Our Father – Don Moen Songs – Cantari frumoase

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„Our Father”

Hear our prayer
We are Your children
And we’ve gathered here today, bless me
We’re gathered here to prayHear our cry
Lord, we need Your mercy
And we need Your grace today, yes, we do
Hear us as we prayOur Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we prayHear our song
As it rises to Heaven
May Your glory fill the earth
As the waters cover the seasSee our hearts
And remove anything
That is standing in the way
Of coming to You todayOur Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we pray

And though we are few
We’re surrounded by many
Who have crossed that river before
And this is the song we’ll be singing forever

Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord

Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord

Hear our prayer
We are Your children
And we’ve gathered here today
We’re gathered here to pray

Hear our cry
Oh Lord, we need Your mercy
And we need Your grace today, yes, we do
Hear us as we pray

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we pray

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Our Father, hear us from Heaven
Forgive our sins we pray
Forgive our sins we pray
Forgive our sins we pray
Oh yeah.

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What Jesus Said About Who He Is?

The most offensive thing a Christian can say is that Jesus is the only way for salvation. This is characterized as intolerant, as arrogant, as narrow minded. But according to the Gospels, Jesus prompted belief in His exclusive relationship with God, the Father. He spoke of Himself as „the light”, „living waters”, „the way”, as „the good shepherd”, as „the vine”, „bread”, as „the door and gate to God”. When Jesus said „I and the Father are one” the religious leaders at the temple understood what He meant because they picked up stones and they wanted to stone Him for blasphemy. They understood that Jesus was making a claim far higher than the oneness of mission, He was claiming to be one of essence with the Father. Jesus knew who He was and was very clear in declaring who He was: that He was one with the Father. That he was God come to earth.
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A series of 12 videos (approx. 20-30 min. each= Total 5 hours)

  1. The Living Christ Series (1) Holy Night
  2. The Living Christ Series (2) Escape to Egypt
  3. The Living Christ Series (3) Boyhood and Baptism
  4. The Living Christ Series (4) Men of the Wilderness
  5. The Living Christ Series (5) Challenge of Faith
  6. The Living Christ Series (6) Discipleship
  7. The Living Christ Series (7) Return to Nazareth
  8. The Living Christ Series (8) Conflict
  9. The Living Christ Series (9) Fate of John the Baptist
  10. The Living Christ Series (10) Retreat and Decision
  11. The Living Christ Series (11) Triumph and Defeat
  12. The Living Christ Series (12) Crucifixion and Resurrection

Ravi Zacharias – There’s no guarantee in the next generation

Ravi Zacharias how do we challengeIn case you missed this

~~When you’re talking tonight, or in the future, about living with the Word, and finding yourself equipped and strengthened for the future, to face the future, as it is rushing towards us at an incredible pace. How do we meet them? How do we challenge this generation?

~~In my 40 years of traveling and preaching, I have never seen the challenge more daunting than it is now. Incredible challenge, extraordinary distortions. And, on the one side you face a rabid, strident naturalism that wants to do away with God in all paradigms. And, on the other side you see a new spirituality- „so called”. The end result is the same in both of them. Because when you think about it, what does secularism really do, when it is taken out to its logical and systemic conclusion? It is the eviction of God. And what does the new, so called, spirituality do? That basically deifies the individual. Same end result. There is no transcendent, infinite, all wise personal being. It’s all about you, one way or the other, either in spiritual terms or rabidly naturalistic terms.

At such a time like this, you and I have been called to live. It is by divine appointment that we are here, at this time. And we have set our hand to the plow, and we dare not look back. There is a path ahead of us. And, as we are called to live for the word, and empowered  for our future, I want to bring to you a message tonight that I hope will stir your hearts, touch your mind and ultimately  bring a response from your wills to the honor and to the glory of God.

Text 2 Kings 21

Manasseh Reigns in Judah

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lorddrove out before the people of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of theLord, provoking him to anger. 

