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What does the Bible Teach about Abortion? (Jesse Johnson) 

Take a look at eight biblical truths about abortion.

5 Verses Used to Justify Abortion (Jesse Johnson) 

He claims to be a Christian. Four years ago he began serving his life-sentence for the murders he committed as an abortion doctor in Philadelphia. From jail he wrote a biblical defense of abortion doctors.Read more about Dr. Kermit Gosnel and his twisted and misguided ideas.

How You Can Resolve to Help the Vulnerable This Year (Christ Britton) 

God values the vulnerable, and one of the ways we can be more like him is to care for the vulnerable ones around us. Here are a few ways to help the vulnerable. #ccfwreads http://bit.ly/2FXutJl


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Blank Slate: Forgive us our Debts as We Forgive (Clint Archer) 

Ask forgiveness daily, and grant forgiveness lavishly, and pray with a clear conscience: Forgive us our sins for we forgive those who are indebted to us. This will help you enjoy the blessing of a clean slate.

 

6 Cracks in a Secular Worldview (Rebecca McLaughlin) 

When our friends hear the claims of Jesus, they wonder why we’d believe such fantastical things when there is a perfectly rational, coherent view of the world available to us. But if we look at the secular ground on which we supposedly all stand, we’ll realize it’s more like pack ice floating away from land. And there are cracks in the ice. Here are six of them. 

 

4 Reason Contract Surrogacy Should Not Be Legal in Washington State (Joseph Blackholm)

A short video of Family Policy Institute President, Joseph Backholm, talking about 4 Reasons Contract Surrogacy should not be legal In Washington state.


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In 2018, Don’t Forget Humility (Eric Davis) 

When making your goals for the new year, have you considered taking some steps towards the virtue?

15 Gospel-Centered Marriage Books on Communication, Conflict Resolution and Forgiveness (Bob Kellemen) 

Looking to grow in your marriage? Or help someone who is struggling? Here are some resources that may help.  

The 100 Most Influential “Evangelicals” in America (Tim Challies) 

Newsmax compiled a list of the 100 most influential evangelicals in America? What does this list reflect?


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Bible Reading Plans for 2018 

Why not make a plan to read the Bible everyday in 2018? Here are several ideas to help you get started. #ccfwreads http://bit.ly/2CfprXc

3 Ways to Share the Gospel (Matt Smethurst) 

Let's be intentional in 2018. People need to hear the good news about Jesus Christ, and there is no one-size-fits-all prescription for how that has to happen. It just has to happen.

18 Prayers to Pray for Unbelievers (Tim Challies) 

You may want to print this out to guide you as you pray for the unbelievers in your life.


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Three Ways to Conquer Worry (Greg Laurie)

Worry is the termite gnawing its way through our joy. Is it inevitable? Is it really such a bad thing? What can help eradicate it?

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The Confusion at Christmas (video by John MacArthur) 

John MacArthur answers the question: "How do God’s people keep His Son at the center of their Christmas celebrations? And how do we avoid the worldly temptations and influences that ramp up at this time of the year?" 

He Lay in the Manger Without Leaving Heaven (Gavin Ortlund) 

The miracle we celebrate each year at Christmas (the incarnation, when the Son of God became a man) raises a question about this theology. Was he still omnipresent in, say, the year AD 10, while walking around Nazareth as a boy? Or what about while he was a baby — can we really imagine that, at the same time, he filled the entire universe, governing every quark and star?  

How to Annoy Unbelievers Less This Christmas (Clint Archer) 

Are you expecting to celebrate Christmas with unbelievers? How do you respond in that situation? Paul said to expect unbelievers to behave like unbelievers. Here's some biblical insight.


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Christian Baker Jack Phillips Gets His Day in Court (Denny Burk)  

What will the supreme court decide? If the court gets this right, it will have gone a long way to upholding our first freedom in the Bill of Rights. If the court gets this wrong, it will have gone a long way to undermine it.

How You Can Reveal the Glory of Christ to Others (Amy K. Hall)

"...biggest divide between Christians and non-Christians is not whether or not they think Christianity is true but whether or not they think Christianity is beautiful....Everything we say and do is an opportunity to reveal His glory to others."

Joy to the World: A Christmas Hymn Reconsidered (Alyssa Poblete) 

We sing "Joy to the World" at Christmas but is it really a song about the birth of Jesus? Read more of the story about the song and the writer.  


