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Published: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:57:33 -0600


How Kings Should Lead Their People

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:32:47 -0600

On Reign of Christ Sunday, we reflect on the mighty acts of God proclaimed every Sunday of the past year. We celebrate that, because Christ has humbled himself to the point of death on the cross, God has exalted Him and made Him King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Living Among the Dead (2)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:49:57 -0600

Where are you now? Are you dwelling at the other side of life? The dark and painful side? One of the things you will notice is that this deranged man at the cemetery was at the other side of the lake; a lone, suffering, languishing and helpless. That was what Jesus saw and told his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." Yes. Are you still there? A lake as you know spiritually is a symbol stagnancy, contamination and lack of freshness, lack of flow. Then, come to imagine somebody living beyond it. Beyond, worse, farther than the lake. This guy's problem was a double tragedy. So many people today are simply living at the other side of life. They are in terrible, unspeakable situations. They are fed up with life. They don't understand how it feels to be in good health. They have never enjoyed it even for one full month. Some cannot live, sleep, function without drugs, alcohol, sex, clubbing or casino. And these habits have also further pushed them into many other terrible things.

Gone Fishing - Lesson For Disciple Makers

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:41:15 -0600

Becoming a fisher of men is not as simple as people might think. Even the disciples chose to go back to their old lives after Jesus was crucified.

The Stump and the Splinter

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:38:14 -0600

Jesus tells of the man who owed the king R20 million. The man was bankrupt and couldn't repay the money.

The Fragmenting of Mankind

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:08:51 -0600

Societies appear to be fragmenting at an alarming rate. It is occurring at every social strata. The most basic being God with each individual, human being with human being, families, communities, states, regions, countries, etc.

Hitting My Head

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:21:24 -0600

Right opposite the Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium in Stellenbosch is a small bridge across the Eersterivier. Only one car at a time can use the bridge.

Let Us Not Forget

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:19:49 -0600

We sing and talk about Jesus and our unfailing love for Him, but it seems it is more a "tell" than a show. We seem to take His forgiveness for granted.

There Is No Point - I Am Close To Giving Up

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:21:46 -0600

If that is you, do have a little think about what I would like to share with you, before you make up your mind any further. I have a simple question to put to you so that we can try to tease out an answer to it: how did you discover that there is no point, perhaps because your life hasn't worked out as you wanted and you are facing huge difficulties, or perhaps you are even tempted to give up being a Christian?

Did God Ever Keep Secrets in the Bible?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:28:41 -0600

Are you a Christian? Do you believe the Trinity is a mystery? If you do then there must be secrets in the Bible.

Blame Shifter

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:54:39 -0600

We have all done it, and are quick to notice when others pass the buck, and say, it wasn't their fault at all. And if you hadn't done what you did first, well I wouldn't have done what I did, would I? And so it goes on, round in circles. Is there any way to see through this smokescreen, and does it matter any way, if we find it socially convenient to reduce our own blame by passing it on to someone else?

God Doesn't Make Rubbish

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:04:10 -0600

Are you feeling a bit down today? Are you still confused about what you're actually doing here?

Birds of a Feather

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:03:36 -0600

An English proverb says: Birds of a feather flock together. In Afrikaans, we say ons dam se ganse (the geese that belong in our dam).

Biblical and Carnal Faith

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:15:35 -0600

Biblical Faith sees beyond the obvious, while Carnal Faith looks at situations in life and defines them through human reasoning. Biblical Faith sees life through the spirit, while Carnal Faith sees life through the mind. What kind of faith do you have?

Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Nineteen

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:20:42 -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 nineteenth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate.

Does God Feel My Pain?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:19:16 -0600

Church fathers taught that God does not feel emotions. Modern theologians assure us that God does suffer as God and as well along with us. Else He would be impersonal. Right?

Why Not Only Protestants Should Celebrate the Reformation

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:16:52 -0600

Traditionally, the Reformation has been celebrated as a good thing by most people in Europe and North America, except Roman Catholics. Recently, that view has been challenged, especially by humanists, mainly because the Reformation led to centuries of division, warfare and persecution. In this article I set out reasons why everyone should celebrate it, regardless of their religious convictions.

