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Is God Really In Control In This World of Hurt? (Part 1 of 2)

December 19, 2009 by  
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Guest: Jerry Bridges, author, Is God Really In Control?

Your husband loses his job and now the bank comes calling for your mortgage payment.  You receive word that your child has terminal cancer.  Thousands of people die seemingly randomly in an earthquake.  A tyrant murders Christians in his own country without being brought to justice.

Where is God in all of this?  Is He really sovereign and in control of all matters of your personal life and world affairs? Read more

The Eight Most Important Christian Truths – Part 3

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

THE FALL OF MAN AND HUMAN INABILITY
Dr. S. Lews Johnson gives a concise exposition on man’s sinfulness and his basic inability to affect his salvation from it.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 3:1, John 6:44

Click here to listen to Part 3 of an 8-week series: The Fall of Man and Human Inability

Transcript Excerpt:

We are studying, as I mentioned in the Scripture reading, the eight most important Christian truths.  And we have looked at two already, and this morning the third is “The Fall of Man and Human Inability.”  Perhaps just a word or two for those of you who may not have been here for the two preceding studies, since last week Mr. Rainey was here.  It may have caused some of you to forget exactly where we are.

We began with one of the most important of all truths in the Bible, and that is the truth of divine revelation, namely that God has spoken in the Scriptures.  And we set out the fact that this was an axiomatic assumption of Christians given by God with such power to believers that we cannot fail to believe.

Now, we laid stress upon the fact that all reasoning is based upon assumptions.  We cannot even begin a discussion without assuming certain truths.  I mentioned, for example, the laws of thought and said something about them.  For those of you who may have forgotten or may not have heard, we invite you to get one of the tapes and listen to that introductory study.  We pointed out, or tried to point out, that Augustine crystalized the historic Christian position, putting into God’s mouth the words in his work, “Indeed, O man, what my Scriptures says, I say.”

Now we contend that that is a fundamental truth, perhaps the most fundamental truth of the word of God:  Divine revelation in holy Scripture.  It is stated in many ways in the Bible.  For example, in the psalms we read, “In Thy light we shall see light.”  In the New Testament it’s illustrated in Paul’s ministry to the Corinthians in which he says as he records what he was doing when he was among them, that he did not preach to them in enticing words of man’s wisdom.  He came to them in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

The Manhattan Declaration: To Sign or Not To Sign?

December 12, 2009 by  
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Recently, religious leaders from the three major branches of professing Christianity — Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant Evangelical — drafted a document called The Manhattan Declaration in which signers commit to stand strong in the face of secular encroachment on three key issues: the sanctity of life, heterosexual marriage, and freedom of speech and conscience. Read more

War Games: Experts Say Iran Has Clear Path To Nuclear Weapons

December 11, 2009 by  
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“Last week the Harvard Kennedy School held a simulation game of the Iranian nuclear crisis, and Israel should be very concerned about its course and its outcome,” reports Haaretz. “The game made it clear: Iran will not stop on its path to producing nuclear weapons. The United States will not embark on a military action and will find it difficult to enlist support at the United Nations for imposing more severe sanctions, while relations between Israel and the United States will deteriorate. Prof. Graham Allison, a leading analyst of American security policy for decades, conducted the game, whose participants were representatives from countries and organizations likely to be affected by the real outcome. Israel was represented by Dore Gold, former ambassador to the United Nations, and Dr. Shai Feldman, currently at Brandeis University, and by a former brigadier general and a nuclear physicist. Their decisions were made by consensus. The U.S. team, headed by Nicholas Burns, who was an assistant to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice during the administration of George W. Bush and was responsible for the ‘Iranian portfolio,’ included Admiral William Fallon, head of U.S. Central Command from 2007-2008….”To read more on this fascinating series of war games, and the disturbing conclusions, click here.

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The Eight Most Important Christian Truths – Part 2

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

DIVINE CREATION
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson expounds the essential presupposition to the Christian faith of the creation of the world and man’s nature, given by God.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

Click here to listen to Part 2 of an 8-week series: Divine Creation

Transcript Excerpt:

Now if you have your Bibles with you, turn with me to Genesis chapter 1, and while the Scripture reading is listed as Genesis 1:1 through 2:3, I’m going to take the liberty of reading just a few selected portions from both of the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis.  So, let me read first Genesis 1:1 through 5, and then I’ll point you to a few other places in these two chapters. …

…Now the subject this morning is “Divine Creation.”  We are studying over a few Sundays the eight most important Christian truths, of course, that means as I see them.  And as I’ve been thinking about these important truths, it’s very difficult to exclude so many important things that the word of God has set forth.  But surely, divine creation would be one of the important truths and in the list that anyone would draw up.

