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Religious Catholic missions are struggling amid dwindling vocations and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released by the Vatican. The number of priests and ordained leaders has dropped significantly, especially in Europe and America due mainly to fewer men entering the priesthood. The total number of priests in the world decreased to 414,065 in 2018. The diminishing number of clergy coincides with an increase in the global population. As of December 2018, the report shows, there are 1,328,993,000 Catholics in the world. []

Today in Prophecy

The Decline of Faith and Morality “We are a temple of the living God … Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith theLord, and touch no unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:16-17. All scripturesfrom the Revised Version Improved and Corrected). What is the connection between belief in God and morality? And how important are God and prayer in people’s lives? Pew Research Center posed these questions in 2019 to 38,426 people in 34 countries, []

A Brief Overview of Israel’s Battles with the Philistines

One with God is a Majority “Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand”(Leviticus 26:8) by Brent Hislop One of the greatest foes of ancient Israel was the Philistines, a warlike, idolatrous people who resided in the western coastal region of Israel. The name Philistine means immigrants, perhaps alluding to their likely being from Crete (Caphtor), Amos 9:7. Scripture records eight battles between the Philistines and Israel. Consider two of the more remarkable conflicts. []

Jehoshaphat’s Victory Without Battle

Prayer and Praise First “Thus saith Jehovah unto you, Fear not ye, neither be dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15 ASV). Jehovah God gave victory to many kings of Judah when they went into battle. But Jehoshaphat and his army were given victory without ever engaging in battle. The sons of Moab and of Ammon, and the inhabitants of Mt. Seir1 had come in great numbers around (or across) the []

Battlefield Lessons for the Christian

The Battle Within Self “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God … bringing everythought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 RVIC). by Larry McClellan There are key lessons that God is teaching us through the battles of the Bible. These true accounts are for our admonition and instruction (Romans 15:4). Consider the battle of the kings (Genesis 14) and the lessons we can glean from father Abraham, a standard for faith []