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The Church

A Memorial of the Victory of God

Today, I read the fol­low­ing from T. Austin Sparks in the book The Cen­tral­i­ty and Suprema­cy of the Lord Jesus Christ: “We must see that the Body of Christ rep­re­sents a tremen­dous vic­to­ry. That Body comes out of His res­ur­rec­tion, or with His res­ur­rec­tion, and the pre-emi­­nent exam­ple of the exer­cise of Divine pow­er in […]

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Christianity The Church

The Testimony of a Quiet Life

Amongst the incred­i­ble empha­sis on evan­ge­lism and mis­sions that is nor­mal­ly tout­ed in evan­gel­i­cal chris­tian­i­ty, it’s inter­est­ing to run across pas­sages of scrip­ture such as 1 Tim­o­thy 2:1–4: (empha­sis mine) 1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, peti­tions and thanks­giv­ings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and […]

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Christianity The Church

Don’t Start a Christian Community

God is love.” If you’re a Chris­t­ian, you believe that state­ment. It’s a beau­ti­ful truth, one that’s cap­tured all of us. It’s a deep real­i­ty that con­veys immense mean­ing and hope to those that fol­low God. We’ve fall­en in love with Him because He first loved us. But that phrase, “God is love,” is also […]

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Christianity The Church

A Gospel for the Middle

The fol­low­ing exer­cise is from the syn­chroblog at http://frankviola.org/2012/07/09/gospelforthemiddle Field­ing Mel­ish and his wife Feli­cia have two chil­dren, ages 10 and 6. They live in a very remote part of Maine, USA. They are sur­round­ed by extend­ed fam­i­ly, none of whom are Chris­tians. The near­est church­es are one hour away, and by all evan­gel­i­cal stan­dards, none […]