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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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01/19/2018 03:55 PM
Did You Think You Knew The Gospel Of Christ?
There are three groups pf people in relation to the gospel of Christ - those who know, that is really know - those who think they know, but don't, and those who don't know, either because they have never heard, or have never heard enough to give them a clear grasp. Everyone is in this three-fold group. As you can see the second two groups are really one, but for clarity I have separated it into two. So, the aim of this short article is to stir your thought and invite you to reflect and consider in which group you are.
01/19/2018 08:26 AM
In Thine Own Bosom Lies Thine Destiny
This statement is a universally accepted dictum, indicating that we are the captains of our souls, if the poet William Henry's "Invictus" is to be paraphrased. And this is a fact that mankind have not been able to come to terms with. We have not been able to grasp the simplicity and enormity of the simply natural law of reciprocity, the principle of sowing and reaping.
01/19/2018 08:23 AM
Roles in the Home
Ever heard the joke about the long queue at the pearly gates at the sign saying, "Husbands of wives who wore the pants at home"? At the sign saying, "Husbands whose wives did not wear the pants", there was only one man.
01/18/2018 04:13 PM
Earth Changes and The New World Order
In recent times, there has been talks of a grand plan by a clandestine group of people to impose a new world order on mankind, a world they will be totally in control of, and a world where letting oneself go is the foundation for survival and existence. So many thing are attributed to this faceless group, and some conspiracy theorists go as far as putting faces on the group. This group, referred to in some quarters as the Shadow Government, are even crawling out of the closet to claim control of the world Banking sector, Politics, Entertainment, Science and...
01/17/2018 03:56 PM
The Divinity of Man
The idea that human beings are endowed with inner cores of Divinity has been wide spread. This was spread by mystics and occultist, whose teachings from their "Ascended Masters" indicate that there is Divinity in man. Even religious leaders have keyed into the narrative and now it has become like a mantra for those who think they are seekers for the truth.
01/16/2018 04:23 PM
I Will Create It for You (3)
Another thing the LORD will do for you this year is that He will make water (blessings) to come out of your dry situations. That is, springs of miracles will begin to erupt from your hitherto hopeless situations. You know that it is not common to find lots of water in the desert. Maybe, after a very long drive you may be lucky to find an oasis or a handful of shrubs and things like that. But here, God is saying that it is not just going to be drops but a flow of 'rivers', springs of blessings, a deluge of miracles, signs and wonders! Now, you already know that a desert means dry, sandy, unproductive, hopeless and abandoned place. Do some parts of your life / vision resemble these? Sure, you need this creative divine intervention.
01/16/2018 04:23 PM
Together, Step-By-Step
I was watching a television interview by Dr Ali Bacher with Frik du Preez, the former Springbok rugby player. Frik was telling him how different it was in those days: the players weren't paid and they had to buy their own togs.
01/16/2018 02:23 PM
Four Different Schools of Christianity
In the world today we have over 900 Christian different denominational churches that are passed to humans from four sources of knowledge bases! In order to reach the ultimate and God authorized source one has to search diligently and persistently until he finds it.
01/15/2018 09:04 AM
A Beautiful and Meaningful Diwali Without Crackers
Celebrating Diwali with not so privileged class of society by making this festival special and memorable for them. So, I along with my family decided to visit a nearby school run by a Non Governmental Organization and then went to an orphanage. We got a few gifts for the children on our way to the School and the Orphanage. These were cookies, sweets and chocolates. We interacted with the little ones, distributed these things personally to each one of them. We really enjoyed talking to the kids and knowing their future goals. It was also a satisfying and a self awakening experience.
01/15/2018 08:11 AM
Do You Really Know Him?
Instead of "deep word diving" in search of the benefits of Kingdom citizenship, lit us pursue a relationship with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Many seek healing, financial deliverance, and materialistic prosperity in lieu of fellowship with their Creator.
01/13/2018 09:46 AM
Jesus in Your Shadow
17Let every detail in your lives-words, actions, whatever-be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. What a huge command.
01/12/2018 03:53 PM
Why Is Finding God So Complicated?
