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BY ANTHONY KEANE ASH is accelerating down the path to in ﬁve-to-seven years. extinction as new technologies threaten “Cash will disappear as there will be other forms of to mark the end of loose change within carrying cash, stored a decade. value in your phone or Bank and credit union whatever it might be. It will bosses say cash transfer automatically,” won’t be alone, with he said. wallets and credit “We’re very close in cards also likely to countries around the disappear too. world. If you go in to Hong They told The Kong or Singapore, the Advertiser’s round low-value transactions table forum that have already disappeared. cash and cards You can’t go anywhere, will be replaced like on public transport, by computer chips without pre-purchasing a embedded in mobile card. phones, watches or “I think the Australian other portable devices. Payment Systems Board is very much on top of it and Australian Central chief executive Peter Evers is trying to move down a path, but hasn’t publicly put believes cash will be replaced for most transactions CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
NKOREA THREATENS TO WIPE THE UNITED STATES OFF THE MAP
EOUL, South Korea – North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days. Off China’s coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the ﬁrst test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month. The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, according to South Korean and U.S. ofﬁcials. The new U.N. Security Council resolution requires
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1953, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in state of war. The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect against an outbreak of hostilities. Tensions have been high since North Korea launched a long-range rocket in April and then conducted its second underground atomic test on May 25. Reacting to U.N. condemnation of that test, North Korea walked member states to seek permission to away from nuclear disarmament inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea talks and warned it would ﬁre a has said it would consider interception long-range missile. a declaration of war and on Wednesday North Korea has banned ships accused the U.S. of seeking to provoke from the waters off its east coast another Korean War. starting Thursday through July 10 for military exercises, Japan’s “If the U.S. imperialists start another war, Coast Guard said. the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and South Korea’s Yonhap news for all,” the ofﬁcial Korean Central News agency reported Wednesday that the North may ﬁre a Scud missile Agency said. with a range of up to 310 miles The warning came on the eve of the 59th (500 kilometers) or a short-range anniversary of the start of the three-year ground-to-ship missile with a Korean War, which ended in a truce in CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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that has been taking “Listen America. place in the heavens.” Listen to the child But God said, “I have that is about to be expelled those that born. Listen to the have tried to interpret sound of this child.” incorrectly and I’ve God says, “And even taken them out of the as people have said, heavens and expelled ‘We cannot take it them to the earth.” Prophecy given by anymore, the Church For the Spirit of God KIM CLEMENT is redundant, the says, “This generation, Church no longer has you that have birthed this child, and the life that is had,’ do not be fooled.” God said, “For that which is invisible I about to give birth to this move of the am going to make visible. That which is Spirit, satan shall chase after you,” but unseen I am going to make seen. That God said, “I will give you two wings. which has been in the womb is going to I will give you the wings of eagles so come forth and be shown to you,” says that you will be taken to a place that I the Lord. “So that pride will be given have kept just for you,” says the Lord. “I will take you to a place that I have back to the Church, so that joy will be kept just for you. I will give you two given back to the Church.” wings, the wings of eagles,” says the God said, “Let the prophet prophesy Spirit of God, “and you shall be carried to a place of safety while the enemy tonight. Let the dead bones in the valley come to life. Let the dead bones tries to ﬁnd you, and you will not be able to ﬁnd this generation and they of your children come to life. Let the will not be able to destroy the child” dead bones of your family come to life (the move of God’s Spirit). as you prophesy,” says the Lord.
“When the child is born, he (satan) “Look at the sign that is coming in the will immediately try to kill this move. sky.” For God said, “Would you call for When this movement is born, he God to show you? For is it not told,” will immediately try to kill it, just like says the Spirit of God, “that this woman they tried to kill Christ when He was that brought and gave birth to this child born, just like they tried to kill Moses is likened unto a generation—the Bride when a deliverer was about to come of Christ that gives birth to this great forth. This movement is a movement move—this end time move, men have of deliverance,” says the Lord, cried out for it. In the early 17th century “this movement is a movement of they saw your day. In the early 1800s deliverance. But I will deliver the earth they saw your day and prayed for it. from the curse.” Abraham saw your day and prayed for And God said, “I will do exactly what I this day. Daniel saw this day and he said.” He said, “For even as I spoke in prayed for it.” Exodus 23, and I said these words: ‘If For the Spirit of God said, “David saw they would just hearken unto My voice, this day and sang for it. Everyone saw if they would just hearken unto My this day, even as early as the early voice,’” God said, “and they would obey century they saw this day and said, My voice, there shall be no sickness. ‘What day is this that the earth would I will take sickness from amongst you. yield its produce to the sons of men? I did not say that you will not be sick. I What is this day that even the earth will said I will take sickness from amongst save the woman that has run away as a you—I will take it out. There shall be ﬂood has come and spewed out of the no more miscarriages, and there will be mouth of the serpent?’” none that will be barren amongst you,” “There Has Been a War in the Heavens says the Lord. “But I will bless your hands; I will bless your womb. I will for the United States of America” bless your businesses; I will bless your churches,” says the Spirit of God. So the Spirit of God says, “It is so and it is this day that I speak of, for many don’t understand that there has been This is a word for the United States of America. I’ve been caught up into a a war in the heavens for the United spirit world. I cannot move from there States of America. There has been a war in the heavens for these United Prophecy given States. Do you understand that this is April 4th, 2009 Seattle, WA not a battle against the economy? This is not a battle against a Democrat or Continued in the next issue of FREEDOM Republican. This is not a battle against
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things into place yet.”
