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Published: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:27:54 -0500

 



Mosques Over 1,300 Years Old

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:22:42 -0500

To peep into the history and to see the oldest mosques in the world by yourself, just pack your baggage and fly to the places given in the article. The experience would surely be enthralling and enriching.



To Meet the Author of the Bible

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:04:11 -0500

Sometimes it feels as if there are as many opinions about the Bible as there are people on earth. People quote truths from the Bible that makes me wonder where they found it, because it is often the opposite of what I had read.



Return To The Lord: Part 1 - Jesus Is Calling His Bride

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:11:10 -0500

Have there been times in your spiritual life when you feel so distant from God. It feels like you are walking in a dark place and all the doors of escape are locked shut before you. High walls are surrounding you and there is no way to go under, over or around. You find yourself at a spiritual standstill groping in the darkness for God's hand or searching for just a tiny ray of light to guide you out of this dark,dry and lonely place.



This World's Empty Glory - Too Negative

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:10:03 -0500

These first few words come from an old Christian hymn, but they express a thought that I find challenging, and I wonder what you think of it, and how it may affect you. The words mean that this world's values, the wealth, success and popularity, the splendour of impressive possessions, mansions in sprawling country estates, and so on, are in fact an empty glory. Doesn't that sound rather negative? Is it all merely passing, superficial glitter, 'empty glory' that masks a worried mind and an empty heart, or are many possessions the key to life? How will we decide which it is?



Catholic Faith Met Its Waterloo in India

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:32:00 -0500

Background The British ruled India for close to 200 years. Generally, it is accepted that the Battle of Plessey (1757) under Robert Clive which the British won, marks the start of British rule. By a policy of divide and rule, the British became the paramount power in the subcontinent.



Heavenly Power Verses Spiritual Power

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:13:35 -0500

Acts 4:5-12 features a boldness characterized by the Holy Spirit, which shows up just in the time of need. The passage recalls the words of Jesus in Luke 12:11-12: "When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you that very hour what you ought to say." Both passages foresee how Jesus' followers will respond. For example, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 4:8 and answers in a way that Acts 4:13 calls "boldness".



How Can Jesus' Death Possibly Apply To People Today?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:07:51 -0500

Yes, I know where this question is coming from. If Jesus died around two thousand years ago, just how could his death have any relevance or meaning for people today, even to the point of influencing, or changing their lives - it seems way too remote, far too mystical to be of use to people today, I just don't get it?



Walk the Straight Path

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:21:05 -0500

People keep a close eye on the children of God. When it looks as if they're deviating just one millimeter from the straight and narrow, people start lifting the finger to point it out.



The Stronghold Called Tradition

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:56:40 -0500

A stronghold is a place of power, a stronghold is a fortress, a place of strength, a stronghold is a place that is difficult to attack and very easy to defend. No wonder the bible says though we walk in the flesh but do not war after the flesh for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. There is a stronghold know as tradition.



An Insight Into Religious Tolerance And Intolerance

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:40:32 -0500

I may have to narrow this down to reasons, justification and human development gaps of either of the two. One maybe intolerant just because they have no new alternative to life as convincing as what they already know, and any new positions are threats to one's own, also perceived as having best explanation to life and determinant of existence. Any new, alternative view acts as a threat thus of other individual or group existence cannot be tolerated.



Piggyback Scriptures

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:52:21 -0500

To stand on the Word, one must understand the context in which the Scripture is used. Many people claim a Scripture without fully grasping the intent of the presented Word.



I Thought Jesus' Cross Was Just A Religious Symbol

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:33:31 -0500

After all, a necklace with small silver or gold cross is a very common form of religious jewellery. Mind you, it was probably more common in the past, and often worn as a lucky charm. As to the cross itself, it has long been the central symbol of the Christian Faith. But is this distinctive shape just an instantly recognisable symbol, or should we be looking beyond a visual symbol to a deeper meaning?



To Overflow With Love

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:33:23 -0500

How strong is your love for other people? Do you really care for people who suffer?



Is Morality Subjective?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:09:07 -0500

After spending a quiet evening reading the book of Poverbs in the Christian Bible, I began to ask myself--- "Is it truly realistic to live up to these guidelines?" The next morning, I began to read, "The Prince", by Niccolo Machiavelli who seems to agree that morality is subjective. Society has etched these ideas in our hearts that murder, lying, cheating, and stealing are wrong or undesirable.



