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Christian Related News, Articles, Opinions for November 2020

Important Information for Pro-Lifers about the Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford COVID-19 Vaccines

Important Information for Pro-Lifers about the Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford COVID-19 Vaccines
Pharmaceutical companies in recent days announced promising trial results of three separate vaccines, boosting hopes that the worldwide pandemic could be months away from an end.

Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna/National Institutes of Health, and Astrazeneca/University of Oxford each released results from their phase 3 trials showing the vaccines to be at least 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19.

But from a pro-life perspective, the three vaccines were not created equal.

The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute lists the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as...More

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Condemning Islamic Terrorism does not Translate to Islamophobia

Condemning Islamic Terrorism does not Translate to Islamophobia
For more than two weeks now, the world’s attention has been on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. As I write this, America remains divided on who is the rightful victor of the 2020 presidential election — and it could take weeks before the matter is officially settled.

Yet outside of the U.S., life has gone on, and other countries are dealing with political crises of their own. In particular, France has been in an intense debate over the limits, or lack thereof, of freedom of expression following the death of Samuel Paty, a French teacher.

According to news reports, Paty was...More

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Physics and Free Will: What Do Our Decisions Actually Mean?

Physics and Free Will: What Do Our Decisions Actually Mean?
When Christians use the term “free will,” it’s often in discussions about divine sovereignty and predestination. Whether we choose God or God chooses us has been at the center of theological debate for centuries. On the other hand, when the term “free will” is used by evolutionary biologists, the debate is over whether choice itself is real, whether it is an illusion produced by our brains.

Materialists have long insisted, because they kind of have to, that human actions and decisions are determined, not free. In other words, we think we make real choices as humans, but we don’t. Our choices are really the inevitable outcomes of a whole chain of material causes that go back, like falling dominoes, to the Big Bang.

This idea is called...More

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Dr. Ben Carson declares 'God is Still in Charge' after Being 'Desperately Ill' with COVID-19

Dr. Ben Carson declares God is Still in Charge after Being Desperately Ill with COVID-19
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy are thanking everyone for their “support and prayers” after dealing with COVID-19.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Carson explained that he experienced “dramatic improvement” after taking the initial treatment, Oleander 4X. But his symptoms would later accelerate as he became “desperately ill” due to several co-morbidities.

Carson noted that President Trump had been following his condition and cleared him for the monoclonal antibody therapy that Trump took during his bout with the infectious disease last month. After taking the treatment himself, Carson believes that it...More

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Air Force Chaplain of 30 Years Retired for Preaching against Sexual Sin

Air Force Chaplain of 30 Years Sacked for Preaching against Sexual Sin
Curt Cizek, a former Air Force chaplain, is calling believers to fight for religious freedom after he was let go from the military for preaching a message that addressed sexual immorality.

“Men put so much of who they are into what they do and having that rug pulled out from underneath me was difficult to go through," Cizek told CBN News in a recent interview.

He explained how in 2013, he had preached a sermon to recruits at Lackland Air Force Base. Prior to his message, Cizek had never...More

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'Pastor' Says He is Pro-Choice Rather Than Pro-Life - Gets Huge Pushback

Pastor Says He is Pro-Choice Rather Than Pro-Life - Gets Huge Pushback
Georgia minister and U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock sparked a cultural and social media debate this week about Christianity and the unborn when he called himself a “pro-choice pastor” and said he will fight to keep abortion legal.

Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, is the Democratic candidate in the Jan. 5 runoff against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican.

“I’m a pro-choice pastor, and I believe that a hospital room is way too small for a woman, her doctor, and the United States government,” Warnock wrote in a social media post for Facebook and Twitter.

He also wrote on both platforms, “I will always fight for...More

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Major LGBT Group Want Biden to Disaccredit Christian Schools and Colleges

Major LGBT Group Want Biden to Disaccredit Christian Schools and Colleges
The nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group is urging the future Biden administration to help pull the accreditation of Christian colleges and schools if they don't have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign posted its goals for the Biden administration in a Nov. 11 document, Blueprint for Positive Change. The 22-page brief includes dozens of objectives for the Biden White House, but its targeting of Christian institutions would have a major impact on religious schools.

Under a current law known as the Higher Education Opportunity Act, accrediting agencies are told to ensure their standards “respect the stated mission of the institution of higher education,” including a school’s “religious” mission.

