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The Eternal Spirit of Christmas

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“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:34-35)

At the very beginning of the Christmas story the critical presence of the Holy Spirit is established. By Him, was the child conceived within the virgin Mary. He was not born of the seed of a man, but of the Spirit of God.

Even at the beginning of Genesis, when God promised that Christ would come, He spoke of “the seed” of the woman (Genesis 3:15). It was not the seed of a man that would be the source of the Son of God made flesh; it would be the Holy Spirit using the woman’s body to bring forth the Holy One of God.

In this way, Christ would not have the sinful nature of Adam handed down through the seed of Adam. Which all other men, born of the union between a man and a woman, possess. This would be a unique man — the Son of Man. The same One who, along with the Spirit of God, created all things that are made.

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No Gospel without the Virgin Birth

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As we begin the Christmas season, it seems a good time to re-affirm that the doctrine of the Incarnation is essential to the gospel.

Many today, especially in the mainline denominations, the Emergent Church and the other Post-modern religious groups, deny the virgin-birth of Jesus Christ. Or, at least, claim that belief in the virgin birth is not essential to the gospel .

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The Church is Not Your Mother: Part 2

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The church not called to be a “safe place” for seekers. We are meant to be a gathering place for believers.

There are specific things the scriptures say that the church organization must supply to those who have identified themselves with Jesus Christ and His salvation. It does not say the same for those who are lost.

If we purposefully try to draw unbelievers into the church, expecting they will settle down for the long term and blend in, we are putting the body at risk. At least to the extent that we think our teaching and language must be tailored to make them feel more comfortable. To keep them around as long as possible.

While we cut back our necessary teaching in order not to offend them.

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The Church is Not Your Mother: Part 1

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“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their sense exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:11-14)

With all the talk of spiritual gifts these days, the most neglected gift is discernment.

Discernment is the practice of testing or determining what is in the spiritual waters. It is based on the commands we have been given to differentiate between good and bad teaching.

Which implies that everything has a spiritual source.

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Socialism and Guilt

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I think there are two major reasons that people embrace socialism.

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Without Faith It Is Impossible

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“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

For quite some time, I’ve wanted to deal with the statements that Andy Stanley made over a year ago during one of his “talks”.

Although he has made other videos since this one to explain his controversial statements (also on YouTube), he has not put out the fire he started. Instead he has only succeeded in bringing his ministry and his beliefs into serious question.

To understand what he said, please, check out the following video; making special note of the 4:00 to 8:00 minute section. It is this area that I am specifically focusing on in this post.

YouTube of Andy Stanley

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A Terrible Distraction

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Recently, there was an article from CNN about Stephen Hawking. In his final book, Brief Answers to Big Questions, Stephen said, “There is no God. No one directs the universe.” You can read this for yourself in one of the first chapters of that book dealing with God. In the last paragraph of that chapter, he makes his final, clear statements on God, eternal life, and heaven.

Final Quotes from Stephen Hawking

So, Stephen stepped into Eternity trusting that whatever was within in him was sufficient. That he could face God (or no God) on his own terms. Based on his own self righteousness.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

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The Seduction of Latent Power

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“For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (II Corinthians 4: 8-12)

The world is full of many strange things.

Various religions demonstrate their powers through levitation, bizarre physical abilities, appearances of disembodied forms and many other apparitions that are shockingly real.

The question is, “What is the origin of this power?” Is it from power drawn from within these mystics, gurus and shamans?

Some teach that this is power which is latent within man. That is resides in all people but lies unharnessed by most. Others believe it comes from a source outside of man.

The Bible teaches that these manifestations are the workings of demonic entities attempting to deceive these mystics and those who follow them.

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Bible Preservation: Part 2 The Written Language of Eden

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I have listened to many sermons and studied many articles and books about Old and New Testament textual history.

One of the things that continually puzzles me is why many supposed experts believe that written biblical texts were not created until the time of Moses. That, until then, the words of God were only passed by word of mouth for the thousands of years since Adam.

How does that make any sense?

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