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  • Who Are the Evangelicals Supporting Donald Trump?

    09/01/2015 7:06:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    New polling shows Donald Trump continuing to surge among the Republican field. His strong showing among Evangelicals is a surprise to some and annoyance to others. As a matter of fact, he currently leads among conservative Christians. "I love the Evangelicals," said Trump, but there are doubters. A scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Trump and his Christian support concluded with this assessment: "I don't see someone interested in serving God, I see someone interested in being God." If the disconnect between Republican Party leaders and much of the base is evident, it may exist among Evangelical leaders...
  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 7:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | Leonard Blair
    R.C. Sproul Jr., son of Robert Charles Sproul, a noted Reformed theologian and founder of the international Christian organization, Ligonier Ministries, revealed Monday that he visited the controversial spouse-cheating Ashley Madison website in a "moment of weakness" last year and has been suspended by the board of Ligonier Ministries for it. "In August 2014, in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity, I visited Ashley Madison. My goal was not to gather research for critical commentary, but to fan the flames of my imagination," wrote the 50-year-old Sproul, a Calvinist Christian minister, theologian and widower in a...
  • God's Omnipresence - Chapter 14 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:38:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Our Father, we know that Thou art present with us, but our knowledge is but a figure and shadow of truth and has little of the spiritual savor and inward sweetness such knowledge should afford. This is for us a great loss and the cause of much weakness of heart. Help us to make at once such amendment of life as is necessary before we can experience the true meaning of the words ”In thy presence is fulness of joy.” Amen. The word present, of course, means here, close to, next to, and the prefix omni gives it universality. God...
  • What Men Live By - Chapter 28 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:27:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    HUMAN LIFE HAS ITS CENTRAL CORE where lie the things men live by. These things are constant. They change not from age to age, but are the same among all races throughout the world always. Life also has its marginal zones where lie the things that are relatively unimportant. These change from generation to generation and vary from people to people. It is at the central core that men are one, and it is on the marginal zones that they differ from each other. Yet the marginal things divide the peoples of the world radically and seriously. Most of the...
  • What About the Holy Spirit? (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:21:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Because the Holy Spirit affects every area of the Christian life, it is vital that we have a balanced and correct view of His role. The church’s understanding of the Spirit’s Person and ministry has been seriously distorted over the past few decades. Charismatics have given an undue emphasis to certain pentecostal gifts so that subjective experience is often elevated over objective scriptural truth. At the...
  • The Reality of Spiritual Warfare (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:19:07 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:10-12). Victory in battle comes when you identify the enemy, resist his attacks, and then take the initiative against him. Our nation has known many wars, but Vietnam was an especially frustrating campaign....
  • Seeking God's Kingdom (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:07:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘. . . All these things shall be added to you’” (Matthew 6:33). God will provide for those who seek what is eternal. What did Jesus mean when He said we are to seek God’s kingdom first? It means our top priority in life should be to seek what is eternal. That was the priority for the apostle Paul. In Acts 20 he was ready to leave for Jerusalem to defend the faith, not knowing if he might be put in prison or lose his life. The prospect of persecution did not deter him, for he said, “I do not...
  • Rejecting the World (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/31/2015 8:05:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). The world is opposed to everything God stands for. Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn't know what's best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God's warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer. Love of the world started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. Genesis 3:6 says, "When...
  • Christian Film 'War Room' Makes $11 Million Debut

    08/31/2015 7:53:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/31/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Christian drama "War Room," by filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, earned $11 million in its box-office debut over the weekend despite playing in only 1,135 theaters. It was placed No. 2 behind "Straight Outta Compton," which earned $13.2 million, but after playing in 3,142 locations. The faith-based film on the power of prayer, which hit theaters Friday, marks the highest debut for the Kendrick brothers with $11 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The N.W.A saga "Straight Outta Compton" remained at the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive weekend. However, "War Room" averaged $9,360 in 1,135 theaters, as...
  • Beautiful Christian music link for new traditional God honoring music

    08/30/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 41 replies
    sound cloud ^ | 08/30/15 | UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN
    Friends, this is some of the best modern Christ honoring music you will hear.
  • Living One Day at a Time (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:30:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’” (Matthew 6:34). The believer is not to worry about his future. British pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “Although it is very right to think about the future, it is very wrong to be controlled by it.” He was right, because worry is a tremendous force that will endeavor to defeat you. It will try to destroy you today by making you upset and anxious. But if it loses today, it will take you into the future until it finds something to...
  • The Love God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/30/2015 10:28:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17). If you love the world, you’re engaging in a love God hates. Satan, from the very beginning...
  • Church under fire for anti-Planned Parenthood sign