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9 Things You Should Know About Sexual Misconduct (Joe Carter) 

We have been hearing allegations of sexual misconduct. Here different forms are explained.   

Sexual Assault and the Scandal of Repentance (Trevin Wax) 

How should the church respond to the sexual offender? The church must be unflinching in its naming of sin. And yet the church must also not shrink back from the call to repentance.

What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You? (Laurie Nichols) 

#MeToo is a cry both to be known and to be known collectively. We are better together than we are apart. Those of us who have carried silent pain know what it’s like to finally be heard. Will you care enough to listen when someone shares their story?


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Money Tips for a Successful Marriage - From a Successful Marriage (Cali Pitchel, withjoy.com)

Finances can be a tricky subject in marriage. Here's a list of wise financial ideas from a long-married couple.

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Trends in Global Christianity (Lifeway Facts & Trends)

The stats project changes in Christianity around the world. Do the trends point to a future global church that is different from today's?

 

Open Letter to My Daughter About Her Body (Allison Burr) 

A mother writes a letter to her middle school daughter that is valuable for all women. For the sake of your heart and your soul, I want to share five truths to help anchor your identity in Christ and crystallize the purpose for which he created your body.

 

Get the Facts About Jack Phillips, the Cake Maker (John Stronestreet) 

You may think you have the facts from listening to the news. If you want to hear the real back story, check this out.


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Instilling Gratitude in Your Family (Julie Lowe)

What hinders us from being grateful for what we have? And what can we do to cultivate gratitude in our homes?

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4 Keys to Effective Debating (James Whilte/Clint Archer) 

If you want to debate effectively here are four key points to help you prepare. 

Don’t Be That Guy: 30 No’s in Paul’s Letters (Tony Reinke) 

Paul paints the contours of the Christian life with darkened shadows of opposites - teaching us what to be by warning us what not to be. In these juxtapositions we better understand the will of God for our lives, as we live out the power of Christ's death and resurrection on our behalf.

Two Things That Should Be Obvious (Kevin DeYoung) 

Let us never excuse what we should condemn - in others or in ourselves. Sin is ugly, and no less so when committed by beautiful or powerful people. Father, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


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Sexual Boundaries in Marriage (ACBC)

"It is biblical for Christians to celebrate sex within marriage." But are there any boundaries to be observed?

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Another Shooting, This Time in a Church: How Should We Respond? (Ed Stetzer) 

Someday, Jesus will to return and finish the job of restoring and remaking this earth. Until then, we do live in a world with real pain and problems caused by human brokenness. Yet, God offers us hope for a day when earthly storms and suffering will be no more. This, my friends, is the gospel of hope that our world desperately needs to hear.

 

Tragedy in Texas: Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil (Al Mohler) 

This particular attack in Texas highlights the fact that Christians are not immune from this kind of heartbreak. We cannot understand exactly what that congregation in that community is experiencing, but we do understand heartbreak, and we know that heartbreak is at the very center of their experience at this moment.

 

Why Church Shootings Don’t Intimidate the Church (Russell Moore) 

The days ahead will be awful for the grieving community of Sutherland Springs. But one thing is certain: Come Sunday, they will be gathered again, singing and praying and opening the Word. 


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two sides of the counseling coin (heath lambert)

One coin, two sides, two distinctions: historical and dispositional. These are fine distinctions, but both are needed to make the whole.

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Here We Stand (Albert Mohler) 

Theological Reform. It began 500 years ago. Is it needed today? What do we stand on?

Here He Stood (John Piper) 

Here Luther stood, and here we stand. Not on the pronouncements of popes, or the decisions of councils, or the winds of popular opinion, but on “that word above all earthly powers” — the living and abiding word of God. 

The Proven Path to Mental Health (Jon Bloom) 

The proven path to our soundest mental health is a robust, holistic trust in everything and every circumstance, in the triune Christian God.


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Does a Good God Want Me in a Bad Marriage? (Sabrina Beasley McDonald)

"Most marriages deal with miscommunication, financial disagreement, and selfish attitudes." The author encourages reconciliation in spite of these issues.

 

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Reformation: John Knox in 200 Words

Remembering the Reformation // John Knox // Knox’s fiery determination to stand with the gospel against human authority inspired his countrymen and left a lasting legacy of faithfulness.

