A fantastic article by Dan Cruver from togetherforadoption.org on thoughts written by the Puritan John Owen. First published on their website on November 6, 2012, this article is well written and very thought provoking. Please take the time to read
Ta Ethne is continuing to grow. 2012 saw some amazing results, many more ministry opportunities and some wonderful friends made from different parts of the world. Resources were added and the support has been overwhelming. 2013 seems to be full of even more opportunity. Currently we are exploring a new web host for our ministry, which will allow us to post videos and podcasts that are more accessible than what we are using now. With the Lord’s blessing, we will be looking to launch the new website before April.
The blog here will continue as before, and hopefully we will be able to integrate it into our new web site as well. WordPress has been a terrific partner, with their customer support being very helpful with us. For that reason, we will continue using this forum as our primary news outlet in keeping you updated with the day-to-day activities here at Ta Ethne.
Ta Ethne also has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also hope to start using our Facebook page more consistently in 2013. So many of our followers use this particular social media application that we are working on a schedule to use our page more effectively.
Continue to be in pray as God grows us and enables us to serve His ministers even more effectively this year. If you have a prayer need, please email us at email@example.com
As part of our ongoing efforts to provide resources to leaders in the Kingdom of God, Ta Ethne is pleased to announce that, beginning this week, a commentary on Jude will be offered. As this book is still in production, a chapter a week will be posted and become available under the Bible Studies tab. As the work progresses, comments are welcome. When the commentary is finished it will be published in print, Kindle and audio formats. Please, look for the links entitled Dominos: A Dynamic Commentary on the Epistle of Jude under the Bible Studies tab.
A well-written article well worth your time to read on the subject of preaching.
The religions that man creates are actually attempts to escape having to face the true God. We invent religion – not because we are seeking God but because we are running away from Him. — James Montgomery Boice
The Apostle Paul wrote what is perhaps the most perceptive critique of human nature ever written and it is recorded in the Letter to the Romans, chapter 1 verses 18-32:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed [q]forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
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