By Mark Ellis
Willem Dafoe in the film, “Antichrist”
Do you believe he is a real person? Could he be alive today? Some may doubt his existence, but the prophet Daniel, the Apostles Paul and John — and Jesus Himself — all taught about the coming of this dynamic, powerful, evil personality who will rule the world at the time of the end.
The Book of Daniel covers a giant sweep of history, from Daniel’s era, about 500 years before Jesus, all the way up to and beyond our present time, prophesying about things that will be coming to planet earth in the future, perhaps sooner than we expect.
By Mark Ellis
Yom Kippur observance
I stood up at church last Sunday morning to make an announcement about an upcoming event I am excited about, a talk by Dr. Peter Williams titled “Evidence for the Resurrection.”
During the announcement, I had some sort of curious brain fog overtake my mouth, because instead of saying he will be speaking April 13th, I said he will be speaking September 13th.
Fossilized camel bones found in the Canadian Arctic
Scientists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant species of camel in Canada’s high Arctic. An analysis of protein found in the bones has revealed that this creature is an ancestor of today’s species, according to an article in “Nature Communications.”
Dr Mike Buckley, an author of the paper from the University of Manchester, said: “What’s interesting about this story is the location: this is the northernmost evidence of camels.”
The era in which scientists believe this giant camel roamed the Arctic was a warm period of the Earth’s history — but surviving in the Arctic could still have been tough. The ancient camels had to cope with long and harsh winters, with temperatures plunging below freezing. Scientists say there could have been snowstorms and months of perpetual darkness; however, at that time the polar region would have been covered in forest.
Shortly after the home-going of Howard Hendricks on February 20, Will Mancini posted some of his favorite, epic quotes from the longtime
professor at Dallas Theological Seminary.
“You can impress from a distance, but you can only impact up close.
You teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are.
You never graduate from the school of discipleship.
By Mark Ellis
British-born Dag Heward-Mills is the son of a Ghanaian lawyer and Swiss mother, but grew up in coastal Ghana where he gave his life to Christ as a teen.
While still in medical school, he answered a call into ministry and began holding meetings in vacant classrooms at the medical school, which became the genesis of the first Lighthouse Chapel. The movement he launched has grown precipitously to over 1200 churches in 60 countries under his oversight.
He offers a stinging critique of the church in the West, particularly the U.S. “The church in America is rich but powerless,” he says. “The power of the church in America has been taken away because no one is prepared to suffer for the gospel.”
By Mark Ellis
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills with his wife, Adelaide
Dag Heward-Mills was born in the UK to a Ghanaian lawyer and Swiss mother, but grew up along the coast of Ghana where he gave his life to Jesus Christ as a teenager.
While still in medical school, he answered a call into ministry and began holding meetings in vacant classrooms at the school. These meetings became the nucleus of the first Lighthouse Chapel, which has grown exponentially to over 1200 churches in 60 countries under his leadership.
In his new book, Loyalty & Disloyalty (Carpenter’s Son Publishing) Heward-Mills identifies a qualification for church leaders and their flock that is vital, but often overlooked: loyalty.
By Amanda Lynn
“We feel like we are right back in the time of Acts, experiencing God’s amazing power and love covering us all,” writes a Pioneer in India. “We are desperate for your constant prayers!”
God is moving in surprising and miraculous ways as He reaches out through them to a community of hijra, or eunuchs, in their host community. As He pours Himself out they are being transformed.
Eunuchs in India are transgender men dressed as women. But it’s more than outward female adornment. These people identify themselves as women, talk and walk like women. Continue reading
By Mark Ellis
Dr. Harold Sala
Dr. Harold Sala has been a purveyor of God’s truth and wisdom in easily accessible, bite-sized morsels for decades. In fact, the ministry he and his wife Darlene launched, Guidelines International Ministries, is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
The idea for his new book, What You Need to Know about Healing (B & H Publishing Group), began with a request from a remarkable nurse in Kenya known as Sister Freda, who oversees a 32-bed hospital and nursing school established with help from Guidelines. Sister Freda asked if Dr. Sala could write something that would address a biblical view of healing for use in her school’s curriculum.
Kidnapped Missionaries in Guatemala with Poster Advertising the Event
By Michael Ireland
The pastor of a small church in the upper Midwest and his missions team were kidnapped, beaten and robbed on the first day of a 14-day missions trip to Guatemala. Rev. Bill Hieb of Riverside Church in Somerset, Wisconsin, and a team of eight others, five members of his church, including three women, were likely followed from the airport in Guatemala City while driving to the home of their host five hours away, on Wednesday, January 23rd.
By Jerry Wiles
Some time back, I visited a region in East Africa where the people had experienced a severe drought for several years; most of the water wells in that region were dry. Living Water International had drilled a deep well there about eight years earlier, and it was one of the few productive water wells in the entire region.
A very happy community with a new well
I was told that 30,000 people were getting water from that one well, and in addition to the people, the livestock and wild animals also got water there. The local people called it “The Miracle Well.” A missionary who was serving in that area told us that if it were not for that one well, there would probably be 30,000 dead people in the region.