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  • The Foolishness Of The Cross

    02/27/2015 9:51:00 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 32 replies
    triablogue ^ | March 08, 2008 | Dusman
    The Foolishness of the Cross INTRODUCTION (1 Cor. 1:18-25) I have had the pleasure of preaching the gospel open-air two times per month for about six years. Every time I preach to a group of God-hating sinners and hear their heckling, I am reminded of just how scandalous they think the gospel really is. Many have told me outright how foolish it is to think that a crucified Jewish man from ancient Palestine was the very incarnation of God Almighty and that by having faith in His death, burial, and resurrection, you can have eternal life. Yes indeed, repentance and...
  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/26/2015 4:08:18 PM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    THE WORLD HAS DIVIDED MEN into two classes, the stupid good people and the clever wicked ones. This false classification runs through much of the literature of the last centuries from the classics to the comic strip, from Shakespeare's Polomus, who furnished his son with a set of good but dull moral platitudes, to Capp's Li'l Abner, who would never knowingly do a wrong act but who would rather fall on his head than on his feet because there is more feeling in his feet than in his head. In the Holy Scriptures things are quite the opposite. There righteousness...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/26/2015 1:41:17 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 102 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • Resting in the Righteousness of Christ

    02/25/2015 6:42:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | March 19, 2014 | Charles Spurgeon
    “The Lord our Righteousness.” — Jeremiah 23:6. It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are...
  • Kootenai GOP rejects resolution declaring Idaho a 'Christian state'

    02/25/2015 7:24:45 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | FEB. 25, 2015
    The Kootenai County Republican County Republican Central Committee last night rejected a resolution to declare Idaho a "Christian state" – a proposed resolution that had drawn national ridicule, including comparisons to ISIS. The S-R’s D.F. Oliveria reports in his “Huckleberries Online” blog that the resolution offered by Precinct Committeeman Hans Neumann was opposed by more than two-thirds of the Central Committee. Precinct Committeeman Bjorn Handeen offered a motion not to consider the resolution at all, and it carried overwhelmingly. The meeting attracted a standing-room-only crowd.
  • When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

    02/25/2015 7:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dan Delzell
    The words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 are often quoted, but commonly misapplied. In this familiar passage our Lord declared, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers...
  • How We Got the Bible

    02/24/2015 7:04:16 PM PST · by redleghunter · 243 replies
    For the Love of His Truth ^ | May 19, 2012 | John MacArthur
    Ever since Eve encountered Satan’s barrage of doubt and denial (Gen. 3:1-7), mankind has continued to question God’s Word. Unfortunately, Eve had little or no help in sorting through her intellectual obstacles to full faith in God’s self-disclosure (Gen. 2:16,17). Now the Scripture certainly has more than enough content to be interrogated, considering that it’s comprised of 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, and 774,746 words. When you open your English translation to read or study, you might have asked in the past or are currently asking, “How can I be sure this is the pure and true Word of...
  • Should Christians Confess Sins to An Earthly Priest?

    02/24/2015 3:56:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 176 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | February 11, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)Ryle,I enter on this branch of the subject with sorrowful feelings. I approach it as a sailor would approach some rock on which many gallant ships have made shipwreck. I cannot forget that I have arrived at a point on which millions of so-called Christians have erred greatly, and millions are erring at the present day. But I dare not keep back anything that is Scriptural, for fear of giving offence. The errors of millions must...
  • Resting in the Righteousness of Christ

    02/24/2015 3:19:36 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Morning devotion via Eric T. Young's Reformed Bibliophile ^ | Morning devotion for January 31, 1890 | Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892
    “The Lord our Righteousness.” — Jeremiah 23:6.It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are “perfect in...
  • Repentance

    02/24/2015 2:52:23 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 166 replies
    My Utmost For His Higest ^ | Dec.7,2014 | Oswald Chambers
    Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation… —2 Corinthians 7:10 Conviction of sin is best described in the words:My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with others that bothers him...
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Bowing to God’s Verdict

    02/24/2015 7:46:30 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 7 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | November 7, 2012 | A. W. Pink
     “[Mankind] is under condemnation: ‘As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one’ (Rom. 3:10-12). Man is not on trial; he is a culprit under sentence. No pleading will avail; no excuses will be accepted. The present issue between God and the sinner is, will man bow to God’s righteous verdict?This is where the Gospel meets us. It comes to us as to...
  • Why Did Jesus Christ Come to Earth?

