Daily Archives: September 20, 2013

Music Video: Revelation Song – Philips, Craig & Dean

Worthy is the,
Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to Him who sits on
Heaven’s Mercy Seat
[Repeat 2x]

(Chorus)
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I will adore You!
Yeah!

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and
Glory and power be
To You the Only Wise King,
Yeah

(Chorus)
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come, yeah
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I – will – adore You!
Yeah!

Filled with wonder,
Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name

Jesus, Your Name is Power
Breath, and Living Water
Such a marvelous mystery
Yeah…

(Chorus)
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come, yeah
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I – will – adore You!

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come,
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings!
You are my everything,
And I – will – adore YOU

(Chorus) (Repeat at a cappella)

Come up lift up His Name
To the King of Kings
We will adore YOU Lord
King of heaven and earth
King Jesus, King Jesus
Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya!
Majesty, awestruck Honor
And Power and Strength and Dominion
To You Lord,
To the King, to King
To the King of Glory

Putin positioning himself as new power player in the Mideast, but to what end? Will this ally of Iran & Syria become hostile to Israel?

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

(Washington, D.C.) — The Russian Bear is back.

A growing number of journalists, political leaders, and foreign policy analysts are noting that Vladimir Putin is aggressively positioning himself as a new and increasingly influential force on the global stage generally, and in the Middle East, in particular.

Consider recent headlines:

Are such headlines warranted? I believe they are. The Russian leader had actually been fairly quiet over the last several years. But he is suddenly re-asserting himself in international affairs with a boldness and…

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Barna Study: 5 Reasons Millennials Stay Connected to Church

September 17, 2013 – Everyone has an opinion about why Millennials are leaving the church. It’s a controversial topic, one that Barna Group’s researchers have been examining for a decade.

The topic was reignited this summer when blogger and author Rachel Held Evans wrote a piece about why Millennials leave church. Her editorial struck a nerve, sparking response pieces all across the web and generating more than 100,000 social media reactions in the first week alone.

Yet whatever one’s personal view of the reasons behind Millennials staying or going, one thing is clear: the relationship between Millennials and the Church is shifting. Barna Group’s researchers have been examining Millennials’ faith development since the generation was in its teen years—that is, for about a decade. During that time, the firm has conducted 27,140 interviews with members of the Millennial generation in more than 200 studies.

And while Barna Group’s research has previously highlighted what’s not working to keep Millennials at church, the research also illuminates what is working—and what churches can do to engage these young adults.

The Harsh Realities of Millennial Faith

But first, the concerns of Millennials leaving the Church must be understood.

Parents and leaders have long been concerned about the faith development of the generation born between 1984 and 2002—and for good reason. First, Barna research shows nearly six in ten (59%) of these young people who grow up in Christian churches end up walking away from either their faith or from the institutional church at some point in their first decade of adult life. Second, the unchurched segment among Millennials has increased in the last decade, from 44% to 52%, mirroring a larger cultural trend away from churchgoing among the nation’s population.

Third, when asked what has helped their faith grow, “church” does not make even the top 10 factors. Instead, the most common drivers of spiritual growth, as identified by Millennials themselves, are prayer, family and friends, the Bible, having children, and their relationship with Jesus.

Culture: Acceleration and Complexity

Still, not all is doom and gloom when it comes to faith among Millennials. In contrast to the widespread religious disillusionment marked among so many of their peers, millions of Christian Millennials remain deeply committed and active in their faith.

About one-quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds are practicing Christians, meaning they attend church at least once a month and strongly affirm that their religious faith is very important in their life. A majority of Millennials claim to pray each week, one-quarter say they’ve read the Bible or attended a religious small group this week, and one in seven have volunteered at a church in the past seven days.

These spiritual practices are notable, says David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, because the broader cultural trends have not been particularly friendly to faith.

