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Giving Like God, by W. E. Vine

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  The opening verses of the Epistle of James contain a description of God as "the giving God." That is the literal rendering of the phrase "God who giveth... " in the statement, "God, who giveth to all liberally" (verse 5). "The giving God" it is almost a title. How abundantly it is illustrated in the Scriptures! "He gave His only begotten Son" ; "How shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?"  His giving is the outflow of His love, "God so loved that He gave." He gives "liberally" (Jas. 1:5), "freely" (Rom. 8:32), "richly" (1 Tim. 6:17). Likeness to the Fathe r   One of the prominent lessons in the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount, is that by shaping our conduct in obedience to the Lord's precepts our character will be conformed to that of our Heavenly Father. We shall be truly "Sons of our Father which is in heaven" (see, e.g., Matt. 5:45). Not merely

Men Do Not Own Churches

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W. E. Vine     The churches are His by right of His redemptive work on the Cross and by the operation of the Holy Spirit. They are not the property or possession of any ecclesiastical organization or religious body or society or denomination. As we have already observed, the Word of God knows nothing of such organizations or associations of churches in any shape or form; its testimony is distinctly against the formation of any such federation or combination with earthly headquarters. Each church, as the property of Christ, is designed to acknowledge His authority as its Lord (I Cor. 12:5).     Nor again does any local church belong to those who, as its spiritual guides, elders or bishops (see, e.g., Acts 20, verse 17 with verse 28, R.V., Phil. 1:1, etc.), are appointed by the Spirit of God to exercise oversight and to take care of it (I Tim. 3:5). They are the Lord's servants, answerable to Him for the discharge of their functions in tending the flock under their car

Christian Palestinianism??

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  CHRISTIAN PALESTINIANISM GAINS GROUND AMONG EVANGELICALS Dennis Swick (1952-2013) As someone who closely follows the movements of antisemitic, anti-Israel positions in different religious and secular organizations, we have always denounced the execrable antisemitism  that they exude with complete immunity and the complicity of the world in general. Among the names that come to mind are the International Red Cross, Amnesty International, FIFA (yes, the soccer league), the National Council of Churches (NCC), the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and other mission organizations of liberal Christian denominations.     Among the most well-known individuals who adhere to Christian Palestinianism  are  Hank Hanegraaff (CRI), Richard Mouw  (Fuller Seminary), David Neff (Christianity Today), Tony Campolo (EAPE), Richard Stearn (World Vision), Ronald Sider (Evangelicals for Social Action), Gary M. Burge (Wheaton College & Graduate School), Brother Andrew (founder of Open Doors International

¿Cultural Reasons?

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An Anchor for the Soul

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Donald L. Norbie When a ship comes into port it must be kept from drifting. The tides ebb and flow, causing a ship to drift. A storm may drive a ship onto the beach, causing extensive damage. A ship may moor to a pier and be secure. Or the captain may order the anchor lowered to keep the ship from drifting.     Religions emphasize emotion as an indication of spirituality. Then, leaders will seek to whip up emotion. This may be done through ritual, singing, shouting or meditation. At times repetition of a phrase will work up a crowd’s emotions. Even an Islamic crowd can become intensely emotional, shouting the praises of Allah. A man here once said to me, ‘I love to go to that church to get high on Jesus’. But emotions come and go. It is impossible to sustain a ‘high’ indefinitely.     How can one know that he is right with God? How can one be sure of forgiveness and of God’s commitment to him? A Christian who is relying on his emotions for satisfaction and security may ha

A Holy Man of God

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   by Donald Norbie After a meeting in Korea, a woman said to me, ‘You are a holy man, a man of God’. I felt embarrassed, humbled, and speechless. Me? A holy man? A man of God? But should we not all be holy men and women, men and women of God? What does it mean to be holy, a man or woman of God? When the tabernacle was completed there were ceremonies to consecrate it to the service of God, with all of its furniture and vessels. There was also a solemn service to consecrate the priests to their holy work. ‘And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy’, Ex. 40. 9. The priests had been consecrated previously. ‘And this what you shall do to them to hallow them for ministering to Me as priests’, Ex. 29. 1. Aaron and his sons became holy men, set apart to serve God as priests. Who are the priests today, hallowed for ministry to God? Peter emphasizes that all believers

The School of Manners - Rules for Children - 1701

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Yes, that was a long time ago, back when children were taught in the home values like godliness, respect, courtesy, modesty, and integrity. They were required to memorize and recite these 20 precepts, in order to fix them in their minds. We may smile at the language, but it would be well for children - AND adults - to learn them in our day. 1. Fear GOD. 2. Honour the KING. 3. Reverence thy Parents. 4. Submit to thy Superiors. 5. Despise not thy inferiors. 6. Be courteous with thy equals. 7. Pray daily and devoutly. 8. Converse with the Good. 9. Imitate not the wicked. 10. Hearken to instruction. 11. Be desirous of learning. 12. Love the school. 13. Be always cleanly. 14. Study virtue. 15. Provoke nobody. 16. Love thy schoolfellows. 17. Please thy Master. 18. Let not play entice thee. 19. Refrain thy tongue. 20. Covet future Honour which only Virtue and Wisdom can procure. the book is still available from sellers like Amazon and other bookstores: The School of Manners, or Rules for Chil