Category Word of God

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It is much more than a historical document but a deeply compelling and transformative link between Christians old and new, Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, writes in “The Apostles’ Creed: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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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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Like Everyone Else, I Hope Harry and Meghan Will Make it, But There is One Reason They Probably Will Not. I Predict This Marriage Will End in Divorce; But I May Be Wrong.

I know that the world has gone crazy over Harry and Meghan. And it does seem they are what the world calls “being in love.” They look great together, and of course, it is wonderful that a black woman will be in the royal family and all that. It is a fairy tale story on steroids.
I have other concerns besides my main one and those concerns are: I am concerned about their family backgrounds which are very broken and sad. Children who come from broken families have a lot to overcome to make their marriage work, to say the least.
Second, individually, neither of them appear to be stable, and they need to have a marriage where at least one spouse is stable. When you have two people who underneath their beauty and charisma are unstable, that equals disaster...

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3 Spiritual Vitality Warning Signs for Pastors

Discipleship is core to what we do as a church.
However, discipleship represents something much more than a program. Discipleship is something bigger than an institution that “organizes” a process for spiritual growth. 
We are the church, and we are disciples!
That represents a significant challenge; how to organize something in the natural realm that inherently belongs in the supernatural realm.
This is a huge subject. And, I’d like to focus on a specific slice of the discipleship arena, centering on these three questions:

How do you as the pastor live above the warning signs?
How do you as the pastor personally fit into a process of discipleship?
How do you as the pastor or church staff member, develop your spiritual vitality?

One “simple” answer is, “participate in a small g...

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