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Seeing America With Eyes of Faith

Dylan Demarsico New Bus

We are called to live by faith and not by sight. In today’s world, this is needed more than ever. Faith is so important that the Apostle Paul told the Galatians that “faith expressing itself through love” is the “only thing that counts.” America has a lot of issues right now. We have a President who is incredibly controversial, leaving …

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The Father’s Heart for Racism

Dylan Demarsico New Bus

This week there has been a hot button issue revolving athletes, the national anthem, and our President Donald Trump. While it’s easy to fall into anger and claim one side of this issue is completely evil, there is wisdom from above. Our Father has not left us as orphans to figure these things out on our own. His heart delights …

Solar Reflections

Solar Reflections

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . a spiritual message behind last week’s total solar eclipse. _______________ Eclipse To the people of the ancient world, including the Hebrews and the early church, solar eclipses and other natural phenomena often triggered thoughts of divine omens and messages. Today, there are two extremes in response to these “heavenly signs.” One is that of skepticism–even amongst people …

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North Korea

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . a word on the conflict with North Korea. _______________ When dictators fall… We live in an age when dictators are falling more than ever before. Between the uniting force of social media and the increase of education throughout the world (and let’s not forget the hopeful, advancing Kingdom of God), this is bound to continue. …

Bible Studies in the White House, Changes in Society

Bible Studies in the White House, Changes in Society

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . Bible studies at the White House, major changes in the church’s approach to orphanages, and a Christian rap artist welcoming kids back to school. _______________ Bible studies at the White House The Cabinet of the current presidential administration is apparently gathering together to study the Bible on a regular basis. It is believed that a formal Bible study …

A Whole New World

A Whole New World

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . Disney casting a worship leader, a reflection on OJ Simpson, and two lives saved through smart technology. _______________ The faith of Disney’s new princess The roles for Disney’s new live-action version of Aladdin have been cast. Will Smith is doing the voice of Genie, and a young woman named Naomi Scott will be playing Jasmine. Naomi is an up …

Christ and the Cartels

Christ and the Cartels

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . A reflection on the drug violence in Mexico, and a proposed Solution arising from Brooklyn to Bangkok, to ancient Jerusalem to modern Jaurez… _______________ Cartel violence We begin with an absolutely tragic statistic coming out of Mexico. In the first five months of 2017, 11,155 people have been murdered throughout the country, most of which has been related to drug violence. This is an astounding …

The Spinning Trinity

The Spinning Trinity

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . The unveiling of the Trinity on both late-night TV and the grounds of a state Capitol building. _______________ Colbert, fidget-spinners, and the Trinity Millions of viewers of the Late Show received a full teaching about the Trinity this past week as host Stephen Colbert discussed the recent sensation of fidget-spinners and how certain religious leaders are using them …

Trains, Kingdom Shifts, and Gay Pride

Trains, Kingdom Shifts, and Gay Pride

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . Trains and resurrection, amazing “Kingdom shifts,” and some insightful perspective on the recent Gay Pride parade. _______________ A little boy’s awe Video of a 3-year-old boy seeing a train for the first time made the news this past week due to the sheer pleasure and excitement that exudes from the child (watch here). The world is drawn to videos like …

Slow Down

Slow Down

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . A word about slowing down, massive changes in Saudi Arabia, and a follow-up to the Wonder… _______________ A big yellow light This month, a song called “Yellow Light” was released by Pharrell Williams from the new Despicable Me 3 soundtrack. In the song, Pharrell sings about the “United States of anxiety” and how “everyone’s overdosing the blue light” (a reference to …

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And I found what I’m looking for

Nick Padovani New Bus

  This week . . . Gospel revelation on Jimmy Kimmel Live, a new album from Hillsong, Cambodian glory, and the solar eclipse of the century! _______________ Finding the Joshua Tree U2 recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from their famous album The Joshua Tree. This 20 year old song, which is …

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The Passing Shadow

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . . a manifestation of the Kingdom in terror-weary England, and the passing of the shadow. _______________   God’s Glory in Manchester Since March, England has been rattled with several terror attacks, one of the worst taking place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, which saw the loss of 22 lives. This past weekend, Grande returned to Manchester …

