Month: May 2014

A photo of William's missionary base on the Vanga River in the Congo.

When he died in 1938, this missionary thought he was a failure, 72 years later this was discovered

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24 NASV) Dr. William Leslie was a pharmacist in Ontario, Canada. In 1888, after his conversion to Christ, he worked for 35 years as a medical missionary with the American Baptist Missionary Union. During the last 17 years of his ministry, William worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo among tribal people in that remote area of the world. He returned from the mission field n 1929 and until his death in 1938, William believed his ministry in the Congo was largely a failure.

A Muslim converts to Christianity at Mecca, after Jesus appears to him in a dream. Photo: Wikipedia/Arlandra

Jesus encounters a man on the road to Mecca

Ali Pektash was a Turkish-born Muslim. He was an alcoholic and his life was falling apart. Because of these struggles, family and friends urged Ali to make a pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca believing this journey would help him get his life back together. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia where alcohol is banned. His friends thought this time away from drink might break his addiction. They also hoped the religious experience of Mecca would change his life.

‘Mom’s Night Out’ should be thankful for its critics

There is a verse in the Gospels, that every Christian should remember. In Luke 6:26, Jesus said: Woe to you when all men speak well of you… (Luke 6:26a NASV) In this verse, Jesus was telling his disciples that if your faith gets to the place where everyone likes you, then you are in trouble. If you are walking right, there will be people who will criticize you and you want their criticism. In fact, your critics become a sign that you are doing the right thing. This is probably no more true than for a movie currently in the theaters called “Mom’s Night Out.”

Makayla Sault and Leukemia

An 11 year old girl in Ontario, Makayla Sault has leukemia. Her parents have removed her from chemotherapy, which has a 70% chance for recovery. They have decided instead, to trust in Jesus and native healing traditions. I can’t imagine how painful it must be for the parents to see their little girl disabled by chemotherapy, with only a chance that she might live. This situation is a political threat for Ontario; native communities there have a history of violent protests, with guns. If the authorities apprehend Makayla and force her into treatment, the protests from native communities could be loud and violent. A defense committee has already been formed. 

Is England on the verge of criminalizing parenting?

If you want to see the future for North American watch what is unfolding in the United Kingdom. There are disturbing things happening in that country and when it happens there, its next stop seems to be North America. The Christian Institute is warning about recent legislation proposed for England redefining child neglect. If passed, it could potentially turn every parent in that country into a criminal. The Institute says the legislation will be introduced in the Queen’s speech on June 4, 2014. In this speech, English governments traditionally present their legislative goals in the upcoming session of parliament. According to a law passed in 1933, child neglect is limited to areas of providing basic care such as food, clothing and medical aid. Failure to do that could result in charges. However, the new legislation is expected to include emotional care in the list of abuses.

Spontaneous praise at the Atlanta airport

Members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas were on a return leg of their trip from a pastor’s restoration conference in South Carolina. They had a three-hour hold over in Atlanta before their flight to Shreveport. Included in the group were members of the Classic Worship Praise of East Texas. As they were waiting, a lady sitting nearby asked the group: “What do y’all do?”

Shocking Times of London cover accuses those in the man-made global warming camp of trying to suppress the truth?

‘The Times’ accuses man-made global-warming camp of a cover-up

This was the front page of a major English newspaper, The Times, Scottish edition, on May 16, 2014. It features a stunning attack on some of those promoting man-made global-warming, who the article states are trying to cover-up research that suggests things aren’t really as bad as they say it is. According to The Times’ article, global-warming scientists allegedly suppressed research that did not agree with their theory.

Did God's promise of a new hearts in Ezekiel 36:26, include physical ones as well?

Did God give a man a new heart, literally?

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26 NASV) In the Old Testament, the prophet Ezekiel peering into the future saw a day when God would give people new spiritual hearts. This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, Acts 2, when God poured out His Holy Spirit on the early church. That move was accompanied by many miraculous healings. But for Jon Funderburg, this promise of a new heart took on a very literal meaning. On February 2, 2006, Jon, 32, went to his doctor in Hot Springs, Arkansas complaining of a flu. With his symptoms worsening and an added complaint of stomach pain, the doctor ordered tests.

