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Should the word “Lamb” be replaced with the word “Ram”

Rev 6:1 And I saw that the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living beings saying, like a voice of thunder, “Come.”
Rev 6:2 And behold, a white horse. And he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering, and to conquer.
Rev 6:3 And when He opened the second seal, I heard the second living being saying, “Come!”
Rev 6:4 Another horse went out, fiery red, and it was granted to him that sat on it to take peace from the earth, so that they might kill each other; and there was given to him a great sword.
Rev 6:5 And when He opened the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come.” And behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.


Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living beings, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm the oil and the wine.”
Rev 6:7 And when He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living being saying, “Come.”
Rev 6:8 And behold, a pale horse, and he who sat on it was named Death, and Hades was following him. And authority was given to him over a fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with famine, and with death, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Rev 6:9 And when He opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”
Rev 6:11 Then a long white robe was given to them, and it was said to them that they should rest yet a while, until also their fellow servants and their brothers, who were about to be killed as also they were, should complete their course.
Rev 6:12 And I saw when He opened the sixth seal, that there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the whole moon became like blood.
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, like a fig tree casting its untimely figs, being shaken by a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14 Then the sky was split like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island were removed out of their places.
Rev 6:15

Rev 6:16 And they said to the mountains and crags, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb!
Rev 6:17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who shall be able to stand?”

Morocco, first nation to recognize the United States as an independent nation 1777 A.D.

“What CFC plans to do is sell market access to French speaking Africa and giving fiscal and financial incentives to financial institutions, professional services firms such as legal and consulting companies as well as large multinational firms with regional headquarters,” Abdelmalek Alaoui, Managing Partner of Global Intelligence Partners, an adviser on the project said in an email statement.

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While early Pentecostals in America were often marginalized within the larger Christian community, Pentecostal beliefs began penetrating the mainline Protestant denominations from 1960 onward and the Catholic Church from 1967.[7] This adoption of Pentecostal beliefs by those in the historic churches became known as the charismatic movement. Charismatics are defined as Christians who share with Pentecostals an emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit but who remain a part of a mainline church. Also, charismatics are more likely than Pentecostals to believe that glossolalia is not a necessary evidence of Spirit baptism.[6] The movement led to the creation of independent evangelical charismatic churches more in tune with this revival of the Holy Spirit. Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California is one of the first evangelical charismatic church in 1965.[8] In United Kingdom, Jesus Army, founded in 1969, is an example of the impact outside USA.[9] Many other congregations were established in the rest of the world.[10]

Missionaries have the authority to preach the Christian faith (and sometimes to administer sacraments), and provide humanitarian work to improve economic development, literacy, education, health care, and orphanages. Christian doctrines (such as the “Doctrine of Love” professed by many missions) permit the provision of aid without requiring religious conversion.

The earliest examples of Christian missionary activity are those recorded in writings that would eventually come to form the New Testament. Early writings include the letters of Apostle Paul, written in the course of his missionary activity in Asia Minor and Greece. His activities were preceded by an expansion of Christianity from the first followers of Jesus in Jerusalem throughout Syro-Palestine. This is also described in the Acts of the Apostles.

The earliest Christian mission, then, the Great Commission and Dispersion of the Apostles, was active within Second Temple Judaism, as Christianity had not yet split from Judaism. Whether a Jewish proselytism existed or not that would have served as a model for the early Christians is unclear, see Circumcision controversy in early Christianity#Jewish background for details. Soon, the expansion of the Christian mission beyond Judaism to those who were not Jewish became a contested issue, notably at the Council of Jerusalem. The Apostle Paul was an early proponent of this expansion, and contextualized the Christian message for the Greek and Roman cultures, permitting it to reach beyond its Hebrew and Jewish roots.

From Late Antiquity onward, much missionary activity was carried out by members of religious orders. Monasteries followed disciplines and supported missions, libraries, and practical research, all of which were perceived as works to reduce human misery and suffering and glorify the Christian God. For example, Nestorian communities evangelized parts of Central Asia. Cistercians evangelized much of Northern Europe, as well as developing most of European agriculture’s classic techniques. St Patrick evangelized many in Ireland. St David was active in Wales.

During the Middle Ages, Ramon Llull (c. 1232 – c. 1315) advanced the concept of preaching to Muslims and converting them to Christianity by means of non-violent argument.[2] A vision for large-scale mission to Muslims would die with him, not to be revived until the 19th Century.

Additional events can be found at the timeline of Christian missions.

