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  • How to keep college students in church amid high dropout rates?

    01/21/2019 7:01:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/21/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    To combat the growing number of young people who leave the church, leaders must invest in student ministry and make an intentional effort to focus on individuals during traditional college years, the director of student ministry at LifeWay has said.A 2017 LifeWay Research survey released on Tuesday reveals that 66 percent of Americans between 23 and 30 years old said they stopped attending church on a regular basis for at least a year after turning 18, compared to 70 percent in 2007.The five most frequently chosen specific reasons for dropping out were: moving to college and no longer attending (34...
  • January 21 - Satan’s Promises—Corrupt Strings Attached

    01/21/2019 6:29:34 AM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory” (Matthew 4:8). Satan offered the world’s kingdoms to Jesus on his own corrupt terms. God allowed this test to prove that Christ was and is a worthy Son, fit to one day inherit the world and rule from His throne. The devil, on the other hand, wanted to prove the Son’s unworthiness by getting Him to prematurely grab the kingdoms God had already promised Him. The enemy approaches Christians also with corrupt bargaining chips. Whatever they might want in...
  • Joyce Meyer Takes a Jab at the Prosperity Gospel, Denounces Her Past Beliefs In It

    01/20/2019 4:31:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    FaithWire ^ | 01/20/2019 | By Lindsay Elizabeth
    January 14, 2019 Evangelist Joyce Meyer recently admitted that in the past, her views on the “prosperity Gospel” were “out of balance.”Meyer, who has received much criticism for her preaching on the prosperity Gospel, shared with her Instagram followers the dangers in taking such theology too close to heart.How do you balance having problems and having enough faith? Watch Joyce explain above…it could help set you free! #JoyceTeaching #balance #freedom #GoodWordA post shared by Joyce Meyer (@joycemeyer) on Jan 7, 2019 at 5:30pm PST “I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance,” the...
  • A great shaking[charismatic caucus]

    01/20/2019 1:34:13 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    A GREAT SHAKING IS ABOUT TO OCCUR TO OPEN ALL EYES I see The Lord Jesus standing in the courts with a Scroll in His left hand and a standard or sceptor in His right hand , and I hear Him saying " What I AM about to do will shake the hearts of all mankind and open their eyes to their True Lord God And Savior for The Earth is about to shudder as its Axis is altered changing it's coarse and balance . So watch now as even your days and nights shall be adjusted from where they...
  • January 20 - Satan Tests Jesus’ Ultimate Allegiance

    01/20/2019 4:13:57 AM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain” (Matthew 4:8). Satan’s final temptation was a last-ditch effort to corrupt and derail Christ and His saving mission. The greatest of all adversaries sought to complete a sinister bargain in which extremely attractive and enticing possessions were offered to Jesus in exchange for His subservience to Satan. The location (“a very high mountain”) where Satan took Jesus no doubt allowed them to have a comprehensive view of the earth for hundreds of miles in every direction. But their vantage point was clearly spiritual and supernatural as well. They would have...
  • January 19 - Why Jesus Rejected Sensationalism

    01/19/2019 4:46:06 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘On the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”’” (Matthew 4:7). The Lord Jesus had two good reasons for not participating in a worldly spectacle such as jumping from the temple roof. First, such sensationalism is captive to the laws of diminishing returns. To generate and hold people’s allegiance to Him merely by stunning signs, Jesus would have needed to produce greater and greater signs. People would never have been satisfied and would always have demanded just one more miracle, one additional showy event. Real faith would not have been certain;...
  • North Sumatra Protests Against Protestant Church [Indonesia]

    01/18/2019 5:58:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/16/19 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Places of worship, especially non-Islamic ones, are one of the most controversial issues in Indonesia. The dispute began last August. Complaints stem from the lack of permits for the use of residential housing for religious purposes.Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The local Synod of Churches of Indonesia (MPH-PGIW) has condemned the latest "episode of intolerance" against a Protestant community in Medan Labuan, North Sumatra (Sumatera) province. Three days ago, local Muslims (picture 1) staged a protest that prevented the members of the Bethel Church of Indonesia of Philadelphia (GBI), in Martubung district, from entering a house of prayer. The authorities claim that...
  • January 18 - Don’t Count on Sensationalism

    01/18/2019 6:00:38 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command His angels concerning You”’” (Matthew 4:6). Throughout history, sensationalism has often appealed to average people who are looking for dramatic events that titillate the senses and pander to fleshly curiosity. Toward the end of His ministry Jesus warned, “False Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24). Even when signs are from God, they usually do not bring unbelievers to faith, but only confirm the faith of...
  • January 17 - Jesus Refuses to Test God

    01/17/2019 12:58:29 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple” (Matthew 4:5). In confronting our Lord Jesus Christ, Satan persisted in trying to undermine or destroy the Son’s relationship to His Father. This time he goaded Jesus with this statement: “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down.” To fortify his challenge and make it more plausible, the adversary— with a subtle and clever twist—quoted Scripture: “For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, so that You...
  • Two Christians Discussing LGBTQ: Activists are stealing the hearts and minds of our kids

