SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MAGAZINE FEB-MARCH 2013 GLOBAL OUTREACH
Page | 1 ”THEN SAID JESUS UNTO THEN AGAIN, VERILY, VERILY; I SAY UNTO YOU, I AM THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP. ALL THAT EVER CAME BEFORE ME ARE THIVES AND ROBBERS; BUT THE SHEEP DID NOT HEAR THEM…. AND OTHER SHEEP I HAVE, WHICH ARE NOT OF THIS FOLD: THEM ALSO I MUST BRING, AND THEY SHALL HEAR MY VOICE; AND THERE SHALL BE ONE FOLD, AND ONE SHEPHERD.”
USING YOUR POTENTIAL: BY MARILYN ORTON THE SHEPHERD HAS FOUND A SHEPHERDESS!!!!!!! EVANGELIST BENNY HINN TAKES A WIFE….GET THE FULL STORY AT : http://www.bennyhinn.org/products/1054/the-marriage-of-pastor-benny-and-suzannehinn-a-story-of-love-and-restoration-dvd — atTBN Holy Land Experience.
MARICLE CHILD DEDICATED AT FAITHFUL GOD MINISTRY IN DAKAR SENEGAL (A AMAZING RERUN OF HANNAH”S STORY IN THE BIBLE; IN OUR DAYS)
A CHRISTIAN MOTHER MARRIED TO A MUSLIM MOTHER BRING HER CHILD TO GOD FOR PRAYERS AND ANOINTING / DEDICATED IN THE MOSQUE AND CHURCH
POPE BENEDICTXVI & BRITISH CARDINAL KEITH O’BRIEN RESIGNS/ SEX SCANDALS ROCK THE CATHOLIC CHUCH WORLDWIDE /WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WORLDWIDE; A TIME OF REFORMATION???????
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A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS OF SHEPHERDS MAGAZINE/GLOBAL OUTREACH 2013: PP.6-22
LOVE ON THE BOAT BY : PASTOR JOEL McNabb : pp.23-24
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN SOMMY AND GOD: BY BABSIE HANNAH VD BERG:PP.25-27
"THE BEST IS YET TO COME!" : BY PROPHETESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN : PP.28-32 Eight Clear Words For 2013: ADDED BY SUSAN C. CLARK:PP.33-36
USING YOUR POTENTIAL: BY MARILYN ORTON:PP:37-39
Sleepless Nites!: BY CATHERIN SKINNER:PP.40-43
"Kalon” BY JEFF GODSOWN:PP.44-46
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And If I Perish, I Perish! : BY DELIA ANN THUMDABOO:47-49
BY FAITH: BY APOSTLE JESSIE STRIGGLES:PP.50-51
BENNY HINN TAKES A WIFE: (PICTORIAL) BY: BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR. :PP 52
AS DOVE"S EYE: BY CATHERIN SKINNER:PP 53-55
A Season of a Fresh Pursuit of the Father's Heart! : SUSAN C. CLARK :PP.56-59
The Old Man Is Crucified...: BY KENNETH WHITE:60-61
What @JohnCMaxwell Won’t Tell You about Influnence : Karen Zeilgler :PP 62-65
MIRACLE CHILD DEDICATED AT FAITHFUL GOD PENTACOSTAL CHURCH IN DAKAR SENEGAL: BY EVANGELIST FAVOR P; LIBERTY (PICTORIAL) : PP66-68
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“AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE: BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR.” :PP.69-76
Pakistan Christians need our help : Marilyn Orton : PP.77
Here are a few reasons why you should tithe, or at least consider it: BY DR. LEONARD ROBINSON :PP.78-84
AFTER MANY PRAYERS THE 1.2BILLION CATHOLICS HAS A NEW POPE: (A LOOK AT THE MAN WHO WILL TOOK THE MANTLE OF REFORM? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis :ADDED BY THE EDITIORIAL TEAM :PP. 85-112
Excerpts from Women of Purpose International network ….ADDED BY THE PRESIDENT : PP 113-120
I‘M CRYING: BY EVENGELIST FELIX N. NZEMEKA :PP 124
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Pursue God But Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts ~ADDED BY : SUSAN C. CLARK :125-133 "IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL" :BY BABSIE HANNAH VD BERG :PP. 134 THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO MAN BUT IT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION! : ADDED BY: CLERGY-WOMAN: REV.C.BRUCE : PP.135
FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED: Bishop Steven Liberty Sr. : PP. 136
In Remembrance Of Me: BY DELIA ANN THUMDABOO :137-138 IT‘S BETTER FOR YOU TO LOSE EVERYTHING AND KEEP YOUR MIND. PROPHETESS COLLETTE WILLIAMS :139-140
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST! : PROPHETESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN:PP.141-142
The Beauty of a woman: Marilyn Orton: PP.143
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A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS OF SHEPHERDS MAGAZINE/GLOBAL OUTREACH 2013
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DEAR FAMILY, In this edition we are following the signs that predict our fast changing world is moving towards the biblical prophecy about the end of times. We also are hoping you will pass our magazines forward to friends and relatives. We try our best not to bow to and religious segregation, specific church traditions or doctrines ; but give everyone a chance to express themselves in a way that gives out a general picture of what kind of gospel message is being preach across the earth these days. Every Shepherd with a flock, vision or mission is free to write about their mission and or vision, Evangelize etc through this magazine, but must remember that all of our work is open to criticism by our audience worldwide. To date this global outreach magazine reaches audiences in seventy countries of the world and all the major cities. It is our dream to reach everyone in their own language and is praying for the tools to do so monthly. Many are also asking for our magazine to be printed out but again since we are a totally free network; we are praying for sponsors or ideas to do so and yet give a chance to everyone to receive the word of God, rich, poor, beggar or thieves. The below work was written by my husband in 2010 and for some unique reason the Holy Spirit has asked me to include it in this letter. May God continue to bless, guide and protect your life as together we grow spiritually, morally and physically. Blessings, Evangelist Favor P. Liberty: Editor-in-Chief 2013
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ADDED BY EVANGELIST FAVOR PITAL LIBERTY WARNING/ THIS IS A SERIOUS WARNING THAT MUST BE TAKEN AS THE MOST URGENT DOCUMENT YOU EVER READ. IT IS ABOUT YOU!!!!!!! : WRITTEN BY BISHOP STEVEN MAXWELL ALEXANDER J.K. LIBERTY SR IN 2010
When I asked the Holy Spirit to direct me about what I was to speak about; He led me to a passage that I least expected and asked the question: "What if you had the opportunity to start your life again or a couple more years were added to it? What would you do with this new gift? Wow many times I have sat reflecting on this very issue; how I would do things a little different if only I had a second chance to do them again. I am aware of the fact that many of us feel the same way too. If only I had a second chance to show love to that husband that left or that wife who I beat constantly, or that child that I disowned or the parent that I disrespected ; or that friend that I let down. If only I had a second chance to do so many things again; to reset those things that I so carelessly handled in the past; God I would do all I can to do it right and wipe the slate clean. You see this world has a way of making us to forget that life has a tomorrow. I began to ponder this idea in my mind and than my eyes opened to the reality of why the Spirit of God wanted this particular topic. He wanted it because the question relates directly to every one of us that walks upon the face of this earth. Curiously I considered the question and my mind ran to Hezekiah King of Judah in 2 Kings 20 ;1-6. "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee,
O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sakeâ€?. However the Holy Spirit said I was looking in the wrong direction because there was only one valuable statement in that passage as relating to the topic on hand, and while this was a good sub topic; it was not our main point of focus. My oh my I had a very difficult task on hand for the last few days trying to open my eyes to find the passage that would make a great difference to those earnestly seeking wisdom from the Word of God. When I did find the answer I sat in shock. It was a passage that I had heard so many times that I easily overlook it. In fact if not the key topic of majority of the funeral services; passages from it were referred to. So how could a famous death topic be the answer to a question of living again? My eyes were opened to the death of Lazarus of Bethany. Lazarus of Bethany; brother of Mary and Martha had died and had been buried. Normally all that remain was to mourn him and comfort his weeping family. After all if he was to be saved it would have been done while he was lying sick on his bed. Even if Christ was to call him back to life it could have been while his copse was fresh and not decaying and rotten.
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Even His Sister Martha who had great faith in the power of Jesus Christ admitted to that fact "Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.â€? This conversation is a very powerful one where we can see a lot of difference between the faith of humans and what God expects of them. But calling Lazarus back to life was not only to illustrate that Christ was the resurrection and life as famously preached by us but also to point to the fact that even the most decay, rotten sinner can be restore to life eternal for the sole purpose of setting their life in order by correcting their past errors and starting afresh.
As no one is above death, so no one is above mistakes /sin; because sin is the cause of death. What kind of life did Lazarus live before that time; I cannot tell you that I will even try to speculate , but I know that after he was given the second chance to live again , he did all in his power to make it right with His maker. From the statement of Jesus earlier and Martha later; Lazarus was very healthy when Christ and his disciples last left him. So he got ill and expected to get well or at least be healed by his best friend Jesus Christ when he pass by ; but to his utmost surprise and those around him it got worse and led to his death.
Was Lazarus prepared or like most people, he was waiting for the last minute to put his house in order. Letâ€™s examine this story very carefully and draw some vital points before relating it to why it is more about a second chance. Martha expressed faith and confidence in Christ powers but fell short of that of a mustard seed. She had confidence that He could have save her brother life because they were close to Him and faithful followers of His teachings. But like many of us today that faith was base upon events of the past and not applications of the present. Yes Christ could have healed her brother if He had come on time but now that He was dead; well, she thought; all He can do is to help us give him a befitting goodbye. Letâ€™s revisit the scene before Lazarus death. " Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days alreadyâ€?.
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Even the disciples who walked with him day by day and witness Him in action day and night still found it difficult to discern many things ; especially the difference between earthly and divine interactions and intervention, for while thinking with the flesh they behave like men of the flesh. Christ wanted to open their eyes to the reality of their second self; that inner spiritual self. It is only when you learn to use the inner eyes/ spiritual self to discern heavenly fact; that we can fully comprehend the divine meaning of each action. Christ delay was intentional not only had Lazarus died but all hope of his living again had perish even from the living. But Christ referred to his death as sleep because he was going to get a second chance to awake and live again. He was not playing with words here nor was he referring to any other person but Lazarus. Lazarus was asleep because heaven wanted us to learn a great lesson; 1. The ultimate source of our lives is God and nothing or nobody else; 2. He demands accountability from all; 3. a second chance to make things right is possible and death does not have to hold us captives . 4. There is a difference in having faith and applying it. Christ knew that this was not the end for Lazarus but a eye opener for generations yet unborn. We have been over this many times but I love to sing it into your ears because I do not know if you are holding on to your earthly scientific theories and the Bible at the same time. Because God is the ultimate source of our lives; He has the right to laid down the rules.
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He did not intend for us to die physically and illustrated this by planting the Tree of life in the Garden of Eden, (Gen 3:22)so at the proper time when we were fully prepared He would have allowed us to partake in it. However sin stole away that chance from us and brought upon us death. The fact remains that whether we are saints or sinners we all must face the penalty of sin which is death; and that is one important factor that we must deal with or we might be unprepared for the day it comes like Hezekiah King of Judah. I earlier mentioned Hezekiah King of Judah and as directed by the Holy Spirit went back to that passage to find the single most passage that related to that of Lazarus. It read: "Thus said the LORD; Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, and not live.â€? (2Kings 20:1)How many of you reading this message knows that this message is applicable to you? How many of you realized that the day of reckoning takes you by surprise and you need to be prepared. Why will Almighty God send someone to a man supposingly faithful to Him with such a frightening message? The answer is very clear and applies to all of us; the Temple of God that houses the breath of the Living God, which made us a living soul, is not ours forever. Because of our sin we shall surely die and when we die God demands accountability. Hezekiah King ofJudah was given a little time because He could list to God how much he had strived to put his house in order but what about you? Is your house in order? Can you boast to God that in the Book of life your name is written and there are passages you can be sure are written there? Are you as sure as the Apostle Paul and can boast in the LORD that there you have a Crown in Glory (2Tim 4:8). I am not talking about empty words here; but deep with in your heart, you know whether your house is prepared or not. Ok take this simple quiz and after reading this message; tell me how many points you score. Try to remember events about your life that you are 100 percent sure gain you a single entry in the Book of Life. Each entry equals one point. Well that is just a personal test that surprises and challenges us to set our house in order; but letâ€™s not lose focus.
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The other day I read over the internet that the Pope has apologized for the past abuses carried out in the Catholic Church and promised to correct them by taking measures against offenders and ensuring that it will never happen again. Wow what a great statement if it is going to be implemented to the letter.( I am not questioning his ability to implement it, I am pointing to the flesh here because many great men and women have fallen victim of it in the past.). If he does implement it; he will have taken a very major step that would change a lot of things. And coming from a Non-denominational preacher like me; it is a compliment, because I am proud of him for taking this step. Yes, I am very proud that at last a religious Leader had finally broken grounds for a solid foundation of personal repentance of evil committed within the house of God. Many people donâ€™t know but behind those curtains and long robes in the churches they attend; a lot of dirt goes on that needs to be clean. Thechurch of God is filthy, dirty, and needs to be wash in the Blood of the Lamb. Yes that is the first major step to getting a second chance .I know some so-called Holy men and women will jeer about it but check their own closets well and you will find skeletons there that need to be thrown out in order for their own house to be put in order. So it will be best if they too follow the Pope example and confess and repent and try to make things right by throwing out those skeletons from their closets. Wow I said to myself when I read this; what if Barrack Obama ; David Cameroon ; and the rest of the leaders running the physical affairs of the modern world and the Churches today could come clean and confess where they have been wrong and repent seeking the aid of God and promised to correct the way they unfairly run the world affairs and really mean what they say. I can tell you we would witness a lot of difference. But I am going too far; what about you my friend? Donâ€™t you think if each of us take this step we will make a huge difference for ourselves and generations yet unborn? You might rush to say yes but here comes the hitch. Martha the Sister of Lazarus would have said yes if you had asked her before the death of Lazarus if she had faith and confidence in Christ power to raise the dead; but when she was presented with reality her faith shook. People might pronounce very beautiful promises about what they intend to do but when it comes to the time when pressure is mounted from different directions; they question reality.
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But if they could just implement what they originally pronounce; great things would happen. God wanted us to know the importance of putting your life in order; that is why He provided everything you need to do it and become a new person. Lazarus of Bethany now knew the reality and I am sure did not forget that life is a surprise. He was Christ great and beloved friend. Things like those should happen to people not close to the Master. He might have felt secured and insured even when He was sick; but God wanted them to know that it is necessary to be prepared at all times for when it came to the quota for sin; there were no favourites. Yet he prepared a means that even death could not hold us captives if only we agreed to a second chance and recognize the Author of life. Martha flesh said: "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” We see the Spirit trying to contradict the flesh because of the Word of God planted in her life. So her second self spoke up: "But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” Jesus answers the second self that had faith in the affirmative; but again we see the flesh taking over and her faith dropping because of earthly logic. "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Have it happen to you at times; where you are sick and someone says a prayer and tells you to awake in Jesus Name that you are healed; and you just say thanks for the wonderful prayer and dismiss the action because you doubt the power in the person’s words? Or you are in need and someone who really mean to assist you but can’t at the movement; say in faith (different from empty words of jeer); go and the LORD that I serve will supply your needs accordingly and you say amen but think it was a waste of time anyway. This was what happen to Martha; life stood before her but because she lack faith she could not recognize it. There are hundreds of interpretations for why Jesus wept that day; but I believe it was for one reason only. Man had yet to recognize that they were created in the image of God and had all it took to live a full life; instead of slaving under the devil in pains of sufferings they had power over. Two of the most misused words in the Church today are "born again”. Oh yes I am a born again Christian who was baptized with water and the Spirit. Witches and wizards are claiming the title; thieves, murderers, liars, adulterers; etc make up 99 percent of those who claim to be born again in our world today.
