Christian, do you wonder what God’s purpose is for this Life, in between his Resurrection and His final Restoration?
In many ways, the Ezra Institute is the premier Reformed think tank in its commitment to understanding and teaching all of life, every aspect and vocation, from the lens of Scripture.
I am excited to help announce one of the first of these 4-day events to take place in the US. Please consider traveling to Crosby/Deerwood, Minnesota this May. Come, fellowship, and learn from some of these Christian thinkers on the Christian view of life and the cosmos.
Information for this event is at the web address on the flier.
Additionally, we will host a one-day Free Conference with Dr. Joe Boot and Andrew Sandlin prior to the event on Saturday, May 20 at Lifespring Church. Please make plans to join us (and bring young people). the sign-ups will be coming soon.
Lifespring Church, in Crosby MN, has invited Bible Teacher and Evangelist Justin Peters for a weekend of teaching on crucial Christian topics facing the church today. Justin Peters will present his well-received seminar “clouds without water,” and through this will not only break down false ideas assaulting the church today, but by opening God’s word, will build up the Christian with how to have assurance, how to hear God’s voice, and other topics Christians struggle with.
The following is taken from Justin Peter’s website:
“My seminar, Clouds Without Water, is taken from a reference in the book of Jude 12 to false teachers. Specifically, Clouds Without Water is a biblical critique of the Word-Faith/New Apostolic Reformation/Prosperity gospel. The prosperity gospel essentially holds that it is always God’s will for a Christian to be wealthy and always God’s will for a Christian to be physically healed. If we struggle financially or get sick, then prosperity and physical healing are guaranteed provided that we have enough faith or sow a seed (give money) to a preacher in order to reap a harvest.
Prosperity theology dominates what we see on “Christian” television such as TBN, Daystar, The Word Network and others. Word-Faith/NAR theology, however, is not just an emphasis on health and wealth. It is actually rooted in the metaphysical cults and has a very heretical view of God, Christ, the Atonement, and it deifies man. Clouds Without Water incorporates dozens of video clips of prominent prosperity preachers such as Benny Hinn, Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Bill Johnson, Andrew Wommack, Joyce Meyer, Todd White and Joel Osteen, and so you will see for yourself what they actually teach. The error is then corrected point by point from scripture.
This movement, tragically, is the face of Christianity around the world and it is leading untold millions of people into a different gospel – and a different gospel does not save. It is not only my desire to expose the error but also to equip the saints to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) with the aim of rescuing people out of this dangerous deception.”
The Audio (4 messages and a Q&A) from our Spring Conference, “My Place in this world: What are the God-given purposes for the Christian today,” with P. Andrew Sandlin and Ardel Caneday, can be found on our church website www.visitlifespring.com, under “sermons”. Taken a Listen. You will be glad you did.
Session 1—God’s Will for Your Life: You Can’t Improve on Creation
Session 2 – Work and Play in Biblical Perspective
Session 3- Extraordinary Christianity or the Ordinary Means of Grace?
Session 4 –“Dare to Be a Daniel” in Prayer
Questions and Answers: A Conversation with Dr. Sandlin, Dr. Caneday and Pastor Bob Dalberg
We are happy to announce that Drs. P. Andrew Sandlin and Ardel Caneday have agreed to speak at our annual Common Slaves Spring Conference, hosted at Lifespring Church, Crosby Minnesota, on Saturday, April 23. As a fellowship of Reformed (and Reforming churches) and church leaders, we focus this conference upon issues of the Christian view of the world and our purposes in and towards it. This conference is for all of the people of God, with a specific nod towards teens and young adults. Please consider traveling to our lovely area this April for a time of singing, fellowship, and good teaching (and bring others with you). It’s free! Ticket reservations are available on the link provided.
We want to thank all who participated in the Fall Conference centered on the Doctrines of Grace. Our speakers were delightful, powerful, and effective; our audience was more or less well-behaved; and our hosts at Lifespring Church were, as always, exuding grace and panache. The food was great, the singing loud, and the preaching wonderful. We thank the Lord for these gatherings which minister vigor and strength to our entire being, as might be expected when the people of God gather to speak of and ponder their life-giving, glorious Savior.
I’ve posted the audio for all the sessions, and you can find it listed with all our previous conferences under the Conference Media tab, or more directly by clicking here. The videos should be available shortly. With these celebrity guys it’s an endless hassle trying to get them to release the rights to their sermon videos. I grow weary of hearing the phrase “my cold dead fingers.”
PS: The last two sentences were quite tongue-in-cheek. Just wanted to clarify.
Thanks to all who came and participated in our evening of Worship this past Sunday afternoon at Quamba Baptist Church. Here is the recording of Dr. Caneday’s sermon on Forgiveness and Repentance, taken from Matthew 18:21-35. Enjoy! Use the player below or download the audio file here
We’re pleased to offer the video recordings of our Spring Conference, held on April 17 at Lifespring Church in Crosby on the theme, Christ is King: the world according to its creator. You’ll enjoy Dr. Sandlin’s helpful, insightful, and riveting explanation of Gnosticism and its deep influence both in the world and in the church, and why it’s important to never abandon the biblical account of God’s role as creator and the goodness of his creation.
Many thanks to Dr. Sandlin for making the journey from Eastern California, many thanks to Lifespring Church for its tremendous hospitality, and many thanks to all who attended to make this a memorable day.