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China, grace, and the Silk Road

Nick Padovani New Bus

In our last New Bus, we did a quick story on the “shifts” happening on the mission field, where we gave a word about a change in focus in the missions movements throughout the world. This change will entail a new focus on the grace of God, identity, and understanding the Kingdom more as “family” than anything else… Last week, I (Nick Padovani) was able to …

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Shifts in Missions

Nick Padovani New Bus

This year, the major mapmaker for missionaries will be shutting down after 33 years in operation. Global Mapping International is losing donors and seeing more people utilize Google Maps and will thus be closing their doors on June 30. Besides the Google Maps factor, millennial donors are more interested in giving toward ministries that provide practical needs such as food, water, …

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God is on our side

Dylan Demarsico New Bus

This week… A brief word about Lady Gaga and Kim Walker-Smith God is on our side This month, pop-sensation and cultural icon Lady Gaga, as well as anointed worship leader Kim Walker-Smith, both released new music. Gaga debuted a new song at Coachella that is one of those I’m-singing-directly-to-God-but-you’re-not-supposed-to-know-unless-you-know-my-heart kind of songs that so frequently come out of the Pop genre. …

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The Ultimate Prophetic Word (and the end of the smartphone)

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… The ultimate prophetic word from God and a follow-up on technology regarding the end of smartphones . . . God’s prophetic word Here’s a prophetic word for you… I feel like God is saying…. I’m just getting this picture…. Of Christ and Him crucified…. And I feel like…. You just need to believe that that’s enough. There are …

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Drinking in the Trinity

Dylan Demarsico Diamond, New Bus

Jesus took wine and told all of His disciples to drink it. He told them the wine is His blood of the New Covenant which is poured out for their sins. God made wine to make people glad (Psalm 104:15). But Jesus also used wine as a symbol for His presence. The wine of the New Covenant between God and …

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Girl. Bull. Opioids. Technology.

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A defiant girl and a strong bull, the opioid crisis in America, and some powerful reflections on technology. A fearless girl on Wall Street Several weeks ago, a statue of a young girl standing defiantly in front of the famous Wall Street bull gained national attention. There are many layers behind why this statue was placed in Wall Street, as well …

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A New Level & Fusion Power

Nick Padovani New Bus

Subscribe here This week… Two very different stories out of Illinois that reveal hope and change on multiple levels of society. The next level in “shifting the powers that be” Two weeks ago we looked at Chance the Rapper’s Grammy win, explaining how in many ways this was a sign of “shifting the powers that be.” We used Chance’s unconventional rise …

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The Grammy’s & Shifting the Powers that Be

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… Worship at the Grammy’s–and a major change in the “powers that be” in the music industry. How Great is Our God! Last week we looked at how God was at work in the biggest night of television for sports – The Super Bowl. This week there was something equally, if not more fantastic, during the biggest night of television for music . . . …

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Patriotism & Gaga’s Gospel

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A divine message encoded in television’s biggest night: The Super Bowl.  Divine messages through sports?? We spent a lot of time last summer looking at some prophetic revelation from the Rio Olympics. We highlighted defining moments that spoke to God’s redeeming plans for the U.S. and other nations. We did a similar thing with the unprecedented final game of the World Series’ …

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A Wigglesworth Prophecy & the Inauguration

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive the New Bus weekly This week… Two different and yet interconnected articles… Since we’ve all been saturated with news surrounding the presidential inauguration, we didn’t want to shy away from that. We also share some more thoughts on the “grace and glory” movement that will sweep the earth. Grace, glory, and unity: part three Last week we discussed the coming unity between the “grace movement” and …

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Falling in Love with Jesus

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive the New Bus weekly This week… The coming grace and glory movement, an actor’s testimony of falling in love with Jesus, and other encouraging news. Grace, glory, and unity: part two Last week we talked about two movements and revelations being highlighted in the church in recent decades: The revelation of God’s glorious presence, and the revelation of the Gospel of …

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Unity, Bullets, Seeds, and Glitches

