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Reasons for Spontaneous Expansion 

There were several factors that helped speed up the task of fulfilling the great commission. No doubt, persecution was one of the factors but here are few reasons that helped propel the gospel to the ends of the earth.  The community God had chosen to spread the gospel was the devout Jews who had a… Read More ›

Reaching All Nations  

The ones who had turned to the Lord were expatriate Jews who had come from every nation, and there were about 15 language groups (Acts 2:9-11). They had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts starting with the Passover. On the day of Pentecost which was yet another festival, they encountered the risen Christ through… Read More ›

Perserverance

As Christians, we are challenged in a world that seeks autonomy and detachment from any accountability. Humanity continues to repeat the sin of Eden in our pursuit to become gods ourselves. From our workplace, social life, business and even our family life we face these challenges, of keeping our spirituality within the principles and boundaries… Read More ›

Scattered to Sow

The followers of Christ in Jerusalem were exuberant about their faith. Their commitment to Christ was visible to all and the Lord daily added many more. They were already accustomed to sharing their faith in a non-threatening manner, as they met with one another and enjoyed the favor of all people. The joyful sharing and… Read More ›

Have Strong Foundations 

Those who responded to Peter’s message were filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The first evidence of the Holy Spirit in their lives was their devotion to the apostles’ teaching. This was certainly not a spectacular, ecstatic outburst of emotions, but a quiet commitment to hear God’s word, (Luke 24: 44-45). There’s no substitute for being… Read More ›

Bold Leaders Are: Consistently Faithful

Have you ever heard the saying, “the grass looks greener on the other side?” It actually originated over 2000 years ago as a poetic proverb by Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, regarding agriculture and the harvest always looking more fruitful in another man’s field. Isn’t it so true how we can be prone… Read More ›

Matthew 7: 12 – Our Actions Mirror Reactions

“This is the substance of all relative duty; all Scripture in a nutshell.” Incomparable summary! How well called “the royal law!” ( Jam 2:8; compare Rom 13:9 ). It is true that similar maxims are found floating in the writings of the cultivated Greeks and Romans, and naturally enough in the Rabbinical writings. But so expressed as it… Read More ›

Romans 14: 17

Finding a clear understanding to how we look at God’s Kingdom is putting aside our materialistic desires. We are bound by our innate desires to seek mortal comfort in this world that we drag these presuppositions into our spirituality. As Jeses reveals that in MATT 4:4 – “It is written; Man shall not live on… Read More ›

Bold Leaders Are: Consistently Faithful

Have you ever heard the saying, “the grass looks greener on the other side?” It actually originated over 2000 years ago as a poetic proverb by Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, regarding agriculture and the harvest always looking more fruitful in another man’s field. Isn’t it so true how we can be prone… Read More ›

Righteous Path

What fools we are to believe that we are able to pave our destiny. There are those who self righteously seek to abandon all accountability and proclaim autonomy in their success. We watch in vain as evil triumphs…. but is it so. We are limited in our ability to see only what is in our… Read More ›

“لماذا تركتني؟”

تخيل أنك تشاهد يسوع معلقًا على الصليب. الطريقة الوحيدة التي يمكن أن يتنفس بها هي بدفع نفسه للأعلى باستخدام المسامير في معصميه وكاحليه.  مع اقتراب اليوم من نهايته ، يستجمع قوته القليلة المتبقية حتى يتمكن من الصراخ: “إلهي ، إلهي ، لماذا تركتني؟”  إذا كنا صادقين مع أنفسنا ، فربما مررنا جميعًا بلحظات سألنا فيها… Read More ›

Bold Leaders: Confront Mediocrity

Have you ever seen the image of a school of fish all swimming in the same direction, but there is one, bold fish swimming in the opposite direction? It’s a fairly common and elementary image, but it speaks a very powerful message. In this large group of fish all following the current, the path of… Read More ›

Agere Sequitur Esse – Action follows Being

Aquinas and other Scholastic philosophers frequently make use of the principle ‘agere sequitur esse’ (Latin for “action follows being” ), which means “action follows being.” The underlying concept is that what a thing does must necessarily reflect what it is in some way. Because their structures are different, the functions of the eyes and ears… Read More ›

Bold Leaders Are: Communicators of Culture

The Israelites had a vision: Get to the promised land! They left Egypt to do just that; however, along the way, things didn’t always go their way and many began to lose their excitement for the vision set before them. The vision is clear, but how you carry yourself in the process of seeing the… Read More ›

