Fisher of Men

What Are Archangels in the Bible? How Many Archangels Are There?

Coming from the Greek meaning “chief angel,” these angels seem to be at the top of the angelic hierarchy in terms of power. Created by God, these types of angels have a number of purposes they fill, lining the Old and New Testament of Scripture. Who are the archangels we encounter in Scripture and outside of it? What purposes do they serve? What are some other angels in the hierarchy below them? This article will explore all of these questions. Archangels in the Bible The Bible only attributes the rank of archangel to one angel: Michael. Although some wonder if we have a second angel, Gabriel, from the Bible, Scripture never labels him as an archangel. We encounter Michael a number of times in the Old and New Testament. He makes an appearance twice in the book of Daniel. Gabriel mentions M...

Are We Ready for Life on Mars?

NASA’s chief scientist recently made headlines by saying, “We’re close to finding and announcing alien life on Mars… but is the world ready?” The statement from Dr. Jim Green was in relation to the sending of two rovers from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) next summer “to drill horizontally into rocks and deep into the surface, in the hope of finding evidence of living organisms.” The question “Are we alone in the universe?” is one that haunts all of us, but none more than the scientific community. Why won’t we be ready for the answer? “It will be revolutionary,” offers Green. “It’s like when Copernicus stated, ‘No, we go around the sun.’ Completely revolutionary. It will start a whole new line of thinking. I don’t think we’re prepared for the results. We’re not… I’ve been worried...

How to Live United in Peace with Your Spouse – Crosswalk Couples Devotional – October 10

How to Live United in Peace with Your SpouseBy: Amanda Idleman Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. – Ephesians 4:3 Isn’t the case that before you get married, you seem to think you and your fiancé have so much in common; but, after a few years in you realize you couldn’t be more different! Every person has unique strengths and weaknesses, making unity something we have to work at. Over time it can become easy for the differences to glare at us and the commonalities to become overlooked. My husband and I met as teenagers and we fell in love fast. At the time we met, I truly believed we were just alike. I saw my fiancé, at the time, as a sweet and easy-going guy. It wasn’t until years later I found out he is also a ver...

Who Was Mary Magdalene? And Why Do People Think She Was a Prostitute?

Few women from the Bible receive as much press and intrigue from both Christians and non-Christians alike than Mary Magdalene. From Broadway hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code have read more and said more about her past than Scripture has indicated. In this article, we’ll discuss the true identity one of the most notorious women who followed Jesus during his ministry, and we’ll expel popular, false ideas that have arisen about her throughout history. What does the Bible say about her? We only have one hint at Mary Magdalene’s life before she followed Jesus. When He casts seven (or possibly more) demons out of her, as Luke 8:1-3 says, Mary Magdalene does a complete turnaround and follows Jesus for the rest of His ministry. Here’s what else we know about her: Ma...

A Crown without Jewels – Crosswalk the Devotional – October 9

A Crown without Jewels by Ryan Duncan Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16  Like most kids who grew up in the church, I was enrolled in Awana the moment I had the ability to memorize John 3:16. Not that I’m complaining, I enjoyed the evenings of games and Bible stories. However, like every Bible club for small children, Awana had its share of speed bumps. One such bump appeared during a lesson where a young woman was sharing her testimony. She had just finished telling everyone the story of how her grandfather accepted Christ on his deathbed when a hand shot up in the back of the audience. “Does this mean we can do whatever we want as long as we say...

What Does Ecumenical Mean in Christianity? Is the Ecumenical Movement Biblical?

A definition of ecumenical is: “of or referring to or representing the whole of a body of churches or trending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation,” according to Merriam-Webster. Ecumenism, or the Ecumenical Movement, aims to, “recover the apostolic sense of the early church for unity in diversity,” as Britannica said, by dealing with the “frustrations, difficulties, and ironies of the modern pluralistic world. It is a lively reassessment of the historical [church] and destiny of what followers perceive to be the one, holy, and apostolic church of Jesus Christ.” Another interpretation of the modern Ecumenical Movement seeks to promote a type of unity Christian unity, as described in the Bible, with those of other non-Christian faiths. This ecumenism propounds the idea of univer...

