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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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10/17/2017 10:13 PM
Dancing Their Way Into Heaven As Father Gods
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.
10/17/2017 08:01 AM
Dopamine and So on
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.
10/15/2017 10:34 PM
Check It Out
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.
10/13/2017 12:19 PM
How Was God Good Before Creation?
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.
10/13/2017 12:17 PM
The Origin of Reason
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.
10/12/2017 07:24 PM
Sex: Stop That Nonsense
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.
10/10/2017 03:59 PM
Naughty As Always
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?
10/09/2017 03:52 PM
Equals? Surely Not!
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.
10/08/2017 09:57 PM
Proclaiming Sin and Naming Purveyors of Sin: A Requirement for Christians
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.
10/08/2017 09:55 PM
Molding the Future
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.
10/05/2017 04:43 PM
The Law Versus God's Grace
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.
10/05/2017 04:42 PM
The Focus in My Head
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.
10/04/2017 09:35 PM
Worship Security Teams Are Vitally Important
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.
10/01/2017 08:28 PM
Once - Always?
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?
10/01/2017 12:05 PM
More Disproof Of The Existence Of God
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.
10/01/2017 12:05 PM
Disproving The Existence Of God
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.
09/29/2017 08:45 AM
Spiritual Unity
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.
09/29/2017 08:43 AM
Thanksgiving for God's Love
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.
09/29/2017 08:43 AM
The Instruments of God
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.
09/28/2017 08:42 AM
What Is Truly True
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.
09/27/2017 09:23 AM
Calling and Profession
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.
09/25/2017 09:35 AM
What Is The Very Best Way For A Christian To Pray For Another Person?
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.
09/25/2017 08:14 AM
The Third Adam
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."
09/23/2017 07:59 PM
God Hates Us All
Do you or do you not believe in God? If you do, then why?
09/21/2017 03:47 PM
Going Mad?
When do people lose it? Sometimes when your circumstances become too much to deal with.
09/21/2017 08:40 AM
The First Will Be Last and the Last Will Be First In God's Kingdom
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.
09/19/2017 08:01 AM
Are You Playing House?
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.
09/18/2017 08:20 AM
Free in Christ
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.
09/18/2017 08:19 AM
Jesus Lives, Jesus Heals
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.
09/17/2017 10:27 AM
Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Eighteen
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.
09/16/2017 10:21 AM
The Bible Seems Like A Hopeless Jumble - How Do You Sort It Out?
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?
09/15/2017 10:35 AM
True Calling On Laborers
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".
09/14/2017 10:20 PM
Being Nearsighted
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?
09/14/2017 04:03 PM
Street Festival
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.
09/14/2017 04:03 PM
All-Out Action
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.
09/14/2017 08:15 AM
Forgive Again, And Again, And Again
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?
09/13/2017 09:26 AM
Keeping Hope Alive
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.
09/13/2017 08:09 AM
Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Seventeen
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.
09/12/2017 11:08 AM
Eid Holidays Date and Ramadan Fasting
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.
09/11/2017 07:45 AM
Tear Up Those Overdrafts
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.
09/07/2017 08:24 AM
To See God Through Your Actions
What makes our faith different from other religions? God climbed off his throne and came to live among us.
09/07/2017 08:24 AM
The Fruits of an Intimate Relationship With God
Let's look at our relationship with God again. We must be singled-minded in our pursuit of an intimate relationship with God.
09/07/2017 08:23 AM
God's Truth or Not
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.
09/07/2017 08:23 AM
Roots of Faith
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.
09/07/2017 08:23 AM
Like a Tree With Deep Roots
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.
09/07/2017 08:23 AM
Pushing Against the Gate
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).
09/07/2017 08:19 AM
All You Need
We don't have the skills to walk through life on our own. Just look at our track record, it doesn't look good.
09/06/2017 09:51 PM
The Passover Meal and the Lord's Supper
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.
09/06/2017 10:14 AM
No-Go Zones for the US and How Militant Islam May Be Neutralized
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.
09/05/2017 12:54 PM
In and Out the Casket at Our Funeral
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.


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