WHY THE ASCENSION WAS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SALVATION

WHY THE ASCENSION WAS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SALVATION by Matthew Barrett for Core Christianity In 1970, Warner Brothers sold over two million records of the catchy tune, “Spirit in the Sky.” A one-hit wonder, Norman Greenbaum’s song proved to be a classic. But what many may not realize is that this chic tune has something to say about Jesus and life after death. Note some of the lyrics: When I die and they lay me to rest Gonna go to the place that’s the best When I lay me down…

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Can You Trust God in Your Pain? (Video)

Can You Trust God in Your Pain? Video by Pastor John Piper for Desiring God In this lab, John Piper clarifies that Job did not suffer because of disobedience. Job did not suffer because of a failure. Job did not suffer because of Satan. Job suffered because God willed it. Some questions to ask as you read and study Job: What are some of the most painful experiences you have had to endure? Was it hard to trust God with your pain? Read Job 1:1 and James 5:10–11. How does James summarize the…

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WHEN YOU’RE NOT SURE GOD ACCEPTS YOU

WHEN YOU’RE NOT SURE GOD ACCEPTS YOU by Chris Vogel for Core Christianity I admit that I was (and am) an athletic misfit, but I suspect I wasn’t the only one always picked last for kickball in school. Did you ever eat alone in the cafeteria? Were you ever rejected by the “cool kids” in high school? We all need to know that we are accepted, valued, and loved, but deep down most of us struggle with a visceral sense of rejection and pervasive lack of assurance that can’t be…

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Did You Hear?

Did You Hear? How often we listen without hearing, look without seeing and live without life. This is the challenge, for me, that Paul spoke of in Romans 7: 14-15; 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. This is an everyday struggle for sinners, of which we all are. The best I can…

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Approach Jesus

Approach Jesus Pastor Mike Harder, The Gospel Church Mark 1 KJV 21And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee…

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The Bible’s Best Description of Salvation Is a Phrase We Rarely Use

The Bible’s Best Description of Salvation Is a Phrase We Rarely Use by JULIE CANLIS for Christianity Today How Paul points the way to a fresh way of seeing faith. Years ago during graduate studies at Regent College, I had a desperate talk with Eugene Peterson about how my PhD had turned the words of God into a great, big research project. I was trying to read my lifeless Bible, but I was interrupted 1,000 times by children needing to be fed, changed, read to, and more. I begged him…

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