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Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:28:40 -0600


The Christian Trifecta

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:05:23 -0600

The Church is not to be the spiritual babysitter of the Believer, but a worshiping, teaching, preaching center of spiritual growth. It is to be a place of praising, instructing, and heralding God's word in an atmosphere of holiness. The Believer has a responsibility that will reflect on not only his life but the church as well.

What's In a Name? Our Christian Roles

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:06:40 -0600

You have probably heard the phrase "What's in a name?" from time to time. Names mean different things to different people. In the reading we heard from John 1:29-42 a few minutes ago, we heard some of the names given to Jesus and given by Jesus.

Everybody Can Rise With Jesus

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:17:49 -0600

Keep on believing that very person has a belief button and that he or she will switch it on one day. Keep hoping that others will start believing. Keep on hoping that the light will be switched on in their lives some time and that they will rise with us one day.

Annihilation, the Witness Answer to Death's Mysteries

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:58:22 -0600

What happens at Death? The Jehovah's Witnesses think they have found the answer.

How Is Your Memorial?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:22:10 -0600

Is our prayer and monetary giving a memorial unto the Lord? Does God remember the actions of our faith filled prayers and giving? When faith ushers our petitions into the throne room of God, He anticipates that our actions will accompany our requests.

At A Jehovah's Witness Meeting

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:40:40 -0600

If you have never visited a Kingdom Hall, here is your chance. I have no desire to promote the Jehovah's Witness movement. Far from it. In fact, quite the opposite. May you be guided with discernment as you read.

2017: A Year of Victory (2)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:46:26 -0600

Now, suddenly, Jehovah God showed up. The throne of no disappointment! He began to speak and move in their midst. He immediately gave Moses instructions and directions. The pillars of fire and cloud began to re-align. My God! Divine confusion took over the camp of their enemies as God miraculously path the sea for them to escape. And more interestingly is that the same instrument of escape for them because the instrument of extermination of their enemies. Watching this commando-style deliverance, Moses and Israel instantaneously burst into songs of victory. I see you singing from now in the name of Jesus! It shall be like a dream. It shall happen suddenly! Listen, God is doing for you exactly what He did for Israel at the shores of the Red Sea. Look at the way of escape that is already created for you. Yes, it will happen suddenly. Get ready! You will soon say like Moses and Israel that the LORD has become your strength, your song and your victory! Praise God! Nothing will stop this celebration in your life this year. It is your time of victory! God bless you!

Religion in Children's Books

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:43:13 -0600

A. A. Milne had Christopher Robin saying his prayers in his popular children's books about the teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, but he was writing for a readership that was much more culturally homogeneous than exists for authors today. In England in the 1920s, there was almost no one who dared to whisper during this long-established and almost universally-practised bedtime ritual, and those who did whisper probably felt guilty about it. However, in modern times, the native English have largely abandoned their traditional religion and the large immigrant communities take their diverse alternative faiths very seriously, making life much more difficult for the authors of children's books.

Jesus' Second Advent - Are You Ready?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:03:02 -0600

Jesus' First Advent, also known as Christmas is easy to prepare for, because we know it is always on December 25th. Nobody, but God knows when His Second Advent is going to be. Since we don't know the exact date for the Second Advent, it is wise to prepare now in anticipation for that event--believe in the name of Jesus Christ. He paid for your sins!

Can Religious Fanatics Be Educated?

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:03:26 -0600

The recent disasters of the British Brexit referendum and the US presidential election have brought renewed calls for better education. It is argued that if people were better educated they would make better choices in electing leaders as well as be more productive in the economic sphere. Education teaches one to look at all sides of an issue, carefully weigh the evidence and come to an objective conclusion. It encourages compromise, avoiding conflict by seeking solutions that benefit both parties in a dispute. However, in encouraging flexibility of thought, higher education directly opposes the tenets of religion as propounded by fundamentalists. Many minds are set against acquiring new knowledge because all they need to know is already revealed in their holy book.

The Centurion

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:41:27 -0600

Is the Centurion that is depicted in Luke's Gospel actually the same person in the book of Acts? Watch as the story unfolds of a spectacular journey by a man in search of the meaning of life.

