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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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Independent Fundamental Baptist Sermon in American Sign Language Independent Fundamental Baptist Sermon in American Sign Language by Mrs. Melanie Hall (Missionary with Team Ghana)
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Hope never emerges from easy answers to the questions of a broken world. Hope comes from a Person.We are prone to naivety in regard to reading our current cultural moment. You’ve likely heard someone recently—either in person or online—decry the fact that “society has never been in worse shape,” or that “things are spiraling out of control like never before.” Such clichés ignore the reality of our history that includes centuries of wretched conditions that we have devised while following our depraved hearts. While some things may indeed be bad, in terms of historical perspective, we have often seen much, much worse.This reality, in reverse, is what C. S. Lewis had in mind when he lamented the “chronological snobbery” of his day. Lewis noted that those alive in his day often spoke and acted in ways that suggested their culture epitomized the high-water mark of human development. Lewis challenged the hubris of this notion by pointing out that human progress will never equate to a utopic movement. Nor is the opposite trend defensible. The modern age, though rife with brokenness and moral deconstruction at every level, does not mark a new low in the devolution of human society.We have been here before.No Simple AnswersMissionary disciples paving the way into the future must embrace the tension between these two realities. We must avoid overlaying a blissful airbrushed caricature of this present moment, nor suggest a romanticized, excessively glib sense of what might come in the future. Such proposals will always leave the next generation discouraged when the difficult reality of mission in North America fails to live up to our rose-colored proposals. If the path to missional effectiveness was easy, more churches would risk the status quo of perpetual reinvestment ...Continue reading...
Is theological uniformity required in order to trust the missionary intentions of fellow kingdom laborers?It would seem that the new superpower among evangelical leaders in our era is a generous spirit of gracious humility.It is increasingly rare to see a leader who walks with the steady confidence of spiritual conviction while tempered by a reflective intelligence that recognizes the limits of human perspective. The new breed of religious leader that competes for centerstage often demonstrates that he or she (most often he) is theologically-omniscient, ecclesiologically-certain, missiologically-indifferent, and angry.This pseudo-spiritual swagger issuing from the most novice of pietistic leaders seems to require nothing but an ability to regurgitate, discharge and detonate a pre-packaged theological blitzkrieg at anyone who doesn’t conform to the opinions of his pre-approved author list (and no, we are not speaking of Scripture).Poor JD Greear. He crossed the line. Although once himself considered approved, now finds himself on the wrong side of the law – and the jacked-up posse smell blood. The crimes? From a quick reading online there appears to be two. First, his outward success seems to have eclipse his rivals, which apparently inevitably calls his gospel faithfulness into question.Second, he, as accountable under-shepherd to his church leadership and his heavenly King, canceled public worship for a Sunday. In apparent ignorance of the sanctioned ecclesiological injunction of not less than 52 worship experiences annually, his caricatured mugshot is now prominently posted among those whose differing opinions had previously ran afoul of the law.He will certainly remember next year of his third accountability—to pacify the online theology police.He should have known better.This article’s intent is not ...Continue reading...
Living in Spiritual Victory We find written in the Word of God the words, “He brought them out that He may bring them in.” This statement refers to the children of Israel. They were delivered from Egyptian bondage. The purpose for their deliverance was not that they might wander in the desert, but that they may enter into the promised land. The desert wandering was an unnecessary detour. God does not desire for us to wander in the desert but to have victory in the promised land.Victory for the child of God is accomplishing the will of God for his life. Jesus said in John 4:34, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” Meat represents satisfaction and sustenance. Thus, Jesus was saying that the thing which will bring joy or a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is to do the will of God and to finish His work.Too often people are delivered from the power of sin (thank God for this!); however, they really never get involved in the work of God. Churches often come out of a liberal denomination (this is the right thing to do); however they never really go on to minister to the community where they are located nor to the world through a great missionary program.The purpose of God for Israel was not just to get them out of Egypt. His purpose was to get them into the promised land.Missionaries often leave America and go to another country but, regrettably, never really get into the country. Oh, geographically they are in another country; however, they really never enter into the life of the people of the country in which they are located. It is sad to say, but too many missionaries leave their hearts somewhere other than where they are ministering.Let's determine to go into the promised land this year. We have been saved, now let us go on to a victorious Christian life. By the way, the victorious Christian life is not success (whatever that may be) but obedience to God's command. Many of us independent Baptists have come out of liberal denominations. It does us no good to spend the rest of our days bragging about it. Let's go in! God has a great work for us to do. It is regrettable but true that many who come out, never really go in. This is sad and a disgrace. It is a sin!During the tenure of Oliver Cromwell the British government began to run low on the silver they used for coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men to investigate the local cathedral to see if any of the precious metal could be found there. After investigating they reported, “The only silver we could find was the statues of the saints standing in the corner.” To this the radical soldier and statesman of England replied, “Good! We will melt the saints and put them into circulation.”May the fervent heat of the Holy Spirit melt us and put us into circulation among the lost and dying multitude. God has brought us out. Let's not be satisfied with the desert. Let's go into the promised land. God desires to put you, your church, and your organization in a place of useful service which is the Christian's promised land.
Army says it will reconsider taking young soldiers to Christian museum some fear might be a missionary trap
“Watu Wote” shows the power and limits of African and Arab films to probe interfaith relations.Two years ago, the heroic actions of some Kenyan Muslims brought their majority-Christian nation together. The Oscar-nominated film depiction of that heroism may do so again—if many people watch.Watu Wote is a fictional retelling of real-life horror. In December 2015, al-Shabaab terrorists stormed a bus headed toward the border with Somalia and demanded Christian passengers separate for targeted execution. Muslim passengers responded, “If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here.” The Christian women were given hijabs to wear, while the Christian men were hidden behind bags.They knew the danger. One year earlier in a similar bus attack, Muslim militants killed 28 Christians who failed to correctly say the Islamic creed.Filmed on location in Swahili and Somali, the 22-minute film was nominated for the Live Action Short Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.“The film captures an issue close to Kenyan hearts, that apart from religious differences, we are all Kenyan,” said Timothy Ranji, bishop of the Anglican diocese of Mt. Kenya South. “The downside is that it will be watched by very few Kenyans.”Access to film is limited in Kenya. The nation ranks 77th worldwide in terms of cinemas per capita, according to UN data. Radio is a far more effective means of communication in the East African nation, Ranji said.And some, like William Black, may choose not to watch it. “The movie tells a good story, I’m sure,” said the American Orthodox missionary and professor at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya. “But it hits too close to home.”Black believes that terrorists want to push Kenya to the tipping point. “The narrow focus ...Continue reading...
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