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I begin every mastermind meeting by reading these eight mastermind principles: BOB PROCTOR
I Release: I release myself to the MasterMind because I am strong when I have others to help me.
I Believe: I believe the combined intelligence of the MasterMind creates a wisdom far beyond my own.
I Understand: I understand that I will more easily create positive results in my life when I am open to looking at myself and my problems and opportunities from another's point of view.
I Decide: I decide to release my desire totally in trust to the MasterMind and I am open to accepting new possibilities.
I Forgive: I forgive myself for mistakes I have made. I also forgive others who have hurt me in the past so I can move into the future with a clean slate.
I Ask: I ask the MasterMind to hear what I really want; my goals, my dreams and my desires, and I hear my MasterMind partners supporting me in MY fulfillment.
I Accept: I know, relax, and accept; believing that the working power of the MasterMind will respond to my every need. I am grateful knowing this is so.
Dedication and Covenant
"I now have a covenant in which it is agreed that the MasterMind shall supply me with an abundance of all things necessary to live a success-filled and happy life. I dedicate myself to be of maximum service to God and my fellow human beings, to live in a manner that will set the highest example for others to follow and to remain an open channel of God's will. I go forth with a spirit of enthusiasm, excitement and expectancy."
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TWELVE BLUNDERS OF A FUNDRAISER
1. Think and try to do it in his own strength.
2. Fail to grasp what God’s Word teaches about money matters.
3. Fail to keep a grace-awakened, big picture and not get the process on a higher level than the ultimate goals.
4. Failure to only want to be ministered to rather than minister.
5. Failure to learn from mistakes without over-reacting!
6. Failure to properly acknowledge and thank (including a quick receipt) those who give time, good, money or anything else: love, encouragement, advice, contacts, friendship, prayer.
7. Failure in forgetting what people have done in the past.
8. Getting involved emotionally in the sexual arena.
9. Failure to persevere, including returning peoples’ calls, letters, etc, and not initiating them in the first place.
10. Failure to report back when requested about people or projects.
11. Allowing breakthroughs to bring subtle forms of pride.
12. Allowing discouragement to rule.
-- George Verwer
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An estimated 17000 people live on and make a living off a mountain of rubbish (around the size of Signal Hill). Its mindboggling. The stench defies description (approx. take 6 parts methane, 2 parts acetic acid, 1 part ammonia, 1 part gunpowder…puke, burning plastic and rotting meat, diahhorea, sulphur, dead bodies…). The atmosphere is toxic. Father Norberto tells me that most children born on the dump die within their first hour from airborne tetanus infecting the cut umbilicus. Methane fires blaze furiously. From 4 am till 10 pm (when a curfew begins) the place is crawling with scavengers digging in the filth. Trucks without break roar up the steep track to the summit, disgorging an endless load of garbage. Cowboy like characters ride atop the vehicles, shouting and whistling directions. Below on the ‘ground’, bulldozers incessantly level the heaps, spreading and compacting it. Todays trash becomes tomorrows ground level. In their wake, the
fossicking hordes stalk. Eagle-eyed and specialised. Some focus on wood. Others, plastics. Solvents. Metals. Electrical goods. Toys. Furniture. In between, as my eyes become accustomed to the bedlam, I see islands of difference. Clusters of hovels. Collections of furniture. Piles of computers. Groups of men manufacturing picking implements. Women sorting clothes. children rinsing glasses, pouring water to sell on trays. A gold-tester passes, I witness him prove an earing for a delighted scavenger. “Fresh gold!” they triumphantly exclaim, “fresh gold from the shit!” laughter. A sign on a structure declares the HQ of the Payatas Scavengers Federation. High on a rise a security and first aid post stand. I begin to see the galvanising presence of the Federation at work. Marshals and medics can be spotted in the crowd. There is an underlying system to this weird place. Again the reassuring presence of positive anarchic federalism, victorious. On the lower slopes of the hellish heap, shacks cluster. Creative crystalisations of the very trash they rest on, these are homes. People are born, live and die here. Love, romance, loyalty, care, concern, anger, sorrow, curiosity, joy, fear – all abound here. It is a complete cycle of human life in one locality, feeding off the waste of the wealthier living elsewhere. Extraordinary. I feel an immense respect for these remarkable, adaptable people. They are the ultimate survivors. Phenomenal humans. I descend the slopes, witnessing trucks compacting tin cans as they ascend. The flattened metal quickly gathered and the next crop laid out between vehicles. I pause in the ‘suburb’, observing a small boy chop onions for a restaurant made of the burnt innersprings of mattresses and plastic sheeting. Inside, the gum-booted patrons fed at a high table with gusto. A cornucopia of fresh fruit, sweets, softdrinks and cigarettes add a vivid contrast to the surrounding world of greying fragments, broken things and homogenous decomposition. Outside a cheerful tinsel Xmas tree, gleaming with scarlet and gilt baubles, proclaimed the season of giving gifts. Leaning through a window in a shack, I spy a new born babe, swinging in a hammock. Cheerfully gurgling under the shiny proud eyes of its teenage parents. The sun was too high to spot any bright stars, but I’m sure there was one out there…
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“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Galatians 5: 1
Last week as I was brushing my hair and looking in the mirror, I thought “Who is this person”? This person in the mirror is smiling and happy and has peace and joy reflected in her eyes. The answer is written in blood on my heart. This is someone who had suicidal thoughts every day for almost forty years and had no desire to live. This person didn’t trust anyone, hated everybody and had a terrible temper.
