How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Midst of Toxic Politics and COVID-19 Lockdowns

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Midst of Toxic Politics and COVID-19 Lockdowns by John W Whitehead for Rutherford “War is over. If you want it.”—John Lennon If ever there were a year filled with an abundance of bad news and a shortage of good news, 2020 would take the prize. Between the toxic political theater, pandemic scares, nationwide lockdowns that smack of martial law, a rollercoaster economy, and the ever-present menace of the police state, it’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year overrun with too much hate…

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Should We Call Down Fire on Our Enemies?

Should We Call Down Fire on Our Enemies? by Michael L. Brown for Ask Dr Brown As the Church of America becomes increasingly divided along political lines, a dangerous tendency is developing. Our party is the party of God; the other is the party of the devil. Our cause is entirely righteous; theirs is entirely wicked. We can therefore call down curses on our political enemies, since they are doing the devil’s work. It is no longer the kingdom of God vs. the kingdom of Satan, it is the Republicans vs.…

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Prophetic Word: The Lord Is Saying Clearly, ‘Get Off the Porch!’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Is Saying Clearly, ‘Get Off the Porch!’ by RYAN JOHNSON for Charisma News “Blow the ram’s horn in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and those nursing at the breast; let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Between the temple porch and the altar, let the priests, ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Have pity upon Your people, and do not make Your heritage a disgrace, a…

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Why should we study the Bible?

Why should we study the Bible? from Compelling Truth Bookstores are filled with books attempting to help us figure out this life. Books on marriage, parenting, relationships, and personal growth fill countless shelves. Others claim to aid in addiction recovery and explain the meaning of life. Still more give views on life after death, good and evil, and the origin of human existence. But only the Bible gives us answers to those questions, and more, directly from the God who created us. The Bible is God’s inspired words to us.…

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Where modesty comes from, and why it’s still essential today

Where modesty comes from, and why it’s still essential today By Hugh Owen for Life Site News Modest dress once gave witness to the unique dignity of women. Does it still, or is modesty just an outdated custom? Nowadays, in Latin and Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches, as well as in the other Churches of the Catholic Church, many ancient traditions and customs have been called into question, and many of the faithful have been led to believe that most of the “old ways” of doing things are “old hat” and…

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HOW TO BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR MESSED-UP CHURCH

HOW TO BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR MESSED-UP CHURCH by William Boekestein for Core Christianity If you were asked to write a note of thanksgiving about your church, similar to those with which Paul customarily began his letters to the churches, could you do it? Beyond the building, the location, the familiarity, and the friends, what about your church makes you thankful? Without a habit of verbalizing gratitude, believers can easily develop a critical attitude toward the church. By contrast, thankfulness can set the tone for contentment and sacrificial participation with…

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Giving Thanks for Our Mutual Dependence

Giving Thanks for Our Mutual Dependence by Barry Brownstein for American Institute for Economic Research r. Michael Osterholm, a member of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force, calls for a nationwide 4-6 week lockdown. Another task force member, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, has long favored lockdowns. In some states, store shelves have already been emptied again in anticipation of lockdowns. Yet, there are rays of hope. Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general, is one of the co-chairs Joe Biden named for his Covid-19 task force. Murthy has shown he might understand the human costs of lockdowns.…

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When the Devil Tries to Kill You: 8 Practical Steps for Victorious Spiritual Warfare

When the Devil Tries to Kill You: 8 Practical Steps for Victorious Spiritual Warfare by KRIS VALLOTTON for Charisma News Do you feel like you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death? It can feel like the loneliest and scariest place. I know that valley well. I’ve walked through it in different seasons of life, and I’ve learned that it’s something we’re supposed to do just that in—walk. We’re supposed to walk until we’re out of it. I learned this the hard way in a season right after…

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The Spiritual Significance Behind Our Earlier-Than-Usual Christmas Celebrations This Year

The Spiritual Significance Behind Our Earlier-Than-Usual Christmas Celebrations This Year By Tré Goins-Phillips for Faith Wire I’m the one who’s been screaming “Santa’s coming!” since October, and for perhaps the first year in recent memory, most of America seems OK decking the halls just a little bit earlier. At the risk of romanticizing the impetus for our speedy embrace of the Yuletide season, I think the reason is perhaps more spiritual than we know. Holiday decorations are already gracing storefront windows, Christmas tree lights are glowing in our living rooms, and…

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Is baptism required for salvation?

Is baptism required for salvation? from Compelling Truth Baptism is one of the most controversial issues in the Christian faith. Infant baptism vs. believer’s baptism? Baptism by immersion or baptism by sprinkling/pouring? Baptism as a symbolic act of obedience and identification with Christ’s death and resurrection vs. baptism as a requirement that God will not grant salvation without? Out of all of these debates, by far the most important is the question: Is baptism required for salvation? What makes this question difficult is the fact that there are some Scripture…

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