Talking heads all over the airways pose questions as scenes of the tragedy in Brussels roll in the background. How to prevent the next occurrence tops the discussion list in every country. As Christians, we know prayer is our greatest weapon. For this reason, we must understand these five important FAQs re: Muslim suicide bombers.
Hosannas rang from the rafters last Sunday, ushering in one of the most important holidays of the Christian calendar. Church choirs held final rehearsals for the sorrowful anthems they’ll share during tomorrow’s Good Friday services. Saturday may include one last practice of the gloriously boisterous hymns announcing, Hallelujah! He’s alive! Oops! We missed one day of the Passion Week calendar–Thursday. If you’re not involved in a liturgical-style church celebration, you may be asking, What’s up with Maundy Thursday?
Maundy comes from the Latin word, mandatum, meaning commandment or mandate. During the final,
Horrific images of the violent jihad carnage frequently explode on viewing screens around the world—now, even coming from Europe and America. But, not all jihad focuses on barbarous acts of cruelty. The Islamic jihadists have developed another strategy specifically for the western world. Initially, fear overwhelmed me as I realized how far into their grip America has fallen. Hope revived when I remembered we have three powerful weapons battling Islam’s Cultural Jihad.
Murphy’s Law overtook my computer this week. Talk about stress rising. It’s times like this that I’m thankful for one critical difference between Christianity and Islam. Taking the three prescribed deep breaths to slow my heart rate, I clicked through to the words of my Friend:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Sound like some eastern religious leader who’s got the whole world in His hands? A guy who can cure even computer blues?
Wake up, America! There’s an army of teenagers all over the land, from every Christian denomination, willing to stand up for Biblical principles. Of the many stories I’ve discovered, I’m sharing the brief accounts of three exceptional teens who believed God.
From the library of a high school in Colorado to the classroom of a junior college in Oregon, murderous gunmen have shown the world young people refused to deny Christ. While these died for their faith, other teens battle to stand for Biblical principles in the very land founded for religious freedom. These are their stories.