Anne Graham Lotz: Is God speaking through Irma, Harvey and an earthquake?

Within weeks, we have experienced record-breaking fires in the northwest, record-breaking hurricanes in Texas and Florida, and a record-breaking earthquake in Mexico. What is happening? Are these disasters random? Just freaks of nature?  Or is something more significant intended? The answer may be found in an incredible Biblical story. The Old Testament book of 1 Kings 19 records a dramatic scene when the Lord God passed by as the prophet Elijah stood in the mouth of a cave. The description is eerily similar to ours, because first there was a great and powerful wind, but the Lord was not in…

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The incredible story of baby Eva Grace:the superhero who never lived.

My wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our second child. As a parent, you think that appointment is all about finding out boy or girl, but it’s about a whole lot more. In our case, our daughter was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called anencephaly — some 3 in 10,000 pregnancies rare. The phrase our doctor used in explaining it was “incompatible with life,” which looks as terrible in words as it sounds. The child fails to develop the frontal lobe of the brain or the top of their skull. The chance…

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Bitcoin breaks $3,000 to reach new all-time high

Bitcoin has reached a record high valuation of $3,000 per coin to complete a rollercoaster week that begin with the long-awaited split of the cryptocurrency. A number of exchanges, including popular destinationsCoinbase and Kraken, valued a single bitcoin at over $3,000, an all-time high that is up $485 on the valuation one month ago. Earlier this year, Bitcoin surged to surpass $2,000 for the first time in May going on to almost reach $3,000 in June only for the valuation to crash. Over the last twelve hours, bitcoins value has jumped by over 10 percent as forked currency bitcoin cash…

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Senators learn the hard way about the fallout from turning on Trump

Republican senators who have been a thorn in President Trump’s side are beginning to see the political consequences of opposing the White House as pro-Trump activists start to mobilize. Just this week, it was revealed that conservative billionaire and Trump benefactor Robert Mercer would be contributing $300,000 to a super PAC supporting a primary challenger to Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The Republican lawmaker has sparred with Trump on immigration and is promoting a book that argues the GOP is in denial about the president. Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller who gave only tepid support to Trumps presidential bid and…

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10 Old Fashioned Dating Habits We Should Make Cool Again

1. Coming to the door to pick someone up. I think we’ve all had it with the incredibly unromantic “here” text, and meeting up always seems to be more casual and platonic than the alternative. Of course, meeting someone from online or any circumstance like that would probably be the exception to this rule, but generally: the 30 seconds it takes to get out of a car or cab and knock on the door makes a huge difference. 2. Trying to dress really nicely for a date. “Nicely” means different things for different people, so I think it’s just a…

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The women in Scotland championing comic books – BBC News

Image copyright Tanya Roberts Image caption Artist Tanya Roberts and examples of her artwork Edinburgh-born artist Roberts has illustrated comics based on Star Wars spin-off Clone Wars, as well as Toy Story and Strawberry Shortcake. Image copyright Tanya Roberts Image caption Art from Roberts’ graphic novel Abeyance “I think the differences in attracting a male/female readership is subtlety small. Because I go to conventions and sell my material to people I get feedback and notice who is buying my artwork. “Females seem to appreciate character relationships and that emotional connection between them a bit more. I know I do, as…

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These Graphs Perfectly Capture The Rolling Hills And Sprawling Pastures Of Mamas Girlhood, And O! How Sweet The Meadowgrass Smelled

If youve ever wondered what it was like for Mama to grow up tall and strong out on the rolling hills and sprawling pastures of her girlhood, these data visualizations get it across perfectly. Check out this chart, which clearly conveys those endless, boundless hilltops that echoed with laughter, where Mama played and sang, and learned right from wrong, too: Wow. Clearly, the rise and fall of the hillsides matches the beating of her young heart. Its easy to see how Mama would dance atop their peaks, braided pigtails swirling, until the sun painted the sky with purple and gold,…

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George R.R. Martin Says To Expect A New Book (Or Two) In 2018

In a post on his LiveJournal, where all the best ideas are publicized, Martin said to expect the Song of Ice and Fire series next written installment in 2018. Regarding the forthcoming book, The Winds of Winter, Martin had this to say: Initially meant for publication after the Song of Ice and Fire series was done, Fire and Blood is Martins history of House Targaryen, a bloodline that is supposed to end with Iron Throne seeker Daenerys. But who are we kidding? You know well wait for you, George.Game of Thrones will likely conclude its final season airing in 2018…

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‘Game of Thrones’ premiere recap: the world won’t look the same after ‘Dragonstone’

[Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 1, Dragonstone.] After being away for far too long, HBOs smash hit Game of Thrones returned for Season 7 and wasted no time getting things going. With gruesome deaths, half-hearted marriage proposals and a lot of character crossover, the premiere episode managed to cover a lot of ground right out of the box. Things started off with a bang at the home of Walder Frey. Fans may remember that the head of one of the nastiest houses in Westeros met a bloody end at the hands of…

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