One of the flaws in the past few generations within the church is that there has been great emphasis on gifts and charisma. Our gifts, talents, and charisma, void of a strong solid foundation, has resulted in many great Christian leaders falling and bringing much hurt and shame. I understand and fully agree that we, the church, need to demonstrate the power of God to our generation (I Cor. 2:4). This requires that we submit our God given gifts and talents to be used for His glory and Honor. But we need to ask ourselves, “why then do we not see more of His miracle working power in our churches and why have there been so many people of God who have fallen victim to various sins?”
Refuting the atheistic, agnostic, materialistic, and humanistic cultures.
Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, He said it would be difficult. In John 15:20, Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” Furthermore, 2nd Timothy 3:12-13 says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Doesn’t this last verse ring true, considering the present state of the world? Matters have gotten worse, and Christians are persecuted more than ever before for proclaiming the Good News and upholding God’s law. We truly live in a world of darkness, where enemies conspire against us for following God. Jesus knew this would happen, as he said, “They hated me without reason” (John 15:25).
The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week.
RAMADAN PRAYER COUNTDOWN:
Each night, at 8:38 p.m. ET on Facebook, we will hear LIVE from different ministries as they share praises of how Muslims have supernaturally encountered Jesus. Join us in praying for the Muslim world during Ramadan.
"Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path - the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad."
For Jerusalem --- Thirteen Principles --- For America
When Nehemiah heard about the broken down walls of Jerusalem, he wept, he mourned, he fasted, and he prayed before the God of Heaven. (Nehemiah 1:3,4)
Then he developed a plan, and all the people joined him. Despite strong opposition, they persisted and, in only 52 days, they prevailed in rebuilding the wall! Laus Deo! (Nehemiah: 1-13)
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be taken hostage and taken into exile to Babylon, as Nehemiah was 2500 years ago? What did he do to deserve this?
And then to find out that your friends and family who were left behind in Jerusalem are being mistreated, the city walls have been torn down, and the country is in shambles?
This manual is an Apologetic, Autobiographical, Technical, and Philosophical blend to give the reader an informative, practical, Instructive, and entertaining learning experience. It recounts some life experiences on the mission field that few have rarely encountered.
Author Rogowski suggests that in our church mission efforts, we often underrate the effectiveness of demonstrating the Gospel through practical helps as a viable means of evangelism. He maintains that the unique ministry of community development is a powerful evangelism tool linked with the mission to help the poor escape their culture of poverty. He presents a beginners look at the first principles necessary to be effective in motivating and facilitating poor communities to become more self-reliant while avoiding the snares of dependency.
This is a must read for those in service agency and ministry oriented situations with groups of any type. It is a valuable tool for those considering mission outreach. ORDER HERE
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"How they hate a Christian in Damascus!..." Mark Twain wrote
"...and pretty much all over Turkeydom."
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born NOVEMBER 30, 1835.
His first popular story was "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," written in 1865 while he was in San Francisco. In 1866, as a reporter for the Sacramento Union, Mark Twain traveled to the Sandwich Islands (present-day Hawaii). In 1867, a newspaper funded Mark Twain's voyage to the Mediterranean, which he recorded in his book, Innocents Abroad, 1869.
Recently the Pastor of a Richmond Baptist Church, in a sermon, opened the door for the church to consider allowing homosexuals (assume active) into their membership.
The Pastor stated marriage was changing from multiplying (having children) to being about love and commitment. He feels the need to open up membership with the decision of the Supreme Court legalizing homosexual marriages citing civil rights and his belief that homosexuals don’t choose their sexual orientation. In addition he said Jesus never spoke about homosexuality.
We actually enjoy Thanksgiving
The history of Thanksgiving - how it came to be, and what it means:
In 1620 English settlers arrived in “Massachusetts” from England.
In the fall of 1621 they invited the Indians to join them in thanking God
for having carried them through a difficult first year.
