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Evangelical Christian (Religion)

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  • Joy in Spite of Death - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/28/2024 1:50:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, 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...
  • California evangelical seminary ponders changes that would make it more welcoming to LGBTQ students

    05/27/2024 10:12:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05/27/2024 | DEEPA BHARATH
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical school in Pasadena, California, is deliberating whether to become more open to LGBTQ+ students who previously faced possible expulsion if found to be in a same-sex union. That’s according to a draft of proposed revisions to the seminary’s sexual standards that was obtained by The Associated Press. If the board votes to approve these revisions, Fuller could become the first evangelical seminary in the country to adopt standards acknowledging the diversity of thought among Christians pertaining to human sexuality, according to retired professor John Hawthorne, an expert on Christian colleges. Such...
  • Confidence in the Face of Death - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/27/2024 4:36:41 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, 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...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Detractors - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/26/2024 4:24:44 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, 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...
  • Paul: Joy in Spite of Trouble - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/25/2024 5:35:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, 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,...
  • Stephen: Godliness in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/24/2024 4:28:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). Because Stephen was so consistently Spirit-filled, it was natural for him to react in a godly way to persecution and death. The cliché “Garbage in, garbage out” provides a good clue to the essence of the Spirit-filled Christian life. Just as computers respond according to their programming, we respond to what fills our minds. If we allow the Holy Spirit to program our thought patterns, we’ll be controlled and renewed by...
  • Former SBC Seminary Administrator Charged With Falsifying Records in DOJ Sexual Abuse Investigation

    05/23/2024 1:11:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Chruch Leaders ^ | May 22, 2024 | Dale Chamberlain
    Matthew Queen, a former administrator and professor for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been charged with falsification of records. The United States Attorney’s Office alleges that Queen sought to cover up a report of sexual abuse that occurred at the Southern Baptist affiliated seminary in 2022. The announcement comes amid the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ongoing investigation of Southern Baptist entities. Southern Baptist leaders were made aware of the DOJ’s probe in 2022 shortly after the release of a Guidepost Solutions report, which revealed the failures of the denomination’s Executive Committee to properly respond to reports of sexual abuse across...
  • Gateway Seminary Professor Comes Out Against Law Amendment Claiming Women in the Pastorate is NOT Sinful

    05/23/2024 12:24:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Disntr ^ | May 23, 2024 | staff
    The president of Gateway Seminary, a Southern Baptist Convention seminary, has come out against implementing measures that would see the convention stay true to God’s word. In an article at the Baptist Press, Jeff Iorg’s objections to the Mike Law amendment regarding women in pastoral ministry revolve around concerns over church autonomy, administrative burdens, potential legal issues, and the broader impact on church cooperation and unity. However, these objections fail to recognize the importance of obedience to God’s Word. Iorg’s concerns about church autonomy are grossly misplaced as the call to obedience is not an infringement on autonomy but a...
  • Antichrist will make Peace Treaty with Israel (Bible Prophecy) (VIDEO)

    05/23/2024 10:58:45 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 19 replies
    100Huntley YouTube Channel ^ | Oct 16, 2023 | 100Huntley
    Short video - just under 10 minutes Mostly pretty good - a few images from Israel in the video Not for everyone of couse, so YMMV
  • Mexico: 150 Baptists kicked out of homes for not participating in Catholic festivals

    05/23/2024 8:56:34 AM PDT · by Tell It Right · 58 replies
    Not the Bee ^ | 5/22/2024 | John Knox
    This is a story that sounds like it's coming from the 1600s and not 2024. A group of 150 from the Great Commission Baptist Church in Mexico's Hidalgo State was displaced on April 26 from their homes in the villages of Coamila and Rancho Nuevo after refusing to participate in Catholic festivals in the cities. The villages are predominantly indigenous Nahuati-speaking communities.
  • What Antichrist will do in Israel is shocking (Bible Prophecy) - Dr David Jeremiah (VIDEO)

