fishers of men

Fishers of Men

Moses was a shepherd for his father-in-law in the desert of Midian (Exodus 2:15, 3:1). Having murdered an Egyptian, Mr. Anonymous thought he was safe from the long arm of Pharaoh (2:12, 15). It had been 40 years since that fateful day (Acts 7:30). Moses didn’t know the king was dead (Exodus 2:23). One day,…

Definition of Jihad - to war against non-Muslims

Jihad: Defending the Community

“Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” – Luke 9:54 (NKJV)[1] In Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (2009), Tamim Ansary explains that Mohammed never told “Muslims to eschew violence” (29). They were expected to fight “the relentless outside threat to their…

A man stands in front of two divergent roads

Choose Life [Updated]

“How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him. But if Baal, follow him.” – 1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV)[1] God has impressed one thing upon me this past week: the spiritual power of the human will, the seat of the soul. It’s crucial to salvation and answers to prayer.…

in awe of God

Face to Face

Holy, wonderful, marvelous, glorious, omnipotent, righteous, and mighty…. Sunday morning, while the choir was singing “Total Praise,” I started thinking of all the unanswered prayers I’d been praying for the last 5 or 10 years. Suddenly I became restless and angry. I told God, “I want to see you. I want to see your power.…

Red ichthus

Fish Tales

The fish is supposedly a Christian symbol. Jesus Christ called his earliest disciples when he said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19; cf Mark 1:17).[1] Jesus told the Pharisees, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it but the…

Infant baptism

Children of God

“As many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12-13 (NKJV)[1] The next time you hear someone…

hiding behind a curtain

What’s Holding You Back?

When I look at the persecuted church today, I’m baffled. These “secret” believers don’t tell their family, friends, or co-workers that they’re Christians. They don’t preach in public either. I want to ask them, “What’s holding you back – torture, losing your job?” These dangers are real. Yet the early church didn’t exist in secret.…

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The Coming Antichrist: Church

I experienced a rude awakening at church this past Sunday. During the worship part of the service, a black and white pyramid (made up of four smaller ones) flashed behind the lyrics on the video screen. [See right.] In shock, I refused to stand. I wouldn’t even sing. I didn’t want to give evil God-speed.…

Islam and politics

Political Islam

Political Islam in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”: sounds scary, doesn’t it? Obeying Sharia law in courts, observing Ramadan in school, banning pork in supermarkets and restaurants: what else is possible? Well, guess what? American Christians who ridicule political Islam are ignorant hypocrites! The Islamic caliphate is little different…