But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 19:00

Friday 5 to Live By: 5 Top Christian Blog Posts of the Week

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on praying for teens, social justice, autism, the resurrection, and more by Desiring God, J.D. Greear, John MacArthur, ERLC, and more.

The Prayers Our Teens Need Most (Desiring God) 

Michele Morin (Desiring God) is honest. Her prayers for her...

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Written by Bob
Thursday, 16 August 2018 19:00

An Atheist’s Perspective on Christian Engagement in the World

On June 29, 2013 in Starke, Florida, the first monument to atheism to be erected on government property was dedicated. It sits alongside the Ten Commandments on the Bradford County courthouse grounds.

What caught my attention, in addition to the event itself, was a particular quote on the side of...

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Written by Taylor Barkley
Thursday, 16 August 2018 19:00

The Crisis of Not Listening

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Psalm 81 is a remarkable and important psalm in the Psalter. This psalm of Asaph is more specific than many psalms about the original occasion for its composition. The formal occasion for writing this psalm was to celebrate a season of important religious festivals in Israel: “Blow the...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:30

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:Tim Bertolet writes about several heresies that arose in the early church. Why learn about them? "Sometimes, when we look at ancient heresies it helps us see with clarity errors in...

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Written by Rebecca Stark
Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:09

Is the Astronomy in the Book of Job Scientifically Consistent?

imageIn the past, I’ve posted a number of scientific consistencies found in the Old Testament. While I think there are good reasons why God might not reveal advanced scientific details in Scripture, I do expect God’s Word to be scientifically consistent with the world we experience. One...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:06

“Python Spirit collapsed my building” says NARpostle Jennifer LeClaire.

Once again Jennifer“Sneaky Squid Spirit” LeClaire exposes the flakiness of the New Apostolic Reformation NARpostles – and as our fellow polemicists over at ‘Heterodox Research Initiative’ and the ‘Museum of Idolatry’ like to remind our readers:

Rememb...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:05

1 Samuel 9; Romans 7; Jeremiah 46; Psalm 22

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1 Samuel 9; Romans 7; Jeremiah 46; Psalm 22 

OCCASIONALLY SOMEONE COMES ALONG who shows exceptional promise from his or her youth, and then lives up to that promise. But that does not seem to be the common way of things. Who would have thought that a minor painter from Vienna could become the...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—“Darwin’s Black Box”

August 17, 2018
Behe’s book provides example after example of the inconceivable complexity of life at its most basic chemical/cellular level and points out that this “black box,” like the inner workings of a...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:00

Where Orthography Affects the New Testament Text

Beginning Greek students are often shocked when they discover the gap between the formatting of their modern, printed New Testaments and our earliest Greek New Testament manuscripts. The letters are all “uppercase,” there are few if any spaces between letters, accents and breathing...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:00

Rejoicing Greatly

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” (1 Peter 1:6) Our lives today are continually badgered by various trials, or “manifold temptations.” The trials are to bring about a pure and effective faith,...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:26

The Glory of God: Videos from 2018 Veritas Conference

imageEarlier this month was the third year of Veritas Conference, a weekend gathering of biblical like-minded churches in Southern California.  I have blogged about this conference in the past.  In 2016 the topic was on the Gospel followed by 2017 on Sanctification.  For 2018 the topic...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:03

Hills and Valleys

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Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain (Isaiah 40:4).

When you drive through Colorado, you cannot help but be impressed as you approach a mountain 12,000 feet high. But as you get closer, you...

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Written by George Stiekes
Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:00

Are UFO's Real?

image Do UFO's exist? What options are there to make sense of the various sitings? Sean briefly tackles these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:00

Is It OK for Christians to Read Erotic Books?

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Someone wrote our ministry to ask, “Is it permissible for a Christian to occasionally enjoy erotic reading? (I'm not talking about anything violent.) I am actively following Jesus and choosing sexual purity in mind and body, but I’m single and may never get married.”

This...

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Written by Karen Coleman
Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:00

A La Carte (August 17)

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Logos users will want to make a habit of visiting their deals page where you’ll often find some pretty good discounts. Then, of course, they also offer some free and nearly-free books every month.

God’s Strong Safety Net

It is so good to be in Christ! “A true believer’s...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:00

How Do We Ground Human Rights?

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Everybody loves human rights. But do they have any grounding, any logical basis other than the fact that they are popular?

Nicholas Wolterstorff, in his Justice: Rights and Wrongs, argues that ultimately it only Christianity that can provide a secure, transcendent basis for what we now call the...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:15

Avoiding Complacency

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“Complacency is the Devil’s word.” – Lewis Allen

I came across this quote while reading Lewis Allen’s The Preacher’s Catechism. It not only stood out on the page but it burned itself into my mind. I couldn’t shake thinking about it. I couldn’t move...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:10

Pastoring Amid Depression

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I don’t remember all the details of the conversation. My wife and I were sitting together. It was the evening time. We had this corner in our apartment that we called “the nook.” It was between the dining room and the kitchen and it had enough space to fit two armchairs, a table...