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A word about an emerging unity in the church, bullets filled with seeds, shakings in the media, and a dark matter update. Also, a very important update below on a new fiction series starting next week! Grace, glory, and unity: part one This week we sense the Holy Spirit’s emphasis on the fact that He is highlighting the Gospel of grace and …

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Reformation, Social Media, and Dark Matter

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… An encouraging fulfillment of a recent prophetic word as well as an exploration into “dark matter” and the true Mystery of the cosmos. Social media prophecy and Mark Zuckerberg’s newfound faith Since 1999, a council of prophetic leaders have gotten together at the end of the year to seek God’s heart for the year ahead. This year, the team …

Black Holes and the Eternal Story of Christ

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Mo Thomas New Bus

Be honest.  Is the world getting worse, or getting better compared to 50 years ago?  Is it better or worse compared to the beginning moment of Creation?   Don’t think long, just answer – where did your mind go FIRST for inputs?  Or was it such an obvious answer that you really didn’t need time to think?  Even the scriptures say …

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Reverse Ageing and a Special Christmas Miracle

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… Merry Christmas! We’re sending out the New Bus a little early in light of the upcoming busy weekend. This issue covers some fascinating news about genetics, A.I.-assisted rapping, and an amazing Christmas miracle. Reversing the Process of Ageing  Recent news from geneticists in California reveals fresh insights about the ageing process, as well as the possibility of reversing it. Building on previous …

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The Trinity, Hollywood, and Space Travel

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A revelation of the Trinity coming to a theater near you, and good news regarding teen substance abuse. Hollywood, the Trinity, and Restoration This week the film Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith hits theaters. The story centers around a man who suffers a great tragedy (his young daughter dies) and ends up meeting three mysterious characters named Time, Love, and Death who help …

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A Dream and Signs of the Times

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week… A prophetic dream about rest, the signs of the times, cancer-fighting video games, and worship to God erupting on national television. The wine of sweet bliss (and skipping class) This week I had a dream and there were two things that seemed to explode from the heart of Jesus. (This is Nick P. talking, but Dylan Demarsico helped with the interpretation). In the …

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Hip Hop. Oil. Artificial Intelligence. Joy.

Nick Padovani New Bus

This week . . .  A discussion on hip-hop & faith, a major oil discovery,  the future of tech businesses, and a presidential award for JOY! ~ MTV & “the Gospel according to Kirk Franklin” MTV recently put out a short video with Kirk Franklin discussing hip-hop and the Gospel. In the video, Franklin asks if he can open up …

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The Election: Looking Ahead

Nick Padovani New Bus

This piece is written by Nick Padovani, editor of Elisha’s Riddle. The views and thoughts that follow are his own. ~ This week there’s really only one news story to focus on. It’s the elephant in the room–that is, the literal “elephant” logo of the Republican Party. Their nominee, Donald J. Trump, is now President-Elect of the United States of America. And now division …

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Cubs, Batteries, and Election

Nick Padovani New Bus

Game 7 Cubs & Indians This week, the Chicago Cubs broke a 108 year-long championship drought in perhaps one of the most exhilarating World Series games ever. In the seventh game, during extra innings, and after a rain delay,  the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8 to 7, releasing an eruption of joy throughout the city of Chicago. We wrote last …

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Issue #13 – Breaking Curses and the Heartbeat of a Star

Nick Padovani New Bus

(In case you missed it, click here to read Part Five of the new series “The Cold Civil War”) This week . . . The breaking of ancient curses, evolution in the classroom,  Oprah Winfrey and Hillsong NYC, and the beating heart of a dead star Breaking curses – nationally and athletically For a long time, Christian leaders have said there is a curse …

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The Cold Civil War Pt. 5

Nick Padovani New Bus

The Punchline   Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at a number of issues bringing division in this country—hence the civil war reference. The cold part of the title relates to an ideological battle that resembles the conflict between capitalism and communism during the Cold War in the 20th Century. On one side is the push for more government …

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The Cold Civil War Pt. 4

Nick Padovani New Bus

Two Sides of the Same Coin   We made a big push last week through a lot of history and spiritual discussion on the dangers of big government, socialism, and the like. We looked at the value of certain conservative policies that try to uphold Republic-based government that limit the overall power of government. And all of this has been …

