Daily Archives: September 7, 2019

September 7 God’s Amazing Grace

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1–12

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:12

By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.

Though there will be times when we feel alone, we can be assured that God does not desert His children. Once we accept His unfailing love, we are His forever. To understand God’s grace, we must lay aside any human, preconceived ideas about grace. Eternal grace is a gift from God.

When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, inviting Him to transform our hearts and lives, we enter into God’s amazing grace. We receive His grace for more than just a season—it is for a lifetime.

As we grow in our spiritual walk with the Lord, we quickly discover that God’s grace toward us never changes. Peter, a man who understood grace thoroughly, wrote, “I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!” (1 Peter 5:12 nasb).

When doubts or fears creep into your thoughts, stand firm in the knowledge of God’s grace. Realize that He will not leave you emotionally stranded alongside the busy highway of life. He provides for every need you have—physical and emotional. The provision of His grace is an important part of your Christian belief system. Without it, you would not know, understand, or be assured of salvation’s call.

God’s grace is sufficient for all you face. Ask Him to teach you how to live each day.

Your grace is sufficient, Lord. Teach me how to live each day. Let me stand firm in Your grace.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 262). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Liars in 1 John — Blog & Mablog

We should all know that it is a sin to lie. Perjury is, after all, prohibited by the ninth commandment (Ex. 20:16). The Colossians were told not to lie to one another, now that they had put off the old man with his deeds (Col. 3:9). And we are told that the lake of fire is reserved for liars, among a number of others (Rev. 21:8). The prohibition of deception is not a raw absolute,, and in wartime to camouflage your tank to look like a tree or a bush when it is not in fact a tree or a bush is not a violation of the ninth commandment (Jas. 2:25; Ex. 1:17-20). But aside from such exceptions, we do know that lying is simply a sin. But it is less well known that lying is foundationally about sin.

The Text

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8–10).

Summary of the Text

It is a lie to say that you mailed the check when you know good and well that you did not mail the check. That is a lie simpliciter. But there is almost always another kind of lie, a deeper lie, a more foundational lie. And that is the prior lie that you have to tell yourself, convincing yourself that you are not really sinning, that you are not really lying. And so the truth is not in the person who lies to himself, even though part of him knows what the truth is.

A person who says he has no sin deceives himself (v. 8). Now how is it possible for one part of us to lie to another part of us, and, on top of that, to have us buy it? How do we do that? How is such a trick accomplished? Scripture teaches us about self-deception elsewhere, and we are taught that one way it happens is by copping a religious pose while not bridling your tongue (Jas. 1:26). Another way is through listening to good teaching without actually doing any of it (Jas. 1:22). You start to think that listening to truth is just as good as doing it.

Now of course if we confess our sins (the opposite of lying about them), then God forgives us and cleanses us because He is faithful and just (v. 9). But if He says that we have sinned, and we claim that we have not sinned, then in effect we are accusing Him of being the liar (v. 10). If that is the case, then the truth is not in us.

Lying About Our Own Performance

Because we were created as God’s image-bearers, we have a deep need to believe ourselves to be righteous. But because we have, together with our first parents, tumbled into the chaos of sin, we are not in fact righteous. Put those two realities together—a deep need to be righteous, to be in the right, coupled with the fact that we are profoundly not in the right. What is the result? Self-deception is the necessary result.

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him”

1 John 2:4 (KJV)

Bitterness Always Tells Lies as Well

If your internal dialog frequently starts out like this: “I am not bitter . . . I just want to pound his face into a jelly . . .” then you almost certainly have a problem. That problem is called “going to Hell.”

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”

1 John 4:20 (KJV)

Bitter people are not just being unkind. They are also liars, and they are lying to themselves in the first instance. Manifest sin is glossed over, explained away, and attention is routinely drawn to the behavior of the other.

The Definition of Sin

Now if lying is fundamentally about our own sin, you can see why we would have an interest in tinkering with the definitions of sin. Adjusting the definition of sin is a great way to tell yourself these pretty little lies.