Maintaining Positive Professions

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:30:10 -0600

Hebrews 4:14 "therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess". Hebrews 10:23 "let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful". Have you ever been faced with a challenge where it seems as if you are almost losing your faith in God?

Knorr to Adams, The Leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:37:39 -0600

After the foundation was laid by Russell and Rutherford, several other men, in succession, have presided over the Jehovah's Witnesses. Here is a little of their story.

Lord Ganesha's Idol Makes a Difference

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:39:32 -0600

Ganesha is the God of prosperity, good luck success, remover of hurdles and destroyer of sins. However The idols placed at certain points in the house generate more positive vibrations, such placement benefits the entire household. Even the colors of the idols emit a kind of vibration.

Sorry for Paris, Disappointed by Obama

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:32:58 -0600

My deepest thoughts are with the families of the slain. It is time to stop all forms of terrorism and barbarism.

Will Humans Ever Be Able To Live Without The God Delusion?

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:11:26 -0600

Robert Maynard Pirsig, an American writer and philosopher, says "when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion". The Oxford dictionary defines the word delusion as "an idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder". Does that mean the people who believe in the existence of the God almighty are all suffering from delusions? Well, it is a difficult question to answer. However, it is extremely difficult to prove the existence of God. The clergymen, who are the middlemen between the God and the humans, keep saying that God is very much existent, but to be able to perceive his presence one needs to be spiritually enlightened. And, people like me remain under the impression that may be I'm not spiritually enlightened enough to see him and that is why he is invisible to me.

Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Ten

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:23:21 -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-theist camp as the following tenth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate.

Consistency of Doctrine

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 17:17:36 -0600

Often, the consistency of what we do within organized religion takes precedence over the direction of God individually and corporately. We must remain open to the direction of the Lord in all things.

Bethlehem or Nazareth?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:15:25 -0600

Tradition has always been the catalyst to Biblically based initiatives. But what happens when those traditions fail to truly represent what the Scripture teaches?

Colorful Traditions of Navratri Celebration In Gujarat

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:07:45 -0600

Navratri, is amongst the most popular Hindu festivals and is celebrated in various parts of India, and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Navratri literally means 'nine nights' and this festival is a celebration of feminine divinity, also referred to as Shakti. Each night of this festival is dedicated to one of the nine forms of Goddess.

The Amazing "Judge" Rutherford of the Jehovah's Witnesses

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:12:25 -0600

Joseph Franklin Rutherford. President, 1917-1942 Joseph Franklin Rutherford (November 8, 1869 - January 8, 1942) was raised by a farm family in Missouri. He was the second president of the Jehovah's Witnesses, or the third, or the first.

Be It Unto Me

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:39:29 -0600

Believers today are drawn to imitate the faith of so many personalities in the Scripture, but fail to include the actions of a young teenage girl called Mary. She defied all human reasoning to believe in the humanly impossible words of a special messenger. Then there was Joseph who followed the Divine direction without hesitation.

Where Does Consciousness Go When Humans Die?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:00:59 -0600

Is there an afterlife? Ah, the philosophical questions of life and death, and honorable topic that most wish not to contemplate. Still, Greek Philosophers had pondered the 5-most important questions asked by men, and one of them of course is; "what happens to me after I die?" Well, wouldn't you like to know, I say with a smile? Interesting how others with religious connotations attempt to answer this question for us, and allow us eternal life if we submit to their authority. Well, some think this is a good trade off, although I must admit I am not one of them.

What Is Wrong With Religious And Cultural Holidays?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:59:54 -0600

Why do some people wish to spoil Christmas Holidays for others? Over the years I've heard atheists say that public religious symbols should not be displayed. Why, I ask? Who is it hurting and if it makes people happy, so be it. The other day, I discussed this with a deist and he didn't think it was a problem to have a pledge of allegiance with the word "god" in it, nor do I, as I see it as a pledge that something big and grand is part of what makes this nation so special and great. The theory of a god or prime move would be something truly awesome right? So, then it makes sense to me even if you don't believe in a god or gods yourself.

