Do You Have a Healthy or Superficial Relationship with God?
“A mature relationship with God is not sanitary and starched. It is lived in, worn, and stretched. It is not superficial or free from conflict. Let’s be honest, we have all kinds of issues–with God, ourselves, and others (by issues I mean our sin). But, because of the gospel we can be honest about these things with God.”
Foolish Sheep Under Faithless Figure Heads
“Some of God’s men are slack in their affection and action. They may have started well, but somewhere along the way they have grown distracted, weary, beaten-up, despondent, indifferent, or lazy. The temporal result of their ministerial failings is the sheep are not discipled well; the divine result is the Great Shepherd is displeased.”
The Logic Of Fruit As Evidence
“Where at least some of the Fathers had spoken of justification and salvation by grace through faith in something like the way the Protestants would later do, the medievals defined faith rather differently. They defined faith as sanctification. They taught that faith is a virtue, that it has intrinsic power, and that it is “formed” in us through sanctification, i.e., by grace and cooperation with grace.”
Is Same-Sex Attraction Sinful?
“There is a vital connectedness to the family of God that happens for every single believer and so same-sex attracted persons should not view this as a sentence of loneliness if they are pursuing celibacy in their life.”
Is America Post-Christian?
“What does it mean to say we are in post-Christian times? Does it mean that there are no Christians left? Of course not, that would be ridiculous. It means that we have left the historical period in which the Christian religion and its precepts were at the core of the moral imagination of the West. It doesn’t mean that Christianity has disappeared.”
(How) Will Millennials Change the Church?
“Some millennials do stay with the church, however, and they will inevitably change the church because they don’t behave like the rest of us do. For example, older adults in congregations all over the country have been waiting for years for the younger generation to “step up” and take their turn running the committees that run the church.”
Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? 3 Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters
We must ask: is the Jesus we affirm the one who claimed that not simply the ideas but the very letters and words of Scripture matter and point to him (Matt. 5:18)? Is he the Jesus who was the word made flesh (John 1:14), who was “in the beginning with God” and through whom “all things were made” (John 1:2–3)?
Corporate and Individual Responsibility: An Introduction
“What are some categories that the Bible uses to address the question of corporate and individual responsibility? The first category is a distinction between guilt and consequence. Obviously, guilt is one consequence of sin. However, there are other consequences that can be incurred by someone who has no direct guilt.”
The “soul mate” concept is unworkable and completely unfair to the real other person in your life. It puts enormous pressure on him or her to perform, to meet our impossible expectations. As Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie point out in “The Sacrament of Evangelism,” putting others in God’s place—expecting them to give us what only He can—is a naked form of idolatry and will only lead to deep disappointment.
The Pope Francis Effect: Enthusiasm, But To What End?
It’s wonderful that some people say that Francis makes them feel the church is more welcoming to them. But if it’s just making people feel more comfortable in their politics, instead of making them feel the comfort of absolution, communion and strengthening of faith, that’s not much to get excited about.
A Modern Day Psalm – The Lord Will Not Abandon You
Following the wording and style of Psalms, focusing on God as the subject and answer to everyday life, no need for rhymes, but giving attention to flow and patterns. Now it has become one of my recurring devotional exercises, as a way of praying to and praising the Lord. Give it a try sometime! Here is one I put together recently while reflecting on how thoroughly God’s salvation meets our every want and need.
Lesbian Parents Try to Force a Christian School to Educate Their Child
If this controversy goes to court it will present an interesting lesson for those who believe that Christians can leave the culture wars behind and safely retreat to their own enclaves. The radical left will find you. When the goal is destroying a belief system, there is no safe way to freely exercise your faith.
Feeling worthless? 10 Bible verses to remind you that you’re priceless
The Bible tells us time and time again that we’re priceless to God, yet it’s easy to lose sight of just how much we’re loved. Here are 10 Bible verses to remind you that you are precious in his sight.
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12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ, Died Praying, Reciting Lord’s Prayer
Twelve Christians have been brutally executed by the Islamic State, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam.
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‘Are You a Christian?’ Report Confirms Oregon Gunman Shot Those Who Professed Christ in Head
(CN) — A woman whose grandmother was reportedly inside of the Oregon college classroom where 9 students were shot dead on Thursday says that the gunman singled out Christians in his massacre on the campus.
“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” the woman, identified as Bohdi, wrote on Twitter following the tragedy. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”
Video Shows ‘Prosperity’ Preachers Kenneth Copeland, Paula White Laying Hands on Donald Trump for Presidency
(CN) — What do Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, Jan Crouch, Dr. David Jeremiah and Robert Jeffress all have in common? A video has surfaced online showing the men and women, along with others, laying hands on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week and praying for his potential presidency.
According to reports, an estimated three dozen spiritual leaders from across America met with Trump for over two hours at his Trump Towers on Monday, providing advice. Those in attendance included a number of nationally-recognized televangelists and prosperity preachers, including the aforementioned Copeland, Crouch and White, as well as TBN regulars Jentezen Franklin, Steve Munsey and Clarence McClendon.
Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen Express Excitement Over ‘Pope Francis’ Visit
(CN) — As the Roman Catholic head Jorge Bergoglio, who is known as “Pope Francis,” traveled to the United States this past week for a six-day visit, megachurch leaders Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen expressed their excitement and support for the papal pomp and circumstance.
