"The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"1
Yesterday we talked about fears that cause us to lack trust. Today I want to share how I faced and overcame my deeply buried fear (terror) and learned to trust and love again. (To read yesterday's Daily Encounter, go to www.actsweb.org and click on Encounter Archives in the left column). Today we want to discuss how to overcome fear/s and learn how to trust.
My parents were active in church and all that, but even as a child I knew it didn't make any difference in the way they lived. Shouldn't believing in God make someone a better person? I have lots of friends who aren't religious but they're still good people. Why should I bother to believe, if it doesn't make any difference? — H.N.
Did Jesus have a sense of humor? I seem to have been born with one, but sometimes I wonder if I'm wrong to express it since Jesus didn't try to make people laugh -- at least as far as I can tell. — M.M.
Why do Christians ignore the Old Testament? It's the Word of God also, isn't it? Personally, I find it fascinating, but maybe that's because I've always been interested in history, which is what you mostly find in the Old Testament. — G.L.
No, this is not true, although it's been repeated so often and for so long that many people still believe it, and -- like your uncle -- have used it to justify their prejudice against people of other races.
Pentecost (Ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], "the Fiftieth [day]") is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated as Shavuot. Later, in the Christian liturgical year, it is also a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the twelve Apostles of Christ.
There are at least five things that have conspired to crystallize what I believe God wants to say to all of us this morning, but especially to mothers. First, Mother's Day every year brings up the memory of my mother's death on December 16, 1974. It was a bus collision in Israel, and a very strange thing that my father sitting next to her lived. He was exactly my age when she died.
My aim in this sermon is to honor motherhood and in this way glorify Jesus Christ who designed it, created it, and blessed it by his incarnation in Mary's womb and by his words from the cross to John, in one of the most beautiful acts of final care for Mary: "[John], Behold your mother"
This debate has two sides. On one side, Jesus did say, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). On the other side, the Bible provides clear urgency that we should not hang out with wrongdoers.
Probably a dozen times a year I’m asked, “How can I be filled with the Spirit”? The motivations behind this question, I think, are two: First, many traditions of sanctification have emphasized the filling of the Spirit as the key that unlocks the spiritual life.
In Matthew 13:24-30 we read that during the night an enemy plants bad seeds and tares sprout up in the field. The owner of the field tells his servants not to pull up the tares (the weeds) because in doing so they might also pull up wheat too early.
Zechariah 9:9 ESV says, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
Is there a link between alcohol and immorality? Ephesians 5:18 says you should be filled with the Holy Spirit and not with wine. That means, you should be so full of the Spirit that there is no room for any spirit of liquor to occupy.
When visiting his hometown of Nazareth "where he had been brought up," Jesus incurred the wrath of the people in the synagogue by stating that many persons suffered from leprosy in Israel during the ministry of the prophet Elisha, "yet not one of them was
For six years I worked as a medical records verifier for a pharmacy corporation that distributed drugs, medication records, and health care products to long term care facilities. As we handled hundreds of patient documents..