    08/29/2015 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    news12.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | news12.com
    COLD SPRING - A Baptist church in Putnam County is under fire after posting a controversial, anti-abortion sign outside its building. The sign outside the Church on the Hill in Cold Spring reads, "Defund Planned Parenthood... a person's a person no matter how small." The message went up a few days ago after videos surfaced suggesting that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue. Pastor Tim Greco put up the message himself. Speaking with News 12 via Skype, he says that he wanted the community to know where the church stands on the issue. "I think the churches should stand up...
  • Our All-Knowing God (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 2:00:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious then, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “With what shall we clothe ourselves?” For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things’” (Matthew 6:31-32). To worry is to be like an unbeliever. For us as believers, worry is needless because of God’s bounty, senseless because of God’s promise to provide, useless because of our inability to do anything, and faithless because by doing so we put ourselves in the same category as an unbeliever. In Matthew 6:32 the Greek term translated...
  • Seven Things God Hates (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/29/2015 1:45:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers" (Prov. 6:16-19). God is clear about the things that displease Him. God hates sin in any form, but Proverbs 6:17-19 lists seven that are especially loathsome to Him. First is haughty eyes (v. 17), which pictures a proud and arrogant person with his nose in the air and...
  • Observing the Flowers (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:55:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?’” (Matthew 6:28-30). Observing the flowers is a way to remember that God cares for you. In Matthew 6, some of the people...
  • Holy Hatred (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/28/2015 8:52:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hate evil, you who love the Lord" (Ps. 97:10). God’s hatred for evil is an extension of His love. After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, "holy hatred" will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can't truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it. If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love...
  • Living Life to the Fullest (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:34:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?’” (Matthew 6:27). You can worry yourself to death, but not to life. Dr. Charles Mayo of the renowned Mayo Clinic wrote, “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry.” We live in a day when people worry about how long they will live. That’s a harmful practice because you can worry yourself to death, but not...
  • The Triumph of Love (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/27/2015 1:32:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love triumphs over opposition. Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated "endures" in verse 7 is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances, but incredible opposition. Love does that without ceasing to love. Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God's message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud...
  • AF colonel to get double promotion to 2-star general for top chaplain post

    08/26/2015 7:13:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 8/26/15 | William Cole
    <p>Col. Dondi E. Costin is not your usual military chaplain.</p> <p>For starters, the former Pacific Air Forces command chaplain is being double-promoted to two-star general and will take over as chief of chaplains at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon on Friday.</p>
  • Did God Send A Prophet to Rebuke John MacArthur?

    08/26/2015 2:25:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 157 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/25/2015 | Michael Brown
    The video has now gone viral, providing embarrassment for the charismatic movement and fodder for those who deny that the prophetic gifts are for today. A self-proclaimed prophet from Scotland disrupted a Sunday morning service on August 16th as Pastor MacArthur stood behind the pulpit, rebuking him for teaching cessationism and for being divisive, announcing that he was a prophet sent by God. Pastor MacArthur listened quietly before security removed the man, who continued to call for repentance as he was escorted out the door. Pastor MacArthur then responded like a completely composed, totally unruffled, senior statesman, using humor and...
  • A Lesson from Nature (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:46:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?’” (Matthew 6:26). If God provides for the birds, how much more will He provide for you. I can imagine our Lord standing on a hillside in Galilee, looking down over the beautiful north end of the sea, the breeze rippling across the water, the sun bright in the sky. The people were all gathered at His feet. As He was speaking to them, some birds...
  • Hoping in God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/26/2015 6:44:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] hopes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love refuses to take human failure as final. Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. The apostle Peter wrote to believers who were experiencing severe trials. To encourage them he began, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Our hope is a...
  • Multiplying Freedom

    08/26/2015 6:41:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Can we talk? You and I both know that so often the church is probably the last place in the world where people are really free. We talk about freedom, we preach it and offer it to those who have not found Christ. But if you take a long look around the average church you will find people who seem to be cut from the exact same mold. Most of us look, act and talk the same way.There is, of course, a cold, dead orthodoxy among us that we have called “Christian.” Paul warned Timothy to be careful about those...
  • Hating Catholics–America’s ONLY Accepted Prejudice

