[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 012 – Batman Is A Minor Prophet?

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses whether or not corporate worship is for the saved or the lost by discussing a current sermon series poster that was recently made public.  Then he moves into part 4 of the study on Roman Catholicism where the Catholic view on salvation is discussed extensively.

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 011 – Rick Warren Unashamedly Blasphemes God

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses the blatant blaspheming of God by Rick Warren and Russell Moore by taking part in the Vatican synod on marriage.  Then, he moves into part 3 (Rome’s claimed authority) of the study on Roman Catholicism and how, as Protestants, we do not have any business endorsing or tolerating this theological cult.

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Breast Cancer is NOT Sexy, It’s Traumatic

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The content of this article is for consumption by a mature audience only.  It would be wise to avoid reading it with children present.  Further, if you are a Christian man who continues to struggle with the sin of lust, I would highly recommend you prayerfully consider reading and/or avoid this article until you have grown to the point where you have been delivered from the stranglehold of that sinful temptation.

Ephesians 5:4 [ESV] “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

As I was driving into work recently, I noticed a few bumper stickers along the way.  Considering that it’s currently Breast Cancer Awareness Month, fittingly most of these vehicle tags were in reference to that subject.  That sounds great, doesn’t it?  After all, what a worthy cause to support!  In fact, much of the corporate world has embraced the breast cancer awareness campaign, most notably in the sports world where players’ uniforms are adorned with varying degrees of pink accessories during the month of October.

All this is absolutely wonderful!  Cancer, in general, is a devastating disease that terrorizes people of all ages and races, shapes and sizes.  So if everything is hunky-dory what is the purpose of this article, right?  Sex.

In particular, the overly and overtly sexualized world in which we live.  It has reached a point now where sexual idolatry is ingrained in our society; it is absolutely unavoidable and it permeates every area of our culture.  As Genesis 3 recounts, we live in a fallen world and we should thusly expect to encounter debauchery, disease, and depraved minds.  However, in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would see a day where an utterly terrifying, tragic, and debilitating disease could be ripped from that context and placed into the “sexualized” norm of society.

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The Daily Discovery (November 26, 2014)

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Help for the Weak Pray-er - “I’ve been enjoying Tim Keller’s new book on prayer (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God). There are many of prayer’s mysteries he handles with exellence and perhaps none more so than what Paul means when, in Romans 8, he writes these words: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” What are these groanings or sighs? Here is Keller’s answer.”

Loving the world is a waste of time – “Would any man lay out gold and silver for straws, stubble, chips, butterflies, and such things as these? Those who love the world are worth more than the world, and they give that for the world which is better than the world. The best things of the world are riches, learning, and gifts. But our souls are better than all these, better than the whole word. ‘What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ (Matt. 16:26).”

Worship Is an Act of Reversal – “The gathering together of the church for worship is an act of reversal; it is an act of reversing our loves.  Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “We don’t go to church to worship, we come to church already worshiping.” Our days are not marked with worshipless moments. We are always giving our hearts in worship towards some end — like running water that must move and wind around and fill up, worship is ever flowing out of us. When sin entered the garden, Adam’s and Eve’s worship wasn’t diminished, it was simply redirected.”

The Power of Context – “You don’t need to know everything to refute someone’s unbiblical idea. Just read the context.”

The Who, What, and Why of the Seeker Sensitive Movement Part 2-Falsified Radio – “We cover part 2 of the Seeker Sensitive Movement. You won’t want to miss this episode as we cover the leaders in seeker friendly world. In addition to the program we answer the question of ‘how do I talk to my loved one who is caught up in the seeker movement?'”

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The Daily Discovery (November 25, 2014)

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Help to Increase Your Thanksgiving Appetite – “When it comes to cultivating gratitude, we need all the help we can get. As I wrote last week, thanksgiving does not come naturally to sinful people. Grumbling and disputing comes natural (Philippians 2:14). Gratitude is the heart’s response to seeing and experiencing grace. And we must intentionally look for grace. It’s all around us. But selfishness distorts the lenses of our heart-eyes. So we need Scriptural prescription lenses to see right.”

