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    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

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    Title: Twitter showing its true colors LINK

    Description: Christians are lending their support to fellow believers in Nepal who now face even more persecution thanks to an anti-conversion law recently passed by parliament.  

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017

    Title: Attorney: Wrong to run from history, faith in God LINK

    Description: Despite President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration policy, the United States’ immigrant population recently reached a record of nearly 44 million, according to statistics divulged on Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017

    Title: Anti-prayer mayor finding few supporters while exiting LINK

    Description: A legal organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a "circuit split" over invocations at public meetings. 

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: LGBT 'bill of rights' wrongly neglects rights of others LINK

    Description: The transgender movement's latest victory in California is likely to be challenged in court. Governor Jerry Brown has signed a "bill of rights" that deals with the treatment of LGBT residents in nursing homes in the Golden State.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: 'What now?' asks GOP holding all the cards LINK

    Description: Mitch McConnell & health care billRepublican leadership on Capitol Hill looks a lot like the proverbial dog that finally caught the car, a conservative writer observes. 

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Eagles use hotel pool for baptism before Panthers game LINK

    Description: A TV watchdog is warning that Netflix has gone "beyond the pale" with a new animated series.  

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Tillerson prefers diplomacy w/ NK, but saying what he has to LINK

    Description: Canada’s Supreme Court is looking to make a decision on whether graduates from a proposed Christian law school be recognized as lawyers.

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Trump righting Obama's wrong in health care? LINK

    Description: According to one immigration enforcement advocacy organization, President Donald Trump has put the future of DACA recipients back in the Democrats’ court.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

    Description: Front Page Stories


    Title: Twitter showing its true colors LINK

    Description: Christians are lending their support to fellow believers in Nepal who now face even more persecution thanks to an anti-conversion law recently passed by parliament.  

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017

    Title: Attorney: Wrong to run from history, faith in God LINK

    Description: Despite President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration policy, the United States’ immigrant population recently reached a record of nearly 44 million, according to statistics divulged on Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017

    Title: Anti-prayer mayor finding few supporters while exiting LINK

    Description: A legal organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a "circuit split" over invocations at public meetings. 

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: LGBT 'bill of rights' wrongly neglects rights of others LINK

    Description: The transgender movement's latest victory in California is likely to be challenged in court. Governor Jerry Brown has signed a "bill of rights" that deals with the treatment of LGBT residents in nursing homes in the Golden State.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: 'What now?' asks GOP holding all the cards LINK

    Description: Mitch McConnell & health care billRepublican leadership on Capitol Hill looks a lot like the proverbial dog that finally caught the car, a conservative writer observes. 

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Eagles use hotel pool for baptism before Panthers game LINK

    Description: A TV watchdog is warning that Netflix has gone "beyond the pale" with a new animated series.  

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Tillerson prefers diplomacy w/ NK, but saying what he has to LINK

    Description: Canada’s Supreme Court is looking to make a decision on whether graduates from a proposed Christian law school be recognized as lawyers.

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Trump righting Obama's wrong in health care? LINK

    Description: According to one immigration enforcement advocacy organization, President Donald Trump has put the future of DACA recipients back in the Democrats’ court.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

    Description: Front Page Stories


    Title: Twitter showing its true colors LINK

    Description: Christians are lending their support to fellow believers in Nepal who now face even more persecution thanks to an anti-conversion law recently passed by parliament.  

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017

    Title: Attorney: Wrong to run from history, faith in God LINK

    Description: Despite President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration policy, the United States’ immigrant population recently reached a record of nearly 44 million, according to statistics divulged on Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017

    Title: Anti-prayer mayor finding few supporters while exiting LINK

    Description: A legal organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a "circuit split" over invocations at public meetings. 

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: LGBT 'bill of rights' wrongly neglects rights of others LINK

    Description: The transgender movement's latest victory in California is likely to be challenged in court. Governor Jerry Brown has signed a "bill of rights" that deals with the treatment of LGBT residents in nursing homes in the Golden State.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: 'What now?' asks GOP holding all the cards LINK

    Description: Mitch McConnell & health care billRepublican leadership on Capitol Hill looks a lot like the proverbial dog that finally caught the car, a conservative writer observes. 

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Eagles use hotel pool for baptism before Panthers game LINK

    Description: A TV watchdog is warning that Netflix has gone "beyond the pale" with a new animated series.  

