originally posted by Bob Hayton Anyone with roots in conservative evangelicalism, and particularly fundamentalism, will have heard 1 Thess. 5:22 used as justification for all sorts of personal standards. Going to see a movie, drinking from a dark bottle, using playing cards, wearing facial hair (for men) or wearing pants (for women) — all … Continue reading The Real Meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:22
originally posted by Jayson D. Bradley Jayson, I have a good atheist friend that I have known for 26 years. (Guess what I feel guilty that he hasn’t become a Christian yet). Last week we were having quite a heated debate about whether the Bible was “God’s Word.” He kept getting very upset … Continue reading Ask Jayson: How Can I Convince My Atheist Friend?
I have written on the subject of Spiritual Warfare within the family in past articles, but it is something worth revisiting on a regular basis. As the bible plainly states:
Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
As you can read Spiritual Warfare encompasses more than just with the family. So today, I will post a scripture from Ephesians 5. This scripture makes one become introspective and frankly it is a spiritual slap in the face, that we all need once in a while. Please read;
Ephesians 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Be Imitators of God
5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for…
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I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. (John 15:5, The Message)
In the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday is over. Yet my thankfulness exceeds a five-day weekend feast.
I am incredibly thankful for the peace-filled place I am in, joined with Christ who led me into my Father’s embrace. God’s arms are full of unconditional love, extravagant compassion and outrageous grace and mercy.
My mission as a follower of Jesus is
to bring others back to Him. It is central to our good news that God was in Christ making things right between Himself and the world. This means He does not hold their sins against them. But it also means He charges us to proclaim the message that heals and restores…
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I have been reading the book, Overcoming Your Devotional Obstacles by John O’Malley. It is a wonderful book and study guide. I would definitely recommend it to every Christian! I would be the first to say, that over the years, I have really struggled in the area of personal devotions. Thankfully I have searched for, and found, numerous things that have been a help to me in my bible study. This book has been a great encouragement to me. I’m sure that I will read it over and over again! Today I am going to be focusing on just one of the chapters in this book. The Obstacle of Distraction This is probably my greatest challenge when it comes to studying God’s word. Life gets so busy. When you are running here, there, and everywhere, it can be easy to fall into bed at night, exhausted, and not even…
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Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For, as Our Lord said to His disciples . . .
” . . . stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
All we are told is that He will come again when the world is drowning in sin and debauchery as in the days of Noah . . .
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
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What is your view of God? Is He a God of wrath? Or is He a God of love?
Ephesians 2:4-7 gives us a picture of who God is. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Sure, God is a God of wrath. If we are not His child, we are His enemy, but if we follow Him, He loves us and pours out His mercy on us. We cannot do anything to deserve His love, but He chooses to save us by grace…
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Sooo…there’s something you don’t know about me. Something that….mayyy come as a bit of a surprise.
I was the president of my sorority in college.
Not like a coed business/service fraternity. And not a “faith house sisterhood” like they have at many christian colleges.
No. We’re talking a Lilly Pulitzer-obsessed, Sperry-wearing, Starbucks-drinking, toga-party-attendingsorority. At a public university.
And I haven’t talked about it much on here because, well, it was not a great experience. And I’m putting that as mildly as possible.
This past weekend, my mom and sister-in-law were visiting me in NYC, and one night, at 1 am, over a bottle of wine in front of my fireplace in my apartment, the topic turned to my experience in Greek…
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And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children….
Deuteronomy 6 is the Bible’s premier passage on parenting. It tells us we should: (1) Love the Lord our God with all our hearts; (2) Study His Word constantly; (3) Teach our children diligently when we sit at home, walk down the street, go to bed at night, and get up in the morning (verses:5-7).
Parenting can be synonymous with mentoring, and parents should provide their youngsters’ first experience with discipleship. Take Abraham Lathem of Pennsylvania, for example. He loved the Bible and could quote most of the New Testament. He taught his son, Lance, to get up every morning to memorize Scripture. Lance became a Chicago pastor who encouraged his teenagers to memorize the book of Romans. One of his students, Bert Long, did so—and later…
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There are many people who believe in the existence of God. They believe with conviction that there is a Creator God who created the whole universe and man is the masterpiece of His creation.
At the same time there are millions of people who deny the existence of God. They believe that man is the result of an evolutionary process that lasted a long time. Some of them like very much to mock Christians asking them if they believe in the existence of God.
One day, an atheist met with an American farmer who was a servant of God. The atheist asked him:
-Do you think God exists?
-Yes, of course. I think God exists, the farmer replied.
-But why do you believe in Him? Have you ever seen Him?
-No, I haven’t,the farmer answered again. But I haven’t seen a Japanese in my life, and I think there are…
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