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  • The Servant Of The LORD...servant songs pt 1

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens,...
  • Yom Kippur Infographic

    09/21/2015 8:55:02 AM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 38 replies
  • Why Satisfaction Theory Is So Satisfying (Even Though It’s Wrong)

    03/30/2015 6:26:36 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 4 replies
    Patheos: Good and Truth ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rev Coleman Glenn
    On His “Glory to God for All Things” blog last week, Orthodox priest Fr. Stephen Freeman posted on the Orthodox perspective on Jesus’ atonement in contrast to the theory of penal substitution (penal substitution is the theory that Jesus died instead of you to take on the punishment due to you from God for your sins). Fr. Stephen argues that even the passages that seem to directly imply “penal substitution” atonement, or at least some form of “satisfaction theory” (i.e. Jesus died as a substitution in place of us to satisfy some demand of God), actually do not inherently suggest...
  • Episode 29: Christian vs. Mormon view of the Atonement ['Walk with us through our faith transition']

    02/12/2015 3:32:16 PM PST · by Colofornian · 3 replies ^ | Feb. 8, 2015 | Sarah
    On this episode, Richard, Sarah, and Jordan discuss different theories of the atonement, comparing mainstream Christian views to the Mormon view.

    01/24/2014 5:32:44 PM PST · by HarleyD · 3 replies
    Gospel Truth ^ | Unknown | Jonathan Edwards
    IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE.--Ephesians 1:11. THE doctrine of the forgiveness of sins is a capital doctrine of the gospel, and is much insisted on by the writers of the New Testament; above all, by the author of this epistle. In our text he asserts that we are forgiven according to the riches of grace; not merely in the exercise of grace, as the very term forgiveness implies; but in the exercise of the riches of grace; importing that forgiveness is an act of the most...
  • A Sabbath Day thought: December 29, 2013

    12/29/2013 9:02:31 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 9 replies
    Facebook ^ | 29 December 2013 | Jeff Head
    Well, we had 9 degrees this morning, but warming up to 32 degrees later today. Everyone be safe out there on this Sabbath day, and take time to warm your souls and feed your spirits by remembering and worshiping God in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, this day. Drink of the living water. John 4:14 "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
  • Rosa Brooks, Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy

    08/08/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies
    JessDuntno | Today | Various Sources
    Rosa Brooks serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and then Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. She is running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She is on leave from her job as a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Brooks is known as a columnist (most recently with the LA Times) and at the Pentagon her portfolio has included both human rights issues and global engagement and strategic communication. Her mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, is...
  • Someone Always Has to Pay...Genesis 4 pt 4

    But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.(Genesis 4:5-8)Cain offered...
  • Cain Strikes Again- Genesis 4 pt 5

    11/27/2012 6:58:59 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 5 replies ^ | 01-10-11 | Bill Randles
    In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.( I John 2:10-12)Cain and Abel were brothers. Both of them were strict Monotheistic worshippers also. But that is where the similarity ended. Abel...
  • Calvary or Gethsemane? The Atonement According to Mormonism

    04/05/2012 1:18:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 51 replies
    Each spring millions of Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of their Lord. In light of the fact that this is one of the most important events within the Christian tradition, it is important for us to examine and understand the spiritual significance of Christ's sacrifice in light of the teachings of past LDS leaders. Philippians 2:7 tells us that Christ made Himself of no reputation and took "the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." Hebrews 2:17 tells us this was done in order that He might make "reconciliation for the sins of the...
  • Jesus, Our Propitiation...(Substitution)

    04/14/2011 2:02:27 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    … we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (I John 2:1-2)In my previous article, I mentioned that certain evangelicals are currently denying the very heart of the christian gospel, that is, the death of Jesus as our substitute in judgment. The only gospel I have ever known is that Jesus died in our place to pay the price for our sin. On the cross he bore the full penalty under the law of God, and suffered...
  • Jesus Took Our Place...(Substitution)

    04/13/2011 2:33:37 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies ^ | 04-13-11 | Bill Randles
    For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:( I Peter 3:18)Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (1 Timothy 4:1)We are warned in more than one place, that the last days would be accompanied by a defection from the faith delivered “once and for all” to the church by the apostles. It is impossible to defect from that...
  • The Priestly Treadmill was Not Meant to Be Plugged in Forever (Thank God!)

