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Kingdom Opportunities Mean Kingdom Adversaries

I don't know why, but that little phrase stopped me short. I suppose that despite everything I've seen, read, and been told about Christian ministry, I still have this sense that if God is for a thing, there shouldn't be any opposition; if it's a real opportunity for the kingdom, that will automatically mean the field is clear and there are no obstacles or enemies. My assumption seems to be that if God is with me, then everything will go smoothly and all will embrace me.

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California school bans all Christian books

A Californian school has banned all Christian-based books from its library, claiming that it does not allow "sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves."

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Liberty, Knowledge, and Conscience

Paul’s point is that anyone who causes a weaker brother to defile his conscience and his faith helps lead that brother into sin. Knowledge may tell us that something is perfectly acceptable within our Christian liberty, but love tells us that if it’s not acceptable to a fellow believer’s conscience, we should not take advantage of our freedom.

4 Grace to You Radio

It used to be mostly available in casinos, but now, it’s as close as your computer. Clearly, gambling is here to stay. Thankfully, Scripture isn’t silent on this issue. And that’s where John MacArthur takes you in So What’s Wrong with Gambling?

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The seminary community gathers to worship in Alumni Memorial Chapel on Tuesday and Thursday at 10a.m.

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Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East

Annastina Skog Psalms 91:1-16 ISR98 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty, He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold, My Elohim, in whom I trust!” For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence. He covers you with His feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour. You are not afraid of the dread by night, Of the arrow that flies by day, Of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Of destruction that ravages at midday. A thousand fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it does not come near you. Only with your eyes you look on, And see the reward of the wrong ones. Because you have made יהוה – My refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place, No evil befalls you, And a plague does not come near your tent; For He commands His messengers concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They bear you up in their hands, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You tread upon lion and cobra, Young lion and serpent you trample under foot. “Because he cleaves to Me in love, Therefore I deliver him; I set him on high, Because he has known My Name.

7 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL

Our 2015 National Conference seeks to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explore the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, Genesis to Revelation. Our plenary speakers will unfold the Bible's teaching on eschatology, a topic of burning importance today. Along with these nine plenary sessions we've planned more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and much more. Join us as we worship God together in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. 

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Home

is at the top of my list. When I consider the greatest need of every parent, I believe it is clarity and conviction on how to build a God-honoring home.

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Where Satan Will Attack You Today

You wonder why it’s so hard to find some peace of mind? Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war — a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists.

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The 10 Best Cities For New College Grads

To determine the best cities, Livability analyzed factors such as "the number of 25- to 34-year-olds living in each city, the availability of rental properties, unemployment rates, educational attainment levels, use of public transportation, and the types of jobs these places offer." Bonus points were awarded to cities that provide tons of recreational opportunities, nightlife, and a cool vibe.

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Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Islam at its Core: Islamic Ground Falters and Collapses

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Reza Aslan Tells an Old Story about Jesus

This is where it gets interesting. With the conversion of Saul of Tarsus (who becomes the well-known Paul the apostle of New Testament letters and the book of Acts), the Jesus movement began to be pulled in two directions. One camp remained loyal to the very Jewish roots of Jesus and his family, while the other increasingly came to view Jesus as a divine figure, a figure very attractive to non-Jews who otherwise had little interest in traditional Jewish thinking and living. It was the latter wing of the Jewish movement that eventually won out, thus creating a new religion, one destined to have the most followers around the world. Ironically, what it became was not what its founder proclaimed or intended. Or so Aslan contends.

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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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Why We Play

A Christian who takes his role as a minister seriously must be able to lead people in godly play. As a pastor of a dear flock of growing saints and teacher of college students who generally have a deep hunger to know God, I’m convinced that helping God’s people survive in a broken world requires a well developed ability to play. A minister of the gospel must be able to cry and mourn, laugh and play with godly gusto, and lead others in these as well.

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

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Punch Thy Neighbor?

If “preparation” means spending months training one’s body to be in peak physical condition, then the only reason we ought to eschew that advice would be if it hindered our spiritual lives. And MMA-fighting raises questions about the spiritual effect on our souls. Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can? I struggle to say yes. Even in the context of sport, where some injury is bound to happen, acting to intentionally bring an opponent to submission, with an aim to incapacitate, appears to go against Christian ethics.

