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A Daily Prayer

“A Prayer For Clearly Seeing”

A Daily Prayer / 3h

Father, Your creation is a visible testimony to Your invisible qualities of power, glory and majesty. From the mountains to the prairies, from the oceans to the forests, from the moon, sun and stars to the vegetation on earth, Your handiwork proclaims Your glory in splendid array. We testify to Your greatness made evident to us by the Spirit of Christ as He takes up residency within our hearts, m

“A Prayer To Our Steadfast Helper”

A Daily Prayer / 1d

Father, as I daily partake of the Bread of Life I am led by Your hand. No longer my own, because Your only Son, Jesus, gave His life that I might experience forgiveness for sin and abundant life. Today I victoriously proclaim, “Thus far has the Lord helped me!” even though my heart and my flesh may fail, for You are my strength and my portion for my dwelling on earth and my future eternal dwellin

“A Prayer For Finding Assurance In The Rock Of Christ”

A Daily Prayer / 5d

Lord today, like the Psalmist, I cry out to You. Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. I join all who call out to you from the ends of the earth. I am so thankful that You hear me regardless of where I may be crying out from or what situation I may be crying over. At times my heart does grow faint and I am overwhelmed. I ask you to lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. Help me to rest tod

“A Prayer For Being Ready For Judgment”

A Daily Prayer / 6d

Father, we read in Revelation 20 about the Great White Throne Judgment where all will stand and give account of his or her decision to follow after You or to rebel against Your righteousness. As believers we will stand before Your throne blameless because of Jesus’ righteousness which delivers us from the punishment we deserve. I want my faith to be living and active, influencing my every thought

“A Prayer Of Thanks For Our Ram In The Thicket”

A Daily Prayer / 27d

Father, we thank You for Jesus who willingly laid down His life to become our “Ram in the thicket”. He became a sacrifice that we might receive forgiveness of sins; His death in exchange for our forgiveness, and thereby inheriting eternal life. We greatly rejoice in the fact that You did not spare Your own Son but delivered Him over for us all, that we might receive salvation, and that we might t

“A Prayer For A Steady Walk”

A Daily Prayer / 7d

Heavenly Father, as I stand at the crossroads of decision where I am pulled in many directions, I direct my attention to the well-worn path marked out by faithful followers of God throughout the centuries – the faithful ones who remained true to Your ancient law whose hearts did not betray the One True God. With godly determination I earnestly desire to follow in the steps of the Master that lead

A Slice of Infinity

Word and Image

A Slice of Infinity / 10h

The first time I remember hearing the metaphor “rain on your parade,” I was at a parade and it was raining. As a nine year old, the disappointment was memorable. To this day, when I hear the metaphor used, it conveys with heightened success all that the phrase is meant to convey—and arguably more. I remember standing in the rain, watching the once-solid crowd dwindling to nothing, the marching ba

Real and Unsearchable

A Slice of Infinity / 2d

Common is the sentiment among recent college graduates that they went in feeling like they knew something, and leave realizing, in fact, how little they know. I remember what this felt like, walking down the aisle to accept my diploma, wondering at the irony. Yet as uncomfortable as that moment of recognition might be, I am convinced that the thought is an important place at which to arrive. Ravi

Fear and Love

40A Slice of Infinity / 28d

Seventy-five years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt comforted a frightened nation in the depths of the Great Depression with an inaugural speech that began with a call to endure. He then added, “[L]et me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”(1) His words sought to address the very spirit of depression, the fear exuding from great uncertainty, the diminishing morale

The One She Followed

A Slice of Infinity / 14d

Mary Magdalene has been given a lot of publicity since her time, and like the tabloids, not much of it is true. Allegations that she was married to Jesus or founded a community steeped in Gnostic belief are unfounded historical claims when looking at the earliest sources. They have no basis in the New Testament and do not seem to have any foundation in traditions before the second century. What w

In a World of Stories

A Slice of Infinity / 26d

“You can’t stop stories being told,” Dr. Parnassus tells his relentless foe with religious assurance in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The world of belief-systems and worldviews is indeed a complicated playground of stories, storytellers, passions, and allegiances—and this is one film which certainly attests to that complicated dance. What makes the interplay of story most complicated is pe

Hunger and Consumption

A Slice of Infinity / 5d

At the death of Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, the world of economics lost one of its most influential thinkers. He is perhaps best known for popularizing the saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” which is now a common English dictum. Though consumer-trained eyes, we understand this phrase as Friedman intended: Anything billed “free of charge” still has a bill attached. It is both econ

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What are the Ten Lost Tribes?

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The NBA Is a Spineless Little Bully

AskDrBrown / 16h

When I was a boy in school, I watched as one of the school bullies picked on another kid who was not much of a fighter. Then, after the bully walked away, the kid who had just been bullied turned… The post appeared first on AskDrBrown .

Ethiopian Immigrant’s Prayer Goes Viral: “Thank you for waking up our nation!”

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Why Im Not Dogmatic on the Creation Account

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I Confess to Eating Plants!

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Does Your Religious Upbringing Determine Your Faith?

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Christian Research Network

Southern Baptist Pastors Promotes Prosperity Gospel False Teacher, Paula White

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“Robert Jeffress, a celebrity Southern Baptist pastor who is recognized in the convention as one of the most controversial political advocates for right-wing politics is promoting Paula White’s heretical book, Something Greater.” (Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte) When you have a common god, you share a common cause. In this case, their common god is right-wing politics. Disclaimer: I am very

ERLC, Cru, Gospel Coalition, NAE Among Soros-Funded Organizations

43Christian Research Network / 7h

The Gospel Coalition: This organization receives “Dark Money” through Soros’ numerous grant-funded shell charities that keep the organization pushing evangelicalism to the left, trying to turn a key conservative voting demographic against the GOP. (Pulpit & Pen) If you’re wondering why so many evangelical organizations are getting “woke,” wonder no more. This is a compiled list now circulating of

What Do Socialists and Environmentalists Really Want?

40Christian Research Network / 5h

“History has shown us that people don’t behave well when crammed together in big cities. Big cities have given us the “Blue” states. Big cities are bastions of socialism and government control. The population of big cities is mostly Socialist Democrats. Big cities, with their majorities, control the legislative process and give us legislators that support socialism, more laws and environmental ex

AG Barr Blasts ‘Militant Secularists’ in Speech on Religious Freedom

23Christian Research Network / 7h

“This is not decay,” he said. “This is organized destruction. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.” (Caleb Park – Fox News) Attorney General William Barr blasted “militant secularists” and their attacks on Judeo-Christian values i

Boldness not Insolence

Christian Research Network / 18h

7 Of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God having been given to me according to the working of his power. Ephesians 3:7-13 (translated from the NA28 Greek text) Read verses 8-13 on the site. If we are honest, we must all agree that that there is a growing disrespect of God in today’s various teaching on prayer let alone worship. While boldness does mean that those wh

Liz Warren, CNN Cheer the Abuse of 9-Year-Old Children Paraded as Transgender

100+Christian Research Network / 5d

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 9-year-old transgender girl “Jacob.” “Jacob” trusts the people who tell her she can become a boy. But these people support pumping her young body with testosterone and “puberty-blocking” hormones that could give her a disease — hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. If the human body does not produce enough of the right sex hormones, the brain and other organs do not develop nor

Christian Standard

Renew Gathering Emphasizes Theology Behind Disciple-Making

Christian Standard / 9h

By Chris Moon A new gathering of disciple-makers within the Restoration Movement—and beyond it—will meet Nov. 6 in Nashville. The Renew Gathering is expected to draw about 600 people. It is aimed at helping participants grasp solid disciple-making theology. The conference will serve as a precursor to the annual National Disciple Making Forum , which also will meet in Nashville and is set for Nov.