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They do not even know what it means to be born again. They confess and repent today and drink the blood of the innocent tomorrow. However that is a different topic for a different day. But Bishop I want to set my house in order. I have been trying to do that for years but I do not know if I am going about it the right way. How can I set my house in order? The first step is to make the decision that you really need a second chance in life; because it is a matter personal choice. No one can make that decision for you because in His wisdom and fairness give you the will to choose how you want to live your time on earth. He does not influence it in any way but created you in such a way that if you really wants to know right from wrong, you will. Many times we choose to serve God when we are in difficult situations but when the situation goes away we forget about all we said while praying. A few day back as I watch the world cup soccer match I was horrify with the deceit of humans. Before the game started a particular team made me very proud when they began with prayers; during the first half time they played to a goalless draw and again prayed, but God heard their prayers and they score a single goal defeating the game. To my horror they were rejoicing so much that they forgot to pray again. They had forgotten about God who they cried to when things were rough. We must make a decision if we are to get another chance to make things right; for at last count our houses are in total disarray and our faith is very thin. Many followers of the Most Highest God saw the importance of making a decision and urge us to take this step. It is not easy to come to that point and it can be very painful at times. It can be as painful as a woman carrying a child in her belly nine months and a few hours before birth. Why do I say so? You have been used to the old ways of life; the sex, drugs, alcohol, exploitations, abuses and have developed certain love for them. Saying goodbye to them is like a woman in labour; for after that day if you actually made a decision to get a second chance; you will leave the behind you forever and become a new person. Paul describes it as being babes again and that is very true because it means taking on a hold new way of life. But is it profitable to set your house in order? Listen to what these friends of mine have to say about this topic. "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may liveâ€?(Deut.30:19)
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"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”(Joshua 24:15) "And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;”(1Sam.1220) "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”(1Kings 18:21) So as you can see my dear friend your decision counts a lot in the eyes of Heaven. It is vital first step to a second chance in life; for whichever way you decide to go there will be some consequences. The Bible compares the road to God to a narrow road. Do you know why? The reason is because many are the things that the Devil has laid in our way to attract us from God and the vast majority of those living on earth have accepted these things as a part of life. If you must get a second chance it means painfully allowing ourselves to reject those things we once adored. Satan and those beautiful things leads to eternal death and hell but choosing the path of God gives you a second chance to make things right; and if you do make things right than life everlasting becomes yours even after death. Yes making a decision is vital but you need to take the second step if you must implement the decision you made. You must have the courage to confess your decision out aloud to the entire world and close your ears to those agents of darkness whom the Devil wants to use to distract you from your decision. Let’s look at the word courage a little from the Biblical perspective; for with out it your detractors will soon find a means to punch holes in your decision to leave them and start a new life. They will tease you, make jokes of you, and tempt you as best as you can, but you must be strong if you must go to the next stage.
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Abraham had this very same decision to make years ago. He had been brought up in a idolatry home where they profit from making idols. It was a good way of life for them and they did not lack much; but the day came when Abraham decided to break away from this way of life and benefit from a second chance with God. He had never been out of his father’s house before and did not know in advance where this new life would take him. He needed courage to venture out in the wild after what he did not even understand. (Gen.12:1-9) I love to talk about the courage of Abraham because the things he went through I really wonder if most of us could have the courage to do the same. However his courage taught us great lessons and like I said before choosing the narrow road can sometimes be as painful as a woman in labour. I wonder many times how did Abraham feel when God asked him to take his only child that had taken him many years to conceive and sacrifice him on an Altar to him? I have asked myself if he slept that night or even inform his wife; or maybe he just bore that pain alone, not question God motive but trusting His Words and promises for his life. What would have been your answer to God if you were in his place? Would you have condemned God as a bloodthirsty God? Would you have argued and try to convince Him that He was wrong? It’s so easy to talk about now; but the reality was much, much difficult. (Gen 22:1-14) The fact the Abraham dealt with it proves to us that we also can build the courage we need to endure any situation and in this case leave the old way of life behind for the new. It is written: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ( 2 Tim 1:7) Other men like Gideon understood this when he took the bold action to destroyed the altar of Baal; according to divine instruction. He did not hesitate once he knew it would give them a second chance to make things right with God. (Judges 6:25-31) In seeking for a second chance to make things right; Ezra undertook a perilous journey from Babylonto Palestine. (Ezra 8:2223). Courage my friend is very vital in taking the second step for God. Sometimes it is easier to just wallow in sin but the end is eternal destruction. If you must stand against all odds and take the next step; then courage is what you need. Satan works in many ways and can use various means to distract you from the truth. Don’t be surprise to see him in your Leaders. He uses them to implement his evil plans and if you are not firm and have the courage to take a major step and disagree publicly with evil decisions; it will always go the way of Satan.
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However if you stand firm and brave, the Lord backs you and protects you as you defeat him in his own battle. There are three examples in the Bible that I want to remind you about because I am sure you read or heard about one or all of them before; however it might not have been related to getting a second chance from God. The first can be found in the book of Daniel (3:16-18); where three Hebrew boys who were captives (because their people had disobeyed God and followed strange gods and committed other sins; and God allowed them to be taken captives.) refusing to bow down to the image of (Satan worship) Nebuchadnezzar. The second can be found in the book of Acts (4:19; 5:29) Where Peter and John refuse to obey men rather than God and the last act of courage I want us to take note of is again from the book of Daniel (6:19) where Daniel persisted in praying to God regardless of the Edict(law) against praying passed by the Government ; of which he was a part. I am sure these are more than enough to show you that you have the power to withstand any opposition against your taking a major step in order to get a second chance to make things right with God. Summon the courage my Dear friend to take that step that will grant you a second chance to make it right with God. Be brave and confess your sins and repent of your evil ways. The fact is many of you donâ€™t even know how to confess your sins. It does not mean simply acknowledging your sins and pronouncing to the public that you have sinned in your thoughts, words, or deeds. It goes way beyond that, my friend; it means that first of all deep within you; you are convicted of your sins and you want a second chance to make them right. What does it actually means to be convicted of your sin? It means that you admit first to yourself that you have been wrong all the while; that you have been treading on the wrong path and you need a second chance to make things right. Sometimes it comes from the social structure of the system that you live within; or traditions lay down by your forefathers that had been practice by countless of generations before you Because of these reasons you accepted that way of life as right. In the book of Acts ; (16:30) we see the Philippian jailer who had been made to understand that Paul and Silas were preaching lies and doing things through magical powers and the system he lived in was perfect; therefore these evil men were not worthy of being treated as normal men but as criminals.
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Well when the chance presented itself for them to escape (and in his case or yours, you would have taken the chance to run away) ; they remained there ; for if they had run it would have meant death to the jailer. Right there the jailer was convicted that indeed he and the entire system was wrong and confessed: "…. Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30) . Another good example of conviction is that time when Paul like most people today who feel they are doing the right thing because the system requires it done that way or because members of the same profession are living comfortable, well respected, and politically connected; met Jesus on the road to Damascus and realized that them system was wrong altogether about Jesus Christ. He was instantly convicted and sought a second chance to make things right. To his dying day he still felt he had not done enough to pay for his miscalculation but at least he could go in peace because he confessed that he had in his own weak ways set his house in order with these words: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” ( 2 Tim 4:7) How many today can say with out a doubt in their minds that they have set their houses in order and are prepared any hour the LORD calls them ? You see; Paul could use these words because at the time of his personal conviction and the fact he agreed that he and the system of the day was wrong and even though it was not an easy journey , (sometimes it was painful ,he was beaten, jailed, etc) he stuck to it to his dying day. I could on and on but conviction is not an end in itself. There are those who are convicted today and go back to their old ways of doing things because they were not convicted from their hearts but circumstances force them; like many today, and when the cloud lifted they returned to their old ways of doing things. I can speak about Pharaoh who was convicted after the plague of the hail (Ex 9:27,28)the plague of locusts (Ex 10:16,17) and the death of the firstborn (Ex 12:31). Oh Yes, I can speak of the children of Israel who were convicted after being rebuked and punished for worshiping the golden calf (Ex 33:4). The all were convicted when circumstances choked them and they had no where to run; therefore they confessed; but when the cloud lifted they returned to their old ways of evil. My Dear Friend, do I see you in this category? Is this the case for you sometimes? Listen carefully; you can still clean up the dirt in the corners of your house and get a second chance before it is too late.
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I say this to you because you are wasting your precious time fooling yourselves; thinking that you are fooling God with your empty confessions. If you must gain entry to the corridors of those who set their houses in order; I tell you the truth; you must mean every word you confessed to yourself and publicly. Listen to these men of God who were convicted of their sins. Oh yes; they reduced themselves to the nothing that they really were, worthless dust, seeking help to be something in the eyes of God. "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.” (Job 40:4-5) "For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed” (Ps.31:10) "Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” (Isa 6:5) "Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death” (Lam 1:20) "
But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.” (Eze 7:16-18;25-26)
"They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.” (Mic 7:17) "When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Luke 5:8) "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) "And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” Acts 9:6) "But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” (1Cor 14:20-25)
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LOVE ON THE BOAT BY : PASTOR JOEL McNabb
"Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived; Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all the others......, including Love. One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So all the feelings prepared their boats to leave. Love was the only one that stayed. She wanted to preserve the island until the last possible moment. When the island was almost totally under, Love decided it was time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help. Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, "Richness, Can I come with you on your boat?" Richness answered, "I'm sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you." Then Love decided to ask Vanity for help who was passing in a beautiful vessel. Love cried out, "Vanity, help me please." I can't help you", Vanity said, "You are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat." Next, Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, "Sadness, please let me go with you." Sadness answered, "Love, I'm sorry, but, I just need to be alone now." Then, Love saw Happiness. Love cried out, "Happiness, please take me with you." But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear Love calling to him. Love began to cry. Then, she heard a voice say, "Come Love, I will take you with me." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder his name.
When they arrived on land the elder went on his way. Love realized how much she owed the elder. Love then found Knowledge and asked, "Who was it that helped me?" "It was Time", Knowledge answered. "But why did Time help me when no one else would?", Love asked. Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."
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A CONVERSATION BETWEEN SOMMY AND GOD: BY BABSIE HANNAH VD BERG
Sommy: God, can I ask You a question? God: Sure Sommy: Promise You won't get mad ... ... God: I promise Sommy: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today? ... God: What do u mean? Sommy: Well, I woke up late God: Yes Sommy: My car took forever to start God: Okay Sommy: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait God: Huummm Sommy: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call God: All right
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Sommy: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that? God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that Sommy (humbled): OH GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road. Sommy: (ashamed) God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work. Sommy (embarrassed):Okay God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
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Sommy (softly): I see God God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to electrocute you, So I stopped it from coming on. Sommy: I'm Sorry God God: Don't be sorry, just learn to Trust Me.... in All things , the Good & the bad. Sommy: I will trust You. God: And don't doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan. Sommy: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today. God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children...
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"THE BEST IS YET TO COME!" : BY PROPHETESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN
Man cannot even phathom what God has in store for us all! That is, if you are in His perfect will and have surrendered and submitted your all in all to HIM! He won't accept no 'half job" unfinished when He has given a person plenty of time to do a job and all he has done is procrastinate and excuse make! God expects us to give our all in all in His service. He equips us with all that we will have need of; HIS WORD, WHICH WILL GIVE US TO KNOW THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH; COMMUNICATION (FREE OF COST) THAT IS OPEN DAY AND NIGHT VIA PRAYER; HE'S ALWAYS LISTENING TO HEAR FROM US AND HAS TAUGHT US TO LISTEN BACK SO WE CAN GET HIS RESPONSE VIA HIS SPIRIT AND/OR HIS WORD. HE has likewise given us LAUGHTER, WHICH SERVES AS A MEDICINE; JOY, UNSPEAKABLE AND FULL OF HIS GLORY. FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH! AND HE'S GIVEN US PEACE OF MIND.
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THAT PEACE, THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, EVEN IN THE MIDST OF TURMOIL AND STRIFE AND CONFUSION THAT THE WORLD OFFERS; WE CAN HAVE THAT INNER PEACE. HIS LOVE, WHICH IS AGAPE'>UNCONDITIONAL AND ETERNAL LOVE, NOT THAT THE WORLD OFFERS THAT IS ONLY CONDITIONAL LOVE, ACCORDING TO HOW MUCH MONEY A PERSON HAS OR WHERE HE LIVES OR WHAT KIND OF CAR HE DRIVES, WHAT JOB TITLE HE HAS, ETC. IT'S ALL TEMPORAL THAT THE WORLD OFFERS. BUT, WHAT GOD OFFERS IS THAT LOVE THAT IS ALSO PATIENT ,KIND, AND GENEROUS EVEN IF WE DON'T DESERVE IT NOR HAVE WORKED FOR IT. ANOTHER NAME FOR IT IS "FAVOR." HIS GRACE AND HIS MERCY ,WHICH IS ETERNAL AND EVERLASTING. Many of us have been praying for a long time for good things to happen in our lives because we feel that we have suffered the evil of the people of the world long enough. Some have been robbed, cheated, abused, and misused by man. And the sad thing is, some of that evil has come from "church folk", even the so called pastors who have fleeced the flock of God! Well, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH of that foolishness!! It's time, we say, for God ot move in our behalf. FOR WE ARE THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE. WE ARE KING'S KIDS. WE ARE THE APPLE OF HIS EYE. HE SAID SO. And we are tired of the enemy robbing us of what rightfully belongs to us. THE WEALTH OF THE UNJUST IS LAID UP FOR THE JUST. So, we are waiting on the Lord to intervene in our behalf. Well, I came to tell you all that GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN HIS PROMISES. DON'T BE DISCOURAGED BECAUSE IF HE SAID HE WILL DO IT ; IT SHALL ALL COME TO PASS. HE IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE; NEITHER THE SON OF MAN THAT HE NEEDS TO REPENT. HE SHALL COME THROUGH FOR YOU , YOU AND YOU AND EVEN ME. HE'S THAT KIND OF GOD; ONE WHO HAS NOR RESPECTOR OF PERSONS.
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HE DOESN'T LOOK AT THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN (LIKE MAN DOES); NEITHER DOES HE LOOK AT HOW MUCH YOU HAVE IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT;AFTERALL,HE'S THE ONE WHO BLESSED YOU WITH WHATEVER YOU HAVE. AND IF YOU SAY, I DON'T HAVE MUCH MONEY, DON'T BE DISCOURAGED. HE WILL FILL YOUR TREASURIES. ALL HE WANTS IS YOUR TRUST AND FOR YOU AND I TO BE OBEDIDIENT TO HIS WILL AND DO THINGS HIS WAY. The reason why some are being delayed in recieving their blessings is SELF in their way. The word of God says, "YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT. IT ALSO SAYS, SOME ASK AMISS; MEANING THEY ASK WITH SELFISH MOTIVES. Some never think of helping anyone else on planet earth, but themselves. Some are greedy. They may have lots of material goods, but are too selfish to share with others less fortunate, but only look for ways to get more for themselves. THE WORD OF GOD TEACHES TO "GIVE, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU; GOOD MEASURE, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, AND RUNNING OVER. MEN SHALL GIVE INTO YOUR BOSOM. " I'm a living witness that YOU CAN'T BEAT GOD GIVING as the song says. The more you give, the more He gives to you. So, keep on giving and watch and see how God will reward you openly. IN the word of God (1 Corinthians (9:6-8) teaches that we are to sow bountffully, not sparingly and then we can expect to reap in abundance that we will not ever want for anything but be able to be a blessing to others less fortunate. So Saints, if you really want to reap a great harvest then, you should be sowing your seeds on good and fertile soil. How do you know what is good and fertile soil. Look at what the need is that that indiviual or persons has.
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And ask yourself,what would Jesus do? So, then you realize that He wants us to feed them if they're hungry; clothe the naked; visit the widows and orphans and minister to their needs also. He teaches and sets the example throughout His word in how He HImself showed forth nothing but LOVE AND KINDNESS! He never walked past a person who was sick and asked HIM to heal them. He didn't allow the multitude of people who followed him around from place to place to go away hungry and tired. Instead , He instructed the disciples to count the heads of the people in the crowd and He asked them how much food they had. They, of course, said not enough for such a mass of people. But, Jesus, being the miracle worker that He was and is...said not so. He knew that He could work a mighty miracle using the little boy with the 2 loaves of bread and 5 little fish to feed the multitude and that there would be food left over. Hallelujah!!! Don't give up on God, Saints. Because He is the KING of kings and the LORD of lords. He promises in His word , NEVER TO LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US. BUT, REMEMBER, THERE IS ONE STIPULATION; THAT IS THAT WE , "GO, YE THEREFORE AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE.." Well, you say, I don;t have a calling to preach. And I say, Yes you do. It may be that it's not for you to wear the title or stand behind a pulpit, but to BE WITNESSES IN (WHEREVER IS YOUR CITY) AND ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT GOD MAY SEND YOU. HE SAYS, "LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY THE FATHER IN HEAVEN"
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Alright child of God, what's your excuse now? You have none that will be acceptable. You can't even plead ignorance, either. There's too much information out there for you and far too many ministiries on television, the radio and even on the internet, for which I minister......so get with the program Saints. That is, if you want to experience the best that is yet to come. He has much in store for us all. It's up to each one individually to do our part in sowing seeds, gving offering of our time, energy, money , and prayers; visiting the sick and afflicted, those in prison , the elderly widows, and orphans. There are poor people everywhere on the face of the earth. You may even feel that you are poor and needy until you look around and see that there are some in poverty land who are farrrr worse off than you ever thought of being. So, instead of having a "pity party" , look around and see who you can be a blessing to. You may not have much, but just share some of what you have to bless someone who may have nothing. God shall reward you openely for your cheerful heart to give. I don't know about you, Saints, but I"m looking, watching, praying hoping and believing God for' "THE BEST THAT IS YET TO COME!" LOVE YOU ALL, PROPHETESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN
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Eight Clear Words For 2013: ADDED BY SUSAN C. CLARK
1. The Door of the Harvest Is Open I was given an encounter this past fall, at the time of the new Hebrew year of 5773, where a door was opened and a wind blew through â€“ it startled me. I turned toward the door and I asked, "What is this?" The Holy Spirit replied, "The door of the Harvest is now open." (I am not declaring this is the door to the Great Harvest but rather another time or season of the Lord of the Harvest drawing souls into the Kingdom.) Believe the Lord for divine appointments, and pray to Him to thrust forth laborers into the field. It is harvest time! Matthew 9:38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Joel 3:13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. 2. Walk Into the Kingdom of Peace While some are releasing atmospheres of fear and turbulence, it is time for us to walk in an opposite spirit and receive and release the Kingdom of Peace. Create an atmosphere around you and declare "Shalom" to your storms! Do not panic! Walk in the supernatural release of peace everywhere you go! Romans 14:17 The Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 3. Push the Restart Button I have a major message of hope for many of you! Some of you feel like your season of promise has passed you by, your family by, or your city or nation. The answer is NO! Our God is a God of the 50 millionth chance! Things tend to go in seasons and cycles.
