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  • Letter To A Friend Who Says He Is A Rationalist Empiricist

    Contributed by Tom Papez on Jan 21, 2014

    This is an ongoing debate with a person who believes in some cross-reaching philosophy than God. Messages asks some pretty serious questions.

    T, You say that we find agreement and I don’t really see it (not that we have to agree). One of us believes in God and the other believes in rational empiricism—which states that there is no god. Now, I have chatted with some polite atheists that state “the only difference more

  • The Epistomology Of The Holy Spirit

    Contributed by Byron Perrine on Jun 19, 2011
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    The importance of the role of the Holy Spirit is extolled as a means of knowing the really real, as opposed to empirical science which because it limits perception to sight, sound, smell, taste and touch experience can never lead to convincing faith.

    6-19-11 Trinity Sunday Gen. 1:1-2:4a; II Co. 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20 “The Epistemology of the Holy Spirit” Today is “Trinity Sunday”. Even though the cycle of the church year is moving on, it is important that we not forget about the role of the Holy Spirit. more

  • Too Smart For Our Own Good Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 18, 2009

    3rd in a series from Ecclesiastes. The only profitable wisdom is God-centered.

    In preparing for this week’s message, I was taken back to one of the most profitable learning activities that I ever experienced during my seminary training. As part of my Old Testament introduction class, we were required to find articles from scholarly journals and write a three page evaluation more

  • Lessons In Apologetics #2: Rationalism & Fideism

    Contributed by Frederick Meekins on Jul 8, 2010

    Lessons In Apologetics #2: Rationalism & Fideism

    The next epistemological methodology is rationalism. Of rationalism, Geisler writes, "Rationalism is characterized by its stress on the innate a priori ability of human reason to know truth. Basically, rationalists hold that what is knowable or demonstrable by human reason is true (29)." To the more

  • Tuesday--The God Fo The Living Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Mar 11, 2010
    based on 2 ratings

    For Jesus, the kingdom of God is not primarily about the dead, but about the living, not primarily about life after death, but about life in this world.

    Mark 12:18-27 “Tuesday—God of the Living” INTRODUCTION For the past couple of weeks, the world has been enjoying the competition of the Winter Olympics. There have been some close competitions. A few major upsets, like the United States hockey team defeating Canada more

  • Audacious - Tenacious Faith

    Contributed by Tom Fuller on Jul 13, 2002
    based on 35 ratings

    How do you approach God - tenaciously or tentatively? It can make a big different in how your prayers get answered.

    Have you ever done something totally embarrassing in front of a very famous or powerful person? I remember when Ronald Regan was running for governor of California (I know I’m dating myself here). I was a young (very young) boy in a small town in northern California. Mr. Regan came by plane for a more

  • To Serve Man? Series

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Feb 20, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    What is it about active, vital believers that is so threatening to popular culture?

    One of my favorite television episodes of “The Twilight Zone” television series was a humorous episode where the entire plot revolved around a misunderstanding with an alien species and culminated in the discovery of a book. The title of that book was “To Serve Man” and the misunderstanding was more

  • Praying Together Series

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Feb 15, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    This event in the life of the early church gives us guidance in how to pray with power.

    As I’ve probably shared with you once before, I was tremendously challenged by a conversational exchange in a short-lived situation comedy. It was a comedy where the late Danny Thomas played a doctor. There was a scene in “The Practice” where a nurse overhears Thomas’ character praying. When she more

  • "Free And Made Full In Him" Series

    Contributed by Clark Tanner on Apr 4, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    Sermon 9 in a study in Colossians

    “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made more

  • Army Or Arena Series

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Apr 19, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Hosea apparently interrupts a feast (possibly Passover) in order to say that loyalty and faithfulness are vital to authentic living/worship.

    Army and Arena Text: Hosea 9:1-9 In The 24-Hour Christian, Pastor Earl Palmer warns that people, in general, flock to any proof of power. “Political tyrants always use the army and the arena, the power of the sword and the circus.” (p. 47) This is as true in the church as it is in the political more

  • Evolution: Science Or Faith? Series

    Contributed by Jason Smith on Sep 25, 2013

    This sermon goes over many of the problems with accepting macroevolution.

    GENESIS 1 TO THE EVOLUTIONIST: In the beginning there was nothing. And nothing said to itself, “Let us become something, explode, and become an ordered universe that is governed by laws of science, physics, and mathematics. Let us become a universe that is able to sustain life. And it more

  • The Rise And Revelvancy Of Christian Apologetics

    Contributed by Alex Mcfarland on Jun 28, 2006
    based on 15 ratings

    “We already know that we’re not supposed to take drugs, have sex, or drop out of school. Sometimes adults think we’re just a bunch of goofballs, only interested in pizza and concerts. But kids in our youth group really do want to learn all about Chris

    The September morning air felt cold as I walked from my car toward the flagpole. Across the school property in front of me, I was encouraged by the large gathering of students that I could see in front of the building. “Wow… a pretty impressive group at this hour,” I thought as I glanced at my more

  • Freely Given Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Sep 21, 2014

    In discussing True Wisdom, Paul presents the case in: 1 Corinthians 2:6–16 that we can understand the things freely given by God from the Spirit of God. Therefore: (1) True Wisdom is not Humanly Discovered (1 Corinthians 2:6-9)and (2) True Wisdom is Divinely Revealed(1 Corinthians 2:10-16).

    It is impossible for a lesser creature to understand a more advanced one. How can anything understand something more complex and advanced than itself? For a flea to understand a dog it would have to be at least as advanced as a dog. For a dog to understand a man it would have to be at least as more

  • A Guide To Resolving Conflicts For The Propagation Of The Gospel

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Aug 11, 2001
    based on 6 ratings

    A GUIDE TO Resolving Conflicts for the Propagation of the Gospel

    A GUIDE TO Resolving Conflicts for the Propagation of the Gospel Introduction - Conflicts of values perhaps do more to stymie the progressive of cross-cultural communications more than any other thing, but why? The thwarting of the gospel’s communication is often misunderstood as a challenge more

  • Clarify Your Values

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on May 20, 2003
    based on 25 ratings

    Solomon wrote his son some valuable advice once regarding his decisions for the future when he said, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insights. IN all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5,6

    A GUIDE TO Resolving Conflicts for the Propagation of the Gospel Introduction - Conflicts of values perhaps do more to stymie the progressive of cross-cultural communications more than any other thing, but why? The thwarting of the gospel’s communication is often misunderstood as a challenge more