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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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:48

Hymnals Still Have a Place in Modern Churches | RealClearReligion

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Hymnals, a historic legacy of Western Christianity, have been housed in pew racks in church sanctuaries for centuries, and those with musical notation as well as words have existed since the 1830s in the United States. They have been indispensable for worship for all that time, objects of treasure...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:33

Pope Says Critics of Catholic Church are ‘Friends of the Devil’

THE GUARDIAN — Pope Francis said on Wednesday that those who constantly criticize the Catholic church are “friends of the devil”.

The post Pope Says Critics of Catholic Church are ‘Friends of the Devil’ appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:30

Congregation chooses hate above love

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Die Kerkbode, the official newspaper of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (DRC/NGK), published an article on 18 February 2019 entitled, “Congregation chooses ‘love instead of fear’ with the appointing of gay minister”.

The article’s title...

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Written by Pastorfish
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:22

Missing the Point on Sexual Abuse

by Hohn Choimageimage t has been an eventful week on the topic of sexual abuse and the church, as the Houston Chronicle published a series of articles on the scope of the problem within the Southern Baptist Convention, a problem which has been exacerbated by the relative lack of oversight, information...

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Written by Phil Johnson
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 01:11

Southern Baptist Convention Votes to Disfellowship From Non-“Woke” White Churches

Southern Baptists are leading the way in the cultural Marxist “woke” movement. The movement is a mass structured attack on

The post Southern Baptist Convention Votes to Disfellowship From Non-“Woke” White Churches appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:56

Azazel and the Day of Atonement

This post has a good discussion concerning traditions related to the azazel goat and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) during the Second Temple period.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:48

Judge Dismisses ‘Noise’ Charge Against Evangelist Who Preaches Outside Abortion Clinic

CBN NEWS — A judge in Washington state has dismissed a criminal charge against an evangelist who regularly preaches outside

The post Judge Dismisses ‘Noise’ Charge Against Evangelist Who Preaches Outside Abortion Clinic appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Reformation...

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:36

The Goddess Running for President Featured

Marianne Williamson: "Spiritual Guru" & "High Priestess"[1]
"Women must remember the sacred nature of our Goddess self...."~Marianne Williamson[2] "There is an underground of people in America who are seeking higher wisdom.... My campaign for the presidency is dedicated to this search for h...

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Written by Discernment Research Group
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:28

T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Rights’ and ‘LGBT Churches,’ Says Position is ‘Evolving’ | Christian News Network

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Megachurch leader and author T.D. Jakes says that homosexuals should attend congregations that affirm their lifestyle and that politics do not need to reflect biblical ethics, adding that his position on homosexuality is both “evolved and evolving.”During an interview with the...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:09

All Aboard the Globalism Express

The Bible warns us that globalism is inevitable and that one day the world will be united in purpose. But that purpose is to defy God and worship Satan through his puppet, Anti-Christ. This march toward globalism comes in many colors including politics, environmental issues, population control,...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

“If You Choose Monogamy, That’s Fantastic…[But] There are Other Choices.”

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I’ve written over and over again that the attempt to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples is only the beginning. (I call it an “attempt” because no one can really redefine what God created and defined). God’s definition of marriage in Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 did...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:42

The Mod | Is Reality Secular? An Interview With Mary Poplin (Part 3)

In parts one and two of her interview with Modern Reformation’s editor-in-chief, Michael Horton, Dr. Mary Poplin talked about the consequences of ideas, and how the uneasy blend of secularism and spirituality that characterizes popular western religion stands at odds with historic, biblical...

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Written by Brooke Ventura
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:35

God-Honoring, Good Sex.

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God-Honoring, Good Sex.Geoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchGod has given marriage to humankind for many reasons. Marriage serves to point to the great Marriage between Christ and His Bride, the Church. It is to be a means of sanctification, a blessing of companionship, the means of...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:29

Repent and Believe, Part Two: The Essence of Faith

What is faith? Regardless of whether you are checking a Hebrew or Greek lexicon or an English dictionary, the noun faith essentially means “trust, reliance, dependence.” The essence of faith is dependence. The verb believe means “to trust in, to rely on, to depend on.” ...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:26

Resources on Suffering

Here are some resources on suffering Jeff Pollard sent to me yesterday:

Puritans:

William Bates “How to Bear Affliction” 4:81-99 (Part 1|Part 2) Thomas Brooks “The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” 1:285-398. John Bunyan “Seasonable Counsel: or Advice to Sufferers&rd...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:10

Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Conversion

A few weeks ago we began looking at the distinguishing marks of a healthy church. People typically determine the “success” of a church by numbers, programs, or budget. However, we must ask ourselves if the Bible focuses on such qualities. In 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever looks...

