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Joy the World Can Never Steal

Only a hope that holds fast to Jesus can rejoice in the trials and troubles we are bound to face in this life.

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Pre-order a signed copy of Eric Metaxas’s book “Martin Luther" and join him from anywhere for a virtual book signing and discussion.

God Has a Purpose for My Lyme Disease: Three Promises for Any Suffering

No matter what you are facing today, God can breathe hope into grieving hearts, give strength to weary bodies, and fill weak and broken lives with power.

Why Did God Create the World?

God created and sustains everything in this universe to display his glorious grace in Jesus.

The Passion of the mother! | Think Christian

mother! is not an enjoyable film for Christians, but it may be a necessary and even edifying one.

Charles Darwin, Michael Behe — Two Revolutionary Scientists | Evolution News

Here’s a great insight and juxtaposition by historian and philosopher of science Michael Keas.

Jimmy Scroggins: “Jesus Is the Multiplier”

Yesterday was unusual for me in Southern Seminary’s chapel. I sat in my seat on the verge of tears for nearly the entire sermon. The preached word is always powerful and transforming in ways …

DeVon Franklin on Hollywood Commandments: 'God Ordained Secular Success for People of Faith'

"I've been in Hollywood for 20 years and God has just opened up doors of unprecedented success not because I'm special, it has nothing to do with that. We all serve the same God, we all have the same faith and I want to encourage every single reader to unlock the power of your faith by going into whatever industry He's called you to go into. This book will show you how to be successful once you've arrived," he said.

Nabeel Qureshi answers a Muslim's question on the Trinity

One of the many things I appreciated about Nabeel Qureshi was the way in which he presented his response to a question.  He always d...

Columbus and the Architecture of Worship | Think Christian

If we pause to ponder our environments, perhaps we might see them as sacred spaces.

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Countering Muslim Claims, Episode 6: The Rapid Growth of Islam

Subscribe to Al Fadi's channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zG... According to some studies, Islam is the world's fastest-growing religion. Many Muslims use these studies to argue that Islam must be true due to its rapid growth. But does a movement's growth show that it's from God? Al Fadi and David Wood discuss the issue.

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Hugh Hefner’s Legacy of Despair

H ugh Hefner didn’t invent pornography, and it would no doubt be thriving today even if he hadn’t founded Playboy magazine those many years ago. After all, man is fallen, and somebody would have filled that depraved niche in American life. Hefner, however, played his part, and the part he played was immensely destructive to our nation’s cultural, moral, and spiritual fabric. Hefner mainstreamed porn, he put it in millions of homes, and he even glamorized it — recasting one of America’s most pathetic industries as the playground of the sophisticated rich. He then grew to a ripe old age, consorting with women young enough to be his granddaughters. He was America’s most famous dirty old man.

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The Apologetic Task

The clearest reference in the Bible to apologetics is in the first letter of Peter to Christians who were attempting to live in towns that were—to varying degrees—hostile to the Christian beliefs. Peter tells them to expect suffering along the way and he teaches them how to conduct themselves in a godly way. Peter is especially concerned with ordinary Christian life. He writes:

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Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense - Kindle edition by N. T. Wright. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Wow, another great book from N. T. Wright. This has to be the book of the year for 2006. This is a great book for anyone looking to defend or learn more about Christianity. He deals with two world views that are false throughout the book. One is pantheism or the idea that God is everywhere and in everything or is everything and the other view is deism. Deism is the idea that God created the world but stays distant to it and does not even dream of getting involved in it affairs. He sees the latter as being the idea of God behind left behind type of theology that sees to goal of Christianity as being getting people saved to get them out of this world. Wright's view makes better sense of God and the world. In Wright's view heaven overlaps and interlocks with Earth and is not distant from it and neither is God in everything. The world was created good and became distorted by Adam and Eve's or humanities disobedience. God went to work to restore his good creation by calling Abraham. His seed was to be the means by which the world was put back to rights. The story of the nation of Israel includes slavery, Exodus; judges and kings, tabernacles and Temples being built; disobedience through injustice and idoloatry and all kinds of uncleaness brought about exile.

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God Must Exist: The Proper Paradigm for Science

6 Is Hell the Enemy of God and the Christian?

Nope. I do not think we should sing or say that Hell is our enemy or God’s enemy because that is not what the Bible says. The imagery of saying what the Bible does not is rich for a song since we view Hell as the place of suffering and punishment. Scripture is clear that God is in charge of Hell. The devil and demons are headed for Hell in connection with Jesus’ return, when the King brings justice for all, and forever. Hell is God’s justice against evil. Hell is not a problem for God, or an opponent of the good or Christians in any sense. If Hell is the enemy of anyone, then I think the devil is at the top of the list of those who should fear Hell as God’s wrath against evildoers.