    08/25/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 487 replies
    I recall when I got scorned for attacking homosexuality on my blog with a comment that said, “You are a homophobe, do you not know that God loves everyone including homosexuals,” in which I answered with, “do you not know that God loves everyone including the homophobe?” Indeed, we say “God loves everyone,” including, but not limited to; heretics, pedophiles, hemophiliacs, sodomites, lesbians, murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug pushers and every mutant from the pit of hell, except, of course, the legalist and the Pharisee, that is, the good old Catholic Church. y now, objectors who read so far what...
  • Led To Repentance

    08/25/2015 6:25:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | August 20, 2015 | Jessica Thompson
    “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:1-4) Recently, I...
  • The Giver of Life (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:28:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God gives you life and sustains your life. If you were living in Palestine during the time of Jesus, you might have been concerned about having the basics of life. That’s because there were times when the snows didn’t come to the mountains, and as a result the streams didn’t run. When the streams dried up, there was no water. Crops didn’t always produce either. They were subject to...
  • Expecting the Best (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/25/2015 7:25:30 AM PDT · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] believes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love always expects the best of others. In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father's forgiveness. So "he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. And the...
  • Luther Will Have a Square in the Middle of Rome

    08/24/2015 6:08:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 134 replies
    The city approves an initiative to honour the Reformer that challenged the ‘capital of Catholicism’ five centuries ago. Politicians waited for the approbation of Vatican authorities.Rome will have its own ‘Piazza Martin Lutero’ in the centre of the city. The Italian capital approved an initiative proposed by the Union of the Seventh Day Adventist Churches back in 2009. Vatican authorities have not opposed the project, evangelical sources said. “Next September 16 at 17.00, will take place the naming of a square in Rome to the German reformer Martin Luther, close to the Colosseum”, Stefano Bogliolo, board member of the Italian...
  • Flipping God the Bird (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    challies.com ^ | August 24, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Gestures are funny things. Gestures have no intrinsic meaning, but they do have very important assigned meanings. Here in North America the simple thumbs-up gesture means “well done,” but in some other cultures it carries a meaning that is vulgar and offensive. Or just think of George W. Bush at his 2005 inauguration flashing the “hook ‘em horns” gesture of the Texas Longhorns. Italians were shocked because they use that same gesture to indicate that a man’s wife is cheating on him. The gesture is the same, but it carries a very different meaning. In many places in the world,...
  • Ashley Madison: Faithlessness (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 7:21:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | Mark Jones
    "... be sure your sin will find you out" (Num. 32:23). Ashley. Madison. Two words that will not be forgotten by millions of people for as long as they live. Divorce lawyers in some cities are not even answering their phones. Computer hackers are being celebrated and vindicated. Millions of men and women are in a state of panic. People are being blackmailed. Josh Dugger is a self-admitted hypocrite. And spouses and children of married couples are about to have their lives ruined. Why? Because almost 39 million people are anonymous members of the "Ashley Madison" website that allows affairs...
  • The Sin of Worry (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 6:18:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). To worry about the future is to sin against God. Someone has said, “You can’t change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.” Worry does ruin the present, but even more important for the believer is to recognize that worry is sin. Let’s look at why that is so. Worry means you are striking out at God. Someone might say, “Worry...
  • Covering Sin (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/24/2015 6:16:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] bears all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love confronts sin but protects the sinner. In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul mentions four qualities of love that are closely related: bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things. That might sound like love is indiscriminate and accepting of anything that comes along, but "all things" in that verse is qualified by the context. Love rejects jealousy, bragging, arrogance, and so on (vv. 4-6), but it bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things that are within the parameters of God's Word. "Love bears all things" speaks of love's...
  • Is everything you know about 2nd Coming wrong? [pre-tribulation rapture]

    08/23/2015 8:07:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 226 replies
    WND ^ | August 22, 2015 | Richardson: Events of next 5 years 'will utterly destroy' pre-trib rapture doctrine
    Filmmaker, evangelist and renowned bible prophecy teacher Joel Richardson says it is a time of change for the church, especially when it comes to teachings about the End Times and the rapture. The author of the New York Times bestseller “The Islamic Antichrist” recently appeared with Joe Schimmel on Rick Wiles’s TruNews radio program to discuss the what he believes is the false doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture. Wiles himself supports the post-tribulation position, stating, “I personally do not believe that by the year 2020, any credible person will be teaching the secret pre-trib rapture doctrine. I think the events...
  • Will the Pope endorse Bernie Sanders for President?

