I remember a time at a funeral and standing in line to sign the remembrance book. Ahead of me was a family with two small boys each eager to sign his own name. Taking their turns, they stepped up and carefully added their signatures. Immediately after, they began arguing over whose was the best. I couldn’t help but chuckle and feel a pang of sympathy for the young Mother as she asked in an exasperated voice, “Do we have to do this now guys?” We expect that silly competitive behavior from children, and especially between siblings, but not from men who had been walking with Jesus. And certainly not on the last night they would spend with Him before His sacrificial death on the Cross. …
David was a king who loved his people. And out of that love he prayed that God would grant them the desires of their hearts and fulfill the plans He had for them. We too need to be praying for one another. For we each have hopes, dreams, and goals. And out of a Christlike love, we should be praying that God would fulfill both the desires and His purpose for all, and rejoice when those prayers are answered. Because praying for each other is a privilege and one that God wants us to exercise often in both love and togetherness.
In a show meant for retribution and political payback, rather than uniting the country, congress is voting on impeaching President Donald Trump for the second time in 13 months. The impeachment resolution on the House floor Wednesday includes one article, citing “incitement of insurrection,” and will be debated on the House floor. According to the planned schedule, the House is expected to approve the resolution in the afternoon. Read more about the impeachment proceedings here.
Pro-Life Activist Called Domestic Terrorist
When “Live Action” founder Lila Rose tweeted that “Abortion is violence”, Leah Torres, an abortionist whose medical license was suspended by the state of Alabama, started a heated debate when she responded to the tweet. Torres called Rose a terrorist saying, “This is violent rhetoric. It is objectively false and meant to incite others to commit crimes against clinics, patients, and health care providers. This is what domestic terrorism looks like.” Read more about the debate and rhetoric here.
The 50 Most Dangerous Countries To Be A Christian
The World Watch List is an annual report on the global persecution of Christians, ranking the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Released at the beginning of each year, the list uses data from field workers and external experts to quantify and analyze persecution worldwide. North Korea and Afghanistan are listed as the top two countries for religious persecution. Read more about the findings here.
Seattle Home Bakers Keeping Food Banks Stocked With Bread
“Community Loaves”, a network of over 500 volunteer bakers, are doing their part to feed the needy. Katherine Kehrli, who runs the company says twice a month, participants whip up batches of the group’s signature honey oat bread to donate to local food banks. The project has “restored my faith in the collective good that we can actually do,” said Kehrli, “And it restores my faith that we can be more self-determined even in the face of the pandemic.” Read more about these amazing volunteers here.
At the end of the previous chapter, the angry mob attempts to beat Paul to death. They falsely believed he had defiled the holy temple by sneaking in Gentiles. Gentiles were not allowed in the inner courts of the temple, and doing so was a crime punishable by death. Now in chapter 22 after convincing the commander of the soldiers that it was a case of mistaken identity, Paul is allowed to address the people and give his defense. He delivers his testimony in the “Hebrew dialect” causing the crowd to quiet down and listen. Speaking as a Jew to his fellow Jews, Paul tells of his life and actions before knowing Jesus as his Savior, the events surrounding his conversion, and how he was called into ministry. The Jews listened intently to all Paul had to say until he finished with this, “And He said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles.“, (v. 21) Once again, the mob rioted. They cried out for Paul’s death, “…throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the wind.“, (v. 23). What was behind the Jews anger toward the Gentiles? Jealousy. …
Are you trying to make healthy changes in the new year? Not easy to do in a world that offers up sin on a silver platter. But we are called by God to become living sacrifices to Him. That means turning away from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life that this world holds so dear. (1 John 2:16) The moment we receive Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells us. And knowing that our bodies are the residence of almighty God, should be all the incentive we need to take excellent care of ourselves. For there is no great calling than for our minds, bodies, and souls to be be used mightily by God in service to others and in building His kingdom.