HRC, in its blueprint, says the language “could be interpreted to...More

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Iranian Christian Convert Serving 6-Year Jail Term Gets 80 Lashes for Taking Holy Communion

Iranian Christian Convert Serving 6-Year Jail Term Gets 80 Lashes for Taking Holy Communion
An Iranian Christian convert, who is serving a six-year prison sentence, has received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. He is the second convert to receive such a punishment in just over a month.

Article 18, a London-based nonprofit that exposes abuses against Christians in Muslim-majority Iran, reports that Zaman Fadaee (who goes by the name Saheb) was flogged on Sunday in connection to a 2016 conviction for drinking wine as part of communion.

In Iran, it is illegal for Muslims to drink alcohol but the practice is permitted for...More

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The Lord’s Prayer Sparks Complaint from Atheist Group

The Lord’s Prayer Sparks Complaint from Atheist Group
A tweet showing a football coach leading his team in the Lord’s Prayer has sparked a letter of complaint from a national atheist group.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation mailed a letter Oct. 30 to the Fannin County School superintendent after Fannin County’s football coach, Chad Cheatham, was seen on social media standing in the middle of his players as the group quickly recited the Lord’s Prayer. The 12-second prayer took place after his post-game speech and after Fannin County defeated Pepperell to remain unbeaten.

Cheatham that night posted the same video on his own Twitter account, writing, “We battle on and off the field! There is so much adversity in today’s world! We all feel the pressure and anxiety! We have to quiet the noise! Stay focused on the vision and mission! Love to All!”

But the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which represents atheists, agnostics and skeptics, said in its letter that the prayer is...More

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Finding the Courage to Stand Fast for One's Beliefs

Finding the Courage to Stand Fast for One's Beliefs
The governor of Mississippi made a remarkable statement on his Facebook page this week. Tate Reeves wrote: “It is fair to say that this last week and a half has been—personally for me—the most difficult of 2020—a year we can all agree has by its very nature been tough on all of us.”

He explains: “My two oldest girls have been by themselves in self-isolation since the Wednesday after Halloween. My youngest tested positive (along with many of her precious friends and classmates).” His family’s difficulties, along with all that he faces as a governor in these hard days, have obviously been painful for him.

As a result, he admits, “I wanted to...More

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Evangelicals and Muslims Partner to Fight Religious Extremism

Evangelicals and Muslims Partner to Fight Religious Extremism
Last November, when the General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) took Sunday off for worship and relaxation near Jakarta, Indonesia, a group of top leaders did something different. We got in a van and traveled to the offices of an Indonesian Muslim youth organization.

There we spent several hours in stimulating conversation with a group of Muslim intellectuals. Afterwards, at dinner, we were joined by Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States.

Why would WEA leaders pay so much attention to a group of Indonesian Muslims? And why would our hosts and even a high government official be so interested in welcoming us? Two reasons.

First, both...More

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Forgiving Your Oppressor is No Weakness

Forgiving Your Oppressor is No Weakness
I just read the controversial column penned by well-loved American syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts entitled, "America repeatedly sold out blacks to appease whites."

I read this column as a black man and a black father while visions of George Floyd crying out for his mama and a disfigured corpse of Emmett Till, lying still in his casket, dance around in my head.

Every bone in my body, every vessel in my heart, every part of my – soul cry out to endorse everything I have just read.

I thoroughly understand it is beyond human capability to forgive people who have committed egregious acts against you, who also engaged in a protracted effort to deny your basic humanity. They were people who questioned your legitimacy to occupy or aspire to certain offices. We acutely remember the...More

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Missing Hiker Rescued and Revived After He 'Died' for 45 Minutes - God is Great!

Missing Hiker Rescued and Revived After He 'Died' for 45 Minutes - God is Great!
Michael Knapinski, 45, has received a second lease on life after hiking in Mount Rainier in Washington State, where he got lost and faced blizzard-like, whiteout conditions that seemed to have ended his life.

On the morning of November 7, Knapinski was going on a snowy hike with a friend through Mount Rainier National Park. They later separated as his friend continued on skis to Camp Muir while Knapinski snowshoed down towards Paradise, where they had planned to meet up.

Knapinski, however, never showed up as the weather took a drastic turn for the worst.

“I was pretty close to the end (of the trail). … Then it...More

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Justin Bieber Intends to Win Souls as He Performs at People's Choice Awards

Justin Bieber Intends to Win Souls as He Performs at People's Choice Awards
Justin Bieber shared several faith-inspired posts leading up to his People's Choice Awards performance of his single “Holy” and revealed he wishes to lead people to God.