Shepherd Church Helps Shelter Fire Evacuees (Plus News Briefs)

Christian Standard / 11h

Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, Calif., provided shelter and food for some of the 100,000 people evacuated from the Saddleridge Fire in north Los Angeles late last week. “Shepherd Church is open for any residents who need a place to go,” the church announced on its Facebook page last week. “Join us in praying and lifting up our community and the valley in th

An 1800s Preacher Shares His Story

63Christian Standard / 6d

Buried toward the back of the Oct. 12, 1889, issue was a column by an unknown preacher who shared short recollections of his inadequacies and failings as a young evangelist. This column is several things: raw, uneven, humorous, painful, perceptive, and poignant. _ _ _ Reminiscences from a Young Preacher’s Experience By Y. P. Oct. 12, 1889; p. 11 Yes, I remember quite a number of the firstlies in

Lesson for Oct. 20, 2019: Persevere in Truth (2 Peter 1:12–2:3)

Christian Standard / 2d

Dr. Mark Scott wrote this treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson. Scott teaches preaching and New Testament at Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri. This lesson treatment is published in issue no. 10 (weeks 40-43; October 13—November 3, 2019) of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at http://www.lookoutmag.com . ________ Lesson Aim: Firmly establish yourself in the truth,

Yom Kippur: Fulfilled in Jesus

43Christian Standard / 15d

By Jon Wren Beginning this Tuesday evening [October 8, 2019], over a period of the next 24-plus hours, Jews around the world will observe Yom Kippur. The holiday has its origins in Leviticus, where God instructed the Israelites to observe a “day of atonement,” which served to remind the people that sin separates them from God, and they cannot atone for it on their own. Over many centuries, the Je

Small Churches: Responding to Some Stereotypes

37Christian Standard / 26d

In this repost of a classic article that first appeared in Christian Standard on May 20, 2012, Tom Claibourne responds to some fairly typical stereotypes about small churches. Claibourne is in his 40th year serving with Bethlehem Church of Christ, Winchester, Ohio. He recently was inducted into the Christian Village Communities Hall of Faith; his induction video celebrating his life of ministry i

Christianity Today Magazine

Ethiopia’s Evangelical Prime Minister Wins Nobel Peace Prize

48KChristianity Today Magazine / 5d

Recognized for stewarding a breakthrough peace agreement with Eritrea with a “revivalist” spirit, Abiy Ahmed also helped end a historic church schism among the Orthodox. Less than two years since taking office, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has helped Ethiopia achieve the kind of peace and reconciliation once deemed impossible, including resolving a border conflict with its East African neighbor Erit

The Early Church Thrived Amid Secularism and Shows How We Can, Too

500+Christianity Today Magazine / 9h

The pre-Christendom church managed to avoid both isolationism and accommodationism. Their model gives us a map for post-Christendom challenges. I attended seminary in the 1970s. I had to take several classes in the history of Christianity, though in those days it was called “church history.” My professor taught the course largely as a history of Christian thought. We studied orthodoxy and heresy

Faith-Based Show ‘Vindication’ Displays Realities of Sexual Abuse

200+Christianity Today Magazine / 10h

The Amazon Prime series is personal for its starring actress Emma Elle Roberts. Editor’s note: There are a few spoilers ahead for plot points in the Amazon Prime show Vindication . I n a time when the American church is grappling with a steady flow of sexual abuse allegations, the co-star of a new faith-based TV show says she relied heavily on personal experience and her faith to approach the top

The #EqualityTownHall Was Loud and Clear: The LGBTQ+ Community, Beto, the Equality Act, and Evangelicals

8KChristianity Today Magazine / 4d

We’ve come a long way from a plea for marriage equality. Watching the Equality Town Hall on CNN yesterday was both instructive and disconcerting. It was instructive because I really did want to see where we were as a nation—and how divided we might be on questions related to religious liberty, the LGBTQ+ community, and the need for us to all live together in one democracy. I was struck by the fac

Why It’s Easier to Accept David as a Murderer than a Rapist

3KChristianity Today Magazine / 2d

The current debate over what happened to Bathsheba forces us to think deeper about motives and power. As a kid growing up in the church, I certainly heard a lot about Jesus. But just short of the Savior, I heard countless stories about King David: stories of bravery, courage, power, trust, risk, battle, war, triumph, and conquest. Christians have always recognized David’s brokenness to an extent,

Why We Still Need Christian Colleges

1KChristianity Today Magazine / 1d

As the liberal arts struggle, we should rally around Christian campuses that still embrace them. I n their recent book, For the Life of the World , Yale theologians Mirsolv Volf and Matthew Croasmun argue that there is a crisis in theology—that it has lost touch with what non-theologians consider to be real problems. This hurts not just the church but the whole world, they say, because theology c

Chuck Swindoll’s Daily Devotional

God Knows

100+Chuck Swindoll’s Daily Devotional / 18h

Exodus 1:1-22 The Egyptians’ insecurity and abhorrence for their Jewish neighbors eventually led to savagery. I find that interesting. It strikes me that if you are prone to violent anger and brutality, it might be wise for you to back off and ask yourself what you’re afraid of. Throughout my years of ministry, I have sadly noted how brutal people are often driven by fear. Fear of loss. Fear of h

Led by Grace

100+Chuck Swindoll’s Daily Devotional / 2d

Genesis 50:1-21 “Am I in God’s place?” Joseph asked them. Had he been a lesser man, he could have played “king of the mountain” and filled the role of God. “Grace killers” do that sort of thing. They exploit the power they have over others. They play a cruel and unfair game when they have someone cornered, someone who is vulnerable and at their mercy. Joseph refused to do that. He didn’t do it ea

The Test of Integrity

100+Chuck Swindoll’s Daily Devotional / 6d

Genesis 47:18-25 The people came to Joseph with their hands empty and open, and he responded by upholding their dignity and treating them with respect. And keep in mind, he had everything, but they had nothing. “Our money is gone! Our food is gone!” They were completely at Joseph’s mercy. He didn’t shrug his shoulders and give them a handout. He didn’t put them on welfare. Instead, he told them t

Those Final Moments

97Chuck Swindoll’s Daily Devotional / 3d

Genesis 49:1-33 Despite his age and infirmity, Jacob’s memory was nothing short of remarkable. He could name each one of his boys, and he could describe their individual natures and recall with pertinent detail the lives they had lived. Although he had not always disciplined them appropriately or wisely, he knew his sons well. No doubt the Lord assisted at this touching moment of his life by prov

The Hinge of History

96Chuck Swindoll’s Daily Devotional / 1d

Exodus 1:1-22 Baby Moses opened his eyes on a world very different from our own. Although neither his mother nor father knew it, the birth of this man-child launched a series of events that would change the course of nations and shape the destiny of millions. History would turn like a hinge on that birth. The world would never be quite the same again. The day came, after the deaths of Joseph and

Final Promise

85Chuck Swindoll’s Daily Devotional / 5d

Genesis 47:27-31 “Swear to me, Joseph—promise me this,” Jacob said. “Place your hand under my thigh and swear.” Making promises to the dying is nothing unusual. That is still done today. Frequently I have heard spouses or children tell of promises they made to a dying mate or a parent. But what about this strange gesture of placing one’s hand under the thigh of another? What’s that all about? Bro

Cold Case Christianity

Listener Q and A – with Amy Hall (Podcast)

60Cold Case Christianity / 14h

In this podcast, J. Warner joins Stand to Reason’s Amy Hall to answer questions in an episode of # STRAsk . Is it wrong to call Mormon missionaries “elders”? Is it a good or bad idea to have an atheist come speak to a youth group? How should I respond if, when I ask an atheist if he thinks God exists, he says, “Which God?” How can we know whether or not life catastrophes are punishments as they o

