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Man Behind ‘Tips for Jesus’ Says It’s Not about Jesus

By Editor (Religion Today) The man behind “tips for Jesus” has finally broken his silence by speaking with San Francisco Magazine, though not without adding to the confusion. While his Instagram account claims he is “doing the Lord’s work,” the anonymous man responsible for this largesse phenomenon says his actions are “agnostic.” The large tipper—suspected to be Jack Selby, former vice president of PayPal—has become famous for leaving his calling card on restaurant receipts, along with thousands of dollars in gratuities for surprised servers. Speaking on the condition of not having his name released, the large tipper explained his reasoning for beginning the campaign: Continue Reading >> …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Christian Missionary Arrested in North Korea Over Gospel Literature

An Australian Christian missionary was arrested this past Sunday by North Korean authorities for distributing Gospel literature. John Short, 75, who has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years, was arrested in his Pyongyang hotel, a day after arriving in the North Korean capital. “ was carrying Korean literature on his person and that could be the reason, but I don’t know,” John’s wife Karen told The Associated Press in an early interview. According to later reports, Short’s travel partner Wang Chong stated that Short left Gospel literature in a Buddhist temple during a tour. Authorities had been later notified by the local tour company Short was traveling with since the action breaches North Korean laws of spreading religious materials. Mrs. Short said the trip was her husband’s second to North Korea. “He won’t be intimidated by the Communists,” she said in an interview with Reuters. Karen stated that her husband has been open with North Korean officials about his faith and even read his Bible in front of government guides during his first trip to the Communist country. “I know he’s courageous and he’s in God’s hands,” his wife said. “There’s risk involved. He knew that too, but when you know what you must do, …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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The Fourteenth Chapter: Avoiding Rash Judgment

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Fourteenth Chapter: Avoiding Rash Judgment TURN your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins; whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always profitable. We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost. If God were the sole object of our desire, we should not be disturbed so easily by opposition to our opinions. But often something lurks within or happens from without to draw us along with it. Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace of mind when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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Week 6, One Year Bible Challenge: “Blood”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (1890), by Heinrich Hofmann This week’s reading February 5-111Exodus 21:22-33:23Matthew 24:1-27:14Psalm 29:1-33:11Proverbs 7:6-8:36 Next Week’s Reading February 12-18Exodus 34:1–Leviticus 7:27Matthew 27:15–Mark 3:30Psalm 33:12-37:11Proverbs 9:1-10:4 Discussion Questions:Old Testament Exodus 24:8 refers to the “blood of the covenant.” Is this the same blood and same covenant referred to by Christ in Matthew 26:28? What was the purpose of the blood sacrifices in Exodus 29? Why don’t Jews or Christians still sacrifice animals on an altar? New Testament Why does Christ refer to wine as “my blood of the new testament?” Matthew 26:28. Why did Judas kiss Jesus when he betrayed him? Matthew 26:48-49. Both Judas and Peter denied Christ. How and why did the result of their sins differ so …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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The Thirteenth Chapter: Resisting Temptation

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Thirteenth Chapter: Resisting Temptation SO LONG as we live in this world we cannot escape suffering and temptation. Whence it is written in Job: “The life of man upon earth is a warfare.” Everyone, therefore, must guard against temptation and must watch in prayer lest the devil, who never sleeps but goes about seeking whom he may devour, find occasion to deceive him. No one is so perfect or so holy but he is sometimes tempted; man cannot be altogether free from temptation. Yet temptations, though troublesome and severe, are often useful to a man, for in them he is humbled, purified, and instructed. The saints all passed through many temptations and trials to profit by them, while those who could not resist became reprobate and fell away. There is no state so …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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The Twelfth Chapter: The Value of Adversity

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Twelfth Chapter: The Value of Adversity IT IS good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men. When a man of good will is afflicted, tempted, and tormented by evil thoughts, he realizes clearly that his greatest need is …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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Week 5, One Year Bible Challenge: “Life’s not fair”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study Let the children come to me, by Vogelstein, Vogel Von (1788-1868) This week’s reading January 29 to February 41Exodus 8:1-21:21Matthew 19:13-23:39Psalm 24:1-28:9Proverbs 6:1-7:5 Next Week’s Reading Exodus 21:22-33:23Matthew 24:1-27:14Psalm 29:1-33:11Proverbs 7:6-8:36 Discussion Questions: Old Testament God specified the Passover meal be eaten in one house (the food could not be carried outside), and that no bone of the passover lamb could be broken. Is there any significance to these instructions? Exodus 12:46. What is a “hardened heart?” And why did Pharaoh have one? Exodus 14:1-4. Why does God single out the seven sins named in Proverbs 6:16-19? New Testament Is it “fair” for the man who worked a full day to receive only a day’s wage, when that’s the same pay received by the worker who worked only a short time at the very end of the day? <a target=_blank href="http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?go=Go&q=Matthew+20%3A1-16" title="ESV Matthew 20:1-16" …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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The Eleventh Chapter: Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfection

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Eleventh Chapter: Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfection WE SHOULD enjoy much peace if we did not concern ourselves with what others say and do, for these are no concern of ours. How can a man who meddles in affairs not his own, who seeks strange distractions, and who is little or seldom inwardly recollected, live long in peace? Blessed are the simple of heart for they shall enjoy peace in abundance. Why were some of the saints so perfect and so given to contemplation? Because they tried to mortify entirely in themselves all earthly desires, and thus they were able to attach themselves to God with all their heart and freely to concentrate their innermost thoughts. We are too occupied with our own whims and fancies, too taken up with passing things. Rarely do we completely conquer even one vice, and we are not inflamed with the desire to improve ourselves day by …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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The Tenth Chapter: Avoiding Idle Talk