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Tillerson prefers diplomacy w/ NK, but saying what he has to LINK

    Description: Canada’s Supreme Court is looking to make a decision on whether graduates from a proposed Christian law school be recognized as lawyers.

    Author: Chris Woodward
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    Title: Trump righting Obama's wrong in health care? LINK

    Description: According to one immigration enforcement advocacy organization, President Donald Trump has put the future of DACA recipients back in the Democrats’ court.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Mon, 16 Oct 2017

    News from Christian News Wire 18 October 2017



    Christian Newswire: Religious Liberties / Persecution
    LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

    Cowboys and Cooks: Free Masterpiece Cake Singing Group
    LINK Contact: Public Advocate of the U.S. Inc., 703-845-1808, eugenedelgaudio@erols.com; twitter: @eugenedelgaudio

    Foundation for Moral Law Brings Federal Suit Against City of Dothan for Violating Church Rights
    LINK Contact: John Eidsmoe, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245, info@morallaw.org MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Friday, October 13, the Foundation for Moral Law ("the Foundation") filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of New Life in Jesus Ministries ("New Life"), a church in Dothan, AL, which was denied its right guaranteed by the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA") to assemble and wo Source: Foundation for Moral Law

    Two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Divulges China's Catastrophic Corruption
    LINK Contact: ChinaAid.org, 432-689-6985, 432-553-1080, media@chinaaid.org MIDLAND, Texas, Oct. 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Under the watchful eye of Chinese government minders, a tortured human rights lawyer and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee secretly penned an incendiary commentary detailing the ruinous nature of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) rule during 2016. The piece was recently released in English, translated and edited by ChinaAid, the Human Source: China Aid Association, Inc.

    Literacy Program Opens Doors for Some of Asia's Impoverished Laborer Families
    LINK One of thousands of women taught to read and write tells how GFA-supported initiative 'made my dream come true'

    Evangelist Alveda King from Values Voters Summit 2017: Yes, Christians Should Vote
    LINK President Trump slated to keynote Values Voters Summit. Evangelist Alveda King, Civil Rights for The Unborn is present to pray; boots on the ground.

    Christian Concern Intervenes to Protect Europe from Sharia Law
    LINK Contact: Tim Dieppe, 020 3327 1120; Andrea Minichiello Williams, 07712 591 164; both with Christian Concern

    Judicial Watch: New Homeland Security Documents Reveal Sanctuary Cities Denied 284 ICE Detainers in Three Months, Released Illegal Aliens Charged with Assaults, Drug and Weapons Violations
    LINK Contact: Jill Farrell, 202-646-5172

    American Heritage Girls to Remain Exclusively Girl-Oriented
    LINK Contact: Michelle Beckham-Corbin, 513-771-2025 ext. 170, beckham-corbinm@ahgonline.org

    Character-Forming Outdoor Adventure Group Will Remain 'a Place Where Boys Can be Boys'
    LINK Trail Life USA pledges to keep its 'affirming' boys focus as Boy Scouts of America announces it will start welcoming girls

    Harvey's Casting Couch and Other Predatory Business Practices in Hollywood
    LINK Contact: Diana Zoppa, 310-867-6302, Zoppa@ZoppaMediaGroup.com

    Evangelist Alveda King: Rain Falls as Women Rise Up on D.C. Mall
    LINK Contact: Leslie Palma, 347-286-7277

    Descendant of Christopher Columbus Weighs in On Ancestor's Legacy
    LINK In USA Today, Christopher Columbus XX refutes unfair attacks on the Italian explorer

    'Help a Jew--Help the Holy Land' Launches as Charitable Legal Organization
    LINK Contact: Anatoly Gakenberg, 512-298-2898, anatoly.gakenberg@helpajew.com

    Catholic Benefits Association Praises Trump Administration for Religious Exemption from Contraceptive Mandate, But Does So with 'Mixed Emotions'
    LINK Contact: L. Martin Nussbaum, General Counsel, Catholic Benefits Association, mnussbaum@lrrc.com

    Christian Medical Association and Freedom2Care Applaud Administration's Actions to Protect Conscience in Healthcare
    LINK Contact: Margie Shealy, Christian Medical Association, 423-341-4254