Quick Shot: “Believing in God is the same as believing in the ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’”

500+Cold Case Christianity / 2d

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the o

Can My Friend Be Excited About Sin and Be a Christian? (Video)

100+Cold Case Christianity / 1d

In this video, recorded at a Fearless Faith Seminar , J. Warner Wallace helps answer an audience question: Can My Friend Be Excited About Sin and Be a Christian? Why do we still struggle with sin, even though we have professed Christ as our savior? To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist . For more information about the reliability of the New Testament gospe

Let’s Remember That We Are All Sinners

500+Cold Case Christianity / 9d

Residential burglary (a crime where the suspect or suspects break into someone’s home in order to steal their valuables) is a very common crime here in California. Just a few days ago, we surveilled a suspect early in the morning as he left his house. The suspect drove many miles to an affluent area on the northern coast of Los Angeles. Instead of driving into an residential neighborhood, however

Rediscovering Evangelism: Curbing the Exodus of Christian-raised Teenagers from the Church

300+Cold Case Christianity / 23d

This article was written by Samuel Bodnar, a junior at Indiana University studying journalism and religious studies. He conducted three interviews for a class project: Isabella McCoy scowled at her church’s dusty, stained glass windows. No more early Sunday mornings. No more midweek Bible studies trapped beneath the church’s leaky and splintered floors. No more judgmental people who know little a

Preparando a Los Niños para enfrentar El Ateísmo de Internet

Cold Case Christianity / 2d

( Preparing Kids to Encounter Atheism Online ) El post de hoy es de una ‘blogger’ invitada, Natasha Crain. Natasha es una madre casada de tres niños jóvenes quien es una apasionada en el tema de adultos jóvenes que dejan el cristianismo en masa. Ella escribe acera de cómo construir una casa centrada en cristo en http://www.christianmomthoughts.com/ un blog que ha alcanzado a más de 50,000 persona

Core Christianity Recently Added Resources

How to Share God’s Love through Hospitality

Core Christianity Recently Added Resourc… / 14h

Hospitality isn’t merely a command. It is also one of the ways that God invites his children to flourish as we share his provisions in anticipation of the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9). “In biblical hospitality, the gospel of Christ becomes visual, concrete, and practical to the stranger” [1] and to the host. Here are several ways you can show hospitality at church and at home. How to P

5 Ways to Read More of the Bible

Core Christianity Recently Added Resourc… / 1d

How to Read the Bible More Often Life is loaded. Add up the ingredients of a routine day: getting kids ready for school, packing lunches, getting ready for work, traffic, co-workers, projects, meetings, helping with homework, kids’ extracurricular activities, exercise, church functions, and more. And this recipe alone doesn’t make it difficult to regularly read the Bible. These full days also get

Soul-Care in a Fitness-Crazed World

Core Christianity Recently Added Resourc… / 2d

What Is Soul-Care? Daily we are saturated with images and information about our bodies. At the checkout line, we see racks of magazines devoted to our style, our health, our weight, our makeup, filled from cover to cover with pictures of models and celebrities photoshopped to perfection. We are obsessed with ensuring our bodies are healthy and beautiful and in tip-top shape. A Time Magazine artic

Why the Ascension Was Important for Your Salvation

Core Christianity Recently Added Resourc… / 5d

In 1970, Warner Brothers sold over two million records of the catchy tune, “Spirit in the Sky.” A one-hit wonder, Norman Greenbaum’s song proved to be a classic. But what many may not realize is that this chic tune has something to say about Jesus and life after death. Note some of the lyrics: When I die and they lay me to rest Gonna go to the place that’s the best When I lay me down to die Goin

When God Feels Far Away in Your Suffering

Core Christianity Recently Added Resourc… / 14d

Grief with Good Theology “God, I know you’re not mean, but it feels like it today.” My wife, Sarah, and I were sitting—devastated—in the car outside our doctor’s office. My wife’s blunt prayer was all she could muster. Our prior appointment was to confirm a long-awaited pregnancy after the still-birth of our daughter and multiple miscarriages. However, instead of seeing the grainy flutter of a mi

If God Is Gracious, Why Can’t I Do What I Want?

Core Christianity Recently Added Resourc… / 28d

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? ( Romans 6:1​) When Paul writes he often predicts potential objections and questions to the truth, brings them up, and then answers them. One such passage is Romans 6:1. After unpacking the depth of God’s grace to his enemies (Romans 5:6-11), Paul asks the question he knows many are wondering: if it’s all being forgiven anyw

Cross Examined

How could Jesus be God if he didn’t know all things?

Cross Examined / 1d

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What caused spacetime and matter?

Cross Examined / 2d

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[PODCAST] What is “social justice”? With J. Warner Wallace

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Will we have free will in Heaven?

Cross Examined / 5d

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No morality? Liar, Liar, pants on fire!

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Why doesn’t God stop rape?

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Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Movement

Forward Day By Day – October 16, 2019

Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Move… / 16h

I take comfort in knowing that all I have to do to ask for prayer is text my family. When I am about to sing or speak, when I have a test or am feeling sick, I ask my family to pray, and I am covered by God’s hands. During most of my life, people in our f…. (View this reading and more resources for prayer at Daily Prayer: A resource of Forward Movement .)

Forward Day By Day – October 15, 2019

Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Move… / 1d

This passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians says that we must strive to excel in our gifts in order to build up the church. All of us have been given spiritual gifts. Growing up in evangelical churches, I saw many members participating actively in worship services: people dancing, run…. (View this reading and more resources for prayer at Daily Prayer: A resource of Forward Movement

Forward Day By Day – October 14, 2019

Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Move… / 2d

How often do we hear or read that love is blind? Paul’s letter to the Corinthians confirms that love is not blind—love sees everything and loves anyway. I heard a speaker say that we should insert our name where this passage uses the word “love.” Sa…. (View this reading and more resources for prayer at Daily Prayer: A resource of Forward Movement .)

Forward Day By Day – October 13, 2019

Daily Prayer: a resource of Forward Move… / 3d

As a digital evangelist, I am often asked how to share the good news of Jesus on social media. I encourage people to share what God has done for them through a picture, a video, or a story. This surprises a lot of people—many of us think sharing daily moments of gratitude is not evangelism. …. (View this reading and more resources for prayer at Daily Prayer: A resource of Forward Movement .)

Forward Day By Day – October 12, 2019

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If I speak Spanish and visit other Spanish-speaking countries but don’t have love, I am a noisy maraca. When we love, things are different. I am not talking about that rose-colored-lenses feeling but rather that every day, honest, messy, and often challenging way of love. …. (View this reading and more resources for prayer at Daily Prayer: A resource of Forward Movement .)

Forward Day By Day – October 11, 2019

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I recently posted a question on social media about the need for vergers. Responses to my post reminded me that while I may not understand this liturgical role, others do. Similarly, when some people question why Spanish/bilingual/Latino/Hispanic ministry is…. (View this reading and more resources for prayer at Daily Prayer: A resource of Forward Movement .)

Desiring God

When to Stop Listening to This Podcast

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If God has given you elders in your local church and brothers and sisters in Christ, then why should you bother seeking wisdom from this podcast? Listen Now

Born to Rule Himself: Recovering a Lost Dream for Men

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What is a man? Many continue to ask, and many offer new answers. Confusion blows across our land, exposing the feeble bridge between technological advancement and self-understanding. Mysteries of far-off galaxies unravel before high-powered telescopes while the face gazing back from the mirror lingers more distant than ever. With a world lying in his palm, modern man remains, to himself, a strang

How Do I Follow God’s Will in the Face of Two Good Options?

