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THE LIFE OF JESUS
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

The apostle Paul says, “I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last,
as it were appointed to death [handed over to death]: for we are made a
spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men” (1 Corinthians 4:9).

Simply put, when godly saints full of the Christ-life are led into death
situations, it's never a private matter. Scripture says we are on display to
three different intelligences: angels, devils and humankind.

At times you may feel all alone in your struggle, but you are not involved in
some secret battle taking place in a dark corner. On the contrary, three realms
are watching you with great interest. Devils are watching you, angels are
watching you, and people are watching you. And they are all wondering, “How
is this servant of God going to respond to his trial?”

What are such spectacle-trials all about? Why must we go through these deaths?
What is in us that God is after? Our heavenly Father knows that certain
unredeemed areas in our lives hinder the full manifestation of Christ's life in
us. He knows our stumbling blocks, our fears, our ambitions, our
lusts—everything that blocks a full shining forth of Jesus. So He allows us
to be put into “death situations” to rid our hearts of these hindrances.

If your hindrance is a fear of man, God may lead someone into your life whose
presence paralyzes you with fear. Everything that person says or does adds to
your fear, until it becomes unbearable. 

I have seen such fear cause physical pain to God's saints. Some have ended up
hyperventilating over the "hard person" in their life, literally losing their
breath. Why does God allow such a man or woman to become involved in your life?
It happens because your loving Father is handing you over to death. He's telling
you, “Your fear of man hinders the precious flow of the Christ-life in you,
thus it cannot produce life in others. This fear in you must end. You have to
die to it!”

Your cry to Him may be, “Lord, get me out of this!” But God responds, “No
I'm going to let death do its work. I have arranged all of this so the life of
Jesus might be manifest in you!”
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Isaiah 2:11 Human pride will be brought down, 
and human arrogance will be humbled. 
Only the LORD will be exalted 
on that day of judgment.
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Posted by: "Dean Masters" Read
1 Corinthians 12

The apostle Paul describes the spiritual gifts given to the church by God 
and administered by the Holy Spirit.

Gifts and Fruit

It is sobering to realize that the fruit of the Spirit did not include how 
well I could preach or how effective I was at giving altar calls. Nowhere in
the Bible could I find a Scripture that said, “By their gifts you will know 
them†(trust me, I searched the whole Bible). I realized that there could be
no doubt that I had been examined by the Lord and found lacking. Deep within 
me, I came to accept the fact that I had a long way to go in my spiritual
walk. We all have areas relating to our soul muscle that need to be 
strengthened!

I had obvious gifts in my life—and I put them to good use in a growing 
church. I took all too seriously
1 Corinthians 12:31,
which tells us to “eagerly desire the greater gifts.†Now that’s not 
necessarily a bad thing, as the gifts of the Spirit are given by God to 
strengthen
the Church, but when we seek them at the expense of the deep and often 
unseen internal work of God, that’s when it becomes a problem. In my case, 
although
externally I was moving in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, my soul couldn’t 
sustain me. The fruit of the Spirit were absent in my life, and as a result,
my world fell apart.

Sadly, all too often I hear of destinies that have been sabotaged because 
Christians have been focused on developing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 
their
lives rather than seeking the fruit. They have mistaken a gift given to them 
by God, which they have done absolutely nothing to merit, as evidence of 
spiritual
maturity. They have convinced themselves that the manifestation of the gift 
is an accurate measure of their success as a Christian. They could not have
been more wrong.

When the gifts of the Spirit on a person’s life are greater than the fruit 
of the Spirit in a person’s life, that life will begin to crumble. The 
indicators
of an unbalanced life may be health issues or an inability to have close 
relationships, depression, addictions, eating disorders, promiscuity, 
insecurity,
and so much more. This kind of fruit is the outcome of a weak soul muscle.

But here’s the great news: As we grow in relationship with God, and our soul 
muscles gain strength, we have God’s power working within us to bring about
our transformation into the image of Christ that each one of us—and, more 
important, God—desires.

Point to Ponder

God has given us great and wonderful gifts. As we grow in our commitment to 
Christ and the fruit of the Spirit become manifest in our lives, these gifts
play out beautifully on God stage.
Undaunted by Christine Caine
Today's reading is adapted from
Undaunted
or
The Core Issue
by Christine Caine


October 12, 2013
For Generating a Gentle Spirit
by Charles R. Swindoll

block quote
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become 
boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Brethren, even if 
anyone
is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a 
spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not
be tempted. Bear one another' s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of 
Christ. ---Galatians 5:25-6:2
block quote end

We are very thankful, Father, that in the process of our spiritual growth 
You remind us of the importance of gentleness: Your Word not only instructs 
us
in what we're to do, it also shows us how to do it. We remember what Paul 
wrote to the Thessalonians . . . he gently dealt with them as a mother with 
a
nursing child. Help us, Father, to have that kind of gracious, gentle 
spirit---especially those of us who tend to be impatient with others who are 
not
as quick on their feet . . . or those of us who are healthy and lack 
compassion for others who are not as strong . . . or those of us who find 
delight
in accomplishments but lack empathy for others who are not as productive. 
It's so easy for all of us---if not verbally, at least in our minds---to 
compete,
to look down on others, to complain and to compare. May we, through Your 
Spirit's power, become more like our gentle Savior, who promised, "My yoke 
is
easy and My burden is light." Like our Master and Lord, may our encounters 
with others be easy and bring light. Meet our needs in a very special way, 
especially
our need for a gentle and quiet spirit.

In the name of Your gracious Son. Amen.

See also Matthew 5:5; 11:29-30; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:7.

Excerpted from
The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 1,
Copyright © 2010 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
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Faith Like a Little Child
by Debbie Holloway, Crosswalk.com Family Editor

"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a 
child will not enter it at all"
(Mark 10:15).

Most of the times I have heard this quote from Jesus used, it has been a 
reminder to have simple faith. Christians tend get caught up in theological 
squabbles, and when it gets intense usually someone will chime in at some 
point with a reminder that the bottom line is to have childlike faith.

And while obviously divisiveness is to be avoided among brethren, sometimes 
I think we forget what children are actually like when we use the phrase 
“childlike” to describe desired attitudes or attributes. As someone who been 
around children my whole life, I’ve recently had some thoughts on relating 
this verse to the truth about how (most) children behave.

1. Children require relationship.

If a child is told to do something with no context or established 
relationship, it is very likely said child will simply be scared, angry, or 
will even fight. Each one of us is on the journey to build a relationship 
with God through Christ, but we are each at a different step in the journey. 
To expect someone without a relationship with God to “have childlike faith” 
with what they’re struggling in would be a silly as expecting to convince a 
stranger’s child to do something they did not want to do.
Children know less than adults, naturally, but children will very rarely 
follow you instructions unless they know your face.

2. Children never stop asking questions.

Unfortunately, being told to have faith like a child is often a response 
given to a hard question. Kind of a wet blanket, huh? But it’s so misguided, 
because children naturally ask a million questions a minute! Now obviously 
as they grow older they learn tact (and often learn from endless shushings 
to ask fewer questions), but innately, children are open to learning and 
want to learn. They want to know the stories behind traditions, the logic 
behind chores, and they want to rip the mystery off why
we do things the way we’ve always done them. If we are to “be like a little 
child,” we must never lose our drive to ask questions.

3. You must earn the trust of children.

When I was a very young child, a man in my church body used to make a habit 
of teasing and tickling the children in the congregation. Most children 
liked him and didn’t mind his antics, but I was an incredibly sensitive 
toddler – one who rarely felt at home away from my mother’s arms. I needed 
my personal space, and very much resented the intrusions of this 
(admittedly, very well-intentioned) parishioner. At one point when he 
accosted me, I am told by my family that I calmly ordered him to “never
touch me again.” He had not earned my trust with his particular brand of 
playfulness, and therefore I was not OK with him being inside my bubble. 
(*disclaimer: don’t worry, I grew out of this sensitivity. This poor man did 
not remain my arch-nemesis! )

This phenomenon can be seen every Sunday morning when children are dropped 
off in the nursery and crying fits ensue. Is it because they are bad kids? 
Of course not! It’s because they have itty bitty reasoning capabilities, and 
all they know instinctively is that they’ve been dumped into the arms of 
someone who has not earned their trust.

And yet so often we, as adult Christians, are asked to put our trust in the 
hands of pastors, teachers, or specific caricatures of God before they have 
actually earned our trust. If we raise a concern with how a pastor leads a 
congregation, or with how someone in position of leadership interprets the 
Bible, we are far too often shushed and told to just trust, follow, and 
believe.

But if we are to be like little children in God’s Kingdom, surely we ought 
to place our trust where trust is earned! We should be telling each other to 
look for fruits of the spirit, look for love and truth, and follow those 
roads. If someone feels discomfort, pain, or abuse from a source of 
authority, telling them, “you must have childlike faith,” is quite a faulty 
comparison.

Intersecting Faith and Life: How does the metaphor of God as “father” and us 
as “children” help us learn how to think of him, and interact with each 
other? What does accepting the Kingdom of God “like a little child” look 
like to you?

Further Reading

Luke 18:17
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God isn't fair!
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to 
our iniquities. Psalms 103:10 (NKJV)

If there was ever a sentence or scripture in the Bible that you should 
highlight, circle, and underline, it's this one! If there's one truth to 
walk away from God's Word with, it's that He hasn't dealt with us according 
to our sins.

Let's refresh our minds of this fact: When Adam sinned in the Garden of 
Eden, he brought on horrific consequences to each of his descendents. By 
disobediently partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and 
Evil, he set himself and the race that would flow from him at irreconcilable 
odds with Almighty God.

Sin entered into the human condition, and from that point on, mankind would 
no longer fall into the "innocent" ; category of heaven's ledger but instead 
into the "guilty" category. In fact, the Bible describes us as "enemies of 
God" and "children of wrath" (Romans 5:10, Ephesians 2:3). Whether we saw 
ourselves that way or not, that's how God viewed us in our sinful 
condition—a rebellious race deserving of eternal punishment.

This backdrop is what makes Psalm 103:10 so indescribably amazing. As guilty 
as we were and as deserving as we were to receive judgment, God determined 
not to give us what we earned. He determined not to punish us according to 
what our sins deserved, which was a hopeless fate beyond human description.

No, instead He did something we did not and could not deserve. He sent His 
perfect son to absorb the shockwaves of our sin and completely cover them in 
His righteousness. None of this was "fair" in the strict sense, and we can 
be glad that God wasn't fair to us, but went way beyond fairness by being 
way more gracious than we deserved.

Thank you, Lord, for being "unfair" towards us when it comes to the 
unfathomable grace You've poured upon us.

Think about it…

What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
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The Thumbtack of Faith
By Toby J. Sumpter | Oct 12, 2013 12:00 am

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At bottom, the difference between faith in God and all other alternatives is 
a choice: to believe or not to believe. But this is no blind leap of faith.

Faith is not irrational.

Faith is not insanity.

Faith is not stepping into the void.

Faith is sanity.

Faith is choosing to see what is actually there.

Faith is the choice to embrace life, the world, God.

Certainly, faith is not exhaustive knowledge or complete understanding. 
Faith believes certain things that are unseen. But we do not believe the 
unseen
things based on nothing. Faith is not a shot in the dark. Faith is not a 
good guess.

Faith sees the stars and gapes in wonder. Faith sees a little baby in her 
mother’s arms and blinks back tears of astonishment. Faith sees even evil, 
mind-numbing
atrocities and aches with revulsion. But these realities do not add up to 
nothing. They are parts of a story, lines in a poem, and the punch line is 
God,
a good and loving Creator, and a world bracing with beauty, slashed and 
cracked with evil and sin.

That’s not a stretch. That’s right there in your face, every day.

Suppression Insanity

That means that the choice to not believe, the choice to turn away from God 
is the suppression of these truths (Romans 1:18). In other words, it is not
a rational decision. It is a form of insanity.

But to say that refusing to believe in God is insanity is not the same thing 
as saying it is not understandable. It is an understandable mistake. It’s
understandable because it’s the kind of decision that requires telling the 
truth. And truth telling has a way of shining light into the corners of 
peoples’
lives that is highly uncomfortable. This is why our rejection of the light 
is often multilayered. People build complex psychological and emotional 
barriers
to the truth. They are still culpable. They are still responsible, but it’s 
understandable because there’s sin down in those corners. It’s dark down 
there.

The Creator

To admit that the world has a Creator is to admit that this world has a 
reason, a purpose. To admit that there is a Designer is to admit that there 
is
a moral order, a functional order, a right and a wrong, a better and worse 
way to live life. To admit that this world was created is to admit that you
have a responsibility for how you have treated others, how you have lived. 
And the standard for judging your actions is not you. It’s outside of you. 
And
everybody knows instinctively that they have fallen short of the glory they 
were made for.

So for many, it’s simply unthinkable to believe in God, to believe in a 
Creator. It’s unthinkable because that would demand thinking certain 
thoughts that
might lead to other conclusions that would eventually imply guilt and 
responsibility for that guilt. It’s easier to maintain a vague guilt, a 
vague notion
of nobody’s-perfect, and all against the infinite void of evolutionary 
chaos, which keeps everything sufficiently blurred — we can’t be certain who’s 
really
at fault, so don’t worry about it too much.

As it turns out there’s a pretty sizable army of these relativistic warriors 
at the moment. The universities are filled with English and Philosophy 
professors
that function as the drill sergeants for this host of guilt-soothers. And 
the science labs serve up the mysteries, the sacraments of unbelief, 
insisting
that students practice scientific methodologies without actually pressing 
them into the corners. Pretend the world is ordered. Pretend that logic is 
meaningful.
Pretend that observable phenomena communicate the grace of certainty.