    02/06/2011 4:05:52 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    The Ordinary Pastor ^ | 02/06/2011 | Erik Raymond
    (Lev 16.31-32) It is a Sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute forever. 32 And the priest who is anointed and be consecrated as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement, wearing the holy linen garments. This is the famous Day of Atonement passage. In Leviticus 16 God communicates to the Nation of Israel how they would have their sin dealt with. This annual event was to deal with their uncleanness due to their sin. Embedded in the pronouncement of cleansing (Lev.16.30) is this reminder of repetition. The feast will be...
  • The Atonement Makes Repentance Possible (Real LDS/Mormon)

    01/23/2011 1:47:16 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 35 replies
    The Atonement Makes Repentance Possible   "The Atonement Makes Repentance Possible", Ensign, Feb. 2011, 10–11    We come to earth for the purpose of growing and progressing. We are slowed in our progress when we sin. Except for Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, everyone who has lived upon the earth has sinned (see Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8).To sin is to break God’s commandments. Sometimes we sin by doing something we know is wrong, but sometimes we sin by failing to do what we know is right (see James 4:17).Every commandment from God blesses us if we obey it (see...
  • Please list all sins so we don't mess up.

    12/17/2010 4:59:46 PM PST · by Benchim · 109 replies · 1+ views
    Antinomianism and the New Covenant ^ | 12/16/2010 | Gart O'toole
    For those not fully confident that salvation is free and we must live "sin free", please define "sin" for me in such a way as we may then make a full list of sins of commission and omission and live my life accordingly. You will bog down in a sea of ambiguity. For example ,"Thou shalt not kill" .Does this apply in self defense? War? Accident?Thou shalt not bear false witness? How many lies do you tell each day? "I'm fine, thank you " when your not. "I'll get right on it!" (when you won't). How about stealing? Oh,well ,you...
  • Jesus says all we have to do is believe in him.

    12/10/2010 8:29:18 PM PST · by Benchim · 278 replies
    Antinomianism-Salvation ^ | 12/10/2010 | Gart O'toole
    Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
  • International Appearances of the Resurrected Jesus -Mormon- (OPEN)

    11/04/2010 4:18:29 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 175 replies
    Meridian Magazine ^ | April, 2009 | D. Kelly Ogden
      Meridian Magazine /   Monday, April 27 2009 International Appearances of the Resurrected JesusBy D. Kelly Ogden  We ponder the unprecedented nature and meaning of three particular days of the greatest week in the history of the world.  Nothing had ever happened, or ever would happen, that could compare in grandeur and scope with the events between the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden of the Resurrection, events that affect the mortal and immortal life of every soul to come into this world.I will proceed to prove the resurrection of the dead by confirming the authenticity and reliability...
  • Atonement After All We Can Do ViDEO (LDS Caucus)

    07/15/2010 11:34:24 PM PDT · by restornu · 4 replies
    BYU Educatioin Week ^ | Sept 2009 | Brad R Wilcox
    Atonement After All We Can Do
  • Lifting Burdens: The Atonement of Jesus Christ (LDS Caucus)

    03/01/2010 5:38:08 PM PST · by restornu · 1 replies · 112+ views
    YOU TUBE ^ | Oct 2009
    Lifting Burdens: The Atonement of Jesus Christ CLICKApostles of Jesus Christ testify of the Saviors power to heal, change, and purify us through His Atonement.
  • The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to God

    09/27/2009 7:28:34 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 7 replies · 651+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | 2001 | various
    The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to God We have already seen—through the symbolism involved in the Passover—that Christ's shed blood atones for our past sins. In fact, atonement means reconciliation. The Day of Atonement symbolizes the reconciliation of God and all humanity. If we are reconciled to God through Christ's sacrifice, why do we need another Holy Day to teach us about reconciliation? If we are already reconciled, why do we need to fast, as commanded on the Day of Atonement? (Leviticus 23:27; Acts 27:9). What is this day's specific significance in God's master plan...
  • Does God Require Blood?

    05/27/2009 7:01:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies · 784+ views
    UM Portal ^ | Apr 9, 2009 | Riley Case,
    In the Feb. 10 issue of The Christian Century, Daniel M. Bell Jr. states in “God Does Not Require Blood” that he is opposed to the substitutionary doctrine of the atonement, or any doctrine of the atonement, for that matter, in which blood is a key element. Reacting to the most crass and extreme expressions of suffering and substitution, Dr. Bell links the blood stuff with violence, primitive (and therefore inadequate) views of justice, war, spousal abuse and all sorts of bad things. He grants that the easiest way to circumvent the argument for any sort of blood atonement is...
  • The Temple and the Atonement LDS (OPEN)

    03/24/2009 8:20:36 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 9 replies · 483+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | Truman Madsen
      M E R I D I A N     M A G A Z I N EThe Temple and the AtonementBy Truman Madsen We have been in Israel on and off, for nearly six-and-a-half years.  It was evocative in ways I cannot put in words.  We came daily, my wife and I, for two years to that magnificent building on Mount Scopus, the Jerusalem Center, your center. We walked into an office which is all glass on the west side and looked out early in the morning upon descending gold, because as the sun rises it strikes the taller buildings first...