That question takes for granted that it is difficult, and I think I may know why. For many serious seekers for God, the thought is, 'Look I'm serious, and if there really is a God, it might be good to know more about him, or even to find him, but there are just too many rivals, just too much crazy confusion, and I haven't the foggiest idea how to choose one over another. I mean, how would God expect me to know how to pick exactly the right one? And then, what's that bit about "finding" - is it like a momentous discovery.' Yes, I do accept this is a challenge. There are so many religions and ways of life, how will we check them out?
01/10/2018 08:06 AM
Did Draupadi Have a Secret Love for Karna?
I love to write on contentious topics. here is an idea that germinated in my mind after reading the translation of the Mahabharata by C Rajagopal Chary. This is a very graphic account of the Mahabharata, which is essentially an account of a battle between two clans who were cousins, namely the Pandavas and Kauravas.
01/08/2018 03:09 PM
The Jerusalem Phase of the Early Church
The Jerusalem Phase of the Early Church, as described in Acts 1 to 5, starts with Christ's resurrection. Just before His ascension He told His disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the power of the Holy Spirit. They received that power on the day of Pentecost, which was ten days later. Over the following 2 to 4 years the church grew exponentially, from the initial 120 followers to thousands, but the church was limited to Jerusalem only and consisted of Jews only.
01/07/2018 06:44 PM
A Different Look at Parables
What is the purpose of Parables? Is it to illuminate the Truth, or hide the Truth? How does Jesus' fulfillment of Isaiah 6 fit into His teaching? Are Parables for us today?
01/07/2018 06:43 PM
Mercy Rain
2018, here we go! I pray that you will have a prosperous new year.
01/04/2018 09:02 AM
Reaching Your Goals In 2018
Every January, so many of us set lofty goals for the year ahead on everything from healthier living to wiser spending; from character changes to personal makeovers; but by the time we get to February or March we slip back into old habits and our new year goals are all, but forgotten. Does this sound familiar? Well, here are a few steps from a scripture from my favorite book: the Bible. The scripture is 1 Peter 1:13 and if applied as follows, it will help you set your 2018 goals and stick to them...
12/31/2017 04:09 PM
Even More Religious Shorts
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. There's the pro side; there's the anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm in the anti-camp as the following third helping of mini religious short pieces illustrate.
12/29/2017 04:02 PM
We Are God's Adopted Children
UNICEF-the United Nations Children's Fund-estimates that 353,000 babies are born every day-just over four babies each second. Birth begins a life of 70-100 years and impacts those whose lives overlap with the child's. Every generation relates most profoundly with those who share their time in history. Jesus is the exception to that statement.
12/28/2017 03:44 PM
The High Calling
The choosing of the twelve Apostles was not done through random selection or a lottery system, but by Divine initiative. When Jesus sent out the Apostles for the first time, there were serious challenges and directions given. It was a high calling that carried tremendous responsibility.
12/28/2017 09:07 AM
The Moses Principle of Leadership: Teach, Tell and Train
The unwillingness by leaders (Pastors, Managers, Administrators etc.) to delegate tasks to team members, in either business or any other type of organization, is very evident in today's society. However, there are possibilities of serious consequences if we allow our concept of our calling or sacred duty to turn into some form of micro-management. Take an example from the church, where 80% of the work is done by 20% of its members. This writer is truly on to something.
12/27/2017 09:18 PM
2018: I Will Create It for You
I love how He described this in Isaiah 43:18-19, "But forget all that - it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!" My God! Listen to these great phrases again, "a brand-new thing", "a pathway through the wilderness", "rivers in the desert." Jesus Christ! Yes, these are the things you should expect this year. It is going to be a very glorious one!
12/27/2017 09:17 PM
Interpretation and the Spirit of the Law
The greatest knowledge of all is a basic, fundamental understanding of the spirit of God's word. Of why it is that we should love our neighbour, why it is that we should love God, why it is that we should be honest and decent in our dealings with others, why it is that Jesus told us that when we give to our fellow human beings we give to him. One can understand all the linguistic subtleties in the world, all the cultural nuances and literary idiosyncrasies. One can recite and chant all the laws, all the out-of-context quotations, with appropriate Biblical references, idiot-style, until one's heart is content, but until one understands why, there is no comprehension whatsoever of what Jesus is trying to say to us.