    Harvey Weinstein--Champion of Women's Rights
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    FRC Applauds DOJ Guidance Protecting Religious Freedom, Exempting from Oppressive HHS Mandate
    LINK Contact: J.P. Duffy, 866-372-6397

    'New York Times' OK with Censoring Art
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Foundation for Moral Law Urges Eleventh Circuit to Protect Pensacola Cross
    LINK Contact: John Eidsmoe, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245, info@morallaw.org MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 5, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Yesterday, the Foundation for Moral Law filed an amicus brief in the case of Kondrat'yev v. City of Pensacola, which is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In that case, a group of atheists and humanists sued the City of Pensacola after being offended at the presence of a cross in Bayview Park. The plaintiffs were repres Source: Foundation for Moral Law

    Victory Over LGBT Agenda for Miami Counselors
    LINK Contact: Liberty Counsel, 407-875-1776, Media@LC.org; Press Kit

    News from Christian Headlines:


    Title: ChristianHeadlines.com LINK

    Title: Good without God? More Americans Say Amen to That
    Description: For the first time, a majority of Americans — 56 percent — say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief.

    LINK

    Title: ISIS Militants Attack Church in Egypt, Killing 7
    Description: Seven people were killed and another 15 injured when suspected Islamic State militants targeted a bank and a church in Egypt.

    LINK

    Title: The LGBT Agenda - 10 Things You Need to Know
    Description: I recently spoke at a community college in Southern California demonstrating that faith and science are not at odds. In posts leading up to the event, I was labeled a “hate pastor” as LGBT activists protested the event. Sadly, due to escalating campus protests across America, a number of sheriff deputies were on stand-by. My wife and I were perplexed - when did a message of love become a message of hate? We love the LGBT community and I wasn’t talking about this issue that evening. When my wife approached them, she was attacked verbally - from profanity to sexual innuendos. Ironically, those who promote tolerance are often intolerant of those who disagree. This experience, as well as an upcoming appearance on Fox News.com with Lauren Green to debate a pastor who supports homosexuality, prompted me to define the misunderstandings. Photo courtesy: Unsplash/Max Templeton

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    Title: Raqqa Liberated after Three Years of ISIS Occupation
    Description: Christians left in a tense situation as violence continues in Syria.

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    Title: Report Claims Trump Jokes about Pence’s Faith
    Description: In a blistering piece for The New Yorker, Jane Mayer shared quotes from several sources who overheard the President make jokes about Vice President Pence’s religious faith and social conservatism.

    LINK

    Title: Colorado Christian Baker Now Asked to Make Birthday Cake for Satan
    Description: The Colorado Christian baker who was sued for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex couple has been asked to design a cake celebrating Satan’s birthday.

    LINK

    Title: Coptic Girl, 16, Rescued 92 Days after Islamists Kidnapped Her
    Description: A 16-year-old Coptic Christian girl kidnapped on 28 June to be “converted to Islam, then married off or sold”, was released and returned to her family on 30 September after police found her and arrested her kidnappers in a city just outside Cairo.

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    Title: Has the New Museum of the Bible Left Jesus Out?
    Description: Many Christians have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. next month, but have the museum-creators forgotten what the Bible is really all about?

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    Title: California Becomes First State to Recognize ‘Non-Binary’ Gender
    Description: The state of California will now officially recognize a third “non-binary” gender for legal identification.

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    Title: Man’s Act of Self-Sacrifice in California Fires Illustrates Something More than Heroism
    Description: Last week, ABC News reported on one man’s incredible act of self-sacrifice for his family in the face of approaching wildfires.

    LINK

    Title: Tens of Thousands Participate in Jerusalem March, Celebrating Unification
    Description: Last Tuesday, Oct. 10, marked a special day in Israel. Tens of thousands of people from 80 different countries around the world gathered in the city to mark the 50th anniversary of its unification.

    LINK

    Title: Indonesian Christians Living in New Hampshire Fear Possible Deportation
    Description: Indonesian Christians who fled their home country after suffering religious persecution and found a safe haven in the state of New Hampshire are now in danger of being deported.

    LINK

    Title: Male and Female Pastors to Co-Lead Willow Creek Megachurch
    Description: Willow Creek Community Church has named two people to take on the role of lead pastors at the church after founder Bill Hybels steps down.