    03/24/2009 8:00:45 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 70 replies · 1,096+ views ^ | April 1985 | Elder Bruce R. McConkie
    GARDEN OF GETHSEMANEA talk given by Elder Bruce R. McConkieof the Quorum of the Twelve at theApril 1985 General Conference I feel, and the Spirit seems to accord, that the most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear is one of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur, from creations dawn and through all the ages of a never ending eternity. It was the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a God could perform. Through it...
  • Book of Mormon, Alma 34- Justice vs. Mercy (LDS Devotional)

    03/03/2009 1:47:28 PM PST · by sevenbak · 7 replies · 640+ views ^ |
    Alma 34 9 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made. 10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice;...
  • For some white voters, Obama's race is seen as a 'bonus'

    11/03/2008 3:32:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies · 1,299+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 3, 2008 | Richard Fausset
    Reporting from Atlanta -- Will Hairston, a white Virginian, admits it freely: When he goes into the voting booth Tuesday, he will take Barack Obama's race into consideration. It will be, he said, one more good reason to pull the lever for the Illinois senator. "For me, the Obama thing is a giant step forward for America," he said. The 47-year-old's ancestors once lorded over black slaves as owners of one of the Old South's largest plantation empires. Electing a black candidate, he said, would show that "we're not just the slavery nation, the Jim Crow nation." This is the...
  • The Fall of Satan's Kingdom

    10/08/2008 5:47:57 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 30 replies · 1,085+ views
    Is There Really A Devil? ^ | Unknown | Various
    The Fall of Satan's Kingdom "Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time" (Revelation 12:12). When we consider the whole picture, we can hold no doubt that this is Satan's world rather than God's. Paul even refers to our era as "this present evil age" (Galatians 1:4). However, Satan will not always dominate planet earth. Bible prophecy reveals that an astounding series of events will shake our world as never before and usher in a new age—a 1,000-year...
  • Mormonism and the atonement of Jesus (Garden Atonement of Christ)

    05/05/2008 4:00:07 AM PDT · by Revelation 911 · 73 replies · 59+ views
    The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints does not view the atonement of Christ in the biblical and historical Christian manner. Instead of the atonement occurring on the cross, Mormonism teaches that the atonement occurred primarily in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus shed His blood. Please consider the following quotes from a BYU professor and the Mormon apostle Bruce McConkie. BYU professor Robert J. Matthews, who on page 282 of his book, A Bible! A Bible!, wrote, “It was in Gethsemane, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, that Jesus made his perfect atonement by the shedding...
  • Easter warning: crucifixion is bad for you

    03/19/2008 1:25:26 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 271+ views ^ | 3/19/2008 | Thomas Bell
    Many people in the Philippines consider crucifixion and self flagellation good for the soul, but it is bad for your health according to new government advice for penitents. This Holy Week, the thousands of guilt stricken or pious worshippers who will flay the skin off their backs, and the handful who will crucify themselves, are encouraged to get a tetanus shot first and be sure to use a clean whip or nails. The Catholic church frowns upon the crucifixions "We are not trying to go against the Lenten tradition here because whipping has somewhat already become some form of ’atonement...
  • 'Atonement' Dunkirk shot: All in a day's work

    01/05/2008 2:05:20 PM PST · by RDTF · 5 replies · 539+ views
    chicago sun times ^ | Jan 5, 2008 | JAKE COYLE
    NEW YORK -- Through cinema history, audacious, lengthy tracking shots have captivated filmmakers and movie buffs who marvel at their grace and choreography. In the middle of Joe Wright's critically acclaimed ''Atonement,'' a 5˝-minute shot unfolds as Robbie, a British World War II soldier (James McAvoy), comes upon France's Dunkirk beach, where the final point in the British retreat from the Germans is portrayed as a grim circus of defeat and chaos. In the Ian McEwan novel from which the movie was adapted, the scene is described in just a few pages. McEwan writes: ''It was a rout and this...
  • Yom Kippur: Israel's Reconciliation

