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Promoting Obedience to God and the Preeminence of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Holy Bible

Promoting Obedience to God and the Preeminence of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Holy Bible

Introduction Jesus never said it would be easy In fact, He said it would be difficult In John 15:20, Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” Furthermore, 2nd Timothy 3:12-13 says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” Doesn’t this last verse ring true, considering the present state of the world Matters have gotten worse, and Christians are persecuted more than ever before for proclaiming the Good News and upholding God’s law We truly live in a world of darkness, where enemies conspire against us for following God Jesus knew this would happen, as he said, “They hated me without reason” (John 15:25) Read More

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Where Are The Men With Power In The Pulpits Today ?

Where Are The Men With Power In The Pulpits Today ?

"If we want to see revival in our churches again we need to preach the difficult truths" Shane Idleman (clip below from his Should the World Love Church ) Shane Idleman | BARBWIRE I’m an avid reader of books about revivals and spiritual awakenings written by those who actually experienced them Ironically, many, if not all, say that we must preach and proclaim God’s Word with authority if we are to experience true revival The New Testament also bears this out—without authority and power from on high, words are lifeless There is nothing to fear when preaching the truth God ordained it, and He blesses it He desires that all men “come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:4) Read More

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Conservative Christians Issue Statement on Social Justice and The Gospel

Conservative Christians Issue Statement on Social Justice and The Gospel

The Statement rebukes the Neo-Marxist assault on the Church; Wins praise from diverse group of Southern Baptists including Calvinists and Traditionalists; The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel is most important document since the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy in 1978 Evangelical Christians are locked in a critical debate about the future of the church Some leaders have embraced a progressive political agenda complete with Neo-Marxist group identity politics These progressives want to make the church relevant to millennials The Statement on Social Justice and The Gospel rejects this The Statement is a rebuke against the church adopting wicked, worldly definitions of justice predicated on group struggle and identity Read More

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What Happened to My Church?

What Happened to My Church?

By Jan Markell | Olive Tree Ministries Church issues are the most frequent inquiry I get here at Olive Tree Ministries Other leaders tell me the same What has happened in the last 30-40 years Many people visit church after church only to walk away disheartened Others are lifetime members of a church and have seen changes that left it unrecognizable -- spiritually speaking Read More

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Shepherds Surrendering the Vote to the Sons of Disobedience

Shepherds Surrendering the Vote to the Sons of Disobedience

Rev William Cook Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedienceEphesians 2:2 For the past four weeks, I have been working on behalf of Ryan McAdams, a pastor and the leader of the Virginia Prayer Caucus, who has been called of God to run for Congress in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District My focus has been on encouraging fellow pastors to show the brief video, “What Difference Does [One Vote] Make” (video below) to their congregations in one or more Sunday services remaining in September, display a PowerPoint slide containing a “text-to-register” number, and distribute a brochure on the moral duty of Christians’ to vote The video is compelling, scrupulously non-partisan, and at 1 minute and 40 seconds, hardly an imposition on a Sunday agenda Read More

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Screen time: How much is too much?

Screen time: How much is too much?

Brad Huddleston Excessive use of digital technology has become the global norm in every age group This “new normal” is taking us into uncharted psychological waters Millennials (Generation Y) are those born in the early 1980’s Their parents remember what it was like to have a “pre-internet brain” They can recall what it was like to have much less anxiety, stress, and depression They reminisce about the days of longer attention spans, uninterrupted face to face conversations, and time did not seem to fly by so fast Read More

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Prayer Should be Terribly Serious

Prayer Should be Terribly Serious

My Friends, we are not even able to take the next breath of air or have the next Heartbeat…without HIM In other words, HE gives us Life from one Heartbeat to the next So when we Pray to give HIM thanks for all of Life, shouldn’t we be as earnest as we know how to be Don Twobears | Rapture Ready I have a sort of Bee under my Blanket if you will – something that has been growing in me for some time now Let’s take a look I have heard parents teaching their children Rhymes in Prayer, the sort of… “Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub!” sort of Prayer There are others as well, and this is where I find the Problem A Prayer is supposed to be solemn and thoughtful, stemming from the Recesses of one’s heart Most Importantly, we are going before the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of absolutely Everything! That includes you and me and our Children! Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: Another Christian in America Headed to Prison

BREAKING NEWS: Another Christian in America Headed to Prison

By Linda Wall Christian businessman Philip Zodhiates lost his Appeal He now faces two three-year sentences for living out his Christian faith in America If you are not familiar with the Lisa Miller Case click here or view directly below You may not have thought glbxyzt issues affect you but if you are a true believer: one who lives their faith outside of the sanctuary and beyond Sundays, it is going to affect you Read More

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Evangelical Political Theology: Resources for the Concerned Christian

Evangelical Political Theology: Resources for the Concerned Christian

Alan Atchison | Capstone Report In one recent discussion (or maybe it was one of the interviews I’ve done following my first post on Repairing Evangelical Political Theology), I was asked what were a few good books for a concerned Christian wanting to build a theological foundation for their political philosophy It was a great question and worth exploring So, here are my thoughts on who you should read and why The great news is that most of the resources are available online and free Important Thinkers Evangelical Christians Should Read and Follow In modern evangelical Christian theology, there are three theologians you should read: Dr Wayne Grudem, Dr Norman L Geisler, and Dr William Lane Craig Read More

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Crossroads:  Why You Can’t Stay Silent, Part I

Crossroads:  Why You Can’t Stay Silent, Part I

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless”  (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) “You are the Salt of the earth and the Light of the world  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven” (Jesus, Sermon on the Mount) We are called to “pull down strongholds, demolish arguments, cast down everything that exalts itself against God, and bring every thought into obedience to God”  (II Corinthians 10:3-4) “The church must be a public voice for the eternal truths of God”  (Pastor Neil Laybourne) Tom Minnery on “Why You Can’t Stay Silent” Valley Radio MP3 Podcast HERE, listen to Part I and download the entire PDF book here When Tom Minnery was an aspiring journalist assigned to cover Capitol Hill, he was asked to report on research that the Reagan Administration was doing on the pornography industry in America Read More

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How Christians Should Vote: A Christian model for voting in the 2018 midterm elections & beyond

How Christians Should Vote: A Christian model for voting in the 2018 midterm elections & beyond

A candidate’s personal sinfulness matters, but it matters less than sinful public policy “Often the only choice open to the Christian in a particular situation will be a choice between evils; but he will realize that it is not a matter of indifference whether the greatest possible, or the least possible evil comes to pass, and that that to help to bring about the greatest evil by refusing, out of a mistaken perfectionism, to choose the least is surely to be guilty of dereliction of duty” —CEB Cranfield Read More