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Innovative Apologetics: A Presuppositional Introduction at Refuting the Muslim Concept of Allah

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Called to Speak ‘Freakish’ Truth

Consider how this posture differs from other cliché attempts at engaging unbelievers in conversation. You have probably seen people before who sit down to explain their views and settle in for a fight about them (thinking that duty demands it). And you have probably seen people who are ashamed of their Christian views and try to move on as quickly as possible (thinking they'll lose their hard-earned status otherwise). Conscious dissidents take an element of both: they are bold enough to present a robust, transparent version of their convictions, but at the same time, they don't feel compelled to monopolize every conversation with them. They have the forthrightness of the former approach and the self-effacing demeanor of the latter. 

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Are Conservative Christians Being Censored by the Government and Social Media?

WASHINGTON — Attacks on citizens' freedom of speech was a topic of discussion at the ninth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, where a panel highlighted examples of censorship and government encroachment on religious freedom in the U.S. and Canada.

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InterVarsity "Derecognized" at California State University's 23 Campuses: Analysis and Reflections

It’s not just InterVarsity that will be impacted. Following the same logic, any group that insists on requiring its leaders to follow an agreed upon set of guiding beliefs is no longer kosher (irony intended) at California’s state universities. This will impact many other faith-based organizations with actual, well, faith-based beliefs. Presumably, even People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would have to allow Oscar Meyer to lead their campus chapters.

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A Guide to Having a Healthy Argument

No matter how relaxed you are, everyone occasionally gets upset. If your spouse gets rattled, try to stay calm. Don’t return fire. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer. If you don’t respond in kind, the other person will probably cool off. “If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest” (Ecclesiastes 10:4). Everyone gets upset occasionally. Let your spouse ventilate without you getting rattled too. If you answer humbly and calmly the conflict may simply disappear.

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The Bible Is More Than a 'Mystery'

Enns also brings some sparkling insights to the table, and the book is strongest when he is illuminating particular books (rather than telling us what the Bible isn’t). He shows how Kings and Chronicles are narrated in completely different ways, because of the different situations they are addressing. He traces the youngest-son theme through Genesis, and explains its significance in light of the rift between Israel and Judah. He explains what the editor of the Exodus story is up to, links Eden to the exile, and connects three texts about the separating of waters (Creation, Flood, Red Sea). Admittedly, Enns is far from the first scholar to tackle these themes. But he communicates them to a general audience with clarity and verve, and parts of the book are a joy to read.

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WORLD | The Cosby Show’s life lessons live on | Caroline Leal | Sept. 27, 2014

So what made The Cosby Show so downright hilarious? Cosby always focused on first telling a good story, then looking for ways to “find the funny,” as he put it. At the same time, Whitaker said, many of the show’s most memorable episodes started with seemingly off-the-wall suggestions from Cosby that the writers had to figure out how to turn into stories: “For example, one day Cosby told the writers that he thought they should do an episode where the Huxtables lip-synch. From that one idea came the famous episode where the family performs the Ray Charles hit, 'Night Time (Is the Right Time)' for Cliff’s parents on their wedding anniversary.”

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Innovative Apologetics: New Book - "How Jesus Became God In The Flesh: Bart Ehrman Refuted"

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A Man With Autism Nearly Dies - Then He Sees Heaven and Everything Changes (VIDEO)

David Gillert was diagnosed with a rare form of autism and never understood why. He also had trouble understanding how God could ever use him.

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Atheist Church Sunday Assembly Opens in 35 More Towns

"And the world certainly needs more community: social isolation and loneliness are on the rise with 40% of US adults say they are lonely compared to 20% in the 80s and 1 in 10 UK adults say they have no close friends," the website states. "This has massive effects on society, and on the health of society with studies showing that loneliness has comparable impacts on your health as smoking and obesity, it impairs immune function and boosts inflammation and can contribute to arthritis, type II diabetes and heart disease."

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Scott Klusendorf defends the pro-life view on the Unbelievable radio show

Justin hosts a discussion between Mara Clarke of the Abortion Support Network and Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Instititute. Mara believes women need to be decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, but Scott says that all depends on whether we are dealing with a human life in the womb.