Absolute righteousness is established by the way God is. “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:21). “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). The holiness of God’s character is itself the ultimate law, and any deviation from this character is what all sin actually is. “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4, ESV).

Remember that we have already defined worldliness as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). Remember also that when Eve was dazzled by these things, she was deceived about them.

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ”

2 Cor. 11:3 (ESV)

So Rest Assured . . .

You may be assured of this. With regard to any besetting sin, any sin that seems to have you by the throat, your great problem with sin is likely not the one you are thinking of. Your great problem is not the porn, but rather the lies you are telling yourself about it. Your big issue is not the attitude of bitterness. Your big issue is the lying narrative that you have constructed that feeds the bitterness. Your great sin is not your covetousness proper, but rather all the free market jargon you have used to entangle your heart.

If you are tangled up in a particular sin, the first thing you need to repent of is the fact that you believe you actually understand what is going on. You do not understand what is going on because you have trusted in a mess of lies, lies that you yourself invented. And this means that the way out, the way of repentance, is to name and repent of all the lying first. Stop confessing the wrong sin first. Of course lust is a sin, and bitterness, and greed, and all the others. But learn to say this to God. “Father, I am a liar. Forgive me for all my deceptions, both of myself and others.”

The Unveiled Word

So sin is our problem, and Christ is our salvation from that problem. This means that it is not possible to be deceived about the nature of your sin without simultaneously being deceived about the nature of Christ. These twin deceptions are chained together. To lie about sin is to lie about Christ, the Savior from sin, and to lie about Christ is to lie about sin.

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son”

1 John 5:10 (KJV)

Sin is revealed whenever Christ is revealed. Sin lies hidden whenever Christ is veiled. And this is why so much of the Church lies in a mass of confusions today, stupefied by the world’s lies. This is why so many Christians worship at Ichabod Memorial. The glory has departed from the Church, but it is in the interest of clerics and professional religionists to prevent awareness of this from getting around. So they take the correct-on-paper gospel and smother it with academic jargon, or with soothing therapeutic whispers, or with reassuring devotional clichés.

This is nothing but a veiling of the gospel, and it is done for the same reason Moses had to do it. Professional theologians, parade ground generals, don’t want all the troops to see that the glory is gone. But we are not called to this. “It is not for us to use veiled language, as Moses veiled his face” (2 Cor. 3:13, Knox). Veiled language about Christ is veiled language about sin, and veiled language about sin is veiled language about Christ.

But we are called to be the people of God, which means that we are summoned to worship our God and Father in the name of an unveiled Christ, and to approach Him with unveiled face.

via Liars in 1 John — Blog & Mablog

September 7 The Fragrance God Loves to Smell

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:6–10

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:10

May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

God is always in charge of the sifting process. There is never a time when the trials and tribulations of life are beyond His control. Even when you feel frustrated and confused, God is in the driver’s seat. Satan never has the upper hand. And though the enemy may seek to discredit you, God has justified you through your acceptance of His Son.

God uses sifting not only to remove the impurities in our lives, but also to surface the qualities He desires to use greatly. Most of us have heard about how fire refines gold. It is in the heating up of the material that the dross is made visible and removed. The hotter the fire, the purer the gold.

God doesn’t sift and refine us in relaxed and beautiful settings. Often the purging comes in times of tempest and trial. In her devotional classic Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles Cowman wrote,

Sometimes God sends severe blasts of trial upon His children to develop their graces. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity. Bruised hearts often emit the fragrance that God loveth to smell.

