Are you passing on the faith Paul's way?
How do you intend to pass on the faith to your children? How will they be taught to follow Jesus Christ unless they know the Word of God? And how will they know the Word of God unless they are taught the Bible? Paul says in Romans 10:17:
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
But teaching the Bible to your children can be hard.
Where do you go to find a simple, clear explanation of a biblical passage with relevant applications to the life of you and your children?
That's why Kevin Swanson has written a series of Bible study guides designed specifically to help you teach the Bible to your children. Watch this video intro to the Family Bible Study Series:
Unlike other biblical commentaries and study guides, the Family Bible Study Guides are uniquely designed to be used as a family. Each study guide contains:
- a short guide to family worship,
- exposition of the biblical text,
- and discussion and application questions.
To help get you started, we are providing all of the Family Bible Study Guides at 50% off (this week only). Not sure where to start? Pick up a Proverbs and Psalms study guide and simply start reading them with your family. Or, get all nine study guides for $69.95 (60% off $179 retail).
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November 25th, 2015
On November 7th, 2015, I gave a message at the Freedom 2015 conference in which I called America to repentance. This message has received some national attention and misrepresentation in the national media.
On the one hand, I have reiterated God’s moral injunctions concerning homosexuality contained in the Christian Bible, including the general equity presented in Romans 1 and Leviticus 20.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (Lev. 20:13).
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:26-32).
These passages provide the essential moral standard from which we take our position. Those who reject God’s revealed law as a moral basis have nowhere else to stand. The Supreme Court of the United States has no firm moral foundation upon which to base their recent decision in the Obergefell case.
But when confronted with the question, “Shall we exhort our civil magistrate to implement the death penalty as mentioned in Romans 1 and Leviticus 20?” I provide a clear answer in the final message at the Freedom Conference: The answer is “No.” As we continue to face the devastating effects of the sexual revolution (including sins such as adultery, homosexuality, and illegitimate divorce), America is risking God’s judgment. Individual Americans have a more serious problem to confront than retribution from civil government, and that is the eternal judgment of God. Therefore, Americans need time to repent of their sins lest they experience the judgment of God in hell fire.
Our detractors may want to find a political agenda working here. Of course, we want the civil magistrate to fear God and respect His commandments. However, I have made the point very strongly that politics and government won’t save this nation. Repentance will. Christ will. Let us call for repentance - a turning from sin to Christ, not the death penalty. Jesus Christ died on the cross for sins, which is the transgression of the law of God. America needs to repent of sexual sin of all forms. America needs to repent of stumbling children by the blatant endorsement of sin in our public institutions, in education, media, and entertainment.
Jesus Christ said, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6).
This nation needs to repent of the shedding of innocent blood, particularly the funding of organizations that provide abortion and trade in the body parts of infants. America’s presidents must veto any budget containing money for organizations that participate in this bloodshed, or there will be blood on their hands. As President John Adams said, we must “Fear God and repent of our sins.” This was the message to the nation in 1776, and this is the message to the nation today.
This was the substance of the public statement I made on November 7th, 2015.
- Pastor Kevin Swanson
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Monday, November 9th, in the year of our Lord, 2015.
By Mark Robinette
A new law in Iraq is forcing children of Christian converts to be legally recognized as Muslims. Catholic Bishop Rabban al-Qas says he fears this will ultimately lead to Christianity's extinction there. Fear not, Bishop Rabban, Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
In the continuing culture war spreading across the United States, two Texas daycare workers were fired for refusing to refer to a six-year-old girl in their care as a boy. Breitbart reported Madeline Kirksey, a Christian author and another co-worker were fired from the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas for refusing to give in to the demands from two male parents who had cut the little girl’s hair very short and demanded she be called John, which was not her birth name. As Romans 1:25 says, we should expect these reprobates to “exchange the truth of God for a lie…” It’s what they do.
The First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, Texas and its 2,200 members have had enough of their denomination, the PCUSA and their relatively new position in favor of allowing homosexual clergy, and have called their long-time part with them quits. According to the Christian Post, FPC is one of a large number of PCUSA congregations to do the same.
In yet another released Center for Medical Progress video, not being shown by the majority of the mainstream media, a Michigan Planned Parenthood executive encourages her colleagues to stop “denying the reality” of pro-life images of aborted babies and start acknowledging abortion does involve violence and the killing of persons. In the video, leading abortion providers and educators confide to each other that their ability to remain on the job depends on finding ways to deal with their workplace horrors.