I wonder if you caught one line there, a very simple line: He basically destroyed everything that his father Hezekiah had stood for. You see, there’s no guarantee in the next generation. His father had ushered in the greatest revival of that time.

How do we challenge this generation?

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Video of Francis Schaeffer’s workshop on „The Question of Apologetics” 1983 (70 minutes)

Francis Schaeffer workshop on „The Question of Apologetics”
L’Abri Conference, Atlanta, June, 1983
Recorded by Soundword Associates for L’Abri Fellowship

This 70 minute section is a lecture based on the chapter „The Question of Apologetics” from Francis Schaeffer’s book ‘The God Who Is There‘.

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In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals! For over thirty years The God Who Is There has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In

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Francis Schaeffer’s remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going. Now this completely retypeset edition includes a new introduction by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer’s seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early twenty-first century. More than ever, The God Who Is There demonstrates how historic Christianity can fearlessly confront the competing philosophies of the world. The God who has always been there continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world’s deepest problems.

VIDEO by FrancisSchaefferStudies.org

Ravi Zacharias – We Are Made in the Image of God

We Are Made in the Image of God by Ligonier Ministries

In this excerpt from his message at the 2013 National Conference, Ravi Zacharias reminds us that human beings are made in the image of God.
Full Message here: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/confere..

Dr. Wayne Grudem – The Interpersonal Relationship among the Members of the Trinity

This lecture is from an Academic Conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Grudem’s presentation is the 5th lecture of this series and it is titled:

Troubling Doctrinal Deviations in Evangelical Feminist arguments about the Trinity.

Several recent evangelical feminist authors have denied that the Son is eternally subject to the authority of the Father within the Trinity. These authors include Gilbert Bilezikian, Rebecca M. Groothuis, Kevin Giles, Millard Erickson, Phillip Carey, Linda Belleville, and Dennis W. Jowers.

In reading these arguments, I noticed that they contained important doctrinal deviation either in what is said, or what is implied in the form of the argument. The argument deviated from the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity, in some cases and they rejected the authority of Scriptures, it seems to me, in other cases. So, those are going to be 2 parts of my paper:

  1. Evangelical feminist arguments that deviate from the orthodox  doctrine of the Trinity,
  2. And, Evangelical feminist arguments that reject the authority of Scripture.

Arguments that deviate from the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity

1. Denying the Trinity by denying any eternal distinctions
between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Essential to the doctrine of the Trinity, as affirmed by all four previous speakers, and is taught in the Bible is the idea that the distinctions between the persons of the Trinity- the Father is not the Son. Father is not the Holy Spirit, and the Son is not the Holy Spirit. They are 3 distinct persons. They’re equal in deity, and there’s only one God. But, within the being of God Himself, there are three distinct persons. Several recent evangelical authors are unwilling to specify any distinction between the persons. For example, rather than agreeing that the names Father, and Son indicate a distinction between the persons , a number of evangelical feminist authors argue that the names only show that the Son is like the Father, not that He is distinct from the Father in any way.

And sadly, the most prominent writer in this regard is Millard Erickson, whom I respect in many ways for much of what he has written. Erickson says, „There is considerable biblical evidence that the primary meaning of the biblical term Son as applied to Jesus is likeness, rather than subordinate authority. So, for example, he says the jews saw Jesus’s self designation as the Son of God as a claim to deity or equality with God. I should say in parenthesis- I agree that Sonship does imply equality of Being, because, just as a human son is human and the father is human; so, in the Trinity, the Father is divine, therefore, the Son of God is divine. That’s true. But, the question is whether that is all that is affirmed.

Similarly, Kevin Giles objects: ‘The name Father and Son are not used in the New Testament to suggest the divine Father always has authority over the Son. He said, these names speak, rather, of an eternal correlated relationship, by intimacy, unity, equality, and identical authority.

