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This Sunday at Church: Pray for those who are doing more work at church while others are gone during the Summer

This usually describes two or three of us in particular in our congregation especially this year. Our lead pastor is on vacation, and an elder is home with his second baby. I do get a short vacation this summer, but our music pastor and I are pulling double duties. I will also be with another congregation twice to cover for our brother while he goes out of town! My wife also often covers for Sunday School teachers (she is teaching three times this month, plus nursery time.)

But we do love it.

Daniel

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for those who are doing more work at church while others are gone during the Summer.   Summer is often a time people take vacations or long breaks from the routine.  Its a time some churches might not have as many people around during Sunday.  And […]

This Sunday at Church: Pray for those who are doing more work at church while others are gone during the Summer

VerseD: Psalm 59:16

But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 59:16, ESV

God can handle anything in His sovereignty over everything. We can trust Him, whether this life going well or we are at our wits’ end from fear, frustration, or pain.

VerseD: Matthew 20:28

“even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28, ESV

God’s plan is the redemption of His people and this world, and Jesus not only redeemed us but at the example for us. We are to serve God by serving others, even to the point of laying down our lives to draw others to Christ’s redemption.

Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus Claim That No One Has Ever Gone to Heaven?

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It’s a fairly common online assertion that the Bible is “fuLL oF cOnTraDicTioNs!” by those who are unfamiliar with the common mistakes that skeptics make when they make such claims. In a recent online discussion, a God-denier claimed that that Bible was full of contradictions. The principle assertion of contradiction was that Elijah ascended into Heaven (2 Kings 2:11) but Jesus claimed in John 3:13 that no one but the Son has ever ascended into Heaven

https://twitter.com/AmputeeAtheist/status/1538180851002970113?s=20&t=lNX1CRdWwIG0GNEupkEzRQ

Before I begin the rebuttal, let the reader understand that God-deniers have no grounds for declaring anything to be contradictory. Unless one starts with the God, who has revealed Himself in creation, in the Bible, and in the incarnation, there is no possible justification for logic, knowledge, morality, or truth. So, when a God-denier (like AmputeeAtheist) claims that the Bible contains contradictions, he…

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VerseD: Galatians 5:16

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16, ESV

We want to do our own thing, but God draws is into His will and plan by His Holy Spirit indwelling and guiding us.

VerseD: Romans 10:17

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17, ESV

God works through His people to work out His plan of salvation. We join in His work by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and trust the Holy Spirit to work in others.

VerseD: John 1:12

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

John 1:12, ESV

God’s plan is restoration of His very good work, starting with this of us who believe in the life, atoning death, and resurrection of Christ – we are adopted in Christ as heirs of eternal life.

VerseD: Isaiah 41:13

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 41:13, ESV

God knows what He is doing, and He invites us into His plan through His Son. We should have no reason to fear, knowing we are His in Christ.

VerseD: Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20, ESV

God has a plan, and we join that plan in Christ. We let His purpose become our purpose, sacrificing our desires as He transforms us into the likeness of the Son.

This Sunday at Church: Praying more people would come to a Biblical view of the Preborn

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Praying more people would come to a Biblical view of the Preborn.   This past week I’m sure we have seen a lot of so called Christians display views that does not acknowledge the personhood of the preborn.  I think there’s a lot of teachings that needs […]

This Sunday at Church: Praying more people would come to a Biblical view of the Preborn