Think, Talk and Act Like Jesus

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:07:55 -0600

I look up to my mentor. I wish I could be more like him.

Weary Not

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:33:06 -0600

Galatians 6:9 "let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up". Ecclesiastes 3:1 "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven". Sometimes we are prone to become worried and more concerned when we don't see results as at when we are expecting to see them.

For Sale, for Free

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:28:34 -0600

With his crucifixion, Jesus opened a shop with loads of brand new clothes in every town. Anyone could enter and exchange his or her dirty clothes.

Navratri Gifts That Shall Make For A Truly Festive Navratri 2017

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:25:06 -0600

Festivals and celebrations make for a very integral part in the Indian culture. They have always been the reason of cheerfulness & spreading joy. Navratri is one of the most prominent among all festivals celebrated in India.

The Deadly Weapon

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 19:17:09 -0600

More people are destroyed or wounded by an uncontrolled tongue than all the weapons of destruction put together. What is even more startling is that this weapon is used in the Church.

A New Diet Plan

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 08:09:18 -0600

I struggle with my weight. In recent years I kept getting heavier and heavier.

Listen to Me - Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:12:53 -0500

Most parents have at one time or another jokingly said, "Do as I say, not as I do." But somehow, children never seem to listen. Why? Because apparently actions speak louder than words. The warning Jesus issued in Matthew 23:1-12 is the same: "Do as they say (for, after all, they sit on Moses' seat), but not as they do."

A Lesson in a Package of Shame

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:11:20 -0500

Dishonesty will come to light some time or another. Yes, our wrong deeds are forgiven, and that is wonderful, but in a way, wrong deeds always come to light.

Sexual Harassment and the Exposure of Perpetrators - A Christian Perspective

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:05:58 -0500

There is a growing list of famous figures embroiled in sexual harassment cases. The 'crisis' is rippling through Western societies as we live and breathe.

When Is the End of the World?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:56:41 -0500

With the recent surge of climatic catastrophes around the world, amateur prognosticators and charlatans have attempted to relate these climatic phenomena to what the Word of God terms "the end of the world". So let us see, in a few words, what is the Biblical "end of the world", especially as it occurs in the portion of the Bible popularly described as the New Testament.

Onam Special Ritual

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:19:18 -0500

Onam is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in South India. Onam is celebrated in Kerala as the Harvest festival. Kerala regards the festival as the welcoming gesture to their ancient king, Mahabali.On this special day workship lord vamana to get a major benefits.

Swear Words

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:39:38 -0500

In the early days of our ministry I wrote a story about moerse gaps, an Afrikaans swear word describing something very big. It was a letter to my friend whose dad had died in a car accident and I wanted to describe the enormous gap that his dad had left behind with his sudden and unexpected death.

Prayers Against the Spirit of Bondage

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:24:09 -0500

What is spiritual bondage? Giving Satan control and living under that control. Or the result of giving the devil a place to exercise power over us. A Christian can definitely be trapped in spiritual bondage. Depending on which church you attend, you may or may not hear a lot of "spiritual bondage talk. This article will enlighten you on various bondages most Christian put themselves into and how they can come out of them fast.

The Role of Religion in World Peace

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:04:13 -0500

What role should religion play in bringing about world peace? Let us get it clear here. Religion is about belief, faith and creed.

Faithful Works

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 19:57:37 -0500

Many Christians believe that attending church weekly is an evidence of their faith. By publicly joining other believers in communal worship, they see themselves as a "registered saint."

The Death and Life of Moses

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:24:49 -0500

If you knew you were dying, what final words would you say to your loved ones? Final words are important, because they are often the most precious memories our loved ones have of us. They might even contain final instructions or words of wisdom. Death is hard to face because it's hard to see someone go, especially if they are young. We can comfort the grieving by helping them, listening to them or being there for them, just like Moses was there for the Israelites before he died.

