Recently Erwin Lutzer, pastor of the historic Moody Church in Chicago, spoke at the “Understanding the Times” conference in Minneapolis. Here’s a short clip (less than 3 minutes) in which he pinpoints the problem in the American church:
End Times Prophecy Report
May 10-11, 2014
RUSSIA: Putin visits Crimea – Pouring salt into the wounds of all who can’t see this entire series of events is scripted.
UKRAINE: Bloody events foreshadow Civil War
ISRAEL: Report: Israeli espionage hushed up by US officials – Whatever “officials” are “hushing up” this news, they’ve failed. It’s in the Corporate Media, which highlights how bogus this storyline is. But the fact it’s in the Corporate Media is evidence that many don’t pass much attention to such things.
SYRIA: Syrian rebels block chemical weapons removal – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Syrian rebels…
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Does the Bible teach that Jesus is God? Over at Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes, Lenny Esposito has a summary of the acronym “HANDS” given in the book Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (by Rob Bowman and Ed Komoszewski):
1. Jesus shares the HONORS due only to God.
2. Jesus shares the ATTRIBUTES of God.
3. Jesus shares the NAMES that are used of God.
4. Jesus shares in the DEEDS that only God can do.
5. Jesus shares the SEAT of God—that is, Jesus sits on God’s throne.
Professing Christians, Awake!
by ASAHEL NETTLETON
And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep (Romans 13:11).
The text is addressed to Christians. The language is borrowed from natural sleep in which a person is in a great measure insensible to the objects, and to what is passing around him, but life remains in the body. And thus it is when there is much insensibility to divine things among Christians:they sleep; but life remains in the soul. Language similar is often addressed to sinners; but then the image is borrowed from the dead who sleep in the dust. Hence the exhortation: Awake, thou that sleepest, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
The wise and the foolish virgins both went forth to meet the bridegroom,and while he tarried they all slumbered and slept. But between the two mark…
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Amy Grant supports homosexual marriage. Shocking. Wait…no, it’s not. It’s not shocking at all.
- Can you get divorced if you never had a real marriage in the first place?
- Is Tim Challies anti-Catholic, or simply pro-Gospel?
- It pleased God to crush Him.
- Um…I think I’m in the wrong line of work. Yowza.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Owen Strachan shares some thoughts on America’s blasé approach —or worse yet, its celebration—to transgender transformation.
- Okay, if anyone reading this decides to buy Portillo’s (best hot dogs ever), let me know. I have an idea of where you can open a new franchise…
- Wow. Have you heard about this?
- So what do we do with all the charismatics who appeal to Jonathan Edwards to support their position?
- I have a feeling we’re long past the days when any of us will ever be surprised to hear stories like this. The question is: how long before it is your job or my job on the line instead of a television personality?
- Wait a minute—T.D. Jakes is a false teacher? Are you serious? Somebody better tell Mark Driscoll and James MacDonald! Oh, wait..
- You must, must, must listen to this latest sermon from Pastor Don Green: Behold the Lamb.
- You also need to hear Pastor Mike Abendroth speak on Sola Scriptura and Mysticism.
- A man ready to die:
ICC Note: In the 2014 report released by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom they highlight the staggering rate of persecution taking place in the Middle East. While legislation and diplomatic tools are in place for the United States to address these concerns, the Obama administration has shown very little willingness to do so. From time to time public statements have been made, but very little true action has been taken to address the issue.
By Benjamin Weinthal
05/07/2014 Middle East (Fox News) – Christians are under siege in the Middle East, and the Obama administration is not doing enough to stop religious persecution by its allies, according to a new report from a bipartisan federal commission.
Several years ago–I can’t remember if it was three or four–we experimenting with turning one Sunday evening service a month into a prayer meeting. I’m happy to say the experience stuck and these monthly prayer services have become a highlight of our life together as a church.
Over the past couple years, and especially over the weekend after I tweeted something about our prayer service, I’ve had people ask me what we do at these prayer meetings and what they look like?
Autocracy, totalitarianism, despotism. The words alone make us cringe. History is littered with tragic abuse of peoples and cultures at the hands of tyrannical coercion. One need not travel far on a historical timeline for evidences of autocratic control over people. Dictatorial agendas have played out in much abuse under controlling leaders. And sadly, the church is not exempt. Heavy-handed church leadership does its far share of damage too.
However, our human nature can tend towards overreaction. We can label things “controlling” which are not. Loving shepherding can be mislabeled dictating. Administering Christ’s care can be confused as controlling. Biblical discipleship can be accused of despotism. Encouragement can be falsely called exploitation. And these are not insignificant accusations. But too often, these serious allegations are lobbed at faithful, loving Christians administering needed care to one another, thus they are erroneously cautioned of controlling boogeymen. But these boogeymen have outstayed their welcome among God’s people and in the church, and for that reason, they need to be shooed away.
Here are 8 controlling boogeymen we need to shoo away:
Apprising Ministries reminds you that, despite what some evangelicals currently intimate, the dogma concerning salvation in the Roman Catholic Church remains exactly the same as when Luther nailed his 95 Theses upon the door of his church in Wittenberg.
Happy Mother’s Day
from The John Ankerberg Show
Wishing you a wonderful day, blessed with the peace of God and the knowledge of your infinite value to Him and your family.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28
Allow us to offer you this simple Mother’s Day Gift, God’s Encouragement for Today’s Christians, absolutely FREE
Forgiveness: How can you know for sure God has forgiven your sins? Guilt: How does God view our past, present, and future sins? Sinful Habits: What power has God provided for people who want to break bad habits and compulsive behavior? Feelings of Depression : How can you experience God’s peace no matter what circumstances you face? God’s Discipline: What is the difference between discipline and punishment? The Fear of Death: What has God provided for those who are approaching death and are afraid?
by Mike Ratliff
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10 ESV)
A proper study of the doctrine of Penal Substitution will reveal that it is actually a line of contention, or line of demarcation if you will, that divides Orthodox Christianity from those forms whose advocates have in some way come up with their own version of the Gospel. These forms are diverse and too numerous to go into here. As we read the “opinions” of those decrying the validity of Penal…
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