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Acting Like the Church

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Does Socialism Ever Work? Years ago, during a job interview — strangely enough, for a job at Chilis — even stranger, I was asked if the tenets of socialism would ever work. I replied that it would work only in a purely voluntary context as in the days of the early church where in Acts we hear of those in the church with more giving eagerly to those with less and a sharing of all things. In this context, and especially when taken within a purely Christian context man is still faced with the reality that God is ultimately the. . .
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What Do We Do in Times of Judgment?

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What Do We Do in Times of Judgment?

When Judgment Comes There are few times in my relatively short memory where Christians in the west are in a more introspective time than now. We are in a time of true judgment, despite what Joel Osteen might say on the Larry King Show; our numbers seem to be dwindling; our various economies are in a shambles; our president, along with his administration, is either numb or hostile to most of what we hold dear; and the prevailing sentiment of our culture is that a moderately faithful Christian is a nut. Worse, they believe that a radically faithful Christian is. . .
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Hide the Kids, the Pastor is Here — Family Hypocrisy

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Hypocrisy in the Family If you are reading this article, there is a very good possibility you have a family. And, there is a very good possibility you go to a church. Both of these institutions, the family and the church, are listed in the title. Given that, I want to ask you to honestly consider a couple of questions. Why do you take your family to church? What is your motivation? Is there something that you desire to see the church do for your family, specifically your children? And, if so, how do you expect that to happen? As. . .
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Free Basement Tape Download! All in the Family

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Audio: All in the Family (Basement Tapes #42)

This weekend only we are offering Basement Tape #42 as a free download! This conversation is on age-segregation in the culture and the church. We talk about how, like the world around us, we see our families not as a single unit, but as a temporary arrangement of individuals. The family is never more temporarily together than when they come to church. Our programs have programmed out of our minds the very notion of the family as we all go different directions for our Bible studies, Sunday school classes, clubs, and activities. When did this become normal, and what is. . .
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You Can Live Set Apart & as Salt and Light

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Living Set Apart as Salt and Light

Tension in the Christian Life The people of God are known in this day as the church. The church is understood properly by several analogies or descriptions in Scripture — the body of Christ, the ekklesia, the elect of God, the chosen lady, the bride of Christ, and so on. All of these have commonality while describing different facets of our relationship to God as His people, and our relationships with each other. How to Be “Set Apart” One interesting way of describing this relationship is the commonwealth of God. This is a covenantal term, describing a bonding together for. . .
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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Rightly Dividing or Wrongly Fighting? Some things are worth arguing about. You should fight for the truth. You should defend the faith. In a world gone mad, where lies, heresies, and worldliness surround us on every side, you do not have to look far to find a foe. So much is wrong with the church and the world, the feisty warrior has much to keep him busy. Some people, however, just like to argue, and they will argue about nothing and everything. They criticize people for what they say and for what they do not say. They pick specks out. . .
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Living in Community

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Living in Community is Hard Work A wise man once said to me that “living in community is hard work.” Longsuffering, humility, repentance and forgiveness are easy when they remain as rhetoric or ideologies. In practice, they stretch us beyond our own strength. But if we truly love one another then we don’t have to work so hard at it. Sins are covered, bones are broken by soft words, feelings aren’t lying around for neighbors to trip on, and everyone is committed to speak the truth in love knowing the vital connection of the two. We are, after all, the. . .
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What to Wear to Church

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We Don’t Know What to Wear to Church Anymore To everything there is a season and a time . . . and yes, there is a time to dress up. The need to suggest such a thing is an indictment on our casual-minded, downgraded, culture. But when people now wear their pajamas to the mall and think little of it, it’s time to reverse this cultural digression before our worship service looks more like a slumber party than the ultimate wedding ceremony that it is. When I was a kid, my parents regularly took me to the symphony. Everyone dressed. . .
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Love One Another & Be a Childlike Church

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Love One Another Like the Early Church A few years ago I chided a minister who said he spent forty hours each week preparing his Sunday sermons. I couldn’t imagine how he could justify such a solitary life. “It’s kind of like a father who thinks he’s being a good provider working endless overtime,” I told him. “What the family really needs is a lot less money and a lot more dad. The same is true of you and your church.” But, today, I find I’m a lot more like the man I gave a hard time, and less like. . .
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Babies Are Murdered Here—41 Years of Roe v. Wade

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Babies Are Murdered Here movie

Roe v. Wade—41 Years of Abortion Today is the 41st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in this country. Also today, Crown Rights Media, released their long-awaited film, Babies Are Murdered Here (watch it below) in which Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. is interviewed extensively as one of those who has been a tireless voice for the unborn. This film is a journey into the darkest corners of our culture where Babies Are Murdered . . . Here. Few are willing to go to these dark corners to do anything, to say anything, to even. . .
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Ask RC: Should Churches Have New Members Classes?

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Ask RC: Should Churches Have New Members Classes?

Hebrews tells us that we are to “Obey those who are over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).  We live in an age where church membership is looked upon as unnecessary, or worse, unhelpful. That is a grave danger indeed. When we refuse to submit to a group of local elders we put ourselves beyond the reach of the gracious blessing of church discipline. We are all capable of falling. . .
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Hurt

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Here comes trouble. That’s what I thought when she walked into the room, kids in tow. Not unlike when the young man, arm still full of bands from the hospital, walked in. He still had crazy eyes from the bath salts that put him in the ER the night before. Dozens more; old, young, even children. They sit down and people greet them and engage them and worship alongside them. But we watch our children around the wounded and weary, who walk in filled with hurt. Why? Because sometimes, it spills out. Jack came to our church for many months.. . .
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Lifted Up Into the Heavenlies

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The more I love my wife the more I want to be with her, enjoy her, and share all of life’s experiences with her. And what makes it all the better is to know these feelings are mutual. A few issues back I wrote an article about marriage being the metaphor for the relationship Christ has with His Church (His Bride), and not the other way around. Building on that truth, we must consider more closely our earthly marriages and the realities they reveal about our heavenly relationship with Christ. The epistle to the Hebrews is rich with heavenly truths. . .
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[kuh-MYOO-ni-tee]

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We called this issue [kuh-MYOO-ni-tee] to emphasis the point that we Christians today don’t understand what this is. We know what activity is. We know what fellowship is. We even know what love is all about some of the time. What we fail to comprehend is the wonderful, challenging, painful, joyful world that exists within a Christ-centered community. I speak as one who didn’t understand and even today has a difficult time fully embracing it. I didn’t understand it when I joined my church, Saint Peter Presbyterian, in 2005, but it is what caused me to not only join that. . .
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Death Knows Not Its Time

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Half the church was there. It’s not a large church. About three hundred souls in total. But they were there. Truly there. Fully there. There for her. She lay in bed, above them, directly in the path of hymns and spiritual songs wafting to heaven, to God’s ears. To hers through a small opening in the window. She lay dying, according to earthly wisdom. Quite frail to their eyes. Smaller than she was. Becoming more seed-like. They came to minister to her, to her husband, to her six children, to each other. They came to be with each other, to. . .
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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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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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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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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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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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