One day, Jesus reached down His nail scarred hand to me, lifted me up from under a bed in a mental hospital, sat me on His lap of love, put His compassionate arms around me and said “I Love you, Joanne. I will never hurt you or leave you”. Joanne Lowe is a sinner saved by grace through the atoning blood of the Christ of Calvary. This is the reason that I say over and over “There is no one like Jesus! There is no friend like Jesus! No one loves like Jesus!” Thank You, Jesus, for loving me when I was so unlovable.
I don’t care what trials and heartaches you are facing today. Jesus is the answer! He is the only answer. He is the only one who can see into the hidden corners of our hearts. He has felt pain, agony, horror and loneliness so He understands our pain. We can trust Him because what He says, He will do.
If you are hurting, depressed, scared and lonely today, put your trust in Jesus. He will walk with you through every trial and bring you victorious into the presence of God on that final day. If you have never invited Jesus into your heart, I plead with you to do it now! Don’t put it off. You may not have another hour.
November 17, 2006
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A MESSAGE FROM GEORGE VERWER
As I have ministered around the globe over the past 50 years people again and again have asked, and written me about what I am trying to share in this letter. There has been more hurt, disunity and discouragement in connection with this than we can ever know. Please try and take the time to read what I am sharing and pass it on to others.
Denominations or denominationalism?
In the ministry of mobilisation we are faced with many obstacles and complexities. One of the toughest is the denominationism which is usually combined with deception and pride.
I am PRO-denominations (not all of them), but ANTI-denominationalism. By that I mean the attitude that makes you believe that yours is the only true church group (or at least better than all the others)
There is a huge lack of reality and humility among such people, especially now with over 27,000 denominations. One group publicly teaches that all others are wrong and the only way is the way they believe and teach. This, of course, becomes cultic and manipulative. There are believers in such groups and we must exercise love and patience because that is all they know.
It is even sadder that many denominations don't believe that God works much outside their group or local church. By the way, some of the stronger church groups don't want to be called a denomination which is part of their judgementalism against other denominations. One group recently produced in their denominational magazine two articles against what they call "para-church agencies" making all kinds of false statements. This is especially sad as they have some good churches and lots of wonderful Christians. I find these articles (and they are not new) very divisive and hurtful. It is something that I have noticed around the world for the past 50 years.
Without realising they write off as second-class or worse,
1. all mission agencies
2. most Christian radio and TV
3. most Christian camps and youth ministries
4. the Christian Film industry and most
internet teaching and evangelism
5. most all Christian literature and Bible Agencies
6. almost all Christian book shops
7. most Christian Conference conventions like Keswick
8. most Christian Relief & Development Agencies
9. all international networks like WEA or Lausanne
10. all missionary aviation agencies
11. all ship ministry agencies
12. most evangelistic agencies like
Billy Graham and Luis Palau
13. Student Movements and Organisations like UCCF,
Campus Crusade, the Navigators
14. Christian Arts & Music ministries 15. most Bible colleges or seminaries and other Christian
16. most drug and alcohol rehabilitation agencies
17. many evangelistic efforts like the Alpha course
The list can go on and on.
It is almost impossible to honestly maintain such a position as it denies so much of what God has done over these 2000 years and what He is doing right now.
I know of cases where young people felt the call of God to join a mission event for a summer and were told by their local church leaders that it could not possibly be of God. Can you imagine the confusion and discouragement that comes from such behaviour? As Bible believers we are a minority and on a narrow way. Why do some get joy out of making n more narrow?
The good news is that increasing numbers of churches and whole denominations believe that most, not all, Christian biblical 'so-called' para-church agencies are a vital part of what God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are doing in the world today. There is only one church and all true believers are part of that church.
Walls have come down when those of us in such groups repent of not esteeming more highly local churches and denominations. I did that publicly once in front of 500 mission and denominational leaders from around the world.
One of the most crucial things to remember is that many of the mission agencies are responsible for planting thousands of local churches and even whole denominations, like SIM in Nigeria birthing a whole huge dynamic denomination. We could give many other examples.
I have received beautiful letters from people who have apologized for their attitude toward 'para-church' groups and who have changed their viewpoint.
As mobilizers, let's get involved in breaking down the barriers and praying for more workers to be released into the harvest. Let all of us who know Jesus and are heaven-bound realise that we need each other.
I submit this hoping that it will increase humility, reality and a great unity of purpose in reaching all peoples with the Gospel.
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So, do you have to go to church to be a Christian?
Many of us grew up having religious experiences that gave us a certain perspective of "church." We concluded, “This ain't nothing. This doesn't mean anything. It's just a bad organization. The organization I go to and attend on Monday morning from nine to five is far more organized, far more professional, with far more intelligent people performing their functions far more proficiently (and usually with more integrity) than what I see in this thing called ‘church.’ But I know I'm supposed to do this ‘church’ thing because it's in the Bible.” Somewhere in the back of our minds and hearts we have different memories of our religious experiences. One of my memories, for example, is of my “pastor” coming over to my house and getting drunk on Saturdays while watching football with my dad. We all have our own stories that somehow discredit this thing called "church", don’t we?