Important Lord Krishna Teachings One Can Learn From Bhagavad Gita

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:36:41 -0500

Containing 18 chapters that deal with a variety of aspects like the incarnation of God, the need to restrain the senses and mind, devotion to God, the qualities of nature, and so on, Bhagavad Gita is considered as the greatest Holy Scripture. Having spiritual discourses delivered by Lord Krishna, this Holy Scripture offers a lot to learn to live a better life. In the Mahabharata, when the fight between Pandavas and Kauravas was going on and Pandava prince Arjuna starts feeling low in the battleground, Lord Krishna offers him the strength to fight by explaining him the "Gita Gyan".

How to Share Our Christian Faith

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:19:54 -0500

First Segment I'd like to discuss this question " How do you Share our Christian Faith". This is sometimes called "Evangelism". Although it might be easy to communicate our faith with other Christians, it becomes much more difficult to share our faith with non-Christians, and this discussion hopefully will help you with this.

Why the World Thinks You Are A Joke

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:07:54 -0500

When we speak one thing and then do the opposite, our actions are very telling of our heart. It is out of our heart that we speak, but it is out of our belief that we act.

To Hate or Not

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:15:30 -0500

Sometimes you have things in your life that hold you back. Some of these drain your energy to such an extent that you cannot enjoy life fully.

Do Not Be Discouraged

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:22:55 -0500

How easy it is to get swept up in the chaotic confession that is sweeping our country. What we are experiencing are labor pains that signal the birth of a new rule of order.

Am I Happy Because of Or in Spite of Being a Christian?

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:22:47 -0500

Research has produced the finding that being involved in a religion is a positive factor in happiness. This article considers why this appears to be contradicted by the everyday observation that not all Christians seem to be happy all the time and looks at the reasons for some of the exceptions.

God's Presence

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:40:59 -0500

The first part of the passage we heard from Exodus was Moses' third intercession on behalf of the Israelites. The people had repented, expressed their sorrow and remorse, and divested themselves of the Golden Calf. But God has told them that He won't go with them because He might consume them with His wrath. God's holiness can't abide with sin. Because the Israelites were sinful, God's holiness would consume them on the way. God would be present with them in an indirect way through an angel.

Dancing Their Way Into Heaven As Father Gods

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:13:45 -0500

In today's world we are so far removed from the superstitions and rituals that have shaped it that talking about them has an appearance of something too strange to contemplate. So it is with the 'death dance' that was symbolic of one's acceptance as a god in heaven. To find its source and understand its meaning one must first allow the scales of blindness to fall away and a new reality to penetrate the brain-washed minds of religious faith.

Dopamine and So on

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:01:49 -0500

Some time ago I woke up with the question: Why should every school pay school fees for the implementation of IT for learning? By the way, I'm on the governing body of a high school in our town and IT is my portfolio.

Check It Out

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:34:18 -0500

Why is our theology defined by others? Many of our beliefs are based on public acquired knowledge through verbal and non-verbal forms of communications. We believe, to a large degree, what we are taught.

How Was God Good Before Creation?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:19:38 -0500

This article explores the notion of how God could be considered good when He was a standalone Being before creation. The author strives to explain how God was good even without the apparent existence of evil.

The Origin of Reason

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:17:11 -0500

It is widely agreed upon that reason exist. The problem is that you cannot defend reason by reason without finding yourself in a circular argument. But the origin of our reason is an important question to ask ourselves.

Sex: Stop That Nonsense

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:24:03 -0500

5And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. Sometimes you do something wrong.

Naughty As Always

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:59:39 -0500

After 40 years I was back at my primary school in Somerset West where my daughter took part in an evening athletics event. I could hardly believe it, but one of my old teachers, Mr. Le Roux, was still there and was the starter for the evening. I walked over and introduced myself. With such a unique name as mine, he could still remember me. And his first words to me? "Are you still as naughty as you were then?" I found this remark by the teacher quite strange. Was that all that he could remember about me?

Equals? Surely Not!

