Daily Archives: October 1, 2013

In Netanyahu’s address to UN, he cites Scriptures & Hebrew prophet Amos. Also vows: “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.” Full text of speech. Video of full speech.

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>> Iran responds to Netanyahu: Don’t even think about attacking us

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finished addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City just before 1:00pm eastern time.

“Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” the PM said in what was one of the most important lines of the speech. “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone Israel will know that we are defending many, many others.”

Several times in his remarks, Netanyahu cited the Scriptures.

“The Jewish people’s odyssey through time has taught us two things: Never give up hope, always remain vigilant. Hope charts the future. Vigilance protects it,” Netanyahu told the gathered world leaders. “Today our hope for the future is challenged by a nuclear-armed Iran that seeks our destruction. But I want you to know…

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Dangerous Soaking Prayer gains momentum

We’ve been reporting about the dangers of something called “Soaking Prayer.” While it sounds like something Christians can practice safely, it is anything but safe. In fact, the Soaking Prayer practice contains spiritual elements that are not only not found in Scripture, but God’s Word warns us to avoid doing these things.

Read More Here: http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/10/dangerous-soaking-prayer-gains-momentum/

Why Should I Believe in Hell?

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2 NIV).

The horrors of hell are such that they cause us instinctively to recoil in disbelief and doubt; yet, there are compelling reasons that should cause us to erase such doubt from our minds. First, Christ, the Creator of the cosmos, clearly communicated hell’s irrevocable reality. In fact, He spent more time talking about hell than He did about heaven. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7), He explicitly warned His followers more than a half-dozen times about the dangers that lead to hell. In the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24–25), He repeatedly told His followers of the judgment to come. In His famous story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16), He graphically portrayed the finality of eternal torment in hell.

Read More Here: http://www.christianity.com/blogs/hank-hanegraaff/why-should-i-believe-in-hell.html

Cumulative Evidence and the Case for God’s Existence (Free Bible Insert) – J. Warner Wallace

My cold cases are typically built on circumstantial evidence. Cumulative circumstantial cases are incredibly powerful when considered in their totality; the more diverse the forms of evidence (and the more abundant their existence), the more reasonable the conclusion. As jurors consider these large collections of evidence implicating a particular suspect, they must ask themselves a simple question: “Could this guy just be incredibly unlucky, or is he the cause of all this evidence because he is truly guilty?” The more the evidence repeatedly points to the defendant, the less likely it is merely a matter of coincidence. The cumulative case for God’s existence is similarly powerful. There are a number of circumstantial lines of evidence pointing to the existence of God, and the diverse, collective nature of this evidence is most reasonably explained by the existence of a Creator. This month, we’re featuring a free downloadable Bible insert summarizing a brief cumulative case for God’s existence, built on just five lines of circumstantial evidence:

Read More Here: http://www.christianity.com/blogs/j-warner-wallace/cumulative-evidence-and-the-case-for-gods-existence-free-bible-insert.html

TGC: 9 Things You Should Know about Casinos and Gambling

This week the Council on Casinos, a group dedicated to fighting the spread of gambling in America, released a report on “Why Casinos Matter.” Here are nine things from the report on casinos and gambling that you should know.

Read More Here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/10/01/9-things-you-should-know-about-casinos-and-gambling/

Is Public School an Option?

The growing chaos in society is forcing Christians to rethink even their most cherished assumptions about their relationship with government institutions. For example, is public education even an option anymore?

Should Christian parents send their children to the public schools? That question has emerged as one of the most controversial debates of our times. And yet, every family must come to terms with the issues involved in the public school debate—and fast.

Read More Here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v8/n4/is-public-school-option

One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian’s a troublemaker—but that’s not a bad thing.

He’s taken a lot of heat for the radical picture of grace he paints Jesus + Nothing = Everything and Glorious Ruin. He’s been accused of blurring the lines of justification (our position before God) and sanctification (the process of growing in holiness). It’s even been suggested that the kind of grace he preaches is the kind that leads to license…

Wherever you land on Tchividjian’s teaching, you can’t deny one thing: he is totally captivated by the grace of God, and he wants you to be, too. If that’s what you take away from his new book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, then you’ll be in good shape because, clearly, we’ve got a problem getting a grip on grace.

Grace: the cure to performancism

Too many Christians are running themselves ragged trying to please God—as if our faith is primarily concerned with our behavior modification rather than the good news of what’s already been done for us. And so we work ourselves silly, seemingly in an attempt to pay God back for saving us (even if we don’t realize it). “We conclude that it was God’s blood, sweat, and tears that got us in, but it’s our blood, sweat, and tears that keep us in” (24). We burn ourselves out and then wonder why Christianity isn’t “working” for us.

This is what Tchividjian combats in One Way Love, the idol of performancism; he wants to kill that cruel mistress dead as he reminds readers again and again that, “grace is a gift, pure and simple. We might insist on try on to pay, but the balance has been settled (and our money’s no good!).” (29)

Read More Here: http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2013/10/01/one-way-love-by-tullian-tchividjian/

Ligonier Blog: Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, October 2013

The October edition of Tabletalk is out. This issue features articles examining our fears. We are afraid of dying. We are afraid our spouses or our children will die. We are afraid of losing our faith. We are generally afraid of everything and everyone except God. And we have forgotten what Paul said: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6–7). This issue will address our fears and how they are overcome in Christ.

Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with David Powlison, Jonathan Leeman, Nick Batzig, Kris Lundgaard, Richard Pratt, Thomas Schreiner, Edward Welch, Kim Riddlebarger, Ray Ortlund, R.C. Sproul Jr, Kelly Kapic, Harry Reeder, Tony Reinke, and Paul Washer.

We do not post all of the feature articles or the daily devotionals from the issue, so you’ll have to subscribe to get those. But for now, here are links to several free columns and articles from this month:

Read More Here: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/columns-tabletalk-magazine-october-2013/

Albert Mohler Blog: “George and Barbara Witness a Wedding—When a Private Act Sends a Public Message”

In his latest Blog Essay, “George and Barbara Witness a Wedding—When a Private Act Sends a Public Message,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. discusses the recent attendance of former President George H. W. Bush and the former First Lady Barbara Bush at a lesbian wedding in Maine. But the former president did not just attend, he officially witnessed the wedding and signed legal documents to that effect.

What does your presence at a wedding mean? Can you attend a wedding without affirming and celebrating the union? What if friends ask you to attend their same-sex wedding?

Read the full essay to know why Dr. Mohler says this is one question “that Christians had better think through fast,” and to read his clear exhortation to balance truth and love in the perplexities brought by same-sex marriage in America.