Friday, January 31, 2014

Random Word Writing Challenge #50

Click on the picture for a better view of the storm...
then write as many paragraphs as you like using the words above.
Entries may be poetry, prose, fiction, essays or interviews.
(or any other form of creatively written expression.)
Just be funny, clever and theological...

The Best of AA #5


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Best of AA #2


Random Word Writing Challenge #49

Write as many paragraphs as you like using the words above.
Entries may be poetry, prose, fiction, essays or interviews.
(or any other form of creatively written expression.)
Just be funny, clever and theological...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Old Ad

A hearty thanks goes to Calvinistic Cartoons fan, Brumloe Martin
 for sending us this magazine ad.

The Best of AA #1

Just a suggestion - to read these classic Arminian Antics articles - take the time to right click on the AA blog page, then click on "open link in new window", then use the magnifying glass provided to enlarge it. Then you might be able to read it while your dusting your room or vacuuming your rug. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

FREE McDowell Book for McKindle Users


With over 40 million books sold, bestselling author Josh McDowell is no stranger to creatively presenting biblical truth. Now, partnering with fellow apologist Dave Sterrett, Josh introduces a new series targeted at the intersection of story and truth.

The Coffee House Chronicles are short, easily devoured novellas aimed at answering prevalent spiritual questions. Each book in the series tackles a long-contested question of the faith, and then answer these questions with truth through relationships and dialogue in each story.

In Who is Jesus, Really?: A Dialogue on God, Man, and Grace, the group of students now meeting at the coffee house at a college town in Texas come face-to-face with the implications of the person and works of Jesus Christ. Their questions and conversations lead them to creatively respond to a well-known Atheist about Jesus' claims and actions. The other two books in the series: Is the Bible True, Really? and Did the Resurrection Happen, Really? continue the unfolding story at the college campus and the coffee house down the road.

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File under Odd but True


The Nikola Tesla Action Figure
...and the Nikola Tesla Finger Puppet.

Arminian Antics #123


Friday, January 24, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Random Word Writing Challenge #48

Write as many paragraphs as you like using the words above.
Entries may be poetry, prose, fiction, essays or interviews.
(or any other form of creatively written expression.)
Just be funny, clever and theological...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Another FREE Book from Kindle

You may think you are a Christian—but are you sure? Jesus’ call to follow him is more than an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life and find new life and ultimate joy in him. In David Platt’s book Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live he asks the question, “What did Jesus really mean when he said, ‘Follow me’?” What if we really listened to Jesus’ words and heard what he is saying? When people truly engage with Jesus’ personal invitation to follow him, everything changes, for he is worthy of all our trust and affections.

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? builds on the message of Follow Me to motivate readers to experience our grand purpose: to exalt the glory of God by spreading Christ’s gospel—to make disciples who are making disciples. This booklet is a great resource to share with others to discuss crucial faith questions in a personal and grace-filled manner and engage others to be disciple-makers in obedience to Jesus. Ideal for small groups or personal and mass evangelism.

FREE Spurgeon Gems on Kindle

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Spurgeon Gems is a collection of quotations from Spurgeon’s sermons, preached during the years 1880 through 1892. The 280 quotations mostly consist of a few sentences up to a paragraph and are arranged into 34 relevant topics. Few if any preachers of the Word ever have preached the Gospel of the grace of God with greater clarity. These excerpts serve as an introduction to the writings of Spurgeon, a refreshing reminder of the glories of the Lord, and a summary of the doctrines proclaimed by this outstanding man of God.
 
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Eternal Victory!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Take Advantage of This for Heaven's Sake!

Reach through the fog of this life…and see the world beyond. 

From the author of the bestselling book Heaven, here are 60 meditations that will inspire you to live each day with an eternal perspective. 

Spiritually speaking, we live in the Country of the Blind. Sin has blinded us to the truth about God and Heaven, both of which are real yet unseen. But just as the physically blind must accept by faith there are stars in the sky, we must remind ourselves what Scripture tells us about eternal realities. 

In daily doses, author Randy Alcorn offers insights on the Christian life along with Scriptures and inspirational quotes that can transform the way you think and live today. 

It’s time to open your eyes—and see the unseen.

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Just for Laughs #284

What do you say they say?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Why? WHY??

What's next? Hindenburg Helium Balloons? Titanic Life Jackets?
I think they're selling The Great Chicago Fire Extinguishers on the next aisle.

