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  • Are You Flying Solo?

    05/29/2017 9:42:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Energetic Procession ^ | 05-25-2017 | Perry Robinson
    Are You Flying Solo? Below is a short presentation I wrote this year for a discussion group I attend locally from time to time. I do not attempt to answer everything here or address objections. I specifically designed this piece to facilitate discussion so as to allow various objections to come out in due course. I did write it as part of a larger argument because I think it gets to the heart of the matter concerning Reformation disputes. That is, the argument is not over epistemological issues (how can we know the correct interpretation of scripture?) but rather normative issues...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 5/29/17 [Prayer]

    05/28/2017 10:06:41 PM PDT · by · 24 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 5-29.2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-29-17

    05/28/2017 8:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies ^ | 05-29-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 29, 2017 Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8While Apollos was in Corinth,Paul traveled through the interior of the countryand down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them,"Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"They answered him,"We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."He said, "How were you baptized?"They replied, "With the baptism of John."Paul then said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance,telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,that is, in Jesus."When they heard this,they were baptized...
  • Does Baptism Save? No...Here's Why

    05/28/2017 2:44:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 99 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Feb 19, 2011 | Shane Idleman
    Some believe that salvation occurs, not when we confess Jesus as Lord, but when immersed in water. They believe that the dead condition of the church is because of failure to embrace baptismal regeneration. In reality, its because so few actually turn to Jesus; baptism isn’t the answer–genuine repentance is: “Repent, therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19). Granted, many of the early church fathers did embrace baptismal regeneration. Even though we cherish some of their teachings, they were fallible…some taught that the Holy Spirit was a created being, the salvation of all (including...
  • Jesus Purposely Selects a Traitor (Judas Iscariot)

    05/28/2017 5:48:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him" (Matt. 10:4). God works all things together for His purposes. At one time the little town of Kerioth was a relatively obscure Judean town, but all that changed when it produced the most hated man who ever lived: Judas Iscariot. The first mention of Judas is here in Matthew's list of disciples. We have no record of his call, but we know Jesus did call him along with the others, and even gave him authority to minister in miraculous ways (Matt. 10:1). His first name, Judas, is despised today,...
  • Joy in Spite of Death

    05/28/2017 5:47:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). In addition to Scripture, God has given us more than adequate spiritual resources to meet suffering and death. Wall Street, the name synonymous with the American stock market and financial investing, is a place where confidence can rise and fall with great force and unpredictability, right along with the rising or sinking level of stock prices. Prices always seem to even out, but who can be certain about how they will behave in the future? The apostle Paul’s spiritual confidence was not based on the changeableness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-28-17, SOL, The Ascension of the Lord

    05/27/2017 7:36:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies ^ | 05-28-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 28, 2017 The Ascension of the Lord Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11In the first book, Theophilus,I dealt with all that Jesus did and taughtuntil the day he was taken up,after giving instructions through the Holy Spiritto the apostles whom he had chosen.He presented himself alive to themby many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty daysand speaking about the kingdom of God.While meeting with them,he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,but to wait for "the promise of the Fatherabout which you have heard me speak;for John baptized with water,but in a few days you will be...
  • From Terrorism to Discipleship (Simon the Zealot)

    05/27/2017 6:57:08 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Simon the Zealot" (Matt. 10:4). Even people of vastly different backgrounds can minister together for Christ. During the time between the Old and New Testaments, a fiery revolutionary named Judas Maccabaeus led the Jewish people in a revolt against Greek influences on their nation and religion. The spirit of that movement was captured in this statement from the apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees: "Be ye zealous for the law and give your lives for the covenant" (1 Maccabees 2:50). That group of politically-oriented, self-appointed guardians of Judaism later became known as the Zealots. During the New...
  • Confidence in the Face of Death

    05/27/2017 6:56:27 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). We can count on Scripture to give us confidence in the face of death. A few years ago my radio ministry heard from a listener who was exhibiting exactly the right attitude in the face of a terminal illness. A teenager from the Midwest sent a prayer request concerning her recently diagnosed Lou Gehrig’s disease. That Christian young woman, who by now is probably with the Lord, accepted her condition with grace and optimism. Here is part of what she wrote to us: “I love the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-27-17, OM, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop

