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Jesus Never Promised Us Pain-Free Lives

Excellent article Nancy. I think living in and embracing pain is one of the most difficult things a Christian must learn. Our Christianity is best revealed through our response to pain and suffering. When we show that we suffer pain like any other human and still praise the Lord, it reveals the authenticity of our faith to others. When my 6 month old son died 10 years ago, it was the most traumatic and painful event I have ever endured. People would ask how I'm able to carry on after such a tragedy, and all I could say is "I don't know" because the pain I felt was overwhelming at times. My faith carried me when I did not know how to carry on after my sons death. The pain of his passing still lingers today but I feel having endured that hardship has made me much more empathetic towards the emotional pain of others. Having endured that pain made my faith stronger than ever.

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6 Ways Christians Can Give Faith a Bad Name

The problem I have with your entire magazine and your article in particular is that you are a sounding board but you rarely use Scripture to defend what you are saying which in turn makes you irrelevant to most Bible saturated and Bible believing followers of Christ. These are not just thought provoking articles but you are attempting to claim authority on a particular subject and in turn these questions need to be asked by anyone reading your articles: What authority are you appealing to other than yourself or you own words? What is the scriptural basis for your thoughts? What actually does the bible say? For instance in your point about how most people don't reject Jesus, where do you get that from? Can I have a Scripture please? An authorative basis for that thought? I am sure you won't because you want to be relevant but as a pastor, a young pastor at that, I cannot think of one reason why I would consider you as an authorative source even though your articles by default claim authority on a bunch of subjects and your articles attempt to "correct" what you view as errant thinking.

God Is Not a Magic 8-Ball

God is not a magic 8-ball we shake up and peer into whenever we have a decision to make. . . . We know God has a plan for our lives. That’s wonderful. The problem is we think he’s going to tell us the wonderful plan before it unfolds. We feel like we can know—we need to know—what God wants every step of the way. But such preoccupation with finding God’s will, as well-intentioned as the desire may be, is more folly than freedom.

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War

Thus, Loconte doesn’t begin with Tolkien and Lewis, but with the war. Perhaps his greatest service is to convey to new generations of readers the enormous cultural importance of World War I and its aftermath. You cannot understand the 20th century, or our current cultural predicament, without grasping this. But most middle-aged astronauts like myself, who are beginning to get too stout for our spacesuits, have inherited only a sketchy and fragmentary impression that WWI brought “disillusionment.” The young schoolboys and hobbits who are just getting old enough to lift a sword have heard even less, if anything.

Franklin Graham Wants ‘The Muppets’ Taken Off the Air

Tonight ABC is premiering a new “mature version” of the Muppets that reports say will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs to “interspecies relationships” with no subject being off limits. It sounds to me like the whole show should be off limits! Hollywood seems to be in a frenzy to see what new moral low they can reach in their programming. Their agenda is to promote sin to a younger and younger audience. I applaud the group One Million Moms for speaking out against this and urging parents to call on ABC to take it off the air. The Bible says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” That goes for Kermit the Frog as well!

Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad

According to a new nationwide online survey (Below) of 600 Muslims living in the United States, significant minorities embrace supremacist notions that could pose a threat to America’s security and its constitutional form of government.

Report: Selfies Now Kill More People Than Sharks

A vicious monster is terrorizing humanity. What is this terrible evil that has unleashed its fury upon people around the globe? It is the selfie. According to a new report from Conde Nast traveler, this year, more people have died while attempting to take pictures of themselves on their mobile devices than have been killed in shark attacks. Dozens of people have been died while snapping pictures of their faces in dangerous locations, while operating vehicles or, in some cases, trying to get a shot of themselves with a wild animal.

In Hajj message, Iran’s leader castigates Israel and the US

The anti-US statements came as Iran held a military parade outside Tehran to showcase weapons including surface-to-surface missiles such as the solid-fuel Sejjil and the liquid-fuel Ghadr, both with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles). Also on display at the annual parade were Russian-made S-200 and Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile systems designed primarily to track, target, and destroy aircraft and cruise missiles.