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:52:10 -0500

Are we all equal? Before the law of the land, maybe we are; in other ways we are not. But being different in various ways does not make us less than equal. And in our Christian faith, most of us Western Christians who are Gentiles, or non-Jewish, often forget the wonder of our equality before God with Jewish or Messianic believers.

Proclaiming Sin and Naming Purveyors of Sin: A Requirement for Christians

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:57:05 -0500

If, for example, the ancient Egyptians had, at the inception of their reign over Egypt, packaged a direly poisonous substance they regarded as holy, in a purely pagan sense of the word, into a stone container and buried it with their very first Pharaoh, expecting it to be magically transformed over the eons of time into a delicious un-poisonous food consumable by later Egyptian generations, what would actually be the end result? If, in the 21st Century, a pagan Egyptian were to unearth the stone container and sample what he regarded as a magically transformed poison, he would be sadly disappointed to find that the poison is as deadly now as it was the day it was anciently buried. Sin is basically the same, and does not change with time. What was anciently sin, and crimes resulting from that sin, are the same sin, and crimes resulting from that sin in the 21st Century. The old immorality today is certainly not a new morality, but only the old immorality being called a very devious and pernicious name. To taste of the old immorality today is as poisonous, and deadly, as it was anciently.

Molding the Future

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:55:51 -0500

Every parent must realize the responsibility they hold in bringing up their children. If our contemporary parents fail to take up their parenting responsibility, there will be little hope that the next generation will make any difference.

The Law Versus God's Grace

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:43:12 -0500

Philippians 3:4-14 contrasts the Law of Moses (especially its strict observances) with God's grace. It tells us what we need to do, such as putting old lives behind us and concentrating on our new lives with Christ. Grace and a right relationship with God are more important than strict observance of the Law. God often calls us to give up something that is important to us so we can grow closer to Him in faith. What we give up pales in comparison to what we gain-eternal life.

The Focus in My Head

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:42:51 -0500

Each of us is being shaped by the things going on in our heads. What we permit in our thoughts determines what we eventually become.

Worship Security Teams Are Vitally Important

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:35:36 -0500

Two Way Radios are essential for a Church's Security Team as a tool to help prevent tragic situations from occurring. Equipping several responsible members with two way radios provides a valuable opportunity to get in front of a situation rather than simply reacting.

Once - Always?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:28:18 -0500

People are in quest of "Life Insurance" that guarantees if they have a spiritual accident they will be covered by their Biblical policy. What is the status of an individual who walks away from his faith? Is there ever an opportunity to return from the Faith, or is he eternally lost?

More Disproof Of The Existence Of God

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 11:05:22 -0500

It is not possible to absolutely prove that God (or any other deity for that matter of which there are thousands postulated) does not exist. Likewise it is not possible to absolutely prove that orbiting teapots, pixies, extraterrestrials, demons and ghosts don't exist. However, the actual existence of God can be shown to be so unlikely as to be 'proof' beyond a reasonable doubt.

Disproving The Existence Of God

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 11:05:04 -0500

It is not possible to absolutely prove that God (or any other deity for that matter of which there are thousands postulated) does not exist. Likewise it is not possible to absolutely prove that orbiting teapots, pixies, extraterrestrials, demons and ghosts don't exist. However, the actual existence of God can be shown to be so unlikely as to be 'proof' beyond a reasonable doubt.

Spiritual Unity

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:45:06 -0500

In Philippians 2:1-13, Paul talks about unity and servanthood. To live in unity, or to be like-minded, believers must practice three things: harmony, humility and helpfulness. When we value ourselves, we demonstrate Christian humility. We mirror Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve. When we take the very nature of a servant, we have the mindset of Jesus. When we serve, it takes our minds off our desire to be served. The danger of being a lover of self is inherent in each of us. As we put aside our desires and become more selfless, we will enrich those around us, show God's love wherever we are, and develop the mind of Christ. When we welcome those we consider to be below us, our eyes are opened to the stories of those we meet. It's such a simple way to love-one that changes our lives and the lives of those around us.