But not too much.

Don’t Ask

Don’t ask questions about where it all came from. Don’t ask about beauty. 
Pretend that the little baby in its mother’s womb is just a mass of 
protoplasm.
It could be a tumor. And if you feel that you are a woman trapped inside a 
man’s body, that’s okay too. No matter that the only scientifically 
observable
phenomenon is the fact that you’re a sexual predator. We will pass laws, and 
soon you will be able to use whatever locker room you like.

This is insanity, and that’s why faith has the upper hand. Faith is honest 
about the world. Choosing to believe the latest version of your 
pagan-approved
science textbook, choosing to believe the high priests of atheism, choosing 
to believe in vague evolutionary relativism is choosing not to see, choosing
not to think, choosing to ignore what is right there in front of everyone.

We don’t know which chapter of the story we’re in. We may have another fifty 
or two hundred years of this kind of cultural insanity. But be assured, we
are not playing on equal footing. It’s not like we all squint into the void, 
and some of us believe in God and His Word and His way of life and some of
us squint into the void and say it’s a lot more complex and muddled and who’s 
to say?

No, we’re not squinting into the void. We’re looking at waterfalls gushing 
with life. We’re watching the sun sink into a vast ocean, bleeding with 
beauty.
We’re watching the magical glory of a woman, making another person inside of 
her.

A Fortress of Balloons

Which means the citadels of unbelief are a facade. We’re not up against a 
fortress of steel, we’re up against a fortress of balloons. And though they 
glare
down at us through peer-reviewed spectacles, using words like ‘reason’ and 
‘logic’ and ‘studies-show,’ we can pull out the thumbtack of faith.

Faith sees the world as it actually is. Faith sees the beauty. Faith sees 
the glory. Faith sees the art, the story, the goodness, and yes, faith sees 
the
evil in the face of it all and knows that something has gone wrong and we 
have all become part of the problem.

But when the gospel comes, when Jesus comes, He isn’t talking about some 
other universe, some kind of alien heaven. He’s talking about this world. He’s
talking about this beautiful place, and He’s come to forgive our sins, to 
heal the brokenness, to raise the dead, to restore the glory. And faith sees
that. And that’s how faith overcomes the world (1 John 5:4).

------
How to Step Out in Faith to Help Change the World

Whitney Hopler

Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of 
Caroline Barnett' s book,
Willing to Walk on Water: Step Out in Faith and Let God Work Miracles 
Through Your Life
(Tyndale House, 2013).

The pervasive problems of our broken world – from poverty to crime – can 
seem overwhelming. But God can and does use individual people to help solve 
the world’s problems. You are part of the miracle that God is looking for to 
help change the world. If you make yourself available to God, He will work 
through your life in miraculous ways to bring healing and hope to people in 
need.

It all starts with taking the step of faith involved in saying “yes” when 
God calls you to follow Him. Stepping out to do what seems impossible can be 
scary – like trying to walk on water – but God will help you keep walking 
because everything is possible for Him.

Here’s how you can step out in faith to help change the world:

Start by simply finding a need you can help meet close to home. Look around 
your local community and notice problems that especially bother you and 
motivate you to want to do something to help solve. Pray about those 
problems, asking God to direct you to the one He most wants you to deal with 
right now. Once you’ve identified a specific cause, plan a simple way to 
start working on it. Among the many possibilities: babysitting for a single 
mom in your neighborhood, mowing the lawn of a local elderly
person, giving rides to the grocery store or medical appointments to someone 
you know who doesn’t have a car, mentoring a student in need, volunteering 
at a local homeless shelter or hospital, or participating in a local food 
bank drive.

Look for needs you can help meet throughout the world. Look beyond your 
local community to the greater world and consider what needs God may be 
leading you to help meet there. Research an area of injustice that makes you 
particularly upset – from hunger to sex trafficking – and ask God to guide 
you to specific ways you can take action to help alleviate that injustice, 
such as by supporting charities that are working for that same cause or 
contacting legislators to work for law changes that relate
to your cause.

Keep your motives in check. When you think you sense God leading you to 
serve in a specific way, check your motives by asking who it will help, who 
will receive glory, and why you believe you should do it. Then spend some 
time studying the Bible to see if your desires line up with what God’s Word 
says about God’s love compelling you to serve others. Afterward, if you feel 
at peace, move forward boldly to use your influence and initiate positive 
change.

Trust God to give you whatever you need to do the work He calls you to do. 
God will provide what you need to accomplish whatever tasks He wants you to 
perform. Trust Him to do so one day at a time. Since God’s provision comes 
after you start walking in faith, go ahead and keep taking steps of faith, 
expecting God to give you everything you need along the way.

Incorporate service into your life. Be assured that God won’t call you to 
serve others at the expense of other areas of your life; He will help you 
develop a habit of serving others in ways that fit well into your other 
commitments (such as to your family and your job). Make your goal simply 
being faithful in your particular season of life, and ask God to show you 
what that looks like. Determine which activities are and aren’t priorities 
for you. Then evaluate and eliminate the current activities
that don’t contribute to what matters most to you. Also be sure to make time 
regularly to unwind and recharge by doing activities you personally enjoy; 
that will help strengthen you so you can keep serving others well.

Consider how you might partner with others to serve together. Contact other 
people in your community (from other churches to government agencies) that 
are working for the same cause you’re working for and figure out how you can 
best work together.

Walk with confidence. Place your confidence in what God can do for you, 
rather than in what you can do for God. Stay focused on God and His 
unlimited power instead of on yourself and your own limited efforts; 
remember that anything is possible with God. Don’t let feelings of guilt, 
shame, brokenness, fear, insecurity, and regret over your sin make you feel 
unworthy to serve others as God leads you. Instead, make a habit of 
confessing and repenting of your sin so you can walk confidently with the
forgiveness and grace that God will give you when you do. Remember that God 
loves you completely, and that no one other than God should decide your 
value. Also keep in mind that the only qualification you need to serve 
others is an ability to love God and other people.

Expect to be blessed yourself when you answer God’s call to bless others. 
God – who is a loving father, not a harsh taskmaster – notices and 
appreciates your efforts to serve people in need. God will bless you while 
He is blessing other people through your work serving them. When you serve 
others, you can learn to: stand firm and steady, stop complaining, remember 
God’s goodness, get a better perspective, stop feeling entitled, leave the 
past behind, believe that God will take care of you, always
be teachable, and respect your leaders.

Fear only God. You don’t need to fear anything or anyone except for God 
Himself. Fearing God means having a healthy respect for His awesome power, 
and doing your best to honor and obey God in everything you do and say. When 
you fear God, He will give you the peace you need to overcome any lesser 
fear, so you can keep stepping out in faith as the Holy Spirit leads you to 
change the world for the better.

Adapted from
Willing to Walk on Water: Step Out in Faith and Let God Work Miracles 
through Your Life,
copyright 2013 by Caroline Barnett. Published by Tyndale Momentum, an 
imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Ill.,
www.tyndalemomentum .com.

Caroline Barnett has a passion for inspiring women of the church to find 
their God-given cause. In her role at the Dream Center in Los Angeles, 
California, Caroline has changed people’s lives through a wide range of 
outreach ministries -- from starting a food truck ministry that currently 
feeds more than 50,000 people each month to founding Project Prevention, a 
program designed to keep impoverished families together. Caroline is married 
to Dream Center founder and New York Times bestselling author
Matthew Barnett; they live with their two children in Los Angeles. I'm part 
of the Career Network Ministry and would like to add you to my professional 
network on LinkedIn.

Whitney Hopler, who has served as a Crosswalk.com contributing writer for 
many years, is author of the new novel Dream Factory, which is available in 
both paperback and ebook formats. Visit her website at: whitneyhopler.naiwe.com.
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How to Walk Through the Wreckage - #6980

There's one vacation spot our family always wanted to go back to-Colonial 
Williamsburg in Virginia. As you walk through this bustling, restored 
Colonial
capital, suddenly you say, "Whoa, it's not "now" anymore." You feel like 
you're in the 1770s again. I mean the buildings, and the gardens, and the 
elegant
rooms carry this charm that even children can sense. But it wasn't always 
that way.

This was the capitol of Virginia in Revolutionary War times, but over 150 
years a lot of buildings changed, deteriorated and were torn down. Then 
along
came the Rockefellers in the 1930s. A local minister had dreamed of the town 
being restored to its former beauty and to the glory that it once had. And
that was the beginning of a whole new episode in the history of Colonial 
Williamsburg. It was really something rundown until someone committed his 
resources
to restoring it.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "How to 
Walk Through the Wreckage."

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from the Old Testament prophet 
Joel. It's in chapter 1, verse 4. "What the locust swarm has left the great
locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have 
eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten." What 
you're
getting here is an image here of total destruction in the land.

It's symbolic, because verse 6 says, "A nation has invaded my land, powerful 
and without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness. It
has laid waste my vines and ruined my figs trees. It has stripped off their 
bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white." What the Bible was
talking about here is a devastating past; maybe like yours.

And then comes the hope. Chapter 2, verse 25, "I will repay you for the 
years the locusts have eaten-the great locust and the young locust, the 
other locusts
and the locust swarm." Then he says, "Then you will know that I am in 
Israel; that I am the Lord your God and there is no other. Never again will 
my people
be ashamed." Boy, here is the promise of a great restoring work.

Time and neglect had done a lot of damage to old Colonial Williamsburg. But 
then someone with a lot of resources committed themselves to restoring it.
And that commitment made all the difference. In many ways that's Joel's 
picture here. God has seen the wreckage of the past, and He knows sometimes 
maybe
that you have that sort of Humpty-Dumpty feeling: All the kings horses and 
all the kings men can't put you together again. But the King can.

A Christian psychiatrist once told me, "Ron, I think only a Christian can 
dare to truly face his or her past." Yes, because you're not facing it 
alone.
You're facing it with a Savior, the healer, the carpenter who rebuilds what 
others have given up on. There is a Savior who will walk with you through 
those
memories and help heal them, who will put them in perspective, who can 
loosen their grip on you. That Savior can give you a brand new identity; not 
being
the victim any more, but the victor. He can turn your pain into sensitivity 
for the similar pain of others. And then He can make you a make-a-difference
person for those who are walking through that same valley. Something deeply 
healing happens when you take Jesus Christ into each painful episode from 
the
past. The Bible says, "He' s carried all our grief and sorrows."

You do not have to be trapped in the wreckage of the past any longer. Jesus 
stands poised with His infinite resources to tackle the damage you could 
never
fix and to restore you to a new beauty that you never thought possible.

And listen with me to the words from a hymn that captures that restoring 
miracle. It says, "Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings 
lie
buried that grace can restore. Touched by a loving heart, wakened by 
kindness, cords that are broken will vibrate once more." That's what Jesus 
can do for you this very day.
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2 Samuel 23:11-12

Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines 
banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s 
troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the 
field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought 
about a great victory.

Following God closely involves your ears and your will.

Our family’s first airplane flight was from San Francisco to Chicago, with 
our three young kids in tow. We then rented a car that conveniently included 
a GPS feature. With a voice telling us when to turn and how far to travel, 
how could we go wrong? Our destination, Iowa, was entered into the program 
and we began to carefully follow the verbal instructions. Have you ever had 
that troubling sense in your stomach that you are heading in the wrong 
direction? And it increases with each turn? I wanted
to ignore that feeling, trying to convince myself that we could not be that 
far off course. Fortunately, my wife verbalized her concern (although I was 
not excited to hear it at the time), and her intuition was correct.

Exhausted parents navigating through the third largest city in our country 
late at night (with faulty directions and a backseat of very tired kids) is 
not an ideal start to a family vacation! There was the additional stress of 
knowing we still had four more hours of driving ahead of us once we were 
back on track. I swallowed my pride and pulled into a gas station to ask for 
directions. Who would ever want to do that? Yes, the GPS had led us astray. 
Has this ever literally happened to you? Or have
you ever followed well-intentioned advice that was misleading you?

Every day you make choices about which of the competing voices will capture 
your attention. A man named Shammah was following God when the crowd was 
following their fears. The Philistines had the Israelites on the run when 
Shammah sensed he needed to defend his field of lentils (2 Samuel 23:11-12). 
Confidence in God grows when you know you are acting in alignment with His 
Word. Determination increases when your cause is worth the effort. Do not be 
surprised when God confirms a new direction and asks
you to persevere. No one had more sheer determination and perseverance than 
Jesus (
2 Thessalonians 3:5).
Rely on Him when you feel like giving up prematurely or taking a destructive 
shortcut. Jesus is the One we imitate and is the source of our strength.

What are the most helpful adjustments to your routine during a time of 
transition?

For more from Pastor Jesse Bradley and Activate Media Ministries, visit
www.activatelife.org


DISCOVERING JESUS

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses 
entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
2 Timothy 2:2

Camping experiences for me were always positive experiences. There you must 
live and practice your Christian faith twenty-four hours a day. And that 
deeply
impacts the other campers.

Around the world, Open Doors sponsors camps—especially for discipleship 
training for young people. Twenty-three- year-old Roton is one of those 
youths who
attended a camp in Bangladesh in early 2011 for young believers from Muslim 
background (MBB). He said, “To attend this camp, I traveled for seven hours.
I walked thirteen kilometers before getting on the bus. It was exhausting, 
but I wanted to know more about Jesus.”

In a brief encounter with Open Doors during the camp, Roton shared that he 
felt pressure when he was just a new follower of Christ. “Many times, my 
Muslim
friends would ask me why my family and I became Christians. They wanted to 
know how much [money] we got for converting. They asked me if the people who
converted me stepped on the Koran or ate pork. I lost all my Muslim friends; 
everyone hated me and my family.”

