Mike Shreve

  • Are All Believers Priests?

    Are All Believers Priests?

    The Catholic catechism teaches there are two divisions of the priesthood: the “common priesthood” (normal Catholics) and the “ministerial priesthood” (clergy). However, I have found that this distinction is not common knowledge, nor is it the actual, functional mindset of most Catholics. Instead, they tend to reserve that title, calling, status and privilege to their

  • Are All Believers Saints?

    Are All Believers Saints?

    I was raised Catholic, attended parochial school, participated in the sacraments and served as an altar boy. During that phase of my life, the concept of “saints” was a very familiar and intriguing subject. I never questioned if the practices of “canonizing saints” and “praying to the saints” were correct. I just accepted those ideas

  • What Happened Between the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus?

    What Happened Between the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus?

    One of the greatest biblical mysteries concerns what happened between the crucifixion of the Son of God and His resurrection three days later. Very little is written in Scripture about the subterranean events that were so monumental that two earthquakes shook Jerusalem before and after that 72-hour span of time (Matt. 27:54, 28:2). Some Bible

  • 5 Reasons I No Longer Pray the Rosary

    5 Reasons I No Longer Pray the Rosary

    Growing up as a fervent Catholic, I prayed the rosary often. In fact, I still have my original rosary in a shadow box with a picture of me in my altar boy cassock. During those formative years, running my fingers over the crucifix and 59 beads while repeating the assigned prayers was an often-recurring part

  • 3 Days of Darkness and Deception Disguised as Religious Holidays

    3 Days of Darkness and Deception Disguised as Religious Holidays

    Most Bible believers are familiar with the ninth plague that fell on Egypt right before Israel’s exodus. God commanded Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt,” (Exod. 10:21). It happened! The darkness was so intense, the Egyptians never left

  • Biblical Symbolism Behind the 4th of July

    Biblical Symbolism Behind the 4th of July

    One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers is this–the one referred to as the “voice” of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the “pen” of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day, July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years from the formation of the United States

  • Miraculous Divine Intervention Birthed by Thanksgiving and Praise

    Miraculous Divine Intervention Birthed by Thanksgiving and Praise

    Read Time: 4 Minutes 2 Seconds When I first became a believer in 1970, my mother was one of my first “converts,” giving her heart to Jesus as soon as I shared with her the beauty, the power and the opportunity of making Jesus the Lord of her life. However, my father was quite the

  • Praying the Lord’s Prayer Creatively

    Praying the Lord’s Prayer Creatively

    Read Time: 4 Minutes 38 Seconds In His much-quoted “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus gave the following beloved prayer to the church. Imagine the profoundness of such an impartation: God Himself—incarnate—teaching His offspring how to pray just so He can graciously respond. How intense is that! If He told us what to pray, surely, He

  • The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

    The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

    One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the “voice” of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the “pen” of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly 50 years after the formation of the

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