The Power of Prayer in Prophecy

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:37:54 -0500

What is the most important item involved in both prophecy and God's plans? It is prayer, and there is a good example in Daniel 9:1-19. This passage took place on the Sabbath. Daniel read the scroll containing the prophecies of the prophet Jeremiah. As he read Jeremiah's words, he wept as he was reminded how God's people had ignored the prophet's warnings that the Israelites would be captured because they did not follow God's law.



Like a Mother

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:33:04 -0500

Before Paul's conversion he was a thunder-and-lightning kind of guy. He rode roughshod over everything.



Roman Crucifixion: The Surprising Lack of Archaeological Evidence

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:14:30 -0500

Crucifixion was a painfully slow method of execution practiced by the ancient Romans. It involved nailing or tying a victim's legs and arms to a wooden cross which was designed to induce maximum pain. Crucifixion was a widespread punishment throughout the Roman Empire from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD.



Fuel for Your Actions

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:59:44 -0500

What drives your actions? Why do you do things for others?



See God Working

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:59:31 -0500

Today, we must see God working, and when we do, we must be ready to be the visible evidence of that action. It is time to reach out as we have seen Jesus do through the Gospels and start touching the hurting.



Our Doubt

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:35:55 -0500

Picture the scene in John 20:19-31. All the disciples except Thomas are in a room behind locked doors at night. It was common for early Christians to meet at night. In times of persecution they were forbidden to meet during the day, so that had to meet at night. The disciples are scared. They saw their leader brutally killed, and they are afraid that they will also be killed. In more ways than one, the room and the situation are dark.



Top 10 Reasons for the Growing Popularity of Spirituality Without Religion

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:14:25 -0500

Why are people saying "I love God but hate religion?" Does religion have anything to offer a society focused on personal fulfillment over corporate achievements?



The Christian Is God's Untouchable

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:14:10 -0500

2 Timothy 2:19 - "But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it." Dear people of God, two days ago precisely Easter Sunday April 1, 2018, I heard a powerful testimony during our retreat in Church.



Spiritual Drought

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:40:04 -0500

Just as our bodies need hydrating, so does our spirits. What determines our spiritual activity is the continual drinking from the "rivers of living water." (John 7:38) The problem is that our minds have the power to cap the well.



Just Why And How Did Jesus Die For Others?

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:30:28 -0500

Easter is not the only time of the year to ask this question. What do you think of it; is it the most imponderable of all, or have you got it sorted? From fickle crowds, to hostile religious leaders, to a weak-willed Roman Governor, to a popular messianic movement that drew the increasing ire of the powerful religious elite because Jesus was working without a licence from them. And then there are Jesus' own reasons, because he knew beforehand, both the public scandalous nature of his death by Roman crucifixion, and the goal and purpose of his death - and that has to be the most central and vital issue of all.



The March for Our Lives and the Spiritual Renewal of America

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:28:07 -0500

This article argues that the recent march for our lives was a key event in the spiritual renewal of a country riven by political and ideological disagreements. I see it as a call to recommit to the primacy of all life.



The Easter Miracle

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:56:26 -0500

The passage from John 20:1-18 is the key point of our faith because it is about the Resurrection. Christ's resurrection is the basis of our faith. Without it: 1. The Gospel would be meaningless. 2. Forgiveness of sins would be hopeless. 3. Present life would be joyless. 4. Godly living would be fruitless. 5. Future life would be worthless.



March 25th Fertility Rituals and the Annunciation

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:49:41 -0500

In ancient societies, such as Rome, men died on crosses to marry Mary, they supposedly resurrected 3 days later and it heralded a great festival of sexual pleasure. It was a major part of the Roman culture after it was brought to the region from Babylon, where it originated. There the sun was the Mother God whose name means 'mother's powerful eye'.



Who Does That?

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 20:58:31 -0500

What religious group of people move to a country and demand the country change, not them? The answer is, Islam. Take a short read and see the audacity displayed across America each day as Muslims demand Americans change their way of living. No one is saying they aren't entitled to live the way they choose. The problem arises when they come to live in your country and demand we change. See the irony right here.



