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  • The Church Cannot Die - Chapter 31 (Ecumenical)

    10/09/2015 5:34:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    THERE IS A NOTION ABROAD that Christianity is on its last legs, or possibly already dead and just too weak to lie down. This is confidently believed in Communist countries, and while spokesmen for the West are too polite to say so, one can hardly escape the feeling that they too believe the demise of the church to be a certain if embarrassing fact, the chief proof of her death being her failure to provide leadership for the world just when it needs it most. Let me employ a pair of mixed and battered but still useful clichés and say...
  • A Right View of God (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/09/2015 5:28:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight, so that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, and blameless when Thou dost judge” (Psalm 51:4). True confession involves a proper understanding of God. Today we will see a second element of true confession in David’s prayer in Psalm 51: true confession requires not only a proper view of sin, but also a proper view of God. David gives us an understanding of four essential truths about God. First, God is holy. Affirming God’s omniscience, David declared, “Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the...
  • Giving Godly Counsel (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/09/2015 5:25:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another" (Rom. 15:14). Scripture is the source of godly counsel. In recent years the question of who is competent to counsel has become an important issue in the church. Many pastors and other church leaders have curtailed their counseling ministries or stopped them altogether. They've been made to feel inadequate for not having formal training in psychological counseling techniques. Behind this movement away from pastoral counseling is the subtle implication that the Holy Spirit...
  • A Right View of Sin (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/08/2015 3:30:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2). True confession involves a proper understanding of sin. King David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14). He was far from perfect, however. He was not an effective father (1 Kings 1:5-6), nor did he always trust God (1 Sam. 21:10—22:1). But by far his greatest failings were his horrible sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband (2 Sam. 11—12). After Nathan the prophet confronted him with his sin, David poured out his heart in confession to God....
  • Experiencing Spiritual Victory (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/08/2015 3:28:14 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word. . . . Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee" (Ps. 119:9, 11). Scripture is the source of spiritual victory. Many Christians struggle with spiritual defeat or recurring sins because they haven't learned to apply biblical principles to specific situations. Perhaps they don't know God's will because they haven't matured in the Word. Or maybe they know what He expects of them but disregard His counsel. In either case, the result is the same. Jesus Himself...
  • The Prerequisite for Cleansing (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:36:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Continuous confession characterizes Christians. Yesterday we learned that the only condition for receiving God’s gracious forgiveness is to “walk in the light”—in other words, to be a true Christian (1 John 1:7). At first glance, today’s verse appears to contradict that truth by adding a condition—namely, confession of sin. Such is not the case, however. First John 1:9 could be translated, “If we are the ones confessing our sins, He is forgiving us.” This verse...
  • Enjoying God's Blessings (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it" (Luke 11:28). Obeying Scripture brings spiritual blessing. When Scripture speaks of a person's being blessed, it usually refers to the reception of some temporal or spiritual benefit. It also includes the joy and sense of well-being that comes with knowing that God is at work on your behalf. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of...

    10/07/2015 9:40:43 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    bible ^ | 10-7-15 | bible
    My gold and silver represent Me, It really is not hard to see, Just lock your attention into my mind(Mind of Christ), For it is only here that you shall find, The Gold of The Father is His Glory , And the Silver My Righteousness when you believe in Me! For truly it is purchased when you spend your time, With The Father and The Son that you enter into the Divine! Then Holy Virtue is yours for you have been set free, By The Blood of The Lamb and the WORD of My Testimony, So come to The Father...
  • Children of Light (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:47:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). God is light, and His children share His nature. First John 1:5 aptly describes God’s nature as “light” (truth and holiness). Because they partake of His nature (2 Peter 1:4), His children also walk in the light. It must be understood that we don’t become God’s children by walking in the light, but rather we walk in the light because we are His children. The Greek...
  • Preparing for Spiritual Service (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:45:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable . . . that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Scripture equips you for spiritual service. Each week I have the privilege of interacting with more than one hundred students at The Master's Seminary. One of my greatest joys is seeing their determination to do God's work in God's way. That attitude is the key to success in ministry, as Joshua learned when he assumed leadership over the Israelites after Moses' death. At that point, God said to him, "This book of the...
  • The Lord's Heartstrings of Grace [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/06/2015 7:06:27 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Please start with this song . . . Beautiful day ~ Jamie Grace My orchestra plays in time with the strings of My heart that is My 7 Spirits of Righteousness in the truth of Who I AM for there is no other :o) Isaiah 11:1-2 Righteous Reign of the Branch 11 Then a Shoot (the Messiah) will spring from the stock of Jesse [David’s father], And a Branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 And the 1Spirit of the Lord(Love) will rest on Him— The 2 Spirit of wisdom and 3 understanding, The 4 Spirit of counsel...
  • YOUR Purpose and Calling [ Charismatic Caucus]