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Written by John Starke
Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:05

August 17: Evangelist Daniel Baker

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Imagine your mother dying when you were an infant.  Then imagine your father dying when you were only eight years of age.  How difficult your upbringing would be.  In the case of...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:00

Alistair Thanks Truthpartners John and Kelli from California

Each month, we receive letters from listeners who benefit greatly from the teaching on Truth For Life but are not in a position to support the ministry financially. Listeners who are on a fixed income, in prison, or serving on the missionary field write often to express their gratitude for free,...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:00

From the Archives: What Christians Owe Their Pastors

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By Roy E. Knuteson. From Baptist Bulletin (September/October 2008); used by permission. © Regular Baptist Press, all rights reserved.

Years ago a minister was called “the parson,” meaning “the person.” He was a VIP. He was honored as the preacher of the...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Video: Russ Moore, Scott Sauls, and I discuss the question, “Should Christian Parents Ever Give Their Kids a Smartphone?”

Kindle Deal: Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World by Tim Keller. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. John Inazu...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: Providence, Faith, the Atonement

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as providence, Martin Luther, the holiness of God, the atonement, worldview, faith, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:32

Football blues

Some boys live for football. Intramural football is the highpoint of their life. They know it's not risk-free, but they only get once chance to be teenagers, so they make the most of it. 
It's a big letdown after they graduate from high school. The rest of their life is an anticlimax. They...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:11

Black Mass

L'Osservatore Romano
In 2023, the Devil Incarnate became a priest. Then, using his unique powers of persuasion, he rose through the ranks at a meteoric rate until he was elected pope. Day and night he sacrificed babies on the high altar at St. Peter's basilica. He poured their blood into a chalice....

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Written by steve
Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:24

Python Spirit Collapsed My Building Says Apostle Jennifer LeClaire Featured

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Apostle Jennifer LeClaire said in a recent Facebook post that the Python Spirit caused a partial collapse of her building.
Notice LeClaire says she prophesied momentum. At least she’s honest about being a false prophet.
Here’s a video she posted of the collapse to Facebook.
Authors:...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:06

Masons and Your Moral Responsibility Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Thessalonians, examining the tempter. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about language. 3. Seth discusses Masons and church discipline.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:00

Way Below

“Men have a way of esteeming things that God considers below dumpster scrapings” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 197).

The post Way Below appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:49

God Played Lego with Me Says Prophet Keith Ferrante Featured

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Prophet Keith Ferrante claims God played Lego with him during his first ever encounter with God. He said the purpose of this was to show that God is a fun God. Ferrante shared this story during a recent promotional video for his book The Happy Prophet.

Ferrante describes how he used to be super...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:02

Movie Review- Spotlight; a must see Featured

By Elizabeth PrataGrowing up, I didn't know that the Catholic Church wasn't a church. I thought it was THE Church. I thought all churches were the same, except that the Catholic Church was the biggest. Then as a middle-aged woman I was saved and I learned the difference between orthodoxy and heresy....

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:40

John Frame on Natural Law and Abortion

On page 243 of John Frame’s The Doctrine of the Christian Life, Frame writes, “Roman Catholics have argued that the case against abortion is not religious at all, but based only on scientific judgments about the nature of the unborn. So they oppose abortion by appealing to natural...

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Written by C. L. Bolt
Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:58

Pope Denies God’s Essential Attributes in Latest Book Featured

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Pope Francis has written a new book, published by Penguin Random House, in which he denies a number of God’s central attributes, including those already affirmed by Roman Catholic doctrine. Francis has been charged with heresy by Romanist theologians and has most recently contradicted the...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:51

Current Events and Controversies Followed by Radio Free Geneva!

Did thirty minutes on current events (the ethnicity discussion mainly) before firing up the Radio Free Geneva theme and tackling two videos, one from Greg Boyd, and the other from Kevin Thompson, both aimed at refuting Calvinism. Boyd’s was the general discussion, Thompson pretended that...

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Written by James White
Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:24

Nadia Bolz-Weber Steps Down from Pastorate: Replaced by Gay Man Married to Drag Queen Featured

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Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber retired from her pastorate at the House for All Sinners and Saints (ELCA) and was replaced by a gay Episcopal man who is married to a drag queen who goes by the name “Fruit Bomb.” This is not satire.