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The Holy Spirit is saying, "Push the restart button!" Yes, look over those old promises that have not yet been fulfilled and let your heart beat again! You can rise up again because the Resurrected One lives inside of you! Push the restart button on your promises and assignments in the Lord. Proverbs 24:16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again... 4. Come Again, Holy Spirit! This is one of the most major words I have released in my lifetime. The Holy Spirit comes in waves and movements. But, it is time to welcome Him again, afresh. Cry out to the Lord, "Come again, Holy Spirit!" and watch and see His jealousy come into play. He will come! (Please read my articles "Come Again Holy Spirit.") Joel 2:28-29 It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 5. Create a Culture of Risk One point builds upon another! In welcoming the Third Person of the Godhead afresh, you can only truly do it by creating a culture of RISK! This is an atmosphere where grace and faith abound and where all things are possible. Let faith arise and see new things come. Don't say, "I have been there and done that!" Never! Say, "I want more hunger! I want more of God! I am going to step out again on the limb of R-I-S-K!" Have faith like a grain of mustard seed and do something with it. It is a voiceactivated Kingdom! Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would obey you." 6. Fresh Presence-Based Worship Movement In creating a culture of RISK and welcoming the Holy Spirit in a fresh manner, realize one of the major things He is emphasizing all over again is making room for a fresh, presence-based worship movement! Set evenings aside for presence-filled worship and praise. Watch what He will do! He sits in the praises of His people!
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The places where God is hovering and brooding are those places allowing the fresh, presence-based worship movement to be released. Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You. Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come."... 7. A Shift to a Glorious Eschatology I think the Holy Spirit has been working within me for years concerning this declaration. In fact, it is not just a victorious world end time view â€“ it is greater and more centered on God than that! It is about glorious eschatology. I remember, years ago, Bob Mumford declared in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium, "I looked at the back of the book, and guess what? We win!" Thunderous applause broke upon the scene! Well, I have something to declare, building on that infamous proclamation: "I have read from Genesis through Revelation, and guess what? Tribulation is not the final word! God has a glorious eschatology as the end of the matter!" I think I am about to get very excited about this shift! Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. 8. Speak to Your Mountain! Now we combine all the previous seven words together and we bring applications to them as our eighth point of new beginning. Speak to your mountain. Yes, speak to your family mountain! Speak to your mountain of opposition and loss! In fact, release shouts of "Grace! Grace! Grace to it!" To every mountain of opposition release the revelation of GRACE! Speak to your mountain to be removed and cast into the sea. Join me in speaking and shouting GRACE to the mountains that stand in the way of God's eternal purposes in Jesus' name! Mark 11:23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, "Be taken up and cast into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
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Zechariah 4:6-7 Then He said to me, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of Hosts. 'What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"'" It is a time when spiritual bravery is needed. I call you on a journey with me to believe that the best is yet to come! Blessings in Christ Jesus! Dr. James W. GollEncounters Network â€˘ Prayer Storm â€˘ Compassion Acts Team Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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USING YOUR POTENTIAL: BY MARILYN ORTON
"FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP" WE KNOW THE PRINCIPLE THAT WHATEVER A MAN SOWS, HE WILL REAP. HE WILL NOT ONLY REAP WHAT HE SOWS, HE WILL REAP MORE THAN HE SOWS AND LATER THAN HE SOWS. THIS IS ALSO TRUE WITH WHAT WE DO WITH OUR LIVES. WHAT ARE YOU PLANING IN THE SOIL OF YOUR SOUL? WHAT IS BURIED DEEP WITHING MUST EVENTUALLY SPRING FORTH WITHOUT. IT IS THE LAW OF NATURE AND THE LAW OF HUMAN NATURE. SOME ARE PLANTING A NEGATIVE VIEW OF THEMSELVES, BECAUSE OF WHAT SOMEONE TOLD THEM. AN OLD INDIAN SHUFFLED ALONG ON THE PRAIRIE. AN EAGLE’S EGG FRELL FROM THE HIGH CLIFF ABOVE. HAVING NO WAY TO REPLACE THE EGG HE PUT IT IN HIS POCKET. AS HE WALKED THROUGH A FARMYARD HE DROPPED IT INTO A CHICKEN’S NEST. TH HEN PROMPTLY SAT ON THE EGG UNTIL IT HATCHED. THE FARMER WAS DELIGHTED TO DISCOVER THE BABY EAGLE, AND DECIDED TO KEEP IT AND RAISE IT WITH THE CHICKENS. MUCH TIME WENT BY, AND THEEAGLET GREW INTO A FULL SIZED EAGLE.
ALTHOUGH IT LOOKED LIKE AN EAGLE, IT WALKED AND SQUWAKED LIKE A PRARIE CHICKEN. HE SPENT MOST OF HIS DAY GRUBBING WORMS, AND THRASHING ABOUT, FLYING JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOVE THE EARTH. ONE DAY A HUGH SHADOW FILLED THE SKY. IT WAS A GROUP OF EAGLES FLYING OVER. ONE OF THEM LOOKED DOWN AND SAW A FELLOW EAGLE AMONG THE PRAIRIED CHICKENS. HE FLEW CLOSER AND CLOSER UNTIL HE WAS IN EAR SHOT TO THE EAGLE, THEN HE SAID, "WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING THERE?’ TO WHICH TH EEAGLE REPLIED, "I’M SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. I’M A PRARIE CHICKEN. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A PRARIE CHICKEN. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE ALL OF THESE OTHER PRARIE CHICKENS TOLD ME SO.” THE HUGH EAGLE SWEPT CLOSER AND CALLED, "YOU’RE NOT A PRAIRIE CHICKEN. YOU ARE AN EAGLE JUST LIKE ME. SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY.” SO THE EAGLET FLAPPED HIS WINGS AROUND A LITTLE BIT, AND THEN A BIT HARDER, UNTIL HE LIFTED OFF THE GROUND AND HEADED FOR THE SUNRISE. AWAY HE WENT WITH ALL THE OTHER EAGLES, ONWARD AND UPWARD. MOST OF US SPEND OUR LIVES THINKING WE ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A PRAIRIE CHICKEN. WE THINK THAT IS ALL WE ARE BECAUSE THOSE AROUND US HAVE TOLD US SO. WITH A LITTLE EFFORT WE COULD FLAP OUR WINGS AND HEAD FOR THE SKIES. THE SECRET IS NOT TO LISTEN TO THOSE WHO TELL YOU, YOU WILL NEVER FLY AND REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN LIFE. HOW WE SEE OURSELVES IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE PORTRAIT WE DRAW OF OURSELVES DETERMINES WHAT WE WILL BECOME. A POOR VIEW OF SELF HINDERS YOUR POTENTIAL FOR GOD. YOU ARE OF GREAT WORTH BECAUSE GOD SENT HIS SON TO DIE FOR YOU AND HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE WITHIN YOU. YOUR WORTH IS MEASURED BY THE CROSS OF CHRIST.
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IT IS ONLY WHEN YOU ARE FULLING USING YOUR POTENTIAL THAT YOU ARE OF GREAT VALUE TO GOD. WHEN YOU DON’T USE YOUR POTENTIAL GOD IS ROBBED, BECAUSE HE MADE YOU WHAT YOU ARE. BURIED IN EVERY HEART GOD HAS PLANTED A SEED OF POTENTIAL GREATNESS. THAT IS WHY WE ARE NEVER CONTENT TO SETTLE FOR A SETTLED FOR LIFE. WE KNOW INSTINCTIVELY THAT WE CAN BECOME FAR MORE THAN WHAT THE MIRROR TELLS US. "A MAN IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE U.S. HAD A LITTLE PIECE OF LAND. HE SPENT A IT TAKES JUST AS MUCH ENERGY AND EFFORT TO USE YOUR POTENTIAL, AS IT DOES TO RUN FROM GOD. YOUR LIFE AND POTENTIAL ARE A GIFT FROM GOD. WHAT YOU DO WITH THEM ARE YOUR GIFTS TO GOD. USING YOUR POTENTIAL IS DOING AND SAYING ALL THAT GOD SAYS YOU ARE (EPH. 3) YOU ARE A UNIQUE, UNREPEATABLE MIRACLE. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU. WHEN YOU STAND BEFORE GOD HE WILL NOT SAY "WHY WERE YOU NOT MOSES, OR DAVID, OR PAUL. HE COULD POSSIBLY ASK "WHY WERE YOU NOT FULLY YOU?”
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Sleepless Nites! BY CATHERIN SKINNER
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 I have sat here for hours on end! My mind and body are at war as the thoughts goes through my being. My flesh wants to do this and my mind says do that! Well I seek what is my God speaking into my spirit. I started this day off by solving a word puzzle/quiz if you may say. The words I unscrambled were "Amen, Into, Praises, Then, Anxiety.” 1. Amen means - 1. It is so; so be it (used after a prayer, creed, or other formal statement to express solemn ratification or agreement). Adverb 2. Verily; truly. noun 3. an utterance of the interjection "amen.” 4. a musical setting for such an utterance. 5. an expression of concurrence or assent: The committee gave its amen to the proposal. 2. Into means (ˈɪntuː, ( unstressed ) ˈɪntə-into O.E. into, originally in to. To be into something, "be intensely involved in," first recorded 1969 in Amer.Eng.
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The word is a late O.E. development to replace the fading dative case inflections that formerly distinguished, for instance, "in the house" from "into the house." 3. Praises means-1. Expression of approval, commendation, or admiration.2. The extolling or exaltation of a deity, ruler, or hero.3. Archaic A reason for praise; merit.tr.v. praised, prais·ing, prais·es 1. To express warm approbation of, commendation for, or admiration for.2. To extol or exalt; worship. 4; Then means-1: at that time 2a : soon after that : next in order of time b : following next after in order of position, narration, or enumeration : being next in a series c : in addition : besides 3a (1) : in that case (2) — used after but to qualify or offset a preceding statement b : according to that : as may be inferred c : as it appears : by way of summing up d : as a necessary consequence — and then some \\: with much more in addition 5. "Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, apprehension, fear, or worry. Some fears and worries are justified, such as worry about a loved one or in anticipation of taking a quiz, test, or other examination. Problem anxiety interferes with the sufferer's ability to sleep or otherwise function. It is noteworthy that teenagers are particularly susceptible to having irritability as a symptom of a number of emotional problems, including anxiety. Anxiety may occur without a cause, or it may occur based on a real situation but may be out of proportion to what would normally be expected. Severe anxiety can have a serious impact on daily lif. Anxiety can be accompanied by a variety of physical symptoms. Most commonly, these symptoms are related to the heart, lungs, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems. You may have upset stomach, diarrhea, trouble breathing, feel as if you may faint or are having a heart attack.” I have read/heard this word anxiety mention so many times this week it caused me to research it. It is no wonder that our body and mind is not at ease.
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This brings me to 6 be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I sense in my spirit that there is a shift taken place. Am I ready for this transition? Ready or not I trust God within me to transition me to the next level where He is calling me to. I pray that everyone who is sensitive to the Holy Spirit receive that which is calling them. As for myself I only want the best God has for you. I don’t want what God has for you, but I do celebrate with you in that which is for you. You see I can’t walk in your shoes nor can you walk in mines. Although we may have walked a similar path, yet individual as we are. I know from personal experience of God power and favor. Therefore I come in agreement with AMEN, ~which God’s Will be done in your life as well as mines. I Declare and Decree it be so. I come into the Divine house of purpose for both our lives that we may be in one accord, accordingly to His purpose and will for each of our lives. For each of our purpose is different/individually as we are. No explanation needed it! INTO~ this relationship and fellowship I come unstressed and opened hearted that in the deep recess of my mind and the quietness of my heart I humbly come with you to the throne of God. God is everything I see because God is in my mind. As I listen to God’s Voice, I am sustained by His Love. As I open my eyes, His love lights up the world for me to see. As I forgive, His Love reminds me that His Son is sinless. And as I look upon the world with the vision He has given me, I remember that I am His Son/Daughter/Child. PRAISES~ is giving unto You my/our God for Who You Are! We exhort you because you are worthy to be praised. We exalt You O God, because of Who You Are. We admire because You alone are God. We worship You, because You are worthy of our worship O Lord God, and there is none liken unto You.
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THEN~ now is the time to seek deep within our mind, Godâ€™s Will for happiness. God, being Love, is also happiness. And it is happiness I seek daily! God being Love, to fear Him is to be afraid of joy. I seek but that what belongs to me in truth, and joy and peace are inheritance. Therefore we choose to have them now, and know, in choosing them in place of what we made, we but unite our will with what God wills, and recognize the same as being one. Finally Anxiety this brings us to our endless nights of sleeplessness. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 Prayer Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experiences, if I but test them out. Let me attempt therefore to try them, and to judge them not. Your Word is one with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surely of Your abiding Love is gained at last. There is no will but Yours. And I am/we are glad that nothing I/we imagine contradicts what You would have me/us be. It is Your Will that I/we be wholly safe, eternally at peace. And happily I share that Will which You, my Father gave as part of me. Inspired by the Word of God Words by Mother Mary Smith Quotes from A Course in Miracles Shared by Catherin Skinner 02/28/13
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"Kalon” BY JEFF GODSOWN
It’s absolutely amazing what kind of rude awakening truths, one can learn when one chooses to return to the original text and language of God’s Word. Take for example the word "kalon”; kalon ignominy, shame, disgrace, shameful nakedness Ignominy IG'NOMINY, n. [L. ignominia; in and nomen, against name or reputation.] Public disgrace; shame; reproach; dishonor; infamy. Their generals have been received with honor after their defeat; yours with ignominy after conquest. Vice begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy. The simplest mistake made that satan can and will use against you, that will lead you into digging a deeper grave of sin(s), finally ending in shame and disgrace, most of the time, just prior to suicide attempts. There is another kind of shame, the shame of embarrassment, maybe you tripped over your own shoelaces, or got caught kissing the first time, or anything that made you red-faced. cherpah reproach, scorn, disgrace, shame This is not the shame we need to worry about, this is a childhood shame, one strictly related to that embarrassing moment, that everyone experiences, providing they are able to walk and talk and act slightly out
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of their league. "Kalon”; this is a shame that we slowly pour ourselves into, because we allowed ourselves to be deceived. We have allowed ourselves to be lied to about God’s Word, because we got lazy and refused to study and renew our minds. In this, we have allowed the Judas goat to lead us astray, to the slaughter, teaching us these lies and misinformation from their understanding, rather than God’s truth. Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Pro 25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. Pro 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. Pro 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. Pro 25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: Pro 25:7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen. Pro 25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. Pro 25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: Pro 25:10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. No matter where we turn or who we listen to, no matter how good and truthful they are, men are still liars, but God is always true. Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. To follow man and not search out the truth of God’s Word is bringing judgment on one’s self, a self-induced damnation, a "kalon”. Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
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Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Rom 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Rom 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Rom 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: Rom 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: Rom 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known: Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. Though it would appear that God’s ways and His truth are time consuming, there is a benefit for all who engage in the search. Their lives are truly transformed, the right way in the correct direction, thus attaining unto themselves; the life more abundant that Christ promised. There is no excuse before God come judgment day, for not doing what we have been commanded to do. We seriously need to repent of our thinking, our ways, our laziness, or our bringing ourselves to shame, "kalon”, all because we thought, we needed to fill our lives with foolishness, which took from our time to do what God has commanded. Christ gave His life, God the Father gave His best, how can we forsake what has been given, for a few moments of shameful pleasure? Think about it, repent and turn fully back to God, holding nothing back, in this we can find our hope. God’s Word is rich with truth and life, isn’t it time we turned to Him, rather than our selfish, stinking thinking ways? Amen!
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And If I Perish, I Perish! : BY DELIA ANN THUMDABOO
Scripture is rich with intriguing stories of how God bestowed His Favour upon the least likely candidates to accomplish great exploits in His Name and for His Glory. Esther was once such person. Orphaned and adopted by her cousin Mordecai, Esther lived under Babylonian captivity and was a relative unknown. Her circumstances were nothing but dismal, but not when God had a plan and something to do with it. Her purpose began to unfold in the most inconceivable manner. Unbeknownst to Esther, she became primed and poised for a mission beyond her wildest imaginings. During lavish festivities celebrating King Xerxes rule and wealth over 127 Provinces stretching from India to Cush, no cost was spared in entertaining the least to the prominent in the Kingdom. But when he had requested the presence of His Queen Vashti to show off her beauty, she had declined him. Filled with anger he deposed Queen Vashti forever removing her from his presence. After consulting his wise-men of the court, King Xerxes issued an edict for all the beautiful virgin maidens in the land to be prepared for his pleasure in seeking a new Queen. Beautiful Esther was chosen. Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favour and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. And the king gave a great banquet, Esther's banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.
