Persecution Fridays – Iran

July 22, 2011 at 9:38 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com

Iran: Life in Prison

In March 2009, Christian roommates Maryam Rustampoor, 29, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 32, were charged by the Iranian state with being “anti-government activists.” They spent 259 days in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison before being released in November 2009.

In the first interview since their release, the two discussed their life in prison with Sam Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries. Continue Reading Persecution Fridays – Iran…

Genesis 12:10-13:1

June 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. “Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.” It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels. But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? “Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him. So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him. Continue Reading Genesis 12:10-13:1…

The sound of heresy…

February 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I know that it’s been awhile since I wrote something other than the Bible study, newslinks, or Persecution Friday spots. I’ve been kinda busy, but I haven’t forgotten. Something I saw the other day made me have to write this though. It’s going to be a long read, so if you have to take a potty break or get a cup of coffee, do it now…:)

I heard about something the other day that just about made me sick, but I didn’t want to say anything about it until I had some proof from the horse’s mouth. Now I have it and this needs to be put out in the open.

For a long time, I’ve been talking about false teachers and men who call themselves pastors. I see many both locally in my home town, nationally in the U.S., and (unfortunately) they are now spreading to other countries. Not that there weren’t false teachers there already, but the American style of prosperity gospel preachers is sadly reaching into other parts of the world that are just now opening up to real Christianity. It is one of these types of people that I am writing about today. Continue Reading The sound of heresy……

Revival (long)

April 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I don’t know what it is like in other areas of America (I’m originally from Ohio and don’t remember hearing a lot about this up there), but over the next five or so months, churches across the South will be holding revivals. These will be big to-dos varying in length from three or four days to an entire week. During the time leading up to these events, the church excitement grows and people look forward to this in order to be “refreshed” and get a spiritual boost so that they continue to “work for the Lord”.  They will dress in their Sunday best, notebooks in hand, to hear what the preacher/evangelist (usually a guest) has to say. Depending on the denomination and area, these meetings will range in volume and action. The expectation is that at the end of the week, they will have heard the very thing they needed to hear so that they can move to a new level with God and “do more” for Him. I remember attending a few revivals (I haven’t been to one in years) and recall them being emotionally charged appeals (in some cases) or sound, steady topical teaching (in other cases). For weeks following the revival, people would make larger efforts to have more ministries, outreaches, events, and other things geared toward the church. As I look back though, I seem to also remember that after about two months the revival wore off. People began getting caught up in the daily grind again and all of those new ministries and events just fell by the wayside. I have thought about this a lot lately. In my own life, I am striving harder to have everything I do line the Scriptures. I am not even close yet, but things are moving along. I started wondering what Scripture said about revival. What I found was interesting. Continue Reading Revival (long)…

America’s Answer

April 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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As we watch the federal government grow to an unheard of size, taking liberties and freedoms with it, we keep hearing talk about answers. The president says that his plans are the answers for America’s problems. He tells us as often as possible how great his plans are and how lucky we are to have him as our president. The problem is that the math doesn’t add up when you look at the numbers and just about everything that the president has said to the American people has been a lie. He has broken almost every promise and took steps to make things extremely worse for not only us but future generations of Americans as well. Our grandchildren will have no idea what America used to be like (unless they have an honest history teacher) unless we stop this progression.
 
But, if the president’s plans aren’t the answer than what is? Many talk about cutting taxes and reducing spending. Those will both work economically, but they aren’t the answer to restoring the moral fabric of the country. Personally, I will be surprised if the Republicans do any better than the Democrats when they get the majority again. They seem to be Democrat lite to me… The answer to our country’s problems doesn’t lie in economic plans or government programs. It doesn’t fall on the president, Congress, or big business to fix our situations (they all proven many times over that they are too incompetent to do this anyway). America’s answer lies in One person. God. Continue Reading America’s Answer…

Ten Commandments #6

September 15, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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We continue our look at the Ten Commandments this week with commandment number six:

 

Exo 20:13  “You shall not murder.

 

This one seems pretty easy for us, but as we’ll see, there is more to it than what most people realize.

 

Murder was one of the first sins recorded in the Bible. In Genesis 4, we see the history of Cain and Abel. In the course of time, Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord. Cain, because he was a farmer, brought an offering from the fruit of the ground. Abel, as a shepherd, brought from the firstlings of the flock and their fat portions. The Bible says that God had regard for Abel’s offering and not for Cain’s. There is always discussion about why this was so. The following is what I see from scripture.

