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Utmost Importance: The Emergent Church

I just had a new thought. I have been absent from the blogging world for a while, because I always seem to want that big, attention grabbing post, and I just haven’t had the inspiration for it (yet).

Anyway, I have not been posting about ideas and articles that I read, that I may have an opinion about because they just aren’t “blog worthy.”

Well, that will change. As they come to me, I will post them with the tag, “Utmost Importance.”  They are urgent reads that need attention in our culture today.  So here is one based on something  I just read on a blog. Continue reading

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How Great Is Our God – Part 5

If you were reading this blog back in the beginning of 2008, this will make more sense than if you weren’t. From January 2008 to April 2008, I posted a series of blogs titled, “How Great Is Our God.” The purpose of these was to look more in depth at the attributes of God. Obviously, there are so many, so I want to post another part in this title series. This part is going to look at the Sovereignty of God.

The sovereignty of God is the absolute authority, rule, and government of God in the whole of the reality that exists distinct from Himself. It respects His relation to other beings and to all other being and existence.

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Who Is This Blog For?

As a new follower of Christ what should our goal be? We should be longing to be taught. We should have a hunger for the Word of God. Of course, we have to have a starting point. A new believer should not, in my opinion, delve right in to the book of Revelation. We should, possibly, start at the gospel in John, or maybe Philippians, or possibly Romans.

Now, for someone who has been following Christ for a while, what should our goal be? The goal should be the same as a new believer! We should be longing to be taught. We should have a hunger for the Word of God. However, does that mean that we should continuously read John, or Philippians, or Romans? Yes, of course! But we must move Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – Is God Responsible For Evil?

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

If God is sovereign, is He responsible for evil?

No. Scripture says that when God finished His creation, He saw everything and declared it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Many Scriptures affirm that God is not the author of evil: “God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone” (James 1:13). “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33)-and if that is true, He cannot in any way be the author of evil.

Occasionally someone will quote Isaiah 45:7 (KJV) and claim it proves God made evil as a part of His creation: “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things” (emphasis added). Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – Does Doctrine Really Matter?

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

Is it enough to “believe in Jesus” in some amorphous sense that divorces “faith” from any particular doctrine about Him, or is doctrine–and the content of our faith–really important after all?

Scripture plainly teaches that we must be sound in the faith–which is to say that doctrine does matter (1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 4:2-3; Tit. 1:9; 2:1). It matters a lot.

“If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing” (1 Tim. 6:3-4, emphasis added). Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – Justification By Faith

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

The Reformation doctrine of justification by faith is, and has always been, the number one target of the enemy’s attack. It provides the foundation of the bridge that reconciles God and man–without that key doctrine, Christianity falls. But the doctrine that the Reformers so painstakingly clarified, even spilled blood over, has become so muddled today that many Protestants barely recognize it. Sadly, there are some who react against a clear presentation of justification, calling it nothing more than useless hair-splitting. Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – What Is Truth?

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

Ask anyone today, What is truth?, and you’re sure to start an interesting conversation. Try it on a university campus and you’re likely to receive laughter, scorn, and derision. The concept of truth has clearly fallen on hard times, and the consequences of rejecting it are ravaging human society. So let’s go back to the starting point and answer the question: What is truth?

One of the most profound and eternally significant questions in the Bible was posed by an unbeliever. Pilate—the man who handed Jesus over to be crucified—turned to Jesus in His final hour, and asked, “What is truth?” It was a rhetorical question, a cynical response to what Jesus had just revealed: “I have come into the world, to testify to the truth.” Continue reading

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5 Days of MacArthur – The Rationality of Faith

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

Faith is not the abandonment of reason. People who think faith needs to be divorced from our intellectual faculties have in effect abandoned the very possibility of discernment.

The notion that logic and sound reason are hostile to faith actually substitutes irrationality for genuine faith. Irrationality and discernment are polar opposites. Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Love?

What does it mean to love? Does it mean giving someone what they want? Does it mean never getting angry? One definition of love by dictionary.com is “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.”

I am going to say that love first came from God. Without love from God, I would say that we wouldn’t know how to love at all. Think of it in this way: You have a cup – even better – you are a cup. God’s love goes into you, and then that love flows out to other people. Continue reading

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Facing Your Giants

Have you ever seen the movie, Facing The Giants? If you haven’t, I would recommend you watch it. That is where I got the title for this blog, but this isn’t about the movie. This is about facing the giants in your own life.

I am going to define “giant” as something that is unusually great in size, power or influence; something that is daunting and oppressing.

So what are examples of a giant in one’s life? It could be anything like Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Islam

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the already ecumenical climate in America has reached new heights. In an effort to distinguish between the extremist Muslim terrorists and the mainstream Muslim population, the media has called for an even higher level of tolerance and acceptance of the religion of Islam than usual.

In a 2002 issue of Newsweek, for instance, religion editor Kenneth Woodward asserts that “mere tolerance of other religions is not enough” and that “even the acceptance of other religions as valid paths to God is insufficient” (“How Should We Think About Islam?” Newsweek, December 31, 2001 / January 7, 2002, p. 104). According to Woodward, “the most important theological agenda of the new millennium” is for committed Christians, Jews, and Muslims to “find within their own traditions sound theological reasons for valuing other faiths without compromising their own” (ibid., pp. 104-05).

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Understanding Islam

By John MacArthur

This article originally appeared here.

With all that is going on today, can you help me gain a basic understanding of Islam? How does it differ from biblical Christianity?

Islam is actually a word that means “surrender” or “submission.” Islam claims to be fully surrendered to the will of Allah. And the will of Allah,Muslims believe, was revealed through his prophet Mohammed. The revelation is written down in the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

There are six basic articles of faith in Islam and five duties. A simple Islamic doctrinal statement would look something like this: Continue reading

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