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Esther a Jew had not revealed her background and nationality just as her cousin Mordecai had requested her to. Mordecai concerned for Esther's well-being was found at the Kings gate enquiring after Esther and while there had overheard a plot to kill King Xerxes. Having passed on this conspiracy to Esther, she informed the King. Now Haman a loyal servant of the King was given full honour and prominence over all the Kings nobles, it was Haman who discovered Modercai's nationality and when Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, he was angered and issued a decree for all the Jews throughout Xerxes Kingdom to be killed. "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" Mordecai expressed to Esther. Esther replied, "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish." Observe Esther's heart for her people, her Mission taking centre stage over her personal gain. Sometimes our deliverance and breakthrough manifests in the most intriguing, incredible ways. Did Esther ever imagine that she would deliver her people? That she would be Queen? There was nothing honourable and virtuous in presenting herself for the Kings pleasure, yet her beauty and charm won the Kings favour and Esther became a heroine to her people and the path she had paved in their liberation. Yes there are inconvenient and unconventional pathways to where God leads and for what plans He has for us. Yes you may have to pay dearly, sacrifice, go without, forfeit, suffer, but if you will stay the course and look for the bigger picture, the bigger purpose, it will surprise you as to what God can accomplish through you. Haman's plot to annihilate the Jews was uncovered, he was executed. The Jews were saved, Esther made Queen and Mordecai elevated to the highest rank in the Kings Palace.
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BY FAITH : BY APOSTLE JESSIE STRIGGLES
I love this story & it has been in my spirit for a couple of days, when that happens - God is speaking!!! It is a bit much for status so I bring it to you in a note!!! THE STORY OF MOSES AS A YOUNG MAN ACCORDING TO HEBREWS 11 - WHAT I CALL THE "HALL OF FAME CHAPTER OF FAITH". BY FAITH Moses parents put him in a basket in the river to protect his life. How amazing the basket would be found by the Pharaoh's daughter - THE VERY KING THAT WAS OUT TO KILL THE FIRST BORNS. O BUT WAIT A MINUTE HERE - Moses is raised up in the Mansion by the King's daugher. WHAT A BLESSING SOME WOULD SAY - I MEAN WHAT BETTER LIFE COULD THERE BE!!!! BY FAITH WHEN MOSES CAME TO A CERTAIN AGE - I DO BELIEVE IT WAS ABOUT 12 YEARS OLD LIKE JESUS - WHEN JESUS UNDERSTOOD THAT HE HAD TO BE ABOUT HIS FATHER'S BIS; MOSES REFUSED TO BE CALLED THE SON OF PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER!! He chose to suffer affliction (endure trouble) with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a SEASON!!! GOD CAN'T GET US TO FORSAKE ALL THAT THE WORLD HAS JUST FOR HIM. NO WAY - NO HOW!!!! BY FAITH MOSES forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured (persevered) as seeing him who is invisible.
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I am saying as if He had seen God himself. Moses endured every hardship the King had put on God's people for He knew it was just a short while. BY FAITH MOSES kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, less he that destroyed the firstborn should touch him. We know that they came thru the Red Sea as by dry land. What does that mean? At the parting of the Red Sea - NO THERE WAS NO MUD THE LAND WAS COMPLETELY DRY - NOT EVEN LEAVING A FOOTPRINT OF WHERE GOD'S PEOPLE HAD COME FROM & THRU!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!! I sit in awesome wonderment of this story - because I can't sit here and tell you that I wouldn't have enjoyed the pleasures of being the son of Pharaoh's daughter. U must understand Moses did NOT know His natural mother or Father!!! GOD PUT SOMETHING DOWN IN MOSES SPIRIT THAT TOLD HIM - THIS IS NOT RIGHT - THE GOD THAT I SEE IN MY VISIONS - THESE ARE NOT HIS PEOPLE AND I BELONG TO THAT GOD AND ONE DAY SOON HE WILL COME FOR US. final word!!! LORD GIVE US THE FAITH OF THE SAINTS OF OLD - OUR FAITH PLEASES YOU!! from the desk of AJS
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BENNY HINN TAKES A WIFE: (PICTORIAL) BY : BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR.
A SHEPHERD OF GOD’S FLOCKS TAKES A WIFE TO BE HIS PARTNER AND HELPMATE IN CARRYING OUT THE DIVINE ASSIGNMENT OF PRAYING FOR, GUIDING, DEFENDING, PROTECTING AND BLESSING THE FLOCKS GIVING TO HIM BY GOD TO TAKE CHARE OF: BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR.
”AND THE TWAIN SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH” http://www.bennyhinn.org/
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AS DOVE"S EYE : BY CATHERIN SKINNER
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.. Song of Solomon 2: A rose represent the love, faith, beauty, respect, wealth and courage.  For, Jesus Christ is the epitome of beauty and splendor. His spiritual beauty and majesty as God in the flesh is unsurpassed by any created being in Heaven or on Earth Technically speaking, Sharon or more correctly; Saron is a place. It's a level plain extending from the Mediterranean to the hill country to the west of Jerusalem, about 30 miles long and from 8 to 15 miles broad. In scripture this place is mentioned for its beauty and fertility in: 1Ch 27:29, Isa 33:9, Isa 35:2, Isa 65:10. It is called Lasharon in Josh 12;18.
 A lily is very fruitful. One root may put forth fifty bulbs. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He brings forth much fruit (John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
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It is by bearing much fruit that He glorified the Father (John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
The lily represents the sweetness, purity, fruitfulness, humility, and healing qualities of Jesus Christ.Certainly, the lily of the valleys is a beautiful picture and type of the Lord Jesus Christ. Father God, Lord Jesus, Sweet Holy Spirit
You are faithful and true, you have ravished my heart. I set my eyes upon you alone, for my focus and heart belongs to You. You have set an example before me through Your Words within my heart and Bible. You became flesh that I may get to know you personally. As I embrace your life/yoke and learn of you, you sent Your Holy Spirit to abide within me to teach and guide me through all truth/things. That I may bear much fruit and glorify You. To abide in You is life eternally, and It isn‘t easy learning the Fruits of the Spirit, but it is well worth the pain I must endure. It is in humility that I gain what it means to be a part of your love. I honestly can say without a doubt that I truly love you with all my heart, soul, mind and might. I am that I am, and that is why I can say I am my Beloved‘s and He is mines. Thank You, Lord, for bringing me to Your banquet table and your banner over me being that of LOVE. Amen!!!! It has been 19 years ago when I went to Sharon/ prison/valley 03/03/1994 and 17 years since I fled it on December 20, 1996 No prison is not a place of beauty, however, beautiful treasures does come out of darkness. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.‖ John 15:9 Inspired by the Word of God
By Catherin Skinner 03/03/13 http://www.christian-bible-studies.net/rose-of-sharon.html http://www.learnthebible.org/the-lily-of-the-valley.html
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A Season of a Fresh Pursuit of the Father's Heart! : SUSAN C. CLARK
Recently, the Lord responded to my question of how so many things could be going against the will and way of the Lord in our country. Abba Father's answer was short and resounding: "Do not look at the natural surrounding, but look to Me, pursue Me, I am the 'Beginning and the End.' Tell My people I have brought them into a new season â€“ a season of pursuit for their Father Creator.Everything will now change during your pursuit of Me," the Lord said. Now is the new season of pursuit! ...Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) How Do You Know God Will Bless Your Pursuit of Him? When God says "I will," He does it! When God says, "Seek Me and I will reward you," He is always true to His Word. He is faithful to perform it, because He alone is Creator God to bring all His creation into a unity relationship with Him. He is not only our Father of Promise, but God is indeed faithful! Nothing pleases our Father more than having His own children want Him, just because of who He is and their relationship with Him! All God's benefits are
awesome, but God's heart, pleased by our faith, trust, and love for Him, is priceless! God provides us a way to come up and be with Him again whenever we feel stuck or unable to be with Him. God wants us back with Him, not distracted or lost in the daily "rubbish," or mundane natural surroundings, which attempt to keep us away from God's presence. God always wants us in His protective presence.
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In that pursuit, we find that it becomes an "abiding place" to be under the shadow of our Almighty Father's wings of love. In pursuit of the Father, we learn to trust Him! Matthew 6:27-29 (NLT) Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. God, Through the Holy Spirit, Has Answers To Our Every Problem Or Need When our natural mind tries to address our spiritual or physical setting, it is never the best solution. God, through the Holy Spirit, has answers to our every problem or need. We are made in the image of God, made to take dominion and multiply, and given the greatest Grace gift â€“ Jesus Christ, to be in loving relationship with our Creator Father. As spring time approaches, remember that we, like the flowers that burst forth, did nothing to make that awesome multiplication happen. God gets all the glory. We allow God's Holy Spirit to refresh us and bring us into a fresh new season. In this preparation season, let us focus again upon the love of the Lord who gave us His supernatural power to reproduce HIS fruit, which will adjust all the surroundings, regardless of the circumstances. Let's bloom where the Father has planted us, because that fruit will remain, showing the beauty of God's great love and grace. God Is "Yes and Amen!" Recognizing God's faithfulness to His promises, King Solomon says in his prayer of dedication for the temple: "You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand..." (2 Chronicles 6:15 NKJV). Centuries later, the apostle Paul said that all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!"
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And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "yes and agreed") ascends to God for His glory (see 2 Corinthians 1:20). Pursuing God's Heart Takes Us Back To Our First Love! Our Father put us in the middle of all His plans because He wanted us to be with Him for eternity in an ever-increasing love relationship. If our love has less than the pursuit we first had as we came to Him through Jesus, that means it is time to go back to that "first love" kind of desire! God loves our romance with the King! The Lord reminded me that it is much like a "courtship of true love," and finding and pursuing the romance of the "love of your life"! The Father said to me, "Think back how you acted when you first met Sandy, your wife." Wow! I threw "reason to the wind" to take love risks, hoping they would not be denied in pursuit of our genuine love relationship. I wanted to do anything that would ensure her that I was at a level of "intense pursuit," not for the physical, but for the eternal genuine love relationship that only the Father could give us! True love pursuit throws "Reason To the Wind!" I sent dozens of flowers wrote lots of letters and stayed up late on the phone to pursue conversation with what I hoped would be my soon-to-be wife of my life! After the Lord reminded me of that, I felt conviction for my pursuit of the Lord, the way I did when He first "caught my heart"! Think about that â€“ have we moved away any in our pursuit of our Father Creator and Eternal Love? Obviously, now is the time to run hard after His heart! Now is the time to pursue our Love with Abba Father â€“ our true First Love! Our Father's Love Is Always "Out Pursuing" Ours! As we turn fervently back to the Father's heart, our hearts will realize that His love has always out-pursued ours! What a loving Father!
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Isaiah 55:6 (NLT) declared this about our Lord years before Christ came to earth: "Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near." Seek the Father and not "busyness" to keep legalistic, religious rules. As we seek His heart and not just the benefits of "His hand," we will find that the more we know Abba Father, the more we will be deeper in love with Him and His family! We are in a new season of intense pursuit. Pursue Him now, and be assured our Father knows how to adjust the natural settings! We are now in a new season of pursuit. John Mark PoolWord to the World Ministries Email:
MarkandSandyPool@aol.com Website: w2wmin.org
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The Old Man Is Crucified...: BY KENNETH WHITE
Our old man is simply we ourselves as we were under the old Adam creation. When Adam was created, he was made in the image of God and according to the scriptures only "a little lower than the angels". Heb. 2:7. He lived and walked after the Spirit with little or no dependance at all upon natural or physical things. But once he sinned, all this changed and he who began with the nature of God and was made a little lower than the angels now found himself but a little higher than the beasts with the predominant part of his nature more in accord with the beasts of the field than with the God who created him. Nebuchadnezzar typified this very condition when for seven years(representing the seven dispensations)he lived with the beasts of the field, ate straw like an ox, slept outside on the wet ground, and his fingernails grew like claws and the hair of his head like bird feathers until seven years had passed over him. See Daniel chapter 4. Can we say anything better of the Sodom in which we now live where every device is conived and invented to give satisfaction to the realm of the flesh, whether it be for illicit sex, strong drink, marajuana, coke, crack, L.S.D., tobacco, the evils of Hollywood or the sports arena, or a thousand other things evil. Sodomites and adulterers have dared to invade the pulpits in our day, pretending to speak of heavenly things while manifesting the nature of the beasts and sporting them selves with their own deceivings.
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2 Peter 2:12-14. Ah, sinful generation! How shall you escape the damnation of hell? All the corruption in the world is the manifestation of the fallen nature of the first Adam. He is the old Adam. None of this wretchedness can pass beyond the cross. None of his corruption can be carried over into the new creation. None can walk in newness of life until the cross of Jesus Christ has ended the old. There never can be a new man until the cross of Christ has taken the life of the old man. It is not until old things are passed away that all things become new. You will not know the joy of being a new creation while the old creation still persists. The cross of Christ must be the giant"X" that marks out the old forever. The tomb must be the burial place of the old man. Even his grave clothes must remain in the tomb, speaking of his flesh and bones.Without the cross there can be no ressurection. It is impossible. Can you not see? It is the cross that takes the life of the old. It is the resurrection that brings forth the new. Those who die in him to end the old rise with him to begin the new. Thus it is written,"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, and behold all things are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17...George Hawtin--to be continued...
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What @JohnCMaxwell Won’t Tell You about Influnence : Karen Zeilgler
It’s true, the authority on Leadership, John Maxwell has written much on the topic of influence. In searching the word influence on his website it returned 33 posts about the topic and a search on Amazon will reveal at least a half dozen books on the subject by John as well. But what is it about influence you likely won’t hear him say or write about? When it comes to influence – to be a compelling force on the actions, behavior, opinions of others … You – women leaders GOT IT! Yes it’s true but let me bring it to life with some imagery that is undeniable. It’s been negatively portrayed in movies like Devil Wears Prada but it takes place in your home every time you take a business trip and the husband and kids trash the place. If the speed and agility your family uses to get the house back in order those final moments before you arrive were applied to the world of sports there would be new world records made.
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While your husband and your kids may not be using their speed and agility to break records – YOU on the other hand have been using your influence to set records in all facets of society today. Here’s a look at how women are using their influence today.
Senate swears in a historic 20 female Senators Women’s enrollment and graduation from college is making astonishing gains Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos to health care …and many more jaw dropping trends
A women’s influence is nothing new. It started with Eve and the apple. After understanding the powerful consequences of a woman’s influence, women began the centuries old bondage of being treated like nothing more than a possession to be controlled. Women, like livestock and children, were seen as a possession to be managed, a tool to be used to improve and get work done at home. We weren’t allowed an education or even allowed to learn about religion under a Rabbi or priest. Yet despite these humble beginnings and destain from most men of the culture, women made it into the ancient books of the Bible. And guess what these brief moments in history show us about those women leaders?
These women leaders graced the pages of the sacred book for one thing and one thing only – INFLUENCE! There was the negative influences of Eve, Herodias, and Isabelle. There was the positive influences of Esther, Hannah, Abigail, and Ruth. So the question is not whether we have influence, God has created us uniquely with an extra dose of it. It is what are we going to do with it? Are we going to use our influence as women leaders for the positive or negative. So let’s translate this information into the two categories we look at regularly for women in leadership – Maximize Potential and Minimize Pitfalls.
3 Ways to Maximize your influence: 1. Focus your influence where you desire to have the greatest impact. Influence like any other resource is more powerful when focused 2. Recognize that influence isn’t a solo operation – partner with others that have equal strengths in other areas that will benefit the cause that you have your influenced focused on. 3. Make it positive. Just like Eve, using your influence for a negative or evil intent has consequences that can last for centuries. Make sure that the legacy of your influence is a positive one. All your sister women leaders will appreciate you for it.
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3 Ways to Minimize your pitfalls: 1. Embrace your male partnerships and the strengths they bring to your work and life goals. When decisions are critical and especially when they risk life, finances or relationships, seek their counter opinion and perspective. Influence for the sake of influence doesn’t always end well (aka Eve). 2. Don’t think your influence is the end-all, be-all of leadership. There is a balance between influence and the many other skills required to be a leader. Strengthen all your leadership skills and not just rely on those that come naturally (like influence). 3. Think of the movie disclaimer "No humans or animals were harmed in the making of this film”. Always ask yourself if your influence will result in the harm of others. Always steer clear of those situations where your influence could inflict harm of any kind. As a leader it’s your time to chime in. How do you maximize your influence? How do you minimize your pitfalls? Where do you see the influence of Women working most positively today?