As a result, somewhere in the back of our minds we lost respect and awe for this thing called "church," and in a sense, rightfully so, because most of what we saw didn't really deserve respect. It was a contradiction. If you ask the average pagan or unbeliever to tell you everything they know about church, they could usually sum it up in one word: "Hypocrites." Or, "Boring", Both words are the same thing, really. Those words would be the very first things on the average unbeliever's mind.
And for most of us, we grew up with those same sorts of concepts about the “church.” If we were on the inside because our parents were, then we would see the hypocrisy but think that maybe we could just fix things from the inside. And, you know, you can get accustomed to just about anything. You’d feel guiltier for not going than for going, so you begin to accept the hypocrisy as normative. You tolerate it and explain it away with "we're only human" or "we're all just sinners saved by grace." You just create a theology to explain it all.
Seeing GOD Affects the Way You See CHURCH
But in truth, God means for the Church, the Body of Christ, to be viewed with an awe, and if we aren’t viewing it that way, then we aren’t seeing it properly. In those who first saw the Church, there was a transition that took place. It was reported that those early believers "were filled with awe" when they saw the Church. Something very dramatic happened in their lives to the extent that they all abandoned their separate lives and were together and had everything in common. It’s not just, "Yeah, yeah, I know. They loved Jesus. They gave their life to the Messiah who they realized had come. They repented of acts that lead to death." Something else happened, too. They were devoted to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to prayer, and to the breaking of bread—all these things have to do with other people and have to do with the Church. They instantly had a regard for the Household of God as something much more than a loose-knit affiliation of people who each believed in God. It was not just about praying in their prayer closets and then acknowledging these other people, "Well, they are Christians, too. I'm going to live for God, and they are going to live for God. So, we ought to at least try to get along and attend something together regularly.” That isn't how the believers 2,000 years ago viewed the Church.
Instead, the way they viewed the Church affected every ounce of their being. When they saw the House of God, the gate of Heaven, something radical happened in the way they began to function with one another. They now saw their lives as actually belonging to each other, rather than themselves. It wasn't just simply, "I believe the Messiah has come.” Something happened in the way they viewed other people. Something about Christ with His Head in heaven and His feet on earth was awe-inspiring to them and had a dramatic effect on their lives. It was a dreadful thing, not in the negative sense of course, but there was something very awe-inspiring about who Jesus was and is in His People on this earth. They saw it and they responded to it.
What is Church? What is a Christian?
From Jesus’ standpoint, for us not to discern the Body, is also not to discern Christ. For us to persecute the Church or minimize the Church or not esteem this thing called the Church is in turn doing the same to Christ. As I said before, we all grew up not esteeming the thing we called “church”. But the thing we were not esteeming was an institution. It was an organization. It was a religious group with some “belief system” that drew them together. But, in the average “church”, more than half of the attendees were not even new creations! If you were to go down any street in America, you’ll find that probably very few people in these “churches” who profess Christ and claim to be Christians are truly Christians, if measured against the Bible's definition of a Christian.
The Bible defines Christians as ones who have forsaken all in order to be His disciple. They’ve lost their lives in order to find it. They’ve turned from sin and therefore can come to be called new creations because the old has been given away. They’ve died to sin and then buried it under the water. Most people wouldn’t come anywhere near a description like that. They want to live for themselves. They love the world and therefore the Scriptures say that they are enemies of God. They love the world and have not died to sin, therefore they are children of the devil (1 John 3). So, most of what we’ve historically called “church” really isn’t Church, from a biblical standpoint.
But, it's not a measurement of maturity. It's a measurement of what is the standard. Is the standard the Word of God? Is the standard the Life of Christ and the teachings of Christ? Is that what we live for? Is that what we are willing to die for? Or are we going to make little loopholes for ourselves? Are we going to try to create some other standard? "Well, let's not take that too seriously. That's not practical. If we live like that, someone might not like us. We might get sued.” Those sorts of human reasonings (which are wisdom from below, unspiritual, and of the devil--James 3:15), are what most religious bodies are built on. At the very least, most make great room for worldly wisdom.
The Church and Christ are Inseparable
If you say you love God desperately, don't you dare try to undermine or underplay the relevance of loving the House of God, loving the work of God's hands, loving the extension of God's heart, loving the visible of the invisible God (as Paul said in Colossians).
It's essential that you see the connection between loving God and loving His Body. Don't pompously think that you love God, but loving His Body is secondary in importance. “I can be a Christian, but I don’t need the church.” Wrong. Because God in His infinite wisdom said that Jesus Christ is the head of the fullness of deity, and His Body, collectively, is the fullness of the authority and the power of Jesus. There is no authority and power apart from the Church! Unless you are part of a local body of believers with God as part of what you are doing, Christ-honoring, Christ-centered, Bible-believing people who are walking in obedience to God—not just talking about it, but doing it—then you are not in the fullness of deity and there is no power, no authority, no dominion.…none of those things in your life.
