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2008-07-31
9Marks
9Marks Marriage Book Comparison Chart
“Which book do you use for pre-marital counseling? Which for married couples with problems? What's the best all around book on marriage? Questions like these prompted us to devise the Marriage Book Comparison Chart, which includes both a rating comparison chart and a brief review for thirty books on marriage.”

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2008-07-30
Summer White
The Face of Apologetics
“As a generation that is being taught it is impossible to know anything for certain, one of the most recent attacks upon Christianity has been launched, packaged, and peddled to my peers brilliantly.”

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Tim Challies
The Filth of Human Hands
“The purpose of the laws regarding the ark were not to protect it from contact with mud. Rather, the laws were given to protect it from contact with sinful human hands. It was not the filth of the ground that would defile the ark, but the filth of human sin.”

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2008-07-29
John MacArthur
Christians and the Sabbath
“Every day to the believer is one of Sabbath rest . . .”

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R.C. Sproul
According to His Choice, Not Our Works
“. . . for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls . . . Just as it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’”

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Steve Weaver
“The Bible is a Story About God” Exodus 3:1-22
“The Bible is the story of a God who made a spectacular promise about a supernatural Person who creates a special people to live in a supernal place with Him forever.”

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So, you think Al Gore inflates the threat
“. . . climate change hysteria is just the latest justification for socialism.”
(HT)

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2008-07-27
David Strain
Why it is hard to sing the psalms
“When you sing the psalms you step into a world that breathes another air than the world of even the finest hymnody.”

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2008-07-26
Times Online
He ventured forth to bring light to the world
“The Great Prophet Algore of Nobel and Oscar, who many had believed was the anointed one, smiled and told his followers that the Child was the one generations had been waiting for.”
(HT)

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2008-07-24
Chelsea Schilling
Life with Big Brother
“The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate two bills that could give the federal government unprecedented control over the way parents raise their children – even providing funds for state workers to come into homes and screen babies for emotional and developmental problems.” (HT)

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John MacArthur
Pragmatism: Trend or Trap?
“Instead of attacking orthodoxy head on, evangelical pragmatism gives lip service to the truth while quietly undermining the foundations of doctrine. Instead of exalting God, it effectively denigrates the things that are precious to Him.”

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Ron Gleason
Saving the Planet One Left Wing Position at a Time
(I), (II), (III), (IV), (V), (VI), (VII)
(IX), (X), (XI), (XII), (XIII),
(XIV) (click more for previous)

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Steve Weaver
“The Story of the Bible: Overview” Genesis 1:1
“The Bible is the story of a God who made a spectacular promise about a supernatural Person who creates a special people to live in a supernal place with Him forever.”

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2008-07-23
Justin Taylor
Don’t Just Care – Think: Myths Christians Believe About Wealth and Poverty
“For Christians, compassion for the poor is a non-negotiable. Compassion alone, however, doesn’t help the poor. In fact, many ideas that Christian leaders advocate really exacerbate the very problems they were intended to solve. So how do we insure that we not only mean well, but also do good? We have to learn to think economically about wealth and poverty.”

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Albert Mohler
"A Knight of the Mind" -- Dawkins, Darwin, and the Battle of Worldviews
“‘It is weird in many ways that natural selection is still debated,’ he says. ‘But it is not debated by anyone who knows anything about it.’”

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2008-07-22
Scott Ott
Obama Submission Rejected by Reader’s Digest
“Just days after The New York Times declined to publish an Op-Ed piece by Republican presidential nominee John McCain . . .”

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2008-07-21
CNN
New York Times rejects McCain essay
in which media bias is soundly disproven.

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Michael Horton (posted by David Jordan)
American Pelagianism
“Finney goes on to write . . . it is ‘true that the atonement of itself does not secure the salvation of anyone.’ Justification by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness ‘is not only absurd, but undermines all motivation for personal holiness. The new birth is not a divine gift, but the result of a rational choice to turn from sin to obedience.’”

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Hank Balch
A Package Deal: Pondering Birth Control in Light of Joshua Harris’ “Boy Meets Girl”
“Many Protestants have bought the lie that sexual intimacy is a buffet of blessings, providing them with as much of what they’d like to enjoy at the time - and none of what they’d rather save for another trip. To compare it to Old Testament worship, we light the fire and leave the sacrifice at home.”

