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Does God Really Love Me?

If you want to know whether God loves you, don’t look in the mirror. Look to Jesus. We look away from our failures to behold his victory.

The Plundering of Your Property and the Power of Hope

We can joyfully accept hardship in this life because our true home is in heaven. Our best life is yet to come.

Faith Alone: How (Not) to Use a Reformed Slogan

No truth was more central to the Reformation that turned the world upside down 500 years ago next month: God justifies sinners by faith alone.

NFL Player and Army Vet Alejandro Villanueva Says Standing Alone During the National Anthem Was a Mistake

Pittsburgh Steelers player Alejandro Villanueva became somewhat of a lightning rod this weekend after he appeared to stand alone outside of the players’ tunnel with his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. The team’s coach, Mike Tomlin, had previously said that the entire team would not come out onto the field during the National Anthem: “We decided to sit it out, to not take the field, to remove ourselves from it, to focus on playing football.” The NFL saw mass protests and demonstrations on Sunday after the President called players who knelt during the anthem to raise awareness

The Scars That Have Shaped Me

Vaneetha begged God for his delivering grace. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.

Matt Boswell: Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor Music Video

Matt Boswell sings with the Boyce College choir.

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Apologetics Press - Si es Solo un Buen Libro, Entonces No es el Libro de Dios

Decir que la Biblia es simplemente un �gran libro� escrito por �hombres buenos� transforma a los escritores b�blicos en mentirosos que repetidamente reclamaron que Dios fue la fuente b�sica de sus documentos (cf. 2 Samuel 23:2 y Hechos 1:16). Por ende, la Biblia es el producto de Dios o el producto de mentirosos. No existe otra opci�n. Si estos hombres fueron mentirosos, ellos pronunciaron insensatamente su propia destrucci�n, ya que afirmaron que mentir era equivocado y que todos los mentirosos ser�an arrojados al infierno (cf. �xodo 20:16, Colosenses 3:9 y Apocalipsis 21:8). Adem�s, si estos hombres fueron mentirosos, no se puede explicar el misterio de por qu� el hombre moderno, con todo su aprendizaje acumulado, no ha podido producir un libro comparable que tenga la habilidad de hacer a la Biblia obsoleta.

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3 Trump is right, Newsweek. Socialism doesn't work

Most industrialized countries, for example, have implemented universal health care.  Moreover, Norway was recently ranked the happiest country in the world, and it pointed to its strong state-support programs as crucial to achieving this accolade….  Several other Scandinavian countries, including Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, were also among the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the most recent figures….  The U.S., however, can't even make it into the top 10 happiest countries.  It’s ranked at No. 14.

The Morning Star of the Reformation: John Wycliffe (c. 1330–1384)

Darkness dominated the horizon in the fourteenth century, the century of Wycliffe, who was born in 1330 and died in 1384, almost exactly one hundred years before Luther was born. By his teenage years, Wycliffe was at Oxford. Thomas Bradwardine (known as “Doctor Profundus”) taught theology and William of Ockham (famous for “Ockham’s Razor”) taught philosophy. Before long, Wycliffe took his own place among the faculty. Appointed the Master of Balliol College, Wycliffe lectured and wrote in the field of philosophy. But the tug of biblical studies pulled on him. He applied himself rigorously to the study of theology and Scripture. As he did, he realized how much the church had veered off in so many wrong directions.

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Does God Really Save Us by Faith Alone?

Paul calls this effect or fruit or evidence of faith the “work of faith” (1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11) and the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5; 16:26). These works of faith, and this obedience of faith, these fruits of the Spirit that come by faith, are necessary for our final salvation. No holiness, no heaven (Hebrews 12:14). So, we should not speak of getting to heaven by faith alone in the same way we are justified by faith alone.

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Evidence That Demands A Verdict- Book Signing

Award-winning Dallas author Josh McDowell will be signing copies, Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World at The Hope Center on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The event will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Hope Center, located at 2001 W Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075.

