GOSPEL INSIGHTS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

November 3, 2019

The Church is divided on many issues but choosing life and helping those in need should not be issues that divide the Church. We are commanded to obey the word of God. We are commanded to choose life. We are commanded to help those in need. We are commanded to feed those who are hungry, to provide shelter to those that are homeless. We are commanded to visit the sick and those who are in prison. The Christian walk is a personal walk and each of us have to walk it all by ourselves. We can't blame our parents, our government or our friends. We know what the word of God declares about loving our neighbors, fornication, adultery, lying, gossip and helping those in need. The question is, what is your response to God's word? Are you obedient or are you one of many who receive Jesus as their Savior but reject him as the Lord?

Jesus said: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall” yet the same writer, Luke...

October 5, 2019

Brandt Jean’s response to his brother’s murderer helps us see the gospel. But so does Allison Jean’s. Did you miss hers? Only one response was widely shared on social media after the conviction and sentencing of Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who entered 26-year-old Botham Jean’s apartment and fatally shot him. On Wednesday, Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Jean family was given the opportunity to make a victim impact statement. Brandt used his time to directly address the officer who killed his brother. He said, “If you truly are sorry, I know I can speak for myself, I forgive you.” Brandt told Guyger that Botham would have wanted her to give her life to Christ. He asked to give Guyger a hug, and after State District Judge Tammy Kemp gave her okay, Brandt offered a long embrace. In the video, you can hear Guyger’s loud sobs.

Most have probably seen this footage. Brandt’s offer of forgiveness and hug has been shared and praised widely across social media...

September 3, 2019

There are many men that identify as transgender incarcerated in prisons all across America who fear their bodies will change because they will not be able to receive hormone treatments once they enter the prison system. “Once the treatment has begun, it needs to continue for life to prevent reversion.”[1] This issue has become a serious problem for correctional staff and officers specifically as it pertains to classification and medical issues. The problems are even more prevalent in progressive states. A major issue facing the state of California is male inmates that identify as transgender. Some inmates have informed staff doctors of their desire to transition into females and have even taken legal action in an effort to force the state to finance the surgery (Guerra, 2015). While others allege correction officials have not taken any corrective measures to prevent them from being raped by other inmates. Yet, every prison located in the state of California claim they are adhering to t...

November 23, 2018

Psalms 83:3 (KJV)

They have taken crafty counsel against thy people and consulted against thy HIDDEN ONES.

God has "hidden ones" in the world today. Men and women of God that are rarely "seen or heard from". Christians that are on fire for the Lord and willing to serve him in any capacity necessary.

These children are not looking for self-glory or trying to make a name for themselves. They are not looking for a pat on the back or a thank you card in the mail. These mighty Christians don't have to be massaged into a ministry or motivated to action. When their number is called by the Lord THEY ACT.

These "hidden ones" are not noticeable in a crowd of people. Like Jesus, they have "no form or comeliness, and no beauty that we should desire them", (Isaiah 53:2) These hidden ones are not TRYING TO BE FLASHY OR BE SEEN FOR THEMSELVES. They only want Christ to shine in their lives.

Psalms 83:3 (KJV)

They have taken crafty counsel against thy people and consulted against thy HIDDEN ONES.

These "hidde...

October 7, 2018

People frequently ask me: "do you support President Trump?" and my answer is always the same. I support some of Trump policies, not his character. I am a Christian and I have always supported conservative policies whether they was instituted by a Republican or Democrat president. I follow Christ and view the world through a biblical lens. Therefore, I look for policies that agree with the doctrines of Christ and I support them, not the candidate or their political affiliation. With that said, I do not force my Christian views on people and I believe the first amendment gives all American citizens the right to choose the religion of their choice and the freedom to exercise their faith.   

As it pertains to President Trump, he has made a formal public confession of his faith and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior but like every new born believer, he is still a baby in Christ....

September 30, 2018

This semester has been very informative and has helped my Christian walk tremendously. Studying evangelism has changed my perception about witnessing and worship. It has also challenged my thinking to view evangelism as worship. Prior to this semester, I viewed my walk with the Lord as personal and private. I studied scriptures to grow spiritually. Now, I view everything I do through a missional lens of interpretation. Everything I have read and learned in the Bible is for the sole purpose of equipping me to daily live “out an authentic and intentional life of worship that embodies the ministry passions of Christ.” [1]

Our daily lives should bear witness to the power of the gospel by which we are saved. Our daily walk is a testimony to the world about the power of God and to manifest the Lord Jesus Christ. We are commanded “to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God” (Ephesian 4:1 NLT).  The Apostle Paul declares we have been called by God and therefore,...

August 12, 2018

Did Jesus forbid us from judging others? In three words, blunt and absolute, Jesus commanded us, "Do not judge" (Matthew 7:1). But did he really mean that we should never judge others? He goes on to suggest that it’s not the act of judging but the attitude with which we do it that God is most concerned about—“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged” (7:2). There are other Scriptures that either cloud or shed light on the issue. Jesus confronted the Pharisees and told them “do not judge according to appearance but judge with righteous judgement” (John 7:24). Yet, the Apostle Paul told the Christians in Rome not to judge one another (Romans 14:13) but taught the Corinthians that they were to judge sinful believers of Christians and leave people outside the church to God (1 Corinthians 5:12-13). James said he who judges his brother speaks against the law (James 4:11) but also implied that our judgments of others must be done with mercy (2:12-13). How do we reconcile these...

Introduction

In approximately 570 A.D, a child was born whose life completely transformed the way billions of people worship Allah today. The name of the child was Muhammad. Ironically, Muhammad name is translated praised in English. “Little did those who named the child realize that he was destined to influence the world as few other individuals have, and would indeed be praised by untold millions of people for centuries to come.” [1] Muhammad was raised during a period when most people living in Arabia was pagan. It was a time in which the culture was conducive for Muhammad teaching. This research paper examines how he rose to power and used his influence to transform Arab culture to create the second largest religion in world today. 

The Islamic Prophet was born after the death of his father and soon after his mother passed away as well. After the death of his parents, Muhammad went to live with his grandfather but he also died shortly after he arrived. Filled with compassion, Mu...

Many books, songs and sermons have been written and preached about Mary worshipping at the feet of Jesus. The story is recorded in Mark 14:3-9 and in Matthew 26:6-13 but neither of those two accounts mention Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary. The death and resurrection of Lazarus is exclusive to the Gospel of John. "Then Jesus six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then took Mary a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the m...

February 28, 2017

There has been many debates and various views written about the Book of Revelation but I believe “chapter 12 is the theological key to the book.” [1] This study will focus on second half of the chapter which begins by stating: “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels” (Revelation 12:7 KJV). In order to properly interpret these passages we have to begin by examining verses 12:1-6 where John saw “a great wonder in heaven.”

The “great wonder” the Apostle John saw was a woman giving birth to a “man child.” The woman was clothed with the sun and had the moon under her feet and upon her head was a crown with 12 stars. Now, many modern theologians view the woman as Jerusalem and I agree, for she is the “mother of us all” (Galatians 5:26) but Bible scholars differ in their views and in their interpretation of the “man child.” Some believe the “man child” is Christ while others believe the “man child” is the Church. In o...

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