“This precious and tender message about Christ” by Martin Luther


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Originally posted on Tolle Lege:

“The New Testament is a book in which are written the gospel and the promises of God, together with the history of those who believe and of those who do not believe them.

For ‘gospel’ [Euangelium] is a Greek word and means in Greek a good message, good tidings, good news, a good report, which one sings and tells with gladness.

For example, when David overcame the great Goliath, there came among the Jewish people the good report and encouraging news that their terrible enemy had been struck down and that they had been rescued and given joy and peace; and they sang and danced and were glad for it [I Sam. 18:6].

Thus this gospel of God or New Testament is a good story and report, sounded forth into all the world by the apostles, telling of a true David who strove with sin, death, and the devil, and…

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Reason for the hope


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Worth Reading

Originally posted on Evangelicals Now:

Ravi(view original article here)

EN interviews a giant among contemporary defenders of the faith

Ravi Zacharias is one of the world’s leading Christian apologists and was in Britain for the Keswick Convention.

en: Tell us a little about your worldwide ministry.
RZ:
 Thirty years ago, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries began with a handful of friends and a specific calling: to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We now have offices in 12 countries with a speaking team of 30. Our vision is to continue to build a global team with a five-fold thrust of evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines, training, and humanitarian support (through our outreach of Wellspring International). We accomplish this through a variety of resources and venues, including the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, where we train and develop future apologist-evangelists.

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Why Do People Deny the Existence of God?


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Originally posted on Christianity Matters:

No Rules

The Theory of Evolution is fraught with errors, our world screams designer, and other theories for life’s existence are far fetched and scientifically untenable – a comet or aliens bringing life, multiple universes, a cyclical universe that continually “Bangs” and “Crunches”. Why do people deny the existence of God?

An Ulterior Motive

I believe folks push evolution and these other theories, even though they are fraught with error because they want to live in world without God.

If God doesn’t exist they can live life on their own terms, according to their own rules. If God doesn’t exist, there is no one to which we have to answer.

I believe at it’s core this is why people push theories that are fraught with error. It’s not because science has proven them correct, its because they have an ulterior motive – to eradicate God from the world so they can live…

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Bid to Ban Creationism is Militant Atheism – The Scotsman


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Well said

Originally posted on The Wee Flea:

I’ve had enough…its time to call out the self-styled secularists for what they are – militant atheists who want to use the guise of secularism in order to impose their belief system and squash Christianity. I am glad that the Scotsman and the Herald have picked up on this – it is a message we will keep repeating until it sinks in. Christianity is not opposed to science – indeed the very opposite. But those who are militant atheists seek to use science to squash Christianity…they confuse their philosophy of scientism with empirical science…and they have no idea about creation or what creationism actually is….anyway here is the Scotsman article.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/bid-to-ban-creationism-is-militant-atheism-1-3597863

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How Do We Get Our Church(es) To Embrace Change & Move Forward? (1)

By Mez McConnell on Nov 04, 2014 02:46 am
How do we implement a vision for reaching lost people in Scotland?

  • Local congregations need to face up to the facts on the ground. Scotland is less than 2% Christian. Even in the good old days it was never more than 10% but society felt more Christian. Christians felt like they were the moral majority as they were surrounded by church buildings and institutions founded (largely) on Christian ideals. Churches were established, they grew, children went to Sunday School and all felt well with the world. That is not the case in Scotland anymore. These same churches are now dying with aging congregations, often travelling into worship, who are somewhat bewildered, and often in denial, abut the changing face of the world around them. They now have to face up to life on the fringes and it is painfully hard for them to accept. Yet new Christians don’t feel that same sense of loss that Christians in their 50’s and 60’s perhaps feel. We are used to being a minority religion. We don’t mind it. We embrace this world with excitement, hopeful of the opportunities to witness to the glory of Jesus.
  • The church has been built and established by the blood of Jesus. It is not ‘ours’ or ‘our family’s‘. It is not our personal power domain or plaything. It belongs to Jesus. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood (Acts 20:28). Paul reminds the Ephesians that it is through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (3:10). In other words, the church is the jewel in Christ’s crown. Jesus reveals in Matthew 16:18: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. The universal church of Jesus Christ will never die. End of. But, unfortunately, local expressions of that universal body can and do pass out of existence all the time. Travel North from Edinburgh to the Highlands and you will pass through city after city where you see boarded up church buildings that are now carpet warehouses or nightclubs or have been converted into homes. We must not use the promises of Jesus about the church to excuse spiritual and evangelistic inaction. We must not lose our vision for the lost. I tend to find that when a church is stagnant or aging it tends to focus inward and hold on to the gnats and camels of Matthew 23:23-24. They argue over any old point from the carpets to the use of hymn books. If power is held by a few who will not change and are scared of new ideas then death is not far behind. Are you scared of losing power and control? Remember it is Christ’s church not (y)ours.
  • Evangelical Christians must be courageous and walk forward in faith. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Prov 29:25). Theologically Conservative Evangelicals often baffle me. We have a high view of Scripture, an unerring love for the centrality of the gospel in our preaching and a tight doctrinal reign on the supreme Sovereignty of Almighty God over ALL things and yet our visions remain so small, feeble and powerless. We, among all others, such be the most courageous and fearless in our approach to evangelism, mission and change. Instead, far too many of us are far too easily satisfied with reading about the fantastic faith fueled exploits of long dead brothers and sisters from another era. Where are our Hudson Taylor’s, William Carey’s, Adoniram Judson’s and George Mueller’s (to name but a few)? We should be attempting mighty and outrageous things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the glory of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead, far too often, we settle for the day of small things. Revival never started with the words, ‘patience brother’ or ‘let’s hold a meeting to consider your proposal’. Our young people are looking for a great cause to rally around not a dying institution to be smothered in. We must encourage our youth (where they exist) to sell all and give all for the sake of the kingdom and we must let them know that the safest, surest and most encouraging place to do that is their local church(es).

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