When I think about it, I can recall every detail of that day. I was in second period AP English, taking a test on a book we had just read. It was my senior year of high school, and of all the things I had on my mind that morning, terrorism was certainly not one of them. But as our principal came over the PA and announced that an attack had been made against the World Trade Center in New York City, I felt a sense of dread. I wondered if this was going to change the world as I knew it.
It's been eleven years. Eleven isn't one of those landmark anniversaries like five and ten are. When a decade has passed, it seems like people tend to get a bit more reflective. I remember there were many events last year to mark the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. But Eleven -- it's just not the same. It doesn't have the same power or carry the same weight that a decade does.
I didn't realize the anniversary of 9/11 was coming up until yesterday. I guess I kind of forgot about it, and asking around my workplace, it seemed I wasn't the only one. It wasn't that we had forgotten the scenes -- the plane hitting the second tower, the towers collapsing, a firefighter carrying out a child covered in ash, a city full of people in suits and ties covered in dust, the rubble that marked the spot for years -- it was that we just simply didn't feel the impact of the anniversary as deeply as we used to. More Here...
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Pastors and other leaders need assistance, as does every Christian. Parishioners have to understand that their leaders are human while understanding that the calling upon their lives demands a greater level of sacrifice and service.
If parishioners have problems and struggles, their leaders will have them also. However, pastors and leaders have to overcome internal and external influences if they are to receive assistance.
In this post, we want to discuss the most common factors that hinder leaders from receiving help: pride, embarrassment, hopelessness, ministry security, and family. Until these influences are removed, leaders will continue to minister while they are in need of ministry. More Here...
My wife has read the first book of 50 Shades of Grey, and she is almost done with the second book in the series. I told her to underline anything she wanted to try so I don't have to read the whole book. From the parts that I read, it appears the book is mostly about bondage and sex.
Now the pastor was preaching about "wives submitting to your husbands," and this gave me a little chuckle so I nudged her in church.
I can see how someone could complain the couple in the book are not married at least in the first book.
A couple days ago I wrote a blog post about the Bible. I just wanted to clear the air a little bit because I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea about what I said or meant. I'm not a great writer and I know my intentions are often lost when transferring from inside my brain to the world.
Before I get started, I really enjoyed the conversation, debate, argument, or whatever you want to call it. It shows me God is moving through people on Xanga, and the Bible is alive. I like talking about the Bible.
I want to give some context about who I am. I am conservative (though not fundamentalist) and orthodox when it comes to my faith. Let me take this one step further; to be orthodox means you follow the creeds -- Nicean Creed, Apostled Creed, Chalcadean Creed, etc. Most of the creeds basically say the same thing: I believe in God, Jesus, The virgin birth, He suffered, died and rose again, He's eventually coming back to judge us, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body* and life everlasting. This is greatly paraphrased from the Apostles Creed. I believe every one of the things in the creeds. More Here...
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. – Psalm 37:5
It seems one of the most basic human tendencies is to compare, from our social status to work, relationships, school, tall, short, chubby, car, hair -- the list is endless but the fact is that we compare. We judge ourselves by how others look at us, and how we measure beside this or that person. We compare and it rules us.
This is not turned off when we become believers; we somehow manage to try and ‘Christianize’ it. We compare ourselves to people used by God in the bible, another long list. So we sit here with our bibles open and compare our faith with maybe someone we know, we are crushed when that person lets us down. We then go looking for one of those dead guys and put our history next to theirs. From Samuel, Hosea, Paul, even that guy feed by Ravens, Spurgeon and C.S. Lewis. Is that what God intended our relationship with Him to be? Compared faith?
Good morning, readers! It's Sunday, and for you this may be a day to sleep in, but for others it is a day to get up early and head to the local church. Wherever you're at in life, we hope you'll be able to take time to visit your local church or watch a church service online.
Today at North Point Community Church, Andy Stanley is in part four of the series Future Family. Some of us loved the way we were raised, but some of us not so much. For all of us, we want our future family to be a step up from where we came from. Join Andy as he takes us back to the drawing board for the sake of our future family.
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When talking to Christians about homosexuality, I almost always hear one of three things from the person:
1) I have no problem with homosexuality, either because
a) I don't believe Jesus/The Bible condemns homosexuality b) I don't agree with the part of The Bible that condemns homosexuality.
Aside from personal issues with internal consistency of one's theology or with cherry-picking the parts of your religion you wish to follow, these people and I tend to get along just fine on this subject.
2) The Bible condemns homosexuality, and we shouldn't accept it or the people who practice this "choice."
If you didn't guess by the fact that my name is "GodlessLiberal", you know that these people and I are like oil and water -- really, really bigoted oil and incredibly handsome water (I'm the water, just so you know).
3) Homosexuality is a sin, so I disapprove of it. But, as a Christian, I am called to hate the sin but love the sinner. So I am tolerant of their lifestyle choice. More Here...
My boyfriend of six months and I have ended our relationship. We are both God-loving Christians and tried to live our lives that way. We weren't perfect and even submitted to temptation, but we were in love and felt, though we had things to get in order, our relationship was blessed.
Last week his mother, who is a minister, said that the spirit spoke and said that I was not the woman God had planned for him and that he would not meet her while we continued our relationship. He prayed about it and felt that he had heard God's confirmation on the word, so he broke up with me.
We are both very hurt and confused, but I think I am even more than he. I had been actively seeking God about our relationship and never heard what they heard. I also feel rejected, as though I am not good enough for this man of God, so what is wrong with me? More Here...
Liberalism, in the sense of the liberal movement in the Christian church in the 1800s -- which still continues today as can be seen here, hereand in the emergent movement -- is a poison in the visible Christian church. I say the visible church, as there comes a point where liberals deny Christ, deny the Trinity, the resurrection, the virgin birth of Christ, the deity of Christ, deny penal substitionary atonement, or deny something else that invalidates the Gospel in the minds of those who believe it, and as such can no longer be considered to be Christian at all.
It is a sickness, a cancer, that spreads, among some that would lead them to turn away from the truth about God's words, denying its inerrancy, and eventually denying its power and truth. It is unfortunately, also fueled somewhat by the public school system.
In the early 1900s, John Gresham Machen, combated what was then modern liberalism, with his book Christianity and Liberalism. One of his points in that amazing book, which I will link to a free copy of at the bottom of this post, was that Liberal Christianity is not Christianity at all. Instead, it is a new religion that seeks to corrupt the Christian church. More Here...