12/27/2017 03:45 PM
The Power of A Christian
As Christians, we are given commands by God to do things that seem impossible. It is not in the impossible that we are commanded to move but to move in the power made available to us. The blockage of power does not make the work undoable, it is the adherence to our wrong understanding of God's Word.
12/26/2017 11:48 AM
Just a Cursing
There's this thing, a bit like the old sci/fi Blob, a blight on my perfect potato, that I am forever bumping into in faith. It's like a bad rash or something, the gift that just goes on giving, spreading all over like an affliction. The curse of Eve.
12/25/2017 03:11 PM
Do You Know There Are Different Types Of Prayer?
What are the different types of prayer? Learn to recognize and utilize the correct type of prayer. See amazing results to your requests and petitions.
12/25/2017 03:02 PM
The Pain of Christmas
Looking through my Facebook friends and their attitude towards Christmas stirs up a rage within me that is hard to contain or to explain. It is not me but the Spirit within that is so enraged by the falseness of it and Divine revenge follows for those who celebrate the ritual. Already this last couple of days has seen one disaster after another and death coming to thousands.
12/22/2017 02:46 PM
Small Churches and How Discovering Your DLP Will Overcome Struggles
Every person and every Church has a guiding anchor that directs their actions. This is a definite life purpose. It is the very cause of why you are in existence today. Find out how defining your DLP will help to minimize personal and community struggles within the church today.
12/21/2017 03:48 PM
'Tis the Season Full of Folly
BESIDES the commercialisation of the Christmas season, I have found it to be a bizarrely stressful season for so many. Certainly, the pressure on people to buy unusually special gifts for their friends and loved ones can be enormous. But there is also a great deal of stress on relationships, notwithstanding the stress that comes with the consumption of food and drink that comes with the season.
12/20/2017 04:19 PM
No Contradiction
There was no need to divide the Body of Christ over the "grace" doctrines, such as election and predestination. Here is my feeble attempt to show how things can be synthesized without doing damage to Truth.
12/17/2017 09:59 PM
The Misunderstood Bible
The Bible is probably the most misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misrepresented collection of books and letter every written. The problem is not with the Author, but with the reader.
12/14/2017 04:14 PM
Hope - The Great Christmas Gift From God
We are well into the season of Advent. It is a season of hope. It is a hope that we remember as we prepare to celebrate both Christ's birth in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago and His eventual return. This hope included bringing good news to the oppressed. This hope was expressed in the passage we heard from Isaiah. It is the same passage that Jesus based His message in the temple on in Luke 4:16-21.
12/12/2017 03:14 PM
How To Gain Maximum Blessings of Quran
There are many books in this world which have their own unique significance in our lives due to their certain extract or story line, or may be the lessons given in that book snatches our attention and change our mind so that we can start thinking about things from a new perspective. But all these books have been made by human beings, so there are many chances that we can edit those books to some extent. The only book in this world whose each single word has remained unchanged and will remain the same in future, is the holy book Quran which has been sent to us by Allah Subhana Watallah and it was revealed on our beloved Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
12/12/2017 03:13 PM
How to Offer Tahajjud Prayer
Muslims have been given the duty to perform the prayers five times a day. These prayers are considered an obligation for the Muslims and they have to perform it at any cost, as there is no compensation for leaving those prayers. They are among the five pillars of Islam and holds a great significance in the life of Muslims. Apart from these five prayers, there are other prayers too, which also have a great reward from Allah Almighty. These prayers are not obligatory and the Muslims have been given a choice to perform them or not. But they are quite important and their importance can be seen through various hadith.
12/12/2017 08:21 AM
Thanks to God
Wow, this is unbelievable! We've devoted 100 pieces to Colossians and we're not done yet.