Atheists Vs Christian Theists

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:53:30 -0600

If you watch or read atheist - theist debates, you'll quickly note that the arguments and discussions tend to fall into a rather general pattern. Albeit with some degree of prejudice from the anti-theist point of view, I present that overall pattern in a condensed form. This is after all an essay and not a book (easily achievable)!

If the Kingdom of Heaven Is Not Segregated, Then Why Is the Church?

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:13:12 -0600

Remember those popular groups we used to have in school? Have you ever walked through the doors of a church and felt as if you had walked into the wrong popular group?

Road To Leadership

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:41:18 -0600

When you think leadership, what comes to your mind? For me it is someone that steps forward and takes charge or maybe is just there helping those that need help and in that they lead those people. Leadership can be a very tricky thing in our society because there is so many different types of leaders.

Jehovah's Witness Founder, Charles Taze Russell

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:20:28 -0600

Questions and doubts swirl around this 19th century man. Modern "Witnesses" deny him altogether, but history is clear: Charles Taze Russell laid the groundwork for the cult known as "The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society". That name, by the way, was the name Russell gave to the organization!

Cheering for Jesus

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:28:12 -0600

I hope that one day we can all stand with Paul and look back on our lives and shake our heads in wonder at how God was able to make a difference in the world through us.Maybe you're just as surprised as Paul and wonder how God can hit a clean shot with such crooked sticks like yourself and Paul. But if He could use a Christian killer so powerfully, nothing is impossible for Him. Remember: It is not from your own strength. It was not Paul's own strength that brought him there. It was God who did everything in and through him.

Jesus Cannot Be Boxed in

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:52:01 -0600

We serve an almighty God. A God who loves His children so much that He is prepared to sacrifice His life as God and King to become human, so that He could die on a cross for their sins. A God who could not be boxed in by death.

In Pursuit of Healing

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:49:49 -0600

The subject of healing has been one of the most hotly discussed subjects in the Christian community. Is healing for today or is it a dispensational issue? Has the reality of Biblical healing continued to transcend the generational boundaries? How did Jesus' ministry center around His miracles? What does the Bible really teach on this subject?

The Angels Of Provision Are Coming!

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:03:48 -0600

Just as I was wondering where all this money had come from, I heard the voice of the Lord say "Don't worry, it's yours!" It was then that my eyes were opened in the spirit to see numerous angels flying all over the city depositing large sums of money into the saints bank accounts.

Jesus and Expectations

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:54:28 -0600

Have you ever been in a situation where people did not live up to the hopes and expectations you had for them? If so, you can probably understand why John the Baptist was confused in the reading we heard from Matthew's Gospel.

How Did the Jehovah's Witnesses Start?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:51:37 -0600

Nothing comes from nothing. The Witnesses had to have a first cause, a spark. Here are some of the persons behind this worldwide movement.

Jesus Takes Our Punishment

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:27:53 -0600

This is what God did for us through Jesus. He allowed Jesus to die on the cross so that we didn't have to be punished for all the sins that we have committed. This summarises what we believe. This is all that we have to remember, just this: Jesus took our punishment.

Christmas and Christianity in Vietnam

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:11:42 -0600

Christianity has failed to become the world's universal religion but Christmas is well on the way to becoming a universal commercial festival. In Vietnam, a Communist country with a Buddhist traditional culture, Christianity is a minor residue of the French colonial era, but the shops sell Christmas trees, the sales staff wear little red Father Christmas hats and the background music includes crooning versions of Christmas carols. Businesses work hard to promote the event as a shopping bonanza even though the population at large is trying to save its money for the much more popular Tet holiday to follow in the new year.

Going in the Right Direction

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:29:28 -0600

Simple message: Be on the lookout! Be on your guard! Keep going! Walk towards God! That is the only direction you should go!

Jesus Christ: His Intimidating Appearance

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:10:09 -0600

What image comes to your mind when hearing the name Jesus Christ? Some picture passive weakness. Others see those renowned images of a fair-haired, blue-eyed, feminine Anglo; images seemingly influenced by the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia, a 16th century Spanish-Italian.

