Evangelical Christian (Religion)

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  • Trusting God

    09/18/2018 6:32:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16). Intense spiritual warfare calls for intense trust in God. An on-duty Roman soldier was always dressed for battle but didn't employ his shield, helmet, and sword until the fighting started. But we as Christians must be ready for battle at all times because our enemy is relentless. We can't afford to overlook a single piece of armor or slip into complacency or neglect. In that regard, Ephesians 6:16 says in effect, "Now...
  • Spirit-Filled Gratitude

    09/18/2018 6:32:04 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďAlways giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the FatherĒ (Ephesians 5:20). Sincere thanks to God will result at all times if we are truly filled with the Spirit. Iím convinced that gratitude is the single greatest act of personal worship we can render to God. And todayís verse plainly asserts that thankfulness should be a well-rounded, consistent response to whatever God allows to happen in our lives (see 1 Thess. 5:18). Such a thankful attitude is impossible in our own strength, but as the Holy Spirit indwells us, He graciously...
  • Selecting the Proper Shoes

    09/17/2018 11:19:04 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Stand firm . . . having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace" (Eph. 6:14-15). Standing firm while in the conflict requires the right kind of spiritual footwear. I'll never forget a game that took place at the Rose Bowl during my college football days. Being winter time and late in the football season, the field was in bad shape from several days of rain and an entire season of wear and tear. However, the grounds crew painted the field green, so it looked much better than it actually was. I had two pairs of football...
  • Spirit-Filled Song

    09/17/2018 11:18:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďSpeaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the LordĒ (Ephesians 5:19). If we are Spirit-filled, we will have songs of praise in our hearts and on our lips. Once a Christian knows about being Spirit-filled and walking by the Spirit, it is still fair for him or her to ask, ďBut how can I know if the Holy Spirit is really at work in my life?Ē Ephesians 5:19 answers this question by declaring one of the unmistakable evidences of the Spiritís full operation in our livesówe will have...
  • Why Every Christian, Not Just Catholics, Should Be Very Worried About The Catholic Sex Scandal

    09/17/2018 11:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 249 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/17/2018 | By Willis L. Krumholz and Robert Delahunty
    The rapidly unfolding crisis in the Roman Catholic Church is not a matter of concern to Catholics alone. Its true dimensions have yet to be measured, but we think it will prove to be a crisis on the scale of the Protestant Reformation, which began just over 500 years ago ¬ó an earthquake of 9.5 on the Richter scale. If so, resolution of the crisis will take decades to work through.Resolution and absolution will require serious effort, and most likely require deep, structural reforms. Even if we are mistaken, the Catholic crisis is of such a magnitude that Christians...
  • Christian College Under Fire for Turning Away Gay Student Who Only Needed 6 Credits to Graduate

    09/17/2018 8:59:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2018 | Samuel Smith
    A private Christian college in Pennsylvania is under fire after a former student took to Facebook to explain how he was turned away from finishing his degree because he is gay. Clarks Summit University, formerly known as Baptist Bible College, has defended its decision not to readmit a former student Gary Campbell. Campbell applied to be re-enrolled at the school this fall so that he could finally finish his last six credits and earn a degree 15 years after he left the university and eventually joined the U.S. Navy. At the end of August, Campbell asked his friends on Facebook...
  • Be Sustained[charismatic Caucus]

    09/17/2018 7:40:39 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Be sustained in ME my children for truly as I AM alive in you, eternally My living fire of Virtue is always ready to rise up and meet your Declaration of being made whole,blessed and prosperous. "Take on My Graciousness" ( (( Just Believe ! )) ) Malachi 4:1-3 The Great Day of the LORD 1ďFor behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble; the day is coming when I will set them ablaze,Ē says the LORD of Hosts. ďNot a root or branch will be left to them.Ē...
  • Remembering Nabeel w/David Wood

    09/16/2018 4:57:52 PM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Acts 17 Apologetics ^ | Septmber 16, 2018 | David Wood
    It's been 1 year since the passing of our beloved friend Nabeel Qureshi who was a convert from Islam to Christianity after looking closely at the evidence and arguments for both Christianity and Islam. He was well known for his conversation told in his New York Times best seller "Seeking Allah Finding Jesus" and also working for RIM Ravi Zacharias ministries. Join us in remembering Nabeel as we speak with his close friend and popular apologists, David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics.
  • A Righteousness That Glorifies God

    09/16/2018 4:33:36 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Stand firm therefore . . . having put on the breastplate of righteousness" (Eph. 6:14). A righteous life testifies to Godís transforming power and brings Him glory. We've seen the importance of donning the breastplate of righteousness, but Scripture also discusses the consequences of failing to do so. These consequences serve as warnings to anyone who is prone to neglect righteousness. If you're not committed to righteousness, you not only make yourself spiritually vulnerable, but also forfeit some of God's wonderful blessings. David prayed, "Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation" (Ps. 51:13). His sin had robbed him of...
  • Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

    09/16/2018 4:33:10 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďBe filled with the SpiritĒ (Ephesians 5:18). God wants every aspect of the believerís being to be under the complete control of the Holy Spirit. Pleroo, the basic Greek word for ďbe filled,Ē offers three shades of meaning that illustrate what Paulís command to be Spirit-filled means. First, the word describes the pressure of wind filling a shipís sails and moving the vessel across the water. That parallels the Holy Spiritís leading us down the pathway of spiritual obedience. We arenít primarily motivated by our own plans and desires, but we allow the Spiritís gracious pressure to move us in...
  • Developing Practical Righteousness