    10/05/2015 9:01:44 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible,the joshua Chronicles ^ | holy Spirit , bible
    My love for you my children far exceeds endless for as you travel on the Highway of Holiness and become accustomed to my endearing love it is then that you realize it is paved in the blood of my sacrifice for I AM Love and this IS the path(sacrifice) you must walk daily for the eyes of understanding to reveal the purpose of your calling and the doors of assignments open up all your appointed endeavors of My love working through you . . . Ephesians 4:1-2 Unity in the Body 1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore...
  • Children of Darkness (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:12:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Those who deny the reality of their sin affirm the unreality of their salvation. Ours is a society that rejects the concept of individual responsibility. People blame society, their parents, their genes—anything but their own actions and choices—for their problems. The biblical teaching that all people are responsible for breaking God’s holy law is scoffed at as primitive, unsophisticated, and harmful to a healthy self-esteem. Even some who claim to be Christians refuse to...
  • Longing for the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:09:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet. 2:2). Scripture is our source of spiritual growth. A newborn baby was abandoned in a pile of trash in a city alley. The mother had obviously left it there to die. The infant was near death when someone heard its faint cry and summoned medical help. The child survived, but not until it had received the attention and nourishment it needed. That situation has a spiritual parallel, which Peter used to illustrate the believer's dependence on God's...
  • Honoring Jesus through His love in us honoring and loving others [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 11:47:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 28 replies
    bible, Holy Spirit, ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    My Spirit Honors those that Honor Me(Jesus) , And this is when you witness My Majesty, Bounding and moving through a crowd, Miracles of healing, Signs and "Wonders" is how My Spirit speaks out loud, Acknowledging My Spoken WORD, Rather written or declared and heard, But truly it is when He sees, The Unified Love of The Father you then feel His breeze, The Face, The Form and Breathe of JEHOVAH GOD , The Wonders of His Staff and Rod, For ALL Authority "Rests" in Me(Jesus)! So LET "MY LOVE" Be The Fruit of Your Tree ! Philippians 1:9The Voice...
  • A PSalm For The Sabbath...(To my European Readers especially)

    10/04/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    10-04-15 | Bill Randles
    Psalm 92It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:The mark of the Christian, is that He praises God! The dead praise not the Lord we are told, but those infused with the gift of Life are alive and can respond to Him. 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,Morning and evening,The mercy of God and his covenant faithfulness is lauded by those of the Redeemed. The lost don’t understand this, and think we are silly for always having the song...
  • Fighting Over Directions

    10/03/2015 7:04:13 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 30, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I hate church retreats.They’re too religious and too intense, and always with too many people. So when I saw on my schedule a pastors/staff retreat for a church in Nashville, I reached for Prozac and booze. Well, that’s not true. I don’t drink and haven’t had to take anti-depressants yet. I did, however, think about both. Man, did God surprise me. The church was Midtown Fellowship, and we met at a large and quite beautiful home on a lake near Nashville. I spent Monday with the nine pastors at Midtown and then Tuesday and Wednesday with the rest of the...
  • The Problem with Religion-Steve’s Devotional(Protestant/Evangelical/Non-Denom Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:49:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 21, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Do you sometimes grow tired of religious people? Do you ever want to just grunt, scream and spit? I know I do.Sometimes I just want to say something shocking. And once that’s done, I’ll think, There, I did it and I’m glad! I try to stifle those feelings because, of course, no real Christian would even think such things. That is what I thought until I read Christ’s words in Matthew 6:1-8 and 16-18. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who...
  • The Importance of Confession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:34:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). Confession is the first step toward defeating sin. It is often true that the hardest part of dealing with a problem is admitting that you have one. Beginning with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:11-13), people have denied responsibility for their sins, and our generation is no exception. To acknowledge that one is a sinner, guilty of breaking God’s holy law, is not popular. People call sin by a myriad of other names, futilely hoping to define it...
  • The Ministry of the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:31:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My Word . . . shall not return to Me . . . without accomplishing what I desire" (Isa. 55:11). "Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deut. 8:3). God’s Word is both productive and nourishing. The Bible contains many precious promises, two of which relate specifically to itself. First, the prophet Isaiah said that the Word is productive: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and...
  • The U.N. is an Endtimes Player...Armeggeddon pt 3