Never Be Confused About What The Bible Really Says Again

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:49:28 -0600

If you have any confusion about a particular teaching, read about it in the Bible. Because if you know what is in the scriptures you will never be confused.

Mormon Polytheistic Theology by Any Other Name, Such As Deification, Is Equally Unchristian

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:17:44 -0600

William Shakespeare poetically said, "A rose by other name smells as sweet." The theme of this line from "Romeo and Juliet" can be applied differently to say that, Mormon polytheistic theology by any other name, such as "deification" proves to be as heretical and unchristian. For when did the Salt Lake City, Utah Mormon hierarchy begin using the term "deification" to apply to worthy Mormon elders becoming Mormon father-gods, with a capital G? Was the term "deification" used in the 19th and 20th Centuries to equate Mormon polytheism, or is it a 21st Century apologetic response to the Internet publication of the 1984 Melchizedek Priesthood Study Guide Lesson-21 "Man May Become Like God." Read on for an explication of this issue...

Witnesses - Really?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:29:31 -0600

The nice, zealous, earnest folks that show up at your door from time to time may have a deficit or two. Are they really "Witnesses" of "Jehovah", or something else?

Love Never Ends

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:23:10 -0600

Maybe we should decide to let love live again. Maybe I should be the least and pour a little water on the roots of wilted love. Love will get up again! Love never dies!

Searching for Waldo

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:22:33 -0600

One of the things that I enjoy doing to watching people. Actually, what I do is play a little game. The object of my fantasy experiment is to guess if someone is a Christian or not. I know this might seems to border on judgment, but it is just a game with no ill intent.

The Best Is Yet to Come When Christ Returns

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:33 -0600

In a world full of hurt and pain, Isaiah reminds us that we are children of God. We as Christians have seen the fulfillment of the hope promised by the Second Coming, so we can and should proclaim this passage from Isaiah as our hope for salvation peace to be realized in the future.

Love Forever and Ever

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:57:23 -0600

Love always looks for that little bit of good in others. Together with hope, love looks for the potential in others. Together with hope, love believes there is a little bit of good in everyone, even if they have messed up again. Love builds bridges where there has always been an abyss between people. Love breaks down boundaries and tries one more time.

Child Support From The Heavenly Father

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:46:51 -0600

We all know about the "Three Wise Men" in the Christmas story. Actually, the Bible does not say how many wise men came, just that wise men brought three gifts to the Holy Family. We assume three gifts equal three wise men. Not necessarily. It was a nice thing for those wise men to do, perhaps a socially accepted thing to do in that age. But I see a greater purpose that is not so obvious. Let me show it to you.

The Proverbs 31 Man

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:46:12 -0600

Solomon ended his book of Proverbs describing an exceptional woman. She has become known as "the Proverbs 31 Woman" by the biblically literate. Though the story focuses on that woman, there is a man in the story that is often missed. If you do not know him, allow me to introduce you to him. He is an important character.

A Lesson in Love From Road Rage

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:38:32 -0600

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth. Too easy to point a finger at someone else, forgetting about the three pointing back at yourself.

God's Existence: Bob Dutko's Proofs Refuted

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:51:46 -0600

Radio host and Christian Apologist Bob Dutko has given ten proofs for God's existence, which is five more than professional philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig gave! Anyway, here are Dutko's ten arguments for God and my rebuttal to them.

Your True Love Is Measured in Others

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:51:27 -0600

But love breaks down boundaries. Love swims against the stream. Love makes you behave differently from normal people out there.

Are You Offended?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:47:34 -0600

Why is it when we have been offended or feel that we have, we take it out on our relationship with God? Why is it that we take more seriously the words of people than the Word of God? How can what people say have more influence than what God says?

Light Up a Place Where There Is No Love

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:31:23 -0600

Even if I'm devout and give away everything I own, no, even more, even if I'm nailed on a cross giving my life for the cause, but the people around me do not see my love, it's useless. Then we're not on the love bus.

Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Nine

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:10:31 -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 ninth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate.

