Watch Ravi Zacharias live at 2 events at Dartmouth College (Wed. Oct. 9 & Thur. Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm EST)

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Thursday – http://www.youtube.com/user/Dartmouth

Over the next two nights, watch Ravi Zacharias and Nabeel Qureshi live via YouTube webcast, from Dartmouth College.  (I will repost video, if and when, Dartmouth or Veritas posts it permanently, on Youtube) Ravi and Nabeel will be speaking at Veritas Forum events on Wednesday and Thursday nights to sold-out gatherings. Each event will have a lecture and question and answer session from the audience.

Follow the events and conversations live on Twitter via Ravi’s feed at @RaviZacharias or Nabeel’s feed at @NAQureshi. Use #ravidartmouth to contribute or follow the embedded Twitter feed below.

Christianity in the Public Square for the Public Good: How to Have Productive Dialogue With Our Neighbors

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM EDT
Filene Auditorium
Ravi Zacharias and Nabeel Qureshi

Tolerance Under Fire:
Building a Community on Respect – Not Double Standards

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM EDT
Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center
Ravi Zacharias

Link to LIVE FEED here –

Indulgences in the 21st century: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory for Catholics that follow him on Twitter

Photo via www.facebook.com

Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What is the problem with purgatory?

Carm, answers it this way:

  1. It is not explicitly found in the Bible.
  2. It implies that the righteousness of Christ does not cleanse from all sin.
  3. It implies that justification is not by faith alone.
  4. It implies that there is something we must do in order to be cleansed of sin.

You can read more about it here- http://carm.org/purgatory

You can also read about Martin Luther’s reformation and break away from the Catholic Church, over the corrupt practice of selling indulgences, here – http://www.history.com/topics/martin-luther-and-the-95-theses

PHOTO below via www.patheos.com

Now, here’s the story via the Independent (a UK online newspaper)

Court in charge of forgiveness of sins says those that follow upcoming event via social media will be granted indulgences.

Salvation – or at least a shorter stay in Purgatory – might now be only a tweet away with news that Pope Francis is to offer “indulgences” – remissions for temporary punishment – to the faithful who follow him on the social media site.

Around 1.5 million are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day with the Argentine pontiff later this month. But for those who can’t make it to Brazil,  forgiveness may be available to contrite sinners who follow Francis’s progress via their TV screen or social networks.

The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court that rules on the forgiveness of sins, has said that indulgences may be given to those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.

The Penitentiary said that Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has already gathered seven million followers, would be one such medium.

Vatican officials, noted however, that to obtain indulgences over the internet or otherwise, believers would first have to confess their sins, offer prayers and attend Mass.

“You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

John Piper – Advance ’13 Conference Message – Nobody will sustain authentic love for the world who is not profoundly satisfied in Jesus

The Christian Post: One of the most popular re-tweeted statements from Piper’s message found under the conference Twitter hashtag #advance13 was „Nobody will sustain authentic love for the world who is not profoundly satisfied in Jesus.”

5PIPER12xx.jpgHaving your own hunger for God is an essential foundation for ministry work, well-known pastor and theologian John Piper told those attending and watching the Internet livestream of a Christian leadership conference held in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday.

„The foundation of your ministry is a hunger for God,” said Piper at the Advance 13 conference. „Above that, the foundation for your ministry is being satisfied in all that God is for you in Jesus. The goal of that ministry is to help people go there. All your life, give yourself to that – to bring those people from loving the world, being satisfied in the world, until they put all that to death and to praise Jesus as their all satisfying treasure. That’s the goal in ministry, to help them get there.”

Piper, whose last sermon as the lead pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis will be on Easter Sunday, said he believes that ministry leaders should have the joy of Christ inside them in order to lead well.

„Whether or not a hunger for God is an essential foundation for a faithful and effective ministry will depend on what you believe the goal of ministry is,” he explained. „If you believe, as I do, that the goal of ministry is the all satisfying gladness of your people’s hearts in the glory of Christ, or in all that God is for them in Christ, then it will follow that your joy in Christ is an essential foundation for that ministry.”

The theme for the Advance13 conference, which is being held at the Duke Energy Center, is „Building Faithful and Effective Churches.” The conference is hosted by Advance the Church, a partnership of local churches in Raleigh/Durham that focus on the planting and revitalization of Gospel-centered churches.

Piper said the foundation of his message on Tuesday is centered on 2 Corinthians 1:24, which reads: „Not that we have lorded over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for your stand firm in your faith.”

„It is so helpful to have crystal clear, apostolic statements about what you are supposed to try to do in ministry because there are just a thousand things you are told to do as you read magazines and books – it just becomes very overwhelming and discouraging at times,” he said.

„That was Paul’s clear apostolic goal in his ministry – ‘I am working with you so that you will have joy.’ That’s what I think pastors should do. That’s what a faithful and effective ministry inspires to,” he added.

Piper said there must be a hunger for God because „when there is no hunger for what you are eating there is no pleasure for what you are eating.”

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/john-piper-to-christian-leaders-foundation-of-your-ministry-is-hunger-for-god-92205/#iwvZUkgrm5OPf9dQ.99

from Advance 13 Conference – http://www.advance13.com/

A hunger for God

Interesting tweet from John Piper


 

Young Ladies: About Those Twitter and Facebook Pictures….

As a heatwave was hitting our upper states this week, I read an interesting post  yesterday on the Chief of Least blog. In it I’ll give just two points and you can read the rest of this excellent article here – Porn: The Vile Invisible Elephant in The Church:

1)There is a giant elephant in our church sanctuaries. He sits in the back. Vile and unassuming. The deacons, choir, congregation, and even the pastor knows he’s there, yet they all try to ignore him. Meanwhile, he discreetly wreaks havoc on the soul of the church. This lurking elephant’s name is porn.

2)Should I be more careful what photos I post on Facebook, Myspace, etc.? Ladies, before you slap a legalist stamp on my forehead let me explain to you an unfortunate secret: Your non-Christian male coworkers, classmates, church members, internet lurkers, passive bystanders and neighborhood perverts in general are already looking at you lustfully.Your Christian brothers are the only ones in the world who are really trying their God given best not to. I speak for most of them when I say: Help a brother out!

Read the entire post here.

Lots to think about in our American churches where in some cases the dress code has been thrown out the window.

And here’s another example from   (via GB)

Who are you in? Paul Washer

and here’s the most thought provoking video I have found (as a woman) :

Men’s Thoughts On: Modesty

Matthew 5:27-28

Adultery in the Heart

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

C J Mahaney (via) Gabi Bogdan

An honest assessment from guys:

  • The temptation towards lust does not stop. It is continual, it is aggressive, it does all it can to lead men down to death.
  • The way an immodest girl presents herself to the world is bait for my sinful mind
  • there’s not  a man I know that doesn’t struggle with lust
  • it is disappointing to walk into a church or church event and face the same temptations I face in the world
  • to the girls who don’t follow the pattern of the world – Thank You! You are following Scriptures command and helping your brothers in the process.
  • Let us be a church where men are committed to purity and women are committed to modesty

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What guys think about modesty, posted with vodpod

and one for the ladies:

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