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one shade of red

Sister and brother, if the pain of genuine love is any color, let me just say it is not 50 Shades of Grey but it’s one shade of red, not from sinning in bed but instead His blood He shed to save us from sin and the power of death.  Therefore don’t be mislead, put your flesh to death, don’t let the World rob you by identity theft, count your sins as dead, and not have your lust be fed.  How?  By meditating on that one shade of red, His arm stretched and the bloody crown on His Head.  One shade of red.  Enough Said.

 

Note: JD Bloom’s One Shade of White was the original inspiration for me to write the above.

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james white south africa debate

Did the Earliest Followers of Jesus Believe in His Deity?  Christian apologist James White debates Muslim apologist Shabir Ally concerning this question at University of Pretoria, South Africa.  The debate took place on October 8, 2013 but has just been loaded up online two days ago.

Enjoy!

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Fundamentals-of-the-Faith-inKhmer

Not to be cheesy but does it blow your mind seeing how much Christian impact one can have today around the World through the Internet?

It amazes me to think of how people from many different countries have visited our blog over the years and I can’t imagine the reach of websites and blogs that have greater clout.  In light of that for today’s post I want to post a free resource for the Cambodian church and also for those who are Cambodians or speak and read in Khmer so that Christians will grow in their life and doctrine and also for those who do not know Him will come to know Him biblically.  The classic work “Fundamentals of the Faith” workbook has been translated into the Khmer language and has been made available for free as a PDF through Cambodian Christian Resources.

Click HERE for the BOOK IN PDF

Here is the description of the book from the translators both in English and Khmer:

Book Details

Do you desire for you and your church to stand on rock solid theological doctrine? Do you want new believers to take off in their spiritual growth? Do you long to see more mature Christians equipped in evangelism and discipleship? Do you desire for your church to experience unity based on a shared understanding of God’s truth?

Then Fundamentals of the Faith is for you! This rich and easy-to-follow workbook is a resource for believers of all stages and was developed through decades of refinement by the elders, teachers, and pastors at Grace Community Church. Under the leadership of John MacArthur, this foundational material has been taught and tested in the classroom-and proven effective through the lives it has influenced.

តើ​លោកអ្នក​មាន​បំណង​ចិត្ត​​ចង់​ឲ្យ​ខ្លួនឯង និង​ក្រុមជំនុំ​ឈរ​លើ​ថ្មដា​នៃ​ការបង្រៀន​ខាង​ទេវវិទ្យា​ដ៏​មាំមួន​ដែរ​ឬ​ទេ? តើ​លោកអ្នក​មាន​បំណង​ចង់​ឃើញ​អ្នកជឿ​ថ្មីៗ​លូតលាស់​ខាងឯវិញ្ញាណ​យ៉ាង​លឿន​ដែរ​ឬ​ទេ? តើ​លោកអ្នក​រំពឹង​ចង់​ឃើញ​មាន​គ្រីស្ទបរិស័ទ​ជាច្រើន​ទៀត​ពេញវ័យ​ខាង​ឯ​វិញ្ញាណ​ដែល​មាន​ចិត្ត​ចង់​ផ្សាយដំណឹងល្អ និង​បង្កើត​សិស្ស​ដែរ​ឬទេ? តើ​លោកអ្នក​មាន​បំណងចិត្ត​ចង់​ឃើញ​ក្រុមជំនុំ​របស់​លោកអ្នក​មាន​ការរួបរួមគ្នា​ដែល​ផ្អែក​ទៅលើ​ការយល់ដឹងពី​សេចក្តីពិត​របស់​ព្រះជាម្ចាស់​ជា​មូលដ្ឋាន
​ដែរ​ឬទេ?
បើដូច្នោះ​មែន សៀវភៅ មូលដ្ឋានគ្រឹះ​នៃ​ជំនឿ ជា​សៀវភៅ​ដ៏​ល្អ​សម្រាប់​លោកអ្នកហើយ! សៀវភៅ​ដ៏ល្អ និង​ងាយស្រួល​​អនុវត្ត​តាម​មួយ​ក្បាល​នេះ គឺជា​ធនធាន​សម្រាប់​អ្នក​ជឿ​ថ្មីៗ និង​អ្នកជឿ​យូរឆ្នាំ​មក​ដែរ។ ដូចគ្នា​ផង​ដែរ សៀវភៅ​នេះក៏​បាន​ទទួល​ការកែសម្រួល​ដោយ​ ចាស់ទុំ គ្រូបង្រៀន និង​គ្រូគង្វាល​នៅ​ក្រុមជំនុំ ហ្គ្រេស ខមូនីតធី (Grace Community Church)។ តាម​ការដឹកនាំ​របស់​លោកគ្រូ ចន មែកខធ័រ (John MacArthur) យើង​បាន​ប្រើប្រាស់​សៀវភៅ​នេះ​ក្នុង​ការ​បង្រៀន ហើយ​យើង​ឃើញ​ថា​ វា​មាន​ប្រសិទ្ធភាព​ល្អ​ណាស់​លើ​ជីវិត​អ្នក​ដែល​បាន​សិក្សា។

I am praying that God will be able to use this to equip, edify and evangelize the Cambodian Church and people!