Unbelievable? the Book

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EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI

For a book that provokes so many charges that readers are taking it out of context, the Qur’an is remarkably decontextualized. Although it retells many biblical stories (usually in slightly altered form), in its overall form it lacks the chronological arrangement of the Old Testament historical books or even the rough temporal movement of the Gospels. Instead, its 114 chapters (suras) are arranged by length from the longest to the shortest; the biblical stories and other narratives are distributed haphazardly throughout the book.

Here We Stand

And here we stand today, 500 years later. Luther wasn’t alone then, and he’s not alone now. To mark the 500th anniversary, we invite you to join us on a 31-day journey of short biographies of the many heroes of the Reformation, just 5–7 minutes each day for the month of October.

Worship Is My Life, Not My Role

That means that even as I plan, I can allow the significance of the lyrics we’ll be singing and the Scriptures we’ll be reading on Sunday to affect me. I can glorify God by serving band members when I communicate with them in a timely fashion. I can pause during rehearsal to remind myself and the other musicians why specific truths we’re singing are so important. I can do all my preparation with faith and joy, knowing that the Holy Spirit is just as present with me before the meeting as he will be when we gather.

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J. Warner Wallace talks about why it’s important to convince the church about the need for Christian apologetics in this interview with Jon Morrison. Why must we make the case for making the case? How will this effort help us to encourage a more reasonable, evidential Christian faith? This clip …

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Evidence That Demands A Verdict- Book Signing

Award-winning Dallas author Josh McDowell will be signing copies, Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World at The Hope Center on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The event will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Hope Center, located at 2001 W Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075.

The Point: What Constitution?

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Atheistic Quagmire | Reasonable Faith

I don’t think you need my help, Matthew! Your responses to your friends are dead on. I couldn’t help but smile at the self-referentially incoherent quagmire into which some nihilistic types work themselves. What is baffling is how blind such persons can be to their own incoherence.

21 Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Thanks for posting these interesting links, Chad. The story you linked to with the text "Scientists poke holes in natural seletion" greatly misunderstands the published research. The research did not say that natural selection does not happen or that it does not play a critical role in biological evolution. Instead, it states that the standard mathematical model of natural selection does not capture some effects such as cooperation which are important in some ecological niches. In other words, like any other branch of science, biology is constantly refining its models. Full disclosure: I am a Christian who believes strongly in the traditional creeds of the church. I also believe that, created in God's image, we humans have the capacity to gain knowledge through science about the creation God made. Thanks!

Philippians 1:15–18: Do You Proclaim Christ from Envy?

How Jesus obeyed commands and how we ought to might not always be the same (because he is God and we are not). But searching for intersections between what God expects of us and Jesus’s life gets us thinking more about his amazing life (as opposed to merely about principles to obey), and inclines us to give glory to the God-man for his perfect obedience on our behalf.

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The Real Jesus

Though this man probably hasn’t gained much of a following, the Bible does predict that in the last days, false Christs and false prophets will come and deceive many. Many people these days are putting their faith in false or imaginary Christs who cannot save them. You might meet two of these false Christs—introduced to you by the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Atheists Distrust Atheists — With Good Reason

Atheists are none too fond of each other in the area of trust. Strange that they wouldn't trust their own kind, what with being united in hatred of God, "religion", and so on. Speaking of God, the answer for the distrust of atheists is found in the Bible. God has given us each a conscience, and the law is written on the hearts of people (Rom. 2:15). Deniers of God are actively suppressing the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18-19). Atheists know who and what they are, deep inside, and that they have a faulty moral compass . Really, it should not be surprising that they distrust each other. This is actually confirming the truth of Scripture! I'm sure that puts a burr under their collective saddles.