Last Sunday morning we considered divine revelation.  And we tried to set out the fact that the Bible lays claim to being the revelation of God and is a justifiable claim.  It’s reasonable, if that be true, to think of the way in which the Scriptures unfold the plans and purposes of God as a result of his divinely ordained wisdom and decrees set out in the word of God.  And then, thinking of those divinely ordained and designed decrees, to reflect upon the way in which they are carried out.  And surely, thinking about the divine revelation in the Scriptures and the way in which God has informed us through his decrees as set out in the word of God, to look first to the execution of them in the creation.  And so that’s what we’re doing.  We’re looking at God working in the midst of his creation according to his revelation, and we turn to divine creation.

So You Want To Write a Christian Book?

December 5, 2009 by  
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Guest: Mike Yorkey and Tricia Goyer, co-authors, The Swiss Courier

You may have heard the old adage, “Everyone has a book in them.”  But the fact is most people who would like to write that book have very little understanding about how to go about it.  The publishing process seems confusing, the marketplace looks like it can’t bear one more book, and the writing itself seems overwhelming. Read more

What We ALL Need To Learn From Tiger Woods

December 5, 2009 by  
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Tiger Woods, the professional golfer who is the highest paid and most famous athlete in the world, is embroiled in something far more difficult than any situation he’s ever encountered on the golf course — marital infidelity.

In the past week starting with Woods crashing his Cadillac Escalade into a tree just outside his home on Thanksgiving evening at 2:30am, allegations have surfaced of multiple extramarital relationships Read more

The Eight Most Important Christian Truths – Part 1

S. Lewis Johnson Message of the Week

DIVINE REVELATION IN SCRIPTURE
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson conducts an eight part series of study on the essential concepts of Christianity.  In this first study, the doctrine and necessity of revealed truth from God is discussed.

Scripture Reference: Psalm 19:1-4

Click here to listen to Part 1 of an 8-week series: Divine Revelation in Scripture

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Now today, I want to begin a series of messages on what I have entitled, somewhat reluctantly, “The Eight Most Important Christian Truths.”  Obviously, there will be difference of opinion over what are the most important Christian truths, and surely, there are some very important Christian truths that I will not have a chance to say anything about in this series, but this is my idea of the eight most important Christian truths.

And the subject for today is “Divine Revelation in Scripture.”  So, just as a basis of the general topic “Divine Revelation in Scripture,” I want to read for a Scripture reading Psalm 19 verse 1 through verse 14.  For those of you who are very familiar with this well-known psalm, you know that it is a psalm which speaks of the twofold revelation of God, his revelation in nature, general revelation, and his revelation in the Scripture, special revelation.  So let us keep that in mind as we read through this great psalm.


Using New Media to Impact the Next Generation of Christian Leaders

November 28, 2009 by  
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Guest Host: John Stonestreet, executive director, Summit Ministries
Guest: Randall Niles, AllAboutGod.com

Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc, etc. The #1 source of information for the 21st century is the internet. Guest Randall Niles, founder of www.allaboutgod.com discusses how the internet can be used to communicate the Gospel to questioners. Learn how Randall is impacting thousands by building a “wall of truth,” placing Christian answers to people’s deepest questions where they can find it. Read more

Passing the Baton to the Next Generation of Christian Leaders

November 28, 2009 by  
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Guest Host: John Stonestreet, executive director, Summit Ministries
Guest: Jeff Myers, author and speaker

What if life isn’t a sprint or even a marathon? What if it’s a relay race? Throughout Scripture the faithfulness of a generation is tested not the by their faithfulness, but by the faithfulness of the next generation. In this hour, Dr. Jeff Myers of Bryan College and Passing the Baton International discusses why and how we can be hopeful about the future leaders despite all of the bad news we hear. What’s this generation like? Who’s at fault for this? What can be done?


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