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Evangelical Christian (Religion)

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  • Evangelicals Oppose Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

    06/18/2018 9:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2018 | Mitch Hescox
    Over 16,000 pro-life Christians have recently signed a petition asking that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected from drilling. The reason we are speaking out is because we are "called by God to be a steward of America's majesty." And the Arctic Refuge is one of the most majestic places in our nation. Unfortunately, the Arctic Refuge has never been more imperiled. After four decades of attempts, last year drilling proponents succeeded in attaching an amendment allowing drilling to a must-pass spending bill. Even past staunch Republican defenders of the Arctic Refuge voted the wrong way this time. Before...
  • Tim Tebow 'Sad' About Rumor That 'Tebowing' Was Abortion Protest, Like NFL Anthem Protests

    06/18/2018 9:37:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2018 | Jeannie Law
    Former NFL quarterback turned Minor League Baseball player Tim Tebow spoke out against a viral post that's been circulating on social media which accused him of "Tebowing" for political protest.Tebow said it was "disappointing" and "a little bit sad" that people are misrepresenting his famous pose to add fuel to political protest."Let's not forget about Tim Tebow, the NFL quarterback that kneeled in protest of abortion during the National Anthem in 2012," a post shared by rapper T.I. which has since went viral read in part.The post compared Tebow to Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco quarterback who knelt during the national...
  • The Impartiality of God

    06/17/2018 5:11:51 PM PDT · by metmom · 30 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism" (James 2:1). Because God is impartial, we as Christians must be impartial too. People are prone to treat others differently based upon external criteria such as looks, possessions, or social status, but God is utterly impartial. He never shows favoritism and always judges righteously. Favoritism can be defined as a preferential attitude and treatment of a person or group over another having equal claims and rights. It is unjustified partiality. James 2:1-13 confronts it as sin and admonishes us to avoid...
  • Integrity Incurs the World's Wrath

    06/17/2018 5:11:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, in order to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire” (Daniel 3:19-20). Persecution is the world’s futile attempt to silence the voice of godly integrity. King Nebuchadnezzar was a brilliant and powerful man who had built an enormous empire by bringing entire nations under his control. Yet...
  • Unhitching You From Andy Stanley

    06/17/2018 5:46:34 AM PDT · by OddLane · 51 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 2, 2018 | Keith Darrell
    Andy Stanley’s sermon series called "Aftermath" makes many foundational errors regarding the historical, Catholic Christian faith. Since Andy wants the end of the story without the beginning, we too started at the end and will go back to the beginning. We begin our 3 part response with his sermon "Not Difficult,” where Andy seeks to make the case that Christianity needs to be “unhitched” from the Old Testament.
  • 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ

    06/17/2018 12:07:43 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 20 replies
    Youtube Video ^ | JB Bond
    https://youtu.be/IL177Nd2pnQ
  • Taking Spiritual Inventory

    06/16/2018 5:04:53 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father . . . to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27). God doesn’t tolerate compromise with the world. Keeping yourself unstained by the world is an important test of your spiritual condition. The apostle John said, "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 John 2:15). At first glance that might sound contradictory since God Himself so loved the world that He gave His Son to die...
  • Integrity Trusts God Unconditionally

    06/16/2018 5:04:24 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up’” (Daniel 3:16-18). Unconditional obedience is the trademark of mature faith. In Matthew 13...
  • Church Splits Serve A Higher Purpose...

    Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. ( I Corinthians 11:17-19)All things work together for the good, to those who Love God and who are the called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28)I hope my readers will indulge me briefly...
  • Demonstrating Sacrificial Love

    06/15/2018 10:03:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27). Sacrificial love is the hallmark of true Christianity. Recently a local newspaper reported the story of a young woman who had been brutally beaten, sexually assaulted, repeatedly stabbed, then dumped down a hillside and left for dead. Miraculously she survived the attack and crawled up the hill to a spot along the road where several people were parked enjoying the panoramic view of the city. Covered with blood from head to foot, she went from car...
  • Integrity Walks in Humility

    06/15/2018 10:03:11 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, ‘Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you will not worship, you will immediately...
  • Evangelists, Private Jets, Generosity, and Stewardship (How Do You Respond to "God Told Me..."?)

    06/15/2018 9:20:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/15/2018 | Michael Brown
    As followers of Jesus, how should we react to the news that Jesse Duplantis claims that God told him to buy a $54 million jet for his ministry? Should we condemn him for taking the prosperity message to its logical extreme? Should we say, "Well, He had a message from God, That's between him and God?" Or should we say, "How do I help the man of God travel in style? Where do I give?" According to Duplantis, he wasn't asking his followers for money. Rather, he wanted to inform them so they could believe God with him for the...
  • Dare Not Destroy The Church...

    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.( ! Corinthians 3:16-18)We are currently living in the very times that the Apostles and Prophets long warned of, the terrible “last days” which would be marked by such things as Betrayal,...
  • Defining True Religion

    06/14/2018 6:46:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27). True religion produces holiness and sacrificial love. In this verse James continues his practical and penetrating assessment of true faith. So far he has said in effect, "Don't just study the Bible—obey it! Don't just dabble in external religion—have pure speech!" Now he adds, "Don't just say you're religious—demonstrate sacrificial love! Don't just claim to love God—live a pure life!" Shallow claims to Christianity meant nothing to him....
  • Integrity Endures Criticism

    06/14/2018 6:46:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For this reason at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought charges against the Jews. . . . ‘There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up’” (Daniel 3:8-12). Expect spiritual opposition. Have you noticed that whenever you take a public stand for righteousness you feel the reaction of the world more strongly? Even something as noble as doing your work with integrity and...
  • Speaking from a Pure Heart

    06/13/2018 3:14:02 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless" (James 1:26). Your speech reveals the condition of your heart. In verse 22 James talked about the delusion of hearing the Word without obeying it. Here he talks about the deception of external religious activity without internal purity of heart. That's a common deception. Many people confuse love of religious activity with love for God. They may go through the mechanics of reading the Bible, attending church, praying, giving money, or singing songs, but in reality...
  • Integrity Resists Intimidation

    06/13/2018 3:13:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then the herald loudly proclaimed: ‘To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of every language, that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.’ Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds...
  • Persevering in the Word

    06/12/2018 6:24:05 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "One who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does" (James 1:25). Doers of the Word are persevering learners. The phrase "and abides by it" in James 1:25 demands our close attention. "Abide" translates a Greek word that means "to stay beside," "remain," or "continue." The idea is that a doer of the Word continually and habitually gazes into God's perfect law. In other words, he is a persevering learner. When you have that level...
  • Integrity Worships the True God

    06/12/2018 6:23:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits and its width six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent word to assemble the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of...
  • Views of young Christians about faith and politics

    06/11/2018 6:49:36 AM PDT · by Teleios Research · 2 replies
    PRLOG ^ | May 24, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    Teleios conducted a survey regarding faith and politics on two Instagram accounts frequented by Christian adolescents and millennials. Of the 336 responses the majority were: female (62%), <34 years old (79%), from the United States (80%) and evangelical (76%). The majority of respondents (70%) indicated their faith was 'somewhat' to 'very outreach oriented' with only 19% saying it was private. Almost 80% 'somewhat agreed' to 'strongly agreed' that their country was founded on Christian morality and ethics. Further, over 92% noted it was important to maintain Christian morals and ethics in society. Regarding the current American president, Donald Trump, 63%...