What were the fertility cults of ancient canaan? 

The fertility cults of ancient Canaan were a part of their religious culture, with rituals and practices centered around the worship of fertility gods and goddesses like Asherah and Baal. These cults sought to promote prosperity and abundance in the form of plentiful crops and herds, as well as children. Offerings, sacrifices and dances were part of the cults, and fertility rites and sacred prostitution were also associated with their worship. These

Other aspects of these cults included incantations, rituals, and supernatural beliefs aimed at manipulating the gods to bring desired results. A number of Canaanite gods were associated with fertility, including Baal, Anat, and Asherah.

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Top 25 Bible Verses on Hope

Below is a list of the 25 most uplifting and encouraging Bible verses. (All verses are in the KJV)

1. Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

2. Psalm 23:4 – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

3. Psalm 28:7 – “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

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In Proverbs 3:5, we read “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

This Scripture explores three main points –

(1) why our trust ought to be placed solely with God,

(2) how trust can be shown through active obedience, and

(3) why guidance is only found within the Lord’s will. 

According to Proverbs 3:5, it should be clear that trusting unequivocally in God is an essential requirement. The Jewish scholar, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel asserts that trust is something “not bestowed lightly” but must instead be earned over time through consistent acts of faithfulness – “Not what I ought to think of God, but what He has accomplished for me… this is even more decisive than my opinion about Him” (Heschel).

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Have you ever heard some one flippantly say, “Oh well, it rains on the just and the unjust,” after something happens. Almost to say that, it doesn’t matter, it happens to everyone. But what is the meaning of Matthew 5:45?

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 5:45

The key focus of Matthew 5:45 is that it is capturing an important element of Christian faith – it speaks to the selflessness of God’s love and mercy. This passage emphasizes how God is “impartial in offering [His] blessings,” regardless of one’s level of faith or ethical standing (Alberigo et al., 2007, p.11).

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Welcome friends, hello there, my name is David and welcome to our new video series titled The Commands of Jesus Christ.

We are getting ready to dive into an amazing study of the key statements that Jesus makes that opens an amazing window for us to get a better understanding what he was teaching his disciples.

One of the very last things that Jesus Christ did following his resurrection was to tell his disciples to go back to Galilee.  To go back to where it all started.  To go back to where they all had spent 3 years in training  and where Christ had shown them how to walk out the mission.

So the disciples set out from Jerusalem, and walked the 120 miles back to Galilee, and climbed once again the mountain that Christ told them too.When they arrived, It seems that Christ wanted to have a chance to review his teachings.  Almost if he was giving them one final pop quiz and few last words of instruction, before he had to leave them.

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Can you hear me now!???

Now??!! Good.

This world is full of noise. News, Social Media, Pandemics, Global Unrest, Leadership disasters, changing economies. 

This world like a roaring lion is constantly grasping at our lives trying to distract and pull us away from what is important.

If you have ever tried to talk to some one about the important things of life and most importantly the gospel of Jesus, you soon realize how difficult this task is for people to shut off the distractions and focus on the eternal things.

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Have you ever wondered how far Apostle Paul traveled on his missionary journeys?

Pauls Missionary Journeys

Paul used the amazing Roman Road network (and sometimes by sea) to travel across Israel, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. A lot of the details are included in the book of Acts in strong details. Most biblical scholars agree that Paul would have traveled over 10,000 miles – BY FOOT!

That would be equal to walking between New York and Los Angeles nearly 4x!

When you read the book of Acts you begin to realize that Pauls missionary journeys were not an easy walk. Paul gives us a small insight into his journeys in 2 Corinthians 11:25-27

25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

The more one looks into the life of Paul and his complete dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ the more the words of Isaiah 52:7 apply.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

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The Evil One, cursed be he, has one central way of attack. First, it is to tempt a person to sin, and then once he or she sins, is to push that individual deep into depression and sadness. If the Evil One gets us to commit sin, he then wants us to feel so terrible about sinning that in our minds we think it is impossible for us to ever repair the break of relationship that we had with God.

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In Proverbs chapter 3, we read this powerful truth: “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”

King Solomon is writing about the extreme importance of kindness, too.

This simple command to bind truth and kindness to our necks and write the on our hears, he is teaching us that these two life giving principles need to be a focal point of who we are.

When you were younger you probably heard the phrase, “Kill them with kindness.” The focus of this advice may sound a bit harsh, but I believe that it tells us how powerful kindness can be. Continue reading 21 – More than me!

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