According to the Christian Headlines report, evidently many abortionists cannot escape the psychological toll their violent work takes on them. One San Francisco conference focused on providing psychotherapeutic help for second trimester abortionists. Perhaps instead of needing to learn coping techniques, they should stop “searing their consciences with a hot iron” as it says they will in 1 Timothy 4:2.
The Pentagon is expected to release a plan this week of President Barack Obama’s years-long effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. According to Fox News, the report suggests that the Florence, Colorado prison dubbed “the Alcatraz of the Rockies” as one suitable site to relocate expected life-long detainees.
The U.S. Supreme Court is wading into its fourth dispute over Obama Care. This case involves numerous objections by faith-based hospitals, colleges and charities to the process devised to spare them from paying for contraceptives for women yet ensure those women can obtain birth control at no extra cost. The case will be argued in late March.
GOP presidential candidates Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have not made the cut to be on the main stage in the next Republican debate.
Non-profit Health Insurance co-ops, created by The Affordable Care Act to serve the working poor are fast running out of money. One has even failed. But a new report says this hasn’t kept their company executives from cashing in. Ironically, these federally-funded failing companies succeeded in paying top executives salaries from mid $200,000 to near $600,000.
Texas District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot outside her Terrytown home Friday night by an unknown assailant and seriously wounded.
On Thursday night, Mikhail Lesin, former close aide to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in a Washington hotel room just blocks from the White House. According to the BBC, Lesin was “one of the most influential figures in the Russian media market and in the corridors of power.” Family members told the BBC he died of a heart attack.
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the brutal death and burning of Pakistani Christians Shama and Shahzah Masih at the hands of an angry mob. The Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation, which stands up for the marginalized in Pakistan and has taken on the care of the children of the martyred man and wife, continues their call for justice.
According to Christian Today, last year the couple was accused of blasphemy against Islam and beaten before being burned inside the brick kiln at which they worked. No one was ever charged the murders. But that will change one day according to 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
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Special Report: Freedom 2015 National Religious Liberties Conference
Saturday, November 7th, in the year of our Lord, 2015.
by Mark Robinette
Millions tuned in Friday and Saturday via radio as a growing litany of persecuted American Christians and three GOP presidential candidates spoke to an eager crowd at the Freedom 2015 National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hearing inspiring stories from many who have lost their businesses, military posts and jobs, and have put their lives on the line for their religious convictions, the eager crowd of 1700 laughed, cried and learned about what it now means to live in the land of the free and home of the brave. Political correctness and an over-reaching U.S. Supreme Court pretending to have the power to make law, cause many believers to wonder if they’ll be next when it comes to persecution.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the first to arrive at the conference. His wide smile and inviting posture excited conference goers. Speaking to The World View, he courteously answered what might have seemed like an irritating question with grace. With your poll numbers so low right now, why are you still in the race?
“People forget that at this point in presidential elections, historically those leading in the polls are never those elected,’’ he said. “Herman Cain and Rudy Giuliani were out in front at this stage when they ran.” Huckabee said he has the record to prove he is the best man for the job. A host of national press were onsite waiting for comments from all the candidates.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told The World View, he feels leaders should take their lead from Jesus who washed the disciples’ feet and led by example not like a dictator. Humility is a rare trait, but one necessary for a true leader, he said.
Senator Ted Cruz showed up later Friday but seemed to be the hands down favorite of conference goers as he crushed all the other presidential contenders in an informal smart-phone vote after he spoke.
His father, Rafael Cruz, a longtime traveling preacher, stayed in Des Moines and spoke later in the evening.
Ted Cruz told The World View, he hoped GOP primary voters in the coming caucus in Iowa and those that follow, would look past what candidates say they believe and look at what they do. For an example, he said only a short time ago there was a “colossal battle” in Congress on discontinuing funding for Planned Parenthood where he led the fight. He said the other GOP candidates were conspicuously absent. “It was like they were on the witness relocation program; they were nowhere to be seen.”
During his speech, which exited the crowd, Cruz pointed at a line of people on the front row he had come to know because they had been persecuted for their Christian faith.
He pointed to Richard and Betty Odgaard former owners of the Gortz-Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa. After a decade of business, the Odgaards were forced to close their business due to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission tried to force them to host a same-sex wedding ceremony in their chapel. Speaking earlier, the Odgaards told how this was a new journey of faith they have been delighted to be called to.