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God may not reveal every detail we want to know about our future, but he does promise to walk with us and direct our steps. Listen Now

The Wonder of All We Have in Christ: Five Contrasts at the Heart of Hebrews

2KDesiring God / 6d

When we lose our wonder, we are prone to wander. Not only are we prone to lose the wonder that God made the world he did — with clouds and canyons, mountains and mammals, nutmeg and noses — but also that Jesus is the Lord and Savior he is. We are prone to lose a sense for the glory of the new covenant, the one we enjoy now “in these last days” (Hebrews 1:2). We grow blind to the miracle of Christ

‘This Word Must Be Preached’: John Piper’s Call to the Pastorate

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Forty years ago, John Piper was not sleeping very well. It was October of 1979, and his brain hurt. For the past five months, he had been on a teaching sabbatical from Bethel College, just north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. It was a scholar’s dream come true: apart from a few weeks of family vacation, his job would be to spend six days a week reading and writing and researching until a new sc

Expect the Bible to Unsettle You

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“The word prune in John 15:2 doesn’t mean what many of us think.” The pastor was preaching from John 15:1–11, the passage about the vine and the branches. Our English translations may include the word prune , the pastor said, but the historical context and the original language yield a different interpretation. Two hundred souls listened. “ Prune actually has the idea of lift up , like a gardener

FaithGateway

Walkaway Jesus

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Since Jesus came from Heaven to walk among us, Christians tend to think that walking away from anyone, or letting anyone walk away from the truth, is a failure on our part. But Jesus walked away or let others walk away… a lot. I reread the gospels and counted every occurrence where Jesus deliberately parted … The post appeared first on FaithGateway .

Being Formed in the Way of Jesus

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We’re Being Formed, Whether We Like It or Not If a whiteboard were a love language, it would be mine. Who cares about “quality time” or acts of service?1 I just want to brainstorm and scribble about ideas. While I love to use the whiteboard for just about anything, it also shows up in … The post appeared first on FaithGateway .

Blessing Your Grandkids

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Before we launch into some creative and meaningful ideas for grandparents, let me (John) share with you something I remember vividly about my grandfather. We called it the Great Parakeet Fiasco, and it became a legend in our home. I was in second grade. Our parakeet had escaped from its cage while we were at … The post appeared first on FaithGateway .

Roles We Never Imagined

100+FaithGateway / 5d

You’ve got roles you were born into. You’ve got your position in your family of birth. You’ve got the role your parents put on you, your role in the family dynamics — the dutiful daughter, the rebel, the comedian of the family, whatever that is for you. You’ve got the roles you’ve sought for yourself. … The post appeared first on FaithGateway .

Let Go of Shame

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Genesis 3:9-10 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Isn’t it crazy how the first feeling Adam and Eve expressed in the garden after they sinned was shame? I remember listening to … The post appeared first on FaithGateway .

Restoration: Holiness

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HOLINESS MEANS HEALING Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. — Romans 12:2 The Message It seems that much of what Christians believe they are called to is a cluster of activities that include regular church attendance, Bible study, giving, and attending the annual retreat. Now — what is all this … The post appeared first on FaithGateway .

Focus on the Family Broadcast

Laughing, Loving, and Lasting With Your Spouse

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Pastor Kevin Thompson offers practical advice for maintaining a healthy and happy marriage in a discussion based on his book Happily: 8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last . Podcast users, find today’s related broadcast resources here: https://dbx.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/laughing-loving-and-lasting-with-your-spouse Your feedback would be really helpful to us. Please v

Grieving, Healing, and Hoping After Miscarriage

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Writer and speaker Adriel Booker candidly shares her experiences with pregnancy loss, having miscarried four times. She describes how her faith has sustained and comforted her through the pain, and offers encouragement to families walking a similar path of grief. Podcast users, find today’s related broadcast resources here: https://dbx.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/grieving-healing-a

Sharing God’s Light Through Art

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Award-winning artist Morgan Weistling was once an agnostic who believed that art was his god. Today, he shares his inspiring testimony of how he became a Christian who now knows his artistic talent is a gift from God, and he will share that talent with listeners in a way you won’t want to miss. Podcast users, find today’s related broadcast resources here: https://dbx.focusonthefamily.com/media/da

Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships (Part 2 of 2)

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In a discussion based on his book When to Walk Away , Gary Thomas explains why it’s okay to disengage from people who relish negativity, control, and hatred, and he offers practical, biblically-based advice for doing so. (Part 2 of 2) Podcast users, find today’s related broadcast resources here: https://dbx.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/setting-boundaries-in-toxic-relationships-pt2 Y

Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships (Part 1 of 2)

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In a discussion based on his book When to Walk Away , Gary Thomas explains why it’s okay to disengage from people who relish negativity, control, and hatred, and he offers practical, biblically-based advice for doing so. (Part 1 of 2) Podcast users, find today’s related broadcast resources here: https://dbx.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/setting-boundaries-in-toxic-relationships-pt1 Y

Rethinking Your Parenting Strategies (Part 2 of 2)

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Psychologist Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson explain how many parents waste time and energy on parenting strategies that don’t work, and offer practical suggestions for more effectively disciplining children and raising them to become well-adjusted adults. (Part 2 of 2) Podcast users, find today’s related broadcast resources here: https://dbx.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/r

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October 16 – Jesus and the Sabbath

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“He answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.’ For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:17–18). The Sabbath observance was at the heart of Jewish worship in Jesus’ day. The Lord’s reply to those who persecuted

In Touch Ministries Daily Devotions

Godly Decisions

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Sometimes we have to consider our immediate needs in light of things that are worth waiting for.

Bring Your Anxieties to God

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God doesn’t want us to be overwhelmed with anxiety; that’s why He says to bring our concerns to Him.

Understanding God’s Promises

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All of God’s promises are true, but that doesn’t mean we can take them out of their scriptural context.

Freedom From Anxiety

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In the midst of fear, we must remember God’s character and cling to His promises.

Good Decisions

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God urges us to make wise decisions so that we don’t suffer unnecessary consequences.

The Revelation of Our Salvation

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We can’t fully comprehend the salvation God offers, but trying brings us closer to Him.

Ligonier Ministries Blog

What Was the Reformation All About?

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Over 500 years ago, a German monk named Martin Luther started a protest that exploded into a worldwide movement. So what was the Protestant Reformation all about? This short video narrated by R.C. Sproul is a tool to help you give an answer. Share it with your family and friends. Also available in Chinese , French , German , Italian , Portuguese , and Spanish . This Reformation Month, watch a sho

Semper Reformanda in Context

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The phrase ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming) has been used so often as to make it a motto or slogan. People have used it to support a surprising array of theological and ecclesiastical programs and purposes. Scholars have traced its origins to a devotional book written by Jodocus van Lodenstein in 1674. Van Lodenstein, no doubt, had no intention of bein

Salvation from Start to Finish Is a Work of God for His Glory

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We contribute nothing to our salvation. In this brief clip , Stephen Nichols explains that from start to finish, salvation is a work of God for His Glory. This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for this month only, you can request your free digital download of R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther

The Liberating Doctrine of Grace Alone

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The Reformers’ tenacious insistence on grace alone is no relic of history. In this brief clip from his teaching series Reformation Truths , Michael Reeves reminds us that ultimate liberation is only found in the grace offered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Transcript Those who have accepted that God saves by His grace alone have found the message to be one of unutterably sweet liberation. Martin

The Instrumental Cause of Justification

400+Ligonier Ministries Blog / 2d

The Reformation doctrine of justification is frequently summed up in the slogan sola fide , which means “by faith alone.” The phrase sola fide stands for the teaching that justification is by faith alone. The Roman Catholic Church, historically, has also taught that justification is by faith. They say that faith is the initial stage of justification. It is the foundation and root of our justifica

