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Rejoice Always – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Sound carries loud across backyard into the house. Excited exclamations punctuated by shrieks and screams as I try to concentrate and work. Irritated, I rise and look out the back porch, flung open wide to embrace the cool evening air. Boys and dad fish illegally in the back yard pond. I watch slightly annoyed by the…

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The Apostles’ Creed — Why does it say Jesus Descended into Hell? – Christian Article

Part of the Apostles’ Creed of the Roman Catholic Church, in its latest translation of texts, states that Jesus “ . . . was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead. . . .” For about fifteen hundred years the Apostles’ Creed stated Jesus had visited hell for a short time after his death. Could this be correct? If it is, then why did he go there? Our…

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What Prompted Me to Start Investigating Christianity (Video) – Christian Article

Why should anyone care about Christianity? Why did you get interested in the first place? In this interview with Patrick & Tony from Cave to the Cross Apologetics, J. Warner talks about the case for Christianity, the nature of faith, and the role of evidential and presuppositional apologetics. Be sure to check out other Cave to the Cross podcasts! To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For more information about the reliability of the…

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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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When the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Ride — Revelation 6 – Christian Article

Throughout two thousand years of Christian history, and several hundred years longer in Jewish history, the idea of an apocalypse has been studied. This predicted cataclysm is a series of earth-wide events, preceding God’s destruction of the evil ruling powers impacting humanity. Although previously implied and even promised, these events are symbolically described in detail in a revelation from Jesus to the Apostle John, recorded in what is commonly called the Book of Revelation. After being exiled to the small…

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Why I Rarely Share My Personal Testimony and Why Shouldn’t Be Quick to Share Yours (Video) – Christian Article

In this devotional, given to the staff at Samaritan’s Purse, J. Warner describes the way contemporary Christians have reinterpreted the nature of Christian “testimony.” How did the earliest Christians use this word, and what does their use of the term tell us about our duty as Christians? Be sure to visit the great work Samaritan’s Purse is doing with Operation Heal Our Patriots: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/coldcasechristianity To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For more information…

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When and How Much Should We Rely on Biblical Experts? (Video) – Christian Article

Cold case detective, J. Warner Wallace discusses Cold-Case Christianity with Brady Blevins from the Atheist Christian Book Club. In this clip, J. Warner answers an objection leveled by an atheist in the group: Readers see that you (J. Warner) seem to agree with some scholars in your book but disagree with others. How does this make sense? J. Warner addresses this issue as he describes the nature of circumstantial evidence. To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.…

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Cannibalism – What Does the Bible Say? – Christian Article

Someone would be hard-pressed to imagine something more troubling or macabre than the taboo of eating human flesh. Now, in the animal kingdom, cannibalism is fairly common and found in more than fifteen hundred species, but this activity is rare in humans, just maybe not as rare as you might expect. Once, during a study about difficult passages in the Bible, someone said, “I don’t understand how people can eat another person. God plainly says it is forbidden.” Well, that…

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The art of Hildegard of Bingen – Curious Christian – Christian Article

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, herbalist and overall polymath, who ruled her own monastery of Rupertsberg, high on a hill in rural Germany. Hildegard’s most significant works were her three volumes of visionary theology: Scivias (“Know the Ways”), Liber Vitae Meritorum (“Book of the Rewards of Life”); and Liber Divinorum Operum (“Book of Divine Works”). In these works, Hildegard first describes each vision, whose details are often strange and enigmatic,…

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Is the Church Doing Enough to Teach Apologetics? (Video) – Christian Article

Cold case detective, J. Warner Wallace, answers questions following a presentation at Ohio State University. Given the fact that our young people face so many objections to Christianity today, are churches doing enough to prepare their members to respond to these objections? How can we increase the teaching of apologetics in our churches? Be sure to check out Eric Chabot’s ministry on the campus of Ohio State. To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For…

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Our Future After Death — Resurrection on Earth or Life in Heaven? – Christian Article

This was a rather difficult article to write, because there are so many Christians with opposing opinions. Serious debates covering this topic produce anxiety, and many lay people show signs of agitation discussing this subject. I know, because I’ve seen, heard, and been involved with it all. I’ve been called sacrilegious, profane, and anti-Christian in my opinions and even, once, someone implied that I am a minister of the devil — “Exactly what kind of minister are you, anyway?” a…

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Inside Out – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

Bright morning sun has me squinting hard as I bend down to peer through the open window of a car now coasted to a stop beside my dog, Lucy. “What’s going on?” my neighbor asks. I pause considering an obligatory response then plunge forward in a current of honesty. “Walking in anger and unforgiveness.” He doesn’t miss a beat, “That’s all of us.” Trials are a test – not pass or fail but to improve strength and reveal weakness. I’ve…