My response: If intimacy and identical authority were all that Jesus wanted to indicate by calling Himself a Son, calling God His Father, He could have spoken of ‘My friend in heaven‘, or ‘my brother in heaven‘, or even ‘my twin in heaven‘. These images were ready at hand. But, He did not. He spoke of ‘My Father in heaven‘. Emphasizing likeness in deity only, while failing to specify the distinctions between the persons of the Trinity is a failure to affirm the distinctions between the 3 persons, which is one important aspect of the doctrine of the Trinity. It seems to me that is a significant doctrinal deviation.(6:00)

2. Denying the Trinity by claiming an act of any one person
is actually an act of all three persons

Even more troubling is the tendency of evangelical feminists to claim that any action, taken by any person in the Trinity is an action of all three persons of the Trinity, when faced with many biblical texts that show that the Son is always subject to the Father (I have over 30 texts that I will allude to, later), and that the Father is not subject to the Son. When faced with many of these texts, Millard Erickson produces a different solution to suggest that the act of any one person in the Trinity is actually an act of all three persons. Here is what Erickson says is an overall principle. I’m quoting from his book ‘Who’s Tampering With The Trinity‘, pp 137-138. Erickson says this, „Although one person of the Trinity may occupy a more prominent part in a given divine action, the action is actually that of the entire Godhead‘- I would agree with him, up to that point. Then he says, ‘and the one person is acting on behalf of the three,” I would agree with him to that point. But then, listen, „This means that those passages that speak of the Father predestining, sending, commanding, and so on, should not be taken as applying to the Father only, but to all members of the Trinity. Thus, they do not count as evidence in support of eternal supremacy of the Father and eternal subordination of the Son.’

How does Erickson argue for this? The way he argues for it is to point out that some of the actions of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are done by more than one person. For instance, the Father and Son are involved in sending the Spirit into the world. The Father and Son are both involved in judging the world. Both the Son and the Holy Spirit intercede before the Father. The Father  and the Son both love the world. Both the Father and the Son receive prayer. Erickson concludes, „The various works attributed to the various persons of the Trinity are in fact works of the Triune God. One member of the Godhead may in fact do this on behalf of the three, and be mentioned as the one who does that work; but, all participate in what is done.’

But, these verses that he quotes, hardly prove Erickson’s point. Yes, it is true that both the Father and the Son sent the Spirit into the world. But, the Holy Spirit does not send the Holy Spirit into the world. And yes, both the Son and the Holy Spirit intercede before the Father. But, the Father does not intercede before the Father. As for actions that are directed toward people in the world, such as loving, judging, indwelling people, it is true that all three persons are involved in a way in these activities, but, that does not prove Erickson’s point because the real issue is the relationship between the Father and the Son in the Trinity. In that issue, the testimony of the Scripture is clear: The Son continuously, throughout eternity, submits to the will of the Father. This is clear, even in some of the passages that Erickson appeals to. At one point, he says, „It is not only the Father who predestined some to be saved, but Jesus also elects some to salvation. As Jesus said in John 5:21 ‘Even so, the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it and  no one knows the Father except the Son. And those to whom the Son chooses, reveal Him (John 5:21 and Matthew 11:27). Erickson concludes, „It appears that Jesus chooses those whom He reveals to the Father.” What he is saying, is, „The Father predestines. Yes, but the Son also predestines. They both do this action.”

It is remarkable that  Erickson mentions John 5:21 and Matthew 11:27, because the very context of both of them, Jesus attributes supreme authority to the Father. In John 5:21, he says, „Yes, He gives life to whom He is pleased to give it, but 2 verses earlier, Jesus says, „The Son can do nothing of His own accord. But only what He sees the Father doing. For, whatever the Father does, so the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and show Him all that He is doing.” Nine verses after this, Jesus says, „I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge. Judgment is just cause I seek not my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.” Erickson did not mention these verses, although they occur in the very same context. Therefore, the Son only chooses, in conjunction with what has been shown of the will of the Father.