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MIRACLE CHILD DEDICATED AT FAITHFUL GOD PENTACOSTAL CHURCH IN DAKAR SENEGAL: BY EVANGELIST FAVOR P; LIBERTY
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GOD IS STILL DOING MIRACLES IN UNITING HIS FLOCKS IN FAITH
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IT WAS AN AIR OF CELEBRATION; SHAING OF TESTIMONIES & GIFTS
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â€œAND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE: BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR.â€? What went wrong in the Catholic Church that cause the Pope to resign and what are the lessons we can learn from this incident. The resignation of the Pope was long in the making and in 2010 I composed an article warning about the consequences of playing politics with God and setting our houses in order. The Leaders of great nations, Religions etc that chart the direction of the billions of humans under their direct or indirect supervision must take note of the policies and traditions that they met which must be upheld or reform; some that has led to the deterition of the moral standards of life or it4s upgrading. Was the Pope really too old to carry on the task or was he conscious stricken by the God he claimed to serve or uphold his policies? I do not intent to judge the Pope or the Catholic Church but to point to a light at the end of the tunnel that can assist us all in setting our houses in order. We all have our faults and skeletons and the Pope is no more than those distorting and misquoting the gospel for the purpose of getting rich or popularity or those nations that claimed to have been founded on religious principles who are contributing to the forces of darkness/Satan/hell by upholding and introducing into policies that are against the foundation of which they were founded in the name of equal rights, freedom, democracy, socialism etc. ; just for the sake of temporary political or social status or power.
That is why I want us to look at the bigger picture and pray that not only the next Pope of the Catholic Church. but every religious, political Leader across the earth wll take heed and review the path upon which they are directing the flocks or else they might find out too late that something worse than resignation might be their portion. Was the resignation of the Pope and Cardinal in any way related? Here is what the Pope said in a speech to his fellow Cardinals. â€œThe Pope's resignation speech . . . Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in todayâ€™s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry
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entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer. From the Vatican, 10 February 2013 BENEDICTUS PP XVI If indeed it was; can we blame them or an age old tradition that needs to be reform? Here are some reports that came out after the resignation of the Pope. Whether these reports are true or false is not our priority for the movement; but they give us a foundation upon which to build our constructive debate. “From The Guardian, reporting on a story in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica: A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. ...
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The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign â€“ the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. ... The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were "united by sexual orientation". In an apparent quotation from the report, La Repubblica said some Vatican officials had been subject to "external influence" from laymen with whom they had links of a "worldly nature". The paper said this was a clear reference to blackmail. http://www.guardian.co.uk/... The "Vatileaks" scandal began last May when the Pope's personal butler was arrested and charged with leaking salacious Vatican correspondence. The Vatican selected 3 cardinals to investigate the matter, and the report on their findings was delivered the same day Benedict decided to resign, according to La Repubblica. A spokesperson for the Pope would neither confirm nor deny the story. And the 300-page Vatileaks report has been locked in a vault until the next Pope arrives. The 54,000 lira question, to my mind, is whether Pope Benedict himself was somehow coerced into retirement. Here is a link to the original La Repubblica article: http://www.repubblica.it/... (now the correct link! h/t robcat2075) ORIGINALLY POSTED TO ANIMAL NUZ ON THU FEB 21, 2013 AT 06:06 PM PST. ALSO REPUBLISHED BY STREET PROPHETS .â€?
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HERE IS THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS REPORT: “Is there a network of homosexual clerics working within the Vatican? Undoubtedly, Yes. Was the discovery of that network a major factor motivating Pope Benedict to resign? Undoubtedly, No. Rome is abuzz with reports about a story that appeared in two Italian publications, La Repubblica and Panorama, alleging that in a confidential report to Pope Benedict on the “Vatileaks” scandal, three cardinals said that one faction within the Vatican bureaucracy was “united by sexual orientation” and could be subject to blackmail. The story—which has quickly spread around the globe—goes on to speculate that the cardinals’ report, submitted in December, shocked the Pope and prompted him to resign. Nonsense. Before we analyze the reports, let’s pause for a moment and notice how little hard evidence has been presented. All of the hundreds of speculative reports now circulating in the mass media are based on two Italian news stories. Those stories, in turn, rely on the reporters’ assertions, unsupported and unconfirmed, about the contents of the “Vatileaks” report. For all we know those assertions could be completely groundless. Even if they are (more or less) accurate, they could be highly exaggerated. The allusion to a homosexual network might have occupied just a few paragraphs in a voluminous final report. We don’t know. Is it probable that in their investigation of the “Vatileaks” scandal, the three cardinals found evidence of homosexual activity among officials of the Roman Curia? Absolutely! As the veteran American Vatican-watcher John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter put it,“frankly it would be a little surprising if they hadn’t.”
The three-cardinal commission was charged with investigating the motives that Vatican officials might have for leaking confidential documents. If they probed the secret activities and associations of Vatican officials, the investigators would naturally have unearthed some signs of homosexuality. Allen mentions two instances in which there has been solid public documentation of a Vatican official’s homosexual activities. In many more cases there have been rumors, unconfirmed reports, or circumstantial evidence pointing toward the existence of a gay faction. Pope Benedict, who has lived in Rome and worked with the Roman Curia for more than 30 years, has surely heard the reports and the rumors. He cannot possibly have been shocked by the news that some Vatican officials are homosexual. “He is probably the last person who would be surprised by such a socalled revelation,” remarked Jean-Marie Guenois, another veteran Vatican journalist and editor of Le Figaro. In a French television interview, Guenois made another compelling argument against the notion that the “Vatileaks” report prompted the Pope to resign. By all reports the Holy Father has been considering resignation for months. (Guenois believes that he made his decision in March of last year, after his trip to Mexico and Cuba.) The “Vatileaks” report was submitted on December 17. “I say that the Pope’s decision to resign had nothing to do with the information in this report,” Guenois concludes. If the three cardinals made the homosexual network a major focus of their report, and ifthey found the homosexual influence was more extensive than Pope Benedict had already realized, and if the Pontiff had not already made up his mind to step down, then conceivably the “Vatileaks” report could have been one factor contributing to the Pope’s decision. But there is one
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more reason to believe that it would have been a minor factor, at best. Suppose, for the sake of the argument, that the Pope suddenly became aware of a powerful homosexual cabal. What would he be likely to do? Why would he resign? Why wouldn’t he stay and fight to restore the integrity of the Church? Throughout his life Pope Benedict has shown a consistent willingness to take on tough problems, even when his actions are likely to prove unpopular. He has always been ready to do whatever he can do to promote Catholic doctrine and discipline. ”Whatever he can do”—ah, there’s the rub. This Pope is no coward; he is not a man to run away from a problem. But there is a limit to his strength and he has reached it. There have been other reports, unconfirmed but credible, that the Pope’s health is rapidly deteriorating. If he is indeed losing his eyesight and his hearing, if his blood pressure is spiking and his energy is flagging, those would be plausible reasons for the Pope to step down. Not coincidentally, those factors would also match the reasons that the Pope himself cited for his resignation.” Sex has been one of the leading weapons of Satan ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. (Don’t misquote me; I did not say sex cause the fall). We can attest to the Catholic Church dominance in the areas of charity, health and education in most of the third world countries and the fruits they bear are extraordinarily excellent; but when it come to morality they fall in the area of sex. This is because the standards they set for themselves are extremely high and while there are those who can carry them out like the Apostle Paul; there are the majority who are weak in the flesh. So how do we cope with this virus that has been eating the very foundation out of the Catholic Church?
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The first thing to do is to reform the system in earnest through prayers and the guidance of God. Like I said in the above mentioned work in 2010; we have to be honest about it or face shameful consequences like these. I see this happening not only in the Church but in the political and social arenas. My message is simple and straight to the billions of our Catholics across the earth. IT”S TIME FOR REFORM IN THE CHURCH IFPOSITIVE CHANGES MUST COME IN AND IT START WITH RECONIZING THAT THE POPE IS HUMAN AND NEEDS GOD DIRECTION AND CMING OUT STRAIGTH ABOUT THE PASS , WHILE SEEKING REFORMS OF THE OLD TRADITIONS, DOCTRINES AND SYSTEMS THAT SHOULD FIND THEIR WAY IN THE PAGES OF THE HISTORY BOOKS. TO POLITICIANS LIKE BARRACK OBAMA OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE BOWING TO STANDARDS THAT GOES CONTARARY TO THE PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH THEY WERE FOUNDED; I CAN ONLY CAUTION THEM TO TAKE A DEEP LOOK INTO THE SIGNS ON THE WALL…. As I congratulate Pope Francis I pray that God will guide and defend him as he embraces the huge task ahead!
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Pakistan Christians need our help : Marilyn Orton Coordinators all over Pakistan are emailing us to tell us about the burning of Christian homes and churches in LaHore. Please take a minute to view this video and help as God leads you. Women of Worth has received many emails from Coordinators in Pakistan regarding the buring of 178 homes and churches by Muslims. We encourage those who are led by the Lord to donate to reputable organizations to help these dear brothers and sisters. Please take a minute to see the unbelieveable events they are dealing with and help if you can. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1dcZLd2xmE&feature=shar e A. W. TOZER SAID: â€œMOST OF THE WORLD'S GREAT SOULS HAVE BEEN LONELY. LONELINESS SEEMS TO BE THE PRICE A SAINTS MUST PAY FOR HIS SAINTLINESS. THE LEADER MUST BE A MAN WHO, WHILE WELCOMING THE FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT OF ALL WHO CAN OFFER IT, HAS SUFFICIENT INNER RESOURCES TO STAND ALONE, EVEN IN THE FACE OF FIERCE OPPOSITION, IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS RESPONSIBILITIES. HE MUST BE PREPARED TO HAVE NO ONE, BUT GOD."
Hear are a few reasons why you should tithe, or at least consider it: BY DR. LEONARD ROBINSON
According to Hebrews 11:6, God says without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. When you tithe to God, you are truly walking by faith and not by sight. Most of us normally don't have enough money to spare. So when we tithe, we're putting God to the test. We're saying, "Yes, Lord, I believe you are the God of your Word, and I am giving by faith". You have to use your faith to please God. As you step out in faith to give your tithes and offering, you are showing God that you believe him, and great shall be your reward eventually. Be faithful day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out, year in and year out, and you will see the windows of heaven shower blessings on you and your family that are so great, that there will eventually be an overflowing in your life. What is tithing?
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"Tithe" means 10% or "a tenth part". God's Word tells us that the first 10% of everything we earn or receive belongs to Him. God says in Malachi 3:8, if you don't give your tithes and offerings to Him, you are a thief. In verse 9, He says that we bring lots of problems on ourselves if we don't tithe. The only way God's work will be done on this earth is if God's people give of their finances. Certainly, the world isn't going to finance the end time harvest. It's the responsibility of the church, or God's people. What's the difference between the "Tithe" and "Offerings"? The tithe is to be the first 10% of everything you receive financially. Now of course you can debate farming and all that but this is why I keep using the word "principle" which it seems no one in the debate wants to use. Now an offering is any amount you would give above the tithe. And note here, whether you give tithes or offerings or tithes and offerings it all should be given in faith. Well, I thought tithing was Old Testament Jewish Law that's not for today. Isn't that what some of you are saying today and I certainly watched on the video posted? No! According to Galatians 3:17, the Law came 430 years after God iinstituted the promise and tithing with Abraham. If tithing was under the Jewish Law, why did Abraham tithe 430 years before teh Law was given? According to Genesis 14:20, Abraham tithed to the Priest Melchizedek from the very beginning, hundreds of years before the Law.
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We don't look at this fact nearly enough and so we couch our argument against tithing as being a matter of law, but I've insisted it wasn't a matter of law as it was a matter of love from Abraham to God and wisdom on Abraham's part. James said if any man lack wisdom let him ask of God who gives liberally. Debating tithes is like debating tongues. Those who debate it only have an intellectual argument against it, not a truly spiritual or wholly scriptural one. Now someone might say, "I can't afford to tithe, don't you now what is going on in this economy? If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you can't afford not to tithe! You need God's supernatural help if you're ever going to get out of debt. If you wait for your ship to come in before you tithe, you may be waiting a long time. Put your faith into action today by giving Him the first 10% of everything you earn or receive, and do it be faith, not by ritual, and watch how He helps you get out of debt. I would also encourage you to teach your children to tithe to God from an early age, so they will be blessed all the days of their lives. It;s a natter of biblical principal, not law or religious ritual. NINE REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TITHE 1. God commands it. In Malachi 3:10, God says, "bring the whole tithe into the storehouse". The storehouse refers to the place where you worship.
The tithe is to be given to your home church, the place where you are spiritually fed. When you give to support charities and other ministries, you should be giving out of your offerings. The whole tithe belongs to the local church. Now you will debate this but I am done. 2. Tithing proves God's Word is true. God' says, if you will put Him to the test in tithes and offerings, eventually you will see great blessings overtake your life, even to the point that you will see God open the windows of blessing upon you and your family. You've got to understand the principle, its a mystery, treasure hid in the field. Its a part of God's Kingdom design for you in participating with Him in the advancing of His Kingdom throughout the nations of the world. 3. God will rebuke the devourer. According to Malachi 3:11, you have an enemy that will steal all your finances, but, when you bring God the whole tithe, and give offerings as He leads you, God will rebuke the enemy. When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, the enemy targets you and your finances. You need God's help if you're going to make it financially in today's world and the tough times that we live in. God actually challenges every believer to "put Him to the test" in their giving, and watch what He does in their lives. It's time to put God to the test, and watch God's blessings flow toward you. Now according to Ephesians 1:3 we are already blessed with every spiritual (Spirit enabled) blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Well this is all the more why you shouldn't have a struggle with giving tithes and offerings.
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4. Tithing teaches me to put God first. According to Deuteronomy 14:23, the purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your life. If God has our finances, then we know He has our hearts. If we refuse to tithe, we prove that He really isn't first in the first place. I was taught the care you have a $1,000 will kill you at $1,000,000. If you are worried about a 10th as though its not going to God you will die if God calls you to give him $100,000 dollars. 5. Jesus recognized tithing. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus recognized or commended the Pharisees for tithing. Tithing was the only thing they were doing right. Boy we've messed this up debating herbs over the principle of the 10th and missing the real rebuke which was about them omitting justice and mercy. 6. Tithing is essential to spiritual growth. God tells us in Luke 16:11, "if therefore you have not been faithful in the use of money, how can you expect Him to entrust greater riches to you?" Many Christians don't grow spiritually, and remain spiritual babies because they are not faithful to obey God in the tithes and offering. 7. Tithing proves you love the Lord. In 2 Corinthians 8:8, God says that your giving tests the sincerity of your love. You say you love the Lord, but you prove you love him when you give. Talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words.
8. Tithing is an investment for eternity. In Matthew 6:19, Jesus told us to "store up treasure in heaven." When you give your tithes and offerings to the Lord's work, you are investing your money in souls for the Kingdom, and helping to get people to heaven. 9. You cannot "out-give" God. In Galatians 6:7, God says, "do not be deceied, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that he will also reap." God is watching, and whatever you give to Him, He will give back to you. Giving unlocks heaven's gates on your behalf. You cannot out-give God. The more you give to Him, the more He'll give back to you. I am done here. God has allowed me to share what He's placed on my heart. I leave you to ponder the scriptures and make up your own mind. For some of you, you think you've made up your mind but others have made up your mind for you. That's what the devil does....he plays no favorites. If he can't get you on one side of a revelation, he will still work to get you on another. This is why we never debate the word of the Apostles and Prophets of the gospel of the Kingdom of God and Christ for God has given them a wisdom of the spirit of the scriptures that can only be denied by those who are bound by the letter, having not properly discerned the mind of God who gives all men choice. Comment by Ann Brown :â€– Leonard: I hope you have a reference, indicating that the place a person worships is the "storehouse" of Malachi 3. Can you provide that for us?â€?
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â€• Leonard: We find in Deut 26:12 When you have finished tithing all the tithes of your increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and have given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within your gates, and be filled; ~~~~~~ Deuteronomy 26:12 instructs "tithes" to be given to "widows" "orphans" and "strangers". The tithe was the welfare system, or benevolent fund that was given to the needy. Do you have plans on sharing the "tithes" collected with these needy people in your midst?â€?
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AFTER MANY PRAYERS THE 1.2BILLION CATHOLICS HAS A NEW POPE: (A LOOK AT THE MAN WHO WILL TOOK THE
MANTLE OF REFORM? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis ADDED BY THE EDITIORIAL TEAM Early life Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of Mario José Bergoglio, a railway worker born in Portacomaro(Asti) in Italy's Piedmont region, and his wife Regina María Sivori, a housewife born in Buenos Aires to a family of northern Italian (Piedmontese-Genoese) origin. Bergoglio has been a supporter of the San Lorenzo de Almagro football club since his childhood. He graduated from the technical secondary school Escuelas Técnicas No. 27, Hipólito Yrigoyen with the qualification of chemical technician. According to some sources (not including the Vatican), he earned a masters' degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.
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At the age of 21, he decided to become a priest and began his religious studies, being eventually ordained in 1969. In the only known health crisis of his youth, he suffered from life-threatening pneumonia and cysts and had part of a lung removed shortly afterwards.  According to Ukrainian Catholic Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Bergoglio was mentored by SalesianUkrainian Greek Catholic priest Stepan Chmil and knows the Byzantine liturgy well. 
Pre-papal career Jesuit Ordination history of Pope Francis Priestly ordination Ordained by
Ram贸n Jos茅 Castellano
Date of ordination
13 December 1969
Episcopal consecration Principal consecrator
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Date of consecration
27 June 1992
Cardinalate 21 Date elevated to cardinal February 2001
Bergoglio entered the Society of Jesus on 11 March 1958 and studied to become a priest at the Jesuit seminary in Villa Devoto. In 1960, Bergoglio obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel; in 1964 and 1965, he taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada, a high school in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, and in 1966 he taught the same courses at the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires.
