Bethel Church senior associate leader Kris Vallotton took to Instagram after the election to apologize for prophesying that Donald Trump would win a second term, while praying for President-Elect Joe Biden, his success and the success of the country.“I was wrong. I take full responsibility for being wrong. There’s no excuse for it. I think it doesn’t make me a false prophet, but it does actually create a credibility gap. And a lot of people trust me, trust my ministry and I want to say I’m very sorry for everyone who put their trust in me,” Vallotton said on his Instagram account kvministries in a video that has since been deleted from his page.
Jesus steps forward and says, “Reconsider this: The Kingdom of God is here today!” So, rather than wait for something to happen first, everyone could enter the reality of God’s Kingdom immediately. That was a huge paradigm shift for his listeners.Jesus also wanted to emphasize that this Kingdom of God was not only accessible here and now, but that it was also wide open to everyone – yes, even to those Gentiles and Pagans and even the Samaritans – which was one of the messages that his people resisted most vigorously and why they first wanted to kill him. [See Luke 4: 16-30]
Courage for Life is an organization out to “strengthen, equip and empower the world for Christ” led by a Bible teacher named Ann White. White has spent a
Nearly 125 years ago, the social gospel minister Charles Sheldon provided another thought experiment with his novel In His Steps, one of the best-selling books of all time.In the novel, Sheldon imagines the residents of a fictional town of Raymond asking themselves “What would Jesus do?” as they make decisions for their town. As the novel progresses, this guiding question, “What would Jesus do?” spreads to the much larger city of Chicago, and individual’s lives and society at large are transformed by following in the steps of Jesus.
In those who are most alive and therefore most themselves, the life of the body is subordinated to a higher life that is within them. It quietly surrenders to the far more abundant vitality of a spirit living on levels that defy measurement and observation. The mark of true life in man is therefore not turbulence but control, not effervescence but lucidity and direction, not passion but the sobriety that sublimates all passion and elevates it to the clear inebriation of mysticism. The control we mean here is not arbitrary and tyrannical control by an interior principle which can be called, variously, a “super-ego” or a pharasaical conscience: it is the harmonious coordination of man’s powers in striving for the realization of his deepest spiritual potentialities. It is not so much a control of one part of man by another, but the peaceful integration of all man’s…
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“In ecological terms, it is not a human that is remarkable, but humanity,” Ord writes, in his book. And yet it’s easy for humanity’s aims to be undermined by the short-term political calculations and selfish desires of individuals. We are a blip, Ord argues, in a chain of human life that stretches back two hundred thousand years, and that could in theory extend for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more. One would have to be ruinously shortsighted or grotesquely narcissistic to risk obliterating all of that. And yet that is how we often seem to be.