On Wednesday, T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House posted a photo on social media of himself and his wife at the White House, outlining that he had been invited by Barack Obama to be among the VIP’s welcoming Francis to the nation’s capital.
Texas Man Says Landowners Will Arrest City Officials if They Try to Remove Jesus Sign
(CN) — A Texas man is fighting back against efforts to remove a “Jesus” sign from a plot of land that he asserts is privately, not publicly owned, and is warning that the landowners will arrest anyone who tries to remove the sign.
The situation centers around a sign in Hawkins, Texas that reads, “Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins,” which first came under fire from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) this past June. The atheist organization sent a letter to city officials asserting that the sign runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution.
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Come home, prodigal church
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By Charles Clough Are evangelicals, of all the religious communities in America, the most in need of science education? That would seem to be the take-away if you attended a national conference held in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2015, as I did. Sponsored by the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), the well-attended presentations claimed to be concerned primarily about the conflicting views that the religious and scientific communities tend to have of one another. One religious community, however, was singled out for special attention: evangelicals. DoSER Director Dr….
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Chrystal Whitt of Slaughter of the Sheep has written a piece on NAR super star Todd Bentley’s claim to have raised a Pakistani man from the dead. Chrystal reminds us that all that glitters is not gold. On Facebook this week, a friend posted a video supposedly showing Todd Bentley, of Lakeland Outpouring fame, […]
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Jan Markell and Eric Barger host former New Ager Warren Smith
for the hour. This movement is now called the “new spirituality” and you would be surprised how even evangelical leaders fit into it. The chief proponent of it is Oprah Winfrey who is now utilizing Rob Bell to further this Satanic agenda. Why would Rick Warren tap into three men with involvement in this “new spirituality” to be a part of a program at Saddleback Church? Hear from one who attended this outrageous seminar.
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Gotquestions.org makes excuses for advertising heretical The Message “Bible”
John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire shares his concerns about the popular blog Got Questions which is one of the go to places for people who have questions about the Bible. He writes:
Gotquestions.org has let the Body of Christ down by approving and linking to a splashy advertisement for the heretical The Message “Bible”–which is not really a Bible at all.
This is shocking, because for years Gotquestions.org has served as a faithful and reliable ministry.
Is this simply one more indication of the grievous state of the visible church? We are now watching ministers and ministries offend Christ and mislead the saints with growing regularity. Because I objected to gotquestions.org carrying this ad, thus lending credibility to The Message, I was offered the option of unsubscribing if I no longer wanted to receive their emails.
The response about The Message was far different than the time gotquestions.org advertised the heretical Noah movie. Then, a representative acknowledged they had made a mistake and said it would not happen again. Gotquestions.org manned up. I wrote about it in Gotquestions.org comes through!
Times have changed.
Gotquestions.org makes excuses for advertising heretical The Message “Bible”
In this piece over at airō, evangelist Justin Edwards pulls no punches. He writes: Yep, gun owners are heretics according to “Formerly Fundy” Patheos blogger and Fuller Seminary doctoral candidate, Benjamin L Corey. Following the anti-Christian hate crime by the son of the devil who slaughtered nine people professing the name of Christ, Mr. Corey seized the moment […]
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Australia deports top U.S. pro-life leader who helped mastermind Planned Parenthood videos
According to LifeSite News:
American pro-life activist Troy Newman, one of the pro-life leaders behind the recent series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood, has been ordered by the Australian Hight Court to immediately leave the country after ruling that the Ministry of Immigration was justified in withdrawing his visa.
Newman, a prominent U.S. pro-life leader who is the president of the organization Operation Rescue, was already en route to the country earlier this week, accompanied by his wife, when he found that his entrance visa had been revoked due to a smear campaign by pro-abortion activists in Australia. He was traveling to give a speaking tour with Right to Life Australia.
“It is a sad day when downright lies and twisted words triumphs over truth, but that is exactly what happened today,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue, in a press release.
“Pope Francis” Met with Homosexual Man and His Partner Day Before Meeting Kim Davis
Christian News Network reports:
The day before meeting with embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis met with a friend and former student who has been in a homosexual relationship for 19 years.
Yayo Grassi told reporters that he brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, and other friends to meet Francis during a private meeting last Wednesday. He told CNN this week that he had personally arranged the meeting with the pontiff, who was his former literature and psychology teacher at Inmaculada Concepción in Argentina.
“Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,” Grassi told the outlet.
He said that Francis has known for some time that he is a homosexual, and met his partner once in Rome.
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Can you imagine the despair in the room? Put yourself in the shoes of the students in that classroom as they watched their teacher drop. As the gunman shouted to the Christians to make themselves known! What would you do?
As a College minister I can’t help but be deeply affected by it. Tragedy has struck yet another college campus. Just yesterday I talked with several students on their way to class, and asked them if they were to die tonight what would they say to God. Words like these are not scare tactics. We all are literally on the verge of eternity.
