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Are you a Follower, or just a Fan?

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman

“In case someone left it out or forgot to mention it when they explained what it meant to be a Christian, let me be clear: There is no forgiveness without repentance. There is no salvation without surrender. There is no life without death. There is no believing without committing.”

NotaFanIf you have a Facebook account, are you one of those people who has chosen to “Like” God or Jesus? Kyle Idleman’s purpose for the book Not a Fan is to challenge readers, particularly professing Christians, to seriously evaluate their relationship with Jesus Christ. His desire is to see those with merely an admiration or knowledge of Jesus to take their relationship with Him “to the next level,” to move from being merely fans of Jesus to dedicated followers, whatever the cost. Continue reading

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4 WAYS TO REACH A CHILD’S HEART

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I haven’t had time to put anything together in honor of Father’s Day, but when I read this article I thought it would be appropriate to share it with my readers. I strongly agree with Richard’s recommendations and the order in which he prioritizes these four areas. My husband and I implemented all of these with our children, admittedly some more successfully and consistently than others. No matter how parents may strive to do all of this, and more, for and with their children, of course we know there are no guarantees with regard to how our children will become as adults. But we must always remind ourselves that, at the end of the day, at the end of our lives, ultimately our children are in our heavenly Father’s hands. Sure, I long for my children to one day “rise up and call me blessed,” like the Proverbs 31 woman. But more importantly, I await the day when my Father will say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Originally posted on The Log College:

LIGONIER MINISTRIES
FROM Richard Phillips Jun 17, 2015
Not just any fatherly involvement can reach the hearts of our children. To really open up a child’s heart, a father must observe the work-and-keep model of Genesis 2:15. There must be the working—as a father nurtures and cultivates the soil of a child’s heart. And there must be the keeping—the correction that, as we will see in the following chapter, is to be exercised in a relationship of joy and love.

I am constantly amazed at the number of people who assure me that their fathers hardly ever praised them, but constantly criticized and berated. I meet people all the time who tell me that their fathers beat into their heads that they were losers who would never succeed. I can scarcely imagine what that is like. There is only so much a pastor can do to remedy such an upbringing…

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An Atheist’s Investigation of Christianity

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

CaseforChristIf my conclusion in the case for Christ is correct, your future and eternity hinge on how you respond to Christ. As Jesus declared, ‘If you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins’ (John 8:24). Those are sober words…I cite them to underline the magnitude of this matter and in the hope that they will spur you to actively and thoroughly examine the case for Christ.


Earlier this year, a reader responded to my review of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by making a comment that began a dialogue between him, me and a couple of others. He explained that he had once been a Christian who loved Jesus and the Bible. But after being challenged to examine his beliefs, he discovered his faith was unfounded. He said,

I slowly came to realize that there is zero verifiable evidence for the Resurrection, and the Bible is not a reliable document. After four months of desperate attempts to save my faith, I came to the sad conclusion that my faith was based on an ancient superstition; a superstition not based on lies, but based on the sincere but false beliefs of uneducated, superstitious, first century peasants.

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Black & White & Red All Over: Lessons from The Scarlet Letter

Scarlet LetterThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“He to whom only the outward and physical evil is laid open, knoweth, oftentimes, but half the evil which he is called upon to cure. A bodily disease, which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.”


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a classic work of American literature and undoubtedly the author’s best-known book. It appears on many high school reading lists, and unfortunately many students seem to find it dreary and boring, but I feel it’s one that every student and Christian should familiarize themselves with, as it’s a valuable and memorable story that teaches much about human nature and the consequences of sin.

Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter in 1850 and takes 40 pages of introductory material to provide the setting and background for the story, which takes place in Boston 200 years earlier. Continue reading

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20 Years Later: Left Behind Leftovers

Left_Behind“The only Bible verse Rayford could quote by heart was Genesis 1:1: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ He hoped there’d be some corresponding verse at the end of the Bible that said something like, ‘In the end God took all his people to heaven and gave everybody else one more chance.’ But no such luck.”



Last fall I did a series of reviews I entitled, “Books every Christian would be better off NOT reading.” For the most part, I didn’t write full reviews of these books because most of them I haven’t read, nor, to be honest, do I intend to. My observations and warnings were based on excerpts and other reviews I’ve read. The first book I discussed in that series was Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Well, here it is, 20 years after Left Behind was published and my curiosity finally got the better of me; I actually read the first book, and now I have some of my own observations and concerns to point out. Continue reading

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Crucifixion and Resurrection

From The Valley of Vision

Empty TombO LORD,
I marvel that thou shouldst become incarnate,
+be crucified, dead, and buried.
The sepulchre calls forth my adoring wonder,
+for it is empty and thou art risen;
+the four-fold gospel attests it,
+the living witnesses prove it,
+my heart’s experience knows it.
Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life,
+for I wish to be as dead and buried
+to sin, to selfishness, to the world;
+that I might not hear the voice of the charmer,
+and might be delivered from his lusts.
O Lord, there is much ill about me — crucify it,
+much flesh within me — mortify it.
Purge me from selfishness,
+the fear of man, the love of approbation,
+the shame of being thought old-fashioned,
+the desire to be cultivated or modern.
Let me reckon my old life dead
+because of crucifixion,
+and never feed it as a living thing.
Grant me to stand with my dying Saviour,
+to be content to be rejected,
+to be willing to take up unpopular truths,
+and to hold fast despised teachings until death.
Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.
Never let me wander from the path of obedience to thy will.
Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
Give me courage for all the trials,
+and grace for all the joys.
Help me to be a holy, happy person,
+free from every wrong desire,
+from everything contrary to thy mind.
Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:
+may it rule me,
+may I walk in its power,
+and be strengthened through its influence.

The Valley of Vision is published by Banner of Truth.

May you know the blessed truth and experience the reality of Christ’s resurrection this Easter and throughout the year!



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