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Sir Cliff Richard says 'everything will be OK' following horrible year - premier

Sir Cliff Richard has told fans he's OK and back to his best after a year in which he's been wrongly accused of sexual abuse and seen his sister pass away after a prolonged illness.

Hear Chvrches Cover ‘This Is What You Came For’

Chvrches recently stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Lounge, and performed a cool, deconstructed version of the Calvin Harris and Rihanna hit “This What You Came For.” It’s definitely a different take on the song, with Chvrches adding their own indie pop sensibilities to the massive summer jam.

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3 Welcome to College

Morrow writes, “Now that you have successfully survived high school, it’s time to embark on the challenging process of owning your faith in college. Up until now, your parents and youth pastor have probably played a significant role in shaping your Christian convictions — and that's a good thing. But your dad, mom, and youth pastor aren’t here to tell you what to believe anymore. You will have to discover what you really believe. . . . There will be many voices offering their opinions. You'll have to decide which ones to listen to and why.”

4
Busyness Is Not the Problem

I wonder how I got here — the chaos, the mess, the failing — and I strategize how to make tomorrow better. This is just a season and it will pass. But is it? And will it? I suppose the seasons have been different. Whether it was adolescence, or insecurity, or exams, or finances, or breakups, or stressful jobs, or moves, or pregnancies, or anxiety, or babies, or hard relationships, or traveling, or sickness, or parenting, or just sheer exhaustion. But so often it’s just one thing replacing another thing. Another fire to put out. Another mountain to climb. And as a doer and a fixer, the to-do list is never-ending and there’s always something to improve or put back together.

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Italy pastor on earthquake: God is here in "difficult times" - premier

A pastor in Rome says that God is carrying the people of Italy "through difficult times" after at least 38 people were killed in an earthquake.

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Washington Journal: J.C. Derrick on Clinton Foundation Donations

Clinton Foundation Donations and Foreign Policy J.C. Derrick talked about his World Magazine feature story on whether donations from Nigerian billionaires to the Clinton Foundation caused then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to steer away from a fight with Boko Haram.

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Sanctification and the Christian Life: A Google Hangout with Sinclair Ferguson and Burk Parsons Today at 2pm

Today at 2:00pm ET , we will be joined by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, distinguished theologian and Ligonier teaching fellow, and Rev. Burk Parsons, copastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel and editor of Tabletalk magazine. Together we will discuss sanctification and the Christian life as we seek to think biblically about law, grace, and Christian liberty.

10
This Georgia County Is Trying to Stop a Mosque From Being Built

Things began grinding to a halt when word got out about the plans to build the mosque. People from the community objected, going as far as to build a Facebook page called "STOP the Mosque Newton County Ga." The page's about section reads: "Let's get together on this folks! Do your research on Al Maad Al Islami's plan for 135 acres at the corner of 162 and County Line Rd. We must STOP this!!"

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‘Fear Not’ Is a Commandment We Need to Take Seriously

We’ll need to be grown in courage. 
Rather than feigning fearlessness. Because where there is no fear, there can also be no courage. 
A courage so assured in God’s forever abundance, that His truth plays out much louder than any blustering, foaming, spitting fear.

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Watch This Little League Coach Go to the Pitcher’s Mound to Tell His Son He Loves Him

Talk about a pep talk. ESPN’s recent coverage of the Little League World Series captured a pretty touching moment last night when Oregon manager Joel Jensen took time to head to the pitcher’s mound to deliver a special message to his ace, who just so happened to be his son: I love you.

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Church pastor tells of 'wonderful' Great British Bake Off experience - premier

A church pastor appearing on the Great British Bake Off has been telling Premier of his excitement of taking part in the hit BBC show.

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William and Kate's 'heart for young people' evident on Christian charity visit - premier

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been praised for having a "heart that cares for young people" after visiting Christian charity Youthscape.