“All my life I felt in my heart I was supposed to entertain. I had been given these abilities that I wanted to showcase. My heart as I get older is to ask God to refine my heart. To make sure my intention remains pure,” Bieber wrote Sunday on Instagram along with a video of rehearsal footage of him singing “Holy.”

“My intention is to inspire, uplift, empower and lead people to know and see the love of God,” he continued. “To remind people of the joy and wonder that is all around us.”

Later that evening, Bieber...More

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When to Disobey the Government

When to Disobey the Government
With the recent elections, there’s been a lot of talk about how the leadership changes will affect Christians and what our response to those changes should be. Specifically, if the attitude of the newly elected leaders towards God’s people turns to be even more sour than it currently is, how should we react?

Fortunately, Scripture is clear on our duty to government along with when a Christian’s disobedience to that government is warranted.

No to obeying the government in general?
When it comes to obeying state officials, there are two extremes to avoid. The first is anarchism, which asserts that a person can always disobey, while its polar opposite, extreme patriotism, says a Christian is morally obligated to always obey in every matter.

Neither stance is biblical.

Scripture outright rejects...More

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Atheist Stops 'Operation Christmas Child' Project In School

Atheist Stops 'Operation Christmas Child' Project In School
A Kansas middle school has discontinued its participation in the popular Operation Christmas Child project following allegations from an atheist group that involvement is unconstitutional.

Liberty Middle School in Pratt, Kansas, previously participated in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that involves volunteers around the world packing shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children in need. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian ministry, hopes to impact 11 million children during this year’s Operation Christmas Child.

Earlier this month the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote the local superintendent, urging him to take action and...More

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Unravelling the Ouija Board - Fascinating and Troubling History

Unravelling the Ouija Board - Fascinating and Troubling History
The Ouija board almost always emerges amid discussions about the pitfalls of playing with fire. Some dismiss the game as simple and harmless, while others see it as a diabolical window into the spirit world — a tool that can open users up to demonic influence.

There are countless stories of people claiming unexplainable phenomena after playing the game. These claims, which are understandably met with skepticism, seem to challenge the common framing of the board as a mere parlor game.

Dr. Michael Brown is among those who warn people to be wary of the Ouija board. “You’re trying to get in tune with supernatural knowledge, with supernatural information; you’re trying to make contact with another realm,” he said. “And even if for a lot of people nothing really happens and it’s just a piece of wood or whatever, the goal is to...More

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Birth Rates are Declining Due to Secularization and Hostility to Religion

Birth Rates are Declining Due to Secularization and Hostility to Religion
Declining fertility rates have a significant correlation with increased secularization, according to Baylor University professor Philip Jenkins.

In a Regent College (Vancouver, British Columbia) live-stream titled "Fertility and Faith: A Conversation with Philip Jenkins," the Baylor University professor of history and co-director of the program on historical studies of religion, explained Thursday that demography derives from changes in religious belief.

Much of modern Africa tends to be devoutly religious and they also happen to have high fertility rates, Jenkins said. By contrast, the lower a population’s fertility rate the greater the likelihood it is for people to separate from faith communities and religious institutions. The fertility rate, then, serves as...More

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Is gender equality shortchanging boys?

Is gender equality shortchanging boys?
While parents in general believe institutions serve their children well, many are worried the majority, like churches and schools, have been serving their daughters better than their sons under norms of gender equality, new research suggests. And the only institutions where at least white parents believe boys are served slightly better are sports and other clubs.

Data from the 2020 American Family Survey, released in September, show that a striking minority, just 36%, of parents believe churches are serving their sons well. This share is almost equal to the 33% who say the same about how the criminal justice system is serving their sons. A minority of parents also believe churches are serving their daughters well but that number is five percentage points higher at 41%.

Daughters were also shown as being better served by every other institution highlighted in the survey, including the education system and friend networks. The only exceptions were...More

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Churches have replaced prayer with smoke machines, coolness

Churches have replaced prayer with smoke machines, coolness
Bible teacher Christine Caine condemned the modern Church for placing its focus on being “cool” instead of holiness and warned that unless the Body of Christ returns to a focus on “righteousness, joy, and peace,” revival will never happen.

Caine, bestselling author and founder of The A21 Campaign, on Wednesday participated in a 2020 Q&A: A Virtual Townhall event focused on the topics of prayer and revival alongside Pastor Jon Tyson and author Corey Russell.

