Besieged for months by illness and the resulting financial difficulties, Angela felt physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted. She had been totally unprepared for the spiritual toll the illness took on her. But Angela decided not to allow the illness to conquer her. Though tempted to sit back and do nothing, Angela chose to devote herself to Bible study, and prayer and intercession. She decided to use that time to build herself up spiritually.
But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster. I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God (1 Kings 5:4,5).
Solomon took advantage of a time of freedom from conflict to begin building the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. As Christians we are spiritual temples. Times of tranquility are excellent opportunities for us to grow strong in the Word of God and to build our temples into ones that will honor and glorify Him.
Challenge for Today: Purposefully prepare for spiritual warfare by studying God’s Word and praying daily.
Read 1 Kings 4:1 through 6:38; Luke 17:11–37
Quicklook: 1 Kings 5:3–5
Speaking to a crowd gathered at the entrance to Florida Atlantic University, Church of All Nations Senior Pastor Mark Boykin calls for the firing of professor Bassem Al-halabi. Stating, “today we are gathered here to address the growing specter of radical Islam that is infiltrating our institutions of higher learning. This university[FAU] has been granted a public trust and within that trust is the moral responsibility to eschew evil and guard the student body from the influence of enemies both foreign and domestic. View video for balance of comments.
For the past decade, conservative activist Joe Kaufman has suggested a Syrian-born professor at Florida Atlantic University may have terrorist connections.
Bassem Al-halabi, an associate professor of engineering, has no criminal convictions, and he has supporters of all faiths at FAU who say his views are closer to pacifism than terrorism.
But Kaufman, keeping his effort alive, organized a protest in front of FAU on Thursday, urging the university to fire him.
Al-halabi is a danger … and should not be around or be able to hold influence over any of our nation’s youth, especially as a professor at publicly funded institution,” Kaufman said. FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE CLICK HERE
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Some conservative groups are calling for the Florida Atlantic University to fire a professor. Dr. Bassem Al-halabi teaches engineering and science at FAU. Protesters accuse him of providing material support to those who support al-Qaeda.
Pastor Mark D. Boykin of the Church of All Nations is leading the protest against the professor. He said he wants engage in a dialogue and “describe to the people the kind of nefarious activities that Mr. Bassem Al-halabi has been involved in.”
The university says Al-halabi has never been found guilty of, nor pleaded guilty to, any criminal activity.The pastor promised to show printouts of his complaints. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE
Boca Raton, FL) Rev. Mark D. Boykin, Senior Pastor of Church of All Nations and Mr. Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate are calling on Florida Atlantic University to terminate the employment of Professor Bassem Alhalabi for his involvement with individuals and organizations that support terrorist acts against the United States and Israel. A protest and press conference will be held on:
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, 11:45 a.m.
Florida Atlantic University (Main Entrance)
777 Glades Road in Boca Raton, Florida
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Church of All Nations Senior Pastor Mark D. Boykin defends new bill that would allow prayer in public schools for certain activities.
Bill Gives Fla. School Districts Right To Allow Prayer
Anti-Defamation League Calls Policy Divisive, Unconstitutional
BOCA RATON, Fla. – A Senate bill that would let Florida school districts decide whether to allow prayer in the classroom or during school events is being criticized by the state Anti-Defamation League.
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Many persons refuse to believe in miracles. Indeed, by definition, to perform a miracle is to do something that cannot be done by ordinary means. Even Christians may struggle to believe that the power of God can accomplish the impossible.
A father had a son who was possessed by an evil spirit. The religious leaders were powerless to help, and Jesus’ disciples failed to bring deliverance. Desperately the man appealed directly to Jesus, “Help us, if you can!”
Everything is possible for him who believes (Mark 9:23).
Jesus’ response clearly affirmed that the man’s son could be delivered. The father correctly evaluated the condition of his own faith; it was incomplete. The son was delivered because Jesus helped the father to believe.
Like the father, most Christians live with a mixture of faith and doubt. They want to believe for a miracle, but fear the disappointment of unanswered prayer. The Spirit gives Christians the ability to believe God can do miracles.
Challenge for Today: Direct your faith to God who can and will do what is impossible.
Quicklook: Mark 9:14–24
Read Deuteronomy 9:1 through 11:25; Mark 9:2—24
Join Fire Institute Associate Director Pastor Fred Louis as he shares from the Book of Ephesians. Speaking of the plan of God for our lives, Pastor Fred lists key points to help you understand the rich and eternal plan God truly does have for your life.
Join COAN Missionary Pastor Harold Guitierez as he brings God’s word in this timely devotion. Taking his text from the Book of Colossians, Pastor Harold emphasizes the importance of love in everything we do for God. Enjoy this brief devotion and begin to understand God’s deep love for your life.
“Stand behind the yellow line sir.” The clerk slurred her words.
Darren leaned forward. “Excuse me?”
The clerk stopped typing and fixed Darren with a dull stare. “You are in front of the yellow line. Please step back, sir.”
After waiting for hours in the unemployment office, Darren was the last one left in line. “But I’m next.”
“Have I said next yet?” she challenged. Darren took one step back and the clerk sat back and resumed typing. Finally, still staring at her monitor, she said, “Next.”
Ever feel like the process is more important than the person? The Pharisees were religious bureaucrats of their day. Yet . . .
The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).
We would like to say that this was just the Pharisees, but we can just as easily add our own rules to God’s Word until we are no better. We must constantly proclaim the freedom we have in Christ to avoid being spiritual bureaucrats.
Prayer Suggestion: Convict me, God, whenever I add anything to Your Word.