Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

Music Video: Redeemed – Big Daddy Weave

1st Verse

Seems like all I can see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then you look at this prisoner and say to me
“son stop fighting a fight that’s already been won”

Chorus

I am redeemed , you set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain
Cause I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed…..I’m redeemed

2nd Verse

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear you whisper “child lift up your head”
I remember oh God you’re not done with me yet

Chorus

I am redeemed , you set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain
Cause I’m not who I used to be

Bridge

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
’cause his day is long dead and gone because
I’ve got a new name , a new life I’m not the same
and a hope that will carry me home

Chorus

I am redeemed , you set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains and
Wipe away every stain
Cause I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed you set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains and
And wipe away every stain
Now I’m not who I used to be
Oh God I’m not who I used to be
Jesus I’m not who I used to be

‘Cause I am redeemed
Thank God redeemed

“Another Jesus” Calling: New Book by Warren B. Smith

Can we trust our emotions and experiences to give us the 100-percent accurate truth?  Many people are turning to their own experiences over the real Truth that God promises can be found in the Scriptures.  “They’d rather feel a presence than know God through His Word,” says Warren Smith, a frequent guest on Stand Up For The Truth. Warren has just finished writing his newest book, “Another Jesus” Calling: How False Christs are Entering the Church through Contemplative Prayer.”

The book examines the popular Jesus Calling book written by Sarah Young, who has now written a version for teens as well as several accompanying books and “bible” studies. As I spoke to Warren by phone this afternoon, it became clear that this is an emotional issue with many Christians who have felt a presence or heard a voice while practicing different versions of Contemplative Prayer. And while Warren has no doubt they experienced something, he knows full well that not every experience is from God but in fact can be from familiar, seducing spirits. Warren spent 20 years in the New Age practicing the very types of spiritual exercises put forth by Contemplative Prayer proponents.

Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Warren Smith in November, as his new book is published. You can pre-order a copy below via Lighthouse Trails Publishing. Here is a book review from Lighthouse’s Deborah Dombrowski, republished with permission:

Read More Here: http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/10/another-jesus-calling-new-book-by-warren-b-smith/

Do College Students Care About Truth?

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Over the last ten years I have done outreach on a major college campus (The Ohio State University which has 56,000 students). I have had hundreds of spiritual conversations with students and direct an apologetics ministry called Ratio Christi Student Apologetics Alliance. It is no secret that many apologists have written books on the Truth question. In other words, the statement “we are living in postmodern times” has almost become cliche in today’s society. Hence, because of the impact of post-modernism, many seem to assume that college students are not interested in objective truth. So the supposed fallout is that people are not asking whether Christianity is true. Given my experience on the campus, I will respond to this issue. So the good news is that I am truly speaking from personal experience.

I will go ahead and give some definitions of truth here. These are taken from Dr. Norman…

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New Post: Unbelief and its consequences

In Numbers 20, Moses is commanded by God to speak to the rock to initiate a flow of water to meet the Israelites needs.

In a fit of anger, Moses instead strikes the rock and the water gushes forth. God responds to this action by telling Moses, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Numbers 20:12)

In Moses’ previous episode of bringing water from a rock, he was commanded to strike the rock. So what is the big deal about Moses doing it the same way the second time? Isn’t God’s reaction a little extreme?

The short answer is no, God’s reaction is not extreme even though my initial reaction is to think so.

Faith and UnbeliefMoses’ problem is also my problem, I struggle to believe God and act on that belief when He tells me something. God identifies Moses’ problem as lack of faith when He says, “because you have not believed . . . ”

I have observed in myself and others the tendency to do things in our own wisdom and relying on our own talents. Often, a train wreck ensues.

Read More here: http://www.mhmcintyre.us/unbelief-and-its-consequences/

8 Symptom’s of False Teaching

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Here are Bishop J.C. Ryle’s 8 symptoms of false teaching:

1. There is an undeniable zeal in some teachers of error–their “earnestness” makes many people think they must be right.

2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge–many think that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe to listen to.

3. There is a general tendency to completely free and independent thinking today–many like to prove their independence of judgment by believing the newest ideas, which are nothing but novelties.

4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear kind, loving, and open-minded–many seem half-ashamed to say that anybody can be wrong or is a false teacher.

5. There is always a portion of half-truth taught by modern false teachers–they are always using scriptural words and phrases, but with unscriptural meaning.

6. There is a public craving for a more sensational and entertaining worship–people are…

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Beth Moore – False Teacher

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A while back I spent many months completing an extensive study of Beth Moore and her teachings. In the course of this study, I read 3 of her books, read 1 of her Bible studies, read her website and blog, and watched several online videos. The following is a summary of my research. My separate reviews of Moore’s books and Bible study are available here. The following is really long, so pack a lunch.

Overview

Beth Moore is the founder of Living Proof Ministries, Inc. which began “in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word” (Living Proof Ministries). She is a best-selling author of books and Bible studies. She is also a prolific public speaker and Bible teacher through her Living Proof Live conferences, a radio ministry called “Living Proof with Beth Moore”, and regular appearances on the television…

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When a man came to Spurgeon with a “brand new revelation”.

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

preacherIs the truth that which I imagine to be revealed to me by some private communication? Am I to fancy that I enjoy some special Revelation and am I to order my life by voices, dreams and impressions? Brothers and Sisters, fall not into this common delusion! God’s Word to us is in Holy Scripture. All the Truth that sanctifies men is in God’s Word! Do not listen to those who cry, “Lo here!” and, “Lo there!” I am plucked by the sleeve almost every day by crazy persons and pretenders who think that they have Revelations from God. One man tells me that God has sent a message to me by him—and I reply, “No, Sir, the Lord knows where I dwell and He is so near to me that He would not need to send to me by you.” Another man announces, in God’s name, a dogma which…

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New Post: Compromising Consequences

Matthew 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other. 1 Timothy 4:1  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

ProgressoThere are a lot of changes happening within Christianity, and we’re seeing some things happening to the visible church that are concerning to a growing number of people who are realizing that perhaps this “great falling away” Jesus spoke of is actually happening, and that we are now in the age of increased deception. And while the overwhelming evidence of apostasy is happening all around us, we know that we have a Savior who loves us to the point of death – not because we are worthy or great, but because we are broken sinners desperately in need of forgiveness and inner peace that only comes through the cross of Christ.  Is that message being communicated to followers of Jesus?  Or do we see people old and young turning away from truth in droves because of compromise and embrace doctrines of demons?

Read More Here: http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/10/compromising-consequences/

Letter To A New Convert (by Jonathan Edwards, 1741)

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Letter to a new convert

by Jonathan Edwards, 1741
 

My dear young friend,
As you desired me to send you, in writing, some directions how to conduct yourself in your Christian course, I would now answer your request. The sweet remembrance of the great things I have lately seen at your church, inclines me to do anything in my power, to contribute to the spiritual joy and prosperity of God’s people there.

1. I would advise you to keep up as great a earnestness in religion, as if you knew yourself to be in a state of nature, and were seeking conversion. We advise people under conviction, to be earnest and violent for the kingdom of heaven; but when they have attained to conversion, they ought not to be the less watchful, laborious, and earnest, in the whole work of religion, but the more so; for they are…

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