Battle of the Gods

By Greg Laurie

And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  —2 Kings 6:17

I think we would all agree there is a battle going on in the United States today. It's a battle for our very souls, a battle for right and wrong, a battle over the Bible, a battle over the family. Really, it is a battle over worldviews. And if you want to simplify it even further, it is a battle of the gods.

In the Bible there is only one God; it isn't multiple choice. God says, "I am the Lord, and there is no other" (Isaiah 45:5). There is the true and living God who is the God of Scripture and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the God who loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross.

Then there are all the other gods. So the battle rages today—the battle of the gods and the battle of the worldviews.

Sometimes as followers of Jesus Christ and believers in the Bible, it feels like we are losing ground everywhere we turn. In some ways, you might feel as though there is no hope.

I'm reminded of the story of Elisha and his servant when they were surrounded by enemy forces. Elisha was so confident in the Lord that he took a nap. But his servant woke him, alarmed as the enemy forces were closing in. So Elisha prayed, "Lord, open his eyes." The Bible tells us, "Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (2 Kings 6:17).

In the same way, there are more on our side than there are on the enemy's side. And we need to remember that as the battle rages on every day.

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We have lost many values in our families because of the world we live in. This heart-to-heart message is filled with wisdom from Pastor Rod and Joni's life, and it will help you as a parent to build a home that is built on the Word of God, and train your children the way they should go.


A clip from the early ministry of TB Joshua shows the dramatic healing of a young lady ravaged with a savage skin disease which had practically left her at death’s door. A touch from Jesus Christ through the prayer of TB Joshua removes the curse behind her affliction and she returns with an INCREDIBLE testimony - the CHANGE undeniable.

"Jesus lives; He never said goodbye. He never said there would be no more healing or deliverance." - TB Joshua

The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua, in a message titled A VISIT WITH GOD, urged Christians to attune themselves with God and position themselves properly to receive His blessings.

He analyzed the problem of belief and gave an explanation on how to ignite this principle in the light of God’s Word: “The problem of believing is made easy if you know that it is acting on what God has spoken.” In other words, our faith will only move mountains and make great things happen when we realize that faith is acting on what God has spoken. According to the man of God, “Believing demands action. The Spirit makes us know that believing is possessing.” Christians can only possess their possessions when they believe God’s Word and act upon it by faith.

Key verses from Bible

Joshua 3:5
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Matthew 17:20
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] 

Matthew 18:19
 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

John 15:7
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you"

John 14:12
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Romans 4:17
God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

James 1
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Mark 16:17

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Matthew 13:14,15

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

Keeping SAFE In The DANGER ZONE - TB Joshua

Many people today claim to be like Jesus without Jesus. How do we know such people? They are always conscious of their problems and fears instead of being conscious of God's presence. Be inspired in your Christian walk of faith in this practical message with TB Joshua.


During a Sunday service at The SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua prophetically warned the nation of India of an impending calamity involving a huge bridge. He said:

"Pray for this country, India. I am seeing a very huge bridge broken and when a bridge divides into two, what do you think will happen to everybody? Pray for India. This bridge is very close to the river. I am seeing ‘Breaking News’. They [will] say this is a bridge - divided. Those of you who can go on the internet - put it on the internet to inform them. Pray for the nation, India. I am seeing this happen; they should take care of Thursday, Wednesday. Please, pray for this nation. Innocent people going."

On Thursday March 31, 2016, a bridge under construction in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, close to the Hooghly River, tragically collapsed, killing many people and injuring hundreds of others.

 Our condolences to the nation of India and all the family members and friends of those who died in this tragic incident, praying that God would strengthen and comfort them at this trying time.

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The God Who Suffers

By Greg Laurie

He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief . . . Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows.

—Isaiah 53:3–4

When we think of God, we usually consider that fact that He is righteous, holy, loving, and good. But here is something else to consider about God: He is the God who has suffered. We don't tend to think that a perfect Creator would experience such a human trait as human pain and suffering. After all, why would you suffer if you did not have to?

But God has suffered, and more deeply than any of us could ever imagine. In his book The Cross of Christ, John Stott said, "Our God is a suffering God." And I think he is right.