Be Prepared for Christ's Return

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:02:57 -0600

When Jesus returns, will we recognize him? The only way to know for certain is to get lots of practice doing what he wants us to do. In other words, we are to show his love to a hurting world be serving the less fortunate.

Part of the Master Plan

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:01:45 -0600

Find your talent and look after it. Develop it. Use it to make a difference. Remember: the idea is to work towards the benefit of others - where you stay, work or play or any other place where the Lord may send you.

Your Gifts - Your Impact

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:01:24 -0600

Father, thank you for giving me gifts. I know I've hidden them sometimes, but the time has come to take them out, dust them off and use them to make an impact in your new world. Take my hand and show me how to use them. Amen.

Our Firm Foundation

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:25:31 -0600

Every building has a firm foundation. Without it, the building would fall down. Similarly, our faith has to have a firm foundation. That foundation is Jesus. Anything else will fail-even the church.

Looking For The Meat

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:09:53 -0600

Diet preaching has caused many people to become dissatisfied with their church. Some members are even searching for a church were they offer deeper teachings. Why is there such a divergence to preaching/teaching?

A Dozen Reasons To Question Christianity's Bona-Fides

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:54:22 -0600

Christians, True Believers one and all (well most anyway) believe that Christianity is the be-all-and-end-all of theology - the one and only one true religion. True Believers belonging to hundreds of other religions would of course take issue with that Christian point of view. They have good reason to do so.

Issued With Another Body

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:10:35 -0600

It was difficult for the people of Corinth to accept that one receives a glorified body after death. I still remember how afraid I was and how strange it was for me to leave my mom behind at Youngsfield when I had to get on the train for two years' army training.

Reasons Why The Heavenly Kingdom Is The Best For Humans

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:18:09 -0600

Every successful government must be fully able to address the problems faced by its subjects. It is, however, regrettable to know that the various forms of government have failed as humans in their attempt to arrest their maladies. Humans have tried autocracy, democracy and other forms of governance, but all of them have not been able to hit the needy spot of mankind. Thus, clearly outspoken, humans cannot govern themselves because we were not given that responsibility by our creator.

America Is Racist Because The Church Is Racist

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:09:38 -0600

Sadly, racist behavior and racial prejudice is alive and well throughout America, including within The Church. We cannot simply ignore it; pretend it does not exist and hope it goes away.

Communion Reminds Me

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:22:37 -0600

Jesus' blood flowed for me. His body was broken so that I no longer have to be punished for my sin. If I confess my sin, God will forgive me. Communion says so.

In Search of Purpose

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:21:31 -0600

Young people today are looking for their purpose in life. The World offers external stimuli that caters to the feelings and emotions of the younger generation. The problem with the secular approach is the ever changing satisfaction level of the recipient.

Weeping for Jerusalem

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:17:44 -0600

Jerusalem represents all of our hometowns. Have you ever wept or shown concern for your own hometowns? We could weep for our neighbours who don's know how to have the peace of Christ. They don't know the cure for the loneliness that results in destructive patterns. If we knew the heartbreak in our hometowns, we would weep too. Every city and town can be blessed with Jesus' presence, but the leaders must invite Jesus into the city or town before God's peace can be experienced.

Why Is The Cross Being Forgotten?

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:20:25 -0600

The cross is the most widely recognised symbol of Christianity, but it is also a symbol, once tolerated, or even respected, that is openly despised and scorned by a Christ-rejecting world. But there's nothing new about that. What is new is the sheer scale of the loss and abandonment of the central truths of the cross by people who claim to be Christians. Let me explain what I mean.

Cremation, Catholic Doctrine & Freedom of Choice: Religious Dogmas and Liberty Are Incompatible

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:04:46 -0600

The new rules set out by the Vatican restrict the choices Catholics have concerning the disposition of ashes of loved ones and others. This seems to be a flagrant overreach into a personal matter. It is justified by Church authorities in the weakest possible ways, namely, ancient superstitions and jejune core beliefs. A REAL wellness perspective and action course is recommended.

Can Violence Ever Wipe Out Heresy?

