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The Believers gathered to worship like Christians do. As songs to Jesus were lifted up, one fell out on the ground and then another until four women were out on the ground, possessed by demons. It’s not something that most Baptists are used to seeing during a worship service in the United States, but on Beth Greer’s latest trip to Tanzania, this scene, albeit intense, was not completely unordinary. On Kome Island off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland in Lake Victoria, six out of ten inhabitants are demon possessed. Beth spent part of her trip on the island, sleeping in a tent, using a ziplock bag as a restroom at night, and telling the residents about Jesus using a stick and the dirt on the ground.
Many men, women and youth have no one who cares for them. They have no visitors, nor do they receive gifts at Christmas. You make Christmas special for them through this ministry. You provide hope and love. As a result, some have received the true Christmas gift. They have come to know Christ because you care.
Consider a gift this year to the Christmas Prisoner Packet Ministry. Click Here for more details
For more information please contact Harriet Johnson at 803.318.3853
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)
To many conservative Christians, the very words “social justice” suggests some sort of liberal theology or progressive ideology. People immediately think of words such as wealth redistribution and egalitarianism. But Christians must ask themselves, what is the Christian view of social justice? Continue reading →
I just got back from a 10-day trip to the Holy Land. It was a life-changing experience on so many levels. To be where Jesus was – to walk the streets – to see the sites – was absolutely incredible. I had no idea what to expect once I got over there. I had several people tell me that their lives were forever changed by their visit to Israel, so I went with great anticipation. My aunt has been several times and she told me that often she finds God uses the unexpected places to minister to her while she is there. I had a similar experience.
We sat on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed the storm. We walked the street (the exact street, the same stones) that Jesus walked on his way to Calvary. We saw the empty tomb, sat on the Mt. of Beatitudes, we were baptized in the Jordan River. We visited the house of Caiphas and sat in the same pit Jesus sat in while he awaited his crucifixion. We did it all! Each of these places was so special on the trip – I filled my journal with notes and thoughts at each spot. But, as it happens with my aunt, it was an unsuspecting place that stuck out to me the most on this trip.
It happened on Mount Precipice.
Luke 4 gives the account of Jesus teaching in the synagogue in Nazareth, his hometown. His listeners were pleased with him in one moment and filled with rage the next moment. They drove him out of the synagogue and up to Mount Precipice. The intent was to throw him off the cliff.
No one from his hometown spoke up. No one came to his defense. They all went the way of the crowd.
Luke’s account tells us, “But passing through their midst, He went His way.”
The scheme didn’t work – Undeterred; Jesus went from there to Capernaum to teach some more.
On this mountain, I prayed for my kids. Here is what I wrote, “God, surround my kids with friends who will stand in the gap with them.” That’s all, a simple prayer with a lot of meaning.
Parents, how are you praying for your kids? A lot of my prayers concerning my kids are prayers for the future and how God will use them. This is one of those “right now” prayers and it involves more than God’s protection.
“God, give my kids wisdom and discernment to surround themselves with godly friends who will fight along side them, cry with them, laugh with them, minister to and with them; friends who will truly stand in the gap when things get difficult.”
Rev. Philip Turner
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
I look around at various local churches in our denomination and I notice that the majority of them are still either predominately Caucasian or African-American. However, I also see many other local churches becoming more multi-ethnic or attempting, which makes more sense in our globalized world. Continue reading →
I love spending time with kids. An afternoon with a 5 year-old is exciting and inspiring because they truly want to be the best thing they can be. They are some of the greatest superheroes, ballerinas, and dinosaurs in the world! If you were to ask around, I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who would say, Continue reading →
The modern day university campus is the market place of ideas and, in many ways, the epicenter of cultural development. Countless trends in the U.S.— philosophically, spiritually, and culturally—begin on college campuses. Some of the most powerful industry leaders in today’s market began making their mark while still in college (i.e. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame). Not only that, but today’s college campuses in the U.S. are veritable micro-urban centers full of people from almost every nation on the planet. The cultural and intellectual exchange on our nation’s campuses is astounding. Because of this, the college years, which are some of the most creative, energetic, and formative years in our lives, are now more exciting than ever. Now that spring has arrived, many of our high school seniors are preparing to graduate and are in the process of picking where they will attend university; it is important they take a step back and appreciate the significance and excitement of this choice. But, they can and should also consider how wonderful of an opportunity they have to make a choice that could potentially influence countless other students for Christ no matter where they decide to study.
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