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The Great Duty of Family Religion

Joshua 24:15 — “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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These words contain the holy resolution of pious Joshua, who having in a most moving, affectionate discourse recounted to the Israelites what great things God had done for them, in the verse immediately preceding the text, comes to draw a proper inference from what he had been delivering; and acquaints them, in the most pressing terms, that since God had been so exceeding gracious unto them, they could do not less, than out of gratitude for such uncommon favors and mercies, dedicate both themselves and families to his service. “Now therefore, fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and truth, and put away the Gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood.” And by the same engaging motive does the prophet Samuel afterwards enforce their obedience to the commandments of God, 1 Sam. 12:24, “Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth, with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you.” But then, that they might not excuse themselves (as too many might be apt to do) by his giving them a bad example, or think he was laying heavy burdens upon them, whilst he himself touched them not with one of his fingers, he tells them in the text, that whatever regard they might pay to the doctrine he had been preaching, yet he (as all ministers ought to do) was resolved to live up to and practice it himself: “Choose you therefore, whom you will serve, whether the Gods which your fathers served, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (more…)

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The Pilgrim’s Progress (…from this world to that which is to come) is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in February, 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print.

The Pilgrim’s Progress was written during Bunyan’s imprisonment for violations of the Conventicle Act, which prohibited the holding of religious services outside the auspices of the established Church of England.

Pilgrim’s Progress is ranked #9 on Amazon in classic British literature at the time of this writing. It received a 5 star rating from 87% of readers. The audiobook (by Answers In Genesis) is highly recommended (you may find it slightly cheaper at other retailers).

Here’s a preview of a recent movie that may appeal more to those that struggle to start a new book. The book has much more detail & should still be well worth the read.

We know how people are born. Fallen. Sinful. No surprise there. How you’re born only seems like an ‘excuse’ if you’re confused, deluded… or, yes, gaga. Don’t fall for it. Find Jesus. He is still the only way, the truth & the life. Choose life.

The Incredulous Hulk Award!

I have been motivated by the first in the list of blog authors to create this “award”. This ‘award’ is to anyone that stubbornly refuses to honour God & to accept & thank Him for the forgiveness that He gave us in Jesus / Yeshua that restores fellowship & the literal ‘life line’ to Him. …hence these people willingly cut themselves off from the source of their life – which reminds me of the Darwin Awards – except, the people that receive the Incredulous Hulk Award (seemingly) don’t do so by accident. Also, for the record I’m convinced that there are deep flaws in typical evolution theory.

Christians should understand why people are blinded in this way & even though this may be a way to ‘playfully warn’ the unbeliever, we need to pray for them that they will be granted repentance & restored to life. …which they are likely to ridicule, …but that should also not be a surprise.

We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

So, without any further ado, the blogs / sites / people that received this award thus far:

  1. http://corruptheretic.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/heretic-mad
  2. http://wereallmadinhere.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/my-dreams also this link

If you feel that you want to ‘award’ this to someone else – go ahead, email them the link or something. If you want to reuse this satirical post on your blog, you should link back here or repost to make the meaning clear & the link posted should indicate the relevant blog post that most makes the reason for the ‘award’ clear.

Note that atheists or people of other religions you encounter may need apologetics (authoritative & compelling information to help you defend your faith or understand it better) to help them overcome some intellectual hurdles or answer some questions. I highly recommend Apologetics315 – go have a look at the site & listen to some of the audio there – especially if you’ve not been exposed to apologetics before.

How do you keep your sanity amidst mounting troubling trends? Maybe you are living in abundant blessing & joy, but then you might need this kind of advice sometime in the future. Listen to the full audio for the full message – the audio above is a small extract.

Check out Line of Fire Radio. Listen to full audio here, or download segment above here.

When we consider the question of what “creation out of nothing” means, we have to consider that the “nothing” mentioned is much less than the drop in this cup, much less than what is in a brand new & empty cup. No air. …and in this line of reasoning even vacuums are not clearly permissible.

…for a sneak peek as to why…

If you say there is a vacuum in the flask, then you are affirming the existence of something in the flask – the vacuum. But since ‘vacuum’ means an absence of something, you are also denying that there is something in the flask. Therefore, ‘There is a vacuum in the flask’ is a contradiction.” – Nothingness ~ Stanford University

If that bends your head a bit – welcome to philosophy. It gets more fun as you get used to it. I can’t think of anyone better to explain the value of philosophy than William Lane Craig – check out the Reasonable Faith site.

“There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing.” – Nothingness ~ Stanford University

So what did Lawrence Krauss do? Yes, he sneaked in something & pretended it is nothing, and wrote a book about it. A fellow blogger also posted a nice post about it here. People that don’t understand philosophy get tricked into believing clever sounding physicists in this way. Listen to the audio at the top to demystify this riddle. Enjoy. 🙂

Check out Reasonable Faith Podcast. Listen to full audio here.