I’ve been a Christian for over 30 years and I’ve usually found that people in general do not really understand what a Christian is. They have various ideas which may be partly true but there are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about it so I’ve begun a series of talks. In the first one I try to define what is at the core of being a Christian. Here are some excerpts ….
Firstly I’ll tell you what I don’t mean: it’s not a system of behaviours or a set of rules or even the worship of a god, although some of those things may be apparent in my life.
Remember “religion attempts to relate humanity to supernatural or spiritual elements”
The overriding factor in being a Christian is having a changed life. You can’t be born a Christian. You can’t even be brought up or trained to be a Christian. At some point in your life you have to go through a change which is actually a spiritual experience. You have to have a revelation of something you did not know or realise before. The Bible calls it being “born again”. So what does it mean to be born again? This is where the genes come in….
To hear more and understand what I mean about genes, watch this talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pdNukbEZ8A
In March this year we braved the snow to film the Above Rubies Ladies’ Retreat near Reading UK. Nancy Campbell’s theme was The Glory of the Home. It was a refreshing change to hear Biblical truths boldly expounded which are now so contrary to the world’s way of thinking. The home should be the heart of family life. God has called women to be “homemakers” but the world has tried to get them out of the home, doing other things. Nancy calls us back to the home to make it a place of glory where the children can be safe and content. There is some thorough Bible study on the Hebrew meanings of various words connected with house and home. Activities in the home such as mealtimes, prayer, worship, decoration and fellowship are given their rightful place. The home is a dwelling place, a resting place both for ourselves and for the Lord. There is nowhere we would rather be! A set of 6 CDs or DVDs is available for purchase through our website Shop page. The sixth disk contains several testimonies from ladies on various aspects of their lives in the home. Here is the first session in full to get you interested! https://youtu.be/ltz1S7ifc2Q
It’s coming up to the time when the church celebrates Pentecost – the event which happened in Acts Chapter 2. The scriptures record that the 12 apostles were all with one accord in one place. They were obeying the last command of Jesus before He ascended to heaven – not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the Promise of the Father – the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He said they would receive power and be witnesses to Him in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth. As they waited they prayed and suddenly a sound of a rushing mighty wind and tongues as of fire appeared and sat on each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other (unknown) tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. At this time there were Jews from various nations gathered for the Feast. They heard the apostles (Galileans) speak in their own languages declaring the wonderful works of God. Then Peter explained this phenomenon as a fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection to the crowd. They repented and were baptised and that day 3,000 souls were added to the church. If the Holy Spirit had not given them the ability to speak in other tongues none of this may have happened. It was a miraculous breaking of the language barrier. There are around 7,000 distinct languages in the world and thanks to many dedicated bible translators some of them now have at least a portion of the Bible translated but many still do not. People need both the Bible and good Christian teaching in their own language. Since we recorded Roy Godwin’s teaching in 2014 his five sessions on Prayer and Blessing have been dubbed into 7 different languages – Swahili, Turkish, French, Welsh, Portuguese, German and just recently Farsi. More are to come and we rejoice that the teaching is reaching more people, causing growth in local churches around the world!
This phrase appears in the middle of the well-known passage on spiritual warfare in Ephesians Chapter 6. Paul uses the imagery of the Roman soldier which would have been familiar in those days of the Roman Empire. But what does it actually mean? Sadly some versions of the Bible have wrongly translated it to “with the belt of truth buckled round your waist”. This completely changes the intended meaning so ironically the Bible version is NOT imparting to us the TRUTH! The enemy deceives us and hides the truth through wrong translation of scripture. Loins and waist are different parts of the body. Loins are the lower central part which includes the reproductive organs. The armour protects the most vulnerable parts of the body. A girdle is very different from a belt. The solider needed a girdle to protect his private parts. A belt round the waist would offer no protection at all! The enemy wants to attack the loins, not the waist. Spiritually speaking this can refer to both men and women. The womb has been desecrated resulting in the loss of God’s army on earth. Approximately 20% of all pregnancies in Great Britain (excluding spontaneous miscarriages) currently end in abortion. (Source: Abort73.com) Vasectomy puts men at risk of many diseases. Hebrews 7:10 says Levi was in the loins of his (great grand) father Abraham when he paid tithes to Melchizedek, even though he was not yet conceived. God sees the future generations. We need to know the Truth so that we will not be enslaved or deceived by the world’s system.
