What Are We Really Afraid Of?

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Suffering for Christ

Here is a sermon to strengthen us should we be called to suffer persecution as many of our brethren are suffering today. Pray for them and prayerfully listen to this encouraging, edifying teaching by John Calvin.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY BEHIND YOUR, “I AM…”(From My Archives)

BE BLESSTIFIED!

wp-1488989422838.jpgExodus 3:14 (NKJV)

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

When God tells Moses who to say sent him when he goes into Egypt, He says tell them, “I AM”.

I AM is less about his name and what He’s called and more about His nature. Every time God says I AM, He let’s us know more about who He is…what He is…what He does.

Look what God says behind, “I am”…

“I am your shield…”

“I am the Lord…”

“I am God…”

“I am the Lord your God…”

“I am the Lord who sanctifies you…”

“I am giving…”

“I am holy…”

“I am with you…”

“I am He who blots out…”

“I am the First and the Last…”

“I am He who comforts you…”

“I am…

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It’s time we stopped screaming at the sky

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Come express your anger at the current state of democracy, and scream helplessly at the sky!

For the past 25 years I have had people in my life who have absolutely lost their minds when life utterly crushes their hopes and dreams.

Then again, those trying times normally involved not wanting to take a nap, shower, eat vegetables, or pick up toys. And these people were, of course, small children.

Wait. You know what? As silly as this may sound, and it is silly, I can’t say much because I have been consistently guilty of exactly same behavior, in a manner of speaking anyway. I am, after all, a blogger and much of what many bloggers do is scream helplessly at the sky when something we have absolutely no control over doesn’t go our way.

I remember when I wrote exclusively for a political blog. The 2008…

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Internet outrage is a dangerous addiction

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I’ve wondered for a long time why there is so much outrage these days andthis, I think, offers a pretty good explanation.

Just like gambling or sex, outrage can become aprocess addiction—a form of behavior that our bodiescome to rely on to feel good. The mechanics of anger addiction are simple. When we erupt in anger, our brains get a hit of dopamine, which yields a sense of euphoria. Just as drug users will quickly become dependent on their substance of choice to get that euphoria, those who overindulge in outrage will often end up relying on that behavior to release the desired dopamine.

It’s easy to see how this addiction plays out online, Twitter perhaps being the best example. Man A wakes up in the morning, immediately reaches for his smartphone and finds, via those he follows for this sort of stuff, an article about Today’s Sinner…

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Christ’s Divine Person is Revealed Only in One Human Body

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Christians reason within themselves that since God became a man in the person of Christ, a picture of Jesus is but an image of an image.  Their rationalization is that the Incarnation is justification, if not authorization, for us to depict Christ in human form.  They argue further that no portrait can display a man’s soul, thus Christ’s body can be legitimately pictured distinct from His Divinity.  Poor deluded Christians, unwilling to sever the last vestiges of carnal thinking, averse to bringing “every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  Amongst humanity, Christ remains unique.  Any attempt to represent this uniqueness in human form (an achievement that God alone could do in the Incarnation) destroys it.  The multiplicity of depictions with various facial features, hues and expressions, denies it.  A man has but one nature, and thus he can be legitimately portrayed with no offense to what he is, but not…

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Awaiting the City of God

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Jerusalem_GloryEvangelical Christians love America. Some see in her the last hope of creating a Christian nation. But it is not a Christian nation. It is pagan to the core. It is in danger of becoming, if it is not already, the new “Evil Empire.” The Mayflower Compact is a museum piece, a relic of a forgotten era. “In God We Trust” is now a lie.

Yes, we must always work for social reform. Yes, we must be “profane” in Martin Luther’s sense of going out of the temple and into the world. We do not despise the country of our birth. But in what do we invest our hope? The state is not God. The nation is not the Promised Land. The president is not our King. The Congress is not our Savior. Our welfare can never be found in the city of man. The federal government is not sovereign…

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