    05/23/2024 4:39:52 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 14 replies
    100Huntley YouTube Channel ^ | Oct 9, 2023 (2 days after 10/7 Hamas Terrorist Attack on Israel) | 100Huntley
    Video length 12:41
  • Stephen: Grace and Serenity in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/23/2024 12:49:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). Stephen’s excellent character teaches us much about responding to suffering and death. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is one of the most inspiring biblical examples of faithfulness in life and ministry. But his personal excellence shines forth most through the familiar account of his death by stoning. As one of the first deacons in the church, Stephen was recognized early on as a man of great faith and spirituality (Acts 6:5). And a few verses later Luke describes him as “full of grace and...
  • Entrusting All to God - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/22/2024 12:14:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19). The final attitude we should have in facing trials and sufferings is that of entrusting ourselves to God. Geoffrey Bull epitomizes the modern-day believer who entrusts his entire soul to God’s will in the middle of terrible suffering. Bull was punished with solitary confinement, brainwashing, many kinds of intimidation, and starvation during more than three years of imprisonment by the Communist Chinese forty years ago. During his affliction he prayed that God would...
  • Evaluating Our Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/21/2024 5:57:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler” (1 Peter 4:15). We must not presume that God blesses every possible kind of suffering a Christian may become involved in. It’s quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of God’s plan for us. Believers should never suffer because they’ve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in today’s verse Peter mentions a fourth category—“a troublesome meddler”—whose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute. “A troublesome meddler” interferes with everyone else’s business, and...
  • Rejoicing Through the Spirit - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/20/2024 4:50:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:14). The indwelling Holy Spirit allows us to rejoice, no matter how greatly we suffer or are persecuted. One of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the past half century has been the discovery of the DNA molecule, which carries unique and essential genetic information about all living beings. The most well-known practical application of DNA has been the “fingerprinting” technique in which genetic information from one DNA sample is compared with that of another. If...
  • Jimmy Carter’s church appoints divorced mother of 2 as first woman pastor

    05/19/2024 11:23:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 16, 2024 | Leonardo Blair
    Almost five years after hiring The Rev. Tony Lowden as its first black lead pastor, Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, where former President Jimmy Carter is a member, has hired The Rev. Ashley Guthas as its first woman pastor. The 2023 McAfee School of Theology graduate, whose hiring was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, previously served as associate minister to families with children and youth at Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta. She is a divorcee who says she still feels "uneasy labeling myself as a pastor." Northside Drive Baptist Church announced her hiring last August, highlighting her...
  • Rejoicing in Suffering - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/19/2024 4:06:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:13). We should rejoice in trials and persecutions, not for their own sake, but for the benefits that result. The late D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his classic book Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, made the following careful distinction on what it means to rejoice in persecution: “The Christian is, in a sense, one who must feel his heart breaking at the effect of sin in others that makes...
  • Reassurance in the Midst of Trials - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    05/18/2024 4:14:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). We can be certain of God’s love for us, no matter how unexpected or difficult any trial might be. Reassuring words are vital as we strive to deal in a godly fashion with trials and sufferings in our Christian lives. In today’s verse, Peter opens with a pastoral term (“beloved”) that conveys tenderness, love, and concern for his audience. It reinforces in a single word the concepts of fervent love...
  • The Great Reset: Global Government & Digital Currency by 2030? | Kwak Brothers | Watchman Newscast (VIDEO)

    05/18/2024 4:27:24 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 13 replies
    Erick Stakelbeck on TBN YouTube Channel ^ | May 19, 2023 | Erick Stakelbeck on TBN
    On today’s Watchman Newscast, host Erick Stakelbeck is joined by the Kwak brothers to break down why the year 2030 is so pivotal for the Great Reset agenda—and how the push for global government and a digital currency is growing at an alarming rate. Does this sinister movement have prophetic implications? Watch now!
  • Satan's Role in Our Trials - Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    05/17/2024 10:33:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 19 replies ^ | 1997 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9). All of Satan’s involvement in our sufferings and trials is under God’s control, which means our success against him is also in God’s sovereign hands. During the past twenty-five years, there has been a tremendous upsurge of interest in the occult, Satan worship, and evil supernatural influences. Such unwise fascination has had an impact on the church and...