    02/23/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 108 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | August 31, 2012 | B.B. Warfield
    “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” – 1 Timothy 1:15 Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield (1851-1921) “Christ Jesus came to save sinners.Not, then, merely to prepare salvation for them; to open to them a pathway to salvation; to remove the obstacles in the way of their salvation; to proclaim as a teacher a way of salvation; to introduce as a ruler conditions of life in which clean living becomes for the first time possible; to bring motives to holy action to bear upon us;...
  • Our Whole Bodies Are Cleansed (The Original Prot. on Baptism)

    02/23/2015 1:11:03 PM PST · by LearsFool · 53 replies
    Gnesio ^ | 1522 | Martin Luther
    But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit… (Titus 3:5) How beautifully the apostle in these strong words extols the grace of God bestowed in baptism! He refers to baptism as a washing, whereby not our feet only, not our hands, but our whole bodies are cleansed. Baptism perfectly and instantaneously cleanses and saves. For the vital part of salvation and its inheritance, nothing more is necessary...
  • Salvation by Faith or Works?

    02/23/2015 11:33:40 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 99 replies
    Grace to You ^ | May 11, 2010 | John MacArthur
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. (2:21–24) As noted in the Introduction, the first phrase of verse 21 was a severe stumbling block to Martin Luther. He...
  • How good do I have to be to go to heaven?

    02/23/2015 7:40:36 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 65 replies
    Grace to You ^ | November 17, 2010 | John MacArthur
    Most people understand that doing evil can keep us out of heaven. But few realize the Bible also teaches that doing good cannot get us in. None of us could ever gain enough merit to deserve heaven. We are sinful, and God's standard is utter perfection. Jesus said, "Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). He added, "you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."Then who can be saved?The disciples asked Jesus this same question (Matthew 19:25). His answer? "With...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    02/23/2015 6:39:23 AM PST · by redleghunter · 7 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 23 February 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon February 23, 2015 Morning Reading I will never leave thee. —Hebrews 13:5 No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When He openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. Whether He gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; He has given...
  • God Has Not Cast Away His People,Israel...Romans 9-11 pt 14

    I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to...
  • Florist rejects AG’s offer, stands courageously on principle, and risks everything

    02/22/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 44 replies
    www.dennyburk.com ^ | 2-20-15 | Denny Burk
    If you haven’t been following Barronelle Stutzman’s case in Washington State, you need to be. She is the florist being sued by the state attorney general for refusing to participate in a gay wedding. The attorney general is trying to compel her to ignore her Christian faith and to participate in gay weddings. If she refuses, he is threatening the full coercive power of the state to force her to do it. She stands to lose everything—her home, her savings, her business, her livelihood—if she does not comply. I have an article today at CNN.com explaining the situation. The conclusion...
  • The Old Cross and the New - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before. The old cross would have no truck with the world....
  • The Sacrament of Living - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 5:33:05 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common habit of dividing our lives into two areas, the sacred and the secular. As these areas are conceived to exist apart from each other and to be morally and spiritually incompatible, and as we are compelled by the necessities of living to be always crossing back and forth from the one to the other, our inner lives tend to break up so that we live...
  • Christ Alone is the Only Way of Salvation

    02/22/2015 4:33:10 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 89 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | September 11, 2011 | J.C. Ryle
    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12J.C. Ryle,No one can be saved from sin, its guilt, power, and consequences,—excepting by Jesus Christ…No one can have peace with God the Father,—obtain pardon in this world, and escape wrath to come in the next,—excepting through the atonement and mediation of Jesus Christ.In Christ alone God’s rich provision of salvation for sinners is treasured up: by Christ alone God’s abundant mercies come down from Heaven to earth. Christ’s blood alone, can cleanse us; Christ’s righteousness...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/22/2015 12:15:07 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 75 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Feb.22,2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • Sungenis Claims: "the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory"

    02/22/2015 5:12:26 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 85 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 03, 2010 | Turretinfan
    Sungenis Claims: "the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory" In a recent (2009) response to Dr. White, Robert Sungenis made some interesting admissions regarding the absence of knowledge of what Purgatory is in Roman Catholic theology: Since the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory, and since the Church declined to make any official statements on its nature, it is only natural that people of different eras are going to come to different views of what precisely constitutes the Purgatorial experience. ... we have not settled on the nature...
  • Hell

