Daily Archives: August 28, 2013

Music Video: Healing Begins – Tenth Avenue North

So you thought you had to keep this up
All the work that you do so we think that you’re good
And you can’t believe it’s not enough
All the walls you built up are just glass on the outside

So let ’em fall down
There’s freedom waiting in the sound
When you let your walls fall to the ground
We’re here now

This is where the healing begins, oh
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you’re broken within
The light meets the dark, the light meets the dark

Afraid to let your secrets out
Everything that you hide can come crashing through the door now
But too scared to face all your fear
So you hide but you find that the shame won’t disappear

So let it fall down
There’s freedom waiting in the sound
When you let your walls fall to the ground
We’re here now, we’re here now, oh

This is where the healing begins, oh
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you’re broken within
The light meets the dark, the light meets the dark

Sparks will fly as grace collides with the dark inside of us
So please don’t fight this coming light
Let this blood come cover us
His blood can cover us

This is where the healing begins, oh
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you’re broken within
The light meets the dark, the light meets the dark

Miley Cyrus, Twerking and Yahoo’s Adventure in Missing the Point

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I’m sure at this point readers already know about Miley Cyrus’ distasteful and lewd performance for some MTV Video Music Award.  Not a channel I would watch.  Not at all.

On my yahoo front page a day ago there was an article about Miley Cyrus’ way of dancing, Twerk, being something that is good for you.

Really?

I couldn’t believe it.  I’m just checking my email and I had to see this as the first thing after signing in?

Bascially the author Brian Kranz was trying to say twerking was a good form of exercise.  For instance, he writes

As the rhythmic shaking of one’s behind gains popularity with the American public, some are using it as an amusing and creative way to burn calories. After all, many popular dance-based workouts have swept through the country before, including Zumba.

Like the logo for Yahoo, I have to ask “Y?!”  Minus the…

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Bill Johnson: God Does Not Cause Illness and Never Chooses Not to Heal

Is physical healing a necessary outworking of salvation? Should the Christian expect to live this life free from sickness and suffering? It is a common teaching among Word Faith proponents that indeed the believer should expect healing when ill and learn how to “activate” that healing when needed.

Read More Here: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/08/bill-johnson-god-does-not-cause-illness.html

Evidence: Intercepted calls, satellite imagery & first-hand doctors accounts point to Assad regime role in chemical attacks, officials say.

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(Washington, D.C.) — Is the President of the United States certain chemical weapons were used to kill innocent civilians in Damascus last week, and is he certain that the Assad regime was, in fact, responsible for the attack? Is the evidence clear and compelling? Will such evidence stand up in the court of public opinion? The U.S. administration thinks so, and will make the evidence public soon.

We are told such evidence will include:

“The Obama administration believes that U.S. intelligence has established how Syrian government forces stored, assembled and launched the chemical weapons allegedly used in last week’s attack outside Damascus, according to U.S. officials,” reports the Washington Post. “The…

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Are we praying for our leaders at this time of crisis? Or are we sniping at them? A few thoughts on the importance of prayer.

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As Christians, we are commanded in the Scriptures to pray for our leaders.

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity,” the Apostle Paul wrote in I Timothy 2:1-3. “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Whether we agree with them or not — whether we like them are not — we are to pray for wisdom and discernment so our leaders can distinguish truth from error, fact from fiction. We are to pray for patience and for courage for our leaders, so they don’t act rashly, but that they act with determination when the time is right…

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Resources on Cessationism

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Over the last few weeks as I have interacted with critics of Grace To You’s upcoming Strange Fire conference, one of the repeated charges is that cessationists like me, or those Christians who believe the spectacular, extraordinary signs and wonders gifts recorded in the NT documents ceased at the close of the apostolic age, are building our conviction upon experience, not biblical exegesis.

