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Love and Loss—Universal Experience. Grace—Universal Need.

November 22, 2014 by  
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And He [Jesus] said to me [Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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To varying degrees, all of these losses cause pain and grief.  They destabilize and consume us.  They make life seem bitter and God far away.

If love turning to loss is a universal human experience, then God’s grace is the most universal human need.  But what is grace?  The word is spoken frequently, but how does God dispense grace and how do we receive it?

This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will be discussing two elements of God’s grace—His saving grace and sustaining grace.  This grace is the culminating message my new book, My Boy, Ben—A Story of Love, Loss and Grace.

While the circumstances of your own story of love and loss may be different, it is God’s grace that we all so desperately need.

NOTE: Thank you to all of you who made the launch of My Boy, Ben such a blessing!  We were touched by how many listeners attended the launch event and by how many books were ordered this first week.  As a thank you, we are offering listeners to The Christian Worldview $2 on all orders of My Boy, Ben through the end of the year when you enter “DAVID” in the coupon code field.  Thank you!

My Boy, Ben—A Story of Love, Loss and Grace

November 15, 2014 by  
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LIVE from the My Boy, Ben Book Launch Event at Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN
Special Host: Lee Michaels, Salem Communications, Twin Cities

Guests:
David Wheaton, radio host and author, My Boy, Ben
Brett and Sheila Waldman, owners of Tristan Publishing
Bruce and Mary Jane Wheaton, David’s parents

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“May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10

God can and will use most anything to reveal Himself and impact a life.  In the case of David Wheaton, God used a yellow Labrador named Ben to expand David’s understanding and appreciation for God’s saving and sustaining grace.

This Saturday, November 15, is the release date of David’s new book, My Boy, Ben, and to celebrate, The Christian Worldview invites you to come or tune in to the book launch event at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN (in the Grace Cafe by door 4)

8-9 am: A LIVE broadcast with special host Lee Michaels of Salem Communications Twin Cities interviewing David, Brett and Sheila Waldman of Tristan Publishing, and David’s parents.

9:30-11 am: David, his parents, and the Waldmans will make brief remarks at 9am followed be a time of fellowship and book signing from 9:30-11am.  A light breakfast will be served and admission is free.

Full preview here, including short video trailer

NOTE: If you are not able to come to the book launch event on Saturday, Nov. 15, the Grace Church bookstore will be hosting a My Boy, Ben book signing with David on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 10am to 1pm.  Church services take place at 9am and 10:40am if you would like to attend one.

2014 Year-End Letter!

November 14, 2014 by  
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Our 2014 Year-End Annual Print Letter is being mailed this week.  You can read a pre-release online copy below.

Greetings to you and yours as we thank God for His many blessings, and most especially, the gift of His Son.

Strengthening the faith of believers and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those who don’t know Him—that is the common thread in all the moving parts of The Christian Worldview. And there are plenty of moving parts!…

Political Conservatives Need to Be Born Again Too

November 8, 2014 by  
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Guest: David Limbaugh, author, Jesus on Trial

Do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:14-15

David Limbaugh grew up as the youngest of two boys in the small Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  You may have heard of his older brother—radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Despite being part of an educated, politically conservative, church-going family, David entered adulthood as a skeptic with regard to the Christian faith.  But when he applied his attorney’s skills to honestly investigate Scripture, David repented of his sin, placed his faith in Christ, and became a born-again Christian.

So what exactly did David Limbaugh discover in studying God’s word?  His most recent book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, already a New York Times bestseller, dives 406 pages deep into the historicity, prophecies, and paradoxes of Scripture, along with investigating the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.  David joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to make the case for Christ and Christianity.

Elections Matter (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

November 3, 2014 by  
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Do elections really matter?  This is David Wheaton, host of The Christian Worldview.

To answer that, consider whether our country would be different today if President Obama wasn’t elected in 2008.  He promised to “fundamentally transform America” and he has been highly successful in doing so.

He pushed through a health care system that is government controlled.  His persistent advocacy for homosexuality has paved the way for broad societal approval of that sin.  His policy in the middle east, especially Iraq, has allowed radical Islamists to take power.

As it was in OT Israel, the kings that reign over us make a big difference … for better or for worse.

Hear five things to keep in mind regarding the mid-term election at TheChristianWorldview.org.

This weekend, we’ll talk with David Limbaugh about his new book, Jesus on Trial.