Just for Laughs #282

Go ahead...make my caption.

Friday, January 10, 2014

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ENDORSEMENTS: 

I commend this book to you because my heart burned as I read it. It did what the best books do; it drew me out of my sin-distorted, self-consumed, stiflingly miniscule world and showed me real, expansive, soul-nourishing glory. It helped me see God. It led me to worship and stirred my longing to worship deeper. Read it. And make sure you don’t stop till you’ve read through chapter four, which alone makes this book worth more than its weight in gold. 

- Jon Bloom, President of Desiring God Ministries 

Stephen Altrogge tackles an important subject in this book: Our penchant for creating God in our own safe, suburban, agreeable, do-nothing, offend-nobody image. Altrogge shreds that in the very first chapter, and it needed to be shredded. But then he points us to the greatness of a big, powerful, wrathful, just, dangerous, and loving God - exactly the kind of God I want and need to worship. 

- Ted Kluck, award-winning author of 'Why We Love the Church' and 'Robert Griffin III: Athlete, Leader, Believer.' 

Do you ever feel like it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away that you enjoyed the grandeur and sheer awe-fullness of God? Untameable God is a candid call to any who would be a jolly beggar of grace to worship the One who is thrice holy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to recommending it to others. 

- Gloria Furman, author of 'Glimpses of Grace' and 'Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full' 

Have we tamed God? Put Him in a box? Stephen Altrogge thinks so and he is right. In Untamable God, Stephen Altrogge writes about the God who is relentless in His love, relentless in His wrath, and just how much we have minimized both. Untamable is a modern day book about the attributes of God, depravity of man, and Cross that reconciles us to our Creator. Altrogge beckons us to come and know God as He is, the great I Am, the untamable God, the God of the Bible. This is the God I want and desire to know. 

– Trillia Newbell, author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity 

He is not safe, but he is good." C.S. Lewis' words permeate every page of Stephen Altrogge's new book, Untameable God, as he confronts and corrects our constant attempts to reimagine the God of the Bible into some damnably "safe" cheap substitute. Jesus isn't safe—but he is good, and that is such good news for weary sinners. Read this book and rejoice! 

- Aaron Armstrong, author of 'Contend' and 'Awaiting a Savior'; blogger at Blogging Theologically 

Untamable God is a raw, potent and timely look at the distinct "otherness" of God. Stephen reminds us of who God is, why He's not like us and what our response, as tamable, fallible creatures, should be. Never more needed. 

- Ronnie Martin - lead pastor of Substance Church and author of 'Finding God in the Dark' 

In Untamable God, Stephen Altrogge exposes the tidy, sanitized, impotent “god” of this age, showing him to be far less than the one true God of biblical Christianity. 

Altrogge sheds light on who God is by showing – with generous helpings from Scripture -- who God is not. He does so in irresistibly catchy chapters like “The God Who Makes Us Feel Warm And Fuzzy,” “The God Who Loves Whores,” and “The God Who Is Not Impressed.” 

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Vault of Humor #25


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vault of Humor #24

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Don't Be Afraid! It's Just a New Free Kindle Book!

From the Back Cover

You Can Conquer Fear!
Everyone is afraid of something—failure, success, loneliness, crowds, death, life—the list is endless. And no one is immune to fear. Fear haunts the weak and the powerful, the young and the old, the rich and the poor. It is the great equalizer.

Some fears—hearing an unexpected noise in the night or encountering an icy bend in the road—attack us only momentarily, passing almost as quickly as they come. But others, such as contracting a deadly illness, being rejected by a loved one, or dying alone, can haunt us for a lifetime, taking up residence in our minds and eating away at our sense of security—and eventually taking over our lives.

Well, fear not!

There is hope. In What Are You Afraid Of? Dr. David Jeremiah identifies and explains what is at the heart of nine of our greatest fears and lays out a biblical plan for overcoming each one of them. He also examines one particular fear that should be part of our daily lives: the fear of God.
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Think about it...

