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My Dad loved being a pastor, definitely not because it was always easy. Indeed, oftentimes it was difficult, especially since I’m certain that church members he pastored over 25 years of ministry oftentimes failed to reciprocate his love.
Through sins of omission in failing to show love to my Dad or by sins of commission in criticizing and undermining, too many times churches my Dad pastored failed to “esteem [Dad] very highly in love because of [his] work” (1 Thess. 5:13).
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One of the distinguishing features of contemporary Arminianism is the doctrine of conditional security. Conditional security denies that salvation is an unconditional gift from God and affirms that salvation is conditioned on the continuing willingness of a believer to remain in a relationship with God. Furthermore, contemporary Arminianism affirms that a believer may commit “apostasy” and forfeit the gift of salvation. Rather than affirming conditional security, James Arminius expressed humbleness regarding this issue. “Though I here openly and ingenuously affirm, I never taught that a true believer can either totally or finally fall away from the faith, and perish; yet I will not conceal, that there are passages of Scripture which seem to me to wear this aspect….”
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.
Recently, I discussed the cheating scandal at Harvard. In particular, I’m interested in what the alleged “unprecedented” cheating says about the state of our culture.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The majority of Southern Baptist churches permit anyone who has put their faith in Jesus Christ to participate in the Lord’s Supper, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The survey also revealed that 57 percent of SBC churches observe the Lord’s Supper quarterly.
“Denominational distinctives are often evident in how the Lord’s Supper is observed,” said Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research. “We sought to measure two attributes of Southern Baptists’ remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection: who may participate in the Lord’s Supper—with five distinct options listed—and the frequency it is observed.”
One evidence of the inspiration of the Bible is the way it presents its heroes.
We teach our children the story of how one Jewish family evaded the mandate issued by the Pharaoh to kill all the male Hebrew babies. We teach how the mother of Moses made an ark that would float and placed it in some reeds along a river bank. She stationed her daughter to hide herself from view to watch over the baby. The account is given in Exodus 2:1-10. Often overlooked is the omission of Miriam’s name if indeed she was the watchful sister. Her story really begins in Exodus 15, the beginning of our focus for today’s analysis.