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Watch the incredible moment when Rachael Denhollander speaks the gospel into the life of a man who robbed her (and countless other young girls) of their sexual innocence.
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"It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." - Hebrews 10:31 NIV

“I would rather speak five words out of this book [the Bible] than 50,000 words of the philosophers. If we want revivals, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God. If we want conversions, we must put more of God’s Word into our sermons.”

- Charles H. Spurgeon

“I would rather speak five words out of this book [the Bible] than 50,000 words of the philosophers. If we want revivals, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God. If we want conversions, we must put more of God’s Word into our sermons.”

- Charles H. Spurgeon

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"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me." John 14:6

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Heartfelt prayers for the friends and family of Dr. Sproul.

"...Known to millions of Christians as simply “R.C.,” he was used of the Lord to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness. Through his teaching ministry, many of us learned that God is bigger than we knew, our sin is more deeply rooted than we imagined, and the grace of God in Jesus Christ is overwhelming... "

Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu an...
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Theology.FYI

The job of the minister is to equip Christians for ministry.

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And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip th...e saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Ephesians 4:11‭-‬14 ESV

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The Christian life is not moving toward night, it's moving toward noon. There are no sunset years, there is only 11 to noon. Which means you don't have to scramble to bring heaven into this world; Which is the entire mindset of the world that's spending billions of dollars to buy the dream or prepare to buy the dream. They don't believe there's any vacation on the other side of the grave, so you bring it all in to this side.

"It's your last chance! It's your last chance to ge...t the dream!"

And you look at them and say, "Excuse me? 'Last chance?' NOON IS THE BEGINNING OF VACATION! It's Friday!"

They don't believe that, therefore they have to cram it all into this life...

I'm pleading with you. You don't need to do that!

- John Piper, Sermon, "Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It."

More: https://www.desiringgod.org/…/better-to-lose-your-life-than…

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"It is better to lose your life than to waste it." - Pastor John Piper

This young man lived that for the glory of God.

He died while proclaiming the Gospel. Surely we can trust he is now enjoying the rewards of eternal life.

http://www.faithwire.com/…/21-year-old-christian-shot-dead…/

He was the "real deal" who "lived and died for the glory of God."
faithwire.com|By Billy Hallowell

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manif...ested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.

For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:7‭-‬18 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/2co.4.7-18.ESV

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The Reformed Sage

Its a pity none of the apostles were spiritual enough to have their best life now or be prosperous...

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"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our Go...d is a consuming fire." - Hebrews 12:28-29 ESV

What is the acceptable way to worship God? Before I became Reformed I didn't invest a whole lot of thought in this. Not to say I didn't invest any time. We attended Assemblies and Charismatic churches (which were on the "mild" end of the spectrum) for a time growing up. Our family often were confronted with questions — what exactly is acceptable? But we never delved into it with the same depth and scrutiny I find myself currently.

I appreciate the concern and care many of my Reformed brothers and sisters have with their desire to serve God in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to Him. At the same time, I think the scrutiny borders on or crosses into the territory of legalism.

This leaves me cautious as I study the topic for myself. I want to know what is and is not acceptable, what is and is not debatable, what is and is not legalism, and what is and is not detestable when worshiping God.

By and large, I think much of the Evangelical Protestant church needs to seriously reevaluate worship. And, when I say worship I'm not just talking about the music. Sunday school (discipleship), prayer, preaching the word of God, praise and worship (there is a distinction there) music — all are part of Sunday worship.

God has prescribed a certain attitude, a certain approach, certain activities for what He has deemed to be acceptable worship. Sunday worship should be based on the presupposition that God is most excellent and should be the central purpose of all things. The gathered saints should be reoriented to and reminded of this purpose through the act of worship.

I don't have all of the answers yet, but I do know where to start: The music we choose, the order of our service, the tone of our preaching, the events we have during Sunday worship, should all be rooted in Scripture and done with "reverence and awe".

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