Ten Commandments of Jesus

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Do you really LOVE Jesus?

If so, Jesus himself says to you as the year draws near to a close:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

Many of us want to live our own way. And so to hear that someone else wants to tell us how to live may challenge our sense of independence and self-determination.

But everyone serves a master.  The only question is who is yours?

What if your master loved you so much that He died for you?

Please do not conclude that obeying Jesus is an impossible demand.

On the contrary, Jesus offers us peace, joy, hope, and a sense of purpose that world simply has no clue about:

Now go to: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2018/12/ten-commandments-of-jesus/

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Christian, Your Depression Is Real. So Is God’s Deliverance.

Christian, Your Depression Is Real. So Is God’s Deliverance.

A few years ago, I read a book about Ernest Shackleton’s failed mission to be the first explorer to cross Antarctica. His plan was to sail as far south as he could and then walk a hundred or so miles across the South Pole. But there was an early freeze, and the ship got caught and crushed in polar ice several hundred miles from their destination. For more than a year, Shackleton’s group fought to stay alive in subzero temperatures. But the worst thing for these men was not the temperature. It was the darkness. At the South Pole, you see, the sun goes down in mid-May and doesn’t come back up until August. Those who have experienced this say that there is no desolation so devastating as the polar night—darkness all the time. Weeks upon weeks of no light at all.

The prophet Jeremiah described how he felt driven to a place of “darkness without any light”:

I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long. He has made my flesh and my skin waste away; he has broken my bones; he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago…though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.

Lamentations 3:1–8 ESV

Read more: https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/335245-christian-your-depression-is-real-so-is-gods-deliverance.html

What It Really Means to Be ‘Desperate for God’

When we mention the word “desperation”, one could think it connects to something negative or unpleasant. American author Henry David Thoreau once said that “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Here, we may think he means that death comes with man still holding onto unfulfilled dreams and longings. And such is often the case, for to be desperate is to “have a great need or desire for something. Desperation is a craving, a longing. It is a thirst and an ache for an urgent need.

When it comes to the , desperation is essential to a growing and deepening faith, relationship with, and experience of God. It is a most positive condition. Those who have just begun a relationship with God may have this insatiable desire for more understanding and experience of God in his life. However, time has a way of desensitizing (numbing) the heart and mind. One can get cozy in the faith and practice of religiosity that spiritual matters start to feel ordinary, routinary, obligatory, or mundane.

The child of God must remain desperate; desperate for God’s companionship and desperate to keep getting to know His Person. There is always more to discover of God. There is always more to understand of His dealings with you and the around you.

So how do we remain desperate for God? Here are 2 ways:

Long for His presence.

Continue at: https://godinterest.com/2018/12/09/what-it-really-means-to-be-desperate-for-god/

Podcast – Recovering Authentic Christianity

https://bellatorchristi.com/2018/12/07/podcast-12-7-18-recovering-authentic-christianity/

3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Evidential Investigators Instead Of Experience Junkies

By Alisa Childers

Two men.

Both grew up in Christian homes in suburban America. Both have famous Evangelical fathers. Both made personal decisions for Christ and became actively involved and well-known in ministry. One walked away from his faith and became a secular humanist. The other has become one of the top apologists and defenders of the Christian faith.

Who are these two men? The first is Bart Campolo, son of evangelist and author Tony Campolo, and the other is Sean McDowell, son of evangelist and author Josh McDowell.  Why did their fairly similar paths lead them to such radically different destinations?

Recently, the two came together to have a discussion on Premier Christian Radio entitled, “Why Bart Lost His Faith, Why Sean Kept His.” It was a fascinating discussion, and the thing that most struck me was the reason they each gave for having become a Christian in the first place. Campolo described how he converted to Christianity after finding a youth group he connected with and attending one of their retreats:

Read on: https://www.thepoachedegg.net/2018/04/3-reasons-why-christians-should-be-evidential-investigators-instead-of-experience-junkies.html

Circumcision & Law

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

When the Galatian church drifted back to old traditions, Paul had to remind them of the gospel. From his expositional series in the book of Galatians, R.C. Sproul explains where they got the gospel wrong—and where we’re prone to get it wrong, as well.

“You don’t go to church you ARE the church”.. but ARE you?

https://urbansomers.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/you-dont-go-to-church-you-are-the-church-but-are-you/