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Monday, September 29, 2014
Re: Series
John Stonestreet

John Stonestreet continues his series He Has Risen with Part 3: “Trust in God or Trust in Man?: The Cross, Evil, and Faith.” In this segment John briefly outlines the flow of western thought from theism, to modernism, to post-modernism. Since modernism represented a loss of hope in God, and post-modernism a loss of hope in man, what’s left for us to hope in? Our hope remains where it’s always been, in the God who suffers with and for us. Only the God of the Bible enters human affairs, “gets His hands dirty,” and offers Himself as the One in whom to place our hope

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

The first missionary journey of Saul/Paul and Barnabas—and its impact on the larger church—continues in Acts chapters 14 and 15. In Asia the Gospel is taken for the first time to pagan cultures. The mission is successful, and churches are begun. This this success, however, comes the church’s first major controversy: do Gentiles need to come to Christ by way of the Law? How the church leadership solved this issue remains a model for all time, as you’ll see in this week’s Worldview Bible study.

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Perspectives
Robert Lynn

Remember that expression from last week’s Perspectives, living liminally? It’s how you live in a time when the culture you’re used to is declining, and a new culture is taking its place. This week Bob cites examples from Israel’s history as encouragement for us. As was true for ancient Israel, so it is for us: we can’t go back to where we were in a futile attempt to re-capture the good old days. Nor can we live in fear of our culture, for that would be to disobey a direct command from Jesus. And we can’t opt out of it either, for the same reason. Our only way to live liminally: love, serve, bear witness to our culture.

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Worldview
Diane Singer

Sometimes a great writer will capture great truth with simple words. Such was the case with William Blake’s “Little Lamb, Who Made Thee?” Diane explains this poem for believers with mature (too mature?) thinking in a Worldview column from 2013. In just a few lines the poet is able to explain Christ as our Creator and our Redeemer—in words that a child can understand. Click on this article: “Behold, the Lamb!”

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InDepth
David Sincerbox

Last year, and continuing into 2014, David wrote a lengthy series of articles for InDepth called “Cultivating Wisdom.” In this particular one called “Cleaning Out the Storehouses of Our Minds,” he writes that before we gain wisdom, it’s often necessary to first rid ourselves of other so-called “wisdom.” And then, we need to nurture God’s wisdom in us so we don’t lose it. In a brief survey of Ecclesiastes he reviews Solomon’s rise and fall from godly wisdom—what he calls “living under the sun” vs. “living under the Son.”

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

If you think you have your salvation figured out, think again. That’s the focus of this week’s ViewPoint studies. Salvation is certainly simple, but it’s also vast. It will take a lifetime and much work to “work it out with fear and trembling.” There’s always more, always deeper, broader, to explore in God’s salvation. But He will lead us into these things only if His salvation is what we prize, value, yearn for, desire more than anything else to the point where we’ll forgo anything and everything else for it. Read on!

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

Despite the headline-grabbing events with ISIS beheadings and other world crises, abortion remains by far the most lethal activity today. It’s not just to unborn infants, it’s also to religious liberty. Chuck comments in a BreakPoint broadcast from 2012 that in order to keep abortion legal, its proponents continue striving to muzzle the voices of opponents by muzzling pro-life arguments based on religion. Read or listen to “The Second Front: Reproductive Rights vs. Religious Liberty” and learn how some are insisting that sexual rights trump religious rights.

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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.