Roton’s father was the first believer in the family, and boldly shared his 
faith with others. He read from the Koran, searching for portions that 
mentioned
Jesus. Later on, however, his eye sight deteriorated to the point of 
blindness. So, he asked young Roton to read to him every day some passages 
from the
Koran that specifically talked about Jesus.

“I just followed what I was told to do. In the beginning, I was reading for 
my father. But after few days, I realized that I was becoming more curious
to find the truth myself. Because of the witness of the Koran, I found 
myself believing Jesus as the Holy one, the Messiah. I became a Christian 
soon after;
I gave my life fully to Jesus,” Roton testified.

Discrimination soon followed Roton’s new found faith. His religion teacher 
mistreated him. When the school principal learned of his conversion, he was
watched and compelled to recite Muslim prayers. People questioned him about 
Jesus Christ, but all that Roton knew about Christ he learned from the 
Koranic
passages he read for his father. It was time to learn more. Instead of 
succumbing to the religious pressure he experienced, Roton—with 
encouragement from
his father—set out on a journey to learn more about his Lord and Savior.

“I am so happy to be in this MBB youth camp. It’s my first. I saw that I am 
not alone! Many work together for Christ. In this camp, I discovered Jesus
in the Old Testament. I will read the Old Testament more—together with the 
New Testament—so that I am prepared to answer questions people ask me. 
Someday,
I want to study in a Bible school, so that I can help others who are on the 
same road as I am.”

RESPONSE: Today I will pass on to others all that I have learned and 
experienced in my relationship with Jesus.

PRAYER: Pray for young believers around the world who are in the process of 
developing their knowledge and discipleship in following Jesus. Pray too for
camp leaders and trainers.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS)
A daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks

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Are You God or Not?

Posted: 19 Sep 2013 09:55 PM PDT

When John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by 
his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look 
for
someone else?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and 
see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and 
the
deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to 
them. And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” (Matthew 11:2-6,
NASB)

I read this passage of scripture and identify with John the Baptist. Often I’ve 
sat imprisoned by need, wondering if You were going to be the Savior I
needed right then.

Jesus, You surprise us at times. You do not work as we expect or as we hope. 
You perplex and disturb us.

But when we stand back and watch what You do, it is always love. It is 
always redemption and healing and restoration.

Thank You, Lord. Help us to keep trusting You through our ignorance and 
pain.
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The FAX of Life
Title: Be Sure to Read the Whole Book!
Date: For the Week of September 15, 2013

I wish my earliest Bible reading, Sunday School in my youth, and even my 
training at university level had included more of the Old Testament. 
Thinking
back over that formative period of my life, I somehow drew the conclusion 
that the first two-thirds of my Bible was second-class Scripture. Since it 
was
ultimately replaced by the New Testament, why not focus on the really 
important part? Why bother with the Old Testament when I was a New Testament 
Christian?

If God really is unchanging - the same yesterday, today, and forever - both 
Old and New Testaments must be continuous and thematic. We believe in one
God, right? Scripture quoted by Jesus and the apostles to teach us about God 
and his will was our Old Testament. We believe it is the Word of God, right?

The story begun in the Old Testament is fulfilled and brought to its grand 
climax in Jesus. But Jesus explicitly said he had not come to abolish or 
cancel
what had come before. So why had I been so careless with it? I have come to 
realize that I cannot know the God who was incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth 
apart
from the story whose roots are in Abraham, Israel, and the Old Testament 
story.

"But aren't Christians 'grace and faith' people instead of a 'law' crowd?" 
asks someone. That's what I always heard back in those young and formative
years. And I think it was that perspective - today I would call it a 
"caricature&qu ot; - that led me to think reading the Old Testament wasn't really 
all that important.

The Bible is a single volume with a single central character and theme. The 
written Word of God points readers to Jesus of Nazareth for the sake of 
offering
us salvation by grace through faith in him. It is a single consistent 
narrative. And the last pages are best read with the perspective of the 
opening ones in mind.

The perfect display of God's grace in Jesus is set in the Bible's rich 
narrative of grace to Israel. Yahweh creates and blesses this good world, 
calls
Abraham and his offspring (i.e., Israel) to be the shining exemplar of faith 
to all people, rescues Israel from oppression in Egypt, calls that rescued
group to be his covenant community, and graciously preserves it through both 
the opposition of its enemies and its own failures. That narrative is the
story of all human history and every human life. Its climactic moment comes 
in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If I had realized all this much earlier than I did, I would have known more 
stories than Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, and Daniel in the Lions' Den.
Okay, maybe a few more! But reading the Old Testament as the opening acts to 
a single, grand story of God's redeeming grace was a late discovery. And 
grand!
As John wrote in opening his Gospel (1:17), the fullness of grace and truth 
we discover in Jesus brings to completion the story Moses began writing in
Torah.

Would you read any other good book of 500 pages by starting on page 335? 
This one is the Good Book and certainly deserves as much from its readers.

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A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE 
Some have said that Israel herself is a sign. 
What does this mean? What is the significance 
of the "regathering&q uot; of Israel? 


The Jew himself is God's timepiece and the key that unlocks every door of
prophecy. This is because God has a special love for Israel. Deuteronomy
7:6-8 declares, "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD
thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all
people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love
upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people;
for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you." God
chose Israel "to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations
that are upon the earth" (Deuteronomy 14:2). This is the first great insight
I want you to grasp-that God chose the people of Israel simply because He
loved them. No more, no less. David was so enraptured with the truth of God
s love for Israel that he exclaimed in 1 Chronicles 17:22, "For thy people
Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest
their God." As we progress with this question, it will become abundantly
clear why to this day Israel itself is a major sign of Christ's imminent
return. 

The Lord God Jehovah told the people of Israel that their country was to be
located "in the midst of the land" (Ezekiel 38:12), or more literally, in
the "navel of the earth." Its capital city, Jerusalem, was to be situated in
the center of the nations (Ezekiel 5:5); and in that capital city the Lord
was to put His name forever, and forever, declaring that His eye and His
heart would be there perpetually (1 Kings 9:3). There the Lord promised to
establish the throne of David forever (2 Samuel 7:16) and finally to give
that throne to His own divine and eternal Son. Luke 1:31-33 states, "Behold,
thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his
name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he
shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall
be no end." Are you beginning to see how much God loved Israel and its
people? However, it was not all love, sweetness, and light. 

God also warned the children of Israel of an imminent worldwide dispersion
if they thumbed their noses at Him in disobedience. He went so far as to
tell them that His Son would delay His rule if their hearts became wicked
and hardened. To see if God is a God of His word, let us look at the
prophetical utterances to see if they really took place. Scripture tells us
that Israel was, in fact, driven out of its land and scattered among the
nations of the earth because of its widespread disobedience. During this
worldwide dispersion, God visited the Gentiles, "to take out of them a
people for his name" (Acts 15:14). In the meantime, Israel existed many days
without a king, without a prince, without a sacrifice, without an image,
without an ephod (a sacred garment of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine
twined linen worn by the priest), and without teraphim (Hosea 3:4). Devout
religious Jews cry vehemently at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem because they
have been without all of these things for centuries-just as God declared
they would be without them. Since all these prophecies have come to pass
according to prophetical utterance, and since God has shown His mighty power
in bringing each utterance to fulfillment, let us now consider the
predictions in upcoming questions and answers to see if His coming is near. 

The Regathering of Israel 

The second part of the question is, "What is the significance of the 
regathering&# 39; of Israel?" Scores of Bible passages clearly indicate that the
reestablishment of Israel in its ancient homeland will take place when
Messiah is ready to return to earth. The Messiah is none other than the Lord
Jesus Christ of Luke 1:32. Deuteronomy 30:3 states, "The LORD thy God will. 
. return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God
hath scattered thee." In similar language, Isaiah 11:12 tells us, "And he
shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of
Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of
the earth." Again, Acts 15:16 declares, "After this." After what? Look at
verse 14: God "did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his
name." This has been occurring since Cornelius, the first Gentile convert,
received Christ in Acts 10. God says, "After this [after the Gentiles have
had their opportunity] I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of
David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I
will set it up" (Acts 15:16). 

An important historical note: In A.D. 70, Titus the Roman general smashed
Jerusalem and drove the Jews into their dispersion. This is called "the
diaspora," or worldwide dispersion of the Jews. From that hour until 1948,
the Jews had no homeland to call their own. Instead, the nations of the
world hated them, mistreated them, and labeled them, as we noted earlier, 
wandering Jews." God, however, said that He would bring His people back to
their own land and that this regathering would happen near the time when
Messiah would set up His kingdom on earth: "And I will plant [Israel] upon
their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I
have given them, saith the LORD thy God" (Amos 9:15). 

God has put the Jews in their land to stay forever. Is it not interesting
that the Arab nations refused to recognize Israel when it became a nation in
1948? The Arabs were determined to drive Israel into the sea and obliterate
her memory from the face of the earth. However, God had other-and
better-plans and, in the end, God's way always wins the day. He said in the
verse just quoted that Israel would remain in its land forever after He
planted the nation there. Therefore, in 1974 the Egyptians, Syrians, and
others negotiated with Israel, recognizing for the first time that Israel
was indeed a nation and in its land to stay. Have you studied the
extraordinary message in Ezekiel 37, which alludes to this event, and which
further describes the prophet' s vision of the dry bones? Here is a portion
of this amazing passage: 

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the
LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones.
And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many
in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of
man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again
he said unto me. Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry
bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones;
Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will
lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with
skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am
the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was
a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone
And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the
skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto
me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind. Thus
saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon
these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the
breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an
exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the
whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope
is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves
[Gentile nations],and cause you to come up out of your graves [the Gentile
nations], and bring you into the land of Israel. (Ezekiel 37:1-12) 

There is no secret here. Verse 11 proclaims: "These bones are the whole
house of Israel." In 1948, the Jews put up a flag-the six-pointed Star of
David. After being scattered throughout the earth for nearly nineteen
hundred years, they had finally become a nation! The current population of
Israel is more than five million-consisting of Jews who have returned from
120 nations of the world, speaking more than eighty-three languages. While
in Israel, I spoke to a Jew who had recently returned from Spanish Morocco.
As I sat with him on a bus going from Arab Israel to another part of the
country, we talked about the black Jews who were just then returning to
Israel from Ethiopia. He quickly said, "Yes, we have come from all nations."
When the Ethiopian Jews left Jerusalem nineteen hundred years ago, they said
"We will never go back to our homeland until it is time for Messiah to
return." Today these Jews from Ethiopia-called Falashas-have returned in
massive numbers. They have also come from Russia and Ukraine-the final sign
(see Jeremiah 3:17-18). For these reasons alone, I can say with full
conviction-and trust you can also-that Jesus Christ's return to this earth
is near, even at the door. 

Jerusalem has always been under the heel of the 
Gentiles. When will ownership of Jerusalem 
return to the Jews: And when will the Tribulation 
period ultimately fall on believers? 

We find further dramatic signs of Christ's return in Luke 21:24 - 28. Jesus
said: "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the
Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be
signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth
distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's
hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are
coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then
shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your
heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" 

This portion of Scripture pinpoints the time of Christ's statement in utmost
simplicity. In modern grammar, the Savior declares, "There is an hour coming
when My people, the Jews, shall control Jerusalem. At this moment of time,
there shall also be signs in space coupled with a trouble-filled world. When
all of these events occur simultaneously, look up because My return to earth
is very near." Jerusalem had been under the heel of the Gentiles. In fact,
the Gentiles controlled the city for twenty-five centuries, but in our
lifetime a miracle happened. Jerusalem was captured by the Jews in a six-day
war fought June 5-10, 1967-one of the most important signs ever concerning
Christ's return predicted in Luke 21:24. But there's more. Jesus added in
verse 25 that signs would occur in the sun, moon, and stars. Think of this.
Twenty-five months after Jerusalem was captured by the Jews, June of 1967,
Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon in July of 1969. Coincidence? Hardly. 

Signs of Judgment by Fire 

As we have already learned, the period of time that follows the Rapture and
precedes Christ's return to earth is called the Tribulation (Revelation
7:14). The Rapture is described in Revelation 4:1 and the Revelation-Christ
s return to earth to receive His church in Revelation 19:11. The chapters
between the two events constitute the Tribulation Hour-a seven-year period
of judgment. Christ referred to this period in the statement, "As it was in
the days of Lot...Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is
revealed" (Luke 17:28, 30). The fire that burned Sodom and Gomorrah was
all-consuming- the result of wickedness and of turning a deaf ear to the
Almighty. Bad as it was for Sodom and Gomorrah, their fate is nothing
compared to the coming human devastation that will afflict the people of
earth during the Tribulation Hour. Jeremiah 30:7 declares, "Alas! For that
day is great, so that none is like it." Daniel 12:1 states, "There shall be
a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation." Jesus also
declared in Matthew 24:21, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was
not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
Included in this horrendous portrayal is a world on fire- similar to the
judgment of Lot's day. The Bible says, "The flaming flame shall not be
quenched" (Ezekiel 20:47). Again, "The whole land shall be devoured by the
fire of his jealousy" (Zephaniah 1:18). "For, behold, the day cometh, that
shall burn as an oven" (Malachi 4:1). "And the third part of trees was burnt
up, and all green grass was burnt up" (Revelation 8:7). "By these three was
the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the
brimstone" (Revelation 9:18). 

