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No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith.  Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe.

The Greatest Love and Self-image

The Greek language had three words for "Love"  First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic..

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them." The next lines describe how three bitter enemies-Egypt, Assyria, and Israel-will "worship together" and how all three will become "a blessing on the earth.

What about the 4400?

Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news.

What Jesus Expects of You and Me

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do.

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)

"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

About The Spiritual World of Madonna

Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish Tzaddikim (righteous holy people) near Safed, a small town in northern Israel.

Popping the Balloon of Belief

I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.

Here's Help for the "I Can't Say 'No' Blues"

I hear it all the time.  Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed.

Your Mission Field At Work

One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place.  Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching.

Meaning and Marketing - The Will

You are now inside one of the top theological schools in the world and you are sitting in Dr. John Hobbs' Class on Theology with first year Freshman students.

Harry Potter To Christians: Its Not Good To Hear Voices

That is the popular and, thank God (if you'll pardon the use of the G name) the politically correct feeling among most Christians today. You will recall that in the second book of the Potter series, The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter alone heard the voice of the basilisk.

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."Our salvation is not accomplished by anything we can do, or be.

The Christmas Victory

As the Chritmas season approaches, I figured it's a good time to submit the following article:THE CHRISTMAS VICTORYA logical and practical interpretation of Is.7:14 in the light of context and language.

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before my Junior year in high school. I was just getting off work on what seemed to be the worst day of my life.

