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Biblical Assessment of Islam

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9

Tenets of Islam

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

Islam emphasizes deeds over doctrine. What a person does (din) is more important than what he or she believes (iman). For the Muslim, all activities fall into one of five categories: obligatory, recommended, permissible, reprehensible or forbidden. However, there is no universal consensus on a great number of behaviors given variations among diverse forms of the religion.

History of Islam

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

In order to understand Islam, it is helpful to appreciate the environment where it was birthed. Pre-Islamic Arabia was centered between two once-great empires in decline (Byzantine and Persian). It was "a land of traders and raiders" with no united religion.

Introduction to Islam

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

About 1.5 billion people today profess submission to the will of Allah. That number represents almost a quarter of the world's population in adherence to Islam, a word (like the word Muslim) formed from the Arabic root slm meaning: submission, acceptance or surrender.

Songwriting

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

Over the years, I have had a few people ask me about my process of songwriting. I certainly do not consider myself an expert, but here are a few thoughts that may help you in your process. Is there a truth that has been stirring your affections for the Lord lately? If so, write it down. Don't wait, or you may lose it. Is there a melody that you can't stop humming? If so, record it. Do it ...

Seeing and Testifying

Author: Klint WareCategory: Parenting

As of late, one of my favorite texts in Acts comes from the mouth of Festus (Roman Governor of Judea). While describing to King Agrippa who Paul was and why he had been in prison for the past two years, he says, "When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their religion and about a certain ...

The Importance of Words

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

I've been thinking a lot about the importance of words. I like to use big Bible words at times. Sometimes I use them when I pray or when I'm speaking with someone or even when I'm writing songs. I use them when they roll easily off my tongue, and I use them when they fall awkwardly out of my mouth.

Do Matthew and James Prohibit All Oaths and Formal Agreements?

Author: Geoff Ashley

Occasionally, we receive questions from prospective members of the church with concerns regarding Covenant Membership. One of these particular concerns is the requirement of a formal agreement (covenant) for the sake of membership. Is the making of such formal agreements disobedient to the commands of Christ and the apostles in Matthew 5:33-37 and James 5:12 who prohibit the swearing of oaths?

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