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Couples Camp dates set for June 20-23, 2013 in Bristol, Virginia

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We are inviting ten couples to come for three days of intense conversation, as well as a great deal of fun. The camp is held at the home of Highlands Ministries President, Eric Owens, in Bristol, Virginia. Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will be your teacher. We will not only talk about how to be a kingdom-building, King-serving family, but we will talk about it in the context of such families. We will follow three distinct but related areas of inquiry: the biblical view of the family, the sovereignty of God, and the unstoppable spread of the Kingdom of God. Click here. . .
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Hobby Lobby Heroes

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In this first week of January, 2013, the Hobby Lobby legal fight is an opening salvo marking an historic moment for America and the American church. With the results of the presidential election in, and the direction seemingly set for our aggregate futures, it may be more than a bit surprising to the non-Christian (even anti-Christian) society at large to see the Hobby Lobby owners in a direct confrontation with the powers that be. Steadfast Christians that they are, they cannot in good conscience, pay for government mandated health insurance that pays for birth control drugs, some of which they. . .
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A Christian Response to Gun Control

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It started in 1866, that is, the beginning of gun control laws in Ottoman Turkey. Article 166 was the first, then further laws were enacted in 1911 and 1915. First permits were required, then came a government list of all gun owners, and finally, a ban on possession. It was gradual. The entire process took 49 years. Finally however, the citizens were disarmed. The government, of course, was not. The death toll? So many their number was never fully counted, 1 million to 1.5 million Armenians, mostly Christian people, who had become helpless before their enemies. In the Soviet Union. . .
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A Cartoon Jesus by Kara Murphy

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In the sunday school classrooms in which I taught years ago, each weekly lesson had a main idea that we repeated over and over. Platitudes such as “God loves me,” “I am special to God,” and “We are kind to one another” filled the teacher’s manual. Curiously, we did not see “God is angry at the wicked every day.” Unfortunately, twentieth century American Christians more often take our cues from Frobel and Montessori than from the Word of God. If we are to train up a generation of God-fearing Christians, we must change both the methods and content of what. . .
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Baby Jesus — Mysteries of Christmas

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Mystery of the Incarnation With Christmas now at hand, our hearts are naturally turned toward the mystery and wonder of Jesus. I say mystery and wonder because everywhere I look in Scripture the writing about the incarnation is revealing, and yet shrouded where we cannot penetrate, or, at least defies full understanding. Jesus told us He is our brother and our friend. Because of those assurances we sometimes forget He remains the King of the universe. He is the mighty warrior who rides a white horse to victory in Revelation, or is predicted to arrive with hosts of angels. He. . .
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Mass Shootings and the Terror Culture

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This week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut instantly became the talk across America. Everyone wondered how anyone could so callously murder twenty little kids, and six adults, with seemingly no remorse. It is an ugly day, a tragic era, when these kinds of things are brought before our faces. It is disconcerting to me though, how our responses and expectations have changed over the past few decades. I am thinking about our emotional response to this event, and how different it is from a similar one 46 years ago. It was in August of 1966 that Charles Whitman, a college. . .
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Santa Sleds Off Fiscal Cliff

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Reporting From Gnome Alaska In what may be a disturbing report, Mission to Restore America researchers have uncovered a previously frozen, block-buster story of the most famous resident residing north of the Yukon, Chris Kringle, AKA Santa Claus, occasionally also using the alias St. Nick. Normally sheltered from public scrutiny, Mr. Claus has recently been discovered to be in some very serious financial struggles. While unsuspecting children around the world are trusting in his munificent deliveries, insiders are predicting a long sleigh ride ahead for the financially troubled Santa. With the FBI capturing every e-mail, and the NSA storing each. . .
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Mission to Restore America: Fiscal Cliff Follies

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All this talk about the fiscal cliff has gotten the attention of more Americans than any economic question in recent months. A problem like this is made more quantifiable when a date is attached, January 1st. It is like a cheap alien flick where the invading space ships have been detected, their speed calculated, and their date of descent fixed. Do what you can to get ready before the disaster is upon you. At least, as a Christian man, I know that there are answers to this, and any other similar conundrums, within the framework of Biblical thought. We know. . .
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The Spirit of Thanksgiving

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Thanklessness Imitates the World The spirit of thanksgiving invaded some of our homes this week. It is queer how, while knowing we ought always to be thankful, the habit is so little practiced. I am like you. We are all busy, distracted might be accurate. Life, in its multi-facets careens around us. Ohhhh, shiny object, look what I bought! See ya, I am off to work, or, finally home – gotta snack? Life rolls past and somehow in its daily clutter we rarely remember, or better, discipline ourselves, to give thanks in all things. In this respect we are imitating. . .
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Mission to Restore America: Tax the Liberal Churches

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It has been popular of late for liberals and atheists to agitate for, Taxing the Church. Facebook has their graphics traveling about with claims that the civil government could raise $70,000,000,000 a year by this means. Man, that is a huge sum! As a practical matter we can be certain the idea would never work as its promoters claim. Many smaller churches would simply move to a house-church model, some would be unable to pay and go out of existence, and others would fight the action in court for years to come.   However, the main point of trying to have. . .
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Kingdom of God Advances: Humanist Nations Totter

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With a gasp of horror, conservative Christians felt their hearts ripped loose as the election counts came in. Anyone having the slightest caution of Biblical understanding reasoned that the American people have just received a severing blow to their pocketbooks and their freedom. Like a gravity bomb from 10,000 feet, the impending crash appears predestined. What exactly do faithful Christians do when the end of days appears, as objects in your rearview mirror, closer than you think?   This is no time for quoting fuzzy platitudes. We hate those don’t we? Just trust, help is only a prayer away, footsteps. . .
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Please pray for the Sproul family

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It is with great sadness that I inform you that RC’s daughter Shannon died last night. The family would cherish your prayers for them during this difficult time. We, however, rejoice that she, like her mother Denise, is now fully and forever healed. Eric Owens

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Is the Church Alive Worth the Drive?

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I am blessed to serve a wonderful church full of many unique and gifted households. While there is great diversity in our congregation, we also share many important commonalities and goals, one of which is to fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. This is fulfilled in the success of the Great Commission. This common goal impacts the way we worship, the way we fellowship, and even the way we teach our children. While Providence is indeed a glorious church; it is not the Church; and it is not the only church. We. . .
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Body Bags — the Cost of Unjust War

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Body Bags — the Cost of Unjust War

Unjust War on Terror As the number of innocents killed mounts it seems to me that we have to ask ‘how many are too many’ in our war against terror. Now, I understand that in an absolute measure there are no innocent people. I am speaking about innocent people in the sense that they have not violated God’s law sufficient to receive a death sentence from the hand of civil government. The words ‘you shall not murder’ apply to governments just as well as they do to individuals. Most of us know this instinctively but have not thought the implications. . .
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