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Christian artist's song about coffee?

I remember an old TobyMac song about coffee- does anyone remember what it was?
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What is the Biblical support for a distinction between veneration and worship?

I was reading a question about icons, and this raised some questions for me. Catholic and Eastern Orthodox beliefs hold to there being a difference between worship and veneration. What is the ...
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Is there a “medical” dispensation formally allowed from Lenten fasting in Catholicism?

Today, 10 February 2016, begins the observation of Lent in the Catholic Church, and indeed in much of Western Christianity. Catholic rules for the observation of Lent include the requirement for ...
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Why is Jesus standing at God's right hand instead of sitting in Acts 7:55? [on hold]

Jesus is pictured as "sitting" at the right hand of God, rather than standing, in most of the New Testament. But Stephen saw Jesus "standing" in Acts 7:55. What is the significance of this "standing"? ...
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How has the ontological argument been used to explain the Trinity in Protestantism? [on hold]

The basis of an ontological argument is the existence of an idea of a great God, to whom none is greater. However, we've heard many times that the human mind cannot comprehend the Trinity. Is there ...
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In Eastern Orthodoxy, how is an icon recognized as inspired?

In a discussion on imagery and icons, the Orthodox Study Bible says: Every image, or icon, of Christ has significant theological content. For it proclaims anew the Incarnation of God, who "became ...
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Were Jews allowed to sacrifice to the LORD at altars other than at the tabernacle and temple?

I am familiar with the references in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that legislated that the sacrifices were to occur only where the LORD had chosen to "put His name." He evidently had put His name with ...
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Was Jesus Christ a Christian? [on hold]

According to Google definition the answer is "Yes": a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings Cause, obviously, Jesus Christ accepted Jesus ...
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Is there a list of popes by autonomous particular church?

The Roman Catholic Church consists of a couple dozen autonomous particular churches in full communion with the Holy See. Is there a list that indicates the particular church affiliation of each of ...
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Definition of “Christian” [on hold]

What is the precise definition? I've read: a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. I accept Jesus Christ and his teachings, am I ...
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What country has the largest Catholic population without a cardinal?

Among all extant countries without a priest currently serving as cardinal, which one has the greatest population of Roman Catholics? And among all extant countries that have never had a priest ...
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Original Sin Getting Confusing [on hold]

If original sin is really exist, then a baby that has original sin is also unable to go to heaven because they hasn't confess Christ as their Savior. Well, it is a little bit confusing in my head ...
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Two natures of man [on hold]

The two natures doctrine is one that seems that most consider the old nature/new nature, sin nature /regenerated, etc. as being two natures. Others use it to explain the two natures of Christ ...
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What is the general baptist stance on pacifism?

In short: Are baptists generally for or against going to war? It seems baptists have a general freedom in their personal beliefs, is there a general consensus on going to war or avoiding it?
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Does the Roman Catholic church recognize LDS baptisms? [duplicate]

According to some of the answers in this question, the Roman Catholic church recognizes baptisms that use water and follow the Trinitarian formula, even if they are not performed by a Catholic. ...
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Why was Rome, rather than Constantinople, chosen as the headquarters of the Catholic Church? [on hold]

Is it true that the Bishop of Constantinople claimed the athority of God and the status of Pope but withdrew the claim when the Bishop of the Roman church claimed Peter visited Rome and confired the ...
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Did Christianity start as a cult? [on hold]

Is there valid ground for saying that Christianity was cult in it's beginning days. To the Jews in this time, it makes sense that they at least would have thought so. I have heard atheists and other ...
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why did God Create the universe in six days when He could Create it in one day [on hold]

God is supreme and omni potent so I know it is possible for Him to Create the universe in a second with one word so why did He create it in six days? my thoughts are that He created the universe in ...
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Which bible is the best for the Catholic faith? [duplicate]

I was raised a Catholic and want to return to the church after many years. My question is the Bible I am supposed to read. I have the ESV study Bible and the NRSV Bible. Which is the best for the ...
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A gull and a crow attacked the peace doves released by the Pope. What is Christian interpretation? [on hold]

In 2014 pope Francis released two doves of peace to signify reconcilation in Ukraine. Yet, they were instantly attacked by two birds, one by a gull, the other by a crow and lost the feathers in the ...
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The Seven Laws of Noah? [on hold]

Seven Laws of Noah: Does the church have any viewpoint on this (Pentecostal, Methodist, Catholic, Protestant)? Accordingly, any non-Jew who adheres to these laws because they were given by Moses[4] ...
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Do the notes in the NABRE accurately reflect the Catholic Church's understanding of biblical inerrancy?

The NABRE is largely a product of the Catholic Church, and it is approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It's even available online at the USCCB website. So I was surprised to ...
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Why do we have to pray? [duplicate]

It sounds a bit stupid but why do we have to pray? Why can't we just believe and that's it? Praying seems like we believe in god just because we want to have our life better...
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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

What is the significance of the awkward spacing (on the right below) when songs are printed in the bible? Is this spacing in the original scripts, or is it assumed by the translator somehow?
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Why do some Christians oppose Tarot cards?