Mormon Advice?

In April of 2012, Steven Covey, a fit and an enthusiastic cyclist, was riding a bicycle on a rugged nature trail in Utah. He lost control of his bicycle and crashed, and weeks later died from complications of the accident. Steven Covey, born on October 24, 1932 was 79 when he died. At the time of his death he was a husband, the father of nine and the grandfather of 52. His financial worth was estimated at 1.5 billion. That’s billion, with a “b” and that is money that he earned in his lifetime. No doubt he was a highly effective person.

A hedge of protection? Rebecca St. James’ home miraculously protected from California wildfire

Gospel singer Rebecca St. James recently told how her home was miraculously protected from fires ravaging California in mid May. On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, St. James posted a message on her Facebook page stating her family was evacuating their home because of a California wildfire. She asked people to pray for them. She wrote:

Abandoned Coptic Church in Suez, Egypt: Flickr/Nathaniel Page

Young boy murdered because he might become a Christian pastor

Deborah Peters attends university in the US. However, in 2011 she was living in Chibok, Nigeria, the same city where the Muslim extremists group, Boko Haram, kidnapped nearly 300 girls attending a school with the intent of selling them as wives or into sexual slavery. Most of the girls were Christians. At a presentation to the Hudson Institute, Deborah shared her families brutal encounter with Boko Haram.

Miraculous healing on the Faroe Islands

Dr. Jenis av Rana is a doctor on the Faroe Islands located nearly halfway between Iceland and Norway. With ties to Denmark, the island is home to about 48,000 people Dr. Rana was presenting at the World Christian Doctor’s Network annual meeting held in Sofia, Bulgaria May 9-10, 2014. Each year, Christian doctors gather from around the world for fellowship and to share documented testimonies of healings. In his presentation, Dr. Rana spoke of the miraculous healing of a popular worship leader and song writer on the island — Eyðun Jacobsen.

Christian girls with their Muslim captors

The 12 Dollar Slave Wife

Boko Haram is a Muslim group in Nigeria that is considered more dangerous than some units of Al Qaida. In the name of God, they have struggled violently with the government of Nigeria since 2011, resulting in many deaths. Recently they raided a girls’ boarding school and kidnapped almost 300 high school girls, mostly Christians. Men with guns forced the girls to leave in the night, and their dormitory was burned. They were taken into the African bush, forced to convert to Islam, and dressed in hijabs. They probably would have been killed if they had refused. The plan was to sell them to Muslim men for about 12 dollars each, as wives. Apparently the intended result was marital bliss, husbands and wives, and later children, in families.

Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane as his disciples sleep. By Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) Photo: Wikipedia

Paga: The intercessor carries a burden

This is the last article in my series on the Hebrew word “paga” — translated intercessor or intercession in the Old Testament. The word is used in many ways and each I believe describe a unique aspect of prayer. In my earlier article I talked about the intercessor as one who negotiates with God. In this article, I want to discuss how intercession is a burden that God wants us to carry. According to  the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, one of the meanings of the word “paga” is “‘to lay, burden’ (Isa 53:6, ‘the Lord has ‘laid’ upon him all our iniquity’).”

Harvard University allows satanic mass on campus

UPDATED May 13, 2014: Various media are reporting the Satanic Mass originally scheduled to be held at Harvard University on Monday, May 12, 2014 was moved off campus to a nearby restaurant. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club sent out an email around 5 pm Monday, stating the event was moving off campus. A later email from the club stated they were not able to find a facility off campus for the ‘black mass’ and that the Harvard club was no longer involved in hosting the event. According to reports, those involved in the ‘black mass’ apparently went to a nearby restaurant and had their own meeting. ________________________ Harvard University will be allowing a group to conduct a Satanic black mass on its campus on Monday, May 12, 2014 A student group on campus, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club,  invited the Satanic Temple of New York City to conduct the mass.  It will take place at 8:30 PM at the popular Queen’s Head Pub in the University’s memorial hall. The student’s group even handed …