Greg Connor said the concept of the wallet BankSA general manager strategy would go. and operations Chris Ward expects Australia to follow the offshore lead, “Whereas now we have a wallet with small cash and purse, it transactions will be a chip in disappearing your phone or ﬁrst. your watch or something like “So you can’t that as your go and buy access,” he a bottle of said. water from the deli with Mr Evers said cash; you’ve credit cards got to go and were on the way buy it with out as well. your chip,” “The access to credit is still going he said. to be there through the mobile Bendigo and Adelaide Bank state phone, but you don’t need the card manager SA/NT John Oliver said because that’s really only a means it was easier for retailers to use of identiﬁcation,” he said. electronic transactions than manual “There could be another way cash transactions. of identifying, but the product, Savings & Loans chief executive revolving credit, will still sit there.”
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF OBED-EDOM?
By Daniel King
he Secret of Obed-Edom is the great- are, or where you are from, or what your est undiscovered story in the Bible. The past is like, when God comes to live in your story of this obscure Bible character pro- house, you are going to be blessed! vides the perfect picture of the ideal Christian After three months, King David heard life. Your destiny will never be the same if you about how blessed Obed-Edom was and apply his secret to your life. he came to get the ark. Obed-Edom’s story could have ended there. But, guess what? At the beginning of his story, ObedEdom is a nobody; he simply lived in a house His story is not ﬁnished yet. He is mentioned seven more times in the Bible and beside the road to Jerusalem. By chance, the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the each time he has been promoted. Let’s literal presence of God, was left in his house. take a look at his amazing journey. The Gatekeeper Obed-edom became so addicted to the presence of God that he decided to follow the ark to Jerusalem. He was standing around the temple area one day and he heard the priests were looking Of all the people in Israel God could for volunteers to be gatekeepers in the have blessed, it is very surprising He chose house of God. Obed-Edom volunteered to bless Obed-Edom. His ﬁrst name “Obed” for the position and he became the best means “slave.” His second name “Edom” gatekeeper in the temple. Because God means he was an Edomite, known to be an had blessed his house, he decided to be enemy of Israel. On top of these negative la- a blessing to God’s house. Today, we call bels, the Bible tells us he was from the city of our “gatekeepers” either “ushers” or “greetGath, the city of King David’s greatest enemy, ers.” There is a place for every believer to Goliath serve in their local church. Let’s read what happened. “The Lord blessed his household and everything he had” (1 Chron. 13:13). When you invite God’s presence to dwell in your house, you can expect God’s blessing too.
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Luke 13:10-13 And [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman, which had a spirit of inﬁrmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to Him, and said unto her, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine inﬁrmity.” And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and gloriﬁed God.
ere we see Jesus making an astounding statement. “Woman, thou art loosed.” What did He mean when He proclaimed this? This woman wasn’t loosed. She had been bowed over for 18 years. Think about it. 18 years of constantly looking at the ground! 18 years of not being able to straighten your back and stand straight. 18 years of tremendous pain, and agony. What did He mean? Jesus proclaimed the truth. This woman was free, and she didn’t even know it. The fact may be, that you are walking in bondage, like this woman was, but the truth is, YOU ARE FREE. Jesus said in John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall MAKE YOU FREE!”