29 Are there degrees of punishment in hell? - Christian Research Institute

On the basis of the Bible we may safely conclude that not all existence in hell is equal. First, the unified testimony of Scripture is that God is perfectly just and will reward and punish each person in accordance with what he or she has done (Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; Jeremiah 17:10; Ezekiel 18:20, 30; Romans 2:5–16; 1 Corinthians 3:8, 11–15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Colossians 3:23–25; 1 Peter 1:17; Revelation 20:12).

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'This Is Not Alton,' Mother of Muslim Beheading Suspect Apologizes to Families of Victims, Says He Was Raised Christian

The mother of Oklahoma Muslim Beheading suspect, Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, recently apologized to the families of the victims he allegedly beheaded and stabbed after he was fired last Thursday, and said what he did was out of character as he was raised Christian.

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Quite Possibly The Cutest Conversation Between 2 Sisters and a Boy – 'You Poked My Heart!'

You will have to see this one to believe how adorable these three cute toddlers are. The boy is arguing over whether it is raining or drizzling and the girls believe they have the answer.

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God Is Faithful to Preserve His Own

God’s work is manifested in His will playing out in our lives. This is what Paul says a bit later in Philippians: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:1–213). Being a Christian is not easy. Persevering in faith requires warfare with sin, labor in prayer, plowing in God’s Word, and performing His will in the world. We are God’s workmanship, Paul says, and this means we are called to “good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). God will see to it that His work for each of us is carried to completion. By His preserving grace, He will carry us to our destination in heaven. We are called to work this out, but, Paul insists, God is all the while working it in us (Phil. 2:13).

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Marriage Debate 'Still a Winning Issue,' Conservatives Say

Attendees of the Values Voters Summit listen to the remarks of a panel event titled "The Future of Marriage: To The Supreme Court and Beyond", held at the Congressional Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

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AFA Retreat | at the Cove

Tim Wildmon invites you to a very special gathering of faithful friends of American Family Association . We hope you can join us in September at The Cove for a wonderful time of worship, teaching, fellowship and fun. Featured speaker includes Dr. Robert Jeffress with a special concert by Steve and Annie Chapman . You will have an opportunity to meet these outstanding men and women of God and to hear them inspire and challenge us. Hope to see you there!

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Blogger Pulls Anti-Islam Ads Showing James Foley in NYC

Blogger Pamela Geller is pulling ads she was to run in New York City's transit system featuring James Foley with the masked militant who killed him due to objections made by the slain journalist's family, religious leaders and officials.

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Chuck Smith's Daughter Sues Calvary Chapel over Founder's Last Days

A circulating message allegedly written by Chuck Smith Jr. in opposition to his sibling's lawsuit called the lawsuit “groundless, deplorable, dishonoring to our father," noting that "any pretense to honor my father's name or provide adequate care and support for my mother is nonsense." The post flatly denies the lawsuit’s criticism of Smith's medical care and the claim that Smith experienced “significant pain and anguish” at his death, noting that Smith Jr. was personally present at the time. [This fact was confirmed to CT by Brodersen in an earlier interview.] The statement notes, “Once the review of financial reports and bank statements has begun and depositions are taken, I suspect that the suit will quickly disintegrate.” It concludes:

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Andrew Fuller Conference

George Whitefield was not only the most celebrated preacher of the eighteenth century, but he was also a central figure in the creation of modern Evangelicalism. His emphasis on the new birth, his passion for evangelism, his ability to cross denominational boundaries and build networks of Christians based on the gospel and Reformation convictions were central features in what we know today as Evangelicalism. In this conference celebrating the tercentennial (1714) birth of Whitefield, we will explore these key themes of this remarkable Christian’s life and what they meant for his day and mean for ours.

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Home

We desire to be a church that embraces every segment of our community. We have both young and old who live in or have moved to the Tri-Lakes area and have found a new home with us. We are also ethnically diverse where the color of skin and background only adds to the richness of texture in our congregation. So, why not consider visiting us? Visit one of our worship services, get involved in a Sunday morning Bible study group, join our fitness center and check out one of our growing number of small groups. Come discover your faith journey with us!  

