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Is Apologetics Biblical? – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network – Christian Article

  Is Apologetics Biblical? by Matthew Tingblad What is “Christian apologetics”? It’s the activity of providing a rational basis for belief in the Christian faith.When we seek to demonstrate that God exists, that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened, or that the Bible is historically reliable, we are doing the work of Christian apologetics. Is Christian apologetics a good thing for Christians to be doing? If you’re reading this post and you know anything about what we do here at…

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High School Senior, Lament Your Loss But Trust the Lord – Christian Article

We are living in an unprecedented spring season. Typically this time of year, high-school seniors are playing their final season of spring sports. It’s a time marked by proms, baccalaureate services and graduation ceremonies—usually. These students have been in school for 13 long years. They’ve looked forward to walking across that stage to receive diplomas and celebrating all they’ve accomplished. It’s a ceremony that concludes one last year spent learning alongside friends they’ve known all their lives. This is what…

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A Checklist for Your Fears and Anxieties – Christian Article

This is a good time to remember God’s words to us about fear and anxiety. Though God’s words are always beautiful, now seems an especially good time to remember how God comforts us. Here are some of his most important words. Check to see if you are missing any of them. 1. You will be anxious. “When I am afraid,” the psalmist writes (Ps. 56:3). In other words, you have good reasons to be anxious. Something important to you is…

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What Does the Holy Spirit Do? – Christian Article

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is fully God, distinct from God the Father and God the Son. It is inappropriate to refer to the Holy Spirit as an “it” as if he is some impersonal force. No, he is not some impersonal force, but rather a person who acts and can be grieved. Below you can find a list of some of the things the Holy Spirit does and how to respond to his…

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We Are the Clay | Klamath Counseling Services – Christian Article

“Change my heart O God; Make it ever true.  Change my heart O God, may I be like you.  You are the Potter I am the clay.  Mold me and make me; this is what I pray” This is an old song that we used to sing in church and like many of those old songs they were pulled directly from Scripture.  This one is taken from Jeremiah 18 verses 3-5 which says: “I went down to the potter’s house…

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3 Important Things for Christians to Remember During this Pandemic – Christian Article

Like all of you, I have been trying to adjust to a new normal. Coronavirus, social distancing, shelter-in-place, flattening the curve, and online worship have all become household terms overnight and our world seems very different than it did a few weeks ago. Nearly everyone I know is trying to do their part to help prevent the spread of this virus and be a good neighbor, but in addition to “stay home” and “wash your hands,” here are three more…

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Remember Why You Left – Christian Article

1 Peter 1:17-19 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. A Christian is someone who has given up on this world.  They no longer hold on to any comfort or…

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5 Tips for Improving the Way You Study the Bible – Christian Article

When we study the Bible, we often think that means asking a question that begins, “What does the Bible say about…” Then, we proceed to ask a question that might be foreign to Scripture, a question neither the original audience nor the original authors had in their minds. It isn’t that these questions are wrong or should never be asked, but we must learn to take our Bible study beyond asking these types of questions. If you want to become…

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The Doctrine That Has Sustained Me – Christian Article

As a mother of five young children, it’s not unusual for complete strangers to ask about my family. The question I hear most often at the grocery store or the playground is, “Are they all yours?” The most awkward I hear is, “Do you not believe in birth control?” But the most surprising came one spring afternoon when my children and some of their entrepreneurial friends set up a lemonade stand in front of our house. Someone stopped their car…

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A Strategy for Resisting Worldliness and Pursuing Godliness (Podcast) – Christian Article

In this blast from the past, J. Warner examines the three cultural influences that typically derail Christians from living a God-honoring life. What do we need to say to the world in order to live for God? Jim also provides some advice for those who want to lead a small group or youth ministry as Christian case makers. Subscribe to the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast on iTunes, or add the podcast from our RSS Feed. Subscribe to the Cold-Case Christianity…

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What Should You Do About ______? – Christian Article

Matthew 3: 7-9 says “When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  Therefore produce fruit consistent with  repentance. And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!” It is easy for us to look at others and clearly see their faults and…

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Don’t Believe Your Own Press – Christian Article

Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with a widely recognized theologian at a conference. He left an impression on me with his words. After his lecture, me and some friends approached him to strike up a conversation. Our conversation was mostly surface level, mixed with a few jokes. I was happy to be in the circle. When you’re standing next to an influential person, you don’t care what’s going on. You’re just glad you’re there. But I grew discontent.…

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Go Unsatisfied | Klamath Counseling Services – Christian Article

Matthew 5:12 says  “Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven…” When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 He essentially told his followers that the life of one who lives for God is characterized by an expectation of receiving satisfaction in the future…not in the present.  It is the life of faith that pleases God, not the life that expects sight now (Hebrews 11:6).   Remember what Jesus said to Thomas after He appeared to…

