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Scripture Reading for Monday March 31

At NCC we supply Scripture reading for the week in preparation for the weekly message on Sunday. Today’s reading:

Matthew 24-25

The Olivet Discourse is Jesus’ last major conversation with his disciples. Often misunderstood and misplaced, we will look at Luke’s version of the discourse starting this Sunday. It is important to see the other gospel writers versions of the Olivet Discourse.


March 31, 2008 Posted by | Devotional | Leave a comment

The Word – The Gospel of John | The Colbert Report | Comedy Central

Stephen Colbert makes me laugh…he is irreverent, but funny. Mostly added it to highlight the politicization of the gospel by Fallwell and Robertson…as pointed out by the Michael Spenser article cited below

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March 30, 2008 Posted by | Culture - Values, Politics and Religion | Leave a comment

Evangelicals and Homosexuality

Michael Spencer at the Internet Monk has written a provocative and insightful post called “What Do Gays and Lesbians Hear?” on Evangelical challenges in rightly dealing with the issue of homosexuality.

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March 30, 2008 Posted by | Christian Living, Christianity, Church, Culture - Values | Leave a comment


Thanks to Virgil at Unfinished Christianity who turned me on to these videos about North Korea.  They are a sort of unauthorized documentary – quite a story.  There is some non-Temple like language in the videos. There are 14 Videos, you can watch them at VBS.TV

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March 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | 1 Comment

R.C. Sproul: What Is Free Will? Video

A much younger RC talking about a very important subject that is widely misunderstood

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March 29, 2008 Posted by | Philosophy, Theological | Leave a comment

RC Sproul interviews Ben Stein about the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

RC Sproul Interviews Ben Stein about his upcoming movie, Expelled. Strange bedfellows indeed.

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Visit the original post on Ligonier Ministries Blog and visit the Expelled website to view a trailer of the movie set to be in movie theaters April 18th.

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March 28, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Culture - Values | Leave a comment

High Information Diet

Here is a great article on whether or not we take in enough information: Go on a High Information Diet.

Author Dustin Wax summarizes his article this way:

My advice is the opposite: you don’t need less information, you need more information. What you need less of is input — all the crap that flows at you masquerading as information.

It is really worth the time to read, with this one addition for Christians. Not all sources of Biblical or theological information are trustworthy and worthy of your time. There are more preachers on the radio, more Christians blogging and otherwise, and more and more disinformation is available and consumed.  I hear more amazingly inane and bizarre ideas from sermons on the radio. Beware what you eat.

March 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Document Freedom Day

Today was Document Freedom Day.

March 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blessed Saturday…Getting Ready for Sunday

I don’t know how you prepare for worship on Sunday, but one of my habits I have decided to share with you is what I practice on Saturday. I am blessed with Russian genes, which means I default to pessimism. As a believer, that seems like an unacceptable place to stay, so I have worked hard at attitude. One of those attitudes is to look for things to be grateful for, so here is my list I am taking to church with me tomorrow so that I can worship God with a grateful heart.

  • Monday: I am back to work after a month Sabbatical. It is so good to have a great job and wonderful co-workers.
  • Tuesday: Dinner with my oldest sons (Tim and Levi)on the wharf in Santa Barbara, followed by a pleasant train ride home. Good conversation with my third son (Caleb) as he picked me up from the train station in Fullerton. It is good to have children who know Christ.
  • Wednesday: Funeral for a friend. Zena was a woman who immigrated to the States with my parents; the resurrection is a true source of hope and comfort.
  • Thursday: 16 mile bicycle ride…what a great day, I still have my health.
  • Friday: Quiet evening at home. Borscht for Dinner. I forgot how nice that can be.
  • Saturday: History day building project with my youngest son. Building in the garage, project accomplished.

I have so much to be grateful for…so do you. Take it to church with you tomorrow.

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March 15, 2008 Posted by | Christian Living, Devotional, Worship | 2 Comments

Left Behind: Appropriate Category

Left Behind
ht: Tim Bagdanov, Jessica Baird
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March 4, 2008 Posted by | Eschatology | 4 Comments