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To be made free, is different than being set free. Being set free, infers that you will have the opportunity to be placed in bondage again. Listen, the Word of God declares that we, not only have been set free, but we have been MADE FREE! YOU ARE FREE! Thank You Jesus! We cannot be held in bondage to anything, unless we choose to be!
translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. In whom we HAVE redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins;” Can you see it? The Bible tells us that we have already been delivered from the bondage of sin and the results of sin through Jesus Christ. In Romans 5:12 we read: “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Death is the result of sin. Sickness (which is death in progress), poverty and spiritual death are all the results of the sin nature that has been passed down from Adam. Hebrews 2:14-15 we read how Jesus “. . . Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” We, who were subject to the bondage of the fear of death, have now been MADE FREE! The Word of God proclaims in Galatians 5:1; “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has MADE us FREE….“
Many Christians don’t realize that they have been MADE FREE from whatever Satan use’s to keep them in bondage. The same was true for this women in Luke 13:10-13. Even though she was a daughter of Abraham, and through the blood covenant that he a had with God, was free, she didn’t know it.
Some of you may be saying, “If this is true Rory, why am I still struggling?“ The answer is always found in Jesus.
As a result she allowed, the enemy to keep her bound for 18 years.
Follow Jesus. Follow His example. Jesus only did what He saw His Father do; He only said what His Father said.
That is what is happing with people today. We have a blood covenant with God through His Son Jesus Christ. This covenant has already provided complete and total deliverance from the power of darkness. Colossians 1:13-14 says “Who (God the Father) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
In John 8:12 Jesus said; “. . . I AM the light of the world; he that follows Me will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.“
It is time to begin submitting ourselves to God, and His Word, and begin resisting sin, and the results of sin, as we would the devil himself. It is as we follow after Jesus, the way He followed His father. that we will walk in and experience the freedom He provided!
Woody Allen ﬁlm, “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” Sean Penn in “Milk” and a Christian ﬁlm called “Fireproof,” starring aging teen idol Kirk Cameron, not a single industry insider saw this dark horse coming.
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week at an international Christian ministry festival in Anaheim, Calif., where the faithful gathered to pray and to learn about new ways to reach their ﬂocks. Rich Christiano, the ﬁlm’s director, screened “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” to a pastorﬁlled crowd, hoping to get them to preach the goodness of his movie and send the faithful to the ticket counter.
“Fireproof,” a Christian-themed ﬁlm straight out of “Godlywood,” buried them all as the top-grossing Christiano’s message was clear: independent ﬁlm of 2008. Hollywood is corrupting America. What’s the Christian ﬁlm industry’s “Why is it we watch movies with next brainchild? A soon-to-be-released ﬁlm called “The Secrets of nudity and all this stuff we know we shouldn’t? I’ll tell you why, because Jonathan Sperry,” a ﬁlm about a Hollywood rules, not Jesus,” Chris75-year-old man who motivates tiano said to the crowd. “Pastors, three young boys to fend off a I’m telling you, this is the ﬁght, this bully by following the Lord. is what’s going to steal your youth The ﬁlm took center stage last
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Parenthood, during which she posed as a 14-year-old girl impregnated by an older man. A staff member advised her how to obtain the abortion without identifying the molester. Allen believes Rose’s revelation had an effect on lawmakers.
“I think it gave it a tremendous boost,” she contends. “It wasn’t a surprise to us in the movement About $1.1 million set aside for family planning in the state will now that this occurred, but in covering be distributed mostly to local health it, it really brought the public into organizations and not the taxpayer- an awareness of what goes on at supported abortion provider. Susan Planned Parenthood.” Allen of Tennessee Right to Life was Live Action video investigations in there for the vote. “In the House, the California also prompted Orange vote was 69-to-22,” she notes, “and County Commissioners to halt fundin the Senate, 25-to-7.” ing of Planned Parenthood. Allen is thankful that Planned Parenthood will no longer receive the annual automatic nod from the state. “For approximately 40 years, Planned Parenthood was given preferential treatment in the Tennessee state law for getting family planning funds that are under Title X from the federal government,” she explains. Earlier this year, Lila Rose of Live Action conducted an undercover video probe at Memphis Planned
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from this heavenly bank? First of all, read God’s Word and to ﬁnd out exactly what promises belong to you. Speak these promises out of your mouth. Thank God for His promise. Even though you don’t see it or may not feel it, thank Him for it. His promise is true, whether you feel or see it.
