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The secret of holiness is prayer without ceasing.

Unceasing prayer is the source of radical doctrine, radical passion, and radical action.

-- Pastor Benjamin Robinson #prayer #quotes
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The Christian and Unleavened Bread

Many Christian teachers have pointed out how Jesus fulfilled the Spring feasts of Israel: Passover, Firstfruits, and Pentecost – and in fact they were fulfilled on their precise dates on the Hebrew calendar. Many understand the symbolism of Passover, but fewer Christians know that Passover leads into (and is sometimes even called) the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts for seven days, and during that time the Israelites were commanded not to consume any food with leaven, nor even to have any leaven in their homes.

This is a feast whose meaning we need to recover. Leaven is often used as a symbol of sin in Scripture. Our lives (and homes) need to be free of sin, and while all the feasts point to Christ, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is one that we as believers live out. It symbolizes our life in Him, free from sin in all our dwellings, letting God make a diligent search through our homes for anything that offends Him or pulls us away from Him.

As Christian people reflect on Passover and Good Friday, let's remember that the Passover is meant to lead into a life without leaven as we walk into our inheritance.
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The Cross

I knew the killing was great but my eyes literally went wide open when I saw the headline saying that at least 147 have been killed at a Kenyan University by the Shabab jihadists.

This was a targeted killing of Christians. Christians were weeded out by their responses to questions, as on other occasions.

This is the face of jihad, a bloodlust that cannot be satisfied and can only be stopped by their running out of bullets or by being met with other bullets.

Yet in all this, Muslims are coming to Christ in droves, in the tens of thousands, fed up with that way of life and captivated by hearing the news of a loving God who wants to know them in a personal way.

At this Easter season we remember that the Cross and its message are more powerful than anything. 
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So much bad news on this one. Hard to calculate the fallout from this.
Secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say.
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Can anyone explain to me why we are even talking to these people?

The Administration is either completely insane or else is deliberately trying to sabotage American and Israeli national security.
Day after Obama urges Iran to seize ‘historic opportunity,’ supreme leader says US seeks to create insecurity
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Don't take everything at face value. Persians say "death" to everything that annoys them. Death to traffic, death to long lines, death to politicians... It's a bit like the way that Americans want to "damn" everything. Furthermore, public rhetoric rarely matches reality or potential in a face-based society. Let the diplomats have a go at it -- see how far they can move the ball down the field. Who knows, perhaps God is changing some hearts through this whole thing -- theirs and ours.
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"Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." (Psalm 119:11) 

This reemphasizes to us the need for reading and memorizing the Scripture. The Hebrew word translated there as “hidden” there is a beautiful word; it means that you have stored up something, the way you would hide jewels or a treasure.

The effect of locking the Word in our hearts is that it will keep us from sinning against God. The Voice of the Holy Spirit in the Word will arise within us and give us strength against the enemy in the time of temptation. The more of the good treasure of the Word you have hidden within, the more you can imitate Christ, how He said, “It is written, it is written, it is written!”
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This is correct in a sense, but in the immediate context, the restrainer is actually Satan. The Greek does not indicate that someone is being taken out of the way, but that he is taken out of the midst. Ek mesous means out of the midst. Out of the midst of what? He is being deprived of his access to the heavenlies, and hurled to the Earth at the midpoint of the last seven years.

All the common interpretations depend on viewing the restraint as something positive. It is not. The verb to restrain is katecho, which may just as easily mean "hold on." The Devil is holding on to his position of access into the heavenlies, until God sends Michael and his warrior angels to cast him down. (Revelation 12)

Think about it: the Devil is thrown down at the midpoint in great wrath because he knows his time is short. Why, as nearly all prophecy teachers say, would the Devil actually want the Antichrist to come forth? When he is compelled to bring the Antichrist forth in full manifestation, he will know that he has at most 3.5 years left before the physical return of Jesus Christ.
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Haven't really heard much about this even though we've all about measles lately...
Today came yet another among many examples of the broken Freedom of Information FOI process: a letter from the government regarding my request for information about the deadly U.S. outbreak of Enterovirus (EV) D68. EV-D68 is a polio-like virus linked to the deaths of at least 14 people in the ...
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“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; not those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray.”

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One of the things that's wrong about this article is its simplistic (and wrong) view of people in the so-called NAR. This is not a monolithic bloc by any means. Many Evangelicals as well as Charismatics whom the author might label "NAR" are rapidly moving away from supporting Israel. They don't hold to anything which remotely resembles the old dispensationalist view. 

People like Mike Bickle and Joel Richardson fully expect to be on the Earth during the predations of the Antichrist which are prophesied to take place in the seven years before the return of Christ, and they fully expect to be persecuted along with the Jewish people. 

Also, here's a news flash... Christians in every century have hoped to see Jewish people (or more accurately, more Jewish people) embrace Jesus as the Messiah. That is not going to stop. For Bible literalists, this is a matter of obedience to the command of Christ Himself, which is why Hagee has been criticized for making statements which seem to say that Jewish people do not need to have the Gospel preached to them.

The very title of the article seems to be an attempt to be cute, and ignores the complexities of a theology which Christians have been debating in-house for a long time, as Christian commentaries on the end times go back to the 3rd century A.D.
Netanyahu and Christian Zionists have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. But with a new, more radical sect ascending within the movement, the marriage may be in trouble.
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This needs to go viral. I'm just saying.
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This is important. I don't why the Google peeps removed this option anyway.
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I've been blessed to serve the good people of Harvest Time Church in Greenwich, Connecticut as Associate Pastor since 2003. Among my other duties, I teach and direct the discipleship ministries at the church and occasionally lead worship.

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