Dear Lord, when my heart is bruised, let it emit the fragrance You love. Bring forth Christlike qualities in my tough times.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 262). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ — Monergism.com Blog Feed

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THE GOSPEL IS A MESSAGE ABOUT:

1. GOD
1. Is. 6:1-5, 5:16; Rev.4:8-11. God is Holy.
2. Dan. 4:35; Ps. 135:6. God is Sovereign.
3. 1 Jn. 4:8,16. God is Love.
4. Heb. 12:29. God is a Consuming Fire.
5. Gen. 17:1; Jer. 32:17; Is. 43:13; Amos 9:2-3. God is Omnipotent.
6. Ps. 139:1-6; Rom. 11:33-36. God is Omniscient
7. Jer. 23:23-24; Ps. 139:7-12. God is Omnipresent
8 Ps. 145:17. God Is Righteous.
9. Ex. 34:6-7. God is Merciful.
10. Rev. 29:11-15. God is a Judge.
11. Jn. 4:23-24. God is a Spirit.
12. 1 Jn. 5:7; 2 Cor.13:14; I Pet. 1:2. God is one God revealed in three distinct persons; Father, Son, & Holy Spirit (trinity, not modalism).

13. Jn. 1:1-3, 14,18, 10:30-33, 17:5, 20:28; Acts 20:28; Rm. 9:5; Phi. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-17, 2:9; I Tim. 3:16; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:1-12; II Pet. 1:1; Rev. 1:8. Jesus is God–YHWH.

2. SIN
1. Gem. 2:15-17. Adam and Eve’s disobedience resulted in spiritual and physical death.
2. Rom. 6:23. The wages of sin is death.
3. Dt. 6:4-5. However, before sin entered the world man’s purpose was to serve God and glorify Him.
4. Matt. 22:34-40. Therefore, man is now living in an abnormal condition.
5. Rom. 3:10, 5:6-9; Lk. 5:31,32 There is none righteous, no not one!
6. Rom. 3:23. Everyone, without exception, is a sinner.
7. Rom 5:12. Adam’s sin nature is inherited by all mankind.
8. Is. 64:6-7. God views our good deeds as “filthy rags.”
9. Eph. 2:8-9. God rejects our good works.
Ps. 51:5, 58:3. We are sinners from birth.
11. Jn. 3:19. Sinners love their sin.

3. THE LAW
1. Ex. 20:1-20. The Ten Commandments must by obeyed perfectly.

2. Mt. 22:34-40. If we disobey the 1st & 2nd greatest commandments we have broken all of the Bible’s laws.

3. Ja. 2:10-11. If we break one commandment we’ve broken them all.

4. Rom. 3:20; Gal. 3:24. The purpose of the Ten Commandments is to reveal sin in us and disclose our inability in keeping the law’s demands. This creates an attitude of desperation in sinners to be delivered from the guilt and penalty of the law. Christ alone is the sinners hope.
4. THE VANITY OF LIFE
1. Heb. 9:27. Three things are common to all: Life, Death, & Judgment.
2. 2 Pet. 3:8; Ja. 4:13-14. Life Is short: The earth will be covered by all new people 110 years from now. Our life span is compared to one grain of sand taken from one planet among a thousand planets covered with sand. After you die no one remembers you (Eccl. 1:11, 2:16).
3. Eccl. 12:8,13,14, Life is vain: Solomon, the wisest man who lived, had everything this world has to offer yet he judged this life as totally vain and futile. Nevertheless, man pursues the vain things of this world against all reason, logic and intelligence (2 Tim. 3:7).
4. Lk. 12:16-21. Life is fragile: You may die tonight! Many labor to extend their life through exercise and vitamins but will add only a few years.
5. Eccl. 5:15; 1 Tim. 6:7; Lk. 9:24. Money and riches are vain.

5. HELL & JUDGEMENT
1. Rev. 20:11-15. The great white throne judgment.
2. Matt. 25:41-46. Everlasting fire and punishment for the unsaved.
3. Heb. 9:27. After this life comes judgment.
4. Lk. 16:19-31. Hell is a place of unceasing pain and torment with no escape.

6. THE NEW BIRTH
1. Jn. 3:1-7. Jesus teaches that the “new birth” is necessary for salvation.
2. Jn. 1:13. Salvation is not inherited from our parents, secured by our effort, nor decided by our will, but is a process by which we are “born of God.”
3. 2 Cor. 5:17. To be born again means that our old life is replaced by a new one.
4. Eph. 4:21-24; Col. 3:9-10. When a person becomes “born again” the Bible describes him as a “new person,” who brings forth new fruit.
5. Gal. 6:15. All that matters is that we become a “new creation.”