Pharisees are more than mere tidbits of ancient history.
The Pharisees’ sad transition from God’s most zealous defenders to Jesus’s archenemies is important for every Christian to understand. As long as our only image of a Pharisee is that of a spiritual loser and perennial enemy of Jesus, we’ll never recognize the clear and present danger in our own life.
I’ve found that becoming a modern-day, accidental Pharisee is a lot like eating at Denny’s. No one wants to go there. We just end up there.
The journey usually starts out innocently enough. It begins with a desire to be at the front of the “following Jesus” line. We step out in faith, make some big changes, clean up areas of sin and compromise, and begin to pursue new spiritual disciplines.
So far, so good. But as we press forward, it’s hard not to notice those who lag behind. And it’s at this point that we have an important decision to make: will we keep our eyes glued on Jesus or will we turn our focus onto those who lag behind?

DON’T LOOK DOWN!

I remember once meeting with a group of men who were passionate about their walk with God. Somehow our conversation turned toward those in the church who were not so passionate. Next thing I knew, they were ripping on the way everyone else raised their children, spent their money, read their Bible, and set their priorities.
Now these were quality men. They were doing far better than most raising their kids, spending their money, reading their Bible, and setting priorities. The problem wasn’t that they noticed the difference. The problem was what they did with the information. They used it to justify looking down on everyone else.

HE HATES HAUGHTY EYES

When I called them on it, they were mildly remorseful, sort of like they’d been busted for a speeding ticket. But it was clear to me that no one felt particularly convicted or determined not go there again. So I decided to take them on a little journey through Scripture to see God’s perspective on the conversation we’d just had.
We started with Satan’s prideful fall and moved on from there. But the shocker for most of them was a list of things God hates. It’s found in Proverbs 6:16–19. Right at the top of his I-hate-it-when-you-do-that list is “haughty eyes,” the disgusted and disdainful look of arrogance that parallels the harsh conversation we’d just had.
There are lots of things that can anger God. Few would guess that looking down on others would be at the top of the list. Yet it is.
Now that got their attention!
But it’s true. Their dismissive and judgmental take on others wasn’t minor chitchat—it was major sin. Top-of-the-list sin.
I wrote Accidental Pharisees because I’ve become increasingly concerned that many in our tribe are making the same mistake. We strive to be at the front of the following-Jesus line. Yet the closer we get to the front, the more we’re tempted to compare ourselves with those in the back.
So here’s a brief list of six of the most telling indicators that we may have inadvertently started down the road of an Accidental Pharisee, looking down on others and trusting in our own righteousness.

1. DISDAIN FOR THOSE AT THE BACK OF THE LINE

Instead of a Jesus-like compassion for those who can’t keep up, we view them with a deepening sense of frustration, cynicism, and a cocky arrogance.

2. A SPIRIT OF EXCLUSIVITY

When thinning the herd becomes more important than expanding the kingdom; or raising the bar becomes more important than helping people climb over it, something has gone terribly wrong.

3. EXTRA-BIBLICAL RULES AND EXPECTATIONS

Few of us would see ourselves as legalists. We think we’ve moved on from old-school legalism because we no longer judge people by what’s in their refrigerator. But the spirit of legalism still runs strong. We now judge people by what’s in their driveway and how big their house is.

4. A PATTERN OF IDOLIZING THE PAST

Whether it’s the New Testament church or the scholars of old, we tend to give them a free pass for their failures. But the present-day bride of Christ and the current crop of leaders whom Jesus has put in place are assailed for their blind spots, failures, and feet of clay. Like the Pharisees of old, we rip on the living prophets and then build monuments to them once they die.

5. A QUEST FOR CLONE-LIKE UNIFORMITY

Jesus had room for Simon the Zealot and Matthew the Tax Collector. Yet sometimes, the more biblically grounded we become, the less room we have for anyone who hasn’t yet learned all that we’ve learned. The result is a circle of fellowship that’s tighter than Jesus’s circle of acceptance.

6. GIFT PROJECTION

“Gift projection” the toxic belief that my calling is everyone else’s calling. It disfigures the body of Christ by insisting that ears become eyes and hands become feet. It looks like passion for the mission, but in reality, it’s candy-coated arrogance.

TWO ROADS DIVERGE

The good news is that even if we’ve inadvertently started down the road of an accidental Pharisee, we don’t have to end up there. We can repent, turn around, and reset our gaze on Jesus. But for that to happen, we have to recognize that we’ve left the path of discipleship. And that’s why I wrote Accidental Pharisees, to highlight the warning signs that we’ve left the path and turned down a dangerous detour that turns well-intentioned zealots into accidental Pharisees.

by Larry Osborne

Want more? Pick up your copy of Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangerous of Overzealous Faithtoday.
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