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« Reply #344 on: October 25, 2016, 08:15:19 AM »

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #345 on: October 25, 2016, 02:33:09 PM »
Jesus prays for the church?s unity, and Jesus will get what he prays

Hello @CFamily,

Why would our ascended Lord pray for a unity that already exists?  Ephesians 4:1-6 itemizes the sevenfold unity, which God has already made, and it is only required that we keep it.

'I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you that ye walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit
in the bond of peace.
There is -
.. one body, and
.... one Spirit, even as ye are called in
...... one hope of your calling;
........ one Lord,
...... one faith,
.... one baptism,
..  one God and Father of all,
Who is above all,
.. and through all,
..... and in you all.'

(Eph 4:1-6) 

*' The bond of peace' has been procured for us, by the finished work of Christ our risen Lord, and we are called upon to live within it, in love and grace.

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[Cfamily]The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
« Reply #346 on: October 26, 2016, 07:19:20 AM »
The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’

How the New Testament offers a better, higher calling than the Declaration of Independence.

An Anglican man rang me out of the blue the other day to ask if the New Testament teaches “equality.” “Not really,” I replied. “The New Testament mentions equality once or twice, but when it comes to social relationships, it is far more interested in concepts like oneness, commonness, partnership, union, and joint-inheritance. If you make all those passages about equality, you flatten their meaning. And in any case, it’s become a blunderbuss word that means everything and nothing.”

Considering the history of the past 50 years, let alone the last 2,000, it might seem unwise to dismiss “equality” so casually. Thankfully, the New Testament presents a better, higher vision.

Two New Testament texts explicitly mention isot?s, the Greek word for equality, proportionality, or fairness. In 2 Corinthians 8:13–14, Paul urges the church in Corinth to give generously to the Jerusalem church, “that there might be equality.” And in Colossians 4:1, he tells masters to grant their slaves “what is right and fair.”

Most of the famous “equality” passages use quite different language. Galatians 3:28 doesn’t say that there is no Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female because we are all equal, but because we “are all one in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 3:11 doesn’t talk about equality between barbarians and Scythians, but rather asserts that “Christ is all, and is in all.” Ephesians 3:6 doesn’t say that Gentiles are now equal with Jews, but rather that we are now “heirs together.” Ephesians 6:9 doesn’t talk about equality between slaves and masters, but rather that both have the same Master ...

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Died: Jack Chick, Cartoonist Whose Controversial Tracts Became Cult Hits

This was his life!

Jack Chick, the cartoonist who wanted to save your soul from hell, died Sunday at age 92.

The biggest name in tract evangelism, Chick distributed more than 500 million pamphlets, nicknamed “chicklets,” over five decades. His signature black-and-white panel comics warned against the dangers of everything from the occult to Family Guy.

Chick’s messages were controversial—including among evangelicals—but his work enjoyed a global reach. His most popular tract, This Was Your Life!, was translated into more than 60 languages.

Chick came to faith shortly after World War II through Charles E. Fuller’s radio show, “Old Fashioned Revival Hour.” The former technical illustrator began drawing and funding his first comic books and pocket-sized tracks in the early 1960s, according to Christian Comics International. Chick Publications grew to start its own print shop, and took off in the ’70s.

His evangelistic furor was inspired by sermons from revivalist Charles Finney, whose theology continues to underline Chick’s tracks, according to researcher Daniel Silliman. He quotes Chick as saying, “When everything is caving in, and when the world laughs at the church, that’s when we need revival…. Christians are self-satisfied and complacent. God’s got a handful of people out there who really mean business, but the rest are playing games.”

Among comic artists, Chick rose to a level of fascination as one of the bestselling underground publishers in the world. Early news of his death on the site Boing Boing launched Chick’s name as a national trending topic on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

In the late 1990s, a media watchdog site described the secular fascination ...

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[Cfamily]Evangelicals are for Trump, Clinton, and Others
« Reply #348 on: October 28, 2016, 07:07:42 AM »
Evangelicals are for Trump, Clinton, and Others

Party affiliation is a much stronger predictor of voting preferences than faith.

This week, I will be in Atlanta speaking at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, presenting data alongside Greg Smith, of Pew Research, on evangelicals and the election.

A few months ago, I worked with LifeWay Research and the National Association of Evangelicals to help create a tool that looked at evangelical beliefs. We explained:


Surveys that focus on white evangelicals shape the way our non-evangelical neighbors see evangelical believers. So they often perceive us primarily as political adversaries or allies, rather than people primarily motivated by beliefs.


But our new definition shows that when we examine them by what they actually believe, American evangelicals are quite diverse.

In this NAE-approved research-based definition, an Evangelical is someone who strongly agrees with these four statements:

  • The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.

  • It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.

  • Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin.

  • Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

(National Association of Evangelicals and LifeWay Research Evangelical Beliefs Research Definition)

So, as we look at evangelicals by belief, not just “white evangelicals” (who are overwhelmingly for Donald Trump), we find a very different story.

LifeWay Research conducted a survey before the second presidential debate (Sunday, October 9).