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Written by James Williams
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:00

William Lane Craig explains how Christianity explains evil and suffering

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A lot of people in the West complain too much about any little suffering they have to experience. But sometimes, when a very harsh suffering is felt by someone who has tried to follow Jesus, an explanation is necessary. I found something very good on the Reasonable...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:00

Don’t Be Anxious

Matt. 6:25-34, “25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor...

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Written by Angela Jeffcott
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 23:00

His Transcendent Awesome Glory

In this brief clip from his teaching series The Attributes of God, Steven Lawson explains that God's holiness is His transcendent awesome glory.

Transcript

If God were to appear in this room in His holiness, we would all just go unconscious. We wouldn't be able to bear it up. That is why when we go...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 22:00

God’s divine attributes.

Here is a revelation of God’s divine attributes. He is jealous. He takes vengeance. He becomes furious and wrath-filled. Yet, our all-powerful God is also slow to anger. He holds back His terrible wrath because He is rich in mercy (see Eph. 2:4). He is not willing that any perish (see 2 Pet....

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 22:00

On How to Say “Pound Sand” in Latin

In Monday’s post, the one on Al Mohler’s apology regarding CJ Mahaney, I made a comment that I would like to develop a bit more. I said this:

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“One of the hardest things in the world for human pride to do is to seek forgiveness when you have done genuine wrong. This is why it is...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:48

Russell Moore says it’s “Culturally Stereotypical views of Masculinity and Femininity” that Fuels Transgenderism Featured

image [Leah MarieAnn Klett | The Christian Post] At some point, every church and ministry will deal with a transgender individual or issues surrounding transgenderism. Thus, Christians need to understand the “larger question” behind the...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:00

Covenant Evangelism

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In the RPCNA, when parents bring their children for baptism, they take several vows, one of which regards our responsibility to bring the good news of Jesus to our children:

Do you promise to teach your children of their sinful nature, of the plan of salvation which centers in Jesus Christ, and...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:00

Poverty and the Moral Law Featured

Is poverty an inherent injustice? Can we say the same about wealth? As one recent Congresswoman has stated, is it immoral for billionaires to exist in the world? With all of the debates surrounding social justice, the topic of poverty has gained prominence as questions regarding economic inequality...

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Written by Cody Floate
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:00

Worldview Wednesday: Monotheism

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Q2 of the New Covenant Catechism (revised): Is there any true God besides the Lord? No! The Lord is the God of Heaven and earth. As Lord he possesses all authority, exercises total control over everything that happens, and is actively present everywhere. He is the ground, source and perfect...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:00

Why It’s Surprisingly Easy to Reward Disobedience

February 20, 2019 by: Sam Crabtree

Begin Early

Rewards are huge and they’re in play whether we employ them consciously or they just happen haphazardly. Rewards come into play starting from when children are very small. Though I don’t believe that we should punish newborns...

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Written by Sam Crabtree
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:00

40 Harmful Effects of Christianity – #29 Featured

image This post is the twenty-ninth in a series that addresses a list of “40 Harmful Effects of Christianity” that originated on the American Atheists Facebook page and has since made its way around the...

Authors: Seth Dunn...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:00

Monsters are Real, Not Just the Things of Nightmares: A Call for the Stories of Late Term Murder of the Unborn Featured

image Editor’s Note: The “Shout Out Your Abortion” movement has reached an unimaginable low point with the shrill call-out for those who have murdered their unborn babies right up to birth. Their stories of murder...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:00

Imperishable Beauty: Lesson 17- The Most Beautiful Girl in the World…er…Bible- Finale

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:00

Beauty for Ashes: Gospel Healing for Sexual Abuse, Part 1

A Word from Bob: This is the first of a multi-part blog series on Christ-centered hope imageand healing from sexual abuse. I’m developing this series from my P&R Publishing booklet, Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes.

Ashley’s Story and Nate’s Questions

It was the day after their twin...

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Written by Bob
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 19:00

The Real Place for Conflict: On Keeping Controversy Close to Home

By Justin Frank

Social media gives unprecedented opportunities to know about and engage in controversy. Many of these controversies are rooted in places far from us; involve people we’ve never met (and will likely never know); and grow out of communities of which we’ve never been (and...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:58

A La Carte (February 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include an eclectic little list of titles that may prove interesting.

As always, you may find something that appeals in this week’s deals from Westminster Books.

The Bewildering Mr. Brainerd

No doubt, it was Brainerd’s desire for holiness, zeal for the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:53

If We Don’t Stop Having Children, A “Black Hole Will Engulf” the World Featured

image [Steven Mosher | LifeNews] Ask anyone if the world is overpopulated, and you know what they will say. The idea that we humans are breeding ourselves to death—and taking the planet with us–is in...