Thanksgiving for God's Love

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:43:08 -0500

The words of Moses in Deuteronomy 8:7-18 impress on the Israelites and on us the need to learn a specific lesson from the past. Their experience of God's care in the wilderness period, when they were unable to help themselves, was to teach them humility through the Lord's providential discipline. The memory of that experience should have kept them from having pride in their own achievements when entering the Promised Land. Similarly, our experience of God's care in the tough times in our lives when we can't help ourselves should teach us humility. We learn this through God's loving discipline.

The Instruments of God

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:43:02 -0500

How many of you know people who do nothing but complain? That would also describe the Israelites when they were in the wilderness. They constantly complained about things such the lack of food and water, and we see an example of that complaining in the passage we heard from Exodus.

What Is Truly True

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:42:57 -0500

Sometimes it's difficult for me to distinguish between who is actually right about God and his stuff, and who is mistaken. When two people start talking about what they believe in from different perspectives, and about what one should actually do, it sounds to me as if both are right and I want to say: Let's take hands and tackle this together.

Calling and Profession

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:23:28 -0500

It was laid on my heart to write on this, to correct certain impressions people have about this and bring about repentance (change of mind) to the hearts of many out there who had consciously or unconsciously mistaken their callings for a profession. I believe this words will minister to your hearts and minds as you receive these words to heart. Most times as believers we are caught in the act of "professionalism" in carrying out the very work that God has called us to do.

What Is The Very Best Way For A Christian To Pray For Another Person?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:35:14 -0500

Words are powerful! They shape our life daily. Words are the start processors of life. Here's a word of advice... Never judge the size of the fire in a person, you never know what their future holds for them. God knows when they will turn around and stop listening to the lies of the devil and change and desire to hear the truth. God knows them so very well. God exist outside of our time continuum and sees the future and the present like we can see the beginning and the end of a book. There's nothing new under the sun to God. So we should give people a chance no matter who they are and pray for them. So it's best to bless them, pray for them and keep praying for them. They may be a trail blazer (in the making) that will bless you in life (and others) and they don't even know it, yet. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS.

The Third Adam

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:14:29 -0500

The New Testament contains the blueprint of what the recreated individual should be; yet, in vie of this faultless description, there is a creation of a new type of Believer in which man is the architect. He is called the "third adam."

God Hates Us All

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:59:14 -0500

Do you or do you not believe in God? If you do, then why?

Going Mad?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:47:39 -0500

When do people lose it? Sometimes when your circumstances become too much to deal with.

The First Will Be Last and the Last Will Be First In God's Kingdom

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:40:14 -0500

How many of us have felt that someone treated us unfairly? Has someone favoured another person over us? All of us have endured some hurt when our dreams are dashed or ambitions denied. Preferred treatment can lay the foundation for bitter memories. Does our ill treatment serve a greater good? Do others in need benefit? Sometimes we endure unequal treatment in the name of justice. In Matthew's gospel, Jesus presented the Kingdom as one of justice, not necessarily of fairness. According to Jesus, the faithful, even those who practiced faith all life long, did not earn the Kingdom. God gave His children the Kingdom as a gift.

Are You Playing House?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:01:46 -0500

18Don't tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They're a lot of hot air, that's all they are.

Free in Christ

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:20:43 -0500

Nowadays you find people who want to convince you of one or another faith principle all over the place. Just look around you on Sundays.

Jesus Lives, Jesus Heals

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:19:42 -0500

A day after my surgery, weary but rejoicing in my health, I learnt another truth- Jesus had borne my own sickness. And that through the singular act of atonement, He had taken upon Himself all my suffering. I was suddenly filled not just with remorse for my blinding self-conceit, but also with gratitude.

Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Eighteen

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:27:41 -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 eighteenth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate.

The Bible Seems Like A Hopeless Jumble - How Do You Sort It Out?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:21:30 -0500

I started to read the Bible but there was so much that seemed totally weird - a great God who created everything, but who built into the human sub-beings the freedom to go way off track. After that, all was hatred, bloodshed, incessant warring, and idol worship, strange goings on, deep discussions, a hymnbook, and prophets who seem to know the future. Then Jesus came to fix things, but was killed, and claimed to rise again. Really, how come Christianity makes so much of all these ancient writings?

