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Thomas Merton, Richard Foster, and a Sufi Master
Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy
Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Covenant
Evangelical Universities & Seminaries Offering Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation
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The future of apologetics and discernment ministries 
by Sandy Simpson 
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I admit that I am very skeptical about the future of discernment and apologetics ministries. I don't see the next generation coming up to replace those who have stood for the truth for so long. Fortunately many apologists have gone to be with the Lord but who will replace them? I don't see replacements coming up who will take the place of those who have been fighting the fight the years. I run a web site where I collect articles and materials from all over the world and present them in a sort of Reader's Digest format so that people can come to one place to get the latest information on heresies in the churches as well as research past ones. What I've seen in the last couple of years is that the production of regular materials is declining to the point where it's becoming difficult to find one article for my site to post every day. Of course I write my own articles but don't have enough time to write an article on a daily basis. I am very concerned because of the tsunami of false ideas from the enemy in the churches. At the same time, unfortunately, I see a lot of younger people who don't even recognize anymore that something is wrong. 

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Volume 63, Issue 1
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"Spiritual formation is an intentional Christian practice much like that of Eastern Mysticism, which claims as its goal the development of religious maturity that leads to Christian devoutness which has it roots in the ancient practices found in those of Catholic religious orders, Ascetics and others." (Wikipedia

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by Ray Yungen, 2/5/17 

LTRP Note: Keep in mind three things as you read this article: 1) a strong link exists between Thomas Merton and the evangelical church, and that link is Richard Foster (author of Celebration of Discipline); 2) Richard Foster once said Thomas Merton "stands as one of the greatest twentieth-century embodiments of spiritual life as a journey"(1); 3) the current "Spiritual Formation" movement within Christianity was spawned by Richard Foster and Dallas Willard, and both men were ignited by Thomas Merton. As you read this account of Thomas Merton, know that this same spiritual outlook that is described below has entered the church in no small way. Maybe it's time you ask your pastor, "What do you think about Richard Foster and Celebration of Discipline?" 
Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy
edited by James R.A. Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett
reviewed by Gary Gilley 

On many levels Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy is a disturbing book.  Inerrancy is one of our most important doctrines and is supposedly a hallmark of evangelicalism, yet if the views presented in this book are representative of evangelical scholarship in the 21st century it is obvious there exists a wide diversity on what it means and how it is applied.

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Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Covenant
in "Fraudulent Authority: Pastors Who Seek To Rule Over Others", Chapter 10, by Wade Burleson, 2/8/17 

Jesus, in his sermon on the mount, had this to say about oaths: But I tell you, don't take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God's throne; or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. But let your word 'yes' be 'yes,' and your 'no' be 'no.' Anything more than this is from the evil one. - Source: Matthew 5:34-37, Holman Christian Standard Bible Nowadays many churches require that prospective members sign a 'membership contract' or 'church membership covenant.

Evangelical Universities & Seminaries Offering Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation - Going into the Deeper Waters of Contemplative Spirituality
by Lighthouse Trails, 2/9/17 LT Publishing

Over the past decade, while most evangelical colleges, seminaries, and universities have allowed the influence of the Spiritual Formation movement into their schools to one degree or another, not all of them had gone so far as to create a Master's Degree program in Spiritual Formation. In fact, ten years ago, there weren't that many schools that had Spiritual Formation degree programs. But things are changing rapidly. Today, a large number of the evangelical seminaries and universities have such degree programs.

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We now have a number of our DVD videos available for instant download via PayLoadz. To see which ones we have available you will find the following symbol next that item on the main pages of the ACT site as well as on the item order page. The DVD videos available with this feature are in MP4 format, playable on your computer or personal device as long as you have a program on it that can play back MP4s. Due to storage restrictions the instant download version of the DVD videos we have available in MP4 format are of slightly less resolution as the DVD version.  However with this option you save shipping and handling and delivery time.  The videos are $10. each and PayLoadz will send you to PayPal for payment. Just go to the page of the item you wish to download and if you see the logo above it will have a "Add To Cart" button where you can download the video immediately.  So now you have a choice.  I also now have downloadable MP3s available for the same MP4 videos at $3. each.

Bible Studies in Discernment
Idolatry In Their Hearts 
Lessons In Forgiveness 
Finish The Race 
New Apostolic Reformation Book 
Letters To The Church 
Discernent Toolkit 


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  IPM DVD Series  
Sola Scriptura  
  Testing Music In The Church DVD Set
  Resources For Pastors  
  Blasphemizing The Bible    
A Tale Of Two Kingdoms  
Signs Of Apostasy In The Churches In The End Times 1Signs Of Apostasy In The Churches In The Ends Times 2 
ED DVD Series 
A Whole Lot Of Wishful Thinking These Days! - Part 1  
The Responsibilities Of A Good Shepherd 
Christian Bookstores 
ElijahList Part 1 
The Extreme Prophetic 
NAR DVD Series 
EC Tools 
Emerging Church DVD 
Toolkit DVD Series 
Spirit of Truth or Spirit of Error? 
Living Water 2003 
Discernment Conference 2001 
Bible Studies in Discernment 
May the Lord bless you as you continue to be a Berean!
In His hands,

Sandy Simpson
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