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Resurrection: legend or fact?

Without the resurrection, the Church is an effect with no cause.

When it comes to determining the historical truth of the resurrection of Christ, many skeptics would be correct by claiming, “the resurrection can’t be scientifically proven.”  This is because historical events aren’t assessed scientifically.  They can’t be scrutinized by the scientific process, reduced to elements controlled in a laboratory and repeated numerous times.  Historical events are assessed with forensics.  We approach the resurrection with the same criteria with which we would approach events such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Battle of the Bulge or the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.  Since none of those events are repeatable in a lab, we have to assess source materials relevant to the events.  Who saw it?  What did they say?  Is the source an eyewitness, or speaking secondhand?

In the case of the resurrection, the source materials (both New Testament documents and extra-biblical sources) all corroborate the claim the Jesus was crucified, died, was burried and on the third day was raised from the tomb.  In fact, no 1st or 2nd Century document (that I’m aware of) even questions the fact that this event took place!

One more nail in the coffin (what a poor idiom for a blog-post on the resurrection!) for counterclaims of skeptics is the fact that without the resurrection, there is no clear explanation for the birth of the church.  Were the disciples and early believers trying to propagate a known myth?  They why would they die rather than recant?  The fact is, that until Emporer Constantine legalized Christianity in the 4th Century, Christians had all the reason in the world to abandon their new, controversial faith.  There was no incentive on this side of the grave that could possibly account for their stubborn adherence to a fake Messiah.  However, if they knew that the grave was not the end…

Three ways that the resurrection has power in the lives of Christians today: 1. We don’t have to fear death, because Jesus has already been down that road and beat the monsters at the end.  2. We don’t have to worry about temporary injustices and inconveniences because “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)  and 3. We are ruined for the world.  With an eternal focus, our priorities, the ways we spend our time and money and the affections of our hearts will be turned upside-down.

Have you been revolutionized by the scandal of the resurrection?

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What is Roots? (And how you can help)

Little Pearls of Cambodia

I know I’ve said this more than one hundred times, but I’ll say it again, I am blown away by what happens when people come together. I consider myself the lucky one as I get to see Roots unfold in person, but for all of those that are a part (and there are many) I will try my best to take pictures and post pictures on Facebook so you can see this miracle unfold, too.

The project, Roots, is in a seaside town in Cambodia. We are here to partner with local believers so that they can get equipped, grow, and be free to be whatever God has called them to be. There are no churches in Kep currently, which makes it quite difficult for local Christians. So, that’s how Roots began.

Our hope is to be more than a building people attend, but an organic, way of life where…

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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine: Very serious crisis developing, evocative of Germany in the 1930s.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

ukraine-map UPDATED: ( Washington, D.C.) — Here is a deeply disturbing article in the USA Today that I encourage you to read and share with others.

As I write about in The Auschwitz Escape, Adolf Hitler made similar legal moves against the Jewish people in the early 1930s, separating them out from the rest of the population. We know where it led — the Final Solution and the gas chambers a few years later. We cannot yet say where the leaders of Donetsk are going with this, but clearly such moves bode ill.

Please pray for the Jewish people in Crimea and throughout Ukraine, for safety and protection and for the Lord to truly bless them amidst this crisis and beyond.

Please also pray for Israeli leaders and other Jewish leaders as they determine how to respond to these developments. It is possible that soon Israel will have to begin airlifting…

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Five Reasons Why The Blood Moon Prophecy is Just Bad Math

Sean Holloway

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There are some very fascinating astronomical things happening in our solar system that started today. Last night, the full moon entered the shadow of the earth and created a cool looking and unique appearance that is different from the typical appearance of the moon. While the color of the moon during this eclipse is not always the same, and depends on different factors, last night’s was the more expected red colored “blood moon.” A blood moon is when there is a lunar eclipse at the same time as a full moon in the lunar cycle. But there is something more unusual about this particular occurrence. It is the first of four consecutive similar lunar events. There will be four more blood moons in the next 18 months. This sequence is called a tetrad. These four eclipses will occur on April 15th, 2014 (today), Oct 8th, 2014, April 4th, 2015, and…

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