I came across this quote attributed to “Chuck Cohen in Roots of Our Faith“
“Much of the church has acted, and still acts, as though it has been grafted into a Christmas Tree – flashing its attractive lights and decorations, but unconcerned about its loss of roots and wondering why it is spiritually drying up and dying.”
Does that give a better image of the church than what Paul wrote?
…you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
If a Holy Spirit indwelt person were stranded on a desert island with nothing but the Bible for ten years, would he come off that island with sound doctrine?
I believe he would.
Church tradition, although a helpful thing at times, is not necessary for sound doctrine.
If you have the Holy Spirit and the Bible, you’re good to go.
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ISIS ‘Systematically Beheading’ Children In Iraq
A prominent Christian leader of the Chaldean community unveiled the “systematic beheading of children” and other horrendous crimes committed by ISIS. He said that the Sunni extremists are committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and with the aim to instill the Sharia Law as the law of the land.
In the interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said that the “world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.”
“There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park,” he explained. “More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God
He that winks with the eye causes sorrow
A few days ago I wrote about Sparky, the half blind, non-flying magpie that visits our garden. Since then he’s discovered the ability to fly short distances and has been able to find his way up to low branches. He has also become a little more timid and doesn’t come so close to Gloria or myself.
One of those attacks was launched after I arrived home from work yesterday afternoon. Through the window I saw that three of them had him pinned to the ground, so I rushed outside and ran at them clapping my hands, to drive them away.
However, I suddenly found myself taking flight, but only momentarily. I soon crashed to the ground ripping the skin from my palms and grazing my knees.
It seems I’d slipped on the wet grass and ended up a few metres away on the garden after “bouncing” off the concrete path. Gloria says I just missed the concrete bird bath as I rolled several times across the ground.
At first I thought I must have hit my head because my glasses were knocked off but I couldn’t find any damage to my head or the glasses, but my hands were in a bad way. This morning the lower part of both palms are pitted, looking as if I have several burst blisters on each hand and my left wrist is painful.
I wonder whether Sparky appreciates what I suffered for him.
From voice of the Martyrs
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Emergency Relief for Iraqi Christians
On 17 July, Christians in Mosul, Iraq were given three choices by the Islamic militant group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham).
1. Convert to Islam
2. Pay a protection tax
3. Leave before 19 July or be killed
In line with their demands, the ISIS systematically targeted known Christian homes in Mosul by painting on their walls the Arabic letter ‘N’, short for Nassarah, which means Christian.
Afraid for their lives, thousands have fled, taking only what they could carry.
Of 35,000 Christians living in Mosul, it is believed that few, if any, have remained.
How can you help?
We will provide Christians who have escaped Mosul with an emergency ‘N’ Life Pack containing a Bible and emergency relief items, including food.
You can help by supporting Voice of the Martyrs Australia with your donation to supply a Special Emergency ‘N’ Life Pack for $25.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 for these ‘N’ Life Packs for our persecuted brothers and sisters. This means we will provide 2,000 families with emergency relief!
Please partner with us and be ‘bound with them’ by donating to this emergency appeal