Reformed and Always Reforming

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The year 2017 was the Martin Luther year. We remembered the Reformation and we celebrated it. But we must also continue the Reformation. The Reformation is not a museum to be visited occasionally on a tour bus. It was and is a vital movement for truth and life in the church of Jesus. How should we maintain and advance the cause of reform? Some believe that the answer to that question can be found

Love God Greatly

Overcoming Worry

200+Love God Greatly / 18h

The King and Haman go to have dinner with Esther. Remember that at this point neither one of those men know that she is Jewish. I assume Haman felt that he could relax a little despite the events of the previous chapter. He knew that Mordecai was a Jew and that his death sentence had been signed and it was just a matter of time before the Jews would be annihilated, including Mordecai. While at th

Blessing Those Who Curse You

300+Love God Greatly / 2d

So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!” – Esther 6:11 This verse is a perfect recap of what has been going on this week in our study of Esther. Haman thinks the king is going to honor him but instead it is Mordecai who will receive special favor

Humble Spirits

300+Love God Greatly / 1d

These specific verses from Esther play out in my mind like the scene of the pivotal plot twist in a movie. We have access to the whole story, so we know that the king was contemplating how to honor Mordecai for his loyalty. We see Haman unintentionally set his own trap, and we watch as Haman’s prideful assumptions bring his public disgrace and ultimate death. Maybe I cringe when I read the words

Pride, Honor and a Royal Mess

200+Love God Greatly / 5d

It’s like he’d rehearsed this moment for years… His dreams are about to come true… He’d seen this scene play out in his mind before. He’s wanted it so badly he, at times, could almost feel the weight of the royal robe around his shoulders. He’s listened long enough, he could almost hear the cheers and applause of the people in the streets as his name is proclaimed through the city… “This is what

When Plans Don’t Go Our Way

500+Love God Greatly / 29d

I have a younger sister. She’s beautiful, generous, hilarious, and has the best hair ever. That hair… really. She searches high and low for the perfect gifts for her friends, she rarely says “ no ” when it’s in her power to help, and she loves Jesus with everything that she has. And her summer didn’t turn out like she thought it would. In April, her six-year old was diagnosed with cancer. A cance

Saying “Yes” To The Here And Now

500+Love God Greatly / 14d

I stood in the kitchen with one crying baby on my hip and another at my feet, and I watched him walk out the door. Without me. Again. I waited until I heard his car drive away before I crumpled into a pile on the kitchen floor and let the tears trickle quietly down my cheeks. The tears that I didn’t want him to see. Not only had it been a long day, but it had also been a long few months with no e

Pastor Joe McKeever

No one to blame but ourselves

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The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves…. (from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar . Act I, Scene 3.) We did it and we are to blame. Christians are forever complaining about the increasing secularization of America. To listen to them in the year 2019 one would think the “old days”–say, some fifty years back–were the golden time of perennial revival. The only problem is I lived thro

Let’s stop asking the world to do our work for us

100+Pastor Joe McKeever / 13d

Do you want the schools to teach the Bible? Do you want prayer returned to the schools? Would you like stores and movies to shut down on Sundays? Taverns too? If so, you would have loved life in the South in the 1940s. Jerry Clower–the wonderful Mississippi comedian and Baptist deacon whom I was honored to call friend–used to say, “My mama wants prayer in the schools. But what she means is she wa

Why the Lord put you in a church

100+Pastor Joe McKeever / 24d

Comfort one another. I Thessalonians 4:18 A lady who read our blog commented that when she was widowed, her church did not minister to her. And no, she said, “I did not seek counsel from my pastor. I sought help from the Bible and the Lord alone.” I’m thinking she was saying that somewhat pridefully. I may be reading it wrong. I replied, “God never intended you and me to handle life’s burdens ‘fr

She said, “There are some people I need to apologize to.”

100+Pastor Joe McKeever / 8d

The lady is on her deathbed, it would appear. Her mind comes and goes, according to family members. Sometimes she is lucid, at other times not. They called me. Would I come by the hospital to see her? The daughter said, “Sometimes when she is ‘with us,’ she seems troubled. Today she said, ‘There are some people I need to apologize to.’” “We were hoping you could give her some peace.” Since I was

Let the pastor take charge of his own education

100Pastor Joe McKeever / 18d

Ruth Bell Graham once said many wives are frustrated from expecting their husbands to be to them what only Jesus Christ can be. That same principle works on so many directions. Many a pastor is disappointed in his Bible college or seminary education as a result of unrealistic expectations. Those theological schools buy into this error by periodic polling of their alums to ask, “What do you wish w

Does “touch not my anointed” refer to preachers?

54Pastor Joe McKeever / 23d

Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm. –I Chronicles 16:22. (Psalm 105:15) A pastor who wants a free hand to come and go as he pleases chafes when told he is accountable to the membership or must report to a certain committee. The very idea! He pulls out Psalm 105:15 and I Chronicles 16:22 and uses these as a battering ram on his people. He bellows, “God’s Word says, ‘Touch no

Place for Truth

Sanctification: “I’m justified, so why sanctified?”

65Place for Truth / 2d

The Bible teaches that the believer in Jesus Christ is completely justified before God. We have peace with God (Romans 5:1) and have no condemnation (Romans 8:1). I have everything I need to stand before a holy God as “not guilty” as the God declares the verdict “righteous” over me. I have Christ’s righteousness. As we sing in the hymn, He shows his wounded hands and names me as His own. So if I

Clement Read Vaughan – a Faithful Friend

21Place for Truth / 1d

Today, Clement Read Vaughan (1827-1911) is remembered only occasionally for his comparison of faith to a bridge – an illustration used by many pastors. Not much is known about his life – mostly what Thomas Cary Johnson (1859-1936) recorded in his biography of the more famed Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898). In mentioning Vaughan, Johnson focuses almost exclusively on the warm and honest friendshi

Created in Christ for good Works

97Place for Truth / 27d

Too often the idea of ‘good works’ has been the Cinderella of Reformed discussion. Wanting (quite rightly) to distance ourselves from any kind of meritorious implications attached to them (which lies at the heart of the Roman Catholic view) we have perhaps over-corrected our stance to our own loss. According to St Paul, ‘good works’ lie at the very heart of God’s purpose for his people in redempt

The Cost of Discipleship

77Place for Truth / 30d

This month’s free resource is by James Boice. In it, Dr. Boice reminds Christians that they are not their own, but are a part of Jesus’ Church, having been purchased by His precious blood. This new life has radical implications; it means denying one’s self, taking up the cross, and following Jesus. Download your FREE copy today at ReformedResources.org! The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is

Samuel McPheeters and His Commitment to Neutrality

71Place for Truth / 29d

It was 1862, two days after Christmas. The American Civil War was still raging, when Samuel Brown McPheeters, Presbyterian pastor of the largest church in St. Louis, Missouri, met with President Lincoln to present his plea. A Southern Preacher in the North Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1819, McPheeters earned a degree in law before moving to Princeton Theological Seminary. Licensed to prea

Sanctification: A Perilous Journey for Roman Catholics

66Place for Truth / 14d

In an approved essay on the doctrine of “sanctifying grace,” an author at Catholic Answers brings us to the frightening precipice which his church’s doctrine demands. Under the grim heading, “Spiritual Suicide,” the author says of sanctifying grace: “But you can lose it again by sinning mortally. Keep that word in mind: mortal. It means death. Mortal sins are deadly sins because they kill off thi

ReasonableFaithOrg

Life & Bio-Diversity – Part 28: Is Genesis 1 in Conflict with the Theory of Evolution?