Opening the session, the Australian speaker and author lamented that because the Church has gotten “so scared of emotionalism,” prayer has...More

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Oxford Changes Definition of 'Man,' 'Woman' to be More LGBT Inclusive

Oxford Changes Redefines 'Man,' 'Woman' to Accommodate LGBT
The Oxford English Dictionary has changed its definitions of “man” and “woman,” and one prominent theologian says some of the tweaks aren’t for the better.

Oxford University Press, which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), made the changes recently, one year after a petition called on the publisher to make revisions so that “b--ch” is no longer listed as an alternative word for woman. The dictionary now notes that “b--ch” and other words like it are offensive – tweaks that were applauded by all sides.

Theologian Albert Mohler, though, says other changes are problematic.

Although “woman” is still defined as an “adult female human being,” an additional definition now says...More

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51-year-old woman gives birth to her granddaughter

51-year-old woman gives birth to her granddaughter
A 51-year-old woman who served as the gestational carrier for her daughter and son-in-law gave birth to her granddaughter.

Julie Loving, 51, delivered a healthy baby girl in an Illinois hospital on Nov. 2 with her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, by her side.

The newborn, named Briar Juliette Lockwood, is the first child for Lockwood and her husband, Aaron, who are the baby's biological parents.

"It was definitely a surreal process," Lockwood told "Good Morning America" about Briar's birth. "All the feelings came at once, just watching my mom go through everything and all she’s done for me and is continuing to do."

Loving gave birth to Briar after being...More

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US divorce rate hits 50-year-low while marriage rate continues to fall, study shows

US divorce rate hits 50-year-low while marriage rate continues to fall, study shows
The United States experienced its lowest rate of divorce in about 50 years in 2019, according to a new report by the Institute for Family Studies.

The Charlottesville, Virginia-based research organization released the report on Tuesday, drawing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

In 2019, the data showed that for every 1,000 marriages, 14.9 ended in divorce. The figure is lower than it was in 1970, which had a rate of 15 divorces per 1,000 marriages.

The 2019 divorce rate is...More

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Living Past Age 75 Has Little Value and 'Robs' Society

Letter from Baptist pastor who drowned while preaching Gospel on Titanic to be auctioned
One of Joe Biden’s selections for his own coronavirus advisory board is a doctor who has questioned the value of living past the age of 75 and who has implied society’s resources would better be used for those who are younger.

Ezekiel Emanuel, the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a former Obama administration official, wrote in a 2014 issue of The Atlantic that “living too long” has a negative impact on society and an individual’s family. He stood by his controversial comments during a 2019 interview.

Emanuel, an oncologist and bioethicist, wants to live to 75, he wrote in The Atlantic.

“Doubtless, death is a loss. It...More

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Letter from Baptist pastor who drowned while preaching Gospel on Titanic to be auctioned

Letter from Baptist pastor who drowned while preaching Gospel on Titanic to be auctioned
A letter written by a Baptist pastor from Scotland who drowned when the RMS Titanic ship sank in the northern Atlantic Ocean in 1912 is expected to fetch as much as $67,000 at auction this weekend.

John Harper, who wrote the letter, was a 39-year-old minister at the time and was on his way from London to Chicago to visit his sister and niece when the oceanliner descended to the bottom of the ocean after it struck an iceberg. Harper was writing to another minister, Pastor Young, who led Paisley Road Baptist Church, thanking him for his help before Harper departed London.

Harper pastored Walworth Road Baptist Church in London and was reportedly going to be preaching at Moody Church.

“My dear brother Young, I am penning you this line just before we get to Queenstown to assure you that I have not forgotten you and especially all your kindness while we were north,' the letter reads.

“I intended sending...More

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Chinese Evangelist Locked Up, Stopped from Sharing the Gospel

Chinese Evangelist Locked Up, Stopped from Sharing the Gospel
Just mere moments before Chinese evangelist Ran Yunfei could begin an online seminar on Christianity and Chinese culture, the Chinese Communist Party's police station forced him to come to a police station for interrogation, The Christian Post reports.

The webinar was forced to play a recorded video as police detained Yunfei until 11PM. "If you understand that being in chains is sharing the Gospel (not only with the people who talk to you, but also the many who watch you), then we should feel joyful for entering the police station multiple times," Yunfei reportedly said in a Whatsapp message.

According to International Christian Concern, Yunfei is a democracy activist in addition to an evangelist. He was summoned on November 4th, 2020, right before he was about to give a live online seminar that was titled "Christianity and Chinese Culture." He was set to teach as part of an online series titled "Gospel During the Pandemic."

