He is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.
Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You.
Psalm 33:20-22 (NKJV)
Matthew 8:5-13 (NIV)
John 10:1-5 (NLT)
Matthew 3:11-12 (NIV)
Psalm 101:1-5 (NLT)
The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
"He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth."
Acts 8:26-39 (NIV)
There are many books — a genre actually — that expound on the profound stupidity of religion and its followers. Though I enjoy some of these works, I can't help but marvel at how the most severe accusations are reserved for modern Catholicism or Evangelicalism while, if we're lucky, some tepid criticism will gently fall on the faith featuring the most fundamentalism in the world.
I believe that the real reason the entertainment industry and the media will attack Christianity at the drop of a hat but avoid anything even remotely critical of Islam and other religions is simple - they just don't like Christianity. They view Islam and other religions as competitors to Christianity, and are willing to cut non-Christian religions a tremendous amount of slack.
I am not suggesting that many in the entertainment industry and the media are Muslims, or even sympathetic to Islam. But it is clear that their humanistic view is directly at odds with Christianity. Christianity holds that humanity is fallen, and is in need of a Savior. Many secularists do not believe in any Savior at all (expect perhaps Barack Obama). "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" seems to be the operating idea here, not a deep attachment to any non-Christian religion.
"Our faith teaches us that the Church is a community of people, not a building," said local Dignity President Fred Anthony Garza. "So we will continue to meet in a more welcoming environment."
Philippians 2:3-11 (NKJV)
Almighty and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for the many gifts that you have given us. We thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ. We thank You for never giving up on us.
Lord, this month the people of Tanzania will go to the polls for the general election. We ask that You lift up the people of Tanzania, that You give them the wisdom to choose the candidates who will best run the country. We pray for peace in Tanzania, that the country avoid civil conflict due to the election.
Lord, we give thanks for the leaders in Tanzania. Help us to remember the words of Your Son when He said, "My kingdom is not of this world." Remind all political leaders everywhere that government is a gift from You, that serving the people is a privilege from You, and that political office is not the possession of anyone. Bless all of the candidates and their families. Bless all election workers and voters. Bless all news reporters who report on the elections.
Isaiah 1:18-20 (NIV)
During San Diego’s 2007 “Gay Pride Parade,” four firefighters from the SDFD were sexually harassed through lewd cat calls and obscene gestures at the event, which was replete with sexual displays and graphic images.