The Life Book

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Does God Exist?

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RISEN

“Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Release Date: February 19, 2016 (Sony)

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He Is Risen!

He is risen!

Today is the day! It’s finally here, Easter Sunday, the day when followers of Christ all over the world celebrate His resurrection. The Son of God who walked among us as a Son of man was dead, but now He is alive again! The Bible says that Jesus made us holy by sacrificing Himself: one sacrifice for all time.

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Why will sinners go to hell?

Confused-Image1Much damage has been done to the cause of the gospel by telling the world that they will go to hell “because they don’t believe in Jesus.” This makes no sense to the ungodly. It seems unreasonable that God would eternally damn them for not believing something. However, the verse can be explained this way: if a man jumps out of a plane without a parachute, he will perish because he transgressed the law of gravity. Had he put on a parachute, he would have been saved. In one sense, he perished because he didn’t put on the parachute. But the primary reason he died was because he broke the law of gravity.

If a sinner refuses to trust in Jesus Christ before he passes through the door of death, he will perish. This isn’t because he refused to trust the Savior, but because he transgressed the Law of God. Had he “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 13:14), he would have been saved; but because he refused to repent, he will suffer the full consequences of his sin. Sin is not “failing to believe in Jesus.” Sin is “transgression of the Law” (1 John 3:4, KJV).

From The Evidence Bible, NKJV

 

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When Running From Heartbreak Turns Deadly

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When God Seems Unjust

WhenGodUnjustIn her pamphlet “When God Seems Unjust,Joni Eareckson Tada expounds a heartfelt and biblical response to life’s questions on suffering and unfairness. She explains why during tough times, it can feel as if God is being unjust.

In 1967, while swimming in Chesapeake Bay,  Joni misjudged the shallowness of the water while diving in, and suffered a fracture between the fourth and fifth cervical levels, causing her to become a quadriplegic (paralyzed from the shoulders down).

During her two years of rehabilitation, according to her autobiography, she experienced anger, depression, suicidal thoughts, and religious doubts. However, Joni learned to paint with a brush between her teeth, and began selling her artwork. To date, she has written over forty books, recorded several musical albums, starred in an autobiographical movie of her life, and is an advocate for disabled people.

When God Seems Unjust begins with Joni describing a horrific attack to a friend of hers named Vicky, who was left paralyzed. Vicky, like most people in her situation, struggled with the questions, Why did this happen to me? and Where was God? Joni turns to the Psalms to encourage the reader, reminding her (and us) that in those times when life seems unfair or unjust, to remember that injustice is part of living in a fallen world, to lean on God and his mercies, and to not become bitter.

Joni further expresses that as Christians, we are to approach trials with a “supernatural response,” as opposed to a “natural response.”  A supernatural response will return good for evil, and bless rather than curse. For God is sovereign, in control, and works out everything for his own ends. Joni points to the story of Job. Despite all the suffering and loss that Job experienced, and all of the unfairness he was subjected to, Job turned to the Lord for his mercy.

As Joni points out, “there is no fairness in this diseased and broken world.” The question then is this: Does God ever give us what we deserve? No, he does not, and that’s a very good thing. His justice, mercy, and grace are what ultimately spare us.

  • Justice is when we get what we do deserve, and that is hell.
  • Mercy is when we do not get what we deserve, and that is salvation.
  • Grace  is when we get what we do not deserve, and that is forgiveness, answers to prayer, a home in heaven, becoming co-heirs with Christ, service in God’s kingdom for all of eternity, and so much more.

In When God Seems Unjust, Joni Eareckson Tada provides Christians with sound advice and biblical truth, to encourage us through those times that seem unfair or unjust. Joni reflects back on her own times of suffering, but is quick to add that God never withholds good, and it’s our choice to become a victim or a victor.

Rose Publishing – “When God Seems Unjust”

Joni Eareckson Tada- Joni and Friends!

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Rose Publishing has provided Christian Resource Cafe with an advanced reader copy of this pamphlet.

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HE is Not Here….HE is RISEN!

He-Is-Risen-TombJohn 20

The Resurrection

20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,[b] “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews,[c] Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Jesus and Thomas

24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin,[d] was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of This Book

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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Scriptures for Strength & Encouragement

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The Bible has been a source of support, comfort, and encouragement to people through the ages. Here are some helpful scriptures, each of which is preceded by a brief statement to help apply the passage to your life.

When Feeling Weak:I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2).

When Feeling Insecure:When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” (Psalm 94:18-19).

When Feeling Vulnerable:The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.” (Nahum 1:7).

When in Need of Courage:But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7).

When Feeling Anxious: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Jesus.” (John 14:1)

When Feeling Frightened:God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2).

When in Need of Assurance: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).

To Increase Self-Confidence and Faith: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

To Recall God’s Great Love: For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10).

To Be Reminded of God’s Faithfulness in All of Life’s Journey’s:The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

To Remember to Live One Day at a Time, Trusting God For Future Needs: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34).

For Quiet Trust and Confidence in God:Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” (Proverbs 3:25-26).

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