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Pray for Muslims

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Pray for Muslims

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PRAY FOR MUSLIMS DURING THIS TIME OF THEIR PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA.

All Muslims who can afford it or are physically able will go on Hajj (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca Saudi Arabia) at least once in their lifetime.
This year the Hajj is taking place between August the 9-14. It is considered the largest “human world’s gathering” and it is estimated that over 2.4 million pilgrims will be attending Hajj this year. During the Hajj the Muslims will walk and pray around the Kaaba seven times. The Kaaba is a large black, box shaped building at the center of the most important mosque in Islam, named Masjid Al-Haram (Holy Mosque). . Muslims believe the Kaaba was originally built by Abraham and Ishmael & was confirmed holy by Muhammad. An important part of Hajj is when the pilgrims go to Mount Arafat located in the village of Mina (about 3 miles from Mecca). The Mount is marked by a white pillar which is said to be where their “Prophet Mohammed” was believed to have delivered his last sermon some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite. Close by this location stands three pillars representing the devil where the ritual of stoning the devil takes place by each pilgrim. Pray they will come to know that all rituals of the Hajj are pointless and seek to find the truth in GOD’s WORD. Read the rest of this entry

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Calvinism is not the Gospel

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Calvinism is not the Gospel

by Joshua Arnold

Calvinism is not the Gospel. The Gospel is the proclamation of the person and works of Jesus Christ.

I wholeheartedly affirm all 5 points of Calvinism, but as Calvinistic in my view as I am, and as joyful as I am in my brothers and sisters who affirm and zealously proclaim the true doctrines of the Bible that we have called ‘Calvinism’ mainly for the sake of distinguishing our view from others in a single word instead of spending 20 minutes to explain each view we have as professing Christians, the idea that a person is not saved if they don’t affirm the Calvinistic doctrines, is an error itself. Read the rest of this entry

Offending people

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Offending people

If I profess with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not professing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity.

“This is not about money or bargaining power or contracts. It’s about what I believe in and never compromising that, because my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be.” – Israel Folau Read the rest of this entry

Baptists and Catholics

Here is something I read on Facebook.

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Baptists and Catholics

by Levi Smith

I implore you to take a moment to read these thoughts….👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

For as much as some Baptists crush the Catholic Church, they sure have adopted a lot of their methods.

• Catholics believe in papal authority, which declares that the Pope has full, divine power over the Church and can exercise this power unhindered.
• There are Baptists that believe that their Pastor holds full, perfect, authoritative say so over all things spiritual and can exercise his power unhindered.
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Crucifixes – only half of the gospel

The apostle Paul attached great importance to the crucifixion of Jesus.  Here are two things he said about it:

I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  (1 Corinthians 2:2)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (Galatians 2:20)

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The synagogue and the Areopagus

God chose Paul to carry the gospel to the gentiles.  Wherever Paul went he preached to the gentiles but he also preached to his own people, the Jews.  Acts contains two detailed accounts of his preaching the gospel, once to the Jews and once to the gentiles.

During his first missionary journey Paul and Barnabas came to Antioch in Pisidia and attended the synagogue on the Sabbath.  They were invited to speak to the congregation and Paul gave this message. Read the rest of this entry

Truth and love

 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8

These two statements show that both truth and love are part of God’s character.  We need to express both of them when telling others about God.

Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.

Ephesians 4:15

We must always speak the truth and what we say must be motivated by love.  But what will happen if we speak truth without love or try to practice love while ignoring truth?  We can find out by looking at two organizations in Topeka, Kansas, that do these things. Read the rest of this entry

Reach the Deaf

The hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” contains this verse:

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

Charles Wesley, the author of the hymn, may have had this passage in the Bible in mind when he wrote it.

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
Isaiah 35:5-6

This describes what will happen when Jesus Christ begins his reign on earth.  All of the physical defects we now suffer from will be eliminated.  There will be no deaf people; everyone will have perfect hearing. Read the rest of this entry

Good Muslim, bad Muslim

When police interrogate a suspect they sometimes use a technique called “good cop,bad cop.”  The “bad” cop questions the suspect harshly and accused him of being guilty and refusing to cooperate.  Then the “good” cop takes his turn with the suspect, showing him sympathy and sometimes even agreeing with him that the bad cop is unfair.  This creates a bond of sympathy between the suspect and the good cop and can even lead to the suspect giving him the information he is after. Read the rest of this entry

Joy to the World

There are many lists of the most popular Christmas carols.  The lists differ from each other but Joy to the World can be found on almost all of them.

This hymn shouldn’t be on any of these lists because it isn’t about Christmas at all.   It is about the future return of Christ.

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Ear, hand, and foot

While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Luke 5:12-14

Jesus told him to go to the priest because the Mosaic law required that an offering be made by anyone who had been cleansed from leprosy.

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The country of the blind

There is a well known saying, “In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.”  But is it true?  What if there were a country where all the people were blind but had learned to cope with their condition and considered it normal?  How would they respond if someone who could see came into their community and told them what it was like to see?  Would they believe what he said or consider him a madman?

H. G. Wells wrote a story called “The Country of the Blind” which describes this situation.  Here is Wikipedia’s summary of the plot.

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Good news and bad news

Two brothers named Bob and Bill decided to get medical examinations.  Neither was aware of any health problems; they simply wanted to make sure there was nothing wrong with them. Read the rest of this entry

Those who have never heard

Romans 10:13,14 says,

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of who they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

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