hat is faith? Faith is a simple thing. It means to trust God. It means that you know just how much God loves you and that He will take care of you. Whatever He This is faith "Jesus died has promised to do, He will do trusting God on the cross - no matter what. to do what He said and took your Your Dad or Mom might have He would a checking account at your do. Faith is sickness so that neighborhood bank. A checking s p e a k i n g you don’t have to account is a place where they G o d ’ s be sick." can safely keep their money p r o m i s e s and still take it out whenever and knowing Cheri Ekbom they need it by writing a check. they belong A check is a piece of paper in a to you even though you may not little booklet which they can use see or feel them. Faith “sees” with instead of dollar bills when they the “eyes” of your spirit man inside need to buy something. you (your heart) - not with the eyes in your head. It’s not important for your parents to ‘see’ their money every time Let’s say that one morning you they write out a check. They wake up and your body is sick. don’t need to see it to know that You have a temperature and you the money belongs to them. ache all over. You read in Isaiah They can spend their money 53:5 that Jesus died on the cross any way they wish. It belongs and took your sickness so that you to them. They trust the bank to don’t have to be sick. keep the money safe for them until they write out a check to What are you going to do? Your use it. body says you are sick. You don’t feel good. The Bible says you are All of God’s promises of healing, well. You must make a choice. Do joy, love, and forgiveness work you believe what God says or what the same way as your parent’s your body says? checking account. Even though Don’t speak about how your body you may not always see or feel feels. Speak God’s Word of healing. the promises, they belong to Don’t get discouraged and give up. you. Instead of the promises in Keep speaking God’s Word. Keep the neighborhood bank, these trusting God - no matter what. promises are from your bank in Copyright © 2003 CFAITH All rights reserved. heaven.
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very uncertain and can be very dangerous. When a baby is being born the most dangerous time of the birth process is the transition. Our church is in transition. Father God wants us to move out of our save little bays, into the inlet of transition, and then into the ocean of His love. The challenge is that Dave & Kris Toyne these inlets of transition are dangerous uncharted or the past several hundred waters. We have to go through years the church throughout them to get to the ocean, but we the world has been slowly drifting are used to our old dysfunctional from a love relationship with Father safe little harbors. We really don’t God, made possible through Jesus want anyone to rock our little boat. atoning work, to performance based Secondly we need to understand religion. Instead of the church being that Father God Himself is a place to belong, then bringing us to a place you can believe, and of total dependence then you can truly on Him. He is leading change, it has become us into uncomfortable a place where you transition. He wants must ﬁrst believe, then to get us to place that you must change to in everything we give our rigid standards, thanks to Him. When and then you will Father God began to ﬁnally be accepted pour His healing love when you perform into my life, He began to correctly. So what is expose and remove my old god up to? What will comfort mechanisms. this transitional period look like to us, our families, and our church This transition time in my life family? was scary. I had no idea I was
First of all we need to understand that transitional periods are
trusting in so many different things for comfort. I had no idea I had become so independent and
isolated emotionally. That is the problem with self deception, you are the one deceived and you don’t’ see it. I remember waking up one morning a few years ago realizing I had no idea how to pastor. I had gone to bed that night thinking I knew how to pastor and that I was a good pastor, I woke up realizing I had no clue how to pastor. This was very scary to me because I had been “successfully” pasturing for many years up till then. This experience could have driven me even further into self dependence, independence, and performance. I could have gone into shame, hidden myself in embarrassment from God and others. Thank God it drove me
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into the Father’s arms as I became even more dependant on Him. I have become more open to Kris and my family; I have become more open to spiritual fathers and mothers in my life. I have become more open to our church family. Because my image of God is changing to my loving Daddy God, I am embracing change thanking Him in it.
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lies. It is where the harvest is. It is that place of total dependence on Him. It is that place of peace and rest in the midst of what eve life throws at us. We need to thank Him in everything and trust Him in everything. We are going to be tempted to go back to the old ways, to stay in our little safe harbors. I want you to know Father God has much better things for us. Let’s go together into the ocean of God’s love and blessing together. By Pastor Dave Toyne
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17:26 says that Jesus revealed the very ave you ever been in a rela- character of the Father. The phrase tionship where you felt like “expressed image” in Hebrews 1 is litsomeone was mad at you all the erally translated AN EXACT COPY. In time? How many times have you other words, the nature of our Father purposely avoided someone beis exactly what we see in the life and cause you suspect they are angry nature of Jesus. When Jesus described with you and you are willing to Himself as meek, gentle and or a humavoid a confrontation at any cost? ble spirit in Matthew 11:28, 29 when He showed himself as the generous Unfortunately much of the body provider in the feeding of the 5,000 the of Christ sees their Fanon-condemning Savior to the woman ther that way. Their caught in adultery, the healer and deperception is that their liverer to those bound by physical and heavenly Father is an spiritual disease… Wow! That means angry God, sitting on that everything Jesus said about HimHis throne ready to self, the compassion He felt for the lost squash them like a bug and hurting, the unconditional love the moment they get he showed everyone around Him is out of line. In reality, also exactly how my Father thinks and nothing could be further feels about me! from the truth. What did Jesus say about the nature of His Father? Jesus came to bring us to the Father, your Father, Who according to John In Hebrews 1:1-3 the Word tells us 17:23 loves, you and me as much as he that He (Jesus) is the sole expres- loves Jesus. sion of the glory of God and he (Jesus) That’s the kind of Dad is the perfect imI want to be around. print and the very That’s the kind of Faimage of God’s nather I want to spend ture. Colossians 1:15 time with. That’s the says that Jesus is the kind of Father I can exact likeness of the come to in any situunseen God, the visation in my life and know that ible representation of the invisible. all He feels for me is love and compasIn John 14: 9 Jesus told the disciples that anyone who had seen sion. That’s Who your Daddy is! Him had seen the Father. John By Kris Toyne
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ou believe God wants to prosper you. You have prosperity scriptures taped to your mirror and your refrigerator. You’re working hard to build your faith so you can receive greater and greater ﬁnancial blessings. But did you know it takes more than faith to prosper?