Listen to Isaiah's description of what Jesus (who was God) went through at Calvary:

"He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief . . . Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:3-5)

"A man of suffering." That was Jesus. But why did God suffer? Because He loved and loves. That means He also enters into our suffering as well.

Hebrews 2:17-18 tells us:

"Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted" (NLT).

You are not alone in your suffering today. Jesus has been there and walked in your shoes and He is here for you right now. Call out to Him.

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TB Joshua and Magufuli: THE PROPHET and THE PRESIDENT!

On November 3rd 2015, T.B. Joshua made a historic visit to the East African nation of Tanzania. He was received at the airport by Dr John Magufuli, the new Tanzanian president, a regular visitor to The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV partner.

Thereafter, he met with Jakaya Kikwete, the outgoing President, as well as Edward Lowassa, the leader of Tanzania’s main opposition party and former Prime Minister, also a regular visitor to The SCOAN in Lagos, Nigeria.

Here is a short, exclusive documentary of his momentous visit!

Pastor Max Lucado Still Baffled Over Evangelical Trump Supporters

If you've been following the presidential campaign, you have probably heard some talk about the power of the evangelical vote.

Pastor Max Lucado is a prominent evangelical pastor and a prolific best-selling writer who almost never writes about politics. And that's one reason millions found a recent essay of his so interesting.
Lucado took to his site to describe all the reasons he says Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's tone and decorum fail the decency test in a blog post titled "Decency For President."

He cites Trump's belittling of women and people with disabilities, among other people, and his constant name-calling. He says such comments "wouldn't be acceptable even for a middle school student body election ... but for the oval office?" His essay, also published in the Washington Post, has now been shared millions of times.

Interview Highlights

Michel Martin: What is it that made you want to weigh in here? Why now?
Max Lucado: Controversially so, I'm not involved, that troubles many people. Kind of the bottom line for me, I don't think people come to the church where I preach to hear my view on politics. I'd like to think I'm going up river in talking about world view topics rather than particular political or controversial topics. So I've just stayed away from it through the years, which is funny because there was a time I wanted to go into politics. And so all of a sudden here I am, I guess. I'm in the thick of it.

I would not have said anything about Mr. Trump, never, I would never have said anything if he didn't call himself a Christian. It'd be none of my business whatsoever to make any comments about his language, his vulgarities, his slander of people, but I was deeply troubled ... that here's a man who holds up a bible one day, and calls a lady "bimbo" the next. Here's a man who calls himself a Christian and yet just had the audacity to make fun of a lady's menstrual cycle. ... He didn't just do this on occasion, but repeatedly, unrepentantly. Somebody sent me a list of 64 people he's called loser. Just this week it's continued.

It deeply concerns me that somebody who knows little or nothing about the Christian faith would hear Mr. Trump call himself a Christian and then make a decision based on the Christian faith, based on his behavior. And so I just felt like I should say something. I did not expect to stir up a dust storm that this blog post has stirred up.

MM: Tell me what struck you about the reaction.
ML: We were stunned by the response. ... It really struck a nerve. We had so many responses, we had to quit publishing second generation responses because people were beginning to argue with each other ... not what I intended for it to be. ... Most of it has been positive, many people have said "This is what I was thinking, thanks for saying it on my behalf." But there are many people who were just really ticked off that I would dare to suggest that this behavior is inappropriate.

MM: One thing that you noted in your follow up post is there seemed to be a deep undercurrent of worry.
ML: There is and you could sense that, you could almost taste it. There's an angst in the country, and I think there's a fear. I think there's a fear of we don't know what's next. And I've tried, maybe you can help me, I've tried to put my finger on the root of this fear. I feel like really we're better off than we were eight years ago, 10 years ago in many ways. There's certainly things we can do better at but the economy is somewhat stable. We're not engaged in the level of international conflict that we've been involved, still you would think we were. There's just a level of anxiety.

I'm personally of course of the persuasion that all of our issues are spiritual issues and that a disconnect with God creates a disconnect with our neighbors and that leads to anxiety. ...

