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Grace to You

The Spirit guides and enlightens New Covenant believers as they read and study God’s Word. Therefore, there is no longer any need, for example, to unscramble the pictures and prophecies regarding Christ. Thus Paul can say, “We use great plainness of speech” (2 Cor. 3:12, KJV). He goes on to say in verses 17-18, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

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BREAKING: Muslims Shout “Praise Allah!” Surround OK Police Following Press Conference on Beheading

2-3 local OK muslims are reading passages from their Qurans outloud on the ground at site of news conference #oklahomabeheading

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The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible

But then, there is actually something much more basic to remember before we get to this prayer. It is simple, very simple, but I think it recalibrates our hearts and stills the swirling of our minds, especially when we find ourselves in a rut. It thaws our coldness, it seems, and clears the table to focus our souls on the wonder of what we’re doing. It is remembering three straightforward truths: God, the text, and the reader.

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A Chicago Church Just Straight Up Gave Each of Its Members $500

The church called it "Fishes and Loaves" and pleaded with each member to take a few weeks to pray over the best way to use the money. "After several weeks of prayer, you will likely have an idea of how these resources are to be used," Truax told the church. "Put your money to work as you've been led, then talk about your experience." According to her, many members plan on combing their funds for large service projects in Niger and Ebola treatments, but she stressed that "doing good" might also look like paying off debt or a college fund. "That's what this was all about," Truax told reporters. "Putting it to work within the community" ...

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What banning this book says about the future of our society [update 2x]

Thanks for tackling this issue Joel. I especially agree with your last post, “The school has since issued a statement on it, but it leaves about as many questions as it answers.” I am the attorney with Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) who started this matter. Simply put, PJI is not the type of organization that runs around looking for problems where they don’t exist. Believe me when I say, we have plenty of requests for assistance to address legitimate problems without looking for phantoms. PJI does not simply shoot-from-the-hip by filing a lawsuit, we usually send out a letter seeking to find a solution, usually by educating those involved. We did exactly that in this situation. After receiving a call from a credible witness (our client), I sent a letter to Springs Charter School seeking to resolve this “between us.” PJi did not send a press release until we received a response from the Superintendent. As can readily be seen, the Superintendent makes a big fuss about textbooks and curriculum, but completely ignores our issue…whether the school purged books with a Christian message, by a Christian author, or from a Christian publisher.

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Ligonier.org

The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now

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Do Joel Osteen and I Worship the Same God? - Parchment and Pen Blog

Now, this is not as far-fetched as you might think. People DO worship other gods just like people marry other people and have other kids. They always have. Since the beginning of time, people have found replacements for the true God by filling in the “gaps” that God does not fill to their liking. Whether it be a rain god, fertility god, sun god, or god of war, people have a desire to have their perceived needs met. In the old days, people would create a new god and give it an appropriate name. Marduk, Apollo, Diana, Sol, and Cupid are all names of popular Romans gods who filled in the gaps. The Japanese even have a god for weavers named Am-No-Tanabata-Hime. For weavers!! Each of these gods had a particular function and role. The Japanese god Daikoku is the god of wealth. If you desire money, this is the god to go to. Binzuru-Sonja is the god of health. Are you sick? Do you have cancer? Binzuru-Sonja is your man . . . I mean god.

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Innovative Apologetics: Jesus Christ vs. Muhammad: There is No Comparison

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Great Commission Race

The Great Commission Race is an annual race in Louisville, Ky., hosted by the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This race unites the city of Louisville and Southern’s campus to work towards the seminary’s goals in fitness, fellowship and fundraising for missions. All proceeds and donations benefit those participating in mission trips through Southern Seminary.

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What Our Pastoral Interns Read

Our interns tend to be recent college graduates who have not yet gone to seminary. We try not to duplicate the reading they do in seminary. We don’t teach languages. We don’t do church history. We don’t attempt to do what full-time professors can do better. We focus instead on books that touch on the practical side of ministry (yes, I know all theology is practical). Having said that, we want our interns to be squared away on the basic theological categories. We also want them to be challenged with some heavier reading than they probably do on their own.

