Christians find God in US national parks

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Christians :BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah (Deseret News) The short, black cross is almost an afterthought, wheeled out of a supply closet moments before introductions begin. Its arrival wraps up 20 minutes of guitar practice and nervous chatter, all part of prepping for a weekly worship service. “You have to sing loud and help me out,” says Gabrielle Sheeley, a 20-year-old college student from upstate New York, to the three young people sitting near her on the edge of a wooden stage. The cross sits in a supply closet six…

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Christianity and the Baha’i Faith

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Christianity and the Baha’i Faith Christianity : Are Baha’is Christians? Yes – Baha’is love and revere Christ and His teachings. The Baha’i Writings testify that “To be a Christian is to embody every excellence there is.” Love, compassion, honesty, truthfulness, kindness, patience, integrity, and humility – those qualities make up just a few of these many excellences. The Baha’i teachings also proclaim the reverence with which Baha’is view our Lord Jesus Christ: Know thou that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept…

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Spiritual,spiritual gifts,spiritual gangster,spiritual warfare

Prayer is our spiritual oxygen, and just as oxygen is vital to our natural life, so prayer is vital to our spiritual life. We need to pray regularly and continually in order to live as God intended.Each of us will face trying circumstances in life. We could never win a war without fighting some battles. We’re going to have trials, but in our trials we can build our faith. We do not have to be moved by the circumstances in our life. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,…

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How Should Christians Date?

Awise man once told me that there were only two outcomes for dating relationships: getting married or breaking up. “The secret,” he said, “is knowing how to handle a dating relationship so you know if the other person is worth marrying or he or she is honored in the breakup.” Unfortunately, it seems like many young singles struggle to figure out just how to handle dating–and I’m not the only one who’s noticed how weird the Christian dating scene can be. As my friend Lindsey, married and in her thirties,…

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The Key to Healthier Conflicts in Marriage

“As a single man, I was cool, calm, and collected. Then I got married.”The opening of Tyler Ward’s latest post, 4 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Fought With My Wife, is one many couples can probably relate to. For Christians, marriage has always been an important and celebrated part of life. It’s a right-of-passage into adulthood, a vow couples swear to honor and cherish one another until death parts them. Unfortunately, we rarely stop to think about what happens after the wedding bells have been rung. Couples don’t…

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Can Christians Know the Date of Christ’s Return?

I thought after his book 1994?, wherein Harold Camping prophesied that Jesus was coming back in 1994, that we had heard the last of Camping.Well, I was wrong. He’s back and He’s got a new date. According to Harold Camping of Family Radio Worldwide, and thousands of his followers, the Rapture of the church is going to occur on May 21, 2011, followed by God’s judgment on the world and then the destruction of the planet on October 21, 2011.[1]Harold Camping of course is not the first to make predictions…

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God-Honoring Pleasure in a Shades-of-Grey World

I want you to know why I felt confused after you spanked, punished, beat, and assaulted me. Well, during the whole alarming process, I felt demeaned, debased, and abused. And much to my mortification, you’re right; I was aroused . . . What really worried me was how I felt afterward. And that’s more difficult to articulate. I was happy that you were happy. I felt relieved that it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. And when I was lying in your arms, I felt . .…

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Receiving the love of the truth!

Everyone likes freedom and liberty. Nobody wants to be bound or stuck to something that is unpleasant. Lets have a brief look at this scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2; 8 – 10 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

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What Is Christian Freedom?

Undoubtedly, modern Christians do not understand the meaning of Christian freedom or, ‘freedom in Christ’.  Observation tells us that this is so. We must know if we have ‘freedom’. And if we have it, we must know what it is. As with all other matters, the only final guide we have is God’s word, the Bible. At times Christians have to rely solely on conscience, but even conscience must base its actions upon God’s word.Some – no, many – think that their Christian freedom allows them to believe exactly as…

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Why Christians Should Believe in a Global Flood

The Biblical Flood in the days of Noah has become a great divide between two watersheds of belief. On the one hand there are those who say it is either a purely mythological event or else possibly a local or regional flood. This group includes practically all evolutionists, but it also includes the “old-earth creationists.”These all accept the so-called geological ages as the approved record of Earth history, recognizing that a global hydraulic cataclysm would have destroyed any evidence for such geological ages. The geological ages concept and a worldwide…