Introducing The Gospel Coalition Omaha

We are very excited to announce the launch of TGC Omaha , the newest regional chapter in The Gospel Coalition’s network of churches. TGC has recognized and endeavors to promote our efforts in the Omaha, Nebraska region to build relationships among church leaders that foster gospel advancement. If you’ve been a part of the Omaha Gospel Network in the past, consider this “OGN 2.0.” If you haven’t been connected in the past, we look forward to welcoming you into this new effort to further gospel partnership across the region. 

Humbled Hustler

In truth, my father had to do little to curb my interest in Christianity; it waned of its own accord once I reached secondary school. With financial pressures growing at home, a small seed of enterprise began germinating within me. Seeing my inventive mother baking cakes to make ends meet diverted my attention from God to money. I was fed tales of my grandfather’s rise to riches. He had built an entire office block in Nairobi, and was brazen enough to buy a large house opposite the British High Commission. I wanted to be just as audacious and successful. With this in mind, I dabbled in selling alcohol in school under the radar. Though my business was short-lived, I had my first taste of making money, and it tasted good.

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7 Key Differences Between Protestant and Catholic Doctrine

According to a recent U.S. Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, there are about half as many Catholics as Protestants in America today. But why do so many make this distinction?  Don’t both groups hold to essentials of the Christian faith, like the deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus? What’s the difference between what Protestants believe and what Catholics believe?

Read through the ESV Reader’s Gospels in 30 Days

To that end, we’ve created a free reading plan based on page numbers in the Reader's Gospels (rather than verse or chapter numbers) that will lead you through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John over the course of 30 days. The downloadable PDF can be printed at home and was designed to fit perfectly inside your copy of the Reader’s Gospels when folded in half.

16 'Happy Birthday' Song Declared Public Domain.

“Happy birthday to you / Happy birthday to you / Happy birthday dear reader / happy birthday to you!” Yup, we can totally do that now. A judge recently declared that the long-thought-valid Warner/Chappell copyright on the song is anything but. Congratulations to the employees of any mid-level casual dining restaurant, you’ve been freed from the shackles of elaborate cooperate penned birthday songs. Congratulations to film characters experiencing birthdays, you can finally do more than wordlessly blow out the candles on your cake. Congratulations—and happy birthday—to us all.

Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit

Storms concentrates on themes that sound familiar to many evangelicals: Scripture provides the authority for Christian living, a life free to be holy even as battles are waged against indwelling sin; believers flourish under the presence and power of the Spirit who awakens, sustains, stirs, and grows us; suffering may be inevitable but takes us not to a cruel but a loving Lord; and prayer must be cultivated without lapsing into mere ritual nor ecstasy divorced from biblical revelation. Storms ends his discussion of Packer’s spirituality where it begins—with a Christological focus. Genuine Christian spirituality is only possible because of the forgiveness and grace of God in Christ by his Spirit (ch. 2). This very life turns out to be an existence centered on “fellowship with Jesus,” which, Packer says, “is not a metaphor or parable or myth of something else, but is a basic ingredient of distinctly Christian experience” (182).

Origins of Life: Fazale

Back in print with scores of updates available online! For years naturalistic theories have monopolized academia as the only possible scientific explanation for the origin of life. But there's something many people don't know--the facts just don't support such theories. In Origins of Life , biochemist Fazale Rana and astronomer Hugh Ross reveal a model that shows how perspectives on first life's beginnings can be tested--as a creation event--with astounding results. Rana and Ross challenge the myth that scientific evidence supports naturalistic theories and show how research corroborates a transcendent Creator who formed and nurtured the initial life forms and more. Click here to access the updates. Endorsements "Evolution has just been dealt its death blow. After reading Origins of Life with my background in chemistry and physics, it is clear that evolution could not have occurred." –Richard Smalley, PhD, Nobel Laureate, Chemistry, 1996 "Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross's critique of materialistic theories for the origin of life is so thorough and balanced that one wonders if materialists might be holding on to their Swiss-cheese hypotheses for reasons other than scientific ones.

Is the Empty Tomb A Legend?

