Chinese Christians Get Their First Bible!

Does it warm your heart to see people so excited about getting a Bible? It warms mine! Seeing the love that they have for the Bible makes me believe that they will read it from cover to cover, over and over again. Many people have given their lives so that we could have the privedge, and responsibily to read it for ourselves.

With other books by people like Steven King, we will buy a book, read it in a weekend, friend them on Facebook and Twitter, than hurry back to the store to buy every Steven King book that they carry.

When it comes to the Bible however we will follow along with our preacher on Sunday, maybe read a small devotional with one or two verses a day, and that is about it. When we only read what the preacher tells us to read, it’s not God’s Book we are reading, we are just reading his twitterized review of it. He may or may not be taking it severely out of context. If he does all of our reading for you, you will never know if he is reading it correctly.

It is well past time that we start giving God at least as much respect that we give to Steven King, please read the whole book.

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Healed Disease – Sermons & Articles

Woman praying

The following is a wonderful prayer by Norwegian Theologian Ole Hallesby: “Lord if it will be to Your glory, heal suddenly. If it will glorify You more, heal gradually; if it will glorify You, even more, may your servant remain sick awhile; and if it will glorify Your name still more, take him to yourself in Heaven,

Source: Healed Disease – Sermons & Articles

To some, it may seem crazy that sickness or death could ever glorify God. It is a hard truth to accept, but one only needs to look at the pillar of our faith to realize that nastiest murder of all times happened to Jesus himself. He was totally innocent of any wrongdoing, yet was sentenced to die a very horrible death.  Yet his death and resurrection glorified God and made his followers recognize that there are in fact things worth dying for. The ultimate price is not so ultimate anymore. We can stand up with courage and do the things that we ought, knowing that even if it kills us, we will awake to be with our creator who loves us enough that he was willing to die for us.

While no example is as good as this, there are many examples of how death and sickness inspired others. I once went to church with a lady that suffered a long painful disease before her death. No one would have blamed her if she had become self-absorbed in her last season of life, but no, she made everyone that came to visit her feel better then they felt before they arrived, and she still praised Christ. She inspired people to seek out a better relationship with Christ even better than she could of when she was completely healthy. Her sickness inspired an entire Church to live better for Christ! I want a faith like that!
Christianity is also about giving of yourself to others. As hard as it is to see people enduring terrible illnesses, the people who give of themselves to help these people remain comfortable and cared for are heroes!  They are prime examples of what it means to be a Christian, many of the even improve their own character while learning to care for others.

The Most Important Vote You’ll Ever Cast


The religious leaders came to Jesus, hoping to trip him up (Mark 12:13-17). Tiberius Caesar, a brooding paranoid who regularly executed those who challenged him, was the ruler of the most powerful nation in the world, and was considered by many to be “what’s wrong with this country.” So the leaders asked Jesus, “To whom should we pay taxes?” implying that it would be wrong to support such a government. Indeed, democracy collapsed under the reign of the Caesars, and immorality reached the level of madness—the number one form of entertainment was gladiatorial battles to the death, accompanied by the public rape, torture, and murder of foreigners and other undesirables.
Read more at : The Most Important Vote You’ll Ever Cast

No Private Interpretations!

cropped-bible-e14417322078632 Peter 1:20-21
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Bible was a gift given to all people at all times. Some of the scriptures were meant for a particular person of a group of people, but as a matter of history, everyone needs to know about them.  After the context is considered (Is it historical, future prophecy, or for all people at all times) It means the same thing as it has always meant.

If you are interpreting it in a way that is just for you, and the meaning changes when someone else reads it, you are going against this passage.

I once heard of a man that was lusting over a woman named Grace. He was already married, and so was she. One day he was praying about it and he read in the Bible something about grace, that led him to believe that he had permission from God to break up two families and marry Grace. Unless God wanted every person who has ever lived to marry a person named Grace, the Bible did not mean that. A careful study of the Bible would have told him that divorce may have been permitted at times, that wasn’t what God wanted for anyone. It can, however, tell a single man that if someone named Grace is a single Christian who isn’t related to him, she might be the one, but the meaning of the passages in question would be the same if the woman in question was named Gina, Cindy, or Sarah.

The Holy Spirit can make different passages stand out to different people at different times. I personally have read passages that I know I have read before, but I suddenly had to stop and re-read the passage several times then realize that there is something that the Lord wants me to pay particular attention too. But if the passage is about feeding the hungry, it has always been about feeding the hungry…while the application of the verse may vary from person to person, it means the same thing that it meant thousands of years ago.

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Christians in Egypt Bury Their Dead After Attack | The Stream

Please pray for the families of the dead, the injured, and for persecuted Christians around the world.

MINYA, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians gathered Saturday for a funeral service south of Cairo to bid farewell to six of seven people killed the previous day when militants ambushed three buses carrying pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery.
The service at Prince Tadros church in the city of Minya was held amid tight security and presided over by Minya’s top cleric, Anba Makarios. He and members of the congregation prayed and chanted over a row of six white coffins.
Read more at: Christians in Egypt Bury Their Dead After Attack | The Stream

Purchase of the Potter’s Field

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Dragging a wooden cross

Matthew 27: 3-10
Judas was paid the price of a slave to betray Jesus by the priest who wanted him dead.
After it was too late to back out of the deal, and Jesus has already been arrested, Judas started feeling guilty. He then proceeded to go back to the Temple and try to give the money back. They wouldn’t take it, so he threw the money down in the temple and left. Their response was interesting to say the least
Matthew 27:6-8   (KJV)
6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

They recognized that it was dirty money, yet they were the ones who took it out of the treasury, with the intent to use it to get Jesus killed in the first place! They made it dirty!
Then they used it to buy land that they considered dirty.

As I was reading this passage this morning I couldn’t help but think about another book that I am reading.
Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer It is about  Kermit Gosnell and his abortion clinic. It was so nasty that the Health Department would not have let even a clothing store get away with being that nasty, much less any real medical facility.  The man even murdered the babies that were born alive in that facility, that could have survived outside the womb had a real doctor been available.  He even kept trophy body parts that were clearly recognizable as feet, he even had a dead baby in a kitty litter container! The case was so nasty that even the pro-abortion advocate news reporter cried while reading the report on the nightly news.
Yet this blog post isn’t even about that, the police investigating all of these charges needed help understanding the more technical elements of the crime, like reading the ultrasounds. They had to call around to find a doctor that was willing to help them investigate the case.  They had a terrible problem finding one. Most doctors cussed them out for even arresting this monster. One abortion “doctor” who never would allow her facility to be run like Gosnell ran his, however, had a telling response. She said that she liked them and all, but she was a soccer mom, and most of the people in her life had no idea what she did for a living, and she wanted to keep it that way.   She could not help the police convict a man who had been murdering born alive children!
Unless you are something like an undercover detective or working on some top-secret defense project, you should be proud enough of your work to not care who finds out what you do.   Yet she did not want the people in her life to know what she did for a living. She knew that her hands were dirty, but she kept on killing unborn children. She is a lot like those priests who were willing to give someone money so that they could arrest  Jesus at night with the intent on killing him but were unwilling to have any part in it once the deed was done, they were too good to have any further part in the matter.

If there is something in your life that you would be ashamed if other people discovered the truth about it, confess your sin to God, and ask Jesus to help you leave that sin behind you. Don’t live on both sides of the fence like the priest who bought the Potter’s Field.

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