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World Religions: Revealing The Shocking Roots of Shamanism, Voodoo, & Animism

World Religions: Revealing The Shocking Roots of Shamanism, Voodoo, & Animism

We’ve all seen it in the movies — Africans, African Americans, and Indigenous Peoples in painted masks and feather headdress, chanting and dancing around a fire to drums. Why do they dance around in a circle? Why do they chant the same thing over and over again? Where did these pagan practices like Voodoo and […]

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The Stoning of St. Stephen the 1st Christian Martyr

The Boldness & Courage of the Christian Martyr: Would You Die for Jesus?

Christians all over the world celebrate the Day of the Christian Martyr every June 29th, which marks the martyrdom of the Apostle Paul. However, Paul wasn’t the first martyr. Yet, he was present at the stoning of the first one, Stephen. Stephen wasn’t one of Jesus’ first 12 disciples. Nevertheless, He was bold and zealous

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All Saints Day: Saint Fiacre

All Saints Day: There are 3 Types of Saints in the Bible. Should You Honor Them?

Who are the real saints in the Bible? Is every true believer in Jesus Christ a saint? What about the worship and veneration of saints? Is that a sin? Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day are the 3-day celebrations of “Allhallowtide” or “Hallowmas”. Should Christians — true, born-again followers of Jesus Christ participate?

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The Stoning of St. Stephen the 1st Christian Martyr

Day of the Christian Martyr: Help us, Lord, to be Bold like Them!

The Day of the Christian Martyr is celebrated every June 29th, which marks the martyrdom of the Apostle Paul. However, Paul wasn’t the first martyr. Yet, he was present at the stoning of the first one, Stephen. Stephen wasn’t one of Jesus’ first 12 disciples. Nevertheless, He was zealous — passionate — about spreading the

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Christian adult baptism

Why is Baptism Important for Being a True Christian? What’s the Truth?

Yesterday we talked about the Holy Spirit, our free gift from God, given to the disciples on Pentecost. Next in the Book of Acts is the birth and quick growth of the church. One thing that stands out is BAPTISM. The New Testament writers clearly explain why new, born again believers need to be baptized.

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David passed on the building of the temple to Solomon

1 Chronicles Finale: King David Passes On the Building of the Temple of God to Solomon

In the final chapters of 1 Chronicles, in obedience, David hands the reigns to his young son, Solomon, who’s only 14. He is called by God to build the Temple and it was a magnificent temple. But first, David gives the last orders for the staffing of the temple, the plans and the materials to

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David battles were victories by God

1 Chronicles 18-20: Victorious David Shows that Our Life Battles Belong to the Lord

We all have battles in life. They could be relationships, illnesses, financial hardships, war, storms, droughts, you name it! The idea is to give it all to God. Today’s chapters in 1 Chronicles show how David was victorious against Israel’s enemies only with the help of God. Let’s dig in… 1 Chronicles 18 – David’s

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King Herod and the Wise Men

Between Malachi and Matthew: Greedy, Obsessed People, Far from God, Vie for Power

When last we left the Hebrew people, they were enjoying 100 years of independence from any Gentile nation as the Hasmonean Dynasty. Why only 100 years? Where was God all this time? Today, we conclude the story with various people — both men and women — vying for power, and not caring who they crush

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Seeking a God who was silent for 400 years

Between Malachi and Matthew – 400 Years – When God was Silent

During the 400 years between the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi and first book of the New Testament, Matthew, the people didn’t hear from God. It’s called the Intertestamental Period. What happened during those years? Was God really silent? Did He abandon Israel — His chosen people? In this special 2-part series, we

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Jesus, High Priest & King

1 Chronicles 5-9: King or High Priest? How can Jesus Actually be Both?

Today we’ll finish off the genealogies and show how they point to Jesus Messiah as both our King AND High Priest. Furthermore, you’ll see how we born-again believers, with the Gift of the Holy Spirit, we are His Royal Priesthood until He removes us from the earth in the Rapture. Let’s dig in… 1 Chronicles

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1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 1-2: The Importance of Lineage From Adam to Jesus Messiah (Part 1)

Several years ago, I dug into my family’s ancestry. I knew one of my mom’s cousins was a well-known Socialist revolutionary in Spain. For some reason, she was proud of him. Yet, on my dad’s side, I discovered my great great grandfather helped to abolish slavery in Puerto Rico! Now, that’s something to brag about!

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Nehemiah 9-13: Anything Defiled Can Be Purified and Made Right with God

They say confession is good for the soul. By the way, that’s NOT in the Bible! It’s actually an old Scottish proverb. Still, it’s true and we see that in the final chapters of the Book of Nehemiah. Jerusalem, the wall, the city and the temple are rebuilt, re-inhabited, re-dedicated and re-committed. Yet, what was made right with God doesn’t stay that way. Seek the truth…

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Eastern Orthodox Church

The Eastern Orthodox Religion: What are their Beliefs? Are they Saved?

The Eastern Orthodox Church, specifically the Russian one, has been elevated in the news a lot since Russia invaded Ukraine. I watched videos of Vladimir Putin worshiping in a church in Russia. My first thought was — if he is truly Christian, as his ritualistic worship indicates, how can he be so cruel as to invade a country without provocation? Seek the truth…

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Esther 1-2: A Courageous Story of Providence: A Jewish Girl Becomes Queen

Providence. Esther was a “fish out of water”. This historical account takes place in 438 BC. That’s over 100 years since the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and took all the Jews away. Since then, some went back to start rebuilding — we’ll get to those stories in Ezra and Nehemiah next — however, many stayed. This is where our story starts. Seek the truth…

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