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Monday, July 28, 2014
Re: Series
John Stonestreet

How do you like Jesus—a mystic? a sage? a baby in the manger? Sorry, says John Stonestreet in a Re:Series video from 2013 called “Jesus: The Rescuer of Sinners.” Jesus is who the Bible portrays Him: He came to rescue the human race from sin, from Satan’s bondage, from evil. We aren’t free to pick and choose “what kind of Jesus” we like. He came as our Savior, and our choices are to accept or reject Him, not to remake Him in our own image.

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

The Worldview Bible in Acts continues in chapter 4 this week. The healing in chapter 3 is met with a huge response of faith—but also a major opposition on the part of the religious leaders. There’s drama as these leaders try every ploy they can to stop the Gospel. But as T. M. reports, it can’t be. Peter and John are preaching from the Word with great power and faithfulness—and courage under threat—and the whole Christian community is in prayer. No stopping it!

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Worldview
Robin Phillips

If you’re used to a steady diet of junk food, it’s hard to acquire a taste for the healthy stuff. In a repeat Worldview column called “Chewing at God’s Blessings” Robin writes that that same holds true for our ability to receive God’s blessings. God has given us such a wide and deep variety of blessings—yet our “taste” for them is woefully under-developed. Let’s begin to acquire an appetite for God’s best things, not just the “sugar” ones.

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Perspectives
Diane Singer

In this week’s Perspectives, Diane provides steps four through six of the growth process God takes His people through. Romans 12:1-2 outlines this transformation toward Christ-likeness. The process involves some difficult things, like having our minds renewed by means of God’s word. But also involved is the change that follows. The latter part of Romans 12 contains a thick cluster of imperatives and “one another’s” that give a barometer as to how our transformation is coming. It’s these renewed Christ followers who affect our world and take part not just in the renewal of individuals, but of societies and cultures and institutions as well.

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InDepth
Robert Lynn

As Bob brings to a close his InDepth series on “Reading the Bible Missionally,” he points out that so often, Christians simply read the Bible self-referentially: what does it say about me, about my salvation and transformation, about what I should do with my life. And that’s not wrong. But if this is us, then we’ve missed God’s missional heart. For not only are we Christians at work, we’re Christians in our work. Bob cites a number of examples where people sought—with great success—to bring the reality of God’s kingdom right into their workplaces. In so doing they brought not only blessing to their fellow workers, but honor to God.

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

We all agree, don’t we, that we need to push back the darkness in our culture and claim it for Christ. But of all the things that are done in His name, questions T. M., how many are truly done for God’s glory? This week’s ViewPoint, entitled “To Gain the Good Land,” challenges us to do a thorough search of our motives—and only when God’s glory is at the top of our agenda should we make such endeavors. Our daily preparation (devotionals, etc.) are necessary, but must always be seen only a preparation for the struggle of restoration. Only then can we be useful in God’s means of overcoming evil with good, toward the end of bring His Kingdom into reality.

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

This past week in Washington saw an executive order from the President stating that private organizations may not be able use one’s sexual orientation as grounds for dismissal—including religious organizations that have beliefs contrary to such lifestyles. In a 2012 Breakpoint commentary, Chuck predicted this as an ongoing erosion of religious rights. “Gay Rights and Freedom of Religion” outlines both the history and likely future of these policies on freedom of religion—and it’s troubling!

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The Christian Worldview Journal is a significant part of the Colson Center's content program. Journal articles help you develop a powerful foundation in understanding culture in the light of Scripture and historic Christian worldview. More importantly, Journal readings can help you develop your spirutal life and Christian discipleship.