7. GRACE
1. Eph. 2:8,9. Grace is a free gift, it is unmerited favor.
2. Acts 15:11. We are saved by the grace of Christ.
3. Rom. 4:3-5. Salvation is by grace through faith and not by the deeds of the law.
4. Tit. 3:5-7; Rom.3:24. We are “Justified” freely by His grace.

8. REPENTANCE
I. Lk. 13:3. Unless we repent, we will all perish.
2. Acts 3:19. We must repent and be converted.
3. Matt. 4:17. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” however; the world ridicules the need of repentance.
4. Acts 26:20. We must repent and bring forth fruits worthy of repentance.
5. I Jn. 1:9. If we confess our sins He will forgive us our sins.
6. Prov. 28:13. He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confess and forsakes them will have mercy.
7. Ps. 66:18. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

9. FAITH
1. Heb. 11:6. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
2. Jn. 20:24-29. Blessed are they who do not see yet believe.
3. Jn. 3:16-19. Whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal fife.
4. Eph. 2:8. We are saved by grace “through faith.”
5. Gal. 3:23-26. We are saved through faith in Christ and not by keeping the law.
6. Rom. 3:28, 5:1. We are justified through faith in Christ.
7. Gal. 3:11; Rom. 1:17; Heb. 10:38; Hab. 2:4. “The just shall live by faith.”

10. SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST ALONE
1. Jn. 14:6. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
2. 1 Jn. 5:11-13. He that has the “Son” has life, and he that does not have the Son of God does not have life­.
3. Acts 4:10-12. Salvation is in none other than Jesus Christ.
4. Rev. 3:20. Jesus knocks on the door of our heart.
5. Rom. 10:13. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
6. Jn. 3:36. He who does not believe on the Son of God has the wrath of God on him.
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September 7 Heart Attack

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:22–32

Key verse: Ephesians 4:31

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

In our health-conscious society, how we take care of our bodies is a concern. From warning labels on certain packages to fat content information on food products, a growing interest in understanding health issues is evident.

The things you consume play a large role in determining how well you are, but equally vital to your overall spiritual health is your understanding of the scriptural principles of forgiveness.

When you refuse to let go of a past hurt or you continue to nurse a grudge, you create a spot of hardness in your heart. Over time, as layers and layers of hardness accumulate, your heart becomes stiff and insensitive to the extent that you are almost incapable of giving or receiving love.

Such a scenario of bitterness is not far-fetched. The story is told of two sisters who in their youth spoke unkind words. They never resolved that point of conflict, and over the years, the problem was magnified. Only after a family member helped them work through the original difficulty were they able to set hostilities aside. They regretted the years lost to senseless anger.

You do not have to be a victim of this kind of “heart attack.” Ephesians 4:31 tells us, “Let all bitterness, wrath … be put away from you.” You can take advantage of the best preventive medicine, complete forgiveness.

Lord, I choose to put away bitterness and wrath. I choose to forgive all those who have hurt or wronged me. Heal my heart.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 262). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The New Christian Enneagram Trend: Helpful Tool or Godless Wisdom? — Christian Research Network

The Enneagram came from George Gurdjieff, a mystic who claimed to have learned it from “the Sufis (a mystical spin-off sect of Islam).” So clearly, this “Christian trend” is not based in sound biblical teaching. Thus, no matter how CharismaNews (a site we do not recommend) couches it, the Enneagram isn’t a helpful tool for the Christian. The fact of the matter is that it is an occult tool….a tool of the devil. Any professing believer who’s involved in this practice is going against God.

All you need to know to understand how bad the Ennegram is, is that Catholic contemplative Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr, who wrote that “sins are fixations that prevent the energy of life, God’s love, from flowing freely,” bears most of the responsibility for introducing the Enneagram to the (undiscerning) Christian community in his book “The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective” in 1990.

