Monthly Archives: November 2014

Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17 NASB)

There is a false belief in much of 21st Century Christianity that grew out of the late 20th Century push to merge Fundamentalism with Conservative politics. That false belief is that the U.S. Government is somehow supposed to be Christian and should govern this country within that framework. Is this the role that God gave government? What about the Christian’s role in politics? Should Christians labor and give large sums of money for political purposes or should those resources and effort be used for God’s Kingdom instead? Martin Luther was often caught in the middle between Kings, Emperors, Popes, and what he believed God willed for him to do. How did he handle this?

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GodLife: Do You Have to Go to Church?

Scripture: “Do not give up meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

There are church services on television and the Internet. But is it ok to stay at home and watch a church service? Or do we have to go to a physical church building? Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

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Turning Trials into Triumphs: Part 2 (James 1:4–12)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Nothings too hardIn the Christian life, God tells us to expect trials. If we are going to turn trials into triumphs, we must obey four imperatives. In Part 1, we discussed the first two: a joyful attitude and an understanding mind. Today, we will be looking at the last two imperatives.

Let—a Surrendered Will (James 1:4, 9–12)

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because…

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Counseling: Depression, Part 2

The Domain for Truth

Counseling

Counseling: Depression, Part 1

PART TWO: Read God’s Word.

Introduction:

Please read Psalm 119 everyday throughout the week. Pray while reading Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is a powerful chapter that displays the glories of God’s Word. Since the psalmist had a high view of God’s Word, you too, need to have a high view of God’s word in order to effectively battle the blues. God’s Word cleanses the soul and spirit. Also please make great effort in trying to memorize Psalm 119:25-32.

Action:

  • What was your mentality of obeying God’s Words at the time of your blues?
  • Where you happy in terms of your relationship with God when you were in your blues?
  • Was there a desire in terms of conforming to God’s Word at the time of your blues?
  • Before you desired to receive counseling, what was your priority in terms of obedience to God?
  • Read the…

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Rick Warren’s Roman Catholic Affinity

Truth in Grace

This video reveals the long standing intent and affinity of Rick Warren with Roman Catholics. This is nothing new since Rick Warren has been trying to unite Islam, Roman Catholicism, and Protestants for several years now. However, this video candidly reveals his judgment on major, doctrinal matters. At one point Rick Warren states, “…if you love Jesus, we are on the same team.” This, of course, is meant that if you profess to love Jesus we are on the same team, not if you are genuinely born again by the Spirit of God through faith alone. This kind of mixing of poisoned waters is dangerous! I love Roman Catholics. I love them so much I will tell them the truth of justification by faith alone through Christ’s finished work on the cross. According to Warren, though, we are on the same team. However, in order to be on the same team, we…

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These People Are Completely Ignorant of The Teaching of Scripture

Zwinglius Redivivus

The Devil is trying to test me sore today.  Just when I was settling down after a nice cup of tea to do some editing onto my facebook feed plops this slab of fly infested anti-theological pandering horse manure:

As church attendance falls, one US group has come up with a novel idea to fill the pews: it’s raising funds to put a McDonald’s franchise inside a place of worship.  The McMass group believes people might be more inclined to attend prayers if physical as well as spiritual nourishment were on offer.

It sounds like a hoax, but the multi-denominational group has already launched a page on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site with the aim of raising $1 million to build the first McDonald’s church.  McMass is headed up by Paul Di Lucca, a creative director at the church branding agency Lux Dei design, reports the LA TImes.  Di…

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4 Great Doctrines To Always Keep in Mind by Bishop J. C. Ryle

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4 Great Doctrines To Always Keep in Mind by Bishop J. C. Ryle:

“I feel that we all need more and more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, to guide, to teach and to keep us sound in the faith. There are certain great truths, which, in a day like this [written in1874!], we are especially bound to keep in mind. I believe there are times and seasons in the Church of Christ when we are bound to tighten our hold upon certain great leading truths, to grasp them with more than ordinary firmness in our hands, to press them to our hearts and not let them go.”

#1: The Total Corruption of the Human Nature

“The corruption of human nature is no slight thing. It is no partial, skin-deep disease, but a radical and universal corruption of man’s will, intellect, affections, and conscience. We are…

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The Second Coming Of Christ by Charles H. Spurgeon

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In 1896 Moody Press issued a book “The Second Coming Of Christ”.  The book had 8 chapters written by different authors, one of which was Charles Spurgeon whose chapter formed the title “The Second Coming Of Christ”.  Some people have misrepresented Spurgeon’s position on eschatology. He was without a doubt a Historic Premillennialist (see Dennis Swanson’s essay on Spurgeon and his eschatology here).

The chapter by Spurgeon was worth the price of the entire book! Download a copy of the e-book:

TheSecondComingOfChrist-CHSpurgeon.pdf

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