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"Why Did Jesus Die?" A former agnostic wrestles with some of Christianity's most basic issues By Alan Scholes "It's fun to debate with Christians because there are so many contradictions in the Bible."
The Old Man And The Sea After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's pastor once again slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit, and gave a very brief introduction of his childhood friend. With that, an elderly man stepped up to the pulpit to speak. "A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the Pacific Coast," he began, "when a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high, that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright, and the three were swept into the ocean as the boat capsized." The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat interested in his story.
Corrie ten Boom has long been honored by evangelical Christians as an exemplar of Christian faith in action. Arrested by the Nazis along with the rest of her family for hiding Jews in their Haarlem home during the Holocaust, she was imprisoned and eventually sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp along with her beloved sister, Betsie, who perished there just days before Corrie's own release on December 31, 1944. Inspired by Betsie's example of selfless love and forgiveness amid extreme cruelty and persecution, Corrie established a post-war home for other camp survivors trying to recover from the horrors they had escaped. She went on to travel widely as a missionary, preaching God's forgiveness and the need for reconciliation.
The Bible's Buried Secrets PBS Airdate: November 18, 2008 NARRATOR: God is dead, or so it must have seemed to the ancestors of the Jews in 586 B.C. Jerusalem and the temple to their god are in flames; the nation of Israel, founded by King David, is wiped out.
According to the New Testament, the life of Jesus was played out in a relatively small geographical area of the world. Most of the major sites associated with Jesus' life are in Israel and the West Bank, with the few exceptions including the childhood journey to Egypt, a healing miracle in Tyre (modern Lebanon) and his possible baptism in modern-day Jordan. But within this small area, Jesus traveled a great deal, especially in the course of his three-year ministry in the region of Galilee. Below is an interactive aerial map of Jesus' life and travels. Click on site names to find them on the map and click markers for information about that site and links to articles and photos. Scroll down for an illustrated list of Jesus sites , with associated biblical references and links to articles and photos.
What do you think is the number one most popular religion in America? I’ll give you a hint: its not Christianity. Its also not Islam, Judiasm, Buddhism, Taoism, or the Home Shopping Network. According to Christian Smith, a sociologist at Notre Dame, the primary expression of faith in our day–at least for young adults–is what he calls “Moral Therapeutic Deism.” This religion is characterized by five beliefs: –There is a God who created earth and watches over it
Religion is a form of rules and rituals with the thought of pleasing or appeasing an unapproachable god and in some way through acts or actions earning his favor. Religion believes that "the best you can do is good enough." Religion can't seem to believe in a sovereign God who has already done all that is needed for the individual to be reconciled to Himself. Has provided for the power to meet the demands of His loving ways and blueprints for life that He guarantees will produce the fruits of righteousness, love, joy and peace. Christianity is not a religion, it is a way of life.
Have you ever thought, "Where was God on 9/11 when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked?" Well, I know where my God was on the morning of September 11, 2001, and He was very busy! He was discouraging people from taking those four flights. Together they could accommodate more than 1,000 passengers, yet there were only 266 aboard. He was on those four flights giving the terrified passengers the ability to stay calm. Not one of the people who was called by a loved one on one of the hijacked planes mentioned that passengers were panicked, nor was there any screaming in the background.
A prayer journal of George Washington (age 20) - Sunday Morning Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me.
November 18, 2009, 9:05 AM This radical Christian's ministry for the poor, The Simple Way, has gotten him in some trouble with his fellow Evangelicals. We asked him to address those who don't believe. By Shane Claiborne More from this author To all my nonbelieving, sort-of-believing, and used-to-be-believing friends: I feel like I should begin with a confession.
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
The Uniqueness of Christianity God's love impelled him to take action to help his creatures gone astray so when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman (Gal 4:4) Jesus is the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, who was sent for love of mankind: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus 1. The Temple 2.
The Line of Jesus through Joseph The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.