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Do you trust Me?Do you?
-- Do you trust Me?
This could be the moment of your turning point...
When you hear God's voice and say... Yes! I trust YOU!
Is apologetics really necessary?Is apologetics really necessary?
DEFINITION: First, apologetics is the defense of the faith “once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). The word “apologetics” is derived from the Greek, apologia, which means “a reasoned defense.” As such, it involves providing an answer, not an apology in the contemporary sense of the word. Just as good attorneys defend their clients in courts of law by presenting solid evidence and sound reasoning, so too apologists defend the truth of Christianity through well-reasoned answers to the questions regarding our faith.
Too often people suppose the task of apologetics to be the exclusive domain of scholars and theologians. Not so! The defense of the faith is not optional. It is basic training for every Christian. And that means you!
First, the Bible informs us that apologetics is not just a nicety; it is a necessity for every believer. Writing in a
Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?
Today tolerance is being redefined to mean that all views are equally valid and all lifestyles equally appropriate. As such, the notion that Jesus is the only way is vilified as the epitome of intolerance. Rather than capitulating to culture, Christians must be equipped to expose the flaws of today's tolerance, while simultaneously exemplifying true tolerance.
First, to say all views are equally valid sounds tolerant but in reality is a contradiction in terms. If indeed all views are equally valid then the Christian view must be valid. The Christian view, however, holds that not all views are equally valid. Thus, the redefinition of tolerance in our culture is a self-refuting proposition. Moreover, we do not tolerate people with whom we agree; we tolerate people with whom we disagree. If all views were equally valid, there would be no need for tolerance.
Furthermore, today's redefinition of tolerance leaves no room for objective moral judgments. A modern
Christians are FOOLS!!Christianity is for FOOLS
How many times have you had someone here at dA say that you are a fool? As a matter of fact, if they do... say, yes I am Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Strength in WeaknessGrace Perfecting Strength in Weakness
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness"…He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (2 Corinthians 12:9 and Isaiah 40:29-31)
When the subject of spiritual strength is raised, our thinking often turns in one of two directions. Either we consider how we can muster up our own strength, or we dwell on our own weakness, doubting that adequate strength can ever be found. Well, it is clear from the Scriptures that God does not expect mere human strength to be sufficient for our spiritual callings.
Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?Religious Tolerance: Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- An Introduction
Why can’t Christians just exercise their own faith, and leave alone those people who have other beliefs? After all, isn’t it judgmental and unloving to criticize someone else’s religious beliefs?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- The Age of Tolerance
Because we live in an age of tolerance where almost anything goes, openly questioning or criticizing other people’s belief systems can quickly get you labelled as judgmental, narrow-minded, bigoted, hateful, and even ignorant. And with regard to Christianity, Matthew 7:1 is often quoted (or should I say “misquoted”) to discourage Christians from putting other religious teachings and practices to the test.
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- Do Not Judge?
This assertion, however, is simply false, as the Bible clearly speaks out not against passing judgme
The Truth About So-Called Ghosts!Do You Believe in Ghosts?
As a recurring question among Christians we have come across a lot of Christians and friends that do NOT have a Biblical understanding of "ghosts". At times, we are quite surprised that when this subject of ghosts comes up, very few Christians know what the Bible says about it. Therefore, we felt necessary to provide you learning material to equip you to give a proper answer according to 1 Peter 3:15.
Do You Believe in Ghosts?
by Rick Barry
Ghosts. What do you really think about them? If someone pushes us, most will admit a degree of love for scary stories. But what about reports of real ghosts, even by sincere Christians? Few Christians seem to know what to think. If we look to the Scriptures, however, we find solid answers, even on this murky subject.
Both children and adults alike wonder about the existence of ghosts. Some reject the notion. Others insist that ghosts exist and cite experiences—their own or friend-of-a-friend
10 Quotes of Faith & ReasonTen Quotes on Faith and Reason
It is not only reasonable to question when it comes to matters of faith, but also responsible. If we are not open to questioning certain beliefs, held by ourselves or by others, whether secular or sacred, then we will be tossed about on the waves of popular opinion, or become potential victims of those wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on the ignorance of others. - G.S. West
The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. - Blaise Pascal
I realize anew that, just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must also learn to trust God one circumstance at a time. Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don't feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth.
- Jerry Bridges
The Bumps Are What You Climb OnEncouragement for Difficult Days
This is an excerpt from the book "The Bumps Are What You Climb On" by Warren Wiersbe
A little boy was leading his sister up a mountain path and the way was not too easy. "Why, this isn't path at all," the little girl complained. "It's all rocky and bumpy." And her brother replied, "Sure, the bumps are what you climb on." That's a remarkable piece of philosophy. What do you do with the bumps on the path of life?
I have been a reader of biographies for many years, and I have yet to find a successful person whose life was free from problems and difficulties. Looking at these people from a distance, you might think that they had it made and that life was easy for them. But when you get closer, you discover that their climb to the top of the mountain was not an easy one. The road was rocky and bumpy, but the bumps were what they climbed on to get to the top.
I don't know what difficulties you are going through just now, but I know some of the feelings
For You Are a Slave to Whatever Controls You(1/29/2012)
In my entry about indirect idolatry, I stated, "I am just as capable a victim as anyone else."
And guess what? I was not kidding.
Lately my brain had been lacking focus and I had become victim to both artist and writer's block. And when I would feel those two blocks, I would lack motivation to work on ideas relating to the stories I want to write about during my free-time. And when I would feel unable to work on those things when I want to, I would distract myself with something unproductive. After all, sometimes you just need to take a nice break and have a little fun...right?
So I had a little "guilty pleasure" with something that I hadn't done in a very long time:
Not that there's anything wrong with them.
But for about a year I had fasted from video games for a reason, and today paid me a reminder as to why. (I'll get to that point later.)
Anyway, at first it started out a
Recall notice from GOD
I do not know who wrote this but the analogy is so true to many of our lives. Anyone who has called a service line for help with a computer can relate to these 'problems' and 'options'!
The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype unit's code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.
This defect has been identified as "Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality," more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some of the symptoms include:
1) Loss of direction
2) Foul vocal emissions
3) Amnesia of origin
4) Lack of peace and joy
5) Selfish or violent behavior
6) Depression or confusion
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repai
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ARTGERMINATION - My Digital Art Chatroom
Many people has asked me about the rationale behind my nickname - Artgerm in many occasions. To me it is more than just a nick, it is actually my mission statement in my art journey, which I would like to see people get "infected" by my works and inspire them to create art. I've been drawing for the past 20 years, in which 16 years in digital medium. Art has already been part of my life long time ago - it is my passion, my profession and my life. Although majority of my time has been devoted to the commercial projects and my family and leave me very little time to impart my art knowledge to others outside of my studio, my mission statement has never and will never change.
As a result, I've decided to setup a deviantArt chatroom recently called Artgermination for all digital art discussions, which I put in a good amount of my time daily to interact with other dA members, sharing with them my journey in art and con
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A two-time Community Volunteer for the deviantART Related category, Anne is well-known as a positive, helpful force. She is the community's resident expert when it comes to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and her personal gallery offers a wide variety of tutorials for new and experienced coders alike. In addition, each winter she hosts a calendar project encouraging members to create Journal designs for all to use, bringing more creativity to the community.
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