Benin is wedged between Nigeria and Tongo in Africa. One of the trends I am seeing in many of the smaller countries like Benin is that they have gained their independence within the last half of the 20th century. Indeed the world dynamics are changing in many ways. Benin is split religiously between Christian, Muslim, and Ethnoreligionist. Ethnoreligionists are various faiths that are usually confined to a specific ethnic group. It encompasses ancestor-worship, polytheists, folk religionists, cults and tribal movements. The birthplace of Voodoo is in Benin and each year they hold a Voodoo festival. There is another dark side as well, people-smuggling. Tens of thousands of children are allegedly smuggled from Benin each year to work as child laborers. […]
Matthew 21:14-17 ~ Children’s praise in the temple The blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple complex, and He healed them. When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children shouting in the temple complex, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus told them. “Have you never read: You have prepared praise from the mouths of children and nursing infants?” Then He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there. When Jesus came to Jerusalem, he came to the temple. It was His Father’s house and the place […]
As a mom, and especially on this recent Mother’s Day, there are no more comforting words to hear than these spoken from Jesus: Matthew 19:13-15 ~ Jesus Blesses the Children Then children were brought to Jesus so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them. Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.” After putting His hands on them, He went on from there. Children are a blessing in so many ways. Whether you have children of your own or have a chance to interact with children in other ways, I cannot think […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.