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Over 1,500 new Christians at Soul Survivor - premier

Over the past four weeks, 1,527 young people have made commitments to follow Jesus at the Soul Survivor summer festivals.

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Taken from gotquestions.org   here : The main difference between Sunnis and Shias lies in their interpretation of the rightful succession of leadership after the death of the prophet Muhammad. The declaration of faith to which all Muslims assent is this: There is no God but Allah, whose prophet is Muhammad. However, the Shiites add an extra phrase at the end: and Ali is the friend of God. Because the Shiites passionately attest to Ali being the successor to Muhammad, much feuding and division have been caused in the world of Islam, not unlike the feuding between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Europe during the Reformation. However, the schism that sets up the major sects of Islam is not due to doctrinal issues, as between Protestants and Catholics, but is grounded in the identity of the “true successor” to Muhammad. Among the close disciples of Muhammad was Ali, his son-in-law, who was most familiar with his teachings. However, when Muhammad died in A.D. 632, the followers bypassed Ali, whom the Shiites claim as the rightful successor to Muhammad. Instead, a cousin of Muhammad’s third successor, Uthman (A.

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I Create Calamity – R.C. Sproul Jr.

As we record today, right now, the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is under a great deal of stress, and under a great deal of water. Floods have come and hit there, and as is usually the case when these things happen, whether it’s floods or whether it’s hurricanes or tidal waves, there is this kind of modernist reaction, particularly from Americans, where we feel like “Well this isn’t supposed to happen. This is not normal. We’re supposed to have the wisdom and the technology to keep these things from happening.” But when we do that, we’re fighting against the living God. One of the most powerful, potent texts of Scripture, where God speaks through His prophet Isaiah and speaks to King Cyrus, God says this about Himself: “I form the light, and create darkness. I make peace, and create calamity. I, the Lord, do all these things.”

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The Briefing 08-24-16 - AlbertMohler.com

As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.

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Can Intelligent Design and Evolution Both Be True?

Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason explains whether or not evolution and intelligent design are compatible beliefs. For more information, visit str.org.

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Habitable Planet Found In Solar System Next Door

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Finding God in the Story You Didn't Want

Jim Daly: I'll tell you, it is so easy at times to question God or even worse, completely walk away from him when our lives don't turn out the way we thought they should or would. Laurie's story is in the context of decades of singleness, when her heart cry was for marriage, but her story is so much bigger than that and speaks to all of us who have had a dream crushed in some way--a diagnosis maybe we can't escape or the death of a loved one. And the importance of having hope, perseverance and faith even in the midst of a challenging season, that is what Laurie's gonna cover today.

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Digital Fortresses and Face-to-Face Love

For the apostles, writing remotely meant the possibility of being misunderstood, or minimized — since they weren’t present in person to hold their hearers accountable. And being more easily misunderstood is doubtless a drawback we experience today. However, perhaps an even greater danger for us, with countless tools for remote communication at our fingertips, is how our sinful hearts love to hide our real selves behind a carefully constructed fortress of remote control.

24 http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2016/08/course-on-textual-criticism.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Cold Case Christianity

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace discusses the importance of an evidential faith and the unique evidential nature of Christianity. This episode includes footage from Pastor Jack Hibbs’ Weekly television show, “Real Life with Jack Hibbs,” where J. Warner was interviewed about the importance of the Fearless Faith conferences. Here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):

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A Window into Christian Philosophy

The term ‘philosophy’ is typically either misunderstood or ignored. In mundane settings it stands for one’s personal stance on something as in “your philosophy of child-rearing.” When it is understood as an academic pursuit of some rigor, it is also construed as boring, impractical, or irrelevant. In the context of the local church, it is sometimes reckoned as one of two great challenges to a life of faith (the other being ‘science’). I have some sympathies for all of these understandings, and yet, in our little corner of the world at SES, we find something incredibly attractive about philosophy; both its rigor and its relationship to the life of faith. In what follows I’d like to open a window into this latter experience of philosophy, namely, the way philosophy can play a role in the Christian’s devotional life.

