CHALLENGING CHRISTIANS

Christian Challenge Ministries started in the 1990s as a weekly radio program designed to challenge the typical American Christian to achieve deeper spirituality and greater exploits for Christ. Later, we began using a monthly newsletter, The Christian Challenge, as the medium to carry our message of Christian discipleship. 

That message can be summarized in a nutshell: Glorify God in every aspect of your life, because you are His and not your own.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 1 Kings 7:17 (KJV)
[And] nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which [were] upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
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The Living Stone and a Chosen People

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017
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© 2017 Philip A Matthews Exodus 6:1-3—“Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. And God spoke unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/14/2017 9:01 PM by Philip A Matthews
Saturday, 15 April 2017
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  An Easter Message of Hope © 2017 by Philip A. Matthews “We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life” (Romans 6:4 Amplified). These ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/15/2017 8:04 PM by Philip A. Matthews
Sunday, 22 January 2017
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Sitting here watching the news about the protests against Donald Trump’s inauguration and today’s Women’s March on Washington, these thoughts came to mind: These are the days when America continues its inevitable descent into chaos, a chaos caused because we no longer have a moral consensus in this ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/22/2017 1:56 AM by Philip Matthews
Tuesday, 05 April 2011
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"Authentic Christianity should lead to maturity, personality, and reality. It should fashion whole men and women living lives of love and communion." --Brennan Manning in The Ragamuffin Gospel. Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/05/2011 2:39 AM by Philip A Matthews
Monday, 04 April 2011
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If you are gonna claim to be a Christian, be serious about it. Be for real. Time has run out for fake Christianity! Study closely the teachings of Jesus Christ, and live your life to align with those teachings. Too often "Christians" don't look or act or talk or believe anything like the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/04/2011 4:28 PM by Philip A Matthews
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