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05/26/2017 10:24 AM
The Atonement
The Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ IS the atonement for sin. Sin is not the breaking of a law in which a fine or jail time is required. Sin is an illness. Therefore, what is required is not legal punishments and fines, but HEALING.
05/26/2017 10:22 AM
Sodom and Gomorrah - What Needs to Be Said
Let's dispel once and for all the misunderstanding that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is a story about condemning homosexuality. The Story of Sodom and Gomorrah is a story condemning gang-rape, not sex.
05/26/2017 10:20 AM
Your Enemies Are Worthy of Your Love - Deal With It
If Jesus tells us to love our enemies, but you refuse to love them, and deem them unworthy of your love, or you simply are unwilling to love them, then where does that place you in relation to Jesus? Doesn't your refusal to love even your enemies make you an enemy of Christ?
05/25/2017 04:20 PM
Waiting for the Power
What's one of the hardest things you have ever had to do? For most of us, the answer is waiting, especially if we are sitting in a doctor's waiting room. Frustration soon sets in. The disciples felt the same way, especially when Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem for the power He said would be coming to them.
05/25/2017 03:27 PM
The Story of Easter Is Wrong
The story of Easter is usually expressed as the story of a dead man coming back to life. If this is what it is, then the story of Easter is wrong.
05/23/2017 03:23 PM
The Abomination Of Desolation And The End Of The Age
Bible experts all over the world have taught the tribulation referred to in Matthew is a seven-year period during which the Anti-Christ is present on the earth. We believe there is a time coming referred to as "the time of Jacob's troubles" and a period of great wrath but we're going to prove here that Jesus was not talking about a seven year period of tribulation but the beginning of a time of Tribulation that would span over 1300 years into our own present day.
05/22/2017 11:14 AM
The Nature of Death
To begin this study we must look first at the nature of death, or what we are resurrected from. If we have a misunderstanding or a false belief of the true nature of death, we will also not fully understand the power of the resurrection. When we were created, our bodies were created to live forever, so what went wrong? Where did death come from and why was it allowed to take control?
05/21/2017 02:40 PM
Self-Initiated Faith
How many of us know all about Faith, but when we need to exercise that Faith, we revert to feelings and emotions. To counter that action, we get together with other Believers and "piggy back" on their Faith.
05/20/2017 10:27 AM
These Are Good Theories: The Failure of the God Hypothesis
The origin of our Universe, what set off what is commonly referred to as the Big Bang event, the immediate happening just before the Big Bang event, is currently one of those areas of uncertainty in modern cosmology. So theists propose a theological alternative - God done it. While it is impossible to - as yet - prove that God didn't do it, the God Hypothesis is a very weak explanation at best.
05/20/2017 10:15 AM
How to Reach and Teach the Unchurched
Have you ever wondered how you can reach and teach people who don't know Christ? If so, you can learn from the example Paul used in the passage from Acts 17:22-31.
05/19/2017 10:00 AM
Salvation Gospel: Except You Repent
Our Lord Jesus Christ came to deliver man from his sinful state of life and consequential punishment in hell fire. Jesus emphasised the importance of repentance in the salvation of man's soul from everlasting death, when He said,"... except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish"- Luke 13:3, 5.
05/18/2017 10:27 PM
The Right Station
But it's still not easy to act wisely. Last night my daughter forgot to upload the sketch for the Crossroad message that had to be sent out.
05/18/2017 04:12 PM
An Audience of One
Popularity seems to be the theme of the day. A problem arises when there is a tendency to do or say something just to please the crowd.
05/18/2017 04:12 PM
Don't Sweat the Small Faith Stuff
In terms of Christianity, differences can divide people into two groups-those who have weak faith, and those whose faith is strong. Those who have strong faith are to accept and help those who are slipping in their faith. We see an example of how differences in faith can divide people in the passage from Romans 14:1-12.
05/18/2017 03:45 PM
Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones - Evangelist Extraordinaire
Lloyd-Jones shared the soteriology of Calvin and Baxter. This understanding provided a solid basis for preaching the Gospel, assured that the Biblical message to a lost and guilty and condemned world was faithfully proclaimed.
05/18/2017 03:44 PM
Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Rev. Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' belief and preaching of the Gospel is a matter of much rejoicing among evangelicals throughout the world. His proclamation of the Cross as God's way of reconciliation was unparalleled. Many around the world owe much to him for the positive influence he has had on their lives and ministries.
05/18/2017 03:44 PM
The Gospel of the Bible - Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones' Evangelistic Preaching
Rev. Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones is a preacher who gets to the very heart of the Biblical text and brings out its message with great grace and convicting power. His passion for Christ and the Gospel is unequaled. While he expounded the Scriptures, he held the attention of very large congregations as God's Spirit gripped their minds and hearts.
05/18/2017 03:43 PM
Martyn Lloyd-Jones - Background Insight
Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the patriotic Welshman and evangelist, was born into the spiritually privileged nation of Wales that had all but lost its interest in divine visitations. Its honoured past had an incalculable influences for good on the life and ministry of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This brief insight shows a little of what conditions were like in the early 1900s.
05/18/2017 09:38 AM
Why Are Christians So Divided? Part 4
As a convert, I wondered why Christians who read the same Bible had so many denominations and differences, trying to convince each other that their doctrine is the only correct one? I asked myself the question how or why Christians were so divided on the Word of God when the Trinity of God is in harmony with it. I found the answer in the Bible itself...
05/18/2017 09:38 AM
Why Are Christians So Divided? Part 3
As a convert, I wondered why Christians who read the same Bible had so many denominations and differences, trying to convince each other that their doctrine is the only correct one? I asked myself the question how or why Christians were so divided on the Word of God when the Trinity of God is in harmony with it. I found the answer in the Bible itself...
05/18/2017 09:37 AM
Why Are Christians So Divided? Part 2
As a convert, I wondered why Christians who read the same Bible had so many denominations and differences, trying to convince each other that their doctrine is the only correct one? I asked myself the question how or why Christians were so divided on the Word of God when the Trinity of God is in harmony with it. I found the answer in the Bible itself...
05/18/2017 09:24 AM
Why Are Christians So Divided? Part 1
As a convert, I wondered why Christians who read the same Bible had so many denominations and differences, trying to convince each other that their doctrine is the only correct one? I asked myself the question how or why Christians were so divided on the Word of God when the Trinity of God is in harmony with it? I found the answer in the Bible itself...
05/17/2017 09:15 PM
Why The Jew?
The gentiles-the goyim-the Infidel; they think they know about the Jews. It's all about the International Jew Conspiracy; the Rothschilds; the Rockefellers and the Roosevelts and others (who are all really, actually Jews). But they really don't know the Jew at all.
05/16/2017 02:38 PM
Pray to Call Reinforcements