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For more resources visit: https://www.reasonablefaith.org “Defenders” is Dr. William Lane Craig’s weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. This video is part 28 of Excursus on Creation of Life & Biological Diversity. Be sure to check out more doctrines as well as the audio of Defenders: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/defenders-3-podcast We welcome your comments in the Rea

A God Problem | Reasonable Faith Video Podcast

ReasonableFaithOrg / 1d

For more resources visit: https://www.reasonablefaith.org Dr. Craig discusses a New York Times article that questions the coherence of Theism. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith’s other channel which contains short clips: https://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: htt

Has Christian Apologetics Failed? | Reasonable Faith Video Podcast

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For more resources visit: https://www.reasonablefaith.org Are popular speakers like Jordan Peterson more effective than apologetics at pointing to the truth of Christianity? We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith’s other channel which contains short clips: https://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow R

Life & Bio-Diversity – Part 27: Scientific Evidence Pertinent to the Origin and Evolution of . . .

ReasonableFaithOrg / 20d

Title: Scientific Evidence Pertinent to the Origin and Evolution of Biological Complexity For more resources visit: https://www.reasonablefaith.org “Defenders” is Dr. William Lane Craig’s weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. This video is part 27 of Excursus on Creation of Life & Biological Diversity. Be sure to check out more doctrines as well as the audio of Defender

A Conversation With Sir Roger Penrose | Reasonable Faith Video Podcast

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For more resources visit: https://www.reasonablefaith.org Dr. Craig talks about his recent one-on-one conversations with the renowned mathematician and physicist. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith’s other channel which contains short clips: https://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable F

Life & Bio-Diversity – Part 26: Paul’s Use of Adam in Romans 5

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For more resources visit: https://www.reasonablefaith.org “Defenders” is Dr. William Lane Craig’s weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. This video is part 26 of Excursus on Creation of Life & Biological Diversity. Be sure to check out more doctrines as well as the audio of Defenders: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/defenders-3-podcast We welcome your comments in the Rea

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A few weeks ago, we brought you a story that we said had everything: dinosaur bones, homeschool paleontologists, Answers in Genesis, political scandals and a failed attempt at Christian meditation. We stand by our reporting there but, it’s safe to say that anything that story didn’t have, this one does. College professors. The Museum of the Bible. Ancient biblical artifacts. Daring daylight heist

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Week 20 – 26 October 2019

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Week 13 – 19 October 2019

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK You have probably noticed how regularly the Gospel returns to the theme of radical inclusivity. There is a stark contrast between the religious leaders of the Old Testament who drew lines between ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ and ‘in’ and ‘out’, and the prophets who called for all people to be welcomed and treated with justice, grace, and dignity. There is a stark contrast between th

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Gratitude for Those Who Give Us the Gospel

80Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalitio… / 14h

Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ. Eph. 3:8 (NIV) Heavenly Father, on this October Wednesday, we want to thank you for those who preach/teach/share the Gospel of your grace with us. Performancism, legalism, and moralism; self-help, religion and irreligion all failed us miserably. Only the G

Preparing Ourselves for Corporate Worship

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I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 Heavenly Father, thank you for the privilege of corporate worship—the joy of gathering with sisters and brothers to boast in Christ, worship by the Spirit, and receive your Word. Forgive us for taking this honor for granted, and for coming less than prepared. Thank for you those who will lead us in your worship thi

Help Us Jesus

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For he himself (Jesus) is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. Eph. 2:14-15 (NIV) Lord Jesus, thank you for making peace between God and us. We will be grateful forever. Through your finished work, we haven’t merely been reconciled to God, but have also bec

Loving Much Because We’re Forgiven All

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“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT Lord Jesus, it’s as simple and profound, daily and real as this: Because you’ve forgiven all of our sins, we should love you with ever-growing awe, perpetual thanks, and indefatigable delight. And we should become the most humble, ge

Wearing the Lens of God’s Grace

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Accordingly, although I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) Philemon 1:8–11 Lord Jesus, these few verse

Monday Mercies

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope . Romans 15:13 Heavenly Father, what a great verse for focusing, fueling, and filling our hearts this September Monday. No matter how much we dread or delight in Mondays, it’s awesome to begin our workweek knowing you as “ the God of hope .” Indeed, fill us with your jo

Seedbed

The One Agenda Item That Could Redeem Most Church Meetings

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October 16, 2019 Acts 21:15-19 (NIV) After this, we started on our way up to Jerusalem. Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples. When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the

Why the Early Church Had More in Common with AA Than Today’s Churches

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October 12, 2019 Acts 21:1-6 (NIV) After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. We sought

The Ministry of Leaving

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October 11, 2019 Acts 20:32-38 (NIV) “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard

The Most Confounding Logic of Life

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October 15, 2019 Acts 21:10-15 (NIV) After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there pl

Know the Destination and Don’t Sweat the Details

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October 14, 2019 Acts 21:12-14 (NIV) We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day. Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. CONSIDER THIS “In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord

Cursing Our Enemies: Psalm 59

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Psalm 59 (NIV) 1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me. 2 Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood. 3 See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, Lord . 4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight! 5 You, Lord God Almight

Stand to Reason

How Porn Affects Your Brain

200+Stand to Reason / 1d

Your brain is amazing. Weighing in at three pounds, your brain contains roughly 90 billion nerve cells—called neurons —with trillions of cell connections—called synapses . When connected together, these synapses form back roads, highways, and superhighways in your brain that signals travel along. Brain scientists used to think the brain was like a fixed machine—that it couldn’t be changed. Howeve

If You Want Your Kids to Own Their Faith, Teach Them to Think Critically about Their Faith

4KStand to Reason / 29d

I take my job as a parent very seriously. It’s my responsibility to teach my kids how to act . This starts early with a lot of “do’s and don’ts.” Don’t talk with your mouth full. Don’t talk back to your mother. Don’t hit your sisters. Do be kind. Do say please. Do share. But right behavior is not my only goal. I’m also deeply committed to teaching right thinking . In other words, it’s not only my

Why Pornography Is Affecting This Generation More Than Any Other

300+Stand to Reason / 14d

This generation has been more affected by pornography than any other generation in history. I believe there are four major reasons for this. They are acceptability , accessibility , affordability, and anonymity . Pornography is more acceptable than ever before. In a study published in 2008 titled Generation XXX: Pornography Acceptance and Use Among Emerging Adults , researchers found that “roughl

Why You Need to Fight Your Attraction to Pornography

100+Stand to Reason / 28d

Matthew Anderson’s deeply thoughtful article “ How Pornography Makes Us Less Human and Less Humane ” (a chapter from The Gospel and Pornography ) is worth your time. Though I want to direct you to the article, I hesitate to post an excerpt here simply because to focus on merely one aspect of his article would be to miss much of his overall case against pornography. The problem isn’t merely that p

A Response to Atheistic Moral Platonism

100+Stand to Reason / 27d

The moral argument for the existence of God goes like this (from William Lane Craig’s On Guard ): If God does not exist, objective moral values and duties do not exist. Objective moral values and duties do exist. Therefore, God exists. In order to avoid the conclusion that God exists, atheists who accept the second premise of the argument have to argue against the first premise by explaining how

Would Proving Christianity False Be a Good or Bad Thing?

88Stand to Reason / 20d

I was asked the question “If Christianity were to be conclusively and definitely proven false, would that be a good thing or a bad thing?” This was my response. My short answer to your question is that it would be an objectively good thing for us to know Christianity was false 1) if it were actually false, and 2) a personal, omnibenevolent, Creator God exists (i.e., if the details of Christianity

The End Time

Just imagine if someone came up to you and said this!