So many people are using this situation as a political tool. Some are calling for stricter gun control. Some say that the man specifically targeted the school because it was a gun-free zone. Others are blaming anti-depression medication as they say that all of the major shootings in the last few years came from kids who grew up taking drugs. It’s obvious that the world is confused, is without direction, and is jumping to conclusions. As Christians we know that the only place to get the answers is the Scripture. I wish I could visit Oregon and spend a few days praying with students and bringing them the hope that they need. We need to pray for the Church in Oregon to wisely know how deal with this situation. Here are some truths that we know when tragedy strikes.
The world will hate Christians
I have to begin with this as we heard that the gunman singled out Christians in the shooting. He hated organized religion and made it a point to shoot the Christians in a fatal way. Jesus was clear that Christians will be persecuted (2 Timothy 5:12). He also tells his disciples that the world will treat them just like He was treated (John 15:20-21). When the devil points a gun at you, he desperately wants to kill Christ but he can’t get to him. But we know Christ will ultimately crush his head.
The world can’t stop the Gospel
On the day of their executions, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley knew that their burning would only enflame the light of the Gospel even more. Though John Bunyan’s tongue was silenced, the Gospel spread through his writing at a higher rate than ever before. Time and time again the world has tried to silence Christians and yet you cut a head off and two grow back. You can’t stop the Gospel. Though the devil seems to win battles, he will not win the war. When the Devil points a gun at you he desperately wants to stop the Gospel, but he can’t and it always spreads further.
You can’t stay silent
These are important moments. People rarely focus on their death. And though the temptation is often to fear, fear that the next person I talk to could hate Christianity, we cannot stay silent. We must keep pressing and shining the light of the Gospel on this lost world. God is in the business of bringing light out of darkness, but he uses our lips to do that. We must be like the disciples who although wounded and hurting, went away from the beating thankful that they had been considered worthy to suffer for Christ’s sake and went on preaching even more boldly (Acts 5:40-42). When the Devil points a gun at you he desperately wants you to cower away and hide, but it wont happen. God uses these moments to make true believers more bold.
You must call people to repent
The students at Umpqua Community College were not worse sinners. Jesus is very clear that when tragedy strikes, our focus should not be the judgment on the people, but rather the souls of those who are still alive (Luke 13:1-5). We must call them to repent. We must see them as souls who will spend eternity somewhere! We cannot change the message in order to make it more palatable, or to make it less likely that we will be persecuted. We must plead with people and preach the message God himself wants us to preach. We must remember that when the Devil points a gun at you he desperately wants you to change the Gospel, but it wont happen because tragedy’s like this only cause us to rely more on God’s words and not our own.
Let’s not forget to pray for those who were affected by this tragedy, and to thank the Lord for the boldness of those who fearlessly claimed Christ as their Savior, and lets not coward away and waste an opportunity to bring light in the midst of incredible darkness.
“The church today, the church code of Jesus Christ is working very hard to be as much like the culture as possible instead of fleeing those things. For decades, it has been popular for church leaders to make people come to church and feel like they’re at some worldly event…We don’t do what they do. We don’t think the way they think. We don’t talk the way they talk. This should be an alien environment, as we are set apart onto God.” – John MacArthur
In recent months, I have found myself reflecting on twenty years of ministry in the church. The reflection has inspired me to ponder future years of ministry, if God should sustain me in it. The lessons he continues to teach me are, I believe, not only for pastors and those engaged in vocational ministry, but for all Christians. It is my hope to offer some of these lessons and cautions in a way that is similar to how C.S. Lewis offered his concerns in The Screwtape Letters.
Lewis wrote through the lens of the fictitious Uncle Screwtape, a senior demon who mentored his nephew, Wormwood, in order to tempt and destroy Wormwood’s Christian patient. While we can rest assured that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1) — he who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4) — we also know that our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). So, I offer the following thoughts to the end that you would not be outwitted by Satan, or be ignorant of his schemes, as you fix your eyes on Christ, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:1).
My Dear Wormwood
First, encourage your patient to make a name for himself and build his own kingdom. Inspire him to believe his own press — fondle every good thing he hears about himself and his ministry, especially flattery. It shouldn’t be too hard, since we have almost won the battle on this front. It is almost universally accepted now that Christians, and especially pastors, should try to make a name for themselves, build their own kingdoms, and cultivate cult-like followings — always commending their own books and ministry activities, praising themselves, and getting others to do so as well. In sum, convince your patient that our Enemy didn’t really mean what it seems when he said, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them” (Matthew 6:1).
Second, seek to persuade your Christian patient that being cool, dressing cool, talking cool, and acting cool really matters. That just the right hair style and just the right look is what can make the difference in the church and ministry, and that being holy and modest is not cool. Acting, dressing, and speaking in a way that doesn’t bring extra attention to yourself is for ordinary people, for uncool people — in short, for losers.
Third, do everything in your power to keep your patient from regular communion with our Enemy, and convince him that being busy in life and ministry is an acceptable excuse not to spend regular time in prayer. If you can, get him to rationalize that because he offers short prayers to the Enemy throughout the day, he doesn’t need to have a dedicated and disciplined time of prayer. And if you can get him to the point where he tells people he prayed for them, without actually praying for them, even better.
