It would seem the practice of witchcraft would have somehow banished by now – reduced to the image of a cartoon character thus minimizing it to mere fantasy, perhaps in an effort to eliminate man's fears or an attempt to dismiss its spiritual validity. Yet, with each generation we see its subtle influences shed, then re-emerge in a new skin.
Witchcraft has been around for centuries. It's forbidden practice under suspicion and persecution from the Old Testament through the Early Modern Witch Trials and beyond.
Once considered the wise one who lived at the edge of town, the witch was known as the village healer, midwife and storyteller. Many feared this woman who practiced the forbidden arts and who it was said, had the power to summon the dead at the risk of her own life. Yet ironically, when it seemed one's own faith came up short of their wanted desires, they sought answers from what many saw as a peculiar woman. Some even resorted to her counsel, believing God had turned a deaf ear to them as was the case with King Saul. more >>
When Robin Williams committed suicide, figures were released on the skyrocketing numbers of middle-aged men taking their lives. Unexpected health problems, derailed careers, financial implosions and exposure of sexual dalliances were some of the factors.
In the past few years there seems to be an epidemic of adulterous and sexually inappropriate relationships coming to light on a regular basis. Let's be honest, it's alarming to many of us onlookers plus causes much fear and trepidation among spouses who ponder the question, "Are we going to be next?"
And it's not just marrieds who are scratching their heads. Religious authorities are struggling watching the chilling increase of moral failures in their ranks. more >>
While we are concerned with terrorism, and rightly so, there is a greater threat from within. We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation before our eyes.
I recently had the privilege of speaking to Congressional staffers in Washington D.C. The message was from 2 Chronicles 7:14,"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Here is a closer look at the last command, the one most ignore: more >>
Singer Selena Gomez has apparently turned to her faith for help in dealing with her breakup from fellow singer Justin Bieber.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, Gomez attended well-known pastor T.D. Jakes' church and later posted a photo of herself and Jakes on Instagram. She captioned the photo, "This morning @bishopjakes The Potters house. Unbelievable message. Had me in tears. Thank you Bishop for reminding me why I should always keep going."
Gomez and Bieber have had a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship. Before the latest split, the couple was seen attending Bible study and church services together. However, one particular post led to speculation that Gomez was again single and doing her best to deal with her singleness. more >>
CHARLOTTE — Due to the evidence, a generation of skeptics are now open to believing in the resurrection, the foundational event for the Christian faith, Gary Habermas explained at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's 21st Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics.
Critics have recently begun to acknowledge facts central to Jesus' resurrection, he claimed.
Habermas, distinguished research professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University and visiting professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, is an expert on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has written 18 books, and over 100 book chapters and journal articles on the topic. His next book will be 3,000 pages compiling his life work. Half of the book will be new material that does not appear in any of his previous books, Habermas announced during his talk. more >>
It's important for us to read and understand God's word because in the Bible it tells us that we can't grasp it on our own. One area that is difficult for us to grasp is about loving and forgiving our enemies.
In a society that tells us to look out for ourselves, it's hard to love and care for others we are not too fond of. But, it is important to love and trust God's word especially when it comes to our enemies.
Below are 7 Bible verses on loving and forgiving our enemies: more >>