    01/17/2019 6:30:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2019 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Brother in Christ, It was great talking with you. As per our conversation, I agree that we as Christians must love and pray for all people. However, there is an undeniable, extremely aggressive campaign by LGBTQ activists to force biblical principles, values, and Jesus underground. States and corporations are afraid to say no to anything LGBTQ activists demand. I've written numerous articles about LGBTQ bullying with links confirming the facts. Planned Parenthood successfully implemented mandatory sex ed in public schools teaching elementary school kids sex techniques. Students are encouraged to experiment with homosexuality and transgenderism. Teachers are being...
  • January 16 - Trust in God Transcends the Temporal

    01/16/2019 3:49:21 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4). James, the Lord’s earthly half-brother, reminds us that this life is very temporary and uncertain—it is not even guaranteed that we will have an earthly future. James’s practical letter teaches us: “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also...
  • The Book of Hebrews: How to find Jesus in the OT, pt: 17

    01/15/2019 11:38:44 AM PST · by OddLane
    Youtube ^ | 1/14/19 | Mike Winger
    This teaching survey's the book of Hebrews gathering data about typology (foreshadowing) of Christ in the Old Testament. It turns out that the book of Hebrews is chock full of examples of types. Not only that, it gives us cause to look for very specific kinds of types when we are reading the Old Testament. This book unlocks the Old Testament in a wonderful way.
  • January 15 - Trusting Self Is Never Justified

    01/15/2019 3:55:07 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4). Christians are never justified in trusting solely in themselves to meet their basic needs. No matter how worried we might become, if we turn to God in faith and obedience, He will meet all our essential needs in His own way, according to His sovereign schedule. Implicit in this understanding is that God will meet every need, both physical and spiritual, as Paul promises us, “My God will supply all your needs...
  • January 14 - Jesus’ Real Food—Obeying the Father

    01/14/2019 7:13:29 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4). Above all, Satan’s temptations of Jesus Christ solicited His rebellion against the Father. But Jesus had come to earth to do the Father’s will and nothing else. In fact, His will and the Father’s were precisely the same (John 5:30; cf. 10:30; Heb. 10:9). Case in point: In the ultimate test of obedience, just prior to His arrest and betrayal, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “My Father, if it is...
  • Atheist group warns over 1,000 school districts not to take kids to Ark Encounter

    01/13/2019 9:43:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2019 | Samuel Smith
    The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky bathed in sunset colors. | ANSWERS IN GENESISOne of the nation’s leading atheist legal groups has sent a warning to over 1,000 public school districts telling them not to take field trips to Answers in Genesis' creationist attractions in Kentucky.The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which claims 31,000 members across the U.S., announced Tuesday that it contacted school districts in five states warning them that field trips to the Ark Encounter or the Creation Museum would be a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.“Public schools and public school staff may not constitutionally organize...
  • There is Always Hope In Jesus...

    No matter what comes in this life, there is always hope in Jesus. What I mean is that no matter how bad things can get in this life, the one who believes in Jesus always has something better to look forward to. This is because the most important aspect of life is to be made right with your Creator. When he hung between heaven and earth on the cross of the curse of God, Jesus cleared up the issues which separated us sinners from our Creator. He put us back on God’s side, and made a way for the LORD...
  • January 13 - Testing Jesus’ Divine Rights

    01/13/2019 5:35:18 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread’” (Matthew 4:3). Before Satan tempted Jesus more directly, he threw out a cynical challenge to test Christ’s deity. The devil’s conditional statement, “If You are the Son of God,” assumed that Jesus was indeed God’s beloved Son (3:17). But he hoped to persuade Him into a demonstration of divine power that would violate God’s plan, which called for Jesus to set aside His divine power while on earth and use it only when the Father commanded. If Satan could make Jesus presume upon His divine rights and...
  • January 12 - The Tempter Is Real

    01/12/2019 6:02:53 AM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And the tempter came and said to Him . . .” (Matthew 4:3). It is not popular today to believe in a literal, personal devil, even among professing Christians. The devil is increasingly seen as being somewhere between a figment of our imagination and a useful device to coerce obedience. Yet in addition to the name used here (“tempter”), the New Testament gives Satan many other names: “ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11); “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2); “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4); “Abaddon” and “Apollyon,” both of which mean...
  • January 11 - Fasting as Part of Preparation for Testing

    01/11/2019 8:20:37 AM PST · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “After He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry” (Matthew 4:2). For a quite lengthy period prior to the three diabolical temptations directed at Jesus, He fasted. We don’t know exactly what He did during the forty-day period, but He likely spent most of the time communing with His heavenly Father. Even in His perfect humanity, Jesus needed solitary preparation time in medi-tation and prayer, as we all do in anticipating a major testing. Consider how Moses spent forty years in Midian in preparation for his leadership of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land,...
  • This Song Will Never Cease

    01/11/2019 7:25:29 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 1/10/2019 | Gary
    O little lamb.  I know the journey has been long and the road hard for you.  I know the perplexity of life and the thunderous waves of competing voices make it so difficult to hear the only Voice that matters.  But do not fear, little one.  Do not fear. Sometimes you thought you were holding on by a mere thread, with just the tip of a finger above water.  You could barely utter a prayer, nay even a word.  All you could offer was the wordless, inner groaning of faith.  And in moments of weakness you thought He might...