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Kepler Pursued God. He Found Him in Pomegranates.

Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), the talented astronomer whose work paved the way for Newton’s Law of Gravity, ate pomegranates with curiosity. Rather than simply eating the fruit mindlessly—as an animal might—Kepler was drawn to the shape of its seeds. He was intrigued by the fact that they tended to have 12 flat faces and wondered what the cause might be.

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Something Greater Than Us: A Groom’s Heart on His Wedding Day

In the beginning, God officiated the first marriage. As birds sang from their branches, as wind danced in the trees, as brooks babbled and crickets chirped, as wolves howled and lions roared, the man quieted creation with a song to his beloved (Genesis 2:23). God joined them together. And with that first marriage, God cued a mini-drama of eternity’s Greatest Romance. A Groom was coming.

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5 Things Christian Apologetics Must Have

I was raised in a Christian home, always active in an evangelical church, and was even on a first name basis with my youth pastor. However, I was not “apologetically” prepared for my first year in college. It started after freshman orientation when my advisor met with us and said, “Look, you’re getting a liberal arts degree so you have to take one class in religion and philosophy. Get it over with now. Don’t wait until the end.”

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Darwin’s Point: No Evidence for Common Ancestry of Humans with Monkeys | Evolution News

This point of the ear auricle has gone into natural history lore as “tuberculum Darwini” or “Darwin’s point.” It is still regarded by many as an atavism in humans, where the point is actually rarely found. Many human anatomy texts compare the “auricular tubercle of Darwin” with the pointed ears of “adult monkeys.” Lasinsky, however, shows that the two structures have nothing in common. The auricular tubercle of Darwin has had a rather exaggerated revival in the very pointed ears of alien “Vulcans” who evolved from the fantasy of the creators of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation .

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Freedom on the Football Field – How About in the Science Lab? | Evolution News

This, as we have observed before, is how rigid uniformity on evolution is enforced in academia, where free speech is supposed to be sacred. They call it the scientific “consensus.” This “consensus” has immeasurably more power to coerce and silence, and on matters of far greater importance, than the President of the United States does. It’s been said that in North Korea, people fear not only for what they say, but even what they think. It’s much the same in evolutionary biology.

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North Korea Publicly Executes 80 for Possessing Bibles

The alleged “criminals” were put to death in seven cities across North Korea, averaging ten per city. The victims had their heads covered by white bags, were tied to stakes near a stadium, and shot by authorities repeatedly with machine guns. North Korean officials forced a crowd of over 10,000 people, including children, to witness the killings.

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A Brief Overview of Buddhism | Cold Case Christianity

Every worldview has to be both internally and externally consistent. If you’ve got a friend who is interested in Buddhism, there are several important philosophical questions and Biblical distinctions you might want to explore as you discuss your beliefs. Buddhism is clearly incompatible with the Christian worldview, and as our culture embraces pluralism and tries to find similarities between every view of the world, there are a few questions and distinctions we can raise to help clarify and highlight the differences between Buddhism and Christianity. We’ll examine those philosophical and Biblical distinctions in the tomorrow’s post.

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You Don’t Understand the Old Testament.

I would like to add a few comments to your article. Most of the Ten Commandments have been reiterated by Jesus in the New Testament, and He increased the standard. For example if you hate your brother you are guilty of murder or if you look lustfully you are guilty of adultery. The new covenant is a higher, better, but non condemning standard. All the deeper laws are repeated in the NT which means what the OT says about them still apply for example homosexuality is still an abomination while wearing clothing made of two is not. This however doesn’t make God arbitrary for once requiring these things from His people. Shellfish for example feed off the sewage in the ocean and pigs are scavengers and we know through modern medicine that these are not healthy meats to eat. God had a valid reason for everyone of His laws and most of them we would do ourselves favors to heed to them not out of spiritual obligation but out of self interest. I must say your comment about promises in the OT was out iof place and unjustified. Do you think that God doesn’t have a good plan for you J

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Unhinging the Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence Mantra

As it is Easter season, skeptic Michael Shermer has an article in appearing in Scientific American entitled, "What Would It Take to Prove the Resurrection?" Shermer writes that as a skeptic, there are propositions he can accept as true, such as the number of pages in a magazine, the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the origin of the universe by a big bang. Unsurprisingly however, Shermer can think of nothing that would count as enough evidence for the resurrection for that particular proposition to be considered true. He claims this is due to the "principle of proportionality," something that "demands extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims. Of the approximately 100 billion people who have lived before us, all have died and none have returned, so the claim that one (or more) of them rose from the dead is about as extraordinary as one will ever find." 1

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http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/god-uses-the-humble

Do you want to thrive in every circumstance? In the Bible, Daniel and his friends rose to top positions of leadership because they were unshakeable in their faith even though they were surrounded by a corrupt culture. Today, the world’s value system increasingly drifts further from God. To thrive, no matter what, you need to dive into scripture and learn how to be unshakable in your faith.