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The Cold Civil War Pt. 3

Nick Padovani New Bus

A Quantum Leap in Humanity   We’ve been looking at how the Captain America series surprisingly holds a poignant and prophetic message for us. We discussed how the films show a division and conflict between Captain America and his superhero team over the role of government in their lives. In Captain America: Civil War, one side (led by Iron Man) …

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Issue #10 – Resurrection & Starboy

Nick Padovani New Bus

(In case you missed it, click here to read Part Two of the new series “The Cold Civil War”) This week . . . one article highlighting an amazing transformation occurring in the life of an influential music artist. The resurrection of the Weeknd as Starboy Some of you may be familiar The Weeknd, an extremely talented artist who makes amazing music. However, you may …

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A Cold Civil War – 1

Nick Padovani New Bus

Part One – A Parable of Hope Right now, my personal Facebook feed feels like a little microcosm of our entire country. I have friends and acquaintances who, thankfully, don’t hold to the same perspectives and passions. I have extremely liberal friends and utterly conservative friends. There are advocates for Black Lives Matter and those who primarily focus on All …

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Issue #9: The Glory on Medicine, Sports, and an Economic Reset

Nick Padovani New Bus

~ (To read Part One of the new series “The Cold Civil War” click here) This week . . . the glory on medicine, the glory on sports, the glory on Tim Tebow, the glory on economic justice, and the glory on you. And the person next to you. And the person next to them. A “post-antibiotic world” One of the most unsettling things coming out in the …

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Issue #6: Turning Tragedy into a Party…and another Olympic miracle

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive the New Bus weekly This week . . . when tragedy turns into a “heavenly party”, massive change in Brazil after the Olympics, a new Frank Ocean album, and a delay in the global expansion of the Internet.  A “heavenly birthday party” after a tragic murder In New Mexico this past Sunday, thousands of people gathered to honor and celebrate the life of a 10-year-old …

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Issue #5: Confirmed prophecy in the Olympics…and robotic pizza

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive the New Bus weekly   This week . . . unbelievable events throughout the world of sports, a confirmed prophecy in the Olympics, the black church’s influence on pop music, and the robotic future of pizza. God’s message to the world through the Olympics From the beginning, we knew that God had a message for humanity through the 2016 Olympics. As a …

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Issue #4: A Big, Friendly God and the Olympic Song of the Lamb

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive The New Bus weekly This week . . . the Song of the Lamb proclaimed at a historic Olympic victory, the revelation of God’s heart to an orphaned generation, the dramatic rise of Christianity throughout the globe, and a future filled with driverless vehicles. A big, friendly God… Last month, Disney released The BFG, a movie based on a Roald Dahl book (author …

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Issue #3: Global Redemption, Political Uncovering, and Diamonds

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive The New Bus weekly   This week . . . a continued look at the Olympic “sign” of global redemption, hope in the midst of terrorism, an uncovering in politics, and the creation of diamonds out of pollution. Olympic redemption pt. 2 Last week, we looked at the story of Michael Phelps and the amazing spiritual recovery in his life, which …

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Issue #2: Olympic Glory, a Message to Christians, and the Future of Video-games and TV

Nick Padovani New Bus

Sign-up to receive The New Bus weekly This week . . . a Christian artist’s response to judgmental Christians, God moving in the Olympics, and the future of video-games and television through an analysis of “Pokemon Go” and “Stranger Things”… Also, a mysterious orb deep in the ocean. Olympic redemption and the testimony of Michael Phelps The most decorated Olympian of all time (22 medals in three Olympiads), Michael Phelps, recent …

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Issue #1: A Chronicle of Hope

Nick Padovani New Bus

This is the first of weekly insights and links to news from around the world, captured through a prophetic lens, chronicled through a hope-filled voice. Discovery of world’s deepest underwater sinkhole A “blue hole” has been discovered in the South Sea of China. Blue sinkholes are beautiful, dark blue spots of water that contrast the aqua water around them. They are like underwater caves …