True Love Expresses Itself
If there is someone you love desperately, what do your mind and your heart want to do? You have to find some way to express that love. If I love someone, my mind is going to be creatively finding ways to express it by always thinking, “How could I do something special for them that would make them smile or take a load off their shoulders? How could I creatively find a way to get into their heart, into their life and to just do something special, with no need for anything in return? I just want to give.” When you really love someone, you just want to give. That's the way it is with God, too. If you really love God, there is no way you can draw some line between loving Him and expressing that love in His House--with a zeal, a passion for the House. If you really want to serve Him, there aren't a lot of ways to do that with a God whom you can't touch, and whom no one has seen or can see, as the Scriptures say--the only immortal, invisible, great, and awesome God. How can you wash His feet? What other ways do you have to love Him if you don't love His House and are not consumed with zeal for His House as was King David and Jesus?
So, loving His House is not an irrelevant point. But you being captured by the vision of loving His House is not a replacement for loving God. It is the overflow of loving God. Don't you dare replace loving God with loving His Church, but understand that they are inseparable. Loving His Church is the overflow of loving God. If you are really a worshipper of God, you will worship Him like David did (as you can see throughout the Psalms) and zeal for God's House will consume you. There is no way to separate that.
The Church must be built on the right foundation of obedience to Jesus and lives that are devoted to following Christ. These are not lives that claim absolute perfection, but they are striving for it and accepting nothing less while walking in the transparency with God and each other between here and there. So, if I see a particular sin in my life, it's not the end of the world. If that sin has occurred in my life today, it is the end of the world, spiritually speaking, if I say, "I don't care. That doesn't matter. Mind your own business. Get the log out of your own eye.” When I refuse to walk in the light (honest transparency with real people who know God), refuse to humbly submit to the Word of God, and refuse to turn to God and the other believers around me in God's Family, that's when it's all over. This is the verdict, Jesus said: Some love the light; some love the darkness. That's the issue that divides.
When the House of God is built on a foundation of walking in the light and a willingness to hear the Word of God and respond to the Word of God with Jesus as the standard, then there is nothing in heaven or on earth that can hold us back. If, however, at any point, regardless of how mature we may be, we decide that we don't really need the standard of the Word of God and the teachings of Jesus, when something less than the character and the full measure of the stature of Christ is acceptable to us, when we push away from any light that shines on the discrepancy between where Jesus is at and where we are--that terminates our existence as the people of God, at least as a Church, as a foundation that God can build His House on. That reverence and awe for the Church, the Head in heaven and the feet on earth has to be restored. That's the point.
It's a very simple Biblical idea. It's not a deep, far-fetched concept, but people despise this revelation of the Body of Christ. They despise this idea of being joined one to another, being members of one another. These are gruesome terms to people who want to live selfish lives. They have no desire for the House of God. Zeal for themselves consumes them and they are not going to lose their lives. In fact, that's a repulsive idea to them. They want to have what they want. They want to be gods who control their own destiny and perhaps others' destinies as well. But to lose their lives as Jesus did, to make themselves nothing, to become a slave to others even to the point of death if necessary--those are despicable, scandalous ideas. Not only will they not do it, but they will also mock and blackmail anyone else who desires to live that way.
If you see this revelation of the Body of Christ in your lifetime, and give your life to this heart that God has for His House, you will be mocked and persecuted beyond belief. You will be called every name in the book. It is something very supernatural because satan despises that sort of agape love. To lose your life for the sake of others is a terrible idea to those who will mock and persecute. They think, “You can believe what you want to believe, but don't you dare love people even to the loss of your own personal identity, possessions, and even life. Don't you dare do anything terrible like that. But, if you want to believe a certain set of things, that's fine. Just make sure you live selfishly, loving a worldly sort of lifestyle like everybody else does, and it will be fine. Just stay plugged into this socially acceptable, cultural, normative, satanic, American, matrix lifestyle…and don't you dare ever love anybody. Then, you will be fine.”
However, if you'll embrace this revelation of the Body of Christ in your lifetime, you will also experience the Reality of the Fullness of the Life you were created for. No more empty, striving, peace-less living. But, the Real Life you were created to experience, reveled in along with others who have also sold themselves completely to Jesus and His Church.
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by Marquois David
To God, I am an instrument. He made me, and knew what kind of melodies I would play for him, from the beginning.
With His instrument that He holds, He plays vibrant, life giving sound waves that penetrate the atmosphere. The way He uses His instrument, is in a way that completely overpowers the instrument itself.
The way He uses it is awesome, but the instrument doesn't always realize the greatness of its user. But God, the heavenly musician, lets His instrument know just how greatly it is being used.
God, the greatest musician, uses His instruments to spread His life giving tunes, to those who are unable to hear. They can't hear and are deaf to God's music, but God is changing that. Because the sounds that He swarms from His instrument, don't produce normal frequencies, but frequencies of God Himself.
God does not "need" the instrument, but "chose" His instrument, for Himself, to please His ears, and to be spread to those who do not yet hear, but "will" be able to hear, because of the life giving sound waves that God emits from his instrument.
By this, God will use those who could not hear, or play music, as even "greater" instruments than the one He is already using, to show "all" His instruments, that He can do the most amazing things, things that His original instruments, could never even think of.
The audio of God's music, is being spread, and giving those who don't hear, a chance to hear, and those who want to receive the mighty music of God himself.
God has not a favorite instrument, because He truly treasures all His instruments as musical treasures, and wonderful works of His own hands, and one thing from His own hands, is not greater than another, because He adores all His instruments.
