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Prophetic Word: God Will Use Marriage as a Sign and a Wonder
God wants to strengthen marriages and use them as a powerful tool to address some significant cultural and community problems.
I have this mental picture of how people see Cupid “angels” on Valentine’s Day in Western culture and how stupid these images are compared to Jesus.
Jesus commands His angel armies concerning us and sends angels to war over everything that would separate us or try and destroy our unity. He has angels that help us to find one another, help us to bear families and help us to go deeper in our union with Him together.
10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Younger
One of my greatest passions is discipling the young generation. I love it because the young people I mentor are so hungry for spiritual direction that they literally pull it out of me. I also love discipleship because helping others to be successful is indescribably fulfilling. It really is more blessed to give than to receive.
Discipleship is not just leading a Bible study or helping someone understand a dry spiritual truth. It’s imparting your life—sharing the wisdom you’ve gained from years of personal experiences. That’s what a father or mother does with their children; that’s what Paul did for Timothy, and for his disciples in Corinth, Rome, Ephesus and Philippi. He told the Romans: “For I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, that you may be strengthened” (Rom. 1:11).
I often tell the guys I mentor: “I wish I had known this when I was your age.” They recognize the blessing of getting wise counsel they can put into practice now. If I can help them avoid the mistakes I made, then they can surpass me and do a better job than I did. I want my ceiling to be their floor so they can go farther.
Do Some Christians Underestimate Demonic Activity?
As the subject of deliverance and demons has come front and center in recent days, I wanted to state clearly what I do and do not believe, in keeping with the views I have held for decades.
To help simplify the discussion, I’ll answer a series of common questions. (For those who don’t believe in the spiritual realm at all, this article will strike you as either exceedingly odd, exceedingly irrelevant or exceedingly foolish.
If so, I’d encourage to you check out C. S. Lewis’s little book, “Screwtape Letters.”)
Four Truths About Speaking in Tongues
Most Christians know the church was founded on the Day of Pentecost and many liturgical churches celebrate the day. But many ignore or overlook what happened that day—the Baptism in the Holy Spirit was given, including speaking in tongues.
There were many foreign visitors in Jerusalem that day and they heard their own languages. But this practice died down over the centuries until the modern Pentecostal movement that began with the Azusa Street revival of 1906 and which has swept the world.
Nevertheless, speaking in tongues has continued to be misunderstood and even controversial in many circles.
5 Ways the Antichrist Fulfills Revelation Prophecies
One topic of Scripture that has been of great interest to believers over the centuries is the prophecy regarding the Antichrist.
There has been a lot of speculation about the Antichrist throughout history. However, it is essential to understand that the Antichrist is not just a mere human being but a spiritual force that will manifest into a physical being, as stated in the Bible.
As reported by the Christian Post, “In an episode of the ‘Prophecy Pros’ podcast that aired last month, co-hosts Jeff Kinley, an author, and Todd Hampson, an author, illustrator and animation producer, talked about the coming of the Antichrist. Kinley described the Antichrist as “the devil with skin on.”
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