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by Ray Bentley - 1 year ago

The Star of Bethlehem in Our Lifetime

Perhaps the most significant celestial event in history —the Star of Bethlehem—is recurring in our lifetime—just in time for Christmas 2020! "On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will be so closely aligned that they will appear as a 'double planet,'" announced Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan. The double planet will be visible December 16 - 25. The last time such a close conjunction was visible fr...

by Ray Bentley - 2 years ago

What Jesus Taught on the Way to Gethsemane

This article originally appeared on on April 17, 2019. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the Gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1-2). "Come now; let us leave,” Jesus beckoned His disciples, leading them from the upper room wh...

by Ray Bentley - 3 years ago

Support for Chabad Synagogue

Saturday, April 27, a tragic shooting occurred at Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, —just a few miles down the road from our church, Maranatha Chapel. One woman died, and three other people are wounded, including Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, whose hand was torn by bullets. Worshipers were celebrating the last day of Passover. Rabbi Gold...

by Ray Bentley - 3 years ago

Learning to Dwell in the Secret Place

Most of us are living on the edge of a great secret. God has been speaking to me about my prayer life. As a believer who has walked with the Lord for many years, taught the Bible and served in ministry, one might think I have achieved a certain level of closeness and deep understanding with the Lord. I certainly feel close and loved by Him, but He has been inviting me to something deeper, following the ex...

by Ray Bentley - 4 years ago

A Window in Time: Israel’s 70th Anniversary

When a spiritual revival swept through England in the 19th century, it also revived a love for the Jewish people and prayers for their restoration. One brave mother, a product of the earlier Great Awakening revival, taught her young son to pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem and those who love Israel: "May they prosper who love you" (Psalm 122:6). Daily they knelt by his bed and prayed, "O Lord, we w...

by Ray Bentley - 4 years ago

Session 12: Thy Kingdom Come! - Ray Bentley

Ray Bentley, founding pastor of Maranatha Chapel and the host of the radio program Maranatha Radio, speaks at the 2017 Senior Pastors Conference.

by Ray Bentley - 4 years ago

"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...

by Ray Bentley - 5 years ago

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, ...

by Ray Bentley - 5 years ago

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...

by Ray Bentley - 5 years ago

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 commun...