Right before Moses died, he gave Israel a rousing benediction in Deuteronomy 33. It may have been addressed to that ancient nation, but the principle of that Holy Spirit-filled benediction can be applied to Christ's church, the spiritual Israel (see Galatians 6:15-16; Ephesians 2:12-13). Nevertheless, to be clear when I say that, I don't mean… Continue reading Where true saints should never fear to tread
When Jehovah delivers us and does great wonders on our behalf, it is easy to start thinking of ourselves as being "all that and a bag of chips" (to borrow some old slang). In reality, God does things on our behalf out of his grace and mercy, not because of any righteousness we may think… Continue reading Sow in righteousness, reap in mercy
As the Catholic Church (RCC) continues to grow around the world, there are regions where it has faced some challenges due in part to corruption within the church, especially when it comes to sexual assaults of children that are then covered up. One of the main areas where it has slightly slipped in numbers and influence is… Continue reading Marketing with Mariolatry: are weeping Marys increasing?
Manasseh, the king of Judah and son of the righteous king Hezekiah, must have had some type of "daddy issues." In spite of him witnessing how his father's righteousness had made Judah become the most prosperous it had ever been, including technological advances (2 Kings 20:20), Manasseh rebelled against everything his father did and reversed… Continue reading Bad boy gone good: how & why God forgave a murderous occultist
In the Americas and Caribbean Region, interest in the occultic religion Santería seems to be intensifying. According to an article in the online magazine Vibe, Cuba is seeing heavy profits from the religion's popularity (especially in Latin American/Caribbean communities). What is Santería? Santería is an eclectic mix of African voodoo, indigenous Caribbean paganism, and Roman Catholicism. It… Continue reading Occultic religion santería boosts Cuba’s economy
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's recent statement of agreement with the Roman Catholic Church stressed, in their opinion, how vital it is to focus on unity and the common ground both bodies share instead of a preoccupation with doctrinal differences that they are slowly and quietly working on. Their ecumenical decision begs the question: which… Continue reading ELCA’s agreement with the RCC: is unity or doctrine more important?
When you're short on Marian apparitions, apparently weeping "Virgin Mary" statues will do to draw in the masses to the Mass. Lying signs and wonders are a hallmark of the last days (Mat. 24:24), and weeping "Blessed Virgin" statues are one example among many. Yet devout Catholic Maria Cardenas of Fresno, California, is excited that… Continue reading Virgin Mary, don’t you weep: a Mary statue in California sheds “tears”
When God helps us score a major victory against an obstacle in life, it can be an exuberant experience. Such a moment can be somewhat dangerous as well, and if we're not careful, we can become our own worst enemy. This is what happened to King Amaziah of Judah right after God helped him annihilate the… Continue reading How a fortunate turn can become a crash & burn
Whenever saints of God thrive with their godly message, right on their heels are enemies of God looking for opportunities to water down that message and system of beliefs. One of the earliest examples we have of this in the Bible is in the book of Judges with a young Israelite named Micah-- And there was… Continue reading Unwittingly invaded by interlopers: “God’s house” becomes “gods’ house”
Anyone who has read the Bible knows that from cover-to-cover it is the ultimate account of good vs. evil in our universe. It reveals humanity at its best and at its worst, yet also gives us the ultimate remedies for our problems and assures us we are all here for a purpose. Not only do… Continue reading Nefarious: the top 13 villainous humans in the Bible