Month: July 2019

Everything He Says He Does: The Personal and Specific Sovereignty of God

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Everything He Says He Does

Will God do what he said? That is the sound of a spiritual crisis — when it seems like the very ground beneath your feet is shaking. If you haven’t yet experienced one, to some degree, while following Jesus, likely you will.

In such times of crisis, one of God’s great means of grace to us is his people. While we are in crisis, others in our lives are often steady, and ready to help. We feel like we’re free-falling, but they are tethered and so can gently, prayerfully, and patiently help us get our bearings again. But what if the bottom fell out, all at once, for you and every Christian you knew? The disorientation would multiply. The crisis would be all the more severe; the pain all the more acute.

The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, the geographical heart and center of God’s first-covenant people, precipitated…

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Unto us a child is born

Supernatural Power Through One Law

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah wrote these words approximately seven hundred years before Jesus was born. Most people understood these words as prophesying the coming of a Messiah, but since that generation died without having seen the Messiah, people began to doubt the words. Today we understand that this verse was telling us that a human child would be born in which the Son of God would be given for the salvation of mankind.

We not only understand the prophecy, but we, also, enjoy the salvation that it foretold. We think of Christmas as a joyous time, in which we received the Son of God as our promised Messiah, but was it…

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Restoring All Things Evangelical Churches Respond to Border Crisis

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Carlos Navarro is pastor of West Brownsville Baptist Church, in the Rio Grande Valley. He has been involved inministry to migrants for 25 years, beginning when he started teaching Scripture in a weekly class at a Brownsville detention center. Today, as many as 1500 men and boys attend his weekly Bible classes at Casa Padre Detention Center. The classes are evangelistic in nature, and often conclude with an invitation to accept Christ. He says some weeks more than 200 people make first-time decisions to follow Jesus. His church also provides Bibles, water, food, and clothing to migrants on both sides of the

border.

West Brownsville is not the only church in Texas getting in on the action, of course. One of the state’s largest churches, Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, has an active ministry to Latino migrants. The church’s pastor, Jack Graham, recently tweeted, “We @Prestonwood are…

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Pastor Jack Graham on 30 Years at Prestonwood Baptist Church, His Favorite Memory as a Pastor, the SBC’s Handling of Sex Abuse, and What He Thinks About Women Preachers in the Church

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Texas megachurch Pastor Jack Graham celebrated his 30th anniversary at the 45,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church this month, and described the journey as one that shows how God can transform a hurting congregation into one of the most robust in the nation.

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Making Disciple-making Disciples

Living in the Word

In reading the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians I was struck by verse 8: “For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything”. In the context, the “word of the Lord” refers to the gospel, which Paulessentially summarises in vv. 9-10. The point is that Paul preached this word to the Thessalonians, they came to believe it, and now the fruit of their faith is further proclamation of the gospel. Those who have now “turned to God from idols” are now proclaiming the gospel. In fact, the Thessaloniansare so bold in their faith that people in Macedonia and Achaia are talking about their faith – and there’s no reason to think that it was just Christians in these places who were talking about the Thessalonians’…

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