    02/21/2015 7:50:13 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 111 replies
    Bible Researcher ^ | Feb.21,2015 | R.C Sproul
    HELL by R.C. Sproul We have often heard statements such as “War is hell” or “I went through hell.” These expressions are, of course, not taken literally. Rather, they reflect our tendency to use the word hell as a descriptive term for the most ghastly human experience possible. Yet no human experience in this world is actually comparable to hell. If we try to imagine the worst of all possible suffering in the here and now we have not yet stretched our imaginations to reach the dreadful reality of hell.Hell is trivialized when it is used as a common curse...
  • Has Israel Heard The Gospel?...Romans 9-11 pt 13

    For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are...
  • Is The Roman Catholic View of the Eucharist Supported by the Historical Evidence?

    02/20/2015 12:33:03 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 590 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Jason Engwer
    There aren't many subjects Catholic apologists like to discuss more than the eucharist. Even if their arguments about the papacy are refuted, even if the evidence they cite for the Immaculate Conception, Purgatory, and other doctrines isn't convincing, they still think they have a strong argument in the doctrine of the eucharist. They'll quote John 6 and the passages of scripture about the Last Supper. They'll quote centuries of church fathers referring to the eucharist as a sacrifice and referring to Jesus being present in the elements of the eucharist. They'll point out that even Protestants like Martin Luther have...
  • What Is The First Indication Of Turning Away From God?

    02/20/2015 10:47:22 AM PST · by Sontagged · 44 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | November 1, 2014 | Jerry Benjamin
    God created us in His image—with a mind to know Him, a heart to love Him, and a will to obey Him—in order that we might enjoy a living, personal relationship with Him. Hence, the Christian life is not a lifestyle, but fellowship with a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. This Person, to whom we are joined by faith in Him, is to have the preeminence in our life—not prominence, one among many, but preeminence—there is no one else! Thus, our very being is to be captivated by Him and enthralled with the altogether Lovely One. And our lives are...
  • The religion of works-righteousness

    02/20/2015 10:39:24 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mike Ratliff
    “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart...
  • Baptist college reinstates fired VP [the Ergun Caner saga isn't over yet]

    02/20/2015 8:09:31 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    A Brewton-Parker College vice president fired Feb. 2 after refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement about Ergun Caner’s Jan. 20 resignation has been reinstated. Iowa pastor Dave Miller, editor of SBC Voices, a group blog devoted to news and commentary about the Southern Baptist Convention, reported Feb. 18 that he had confirmed rumors circulating the day before that C.B. Scott was reinstated as vice president of alumni, advancement and church relations at the Baptist-affiliated school in Mount Vernon, Ga., by interim president Charlie Bass.Peter Lumpkins, vice president for communications, confirmed the information to Baptist News Global Feb. 19. Scott, a...
  • Who is a Christian?

    02/19/2015 9:39:57 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 18, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Here is how Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist pastor who heads the church’s Washington office, responded to the murder of the 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS: These are my brothers, faithful to Christ even unto death. King Jesus puts heads back on, and puts… http://t.co/0Dps0Lvtxy— Russell Moore (@drmoore) February 15, 2015 A number of Southern Baptists had similar responses. The Southern Baptist bloggers at Pulpit & Pen will have you know that this is a betrayal: Do Southern Baptist leaders and other evangelicals really not know what a Christian is or how you become one? Is it being born into an ethnic group...
  • Confession Is Made Unto Salvation...Romans 9-11 pt 12

    But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.(Romans 10:8-11)Israel is currently exiled from her high calling as the Holy Nation of Priests and Evangelists...
  • Salvation by grace alone through faith alone excludes works righteousness

    02/19/2015 4:20:17 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 131 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | February 16, 2015 | Mike Ratliff
    7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘ We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10 The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut...
  • Chapter 3 – The Christian Worker in Colossians

    02/19/2015 3:26:21 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    All in All ^ | A.B. Simpson
    "A faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord" (Col. 4:7). We have had the picture of Christ and of the Christian in Colossians. Now let us study the composite portrait of the Christian worker as presented in the different ideals set forth in this delightful apostolic letter. One of the highest qualities of a great life is to inspire others with its own spirit and aims, and reproduce its work in other workers. The divine Master has done more through the workers that He called and commissioned than through His own personal ministry. And so the great Apostle Paul...
  • Greek “Hope,” the Pope, the Feasts and the Beasts

