Celebrating Life, A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving part 2

The Luton Gospel Community Choir (LGCC) continues to serve the community here in Bedfordshire (UK) and its surrounding communities, for the past 9 years. They are on the radio; on our television screens; in our local schools and churches; in our local mall…They are actively spreading the good news of the gospel(1).

On Saturday, 29 October 2011, the Choir held their ninth anniversary concert at the Dunstable Conference Centre. It has been receiving very good reports of its impact on the community. It takes hard work and dedication to remain committed to such a cause. Although pictures are posted of smiling faces and videos are shared with voices in harmony, success like this does not come without sweat and tears. Ensuring the work continues to move forward comes with joys and sorrows. It is for this reason I take the time to give God thanks for the work He has done through this team and say a big THANK YOU and WELL DONE!
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Resurrected to a New Life

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. Luke 7:11-17 NIV
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Rise Above the Rut

How many young men have ever asked the question: “Is there something more I could be doing with my life? You say, “I have a good career, a great family, and my spiritual journey is going well, so what do you mean?”

Or, if you are still single or going to college, you might add, “I have goals and I know what I want to do, so what are you talking about?”

If a conservative minded, biblically-focused person entered into this discussion, he might further propel it forward by seeking to follow God’s will for his life.

What am I getting at? My point is this: Each young man has particular spiritual gifts, abilities, talents, and something that makes you, uniquely you. Are you planning your life in accordance with these things, so as to maximize yourself and make your life count to the fullest?
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Disarming Arminian’s Trinity of Proof Text

Scriptures: Matthew 23:37; 1 Timothy 2:4; & 2 Peter 3:9

Introduction:

There are many today who strongly disagree with Calvinism, also identified as the Doctrines of Grace and even more commonly known by the acronym T.U.L.I.P. In most cases, those who oppose Calvinism simply do not have an accurate understanding of what it entails. However, others vehemently reject it and deem it unbiblical; some go so far as to label it a “doctrine of demons” or outright “heresy.” In reality it is the most efficient, thorough, biblically based, systematic theology ever developed. It is unrelentingly Scriptural all throughout.

At the core of the issue is the unwavering dedication Calvinist’s have to the absolute sovereignty of God. Directly connected to God’s sovereignty is the issue of predestination, or election, and it is here where the line in the sand is often drawn.
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Why I’m Not a Calvinist

There are an abundance of scriptures and reasons that lead me to reject Calvinism. One of my main reasons is because it clearly ignores Jesus nature towards the lost and the fact that he told us when we see him we have seen the Fathers nature too.

Many others have been written very lengthy and excellent articles on why they cannot accept Calvinism and these can be found online elsewhere. I just wanted to list a few of the more unique ones that may not be considered as often.

1) For me this one is very simple and very powerful. Jesus said repent or perish. Repent means “change mind”. Right there Jesus is clearly implying they can change their mind and not perish. If they cannot change their mind, this would be a form of deception, a lie by Jesus. The offer to repent and avoid disaster was regularly made by God in the Bible. The ruthless Assyrians, who ISIS has been compared to come to mind in Nineveh. Jonah hated the Assyrians because of what they had done to the Jews. He did not want to preach there because he knew that if they did change their mind, God would not destroy them as was the case in the end. Without a verse that specifically states man cannot change his mind and believe, Calvinists claim it is because the Bible says no one is seeking God. They forget:
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Complacency Versus Contentment

Complacency is the counterfeit of contentment. Its very nature is apathy, and therefore does not care about the will of God. Complacency is apathy in motion, which is an oxymoron. Contentment means satisfaction wherever God has placed someone. Those who are content care very much about the will of God. Therefore, their desire is to be directly in the middle of it. It is the place they are the most content. The complacent simply do not care, nor do they have their ears open to hear the Voice of the Lord. As a result, should the Lord call to them they will not hear, much less listen. When He calls them to another place, they will remain where they are. They are in a slumber and need to be woken up. Those who are content, keep their ears open to hear the next move should the Lord call. Again, they want to remain in they center of His will.
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