It also takes faithfulness. That’s right. How you manage the ﬁnancial resources you have today will determine to a great extent how richly God can prosper you tomorrow.
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not eat of it: for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” In that passage, we see that God told Adam to do three things. First, he was to dress the Garden, to work in it and keep it productive. Second, he was to keep it or protect it. And, third, he was to refrain from eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Although God expects us, like Adam, to do all of those things with the resources He has given us, I want to focus especially on that third instruction. I want you to think about the fact that God actually commanded Adam to withhold himself from a portion of the Garden’s bounty.
Why would God give such a command? Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t. God wanted Adam to acknowledge that He The Bible consistently emphasizes the was the owner of everything that had been importance of faithful stewardship. In put under his care. God wanted Adam to Luke 16:10-13, for example, Jesus said: realize that he was simply the steward of His Whoever can be trusted with very little resources. can also be trusted with much, and The same thing is true for us today. If we’re whoever is dishonest with very little will to be successful money managers, we also be dishonest with much. So if you must remember - ﬁrst and foremost - that have not been trustworthy in handling God is the true owner of all we have. We worldly wealth, who will trust you with must recognize that now, as in the Garden true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, of Eden, the whole world in all its fullness belongs to Him (Psalm 50:12). who will give you property of your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either How do we acknowledge His ownership? he will hate the one and By tithing. By withholding love the other, or he will "If we’re to be ourselves from the ﬁrst ten be devoted to the one of our income and successful money percent and despise the other. giving it to God. “Well, I don’t You cannot serve both managers, we must know about that tithing stuff. God and Money (NIV). I’ll just skip it and go remember - ﬁrst and Ionthink to another key to money Some Christians foremost that God management.” have interpreted that scripture to mean you is the true owner of If that’s what you’re shouldn’t have money thinking, you might as all we have." that somehow it’s pious well forget about ﬁnancial to be poor. But nothing success right now because - Mac Hammond could be further from scriptural prosperity is the truth. The Bible says God only available to the tither. You can’t go any takes “pleasure in the prosperity of his further ﬁnancially until you meet this basic servant” (Psalm 35:27). requirement. In fact, you’ll eventually lose what you have now if you don’t tithe because The fact is, God not only wants you the devil will devour it. (See Malachi 3.) to prosper but He considers it your responsibility to do so. He expects you to Think back about what happened to Adam and you’ll see what I mean. He had dominion multiply your resources to increase His over the Garden as long as he tithed. But kingdom on the earth. then he followed Satan’s counsel, ate from God has expected that from man ever the tree and, in essence, stopped tithing. As since the beginning. Read the ﬁrst few a result, he forfeited his authority to Satan, chapters of Genesis and you’ll see what lost his right to stewardship, and was driven I mean. They reveal that Adam’s primary from the Garden. From then on, instead of responsibility in the Garden of Eden (in enjoying the abundant blessings of God, addition to fellowshipping with God) was Adam suffered under the curse. to exercise dominion over His assets. In the same way, if the devil can talk you out Genesis 2:15-17 says: “The Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of tithing, he can strip you of your rightful dominion over God’s resources. He’ll have of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And entry into your ﬁnances that will allow him the Lord God commanded the man, to steal from you and keep you in ﬁnancial saying, Of every tree of the garden thou bondage. mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
But you may say, “Pastor Mac, that’s Old
Testament stuff. I thought Jesus came to restore our lost dominion and redeem us from the curse of the law.” Yes, Jesus did redeem us from the curse, but He didn’t relieve us of our responsibility to tithe.
