Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • When Politics Trumps Your Love, Your Soul Suffers

    Jan 13, 2019 | 14:00 pm

    When Politics Trumps Your Love, Your Soul Suffers We're living in a day when people seem willing to sacrifice friendships for the sake of politics. Polarization is the norm. "Unite with me in politics, or I'll separate from you in friendship" becomes the mantra of many.George E. Demacopoulos of Fordham University opines, “Most of us allow political allegiances to predetermine the moral calculus that we perform individually.”  Politics is the easy path. We find a problem, blame someone else, and nothing gets done.But for disciples of Christ, we must refuse to take the easy road. Love should trump our politics every day. There used to be a day when[…]

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  • Voltaire, "A Bloody Religion", and Life vs. Death

    Jan 10, 2019 | 09:31 am

    Voltaire, "A Bloody Religion", and Life vs. Death Voltaire once criticized Christianity as a “bloody religion."The French philosopher felt Christians placed too much emphasis on blood, particularly the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ. Many, like Voltaire, who read or hear the word "blood" only think of the red internal liquid of the human body. And thus, Christianity is called "a bloody religion."Those who deem Christianity "bloody" misunderstand the significance of blood. In the Bible, blood is used as a synonym for life, and the loss of blood as a synonym for death. For example:"For life... is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11)"Without the shedding of blood (ie, loss of life), there[…]

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  • The Difference in History and Hysteria Isn't Much: 5 Good Reasons to Ignore The Trump Prophecies

    Jan 3, 2019 | 12:01 pm

    The Difference in History and Hysteria Isn't Much: 5 Good Reasons to Ignore The Trump Prophecies At the recommendation of a friend, I just finished reading The Trump Prophecies: The Astonishing True Story of the Man Who Saw Tomorrow...And What He Says Is Coming Next.I marvel at the number of evangelical Christians who seem to think this book is prophetical, biblical, or even logical.The Trump Prophecies is a book about an alleged vision given to retired firefighter Mark Taylor when he was deathly ill in April 2011. Mr. Taylor says the "Holy Spirit revealed" to him that Donald Trump would be President of the United States before Trump even "announced he was running for President."This alleged[…]

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  • The Messiah's the Message of Manifold Messengers

    Dec 28, 2018 | 05:57 am

    The Messiah's the Message of Manifold Messengers Esther is the only book in the Bible where God's name is never mentioned.But Esther is a book where God's grace is uniquely pictured.Good News runs throughout the book.And how that Good News is spread by messengers varies in methodology. This blog post is an encouragement to all evangelicals to be open-minded, encouraging, and even supportive of various methodologies in taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.Rap music may not be your cup of tea. Preachers in jeans may not be a vision you like having. Change in your culture, whether it be church or society, may be difficult[…]

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  • You Should Call His Name Emmanuel Every Day

    Dec 27, 2018 | 09:55 am

    This is a message delivered at Christmas but designed for our daily living. One of my favorites. Wade Burleson: You Shall Call His Name Emmanuel from Emmanuel Enid on Vimeo.

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  • God Sent Forth His Son in Love for Kevin Taylor

    Dec 24, 2018 | 12:24 pm

    God Sent Forth His Son in Love for Kevin Taylor Kevin TaylorIt's Christmas Eve.As I write, I vacillate between emotions. The joy that comes from reflecting on God sending forth His Son is mixed with sadness over losing a friend.Kevin Taylor died very early yesterday morning (Central Time). He fought a brief, courageous battle with brain cancer.With permission from his wife Robin, I'm writing this tribute.God's love is real, but if the conversation is only about "God's love for the world," Divine love remains in the attic of our thinking - distant, impersonal, and conceptual. But when Divine love is discussed in the living room of a sinner's personal experience, God's love is brought home[…]

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  • The Fullness of Time - Out of Egypt I Called My Son

    Dec 20, 2018 | 19:25 pm

    Wade Burleson: Out of Egypt I Called My Son from Emmanuel Enid on Vimeo.

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  • Read and Understand the Bible with Christ as Key

    Dec 19, 2018 | 07:23 am

    Read and Understand the Bible with Christ as Key I had lunch this week with a highly decorated soldier who has been attending Emmanuel for the past year.He said to me, "Since I started attending, I've developed a desire to read the Bible. My wife gave me a Bible as a gift for Christmas, and my New Year's resolution is to read it through. Is there something that could help me understand it better?"I explained that nobody would begin building a house without a set of plans. Constructing a house requires a framework. So too, before one can read and understand the Bible, a proper framework is needed.I told him[…]

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  • Message Two of the Series "In the Fullness of Time"

    Dec 14, 2018 | 10:46 am

    Wade Burleson: At That Time, Michael Shall Arise from Emmanuel Enid on Vimeo.

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  • "I Love You" Is Imprinted In My Life, Not My Lips

    Dec 8, 2018 | 13:21 pm

    "I Love You" Is Imprinted In My Life, Not My Lips Self-absorption is defined as "a preoccupation with one's own feelings, interests, or situation to the neglect of others." By nature, every person is self-absorbed (selfish). We constantly think about how we feel, what we like, and how we can change people around us to more enjoy our lives than we think about what is best for others.Selfishness is like a slithering snake with a poisonous bite. Nobody sees it as it silently and secretly slithers closer. It is rarely noticed until it strikes. Few flaunt their love for self, and most deny it exists, but selfishness afflicts all of us.When one thinks about[…]

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