Will California church Employees Be Forced to Pay for Abortions? – “Church employees in California are next on the list of Christians facing attacks on their religious freedom here in the United States. AiG has written several blogs and articles recently on that very topic; we are noticing that the battle for religious liberty in America is only getting fiercer. In Texas the attack was on freedom of speech for pastors; in Kentucky the battle is about the Ark Encounter’s freedom of speech and its right to hire people who agree with our religious tenets or statement of faith; in Idaho the issue was a wedding chapel that refused to marry same-sex couples; and now in California the battle centers around the idea that churches should have to pay for abortions. All of these involve fundamental issues of religious freedom where Christians are not being allowed to live out their biblically-based beliefs and convictions.”

The Indispensability Of The Covenant Of Grace – “And surely no Context of Holy Scripture can be solidly explicated, No Common Place of Divinity can be rightly handled, No Polemical or Controversal point can be dextrously descided, No Case of Conscience or Practical Question can be accurately resolved, No Christian Duty can be skilfully urged or advised, without due respect and Scope had to the COVENANT of GOD…. And so should every faithful and skilful Minister have it principally in Design, To be a Preacher of Gods Covenant; and every prudent Christian to be an Hearer and Practitioner of Gods Covenant: Gods Covenant Calling for most intentive respect from them both. So that whilst we are ignorant of the mysteries of Gods Covenant; we are Ignorant of Scriptures, of Christ, and of all Gods gracious Administrations to his Church.”

81 Weeks Of Art (Azurdia, That Is) Preaching Through The Book Of Revelation: The Demons Of The Abyss, Part 3 (9:7-12) – “Arturo Azurdia III is one of the pastors of Trinity Church, Portland, Oregon. Almost fifteen years ago, while pastoring another church in California, he preached through the book of Revelation over a course of 81 sermons. In the interest of full disclosure, Dr. Azurdia’s approach to this book may be a little different than what you may be accustomed to. If you will be patient with him, I think you will find that he brings much light to what can be a confusing book and makes it rather easy to understand. If you do not attend a Sunday evening service, this would be well worth your while as a substitute. You will need your bible open in front of you while listening to this series.”

Is My Love for the Lord Real? – “How do you KNOW whether your love for others (or even your love for God) is real or not? It is actually not difficult to “pretend to love” someone outwardly while inwardly not caring for them at all. I guess that’s why “true love” is what many teens are looking for.  Paul says we can recognize “true love” by the way we hate evil and cling to good.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 24, 2014)

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Why Is Church So Boring? R C Sproul’s Answer – “A recent survey of people who used to be church members revealed that the main reason they stopped going to church was that they found it boring. It is difficult for many people to find worship a thrilling and moving experience.  ‘How awesome is this place!’ This was Jacob’s response to being in the house of God. People do not normally feel that way in church. There is no sense of awe, no sense of being in the presence of One who makes us tremble. People in awe never complain that church is boring. R C Sproul.”

Gratitude is Hard to Do – “Gratitude should fill the Christian’s life (1 Thess. 5:18; Acts 2:46-47), especially with Thanksgiving on the horizon. So why am I so prone to ingratitude? Genuine gratitude seems elusive.  We live in maybe the most prosperous country in certainly the most prosperous era yet of all time. And as people bought back into relationship with God by the merit of Jesus Christ, Christians should be even more thankful than anyone else. Besides, gratitude is fun! As G. K. Chesterton says, ‘Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.’ We miss out on so much when we fail to live gratefully.”

4 Ways A Christian Leader Should Know ‘What Time It Is’ – “If influencing others is a key component of leadership, then Christian leadership will be about influencing people spiritually, leading them in a direction that helps them become more like Christ.”

The State of Theology: Heaven? Yes! Hell, No. – “In a bleak moment in a bleak text, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche has the Madman declare: ‘Where is God gone?’ he called out. ‘I mean to tell you! We have killed him, you and I! We are all his murderers! But how have we done it? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the whole horizon? What did we do when we loosened this earth from its sun?’ The Madman continues to lament, “Has it not become colder? Does not night come on continually, darker and darker?”

Spurgeon’s Three R’s: A Useful Method for Evangelism – “A few months ago, I led my church in a community evangelism effort. Our outreach was a little old-fashioned: we knocked on doors and talked to people, hoping the Lord would draw some to himself through the gospel.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 22-23, 2014)

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Is Vision Casting Biblical – “What is Vision Casting? Where does it come from? And is Vision Casting Biblical?”

Home Team Huddle: Hints on How to do Family Devotions – “I have mentioned previously how my wife helped me to man-up and start to lead our family worship times. It was embarrassing that I needed the help, but like with the lady in our GPS unit, I’ve learned not to argue with the voice of reason.”

