Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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7 Examples That Kingdom Work Can Be Done Online

There’s no biblical teaching that Christians lead perfect lives with only perfect thoughts. Christ is perfect, Christians are not (although they aspire to be - hence, the need for Christ). Our hypocrisy, sin, and yet-to-be-glorified lives bring a stain to the name of Christ - if we make Christianity about us. But if we make our message about Him, then we commiserate with the lost, as we share the gospel that God’s rescued sinners (like us). [...]

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Christ is Hated Because Sin is Loved

Francis of Assisi emphasized living out a life of faith that exemplifies the message of the gospel, but never forget it’s a message Francis also taught by using words. Words are necessary. I don’t think he really ever said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words.” Who did? Some suggest Emily Stimpson. Unlikely. Emily’s been published only sort of recently; the quote’s been floating around for at least several decades. [...]

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Surrendering Slowly is Not Winning

I get concerned about approaching Revelation chapter three jingoistically. America as a whole is not a congregation, and a giant-sized chunk of the American citizenry does not even identify as Christian. As a result, it can take one off track when “America” is conflated with “the church”. I am persuaded that it is best to view chapters two and three as letters addressing the church, and not as letters addressing geo-political nation states. [...]

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America as a New Israel?

Does one read the Bible and see the redemptive historical message laid out by a covenantal God or does one read the Bible and see the unfolding of history by a dispensational God? This question is at the heart of the divide on this issue. The Bible student does well to recognize the perspective that “Israel”, “God’s chosen”, “the people of God”, “Christ’s Bride”, “body of Christ” etc. are all different ways of saying the same thing. [...]

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A Number of Shareable Items

Christian hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. This hope doesn't exist for many. For example, public schools aren't Christian institutions. We can’t change that God’s enemies hate God’s Word (it's to be expected of them). But perhaps God will use us as He rescues some of these lost souls from their hatred of Him. As we do this, we must home school to protect our kids from soul destroying paganism. [...]

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Not Only Isn’t It Fake News, It’s the Good News!

Francis gives every appearance of being a globalist who’s in lock-step with the Communist/Fascist hybrid that’s seeking to overtake the world. He's dangerously in error on this point (and many other points), but those seeking to draw attention to the Pope’s unbiblical worldview undercut their credibility when basing some of their arguments upon what they think Francis has said rather than highlighting the words he’s actually said. [...]

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God’s Sovereignty, The Shack, and Three Edifying Reminders

Parents, you are charged by God with the honor of raising your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Entrusting this duty to pagan schools is a failure of monumental proportions. Abdicating your responsibility to "youth programs" doesn't cut it either. What keeps you from homeschooling, doing family devotionals, praising and worshiping God together with your kids? Whatever the obstacles, fight to overcome them. [...]

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Nothing Prepares One Better Than a Love for God’s Word and the Wise Counsel of Our Comforter

Seeking to “cast a vision” other than the one laid out by Christ in the Gospels will inevitably lead to mission drift at best, and apostasy at worst. Striving for excellence is commendable, but if the effort to be extraordinary leads to pride, ego, or self-sufficiency, then the church ends up with something worse than mediocrity… Maybe this is okay for social clubs, but it’s definitely not okay for Christ’s church. [...]

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Christmastime Activities That Focus on Faith

Compassion is something we should aspire to have. It’s also something we should seek to have in our leaders. But, life and leadership are more complex than just this one thing. A list of the most compassionate presidents in US history might include John Adams, Abe Lincoln, and Harry Truman. All pretty good presidents. The list might also include John Quincy Adams, James Garfield, and Jimmy Carter. All poor presidents. [...]

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A Half-Dozen Interesting Finds Online

Christian sermons need to be about Jesus Christ. Christian sermons must bring the hearers of the sermon to the foot of the cross. Christian sermons have a duty to present the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (and do so from God’s Word, rather than merely the words of mere men and women)… God’s people (need) to be reminded of the loving mercy and righteous rule of their Lord, Savior, and King. [...]

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