Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. - Hebrews 11:1 Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. It's a conviction of certainty about what cannot be seen. Faith serves as a filter through which Christians view their life experiences. The opposite of faith – doubt – binds and restricts our ability to experience the startling results Christianity offers us. When in doubt, don't.
If you think Donald Trump is the Antichrist, then pray – but above all, thank God for lessons learned.
Reader note: This article contains presumptive interpretations of the books of Daniel and Revelation and should not be taken as absolute or literal interpretation of the visions God provided us. It is important to recognize that we are not expected to decode the visions described but rather, to understand the message well enough to fit the pieces together when the events inevitably come to light. Could Donald Trump be the Antichrist? Is Donald Trump the Antichrist? It’s not surprising that it’s a question on many people’s minds. After all, we elected a man that despite living the antithesis of our beliefs, rose through a series of bizarre events into the most powerful position on the planet. Within days, protests erupted throughout the country and foreign partners (e.g. China) openly
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 God doesn't count our sins nor bind them to us – we have a choice – and nobody understood starting over better than Paul who went from Jesus' worse persecutor to his wildest fan. When we choose to follow Jesus, the slate is wiped clean and we begin anew, freed by our choice, and commitment, to live a Christian life.
How Christians should deal with death of a loved one (and no, every loss does not happen “for a reason”)
When we experience the loss or death of a loved one, hurt and pain are minimized through a variety of coping mechanisms. Often, we rationalize the death as having been the result of some unknown reason or purpose that is beyond our ability to comprehend. In truth, death is an inevitable stage of life that derived as a consequence of Man’s original sin in the Garden of Eden. Thus, the reason for a loved-one’s death may simply be – it was that person's time to die. Psychology describes five stages of grief and loss Most people deal with death in a familiar manner. Psychologist have found that humans often move through five stages of emotions (called the Kubler-Ross model) following a tragic loss. The time it takes
During the night, Jacob took his two wives, two female servants, and eleven sons to cross a ford on the Jabbok River. After sending his family across the river, followed by all his possessions, Jacob was left alone. During the night, a “man” wrestled with Jacob. When the man saw that he could not overpower Jacob, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip, dislocating it. The man told Jacob, “Let me go, it is daybreak.” Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel, because you struggled with God and humans but overcame all adversity.” Jacob plead with the man, “Please tell me your name.” The man