Of What Use is the Law? Three purposes – “Recently, after our family had completed its daily devotional time together, my oldest son asked me a very insightful question: How do the Ten Commandments apply to us today if they were given so long ago in the Old Testament?”

Ferguson and the Soft Bigotry of America’s Leading Evangelicals – “Michael Gerson, an op-ed columnist for the Washington Post and former speech-writer for President George W Bush is credited with coining the phrase, ‘The soft bigotry of low expectations.’ Gerson, who also is a member of the ‘evangelical intelligentsia’ – an elitist group of evangelical Christians who excel in various fields of academia – designed the phrase to articulate a widely-understood but rarely asserted reality; racism is not always overt, but rather is often displayed in a politically-correct, yet patronizing acceptance of bad behavior or lowered standards.”

When Was the Last Time You Just Enjoyed Your Money? – “I overheard an interesting discussion the other day. I was out-and-about and caught just a fragment of a discussion about money and the sheer joy of having it. I couldn’t eavesdrop for more than a few words, but that was enough to get my mind working. I thought about the way I use my money, and the way we, as Christians, use our money. And I want to ask you the question: When was the last time you just enjoyed your money?”

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The Daily Discovery (November 21, 2014)

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No, You Are Not Running Late. You Are Rude and Inconsiderate! – “You are not “running late.” You are rude. You are inconsiderate. You need to change. Greg Savage’s frustration with other people’s tardiness boiled over into an amusing rant that he posted online, and that was subsequently read by hundreds of thousands.”

One Nation Under . . . ? – “At one time in the past, the people of the United States generally knew who ruled over the affairs of men—the Creator God of the Bible. They even put His name on their coins and currency. In just one generation that attitude has changed. What happened?”

6 Hopes From A Beautiful Design – “This past weekend, we wrapped up our fall series on biblical manhood and womanhood, A Beautiful Design. All along, I planned to land the plane in a particular way and spent last week writing and preparing that message. But at the last minute—literally on Saturday—I felt the Spirit compelling me to go a different direction and give a sermon that would be far more pastoral than prophetic.”

Compassion Without Compromise – “Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear something about homosexuality. It’s all over the news and all over social media. It’s the subject of countless conversations, arguments, diatribes, rants, punditry, and commentary. You can’t help but wonder: Is there really anything left to say?”

Spiritual Depression: The Dark Night of the Soul – “The dark night of the soul. This phenomenon describes a malady that the greatest of Christians have suffered from time to time. It was the malady that provoked David to soak his pillow with tears. It was the malady that earned for Jeremiah the sobriquet, “The Weeping Prophet.” It was the malady that so afflicted Martin Luther that his melancholy threatened to destroy him. This is no ordinary fit of depression, but it is a depression that is linked to a crisis of faith, a crisis that comes when one senses the absence of God or gives rise to a feeling of abandonment by Him.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 20, 2014)

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Pitting Holiness Against Holiness – “As most of you know, I spent most of my childhood reading comic books in the peace and quiet of my room. On one of those days, my youngest brother came in looking for some affection from his older brother who had his head in a comic book, and the lad innocently asked, ‘Frank: Who would win in a fight – the Hulk, or Captain America?'”

Bad Reasons to Adopt Pro-Gay Theology – “If homosexuals are bullied, we need to protect them. If they’re unjustly discriminated against, we need to help them. If they’re treated with contempt, the person hurting them should be stopped. If a family member comes out as gay and then is belittled, harmed, or vilified, then the offending family needs to be corrected. If Christians ridicule people who identify as gay or lesbian, they need to admonished. If a church doesn’t welcome seekers of all stripes (including people who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual), then it needs to change.”

Jerusalem Attack: ‘They Killed Them as They’re Praying’ – “Terror struck Israel’s capital again Tuesday when two Palestinian terrorists brutally murdered four people in a Jerusalem synagogue, including three Americans and one Briton.  Two of the jihadists were killed in the melee and six others were injured.  The attack took place in Har Nof, a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem. An amateur video shows the final shootout with police outside the synagogue.”

Five books to read near Christmas – “Yeah, I know. You probably don’t want to think about that word any more than I do right now. I mean, Christmas has so much baggage surrounding it that it’s hard to have much fun. But it’s coming (just a few weeks away, friends).  Despite how we might feel about travel, awkward conversations, and the risk of really loud toys entering our homes, there is so much for us to be thankful for in the season, particularly as we remember the significance of the birth of Christ.”

