Monday, 4 November 2019

Three Reasons Christian Men Should Love Strong Women

 Reasons Christian Men Should Love Strong Women

Women, if you are at all like me, you’ve most likely heard such things as “you’re too intimidating to guys” or “you must strong of opinions” or “men don’t want smart, strong women as if you. Inches Should you haven’t heard this stuff, I’m so glad for you personally. Comments such as these appear to point out that it is wrong to become a strong lady, or that it is looked lower upon to become brave, opinionated, blunt, or well-educated.

The choice is weak women. Simply writing individuals' words together makes me cringe. Is the fact that what we should want in today's world today? Really? Is the fact that what Christian men ought to be desiring?

Paul Maxwell asks exactly the same question: “Do we would like women to become weak? And also the answer must forever be, based on Scripture, ‘May it not be.’ Strong women are as critical as strong men to God’s purpose within the church.”

It isn't simply because I’m a lady who I accept him. After I browse the tales of ladies within the Bible, I do not see weakness. I do not see women being quiet or holding back or residing in fear. I see women like Mary humbly and fearlessly giving their lives for that will from the Lord, saying “May your word in my experience be satisfied.” There is nothing timid for the reason that lady, and that I don’t want there to become such weakness in females today either.

In my opinion, women ought to be strong, which real men of belief should love strong women for those they're.

Strong women raise believing men

In 1 Timothy 1:5, we have seen Paul reference the force and belief of both Timothy’s mother and grandmother. A lot of us have fathers who're absent or disengaged, and the existence of strong women within our lives is really an effective one. “We reside in a world where we want strong women to create men strong,” Maxwell states, “because sometimes there are simply no men there to get it done. Inches For those who have a powerful lady inside your existence that has helped shape your belief and lift you right into a believing adult, thank them and praise God on their behalf. “In a time where fathers frequently neglect to give the present of belief for their children, the long run frequently hangs on the effectiveness of women to achieve that gospel work,” states Maxwell.


Strong women expose evil men 

There are many tales through the Bible that illustrate this well, and Maxwell highlights Jael’s story in Idol judges 4. This lady drove a tent peg with the temple assertive who had been an opponent of those of God-- “Thank God Jael wasn’t meek and submissive and sincere toward this friend of her wayward husband,” he states. “She wasn’t someone to be trampled on. Strong women reject the demands of evil men.” I’m advised from the story of teen Malala Yousafzai who “spoke out from the Taliban regime which had surpassed her rural township and banned women from schools,” Crosswalk.com adding author Jeffrey Huston stated in the overview of the film about her existence. “By the time she was 15, Malala’s voice became so influential the Taliban released a murder attempt on her behalf existence - and nearly been successful.” She, too, would be a strong lady prepared to risk her existence to talk out from the evil men around her, and also the world knows her name due to her bravery.

Strong women rebuke good men

Let’s take a look at Abigail’s story present in 1 Samuel 25. David was getting down to kill Nabal (an average, surly man) who had been married to Abigail (referred to as intelligent and delightful). Abigail knows what is going to happen, and she or he would go to David by having an offering of food, wine, and sheep to try and change things. “In short, Abigail cautioned: ‘Be careful. Don’t make use of your power in a manner that could make you guilty,’” Maxwell states. I know it was not what David desired to hear for the reason that moment, as he desired to lash out, use his pressure, and finish the existence of the foolish man… however, it was what he required to hear. The finish of chapter 25 shows David thanking Abigail on her good judgment as well as for keeping him from bloodshed. “Strong women rebuke good men, who require assistance in their weaknesses, who require someone to assist them to observe how to become strong,” Maxwell states.


Women, be strong. Be bold and brave inside your belief, and live humbly operating to the good Father. And men? Pay attention to what Maxwell states: “Real men love strong women, because God’s glory is gorgeous, and ‘woman may be the glory of man’ (1 Corinthians 11:7).” Never be afraid of women of strength, but recognition them and provide your lives alongside these to bring God praise.


Let’s celebrate strong, brave, beautiful, effective women of belief. And men, love individuals strong women well.

The Reason Theology Matters in Business

A Quick Guide to Christian Business Theology


When I attended theology school (2008-2010), the professors never discussed business. (Although most of my former seminary classmates are now working in for-profit companies, in seminary, we were instead becoming prepared for pulpit ministry or to become seminary professors.)