True Calling On Laborers

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:35:17 -0500

The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few - Luke 10:2. You are either on God's side or you are on the side of the Lucifer so, tell me whose side are you? God or... ? God having made man in His own image so that man-kind will do His (God's) own will. What is God's Will, Genesis 2:15 says the Lord took man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. And God commanded man in verse 16-17 not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but if did he'll die. The first work gave man is to labor on the vineyard of Eden because God Himself worked in Genesis chapter one so, man is to manage the created works of God The second is different from the first one, a law that must be kept without any objection '"do not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil".

Being Nearsighted

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:20:46 -0500

Gideon faced insurmountable odds when the Midianites attacked his land. Instead of looking at the situation as an opportunity to see the power of God, he saw it without God being involved. What was the answer?

Street Festival

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:03:27 -0500

When it's time for the Olympic Games, everybody watches sport. Doesn't matter how strange or unfamiliar the kind of sport is, everybody sits glued to their TV screens.

All-Out Action

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:03:12 -0500

We must hear about the forgiveness of sin and what Jesus did for us on the cross again and again and in different ways so that we can really experience it. Every moment of the day we must know what Jesus did and then live victoriously.

Forgive Again, And Again, And Again

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:15:39 -0500

When it comes to forgiveness, how much is enough? How much do we need to forgive? How often should we be doing all we can to wash away the stains which weaken the bonds between us, which take their toll on our own sense of well-being - our very own peace, not to mention the peace between us?

Keeping Hope Alive

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:26:46 -0500

Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick..." - An experiment was done by Curt Richter in 1950. He did series of experiment to test how long rats could swim in a high sided buckets of circulating water before they drown. Dr. Richter found out in a normal circumstance that a rat could swim for an average of 50 minutes before giving up and sinking. However, if you rescue the rat just before drowning, dry them off and let them rest briefly then put them back in the same bucket of circulating water, the rat could swim for an average of 60 hours.

Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Seventeen

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:09:30 -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 seventeenth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate.

Eid Holidays Date and Ramadan Fasting

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:08:38 -0500

This festival of breaking of the fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Islamic worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of down to sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

Tear Up Those Overdrafts

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 06:45:39 -0500

People are so used to having accounts - we actually love accounts. I don't know if this is because it makes us feel important to open our wallets and pick and choose which card to use.

To See God Through Your Actions

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:24:10 -0500

What makes our faith different from other religions? God climbed off his throne and came to live among us.

The Fruits of an Intimate Relationship With God

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:24:01 -0500

Let's look at our relationship with God again. We must be singled-minded in our pursuit of an intimate relationship with God.

God's Truth or Not

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:23:51 -0500

Each of us has a personal responsibility to test whether the information we hear and see fits within God's truth. So many people spread their own understanding of the Bible as the only correct way of understanding.

Roots of Faith

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:23:38 -0500

I've found that faith is never an issue until we face some kind of trouble. Then, suddenly, a whole lot of questions pop up and before we know it, doubt comes knocking on the door.

Like a Tree With Deep Roots

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:23:35 -0500

This is your instruction: 6You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. We must stop living like children of God only now and then.

Pushing Against the Gate

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:23:34 -0500

We've been living in this house for 10 years and we really like living here. The house has a flat roof with concealed guttering (the gutters are hidden behind the facia boards to make the house look prettier).

All You Need

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:19:55 -0500

We don't have the skills to walk through life on our own. Just look at our track record, it doesn't look good.

The Passover Meal and the Lord's Supper

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:51:50 -0500

God cares for us just like he cared for his children in Egypt long ago. In fact, He made a way for us to get out of our messes too. Just like Pharaoh, we have our ups and downs, but Jesus died on the cross for all the wrong things we have done. If we believe in him and ask him to come into our hearts, he makes a way for us to go to Heaven.