For a more detailed explanation you can purchase Nancy Campbell’s CD from our Shop page. http://www.pdtmedia.com/product-category/above-rubies-cd/
Modern technology can be used for good or bad purposes. It used to be said “the camera never lies” and a picture would serve as accurate documentary evidence of an event or person but things have changed in recent years. We can no longer trust any image we see to be a true representation of reality. At PDT Media we have found green screening (or Chroma key) is a useful way of superimposing your subject onto a virtual background and so creating a more interesting and relevant composite picture. You do need a large area of green though. The one you see in this picture can be folded up and packed into a circular hoop. We also have Chroma curtains which we use for some scenes. Green is used because it does not contain any skin tone and provides the best contrast. When editing you have to isolate one area from the rest. Blue can also be used but green is better but you must warn your subject not to wear green. Any clothing that matches the background too closely will also key out, punching a hole in your subject’s body, or making him invisible altogether. In the use of the green screen we seek to enhance the basic image in order to communicate more effectively to the viewer the message we are bringing. So when David is talking about Jerusalem we can transport him to that location and thereby bring to life what he is saying.
We recently produced this DVD for the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME). They are one of the few Christian charities helping refugees on the ground in Iraq, Jordan and Kurdistan. Little or no help comes from Western governments. There used to be 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Now there are less than 200,000. FRRME is working towards an Iraq where Christians and other minority faiths can live safely. This DVD tells and shows you more about the situation. The people need our help and support. Please go to the link below on the FRRME website.
Do you think it’s possible to live a life without stress? In this world it’s becoming increasingly difficult. According to The Mental Health Foundation, anxiety and depression are now the most common mental disorders in UK. Millions of anti-depressants are being sold every day. The World Health Organisation says that by 2020 depression will be the number one health problem in the world after heart disease. Surely we are not meant to be living like this! Nancy Campbell teaches that it is because we have moved away from God’s way of living. She quotes Bible scriptures from both the Old and New Testament: Jeremiah 6:16 says “Stand in the ways and see and ask for the old paths where the good way is and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.” That is God’s plan for us but sadly the scripture goes on to say, “But they said, ‘we will not walk in it’.” Why would people not want to choose God’s way? God has provided a way for us to live in rest but people want to take their own way. Similarly Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Here is an excerpt from Nancy’s teaching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tAfk6YshRA The full session is available for purchase via our website.
You may think stones and statues are boring and of no interest but don’t dismiss them too quickly. Some years ago we filmed a lecture series based on the various objects and artefacts to be found in the British Museum which have a Biblical significance. Whether you are interested in archaeology or not, you will find it fascinating. The presenter, Rev Dennis Peterson is extremely knowledgeable and full of life and enthusiasm. He aims to show that archaeology supports the claims, the historicity and the validity of the Bible. You will be surprised at what can be found in the British Museum! This is a nine part series was produced in 1999 for Christian Life Bible College in Bath, UK. Subjects include Ancient Mesopotamia and the book of Genesis, Egypt and the Exodus, the rise and fall of Assyria, the Babylonians and Medes. Parts 7 to 9 are a tour of the museum and reference is made to the New Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Good News is that in every case, archaeology confirms the Bible and the Bible supports archaeological finds! You can find the whole series on our You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/PDTMEDIA
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Do you have a marriage made in heaven? Do you believe God brought you together? When people marry they may think so but a few years down the line things may be very different. It is a sad fact that in 2010 42% of marriages ended in divorce and surprisingly there is as much divorce inside the church as there is outside. One of Satan’s major lines of attack is Christian marriage because he knows it is so powerful and right at the heart of family life. Marriage is a holy covenant between one man and one woman to love and be faithful to each other for life. It is clear therefore that divorce is not God’s will. The Bible tells us that God allows divorce because of the hardness of man’s heart “but from the beginning it was not so” (Matthew 19:8). It is definitely something we would want to avoid; it causes much heartache and upheaval and affects other family members, particularly children. Good marriages don’t just happen. We have to work at them. At PDT Media we have several CD and DVD teachings on marriage which will serve to encourage, strengthen and inspire you. Rather than wait till you get into difficulties, choose to protect your marriage now by listening to these materials together! “What God has joined together, let not man separate.” Check out our Shop page http://www.pdtmedia.com/product-category/christian-marriage/ to find out more!
From time to time we come across archive material that has been forgotten by most people but turns out to contain valuable gems that hold a timeless quality. This is certainly true of the audio and video recordings of Elisabeth Elliot that recently came into our hands. Elisabeth, who passed into glory in June 2015, was a prolific Christian author and speaker. She is best known for her book Through Gates of Splendor which recounts the story of her first husband, Jim Elliot and his companions who were killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca tribe of Ecuador. At the time the event made news headlines around the world. Elisabeth was left with a 10 month old daughter, Valerie. Soon afterwards she spent two years as a missionary to that same tribe and a door was opened for the gospel. Her testimony and teaching on sacrifice, purity, obedience, and Biblical family life stand the test of time. Now for the first time in the UK Elisabeth’s teaching is available on DVD and CD. Titles such as Passion and Purity, The Gift of Singleness, The Dating Mess, The Obedient Child will both uplift you and challenge you to the core. If you are looking for sound biblical teaching on holiness and family life you need look no further. Take a look at the Shop page of our website for details of all that is available.