Bob Smietana, senior writer for Facts & Trends magazine, notes:

Overall, less than half (45 percent) of likely voters with evangelical beliefs plan to vote for Donald Trump, according to the survey. ...

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[Cfamily]Breaking the 200 Barrier: Cornerstone EFCA in Casper, Wyoming
« Reply #349 on: October 29, 2016, 07:03:39 AM »
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Cornerstone EFCA in Casper, Wyoming

Church seeks to meet the needs of a community that often travels on the weekends.

History of the Church

Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Casper, Wyoming, began in 1971. For the first several decades, the church was relatively small and occasionally faced significant difficulties in attendance and giving. About 15 years ago, Pastor Jack Olsen was hired, and the church has been blessed with growth under his leadership.

Several factors have contributed to our church growth. Let me share three.

Factors Which Contributed to Breaking 200

(1) Worship facilities/times. From 2003 through mid-2008, our average attendance was consistently around 130-175. In the fall of 2008, the elders began a building campaign believing that building expansion would facilitate growth.

In 2009, groundbreaking began and excitement in the church followed even before construction was completed. For the first time, attendance averages occasionally broke the 200 barrier. In 2010, with construction fully in swing, attendance averages were consistently over 200. The building was completed in 2011, and with the completion of the building expansion, attendance consistently averaged over 250. Because of the increase in worship space, growth continued steadily through 2012.

Another factor that has contributed to our growth came by adding a Saturday night service. In 2013, the church added a third worship service to our schedule. The decision was made with the goal of reaching students at the local college. Attendance began to consistently break the 300 barrier. During this time, the church began to grow toward a more “missional” perspective.

Currently, we are in the process of praying through further expansion. In addition to other ideas, because the Casper, Wyoming, culture revolves around hunting, travel, and camping, we are considering ...

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[Cfamily]Ten Reasons Why Theology Matters
« Reply #350 on: October 30, 2016, 07:02:24 AM »
Ten Reasons Why Theology Matters

Most Christians agree theology is important, but can't articulate why. These reasons can help.

With recent polls showing a declining awareness and interest in theology among evangelicals, we thought of ten reasons why theology matters to every evangelical beyond simply avoiding heresy.

Theology matters…

1. Because even evangelicals need evangelizing.

There is much handwringing today over what it means to be evangelical, and the temptation is strong to define an essential evangelicalism—to pin it down to one particular form. Theologically, the problem with this response is that “taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5) is not a once-and-done proposition. It is a task that has to be taken up anew again and again. Just like God’s grace, this fundamentally theological undertaking is “new every morning” (Lam. 3:23).

Evangelicalism is not a fixed and secure religious form or doctrinal system. It is not a confessional tradition or a denomination. Instead, evangelicalism is a way of relating to God and the world, one which emphasizes the good news of Jesus Christ and its importance for how we live our lives. There is no single right way to be an evangelical. In truth, evangelicalism is always in via, always “on the way.” Evangelicals thus always need to be evangelized.

2. Because we can’t feel our way toward knowledge of God.

Experience has always been an important part of evangelicalism. From Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney to Henry Blackaby and Dallas Willard, evangelicals have long understood that the gospel demands a response of the will and a conversion of the heart. Such an emphasis often gives the impression that we can “find” God in experience. Chuck Colson’s assessment here is right: The belief “that ...

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[Cfamily]‘The Good Place’ Imagines an Eternity of Ethics Lessons
« Reply #351 on: October 31, 2016, 07:01:17 AM »
‘The Good Place’ Imagines an Eternity of Ethics Lessons

The NBC comedy serves up an unusual take on the afterlife with a side of fro-yo, hold the religion.

From time to time, popular culture weighs in with advice about the afterlife. “You can’t take it with you,” admonishes the Pulitzer Prize–winning play by the same title. A popular ’50s polka warns that “in heaven there is no beer.” According to NBC’s The Good Place there is, however, a copious amount of frozen yogurt.

The Good Place, now hitting its mid-season stride, is the latest TV comedy from writer/producer Michael Shur—also creator of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and a writer on The Office. Shur’s wit and his penchant for strongly drawn characters feel familiar. The new series makes a strong break from his run of workplace comedies, however, by setting its storyline in heaven.

Or a version of heaven. Simply called “The Good Place,” it’s an afterlife that exists without a relationship to any of the world’s religions, all of which failed to rightly imagine how to enter the hereafter. Instead a complex logarithm narrows down those granted eternity in The Good Place, admitting only the most elite among do-gooders, activists, and philanthropists. While the series forgoes the concepts of sin and religion per se, it regularly relies on ethical lessons in the hereafter.

This potentially weighty narrative tactic is lightened by the whimsical aesthetic and quirky details of life in The Good Place. The architect behind this particular neighborhood of the afterlife is a supernatural being named Michael (Ted Danson, his impeccable comic timing in force). Obsessively detailed and fascinated by human culture, Michael has worked painstakingly to optimize his corner of the afterlife for his charges’ happiness.

Upon arrival, every one ...

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