Open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
Open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.
Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, the powerless, because of the anger and might of the powerful.
Show us where love and hope and faith are needed, and use us to bring them to those places.
Open our ears and eyes, our hearts and lives, that we may in these coming days be able to do some work of justice and peace for you. Amen.
|Monotheistic, Trinitarian, (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6-8; Matt. 28:19;2 Cor. 13:14).||Monotheistic (5:73; 112:1-4), denies the Trinity (5:73).|
|Jesus is God in flesh (Col. 2:9).||Jesus is not God (5:17, 75).|
|Jesus was crucified (1 Pet. 2:24).||Jesus was not Crucified, (4:157).|
|Jesus rose from the dead (John 2:19-20).||Jesus did not rise from the dead.|
|Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 1:1).||Jesus was not the Son of God (9:30).|
|Holy Spirit, 3rd person in the Godhead. He will bear witness of Jesus (John 14:26; 15:26).||The Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel (2:97; 16:102).|
|Salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).||Salvation by sincerity and works (3:135; 7:8-9; 21:47; 49:14; 66:8-9).|
|The Devil is a fallen angel (Isaiah 14:12-15).||The Devil, Satan, is not a fallen angel, but a fallen Jinn (2:34; 7:12; 15:27; 55:15).|
|Man is fallen, a sinner (Rom. 3:23).||Man is basically good.|
|Disciples were Christians (Acts 11:26).||Disciples declare themselves Muslims (5:111).|
|Worship on Sabbath (Exodus 20) then later on Sunday (Rom. 14:5-6; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2).||Worship on Friday (62:9).|
|Miracles, numerous are recorded (1 Cor. 15:3-5, etc.).||No Miracles recorded, except they claim the Qur’an is a miracle.|
|Makes numerous prophecies (Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2, etc.||Makes no prophecies.|
Knowing God’s Will – Insight from George Müller
When it came to knowing God’s will, George Müller (1805-1898), an English evangelist and philanthropist, was remarkably and humbly gifted. A man of faith and prayer, Müller established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. The following are wonderful excerpts from one of his essays. (more…)
Thank you for all the positive influencers in my life today.
Thank you for everyone who has ever prayed for me
And for anyone who will pray for me in the future. Thanks
especially for the people of strong faith that you have placed
in my path and the positive impact they have had on my character.
Insulate me from experiences that compromise my full potential. Move me away from distractions, diversions, and temptations. Keep my thoughts fixed instead on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise. I know that nothing guards my heart more than being in your will.
Protect me, Father, from any person or relationship that would slowly prod me down the wrong path. Cause me to become hypersensitive to the people in my life and the sometimes subtle influence they are having on my spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical habits. Bring wise, genuine friends into my life, and dissolve any ties with those who may weaken my relationship with you.
In Jesus’ name,
Where Is the True Church? and Its Incredible History!— Chapter 4 – “TRUTH” OR “LOVE”—WHICH COMES FIRST?
The apostle John repeatedly taught the importance of both Bible truth and godly love. To understand the identity of the true Church, it is vital to recognize which of these is the foundation for the other.
The large, respected, well-known church of this world in which I grew up was comprised of millions of “believers”—people who believed in and talked about Jesus. No doubt, most of them were sincere. They also talked much about “Christian love.” Many sermons had this topic as their theme. Sometimes it seemed that “Jesus” and “love” were the only two subjects preached. In fact, this describes the diet served every week from pulpits in tens of thousands of churches. (more…)
“When I don’t fear death as much, I am less afraid of dying to myself. It sounds so obvious. When I’m absorbed with myself – my needs, how much attention I’m getting, doing things my way, everything in reference to me – it is pretty difficult to find God. The “space” inside of me is pre-occupied. However, as my openness to and hunger for a loving presence grows, I am de-selfished and freer. Often my self-pity or self-focus comes out of a fear that I won’t have “enough.” I fear any “emptiness” so I “fill” it quickly. However, when I ask to be emptied, I discover an empowering fulness. When I become more and more focused on how very much is being offered me in the loving presence of Jesus, discovered in every part of my day, I discover the power of Augustine‘s prayer: “O Lord, Our God, you have created us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
When is a person converted? I have known many who doubted their conversion because they had never been taught the meaning of true conversion. When under fire—under pressure—they lacked the confidence to know they could effectively address their problems. They were not sure that they even had the power to overcome them.
Since the devil—the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33)—deceives the whole world, he also seeks to confuse professing Christians about this most important subject. In fact, because so much is at stake in this understanding, he pulls out all stops. The thing he hates most is even a single human being turning to God. (more…)
In one of the most powerful, dramatic and profoundly important statements in the Bible, Jesus Christ declared, “I will build My Church” (Matt. 16:18). He did not say “churches,” “fellowships,” “sects,” “denominations” or “communities of believers.” No matter how men try to place an interpretation on it, this passage speaks of a single Church—of one, undivided organization! Jesus continued, “and the gates of hell [the grave] shall not prevail against it.” He promised that His Church could never be destroyed. (more…)
It started with Mary. She was a young Jewish girl engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. Mary thought she had her life planned: marriage, bearing children, raising a family, growing old together with Joseph, one day enjoying her own grandchildren and perhaps great-grandchildren.
Mary had no hint that she had been selected to experience a monumental, life-changing event, a major step that would be part of the overarching Plan of God, affecting all peoples—past, present and future. (more…)