The Bible

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This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of Salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and practice it to be holy.

It contains light to direct you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveller’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christians’ charter.

Christ is its Subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.

It is given to you in life, will be open in the judgment, and be remembered forever.

It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labour, and condemns all who trifle with its holy precepts.

~Author Unknown

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Though He Slay Me

Posted by The Oasis – Adopting HIS Children:
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Last month, our friend Cody May drowned in a lake within sight of his wife Kimberly and their seven children.

 

This world has lost a man of which it was not worthy, and my dear friend Kimberly and her children are mourning this loss deeply.

 
Cody was an open-air evangelist and an abortion abolitionist.  His life was BUILT around making Jesus known, defending the fatherless 
and speaking up for the voiceless. 
This life – wordly things – Cody counted it all lossfor the eternal worth of knowing Jesus Christ.

 

Cody was also an adoptive father to children from Connecticut, DRC, and Ethiopia.
 
He is survived by these precious children – six of whom just experienced the loss of their father for the SECOND TIME.  

 

The May family had just moved to Texas a few days prior to Cody’s death. Several of their children have special needs, and they were looking for a fresh start and new opportunities.
Cody was transitioning between jobs, and at this moment in time – he had no life insurance.

 

As a larger adoptive community, we have learned that family PRESERVATION is right there in James 1:27, and that sponsoring endangered children in other countries is such a crucial part of orphan care.
Orphan prevention and family preservation ARE widow and orphan care.  
Inspired by other child sponsorship programs, we have set up a special tax-deductible fund through a 501c for Kimberly and her children through Bethesda Family Ministries.
 
We are asking people to prayerfully consider becoming MONTHLY SPONSORS for Kimberly and the children by until adulthood,  or until no longer needed. 
 
In terms of impact, no gift is too small.  Consider this:
 
A $10/month commitment over the next 15 years could buy college books for Cody’s boys.
A $20/month commitment over the next 15 years would be $3600 invested in the future of these children and the preservation of this family!!!
200 people committed to just $5/month equals $1,000 of reliable income.  
 
Four of our children were brought home by mostly small donations from people all over the world – it adds up!

 

Unlike other sponsorship programs, a massive 95% of your contribution (or more, depending on which form of payment  you choose) will go directly to Kimberly and the children.  The best child sponsorship programs normally run at about 80% down to as low as 50% of direct-to-program costs, so this fund is truly exceptional.

 

Additionally, the person administrating this fund has been a local, trusted, and personal friend of my family for many years.
I believe that knowing that there was a dependable amount of support coming in monthly would be such a blessing to Kimberly.  
 
It will enable her to make plans as she faces the future without her best friend and her earthly provider. 

 

Please pray about this, and consider committing to the May family.  We talk so much about supporting widows and orphans – we treasure this cause because God always has.  

 

Our God is the Father to the Fatherless, and those of us whom He raises up to adopt, foster, sponsor children…all we are doing is following His lead and example.
…we love because He first loved us.
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DAN STRULL – (I MET MESSIAH)

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Powerful testimony of  Dan Strull, a Jewish man that wanted nothing to do with Jesus.

 

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Preacher locked up for hate crime after quoting the Bible to gay teenager

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Christian evangelist was accused of a hate crime and locked up in a cell after preaching from the Bible to a gay teenager.

Gordon Larmour, 42, was charged by police after telling the story of Adam and Eve to a 19-year-old who asked him about God’s views on homosexuality.

The street preacher referred to the Book of Genesis and stated that God created Adam and Eve to produce children.

Within minutes he was frogmarched to a police van, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour ‘aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation’ – despite not swearing or using any form of offensive language.

The father-of-one spent a night in custody and faced a six-month ordeal before a sheriff cleared him of any blame.

The incident, which occurred in his home town of Irvine in Ayrshire, has become a rallying point for Christian campaigners who are concerned that freedom of speech is being stifled by political correctness.