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:59:45 -0600

The Albigensian Crusade and subsequent Inquisition has been called the world's first "ideological genocide." It is estimated that as many as half a million Cathars lost their lives and all of their teachings were destroyed in a futile hope of eradicating the Gnostic heresy for once and for all.

The Holy Spirit Switch

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:14:16 -0600

The Holy Spirit lives in each of us. He gives each of us gifts that we have to use. The idea is that others, not us, should benefit from these gifts. Our fingers are on the switch. The question is whether we are prepared to switch on the power so that others can experience the wonder of the work of the Holy Spirit through you.

The Spirit in Us

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:14:13 -0600

Know that if you say Jesus is Lord, it is actually the Spirit of God speaking through you. You can relax about that. God's Spirit lives in you.

Anything That Takes You Away From God Is Idolatry

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:56:48 -0600

May God's Spirit quietly show us what He doesn't like and what it is that steals our time with Him. And may He help us to change it so that we can spend enough time with God again!

A Brief Description of Hinduism

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:23:13 -0600

Hinduism is the oldest and possibly the first religion practiced on Earth, the followers are innumerable. To call Hinduism a religion is not justified, as it is more than that, it is a way of life. It is Sahdeva Kutumbekam: "Hinduism" is a blanket term covering several religions and does not refer to a single religion.

Be at the Door

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:55:10 -0600

Sometimes we'll have to take the consequences. But still we can hold on to the knowledge that God will never let us go. We must believe that He will open doors for us again.

Planting The Right Seeds

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:44:45 -0600

What kind of seeds are Christians planting? The seed we plant must always be able to produce a result that will bring honor to God. When the Church plants the seed of God's unaltered Word, it will experience phenomenal growth, both numerically and spiritually.

Don't Become Too Unconcerned

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:20:35 -0600

Watch out. Be serious about this warning and look for those things that steal your time with God. Make sure that you're going in the right direction. Be on the lookout for temptations.

Christ, Our Firm Foundation

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:48:36 -0600

Every house has a firm foundation. Without it, the house would quickly fall down. Similarly, our faith has a firm foundation-Jesus Christ. That foundation can never be shaken.

Predestination Is Created by Us, Not God

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:33:55 -0500

Predestination to my own understanding means our lives from birth to dead has been fixed, preordained or determined by an unseen God, without inputs whatsoever from us. Therefore, all our efforts in thought, words or deeds cannot change the roadmap God created even while we were in our mother's womb. Honestly, I do not think this is right.

Keeping the Right Winning Post in Sight

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:38:49 -0500

It's not always easy to remain on course here where we're running the race in the world. Therefore it's important to train hard, and, yes, to sometimes keep away from the things not beneficial to our purpose and to do our utmost to finish the race successfully. Let us do everything possible every day to do God's will so that at the end of the day we can receive the winner's prize in God's arms..

Why Has Christianity Said No to Reincarnation?

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:03:13 -0500

It sometimes seems to me that the Church has directed entirely too much time and energy towards figuring out which truths are acceptable for Christians to believe and attempting to eradicate those it deems to be heresy. However, I'm also aware that if we don't honor a common set of beliefs and traditions, the Christian faith will ultimately dilute and dissipate. So I've tried hard to understand why the Church came down so strongly against the idea of reincarnation.

Go for Gold Now

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 07:57:19 -0500

Go for gold! Let's become charged up to train and live the life out there at full speed. Let's run flat-out in Christ's race and let's stretch forwards to be the first to break the winner's ribbon.

Being Together Now

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:56:19 -0500

Even to listen to Steve Hofmeyr was evil. Well, yes. Like many of us Steve wasn't an angel, but I'm sure that to listen to Steve won't take away your place in heaven!

It Is That Simple

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:38:47 -0500

There are many roads that have veered away from the foundational truths of God's Word. A plethora of doctrines and beliefs have led to a widening of separation between Believers. What can the Church do to regain its faltering position in the Gospel promotion.

Encouragement in the Face of Problems

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:31:36 -0500

Have you ever wished that someone had given you encouragement when you really needed it? A few words of encouragement can really make our day brighter. We see an example of this in the reading from 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,11-12.

