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Crazy Man or Genius?

Martin LutherMartin Luther’s teaching of Justification by Faith.

Martin Luther was a German friar, priest, professor of theology, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.” – Wikipedia

In the following video message below, Professor R. C. Sproul teaches about the life of Protestant reformer Martin Luther (1483 – 1546 AD) who pioneered the way for the Protestant Reformation.

Because of his rejection of Roman Catholic doctrines and his teachings of Justification by Faith, Luther was excommunicated from his position of priesthood in the church. The Pope of that time, labeled him a crazy man and “a wild pig” (See Ex Surge Domine).

But Luther was neither; He was a genius that God used to bring the Christian Church out of superstition, false doctrine, idolatry, and the dreadful years known as, “the Dark Ages.”

The modern church today has much to be grateful for – to God, and the courageous efforts of reformers like John Wycliff, Martin Luther, John Knox, John Calvin, William Tyndale, and so many others. It is true that these were also imperfect men that made mistakes about other matters. But they were all right about one thing: Salvation comes by faith alone – we cannot earn it by our good works – it is a free gift from God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

– Luis Josephus

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With God All Things Are Possible

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Faith is the necessary link to receiving God’s blessings and miracles.

Jesus taught us that, if we believe, whatever we ask of God the Father in prayer we will receive. Since He created all things and His power is unlimited, is there anything too hard for God to do? If we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, in harmony with His will, God will move heaven and earth to answer our prayers. That’s how much He loves us!

Even if we don’t see our petitions answered right away, we must continue to persevere in faith that God hears our prayers. Continue to trust that God’s delays are not His denials. Sometimes He may delay His answer in fulfillment of His perfect timing for all things. Continue to trust that His wisdom and planning for our lives is infinitely superior to ours, and He is working everything out for our very good.

– Luis Josephus

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How far have you come with Jesus?

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The day you received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord you began a journey of inner transformation and spiritual evolution. Since that time, how far have you come in your journey?

Are you a better person today than you were 6 months ago? One year ago? Five years ago? You should be able to look back and see some positive changes in your character and manner of living. Has the Spirit of the indwelling Christ made a difference in your life?

Jesus didn’t die just for your sins and save you, but also to transform you into His image.

And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…“ – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Each new day of your life, pray that you will reflect the glory of the Lord more and more. Listen to His voice as He guides you and corrects anything that needs improving. Don’t ever stop moving forward, no matter what obstacles you may face.

Pray, “I will not quit. I will never give up. I will continue to press-on to victory in Jesus.”

– Luis Josephus

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Life Without Arms or Legs or Limitations

The inspirational testimony of Nick Vujicic

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Can God can use a a man born without arms or legs? Yes He can! Nick Vujicic shows the world how to live a life without physical limitations.

“My name is Nick Vujicic and I’m 31 years old. I was born without arms or legs and given no medical reason for this condition. Faced with countless challenges and obstacles, God has given me the strength to surmount what others might call impossible.

My book, “Life Without Limbs” is all about sharing this same hope and genuine love that I have personally experienced with people all over the globe. It’s been said that doors open to a man without arms and legs much more easily than to anyone else, we thank God for providing that privilege. I’ve been invited into very unexpected places to share about my faith in Jesus Christ and literally millions have responded.

Traveling extensively to over 54 countries and still counting, I have been extremely humbled by the continuous opportunities that the Lord has given me to share my testimony. My greatest joy in this life is to introduce Jesus to those I meet and tell them of His great desire to get to know them personally by allowing Him to become their Lord and Savior. That’s what Life Without Limbs is all about.

In Psalm 139:13-14, the Bible says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Because of the ministry of Life Without Limbs, God has used me in countless schools, churches, prisons, orphanages, hospitals, stadiums and in face-to-face encounters with individuals, telling them how very precious they are to God. It is our greatest pleasure to assure people that God does have a plan for each and every life that is meaningful and purposeful, for God took my life, one that others might disregard as not having any significance and He has filled me with His purpose and showed me His plans to use me to move hearts and lives toward Him.”

– Nick Vujicic
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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Featuring Loyiso Bala, Neville D and Ivan Siegelaar

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!


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Did Rahab the ex-prostitute become a virtuous woman?

Many people will be surprised to discover that Jesus was not only a physical descendant of King David, but also of Rahab the ex-prostitute of Jericho. But, keep in mind, Rahab was a harlot who changed her ways and came before the living God in repentance.

