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Actor Jim Caviezel Testimony

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Watch this amazing testimony and words of Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ film, which is the highest-grossing R-rated film in history just like the Holy Bible is the world’s best-selling book. Jim Caviezel is being interviewed by Dave Cooper.

The Passion InterviewThis interview is highly inspiring. He talks about how God’s Providence allowed him to suffer several very painful injuries and illnesses when filming which allowed him to participate in and portray Christ’s Passion in a deep and real way. He tells about the shocking fact that he was struck by lightning at one point in the production. He gives advice to all believers about the seriousness of living the Faith, not trying to “fit in” with our neo-pagan society, and the necessity, joy, and honor of suffering for Jesus Crucified for the salvation of souls. His testimony is amazing and real.


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Why the church needs youth ministry

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More than ever, the church needs to be able to reach young people, the next generation, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Below are some of the most important reasons.

1) Youth ministry is vital to helping young adults integrate into the larger community of the church.

2) Youth ministry challenges the status quo, helping a church stay relevant in a changing culture.

3) Youth ministry focuses on inviting youth, who are not already part of the church, into the fellowship of God’s redemptive plan for humankind.

4) Youth ministry reminds the church that young people are not marginalized members of the body of Christ, but are co-collaborators in the divine work of the church.

5) Youth ministry helps the church broaden its vision of mission and the way of Jesus, by reaching people outside the boundaries of its own generation, culture, and religious traditions.

– Luis Josephus

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YOUTHSPECIALTIES.COM commissioned a comprehensive study by Barna Research Group to better understand the state of youth ministry in churches today. The following results stand out and reinforce the reasons why the Church needs youth ministry:

* In the last three years, 60% of churches experienced an increase in their youth ministry attendance overall.

* 75% of youth leaders surveyed say that discipleship and spiritual instruction is the top priority for their ministries.

* 66% believe that their church leadership views youth ministry as one of the top priorities in their church.


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The Extreme Language of Jesus

Hyperbole“I’m so hungry I can eat a horse.” “His brain is the size of a pea.” “My feet are killing me.” These are just some examples of Hyperbole, a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extreme statement to create a strong emotional response. Jesus Christ used hyperbole in many of His teachings, and these images were not to be taken literally. So before you “pluck your eye out” (Matthew 18:9) or fear that you’re going to burn in hell fire for having called someone a “fool” in anger (Matthew 5:22), remember that Jesus was merely trying to make a point and get you to think further about what He was saying. READ MORE: http://wp.me/pVLmq-11q


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Did Jesus Use Hyperbole?

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QUESTION:

I was disturbed when I read Matthew 18:9, “And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” I don’t believe Jesus was teaching us that we need to literally pluck our eye out, was He? I assume it had to do with sin in our lives and doing whatever it takes to get rid of it. Am I right about this?


ANSWER:
Yes of course you’re right. We need to realize that Jesus used hyperbole in many of His teachings and these images were not to be taken literally. A hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses an exaggerated or extravagant statement to create a strong emotional response. Some familiar examples of hyperbolic statements would include:

“He’s got tons of money.”

“He is older than the hills.”

“I’m so hungry I can eat a horse.”

“His brain is the size of a pea.”

“My feet are killing me.”

In regards to Jesus’ statement regarding “plucking out your eye” (Matthew 18:9), we know the Lord did not intend this to be taken literally. The Bible condemns self-mutilation or inflicting woundHyperboles on your body, which is the temple of God. The Roman Catholic Church, for instance, has encouraged the practice of self-flagellation (imitating the sufferings of Jesus) for centuries on their “Good Friday” holiday. They believe that scourging their backs with whips or placing a crown of thorns on their heads until their blood runs down is pleasing to God, when in fact He disapproves of it completely.

Other examples of the use of hyperbole by Jesus in His teachings are found elsewhere in the gospels. One involves His statement:

“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ (You vain fellow) is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” – Matthew 5:22

Although we should most certainly avoid cursing other people or calling them harmful names when we are angry at them, I don’t believe that God would send you to hell for calling someone a “fool.” Neither is the sin of visually or intensely lusting after a woman (or man) the same as actually committing the physical act of adultery with her.

Jesus used exaggerated or extravagant statements (hyperbole) to emphasize the point He was trying to drive home in His teachings. They are not intended to be taken literally, in most cases, but analyzed in view of the essence of the message.

– Luis Josephus

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comment_smCOMMENT FROM DONNA:

“Another great explanation of God’s Word. As I understand it, the word “fool” as used in the Bible would be best defined as someone who refuses to do as instructed. For instance, the five foolish virgins were foolish because they did not listen when they were told to bring extra oil. (Matthew 25:1-13). By using this definition of “fool”, (someone would have to be foolish not to listen to God’s wisdom), we can better understand what the Bible means when someone is called a fool. When we call someone a fool, it is equal to condemning that person, saying that we believe that person is condemned as a fool for not listening to God’s instructions.”

comment_smCOMMENT FROM BROTHER LUIS: “Amen Donna. A fool is indeed a fool for not listening to God’s instructions. God has given us His Word to provide wisdom and protect us from making mistakes. If we don’t take His fatherly advice, how foolish is that?”



FOR FURTHER STUDY:

The Use of Extreme Language By Jesus
http://www.voiceofjesus.org/extremelanguage.html


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Does a woman have more ribs than a man?

Questions & Answers

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QUESTION:
Does a woman have more ribs than a man?

ANSWER: No. Both men and women have exactly the same number of ribs which is 24 – twelve on each side. The first twenty are located on the front of the body, while the other 4 are located on the back (floating ribs), according to Matthew Hoffman, MD, Internist, Emory University.

The popular myth that a woman has more ribs than a man is probably founded on a wrong interpretation of Genesis 2:21-23:

“So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,for she was taken out of man.”

Many have erroneously assumed that since one rib was taken out of Adam to form Eve, then a woman has more ribs than a man. But this theory falls apart very quickly when you study the original Hebrew in which the Old Testament Bible was written. The English word “rib” is the transliterated Hebrew word tsela. It means “side” – not an actual rib.

In other words, when God performed a miraculous surgery on Adam in order to create Eve, He took Adam’s entire side to do so – not just one rib. Afterwards, God also apparently re-created an entire new side for Adam to replace the void that was left and closed it up again in its place.

You may ask, “Why didn’t God just create Eve on her own without the need for Adam’s side?” I really don’t know. You will have to ask God that question yourself. My guess is that He wanted to emphasize the physical and spiritual significance of a man and woman becoming “one flesh” when they are married as stated in verse 24:

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

God in the beginning ordained marriage and the family unit as the first and foremost institution on earth. When a man and a woman are united in marriage they are no longer two people, but one. One in mind, spirit, body and purpose. In my opinion, I can’t see a better way to symbolically convey this important message than having Eve created out of Adam’s own flesh and bones.

–         Luis Josephus

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Happy Passover 2016

Happy Passover
The belief in one God, justice and fairness, ethics and morality, and salvation through Jesus Christ can be traced to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac.

One man, and one people (the Jewish people), who dared to be different – despite all opposition – came the vision of a better world today. Author Thomas Cahill wrote, “Without the Jews, we would see the world through different eyes, hear with different ears, even feel with different feelings.”

I encourage you to watch this powerful short film that documents the impact the Jews have had on the world today. “The Mystery of the Jews,” challenges our conception of human history and reveals the hand of God almighty on His chosen people.

– Luis Josephus

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