Daily Archives: October 16, 2013

GodLife: How Will You Lead?

How Will You Lead?

We Christians are told to “always be ready to explain [our Christian hope]” (1 Peter 3:15) and “to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors” (1 Peter 2:12) to bring honor to God. So what is the very best way you can share God’s love with those close to you, and other people you encounter?

Just for You

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Personal Help

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Prayer Points

Will you pray this week:
• You find the best way you can share the Gospel
• You will thank God that time with Him and the power of the Holy Spirit can enable you to share
• God will prepare us all to be vessels ready to be used by the Holy Spirit to lead others to salvation.
• God will prepare the way for the Name of Jesus to be glorified all over the earth!

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[New post] What Is the Gospel?

There are all kinds of Christians proclaiming all kinds of gospels. But there is a very easy test as to whether or not that which is being proclaimed is the true biblical gospel or just a pale imitation, if not complete counterfeit. The test is quite simple: is God the primacy focus and aim of the message, or is man, self, and the flesh?

The sad truth is, many churches today – perhaps most – have a me-centred gospel. It is all about me. This is true especially of many of our big, popular megachurches. The message you will hear each week is all about me. It is an entirely selfish gospel, appealing only to me, to self, and therefore, to the flesh.

If what you hear each week goes something like this, then you know it is time to leave:
-how I can have a better life
-how I can be happy and fulfilled
-how I can become successful and proper
-how I can be wealthy and have anything I want
-how I can be completely self-satisfied
-how I can get that job I always wanted
-how I can always get what I want
-how I can succeed in my business
-how I can lose weight for Jesus
-how I can make millions
-how I can feel good about myself
-how I can have great self-esteem
-how I can be everything I wanted to be

My friends, this is not the gospel of the Bible. This is the gospel of self. It is completely focused on self and self-centred. It puts me at the centre of everything, with God as an optional appendage somewhere along the line. This is not the reason why Jesus left the comforts of his heavenly home and suffered a horrific death – so that we could be our own selfish greedy little pigs.

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New Article: Eight Ways Leaders Make Themselves Vulnerable to Spiritual Attack – Chuck Lawless

New Testament writers warn us again and again about the reality of spiritual attack. The apostle Paul, a leader extraordinaire, challenged believers to wear the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), being ever aware of the enemy’s schemes (2 Cor. 2:11). The leader of the church at Jerusalem, James, called followers of Christ to resist the devil (Jms. 4:7). Peter, the leader among Jesus’ apostles, warned against the adversary who seeks someone to devour like a roaring lion (1 Pet. 5:8). It is no wonder, then, Paul reminded the church to choose leaders who are not set up for the devil’s traps (1 Tim. 3:6-7).

Based on years of my studying spiritual warfare, here are eight ways I’ve seen leaders allow themselves to be vulnerable to the enemy’s arrows:

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Paid for by His Blood!

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The Wednesday Word: Paid for by His Blood!

Without the shedding of His blood, Jesus could not have become our redeemer. We are bought and paid for by blood, the precious blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7).

The New Testament scholar, Leon Morris, points out that although we use words such as “redeemer” or “redemption” in a religious sense,– “when the man of the first century heard them he immediately thought in non-religious terms” (The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross (Eerdmans), p. 11).

In New Testament days, redemption was a commercial term that meant to release from bondage by the payment of a price. And what was the price paid for our redemption? It was the death of Christ by the shedding of His blood. Through His death, Jesus purchased us from the slave-market of sin and death, and we are not for re-sale. What immense value there must be in…

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Strange Fire is Tomorrow: Threat Level Brown…

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

(Disclaimer – I wrote this in a hurry and it’s a first draft.  Typos will be corrected tomorrow)

Well, tomorrow marks the beginning of the Strange Fire Conference, and the beginning of the internet doubling in size.  Why do I say that?  I anticipate that there will be no shortage of blog rants, flame posts, and outright slander and malice in response to what’s going to be said at the conference.  There’s been a bunch of back an forth between the Charismatic and Cessationist crowds, but that all is nothing compared to what’s going to flood the internet in about 24 hours (and just to make myself more sympathetic in this post, I’m currently listening to this while I write.)

So Dr. Michael Brown is doing preemptive damage control, again.  He’s written a “final call” post on the Charisma website, calling MacArthur to change his tune on the Charismatic…

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The Letter to the Church in Philadelphia

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

[7] “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. (Revelation 3:7 ESV)

One of the big errors of our time in the visible Church of the 21st Century is the misguided concept that truth is subjective. In other words, truth is what you want it be. This concept is, of course, simply borrowed from the world, which loves it. While I do not contend that I know when our Lord will return, I do know that it will be at the end of this age prior to the age to come. I know that He has been given a people for Himself from the Father. I know that His blood purchased them at the cross. I know that…

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