SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- March 7, 2017) -- His father was a Southern Baptist minister with Elvis sideburns. As the oldest of four, he dutifully attended church with his family in Tennessee.
"Around the age of seven I felt a leading to give my life to Jesus," George Carneal recounts in his book, From Queer to Christ: My Journey Into the Light. After professing his faith in front of the congregation, his father baptized him.
Yesterday I posted an article on ten things we should all know about the so-called Lordship Salvation controversy. It reminded me of an article I came across a few months ago (www.mattmoore.org, "Is Your Heart Good Soil?") that instantly captured my attention. The author confessed both his "sadness and terror" as he thought about the departure from Christianity on the part of several of his close friends. "One moment they appeared to be joyfully walking with God," he writes, "and then out of nowhere - to my shock and horror - they began trampling all over his Son . . . . I'm not talking about just a little backsliding or a bit of stumbling. These guys and gals flat out rejected Jesus. Today, they proudly admit that they couldn't care less about the biblical realities of sin, judgment, or God's gracious offer of redemption. They are utterly finished with Christianity."
HOUSTON, TX (ANS – January 2, 2017) -- Have you ever noticed how just one phone call, a brief conversation or a chance meeting can turn out to produce greater results or impact than an entire week of busy activities? In fact, those so-called chance meetings or conversations can result in life-changing encounters. In our modern Western cultural context, we hear a lot about metrics, measurable results, benchmarks or return on investments.
For a record 60th time, Billy Graham has been named as one of the 10 most admired men in the world.
Gallup released its annual list on Wednesday after asking more than 1,000 people throughout the United States which man they admire most in the world.
Mr. Graham received fifth place on this year's list of most admired men.
The 98-year-old evangelist has been among the top 10 every year since 1962 (except 1976, when the survey didn't happen). He also appeared on the list every year from 1955-1961.
On November 29, 2016, G. Shane Morris wrote an article titled, “The Real Reason Evangelicals Don’t Baptize Babies.” Since I am an evangelical who doesn’t baptize babies I was instantly curious what the “real reason” is. To say that I disagreed with virtually everything in this article is not an overstatement. I may be wrong, but I think a number of paedo-baptists would also disagree with much in the article.
I thought I was doing the right thing when I abandoned my wife and kids for another woman over 20 years ago, but I was wrong. Now my kids won't have anything to do with me; they don't even want me around at Christmas. I don't have a question, but I sure wish I could go back and do things differently.
With weather in Turkey turning cold and world attention turning away from war in Syria, refugees who fled atrocities are in desperate need of food and heaters, indigenous missionaries said.
Some refugees in unofficial camps in Turkey are considering selling their organs to feed their children, one ministry director said.
"The situation is so bad that some parents we talk with even think about selling organs just to meet needs for their family and children," he said. "Around 140 babies need baby formula and diapers immediately; also, refugees need food boxes immediately."
Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, so it only seems fitting that we should turn our attention to the glorious message of Christmas. We will do that by devoting today’s article to 10 things all of us should know about the virgin conception and birth of Jesus.
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Let's Rise to Love Those Left in Fear
(This excellent article was written by Anthony Bushnell and originally posted at www.desiringgod.org on November 11, 2016. I strongly urge you to read it prayerfully.)
These days have become an important litmus test for white evangelicals in America. How worldly are we? How desensitized have we become, not only to sexual immorality, but to ethnocentrism, partiality, and pride? Has the love of Christ shaped our souls deeply enough that we "look not only to [our] own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Philippians 24)? Do we have the mind of Christ to truly care for and extend love to those who are different from us?
If there is anything clear in God's Word it is that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. This is not a popular assertion, as it strikes many as arrogant and exclusivistic. But there it is in John 14:6- "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Jesus is the "way" to God precisely because he alone embodies and tells the "truth" about who God is and what is needed to be reconciled to him. He alone embodies the true and consummate revelation of the Father.
The Syrian crisis continues to be a humanitarian issue that should rivet the world. The renewed assault on Aleppo, by a variety of forces, is creating unfathomable pain. Political leaders, thinkers, religious figures and aid workers should come together and figure how to end the dismantling of a once prosperous and free country.
But God isn't waiting for any those things before He acts. Last year I spent time in Jordan listening and observing, to see how God is at work in two different refugee fronts - the ISIS situation in Northern Iraq and other states and the Syrian Civil War.
Today, October 31st, is the 499th anniversary of the launch of the Protestant Reformation. It was on this day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg as a protest against the abuse of the sale of indulgences. So today we look at ten things that everyone should know about the Protestant Reformation.
(1) According to church historian Philip Schaff, "The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history. It marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times. Starting from religion, it gave, directly or indirectly, a mighty impulse to every forward movement, and made Protestantism the chief propelling force in the history of modern civilization" (VII:1).
One of the hardest parts of leading for me has been the things I've had to learn or do which may have been contrary to the way I would have naturally done them - or wanted to do them.
For example, I like to be in control of my surroundings. I don't like the feeling of being out of control. (Strength Finders says control is a "strength" of mine.) There have been several incidents in my personal life which have shaped this in me as a person. We are shaped by our past experiences.
I've tried to talk about Jesus with a man who works with me, but he always replies that what I'm saying is just my opinion, and he's not interested. He has kind of a messed-up life and really needs Jesus, but how can I get through to him?
From Coke, Meth and Alcohol Addiction to Joy Junction Chaplain
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (ANS-OCT 15 2016) Joy Junction Chaplain Marcos Atwood is a firm believer in the power and importance of prayer.
On a recent Monday morning he started the day by praying with guests and staff - a tradition his predecessor and mentor former Chaplain Gene Shiplet initiated.
Then he helped a married couple whose ugly verbal arguments were not only hurting them but their kids also, "as they were hanging on to every word that came out of their mouth."