• Catholic Church, For Christians, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Jesus v. Religion, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 21st, 2013

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    The Messiah Reveals the Correct Model for Prayer

    The Messiah Reveals the Correct Model for Prayer

    As the Messiah, Jesus defined the true meaning and intent of prayer in a way that none of us had know previous to His great example of prayer. It is certain that a large part of Jesus ministry was empowered by His voracious prayer life. When all others were fast asleep, Jesus was on His knees before the Father, interceding for us.

    The model for effective prayer is found in the habit and method of Jesus as He demonstrated how, and to whom we should pray.

    The Pharisees were known for their pretentious public prayers that they conducted before the public eye. The fact that the religious leaders felt it necessary to allow the public to observe their prayers, gives us an indication of where their true motives resided. Jesus defined those who pray in this manner as hypocrites. He said that they conducted their prayers in public so that they would be seen by others, not so that they might obtain fellowship with God. Jesus contrasted how the true servant of the Lord should pray; go into your room and pray to the Father in a secret place. Secondly, when we speak to the Father, we talk to Him as if He is an intelligent being, who hears us the first time we speak. We do not need to conduct our prayers in repetition as is the practice of the pagan nations who do not know God.

  • Encouragement, For Christians, Jesus Church, Prayer, Rob Robinson, Trials

    Posted on February 26th, 2012

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    How’s Your Heart?

    How’s Your Heart?

    The heart is the seat of all our emotions. It is the place from which our love flows, and from where every experience of life is felt.

    Jesus said that the heart is also the place that we should be most careful when evaluating and structuring our life. For if we rely on the feelings and emotions of our heart, we will always be led astray.

    Whether or not a person can actually be saved, obtain and maintain eternal life, depends on the condition of their heart.

  • Encouragement, For Christians, Prayer, Rob Robinson, Trials

    Posted on January 2nd, 2012

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    When It Seems That God Has Not Heard Our Prayer

    When It Seems That God Has Not Heard Our Prayer

    You see, about 2,000 years ago Jesus died for me on the cruel Roman cross and paid for all of my sins. In that single act, God forever proved to me that he does love me. Now when I do not know or understand what the Lord is doing in my life, and I have these deep doubts and feel the pain of unheard prayers, I want to give up and walk away from ever trusting the Lord, but I do not. Why? Because I can look back to what I do know, when I don’t know what is happening now. God forever proved his love to me when he allowed his Son to die for my sins. He does not have to prove his love to me today by doing things my way, or answering my prayers in the prescribed time I allow him to do so.

    So, I will wait for him, and in time I am confident that answer will come. I do not need to fight this battle my way, because the Lord has already told me that the battles of our life are not by our power or might, but by his spirit….

  • Bantayan Island, Famine, Outreach, Philippines, Prayer, Rob Robinson, Witnessing

    Posted on January 14th, 2011

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    Lift Up Your Eyes and Look

    Lift Up Your Eyes and Look

    This morning as we are here in the Philippines, we drove our scooter over to the local Mc Donald’s for breakfast. Each day there are gathered all around this restaurant, dozens of street children who wear tattered and dirty clothes. Many of them are orphan’s and have no homes. They are hungry, dirty and desperate for someone to love them.

    As Marissa and I sat near the front window, one thin young boy with no shirt or shoes peered through the window at me as I faced him. As I looked into his beautiful dark brown eyes I saw a glimpse into his soul. The Holy Spirit then spoke to me as He very often does when I am here amongst the people. “Help Him”.

    It is the same voice, and with the same words that I hear over and over each time I am near any of these who have such desperate needs here.

    I told Marissa that we should go back up to the counter and buy food for the three small boys that we had seen near the front window of the Mc Donald’s in the 30 minutes we had been there. As we took the bag of three breakfast sandwiches out to the children, their faces lit up as though we had brought them the most precious gift they had ever received. One by one they came towards me and bowed in respect, grabbing my hand and placing upon their forehead in honor of myself and Marissa. “Thank you sir, thank you maam”, each one said to us.

    As they took the sandwiches and began to gulp down what seemed as if it was the first meal they had eaten in days, others came to join them from around the corner.

  • Encouragement, Jesus Church, Prayer, Rob Robinson, Traditions

    Posted on January 10th, 2011

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    Who Do We Pray To?

    Who Do We Pray To?

    One of the most heated debates between Catholics and Protestants is the issue of prayer and who it is that we should pray to.

    Let me say with respect that it is not the opinions of men or of a particular church, be it Catholic or Protestant, that we should use as our authority. The final word and only authority in spiritual matters and debates is the Word of God as found in the Bible.

    There are many church traditions that are not Biblical and we cannot look to how long a particular act has been carried out in the church as being the authority for it’s use.

