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Have you ever wondered why so much blood has been shed over the past 1900 years in the name of the Prince of Peace? So have we, and we've found some answers to the enigma of division, persecution, and war being the hallmarks of Christian religion. The articles in this section explore this mystery and shed light on the path to peace.

Many are dying in the churches of Christianity today. Perhaps you are one of them. I was. I sat in a pew, Sunday after Sunday, year after year, listening to sermons. I would try to focus my mind on what I was hearing, sometimes with delight, sometimes with an overwhelming tiredness, almost always with a desire to surrender my life to God, but not knowing how to do it.
The effects of having no discipline as a child have been devastating to my life. With no father in the home, and a mother who was too busy working, I grew up with so much freedom that when an authority figure tried to direct me or restrict my actions in any way, I rebelled by lying, sneaking around, or by outright disobedience.
 
On stage, there are actors with parts to be played,  There are scenes with signs and wonders displayed. 
Perhaps you are like me. I am a simple man. I just can’t seem to wrap my mind and my heart around something I cannot see with my own two eyes.
“I am Yahshua, whom you are persecuting.” Those words burned right into the soul of the man who would later be called the Apostle Paul. The revelation he gained in that moment permeated everything he taught and wrote to the churches for the rest of his life.
One day Yahshua’s disciples came to Him and asked, “Master, why do you speak to the people in parables?” He had just told them the parable of the sower, and they were not sure whether they understood what it meant. When they were alone with Him, he was usually very straightforward in what He said to them, but when there were religious people around, especially leaders, He tended to tell little stories.
What does the return of the Jews from Babylon, and Abraham’s call to leave Ur and go to the Promised Land have to do with the Gospel? EVERYTHING!
When I was a child attending the public school, I was taught that treason occurred when a person betrayed his country and abandoned its cause for the sake of the cause of another country. I was taught that to betray the interests of the United States was the most hideous thing a person could do.
(The First Radical Pamphlet in Christian History and Why Martin Luther Reviled It)
Can you imagine life under the rule of a civil government controlled by the church? A look at Roger Williams’ life can help us see what it would be like. Roger Williams was born in England around the year 1603. He grew up at a time when religious issues and strong religious feelings rocked the country.
About the year 1945, two clean-cut young men met one another for the first time in the dormitory room they would share together during their first year of college. Robert watched with curiosity as Howard emptied the contents of his duffle bag onto his bed.
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the...
And He gave to Moses, when He had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18)
The Sabbath is the commandment the world has forgotten, even most of those claiming somehow to be Israel. This is all the more striking, even ironic, in that it begins with the words, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”1 And no other command in the Law of God receives more explanation than this, or has more prophetic vision attached to it, and which culminates in the stirring words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land.”2 1. Exodus 20:8 2. Leviticus 25:10
If the early believers did not honor the seventh day Sabbath (as so many say), then it certainly matters very little what day believers gather together. But if they did, and if those gatherings were full of spiritual and prophetic meaning, then the Sabbath is just as important to New Covenant Israel as it was to Old. While it would be strange if it weren’t, given its importance in the Old Covenant scriptures (which is all the church had in the beginning), so many say it isn’t. And...
Most Christians today have no idea that the basic tenets of their faith, religious practice, and doctrine come from the integration of the church and the state1 during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine. That may not initially seem so alarming, 1. The Edict of Milan, early in 313.
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
One of the highest hopes of the New Covenant is the royal priesthood of all believers. It ties together what God spoke to old Israel and what He hoped to accomplish in the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant.
“Grammy look, what is that?” The young girl had seen very few flying insects in her few short years, but this one was quite unique. Young Jaime would often spend time with her dying grandmother on the weekends, cherishing what seemed to be her last days. They didn’t know exactly what was wrong with Grammy. Some said she had lost her will to live.
In 1822, the German composer Franz Schubert began his Symphony No. 8 in B minor, completing two movements and an apparent study of a third before he died. It is perhaps his best-known and cherished work, often called The Unfinished Symphony, and has stirred many composers to try their hand at completing it — so far without success.
Part 1: Why the Son of God came to Earth A documentary presents facts — the objective evidence for the case it presents. A case must be made for why the Son of God came to earth because of the rampant confusion that surrounds Him and His message. Although the New Covenant is clear, an overlooked but supremely important reason stands behind all the confusion. No amount of evidence will ever overcome a person’s unwillingness to do God’s will.
Jim and Laura were the kind of people you instantly warm up to — kind, hospitable, and real. Their home was always open and full of activity, not the least of which was due to their three active boys. Generally there were guests at their table, especially after Sunday services at their independent and very evangelical church.
According to a report published by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in mid-2011 there were over 42,000 Christian denominations worldwide.1 Furthermore, that number is increasing at the rate of 2.2 new denominations per day. This is a rather shocking statistic, considering the earnest prayer of Yahshua,2 the Son of God, just before he was crucified: 1. 2. Yahshua is the original Hebrew name of the Son of God; see also The Name Above All...
It was a trying day1 for Yahshua. The Feast of Booths had just ended, which was supposed to have been the warmest time of fellowship for Israel, yet there was no warmth in Jerusalem. Early in the morning He walked down from the Mount of Olives, where He had spent the night, sat down on the steps of the temple courts, and began to teach the people who flocked to Him. As He spoke about the kingdom of God, a small crowd of scribes and Pharisees, in their fine robes, dragged a young woman before...
Have you ever wondered why what calls itself the church today bears little or no resemblance to the church you can read about in the book of Acts? Or have you ever wondered why so much blood has been shed over the past 1900 years in the name of the Prince of Peace?
“…one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” These are noble words, and nothing could be closer to the heart of the Creator than to have a holy nation that matches that description.
Twilight is the time between the lights. The bright light of the sun is fading, and the shadowy light of the moon and the stars is taking its place. Night is coming. It’s dusky then, when shapes and dangers are indistinct. In the early church, it was the time of transition from the fervor of the first days, as seen in the community in Jerusalem described in Acts 2 and 4, to the complacency and worldliness a generation later.
And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14) What is the good news of the kingdom, and how can it be proclaimed as a testimony to all the nations?
When God created the first man, Adam, He did not want him to be alone. Adam’s very being demanded a counterpart, someone who would be compatible to him. He needed a suitable helper, one who would satisfy his longing for companionship.1 He needed someone who would fit completely together with him and be his natural complement. 1. Genesis 2:18
After the first century, right doctrine became the “litmus test” for faith instead of loving as Yahshua commanded.1 Late in the first century, Jude urged the believers to contend for the faith delivered once for all to the saints. This word translated as faith means the persuasion to do what the Master commanded, for this was the purpose for the faith the 3000 received by hearing the gospel on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:36-45. 1. John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:14,16,23; 5:12-13
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him... What was holiest and most powerful of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood1 off us? [Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882, http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/nietzsch.htm] 1. Matthew 27:25; 1 John 1:7
“Hey! I never intended the church to turn out this way. I never intended the church to become like it is. I never intended the church to become a religious system like Christianity. I never intended my dwelling place to become a dwelling place for demons.
Man is a fatally flawed race — afflicted1 with a fatal flaw. How can he be healed?2 Men have a fatal influence on one another instead of a life-giving influence. Man is a fatally ruined race, given to fate. 1. Afflict — crush; strike down or against; distress physically or mentally (or spiritually, socially, emotionally, Eph 4:15; Matthew 5:14) 2. Revelation 21:4; 22:2; 21:24