• Mathew Backholer,  Prayer,  Repentance,  Revival

    A Call to Repentance and Prayer: Society Needs God, Part 5. Are you Living the Life or is your Religious Observance Null and Void?

    Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him that glory may dwell in the land – Psalm 85:10 If we want society to change then believers must live the Christian life of purity, holiness, truthfulness and have integrity. We are called to be Christ-like. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount gives clear directions how to live (Matthew chapters 5-7), as do many other books of the Bible, especially the writings of the apostles’ Paul, Peter and James. ‘The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment…

  • Book Review,  Culture,  Faith,  God,  Holy Spirit,  Paul Backholer

    The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

    “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it” – Brother Lawrence You can feel God in the kitchen. You can sense the Lord at work. You can know the presence of Jesus in menial chores. This was the message of Brother Lawrence, a peasant soldier who became a monk in seventeenth century France. Through patience, Lawrence learnt to still his mind and focus on God’s presence in all his dealings. He struggled at first with tedious chores in the monastery; travelling into the village for goods,…

  • Mathew Backholer,  Prayer,  Repentance,  Revival

    Help us Lord! Society Needs God, Part 4. Will the City be Overthrown or Saved?

    Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God until He has mercy on us – Psalm 123:1-2 The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah went past the point of no return because its citizens were ‘exceedingly wicked against God’ (Genesis 13:13). Time passed and the outcry against these two cities increased. It came up before God because their sin was very grave (Genesis 18:20). Abraham with his incredible intercession, pleaded before…

  • Faith Builders,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    There’s No Condemnation In Christ Jesus

    Satan uses condemnation to keep you afraid. He reminds you of the past – your mistakes, sins and mishaps. He accuses you of being foolish, spiritually immature, sinful and stupid. He wants to shame you into inaction, to lock you into yourself, afraid to act. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit – Romans 8:1 As Satan is the father of lies, you can flip everything he’s saying to you. When he says, “I can’t believe you did that, you wicked sinner,” you can flip the lie into the truth. “I thank God…

  • Intercession,  Mathew Backholer,  News,  Prayer,  Prophetic bulletins,  Repentance,  Revival,  Social Media

    #CallToPraySOS Campaign

    We’ve launched our #CallToPraySOS campaign with several articles calling for prayer for a spiritual awakening and new social media posts. Join us by sharing the hashtag #CallToPraySOS. What does SOS mean? SOS is an internationally known distress signal, a call for help. In this case, Save Our Souls Lord! If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land – 2 Chronicles 7:14 The nations of the world and society, in general, are in a dangerous predicament. We have gone away…

  • Mathew Backholer,  Prayer,  Repentance,  Revival

    We Need a Revival! Society Needs God, Part 3. Is there Justice and Order? Are we Praying for God to Intervene?

    Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face – Psalm 24:3-6 As a nation, if we returned to God, our lives and our communities would be better. In fact, through repentance and prayer society as a whole would be transformed. If one household can be revived and live the Christian…

  • Adventure,  Bible,  Biblical Archaeology,  Christianity,  Easter,  Paul Backholer

    Biblical Archaeology – Has Jesus’ Tomb Been Identified?

    Twenty years have passed since I entered the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. It’s a remarkable place and I recommend all to visit it, if in Jerusalem. Only the Garden Tomb provides believers with the experience and vistas, familiar to the disciples. But is it the actual place of Christ’s resurrection? Extensive research found the tomb dates to several centuries before Jesus’ life, along with other Iron Age tombs in the area. Sadly, this excludes the Garden Tomb as Jesus’ tomb, because the Bible says they placed Jesus’ body inside a newly cut tomb (Matthew 27:60). Also, the cistern in the garden bears the marks of crusader technology, nullifying hope of…

  • Apologetics,  Paul Backholer,  Teaching

    Can we Trust Scientists? Is Pseudoscience the New Science? Theories Masquerading as Facts: Who do you Believe?

    In some quarters faith in science has become a religion. Christianity is not anti-science; it’s self-evident many of the Founding Fathers of modern science were practising Christians or ministers. They sought God’s handiwork in discovery. The coronavirus vaccines today prove science still has much to offer humanity, as we use the abilities given to us by God. Professor John Lennox once said, “Either human intelligence ultimately owes its origin to mindless matter; or there is a Creator. It is strange that some people claim that it is their intelligence that leads them to prefer the first to the second.” He adds, “I submit that, far from science having buried God,…

  • Mathew Backholer,  Prayer,  Repentance,  Revival

    Society Needs God, Part 2. Truth is Being Erased and Good is now Called Evil

    O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do it for Your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against You – Jeremiah 14:7 God will forgive our sin and heal our land. This is the double promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14. It is the reason for repentance – restoration. God sees where we’ve gone wrong and promises blessing, but first we must do our part and repent. Today, the nations of the world and society in general are in a dangerous predicament. When God is ignored, put to the back or even pushed out of society, then other spirits with an evil agenda may come in…

  • Faith Builders,  Mind,  Paul Backholer,  Soul

    Peace of Mind – Think About What You Think About

    When was the last time you thought about, what your mind thinks about? Thoughts drop into our mind at all times and we must learn the habit of choosing what we think about. The person who controls your thoughts will ultimately control you. If you wake up and allow any concept to dominate your mind, someone else is taking charge of your destiny. We can allow the world, the flesh or the devil to control our thought life. Alternatively, we can allow the Holy Spirit, the Word of God or our will to channel what our mind dwells on. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from…