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Four Reasons the Church Won’t Go Through the Tribulation

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Eschatology | 0 comments

by Ernest Lockngenu – The Tribulation refers to the future seven – year period which the Apostle John describes in the book of Revelation 6-9. It is a period during which God will judge both the unbelieving world and His disobedient people, Israel. It will be a time of such trouble that the world has never experienced. Of this time and its trouble the Lord says that such “has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor will ever shall” (Matt. 24.21). In relation to the Church of Christ, there is a question that has been at the center of many debates: Will the Church go through Tribulation? For centuries now, the Church has been looking forward, watching and waiting for this blessed moment referred to as the “rapture”. At that moment, when the “dead in Christ” will rise at the sound of the trumpet and instantly receive glorified bodies while, the believers who are still alive will receive the same type of body and they will all be “caught up together” in the clouds to meet with the Lord in the air and be with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4.13-17). The Apostles and the Church Fathers have always viewed this event as imminent – that is, they believed it could happen...

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God’s Purpose for One Man’s Blindness

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Featured | 2 comments

by Cory Marsh – An Exegetical Case Study in John 9 Concerning God’s use of Physical Handicaps   Introduction When it comes to theological interrogations, Jesus will not backed in a corner. This is true whether the questioners are antagonists (Matt 22:23-40), or His own disciples as in John 9:2: “And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (ESV). Rather than choosing between personal or genetic sin, Jesus presents a third option in v.3 concerning the man τυφλὸν ἐκ γενετῆς (blind from birth, v.1): that God’s power in Christ be shown in him. This miracle was then accomplished when Jesus re-created the man’s eyes (vv.6-7) and thus demonstrated in tangible form that He, in fact is, the very “Light of the world” (8:1;9:5). Yet it is this particular episode that marks what some consider to be an exegetical and theological problem. Specifically, with Jesus’ (via John’s) use of the adversative conjunction, ἀλλ᾽ (but), the traditional punctuation of vv.3–4 are called into question. Basically, the question asked is: when should verse 3 end and verse 4 begin? Or, more technically, should vv. 3-4 be repunctuated as to make v. 3 a single clause, with the remaining clauses continuing in v. 4 after being initiated by...

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How Lovely Are Your Dwelling Places, O Lord: A Song of Solace, Comfort, and Beauty

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Grace, Salvation | 1 comment

by Arnfield P. Cudal   – We live in perilous times. Our generation has witnessed a world that has become increasingly dangerous and uncertain. As Christians are being persecuted and killed in greater numbers than at any other time in history, our hearts wax in grief and sorrow. As we witness the decline in our nation’s morality and testimony, our hearts wane at the rampant evil, degradation, and ugliness that bombard and surround us.   Just as the Psalmist pined,...

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Does the Church Worship on the Sabbath Day?

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 in Christian Freedom, Featured, Grace | 3 comments

by George Gunn – A key distinction between Israel and the Church involves Sabbath observance. Neglect in distinguishing between Israel and the Church has caused great confusion over the significance of the Sabbath. Traditional supersessionist thinking has caused many Christians view Sunday as the “Christian Sabbath,” and that by going to church on Sunday, one is obeying the Third Commandment (as, for example, the Westminster Confession of Faith, ch. XXI). Others, taking a more literal interpretation of the Sabbath...

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An Alternative to the Vanity of Life

Posted on May 25, 2015 in Featured, Grace, Manhood, Spiritual Formation | 1 comment

by Cory Marsh – The philosophical and theological masterpiece called Ecclesiastes is framed by the superlative construct “Vanity of vanities” (Eccl 1:2; Eccl 12:8). In the midst of this inclusio, out of his personal experience, Solomon provides ample reasons why he thought “all of life is vanity.” This declaration is the result of Solomon exploring such life-topics as pleasure and work (Eccl 2:1-11), wealth (2:18-26), friendship (Eccl 4:7-16), religion (5:1-6:9), and even wisdom itself (2:12-27). All of these are...

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Does 1 John 1:9 Affirm that Believers Should Confess Their Sins?

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Featured, Forgiveness, Grace | 1 comment

by Roger Fankhauser [1] – First John 1:9 makes a very clear statement, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” However, not all agree on who “we” identifies. Some take it as believers only, some take it as a “collective we” so it includes all people, and some take it as a reference to unbelievers. The first approach takes the passage as a sanctification issue...

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Persecuted Christians and the Psalms: Lessons We Can Learn

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Featured, Grace, Hope, Music, Persecution | 1 comment

by Arnfield Cudal   – (Kamran is a Pakistani pastor who I met in Thailand. This is his story.)   I am Kamran from Kasur, Pakistan. I was born into a Christian family and at age fifteen I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Pakistan is an Islamic country and ever since childhood, I felt a vast difference between Islam and Christianity. Here the Muslim majority frequently harasses Christians, but we’ve learned to live under this oppression and...

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Thinking About He That is Spiritual, Part 1

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Books/Reviews, Featured, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – Most people, if they know anything at all about Dispensationalism, believe that it really only affects the area of end-times prophecy, and certain books of the Bible such as Daniel and Revelation.  However, it is not possible for this to be the case since each individual area of theology is inextricably connected to and intertwined with each of the other divisions of Biblical Theology, and its systematized cousin, Systematic Theology.  If that is true, as...

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Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom: The Great Puzzle

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Featured, Philosophy, Theology | 0 comments

by David Gunn – The relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility (or free moral agency) has long been a fixation for me. At one time I held to a strongly Calvinistic position complete with meticulous predestination. During the course of my studies I’ve adjusted my perspective numerous times; these days I hold to a basically Chaferian soteriology and lean tentatively toward a general sovereignty model.[1] I think these approaches come closest to capturing and synthesizing what the Bible...

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