Streamer Junkies (Funny)

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: How We’ve Self-Inflicted Tyranny

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Francis Collins: Why It’s So Hard for Scientists to Believe in God — Something To Think About

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Can We Trust The Bible Written 2000 Years Ago? Dr. William Lane Craig

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The Old Testament – The Gospel Back Story

A lot of the Old Testament is tough to read. It does have great, inspiring characters, stories and truths, but much of it seems irrelevant to us. But with a little context and understanding it can be quite reveling and extremely encouraging. An Old Testament Overview.

  • God creates the world and us, makes us stewards of the earth spiritually and physically. He intends for us to dwell with Him in Paradise for all eternity.
  • We listen to evil (Satan) & rebel against God, disobey Him for our own desires.
  • God separates us from Him directly to protect us from His Holiness. A blessing & a tragedy.
  • We are sent out of Paradise
  • God implements a plan of recovery, redemption and restoration through a chosen people of Abraham, Israel. The covenant to deliver all the world is given in Genesis 12.
  • The Law (Torah) is given to show how far we are from being the holy creation God intended us to be & how well we would need to preform to regain our lives in paradise.
  • Israel fails because they are broken and go into exile.
  • Israel hopes for the deliverance promised by the covenant and reaffirmed by the judges, kings and prophets of Israel.
  • The promise of deliverance of all mankind, including Israel, by God is fulfilled through Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection. The Covenant is fulfilled.
  • All mankind can now have the promise of future restored Paradise with God, without evil and suffering forever. We can give up our self pursuits of small paradises and hopes of living holy enough. We can accept His love and grace and live by His word and not the smallness of ourselves.

The Old Testament gives us many examples of what happens when we choose God’s ways and what happens when we don’t. It can be a promise and a warning that gives us practical direction and wisdom for today. It leads up to, and explains the Gospel of Jesus.

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The Reason Faith Makes Sense by Alister McGrath

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8 Things Jesus Never Said

8 Things Jesus Never Said

Jesus said a lot of things throughout the Bible, but there are also a lot of things he didn’t. Here are eight things Jesus never said.

1. “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”

Jesus never gave prerequisites for encountering his love. Regardless of your past, the love of Christ is available for anyone who is willing to accept it. Nobody is too flawed for forgiveness and eternal salvation.

2. “Follow me, and I will bring you fame and fortune.”

Jesus never promises fame or fortune, yet these are also not things he opposes if used for his glory. If your reasoning for seeking a relationship with God is materially focused, you may want to evaluate what god you’re really yearning for.

3. “Everything will go according to your plans.”

Many of us pray to Jesus thinking that everything we ask of Him is going to be answered in our timing. The reality is that not all prayers will be answered, but that Jesus does have the power to fulfill any prayer that is asked of him. He’s that BIG! Just because a prayer isn’t answered in your timing does not mean your prayer has been ignored. God hears all, knows all and knows what’s best for each of us as individuals. Take a step back and trust in God, his timing and his will.

4. “I will bless you if you pray hard enough.”

The blessing of prayer is in prayer itself. Communication and dialogue between our heavenly father and us is more fulfilling than anything else we can ask for. Jesus isn’t a magic genie, and if your prayers seem more like wishes than heart-felt conversations, you may want to re-think how your foundation of faith is being built.

5. “Life is going to be without rough patches.”

So many people think that just because they believe in Jesus means everything is going to be flawless and perfect. This really isn’t the case at all. You may have a relationship with Jesus, but this doesn’t mean life is going to stop moving forward, tough circumstances are going to cease to exist, and rough times will never be a possibility. Even though Jesus never said life would be easy, he did say he would be there for you in your times of need. The message of The Gospel isn’t that life will be perfect, but that in its imperfection we have a perfect and flawless Savior.

6. “I will answer prayers on your time.”

Although God is faithful in his answering of prayer, we cannot expect him to answer every prayer to our exact measurements. Faith is trusting God even when things don’t make sense, and that includes a prayer that we feel may be unanswered or at the wrong time. Faith is trusting in God’s timing, not ours.

7. “You’re too far gone to be saved.”

Nobody is too far traveled from having a relationship with God. No matter where life has brought you, you always have the opportunity to look next to you and see the open arms of Jesus. The forgiveness and love that He offers is not something we can run from, nor become too dirty to accept.

8. “You deserve to have nice things.” 

Jesus never said you deserve a huge house, nice car, big paycheck and a sweet job. In fact, everything in the Gospel points to simplicity rather than luxury. This isn’t to say that you’re not allowed to have nice things but that Jesus didn’t promise you are going to be given them. God’s plan for each of our lives is different, and we need to understand that not everyone is going to make the same amount of money, drive the same types of cars or even live in the same type of housing.

What we need to understand is that Jesus did say we need to love our neighbors, help those who are in need, and that the widow and homeless deserve to be loved as Christ loved the church.You don’t deserve to have nice things, but you do get to experience the love of Christ, and that is worth more than anything this world can offer.

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