“A Christian does a good deed so that he can get into Heaven. An atheist does a good deed.” Donald Robson
The belief that anyone can do anything to get into Heaven is arguably the greatest of all errors. This mistake is made because of what the Bible calls a “lack of knowledge.” Here’s your missing knowledge. God is a judge. We are criminals in His eyes, and the best of us have violated His moral Law a multitude of times. He considers lust to be adultery, hatred to be murder, sees our thought life and will even hold us accountable for “every idle word.” This knowledge changes everything. So if we offer God anything (good deeds, religious works, etc.,) in an attempt to have Him dismiss our case, we are trying to bribe the Judge, This is what the Bible says of that: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord.” God will not be bribed. The only thing that can save us from His perfect justice, is His mercy. When Jesus suffered on the cross He took the sin of the world upon Himself. He paid our fine so that our case could be dismissed. All we need to do to receive mercy from God is repent and trust alone in Jesus. For further details on how to receive God’s gift of everlasting life, see http://www.needGod.com
From I Was There
The shame haunts me on a daily basis.
I’ve tried to be a good person, but I always end up failing. It’s not easy. It never has been. I am a woman with needs. I thought once I was married, everything would be perfect. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that is not the case at all. There are times when I still feel alone, unwanted, and not very important. In his eyes, I’m just an object, or more like a slave. He thinks my sole purpose for existing on this earth is to serve him. If I don’t make him happy, he threatens to leave me. How can I continue to live like this?
My mother told me, on numerous occasions, that divorce is a sin. A sin that God will punish severely. I’ve always had a difficult time understanding that. My husband doesn’t beat me, but abuse…
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Sure, the cost of Obamacare health plans is higher, especially the cheapest bronze plans which are going up 15%. But that’s not the only thing wrong with Obamacare. Here are 14 more ways Obamacare is a disaster, as reported by the Federalist.
- Premium Increases
- Exchange Subsidy Roller Coaster
- Reducing the Quality of Insurance
- Slashing Quality of Employer-Provided Insurance
- Here Come the Trial Lawyers!
- Enrollees Are Older and Sicker than Average
- People Dropping Exchange Coverage Are the Ones Exchanges Need Most
- The Exchanges Benefit Big Business at the Expense of Smaller Businesses
- Policy Cancellation Déjà Vu
- Medical Research Has Tanked
- Medicaid Still Provides Terrible Care for the Poor
- The Deficit Will Increase $131 Billion in the Next Ten Years
- Fewer Jobs for Low-Wage Workers
- More Economic Woes Ahead
The last two stuck out to me, because they have to do with jobs.
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The heart of apologetics is giving an answer to that coworker who asks how you can believe in God when there is so much evil and suffering in the world. It is making a defense of the Scriptures when your classmate challenges the reliability of the Bible. It is explaining to your neighbor that Christianity is all about the words and works of Jesus Christ, not going to church and being a nice person.
Many Christians feel that such conversations are beyond their abilities, but that is simply not true. 1 Peter 3:15-16 commands us all to prepare to give a defense for their faith. With a little bit of training and preparation, any believer can begin to answer those who challenge the truth of the gospel.
Many people feel that they must answer every challenge raised against the Christian faith. If an unbeliever asks how he can believe in…
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Here is the first part that that I would like to provide to our readers. This material is what I used when I was counseling someone in the past that struggled with depression. It is not exhaustive, but I hope that it will be helpful in some small measure.
HEART ON THE TABLE
- To take every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
- To be complete in Christ (Col. 1:28)
- To trust and obey (Rom. 12:14-21)
- To mortify idols in your heart (Col. 3:5-11)
- To worship the Lord with holy joy (Jeremiah 15:16)
Before we even start, I believe that it is imperative that prayer is the necessarily step to be taken first. Prayer is a gift from God that He grants to us. As a gift from God, it should be used with great joy. As you eat food with great joy because it sustains life, so too…
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It is not often when I’m reading a tome of analytic philosophy that I am stopped in my tracks by a passage that reads like a penetrating diagnosis of what’s wrong with contemporary America. But that happened recently, and I have not been able to get the passage out of my head. The passage appears in Alvin Plantinga’s 500+ page volume Warranted Christian Belief in a chapter where he is discussing how sin distorts our ability to see the truth.
