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23. We believe in giving. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:19

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of the portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. God in the OT established the tithe as a basis but in the current age giving is governed by grace; and it is to be characterized by sacrifice, regularity, joyfulness, and should be the first financial priority of the home. However, as a measure the tithe is not a bad place to start but should not end there (for remember that the first century church was under grace-giving-principles and gave all). Grace giving is done in support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and spread of the Gospel (Gen 14:20; 28:22; 1 Cor 16:2; 2 Cor 9:6-7; Gal 6:6; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; Eph 4:28; Phil 4:15-19).

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24.We believe in the rapture ("blessed hope") and the tribulation. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:19

We believe that the Church will have no part in the Tribulation period and will be translated before this period begins (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor 15:51-53; 1 Thess 1:10; . 4:13-5:11). The rapture is also known as the "blessed hope." According to the Word of God, this is the next great event on the prophetic calendar. This prophecy reveals that the Lord will come and receive the church those who remain alive at His coming and also all those who have died in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, since this is an imminent event believers must be constantly watching for it. After the rapture the tribulation will fulfill Israel's seventieth week during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The whole period of Israel's seventieth week will be a time of judgment on the whole earth, at the end of which the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close pronounced in Scriptures (Dan 9:27; Luke 1:30-35; 21:24; John 1:18; 3:16; Heb 4:15; Rev 6:1-19:21).

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25. We believe in the second coming (advent) of Christ. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:19

We believe that the period of great tribulation will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth as He left, in person on the clouds of heaven; likewise He will return with power and great glory to introduce the millennial age, bind Satan and place him in he abyss, lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God's covenant promises and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Deut 30:1-10; Isa 11:9; Jer 31:31-34; Ezek 37:21-28; Matt 24:15-25:46; Acts 15:16-17; Rom 8:19-23; 11:25-27; 1 Tim 4:1-3; 2 Tim 3:1-5; Rev 20:1-7).

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26. We believe in the Great Commission. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:18

We value lost people, or as some term it the "unchurched," and will pursue them by using all available "Christ-honoring" means to win them to Jesus Christ. People are not only to be eternally-saved but disciple to be fully-functioning-followers of Christ.

(Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; 20:30-31; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:18-20; 1 Pet 1:17; 2:11).
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27. We are committed to an elders' rule church. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:18

We believe the Scriptures teach an elders' rule government for the local church (1 Tim 3:1-7; 5:17; Tit 1:5). The term elder (Gk. presbuteros) is also called an overseer (Gk. episkopos) designated under the same office as found in Titus 1:7, Acts 20:17, 28. "Elder" is an office (e.g., like the President of the United States) while "pastor" is a gift (Eph 4:11). Today these are used synonymously, but technically there is a distinction. On the one hand, one can be an Elder and not necessarily be the pastor of a church, bbut must be able to pastor. On the other hand, one can exercise the gift of pastoring without being an Elder. A senior Pastor should also be an elder. Churches in the apostolic era were ruled by a plurality of elders. In fact, a singular elder is not found in the NT. However, it is possible that when Paul mentions elders in the plural he was addressing a large city composed of various house churches each ruled by a single elder, yet accountable to an eldership body within a larger group. The functions of the elders are as follows: they are to rule (1 Tim 3:4-5; 5:17), to teach (1 Tim 5:17), to guard the Scripture from any doctrinal errors (Tit 1:9) and to oversee the church as a shepherd of the flock (John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Heb 13:17; 1 Pet 5:1-4). Other elders confirm new elders. However, if there are no elders but mature Christians in a church plant, one must then get a backing by another established leadership board using the same criteria found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5. Obviously, all elders are commissioned by the Holy Spirit of God (Acts 20:28) directly as in the apostolic era or now indirectly by personal and public confirmation of the calling into the eldership office.

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New Ariel the Illusionist’s: Mesmerized!