Rahab was a Canaanite woman who ran an “Inn” in Jericho. It was actually a house of prostitution where men could spend the night with the woman of their choice. Murray Johnson writes:

“It is very important that we understand what the text really says about Rahab. It says Rahab was a harlot. What better place for the spies to hide out than at Rahab’s house? With all the comings and goings of a whorehouse, they could blend in easily. However, these men were on a righteous mission. “

Rahab was a prostitute herself. As a Canaanite, she was also a worshipper of a great number of deities of the Canaan religion, including Baal (god of fertility), Dagon (god of the crops) and Molech (god of fire). When Joshua sent two of his men to Jericho to spy out the city for destruction, they came to Rahab’s place. When the king of Jericho heard about their visit, he sent his soldiers to kill them. Rahab took sides – not with her own people – but with the children of Israel. She protected the two spies at great peril to her life, and hid them on her roof for three days. She also lied to the king’s soldiers and sent them on a wild goose chase. She told them that the spies had already left out of the city gate.

After the soldiers departed and the coast was clear, she went up to the roof and made them promise to protect her and her father, mother, brothers and sisters. The two spies agreed to protect her and her family when Joshua and his army returned to destroy the city.

Rahab’s confession of faith.

She declared, “…for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”Joshua 2:11

Rahab’s faith in the God of Israel was greater than her fear. By embracing Yahovah God – the Eternal, living God, she was renouncing all pagan gods that she had once worshipped. The moment she made the confession of faith, “…for the LORD [Yahovah] your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below”, Rahab was saved from her sins, spiritually born-again, and accepted into God’s family. It did not matter that she was formerly a prostitute, or an idol worshipper, or whatever, God is no respecter of persons; whoever will come to Him in repentance and faith will be accepted by Him. Rahab is a prime example of how God loves to take the worst of sinners and turn them into saints. His arms are always open to anyone who feareth Him and worketh righteousness (Acts 10:34-35).

Rahab, the ex-prostitute, was transformed into a new creature in Christ.

Her faith was backed up by the evidence of good works when she risked her life to save the two spies. She is praised twice in the New Testament. The apostle James describes her justification by her good works:

”Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by [good] works, when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way?” (James 2:25)

Rahab’s faith and actions working together was approved of God who forgave her immoral past and justified her (acquitted her of guilt) in His sight.

The writer of Hebrews also praises Rahab in Hebrews 11:31. She perished not with the rest of her city when the walls of Jericho fell down and Joshua’s men killed all who lived there. Rahab’s faith and the scarlet thread she let hang down from her window was a type of the blood of Jesus Christ – the Messiah to come. It paralleled the Passover lamb. Just as the blood of the lamb was put on the houses of the Israelites in order to protect them from the judgment of God, so the scarlet line hanging from Rahab’s house brought safety and deliverance for her and her family.

Rahab marries a Jew.

After converting to Judaism, Rahab became a righteous woman. She joined herself  to the people of God, the children of Israel. She left her sordid past behind, continued to travel with the Israelites, and eventually married a Jewish man named Salmon of the tribe of Judah. Their marriage gave birth to Boaz who married Ruth, who birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of King David.

What an amazing testimony of what God can do! He transformed a former prostitute into the ancestral grandmother of Israel’s greatest king – David, the man after God’s own heart. In Matthew’s geneology, even our Lord Jesus Christ was an ancestor of Salmon and Rahab (Matthew 1:1,5).

Whosoever calls on the Lord shall be saved.

If you’ve been struggling with a life of sin, or you have done something in your past that is so bad you’ve never told anyone, and you have wondered if God could ever forgive you, remember what He accomplished in the life of Rahab the ex-prostitute and idol worshipper from Jericho. There is no sin too big for God – He will forgive you if you sincerely repent and call upon His name in faith. There is always hope and forgiveness:

”And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Acts 2:21

“Whoever” means you! There is no sin so grievous that Jesus cannot forgive. He died on the cross and shed His blood to forgive all types of sins – small sins as well as big sins. Call upon Jesus today and be forgiven and saved from your old life. He will give you a new life from this day forward and transform you into the man or woman He created you to be.

Pray this prayer right now:

Dear Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins. I repent of my past life. Please forgive me. I promise to live for you from this day forward. I receive you today as my Savior and Lord of my life. Amen.

If you just prayed this prayer, email us and let us rejoice with you.

–         Luis Josephus

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God is closer than you think

A Helping Hand_jpgEven when we are going through trials and tribulations and God seems far away, stand on His promises of love, care and protection. Do not rely on your feelings – but on faith. God will never leave you, nor forsake you. God is in control; He is closer than you think.

– Luis Josephus

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GOD’S PROMISES FOR YOU:

Answered Prayer

“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.” – Psalm 145:18-19

Comfort

“Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.” – Deuteronomy 33:12

Protection

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Victory

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” – Romans 16:20