    08/22/2015 11:47:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 21, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    If the Republican establishment thinks it has a problem with Donald Trump, just wait until the Pope visits America next month and endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for president. Such a move, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, would put the head of the Roman Catholic Church firmly in the Democratic Party camp during a critical election year in which Republicans hope to turn back the tide of transformational Marxism represented by President Barack Obama. A story on a Catholic news site, "Is Pope Francis going to endorse...Bernie Sanders?!", looks seriously at the possibility. The article noted that the...
  • Letting the Fog Lift (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/23/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God’s Word commands us not to worry. A story I once read reminded me that worry is like fog. According to the article, dense fog covering seven city blocks a hundred feet deep is composed of less than one glass of water—divided into sixty billion droplets. In the right form, a few gallons of water can cripple a large city. Similarly, the object of a person’s worry is usually...
  • Maintaining Doctrinal Purity (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/23/2015 8:46:29 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] rejoices with the truth" (1 Cor. 13:6). Love never compromises God’s Word. Paul has just given us a list of things that love does not do: become jealous, brag, act arrogantly or unbecomingly, seek its own, become provoked, keep track of wrongs suffered, or rejoice in unrighteousness. Now he comes to the first of five things love does: "[Love] rejoices with the truth" (v. 6). The contrast in verse 6 is between love's inability to rejoice in unrighteousness and its joy when truth prevails. "Truth" refers to God's Word, which is the standard of righteousness. Paul could have said,...
  • A Sincere, Heartfelt Plea to God...Psalm 94

    Dear readers,I have been unable to know where to even start again in my ongoing spiritual commentary, after my short but restful vacation.You see the “news” has hit me like a blast wind; the magnitude of evil which has suggested itself to me lately is so stunning I have been at a loss for words,(temporarily).Take for example the horrifying revelations about Planned Parenthood , or the recent hate filled speech I heard by Louis Farrakhan, calling for the murder of whites, and ridiculing the teaching of Jesus, also the suicidal pact with Iran, our sworn enemy and who has openly...
  • Materialistic Christians (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/22/2015 5:36:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth’” (Matthew 6:19). You cannot pursue both God and riches. Ours is a society consumed with material things. Status, success, and importance are all too often measured by a person’s financial worth. Those with wealth flaunt it; those without wealth fake it. People often rack up huge debts in their desperate and futile pursuit of happiness through accumulating material things. Sadly, that same materialistic mind-set permeates the church. Instead of offering an alternative, that of being distinct from the world, the church joins the world in its pursuit of riches. Most tragically...
  • Rejoicing in Righteousness (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/22/2015 5:34:26 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness" (1 Cor. 13:6). Love never justifies sin. To most Christians, the idea of rejoicing over unrighteousness is repulsive because it suggests enjoying deliberate, wanton sin. We've seen sin's tragic effects on mankind and know how it offends God, so how could we ever rejoice in such a thing? But rejoicing in unrighteousness includes any attempt to justify sin in your own life or the lives of others, so it can be a very subtle thing. There are many ways to rejoice in unrighteousness. One is to exchange right for wrong. That's what the prophet...
  • God Will Give You More than You Can Handle (Protestant Caucus)

    07/22/2015 6:43:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | July 17, 2015 | Mitch Chase
    Christians can make the strangest claims when comforting those who are suffering. What do you say to someone whose life is falling apart? If you have but few precious minutes with a person who’s lost a job, home, spouse, child, or all sense of purpose, what comfort do you give? We might turn to conventional wisdom instead of Scripture and end up saying something like, “Don’t worry, this wouldn’t happen in your life if God didn’t think you could bear it.” The sufferer may object, head shaking and hands up. But you insist, “Look, seriously, the Bible promises God won’t...
  • Why Evangelicals Worship Trump

    08/21/2015 5:48:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 21, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    With his brash demeanor, rough language, womanizing, and general Trump-ness, you’d think evangelicals would loathe Trump. You’d be wrong. Evangelicals were supposed to hate Donald Trump. His ostentatious wealth, his colorful language, his serial marriages—he was supposed to be the anti-Huckabee, the candidate least appealing to conservative Christians and their reality TV-unfriendly sensibilities. Then there was Trump’s cavalier discussion of his faith at the Ames, Iowa, Family Leadership Summit in July—where he said he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York argued that comment would hurt him more than his disparagement of Senator John McCain’s war record....
  • Day 2 Mega Crash: Dow Closes Down 530 Points

