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It is highly improbable that Genesis 1:1 contains a genitive clause, and it is equally improbable that the verse could be rendered with a dependent clause.
Bible study and meditation are both important avenues of listening to God and being changed by his Word. Explore both approaches in this 6-session resource.
The world-class Creation Museum is now eleven years old and is in need of some upgrades to better communicate our message in our changing culture.
2018 was a busy year for biology. We covered many of these events on Answers News or our website to equip the church to answer the questions of our day.
A record 1 in 5 freshman politicians falls into a Protestant catchall category.At the swearing-in of the 116th United States Congress today, nearly 100 new legislators will take the oath of office, pledging to “well and faithfully discharge” their new duties, “so help me God.”After last year’s campaign and midterm elections, the ceremony represents answered prayers for dozens of incoming evangelical politicians.Though the overall number of Christians in Congress fell slightly from 91 percent from 2017 to 88 percent in 2019, a vast majority of freshmen—78­ of the 96 newly elected lawmakers—identify as Christian and around half—47—are Protestants, according to the Pew Research Center’s Faith on the Hill report.With the largest freshman class since 2011, these representatives bring historic levels of diversity to Washington, a range of backgrounds outside politics, and deep convictions about faith in governance. The group includes Sunday school teachers, deacons, Christian college graduates, missions trip participants, prayer advocates, a former aspiring pastor, and plenty of churchgoers.“In Romans 13, government officials are described as ministers of God,” said Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who assumes Claire McCaskill’s seat, in an interview last year about his faith. “That’s how serious God is about politics.”Former counsel with the religious liberty legal group Becket (where he helped defend the Hobby Lobby and Hosanna-Tabor cases before the Supreme Court), Hawley belongs to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, speaks before Baptist crowds, and is one of 22 freshmen who identify as unspecified/other Protestants in the congressional questionnaire from CQ Roll Call, the basis for the Pew report released ...Continue reading...
Simple steps to help you prepare better, preach stronger and have a greater impact.One of the greatest challenges of pastoring is coming up with something fresh to say to the same people week after week.As a pastor, I’ve been preaching for over 30 years. Over 4,000 messages. For many years I would regularly run out of things to say – or, more accurately, new ways to reinforce the same foundational truths - but Sunday was coming whether I was ready or not.If you’re a preaching/teaching pastor, you know the Saturday Night Dread. The “what am I going to say this week that they haven’t all heard 100 times before?” panic.It still happens to me occasionally, but it doesn’t happen as much as it used to, because over the last three decades I’ve learned a few tools that reduce the pressure and make Preacher’s Block a little less frequent.What To Talk About?The main issue in Preacher’s Block is coming up with a subject. An idea valid enough to be worth saying, but fresh enough to keep people’s interest.That’s easy when the audience is new. Or when you’re new to them. But when you’ve been at the same church for years, even decades, you can’t keep saying what you’ve said before – even (especially) if you’re reinforcing the same foundational Bible principles you’ve taught dozens of times.Over the decades I’ve discovered a handful of tools that help in this task. They’re not the “right” way to preach and/or prepare. They’re some tools that work for me. And maybe they’ll help you, too.1. Preach In A SeriesYeah, I know. This is not exactly a new idea. But of all the ways to reduce the “what am I going to preach about?” panic, this is the best one, by far.By preaching ...Continue reading...
Christians in 16 countries will finally get their own versions of New Testament stories. An estimated 160,000 people will be able to experience New Testament stories in their own sign languages for the first time thanks to this week’s Passion Conference, which raised nearly a half-million dollars for Bible translations for the deaf.Though there are hundreds of sign languages, none have a full Bible translation, and just 2 percent of deaf people around the world have access to the Gospels in their sign languages, which is crucial for deeper understanding of Scripture, according to the Deaf Bible Society.Donations from the 40,000 students at Passion 2019 will go toward translating Gospel stories for the deaf in 16 countries: Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Moldova, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, and Russia.In recent years, Louie Giglio’s popular student conference has raised millions for justice causes, but this was its first year urging participants to back sign language Bible translations.The event, held in Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC, featured from the main stage a 21-year-old who leads Bible studies for the deaf in her community in the Philippines. She prayed in sign language and appeared with an interpreter.“I’m partially deaf and wear a hearing aid in my left ear. So to hear that the #Passion2019 mission this year is to help reach deaf community, I cried,” tweeted one attendee.Sign languages, with an estimated 400 different versions used around the world, have been considered the final frontier for Bible translation, according to Wycliffe Bible Translators. American Sign Language is the only one that has a full New Testament translation.Because sign languages aren’t structured like text-based ...Continue reading...
