THE DEPRAVITY OF AMERICA: THIS DEPRAVATION OF OUR NATURE IS NOTHING ELSE BUT THE BLOTTING OUT OF GOD’S IMAGE IN US. HEINRICH BULLINGER

Romans 1:18-32

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There is nothing you can’t see nowadays that supposedly can’t shock our senses. Our minds have taken in so much that we now find some things that weren’t normal to be okay. It is a gradual baby step to slowly desensitize our experiences and lets us say things like “What’s the big deal, it doesn’t harm anyone?” We can look back to the past and see now how un-shocking Elvis Presley was when he went on The Milton Berle Show and did his famous “pelvis shake” to the song “Hound Dog” in front of his screaming fans. It was quite a scandal at the time. Surely but slowly the shock value began to hit our minds, and we start to approve certain things that we normally wouldn’t in the first place. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, and now Miley…

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BELIEVE OR BELIEVE NOT?

The question is not whether you believe in the rapture or not. The challenge is for us to be ready when He comes.

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BELIEVE OR BELIEVE NOT?

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What Does the Bible Say About the Rapture?

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What is the Rapture?
The word Rapture does not appear in the Bible. It comes from the Latin word rapare which means “seize”, “snatch” or “take away.” The term Rapture is used to refer to the faithful believers being taken up to meet Christ in the air as described in this passage written by the apostle Paul:

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who…

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SLAYING THE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE: Fear

SLAYING THE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE: Fear

SLAYING THE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE
Dr. David Jeremiah

“Slaying the Giant of Fear”

Deuteronomy 1:19-40

I. Fear Disregards God’s Plan

II. Fear Distorts God’s Purposes

III. Fear Discourages God’s People

IV. Fear Disbelieves God’s Promises

V. Fear Disobeys God’s Principles

VI. Fear Demands a Biblical Response

A. Confront Your Fear Honestly
B. Confess Your Fear as Sin

C. Claim God’s Promises of Protection

D. Cultivate a Closer Relationship with God

E. Commit Your Life to Jesus Christ

Shane Claiborne – On the response to Syria…

Right after 9/11, I asked a kid in my neighborhood what we should do in response. His answer: “Those people did something very wrong…” He thought pensively and continued, “But two wrongs don’t make a right.” As Martin Luther King taught us, you cannot fight fire with fire, you only get a bigger fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence. You fight hatred with love.

As a Christian, a follower of Jesus the Prince of Peace, I am deeply troubled about the possibility of a military response to the violence in Syria. Jesus consistently teaches us another way to respond to evil, a third way – neither fight nor flight. He teaches that evil can be opposed without being mirrored, oppressors resisted without being emulated, enemies neutralized without being destroyed. I am praying that the nonviolent imagination of Jesus and MLK would move the leaders of our country and our world to find another way forward than violence.

When I heard US military leaders calculating the collateral damage of an attack on Syria (“classified” information), something feels terribly wrong. Christ once scolded his own disciple who tried to use the sword to protect him. After healing the wounded persecutor, he said to Peter, “If you pick up the sword you will die by the sword. Put your sword back.” Over and over we have tried to use the sword – in Iraq, in Afghanistan, now possibly in Syria… and the sword has failed. The cure becomes as bad as the disease. When we fight fire with fire, we only get a bigger fire, and a bigger mess.

Two wrongs do not make a right.