Happy Reformation Day!
I am firmly convinced that if you understand the history of the Reformation including an understanding of Medieval Roman Catholicism and Martin Luther’s torturous sojourn through it that you will have the ability to better spot the false theology that has crept into today’s church. To help you gain an understanding of that history I’m providing you with links to download FREE books and other resources that you can add to your digital library that will aid you in better understanding the historic Christian faith.
Enjoy and Be Edified by these Free Resources!
*This article largely is adapted from Steve Lawson’s book, Pillars of Grace, Chapter 20, “Fortress for Truth.”
By the sixteenth century, God had uniquely positioned and prepared the Western world for what would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation. Closing out the Middle Ages and ushering in the beginning of modernity, the Reformation has been called the greatest event in history, next to the introduction of Christianity.1 Not only was the church, which at this time was the Roman Catholic Church, in dire need of reform, but at this point in history, even the secular world sat poised for a new beginning.
Read More Here: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2012/10/a-brief-reformation-day-history-and.html?m=1
In celebration of Reformation Day, Ligonier is offering for free the downloadable edition of R.C. Sproul’s recently released ten-part series, “Luther and the Reformation.”
Today marks the 495th anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold stand to expose blasphemy: the selling of God’s grace and forgiveness in the form of indulgences. It was the spark that ignited the Reformation which also exposed many other heresies through the authority of Scripture. Many evangelicals today are not aware of the eternal truths that the Reformers laid down their lives defending. Others have forgotten the unspeakable torture, imprisonment and horrifying deaths the Reformers endured for the sake of the Gospel…
It’s October 31, and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s Reformation Day. For many evangelicals, that’s not even on your radar. Instead, Halloween is the big topic of the day. You’ll see folks today abstain from the rituals, wishing to be set apart from this event and it’s occultic origins. Others will be dressing up, attending secular or church-based festivals and trick-or-treating. No matter how you are observing or not observing Halloween today, we’re asking Christians to be patient with one another, understand where the other side is coming from, and yes, continue to stand for God’s Word.
Here is some food for thought, reprinted from John MacArthur’s Grace To You site today:
This video goes with the topic of Post-Modernistic/Liberalism that has become the Church today.
A great teaching tool for those who need to understand how different these teachings are from God’s Word:
Inevitably, this time of year brings the annual discussion among Christians as to whether it is appropriate for believers to celebrate Halloween. Some answer this question with an unequivocal ‘no,’ while others attempt to argue that Halloween’s pagan roots are no more significant than the pagan origins of Christmas and other church festivals. Dr. Albert Mohler offers some balanced thoughts on this topic. He writes:
The coming of Halloween is a good time for Christians to remember that evil spirits are real and that the Devil will seize every opportunity to trumpet his own celebrity. Perhaps the best response to the Devil at Halloween is that offered by Martin Luther, the great Reformer: “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him for he cannot bear scorn.”
The ministry of well-known prosperity preacher T.D. Jakes produces multiple conferences each year. Among these are the annual Woman, Thou Art Loosed conference for women, as well as the Manpower conference, which of course is attended by men. Also very popular, and very large, in years past has been the conference known as MegaFest.
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America has over 44 million people on Food Stamps. The food stamps program’s real name is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The Food Stamp program is “hidden” from view through Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards that work just as credit cards. This article visualizes the size of the program and the vast amounts of people participating.
If you still have a good job, you might want to hold on to it very tightly because there are a whole bunch of signs that unemployment in the United States is about to start getting worse again. Over the past several weeks, a substantial number of large corporations have announced disappointing earnings for the third quarter. Many of those large corporations are also loaded up with huge amounts of debt. So what is the solution? Well, the favorite solution on Wall Street these days seems to be to lay off workers. In fact, it is almost turning into a feeding frenzy. Since September 1st, we have seen more job cuts announced than during any other two month period since the start of 2010.
The number of American workers collecting federal disability insurance benefits hit yet another record high in October, according to the Social Security Administration.