Reformation 500: Can Roman Catholicism Be Considered Christianity? (Eric Davis) 

Was the Reformation really necessary? Were the Reformers merely a pack of spiritual naysayers looking to rain on Rome’s innocent parade? Were they not looking to take their ball and mitt to start their own game?

Is the Reformation Just a White Man’s Legacy? (Mika Edmonson) 

Historically speaking, the Protestant Reformation was a European movement, and its confessional documents will always be culturally European documents. But insofar as they reflect the enduring truth of God’s Word and a moment in the history of God’s people, the Protestant Reformation has something to say to every diverse culture.


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5 Do's and Don'ts for Social Anxiety (Hayley Satrom)

Feel nervous, fearful,and physically tense around others? Maybe it's social anxiety. Are you stuck? No. Here are a few do's and don'ts to navigate the struggle.

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Reformers: John Calvin in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the Reformation // John Calvin //Calvin died young, but his legacy lives on.

The Five Solas of the Reformation (James Montgomery Boice)

The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.  

4 Lessons for Christians from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal (Joe Carter)

It’s tempting to mock the movie industry for such blatant hypocrisy. They frequently preach to us about their superior values; meanwhile, they were overlooking abuse in their midst. But instead of gloating we should consider what we as Christians might learn from the horrific, decades-long cover-up.


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Reformers: Lady Jane Grey in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the reformers // Lady Jane Grey // English history was forever changed by the gospel-fueled martyrdom of a teenage queen.

 

9Marks Mailbag: How do believing families love a daughter who’s dating another woman? (Rosaria Butterfield)

Rosaria Butterfield answers a difficult question regarding a wayward child. http://bit.ly/2yilaQz

Ten Ways to Show Truth and Love to Your Gay Neighbor (Denny Burk)

In light of the Nashville statement’s release, Denny Burk summarized ten practical ways that Christians can show love to their gay neighbors.


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What is God Saying About Las Vegas? (Jared C. Wilson)

The American Church will not be distracted or dissuaded from the gospel. It is the only hope for a world that feels hopeless, and it is the blessed hope for a world that is wasting away.  

Making Sense of the Las Vegas Massacre (Bob Lepine)

Death can come anytime and many will not be ready. May that sober reality drive us to an urgent boldness in mission, recognizing that the “why” of evil may never be clear, but the hope of the gospel most certainly is.

Reformers: Huss in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

 William Huss was burned at the stake for teaching that salvation is by faith apart from works. 


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Here are some very practical ways to teach your kids to honor their parents, other adults, and ultimately, God.

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Reformers: Luther in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the reformation and key reformers. // Martin Luther // “My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything. God help me. Here I stand, I can do no other.” 

Reformers: Wycliffe in 200 Words (Cripplegate)

Remembering the reformation. // JOHN WYCLIFFE (1320-1384) // 

Here We Stand: 31-Day Journey with Heroes of the Reformation (Desiring God) 

{500 years ago} The Reformation was not about one or two big names — Luther, Calvin, Zwingli — but about a massive movement of Christian conviction, boldness, and joy that cost many men and women their lives — and scattered the seeds that are still bearing fruit in the twenty-first century.


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Talking About the Weather (Clint Archer) 

We understand that Christians are not immune to the suffering that comes from this sin-cursed weather system. But we can take comfort in knowing that we, as God’s children, are privy to more than just common grace.

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Cremation (Joe Carter)

Things to consider regarding burial. http://bit.ly/2xQFpre

10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs (Paul Carter)

A really good start to things you'll want to teach your kids over the years.


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Climate Change According to Scripture (Master’s University Science Faculty)

Since global climate change is not a new phenomenon and has happened in the past, it is important for Christians to consider earth’s history from a biblical perspective. 

9 Things You Should Know about the Nation of Islam (Joe Carter)

It might not be what you think. Here is what you should know about the controversial religious group known as the Nation of Islam. 

FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Antifa (Joe Carter)

Early in September, violence broke out among protestors at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park in Berkeley, California. The “anti-fascist” protesters—known as Antifa—attacked several people, including a Samoan man and a biracial man who is half-Japanese. Here is what you should know about Antifa...


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When peopLE annoy YOU (lAUREN lAMBERT)

When someone annoys me, who needs to change? Clue #1, it's not the other person! Read what Lauren Lambert has to say about what change is needed and what our focus should be.