No-Go Zones for the US and How Militant Islam May Be Neutralized

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:14:39 -0500

With Europe being trashed by Muslim immigrants, many wonder what's coming to the US. We have some no-go zones, but here is a prophetic picture that's right on target.

In and Out the Casket at Our Funeral

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:54:36 -0500

In Colossians 2, Paul tells the people clearly and persistently about Jesus' death on the cross and what it means for sin. We are going to look at this subject a few times.

Hurricane Harvey And The Religious Right Wing

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:23:30 -0500

Are 'natural' disasters (like Hurricane Harvey) acts by Mother Nature or acts by God? If they are acts by God then they are signs of God's wrath against the wicked. God's wrath is the position taken by the extreme elements of the religious Christian right-wing fundamentalists and evangelists. It's hogwash.

A Mystery Revealed

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:17:10 -0500

Paul was chosen to reveal a mystery (secret) that would engulf every human being. No longer would God's people be limited to the Jews, but an "open adoption" was offered to anyone who accepted His Son.

Final Cut

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:16:34 -0500

Sometimes my wife gets quite upset when I forget to bring what she asked for from the shops. Many are the times I've been sent to get bread only to return with everything but bread.

Do the Work God Assigns to You - No Excuses Accepted

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:19:26 -0500

It's often in wilderness experiences that we really see God at work, and the events Exodus 3:1-15 are a good example. Moses grew up in a position of privilege in Pharaoh's palace, but because he killed an Egyptian, he fled into the wilderness. Forty years later, we see him tending his father-in-law's flock when God gets his attention. God appeared in an ordinary way that was extraordinary at the same time.

The Truth About Islam

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:56:46 -0500

Throughout the centuries of religions, Islam has perceived to be one of the most renowned religions of all time. Through its rivalries against Christianity and Judaism, Islam has made a huge impact today as it has created over 1.5 billion followers, many of them originally being non-Muslims. Islam was well put together for many centuries but all of that changed on September 11, 2001. Islam was never treated the same by non-Muslims. Islam is currently in a state of controversy today as most of you non-Muslims are misguided or confused by what you see in the media. I am here to correct you non-Muslims misconception about both women treatment and violence in Islam.

Money-Minting Tirupati

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:11:37 -0500

Way back in 1970, the agnostic Khushwant Singh carried an intrepid article in 'The Illustrated Weekly'. It was on Tirupati temple in South. The article was based upon devout people's collective stupidity to donate money and also their hair. Khushwant added a very pertinent statement: 'Bribery is so deeply inveterate in the consciousness of Indians that we nonchalantly bribe even our gods and they too happily get bribed!'

How to Survive the Storms of Life

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:11:16 -0500

The story of Paul's voyage to Rome, part of which we heard in Acts 27:27-44, with its trials and triumphs, is an example of the way of faith all through the story of human life. Its remarkable feature is the hard and narrow places which we find intermingled with God's most extraordinary plans and providences. It's full of examples of night and day experiences.

What Your Pastor May Not Tell You About Miracles

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 06:56:22 -0500

Sunday last week, I attended a church service in one of the pentecostal churches in Lagos, Nigeria. A friend, who claimed to be born-again and spirit-filled, was the one that invited me to the church. He is a member of the church.

Sitting, Standing, and Walking

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 06:55:40 -0500

The Christian life is a life of progression. It is more than simply confessing what we believe; rather, it is a continual life-changing experience that pursues the on-going revelations of the Holy Spirit.

To Whom Is Revelation 17:1 Referring To?

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:41:16 -0500

We are told that she sits upon many 'waters', and that means 'seas'. Religion is a sea which spreads over the land and soaks into the ground, which is a metaphor for people. The Catholic Church identifies itself as the 'Holy See', although it's changed the noun from 'sea'.

Faith Makes the Impossible Possible

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:29:54 -0500

Have you ever noticed that some people are threatened by the prosperity and success of other people? If you're looking for a good example of this, you don't have to look any further than the passage from Exodus 1:8-2:10.