SUNDAY POST: The Land Belongs to Israel

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May 012016
 

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Since May 14, 1948 the nation of Israel is an independent and self-sustaining political state. How does this fit into the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy regarding Israel?

Today’s post is written by Wil Pounds, a missionary who pastors in South America, from the website www.abideinchrist.com

Click the blue headline link at top to read his message.

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SUNDAY POST: Why Didn't Jesus Show Himself to the Rabbis After Resurrecting?

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Apr 242016
 

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Today’s Post is from The Berean Call, a website and newsletter we’ve shared with you before.

The Berean Call was formed in 1985 by authors Dave Hunt and T. A. McMahon for the purpose of encouraging spiritual discernment among those who regarded themselves not just as “evangelicals” but as biblical Christians.

Behind every article is the exhortation to believers to get back into the Word of God instead of being “carried about by every wind of doctrine,” and to equip them with materials to help them walk in the truth.

“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Acts 17:10-11

Since Dave Hunt’s home-going in 2013, Tom and TBC staff members have continued to supply the articles and answers to questions in the newsletter.

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SUNDAY POST: If We Are Born In Sin, How Is It Fair For God To Judge Us?

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Apr 172016
 
Question:
If we are born in sin, how is it fair for God to judge us for our sin?
 
Answer:
A common accusation against Christianity is that it unfairly judges people. In particular, some people say that God sets us up for failure, and then punishes us for the failure that He caused. If that were true, it would indeed be an unfair situation. Is that the way Christianity works? Does God unfairly judge us for something we have no control over? The answers are found in the Bible.
 

To begin, we must find out what the Bible says about us being born in sin. Job asked, “How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?” (Job 25:4). His question clearly supports the concept of being born in sin. Similarly, David, the man after God’s own heart, wrote in Psalm 51:5, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” The apostle Paul wrote that we all gratify “the cravings of our sinful nature” (Ephesians 2:3). That means there is something naturally inside us that pushes us toward sin.

So, the Bible certainly does teach that we are born in sin. Did God just arbitrarily decide people were going to be born sinful? The answer is found in connection with the first man, Adam. When Adam was created (without sin) by God and placed in the garden of Eden, he was also given a simple law (Genesis 2:16–17). Adam disobeyed God’s law, and God pronounced him guilty and sentenced him to death. It was Adam’s choice to disobey that made him guilty before God. He was the father of the human race, and his traits were passed on to his children. Romans 5:12 says that sin entered the world through Adam, and death came through sin, because all sinned. As descendants of Adam, we received the sin nature passed down from our fathers. That makes us born in sin, with a natural inclination to do wrong.

Some might argue that we cannot choose our family, so God cannot hold us accountable for the sin nature. While we might not have any choice about how we’re born, the Bible is clear that we do have a choice about our sins. Earlier, we looked at Ephesians 2:3, which says that we gratify the cravings of our sinful nature. That is a choice. Romans 5:12 says that “all sinned.” We are sinners by deed as well as by nature. Our own sin condemns us, not just Adam’s. We are born in sin, but we continue to sin by our own personal choice. When we choose sin, we become guilty before God, and His judgment is fair.

God is not only fair, but merciful. The Bible’s teaching about personal sin doesn’t end with a declaration of man’s guilt. Romans 5, which tells us that sin and death entered the world through one man, also tells us of the greatest blessing, which also came through one man. God’s gift of grace came through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:15) and overflowed to many. Verse 19 says, “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” God is just in applying Adam’s sin to the entire human race, and He is just in applying Jesus Christ’s death to all who will receive it.

Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, so that the world might have life through faith in His sacrifice. That’s not “fair”—that’s grace!

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Apr 102016
 
SUNDAY POST: Downward Spiral

Today’s Post is written by Todd Strandberg, a contributor to RaptureReady.com Todd came upon the above images of a young woman’s arrest records.  The 10 police mug shots inspired him to write this article, for they so perfectly illustrated the destructive power of sin. The nameless girl is said to have been a New York

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SUNDAY POST: A Scientist's Christian Testimony

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Apr 032016
 
SUNDAY POST: A Scientist's Christian Testimony

“I realized that I had never gone to church with the serious intention of cultivating a relationship with God.” Today’s Post is one man’s testimony to finding that the result of his new love for God transformed other areas of his life as well, from the inside out. His name is Walter L. Bradley, Ph.D.

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Mar 272016
 
Sunday Post: Resurrection Sunday

“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 Christ, by dying, has taken out this sting. He has made

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SUNDAY POST: Palm Sunday

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Mar 202016
 
SUNDAY POST: Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, the day of the triumphal entry of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, into Jerusalem. Jesus at last allowed the people to openly recognize Him as their King and their awaited Messiah. Click the blue headline link at top to read Jack Kelley’s study of PALM SUNDAY. (Keep up with Politics,

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