His instruments depend on Him, because even though they want to make powerful sounds come out by themselves, they can't, not without their highest musician. He chooses which ones He wants to use for what purpose, and no purpose is greater than another, because they are all His divine and original purpose, for Himself, that He has intertwined between between all His instruments, and all His 'soon to be' instruments.
Anyone who hears His music openly, will fall in love with Him, and will want to become His instrument also, and will consider it to be a gift, to be a unique treasure of God, whom He can willingly make musical greatness with.
God loves all His instruments. Golden trumpets, shining with a dazzle of perfectness, that He plays songs of peace with. Emerald harps, with strings of pure gold, that He plays the power of love with. Diamond tamborines, reflecting the clear color of purity, that He plays hymns of truth with. Pianos of ruby, with keys of marble, that He plays the reality of His divineness with. Violins of brilliant silver, with strings of gems, that He plays the symphony of kindness with.
There are many great ways He uses His instruments, and with delight and awe hears the way they sound. How magnificent! With the sounds He makes, His instruments feel His mighty presence, and obey him. The way He decorates His instruments with the greatness of Himself. The way His instruments never rust away, or become useless, but He will play divine music with them forevermore.
He will write new songs of life with them in the life to come, and He composes musical masterpieces with them in the life we are in now. His ways are countless. He loves His instruments. They are His true treasure. He cares for them, and clothes them with Himself. He treats them with unconditional love, and uses them to sound better and better, every time He plays one of them.
They were always His, and they were glad that they belonged to Him, because He always proved Himself to them, and cherished every one of them. And even though He overwhelmes them, and they don't fully understand Him, He lets them know Him, and their getting to know Him does not stop.
His relationship with them will continue, ever growing, and He will always be with them. He loves them, He completed them, by bringing them to a point with Him, where they can love him too.
He is so great, that He makes His own instruments love Him, because He has given them His own love.
GOD is the one who did this, and JESUS is the one He did it through, and the HOLY SPIRIT is the one who "shows" this to us. How amazing the Lord truly is.
The Terrorist outrage in Spain that devastated the lives of hundreds of families is yet another escalation of the senseless violence that has plagued the world for the past two and a half years.
I say senseless because even the terroists must realize that their tactics are a useless attempt to change things for the better. Do they ever imagine that the Governments will cave in to their demands because they have blown up a few trains or plowed airliners into buildings?
The opposite is true. Each new attack hardens the resolve of the people to resist them and their cause. During the last World War, Hitler created havoc and used the full military might of the Third Reich to gain his objectives. Did we capitulate and lay down our arms, meekly surrendering to his aggression? On the contrary, 50 million people laid down their lives in a heroic struggle before his evil regime lay in ruins.
The terrorists need to realize that their tactics bring only contempt and resistance from people around the world, who want nothing more than a decent life and the time to enjoy their lives and families. They will fight tooth and nail to defeat those whose aim is to disrupt and destroy life and property in savage terrorist acts.
It is hard to imagine how men and women, many of whom hold sincere religious beliefs, condone such behaviour. The only sane conclusion is that they have lost their minds. Somehow, they justify the destruction of innocent men, women and children, in a vain attempt to achieve political advantage. They should be aware of the fact that they are fighting a losing battle and that ultimately it is they who will be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity.
Some of their demands are just. Yes, there is inequality and injustice in the world, but the path to achieving change is through dipomacy, not violence. Peaceful negotiations will gain far more support than their current tactics.
This war will continue on for ever if things do not change. Is their commitment to violence our future? Are we moving towards a society where life is cheap and morality counts for nothing?
The surprising thing is, that the very ones who are engaging in this form of terror are the ones who proclaim they have 'the truth' about life and God. If what they offer as a lifestyle is revenge and terror, then this surely indicates that their beliefs are based on something other than love. Let them personally face those they have mained, and the families of those they have killed, and then reveal the basis of their religion. I wonder what reaction they would get? If it is justice they want, then let them appeal to decent people and explain their grievances. They will find a ready response and allies in their fight. But let the killing stop. Let us build and not tear down. Let us heal and not cause disease. Let us pursue wealth and not poverty.
No matter how rational their auguments, the blood of the innocents speak volumes. To engage in horrendous acts of violence in the name of justice is simply beyond belief. And that goes for all people, no matter to what nation or group they belong. It is time for repentance! It is time for change! Hatred and revenge will breed more of the same. It will simply escalate until no one dares to walk the streets. Is that picture of fear and horror what we want for our children? Is that the spectre facing us in this new millenium? Shall we become so immune to bloodshed and pain that we are no longer shocked? Yet there is time to stop the madness. There is time to call a truce. Let's give peace a chance! Let us regain our humanity while there is still a humanity to regain.
Are there any so callous that they rejoice over babies torn to pieces? Are there any unaffected when they see the bloody results of terror? Without anger, let us each comtemplate and examine our motives and our actions. Let love for the human family rise again, and let that love spill out through self sacrifice and a determination to spend our time bringing hope to those who are needy.
There are two paths ahead of us. We can choose which one we take. One leads to peace and the other to war. One leads to love and the other to hate. One leads to bigotry and the other to tolerance.
Never let it be said that we didn't know the end results of our actions. Let future generations say of us. "They stopped in time to give us the chance to live"
We live in dangerous times. Let us use our new found technology and science to enhance the world and bring an end to poverty. Let this be the generation that leads the way to a great future, where equality and justice stand side by side.