The Past and the Rest of Us

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:39:06 -0500

We are currently on earth to settle scores from past experiences. The Internet is awash with so many stories of children who were able to recollect their past lives-either immediate and otherwise-and whose stories have been verified with astonishing accuracy. More Hollywood flicks are concentrating on the issue of afterlife, or life in the beyond, with its attendant possibility of reincarnation.



Why Babylon Is the Mother of Harlots

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:34:52 -0500

Many read it but have no understanding of the meaning of the phrase. It is the only text in the bible that uses capital letters, which we know is a shouting form of correspondence. It is meant as a serious and most important message.



Easter Celebrates Babylon the Great and the Mother of Harlots

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 20:17:06 -0500

Ignorance is truly bliss when it comes to religious festivals and their origins. While many will gorge on chocolate eggs or send their kids in pursuit of real eggs over Easter will they think of the reasoning behind it? How many connect the religious celebration to the fertility cults of the past?



Understanding Worship

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:34:37 -0500

Worship is probably one of the most misunderstood words in the Christian vocabulary. What really constitutes worship? What is the difference between Worship and Praise?



Sexual Rituals Related to Easter

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:22:39 -0500

In the Roman Empire such rituals reached a climax after the crucifixion of god-men and their supposed marriage to the Mother God, Mary. Orgies were staged in streets as females were taken by any who desired to release their sexual energy. Cakes were baked by old women and handed out to passers-by as part of the rituals.



Men Cannot Kill the Real God?

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:21:44 -0500

Easter is a rigmarole of confusion and illogical thought that millions fall for without question. The human mind is a quagmire or bog, which, like quicksand, when something sinks deep enough into it retrieval is almost impossible. Over centuries of man's desire to know and understand who or what the Great Creator is he has produced nothing but fanciful and impossible notions, such as the Son of God.



Easter and the Menstrual Cycle

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:21:40 -0500

How many have joined the dots between Easter and the menstrual cycle that precedes the fertility of the female? As a graduate in archaeology and anthropology, it was my research into the origin of religion that exposed it. From graves resembling wombs, the breasts that lined temples in ancient sites, and the pornographic sexual images in temples, the evidence unraveled into an act of sex and fertility following the death of males.



Give Thanks to God For Saving Us

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:29:03 -0500

Have you ever wondered if there is a way to deal with life's circumstances? Well, there is. Give thanks. Try asking Jesus to help you be thankful today, no matter what your circumstances are. As your focus shifts from your circumstances to the Lord, your viewpoint will shift.



The Problem of Racism and the Repentance to Ponder

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:11:31 -0500

I have always considered myself against racism. Then God showed me how racist I'm prone to be. I was shocked, then relieved. Can you identify?



A Look at Foot Washing

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:12:18 -0500

The subject of foot washing and its relevance today has sparked countless numbers of articles written to help shed light on yet another area of Christian speculation. Jesus used the foot washing as an illustration of humility and servitude. Should it be practiced today?



If God Sent His Son, Then Who Is God?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:40:06 -0500

Christians and others who follow in the path of religious doctrine are simply incapable of logic, according to what they believe and put out. The idea that God sent his son to die for everyone's sins falls flat when you compare it to the other belief that the son is also the father. What, you might ask?



God's Pain On Display

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:23:02 -0500

It can be felt everywhere. It's the anger and retaliation against a corrupt and misguided world of retards. Why are people suffering?



Religions Are Based on Fear

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:23:00 -0500

A good salesman knows that to get an order one must generate fear related to what happens if the subject does not purchase. The old line of "well there is someone else waiting to take up the offer if you refuse it" usually works. The thought that another might benefit from one's refusal of an opportunity is behind all good business.



First Fruits In the Holy Bible

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:32:07 -0500

Leviticus 19:23-25 "And when you come into the land and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count the fruit of them as inedible and forbidden to you for three years; it shall not be eaten. 24 In the fourth year ALL their fruit shall be holy for giving praise to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat of the fruit [of the trees], that their produce may enrich you; I am the Lord your God."



All the Host of Heaven Is Doomed, Isaiah 34:4

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:19:48 -0500

These are not my words but those of the Spirit of God which left this message in prophecy. The following questions are for those who believe in heaven and hell as places of eternal existence after death. Why would God promise to dissolve such places if they are real?



