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Weekly Witness 10-21-21: Where are the apostles and prophets?

I’ve said in previous columns that today’s church is not operating at full potential because it ignores three or four of the five gifts Jesus gave for vision, order and growth. Many churches consistently recognize a pastoral or teaching office, and make room for the evangelist once or twice a year for a week of revival. But where are the apostles and prophets?
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You Are and Will Be Justified

If you are in Christ, you have been justified — eternally, irreversibly, gloriously. God has spoken his everlasting sentence over your soul. Through faith alone (Romans 5:1), on the basis of the death and life of Jesus Christ alone (Romans 5:9), you are not guilty, but righteous; not hell-bound, but heaven-bound; not condemned, but justified. You need no longer wonder what judgment day holds. Though men, devils, and a disordered conscience may accuse, there is therefore now no condemnation for you (Romans 8:1). Let your soul sigh with relief: you have been justified.
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A Gospel Witness Requires Your Words

There is a quote—often attributed to Francis of Assisi, a 13th-century monk—which you have likely heard over the years: “Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words.”. I understand what Francis was saying (if, indeed, he said it). His desire was to see Christians live in such a way...
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A fully loved member of the family, instantly

This past year has been a real life-changing season for me. No, I’m not talking about medical issues, I’m talking about turning 50 and becoming a grandpa. Yes, a “grandpa,” which sounds strange to me in some ways. I’ve viewed my dad as “grandpa” for so long it’s hard to attach the label to myself.

Halloween > Christmas?

Usually we think of Christmas Eve worship services as one of the most attended of the year, but it wasn’t always so. All-Hallows-Eve or Halloween as it is commonly known today used to be one of the most attended worship services of the year. It was (and still is) the evening before All Saints Day, Nov. 1. In fact the reformer Martin Luther is thought to have posted the 95 Theses on Oct. 31, 1517, sparking the reformation of the Christian church. Imagine someone plastering a sign on the entryway to the church building on Christmas Eve. Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses, challenging many of the teachings of the church, on the church building doors for All-Hallows-Eve may have had a similar effect. It was an effective way to get a lot of people’s attention.

Haitian gang demands $17 million for missionaries

“Precious in the sight of the Lᴏʀᴅ is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15). The Haitian gang that kidnapped seventeen missionaries on Saturday is demanding a ransom of $1 million for each person they are holding, for a total of $17 million. A top Haitian official reported the demand and disclosed that among the missionaries are five children—one an eight-month-old baby, and the others three, six, fourteen, and fifteen years old.

Hold Fast to Christ during Seasons of Pain

Over the past decade, my family has experienced a Job Season of Life (pronounced Jobe as in a person, and not job like a career path). From dwindling mental health crises to the surgeries and hospitalizations of my father, this season has been exhausting. Between my siblings' state of affairs or personal struggles, trouble has been in our forecast.

It All Makes Sense Once You Realize They Want to Kill Us

It All Makes Sense Once You Realize They Want to Kill Us. “It is now apparent that these products in the blood stream are toxic to humans. An immediate halt to the vaccination programme is required while an independent safety analysis is undertaken to investigate the full extent of the harms, which the UK Yellow Card data suggest includes thromboembolism, multi-system inflammatory disease, immune suppression, autoimmunity and anaphylaxis, as well as Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE).” Tess Lawrie, Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy.

Bishop Siegel, Archbishop Naumann concelebrate Respect Life Mass

On Oct. 14, Bishop Joseph M. Siegel celebrated the annual Respect Life Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, concelebrated Mass with Bishop Siegel, and he served as homilist. The Diocese of Evansville’s...

Special Events to Celebrate the Inauguration of President Taylor

The Samford University community is uniting to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Beck A. Taylor as the university's 19th president with a variety of upcoming events. Taylor choose Ephesians 3:16-19 as the scriptural theme for inaugural events because the passage underscores love as a core virtue and foundation for the values expressed in Samford’s motto and mission: For God. For Learning. Forever.

The Holy Spirit Witnesses With You

The opening two verses connect the reader to Luke 1:1–4, and just as in Luke, they are addressed to Theophilus. Acts takes up where the gospel of Luke left off, that is, with the resurrection of Jesus. In verses 4–8, Luke records Jesus’ final words to His disciples before He...

SWANSON: What the prophets are saying

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God is Thinking About You

When someone reaches out and lets you know they are thinking about you, it probably brings a smile to your face. Stop and think about your Heavenly Father, the One who made the sun and stars, the earth and moon – who created you – thinking about you!. How precious...

9 Ways Church Leaders Can Better Prioritize Evangelism

Tips for creating a culture of evangelism in your church. I’ve said it before on this site: I’ve never seen an evangelistic church without an evangelistic pastor. If the person preaching the Word every week is not faithfully evangelizing, it’s unlikely the church will do anything different. That fact means that many pastors—if not most—must intentionally prioritize evangelism.