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2008-07-19
Charles Spurgeon (posted by Phil Johnson)
Shallow Conversions; Shallow Religion
“I am afraid that those who come by their religion so very lightly often lose it quite as lightly.”

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Martin Downes
A sympathetic and merciful High Priest
“You can't deal with temptation, but he can help you. You can't deal with your sin, but he can by his death. Come to Jesus Christ.”

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2008-07-18
Rachel Alexander
Appeals Court Upholds Arresting Illegal Immigrants Using Human Smuggling Statute
“Illegal immigrants can be arrested for hiring smugglers -- legally considered conspiring to smuggle themselves into the country.”

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Brian Thornton
With a Bad Heart, In Order to Live, Someone Else Must Die

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Chip Bayer
Bidding for votes
“American politics has long been dominated by politicians who’ve perfected the art of bidding for votes with promises of more and more government ‘solutions’ and ‘services.’”

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Ron Gleason
When Will We Get Back to the Constitution? I, II
“What Ever Happened to the Tenth Amendment?”
(click more for previous)

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2008-07-17
Erik Raymond
The God-Centered-ness of Your Salvation
“Let the gospel of God’s abounding grace forge humility in your self-seeking heart . . .”

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Thomas Sowell
Are Facts Obsolete?
“. . . political popularity is what it's all about. The consequences for the country come later.”

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Todd Pruitt
Witherington Critiques Bell
“. . . everyone is welcome to come to Christ and come into the church as they are without pre-conditions. But no one is welcome to stay as they are--no one. They all must change . . .”

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Tyler Kenney
The Bible Is Better Than Being There
“Because the Holy Spirit inspired it, Scripture has the precision and power to teach people in a way that supersedes what they could ever learn on their own through direct exposure to the events.”

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2008-07-16
10% off on all Banner of Truth and multi-volume sets at Monergism.com
Instructions: 1) Sign in to your customer account. 2) Select at least $25.00 worth of Multi-volume sets or Banner of Truth resources. 3) Type the text “banneroftruth” in the “Coupon or Promotional Code” box.

2008-07-15
Dan Phillips
Abortion, psychobabble, and the Gospel
“. . . rationalizations can't be forgiven. Mistakes can't be forgiven. Regrettable-but-understandable choices can't be forgiven. But SIN can be forgiven . . .”

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2008-07-14
Phil Johnson
One more thing about language games and the politics of war and justice . . .
“As a matter of fact, the conflict that dominates world news today has everything to do with religion. The aggressors have all been fanatical adherents to one religion in particular. Here's a clue: It's not the Amish.”

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free audiobook — Religious Affections

2008-07-13
Tim Irvin
A Perfect Church
“Yes, I agree with the statement [“Well, you can’t find a perfect church.”] but I refuse to allow it to become my excuse for having a lukewarm faith or for living a mundane and mediocre life.”

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Doug Groothuis
The Ontology of "Like"
“I have been pondering why so many Americans, especially those under thirty, use the word "like" so often . . .”

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Michal Yates
What does the Bible say: Homosexuality
1, 2, 3, 4,
5 (click more for previous)

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Scott Ott
Obama: Iran Needs to Know We Mean Talk
“Iran must never question our resolve to deliver…speeches.”

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Pastor for sale
I hardly know what to say, except maybe, considering the general philosophy of a large portion of what passes for the church today, why not?

Michael Raiter
The slow death of congregational singing
“It seems like genuine, heartfelt congregational singing is experiencing its dying gasps.”
(HT)

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Colin Smith
An Introduction to Textual Criticism:
Part 1--Introduction
Part 2--The Writing and Transmission of Ancient Documents
Part 3--Textual Errors
Part 4--The Role of Church History in Textual Criticism
Part 5--The Received Text
Part 6--The Challenge to the Received Text
Part 7--The Task of Textual Criticism: Weighing the Evidence
Part 8--"Traditional Text" Positions: Textus Receptus and Majority Text Only
Part 9--"Traditional Text" Positions: The Ecclesiastical Text
Part 10--"Traditional Text" Positions: Byzantine-Priority
Part 11--The Eclectic Text Position: "Thoroughgoing Eclecticism"
Part 12--The Eclectic Text Position: "Reasoned Eclecticism"
Part 13--Concluding Thoughts (click more for previous)

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2008-07-11
Nathan Williams
Back from Mars 1, 2
“. . . my trip to Mars Hill Bible Church confirmed in my mind what I have often heard said concerning much of the Emerging Church. This movement is really just old liberalism with cooler glasses and a penchant for mystery and postmodernism.”