What Is So Special About Dakshinawarti Shankh?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:19:19 -0500

This article is all about Dakshinawati Shank, its benifites, importance, why it is used for pooja in Hindu Religion, etc. Hindu Scriptures mention Shankha (Shells) as a sacred and religious object that evokes the divinity.



The Reality Of Christ And Christianity

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:20:13 -0500

So you have faith in Christianity and Christian theology (and therefore in the central figure of Jesus / Christ). How so, and why? Everything must be examined and questioned. Everything is grist for the mill. Nothing is sacred.



Who Are the Prophets of Jerusalem?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:28:42 -0500

The city of Jerusalem is the home of the three major religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Muslim. It is the place where the prophets Jesus Christ and Mohammed supposedly rose upwards to heaven. It's also where the Temple of the Mount was built and then destroyed.



Striking in Its Simplicity

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:32:58 -0500

It upsets me when men of God mess up. They say and do what they want and it seems as if people follow them blindly.



He Must

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:50:26 -0500

The success of Jesus' earthly ministry was His continual desire to follow God's leading. Jesus was so tuned into God that His actions were not selective, but directional with a sense of urgency. "I MUST!"



For God So Loved the World That He Sent His Son

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:03:25 -0600

In the passage we heard from John's Gospel, Jesus states the reason why He came into the world. Jesus recalled God's remedy during the plague of poisonous serpents in Moses' day-healing those who looked on the bronze serpent-to foretell His death on the cross, where He would be lifted. Anyone who looks on Him in faith receives eternal life.



Spritual Groceries

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:59:31 -0600

We often take great care to make sure we have the best foods to eat. We go and buy from stores we know and trust. In this article, we will discuss how this can affect our spiritual growth as well.



Intriguing Sexual Images in Temples

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:58:22 -0600

While pornography is frowned on in most places the explicit sexual images in some temples, especially in India and Japan, make a mockery of women. The Japanese keep shells, such as the cowrie, as representative of the Mother God and the men are known to embrace them, even perform sexual acts with the. The Indian temples expose females as subjects of male sexual desires.



Why God in the New Testament (NT) Is Different to That of the Old Testament (OT)?

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:57:24 -0600

Few can read the full bible and come to grips with the great contradictions within its pages, so why is that so. Promoted as being the Word of God and correct in every aspect there should not appear to be any discrepancy. Before becoming aware of it my new bible, purchased when just 16 years of age, sat in its box for some 30 years with the plastic cover still around it.



What Does "Drawn From the Breasts' Mean in Isaiah 28:9?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:42:37 -0600

Many struggle to read the Old Testament (OT) because of the enormous contradictions it poses with regards to the New Testament (NT). Only when the full extent of the deceit run by the religions was laid bare before my eyes did it become clear. This happened when the real God, the Spirit of the Universe, led me to study both books and, thereby, expose the full controversy.



The Stories Others Tell About You

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:37:51 -0600

In the radio program Monitor on RSG politicians pay tribute to Van Zyl Slabbert, past leader of the PFP. Many people respected him.



Tongues As a Learned Behavior

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:48:14 -0600

Anyone who wants to learn how to speak in tongues can do so. BUt none of these people are speaking in Biblical gifting, or the supernatural. Let me explain.



Do Not Doubt God's Word

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:34:18 -0600

Ezekiel 12:26-28, "Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that [Ezekiel] sees is for many days to come, and he prophesies of the times that are far off. 28 Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord God: There shall none of My Words be deferred any more, but the Word which I have spoken shall be performed, says the Lord God."



"Tongues" in 1820's England

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:05:03 -0600

Edward Irving was a Presbyterian minister in London, being influenced by Alexander Scott and others. They had come to the conclusion that there must be miracles today and they began to fast and pray about it. Strangely, Irving, a very dynamic speaker, and a generally good man, was influenced greatly by Samuel Coleridge, a poet but not a Christian, with many false views.



When Our Prayer Seems To Go Unanswered

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:47:00 -0600

I believe that one of the ingredients that is used to challenge faith is unanswered prayer. Satan sees the opportunity to inject a virus into our faith when he sees us struggling to have our prayers answered.