The ChrismaNews article concludes with this statement:

The Enneagram is a deep well to explore—that much is clear. However, determine for yourself whether it’s for you to dive into. Most important of all, remain led by the Spirit—you won’t go wrong.

So, the question Bible believing Christians should ask themselves before getting involved in the New Enneagram Trend is, does the Holy Spirit, who inspired the writers of the Bible, lead believers to explore practices that are expressly forbidden in the scriptures (like, say, yoga) and then prompt them to dive into a tainted well?

With this backdrop in place, here’s Chanshi Chibwe’s article over at CharismaNews:

There’s no denying that our culture is obsessed with self-assessment and personality typologies. There are countless systems that claim to support every aspect of life, from Myers-Briggs for interpersonal relationships to DISC or Strengths Finder for work communication and team-building strategies. However, one especially unique system, the Enneagram, corners the market for spiritual assessment. The Enneagram is an ancient psychological model for understanding personality that identifies nine personality types ranging from 1 to 9. These nine archetypes break out our “tragic flaws” and sin tendencies which we cloud with learned behaviors and coping techniques.

The unique claim of the Enneagram is its ability to dive under the surface of personality and culture and peer into our core identity and lens on the world. These consist of our root motivations, fears, strengths and weaknesses.

Although the Enneagram has been in existence for several hundred years, in the last couple decades, its popularity in the Christian community has skyrocketed. Its ease of unearthing critical motivations and sin tendencies that shape our understanding of the world, experts claim, can ultimately better connect us to God and thus lead to spiritual growth. Franciscan Rev. Richard Rohr is attributed responsibility for bridging study of the Enneagram through a Christian lens when he published The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective in 1990. Some even describe the Enneagram’s 9 types as essentially “nine paths to God”—roads to understanding our true selves and thus God’s design.  View article →

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HT John Lanagan

via The New Christian Enneagram Trend: Helpful Tool or Godless Wisdom? — Christian Research Network

The Left’s determination to destroy us from within — Christian Research Network

Governor Newsom of California has reached into the gutter for a new and obscene low.  So dishonorable is this man that he signed into law a bill that “struck down a more than century-old law that required any able-bodied persons 18 years of age or older to assist a police officer who requested help during an arrest.”  San Francisco, Newsom’s former mayoral gig, just named the NRA a terrorist organization.

(Patricia McCarthy – American Thinker)  How deranged and thoroughly despicable are the California and national Left?  How depraved is Governor Newsom?  They and he are a collective blight on the nation….

They are not alone in their immorality, in their contempt for civilized society.  Democrats, who have long led their hostage cities and states to inevitable decline, are absolutely to blame for the destruction of their disintegrating realms.  Candidate Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally transform America,” and he succeeded in doing just that.  He pushed the Democratic Party from what was a semblance of JFK liberalism to abject Alinskyite hate-America radicalism.

The Democrats now champion socialism, restrictions on free speech, post-term abortion, and the doxing and blacklisting of those with opinions they find unacceptable.  They support the abrogation of the Second Amendment.  In their view, only criminals should and will have guns.  And indeed, they will — like the man who killed seven people in Odessa, Texas, but who failed the background check but still acquired a gun.  View article →

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Southern Baptist Pastor wants foreign governments to hack 2020 election to defeat Donald Trump — Christian Research Network

On Twitter, he declared his aversion to Trump and willingness to vote for Hillary Clinton. He tweeted, “Let the hate begin. But if choice is between Clinton and Trump, I’m voting Clinton. I’ll go back to not voting when this man is defeated!”

(Capstone Report)  A prominent Southern Baptist Pastor tweeted his desire that foreign governments meddle in the 2020 US Presidential election. The goal? Defeat Donald Trump.

“If I were the head of state for an American ally, I would be working to convince other American allies to work together to hack the next election to choose for the US a normal president so we could return things to normal. The world can’t afford more of this,” SBC pastor Thabiti Anyabwile tweeted.