    05/26/2017 8:38:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 05-27-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 27, 2017 Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 18:23-28After staying in Antioch some time,Paul left and traveled in orderly sequencethrough the Galatian country and Phrygia,bringing strength to all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.He was an authority on the Scriptures.He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,although he knew only the baptism of John.He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,they took him asideand explained to him the...
  • Keep On, Keeping On. (King James Bible Discussion)

    05/26/2017 5:08:35 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 35 replies
    Welcome! To The King James Bible Discussion Thread Where we don't change God's word, His word changes us.
  • Defining Our Relationship (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus & Devotional)

    05/26/2017 9:45:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 5/26/2017
    At the heart of Christianity is the doctrine of the mystical union of the believer with Christ. The New Testament does not only call us to believe in Christ, but to believe into Christ. Faith links us directly into Christ. We become in Him and He in us. This mysterious union is carried over into the relationship between Christ and the church. The church is His bride, whom He has brought into a real, profound, and powerful union. We normally assume that the image of the church as the bride of Christ is a metaphor borrowed from the institution of...
  • Receiving Christ's Word (Thaddaeus)

    05/26/2017 6:06:38 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). If you love Christ, you will receive His Word and obey it. Radio signals are fascinating. At any given moment every room in your house is filled with voices, music, and numerous other sounds—yet you can't hear them unless your radio is tuned to their frequency. That's a modern parallel to a spiritual truth Jesus taught in John 14:21, where He says, "He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Detractors

    05/26/2017 6:05:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice” (Philippians 1:18). It is possible to maintain your joy even while dealing with criticisms and irritating distractions. The dictionary definition of detraction is “the uttering of material (as false or slanderous charges) that is likely to damage the reputation of another.” A detractor wants to undermine and destroy the good name and credibility of another. Great statesmen, such as President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, often have been the targets of contentious political opponents and stinging detractions by the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-26-17, M, St. Philip Neri, Priest

    05/25/2017 9:38:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 05-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    May 26, 2017 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,"Do not be afraid.Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.No one will attack and harm you,for I have many people in this city."He settled there for a year and a halfand taught the word of God among them. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,the Jews rose up together against Pauland brought him to the tribunal, saying,"This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to the...
  • Don't choose poorly. (King James Bible Discussion)

    05/25/2017 5:13:04 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 12 replies
    Welcome! To The King James Bible Discussion Thread Where we don't change God's word, His word changes us.  
  • Growing into Conformity (Evangelical & Protestant Caucus/Devotional)

    05/25/2017 6:05:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 5/25/2017
    Growing into Conformity The modern distinction between the “carnal Christian” and the “Spirit-filled Christian” is a dangerous one. If a carnal Christian is described as one whose fallen nature has not yet been changed by grace, it is a contradiction in terms. If a person is carnal in the sense that the Holy Spirit resides in him without affecting his constituent nature in any way, then he is simply not a Christian. To view regeneration as not effecting any real change in the person is a serious distortion of regeneration. Here the Holy Spirit indwells but does nothing to effect...
  • Can We Pray in Jesus' Name? Yes!

    05/25/2017 6:01:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Jan 29,2011 | Shane Idleman
    This article has special significance for me. I was able to pray in Jesus’ name last Tuesday, Jan. 25th, at the City Council meeting in Lancaster. This is a priviledge that should not be taken lightly. In the last few decades, we have seen a calculated attempt to remove God from government. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be “one nation under God,” not above God. A Fifth Division graveyard sign in Iwo Jima, Japan, states...
  • Living Courageously (Thaddaeus)

    05/25/2017 5:54:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The twelve apostles included "Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3). Victorious Christian living requires great courage. Thaddaeus was a man of many identities. In the King James translation of Matthew 10:3 he is called "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus." He is also called "Judas the son of James" (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) and "Judas (not Iscariot)" (John 14:22). Judas, which means "Jehovah leads," was probably the name given him at birth, with Thaddaeus and Lebbaeus added later as nicknames to reflect his character. Apparently Thaddaeus was the nickname given to him by his family. It comes from a Hebrew root word that refers...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble

    05/25/2017 5:54:19 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul was a model believer who did not let his troubles steal His joy in the Lord. According to today’s verse, believers should never let a negative outlook replace our joy, no matter how bad life seems to be. The apostle Paul set an example that was far different. He wrote to the Philippians that in spite of being imprisoned in Rome, he was still rejoicing. Even though Paul was restricted under trying and harsh conditions, he was glad because the gospel message was being declared,...