Loving requires knowing. And in a new book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim's Journey to Christ (Zondervan), Nabeel Qureshi aims to help Christians better love their Muslim neighbors by providing an insider's perspective into a Muslim's heart and mind...
It's no secret: pastors like books. We read them, we quote them, we give them away. After all, the foundation for our entire ministry is the written Word of God himself. Take away that book and we have no ministry. But what about the writing of books?
“God’s Not Dead” is about Josh Wheaton, a college freshman who finds his himself having to defend his belief in God to a philosophy professor. On his very first day in the professor’s class, he is required to deny the existence of God or face a failing grade. He challenges the teacher and is given reprieve if only he can prove God’s existence. Josh could take the easy way out, but he’s just as stubborn as Professor Radisson and so the fight is on.
In another church tragedy, Pastor Isaac Hunter-the son of the spiritual adviser to President Obama-has reportedly taken his own life. Hunter's death is making national headlines because of his megachurch father Pastor Joel Hunter's influence on the White House, his marriage troubles and an undated suicide note found last year, but his death is far from the only pastoral suicide in recent months. Why the sudden rash of pastors committing suicide? Suicide is not a new problem among clergy, but thr
Pornography at its most fundamental level has no basis in reality. It is nothing more than a fantasy that, in one form or another, negatively affects the lives of men. Porn influences how men think about, value, and ultimately treat women. It should come as no surprise, then, that men experience difficulty in their relationships and ability to interact with real women due to pornography use.
As fallen human beings we tend to explain away or excuse our sin.1. My sexual choices aren't hurting anyone else; 2. We're all sinners, so who are you to judge?3. Jesus never talked about homosexuality;4. Sexual promiscuity is seen in nature. Here are four street-level excuses we commonly use to justify our sexual sin coupled with answers.
Porn stars leave the industry for various reasons. But is there life after porn? God certainly wants us to live a life free of porn in the first place. However, anyone can find forgiveness in God, even those who think they are unforgivable.
The boy was just 16 and died from the very same cancer that took his eyesight some 14 years prior. However, his influence in the world of echolocation still lives on and the new leading expert in the area, Tim Johnson (although he isn't blind he is an expert on this skill), claims Underwood as his initial inspiration. Nowadays, Johnson teaches echolocation to the blind and sighted alike.
Most of us have heard the stories about the incredible growth of the unregistered house churches in China over the last 60 years. But on my recent trip to China, it was wonderful to see how the gospel is spreading in the registered, government recognized churches as well. The gospel simply cannot be chained (see 2 Timothy 2:9).
I'm aware that "nothing is as it seems in China," to quote a proverbial saying. Yet it is undeniable that the gospel of Jesus is being proclaimed and received by more
NHL's Mike Fisher is married to country singer Carrie Underwood, living his childhood dream and has access to a vast amount of opportunities that professional athletes enjoy. The native from Peterborough, Ontario accepted Jesus into his life when he was only six year old and had the support from his parents Jim and Karen, he seemed spiritually set. Yet fame and money snaked into Fisher's spiritual backyard causing him to backslide, along with the party scene, until God snatched him back for a bi
Very strong Christian, redemptive, moral worldview stresses love is sacrifice, family, scenes in a church with a church choir, a song about loving people even with their faults, trolls ordaining a marriage with a book (book does not have wording), with some magical elements, but magic is seen as bad; no foul language, one mention of being "gassy"; some animated violence, including woman hitting man in the face, men fighting a large snow man, characters fall from great heights but are not harmed;
A group of 1500 young Catholic men are being hailed as heroes today after they formed a human shield around the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista in Argentina from 7,000 lesbian, feminist and pro-abortion protesters who were attempting to storm the church.some of the protestors were topless and thrust their breasts into the faces of the young men. Others spray painted swastikas on the men or used markers to draw Hitler-like mustaches on their faces. Reports also say the protestors were writing slog
Very strong Christian worldview, the Gospel is presented multiple times through bible verses, sermons, songs and prayers, positive values like "bad company corrupts good character" and being "unequally yoked" are discussed; two light obscenities; light violence includes one brief scene of a car jacking, but nobody is hurt; character reads a sensual Song of Solomon passage from the Bible to his girlfriend, but the girlfriend explains her biblical convictions, and he doesn't press the issue; no nu
Citizen Way, from Elgin, Illinois. Ben Blascoe, David Blascoe, Ben Calhoun and Josh Calhoun. Released "Should've Been Me" on June 26, 2012, for the record label Fair Trade Services, reaching many people and hitting chart topping levels.