Mr Larmour told the Scottish Mail on Sunday: “I can’t see why I was arrested in the first place – it was a massive overreaction and a waste of everyone’s time. The police didn’t listen to me. They took the young homosexual guy’s side straight away and read me my rights.

“I feel they try so hard to appear like they are protecting minorities, they go too far the other way. I want to be able to tell people the good word of the Gospel and think I should be free to do so. I wasn’t speaking my opinions – I was quoting from the Bible.”

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “It is a great relief that the judge ruled in favour of Gordon, because the case simply did not stand up to scrutiny.”

Mr Larmour is a born-again Christian who has been street preaching for seven years. At around 7.30pm on July 17 last year he was handing out leaflets on Irvine’s High Street when a group of young men passed him.

He told them: “Don’t forget Jesus loves you and He died for your sins.” One asked Mr Larmour, “What does your God say about homosexuals?”

The two argued and Mr Larmour claimed he was chased by the young man. However, he was the one arrested when the police arrived.

He said: “I think the police should have handled it differently and listened to what I had to say. They should have calmed the boy down and left it at that.

“In court the boy’s friend told the truth – that I hadn’t assaulted him or called him homophobic names. I had simply answered his question and told him about Adam and Eve and Heaven and Hell. Preaching from the Bible is not a crime.”

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last month, Sheriff Alistair Watson ruled there was no case to answer and acquitted Mr Larmour of threatening or abusive behaviour, aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

The sheriff also found him not guilty of a second charge of assault aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

 

 

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President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood

donaldtrump88President Donald Trump today signed an executive order to defund International Planned Parenthood.

Most pro-life Americans are anxiously awaiting Congress to pass a bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. While that defunding legislation concerns the domestic-based Planned Parenthood abortion corporation, President Trump has the ability to put in place an executive order that would revoke funding for its International affiliate.

When pro-abortion former President Barack Obama took office, Obama overturned a policy that prevented funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. The Mexico City Policy covered over $400 million in federal funds, part of which flowed to the abortion businesses International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International for their foreign efforts.

As LifeNews.com reported, the pro-life policy had been in place during the entirety of the Bush administration and Obama rescinded it on his first week in office. Named for a 1984 population conference where President Reagan initially announced it, the Mexico City Policy made it so family planning funds could only go to groups that would agree to not do abortions or lobby foreign nations to overturn their pro-life laws.

Today, Trump restored the Mexico City Policy by executive order.

The Executive Memorandum to reinstate the Mexico City Policy stops taxpayer funding of groups that perform and promote abortions overseas but does not stop non-abortion international assistance. The order ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas.

Leading pro-life groups were quick to praise Trump.

“President Trump is continuing Ronald Reagan’s legacy by taking immediate action on day one to stop the promotion of abortion through our tax dollars overseas.” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in an email to LifeNews.com. “President Trump’s immediate action to promote respect for all human life, including vulnerable unborn children abroad, as well as conscience rights, sends a strong signal about his Administration’s pro-life priorities.”

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Obama’s decision to force Americans to pay for promoting and performing abortions overseas was not a popular one.

donaldtrump86Reacting to the decision in a poll conducted by the Gallup organization, 58 percent of Americans opposed Obama’s pro-abortion decision while just 35 percent support it and 7 percent have no opinion.

Breaking down the new poll further, Gallup asked respondents to state their opinion on seven major actions President Obama has taken since becoming president. Overturning the Mexico City Policy engendered more opposition than any of the other actions and it had the lowest level of support.

The pro-abortion move also evoked the least support from Democrats and the most opposition from Republicans and independents.

While 59 percent of Democrats supported the move, it came in last among the seven total issues on which Gallup surveyed.

Only 8 percent of Republicans backed overturning the limits as did just 33 percent of the independent voters surveyed — with opposition higher about this action than any other Obama has taken a president.

The results of the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews with 1,027 adults across the country and were conducted January 30-February 1.

