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Covenant theology

Covenant theology is a conceptual overview and interpretive framework for understanding the overall structure of the Bible. It uses the theological concept of a covenant as an organizing principle for Christian theology; the standard form of covenant theology views the history of God's dealings with mankind, from Creation to Fall to Redemption to Consummation, under the framework of three overarching theological covenants: those of redemption, of works, of grace. Covenentalists call these three covenants "theological" because, though not explicitly presented as such in the Bible, they are thought of as theologically implicit and summarizing a wealth of scriptural data. Historical Reformed systems of thought treat classical covenant theology not as a point of doctrine or as a central dogma, but as the structure by which the biblical text organizes itself; the most well known form of Covenant Theology is associated with Presbyterians and comes from the Westminster Confession of Faith. Another form is sometimes called "Baptist Covenant Theology" or "1689 Federalism", to distinguish it from the standard covenant theology of Presbyterian "Westminster Federalism".

It is associated with Reformed Baptists and comes from the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. Methodist hermeneutics traditionally use a variation of this, known as Wesleyan covenant theology, consistent with Arminian soteriology; as a framework for biblical interpretation, covenant theology stands in contrast to dispensationalism in regard to the relationship between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. That such a framework exists appears at least feasible, since from New Testament times the Bible of Israel has been known as the Old Testament, in contrast to the Christian addition which has become known as the New Testament. Detractors of covenant theology refer to it as "supersessionism" or as "replacement theology", due to the perception that it teaches that God has abandoned the promises made to the Jews and has replaced the Jews with Christians as his chosen people on the Earth. Covenant theologians deny that God has abandoned his promises to Israel, but see the fulfillment of the promises to Israel in the person and the work of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, who established the church in organic continuity with Israel, not as a separate replacement entity.

Many covenant theologians have seen a distinct future promise of gracious restoration for unregenerate Israel. God's covenantal relationship with his creation is not made automatically or out of necessity. Rather, God chooses to establish the connection as a covenant, wherein the terms of the relationship are set down by God alone according to his own will; the covenant of works was made in the Garden of Eden between God and Adam who represented all mankind as a federal head. God offered Adam a perfect and perpetual life if he did not violate God's single commandment, but warned that death would follow if he disobeyed that commandment. Adam broke the covenant; the term foedus operum was first used by Dudley Fenner in 1585, though Zacharias Ursinus had mentioned a covenant of creation in 1562. The concept of the covenant of works became recognized in Reformed theology by 1590, though not by all. John Calvin writes of a probationary period for Adam, a promise of life for obedience, the federal headship of Adam, but he does not write of a covenant of works.

It is not referred to as a covenant in the opening chapters of Genesis, but is referred to as a covenant in Hosea 6:7, “But like Adam, they transgressed the covenant. The covenant of grace promises eternal life for all people. God promises the Holy Spirit to the elect to give them willingness and ability to believe. Christ is the substitutionary covenantal representative fulfilling the covenant of works on their behalf, in both the positive requirements of righteousness and its negative penal consequences, it is the historical expression of the eternal covenant of redemption. Genesis 3:15, with the promise of a "seed" of the woman who would crush the serpent's head, is identified as the historical inauguration for the covenant of grace; the covenant of grace runs through the Old and New Testaments, is the same in substance under both the law and gospel, though there is some difference in the administration. Under the law, the sacrifices and other types and ordinances of the Jews signified Christ, men were justified by their faith in him just as they would be under the gospel.

These were done away with the coming of Christ, replaced with the much simpler sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper. Reformed orthodox theologians taught that the covenant was unilateral or monopleuric on the part of God, but entailed conditions on the part of men; the conditions of the covenant of grace were spoken of as assumptive and confirmatory rather than duties required in order to receive the covenant. The covenant was therefore bilateral or dipleuric. Scholars have challenged the notion in contemporary scholarship that Genevan Reformers taught a unilateral and unconditional covenant relationship whilst the Rhineland Reformers taught a bilateral contractual relationship. Ma