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK ONE: THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOULThe Tenth Chapter: Avoiding Idle Talk SHUN the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity. Many a time I wish that I had held my peace and had not associated with men. Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience? We do so because we seek comfort from one another’s conversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diverse thoughts. Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely. But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine …read more Source: Imitate Christ...
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Week 4, One Year Bible Challenge: “God can use EVEN YOU!”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study Baby Moses rescued from the Nile (1638), by Nicolas Poussin This week’s reading January 22-281Genesis 44:1–Exodus 7:25Matthew 14:13-19:12Psalm 18:37-23:6Proverbs 4:11-5:23Next Week’s Reading January 29 to February 4 Exodus 8:1-21:21Matthew 19:13-23:39Psalm 24:1-28:9Proverbs 6:1-7:5 Discussion Questions:Old Testament (Exodus 6:29-30) God assured Moses He would give him the words to say. (Exodus 7:3) Why did God permit Pharaoh’s stubbornness and obstinacy to remain? Did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? Why? (Exodus 7:4-5) How is God’s name exalted both in those that are saved and in those that perish. What methods does God use in doing this? (Exodus 7:7) Is it fair to say that God uses senior citizens? (Exodus 7:11) How were the magicians able to copy the miracle provided by God? Was there any difference between the magicians’ tricks and God’s miracles? New Testament How are we …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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Week 3, One Year Bible Challenge: “Brotherly Love”

By Tom Truex Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, by Guido Reni, circa 1630 This week’s reading January 15-211Genesis 31:17-43:34Matthew 10:24-14:12Psalm 13:1-18:36Proverbs 3:16-4:10 Next Week’s Reading January 22-28Genesis 44:1–Exodus 7:25Matthew 14:13-19:12Psalm 18:37-23:6Proverbs 4:11-5:23 Discussion Questions:Old Testament Chapter 34 of Genesis tells the story of how Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, was “defiled,” and how her brothers responded. Did the punishment fit the crime? What is so special about the “coat of many colors?” How did the relationship between Joseph and his brothers progress? New Testament John, the “Baptist” sent two men to ask if Jesus was truly the Messiah. What are we to make of Jesus’ answer? Matthew 11-1-4 Does Jesus refuse to acknowledge his “true” family in Matthew 12:46-50? FOOTNOTE: If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” you should read the daily materials as set out in “The One Year Bible.” The verses listed on …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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Week 2, One Year Bible Challenge: “Fire and Brimstone”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Group John Martin, Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, (1852) This week’s reading (January 8-14) WEEK 02Genesis 18:16-31:16Matthew 6:25-10:23Psalm 8:1-12:8Proverbs 2:6-13:15Next Week’s Reading (January 15-21) WEEK 03Genesis 31:17-43:34Matthew 10:24-14:12Psalm 13:1-18:36Proverbs 3:16-4:10 Discussion Questions: Old Testament Who was Eliezer (see Genesis Chapter 24), and in what way did he exhibit the traits of a “true servant?” Why doesn’t the Bible openly condemn Lot and his daughters for their behavior? Genesis 19:30-38. Why did Jacob have to work to pay for his wife? Genesis 29:16-28 New Testament Why did Jesus tell the paralysed man that his sins were forgiven? Matthew 9:2 Jesus sent his twelve disciples to the Jews to preach, heal, and cast out demons. Why did he instruct them, “Whoever doesn’t receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet?” <a target=_blank href="http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?go=Go&q=Matthew+10%3A5-14" title="ESV Matthew …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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Week 1, One Year Bible Challenge: “Dominion”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study This week’s reading January 1-71 Detail from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 Genesis 1:1-18:15Matthew 1:1-6:24Psalm 1:1-7:17Proverbs 1:1-2:5 Next Week’s Reading January 8-14Genesis 18:16-31:16Matthew 6:25-10:23Psalm 8:1-12:8Proverbs 2:6-13:15 Discussion Questions:Old Testament What was the sin(s) that Adam and Eve committed? God gave man “Dominion” in Genesis, ch. 1. Does “Dominion” include the right to use animals for food? How are we to “subdue” the earth (Gen. 1:28)? God gave mankind dominion BEFORE they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Was dominion taken from mankind AFTER the fall? New Testament When the Devil offered to give Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory,” was he bluffing? That is, did the Devil have the power to deliver such a gift? Matthew 4:8-9 The Devil likes to quote scripture. How accurate is the Devil? See <a target=_blank href="http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?go=Go&q=Matthew+4" title="ESV Matthew …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)...
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Religious Liberty for All: My Article at RNS

By Ed Stetzer How should Christians think about religious liberty? I wrote about it yesterday for Religion News Service. In July of 2015, LifeWay Research published data showing how Americans think of America’s religious landscape. Sixty-nine percent of Americans said that “America is a nation of many religions,” and nineteen percent said America is a “Christian nation.” The same survey provided some encouraging data regarding the most basic religious freedoms. Ninety-five percent of Americans believe Americans should have the “freedom to worship with those who share your faith,” and the “freedom to choose your religious beliefs.” However, one final statistic showed the disparity between how Americans see differences between individual faith and the outflow of that faith into other areas of life. Seventy-eight percent of Americans believe you have the “freedom to run your business in accordance with your religious beliefs,” which is high, but significantly lower than the two most basic freedoms mentioned above. The fact is, religious freedom, and even how it is define, will be an issue for decades to come. And, it’s a multifaceted issue. This year has been filled with stories about religious liberty, including: Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (add link to new story) The Kentucky Clerk who refused to …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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