Month: January 2020

God promises deliverance for the Israelites but His comforting words fail to persuade them (Exodus 6:1 – 6:12).

Moses  again complained to God. His first attempt to convince Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery had failed. The Israelites blame Moses – who in turn blames God. God told Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. Because of my mighty hand, he will let them go. Because of my mighty hand, he will drive them out of his country.” God continued, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty but by my name, Yahweh, I did not make myself fully known to them. I established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving,

To win back our young Gen Z atheists, we have to act like Christians (and fight back).

It’s not often you hear “Christian” and “fight” in the same sentence. The words inherently exemplify opposite emotions – love and hate. Yet winning back the souls of Gen Z atheists will require both Christian attitude and an epic battle that some Christians may not be willing to undertake. The rise in Gen Z atheism The rise of atheism among Gen Z youth, those born after 1995, is astonishing. A recent study called the mass exodus from religion “the largest and fastest numerical shift in religious affiliation in the history of this country.” To the Gen Z’ers, atheism is widely accepted and, in some circles, even considered to be “cool”. Parents are to blame, of course. We failed to make Christianity and the church the center of

The yeast of the Pharisees – Jesus warns the disciples to be wary of Pharisees’ teachings (Matthew 16:5 – 16:12).

When Jesus and the disciples went across the Sea of Galilee, they forgot to take bread with them. Jesus told them, “Be careful. Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” The disciples discussed this among themselves. They assumed Jesus told them this because they had forgotten to bring bread on their trip. Aware of the discussion, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand and how many basketfuls you gathered afterward? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand and how many basketfuls you gathered afterward? How is it that you don’t understand that I wasn’t talking to you about

Moses and Aaron arrive back in Egypt and demand the release of the Israelites – Pharaoh responds with punishment of Hebrew slaves (Exodus 5:1 – 5:23).

After speaking to the Israelites about the task God has assigned them, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Our God, the God of Israel, has told us, ‘Let my people go so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is this god and why should I obey his command to let Israel go? I do not know this god and I will not let Israel go.” Moses and Aaron said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to our God or he may strike us with plagues or with a sword.” But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking

Pharisees ask for a sign – Jesus gives them a weather lesson because they are unable to interpret the signs of the times (Matthew 16:1 – 16:4).

The Pharisees and Sadducees (prominent religious leaders in ancient Israel) came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. Jesus sighed and said, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather for the sky is red’. When morning arrives you say, ‘Today it will be stormy for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation look for a sign, but none will be given except the sign of Jonah’” Jesus then left them and went away. What the story means to us today Many people still require “more signs” to convince them of the Bible’s truth It seems as

Revelation Epilogue – and invitation and a warning to all (Revelation 22:12 – 22:21).

In the conclusion to John’s vision, Jesus says: “I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes (do his commandments) that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning

Terrorist group Boko Haram executes pastor who turned hostage video into Christian testimony.

Lawan Andimi, a pastor for the Christian Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, was abducted on January 2, 2020 by Boko Haram militants. He gained worldwide notoriety when his captors released a video demanding he plead for his life. Instead, Andimi turned the video into a Christian message of hope. In last week’s video, Andimi offered testimony to his Islamist captors when he told them and the rest of the world that he was ready to die for his faith in Christ. “Be patient, don’t cry, don’t worry. But thank God for everything.” In the video, Boko Haram demanded a $2 million Euro ransom for his return. The church was only able to raise about $5 thousand Euros. Refusing to renounce his faith, Andimi was beheaded by Boko

Attacks against Christians and Christian churches in Europe have reached a record high.

Attacks against Christians and Christian churches in Europe reached records highs in 2019. New research from GIIPC found approximately 3,000 violent acts against European Christians in 2019, including looting, vandalism, and arson. Many of the incidents went unreported by the media. According to the report: “Violence against Christian sites is most widespread in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments are being vandalized, desecrated and burned at an average rate of three per day, according to government statistics. In Germany, attacks against Christian churches are occurring at an average rate of two per day.” According to the report, in countries such as France and Germany, violence against Christians often derives from competing religious groups. In Spain, by contrast, attacks against Christian churches are often carried out by anarchists

God sends Moses and Aaron back to Egypt – Moses performs the first signs for the Israelites (Exodus 4:18 – 4:31).

After speaking to God through the burning bush, Moses went to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.” The Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill your soul, your life, are dead.” So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand. The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that

Jesus feeds the four thousand – seven loaves and a few fish feed thousands of people (Matthew 15:29 – 15:39).

Jesus left the area of Tyre and Sidon and travelled along the Sea of Galilee. He went up a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds had followed him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, and many others, and laid them at his feet and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. They praised the God of Israel. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people. They have already been with me for three days and have had nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry or they may collapse on their way home.” His disciples answered, “Where could we get