In 1967, Bergoglio finished his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood on 13 December 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He attended the Facultades de Filosofía y Teología de San Miguel (Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel), a seminary in San Miguel, Buenos Aires province. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology. The Society of Jesus promoted Bergoglio and he served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminary in San Miguel, and served in that capacity until 1986. He spent several months at Sankt Georgenin Frankfurt, Germany, while considering possible dissertation topics and returned to Argentina to serve as confessor and spiritual director to the Jesuit community inCórdoba. In Germany he saw the painting Mary Untier of Knots in Augsburg and brought a copy of the painting to Argentina where it has become an important Marian devotion. It has since spread to Brazil; according to Regina Novaes of the Institute of Religious Studies in Rio de Janeiro, this devotion "attracts people with small problems". He had an image of Mary Untier of Knots inscribed on a chalice he presented to Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
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Bishop Bergoglio was named Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and was ordained on 27 June 1992 as Titular Bishop of Auca, with Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, serving as principal consecrator.  Bergoglio succeeded Cardinal Quarracino as Archbishop of Buenos Aires on 28 February 1998 and was concurrently named ordinaryfor Eastern Catholics in Argentina, who had lacked their own prelate. Cardinal At the consistory of 21 February 2001, Archbishop Bergoglio was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II with the title of cardinal-priestof San Roberto Bellarmino. As cardinal, Bergoglio was appointed to five administrative positions in the Roman Curia:
Member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Member Member Life and Member
Member of the Commission for Latin America
of the Congregation for the Clergy of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Societies of Apostolic Life of the Pontifical Council for the Family
That fall, when Cardinal Edward Egan returned to New York following the September 11 attacks, Bergoglio replaced him as relator (recording secretary) in the Synod of Bishops and, according to the Catholic Herald, created "a favourable impression as a man open to communion and dialogue". 
Cardinal Bergoglio in 2008 Cardinal Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment tosocial justice. A simple lifestyle contributed to his reputation for humility. He lived in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop's residence. He gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of public transportation  and cooked his own meals. On the death of Pope John Paul II, Bergoglio was considered one of the papabile cardinals.
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He participated as a cardinal elector in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI. In theNational Catholic Reporter John L. Allen, Jr. reported that Bergoglio was a frontrunner in the 2005 Conclave. An unauthorized diary of uncertain authenticity released in September 2005confirmed that Bergoglio was the runnerup and main challenger of Cardinal Ratzinger at that conclave. The purported diary of the anonymous cardinal claimed Bergoglio received 40 votes in the third ballot, but fell back to 26 at the fourth and decisive ballot.  La Stampa reported that Bergoglio was in close contention with Ratzinger during the election, until he made an emotional plea that the cardinals should not vote for him.  Earlier, he had participated in the funeral of Pope John Paul IIand acted as a regent alongside the College of Cardinals, governing the Holy See and the Roman Catholic Church during the interregnum sede vacante period. 
During the 2005 Synod of Bishops, he was elected a member of the post-synodal council. On 8 November 2005, Bergoglio was elected president of the Argentine Episcopal Conference for a three-year term (2005â€“08) by a large majority of the Argentine bishops. He was reelected on 11 November 2008. In 2007, just two days after Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum, Cardinal Bergoglio was one of the first bishops in the world to respond by instituting a Tridentine mass in Buenos Aires. It was celebrated weekly.
As a cardinal, Bergoglio was associated with Communion and Liberation, a conservative Catholic association of the faithful. In Argentina, initial opinion following the election was divided; some support Bergoglio and admire his austere lifestyle, while others disapprove of his opposition to issues like same-sex marriage and are uneasy about his supposed ties to the country's oppressive military dictatorship in the 1970s. Relations with the Argentine government As provincial Bergoglio has been the subject of allegations regarding the kidnapping of two priests by the military during Argentina's Dirty War in 1976, whom he had dismissed just prior to their disappearance due to their antigovernment views. These were the subject of a court case in 2005 that was ultimately dismissed, but the episode continues to be a matter of debate, with different accounts of the events being put forth. In 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio, as superior in the Society of Jesus of Argentina, accusing him of involvement in the kidnapping by the Navy in May 1976 of the two Jesuit priests. The priests, Orlando Yorio and Franz Jalics, were tortured, but found alive five months later, drugged and semi-naked. Yorio accused Bergoglio of effectively handing them over to the death squads by declining to tell the regime that he endorsed their work.
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Jalics refused to discuss the complaint after moving into seclusion in a German monastery. The complaint did not specify the nature of Bergoglio's alleged involvement, and Bergoglio's spokesman flatly denied the allegations. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed. Father Jalics has publicly reconciled with Bergoglio and considers the matter closed. Horacio Verbitsky, an Argentine investigative journalist and former montonero guerilla, wrote a book about this and other related events titled El Silencio: de Paulo VI a Bergoglio: las relaciones secretas de la Iglesia con la ESMA. According to the book, after their release Yorio accused Bergoglio, then-Provincial of his San Miguel Jesuit order, of having denounced him. "Bergoglio withdrew his order's protection of the two men after they refused to quit visiting the slums, which ultimately paved the way for their capture."According to Mario Aguilar, a Chilean theologian at Britain’s University of St. Andrews, Bergoglio “disagreed with [the] two Jesuits that had been taken because they wanted to take the way of violence and arms .... He said that we are not going to be guerrillas or revolutionaries, because we are priests. He could not have done otherwise.”  Jesuit Father General Pedro Arrupe in Rome was informed by letter during the abduction. Both Jalics and Orlando Yorio were excluded from the Jesuit Order. 
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Bergoglio told his authorized biographer, Sergio Rubin, that after the priests' imprisonment he worked behind the scenes for their release; Bergoglio's intercession with dictator Jorge Rafael Videla on their behalf may have saved their lives. In 2010, Bergoglio told Sergio Rubin that he had often sheltered people from the dictatorship on church property, and once gave his own identity papers to a man who looked like him, so he could flee Argentina.  Human rights attorney Myriam Bregman claims that Bergoglio and other church officials endorsed the dictators when he knew they were torturing and killing and that the junta was enabled by "this key support". In one case a woman in the de la Cuadra family was kidnapped when five months pregnant and gave birth in captivity in 1977. Her baby was given to another family. Bergoglio had a monsignor investigate and he reported back that the baby's adoption could not be reversed because the adoptive parents were "too important". In 2010 Bergoglio claimed not to have known about any "stolen" babies during the dictatorship. The baby's aunt, Estela de la Cuadra, daughter of one of the co-founders of an organization formed to identify such forced adoptions, the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, says: "Bergoglio has a very cowardly attitude when it comes to something so terrible as the theft of babies. He says he didn't know anything about it until 1985. He doesn't face this reality and it doesn't bother him. The question is how to save his name, save himself.
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But he can't keep these allegations from reaching the public. The people know how he is."  Estela de la Cuadra feels Borgoglio's denial that he knew about babies born in concentration camps being adopted amounts to "lies and hypocrisy". Estela de la Cuadra wants the Vatican to release documents which could shed light on what really happened but this is unlikely. The artist and human rights activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1980, said: "Perhaps he didn't have the courage of other priests, but he never collaborated with the dictatorship [...] Bergoglio was no accomplice of the dictatorship." Graciela Fernández Meijide, member of Permanent Assembly for Human Rights also claimed that there are no proofs linking Bergoglio with the dictatorship. She declared to Clarín: "There are no information and Justice couldn't prove it. I was in APDH during all the dictatorship years and I received hundreds of testimonies. Bergoglio was never mentioned. It was the same in the CONADEP. Nobody mentioned him neither as instigator nor as anything."  As bishop
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio meets Argentine president Cristina FernĂĄndez de Kirchner. When Bergoglio celebrated mass in 2004 at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral to mark Argentina's First National Government holiday, President NĂŠstor Kirchner attended and heard Bergoglio request more political dialogue, reject intolerance, and criticize the exhibitionism and strident announcements.  Kirchner celebrated the national day elsewhere the following year and the mass in the Cathedral was suspended.  Kirchner has viewed Bergoglio as a political rival ever since. Bergoglio's relations with PresidentCristina FernĂĄndez de Kirchner, who was elected in 2007, have been similarly tense. In 2008, Bergoglio called for national reconciliation during disturbances in the country's agricultural regions, which the government interpreted as a support for anti-government demonstrators. The campaign to enact same-sex marriage legislation was a particularly tense period in their relations. Relations with other religious groups Jewish community Bergoglio has close ties to the Jewish community of Argentina, and attended Jewish Rosh Hashanah services in 2007 at a synagogue in Buenos Aires.
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The Catholic Zenit News Agency reported that Bergoglio told the Jewish congregation during his visit that he went to the synagogue to examine his heart, "like a pilgrim, together with you, my elder brothers." 
After the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building in that city, which killed 85 people, Bergoglio was the first "public personality" to sign a petition condemning the attack and calling for justice. Leaders of the Jewish community around the world, not just in Argentina, noted that his words and actions "showed solidarity with the Jewish community" in the aftermath of this attack. A former head of the World Jewish Congress, Israel Singer, reported that he worked with Bergoglio in the early 2000s, distributing aid to the poor as part of a joint Jewish-Catholic program called "Tzedaka". Singer notes that he was impressed with Bergoglio's modesty, remembering that "if everyone sat in chairs with handles [arms], he would sit in the one without." Bergoglio's numerous other actions in support of the Jewish community included his co-hosting a Kristallnacht memorial ceremony at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral in 2012. Abraham Skorka, the rector of the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires wrote a book entitled Sobre el cielo y la tierra (Between Heaven and Earth) based on religious and philosophical dialogue with Bergoglio.
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An article in Israel's Jerusalem Postnotes that "Unlike John Paul II, who as a child had positive memories of the Jews of his native Poland but due to the Holocaust had no Jewish community to interact with in Poland as an adult, Pope Francis has maintained a sustained and very positive relationship with a living, breathing [Jewish] community in Buenos Aires." 
Islamic community Leaders of the Islamic community in Buenos Aires welcomed the news of Bergoglio's election as pope, noting that he "always showed himself as a friend of the Islamic community," and a person whose position is "prodialogue." Bergoglio visited both a mosque and a school in Argentina, visits that Sheik Mohsen Ali, the Director for the Diffusion of Islam, called actions that strengthened the relationship between the Catholic and Islamic communities.  Dr. Sumer Noufouri, Secretary General of the Islamic Center of the Republic of Argentina (CIRA), added that Bergoglio's past actions make his election as pope a cause within the Islamic community of "joy and expectation of strengthening dialogue between religions." Noufouri said that the relationship between CIRA and Bergoglio over the course of a decade had helped to build up Christian-Muslim dialogue in a way that was "really significant in the history of monotheistic relations in Argentina."
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Evangelical Protestant community Evangelical leaders including Luis Palau, an Argentine native, have welcomed the news of Bergoglio's election to Pope based on his relations with Evangelical Protestants, noting that Bergoglio's financial manager for the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires was an Evangelical Christian whom Bergoglio refers to as a friend. Palau recounts how Bergoglio would not only relax and "drink mate" with that friend, but would also read the Bible and pray with him, based on what Bergoglio called a relationship of friendship and trust.Palau describes Bergoglio's approach to relationships with Evangelical Protestants as one of "building bridges and showing respect, knowing the differences, but majoring on what we can agree on: on the divinity of Jesus, his virgin birth, his resurrection, the second coming." As a result of Bergoglio's election, Palau predicts that "tensions will be eased."  Other Evangelical leaders agree that Bergoglio's relationships in Argentina make him "situated to better understand Protestantism" . Noting that the divide between Catholicism and Protestantism is often present among members of the same families in Argentina, and is therefore an extremely important human issue, "Francis could set the tone for more compassionate conversations among families about the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism."
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Papacy Papal styles of Pope Francis
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Election to the papacy Main article: Papal conclave, 2013 Bergoglio was elected pope on 13 March 2013,  the second day of the 2013 papal conclave, taking the papal name Francis. Francis was elected on the fifth ballot of the conclave. The Habemus Papam was delivered by Cardinal protodeacon Jean-Louis Tauran. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that instead of accepting his cardinals' congratulations while seated on the Papal throne, Francis received them standing, reportedly an immediate sign of a changing approach to formalities at the Vatican.
Similarly, during his first appearance as pontiff on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica, the newly-elected Pope simply wore a white cassock; absent was the red, erminetrimmedmozzetta used by the previous Pope Benedict XVI. Also absent was the goldpectoral cross usually worn by past Popes and other high-ranking Cardinals. Francis instead used the simpler one he wore as Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires. 
Choice of name Vatican deputy spokesman Thomas Rosica said the same day that the new pontiff had chosen the name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, and had done so because the new pontiff was especially concerned for the well-being of the poor. Some initially thought that, as a Jesuit, he chose Francis in recognition of Francis Xavier, the cofounder of the Society of Jesus.  This is the the first time that a pope has been named "Francis"  and the first time since Pope Lando's 913â€“914 reign that a serving pope held a name unused by a predecessor. [c] Health Pope Francis, elected at the age of 76, is reported to be in good health due to his austere and healthy lifestyle. In 1969, shortly after becoming a priest, Bergoglio had lifethreateningpneumonia and three cysts. According to an interview he had with his biographers, he was between life and death for three days and had the upper part of his right lung removed.
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Doctors say that his missing lung tissue does not have a significant impact on his health. The only concern would be decreased respiratory reserve if he had a respiratory infection. 
An attack of sciatica in 2007 prevented him from attending a consistory and delayed his return to Argentina for several days. Positions on social and political issues Poverty and economic inequality At a meeting of Latin American bishops in 2007 Bergoglio said "[w]e live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most, yet reduced misery the least" and that "[t]he unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers".  On 30 September 2009, Bergoglio spoke at a conference organized by the Argentina City Postgraduate School (EPOCA) at the Alvear Palace Hotel titled "Las deudas sociales de nuestro tiempo" ("The Social Debts of Our Time") in which he quoted the 1992 "Documento de Santo Domingo" by the Latin American Episcopal Conference, saying "extreme poverty and unjust economic structures that cause great inequalities" are violations of human rights. He went on to describe social debt as "immoral, unjust and illegitimate."
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During a 48-hour public servant strike in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio observed the differences between "poor people who are persecuted for demanding work, and rich people who are applauded for fleeing from justice".  In 2002, during an economic crisis, Bergoglio harshly criticized those in power, saying, "Let's not tolerate the sad spectacle of those who no longer know how to lie and contradict themselves to hold onto their privileges, their rapaciousness, and their ill-earned wealth." During a May 2010 speech in Argentina regarding the poor, he directed his message to the wealthy by saying: "You avoid taking into account the poor. We have no right to duck down, to lower the arms carried by those in despair. We must reclaim the memory of our country who has a mother, recover the memory of our Mother". In 2011, Bergoglio stated: "There is a daily anesthesia that this city knows how to use very well, and it is called bribery, and with this anesthesia the conscience is numbed. Buenos Aires is a bribe-taking city." In 2011, Bergoglio decried sweatshops and homelessness in Buenos Aires as forms of slavery, saying "In this city, slavery is the order of the day in various forms, in this city workers are exploited in sweatshops and, if immigrants, are deprived of the opportunity to get out. In this city, there are kids on the streets for years." He added, "The city failed and continues to fail in the attempt to free them from this structural slavery that is homelessness." 
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In line with the Catholic Church's efforts to care for AIDS victims, he is well remembered for his 2001 visit to a hospice, in which he washed and kissed the feet of 12 AIDS patients. Aparecida Document Child abuse, trafficking, and prostitution In 2007, as Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio presented the final version of a joint statement of the bishops of Latin America â€“ the "Aparecida Document" â€“ upon its approval by Pope Benedict XVI. Bergoglio denounced what he characterized as a cultural tolerance of child abuse. He spoke strongly against the abuse of children as "demographic terrorism" and decried their exploitation. "Children are mistreated, and are not educated or fed. Many are made into prostitutes and exploited".  In 2011, Bergoglio condemned child trafficking and sex slavery in Buenos Aires, saying "In this city, there are many girls who stop playing with dolls to enter the dump of a brothel because they were stolen, sold, betrayed." "In this city, women and girls are kidnapped, and they are subjected to use and abuse of their body; they are destroyed in their dignity. The flesh that Jesus assumed and died for is worth less than the flesh of a pet. A dog is cared for better than these slaves of ours, who are kicked, who are broken." 
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Abortion, euthanasia, birth control, and the elderly Bergoglio also encouraged his clergy and laity to oppose both abortion and euthanasia, describing the prochoice movement as a "culture of death", and had opposed the free distribution of contraceptives in Argentina. As Archbishop, Bergoglio publicly spoke against the Kirtchner government's attempts to institute the free distribution of contraceptives. The Aparecida Document links worthiness to receive the Eucharist to compliance and acceptance of Church teaching against abortion and euthanasia: "We hope that legislators, heads of government, and health professionals, conscious of the dignity of human life and of the rootedness of the family in our peoples, will defend and protect it from the abominable crimes of abortion and euthanasia; that is their responsibility ... We should commit ourselves to 'eucharistic coherence', that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals." He further denounced a "culture of discarding" the elderly and treating them as if they are disposable and worthless due to their advanced age.