Fourth, our Enemy calls himself the “chief shepherd,” and he has called our patient to be a shepherd — a pastor — but you must get this notion out of his head. The Enemy has called him to shepherding, and we must distract him from it. If possible, cause him to despise mundane work. Convince him that he only needs to be a “pulpiteer” or talking head — not a shepherd. Convince him that “preacher” is a legitimate office in the church, and that the daily hard work of pastoring is something from which he can graduate with just a little bit of ministry success. Get him to think that he can someday move beyond dealing with little things and little people in life and ministry.
Fifth, use every scheme available to you to help your patient rationalize the sins in his life that no one sees. Get him to think that keeping up appearances is what matters — not guarding his heart, not caring about what he does when he is alone, or not considering how he treats his wife. Convince him that his public Christianity, his public ministry, is really just a stage play. Convince him that he’s an actor and that he simply needs to act holy, humble, loving, and repentant. He needs to act like he really prays for people, act like he really cares about people’s problems, and act like he is passionate for the Enemy. If you can do all this, you have him right where you want. Get him to think he doesn’t have to examine his heart and that all he has to worry about is not getting caught in secret sin. After all, he’s one of the Enemy’s “special ones,” so he thinks, and too big and important to fall. Rationalization guarantees our long-term success in this regard.
Sixth, persuade him that the ordinary Christian life and the radical Christian life are mutually exclusive, and that he needs to choose a side. Convince him that ordinary is boring and that radical is excessive. Convince him that being ordinary is beneath him, and then convince him that being passionate is amateurish. Thus, leave him slightly bewildered and vacillating. In the end, convince him that he needs to act like and look like the world in order to fit in with the world and win the world. Obscure from him the truth that a radically ordinary life is a great threat to our purpose and mission.
Seventh, convince him that grace is for other people, but not for himself — that grace is for really bad people, but not for pastors. Make him pompous so that he not only thinks he has all the grace he needs from God, but also that he is above receiving grace from others — particularly those he serves. Persuade him to stop fighting for joy in his life, to stop praying for joy, and to think that God doesn’t care if he is joyful because, after all, life is hard and full of complexities and miseries. Be sure to help him realize that not to be joyful is actually a way to trick people into thinking that he is really quite holy and wise.
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By Roger Oakland Understand the Times, International Jesus made it clear that understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way one can enter into the Kingdom of God. If this is true, would it not be reasonable to suggest that Satan, God’s adversary, would do all he could do to prevent people from […]
We’ve all been there. Reading the Bible can become boring. Our eyes are on the page but our minds are everywhere else; because everywhere else is just so much more interesting. That black book without pictures just isn’t quite so exciting as the black device that can show us anything in the world in just a click. We may pick up our Bibles, open the pages and scan the lines, but our hearts just aren’t in it. We force ourselves to read our chapter(s) or fill up our allotted time, but we really can’t wait to finish and get on to much more fascinating and enjoyable things.
It’s not good, is it? You know it’s bad, but you don’t know what to do. Well, here are some ideas to help you re-ignite your Bible reading. If you have any strategies that have helped you, leave them in the comments box to help others too, will you?
1. Routine. If our Bible reading is not fixed for a particular time each day, and we’re just hoping a time slot appears, we’ll end up squeezing it into too small a space. Best to pick a time and get into a habit of reading each day at that time. If you are already in a good habit of reading at the same time each day, and your reading has become boring, the worst thing you can do is give up your routine and only “read as the Spirit moves.” You’ll hardly read at all then. Pick a time, and stick at it.
2. Sleep. No, not during your reading, but before it. Many times boredom sets in because we’re shattered with exhaustion and we just don’t have the energy to read in an interactive and profitable way. Get yourself a good seven to eight hours of sleep each night and you’ll find that a much brighter mind will produce much brighter reading.
3. Ban the cellphone. If you check your phone before you check your Bible, the Bible is going to lose. The Internet and social media arre crack cocaine for the brain. The Bible requires careful cutting, chewing and digesting. The former is quick thrills; the latter is a slow roast. Check your Bible first and it won’t feel such a let down to your brain. And put your phone away as you read; even if it’s not pinging and buzzing, the brain sees it and is expecting it, causing further distraction.
4. Read a different version. Sometimes we’ve become too familiar with the words we’ve read many, many times. Why not read a different version alongside your favorite one, to jog your mind out of its normal ruts and make you see words and sentences in a fresh light.
5. Read more slowly (or quickly). If you are reading a chapter a day, slow down to just a few verses a day to make you think and meditate more (10 tips on meditation here). Or speed up for a time, reading more chapters more quickly in order to get a better overview of a book. Just change it up a bit. If you are in a difficult part of the Old Testament, add a few verses from the New each day.
6. Read a devotional first. Sometimes our hearts need to be warmed up. I usually sing or read part of a Psalm before reading my chapters in the Old and New Testament. You could read a daily devotional or sing a spiritual song to light up that cold heart.
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If your church is typical, you have some attenders who are faithful every Sunday but otherwise uncommitted; that is, they are not doing ministry through your congregation. My evidence is anecdotal, but our Lawless Group and personal interviews with uninvolved members have shown at least these reasons for inactivity:
- Churches allow them to sit. If the church has no clearly stated expectations, and if the church has no intentional strategy to move people into ministry, they shouldn’t be surprised when people just sit.