At the time, Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, condemned the decision.

He told LifeNews.com how the executive order will hurt non-abortion groups that provide medical care and services to women and families in foreign nations.

“One effect of Obama’s order will be to divert many millions of dollars away from groups that do not promote abortion, and into the hands of those organizations that are the most aggressive in promoting abortion in developing countries,” he said.

“Obama’s order will predictably result in a redirection of funds to groups such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which are ideologically committed to the doctrine that abortion on demand must be universally available as a birth control method,” Johnson said.

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Abram the Called

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“So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” (Genesis 12:4)

It is not clear from the text just how God made Himself known to Abram when He called him to go to Canaan. The language would imply that there was an audible conversation of some sort—far different from what you and I might expect today. At the time of this calling, Abram was a not then a follower of Yahweh, yet the circumstances of God’s intervention were enough to persuade Abram to uproot his family and start the journey.

Abram’s calling and initial response (Genesis 12:1-5) are analogous to an “awakening,” the initial faith to “see” God (Ephesians 2:8). There were no specifics in God’s promise, only broad terms of blessing.

Abram’s response was all that he knew to do at that time, to respond in obedience (non-resistance) just as the Scripture implies we are to do (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2-5). Salvation is completely God’s doing; our “work” is never involved (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:8-17). All we can ever do is rebel and reject the drawing that God wields (John 6:44). Damnation is man’s work (John 3:19-21; Romans 1:18-32).

That is why Abram became the biblical example of the faithful (Galatians 3:6-9; Hebrews 11:8-10). The actual moment of Abram’s “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24) seems to have come somewhat later when he “believes God” (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3). Although repentance and faith may come in a rapid sequence, sometimes (especially in adult conversions) the events may be drawn out over time. Either way, it is by “grace are ye saved, through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).

 

 

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Christian Woman in Eastern Uganda Coerced into Taking Poison

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Muslim relatives of a young woman in eastern Uganda who put her faith in Christ at a Christmas service coerced her into taking poison at a New Year’s celebration, she said.

Sandra Summaya, 24, of Bugayi village in Pallisa District, told Morning Star News that she converted to Christianity at a worship service on Christmas Day.

“I had great peace when the pastor prayed for me to take Jesus as my savior,” she said. “I later shared my testimony with my brother, who outrightly accused me of being an infidel and an outcast from the family and the Muslim community. I felt great pain inside me because of the insults.”

On Sunday (Jan. 1) Summaya’s immediate family and a few other relatives gathered in the predominantly Muslim village in Kamuge County to celebrate the New Year with a meal. At the high point of the gathering, Summaya said, a paternal uncle read to her a Bible verse and suggested it meant God would protect her from harm, including illness from ingesting poison.

“He said, ‘Do you believe that Issa [Jesus] is able to protect your from poison as written in the Bible?’ and I answered ‘Yes,’” she said. “Immediately I was forced to take the poison to confirm my faith in the Bible, at around midnight. I could not deny the Bible, so I took the rat poison.”

Soon she became seriously ill.

“I started having severe stomach pains together with vomiting and cried for help,” she said. “I was taken away from the homestead to a nearby bush. I was tied with a rope to a tree and left to die.”

Her loud cries woke a Christian neighbor who rushed to the site.

“I found Summaya unconscious, and we rushed her to a Kamuge nursing home, where the doctor saved her life,” said the neighbor, whose name is withheld for security reasons.

Summaya remains at the hospital and her condition has stabilized, a nurse told Morning Star News.

“She will still be in the hospital for some few days as we monitor her situation,” said the nurse, who requested anonymity.

An area source requested prayer that Summaya be healed and protected, and that she not doubt God’s love and provision.

The incidents are the latest in a series of anti-Christian attacks in eastern Uganda. On Christmas Day Muslims in eastern Uganda beat Christians at a worship service and wrecked the home of a single mother on Christmas Eve, sources said.

