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Intelligent Design and the Brain by Jim Allen (Blogos)
The August 2007 issue of DISCOVER magazine has an article entitled 10 Unsolved Mysteries of the Brain. It begins by saying: ‘Of all the objects in the universe, the human brain is the most complex. There are as many neurons in the brain as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.’ The Bible says God made us in His image, placing us above all creation and in this way declaring us special (Genesis 9:6). God majestically stretched out the heavens, laid the firm foundations of the earth, and formed the soul of man within man, thus declaring His sovereign rule and dominance over all things (Zechariah 12:1).”
Read more: http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/brain-function.html
The Gospel of Jesus Christ - Answers in Genesis
Answers in Genesis seeks to give glory and honor to God as Creator, and to affirm the truth of the biblical record of the real origin and history of the world and mankind.
Part of this real history is the bad news that the rebellion of the first man, Adam, against God’s command brought death, suffering, and separation from God into this world. We see the results all around us. All of Adam’s descendants are sinful from conception (Psalm 51:5) and have themselves entered into this rebellion (sin). They, therefore, cannot live with a holy God but are condemned to separation from God. The Bible says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” ( Romans 3:23) and that all are therefore subject to “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
But the good news is that God has done something about it. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Read more: http://www.answersingenesis.org/about/good-news
The following is from Proclaiming the Gospel:
A Few Questions for Roman Catholics from the Letter to the Romans
1. Why are you trusting in your works to justify you when Paul says no human will be justified by them (Rom 3:20)? Is it possible you have misunderstood the context of James 2 and instead James is talking about the "kind" of faith that justifies (that which go on to produce works)?
2. Rom 3:23-25 says we "fall short of the glory of God" in our sin and are "justified by His grace as a GIFT" which is "RECEIVED by faith." Why are you, as someone who doesn't meet the mark, trying to earn that which is already free?
3. What is the point of Paul's reference of Abraham in Romans 4? Why did Abraham have no room to boast (Rom 4:2)? What type of person's faith is counted as righteousness (Rom 4:5)?
4. What are we justified by in order to have peace with God (Rom 5:1)? How do we obtain access to God (Rom 5:2)?
5. Many Catholics claim the biblical gospel put forth by Protestants is "easy believism" and is a "convenient" kind of faith. Paul's addresses this misunderstanding in Romans 6. What is Paul's response to his rhetorical questions in Rom 6:1,15?
6. Why do you still believe those who are in Christ must endure Purgatory when Rom 8:1 says there is "NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus?"
7. Why do you believe that a person can be justified, de-justified and rejustified over and over, continually compromising the promise of God when Romans 8:30 is clear that "those who He justified, HE ALSO glorified?" Rom 11:29 goes on to say that "the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."
8. Why are you trusting in your works to contribute to your faith to justify you when Paul says in Romans 11:6 says "but if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace?"
9. What must you do to be saved (Rom 10:9-10)?
Please repent of your works which cannot save you and are an affront on the gospel of grace and turn to God and the finished work of Christ alone.
Rocketown Controversy: Hardcore Satanic Metal at Christian Teen Venue
The following is from October 2009:
Christian club Rocketown plays host to night of ‘satanic’ rock
blog.beliefnet.com – Joanne Brokaw
It opened in downtown Nashville as a nightclub for teens, and now Club Rocketown is hosting a show with satanic mainstream bands on the bill.
Rocketown was founded in 1994 by Michael W. Smith in Franklin, TN and in 2002, found a new home in downtown Nashville. The venue is part nightclub, part coffeehouse, and part activities center, complete with an indoor skate park. Christian bands play music, teens can dance under the disco ball, and there are even weekly Bible studies in the coffeehouse, rounding out the club’s mission: to share “Christ’s love with youth through creative programs and mentoring relationships that are culturally relevant and eternally significant.”
But some fans of the club are questioning why Rocketown is hosting a night of hardcore satanic metal on October 27th, with a line up that includes The Black Dahlia Murder, Toxic Holocaust, Skeltonwitch, and Trap Them.
Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2009/10/christian-club-rocketown-plays.html
The Covenant Love of God (Hosea 1 - 2:1)
In this modern day telling of the book of Hosea, Hosea has entered into a covenant with Gomer just as God has entered into a covenant with his people, us. We have not merely broken God's law; we have broken God's heart. We have grieved him. Despite all our spiritual adultery, we cannot exhaust the love of God and we deserve to be shown "No Mercy" and called "Not My People", but because Jesus was shown no mercy and was forsaken by the Father, we can rest secure in God's love for us. There is nothing in us that can evoke the love of God, and there is nothing in us that can exhaust the love of God.