    09/29/2006 8:27:34 AM PDT · by Buggman · 291 replies · 2,093+ views
    The B'rit Chadasha Pages | 9/29/06 | Michael D. Bugg
    In my first article on the Fall High Holy Days, we saw that the Feast of Trumpets is intimately linked by both Yeshua and Sha’ul with Yeshua’s Second Coming on the clouds of heaven, and saw that this corresponded with the expectations of the rabbis. Now we come to the second of the Fall Feastdays, and the holiest day of the Jewish—which is to say, Biblical—calendar: Yom Kippur takes place on the tenth of Tishri, nine days after Rosh Hashanah. On that day, the high priest would put on a special coat of white linen and carry out a very...
  • The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to God

    09/25/2006 7:51:56 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 7 replies · 409+ views
    God's Holy Days ^ | 1998? | Various
    The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to GodWe have already seen-through the symbolism involved in the Passover-that Christ's shed blood atones for our past sins. In fact, atonement means reconciliation. The Day of Atonement symbolizes the reconciliation of God and all humanity. If we are reconciled to God through Christ's sacrifice, why do we need another Holy Day to teach us about reconciliation? If we are already reconciled, why do we need to fast, as commanded on the Day of Atonement? (Leviticus 23:27; Acts 27:9). What is this day's specific significance in God's master plan...
  • Reiner: Gibson Must Come Clean on 'Passion' (Meathead Now Speaking for Jews Everywhere)

    08/27/2006 12:50:32 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 99 replies · 2,291+ views
    Reiner: Gibson, Come Clean on `Passion' LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mel Gibson's apology for making drunken anti-Semitic remarks isn't enough to redeem him, actor-producer Rob Reiner said. The actor also must acknowledge that "his work reflects anti-Semitism," particularly the 2004 hit movie "The Passion of the Christ," Reiner told Associated Press Radio. "When he comes to the understanding that he has done that, and can come out and say, you know, 'My views have been reflected in my work and I feel bad that I've done that,' then that will be the beginning of some reconciliation for him," Reiner said....
  • What should Mel Gibson's punishment be? (VANITY)

    07/30/2006 7:49:33 PM PDT · by Hildy · 406 replies · 6,041+ views
    July 30, 2006 | Hildy
    Since so many here want so much to forgive Mel Gibson for his anti-semetic tirade and beligerent behavior towards law enforcement I was trying to come up with the best punishment. I think I got it. Besides the obligatory fine, I think the Judge should sentence him to 500 hours community service at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. What do you all think his sentence should be?
  • Did Christ Die For All?

    07/12/2006 12:26:57 PM PDT · by xzins · 295 replies · 1,960+ views
    Bible Believers Net ^ | Samual Telloyan
    The question considered in this study of the Bible is, "For whom did Christ die?" Some answer, "For all." Others answer, "Only for the elect." What sayeth the Scriptures? Those known as Arminians hold that Christ's death was for all men alike, and that it secured for everyone a measure of common grace whereby all are able to believe if they will. This Arminian view is not the subject of this investigation; only the differences among Calvinists are here being examined. Those who consider that Christ died only for the elect can for convenience be referred to as limited redemptionists....
  • The Purifying Power of Gethsemane

    04/14/2006 11:45:57 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 4 replies · 149+ views
    The Ensign ^ | May 1985 | Bruce R. McKonkie
    I feel, and the Spirit seems to accord, that the most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear, is of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creation’s dawn through all the ages of a never-ending eternity. It is the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a god could perform. Through it, all of the terms and conditions of the Father’s eternal plan of salvation became operative. Through it are brought to pass the immortality and...
  • Merit

    02/10/2006 11:35:15 AM PST · by annalex · 13 replies · 692+ views
    Catholic Encyclopedia, abridged by Annalex ^ | 1911 | Catholic Encyclopedia, abridged by Annalex
    Merit Abridged by Annalex FOREWORD This is an abridgement of long and detailed Catholic Encyclopedia article on Merit where I condense the necessary definitions and distinctions in a more concise manner, omitting discussion that seemed to me too arcane. I follow the same subtitle structure as the original and invite the reader to study the original sections for deeper understanding. Much of this abridgement is directly copied from the original, but for the ease of reading I do not use quotation marks. None in this is my own thoughts; my only input was in shortening and paraphrasing. MERIT Merit (meritum)...
  • Indulgences: Spreading the Wealth

