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Five Truths We Can Learn From Ezekiel About Ministry

In the first three chapters of Ezekiel, we see his call to ministry. Ezekiel was given a specific task for a particular time, but we can all learn from his call to ministry. When I say ‘ministry,’ I don’t just mean vocational ministry, although that is included. If you are a Christian, you have a ministry. You have friends and family that need to hear the gospel. You should have a local church where you can encourage others, pray for others, and use your spiritual gifts. Every Christian has a ministry, and we can learn a few things about...

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Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: Consequences of Pitting Rationality Against Faith – Part 4

The decisive result of falling below the line of despair is a pitting of rationality against faith. Schaeffer sees this as an enormous problem and details four consequences in his book, Escape From Reason. Pitting Rationality Against Faith First, when rationality contends against faith, one is not able to establish a system of morality. It is simply impossible to have an “upstairs morality” that is unrelated to matters of everyday living. Second, when rationality and faith are dichotomized, there is no adequate basis for law. “The whole Reformation system of law was built on the fact that God had revealed something real...

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Five Benchmarks for Making Sure You Are Preaching God’s Word (And Not Your Ideas)

Introduction “I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the quick and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:1-2 ESV). My Beloved Pastoral Colleagues in the Gospel of Grace: Almighty God called you to preach.[1] He called you to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ. He called you to do so by being faithful to his word. We really have no other message but the message that he...

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An Everlasting Kingdom

Regardless of appearances, God is always in control. This is the clear message of Daniel. The focal point of Daniel is the sovereignty of God over the whole world, clearly seen in the deliverance of his people and the temporariness and limitations of even the greatest world powers. The narratives in the book, as well as the prophecies—which clearly foretell the passing of current kingdoms and the coming of the Messiah—would have been a great encouragement and a clear message to the exiled Israelites. There Is a God in Heaven Who Reveals Secrets After bringing many of the Israelites...

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The Word of Life

1 John 1:1-4, “1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his...

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