By Pastor Joseph Abraham
A WORD WITH YOU
By Ron Hutchcraft
#4472 - "Lost in our Language"
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I was teaching at a national seminar on how to communicate
an unchanging Christ in our rapidly changing culture. Well, at the end of a session, a pastor from Kentucky came up to tell me a story he thought really illustrated some of what I had been saying. He said, "When I was a young man, we used to have some big tent revivals in my community. Each night an invitation was given for folks to come forward if they wanted to be, well as this country preacher said, 'borned again.'" The pastor went on to describe how some of the deacons would actually go out into the audience and go row to row to "encourage" folks, shall we say, to make that choice. Near the back, one of the deacons came to a young man who gave him an honest and memorable response. The deacon said, "Son, do you want to be borned again?" To which the boy said, "No." The deacon pressed the point, "Why don't you want to be borned again?" The young man answered in all seriousness, "Cause
I'm afraid I'd come out as a girl!"
Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Lost in our Language."
Okay, first we can laugh at what that boy said. Then, when
we're done laughing, let's think about what we can learn from a response like that. The preacher used words that the preacher understood, but apparently not everyone who was listening understood. It's a classic example of the problem with a language called "Christianese." It's the language church folks speak without even thinking, and a language that folks who desperately need our message don't begin to understand.
Many of our "Christianese" words are good Bible words, but
words that many lost people around us simply don't know. For just a moment, try to "think lost." Think what a person without the context of a Christian environment hears when we say words such as "accept" or "receive Christ as your personal Savior." We receive packages today, not people, and when we accept someone, well, we just treat them right. When you try to hear what a lost person hears, words like "salvation" and "saved" and
"become a Christian" are either not understood or misunderstood. Oh yes, and "born again."
In a world without absolutes, the word "sin" has become a word without meaning to many people. As has the word "believe." Most people would probably say "yes" if you asked if they believe in Jesus. But you'll know they don't mean what the Bible means when it says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Even the word "Savior" is not one people use much today. These are great words, but the people who need Jesus the most have no idea what they mean. That's what makes our word for today from the Word of God such a mission critical prayer for any of us who know people that we want to take to heaven with us. In Colossians 4:3-4, Paul says, "Pray for us that God may open a door for our message ... Pray that I may proclaim it clearly as I should."
It's not enough just to transmit the Good News about Jesus. Like good missionaries, we need to ask God to help us translate it into non-religious words that lost people can understand. If a man came running into the room you're in, shouting in Swahili, "The room is on fire! Evacuate immediately!" you'd probably think he was sincere; that he had something important to say. But you'd have no idea what he was saying because it wasn't in words you could understand. It's not in your language, and you might die as a result. No matter how important the message. No
matter how sincere the messenger.
The spiritually dying people around us hear us Christians
announcing our all-important message, often in words they don't understand. We have life-or-death information that their eternity depends on. We can't afford for them to get lost in our language - or they may be lost forever.
Mel Gibson is taking harsh criticism for his new movie that’s so graphic, so controversial not even Hollywood would touch it. But that didn’t stop Mel who is said to have spent over 25 million dollars of his own money to produce what many are calling…
“The greatest hero movie of all time”.
After successful movies like The Patriot, and Braveheart Mel Gibson should have no trouble producing a movie about the greatest hero in history. Unless of course that hero is named Jesus. Enter the controversy.
The movie which depicts the final 12 hours of Jesus’ life has raised an uproar with the religious community about what they call an anti-semetic message.
In addition the movie has officially received an “R” rating for it’s startlingly violent depiction of Christ’s final moments before being inevitably crucified. One person who saw a pre-screening of the movie described the scene as...
“The most graphic beating I’ve seen on film.”
While still many others were said to have “lost their lunch during the scene”.
Despite all this nearly everyone who’s seen the movie describes it as a life changing event.
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The Greeks had at least 3 different levels of love and a word to describe each. The first level is EROS. This word is found in Greek secular writings but never in the Bible. It is simply for pleasures and satisfaction. Someone else's feelings or feelings for someone else have little or no involvement. Relationships built solely on this type of love are sure to fail.
The second is PHILIA. The best translation into English would be "friendship". Philia is more soul than body. As eros is selfish, philia provides a willingness to share. While an important level for relationships, it is only love's halfway point.
The third and highest level is AGAPE. It is not selfish but seeks to give. It continues to give love even when it is not returned. Agape only wishes to make the loved one happy, no matter the sacrifice. Unlike philia that is fifty-fifty, agape gives 100%, 100% of the time, even to the unresponsive.
Is agape humanly possible? Actually no. Only God is capable of such love. God is love (1 John 4:8).
So how do we show agape to our loved one? When we accept Christ as Savior, his love overwhelms us and we begin to know that He loves us no matter how hideous our sin. We find ourselves abandoning who we were and letting Him live through us. Agape!
The Bible teaches that you reap what you sow. When we allow His love to shine through us to our partners, our relationships grow and blossom and become beautiful, just as He planned.
Here is today's "The Word for Today", brought to you by the
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Men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. - John 13:35 NIV
Lessons From A Tavern
Chuck Swindoll writes: "One day a Marine Corps buddy who came to Christ told me, 'Chuck, the thing I still miss most is the fellowship I had with the guys at the tavern.