- They’ve never been challenged one-on-one to get involved. Pulpit and bulletin announcements simply don’t work when recruiting workers. Do what Jesus did – call out people personally, clearly, passionately.
- They’re worn out. Some folks are just plain tired from previous service, whether in your church or another. They just need a break, at least for a while.
- They don’t see the need. From the pew, it might be that all they see is a church that seems to be functioning quite well. Nobody talks about needs, and nothing evidently shows a need. Thus, sitting might make sense.
- They’re skeptical about support. Past experience concerns them. They might want to serve, but they’re not convinced they’ll get the training they need and want. They fear they’ll be thrown into the battle alone.
- They’re unbelievers. Let’s just be honest. Some folks don’t serve because they really don’t know the Lord – even though they themselves haven’t recognized that truth yet.
- They’re genuinely busy otherwise. Some folks really are busy, even with good activities. Putting something else on their plate seems almost impossible. Not getting involved makes more sense to them than doing God’s work with half effort.
- They have sin in their life. Few people who are living in sin are passionately open to using their gifts in God’s work. Hiding in anonymity seems the better option.
- They’ve never read or heard (or can’t remember ) 1 Corinthians 12. We’ve been surprised how often folks want to get involved more after we simply explain the “body” concepts of 1 Corinthians 12 – and give them some means to determine their spiritual giftedness and opportunities in the body.
- Nobody’s really been praying for laborers. Jesus told workers in the harvest to pray for more workers (Luke 10:1-2). When our churches don’t consistently, intentionally, and strategically pray that way, we shouldn’t expect more workers to come forth.
What would you add to this list?
Christian persecution is not something new to us in the 21st Century. Throughout church history, believers have suffered persecution. “They have been beaten, ridiculed, defrocked, and defamed. They have suffered poverty, isolation, betrayal, and disgrace. They have been hounded, harassed, and murdered.”*
Persecution Should Not Surprise Us
Persecution should come as no surprise to Christians. In John 15:19, we learn that we will be hated by the world: “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Also, in 2 Timothy 3:12 and 1 Peter 4:13, we learn that we “will” — not “might” — face persecution. So if we are following the Lord, we will face persecution in some way, shape, or form; it is inevitable because we are rubbing against the world’s ideas. We are telling them what they want, what they believe, and what they do is not ok, even if we are not explicitly stating it. By the simple fact that we aren’t doing, wanting, or believing, what they believe is enough to cause the world to hate us. People love their sin (Jer. 14:10). They want it to be approved of, even celebrated. When someone, or a group of people, is not willing to do that, persecution arises.
What is Persecution?
Persecution occurs anytime we are attacked for our beliefs. Attacks may include anything from the loss of a job, to a verbal or physical assault, to being driven from our home, or even killed for what we believe. Persecution takes many forms. But it is nothing new. It has been happening from the beginning – Cain killed Abel because God looked on him in favor – and it will continue until Jesus returns.
The Advantage of Knowing
Knowing persecution is coming, actually works to our advantage because it allows us to prepare for it now. Prepare is something we must do. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to be blindsided or sucker-punched by persecution. Instead, we should be prepared.
How Should We Prepare For Persecution?
(1) Meditate on the Promises of God
Reading and meditating on God’s promises, particularly those that deal with His return (Matt. 16:27; 24:4-5; 11; 23-27; 24:30-31; 24:37-39; Mark 8:38; Luke 17:28-30; 21:34-36; Jn, 14:1-3; 1 Jn 1:7-9; 1 Jn, 3:2), should help us see that persecution is not the end. Jesus will return. He will be victorious (Ps. 2; Dan. 2:44; 7; Phil. 2:9-11; Rev 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16). We will be vindicated for our beliefs (Rev. 6:9-11). We will live in a perfect world free of persecution (Rev. 19; 21). Knowing and understanding these things are huge, if we are to face persecution with hope.
(2) Learn More About God and His Plan
We need to know that our God is not oblivious to persecution, as if He is sleeping in the heavens, while Christians are getting their heads cut off on earth. He knows what happens in this world, because He is intimately involved (Matt. 6:25-34).
We also need to know that our God is not powerless to defeat our enemies. Nor does persecution happen outside of God’s plan. He has a plan and purpose for everything that happens in this world (Ps. 139; 15-16; Dan. 7; Jn. 17:1-8). As such, He is able to work all things together for good, according to His will (Rom. 8:28). We may not understand or even know the purpose of our suffering, but God does.
As Christians, we must trust that God knows best and His will is perfect (Is, 43:3). We can trust God because of who He is. Scripture tells us our God is All-Powerful (Jer. 10:10), All-Sovereign (Is, 64:8; Acts 1:7), Omniscient (Matt. 6:25-34), Holy (Lev. 22:2; Is. 43:15; Matt. 6:9), Righteous (1 Pet. 1:17), Just (1 Pet. 1:17), Compassionate (Matt. 7:11), Loving (Ex. 34:6), and much more. Since our God possesses these attributes, we can trust His will, even if we can’t understand it.