On Dec. 8, relatives of a former Islamic teacher attacked his 60-year-old mother for becoming a Christian, wounding her head and breaking her hand, sources said. Aimuna Namutongi sustained a deep cut on her forehead. She and her son, 30-year-old Malik Higenyi, were trying to gather cassava at 10 a.m. on the homestead he had been forced to abandon in Bufuja village, Butaleja District, after Muslim relatives threatened to kill him if he returned.

Higenyi, whom Muslim relatives had beaten unconscious on Nov. 13 after he publically confessed having embraced Christianity, managed to escape the fury of those who arrived at his farm on Dec. 8 while he and his mother were trying to harvest something to eat, he told Morning Star News.

Namutongi became a Christian after visiting her ostracized, injured son on Nov. 26 and listening to his faith journey, a local source said. He has continued to receive threatening messages, he said.

On Oct. 20, Muslims in Kobolwa village, Kibuku District gutted the home of a Christian family for housing two boys who had been threatened with violence for leaving Islam.

Stephen Muganzi, 41, told Morning Star News that the two teenaged boys sought refuge with him on Oct. 16 after their parents earlier in the month learned of their conversion, began questioning them and threatened to kill them. The two boys, ages 16 and 17, had secretly become Christians nearly seven months before.

On Sept. 18, 2016, a Muslim in Budaka District beat his wife unconscious for attending a church service, sources said. Hussein Kasolo had recently married Fatuma Baluka, 21-year-old daughter of an Islamic leader in a predominantly Muslim village, undisclosed for security reasons.

On Aug. 10, a Christian woman in eastern Uganda became ill after she was poisoned, she said.

Aisha Twanza, a 25-year-old convert from Islam, ingested an insecticide put into her food after family members upbraided her for becoming a Christian, she told Morning Star News. She and her husband, who live in Kakwangha village in Budaka District, put their faith in Christ in January 2016.

In Busalamu village, Luuka District, eight children from four families have taken refuge with Christians after their parents beat and disowned them for leaving Islam or animism, sources said. The new-found faith of the children, ages 9 to 16, angered their parents, who beat them in an effort to deter them from sneaking to worship services, and on June 29, 2016 the young ones took refuge at the church building, area sources said.

About 85 percent of the people in Uganda are Christian and 11 percent Muslim, with some eastern areas having large Muslim populations. The country’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another, but Christians in eastern Uganda are suffering continual attacks by non-state figures.

 

If you would like to help persecuted Christians, visit http://morningstarnews.org/resources/aid-agencies/ for a list of organizations that can orient you on how to get involved. 

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Absolute Trust

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“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” (Job 13:15-16)

The patriarch Job was, according to God’s own testimony, the most perfect and upright man in all the earth (Job 1:8), yet he was subjected to the most severe testings that anyone (except Christ Himself) ever had to endure. He lost all his great possessions and his large family in a single day, then was afflicted for months on end with a most loathsome and painful disease. He lost the respect of all who had once honored and followed him, and was even accused by his closest friends of being a wicked sinner and arrogant hypocrite. Worst of all, the God whom he had loved and faithfully served all his life had apparently completely ignored his prayers for deliverance or even for understanding of what was happening to him. Finally, a presumptuous young religionist related what he (falsely) claimed was a divine message that even God had accused Job of sin and hypocrisy.

Yet, despite all this, Job never once lost his faith! “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,” he insisted. “For I know that my redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25), and “he also shall be my salvation” (today’s verse).

What an example has been provided us by this ancient patriarch, whose knowledge of God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s great salvation through faith in Christ was only a small fraction of what we know now, with God’s complete revelation before us. The apostle James well reminds us of “the patience of Job,” probably the greatest example of all “the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience” (James 5:10-11). We can, like Job, know that He who created us deserves absolute trust.