Today's category: PastorsSecret Sin Three pastors went to the pastor convention and were all sharing one room. The first pastor said, "Let's confess our secret sins one to another. I'll start - my secret sin is I just love to gamble. When I go out of town, it's cha-ching cha-ching, let the machines ring." The second pastor said, "My secret sin is that I just hate working. I copy all my sermons from those given by other pastors." The third pastor said, "My secret sin is gossiping and, oh boy, I just can't wait to get out of this room!"View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
This New Year's Day, as we look forward to the year ahead, let's take some time to look back on 2018 and thank God for what he has done by his grace.
In 2018, we covered several news items from many disciplines of science. All of the news items pointed to the accuracy of Scripture in history and science.
Without theoriginal texts of theBible in our hands,how can we besure our survivingcopies don't containlots of mistakes?
You can bring even more of the 2017 World Religions and Cults conference teaching into your home or church. We've recently created a World Religions DVD Set #2.
Flat-earthers often claim that moonlight has a cooling property. I present the results of three independent experiments that test this claim.
Link: http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2019/01/the-disease-of-ambition.phpFormat: Web PageTopic(s): Pride & HumilityAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Bruce Baugus
Gallup's latest poll finds Americans now believe clergy (at a record low) are nearly as honest and ethical as journalists (at a record high).Though the Bible describes shepherds of the church as “blameless,” (Titus 1:6), “upright” (Titus 1:8), and “above reproach” (1 Tim. 3:2), Americans—even Christians—take a much more pessimistic view.According to a new Gallup survey, the country’s perception of pastors fell to a record low in 2018.Fewer than half of American Christians (42%) believe clergy have “high” or “very high” standards of honesty and ethics, according to breakouts provided to CT. Self-identified Christians were about as likely to rate clergy’s ethical standards as just average (43%), and about 1 in 10 (12%) considered them “low” or “very low.”Among Americans as a whole, trust in the clergy fell to 37 percent, making it the eighth-most-trusted profession in the country—ranking below multiple medical professions, teachers, and police and just above journalists and building contractors.Over the last 40 years, Gallup has measured the country’s view of the trustworthiness of faith leaders along with a range of other professions. Clergy trust peaked in 1985, when two-thirds of Americans said clergy had a “high” or “very high” honesty and ethical standard.That percentage hovered in the high 50s throughout the 1990s, until dropping to 52 percent in 2002 around the height of the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. Though Americans’ ratings of their clergy rallied slightly, they’ve been on a steady downward trajectory for most of the last decade.“These latest low ratings on the clergy come on the heels of more investigations into child sex abuse by Catholic priests in the US,” state Gallup ...Continue reading...
Temple Baptist Church - 11-4-2018Psalm 103:1-5Introduction:A. As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I thought it good to reflect upon the goodness of God to His children. 1. Psalm 103 is one of the more notable Psalms dealing with thanksgiving. It begins with the blessed blessing God. Acts 20:35 … remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. 2. Verse 1 is a reflection upon what the Lord has done for those who know Him.B. We live in an ever-changing world. 1. As Barbara and I were walking into Walmart Thursday, the morning after Halloween, the first thing that we noticed was that a Christmas Tree had been set up in front of the doors. 2. The last time that I thought about it, Thanksgiving Day was next. On Walmart's agenda but, this year, the change was evident. 3. Christmas, the commercial one, was next. Thanksgiving Day is now just a family day with little profit for Walmart.4. I understand that Walmart is a commercial store, not a spiritual one and their main goal is profit so I am not being hard on the Walmart stores.5. But their openness with the “beginning of the holiday season” reflects the heart of the nation. Instead of Merry Christmas, it will be Happy Holidays.C. I know that this may seem trivial to many, but Thanksgiving Day, in the traditional sense, had its beginning as a day of thanksgiving to our wonderful Creator for His many blessing upon us.D. But the world in general no longer wants God. E. Across our country there is a spirit of ingratitude. 1. Today, we hear the word “entitlement” instead of the words “Thank you.” 2. So many people believe that the government, society, or someone else owes them a living and what they receive is never enough. Their only concern is for self! 3. This attitude breeds a lack of thankfulness. Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.F. As we approach everyday (not just Thanksgiving Day), as the children of God, let each of us remember to give thanks. The Bible says much about thanksgiving: Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.Psalms 95:1-3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.G. We need to thank God publicly. We are here to do so this morning. Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.H. But, more importantly, we need to thank god privately. Our personal devotion is who and what we are! Psalms 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.I. David is the author of the Psalm through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost as all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. Holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. David's life was characterized by ups and downs. His life was full to good times and bad times. His life was noted for its successes and failures.J. Some of things that can certainly be noted concerning David's relationship with the Lord were:1. David loved the Lord! The 23rd Psalm is a reflection of David's love for and trust in the Lord. “The Lord is my Shepherd!”2. David desired to live his best for the Lord! He is the only man in the Bible described as a man after God's own heart.a) Abraham was called the “Friend Of God”b) Moses was called the “Servant Of The Lord!”c) John The Baptist was called the “Greatest Prophet Born Of Woman!”d) David was called a “Man After Gods Own Heart!” K. Here, we find the “blessed” blessing the One who blesses! Through all of the trials and tribulations that David experienced in his life, he knew that he was blessed and thanked the Lord for it. Several things stick out to me in the first two verses.1. The Resolve of Thanksgiving. “Bless the LORD” is a command given to self. Gratitude is not a natural thing in the flesh. a. Sometimes we take the blessings of the LORD for granted. b. Sometimes we believe that we deserve the blessings of the LORD. c. Sometimes we credit fate or luck for the things that the LORD has provided for us.2. The Desire of Thanksgiving. “O my soul” a. When in the hard times of life, it is easy to fail to see the good things of life because we are shrouded with the evil things. All of us have had or are having hard times and, though it is in the valleys that we grow, it is easy allow our disappointments, discouragements, etc. to take our eyes off of the LORD. b. God was good to David in his youth. David spent his youth in obscurity watching over his father's sheep. b. God was good to David in his manhood. In his young manhood, he was anointed King of Israel but never got to sit on a throne. In the meantime, he spent most of his time hiding from King Saul. His life was one of battles and, yet, he knew that he was blessed of God. c. God was good to David in his failures as well as his victories.3. The Depth of Thanksgiving. “all that is within me” a. What a blessing it is to praise the LORD with all our hearts for His goodness and mercy. So many times we say thanks without actually being thankful. A good example of this is blessing our food. We go through the right ritual and say the right words but often pay little attention to the wonderful food that God has provided for us while multitudes are starving. b. We mention being blessed of God but move through life in a thankless manner without taking time to look around and “smell the roses.” In the midst of problems, we have so much to be thankful for.4. The Reminder of Thanksgiving. “bless his holy name” a. Our thanksgiving is to the Giver of life. The Bible says that He has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. He is our Creator who loves us and thinks upon us. b. We live in the greatest nation on earth; we eat more than we need; we share the comforts of good homes, the conveniences of transportation, and the ease of royalty. I love to hear the song “God bless America!”5. The Possibility of Thanksgiving. “forget not all his benefits” a. Being saved is so much more than just going to heaven. It is a blessing filled life here on earth and then heaven. It is easy in this rat-race world to get caught up in the busyness of things and not taking time to simply say, “Thank you, LORD, for your blessings upon one as underserving as me.” b. We have good health in the midst of so much sickness and suffering around us.c. We have our church family! What a blessing and privilege it is to come and just see our brothers and sisters in Christ. To come out of the world for a few minutes and experience the peace that only God can give.d. We have the Holy Spirit living within; we have the Word of God in our hand; we have the church when we are down and out. We are blessed! Let us bless the LORD for He has certainly blessed us.
For nearly 60 years Barbie and Ken—the dolls produced by Mattel—have been a pair. But a gay couple is meeting with Mattel in the hopes of changing that.
Researchers have announced what they believe to be the oldest flowering plant, a flower with a tree-shaped style and spoon-shaped petals.
Learn from God's Word on topics such as pornography, gender identity, sex and the single woman, and much more at our 2019 Answers for Women conference.
Questions about their reliability deserve better than sheepish mumbling.Last month, Harvard psychologist and atheist public intellectual Steven Pinker posted this provocative tweet: “As any Jew knows, there is controversy (to put it mildly) over whether Jesus was the messiah. But did he exist at all? A new book by R. G. Price argues, ‘Deciphering the Gospels Proves Jesus Never Existed.’”This comment garnered well over a thousand likes and 600 shares. This, despite the fact that the book Pinker highlighted was self-published by someone without the relevant scholarly credentials. Its thesis is historically laughable. But the takeaway is one that even a highly educated atheist like Pinker will gladly swallow and propagate. Posts like this reinforce the popular idea that Jesus is a flimsy, semi-mythological character—wearing sandals for sure, but without any clear historical footprint.We Christians know better. Or do we?Stop the average Christian and ask if there is any historical evidence for the person on whom they have staked their life, and you will likely hear sheepish mumbling. Most of us wax apologetic when people ask about the evidence for Christ, but not in the right sense: Rather than offering reasons for our faith, we simply reveal our ignorance. All of which makes Can We Trust the Gospels?, a new book from Cambridge University Bible scholar Peter Williams, essential reading.The Best RecordsWilliams begins by mining early non-Christian writings about Jesus and his followers: sources like the Roman historian Tacitus’s account of Christians being blamed for the Great Fire of Rome (A.D. 64); or Pliny the Younger’s correspondence with the Emperor Trajan, regarding how severely to persecute Christians; or the first-century Jewish historian Josephus’s ...Continue reading...
Today's category: Men vs. WomenWater in the Carby WIFE: "There's trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor." HUSBAND: "Water in the carburetor? That's ridiculous." WIFE: "I tell you the car has water in the carburetor." HUSBAND: "You don't even know what a carburetor is. I'll check it out. Where's the car?" WIFE: "In the pool."View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
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