MM: Many people say in fact that they're puzzled about the appeal of Donald Trump, especially to professing Christians. The fact is, he has racked up many votes and endorsements from leaders. For example on Super Tuesday, every state that Donald Trump won, he received the majority of the evangelical vote. What do you think the appeal is?
ML: I'm curious why we're giving him a free pass on this behavior. Typically, evangelicals have tried to hold our leaders up if they call themselves Christians to a standard consistent with the faith and then of course consistent with whatever office they hold. But it seems like we're more than willing to give Mr. Trump a free pass. The classic one was in Iowa when he was asked, "Do you ever ask for forgiveness of sins?" and he said, "No, I don't need to." I nearly fell out of my chair. That's right at the heart and core of the Christian faith, that we're all sinners, we all need forgiveness of sins. I do not have an answer for your question. I've asked people who support Mr. Trump, "How do you reconcile the disconnect between what he claims to be and what he says?" ... I'm as baffled as anyone as to why. ...

If President Obama had used the language and spoken with the same disrespect that Trump has, and identified himself with a Christian, there is no doubt in my mind that I would've expressed the same concern. ...

We just have to hold ourselves to a higher standard if we're going to be leaders and if we're going to be Christians. I do believe that leaders have to be held to a higher standard, especially Christian leaders. I put myself in that camp.

MM: What would you say to people who are fed up with the government and think that it's gone too far on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion, and feel that Donald Trump is the only candidate that is willing to do to something about it?
ML: My concern is that somebody would make a decision against Christianity because of Mr. Trump's behavior. And that's my high concern here. And to that person I would say, the way he speaks about people is not the way our master, our savior has taught us to speak, it's not the way our scriptures urge us to speak. The bible urges us to be respectful to all people, especially people with whom we have disagreements, to never libel people, to never label people. Now this is a huge deal in scripture, and so I would encourage that person, and the reason I've gone so verbal and vocal with this is because I'm protective of the reputation of Christ and the church, and I would ask that person not to interpret the Christian faith through the words of Mr. Trump.

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The "Crown Jewel" of Scriptures

By Greg Laurie

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." —John 3:16

One of the greatest verses in all of the Bible is John 3:16. It gives us the gospel in a nutshell. Let's break it down:

"For God so loved . . ."

Many picture God as some kind of "cosmic killjoy" out to ruin our lives. But the reality is that God loves you! He misses you. He wants a relationship with you. Look at the Lord in the garden after Adam's fall, calling, "Adam, where are you?" (Genesis 3:9).

". . . the world . . ."

The world? That includes dictators and criminals. It includes adulterers, cheats, liars, even murderers.

The thief on the cross was probably a murderer or terrorist, but Jesus extended His loving forgiveness to him.

". . . He gave . . ."

We can talk about love all day long, but God demonstrated His love for us in a tangible way. Romans 5:8 says," But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us," and Romans 6:23 tells us that "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Jesus came to this world not to come down on people, but to reach out to people. While religion tells us what we must do to reach up to heaven, God reaches down from heaven in sending Jesus and pulling us out of quicksand.

". . . His only begotten Son . . ."

This does not mean "one of many," as in "So-and-so begat So-and-so." A better translation is "His one and only Son" or "the only Son of His kind or class, unique in kind."

". . . that whosoever believes . . ."

To "believe" does not merely mean you intellectually accept something to be true. The Bible says, "Even the demons believe—and tremble!" (James 2:19 NKJV). To believe is to "adhere to, commit to, have faith in, rely upon, trust in." The choice is ours as to what we will do with this wonderful gift of God. We can gladly accept it, or reject it. If someone offers you a gift, you either take it or you don't. You can't say, "I'm neutral on this. I can't decide."

". . . should not perish . . ."

Revelation 20:15 says, "Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (KJV). If you are included in the "whosoever" of John 3:16, you won't be included in the "whosoever" of Revelation 20:15.

". . . but have everlasting life."

Not "hope to have," but "have." It becomes the immediate possession of the child of God. 1 John 5:13 says, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God" (NKJV).

Jesus will receive and reveal Himself to any person who will come to Him honestly, heart to heart. Jesus said, "He that comes to me I will in no way cast out" (see John 6:37).

A Message For Business Men & Women - "Responsible Use Of Blessing"

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