Prior to the passage that arrested my attention, he noted that it is a matter of common sense that we are naturally disposed to accept the idea that there is such a thing as truth. Moreover, the notion of truth assumes a certain sort of relation between our beliefs and the way the world actually is. The truth accurately depicts a world of objective reality.
Unfortunately, however, some environments can…
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Did you know that some Americans are being hit with health insurance rate increases of more than 500 percent? Taking advantage of “the stupidity of the American voter”, the Democrats succeeded in ramming through one of the worst pieces of legislation that has ever come before Congress. The full implementation of Obamacare has been repeatedly delayed, but now we are finally starting to see the true horror of this terrible law. Thanks to Obamacare, millions of American families are losing health plans that they were very happy with, health insurance rates are skyrocketing, millions of workers are having their full-time hours cut back to part-time hours, rural hospitals all over the country are dying, and thousands of doctors are being driven out of the industry thus intensifying the greatest doctor shortage in U.S. history. Obamacare is a slow-motion train wreck of epic proportions, and the full effect of this law is only beginning to be felt. In the end, the economic impact of this law will likely be measured in the trillions of dollars. (Read More….)
If only George Orwell could see us today. When he wrote “1984” back in 1948, he probably never imagined that the “totalitarian, bureaucratic world” that he imagined would ever actually become a reality. But that is precisely what is happening. We live at a time when the government monitors billions of our phone calls and emails and hardly anyone gets upset about it. We live at a time when corporations systematically collect our voiceprints and our televisions watch us. We live at a time when reporters that try to dig into the misdeeds of the government have their computers hacked, and when nearly one out of every three Americans has a file in the FBI’s master criminal database. The control freaks that run our society are absolutely obsessed with watching, tracking, recording and monitoring virtually everything that we do. We truly are becoming a “1984” society, and if we continue on the path that we are currently on eventually our world will be transformed into something more hellish than anything that George Orwell ever imagined. (Read More…)
While it’s true that a Conservative wave just swept the USA in the 2014 elections, the accumulated damage of progressive theory upon the American culture has been nothing short of devastating. The list of areas where Americans are now struggling because of the importation of foreign ideas against American ideals is staggering. The family is probably the most endangered because of the incursion against traditional, biblical and common sense practice. Read more
Dr. John Ankerberg and Morgan Jackson explain how smart phone and internet technologies are opening up the world to hear the Gospel.
by Pastor J.D.
Little in life is as important as finding purpose. If you know a certain experience has a purpose, you can endure all kinds of hardship because of it. But if you don’t see a purpose, any hardship—however small—feels like drudgery.
I’m convinced that if we could get a hold of God’s purpose for us, really sense what he has for us, that it would completely reshape how we see our lives. It would transform what we do with our blessings; it would transform how we interpret our pain. Nothing would ever look the same again.
Most people want to know God’s purpose for their lives, but they simply don’t know where to look. Is it possible to even know God’s purpose for our lives? And how do we discover what it is?
Psalm 57 teaches us three truths about our God-given purpose:
Pamela Geller, author of the book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, has reported alarming recent accounts by parents whose children have been bringing home Social Studies homework that introduces them to Islam. Parents are frantic as they discover public schools all over America are indoctrinating students in Islam and Sharia……… Click here for full story
When you believe in Christ for the saving of your soul, seek to honor Him in your life, attend worship, participate in the life of the church, support and pray for the church, love your brothers and sisters in Christ, read the Bible and pray with your family, invite others to church, you are doing the work of the kingdom – and it is no small thing! It may seem ordinary, not very glorious, and sometimes even mundane, but it’s not.
When we shine as lights and tell others that the kingdom of God has come, the darkness is pushed back. The work is difficult and requires courage that only God can give, but Christians always experience joy when they faithfully testify for Jesus. David did not slay Goliath by sitting back with the bread and cheese. The joy of victory comes where the battle is fought. The front lines are all around us. Those who engage in ministry have the joy of seeing Jesus work in the lives of individuals and communities.
So how do we gain this personal, experiential knowledge of Christ? This is the work of the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. The way we experience this work and this knowledge in our lives comes through faith and obedience. As we trust in Christ more and more and grow in obedience to His revealed will, we experience a closer fellowship with Him through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
by Bill Muehlenberg
As I am reading again through the book of Acts, one thing that has struck me is just how much of a continuation we find between it and the four gospel accounts. That is, everything we find happening and being said in the gospels is also found in Acts.