Mark Hitchcock’s new book, RUSSIA RISING: Tracking The Bear In Bible Prophecy is a book you should read. In it’s pages you will get an up close and eerie look at what the headlines are pointing us to—the new Russian Czar.
Hitchcock goes on to say, “Forbes has named Vladimir Putin the world’s most powerful person four years in a row… In 2014 Vladimir Putin was chosen as Russia’s “Man of the Year…” and “Putin is the leading candidate for Time magazines ‘Person of the Year’ in 2017.”
Headline in the Atlantic: It’s Putin’s World.
Garry Kasparov in his book, Winter Is Coming says, “Putin’s Russia is clearly the biggest and most dangerous threat facing the world today.”
MAN WITH A PLAN.
Vladimir Putin is many things—KGB officer, master politician, multibillionaire, ruthless autocrat—but above all, Vladimir Putin is a man with a plan. His plan is to unmake the world order that has stood since the end of the Cold War, especially in Europe, and replace it with one where Russia has the power, influence, and military strength to get its way on any issue. So says, Douglas Schoen author of Putin’s Master Plan.
An exhaustive study of Ezekiel 38-39.
Hitchcock presents us with an elaborate picture that blends Russian history, with Bible prophecies and today’s headlines. He takes us step-by-step, verse-by-verse, making his case. If you are a student of Bible prophecy and looking for “the next big thing” to manifest, then you absolutely need to read RUSSIA RISING, because this book takes us right up to the threshold of what may be the looming Gog-Magog war in Ezekiel.
RUSSIA RISING is available now on Amazon.
And at all other fine book retailers. Be sure to check out Mark Hitchcock’s author page on Goodreads.
“‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.’” John 11:27John 11:27 English: World English Bible - WEB 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.”
All my best friends are Marthas. They may be named Annie or Elizabeth, but they all share the gift of hospitality with a certain Martha in the Bible who opened her home to a bunch of ragtag disciples.
Over the centuries, Martha has gotten a bum rap for wanting her sister, Mary of Bethany, to stop sitting at the feet of Jesus and start serving the meal. “Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:40Luke 10:40 English: World English Bible - WEB 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me.”
WP-Bible plugin, NIV), the Lord told her, discerning the real problem — Martha thought her efforts were of greater significance than Mary’s. Those of us who are talkers and doers often discount others who are listeners and thinkers.
The good news is, Martha learned from Mary’s example, and most of all, from their Master Teacher.
The next time Jesus came to Bethany — summoned by both sisters on behalf of their dying brother, Lazarus — Martha leaped to her feet and ran out to greet Him. “‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died’” (John 11:21John 11:21 English: World English Bible - WEB 21 Therefore Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.
Wait. Was she scolding Jesus? Was she saying this never would have happened if He’d returned sooner? We’ve seen bold Martha in action before, quick to speak her mind. Was she disappointed or frustrated or confused?
WP-Bible plugin, NIV). Instead of being fueled with anger, Martha was filled with faith, certain of the Lord’s ability to restore her brother to life. When she said, “God will,” that shows how trust is talking, not doubt or fear.
But won’t our bodies eventually wear out? Won’t the usual procession of flowers and sympathy cards and memorial services follow in the wake of our passing? Yes, but our souls, the eternal part of us, will live forever because of Jesus.
This means all of it: Who He is, and why He came and what that means for us.
Martha’s response was swift and sure, a courageous expression of faith and our key verse today: “‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world’” (John 11:27John 11:27 English: World English Bible - WEB 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.”
Go, Martha! When Jesus said, “I am,” she affirmed, “You are.” Her “I believe” confession is remarkable because she stated His title, His divine nature and His calling. Neither Peter nor John made this bold proclamation that day in Bethany. But a woman did. God’s woman.
Martha’s faith was now as solid and unshakable as her sister Mary’s. She who served the food also dished out the truth: “It is for Your coming that the world has waited” (John 11:27John 11:27 English: World English Bible - WEB 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.”