 

 

 

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I’m a Skeptic – Allen Atzbi

  
I’M A SKEPTIC. I always have been. I question things. I have a need to understand before I make big decisions. 
So as a teen with a Jewish father named Mordecai and a Muslim stepfather named Mohammed, and a bunch of druggy friends who were atheists, agnostics, or thought they were God, when it came to religion I sure didn’t abandon my skepticism. I did some serious critical thinking.
When I died, common sense dictated that I wasn’t going to stand before 50 Gods and just pick the one I liked. Either there was one God or no God at all, and I needed to know.
I knew I was dirty. I was stained by my sins, and no amount of joking around or entertaining distraction could erase it. I could taste it in my darkest moments. I had broken the 10 Commandments like a neighbor’s windowpane and needed forgiveness. I needed to be clean again. (Visit http://www.needGod.com to do a self-examination quiz to see if you’re in the same boat.)
I knew I was guilty, I knew I needed forgiveness, but what is the right path to God. Who can forgive me? Jehovah, Buddha, Allah, karma, Zeus?? I had pieced together the message of Jesus Christ from two friends and Christian TV, and somehow I knew He was true. Faith came in me. But being the natural skeptic, I knew people believed in all sorts of crazy things because of a convincing, charismatic leader, peer-pressure or mob mentality, or a dozen other mental processes. So I struggled quite a bit. I wanted to intellectually “know” that I was following the true path to God.
I discovered that there are ancient supernatural prophecies about a coming Savior that reveal many specific details about Him, so when He came all who wanted the truth would be able to recognize Him.
I didn’t realize it until some years later, but when the good news of Jesus Christ was shared in the first century, in the book of Acts, they always shared about these treasured Jewish prophecies of the coming Messiah. They expected people to be skeptical, they expected there to be honest questions—their whole way of life would change if they followed Jesus (many would even die in severe persecution if they believed). In fact, God Himself wanted these prophecies heard, it’s part of the good news; He embedded them within His Holy Scriptures for truth seekers to find. These predictions are spread like breadcrumbs throughout the entire Jewish Bible to lead us to the Savior. God used these to intellectually convince me that Jesus was the truth path to God.
Let me share just two:
• Isaiah 53. The entire chapter is about the Messiah. It explains that He would be a man of suffering, who would be wounded and bruised for the sins of the people, die with criminals, and be buried in a rich man’s tomb. Not long ago I saw a YouTube video of people on the streets being asked to read this passage, and then asked who it was referring to, without mentioning where it was in the Bible. People immediately knew it was speaking of Jesus. Read the chapter, forgetting that it was written 700 years before Jesus’ birth, and see what you think. Ancient Jewish rabbis and scholars, including the Babylonian Talmud, saw Isaiah 53 as a prophecy about their Messiah.
• Daniel 9:24-26. A prophecy that predicts, 500 years before Jesus birth, the exact year the Messiah would be die for the sins of the people (right when Jesus died). It also says He would come before the destruction of the Second Temple, which happened in 70 A.D.
There are several others, but you can Google them.
Peter Stoner in his book Science Speaks determined the probability of one man fulfilling eight of the prophecies of the Old Testament for the Messiah to be 1 in 10 to the 17th power.
Try to imagine that. If we took that many silver dollars (100,000,000,000,000,000) and laid them over the State of Texas, they would cover the entire state two feet deep. Now draw a black X on one of the silver dollars, stir the whole mass thoroughly, blindfold a person, and tell him that they can travel as far as they want but they can only pick up one silver dollar and that must be the marked one. What chance would they have of picking up the right one? It would be the exact same odds of anyone fulfilling just eight of the Messianic prophecies by chance alone.
Peter Stoner then goes on to consider the possibility of any one person fulfilling 48 of the prophecies by chance. Here the odds jump to 1 in 10 to the 157th power. That number would look like this:
1 out of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
This Christmas, I encourage you to be an honest skeptic too, and ask the hard questions, and don’t settle until you have the answers. I would love to chat anytime. Thank you for listening to a little of my spiritual journey.

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