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Pray for the Strength That God Supplies

[7] So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. [8] Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. [9] But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Expositors Summit Pre-Conference

The African-American church has a rich history of faithful preaching from God’s Word. This tradition has seen preachers bring the Word to life in ways that are life-changing for their listeners, in ways that connect God’s story with their story. “Tell Your Story” will focus on that process, the process of getting the text right and getting the text across. How can expositors preach biblically faithful sermons that meaningfully connect within the African-American context? Join pastors Thabiti Anyabwile, H.B. Charles, Jr., Victor Sholar, and Kevin Smith  as they provide instruction and encouragement on this topic.

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Innovative Apologetics: Science or God? God! Because Science Depends on God

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Neuroscience Tried Wholly Embracing Naturalism, But Then the Brain Got Away

When you go to an academic conference you expect to see some geeks, gravitas and graying professors giving lectures. But the people who showed up at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society's conference in Lower Manhattan last weekend were so damned young, hip and attractive. The leading figures at this conference were in their 30s, and most of the work was done by people in their 20s. When you spoke with them, you felt yourself near the beginning of something long and important.

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The rise and fall and rise of the National Council of Churches (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

Perhaps the NCC’s influence was overinflated a half-century ago, but it is a mistake to ignore the National Council of Churches. Its 37 Protestant and Orthodox communions encompass 45 million members. Though imperfect, the NCC has been a faithful, prophetic witness for poor, vulnerable, and dispossessed people, boldly standing for justice when too many others were silent. We should commend the NCC for its corrective actions and wish the council well in its vital mission.

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A Tale of Two Political Dramas

The philosopher Charles Taylor identifies one of the “pathologies,” or sicknesses, of the modern age as being a sort of tyranny of indifference. That is, the modern focus on individuals is all well and good, and it has done positive things for us (an emphasis on the dignity of each human, for instance). But when we turn too inward, when we don't balance this emphasis with a recognition of how important the fabric of society is, we can end up with the tyranny that results when individual people become too apathetic to bother voting or being involved with politics. And let's be honest, we Americans don't vote much as a people. When we do it, it practically acts like an American Idol episode: we vote for president (well, just over half of us do), because it's a Media Event, but we rarely vote in state or municipal politics unless our personal interests are at stake (my taxes, my budget, my land). And we have the overwhelming sense that not only does it not really matter, but that my life won't be all that affected. Following Foucault: history is just the exchange of power.

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The Folly of Keeping Up with the Joneses — Highlands Ministries

Of course things could change, and I don’t pretend to have any magic glasses that can see into men’s souls. But if I had to make a guess , even a judgment, it would be this — Mr. Jones will suffer eternally the wrath of the Father. Mr. Smith will be welcomed with open arms into heaven. You see I’ve listened to Mr. Jones talk about Jesus. He’s expressed to me many a time how grateful he is for all that Jesus has done for him. Jesus has blessed his business such that it prospers. He’s blessed the man’s family, keeping it not only intact, but headed for a bright future. His boys are leaders in the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes, his daughter a peer counselor in the youth group. Mr. Jones thinks Jesus is terrific. His life wouldn’t be the same without Him.

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because it's true

The phrase, "If we (the irreligious) don't teach our children how to think, religion will teach them not to," reveals, at best, a lack of experience with young people. Sure, if you go visit a 4 year old Sunday school class, the kids will likely be repeating everything the teacher tells them. But why not follow that same group of kids through junior and senior high and see what happens? I am just telling you: things change. At worst, this sentiment represents a terrible disconnection from reality and/or a desire to simply stir up drama for drama's sake.  As Christians, we are not off the hook here. A careful consideration of what I have laid out above should not leave us feeling exonerated. We can't say "see, we aren't brainwashing people, so our hands are clean. We aren't the problem."* The very basic idea under-girding the sentiment expressed in the picture IS true: someone/something is going to shape the way our young people think. For this reason, the Church cannot neglect ministering to the mind, particularly with young people, where the focus tends to be largely (if not entirely) on meeting their social and emotional needs.