When I attended business school (2010-2011), the professors never discussed the Bible. (Although I didn’t attend a “Christian” business school, I have learned that one could scarcely tell the difference of the teaching in a Christian business school classroom from that of a secular business school. Usually, Christian universities are simply content to find someone who can teach business who will identify as a Christian by signing a “statement of faith”, ensuring that the professor is at least a Christian in name only.)

I can’t blame my professors for not helping me to develop a well-formed theology of business. In most cases, they simply didn’t have one themselves. Their own professors probably didn’t have one, and their pastors likely didn’t have one either.

It wasn’t until after my theology and business schooling that I realized I had not yet done the deeper work of discovering what the Bible says about business matters. Since then, I have written two books, recorded over 110 podcast interviews, written dozens of blog posts, and produced an entire course to highlight what the Bible teaches about business.

During this time, I have discovered that many others share this same hunger to know God’s will for the marketplace and for our individual assignments within it.

How we see God is how we see business


Richard Hooker, a prominent 16th-century Anglican priest, defined “theology” as “the science of things divine”.

Augustine of Hippo defined the Latin equivalent, theologia, as “reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity”.

Theology literally means “the study of God”, and none of us will completely figure God out on this side of eternity … no matter how much we study Him. What’s important is that we never stop our pursuit of knowing Him. We must never settle for assuming we’ve reached some sort of enlightened nirvana state where we don’t need to keep learning and growing.

The Bible says “we know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9a). This limited “part” is what you know about God and how you view the world in relation to Him. As a Christian, this “part” is your theology, and my “part” is my theology.

Within the framework of your theology, there is a certain way you view the issues of life in relation to God (e.g. business, politics, parenting, education, congregational worship, etc.). The way you view God focuses (or distorts) the lens through which you view all the issues of life.

This is why medieval scholars viewed theology as the “queen of the sciences”. Logically, they believed they couldn’t master any other fields of study in creation, whether commerce or otherwise, apart from knowing our Creator.

And neither can we.

Elements of a Well-Formed Theology of Business


While we all have a theology of business, far fewer of us have what could be considered a “well-formed” Christian theology of business in relation to the Bible.

A well-formed theology of business must include a robust, Bible-based perspective on issues such as these:

*The purpose of business
*How marketplace Christians fit into church structure, government, and mission
*How spiritual gifts apply to the marketplace
*The intrinsic value of work
*A biblical framework for all business disciplines: economics, innovation, management, marketing, sales, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, human resources, strategic planning, business law, technology, negotiations
*The Holy Spirit’s activity in the marketplace
*Evangelism and apologetics strategies/methods for the marketplace
*Church history that highlights key marketplace Christians, Christ-centered companies, and marketplace movements
*How to approach ethical quandaries in business from a Holy Spirit-led, Bible-based perspective
*Biblical teaching for business owners, managers, customers, investors, advisors, consumers, and all other stakeholders of a company
*The role of business in shaping culture

Modern Expressions of Business Theology


If you were to interview Christian business professionals and ask them how God, the Bible, and the Christian faith relate to business, many different concepts would emerge–whether explicitly or implicitly.

Going further into the interview, you might be able to categorize the Christian’s predominant theology of business into one or more of these seven categories, which tend to emphasize certain element(s) of business theology over others:

1. Evangelism focused: business as mission, business as/is a ministry, marketplace ministry
2. Ethics focused: ethical capitalism, biblical business
3. Philanthropy focused: strategic philanthropy, Kingdom builders (typically a ministry of an institutional church aimed at increasing donations to the local church)
4. Goodness-of-work focused: the theology of work, work as worship
5. Social-justice focused: social entrepreneurship, community capitalism, liberation theology
6. Culture-shaping focused: Seven mountains mandate, Kingdom business
7. Employee-care focused: servant leadership

Certainly, there are more, but these are some of the categories that seem to be most commonly espoused by Christians. As you will notice, some of their expressions are more consistent with orthodox Christian theology than others.

How would you categorize your personal theology of business?