After being pronounced dead, a preemie baby comes back to life lying on his mother’s chest

Jamie along with his twin sister were born at just 27 weeks. Each weighed just two pounds. However, when doctors were unable to resuscitate Jamie after 20 minutes, they pronounced him dead. In tears, his mother, Australian Kate Ogg, asked if she could hold Jamie for a bit to say her last good-bye. She unwrapped Jamie from the blanket and held him against her body skin-to-skin. And for the next couple hours she held and cuddled him. She told Jamie his name and told him that he had a sister. Jamie coughed once early, but doctors said it was just a natural reflex and assured his parents that he was dead.

Christians feeling persecuted in England, senior Judge says Christian beliefs need to be accommodated

In England, many Christians believe they are not receiving the same protection under British law as other religious groups. And it is more than just a feeling. As deputy president of England’s Supreme Court, Lady Hale is one of Britain’s most senior judges. In a lecture to Yale Law School in the US this past March, she said England is becoming “less respectful” of Christians compared to other countries. Ironically, this includes some countries with less of a Christian heritage than England. Based on laws in the European Union, England is taking what Hale described as a “hard-line” approach in religious discrimination cases. And in most instances, Christians are on the losing end of the battle. 

Coptic image of Jesus courtesy Mission Oxyrhynchus

Early image of Jesus found?

Archaeologists from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and the Catalan Egyptology Society believe they located an early painting depicting Jesus. They date the image to somewhere between the 6th and 7th century. The large drawing was found in the remains of the ancient city of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt which was originally located on a ceremonial road that traveled from the Nile river to a Temple of Osiris — the Egyptian god of the underworld. The painting was on a wall in an underground room. Because of the bones and other artifacts found there, the archaeologists believe this was the burial tomb for a number of Christian priests and a writer — based on an ink well and pens also found in the area. 

Portrayal of earthquakes occurring between Jan and April 30, 2014  Image capture: PTWC YouTube animation

Record number of “great” earthquakes in April?

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) stated that April 2014 “easily” smashed the record for the most large earthquakes in one month since the Center started recording earthquakes in 1949. The earthquakes started abruptly on April 1, when a major one, 8.2 magnitude, hit Chile. The PTWC considers earthquakes greater than a 6.5 magnitude as large. During the month of April there were 13 major earthquakes. Though smaller earthquakes occur almost on an hourly basis on the earth, a normal month only averages between one and two large earthquakes exceeding 6.5. The PTWC noted that in April five of the earthquakes were greater than 7.8, resulting in tsunami alerts.

Paga: The one who speaks freely with God.

Paga: The intercessor negotiates with God

I am writing a series of articles on the Hebrew word “paga” commonly translated intercessor or intercession in the Old Testament. It is an unusual word that has a wide-range of meanings and each describes a particular attribute of intercession. In my earlier article, I discussed how “paga” referred to claiming territory for the Kingdom of God. In this post, I want to discuss the word “paga” and its meaning of negotiating with God on behalf of others.

Is the political left trying to demonize conservative views?

There are concerns that the political left in North American is trying to shout down any conservative views they don’t agree with. In this video, CBN News looks at the political left’s efforts to stop free speech and punish conservative values in Europe. The goal is to intimidate any who disagree with their extremist views. The video suggests the left has the same goal for North America.

The Bible calls laughter a medicine.

Laughter helps you remember

Recent research reveals that one of the best ways to stop memory loss is laughter. In fact, laughing may go one step further and actually improve a person’s memory. According to a report by ABC News, a group of scientists from California’s Loma Linda University tested 40 people on the effects of laughter. They were divided into two groups. They asked one group of 20 to watch a funny film that lasted about 20 minutes and told the second to calmly wait until the other group was done. When the movie was over, the two groups were  given memory tests. Saliva samples were also taken from each person, and they were tested for the stress hormone cortisol, as stress can have a negative impact on memory.