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Posted 3/22/12 at 12:00 PM | Book Stop

It Could Happen Tomorrow - A Matter of Common Sense and Logic (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 6)

book cover for It Could Happen Tomorrow by Gary Frazier

There is still one other way we can know with certainty that the Rapture will precede the Tribulation, and it's really a matter of common sense and logic. The Pre-Tribulation view is the only view that allows for the imminent return of Christ. Both the Mid- Tribulation and Post-Tribulation views would make it possible to know exactly when Christ will return. All one would need to do is count either three and a half years, in the case of a Mid-Tribulation Rapture, or seven years in the case of a Post-Tribulation Rapture, from the peace agreement between the Antichrist and Israel, and you would arrive at the date for Christ's return. So what's the problem with knowing the exact timing of Christ's return? The problem is, the Bible tells us that no one knows when Christ will return, not even the angels in heaven. It will be sudden and unexpected by every person on this planet. Consider the following verses and ask yourself why God would tell us to be on guard, always ready and alert, if we could predict when Christ was going to return.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come (Matthew 24:42).

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him (Matthew 24:44). FULL POST

Posted 3/21/12 at 11:46 PM | Book Stop

Made to Crave for Young Women (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 3)

Over the coming days the Book Stop blog will publish excerpts from the book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires With God by Lysa TerKeurst and Shaunti Fledhahn. Thank you to Zondervan for permission to post these book segments. Today's post begins Chapter One.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires With God

When I (Lysa) was a senior in high school, I was invited to a college party. I had a friend who'd graduated the year before me, and she became my favorite person in the world the day she invited me to her sorority party.

Cool doesn't even begin to describe what I felt as I and my pink jelly shoes made our way into that party. (Those were the "it" shoes of the day.) By the end of the night my friend and I were giggling over the attention given to us by two good-looking college boys. As the party died down, they invited us over to their place.

Part of me was so flattered that I wanted to go. A much bigger part of me didn't. I knew it wasn't good to get into a car with guys I didn't know--and I suspected they wanted to do more than just hang out and talk. But plans got made, and before I knew it we were getting into their car and driving away.

I was not a Christian at this point in my life. Not even close. And I certainly can't say I'd ever heard God speak to me, but in the midst of this situation, I did.

"This isn't you, Lysa. You were made for more than this."

Truth. A gift of truth, planted deep within me when God personally knit me together. Untied and presented at just the right time. FULL POST

Posted 3/21/12 at 8:28 AM | Book Stop

It Could Happen Tomorrow - The Difference Between the Rapture and the Second Coming (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 5)

book cover for It Could Happen Tomorrow by Gary Frazier

The first thing we need to understand is the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ. When Christ returns before the Tribulation, He will come to gather the saints, both the living and the dead, and they will join Him in the clouds. All believers will be taken to be with Christ in His Father's house in heaven. However, when Christ returns at the end of the Tribulation, He will come with all power and glory to bind Satan and defeat the wicked nations of the earth, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet. Most importantly, when Christ returns following the Tribulation, the Saints will already be with Him!

Let's look at the difference in Scripture. First Thessalonians 4:16–18 says, "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." Notice that in this verse believers will be caught up in the air and will be taken to be "with" Christ in His Father's house. Now, consider Matthew 24:30–31 which reads, "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." In this verse, when Christ returns to judge the nations after the Tribulation, believers are gathered from one end of the heavens to the other. In other words, when Christ returns to defeat Satan, the Church will already be in heaven. FULL POST

Posted 3/20/12 at 3:03 PM | Book Stop

Made to Crave for Young Women (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 2)

Over the coming days the Book Stop blog will publish excerpts from the book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires With God by Lysa TerKeurst and Shaunti Fledhahn. Thank you to Zondervan for permission to post these book segments. Today's post begins Chapter Two.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires With God

Shaunti and I want to ask you a question: What would it take to make you completely satisfied today? Would it be to have "that" boy ask you out? To be able to afford "that" wardrobe? To win "that" award or get accepted into "that" university? To be "that" size? To be "that" beautiful?

What is your "that"?

Often the script that plays in our head is, "If I had __________, I would be so happy."