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    Title: Are Coptic Christians Celebrating the Martyrdom of Their People Too Much?
    Description: As a little boy in Sunday school, Bassem Al-Janoubie was fascinated by the illustrated stories about the martyrs of Egypt’s Coptic Church.

    LINK

    Title: Mormon Man Ministering to Las Vegas Victims Says God is 'with His Children Who are Suffering'
    Description: When the call came the next morning from Las Vegas' office of emergency management, Brian Scroggins said he did not hesitate. He headed to the convention center and found himself swept up.

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    kjv@Matthew:13:19 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This understanding is not a matter left to human intelligence, it is plain and evident to persons of all IQ's/literacy/backgrounds. Satan is not omnipresent so he utilizes man's sheep like pack and conforming nature. He will twist and distort ones intentions and honest curiosity, even God's own words to produce doubt and apparent contradiction to foster rejection and rebellion. It is not understood because the heart has fattened and calloused against it. A mans own peers become the fowls of the air as much as any demon.

    kjv@Matthew:13:20-21 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: From whom does the most pressure/persecution come from? Those just described as the wayside. Those here now without root expect peace and pleasantry. If the gospel is obvious to them it should be obvious to others they presume, and yet it is not obvious, ridiculed, divisive, persecuted against, even deadly. The young fledgling becomes disheartened, embarrassed, offended. A process - sunlight that is supposed to bring about growth instead kills off the plant. Though passive from ther out typically by number they are used by the wayside (therefore Satan) to increase the pressure on the remaining believers.

    kjv@Matthew:13:22 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: A believer that overcomes the first two elements must also contend with the cares of this world. It may not matter what others believe or think or behave, the believer is settled and assured in this part of his faith. However, the real issues of life and family and citizen present a constant drain on his time and energies causing anxiety and fatigue and over extension. The productive fruit of his life gets chocked out without him barely realizing it. I speak from experience.

    kjv@Matthew:13:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: For the few strong that remain all of this process works to produce fruit in them 30 60 100 fold; supernatural returns. Fruit like this would not be possible if it were not for the entire process the necessitated it and brought it about. We should not consider it odd that these many things go into producing spiritual fruit. It is producers like these that the Lord wants with Him in His Kingdom. These souls are basically the humble and meek He spoke of in the Beatitudes that His light and Spirit have shown through, His redemption has fashioned, branches abiding in His vine, created unto good works; they are the blessed.

    kjv@Matthew:13:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The Lord sows a very particular seed expecting later a very particular fruit, a fruit worthy of the kingdom from which it was born, worthy of acceptance into the kingdom to which it is harvested. It is a supernatural fruit that comes forth in supernatural numbers; the fruit itself that bares more of this particular seed. The process it takes to produce from seed to root to a plant to fruit is deliberate and unavoidable as sunshine. Understanding this parable is to understand such spiritual process. Is this the fruit that I am producing?

    kjv@Matthew:13:24-30 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This parable is to be placed beside the parable of the sower for direct comparison, one extends the other. The first is a look at the process of the individual believer and what he must overcome. The second is a picture of the field (world) of all. The enemy has come in and planted a false believer with every appearance of the true believer except in final fruit. To remove the false believer at this time would also uproot the true believer, so the two are left to grow together. Both parables work together to draw a broader and deeper picture. The Disciples will shortly ask Jesus to explain this further.

    kjv@Matthew:13:24-30 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This is not to say that the Devil has created his own humans and planted them amongst God's. This is better explained by whom the God created human becomes moral agent of/to. The Kingdom of Heaven becomes firmly planted into one and the false kingdom of heaven becomes established in the other. The differences nearly indistinguishable until the fruit from each is bore out.

    kjv@Matthew:13:37 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: f[NT-GOSPEL@Son of man] speaks largely of His betrayal cruxifiction and return.

    kjv@Matthew:14:1-12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This passage almost reads backwards. At some point earlier the disciples of the Baptist told Jesus and His disciples the outcome of John's imprisonment - beheading. The crew is aware of the circumstances therein. What is happening now that Herod Antipas is associating Jesus with as a haunting of John. We do not know how this becomes known (perhaps one of Herod's servants) but, it does.

    kjv@Matthew:16:28 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Could this be referring to John and the visions of the Book of Revelations?

