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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/10 14:50:00 (1962 reads)

“Let’s stop talking about sex, and rather talk about Jesus! Let’s stop criticizing the culture, and instead be good news for the culture!” --- Andrew Symes

Dead and risen. If Christ's death was a death to sin (which it was), and if his resurrection was a resurrection to God (which it was), and if by faith-baptism we have been united to Christ in his death and resurrection (which we have been), then we ourselves have died to sin and risen to God. We must therefore 'reckon' (AV), 'consider' (RSV), 'regard' (NEB), 'look upon' (JBP) or *count* (NIV) ourselves *dead to sin but alive to God in*, or by reason of our union with, *Christ Jesus* (Rom. 6:11). This 'reckoning' is not make-believe. It is not screwing up our faith to believe what we do not believe. We are not to pretend that our old nature has died, when we know perfectly well it has not. Instead we are to realize and remember that our former self did die with Christ, thus putting an end to its career. We are to consider what in fact we are, *dead to sin and alive to God* (11), like Christ (10). Once we grasp this, that our old life has ended, with the score settled, the debt paid and the law satisfied, we shall want to have nothing to do with it. --- John R.W. Stott

The word "marriage" was created to identify a union of a man and a woman- just as the word cat was created to identify a cat. You cannot use the word "cat" to identify a dog just as you cannot use the word "marriage" to identify the union of two men or two women. --- John H. Lewis Jr.,

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/3 16:50:00 (1904 reads)

"In sum, it is a simple and sobering fact that no society that has sanctioned unconstrained sexuality has long survived." --- Psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Satinover

The perseverance of the saints'. He who stands firm to the end will be saved' (Mk. 13:13), not because salvation is the reward of endurance, but because endurance is the hallmark of the saved. --- John R.W. Stott

“We have been the silent witnesses of evil deeds.” and that “What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men.” --- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's grown-up children. God never ceases to be our Father, and we never cease to be his children. But he wants us to become his grown-up children. Dependent and obedient we must always be, yet the obedience we are to give him must not be slavish, mechanical or grudging, but intelligent, glad and free ... God treats his children as adults, and gives us the responsibility to discern and decide for ourselves. In this way our obedience becomes creative. It fosters and does not inhibit our growth. --- John R.W. Stott

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/26 20:30:00 (2654 reads)

God is not so much about fixing things that have gone wrong in our lives as He is about finding us in our brokenness and giving us Christ. --- Leonard Sweet, The Jesus Manifesto

Two men, two great religions. So what transpires when the Pope meets the Archbishop of Canterbury? As one might expect, oneupmanship and rank-pulling. The Watford Observer heard Justin Welby describe such a meeting. "Soon after his appointment as Archbishop, he met the equally new Pope Francis. Once the photographers had gone, the two men spent their first private minute together just laughing ('me in English, him in Italian – and with a very confused interpreter'), both of them equally surprised to be there. 'I am senior to you,' said Pope Francis, joshing, 'by two days'." --- Hugh Muir’s Diary, The Guardian

You cannot be faithful to Jesus Christ and pro-sin; it's that simple. I do not understand why Americans and even Christians are caving in so rapidly to the immoral LGBT agenda, but I do know that we must hold up the Truth higher than ever! Do not be discouraged: God's eternal Truth still stands. --- Peter LaBarbera,

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/20 11:30:00 (2092 reads)

The norm of Christian initiation. The norm of Christian experience, then, is a cluster of four things: repentance, faith in Jesus, water baptism and the gift of the Spirit. Though the perceived order may vary a little, the four belong together and are universal in Christian initiation. The laying-on of apostolic hands, however, together with tongue-speaking and prophesying, were special to Ephesus, as to Samaria, in order to demonstrate visibly and publicly that particular groups were incorporated into Christ by the Spirit; the New Testament does not universalize them. There are no Samaritans or disciples of John the Baptist left in the world today. --- John R.W. Stott

Jesus would be surprised to see how easy the kingdom of God has become as we have made ourselves relevant to the culture. --- Dr. David F. Wells, Church Historian & Academic

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/1/2 6:40:00 (3452 reads)

"One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts" --- C.S. Lewis

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. --- Pastor Rick Warren

The verdict now. Justification is a legal or forensic term, belonging to the law courts. Its opposite is condemnation. Both are the pronouncements of a judge. In a Christian context they are the alternative eschatological verdicts which God the judge may pass on judgment day. So when God justifies sinners today, he anticipates his own final judgment by bringing into the present what belongs properly to the last day. --- John R.W. Stott

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