Before Jesus walked the earth, angels delivered messages from God and participated in the giving of the Law. (Deuteronomy 33:2-3; Acts 7:53; Galatians 3:19). To the Jewish people, these messages were highly esteemed, regarded as authority, and “proved unalterable.” (v. 2) In Hebrews chapter 2, we’re told that if the angels messages were considered great, how much greater is the message of Jesus! …
The more we strive to become like Jesus, the harder Satan works to hinder us. And although we know there’s nothing the Enemy can do to separate us from Jesus, we also know the havoc he wreaks if we aren’t always on guard. Like a devouring lion, Satan seeks out weaknesses, and uses them to destroy our peace, joy, and faith. That’s why we need to keep our hearts and minds guarded, and always focused on God. For there is no safer place to be than in His will and His arms. And when we place our trust in Jesus, the Enemy make bend us, but He will never break us!
In yet another example of the degradation of today’s society, rapper and singer Lil Nas X launcheda controversial pair of “Satan Shoes” featuring a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of real human blood. And what is even sadder, they sold out almost immediately. Nike is suing to keep the rapper from selling the shoes and prevent the use of its famous Swoosh design mark. Read more about the lawsuit here.
New Poll Shows Less than Half Of Americans Attend Church
Although the covid-19 has closed down many churches, a new poll shows that even without the pandemic, many professing Christians don’t regularly attend church. For the first time since the late 1930s, fewer than half of Americans say they belong to a church, synagogue, or mosque, according to a new report from Gallup. Church membership is down across religious groups, but Catholics saw a bigger drop than Protestants. Read more about the Gallup poll here.
Woman Gets Jailtime For Threatening To Bomb Catholic School
Same sex marriage is a a hot button issue, and for one California woman, her actions landed her in trouble with the law. Sonia Tabizada, a 36-year-old from San Jacintowas sentenced to 15 months and 13 days in federal prison for threatening to blow up a Washington, D.C.-based Catholic school that planned to publish same-sex wedding announcements. Tabizada sent multiple messages threatening to kill people. Read more about her sentence here.
Dutch Land Engineer Wants To Turn The Sinai Desert Into The Sinai Forest
Ties Van der Hoeven, founder of The Weather Makers Holistic Engineering, wants to turn the Biblical land of Sinai, where Egypt meets Asia, into a lush forest. And not merely content with only transforming Sinai, The Weather Makers are looking to improve the prospects of the entire region. Their goal is to take the dry, arid desert, and turn it into green productive farmland, and return Lake Bardawil in the Sinai Peninsula back to a normal state. The lake waters once reached down 20-40 meters. Read more about the project here.
Making changes is never easy. Everywhere we turn, we are faced with temptation. But no matter what the Enemy entices us with, we have the power to say no. How? Through the power of God. The Lord promises that no matter how strong the urge, when we give that urge to Him, we can overcome. For He is faithful to never allow us to be tempted beyond our breaking point. And not only we will not break, God vows to give us an escape from any and all temptation. So when you feel weak, stand in God’s strength and you’ll be victorious every time!
Some people mistakenly believe that being a Christian gives you a “get out of jail free card” when it comes to the trials of life. But adversity is a result of living in a fallen world, and believers aren’t immune from the pain of suffering. And in this chapter, Peter tells us that as Christians not only are we not to be surprised when facing persecution, we are to rejoice when we suffer for our faith. …
Sanctification is the process by which God sets us apart from nonbelievers, to become holy. A task we cannot accomplish on our own. So God sends to us the Holy Spirit, who through His indwelling, is constantly working on us. Yet the goal of becoming reflections of Jesus can be a slow process. But if we don’t give up and completely trust God, change will happen. For we serve a God who is faithful in all things. And whatever He calls us to do, He will also provide the means to make it happen. So on that glorious day when we see Jesus face to face, we can hear Him say, “Well done My good and faithful servant!”
When we set out to make godly changes, unfortunately there will be those who fight us in that change. Those who want us to remain where they are, living for the flesh instead of for the Lord. But no matter the wickedness used against us, we can fight off all attacks through the strength of Christ. For to those who endure to the end, who never give up, who stand in strong in their faith, God promises a great reward, everlasting life. And no matter what we face in this world, we know the glory we will receive on that glorious day when Jesus welcome us home!
There’s no better way to renew our minds and spirits than spending time in God’s Word. Not merely just pages in a book, there is power in every one of God’s words. The Bible can penetrate even the hardest of hearts, and can save even the most wayward soul. It’s contents inspire, comfort, convict, and empower all who read and believe the message of the Lord. No matter our circumstance, there is no better place to first turn, than God’s Word. It has every answer we need, is a guide in how to live, and contains God’s amazing promises!
In the first four chapters of Romans, Paul makes it very clear that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. There isn’t a sacrifice we can make, a good deed we can do, nor a price we can pay to obtain salvation. The apostle taught it is only because of grace through faith that we are justified. Now that was a pretty radical concept to the Jewish people whose whole lives were wrapped up in the Law and a system of works. …
The world is constantly changing. And change can be good. Especially when it comes to changing ourselves for the better. But sometimes change can bring with it pain and disappointment. Yet no matter the circumstances we face, we can find confidence knowing that one thing always remains the same. And that’s Jesus. His grace, mercy, and blessings are the same today as they have always been. For He is the eternal God whose ways are everlasting. (Deut. 33:27, Hab. 3:6) In Him we can put our trust, hopes, and dreams. For His love endures forever!