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We Are Called to Be Disciples, Not Consumers: Learning a Lesson from the Persecuted Church

By Dr. Michael L. Brown

Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand were Jewish Christians from Romania who were imprisoned, mistreated, and (especially Richard) brutally tortured for their unwavering faith. They would not bow the knee to the spirit of the age. They would not submit to the godless Communist agenda (or any other godless agenda). They would only bow the knee to Jesus.

Why did Jesus call Herod a fox?

There is an interesting story in the Gospel of Luke that tells of the day Jesus called Herod Antipas a fox. Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great, the brutal ruler connected to the birth of Christ, who ordered the deaths of the boys born in Bethlehem in an effort to assassinate Jesus. After Herod the Great died, his kingdom was divided and his son, Herod of Antipas, received a fourth of his father’s kingdom. He was called a Tetrarch, literally a ruler of a fourth, and his territory included Galilee and Jerusalem. Herod Antipas, who ruled during Christ’s ministry years and participated in Christ’s crucifixion, also ordered the beheading of John the Baptist, after the prophet criticized Herod’s marriage to his brother Philip’s wife, Herodias, who was also Herod’s niece (Matthew 14:6–11).. Luke’s story starts with a group of Pharisees warning Jesus to leave Herod’s territory because he was planning to kill the Lord. 31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere …

How gratitude rewires your brain

In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul writes that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). The Greek word translated ‘transformed’, metamorphoō, speaks of an utter and complete change. It is where we get the English word metamorphosis, which describes the process when a caterpillar builds a cocoon, dissolves, and reforms into a butterfly. The change is so dramatic that the butterfly can no longer eat the same thing that it did when it lived as a caterpillar. But for the believer, Paul adds that this transformation takes place as we ‘renew’ our minds. Paul uses the same Greek word, anakainoo, when he writes that we are ‘renewed in the spirit of our mind’ (Ephesians 4:22-24). Anakainoo means to ‘make new,’ ‘make different,’ ‘to renovate’ and refers to a dramatic change, and it’s this change in thinking that transforms us. But when Paul speaks of the spirit of our mind, he is speaking about what controls and directs our thinking. Some Bible versions, such as the NIV, …

Características de un intercesor: ¿Como las ‘protestas callejeras’?

English Version: Characteristics of an intercessor: Will you riot in the streets? En un articalo anterior , hablé de la parábola de Jesús sobre la oración. Se trataba de ejecución en el de una mujer con un juez corrupto ( Lucas 18: 2-8 ). Era un pasaje interesante como las palabras griegas retratados intercesión como poco más que una pelea callejera. Como Jesús concluye esta enseñanza, Él quiere separar claramente nuestro Padre Celestial por el carácter de la juez y dice: 7 ¿A caso Dios no hará justicia a sus escogidos, que claman [Boao] a el día y noche? ​​(V 7 NBLH) Cuando el juez de la justicia se vendía al mejor postor, Dios queria llevar a la justicia a aquellos que claman por ayuda. Donde los jueces corruptos retrasan la justicia ya que necesitan un toque sutil de dinero para abrir las puertas, Dios quiere responder rápidamente. La palabra griega para “llorar” usada aquí es “Boao.” Es una palabra llena de emoción – la ira y la frustración. Que significa gritar y elevar una queja. …