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How should Christians react to the death of Osama Bin Laden?

The President doing a news conference after midnight is a big deal. When I heard about it, my first thoughts were what new threat are we facing, or what devastation has happened.   Then, news organizations began to report the death of Osama Bin Laden.

I still remember vividly the morning of September 11th, 2001, as I’m sure most people do.  Sitting in a classroom studying film for an upcoming football game is what I was doing.  Suddenly, someone came in and said there had been a plane crash into a tall building in New York City.  The first announcement seemed tragic, but not evil.  It came off to me like any plane crash.  However, when the second plane hit the news channel was turned on, and we began to realize that this was not some accident, but a dileberate attack on our countrymen.

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What does the Bible Claim to Be?

The Bible claims that its various books are not the product of mere men, but the product of the Holy Spirit’s special guidance. It claims that the Holy Spirit prompted these men to write what they wrote in the exact form that God wanted it so that it would express his revelation to mankind. The basic contention of the Bible is that God has spoken to man through the ancient prophets, and through Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2).

The Bible says the Scriptures are “God breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible claims that “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” (2 Peter 1:21). The fact that it says that the “Scriptures” are inspired means that the written product is exactly as God intended for it to be (Matthew 5:18).

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Is Hell Dead?

The title question comes from the headline story in Time Magazine.  After reading the article, the writer did not deal so much with that particular question as he did with Rob Bell and his new book.  My goal is not to write about Rob Bell or the book (since I have not read it), but I do want to talk briefly about the question: Is Hell dead?

Really to me the issue is not the question of whether there is hell, but rather it is the question of the wrath of God.  Hell is the place where God pours His wrath out on those who “do not know God and have not obeyed the gospel” (2 Thessalonians 1:7, read more about that verse here).

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Theology of 2 Thessalonians–Counted Worthy by Enduring

This fits into several categories of thought.  It fits in with our recent series on Suffering and the Existence of God (click here).  It fits in with our 2nd Thessalonians series (click here).   Finally, it is a good start to the theology of 2nd Thessalonians series.

This has to do with an important phrase in 2 Thessalonians 1:

We ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.  5This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.

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How to be Filled with the Spirit?

This weekend I lead a retreat.  The theme was Be Filled!.  We spent our time answering the question of How One Leads a Spirit-Filled Life?  We look at false alternatives, which I want get in to, but the bulk of our time was spent on what we do to be Spirit filled.

Our text was Ephesians 5:18-21.  I did not get this in-depth during the retreat (I mean it is a retreat), but the Greek construction on this sentence is important.  Verse 18 provides a command:  Be filled with the Spirit.  This command is followed by a series of participles (these are usually words ending in “ing” in the English text).  Now the function of this construction is that the participles tell us how to perform the command.  Thus the following “ing” words tell us how we are filled with the Spirit.

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