Involved in the Work of 666

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:57:19 -0500

Who would suspect that the American Election is under the control of a long ago deceased Roman Emperor? Who could comprehend how money, wealth, and religion are so intertwined that only a genius could unravel the source? Who would ever understand how the Spirit of the Universe is making these things known and is unlocking the secrets of how and why the world is spiralling into the last days and the end of civilisation?

Church Leaders Must Confront the Racism in the Church and Unite the Body of Christ

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:17:30 -0500

Let's confront the racism in the church. Church leaders have a moral and spiritual obligation to end racism in the church.

I Proclaim the Gospel Because I Have to

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:22:50 -0500

I realise I don't do enough to live God's Gospel in the world so that others can see God. And worst of all, I forget to be sensitive as well.

The Day I Gave My Lunch Away

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:07:20 -0500

Is there ever really a 'free lunch'? Some say, 'There's no such thing as a free lunch', which means, even if it is given free to me, someone really did have to pay for it. But, thinking of a free lunch, there is a story in the New Testament of a lad who gave away his lunch. The day was full of surprises, to say the least. Here is the story as the lad might have told it to his mother later in the day.

In Someone Else's Shoes

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:04:24 -0500

Please help me to have the guts to use my gifts to go and make a difference where You want me to do so. Please help me to be sensitive to other people's way of thinking and doing. Amen

Jesus - Who Really Is He?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:40:42 -0500

Jesus of Nazareth, to use one of his common biblical names, is still a leading figure of world interest. Despite other contestants, and the humanistic and atheistic rejection of Christianity, I am taking a look here, based on the witness of the New Testament, about how you would get to know who Jesus really is.

A Concern for Israel's Premature Return (Aliyah)

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:23:15 -0500

Jewish return to the land of Israel premature from a biblical view. With hostile forces threatening its existence, a fresh look at the biblical basis of their return is needed.

9 Highlights of the Dolyatra Festival

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:16:35 -0500

Dolyatra is essentially seen as the variant of Holi festival that is celebrated across India. It is also a festival of colours. However, the theme of the celebration is different in this case. Here, the festival highlights the love between Lord Krishna and his better-half Radha. In this article, we would be looking at the important highlights of Dolyatra festival.

How I Do Things

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:13:58 -0500

People watch us to see whether it is worth the trouble taking to road to God. The question is: Do I push people away or do I encourage people when I return the earphones that aren't working?

Faith Without Secular Evidence

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:02:16 -0500

Faith is not contingent on evidences, but on the reality of His Word. Faith is not activated on feelings, but on spiritual assurance. Faith is not set on the things seen, but on the things not seen. Faith sees beyond the evidence to the fulfillment of the Word.

God Knows It All

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:52:17 -0500

Therefore it is so important that we keep other people and their needs in mind at all times and that we shall love others with all we have. Put love first, because then we will be in God's love.

Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Eight

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:50:15 -0500

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 eighth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate.

Final Thoughts

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:14:15 -0500

What would you say to someone if you knew you were speaking to them for the last time? What advice would you give?

How Not to Get Caught Up in What Is Wrong

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:01:33 -0500

Let's work hard on putting God first in our lives. Let's make doubly sure that other things do not steal our time with God. Let's live a life where our marriage and relationships help us to become more intimate with God.

Four Keys to Improving Your Prophetic Gift

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:16:15 -0500

Do you have a prophetic gift? Have you ever felt led by the Holy Spirit to speak a word of prophecy over another person? Have you ever wanted to increase your anointing as you give a word from God to someone? Do you want to improve your gift?

I Want To Come To Christ, But Don't Know How

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:28:04 -0500

Many people have heard the gospel. They know they need God's forgiveness and need to come to Christ, but they don't seem either able or willing to take that vital next step. Often there is an intense struggle, and a fear that all control of life will be lost keeps them from taking that step. Often there is a fear that life will become deadly dull and religious, which keeps people from the all-important step. Sound familiar? This article aims to make the issues clear.

For Believers Only

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:27:17 -0500

There is one passage of scripture where no one was in earshot of Jesus except His true disciples. We can take great encouragement from what He said in this passage.