(3) Seek Support
Christians are born again into community. At the moment of salvation, we become apart of a body – the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12). As members of the body of Christ, we are called to seek and give support and comfort to one another in times of persecution (2 Cor. 1:4), bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), and encourage and build one another up (1 Thess. 5:11), as we face trials of various kinds (James 1:2).
Don’t let persecution sucker-punch you. Instead, prepare for it now, because it is coming.
* George Grant, A History of Persecution, Table Talk Magazine August 2015, 11.
Few issues weigh more heavily on Christian parents than the salvation of their children. For credobaptists this issue takes on a special significance as we hold to the idea that our children must be converted in order to become Christians. As a result, credobaptist parents and churches often struggle with the question of when a child is ready for the Gospel. While the Bible does not provide a fully-developed treatment of child-development, a careful study of the Old Testament (OT) reveals several presuppositions about the nature of children which can be applied to questions regarding their readiness for the Gospel.
1. Children should be instructed in the Gospel from their earliest days
Within the OT, children are always part of the faith community. As a result, it is not surprising to find that even small children are singled-out as needing to learn to fear the Lord. In Deut. 31:12-13 small children learn such through hearing the recitation of law. In Deut. 6 this occurs through the recitation and display of the Shema to one’s children. In Josh. 4:6-7 seeing stone monuments brings the fear of the Lord about. Clearly, small children are intended to witness the teachings of the faith community. The application of this to the contemporary situation is obvious: parents and churches have an obligation to begin instructing, reciting, and exposing their children to the Gospel and the story of the Bible from birth forward. There should never be a time when a child should not be being instructed in the Gospel.
2. Children should be present at the practices of the church from their earliest days
Not only are children instructed in the faith teachings beginning at birth, they are also incorporated into services and functions of the faith community at birth. For example in Deut. 16:11, Deut. 14:21ff 31:10-13, and Josh. 4:6-7, 21-24, parents are explicitly commanded to bring their children to the festivals and religious services of Israel.
As a parent and as a preacher I am often tempted to remove my children from church services and events. Children are frequently loud, active, distracting and disruptive. Including them in church services feels counterproductive to a quality preaching and praise experience.
While including children in the functions of every service is not required, it is antithetical to the child discipleship process outlined in the OT to exclude children from a majority of church functions.
3. Children’s questions indicate a readiness for the Gospel
As children observe the events of the faith community and are exposed to its teaching, questions naturally arise in their minds. Moses anticipated this when he instructed Israel about the Passover and the Shema. In both instances, Moses told the Israelites that children observing these rituals and teachings will eventually ask questions about their meaning (Exod. 13:14, Deut. 6:21). Within the OT context then, the education and discipleship of the children is, as one OT scholar notes, in “response to the child’s curiosity. [It] even waits for the strategic moments, the receptivity implied in the [child’s] question.” In a similar fashion, Christian parents and churches should be prepared for the questions of their children. Such questions indicate a readiness for the Christian Gospel.
4. Children should be taught the why and not just the what
In the OT, children not only learn the rules and go to the services, they also learn the reason for these rules and rituals. The Shema is a great example of this. The Shema (Deut. 6:4-9) stands as the central faith statement of Israel and the summation of who God is to the Hebrew people. It emphasizes the repetition of both the Ten Commandments (Deut. 4-5) broadly and the confession of the uniqueness of Yahweh particularly to one’s children (Dt 6:7-9). In response to children’s questions about the meaning of these rules and recitations, parents are to tell their children about God’s deliverance from their slavery in Egypt (Dt. 6:20ff). Applying this to a Christian context, as children seek to understand why they have to go to church, why their family has the standards and rules that it does, the appropriate response is the story of God’s deliverance from their slavery to sin.
5. Children are required to understand and respond to God
Since children are to learn the why and not just the what, it is unsurprising that the OT expectation of children is remarkably similar to its expectation of adults. Both are regularly to encounter the polity of Israel through its oral recitation (Dt. 4:9-10, 31:10-13) in order that both young and old will learn of and not forget the divine instruction. This instruction results in both children and adults learning to fear the Lord, to observe the law, and to live long and prosperous lives. Thus, both adults and children are accountable to know (the commandments/polity of Israel), to be (fearing the Lord), and to do (the commands). The same things based on the same motivation.
Proverbs builds on this idea of child accountability in that both children and adults are to pursue wisdom (Proverbs 1-9, esp. 1:5a). This wisdom is manifested in an appreciation for and application of discipline to one’s life. The discipline is something both the young and the wise welcome (Prov. 9:8, 10:17, 12:1, 17:10).
This brief study regarding the OT nature of children reveals several truths which can be applied to our question regarding children’s readiness for conversion. First, children are valid candidates for discipleship and should be part of the life of the church. Second, while exposure to this discipleship process begins from the earliest age, children self-identify as to when they come to know and understand the significance of the religious rituals of the community through asking questions. Third, it follows that as children are exposed to the teaching of the gospel, they will ask questions as to its meaning. Fourth, these questions and the corresponding comprehension by children would be indicative of a child’s receptivity to the gospel message and conversion. Fifth, children are cognitively and volitionally as capable of being discipled as adults.
 As opposed to our paedobaptists friends who frequently argue that children can be nurtured in such a way that they are never outside the saving love of Christ and his Church.
