Daily Archives: December 23, 2015

The Magic Pill

Unfathomable Grace

How fantastic would it be to love God with every ounce of your being? Can you imagine how incredible it would be to love God so much that no idol or temptation held any sway over your heart? Wouldn’t you love to keep the First Commandment and love the Lord with all your insides and outsides? Wouldn’t you love to keep the Tenth Commandment and covet nothing other than increased experiential intimacy with and practical righteousness before Jesus Christ? Truthfully, if there were a magic pill that caused your heart to be singleminded, faithful, stable, and satisfied in Christ alone, would not you take it immediately?

Well, the bad news is this, such faithful affection and obedience is exactly that which God requires of you in his Law. Such a response to God, at all times and in all places, is required of you if you would be found self-righteous. Such is the divine expectation of…

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Five Reasons You Can Trust the Story of Christmas Is True (Free Bible Insert)

Detectives create lists. As a cold-case detective, I’m no different. When investigating an event in the distant past (in my case, an unsolved murder), I collect evidence, make lists and do my best to reach the most reasonable inference. When I began to investigate Christianity at the age of thirty-five, I approached the gospels the…

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2015/five-reasons-you-can-trust-the-story-of-christmas-is-true-free-bible-insert/

“Iran provokes the world as Obama does nothing.” Who said this? You might be surprised.

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“Iran is following through on the nuclear deal it struck with a U.S.-led coalition in an utterly predictable way: It is racing to fulfill those parts of the accord that will allow it to collect $100 billion in frozen funds and end sanctions on its oil exports and banking system, while expanding its belligerent and illegal activities in other areas — and daring the West to respond. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s response to these provocations has also been familiar. It is doing its best to downplay them — and thereby encouraging Tehran to press for still-greater advantage.”

Who said this? You might be surprised. It wasn’t Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It wasn’t one of the GOP presidential candidates. Nor was it the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal or a conservative foreign policy analyst.

These are actually the opening lines…

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Why the Virgin Conception?

blog.nativefoods.com Some of the traditions surrounding the Christmas holiday are confusing. For example, the old tradition our parents practiced of putting real candles on the Christmas tree. Not a good idea. My grandma’s Christmas sweaters with 47 different holiday colors on them. Complex and confusing. Canada’s boxing day. Really? You need that on the calendar…

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Top Ten Countdown: Popular Popes and Priestly Pretenders

During the final ten days of December, we will be posting our top ten articles from 2015. Today’s post came in at number 9. It was originally published on September 9. * * * * * Anyone paying attention to the news last week could not have missed Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United…

http://www.tms.edu/preachersandpreaching/top-ten-countdown-popular-popes-priestly-pretenders/

Healing for Your Holidays

Holidays like Christmas are supposed to be happy, right? Often they bring on feelings like stress, anxiety, and depression. In today’s post by guest blogger Dr. Bob Kellemen, you receive understanding for holidays, whether they are enjoyable or a downer. He also offer a free 20-page downloadable. The article first appeared on Bob’s website and…

http://www.biblicalcounselingcenter.org/healing-for-your-holidays/

Unbelief begets deception

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

53 When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. 54 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “ A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:53-58 NASB)

As we continue to look at the evidence of God sending out a strong delusion upon professing Christians who appear…

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Joyce Meyer, Jesus and Scholarly Integrity…

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...

***I looked at my “drafts” folder tonight and realized that I had 54 blog posts at some stage of being written.  I’ve committed to finish up a one for you that will hopefully be a quick and useful reference at some point. This post only has been 8+ months in the making…sigh…***

Over the past 2+ years as I was reading my eyes out and learning a boatload of information about the Renewal (Pentecostal/Charismatic/Word Faith/etc.) movement, I ran across a lot of questionable information on the internet that suffered from three common problems:

  1.    Unverifiable Citations.  As I followed up on some quotes and claims, I found that many of them were either unable to be substantiated or questionably fabrications (I explain this problem in a full post here).  Because of that, I made a point of trying to stick to print resources in my research.  This ruled…

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