5 Principles of Godly Living


Here are five principles about living a godly life.

Obeying Authorities

5 Principles Of Godly LivingThe Bible teaches that Christians are to live according to the local laws of the land and not be in any way above the law. Only when the laws of mankind conflict with the laws of God must we obey God over man (Acts 5:29); but for most of us, that doesn’t happen. For some in other parts of the world, they deal with this every day of their lives. Either way, we are told, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” (Romans 13:1-2).

In Good Company

When we have friends with godly values, they will rub off on us and there will be fewer opportunities to fall into sinful practices. However, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Whomever we run with we tend to be like, for good or bad. Godly people don’t run with the ungodly.

Above Reproach

It isn’t just the pastor who should live a life above reproach (Titus 1:6-7, 1 Timothy 3:2). We should all have “a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame” (1 Peter 3:16). Living a life above reproach doesn’t mean you’ll never be accused; it just means you’ll never be convicted of their accusations.

Living Christ out in Us

Paul was no lukewarm Christian. Rather, he wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). If we understand that Jesus gave His life for us, we can understand why Paul would ask the Corinthian church, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Students of the Word

Those who are investing time in the Word of God shall have a good return for their labor because the Word of God has effectual power to change us. It’s been described as a washing by the water of the Word (Ephesians 5:26) but also as having the very power of God to save (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18). Those who are students of the Word and not just on a daily Bible reading plan (which is great!) will grow more than those who rarely take in the Bread of Life.

Conclusion

Most godly people I know are also humble. They seem to esteem others better than themselves because even though they have more biblical knowledge, it doesn’t make them proud. They know they have nothing that they didn’t receive from God (1 Corinthians 4:7). Humility is a very strong indicator of someone who is living a godly life.

 Source:

Pastor Jack Wellman

6 Women Christian Men Should Avoid Dating

 
Here are six women Christian men should avoid dating or, most certainly, considering for marriage.

A Woman Who Doesn’t Believe
This is the most important factor of all.  Since we are commanded to not be unequally yoked with nonbelievers, then how much more so should a man not even consider dating someone who doesn’t believe (2 Cor 6:14)?  A Christian man should never consider dating an unbeliever, just as no woman should ever think about dating a nonbelieving man.  It’s foolish to think that you can date her and lead her to saving faith in Christ. This could certainly backfire on you.

Women Who Don’t Put God First
This may be one of the greatest factors for men to consider in not dating a woman.  If a woman never puts God first, then she may be putting herself first.  If she doesn’t put God first, then she’ll likely have you way down on her priority list, too.  No woman or man, for that matter, who doesn’t seek God and His kingdom first and foremost (Matt 6:33) should ever be dated

Women Who Don’t Like Children
Men should avoid dating any woman who doesn’t like children. What happens if this arrangement leads to marriage and later on there are children born into your family?  You can sense how she might be around children in church or in public, but you can also tell by her regard for children in general during conversations.  There is nothing more revealing about a person’s character than the way they react to children when encountered.

Women Who Don’t Pray
If you are considering dating a woman but have never had any inclination that this woman prays, then this could be a sign that she would not be a good match for you.  I believe that prayer is the pulse of the believer’s spiritual life, and if there is no prayer, there is no pulse.

Women Who Speak Ill of Their Parents
Do you know how this woman treats her mother?  How does she speak about her father?  Is there a good relationship with her parents?   If you have started to date or are considering dating a woman, first meet her parents or ask her about her parents and see how she speaks about them.   If there is no natural respect or love for her parents, maybe you could ask her why.  No one has perfect parents, of course, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still try to honor them.

Women With Warning Signs
Another type of woman who men should not consider dating is one who drinks in excess or has a substance abuse problem.  There are warning signs that are sometimes present, such as drinking early in the day or taking an inordinate amount of pills, even if they are prescribed.   She may have a valid reason for taking medicine, but if you sense in your heart that something is wrong, ask her why she might be taking certain medications.  There is nothing wrong with asking someone you are considering dating a few questions if you have concerns.  A woman who’s not trying to hide anything shouldn’t have any hesitation in addressing your concerns.

Conclusion
Before a man dates any woman, be as sure as you can that she’s been born again and has shown fruits of conversion (John 15).  Dating can often lead to marriage, but no marriage is always better than a bad one because it could lead to a potential divorce, and God never intended for a man and a woman to divorce, but to marry until death do they part.

Source:
Pastor Jack Wellman

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Today's Verse

Isaiah 54:10 KJV

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

Daughter of Muslim Ruler Hears the Voice of Jesus, and Embraces Christianity;



The daughter of a Muslim ruler in the Middle East who embraced Christianity after a miraculous encounter with Jesus Christ has been imprisoned for her faith, according to a local ministry.