The Aristotelian Argument for the Existence of God

Change is inevitable, and there are many examples all around us. A cup of coffee becomes colder, and a leaf falls from the tree outside a window. As the rain continues, the puddle gets bigger. When we smack a fly, it dies. These examples demonstrate four types of change: qualitative change (the coffee cools down);… Read More ›

Bold Leaders Are: Content With Their Allotment

When Caleb was given his allotment of land in Joshua 14:13-15, he was given the area named Hebron as his inheritance. Hebron was a small mountain property in the land of Judah. Now Caleb could have easily looked at what was given to him and complained. He could’ve said, “Hey! Joshua and I should get… Read More ›

GOD’S RATIONAL CHOICE

In the philosophy of Leibniz, the ultimate logical decision was God’s choosing of the finest of all worlds. God is both a necessary entity and author of the universe in that he creates the world that he considers the finest of all worlds. (Possible Worlds in the Tahâfut al-Falâsifa: Al- Ghazâlî on Creation and Contingency… Read More ›

John Locke’s Argument for the Existence of God.

Locke’s critiques of Descartes’ ontological argument are included in “Deus: Des Cartes’s Proof of a God from the Idea of Necessary Existence Examined,” an unpublished work written after the Essay’s publication (1696). In the Essay, Locke presents his interpretation of the cosmological argument (4.10). Summarizing his objections to Descartes, then analyze and critique Locke’s argument…. Read More ›

Constrained By Conviction

Have you ever walked past a house and been met by the sound of a guard dog barking at you? Security guards also serve a similar function, being put in place to protect a specific location or person, keeping the good in and the bad out, and guarding prized possessions. Effective security guards need to… Read More ›

Bold Leaders Are: Consumed By Vision

Vision is important, this isn’t a revelation. Without natural vision we are unable to witness all the splendor of God’s handy work. It’s not a coincidence that Jesus heals many struggling with blindness. But vision when it pertains to leading, this is of much higher importance. Brian Houston writes this in his book Live Love Lead,… Read More ›

Nietzsche – A VALUE REVALUATION

A recurring element in the thinking of Nietzsche is a fundamental reassessment of moral concepts. He makes a decisive contrast between two sorts of morality in ‘Humans, All Too Human.’  One of these theories is the development of governing groups and persons.  ‘Good and bad is for a long time the same thing as noble… Read More ›

Nietzsche Struggles!

In several cases, Nietzsche termed himself a ‘psychologist’ instead of a ‘philosopher.’ What he meant has nothing to do with any behavioral science in the physical sciences. In the first section, Human, All Too Human, he utilizes the metaphor of ‘sublimation’ derived from physical chemistry to depict the conversion of the lower to the higher… Read More ›

Nietzsche Within

It’s pointless to try to categorize Nietzsche’s ideas into standard philosophical categories like idealism or materialism, rationality or irrationalism. He is sometimes lumped in with the group of philosophers known as “existentialists.” This is an arbitrary and, in some ways, inaccurate category that has fallen out of favour as a result of a deeper understanding… Read More ›

Bold Leaders Are: Compelled By Promise

Imagine what the world today would look like without leaders like Nelson Mandella, Martin Luther King Jr., Amelia Earhart, Margaret Thatcher, Malala Yousafzai or Abraham Lincoln. Imagine what the church would look like today without Paul, Phoebe, Priscilla or Peter… One thing that all of these leaders have in common is that they were BOLD…. Read More ›

Spread Joy

For some believers in Jesus, spreading joy as a way to share our faith in Jesus will be the easiest thing we ever do. Some of us are just naturally nice and friendly. People might rarely have anything negative to say about us, and tell us they feel better just being in our presence. Let’s… Read More ›

Appeal to Intellect

One of the more difficult aspects of sharing our faith is when we know someone who won’t believe in God because they can’t see Him. In fact, many highly intelligent people struggle with putting their faith in something they can’t see. They’d rather trust in their own intellect and things they can actually place their… Read More ›

Extend an Invitation

A very popular way that people share their faith with others is through extending invitations. Sometimes we don’t know what to say to people about our faith, so inviting them to our church to hear the good news of Jesus is often a great start. In fact, most people will attend church at Christmas or… Read More ›

DO YOU LOVE ME? – John 21: 18

ABSTRACTWas Jesus Challenging Peter to set aside his moral reasoning and seek God. The answer is a revealtion for all Christains today and our objective reasoning. We are complacent and oblivious to living within God Absolutes and seek Him only at our convenience as Peter is the example for all Christians today. The true nature… Read More ›

Share Your Story

One of the most compelling ways to share our faith in Jesus is by sharing our testimony, or story. The word testimony simply means that we’re sharing something that we experienced firsthand. We’re giving evidence of an event that occurred in our lives. Sharing our story is so powerful, because it’s not debatable. Not only that, but there is… Read More ›

LUKE 11:20 – The Finger of God

Here, Jesus casts a demon out of an individual who was afflicted with the inability to communicate. “The spectators were astounded,” Luke writes of the moment the guy finally spoke. There were, however, many who opposed Jesus in attendance. According to some, Jesus exorcised demons via the power of Beelzebub, the ruler of devils, and… Read More ›

Why should I share my faith?