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Alpha Omega Ministries

Christian apologist James White of Alpha Omega Ministries had debated Muslim apologist Ayoob Karim concerning the topic of whether or not Jesus was crucified.  The title was creatively titled “Crucifixion or Crucifiction?”  James White has loaded up online on Youtube the debate!  I appreciate all the debate and discussion that James White has endeavored on in reaching Muslims and graciously while uncompromisingly share the Christian faith to Muslims.

Here’s the video:

Here is the video description:

One of the most famous presentations made by the late Ahmed Deedat was his talk, “Crucifixion or Crucifiction?” In this debate from Durban, South Africa, Deedat disciple Ayoob Karim presents Deedat’s arguments in full debate against James White. Judge for yourself how well Deedat’s arguments fare!

May the Lord use this to draw people to His Son Jesus Christ!

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Killing Jesus A History

This is my first book by Bill O’Reilly and only after starting this book did I realized that he has written a series of book on the assassination of famous men, with his previous works on Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy.  Early in the introduction of the book Bill O’Riley’s reveal his methodological assumption of how faith (myth) and fact must be distinguished concerning the person Jesus, and that he and his co-author was interested only in the fact.  I think this reveal quite a lot the direction the book takes.  Surprisingly the book does include a lot of account of Jesus’ miracles.  The journalistic prose of his writing gives one a fresh look at familiar Gospel stories and O’Riley does a good job of giving a lot of the political and historical setting that the life of Jesus was situated in.  His discussion about the Herods and the various Caesars is narrated like juicy gossip though.  I was disappointed with how the end of the book the authors did not seem to come out strongly with their conclusion of whether or not Jesus was resurrected which is disappointing given how much of the guild of Christian apologetics has focused on this crucial point of Christianity.  The book was also disappointing in that both writers never expounded on the greater context of Jesus’ death as penal substitutionary atonement for our sins, justification, etc.  One might say that’s due to O’Reilly being a Roman Catholic, but I think there are also theologically liberal assumption involved (appeasing to Naturalism, faith vs facts, etc).  I suppose my final evaluation of this book parallel how I feel about his show: sometimes its interesting but sometime I wonder about his matter with things.

 
To purchase the book on Amazon, Click HERE

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discussion evangelism

The Youtube Clip below by Todd Friel of Wretch TV is very good.  It is a must see for every believer.

I just watched early in the morning.  I was evangelizing earlier yesterday on a college campus and found myself having to explain myself for why I evangelize the way I evangelize.  It seems with this day and age where people want their ears tickled and Christians compromised with how the Gospel is being presented, we need to explain to even Christians what the Gospel is, and what the implications of the Gospel towards our method of evangelism.

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Grow in Grace , by Sinclair B. Ferguson

Order your copy of Grow in Grace over at Amazon

I read this book as a tool for discipleship with one of the guys in my church who suggested we go over this together.   I was pleasantly surprised at how good the book turned out to be.  An individual’s spiritual growth is the subject of this book and it is biblical, devotional and readable.  I appreciated that Sinclair Ferguson (a great preacher by the way!) approached this subject in a manner that is Christ centered and Grace driven.  Since it is Christ driven, it is appropriate that the first section on the book is on Jesus as the pioneer of our spiritual growth and also of how Jesus in His humanity actually grew in grace.  I think we must not forget that Christ was fully man (of course while also fully God), and because of His humanity that identifies with us in every way, we can see His life as a model for our holiness and spiritual growth.  It was delightful and with a worshipful heart that I read the first section.  Section two of the book focuses on the basic principles of Christian growth and I imagine it would make for some great discussions if one were to use it for one on one discipleship or small group.  I also appreciated Ferguson putting in section three of the book that remind believers that growing in grace require us to grow in the context of others, which is an excellent reminder in our day and age with our individualism and low church commitment.  I was cautious at first with the fourth section that went over case examples in Scripture because of my fear of how some people enagage in hero worship of Bible characters rather than seeing God is the hero in redemptive history.  Ferguson did a good job with the exemplar for us with Daniel but he also balances that with a chapter on Peter.  The biggest thing I got from this book was how Ferguson pointed out with Peter’s life that he had many failure even after he became an apostle after Jesus’ resurrection—and yet he was genuinely growing in grace.  This is a good lesson for us too that even in our sin, even in our failure it is possible to still continue to grow in the grace of God.

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