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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Celebrating Life, A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving part1

Celebrating life! A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving (Part 1)
Janice S Ramkissoon
01st November 2011.

Our family is in mourning. As you read this article, you too may be experiencing grief similar to the various members of my family today. In our circle, some are grieving the loss of loved ones; others are watching their dearly beloved deteriorating. Throughout the month of October there are usually two things on my mind, ‘the death of my maternal grandmother’ in conjunction with ‘cancer awareness’ and as November approaches I think of my maternal grandfather who would have been celebrating his birthday if he was still with us—he died of a heart attack.
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Stumble Not Over Christ

“Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Luke 7:22-23 NIV

What does it mean not to stumble on account of Christ? I believe this to mean that this is one who does not take offence in Christ.

Why would one take offense in Christ?

Some would do so as they do not totally believe He is who He says He is. They might believe He was a good man, and maybe even a prophet. Yet, they do not believe He is the Son of God, sent to us to save us from our sinful nature and eternal destruction.

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