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Some Things Said… (Feb 05) (2)

Abuse Victim Tells Her Story at National Press Club Speaking at a recent press conference at the National Press Club in Washington , DC , a member of an underground house church in China told about her experiences of torture, abuse, and arbitrary imprisonment by Chinese police. According to a news release from the China Aid Association, Ms. Liu Xianzhi, 34, a member of the South China Church , escaped from China last month after serving her sentence in a…

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What is a Church? (5)

I had not intended an exhaustive study when I started this, but to this point that is what has resulted. The plan from this point - as the series is moving into passages where the general topic is the church and its particulars, the readings will become more extended; and as such I will likely forego printing the longer readings in the body, relying instead upon your interest to pursue them on your own. But I will stay with the…

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Proving the Bible to be God’s Word (2)

Some think the Bible must be used to prove its claims of inspiration. Critics argue that Christians claim the Bible is inspired and then prove it by quoting the Bible. But the Bible can be proved to inspired of God without quoting passages that claim its inspiration. Instead of assuming the Bible to be the word of God, we can begin by demonstrating that the scriptures are reliable and trustworthy historical documents. In a previous article, I pointed out that…

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The Bible is Historically Reliable

Is the Bible we have in our hands historically reliable? Frequently the charge is made that we cannot trust the Bible we hold in our hands today because it was written 2000 years ago. Further, they charge that over the last 2000 years, thousands of errors and discrepancies have found their way into the Bible. Therefore, we cannot know if what we are reading are the actual words of the apostles from the first century. This lesson will address these…

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Proving the Bible to be God’s Word (1)

The Bible declares itself to be the very words of God. This makes the Bible very unique. Other documents shy away from making such a declaration because if the document contains the words of God, then those words must be flawless. As humans, we know we make mistakes and do not want to make a claim that one can go through our writings with a fine-toothed comb and not find an error or problem. Yet that is exactly what the…

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Some Things Said… (Feb 05)

Women's magazine offers tips to feminine terrorists "ROME -- Al Qaeda has introduced an online womens magazine with articles including dietary advice for suicide bombers and tips on how to "dominate the passions before blowing yourself up, according to Italy s SISDE secret service. "SISDE analysts disclosed the existence of Al Khansa, the unusual monthly Internet publication for female militants that is hosted by several Islamist Web sites, in the Italian spy services quarterly review Gnosis. "Khansa is a popular…

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God’s Method of Biblical Inspiration

Before we can discuss the inspiration of the scriptures, we must begin by defining inspiration. In todays language, inspiration refers to anything that lifts the spirit. Therefore, we speak of paintings that are inspirational. We talk about football players inspiring their team to victory. When speaking in these terms, many people admit the Bible to be "inspirational." However, this is not what the Bible means when it speaks of inspiration. The word "inspiration" literally means "the breath of God." Therefore,…

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What is a Church? (4)

Were about to enter the hazy area in examinations of this type where we cannot see far enough ahead into all the information needed to identify particulars because some of what we require is not yet in sight and revealed in this type of chronological study. So in this look at where and how the words church or assembly are used in the NT, we are about to find that not everything we need may be within easy reach using…

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God’s Revelation To Humans (2)

God has revealed his existence in the creation. By looking at the complexity and power found in this universe, we are to seek after God. But the general revelation of God through creation does not inform us as to what we are to do to be pleasing to God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your…

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God’s Revelation To Humans (1)

"I dont believe in any religion. Its all made up. Religion is an organized thing by human beings to convince other people to follow a way of speaking to God. I think Gods in everybody, and you have to be in touch with yourself and your god within you." (Mark Burnett, television producer of Survivor and The Apprentice). This has been the conclusion of some people: there is no God but God is simply a fixture of mans imagination. How…

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