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Monday, August 31, 2015
BreakPoint Archive
John Stonestreet

Now that the dust has settled, seemingly, with regard to same-sex marriage, we might do well to look back and see how the huge shift in the nations values happened. It wasn’t due to lack of cogent reasoning or people to make the case, says John Stonestreet. It was through our sitcoms, or, more broadly, through the appealing embodiment of homosexual values. In “A Nation’s Songs” he shows the necessity of capturing hearts as well as minds—something Christians need to remember for the next battle in the culture wars.

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

Back to life “under the sun” in the 6th chapter of Ecclesiastes. That is, life divorced from God, and lived without grace. As T. M. notes in the daily Worldview Bible studies beginning with “All for Nothing,” it doesn’t matter how long a man lives, or how much his life is filled with good things, if he is unable to enjoy those things as gifts from God, to be used for His glory, his life is vanity and chasing the wind. Of course those things are gifts—but so is the ability to enjoy them.

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InDepth
T. M. Moore

Beauty: it’s in the eye of the beholder, right? After all, one man’s beauty is another man’s beast. Or must beauty be entirely subjective? Is there such thing as objective beauty in art, something analogous to objective truth? Very cautiously, “Simply Beautiful” attempts to say Yes. For beauty originates in God Himself; it’s one of the trinity of virtues along with truth and goodness. And while there’s enormous latitude for taste and preferences and culture’s influences, perhaps the core of beauty is simply its ability to reveal something of the ultimate Creator.

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WorldView
Robert Lynn

In very real terms, the triumph of the cross of Jesus is ours by His gift. We overcome the satanic powers of this age by His blood. And in so doing we claim our place on with Him on His heavenly victory stand, writes Robert in WorldView. We are armed with weapons “not of this world,” but spiritual ones against which evil powers are helpless. Our culture is right to prize victory so highly—if only it knew which victory to pursue!

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Perspectives
David Sincerbox

Sin’s entrance into the world meant not only that our lives would be short, but that the shortness would be painful. In Psalm 90 Moses addresses this problem; according to David it’s one of the things that God uses to draw us toward Him. It’s this Perspectives in the oldest of the Psalms that allows us to accept and live our blink-of-an-eye existence. For we know that our true life is hidden in Christ; it’s He whose eternal life is imparted to us so that our tiny earthly life is merely the beginning of our true existence.

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

Christians love grace, don’t we? We rightly thank God for our salvation, the hope of glory, the blessings of redemption. But T. M. reminds us in this week’s ViewPoint study that God’s grace extends to all people, all of creation, not just to God’s people. It’s what we call common grace. Like special grace, it’s given apart from anyone’s deserving—God gives grace because He loves His creation and His created ones. This week let the eyes of your heart be opened in fresh ways to “Common Grace.”

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

For many years the pro-homosexual lobby has insisted that one’s sexual orientation is a genetic matter, not of choice—and therefore can’t be changed. However, as Chuck noted in a BreakPoint broadcast from 2012, some who practice same-sex relationships say otherwise. In Gay by Choice? he highlights at least one person who claims to have chosen her orientation. It’s a reminder that all sexual choices aren’t equal, and “to embrace sex only in the context of marriage between a man and a woman, and to treat everyone we meet—homosexual or not—with love and respect.”

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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.