Ester tells the story of the seven-year old who prayed: "Lord, please be with those people who are less privileged than us and also those who are more privileged than us." What an insight from this young person!
05/16/2017 02:38 PM
Decision-Making Partner
A young man is in trouble. He stole money, not a lot, just a R100, and now he is in trouble.
05/14/2017 02:08 PM
Plugging Into the Word
Spiritual principles are becoming scarcer in our Country, and the reason is that more and more Christians are neglecting to open their Bibles on a regular basis. We need to get back to the visible Word of God. We need the "two edged sword" to separate our comfort zone from the reality of the Word.
05/13/2017 05:13 PM
Joseph Smith - A Man Like Unto Moses? Assessment of a Man Called a Prophet of God
It is a real shame that most people, calling themselves Christians, don't make it a regular habit of reading and studying the Holy Bible, the source of all information about Jesus Christ, God of heaven and earth, the resurrected Savior of the world of whom they claim to be disciples. In that wonderful book of books, holy scripture was given by inspiration of God to Jesus' chosen Apostles and prophets detailing the things that would occur during the latter days of the earth. The Apostle Peter, in 2 Peter 2: 1-3 (KJV), stated prophetically some very important facts about the days following the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. He said, 'But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways: by reason of whom the way shall be evil spoken of." There are many proofs that Joseph Smith, Jr. and Mormonism, are a portion of the fulfillment of Peter's terse words. Read on for an explication of this issue...
05/12/2017 08:31 AM
These Are Good Theories: God Willingly Created Sin And Evil
Given that there is sin and evil in the world, one obvious question is why. And where does the buck stop for the actual existence of sin and evil, or for that matter of good and evil? The buck stops with God - assuming there actually is a God of course. Or of course it could just be all put down to pure human imagination and another case history within the realm of pure mythology.
05/11/2017 08:13 AM
Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Fourteen: Part Two
Of all of those Big Questions central to philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, the realms of theology and religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate in books, articles, videos, conversations in bars and pubs, and in fact anywhere and everywhere two or more humans are in proximity. There's the pro side; there's the anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following bits and pieces illustrate.
05/11/2017 08:13 AM
Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Fourteen: Part One
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 fourteenth helping of "Religious Bits and Pieces" illustrate. [Note: Due to length I'll divide this into two parts.]
05/08/2017 10:10 PM
Christian Religions Are Those of Islam
It's hard to understand and even harder for those who practice religious faith to understand but Islam is the first religion and the one that all others are built upon. That includes Christianity and its Muslim branch and all of their associated off-spring. My research and information is the result of memory of reincarnation and passage from life-to-life while having a close connection to the Spirit of the Universe, the only real God.
05/08/2017 08:57 AM
God's Stories Bear Fruit
When God is in the room, things happen. When God appears, things cannot stay the same.
05/08/2017 08:56 AM
What Is Your Legacy?
Sometimes we play the game of life so hard that we play ourselves into a corner, forcing us to take a break. And in this corner of life we usually end up considering questions like: What is the meaning of life?
05/08/2017 07:58 AM
The Establishment Set Up by the One With the Number 666
Humans are generally a misguided group of non-thinking sheep who follow leaders even if it means death. Something in our psyche makes us conform this way and it is the exploitation of this behaviour that built up the establishment governed by 666. Religions call their followers sheep while the brain-washed officials that govern them are highly educated but distinctly stupid.
05/07/2017 06:33 PM
Playing at a Church Near You
How is our memory bank paying out dividends from the message that was presented last week? How do we respond to the life-giving message from God's representative? Do we move from our tangible seats into involvement in the message?
05/04/2017 07:49 PM
The Example of the Early Church
Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? Acts 2:42-47 offers us a glimpse of heaven here on earth. The early believers joined together in faith, hope and love in the very best ways possible. The reading from Acts is a picture of the early church. It suggests what the Holy Spirit can do.
05/04/2017 08:22 AM
Worrying Steals Energy
It's Monday morning. I wake long before 5 o'clock. My stomach is churning and I worry about the three months ahead. I have so many irons in the fire. I'm afraid that things won't work out as we had planned. I'm worried that the finances aren't going to work out. I'm afraid of failing.
05/02/2017 10:17 AM
Holi - The Science Behind The Festival
This article shares the story behind the celebration of the Holi festival along with the logical reason of using colors during this beautiful festival. This article also throws some light on how Holi was earlier celebrated with natural colors unlike the chemical based colors used these days. It also urges its readers to switch to natural and herbal Holi colors and save themselves from the harmful effects of chemical based Holi Colors.
05/01/2017 03:59 PM
Near Death Experiences, The Bible, and Reality
People who have had near death experiences experienced events similar to biblical teaching. Does this give a new sense of reality to what the bible teaches?
05/01/2017 09:07 AM
Strength for One More Day
A friend of mine did not agree with the previous message. It made it seem as if Jesus is a quick fix.
05/01/2017 09:07 AM
More Strength for One More Day
I want to say something more about this verse - it has too much meaning to only write about it once or twice. It would make life so much easier if we could really understand it and integrate it fully into our being.
05/01/2017 09:07 AM
A Tough One
I didn't want to write about this for fear of stepping on some toes. But it weighs on me and I can't keep quiet.
05/01/2017 09:06 AM
Sweet Smells
I am one of a large family and sometimes when we had guests my mom thought there wouldn't be enough (which obviously never happened). Then she would send a code around the table: FHB - family, hold back!
05/01/2017 09:06 AM
All Glory to Our Father
I'm totally strung out. It's Sunday evening and I'm tossing and turning, thinking about the week ahead.
05/01/2017 09:06 AM
Free Naartjies for You
The people who helped Paul were also suffering hardship, but there was a huge promise for them: 19You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our cell group fetched a bin full of naartjies from a De Doorns farmer.
05/01/2017 09:05 AM
Family Ducking the Curve Balls
Sometimes you feel alone. Sometimes you feel you won't make it.
05/01/2017 09:05 AM
Receive the Blessing and Pass It on
Friends of mine run a harvest protection business. I know this business very well, because when I farmed in the nineties, they helped me keep the vines and harvest healthy.
05/01/2017 09:05 AM
My Stress and God's Peace
Paul was in jail. He probably had a visit from Epaphras, who had planted the congregation in Colossae.
05/01/2017 09:04 AM
The Pictures We Make
Right at the start of his letter to the people of Colossae Paul expressed his amazement. He takes his hat off to this group of young Christians who after hearing the Gospel felt compelled to grab hold of it, to believe in a living God.
05/01/2017 09:04 AM
A Coat Against the Cold
Jakkie writes from Namibia: The previous Crossroad message reminded me of a day shortly after I opened my shop. It was a Tuesday, mid-way through the month, sales had been pathetic and I was feeling very low.

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