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The Difference Between Speaking the Gospel and Sharing the Gospel

Not long ago, I found myself listening patiently as Mark, a friend of mine, described a difficult conversation he had with a non-believer named Cindy. Mark said he met Cindy at a party and intentionally directed the conversation toward spiritual matters; he hoped to share the gospel with her at some point in the evening. When Cindy learned Mark was a Christian, however, she became very defensive and eventually told him that she was disgusted with Christians and their pro-life position related to abortion. Cindy believed that women should have a right to choose. Mark was prepared to talk about the Gospel but unequipped to navigate the issue of abortion. He was undeterred, however, in his desire to talk about Jesus and the salvation offered on the cross. He pressed on, even though Cindy repeatedly ignored his presentation and grew ever more frustrated as Mark refused to address her concerns about abortion. I wish I could say the story had a happy ending, but Cindy grew so irritated with Mark that she eventually excused herself and avoided him for the rest of the party. Mark told me that he was disappointed Cindy refused to talk with him any further, but he said, “At least she got to hear the Gospel.

Alan Jacobs: Hating Your Neighbor Will Make You Dumb

An important category for Jacobs is the repugnant cultural other (RCO). “Everyone today seems to have an RCO, and everyone’s RCO is on social media somewhere.” Every cultural subgroup can identify some other subgroup as beyond the pale. The tribal instinct is deep: We are naturally drawn to those in the in-group, and we feel disgust at those in the out-group. “Anyone,” Jacobs argues, “who claims not to be shaped by such forces is almost certainly self-deceived. Human beings are not built to be indifferent to the waves and pulses of their social world.” Yet, like other universal human traits such as rage, panic, or lust, we should resist the lure of hating the RCO, as it inhibits real thinking. If you want to think well, says Jacobs, you “will have to practice patience and master fear.”

What Do You Really Love Most?

Jesus’s call to the Ephesians to repent was not mere warning, but gospel. Repentance is an escape from the bondage of sin, whatever it is. The very fact that repentance is possible, because of what Jesus has done for us in the cross, is astoundingly wonderful news! The call to repent is a call not to have our shame exposed and bear God’s stern frown on us. It’s a call to return by the grace of God to the place of greatest hope and fullest joy.

7 Ways that Pastors Can Help Their Congregations Grow in Ethnic Diversity

In the midst of blatant injustices inflicted upon the Negro, I have watched white churches stand on the sidelines and merely mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard so many ministers say, “Those are social issues which the gospel has nothing to do with,” and I have watched so many churches commit themselves to a completely otherworldly religion which made a strange distinction between bodies and souls, the sacred and the secular.

Does Your Pastor Need a Friend?

My pastor recently asked me, “Why is it so hard for people to see pastors as friends and not just pastors?” In one respect, the question caught me by surprise. He is part of a large pastoral staff of a big and vibrant church with a reputation for being highly relational. How can someone whose life revolves around forming caring relationships have a lack of friendship?

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The Gift of Mom Guilt

Scripture teaches us to lean into God rather than into our own capabilities (see Prov. 3:5–8). The Bible reveals that God places people into insurmountable circumstances to test their faith, to demonstrate his sovereignty and goodness, and to draw people to himself. David does not defeat Goliath because he’s a great shot. Daniel does not scheme and strive to escape the jaws of lions. Moses does not extract water from a stone through his own talents—in fact his personal flourish in the moment denies him access to the Promised Land! These stories and others highlight not our human strengths and independence, but rather our frailty, our limitedness, and the singular hope we have in the God who rescues us. In the most breathtaking example, God sent his Son to die for our sins because we lack the power, the wisdom, and the courage to redeem ourselves.

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The Lord’s Supper — Somber or Cheerful?

Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast, with longtime author and pastor John Piper. Today’s question comes from a listener named Morgan. “Dear Pastor John, it seems to me that some churches are more solemn when they ‘celebrate’ the Lord’s Supper. Other churches seem to be more cheerful in the reminder of what Jesus has done for us. Is this a false dichotomy? What is the proper tone of the Lord’s Table — solemn or cheerful?”

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Iraqi Christians At Odds with World on Kurdish Referendum

Perhaps the only clear thing is this: The Kurdish referendum, wrapped up as it is with ambitions of autonomy among Christians and other minorities, is a complicated affair. Approaches stretch far beyond a simple pro-Erbil or pro-Baghdad dichotomy. Racism between Arabs and Kurds—and a history of violence between Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and their Kurdish populations—muddy the waters of any shifts in governance.

