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Magnificent Obsession: The Bible

Dear J.
Thanks for the letter and the questions within. I’ll try to cover most of them but there is one that we need to address right away, because it is a question that causes great confusion. You ask why Christians are so divided about what the teaching of Jesus actually is. Why are there so many disputes that I criticized in my last letter? Isn’t it just everyone making up a Jesus in their own image?

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Listen to the message "The Church Confronts the World" by Alistair Begg

Listen to this additional message from Alistair Begg on Acts 24.

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Magnificent Obsession: Why Did Jesus do Miracles?

You are probably quite right in thinking you will never see a miracle done: you are probably equally right in thinking that there was a natural explanation of anything in your past life which seemed, at the first glance, to be ‘rum’ or ‘odd’. God does not shake miracles into nature at random as if from a pepper pot.

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Magnificent Obsession: Did Jesus do miracles?

The trouble is that a postmodern view of history has taken a grip of many (non) thinkers. History is seen only through the eye of the recipient and, just as you can have a pick ‘n’ mix theology, so you can have a pick ‘n’ mix view of history.

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Magnificent Obsession: The Gospels

Some of your friends have told you that you cannot accept the Gospels as historical documents. Why not? They were written as historical documents (take for example the prologue to Luke’s Gospel, which talks about investigating and sources).

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Magnificent Obsession: The Beginning

Let’s begin at the beginning (although as we will see, the birth of Jesus was not the beginning of Jesus). When did Jesus exist? Did He really exist?

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June Featured Resource: Magnificent Obsession

For the unbeliever, the desire for indisputable proof and hard evidence can be a stumbling block for accepting the foundations of Christianity. David Robertson confronts these stumbling blocks head on and counter argues the atheist perspective point by point. Addressing the historicity of the Gospels, the robust evidence for the miracles of Jesus, and the transforming power of the living Word of God in the Bible, Robertson firmly exhorts that faith in Christ is not based on ignorance, but on knowledge.

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18 Words: Justification

The doctrine of justification as presented by Paul sounds paradoxical, almost shocking; for it tells us that God, the holy Lawgiver and just Judge, who reveals inflexible righteous wrath against ‘all ungodliness and wickedness of men’ (Rom. 1:18), now reckons righteousness to the unrighteous and justifies the ungodly (Rom. 3:23-24; 4:5).

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Truth For Life ‘Staff Picks’ Recommended Reading for Students

Do you have a young adult, college student or prospective college student in your life? The decisions, lifestyles and pressures of both selecting a college and attending college are challenging, particularly for the Christian.

At this time of year, the staff at Truth For Life recommends the following resources as gift suggestions for graduating high school seniors. Several other titles make for helpful summer reading for existing college students on break.

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18 Words: Faith

In the Bible, faith, or believing, involves both credence and commitment.

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Keep Our Gaze

"To keep our gaze on the Lord Jesus is noble and pleasant employment." -Spurgeon

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18 Words: Grace

Grace is God’s undeserved favour, His unmerited love. The word translated ‘grace’ in the New Testament (charis) is used in the Greek Old Testament to render the Hebrew chen, also translated ‘grace’ in the KJV, which signifies the ‘favour’ that a suppliant ‘finds’ in the eyes of a superior person from whom he cannot claim favourable treatment as of right.

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18 Words: Sin

The deepest division between men in this world may be put as follows: some have knowledge of sin, and some do not. This division is not only between the church and the world; it exists in the church too.

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18 Words: Revelation

God takes us into his confidence and shares his secrets with us; God finds us ignorant, and gives us knowledge. That is what revelation means.

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18 Words: The Most Important Words You Will Ever Know

"Whatever else in the Bible catches your eye, do not let it distract you from Him." - J.I. Packer in 18 Words: The Most Important Words You Will Ever Know

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Applying the Subject of Keeping the Heart

The keeping of the heart is the great work of a Christian, in which the very soul and life of religion consist, and without which all other duties are of no value in the sight of God.

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Keeping the Heart in a Time of Great Trials

There are times in our life which require more than a common vigilance over our heart. John Flavel suggests at ways to guard our hearts during great trials in this excerpt from his book "Keeping the Heart."

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Keeping the Heart in a Time of Temptation

Though we are charged with always keeping the heart and loving God, there are some special seasons in the life of Christian which require our utmost diligence in keeping the heart. In his book, Keeping the Heart, John Flavel looks at those times when we face temptation and how we can look to God for help.

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Easter Messages by Alistair Begg

Listen to Good Friday and Easter messages Alistair Begg has preached over the years as we reflect on this time of year.

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Keeping the Heart in a time of Danger and Public Distraction

Though we are charged with always keeping the heart and loving God, there are some special seasons in the life of Christian which require our utmost diligence in keeping the heart. These times require more than common vigilance over the heart. The first season we will look at is keeping the heart in a time of danger and public distraction.

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