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Posted 11/9/17 at 3:49 PM | Mark Ellis

Jesus brought a blanket to imprisoned former Muslim

By Mark Ellis

A Muslim man named Hamid found Jesus through his brother’s witness. When Hamid heard the Gospel, he accepted Jesus with his mind, but his heart was slow to experience the fullness of God’s love.

Timid about his faith, Hamid had no desire to risk sharing his new faith with others, according to a story by Frontiers.

He and his brother began to meet with a Frontiers worker named Dennis, who helped them to grow in their understanding of Jesus.

“Dennis challenged each of the men to spend quiet time with the Lord and to listen to what He might say to them through the Word. They had never learned anything like this in Islam, and they were slow to warm up to the spiritual practice,” according to Frontiers.

“For many months, Hamid and the others felt they were hearing nothing from God.”

One day, Hamid sat in a park reading the Bible. Police officers spotted him and began to reprimand him, then they hauled him off to jail. FULL POST

Posted 10/29/17 at 8:33 AM | olabode ososami

The Wedding - Part 3. The Bridegroom Demands All

Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, is the king of Kings and He must have royal expectations. It should not surprise the Church, the Bride, that there is much to learn and unlearn. Marriage into royalty can be daunting and only the courageous will step into royal spotlight that requires new standards of behaviour. The question we answer in this episode reponds to the question …”What does the Bridegroom want?”

It is important that we understand that which is expected before we consider a marriage. It is even more important for a royal marriage to know and learn the ways of royalty. There is so much to learn for the Bride of Christ.

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Posted 10/24/17 at 7:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Nigeria: Four British missionaries kidnapped

Shirley Donovan ministering in Nigeria

By Mark Ellis

Four Britons serving as medical missionaries in southern Nigeria have been kidnapped by a militant group.

A former general practitioner from Cambridge, David Donovan, and his wife Shirley, were taken from their home in a rural area of Delta State on October 13th, according to The Times.

The two other victims were identified by police only by their first names: “Alana” and “Tyan”.

The doctor and his wife, both 57, work with New Foundations, a Christian medical mission that provides help to remote villages in the Niger Delta.

They have served as missionaries for 14 years. In 2003 they launched a boat clinic serving isolated villages. Four years later they set up a health clinic in one of those villages where child mortality was high, according to The Times.

In the last two years they conducted 500 cataract operations, treated 16,000 patients, vaccinated 4,000 children and set up rain-harvesting systems in eight villages. They have also been providing Bible training. FULL POST

Posted 10/24/17 at 6:50 PM | Karen Farris

Give More, Christians

Where did we get the idea that it’s the government’s job to take care of the poor?

Not from the Bible: “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

And from the Apostle Paul: “Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Galatians 2:10

Perhaps the War on Poverty, launched during President Johnson’s term, made it easier for Christians to trust the government to help the poor. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/17 at 8:37 PM | Boris Dzhingarov

How to Help Your Child Truly Understand Baptism

Baptism is something that nobody – a young child or an adult – should take lightly. Age isn’t an issue in God’s eyes and parents should make sure their children truly understand baptism before taking part in this important Christian tradition and expression of faith. Do you know what to tell your kids?

Helping Kids Understand Baptism

The first thing you need to understand is that baptism is confusing for children. They see baptism ceremonies in church services or hear about their friends getting baptized, but fail to see the semblance behind it. In their minds, all they see is someone getting dunked in a pool of water in front of an audience. It might be interesting to them, but it’s also a bit strange.

When children ask why people get baptized, adults often answer by saying something like, “She’s getting baptized because she loves Jesus.” And while that may seem like an innocent answer, it can actually cause some confusion. The child thinks, “I love Jesus. Why can’t I be baptized too?” Many parents wonder the same thing, and then let their children get baptized prematurely – before they really understand the depth of their sin, separation from God, and gift of grace through faith in Jesus. FULL POST

Posted 10/20/17 at 5:24 AM | olabode ososami

Chosen and Gifted. The Wedding - Part 2

The Church, the Bride of Christ, was chosen from before the foundations of the earth and from the time of her engagement after Calvary she was lavishly gifted to help all her preparations. The gifts given to a Bride come from the home of the Bridegroom and never from earth, where the Bride resides. Christ sends the Holy Spirit and many gifts from Heaven. The gifts also give assurance to the Bride that there will be a marriage in future and are a foretaste of a greater glory ahead.

