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Darlene Zschech reflects on new era of worship music:
Songs used to be uptight, they're fearless now
A pioneer of the modern worship era, Darlene Zschech says worship music has changed considerably compared to what it was just 10 years ago. “In some ways it's just gone ahead in such amazing leaps and bounds. I love some of the lyrical content that is around at the moment,” Zschech..... More
Loud storms surround me, but by heart is tranquil
Hiero-confessor Roman Medved1 was born in the year 1874. From 1907, he served as a priest in Sevastopol2, spiritually caring for the sailors of the Black Sea Fleet. In 1918, Father Roman moved to Moscow, and was soon appointed the rector of the (now destroyed) Church of the Holy Hierarch Alexiy on Glinishchevskiy lane. Since then, for more than 10 years, the main mission of his life was the creation of a church community and the spiritual care of Muscovites. ......More
A thing that fascinates me about God is his perfect wisdom. He knows everything. That’s quite
a statement, because it is literal. He knows every detail about everything that has ever been, he is omniscient. From the intricate details of how he put the universe together, to the thoughts, feelings and deeds of every single person who has ever existed, to exactly how the future of the world will play out. There is nothing he does not know. Existing outside of the time dimension he created for us to live in and know him, the deep past, the present and the distant future are equally familiar to him. Listen to just some of the declarations about this from the Old Testament of the Bible: “To God belong wisdom and power, counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13
“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the
heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah 51:15
As some of those verses indicate, knowledge by itself is not the same as wisdom. Wisdom is the
application of knowledge and experience to identify the best solutions for each circumstance. God
knows the best outcome for us in every situation. My personal view is that God’s perfect wisdom is perfectly aligned with his perfect love for us, resulting in his perfect plan for the whole of creation, and for each individual.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
You might ask, “Well if God’s plans are so perfect, why is there so much misery and evil in the
world?” Good question, and the answer is, he allows us (and everybody else!) free will to choose to do what he wants us to or not, otherwise we are not coming to him voluntarily, and he is not the kind of God who will be satisfied with coerced “believers” (that’s a whole other topic). Nevertheless, his perfect wisdom already knows what’s going to happen and how to get everything to work out for
the best in the long run, and through his divine perspective. “And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
If you are like me, you often feel like you are swimming around in a fog of ignorance, uncertainty
and doubt. How on earth can I make sense of my world and make good decisions if I just don’t know how things work or what’s going on? I am comforted when I remember that God is in charge, he’s got everything under control, and he’s looking out for me and my family, even though it doesn’t always seem that way from my limited perspective. I just need to pray for our needs, and trust that he will sort everything out for the best.
Thing is, our western society today places a lot of emphasis on rational thought and on our own
wisdom that has been built up through history. In this environment, the simplicity of the gospel and acceptance of it seem a little, well, simple. Not really sophisticated enough to be taken seriously. The apostle Paul had some pithy things to say about valuing our own wisdom above God’s:“Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe.” I Corinthians 1:21 New Living Translation.
“This ‘foolish’ plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far
stronger than the greatest of human strength.” I Corinthians 1:25 New Living Translation.
We cannot compete with God’s wisdom, it is perfect. We just have to trust and rely on him.
Lastly, I want to refer back to those Old Testament verses at the beginning of this post, and note
how God’s power is often described at the same time as his wisdom. That’s my next topic.
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DHS Arrests American Priest in Philippines for Allegedly
Sexually Assaulting Alter Boys
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has arrested an American priest living in the Philippines for allegedly sexually assaulting at least seven altar boys. American officials apprehended the 77-year-old Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks on Wednesday in the community...MORE
UK Home office finally admits reason for underrepresentation of Christian refugees
The UK Home Office has finally acknowledged that Christian refugees in the Middle East are “reluctant” to enter the refugee camp system, but refuses to state this is because of persecution.
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Christian Persecution is Ignored Because There's No Word to Adequately Describe It, Says Bishop
While Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, it's generally ignored because, unlike Muslims and Jews, Christians have no good word to describe it, a UK archbishop has said. Anba Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, said because there is no Christian equivalent for words such as "anti-Semitism" and "Islamophobia,"....More
Derby Cathedral banned vicar for not paying diocese "protection money"
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Is China's Totalitarian Social Credit System Coming To The US?
Recently, The Organic Prepper reported some shocking news of China's newest rollout: a social credit system. It's a system of surveillance and
governance using a social scoring system based on the state's perceived trustworthiness of the individual. Not only are social media and financial accounts tied into a person's "score" - much like a credit score ....More
Why Did God Create Woman?
This isn’t a popular thing to say in today’s culture, but God created man and woman. Gender was a deliberate thing. It is part of who we are and how we are made. Does that mean that all men act the same? Or all women act the same? No. Does it mean that a little girl that likes playing sports is a boy inside? ....More
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Turkey refuses entry to N. American Christian evangelist
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Anne Graham Lotz on finding strength in 1 Samuel 16:7 amid 'humiliating trauma' of losing hair to chemo
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has shared images of her shaved head after losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and expressed her
thankfulness that God values other things above outward appearance. On Monday, Lotz posted an update on her battle against breast cancer..More
Australia: religious freedom in the balance
In Australia, religious freedom is facing its most serious threat to date. Throughout the nation’s short history, the idea that religious freedom is a fundamental human right has simply been taken for granted. Consequently, no legislation has ever been enacted to protect religious freedom.....More