• 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.

  • Abiding in Jesus, For Christians, Fulfilled Prophecy, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on January 6th, 2013

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    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Prayer

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s 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 instructions to us. 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 who 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 let the public see them praying gives us an indication of where their hearts were at. Jesus defined those who pray in this manner as “Hypocrites”. He said that they conduct their prayers in public so that they will be seen by others. He then 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.

  • Christmas, Encouragement, Holiday's Perspective, Jesus Church, Other Bible Teachers

    Posted on December 12th, 2012

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    Faith in What?

    Faith in What?

    Christmas is around the corner. It’s the time of year when cynics are pressed to enjoy hot cocoa and gingerbread and even non-believers begin to hope for miracles. It’s a time of year when faith pops into conversations.

    Faith. People toss the word about, as though faith itself is a good thing. Hard-core LOST fans will recall that a conflict developed between the man of “faith” - John Locke — and the man of “science” - Dr. Jack Shepherd during the show’s early seasons. At one point at the end of the second season, Jack famously asked Locke why it was so easy for him to believe, and Locke said, “It’s never been easy!”

    No, faith is not easy, and unfortunately for John Locke, his faith was in an ISLAND - an ISLAND with a smoke monster.

    “Have faith,” people will say. Faith? Faith in what? Faith in God? Faith in money? Faith in the good nature of the universe? Faith in our own karma? [By the way, in what bank is karma held, and who are the tellers?] We need to make sure we are building our faith on the right foundation.

    A skeptic asked us, “But see, there’s a problem when Grandma prays to be healed and she isn’t healed. She thinks she doesn’t have strong enough faith or that God doesn’t love her. What about Grandma?”

    We all want to see miracles. We want to pray for Grandma’s crippling arthritis and see her healed; we don’t want her suffering for two more decades. We want to pray for healing and freedom and see them happen.

    This is a hard issue. On top of it, the “name it and claim it” “blab it and grab it” “faith” teachers have skewed our understanding, presenting faith as the means to get anything we want. They leave out major components of what the Bible teaches, forgetting that faith has little to do with getting a Mercedes and everything to do with strengthening our relationship with our Savior.

  • 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.

  • Daily Walk, Rob Robinson

    Posted on July 25th, 2011

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    Daily Walk: Change Me, Change You

    Daily Walk: Change Me, Change You

    John 21:19-22 This Jesus spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to Peter, “Follow Me.” Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

    A rumor had spread amongst the disciples that John was Jesus favorite and that because of John’s highly favored position, he would never die. Somehow Jesus would preserve Him and not allow his favorite to ever be harmed or to perish.

    Peter was apparently put off and a little irritated, even perhaps envious of John’s supposed place of honor with Jesus. Peter did what many of us do when we are irritated by someone, we naturally begin to wish that the Lord would change that person or our situation.

  • Daily Walk, Encouragement, Rob Robinson

    Posted on April 26th, 2011

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    Daily Walk: The Effective, Fervent Prayer of the Righteous

    Daily Walk: The Effective, Fervent Prayer of the Righteous

    James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

    The power behind the believer in Jesus Christ is their personal prayer life. Whatever difficulties or triumphs that may come along, the degree of devotion to daily prayer will determine the outcome.

    When we examine the life of Jesus Christ we see Him often leaving the crowds of people and even His own disciples, to find a quiet place to be alone with the Father. It was this intimate communion with the Father that sustained Jesus and provided the power He needed to overcome all the obstacles on His journey to the cross.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • America In Prophecy, Freedom of Speech and Religion

    Posted on July 10th, 2010

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    Pastor Fired at the Capitol for Praying ‘In Jesus Name’

    Pastor Fired at the Capitol for Praying ‘In Jesus Name’

    A North Carolina pastor was relieved of his duties as an honorary chaplain of the state house of representatives after he closed a prayer by invoking the name of Jesus. “I got fired,” said Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week but his tenure was cut short when he refused to remove the name Jesus from his invocation. Baity’s troubles began during the week of May 31. He said a House clerk asked to see his prayer. The invocation including prayers for our military, state lawmakers and a petition to God asking him to bless North Carolina.” “When I handed it to the lady, I watched her eyes and they immediately went right to the bottom of the page and the word Jesus,” he told FOX News Radio. “She said ‘We would prefer that you not use the name Jesus. We have some people here that can be offended.’”

  • 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.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Freedom of Speech and Religion

    Posted on January 15th, 2010

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    Atheists Want Lawmakers to Stop Prayer Before Session

    Atheists Want Lawmakers to Stop Prayer Before Session

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Monday’s legislative session began like most sessions; with a prayer. But the group “Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers” wants to put an end to the practice by sending lawmakers an e-mail demanding the prayers stop.
    President Randy Henderson says the prayers are offensive to non-believers. “As someone who is not religous; as someone who as atheist or agnostic of secular humanist we find ourselves in the minority position where a very much majority tends to disregard our feelings,” Henderson says, “We are hurt.”

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