Putting Christ Back in Xmas

OK – I have to admit the use of the word ‘Xmas’ has always bothered me.

I’ve assumed it was just another way of removing Christ from Christmas. Then I read R.C. Sproule’s answer to the question, “Why is X used when it replaces Christ in Christmas?”

His answer certainly puts this practice in a different light.

R.C.’s answer:

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4 Ways Final Judgment Can Influence Our Lives Now

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

Those aren’t Augustine’s words. Or Luther’s. Or Wesley’s. Spurgeon’s or Piper’s.

Those are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. Words found in our sacred Scriptures.

That means that the doctrine of the Final Judgment is a doctrine we should learn and teach.

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11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation

I’ve recently been speaking with people who are rather complacent about their ‘faith’. They attend church occasionally, but are quick to say they are “not religious“. They then go on to propose what amounts to a “many roads lead to God” theory.

Although I cannot look at their hearts, these kinds of conversations lead me to conclude that, sadly, these are people with no relationship with God.

I then thought about my own faith. What characteristics are indicative of genuine salvation. Are these characteristics evident in my life? I came across the following list which was useful for me to evaluate the health of my relationship with God. Please understand that we are saved through faith alone and none of these indicators are a means of salvation, rather, they are indicative of the work done by God alone in our lives; they are the outcome not the means.

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Two Quotes about Conversion

In the light of Stu’s previous post on “Saving Faith“, I thought readers would be interested in these two quotes on conversion from two giants of gospel proclamation.

J. C. Ryle:
“To be “born of God” is to be the subject of an inward change of heart, so complete, that it is like passing into a new existence. It is the introduction into the human soul of a seed from heaven, a new principle, a Divine nature, a new will. Certainly it is no outward bodily alteration; but it is no less certain that it is an entire alteration of the inward man.

“It adds no new faculties to our minds; but it gives an entirely new bent and bias to our old ones. The tastes and opinions of one “born of God,” his views of sin, of the world, of the Bible, of God, and of Christ, are so thoroughly new, that he is to all intents and purposes what Paul calls “a new creature.”

John Piper to a group of pastors:
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What Dawkins, Hawking, and Hitchens Know About God

I faithfully read Rev Dr David P Murray’s blog, Head Heart Hand. David is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In his post,  “What Dawkins, Hawking and Hitchens know about God“, he lists eight things the visible creation tells every atheist about the invisible Creator?

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Who Are We?

The following was written for our new “About Us” page which we have recently added to this site.

In case you haven’t visited that page, here’s the lowdown on us.

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Hills Bible Church (HBC)
-an evangelical Baptist church affiliated as a ‘church fellowship’ with the Baptist Union of Victoria.

Unfortunately, in our contemporary  world, the term ‘evangelical’ has taken on  a meaning not ever considered by the historic use of the term.

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The Myth of Circumstantial Freedom

Originally Published at: Reformed Baptist Fellowship – All rights remain their property …reposted without modification.

MOST PEOPLE say that they believe in “free will.” Do you have any idea what that means? I believe that you will find a great deal of superstition on this subject. The will is saluted as the grand power of the human soul which is completely free to direct our lives. But from what is it free? And what is its power?

No one denies that man has a will — that is, a faculty of choosing what he wishes to say, do, and think. But have you ever reflected on the pitiful weakness of your will? Though you have the ability to make a decision, you do not have the power to carry out your purpose. Will may devise a course of action, but will has no power to execute its intention.

Joseph’s brothers hated him. They sold him to be a slave. But God used their actions to make him a ruler over themselves. They chose their course of action to harm Joseph. But God in His power directed events for Joseph’s good. He said, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, …” ().

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20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

18 Tricks to Memorise More Scripture

Can’t remember where you put your keys? Blanked on your child’s name and the church you go to?

This isn’t a sign that you’re getting old.

Zaldy S. Tan, MD, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, says it’s a sign of how busy we are.

“When we’re not paying good attention, the memories we form aren’t very robust, and we have a problem retrieving the information later.”

John Piper – “Think Christ”

Why Right Thinking is so Important for Christians

At a recent conference in Germany, John Piper talked about why right thinking is so important for Christians:Study word

1. It is possible to have strong feelings and be lost if the feelings are not based on knowledge (Romans 10:1-2).

2. God has planned that thinking about the Bible is the means he uses to give understanding (2 Timothy 2:7).

3. Paul is given as an example of reasoning with the Bible (Acts 17:2-3).

4. Jesus assumes and requires that we will use logic in understanding both what is natural and what is spiritual (Luke 12:54-57).

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