Nahum-Prophet of Comfort

About this book Assyria was a country to the north and east of Israel. For many years, when Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah lived, it ruled most of the world. In 722 B.C., Assyria defeated Israel. B.C. means ‘years Before Christ came to the earth’. Israel was a country where 10 of the tribes (or very large families) of the *Jews lived. Judah was a country to the south of Israel. It had two tribes in it. They were Judah and Benjamin. Jerusalem was the capital of Judah. Soldiers from Assyria defeated Israel’s…

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How Can God Die?

If you had been Peter, chances are you would have denied Jesus, too. Peter just couldn’t understand what was happening.If Jesus were the Son of God, Peter must have wondered, why didn’t he stop the abuse and mockery Peter was witnessing in the high priest’s courtyard? How could someone who was supposed to be divine put up with that?Maybe it is just some tragic mistake, Peter may have thought. Perhaps, after all, Jesus is another sincere but misguided charismatic leader who has overwhelmed his followers with grandiose words and visions…

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God Has Been Waiting On You

How does it feel when someone is waiting on you? If you are running late, you probably feel guilty about it. If it is somewhere that you don’t want to go, you may run late on purpose. But, what if God was the one waiting on you?It’s true that God waits for us all of our lives. What is He waiting for? He is looking for His children to come back home. And, indeed, we are His children. He knew us when we were still in the womb and our…

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“Why are there so many Christian denominations?”

To answer this question, we must first differentiate between denominations within the body of Christ and non-Christian cults and false religions. Presbyterians and Lutherans are examples of Christian denominations. Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are examples of cults (groups claiming to be Christian but denying one or more of the essentials of the Christian faith). Islam and Buddhism are entirely separate religions.The rise of denominations within the Christian faith can be traced back to the Protestant Reformation, the movement to “reform” the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th century, out of…

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“How do I convert to Christianity?”

A man in the Greek city of Philippi asked a very similar question of Paul and Silas. We know at least three things about this man: he was a jailer, he was a pagan, and he was desperate. He had been on the verge of suicide when Paul stopped him. And that’s when the man asked, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). The very fact that the man asks the question shows that he recognized his need of salvation—he saw only death for himself, and he knew…

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The Story of Ash Wednesday

The liturgical use of ashes originates in Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. For instance, in the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus (or Xerxes, 485-464BC) of Persia to kill all of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire (Est 4:1). Job (whose story was written between 7th and 5th centuries BC) repented in sackcloth and ashes (Jb 42:6).Prophesying the Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, Daniel (c. 550BC) wrote, “I turned to the Lord God, pleading…

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The Future of Marriage: Why “The Inevitable” Isn’t

Election Day was a drubbing for marriage. The ballot initiatives to protect marriage lost by over 4% in Maine, Minnesota, Washington State, and Maryland. Those who support same-sex “marriage” reportedly spent over $33 million, while those who defend marriage spent just over $10 million.Many friends have said that same-sex marriage is inevitable. It is not. I have confidence that fence-sitters will enter the fray in support of traditional marriage. As we continue to debate this issue, three important forces can shift the outcome in favor of marriage as the union…

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Mary on Easter Morning

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher (John 20:1).Most of the events regarding our Lord’s ministry on earth are not found in all of the gospels, but all reveal that it was Mary Magdalene who was at the tomb early on the first Easter morning (compare Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:9-11; Luke 24:1-10).

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Living on the Promises of God

God’s promise brings us to God. God’s promise keeps us with God. And being with God provides the fullness of joy.What happens when the promises of men are not fulfilled? We are disappointed. We might even become bitter. What about the promises of God? They never disappoint. Even when they are not fulfilled, we are not bothered because we know that God’s promises transcend time. His word is from everlasting to everlasting. Therefore, God’s promises move us from time to eternity. If they are not fulfilled in this lifetime, it…

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Love Breaks The Rules

A true believer only does things because it is the love thing to do.In spite of several subtle nudging from the Lord about her deplorable condition, I refused to give Bolaji Ogundimu a housing loan.  My position was that several others applied before her.  So the Lord decided to set me up.  I needed to catch a plane out of New York.  By the time it was my turn, the counter was closed.  Then the Lord said to me: “So Femi, how do you expect to get on this plane?”…

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