“You are cured of MS!” - “Some of you may recall how earlier this year I wrote about Trent Timmer, a young man in my congregation who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in June 2012. Through an amazing series of providences, Trent was admitted to a revolutionary treatment program that recently resulted in him being told by his doctor, ‘You are cured of MS!”’His father, my friend Gary Timmer, wrote the following testimony to our congregation last Sunday and I wanted to share this God-glorifying witness with you.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 19, 2014)

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Homosexual Sues God – “I know: been there, done that. Back in 2001 an Australian comedy starring Billy Connolly was released: The Man Who Sued God. So the idea is not exactly new. But we live in a time when all the elements are present to make such a situation move from film to reality.”

SBC Pastor Says Those Who Want Deeper Doctrine Are ‘Excrement of the Church – “In a sermon seemingly designed to defend their strip-mined ecclesiology and rebuke whatever number of actual disciples who might be left in the audience of 8 thousand people, David Hughes – pastor of the Southern Baptist, Church by the Glades – calls those in his church who desire to be taught doctrine ‘the excrement of the body of Christ.'”

Terminology Tuesday: Syncretism – “Syncretism: The attempt to assimilate differing or opposite doctrines and practices, especially between philosophical and religious systems, resulting in a new system altogether in which the fundamental structure and tenets of each have been changed. Syncretism of the gospel occurs when its essential character is confused with elements from the culture. In syncretism the gospel is lost as the church simply confirms what is already present in the culture.”

Here, let me help you help yourself – “First: We get inquiries all the time like ‘What is an RPB?’ and ‘Have you written on ____?’ I’m here to help you with that.  We know readers don’t expect us to drop everything and do their searching for them, or re-write what we’ve already put out in public. But they lack some skills for finding them easily themselves.  Here’s the easiest, as simple as I can put it. Let’s say you’re asking ‘What’s an RPB?'”

Always Abusing Semper Reformanda – “The Reformation churches have some wonderful slogans that are chock full of important truths. Sometimes, however, these slogans can be misconstrued, misreported, and misunderstood. With the possible exception of sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), none of these slogans has been mangled more often toward greater mischief than ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming). According to historian Michael Bush, much of what we think we know about this slogan is probably wrong.”

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The Daily Discovery (November 18, 2014)

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What is biblical discernment and why is it important? – “In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.  First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). According to the New Testament, discernment is not optional for the believer-it is required.”

Away With You Spineless Christian Men – “I have said this before, and I will keep saying it until I see some real changes taking place around here: Where are all the godly, courageous men of faith? Why do they seem to be an endangered species? Why is it that whenever some crisis comes up that demands Christian action and bravery, it is Christian women who lead the charge?”

A Blaze of Incredulity – “Today, a Facebook friend of mine posted an link to an article with the headline, “NBC News: ‘All Americans Will Be Microchipped In Less Than 3 Years.’” The article likens RFID chips to the Mark of the Beast. Such a comparison is representative of the end-times hysteria that has recently gripped popular culture. In my opinion, such a comparison is improper and sensationalistic for reasons I will below elucidate. The particular friend who posted the article is a conservative Christian. Unfortunately, her post was typical of a pervasive pattern that I’ve noticed on social media. Many conservative Christians seem very prone to post any and every conspiracy article that they can find from internet news sources of dubious repute. Often these articles are some sort of unholy religiopolitical hybrid. Christians, being the recipients of the revealed word of God in scripture and the beneficiaries of the inner witness of Holy Spirit, should exhibit far greater discernment than the world and display this great discernment to it.”

Changing “Jesus Calling” – Damage Control for A False Christ – “There has been an interesting – and concerning – development these past few months about the wildly popular Jesus Calling book by Sarah Young: The new 10th Anniversary Edition just published has been stripped and edited to remove or alter those pesky New Age elements, the alarming statements made by the author’s “Jesus.” and the problematic people influencing Sarah Young.”

Movie Review: Saving Christmas - “As the film opens, there is a Christmas party at Kirk’s sister’s house where we see a Santa Claus taking pictures with children, presents everywhere, food, festivities, and a giant nutcracker. This is where the main character is revealed; Kirk’s brother in law who is sitting in another room sulking because he isn’t a fan of all the Christmas cheer going on around him. The audience is then given a brief comic attempt from Deondre by making light of the Charismatic concepts of speaking in tongues, being baptized for the second time, and being “sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost and that with a burning fire.” It’s a cheap attempt at showing how these things mentioned are supposed to be acceptable. “

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