Hebrews 7 says Jesus is a High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. What did Melchizedek do? In Genesis 14:18-20, we ﬁnd he blessed Abraham and received Abraham’s tithes. And that’s what Jesus does today. He blesses you by acting as your High Priest and interceding with the Father on your behalf. You acknowledge Him as High Priest by paying your tithes. That qualiﬁes you to be a steward of God’s resources.
established a budget, stick to it. Plug the holes in your pocket by watching carefully over what you spend. Make sure you’re putting your seed in good ground and not wasting it. Then you’ll be in position for God to give you more. Copyright © 2007 Mac Hammond Ministries All rights reserved. Used by permission
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Once you’ve determined to meet the basic requirement of tithing, you’re ready for the next key of biblical money management: Making a written plan. Many believers make the mistake with their ﬁnances of spending carelessly instead of planning in advance. As a result, much of their seed is wasted and they don’t enjoy the return God intended. Don’t let that happen to you. Obey the instructions in Habakkuk 2:2 and “write the vision” you have for your ﬁnances. What does it mean to write your ﬁnancial vision? It simply means to design a budget that will help take you from where you are now to where you want to go; and to put that budget down in black and white so you can see it all the time. I realize “budget” is a dirty word to a lot of people but it is an absolute must if you want to prosper. God isn’t going to put great amounts of wealth into your hands if you have holes in your pocket. He isn’t going to dramatically increase your income if you can’t keep track of the amount of money you have now. So set aside your dislike of budgeting, sit down and ﬁgure one out. If you don’t know how to begin, you’ll ﬁnd some good books on the subject at your Christian bookstore. Once you’ve
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hat are you willing to do for your father and mother”—which is the ﬁrst commandment with a Him? promise —”That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy Are you willing to sell out? long life on the earth.” (Eph. 6:1If you’ve sold your whole ﬁeld to 3) buy the treasure, and if you’ve given your whole life in exchange Nothing on this earth can be for the life He gives you, then you’ll compared to the greatness of the eternal life that’s do anything for Him. " Just because inside of you. If you You don’t care what it haven’t given all that is. If He asks you to you are a you are in exchange go to Africa or Asia on teenager for Jesus, the a mission trip, you’ll go. If He asks you to doesn’t mean treasure, right now’s quit cussing or quit you have to be the time to do it. smoking, you’ll do it. rebellious. I want you to pray the None of that really matters, because That is a lie following prayer with me. If you’ve already He’s given you life. from the pit of done this, then do it again. Make You may think, Well, hell!" sure you’ve given I don’t know that the everything to Him. Lord has asked me to do anything speciﬁcally. But what about your integrity and your character? Do "Lord Jesus, I give You my all. you often ask yourself, “What Every piece of my heart, every would Jesus do or say in this piece of my life, it all belongs to particular situation?” Or do you You. It doesn’t belong to me. I make decisions based on what give everything in exchange for the new life You give me, because your friends think is cool? I know You gave everything for Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have me. I commit every part of me to walked in my integrity; I have You. It all belongs to You—my [expectantly] trusted in, leaned summers, my days at school, on, and relied on the Lord my time with my parents, my without wavering and I shall not future, my career, my job, my college education, everything slide. (Ps. 26:1 AMP) belongs to You. I submit my life The righteous man is rescued to You, because You’ve given from trouble, and it comes on Your life and put it inside of me. the wicked instead. (Prov. 11:8) In Jesus’ name I pray, amen. " What about being submissive to your mom and dad? Are you so set in your mind as to what you want to do that you don’t even listen to anything your parents tell you? Just because you are a teenager doesn’t mean you have to be rebellious. That is a lie from the pit of hell! How can you expect to hear from God, whom you can’t see, when you don’t listen to your parents, whom you can see? How can God trust you with a position of authority if you don’t submit to and respect those who have been placed in authority over you?
