The Daily Discovery (March 3, 2015)
ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Discerning or Discriminating – “This morning Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the United States to address congress about an Iranian nuclear deal. Iran has said once it gets its bomb, Israel will be wiped off the map. More than 30 Democratic legislators have announced they are going to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, some saying he’s trying to stir the pot. The U.S. is Israel’s only friend, and this is a very important moment in our history.”
We must resolve in our hearts to proclaim the whole counsel of God’s truth, in season and out of season – “There was a time when the English and American cultures were decidedly ‘Christian.’ Those days are long gone. Whatever it is that God is doing through this, the ‘Remnant’ of genuine believers within the visible Church must awaken and become prepared for what is coming. We cannot be complacent any longer. Why? No matter where we turn, we either encounter growing apostasy within the visible Church or neo-pagans, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or New Agers being included in the ‘many ways to God.’ Atheism is gaining ground all over the Western World.”
Jesus and His Betrayer – “We have been discussing the rampant apostasy in the “visible church.” While it seems that is is much worse now than it as ever been, let us never forget that the genuine Church has been infiltrated and mixed together with unbelievers, heretics, and apostates from the very beginning. In the passage above we see that one of the our Lord’s own chosen disciples, one of the 12, would betray Him. However, in John 13:18 our also makes it clear that this betrayal would fulfill Old Testament prophecies about an insider betraying Him.”
Apostate Presbyterian Church USA Voting on Redefining Marriage – “Regional presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are voting on whether to ratify a vote taken by the General Assembly and regional delegates last year to change the definition of marriage in its law book and to allow ministers to perform same-sex “marriages” in states where the practice is legal.”
Are There 20 Commandments? – “The Bible is inerrant, so we can be confident that there are no true contradictions in the original manuscripts. Yet some have tried to state that the Bible erroneously records 20 commandments instead of 10. The claim is that God wrote the Ten Commandments, and Moses wrote ten more. In this case, however, there is not even a contradiction between Exodus 20 and 34, nor are there two sets of ten commandments which are different in content. Here are the key verses from Exodus 34.”
John MacArthur – The Grim Reality of the last days
The Love of Christ (Sermon Jam)
“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper
Stephen Hawking wrote, “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us” (A Brief History of Time). He also stated: “Then we shall . . . be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God.”
Kale and the Kingdom
A while ago I was reading Matthew 6:25-34 with my wife and we were discussing the passage while wrapping up our night. As my wife has been growing in her experience with walking through a passage, tracing an argument and noticing important components, she made a some good observations that ended up in some light bulbs going on for both of us. Here are some observations that came out of our discussion:
Judge Rules That Church, Not Presbytery, Owns Property
“The judge’s decision included a permanent injunction that barred the presbytery, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and any people or entities related to it from doing anything that would interfere with or disturb First Presbyterian’s “ownership, use, control or disposition” of the property.”
How Preaching Shapes Liturgy
“Conscious attempt to frame proclamation and response in terms compatible with Scripture in general and the sermon text in particular helps keep liturgy biblical. While this is essential for each of the elements of worship (prayer in its various foci, reading, singing), it is most necessary for the category, “seeing the word.”
America’s Most Tolerated Sin
“Gluttony, after all, is food worship. It’s table idolatry. It’s more about the direction of our loves than it is about the contents of our cupboards. How, then, do we discipline our appetites? One answer — and the one I want to explore here — is to quite literally turn the tables on gluttony by coming to the Lord’s Table with fresh resolve and fresh hope.”
Division and Reunion: A Reflection On American Presbyterianism – A New Documentary
“This is not a comprehensive documentary on American Presbyterianism, far from it. But it is a reflection on history of division and reunion in the mainstream branch. And since that is the focus you can understand why another word in that description – reconciliation – is emphasized throughout the piece.”
Three Keys to a Better Prayer Life
“Praying with consistency means having a time (or perhaps several times) during your day in which you take time to pray. I find that my best time of prayer occurs on a prayer walk. I also pray when I first get up every morning, simply thanking the Lord for another day to know and serve Him.”
A Biblical Theology Of The Trees Of The Garden
“The tree of Life was also sacramental–symbolizing something of the eternal life that man could have entered into if he had obeyed with regard to the testing of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam, the son of God (Luke 3:38), forfeited our right to the Tree of Life by taking the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
Out Of The Darkness, Out Of The Grey, And Into The Light
“The citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were incredibly carnal, and the family of Abraham was not much better. Lot was abused by his daughters. Tamar was wronged by her father-in-law. Later, Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob, was cursed for his sexual fornication. While Joseph ran from temptation, Samson ran towards it.”
The Necessity of Expository Preaching
“The idea is not so much that God breathed into the Scriptures, but that the Scriptures are the product of His breathing out. Independent of what we may feel about the Bible as we read it, Scripture maintains a “breath of God” quality. Thus, the preacher is to make God’s Word known and make it understandable.”
Biographer Recounts Woodrow Wilson’s Life As A Religious Epic
“His conviction that he was an instrument of God’s providence polished his certitude and fueled his determination. But when one professor, the closest friend he had ever had, disagreed with his plan to replace exclusive student clubs with more democratic residential quads, Wilson never spoke to him again and never had another very close friend.”
Can we please get our act together?
Today could go down in history as the day America gets its act together, repents of its political folly and stand once again with Israel. Maybe. Or not. As Prime Minister Benjamen Netanyahu prepares to address congress this morning to plead for common sense on Iran’s nuclear strategy, we’re seeing reports that President Obama Has […]
The Juvenilization of American Christianity
Americans of all ages are not sure they want to grow up. It is common to hear thirty-, forty-, or even fifty-year-olds say things like, “I guess I have to start thinking of myself as an adult now.” Many emerging adults ages eighteen to twenty-three want to get married and have children eventually, but they […]
The Gathering Storm Against Christians
by Bill Muehlenberg
All over the West there is a war against Christians and Christianity taking place, and each day this is hotting up even more. Indeed, on a daily basis we find further ugly examples of anti-Christian bigotry taking place. I could easily stop writing about everything else and simply document all this as a full time job.
Multi-Site Churches: Media and Messages
by Christopher Ames
Multi-Site churches are just one symptom of the evangelical assimilation of the secular cult of celebrity. But, as many thinkers have warned throughout history, this innovation has come at a price. That most people are blind to the liabilities of multi-site, technology-dependent churches is not surprising, but how should we think through this phenomenon as we endeavor to respond to it Biblically?
This article considers the phenomenon of multi-site churches from a theological angle: multi-site churches are founded upon a deficient anthropology.
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