Five Things to Keep in Mind for the Mid-Term Election

November 1, 2014 by  
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I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

The mid-term election is coming up on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. Senate and House seats, governorships, judgeships, and many other state and local positions are at stake.

One of the biggest questions is whether Republicans will win enough seats in U.S. Senate races to become the majority, thus controlling both sides of Congress and having more leverage to push back against President Obama and his likely surge even further left in his last two years in office.

With so much on the line, elections like this often bring out the worst in candidates and voters.  False accusations, misrepresentations, fraud, strong-arm fundraising are all too common.

In the midst of the maelstrom, how is a Christian to gain clarity in order to vote in such a way that honors God?

This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we’ll discuss “five things to keep in mind for the mid-term election.”  What are they?  Well, you’ll just have to tune in and find out!

Holiness: Our Greatest Need, Our Greatest Lack

October 25, 2014 by  
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Guest: Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness and Holiness Day by Day Devotional

“ … like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”  1 Peter 1:15-16

The attributes of God are endless—He is all-powerful, all-knowing, always present, forgiving yet just, loving yet perfectly wrathful.  But God’s most distinguishing quality above all these, one that completely separates Him from us, is holiness.

“Holy, holy, holy” is the way the angel in Isaiah 6 describes God, emphasizing that just one “holy” isn’t enough to capture His inconceivable righteousness.

And then there’s us.  Fallen.  Prone to sin.  Weak in our flesh.  And yet God calls us to “be holy, for I am holy.”  But how?  What does being holy even mean?

We have just the right guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss holiness.  84-year-old revered author Jerry Bridges will join us to talk about “the pursuit of holiness” (which is also the title of his bestselling book) and how we can make progress in a world and in a body that pulls us the opposite way.

NOTE: Our NEW FEATURED RESOURCES for a donation of any amount are Jerry Bridges’ books, The Pursuit of Holiness (softcover, 179 pages, $12.99 retail) and Holiness Day by Day devotional (hardcover, 336 pages, $19.99 retail).  Either or both would be great to read yourself or to give as a gift.

Choose one for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.  Or better yet, bundle them for a donation of $30 or more.

 

Pursuit of Holiness & Holiness Day by Day – 2 Great Offers!

October 24, 2014 by  
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holiness bundle thumbOur NEW FEATURED RESOURCES for a donation of any amount are Jerry Bridges’ books:

The Pursuit of Holiness
(softcover, 179 pages, $12.99 retail)

Holiness Day by Day devotional
(hardcover, 336 pages, $19.99 retail)

Either or both would be great to read yourself or to give as a gift.

Choose one for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.  Or better yet, bundle them together for a donation of $30 or more.

3 Ways to Order:

1) Order online at TheChristianWorldview.org

2) Call toll-free 1-888-646-2233

3) Mail a check to:
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The Journey from False Profession to Assurance of Salvation

October 18, 2014 by  
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Guest: Pastor Greg Lundstedt, Equipping the Saints radio program

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

One pastor called the above passage from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount the scariest statement in Scripture.  Imagine the horror of going through life thinking you’re a Christian and headed for eternity in heaven, but then standing before Christ on Judgment Day and hearing Him declare, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

According to this passage, a person can profess Christ as Lord and do amazing works in Christ’s name, yet not possess a genuine saving relationship with Him.  So the question is: When we examine own our profession of faith, how can we know if we are truly saved?  Is it a matter of praying the right prayer or doing the right things?

Pastor Greg Lundstedt of Vancouver (WA) Bible Fellowship and Bible teacher of Equipping the Saints radio program will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss his own journey from being a professing—but unsaved—Christian to being a true follower of Christ with assurance of salvation.  I hope you will join us for this important discussion.

Proclaiming Christ in a Troubled Urban Culture

October 11, 2014 by  
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Guest: Christopher Brooks, Campus Dean, Moody Theological Seminary

“Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:9-10)

While poverty, government dependency, fatherless families, educational lag, out of wedlock births, abortion, and drug use exist all across America, the large urban centers of our country are particularly characterized by these problems.

The people who populate these urban areas are mostly minority groups, such as blacks and hispanics.  Even 50 years after the civil rights movement and now with a black president, cries of “structural injustice” and “institutional racism” persist as being causal for urban plight.

Whatever the reasons for the problems, how should Christians and churches be reaching into urban areas with helpful solutions, and most importantly, the gospel?

Christopher Brooks, an African-American pastor in Detroit and the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about urban culture in light of his recent book, Urban Apologetics: Why the Gospel is Good News for the City.

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