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group; this is what’s busting up your marriages. This is the ﬁght. I need you to stand with us.” The movie is becoming the latest weapon in a cultural war coming soon to a theater near you. Christiano, 52, describes himself as a “ﬁlmmaker with a message for the Lord.” “George Lucas supposedly said the church, which used to be all powerful, has been usurped by ﬁlm. And he’s right,” Christiano said. “The devil knows all this, and he has used ﬁlms to break down this country; it’s a very powerful tool.” With the release of “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” Christiano is urging the church to start playing offense. “The church normally plays defense,” he said. “Hollywood does something we don’t like and we react to it. I say forget about that. Quit complaining and let’s go on the offense.” The ﬁlm stars Gavin MacLeod, who is better known to most as Capt. Stubing from the “Love Boat.” MacLeod, who turned to Christ in 1985 after a long career in Hollywood, said he “became essentially a different person.” Transitioning from Hollywood to the emerging Christian ﬁlm industry, MacLeod said it’s “humbling” to be “used by God” in the movie. The movie is becoming the latest weapon in a cultural war coming soon to a theater near you. Christiano, 52, describes himself as a “ﬁlmmaker with a message for the Lord.” “George Lucas supposedly said the church, which used to be all powerful, has been usurped by ﬁlm. And he’s right,” Christiano said. “The devil knows all this, and he has used ﬁlms to break down this country; it’s a very powerful tool.” With the release of “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” Christiano is urging the church to start playing offense. “The church normally plays defense,” he said. “Hollywood does something we don’t like and we react to it. I say forget about that. Quit complaining and let’s go on the offense.”
The ﬁlm stars Gavin MacLeod, who is better known to most as Capt. Stubing from the “Love Boat.” MacLeod, who turned to Christ in 1985 after a long career in Hollywood, said he “became essentially a different person.” Transitioning from Hollywood to the emerging Christian ﬁlm industry, MacLeod said it’s “humbling” to be “used by God” in the movie. “We were all sort of pinching ourselves and laughing and watching it as it did so well,” said Cameron, star of “Fireproof” and former star of TV’s “Growing Pains.” While the box ofﬁce proﬁts speak for themselves, the making of “Fireproof” is a story in its own right. The ﬁlm was written and directed on a shoestring budget by the brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, who are pastors in Albany, Ga. Other than Cameron, the entire cast was made up of church members -- and everyone worked for free. The Kendrick brothers say God told them to make the movie. “Basically, we’ll take weeks at a time and say, ‘God, what do you want us to do?’” Alex Kendrick said. “We’ve learned there’s a difference between a good idea and a God idea. And we say, ‘God, point us in the right direction.’” Success took more than prayers. “Fireproof” turned to savvy grassroots marketing as a promotion tool; the brothers shared their vision with pastors across the country who, in turn, encouraged their followers to see the ﬁlm. “Fireproof’s” impressive success has branded Cameron as the face of Christian ﬁlms -- a title that was bittersweet, at ﬁrst, for the former teen idol. “It used to bother me a lot more than it does now,” he said. “I really don’t care because I’ve come to a conviction in my own heart.” Cameron’s conviction has grown stronger with the ﬂood of e-mails from fans, who say “Fireproof” saved their marriages. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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“I think that that’s the most wonderful thing about doing the things that I like to do,” he said. “Be a part of something God is doing to change the lives of other people.” Christian Flicks Get Grassroot Support Whatever the content, Hollywood likes a winner. The Samuel Goldwyn ﬁlm company, more accustomed to big stars like Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts, is the ﬁrst major studio to embrace Christian ﬁlms. “Fireproof,” then a dark horse, was their release in collaboration with Christian ﬁlm company Provident Films, and the genre of Christian ﬁlm is on the horizon. “It’s an underserved audience,” said Meyer Gottlieb of Samuel Goldwyn Films. “You know, you can say Christian or faith, that Hollywood is not serving that audience the level it should be serving it, and it’s a huge audience. So, I think there are great opportunities, and I’d like to release one or two Christian ﬁlms a year, or faithbased ﬁlms a year.” While Christiano doesn’t have the support of a studio behind “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” he’s counting on churches to back him. “What we’re trying to do is get churches to sponsor this movie in their local theater, kind of a unique marketing plan,” he told ABC News. “We actually charge the church $2,000 and then they pick the theater, we book the theater, when the theater pays us, ﬁrst
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$2,000 goes right back to church.” It’s not the standing ovation in theaters that matters to Christiano, but pastors’ agreement to sign on and sponsor the movie. “We are deﬁnitely sponsoring this movie, we want to put it in theaters and make sure that people have an opportunity to see not only this movie but movies like it,” said Pastor Jerry Dirmann of the Rock church in Anaheim, Calif. Get your popcorn ready -- no swearing, no violence -- just forgiveness, redemption and a church-approved happy ending. The ﬁlmmakers, like Christiano, say it’s important to know their audiences, as grassroots support from true believers can’t be replicated by a slick Hollywood marketing campaign. “Thank you for coming; the Lord bless you all,” he said to the pastors.” ... You won’t lose on this and you won’t lose with the Lord.”
