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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

VOLUNTARY INERTIA

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by R. E. Harlow VOLUNTARY INERTIA A polite name for laziness.      A preacher once referred to the “idle” shepherds of Zechariah 11:17. He confused this word with “idol” but he had a point. Those who desire to be overseers desire a good work. We should pray for laborers. And the night is coming. There is plenty to do. One’s own family, hospitality to others, teaching the Word, watching over the flock, taking care of the assembly, visitation, praying, counseling, personal Bible study... All honor to elders who make tents and give sacrificially of their time to God and His people. It is hard not to be cynical about couch potatoes. Stewardship of time is a prime responsibility of every child of God. Speaking of time, Einstein may have called it the fourth dimension, but for mortal man it is our only real possession. And it is not limitless. Every April you lose an hour when Daylight Savings Time becomes effective. Do you miss it? It is a valuable commodity. Of course you will get it back

HOW WILL HISTORY JUDGE YOU?

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       Actually it won't! People today freely use the phrases: "on the right side of history," "on the wrong side of history," "the bar of history," and how "history will judge..." this or that person or country. Nelson Mandela is one of those who said, "History will judge us..." But, how can history think? It can't! They mean historians and what they will write. What does it even mean to be on the "right side" or "wrong side" of history? What is the standard used, and who decides or decrees which is which?     Truthfully, the whole concept is fundamentally flawed. History (especially that which is written by humans) does not, will not and cannot judge anyone! There is no "bar of history." It matters little what historians or societies say about people or movements. It has often been observed that history in large part is written by conquerors, and they put things as they wish.     There is also the

THE BLESSINGS OF OLD AGE

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  by John W. Brahmall (1899-2001) This subject may not appeal to some folks, but for those who have reached the sunset days of life, a study of it will prove helpful and encouraging. For others, let me suggest that you try to enter into its message or save it until you find yourself in the classification of “Old Age.” It will come soon enough. There can be nothing more beautiful than the declining days of a believer in the Lord Jesus. The character of an aged believer should be more attractive than ever, and though the light of this earthly life may be fading and the shadows deepening, there should be an increasing mellowness, sweetness , and serenity of spirit. “We all do fade as a leaf,” writes Isaiah (Isa. 64:6); “yet,” another has written, “The leaf is never so beautiful as when it is faded. No artist ever painted a picture so beautiful as the panorama of woodlands transfigured with indescribable mingling of gold, crimson, and saffron, as if a flood of divin

Do We Waste Time?

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Time is a precious, non-renewable resource. Each one of us has a limited supply. It is distributed equally, in the sense that every minute has sixty seconds, every hour has sixty minutes, every day has 24 hours and every week has 7 days. It moves at the same speed for everyone, but some are not aware of its incessant movement.As the saying goes, "Time waits for no one." However, in another sense, we don't all have the same amount of time. Some lives are long, others are cut short. No one knows how many days he will have, thus the importance of using each one wisely. There may not be any "tomorrow."    Henry Twells (1823-1900) wrote: When as a child I laughed and wept, Time crept. When as a youth I waxed more bold, Time strolled . When I became a full grown man, Time RAN. When older still I daily grew, Time FLEW . Soon I shall find, in passing on, Time gone . David wrote: "My times are in thy hand" (Psa. 31:15). God certainly gives each of