Reagan Humber, the new ‘pastor’ of...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 16 August 2018 07:46

August Ministry Spotlight — Ray Comfort

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I absolutely love the heart, the mind, and the crazy personality of Ray Comfort.  He literally eats, sleeps, and breathes the Gospel.  When he’s riding his bike, he’s got tracts in his pocket.  When he’s swimming in the pool, he’s got tracts in his...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Thursday, 16 August 2018 06:21

Why get rid of priests who experience same-sex attraction?

image I read the news with horror two days ago after I saw the headline from The New York Times: “Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says.” If you haven’t been following this story, you need to. It is simply horrific. And all this in the wake of the disturbin...

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Written by Denny Burk
Thursday, 16 August 2018 06:13

Dr. Michael Brown -- Confusing NAR Pablum with the Gospel

Dr. Brown is at it again...preaching NAR principles

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:50

He Inclines Their Wills (Augustine)

image In 1 Kings 12 Solomon’s son Rehoboam had just become Israel’s new king.  Israel begged him to lighten the yoke of hard service.  To make a longer story short, Rehoboam flatly refused and told them that he’d instead add to the hard service (1 Ki 12:11, 14)....

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:44

The most important hour of your day

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Illustration and Painting, Getty Images

On the very first day when God created the earth, He first created light. Then He separated the light from the dark to form the first day. “And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:5). So from the beginning, the...

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Written by Jim Duggan
Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:27

Book Review: Christianity Considered by John Frame

image John Frame (1939-    ) has taught at some of the most prestigious seminaries in North America, including Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia), Westminster Seminary (Southern California) and Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando). Perhaps best known for his 4-volume series A Theology...

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Written by Nathan Muse
Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:05

The Scariest Verse in the Bible?

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: The Scariest Verse in the Bible?
Speaker: Mike Abendroth
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 8/5/2018
Bible: Hebrews 4:12-16
Length: 50 min.
Overview: http---www.TheG...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:52

Ed Stetzer Attacks John MacArthur Over Social Justice Featured

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It’s hard to find a man who’s been more consistently wrong on important issues pertinent to evangelicalism than Ed Stetzer. Stetzer was an avid defender and compatriot of Mark Driscoll, before he was publicly disgraced and Mars Hill church collapsed like a pile of sand. Stetzer was a...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:33

The Scope, Strain, and Strength of Discipleship

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: The Scope, Strain, and Strength of Discipleship
Subtitle: Presenting Every Man Perfect
Speaker: Mike Riccardi
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 8/12/2018
Bible: Colo...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:32

Matthew Henry on the Method of Prayer

Matthew Henry is perhaps best known for his Bible Commentary. I first came across him when I downloaded my first copy of the E-Sword Bible program. His commentary is available as a free download. Henry (1662-1714) died after finishing Genesis through to Acts. The rest of his commentary was finished...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:27

Fiery angel

On this occasion [Exod 3:2-3] however, the "angel/messenger" does not appear in human form, but as a flame of fire...The "Angel of YHWH" appears in the form of "self-sustaining fire"...The use of fire to represent the presence of God in accounts of theophanies may be due to its nonmaterial,...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:10

Papyrus ark

Papyrus was suitable for weaving into basket-like containers, and because its stems were highly buoyant it was also used to make small boats. It was an ideal material for the manufacture of a waterproof chest that would float safely among the reeds bordering the riverbank T. D. Alexander, Exodu...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:00

Podcast: Sharing the Good News with Mormons (with Eric Johnson)

Are Mormons Christians? Is the Mormon church aligning with historic Christian doctrine? And how do we best share the good news with our Mormon friends, neighbors, and co-workers? Sean and Scott interview author, scholar, and missionary Eric Johnson about these questions and more.

Show notes,...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 16 August 2018 03:32

Be Careful What You Wish For

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Back from a family holiday, and a break from the internet, and back to news of mass resignations at Willow Creek. Another giant ministry crumbling. Another inspirational figure whose books we will no longer be able to recommend or quote from.

I’ve never been to Willow and would have some...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Thursday, 16 August 2018 03:18

Church Growth, The Theology Of The Cross, And The Theology Of Glory

When I entered the evangelical world in the mid-70s there was much talk and teaching (and guilt manipulation) about personal evangelism but not much talk of church growth. A decade later, however, when I went to seminary, it was all the rage. . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 16 August 2018 03:00

August 15, 2018 Show with Kevin Cottrell, Christina Miller, Doug Totter on "Help for Parents of Autistic Children from Parents of Autistic Children"

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August 15, 2018:

KEVIN COTTRELL, Program Director at Salem Media Group in the Greater New York City Area & Morning Host of “Koffee With Kevin” on AM570 “The Mission” WMCA Radio, CHRISTINA MILLER, mom to one child with autism & to another child with sensory...

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Written by Eric Nielsen