When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, it means that we’re saying yes to His ways and His plans for our lives. Part of that is sharing the life-changing power of Jesus with those around us. This is called evangelism.  Evangelism is defined as a zealous advocacy for a cause. In Christianity, this “zealous advocacy” is spread when… Read More ›

Gifts of Grace

As children of God, every one of us is born again through the Holy Spirit and become part of the body of Christ. Every one of us is a member of the broader Church and has a specific function and task to perform. Accordingly, not all Spirit-filled Christians can have the same function in life…. Read More ›

The Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit

In Romans 12:6–8, the following spiritual gifts are named:  • the gift of serving; • the gift of teaching; • the gift of encouraging people; • the gift of contributing to the needs of others; • the gift of leadership; and • the gift of showing mercy. No Christian may have all the spiritual gifts… Read More ›

What Are the Spiritual Gifts?

The Holy Spirit’s spiritual gifts are spiritual workings, gifts and abilities that God grants to every believer through grace and love in order to build up the Church, bring people closer to God and extend His kingdom.  The spiritual gifts are not your natural talents, but a small portion of God’s blessing that He wishes… Read More ›

Knowing the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit also confirms the unity that exists between believers, because if the same Spirit of God is in every believer, then He binds us with each other in one physical body. Despite the many examples in the Gospels, the human mind is too restricted to intellectually understand God in His Holy Trinity. In… Read More ›

The Person of the Holy Spirit

To some people, the Holy Spirit is simply one of God’s powers. In some or other vague way, this power has an effect on people’s lives and can be taken out like a “spare wheel” and used when the need arises. To others, the Holy Spirit proceeds from God, but nothing more than that. Many… Read More ›

Reaping the Rewards

God is working on your behalf, even though His plans for you take time. My prayer for you is that you’ll learn to anticipate His answer—no matter how long it takes—and to do so faithfully, patiently, and joyfully. You’ve invested so much time, energy, prayer, and confidence into waiting for Him, it would be a… Read More ›

Word of Mortals vs God Himself.

It is a great question and I agree that there is a lot of debate on this topic. Scholars and theologians scrutinize and put every word and sentence under a microscope with a pretext to find something wrong. This is why the Bible contains the most debated and scrutinized set of documents in living history…. Read More ›

Surviving the Wait With Courage

Continued delays can be disheartening, especially when circumstances don’t go your way or your burdens become too heavy to carry. Most likely, you’ve experienced heartbreaking occasions before—devastating disappointments that have robbed you of the last of your strength and resolve. The days, weeks, months, and sometimes years go by without any answers to your prayers…. Read More ›

Claiming God’s Promises in the Delays

There’s an important principle in Scripture that will open the door to the treasure houses of heaven for you once you learn and apply it. You especially need this principle during times of waiting because it will keep you steady and strong as the storms of adversity and waves of doubt arise.  What is this… Read More ›

God’s Will in Uncertainty

It’s safe to say that the questions I’m most frequently asked involve the issue of God’s will. People often ask, “How do I know what the Lord wants me to do with my life?” Or, “When I have two options, how can I know which way the Father wants me to go?” I’ve also found… Read More ›

Idols That Impede Your Faith  

As we direct our focus to the Father and wait patiently for His will to open wide the way in our lives, we may discover that there are many things standing in the way of deepening our relationship with God and exercising our faith in Him.  These strongholds—or idols—are very subtle. They steal into your… Read More ›

Christians Philosophy?

A person’s worldview has an impact on how they live and interpret their experiences, whether or not they are consciously aware of this

Directing Our Focus to God

Do you know who it is you’re waiting for? Someone may say, “I’m hoping for an employer to notice my resume.” Another person might add, “I’m waiting for a spouse,” or, “I’m anticipating having a child.” We tend to focus on the object of our desire, rather than the Provider. But really—no matter who or what the subject of… Read More ›

How Long, O Lord?