As for Erickson’s other verse, Matthew 11:27, the beginning of the verse, which Erickson does not quote, says, „All things have been handed over to Me by My Father.” And then Jesus goes on to say, „No one knows the Father, except through the Son, and those whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” The testimony of Scripture on this matter is consistent. When the Son chooses people for salvation, He is simply following  the directives of the Father. He’s not acting independently of the authority of the Father, yet, both the Father and the Son participate in their choosing, yet their actions are not identical, but distinct. The Father chooses, the Father shows the Son who has been chosen, the Son chooses those who have been given Him by the Father.

What is even more troubling about Erickson’s argument is he seems to be denying that there is any difference between the persons of the Trinity. He’s arguing against the idea that we can say that the Son has eternally been subject to the authority of the Father. Erickson is trying to nullify that idea, by denying that we can say anything that is done by the Son is not also done by the Father and the Spirit. Erickson wants to make that kind of discussion impossible. But, in order to make his point, he is apparently saying that the actions of any one person of the Trinity are the actions of not just the whole being of God, but of every person in the Trinity. And to say that is to deny what is taught by really hundreds of passages of Scriptures that speak of different actions, carried out by different members of the Trinity.

For example: At the baptism of Jesus, God the Father was speaking from heaven, „This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” God the Son was not speaking from heaven in those words, nor was the Holy Spirit speaking from heaven and saying those words. God the Son was being baptized, the Holy Spirit was descending like a dove coming to rest upon Him. God the Father was not being baptized, nor was the Holy Spirit being baptized. The Father was not descending like a dove, nor was the Son descending like a dove. It simply confuses the teaching of Scripture to say or imply that all three persons of the Trinity are doing any one action. But that is what Erickson seems to be saying.  (12:35 min mark – with 44 minutes remaining)

LIVE online – Ravi Zacharias at Johns Hopkins University Wed. November 20, 2013 at 7 pm EST

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Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and the Veritas Forum present „The Question of Suffering and the Goodness of God.”

Join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 pm EST for a live 45 minute presentation by Ravi Zacharias followed by an audience Q&A with Ravi, Vince Vitale and Nabeel Qureshi.

VIDEO by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Is Christianity really rational? by R.C. Sproul

rc sproul 2Have you ever had a nonbeliever say that your argument is not rational? Or that Christianity is not rational? Here’s R  C Sproul answering this very same question in a post from August 2013 on the ligonier.org website:

By all means! It is intensely rational. Now, I’ve had the question asked of me, “Is it true that you are a Christian rationalist?” I said, “By no means! That’s a contradiction in terms. A rationalist is somebody who embraces a philosophy that sets itself over and against Christianity.” And so, while a true Christian is not a rationalist, the Christian faith is certainly rational.

Is Christianity coherent? Is it intelligible? Does it makes sense? Does it fit together in a consistent pattern of truth, or is it the opposite of rational—is it irrational? Does it indulge in superstition and embrace Christians who believe that Christianity is manifestly irrational? I think that’s a great tragedy. The God of Christianity addresses people’s minds. He speaks to us. We have a Book that is written for our understanding.

When I say that Christianity is rational, I do not mean that the truth of Christianity in all of its majesty can be deduced from a few logical principles by a speculative philosopher. There is much information about the nature of God that we can find only because God himself chooses to reveal it to us. He reveals these things through his prophets, through history, through the Bible, and through his only begotten Son, Jesus.

But what he reveals is intelligible; we can understand it with our intellect. He doesn’t ask us to throw away our minds in order to become Christians. There are people who think that to become a Christian, one must leave one’s brain somewhere in the parking lot. The only leap that the New Testament calls us to make is not into the darkness but out of the darkness into the light, into that which we can indeed understand. That is not to say that everything the Christian faith speaks of is manifestly clear with respect to rational categories. I can’t understand, for example, how a person can have a divine nature and a human nature at the same time, which is what we believe about Jesus. That’s a mystery—but mysterious is not the same as irrational.

Mystery doesn’t apply only to religion. I don’t understand the ultimate force of gravity. These things are mysterious to us, but they’re not irrational. It’s one thing to say, “I don’t understand from my finite mind how these things work out,” and it’s another thing to say, “They’re blatantly contradictory and irrational, but I’m going to believe them anyway.” That’s not what Christianity does. Christianity says that there are mysteries, but those mysteries cannot be articulated in terms of the irrational; if that were so, then we have moved away from Christian truth.