Tongues, a Sign to Unbelieving Israel

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:41:27 -0600

The apostle Paul made it clear that the phenomenon of speaking in unlearned languages was a sign to the unbelieving Jew prophesied long ago by Isaiah. When the Jews lost their city in judgment in AD 70, there was no longer a need for this sign gift.



House-Cleaning the Temple

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 17:42:54 -0600

What is the one thing many of you do at least once a year, especially in the spring? I bet most of you did some spring cleaning. Spring is a good time to give your house a good going over and clean everything up and get rid of a lot of junk that you don't need. Today I want to tell you about a time when Jesus did some spring cleaning. It was time for the annual Passover celebration, so Jesus traveled to Jerusalem. When He arrived, He went to the temple. He couldn't believe his eyes. There in the temple area he saw people who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves for the people to use as sacrifices in the temple. There were tables set up for money changers so that people could change their money to pay their temple taxes. It looked more like a carnival than a house of worship.



Not Compromising God's Creation

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:41:54 -0600

The Christian church has evolved in my lifetime to where I don't even recognize what I grew up with. We are being asked to compromise God's creation and are accused of being hypocrites if we don't support it.



Can We Understand Satan's Thoughts?

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:34:48 -0600

People have cringed at the thought of the power of Satan. Others deny his existence and still others make fun of him in all kinds of ways. If we ignore Satan, we do not see him coming. When we are overly concerned, he mesmerizes us.



Speaking in Tongues Today?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:32:56 -0600

Do people actually speak in unlearned languages in our day? Is regeneration really different from the filling of the Spirit? Why has the church divided over this?



Is Religion Like Climbing A Ladder Up To Heaven?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:25:33 -0600

Despite the advances of secularism, many people have had various kings of religions influences during their upbringing. And with an inevitable variety of beliefs, often people were given the idea that faithful adherence to their religion will gradually bring them higher, until at the end of life, each one can rest assured that they have done everything necessary to reach heaven itself. So, the big question is - is it really as straightforward a matter like climbing a ladder of faithfully observed religious practices? As this is a most vital subject, we shall need to be as clear as possible in our answer.



Mention of Satan As Bolon Yokte in the Maya Hieroglyphs

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:19:24 -0600

Who was ancient Maya god Bolon Yokte? This god is associated with underworld Xibalba and also with the events of creation. Mayan believed that Bolon Yokte was present at the time of creation of human. Was Bolon Yokte in fact Satan himself?



Death Is the Wrong Word

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:57:41 -0600

Most world religions teach that the end is death. Wrong! Born again is a better description.



Chosen, Loved and Special

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:05:06 -0600

So often one comes up against the question: What am I actually doing here on earth? What is my purpose?



Max Weber on Capitalism

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:59:11 -0600

Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and additionally the Spirit of Capitalism is research on the connection between the values of the emergence and ascetic Protestantism of the spirit of contemporary capitalism. Weber argues that the religious opinions of groups like the Calvinists had a role in building the capitalistic spirit.



God and His Tests

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:31:40 -0600

Have you ever been asked by someone to do something that did not make sense to you? If so, then you can understand what went through Abraham's mind when God asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac, the story of which is in Genesis 22:1-19.



Trim The Wick

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:17:08 -0600

Jesus used light as an example of one of the characteristics of a true Believer. He told His followers that they were the light of the world and as a result would stand out for all to see.



Yet Even More Religious Shorts

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:11:18 -0600

Of all of those Big Questions central to philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, the realms of theology and religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. There's the pro side; there's the anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm in the anti-camp as the following fourth helping of mini religious short pieces illustrate.



A Look At Bible Worship

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:11:01 -0600

We know what contemporary worship looks like. How about Bible worship? Is there any similarity?



Artificial Intelligence, Responsibility And Christianity

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:23:53 -0600

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a specialised branch of robotic control engineering applied to the human-machine interface. Significant research programmes are developing the next phase of artificial intelligence. Is the intriguing goal of creating humanoids with a sort of self-awareness an attainable goal? Even without self-awareness, robots have multiple uses, even learning to tackle more challenging tasks. There are many interrelated issues here, not least those of ethics and State regulation. This brief article aims to discuss these on an introductory level, and also how this challenges Christianity.