12/10/2017 10:40 PM
Updating the Religion
Everything needs to be updated, whether its Human understanding or Human behavior. Religion cannot be left out of it.
12/10/2017 10:21 PM
A Different Look at the Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6) are often looked at as one event recorded in two Gospels. Are they in effect one sermon or does each carry a distinct message?
12/10/2017 10:18 PM
How to Help a Friend
When Paul encourages us to help our friends who have lost their way, he makes a good suggestion: 16... And sing, sing your hearts out to God! And, if like us, he had the Old and the New Testament bound as one book, he would probably have written as follows: Use the Word of God, the Bible, to correct your friends. Sing praise...
12/08/2017 08:22 AM
More Religious Shorts
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. There's the pro side; there's the anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm in the anti-camp as the following second helping of mini religious short pieces illustrate.
12/07/2017 08:12 AM
Helped Up From the Mud
My wife had a serious talk with me. I had to correct someone close to me.
12/03/2017 09:30 PM
Call to the Starting Line
The Apostle Paul often referred to the Christian life as a race. I wonder how many Christians fail to realize that our lives are an all out effort to achieve what God has called us to do.
12/03/2017 10:58 AM
Use the Word of Christ to Build Your House
Once, while I was still working at the factory, we had to manufacture windows for an imposing development close to Cape Town. The development consisted of 450 residential units.
12/03/2017 10:55 AM
A Secular Invocation
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of the Town of Greece v. Galloway that legislative prayer, including invocations, do not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Since this decision, humanists of all stripes have been able to deliver secular invocations during legislative meetings.
12/02/2017 12:18 PM
Obscurantism at Its Best As Muslim Pir Impregnates Over 300 Women
Islam came to the sub-continent nearly 1300 years back when the first invasions from Arabia took place. Initially, the Muslims came to plunder but later many settled in India. From about the 9th century onwards, the Muslims increasingly became the rulers, first of North India and later of the entire India.
11/30/2017 04:03 PM
Waiting for Jesus
At first glance, the passage from Mark is full of doom and gloom. The disciples asked for signs of the end times, and Jesus told them that the end times would be full of danger. Is this really the way for us to start the season of Advent? Isn't Advent supposed to be a time of hope and preparation? The answer to both questions is yes. Advent isn't about preparing for Christmas. It's about preparing for the coming of Christ. Advent always begins with preparing and waiting for Christ to come again. Just as the first coming was an event of cosmic proportion, so will the second coming be.
11/30/2017 09:27 AM
Separating the State From the Church
If we fail to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Though it is quite clear knowledge has increased and continues to do so exponentially, yet wars, hunger, and preventable diseases also continue exponentially. This begs the question, what kind of knowledge are we acquiring?
11/28/2017 08:18 AM
I Speak Peace
Some people are in the habit of saying: You "speak" it over us. In other words, because you say it, it will happen.
11/26/2017 07:57 PM
Living Among the Dead (3)
But whatever the enemy has taken away from your life will be restored as you read this message. Jesus said that the enemy, Satan came to steal, to kill and to destroy, but He, the Son of God came to restore and to give us life in abundance. That means that whatever the enemy stole from you will be multiplied and restored in abundance. Your sanity is coming back. Your health, life, family and everything that this thief called Satan took from you is being restored. The controlling power is changing hands. These dark powers will no more control you in Jesus' name! Till next week, God bless!
11/26/2017 07:55 PM
The Lost Art
In our changing society we have lost yet another aspect of civility: the art of listening. Many conversations have become one sided. When our listening mode is shut off, we are, in reality, devaluating the importance of the individual with whom we are engaging.
11/26/2017 10:23 AM
Did The Egyptian God Osiris Exist? A Debate
There is one atheist argument that no Christian theist can really refute, and every time I've used it, no Christian theist has successfully tried to refute this. It goes like this: "Had you been born and raised in a different or past society / culture [like that of ancient Egypt] you'd be singing the praises of a quite different deity (or deities) with equal faith, belief or conviction [like Osiris] and you know this to be so. So what does that say about the existence of your Christian God?"


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