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for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." Romans 1:16

Are You a Cultural Christian or a Biblical Christian?

youth-bible-study(My note: I have used the term “CHINO” to describe so-called cultural Christians. CHINO standing for “CHristian in Name Only.)

from Charisma News

Christianity is flourishing. There are more Christians today in America than ever before, both as a percentage and in total numbers. Roughly one in three Americans indicate they have asked Jesus to forgive their sins and grant them the gift of eternal life.

Here’s the question: If religion is such a big part of our lives, why isn’t it making more of an impact on our society? The sad reality is that claims of religious commitment run high, but impact is at an all-time low.

Here’s the problem: Although Christianity is flourishing, many of us who are Christians have gotten caught up in this increasingly bankrupt culture. We have adopted many of the values of the world around us. Maybe it’s the new sexual ethics of cohabitation or pornography, rampant greed and materialism, or winking at the needs of the poor. Gal. 5:9 explains why adopting these values is a problem: “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”

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L’shanah tovah | “for a good year”

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Franklin Graham | ‘Can’t Help But Wonder’ If End Times Are Near

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“The killing of Christians by Muslims from Indonesia to Bangladesh to Pakistan. China tearing down church buildings,” wrote Graham.

“Christians tortured, beheaded, and crucified in Iraq, with villages burned and churches destroyed, and much the same in Syria.”

Graham went on to speak of “signs of the end of the age” documented by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, including “wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and pestilence.”

“As I read the news, I can’t help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son,” wrote Graham.

“I don’t know if we have hours, days, months, or years — but as Christians, God calls us to take the truth of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.”

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Brief Sermon For Busy People-”Escape From Eames” | Pat Loftin

Adoniram Judson is a familiar name among Baptists but the name Jacob Eames might not be! Judson was a great missionary and Eames was an agnostic. They met in college and Judson was influenced by Eames to turn away from the Christian faith he had been taught as a youngster. Later in life the two went their separate ways! On a later occasion Judson sought lodging in an inn and was placed in a room next to a man who was very ill. During the night he heard screams, cursing, blasphemies, and cries of pain from the man. The next morning he learned the man had died—the man’s name, Jacob Eames. That terrifying experience caused Judson to rethink his belief about God and he returned back to the Christ of his youth!


How many start out in life with a love for Jesus and then they encounter an atheist professor or an agnostic friend in college or the work place or in social relationships only to be influenced in the wrong direction. Without being morbid or gloomy could one just pose the question, “Will the philosophy or belief that you and I presently possess be adequate in the day of death?” May we all be able to say with Paul, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (II Timothy 1:12)

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

‘Left Behind’ Author Tim LaHaye Fires Back at Anti-Rapture Apologist

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“God’s Word is just that—God’s words, and He meant what He said. Those who do not believe in the rapture do not understand that the first teaching of the rapture dates back to the first century when the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write it into the Holy Scripture.

“Not believing in the rapture does not mean you are not a Christian. Like some of my friends, Craig is an a-Millennialist, who like Augustine in the 5th century taught that the Word of God was inspired and to be taken literally, except for prophecies, and they were to be taken spiritually, allegorically or symbolically.

“The problem with this is it eliminates 28 percent of the Bible from our understanding and removes the ‘blessed hope of Christ’s return’ for His church, which is clearly taught in Titus 2:12-14. Craig and those that think like him need to read my book, A Quick Look at the Rapture and the Second Coming, for in it, I examine 15 differences between the rapture and the Second Coming. They occur at least seven years apart for they are separated by the seven-year Tribulation that the Lord Jesus warned would some day come on this Earth as the worst time in all of world history. (See Matt.14:21)

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How Should We Be Living? | Dr. Michael Brown

from Charisma News:

The time for slumber and playing games is long past, and the time for complacency is gone.

The harvest is ripe, the needs are overwhelming, and the potential is extraordinary.

The power of God is totally available, and the Lord Jesus is enthroned in power, ready to send, anoint and bless and use.

It is time to wake up, stand up and show up.

Not tomorrow. Not next year. Not somewhere else. But today, this year, where you live, right now.

How should we be living? “For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His” (2 Chron. 16:9).

Live with such wholehearted devotion that the Lord will show Himself strong on your behalf.

You will never have a regret.

That is how we should be living.

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Assemblies of God Caught Up in Middle East Violence

from Charisma News

Over the last few days, Assemblies of God personnel have made several reports of AG families being caught in harm’s way and tragedy resulting.

Late last week, AG workers in the Middle East reported that two young brothers from the Lighthouse School in Gaza were killed when a missile fired from an F-16 jet fighter hit their home.

In Iraq, increasing chaos surrounds believers as a militant terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also called ISIS) tightens its grip in and around the city of Mosul. All Christians have been ordered to leave the city (leaving all of their property behind) or be executed.

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