Evangelist Paul Siniraj, founder of Bibles For Mideast, an undercover Bible smuggling ministry that gets the Word of God into some of the most repressive Muslim countries, shared the story of 16-year-old Najima, once a devout Muslim who followed the Five Pillars of Islam, never missed the required five-times-a-day prayers, gave to the poor, and even fasted, as Islamic law requires.

However, while studying at a Western university, she noticed a small piece of paper stuck in a crease at the table at which she was sitting. It was part of a Bible tract about Jesus Christ.

It read: "For God hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).

She thought it was strange and asked herself, "How can Jesus be sin for us?"
The young woman threw the tract in the trash can, thinking that would be the end of it, but the verse kept lingering in her mind. One night, while Najima lay awake pondering the verse, a Presence came into the room, filling the room with blinding light.

A voice spoke, saying, "Daughter, you're a sinner. There is none righteous, no, not one: All are gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; But I came to take all of your sins. I did ransom for many. Believe Me and accept Me. I give you eternal life".

Najma knew the voice was that of Jesus Christ, prompting her to kneel to the ground and confess Him as her Lord and Savior.
Filled with joy, the young woman told her friends and family about her newfound faith. However, her father and brothers were filled with rage and...

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'God's Not Dead 2' Star Melissa Joan Hart: 'It's Unfortunate the Name of Jesus Makes People So Uncomfortable'

Melissa Joan Hart, star of the hugely successful faith-based film "God's Not Dead 2," has expressed heartbreak over the reality that that many in today's society feel "uncomfortable" when they hear the name Jesus. (Photo Credit: PureFlix)
"In the past few years, I've been taking my religion seriously, taking Bible study and praying," the 40-year-old actress told Metro in a recent interview. "I find that if you say 'Jesus,' it makes people feel uncomfortable instead of feeling love and peace. It's very unfortunate.
She added, "The idea with the movie is that Jesus shouldn't be an uncomfortable name to say... Whether or not you believe He is the Messiah, Jesus started a huge movement that changed our world. Why is it not OK to talk about that?"
In "God's Not Dead 2", which hit theaters in April, Hart plays Grace Wesley, a high school teacher who finds herself in legal trouble for answering a student's question about the similarities between Jesus' teachings to those of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.
As the religious freedom battle between Hart and the school escalates...
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Baby Girl Miraculously Survives 3 Days amidst Rubble of Collapsed Building

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A six-month-old baby girl has been found amidst the rubble of a collapsed building in Kenya, miraculously surviving three days on her own without food or water.
 
Charisma News reports that the baby girl, whose name is Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, was taken to a hospital to recover and later identified by her father. The fate of the girl's mother is not known.
 
"The child, who had been buried for about 80 hours, was found in a bucket wrapped in a blanket. She appeared dehydrated, and with no visible physical injuries," the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement.
 
At least 23 people were killed when a six-story building in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, collapsed. The building was in Nairobi’s poor neighborhood of Huruma where the government has not been able to keep up with the number of people migrating to the city, and thus has not been able to build proper infrastructure.
 
One hundred thirty-six people were saved from the collapsed building. Dozens of others are listed as missing.
 
Other African cities face similar building dilemmas as people continue to move to the cities for work in large numbers, making it difficult for local governments to keep up with the new demand for housing and infrastructure. 

Hundreds Turn to God During West Virginia Revival

A spiritual revival has been sweeping through southern West Virginia where hundreds have reportedly turned to the Lord and been saved.
 
CBN News reports that the revival began as a three-day event at a local church, featuring Tennessee evangelist Matt Hartley. However, the revival continued after the three days were up, and has been going on for three weeks.
 
"This is not man-made, charismatic, hyper spiritual," Hartley told CBN News. "This is the presence of God that is overwhelming us, that is being released upon hungry people that are tired of just stagnant Christianity and ‘safe’ church. They want Jesus more than anything else. That's why they're here.”
 
Hartley also spoke at the local high school in Williamson, WV where hundreds of students turned to God.
 
"Four-hundred to 450 students got saved at Mingo Central from Matt Hartley coming in and speaking at a voluntary prayer club," Katie Endicott, with the Mingo Central High Prayer Club, told CBN News.
 
The revival has spread like wildfire, from school to school and church to church. Some are calling it the biggest revival ever to have taken place in the history of southern West Virginia.
 
One woman reported that her husband, who she has been praying for for years, came to faith through the revival.
 
In addition, a local student said that because of the revival, “We're starting to have prayer circles at school and we're reading and having Bible studies at school.”
 
Hartley believes that the revival will reach beyond West Virginia and has the potential to spread around the world.
 
"I believe God has preserved this state for the end-time awakening that's coming to America," he said. “I believe that this is the beginning of where it happens and it's going to spread as a wild-fire throughout the nations of this world, that Jesus is going to be exalted.”
 
"And the more Jesus is exalted the more the river of God is going to flow -- and we have not seen anything yet to what God is releasing," he concluded.

