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Unless we watch and pray always, we may be drawn in the course of the day into those sins which we were in the morning most resolved against. If believers were left to themselves, they would fall; but they are kept by the power of God, and the prayer of Christ.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

Freedom From Sin - In Christ Alone

Acts 3:1-11 Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished.

" All true comfort and peace comes to us by Christ alone. "

- Geneva Study Bible

The world gives from interested motives

The world gives from interested motives, because it has received or hopes to receive as much again (Luke 6:33-34); it gives to friends and withholds from enemies (Matthew 5:43); it gives what costs it nothing or what it cannot keep, as in the case of legacies; it pretends to give that which is not its own, especially when it says ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14). The manner of Christ’s giving is the very opposite of this. He gives what is His own, what He might have kept, what has cost Him a life of suffering and a cruel death to bestow, what is open to friend and foe alike, who have nothing of their own to give in return.

Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (reference John 14:27)

" He gives them not land or houses or possessions, but “peace;” and that “His own peace,” “the peace of God which passeth all understanding.” "

- Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers (reference John 14:27)

A small collection of some of my favorite old hymns. I recorded these hymns in low quality, single track, single takes utilizing a loop pedal. They aren’t polished, mastered, or edited in any way.

Josiah Edge

Beautiful Eulogy, You Can Save Me

[Hook: Marz]

My dragon skin was torn off (was torn off)
Now my blood is thickening up
And I am longing to be free
Only you can save me (save me)
Only you can save me


[Verse 1: Braille]

There’s so many different religions, I don’t have the time to name them
Is each one a different road that is made from the same pavement?
Does every road out there go to the same destination?
Does every religion offer us the same salvation?

Can mankind make an image of a God and be convinced
That the God they imagine in their mind is a God that exists?

But if God made man, how can man make a God and make a claim?
That God is confined to fit within a frame

How can mankind decide how God should be identified?
Can you alter the truth if you accept or deny?
Do the stars disappear when the blind look at the sky?
Or do they simply fail to see what was there the whole time?

Is this flesh all we have, is life over when we die?
Is this rotting body all that we got? Is there a soul inside?
Is there no absolutes in this life, no truth?
No wrong, no right, no dark, no light, NOOO!

If God is love, why does he allow the hatred?
If he wiped out the wicked the whole earth would be vacant

He is our breathe of life but our sin suffocated and separated
This necessitated resuscitation for spiritual respiration and reconciliation
To recognize our desperation for restoration
From the devastation of sins domination who can save us?
To God alone belongs salvation

[Verse 2: Odd Thomas]

Locked in to so many self incarcerated cages
Swallowed the keys to our future freedom from past ages
Persuaded and traded a King for crowns, evil invaded
And predicated a situation of insolence toward his eminence
As much as we try to conceal it there’s really no restraining

The penance for pursuing profane pleasure is payment
And death is what its wages is, It kill but its contagious
We lust because who love it, He’s just but just jaded
So it seems hopeless when we focus on the consequence
Criminals continue killing conscience and common sense remaining obstinate
So we play it low, die slow, and face the arraignment
We plead “No contest” in contempt for no containment
No pardon for guilty parties cause no person is perfect
So God in the second person of the trinity permanently purchases
With a perfect purpose and a death of an infinite worth
Raising from the earth to assert certain prophetic words
Serving as legal substitution to completely reverse the curse

[Hook]

My dragon skin was torn off (was torn off)
Now my blood is thickening up
And I am longing to be free
Only you can save me (save me)
Only you can save me

[Outro: Marz]

Only you can save me
Only you can save me
Only you can carry me away
Only you can breathe the life in me
Only you can save me (only you can save)
Only you can save me (only you can save me)

IT’S an area shrouded in mystery with stories of unexplained disappearances and strange happenings. So its no wonder that Bermuda is also home to one of the biggest shipwreck sites in the world.

Source: news.com.au

October Webinars - European Leadership Forum

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Both the Bible and world history point to a workable, long-term solution to world poverty. This webinar will examine biblical teachings and historical patterns that explain the economic success stories of many nations, and will claim that the same path other nations have taken is the only way that any nation can escape from poverty, namely, by increasing economic productivity (not by foreign aid from other countries). The webinar will discuss the kind of economic system, form of government, and deeper cultural values that will contribute to such increased productivity within poor nations.
  
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In the past much has been written in church planting literature on target audiences. Beginning with Donald McGavran and his emphasis on homogeneous units (in his book Bridges of God) up to the present with its new emphasis on Milieus or cultural environments, church planters need to attend to the people to whom God has called them. Most churches will, at the most, reach a maximum of two of the ten to twelve varying cultural entities in their prevue. The better equipped we are at knowing the makeup of the Milieus that we want to reach with the gospel, the more effective we may become in reaching them.  
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Development is all about relationships and has little to do with money; relationships are all about relationships and have little to do with what you have to say. The point is that to the degree that you build relationships you won’t lack for money nor will you lack for individuals who will hear you. If you, however, lead with your need at the expense of a relationship you will often be perceived as being manipulative. 
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A significant  number of people in all European countries would profess to be either atheist or agnostic. In this webinar we will look at what atheists believe, the different types of atheists, and how to begin and continue a gospel conversation with your atheist neighbours and friends. Based on David’s new book, Engaging with Atheists, we will also look at how we equip our congregations to engage with atheist friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues. 
  