Authors: Cherie Vandermillen...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:17

Paying Attention to the Voice of the Holy Spirit

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For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,

but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:00

Answering Nebuchadnezzar

King Nebuchadnezzar made a really bad choice. He looked at his kingdom of Babylon and attributed its might to himself (Dan 4:30). "While the words were still in the king's mouth" (Dan 4:31) God spoke from heaven and told him he'd be eating grass for seven periods of time ... and he did (Dan...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:00

Experiencing Honor and Dishonor

Here’s an excerpt from Experiencing Honor and Dishonor, Matthias Lohmann’s contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

As a fairly new Christian, I was honored for my individual performance as a soccer player. I was very unsure how to respond. I could feel how this honor was feeding...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:00

The Myth of Influence

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In the March 7, 1998, issue of the Los Angeles Times, the Religion section featured an article entitled, "L.A.-Area Seminary Teachers Gather to Ponder the Truth." For the fourth year, the Skirball Institute on American Values drew five seminaries together for discussion: St. John’s Seminary...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:56

Is God Real? God is the Best Explanation for Objective Moral Laws

imageWe live in a world populated with self-evident, objective, transcendent moral laws. “It’s never OK to torture babies for fun” or (my new favorite from a blog reader) “It’s never OK to torture non-believers just because you don’t like them?” are two examples...

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Written by J. Warner
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:00

Abortion Apologist Has Habit of Ignoring Basic Science

February 20, 2019
An abortion supporter needs to learn basic biology, says a pro-life activist, about when life begins and what makes a fetus a human being. Utah abortionist Leah Torres has become semi-famous on social media for making outrageous...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:00

God, Why Did You Give Me This (One, Lousy) Talent?

God gave humans not only the physical world, but our own talents—gifts and abilities that we can use to serve him.

Prior to the Reformation, the medieval church interpreted the talents in Jesus’ parable as spiritual gifts God bestowed on Christians. But the Reformers upset the status quo...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:30

50 United States: Christian First Grade Homeschool Lesson 4

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This is a Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on the 50 United States.

I typically go over two states at a time since we teach our kids multiple subjects during the day and two states at a time seems to be enough.  However if one is teaching one subject at a time I think going...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:08

The Indispensable Discipline of Meditation

You are what you think, believe, and desire. That’s a truism we all need to understand. It’s true, not because we have observed it to be so, but because it is the way God designed us to function. Proverbs 4:23 says it this way: Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:03

Psychology Attempts to Reform What Salvation Promises to Transform

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The Christian radio broadcast,Unshackled”,is the longest continually running radio program in history.Produced by the Pacific Garden Mission of Chicago for over 69 years, “Unshackled”has conveyed the real life stories of thousands of sinner’s whose lives were...

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Written by Travis Smith
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:02

What You Can Can't Kill Featured

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It’s been a few weeks since quite a bit of dust was necessarily stirred up over the latest abortion debate in the US. In these recent days, there have been some eyebrow-raising laws and provisions put forth in our nation.

As we consider these, it’s appropriate to take a moment and...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:00

Is It OK to Be Angry with God over Difficult Things?

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You can listen tothe audio of my answer or read the edited transcript below, which has some additional material added.

Sometimes we legitimize being mad at God, and we need to start by correcting that. There’s a difference between being profoundly disappointed, discouraged, or even depressed...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:00

How to Please the Lord

“Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9) In this verse, Paul expresses the strong desire to be “pleas... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:00

Take Courage Featured

Scripture is clear that believers are divinely equipped by Christ to overcome the threats of this world (1 John 5:4—5). That means we don’t need to yield to the mounting pressure to conform to the world’s skewed values, sinful social norms, and ever-shifting morality. We...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:00

Elliott’s Doctoral Thesis on the Text of the Pastoral Epistles

imageAt some point in college, I remember looking through J. K. Elliott’s The Greek text of the epistles to Timothy and Titus, a detailed textual commentary on those books from a thoroughgoing eclectic perspective.Recently, while putting a bibliography together I discovered that the two...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:00

Embarrassment and Evangelism

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I have a theory about evangelism. Many Christians—and this includes me—have a habit of saying that things would be cringeworthy or embarrassing to our unbelieving friends, when what we really mean is that they would be cringeworthy or embarrassing to us. This can be benign, and lead to...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:15

Three Reminders For Parents In The Trenches With Young Children

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When my mom walked into the room there was dust in the air. Draped over the ceiling fan, filling the curtains, imbedded in the carpet and all over my little brother and sister. It was soot from the cast iron stove—lots of it, strewn all across the living room. They had decided it was fun to...

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Written by Kole Farney