Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
There is a book that is scheduled to come out on July 6, 2021 that I was excited to read about!
It has the Scripture verses undergirding doctrines right in the book. I tend not to look up a lot of the Bible references when they are simply listed in a book (so many of them), and this would have the verses right there in front of my nose (though I still will need glasses to read them well).
Fighting Sin with Scripture
John MacArthur recently put out a blog post for TMU students that encourages learning Scripture to fight sin. I have found that verses and prayer have helped me in the past in overcoming a sinful habit. My mind may be rather foggy for learning now, but I have recently started trying again to go over some verses of Romans 5.
Someone recently pointed out (not in the article) that if Christians are jailed (and they may not always give people Bibles), then knowing Scripture in your mind will be especially valuable.
James Coates Interview
For those who have not already seen this interview that a lady did of James Coates (and I know many of you have), I am putting it here for people to watch. It was emotionally moving and also encouraging.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Here is a video of James Coates up front at GraceLife Church in the Edmonton area of Alberta, Canada.
It was the first Sunday after his being released from jail for holding church....so wonderful.
Books of Note
Monday, March 22, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Pastor James Coates is a Master's Seminary graduate who was recently put into jail in Alberta, Canada for holding normal church services. He is awaiting a trial date last I heard.
They were trying to put such restrictions on the the church that hardly anybody would have been able to go with their arbitrary rules. 15% attendance is ridiculous, and the church doesn't belong to the government.
Some are arguing that this is not persecution, but that is not true. He is being ill treated for his beliefs which is what persecution is. This is something that Christians can expect in this world, but we in the west have gotten used to having a lot more freedom than some other countries have.
The Bible tells us that we are to rejoice in suffering. Yes, James is suffering for the sake of Christ really, and he like others before him has shown the courage of conviction.So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
This pastor and church are holding to their convictions, and they were making it a condition that he would not preach at the church in order to be released. He was sneakily shuffled off to jail basically shackled on his way there (not currently), and he's in isolation for awhile due to the COVID quarantine. He has a family. This is a real man with real convictions who is following his conscience as a Christian. He's the real deal.
Christians, please pray for him to continue to be strong and have joy and peace, and please advocate for his freedom. Thankfully, he does have a Bible with him.
Here are a couple of people that someone shared that you can contact:
This was the e-mail I sent to one of the government officials in Canada (minus my personal information):The Honorable Mike Lake,
I have learned that a pastor named James Coates was put in jail for holding church.
I am an American citizen, but I am very familiar with the seminary James went to as I used to attend the church that is connected with it many years ago (and some family still does). I am now in Tennessee.
The church is not a business to be treated as such. It belongs to Christ and not the government.
Does not Canada allow freedom to worship God without government restrictions?
If your hospitals are not currently overwhelmed, then that excuse is out the window.
Here in America, many of us know that COVID-19 is not an automatic death sentence.
The amount of people who die is low enough to the level that it is not at all like what was called the Spanish flu from many years ago.
In Tennessee, the churches have no enforced restrictions on them. There are only recommendations.
Our governor recognizes our 1rst amendment rights more than other governors, and the lockdowns in places like California have not made things better there than they are here.
Restrictions actually increase things like suicide, unemployment, and makes it more likely for people to have time to commit crimes or riot.
Most importantly though, GraceLife Edmonton is trying to obey God when the Bible says not to forsake the assembling of yourselves together... The people should be able to make their own decisions. I have heard that like here, these rules have not been made actual laws. So, how can you let them treat them like they are? The government is meant for the punishment of evildoers, and going to church isn't bad behavior. It seems that Christianity is being criminalized, and what they are doing to people by fining & arresting them is actually going to crowd the prisons with good godly citizens who are doing what God has called them to.
Please free James Coates and don't allow them to harass the churches or imprison people for what they believe.
They are not to be hated or feared just because they follow the Bible and aren't panicked.
Christians are some of the most law abiding citizens you will ever know, and they are showing the most love speaking truth.
You can listen to his last sermon here, and see what he has to say.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
"If you want to please God, don't mess with His message." - Costi Hinn