Does the Bible Predict the Destruction of Syria?

Over the last few weeks, I have been asked many times if I believe that the prophecy recorded in Isaiah 17 refers to Syria today, since the text predicts the total destruction of Damascus, the ancient and modern capital of the nation.In principle, I have no problem with the concept that ancient biblical prophecies can refer to contemporary events, since it’s clear that there are many prophecies still to be fulfilled, including the future world war against Jerusalem. (See Zechariah 12 and 14.)But it’s obvious from the historical context that…

Read More

Following God’s Lead in Our Prayers

Bowing my head in frustration I cried out to God, “Lord, I have no words to intercede on behalf of Mantombi. Your Holy Spirit gives me suggestions of what to pray for, but today, as I listen to you, I feel barren. I have no words.”I admired the small, delicately crafted cross serving as a bookmark in my Bible. Mantombi, a beautiful, lyrical name was written on a card attached to the cross by a gauzy gold ribbon. Mantombi. The heavyset woman’s dark, wrinkled, weathered face flashed across my mind.”What…

Read More

How the Lord’s Prayer can help us pray

Recently in our youth bible study we looked at the Lords’s Prayer. This is a short section in the gospels when Jesus takes his disciples aside and gives them a model of prayer they can follow. What we found as we studied this simple prayer is that it is really comprehensive! It gives a great balance between praising God and placing requests before God. What is the Lord’s Prayer?You’ve probably seen the LORD’s prayer before, but just in case you haven’t, here it is from Matthew 6:9b-13: 

Read More

What’s Happened to Me?

You may have gone forward at a Billy Graham rally and accepted Christ. You may have responded to an invitation at the end of a morning service. You may have prayed with a Sunday school teacher or parent years ago. You may have listened to a TV evangelist’s appeal or read a tract such as the “Four Spiritual Laws” and prayed the sinner’s prayer. You may have made a decision at a summer camp, or Jesus may have met you in a desperate hour as you cried out to him.…

Read More