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Grace to You

Third, our Lord “took our infirmities and carried away our diseases” as a preview of His kingdom’s most wonderful elements—the permanent removal of sin, sorrow, and disease (cf. Rev. 21:1–4). His redeeming work to remove the penalty and guilt of sin for His own would be complete. Just as with His transfiguration, in which He pulled back the veil over His flesh and gave three disciples a glimpse of His divine glory, Jesus gave those healed and all who witnessed a gracious preview of His eternal kingdom.

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Sign the Petition - Defending Inerrancy

We’ve lost a growing number of scholars over the issue of inerrancy . This is a problem because pastors follow scholars. And ordinary people follow pastors. So it’s only a matter of time before we could see the full erosion of the Bible within our generation… unless we take action to alert the Christian community . And please sign this petition to tell your friends that you stand up for the Bible.

5 The TC Apologetics Daily

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Grace for Every Need

Future grace is the constant plea of the praying psalmists. They pray for it again and again to meet every need. They leave every saint a model of daily dependence on future grace for every exigency.

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All The News Hamas Sees Fit to Print

Today's  Times  photo essay  contains seven images: three of Gaza civilians in distress; one of a smoke plume rising over Gaza; and three of the IDF, including tanks and attack helicopters. The message is simple and clear: the IDF is attacking Gaza and harming Palestinian civilians. There are no images of Israelis under rocket attack, no images of grieving Israeli families and damaged Israeli buildings, no images of Hamas fighters or rocket attacks on Israel, no images of the RPG's and machine guns recovered from attempted Hamas tunnel infiltrations into Israel.

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Evangelism in the Local Church - Rainer on Leadership #063 - ThomRainer.com

This week on the podcast, I am honored to host Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg to discuss the state of evangelism in the local church. While we are all commanded to share our faith with others, if we want to build evangelistic churches, we need the pastors to model it first. There are many ways to do this, and Mark and Lee share several ways this can be accomplished. From meeting for coffee, playing golf, barbecuing, to watching sporting events, we all have opportunities to engage in the lives of non-Christians and share our faith.

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Rethinking the Bible: A reassessment among some evangelicals

Bell is one of several prominent evangelicals who in recent months have published books or extended online essays questioning traditional claims that the Bible, as Bell put it in all capital letters in a blog post, “IS THE INERRANT TRUTH ABOUT WHICH THERE CAN BE NO COMPROMISE.”

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Obama Issues Order Forcing Church Agencies to Hire Homosexuals or Give Up Federal Funding - Aleteia

Satan is brilliant at tactics. He breezes to short term victories that make him appear invincible. But for every Pearl Harbor he inflicts on the Church, there is a longer, deeper, countermove that guarantees his defeat. That’s how I’m reading the latest attempt by the Obama administration to force Christian churches to accept homosexual behavior as normal and good.  Obama has ignored the  pleas  of even his pals on the “religious left” -- those who were willing to collaborate with the most pro-abortion president in history -- and refused to exempt their churches from his latest diktat: An executive order that denies federal contracts to any group that’s unwilling to hire openly gay employees. With the stroke of a pen, like Louis XIV’s decision to persecute the Huguenots, Obama has put the entire force of the $3.77 trillion dollar federal budget behind the effort of cultural elites to impose their secular mores on the whole American people, using their own tax money against them. You can learn more about the ever-more-ambitious, pro-gay agenda, which will entail the persecution of churches if it’s not stopped, in Robert Reilly’s latest courageous book,  Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything  -- a book so truthful and important that almost no one has the nerve to review it.

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The Person and Power of God in Your Spiritual Growth

“Work” is from the verb energeō, the source of the English word energy. God energizes His children to obey and serve Him; His power enables their sanctification. Believers can do nothing holy or righteous in their own power or resources. Just as no one can be justified by the work of the flesh (Romans 3:20), so no one can be “perfected [sanctified] by the flesh” (Galatians 3:3). Paul confessed that “by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

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The Sermons between the Sermons–Part 2 - Prince on Preaching

These Gospel considerations shape the content of our announcements and shape what we say. Corporate worship is a unique communal blessing and what we say in the service, including what we say in the announcements, should reflect that reality. We only announce things that have to do with the entire congregation in the corporate worship service. For instance, we would not announce a deacons meeting because it is not a congregational event. Specific groups or ministry team leaders can communicate information to those specific groups outside of the context of the corporate worship service. We also assume that visitors, believers and unbelievers, will be present in the corporate worship service. All announcements in corporate worship should be communicated in a way that gets the first-time visitor up to speed and must be free of insider language where a visitor would feel alienated from what is being said. The announcements should reflect and help expose our heart for Gospel ministry and respect the visitors we know are there by including them rather than excluding them by the way we speak.

