I even see it on sermonaudio, many churches no longer available to listen to. It's understandable, nothing lasts forever. I remember in 2013 News in Focus radio with Trevor Hammack was removed, it felt like I really did lose a local church!
Encouraging! He really believes in his church. They will open Casino's and Pro Wrestling first before they open churches.
But he will be made an example of. Let's see if the church is really important to people, as someone stated below, you can post John MacArthur links all you want, but if you don't support him now, your actions speak louder than words.
If your church is not important today, it won't be essential tomorrow.
A minister referred to Christ‚Äôs triumphal entry into Jerusalem and asked: ‚ÄúWhat if the donkey on which Jesus was riding had thought all the cheering was for him? What if that small animal had believed that the hosannas and the branches were in his honor?‚ÄĚ
On this easter day I won't answer any your questions, but I do want all of us to be like that donkey, On Palm Sunday, the donkey was merely a Christ-bearer, bringing the Son of God into the city where He would give His life for the sins of the world.
Let us develop a healthy ‚Äúdonkey mentality,‚ÄĚ what an asset (hehe!) that would be as we travel the road of life. Instead of wondering what people think of us, our concern would be, ‚ÄúCan they see Christ Jesus, the King?‚ÄĚ
there must be a misunderstanding... I posted this story because it's sad what is happening, I did not mean any contempt to anyone.
Infact, I would not be on this site full of thousands of great christian servants/preachers both ancient and modern alike.
Are you upset because I support easter, sometimes considered a pagan holiday? I have my reasons for following the scriptures, easter is just a modern name, what I really celebrate is passover and the feasts of Israel, not looking at moses who is just a shadow, but Christ in those feasts.
Or is it because I do not support the chinese underground church? I have my reasons for that, one being that the underground church is not a denomination and is filled with all sorts of sick doctrines.
Lastly it has to be the new "keyboard generation" of Christians who think they can fight the spiritual war through social media, on anti-christian platforms, instead of doing through their local church. It might seem like a bigger reach, but the impact is not. Virtual friends are not friends.
Those are the only 3 reasons I could think of where I had clearly shown contempt.
A 6 year old child was found in the original epicenter months ago, with his grandpa dead inside for almost a week. When the police asked why he did not run outside to ask for help, he said "Grandpa told me to stay inside"
Having been back home, I have used facebook, normally banned. And I've seen denial that judgement could never come to America, and peoples facebook posts reflected that, more games, more idolatry, I had always told my friends, how would a north korean believer feel when they see what you post? I've seen then regret, but no repentance, people,turning to music to calm themselves down, but not to prayer. I have seen funerals where unbelievers are sent to heaven by their friends. These are just my observations on north american culture. I can only wait upon the Lord, and let Him do what is,right
I'm celebrating easter with her, on different continents, but together in Christ ūüėä
I was encouraged by what I learned during passover that the Lamb was supposed to be eaten on the very day, so that it would not rot and spoil and "see corrupton". Christ as the passover lamb is the most important thing in my life recently.
As far as your question on missions, I do agree with you, I would go even further that we should quarantine some immature people from the mission field for they cause more harm than good. As to what is to be done, spiritual revival begins first in the church, in jerusalem, then spreads to judea, samaria, and then to the world. I pray for unity in all churches, that each person would participate in making their local church grow.
Many christians are realizing that their faith is built on sand. When people were suffering in other parts of the world, they were dancing in church, having giant spiritual slumber parties, playing video games, doing useless short term missions never to return or having a burden.
I pray this easter month more people would follow after Christ to calvary, and become mature christians.
So there is a national holiday dedicated to the death, burial, and ressurection of Jesus Christ, and you want it to stop? Next time someone says why the western culture is in apostasy, I will point fingers at YOU.
We are allowed to worship the word of God, because Jesus is the living word of God.
We are allowed to stalk our lord during the passion week.
We are allowed to celebrate passover just as Jesus did, breaking unleavened bread and understanding the meaning behind it.
I truly believe slander is the sin of the modern American church. God has many rods to judge with, not just war, and we are seeing it today.
Kirk Cameron is a wonderful servant of God, whose movie "Fireproof" did so much good for the world. To call him a liberal and works based is simply a lie from hell. To call him greedy and opportunistic is also a lie. You both have committed great sins, "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Job 38:2 ESV)
Here is my advice to anyone who wants to be humbled by God, a prayer that He always answers, and so few actually pray it:
"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" Psalms 139:23‚Ä≠-‚Ä¨24
I know a few Italians who regret that hug a chinese thing, let's not beat them over the head with it, instead we need to show love, care, forgiveness, and hope. Every Italian person has lost someone dear during all of this, it's a time of mourning for many, how would you feel if I came to your funeral and paraded all of your sins?
Every society on earth has sinned and condemned the world. This world is ruled by devils, and their demonic powers. It's a kingdom of darkness, with very little light. Be a city that shines on a hill. Go love someone
exactly what's done is done. With Nearly 3 months to prepare for this, you can't blame Bill Gates anymore.
With that said, Osteen is known as a motivational speaker, it's a reputation he rightfully earned, his place is known to give comfortable words to relieve worldly anxiety.
agree or disagree with him, he worked hard to earn this reputation.
What are you known for? Is your pastor/elders approachable? What is the reputation of your church? Joel Osteens congregation tithes a lot of money to him, what percentage of your church tithes? Don't get jealous, get repentant.