For more resources visit: In 1998, Dr William Lane Craig debated Professor Keith M. Parsons at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. The topic of the debate was "Why I Am/Am Not a Christian." After the debate there was a lengthy exchange between the debaters lead by the moderator. The debate concluded with a question and answer period allowing both Dr Craig and Professor Parsons the opportunity to respond. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook:

How Feminism Created the Manic Pixie Dream Boy

Manic Pixie Dream Boyfriends have always existed, but prior to feminism and the digital revolution they were known simply as bohemians. Pixies had nothing to do with it. A pixie is diminutive and unthreatening, a figure out of fairy tales. While there have always been fey and lightweight male artists, there was once also room for raw masculinity amongst writers, poets, musicians, and filmmakers.

God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: Reaching Out to Hindus: Saving Those Trapped in Karma and the Religion of the gods

WORLD | The myth of Donald Trump’s evangelical support | Warren Cole Smith | Sept. 23, 2015

Another problem: A small sample size can increase the margin of error in a survey. Fox News surveyed 1,008 registered voters, which is not out of line with other national surveys, many of which are in the 1,000 to 1,500 sample-size range, but it is on the low side (a recent CBS/YouGov survey contacted more than 4,800 voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina alone). But once you drill down to the so-called “evangelicals” in the Fox News survey, the sample size is so small that the margin of error is likely close to 10 percent. (It’s interesting that the Fox News survey results listed the margin of error for every subgroup except evangelicals, but based on the margins of the other groups, 7 to 9 percent is a reasonable guess.)

Principles of Prayer from Luke 11

(1) It is not and was never intended to be a ritual prayer to be formally and liturgically recited. It was a model designed by our Lord to show the nature of prayer and what prayer should consist of by way of content. There is nothing wrong, of course, with reading or reciting it together as we would any passage of Scripture for a certain focus or emphasis or as a reminder of truth. I am convinced, however, it was never meant to be simply recited as a prayer to God in place of personal prayer poured out to God from the heart. Compare the translation of the Living Bible: Luke 11:1b reads, “Lord, teach us a prayer to recite just as John taught one of his disciples.” In a footnote to this verse the translator has added the word, “Implied.” But is it really implied, or is this translation a product of religious tradition that does not have its roots in what this passage was intended to teach?

Was Ayn Rand Right? - Christian Research Institute

In response to the critics of capitalism, many conservative Christians turn to philosopher Ayn Rand for ammunition. Rand was a staunch defender of capitalism, but also an anti-Christian atheist who argued that capitalism was based on greed. Greed, for Rand, is good. But if Rand is right, then Christians can’t be capitalists, because greed is a sin. Fortunately, Rand was wrong. She missed the subtleties of capitalism. First, we should distinguish self-interest from selfishness. Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, famously wrote, “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” True enough; but that alone isn’t a problem. Every time you wash your hands or look both ways before you cross the street, you’re pursuing your self-interest—but neither activity is selfish. Second, Smith never argued that the more selfish we are, the better a market works. His point, rather, is that in a free market, each of us can pursue ends within our narrow sphere of competence and concern—our “self-interest”—and yet an order will emerge that vastly exceeds anyone’s deliberations.

What is a Godly Friend?

Looking back on my childhood, one memory from my fourth grade year in particular stands out. At recess, I would play with various girls who were my friends. One of the girls was determined that I would be her “best” friend.  She presented me with a contract obligating me to be her best friend, and no one else could be my best friend.  She would determine what we did together at recess, who else I could spend time with, and what I could do.  Reading this now, it seems appalling, controlling, and silly to even consider.  In fourth grade, lacking wisdom and not wanting to hurt her feelings, I signed the contract.  I don’t think she was trying to be malicious, but had I been wiser back then I would have kindly told her that I want to be her friend but a contract isn’t necessary.  I think as grown women, we sometimes still make these “contracts” in our mind with other women.  We might get jealous when we see our closest friends hang out or want to be “in the know” about all they are doing.  We might even always decide the activity when we spend time together and not consider their desires.