Professing Christ Yet Obeying Satan

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:37:41 -0600

Romans 16:17-18 (AMPC) "I appeal to you, brethren, to be on your guard concerning those who create dissensions and difficulties and cause divisions, in opposition to the doctrine (the teaching) which you have been taught. [I warn you to turn aside from them, to] avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites and base desires, and by ingratiating and flattering speech, they beguile the hearts of the unsuspecting and simpleminded [people]."



How We Are Justified by Faith

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:21:45 -0600

The basis of Abraham's relationship with God was faith, and faith is the primary basis of our relationship with God. Abraham's faith was confidence in a person-God. The object of faith matters more than anything else.



More Than a Difference of Opinions

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:51:25 -0600

Instead of getting caught up in all the divisive ruckus, we can, to the best of our ability, let our light shine. We can bring people the Good News about our good God, and about His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.



A Time To Speak

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:47:18 -0600

After decades of seeing my Biblical faith assaulted in one church after another, I have decided to come out of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement. This article is my personal story of how all that came about.



The Sign Of The Beast

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:53:48 -0600

To majority of people on earth, it is business as usual. But not so for many sensitive people and clairvoyants who incidentally are discovering that there is a lot of cosmic influences going on today on earth. Many have become unduly irritable, losing empathy, noticing that many other people are becoming repugnant to them; many are losing friends and finding out that more and more they are becoming part of a lonely generation, a generation psychically separated from the rest of humanity.



Surely Religious People Worship The Same God

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:44:12 -0600

'There's no need to keep on preaching at me like that, we all worship the same God!' People in one religion are at times inclined to believe they ought to get converts from other religions to join theirs. After all, they have always been taught to believe only theirs is right and all the others are wrong. On the other side is the belief that if there is one God, he will accept the sincere worship of people in different religions. Just how do we sort this one out?



Does Christianity Prove The Existence Of Christ?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:53:20 -0600

Does Christianity prove the actual existence of Christ as depicted in Christianity's holy texts? Does Christ prove the tenants of Christianity? My short answer is "no". Read on.



The Mobile Classroom

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:02:07 -0600

Jesus conducted mobile classrooms on many occasions. As they would be walking, Jesus would see an opportunity to bring an illustrated teaching to His Apostles. He would use the daily occurrences to instruct His followers.



Pals Need One Another

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:18:12 -0600

Right at the end of his letter to the people of Colossae Paul gives us a glimpse of his support network. Paul conveys the greetings of his friends: Aristarchus, Mark, Jesus (also called Justus), Epaphras, Luke, Demas and naturally Tychicus and Onesimus who we got to know in the previous two devotions.



The Power in Prayer

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:14:26 -0600

Watching the news these days is numbing. Until you've been a victim of crime it is hard to comprehend. Our society does not want to acknowledge God yet in the face of tragedy asks for prayer.



Is Darkness a Balance to the Light?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:00:28 -0600

There has been a controversy on the difference between light and darkness, with many arguing that there must have to be a balance, that one cannot exist without the other. But that can only be possible on earth, where everybody-and everything-meet in a jumbled mixture. Some quote the hermetic law of As above so below.



Clergy Robes Or Choir Robes Wearing Notes On Christmas Religious Activities

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:51:36 -0600

Christmas is that part of the year when happiness and colors are all around us. We love to spend this time of the year with God, our family, and our relatives. Thanking God for His blessings to us throughout the year is customary and churches are the place to do it.



How to Worship God According to Jesus

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:37:24 -0600

The choices we make today affect our future. Our words, our actions, how we use our money, the time we spend in prayer can be translated to eternal treasure when they are submitted to God. What the world offers isn't what we are looking for. It leaves us disappointed.



On the Road With Jesus

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:26:54 -0600

Jesus did a lot of walking during His ministry. On this particular occasion, Jesus and His entourage were heading to Jerusalem where He would shortly offer the greatest sacrifice the world would ever know. As they approached the city, Jesus would face a request that would cause conflict within the group. How would He handle it?



Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Twenty

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:40:09 -0600

Philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, including those realms of theology, religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate. There's the theist pro side; there's the atheist anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following twentieth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate.



