by Fred Allen
Christians consistently decide what is good and evil based on their own knowledge and conscience instead of looking at or pointing people to Jesus Christ. Much of the time judgments follow their knowledge, and they condemn anyone and everyone they deem to be evil. When this happens, the life and actions of the Lord Jesus Christ are no longer the standard by which Christians live their lives. Christians are making all kinds of choices about good and evil without even considering what Jesus said and did. These decisions are resulting in divisions among Christian brothers and sisters, and even destruction of spiritual lives.
There are many who spend their time trying to find something or someone they can condemn and deem as evil. They often use terms like "I believe", "I think," "I feel", "I know" something or someone is wrong. These decisions are made from their own choices of good and evil instead of what Jesus said and did. Christians should think like Christ, use God's Word as the basis of judgment, and pray for godly wisdom and discernment in all situations.
In 1986, Mogadishu, Somalia, was the safest capital in Africa. The people were nomads and their world view was different than that of Westerners. Somalia was an isolated and unique place. It was partitioned by the colonial powers of England, Italy and France. This partition remains a sore spot with Somalis. Many pan-Somalists want to unify Southern Somalia, Somaliland in the north, Djibouti, northeastern Kenya and the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. Mogadishu was where we were introduced to the Third World and where our adventure began. Mogadishu was peaceful, so we didn’t worry about crime and the usual petty thievery of most African cities. Our biggest concerns centered on not getting sick, how to beat the heat and where to get a good meal. We learned to cope in an alien environment, and it was exciting.
God can speak to His people in a variety of ways, but for many, it is the gentle whisper of His heart that tugs most deeply at the heartstrings of our souls. In the pages of God Whispers: Nudges, Fudges and Butterfly Moments, you'll discover through the heartwarming stories of author Liz Thompson and contributors that no matter the circumstance, nothing can separate us from the love of God In this book, you will read stories of people who responded to God’s nudges, some who also fudged their response, and butterfly moments when we feel free. My hope is you will be able to relate, be encouraged, and remember your own experiences, and the next time you think God is nudging you, you will recognize it and act accordingly.
by Rick Hill
This guide is useful whether you are traveling to Israel with a group or studying about Israel in your home. It is filled with practical information that will enhance your tour experience and deepen your personal knowledge of the Land of the Bible and Bible times.
It is designed to help both young and mature Christ-followers to grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures. But it can be used by anyone interested in knowing more about Israel, Christ-follower or not.
The Lost Mandate is a clarion call to the Church for Christ-followers to man the battle stations to carry out this specific yet neglected commission of Christ as recorded in Luke 14:12-24. This is gut level, non-glamorous social and spiritual justice of the scary and lowly kind. Readers are dared to respond if they are willing to learn of the cost, to count the cost, and to pay the cost by joining Christ in fulfilling The Lost Mandate in reaching the world’s 1 billion people and their families who are affected by disability, the largest under-reached grouping of people in the world.
by Andrea Barringer
Annelyse Ortiz is a carefree young lady in her early twenties breezing through life. She’s on track to achieve her goal of finishing college, she’s content with her boyfriend, and she goes to church to keep her parents happy. Her carefully-constructed plans begin to shatter when she discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. She does the most drastic thing she can think of: join the Army. Then one day during a deployment to Iraq, tragedy strikes.
When Darkness comes to Riverside, California, it finds many students unprotected from its evil influence at a local high school. Lying in wait he preys upon those teens most vulnerable to manipulation. In the turmoil of bullying, cyber bullying, drug abuse and pregnancy, four teens are pushed to the brink of life altering decisions. Angel arrives in answer to prayers for help. They are told they can turn to God in prayer and He will help them through their toughest battles in life. All they need to do is believe.
Evil is on the prowl again wreaking havoc first in the war-torn middle east searching for those victims who are weak and worn down to use and manipulate. While there, it finds and tries to destroy two American soldiers who are returning to their base camp. Their vehicle is destroyed by a roadside bomb and they are both taken captive by the enemy. The family of one of the soldiers joins with the members of Abiding Presence Church in Riverside to pray for his safe return. Returning to Beachside city in California, the dark demon moves about creating conflicts for a military family on the local base. Captain Chris Scott is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and has become a danger to both himself and his family. Meanwhile the world has started to experience shared visions, dreams, and signs from God signaling a change to life as we know it. The separation among those who know God and those who choose not to, is becoming obvious. The lines are being drawn for a future battle between Good and Evil.