"For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. " 1 Corinthians 2:2

Why I Am a Calvinist | Phil Johnson

“At the end of the previous post, I described how even in my Arminian days, I affirmed an awful lot of truth about the sovereignty of God: I would have affirmed with no reservation whatsoever that God is God; that He does all His good pleasure; that no one can make Him do otherwise; that He is in control and in charge no matter how much noise evildoers try to make; and not only is He in charge, He is working all things out for my good and His glory. As a matter of fact, my confidence in the promise of Romans 8:28 was what motivated my prayer life.

That’s Calvinism. If you believe those things, you have affirmed the heart of Calvinism, even if you call yourself an Arminian. Those are the basic truths of Calvinism, and if you already believe those things, you are functioning with Calvinist presuppositions.

In fact, the truths of Calvinism so much permeate the heart of the gospel message, that even if you think you are a committed and consistent proponent of Arminianism, if you truly affirm the gospel you have already conceded the principle points of Calvinism anyway.”

From the 8-part series by Phil Johnson available in its entirety at http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/A345/Why-I-Am-a-Calvinist-Part-5

Free Will and Divine Sovereignty | R.C. Sproul

Why We Should Care About Israel Today | Dr. Michael Brown

Many believers today, especially in the younger generation, have serious questions about why they should stand with the people of Israel. What connection, they wonder, does the modern State of Israel have with ancient biblical prophecy? After all, didn’t Paul state in Romans 9:6 that “not all Israel is Israel”?

And, why should Christians stand with Israel when Israel is allegedly guilty of committing atrocities against the Palestinians? What about standing on the side of justice?

Why focus on the salvation of Jewish people as if their salvation were more important than the salvation of any other people group? To give priority to the salvation of Israel would imply favoritism (or even racial discrimination) on the part of God.

These are serious questions that deserve serious answers, so let’s examine them carefully, following Paul’s discussion in Romans 9-11 in detail.

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Franklin Graham Takes Hard Stand Against Muslim Prayer

from Charisma News

Graham this week slammed the National Cathedral in Washington for allowing Muslims to hold their first prayer service there last Friday.

“It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins,” said Graham, head of the Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian aid ministry.

The younger Graham took to Facebook and spoke to the news media to register his extreme displeasure that a Christian cathedral—long a Washington landmark—would willingly be handed over to Muslims by the Cathedral’s Episcopalian leadership.

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The Blessing of Great Teachers | R.C. Sproul

“It’s ultimately no surprise that great teachers produce other great teachers. That seems to be the way God has designed us. In Scripture, we are called again and again to be disciples, or more precisely, learners. We need teachers if we are to learn, and great teachers raise up great learners who can then go on to produce other great learners. Christ is our preeminent example of this. Because He was a great teacher, He knew what to do in order to take a ragtag bunch of fishermen, Zealots, and tax collectors, and make them into the most influential bunch of learners the world has ever known. From their ranks we have been blessed with great teachers—Matthew, John, Peter, and others whose work continues to impact the world to this day. Of course, these men were inspired by the Holy Spirit in a manner that other teachers aren’t. However, Christ’s use of them to make disciples of all nations remains a model of how great teachers produce other great teachers.

No matter how great our earthly teachers may be, they will err. We will have to weigh their words against the Spirit-inspired teachings of the Apostles and prophets. But we dare not think we can ever reach a point where we cannot benefit from the teaching of others. Great teachers who are faithful to God’s Word are a blessing to God’s church. He will use them to build us up so that we can build up other.”

R.C. Sproul, The Blessing of Great Teachers from Lignier.org
http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/blessing-great-teachers/

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Meditation that honors God | John MacArthur

from Grace to You

“Meditation is no less needed today. We live in a culture that continually assaults us with distractions through billboards, television, the Internet, and more. God says that we should keep His Word perpetually in front of our eyes, filling our minds and conversations wherever we go.

Paul clarified what our minds should feed on:

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Ultimately, our ongoing relationship with God hinges on sound biblical study. He places monumental importance on knowing, proclaiming, and worshipping Him rightly. And Scripture is the engine driving all of those things. The Dark Ages may have ended, but those who neglect to study and meditate on Scripture shun the light of God’s Word and continue to walk in willful darkness.”

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Brief Sermon For Busy People-”Watch Those Big Words” | Pat Loftin

A good old country preacher and his wife were on the way home from church. He asked, “What did you think of my sermon?” She answered, “Oh, it was good.” Then he asked if she noticed how he used the big word “propaganda”. She nodded in agreement and then he asked “What does propaganda mean?” She replied, “Well, I will explain it this way. When I was married to Jim, we had two children and Henry and I had three kids. Now we have been married ten years and no children. You see, I am the proper goose but you are not the propaganda!”

I am amazed at the simplicity of the gospel! Some folks want to make it complex, confusing, and chaotic. But the word “gospel” means good news! Now the bad news is that we are sinners—lost and on the way to hell. But the good news is that God gave His Son to die in our place and if we will trust Him we will go to Heaven. I guess you might say that the bad news is what makes the good news so good. Amen! Paul was concerned about folks not believing the simple gospel and so he wrote in II Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Just give me Jesus!(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