If Only

For most of us, the word peace has a certain wistfulness to it, an “if only” quality. “If only I could go on a vacation.” “If only I could get a better job.” “If only I had married someone who was easier to get along with.” “If only my kids would listen.” “If only I could retire.” This sense of wistfulness arises because we can think of countless things that prevent us from experiencing the peace we desire. Each of us can come up with our own list of “if onlys”—of the situations or the people we would like to change so that our lives wouldn’t feel so rushed and anxious and stressful. Such lists, of course, imply that peace is situational. We will experience peace once our troublesome circumstances are resolved, once that difficult person moves on, once we find a new job. Circumstances do, ...

Growing Strong in Your Faith – Your Daily Bible Verse – October 8

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. – Romans 4:18–21 Growing Strong in Your Faith By Mark Altrogge In Romans 4, Paul tells us Abraham “grew strong in his faith” and urges us to walk in Abraham’s footsteps. To believe like he believed. How do we do this? Look to God’s promise, not your circumstanc...

What Is the Slave Bible? Who Made it and Why?

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Plantation owners in the West Indies worried Bible verses such as the one above would incite their African slaves to rebel against bondage. On the other hand, certain passages of Scripture encouraged submission to authority. Rather than withholding the entire Bible, some masters allowed their slaves to have the Slave Bible, which was compiled from selected parts of God’s word to inspire submission. What is the Slave Bible? The earliest copy of the Slave Bible was published in 1807, an “astoundingly reduced” Bible which “contains only parts of 14 books,” Brigit Katz reported for SmithsonianMag.com. Sections that were removed included the Exodus story, which showed God in...

Who’s Using Social Media

The World Economic Forum has released a fresh batch of stats on who is using social media the most. No real surprises in their overall findings (the younger the generation, the more it’s being used), but there were some important updates. Currently more than 4.4 billion people have access to the internet. The current world population is 7.7 billion.  Generation Z, as well as Millennials, are spending increasingly less time on social media. The average time per day for all North Americans is a little more than two hours. Using multiple platforms, or “multi-networking”, is still on the rise, but could be plateauing. In terms of choices in social media itself, Generation Z prefers YouTube and Instagram, and Millennials are still tied to Facebook. Interestingly, Baby Boomers are showing t...

The Prime Time for Temptation – Encouragement for Today – October 7, 2019

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’” Matthew 4:1-3 (NIV) My mind had just traveled down an all-too-familiar path. Absently wandering onto it while chopping vegetables for dinner, I felt frustrated with myself for traversing it again. Ever since third grade, when a popular boy gave me a compliment, I have used fantasy as a soothing escape in lonely moments. Fantasies of the PG variety, like the pretty romances of Hallmark Channel movies. Nothing too bad, I convinced myself. Just myriad replays of real interactions or imagined meetings, when a Prince Charming would affirm, rescue or ...

What Does it Mean that God Is Omnipotent?

Omnipotent Definition and El Shaddai Meaning “Omnipotent” derives from the Latin omnis meaning “all” and potens or “powerful.” Omnipotent is not a word used in the Bible, but “almighty” appears in virtually every book of the Old Testament, often dozens of times. El Shaddai, a Hebrew name for God, evokes His omnipotence as the Almighty. El Shaddai means God most powerful or God Almighty. God of the Mountains Another possible meaning of El Shaddai is “God of the mountains,” according to BibleStudyTools.com. After leading Israel out of Egypt, Moses met El Shaddai on Mount Sinai in order to receive His commandments. This is perhaps why “God of the Mountains” is one definition for El Shaddai. Overpowerer Another translation of Shaddai is “Overpowerer.” This evokes the notion of God the hero who...