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Nothing Much to Add to What’s Being Said – Christian Article

“A lot of people will be home,” I reasoned, “And a lot of them will be bored.” As I have often repeated, at the ten year mark I granted myself exemption from the drive to post daily here, but I figured this would be a good time to be creating content. Unfortunately, as I tried to put pen to paper — so to speak — I found it very difficult to engage any form of creativity. I’ve thought of re-purposing…

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What Approach Did You Take When Investigating the New Testament? (Video) – Christian Article

Doesn’t everyone investigate the claims of the gospels when deciding if Christianity is true? Why should more people take an investigative approach when reading the New Testament? 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,…

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The Image and Roles of the Holy Spirit Important things to learn. – Christian Article

If the Holy Spirit does not lead you, sorry you are a dead person alive! [oops I didn’t mean to punch you hard] There was a lot of discussions and debates for centuries, where churches and scholars attempted to fully comprehend the image of the Holy Spirit and describing its role. The early church came to an ultimate understanding of the person of the Holy Spirit and His work; we then inherited these traditions. The early church understood that the…

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Cast Your Burdens Game! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Teaching on worry? Don’t just talk about it, demonstrate why we need to cast our burdens on Jesus! Scriptures to Use: Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.Psalm 55:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests…

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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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How to Make Counterfeit and Quivering Christians – Christian Article

The story you’re about to read is fictional, counterfeit even, but represents a reality that continues to play out again and again. Well-meaning Christians present the gospel and then offer their listener immediate assurance of salvation via the incantation of a prepackaged prayer absent serious discipleship. Left in the wake, we often find two types of professing Christians. We’ll call them Keith and Katie; one is the counterfeit and the other is the quivering christian. As small children, Keith and…

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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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Five Reasons Christianity Did Not Copy Mystery Religions – Christian Article

  Five Reasons Christianity Did Not Copy Mystery Religions by Dr. Doug Potter It may come as a shock to hear some who say Christianity borrows the beliefs of ancient mystery religions. Was the story of Christ, Christmas itself, just taken from the pages of pagan religions? Is the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the resurrection and salvation from sin copied from ancient Greek and Roman cults? If so, this would seem to suggest that Christianity is a copycat…

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What Is the Best Historical Evidence for Christianity? (Video) – Christian Article

Cold case detective, J. Warner Wallace, answers questions following a presentation at Ohio State University. Is there any one piece of evidence that can convince someone that Christianity is true? If so, what would it be? If not, how can we make a case with any certainty? 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 more information about the reliability of…

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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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Letter to a New Believer [A Guide for New Christians] – Christian Article

You just prayed asking Jesus to forgive your sins and made Him your Lord and Savior. What comes next? Here’s my letter to a new believer: Today the angels in heaven are celebrating over you and your new spiritual birth. You have asked for and been given the free gift of immortal life with God. There are so many things I want to share with you but I don’t want to overwhelm you. You have all of eternity now to…

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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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Image Archives | Thinking Out Loud – Christian Article

Image Archives Some of the best from the February Wednesday Link Lists 2013-2016. Update: Apparently WordPress doesn’t import the links when you use media file images, but I’ll be happy to try to source these if you leave a comment. Some of them I tried and the page no longer exists. Morality in the 21st Century See the “warning” section for a problem the First Century Church never had: ““This service contains flashing lights which may cause problems for people…

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Is God Pleased with You? – Christian Article

No words can explain, nor describe the love of God. God is please with you.  Let me repeat that, God is pleased with you. Some of the greatest minds in history have struggled to categorize or give meaning to God’s love. It is far beyond our human understanding and definition. Despite our inability to ever comprehend the vastness and depth of God’s love, Christ made His love fully known to us when He sacrificed Himself to free us from the…

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Lord of the Rings Is Occultic and Anti-Christ – End Times Christian Article

Lord of the Rings Is Occultic and Anti-Christ The Lord of the Rings was the sequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, The Hobbit. This book series took shape in Tolkien’s mind in the late 1930s. One day as Tolkien was grading papers, he found a blank sheet of paper and a sentence came to his mind: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” (See “Who was Tolkien?” in Works Cited). He wrote it down and began to…