A stockpile of nuclear explosives jams the weapons arsenals of the world
today. Reports indicate that the amount is equivalent to one ton of TNT for
every person alive. Recently, India and Pakistan conducted nuclear
explosions, and the world teeters on the brink of destruction. Think of the
mass devastation that shall be unleashed on this world during the
Tribulation Hour! But God's people will escape this catastrophic judgment.
Revelation 3:10 declares, "I also will keep thee from [ek-out of] the hour
of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell
upon the earth." 

Breaking Christian News and Prayer Alert: Scientists 
Prove" God Exists 

Scientists "Prove" God Exists 
Teresa Neumann (Oct 24, 2013) 
Using mathematical equations and computers. Hmm. What will atheists say now? 
(Berlin, Germany)—Theologians, philosophers, and Christian "brainiacs&quo t; in
general, must be smiling at news that two scientists—Christoph Benzmüller of
Berlin's Free University and Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo of the Technical
University in Vienna—have "formalized a theorem regarding the existence of
God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel." 
According to Der Spiegel, Gödel, who died in 1978 and reportedly enjoys a
reputation among today's scientists as an "Einstein" ; in his own right, "left
behind a tantalizing theory based on principles of modal logic that a higher
being must exist." 
In other words, Gödel believed God's existence could be proved
mathematically. 
Enter Benzmüller and Woltzenlogel, quoted as saying they used computers to
formalize the complicated theorem. "It' s totally amazing that from this
argument led by Gödel, all this stuff can be proven automatically in a few
seconds, or even less on a standard notebook." 

Paraguay' s Congress Kneels and Prays During Parliament Session 
Teresa Neumann (Oct 24, 2013) 
"A nation that honors God will always be honored by God." -Nick Vujicic 
(Paraguay)—When Paraguay' s Congress invited Nick Vujicic—the Christian
motivational speaker who was born with no arms or legs—to speak, they had no
idea he would have them kneel in prayer and intercede for their nation.
(Photo: Facebook/Nick Vujicic) 
In his speech, Vujicic said, "I want to encourage you to kneel before the
Lord right now and let's pray. Lord, we thank you for the future of this
country. We commit Paraguay into your hands. Forgive our sins and heal our
land." 
"Lord," he continued, "we pray for miracles, that you lead this government,
bless the president and everyone who makes the laws. We uplift the media. We
uplift the education system and national security and thank you, Lord, for
every business. We ask, God, that we would be pure and help us be the people
you want us to be." 
According to a Christian Post report, Vujicic had led several youth
conferences prior to his congressional appearance, with nearly 12,000 making
professions of faith. 

Gospel for Asia's Help for those Affected by Cyclone Phailin in India 
GFA Staff (Oct 24, 2013) 
Pray for rains to stop, and the Lord's help for continued relief efforts. 
(India)-Rains continue to batter the countryside of India in the aftermath
of Cyclone Phailin, as hundreds of thousands of families find themselves
displaced and without electricity. 
Recently, a Gospel for Asia (GFA) Compassion Services team was able to
travel to one of the districts in Odisha that were the most affected by the
cyclone. They provided relief materials to 440 families. 
After surveying affected villages and identifying the most needy families,
Compassion Services teams are preparing to distribute relief packets to 2
000 families Tuesday through Thursday in six districts of Odisha. 
Relief packets include 22 pounds of rice and 2.2 pounds each of dal, sugar
and salt, some tea leaves, cooking oil, a bar of bath soap and a bar of
washing soap. 
Weather forecasts predict more rain for the inundated state. 
Additionally, correspondents reported a house church and a temporary church
building in the area were damaged by the cyclone. 
Last Week: 
Heavy rains caused by Cyclone Phailin have killed 15 people and damaged the
homes of 95 believers in the Indian state of Bihar. Strong winds and
uprooted trees also caused power outages lasting up to 36 hours in several
districts. 
Dakshina Nadig, a regional pastor in Bihar, reported the death of one
Believer' s 7-month-old daughter due to exposure to the severe cold, wind and
rain. Nine Gospel for Asia pastors' homes collapsed from the extreme weather
and other affected believers are staying with friends, in schools or in
makeshift tents made from tarps. 
In Andhra Pradesh, a GFA Compassion Services team performed its first survey
of the initial damage from Cyclone Phailin in several villages, discovering
many destroyed homes, crops and power lines. A seashore village reported the
loss of more than $16,000 worth of nets, boats and dry fish. 
In one village, the government evacuated nearly 2,000 residents after
shutting down power as a precaution. Now that most of the village' s
electricity poles and transformers have been lost, however, locals will have
to wait more than 20 days for electricity to be restored. 
Please pray for: 
• No hindrances while the teams minister and provide aid. 
• The Lord's help for continued relief efforts. 

"Love Boat" Captain Now an Ambassador for Christ 
Teresa Neumann (Oct 24, 2013) 
"I' ll go any place to give my testimony." -Gavin MacLeod 
(Los Angeles, CA)—Those of a certain age will remember actor Gavin MacLeod
as the handsome, silver haired, comically charming Captain Stubing of the
hit televisions series "The Love Boat." 
Now 82, MacLeod has just released a memoir entitled, "This is Your Captain
Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life." 

A Religious News Service report on the book's release states, "He writes
about how his star-studded career was interspersed with a faith walk that
began as a Roman Catholic, detoured through the New Age movement in the
1970s, and ended up firmly planted in the Pentecostal faith. That path
included depression, alcohol and divorce, but he credits God's forgiveness
with carrying him through." 

In his book, MacLeod also details the amazing marital reconciliation with
his second wife, which resulted in the couple co-hosting a "Back on Course"
program for couples experiencing problems in the marriage. 

"Love Boat" Captain Now an Ambassador for Christ 
Teresa Neumann (Oct 24, 2013) 
"I' ll go any place to give my testimony." -Gavin MacLeod 
(Los Angeles, CA)—Those of a certain age will remember actor Gavin MacLeod
as the handsome, silver haired, comically charming Captain Stubing of the
hit televisions series "The Love Boat." 
Now 82, MacLeod has just released a memoir entitled, "This is Your Captain
Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life." 

A Religious News Service report on the book's release states, "He writes
about how his star-studded career was interspersed with a faith walk that
began as a Roman Catholic, detoured through the New Age movement in the
1970s, and ended up firmly planted in the Pentecostal faith. That path
included depression, alcohol and divorce, but he credits God's forgiveness
with carrying him through." 

In his book, MacLeod also details the amazing marital reconciliation with
his second wife, which resulted in the couple co-hosting a "Back on Course"
program for couples experiencing problems in the marriage. 

