Millions of people – perhaps billions – believe they can win God’s approval and earn eternal life by “being good” – even if they’ve “been bad” in the past. Their…
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Growing up in the intense spotlight of fame took its toll on pop star, Demi Lovato, causing the talented young singer to cope with her highly public life through alcohol and drug abuse. After multiple close calls, she now curbs her addictions through a lifestyle she calls “California sober.”
But…what does that mean, exactly?
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“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Like any other nation, the UK has had its fair share of violent crime. In response, governmental leaders have enacted major gun control measures in 1937, 1968, 1988, and 1997 rendering London (and its country) one of the most firearm-restricted places in the world.
But that hasn’t stopped violent crime….
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Augustine of Hippo, better known as St. Augustine, wasn’t always a “saint.” In fact, in one of his most famous books, Confessions, the ancient church father bared his soul and outlined his many sinful thoughts, words, and deeds.
One story shows that the world famous theologian was once nothing more than a common thief.
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It was a cold day in February of 2015 when Matt Buckland boarded the already-crowded subway en route to his London office. At one of the later stops, a young man who was evidently having a bad day got on the train.
But that young man’s day was about to get much, much worse.