    09/15/2018 6:27:19 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Stand firm therefore . . . having put on the breastplate of righteousness" (Eph. 6:14). Practical righteousness is moment-by-moment obedience to God. We've seen the importance of putting on the breastplate of righteousness as protection against Satan's attempts to pervert your thinking and emotions. But Scripture speaks of three kinds of righteousness: self-righteousness, imputed righteousness, and practical righteousness. Which did Paul have in mind in Ephesians 6:14? Paul wasn't speaking of self-righteousness because that is what the breastplate of righteousness is designed to protect you from. Self-righteousness deceives a person into thinking, I can please God and reach heaven on...
  • Bearing Burdens

    09/15/2018 6:26:52 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    ďBear one anotherís burdens, and thus fulfill the law of ChristĒ (Galatians 6:2). Those who walk by the Spirit will lovingly bear one anotherís burdens. The Lord Jesus presents love for God and love for our neighbor as the great summary of the entire Law (Matt. 22:37-40). It only makes sense, then, that love will characterize the life of any Christian who is walking by the Spirit. Love will also be an integral part of any Spirit-assisted ministry to others. Paul tells us in todayís verse that when we help other believers hold up their particular burdens, we are obeying...
  • The Injustice of Social Justice

    09/15/2018 12:10:29 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 6 replies
    Grace To You ^ | September 7, 2018 | John MacArthur
    The besetting sin of pragmatic, style-conscious evangelicals has always been that they shamelessly borrow fads and talking points from the unbelieving world. Todayís evangelicals evidently donít believe the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God (1 Corinthians 3:19). Virtually any theory, ideology, or amusement that captures the fancy of secular pop culture will be adopted, slightly adapted, perhaps cloaked in spiritual-sounding language, propped up with specious proof texts, and peddled as an issue that is vital for evangelicals to embrace if we donít want to become totally irrelevant. Thatís precisely how evangelicals in the mid-twentieth century became obsessed for...
  • The Redemption Comes Through Singing

    09/13/2018 9:12:39 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 20 replies
    Bible, Movies, Misc. | 13 Sept 2018
    The Hebrew word for brother, ach, is spelled alef chet: ◊ź◊ó alef = 1; chet = 8 A parallel appears in the octave of a musical scale. The 1st and the 8th are the same note, the 8th being one level higher. C4 and C5. An octave is comprised of 7 differently named notes, but is not complete (resolved) unless the 8th is included (played). In the fixed-do system, do re mi fa sol la ti do are fixed names of the notes in the key of C. Here is a chart with the Hebrew names and their corresponding letters...
  • When LGBT Families Come to Church: We Can't Choose Between Truth and Love

    09/13/2018 9:41:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2018 | John Stonestreet And G. Shane Morris
    It's not a matter of if your church and pastor will face these kinds of questions. It's a matter of when. Here's a scenario: a same-sex couple or someone openly living in a same-sex relationship starts to attend your church. Maybe they've got a child from another relationship or a child conceived through IVF. Because your church practices infant baptism, they ask to have their child baptized. What do you do? I recently heard of a church that faced this exact situation. A lesbian couple who'd been attending asked to have their child baptized. The church had theological convictions about...
  • Who Is Israel {Hebrews Study: Eternal Security/ A Book of Transition)

    09/12/2018 6:44:56 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Sermon Audio ^ | Mike Veach
    Pastor Mike Veach explains the significance and historiography of the Book of Hebrews, and how it relates to our salvation.
  • The Gospel Upholds God's Law...Romans 1-3 pt 10

    Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.(Romans 3:28-31)The good news of Godís willingness to justify sinners who put all of their faith in Jesus, is not based upon their adherence to the ďdeeds of the LawĒ. But this gospel of Jesus, Godís...
  • Church of the Firstborn (Part III): Raised Up, Seated with Christ, and Ready to Rule

    09/11/2018 11:53:07 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 9/11/18 | Jeff
    And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds...(Rev. 1:5-7, NRSV). In this third and final installment of the Church of the Firstborn series (see Parts I and II), I will be diving into another messianic mystery tucked away in the OT. There...
  • Muslim Group Calls for Preacher Linked to Trump [Franklin Graham] to be Denied UK Visa

    09/10/2018 7:38:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/9/18 | Harriet Sherwood
    Franklin Graham, who has called Islam Ďevilí, is due to speak at a festival in BlackpoolBritainís leading Muslim organisation has called on the Home Office to refuse a UK visa to a prominent US evangelical preacher with links to Donald Trump and a track record of Islamophobic and homophobic statements. Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham, has been invited to preach at a Christian festival in Blackpool this month. The preacher, who said Trumpís election victory was evidence that ďGodís handĒ was at work, has called Islam ďevilĒ and ďwickedĒ, claimed Barack Obamaís ďproblem is that he...
  • Nothing To Brag About...romans 1-3 pt 9

    Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.(Romans 3:27-28)Why is it that God requires faith and not works? Why is it that Godís salvation is only accessible to those who believe in His gospel ? Part of the answer to this question is in the quote above. We have seen that man is so bankrupt, he is so estranged from God and corrupted, that there is no way that he can save himself. He...