Morocco was the first nation to recognize the fledgling United States as an independent nation in 1777.[27][28][29] In the beginning of the American Revolution, American merchant ships in the Atlantic Ocean were subject to attack by the Barbary pirates. On 20 December 1777, Morocco’s Sultan Mohammed III declared that American merchant ships would be under the protection of the sultanate and could thus enjoy safe passage. The Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship, signed in 1786, stands as the U.S.’s oldest non-broken friendship treaty.[30][31]

thousands-receive-the-holy-spirit-at-crusade-in-indonesiaWe must pray for believers in Indonesia. Thousands are being drawn to Jesus.

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The Back Story of St. Patrick’s Holy Day

The Back Story of St. Patrick’s Holy Day is very interesting.

Fact vs. Legend

“Does the way we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day have something to do with St. Patrick?

Fact: His father’s name is Calpurnius, and his mother’s name is Conchessa. The parents of St. Patrick were Roman citizens. His father, Calpurnius, is from a Roman family of high rank. Calpurnius is a Decurio. He held the office in jurisdiction of Britain where St. Patrick is born.

His mother, Conchessa, is closely related to St. Martin of Tours. Martin decides to join the Catholic Church at the age of ten. His joining the Christians is against his family wishes. Christianity is not the main religion in Rome at the time.  It is unclear as to how, exactly, Conchessa was related to Martin. However, since she and Martin are family, then that means that Martin is related to St. Patrick in some way.

Conchessa and Calpurnius did not name their son “St. Patrick”. His real name is Maewyn Succat. The Roman version of his name is Patricius.

What were the parents of Patricius doing in Britain?

Calpurnius held the Official appointment of Decurio.

What does decurio mean? One meaning is that Calpurnius is the man in charge of the local council or senate of the colonia where Patricius is born. This title is honorable, including Military rank.

Calpurnius is the Roman official who is in charge of a Roman colony located in Britain. This means that Patricius is born into an Aristocrat’s very wealthy and powerful family.

Some time between the age of 14-16, Patricius was kidnapped. A group of Irish raiders attacked his family’s estate. The Irish marauders sold Patricius as a slave to an Irish chieftain named Milchu. This took place somewhere around where the county of Antrim, in Ireland, is located today. Patricius’s name is by his owners to an Irish name, Patrick.

Patrick becomes a shepherd. He tends his owner’s sheep until age 20. He manages to escape, and returned to his family. Soon after returning home, he begins studying for the priesthood. The rest is history. He never married, and he never had any children.

The experience changes him, and he feels compelled to return to Ireland and change his name to Patrick. Before his return, he is ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. He made it his mission to convert the unbelieving Irish population to belief in the teaching of Jesus. Accomplishing this is very difficult for him. Being beaten, harassed, and misunderstood by his superiors is one of many of his challenges. After he died on March 17, 461, stories about Patrick have continued to be told. Some true, some hearsay.

What does a three leaf clover have to do with St. Patrick?

St. Patrick uses the three-leafed clover to explain the Christian concept of the Oneness of the God. He teaches that a three leaf clover has one stem, as the source of life. The three leaves growing from a single stem, St. Patrick used it to illustrate the understanding of the belief in One God, and the outgrowth from the one stem are three manifestations, God is Creations father, the son of Mary is the human manifestation of the God, and the third leaf represented the manifestation of the Holy Spirit that after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, was poured out from the God on the Day of Pentecost. A brilliant, simple organic way to help teach the good news. His mission message was received by many of the unbelievers in Ireland.

Today, people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day often wear a shamrock. Botanists consider the trifolium dubium—the wild-growing, three-leaf clover—to be the official shamrock, as it is an annual plant that germinates in the spring. The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland, and the word “shamrock” comes from the Irish word seamróg, meaning “little clover.”

If you are a teacher, a great exercise is having the class go find a four leaf clover.  The actual odds of finding one are estimated at 10,000 to 1.

The Holy Day we remember.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death. The Irish have observed this religious holiday for over 1,000 years. Falling during the Christian season of Lent, the day is celebrated in Ireland with worship services in the morning and parties in the afternoon.

When did the modern celebrations have their beginning?

The international modern large celebrations and parades are a relatively new development in Ireland. It wasn’t until after the 1970’s, when the American celebrations of the holiday became popular, that the Irish began to follow suit in an attempt to boost tourism.

Observance of the holiday in the United States began in 1762, when eighteenth-century Irish soldiers fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War  held the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. The soldiers marched through lower Manhattan to celebrate their Irish heritage. Other parades followed, including well-known celebrations in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, which boasted vibrant communities of Irish immigrants.

Patrick died on March 17, 461. This means that when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today, we are actually celebrating on the day that the man, Maewyn Succat, died. It has become the feast day for this saint.

Since that time, American festivities have evolved into a general celebration of Irish culture. Today in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is typically celebrated with clothing, accessories and decorations colored green and displaying traditional symbols such as the shamrock; parades; foods such as Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage; and Guinness® stout (a brand and style of beer associated with Ireland).