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Fun Islamic Facts 10: The Sun Sets in a Muddy Spring (David Wood)

http://www.answeringmuslims.com Do you know where the sun goes when it sets? Allah tells us in Surah 18, verses 83-86 of the Qur’an, where Dhul-Qarnain, the Islamic name for either Alexander the Great or Cyrus the Great, takes a little trip to the edge of the world. And they ask you about Dhul-Qarnain. Say: “I shall recite to you something of his story.” Verily, We established him in the earth, and We gave him the means of everything. So he followed a way. Until, when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of black muddy (or hot) water. And he found near it a people. We (Allah) said (by inspiration): “O Dhul-Qarnain! Either you punish them, or treat them with kindness.” Notice all the scientific errors in verse 86. Allah says that there is a place where the sun sets. No, there isn’t. Allah says that Dhul-Qarnain reached it. No, he didn’t, because it doesn’t exist. Allah says that there are people who live there. These people must be imaginary, because, again, the place doesn’t exist. Allah says that the sun sets in a spring of muddy water. No, it doesn’t.

28 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Wait to Date Until You Can Marry

I had my first “girlfriend” in the sixth grade, my first kiss that summer (different girl), and then a new girlfriend almost every year through high school. From far too young, I was looking for affection, safety, and intimacy from girls instead of from God. I dated earlier than most, and more than most. My teenage years were one long string of relationships that were too serious for our age, went on too long, and therefore, ended too painfully. I said, “I love you” too soon, and to too many. And the devil sat front-and-center, loving every minute of my early dating history.

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Monasticism & Scholasticism by W. Robert Godfrey | August 24, 2016

For nearly two millennia, many Christians have chosen to express their piety through ascetic living. Though the roots of monasticism existed long before, the sixth-century monk Benedict of Nursia is considered to be the founding father of the medieval monastic movements. Benedict’s charter, known as the Benedictine Rule, outlined key principles of holiness and self-denial for communities of monks and nuns who were committed to the values of poverty, chastity, and obedience to God. However, later generations did not always show the same degree of commitment and devotion as their predecessors. In response, certain influential leaders responded to corruption and decline by calling for a return to Benedict’s rigid standards. While returning to the rigor of the past, these leaders also envisioned new ways for monks to carry out their mission within a changing world.

31 The Romans 12:2 Approach to Knowing God's Will

There is a world of difference between praying and laboring for a renewed mind that discerns how to apply God’s Word, on the one hand, and the habit of asking God to give you new revelation of what to do, on the other hand. Divination does not require transformation. God’s aim is a new mind, a new way of thinking and judging, not just new information. His aim is that we be transformed, sanctified, freed by the truth of his revealed Word ( John 8:32 ; 17:17 ). So the second stage of God’s will of command is the discerning application of the Scriptures to new situations in life by means of a renewed mind.

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Renewing Your Mind | Do you Really Need a Savior? | August 24, 2016

As we noted a few weeks ago, the Apostles’ Creed is a summary of the gospel because it tells us about the work of God in salvation. Fundamentally, the biblical gospel tells us that only the Creator can rescue people from sin. We cannot make ourselves right by our good works, for our good works are always tainted by sin (Isa. 64:6; Gal. 2:15–16; 5:3). No other being can save us from our predicament, for other “gods” are but demons in disguise (Isa. 44:9–20; 1 Cor. 10:19–20). If human beings are to be saved, the triune God must do all the work. The Apostles’ Creed makes this very assertion in what it does not say: it does not give our works, other gods, past saints, or anything else a role in our redemption. Instead, the creed speaks only of the work of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in planning, securing, and applying salvation to God’s people.

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God’s Will Fails Without God’s Word

Three things in particular powerfully impacted John Piper as he recently gave eight weeks to writing a new book about how to read the Bible for yourself. God’s word is vital to the accomplishment of his purposes on earth, says Piper, so it is crucial that we learn how to read and understand the Bible in the way God intends — supernaturally, through reliance on the Holy Spirit.

