Decisions to be made: Traditions, sacraments, ceremonies, rituals, and habits: which to keep, which to toss?
Nabeel Qureshi (April 13, 1983 – September 16, 2017) was a devout Ex-Muslim turned Christian apologist. He earned an M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and M. Phil in Judaism and Christianity from the University of Oxford.
A young mum severely burnt by a kerosene explosion at the age of two says she was left feeling suicidal until she found love. Solara Jaafar, 21, says she has even learned to now see her scars as beautiful after suffering abuse from cruel bullies.
Marriage to Kiran made me negligent of my spiritual life. Instead of leaning on God, I ran in the opposite direction. I was cleverly indoctrinated into doubting the very existence of God. His explanations were always convincing.
The truth is that tithing as presently practiced by many churches, especially the so called Pentecostal or Evangelical churches, is unscriptural. Take away tithing and the attraction and motivation to be the founder and president of an ‘international ministry’ would disappear.
If you want to have a breakthrough, you are going to have to learn to forgive. Usually, when we are in need of a breakthrough, we feel like that rocket ship that is about to break through escape velocity, and it is about to be shaken to pieces.
Concern for children cuts across all social classes. Whether uptown or downtown, the problems are similar. Lack, poverty and the desire to be accepted are amongst the main reasons for those from humble backgrounds to fall victim to vices.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse..... Romans 12:14. I was under extreme pressure in the flat that I lived in. I was not very well and my living conditions were so poor. We had rats, we had rubbish outside of our door, we had drugs and all night parties constantly.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Keisha Green's life was forever changed after a ghastly automobile accident on August 23, 2013. The 32-year-old mother of 3 and successful business woman made it out alive with a determination to live.
By Tokunbo Emmanuel Societies all over the world are evolving. More and more, marriage is being seen as an unnecessary union and pre-marital abstinence in many circles sounds archaic. The questions is “What’s wrong with two people living together as friends without getting married and sleeping with each other?” Why commit to a particular person […]
Celebrity chef, Richard Chamberlain, loves to serve great fish and go on fishing trips with his chef friends. It makes sense, because he’s also the owner of award winning Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill both in Addison, TX. Chamberlain was born in Dallas to a professional struggling father and a working mom. He grew up poor.
However the procedure had failed but Melissa's mother had no idea her daughter had survived, against the odds, until 36 years later.
When you think of the word "pornography," does it conjure up the image of a scruffy guy with messy hair in the basement watching porn in his underpants?
Why wouldn't a Christian run to her Christ and, instead, run into the arms of another lover like pornography? The answer is obvious: She doesn't know Him.
I wish cancer weren't a thing, but it is, and I'm off to help my baby sister search out some answers, and we will be brave together.
The best leaders are those who have been broken by God. Like Jacob, they have wrestled with God and walked away with a limp. Their own ego has been subdued. Leaders will become dangerously self-centered if they skip this process.
The Word of God, as it is rightly so, issues from the creator of life, God. As such, no human being holds ownership to the good gems enshrined in the Holy writings. The copyright owner is exclusively the Almighty God.
Many of us have dreams and desires, few of us write them as goals. We start out all fired up. Then something happens; we slip, we fall, we get caught up in the same old routine... In no time, the fire that fueled our goal is a tumbleweed in the desert wind.
God created families to love, nurture, protect and support each other. Healthy families are essential for belonging and acceptance. However, not all families are healthy and some families would be considered dysfunctional.
By Cate Russell-Cole We tend to think of Solomon’s descent into abandoning God as a simple process. He had too many foreign wives who influenced him, and that finished him off. However, the more I have studied ancient history and gained an understanding of what was happening in the world surrounding Isra’el, the more I […]
Most people have an insecurity about saying, "No" to people and their requests. We do not want to let people down, or we do not want people think badly of us; which is another way to say we are people pleasers.
God tells us in Proverbs 4:23 to guard our hearts above everything else, because it determines the course of our lives. He makes it very plain that when....
An unexpected phone call from my brother Osa woke me from deep slumber. He had bad news! His close friend in Nigeria had just called informing him that our mother suffered a stroke that left the right side of her body paralyzed.
We all have Y-junctions to meet in life. However, how prepared and knowledgeable you are ahead of time determines the way you will turn off to when you get to the Y-junction. Y-junctions in one's life are those points of decision making where you don't have much time to consider
Evil spirits will attack Christians with lies and temptations, and the ability to recognize such attacks and overcome them should be part of the normal Christian life.
This is an interesting question, and those who know me know that I love to teach and write about the family. Not too long ago, I read an article about undoing parenting mistakes, and the writer, Mark Gregston, said that he did a survey and many parents participated, offering some of the following comments:
God wants Christians to be in the habit of testing a wide variety of things, trying to find out if He approves of them
Entertainment shapes our culture as well. This was clearly the case even before ubiquitous media has burrowed into our 21st century psyche.
We thank You so much for our children - a heritage You generously gave us. We pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over them as they go back to school this year ...