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Renewing Your Mind | A Question of Time | September 23, 2015

i W. D. Davies and D. C. Allison, Matthew 8–18 (London: T&T Clark, 1991), 677–9. ii See Craig L. Blomberg, Matthew (Nashville: Broadman, 1992), 261. iii See Donald A. Hagner, "Matthew's Eschatology," in To Tell the Mystery , JSNTSup 100, ed. Thomas E. Schmidt and Moises Silva (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1994), 62. iv There are also some who believe that Jesus correctly predicted that his Second Coming would occur within the lifetime of some of those who were listening to him speak. They argue that the Second Coming of Jesus and all the events associated with it occurred already in the first century. For a critique of this interpretation, see Keith A. Mathison, ed, When Shall These Things Be? (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2004). v Some might ask whether this interpretation requires us to believe that nothing is said in the New Testament about the Second Coming of Christ. I do not believe this to be true. Jesus himself may have said very little about the Second Coming, but it must be remembered that his disciples were barely able to grasp the idea that he would be leaving them.

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29 Pizza Hut Has Fused Breadsticks Directly into Pizza Crust

If you are a fan of pizza, it is truly an amazing time to be alive. There are now hot dog pizzas , buttons that automatically order pizzas, even pizza french fries . But with all of the creative offerings coming out of the labs of the nation’s best pizza scientists, it’s easy to overlook the most logical of all pizza hybrids: A breadstick pizza. Thankfully, Pizza Hut has just released their new “ Twisted Crust Pizza ” that fuses massive garlic-soaked breadstick goodness directly into the crust. This is the very embodiment of treat yo self.

Finding Peace Through Forgiveness

Jim: John, today's guest is Mr. Gil Mertz. He's an author and a speaker who experienced what one might call a watershed moment in his relationship with his aging father. But we want you to hear him tell that part of the story. So, let's get to the message and then afterward, we want to talk to one of our counselors here at Focus on the Family, Danny Huerta, to talk about how you can use these principles in your own life.

Darwinism, Dawkins, and Complex Designers | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes

Design doesn’t explain organized complexity (says Dawkins); it presupposes it, because the designer would have to be as complex as what it creates (designs). Perhaps, therefore, Dawkins means to argue along the following lines: there are really just two explanations of life: unguided Darwinism and an explanation, guided Darwinism, perhaps, that involves design. But the latter is really no explanation at all. Therefore the only candidate is the former. Here there are two problems. First, this argument doesn't depend on the facts of biology; it is substantially independent of the latter. Is it likely that Dawkins would be offering an argument of that sort? If so, why would he claim that it is "the Evidence of Evolution" that "Reveals a World Without Design"? Set that problem aside for the moment; there is another and deeper problem with this argument. Suppose we land on an alien planet orbiting a distant star and discover some machine-like objects that look and work just like a 1941 Allis Chalmers tractor; our leader says "there must be intelligent beings on this planet-look at those tractors.

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Pro Dunker Dmitrii Krivenko Puts His Own Twist on Popular Jason Richardson Dunk

Dmitrii Krivenko saw your dunk, Jason Richardson, and raised you one better. All right, maybe not better. But the professional dunker did add his own twist to the between-the-legs dunk popularized by the 14-year NBA veteran. You know, the one that earned him the Slam Dunk Contest victory in 2003.

First, mourn.

Here is the order of genuine conversion. A sinner should “mourn” for his sinful state. He should have the spirit of heaviness (be laboring and heavy laden over his sinful heart; see Matt. 11:28). It is these converts who become trees of righteousness because they are the planting of the Lord; they are born of God (see John 1:13).

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Advice When Seeking a Worship Leader - Shane Everett

Shane Everett (of Shane and Shane​) offers some advice to a pastor or church committee looking for a new worship leader: beware of seeking a “look” and a “sound” rather than a “heart that follows Christ.”

When Should We Pray for God to Take Us Home?

Today’s email comes to us from podcast listener Austin: “Dear Pastor John, I’m seventeen and I have terminal cancer. Doctors say my cancer will come back and that my body cannot handle any more chemo or bone marrow transplants. God has used the past five years of fighting it to bring me closer to him and to use my situation to bring a few people closer to himself too. But I’m getting weary and I am ready to go home. I don’t like to admit it, but I pray that God would take me home, but he keeps sustaining me. His answer is clearly ‘no’ or ‘not yet.’ How do I keep my joy even when life is hard and painful?”

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1170 Reasons to Respond to the Jesus Myth | Hope's Reason

A recent study in the UK of 3000 people revealed that 39% of people thought Jesus was a mythical rather than a historical figure. That is 1170 people in that study alone. If that rate is accurate, the implications are truly frightening.