    Errors come into the church when men allow their traditions to overrule what the Bible says. When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees He often scolded them for “Their traditions that had made void the Word of God.”

    Matthew 15:6 ” … Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.”

    Mark 7:13 “making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

    We should be able to agree as believers in Jesus Christ no matter what church we attend, that the Bible is the authority in all matters, not the words of men. Jesus is the head of the church. He shed His blood to birth the church into existence and only He is has the right to call it “His Church.”

    Matthew 16:18 “…I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it”.

  • Encouragement, For Men, Marriage, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on January 8th, 2011

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    A Man After God’s Own Heart

    A Man After God’s Own Heart

    Continuing with the study previous to this one, detailing the quiet spirit of a Godly woman, Peter then moves on to instruct the man who is married:

    1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

    If you are blessed to be married to a woman who has a quiet and gentle spirit and prays for you when you are not correct in your behavior, Peter reminds you that are not excused from having bad behavior.

    To “dwell with you wife with understanding” means that you are aware that when you are harsh or abrasive with your wife or children, that you need to change that behavior and apologize quickly. It is completely inexcusable for any man who claims to call Jesus his Lord and Savior to be harsh with his wife or children.

    Then Peter reminds the man of the house that he is “To give honor to the wife as the weaker vessel…”

    To honor someone is to place them first in your life. To consider their feelings before your own. To place a person at the forefront of your mind and heart and to make them the object of your affection. To honor the Lord in our life is to do these things. No less important is that we give this same kind of honor to our wife, second only to the Lord.

  • Abortion, Bible Prophecy Updates, Jesus Church, Jesus v. Science, Prayer, Signs, Sin

    Posted on November 27th, 2010

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    Doctors Perform Abortions When Baby Feels Pain

    Doctors Perform Abortions When Baby Feels Pain

    With controversial late-term abortion practitioner LeRoy Carhart getting national attention over plans to expand his abortion business, a little-known 2008 study is gaining new attention. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research organization previously affiliated with Planned Parenthood, released a study in 2008 titled “Abortion in the United States: Incidence and Access to Services, 2005.”

    The study found there were at least 1,787 abortion “doctors” in the United States but it revealed stark numbers when it comes to those who do abortions later in pregnancy. Of the 1,787, the study found that “[t]wenty percent of providers offered abortions after 20 weeks [LMP], and only 8% at 24 weeks [LMP].”

    Though the numbers seem small, that translates to at least 300 “doctors” who who will perform abortions after 20 weeks LMP like LeRoy Carhart and, of those, 140 willing to perform abortions at 24 weeks LMP. Mary Balch, an attorney who handle state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee, says the numbers are important because mainstream media outlets have attempted to make it appear there are very few practitioners willing to do late or late-term abortions.

    “In an interview with Colorado abortionist Warren Hern published online November 5, 2010, Time Magazine perpetuated the prevalent myth that there are few, if any abortionists who perform abortions late in pregnancy,” she told LifeNews.com. “The Washington Post’s Rob Stein also furthered the myth in a November 10 piece saying that Carhart is ‘is one of the few in the country to perform abortions late in pregnancy.”

  • The Changing Moral Values of Americans

    The Changing Moral Values of Americans

    It was not really a surprise that the new Pew Research Center report in October of this year revealed that Americans have increasingly believed that marriage is optional, and that a family can include a homosexual couple with a child.

    The understanding and conviction that marriage is an institution ordained by God for the benefit of man, is less a concern today than at any other period of time in history. As Americans move farther and farther away from a close relationship with God, they feel less inclined to pay attention to what He says.

    This is the fault of the pastors in many churches who no longer teach their congregations the Word of God from the pulpit, but instead bring flowery sermons on prosperity, wealth and feeling good about one’s self.

    Coincidentally this past wednesday evening, I was teaching through the Book of Revelation in a local church about this very subject. In Chapter 3 of the Book of Revelation, Jesus commends the church at Philadelphia for their correct view of what is most important in Jesus church:

    Revelation 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”

  • Jesus Church, Persecution, Prayer

    Posted on November 2nd, 2010

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    58 Dead, 78 Wounded in Iraqi Christian Church

    58 Dead, 78 Wounded in Iraqi Christian Church

    BAGHDAD — After the gunmen killed the priest and nearly everyone in the first row, an eerie quiet descended over the pews. The only occasional sounds were sporadic gunfire, the muffled cries of the hostages and the shouts of Islamic militants — sometimes over their cell phones.

    Suddenly the lights went out. Iraqi forces began entering the building, telling parishioners: “We will save you.” Then a shattering blast shook the church as a suicide bomber set off his explosives. By the time the siege of Our Lady of Salvation church was over Sunday night, 58 people were dead and 78 wounded — nearly everyone inside the building.