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2008-07-10
Victorino Matus
Candidates Trade Tech-Prize Plans
“Not to be outdone by Senator John McCain's proposal for a $300 million award for development of an energy-efficient car battery, Senator Barack Obama anounced yesterday his own prize of $400 million . . .”

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J.D. Hatfield
God So Loved
“When the bible says, ‘God so loved the world’, it is primarily speaking of the manner in which God loved the world. ”

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Eric Berger
Is "black hole" a racially insensitive term?
I often think PC has reached the nadir of stupidity. I’m always wrong.
(HT)

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John Piper
The Glory of Preaching the Bible
“Happy birthday, John Calvin. Today we celebrate your 499th birthday.”

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Martin Lloyd-Jones (posted by Thabiti Anyabwile)
The Chief End of Preaching
“What is preaching? Logic on fire! Eloquent reason! Are these contradictions? Of course they are not.”

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Tony Reinke
A Sense of Christ’s Sufficiency
“. . . a sense of Christ’s sufficiency seems necessary in faith.”

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J.D. Hatfield
Cheek to Cheek, or Tooth and Nail?
“Does our Lord’s word here mean that we are to be complete pacifists?”

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Hank Balch
Unless I Am Convinced By Sound Reason . . .
“. . . build your ethic on more than mere prohibitions (or lack thereof) . . .”

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2008-07-08
Carl Trueman
A Little Bit of Comfort for Machen's Worrier Children
“There's a lesson here for those Reformed types who are always fretting about how their theological heritage can possibly speak to the present day: don't panic; God's truth is still powerful; just do what you are supposed to be doing.”

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Tominthebox
California Court Recognizes Heterosexual Marriage
“All sixteen heterosexuals still living in San Francisco secretly applauded the decision.”

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Dan Phillips
Caner irony
“Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.”

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2008-07-07
Brent Thomas
To A Land I Will Show You
“I worry that the way many well-intentioned Christians seek “God’s Will” for their lives amounts to little more than a sanctified version of the Ouija Board.”

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Gene Edward Veith
What if the Muslims Won?
“. . . if it were not for that Frankish soldier who refused to run when the Muslim horses charged down on him, we would still be, for all practical purposes, in the eighth century.”

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John Piper
How to Hear the Word of God
“When you hear preaching or read your Bible take hold of it like a miser taking hold of gold and silver.”

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John MacArthur
Christians and Civil Disobedience
“. . . civil disobedience is justified only when government compels us to sin, or when there is no legal recourse for fighting injustice.”

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Tim Challies
Every Word of God
“. . . though we place such importance on individual words in so many areas of life, we are so willing to read translations of the Bible that . . . are mere summaries of the actual words. If . . . there are no words more important than those written in Scripture, why do we read versions of it that make a mockery of the words that were breathed out by God?”

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Hank Balch
Reproductive Self-Determination and the Bondage of the Pill: Preaching like Calvinists and Procreating like Arminians
“We trust God for all things, but those things we think we can control for ourselves.”

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Douglas Groothuis
Why I Will Vote for Obama
“. . . [same-sex marriage] would provide opportunities for evangelism. The minister could say, ‘Do you, Holly, want to take Penny as your lawfully wedded partner--and accept Jesus as your personal Savior?’”

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Alan Kurschner
God Owes Us Nothing
“The person who demurs that God is free to confer his electing grace on his chosen, cannot with any honesty believe that ‘God owes us nothing.’”

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2008-07-06
Steve Weaver
“Worshiping the God Who is Holy” Isaiah 6:1-8 (mp3)
“Pastor Steve Weaver continues his sermon series on worship . . .”