Ten Sleepy Virgins: Are You Ready for Christ's Return? – 
Sermon 5 of 9 from the The Last Days According to Jesus series by Dr Ray
Pritchard, Keep Believing Ministries 
Matthew 25:1-13 
November 2001 – Here is a nighttime wedding where everything seems to go
wrong. The groom shows up so late that the bridal party falls asleep by the
side of the road. When the groom finally arrives at midnight, half the
bridesmaids have forgotten to bring enough oil for their lamps and end up
banned from the celebration. As the story concludes, the rejected
bridesmaids are standing outside the door asking for admission, but to no
avail. They have been shut out from the wedding banquet. It is a sad,
strange ending to what should have been a most joyful occasion. Other than
that, it was a perfectly normal wedding! 
This passage is a parable Jesus told to illustrate a certain truth about his
Second Coming. The parable itself is a little masterpiece, with each detail
adding a piece of crucial information. As I have studied this parable, I
have been struck by one phrase in verse 10: “And the door was shut.” There
is an awful finality about those words. It means that the door was shut and
locked and would not be opened again. Those on the inside were safely inside
those on the outside could never get in no matter how hard they tried. 
There is a “door” that leads to heaven. It is the door of God’s grace, held
open by the bloody cross of Jesus Christ. For 2,000 years that door has been
open to the entire world, and it is open even today. Over the door are these
wonderful words: “Whosoever will may come.” Anyone, anywhere, anytime can go
in that door and find new life, salvation, forgiveness, freedom, and eternal
life. 
Not Open Forever 
Today the door is open but our text reminds us that the door will not be
open forever. As I type these words, a siren goes off not far away,
reminding me that life is short and very uncertain. Perhaps the door of
opportunity has just been shut through death. And we can be certain that
death does shut the door of God’s grace for once we die, the only thing left
is to face God in judgment (Hebrews 9:27). There is no “second-chance”
beyond death for those who had no time for Jesus in this life. Once you die,
the door is shut forever. Either you go through the door while you are alive
or you will never go through at all. 
Jesus uses this parable of the ten virgins to remind us that the door will
be shut once and for all when he returns to the earth. In order to catch the
impact of this story, we need to know something about first-century Jewish
wedding customs. In those days you got married in three stages. First, there
was the formal engagement, which was almost always arranged by the parents.
Some months later (up to a year or more) came the formal religious ceremony
in the bride’s home. That would be something like our modern wedding
ceremony. Third, there was a wedding banquet (or feast) at the groom’s home.
That banquet took place sometime after the formal ceremony, usually at night
It might happen the same day or it might take place a week or so later. And
in certain cases that “banquet” could last up to seven days. So it was quite
an elaborate affair that cost a lot of money, and therefore it was a major
social event that everyone wanted to attend. When it was time for the
banquet, the groom would take his bride and together they would walk to the
groom’s house. The road before them would be lit with lamps held aloft by
the wedding party. The bridesmaids would take part in this ceremony of
welcoming the bridegroom (and the bride, though she is not mentioned in the
parable) as he prepared to come for the banquet. It would be a major breach
of etiquette for anyone in the wedding party not to be by the road ready to
welcome the bridegroom. 
And that’s the background of this story. The formal ceremony having already
taken place, the ten virgins (the bridesmaids) are by the road waiting for
the groom to appear. Their lamps are lit as they anxiously await his coming.
When he is delayed, they all fall asleep. At midnight someone shouts the
good news, “Behold, the bridegroom is coming!” The virgins wake up and
prepare to relight their lamps, which had gone out while they slept. Five of
the virgins had brought extra oil and so could relight their lamps. Five had
no extra oil. When the first group asked to borrow some from the other five
virgins, they were refused. While they went off to buy some oil, the
bridegroom appeared and the five virgins whose lamps were lit went in with
him to start the party. The door was shut by the time the other five virgins
returned. Here is the sad end of the story, “Later the others also came.
‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘I tell you
the truth, I don’t know you’” (Matthew 25:11-12). Jesus makes a simple
application to his Second Coming in verse 13, “Therefore keep watch, because
you do not know the day or the hour.” 
That’s the story. It’s a little slice of life from a wedding that went
haywire. The focus of the story is on the ten virgins. Five were wise and
five were foolish. Five had oil and five didn’t. Five were ready and five
weren’t ready. Five entered the wedding banquet and five were refused. All
of this is meant to teach us that some people will be ready and others won’t
be ready when Jesus returns to the earth. 
I. Alike in Many Ways 
One of the most striking facts about this story is how similar the ten
virgins appear on the surface: 
� All had been invited the banquet and all had responded positively. 
� All ten had gone out to wait for the bridegroom. 
� All of them had their lamps with them. 
� All the virgins wanted to see the bridegroom. 
� All were in the right place at the right time for the right reason. 
� All of them wanted to go to the wedding banquet. 
� All had some oil in their lamps at the beginning. 
� All fell asleep while waiting for the bridegroom. 
� All were awakened by the midnight cry. 
� All ten virgins got up to prepare their lamps. 
� All appeared to be equally prepared for the bridegroom’s coming. 
That last statement is crucial. Let’s suppose that we were to ask the ten
virgins to stand in front of us in no particular order. Could you pick out
the five foolish virgins? Answer: no, and neither could I. We could argue
about it and say, “Number 2 looks a little bored. Maybe she’s a foolish
virgin.” Or, “Look at Number 6. She’s chewing gum. How wise can she be?” Or,
“I know Number 10. There’s no way she’s a wise virgin.” But it wouldn’t make
any difference. I submit to you that there was no way to tell in advance who
was wise and who was foolish. To the untrained eye, they would all look the
same. 
II. One Crucial Difference 
And yet there was one crucial difference. You couldn’t see it by casual
observation because it wasn’t a matter of dress or outward appearance. I
imagine that all the bridesmaids dressed alike and looked alike. But there
was something else, something not readily visible that separated these young
girls from each other forever. Five were wise and entered the wedding
banquet. Five were foolish and were summarily excluded. 
What made the difference? Verse 5 offers an important clue: “The bridegroom
was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”
Where was the bridegroom and why was he late? The text doesn’t say because
the reason doesn’t really matter. If the wedding was last Friday, then
perhaps he was at the Atlanta airport when that football fan ran past
security to retrieve his camera and ended up shutting down the airport for
hours and delaying flights all over the eastern U.S. Maybe it was something
like that. Or perhaps he had business to attend to or maybe his parents were
ill. Perhaps he had travelled to a distant city and was hurrying home as
fast as possible. It had to be something important because the delay was in
no way due to any reluctance to get married. We know that because when he
finally shows up at midnight, instead of postponing the party (as most
people would do), he orders that the party should begin right then. 
And that brings us to the key point of the parable. Five of the virgins
figured out that he might be late in arriving so they brought some extra oil
with them. That’s why they were prepared when he finally showed up. The
other five virgins evidently never thought about the possibility that he
might be delayed. Or if they thought about it, they dismissed it as so
unlikely that it wasn’t worth worrying about. Either way, they weren’t
prepared when he suddenly arrived at midnight. 
Before we feel sorry for them, please consider this. The foolish virgins
knew the bridegroom was going to get married, they knew he would come to the
banquet, and they knew they needed oil for their lamps. It’s not a matter of
a lack of information or having the wrong information. All ten virgins
started with the same facts. The five foolish virgins had everything they
needed to know. And still they were not ready! 
Two other questions and we can move on. First, if they apparently managed to
buy some oil after midnight (as the story seems to imply), why were they not
let in at that point? The answer is: They waited too late! No doubt their
intentions were good, but good intentions were not enough. Once the door was
shut, it would not be opened again no matter how long they stood outside or
how loud they shouted. 
Second, what does the oil represent? The best answer seems to be that it
represents the inward preparation of the heart for the Lord’s return. Or we
might say it represents true conversion. In the Old Testament, oil often
stands for the presence of the Holy Spirit. We might then say that oil
represents the indwelling power of the Spirit that accompanies true
conversion. The five wise virgins represent those whose hearts have been
truly changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The five foolish virgins
represent religious people who come under the conviction of the Spirit but
are never truly converted. 
III. Lessons for Modern Churchgoers 
From this little parable we can draw a number of important spiritual lessons
As we think about these things, let’s remember that this is a story for
“insiders,” for church members and religious people of all denominations. It
is for those who claim some attachment to Christ and who profess some
allegiance to him. 
A) The True Nature of the Visible Church 
Every Sunday two churches gather at 931 Lake Street in Oak Park: an outward
church and an inward church. The outward church is everyone who comes to
Calvary. It consists of members, regular attenders, friends, visitors, and
the great mass of peripheral people who rarely attend but still consider
this church as their church. As such, the visible contains the truly
converted and the unconverted. It consists of some who know the Lord, some
who are seeking the Lord, some who attend but are lethargic, and others who
are nothing more than religious hypocrites. 
The inward church is the “invisible” church made up of those true believers
in Christ who worship here week-by-week. The point of Christ’s parable is to
remind us that just because you go to church doesn’t mean you are truly born
again. People come to church for all sorts of reasons, some good and some
not so good. People come because of family ties, to see their friends, to
get out of the house, because they like the music, in order to impress
people, or because of a feeling of guilt or obligation or because they think
they can gain favor with God by being in church. Not all of those things are
evil in themselves but any of them or all of them can be excuses that keep
you from coming to Christ for salvation. 
Going to church is good; coming to Christ is better. 
Being baptized is good; being born again is better. 
Giving money is good; giving your heart to Jesus is better. 
Being religious is good; knowing Christ as Savior and Lord is better. 
You could be Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Mennonite, Presbyterian
Episcopal, Church of Christ, Charismatic, or a member of Calvary Memorial
Church and still not be a true Christian. To some people that is a shocking
thought, but it is true nonetheless. Church membership identifies you with
the visible church of Christ, but only true saving faith makes you a member
of the invisible church of those know the Lord. 
B) The Impossibility of “Borrowed” Faith 
One striking feature of the parable occurs when the foolish virgins ask the
wise virgins to borrow some of their oil. The refusal may seem selfish and
unkind unless you understand the situation. To loan the oil would mean that
no one would have enough oil. And the larger point is clear. No one can
“borrow” another person’s faith. You can’t get into heaven by living near a
saved person. One day you will stand before the Lord and he will say, “Why
should I let you into my heaven?” What answer will you give? 
“My mother was a godly woman,” you might say. “And that’s why she’s in
heaven,” the Lord will reply, “but what about you?” 
“My dad was an elder,” you say. “Fine, but that’s not why he’s in heaven,
and anyway his eldership won’t do you any good,” the Lord replies. 
“I went to Moody Bible Institute.” Substitute “Southwestern Baptist
Seminary” or “Trinity Seminary” or “Torchbearers” or “YWAM training” or
“Wheaton College” or “French Evangelical College” or whatever school you
favor. The outcome will be same. You can’t “borrow” faith from the school
you attended. Salvation is always a personal affair. You can’t go to heaven
by hanging onto someone’s coattails. You must believe in Jesus on your own,
for yourself, not relying on the faith of those around you. 
C) The Coming End of the Day of Grace 
Recall the solemn words of verse 10: “And the door was shut.” No door stays
open forever. The foolish virgins forgot to bring extra oil and then went
out to buy some oil. By the time they got back, the door was closed. It was
too late! 
Today the door of salvation is wide open to one and all. When you die, the
door will close. When Christ comes back to the earth, the door will close.
What will you do then? 
Some people act as if they’re going to live forever. After September 11, I
wonder how anyone could think that way. Did you know that at least three
people who were in the World Trade Center on September 11, and got out alive
died in the plane crash in Queens, New York last Monday? Think about that.
You escape the worst terrorist attack in American history only to die on a
plane bound for the Dominican Republic. What is your life? It is a vapor
that appears for a while and vanishes away (cf. James 4:13-17). No one knows
what tomorrow may bring. Perhaps you will live another 20 years or 20 months
or 20 days or 20 minutes. Who knows? 
About four years ago a friend from Dallas came to Oak Park for a visit. He
attended the church I pastored in Garland, Texas during his student days at
Dallas Seminary. After earning his Ph.D. he returned to the faculty at the
seminary. When I saw him, he looked great. A few weeks later he was
diagnosed with a brain tumor that turned out to be malignant. He survived a
difficult surgery and lengthy recovery period and seemed to be getting
better. This week I heard that his cancer has returned and that he has an
infection in his skull. No one knows what the future may hold for him. I
hope and pray for a complete recovery but there are no guarantees. Not for
him, not for any of us. 
Do not say, “Someday I’ll come to Christ.” Come now. Don’t wait for “someday
” Do not say, “I’ll repent later.” If you wait, you may harden your heart
and never come at all. Come now. 
D) The Danger of Self-deception 
Finally, we see in this story a warning about the danger of self-deception.
What a sad scene as the five foolish virgins plead at the door: “Let us in,
sir. You invited us. We’re sorry we were late. We didn’t realize you would
be delayed. Please let us in. We meant no disrespect.” From inside comes the
solemn reply: “I never knew you.” 
Consider those young women. They thought they were his friends to the very
end. They were never his enemies and they thought they were ready to meet
him but they weren’t. In the same way many religious people will be
tragically surprised in that day when they present outward righteousness and
inward emptiness only to hear the Lord say, “I never knew you.” 
I am struck even more by the fact that these five virgins are never called
sinners. They are never accused of gross immorality. By outward appearance,
they seemed ready to meet the bridegroom. It is clear that they truly wanted
to see him. That is part of the tragedy. If they were visibly sinful women,
we could understand their being shut out of the banquet, but between them
and the five wise virgins, there is little to choose. Outwardly, they are
all the same. But inwardly there was a huge difference. The five foolish
virgins were not ready, they could not borrow oil and they could not beg
their way in. These women did nothing—and that was their problem. They did
everything right but the one thing that mattered most, and that is why they
were shut out of the banquet. 
Some people will miss heaven and it will be no one’s fault but their own.
You won’t be able to blame your father or your mother or your friends or
your ex-husband or your ex-wife or your in-laws or those hypocrites at
church. If you miss heaven and wonder why, look in the mirror and you will
have your answer. 
Some people will find out the value of Christ too late. They will suddenly
realize how wrong they’ve been, but the door will already be shut. The world
will one day declare that the followers of Christ made a wise decision.
Today the door of salvation is wide open. Someday it will be shut forever.
Make sure you are on the right side of the door when that day comes. Amen. 
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kindly and make HiS face to shine upon you and be gracious to you! YEhowah
(the HOLY SPIRIT) lift up HiS countenance and bestow HiS favor upon you and
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This signature on each soul may be a product of heredity and environment,
but that only means that heredity and environment are among the instruments
whereby
God creates a soul. I am considering not how, but why, He makes each soul
unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He
should
have created more souls than one. Be sure that the ins and outs of your
individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a
mystery
to you. The mould in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you
had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never
seen
a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a
particular swelling in the infinite contours of the Divine substance, or a
key
to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions. For it is not
humanity in the abstract that is to be saved, but you—you, the individual
reader,
John Stubbs or Janet Smith. Blessed and fortunate creature, your eyes shall
behold Him and not another’s. All that you are, sins apart, is destined, if
you will let God have His good way, to utter satisfaction. The Brocken
spectre ‘looked to every man like his first love’, because she was a cheat.
But
God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first
love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone,
because
you were made for it—made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a
hand.

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Arabs Realizing Israel Is Not the Enemy' 
Ryan Jones (Oct 18, 2013) 
"Many nations in the area have a strong desire to eliminate the influence of
Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaida. This is an important development,
even historic." –Benjamin Netanyahu 
One of the very few positive outcomes of the regional crises engulfing the
Middle East is that a number of Arab states are beginning to realize that
Israel is not the true enemy. 
"For the first time in Israel's existence, there is an understanding in the
Arab world, that Israel is not the enemy of the Arabs. On many issues, we
are united," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the
Knesset' s winter session earlier this week. 
Netanyahu noted that the hijacking of pro-democracy revolutions in Egypt,
Syria and elsewhere had turned many of the Arab states against the same
Islamist regimes and groups that most threaten Israel. 
"Many nations in the area have a strong desire to eliminate the influence of
Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaida," the prime minister said. "This
is an important development, even historic." 
An unnamed government source later revealed to Israel's Ynet news portal
that Netanyahu' s remarks were not just flowery rhetoric, but a veiled
announcement that Israel and several Arab states, some of which have no
official diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, are now actively cooperating
on various fronts. 
With America increasingly seen as an unreliable ally, Arab states are
looking for a strong anchor nation with which they can coordinate their own
battles against Islamic extremism and Iranian hegemony. 
Many have found that ally in Israel, even if the bulk of the unprecedented
cooperation must happen in secret. 

Huge Massacre in North Korea's Killing Fields 
Jeremy Reynalds (Oct 18, 2013) 
"…confirmed testimony from camp survivors going back to the late 1990′S, and
charges of human experimentation in North Korea continue to be further
substantiated by more recent accounts, including those of North Korean
chemists, former security officials and former prisoners." –Robert Park 
(North Korea)—The disappearance of at least some 20,000 prisoners of
conscience from North Korea's Camp 22-a massive concentration camp-is a huge
massacre of an already brutalized population. 
The camp was geographically larger than Los Angeles and thought to have once
held between 30,000 to 50,000 prisoners. 
According to a story by Robert Park published in Forbes and the Chicago
Tribune, satellite photographs indicate that guard posts, interrogation and
detention facilities at the camp had been razed last year. By that time,
those accused and exploited had been reduced to about 3,000. 
While an estimated 7,000-8,000 prisoners are believed by some observers to
have been taken away at night via train to similar slave labor/death camps
No. 16 (located in a secluded mountain area in Hwasong County), and No. 25
(near the city of Chongjin), the rest remain unaccounted for. 

In an August report, David Hawk of the Washington DC -based Committee for
Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) commented on Camp 22's rapid depopulation
"If even remotely accurate, this is an atrocity requiring much closer
investigation. " 
Park said North Korea's reasons for shuttering this camp should not surprise
anyone. 
On the basis of testimony from former camp guards Ahn Myong-chol and Kwon
Hyuk, worldwide attention has been focused on the horrors which took place
daily at Camp 22; a literal killing field. 
Park said perhaps most shocking amid the revelations of the DPRK's
inhumanity provided by Ahn and Kwon's lengthy and detailed confessions, are
claims of human vivisection, and chemical and biological weapon experiments
on prisoners. They include the murdering of whole families in gas chambers. 
The 2004 BBC This World documentary "Access to Evil" showed eyewitness
testimonies and hard evidence (such as DPRK documents) suggesting that
widespread human experimentation was taking place inside North Korea's
prison camps. 

The BBC's Olenka Frenkiel spoke at length with Kwon, the former chief of
management at North Korea's Camp 22 and former military attaché at the North
Korean embassy in Beijing, in addition to victims, North Korean officials,
activists and outside observers. 
Park said Kwon told Frenkiel, "I watched a whole family being tested on
suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber: parents, one son and a
daughter. The parents were vomiting and dying, but until the very last
moment they tried to save the kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing. For
the first time it hit me that even prisoners are capable of powerful human
affection." 
When asked how he felt about the children who were being murdered in such a
cruel manner, he candidly replied, "It would be a total lie to say I felt
sympathy for the children dying such a painful death. In the society and the
regime I was under, I just felt they were enemies. So I felt no sympathy or
pity for them at all." 
Park said the film confirmed testimony from camp survivors going back to the
late 1990's. Charges of human experimentation in North Korea continue to be
further substantiated by more recent accounts, including those of North
Korean chemists, former security officials and former prisoners. 
In 2002, RENK, an established Tokyo-based NGO, interviewed Dong Chun-ok who
was a former nuclear researcher at the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center
where she said research for chemical weapons took place in addition to
nuclear development. 
She stated that in the research laboratories in Hamhung, chemical and
biological weapon experiments took place on "prisoners or felons by using
injections." 
Park said another North Korean defector who was forcibly repatriated from
China in 2004, Kang Byong-sop, had claimed to be the chief electrical
engineer at a chemical factory in South Hamgyong. He said he had smuggled
out official "letters of transfer" for inmates from Camp 22 to be sent to
the chemical complex for the "human experimentation for liquid gas." 
Kim Sang-Hun, a retired U.N. Official and chairman of the Database Center
for North Korean Human Rights told the Los Angeles Times that he had known
members of Kang's family for years. After carefully examining the papers,
which carried the official stamp of North Korea's State Security Agency, he
was "absolutely convinced [the letters] are genuine." 
Kang is believed to have been hunted and arrested with Chinese-North Korean
collaboration on the Chinese-Laotian border with his wife and youngest son
after smuggling the documents out of North Korea. He was forced upon
repatriation to give a complete retraction and point-by-point counter-story,
and has not been heard from since. 
Park said his other son, Kang Seong-kuk, was reported at the time to have
narrowly escaped an abduction attempt by North Korean agents in Thailand. 
Kim Sang-Hun told Al Jazeera in 2009 that "Human experimentation is a
widespread practice… The program is now a commonly known fact in the North
Korean public." 
Park said Im Chun-yong, a former member of North Korea's elite special
forces claimed to Al Jazeera for the same report that, "If you are born
mentally or physically deficient… the government says your best contribution
to society… is as a guinea pig for biological and chemical weapons testing."

