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Evangelical Christian (Religion)

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  • Sharing Christ's Dominion

    07/15/2020 8:49:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You are . . . a royal priesthood" (1 Pet. 2:9). Christians serve the King and will someday reign with Him in His Kingdom. In Exodus 19:5-6 God says to Israel, "If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples . . . and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." They were to be both priests and royalty, but they violated the covenant and forfeited those privileges. Now, according to Peter, Christians are the royal priesthood of God. The Greek...
  • A Never Trumper Pastor endorses the President

    07/15/2020 8:40:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/15/2020 | John B. Carpenter
    In 2016, I signed the “Never Trump” pledge and did my part, as a “keyboard warrior,” especially on the Facebook posts of The Christian Post, to persuade fellow Christians not to support Donald Trump. I have a Ph.D. in church history studying the Puritans and am the pastor of a Reformed church and Mr. Trump struck me as a decline from the kinds of leaders Puritans would expect. Many CP readers may remember my incessant campaigning against Trump four years ago. I argued that he had a checkered past, that he was unlikely to support the causes which Christians should...
  • ‘ISRAEL’S ORACLE’ DELIVERS BIG MESSAGE FROM GOD: “MESSIAH IS HERE!” (Return to Israel while you can!)

    07/14/2020 10:24:19 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 79 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | July 9, 2020 | Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler
    View of the Old City of Jerusalem (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) A new message, begging Jews who live in the diaspora to get to Israel, has been released from an unusual source. Daniel, a Jewish man living in Israel, is known by his first name alone. Daniel was born with autism and does not have the ability to communicate verbally. As a result of his autism, he and others like him are able to tap into a higher level of spiritual truth than most. He explains his situation like this: “I am autistic and I see the world much differently...
  • Elect in Christ

    07/14/2020 5:51:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You are a chosen race" (1 Pet. 2:9). Election is the spiritual privilege from which all others flow. Unlike those who are destined to destruction because of their rejection of Christ (1 Pet. 2:8), Christians are an elect race of people, bound together by God's redeeming grace. That's cause for great celebration! First Peter 2:9 is an allusion to Deuteronomy 7:6-9, which says, "You are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the...
  • Rejecting Christ

    07/13/2020 7:27:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 44 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "For those who disbelieve, 'the stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone,' and, 'a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense'; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed" (1 Pet. 2:7-8). Rejecting Christ leads to spiritual damnation. Israel was a unique nation, chosen by God to be the guardian of His Word and proclaimer of His kingdom. The Old Testament records His miraculous and providential care for her throughout the centuries, and the prophets told of One who would come as her great Deliverer....
  • Loving Christ

    07/12/2020 5:39:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 104 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This precious value, then, is for you who believe" (1 Pet. 2:7). Love for Christ is the primary characteristic of a true believer. First Peter 2:7 speaks of the believer's affection for Christ as contrasted to an unbeliever's rejection of Him. The first part of that verse could be translated, "To you who believe, He is precious." "Precious" means "valuable," "costly," "without equal," or "irreplaceable." Christ is all that, but only believers recognize His supreme value and regard Him with affection. Affection for Christ is the bottom-line characteristic of true believers. Believing in Him and loving Him are inseparable. In...
  • Security in Christ

    07/11/2020 3:41:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "This is contained in Scripture: 'Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed'" (1 Pet. 2:6). Christ is the fulfillment of all Messianic promises, and in Him you are eternally secure. First Peter 2:6 is a paraphrase of Isaiah 28:16, which says, "Thus says the Lord God, 'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.'" Isaiah was speaking of the Messiah—the coming Christ of God. Peter,...
  • I'm in the 18% of white evangelicals who won't vote for Trump; Voting Should Be Tied to His Character, Not His Job Performance

    07/10/2020 8:12:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 214 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2020 | Chris Thurman
    After reading Leonardo Blair’s article in The Christian Post, “82% of white evangelicals would vote for Trump despite concerns about job performance: study,” I was disturbed by the fact that a majority of white evangelicals would still vote for Trump even though his job performance has been among the poorest in presidential history.As an evangelical who is both a conservative and a Republican, I’m writing to suggest that voting for Trump should be tied to his character, not his job performance. It is out of one’s character that presidents generate the policies they come up with and how well or...
  • The Sacrifice of Praise

    07/10/2020 4:10:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Praise consists of reciting God’s attributes and mighty works. "Praise the Lord" is a common expression today. Some see it as a catchy slogan, others commercialize it, still others reduce it to nothing more than "P.T.L." But despite such attempts to trivialize it, praising the Lord remains the believer's expression of love and gratitude to a God who has been abundantly gracious to him. That was the cry of David's heart when he said, "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be...
  • A Living Sacrifice

    07/09/2020 7:48:15 AM PDT · by metmom · 38 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Every faculty you have is to be used for God’s glory. In Romans 12:1 Paul pleads with believers to present their bodies to God as a living and holy sacrifice, which is an appropriate and acceptable act of worship. But as someone has rightly said, the problem with living sacrifices is they tend to crawl off the altar. That's because sacrificial living demands spiritual discipline and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit. We as Christians aren't always willing to do that. According to Paul, the motivation and...
  • Is Donald Trump a Spiritual Danger? A whole book has been compiled by evangelical Christians raising grave concerns about Trump.