34 The Problem with the Christian Explanation | Cold Case Christianity

Inherent in all of these investigative questions is the issue of supernaturalism. When we investigate the Resurrection, we seek to discover if supernaturalism is true. We cannot, therefore, begin from a position of philosophical naturalism, rejecting the supernatural from the onset; after all, this is the target of our investigation. If we are going to answer these questions fairly, we have to allow the evidence to guide our investigation rather than our presuppositions. For this reason, we can’t allow the “liability” of the Christian explanation (its supernatural basis) to prevent us from concluding the explanation is the most reasonable. Instead, we have to examine its explanatory strength and ask ourselves the question: “Are we rejecting the Resurrection based on the evidence or based on our presupposition against anything supernatural?”

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Mother Files Wrongful Birth Lawsuit After Botched Abortion Didn't Kill Her Son | LifeNews.com

The woman, who is unnamed, recently filed a lawsuit against the abortion doctor and the public health sector because of the botched abortion. The woman claims she has suffered immense psychological trauma and financial burdens because her son is alive today, according to the report.

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Organic Food, Essential Oils, and the Gospel of Grace

While eating organic foods and using non-traditional medicine certainly can be valuable, the danger comes when we develop a sense of superiority to go along with it. In our attempt to create a more organic, natural lifestyle, it can be easy to begin looking down our noses at someone who isn’t on our bandwagon. When promoting our own choices for food and medicine is becoming the latest form of evangelism, we are showing where our hope really lies — and that we are close to forgetting the gospel we say we hold dear.

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Why You Need a Church (Not Just a Campus Ministry)

It’s easy for a campus ministry to seem more “spiritual” than a local congregation. Sometimes a campus ministry is filled with people more zealous for the mission of Christ than some church members. Sometimes young Christians mistake youthful idealism and, frankly, erotic charge for the spiritual gravity of a moment. A church made up of people from all different life stages, economic classes, and racial backgrounds is bound to have friction. And a church not aiming to “reach” a particular age group is bound to seem, as often as not, sluggish, dull, or misdirected to people in that age group.

41
Wait to Date Until You Can Marry

I had my first “girlfriend” in the sixth grade, my first kiss that summer (different girl), and then a new girlfriend almost every year through high school. From far too young, I was looking for affection, safety, and intimacy from girls instead of from God. I dated earlier than most, and more than most. My teenage years were one long string of relationships that were too serious for our age, went on too long, and therefore, ended too painfully. I said, “I love you” too soon, and to too many. And the devil sat front-and-center, loving every minute of my early dating history.

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Canaanite Destruction Not Genocide but Capital Punishment

In my introductory post I wrote that what God ordered Israel to do to the Canaanites wasn’t genocide but capital punishment. I say this was capital punishment for four reasons. First, the Lord clearly explains that He ordered the Canaanite destruction because of their sinfulness. In Leviticus chapter 18:6-23 the Lord says that the Canaanites—who lived within the territory that God had given Israel—were guilty of incest, adultery, burning their children in the arms of a bull-headed idol named Molech, homosexuality, and bestiality. The Lord then warned in Leviticus 18:24-26, 28:

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University to 2020 Class: Don't Expect 'Safe Spaces' or 'Trigger Warnings' Here

Apparently not all universities are on board with this trend. The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support "so-called" trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students "to retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own. Here is how the university welcomed its incoming class of 2020:

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3 Qualities that Draw People to Ask about Our Faith

Most Christians want their light to shine among other people, to serve as a signpost to the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. But just how does a believer go about being a good witness? Sometimes the virtuous qualities and characteristics we strive hard to live out in life earn us a unique opportunity to reach others—for as the old adage reveals, “Actions speak louder than words.”