Factors That Form a Person’s Theology of Business


Even if we’re not aware of it, we all have a theology of business, which is shaped (or warped) by many different factors. Here are a few of the major ones:

-Family upbringing
-Religious, denominational, and church background
-Political affiliation and background
-Conversion story
-Spiritual gifts
-Negative experiences in business
-Positive experiences in business
-Personality
-Presence (or absence) of an admirable or dishonorable Christian business owner in a person’s life
-Socio-economic and cultural context

To be sure, one’s theology of business also makes a reciprocal impact on many of the items listed above.

Our Opportunity


The academic field of business theology is both fertile and somewhat uncultivated at present, and the People of God (aka., the Church) are in great need of Christians who are equipped with a robust Christian theology of business. I am not aware of an area with a more urgent need for disciple-making than the marketplace.

Currently, the aim of the Theology of Business Institute is to present a biblical framework for every major topic that is taught in MBA programs today.

We are also focused on developing a more robust perspective on the courses being taught in today’s seminaries and Bible schools to ensure that the marketplace receives the theological attention it so desperately needs.

Would you consider your theology of business to be “well-formed”? In which areas does your theology of business need to be developed?


By Darren Shearer


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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Benny Hinn stirred up controversy in the Pentecostal community

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"I believe it's an offense to the Lord, it's an offense to say, 'Give $1,000,'" he says in a video posted Sept. 3. "I think it's an offense to the Holy Spirit to put a price on the gospel. I'm done with it. I will never again ask you to give $1,000 or whatever amount because I believe the Holy Ghost is just fed up with it."




Saturday, 24 August 2019

17 years old Israeli Teenage girl killed as Two other Wounded in Samaria 'Horrific' Terror Attack

Lod resident Rina Shenrav, 17

Lod resident Rina Shenrav, 17, succumbs to mortal wounds caused when explosive device detonates as the family was visiting the Danny Spring near Dolev. Shenrav's father, 46, and 19-year-old brother rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem in serious condition. PM Netanyahu calls security consultation, says Israel "will find these heinous terrorists. We will strike our enemy down."


JERUSALEM, Israel - an enormous search is underway on Friday when a teenaged girl was killed while her father and brother seriously hurt in an explosion close to a water spring by the Dolev settlement community in the West Bank.

Rina Shnerb, 17, was critically wounded and pronounced dead on the scene after paramedics worked desperately to save her life. Her father, Rabbi Eitan, 46, and brother Dvir, 19, were evacuated in a military helicopter to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin identified grieved the teen's death and asked for prayers.
"This was an [despicable] attack against innocent individuals going about their daily lives in peace," he said.


Israel Defense Force on Twitter
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to pursue and apprehend the "abhorrent terrorists."
Paramedic Shlomo Perl was one of the first people to treat the family.

“When we arrived at the scene what we saw was horrifying," he said "We saw 3 injured laying on the ground. A 46-year old man, fully conscious, had sustained injuries to his upper body. Next to him was a 20-year old man with injuries to his upper limbs and upper body and a 17-year old teenager with multi-system trauma."

"We administered initial medical checks and provided them with life-saving treatment including stopping injury and medications. We evacuated the 46-year-old and 20-year-old man via the MICU and evacuated them to a military chopper that landed nearby, which took them to the hospital" Perl added.

The Israel Defense Forces said the explosion was "a serious terror attack", the Times of Israel reports. Security services say a suspicious vehicle fled the area after the explosion.

An army spokesperson said an improvised explosive device killed Shnerb and injured her father and brother. Investigators determined the device was planted in the spring earlier and was set off when the family approached it.

Meanwhile, the military is looking for whoever is responsible.

"IDF soldiers are searching the area," the military said.
Israeli officials do not know if a terror group is responsible for the attack or if the perpetrators acted independently.

Medical Response Team

The attack occurred at the Bubin spring, a well-liked hiking spot in Israel.

Last Friday, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into two Israeli teens outside the Elazar settlement community. One of the teens was critically injured.

The terrorist was shot dead at the scene.

Mohamad Torokman Security forces and emergency medical personnel were at the scene of the suspected IED bombing near Dolev on Friday after initial reports of the explosion were received, and a large contingent of security forces fanned out in the area following reports of a car that was seen driving away from the scene of the blast.

Security forces were sweeping the area for suspects, with a focus on the area around Ramallah.


President Reuven Rivlin on Twitter


















Residents of Dolev were under orders from security officials to remain indoors and report any suspicious activity.

