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Im4God Newsletter 4.6.04@

Welcome to the / April 6th, 2004 Newsletter!
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Hebrews 12:1-12
- God Disciplines His Sons

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
   "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,
       and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
    6because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
       and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13"Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

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Men and Women - Similarities and Differences by Dr. Wayne Grudem

Men and women are equal in value and dignity.  Yet, men and women are not identical to each other.  Listen as Dr. Grudem helps us understand Biblical manhood and womanhood.  Please purchase this and other products from the New Attitude 2004 conference at

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Jesus and Paul -
Dr. Kennedy interviews Peter Jennings
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Dr. D. James Kennedy talks with Peter Jennings of ABC News and discusses the ABC television special Jesus and Paul. At the time, Dr. Kennedy had not seen the television special which was aired Monday night.  But as usual, Peter Jennings and ABC attack the literal interpretation of the New Testament.  Many of the scholars interviewed on the special are from the Jesus Seminar.  The Jesus Seminar attack the divinity of Christ.

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Just a Closer Walk With You
by Dr. David Jeremiah
of Turning Point

While imprisoned for non-conformist preaching in 1675, John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim's Progress. In this allegory of the Christian's journey to heaven, Christian makes his way from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City, journaling his starts and stops, ups and downs, victories and defeats along the way.

Consider the Christian life as a walking journey--growing closer to God while journeying toward God. He is the destination and the way (John 14:6).

Let's take the steps to enjoy spiritual intimacy with God. Imagine one of America's most beautiful settings--Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. To get from the meadows to the top of Grandfather, we'll hike the trail.

First, we need a Destination. Simple--we're at the bottom of the Mountain and we want to reach the top. There's no easy way. It's one step at a time over tree roots and slick rocks.

But what about the spiritual journey? Every person alive is born into the City of Destruction and will stay there unless he changes destinations (Romans 3:23). Make that change by asking Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and give you the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). Intimacy with God can be found in no other way.

Next, we need a Map so we don't wander off the trail. Fortunately, there is only one way to the peak, just as there is only one way to heaven. And the Bible is the map that points the way. The psalmist said, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." God has so many blessings for those who seek Him, blessings discovered only in His Word.

You rarely need Directions. But, you'll have questions: Is there water? How much further? Is it worth it? What will we see there? Experienced hikers can give us the assurance we need.

Unlike Grandfather Mountain, there are lots of ways to get off course in your spiritual journey. First, your Enemy, the Devil, is out to confuse and trip you. So pray, seek direction and comfort (Matthew 7:7; Philippians 4:6-7). God knows when you need help and is ready to provide it as soon as you ask.

Assistance is never far away on the mountain. The trail is filled with hikers. Should you sprain an ankle or scrape a shin, help will be at hand.

On your spiritual journey with God, you'll find helping hands as well through the gifts of the Spirit in the church (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:12-31). Where you are weak or lack skill and knowledge, someone else is strong and able to help. And when you find someone discouraged along the trail, you can help them with your gifts. If you're not on the trail, you can't help or be helped--be on the trail, active in the body!

Scenic views. At regular intervals on the trail, you'll see what awaits you at the top--a panorama that takes your breath away. You never get tired of drinking in the beauty of God's creation.

God's scenic views come when we, like the psalmist, meditate on God throughout the night (Psalm 63:6), and consider often the works of His hands (Psalm 77:12). Find a quiet spot and meditate on the words of God, never tiring of discovering new insights about the God you're walking with!

Companionship is often a key ingredient in a successful trip. On the trail, you need good friends and family to share the sights and sounds. The companionship found in family and Christian friends is the most effective way to stay on the road (Hebrews 10:24-25).

You'll need a journal--a place to put your thoughts and paste your pictures. Capture your personal mountain peaks, raging rivers, and dark valleys. Your ancestors will thank you someday for recording your steps with God.

I hope you're encouraged in your "pilgrim's progress" toward heaven. Intimacy with God, while journeying toward God, is the trip of a lifetime. Have a good voyage and use the steps I've outlined to make every moment as fulfilling as God intends it to be (John 10:10).

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