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Did God Really Command Genocide? A new book by Copan and Flannagan

“As a full-scale follow-up to the excellent popular treatment of the topic in Is God a Moral Monster? , this book provides the most thorough and comprehensive treatment of the problem of violence in the Old Testament that I have encountered. The authors tackle the aggressive charges of the new atheists, as well as other equally sceptical but less strident critics of ‘the God of the Old Testament.’ And they do so with a blend of careful biblical exegesis and incisive moral argumentation. The book reaches deep, but remains readable, and the summaries at the end of every chapter are a great help in following the case as it is steadily built up. All of us who, in teaching or preaching the Old Testament, are constantly bombarded with ‘But what about the Canaanites?’ will be very grateful for these rich resources for a well-informed, gracious, and biblically faithful reply.”

21 Truthbomb Apologetics: Video: Naturalism and How it is Affecting Culture by J.P. Moreland

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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A Paradigm Shift in the Making: William Dembski's Revolutionary Breakthrough

While many scholars see the intelligent design movement, of which Dembski is one of the eminent scholars, as simply a challenge to the reigning materialist evolutionary hypotheses (cosmological, chemical, and biological), this book reveals the movement to have far larger aspirations. The controversy over neo-Darwinian evolution, for instance, is but one miniscule piece of a much larger challenge to the basic assumptions we have held about the fundamental makeup of the world. Dembski extends his proposal that the basic stuff of the world is information by underscoring its comprehensibility via intelligence, purpose, and communication. At its core, information is always communicated, foreshadowing the emergence of human communication and the communication systems of all living things. Hence the title -- Being as Communion .

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New study: stay-at-home moms have strongest sense their lives are worthwhile

It can actually be very difficult to stay at home with kids and people, other women mostly, can be very cruel about it. As usual however, if you listen to what the world is telling you, you’ll make yourself unhappier then necessary. I was very blessed, I got to stay home mostly, and only work part time when needed. Our oldest child announced she wanted to get married and have a family immediately, at the ripe old age of 18, so that’s exactly what she did. It was the right choice. Even if you want to pursue an education or a career, you have the rest of your life to do it.

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WORLD | Fight Church | Angela Lu | Oct. 4, 2014

A good film keeps your brain churning after the credits roll, sets off conversations and debates between friends, and piques your curiosity to research further on the topic. Fight Church , a documentary by Academy Award winner Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel, does those things by posing a single question: Can you be a pastor and a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter?

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Come Reason's Apologetics Notes: Three Ways Our Universe is Designed for Life

Just the fact the universe exists at all is pretty good evidence for God. It's an amazing thing that our universe exists and that we exist! But to stop there would be to do a disservice to what science continues to uncover about how our universe works. You see, it's not simply that the universe exists and we happen to live within it. Modern scientists have found that the universe could have existed just fine in many different configurations, but the laws that govern this universe are tuned very precisely. The way our planet is positioned within the universe is also very unique. What scientists continue to find is the universe is meticulously designed just so that it is capable of supporting life like our own. It's been rigged for life, if you will. The universe is finely-tuned for human existence. Finding the perfect cabin in a dangerous wood In order to understand how this works, I would like to offer an analogy. Imagine that you're lost in a dark, dangerous wood. The temperature fluctuates from extreme heat in the day to frigid cold at night. You have no food and no water.

