May 26, 2016

Foundational Fundamentals Concerning the Nature of Preaching

Gordon Phillips

God charges a preacher with specific responsibilities in His church.  The Apostle Paul tells Timothy about this charge in 2 Timothy 4:1-4,

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Timothy is to proclaim God’s Word, but a preacher’s responsibility does not end with merely delivering the truth.  He is to also “reprove, rebuke, and exhort concerning the truth with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

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Battling the Enemy

Mike Jones

Since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, fighting battles has been a part of human existence. Every person born into this world has battles of some sort or another. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines a battle as “any fight or struggle; a conflict.” Although most people probably think of some external military or domestic conflict when they hear the word “battle,” those conflicts are the result of greater battles raging in the souls and minds of men and women. James 4:1 asks, “From whence come wars and fightings among you?” and then answers, “Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”

Training for Battle

There are three enemies that Christians fight on varying battlefields. The flesh, the world, and the Devil are forces that try the will of every believer in Christ. How can a Christian battle and conquer such formidable opponents? It begins with training.

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The Fight Over Transgenderism Goes Far Beyond Bathrooms

Don Johnson

You’ve probably heard enough about this topic, but the battle our culture is in goes far beyond the question of who has the right to open certain public bathroom doors. My home and native land provides an example of the next step the struggle is taking. The National Post reports on May 17 our government introduced “hate speech” legislation to make it a hate crime to expose someone to hatred because of their gender identity or gender expression.

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The Third Commandment

George Stiekes

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain (Exodus 20:7).

The Hebrew word translated “in vain” can refer to something evil, useless, unreal or without substance. To use language that takes God’s name in vain is to mock God by indicating that He does not exist or at least has no place in our world. God has revealed Himself to us in His word through a number of descriptive names that also declare His nature and His care for us. He wants us to know Him (John 14:21).

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The Emperor’s New Clothes (Hint: It’s a dress)

Don Johnson

A few days ago Matt Recker gave us an article affirming the Biblical view of human nature: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen 1.27). His article resonates with most of the readers of this blog, and I suspect, with most Christians around the world. On the heels of that article came this announcment: Obama Administration to Issue Directive on Transgender Access to School Restrooms. You may want more details, but the gist is conveyed in this chilling paragraph:

It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.

There will be more in the news as this fight goes to new levels. A recent piece sees a store security guard charged after evicting a “trans” from the women’s bathroom. In this case, the guard made the mistake of physically touching the evictee, which probably constitutes assault, regardless the amount of force used.

It is a very confusing time in our history. We are reeling from one rapid culture change to the next, seemingly in a death spiral as a society. What should Christians do about it? [Read More…]

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