 I believe that my paedobaptist friends incorrectly take such as a mandate for baptizing infants. Still, I think we would all agree that at a minimum such OT teachings indicate that children should be exposed to the teachings of the Christian faith at the earliest ages. For those interested in why Baptists reject the OT practice of circumcision as normative for NT baptism I would recommend the articles by Stephen Wellum, Shawn Wright, and Duane Grant in the book Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ.
 Patrick D. Miller, “That the Children May Know: Children in Deuteronomy,” in The Child in the Bible, ed. Marcia J. Burge (Grand Rapids, MI: William, 2008), 51.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19–22)
The writer to the Hebrews commands us to draw near to God.
This letter exhorts us to persevere, and this profound call to draw near to God is right at the heart. In the midst of difficulty and temptation, we’re told to come closer. To move in. To draw near. This command to draw near might be summarized as a summons to live in a rich God-accomplished relationship with God.
Rich — And Accomplished by God
It’s a rich relationship, not a mechanical one. It requires a “true heart in full assurance of faith.” This is a full and rich and satisfying relationship — one that is more real to us than anything else.
It’s a God-accomplished relationship, not one that we contrive. This relationship we’re called to is not our building a tower, or our climbing stairs, or our somehow trying to maneuver our way to get close to him. Notice the language: We’re to draw near “with our hearts sprinkled clean from a evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” This echoes the God-centeredness of the New Covenant, when God promised that he’d write his law on our hearts, that he’d give us his Spirit, that he’d make us clean (Jeremiah 31:33). The point is that God is behind this. God did it. Draw near to him.
Two Obstacles in the Way
But it’s not that simple. There are obstacles in our way. There are many things, in fact, that might deter you from a rich relationship with God, but two in particular are worth mentioning: 1) the fear of judgment and 2) the fear of disappointment.
The fear of judgment keeps you from a rich relationship with God because you just can’t believe that God can forgive your sin. You know your sin and guilt, and although you like the idea of a closer relationship with God, you wouldn’t dare pursue it. You think a person as messed up as you just isn’t supposed to be close to God. The fear of judgment imagines God frowning, crossing his arms, annoyed, angry, fed up with your mess-ups. He is not a Father running to meet you, but one waiting to punish you. How could you draw near to him?
The fear of disappointment, on the other hand, says, “Oh yeah, I get that relationship stuff. I’ve tried it before. Have you seen how crazy my life is?” This is a fear that doesn’t tempt us to stop believing; it tempts us to forfeit a life of intimacy with Jesus because we just don’t think that kind of life is possible for us. We’ve tried it. We just can’t do it. And therefore we’ve bunkered down into a Christian life solely about survival.
But God has something to say. If we struggle with either of these obstacles, Hebrews 10 speaks up with the good news that Jesus abolishes both fears at the cross.
Jesus Died for Us
First, we can have a rich God-accomplished relationship with God because of Jesus’s sacrifice (Hebrews 10:19–20).
Notice how verse 19 begins, “Therefore, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus.” He means that we have access to God now because Jesus died in our place. The once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus has completely absorbed God’s anger towards us. Yes, we have sinned. Yes, we are sinners. Yes, we deserve punishment. But Jesus was the sacrifice for us. He died in our place. He bore our sins in his body on the tree. He suffered the wrath of God on our behalf.
We don’t have to be afraid of God’s judgment anymore. If you are united to Jesus by faith, the anger is gone. The punishment has been paid. There is no more condemnation. God looks at you as a loving Father with his arms wide open and he says to you, “Draw near by the blood of my Son.”
Jesus Prays for Us
Second, we can have a rich God-accomplished relationship with God because Jesus prays for us (Hebrews 10:21).
The second part of verse 21 gives us another reason to draw near to God: Jesus prays for us. The writer tells us “. . . and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near . . .” Right beside the foundation of Jesus’s death in our place is this glorious picture of Jesus praying for us. The death of Jesus and the intercession of Jesus, then, provide the grounds by which we can have a rich relationship with God.
This is better than anything we could imagine. Jesus has an active, priestly role for our sake at the Father’s right hand. Hebrews 7:25 tells us, “Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” He is always praying for us, always fueling the furnace of our faith. When the stresses of this world and the worst of suffering might seem to extinguish our hope, it doesn’t. It can’t. Jesus is praying.
There are two glorious ways Jesus abolishes the fears that might keep us from a rich relationship with God. He gave us a once-for-all sacrifice and he gives us never-ceasing intercession. The sinless Savior died and he ever lives and pleads for me. Our sinful souls are counted free and our names are written on his heart. He is our perfect, spotless righteousness and our lives our hid with him on high.
“No tongue can bid me thence depart” — nor can anything else in all creation separate us from his love.
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This meditation was written to accompany the song “Before the Throne of God Above” which is included in The Worship Initiative, Volume 3. Other meditations from Desiring God include:
Commentary by Roger Oakland
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Jesus made it clear that understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way one can enter into the Kingdom of God. If this is true, would it not be reasonable to suggest that Satan, God’s adversary, would do all he could do to prevent people from hearing and understanding the gospel? Have you ever met opposition when you have attempted to present the gospel?