Rain of a Thousand Flames

Rain of a Thousand Flames is the fourth studio album released by Rhapsody in 2001. It tells a part of The Emerald Sword Saga, but it is a parallel episode, not essential to the story, taking place shortly after Dawn of Victory. While the Warrior of Ice is away, Akron uses the newly acquired Emerald Sword to ravage the land; the album was released at a reduced price and is considered a stop gap between the band's main releases. All lyrics are written by Luca Turilli. "Queen of the Dark Horizons" - the chorus is based on the main theme of the horror picture Phenomena, by the Italian 1970s prog rock band Goblin."Elnor's Magic Valley" is based on an Irish traditional music called Cooley's Reel"The Wizard's Last Rhymes" - the chorus is based on the New World Symphony composed by Antonín Dvořák. Choir vocals performed by Oliver Hartmann and Tobias Sammet. Tracks 4-7 together form Rhymes of a Tragic Poem - The Gothic Saga. Lyrics

Michael J. Lindell

Michael J. Lindell is the inventor and CEO of My Pillow, Inc, he is the founder of the Lindell Foundation and the Lindell Recovery Network. Lindell was born on June 28, 1961, in Mankato and was raised in Chaska and Carver, Minnesota. Prior to inventing MyPillow, Lindell launched and operated a number of small businesses including carpet cleaning, lunch wagons, a few bars and restaurants in Carver County, Minnesota. Lindell invented the MyPillow pillow in 2004 and grew the business into a major Minnesota manufacturing company. In the 1980s and 1990s, Lindell became addicted to cocaine, crack cocaine, alcohol. Lindell says he achieved sobriety through prayer in 2009. In March 2017, Lindell produced The Mike Lindell Story: An American Dream, a documentary about Lindell overcoming drug addiction and building a multi-million-dollar business; the documentary was shot in Minnesota at the Pantages Theatre. On August 21, 2019, Lindell was presented with an honorary Doctor of Business from Liberty University.

Lindell created the Lindell Foundation, a faith-based foundation started to help addicts and MyPillow employees. The Lindell Foundation had a soft launch nationwide in August 2017, with a special project to help Hurricane Harvey victims; the foundation's focus was broadened to help people with any personal problem, including addictions and spousal problems, cancer victims, veterans. The Lindell Recovery Network was founded by Lindell to "bring hope and mentorship" to those struggling with drug addictions; the platform shares stories from recovered addicts to those looking to overcome their own addictions. The network provides information on vetted Christian recovery organizations, as well as access to mentors for help with recovery; the Lindell Recovery Network was highlighted in an October 24, 2018, Opioid Crisis meeting hosted by President Trump at the White House. Lindell attended this meeting with 21 other nonprofit partners. On January 16, 2020, Lindell announced the release of his new memoir, What Are the Odds?

From Crack Addict to CEO, an account of his entrepreneurial journey from battling addictions and failures to becoming CEO of MyPillow. Proceeds from the book will help launch the Lindell Recovery Network. In August 2016, Lindell met with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at Trump's request, in the Trump Tower in New York City, they discussed products being made in America, bringing jobs back to the US, working with inner cities. Lindell became an avid Trump supporter, calling Trump "the most amazing president this country has seen in history." On October 19, 2016, Lindell attended the final presidential debate in Las Vegas. He spoke at a Trump campaign rally in Minneapolis on November 6, 2016, attended the Official Donald Watch Party on November 8, he attended Trump's inauguration, receiving an inauguration lapel pin as a personal gift from President Trump. On July 19, 2017, Lindell sat next to President Trump at the White House's Made in America Roundtable with 19 other industry leaders, Vice President Mike Pence, White House staff members, four US Representatives.

At a rally in Fargo, North Dakota on June 27, 2018, President Trump praised Lindell, saying, "I want you to be my ad buyer because I guarantee you, he makes great deals." Lindell spoke at a Trump rally on October 4, 2018, in Rochester, saying he was "100 percent convinced would be the greatest president in history" after meeting with Trump during the 2016 campaign. Lindell spoke at the 2019 CPAC conference, in which he praised Trump as "the greatest president in history". Official website Michael J. Lindell on IMDb