Clear the Stage

Shine the light on every corner of your life Until the pride and lust and lies are in the open. Then read the word and put to test the things you’ve heard Until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken.

Could Mainstream Media Get Religion More Wrong?

Another reason for this sort of coverage is the media’s—and the public’s—penchant for the sensational. We need to face the reality that journalists wouldn’t produce such junk food if we wouldn’t buy it and eat it. For instance, most mainstream outlets won’t show executions, suicides, or other moment-of-death video on-air, but they often come dangerously close, and flirting with that line sometimes produces unintended consequences. On Sept. 28, 2012, five years ago this week, Fox News coverage of a car chase ended in a suicide—all broadcast live.  Fox later apologized for the incident, but given the nature of the 24/7/365 news cycle, such incidents are likely to happen again.

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#STRask - September 18, 2017 | Stand to Reason

On a recent podcast, Greg said revelation is progressive from the OT to the NT. How would you answer a LDS or even individual who believes in "progressive” revelation today?   How can we trust a book like Hebrews as canon if we aren't sure who authored it? Isn't eyewitness testimony a requirement of Scripture?    In the case of being physically attacked, is it okay for a believer to use self-defense, or is that not loving your neighbor?

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Claims about David Hume are almost always canaries in the coalmine when it comes to detecting those atheists who try to be rational by being poseurs, since reasonable atheists usually say sensible things about him and poseurs bungle him. "[D]ismissed the idea that one could prove the existence of a god using rational arguments alone" is not even remotely an accurate summary of what Hume actually does in the Dialogues, as any intelligent reader who actually sits down and works through the book can discover. In the case of the passage he goes on to quote, of course, Singham fails to realize that (1) the Dialogues are dialogues, and thus have characters with different viewpoints; (2) the character who argues what he goes on to quote [Cleanthes] is not arguing that one can't prove the existence of God by rational arguments alone, because almost the entire book is devoted to his own argument for the existence of God; (3) 'rational arguments' and 'arguments a priori' are not in general synonymous phrases; (4) Cleanthes's target is not general but the particular kind of a priori argument proposed by the character Demea (which is usually thought to be a somewhat oddly phrased version of Clarke's a priori argument).

Five common objections to church discipline — Southern Equip

However, this passivity does not hold up. James 5:19–20 and Jude 22–23 call Christians to “bring back” erring brothers and “save others snatching them out of the fire,” respectively. Therefore, the best manuscript evidence for Matthew 18 and the overarching teaching of the New Testament is that we pursue others—especially members of the church (who have entrusted themselves to the care of the church). It is unloving and unbiblical to say, “I can’t address the sins of another.”

46 Confession by | September 26, 2017

As Christians, we are given the privilege and responsibility of communicating with the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Yet many Christians neglect prayer. In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul demonstrates that intimate communication with God is at the heart of our relationship to Him. Through Christ, we are accepted by God and enabled to call upon Him as our Lord and Father.

Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation: Michael L. Brown PhD, James Robison: 9780718091804: Books

"By accurately diagnosing just how sick America is, Dr.Michael L. Brown can now offer a hope-filled prescription for moral and cultural change based on the timeless principles of the Word of God. While some are throwing in the towel and calling on the church to retreat, Dr. Brown sees the current darkness as the church's great opportunity to arise and shine.America has fallen, but it can rise again." --

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Intelligent Design in the Dirt | Evolution News

If you’ve ever visited a desert, you may have noticed small clumpy mounds of crusty dirt in between the stretches of sand. Within those clumps something amazing is going on. Living cells are using high-technology processes not only to survive in a harsh environment; they are helping to stabilize the entire biosphere.

He’s memorized 42 books of the Bible and you can, too — Southern Equip

But I do know Andy, and can tell you that he’s the real deal. Not only is he the most diligent memorizer of Scripture I’ve ever known, he’s also a genuinely godly man, a devoted husband (to Christine) and father (of five), a careful expositor of Scripture, and a faithful pastor. Since his graduation with a PhD. in church history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998, he has been pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, N.C. Before that, Andy served as an SBC International Mission Board church planter in Japan.

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