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40 Things To Be Thankful For

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In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are told to "Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances ; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I thought it would be a good time to share 40 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, along with a brief description of why. You should be thankful for: 1.         Your Life You may take it for granted, but our lives are given to us as gifts from God. 2.         Your Family God also gives us our families, and we should be thankful for each and every one of them. 3.         Your Wife/Husband/Girlfriend/Boyfriend Again, we should be thankful for the people that God has placed in our lives. 4.         Your Friends Friends, likewise, are a gift from God. We should be thankful for those that God places in our lives, especially the ones that lead us closer to Christ. 5.         Food If you have something to eat this Thanksgiving, you should be

Atonement

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Atonement describes the act that Christ took on our behalf to reconcile us to God by Christ's death. The Manual  of the Church of the Nazarene outlines the denomination's understanding of the atonement. It states, We believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His death on the Cross, made a full atonement for all human sin, and that this Atonement is the only ground of salvation, and that it is sufficient for every individual of Adam's race. The Atonement is graciously efficacious for the salvation of the irresponsible and for the children in innocency but is efficacious for the salvation of those who reach the age of responsibility only when they repent and believe. In this article, the Church of the Nazarene's Wesleyan-Arminian heritage is seen clearly. Before we work our way through this Article, I think that it is important to discuss some other issues relating to the atonement of Christ. Three Theories There are

Sin

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The Church of the Nazarene affirms both original sin and personal (or actual) sin. Typically, when the average person thinks of sin, he or she thinks of personal sin. However, the doctrine of original sin is clear in Scripture, and is thus also affirmed. The Church of the Nazarene's fifth Article of Faith draws a distinction between the two and defines each. The Article itself states: " We believe that sin came into the world through the disobedience of our first parents, and death by sin. We believe that sin is of two kinds: original sin or depravity, and actual or personal sin. We believe that original sin, or depravity, is that corruption of the nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which everyone is very far gone from original righteousness or the pure state of our first parents at the time of their creation, is averse to God, is without spiritual life, and inclined to evil, and that continually. We further believe that original sin continues to exist w

Holy Scripture

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The Church of the Nazarene's article on the Christian Scriptures is as follows: We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith. There are several elements here, and I would like to take them each in turn. Plenary Inspiration The Church of the Nazarene affirms the plenary inspiration of Scripture, which means that we affirm that Scripture is inspired throughout. This implies the denial that some parts of Scripture are not inspired. The Church of the Nazarene recognizes the canon of Scripture that most Protestants recognize—the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. All 66 of these books, regardless of their genre, context, or location in the canon, are completely inspired by God. To

The Holy Spirit

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In the previous articles, we have examined the Church of the Nazarene's statements concerning the  Trinity  and Jesus Christ . The third Article of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene speaks about the Person and role of the Holy Spirit. It states, We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead, that He is ever present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ, convicting the world of sin, regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding us into all truth as it is in Jesus. As with previous articles, let's take this one piece at a time. Third Person of the Triune Godhead We have examined this in previous articles, recognizing that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and with Jesus Christ. By calling the Holy Spirit the Third Person of the Godhead, there is no intent to imply that He is in any way less than the Father or the Son. Again, all three Persons of the Godhead are co-e

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Reformation Day

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For those who may not be aware, today is Reformation Day. That is, this is the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Catholic church, the event that is often credited with starting the Protestant Reformation. There is one writing of Martin Luther's that is famous for influencing the life of John Wesley. This was Martin Luther's preface to the book of Romans. To commemorate Reformation Day, I think it is appropriate to share what was read to John Wesley that evening at Aldersgate. The following is the text of Martin Luther's preface to the book of Romans. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "This Epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest Gospel, and is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. It can never be read or po

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