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Dr. Michael L. Brown on Twitter

Today marks 2 yrs. since God helped me radically change my lifestyle. We tell the story here http://tinyurl.com/ztz6yel  pic.twitter.com/dgbkdoqFW5

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Contradictions: Did Animal Sacrifices Remove Sin?

Leviticus 4:20–35 seem to teach that animal sacrifices can take away sins, while Hebrews 10:4–11 reveal they did not. Ron Dudek explains.

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Long-Term Habitability Requires a Sun-Earth Twin

There is a growing recognition, however, in the astrophysical research literature of the past several months that a planet possessing liquid water on a small part of its surface for a brief period of time does not make that planet habitable. While life cannot exist without liquid water, it cannot even originate or survive unless the liquid water remains abundant for a long period of time. Also, there is now the broad acknowledgment by astrobiologists that life more advanced than unicellular or colonies of unicellular life-forms requires liquid water to continuously remain on a planet for at least a few billion years.

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Can Multiverse Theories Explain the Appearance of Fine Tuning in the Universe?

For many theorists, the multiverse has the best chance of explaining the appearance of fine-tuning in our universe . Other explanations, such as appealing to chance or physical necessity, offer solutions from “inside the room” of our universe . Multiverse explanations, however, point once again to an external causal agent: a mechanism capable of creating an incredibly large number of universes, each with its own set of physical laws. According to this theory, most of these universes in the multiverse collection are incapable of permitting life. Our universe, however, through “a series of cosmic accidents,” just happens to support our existence. Multiverse theories overcome the incredible odds against life (and explain the appearance of fine-tuning) by increasing the chances of such a life-permitting universe.

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51 The Seven Sins of Communicating With Teenagers - YouthMinistry.com
52 Atheism, Ethics, and Immorality
53 Attributes of God
54 Contradictions: Could Adam Eat from Any Tree?
55 Crossway on Twitter
56 Motherhood Is Application
57 RC Sproul: What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?
58 The Moral Argument for God: C. S. Lewis Weighs In
59 Instagram photo by MaryJo Sharp • Aug 25, 2016 at 2:39am UTC
60 What If Someone You Love Is Addicted to Drugs?
61 Never Trump Isn’t ‘Preening’ — It's Mourning
62 A Russian Israeli Olympic Athlete Escapes Death and Meets the Messiah
63 If Your Kids Are Someday Shocked by the Claims of Skeptics, You Didn’t Do Your Job
64 When a Leader Lets You Down
65 Matt Chandler on Twitter
66 The Village Church on Twitter
67 WORLD on Twitter
68 Movie Review: “Ben Hur” (2016 version)
69 WORLD on Twitter
70 Are Apologetics and Faith Opposed to One Another?
71 Releasing God's Word: Do Copyrights Help or Hurt Bible Translation?
72 What do you do when your church is not revitalizing?
73 Red, Yellow, Black, and White — Could Every Race Come from Adam, Eve, and Noah?
74 When God Asks Too Much
75 CRI on Twitter
76 WORLD on Twitter
77 Why Apologetics Takes Hard Work!
78 Line of Fire
79 CRI on Twitter
80 Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources
81 https://www.itickets.com/events/360744.html
82 Visit Westminster Seminary California
83 Why Most Pastors Aren’t Answering Your Phone Calls
84 Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20 percent the speed of light? - Technofres
85 John Piper: Are You Praying Like a Non-Christian?
86 Why You Need a Church (Not Just a Campus Ministry)
87 N.D. Wilson on Twitter
88 Fun Islamic Facts 10: The Sun Sets in a Muddy Spring (David Wood)
89 The Pressure Of The Pastorate
90 The Useful Delusion of Christian Belief
91 Contradictions: Eve’s Birth Certificate
92 “Ben Hur” – Gods, Faith, Baptism, and Forgiveness
93 Always Point People to Your Church’s Website
94 Making Mistakes and Making a Murderer: Our Tragic Lack of Humility