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NHCLC: Thousands of Puerto Rican Churches Wrecked by Maria

About half of Puerto Ricans go to church at least once a week, according to the Pew Research Center. (Most of the island’s 3.4 million residents are Catholic, and about a third are Protestant.) But some churches haven’t had power since Hurricane Irma hit earlier in the month. Without power, or due to other damage to their buildings, they’re forced to skip regular services or to worship unplugged outside.

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Where Is God When I Need Him Most?

When I first began to call out to God despite my fears, it felt like my supplications rose no further than the ceiling. Did God even hear me? I felt like the persistent friend only to experience what Lewis described as, “A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside.” But over time, with Christ’s gentle work in my heart, my prayers increased. Scripture comforted me in new ways as he sent people with reminders of his love and his word at perfect times — priceless treasures to my aching soul.

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BreakPoint: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Most Christians and Jews are unaware that there exist a growing number of Messianic Congregations across the US and other parts of the world – and approx. 130 in Israel currently. This is literally the unfolding of end-time prophecy. The Messianics worship Him in very clear awareness we are forgiven and cleansed of our unrighteousness only by Y’shuah Ha Mashiach (aka ‘Jesus the Messiah’), and not by our ‘deeds of righteousness.’ As our own voluntary offering to Him, we pay heed to God’s Law and Word which stand forever (the Torah, aka Pentateuch). We observe the feasts He prescribes in Leviticus, both as historical remembrance, and celebration of the awareness that Jesus Himself personally fulfilled the first three spring feasts in order. Examples: Pesach, or Passover – “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” said “it is finished!” approximately the same time that the high priest had finished inspecting the passover lambs in Jerusalem, and announced the completion of his inspection with the very same words.

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One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions: The Pitiful Legacy of Hugh Hefner

It is tragically appropriate that Hugh Hefner will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was not merely the inaugural centerfold of Playboy Magazine; she became and remains the poster girl of 20th century American sexual objectification. Nearly sixty years after her suicidal death, she remains a sexual icon in most people’s minds, not a broken soul who knew the despairing loneliness of being a sensual image desired by millions, yet a person truly loved by very few. Hefner encouraged millions and millions of men and women to view people in the very way that destroyed Marilyn Monroe.

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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective - Kindle edition by J. Warner Wallace, Susie Wallace. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true. In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids , detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children's companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity , detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website (coldcasechristianityforkids.com) where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

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WORLD on Twitter

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31 Renewing Your Mind | Soli Deo Gloria | Sep 29, 2017

To God alone be the glory. Today, Derek Thomas considers the purpose behind everything that God does.

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The Great Marriage Killer

What is the difference between unholy anger and holy anger, and does that difference have any application to our own lives? This is the question from a listener named Renee. “Pastor John, hello and thank you for taking my question. I hear the phrase ‘righteous anger’ used a lot, but I am not 100% clear on what that looks like or what makes anger righteous or sinful. I understand we are to feel anger towards sin. Jesus overturned tables in his anger, but I don’t think we should respond to sin by breaking things. So how does righteous anger play itself out for the Christian? What does it look like toward people, toward sin, and toward the devil?”

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Is Donald Trump a Christian?

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Fazale Rana on Twitter

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10 Historical Facts About Jesus From Non-Christian Sources

Although this assertion is largely rejected by scholars in all spheres of historical and biblical studies, it tends to pop back up on social media like a never-ending game of digital whack-a-mole. The truth is that Jesus is not only documented in the eye-witness testimony compiled in the New Testament, but He is mentioned as a historical person by several non-Christian sources within 150 years of His life. From those sources, we can learn 10 things about Jesus without even opening a Bible:

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Hands On Didn’t Discriminate

This battle, and others like it will greatly depend on what the U.S. Supreme Court decides in the Masterpiece Cake Shop case. Adamson is a powerful illustration that Christian business owners aren’t refusing to serve gay people. It’s a false narrative. What they’re refusing is to use their artistic talents to convey messages that conflict with their beliefs.

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How Do I Choose Between Two Good Things?

