Premier

The charity's calling on Christians to pray for the pastors that they and their families "know the Lord's clear guidance and provision. That there will be no repercussions for others arising out of the pastors' departure from Sudan. For the lawyer, who is facing charges in a related case. That church leaders in Sudan will know the Lord's wisdom in the face of increasing pressures against them. That all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him."

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/decide-what-s-best-not-just-what-s-good

Some things are not necessarily wrong; they’re just not necessary. Most of the choices you make in life are not really a matter between good and bad. It’s more a matter of what’s best for you.

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Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Michael Brown’s New Book (Plus Some Fun Interaction Toward the End)

I was joined my Michael Brown today to discuss his new book, Outlasting the Gay Revolution. I had read the book a few months ago, and it is now available. We discussed the principles he lays out for a “multi-generational approach” to the subject. We covered that during the first 45 minutes, and then we discussed two issues together, one a graphic Michael had posted on his FaceBook page about Noah, grace, and obedience, and the other Michael’s comments about T.D. Jakes in a recent Line of Fire broadcast. As usual, our goal was to model dialogue in such a way as to clarify and edify, and hopefully that is what happened.

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Study reveals NHS staff 'lack knowledge' on trafficked patients – Premier Premier

Around one in eight NHS hospital staff has treated victims of people trafficking, according to new research by King's College London.

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New Book - Gaining by Losing: Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send, by J. D. Greear

When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn’t how many people you can gather. It’s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity.

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A Scalable Model for Making Disciples In Small Churches

We started planting Grace Hills in the summer of 2011 and launched in January of 2012. Since the beginning, we’ve experienced slow and steady growth. We’ve never had a quarter of a million dollars to spend on advertising, so we’ve never done any. The new people who show up come because of relationships, word-of-mouth, and social media. So to what do I attribute our growth so far? Well, to please the “New Testament is all we need!” crowd, God is responsible. We affirm His sovereignty, the Spirit’s work, and the fruit of the Word of God. But here’s a reality check… tons of Bible-believing, Christ-honoring churches are dying. Maybe it’s the model?

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do | HeadHeartHand Blog

It’s not a book just for those who are feeling mentally weak; it’s also for those who want to improve their mental strength and to prepare for times when their resilience will be sorely tested. It will also help you minister to people who are struggling in these areas. Here are the chapter headings:

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Mi propio progreso del peregrino

Mientras conducía hacia el sur por la interestatal 65 un día caliente de verano, rumbo a Birmingham, no estaba seguro de lo que había al final de mi viaje de 376 millas. Había pasado diez años maravillosos en Louisville, Kentucky, enseñando en un seminario bautista donde tuve maravillosos estudiantes y colegas. Me encantó lo que hice y mi intención era permanecer allí hasta morir. Pero, una agitación interior profunda—la promoción inesperada de Dios, yo creía—me había puesto en este viaje a un futuro aún desconocido para mí.

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Some fatherly advice for young men contemplating an affair

I remember Dr Schreiner sharing a story of a friend in the ministry who was considering an extramarital adulterous relationship. Dr Schreiner asked his friend, “do you really want to go to hell for this?!” I’ve never considered an adulterous relationship, but that stern warning still rings in my ears.

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Sunday Quote!- Samson as Israel

Every Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

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Crossway on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Abraham Mathew on Twitter

@LeeStrobel Spotted this as I was watching a show on TV! pic.twitter.com/9pxcWn7euo

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Stand to Reason on Twitter

The Complete Series: Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize http://michaeljkruger.com/the-complete-series-ten-basic-facts-about-the-nt-canon-that-every-christian-should-memorize/ …

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Answers in Genesis on Twitter

The Bible reveals the root of all human problems: sin's effects on the soul. http://ow.ly/PHEgw  pic.twitter.com/sQFAmqmFZt

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Josh McDowell on Twitter

At the ministry, we pray for you! It's so good to know we have a God who hears and answers! Ps91:15 #thankfulthursday pic.twitter.com/bDgL9Wf1t2

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Peter J. Williams lectures on the historical reliability of the gospel narratives

Peter J. Williams is the Warden (CEO) of Tyndale House and a member of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He received his MA, MPhil and PhD, in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible from Cambridge University. After his PhD, he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament there as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. In July 2007 he became the youngest Warden in the history of Tyndale House. He also retains his position as an honorary Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

47 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.