It’s true. Porn doesn’t make you stronger. It doesn’t make you more of a man or more of a woman. Some may think that they have the right to do as they please and to view porn and masturbate whenever they feel like it. But if it’s really ok and if it really makes you “more of a person,” why does every addict of it always do it in secret?
From a surface reading of the text, it might appear that Christians are to offer blind obedience to the governing authorities. Such is not the case. We are to subject ourselves to the governing authorities as they do good, not evil, for God has authorized them to nurture and protect the good of all, not to do harm (Romans 13:4). Ultimately, Christians are to subject themselves to Christ in the sphere of the state. From the vantage point of Christ's lordship over all spheres, the church and state
Christian leaders from the house church networks in mainland China overcame tremendous hurdles in their attempt to attend the Asian Church Leaders Forum (ACLF) in Seoul (25-28 June 2013). Disappointing memories of the 200 Chinese participants blocked from attending the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (Cape Town 2010) lingered among those gathered in Seoul at the start of the ACLF. As groups of leaders arrived from all across China, celebration filled the registration hall at th
Some events only happen after an extraordinary long wait - and during such a wait, many people persevere through failures and frustrations and keep praying in the midst of hardships, making great efforts to see things happen. The Asian Church Leaders Forum (ACLF) held in Seoul in June 2013 was such an event.
It seemed at first like any other international conference. However, for the representatives of the house churches in China
I started masturbating at a very young age, I honestly don’t remember a time before it was in my life. At first I was just rubbing myself in an innocent way. I remember it felt good to touch myself that way and it was comforting. A few years later I have the memory of my dad sitting me down, telling me masturbation was a sin and not to do it.
I am just a normal guy. I go to church and work a steady job and still the issue of temptation to live an impure life is a problem. I have struggled with porn for several years before I realized I had problem.
I love the Empire Strikes Back. Actually - I love the original Star Wars movies but Empire is my favorite. There is a scene on Dagobah where Luke is training with Yoda and Luke asks, “Is the dark side stronger?”. Yoda responds, “No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive”. This is how I view porn and sexual sin. Quick, easy, seductive, and an absolute trap.
I started dancing a few nights a week and continued to that entire year until one night I met a guy at the strip club...... He didn’t have too much of a problem with me dancing especially after I furnished most of our apartment with my dancing money. I ended up stopping working at the strip club once we were all moved in. I was playing house at 20 and thought I was in love again. Soon after we moved in together we began fighting really bad and it turned physical. He would hit me and I would
This is a great question, especially as we come to the end of the year. When we are in the midst of an addiction or a bad situation, it is undoubtably hard at times to celebrate. Often, there are things to celebrate, but there are so many things that still need to be overcome that we tend to focus on what we still lack, whatever that may be.
"My high school years were just terrible and it was all a secret life- running around and drinking and cutting up," he said. "So I was at the worst possible place - I was hiding in plain sight. I was in the church but I wasn't a Christian. I wasn't living for Christ." After he graduated, Phil told him he either had to shape up or move out so he wouldn't be a bad influence on his younger brothers. Alan moved out, relocating to New Orleans where he found more trouble.
Paul wasn't someone who would just write a check and lend his name to an organization......Paul was the first one in and the last one out, he led by example and his hard work and dedication inspired everyone who had the privilege of working with him. He led one of the first teams into the hardest hit areas of Haiti and traveled to Chili to bring water, medical aid and hope after the Earthquake and Tsunami. He ran a chainsaw clearing debris and helping people get back into their homes during the
The final minutes of each episode portray the Robertsons' dinner table, where we sneak a glimpse of Miss Kay's homemade biscuits, fresh crawfish or another hearty meal, and we watch Phil lead them in a simple, humbling prayer that demonstrates nothing but gratitude.
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