4 Overlooked Ways the Holy Spirit Is Active

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I ran across this article in Charisma Magazine, entitled 4 Overlooked Ways the Holy Spirit Is Active and I thought you should see this: Read the rest of this entry »

What Do Muslims Really Mean?

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via: What is Meant When Muslims Invoke The Name Of Jesus?

Recently, Christian leaders in America allowed a Muslim imam to lead an Islamic service at the National Cathedral. Leaders of both Houses of Congress stood in solemn silence, heads bowed reverently and respectfully as the names of Allah and Mohammed were venerated in America’s foremost Christian house of worship. Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching the Flock: Three Ways We Outrage God

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Originally posted on The Pursuit of God:

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The Holy Spirit is God Almighty, not your subordinate. It seriously irks the Holy Spirit when you try to tell Him what He is supposed to preach on Sunday morning, or what He’s supposed to teach in your small group or Sunday School class. Just because you’re in the mood to talk about some particular passage in the Bible doesn’t mean God is. Just because you’re impressed with some famous pastor in the Church doesn’t mean God shares your lofty opinion of the man. Many of the bestselling books we’re regurgitating from the pulpit are nothing more than foolish dribble. Popular doesn’t mean correct. And even if a book has some useful points in it, today might not be the day that the Holy Spirit wants to make those points to your particular audience.

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Warning Against Current Sexual Revolution

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via: Rick Warren, Russell Moore Warn Against Current Sexual Revolution, Defend Marriage at Vatican Conference With Pope Francis

Russell MooreSouthern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, both speaking at a Vatican conference Tuesday, warned that Christians should not succumb to the current sexual revolution or waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

The Vital Place of the Church

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Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

I-will-build-my-churchTo say that, oftentimes, the world and the culture has invaded the Church in America over the past several decades is not an understatement. A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) wrote about this very issue primarily in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and it is even more apparent in our tech-saavy and culture saturated churches and mega-churches of today. Tozer wrote frequently about the current state of the church and its need to get back to the basics of true discipleship, and his insights clearly peered into a future he never lived to see. However, with all of the flaws found in the modern church today, Tozer believed that the following characteristics permeated true believers and that “the people who formed the minimal church should adhere to at least three standards” (quote source here):

1) they must trust Christ for their salvation;
2) they must worship God in spirit; and
3) they must…

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What Does It Mean To Accept Christ

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nhiemstra:

Oh so important to understand. In our modern evangelical endeavors, we often forget to present the Truth to non-believers. Here these words carefully so you can truly receive the Life Christ is offering you.

Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

WhatsInItForMeEasy believism has become the bane of today’s modern Christianity (see GotQuestions?org at this link for a definition on what is meant by the term easy believism”). Another catch phrase used in evangelical circles is that a person needs to Accept Christ.” But what exactly does it mean to accept Christ? Is it just something we do or a prayer we say at some point in time and then continue on our merry way through life doing whatever it is we want to do? More times than not, it seems that way in our culture today. We put on a good show by looking good and saying all the right words and maybe showing up for church on Sunday, but underneath it all there’s often not much depth if any at all, and our foundation crumbles when the bottom falls out of our…

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Miracles Follow the Plow

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nhiemstra:

Sara seems to enjoy Tozer as much as I do, so I have to share this with you . . .

Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the introduction to The Best of A.W. Tozer,” originally published in 1978 and republished as The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book 1,” in 2007, Dr. Warren Wiersbe, who compiled the book, writes the following about A.W. Tozer (1897-1963):

“I guess my philosophy is this: Everything is wrong until God sets it right.”

That statement from Dr. A.W. Tozer perfectly summarized what he believed and what he tried do during his years of ministry. The entire focus of his preaching and writing was on God. He had no time for religious hucksters who were inventing new ways to promote their wares and inflate their statistics. Like Thoreau, whom he read and admired, Tozer marched to a different drummer; and for this reason, he was usually out of step with many of the people in the religious parade.

But it was this evangelical eccentricity…

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