Watch Jimmy Fallon Challenge Liam Neeson to an Arm-Wrestling Match

TIME

Liam Neeson may have started out in Hollywood in sensitive art films like Ethan Frome and Husbands and Wives, but as the star of the Taken franchise, he is a bona fide action hero ready to take all comers at the drop of a hat or one cross word. So when Jimmy Fallon dares to insinuate that he could topple him in an arm-wrestling contest, Neeson has no choice but to pop a toothpick in his mouth and take him down.

While Neeson has a special set of skills that he can draw upon to take down his enemies and Fallon is, well, an affable talk show host, they do have one thing in common: In the throes of battle, they both like to recite what they will do when they win. For example, Fallon can’t wait to take Neeson down so he can get the Papa John’s slogan…

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3 Ways To Prepare for Christmas

Kris Dolberry

We know a thing or two about preparing don’t we? Maybe the idea of preparing resonates with you because you spent a lot of time preparing for an important presentation at the office. Or maybe you remember the huge exam in college that you spent hours preparing for. Or maybe it was your wedding. We all know that when something big is coming– something that’s really important to us, we take adequate time to prepare. In fact, we will likely even inconvenience ourselves for adequate preparation

The same can be said about Christmas, right? From the decorations, to buying gifts, sending the perfect Christmas card, the parties, going to the in-laws’, preparing the big meal, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes we get so caught up in preparing for what culture tells us the holiday is that we don’t have time, money, interest in preparing for celebrating the birth of the one…

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Humble service vs YRR

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassions, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, as ones joined in soul, in one mind, 3 doing nothing according to rivalry neither according to empty conceit but in humility, esteeming one another above self. (Philippians 2:1-3 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Over the last several years there has been a “movement” in the visible church that has been made up of group called “Young, Reformed, and Restless” or YRR. I have always been puzzled by the YRR group. Why? God’s truth, especially the Gospel, divides, but those who are truly in Christ are called continually in Sacred Scripture to come together, to unite in love and humility as exemplified by Christ himself. On…

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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Above All Else

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When was the last time you put a stamp on something other than a bill? While everyone loves to receive a handwritten card, very few actually take the time to write one. With email, texting, and Facebook, there really isn’t a need to write letters. But a letter can communicate things that an email never could. It is a form of communication that, when used strategically, can change lives and further the Gospel.  Consider that a majority of the New Testament is made up of letters.  Here are some reasons why you should write more letters.

Letters are personal. They contain your effort, your handwriting, and your choice of stationary. Even before the words are read, you have sent something that no one else could send. No one else has your handwriting or taste in cards. In a way, there is something vulnerable about this. You are revealing part of yourself…

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Friendship Gone Wrong, Part 2

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friendship gone wrongTHE FIRST LIE
Since the serpent first opened his mouth in the garden, he’s been trying to convince us that God is not enough for us: “You’re missing out. God’s holding out on you.” (Gen 3:1-6) And since then, the temptation to look to God’s creation instead of God Himself for satisfaction is a common, daily struggle, manifesting in myriads of ways.  God speaks to this when He addresses the Israelites in Jeremiah 2:12-13:

“Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

Anything we look to for satisfaction other than God is an idol. A leaky, broken cistern. This is a shocking and grievous thing to God that we would forsake Him for something lesser.

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Ferguson and Forgiveness of Jesus (May we find Beauty in the midst of ruins)

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Now that Darren Wilson has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, some would say that would bring his chapter in the Michael Brown case to a close. However, some would want a re-trying of charges of some sort whether in Federal Court (even though Mr. Wilson believes that would “clear him” as well) – or personal charges in civil court. These two facts are clear, Michael Brown is dead and Darren Wilson’s livelihood/remaining life is altered. Those two facts won’t change.

My two fears are that 1) Michael Brown did not have God’s salvation through Jesus before he died (therefore eternally separated from God’s grace) and 2) Darren Wilson does not have this salvation now. The only one out of this situation who CAN change is Darren Wilson, the only one who CAN ask for forgiveness of sins from Jesus is Darren Wilson. The only one who CAN ask forgiveness from Michael Brown’s family is Darren Wilson. Mr. Wilson does not have to ask forgiveness, that is his will (given by God, coincidentally enough). Mr. Wilson does not have to ask forgiveness in a public, media saturated way, he can ask in a private moment with the parents of Michael Brown. However, first and foremost Mr. Wilson needs to get on his knees, beg and plead with God through Jesus and ask for forgiveness of his sins so that he may be saved from Hell: . Romans 10:9 – if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

If we, as Jesus-loving-following-obeying Christians, don’t think one second on the eternal destinations of our fellow-man, what are we, (taking a line from Matthew West) angels of apathy? Mr. Wilson is a sinner just like you and me, his eternal address may change because of this tragic event and hopefully his eternal address will change toward Heaven through Jesus. Here is a crazy, unimaginable thought – Jesus HAS forgiven Mr. Wilson. I hope Mr. Wilson receives this forgiveness. Not that we in our infinite wisdom (sarcasm), believe Mr. Wilson DESERVES forgiveness. As much as we don’t have Jesus’ heart and as much animosity we have toward Mr. Wilson, Jesus has ONLY forgiveness. As much unforgiving we have toward the smallest of ills someone else brings us, Jesus has ONLY forgiveness. I hope there is urgency to repent and turn toward God for us ALL. As Matthew Henry writes, “The broken heart is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ; there is no true repentance without faith in him.”

Let us all have a broken heart, that can be softened to Jesus and only he can fix, let us all repent of our unforgiveness and have faith in Jesus.

Portland officer does beautiful thing for boy holding ‘Free Hugs’ sign at Ferguson rally

WTVR.com

It’s the picture we needed to see after a week like this.

Photo of Portland officer hugging crying 12-year-old during Ferguson rally

A 12-year-old black boy, tears streaming down his face, and a white police officer embrace in the middle of a Ferguson-related demonstration in Portland, Oregon.

The boy, Devonte Hart, was holding a sign offering “Free Hugs” during a Tuesday protest over a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum approached Devonte and extended his hand, the boy’s mother, Jen Hart, wrote in a Facebook post.

“He asked Devonte why he was crying. His response about his concerns regarding the level of police brutality towards young black kids was met with an unexpected and seemingly authentic (to Devonte), ‘Yes. *sigh* I know. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ The officer then asked if he could…

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