Yunfei became a Christian in 2015 and following his conversion he...More

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Muslims Ambush, Kill Pastor after Radio Broadcast in Uganda

Muslims Ambush, Kill Pastor after Radio Broadcast in Uganda
Muslim extremists killed a pastor in northern Uganda on Saturday (Oct. 31) after he compared Christianity and Islam in a radio broadcast, sources said.

David Omara, 64-year-old pastor of Christian Church Center and a well-known radio preacher in the area, was beaten and strangled after finishing his broadcast in Aduku, Kwania District at about 9 p.m., according to his son, Simon Okut.

“Immediately after his preaching, someone telephoned my father appreciating his presentation,” Okut told Morning Star News by phone. “He then requested him to meet somewhere with some of his friends. We left the radio station. As we arrived at the said place, there came out of the bush six people dressed in Islamic attire, and they started strangling and beating my father with blunt objects.”

As they beat him, one of the assailants said...More

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Warning signs your church is shifting from God’s mission

Warning signs your church is shifting from God’s mission
God’s mission is clear: He seeks and saves the lost. A church excited about the Gospel is a church with a laser focus on making disciples. Churches with purpose pour collective energy into one direction.

Churches without purpose tend to drift. Like the flotsam and jetsam in the sea, a church adrift does little more than float along as aimless debris. I have yet to see a church drift towards God’s mission. The current of apathy always pulls away. It’s obvious to point out drifting churches as lacking purpose. But what causes this drift? What are some early warning signs of an unraveling in a congregation? Let’s look at eight practical indicators.

  1. The chatter is all about people and not Jesus. Not all chatter is gossip. People talk—it’s part of being human. Conversations in the church can be about any number of things. Not all of them are bad. However, when people start talking about themselves without any mention of Christ, your church is not only drifting, the congregation is dangerously inward...More

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Navy SEALs save US missionary kidnapped in Niger via night raid

Navy SEALs save US missionary kidnapped in Niger via night raid
The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six has rescued an American missionary who was kidnapped by an armed group last week in the West African nation of Niger, the Pentagon confirmed on Saturday.

Jonathan Hoffman, the public affairs assistant to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, said in a statement that U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of Saturday morning in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen who had been held hostage by a group of armed men. The abduction was not believed to be terror-related.

“This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State,” Hoffman assured. “No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation.”

The American citizen is 27-year-old Philip Nathan Walton, who was kidnapped last Tuesday from his farm in the remote southern Niger village of Massalata, which is located near the border with Nigeria...More

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Pastors in France are fearful and anguished after Orthodox priest was shot in church

There is nothing like 'safe sex' for children
France is deploying military forces at religious sites as pastors are anxious and anguished after a Greek Orthodox priest was attacked with a sawn-off shotgun in the city of Lyon on Saturday, days after three people were killed in an Islamist extremist attack at a Catholic church in the city of Nice.

Nikolas Kakavelakis, a 45-year-old priest and father of two, was wounded in the attack, according to Antoine Callot, the pastor at another Greek Orthodox church in Lyon, The Epoch Times reported.

Kakavelakis, a Greek citizen, was shot in the abdomen at point-blank range while he was closing his church at 4 p.m. local time, and he is now in a serious condition in the hospital, France 24 reported. A new COVID-19 lockdown had been imposed in the city on Friday but the government had exempted places of worship until Monday...More

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When Hate is Okay

Luke 14:26
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

There is a worldview on hate as being bad and unacceptable under any circumstance. Nothing should or deserves to be hated according to the world. It’s that bad. However, in the Scripture being expounded, the Lord makes it clear that whoever cannot hate his family and himself cannot be His disciple....More

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Brethren in the World Also Suffer Afflictions

1 Peter 5:8-10
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

When people are being urged to give their lives to Christ, they are hardly ever told of a rough road ahead. There is this expectation of a life free of afflictions (challenges) all the way as soon as one has accepted Jesus Christ. Irrespective of the state of the fellow prior to giving their life to Christ – whether good or bad, there is an expectation that all their afflictions will disappear when they give their life to Christ and where there is no affliction, it always will remain so....More

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Reincarnation is Biblical

Matthew 11:12-15
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Our LORD Jesus Christ made it clear on three occasions that Elijah (referred to in the New Testament as Elias) returned as John-the-Baptist. This coming back is properly referred to as reincarnation. Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind into heaven as stated in 2 Kings 2:11. Thus he escaped physical death. Death as we know it is a phase in our transition to the external beyond. However, the Bible tells us that some people will be so fortunate not to taste death....More

