National Day of Prayer from Ed Boston Ministries

Pastor Ed and Amy Boston shared a National Day of Prayer podcast today. Click here to listen.

The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019, is Love One Another. The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” 
 
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally.

Discoveries Give More Confirmation That The Bible Is Accurate

More and more discoveries continue to prove that the contents of the Holy Bible are accurate. Here are two recent stories that add to the long list.

Ancient 3,000-year-old tablet suggests Biblical king may have existed

The study of an ancient tablet that dates back nearly 3,000 years suggests that the biblical King Balak may have been an actual historical figure.

Published in Tel Aviv: The Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, the study looks at the Mesha Stele and makes the determination that after looking at new photos of the cracked tablet, Balak existed, though the researchers are not 100 percent certain of it.

“After studying new photographs of the Mesha Stele and the squeeze of the stele prepared before the stone was broken, we dismiss Lemaire’s proposal to read  (‘House of David’) on Line 31,” the researchers wrote in the study’s abstract. “It is now clear that there are three consonants in the name of the monarch mentioned there, and that the first is a beth. We cautiously propose that the name on Line 31 be read as Balak, the king of Moab referred to in the Balaam story in Numbers 22–24.”

To read the complete story, click here: https://www.foxnews.com/science/ancient-3000-year-old-tablet-suggests-biblical-king-may-have-existed

Rare ancient treasures bearing Biblical names discovered in Jerusalem’s City of David

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a rare clay seal mark and a 2,600-year-old stone stamp bearing Biblical names amid the ruins of a building destroyed by the ancient Babylonians.

Seal Israel

The amazing finds, which date to the First Temple period, were made in Jerusalem’s famous City of David. The artifacts were discovered in the remains of a structure razed in the 6th century B.C., likely during the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., according to experts.

In a statement, Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority, which oversaw the dig, said charred pottery shards were found in the building, indicating that the seal mark and stamp survived a major fire. Both artifacts feature ancient Hebrew script.

To read the complete story, click here: https://www.foxnews.com/science/rare-ancient-treasures-bearing-biblical-names-discovered-in-jerusalems-city-of-david

What Goes Into Our Minds From TV and Online

I had no advance plans to write this post. God must have wanted me to put this out because He sure got my attention this afternoon.

Amy and I have mostly rested up today, after her release from the hospital yesterday. We watched a couple of movies on regular television, as in not PureFlix or NetFlix or any other service like that, and two of the commercials literally disgusted me.

After that, I was checking email and I got a message from Faithwire about a topic that was equally disgusting.

First off, the commercials.

The first one was about the topic of erectile dysfunction. During the commercial, they showed cucumbers, carrots, and zucchini squash while making references to male erections.

I told Amy, that I was glad there weren’t any of our grandchildren sitting here watching television with us. And get this, it was in the middle of the afternoon!!!

I only heard the second one from the other room, but this was one of the statements made by a female, “what to expect when you lose your virginity”.

Call me old fashioned, a prude or whatever you would like, but this is totally unacceptable. It would be wrong in the middle of the night but during afternoon television? Are you kidding me!!!!!???

So I open my email and I found one from Faithwire on this topic, Three Porn Sites Are More Popular Than Netflix, Instagram and Twitter.

I won’t even discuss that topic, but you can click on the link and Faithwire can share the story.

What I will comment on is that Satan wants us, Satan wants our children, Satan wants our grandchildren and everyone else.

He is using what we hear and what we watch for his glory.

I’ve only got one thing to say about this!!!

Satan, in the Name of Jesus, get behind us through the help of the Holy Spirit.

This Is An Outrage! Facebook Bans and Delete’s This Christian Band’s Song About Unity.

This video has been banned and removed by Facebook. 
https://youtu.be/e4LIoDk3_l0 
Now, if you want to see the lyric video, it’s posted at the very end of this post. After my comments, there is the press release from  Nashville Publicity giving details of what happened.
The song is titled, What Would Heaven Look Like by Zion’s Joy! This is one part of the lyrics:

People of every color loving one another tell me
What would heaven look like?
Bigotry and hate are absent only love and peace are present tell me
What would heaven feel like?

