By Ray Bentley6 item(s) found

Christian Living / by Ray Bentley - 4 months

"Sinner" is No Longer Your True Identity

At the beginning of every year, every season of life, or every day, we can say, "We have not been this way before." A new adventure, a new way, things that never happened to us before give us the opportunity every day to experience God’s presence and power.  The question is, are you ready? Are you willing? Do you believe it? The children of Israel, after 40 years of wandering in the desert, stood o...

Christian Living / by Ray Bentley - 6 months

What Worship Can Accomplish

Pastor Ray Bentley will be speaking at the 2017 CCCM Pastors & Leaders Conference, happening June 26-29!  Do we know what worship means and does? Singing in church with fellow believers, raising your hands and feeling emotionally moved by the power of the music is just the beginning. Sometimes, ...

Theology / by Ray Bentley - 8 months

Why I Believe in the Rapture of the Church

My belief in the rapture of the church is strengthened by an often overlooked, prophetic passage in the book of Leviticus. It is prophetic because it completely outlines and foreshadows the life, death, resurrection and Second Coming of Jesus. It is a blueprint of the Messiah, given to God’s people centuries before Jesus was born on this earth. These words impacted the way I view prophecy, “And the Lord spo...

Theology / by Ray Bentley - 10 months

Eschatology of Hope: Time for a New Perspective?

Eschatology: Noun / es-kə-ˈtä-lə-jē: A branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind. - Merriam-Webster Dictionary I recognize the look on the faces of some “Millennials” and “Gen-Xers” when prophecy and current events are discussed.   Their eyes either glaze over, as if to say, “Heard that … too often.”  Or they become uncomfortable and clearly comm...

Christian Living / by Ray Bentley - about 1 year

Do You Have a Slave Mentality?

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright” (Leviticus 26:13). A remarkable young woman named Amy, who I met in Singapore, told me her story. Hers is a story of heartbreak and confusion, as she was drawn into a lesbian lifestyle and a series of painful relationships, including one with...

Christian Living / by Ray Bentley - about 1 year

Why We Need to Understand the Hebrew Roots of the Christian Faith

Israel is a people, I realized. Not just “the Holy Land.” Not merely a prophetic clock on the wall. Israel is a people whose history is the foundation of our faith and whose future will help determine our own. Israel is a nation of people with a story, and God was telling me to “step into the story. The Church, over the centuries, has been systematically removed from her Hebrew roots, at gr...