Gary Curtis

  • Grace Giving: More in ’24

    Grace Giving: More in ’24

    (Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 of a three-part series, “Steps for Biblical Prosperity and Success in ’24.” Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Focused offerings and charitable contributions by New Testament believers and congregations are desired, biblical expressions of generosity and faith. They are part of God’s steps for our success and

  • Biblical Prosperity: ‘What’s in Your Hand?’

    Biblical Prosperity: ‘What’s in Your Hand?’

    (Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series, “Steps for Biblical Prosperity and Success in ’24.” Watch Charisma Magazine Online for Parts 2 and 3, coming soon.) The root Hebrew word translated in the Old Testament as “prosperity” can also have several alternate translations to suggest “safety, wellness, happiness, healthiness and peace.” If

  • Epiphany Sunday: Celebrating Light Over Darkness

    Epiphany Sunday: Celebrating Light Over Darkness

    Christian churches that follow a liturgical calendar will observe Epiphany Sunday on Jan. 7, a time to celebrate Jesus as the light that shines in the darkness, as spoken of in John 1:1-5. The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphaneia and means “manifestation.” This church ritual recognizes the post-nativity arrival of the Gentile kings

  • Christmas: Celebrate the Reason!

    Christmas: Celebrate the Reason!

    In our neighborhood, there is a home where, among the festive lights and exterior decorations of this season, there is a banner that merely says “JESUS. Celebrate the Reason!” Happily, other homes have some exterior decorations that show the nativity scene or other obvious biblical reminders of the events of the first Christmas—the coming of

  • Do You Believe in the ‘Immaculate Conception’ of Mary?

    Do You Believe in the ‘Immaculate Conception’ of Mary?

    Since the Bible does not specifically speak of the immaculate conception of Mary, I have rarely encountered it, considered it or even postulated about it. Raised as an evangelical-Pentecostal Protestant, I was not accustomed to even hearing, let alone reciting, the Hail Mary (in Latin, Ave Maria) prayer. Therefore I was somewhat surprised to recently

  • Satan’s Two-State Solution?

    Satan’s Two-State Solution?

    Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was recently asked about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian cycle of violence—following a future cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. She responded that “it is not a true conversation” because Palestinians and Iran “don’t want it.” The Republican presidential candidate said that, when she was working at the United

  • Your No. 1 Reason for Resisting the Scourge of Antisemitism

    Your No. 1 Reason for Resisting the Scourge of Antisemitism

    As hostages and prisoners are being exchanged in Israel during a short humanitarian reprieve in the Israeli-Hamas war, many Jews living in other parts of the world are experiencing their own antisemitic discrimination. Expressions of hatred and violence toward Jews, Judaism and the nation of Israel have insidiously appeared in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools, making

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