FACTS ABOUT PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS:
* More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all other centuries combined.
* Currently over 200 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide.
* 70 percent of the world's population lives in a religiously intolerant environment.
The Leadership Principles of Jesus.
• Jesus was willing to invest in people others would have dismissed.
(Consider the disciples. They were not the “religious” elite, yet Jesus used them to start His church).
• Jesus released responsibility and ownership in a ministry.
(Jesus sent the disciples
When the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez landed at Vera Cruz, Mexico in 1519 he was intent on conquest. To assure the devotion of his men, Cortez set fire to his fleet of eleven ships! With no means of retreat, Cortez’s army had only one direction to move, into the Mexican interior.
Do you know the name of Yuri Gagarin??
The year was 1961 and this Russian cosmonaut was the first human to travel into space. After circling the earth, the atheistic astronaut came back and declared that he looked outside his capsule and didn’t see God anywhere.
To which Dr. W. A. Criswell
In the forests of Northern Europe lives the ermine, a small animal best known for his snow-white fur, which is his protection and security. Instinctively, he protects his glossy coat with great care lest it become soiled. Hunters often capitalize on this trait. Instead of setting a mechanical trap
Satan tempts us in three separate ways according to I John 2:15-16:
"The lust of the flesh is the desire to DO something apart from the will of God.
The lust of the eyes is the desire to HAVE something apart from the will of God.
The pride of life is the desire to BE something apart from
Here is a unique, moving story about "MERCY" from the Second World War:
The American pilot glanced outside his cockpit and froze. He blinked hard and looked again, hoping it was just a mirage. But his co-pilot stared at the same horrible vision.
“Dear God, this is a nightmare,” the
We all know and love the Beatitudes for what they mean to our own personal lives, but recently I sensed the Lord leading me to write down how these guidelines for Kingdom citizens affected the lives of married couples. The results were received very powerfully by our amazing church family:
There are seven questions for self discovery that the great theologian A.W. Tozer encourages us to consider. These questions, if answered honestly, speak volumes about our spiritual health. They are:
What do I want most?
What do I think about most?
How do I use the money that God has given
1. You are entertained by things that once grieved you.
2. You are silent where you once spoke.
3. Your prayer closet has cobwebs and your Bible is dusty.
4. You have ceased to grieve over your own sin.
5. You have stopped sharing your faith.
6. You are more excited about your personal agenda
One day, a woman who occasionally walked through the park after work, stopped to have her picture taken by a photographer. She was very excited to see the photo, but when she looked at it, her face dropped. She turned to the photographer and stated rather sharply, “This is not right! This is not
john Wesley visited General Oglethorpe when he was governor of the colony of Georgia. The general mentioned an incident involving a man who had angered him and remarked, "I shall never forgive
BEATITUDE #4 - "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
“What Jesus is talking about is no mere reference to hunger which could be satisfied by a mid-morning snack. The thought is that of STARVATION. Are you longing for God like that?
While Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave many memorable quotations about freedom, civil rights, humankind and other critical issues, as a Christian pastor, some of his most notable quotes were on matters of faith.
1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
PRAYING THE BEATITUDES
Blessed are the poor in spirit. Matthew 5:3
Heavenly Father, I want the humility not to be impressed with myself and my accomplishments. Increase in me (John 3:30). More of You, God, none of me. I am overwhelmed with the sense of my spiritual need. I recognize my true
Hebrew scholar Gensenius, says that the meaning of the Old Testament word for "meekness" involves "a lowly, pious, and modest mind, which prefers to bear injuries rather than return them." Meekness is not only the opposite of pride, but of stubbornness, fierceness, and
Various groups of people expected the Messiah to come, but they did not anticipate His coming humbly and meekly. Yet those were the very attitudes that Jesus, the one whom John the Baptist had announced as the Messiah, was both teaching and practicing. The idea of a meek Messiah leading meek people
A young pastor visited Dundee, Scotland, shortly after Robert Murray McCheyne died at age thirty. Many people had come to Christ because of McCheyne's ministry, and the visitor wanted to know the secret of his great influence.
The old sexton of McCheyne's church led the preacher into
WHAT DOES IT COST TO FOLLOW TO JESUS?
“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow Him, but cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 9, 2011
WALKING ON WATER IN LOS ANGELES
[James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful Life (InterVarsity Press, 2010), pp. 131-132 | posted 7/05/2010]
In the early 1990s, gang violence erupted in Boyle Heights, a section of East Los Angeles. Eight gangs were in conflict in the parish around the Dolores