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Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Ten turning points have made all the difference—not just for some religion, not just for some people, but for all of reality. It’s time now to wrap up this series with a summary. This has been a series with a mixed purpose. I had been wanting to summarize the story of history viewed through the lens of its most crucial events. I ended up doing it with a small…

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Ten Turning Points: Dissonance In Heaven? You Bet!

Ten Turning Points: Dissonance In Heaven? You Bet!

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference One of the great puzzles about our future state in heaven is, won’t we be bored? I know there will be lots and lots of joy and love and worship. I’m not worried about heaven being bland and stale; surely God loves us more than to let that happen! It’s just that I can’t imagine how it will be. Specifically, if there’s no danger, no difficulty, and if we…

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Ten Turning Points: The Return of Jesus Christ

Ten Turning Points: The Return of Jesus Christ

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference A few days ago I asked “What Made This Dust Into a Meaning-Maker?” Atheists and skeptics, just like everyone else, know that human life has meaning; my question was, how does that work without a transcendent source to give life that meaning? Atheists commenting on that blog have countered by asking what we mean by objective meaning. (d’s comment here is representative.) Here’s part of the answer: what we…

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Ten Turning Points: To Know That God Is Among Us

Ten Turning Points: To Know That God Is Among Us

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference We live in a God-created, God-inhabited, God-haunted world. That’s the clear message of Scripture. Everything in this series so far points to that reality. God is among us. “In him we live and move and have our being,” said Paul in Acts 17: 26. The line was not original with him: he was quoting a Greek poet, probably Epimenides of Crete. This insight is not unique to Christianity: others…

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Ten Turning Points: Is the Holy Spirit Missing?

Ten Turning Points: Is the Holy Spirit Missing?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference I wrote last time about the Holy Spirit’s work in believers. The sad fact is that we don’t see that work as consistently as we should. Bill Bright, who authored the message I linked to in my first talk on this topic, estimates that 95% of believers are living defeated lives, not experiencing the reality of God’s life within them. Why is that? Is God missing? No, what’s missing…

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Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit’s Work

Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit’s Work

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Of all the many things that could be said about the Holy Spirit’s work in the believer, there is one that I think covers them all. 1 Cor. 2:14-3:4 reads, The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but…

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Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit and the Believer

Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit and the Believer

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference When Jesus Christ was preparing his disciples for his departure, he said it would be better for them when he was gone, because then the Holy Spirit would come and be with them (John 16:5-11). I wonder if they thought that made sense. What could be better than walking and talking with the Lord himself? The answer: living one’s whole life in close communion with God everywhere any one…

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Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Last night I passed along five facts on which historians are solidly agreed. Jesus was crucified The disciples believed that Jesus appeared to them after his death Paul (Saul) was converted to faith in Christ after Jesus’ death Jesus’ half-brother James was likewise converted to faith in Jesus after the crucifixion The tomb in which Jesus was buried was empty that first Easter morning Knowledgeable consensus is virtually unanimous…

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Ten Turning Points: Evidences for the Resurrection

Ten Turning Points: Evidences for the Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Easter is just over a week away, and the question comes up, is there evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection? The answer is absolutely, undeniably, yes, there is. Is there proof? The answer is an equally strong no. Much of the time we talk about evidences and proof without thinking about what the words mean. My opening sentence here sets the stage for that discussion. What is proof, first of all?…

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