    The attack, claimed by an al-Qaida-linked organization, was the deadliest recorded against Iraq’s Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion unleashed a wave of violence against them.The scope of the slaughter only became clear on Monday after a long night of confusion and conflicting reports. Iraqi officials had initially provided a much lower death toll.

    Pope Benedict XVI denounced the militants’ assault as “ferocious,” the White House condemned it as “senseless” and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said it harkened back to the days of sectarian warfare between Muslim sects. Christians who cowered for hours inside the stone building that used to be their peaceful sanctuary wondered why they were yet again the target of violence.

    “They are criminals and more than criminals. What type of man kills people at prayer? What have we done to receive this?” said Aida Jameel, a 65-year-old Christian woman who was shot in her leg. The violence began around 5:30 Sunday evening in what a senior Iraqi security official said appeared to be a suicide mission.

  • America In Prophecy, Obama Watch, Prayer

    Posted on August 20th, 2010

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    Obama, Muslim or Christian: His Spiritual Life

    Obama, Muslim or Christian: His Spiritual Life

    As he flew aboard Air Force One to Chicago on his 49th birthday earlier this month, President Obama dialed three Christian pastors to pray with him. On an airborne conference call, he kidded with the religious leaders about being abandoned by his wife and daughters, who were away on vacation and at camp. As he celebrated his birthday, he was in a reflective mood. He told them he wanted to pray about the year that had passed, what’s really important in life and the challenges ahead.
    “That was simply something that he wanted to do at his initiative because it was important to him,” said Joel Hunter, an evangelical pastor who was on the call and who is part of a small circle of spiritual advisers who frequently talk to Obama by phone. The prayer session, which was not publicized and which neither the White House nor the ministers sought to bring to light, reflects Obama’s decision to keep his public expressions of religious faith to a minimum. Hunter said the president often reaches out to pastors for private spiritual conversation.
    Hunter, who is the pastor of Northland Church in Orlando, also advised Obama’s predecessor. George W. Bush routinely invoked his own Christian faith in public. Hunter said that Obama’s reluctance to do so may help explain the results of a Pew Research Center poll released this week that revealed a sizable increase in the number of people who falsely think that Obama is a Muslim.

  • America In Prophecy, Freedom of Speech and Religion, Prayer

    Posted on August 7th, 2010

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    Judge Rejects Demand To Censor Christian Prayer

    Judge Rejects Demand To Censor Christian Prayer

    A federal judge in New York has rejected a demand from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State that a town board be ordered to change its invocation procedures so that the statements from volunteers on a rotating basis would be more “ecumenical” and “inclusive.” The decision from U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa said officials in Greece, N.Y., did not violate the Constitution’s Establishment Clause with their tradition of opening meetings with an invocation from local clergy members. Two plaintiffs represented by the Americans United organization had wanted a court order that the town instruct those who deliver prayers to be “inclusive and ecumenical.” “The court finds that the policy requested by plaintiffs would … impose a state-created orthodoxy,” the judge said. “The court has also considered the identities of the prayer-givers and the process that the town employed in inviting clergy to deliver prayers, and finds that these factors did not have the purpose or effect of proselytizing or advancing any one, or disparaging any other, faith or belief, within the meaning of the Establishment Clause.”

  • Jesus Church, Prayer

    Posted on August 1st, 2010

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    Christian Woman Stops Robbery With Faith

    Christian Woman Stops Robbery With Faith

    Held up at gunpoint, a store clerk invoked her faith to turn the desperate thief into a repentant gunman. When a man tried to rob a MetroPCS cell phone store at gunpoint in Pompano Beach, Fla., store manager Nayara Goncalves, 20, calmly talked to the man about Jesus and her faith until he left without taking any money. Goncalves said she doesn’t know why she began to talk to him about Jesus. “I believe it was the Holy Spirit of God that really made me want to tell him about Jesus,” Goncalves told ABCNews.com. “I would never be able to do that myself. I would never think that God could use me the way that he did,” she said. “[God] impressed me.” A store surveillance camera captured the whole exchange between Goncalves and the would-be robber. The man entered the store and made small talk about the rainy weather. He asked to see a phone, and then showed Goncalves a gun and nervously asked for the money in the register. “I really hate to do this,” the gunman told Goncalves. She slowly walked towards the register and started to speak to the man, who told her not to be afraid. “I’m not,” she said. “I’m just going to talk to you about the Jesus I have.”

