“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” - C.S. Lewis

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Did the church in Acts focus on political change?

Acts 3-4

In Acts 3-4, Paul and John heal a lame beggar and soon after 5,000 come to believe. The priests and the Sadducees try to find a way to punish them and continue to plot against them. So Peter and John get together with other believers and pray in such a way that the place is shaken. Let’s look at this prayer.

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’
— for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:25–31, ESV)

They recognize that the current leadership is set there by God, predestined according to his plan. They didn’t focus their prayers on asking God to change the current leaders and put more Christian friendly leaders in their place. They focused their prayers on perseverance and continued boldness. They prayed for God to continue to heal people and make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals.

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The Light of the Word

A Big Light versus This Little Light

Many have heard the child’s song with the words, “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”. The song encourages children to be a light in a world where darkness can be found in many places. Well, for Christians, the light that we shine is not a little light. It is a light that comes from God. And since God is infinitely powerful, we would do right to consider this light a big light. It is, without a doubt, a light which can completely extinguish darkness wherever it may be found. Consider the following verse:

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The Importance of Hearing

For Spiritual Life and Growth

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With our ears we can enjoy varieties of music, experience the thrills of explosions in movies, listen to the whispers of friends or loved-ones in our ears, or be alarmed by loud sounds that startle us. But the ear also has a function that is essential for the soul. It can hear words that go deep into the heart of a man. Destructive words can cause a person to hate others and altogether become bitter and angry. Encouraging words can cause a person to be filled with comfort and courage.

Jesus emphasized the importance of hearing through his ministry. In the parable of the sower, Jesus shows us that the way in which you listen, can make a dramatic difference in your life.

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Gospel Attraction

Wrapping the Central Message of Christianity

Wrapping the Central Message

Evangelical Christians have long been associated with telling people about Jesus Christ. The term born-again brings up images of a devout, exited for Jesus, Christian who can’t stop trying to convert others to Christianity. Our culture is, in general, open to many forms of spiritual expression and exploration, but somehow the Good News of Jesus Christ is not the best news around. Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ just not cool enough, modern enough, or hip enough? Do we need to hype-it-up with mystique like the Eastern religions? Should we wrap up the Christianity’s central message in modern garb to present it as attractive? Can we make the Gospel attractive?

There are several modern attempts to make the Christianity more attractive and appealing to the masses. This article will show some of these attempts and also look at the reason these are not adequate when compared to what is found in the Bible.

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White Horse Inn and Modern Reformation

Edifying Discussion and Publications

White Horse Inn Logo Lately I’ve been tuning into the discussion over at White Horse Inn. They feature a radio show program, available to listen online, with discussion on various important topics within Christendom. The main characters are Michael Horton, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, Ken Jones, and Dr. Kim Riddlebarger. They typically invite an expert speaker to come and discuss a particular topic and then they all join in discussion. The speakers are excellent and Michael Horton asks excellent questions.

I found many of these discussion to be very edifying and helpful. Even though these guys have reformed backgrounds, the show is not overtly reformed in the sense that they are bent on pushing Calvinism or reformed doctrine. Their primary concern is the strengthening and edification of the people of God. They are concerned with promoting discernment of the ideas and teachings floating around us and helping Christians to stay on track as followers of Jesus Christ.

White Horse Inn also works to publish the Modern Reformation magazine. I have subscribed to this magazine and it is among the best magazines for Christians to read. The articles are relevant and applicable to Christians today. The articles are well written accessible to a wide audience.

White Horse Inn and Modern Reformation are my top picks for must-have information to be digested by Christians. Check it out!

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Life is Like Climbing a Hill of Ice

A Nugget of Gold from Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Ice ClimbingThe Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up, nay, you have to cut every step with an ice axe; only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress; you need a guide to help you, and you are not safe unless you are fastened to the guide, for you may slip into a crevasse. Nobody ever slides lip, but if great care be not taken they will slide down, slide back, or in other words backslide This is very easily done. If you want to know how to backslide, the answer is leave off going forward and you will slide backward, cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity, for stand still you never can. (Spurgeon’s Sermons v.21, #1235)

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