Controversial Bethesda pool discovered exactly where John said it was

The Bethseda Pool discovered Image biblewalk.com

The remains of the Bethesda Pool found exactly where the Apostle John said it was located. Image biblewalks.com

There is a story in the Gospel of John that proved problematic for liberals who don’t believe the Bible.

I am talking about Jesus healing of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15). In the account, Jesus came across a lame man lying by the pool. According to tradition, when an angel stirred the waters, the first sick person to enter the pool was healed.

When Jesus asked the man, who had been lame for 38 years, how he was doing, the man said because he did not have anyone to help him, when the waters stirred someone always stepped in before him. Jesus said to him, ““Get up, pick up your pallet and walk” (v 8) and the man was instantly healed.

In the account, the apostle John gives us a some detail about the pool. First he said it was near the “sheep’s gate” and secondly it had “five porticoes” (verse 2). A portico, similar to a porch, is a covered entrance way. It was a five-sided pool. (more…)

The Arctic melt myth: Seven years ago Al Gore predicted the Arctic would be ice free — he was wrong

Showing the dramatic increase in the size of the Polar Ice Caps between August 29, 2014 and August 29, 2014. Base image University of Illinois Cryosphere project

Showing the dramatic increase in the size of the Polar Ice Caps between August 29, 2014 and August 29, 2014. Base image University of Illinois Cryosphere project

In 2007 — during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech — Al Gore predicted the ice cap of the Northern arctic would disappear because of man-made global warming. He even went one step further and said the ice would be gone in seven years — by 2014.

Ice free according to Gore meant an ice bed of less than 1 million sq kilometers, which means there would be just a fringe of ice along the coast lines.

However, in an ironic twist, for a second year in a row the Arctic ice bed has increased in size, not shrunk. This despite record amounts of CO2 being passed into the atmosphere each year, which Gore says is causing the ice melt.

The freeze over started in 2012 and in 2013, it caught a number of sailing vessels off guard. They were expecting to sail through the northern Arctic passage way unhindered, but instead were caught in ice forcing them to abandon their ships. (more…)

From 3 to 5 hours: Changing God’s mind through prayer

There is time to change God's mind. Image becosky... | Foter | Creative Commons

Is it time to change God’s mind?  Image becosky… | Foter | Creative Commons

Several years back, my wife and I attended a camp meeting in the U.S. God was moving in the services through the Toronto revival and both of us were impacted by God’s Spirit. 

One night, I felt the Lord tell me He wanted me to stay in the tabernacle and pray for three hours after the service.

The meetings were going late, so it would be about three in the morning before my head hit the pillow.

My preference was to go to bed. But it seemed like God, so I decided to do it.

Now to be honest, I was very legalistic about the time and I looked at my watch every 15 minutes or so to see how much time had past. 

I was a true watchman. God was going to get three hours and not a minute more. (more…)

The Other Side of Mars Hill

Mars Hill Church Wikipedia/Frank Brown

Mars Hill Church Wikipedia/Frank Brown

One of the best known “mega” churches in our times is the Mars Hill Church in Seattle Washington, U.S.A. Recently the news has been bad. The church has become so infamous that Google Search has a search category “The Mars Hill Controversy.” Something must be wrong when Google doesn

A random Internet search of the church’s name produced these titles:

  • [Pastor Mark] Driscoll to take break from Mars Hill pulpit
  • Why the Mars Hill Faithful Have Started to Question Mark
  • Church or Cult? The Control-Freaky Ways of Mars Hill Church
  • A Shunning in Seattle: A powerful megachurch’s harsh tactics raise questions about how much control churches should have over their members’ lives.
  • Worst Guy Ever Alert: Beware of Horrible Hipster Pastor Mark Driscoll
  • Protesters Call For Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Resignation After Multiple Scandals At Mars Hill Church
  • Controversy is now the news from Mars Hill Church.

(more…)

A key to successful prayer: Do you believe God loves you?

Baylor study shows the important connection between faith and trust when it comes to answered prayer.

Baylor study shows the important connection between faith and trust when it comes to answered prayer.

When the pharisees asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, He replied:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27 NASV)

Can anyone be commanded to love God or love anyone for that matter? Yet we are told this is the greatest commandment for a believer. How do we do it? The Apostle John provides the answer:

“We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NASV)

The key to being able to love God is first understanding and believing that God loves you and this is our “great” struggle to obeying the “greatest” commandment.

A study by Baylor University, published in the journal Sociology of Religion, concluded that understanding God loves us is even an important key to successful prayer. (more…)

More British Muslims fighing for Islamic extremists than the British Army

Why are hundreds of British Muslims fighting for the IS in the Middle East. Photo Tom Briker /Foter/Creative Commons

Why are hundreds of British Muslims fighting for the IS in the Middle East? Photo Tom Briker /Foter/Creative Commons

According to Khalid Mahmood, a British MP from Birmingham, England, there are more British Muslims fighting for Islamic State (IS) extremists in the Middle East than there are serving in the British army. The IS — which goes by various acronyms including ISIS (Islamic State in Syria) — is attempting to set up an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East.

The British army says there are 600 Muslims serving in the British army. MP Khalid Mahmood believes over the last three years 1,500 British Muslims have joined the IS in its fight in the Middle East. (more…)

A baby announcement goes viral

Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney, created a cute YouTube video to announce to family and friends that they were expecting a baby in February 2015.

They were shocked when the video went viral. Their video played off Cokes’ personalized #shareacoke ad campaign that has people’s voices change as they drink coke from containers with different names on them.

In their video, which now sits at 3.9 million views, the couple’s voices change as they drink from cans with different names imprinted on them. Their voices return to normal when they drink from the last two cans labelled ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad.’ This is followed immediately with an ultrasound image of their baby and the pregnancy announcement.

Numerous website around the world have played the video and it was even featured on Good Morning America. In an article published on Christianity Today, Pat who is a children’s pastor The Church at Rocky Creek said:

“The beauty of the video is that we didn’t intend for this to happen.”

 

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