Now obviously, I think my experience is not only important, but is also a big part of my conviction. Because while it may be that in the backwaters of some valley in PNG, a Christian missionary healed a blind, tribal chieftain, the frequency of such occurrences, as well as the quality of the miracles themselves, are not present in our modern world in the fashion that Charismatics insist they are.

Needless to say, I understand the complaint by those of the “open, but cautious” persuasion. So…

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4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty

…  this unusual discussion raised some most basic hermeneutical and theological issues:

  • How is the Old Testament related to the New?
  • How is the Law of Moses related to the gospel of Jesus Christ?
  • How should a Christian exercise freedom in Christ?

The Council of Jerusalem, described in Acts 15, sought to answer such practical questions faced by the early Christians as they wrestled with how to enjoy freedom from the Mosaic administration without becoming stumbling blocks to Jewish people.

These were questions to which Paul in particular gave a great deal of thought. He was, after all, one of those appointed by the Jerusalem Council to circulate and explain the letter that summarized the decisions of the apostles and elders (Acts 15:22ff; 16:4). Faced with similar issues in the church at Rome, he provided them with a series of principles that apply equally well to twenty-first-century Christians. His teaching in Romans 14:1–15:13 contains healthy (and very necessary) guidelines for the exercise of Christian liberty. Here are four of them:

Read More here: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/4-principles-exercise-christian-liberty/

What Does the Bible Say About Sexual Assault?

BCC Staff Note: You’re reading Part One in a three-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Sexual Abuse/Assault. In this series you will also read Amy Baker’s post, What Do You Say to a Woman Filled with Hate from Past Sexual Assault or Abuse? as well as Bob Kellemen’s post Beauty for Ashes.

Far from being a peripheral issue in the Bible, sexual assault is:

  •  Clearly depicted as a sin against the victim and God
  •  Mentioned frequently throughout the Bible
  •  Referred to as a symbol of how badly sin has corrupted God’s good creation
  •  Understood as a severe distortion of God’s plan for sex.

Sexual assault is sin against people.

It is clear in the Bible that sexual assault is a sin against another person involving a physical, psychological, and emotionally violation. Marie Fortune describes sexual assault four different ways:

Read More Here: http://biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/blogs/2013/08/28/what-does-the-bible-say-about-sexual-assault/

9 Things You Should Know About the March on Washington

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, an event widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965). Here are nine things you should know about the historic civil rights event.

Read More Here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/08/28/9-things-you-should-know-about-the-march-on-washington/

When the Popular Youth Pastor Gets Arrested Again

The city of Birmingham, Alabama, has been buzzing in recent weeks over the second arrest of the city’s most well-known youth evangelist.  Matt Pitt, founder of The Basement, first ran afoul of the law in the early 2012 when he was arrested for impersonating a police officer while flashing blue lights at cars on the interstate. Pitt pled guilty and continued to lead his large ministry, which had as many as 7,000 in attendance at monthly gatherings, until a warrant was issued for his arrest two weeks ago. He was arrested again last week and now sits in jail for violating his probation. Why was he booked this time? He impersonated a police officer a second time, though in this case he flashed his honorary sheriff’s badge at a concerned resident while telling him that he was police officer.

Read More Here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/08/28/when-the-popular-youth-pastor-gets-arrested-again/

Albert Mohler Blog: The Content of Our Character—Fifty Years Later Many Challenges Remain

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In his latest Blog Essay, “The Content of Our Character—Fifty Years Later Many Challenges Remain,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 address at the March on Washington. In his essay, Dr. Mohler highlights the moment Dr. King departed from his prepared text and launched his speech into history: “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” The moral landscape has improved since then. But Dr. Mohler honestly characterizes the work that remains and calls Christians to stand on the Bible’s word about humanity and Christ’s atonement as “the only adequate foundation for dealing with racism.” You can read Dr. Mohler’s full essay here.

In his latest Marked Urgent article, “Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,” Dr. Mohler provides links to Dr. King’s 1963 chapel address and ethics class lecture preserved in Southern Seminary’s archives.