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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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Happy on the bench? | The CVM Blog – Christian Article

I was sitting watching the football on the TV during a very rare night off and as the camera panned round to the dugout, there sat members of the coaching staff, management, medical team and substitute players. The commentator singled out one of the players (whose name is irrelevant to this story), and said, “Surely he’s not happy just sitting on the bench”. This took me back to my football playing days…yes, I can remember back that far…when at the age…

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Anger Management: A Christian Perspective – Christian Article

The Bible tells us of two opposing groups of spiritual emotions, desires, and acts. There is a good or nice group which we should strive to emulate and the other, a bad or evil one of which we should choose to reject. On the good side are the ‘fruits of the spirit’: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” (Galatians 5:22b-23, NRSV).1 Opposite these spiritual niceties are the evil ‘works of the flesh’ which are bad or…

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Apologetics: Was the Story of Christmas Based on a Pagan Myth? – Christian Article

  Apologetics: Was the Story of Christmas Based on a Pagan Myth? by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones It’s an accusation that’s been around a long time. Even in ancient times, critics of Christianity noticed some parallels between Christian beliefs and pre-Christian myths. In the late second century, a pagan philosopher named Celsus charged, “The Christians have used the myths of Danae and the Melanippe, of the Auge and Antiope in fabricating this story of virgin birth!” In more recent times,…

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the Snake in Genesis 3 — was it Satan or Not? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

As I get older and my knees hurt more, I use a walking cane to help me get around. I thought that a really nice one would be fun to have when leaving the house and going someplace special. In my grandfather’s day, he would have called it his “Sunday-go-to-meeting cane.” Since on our wedding anniversary, my wife and I exchange personal gifts, I thought I would bring this idea up to her, as our special date was approaching. “Mary,”…

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Consuming Fire – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

His voice shook the earth and Moses trembled in terror and fear. The untouchable mountain burned with darkness, gloom and storm. What was commanded could not be borne. Then God. His voice shook earth, water, sky. Now He promises. Promises to shake not just earth but also the Heavens. A kingdom that cannot be shaken. Mount Zion, city of the living God. The heavenly Jerusalem. Thousands upon thousands of angels assemble in joy. Jesus, mediator of the new covenant. Sprinkled…

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Reflections from the Daughter of Bertrand Russell – Christian Article

  Reflections from the Daughter of Bertrand Russell by Sean McDowell A friend recently suggested I pick up a copy of My Father, Bertrand Russell, which was written by his daughter Katharine Tait in 1975. It was absolutely fascinating. She starts with her earliest memories growing up in London and closes the book with these words: “He was the most fascinating man I have ever known, the only man I ever loved, the greatest man I shall ever meet, the…

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Paul’s Trip to Philippi — the Story of Lydia, the Demon, and Jail – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

The Book of Acts, according to tradition, was written by the apostle Luke from his personal experiences and those of people he knew. There are, however, academics that believe another source of authorship should be considered, but that is not our focus at this time. Our study will concern chapter 16 of Acts, which includes a journey of Paul, Silas, and Timothy to Macedonia. First, let us learn a little background information. Paul had neither required Gentile converts to be…

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Armor of God – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

If God is for me, who can be against me? He graciously gives all things. Mercy. Grace. His Own Son. Reconciliation instead of separation. Once lost, now found. I am more than a conqueror in Christ. No weapon formed against me can stand. The Lord vindicates His servants. Strengthens and helps. Gives courage. His righteous, right Hand upholds. I will not be shaken. The Spirit He gives is not fearful. Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.…

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Quick Shot: “There is no such thing as sin” – Christian Article

  Quick Shot: “There is no such thing as sin” by J Warner Wallace Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot:…

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Storm Rider – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the One who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13 Come to Me – I give rest to those who labor. The heavily laden. The burdens you carry I never intended. Lay it down, let it go. I long to gather you close. Learn from Me, for I am gentle. Humble in heart. Draw near. My steadfast love endures forever. When the…

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Should Christians Believe in Climate Change? – Christian Article

It’s no secret that people in our culture are deeply polarized over many different issues. One of the issues on which there seems to be much division is man-made climate change. Some say that humans are destroying the planet through carbon emissions. Others are doubtful, believing man-made climate change is politically motivated and has no basis in fact. How should Christians respond to the climate change debate? Should a Christian worldview allow for the possibility that we might be damaging…

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A Study in John 3 — and that Snake on a Pole Thing – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and prominent member of the Sanhedrin, came one night to visit Jesus and discuss his new religious doctrine. Now, a Pharisee was a member of a Jewish sect noted for strict observance of the rites and ceremonies of the written law — that of the law of Moses as well as Jewish oral traditions concerning the law.1 The Sanhedrin, headed by a High Priest, was the supreme council and tribunal of the Jews and had religious, civil,…

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