What Facebook has done here is TOTALLY insane! Did they even listen to or read the lyrics?????? This is an outrage no matter if you are Christian or not. This is difficult to understand and we take it as a personal affront to what we do and stand “unified” with Zion’s Joy! to express our outrage.
We are currently working with representatives of the group to have someone from Zion’s Joy! on our podcast.
We’re going to work hard to get this message out and need your help to expose Facebook for what they have done here.  This song says everything that is the answer to what’s wrong in America. This just shows how far the left will go to keep strife going. They must not want unity!!!
Our friends at TrevorDecker.com are on this too and are upset just as we are. Click here!

Here is the press release from Nashville Publicity and then the lyric video.

Facebook Bans Faith-Based Music Video from Gospel Group Zion’s Joy!

Thursday, July 5, 2018 — In mid-June, Gospel group Zion’s Joy! quietly released a music video for their new single, “What Would Heaven Look Like” – the title track from their upcoming album from Habakkuk Music/InGrooves/Universal.  
On or about July 1st, with over 12,000 views and climbing, Facebook deleted the video without warning or notification. Attempts to reach Facebook to find a resolution were unsuccessful.The video remained off of Facebook’s radar until the group attempted to “boost” (a paid promotion that increases the post’s visibility) the post of the video on the Zion’s Joy! Facebook page. The boosted post was rejected by Facebook “because of political content.” Soon after, the video and post were deleted from Facebook altogether.Not only is the song and music video absent of “political content,” but it’s message of love and unity is deliberately clear…
People of every color loving one another tell me
What would heaven look like?
Bigotry and hate are absent only love and peace are present tell me
What would heaven feel like?

“To say that we were disappointed to see that Facebook had removed our video would be a gross understatement,” says group member Kay Insley. “I have to wonder if the content of the song was truly examined. In a time where the country seems to be more and more divided, we wanted to share a message of hope, love and universal togetherness. It seems in Facebook’s attempts to curtail questionable content they cracked down on a song trying to bring healing to our nation. We are a group made up of different cultures and beliefs from both sides of the aisle and reviewed the video extensively to make sure its content was not divisive. Within the first week of its release, we had people from all over the political spectrum and a broad range of religious beliefs reach out letting us know how much the video had meaningfully impacted them. Do we really live in a time where making a positive statement about people coming together is deemed political?”

Zion’s Joy! was founded by Robert W. Stevenson in 2008 and in the decade that followed they have performed throughout the United States, using their powerful voices and tight, rich harmonies to deliver a unique blend of old and new school gospel and contemporary Christian music. The line-up consists of Kay Insley, Camille McKnight, Lia Matthews, Karen Hall, Shekinah Caldron, Lynesha Sweeney, Patrick Taylor, Jeffery Porter and Ramone Griffith.

“This song has brought healing and hope to thousands that have listened to it,” says group member Karen Hall. “Our hope is that it would inspire people to love each other the way God loves us – unconditionally! We want Facebook to allow us to continue to spread this message.”

Watch the “What Would Heaven Look Like” music video here:
https://youtu.be/e4LIoDk3_l0

For more information, visit the band’s official website at http://www.zionsjoy.com.

 

The Ed Boston Podcast Network Celebrates the 4th of July!

Tomorrow is July the 4th and the Ed Boston Podcast is going to celebrate with a special podcast. There will be patriotic music, readings, historical facts, and much more. We will be announcing on social media when the podcast is online for you to hear.

For now, watch and listen to my sermon from this past Sunday evening – America’s Godly Heritage.

Info On And Video Of Harvest America 2018

Below are some interesting things about this year’s Harvest Fest in Texas. Pastor Greg Laurie’s sermon was outstanding, so checking out the links below will let you experience that part.

The most important part of the event though is these figures:

Professions of Faith
2,354 – AT&T Stadium
1044 – Crossover Evangelism Teams
921 – Online Responses to the Gospel
5,967 – Host Locations

Total Professions of Faith: 10286

You can see everything about Harvest America 2018 by going here: Harvest America 2018. 

 

Or you can go to the Harvest.org website and see a shorter version.

Three Faith-Based Movies in the Box Office Top 12

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Check that out! Three faith-based movies all in the top 12 last weekend. Think maybe the movie industry will realize that this is a major market?  When you look at the gross ticket sales for the three combined – it’s $16.4 million.

If you’ve not seen any of the three, there is still time, and if you’ve already seen one (or more) it’s ok to go again. We certainly need to support our faith-based movies!

Here are the official websites for each movie:

I Can Only Imagine

God’s Not Dead – A Light in Darkness

Paul, Apostle of Christ