We close out the week with an email from an anonymous listener. A young man writes in to ask, “Pastor John, I would consider myself addicted to the Internet. Not to Internet pornography. Not to video games. I’m addicted to email and Twitter and blogs — and much of what I am addicted to is solid, gospel-centered content and articles that are genuinely interesting and thoughtful and edifying. I think I may be overdoing it because my attention seems to be taken off of the people around me and making a detrimental impact on my relationships. Is this a problem? If so, how would you correct me? What spiritual forces are at play in my heart? And do you have any strategies to help with this?”

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Sam Hailes ن on Twitter

Hear my interview with one of the USA’s leading voices on Christianity and culture on The Profile podcast this week https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/The-Profile/The-Profile-Podcast/Greg-Garrett … pic.twitter.com/iwCZufPZoz

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Opinion | Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner

What a lot of garbage. Sure, Hefner supported some good causes and published some good writers. But his good deeds and aesthetic aspirations were ultimately incidental to his legacy — a gloss over his flesh-peddling, smeared like Vaseline on a pornographer’s lens. The things that were distinctively Hefnerian, that made him influential and important, were all rotten, and to the extent they were part of stories that people tend to celebrate, they showed the rot in larger things as well.

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This Momentary Marriage

Reflecting on over forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christ’s covenant-keeping love for the church. He aims to lift the church’s low view of marriage to something infinitely greater, namely, a vision of Jesus’s unswerving allegiance to and affection for his bride. This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.

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Died: David Mainse, Canada’s Top Trusted Televangelist

Yet, “no one in Canadian history has anchored and produced as many TV programs as David did,” said Lorna Dueck, a TV host who was mentored by Mainse and now serves as Crossroads’s CEO. “No media in the nation has left as unique a legacy of social good around the world.”

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Can Evolution Explain Morality?

"I want to raise a generation of young people who are devoid of conscience, imperious, relentless, and cruel." - Adolf Hitler ————— If #Morality is subjective then that statement is totally OK. Who are you to judge? Is Hitler's opinion against yours, who's to say you're right and he's wrong. FREE DOWNLOAD: http://ow.ly/TQQjE (Stealing From God Chapter 1)

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Robert P. George on Twitter

Hugh Hefner was the godfather of the abortion movement, Under the veneer of ideology was naked self-interest. Women had to be "available."

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Renewing Your Mind | Monasticism & Scholasticism | Sep 30, 2017

For nearly two millennia, many Christians have chosen to express their piety through ascetic living. Today, W. Robert Godfrey outlines the history of monasticism and the rise of scholasticism.

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Matt Chandler’s Village Church Ends Multisite Era

“I think the elephant in the room with roll-off is transitioning from Matt and his unique voice that God has given him. That’s a big deal,” said Beau Hughes, lead pastor of the Denton church. “That and everything else that comes with it can be kind of scary, it can be humbling, and it can be a good test of one’s vision of a local church altogether.”

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52 #Christian Reason Today
53 Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage
54 Westminster Seminary on Twitter
55 Nine Prayers for the Not-Yet Married
56 31 New Episodes of 5 Minutes in Church History
57 Lecrae Says He Is Planning on Collaborating with Kendrick Lamar
58 Hugh Hefner’s Hollow Victory
59 Amy Orr-Ewing on Twitter
60 Get Thee to a Swanky Tourist Trap
61 Meet the Mother of Modern Missions
62 WORLD on Twitter
63 Think Fake News Is Scary? Try False Teaching
64 How Could John, a Poor, Uneducated Fisherman, Write the Gospel of John? | Cold Case Christianity
65 Reading Is Agonizing for Me — How Can I Study the Bible in Small Bits?
66 The Day of Atonement was a Copy of Christ's Atonement
67 Is Biblical Teaching on Sex Hateful and Repressive?
68 Breathing New Life into the Christian University
69 How can I know that my child is saved? — Southern Equip
70 Greg Koukl on Twitter
71 10 Things to Say When Your Child Says They Don’t Believe in God Anymore
72 Meet the Mother of Modern Missions
73 What Makes Pastoral Ministry Enjoyable? - Westminster Theological Seminary
74 How Can Christ’s Death Satisfy Divine Justice?
75 Euthanasia for Alzheimer’s Patients? | Wesley J. Smith
76 The Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature
77 Bible Answer Man on Twitter
78 The Southern Poverty Law Center put me on its hate list. It’s a smear and I don’t belong there
79 BreakPoint on Twitter
80 The Story of Reality
81 Called a Pervert for Advocating Purity | The Stream
82 The World Needs More One-Woman Men
83 Premier Christian on Twitter
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85 Friday, September 29, 2017 — The Briefing
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87 Why Democrats Wants No Walls—And Why We Must Build Them
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90 Friday, September 29, 2017 — The Briefing