9 October at 18:00GMT


This talk will deal with a number of examples of the intriguing beauty and power of mathematics. Mathematics is more than a language and a tool of logic. When used to describe the physics of one system it is surprising how many other disciplines reflect the same principles so that the form of the equations can be similar. The power of mathematics is really a very strong argument for the existence of the transcendent God over all, and in whose image we are made.
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Many of us were raised on Bible stories and then “graduated” into the world of the epistles as we reached adulthood. But the Bible is about 1/3rd poetry. How can we make sense of the unique style of text that shows up in the Psalms, the wisdom literature, and the prophets? This webinar will offer a clear and helpful introduction to the basic components of biblical poetic literature. 
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Did you start at the right place on the road? The goal of this presentation is to present the case that starting a church plant at the other end of the church planting process may be a more effective way for ministering in Latin Europe. Based on five basic purposes and functions of the biblical understanding of church,  we will explore a least travelled road to make them relevant to the Latin European context.
Two years ago the world became acquainted with “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” There has been a great deal of controversy about this discovery. Is it authentic? Could Jesus have had a wife? Was that wife possibly Mary Magdalene? Dr. Williams considers “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” and the latest discussion about it and Mary Magdalene in this webinar. 
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29 October at 18:00GMT
 
" If God is love, why does he allow the hatred?
If he wiped out the wicked the whole earth would be vacant "

- You Can Save Me ~ Beautiful Eulogy feat. MARZ

Nobody is considered righteousness by their own works alone, all our righteousness are like filthy rags compared to God’s magnificent grace, and love, and the blood of his son Christ Jesus.

    For there is not a just man on earth who does good
    And does not sin.

    Ecclesiastes 7:20

Bogdan Chazan update: The baby he refused to abort whose mother he refused to send to another doctor who might have done it died just nine painful days after they were born due to the birth defects that prompted the mother to seek abortion in the first place.
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Not exactly an update. It was stated in the original article. So let’s study the article and reword your comment,

Bogdan Chazan update: The baby he refused to murder whose mother he offered a continuation of the pregnancy, a delivery at the hospital, psychological assistance at the hospital, and psychological support at the perinatal hospice because during her pregnancy, an ultrasound examination and an MRI examination suggested hydrocephalus and craniofacial defects in which prenatal examinations had given the boy a chance for survival, which was confirmed by a child surgeon, died just nine painful days after they were born due to the birth defects that prompted the mother to seek to kill the child in the first place.

Quite a difference. You and your comment throwing life to the wind compared to Bogdan Chazan siding with the right to life.

Now Genesis 6:9 declares,

"If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image."

Of this babies blood Bogdan Chazan is not guilty for with God there is hope in the heart as King David cried, “Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.(2 Samuel 12:22) even though sometimes they don’t. With abortion providers it’s quite another story: their hands are stained with guilty blood and as for life there is no hope in their hands.

So seriously what’s your point in this soundbite question? Is it your desire to see disabled children aborted because they have no right to life! Why? Pray, tell. Are they less human in your eyes! Are they a burden to society is materialism your driving argument! What? You don’t like see the spastic in your daily life, they make you uncomfortable! Come on let the truth of your worldview be known.

Now here’s a shocker for you, even the strong healthy baby whose mother did not want to abort can die shortly after birth! And not just babies; adults, children, male and female: you.

Ah, oh, uh, um, ah, ah well that’s just, just unjust ahhhh what god would do that?

Is it unjust?

….in our perversity we choose to submit to the wickedness that enslaves us, and we therefore stand guilty before God.

Steve Jeffery

So ask that God question again. What kind of God would ask for justice in the face of wickedness? A just God. And that God paid the penalty for humanity’s wickedness,

 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’*

John 3:16-21

Unlike the abortionist who gives a child no chance for life, you have that chance with the Christian God. Your choice though. If you want to stay in the darkness don’t complain that you weren’t warned.

" Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. "

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1 Timothy 4:16 (via community4christ)

Exodus 23:13
"Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.

Ezekiel 3:19
But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.

Acts 20:28
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Timothy 4:15
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.

" Do not fear those who can kill the body and not the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both the soul and body in hell. "

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Matthew 10:28 (via keikojlpt)

Fearing God Alone

"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.…

" …there is nothing in this universe you need more desperately than Christ. "

- R.C. Sproul (via danielasarahy)