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Is The Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Of God? Or Is It Evil?

Did you know the Word of God (the Christian Bible) speaks directly against what governments are doing with Covid-19 vaccine mandates? Get the facts here

¿Viene de Dios el mandato de vacuna contra el Covid-19? O ¿acaso es malo?

¿Sabía que la Palabra de Dios (la Biblia cristiana) condena de manera directa lo que los gobiernos están haciendo a través de los mandatos de vacuna contra el Covid-19? Obtenga los hechos aquí.


 

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Should A Christian Practice Yoga Or Pilates? The Shocking Truth

Perhaps you practice yoga for health reasons, or to reduce stress. But, do you really know the diabolical goal of any form or style of yoga, including pilates? Get your answers here

La verdad espeluznante sobre el yoga revelada por la Biblia cristiana

Quizás practiques yoga por motivos de salud o para reducir el estrés. Pero, ¿realmente conoces el objetivo diabólico de cualquier forma o estilo de yoga, incluido el pilates? Obten tus respuestas aquí.


Communicating With The Dead: Learn The Shocking Truth

The spirit you think is mom, dad, or some other loved one from beyond the grave is NOT your loved one. But, what about the "proof" that the living can indeed talk to the dead? Let God's Word open your eyes to a deception that is pure evil. Read Spirits Of The Deceased

Comunicarse con los muertos: La impactante verdad

El espíritu que parece ser tu madre, padre o algún otro ser querido tuyo desde el más allá NO es tu ser querido. Pero, ¿qué hay de "la prueba" de que los vivos pueden comunicarse con los muertos? Permite que la Palabra de Dios te abra los ojos para que veas el engaño que es de la maldad pura. Te invitamos a leer ¿Están los muertos entre los vivos?

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Peter Denies Jesus Before He Was Baptized in the Holy Spirit

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Peter Denies Jesus--Three Times



The passage of Luke 22:33 reveals that the apostle Peter said to Jesus, "...Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison and to death." We know how Christ responded from reading verse 34 which says, "And he (Jesus) said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me." This prediction of the Savior came to pass shortly afterward.

Luke 22:54-62 reads, "...And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him and said, This man was also with him (Jesus). And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaen. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly."

We see that Peter denies Jesus not once, not twice, but three times. Why? It is evident that Peter loved the Lord dearly and desired to serve him faithfully. Nevertheless, neither his love nor his devotion to Christ were strong enough to overcome the terror that griped him when the soldiers showed up to take Jesus away. What went wrong? How is it that Peter, as evidenced in the scriptures, later came to preach the gospel in boldness in the face of persecution and eventually martyrdom? These are among the questions to which answers are provided in this free Bible study lesson.

Before He Was Baptized in the Holy Spirit



Although Peter's love for Christ was genuine, that love of his own power was no match for the fear that those who were motivated by the Enemy instilled. Simply put, Peter had not yet been baptized in the Holy Spirit so he had no power from on high to enable him to do the "unnatural"--stand boldly for Christ when standing face to face with people inspired by the kingdom of darkness. The natural cannot fight the spiritual, but the spiritual can fight the natural.

Jesus forewarned his servants of the persecution and martyrdom to be faced by them all as he sent them to the ends of the earth to preach and teach the gospel. This is why he told them, "Wait for the promise of the Father..." (Acts 1:4). That promise was that they would all be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Christ explained to them, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).

If they were to receive power, obviously, they had been without power before being baptized in the Holy Spirit. As many early true Christians (yes, they are called Christians in the Bible) were faithful to the work God gave them, the church grew--and so did persecution and martyrdom. Much later in the book of Acts we see how other believers called on God as the threats poured against them. They prayed. They were baptized in the Holy Spirit and they proclaimed the word of God fearlessly.

Scripture reveals most if not all of their prayer as they prayed, "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word. By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness" (Acts 4:29-31).

What are at least two profound lessons of this free Bible study? First, having "affection" for God and being filled with God's Spirit are two different things. Second, the natural cannot fight the spiritual, but the spiritual can fight the natural. Sadly, teaching on exactly what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit is generally missing, in disagreement with scripture, or totally discouraged in Bible studies, Sunday sermons, Sunday school classes, and small groups. But, it is not missing in the Bible; it is not discouraged in scripture. On the contrary, God's word actually commands, not suggests, but commands that all believers receive the promise, that they be endued with power from on high--that they be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

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