Daily Archives: July 17, 2014

Who Moved The Stone? By Frank Morison

Theologue

I am posting the e-book Who Moved The Stone?  by Frank Morison (aka Albert Henry Ross).  It is a great defense of the resurrection of Christ as a historical fact.  The author started out to write a book de-bunking the ‘myth’ of the resurrection and ended up becoming a christian and writing one of the best known defenses of the resurrection. It was written in 1930 and continues to be printed and circulated today.

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ISRAELI INVASION OF GAZA BEGINS. Here’s the latest.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Israeli tanks and ground forces are now moving into Gaza. Israeli tanks and ground forces are now moving into Gaza.

UPDATED: (Washington, D.C.) — It has begun.

The Israeli Defense Forces have commenced a massive ground operation in Gaza. Israeli leaders have concluded they need to deal a devastating blow to Hamas, and air strikes aren’t enough.

Please pray this will all end quickly. Please pray for calm to be restored. And please pray for mercy for Israelis and Palestinians. It is so painful to see the suffering and trauma on both sides. The Bible commands us to pray for peace — let us be faithful.

“Israel began a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, saying it would target tunnels that infiltrate its territory after cease-fire talks failed to de-escalate the air war that has raged for 10 days,” reports the New York Times. “The military released a statement at 10:39 p.m. saying the goal…

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4 Reasons Why Marriages Suffer

 

There are many reasons why marriages suffer. Here are four.
1. You have fallen in love with someone else.
Adultery, pornography, and all manner of lusts provide a third party to an otherwise two-party marriage. Intimacy decreases, the closeness that you once experienced is exchanged for distance, and the ebb and flow of an otherwise good marriage begins to break down week by week.
2. Physical union is withheld. 
The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (1 Cor. 7:5). As a pastor, I am privileged to counsel many married couples. One of the complaints I receive with some consistency is the lack of physical union that occurs. One person craves it more than the other, and since the frequency is not what one person desires, the marriage, at least from the perspective of the one wanting physical union more, suffers.
3. Marriage is about the children.
Whether it is preparing meals, taking them to school, attending their sporting events, or reading to them, children require your time. It is somewhat easy, therefore, to arrange your marriage around them. However, when the children eventually leave the home, both husband and wife no longer know how to communicate with each other because the foundation of their marriage became their children.
4. No time in the scriptures and prayer. 
More and more I hear wives complain that their husband does not take the initiative to lead them in word and prayer throughout the week. In some cases, wives request this time with their husband and he refuses. Deuteronomy 8:3 finds no place in the home.

Can Christians Practice Yoga?

 

YOGA UNCOILED From East To West DVD
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The topic of yoga was recently brought up in conversation over lunch we had with some fellow believers. As the dialogue went on the concept of yoga being something that Christians can do without engaging in the pagan practice became concerning.
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TEMPLE OR TOXIC WASTE DUMP?

As I walked through the parking lot into church on Sunday, I was struck by the number of handicapped parking spaces in front of the entrance. Maybe it drew my attention more on this day because the parking lot attendants had placed plastic barricades in front of normal parking spaces in order to create more handicapped spaces. Granted, I attend a large church but I would estimate that on the lower level entrance there were at least 40 handicapped spaces. In a church that has 2,000 – 3,000 people attending on a Sunday morning maybe this wouldn’t seem significant but even smaller churches still maintain 10 or more spaces. Maybe they are used by the elderly to allow then closer access, but even that makes me think. I remember my grandmother who went home to be with the Lord at the age of 97. She was spry and alert until her last year when cancer overtook her body. Her husband, my step grandfather, downhill skied until he was in his 90′s. People marveled at them. What was it that allowed them to enter into their golden years with such a sturdy level of health? I believe there is an answer – and it applies to us today. We can live the same life with a little effort.

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Resources to Help You Defend Christian Orthodoxy

The word “orthodox” does not actually appear in the Bible, but its meaning is affirmed throughout the Scriptures. The Bible describes the existence of objective Biblical truth and prescribes the teaching and defense of this truth. We’re living in an age where it’s stylish for Christians to be involved in an open “conversation” about the questions and doctrines of the faith, without making decisive proclamations about what is true (or false). The following articles were written to help you investigate the Biblical truth so you can guard and protect it from corruption: – See more at: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/articles-related-to-christian-orthodoxy/

How To Blog

Zwinglius Redivivus

How to blog posts crop up every now and then and folk always have lengthy descriptions of ‘how to drive traffic to your blog’ or ‘how to be engaging’ and the like.  It’s all much more simple than that.  Here are the rules to blogging that works:

1- Blog what interests you.
2- Don’t listen to advice about how to blog.
3- If people read it, fine, if not, fine.

