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City Blog: April 2016

April 13, 2016

"Personal relationship with God?" Let's use better language

Benjamin Spalink
Can I have a personal relationship with God? Constantly heard in evangelical churches is this idea: “You can have a personal relationship with God!” For many, this sums up the Gospel message. This is the reason Jesus died on the cross.  Megachurch pastors, televangelists, crusaders and regular church pastors alike are all claiming that through Jesus this is possible. But is it true?  A quick word search in the Bible will show that the phrases, “personal relationship with God,” “relationship with God,” and “personal relationship” never ...
April 07, 2016

The True King

Benjamin Spalink
Reading through II Chronicles in the Old Testament is a bit depressing.  Rehoboam, Solomon's heir, takes the throne and decides against the better wisdom of Solomon's advisers to exert brutal pressure on the people. All but Judah and Benjamin rebel, and the kingdom is torn in two. Subsequent chapters detail the ensuing rivalry between the two kingdoms and their subsequent risings and failings depending on their leadership. A theme soon develops. The fate of the nation in the hands of any one king depends almost entirely on one factor - the ...

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