Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
The story of Valentine’s Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr. The emperor was Claudius II Gothicus. The Christian was Valentinus. Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship state religious idols, and he had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ, and not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs.
John Piper has offered so many great explanations for those itching questions about God and the Bible, and this is one of those itching questions: “Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?” Was it just to see if Adam and Eve were going to be obedient? Why wasn’t it a whole set of trees or foods like God did with Israel? Is the forbidding even the main point at all?
We know that salvation is not by what we’ve done.
(Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;)
(Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.)
If I said ‘whosoever’ would you know what I mean?
Whosoever means anyone. That includes you, me, and the guy down the street.
WHERE IS GOD WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN?
by Luis Palau
On Tuesday morning, the nation of America wept-and continues to weep. We truly live in a tragic world.
How does the God of the Bible relate to these tragedies? Where is He when they occur? Can we continue to believe in a loving God who would permit such terrible things to happen?
We all love Christmas. Some celebrate it with Santa Claus, presents, and trees, while others choose just a few of these things and still others don’t celebrate the day at all, but are glad that Christ was born. It isn’t important to God exactly how you celebrate it just that you understand its meaning. (Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.)
WHAT ABOUT HALLOWEEN?
Rev. Darrell D. Ramey
Next Friday, October 31, many people the world over will “celebrate” the holiday called Halloween. Is this day of ghosts and demons, witches and warlocks anything that should interest or concern Christians?Is there anything wrong with the costuming and trick-or-treating associated with this day?How about going along “just for the fun of it?”
The Barna Update: 1/16/01
A bi-weekly e-mail from George Barna
Unleashing the Church Through Lay Leadership
A church – or any organization – can only go as far as its leaders can take it. Our latest research on church leadership is described in my newest book, Building Effective Lay Leadership Teams. The book officially releases today and describes why team leadership is superior to solo leadership; common barriers to using lay leadership teams; and a process for transitioning from solo-based to team-based leadership.
The Resume of Jesus Christ
Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus
Hello. My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I’ve sent you my resume because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.