Read more questions (about 100 of them) and R C Sproul’s detailed, 1 page answers, here – http://www.ligonier.org

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus at Georgia Tech – Ravi Zacharias Int’l Ministry November 4, 2013

Streamed live on Nov 4, 2013

Join us on Monday evening, November 4th, as Nabeel Qureshi, a former devout Muslim, describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity. A question and answer session will follow his talk. Photo credit www.rzim.org

VIDEO by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Tim Keller – What Role Should the Bible Have in Society?

From the Q conference in Chicago, February 2010. Panel Discussion featuring Tim Keller, Alister McGrath, Brian McLaren, and Dempsey Rosales-Acosta regarding the Bible’s role in society.

Interpreting the Bible has become a divisive issue for some and little more than sport for others. Some want to talk about the “authority” of Scripture. They’re asking questions like, “How is the Bible authoritative in our lives today?” Others are wondering if the word “inerrancy” is making a comeback. Is it? Or is the term only useful for theological debates, to separate those who are “in” and those who are “out”? How then should we interpret the Bible as God’s word for our culture today?

Keller has some very useful apologetical comments in this panel discussion, the other 3 panelists- McGrath, coming from across the pond in UK, surprisingly dances around the question. MacLaren, we have all come to know his evolving religion since this video, and Dempsey Rosales-Acosta is a Catholic priest. Read Kevin DeYoung’s commentary and take on the subject of inerrancy, as represented in this video discussion, at this link- http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/09/24/whos-afraid-of-inerrancy/

VIDEO by Jacob Mitchell

How to Lead Family Worship – Dr.Joel Beeke

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Most of the kids that do not fall away from church or school in their teenage years had a family worship time at home growing up. This is a great video on how to lead a family worship in your own house. This is 1 or 4 messages from the Salisbury Conference 2013. For rest of messages go to sermonaudio and search this conference.

Full Sermon Page http://hnrc.sermonaudio.com Photo below www.aclutteredmind.org VIDEO by GoodTreeMinistries.com

Dr Joel Beeke:

Family worship is the most underestimated gift of God, in all of Christianity. It’s either taken for granted, or, it’s neglected. Yet, family worship lies at the heart of society. As goes family worship, so goes the family. As goes the family, so goes the church. As goes the churches, so goes the nations. My leading of family worship, in my family, is the most important thing I do in this world. It is nonnegotiable. It must never be skipped, it is absolutely critical. And, I would suggest to you, today, that with all the books on church growth, that are written, that many people forget that internal church growth is usually the most stable church growth, in any church. And, that internal church growth usually takes place, mostly, from those families who’ve engaged in daily, serious, sustained, family worship. I’ve had the privilege of serving 3 congregations in my life, all of them around 700-800 people, so, I have served a number of families, and I look out at the congregations, and the young people, who stay with the church, and are stalwart sons and daughters of the church of Jesus Christ, in almost every case, in all 3 churches, the young people that stay hail from those families where there is daily, serious, sustained family worship.

Dr. Beeke starts off recounting his own father’s leading of daily worship and he mentions that his father, quite often read Pilgrim’s Progress to him and his 4 siblings. In Dr. Beeke’s estimation, his father must have read and explained Pilgrim’s Progress to his children about 15- 20 times. Dr. Beeke goes over 4 points:

  1. Duty
  2. Implementation (he spends half of the message on this point, telling you how to do it, the practical nuts & bolts of it)
  3. He answers objections raised against it (very brief)
  4. Concludes with some motivations, exhorting you to it.

Ravi Zacharias – Can Man Live without God? + some quotes

Read more quotes and/or buy the books here- http://www.goodreads.com/

‘Can Man Live Without God?’