No one likes delays. And nothing diminishes the pain we feel as the days pass and we continue to struggle with our hopes and fears. Whether it’s the hours that throw off our plans, the days and weeks that cause uncertainty, or the years we spend wondering if God will ever fulfill His promises to… Read More ›

The “Nevers” of Life

Never. It’s the word that can stir the deepest fear in the bravest heart.  “I’ll never find a job.” “This will never get better.” “I’ll never get married.” “I’ll never have the child I long for.” “He’ll never come home to me.” It’s the lie that originates with our sinful nature, and it insists on… Read More ›

Let’s Choose the Big Picture  

It’s no secret that our world seems more divided than ever. Whether it’s political parties that can’t agree on a nation’s budget or religious groups that spew hatred toward each other, there always seems to be a tension in the relational, spiritual, and political climate of our world. In this Plan, we’ve discussed several different… Read More ›

THE IDEA OF GOD

It is what man will be bound to recognize when he looks at the Truth of the Idea of God, namely the Truth of God as being God’s, independent but not inclusive of the thinking of the person, and the Truth of the working in man by God as an integrative strength, but not in him, which he is working in, as the necessity of a process of spiritual integration.

Grace and Truth 

We live in a world of individual classrooms, because we get to be taught by the experiences of others. Some of us have endured traumatic events in our lives and because of God’s grace, we have survived, been redeemed, and made completely new in Christ! This isn’t the case for everyone. The very pain and… Read More ›

Show Empathy  

Most people have heard of the word sympathy. Simply put, sympathy is when we have common feelings of sadness or pity for and with someone else. Empathy has similar beginnings as sympathy, but it’s quite different. While sympathy suggests that you share the feelings of someone else because of a similar experience, empathy implies that you have the capacity to imagine the feelings someone… Read More ›

Be Respectful 

To show respect to someone means that we esteem them. Even if we don’t agree with someone’s stance, we can still treat them respectfully. It’s not about feeling respect for them, but showing it to them. If you want to learn how to show respect to others, try spending time with someone who doesn’t agree with you. Showing respect… Read More ›

Called to Love

We’ll never completely agree with another person on everything. Not even our spouse or best friend. Of the nearly eight billion people in the world right now, there’s not a single person like you. That means there won’t be anyone with your exact viewpoint on life, politics, money, relationships, or religion. You are uniquely you,… Read More ›

Facing Fear with Prayer

Jesus explained to his disciples the miracle of the fig tree withering. “If you have faith and do not doubt ……if you say to the mountain ……it will happen” (emphasis, mine) There is power in words. We can’t ever underestimate their weight. Words attract consequences.  The Bible says that life and death are in the power of… Read More ›

Faith = Not seen but Hoped for.

In today’s Scripture passage, we read about how Elisha sees the supernatural, while his servant sees the natural. Elisha exercised faith, while his servant exercised fear.  Faith takes cognisance of the character and promises of God, while fear focuses on the visible and natural. Faith is the evidence of things not seen and the substance of things hoped for…. Read More ›

Life’s Meaning

Socrates famously said that the unconsidered life is not worth living. He meant that a life lived without forethought or principle is a life so vulnerable to chance, and so dependent on the choices and actions of others, that it is of little real value to the person living it. He further meant that a… Read More ›

Authenticity

Authenticity is an important value to me. So often I have found it difficult to muster up positive thoughts or statements when they simply do not line up with my feelings. For example, if I have flu-like symptoms, I am not going to repeatedly say, “I am not sick, I am not sick, I am not… Read More ›

Looking for Peace in times of War

In Philippians 4:6-7, the Apostle Paul challenges us to be anxious for nothing. Instead, we are to pray and give thanks. It’s easy to express our thanks to God on the heels of a victory or after receiving a miraculous breakthrough. But we will see that we are called to do this in the midst… Read More ›

Struggle – Anxiety

If you struggle with worry or stress has its grip on you, then you are on a path I have walked. From time to time, this path still emerges and beckons me down it’s shadowy corridor. But now, I have employed solid, daily practices that have helped me not to be gripped by anxiety. I… Read More ›

Weakened Faith

Maybe you’ve found yourself in a place where you literally have nothing left. Your faith is depleted, your doubts are overwhelming you, you’re fearful about the future, and to make matters worse, you’re beginning to doubt God. You’ve got nothing left to offer others and certainly nothing left for yourself. Attempting to accomplish the most… Read More ›

Deny the World.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Humility

We live in a self-obsessed world. We have to find ourselves, figure-out ourselves, express ourselves, empower ourselves, perfect ourselves, be true to ourselves – what does it all mean really? 