Please share this post with anyone you know and love who still pays for cable TV. I am finally calling to disconnect my cable TV. I don’t need it anymore. (I actually never did – I always knew it; but I never knew how important it was to take a stand against it.) 2012 is the year that we should all try to reconnect to what is real. I mean – really real. And what is true and right for each of us. Increasingly it’s become apparent that television does not give us reality- and probably never did. I mean, they called it the BOOB TUBE back in the 50s didn’t they? It it has only gotten worse since then. Way worse.
Historically, the act of bartering has flourished in times of monetary crisis, such as when the currency in a country has become unstable (e.g. Hyperinflation or a deflationary spiral) or currency is simply unavailable for conducting normal purchasing transactions.
It should come as no surprise then, that the number of people using bartering websites has exploded as of late. With more people struggling financially, families are avoiding the department stores and shopping malls and doing their shopping right from their home computers. Of course, in most cases, you can’t really call it shopping, because there is no money changing hands.
“Hanashite Honyaku” will be a free application that can be used on smartphones and tablet computers with the Android operating system,
DoCoMo said. Customers will also be able to call landlines using the service, it said, adding that voice-to-text readouts will soon be available in French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai.
These are interesting times to say the least. Whether We the People like it or not, the world is changing rapidly, especially concerning how the citizenry is governed. As I have said before on several occasions, a strong government is necessary to maintain law and order. However, when corporate entities and the US government decide that those very same laws that have maintained peace, prosperity, and stability are merely an obstacle to their power, then tyranny is at the door.
In a recent article from CNSNews.com, it states that 106 government agencies have been able to acquire FAA authorization to deploy drones to fly over American cities, towns, farms, villages, gardens, parks, schools, and churches.
The number of suicides among U.S. Army active duty and reserve personnel in 2012 is higher than the total combined military fatalities from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan over the same timeframe.
Even without Army data for October, the number of deaths believed to be suicides among U.S. Army personnel from January through September still surpass the combined military combat deaths in Afghanistan from January up to October 22.
In 2012, there have been a total of 247 suspected suicides among Army active and reserve duty personnel. Of those, 158 have been confirmed as suicides and 89 remain under investigation.
According to the Afghanistan Index database maintained by the Brookings Institution, there have been 222 combined military deaths in 2012 among active and reserve components from “hostile causes,” as of Sept. 28. (p. 11 Figure 1.17)
An additional 40 military fatalities were the result of “non-hostile causes,” which means they were fatalities not caused by the Taliban, insurgency forces or Afghan forces – so-called “green-on-blue” attacks.
Verizon customers should be ticked off about the company’s practice of selling user data to marketers.
Customers’ geographic location, app usage, and Web browsing habits are quite literally for sale. Verizon’s defense is simply that users can opt out if they want to. Here’s how to do it.
Go to Verizon’s privacy management page by clicking here
and log in to your account. As you scroll down, you’ll see that you’re currently opted into a number of things that will share your data. Click the “Don’t Share” option for each one, saving as you go, and your data is safe and sound from Verizon, as it should be.
This week, after more than two years of preparation, the finished product has hit the market. Named Silent Circle, it is in essence a series of applications that can be used on a mobile device to encrypt communications…
Have you ever laid in bed awake at night with a knot in your stomach because you didn’t know how your family was possibly going to make it through the next month financially? Have you ever felt the desperation of not being able to provide the basic necessities for your family even though you tried as hard as you could? All over America tonight, there are millions of desperate families that are being ripped apart by this economy. There aren’t nearly enough jobs, and millions of Americans that actually do have jobs aren’t making enough to even provide the basics for their families. When you have tried everything that you can think of and nothing works, it can be absolutely soul crushing. Today, one
of my regular readers explained that he was not going to be online for a while because his power had been turned off. He has been out of work for quite a while, and eventually the money runs out. Have you ever been there? If you have ever experienced that moment, you know that it stays with you for the rest of your life. If you are single that is bad enough, but when you have to look into the eyes of your children and explain to them why there won’t be any dinner tonight or why they have to move into a homeless shelter it can feel like someone has driven a stake into your heart. In this article you will find a lot of very shocking economic statistics. But please remember that behind each statistic are the tragic stories of millions of desperately hurting American families. (Read More….)
The number of megachurches may have exploded in the U.S. over the last few decades but the landscape is changing and people are seemingly less attracted to the big box churches or the “come and see” experience, two pastors observed…