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Evangelical Christian (Religion)

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  • Reflecting God's Ownership

    01/21/2020 6:09:43 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    You were sealed with the Holy Spirit "with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:14). Someday God will take full possession of all that is rightfully His. Yesterday we saw that God seals us with the Holy Spirit as a pledge of our eternal inheritance. Here Paul says He does so "with a view to the redemption of [His] own possession." That refers to when God takes full possession of all that is rightfully His. Everything is God's by creation, but Satan has usurped God's rulership to become the "god...
  • An Open Letter To A Young Friend...(Sexual confusion, or clarity)

    Dear X, I offer you the warmest greetings in the name of Jesus, I am writing out of a concern for you and a lot of others of your generation. You were born into a world which was already well into a “sexual revolution”, and this has presented you with perplexing questions and issues which my generation (Baby Boomers) didn’t have to bear as much as yours. I come as a friend, and concerned Christian, in Jesus name. I want you to understand that I know why there is such a gap between my generation and yours. I didn’t grow...
  • I Dream Of Djinnie

    01/21/2020 11:40:45 AM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/21/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore Surah 72, and explain how Islam is not a monotheistic religion so much as a patchwork of beliefs derived from pre-existing Arab pagan beliefs.
  • Kanye West shares how Jesus saved him from devil; hundreds dedicate lives to Christ at youth conference

    01/20/2020 2:48:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/20/2020 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett,
    Kanye West and the Sunday Service Choir performed before 12,400 students gathered in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the Strength to Stand Conference on January 19, 2020. PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Kanye West shared how Jesus radically changed his life and saved him from the devil while performing along with his Sunday Service choir at a youth conference where hundreds of students dedicated their lives to Christ. “I believe Jesus died for my sins. There was a time when the devil had me,” West testified before the 12,400 students gathered for the Strength to Stand Conference on Sunday. “Do you know...
  • Rejoicing in Assurance

    01/20/2020 4:01:26 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance" (Eph. 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit is GodÂ’s first installment on your eternal inheritance. The Holy Spirit's ministry in your life is multifaceted and profound. Among other things He brings salvation, conviction, guidance, and strength. He indwells and equips you for spiritual service and gives assurance of your salvation. He is your Helper and Advocate. He is the Spirit of promise, who seals you until the day when your redemption is fully realized (Eph. 4:30). Sealing speaks of security, authenticity, ownership,...
  • Islam's Liberties With Scripture

    01/19/2020 3:59:36 PM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/19/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore Surah 69, The Sure Calamity, and examine how Islam distorts key aspects of the End Times, including the great tribulation, and role of Christ in judgment.
  • Embracing the Truth

    01/19/2020 6:15:30 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed" (Eph. 1:13). The gospel is true because Jesus is true, not simply because Christians believe in Him. After stating salvation from God's perspective in verse 12, Paul here states it from man's perspective. Faith in Christ is your response to God's elective purpose in your life. Those two truths—God's initiative and man's response—co-exist throughout Scripture. Paul rightly called the gospel "the message of truth" because truth is its predominant characteristic. Salvation was conceived by the God of truth (Ps. 31:5); purchased by...
  • The Bizarre Eschatology of the Koran

    01/18/2020 6:16:45 PM PST · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore Surah 68 of the Koran, including its strange conception of the End times, comparing it to the great tribulation described in the Bible. I also explain how the Muslim version of Jesus (Isa) resembles the anti-Christ described in Revelation.
  • The Ultimate Vineyard Parable; John 15... Vineyard Parables pt 7

    I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same...
  • Proclaiming God's Preeminence

    01/18/2020 2:08:17 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    We were predestined "to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:12). In salvation, as in everything else, God is preeminent. He deserves all the credit. Preeminence implies supreme standing, picturing one who excels over all others in a particular quality or achievement. There is no one more preeminent than God. Ephesians 1:12 underscores that truth. You were redeemed and granted an eternal inheritance that God might be glorified. Certainly you benefit greatly from salvation, but God's glory is the primary issue. Our man-centered culture doesn't...
  • The Tenant Managers Of The Vineyard... Vineyard parables pt 6

