We see the evidence of witchcraft in Saul's life long before he consulted the witch of Endor. It began with his rebellion of disobeying God when he spared the King of the Amalekites and the best of all the animals.
In my previous article, we discussed Saul's encounter with the witch of Endor and how he summoned her expertise in the forbidden arts to call up Samuel when he wanted to know what God would have him do with the approaching army.
We automatically assume when reading about witchcraft in scripture that it must pertain to the sorcerers and witches, performing their spells and rituals in the darkness of a cave, but in Ezekiel 13:20-23 we are surprised to find it within the sacred space of a temple, being practiced by the religious leaders of Ezekiel's time, the very priests and prophets who claim they served Yahweh, the one and only God. more >>
A trailer for the documentary about a string of church burnings in Texas surfaced online Thursday, revealing a story that is part mystery and part faith.
The film, "Little Hope Was Arson," reveals the details of 10 churches that were set on fire in East Texas within one month of each other in 2010. The crimes sparked one of the largest man hunts in regional history; and even after the arsonists were caught, the mystery continues to unfold. What caused the two young men to set fire to so many churches? How did their families react to the news?
"Churches are burning, faith is on fire," reads the trailer. A story of justice, a story of forgiveness, a story of hope." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson broke down into tears following her performance of the rumba on "Dancing with the Stars" this week.
The 17-year-old model has wowed both the "DWTS" judges and fans with her dancing skills alongside Mark Ballas this season, and Monday was no exception. Robertson and Ballas took on the rumba set to Rihanna's "Diamond" in a performance that earned them 35 out of 40 points from the judges' table. After hearing the scores, Robertson burst into tears. Unable to speak and covering her face with her hand, Ballas hugged her and offered words of encouragement.
Actor Shia LaBeouf has said that he found God while working on his latest film, "Fury," and is now a saved and changed man, thanks to co-star Brad Pitt.
"I found God doing 'Fury,'" LaBeouf told Interview magazine. "I became a Christian man … in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page, but it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can't identify unless you're really going through it. It's a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control."
LaBeouf's change of heart comes after months of speculation about his behavior. He was involved in a feud with Alec Baldwin during rehearsals for the play "Orphans" and later was found to have plagiarized his apology for plagiarizing a graphic novelist. He was also arrested for disturbing the production of "Cabaret," but said that he was trying to do performance art. He insists that he is a changed man, haven taken control of his life. more >>
The Evangelism Study Bible, scheduled for release next week, features thousands of notes, devotions, tips and other features that will help believers overcome fear and guilt and make them confident and joyful witnesses for Christ, publishers said.
By publishing the Study Bible, EvanTell, a ministry that trains and equips Christians to share the Gospel, has "brought a fresh perspective to the essential ingredient for evangelism – God's Word."
"Christians need to be taught how to share the Gospel clearly and how to do so with an accurate and careful handling of Scripture," said EvanTell Founder and CEO Dr. R. Larry Moyer, the general editor and primary contributor to the study material in The Evangelism Study Bible. more >>
In light of his new film "Saving Christmas," Kirk Cameron is also speaking out on Halloween celebrations, urging Christians to participate in the holiday this year.
"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" hits select theaters on Nov. 14, reminding Christians of the Biblical relevance of Christmas time. With explanations for the Christmas tree, Santa Claus and presents, the film helps put "the Christ back in Christmas." Furthermore, "Saving Christmas" attempts to debunk theories that Christmas is still rooted in pagan traditions. In a recent interview, Cameron addressed the same theories as they are applied to Halloween, clarifying why Christians "should have the biggest Halloween party on your block."
"The real origins have a lot to do with All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve," the actor told The Christian Post. "If you go back to old church calendars, especially Catholic calendars, they recognize the holiday All Saints Day, with All Hallows Eve the day before, when they would remember the dead. That's all tied in to Halloween." more >>