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How to Be Happy

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way to guarantee happiness? So many of us find ourselves thinking, “If only I had a decent job/special someone/more money I would be happy. Unfortunately, once we get the thing we’ve most desired, we often find that the happiness we thought it would bring doesn’t appear.That’s because happiness comes from the inside, not something external. No one can “make” us happy. It comes from being comfortable with who you are and understanding and embracing the choices we make in life. Are…

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“What is Christianity and what do Christians believe?”

The core beliefs of Christianity are summarized in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him in faith. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than religious practices. Instead of adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to cultivate a close walk with God. That relationship is made possible because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.Beyond these core…

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Do You Know Why Christians Need Financial Independence?

We usually think of financial independence as being a desirable state of financial affairs, but for a Christian it may be even more important than that. The Christian walk is often a tug-of-war with the world, but few areas of life have the potential to steal away our time, efforts, attention and resources the way financial struggle can.It’s not that we can’t serve God if we aren’t financially independent—we can serve God anytime, any place and under any circumstances that confront us. However, serving is easier to accomplish when our…

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Meaning and Purpose

Meaning and Purpose:Marriage is the intimate union and equal partnership of a man and a woman. It comes to us from the hand of God, who created male and female in his image, so that they might become one body and might be fertile and multiply (See Genesis chapters 1 and 2). Though man and woman are equal as God’s children, they are created with important differences that allow them to give themselves and to receive the other as a gift.Marriage is both a natural institution and a sacred union…

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Lovestruck

The American Conservative has an article by Rod Dreher discussing gay marriage titled Sex After Christianity (H/T Masson). Dreher asks:is sex the linchpin of Christian cultural order? Is it really the case that to cast off Christian teaching on sex and sexuality is to remove the factor that gives—or gave—Christianity its power as a social force?He makes a strong case for answering this in the affirmative, and ties the abandonment of biblical marriage by modern Christians to the surge in public opinion in favor of gay marriage:Conservative Christians have lost…

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Do Faithful Christians Take the Bible Literally?

One of the things I enjoy most in my work at Focus on the Family is the opportunity to speak at secular university campuses and to organizations that are indifferent or opposed to orthodox Christianity. Most of my colleagues are sane enough to avoid such invitations, but I relish them because they allow me to mix with folks who see the world very differently and it’s intellectually and rhetorically stimulating to interact with them in a meaningful way. I also get the opportunity to correct lots of misunderstandings about what…

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Married or Single: For Better or Worse

Following this weekend’s sermon entitled “Single in Christ: A Better Name Than Sons and Daughters,” Pastor John received a letter asking, “If what you say about the blessing of singleness is true, then why would one even want to be married?” Here is his response.Dear Friend,You ask: “What is at all compelling about marriage? Why would we even want to be married?”The “compelling” comes only from the right combination of internal realities and objective truths about God’s design for marriage. When the right combination is not there, marriage is not…

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The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit constantly seeks to magnify Jesus Christ. Sincere Christians want all the zeal and love that characterized the best in the apostolic church. In the Word of God we have authentic and authoritative information about the advent of Christianity and about the conditions of its founding. Various religious groups attempt to duplicate the apostolic fervor and believe that apostolic conditions must be realized today in order to experience apostolic power. Of all the different functions of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of the Spirit and the fillling of…

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Be Not Afraid: Christians and Anxiety

In any given year about 20% of adults in the US experience one type or another of anxiety disorder so if you do have an anxiety disorder, you’re in good company.  The good news is that up to 80% of people who seek treatment for anxiety disorders get better.  Anxiety disorders are highly treatable and new, more effective ways to help people are being developed every day.    If you are suffering with an anxiety disorder, the best thing to do is to seek help today.

