Matthew Henry once said, “A true disciple of Christ is one that does follow Him in duty, and shall follow him to glory.” Before Jesus ascended to be with the Father, He left instructions that all who follow Him must take up His Cross. That means we not only continue in His work of spreading the gospel, but also share in His sufferings. For the Devil protects His own. And as the world hated Jesus, it will also hate those who love Him. Like Jesus, we too will face persecution, hatred, and some may even lose their lives. But worldly circumstances are nothing compared to the glory that awaits those who endure until Christ’s return. And on that illustrious day when the Son of Man returns, He will wipe away every tear, and reward every good work!
World’s Most Premature Baby Celebrates First Birthday
Proving God still performs miracles, Pro-life supporters around the world, are cheering for Richard Scott William Hutchinson, who despite being born five months prematurely, celebrated his first birthday. His special milestone has been recognized by the Guinness book of world Records, as the world’s most premature baby to survive. At birth Richard weighed weighing just 11.9 ounces, and was so tiny his parents could hold him in a single palm of their hands. Read more about this miracle child here.
American Bishops Seek To Deny president Biden Communion
Because of the radically different views Joe Biden has about the sanctity of life from the Catholic church, U.S. Catholic bishops voted to back a measure that could be an early step toward limiting Communion for President Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights. This is not the first time that members of the clergy have tried to withhold Communion from Biden. In 2019 he was denied Communion at a Catholic church in South Carolina because of His support for abortion. Read more about the bishops efforts here.
Nigerian Pastor Recently Released From Captivity Finds Out He’s A New Father
Since being abducted and held since October 2020, Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) has been released by his abductors. Through the efforts of Ambassador Ummu Kalthum Muhammad, chairperson, and founder of Kalthum Foundation for Peace, the pastor was freed from Boko Haram insurgents. After being reunite with his family, Rev. Zongo learned that his wife had just given birth to the couple’s third child. In thankfulness to God, he sang praises and worship face down on the floor. Read more about his release and blessings here.
Georgia Waitress Pulls driver From Burning Car
When a Georgia waitress took a different way after work, it soon became clear it was no accident. Keelyn Haper saw a fire off the side of the road that turned out to be a woman trapped in a burning vehicle, and she knew she had to help when other passing motorists chose not to. Without any help, Haper was able to pull the woman out of the car and held her in her arms until authorities arrived. The saved woman’s family and the entire community are celebrating this young woman and her heroic efforts. Read more about her amazing actions here.
Just before His arrest and Crucifixion, Jesus dropped some bombshells on His disciples. He warned them about His upcoming death, the betrayal of one of His own, and Peter’s denials. Yet the Lord also comforted them with these words. “Do not let your heart be troubled.” How could their hearts not be troubled after all the heartache that would soon take place? Because rather than being the end, Jesus’ death was the beginning of some wonderful blessings. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, would now come to indwell every believer. And Jesus, as a bridegroom does for his bride, was going to prepare a magnificent, wonderful, place for His beloved church. And one day soon, Christ will return for those who believe in Him, and bring them to their eternal home.
We’ve all heard it said that patience, (waiting without complaint), is a virtue. And the apostle Paul lists patience among the fruits of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-23) Unfortunately, for me patience has always been a struggle and waiting is definitely not one of my strengths. …
Jesus is our Chief Shepherd. The One who cares and tends to His flock. And before He ascended to the Father, the Lord delegated the task of caring for His precious herd over to the disciples. They in turn appointed elders and caretakers to guide and Christ’s sheep. And we too have a responsibility to the pack, our fellow sheep. To gently and in love, protect, care for, lead, and teach our brothers and sister in Jesus. Because to all faithful shepherds, leaders or not, God promises the crown of glory. Not a crown made of olive leaves that wither and die, but a crown that never fades. A crown that each of us who long for the soon appearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ will receive. And a crown we will cast at the feet of our Redeemer saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)
Throughout the Bible we learn story after story of godly fathers. From Adam to Noah, and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God has given these fathers a place of honor in history. And because He knows the difficulty and importance of a father’s job, God’s Word is filled with advice for handling the task of raising children. And He knows of what He speaks. For God is our great Father. The One who through His unfathomable love and mercy, calls us His very own. For when we receive Jesus as our Savior, we become adopted heirs into the family of God (Rom. 8:17, 1 John 3:1) He loves and cares for us as a father cares for His children. And I for one, can’t think of a greater day than when our Father calls us home to dwell with Him for eternity!