Questions about the Christian Life: What Does the Bible Say about Christian Character?

Character is defined as strength of moral fiber. A.W. Tozer described character as “the excellence of moral beings.” As the excellence of gold is its purity and the excellence of art is its beauty, so the excellence of man is his character. Persons of character are noted for their honesty, ethics, and charity. Descriptions such as “man of principle” and “woman of integrity” are assertions of character. A lack of character is moral deficiency, and persons lacking character tend to behave dishonestly, unethically, and uncharitably.

A person’s character is the sum of his or her disposition, thoughts, intentions, desires, and actions. It is good to remember that character is gauged by general tendencies, not on the basis of a few isolated actions. We must look at the whole life. For example, King David was a man of good character (1 Samuel 13:14) although he sinned on occasion (2 Samuel 11). And although King Ahab may have acted nobly once (1 Kings 22:35), he was still a man of overall bad character (1 Kings 16:33). Several people in the Bible are described as having noble character: Ruth (Ruth 3:11), Hanani (Nehemiah 7:2), David (Psalm 78:72), and Job (Job 2:3). These individuals’ lives were distinguished by persistent moral virtue.

Character is influenced and developed by our choices. Daniel “resolved not to defile himself” in Babylon (Daniel 1:8), and that godly choice was an important step in formulating an unassailable integrity in the young man’s life. Character, in turn, influences our choices. “The integrity of the upright guides them” (Proverbs 11:3a). Character will help us weather the storms of life and keep us from sin (Proverbs 10:9a).

It is the Lord’s purpose to develop character within us. “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart” (Proverbs 17:3). Godly character is the result of the Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification. Character in the believer is a consistent manifestation of Jesus in his life. It is the purity of heart that God gives becoming purity in action. God sometimes uses trials to strengthen character: “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3–4). The Lord is pleased when His children grow in character. “You test the heart and are pleased with integrity” (1 Chronicles 29:17; see also Psalm 15:1–2).

We can develop character by controlling our thoughts (Philippians 4:8), practicing Christian virtues (2 Peter 1:5–6), guarding our hearts (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:18–20), and keeping good company (1 Corinthians 15:33). Men and women of character will set a good example for others to follow, and their godly reputation will be evident to all (Titus 2:7–8).[1]

 


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Questions about Sin: What Is the Difference between Fornication and Adultery?

The modern dictionary definitions of fornication (voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other, which would include adultery) and adultery (voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse) are simple enough, but the Bible gives us greater insight into how God perceives these two sexual sins. In the Bible, both are referred to literally, but both are also used figuratively to refer to idolatry.

In the Old Testament, all sexual sin was forbidden by the Mosaic Law and Jewish custom. However, the Hebrew word translated “fornication” in the Old Testament was also in the context of idolatry, also called spiritual whoredom. In 2 Chronicles 21:10–14, God struck Jehoram with plagues and diseases because he led the people into idolatry. He “caused the people of Jerusalem to commit fornication” (v. 11, KJV) and “to go lusting like the fornications of the house of Ahab” (v. 13 NKJV). King Ahab was the husband of Jezebel, a priestess of the lascivious god Baal, who led the Israelites into idol worship of the most egregious kind. In Ezekiel 16, the prophet Ezekiel describes in detail the history of God’s people turning away from Him to “play the harlot” with other gods. The word “fornication,” meaning idolatry, is used numerous times in this chapter alone. As the Israelites became known among the nations round about them for their wisdom, riches, and power, which was a snare to them as a woman’s beauty is to her, they were admired and courted and complimented by their neighbors, and so drawn into idolatrous practices. The word “fornication” is used in connection with pagan idolatry because much of pagan “worship” included sex in their rites. Temple prostitutes were common in the worship of Baal and other false gods. Sexual sin of all kinds was not only accepted in these religions, but encouraged as a means to greater blessings from the gods for the worshippers, particularly in the increase of their flocks and crops.