The Tough Love of God (Hosea 2:1-13)
In this modern day telling of the book of Hosea, Hosea has entered into a covenant with Gomer just as God has entered into a covenant with us, his people. We are adulterers, running to other lovers. God allows us to chase the wind, however, he does not walk away from us. He does not abandon us. He is ready to welcome us home. There is nothing in us that can evoke the love of God, and there is nothing in us that can exhaust the love of God. He will wait for us to return.
The Tender Love of God (Hosea 2:14-23)
Hosea shows tender love to his adulterous wife. Amidst her wayward heart he awaits for Gomer to return, alluring her back to himself, and speaking tenderly. It is almost scandalous how much God continues to love us despite our adultery. He does not abandon us, he puts his arms around us, and longs for us to come home. Will we allow him to forgive us when we've strayed?
The Redeeming Love of God (Hosea 3)
Gomer is wrapped up in the depth of her brokenness, and Hosea knows what it will take to get her back. Redemptive Love goes in eyes open, knowing everything. God does not redeem us based on goodness, but in spite of our badness. He knows the worst about us, but redeems us anyways. He offers us our ring back, beckoning us to come to back to him. Will we accept it?
The Love of God: Our Response (Hosea 6)
Gomer is battling her past while all the while Hosea beacons her home. The regret of her past haunts her and the choice sits in front of her. Hosea knows exactly where she's been and what she's done, and still he wants her heart. Often times the fear of acknowledging the depth of our brokenness keeps us from repentance. However, God sit's across from us as if saying, "I know where you've been, I know what you've done. Come to me". God is offering us a covenant, a ring to slip on our finger. He knows your story, he walked with you thru it, and still he wants you. Will we accept it?
The Relentless Love of God (Hosea 14)
Finally Gomer has returned to Hosea. Sliding the ring back on her finger she has accepted his invitation to come back home and live back in the covenant she has made with him. Even though Hosea's love is unfailing for Gomer he can not save her from the consequences she must experience for the sin she has lived in. In-spite of all this, his love is relentless. He loves her, holds her and will not walk away from her. Thinking of this story in modern day human terms it is a very difficult story to embrace. Would we really ever be able to forgive someone who has caused that much hurt to themselves and to us? But God's love is beyond human love. It is relentless. God does not love us because of who we are or what we do, he loves us in-spite of it. One of the hardest parts of coming to God is accepting that his love covers all the brokenness we bring.
Amazing Love: Trailer
Teenagers Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy embark on a weekend camping trip led by their church youth group leader Stuart (Sean Astin) and his wife Beth (Erin Bethea). Joining them is teen outsider Ashley, who is materialistic and self-involved, and whose bad attitude separates her from the rest of the group. When a confrontation occurs between Ashley and Carrie, this division widens. Hoping for a resolution, Stuart takes the opportunity to share with the group the touching story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea and his example of true commitment and unconditional love. Is this powerful story enough to inspire the teens to open their hearts to such an amazing love?
The following is from GotQuestions.org:
"I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?"
First, please understand that we intend no offense in the wording of this question. We genuinely receive questions, from Catholics, along the lines of “What is the difference between Catholics and Christians?” In face-to-face conversations with Catholics, we have literally heard, “I am not a Christian, I am Catholic.” To many Catholics, the terms “Christian” and “Protestant” are synonymous. With all that said, the intent of this article is that Catholics would study what the Bible says about being a Christian and would perhaps consider that the Catholic faith is not the best representation of what the Bible describes. As a background, please read our article on “What is a Christian?”
A key distinction between Catholics and Christians is the view of the Bible. Catholics view the Bible as having equal authority with the Church and tradition. Christians view the Bible as the supreme authority for faith and practice. The question is, how does the Bible present itself? Second Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This text tells us that Scripture is not “just the beginning,” or “just the basics,” or the “foundation for a more complete church tradition.” On the contrary, Scripture is perfectly and fully sufficient for everything in the Christian life. Scripture can teach us, rebuke us, correct us, train us, and equip us. “Bible Christians” do not deny the value of church tradition. Rather, Christians uphold that for a church tradition to be valid, it must be based on the clear teaching of Scripture and must be in full agreement with Scripture. Catholic friend, study the Word of God for yourself. In God’s Word you will find God’s description of, and intention for, His Church. Second Timothy 2:15 declares, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
READ MORE: http://www.gotquestions.org/Catholic-Christian.html
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