The title should explain it all. Many (perhaps most) Christians view Tarot cards as evil, or at least something to be avoided. Why?
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What is an overview of the interpretations of Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”?

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. ... and you and your family will be saved.(Acts 16:31) What is an overview of the major interpretations of this verse. I ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church give indulgences to everybody, regardless of their works?

In learning about indulgences, I started to wonder why a work was necessary for the giving of an indulgence. In looking at the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it appears to me that a work is ...
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Do the people who have died remember their loved ones? [on hold]

I am curious and want to know what people think. Do you think that someone who has died remember the people they loved on earth. like my grandfather died so you think he remembers me. Ok and what if ...
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What happens when one returns to faith?

In the Catholic tradition, what happens to one who grew up a faithful Catholic, apostatized, and then later returned to faith? What would the process of returning to the church look like? (i.e. Would ...
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Who coined the phrase “Bema Seat”?

I get that "Bema" is the Greek word translated "judgment seat" in the NT. But how did the term "Bema Seat" come to be used? It's a little redundant, like saying "PIN number", but catchy - I'd just ...
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After Jesus' resurrection were the wounds suffered at crucifixion visible to all?

Doubting Thomas got to see the nail penetrations in the hands after declaring he would not believe Jesus had risen unless he saw the physical wounds. That could indicate that the resurrected Jesus did ...
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According to Roman Catholic Church is it only via Jesus you can come in Heaven?

Normally it has been said that you only enter Heaven by believing in Jesus. But can you say that that is absolutely and exclusive or do you have to leave an opening because we don't always knows the ...
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Is there any extra-Biblical 'evidence' of Herod's murder of babies?

When Herod heard of the news from the kings form east that there was a new king (Jesus) born, he ordered the killing of all boys younger than the age of two. So that would have been a great slaughter. ...
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Why are some words of Jesus in Aramaic transliterated in the Gospels of Mark?

There are a few instances in the Gospels where the words originally spoken by Jesus are transliterated . For instance, we see at Mark 5:41 ;" He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” ...
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Always forgiveness [closed]

In revelations souls are judged.Why then is one saved while the other is taken when even though when one has sinned and they repent.We are taught to always forgive.Then why aren't all who repent ...
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Law and The Lamb? [closed]

It's says in Romans I believe. Law only governs the living. The Lamb of God and also Jesus Christ have died but are alive. How then does law govern them? I would say only All Mighty God has rule over ...
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Breaking the law - spiritually/mentally vs physically [closed]

Jesus raised the bar so to speak by saying a law is broken by participating in the thought or desire and not only by actions: Matthew 5:27-28 Lust “You have heard that it was said, You shall not ...
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Where does the concept of “unconditional love toward others” come from?

What tradition or theology does the concept of "unconditional love toward others" derive from, and how is it reconciled with the need of repentance for absolution along with a similar process for ...
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50 questions before I can comment? [migrated]

Do I have this straight. I need to ask enough questions to get 50 reputations before I can place a comment?
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What is an overview on how pastors are compensated? [closed]

Can you help me finding out what is biblically speaking a "fair" compensation for a pastor / staff? Thanks! Alex
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Should i be concerned how money i give to a ministry is beeing used? [closed]

I just found out that about 40% of my churches money goes to the employees of the church. Also about 30% goes to building and administrative costs. Leaving about 1/3 for outreach and Mission trips ...
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Is there any apocryphal gospel where someone else is crucified?

In Islam Jesus is not crucified but instead of Him someone else is crucified, and Jesus went directly to heaven. Moslims told me that Mohammed received his information about Jesus from the angel ...
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The appointed time [closed]

(B'resheet) Genesis 1:14-19: 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and ...
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Do miracles prove that God exists [closed]

Before you answer, please don't say that they don't prove God exists because according to my RS teacher, they do. Do miracles (please state which ones) prove that God exists?
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understanding the message of grace [closed]

If jesus died in my place,took away all my sins,declared me "NOT GUILTY"see also Romans 8:1-2,the word condenmation(or rather judgement)has lost its place in my life.my question is;what kind of ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

It seems clear that Catholic Church rejected Origen's claim that souls were created and existed before conception and birth. Does the Church pinpoint fertilization of the egg as the moment a soul is ...
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Information about Easter and Ash Wednesday [closed]

I need to know more about Easter tide and more about Ash Wednesday. I would also like to know more about fat Tuesday. I have a limited amount of time to get this project turned in to my teacher; ...
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Why do some Bible Translations omit John 7:53-8:11?

When I tried to look at the verses quoted in this question Ihttp://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/5903/what-did-jesus-write-on-the-ground/ I found that in the New World Translation of the ...
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What type of “dragon” is implied by the seven headed serpent of revelation? [migrated]

Most symbols of revelation are easy to understand - a lamp, a frog, a city, etc. The "seven headed serpent" however is harder to form a basis for comparison for. In the context of the scriptures and ...
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In Catholicism, do the teachers more truly constitute the “church” than the hearers?

While reading Louis Berkhof's Systematic Theology, I found him claiming that Catholicism makes an important distinction between the teaching church (ecclesia docens) and the hearing church (ecclesia ...

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