In the New Testament, “fornication” comes from the Greek word porneia, which includes adultery and incest. Porneia comes from another Greek word that also includes indulging in any kind of unlawful lust, which would include homosexuality. The use of the word in the gospels and the epistles is always in reference to sexual sin, whereas “fornication” in the book of Revelation always refers to idolatry. The Lord Jesus condemns two of the churches of Asia Minor for dabbling in the fornication of idolatry (Revelation 2:14, 20), and He also refers to the “great harlot” of the end times, which is the idolatrous false religion “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (Revelation 17:1–2, NKJV).

Adultery, on the other hand, always refers to the sexual sin of married people with someone other than their spouse, and the word is used in the Old Testament both literally and figuratively. The Hebrew word translated “adultery” means literally “breaking wedlock.” Interestingly, God describes the desertion of His people to other gods as adultery. The Jewish people were regarded as the spouse of Jehovah, so when they turned to the gods of other nations, they were compared to an adulterous wife. The Old Testament often referred to Israel’s idolatry as a wanton woman who went “whoring after” other gods (Exodus 34:15–16; Leviticus 17:7; Ezekiel 6:9 KJV). Further, the entire book of Hosea likens the relationship between God and Israel to the marriage of the prophet Hosea and his adulterous wife, Gomer. Their marriage was a picture of the sin and unfaithfulness of Israel which, time after time, left her true husband (Jehovah) to commit spiritual adultery with other gods.

In the New Testament, the two Greek words translated “adultery” are nearly always used, from their contexts, to refer literally to sexual sin involving married partners. The only exception is in the letter to the church of Thyatira which was condemned for tolerating the “woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess” (Revelation 2:20). This woman drew the church into immorality and idolatrous practices and anyone seduced by her false doctrines was considered to have committed adultery with her.[1]

 


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Catholic Questions: What Is the Meaning/Definition of the Word Catholic?

The word “catholic” literally means “universal,” as in “the universal church.” It originally was applied to all Christians because we are all part of the universal church in the way that we are all members of the Body of Christ. The Latin word is catholicus, and in Greek it is katholikos, from the Greek phrase meaning “on the whole, according to the whole or in general.” The word in English can mean “including a wide variety of things; all-embracing,” or “of the Roman Catholic faith,” or “relating to the historic doctrine and practice of the Western Church.”

It was first used to describe the Christian Church in the early 2nd century to emphasize its universal scope. The term has been incorporated into the name of the largest Christian communion, the Roman Catholic Church, which consists of 23 churches sui iuris, in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. The largest of these, the Latin Rite consists of nearly 95% of the population of the Catholic Church. The remaining 5% consist of the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches

Some Protestant churches use the term “catholic Church” to refer broadly to all believers in Jesus Christ across the world and the ages, regardless of denominational affiliation. Generally, to avoid confusion between this concept and the Roman Catholic Church, theologians will refer to the “universal church” as the “church catholic,” utilizing the lower case, instead of “Catholic Church.”

The Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran, and some Methodists declare that their churches are catholic in the sense that they are in continuity with the original universal church founded by the Apostles. The Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox churches all believe that their church is the only original and universal church. Catholicity is considered one of Four Marks of the Church, the others being unity, sanctity, and apostolicity according to the Nicene Creed of 381: “I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” It is crucially important to remember, though, that when the early Christians used the term “catholic,” they were not referring to any particular church, denomination, rite, or communion. They were simply referring to all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.[1]

 