PLEASURE in Faith

There’s no doubt about it: Our faith pleases God. And the lack of it displeases God. In the Bible portion we read today, Jesus marveled at the faith of the centurion. We also read that he marveled at the unbelief of people he encountered in his ministry – because of their unbelief he “could not… Read More ›

Abandoned

Do you ever feel abandoned? Do you ever feel like no one is sticking with you? Well, you are wrong, because you have not been abandoned, as seen in today’s verse.

Fearless in the Unknown

When God made His covenant with Israel regarding the Promised Land, He originally promised them 300,000 square miles of land. When Israel finally went in and started conquering, they quit at about 3,000 square miles. They only took possession of around 10% of what God had promised them. Even to this day, they still don’t… Read More ›

Seeking Tolerance in a Intolerant World

World gone mad or have we gone mad. The world has not changed. The sun continues to rise and set. Humanity is still as depraved and self righteous as before. The human heart and soul is the constant as the sun rises and sets. Don’t fool yourself to think otherwise

Seeking Strength

Our passage today reminds us that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. Now the context of this is contentment – and contentment is one of the big hurdles of life. In these days of smartphones, tablets, super high definition TV’s and other technology that seems to change every month, how can… Read More ›

Fear or Faith

How does Jesus respond to your faith? Does He marvel at it? Or is He constrained from doing mighty work because of your unbelief?

Put Your Fears Aside

Following God’s instructions, Moses sent twelve spies to scope out the Promised Land. In our Scripture today, we read the report that the spies brought back to Joshua and the people of Israel.

Faith without Fear

The disciples’ fear, when in the midst of the storm, was greater than their level of faith. As a consequence, they couldn’t exercise their faith.

استسلام

أول يوم لي كأم – كان يومًا تخيلته مليئًا بالورود والمشاعر المتدفقة. بدلًا من ذلك، وجدت نفسي استمع لاعتراف سيؤدي إلى انهاء زيجتي. مصدومة وحزينة، لم أكن في حالة تمكنني من العناية بابنتي الرضيعة في أول 24 ساعة. كان أصدقائي الأعزاء لطفاء ليعتنوا بها في هذه الليلة.  عندما عدت لأخذها في اليوم التالي، جلست على… Read More ›

The One who is coming back   

When others went home, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. It was quiet there. The land He loved stretched out like a brown blanket tucked around Jerusalem’s walls. For all it meant, it could have been Jesus’ favorite place on earth. Perhaps that’s why He took His disciples here to say goodbye. The Eleven… Read More ›

The One who is coming back   

When others went home, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. It was quiet there. The land He loved stretched out like a brown blanket tucked around Jerusalem’s walls. For all it meant, it could have been Jesus’ favorite place on earth. Perhaps that’s why He took His disciples here to say goodbye. The Eleven… Read More ›

Overcoming Obstacles

When thinking about big obstacles, I’m reminded of when God instructed Israel to enter the Promised Land. Right before they went in, God told them to choose twelve spies to go in and scope out the land. 

Reunion: The One who made breakfast  

Our long look at Jesus’ life through the eyes of those He touched is coming to an end. It’s a story to keep reading for a lifetime—especially the Gospel of John. The disciple John wrote his gospel nearly 60 years after the events, so “that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,… Read More ›

Thomas & the One who proves Himself

Christians rarely set out to doubt God. For most of us, life simply catches us off guard. Hardship trips us up. When we take our questions to God we grow our faith, but we spiral fast when we go solo with our grief. 

Fear, Worry and Insecurity.

We serve a God Who will never allow something major in our lives that can’t help us. He won’t allow any tragedy into our lives that can’t be used for our benefit. He can take something that is terrible and work it out to where it is a blessing in the long run. We often cannot see that in the short-term, but it is a truth that we find in Scripture. 

Life: The One who beat death    

Three continents meet here. Three faiths claim their beginnings here through father Abraham. Ancient and recent skirmishes scar the landscape. The Bible’s entire story revolves around this land, and especially Jerusalem. History began and will be completed here. Yet one event in April two thousand years ago overshadows all others. That was the weekend Jesus… Read More ›

Making Your Choice

“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there come clear, open skies.” – Samuel Rutherford

Centurion & the One who shook the earth    

but I tell you, it was terrifying. Eerie. Was this the end of the world? A chilly wind blew through the darkness the exact moment the rabbi died. That was no coincidence. He was no peasant king. This was a righteous man. They were messing with another world when they killed him. They put God’s Son to death. 

Lullaby & the One who keeps your soul safe   

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep . . . Moms and dads in every generation have prayed with their little ones before bedtime, assuring them that while they slept, they were safe in their heavenly Father’s care. 

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