  1. “It is easier to hide behind philosophical arguments, heavily footnoted for effect, than it is to admit our hurts, our confusions, our loves, and our passions in the marketplace of life’s heartfelt transactions.”
  2. “I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. And that is why we find ourselves emptied of meaning with our pantries still full.”
  3. “Truth has been relegated to subjectivity; beauty has been subjugated to the beholder; and as millions are idiotized night after night, a global commune has been constructed with the arts enjoying a totalitarian rule.”
  4. “For many in our high-paced world, despair is not a moment; it is a way of life.”
  5. “The loss of something that is never thought of, felt, or sought for when lost is not a loss at all.”

Description for the book (Amazon):

In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God’s existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God’s existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.

VIDEO by jasonofthel33t

Recapture the Wonder

  • “In the 1950s kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term –the generation gap.
  • In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. It was a decade of protest–church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
  • In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion….It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
  • In the 1980s, kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
  • In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
  • In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
  • “Dragoste gratuită nu există; dragostea este expresia cea mai costisitoare din lume. Dar lucrul minunat este că prețul ei a fost plătit deja.”
  • “Of all the religions in the world, there is none with the wealth of music that the Christian faith offers.”
  • “The world is larger and more beautiful than my little struggle.”
Description for the book (Amazon):
Zacharias invites readers to break free from the weariness and cynicism of life to enjoy God’s amazing promise of childlike joy.

John Piper – The Glory of God in the Midst of Affliction at The Legacy Conference 2013

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John Piper, author and former pastor of Bethleham Baptist Church in Minneapolis, preaching the Friday evening general session at The Legacy Conference (2013) on 2 Corinthians 4:1-6: The Glory of God in the Midst of Affliction.

See also Matt Chandler at the Legacy Conference –  Matt Chandler – Grace through the eyes of the Father (Luke 15)

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VIDEO by legacychannel

Ravi Zacharias quotes from 2 books

English: Ravi Zacharias signing books at the F...

Read more quotes and/or buy the books here- http://www.goodreads.com/

“Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.”

“To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, “I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge”

“These days its not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear, today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences, and if that were not bad enough, we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off the restraints religion had imposed upon them. It is not just that they ask we accept, but they now demand of us to celebrate it too.” 

“There can be no reproach to pain unless we assume human dignity, there is no reason for restraints on pleasure unless we assume human worth, there is no legitimacy to monotony unless we assume a greater purpose to life, there is no purpose to life unless we assume design, death has no significance unless we seek what is everlasting.”

  1. “We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.” 
  2. With no fact as a referent, what is normative is purely a matter of preference.
    ― Ravi Zacharias, in his book The Real Face of Atheism
  3. “Every worldview has to bring together reason and faith.”
  4. “Goodness can endure a few moments; holiness is life-defining.”
  5. “I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.” ― Ravi Zacharias, in his book Has Christianity Failed You?
  6. “A friend asked the author,”If this conversion you speak about is truly supernatural, and why is it not more evident in the lives of so many Christians that I know?”  Ravi Zacharias, in his book Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend

Description for the book (Amazon):

Atheism is a world without God. Its true nature–whether disguised in Eastern mysticism or American cynicism–is despair. In this thought-provoking and witty book, Ravi Zacharias provides Christians a clear apologetic for their faith.

Formerly published as A Shattered Visage, The Real Face of Atheism systematically examines atheistic positions on human nature, the meaning of life, morality, the „First Cause,” death, and more. With a new introduction and revisions throughout, The Real Face of Atheism is the perfect text for pastors, students, and thinking laypeople who want to improve their apologetic skill and reach out to non-believers.

On marriage:

Ravi Zacharias, from his book I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

  1. “Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer.” 
  2. “Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.”

Description for the book (Amazon):

In the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis a beautiful young woman offers assistance to a weary traveler and his camels, and out of that simple action, a marriage results-a marriage that offers profound lessons to couples today. Bible scholar and renowned speaker Ravi Zacharias draws five points critical to the long-lasting success of every marriage from the biblical story of the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah.