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

22 Reasons Why Starting World War 3 In The Middle East Is A Really Bad Idea

While most of the country is obsessing over Miley Cyrus, the Obama administration is preparing a military attack against Syria which has the potential of starting World War 3. In fact, it is being reported that cruise missile strikes could begin “as early as Thursday”. The Obama administration is pledging that the strikes will be “limited”, but what happens when the Syrians fight back? What happens if they sink a U.S. naval vessel or they have agents start hitting targets inside the United States? Then we would have a full-blown war on our hands. And what happens if the Syrians decide to retaliate by hitting Israel? If Syrian missiles start raining down on Tel Aviv, Israel will be extremely tempted to absolutely flatten Damascus, and they are more than capable of doing precisely that. And of course Hezbollah and Iran are not likely to just sit idly by as their close ally Syria is battered into oblivion. We are looking at a scenario where the entire Middle East could be set aflame, and that might only be just the beginning. Russia and China are sternly warning the U.S. government not to get involved in Syria, and by starting a war with Syria we will do an extraordinary amount of damage to our relationships with those two global superpowers. Could this be the beginning of a chain of events that could eventually lead to a massive global conflict with Russia and China on one side and the United States on the other? Of course it will not happen immediately, but I fear that what is happening now is setting the stage for some really bad things. The following are 22 reasons why starting World War 3 in the Middle East is a really bad idea… (Read More….)

We May Be In The Early Stages Of The Next Global Economic Crisis

As the Fed attempts to exit from so-called quantitative easing (QE) – its unprecedented policy of massive purchases of long-term assets – many high-flying emerging economies suddenly find themselves in a vise. Currency and stock markets in India and Indonesia are plunging, with collateral damage evident in Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey.

The Fed insists that it is blameless – the same absurd position that it took in the aftermath of the Great Crisis of 2008-2009, when it maintained that its excessive monetary accommodation had nothing to do with the property and credit bubbles that nearly pushed the world into the abyss. It remains steeped in denial:

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72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents

Below is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents. To see the original source document for each point, just click on the link. As you can see, this list covers most of the country…

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GodLife: Keep Showing God’s Love!

Scripture: “I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ Himself. In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:1-3)

Do you know about The Ten Commandments? They were given to the Hebrew people by God. Their purpose was to teach people how to love and honor God, and how to live happily with one another. The Fifth Commandment instructs God’s people to “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).

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Just for You

What kind of spiritual life will help you share God’s message with your family and friends: one in which you just reference God, or one developed from spending lots of time with your loving Heavenly Father? Click the link to learn more about the rich bene

Personal Help

Do you need guidance in living God’s love and praying for eternal salvation for your five people? We have trained followers of Jesus who can help you figure it out! Click here to share your story with us. You will hear from someone shortly.

Prayer Points

Will you pray this week:
• God will help you and your five people maintain strong ties of love
• God will give you complete confidence in Christ
• You will consistently show love and respect for your family
• God will encourage people worldwide to start praying, caring and sharing Jesus with the lost and around them.
• Your five people will accept salvation

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GodLife: Keep Praying!

Scripture: “These were [the Lord’s] instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.” (Luke 10:2 )

Sometimes, it seems there is too much to pray for, and not enough people praying. As of this writing, tremendous upheaval and civil war are occurring in at least three countries the Middle East. Governments in the West are spying on each other and bullying their own people. Other people around the world are disagreeing over their differences, while those in power persecute those with minority views or looks. How can God work with all this? Does He care about you and the people you are praying for amidst all this turmoil?

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Just for You

Do you want to pray like a mighty person of faith? Click the link to learn more about the importance of prayer in your daily life in the Sharing the Gospel with Malcolm Riley series.

Personal Help

Do you need guidance in maintaining your faith and prayer life? We have trained followers of Jesus who can help you figure it out! Click here to share your story with us. You will hear from someone shortly.

Prayer Points

Will you pray this week:
• The Lord of the harvest will send more workers to His fields.
• God will let you and the people you minister to know He cares.
• God will guide our leaders and bring justice to the world.
• You maintain faith and prayer despite adversity.
• The people you minister to will accept Jesus as their Savior.

GodLife Family

Where can you go online to discuss praying for your friends and family and the world? Visit the GodLife Facebook Page where we can gather daily to share our stories, to express ourselves, and to pray for one another!