In an interview to Channel 12 News, Habayit Hayehudi MK Moti Yogev, a resident of Dolev, described the spring as "full of life" and flowing water all year round, even in the summer.
Yogev said that hundreds of Israelis visit the spring, as well as the many other springs throughout Judea and Samaria, on Fridays and holidays. Israelis who visit the area are usually instructed to arm themselves and inform security forces of their destination.

"But the Arabs show up and bring death to a place full of life. No Jew has ever attacked an Arab there," Yogev said.

Israel must strengthen its deterrence by strengthening settlements, Yogev said.
Yisrael Gantz, head of the Binyamin Regional Council, spoke to Israeli media at the scene of the attack and called on Israel to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.


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Monday, 8 July 2019

Why does God allow earthquakes?

Key Scriptures Romans 8:18-23 and Luke 13:4-5

Earthquake Aftershock

If we have an openness and are willing to learn, we can come to recognize the voice of God with assistance from those who are familiar with the divine voice from their own experience. On the other hand, we should understand that it is in Satan’s best interest to make an inherent mystery of God’s word coming directly to us. In this way, the power of God’s specific word for our lives can be hindered or lost. Without qualified help working alongside our desire to learn and readiness to cooperate, God’s direct word may remain a riddle or a game of theological charades.

This is generally the condition of the church today, I suspect. This would explain why there is such great confusion and difficulty about what it really means to walk with God.

As a father, yesterday I wonder if I failed yesterday.

We had a nice rolling earthquake as we were watching a movie. 100 or so miles away, it must have really rocked and rolled. But for us, it was a long drawn out thing, enough to cause us to wonder what was coming next.

The day beforehand, I panicked with a similar long-distance quake. I flashed back to January 17, 1994, and our apartment in Canoga Parker/Warner Center. Not far from the epicenter of the Northridge Earthquakes. That too was a longer quake, but we were closer, and the damage to our apartment and community was intense.

Here is where my failure occurs, as we tried to calm down after yesterday's rolling quake. As we talked, as I mentioned my almost moving to Arkansas after Northridge ( I would have moved anywhere after that - even Texas!) I think my fear and anxiety affected my son.

And the 12-year-old child I struggle to see as a child, (he is 5'11.5", 170 lbs and has an IQ like Einstein) got anxious. Enough so at bedtime he could relax, came into my bedroom and we talked. Plate tectonics, distance from the epicenter, fault effects, etc. And then the question...

damaged property


"Why does God allow earthquakes?"

I stumbled to remember where the Tower of Siloam passage was above and tried to show the law and the gospel in it. We need to keep our relationship with God a priority, the priority because we don't know what comes next. And while God doesn't cause the earth to groan. Thanks to Apostle Paul for that reminder - that creation is subject to God's curse, and it groans under the pressure of the sin it is subjected to! Such "groaning" God will use to remind us of the shortness of life, and that He is indeed with us.

He is there, in the darkness, in the anxious times, in the times were we shake or the ground does. in the moments where we don't get that He is, and He is with us. In the moments where our kids pick up on fear and anxiety, and we fail to be the strong, wise, shameless heroes we want to be for our kids, God is with us there.

Willard is correct, theology can often become a charade, an act we put in place when we can't find the answer. When we are as shaken as the land our in Searles Valley. (an odd connection to my home back east there) Theology and Biblical guidance must point us to the presence of God, that we walk with Him, that we depend on Him when our anxieties mount when we ourselves fail. Whether it is when we don't see what the Holy Spirit is guiding us to in scripture, or how to react to trauma or frustration.

He is there, bringing comfort and peace, love and mercy and forgiveness...


Walking with us. Even standing in the doorway, or seeking protection under a table, or sitting on a bed trying to explain what doesn't make sense, He is there! And depending on Him is the answer we need to come to and know this. God will bring us to that answer, that He is the answer.

Lord Jesus, remind us of the presence of the Holy Spirit, the comforter, in our lives. When we are full of anxiety, fear, or just don't have the answers, Lord bring us peace and help us to be a peaceful presence in others lives. AMEN!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The Kingdom of God

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 



The kingdom of God is a central theme of the Gospels as well as other New Testament books. It is the message that John the Baptist declared in preparation for Jesus (Mt 3:2Mk 1:14-15), what Jesus taught the disciples in the 40 days between his resurrection and ascension (Ac 1:3), and what Paul is recorded as proclaiming at the conclusion of the book of Acts (Ac 28:31).