The settlers observed Thanksgiving for many years in the interest of promoting faith in Christ.
Until 1682 Thanksgiving proclamations were made, primarily by church leaders,
and then by both government and church leaders until after the American Revolution.
Esther 2:12 NKJV, emphasis mine).Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve month’s preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation [purification] apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes [sweet spices] and preparations for beautifying women – (
You might be wondering why I would relate this verse (along with verse 17 and the whole story) with the profound and difficult subject of suffering and brokenness. It has to do with illustrating the ultimate purpose in brokenness. I have been casually mentioning it throughout these messages, now it’s time to emphasize how profound and prophetically powerful this really is!
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Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus (Rev. 14:12)
Luke 21:19 speaks of this “patience” saying, In your patience possess ye your souls. Other translations communicate it like this: By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls (AMP). By your endurance you will win your souls (Barclay's Daily Study Bible).
I was always puzzled by these words until God began showing me the message and purpose of brokenness. I understand that it takes faith in something to endure through something. The Greek word for patience is hypomonē and can also be interpreted as endurance. It is very similar to the word perseverance. In a 2009 devotional I spoke of the slight difference between patience and perseverance. Patience is waiting with contentment (some can wait but not be content), while perseverance is fighting the battle while you’re waiting with contentment. Perseverance in the faith is a main theme throughout the New Testament for the Body of Christ to follow until the return of Christ; a theme that is not talked about enough. With the pressure of the end-times bearing down on us, we need to understand the message of biblical brokenness and how to receive the grace to persevere. The hardships we endure in life have a way of applying a lot of pressure on us, - to the point of breaking us.
James 1:2-4 NKJV).My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (
The word “broken” today basically brings negative thoughts or images: broken equipment, broken bones, broken hearts, etc. Many today in our churches are unaware that the Word of God speaks a lot about the subject of brokenness: biblical brokenness. What is biblical brokenness? The Bible speaks of a brokenness that is not only positive but absolutely essential. Jesus reveals a symbolic spiritual pattern in communion when the Bible says; “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it” (Matt. 26:26).
A Study in the Purpose of Brokenness Part I
By Rob Franzen
Ever wonder why being a Christian can be difficult at times when outright sinners are not experiencing the difficulties you are as a Christian? Isn’t Jesus supposed to be with me delivering me from these troubles and making life easier for me? Why doesn’t God prosper me more than wicked people; I would use the money for the good. Jeremiah the prophet asked the same question in chapter 12:1-3 “Why are wicked people successful? Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives? You plant them like trees and they put down their roots. They grow prosperous and are very fruitful. They always talk about you, but they really care nothing about you. But you, Lord, know all about me. You watch me and test my devotion to you” (NET).
The short answer to why we experience sufferings would simply be, “God loves you!” Our heavenly Father loves you too much to leave you in any sinful condition whatsoever; He wants more for you. That’s why the Bible says in places like Rom. 5:3-5; Jas 1:2-4; and 1Pet.1:6-7 that we can rejoice when we’re experiencing difficulties; we know God is at work! “…, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed [at His return](1Peter 1:6-7 NET).
I posted an article at Renew America several months ago titled “The Coming Criminalization of Christianity in America.” I suggested that the outcome of the Supreme Court’s decision on homosexual “marriage” would be to enshrine sodomy into American law and in so doing, would decree that all Americans must bow to homofascism. As expected, they have done the despicable deed. Now what?
Many, many so-called Christian leaders will, of course, do nothing other than what they have done throughout the decades, and that is effectively ignore the homosexual lobby and its lawlessness. Other so-called Christian leaders are clearly apostate and have embraced that lawlessness, while falsely claiming that God agrees with them. That is a despicable lie. God does not agree, as Scripture clearly reveals. And then there are those believing Christian leaders who will fight evil. They are the hope of this nation, at least until Almighty God ultimately determines America’s fate.
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