Why Did Jesus Speak In Parables? – Christian Article

Tweet Why did Jesus speak in parables? What was their purpose? Parables The word parable means to “cast alongside” something else, so Jesus used parables in His teachings in this manner. He would cast out a truth alongside an earthly story. Sometimes their purpose was to hide the meaning; sometimes it was to make it plain, but Jesus used parables as an earthly story about a heavenly concept. He was trying to explain the…

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Whatever Happened To Integrity? – Christian Article

Tweet How has integrity been disintegrating in society, business, and especially in politics? Costly Choices Years ago, a man applied for an executive position with a large company. He was applying for the Chief Financial Officer position…a job that paid over a quarter million dollars annually. After the man was interviewed by the CEO, and then later spoke to the Board, they all agreed that the man was a good choice. After approving of…

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The Profound Love of God for Us and How Only Jesus Christ Satisfies Us – End Times Christian Article

The Profound Love of God for Us and How Only Jesus Christ Satisfies Us Philippians chapter 4, verse 1 reveals a profound truth about God’s love for us, which God put into the heart of Paul for the church at Philippi. Philippians 4:1 —  “[1] Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” [End quote] In Philippians 1:8, Paul wrote this: Philippians 1:8 — “[8] For God…

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Consider Yourself Dead – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push();  ” So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 Consider yourself dead. That’s a pretty striking statement. We love to talk about being “alive” in Christ. So why do I see so many Christians trudging through life powerless, purposeless, and lost in their pursuit of Jesus? As Christians we don’t want to obsessively focus on our sin, yet no matter how much we resist,…

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On Issuing a “Farewell” to Those With Whom You Disagree

There’s a classic Negro spiritual, In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning. My parents owned a copy of the song covered by a group of white guys (not the version by the Gaither Vocal Band) and for some reason it got lodged in my brain Sunday morning while getting ready to leave for worship. The song urges the listener to do what they can now in order to “fare well” at the sound of the trumpet ushering in the judgement of…

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Grace & truth | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Much has been debated recently regarding Singapore’s Penal Code, in particular Section 377A, following the recent decision by the Indian Supreme Court to rule in favour of decriminalising homosexuality. Several individuals (including prominent public figures) and groups have weighed in on both sides in print and online media platforms, and some have even been aggressively garnering support for online petitions either to support or repeal. What follows is a personal reflection on this pertinent…

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Let Fiction Help You Embrace Tension – Christian Article

I’m thankful for Christians doing the hard work of writing or promoting fiction. I think of fiction writers like Randy Alcorn, who challenges skepticism toward Christian fiction in this refreshing article. I think of non-fiction writers who choose to write novels—Jared C. Wilson, author of Otherworld, and Trevin Wax, author of Clear Winter Nights. Of course, I can’t fail to mention great works of literary criticism like Karen Swallow Prior’s On Reading Well. I’m hopeful these works will inspire not only an increased enthusiasm for reading…

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Guard My Mouth | Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3 Thought How important is our speech? Jesus said it revealed what was going on in our hearts. Proverbs repeatedly tells us that our words can wound or heal. The apostle Paul tells us to speak only what will benefit those who hear us. In light of these Scriptures, this prayer of David is very appropriate. Only God can help us tame the…

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Facts v truth – Living the life God intended – Christian Article

Hi how was you week? Mine was good but I had a few bad days. Have you ever had a bad day? You know what you should be thinking and focusing on but somehow the negative takes over. What I need to remind myself on those days is the difference between facts and truth. Truth is always the Word of God. But what are facts? A fact is the dictionary means a thing that is known or proved to be…

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Thoughts about God Daily Devotional by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation” Revelation 3:14 Recently, during my quiet time with God, I began using a series of books entitled, The Indescribable Christ by Charles Rolls. My thoughts were directed to the amazing words of Christ. Think about it. His words do not become less powerful or less true with the passing of time. Through the centuries His words have never changed or fluctuated. They have…

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The power of words By Claire Musters – Christian Article

I know that we are very aware of how powerful our words are – that our spoken words have the power to change someone’s day, literally, when they either bring encouragement or cut the person down. But I was struck again by the power behind what us writers do at a gig this week. On Tuesday I spent the evening at the O2 Academy in Islington, watching Lauren Daigle play a spectacular set with her incredible musicians and singers. They…

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Loving Jesus in a Secular Age – Christian Article

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy.  Collin Hansen: My name is Collin Hansen. I’m the editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and have been privileged to serve in this position for the last almost 10 years since 2010. Secularism is so pervasive today that we lack context for even understanding what’s changed, what’s changed in our culture, what’s changed in our world. But in…

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God’s Blessings | Devotional by Alec Niemi – Christian Article

As a Pastor I quite often get requests to bless many things including homes, babies, jobs and even a child’s kitten once. From a Biblical perspective a blessing is an indication or a mark of God’s relationship with an individual or a select group of people. When a person or group is blessed it is receiving God’s grace upon them. When I do a prayer of blessing I always pray for the individual, be it in of the home, the…

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How Billy Graham Overcame His Doubts about the Bible – Christian Article

By Matt Brown Billy Graham passed away in early 2018. nearly 100 years after he was born. That day, America—and the world, really—lost one of the greatest evangelists of all time. He undoubtedly communicated the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in human history. Three hundred million people heard him share the simple gospel message live, and countless millions more watched and listened through television, radio broadcasts, and online videos. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Billy Graham:…

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Keep These Things and Ponder Them in Your Heart – Christian Article

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 (KJV) Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus, is noted in Scripture as loving God in at least three ways: Her memory (she “kept all these things“), her affections (she kept them “in her heart“), and her intellect (she “pondered them“). Her memory, affection, and understanding were all intently fascinated with the things which she heard. Friend, remember what you know about Jesus, and what He has…

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Changing the World Through Love: What I Noticed When I Read 1, 2, 3 John – Christian Article

John’s epistles are a great example of why context, following an author’s train of thought, and appreciating an author’s unique style are so incredibly important. John assumes his audience can see the beautiful themes he has expertly woven into the fabric of the text. Therefore, we run the risk of completely misunderstanding any single verse when we rip it from its context to use it as an isolated prooftext. Here are some of the things I noticed when I sat…

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Thoughts about God Daily Devotional by John Grant – Christian Article

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40 The first month of the year is the month of resolutions, most broken by the second month of the year. What are your resolutions? Maybe they are things…

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Quick Shot: “There are no objective truths” – Christian Article

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, “There are no objective truths.” Response #1:“Are you sure? Is that statement objectively true? If there…

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