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Fight the good fight of the faith

 

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“Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called
and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

— 1 Timothy 6:12

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Further reading

  1. 1 Timothy 6:12
  2. Today’s Meditation
  3. Eternal life 
  4. Eternal Life Now!
  5. fight on
  6. The Fight of Faith
  7. Faithing It – Fight For Your Faith By: Cora Jakes Coleman – A Book Review
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Sanctification and How To Pursue It

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”. 1 Peter 1:14-16

“Christians cannot afford to be confused about the doctrine of sanctification.  That is because it is where we all live.  All believers in Christ live in between the time of our past justification and our future glorification—in the present pursuit of Christlikeness.  If we desire to please the Lord in all respects, we need to be clear on how we go about growing in holiness.”

So writes pastor Michael Riccardi, author of Sanctification: The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness.

God is described as “holy, holy, and holy” and believers are called to “be holy,” but what does that mean and how do we pursue sanctification?

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Additional reading

  1. Not making yourselves abominable
  2. Looking for a spiritual new life
  3. How do I know what God’s will is
  4. Hope by faith and free gift
  5. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  6. Glory of God appearing in our character
  7. Be holy
  8. Honesty beginning of holiness
  9. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  10. Heroes and saints
  11. To turn the world into a “vessel” receptive of God
  12. Myth 12: The Hyper-Grace Gospel Makes People Lazy
  13. What Is Sanctification?
  14. The Field is the World #2 Church Union #2 Bible quotes
  15. A year coming to its end and our Spiritual Senses
  16. The longer you wait
  17. Old age
  18. Thought for those who think it is not necessary to do any works any more

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Further reading

  1. Sanctification wrap up
  2. Marshall, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Direction I
  3. Sanctification: Clark, Robbins, and Piper
  4. The Just Shall Live by Faith
  5. The world does not know genuine Christians because it does not know God
  6. Disappointment with Other Christians
  7. Argument Against the Trinity? It should have been completely taught from the beginning of the Bible

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A New Reformation

Lots of American churches have been caught by the American individuals aiming for capitalism and having their own self enjoying it as much as they can in as much wealth they can get.

The American people have forgotten where their ancestors came from and that they too are people which only can live in that wealth because their ancestors where finding themselves a place where they were not considered as unwanted immigrants.

Lots of Americans still do not see that their family has taken the ground of the indigenous people, the ones who lived on the pastures. Lots of Americans also have forgotten the main message of sharing agape love.They may be members of mega-churches, but those churches have nothing in common with the first ecclesiae or meeting places of the first followers of Jesus Christ.

The majority of Christians in the United States of America still do not understand how the devote Jew Saul (better known as Paul today) used also harsh language in denouncing the way the face of Christ was distorted by both false teaching and behaviour inconsistent with the Gospel. Today it is not better than in his time. Most people having taken Jesus as their god and also having made graven images of their gods. The majority has come to live like Roman Catholics not reading the bible any more and just hearing some verses often taken out of context.

All over the world we can see that the majority of people with their lifestyle are far off the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. Already for that reason it is high time we shall get some awakening again.

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American (Eastern Orthodox) theologian David Bentley Hart raises some thought-provoking questions about the American church that if raised by others would immediately be brushed aside as symptomatic of “anti-Americanism”.

open + troubling question whether American religiosity has resources to help sustain a culture as a culture >to create a meaningful future, or can only prepare for the end times.

can it cultivate kind of moral intelligence necessary to live in eternity and in historical time simultaneously, without contradiction?

 

American Christian Fundamentalism (ACF) made deep inroads into churches all over the world since the Second World War => influence magnified with rise of satellite TV + Internet.

decline of old-style European theological liberalism, ACF poses far bigger threat to global church than Islamist fundamentalism.

(1) ACF promotes religious hypocrisy > baptising consumerist “American dream” + right-wing political agendas

(2) ACF promotes mindlessness > demonizes whatever it doesn’t understand = Secularism, Evolution, Feminism, Islam + ancient Asian religions.

(3) ACF promotes divisiveness > preaching a private, individualistic “Gospel”, blinding its followers to scandal of Christian fragmentation, rivalry + separation. +  encourages “personality cults” disguised as “doctrinal distinctives.”

(4) ACF promotes Zionist views re the Middle East, reinforcing the apartheid practices of the Israeli state.

=> need a new Reformation among evangelical Protestants.

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Find also to read: Followers, protestors and reformers

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Vinoth Ramachandra

The American (Eastern Orthodox) theologian David Bentley Hart raises some thought-provoking questions about the American church that if raised by others would immediately be brushed aside as symptomatic of “anti-Americanism”. In an article (“The Angels of Sacré-Coeur”) first published in 2011, Hart writes:

“It is very much an open and troubling question whether American religiosity has the resources to help sustain a culture as a culture- whether, that is, it can create a meaningful future, or whether it can only prepare for the end times. Is the American religious temperament so apocalyptic as to be incapable of culture in any but the most local and ephemeral sense? Does it know of any city other than Babylon the Great or the New Jerusalem? For all the moral will it engenders in persons and communities, can it cultivate the kind of moral intelligence necessary to live in eternity and in historical time…

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Accept who you are; and revel in it


“Accept who you are;
and revel in it.”
Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Accepteer wie je bent; en Geniet er van

Tuesdays with Morrie (film)

Tuesdays with Morrie (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Prosperity leading to blindness


Prosperity can lead to a sense of independence
that blinds us
to how inadequate we actually are to provide for ourselves.


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Blindmakende welvaart

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Further reading

  1. Your Dreams Are A Thought Away
  2. The Bigger Picture
  3. Words of the wise
  4. Prosperity of your soul
  5. Well spring of life
  6. Sluggard or Diligent

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Imperfect and real or perfect articifical


Better imperfect and real, then made minikin.

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Onvolmaakt en echt of gemaakt volmaakt

English: Artamia bernieri = Oriolia bernieri (...

English: Artamia bernieri = Oriolia bernieri (Bernier’s Vanga), imperfect plumage Français : Artamia bernieri = Oriolia bernieri (Oriolie de Bernier), plumage imparfait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Not pushed by problems, but guided by dreams


Make sure you are not pushed by problems,
but you are guided by your dreams.


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Niet geduwd door problemen maar geleid door dromen

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Life that goes on


“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life:
it goes on.”
― Robert Frost


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Doorgaand leven

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Dancing, Loving, Singing and Living


“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Dansen, Liefheben, Zingen en leven

Nederlands: Negatief. Mannen dansen en zingen ...

Men dance and sing on the death ritual (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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When to deserve me


“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle.
But if you can’t handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Wanneer mij te verdienen

Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe and Keith...

Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes from the trailer for the film Clash by Night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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