„Real love folds together both the emotions and the will,” writes Zacharias. „Without the emotions, marriage is a drudgery; without the will, it is a mockery.” Building upon that foundational truth, Zacharias goes on to explain the principles of seeking the counsel of others when finding a mate, cherishing your partner, remaining pure, becoming a man or woman of prayer, and, finally, risking everything in a relationship in order to experience God’s ideal for love.

Couples everywhere, from those about to be married, to those who have been married for decades, will draw strength and wisdom for the journey of marriage as they learn from Ravi what it means to move from romance to lasting love.

With the Brotherhood in Egypt: from coup to crackdown (10 min video inside the protest)

The Muslim Brotherhood supporters: Egypt is not secular, it’s Islamic. One older protester holds a white burial shroud in his hands, the symbolism pronouncing death to democracy.

Channel 4 News (A UK TV News team) films during the 6 week camp out of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the army’s crackdown (at about the 7th minute – footage here is from a protestor)

VIDEO by Channel 4 News

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Matt Chandler – What I wish I had known

ChandlerMatt Chandler via churchleaders.com

When is it good to see spiritual immaturity in your church?

Matt Chandler shares how he learned to appreciate God’s work in a growing church, as well as what he wishes he had known about asking for help, laughter and discipleship.

What I wish I’d known about the church.

I wish I had understood that if our church is seeing people come to know Christ consistently, we will always look a bit immature and messy around our fringes.

I would often lose heart in my first few years at what I believed was a lack of holiness in some of our members. My eyes would skip right over those who had been significantly transformed and the maturing center of our membership, and would fixate on the baby Christians struggling with their flesh.

I would often lose heart in my first few years at what I believed was a lack of holiness.

I think the burden is a good one.

I want every one of our members to grow into maturity more quickly than they seem to, but the Lord has taught me to shepherd people, call them to repentance and let Matthew 18:12­–14 play out.

What I wish I’d known about asking for help.

When I became a pastor, I didn’t realize how often I would have to ask for help.

I was used to being the smartest guy in the room, and then God dropped me in a place that was well beyond me. It was painfully awesome.

When I became a pastor, I didn’t realize how often I would have to ask for help.

When I started as a pastor, there was a staff of three and a church of 168. I didn’t know how or whom to hire next, or anything about constitutions and by-laws. I had never been a part of a church discipline issue, and I didn’t know how to find and train elders or how to prepare to preach that many weekends for an indefinite period of time.

I could go on and on. God was faithful to send me wise men to help me through.

What I wish I’d known about laughter.

I wish I had known how re-energizing it is to eat and laugh with good friends and peers.

I had read a lot of books and articles on longevity in ministry and was trying to manage energy, sleep, diet and stress well, but having friends over, enjoying good conversation and laughing always seems to refill my cup.

I wish I had known how re-energizing it is to eat and laugh with good friends and peers.

What I wish I’d known about discipleship.

It may sound strange, but I wish I had remembered that although I was working to make disciples, I was still a disciple myself.

I needed mentors and others to speak into my life, hold me accountable and be willing to say things that are hard for me to hear.

We don’t always need to agree

See ENTIRE MESSAGE here – Matt Chandler – Hebrews 12 at the
Exponential Conference 2011 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETNMg1…

 

When Muslims meet Jesus

English: The Muslim population of the world ma...

English: The Muslim population of the world map by percentage of each country, according to the Pew Forum 2009 report on world Muslim populations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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John Ankerberg interviews three tops experts to discover what happens „When Muslims Meet Jesus.” In this series you will hear about Kamal Saleem’s miraculous conversion from radical Islam to Christianity. Bestselling author Tom Doyle shares the many documented accounts of Muslims who have come to faith in Jesus through dreams and visions. Retired three-star General William Boykin also explains the dangers of radical Islam in the U.S. and why Islam’s teachings are incompatible with biblical Christianity. VIDEO by John Ankerberg This is just the 7 min. promo of the DVD which can be obtained here for interested readers – website jashow.org

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