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La source de l’Évangile

Évangile 21 est le rassemblement de chrétiens engagés qui désirent promouvoir la centralité de l’Évangile dans la vie personnelle, l’Église et le ministère. Nous aspirons à servir l’Église avec ceux et celles qui, en plus d’adopter notre confession de foi et notre vision théologique du ministère, veulent rendre gloire à Dieu en permettant au plus grand nombre de connaître l’Évangile de Jésus-Christ et d’expérimenter une vie transformée par la puissance du Saint Esprit.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Bible and Apologetics, Part 2 | September 27, 2014

Do I trust my judgment and the corporate wisdom of psychologists and psychiatrists over the Bible as a source of ultimate truth? In this second part of “The Bible and Apologetics,” Dr. Sproul deals with the sacred Scriptures and the question of whether the content of this Book is omniscient, infallible, and completely incorruptible and righteous. Is the Bible incapable of lying, erring, and of having defects of any kind?

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And Now It's Thom Yorke's Turn to Release a Surprise Album

R eleasing surprise albums is the cool thing to do these days, but Radiohead's been at it for ages. Their frontman Thom Yorke, the mad scientist of modern music, put all these feisty upstarts back in their place today with his new album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes , which he released on BitTorrent for six dollars. At this point, the most surprising thing Thom Yorke could do would be release his album through Barnes & Noble like a normal person, so this isn't exactly out of the ordinary, but it is out of the blue. And it's not wise to quibble when one of the generation's great talents decides to throw a bone your way. So, what are you waiting for? ...

29 Only One Thing Will Keep You Going - Stand to Reason Blog

I’ve been asking this question for a while now—reading books about people who have suffered, asking questions of people who face opposition, trying to understand how they continue to press on. And overall, the answer comes back to one thing: Those who know and love Jesus well, those who think He’s worth any price, persevere. I don’t think there’s anything else strong enough to keep us going—not a love for the truth, not a love for the lost, not a desire to make a difference, but only Jesus Himself.

30 Only One Thing Will Keep You Going - Stand to Reason Blog

I’ve been asking this question for a while now—reading books about people who have suffered, asking questions of people who face opposition, trying to understand how they continue to press on. And overall, the answer comes back to one thing: Those who know and love Jesus well, those who think He’s worth any price, persevere. I don’t think there’s anything else strong enough to keep us going—not a love for the truth, not a love for the lost, not a desire to make a difference, but only Jesus Himself.

31 William Dembski Explains Why Intelligent Design Does Not, and Cannot, Make Sense Under Materialist Premises

It often seems that in conversation with our Darwinist interlocutors, there's a fundamental non-meeting of minds. For them, intelligent design doesn't make sense, as if the language itself that we use were incompressible to them. That's because under their premise -- methodological naturalism, their picture of the world and how it must work -- ID can't make sense! In his forthcoming book, Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information , eminent ID theorist William Dembski sketches the alternative scientific worldview based on information theory where ID becomes intelligible.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Quote: Nancy Pearcy on the Importance of Apologetics

"The only way teens become truly 'prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks' (1 Pet. 3:15) is by wrestling personally with the questions. Ironically, those who have never grappled with diverse worldviews are actually the most likely to be swept away by them. As G. K. Chesterton wrote, ideas can be dangerous — but they are far more dangerous to the person who has never studied them…we should always couch discussions of Christianity in the language of reasons and evidence. We should be giving apologetics from the pulpit and in the Sunday school classroom. Every course in a Christian school should be an opportunity to show that a biblical perspective does a better job than any secular theory of accounting for the facts in that field, whether psychology, biology, government, or business. Apologetics should be naturally woven in to all our discourse."

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Honoring Life: How the Moral Absolutes Elevate Human Life

The caller was 17-year-old Sarah Said. She and her sister Amina, 18, had been shot multiple times in a taxi cab which had been abandoned at the service entrance of the nearby Omni Mandalay hotel. Amina was incapacitated instantly, but Sarah had been able to make this one call before the ninth shot unloaded into her body silenced her voice for good. It is believed with good evidence that the girls’ father, Yaser Abdel Said, an Egyptian-born Muslim who was working as a taxi-driver at the time, is the perpetrator. The girls, both of whom had American boyfriends, had previously fled home with their mother and had been resisting his plans to “sell” them as wives to men of his choosing in Egypt. Said has not been seen since, and is wanted by the FBI.