Seated with the Odgaards were Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Oregon bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, recently fined $135,000 due to their refusal to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Donning a white cowboy like Roy Rodgers, Cowboy pastor Randy Pfaff shared his deeply touching story of how their church was forced to stop a fruitful ministry in a public school in Colorado.
Also in attendance an offering his story up for those who wanted to hear was Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served as a First Sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio until his convictions about homosexuality were labeled unacceptable and he was forced to leave his post.
Two raucous sessions lead by The Benham Brothers, twin-brothers David and Jason Benham, former professional baseball players and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs who suffered the loss of their reality television show due to their commitments to the Christian faith, were a good example of how the “joy of the Lord” is the strength of believers in or out of times of persecution.
Pastor Kevin Swanson, Freedom 2015 organizer, had pastors, theologians, business professions and others in breakout sessions helping Christians understand further persecution was not only certain, it was a great opportunity.
Omaha, Nebraska pastor and theologian Dr. Phil Kayser, walked Christians through the word of God to understand best how God expects Christians to act in the midst of hatred from the world. Kayser told how his church was under siege for more than a year and half by protesters and they could not even answer their church phone for many months after someone asked him publically what the Bible had to say about homosexuality.
For more information and material from the conference go to Freedom2015.org.
Friday, November 6th, in the year of our Lord, 2015.
By Emily Swanson
One month. That's how long one Chicago school district has before they must allow an unidentified male student, who identifies as transgender, to use the girl's restroom. If the school district refuses to comply, they will be stripped of millions of dollars in federal funding. The battle has been ongoing for two years.
Genesis 5:2 says, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created."
The 2015 National Religious Liberties Conference is coming to Des Moines, Iowa this morning to talk about the religious liberty issues American Christians are facing. The conference will bring in Aaron and Melissa Klein from Sweet Cakes in Gresham, Oregon, Richard and Betty Odgaard, Sergeant Phillip Monk, the Benham Brothers, and others to rally Christians around freedom.
John Eidsmoe, historian and speaker at the Freedom 2015 National Religious Liberties Conference, spoke to The World View about the conference. He said that he thinks Christians must take the battle for freedom seriously. He also said that it’s crucial for them to apply the right solution: “The solution of course is Jesus Christ and all the truth He proclaimed. You remember when he said, ‘go into all the world and teach all nations baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.’ But now there is another part of that that we often forget: teaching them to observe whatsoever I have commanded.”
More doctors and hospitals are not excited about the ‘Unaffordable’ care act. US News reports that some patients insured through Healthcare.gov have had difficulty finding providers that will accept the plan. Christian Headlines reports that in most states doctors are allowed to choose which kind of healthcare plans they do and do not accept.
A new report from Fides states that Hindu extremism is on the rise in India. This finding comes after 100 Christians were murdered by Hindu radicals in 2008. A series of riots from August 23-31, 2008, specifically targeted Dalits for converting to Christianity. Galatians 3:28 says, 'There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.'
These Indian Christians have received their reward in heaven. Matthew 5:12, "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
‘They loved not their lives unto death.’ The American Center for Law and Justice described accounts of the Christian persecution in Syria and Iraq as ‘unimaginable horrors.’ The reports come from the latest International Religious Freedom analysis. Keep these brothers and sisters in your prayers, that they might be strengthened in the power of the might of the Lord.
Authorities have identified the suspect who inflicted knife wounds on 4 people at a University of California campus. Faisal Mohammad's name was released Thursday morning. Following the release an ISIS affiliated tweet showed up praising the young man for his actions. The tweet read, “May Allah accept him.”
The words in Genesis 9:5-6 ring true after Mohammad was shot dead by the police, 'And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.'
An archaeological discovery was made in an unusual place at New York City Park this week. While a group of workers were updating the water system beneath the park, they uncovered a burial vault. The age is yet to be determined by a group of anthropologists and archaeologists.
Isaiah 40:7-8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
It's been 13 years, but God does work in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. In 2002, Julian Hernandez, at the age of 5, was reported missing by his mother from his home in Birmingham, Alabama. Julian was found years later after he tried to apply to colleges and discovered his Social Security number, given to him by his father, was invalid. Julian’s family told the public, "We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during Julian's disappearance."
And that's the World View in Five Minutes.