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How and Why God Equips Those Called to Be Martyrs – Christian Article

The news is tragic: Boko Haram, the Islamic State’s West African Province, has beheaded Lawan Andimi, the Nigerian pastor whose hostage video-turned-testimonial earlier this month encouraged and inspired many. More than three centuries have passed since another pastor, Thomas Brooks, reflected on God’s tendency to draw nearest to his people when their persecution is most intense. In Heaven on Earth, Brooks explains that assurance—one of the greatest gifts the child of God can receive from the Father—brings joy to worship and prayer,…

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Greg Koukl: There would be no harvesting without good gardening – Christian Article

Some Christians are convinced we should try to get to the gospel in every encounter. Go for the gold. Press for the decision. Close the deal. I think the impulse is right-hearted, of course, but it’s wrongheaded for a good reason. Most people we encounter are not ripe for harvest. Don’t get me wrong. Harvesting is critical. There would be no kingdom expansion without it. But there would be no harvesting without good gardening, so without the spadework, there’s no…

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How to Love One Another, A New Series – Christian Article

Happy new year, everyone! It has been awhile since I have written a new blog post and I apologize for the delay. I am looking forward to another year of learning and growing with all of you. Today, I’m excited to briefly introduce an upcoming series of blog posts. I hope and pray it will be an encouraging series for all of us. The Importance of Love As followers of Jesus, there is nothing in the world more important than…

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Point Kids to the Gospel Through Great Books – Christian Article

One morning, while strolling through Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien described Christianity to C. S. Lewis as the “true myth.” Christ, Tolkien explained, is the full revelation of God; all other great stories merely echo that truth. Lewis later credited this discussion with Tolkien as instrumental to his Christian conversion. A century later, the wisdom of that dialogue resurfaced in my personal life, though in humbler circumstances. I didn’t walk with scholars among halls of erudition. Instead, I sat at…

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Is our social media presence edifying and Christlike? – End Times Christian Article

By Elizabeth Prata I love the Redeeming Productivity blog and podcast. Here is the author, Reagan Rose’s summary of its raison d’être: A Christian Approach to Getting Stuff Done- timeThis is Redeeming Productivity, a blog and podcast, where we talk about technology, techniques, and theology in the light of the Bible, to help Christians get more done and glorify God in how they do it. I find his voice soothing and his material Christ honoring and useful for the everyday…

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Speaking Ability ≠ Effective Ministry – Christian Article

1 Corinthians 1: 1-5 “When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.  For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on…

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Merry Christmas from Faithlife – Faithlife Blog – Christian Article

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”1 asked Charlie Brown in the Charles M. Schultz 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. With childlike simplicity, his buddy Linus answers by reciting Luke 2:8–14: And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And…

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Black Friday Deals: Save Up to 90% off Christian Courses and Books – Christian Article

This weekend’s Logos Black Friday sale is full of great resources for students of God’s Word.  Everyday Christians, small group leaders, and church staff alike can find unbelievable discounts on a variety of interesting books and courses, including these favorites: In God with Us: Themes from Matthew, you can see why D. A. Carson is one of the most thoughtful, readable theologians. This short book is an overview of Matthew that takes you chapter by chapter through the Gospel and…

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Cardigan Not Included: 8 Books to Help You Love Like Mister Rogers – Christian Article

These days are hectic and divisive—and while it can feel as if the chasms between each of us are deepening, recent films about Mister Rogers’ life are helping us remember our shared humanity.  I recently went to a screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a movie about Mister Rogers inspired by true events. I left the theater with a fresh sense of wonder for the rhythms of ordinary life and relationships. I felt the same way after watching…

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Maybe the Chairs SHOULDN’T Match – Home – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This week I’m at the Orange Conference. This table is not from this years theme. In fact in will quite likely not even be mentioned at all this week. But, as I walked around the conference I found myself looking at this table. As I looked at it, the symbolism of it struck me. This is not about a pretty picture. It’s not about a perfect place setting, worthy of a magazine. This table, and these chairs are about a…

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The Chief Distinguishing Mark of a False Prophet – Christian Article

How would you describe a false prophet? There are plenty of right responses to this question. Usually, what people think of are people who distort the Christian message for personal gain. If you said this you’d be off to a good start. But there is still one chief distinguishing mark of a false prophet above all else. What is it? The context is Matthew 7:13-23, what one church calls “The Scariest Passage in the Bible.” This is the beginning of…

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Resources on Generosity from a Biblical Perspective – Christian Article

Generosity is part of who God is—there are thousands of Bible verses that teach us about his generous character. We can also learn about biblical generosity from one another. Because we’re created to live in community, we are designed to care for and meet each other’s needs. Here are some helpful resources on generosity and the church. Poverty is much more than a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When…

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