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By Elizabeth Prata The Bible is clear that there is a devil, and that he was an angel who fell and now opposes God and all He stands for. The Bible isn’t too frequently forthcoming on explicit information on the old snake but it does reveal some. I keep going back to Isaiah 14:12-14, How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the natio

“Zero Fluff Bible Studies”

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by Elizabeth Prata Sharon Lareau at Chapter 3 Ministries published a post with the title “Zero Fluff Bible Studies.” I like that title. Sadly, so much of what passes for Bible Studies these days are either an ego-driven study of the author herself, a treatise on hearing from God, or emotionalism galore and not a proper exposition of the word of God in sight. Thankfully there are smaller gems among

Word of the Week: Omniscience

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By Elizabeth Prata The thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week. The simple definition: Omniscience : God’s knowing all things that are proper object of knowledge, including all future events. Definition from Biblical Doctrine, MacArthur & Mayhue, p. 935 Longer definition & explanation: God’

The Earth without water

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By Elizabeth Prata They cry climate change, but the climate has always regularly changed. If they worry about climate change now, they should really be worried about how MUCH the climate of earth will change when the Tribulation occurs. In reading Revelation it’s like reading a horror story of the world’s climate. Grass burned, rivers drying, sun scorching men with heat that is so unbearable, volc

Book Review & Discernment lesson: Supernatural Childbirth

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By Elizabeth Prata A reader contacted me about the book Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize. She said that the author promises a pain-free childbirth using name it and claim it techniques. This reader is expecting her first child and is understandably concerned with the issue of childbirth. Friends were excitedly pushing the book on her, yet she understood that pain-free childbirth was not a bi

A Plethora of Resources for You

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By Elizabeth Prata We are blessed to be living in an internet age. There are so many theological resources available to us! Many of these are free. Here are a few: I really love Biblehub.com. On this one site you can read the Bible in any translation, or compare several translations at once. You can read commentaries for each and every verse in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. I especia

The Gospel Coalition

How the Gospel Confronts the Secular—and the Religious

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In what ways is the gospel unique? That question opens section four of The Gospel Coalition’s Theological Vision for Ministry . If you’re going to call yourself The Gospel Coalition, you’d better explain why the gospel is such a big deal. And I think that’s what this statement does. Compared to 10 years ago, I hear more talk about the gospel, and perhaps that’s evidence of this statement sinking

9 Things You Should Know About Prosperity Gospel Preacher Paula White

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On Tuesday, several evangelical leaders drew criticism for promoting the newest book of Paula White, a prosperity gospel preacher who has repeatedly been accused of teaching heretical doctrines. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said “ you might want to check it out .” Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, said to “ give it t

Beto O’Rourke’s Plan to Destroy Churches

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With seven words—“It is going to be an issue”—the U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christians that if they don’t drop their opposition to same-sex marriage, their religious institutions could lose their tax-exempt status—or worse. Those words came in 2015, when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges , the case that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United Stat

Christianity Is Not a Frowning Contest

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G. K. Chesterton is widely credited with saying, “Jesus promised his disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” It might be argued that most Western Christians don’t exemplify any of these three—least of all “absurdly happy.” In today’s world, Christianity is perceived to be about tradition and morality, not happiness. I’ve taught col

‘No Obvious Answer’: How Christian Colleges Are Responding to LGBTQ Regulations

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Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told a CNN town hall that religious institutions—from colleges to churches—should lose their tax-exempt status for opposing same-sex marriage. The same day, Elizabeth Warren, who leads the Democratic field, wrote that she would “use every legal tool we have to make sure that LGBTQ+ people can live free from discrimination,” including pass

J. D. Greear’s Challenge: How Will You Respond?

100+The Gospel Coalition / 17h

The idea that the gospel is weak and irrelevant is a patent lie, yet it continues to be a popular lie for the secular world to embrace and promote. You don’t have to look far to encounter portrayals of Christians—especially those “evangelical Bible-thumpers”—as out-of-touch and bad for society. We’ve been dismissed as backwoods, judgmental hicks. People try to persuade us and the world that we ha

The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network

Many Christians don’t talk to other people about their faith because they don’t know their faith

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. They are not trained in essential Christian doctrine. They’re not comfortable in their Christian skin… We have to know what we believe and why we believe it. Early on in Christianity, I felt intimidated to share my faith with others, because I didn’t know why I believed it. And that’s just vital to having an effective conversation where you don’t get defensive—knowing your own beliefs . —Mary J

Charles Coslon: “I saw the inability of men to hold together a conspiracy based on a lie…”

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It was, ironically, the Watergate cover-up that left me convinced that the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ are historically reliable. In my Watergate experience I saw the inability of men—powerful, highly motivated professionals—to hold together a conspiracy based on a lie. It was less than three weeks from the time that Mr. Nixon knew all the facts to the time that John Dea

How to respond to an atheist who complains about slavery in the Bible

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by Wintery Knight I often hear atheists going on and on about how the Bible has this evil and that evil. Their favorite one seems to be slavery. Here are three things I say to atheists when they push this objection. The Bible and slavery First, you should explain to them what the Bible actually says about slavery. And then tell them about the person responsible for stopping slavery in… I’m with

Did early Christian scribes really completely fake The Josephus Testimonium?

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by Erik Manning If Jesus was such a big deal, then why isn’t he mentioned by more historians of his time? This is a question that often gets asked by skeptics . The common Christian reply is that he was mentioned by 1st and early 2nd-century historians – namely Tacitus , Pliny the Younger , and Josephus. This is where some critics – particularly the “Jesus-is-a-myth” crowd – cry foul. They’ll ar

Why You Should Resist Conspiracy Theories

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by Aaron Brake The oldest and earliest documented naturalistic explanation for the empty tomb and resurrection of Jesus was a conspiracy theory: The disciples did it. The disciples stole the body. This account, given by the Jewish religious leaders of the day, is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew: [S]ome of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And whe

Tips to Remember When Responding to the Problem of Evil

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by Aaron Brake By far the most common objection raised against Christian theism is the so-called “problem of evil.” If God is all-good, and God is all-powerful, why do suffering and evil exist? Every Christian apologist should be prepared to answer this inevitable question. How you answer this question will depend on a variety of factors, including your apologetic methodology and theological/phi

WINTERY KNIGHT

New study: outstanding student loans reduce a woman’s odds of marrying

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The best majors for women to avoid student loan debt Top 10 majors with the highest median earnings for women First, the study , which was published in Demographic Research. Abstract: BACKGROUND With increasing levels of student loan debt, the path to economic stability may be less smooth than it was for earlier generations of college graduates. This paper explores this emerging trend by assessin

Elizabeth Warren likes to paint herself as a victim, but is she telling the truth?

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Elizabeth Warren says she was the victim of discrimination, but was she? Elizabeth Warren says she was a victim of discrimination Everyone knows that Elizabeth Warren claims Native American ancestry, and that she publicized a blood test showing that she has very little Native American ancestry. But that’s not the only time she’s made claims like this. In the past, she claimed that when she was pr

I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness for the same reason I’m not a global warming alarmist

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In the summer, a couple of Jehovah’s Witness ladies were going door-to-door and they stopped by my house while I was out mowing. I decided to talk to them. They asked me why I was an evangelical Protestant rather than a JW. Rather than go into a lot of theology about the Trinity and the Watchtower translation, I decided to to just tell them about the false predictions their group has made. So, le

What did Democrat presidential candidates say at the CNN forum on LGBT issues?