    01/17/2006 3:55:48 PM PST · by annalex · 116 replies · 1,623+ views
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | November 2000 | Dermott J. Mullan
    An indulgence is an action of the Church which spreads her treasure of merits to the suffering members of the family of God. Indulgences: Spreading the wealth By Dermott J. Mullan I. Introduction Indulgences have to do with how God handles evil and good. To God, sin is always horrible, but humans do not always think so. The Church’s teaching on indulgences is meant to impress on us some of God’s horror of sin. The Church says sin is never an isolated event: rather, each sin has after-effects, not only in the person who sins but also in other parts...
  • Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas

    12/04/2005 7:27:20 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 327 replies · 6,361+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | Nov. 2005 | Jerold Aust
    Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas Many feel that Christmas marks Christ's birthday and that it honors Him. After all, can 2 billion professing Christians be wrong? At the same time, some few Christians don't observe Christmas, believing that Jesus didn't sanction it and that it dishonors Him. Who is right—and why? by Jerold Aust One day, years ago, someone asked me why I kept Christmas. "The Bible says to keep it," I responded. "Somewhere in the Gospel of Luke, it speaks of the nativity scene. An angel told some shepherds that were keeping their sheep in the fields at...
  • On Yom Kippur, Forgiveness Is Divine (Hillary Finds Time To Schmooze With Jews Alert)

    10/14/2005 12:29:02 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 371+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/14/05 | K. Connie Chang
    She told her audience that Western civilization owes much to the Jewish faith for the tradition of beginning the new year in this way. "How fortunate we are to have an opportunity to take time out as you are doing here on Yom Kippur to think of the large issues that really matter in life," she said. "Each year, going back to Leviticus, the Jewish people have recognized both the psychological and theological power of atonement and forgiveness."
  • But is it Relevant?

    09/13/2005 10:13:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 642 replies · 3,708+ views
    Modern Reformation ^ | 1992 | Michael S. Horton
    In every period, the church is tested for its faithfulness to the apostolic witness to Christ and him crucified. The great Liberal theologians of the last century viewed the doctrine of justification as one of those Jewish ideas out of which the church had not grown until the dawn of the Enlightenment. Sacrifice and satisfaction: a God of wrath and love simultaneously requiring and satisfying justice in one act of blood atonement, it was just more than the sophisticated Greeks of modern culture could bear. After all, God is love and exists simply to make sure everyone is happy and...
  • Something God Cannot Do

    05/19/2005 2:01:21 PM PDT · by thePilgrim · 113 replies · 1,198+ views
    Los Banos, California PCA Church plant ^ | 2004 | Michael S. Horton
    Something God Cannot Do by Michael S. Horton © 2004, Modern Reformation Can God make a rock so big that he can’t lift it? Is there anything that God cannot do? According to Scripture, God cannot violate his own character. He cannot sin or tempt people to sin. And, Scripture declares, he cannot acquit the guilty. That is, he cannot just forgive he cannot just let bygones be bygones when his justice, holiness, and righteousness are at stake. We live in a sentimental age. Love has become the pretext for all sorts of infidelities between friends, parents and children,...
  • Stalking True Atonement

    09/19/2004 10:11:08 AM PDT · by yonif · 5 replies · 537+ views
    AISH ^ | Sept. 2004 | Sara Yoheved Rigler
    It's not that I mind giving charity to all and sundry, but I do mind being rooked. That's why my "don't think you can fool me" persona went on high alert when the girl approached our table at an outdoor cafe one evening this summer. My husband and I were having supper with another couple, distant relatives from America. The girl wore blue jeans, a halter-top, dangling pink earrings that must have been six inches long, and gobs of makeup. Her hair was streaked with purple. I guessed that she was probably 16 years old. She mumbled that she belonged...
  • The Craftiness of Christ -- Dallas Willard on "The Passion"

    09/14/2004 11:20:50 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 2 replies · 285+ views ^ | Dallas Willard
    Craftiness of Christ (The) To be included in a volume entitled Mel Gibson's 'Passion' and Philosophy: Challenges in the Trial, Conviction and Crucifixion of Christ, edited by Jorge Gracia, published by Open Court Publishers, forthcoming. ----------------------------------------------------- The Passion of the Christ is a work of art. This means that it utilizes a medium to convey a vision of some serious aspect of the human condition. The medium in the case of a film has several levels: the roll of celluloid that can be produced, maintained or destroyed like any other physical object; the visual and auditory images that appear to...
  • The Purpose of the Passion (Not all believers thought Jesus had to die for our sins)