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Jesus and the "Christians are Hypocrites" Objection

I have always found the objection that "Christians are hypocrites" to be a strange one.  You've heard it before- "I wouldn't want to become a Christian.  Christians are hypocrites!"  (I appreciate what one speaker once said in regard to this: "We got room for one more!  Come on down!") Jesus Himself objected to hypocrites and didn't mince words when dealing with them: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weighter matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness.  These you ought to have done, without neglecting others.  You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!   Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee!  First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness.

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A Dog That Works at the Airport Returning Lost Items to Passengers (VIDEO)

WOW! Just imagine, if you ever lose something at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands, Sherlock the Beagle dog is on the case. These cute dogs are real employees that are well trained and GREAT at what they do.

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Family Ministry: Join Me for Free Dinner and Family Ministry Forum at D6 Conference in Louisville - Timothy Paul Jones

And no, you don’t have to enroll in Southern Seminary or even have the slightest interest in enrolling. This is simply our gift to you because we wholeheartedly support the ministry of D6 and we want you to have a great time while you’re in Louisville.

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We’re here for people who want to put their faith into action. Our Christian ebooks , readings , daily prayers and inspiration aim to encourage, provoke, and transform. For those who love books , we offer classics and new titles on Christian living, forgiveness, family and children, the Bible, church community, and social justice, as well as short stories, poems, and devotions.

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Prayer Vigil for Imprisoned Saeed Abedini in So Cal Includes Greg Laurie Reading Pastor's Letter to His 8-Y-O Daughter (Photos)

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Evangelist Greg Laurie read a recent letter from Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is still being held as a prisoner in Iran two years after being arrested for his Christian faith, to his daughter during a somber prayer vigil held at the city of Newport Beach's civic center Friday at noon.

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In Endorsing Intelligent Design, Novelist Stephen King Joins a Distinguished List of Stereotype-Shattering Free Thinkers

Still, the interview is of interest because it emphasizes yet again what a fib it is to say that ID draws support exclusively from folks motivated by their right-wing Christian religious faith. King is not only a man of the Left, but a critic of "organized religion" and a self-described "agnostic" on the afterlife, as he also made clear to Mr. Zepps. He thinks the most popular religious faiths on offer "cancel each other out" with their competing views on God, so while belief in a higher power is "enriching" no religion deservers "particular credence."

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Muslim Convert to Be Charged for Beheading Oklahoma Woman

An Oklahoma man, who allegedly beheaded a former co-worker and stabbed another at a food processing plant before being shot and arrested, will be charged Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, police said.

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App Lets You Browse Only Instagram Photos with No Likes

T he Internet can be a lonely place. You throw your carefully-filtered picture of a sunset or some artisan meal you just overpaid for out into the ether, and just wait helplessly for a the digital affirmation known as a “Like.” Sometimes though, the Like never comes. The app “ No Likes Yet ” wants to bring attention to those forgotten posts by allowing users to browse only Instagram photos with zero likes. You can even filter only your friends, and view the sad, forgotten images in your community, and maybe even consider giving them the attention they never got the first time around ...

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Minors Among Wounded at Florida Nightclub Shooting

At least 15 people, including children and teenagers, were injured at a shooting in a nightclub in Miami, Florida. Police are investigating why minors were present at the club.

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The Death of Victor Stenger

Stenger then moved to the University of Boulder during his retirement years. This was when he really became active in the atheist community, and began to publish books dealing with religion and science. We were invited by the Socratic Club at the University of Oregon to have a debate there on the existence of God. So I flew out to Oregon and we had this debate there. I thought, “Well, I shouldn't just run the same arguments that I did the first time. I'll use some different arguments this time.” So I think that was the very first time I ever presented and defended the ontological argument in the context of a debate as well as certain other arguments. Stenger was caught rather flat-footed because he thought I was going to give the usual five arguments that I always give. After that debate was over, after talking with students, I went back to the hotel where I was staying, and there was Vic Stenger sitting alone in the bar having a drink. I walked up to him to say hello, and he looked up at me and he said, “You used different arguments this time!” I said, “Yeah, I thought I'd like to mix it up a little bit.

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RIP, Saturday Morning Cartoons

T his weekend quietly marked the end of an era. On Saturday morning, the CW showed Cubix, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z and Kai, Digimon Fusion, Yu-Gi-Oh! and a few others for the last time. Next Saturday, the CW will move on to One Magnificent Morning , a block of live-action, educational entertainment for kids. And, believe it or not, that will be it for Saturday morning cartoons on network television. Of course, on cable, animation is doing just fine—Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network are still putting out all kinds of cartoons. But this marks the first time animation won't be part of network television's Saturday morning lineup since the '60s. Somehow, despite Michael Bay's best efforts, kids just aren't as into cartoons as they used to be ...

