Daily Archives: September 3, 2013

Christian response to Miley Cyrus breaking her silence about VMA performance

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What a world we live in.  The signs of the times.

While reading the news, I saw the headline “Miley Cyrus breaking her silence about VMA performance” over at CNN.   I’m surprised: The news is still talking about her a week later?

It isn’t just what Miley says, but the writer for CNN as well that I thought was foolish in God’s eyes.

Miley Cyrus has a message for the haters: You are overthinking it.”

Response: Seriously?  It’s not just haters, it’s people that see what she has done as inappropriate and are also concern for her and and concern about how our MTV culture commodify her physically to get ratings.  Moral sensibilities is not the same thing as overthinking.

The singer has broken her silence regarding the MTV Video Music Awards performance that set tongues wagging (and some other parts shaking as folks tried to imitate…

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What would John Flavel say about MTV (and Miley Cyrus)?

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“If you neglect to instruct (your children) in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No; if you will not teach them to pray, he will to curse, swear, and lie; if ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring.” – John Flavel

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Music Video: I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin

Theres a peace Ive come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
Theres an anchor for my soul
I can say, it is well

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagle’s wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise

Theres a day thats drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagle’s wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing
Worthy is the Lamb
And I hear the cry of every longing heart
Worthy is the Lamb

And I hear the voice of many angels sing
Worthy is the Lamb
And I hear the cry of every longing heart
Worthy is the Lamb
(You are worthy, You are worthy)
Worthy is the Lamb

I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagle’s wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise, I will rise, I will rise

Cold Case Christianity: Does God’s Sovereignty Rob Us of Our Freedom?

Christianity describes a God who sovereignly calls believers to repentance. Does this mean humans are mere puppets under the direction of an all-powerful Being who controls all decisions and dictates the final outcome? Does the Christian God allow humans any freedom to choose for themselves? The relationship between God’s sovereignty and man’s free will has been a topic of hot debate for two millennia; I doubt that I’ll be able to solve it in a blog post. But I do think the definition of free will lies at the root of the confusion and apparent dilemma.

Read More Here: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/does-gods-sovereignty-rob-us-of-our-freedom/

A humanitarian nightmare: 110,000 dead in Syria. 2 million refugees. 5 million displaced.

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(Washington, D.C.) — Whatever your politics, whatever your views of how the West should act — or not act — militarily in Syria, one thing is painfully clear: a humanitarian nightmare is unfolding in that Arab Muslim country.

A terrible evil has been unleashed. Syria is imploding. And its hard to imagine putting the country back together any time soon. Indeed, we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of Syria as we’ve known it.

Jesus Christ told us to, “love your neighbor,” and “love your enemies.” Christians need to be praying for the Lord to show mercy to the people of Syria. But we also need to be doing what we can to care for the hungry, thirsty and suffering — the widows, the orphans, those who are wounded physically, and those who have been traumatized emotionally and spiritually. T

he United Nations has taken the lead in trying to…

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Christians Continue to Be Undermined by Mainstream Media

As a journalism student at Northwestern University’s Medill School, I have  learned how the press can affect public perception of certain societal groups. I  began to investigate how news coverage has perpetuated anti-Christian  stereotypes that do not reflect the Christians I know or who I am as a follower  of Jesus.

Since journalists are the gatekeepers of public information, the way they  have portrayed Christ-followers has undoubtedly influenced Americans’  understanding of Christianity. Twenty-five percent of the respondents to a  nationwide Barna survey in 2010 said they weren’t able to remember any positive  contributions from Christians during recent years.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-continue-to-be-undermined-by-mainstream-media-103620/

A Charismatic Primer #3 – The Outreach Top 50 (#6-10)

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In my previous post post, I covered Churches #1-5 on the Outreach top 50.

This time, I’m going to cover churches #6-10 on the Outreach top 50.  This will be the least eventful post of the series (since almost all these churches are Southern Baptist), but it is what it is.  Also, I know that these guys have said strange things in other areas, but I’m only looking at their explicit teaching on charismatic issues/sign gifts (before people message me about so-and-so’s insane sermon on sex or something).  Here we go:

6. Central Christian Church of Las Vegas, Nevada – Pastored by Jud Wilhite.  This church doesn’t have enough information on their website to make any sort of guess as to where they stand.  I always find it strange when a huge church doesn’t have enough on their website for potential searchers to find out what they’re about, but…

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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren’t exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What’s happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it.

Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. First, a disclaimer: Syria and its history are really complicated; this is not an exhaustive or definitive account of that entire story, just some background, written so that anyone can understand it.

Read More Here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/29/9-questions-about-syria-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/

Friendly fire: A “Matthew 18 Moment?”

Does “touch not my anointed” mean we shouldn’t question pastors, ministries or each other? What does Matthew 18 mean in context?  Those are some of the questions we’re asking today as we talk about the attacks launched against the biblical text and the Bride of Christ. We know that those attacks against God’s truth have always come from the outside, but there seems to be an explosion of attacks against the Bible from within. And to those of you who are alarmed at this are contending for the faith by asking questions and raising legitimate concerns:  What is the most God-honoring way to do this? And how should we deal with so-called “friendly fire?”

Read More Here: http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/09/friendly-fire-a-matthew-18-moment/

John MacArthur on Modern Prophets

Does the office of prophet still exist today?

To the hordes of modern, self-appointed spokesmen for God, the answer to that question is a no-brainer. The office of prophet is alive and well in many charismatic churches today—it comes with a detailed job description and is taken with the utmost seriousness.

Without a doubt, the enormous influence these “prophets” wield cannot be easily ignored. But does that influence legitimize the office of prophet in twenty-first century churches?

In the following audio clip, John MacArthur sheds some much-needed biblical light on that subject.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son”(Hebrews 1:1–2 ESV).

It’s no accident that the word “spoken” is in the past tense. God has conclusively spoken to His people through the testimony of His Son recorded on the pages of Scripture. What the Old Testament prophets looked forward to with longing, we can look back upon with certainty.

The Strange Fire conference will bring a vital warning to people who presume to speak on behalf of God. It will also provide certainty to those lost in a fog of prophetic speculation. For more information, please visit our conference website.

GTY Staff


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