As the days grow closer to the Lord’s return, Jude warned that Christians need to closely guard our hearts. With the increase of false prophets, false doctrine, and the ridicule of our faith, it’s easy to see why Jude issued his warning. So how do protect ourselves from the attacks of the Enemy and the wickedness of the world? By keeping ourselves in the love of God. When we abide in Him, and He in us, are hearts become fully connected to the Lord, which no scheme of Satan can penetrate. And we are to follow the advice of the apostle Paul who tells us to each morning put on the full armor of God. (Eph. 6:11). For when we do, we can face each day wrapped in His divine protection as we wait in fervent hope for the mercy of our Lord and His soon return.
Supreme Court Sides With Catholic Foster Care Agency
When the city of Philadelphia learned that the a Catholic foster care agency organization would not certify same-sex couples for adoption, they claimed the city could not contract foster care services with the agency. The city based their decision on an antidiscrimination law ensuring that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, has equal access to public accommodations. But the Supreme Court decided otherwise. It delivered a unanimous defeat to the city. The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Catholic foster care agency with all nine justices agreeing that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty when it ended the contract. Read more about the decision here.
Southern Baptists Approve Major Investigation Into Abuse Charges
During their annual convention, southern Baptists called on their denomination to launch what would be its biggest investigation into sexual abuse responses and coverup. While the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) recently commissioned its own independent inquiry through Guidepost Solutions, messengers voted at its annual meeting to transfer oversight of that investigation or launch an additional one. Thousands of messengers in the convention hall, voting with a wave of yellow cards in the air, supported the move as an additional level of accountability, while few opposed. Read more about the proposed investigation here.
The Bishop Of London Pushing Government To Lift Church Singing Ban
London Prime Minister, Boris Johnson extended the Covid restrictions another four weeks due to the Delta variant. In response, the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, has said she will continue to press the Government on lifting the ban on congregational singing in churches. Although places of worship are open, congregational singing is still not permitted, a rule the government continued to defend this week. “While we look forward to restrictions on worship being lifted in the near future, I will continue to press for ongoing appraisal of choral and congregational singing.”, Mullally said. Read more about the continued ban here.
Woman Donates Kidney To Her Husband’s Ex Wife
In a rare display of love and compassion, Debby Neal-Strickland of Florida donated her kidney. But what is most remarkable, is that she donated it to her husband’s ex-wife just days after her wedding. Debby Neal-Strickland, married Jim Merthe on the 10-year anniversary of their first date. Two days afterward, Neal-Strickland donated her kidney to Merthe’s ex-wife, Mylaen Merthe, who suffered from kidney disease. “She’s a person and she needed a kidney and I had one. I was healthy enough to give it to her,” Debby said. “She’s also the mother of my guy’s kids and they were having their first two grandchildren.” Read more about the gift of love here.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Ignorance of the law is no defense. ”With all of their culture, reasoning and education, the Athenians were ignorant when it came to the one true God. And so along with the gospel, Paul gave them a stern warning. Soon God’s Son, Jesus Christ, would be returning to judge the earth and its people. And no longer would God overlook the ignorance of those who reject Him. This warning Paul gave to the Athenians, he gives to us as well. The time for ignorance is over. Now is the time for repentance. For the days are growing darker and the appointed day will soon be upon us. Christ in all of His glory will be retuning to judge the world in righteousness. And ignorance of the Lord will be no defense.
I love a good thunderstorm. The rumbling thunder, cooling rain, wild winds, and especially the flashing lightening. Since I was a kid, I’ve been awed by lightening. The unpredictability of never knowing when or where it will hit, and the power of one flash to light up the entire sky. Lightening is caused by a discharge of electricity that has built up in a cloud. A discharge so strong that it breaks through the ionized air. And that’s exactly how the return of the Jesus will be. Like a flash of lightening, no one will no when or where He will strike. Bursting through the heavens, His power and glory will shine so brightly, the whole world will see Him!