  • America In Prophecy, Jesus Church, Prayer

    Posted on July 27th, 2010

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    Pastor Seeks 100,000 To ‘Save America’

    Pastor Seeks 100,000 To ‘Save America’

    Dr. Michael Youssef, founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles and president of the ministry Leading the Way in Atlanta, has found 42,450 people so far to join him in daily prayer for the United States since the “God Save America” campaign launched on July 4. “The greatest battle of our time is the battle for the biblical truth,” stated Youssef in an e-mail to The Christian Post on Monday. “Universalism is rampant in evangelical churches and nothing short of a Holy Spirit revival sweeping across the land will save Christ’s Church from total apostasy.” Youssef believes that the daily prayers of the 100,000 Christians who participate in the campaign will save the “Church and thus the country.” A major emphasis of the prayer campaign is to remind American Christians that the United States was founded on dependence upon God. But today, Youssef says, the country’s leaders and citizens try to attain success in their own terms. The “God Save America” prayer campaign was inspired by a New York businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier from the 19th century who led a series of small prayer meetings in New York City. The gatherings of less than 20 people soon grew to thousands and expanded to other states, noted Youssef. Across the country, stores would close during lunch time so workers could attend local prayer meetings.

  • Encouragement, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on July 6th, 2010

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    What Does It Mean To ‘Pray In Jesus Name?’

    What Does It Mean To ‘Pray In Jesus Name?’

    Jesus said: “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it” John 14:13-14 If we add the phrase “In Jesus name” to the end of a prayer, is the Lord is bound to give us whatever we ask for? This is a very interesting question, even for those who have know Jesus for quite some time. Is the name of Jesus a magical word that if added to a prayer, grants the petitioner their requests? If you carefully examine the New Testament, you will see that none of the prayers in those scriptures have the phrase “In Jesus name” at the end of each prayer. What did Jesus mean when He asked us to use His name when we pray? If you think about it, to come in the name of someone carries with it the idea that we are coming with the authority of that person, if they themselves were a person of some authority. When Peter spoke to the handicapped man in Acts 3:6 he told him “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” Peter understood that he was speaking to this man’s need based on the authority of the one who had sent him, Jesus, not on his own authority.

  • Prayer

    Posted on June 29th, 2010

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    A Boy Prays, A Suspect Surrenders

    A Boy Prays, A Suspect Surrenders

    Oscar Almaguer prayed with his mom Friday at the funeral for his neighbor Maria Hernandez, who was sweeping the end of her north Houston driveway last week when someone ran her over. “God, let the person who did this say ‘I’m sorry’ and tell them to come out,” the 5-year-old boy said. The next day, the woman police say was driving the car that hit Hernandez surrendered. Maria Guadalupe Reyes was arrested a day after her 33rd birthday. She is charged with failure to stop and render aid after her Toyota minivan weaved onto the side of the street and struck Hernandez early on June 20 in the 400 block of Crosstimbers.

  • Jesus v. Religion, Prayer

    Posted on June 1st, 2010

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    Internet Evangelist Challenges Terrorist to Debate

    Internet Evangelist Challenges Terrorist to Debate

    ST PETERSBURG, Fla., June 1 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Keller who is seen daily on Comcast’s MyTV8 has blanketed the internet with a video message that speaks directly to terror Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki and all of Islam. The message has been submitted to over 50 U.S. video hosting sites, 100 international sites and 30 Islamic sites in a saturation plan to reach Al-Awlaki. Keller says “Al-Awlaki, since you seem to be a fan of video messages, I thought this would be the best way to communicate with you” Following the taunting message Al-Awlaki recently released that was seen by millions of Americans, Bill Keller’s message is as timely as it is controversial.

  • Freedom of Speech and Religion, Prayer

    Posted on May 27th, 2010

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    Amendment to Allow Chaplains To Pray as they Wish

    Amendment to Allow Chaplains To Pray as they Wish

    U.S, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill that would allow all U.S. military chaplains, “if called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, would be free to close that prayer according to the dictates of the chaplain’s conscience.” The amendment would apply to the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, Air Force Academy and Military Academy. The Secular Coalition for America urged members of the House Armed Services Rules Committee to reject the amendment. “Rep. Bachmann’s amendment would force the military to change their regulations and allow chaplains to invoke the religious figures of their choice at official military events,” the coalition said in a statement.

  • Freedom of Speech and Religion, Prayer

    Posted on May 6th, 2010

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    Thoughts on Today’s National Day of Prayer

    Thoughts on Today’s National Day of Prayer

    The National Day of Prayer dates to 1952 when Congress responded to an appeal by the Rev. Billy Graham. During a Washington, D.C., crusade, the evangelist said, “What a thrilling, glorious thing it would be to see the leaders of our country today kneeling before almighty God in prayer.”
    President Truman signed the measure, which instructs presidents to “set aside and proclaim a suitable day each year, other than a Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”
    In 1988, with lobbying by Campus Crusade for Christ co-founder Vonette Bright, Congress fixed the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. Soon the private National Day of Prayer Task Force became the leading organizer of local events for the occasion.

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