 

"Nice job with it” —Paul Osborne (the Godfather of Illusions and world famous builder)

"Ariel has a unique gift of getting people's attention and sharing his message in an uplifting way” —Willard the First

“Looks Good" —David Merlin (Illusionist and Builder)

“. . . Magnificent! Great job!” —R. Glenn Searle III

“Nice work, René!” —Joe Lombardi

“It was awesome, so glad we were able to come this time!” —Natalie Yearego

"Thoroughly enjoyed it. Was quite amazed.” —David Dutsch

 

Dr. López at the GES Conference

Dr. López's GES 2014 conference presentations of the outline and ppts named, "What Does It Mean to Be Elect In Christ in Ephesians 1:4?" and paper "Does Romans 9 Teach Calvinistic Election?" ARE NOW DOWNLOADABLE <click here> (and scroll down and look for the three sources bearing the perspective names).

 

If you want to listen to the following lecture "Does Romans 9 Teach Calvinistic Election?" then <click here>

Ariel returns from Starkville, Mississippi after a tremendous evangelism outreach illusion show!

Not only did we do three illusion shows with a message Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 6-8), but I also spoke and did various illusions in two chapels with small children and high school students where I also shared God's message of grace and salvation.


I was also invited to speak at a men's meeting where pastors, leaders and men from the community attend. After a wonderful Asian lunch I did an illusion and shared (from John 8:30-33) regarding the distinction between how one is freed from the penalty of sin by simply believing in Jesus and how one can continue to experience that freedom by "abiding" (following) Jesus everyday in discipleship.


Furthermore, I was also invited to be on WCBI a CBS local affiliate of Starkville, MS (click here for a photo gallery - part of that which was taken by one of the camera men—as a favor to me—with my i-phone).


I also taught at Emmanuel Baptist Church Sunday school (by having a Q & A time) preached in worship service.


Thanks for your prayers. Please consider supporting our ministry and partner with us (click here).

(click here for a photo gallery) We're planning for the next shows already. If you have a church that would like to have us come and do an illusion show/program outreach let us know.

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"Ariel the Illusionist" Evangelistic Church Outreach Show

 

Click here for a new video from a recent "Ariel the Illusionist" Evangelistic Church Outreach Show.

Email or call us to do this in your church: info@scriptureunlocked.org or 972-693-3232

 

See videos below from Ariel shows, schools, and parties where the message was spread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFFWoW6DU6o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpBzJcUsLSg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjF0EXRsoDQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rilprfuBkkw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GausOruzkbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe9EAnHLlSY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEhnylifK2g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzvBp7MFcKY

Dr. René López Presents the Gospel

Click on the pic to see Dr. López presenting the Gospel—via three small illusions—at the end of an "Illusions with a Message" show.

 

http://youtu.be/b0n90N7ivB0

Ariel Makes the News

Southern Baptist Texas Convention wrote this month an article piece on us in their magazine, which you can see online:
http://texanonline.net/publication/texan-digital---issue-30/46/

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New articles by Dr. López

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Listen to Dr. López's Latest Message

 

Friends and family, I was a guest speaker at the mega-church Christ the Rock Community Church. I spoke four times in two days over the weekend. For those of you interested and would like to hear the half-hour message, see below. May the Lord speak to you through this message.

God Is Able by Dr. René López

 

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Those who enjoy reading mysteries will enjoy this book’s exposure of the real conspiracy involved in Cameron’s “documentary.”

 

—Craig S. Keener, Ph.D.,

Author of countless books, and

Professor of New Testament

Palmer Seminary

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René López gives the Jesus family tomb theory the thorough debunking it so richly deserves. He points out countless errors and lapses in logic on the part Simcha Jacobovici and his associates, who have foisted on a naive public and gullible media a highly implausible scenario. Critical scholars and laity alike are appalled by this travesty. The Jesus Family Tomb Examined will go a long way toward setting the record

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—Craig A. Evans, Ph.D.

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