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (Joel 3:1-3)This past week has been incredibly compelling from a biblical Prophecy perspective. So much...
  • Praying for Trump

    10/02/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 2, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk, Trinity College
    I miss Donald Trump. There, I said it. Mea maxima culpa. Ever since Pope Francis blew into town, nobody seems to care about him. Yes, heÂ’s still leading in the polls. But somehow, no one seems to care. HeÂ’s just kind of sitting there, mired in the low 20s, waiting for someone, anyone, to take his place. Ben Carson made a run at him, but has subsided. Carly Fiorina likewise. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz the same. The whole damn race seems stuck in neutral. O Francis, what hast thou wrought? Apparently a need for some churching up, as Curtis once...
  • Russia is a player in Prophecy, but not the USA...

    To all who have any discernment,we are currently witnessing the diminishment of the 70 year US sphere of influence in the Middle East. I cringed as I witnessed the spectacle of Vladimir Putin’s U.N. speech excoriating the western nations for ignoring international law, dis-embowling Libya, Syria and creating ISIS through our meddling in the Middle East. Putin is a supporter of embattled Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has committed Russian ground troops, tanks, ships and an air strike force to defend Assad. Putin is also an ally of the terrorist Iranian regime. They too have poured troops into Syria to...
  • Soul Mates? Why Many Christian Marriages End Up In Divorce

    09/30/2015 2:40:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    BreakPoint ^ | 09/29/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    You want to know one reason why so many Christian marriages end up in divorce? Ronald Reagan once quipped that the trouble with his political opponents, “is not that they are ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Well, I’ve had a bee in my bonnet for years over something that far too many of my fellow Christians believe in that just isn’t so. I speak, gentle listener, of the whole “soul mate” nonsense, especially when it comes to finding a husband or wife. Let me be perfectly clear: No matter how many ads for Christian...
  • Russia Muscles In...Syria in Prophecy pt 1

    Vladimir Putin has received authorization to use Russian military power in defense of besieged Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has wasted no time, having launched a series of airstrikes against the terror group ISIS, but there are ominous reports that Putin has also attacked US backed rebel army elements as well. The situation is very confusing, but I think it would profit to try to make some sense of it, since it has extremely serious Geopolitical implications and most importantly it is of immense prophetic significance as well. How did the world arrive at this mess? The Syrian Civil War...
  • Pope Francis met Secretly with Kim Davis, Offered his Support and Prayers

    09/29/2015 7:44:35 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/29/2015 | Austin Rose
    Pope Francis met privately with controversial Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and her husband while he was in Washington, DC last week.
  • For Him Who Has Ears To Hear...Mystery Babylon pt 3

    Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude…Address of …Pope Francis to The General Assembly of the United NationsDid you catch that? The Pope, is one of the Gentile Kings of the Earth, having episcopal authority over the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, and claiming to be the vicar of Christ on...
  • Spiritual Gifts (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/29/2015 12:42:37 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). God wants every Christian to understand spiritual gifts and use his or hers wisely. A spiritual gift is a channel through which the Holy Spirit ministers to the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:11). The day we were born again into God’s family, His Spirit distributed to us a spiritual gift. Therefore, having a spiritual gift does not mean a believer is “spiritual.” What we really must ask is, “Is the channel clear?” Hypothetically, someone could have all the recorded spiritual gifts...
  • Praying for Others (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/29/2015 12:40:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). God wants you to look beyond your own problems and pray for the needs of others. The great preacher D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, "Before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, in Barcelona, Madrid and other places, there were psychological clinics with large numbers of neurotics undergoing drug treatments and others attending regularly for psychoanalysis and such like. They had their personal problems, their worries, their anxieties, their...
  • A Healthy Church (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/28/2015 5:07:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). God has given every believer certain gifts and functions to contribute to the health of the church and enable it to communicate the gospel to the world. God fervently desires to reach the whole world with the gospel’s truth (Acts 1:8). Therefore, the Holy Spirit has specially energized members of Christ’s Body, the church, to fulfill God’s great...
  • Knowing God (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/28/2015 5:05:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). Your desire to know God should motivate you toward fervent prayer. Man's highest purpose is to know God. Jesus prayed to the Father, saying, "This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Of us He said, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me" (John 10:14). John...
  • Not once! Not Jesus Christ and not abortion. The very political Pope!

