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This is a serious and important post.

One of the most frightening passage from the Bible is what Jesus said:

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [n]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

(Matthew 7:22-23)

The consequences of being a false Christian has too much at stake for eternity.

You want to make sure you really are a Christian.  You want to make sure you genuinely will be going to heaven.  Of course going to heaven is not by our own works, but the works of Christ.  But you got to have genuine trust in Christ’s person and work.  You need to be rooted in Christ.

How do you know you are rooted in Christ?  Here’s a biblical diagnostic spiritual DNA test.

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I imagine many Christians can increase their knowledge of the Minor Prophets.  Here’s a survey of the eleventh book of the Minor Prophets: Zechariah.

Purpose: We will look at the authorship, purpose, structure and other aspects of the book of Zechariah so we would be more familiar with this part of the Bible and yearn to study it for ourselves.

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Here are two small works that my wife and I enjoyed for our devotionals together.  You might find them edifying as well.

Michael Reeves. Enjoy your prayer life.  Leyland, UK: 10Publishing, March 10th 2014.  46 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Are you looking for a good book that would increase your appetite for prayer or maybe a work that would encourage you to think more biblically about prayer?  Personally I think most people can always grow in prayer; I know that’s certainly true for me.  This book is what I would recommend!  Michael Reeves have written other helpful spiritual books for the general reading audience and this work is no different; it is biblically solid while being practical but practical in a worshipful and God reverential way.

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This Lord’s Day I want to encourage you strongly to pray.  To pray for the persecuted church.

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GO TO PART 50

 

Point: An argument in the arsenal of Presuppositional apologetics is the Transcendental argument.  John Frame describes apologist Cornelius Van Til’s transcendental argument in the following matter with one of Van Til’s famous illustration:

The non-Christian, then, in Van Til’s famous illustration, is like a child sitting on her father’s lap, slapping his face. She could not slap him unless he supported her. Similarly, the non-Christian cannot carry out his rebellion against God unless God makes that rebellion possible. Contradicting God assumes an intelligible universe and therefore a theistic one.

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I think what follows below is another illustration in explaining Presuppositional apologetics.

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A lighthearted weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.  This evening’s book is on..reading!

Maryanne Wolf. Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World.  New York, NY: Harper, August 14th 2018. 272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a book about reading and the medium one uses to read (digital, print, etc) and how it affects our brains.  The author Maryanne Wolf writes in a rather informal style of “letters.”  No matter the format the content of the book and what she has to talk about is fascinating and worth reading.

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This is from last year’s conference which they have just made available online for others to benefit from.  It is sponsored by P&R Publishing (among others), which is one of my top favorite Christian publisher.  The conference is called “Faithful Shepherd Pastors’ Retreat” and last year’s theme was on “The Welcoming Church.”

What is the purpose of this conference?

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