    02/19/2015 7:15:06 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 11 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 2/18/15 | Cynthia Nuara
    “We have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place…” (2 Peter 1:19). What does Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, have to do with the new leader of Greece, who has just burst onto the world stage? What does Yom Kippur, the most solemn of the seven appointed Feast Days of the Lord, have to do with the pope? And what two things about the final blood moon of the tetrad on the Feast of Tabernacles (coming in September) make...
  • Rob Bell Not Faring Well

    02/19/2015 6:05:46 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 34 replies
    RCSproulJr.com ^ | 2-18-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Rob Bell believes the Bible is irrelevant. The Bible says Rob Bell is irrelevant. Transcript: At some level, I’m happy when this happens, it’s not that unusual. We have someone who makes a splash in our little world, the evangelical world. And he typically makes that splash because he’s quite effective at gathering large numbers. But after a while we begin to doubt his loyalty to the core convictions of evangelicals. Well, it’s not unusual when this happens that about this same time, our hero with the wide reach determines to turn on we evangelicals and embrace the broader world....
  • Embattled Vacaville pastor Mark Lewis sentenced to prison [arson, stalking case]

    02/19/2015 4:29:53 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    InsideBayArea.com (Oakland Tribune) ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Ryan Chalk
    When a Vacaville woman tried to end her relationship with a former Baptist minister in late 2013, he told her that she'd created a monster. On Wednesday, Sarah Nottingham explained to a Solano County Superior Court judge that for a week, then-Pastor Mark Lewis showed her what a monster he could be. Nottingham's words came during the sentencing hearing for Lewis, who in January pleaded no contest to charges of arson and stalking. Judge Dwight C. Ely sentenced Lewis to eight years in prison Wednesday in connection with the case that proceeded to a jury trial earlier this year, only...
  • Why I Don't Observe Lent

    02/18/2015 5:44:53 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 115 replies
    The Aquaila Report ^ | March 3, 2014 | Roland Barnes
    Why I Don’t Observe Lent The practice of self-denial is to be the daily experience of the believer. Written by Roland Barnes | Monday, March 3, 2014 79 What merit or benefit is there in abstaining from something which God Himself has given us to enjoy and to bless our lives? If something is sinful, we ought to abstain from it, fast from it, every hour of the day, every day of the week, and every week of the year. If something is not sinful and not forbidden to us by God in His Word, then we are free to...
  • Robert Jeffress on Obama and ISIS: He Needs to Get Off His High Horse and Acknowledge Radical Islam

    02/18/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/18/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publicly acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens"...
  • Evangelical Angst About Ash Wednesday

    02/18/2015 3:24:56 PM PST · by NYer · 380 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 17, 2015 | DAVID MILLS
    You wouldn’t think that anyone would fight about Ash Wednesday and Lent. For Catholics it’s part of what we do. For others it’s something they can use or not as they find it helpful, and increasing numbers do. Down-the-line Evangelical churches have started to hold special services for Ash Wednesday complete with ashes and to treat the Sundays after it as Sundays in Lent. Rather severely anti-sacramental Evangelicals now speak of giving things up and fasting on Fridays. I find this cheering, but my friend Carl Trueman doesn’t. Carl teaches Church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, the...
  • With The Heart Man Believes,Unto Righteousness...Romans 9-11 pt 11

    But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.(Romans 10:8-11)What does God require of any sinner, Gentile or Jew? Righteousness cannot be attained by any...
  • Man: The Dwelling Place of God-Chapter 9:How to Make Spiritual Progress

    02/18/2015 5:01:02 AM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    THE COMPLACENCY of CHRISTIANS is the scandal of Christianity. Time is short, and eternity is long. The end of all things is at hand. Man has proved himself morally unfit to manage the world in which he has been placed by the kindness of the Almighty. He has jockeyed himself to the edge of the crater and cannot go back, and in terrible fear he is holding his breath against the awful moment when he will be plunged into the inferno. In the meantime, a company of people exist on the earth who claim to have the answer to all...
  • The Pursuit of God- Chapter 9 : Meekness and Rest

    02/18/2015 4:54:12 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Worldinvisible.com ^ | June 16, 1948 | A.W.Tozer
    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.-Matt. 5:5 A fairly accurate description of the human race might be furnished one unacquainted with it by taking the Beatitudes, turning them wrong side out and saying, "Here is your human race." For the exact opposite of the virtues in the Beatitudes are the very qualities which distinguish human life and conduct. In the world of men we find nothing approaching the virtues of which Jesus spoke in the opening words of the famous Sermon on the Mount. Instead of poverty of spirit we find the rankest kind of pride;...
  • Breaking News . . . Joseph Smith Had Forty Wives . . . I'm Shocked . . .