What Martha did is something you and I can do as well: Profess our faith. Proclaim His truth. Promote His kingdom. This isn’t a one-hour-a-week Jesus we’re dealing with. Someone we sing praises to on Sunday morning, but forget about on Sunday afternoon. Jesus expects and deserves nothing less than our total commitment.
We don’t all need to be dazzling hostesses or confident cooks, just women who throw open the doors of our hearts and make Him welcome.
Lord, teach us how to be as faith-filled as Martha, and trust Your promises, no matter how impossible they seem. Remind us that with You all things are possible, including Your resurrection and ours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
WP-Bible plugin, “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (NIV)
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Ebola virus! The idea of it sends chills down our spines, doesn’t it?
Okay, so forget anything you might have scheduled for April 10th, and go see the movie FACING DARKNESS about world medical missions, Africa and Ebola!
As the Ebola pandemic was sweeping across West Africa in the spring of 2014, Samaritan’s Purse was willing to step up and fully commit its people and resources to provide comfort, compassion, and care to the hurting people of Africa—all in the Name of Jesus. But when the deadly virus infected its own medical personnel, including Dr. Kent Brantly, the epic crisis truly hit home for Samaritan’s Purse and its leader Franklin Graham. FACING DARKNESS tells the incredible true story of how—with only faith, determination, and prayer—the ministry moved mountains…and God performed miracles!
We had family see the movie last night and said, “Wow! You have got to go and see this movie!”
I went right to the site and found all the information I needed. I have already sent for the “group ticket” information. The movie will be shown in our area April 10th. We will be sharing all this info at church on Sunday and signing up anyone who wants to go as a group. Be sure to check with your local theater regarding group discounts.
World Medical Mission was established in 1977 to assist general surgeons who wanted to volunteer for short-term mission trips. Today, hundreds of volunteer Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel work in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. In addition, our Post-Residency Program, through which Dr. Kent Brantly served, is a fully funded two-year program for Christian physicians and their families who have been called to medical missions.
I just watched this great Christian Movie on a new DVD release from Fishflix called, HEAVEN BOUND. This flick is loads of fun, and definitely a family friendly film, kids and their parents will love.
I’ll admit I don’t usually watch Christian comedies, but okay I confess, I laughed out loud more than a few times!
Michael Joiner and Nancy Stafford play Ted and Josie Talbott, a down-n-out married couple so desperate for money, they make an ill-conceived plan to rob her wealthy boss. Unfortunately, they picked the wrong mansion. Her boss is a religious man who is equally desperate to “save a soul” before he goes to the Great Beyond. He traps them inside his house, and won’t let them go until they’ve made a decision to follow Jesus!
Heaven Bound spoofs Christians and the silly things we sometimes say and do in trying to bring the unbelieving world our Gospel message. Yeah the movie’s jokes are silly, but it’s all done in hilarious fun, and after some crazy antics this film gets down to the nitty-gritty of delivering an honest-to-goodness salvation message.
Chiefly, that we in the church just need to genuinely love folks, and not be afraid to show them how much we care.
Main cast characters include Michael Joiner (The Grace Card) and Nancy Stafford (Matlock) and Danny Vinson (Walk The Line) with Victoria Jackson, Bonnie Johnson, and Will Ford also making appearances. Writers Marshal Younger and Torry Martin from (Adventures in Odyssey) deliver on laughs and a message I think parents will heartily approve of.
The movie received Five Stars from Irrelevant Magazine as well as BEST COMEDY from ICVM, BEST FEATURE FILM from Delco Film Festival, and was an Official Selection of CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW and KINGDOMWOOD. You can purchase the Heaven Bound DVD at Fishflix or on Amazon.
This film is rated Family Approved 12+ but I think the movie is also appropriate for families with children ages 4-10. It could set up a whole family dialog about the importance of honesty.
My thanks to Drake Films and Fishflix for sending me a complimentary DVD in exchange for my review.
Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.
Then Moses called for Joshua and said to him, as all Israel watched, “Be strong! Be courageous! For you shall lead these people into the land promised by the Lord to their ancestors; see to it that they conquer it. Don’t be afraid, for the Lord will go before you and will be with you; he will not fail nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6-8Deuteronomy 31:6-8 English: World English Bible - WEB 6 Be strong and of good courage, don’t be afraid, nor be scared of them: for Yahweh your God, he it is who does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.
7 Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of good courage: for you shall go with this people into the land which Yahweh has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it.
8 Yahweh, he it is who does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: don’t be afraid, neither be dismayed.
In this hour of all-but-universal darkness one cheering gleam appears: within the fold of conservative Christianity there are to be found increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself. They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor will they be content with correct “interpretations” of truth. They are athirst for God, and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the Fountain of Living Water.
This is the only real harbinger of revival which I have been able to detect anywhere on the religious horizon. It may be the cloud the size of a man’s hand for which a few saints here and there have been looking. It can result in a resurrection of life for many souls and a recapture of that radiant wonder which should accompany faith in Christ, that wonder which has all but fled the Church of God in our day.
But this hunger must be recognized by our religious leaders. Current evangelicalism has (to change the figure) laid the altar and divided the sacrifice into parts, but now seems satisfied to count the stones and rearrange the pieces with never a care that there is not a sign of fire upon the top of lofty Carmel. But God be thanked that there are a few who care. They are those who, while they love the altar and delight in the sacrifice, are yet unable to reconcile themselves to the continued absence of fire. They desire God above all. They are athirst to taste for themselves the “piercing sweetness” of the love of Christ about Whom all the holy prophets did write and the psalmists did sing.
There is today no lack of Bible teachers to set forth correctly the principles of the doctrines of Christ, but too many of these seem satisfied to teach the fundamentals of the faith year after year, strangely unaware that there is in their ministry no manifest Presence, nor anything unusual in their personal lives. They minister constantly to believers who feel within their breasts a longing which their teaching simply does not satisfy.
I trust I speak in charity, but the lack in our pulpits is real. Milton’s terrible sentence applies to our day as accurately as it did to his: “The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed.” It is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the Kingdom, to see God’s children starving while actually seated at the Father’s table. The truth of Wesley’s words is established before our eyes: “Orthodoxy, or right opinion, is, at best, a very slender part of religion. Though right tempers cannot subsist without right the Father’s table. The truth of Wesley’s words is established before our eyes: “Orthodoxy, or right opinion, is, at best, a very slender part of religion. Though right tempers cannot subsist without right opinions, yet right opinions may subsist without right tempers. There may be a right opinion of God without either love or one right temper toward Him. Satan is proof of this.”
Thanks to our splendid Bible societies and to other effective agencies for the dissemination of the Word, there are today many millions of people who hold “right opinions,” probably more than ever before in the history of the Church. Yet I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. To great sections of the Church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the “program.” This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.
Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience, they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
This book is a modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done, but if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame.
I love words. And stories! Especially stories about overcoming. Stories about HOPE. I believe hope is the one thing (after Jesus) that none of us can live without! So I write. Stories that I pray will bring hope to anyone who is struggling.
If that’s you? I want you to know one thing today. I have prayed for you. You haven’t come to this page by chance. I have asked God to bring you here. I have asked God to give you everything you need most… And yes, I have asked Him to give you HOPE.
LORD, right now, will You wrap your arms around the precious one who is reading this. Will you breathe fresh hope into their heart, and bring fresh strength to their life. Please teach them Jesus… just HOW MUCH You love them! In Jesus Name I ask this, amen.
(He does you know.)
And I’ll tell you something else that might surprise you…
He always answers that prayer.
Thank you for coming.
God bless you and keep you, today, and all the days of your life.
“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24Isaiah 65:24 English: World English Bible - WEB 24 It shall happen that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.