For a variety of reasons, I have decided to stop blogging here and move over to karikingdent.com. I will leave Precept Camden open and all past blog posts will remain accessible as well as all recorded classes on the Listen Here page. However, all Key Word Symbol Sheets – plus a lot of new ones! – will move over to karikingdent.com. I hope you will follow me over at karikingdent.com!
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Or have you barely begun? Most people on your list are probably just like the people on my list: they really don’t need anything. We give them gifts because we love them and it’s just what we do during this time of year. So we end up buying things like sweaters to put in already-full closets, video games for kids who should be playing outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and boxes of Christmas cookies and candies for people who already have too much to eat. We rarely give gifts that will endure until next Christmas much less gifts with eternal value.
But what if we decided to do it differently this year? What if we decided to truly honor the season of the Savior with a gift of hope to a persecuted believer? Open Doors has compiled a Gifts of Hope Catalog to help you choose gifts that not only encourage Christians suffering for their faith but also give real help and hope to those who share our faith but not our freedom.
For $58 you can provide job training for women to help them support their families. For only $5 you can provide biblical resources in digital media format to help train and disciple a believer. $1565 will sustain a whole family for a year. These are just a few of the gifts available in the Gifts of Hope Catalog. Click here to view the entire catalog.
Don’t let this Christmas be another year of giving meaningless gifts that do little to honor the greatest gift of all – Jesus the Messiah! Purchase with purpose this Christmas and give the gift of hope to persecuted Christians around the world.
One year ago today an unspeakable tragedy occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Twenty children and six adults were killed in what is known as the second deadliest mass shooting in the history of our country. One of those victims was Emilie Parker (pictured above). On December 14, 2012, it seemed that evil triumphed with each blast of the shooter’s gun. However, Emilie’s mother declares that evil did NOT win that day. Click here to watch a short video chronicling her story of grief and hope. I know that it will give you hope as well.
Take time today to pray for all of the people whose lives are forever changed because of that day.
This year Hanukkah begins the evening of November 27 and ends the evening of December 5. Also called Chanukkah or the Festival of Lights, it is a Jewish holiday which not only celebrates a extraordinary victory of a small group of brave and vastly outnumbered Jews over the mighty Syrian-Greek army, but it also commemorates a miracle that took place in the Temple after the battle. When the Jews took back possession of the Temple from their foes in the 2nd century B.C., they wanted to light the candelabrum that was supposed to burn continually in the Temple. However, there was only enough properly consecrated oil to burn for one day. They lit the candles anyway, and that one day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight days until more oil could be prepared.
A fascinating fact about Hanukkah 2013 is that it begins the evening of our Thanksgiving Day which is November 27 this year. This hasn’t happened since 1888, and some say it won’t happen again until the year 79,811!
You can find more information about the history and celebration of this special Jewish holiday at the very informative website www.chabad.org.
Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. All over the world people are praying for Christians who are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. In honor of this day, I am re-posting this which was originally posted on September 21, 2012. Won’t you pray with us?
Did you know that 70% of the world’s population lives in countries with heavy restrictions on religion? Did you know that more than one hundred million Christians worldwide are currently suffering interrogations, arrest, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ? All of this happens on a daily basis around the world while Christians in the West enjoy relative peace, security, and freedom.
First Corinthians Chapter 12 compares the church, the body of Christ, to a physical body with each member having a different function. Verse 26 says that if one member suffers, then all the members suffer with it. Open Doors is a ministry dedicated to serving persecuted Christians worldwide and they would like to invite you to share the wonderful privilege of standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who share our faith but not our freedom.
Please visit onewiththem.com and order a barbwire wristband today. Then be prepared to share with others who ask why you are wearing barbwire.
On behalf of suffering saints all over the world, THANK YOU.
I have decided that I need several of these Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Cases from JetPens. (Also available from Amazon by clicking here.)Not only do they hold your writing instruments, but as their name indicates, they transform into something else – a standing pencil holder! I’d like to have different colors to hold the different kinds of marking tools that I use when doing inductive Bible study. I think I’ll get the orange one to hold my favorite pens, the green one for my favorite colored pencils, and the yellow one for the new markers I got on my trip to Japan this past summer.
Which one(s) do you think you need?
The capital of ancient Israel may be less than half a square mile, but Jerusalem is one of the most pivotal cities in all of human history. It has been besieged, destroyed, and rebuilt several times and remains one of the most beautiful yet controversial places on earth.
National Geographic has made a film about Jerusalem in 3D for the big screen. JERUSALEM is currently showing in IMAX theaters, science centers and other venues around the world. To find a theater near you showing this remarkable movie, click here. For more information on the making of the movie or to watch the movie trailer, click here.
Going to church on Sundays and worshiping with a local body of believers is essential to being a healthy Christian who is learning and growing in grace and in the faith. Church attendance doesn’t save anyone, but it is very often a pretty good barometer of your walk with Christ. Weekly fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ helps keep you accountable, it encourages you as well as others in your local church, it challenges you to persevere through trials, and it’s fun! (Or at least it should be! )
As you can tell, we at Precept Camden firmly believe in serving faithfully in a local body of believers. Another important aspect of spiritual growth is attending a weekly Bible study where you dig deep into the Word of God and discover it’s truths for yourself. Precept Ministries International, known as the “Inductive Bible Study People,” provides some of the highest quality training available to those desiring to lead a Bible study. They will also help you find a Bible study in your area so that you can attend in person or help you find one online that you can attend virtually.
To find a Bible study that’s right for you – an in-person OR an online one – just click here.