Two stories in the news of late have really left a bad taste in my mouth. The first involves a radical Baptist church in Kansas who protested the actor, Heath Ledger’s memorial service with signs claiming he had died and is in Hell because he played a gay character in “Brokeback Mountain.” The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka is also known for picketing the funerals of soldiers who perished in Iraq. The second story involves Christian groups who gathered for a demonstration and prayer vigil outside the headquarters of ESPN over their disapproval with how the television network has responded to the anti-Jesus remarks made recently by one of their anchorwomen.
Is there really only one way to Heaven? Jesus Christ himself, who was by the way God come in the flesh, stated such a fact when He said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” However, it seems that many people, even people professing to be Christians, don’t believe this according to an article published at The Christian Post
Matthew 28:18-20, also referred to as “The Great Commission,” is typically used in reference to “making disciples” or “reaching the lost.” While these are good uses for this portion of scripture, it can also relate to the fact that every Christian has a God-given purpose for their life and that every Christian is called to contribute or participate in the building of the body of Christ.
God has called His people to have a faith that can move the mountains in their lives. Those mountains may involve sickness, finances, raising children or even having a happy and successful marriage. Jesus talked about faith that moves mountains in Matthew 21:18-21.
It has been said of Christians that we are at times our worst enemy, at least when it comes to promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A new study from Lifeway Research confirms that fact. The study reveals that while most unchurched people are willing to hear what people have to say about Christianity, the majority of them see the church as a place full of hypocrites.
Scenes from the Bible have been imagined by countless artists over the centuries, but never quite like this. With some photo editing, God’s Eye View by The Glue Society portrays four key Biblical events as if captured by Google Earth.
I came across a story today on ABC News.com entitled, “Gospel of Wealth’ Facing Scrutiny” which focuses not only on the recent U.S. Senate probe headed by Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa into a select group of televangelists’ financial practices, but what has been coined the “gospel of wealth” as well. Of particular interest to me is the story of a Cindy Fleenor who bought into the gospel of wealth message only to be disappointed.
Romans Chapter 8 if probably one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible. There is so much depth in the thirty-nine verses contained within. It’s where we get scriptures like, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (8:1),” “all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (8:28),” and “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (8:35).”
How can there be a fallacy when one believes in God? After all, John 3:16 tells us that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” There is that word, “believe,” but what does it really mean? Is that really all one has to do is to believe that Jesus Christ exists? Is that all God intends for us – to believe that His Son came and died for us and then to continue on our merry way, living our own lives? Even the devils believe in the Son of God and they tremble (James 2:19).
Churches around the world are joining an emerging international movement to restore the “scandal” of Christmas by observing the holiday more authentically. The movement called “The Advent Conspiracy” calls on churches and their members to give simpler but more thoughtful gifts that foster relationships. Christians are then encouraged to use the money they would have spent on expensive gifts to help the needy around the world.