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Christians Need to Be Cautious in End-Times Matters

At the present time, in many Christian circles end-times issues are the focus of a huge amount of attention. It is surely not exaggerating to say that for large numbers of Christians today more effort is expended analysing this topic than any other area of Christian belief or practice.There is, of course, absolutely nothing wrong with taking an interest in end-times things. The fact that the Bible contains the books of Daniel and Revelation, and portions of the gospels such as Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, shows that…

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Christians and Divorce – The Grief Process Applied to Divorce

Christians divorce as much as non-Christians. Divorce is one of the most painful experiences people go through. It is like having gangrene and being told by the doctor that you have to cut off your arm. You don’t want to, but you know you have no choice. You do what you have to do and yet the adjustment to living life without your arm will be lengthy and your life will never quite be the same, although you will eventually heal and adjust and accept life without your arm.The healing…

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Can Faith and Science Cooperate?

Recently Certified Consulting Meteorologist Anthony J. Sadar, a Contributing Writer for the Cornwall Alliance, committed an unpardonable sin for scientists: he appealed to the Bible as support for his understanding about manmade global warming. Yes, he gave some evidence from temperature measurements, too, but his primary argument was this:… rather than having faith that God will sustain His environment so that the liberating word of Christ can go forth, [gullible] Christians have put their trust in the U.N.’s ‘arm of the flesh.’

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Does the Bible Condone Slavery?

Every thinking reader of the Bible is bound to ask at some point in time, “Does this book actually condone slavery?”. To be sure, slavery is not the only issue the Bible causes us to question. The Old Testament is rife with palace intrigues, polygamy, divorce, violence and the like, and godly people are very often part of the problem. Although the New Testament is decidedly improved, it still seems to fall far short of that which twenty-first century human rights would expect. There are no women among the twelve…

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Why trust the Bible?

In some countries today, the Bible is forbidden. Bringing a Bible into Saudi Arabia, for example, or North Korea, or China, or Libya, or Burma — along with many other countries — can result in expulsion for the westerner or arrest and torture if you’re native to the country. It wasn’t that long ago that the Bible was banned in communist Eastern Europe, too; a good friend of mine was involved in Bible smuggling into places like Romania and Hungary during the 1970s and 80s and can tell hair-raising stories…

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Why are Christians so negative and judgemental?

A common accusation thrown at Christians is that they are anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-contraception. Many people have a perception that the church is negative — anti-everything — and Christians utterly prejudiced. How might we respond?A good place to begin is by acknowledging that Christians have often made mistakes in this area. Not so much in the moral positions we’ve adopted but in the way we’ve presented them. We’ve been so loud and strident on some issues that many people think all we’re all about is abortion and homosexuality. Too many people…

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Is Biblical Faith Blind?

Critics and skeptics like to mock Christians as having “blind faith.” Sadly, many Christians have fallen for the notion that our faith is blind, in the sense that we must take a leap of faith or a stab in the dark, and hope that our belief is correct. This view of faith is patently unbiblical.Hebrews 11 has been described as the “Faith Hall of Fame” because it highlights Old Testament examples of great faith in God: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Moses, and more. The chapter spends more time on Abraham than…

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“How Great Is Our God? Creation Reveals a Creator”

Christians don’t “check our brains at the door,” we simply acknowledge Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”       Every now and then, we should reflect on the awesomeness of God. For instance, the gravitational pull is set just right. A stronger pull would crush everything like pancakes. The nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, neon, and ethane mixture in the air is just the right amount to support…

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Marriage and the Christian Home

The example of harmoniousness of the household has been given for Christians by St. John Chrysostom.Consider Abraham and Sarah, and Isaac and the three hundred and eighteen born in his house (Gen. 14:14). How the whole house was harmoniously knit together, how the whole was full of piety and fulfilled the Apostolic injunction. She also “reverenced her husband;” for hear her own words, “It hath not yet happened unto me even until now, and my lord is old also” (Gen 18:12). And he again so loved her, that in all…

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Relationships and Eternal Life

 I am sure that everybody here will agree with me when I tell them that life can be very complicated. There are times in our lives when everything seems smooth and peaceful, and others when there seems to be nothing but trouble, disturbance, and inner struggle. Go and talk with anybody – whether religious or not – and they will tell you that life has its ups and downs.What is life? Life, put very simply, is a series of alternative choices. Whatever we choose to do has consequences, just like…

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