    08/21/2015 1:56:00 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 39 replies
    That is a 3.12% loss in a single day. 5.18% today and yesterday. To put that in perspective between 750 billion and 1 trillion dollars in market value were just wiped out in two days in the U.S. alone. And it isn't even September yet. It is about to get really, really ugly. CNBC is reporting that China's market is now mirroring 1929, and we could see the Chinese market crash a further 9% over just the next 4-5 days. Again I'll ask you: is your treasure in Heaven or on earth? You can't eat your gold, your silver, or...
  • Stocks Crashing For Second Day

    08/21/2015 12:21:18 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 108 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 8-21-15 | Gary
    Dow down over 430 points as of about 2:20 PM CST. Central banks have no more options.  Debt levels are completely unprecedented around the world.  These debts will never be paid back by human effort. Watchers have been saying that we might witness a big crash around this time for 5, 6, 7 years now.  Are you listening?  Are you awake? Is your treasure in Heaven or on earth? Pray. MARANATHA! Update: Yesterday's plunge of the DJI was the biggest point-drop in almost four years.  Today's is even larger.
  • A Little Piece of Bread (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/21/2015 4:59:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for [the Lord] Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5). God promises to provide for all your needs. In World War II the death of many adults left many orphans. At the close of the war, the Allies provided some camps to feed the orphans and to try and find a place to relocate them. The children began to develop and grow, receiving the finest food and care. But in one of the camps, the...
  • Forgiving Others (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    08/21/2015 4:57:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not take into account a wrong suffered" (1 Cor. 13:5). If you love someone, you won’t keep a record of their offenses. It is reported that when the Moravian missionaries first went to the Eskimos, they couldn't find a word in their language for forgiveness. They had to combine a series of shorter words into one compound word: Issumagijoujungnainermik. Although the word appears formidable, its meaning is beautiful, being translated: "Not-being-able-to-think-about-it-anymore." You've probably noticed that unforgiving people usually have good memories. Some can hold a grudge for a lifetime. But love never keeps a record of wrongs committed...
  • October 5, 2017

    October 5, 2017 Blessings to you in the name of Yahuah, the Father, and his Son, Yahusha. Time is short. You have a life-saving message to deliver. Nothing else matters. Your loved ones, your family, your relatives, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors and even your enemies – all of the people who have the greatest need to receive your message – will likely reject both your message and you. Your mission is to try anyway. This paper is your guide to the end of the age. It will provide you with the knowledge and the tools you need to...
  • To Die Is Gain (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Caucus & Devotional)

    08/20/2015 3:55:30 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    The Orthodox Presbyterian Church ^ | August 20 2015 | Peter G. Feenstra
    Daily Devotional ... having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Philippians 1:23 Bible Reading Philippians 1:21–26 Devotional Having a Christian view on life changes how we look at death as well. There are people outside the Christian community who see death as gain. They view death as a release from earthly troubles. Death for them is being able to walk away from present ills out into the unknown, perhaps into nonexistence. That’s why people consider suicide an alternative when they have lost all reason for living. They think that in this way they can...
  • The Soul & Friendship's Role (Part 2) PODCAST

    08/20/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | August 17, 2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the second half of our discussion on “the Soul and Friendship’s Role”, my educator friend and co-producer Tom Pazdan and I will discuss meaningful friendships that become toxic. If you are an emotionally sensitive person, and you feel (or have felt) hurt, anger, disappointment, or what have you due either to a broken friendship, or one that is now full of animosity, this show will try to make some sense out of your feelings. Also on the program, we will discuss how Jesus Christ provides a template for friendships, as the perfect model for them, on this edition of...
  • Church on Edge as Nepal Undergoes Birth Pangs of New Constitution (to recognize Christianity)

    08/20/2015 2:55:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 20, 2015 | ANTO AKKARA
    Kathmandu -- The church in Nepal is on the edge as Nepal struggles to finalize its much-awaited new constitution amid sporadic protests, violent clashes and shut downs in several districts over demarcation of the provinces under the draft constitution.   "There is lot of tension, both good news and bad news for us on the constitution [making] front," Father Silas Bogati, vicar general of the Vicariate of Nepal told Aleteia August 19 — a day after as a young protester died in police firing.   On the positive side, Father Bogati pointed out that: "At least church and Christianity will...