His then commander was said to have given up his 12-year-old daughter who
was mentally disabled, while another of his colleagues who was guarding a
testing facility witnessed "a number of people" murdered via "poisonous gas"
in a "glass chamber." 
In May 2013, Park wrote, Joanna Hosaniak of the Citizens Alliance for North
Korean Human Rights (NKHR) headquartered in Seoul delivered a report stating
North Korea was presiding over chemical and biological weapon experiments on
disabled children. That was based on recent testimony from a high-level
North Korean government official who defected in 2012 and corroborated by a
former DPRK police officer. 

Park said the U.N. Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Australia' s former High
Court Judge Michael Kirby, is now underway. 

After hearing numerous testimonies from North Korea's victims who were able
to escape, Kirby was moved to tears and told reporters, "An image flashed
across my mind of the Allied soldiers, Russian, American, British, at the
end of the Second World War, and the discovery of prison camps in the
countries that had been occupied by Nazi forces." 
Park said a "full-fledged international inquiry" will be incomplete without
careful examination of all existing forms of evidence which suggest that the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea continues to (in the words of a June
13 White House statement on chemical weapons in Syria), cross "clear red
lines that have existed within the international community for decades." 
Robert Park is a former prisoner of conscience and human rights activist who
entered North Korea on Christmas Day 2009 to protest against genocide and
crimes against humanity taking place within the country. 

Brethren...let us lift up North Korea and other communist bloc countries
where religious freedom is not available and where people are being killed,
maimed and experimented upon by unscrupulous probationers. Also that the
Gospel might be able to penetrate the darkness that exists there to the end
that the masses might find Christ and His light in that darkness of ugliness
and sin. Pray for leaders to come to Christ. 
Bro. Joe Diaz 
Founder, His Love Extended Ministries International Circa 2000 
 
Yehowah (the FATHER) bless you and protect you. YEhowah (the SON) deal
kindly and make HiS face to shine upon you and be gracious to you! YEhowah
(the HOLY SPIRIT) lift up HiS countenance and bestow HiS favor upon you and
grant you friendship and peace." [Numbers (B'Midvar) 6. 24 - 26 Tanakh,
Torah] 
Shalom Alechem B'Shem Yeshua HaMashiach. 
(Peace be unto you in the name of Yeshua the Messiah) Who is Jehovah Shalom,
The Prince of Peace! Amen! 
Yevarech Otka YaHoVeH 
(YHVH Bless you!) 
"Know God, know eternal life! No God, know eternal damnation" The fool says
in his heart 'There is no God.'
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Fear the Lord … But Don’t Be Afraid
Verse:
Deuteronomy 10:12-22

Recommended Reading

Psalms 33:18-22
;
Hebrews 12:22-29
;
Revelation 1:9-18

In his autobiography, Blessings in Disguise, the late actor Alec Guinness 
wrote that as he was walking up Kingsway in the middle of an afternoon, he 
had an impulse to start running. He ran until he reached a little church. He’d 
never been there before, but he caught his breath and knelt to pray. For the 
next ten minutes he “was lost to the world.”

Guinness explained the compulsion as a “rather nonsensical gesture of love,” 
an outburst of thanksgiving. He ran to the church and fell on his knees in 
prayer not long after March 24, 1956, the day he had converted to 
Christianity after years of being an atheist.

Guinness, in a move reflective of the movement of the Holy Spirit in his 
life, learned in part what “fearing God” is all about. Although Scripture 
uses the word “fear,” God doesn’t want us to be afraid of him. Instead, he 
wants us to realize how magnificent, awe-inspiring and deserving of our 
worship he is.

Interestingly, knowing that God desires our worship also helps us understand 
just how special we are to him. This can lead us into a more active 
relationship with God. God always expresses his love in some kind of action 
toward us, and he desires that we return our loving expressions in action, 
as well as in trusting his leading and following his commands for our life.

God’s love, coupled with our sense of awe and reverence, leads us to action. 
It led Alec Guinness to run down the street and then fall on his knees in 
thanksgiving and adoration. Perhaps you’ve only recently come to know about 
God’s grace revealed through Jesus Christ. Perhaps you’ve been his devoted 
follower for years. Or perhaps you’re just looking for a fresh experience of 
God in your life. What actions will you take today to express your “fear of 
God”?

Don’t be afraid to go for it!

To Take Away
• Describe in your own words what it means to fear God.

• How does knowing that God desires our worship help us understand how 
special we are to him?

• What actions can you take to express your love to God?
This devotion is from the
NIV New Men's Devotional Bible
by Zondervan. Used with permission.


The Guidance of God
Our society seems to take one misstep after another. People around us are 
wandering aimlessly through life, not knowing what they truly believe or 
whom they should follow. Politicians and community leaders have strayed off 
course as they have ignored the divine wisdom and guidance of God in order 
to follow their own human principles.

God wants to show us how to live abundant and joyful lives. He desires to 
lead the way for us through life, steering us away from temptation and 
sheltering us in the storms. He wants to give us guidance in our decisions. 
We are not to live as the world does, chasing after every new philosophical 
trend. Instead we are to live confidently knowing that the only One we need 
to follow is God.

Sometimes as Christians we allow ourselves to become obsessed with 
discerning God's will. We pour over the fine details, examining every 
possible option, worried that one wrong step will send us out of God's 
favor. We doubt past decisions that did not turn out the way we had hoped. 
We doubt our ability to discern God's will. We waste time regretting and 
worrying.

Instead of obsessing over our choices, we should focus on our complete 
willingness to obey the will of God when He shows it to us. We need to first 
be in a place of submission before God, willing to follow wherever He leads. 
We build that type of obedience by spending regular time with God in prayer 
and in His Word.

The psalmist declared, "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches 
them his way" (Psalm 25:9). If we focus on humbly obeying God, we can trust 
that He will guide us on the right paths. For many Christians, this is 
easier said than done. In theory, we all claim to want to be obedient to 
God, but in reality we hold on to our own plans. We are willing to accept 
God's will for us when it suits us, but we balk when He points in a 
direction outside of our comfort zones. We pray for Him to show us
His will, secretly hoping it will be something we desire. We claim 
obedience, but remain latched on to our own wants.

Sometimes God's plans for us do not make sense. Sometimes they are 
uncomfortable or even painful. But if we truly walk in obedience to God, we 
will find contentment whatever circumstances He may bring. We can rejoice 
even in the times of teaching, training, and testing. We can trust that even 
if we make a misstep, our sovereign God can lead us back into His will.

The psalmist discovered the joys and benefits of obedience to God: "Oh, how 
I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.…I have more understanding 
than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every 
evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your 
laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, 
sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; 
therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp
to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:97, 100-105).

Unlike the worldly culture around us, we are not rudderless. We have God's 
guiding Holy Spirit to show us the best course. But first we must surrender 
completely to following His will and His commandments, even when they do not 
match our personal desires. We must spend regular time in prayer learning 
His voice and His heart. The more we know God, the easier it will be to 
discern His voice from our own self-serving thoughts. If you are resistant 
to giving God full control of your life, confess this
to Him in prayer. Pray for His help in developing a humble and obedient 
heart in you. Pray that He will awaken the hearts of Christians across the 
country so they will also seek to obey His guidance.

"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands." --1 John 2:3

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his 
friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I 
call you
slaves…but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from 
My Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:13-15 NASB

Joseph Scriven faced real tragedies. Born in Ireland on this day in 1819, as 
a young man he fell in love. But, tragically, on the night before he was to
be married, his fiancée drowned.

Later, after moving to Canada, Scriven fell in love again and became 
engaged. But his second fiancée also died before they were married.

We can imagine how these painful experiences might have made him bitter. But 
Scriven instead became devoted to serving others and sharing the love of 
Jesus.
He gave freely of his possessions and always was ready to help those who 
were in need.

In 1855, when he learned that his mother was ill, Scriven wrote a poem for 
her called, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” This later became a powerful 
hymn,
where Scriven described what Jesus meant to him: “What a Friend we have in 
Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!”

Because of the difficult experiences he had faced, he could write with 
conviction, “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!” He knew 
that
God could bring peace to troubled hearts who seek Him: “O what peace we 
often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry 
everything
to God in prayer.”

Instead of becoming discouraged when we face trials, temptations, or 
troubles, Scriven wrote that we simply should “take it to the Lord in 
prayer.”

Today, remember that Jesus is your friend. Take your problems to Him. Talk 
with Him. Spend time with Him. He loves you!

Today's Inspiration Prayer
Father, I know that you are the God of miracles and wonders. Thank You that 
Your Word is true. I will stand on Your Word in my life. In Jesus’ name. 
Amen.

Further Reading: John 15

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Having What You Cannot Lose

Max Lucado

I’m entering my fourth decade as a pastor. Thirty years is plenty of time to
hear Joseph stories. I’ve met many Egypt-bound people. Down, down, down. I’ve
learned the question to ask. If you and I were having this talk over coffee,
this is the point where I would lean across the table and say, “What do you
still have that you cannot lose?” The difficulties have taken much away. I
get that. But there is one gift your troubles cannot touch: your destiny.

My father walked the road to Egypt. Family didn’t betray him; his health
did. He had just retired. Then came the diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), a cruel degenerative disease that
affects the muscles. Within months he was unable to feed, dress, or bathe
himself. His world, as he knew it, was gone.

My Dad lost much: his health, retirement, years with his children and
grandchildren, years with his wife. The loss was severe, but it wasn’t
complete. “Dad,” I could have asked, “what do you have that you cannot
lose?” He still had God’s call on his heart.

Several years after Dad’s death I received a letter from a woman who
remembered him. Ginger was only six years old when her Sunday school class
made get-well cards for ailing church members. She created a bright purple
card out of construction paper and carefully lined it with stickers. On the
inside she wrote, “I love you, but most of all God loves you.” Her mom baked
a pie, and the two made the delivery.

Dad was bedfast. The end was near. His jaw tended to drop, leaving his mouth
open. He could extend his hand, but it was bent to a claw from the disease.

Somehow Ginger had a moment alone with him and asked a question as only a
six-year-old can: “Are you going to die?”

He touched her hand and told her to come near. “Yes, I am going to die.
When? I don’t know.”

She asked if he was afraid to go away. “Away is heaven,” he told her. “I
will be with my Father. I am ready to see him eye to eye.”

About this point in the visit, her mother and mine returned. Ginger recalls:

My mother consoled your parents with a fake smile on her face. But I smiled
a big, beautiful, real smile, and he did the same and winked at me.

My purpose for telling you all this is my family and I are going to Kenya.
We are going to take Jesus to a tribe on the coast. I am very scared for my
children, because I know there will be hardships and disease. But for me, I
am not afraid, because the worst thing that could happen is getting to see
“my Father eye to eye.”

It was your father who taught me that earth is only a passing through and
death is merely a rebirth.

A man near death winking at the thought of it. Stripped of everything? It
only appeared that way. In the end Dad still had what no one could take. And
in the end that is all he needed.

Excerpted from
You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
by Max Lucado. ©2013. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson, Inc.
www.thomasnelson. com.

Living As Lights
Philippians 2:15

We use lights for display. A Christian should so shine in his life that a
person could not live with him a week without knowing the Gospel. His
conversation should be such that all who spend time with him would
understand clearly to whom he belongs and who it is he serves and would see
the image of Jesus displayed in his daily actions. Lights are intended for
guidance. We are to help those around us who are in the dark. We are to
declare to them the Word of life. We are to point sinners to the Savior
and the weary to a divine resting-place. Sometimes men read their Bibles and
fail to understand them; we should be ready, like Philip, to instruct the
inquirer in the meaning of God's Word, the way of salvation, and the life of
godliness.

Lights are also used for warning. On our rocks and sandbanks a lighthouse is
sure to be erected. Christians should know that there are many false lights
everywhere in the world, and therefore the right light is needed. The
wreckers of Satan are always abroad, tempting the ungodly to sin under the
name of pleasure as they hoist the wrong light. It is our responsibility to
set the true light upon every dangerous rock, to point out every sin and
tell what it leads to, so that we may be clear of the
blood of all men, shining as lights in the world. Lights also have a very
cheering influence, and so have Christians. A Christian ought to be a
comforter, with kind words on his lips and sympathy in his heart; he should
carry sunshine wherever he goes and diffuse happiness around him.

Gracious Spirit dwell with me;
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would Thy life in mine reveal,
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ my Savior speak.

From Morning & Evening revised and edited by Alistair Begg copyright © 2003.
Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News
Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,
www.crossway.org.
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The Masters list
THE WITNESSING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will
be my witnesses…”
Acts 1:8a

Prior to her Christian husband being released from prison in Iran, Maheen,
feared that she might be arrested too. So she seriously prayed, “Dear Lord,
I am not ready to go to a solitary confinement because of my Christian
faith. It is such a closed and dirty environment. As you know I was born and
brought
up in a wealthy family and had a comfortable life. Please don’t test me
beyond my ability.” She told God she would not be able to handle being
arrested
and mentioned her fear that she might give the names of all believers in the
house churches to the police or even deny Jesus.

