And Timothy reminded us that,
"All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (II Timothy 3:12)
And I'm pretty sure that it's mostly just us U.S. Christians who are really taken by surprise. Because certain American preachers (Oral Roberts, A. A. Allen, Robert Tilton, T. L. Osborn, John Osteen -- Joel's father--, Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth Hagin, for a few) were the main progenitors of the prosperity gospel.
I think it surprises us for two reasons:
Do you trust the news media? Do you believe that the information that they are giving you is true and accurate? If you answered yes to either of those questions, that places you in a steadily shrinking minority. Yes, on average Americans watch approximately 153 hours of television a month, but for their news they are increasingly turning to alternative sources of information such as this website. Big news channels such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox News are losing hordes of viewers, and they are desperately searching for answers.
A group working to protect Christians from blasphemy laws has said that international pressure on Pakistan is needed to overturn the death penalty handed to Christian mother of five Asia Bibi. Christian leaders in Pakistan have vowed to continue appealing the case and fighting for the mother's life.
"We continue to hope because, as Christians, our faith nourishes hope.
Opening night's performance interrupted with boos, shouts; NY mayor says rights of cultural institutions must be respected
Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday as part of an ongoing protest over an opera focused on the death of a Jewish man that critics say glorifies his Palestinian killers.
Gilbert points to Revelation 6:8 to underscore her concerns about what may be coming: "So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth."
The word for "beasts" in this passage comes from the Greek word therion, which, according to Gilbert, literally means "tiny beasts."
Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building.
Yeah this new Ebola Czar appears more and more to be a 'perfect' pick. He said this in 2008 when asked what the top leadership issue challenging our world today:
"I think the top leadership challenge issue in our world today is how to deal with the continuing, growing population in the world and all the resource demands it places on the world and burgeoning populations in Africa and Asia that lack the resources to have a healthy, happy life," Klain said.
Why the decision likely came from the White House.
But as Amir Rapaport, a veteran Israeli military-affairs writer and editor of the Israel Defense site, now reports:
The full truth...is much more severe: apparently, during Operation Protective Edge, the USA had completely stopped all connections with Israel's defense procurement delegation based in the USA. For days, no item whatsoever could be shipped. The expected airlift of US ammunition had never even arrived at its point of departure.
By Jan Markell
Today, one of the greatest seductions is that there could be world peace if only the Palestinians had a homeland. The film that came out in 2010 titled With God On Our Side is aimed at changing the end-time views of evangelicals and the theology that says the Jews are God's chosen people and have a divine right to the land of Israel.
Porter Speakman, the movie's producer, explains that there is a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support the people of Israel. He says there is a theology that doesn't favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians. Peace would be terrific if Palestinian leadership wanted peace with Israel. They don't. They want a one-state solution and the destruction of Israel. So whatever theology Speakman refers to is bogus.
A woman known as "Rehana" has become a hero across the internet as news spread that the Kobani soldier has reportedly killed more than 100 Islamic State terrorists single-handedly.
Rehana became famous in Kurdish Twitter circles after a photo of her giving a peace sign began to circulate on the social network.