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Homosexuality and same-sex marriage Bergoglio has affirmed the Church's teaching of homosexual practices being intrinsically immoral, yet has stated that "men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies must be accepted with respect and compassion." The Church has stated that homosexual desires or attractions are not themselves sinful. He opposes same-sex marriage, and unsuccessfully opposed legislation introduced in 2010 to legalize samesex marriage in Argentina, calling it a "real and dire anthropological throwback". In July 2010, while the law was under consideration, he wrote a letter to Argentina's cloistered nuns in which he said: In the coming weeks, the Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family…At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God's law engraved in our hearts. Let's not be naive: This is not a simple political fight; it is a destructive proposal to God's plan.
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This is not a mere legislative proposal (that's just its form), but a move by the father of lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of Godâ€Ś Let's look to St. Joseph, Mary, and the Child to ask fervently that they defend the Argentine family in this moment... May they support, defend, and accompany us in this war of God. After L'Osservatore Romano reported this, several priests expressed their support for the law and one was defrocked. Observers believe that the church's opposition and Bergoglio's language, which has been criticized by politicians worked in favor of the law's passage and that Roman Catholic officials learned from their failed campaign against the same-sex marriage law to adopt a different tone in later debates on social issues such as parental surrogacy. Falklands War In 2012, he said that the Falkland Islands, whose sovereignity is disputed between Argentina and Britain, "belong to Argentina." He said he islands were "usurped" by the British. Writings Books ď‚ˇ
Bergoglio, Jorge (1982) (in Spanish). Meditaciones para religiosos [Meditations for the Religious]. Buenos Aires: Diego de Torres.OCLC 644781822.
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Bergoglio, Jorge (1992) (in Spanish). Reflexiones en esperanza [Reflections of Hope]. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Universidad del Salvador.OCLC 36380521. Bergoglio, Jorge (2003) (in Spanish). Educar: exigencia y pasión: desafíos para educadores cristianos [To Educate: Exactingness and Passion: Challenges for Christian Educators]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Claretiana. ISBN 9789505124572. Bergoglio, Jorge (2003) (in Spanish). Ponerse la patria al hombro: memoria y camino de esperanza [Putting the Motherland on One's Shoulders: Memoir and Path of Hope]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Claretiana. ISBN 9789505125111. Bergoglio, Jorge (2005) (in Spanish). La nación por construir: utopía, pensamiento y compromiso: VIII Jornada de Pastoral Social [The Nation to Be Built: Utopia, Thought, and Committment]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Claretiana. ISBN 9789505125463. Bergoglio, Jorge (2006) (in Spanish). Corrupción y pecado: algunas reflexiones en torno al tema de la corrupción [Corruption and Sin: Some Thoughts on Corruption]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Claretiana. ISBN 9789505125722. Bergoglio, Jorge (2007) (in Spanish). El verdadero poder es el servicio [True Power Is Service]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Claretiana.OCLC 688511686.
Bergoglio, Jorge (2009) (in Spanish). Seminario: las deudas sociales de nuestro tiempo: la deuda social según la doctrina de la iglesia [Seminar: the Social Debts of Our Time: Social Debt According to Church Doctrine]. Buenos Aires: EPOCAUSAL. ISBN 9788493741235. Bergoglio, Jorge; Skorka, Abraham (2010) (in Spanish). Sobre el cielo y la tierra [On Heaven and Earth]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana. ISBN 9789500732932. Bergoglio, Jorge (2010) (in Spanish). Seminario Internacional: consenso para el desarrollo: reflexiones sobre solidaridad y desarrollo [International seminar: Consensus about Development: Reflexions on Solidarity and development]. Buenos Aires: EPOCA.ISBN 9789875073524. Bergoglio, Jorge (2011) (in Spanish). Nosotros como ciudadanos, nosotros como pueblo: hacia un bicentenario en justicia y solidaridad [Ourselves as Citizens, Ourselves as a People: towards a Bicentenary in Justice and Solidarity]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Claretiana.ISBN 9789505127443.
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Excerpts from Women of Purpose International network â€Ś. Network for Women, passionate about Jesus and conforming into His image and fulfilling His purpose in their sphere of influence Esther 4:14
Women of Purpose International Network Newsletter
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About Us Women of Purpose International Network is a Non-profit organization. A Network for Women, passionate about Jesus and conforming into His image and fulfilling His purpose in their sphere of influence Esther 4:14. All our staff and coordinators are volunteers and unpaid and they are committed to seeing women reached, mentored and released into their God given purpose. We are currently in South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Liberia, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, USA, Canada etc. Women make up half of the world's population and yet represent a staggering 70% of the world's poor. Women of Purpose International Network determined to make a change and do more for women both spiritually and physically. We will be involved in building a Christian primary school and a clinic for the very poor. For more information please contact us at email@example.com rg. We believe and choose to obey the Holy Spirit's injunction given in1 John 3:17-19 (NIV) "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
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Hello Woman Purpose,
Greetings! Its always a joy and a privilege to share with our friends. Since beginning of the year it has been a time of on and off praying and fasting for me. So much to unravel in the place of prayer and also the need to draw closer to the LORD. Several desperate prayer requests and counseling issues come to me daily. Some of them are quite overwhelming and seem impossible to bear but I have
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leanrt to take everything to my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus and see Him turn the impossibility to possible. Secondly after praying we must also dip deep into our pockets and give to others in need. 1 John 3:17-19 (NIV) "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." For those that knows me personally, you will know that my strength lies in maintaining an open channel between me and the LORD. One of the greatest
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privilege and power given to a born again believer is the ability to talk to God and be assured that the communication channel is open 24/7 through the blood of Jesus. Prayer is a bloodbought privilege for those who trust and treasure Jesus. A woman of Purpose is called to be a woman of prayer. A woman that knows how to rule through prayer(Esther was such a woman. She called all the Jews to 3 days and nights of fasting to seek God for divine intervention and God heard her(Esther 4: 1516). It's time to make a difference and fulfill purpose by giving to the needy.(Water for Life)
At a season when the prayer meeting is loosing its prominence the
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Women carry an intense responsibility of taking care of the children and family and mostly with meager resources.
LORD Jesus is calling His people back to the place of prayer and the word. We need to prioritize our life and not allow the fire of prayer to go off. We have a standing invitation to come before the throne of the Ruler of the Universe, through the merits and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ: [Heb 4:16] â€˜Let us therefore
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of needâ€™.More than
We need to show compassion as we seek to bring women into their God given purpose. Poverty has a face.
ever my burden is the need for more and more people to use the opportunity God has given to us to change situations in our homes, workplace, neighbourhood, nations and our world through the
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ministry of prayer.
WOPIN is inundated with support letters from Women with legitimate needs for help (Support needed for Women in India, Pakistan,Bangladesh,Nepal).
The veil is open to the holy of holies. It was rent into two when Jesus gained the victory for man at the cross and we can enter in and possess through the wonder of prayer.Prayer penetrates doors we will never be privy to enter. Prayer breaks hearts that have been hardened by even the most ruthless pursuit of position. Prayer bridges the gap between the modest den of the meek and the highest places of government, where laws are made and bills are signed and officials wrestle against impossible odds. Make no mistake. We are not powerless. We are not too remote
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and removed to make a difference. And we are not a few. If we would but get over our own quarrels and come together on our knees, seeking forgiveness for ourselves first and our country second, dust would fly. Change would come. And to us first. Bye for now and God Bless you! In
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Esther 4:14 â€œFor if thou altogether holdest
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"The education of girls has been shown enhance maternal and child nutrition and lower mortality rates, inhibit the spread of fatal diseases like HIV/AIDS, and reduce birth rates. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, girls do not attend school because of reasons as simple as lack of decent sanitation facilities or the need to spend hours each day collecting water."
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thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement anddeliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? â€œ
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***PLEASE NOTE: Due to a readjustment of my time schedule, this weekly devotional will change to a monthly devotional, starting in April 2013. Thank you for your understanding and your long-standing support! March 20, 2013
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).
I recently heard a U.S. Senator try to explain why he had changed his mind on a major moral and legal issue of the day. He had previously taken a consistent stand on one side of the issue, but suddenly, after learning of his grown sonâ€™s lifestyle, the Senator announced that he had changed his views in order to support his son. Being a parent who deeply loves my children and wants to support them, I can understand where this man is coming from; I donâ€™t, however, support or agree with his decision. Though legal issues can be (and often are) swayed by popular opinion or emotional influence, moral issues cannot. God is the only Author of true morality, the One who declares right from wrong, and He sets an absolute standard to which we must adhere. Of course, God has given us free will to choose our own way, rather than His, but there is always a price to pay for doing so. Case in point is the Israelites of old. God had chosen and blessed them, and even sent Moses to rescue them when they were in captivity. Many times throughout those
years the Israelites had witnessed God’s power and favor on their behalf. And yet, after both Moses and his successor, Joshua, died and the people found themselves without a strong leader, they quickly abandoned God’s absolute moral standards and set up their own, each one doing “what was right in his own eyes.” The result was chaos and multiplied problems and tragedies. Sound familiar? I believe that’s where America is today—and many other countries as well. We have abandoned God’s absolute moral standards and replaced them with our own relative ones. “If it feels good, do it”—regardless of consequences or who we offend along the way. “The ends justify the means”—no matter how many people’s feelings or rights we trample to get to our desired goal. “Intolerance is the worst sin”—even if that means we spit in God’s face and call right wrong, and wrong right. That Senator may very well be sincere and well-meaning in his decision to change his point of view on this particular issue, but in doing so he has made a clear statement on his character: We can’t trust his stand on this issue or any other because they are quite obviously personal, relativity-based stands rather than God-based, absolute ones. Therefore, his vote will always be up for grabs, depending on which way the wind is blowing. Now before you think I’m singling this man out to beat him up for his wish-washy beliefs, let me stress that I am speaking from personal experience when I tell you that every decision I’ve made in life that was based on personal whim or popular opinion has brought me regret. Those decisions I made based on God’s absolute standards, though possibly causing me to walk through some tough times as a result, have never ended in regret but rather in joy that I have remained true to my Lord. Those of you who know me have probably heard me say this at some time or other, but I believe it bears repeating: If what we say we believe doesn’t govern our lifedecisions, then perhaps we don’t really believe it. Beloved, we dare not abandon God’s absolutes and resort to doing what’s right in our own eyes. People who need to see God’s Truth in action are watching us. May we be found faithful to hold to God’s holy and unchangeable standards, regardless of hardship or consequences! ***My newest release, The Moses Quilt, is now available at most online venues and in bookstores across the country. You can find/order it, along with previously published books, on my website (www.kathimacias.com). If you liked Mitford, you’ll LOVE Bloomfield! Check it out:https://www.facebook.com/BloomfieldClub?ref=ts&fref=ts ***Kathi Macias, PO Box 772, Homeland, CA 92548
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I'm crying.... I'm crying seeing the house of my father have tone to be the house for money and not the house for prayers anymore. People don't want to hear the word salvation but your going to be bless in the next 1hr. oooh God.This is what the bible said; Matthew 21:13 He said to them, ―It is written, ‗My house shall be called a house of prayer,‘ but you make it a den of robbers. John 2:16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, ―Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade. Help the church ooh God. where are the old preachers of the gospel? where are the Evangelist of the old? ooooh God. Now the Elders and church members use to tell the pastor the word to preach in the church. Pastors don't sick the face of God anymore. ooooh God have mercy. As you read this, close your eyes for 30minut and think about the death of our Lord Jesus on the cross.
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Pursue God But Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts ~ADDED BY : SUSAN C. CLARK
The greatest quest for mankind is the pursuit of God and the experience of His presence and glory. We have an open invitation to boldly come before the Throne of grace; yet, it remains a sacred and holy journey, requiring clean hands and a pure heart. The fruit of those who genuinely experience God this way will be evident. Throughout history, when God's people walked before Him in truthfulness and faithfulness, He made known His presence through visible signs, visions, and displays of His might. A reverential fear of the Lord arises from such demonstrations of God's virtue. We pursue God, and at the same time earnestly desire His spiritual gifts. Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy (interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching). 1 Corinthians 14:1 (AMP) Presently an opportunity exists for our spiritual eyes and ears to be illumined in very real and profound ways. Scripture warns that where there is no vision, people perish. Discouragement and unbelief â€“ resulting from deferred hope and seemingly unfulfilled promises â€“ will be overcome as the Church apprehends the revelatory realm of Heaven and secures the thoughts and ways of God. That is our Biblical promise and spiritual mandate for our generation.
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We are to pursue Christ and also yearn for the activation of spiritual gifts. Even so, there is a distinction in our priority in this pursuit. Our first and foremost purpose is to walk with God intimately and then allow the spiritual environment around us to manifest His gifts, signs, and wonders. Laying the Foundation Some time ago, I had a very interesting dream. In it I was seated across the table from Kenneth Hagin, a man whose teachings God used to establish a firm foundation in my life. When I first accepted the commissioning on my life in 1989, I discovered his book, "I Believe In Visions." That single book transformed my life as I knew it, and set me on a quest for understanding the supernatural arena of the Spirit. After that, I dialed up Rhema Bible Training Center, gave them my credit card, and told them to send me one of everything. Little did I know what that meant! A few days later a UPS truck pulled up in front of my office, the delivery person retrieved his dolly and unloaded a dozen boxes of books and audiocassettes. I spent the next several months devouring his resources. It was as though I had an insatiable appetite that required constant attention. As a result, I developed a great sense of respect and appreciation for Kenneth Hagin and the Kingdom principles God imparted through him. A Dream of Instruction Perhaps it was for this reason that the Lord allowed the dream to include Kenneth Hagin. As I was seated across the table from him, I began to express my appreciation for his walk with God and the way the Lord used him to influence my foundation in Christ. In the dream I began to specifically discuss two of his books that had particular impact upon me as an individual. They were "I Believe In Visions" and "Plans, Purposes & Pursuits."
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"I Believe In Visions" was the first book I read involving a modern day saint that lived in the revelatory realm and experienced visions and visitations. As I read his book I could hear the Spirit echoing loudly within me,"You can do that, you can do that." From that date to the present hour, I have not wavered from that determination to walk with God in such a way that the visions and revelations are of a Biblical stature. As I reviewed this important book again, a genuine conviction fell upon me involving the way our generation has, in many ways, watered down our spiritual currency. Too often we throw the word vision or visitationaround flippantly until it scarcely means what it did in the days of the Bible or even in the days of people like William Branham, Kenneth Hagin, Maria Woodworth-Etter and others. Our Challenge While the Scriptures clearly admonish us to "earnestly desire" spiritual gifts, it is the spirit within a person utilizing the gifts that is the distinguishing factor. We must constantly examine our own hearts asking, "Is my motivation truly to build the Kingdom of Heaven, or to establish personal ambitions and agendas?" It is surprising how easily these lines can be blurred. History has proven that. We need the Holy Spirit to guard and protect our hearts from every form of corruption that would prostitute or merchandise God's priceless gifts. This is not meant to be a criticism but instead a challenge to lift the standard back to a Biblical perspective. I have never in my life been more convinced of the spiritual validity of true visions and visitations from the heavenly realm. Even so, I do not want to use lofty spiritual language to describe things that are actually more accurately defined as "impressions" or the "stimulation of the imagination." Clearly, the imagination can be sanctified and used powerfully as a springboard into the realm of the Spirit.
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However, we must reserve terms like "vision," "visitation," "going to the Third Heaven," and "divine manifestations" for what is genuinely derived from spiritually imparted visitations from the Lord or His host. I hope the reader understands the heart of what I am trying to convey. In our zeal for God and the spiritual realm we sometimes carelessly use spiritual language inappropriately. Calling things prophetic that are not and carelessly identifying various forms of revelation. The Bible is our standard and experiences recorded therein. All of the champions highlighted in Hebrews 11 had divine encounters that were so genuine it catapulted them into a supernatural dimension of faith and service. That is our quest. Paul describes experiences that were more real to him than the natural realm. John was literally caught up in to a heavenly place and saw great and awesome things recorded in Scripture. Peter literally had a visitation of an angel in the form of a man that struck him and led him from the prison. These are the criteria for our language that must be restored today. Following my dream, I personally spent two weeks in repentance for being guilty of doing this myself. In the end, the Lord spoke to me and admonished me to no longer call things prophetic that are not; do not describe things as apostolic that are not; do not call things revival that are not; and especially do not describe things as miraculous that are not. I believe part of the mandate of Apostolic Reformation is to redefine our language, revalue our spiritual currency, and bring things back to Biblical criteria. That said, the door of opportunity to encounter the heavenly realm has never been so profound and inviting. The last-day Bride of Christ will experience all that is described in Scripture as our heritage and mandate. Unprecedented Opportunities
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We are living in a day unprecedented in history. Great and divine opportunities are imminently before us as many mysteries of the Kingdom are beginning to unfold. The prophet Daniel foresaw this day and was instructed to seal the revelation of his vision for "the time of the end" (see Daniel 7 & 12). We are living in that day, and the seal is being lifted from the revelation of end-time promises. One of the most notable opportunities being given to His Church is the "open door" presented in the Book of Revelation: "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things'" (Revelation 4:1). A Body of righteous Believers is being given the invitation to "come up here" that He might disclose things that will be taking place in this generation. There are many within the Church who are earnestly calling upon the Lord, corporately and individually, that: "...[He] will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3). A careful examination of the language in this passage discloses that it is referring to truth hidden and wisely set apart for a specific time in the scheme of God. As we "call," He will "show." This is a divine invitation that cannot be approached carelessly, presumptuously, or flippantly. It is a sacred and holy mandate that must be addressed with the greatest reverence and awe. It is essential that we are equipped with the discernment and maturity to recognize a forged imitation presented with the intent to deceive. The manna reserved for this day to unfold the Kingdom of Heaven is of priceless value. The one whose misguided desire is to "be like the Most High," will attempt, with keen earnest to keep us from it, to unleash a deluge of deluding influences into the earth.