    07/08/2020 8:01:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/08/2020 | Michael Brown
    It’s one thing when the leftwing media bashes Donald Trump, seeing him as a menace. But how should we respond when 30 evangelicals write a book titled, The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity?While working on my new book Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test?, I familiarized myself with some of the most important, bestselling, anti-Trump books, including: Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig’s A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America,...
  • Offering Spiritual Sacrifices

    07/08/2020 6:24:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Spiritual sacrifices are acts of praise and worship offered to God through Jesus Christ. The primary mission of a Hebrew priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. That's why God gave detailed instructions regarding the kinds of sacrifices He required. For example, if a lamb was offered, it had to be perfect—without deformity or blemish. Then it had to be sacrificed in a prescribed manner. It was a serious...
  • Famed evangelist Tony Campolo suffers stroke, recovering at Texas medical facility (Spiritual advisor to Bill Clinton during the Monica Scandal)

    07/07/2020 8:06:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/07/2020
    Notable evangelist Tony Campolo recently experienced a severe stroke and has been recovering at a medical facility, according to a newly released statement. The Campolo Center for Ministry at Eastern University announced in a statement, posted to social media earlier this week, that Campolo had suffered a stroke on June 20. Campolo had the left side of his face and body partially paralyzed. He has been recovering at the Beaumont Health Center, according to his children, Bart Campolo and Lisa Goodheart. “… his wife Peggy – who is prohibited from entering his room due to COVID19 – patiently sits outside...
  • Your Priestly Service

    07/07/2020 7:40:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christians share common spiritual characteristics with Old Testament priests. Peter identified believers as holy priests, but many Christians don't really know what that means because priests aren't part of our culture as a whole. The primary purpose of an Old Testament priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. Priests were chosen by God Himself, specially cleansed through prescribed ceremonies, clothed in a prescribed manner,...
  • Access to God

    07/06/2020 6:32:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christ’s death provided access to the Father for all believers. Throughout history, false gods have been portrayed as remote, indifferent, and apathetic to human needs and generally unapproachable by the common masses. Out of fear, a man might attempt to appease his idols but he has no desire or capacity to draw near to them. Even those in Old Testament times who worshiped the true God had limited access to...
  • Union with Christ

    07/05/2020 6:47:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christ is your life, and you are an integral part of what He is accomplishing in the world. The Jewish culture of Peter's time centered on the Temple in Jerusalem. Apparently drawing from that picture, Peter used vivid language to teach that God no longer dwells in an earthly, material, temporal house, but in a spiritual house. Christ is the cornerstone, and the spiritual house He is building is comprised of individual believers. That analogy introduces us to the first spiritual privilege Christians enjoy:...
  • 7 exciting trends in global Christianity: No. 5 will surprise you

    07/04/2020 10:53:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/04/2020 | Lightworkers
    A study highlighting seven encouraging trends within global Christianity was released by Facts & Trends. Here’s what you need to know:1. Christianity is growing faster than the population Aaron Earls, the author, says, “Globally, Christianity is growing at a 1.27% rate…. The world’s population, 7.7 billion, is growing at a 1.20% rate.”A .07% difference may not seem substantial to you. But remember, we’re talking about almost 8 billion people.What this means:Many people believe Christianity has gone out of style and is in decline — that the only people who are Christians today are those raised by Christian parents. However, this...
  • Christ: The Precious Cornerstone

    07/04/2020 6:20:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Coming to [Christ] as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God" (1 Pet. 2:4). God’s view of Christ is the only accurate standard by which to measure Christ’s worth. I once read about a conversation in the Louvre Museum in Paris. One of the curators of the museum, a man with great appreciation for art, overheard two men discussing a masterpiece. One man said to the other, "I don't think much of that painting." The curator, feeling obliged to reply to the man's statement, said to him, "Dear sir, if I...
  • Christ: The Living Stone

    07/03/2020 3:43:33 PM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Coming to [Christ] as to a living stone" (1 Pet. 2:4). Jesus is the only source of eternal life and the foundation upon which the church is built. Peter's description of Christ as "a living stone" is paradoxical because stones aren't alive. In fact, we sometimes speak of something being "stone dead." Yet Peter's symbolism is profound because it beautifully incorporates three realities about Christ. First, Jesus is the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. The Old Testament referred to the Messiah as a stone, and Peter incorporated those texts into His description of Jesus in 1 Peter 2:6-8: "Behold I lay in...
  • Nigeria Facing ‘Systematic, Planned, Calculated’ Genocide of Christians

    07/02/2020 6:32:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/29/20 | Charles Collins
    President Donald Trump should appoint a special envoy for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region to “focus like a laser beam” on the attacks by Boko Haram and other Islamic militants, according to one of the main architects of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Former Congressman Frank Wolf said such a move was necessary to stop a genocide of Christians in the region. Wolf was speaking to journalists during a press call on the situation in Nigeria sponsored by In Defense of Christians, a Washington D.C. human rights group. Nigeria has had over 50,000 people killed since 2009...