Or what about its sister script? The one with the question marks at the end of each sentence and a really slick temptation as "the answer." You know the one I'm talking about"

Am I special? (I sure feel like it when that cute guy in class pays attention ...)
Am I beautiful? (Maybe, if I could just fit into those jeans...)
Does anyone really like or notice me? (I guess so, when a lot of people comment on my Facebook post ..."
Now, what if I assured you that there is a way to know for sure that you are special, beautiful, and noticed -- because the One who created you and knows you better than anyone else has told you that you are? And what if I told you that the belief that anything else will make you truly satisfied is a lie? We looked at this lie in the last chapter. The problem is that it usually doesn't start out feeling like a lie; it might, in fact, give you that satisfied, happy feeling for a while. But the happy feeling will be temporary because the high of getting whatever it is you think you want will be temporary. FULL POST

Posted 3/20/12 at 2:22 PM | Book Stop

It Could Happen Tomorrow - A Biblical View of the Rapture (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 5)

It should be enough that the Bible clearly teaches a Pre- Tribulation Rapture, but for those who need more than the perfect Word of God to convince them, there are a number of historical sources that prove a much earlier belief in the eminent return of Christ and a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, than skeptics would lead us to believe. One of these sources is the Pseudo-Ephraem sermon, written by the Syrian, Ephraem in A.D. 372.* Three historical references state that this sermon was written by Ephraem, and several scholars have concluded that, whether it was written by Ephraem in the fourth century, or later, it was clearly written before the sixth century — over 1,000 years before Darby concluded that a complete Rapture of the Church would occur before the tribulation.

In section 2 of Ephraem's sermon, he wrote of the end times, saying, ". . . and there is no other which remains, except the advent of the wicked one in the completion of the Roman kingdom. Why therefore are we occupied with worldly business, and why is our mind held fixed on the lusts of the world or on the anxieties of the ages? Why therefore do we not reject every care of worldly business, and why is our mind held fixed on the lusts of the world or on the anxieties of the ages? Why therefore do we not reject every care of earthly actions and prepare ourselves for the meeting of the Lord Christ, so that he may draw us from the confusion, which overwhelms all the world?" Later in Section 2 he continues, "For all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins." Obviously, this agrees with the Pre-Tribulation view of the Rapture. We need not concern ourselves with stockpiling food, preparing for war and destruction, or the worries of the world during the end times, because we will be spared God's judgment on the wicked. FULL POST

Posted 3/19/12 at 11:53 PM | Book Stop

Made to Crave for Young Women (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 1)

the book Made to Crave
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires With God

Over the coming days the Book Stop blog will publish excerpts from the book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires With God by Lysa TerKeurst and Shaunti Fledhahn. Thank you to Zondervan for permission to post these book segments. Today's post begins Chapter One.

She Saw No Need for God

Jenny had everything.

Gorgeous hair, flawless skin, and an infectious personality that won her the acceptance of friends and the interest of guys.

Her parents bought her nice clothes, gave her a cute little car, and didn't spare any expense when she threw parties at her house.

And of course, she had a chest that stuck out, a stomach that stayed flat, and long, lean legs.

I (Lysa) would be a fool to even think about liking the same boy as Jenny.

I had frizzy hair, unpredictable skin, and an infected personality where insecurities and a sense of not quite belonging ran deep.

I had to work to pay for my tank of car and my off-brand clothes. I didn't do parties, at least not the kind where the cool people came. Often, it was just me, my friend Stephanie, and a few others, watching a video and pretending we didn't care that we weren't at the party down the street. FULL POST

Posted 3/19/12 at 1:11 PM | Book Stop

It Could Happen Tomorrow - The 15 Differences Between the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 4)

book cover for It Could Happen Tomorrow by Gary Frazier

Rapture/Blessed Hope

  1. Christ comes in the air for His own
  2. Rapture/translation of all Christians
  3. Christians are taken to the Father's house
  4. No judgment on earth at the Rapture
  5. The Church is taken to heaven at Rapture
  6. The Rapture is imminent
  7. No signs for Rapture
  8. For believers only
  9. Time of joy
  10. Comes before the day of wrath
  11. No mention of Satan
  12. The Judgment Seat of Christ
  13. Marriage of the Lamb
  14. Only His own see Him
  15. The Tribulation begins

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Posted 3/19/12 at 12:50 PM | Book Stop

Christian Apologetics Manifesto: Nineteen Theses To Shake the World With the Truth

By Douglas Groothuis

On this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of death will not overcome it—Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:9).