Three days later, the secret police knocked at her door. She said to God, “I
have already asked you not to put me in this temptation. So whatever
happens,
it is not my fault. Because I had already told you that I am not a strong
person and can’t stand against these security people and can’t tolerate
persecution.”

She said, “The police blindfolded me and took me to the solitary
confinement. I was scared to death and felt sick as the place was very
smelly.” They put
her in a cell and a few hours later brought her in for interrogation. She
added, “I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit very strongly. And I felt
that
God’s peace came down on me and my fear went away.”

When Maheen stood before the high official, she courageously testified of
her Christian faith. “It is an honour for me to talk to people about Jesus.
I
will be very happy to talk to you about Jesus and salvation too. Like all
other people and Muslims, you also need Jesus in your life. Without Jesus a
person
does not have any peace and life is hopeless and without any purpose. Jesus
laid his life down for you too so that you can have salvation and will not
perish.”

The official responded in anger, “Do you know what the consequence of all
this will be for you? You can’t evangelize me. It will cost you a heavy
price.”

On the third night the official came to her cell. Maheen was frightened
fearing that he came to abuse her sexually or to beat her up. But the
official
told her, “Don’t be afraid of me. I need your prayers. When you shared about
Jesus with me, it had such a powerful impact on my life. I need to be saved.
I need Jesus in my life. I believe God has sent you to come to this prison
so that you can share about salvation with me. I am now completely aware of
the fact that without Jesus I will be a miserable and hopeless person and I
will perish. Please pray for me that I can be set free from this hell I live
in.”
Maheen had the chance to share about Jesus for three hours with him and at
the end he repented of his sins and committed his life to Jesus. The
official
testified that for the first time he experienced the real peace and love of
God in his life.

Maheen and her husband were both released from prison and are in touch with
this official and his wife secretly. The wife of the official has committed
her life to the Lord too.

RESPONSE: Today I will walk and talk in the power of the Holy Spirit and
trust God to use me as a witness wherever He places me.

PRAYER: Thank God for the power of His Holy Spirit among committed brothers
and sisters in Iran.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS)
A daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks

© 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission

Pain
Posted by: "Dean Masters" C.S. Lewis Daily
Today's Reading

If the first and lowest operation of pain shatters the illusion that all is
well, the second shatters the illusion that what we have, whether good or
bad
in itself, is our own and enough for us. Everyone has noticed how hard it is
to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us. We ‘have
all we want’ is a terrible saying when ‘all’ does not include God. We find
God an interruption. As St Augustine says somewhere, ‘God wants to give us
something,
but cannot, because our hands are full—there’s nowhere for Him to put it.’
Or as a friend of mine said, ‘We regard God as an airman regards his
parachute;
it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.’ Now
God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in Him.
Yet
we will not seek it in Him as long as he leaves us any other resort where it
can even plausibly be looked for. While what we call ‘our own life’ remains
agreeable we will not surrender it to Him. What then can God do in our
interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the
plausible
source of false happiness?

From
The Problem of Pain
Compiled in
A Year with C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain. Copyright © 1940, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright
restored © 1996 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with
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THE MASTERS LIST
THE WITNESSING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will
be my witnesses
Acts 1:8a
Prior to her Christian husband being released from prison in Iran, Maheen,
feared that she might be arrested too. So she seriously prayed, Dear Lord,
I am not ready to go to a solitary confinement because of my Christian
faith. It is such a closed and dirty environment. As you know I was born and
brought
up in a wealthy family and had a comfortable life. Please don’t test me
beyond my ability.She told God she would not be able to handle being
arrested
and mentioned her fear that she might give the names of all believers in the
house churches to the police or even deny Jesus.

Three days later, the secret police knocked at her door. She said to God, “I
have already asked you not to put me in this temptation. So whatever
happens,
it is not my fault. Because I had already told you that I am not a strong
person and can't stand against these security people and can't tolerate
persecution.

She said, The police blindfolded me and took me to the solitary
confinement. I was scared to death and felt sick as the place was very
smelly.They put
her in a cell and a few hours later brought her in for interrogation. She
added, I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit very strongly. And I felt
that
God's peace came down on me and my fear went away.

When Maheen stood before the high official, she courageously testified of
her Christian faith. It is an honour for me to talk to people about Jesus.
I
will be very happy to talk to you about Jesus and salvation too. Like all
other people and Muslims, you also need Jesus in your life. Without Jesus a
person
does not have any peace and life is hopeless and without any purpose. Jesus
laid his life down for you too so that you can have salvation and will not
perish.

The official responded in anger, Do you know what the consequence of all
this will be for you? You can't evangelize me. It will cost you a heavy
price.

On the third night the official came to her cell. Maheen was frightened
fearing that he came to abuse her sexually or to beat her up. But the
official
told her, Don't be afraid of me. I need your prayers. When you shared about
Jesus with me, it had such a powerful impact on my life. I need to be saved.
I need Jesus in my life. I believe God has sent you to come to this prison
so that you can share about salvation with me. I am now completely aware of
the fact that without Jesus I will be a miserable and hopeless person and I
will perish. Please pray for me that I can be set free from this hell I live
in.

Maheen had the chance to share about Jesus for three hours with him and at
the end he repented of his sins and committed his life to Jesus. The
official
testified that for the first time he experienced the real peace and love of
God in his life.

Maheen and her husband were both released from prison and are in touch with
this official and his wife secretly. The wife of the official has committed
her life to the Lord too.

RESPONSE: Today I will walk and talk in the power of the Holy Spirit and
trust God to use me as a witness wherever He places me.

PRAYER: Thank God for the power of His Holy Spirit among committed brothers
and sisters in Iran.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS)
A daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks

© 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission

Posted by: "Dean Masters" tubatrooper C.S. Lewis Daily
Today's Reading

If the first and lowest operation of pain shatters the illusion that all is
well, the second shatters the illusion that what we have, whether good or
bad
in itself, is our own and enough for us. Everyone has noticed how hard it is
to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us. We have
all we want is a terrible saying when does not include God. We find
God an interruption. As St Augustine says somewhere, God wants to give us
something,
but cannot, because our hands are full there's nowhere for Him to put it.
Or as a friend of mine said, We regard God as an airman regards his
parachute;
it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it. Now
God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in Him.
Yet
we will not seek it in Him as long as he leaves us any other resort where it
can even plausibly be looked for. While what we call our own life remains
agreeable we will not surrender it to Him. What then can God do in our
interests but make our own life less agreeable to us, and take away the
plausible
source of false happiness?
From
The Problem of Pain
Compiled in
A Year with C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain. Copyright © 1940, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright
restored © 1996 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with
permission
of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His
Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights
reserved.
Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
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Streams in the Desert
I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me (
Acts 27:25).

I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a
very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me,
"The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which
revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of
Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left
it. George Mueller came to me, and said, 'Captain I have come to tell you
that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.&# 39; 'It is impossible,&# 39;
I said. 'Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other
way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down
into the chart-room and pray.'"

"I looked at that man of God, and thought to myself, 'What lunatic asylum
can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this.' 'Mr.
Mueller,' I said, 'do you know how dense this fog is?' 'No,' he replied, 'my
eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls
every circumstance of my life.'"

"He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had
finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told
me not to pray. 'First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I
BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.'"

"I looked at him, and he said, 'Captain, I have known my Lord for
fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed
to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you
will find the fog gone.' I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday
afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement."
--Selected

If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine,
In the sweetness of our Lord.
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Post  Admin on Sat 28 Sep 2013, 10:19 pm

Greetings!

I had to go to Knoxville today for a checkup. My cousin took a day's
vacation to take me. I saw one nurse practitioner who took the sutures out
and said the incisions were healing well. Then I went to another one who
worked me in today since I was there who checked out my pacemaker
defibulator. It all checked out well. She then called my local cardiologist
who will take things over from here so I don't have to go back to Knoxville
unless there are issues.

So it was a long day of riding and waiting but a good day of talking with my
cousin. But I am tired so I wil restart my devotionals tomorrow.

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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Sep 2013, 10:33 pm

Dean Masters
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…
Matthew 5:44

Perhaps the most difficult of Jesus’ commands is to love even our enemies. A
true Christian always seeks another person’s highest good—even when
mistreated.
Brother Andrew says “The Christian’s only method of destroying his enemies
is to ‘love’ them into being his friends.”

Romanian pastor, Dr. Paul Negrut, was visiting an old friend in Romania
named Trian Dors in his humble home. As Paul entered, he realized that Trian
wasbbleeding from open wounds. He asked, “What happened?”

Trian replied, “The secret police just left my home. They came and
confiscated my manuscripts. Then they beat me.”

Pastor Paul says, “I began to complain about the heavy tactics of the secret
police. But Trian stopped me saying, ‘Brother Paul, it is so sweet to suffer
for Jesus. God didn’t bring us together tonight to complain but to praise
him. Let’s kneel down and pray.”

“He knelt and began praying for the secret police. He asked God to bless
them and save them. He told God how much he loved them. He said, ‘God, if
they
will come back in the next few days, I pray that you will prepare me to
minister to them.’” Paul continued, “By this time I was ashamed. I thought I
had
been living the most difficult life in Romania for the Lord. And I was
bitter about that.”

Trian Dors then shared with Paul how the secret police had been coming to
his home regularly for several years. They beat him twice every week. They
confiscated
all his papers. After the beating he would talk to the officer in charge.
Trian would look into his eyes and say, “Mister, I love you. And I want you
to
know that if our next meeting is before the judgement throne of God, you
will not go to hell because I hate you but because you rejected love.” Trian
would
repeat these words after every beating.

Years later that officer came alone to his home one night. Trian prepared
himself for another beating. But the officer spoke kindly and said, “Mr.
Dors,
the next time we meet will be before the judgement throne of God. I came
tonight to apologize for what I did to you and to tell you that your love
moved
my heart. I have asked Christ to save me. But two days ago the doctor
discovered that I have a very severe case of cancer and I have only a few
weeks to
live before I go to be with God. I came tonight to tell you that we will be
together on the other side.”

RESPONSE: Today I will destroy my enemies only with love.

PRAYER: God give me Your kind of love for my enemies—so they too will love
You.
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Post  Admin on Mon 23 Sep 2013, 7:42 pm

Sweet Savor
In the beginning of the book of Leviticus there are instructions for 
sacrifices. At the end of all of these is a phrase similar to the following:

Leviticus 1:9 (KJV)
9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall 
burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of 
a sweet savour unto the LORD.

What is this sweet savor or sweet aroma? We are not talking about the smell 
of steaks grilling in a barbecue. These were burnt sacrifices. That would 
not have a very pleasing smell, would it? So what is the sweet savor 
mentioned all these times? It is obedience.

We see later in the same book what happened because of obedience and 
disobedience:

Leviticus 9:22-10:3 (NCV)
22 Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them. When he 
had finished offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the 
fellowship offering, he stepped down from the altar. 23 Moses and Aaron went 
into the Meeting Tent. Then they came out and blessed the people, and the 
LORD’s glory came to all the people. 24 Fire came out from the LORD and 
burned up the burnt offering and fat on the altar. When the people saw this, 
they shouted with joy and bowed facedown on the ground. 1 Aaron’s sons Nadab 
and Abihu took their pans for burning incense, put fire in them, and added 
incense; but they did not use the special fire Moses had commanded them to 
use in the presence of the LORD. 2 So fire came down from the LORD and 
destroyed Nadab and Abihu, and they died in front of the LORD. 3 Then Moses 
said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD was speaking about when he said, ‘I 
must be respected as holy by those who come near me; before all the people I 
must be given honor.’ ” So Aaron did not say anything about the death of his 
sons.

After all the sacrifices had been made just as God had commanded, His glory 
came down and shone on all the people. Then His fire came down and burnt up 
what was on the altar.

We don’t know why Nadab and Abihu didn’t follow God’s commands that Moses 
gave them. They didn’t and had to pay the consequences of being struck dead 
on the spot. God is holy and expects to be honored by His people by their 
obedience.

Jesus Christ paid the supreme sacrifice on the cross and there will be no 
more animal
sacrifices needed. All you must do is surrender your life to Jesus Christ. 
If you belong to Jesus Christ, you are under grace and not the law. We can 
repent and receive forgiveness for our sins. But God still wants our 
obedience. We don’t have to worry about whether we are following the letter 
of the law as found in the Bible but the Holy Spirit empowers us and the 
love of Jesus Christ compels us to be obedient.

God still wants us to treat Him as holy. He always has been and always will 
be holy but in this day and time it seems like we have gotten away from that 
aspect of God. Do you treat Him as holy? Is there anything you do that does 
not bring honor to Him? Is there anything that you do that brings honor to 
yourself when it should bring the honor to God? May your life be a sweet 
savor to God

By Dean W. Masters
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Post  Admin on Sat 24 Aug 2013, 7:41 pm

The Basis for Discernment

Hebrews 4:12-13

Since spiritual discernment is the ability to see life from God's 
perspective, it requires that we know how He thinks and acts. The Bible is 
His unchanging, infallible revelation of Himself. However, the Lord doesn't 
simply give us a list of facts about His character and ways. All throughout 
the pages of Scripture, He illustrates who He is and how He operates.

Although the Bible is ancient, it's not a dead book. It's alive and as fresh 
as if He were speaking directly to you. The stories may have taken place 
centuries ago, but the principles and applications are current and relevant. 
It's our instruction book about how to live. Guidance for decisions and 
discernment about situations are found from Genesis to Revelation.