A kingdom is a place where someone has a rule or governance. The same is true of the kingdom of God. Jesus said in his prayer: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10). The kingdom of God is where God’s will is carried out.

The Old Testament theme of Yahweh’s rule and reign is another way of describing the kingdom of God. The psalmist speaks of Yahweh’s kingdom as an everlasting realm that endures throughout all generations (Ps 145:13). Isaiah declares that Yahweh will save (Isa 33:22) and speaks of a time when God will be worshiped in all the earth (Isa 2).

During the first century AD, many Jews believed that the Messiah would initiate this reign, which is based on passages like Malachi 3:1-5; Zechariah 9:9-10; Isaiah 9:1-7; and Isaiah 52:13-53:12. They also believed that the kingdom would be established through political or military means (compare Mt 26:51-53; Lk 22:47-53) - but Jesus ushered in the kingdom in a radically unexpected way. He announced that the kingdom had come upon those whom he freed from demons (Mt 12:28); he taught that the kingdom should be received like a child (Mk 10:15) and explained that it belongs to the impoverished (Lk 6:20). Jesus declared the kingdom of God as a present reality that could be experienced by those he taught and to whom he ministered.

Jesus’ teaching also assumed the kingdom was a future reality. While his disciples expected the kingdom to appear immediately, Jesus changed their expectations by telling them a parable about a ruler who had to leave before he could return to his kingdom (Lk 19:11-27). He described what good and faithful servants could do in the meantime. Paul spoke of the kingdom as something that could be inherited (1 Co 6:9-10) and that does not perish (1 Co 15:50). These examples testify to the kingdom of God as a future reality.

To borrow the phrase made popular by George Eldon Ladd, the kingdom of God is “already/not yet.” God’s kingdom has a dual dimension. Jesus initiated the kingdom of earth, and wherever God’s will is carried out, the kingdom is a reality. The kingdom, however, had not been fully manifested in Jesus’ day - nor has it in ours. We do not yet live in a world where God’s will is a complete reality. We feel the tension of experiencing God’s kingdom in our lives and communities before it is fully realized. We still see unbelief, brokenness, and sin, telling us God’s will is not yet fully expressed.

Many believers neglect to focus on the kingdom as a present reality. Their concern centers on the future reality of getting to heaven - but this focus can easily sever the relationship between the Christian life and the life here and now. When Jesus prayed, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10), he asked that God would bring the experience of heaven to earth. Through Jesus, God’s reign, rule, and power are available to us today, not just in the distant future. The present reality of the kingdom of God should prompt us to examine our lives and ask what areas we have not yet surrendered to God’s rule.

On a larger level, the notion of God’s kingdom should lead us to examine both our neighborhoods and the global community and ask what lies outside of God’s desires. Where are people not being treated with the dignity and honor they deserve as God’s image-bearers?

As we anticipate the time when all things will be made fully new (Rev. 21:4-5), we can actively participate in the kingdom of God now (Mt 4:17). As we surrender to the reign of God, we will begin to experience the kingdom of God now - as God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven (Mt 6:10).

What questions does the present reality of God’s kingdom prompt you to ask about your community?





Cred: Bible Connection News

Monday, 24 June 2019

US Launches Cyber-Attack Against Iran

Israel was hoping for a tougher response to Iranian aggression, but hacking their computers will have to do

US launched a cyber-attack against Iranian military computer systems

On Thursday evening, the US launched a cyber-attack against Iranian military computer systems. The attack first reported in Yahoo News comes in retaliation for recent assaults on vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow passage through the Persian Gulf with Iran along the north coast. One-third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 20 percent of total global oil consumption passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade. More than 17 million barrels of oil pass through the region every day.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has been digitally tracking and targeting military and commercial ships passing through the strait. The US military-grade cyber-attack disrupted computer and launching systems used by the Iranians to launch attacks against shipping vessels passing through the strait. Iran’s military computer systems have enabled attacks on vessels in the region for several years.

According to the report, for the past two years, the Iranian cyber forces have also tried to hack US naval ships in the Persian Gulf.

The US cyber-attack on Iranian military systems comes days after an Iranian rocket took down a US military reconnaissance drone in the area. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been calling for a tougher stance and direct military action against Iranian aggression in the region.

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