“The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name! And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20 (Amplified Bible)
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The Bible shows that God allows humans to have freedom of choice. He didn’t stop Adam and Eve from eating the forbidden fruit or Cain from murdering his brother (Genesis 3:6; 4:8). God didn’t prevent his own nation, ancient Israel, from sinning. The people were told to choose the way of love and life (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). But God didn’t prevent them from choosing the way of evil, which they did.
Victory Church of Camden and its pastor Jerry Ables recently held a community evangelistic outreach service in the gym of Southwood Elementary School at Pine Bluff.
Disbelief, shock, denial, heaviness, confusion, mourning - those were some of the words I felt deeply as I first heard of the tragic murders of nine innocent Christians who worshipped at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday night.
I asked the Lord in my 6 a.m. prayer (devotion) what is the answer/solution to Pine Bluff? A youth got shot on 5/23/2015 around 7:30 p.m. by another youth between the ages of 14-18.
Pine Bluff native Wayne R. Nolen, son of the late Rev. John H and Delores Nolen, was invited to Malaysia in April to share the need and impact of ministering to those in prison.