Please Pray for Nancy Missler
Several weeks ago Nancy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Since then, with lots of prayer and some skilled surgeons, her prognosis has gone from bad to looking pretty good. She still has a long road to recovery that includes radiation and other medical procedures. We greatly appreciate your prayers.
For additional updates, please visit the King’s High Way website.
Revisionist history as illustrated in Moss’s book is indicative of a modern trend to discount the suffering Christians are enduring today.
Author Candida Moss recently wrote a book titled, The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. In the book, Moss, a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, posits that “…the ‘Age of Martyrs’ is a fiction and a ‘false history of persecution.’”
There was no sustained 300-year-long effort by the Romans to persecute Christians. Instead, these stories were “pious exaggerations; highly stylized rewritings of Jewish, Greek, and Roman noble death traditions; and even forgeries designed to marginalize heretics, inspire the faithful, and fund churches.”
Through her book, Moss asks Christians to abandon the notion that the world is out to get Christians and look to the “martyrdom stories” only for consolation, moral instruction, and spiritual guidance.
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Despite the many friendly speeches U.S. President Obama made in Israel last March, there is evidence of a secret document that reveals his real policy for the Middle East and Islam.
We have to confront violent extremism in all of its forms… America is not—and never will be—at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security—because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as president to protect the American people.
— President Barack Obama, Cairo, June 2009
The United States is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise… Resistance is the only solution. [Today the United States] is withdrawing from Iraq, defeated and wounded, and it is also on the verge of withdrawing from Afghanistan. [All] its warplanes, missiles and modern military technology were defeated by the will of the peoples, as long as [these peoples] insisted on resistance.
— Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad al-Badri, Cairo, September 2010
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As the approach of a very literal Kingdom now looms on our horizon, it becomes increasingly urgent for all of us to fully apprehend the implications for our personal walk and priorities.
There is a figure of merit in optics regarding “resolving power.” If you look at a star with a cheap telescope, you will see a bright spot. If you look at that same star with very high-quality optics, you may discover that that ostensible spot is actually a double star. The ability of the higher quality of optics to resolve two things that are very close together—but separate—is a critical capability for the serious astronomer.
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When at the depths of a trial, if we can respond in such a way that the situation pushes us into God’s presence, then we can expect to experience the joy of the Lord in spite of our circumstances.
In this edition of Personal Update we are reprinting an article from Private Worship—The Key to Joy, which was written by Nan and originally published in 2005. The King’s High Way staff felt it appropriate to include this article in light of the cancer surgeries Nan went through when this issue was compiled. We pray this will provide you practical steps to experiencing His Strength in the midst of life’s unexpected challenges.
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