When Paul was called to be a witness for Christ on the road to Damascus, he was told that the task of witnessing to unbelievers would not be without opposition. However, Jesus promised to deliver Paul from the Jews and the Gentiles (unbelievers) who would be the source of the opposition. Of course, we encounter the same kind of opposition, although nearly 2,000 years have passed.
One of the most outspoken and hostile individuals I ever encountered crossed my path the very first time I spoke publicly in defense of the biblical creation view. The meeting was held in a very small church in a Saskatchewan farming community. At the end of the meeting, the local biology teacher (who had been invited by a student) attacked what I had said and defended her evolutionary view with great zeal. Her comments were so rude and insulting, for several days thereafter, I questioned whether or not I should continue in ministry.
Of course, there have been many other encounters since but none as devastating as that first experience. Today, as I look back over the many years I have been in ministry, I can see how Satan was attempting to discourage me from witnessing in obedience to God.
If you are an active witness for Jesus Christ, I am sure you have met opposition. This opposition does not necessarily come as a physical confrontation. Often when new Christians attempt to share their new-found faith with their relatives, they are met with rejection that can have deep emotional implications. What we have to remember is that Satan, “the god of this world,” is very upset with the fact he has lost another to God’s Kingdom. He will do all he can to try and prevent those who are closely related to the new believer to reject them and try to make them believe they are fools.
It is important to remember that the Bible teaches us that “our battle is not against flesh and blood.” Over the years that I have been involved in ministry, I have observed that men and women who oppose the gospel with the greatest hostility are the ones who are usually under strong conviction from the Holy Spirit.
We must never give up just because someone opposes us or rejects us. Remember, it is God’s grace that brought us into the Kingdom, and it must also be God’s grace that will influence our friends, relatives, and acquaintances. When opposition comes, don’t take it personally. It’s God’s battle. He knows what He is doing.
 Acts 26: 17
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Bob article is helpful in that it focuses on unity and cohesion of direction for the pastor and worship leader. Few things are more awkward and obvious than when a pastor and worship leader are not on the same page in a worship service.
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Church staff teams and other leadership teams are generally no larger than 8-10 people. So when one is untrustworthy, it can really harm the direction and effectiveness of the team.
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The difference between good writing and poor writing is typically both noticeable and correctable. The five tips Aaron lists can help any writer instantly.
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The sermon is not only about the hearers. The preacher should also be affected by the text. As Erik states, let the text wreck you and rebuild you, preacher.
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Just another reminder about why church websites should be done with excellence and done for guests. This is your church’s one opportunity to make a great first impression. Don’t drop the ball with your website.
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READING: Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: I have often thought about whether John the Baptist might have been tempted with pride. I readily admit my fallen nature, but I think I would have been seriously tempted with arrogance if all the following marked my life:
- My birth was supernatural, granted to aged parents and announced by an angel (Luke 1:10-20).
- People from all over Jerusalem and Judea came to hear me preach (Mark 1:5).
- They not only came to hear me, but they also responded to my message (Matthew 3:5).
- I baptized Jesus (Mark 1:9).
- I preached a hard word to religious leaders of the day, calling all to repentance (Matthew 3:7-12, Luke 3:7-14)
- People thought I was the Messiah (Luke 3:15).
- Even Jesus said I was a great prophet (Matthew 11:7-15).
Even with all of these realities in front of him, though, John knew his place. Listen to his words:
Matt. 3:13-14 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. But John tried to stop Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?”
Mark 1:7 “Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals.”
Frankly, I hope I would have been as humble, but I don’t know if I would have been. Given that I still sometimes can’t wait to hear an affirmation after preaching and look longingly for positive reviews of my writings, I know pride still lurks in my heart.
I wonder sometimes if we might say, “I’m not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals” while also thinking in our head, “But other people still need to recognize how important my sandals are.” To claim humility in the presence of Jesus while allowing pride to linger in the presence of others is nothing less than hypocrisy.
ACTION STEPS: Take a risk to pray the prayer below, and listen as the Lord reveals your heart. Then, do something intentional today that serves somebody else — but do it for God’s glory, without an expectation of honor or recognition.
PRAYER: “Lord, show me every ounce of my pride today.”
READING: Matthew 2, Luke 2:39-52
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: Jesus has always been amazing, even as a child. He grew like other boys did, yet He clearly was more than others:
Luke 2:40 The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.
Matt. 2:11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they [the magi] worshiped Him.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.
Jesus was the boy King whom the prophet announced (Matt. 2:6), the wise men worshiped (Matt. 2:11), and Herod feared (Matt. 2:16). At the age of 12, He had knowledge that no others had — so much so that even the religious leaders of His day were astounded at His wisdom (Luke 2:46-47). Moreover, He knew at that age that He had a unique relationship to the Father; He knew He was the Father’s Son who had a mission to fulfill: “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49b).
Jesus was, indeed, both fully human and fully God. He grew like others, but others worshiped Him. He who knows our life is worthy of the same response from us.
ACTION STEPS: To worship and love Jesus is to obey Him. Choose a particular area of weakness in your life today, and choose to obey Him without compromise. He deserves that kind of obedience.
PRAYER: “Lord, I don’t want to fail You today. I know Your Son is worthy. Help me to worship Him through my obedience.”
What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
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Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
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