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Happy and Humble-Minded
By Joyce Meyer l The Church Guide
Is Your Faith Worth the Leap?
By Gene Markland l The Church Guide
By Eric Metaxas l Break Point
Before his death on July 4, 1826, Thomas
Jefferson left explicit instructions on what the
epitaph on his tombstone should read: “Here was
buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the
Declaration of American Independence, of the
Statute of Virginia for religious freedom, & Father
of the University of Virginia.”
Yet within a few years after his death, his
beloved University of Virginia was in deep trouble,
and what would wind up saving it would have
been a shock to its founder.
As Carlos Santos and Rex Bowman tell us
in their book, “Rot, Riot and Rebellion: Mr.
Jefferson’s Struggle to Save the University That
Changed America,” Jefferson’s vision for UVA was
that of an “academical village” and a “forward-
looking community with no religious affiliation.” It
was to be a place where “Virginia’s best minds
could go to study with the world’s best scholars.”
How Evangelical Christianity
Saved the University of Virginia
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How Should the Church
Respond in Perilous Times?
By Mat Staver l Charisma News
The times in which we live are
unprecedented in the history of America. Every
generation thinks the cultural decline is worse than
in prior times. These times are clearly
unprecedented—at least in American history. But
the threats we face today are not unprecedented
in Judeo-Christian history, a point I will address
Let me give just two examples. For the first
time in world history, the citizens of a country are
being forced to participate in genocide. No
government has ever forced its citizens to
participate in genocide until now. Yet, that is what
is happening in America with the ObamaCare law,
which forces employers to provide and/or pay for
abortion-inducing drugs or devices. And many
individuals are now being required to make a
monthly payment separate from their insurance
premiums to fund abortion.
Followers of Jesus Christ are a wonderful people of faith.
Faith sustains us in difficult times. Our faith gives us hope, joy,
and a reason to live. As we study the Word of God we find many
blessed promises, which enrich our lives. With God’s promises
also come guidelines for living.
The Bible says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and
a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NLT).
In today’s culture, many people have the opinion that we
should live by our own standards, oblivious to the Word of God.
Some want the blessings of the promises of God, without
subjecting themselves to obedience to God. However, to truly be
happy and fulfilled, we must examine ourselves in the light of
God’s Word and live by it.
The stress and tensions of life becomes more unbearable
when lived in selfish disobedience to the Word of faith. Yet simple
submission and obedience to God’s Word relieves the stress that
disobedience, and today’s culture, imposes.
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Mom’s Love in a
By Joel L. A. Peterson
My mother – the wonderful woman who
adopted me despite already having four
biological children of her own – was a bright,
educated, and deeply thoughtful person. So she
had been planning for my arrival from the
orphanage in many ways. When I arrived from
Korea as her new son, I was nearly seven years
old, and my mother knew that Koreans did not
eat the same breakfast that Americans typically
She reasoned that I was used to eating
rice, not cold cereal with milk. But she didn’t
want to serve me rice, which she thought could
reinforce a sense of not belonging; being treated
as a foreigner, given non-typical America food.
So she had a plan. She would ease me through
the transition from steamed rice.
The very first day, I was seated at the
breakfast table surrounded by my new parents,
brother, and three sisters. Mother put her plan
into action as all the pairs of blue eyes and
faces framed by blonde hair looked on.
“That I may publish with
the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy
wonderous works.” Psalm 26:7
A FRIEND OF
Jesus says in Matthew 5:3 (AMP), “Blessed…are the poor
in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven!”
Let’s face it: humility isn’t a very popular word. Yet, all
throughout the Bible, the Lord instructs us about the benefits of
I love James 4:6. It says, “God opposes the proud, but
gives grace to the humble” (ESV). In other words, the humble get
I believe humility is often misunderstood and even viewed
as a weakness. But it’s the exact opposite. Humility
places us in a position to receive God’s grace and
become everything He’s called us to be.
A humble person is also a happy person.
They can take joy in their life and what God has
called them to do, regardless of what the world
thinks about it.
For instance, you may think your current
circumstances and responsibilities from
God are mundane. The proud person
always wants to do something they think
the world will admire…
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Historian and archivist Ignazio Perrucci, was
hired by the Vatican authorities in 2012, to sort,
analyze and classify some 6,000 ancient
documents that had been uncovered in the gigantic
archive vaults. He was already very excited when
he noticed that the author of the text was the
famous Roman historian Velleius, but he was
completely stunned when he realized the nature of
The text as a whole is a narrative of the
author’s return journey from Parthia to Rome that
occurred in 31 AD, recorded in a highly rhetorical
style of four sheets of parchment. He describes
many different episodes taking place during his trip,
like a a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit
to a temple in Melitta (modern day Mdina, in Malta).
The part of the text that really caught M.
Perrucci’s attention is an episode taking place in
the city of Sebaste (near modern day Nablus, in the
West Bank). The author first describes the arrival of
a great leader in the town with a group of disciples
and followers, causing many of the lower class
people from neighbouring villages to gather around
them. According to Velleius, that great man’s name
was Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin
translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua
Why Restricting Religious Freedom
Endangers All Freedoms
By Eric Metaxas l BreakPoint
Religious freedom is the source of all of our freedoms.
In a fantastic address at Cedarville University in Ohio, John
Stonestreet quoted the French philosopher Luc Ferry, an atheist,
who acknowledged the West’s debt to Christianity.
Ferry wrote that “Christianity was to introduce the notion
that humanity was fundamentally identical, that men were equal
in dignity—an unprecedented idea at the time, and one to which
our world owes its entire democratic inheritance.”
But Christianity’s contribution to our “democratic
inheritance” was not limited to its ideas about human equality. It
was Christianity that taught the West that there are limits to the
state’s power and it made our ideas about human freedom
The story that sums up this contribution is what German
historians call the “walk to Canossa.” In 1077, the Holy Roman
Emperor Henry IV traveled from Speyer, Germany, to Canossa
Castle in Northern Italy.
Do you find that it is easier to walk by faith in every area
except for your finances? Money can be the most difficult thing
to surrender to God. We all have preconceived ideas of how
God’s provision will be brought about for our lives. People who
have grown up in government housing may unconsciously
believe that their provision comes from the government.
Working-class people generally believe that their
provision comes from their paycheck. Business owners
and investors often have the mind-set that their
provision comes from their investments, their
customers, or their savings.
In reality, our provision comes from the
Lord. Your current income source is just a
means through which your provision is being
funneled. But you should never view your
source as your provider. God is your provider,
and His provision for you will be manifested when
you are in the right place, at the right time, with
the right heart motive! Obeying the Lord is a secret key to