Daily Archives: November 2, 2013

Do Not Be Surprised…This ‘n’ That (01 November 2013)


  • So, I may be more offended at the Jesus costume than the fact that the kid was kicked out of school for wearing it.
  • This is the first I’ve heard of the bitcoin.
  • The American Psychiatric Association has now classified pedophilia as a sexual orientation. Wait, maybe they didn’t. At least not yet. There’s little doubt that it will come eventually.
  • Speaking of sexual perversion and immorality; polyamory no doubt will be the next thing to be mainstreamed.
  • It’s probably going to cost some serious cash for Steven Furtick to furnish his new house, so why not think about grabbing a few copies of his newly-released Sun Stand Still devotional to help him out?
  • Um, wow. I made better graphics with Photoshop back in high school.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Rachel Miller explains why she doesn’t celebrate Halloween.
  • The Sola Sisters share their thoughts on yesterday’s holiday.
  • The Red Sox won the World Series. Of course, as a Cubs fan, and thus as an enemy of the Cardinals, I am mildly okay with this.
  • Doug Phillips has resigned as the president of Vision Forum.
  • Okay, there still are lots of articles floating around about Strange Fire. Let’s start here with Tom Chantry’s “two quick thoughts” on the matter.
  • Now let’s take a look at that ‘invitation‘ Driscoll issued to MacArthur.
  • Dr. Jason Allen of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary had a conversation with Dr. MacArthur about the conference.
  • And Tim Challies wants to ask MacArthur some tough questions.
  • Phil Johnson answers those who have incessantly argued that Strange Fire painted with a broad brush.
  • In the spirit of good, clean fun, here are some signs that you may be too charismatic.
  • Yesterday wasn’t just Halloween, it was Reformation Day. And some folks are eagerly counting down until the 500th anniversary of this event.
  • Speaking of the Reformation, what are some of the differences between Roman Catholic theology and the gospel?
  • Sorry, lady, but you weren’t talking to God.
  • Want to pack your child’s own lunch for school? You may need to send along a doctor’s note.
  • I’m not sure Mark Batterson understands the meaning of the word ‘incarnation.’ Kinda makes you wonder how he’s sold so many books, doesn’t it?
  • Today’s perversion of sound doctrine demands a new 95 Theses.
  • Here’s Phil Johnson’s first message from Strange Fire: ‘Is there a Baby in the Charismatic Bathwater?’


Source: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/11/this-n-that.html

New article: Prayer for the Persecuted – Anticipating the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church This Sunday, November 3rd

Prayer for the Persecuted Masthead“An unexpected knock interrupted the house church meeting.  The believers inside, still grieving over the death of one of their leaders, had been on their knees into the night praying for the release from prison of another one of their pastors.  Then came a knock at the door in the dead of night. Was it the police, or just a stranger who had lost his way and saw a light in the window?

“And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, ‘You are out of your mind.’ But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, ‘It is his angel!’ But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. (Acts 12:13-16)

“Isn’t it ironic that when the Lord delivered Peter out of prison that night that every door opened up before him—except the church door?  This wonderful passage provides a kind of comic relief in the midst of Herod’s persecution: a prayer meeting interrupted by the very answer to those prayers. And if we are very honest with ourselves, these first-century Christians seem strangely familiar—like the 21st-century variety.  We pray, yes; but we usually keep our expectations low so that we won’t be disappointed with the results—and we rarely are.

“What does this have to do with our response to the rise in Christian persecution in our day?  It is interesting that one of the first recorded prayer meetings following Pentecost finds the church on their knees on behalf of a persecuted believer.  Even though their faith was small, their God was not.  Hebrews 13:3 commands us to ‘remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.’

Read More Here: http://www.frontlinemissions.info/?p=1652

New Article: The high cost of negligence

Sexual abuse | When pastors, churches, and other caregivers fail to report sexual abuse, they may aid and abet crime–and in some states are subject to prosecution themselves–along with subjecting abuse victims to lifelong trauma

Read More Here: http://www.worldmag.com/2013/10/the_high_cost_of_negligence

The Importance Of The Local Church -9 “The Blessings Of Church Membership”

Settled In Heaven Blog


“…The house of God, which is the church of the living God,

the pillar and ground of the truth.”   (1 Timothy 3:15)

In this ninth lesson of our study on the Lord’s church, we will be looking at the many blessings that can be had by those who join the membership of a local assembly…



Blessings Of Spiritual Growth:

1.  Receive the Teachings Of God’s Word
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;   For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we [henceforth] be…

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New Podcast: Don’t Get Excited About the Latest Version of Jesus Based on Some “Lost” Gospel (Podcast)

J. Warner examines three recent efforts to recreate Jesus and talks about the historic effort to co-opt Jesus for a variety of reasons. J. Warner focuses on the use of alleged “lost” gospels and provides a number of reasons to reject these efforts. He also talks specifically about the claims of Joseph Atwill who claims “the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats” who “fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ.” – See more at: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2013/dont-get-excited-about-the-latest-version-of-jesus-based-on-some-lost-gospel-podcast