Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

14,000 (for all things biblical) Encyclopedia Articles — Free!

Today, BiblicalTraining.org is releasing a free, 14,000-article encyclopedia for all things biblical. Want to learn about Aaron? The Holy Spirit? Propitiation? This is the place to go. Just click through to our library and look it up.

This is just the beginning of a free reference library we are giving away to the world. There is nothing like this on the web. These are thousands of professionally-written, professionally-edited articles you can trust. We will be instituting an editing policy, but one that guarantees its ongoing accuracy.

We are glad to finally be able to make this announcement! We have been working for months to get this out.

You will also discover that our search has been vastly improved. Not only can you search the library, but it is much smarter at searching the classes and lectures. We suspect many people will just want to find the perfect lecture on a certain topic, and now they don’t have to page their way through a listing of classes.

http://biblicaltraining.org/

Christ: Our Continual Acceptance Before God

Christ: Our Continual Acceptance Before God (via http://preachingchristcrucified.com)

The Wednesday Word by Miles McKee As believers, one of the difficulties we encounter in the Christian life is that, if we are not continually bathed in the gospel, we quietly and almost imperceptibly begin to look for qualities within ourselves as being the ground and basis of our acceptance before…

The Christian’s Great Objective

The Christian’s Great Objective (via http://preachingchristcrucified.com)

 “Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” —John 13:8 Our great object is to have a part in Jesus Christ. I am addressing myself, for the most part, to those who regularly hear the word, and who have a respect for…

Christians Mystically Encountering God

Marsha West tackles Christian mysticism and makes the case that Bible-believing Christians must not involve themselves in Contemplative Prayer and so-called Christian yoga, as both of these practices are not only unbiblical but they can be spiritually harmful. She begins:

For a couple of decades there has been a big push by numerous evangelical leaders to incorporate pagan practices into the visible Church. These unbiblical practices have their origins in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, likewise the New Age movement. Roman Catholic Trappist Monks fully embraced Eastern religion’s pagan practices. Through the writings of Thomas Merton, Basil Pennington, William Menninger and Thomas Keating these practices have been introduced into mainline Protestant churches as well as independent, nondenominational, charismatic and Pentecostal churches.

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/130416

Is Pope Francis Laying The Groundwork For A One World Religion?

If there is going to be a one world religion, there will have to be a bond formed between Roman Catholicism and Islam. They are the two largest religious traditions on the planet, and so any truly “global religion” would definitely require the participation of both of them.

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/pope-francis-laying-groundwork-one-world-religion

Paul David Tripp: Addiction

The following is an excerpt from my latest book “Sex and Money.” To learn more or to pre-order your copy, visit www.paultripp.com/sex-and-money.

When I think of Sex and Money, three words come to mind: Insanity, Addiction, and Glory. Last week we looked at the insanity of our culture, and this week I want to focus on the addictive powers of Sex and Money.

The dynamic of addiction is that if you look to something that God created, to give you what it wasn’t intended to give you, either you get discouraged quickly and wisely abandon those hopes, or you go back again and again, and in so doing, you begin to travel down addiction’s road.

That created thing will give you a short-term buzz of euphoria, it will offer you temporary pleasure, it will provide a momentary sense of well-being, it will briefly make you feel that you’re something, and it may even make your problems seem not so bad for a bit. It’s all very intoxicating. It all feels great.

The problem is that the created thing that you’re looking to has no capacity to satisfy your heart. It wasn’t designed to do that. It cannot give you inner peace. It cannot give you the heart rest of contentment. It cannot quiet your cravings. In a word, it cannot be your savior. And if you look outside of the Savior for something to be your savior, that thing will end up not being your savior but your master.

You’ll love the short-term buzz, but you’ll hate how short it is. So you’ll have to go back again quickly to get another shot, and before long you’ve spent way too much time, energy, and money on something that can’t satisfy; but because of what it has briefly done for you each time, you’re convinced that you can’t live without it. You’re hooked and you may not know it. The thing you once DESIRED, you’re now persuaded that you NEED, and once you’ve named it a need, it has you.

Sex is powerfully pleasurable, but it cannot satisfy your heart. A shot of unexpected cash in your ATM account will make you smile, but it can’t give you true happiness. The touch of another person will stimulate your body and your heart, but it will never leave you fulfilled. Money has the power to change something in your life, but it has no ability whatsoever to make you a better person.

You see, whether we know it or not, every human being lives in search of a savior. We are all propelled by a quest for identity, inner peace, and some kind of meaning and purpose. And we’ll all look for it somewhere. Here’s the bottom line: looking to creation to get what only the Creator can give you will always result in addiction of some kind. The thing that you hoped would serve you pulls you into its service. What seemed like freedom ends up being bondage. The thing is not the problem; what you’ve asked of it is.

God bless

Paul David Tripp

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