“When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” Then [Jesus] said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them.” (Luke 21:8–13, NIV 1984).
“In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so…
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Franklin Graham, the eldest son of the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last month at the age of 99, shared with his followers on social media what’s written on the “simple” marker on his father’s grave.
On Twitter, Graham wrote that his father “was laid to rest on the grounds of @TheBGLibrary” beside his wife, Ruth, and the etching on the marker reads:
Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ
The verse reads, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
In another tweet, Graham wrote that his father has said, “I’m prepared to die, in fact I’m looking forward to it—And when you’re prepared to die, you’re also prepared to live.”
Earlier, he explained on the Today show the reason behind the epitaph: “When my mother passed away, we knew…
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A big thank you to Brandon, from the blog Brandon J Adams – For millennials seeking the abundant life of Jesus graciously wrote a post for Song of Virginity – and without further ado:
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast
There’s a tale old as time, all right, but not the Disney version. It’s a heartwrenching remake.
I’m watching it, again, at my workplace right now.
Guy and Girl get together. Girl becomes Mother Girl. Guy tries to stick around at first. Guy finds himself overwhelmed by Mother Girl’s and Baby’s needs. Guy gets noticed by Other Girl. Other Girl sidles up to Guy with sweet words that Mother Girl hasn’t had the energy to muster up for a while. Guy lets Other Girl linger just a bit. Mother Girl gets upset. Guy grins hunky grin, thinks Mother Girl is overreacting. Other Girl brazenly presses. Backtrack four sentences and repeat until Guy…
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We are familiar with the story of Jesus walking on water during a dark, stormy night and granting Peter’s bold request to join him.
Bible teachers point to Peter’s lack of focusing on Christ as the cause of him sinking underneath the waves.
Even though this lesson is true, believers may miss another important lesson from this story.
At least Peter got out of the boat!
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So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Ezekiel 37:7
Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones is a dramatic picture of the restoration of the nation of Israel, and it’s one of the most important prophetic chapters in the Bible. But behind the prophecy is a biblical reality. God can resurrect the body—perfectly, completely, and supernaturally.
In this vision, Ezekiel was carried to a great valley littered with dry bones, baked white by the sun. As he watched, the bones began to reassemble themselves into complete skeletons, and then bodies appeared around them with sinews and flesh and skin. Breath entered them, and they stood up, alive, a mighty living army.
Though the application of the vision involves the restoration of the nation of Israel, there’s reality behind the…
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