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FREE eBook: It’s About Relationships – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

NOTE: This is not a book of fluff, it is practical and will help you grow relationships. There is no shortage of programs, resources, or ideas in children’s ministry today—but at the end of the day, what is most effective in reaching kids for the Gospel hasn’t changed in a hundred years—it’s building relationships and personally introducing children to the Savior. This ebook is loaded with practical ideas on how to have a more relational ministry. You’ll be surprised by…

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The Tragedy That Never Happened – Christian Article

The Tragedy That Never Happened Tourist boats moving through European canals tend to move at slower speeds than are permitted on North American lakes. The headline might have looked like this: followed by the subheading: Witnesses Say 12-year old Was Driving I was that 12-year-old. My mother was escorting a group of seniors in a tour around a lake in Ontario’s vacation country. At least it might have been that. Or it could have been that both my parents were there…

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I Heard God Whisper, “Do you know how much I love you?” – Christian Article

I love to travel. I love everything about it. Being able to experience new places and cultures, make friends all over the world, truly excites me in such a way that I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I find it funny however, how God uses the things we love most to speak truth over our lives. For me, God has always used travel. I think He does that for two reasons, one I enjoy traveling alone. I know, many people…

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In Iran, It Is a Crime to Be a Christian | Endtime Ministries | End of the Age – End Times Christian Article

The Islamic Republic of Iran is unleashing a sweeping crackdown on Christians, particularly those who have dared to convert from Islam to Christianity. Most recently, nine Christians in Iran, possibly converts, have been convicted by the Islamic court, and each sentenced to five years in prison. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested them for attending church services at a private house. According to a report by Article 18, an Iranian NGO which promotes religious freedom: “The arresting officers introduced…

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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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Pope warns of ‘rigidity’ in living out Christian faith | Endtime Ministries | End of the Age – End Times Christian Article

Pope Francis warned Saturday that “rigidity” in living out the Christian faith is creating a “minefield” of hatred and misunderstanding in a world where Christianity is increasingly irrelevant. Francis called for Vatican bureaucrats to instead embrace change during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who work in the Holy See. Francis’ message appeared aimed at conservative and traditionalist Catholics, including within the Vatican Curia, who have voiced increasing opposition to his progressive-minded papacy. Their criticisms have…

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New Uses for the Hymn Board – Christian Article

New Uses for the Hymn Board After yesterday’s discussion on Twitter prompted by Traci Rhoades, I thought you’d like to see what my wife did when she inherited a hymn board at the church where she now serves. For Advent it got more complicated! The second line in this board is replaced each week… …with the lines shown on the right in this picture. And the candle flames on the left……end up on the hymn board on the other side of…

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Do Small Things Greatly – Christian Article

Life is full of small things, isn’t it? I don’t mean snails and sand fleas. No, I mean the small choices we make, like taking care of our bodies, and tasks we complete, like home and work responsibilities. Since “small” or seemingly routine, non-earth-shattering items construct the majority of our time, perhaps they aren’t so insignificant after all. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for daring adventures and if you follow my personal blog, you know I just returned from…

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The True Nature of Eyewitness Testimony Explains the Differences in the Gospels (Video) – Christian Article

In this video, recorded as part of the Cold-Case Christianity Course at Southern Evangelical Seminary, J. Warner Wallace describes the nature of eyewitness testimony. Given the reality of eyewitness testimony, why would anyone be surprised about the degree to which the gospels differ? For more information about Southern Evangelical Seminary, please visit their website: www.ses.edu. To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist. For more information about the reliability of the New Testament gospels and…

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Why Reasonable Doubt Is A Sufficient Standard When Investigating Christianity (Video) – Christian Article

In this video, recorded as part of the Cold-Case Christianity Course at Southern Evangelical Seminary, J. Warner Wallace describes the Standard of Proof used in criminal trials and why this standard is sufficient when investigating Christianity. J. Warner also describes why we need to be able to communicate the standard to others before we begin making the case for Christianity. For more information about Southern Evangelical Seminary, please visit their website: www.ses.edu. To see more training videos with J. Warner…

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