51 Little Girl Calls Her Grandma After Seeing a Rainbow at Her House (VIDEO)
52 Meriam Ibrahim Encourages Naghmeh Abedini to Stay Strong for Her Children
53 Only Two Religions: Join us for a Google Hangout with Peter Jones Tomorrow at 4pm ET
54 http://erlc.com/article/dating-wisely#sthash.YrBcmhRh.uxfs
55 Show Yourself a Man
56 Seeking Gospel Renewal in Boston and Beyond
57 Christine Caine, Liberty University to Launch ‘Lean In’-Type Program for Christian Women
58 US Troops on the Ground in West Africa Aiding Relief Efforts as Ebola Death Toll Hits 3,000
59 James Warner Wallace to Appear at The Ohio State University, Sept 29th, 2014
60 WORLD | Where is Jesus buried? And other media missteps | Marvin Olasky | Sept. 29, 2014
61 Blake Giunta and Justin Schieber debate Christian theism vs naturalism
62 One Man Films Himself at 4 Different Positions While Singing an A Cappella Version of 'I Decided to Follow Jesus'
63 A SHort | HeadHeartHand Blog
64 Honoring Giftedness- Women in David Weber's science fiction
65 Ligonier.org
66 WORLD | The inefficiency of love | D.C. Innes | Sept. 29, 2014
67 Tactical Faith Radio - Episode #4 - Tactical Faith
68 Tacitcal Faith Radio - Jim Wallace
69 She Thought She Was Going Shopping, But Her Husband Gave Her the Beautiful Surprise of a Lifetime
70 Mother Claims to 'See the Face of Jesus' in Newly Laid Bathroom Floor (PHOTOS)
71 J Warner Wallace Follow up
72 WORLD | The wrinkle in time | Andrée Seu Peterson | Sept. 29, 2014
73 WORLD | Satanists prepare ‘educational material’ for Florida schools | Emily Scheie | Sept. 29, 2014
74 Is the Theistic Anti-Realist in a Predicament? | Reasonable Faith
75 Pastor Hopes 'The Song' Movie Points to God's Word as a 'Compass for Relationship'
76 Incoming Freshmen Awarded High Scholarship at Biola University
77 Syrian Boy Dies as Devastated Family Is Unable to Pay Lebanese Hospital Fee
78 WORLD | Drop the movement and back away slowly | Janie B. Cheaney | Sept. 29, 2014
79 The Bible Is More Than a 'Mystery'
80 Krauss, Hawking, Atheism and (a lack of) Philosophy
81 Christian Quotes About How Money Can Be Used For Good and Bad
82 The Supreme Court Will Hear a Case Involving Church Signs
83 Active Spirituality
84 October 5th is Pulpit Freedom Sunday: is your church getting involved?
85 WORLD | Globe Trot: Students lead Hong Kong protests against Beijing | Jamie Dean | Sept. 29, 2014
86 Renewing Your Mind | The Fall of a Hero | September 29, 2014
87 The Lost Beauty of Truth - Christian Research Institute
88 Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Amal Alamuddin
89 WORLD | Midday Roundup: Flights still sluggish after sabotage in Chicago | Lynde Langdon | Sept. 29, 2014
90 Free Radio Offers
91 Hong Kong Police Use Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets on Pro-Democracy Protestors
92 Cross Purposes: Discovering the Great Love of God for You - Christian Research Institute
93 WORLD | Sudan bans Meriam Ibrahim’s lawyers from leaving the country | Julia A. Seymour | Sept. 29, 2014
94 Answering Muslims: Oklahoma Terrorist Alton Nolen Is a Muslim Preacher Who Calls for Sharia
95 Innovative Apologetics: Relativism and Nihilism Some Applications for Apologetics part 1
96 The Comfort Zone: Words of Comfort: Hilarious posts?
97 WORLD | Trusting God with terminal cancer | Warren Cole Smith | Sept. 29, 2014
98 A Redditor Found an Old Lego that Looks Just Like Ron Swanson