    And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head,...
  • 'Feared' Birmingham pastor was multiple rapist who left child victims pregnant (UK) Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria, was found guilty of the offences against six women and a man - five of whom attended his church

    01/17/2020 7:19:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies ^ | January 14, 2020 | Richard Vernalls James Rodger
    A "feared" evangelical pastor who used his trusted position to abuse children and adults over 20 years has been convicted of multiple rapes of members of his congregation. Self-styled prophet Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria, was found guilty of the offences against six women and a man - five of whom attended his church. Some of his offences were carried out after he convinced victims to take part in "spiritual bathing", which he claimed would "cleanse" them of evil spirits. Oluronbi was convicted on Friday after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, and his offending can now be reported after...
  • The Kingdom (The Koran's Curious Surah)

    01/17/2020 5:52:19 PM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/17/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore one of the most baffling surahs in the Koran, and explain why Islam's purported monotheism is a blatant lie.
  • Praising God for Your Election

    01/17/2020 3:46:47 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having been predestined according to [God's] purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will" (Eph. 1:11). God took the initiative in salvation by choosing you and granting you saving faith. In Ephesians 1:4 Paul says that God "chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him." In verse 11 he reiterates that marvelous truth by affirming that believers have been predestined to salvation according to God's own purpose and will. Many reject the teaching that God chose (predestined) believers to salvation. They think believers chose God. In...
  • Students Kicked Out of Evangelical Seminary for Being in Gay ‘Marriage’ Sue for Discrimination

    01/16/2020 7:29:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/16/20 | Doug Mainwaring
    PASADENA, California, January 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Two graduate students who were expelled from an Evangelical seminary after it was discovered both were “married” to members of the same sex have filed a $2 million lawsuit claiming sex discrimination. The lawsuit, brought by plaintiffs Joanna Maxon and Nathan Brittsan, was filed in the U.S. District Court for Central California against Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Maxon filed suit in November and was joined last week by Brittsan. ‘A dangerous argument’At issue is Federal Title IX rules that ban discrimination on the basis of sex, but which beginning with the Obama...
  • Is Your Eye Evil, Because I am Good? Vineyard parables pt 5

    For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about...
  • Anticipating Your Inheritance

    01/16/2020 5:29:49 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In [Christ] also we have obtained an inheritance" (Eph. 1:10-11). As a member of God’s family, you have obtained a future inheritance that has many present benefits. An inheritance is something received by an heir as a result of a will or legal process. It's a legacy one receives from family connections. As a member of God's family, you are an heir of God and fellow heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). As such you have obtained an inheritance that Peter called "imperishable and undefiled . . . reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:4). It cannot perish, fade away,...
  • The Fig Tree In The Vineyard...Vineyard parables pt 4

    He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.(Luke 13:7-9)The Messiah, Jesus,...
  • Resting in God's Sovereignty

    01/15/2020 9:56:59 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] made known the mystery of His will according to His kind intention which He purposed in [Christ] with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth" (Eph. 1:9-10). God is intimately involved in the flow of human history and is directing its course toward a specific, predetermined climax. For centuries men of various philosophical schools have debated the cause, course, and climax of human history. Some deny God and therefore deny any divine involvement in history....
  • Pursuing God's Will

    01/14/2020 2:25:02 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In all wisdom and insight [God] made known to us the mystery of His will" (Eph. 1:8-9). Even if you haven’t obtained academic degrees, you have wisdom that far surpasses the most educated unbeliever. When God redeemed you, He not only forgave your trespasses and removed the guilt and penalty of sin, but He also gave you spiritual wisdom and insight—two essential elements for godly living. Together they speak of the ability to understand God's will and apply it to your life in practical ways. As a believer you understand the most sublime truths of all. For example, you know...