    02/27/2004 8:51:21 PM PST · by GeronL · 167 replies · 444+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2-20-2004 | Susan Albach/Hogan
    For some, the controversy is over who killed Jesus. But for others, it's why he died – whether his death was necessary to atone for the sins of humanity. Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which opens in theaters Wednesday, raises questions other than anti-Semitism for some Christians. At issue is whether the death of Jesus was necessary to reconcile the world to God – a view no longer sacrosanct in some circles. The movie, reflecting the deeply held views of its director, answers affirmatively on the side of traditional Christianity. But in churches and religious schools, some believers...
  • FR MOVIE REVUE: THE PASSION OF CHRIST (post your comments here)

    02/24/2004 11:28:50 AM PST · by Liz · 771 replies · 5,327+ views
    2/24/04 | FR MOVIE REVIEWERS
    All the world is waiting for the powerful message in Mel Gibson's ground-breaking film, The Passion of Christ. Post here your own personal reactions after seeing the film set to open tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Passion has previewed in some areas. Also post reviews and pertinent comments from your state and area's newspapers and publications.

    01/18/2004 6:51:03 AM PST · by KDD · 17 replies · 257+ views
    LIFE AND WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE ^ | 1700's | Thomas Paine
    Every person, of whatever religious denomination he may be, is a DEIST in the first article of his Creed. Deism, from the Latin word Deus, God, is the belief of a God, and this belief is the first article of every man's creed. It is on this article, universally consented to by all mankind, that the Deist builds his church, and here he rests. Whenever we step aside from this article, by mixing it with articles of human invention, we wander into a labyrinth of uncertainty and fable, and become exposed to every kind of imposition by pretenders to revelation....
  • The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to God

    10/03/2003 7:09:45 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 1 replies · 121+ views
    God's Holy Day Plan ^ | Spring 1998 | UCG
    The Day of Atonement: Removal of Sin's Cause and Reconciliation to God We have already seen-through the symbolism involved in the Passover-that Christ's shed blood atones for our past sins. In fact, atonement means reconciliation. The Day of Atonement symbolizes the reconciliation of God and all humanity. If we are reconciled to God through Christ's sacrifice, why do we need another Holy Day to teach us about reconciliation? If we are already reconciled, why do we need to fast, as commanded on the Day of Atonement? (Leviticus 23:27; Acts 27:9). What is this day's specific significance in God's master...
  • Faith Alone

    08/31/2002 8:55:01 PM PDT · by streetpreacher · 34 replies · 373+ views
    World Magazine ^ | August 31, 2002, Volume 17, Number 33 | John Piper
    Faith aloneThe remedy for paralyzed sinners, fallen saints, and provincial cowardice By John Piper GOD DID HIS MOST DEADLY WORK TO DESTROY hopelessness and futility and provincial cowardice. He gave up His Son to torture and death. A perfect life, a perfect death, and the decisive work was done. But millions are numb to hope because of the God-belittling things they have done and how ugly they have become. They don't lift lofty arguments against God's truth; they shrug and feel irretrievably outside. They don't defy God consciously; they default to cake and television. Except for the periodic rush of...
  • The Preacher and the Seeker

    08/29/2002 4:45:36 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies · 75+ views
    The Preacher and the Seeker by C. Matthew McMahon The following is a fictional conversation between a young unconverted inquirer and a minister.I say fictional though in reality such conversations take place, and should take place, for all those who desire their conversion.It demonstrates the need to wed together two ideas in relation to salvation: the sovereignty of God and the depravity of the human soul but it must do this without rendering men inactive in their duty to repent and be saved, or ascribing to some form of fatalism in salvation. PREACHER:Hello young man, how are you doing on...
  • Catholic Caucus: A Day of Penance and Prayer [Baptized believers are called to be a light]

    08/12/2002 11:09:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies · 198+ views
    The Sentinel ^ | 7-12-02 | Archbishop John Vlazny, Portland, OR
    Baptized believers are called to be a light for the world 07/12/2002 Archbishop John Vlazny In the life of every person, there comes a moment when his or her personal existence must be anchored to a truth which is recognized as final. This is a truth that confers a certitude no longer open to doubt. For Christians, it is the historical fact of God in human flesh. The Incarnation did take place some 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. But the mystery of the Incarnation is repeated time and time again whenever and wherever the Lord chooses to be present...