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It is our devoted pursuit to encounter God in this dimension by responding to this incredible opportunity. On a personal level, that is my constant prayer. I was overwhelmed when I read "I Believe In Visions" to think that the Creator of the universe would give me, or any person, an invitation and opportunity to encounter Him in a face-to-face exchange. Even so, we want truth and the fruit of genuine Third Heaven encounters, which are grounded in the Scriptures, bearing the seal and endorsement of God. Our Warning The faithful stewardship of this great responsibility falls upon those who are pursuing this dimension in God. Both the Scriptures and Church history provide illuminating attributes and fruit generated when encountering the Lord in such an awesome way. This will help us to judge the authenticity of a true Third Heaven experience and separate it from the excessive and fanatical. One of the most often quoted passages in Scripture involves the righteous prophet Isaiah and his opportunity to ascend to the Third Heaven and encounter God in a "Throne Room" experience. He records: "In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple" (Isaiah 6:1). His response to such an experience is quite revealing: "Then I said, 'Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts'" (Isaiah 6:5). Because of his humility, an atoning provision was offered, providing the cleansing he needed to stand in this place. Much is written about this notable prophet and his standard of righteousness and commitment to the God of Israel. Both the Scriptures and history record his stand against the apostasy and infidelity of God's covenant people. In fact, it is commonly believed that that position of purity to the truth cost him his life.
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It is believed and recorded in the Apocrypha that he was "sawn asunder" because he refused to compromise. The Example of Maria Woodworth-Etter Visions and revelations seemed to be an integral part of the ministry of Maria Woodworth-Etter. This realm of the Holy Spirit was experienced by those who were saved and others who attended the meetings to ridicule and mock her ministry. It is well-documented that many saints who were bound by various forms of oppression and sickness were delivered through their supernatural encounter with the heavenly realm during these meetings. In each meeting in which this dimension was opened, a reverential awe permeated the auditorium and forever changed each one it touched. Lifelong commitments to the Lord were made by many individuals who discovered that "open door" in her meetings. It is reported that some actually received the gift of speaking other languages and commissioned as missionaries to the nations. Woodworth-Etter reported that prophetic utterances were given to young and old alike concerning future events, many of which took place within days or weeks of the experience. Others returned with supernatural knowledge and insight that they had no way of knowing within themselves. In each case, the people were captured by the humility and contrition demonstrated by those given this great opportunity to encounter God in this spiritual arena. There was no boasting or superficial behavior, only reverence, contrition and commitments to lives of consecration. Even so, great joy also characterized her life and ministry. In one particular meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, the people of the city were particularly harsh in their treatment of this precious sister and her ministry team. The meetings were attended by some of the most hardened characters in the city.
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Woodworth-Etter wrote, "men stood on the seats with hats on, cigars and pipes in their mouths, coats off and sleeves rolled up...women wore dirty aprons...and bare armed...they would shoot off firecrackers and when we sang they sang even louder and when we prayed they clapped their hands and cheered. They carry pistols and clubs and were ready to kill us and tear down the tent." The end of the story is quite different. The Lord faithfully heard the prayer of His devoted saints and responded by opening the Heavens and giving the people visions of Heaven and Hell. They encountered the spiritual dimension opened to them by the Holy Spirit. The results were that, according to Woodworth-Etter, "the fear of God came upon the multitude. The sweat came on their faces and they stood as though in a trance; men began to take their pipes out of their mouths and their hats off. The women began to cover their bare necks and arms with aprons. They felt they stood naked and guilty before God. They began to get off the seats (from standing) and sit down but some fell and lay like dead." The evidence of a tangible touch from the "Third Heaven" was evident and easily discerned. This was true both for those who were saved and those who were not. The fruit was apparent by the responses of the people. It is often recorded in WoodworthEtter's writings that sinners and saints alike would often cry out in reverential fear when the heavenly dimension was opened to them. Conclusion A phenomenal opportunity to encounter and embrace God is being given to the Church of this day and it is one that must be welcomed and protected. It is our heart and ambition to encourage every Believer to pursue this reality in God.
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Nonetheless, at the same time, we must also emphasize the importance of discerning the fruit of His voice so that we would not be deceived by another nor would we identify something from that sacred realm that it is merely an expression of our imagination. On one notable occasion, the prophet Samuel stood before the people of Israel as a credible voice and God's representative. His words did not fall to the ground nor did he beg from the people for his bread and sustenance. When he shared his revelations, the people listened attentively to the validity and authenticity of His voice because he had cultivated a genuine exchange with God. That is the position the Church of Jesus Christ must maintain in this crucial hour. It is time for prophetic ministry to emerge with a credible and trustworthy voice to address the notable issues presently unfolding. Paul Keith and Wanda DavisWhiteDove Ministries Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: whitedoveministries.org
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"IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL" :BY BABSIE HANNAH VD BERG
The song "IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL" was written by a successful Christian lawyer.He had two girls and a wife, and the family planned a summer trip to go overseas. Since he had a lot of work to do, he sent his family and decided to follow them later. He heard the news while on the following ship that another ship has capsized and he knew that his family was there since they mentioned the name of the ship. On His return home, his Law firm was burned down and the insurance refused to pay, they said "ITS AN ACT OF GOD". He had no money to pay for his house and no work, he also Lost his house. Then while sitting and thinking what's happening to him,being a spiritual person, he wrote a song - whatever my Lord, you have Taught me to say - IT IS WELL, IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL. My dear friend, a good attitude will determine your altitude. When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say? Do you praise God? Do you blame the devil? A good attitude towards God makes Him move on your behalf. Just sit down & say, Today God , it is well with my soul , I am thankful I had a peaceful sleep , I am thankful I am alive with possibilities , I am thankful I have a roof over me , I am thankful I have a job , I am also thankful that I have Family and Friends. Above All, I AM thankful that I have the lord Jesus Christ on my side.Be blessed. And please donâ€˜t be envious or shocked when others are prospering, because you donâ€˜t know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation) so thank God for what you have."Little is much when God is in itIT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL AND YOU? TOUCH SOMEONES LIFE WITH THIS MESSAGE IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US??
TOPIC: THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO MAN BUT IT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION! SCRIPTURE TEXT: KING JAMES VERSION 2003 ADDED BY: CLERGY-WOMAN: REV.C.BRUCE Isaiah 55:6-9 "Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." MY COMMENTARY: We live in a day and time where the world has bought into its belief system that all roads lead to God; and or God is love so you can adopt any lifestyle and God will understand. BUT! That is not what the word of God says. God‘s standards operate above all other standards. God‘s standards are holiness and righteousness. This can only be obtained by adoption into his family through no other means but by Yeshua, (Jesus Christ). This is the only road too salvation that God will accept, and the only lifestyle acceptable is Holiness. NO OTHER WAY WILL DO!
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FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED: Bishop Steven Liberty Sr.
She is a Christian woman living in West Africa who has not only intermarried but also finds herself in a dual-religious situation. After giving birth to her child; he was taken to the Mosque, as the custom demands and dedicated. As a Christian she brought this child to church for prayers, anointing and dedication. It was a risky but necessary task and the child was named peter. We are praying that this Mother will find help in raising Peter as the child of God she wishes him to be. Not a adoptive but surrogate parent who will help guide her in bringing him up as she wants. What is amazing is she from among the poorest of the poor but her faith is richer than most of those who have it all.
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In Remembrance Of Me "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." Luke 22:19 One of the most poignant and moving of occasions for me is to be presented with the Body and the Blood of Jesus. Nothing is more sacred, more reverent and worshipful. The sacrament is a powerful emblem that serves to remind us of the Sacrifice and Salvation so freely and undeservingly given to all who believe in Jesus Christ. It is the Feast of unleavened bread, the observance of Passover. Jesus summons His Disciples to make preparations for Passover. He instructs them as follows,"Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house" (Matthew 26:18-19). This man would only be identified as someone who carried a water pot! What a bizarre request! As perplexed as Peter and John were, they followed these instructions. They followed the man carrying a water pot to his house and asked for the use of his guestroom. We must pause at this juncture and reflect on Gods Divine Provision. Evidently Jesus had no place to call His own, no place to lay His head as Scripture details; yet again we witness the detraction from comfort and possessions. A stable was sufficient; a guestroom now would more than suffice. No greater privilege than making room for Jesus. He gives you the opportunity today what will you do? The scene is set in the upper room, where Jesus and His inner circle, the Disciples gather for their last supper. Imagine the intensity, the intimacy, and the mixed and frazzled emotions that filled that room. Nothing could have prepared the Disciples for the events that lay ahead, yet Jesus took them through step by step of what was to occur. He prophesied and foretold of His betrayal, His death and His resurrection. But even more He imparted profound truths and pivotal teachings on what it means to be a servant, serving in His Kingdom. "Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded."John 13:5. During this time, it was customary for a slave to wash his masters' feet. Yet here was Jesus, washing His Disciples feet. The paragon of humility! This made the Disciples uncomfortable and unworthy. "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Simon Peter asked.
Jesus replied, "For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you, if you know these things, you are blessed if you do them." John 13:15, 17. Even on the eve of His Crucifixion, He teaches on the merits and blessings of serving one another. We commune and serve our Heavenly Father most intimately when we serve one another. The last supper saw the end of one dispensation and the beginning of a new one. Yes we remember the Body and Blood of our Saviour, but we're reminded of and await His return with great expectation and hope. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." Luke 22:15-18. The price has been paid in full, the Lamb sacrificed. We remember you Lord, and wait in even greater anticipation for your return. Come Lord Jesus, come! Women of Worth International assist Pastors to start and maintain an effective Women's Ministry. Pastors in over 80 countries like the simple, free program because it gets many people involved, freeing up their time to do what only they can do. Women love it because it allows them to use their Spiritual Gifts within their church. Register to start a WOW chapter in your church at
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ITS BETTER FOR YOU TO LOSE EVERYTHING AND KEEP YOUR MIND. PROPHETESS COLLETTE WILLIAMS One day i was coming from all night prayer and it was during winter so it was freezing cold.This was early parts of the morning and it was still dark. I stopped at a gas station to buy some foodstuff before going home. Outside the gas station i saw a man wearing torn and tattered shorts and nothing else. His hair was unkempt and he was full of black grease due to not bathing. He had no blankets, nothing only a box. He began to fight things which were invisible to us.NEVER LOSE YOUR MIND.In the morning i went with clothing, shoes, food, blankets to give him. The bus conductors, vendors and other touts began to hurl insults at my assistant and i. They protested as to why i was helping a mad man instead of them who were able bodied.It did not affect us. We hired someone to bath him every day, change his clothing, cut his hair and if you had seen him he now looked like every normal human being but HE HAD LOST HIS MIND. Every day we prayed for him but there was no change. A month passed and nothing. Then one day we got up as usual to go and pray for him and when we got there he was no where to be found, a man that never left that spot for over 7 years was gone. The petrol attendants and shop people came to us and told us that he woke up normal and told them that he did not deserve to live on the streets anymore and that he was going back to his rural home. We were worried and decided to do a follow up and surely enough he went back home. Thank you Jesus. There are so many people on the street that dont deserve to be there. Some were once professors, some husbands and some wives.
Due to stress and evil attack many end up on the street. Learn to handle pressure, do what you can to keep your mind. Pull down every stronghold in your life, cast down every imagination and put on the mind of Christ. God bless. 2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST! : PROPHETESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST! GLORY BE TO THE MOST HIGH KING! YES, HE WAS SHOWN HONOR AND REVERENCED AS HE RODE IN ON HIS DONKEY AS MEEK AND HUMBLE AS A LAMB......BUT, DON'T YOU KNOW THAT SHORTLY AFTER, SOME OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE THAT WERE SHOUTING HOSANNA....CRUCIFIED HIM ON CALVARY'S CROSS? SOME OF THEM, FOR THE FEAR OF THEIR OWN LIFE, TURNED AWAY AND DENIED HIM. SOME, LIKE US, WERE MORE CONCERNED OF WHAT MAN THOUGHT , RATHER THAN WHAT GOD, THE FATHER THOUGHT OF THEM BEING UNGRATEFUL, UNTHANKFUL, UNHOLY, AFTER HE HAD SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO DIE FOR US ON CALVARY'S CROSS SO WE COULD LIVE ETERANLLY WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. HOW QUICKLY SOME FORGET! SOME REFUSE TO THINK ABOUT HIS SUFFERING, THEY ONLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE CAN DO FOR THEM NOW! SOME ACT AS THOUGH IT WAS NOTHING TO BE CRUCIFIED ON THE CROSS. WELL, I'D LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU WOULD HAVE WANTED NAILS DRIVEN IN YOUR HANDS. (SELAH!) WOULD YOU HAVE WANTED YOUR FEET RIVIETE? (SELAH!) WHAT ABOUT THE MOCKERY CROWN OF THORNS ON HIS HEAD? WOULD YOU HAVE WORN THAT PROUDLY? WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE ALL OF THE SCORN AND RIDICULE ; DISRESPECT, DISHONOR , IRREVERENCE? I'LL BET YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN READY TO KILL SOMEONE HAD THEY SPAT IN YOUR FACE AND CALLED YOU "BEELZEBUB " BEFORE YOU WERE ABOUT TO BE CRUCIFIED AND THEN OUT OF MOCKERY SAID, "HAIL, KING OF THE JEWS", BUT SAID SO ONLY TO DISHONOR HIM BECAUSE THEY REALLY DIDN'T BELIEVE HE WAS WHO HE SAID HE WAS. NO, NONE OF US WOULD WANT TO HAVE SUFFERED THE WAY JESUS DID FOR US WALKING UP GOLGOTHA'S HILL AND THEN TO BE HUNG ON
THE CROSS TO DIE FOR A SIN SICK PEOPLE WHO HE KNEW WOULDN'T SHOW RESPECT NOR APPRECIATION FOR HIS SUFFERING. BUT, HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS; BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES; THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS LAID UPON HIM AND WITH /BY HIS STRIPES , WE ARE HEALED. NOW, I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE TIME OUT OF OUR BUSY SCHEDULES AND REMEMBER CHRIST'S SUFFERING FIRST, AND THEN GIVE HIM ALL THE THANKS AND PRAISE WE COULD POSSIBLY MUSTER. AND REMEMBER, HE INHABITS THE PRAISE OF HIS PEOPLE. SELAH; PAUSE AND THINK ABOUT THIS FOLKS.
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The Beauty of a woman: Marilyn Orton The Beauty of a woman isn't in the clothes she wears, The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes; Because that's the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman isn't in a facial mole; But true beauty in a woman, is reflected by her soul. It's the caring that she cares to give, the passion that she shows; And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows.
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WHO OR WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE DURING THIS SEASON; JESUS OR EASTER??????? THE REALITY REMAINS….HE SHED HIS BLOOD JUST FOR A SINNER SOUL LIKE YOU AND I ….WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT HIM TO DO? STOP RITUALIZING CHRIST AND THE PURPOSEOF HIS DEATH….IF WE MUST CELEBRATE ANYTHING AT ALL ….CELEBRATE JESUS !!!!!!! CONTACT US AT : email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Website : http://sheplighthouse.ucoz.com/ Write us at: SHEPHERDS WITHOUT Borders Lighthouse Bugle Magazine, BP26736 Dakar Senegal African Voice In The Wilderness International BP26736 Dakar Senegal Tel. +221777832634 Skype: rev.lliberty
ALL THIS HE DID FOR YOU & I ….CELEBRATE JESUS NOT EASTER
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THE REALITY IS CHRIST IS RISEN AND AT YOUR DOOR….WAKE UP RICH MAN, WAKE UP POOR MAN, WAKE UP BEGGAR MAN , WAKE UP THIEVES, WAKE UP PRESIDENTS, WAKE UP KINGS, WAKE UP POPES, WAKE UP ! THERE IS NO TIME! THE MATTER IS URGENT! GRACE AND SALVATION IS AT YOUR DOOR FREE OF CHARGE !!!!!!!
CONTACT US AT : firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Website : http://sheplighthouse.ucoz.com/ Write us at: SHEPHERDS WITHOUT Borders Lighthouse Bugle Magazine, BP26736 Dakar Senegal African Voice In The Wilderness International BP26736 Dakar Senegal Tel. +221777832634 Skype: rev.lliberty
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Published on Mar 23, 2013
Published on Mar 23, 2013
"And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke." POPES ARE NOW BECOMING CONCIOUS OF THE FAC...