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2008-07-05
Frank Turk
Hold the Fireworks
No Fireworks yet
“. . . the church is not commissioned to govern the world.”
(click more for previous)

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Lisa Miller
Joining the ‘Out’ Club
“. . . students intent on organizing an official gay-straight alliance at Bethel [University, St. Paul MN].” (HT)

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Fred Butler
Does ID = Creationism?
“Unlike creationism, the scientific theory of intelligent design is agnostic regarding the source of design and has no commitment to defending Genesis, the Bible or any other sacred text.”

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Larry King Live
Roswell Truth Debated
“KING: . . . your father . . . saw an alien . . . What did he say? ROWE: . . . they tried to help it, and that the little person told them that there was nothing that they could do . . . He did not talk to them in words. He talked to them in their head. But they all understood . . .”

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Johnny T. Helms
Taking the gospel to the whole...church Part 1, Conclusion
“Brothers, don't imitate Joel Osteen and begin with a joke and end with an invitation to ‘accept Jesus into your heart’ when you haven't even mentioned Him or the gospel in your sermon.”

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Alex Chediak
Obama Remaking Himself For General Election
“. . . empty gestures to compete for votes among religious conservatives.”

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Carla Rolfe
Is This the Holy Spirit?
“. . . barking, twitching, laughing, convulsions, staggering, oinking, leap-frogging, roaring like a lion, clucking like a chicken, pounding the floor with their fists, vomiting . . .”

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Jonathan Leeman
How We’re All Basically the Same
“Yes, Paul acknowledged the differences between Jews and Gentiles, barbarians and Greeks. But didn't he spend far more time talking about the the sin we all have in common--and the one hope?”

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2008-07-04
A tale of two thefts
“First let me say, God loves you. Second let me say we forgive you. . . . if we find you, I can promise we will kick the crap out of you.”

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John Owen’s Funnier Side
Those Puritans crack me up . . .

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John McCormack
Obama Moves to the Right on Abortion?
Well, not really: “. . . his opposition to late-term abortions performed for mental health reasons is meaningless.”
(HT)

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Lars Walker
Happy Independence Day
“God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed their only sure basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that those liberties are the gift of God?”

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Nathan Busenitz
A Quick Thought on Independence Day
“. . . remember the words of 1 Timothy 2:1–2”

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Libbie Muffin
Spoilers
“. . . the Bible is one great big spoiler, in the best sense.”

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Ron Gleason
Gun Control is Not about Guns, but about Control I, III, IV (click more for previous)

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2008-07-03
Scott Ott — Limbaugh-Topping Deal Goes to Unnamed Liberal Host — “. . . a blockbuster eight-year, $500 million contract, topping Rush Limbaugh’s new deal with Clear Channel and Premiere Radio, has been negotiated . . .”

Zev Chaffets (NYT) — Late-Period Limbaugh — A surprisingly even-handed interview. “. . . it seems to me he doesn’t consider liberals to be real grown-ups.” Well, yeah . . . (HT)

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Gene Veith
Turning water into wine

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Albert Mohler
Where Are Europe's Babies?
“You can't have a country where everybody lives in a nursing home.”

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2008-07-02
Walter E. Williams
The Ultimate Resource

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Nate Nalley
Peace Too Soon

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Alan D. Strange
All of Grace

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John Piper
If You Can Be Godly and Wrong, Does Truth Matter?

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Chip Bayer
Christians: Just another “voting block”

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a rerun from Phil Johnson
Quick-and-Dirty Calvinism

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2008-07-01
William Perry Pendley
This Fourth of July: "Earn It!"

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James White
I Beg To Differ, Brother Piper
in which Dr. White agrees with me.

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Brent Thomas
If You Don’t Practice It, You Don’t Believe It

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Bobby Eberle
Obama: Equal Pay for Women... Just Not on My Dime

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Gene Veith
Imposing our morality on other cultures

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Tominthebox
Caner Declares Jihad on Doctrines of Grace

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Jim Hale
Knowing the will of God

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Hank Balch
Family Planning: Let’s Consider a Pre-emptive Strike

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Albert Mohler
A New Search and Destroy Mission

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