“You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).
Ever ask yourself this question: Why prayer? If God is sovereign, totally in charge, and He knows all things and can do anything, then why require prayer of us? Well, there are many answers to this question. And we do not have time to go into an extensive study of prayer. Suffice it to say that prayer is His plan. God has ordained that prayer is the means by which He chooses to work on this earth. Continue reading →
I have just recently finished reading George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. For me, this was required reading in high school. I am sure most of you had to read it at some time in your educational career. I remembered a lot of things from the story. But I had forgotten how insightful Orwell could be. In many ways he sheds great light on human nature, and the ability of fallen man’s ability to oppress and control his fellow man. Continue reading →
I was talking with a long-time friend on the phone the other day. He lives in Massachusetts; I am in Virginia. Emails and phone calls are our friendship vehicles. Thank the Lord for technology. It was good to hear his voice, to catch up on news, to reminisce from events from 35+ years ago. In our conversation he mentioned that he is friends with some Oneness Pentecostals. (This is a unitarian cult.) He commented that even though they do not believe in the orthodox faith of the Bible, they still experience many healings and miracles. There is definitely a supernatural element in their churches. This got me to thinking. Continue reading →
Have you heard about what is happening in Malawi? Well, first of all, you may be asking yourself—who or what is a Malawi? Malawi is a rather small country in southeastern Africa. It is bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. So what is happening? Malawi is like many other countries in Africa. Belief in witchcraft and the supernatural is common. In recent weeks much of Malawi has been in a panic because of rumors of vampirism.
It is believed that there are blood-suckers on the prowl, looking for victims whose blood they can drink. The purpose of this particular vampiric activity is to use the blood in witchcraft rituals. In addition to the vampirism, the people of Malawi believe these vampire witches can also shape-shift, or skin walk—that is, they can change their form from human into the shape of dog, cat or some other animal.
The situation has become very serious. People are so frightened that they have formed vigilante groups who are hunting vampires. There are accounts of people being dragged from their cars at roadblocks set up to catch vampires. As of this writing (Friday, October 13, 2017), there have been seven people killed by these vigilante mobs. Things have deteriorated to the point where U.N. workers have been pulled out of their posts. The President of Malawi has declared a 5:00 p.m. curfew in hopes that this will curb the activity of the vigilantes and restore some order. (Here is a U.N. report on this situation.) Continue reading →
There are some who attack Christianity as being a “white man’s religion” and they say that the Bible is a “white, European, racist book.” Such assertions are not only false, they are ridiculous to the point of being absurd. Those who make such assertions apparently have no true acquaintance with the Scriptures and it’s content. The Bible is at its core a Hebrew book written from the perspective of Middle Eastern Jews. Indeed, every book of the Bible was written by a Jew, except for the New Testament books of Luke and Acts. How can a book that is Jewish and Middle Eastern be considered a European, Anglo or white man’s book?
However, even though the Bible is largely Hebrew in perspective, it is also a multi-cultural book. It reflects the influence of other cultures—e.g., Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Hellenistic—on the people of Israel. It also records encounters with individuals and people from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. And this includes individuals and groups from the continent of Africa. In this writing we will examine some of what the Bible says about Africa and Africans. But first, let us examine the origin of the people groups of Africa as recorded in the Scriptures. Continue reading →