    09/24/2015 5:23:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 107 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | Thursday, 24 September 2015 | Vox Cantoris
    Not once was the name or Our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed aloud. Not even a subtle illusion. Not even a blessing. Even at St. Patrick's Church later, not even a formal blessing to Catholics. Is the Pope embarrassed to be Catholic? Is he even? Not once was the word "abortion" used. There were references to protecting "human life at every state of development." Yes, the Pope opposes abortion. But that weak statement could mean anything to anyone. To me it could mean from conception to natural death; to someone else it can mean birth until life has no dignity. It...
  • The Need for Understanding (From the book Strength For Today)(Protestant/Evangelical caucus)

    09/25/2015 5:59:08 AM PDT · by metmom
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father’” (John 16:25). Jesus’ teaching in figurative language revealed the need for further enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. Jesus left His disciples a storehouse of valuable information that would require additional teaching from the Holy Spirit to make it understandable. The “figurative language” our Lord sovereignly used was made up of many veiled but pointed statements, filled with rich meaning. Even Christ’s closest followers, when they first heard...
  • Butterfly, Botanist, or Bee? (from Drawing Near)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/25/2015 5:55:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). Your attitude toward Scripture will determine your effectiveness in spiritual battle. I remember enjoying the observations of a perceptive man who was gazing at a beautiful garden. First he saw a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. It spent a few seconds on the edge of each, but derived no particular benefit from any of them. Next he saw a botanist with large notebook and microscope in hand. As the botanist carefully observed each flower and plant, he made copious entries in his...
  • The Goodness of God – Chapter 16 (Ecumenical)

    09/24/2015 1:18:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Do good in Thy good pleasure unto us, O Lord. Act toward us not as we deserve but as it becomes Thee, being the God Thou art. So shall we have nothing to fear in this world or in that which is to come. Amen. The word good means so many things to so many persons that this brief study of the divine goodness begins with a definition. The meaning may be arrived at only by the use of a number of synonyms, going out from and returning by different paths to the same place. When Christian theology says that...
  • Religious Boredom (Ecumenical)

    09/24/2015 1:11:33 PM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies
    THAT THERE IS SOMETHING gravely wrong with evangelical Christianity today is not likely to be denied by any serious minded person acquainted with the facts. Just what is wrong is not so easy to determine. In examining the situation myself I find nature and reason in conflict within me, for I tend by temperament to want to settle everything with a sweep of the pen. But reason advises caution; nothing is that simple, and we must be careful to distinguish cause from effect. As every doctor knows there is a wide difference between the disease and the symptoms; and every...
  • The Spirit's Intercession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/24/2015 1:04:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 12 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Because He understands our struggles in this life, the Holy Spirit continually prays for us before the Father’s throne. In the midst of life’s many difficulties and stressful times, there is hardly anything more comforting than knowing you have a friend—someone on your side. In the legal realm, an attorney formally argues your case when you need to settle a judicial or financial dispute. This concept of friend and advocate is right at the heart of the Holy Spirit’s role as our Paraclete, one called...
  • Learning from Christ's Example (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/24/2015 1:01:55 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). To wield the sword of the Spirit is to apply specific Biblical principles to specific situations. Jesus gave us the perfect example of skillful and precise use of the sword of the Spirit. Following His baptism, "Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, command that...
  • Baptists Excited and Hopeful About Papal Visit

    09/23/2015 6:22:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 9/21/15 | Jeff Brumley
    Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week is expected to showcase the pontiff’s focus on a wide range of social, environmental and justice issues. Baptist observers say he demonstrates how to be missional in ministry. Think Catholics are pumped about Pope Francis’ U.S. visit this week? Turns out some Baptists are pretty excited, too. And those who aren’t, probably should be for a number of reasons, said Curtis Freeman. One reason is that Pope Francis I is the only Christian in the world who every other Christian and non-Christian recognizes, said Freeman, director of the Baptist House of...
  • Guaranteed Heavenly Glory (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/23/2015 3:52:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17). The Holy Spirit confirms within our hearts the hope of eternal glory. I believe people today instinctively know they are devoid of glory (see Rom. 1:18-21), but they explore all the wrong avenues in seeking to regain it. They look for personal glory by building successful careers, spending many hours in community service, being generous to charities, and so forth. But such efforts only lead to jealousy and pride. Unregenerate...
  • Taking the Offensive (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/23/2015 3:50:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). God’s Word is your primary offensive spiritual weapon. All the armor Paul lists in Ephesians 6 is defensive, with one exception: the sword of the Spirit. That's your offensive weapon for defeating Satan. We've seen that Roman soldiers carried two swords: the large broadsword and the small dagger. The Greek word translated "sword" in verse 17 refers to the dagger, which was anywhere from six to eighteen inches in length and was carried in a sheath or scabbard at the soldier's side. The...
  • Yom Kippur;Call No Man Father...Mystery Babylon pt 3