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Enraged Joe Biden howls out his hatred for Bible-believing Christians Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden raging against Christians I was at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, North Carolina last week, so I missed reporting on the Democrat presidential candidate discussion of LGBT issues hosted by CNN. But there were a few things said by the candidates that I thi

How the WMAP satellite confirmed nucleosynthesis predictions and falsified atheism

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Christianity and the progress of science Christianity and the progress of science Prior to certain scientific discoveries, most people thought that the universe had always been here, and no need to ask who or what may have caused it. But today, that’s all changed. Today, the standard model of the origin of the universe is that all the matter and energy in the universe came into being in an event

This article was written by Samuel Bodnar, a junior at Indiana University studying journalism and religious studies. He conducted three interviews for a class project:

Isabella McCoy scowled at her church’s dusty, stained glass windows. No more early Sunday mornings. No more midweek Bible studies trapped beneath the church’s leaky and splintered floors. No more judgmental people who know little about their faith. She tried seeking answers from her parents, her youth group leader, even her pastor. Nobody answered her objections to the Bible. Nobody equipped her to defend her faith against non-believing friends. McCoy, a born and raised churchgoer, was done. She has joined the 70 percent of Christian-raised teenagers who have abandoned their faith. Prominent Christian figures hesitate on labeling students like McCoy as “Christian.” Once one joins the body of Christ and experiences His love and power, they never leave.

However, playing semantics with terminology distracts from a legitimate crisis getting worse by the day: young men and women raised in the church are walking away and few are returning.

Dozens of studies have highlighted the mass exodus of high school and college students from Christianity. Yet, few expound upon resolutions to this issue. Here are a few individuals within ministry-type occupations striving to stifle this trend with suggestions for students, parents, pastors and college ministries:

Jack Hibbs, Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills (CCCH) in Chino, Calif.

Christian-raised teenagers are not equipped, not involved with their church and not in a real relationship with Jesus, according to Hibbs. It is these deficiencies that allow skeptical students and college professors to easily rattle the beliefs of ill prepared Christians.

“We are putting them in the lion’s den without the pure fundamental of the Bible,” Hibbs says.

Not Equipped : Hibbs sees Scripture as the roadmap that guides everyone through taking opportunities and responding to tragedies. Without the proper navigation tools, however, students going into college will be unable to defend their faith or make disciples. According to a LifeWay survey cited in Ken Ham and Britt Beemer’s “Already Gone,” only ⅓ of Christian-raised college students who left the faith actually plan on returning. For this California pastor, parents and youth ministries must challenge students with the tough questions and provide resources they can learn and share.

Hibbs invites apologists to his congregation and encourages his high school pastor to teach apologetic tactics like the moral and cosmological arguments. He also challenges parents to read up on early church history and material that soundly defends the authority and inerrancy of Scripture.

“You’ve got to hand the baton,” he says.

Norman Geisler, the late author, theologian and founder of Southern Evangelical Seminary, joins Hibbs in the belief of passing the baton. For him, however, he reminds the body of Christ about answering— and teaching others to answer— with tact and humility.

“Humility is how it’s done and content is what’s being done,” he says. “We need to concentrate on winning the soul not the argument.”

Not Involved: Growing up, Hibbs’ church brought the congregation to the streets of Newport Beach for evangelizing. Initially, the experiences were uncomfortable and scary. Over time, however, they taught him about why Jesus sent His disciples to preach the good news without Him.

“Students need a faith that does,” he says. “They aren’t connected with active ministries and have never shared the gospel to see the power of God at work.”

Hibbs wants parents acting as vehicles. They should remind their kids that what they are doing glorifies God and to stop second guessing if sharing the gospel with strangers “feels right.”

“I want to be the most loving person in the world knowing I’ll be hated,” Hibbs says. “I want them to leave everyone with a picture of Jesus.”

No Relationship: When a believer shares their testimony, it often contains moments of doubt and struggles involving abuse, drugs, sexual urges, etc. No matter the sins before accepting Jesus, a redeemed son or daughter can articulate how God has transformed their heart throughout their “faith crisis.” “You can be religious because it’s recreational, cultural or convenient but that’s not what counts,” Hibbs says. “Overcoming a faith crisis involves a genuine encounter with Christ that changes them internally and externally.” A personal relationship with God follows from a healthy devotion life. Long time believers hear this echoed repeatedly but students going into college don’t know what it means. Youth pastors and parents should start and continue asking their students about their prayer life and how their actions reflect God’s heart to others. Hibbs believes if more students can acknowledge how God delivered them, they would be more grateful to Him and less resistant to serve, pray to and praise Him.

As a cold case homicide detective, Wallace uses circumstantial evidence to carefully constructs his cases. Through analyzing eyewitness statements of people he never met and researching case information that’s decades old, he has been able to help convict men and women of their crimes. Interestingly enough, he did this job as an atheist during a portion of his career.

Although unanswerable questions can frustrate this detective, Wallace explains how examining Christianity’s direct and circumstantial evidence from nearly 2000 years ago brought him to Jesus.

“I had to remove presuppositional bias the same way we ask juries not to be locked in one side,” he says. “Today, believers need to take away the lame excuses and answer the objections of today’s age.”

What Wallace believes can help combat the church exodus crisis is a refocus on talking about evidence itself. He encourages incoming college freshman, their youth pastors and parents to familiarize themselves regarding objections brought against the faith and avoid first search results on Google. Proper preparation to answering objections is key.

“Give two whys for every what,” he says. “The internet is full of whats and pastors and parents should be able to convey why the student should care.” Christian-raised teenagers should distinguish facts from false information. They need to be coached on how to approach basic questions with well-constructed, reasoned responses. To do this, Wallace says a distinction between teaching and training should be made.

Christian-raised teenagers should distinguish facts from false information. They need to be coached on how to approach basic questions with well-constructed, reasoned responses.

“Teaching imparts knowledge but training requires an activity,” he says. “We need to provide for our people by getting them involved in evangelism so they can do life together and serve actively.” By preparing the youth ministry groups of today to understand what it means to examine evidence, they will produce credible answers to raised objections. If mature believers encourage students to evangelise and properly understand the evidence behind their beliefs, Wallace thinks they will be well equipped to defend the faith and make disciples on their college campuses.

Dr. Frank Turek , author, apologist and founder of Cross Examined

Similar with Hibbs and Wallace, Turek recommends introducing apologetics at churches so the body of Christ can strengthen itself and be prepared to share it with the youth. That 70 percent margin, Turek believes, would probably decrease.

“Suppose the past 50 years churches had been teaching apologetics. What would the number of students leaving actually be?”

Exactly how much the exodus percentage would decrease is unknown. Nevertheless, Turek professes it would make a decent impact on the numbers. Throughout the year he travels the country giving presentations from his and Geisler’s book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist . The hope behind presenting through his Cross Examined ministry is showing church congregations and college campuses that Christianity is true beyond a reasonable doubt.

By fortifying the faith of believers and challenging skeptics to reconsider their positions, Turek and his ministry demonstrate the importance of taking the gospel to everyone. There is one issue, however, with presenting the truth behind Christianity. Teaching truth will only accomplish so much.

“I can’t force people to accept the truth,” Turek says. “I can’t force people not to deny the truth. You can’t bring everyone to Christ but you can bring Christ to everyone.”

Turek recognizes that some non-believers carry volitional reasons for why they reject Christ. Intellectually, the faith can make sense, but some suppress the truth so they can live the lifestyle they desire.

For Turek, he wants mature Christians to make sure that qualms with a particular aspect of Christianity are intellectual, not volitional. If it’s intellectual, apologetics and a firm biblical knowledge will help answer the questions. If the qualms are rooted in volitional reasons, Turek poses this question:

“If Christianity were true, would you become a Christian?”

Asking the youth in today’s churches and teaching them to use this question in their interactions with non-believers will help the body of Christ understand the position of non-believers and respond informatively. Along with Turek, fellow apologist Josh McDowell also acknowledges these non-believers’ reservations and encourages the body of Christ to speak the truth in love moving forward, even in the face of negativity.

“Almost all other people in their faith are commanded to love the lovable, but as a Christian, you’re commanded to love the unlovable,” McDowell says. “It’s so great being a Christian.”

J. Warner Wallace

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