Member of U.S. Military Defends Right to Display Bible Verse

A member of the U.S. military who was court-martialed for refusing to take down a Bible verse from her desk has argued her case in a federal appeals court.
 
The Christian Post reports that U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling had displayed a Bible verse on her desk which read: “No weapons formed against me shall prosper,” which is likely a paraphrase of Isaiah 54:17.
 
In May of 2013, while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Sterling was told to remove the three signs with the Bible verse on them that she had placed on her desk. She refused and was consequently court-martialed.
 
The Family Research Council’s Travis Weber told The Christian Post that Sterling should win the case because of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
 
“While the military has unique needs which sometimes require holding there is a compelling interest justifying a substantial burden on the religious exercise, this case is not one of them," said Weber.
 
"Religious exercise must be protected as a right, but we also must remember that this exercise itself aids the military in its larger needs, for the faith of individual service members which allows them to face danger and death only strengthens the military as a fighting force,” he continued.
 
A brief filed on behalf of Sterling by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said that the U.S. military commanders had unlawfully singled out religious speech for censorship, violating freedom of religion.
 
"I hope the court rules in favor of the religious claim. Sometimes, religious exercise is pitted against the needs of the military. But I don't think this is one of those cases," said Weber.

FOUR Megachurch Pastors to Host Talk Show Coming to Fox This Summer

Four megachurch pastors will host a new faith-based talk show on FOX this summer, called “The Preachers.”
 
The show will feature John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina, and Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
"I think it's an idea whose time has come. In the television landscape, especially with Fox, they gave 'Lucifer' the nighttime show they gave 'Preachers' the daytime show … give us something," Gray told Fox 11.
 
According to The Christian Post, the show’s executive producer will be Bill Geddie, who was co-creater and executive producer of ABC’s “The View.”
 
"After 'The View,' I figured I'd never do another panel show, but these preachers knocked me off my feet," said Geddie. "They're not just another set of talking heads yakking about the events of the day; they bring real-world experience as pastors and counselors. They have a unique spiritual take on things, and they're funny as hell ... I mean, heck!"
 
Smith said the show would tackle topics that the church might not want to talk about.
 
“Sometimes churches shy away from things that are controversial and we want to play it safe. So on our show, we're gonna keep it real. We're gonna press those topics," he said.

Two U.S. Missionaries Killed in Jamaica

Two American missionaries have been killed in Jamaica, according to ABC News.
 
The bodies of the two missionaries were found in bushes in separate areas of St. Mary parish. They have been identified as 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols.
 
Authorities are still seeking information on a motive for the murders. 
 
Hentzel was from Donnellson, Iowa, according to his Facebook page. Nichols’ hometown is not known at this time.
 
Both men worked as missionaries in Jamaica as part of Teams for Medical Missions. They did evangelism and Bible ministry and helped to build homes.
 
They were reportedly going to check on the progress of a home they were building when they were ambushed and killed.
 
"We do not know who would do this or what their motivation was. These men greatly loved the people of Jamaica and were greatly loved in return," said John Heater, executive director of Teams for Medical Missions.
 
Jamaica is known as a dangerous country. In 2015, Jamaica had 1,192 murders, a roughly 20 percent increase from the previous year. 
 
The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica said that officials have been in touch with the families of the victims.
 
 

Kobe Bryant Shares How Talking to a Priest Helped Him through Trials

NBA all-star Kobe Bryant recently shared how a Catholic priest helped him turn his life around.
According to ChristianToday.com, Bryant grew up Catholic. In 2003, his life hit a low point when he was accused by a woman who said he raped her. Bryant admitted that he had sex with the woman, but denied the allegation of rape.
Because of this scandal, Bryant’s wife Vanessa filed for divorce. It seemed like Bryant’s life was spinning out of control, so he decided to go back to his childhood faith.
He went to talk to a priest who helped him regain the right perspective: "The one thing that really helped me during that process — I'm Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic — was talking to a priest. It was actually kind of funny: He looks at me and says, 'Did you do it?' And I say, 'Of course not.' Then he asks, 'Do you have a good lawyer?' And I'm like, 'Uh, yeah, he's phenomenal.' So then he just said, 'Let it go. Move on. God's not going to give you anything you can't handle, and it's in his hands now. This is something you can't control. So let it go.' And that was the turning point," Bryant told GQ Magazine in an interview.
A judge later cleared Bryant of the charge.
But Bryant didn't forget the priest's advice. He and his wife even got back together and started a foundation together called the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation to encourage young kids to develop physical and social skills through sports and charity work.
Bryant said that he hopes his legacy will be about more than his athletic ability: “My career is winding down. At the end of my career, I don't want to look back and just say, 'Well, I had a successful career because I won so many championships and scored so many points.' There's something else that you have to do with that."
courtesy: christianheadlines.com
Publication date: May 4, 2016