    09/22/2015 11:02:14 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 12 replies ^ | Sept 23 2015 | Bill Randles
    But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.( Matthew 23:8-10)Isn’t it interesting that the man who is hailed as the very “Vicar of Christ” , and who in the name of the Church of Christ recently signed a peace treaty with the so-called “Palestinian State” has come to America to meet with the man who virtually gave the terrorist state...
  • US and Catholicism in Crisis

    09/22/2015 6:33:15 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    WND ^ | 21 September 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII. During the 1980s, the last decade of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan and the Polish pope, John Paul II, were the pillars of resistance. When Pope Francis arrives in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, the country he enters will be a very different one from Eisenhower’s America or Reagan’s America. And Catholics will be welcoming a new kind of pope. In America 2015, homosexuality, abortion on demand and same-sex marriage— shameful crimes in Ike’s America, mortal sins in the...
  • The Spirit and Adoption (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/22/2015 3:51:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:14-16). The Holy Spirit confirms in our hearts the reality of adoption into God’s family. In first-century Rome, people did not practice adoption exactly the same as they do today. A father sometimes adopted a young man outside the...
  • Dealing with Despair (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/22/2015 3:48:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). Your helmet of salvation protects you from discouragement and despair. We've seen how Satan attacks believers with his two-edged sword of doubt and discouragement. But he doesn't stop there. He tries to take you beyond discouragement to despair by robbing you of hope. Unless you're careful, his attacks will be successful when you're battle-weary. The prophet Elijah is an illustration of that truth. The highlight of his ministry came atop Mount Carmel, where he slew 450 prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:40). Yet immediately after that great victory, he fled for his life...
  • Il Papa- Judge for yourself... [author apologizes for falling for false quote @ reply 25]

    09/21/2015 4:03:48 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 54 replies
    09-20-15 | Bill Randles
    And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11)Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.( I John 4:1)Jesus warned us that one of the scourges of the last days; endangering and threatening his church and deceiving the world in the last days, would be the proliferation of false prophets. The desperately needed Word of God, as sounded forth by those few choice true servants of...
  • Franklin Graham Condemns Obama's Guest List for Papal Welcome as 'Sinful'

    09/21/2015 3:14:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/21/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    Evangelist Franklin Graham has called President Obama's guest list for Pope Francis' welcome this week "disgraceful and obviously inappropriate," even as the Vatican has reportedly objected to the White House's invitation to transgender activists, an openly gay bishop and supporters of abortion and euthanasia. The guest list for a planned event at the White House's South Lawn to welcome the pope on his first full day in the U.S. on Wednesday includes Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a "Catholic social justice lobby" which allegedly supports abortion and euthanasia; Bishop Gene Robinson, former Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire who...
  • The Spirit and Assurance (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/21/2015 7:50:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9). The indwelling Holy Spirit gives us an assurance of salvation. Assurance of salvation is essential to our Christian lives, and I can’t imagine living without it. And we must have clarity about it from a truly biblical standpoint. This begins with realizing that a genuine believer is in the Spirit and has been given a new nature (see John 3:6). If the Holy...
  • Conquering Doubt (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/21/2015 7:47:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). The key to conquering doubt is to focus on the preserving power of God. Doubt comes to Christians in many ways. After you've sinned, your conscience might hiss at you, saying, "Surely you're not a Christian. Why would God save you anyway? You don't deserve His mercy. You're not good enough. How presumptuous to think God could ever use you!" Such doubts are common among Christians who focus on their performance rather than God's power. All too often we're quick to acknowledge God's power to save us but slow to understand His power...
  • Fulfilling God's Law (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/20/2015 9:09:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “In order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4). If the Holy Spirit resides within us, we will be able to fulfill the demands of God’s law. Augustine once said, “Grace was given, in order that the law might be fulfilled.” When God saves us He, by His Spirit, creates within us the ability to obey His perfect law. Because we now live “according to the Spirit”—walking by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit—we are able to do the...