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The Harp Player Obed-Edom heard the temple worship group was holding auditions. He remembered that when he was just a little boy, his mother had forced him to take harp lessons. In the list of temple musicians we ﬁnd three people who are chosen to sound the bronze cymbals, several others whose names are to difﬁcult to pronounce were to play the electric guitars (Do you know why my version says “electric guitars?” Because I am reading from the Ampliﬁed). Then, we ﬁnd Obed-Edom playing the harp. Of all the harp players in Israel, ObedEdom may not have been the most talented, but God is not necessarily looking for the most talented, he is looking for someone who is willing. God does not call the equipped, he equips those whom He calls. It is not your ability that impresses God, but your availability. It is not your aptitude, but your attitude. God does not care about your IQ, He cares about your I WILL. God is looking for those who are willing to be used. The Door Keeper Later, Obed-Edom is a doorkeeper for the Ark, standing right in front of the holy place. We see him getting closer, and closer, and closer to the presence of God. This is what God wants to do for you, He wants to bring you closer, and closer to His presence. The Minister King David appointed Obed-Edom to be a minister in the house of God. But his ministry did not begin when King David put him in this position. Obed-Edom’s ministry began all the way back when he was a gatekeeper. I think he stood by the temple gates and ministered to all the people who came to worship God. God has called every believer to be a minister. God brought you through tests, so you would have a testimony. God rescued you from a mess, so you could have a message. God brought you through the ﬁre so you could be on ﬁre for Him. Never wait for your pastor to appoint you to an ofﬁcial position as a minister, begin ministering to those around you who are in need.
Obed-Edom was promoted because of his faithfulness. I have been privileged to meet some of the greatest ministers of our time, and each one has a story of starting out in ministry by cleaning the church toilets, or straightening chairs. If you are faithful with little things, God will eventually entrust you with many things .
In my life, I have seen this principle at work. Today, I regularly preach to crowds of 50,000 or more people, but that is not how I got started in ministry. I started in ministry by doing dramas for the children of Mexico. But, the messages I used to preach to 50 children, now I preach to 50,000 people. The Family Legacy Obed-Edom came from a horrible family background. His name means “slave” and “enemy of Israel.” But, all his children and grandchildren eventually serve with him in the house of God. The names of his children mean “Heard by Jehovah,” “Given of God,” “Healed by God,” and other great meanings. Obed-Edom reversed the curse over his family. God wants to do the same for your family. Because of your faithfulness to serve God you are building a family legacy that will continue to be a blessing for generations to come. Temple Treasurer The last time Obed-Edom is mentioned, he is the keeper of the Temple Treasury. King David entrusted him with gold worth 2.5 billion dollars. This is the last stage of spiritual promotion, when God gives you stewardship over great wealth.
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SCIENTIFIC PROBLEMS WITH MACROEVOLUTION (Karl Popper’s deﬁnition of the scientiﬁc method)
(1. OBSERVATION -steps of evolution have never been observed (Stebbins ) In the fossil recordwe view our data as so bad that we never see the very process we profess to study.(Gould )
2. EXPERIMENTATION -The processes would exceed the lifetime of any human experimenter (Dobzhansky ) 3. REPRODUCTION impossible to reproduce in the laboratory. (Dobshansky ) 4. FALSIFICATION -cannot be refuted thus outside empirical science. (Ehrlich ) RESEARCH PROBLEMS WITH MACROEVOLUTION: 1. ORIGINS -the chance of life originating from inorganic chemical elements by natural means is beyond the realm of possibility (Hoyle ) 2. DEVELOPMENT -to produce a new organism from an existing life-form requires alterations in the genetic material which are lethal to the organism (Maddox ) 3. STASIS -enzymes in the cell nucleus repair errors in the DNA (Barton ) 4. GEOLOGIC COLUMN -out-of-place artifacts have been found in earth’s sedimentary layers which disrupt the supposed evolutionary order (Corliss ) 5. DESIGN -irreducible complexity within the structure of the cell requires design (Denton, Behe ). (DNA REPAIR: The genome is reproduced very faithfully and there are enzymes which repair the DNA, where errors have been made or when the DNA is damaged. - D.H.R. Barton, Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, Nobel Prize for Chemistry )
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(MUTATION ACCUMULATIONS RELENTLESSLY FATAL: Any random change in a complex, speciﬁc, functioning system wrecks that system. And living things are the most complex functioning systems in the universe.Science has now quantitated that a genetic mutation of as little as 1 billionth (0.0000001%) of an animal’s genome is relentlessly fatal.The genetic difference between human and his nearest relative, the chimpanzee, is at least 1.6% Calculated out that is a gap of at least 48 million nucleotide differences that must be bridged by random changes. And a random change of only 3 nucleotides is fatal to an animal.. Geneticist Barney Maddox, 1992 )
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