 

Abel gave his offering by faith (Hebrews 11:4) and received righteousness for it. Scripture makes a contrast between the offerings and, therefore, I feel it would be safe to say that Cain did not. When God clothed Adam and Eve after their sin, He shed the blood of animals to do it (Gen. 3:21). Abel’s offering required the shedding of blood while Cain’s didn’t. Scripture also seems to imply that Cain knew what an acceptable offering was. When God is speaking to Cain, He says, “if you do well, your countenance will be lifted up”. Cain must have already known what it meant to “do well”. God then tells Cain what will happen if he does not “do well”. Cain is “very angry” because God had regard for Abel’s sacrifice and not his own. One of the most interesting verses in this passage of scripture comes next. It is something that I’ve basically glossed over every time that I’ve read this story. In Genesis 4:8a, it says, “Cain told Abel his brother”. What did he tell him? The only thing that he could have told him was what went on between he and God. The Bible then says that Cain rose up against Abel and killed him. When this happens, it’s almost a repeat of the Garden. God comes down and asks Cain where his brother is. This is not because God doesn’t know but, like in the garden, God is giving Cain a chance to repent. I can’t help but wonder what could have happened if Cain had been honest about it all…

 

We see another instance of outright murder in 2 Samuel 11. Here, we see the history of David and Bathsheba. Reading the text, we see that it was the time when kings went off to battle, and yet, we find David still in Jerusalem. One evening, while walking on the rooftop of the palace, David sees Bathsheba bathing. Many people somehow blame Bathsheba for what follows, but it’s the king’s fault. If he had been doing what he was supposed to do, this would never have happened. When David saw Bathsheba was “very beautiful in appearance” he inquired about her. The servants told the king that it was Bathsheba the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Uriah was known as one of David’s mighty men, one of the valiant men who did amazing things for the man who would be king. Even after David knew who it was and whose wife she was he still sent messengers to her. The scriptures say that he took her and lay with her. All of this took place while Uriah was in the heat of battle. Not long after David’s adultery, Bathsheba sent word to him that she was pregnant. When David found this out, he sent to Joab (his commander who was leading the battle) and had him send Uriah back from the battle. When Uriah came back to Jerusalem, David spent some time asking about the war. He then sent him to go and spend time with his wife (hoping to cover his sin) even sending a present after him. Unfortunately for David, Uriah wouldn’t do it. Instead, his thoughts were on his brethren out there fighting. Because of this, Uriah spent the night sleeping where the king’s servants slept. David ate with Uriah the next evening and got him drunk so that he would lay with his wife, but Uriah still wouldn’t do it. In the morning, David sent a letter to Joab by the hand of Uriah. The letter said that Joab should put Uriah at the toughest point of the battle and then retreat, leaving him on his own to be killed. This is exactly what happened. Bathsheba spent time mourning over her husband’s death and when that time was done, she became the wife of the king and bore him a son. David’s actions were “evil in the sight of the Lord” (2 Samuel 11:27).

 

After Nathan the prophet exposed David’s sin to him, he repented and had to deal with the death of his son. Unfortunately, murder has become commonplace in today’s society. It is no longer something that is horrible and offensive. We are helped in this by television and movies that glorify killers and murderers. We see death so many times in the entertainment industry that it’s nothing to us anymore. Not only that, our nation now considers the murder of unborn children a “right of choice” in hopes that Americans will have their consciences seared and become hard-hearted toward the killing of children. The problem is that this is more than just a murder issue. We can see that from the beginning with Cain and Abel and then clarified by Jesus and confirmed by John. God said that if Cain did well, his countenance would be lifted up and if not, sin was at his door waiting to devour him. Jesus said that if you are unjustly angry with someone you are in danger of the judgment (Matthew 5:22). Then, John said in his first letter that if you hate your brother you are a murderer! (1 John 3:15) So have you ever hated someone? According to scripture, you’re a murderer. Is ending up in hell for eternity worth it?

 

So how do we stop this? The bottom line is that we need to teach our kids what scripture says. We need to discuss this with our kids when they are young enough to understand. We need to make it clear to all that we are going to abide by the Word of God regardless of what our society says and what popular opinion is. This is the only way to see this change. We need to speak out in righteousness against the lowness that our entertainment media has stooped to. This has to happen with Christians first before the world ever realizes that the truth that we stand for is the absolute truth.


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