In other words- your blog is yours. Do what you want with it. That’s all.

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Authentic Fire Review: The Appendix of the Doctor

Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s book-length response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Because of the importance of this debate, TheCripplegate is using every Thursday to respond chapter-by-chapter to Authentic Fire. You can find an overview of this debate, as well as links to the reviews for each chapter by clicking here.

In the original review of Authentic Fire, Fred Butler and I didn’t address all the appendixes because of the four, the other three were already dealt with in various places on the internet.  I felt it was appropriate to interact with Dr. Keener in depth, seeing that he is one of the oft cited intellectual defenders of the entire charismatic movement, and though this entry has be extensively reduced in size (I’ve cut it in half) and it’s still colossal…I apologize in advance to any CrippleGate readers who have ADD.

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Knowing God

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

knowing_godPreviously, we looked at The Doctrine of God and examined 10 Attributes of God, which are revealed to us in Scripture. In today’s message, we will consider what impact these truths have on our lives.

What difference does it make? It makes all the difference in the world; not only in this world, but in the world to come. Unlike the pagans of old, we are not left to our own imagination as to what God is like, what He demands from us, and who He is. Graciously and lovingly, in keeping with His character, God has revealed Himself to us. He wants us to know Him, love Him, be in fellowship with Him, serve Him, and bring Him glory through our lives.

Knowing God gives us purpose. It adds reason and rational to our lives. It tells us there is a God in heaven, seated on His throne…

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The Gravity of Sin – John MacArthur

 

Philippians 2:12-13

Code: B140716

by John MacArthur

Christians are not meant to be spectators in the sanctifying process. Believers are commanded to strive against their flesh for the sake of holiness and spiritual growth. At the same time, true righteousness is only possible through the power of God. As we’ve seen in recent days, biblical sanctification is a cooperative work between the Lord and His people.

The apostle Paul spells out the paradoxical nature of that cooperative work in Philippians 2:12-13.

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians—and to us—suggests five vital truths that inform and encourage true spiritual growth. We’ve already considered how our sanctification is influenced by understanding Christ’s love for and example to us, the need for obedience, and our responsibility to the Lord. Today we’ll discuss the last of Paul’s vital truths: the gravity of sin.

The Fear of the Lord

Although God is loving, merciful, and forgiving, He nevertheless holds believers accountable for disobedience. Like John, Paul understood well that “if we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8–9).

Knowing that he serves a holy and just God, the faithful believer will always live with “fear and trembling.”

An important Old Testament truth is “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10; cf. Proverbs 1:7, 9:10). It’s not the fear of being doomed to eternal torment, nor a hopeless dread of judgment that leads to despair. Instead, it’s a reverential fear, a holy concern to give God the honor He deserves and avoid the chastening of His displeasure. It protects against temptation and sin and gives motivation for obedient, righteous living.

Such fear involves self-distrust, a sensitive conscience, and being on guard against temptation. It necessitates opposing pride, and being constantly aware of the deceitfulness of one’s heart, as well as the subtlety and strength of one’s inner corruption. It is a dread that seeks to avoid anything that would offend and dishonor God.

Believers should have a serious dread of sin and a yearning for what is right before God. Aware of their weakness and the power of temptation, they should fear falling into sin and thereby grieving the Lord. Godly fear protects them from wrongfully influencing fellow believers, compromising their ministry and testimony to the unbelieving world, inviting the Lord’s chastening, and from sacrificing joy.

Comprehending Sin’s Consequences

To have such godly fear and trembling involves more than merely acknowledging one’s sinfulness and spiritual weakness. It is the solemn, reverential fear that springs from deep adoration and love. It acknowledges that every sin is an offense against a holy God and produces a sincere desire not to offend and grieve Him, but to obey, honor, please, and glorify Him in all things.

Those who fear the Lord willingly accept the Lord’s correction, knowing that God “disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10). This fear and trembling will cause believers to pray earnestly for God’s help in avoiding sin, as the Lord taught them: “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver [rescue] us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). That prayer again reflects the spiritual tension that exists between believers’ duty and God’s power.

The true believer understands the consequences of his sin—that it sorely grieves the Lord and severely impedes his own growth. That truth, combined with the love and example of Christ, the need for obedience, and the responsibility the Christian has to the Lord, spurs him on to, as the apostle Paul wrote, “work out” his salvation.

And that’s where we’ll pick it up next time.

 

(Adapted from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Philippians.)


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Is He “Pimping” or “Pastoring”?

