• Book Review,  Faith Builders,  Inspirational,  Paul Backholer

    The Revelation TV Story: Hey Howie, Howard Conder & Gordon Pettie

    The sixties changed everything. The Beatles burst into a world gasping for breath, from an age of post-war bleak austerity. It was all just a laugh to begin with. Partying replaced serious life choices. Promiscuity shunned commitment and responsibility. Consumerism hypnotised the soul. “God is,” they said, “a myth.” Into this world a young Howard Conder made his mark, playing the drums for big bands and taking home a packet of money. Soon he drove a Rolls Royce, hung out with his mate David Bowie and Eric Clapton greeted him by name. Howard played gigs with the revered celebrities of this ‘golden age’ of the sixties revolution and he passed…

  • Faith Builders,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    Listen to Your Creator, not Your Critics: They’ve Dismissed You, God Hasn’t

    Listen to your Creator, not your critics. In life you will discover an endless supply of doubters, critics and cynics. There will always be people waiting to talk you out of God’s will, pull you down and belittle you. How you respond to this criticism will determine your destiny. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way – Romans 14:13 Abraham could have died in Ur if he consulted others on God’s call. If Joseph ignored his God-given dreams because of his family, he could have died as an unknown shepherd instead of becoming…

  • Book Review,  Holy Spirit,  Paul Backholer,  Supernatural

    Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich – All shall be well

    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well” – Julian of Norwich Everything you need is found in Christ and all your heart truly desires, is found in Christ. Out of the abundance of God’s goodness, His love will flow into your soul. “God loved us before He made us; and His love has never diminished and never shall.” These are the words of Julian of Norwich, a woman living in self-imposed house arrest – permanent social distancing – in a single cell attached to the Church of St Julian, in Norwich, England. In her estrangement from the world, she found…

  • Faith Builders,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    Feelings, Faith and the Mind – How to Live Beyond the Emotional Roller Coaster

    God invented feelings. He gave them to you to enhance your life; not to dominate it. Have you ever felt sky-high one moment and crashed down to earth the next? Listening to your feelings about your self-worth is a mistake. They are not the arbiter of truth. Your feelings cannot tell you who you are in Christ; only your will can do this. One of the seven manifestations of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control. You have the ability, in Christ, to tell your feelings to be quiet. “I feel depressed. I feel God is angry at me. I feel stupid for praying out loud at church. I…

  • Art,  Christianity,  Faith,  Paul Backholer

    Christianity and Art: The Pre-Raphaelites

    ‘He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work…in blue, purple, and scarlet… and those who design artistic works’ (Exodus 35:35). You’ve been told The Mona Lisa is the greatest artwork in the world. That’s clever marketing after its theft and return. For most of its life, those with access to The Mona Lisa walked past, ‘just another portrait.’ If you visit The Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris, expect a two-hour queue, followed by a brief glimpse of a painting at a distance, shrouded behind thick bullet-proof glass. No time to linger, examine and ponder. If you want art to take your breath away, discover the…

  • Faith Builders,  Health,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    There’s Nothing Wrong with You: The Power to Think Better

    There is nothing wrong with you. God created you in His image. There is no one like you on earth; not one with the same thoughts, ideas, feelings, experience, creativity and purpose. God chose you before the earth existed for a specific plan only you can accomplish. You are His workmanship. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made – Psalm 139:14 There may be something wrong with your thinking and choices, called sin, but you are more than your thoughts. God loves you, as you. However, there is a battle going on in your mind. Satan is bombarding you with thoughts designed to limit, hinder and…

  • Adventure,  Bible,  Biblical Archaeology,  Inspirational,  Paul Backholer,  The Exodus

    The Red Sea Crossing Evidence, A Miracle Repeated

    In 1882 Egypt, a British general and statistician, Alexander Tulloch, chronicles firsthand evidence for the parting of the Red Sea. Without trying, he authenticates the possibility of the Red Sea miracle with eyewitness testimony. The Red Sea parted for a second time and a trusted scientist, known for his expert studies in volumes of statistical reports, catalogued it. His documentation provides us with a powerful reason to examine the biblical text for a second time. In the Hebrew text, the body of water the Hebrews crossed is literally called, ‘Yam-Suph.’ Translated into English as the ‘Red Sea,’ its true meaning is ‘Sea of Reeds.’ Experts have judged the modern Red Sea to be too wide and deep for a crossing…

  • Hope,  Paul Backholer

    God’s Refining Fire and Hope for Renewal

    The Bible says God ‘will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver’ (Malachi 3:3). A silversmith was once asked to explain his purpose in holding silver in the fire. He revealed when one refines silver, it must be held in the centre of the fire where the heat is at its most intense until the flames burn away all impurities. This was something familiar to people in the ancient world who heard the Prophet Malachi. Think about the times when you are in a hot spot in life. Do you wonder why God allows you to stay there? The silversmith revealed he never abandons the silver. He holds the…

  • Health,  Paul Backholer

    How to Protect your Skin from the Sun

    Sunlight exposure is a wonderful source of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones. Vitamin D is created by our body from direct sunlight on our skin when we’re outdoors. Too much exposure to the sun can cause damage to the skin. We need to find the balance between getting enough vitamin D from sunlight and protecting our skin. Follow these simple rules for safety in the sun. 1. Wear sunscreen on all exposed skin. Protect yourselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays by wearing the right level of protection. Adults should apply approximately two teaspoons of sunscreen for your head, arms and neck. Whilst wearing a swimming costume,…

  • Mind,  Paul Backholer

    Mental Health and the Struggle for Peace in Your Mind

    Do you feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts and feelings? “What’s the point? I’m rubbish at everything. Everyone hates me. I’m disgusting.” Many people feel their mind is swamped with fear, personal insecurity, doubt and self-loathing. Confronting these negative thought patterns and overcoming them is the battle of the mind. God is on your side. To begin, we must understand who our enemy is and what tactics he uses in this struggle for our mental health. In John 8:44, Jesus explains Satan is real and he is the father of all lies. He is the most effective liar in the world. Satan is not a cartoon character but an evil spirit.…