Thabiti Anyabwile is the pastor of a Southern Baptist Church, Anacostia River Church of Washington, DC. He is the author of Exalting Jesus in Luke (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) and many other books. The commentary on Luke was published by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Holman Reference. Holman is an imprint of the SBC’s Lifeway.

Anyabwile is a regular conference speaker at Big Eva conferences including T4G and The Gospel Coalition events. Anyabwile is highly connected to Southern Baptist leadership. He promoted prison reform during the ERLC 2019 Evangelicals for Life Event. He’s regularly featured by seminaries and entities. He spoke at chapel last year at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  View article →

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via Southern Baptist Pastor wants foreign governments to hack 2020 election to defeat Donald Trump — Christian Research Network

Self-Examination — Gentle Reformation

As I get ready for communion I’ve just penned a few thoughts about how to self-examine…

A Testing Question

Paul tells the communion church that they have to examine self. What sort of examination is required of Christ’s communicants?

Spiritual Examination

This exercise is not designed to produce hopeless despair, self-flagellation, self-analysis or superficial assessment; rather it aims to allow the search light of the Scripture, in the power of the Spirit, to dig up hidden crimes, admit obvious errors, break down stubborn hearts and forsake wayward steps – proper self-examination induces a state of godly sorrow, that breeds a true repentance, and leads the soul to Christ, for pardon, cleansing and strength. The diagnosis is made and the soul restored to health! The examination verb has to do with removing dross – the metal should melt in the furnace and then the impurities be scooped off! Soul gold should be the result!

Careful Examination

No one rule fits all – we all come in various states: saints are hot & cold, others weak or strong. The conscience may be soft and may not need probed too much. Some consciences are robust and may require a loud wake up. If that is the case then perhaps the best advice is to examine the soul enough (no two believers will be identical in this respect, nor will any individual be the same at every time and season in life): just enough, mind you, till sin begins to smart, until sin breaks the heart, then leads on and up, for grace, to Christ. So be deliberate but also delicate or determined as each communicant demands. How can you seek help if you don’t see you are sick?

Personal Examination

Not looking round at others to nod your head at them, but looking in at self to see what is amiss. Paul says clearly let each one – that’s the sense of ‘man’ – look out for his own sin. Take a Bible verse like Galatians 5:22 – is there love joy peace? Or am I falling short? Rehearse the Ten Commandments – seek out their deep intent. Not just does God come first, but does my whole soul love His Christ. Or go to seven churches – am I lukewarm or on fire, have I forsaken my first love? Is their any pride – or only humble word, thought, deed? The answer makes all meek!

Evangelical Examination

If you still feel pure – go to Psalm 51 – sinners by nature and practice steeped and shaped in iniquity. Pause on Romans 3:23 so see if you fall short. Look to the Sermon on the Mount: what do you find there? Meek and making peace, uncompromising in persecution, an angry murderous word – does that not disturb? Always, and last, make a B-line for the Cross. See the spotless lamb who never committed one sin! See the Hell pangs as He bears your punishment! Surely nails and thorns will be enough to lay you low, and bring tears to your soul! Then lift your eyes again to hear ‘Father forgive!’ Clinging to Christ re-covenant to His embrace!

via Self-Examination — Gentle Reformation

What Makes Something Right or Wrong? — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

Is it just human opinion? Are values just subjective preferences or is there a really objective standard of rightness, goodness, and justice beyond us?

This show delves into questions on morality and others you’ve emailed to Frank such as:

  • What moral standard are political parties using when they address the conflict between so-called LGBTQ rights and religious rights?
  • Do rights come from God or the government?
  • What kind of God does the moral argument prove? Could it be a pantheistic God?
  • What is the true nature of love?
  • Did Moses really write the first five books of the Bible?

Frank also responds to a couple of amazing letters, one from a divorced woman and another from a pastor. You don’t want to miss this one!

 

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