This is a manifesto to ignite the holy fire of apologetic passion and action. As did Jeremiah, we should have "fire in our bones" to communicate and commend Christian truth today (Jeremiah 20:9). This manifesto is not a sustained argument or a detailed development of themes. Rather, as a manifesto, it proclaims a short series of interrelated propositions crying out for both immediate and protracted reflection, prayer, and action. These challenges issue from convictions formed through my nearly thirty years of apologetic teaching, preaching, debating, writing, and Christian witness.

Because of (1) the waning influence of the Christian worldview in public and private life in America today, (2) the pandemic of anti-intellectualism in the contemporary church, and (3) the very command of God himself to declare, explain, and defend divine truth, I strongly advise that the following statements be wrestled with and responded to by all followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Christian apologetics involves the presentation and defense of Christianity as an integrated worldview that is objectively, universally, and absolutely true, reasonable, knowable, and existentially pertinent to both individuals and entire cultures. Apologetics involves rebutting unbelieving accusations against Christianity (2 Corinthian 10:3-5; Jude 3) as well as giving a constructive and persuasive case for Christian theism (Philippians 1:7; 1 Peter 3:15). FULL POST

Posted 3/15/12 at 11:45 AM | Book Stop

It Could Happen Tomorrow - What is the Rapture? (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 3)

book cover for It Could Happen Tomorrow by Gary Frazier
book cover for It Could Happen Tomorrow by Gary Frazier

What Exactly Is the Rapture, Anyway?

According to the manufacturers of Ping golf clubs, it is the newest and best driver on the market, the Rapture 460. However, this is not the Rapture we are seeking to define in this context. The word "Rapture" comes from a Latin word which has its root in a Greek word meaning to catch up or snatch up. Therefore, when one speaks of the Rapture, one is speaking of an event in which Jesus Christ will appear in the sky to snatch all true believers up to Himself, and ultimately to heaven.

Many today say that the very idea of the Rapture is traceable only back to the 1860s when a preacher by the name of John Nelson Darby (1800–1882) began to spread this idea among his followers. The Rapture skeptics also point to a young Scottish girl by the name of Margaret McDonald who supposedly had a vision and, from that vision, the idea of a Rapture taking place before the Tribulation period was born. Further, they point out that the word Rapture never appears in Scripture. If you point out that the Bible was written in Koine Greek, and not English, they will respond only with a blank stare. It never occurs to them that an English word would be decidedly out of place in Greek writings, and they don't bother to examine what the Bible does say about this prophetic event. FULL POST

Posted 3/14/12 at 3:09 PM | Book Stop

It Could Happen Tomorrow - The Great Disappearing (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 2)

book cover for It Could Happen Tomorrow by Gary Frazier
book cover for It Could Happen Tomorrow by Gary Frazier

Over the coming days the Book Stop blog will publish excerpts from Gary Frazier's book It Could Happen Tomorrow. Thank you to New Leaf Press for permission to post these book segments. Today's post begins Chapter One.

The Great Disappearing

Ashley laid her six-month-old baby girl, Madison, in her crib, quietly turned out the light and paused at the door for one last glimpse before returning to the living room. Ashley and her
husband, Bill, relaxed on the sofa and began to talk about the events of their day. Suddenly, for some strange reason, Ashley jumped from the sofa and immediately bolted to Madison’s bedroom and opened the door. She stood in the doorway with disbelief in her eyes. The crib was empty and Madison was gone. It happened just that fast, in the blink of an eye. This same scene played out over and over again in untold thousands of homes in America and throughout the world. One can only imagine the thoughts racing through the hearts and minds of those who found loved ones gone or instantaneously vanish before their eyes. How will people respond? What will they think? Where will they turn? How would you respond and, more important, would you be ready? FULL POST

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