“Millennials are rethinking most of the institutions that arbitrate life, from marriage and media, to government and church,” says Kinnaman, the author of You Lost Me and unChristian who has spent the last 20 months speaking nationally about the challenges facing today’s Millennials. “They have grown up in a culture and among peers who are often neutral or resistant to the gospel. And life feels accelerated compared with 15 years ago—the ubiquity of information makes it harder for many to find meaning in institutions that feel out of step with the times. Millennials often describe church, for instance, as ‘not relevant’ or say that attending worship services ‘feels like a boring duty.’

“Furthermore, many young Americans say life seems complicated—that it’s hard to know how to live with the onslaught of information, worldviews and options they are faced with every day. One of the specific criticisms young adults frequently make about Christianity is that it does not offer deep, thoughtful or challenging answers to life in a complex culture.”

But this criticism is also a sign of hope, Kinnaman suggests, since it means Millennials are craving depth—a need the Church is uniquely poised to meet. In this respect, the research points to five ways faith communities can build deeper, more lasting connections with Millennials.

Read More Here: https://www.barna.org/barna-update/millennials/635-5-reasons-millennials-stay-connected-to-church.html

Searching for God

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[This article is part of a larger series on “Evidence for God.” Read here for more details.]

The search for God is a quest as old as human thought but the question remains; have we found him? Her? It? What would it look like to find God? How would we go about searching? What might get in our way? These are some of the questions I want to ponder in this article, and I will do so by way of a philosophical parable.

Two scientists, Dr. Alpha and Dr. Zulu, boarded a spacecraft and flew to another planet in search of life. This is what unfolded…

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What the Bible Says About Government

What the Bible Says About GovernmentThe United States of America was born out of a debate about the size and scope of government.

The American colonies separated from England over the issue. They then ratified the United States Constitution only after lengthy deliberation about the role and scope of their new federal government. The first political parties built their platforms around the size and role of government.

This debate continues to define American politics and impacts the lives of individuals in many other countries as well. Clearly, it’s a controversial, multi-faceted issue.

Our perspective on government has massive implications. Laws, regulations, and taxes can impact the way we work, our freedom to trade, our ability to become entrepreneurs, and our ownership of private property. They impact our ability to build a flourishing society. It’s not an easy issue, but it’s certainly important.

What does the Bible say? Some argue that the Bible teaches limited government. Others maintain that the Bible teaches Marxism or socialism, or at least is consistent with big government of some sort. The Bible doesn’t give us an easy, one-verse answer, but it does provide us with some guidelines.

What are some considerations that can help us frame this debate and work towards a conclusion? In this series, we will look at four principles that give us context for this discussion…

Read More Here: http://blog.tifwe.org/bible-says-about-government/

Nail Mark Ministries: What Apologetics Must Never Become

What Apologetics Must Never BecomeI firmly hold that apologetics has a threefold purpose, namely, to defend, affirm and proclaim the gospel message and Christian worldview. As apologists we are about the ministry of shielding the faith from those who attack and attempt to destroy it and we do this by taking arguments against God, the Bible, Jesus, etc., and dismantling them and showing them to pose no credible threat to the truth of the Christian worldview (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). A byproduct of that defense is that it comforts and affirms the faith of believers who see that there are no sustainable objections against their faith which, in turn, bolsters their confidence.

Furthermore in equipping believers with apologetics, even prior to the need to defend their faith, we encourage Christians because they can see that they have really good reasons to believe that Christianity is true. Finally, apologetics actually is not all defensive but also has an offensive side as well. Apologetics is a powerful tool in thehands of an evangelist who presents the gospel and effectively answers questions and objections to the credibility of the Christian faith which leaves the person alone with Jesus, the gospel, and no more smoke screens (1 Peter 3:15).

