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With most tasks in life, it comes down to two choices: doing it the easy, convenient way, or choosing the difficult but rewarding way. In Jesus’ illustration, the foolish man chooses the easy way to build his house, but the wise man chooses the hard way. The former settles for a convenient section of sand in a desirable location, but the latter searches diligently for a rock foundation on which to build.
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The Pastors.com Daily
The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
Feds: Pastors not welcome at immigration camps
Pastors and churches have been banned from helping the thousands of illegal immigrant children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clergy in Texas and Arizona tell me.
Why Google’s New Anti-Porn Policy Is Such a Big Deal
Regarding losing freedom, you are fully free to search porn through Google or another search engine. This is only relevant to ads. To relate it to the recent Costco book ban, Costco removed the ability to purchase the book from their store (although now reinstated). However, you will not see the book in their sale ads or displayed on banners through their store. If you want the book, from their store, you are permitted to enter the store & search. Same with Google's porn policy. It's not advertised on their search engine, but you have not been restricted from entering Google & doing a search. Totally fair game.
Here’s the First Trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’
also (just talked about this in youth group last week), the Pharaoh was believed by the Egyptians to be the son of the Sun God (Ra), and yes they most definitely had multiple gods in Egypt. Pharaoh's magicians also duplicated some of the signs that God did through Moses, so there were obviously other spiritual forces at work here too.
The TC Apologetics Daily
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A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget
Of course this will mean that we save, spend, and give in ways that say he is our Treasure. But in all our strategizing about how to use our money “biblically,” may we not fall in love with the enemy we think we’ve beaten with our budgets. Let’s not let him quietly master us from the comfort of our self-righteous discipline, self-control, and generosity. “Keep your life free from love of money,” not necessarily by keeping your life free from money, but by filling it more and more with the real, satisfying, lasting presence and work of Jesus (Hebrews 13:5).
Evangelism at Ease
In the presence of unbelievers, speak freely. Tell stories about Jesus from the Gospels. Talk about how he is at work in your life. Ponder aloud what you admire about him. And then leave it in their court. There’s a time to press the conscience, but it doesn’t need to be every time. If Jesus intrigues them, encourage them to read more about him in Scripture. If they are averse to Jesus, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It’s not about your ability to convince anyone of anything. It’s not about you at all, actually. It’s about a man — the God-man — who came to redeem, restore, relieve, reform, forgive, challenge, convict, rebuke, and sometimes even confuse (Matthew 13:13–15).
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Part 2: 12 principles to help you navigate the adoption process
Be a salt-and-light Christian. When you engage in adoption, instantly you have an option to share the gospel, which in a peculiar way will require of you to be seasoned, graceful and kind. Jesus said to be “wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove.” Since it is an unnatural process (a mom and dad giving up their child) everyone involved is typically on edge. Picture the wedding day of a new bride times 10. Your sphere of influence will be massive – caseworkers, the agency, the home study, the birth parents and future grandparents and then add friends visiting the birth mother and family in the hospital. Most important, we must display the gospel in all of its self-denying grandeur. Remember this will require of you to die to yourself daily.
The Christian Thing to Do | RedState
Christians are used to hearing people say “it’s the Christian thing to do.” Most often, it is by people deeply hostile to Christianity who say it. I get this all the time — even more so since I announced I am going to seminary. Liberals with no sense of Christianity want to tell Christians how they must behave and, by and large, hate us when we behave as Christians.
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Ask R.C. Live Event: July 15 at 7:30pm ET
Answering theological questions from his students has been a continual commitment throughout Dr. R.C. Sproul’s ministry. Originally called “gabfests” by his early students and later, “Ask R.C.,” these sessions continue to take place at our conferences , on Renewing Your Mind , and online .
Cadbury Chocolate and Christianity - Stand to Reason Blog
Richard and George struggled to improve the business and their product, and continued find ways of improving people's lives. At a time when factories were dismal and dangerous places to work, the Cadburys made sure theirs were safe and humane. George was committed to social reform, and in 1893, they bought up land around their factory to build a community for their workers, named Bournville Village. They wanted to provide a safe, pleasant place to live as an alternative for grimy cities. Each home was comfortable and had a plot of land to grow vegetables. They built a community for families to enjoy activities. They provided their employees with good wages, medical treatment, educational opportunities, and pension plans, which was very unusual for the time. They introduced the 5-1/2 day work week and closing for bank holidays. The factory had sports facilities for the employees. In 1918, the Cadburys organized elected work councils, made up of equal numbers of wokers and management. The councils, one for men and one for women, oversaw the welfare of workers and their families.
Redeeming Summer Reading
Christian parents can learn from this as well and help redeem summer reading. In addition to various books, how about encouraging your child to prayerfully consider a part of the Bible they want to study over the summer? One of the key things a parent can do with a child is help nurture an appetite for Scripture so the child is self-motivated with their own interest in reading and studying.
Several books that have shaped my life and thought, besides the Bible
1. Walter Martin, The Kingdom of the Cults. A modern classic that gave inspiration for Christians to identify and witness to non-Christian groups.
Apologetics 315 interviews Dr. Phil Fernandes on apologetic preaching
On SermonAudio.com, I found some excellent lectures from Dr. Phil Fernandes. I find it it very easy to listen to this guy. And here’s Brian Auten to interview him on apologetic preaching – the inclusion of apologetics in regular Sunday preaching.
Why Does God Allow Evil? Part One
The problem of evil doesn’t automatically lead us to atheism. Even though the problem of evil is often presented as an “either-or” (either God’s too weak to stop evil or he doesn’t care to stop it), the rest of the story is that God can have good reasons for allowing evil—even if we don’t know what those reasons are. Just because something might seem pointless to us, doesn’t mean God can’t have a good reason—a morally justified reason for it. We’re just not in a good place to make that call. And it actually takes some humility to admit the role of human finiteness in understanding why God allows evil. Still, the one thing that we do know if that God will one day defeat evil.
ABCD 1234 AM Phoenix - Christian Research Institute
Is evolutionism racist? First, while not all evolutionists are racists, the theory of evolution is racist in the extreme. In his book The Descent of Man Charles Darwin speculated, “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout […]
Viktor Frankl on the Past
Psychiatrist and philosopher, Viktor Frankl, was one of the most significant thinkers of the Twentieth Century, for many reasons. Here, I want to mention just one concept that is arresting: his view of the past. Frankl was the great philosopher and psychiatrist of meaning, what grounds human beings in reality. He was, sadly, not a Christian, but a Jew who took life seriously. He, like so many others of his influence then, was not a nihilist nor an atheistic Existentialist.
Sunday Quote!- Can Randomness have Purpose?
Now, I think this is an interesting claim, and I also think there is some plausibility to it. However, there does seem to be a significant disanalogy as well: the casino operators don’t care about the outcome of the random games, because their overall outcome is to have monetary gain. Presumably, however, God would care about the outcome of the randomness. Just having any creatures come from evolutionary processes would not seem to fit God’s plan as established in Genesis (creation, fall, redemption, consummation). Instead, there would have to be creatures capable of participating in that plan. Of course, Van Till might simply reply by saying that God would have known the outcome ahead of time and so that’s not at issue (or some similar response).