Part 1 of 5 in our series - 5 Things the Bible Doesn't Teach - There are some prevailing ideas about Christianity today that sadly have no basis in the Bible. For example, many Christians believe the state of Israel plays a role in final events, when in fact the Bible says differently. Another prominent opinion is that at the end of time there will be a Secret Rapture where some faithful ones will be whisked away to paradise in secret while those who are 'left behind' will get a second chance to get their act together. But the Bible actually teaches something entirely different. If you've ever heard of any of these issues, you will enjoy this message to help you clarify what Christians teach and if in fact the Bible confirms or denies that popular teaching.
This past week my wife became a mom. I have such a new appreciation of mothers everywhere.
“Next to God, the mother’s power for good is the strongest known on earth. We may safely say that the distinctive duties of woman are more sacred, more holy, than those of man.” -Ellen White
A mother is the queen of her household. Her word is law. A wife is to be her husband’s equal. Her work in educating her children is as important as a King. The story of Jochebed shows us how important being a faithful mom is.
When Jesus is asked about the end of the world, He says that it would be much like the days of Noah just before a flood came onto the earth. What were those days like? Are we seeing the same scenes play out today?
The story of Joseph is one of the most epic stories in history. He was sold into slavery by his brothers, accused of rape, falsely imprisoned for many years, and seemingly forgotten by God. But then everything changed. What are we holding on to that gets us through the trials and tribulations of life?
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Have you ever had someone look at you and it left a deep impression?
The last night of Jesus life contains the story of two of his disciples - Judas and Peter. Both would contemplate ending their life. What made the difference? Peter denied him in front of everyone, Judas pled for Jesus deliverance. But what happened in the hours following changed everything.
In a world where men dominated the culture, one woman stood up with boldness when no one else would. Her story may be one of the greatest stories of courage and fearlessness the world has ever known. She was a mother, a warrior and one of only a few woman prophets in history. She reminds us of those powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
What do we do when faced with a situation like David - staring at the Goliaths of our lives? What do we rely on? What can give us hope?
The story of Job shows us the behind the scenes picture in the battle between good and evil. It also shows us the power of faith in both good and bad times. What kind of faith do you have? Is it tested and proven resilient?
The story of Abigail has a powerful lesson on the influence of Kindness and Candor.
The Story of Mary Magdalene has lessons that have been applicable throughout time.