Here are some indicators to help you identify cult figure traits of control, manipulation, intimidation, and unresolved sexual lust issues in a male pastor (primarily) or other spiritual leader. Many times these same leaders are actually “novices” who left their learning too soon because of misguided ambition or an unwillingness to submit to instruction in humility under another so they could be properly trained, and it has now caught up to them years later.

They used excuses such as they were being held back or that God told them to go and that he would instruct them personally to justify starting their ministries. These novices masquerading as “salty veterans” often pattern and align themselves with other bad example celebrity ministers they desire to be like. They can start off seeming very sincere and successful but their hidden character issues will begin to surface and undermine their gifting no matter how great it is if they are still unwilling to submit to the guidance and wisdom of other more mature and seasoned leaders for correction and help. They make demands or requirements of others to submit to them but have never done so themselves in the same manner they are seeking others to do unto them; which is hypocrisy.

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Sanctification and the Heidelberg Catechism, Part Two

Editors’ Note: As the title indicates, this is the second of two articles on this subject. The first article can be accessed here.

2. Does the third-use of the law play a significant role in the Christian life?
The HC gives serious and careful attention to the requirements of God’s law as a guide for the Christian life (Q. 92-113). This section does not teach sinners how to live in order to be saved, as if salvation could be earned by works of the law. Rather, it teaches those who are already saved through faith in Christ how to “behave towards God” and “what duties we owe to our neighbor” (Q. 93).
God’s law not only restrains, exposes, and condemns sin, it also instructs those who are united to Christ how to love, honor, please, and obey God–how to live as faithful citizens of Christ’s kingdom. The HC explains that good works are “only those which proceed from a true faith” and are “performed according to the law of God, and to his glory; and not such as are founded on our imaginations or the institutions of men” (Q. 91). The law, therefore, serves to give God’s children wisdom and direction for Christian living. We do not set the rules or make them up as we go.

– See more at: http://www.reformation21.org/articles/sanctification-and-the-heidelberg-catechism-part-two.php

A Church for Exiles (Why Reformed Christianity provides the best basis for faith today) – Carl R. Trueman

We live in a time of exile. At least those of us do who hold to traditional Christian beliefs. The strident rhetoric of scientism has made belief in the supernatural look ridiculous. The Pill, no-fault divorce, and now gay marriage have made traditional sexual ethics look outmoded at best and hateful at worst. The Western public square is no longer a place where Christians feel they belong with any degree of comfort.

For Christians in the United States, this is particularly disorienting. In Europe, Christianity was pushed to the margins over a couple of centuries—the tide of faith retreated “with tremulous cadence slow.” In America, the process seems to be happening much more rapidly.

It is also being driven by issues that few predicted would have such cultural force. It is surely an irony as unexpected as it is unwelcome that sex—that most private and intimate act—has become the most pressing public policy issue today. (Who could have imagined that policies concerning contraception and laws allowing same-sex marriage would present the most serious challenges to religious freedom?) We are indeed set for exile, though not an exile which pushes us to the geographical margins. It’s an exile to cultural irrelevance.

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 17, 2014

John MacArthur: Churches which support same-sex marriage belong to Satan

Churches which condone same-sex marriage ‘belong to Satan’ according to author and pastor John MacArthur.

The pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, told TheBlaze in a recent interview that liberal-minded congregations “have no allegiance to the Bible”.

“You go back to every one of those seminaries…for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church,” he said.

MacArthur, famed for his conservative views, has previously referred to biblical readings which support homosexuality as “warped” and “completely irrational”.

“God’s condemnation of homosexuality is abundantly clear – he opposes it in every age,” he wrote in an article entitled ‘God’s plan for the Gay agenda’.

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If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks

The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay. Last month, it was coffee. J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent. And Starbucks has announced a bunch of price increases across the board on their coffee products. Of course we could all survive without chocolate and coffee, but as you will see below just about every food category is becoming more expensive. If this keeps up, could we eventually see armed guards in grocery stores and on food trucks? (Read More….)

20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic

When scientists start using phrases such as “the worst drought” and “as bad as you can imagine” to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad. Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age. The state of California is getting ready to ban people from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but if this drought persists we will eventually see far more extreme water conservation measures than that. And the fact that nearly half of all of the produce in America comes out of the state of California means that ultimately this drought is going to deeply affect all of us. Food prices have already been rising at an alarming rate, and the longer this drought goes on the higher they will go. Let us hope and pray that this drought is permanently broken at some point, because otherwise we could very well be entering an era of extreme water rationing, gigantic dust storms and crippling food prices. The following are 20 signs that the epic drought in the western half of the United States is starting to become apocalyptic… (Read More….)

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