    kjv@Matthew:16:21-28 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The comment about the leaven of the Pharisees is just as much a observation of what is currently transpiring against Him as it is a doctrinal fidelity teaching. Jesus sees what is developing and the rage mounting against Him so He checks to see how far along the Disciples hearts are in the revelation process. They are currently far enough to know that He is Christ but, not so far as to know what Christ must suffer for them in the very near future. Until they grasp this further more complete revelation they will not grasp their own future pathway - the baring of their own cross for Him in His absence up until His return.

    kjv@Matthew:17:1-13 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: We see that the focus of Christ's work with the disciples has sharply turned towards His Cross and is being confirmed from above with the types of signs that the Pharisees had asked for earlier. The disciples believed but, had not asked. The Pharisees did not believe and yet had asked. Which do you think were allowed a sign? Now that they've seen it they are kept from telling anyone of it. Worse than a non-believer not believing and not receiving a demanded sign is a non-believer disbelieving all the more after seeing a believer that has seen the sign by invitation.

    kjv@Matthew:18:1 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The subject 'greatest' is often brought up and is often tied to child like qualities. Not child like as in play, but, child like as in service/respect to others. Perhaps one can be playful and imaginative in service, but, certainly not the other way around serving child play/imagination.

    kjv@Matthew:18:7 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Recently, we have heard of the influences of a faithless wicked generation being at the root of a failed exorcism and now a world from which offenses/entrapments toward humble child like servants must/do come. The forces and momentums Jesus fights against are considerably larger than just you and I. We must also be aware of their effect and influence as well. They exist even amongst our own ranks!

    kjv@Matthew:19:1-12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: What would Jesus know about marriage fidelity? Funny you should ask. Who is Jesus married to (future tense)? The Church Israel/Gentile. Has She been faithful? Is She unblemished? Has there not been cause for a writ of divorcement? Continuously. Why then has He not? What is it in Her that He sees in Her future and is willing to go to His grave for? What God has joined together... let no man put asunder. The principal is true as a church. It is true as a couple. Is Christ righteous in not serving us His papers? Is He merciful in this? Shouldn't we likewise be?

    kjv@Matthew:21:12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: There is the physical temple and there is a temple of individual men's hearts. Where a man's heart is there will be his treasure. There are men who treasure making money from the religious needs of many. There are men who treasure peace that do not confront them. There are men who treasure their position in the church that allow for even profit from such allowance. There are men who treasure the way things just the way they are, the way things have long time been. There are those who treasure their own ideals of the temple and not the ill image it projects to those it mistreats. These are the types of men who would be displeased by Jesus' message carried out in the temple for they do not treasure Him. When we look as individuals upon a collective temple such as this we look upon men's collective hearts. The object is not to avoid coming to the collective temple, it is to call upon all men's hearts by a higher calling; to call upon all men to come observe the most holy heart of our Lord and Savior; to meet with Him by His grace then and there. And if need be, shake a few tables of our own.

    kjv@Matthew:21:19 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Additional natural info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_fig

    kjv@Matthew:19:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The rich man will not be of the same mindset if he does enter.

    kjv@Psalms:60 @ Psalms:60 @ p[RandyP] comments: By the time of son Solomon's reign, God had used David as an instrument of bringing Israel from the pits of "hard things" to a nation with all enemies subjected to it. It was a time like never before and never again for Israel. David from the start believed in God's promise and God's ability. These neighboring nations were to be overcome by God's hand if only there be a leader such as David faithful and fully expectant. It is a hard lesson to learn when we go about electing our own way and our own man, going about by our own resource as they had done in the reign of Saul. Israel was taught in hardship that it really didn't have it's own resource and had little ability to stand against such hardened external/internal foes. It is also taught by prosperous times that God can bring about a great many essentials outside of their normal resource to surround faithful leaders such as David. Battles begun being won for the cherished nation that by their own strength would have undoubtedly been lost (or not even pursued) largely by the faith and petition of a God fearing/seeking man. God surely teaches by the hard times and by the prosperous times; the message either way is much the same. This lesson unfortunitely would have to be relearned every few short generations.

    RecentComments @ Acts:2:42 @ p[RandyP] comments: Chuck Smith calls this verse the 4 essentials of the church. This must occur to proceed towards the great commission. The teaching of doctrine, the fellowship/oneness/unity of believers, the communion with Christ amongst each other, prayer. The Lord added daily to this essential functioning church.


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