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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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Giving Till It Hurts

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Giving Till it Hurts — Empty pockets

Government “Giving” through Taxation It is strange how normal it is for us 21st century Christians to assume, just like the society around us, that if anybody needs help it is the duty of the government to provide that help. It’s hard to think about life in any other way. If people can not afford rent we expect government rent subsidies. If food is lacking that is what food stamps are for. Is college too expensive? You get the idea.  I was going to make a long list but I might start to sound like a guy that has a bone. . .
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Hospitality

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Welcome to our conversation, a conversation on making others welcome. Hospitality is just simple enough, just separate enough, just deliberate enough, that we have missed the boat. We think life consists in the things we are busy with, when we are called to be busy about the things of life, of eating, drinking, conversing with our friends, our neighbors, even those outside the camp. We would rather impress our friends than put them at ease, and then we wonder whatever became of community. Join us, and invite others to join you as we visit together for a little while.  

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Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories

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The author gives us an unflinching look at the human condition. This statement could be a back of the cover publicity blurb for the Old Testament probably written by J.I. Packer. Surely few of us would eagerly attend the motion picture entitled: All The Stuff That Happened In The Pages Of The Old Testament. We’d just send Ted Baehr instead. Miss O’Connor’s stories are similarly gruesome, but such is the state of the human soul. Flannery O’Connor has been somewhat neglected by Protestant readers but there is nothing essentially sectarian about her dissection of the souls of men. She writes about the. . .
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The Ten Amendments

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It is hard to convince your average American citizen that they live in a tyranny. If you look at the sheer quantity of laws, the take of government as a percentage of the Gross National Product, and the abrogation of the bill of rights, this country is far more tyrannical than it was for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and William Jennings Bryan. Our tyranny is unique in that it is still reasonably comfortable. Nobody is walking around in leg irons. Nobody is missing any meals and no big fat guy in a black mask is whacking on the. . .
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Apocalypse Now?

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While recently enjoying the company of another family in our home, the conversation segued from the possible benefits of a college education to post-apocalyptic survival (Maybe I put too many chilies in the beans). As you can imagine, the discussion was stimulating and we had plenty of chips and salsa to munch on so a good time was had by all even though, hanging over our lower/middle-class heads is the threat of a national, maybe global economic collapse. Both of us (the other guy and I) grew up during the Cold War; a time and life overshadowed with the anxiety. . .
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The Greatest of These

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We read in 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Wait a second, the greatest of these is “love”? Does Paul really mean that? That love comes before, is the ground perhaps for faith and hope? In the Reformed world we place faith as the greatest; after all, sola fide is one of the 5 Solas and there isn’t a sola caritas (love alone) in the Solas of the Reformation. In reality, we Reformed folks probably place a whole lot of stuff before love. But what we don’t realize. . .
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Preaching Grace

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Hear the words of this preacher. In all thy preaching, preach grace. Preach God’s glorious unmerited favor. Forget her not: neither decline from the words of God’s mouth. Forsake her not and she shall preserve thee (from another gospel); love her and she shall keep thee (from offering another Christ). Grace is the principal thing, therefore preach His undeserving love. And with all thy preaching, preach grace. Do you wish to glorify God? You can only do this by showing God as He is, not as sinful man wishes him to be. Don’t hide His glory behind a veil with. . .
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Eating Plastic Fruit

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Every Monday we receive a basket full of organic fruits and vegetables grown by our local farmer friend. I know a little about the hard work and toil that goes into each basket. It requires good seed, good soil, good water, and plenty of good hard work. There is no short cutting the process. There is no such thing as instant edible fruit. The agrarian metaphors of Scripture are particularly applicable in today’s modern, synthetic society. The world is always trying to create things that must be grown and forcing things that must take time. Authentic fruit is a result. . .
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Guarding the Garden Without Bruising the Fruit

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We live on two beautiful acres in the middle of nowhereIllinois. When God moved us from the concrete suburbs ofKaty,Texasto the fertile soil of theMidwest, we had dreams of a lush garden filled with easy-to-grow vegetables and fruit trees. Though we had enjoyed our backyard garden in southeastTexas, we looked forward to a more extensive agricultural footprint inIllinois. I will never forget the first few gardens we planted after moving here. We dug up a pretty good parcel of land and planted a diverse group of herbs and vegetables. We did all that we could to ensure that the native. . .
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Help to Live a Fruitful Life

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Attending to the funeral and burial of a parent, as I did last week, does something to you. It violates the way things should be. I imagine everyone who has done this has experienced hard to explain, but very real topsy-turvy feelings that accompany this event. Reflection upon the past, revisiting past pleasures and hurts in your family—this is normal. One such negative memory is of me trying to help my father with something, and him being impatient. I wanted to please him, and being a small lad, I couldn’t do it through strength alone. So I worked hard and. . .
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