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Finally: a simple timeline of Acts [infographic] - The Overview Bible Project

It’s all the moving around. Most Bible narratives take place in one corner of the Near East. But in Acts, several major characters loop-de-loop their way around the Roman empire.

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Is it possible to preach the gospel without using words?

For example, I really don’t care so much whether someone cares about me personally when advising me about my health. What I want to know is that they have a legitimate medical degree and know what they’re talking about. When deciding whether to take an umbrella with me, I don’t worry about whether the weather-man cares about me as a person. I care more about his knowledge of weather. When electing a government representative, I don’t care if he knows and likes me personally. I care whether he can do the job properly or not. When I read a warning label on a cigarette package, I don’t care if the person writing the label cares about me and wants to help me. I want to know if it is objectively true that cigarettes are hazardous to my health. I want to know how much knowledge a person has, not about their feelings, in these cases and many others.

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Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: More Than a Theory

Introduction I am really excited to bring you this review. Dr. Hugh Ross and the Reasons to Believe (RTB) scholar team are the means that Christ used to keep this modernist thinker from completely giving up on the Christian faith about seven years ago. You can read about this more on my page Nature vs. Scripture . Reasons to Believe provides a scientific and Biblical model of the creation and history of the universe that is testable. They have produced many books and papers outlining details of different aspects of the model. They have not really produced a single resource that provides a quick overview of the model for those who might be curious and need an introduction. That's where More Than a Theory comes in. This book was written as an introduction to the various aspects of the testable model. It frequently refers the reader to the other resources for more details. Throughout this review I will include links to their other books and articles on their website that I am familiar with that go into some more details. Dr. Ross also produced a series of podcasts that briefly go over the contents of each chapter.

16 Testing Worldviews - Douglas Groothuis, PhD

Lecture by Doug Groothuis. I. Hypothesis Testing and Worldviews A. Cornelius Van Til similar to conventionalists (On Van Til, see Gordon Lewis, Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims) 1. No…

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The executive order has an exemption after all

Last week, I wrote about two different groups petitioning the President about a forthcoming Executive Order (EO). News reports said that the EO would prohibit government contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A group of prominent religious leaders wrote the President asking him to include religious exemptions, but a group of legal scholars wrote asking him to do the opposite.

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Michael Brown - A Question for Israel’s Critics

The photographs in the article generate sympathy almost exclusively for the Palestinians, with tragic images of a Palestinian man carrying the dead body of a little boy and of Palestinian women grieving, while the written text is hardly unbiased, with statements like, “Egypt’s proposal for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas collapsed a few hours after the Israelis had accepted it. Palestinian militants launched rockets on Israel, some of which are shown above, and Israel resumed its airstrikes on Gaza.”

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Truthbomb Apologetics: Book Highlight: Grand Central Question

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Faithful Thinkers: Man's Fallible Ideas vs. God's Infallible Word

Introduction Those who have read this blog for quite some time know that I spend a lot of time discussing specifics of the Christian worldview, not just a "mere Christianity." Going into the details of a worldview allows people to test worldviews against reality to see which one accurately describes the world in which we live. As discussed in other posts ( here  and here ), it is important to discuss and investigate the details of a worldview to ensure that when we defend the truth of the Christian worldview, we are not defending incorrect doctrines that can easily be shown to go against reality (thus falsifying the Christian worldview in the skeptic's mind). These internal debates are often heated among Christians. All sides of a debate bring their biblical, natural, philosophical, and historical evidences for their view and against the others. The amount of evidence to wade through can be daunting, and it frustrates many. I have noticed that frustration, however, is not just from the amount of evidence to examine, but the weight of evidence for one side or the other. Often many find themselves on the lighter end of evidence.

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You Can’t Buy Happiness

Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only the picture of something deeper, something that has characterized every civilization from then until now: the quest for pleasure.