I can't find it amongst the Christians I've met.
I no longer have a place to admit my faults and talk about my struggles, where somebody won't preach, frown, quote a verse, or blab it all over the place.'
"The neighbourhood tavern's an attractive counterfeit for the church.
Ever watch Cheers? It's an imitation, dispensing liquor instead of grace and escape instead of reality.
But it's an accepting and inclusive fellowship; unshockable and democratic.
You can tell them your secrets and they usually won't tell others.
It flourishes not because its patrons are all alcoholics, but because each of us has a God-given desire to know and be known, love and be loved, and we seek these things for the price of a few beers.
"Christ wants His church to be unshockable;
a fellowship where people can come and say, 'I'm beat...I've had it,' and find real answers!"
Now before you shoot me for comparing your church to a tavern, ask yourself,
(a) If you discovered your spouse had been unfaithful, who could you confide in?
(b) If your biopsy confirmed cancer, who would you turn to?
(c) If you were lonely, where would you go?
Jesus said, "Men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another".
And love ain't what you say, it's what you do!
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"Destiny is not a matter of chance but a matter of choice."
Experience an extraordinary God in ordinary Life
Issue 700 January 7, 2003 - Out On A Ledge
I watched the newscast in amazement. The man was stranded on the ledge of a virtually destroyed building, high above the ground. I missed the early part of the newscast, but it looked like an explosion of some kind had hit the building. His rescuer was close by, urging him to just reach out and take his hand.
The man clung to the wall and ignored the pleas of his rescuer. All he needed to do was move his hands a few inches in the direction of the other man and he would be safe. In his terror the stranded man couldn't or wouldn't comply. The ledge collapsed and he fell several stories to his death. His rescue were there for the taking, but he chose not to take it.
We're often like the trapped man. We're trapped by bitterness, anger, resentfulness, unforgiveness and habitual sin. We blame everyone around us for the things that are going wrong, even God.
Yet He stands there with His hands out waiting to rescue us. All we have to do is give it over to Him and be set free. We don't though; we hang on refusing to let our rescuer help us.
Even once we've accepted His gift of forgiveness and reconciliation, we hold onto the wall. We know we're safely in His hands but we fight against Him. We know what He tells us to do and we ignore it. We walk away from His rescuing hand once He's had a grasp on us and allow old patterns to sink back in. We seem to have a desperate need to not be rescued, to prove we're in control, even if it means falling over the ledge.
There is freedom and deliverance available to us in God but we must choose to accept it. He won't force Himself on us.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV
And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He [Jesus] unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:17-19 ESV
You're safely in His hands once you've accepted Him, will you trust Him to rescue you?
Until next time let Him free you from all that oppresses you.
Hallelu Yah (Praise God)!
There is someone out there who will always be at your side, who will never leave you, never abandon you and who has no agenda but to love you. Will you let Him into your life?
If you haven't made the decision to accept Christ as Lord, or don't know what I mean when I say this, email me and I'll share some Bible verses that explain why a personal relationship with Jesus is so important and a prayer that will make it possible.
You can simply begin the relationship by honestly and completely opening your heart, admitting you need God's help, and saying a prayer along the lines of:
I have made many mistakes in my life and done things I am not proud of. I have sinned. I need your love and forgiveness. I believe that you came into this world and gave your life on a cross to pay for my sins and that you defeated death and rose again. Please forgive me, and be the Lord of my life. I give my life to you Lord.
If you pray this prayer for the first time let me know so I can rejoice with you.
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THE WAY I WITNESS FOR JESUS
By Dave Dobbin
With an idiot's grin, I walk around, and most people smile in return, I ask, "How are you”.
This technique has opened many conversations and then I start by asking “What church do you go to”?
Sometimes they say, “I don't”, so I switch to "What church
did your Mom take you too”, and all of a sudden I see
either tears welling up in their eyes, or a smile and they
say, “The Catholic Church”, or “Baptists, and I haven't
been in a long time”.
I ask "Why Not".
"Oh you wouldn't understand", and I say "Really", tell me
more" and all of a sudden the wall is down.
So I finish by asking, "Have you asked God lately for
anything besides a big red bike"?
And then it comes, the prayer requests and the questions
from men and women alike, many total strangers.
So, I try to get a handle on where they are coming
from and their hatred or love for the church, and the
Christians, which many times have driven them away with
their criticism or challenges to their beliefs.
I see men and women hurting everyday, I see it on their
Faces, and in the way they walk. I should know a lot
about that, for I hurt for 15 years, and I suffered the
burden of not recognizing God never left me, but I left
HIM who cares so much for me.
So I hid. Well, this is what I see a lot of. Hiding
from God, like Jonah.
I point out a few verses, and then we part, but I
make sure I get their names so I can pray for them,
and sometimes I will see them again, and then they
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If you should die before me,
ask if you could bring a friend.
-- Stone Temple Pilots
If you live to be a hundred,
I want to live to be a hundred minus one day,
so I never have to live without you.
-- Winnie the Pooh
True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
A real friend is one who walks in when the
rest of the world walks out.
Don't walk in front of me,
I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend.
Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.
Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life.
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
Friends are God's way of taking care of us.