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Answering Muslims: Women's Rights Activist Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy Executed by ISIS

Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy GENEVA (New York times) — An Iraqi lawyer known for her work promoting women’s rights has been killed by Islamic State fighters, the head of the United Nations human rights office said on Thursday, continuing a pattern of attacks on professional women. The lawyer, Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy, was seized from her home by Islamic State fighters last week and tortured for several days before a masked firing squad executed her in public on Monday, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights commissioner, said in a statement. Ms. Nuaimy had posted comments on her Facebook page condemning the “barbaric” bombing and destroying of mosques and shrines in Mosul, a northern Iraqi city, by the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL. She was convicted of apostasy by a “so-called court,” Mr. Zeid said, adding that her family had been barred from giving her a funeral. The killing follows the execution of a number of Iraqi women in areas under Islamic State control documented by United Nations monitors, including two candidates contesting Iraq’s general election in Nineveh Province, who were killed in July.

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Q&A: World Religions, Roman Catholicism, and Family Relationships - Christian Research Institute

My sister rejected her godly upbringing and turned her back on Christ, so my father will not have any fellowship with her. Shouldn’t we try to reach out and minister to her? Are there any Scriptures I can share with my father in this regard?

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Biblical Finance

Pastor Douglas Wilson guides you through the Bible's teaching on money, covering a wide variety of topics: debt and investments, laziness and diligence, tithing and retirement. The course consists of seventeen short clips with discussion questions, selected readings from the Bible (including the entire Book of Proverbs), and a final self-evaluation. Special Introductory Price: $9.00

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Series: What is God Like?

At the encouragement of several friends who are unable to attend the class every week, I have been recording and posting each class, along with class notes. (See each post listed below.) Eventually I will post my teaching outline as well, since I have heard there are those who may be interested in using these tools for their own study and/or teaching.

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering

On page 236 Dr. Keller says, “There are many people who think of spiritual growth as something like high diving.  They say, ‘I am going to give my life to the Lord…I am really going to transform!’…[but that] is not what a walk is.  A walk is day in and day out praying; day in and day out Bible and Psalms reading; day in and day out obeying, talking to Christian friends, and going to corporate worship, committing yourself to and fully participating in the life of a church.  It is rhythmic, on and on and on…So walking with God through suffering means that, in general, you will not experience some kind of instant deliverance from your questions, your sorrow, your fears…in general it will be slow and steady progress that comes only if you stick to the regular, daily activities of the walking itself...We are called to walk, to grieve and weep, to trust and pray, to think, thank, and love, and to hope.”

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Creation and American Christianity

The doctrine of creation also contributed directly to such fundamental truths as the doctrines of the fall and of redemption. If the just and perfect God created this world, why was it filled with evil, suffering, and imperfection? The Bible explained that human depravity and natural evil resulted from God’s judgment upon human sin, initiated in Adam’s rebellion against God’s rule. The Bible explained the cure also. Humans could be redeemed through the second Adam, Jesus Christ, who would justify and save all who would believe in Him, and inaugurate a new heavens and a new earth. Fallen creation would become new creation. These beliefs infused American culture with a profoundly biblical cast.

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Ligonier.org

SN: I can name three. The first would be to not read it. Why cut yourself off from the riches of the past? The second concerns reading history with judgmental and dismissive attitudes. We can easily do this because we tend to think so highly of our own age, and we tend to be unaware of our own blind spots. The counter is to read church history with humility, not hubris. Third, we need to avoid “hagiography.” Our church history figures don’t need halos. The Scripture writers show the faults and flaws of the biblical figures. There is only one who ranks as the true hero: Christ. We can be so thankful for leaders from church history who so clearly and persuasively point us to Christ. But we must ultimately look to the One to whom they are pointing and not to them.