Get Your Free Prescription For The Flu Here

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:06:47 -0600

We have been told to do a number of things such as wash your hands, avoid close contact with sick people, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, stay at home when you are sick and by all means get the flu vaccine. These are all very good practical measures to prevent catching the flu. I personally do not like flu shots and even health officials are telling us that the flu vaccines aren't perfect, but there is one cure that is perfect and that's God's Word.



Don't Talk About Sin - There Is No Such Thing

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:46:22 -0600

Yes, it's time to make up our minds about this issue, because a lot depends on it. Either all the stuff we don't like such as war, murder, starvation, disease, rape, thieving, gang warfare and drug addiction, and young lives messed up by the social media is all just what is - it's not nice but it's normal. So, if it's all just so naturally normal, either evolution slowly sorts it out, or else, all this stuff, including my own heart is deeply affected by something called 'sin'. I believe there is not a third alternative. This subject provokes many questions but we ought, at least, to make a shot at answering the most central ones. Here goes.



The Reformation of 500 Years Ago and Do We Need Such Radical Reformation Today?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:28:39 -0600

The significance of The Reformation has been highlighted over these past months and for many it has been a time of relooking at the basics. The Reformation across Europe saw Europe experience turbulence and challenge at all kinds of social and religion levels. It was a time for change and transformation and these occasions seldom go smoothly. 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis, or propositions for discussion, to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral in Germany. Is the Reformation over? By no means! Might this strike a relevant chord in your heart and mind and fellowship and community? If yes, then this is the moment for us to do something powerful and relevant and loving about the situation.



You May Be the Only Bible

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:11:38 -0600

Whether you like it or not, people are watching you. I don't know why, but people are sitting with their magnifying glasses just looking for that place where you stepped outside the line of the playing field.



Pray for One Another

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:10:57 -0600

I believe in prayer. It was my mom spending so much time on her knees praying for her children that prevented us from losing the way big time.



Saying Thank You Protects Me

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:10:31 -0600

During prayer, it is firstly not about me. Even less is prayer a shopping list where I only tell God what I want.



Sin and Separation From God

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:10:04 -0600

Sin that goes unchecked among a people may similarly become an epidemic. The aim of God's Laws about cleanliness was to protect the people from disease, but more importantly, to teach them by vivid lessons how God wanted purity, holiness, and cleanliness among His people. Failure to obey these laws was considered sin.



Why I Favor Building the Wall - But Not the One Trump Wants

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:08:16 -0600

I'm in favor of the wall, but not the one President Trump wants to build at our southern border. The wall I support already exists, and has been up since the founding of the Republic. Trump and his Republican base seem determined to remove or lower this wall to a point that it no longer bars religion from government. The slide into theocracy won't come with a dramatic tearing down of the wall of separation; it will result from the kinds of incursions this administration and it's allies are promoting, little by little and bit by bit, often noticeably, often not so much so. The wall is crumbling, not falling and this part of our constitutional infrastructure needs a great deal more attention before a collapse is complete.



So Much Religion, So Little Morals

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:41:43 -0600

The earth today has become a being without a soul. While religion has been on the increase, immorality has also been increasing in geometric proportions. And man saunters on, thinking too much of his intellectual achievements and moving more and more to false theism.



Might It Be Nothing Other Than Sin That Blinds Our Eyes From Seeing This Crucial Answer?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:39:08 -0600

Here we are dealing with a question which is so highly relevant in various categories in these present days. It is a political question which can cause all kinds of difficulties and it is a religious question which has been on our news reports for many years and which has been given a higher profile quite recently following statements and tweets emerging from The White House in Washington, D.C. Who is a true Jew? Is there an answer? And, if there is a reliable answer are we willing to accept that answer?



Molecules, Madness Or Meaning

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:33:15 -0600

One of the greatest challenges to serious thinkers who accept evolution is the basis of their own rationality. For if it comes entirely from molecules, how come I know things that seem to be way beyond the ability of molecules? Is my sense of personal consciousness and of being in an understandable universe just a marvel of evolution, or does it only lead to the final absurdity, where nothing has any meaning, except that thought, and I just make up my own story, or is there a path to real meaning and truth - if only!



A Look at The Rich Young Ruler

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:22:49 -0600

Today, people are confusing works and faith as a prerequisite to obtaining eternal life. Some believe that displaying attributes of compassion and doing to others as they would want done to them evidences spiritual character and, as a result, eternal life awaits them.