I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay.
-- Dave Matthews
If all my friends were to jump off a bridge,
I wouldn't jump with them,
I'd be at the bottom to catch them.
Everyone hears what you say.
Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say.
We all take different paths in life,
but no matter where we go,
we take a little of each other everywhere.
-- Tim McGraw
My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends,
then you've had a great life.
Hold a true friend with both your hands.
A friend is someone who knows the song
in your heart and can sing it back to
you when you have forgotten the words.
Openheaven.com IRN News Digest 02-19-03
Feb 19, 2003
OPENHEAVEN.COM (IRN) NEWS DIGEST 02-19-03
In this edition:
1. The Light of The World
2. Lowest Valleys & Highest Mountains
3. Open Heavens - By Todd Bentley
4. Massive Web-Based Prayer Effort Launched
5. China, Some Religious Tolerance Expands With Economy
6. Kenya's Main Muslim City Comes To Christ
7. Pizza & Jesus
1. The Light of The World
By Ron McGatlin
The world continues to see times of great stress and turmoil. "But the end is not yet."
John 16:33: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Mat 24:6: "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
John 9:5 "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
1 John 4:17: Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
Col 1:27: To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
God has made full provision for His people in every situation. As long as Christ is in the world there is light in the world. The more of Christ in the world, the more light is in the world, and the darkness of the world is more overcome. The more we are intimate with Him, the more we are one with Him, and the more we are "as He is in this world".
While some await the return of Christ and look to the sky like the children of Israel in the wilderness looking up and waiting for manna to fall, Christ is being formed in His people who are truly becoming the Body of Christ on earth. Christ in us is the light of the world. When He bodily returns it will be for a glorious and fully prepared Bride.
In Revival and Renewal God's people are being made new and are crossing into the promised land experience. They are beginning to leave the manna falling from the sky and partake of the fruit of the land. We are entering the kingdom of God lifestyle - a life of true holiness - radical obedience - powerful and effective ministry - reckless faith, and it all comes through Intimacy with God - experiencing and abiding in His love - His joy - and His glory. Revival is a lifestyle not an occasion.
This is not a time to hold back or cringe in fear. It is not a time to allow the daily affairs of this worldly life and its expectations to quench the fire of God and his revival in the world. Now is a time when the world is looking for answers bigger than political systems can offer. Fear is upon the masses of the people without God.
We who have Christ in us must unify in bringing the hope of glory - the light of the world, to the masses in darkness. Many who sat in darkness are already seeing a great light and getting up to move toward the light. The darker the world gets the brighter the light appears. Shine forth the love of God from within you at home, at work, at school, at church, on the streets, in the corporate offices, or wherever you are and the people will come to your light. Become as a burning bush on fire with God where you are and the people around you will turn aside to see the burning bush that is not consumed - not consumed by the fears and cares of this life.
God's love is the most powerful force in this world and all of creation. Only love never fails and endures all things to the end. The end (goal or objective) is the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. The true gospel of the kingdom must be preached (demonstrated/experienced) to all the world and then the end will come. (the goal reached)
Mat 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
(end = telos, tel'-os; from a prim. tello (to set out for a definite point or goal); prop. the point aimed at as a limit,----
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2. Lowest Valleys & Highest Mountains
By Ron McGatlin & George Otis Jr.
George Otis Jr. in a recent article said, "America is entering a season of extraordinary danger. The threat, which includes potential multi-front nuclear conflicts, domestic terror, and a mounting economic crisis, is both unprecedented and imminent. Some have called the circumstances that are now converging around the world a precursor to "the perfect storm."
George sees this current world situation as a potential severe crisis on several fronts including economic. He also has grave concern that the church for the most part is not ready for the challenge of helping the people around them with their spiritual needs during this time of crisis and fear.
I must agree with the powerful wisdom and understanding of the times observed in the article by George Otis Jr. "Fading Light: An Urgent Call to Spiritual Revival." This is an important read for everyone.
We must also look beyond the crisis to the purposes of God. The lowest valleys are between the highest mountains. The further awakening to the yet sleeping areas of the church will now take place in crisis or they will experience a further loss of relevancy and doubtful continued existence.
While the renewed and revived gatherings will become more alive and more filled with the power and presence of God. Worship of God and intimacy with Him will become the most important factors in life for the "called out ones". Seeking the kingdom of God first will become the way of life as people in a world of crisis begin to seek Him with their whole hearts. Though it may be underground in some cases, the glory of God will fill the earth.
House churches, business place churches, store front churches, street churches are just ahead of us. Simple church, family churches can all become fires for God that sustain the people near and around them in the love and presence of God.
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3. Open Heavens - By Todd Bentley
The Glory Cloud of Revelation & Prophetic Mantles
Joshua and Moses would go into the tent of meeting, the cloud would come down. It was in the glory cloud that Moses spoke to God face to face as a friend speaks to friend.
Ex 33:8-11: "So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle that the entire people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.
All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle."
The bible goes on to say that Moses heard him in plain speech,
Num 12:8: "I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord."
God is going to release, on the friend's of God, the kind of revelation Moses received. It is time to hear plainly and not in dark sayings, and we will see the form of the Lord. The key to receiving this kind of revelation, in this season, is to be like Joshua and remain in the tent.
This anointing will come upon individuals an