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In New Book, R. Albert Mohler Jr. Explains Why The Apostles’ Creed is Above All Other Church Statements and Confessions

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Among all the statements and confessions in the history of the church, the Apostles’ Creed stands above them all, R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes in a new book seeking to rekindle a love for the creed nearly 2,000 years after its writing.
Recited in churches of all traditions and varieties across the world — and in every commencement ceremony at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the Apostles’ Creed has long been considered the basic teaching of Christianity.
It is much more than a historical document but a deeply compelling and transformative link between Christians old and new, Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, writes in “The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits,” released by Thomas Nelson publishers.
As the oldest creed in Chris...

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“Judas Church” Novella Addresses Controversial Issues in the Church from the Perspective of a New Believer Coming to the Christian Faith

Judas Church, a novella by Daniel Whyte III with Daniel D.P. Whyte IV, tackles current issues in the church such as the prosperity gospel, false teaching, and acceptance of homosexuality from the perspective of a new believer trying to follow Jesus who finds out that the church doesn’t always line up with the Bible.

Jaidon York just graduated from college. He’s the privileged son of a wealthy businessman. He likes fast cars. (He has three of them.) And he’s just taking his baby steps in his new Christian faith.
Shortly after his decision to follow Christ, he is stunned to discover that not all people who call themselves Christians really live like they say they believe. On top of that, it seems like the church he begins to attend is not really as committed to Christ as it should be.

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John Piper Lists Circumstances When Failure to Read the Bible Becomes Sinful for Christians

Theologian John Piper listed several circumstances in which failure to read the Bible becomes sinful for Christians.

“Diminishing Bible reading and meditation is becoming sinful when it is owing to a loss of desperation for what the Bible alone can give,” he warned.
Piper, the former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, was responding to a question asked on Ask Pastor John by someone who was concerned that his friends and other Christians, particularly in the West, are spending little to no time reading the Bible. “When does a lack of Bible reading become sin?”
The theologian explained, “Wherever diminishing Bible reading is owing to a loss of desperation for seeing God, trusting God, rejoicing in God, and holiness — as if those these things don’t matter or can be...

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How Not to Read Your Bible in the New Year

by Matt Smethurst
When it comes to daily (or not-so-daily) Bible reading, January 1 can be a welcome arrival. A new year signals a new start.
You’re motivated to freshly commit to what you know is of indispensable importance: the Word of God.
Yet this isn’t the first time you’ve felt this way. You were entertaining pretty similar thoughts 365 days ago.
And 365 days before that.
And 365 days…you know how it goes.
So what’s going to make 2019 different? What, under God, will keep you plodding along in April this year when staying power has generally vanished in Aprils of yore?
From one stumbling pilgrim to another, here are five suggestions for what not to do in 2013.
1. Don’t Overextend 
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!”
This hackneye...

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Why Believing the Prosperity Gospel Will Only Make Us More Depressed

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One of the most common suspicions around the prosperity gospel is that it takes advantage of the sick and poor by overstating promises of blessings that may not come.
New research suggests that Americans with poor physical health and low socioeconomic status are particularly inclined to look to the Bible for insights into attaining “health and wealth”— an aspect of prosperity gospel teaching—even though doing so often ends up making them feel worse.
“At first glance, it might seem unsurprising to learn that people who experience certain deprivations and stressors are more likely to turn to scripture for relevant guidance,” wrote sociologists Reed DeAngelis, John Bartowski, and Xiahe Xu in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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‘In the Beginning, God…’: The 1968 NASA Christmas Message Still Resonates 50 Years After the Apollo 8 Moon Mission

In December 1968, NASA launched the first manned mission to the moon. No one, not even the astronauts aboard, was certain that they’d be able to return safely. Their journey, the most hazardous and dangerous ever embarked upon, took them to the boundaries of another world, and, even more remarkably, brought peace to their own.

For it was shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve that something remarkable happened. After spotting the barren, far side of the moon for the first time, the astronauts onboard captured a photo that has since become known as “Earthrise.” For all the turmoil, tragedy, and political tumult the world had experienced during 1968, this iconic, indelible image captured the beauty and fragility of our home planet.
And then, with more than one billion people watching aroun...

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Former Lesbian Says Lauren Daigle Has Given the Church a Perfect Teachable Moment About Reaching the Homosexual Community

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Great leaders and the Christian community have emphatically condemned Lauren Daigle, a well celebrated Christian music artist, for her unwillingness to call homosexuality a sin when publicly asked. With so much disdain, I felt it best not to refrain from commenting because I actually felt sorry for Lauren. The sensitivity of the topic and lack of sound biblical knowledge may have played a part in her response. However, Lauren is not alone in her response and should not take be singled out. If many of us would truly search our hearts, we would know that we might have responded just as Lauren did if we were in her position where public opinion matters. What should Lauren have said? What should the Christian response be to this question?

Is Lauren at fault for her res...

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YouVersion and Bible Gateway Report That the Top Bible Verses of 2018 Come From Old Testament Prophets

Do not fear.
It’s a charge that extends back to the earliest parts of Scripture, gets repeated from the lips of Jesus, and resonates the modern world. It’s also the message of the most popular Bible verse of 2018 on YouVersion, the world’s most-downloaded Bible app.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God,” reads the year’s top verse, Isaiah 41:10. “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
That exhortation from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah was shared, bookmarked, and highlighted more than any other passage by hundreds of millions of YouVersion users.
The year’s top honor at Bible Gateway comes from another Old Testament prophet...

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Two California Senators Declare War on Christianity as Bill Banning Conversion Therapy is Set to Become Law

As California’s AB 2943 is about to become law, some senators are announcing their real sentiments loudly and clearly: Christians do not have the right to practice their faith. To Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and to Senator Ricardo Lara, I ask you plainly: Who appointed you God?

For those who are unaware, AB 2943 would make it illegal for anyone with unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity confusion to get professional help. In other words, the bill would tell Christian counselors that they cannot love their neighbor as themselves. It would tell Christian pastors they cannot offer professional services to parishioners who want to get to the root of their unwanted same-sex desires.
That’s why, in April, I dubbed this the “Must Stay Gay” bill.
Of course, all kinds of counseling and pro...

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The Romans Road to Heaven (From the Old Torch Series)

Who is good?
Romans 3:10: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.”
Who has sinned?
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Where did sin come from?
Romans 5:12: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
God’s price on sin
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Our way out
Romans 5:8: “But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9-11: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved...

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