 James 1 [17] Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The gifts from Heaven are spiritual. They are good and perfect and were freely given nor will they be taken. In Christianity, spiritual gifts (or charismata) are endowments given by the Holy Spirit, supernatural abilities which individual Christians need - to fulfil the destiny of a redeemed people who serve God. The gifts could be both "natural" and more "miraculous" abilities, but all spiritual gifts are from Heaven and empowered by the Holy Spirit. There are also spiritual gifts that help the sanctification of the bride who must be kept apart from the world for the Bridegroom. The Bride can not make it without the help of the Holy Spirit. Too much is against her. FULL POST

Posted 10/19/17 at 1:55 AM | olabode ososami

Worship is not just singing

Many have asked what is Worship? Who is a Worshipper? Worship is important not just because God is seeking Worshippers (and He is), but also because in Eternity, our Worship in Spirit continues while virtually everything else ceases. Worship is not just singing and making music, indeed our Worship (if true) must extend to the home, the Market Place even in our Politics. God responds with extraordinary action, when we worship Him in Spirit. So what is Worship in Spirit?

Worship is an act of obedience, deep respect, devotion, adoration, bowing oneself down in full prostration before God thus seting God apart as above all in one’s life.

Indeed music elevates the soul and Martin Luther once wrote that God created man to extol Him in song …singing the psalms and hymns have always been part of what we can call worship, but we cannot limit worship to that which happens when we sing or are inspired by music. The hymns are a powerful teaching tool, and much gladness and healing for the soul of saints have come through music, and this is excellent …but true worship is directed to God and has less to do with human feelings. Worship is more than singing. Nothing wrong in being a professional musician … but this is not to be confused with Worship. FULL POST

Posted 10/17/17 at 12:03 PM | João Mordomo

Timeless Tips on Missions from the Apostle Paul

7 Missions Tips

Marcy Hill is my guest blogger today. As one of my master's degree students, she recently wrote a discussion board post that nicely complements my last post called Timeless Tips on Evangelism from the Apostle Paul. Here are some of Marcy's brief insights into Paul's missionary methods offered to us with a bit of didactic flare:

In reviewing the course material for week two, seven characteristics of Paul’s missionary methods can be discussed.

1. Prepare: Paul was passionate and obedient when it came to his missionary work. His journeys required planning, which he was an active participant in. Consider Moreau, Corwin, and McGee’s assessment of Paul, “Occasionally he depended on the hospitality of God’s saints…or the contributions of various churches…, but most typically he generated his own income by making tents…”[1] Not only did Paul accept and obey God’s purpose for his life, he also personally contributed to the actualization of the missionary determinations.

2. People: Paul understood the importance of Christian community and fellowship. In each of Paul’s three major missionary journeys, he had traveling and ministerial companions. During his first mission, he traveled with Barnabas and John Mark.[2] His second mission Paul traveled with Silas, Timothy, Priscilla, Aquilla, and Luke.[3] Hence, Timothy and Luke were Paul’s travel companions during his third missionary journey. FULL POST

Posted 10/15/17 at 6:01 PM | olabode ososami

The Wedding - Part 1 :The Coming Of Christ

Over the years, we have seen much written about the second coming of Christ, with many predictions passing unfulfilled. Indeed, scripture has said we can not know the exact day of His coming, but that has not stopped many seeking to set dates. The Bible however teaches us that we are not in darkness that the day should catch us as a thief in the night. These articles seeks to throw light into the obscurity that this theme has been overcast with, and to establish some clarity out of much confusion.

With all my heart I sense that a most important theme for mankind, particularly with recent signs and developments, is the return of Jesus Christ. I believe I am being led to summarise the contents of a book on this theme, which I published in 2011, in a seven-part video series (30 minutes each) called “THE WEDDING” . The first episode is an introductory teaching while future episodes will look at topics like what it means to be chosen, the gifts of the Bride, the Victories of the bride, the Money of the Bride, Signs of His Coming and the Bride's Heavenly Home. FULL POST

Posted 10/10/17 at 1:12 PM | Karen Farris

Dividing God’s Army

Most Sunday school kids learned to sing, “I’m in the Lord’s Army.”  We loved the hand motions, the marching feet, and saluting as we sang together. We truly were fighting together.

But somewhere along the line, we decided to break rank and use our weapons of words against one another. It’s been said that Christians are more likely to "kill" their own.

That’s a sad commentary on our faith journey and conflicts with our true mission here—to serve and glorify Christ.

Modern Christian battle lines are drawn on opposing sides of homosexual relationships, abortion, sex outside of marriage, and co-habitation. Christians argue about the inerrancy of the Bible. Does it really mean what it says? Or does it change with changing cultural norms?

While most Christians are united in helping the poor and working towards eliminating racial injustice, our arguments about doctrine on right and wrong further divides us. Oh, our enemy Satan revels in the disharmony. He celebrates when churches divide, or even better dissolve. At no other time does our nation need Christ’s love and God’s wisdom. Let’s remember that when Jesus-loving people are divided, we can’t help heal our broken nation.

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. Matthew 12:25

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