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Posted 2/22/16 at 3:20 PM | West Virginia for the Gospel
It's not too often that Hollywood's attempt to get into the Christian's wallet is worth the film it's shot on. Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings were horrific, if not blasphemous, takes on their true biblical counterparts. Even movies created by Christians are not worth your hard earned money. Whether it is the biblically inconsistent story of a child who is allowed to tell more about heaven than the Apostle Paul (Heaven is for Real) or the ridiculous notion of putting God on trial (God's Not Dead), they are equally problematic.
With that in mind, after skimming a review from Answers in Genesis, I decided to take in Kevin Reynolds' "Risen". In short, it is worth the Bible-believing Christian's time and money.
The movie moves along at a reasonable pace picking up towards the end of the crucifixion scene. The Roman soldier in charge of the crucifixion detail, known as Clavius, is sent to hurry along the deaths at the crucifixion scene and order their legs to be broken (John 19:32-33). As true to the Scriptures, both criminals legs were broken, but Christ was already dead and instead, His side pierced with a spear (John 19:34). As unrest begins to set in, we see Caiaphas plotting with Pilate to have the tomb sealed in fear of the rumors of Christ's body being stolen to confirm His message among his believers. FULL POST
Posted 7/10/15 at 8:07 AM | West Virginia for the Gospel
The American Evangelical church has become the Pharisee bathing in self-righteousness implying homosexuality is the sin of all sins.
I truly believe the Bible to be the Word of God. That may not sound like a very provocative statement, until you let it sink in for a moment. Christian, say that out loud, "I truly believe the Bible to be the Word of God. " It is because I believe that so much that I also agree with the old adage, "As the church goes, so goes the world." If the Word of God claims something, we can be sure that it is true and can bear our minuscule weight of insecurity as we stand upon it when facing culture. Romans 1:16 should embolden our confidence in the Gospel to change any and every one. So why is our evangelism so weak?
Jonah 2:9 tells us that "salvation is of the Lord". Ezekiel 36:26 describes regeneration as God removes our unresponsive heart of stone and replaces it with one of flesh. Romans 1:16 assures us that the Gospel "is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes". (And that's only 3 verses out of 1,189 chapters!) Out of those 3 verses, how much of a lost person's salvation depends on or our cleverness or creativeness or quick wits? Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nil. So, why is the church at such a loss winning the lost to Christ, particularly those lost in homosexuality? FULL POST
Posted 6/5/15 at 12:46 PM | West Virginia for the Gospel
Leviticus 23:15-22; Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Numbers 28:26-31; Exodus 23:16
The Feast of Weeks. Pentecost. Shavuot
The name of Shavuot means “weeks,” coming from the seven weeks that were to be counted after Passover. Greek-speaking Jews would have called the feast Pentecoste, meaning “50 days,” which is where we get the English word “Pentecost.” This feast was based on God’s command that a special offering of fresh grain was to be made on the 50th day after Passover Sabbath.
Pentecost was unique, because it was one of only three times per year that all God’s people were to pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. As God had met the Israelites on the “mountain of God” (Ex. 24:13). On Pentecost, he met them on the Temple Mount, “the mountain of the Lord” (Isa. 2:3, 66:20). Temple attendance was required at Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Booths/Tabernacles (Sukkot). During these feast days, those from around the world who were obedient to Yahweh went Jerusalem. FULL POST
Posted 6/3/15 at 6:59 AM | West Virginia for the Gospel
BRIDGEPORT, WV - In today's cultural climate, we have tolerance thrown into our face at every turn. That is, except when it comes to Christianity. When Biblical truths rub against perversions culture deems normal, it's always the Christian worldview that is censored.
However, on a sunny Saturday morning in the middle of a football stadium, before hundreds of fellow students, administrators, faculty, and parents, 18-year old Bridgeport High School graduate John Marshall stepped to the podium and let loose a bold proclamation for Christ that many mature Christians I know would be afraid to attempt.
After the niceties, the introduction begins, "...I want to let you know one thing... I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live. But the life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved and gave Himself for me." From there on, there is wave after wave of glories being offered up to Christ. All credit and attention is pointed squarely at the cross. I found myself cheering and teary-eyed with joy that a young man would be so bold. FULL POST