This byline has been popping up quite often lately as church pastors take a hard look at their controversial support for Donald Trump. On October 11, a Christian Reformed Church pastor from Holland, Michigan stepped down from his position due to the large support that his congregation has for President Donald Trump. It's a movement that is accelerating among America's Christian pastors. Keith Mannes has been a pastor for 30 years and said his concern for Trump grew after several events revealed that Trump was an instrument for "things that are just not very Jesus-like". He noted Trump's 2017 comments after the Charlottesville protest that there were "fine people on both sides". He also brought up Trump's famous photo op in front of St. Johns' Church
Jesus curses a fig tree and teaches the disciples that with faith, they can move mountains (Matthew 21:18 – 21:22).
After spending the night in Bethany, Jesus and the disciples travelled back to Jerusalem. Jesus was hungry. He saw a fig tree by the road and went up to it but found nothing except for leaves. He said to the tree, “May you never bear fruit again.” Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. They asked, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” Jesus replied, “If you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” What the story means to us today The
Upon entering Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. He said to the people there: “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.” The blind and the lame came to visit Jesus at the temple and he healed them. When the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the things Jesus did and heard the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David”, they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. Jesus replied, “Yes, Have you never read ‘from the
After healing the two blind men, Jesus left Jericho and travelled to Jerusalem with the disciples. As they came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives (just outside Jerusalem), Jesus sent two disciples ahead saying to them, “Go to the village ahead. You will find a donkey there with her colt near her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell them the Lord needs them.” This fulfilled the prophecy, “Say to Daughter Zion, see, your king comes to you gentle and riding on a donkey and a colt.” As instructed, the disciples retrieved the donkey and colt and placed their coats on their backs for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road while others
Texas grand jury indicts Netflix on felony “lewd exhibition” charges over Cuties film. Netflix says “we stand by the film”.
After Christians fumed over the controversial Netflix movie, Cuties, for its sexualization of young girls, a Texas grand jury out of Tyler County has indicted Netflix on state felony "lewd exhibition" charges. According to the indictment: "The movie knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value." In a statement on Tuesday, Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin said that after watching the movie, he "knew there was probable cause to believe it was criminal.” “The legislators of this state believe
Satanic Temple sues ad firm over refusal to allow promotion of TST abortions as sacred religious rituals.
We're used to bizarre news when it comes to the Satanic Temple but sometimes the news is so outlandish, it appears to be fiction. Sorry, folks, but this one is 100% real. The Satanic Temple has filed a lawsuit against an advertising company for its refusal to display billboards that promote abortion as a sacred religious ritual. The Satanic Temple (TST) filed the suit against Lamar Advertising which would not allow TST to display billboards near abortion clinics in Arkansas and Indiana to promote TST's "ritual" practice. TST is recognized as a religious organization by the IRS. By organizing a sacred "ritual" around an abortion, TST believes it can classify an abortion as a free exercise of religion allowing them to skirt regulations such as mandatory
God instructs Moses to consecrate every firstborn male in commemoration of the day Israelites were freed from slavery (Exodus 13:1 – 13:16).
God said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb belongs to me, whether human or animal.” Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast. Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, and Jebusites, the land he swore to your ancestors to give to you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you are to observe this ceremony in this month. For seven days, eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day, hold a festival