Yes, I believe apologetics is powerful and vital to a healthy Christianity in this present day. But there is a form of pseudo-apologetics out there today which, I believe, is far more dangerous than any objection from a skeptic I’ve ever heard. This pseudo-apologetic methodology is that of making Christianity more palatable to the secular mind. Rather than defending the faith, defending the truth of the word of God, it instead twists and shapes Christianity into something that is more acceptable to the culture. It is the kind of approach that takes away the stumbling block and inserts a comfy pillow…

Read More Here: http://nailmark.net/1/post/2013/09/what-apologetics-must-never-become.html

Old Enough to Defend

Old Enough to DefendYou’ve probably heard that a majority of kids leave the church when they graduate from high school. Some say that the number is as high as 80%.

I don’t know how accurate that stat is, but it sounds about right. Whether it’s 80% or 8%, we should be alarmed that any kids leave the church after being nurtured by it for so long. Are the parents responsible? Is it the church’s job to ensure that the love for the church is so deep that they are compelled to continue the journey even after they are free to choose not to? Do we need to raise expectations for Bible knowledge? While I think the answer to these questions might be yes, I feel that there is one key ingredient that the church and parents often fail to add to a kid’s life.

It’s apologetics.

I’ve spoken to dozens of college students and singles over the years who have left the church. These are adults who truly knew what they believed. They could even quote scripture better than most pastors I know. What you believe is very important. However, what’s also important is being able to defend what you believe…

Read More Here: http://blog.lifeway.com/kidsministry101/2013/09/06/old-enough-to-defend/

A Charismatic Primer Part 7 – The Outreach Top 50 (#26-30)

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

Time for the seventh installment in this series (and my largest post, ever).  So far, we’ve looked at the New Apostolic Reformation, the Outreach Top 50 #1-5, the Outreach Top 50 #6-10, the Outreach Top 50 #11-15, the Outreach Top 50 #16-20, and the Outreach Top 50 #21-25.  We’ll now look at the Outreach Top 50 #26-30, which includes one church of interest, but it’s a whopper (and one I’ve put off looking at, in depth, for quite some time):

26.  First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indianna- Pastored by John Wilkerson.  Considering that these guys are a fundamental baptist church, I’d say that it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re cessationists.

27.  Potential Church of Cooper City, Florida – Pastored by Troy Gramling.  This church is a Southern Baptist church and their doctrinal statement is the Baptist Faith and Message…

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Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (20 September 2013)

  • Ladies, here’s a little something you can buy for the man in your life. That is, if you want him to smell like Pope Francis.
  • Why men (and I daresay women too) have stopped singing in church.
  • You should subscribe to the No Compromise Radio mailing list. No, they didn’t pay me to say that.
  • See, this is why it’s not a good thing to be hearing voices in your head.
  • I’m linking to this because no one can pull off the phrase, “In spineless Giglio style. . .” quite like Carl Trueman.
  • Cindy Jacobs claims. . .well, I don’t want to ruin the surprise.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • “Immodesty is not limited to the exploitation of one’s visual qualities; it really encompasses in its scope every inordinate exploitation of self designed to accelerate personal celebrity. And it is a virus that infects us more deeply than any of us imagine.”
  • The Obama administration just needs to leave Hobby Lobby alone. Haven’t they seen some of the gaudy merchandise in that store? I think the employees have suffered enough. (For the record, I love Hobby Lobby.)
  • Now here’s a crazy corn maze for Packers fans.
  • Here’s a convicting sermon for the ladies (there’s principles in there for you too, men!).
  • Hunh. Now that’s not right. . .
  • Bill Maher and Bill Nye were criticizing creationism and creationists. I’m shocked. You know, in a ‘why would anyone be shocked about this?’ kind of way.
  • Pope Francis: ‘I am a sinner. Except for that whole ex cathedra thing. That’s when I flick on my infallible switch.’ Okay, I added those last two sentences. Does anyone else miss having a pope who just keeps quiet?
  • I love when Tom Chantry blogs. Here he offers one of the most complete treatments of ‘Touch Not the Lord’s Anointed’ that I’ve seen.
  • How should we interpret the Bible?

 

Source: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/09/this-n-that_3470.html