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Blinded Eyes & Hardened Hearts

John 12:40
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

In the scripture being expounded, Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 6:9-10 was revisited even as it came to pass. The Lord had deliberately blinded the eyes of the people (Jews) and hardened their hearts long before he came to the earth as a man. He did it such that seeing they will not see and hearing they will not hear neither will they be able to understand. Why?...More

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Facing the Battle

Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 30–32, 1 Peter 4

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Chronicles 16:1–11

Not long ago I met up with a group of friends. As I listened to the conversation, it seemed like everyone in the room was facing some significant battle. Two of us had parents fighting cancer, one had a child with an eating disorder, another friend was experiencing chronic pain, and another was facing major surgery. It seemed a lot for a bunch of people in their thirties and forties.

First Chronicles 16 recounts a key moment in Israel’s history when the ark of the covenant was brought into the City of David (Jerusalem). Samuel tells us it happened in a moment of peace between battles (2 Samuel 7:1). When the ark was in place, symbolizing God’s presence, David led the people in a song of praise (1 Chronicles 16:8–36). Together the nation sang of God’s wonder-working power, His promise-keeping ways, and His past protection (vv. 12–22). “Look to the Lord and his strength,” they cried out; “seek his face always” (v. 11). They’d need to, because more battles were coming.

Look to the Lord and His strength. Seek His face. That’s not bad advice to follow when illness, family concerns, and other battles confront us, because we haven’t been left to fight in our own waning energies. God is present; God is strong; He’s looked after us in the past and will do so again.

Our God will get us through.

By: Sheridan Voysey

Reflect & Pray
What battle do you need God’s power to face right now? How can you hand your struggle to Him?

Wonder-working God, I hand over this battle to You. I trust in Your strength and Your promises.
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The path to freedom

We … have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, you will be made free? Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. …Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 8:33-36

The path to freedom
We have not all been in prison. But do you realise that by nature we are all morally prisoners. Indeed, we cannot escape sinning. That is what Jesus explained to the Jews who thought they did not need to be liberated (John 8). We think we are free, but we are really captives to sin.

This sad fact is fortunately not final. If the Bible teaches that we are enslaved by lusts and passions, it also presents the One who can liberate us: Jesus. God sent Him to “to proclaim liberty to the captives …, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). There are many throughout the world who can testify of such freedom. Slaves of drugs, alcohol, occult practices and immoral passions have found the path to freedom through reading the Bible.

First, however, we must realise that we need to be freed and then go to Jesus, the Son of God. He bore the judgment of sin on the cross. God can therefore offer full forgiveness to whoever believes that Jesus died for him. He grants new life of divine origin actuated by the Spirit of God. Freed from the condition of being a slave of sin, the believer can then exclaim: “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2)

“Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 14:1-14 · Revelation 3:7-13

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‘Is this the kind of fast I have chosen?’ Isaiah 58:5 NIV

God never commanded you to examine your emotions, experiences, or sins. What He did say is, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29 NASB) Victory over sin comes from focusing on Christ—not beating yourself up! In the Old Testament the Israelites reached a place of despair.

They’d fasted and ‘afflicted’ their souls, yet God ignored their efforts. They sought spiritual restoration in their own self-directed way, and God rejected it, saying: ‘Is this the kind of fast I have chosen… for people to humble themselves… bowing one’s head like a reed… in sackcloth and ashes? Is that… acceptable to the Lord?’ Clearly, God is not pleased with the misery that comes from self-focus! He has a more effective way to liberate us.

Rather than have us weighed down with remorse, He said: ‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice… set the oppressed free… break every yoke… share your food with the hungry… provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not… turn away from your own flesh and blood?’ (Isaiah 58:6–7 NIV)

God’s way eliminates the ‘paralysis of self-analysis’ by commanding you to forget about yourself completely; to stop dwelling on your imperfections and get involved in the lives and needs of others. His four-point plan for overcoming your flesh is:

(1) Acknowledge His grace and see yourself as ‘righteous’ in Christ.

(2) Fix your eyes on Jesus.

(3) Shun obsessive self-focus.

(4) Serve God by serving others.

When you do all these things, ‘Your light will rise in the darkness…The Lord will guide… and… strengthen you.’ (Isaiah 58:10–11 NIV)

SoulFood: 2 Chr 29–31, John 14:1–14, Ps 118:10–18, Pro 28:1–4

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