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Baptist megachurch pastor Matt Chandler said in a recent sermon that the Holy Spirit’s signs and wonders were not just for the apostles in the early days of the Church, but are relevant for us today.

Chandler, who is the head pastor at the Village Church, a Southern Baptist congregaton in Flower Mound, Texas, recently gave a lengthy sermon on the topic of the Holy Spirt and His work.

CharismaNews.com reports that, in the sermon titled “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” Chandler stressed the importance of the Holy Spirit’s working, and stated, “The Village church believes that the miraculous sign gifts of the Holy Spirit did not cease with the death of the apostles, but are still available to the Church today.”

He acknowledged that many Christians reject this belief, but stated, "They say it's not normative and it's not available to the church today. We would disagree."

In the sermon below, Chandler goes on to explain why he believes Scripture teaches that the signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit are still applicable and active today. 

“If these aren’t one-off miracles, but available to the Body, what would it be like to people who gave ourselves over to this….what would it be like to not be afraid, but to….open up our hearts?” he concluded.

 

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Publication date: November 21, 2017

President Donald Trump declared this week that North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism.

According to the Christian Post, the classification means the U.S. may now impose more sanctions on the country, which are also expected to come this week.

Iran, Sudan and Syria are also designated state sponsors of terrorism.

Trump’s announcement came just after his trip to Asia.

"In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil," Trump told reporters at the White House.

"This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime."

"It should have happened a long time ago," Trump said.

Despite a prohibition from the U.N. Security Council, North Korea is working on a nuclear weapons and missiles program. The country has already fired two missiles over Japan.

A spy agency from South Korea also warned that more missile tests might continue.

Some experts, however, are worried the new designation for North Korea may mean Kim Jong Un will further strain relations between America and North Korea.

Earlier this year, plans for discussions between former U.S. officials and North Korea were cancelled after the State Department denied a visa for a top envoy from the foreign country.

Officials said they denied the visa because of the murder of Kim’s half brother.

In 1987, Pyongyang North Korea was placed on the terrorism sponsor list following the bombing of a Korean Air flight. In 2008, President George W. Bush lifted the designation in exchange for denuclearization discussions.

 

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Publication date: November 21, 2017

Netflix has announced that they will be releasing a new series called Messiah, which is based on the life of a modern-day Jesus.

According to RelevantMagazine.com, the series is being produced by Christian producer couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who also produced the popular miniseries The Bible.

Deadline.com describes the plot of the new series: “It chronicles the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling the world’s geopolitical order? The story unfolds from multiple points of view, including a young CIA agent, an Israeli Shin Bet officer, a Latino preacher and his Texan daughter, a Palestinian refugee and the media, among others.”

The series creator, Michael Petroni, added, “Messiah is a series that will have the audience asking big questions. What if someone showed up in 2018 amid strange occurrences and was thought to be the Messiah? What would society do? How would the media cover him? Would millions simply quit work? Could government’s collapse?” said Downey and Burnett. “It’s a series that could change everything.”

The series is set to release sometime in 2019.

 

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Publication date: November 21, 2017