    02/17/2015 2:22:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 97 replies
    Earlier this month, the Mormon Church officially acknowledged what the most ardent of Mormons did not know (or refused to believe); that Joseph Smith had at least forty wives. According to a recent article in the The New York Times (a once reputable and respected publication), Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The church’s disclosures, in a series of essays online, are...
  • Apostolic Succession

    02/17/2015 8:43:39 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 56 replies
    Grace Sermons ^ | 2/17/2015 | Timothy G. Enloe
    Are There Still Apostles Today? by Nathan Busenitz Are there apostles in the church today?Just ask your average fan of TBN, many of whom consider popular televangelists like Benny Hinn, Rod Parsley, and Joel Osteen to be apostles. (Here’s one such example [see page 22].)Or, you could ask folks like Ron, Dennis, Gerald, Arsenio, Oscar, or Joanne. They not only believe in modern-day apostleship, they assert themselves to be apostles.A quick Google search reveals that self-proclaimed apostles abound online. Armed with a charismatic pneumatology and often an air of spiritual ambition, they put themselves on par with the earliest leaders of the church.So what are Bible-believing Christians to think about...
  • 3 ways to Make the Reformers Proud

    02/17/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 19 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 31, 2011 | Clint Archer
    On October 31st 1517 Anno Domini a comically tonsured German monk, with an attitude and a mallet posted the Medieval equivalent of a snarky  blog post on the castle door at Wittenberg. Martin Luther’s 95 Theses voiced irrefragable concerns about doctrine, ecclesiastical abuses, and unbiblical doctrines. The paper was merely intended to spark debate and reform within the Roman Catholic Church.However, the spark blew a little further than the intramural playground of the Vatican. The white squall of God’s Spirit (with a little help from Guttenberg’s press and a Latin-German dictionary) ignited the hearts of the masses, as the...
  • Evolution makes atheists out of people!

    02/17/2015 7:42:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 67 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 2-17-2015 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Evolution makes atheists out of people! By Jonathan Sarfati Out on ministry at churches, our speakers often encounter anguished parents (and grandparents) lamenting that their children now reject the faith in which they were raised. If you too are a parent with this same angst, I remind you that Adam and Eve failed even with the best possible raising from God Himself, as well as enjoying perfect health and living in paradise. And Judas Iscariot remained unsaved despite three years with the best teacher ever: Jesus Himself. Evolution undermines basic Christian doctrines Having said that, there is a common pattern...
  • Morning & Evening Charles Spurgeon

    02/17/2015 6:32:25 AM PST · by redleghunter · 5 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 17 February 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon February 17, 2015 Morning Reading Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi. —Genesis 25:11 Hagar had once found deliverance there and Ishmael had drank from the water so graciously revealed by the God who liveth and seeth the sons of men; but this was a merely casual visit, such as worldlings pay to the Lord in times of need, when it serves their turn. They cry to Him in trouble, but forsake Him in prosperity. Isaac dwelt there, and made the well of the living and all-seeing God his constant source of supply. The usual...
  • Jesus Is LORD;the Stumblingstone...Romans 9-11 pt 8

    02/16/2015 5:00:07 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 13 replies
    02-16-15 | Bill Randles
    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.(Romans 10:9-13)Israel, the nation created...
  • From Atheism to Christianity: a Personal Journey

    02/16/2015 12:18:45 PM PST · by redleghunter · 12 replies
    Be Thinking.Org ^ | 2011 | Philip Vander Elst
    Do you find it difficult to believe in God or accept the claims of Christianity? I did, when I was an atheist, but I changed my mind, and my reasons for doing so may be of interest to you in your own personal journey and attempts to make sense of life. I am a freelance writer and lecturer. Since graduating from Oxford in 1973, with a degree in politics and philosophy, I have spent most of my professional life in politics and journalism, loving, as I do, the world of books, ideas and debate. Two questions in particular have always...