God's Word is active and piercing. The words don't simply sit on the page. 
They penetrate our hearts and judge our thoughts and motives. This 
convicting quality is why some people don't like to read the Bible. But 
self-discernment is essential if we don't want to keep making the same 
mistakes over and over again. Some Christians live on a surface level, never 
understanding why they react to situations the way they do. But if we'll 
approach the Word of God with an open spirit, it will bring to light
our hidden motives and reveal unrecognized sins.

Spiritual discernment involves seeing not just our circumstances but also 
ourselves from God's perspective. Have you learned to embrace the piercing 
sword of Scripture, or have you avoided doing so because it makes you 
uncomfortable? Remember, God's Word cuts only so that it can heal.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please 
visit www.intouch.org.

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Cutting You Off to Bring You Down - #6924

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My wife and I took a trip to the mountains and, in a way, to her childhood. 
We visited an old Smokey Mountain community that the Park Service preserved
over the years. It's called Cades Cove. It used to be inhabited by a lot of 
mountain folk. Now, my wife grew up in a Yankee family who lived in the 
Ozarks
on a farm. So she experienced both.

She recognized a lot of the customs when we went to Cades Cove, and the 
terminology, and the lifestyle. Oh, they were new to me; they weren't new to 
her.
I kind of chuckled when they talked about clearing farmland by "girdling" ; 
the trees. City boy! Now, listen, if you let your imagination run, you could
get a pretty humorous image of a girdled tree. But, actually, that process 
was an example of old mountain wisdom. Here's this huge tree, and the shade
is keeping anything from growing around it. It's got to come down if you're 
going to farm there. But it's so thick it would be very, very difficult to
chop down.

The old mountaineers would go around the tree with an ax and chop one line 
through the bark. Here was this big tree with a ring from chipping all 
around
the trunk with an ax. You'd think, "Oh, that won't hurt the tree." But, they 
had girdled the tree. That would eventually cause all the leaves to fall 
off,
it would cause the tree to die, and it would be relatively easy then to take 
it down. That little cut simply cut off the route for the nourishment to get
to the rest of the tree. You know, that might be the best way to bring you 
down too.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Cutting 
You Off to Bring You Down."

Our word for today from the Word of God; we are in the very first Psalm. 
I'll begin reading at verse 1. Notice there's a tree in here. "Blessed is 
the
man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of 
sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers, but his delight is in the law of the
Lord, and on His Law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted 
by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does 
not
wither. Whatever he does prospers."

This tells us how to be a deeply rooted child of God. Don't you want to be 
strong and consistent? Don't you want to be (here comes a word) 
"un-bring- downable? "
I want to be un-bring-downable! Now, if the Devil wants you to fall like a 
big, old tree, and he does, he may know that a direct attack coming at you 
swinging
his ax would fail, because if you saw that coming, you'd fight back. You 
would see a direct devilish attempt to try to bring you down.

I think what he wants to do is wear you down with little compromises; little 
nicks in your bark where first of all you just walk around in some wrong 
stuff.
You don't plan to stay in it. And then like the Psalm says, you sort of 
stand still with it; you get a little more compromised. And finally you're 
sitting
in it. See, he just wants you to think wrong right now, to watch or listen 
to something that's wrong, to become tolerant of what you once would never 
have
allowed in your life--those little nicks in the bark that are setting you up 
for a big fall.

Secondly, he wants to cut you off from the nourishment. See, your 
nourishment is meditating in God's Word day and night. Have you noticed a 
slow drift
lately from being in God's Word? One day becomes two, and three, and maybe 
your Bible's started getting a little dusty. Jesus is missing you. The time
you do have with Him is dry and then less frequent. Prayer has become 
predictable and flat. Don't you see what's happening? The Devil is trying to 
cut
you off to bring you down. Don't let slow decay take away the life you have 
in Christ.

See, if you're rooted daily in God's Word; if you don't let anything 
interrupt that flow of nourishment and if you're fighting the little 
compromises,
you're a rooted tree, and you are not coming down!
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Post  Admin on Wed 21 Aug 2013, 2:19 pm

THE PEACEMAKERS
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9

With the possession of a meek spirit, we are equipped to step into the midst 
of conflict and be ambassadors “waging peace” that passes all understanding.
The richness of the New Testament word “peace” describes a condition of 
perfect and complete positive well-being. It also describes right 
relationships—intimate
fellowship and goodwill between human beings. Peace comes not from avoiding 
issues but from facing them, making peace even when the way is through 
trouble.

Blessed are those peacemakers who produce right relationships in every 
sphere of life, for they are doing a God-like work.

Such actions may involve laying down one’s life, like Jesus did, in order to 
reconcile men with God and break down barriers among men (
Galatians 3:26-29).
Are we willing to pay the price so that others might find peace with God? 
Are we willing to insist that all should hear the Gospel and believe? In 
some
conflict areas of the world, Christians call this “waging peace.”

Our brothers and sisters in Israel and the West Bank—where “peace” is sought 
but very evasive—remind us that Jesus’ high moral teaching is that we should
not resist evil with evil (
Matthew 5:39).
Jesus is calling His followers not to respond in kind to the acts of 
injustice and dehumanization directed against them, but rather to respond 
with transforming
initiatives. This unique perspective that He teaches contrasts with the 
“fight or flight” responses so deeply conditioned in human beings.

Dr. Salim Munayer is a wonderful example of such a peacemaker. The 
organization he founded takes groups of Christian Palestinians and Israelis 
on trips
to the desert where they must work together in a situation that breaks down 
barriers and promotes trust relationships. Brother Andrew comments that this
ministry doesn’t “just talk about the problem between Palestinians and Jews. 
It brings the two sides together and provides the means for them to 
reconcile.”

“Waging peace” involves: promoting love not hate; fostering unity among 
brethren; being a witness of a higher kingdom; and following the 
non-violence example
of Jesus.

RESPONSE: Today I will be proactive and “wage peace” in my sphere of 
influence.

PRAYER: Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. May I counter hatred with 
love and injury with forgiveness today.

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Post  Admin on Sat 15 Jun 2013, 9:17 pm

From: Dean Masters  
Subject: [masterslist] Update
Greetings!

I know you wern't expecting to hear from me so soon and I was not expecting  to be home so soon.

While I was being prepped today my doctor came in to talk to me. He had 
discussed me with my regular cardiologist. the guy who was there talking to 
me had put a three lead pacemaker in my mother last year but it was not 
because of any electrical problem like I have. so he is wondering if a weak 
heart is genetic. so he didn't know if just adding the third wire would 
strenghten my heart. he did believe it would help in some ways but the heart

could continue to get weaker. And if it did he would then have to go in and 
put in a defibulator. so I told him while he was working to go ahead and do 
that. That would mean him running two wires for a total of four wire.

then he said they would have to run some dye to see if the vein was open. He

said something the vein clogs or collapses when wires from one pacemaker is 
put in. so he asked if he could put it on the left side if the right side 
was too clogged to get in. So I gave approval. I don't know why they 
couldln' t couldn't have done these tests beforehand to know what might 
happen. It turned out both veins or arteries were clogged. One was clogged 
or twisted or something and spider veins had grown from the part before the 
clog to the herat heart so blood could get to the heart.

So I have incisions on both chests but no new pacemakers. Surgery was 
supposed to take 90 minutes but I think it took about 4 hours. when I woke 
up around 4 this afternoon I got a sandwich and some diced peaches. Then I 
got to leave there at 7.

My doc said he knew a doctgor in Knoxville which is 100 miles away who uses 
a laser to clear out arteries. Their office called our house while I was 
stilll at the hostpital. so I will have to call them next week and hopefully

schedule just one trip down there and get this out of the way. This has 
gone on long enough.

I still plan on taking this weekend away from the PC but wanted to update 
everyone.
Dean
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SPIRITUAL WARFARE TACTICS

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against
the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

A Filipino pastor, who is a former Muslim, lives on the island of Mindanao
in the southern Philippines. He was a notorious gang leader and spent years
in prison for robbery and murder. But there in prison he met Jesus Christ.

After his release, he was so effective in leading Muslims to Jesus back home
in Mindanao that Muslim extremists in his area kidnapped his
fourteen-year- old
daughter. They would only return her, he was told, if he stopped preaching
about Jesus and returned to Islam.

He and his wife prayed intensely about this and felt they could not give in
to this blackmail. He continued to preach faithfully for three years with no
definite news about his little girl.

He concludes, “Despite the terrible things they have done to my daughter, I
fear no one but God alone! Pray for my daughter and that I will continue to
preach Christ.”

Three years later, he received a letter from his daughter. She shared with
her parents that she had been sold into prostitution in neighbouring East
Malaysia.
But God had helped her escape. She was then taken in by a sympathetic
Malaysian family and hidden for her safety. And then she fell in love with a
young
man and married him. She and her parents planned to visit together in a safe
place.

Spiritual warfare is the cosmic conflict that rages between the kingdom of
God and the kingdom of Satan. Remember we are not talking about two equal
kingdoms
battling-it- out for victory. Satan is only a created being. Christ has all
authority and power. Satan's power was broken at the cross. The Apostle Paul
records for us in
Colossians 2:15,
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle
of them, triumphing over them by the cross. So the only power Satan has
today
is the power to deceive the people of the world - to blind them from seeing
the glory of God (
2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

Satan’s primary strategy is to divide and conquer. His key tactics include
accusation, deception, and the interruption of our relationships with the
Father
and with each other. He is actively leading mankind to defile the land,
which is God’s, in order to keep humanity in darkness. This is one reason
unity
in the Body of Christ is so critical for the fulfillment of the Great
Commission.

Why would someone lost in the chaos of the world want to be part of a
fellowship of people that is disorderly, dysfunctional, and even
destructive? The
Church of Jesus Christ must be ruled by love. We must be a refuge, a place
of safety!

RESPONSE: I will be alert to Satan’s spiritual warfare tactics today without
getting distracted from the Lord’s primary ministry directions.

PRAYER: Pray for witnessing brothers and sisters on the frontlines who
experience Satan’s greatest fury.

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Posted by: "Nathaniel Schmidt"
Let me know if you think this particular email is too "political&quo t; and I'll
be more careful which ones of these I send. Found this interesting though:
it's about Isaiah 17:
May 31st, 2013

This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'

In 55 years of prophetic ministry, I have never uttered the words: "Israel
has bombed Damascus" - until May of 2013. Three weeks ago, for the first
time, Israel struck targets inside the city of Damascus. The airstrikes were
part of an effort to keep missiles and chemical weapons out of the hands of
two groups: Hezbollah, who is fighting on the side of Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad, and al-Qaeda, who is leading the fight against him.

Why is this important? Because the prophet Isaiah predicted that in the last
days Damascus would be laid waste and never inhabited again. He specified
three important points in Isaiah 17. First, the entire city will become a
"fallen heap of ruins." In other words, totally destroyed. Second, it will
never be re-inhabited or rebuilt. Third, this destruction will happen
suddenly. In fact, during the darkness of one night.

Now, when Isaiah wrote these words, the sword was probably the most advanced
weapon that men wielded. The weaponry capable of laying waste to a massive
city in the course of a few hours was uninvented - even unimagined.

In those times, when invaders conquered a city - and destroyed it - they
usually just built a new one on the ruins. Yet this ancient prophet
described an event and a result that could only be accomplished by the use
of nuclear weapons - even to the fact that nuclear contamination would
prevent the use of that area ever again.

As I've noted before, Damascus is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in
the world that has never been totally destroyed. That means that Isaiah's
prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. In fact, it is the only end-times prophecy
- outside the ones concerning the seven-year Tribulation and its end with
Christ's return to set up the millennial kingdom - that remains unfulfilled.

So why bring this up now? Well, as I said in the beginning, this month
Israel's air force struck targets inside the city of Damascus. The fact that
Israel was willing to take such a risk indicates the gravity of the threat.
Syria has the third largest chemical weapons stockpile in the world and
100,000 missiles. That means that when Assad falls, either Hezbollah - his
ally - or al Qaeda - his enemy - will gain possession of those weapons of
mass destruction. And both are determined to destroy Israel.

The Israelis are determined that none of the missiles or chemical weapons
Syria possesses will end up in the control of Hezbollah or al-Qaeda.

Now as daunting a challenge as this appears, it may be the lesser of
Israel's worries at the moment. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad knows that
he's headed for the door - one way or the other. Even most of the Arab world
is standing against him. It has probably occurred to him that the only way
he can hang on is if he can reverse that and rally the other Arab nations to
his side.

How can he make that happen? Simple, provoke Israel into entering the war
currently being waged in Syria between his government and the opposition
rebels. Though the Muslim sects - Sunni, Shia, and Alawite - hate each
other, they hate Israel even more. If Israel entered the war, then Assad
reckons that most of the Arab and Muslim nations will rally to his side and
he can hang on to power.

Saddam Hussein tried that in the 1991 Gulf War by hurling 39 SCUDS at
Israel, but Israel didn't bite. This time, though, Assad's weapons are
infinitely more dangerous and diabolical. That's why one of Israel's
generals recently warned that if Syria dares launch any of its biological or
chemical weapons at Israel, they would respond with whatever it takes, even
"to the edge of the spectrum," to defend themselves.

Folks, I think "...the edge of the spectrum..." implies Israel's willingness
to use any means, even tactical nuclear weapons, to stop an all-out WMD
assault by Syria. Tel Aviv lies only 133 miles from Damascus. Syrian
missiles will reach it in mere minutes. That's how long Israel's leaders
will have to respond. And they already know that to stop Syria, their
response will have to be massive and final.

And we know how seriously Israel takes this threat. Seriously enough to
launch airstrikes inside Damascus and risk the wrath of the world.

The bottom line is that we are at a critical juncture in this Middle East
crisis - both politically and prophetically. Things could explode at any
moment and we find ourselves hurtling forward in the end-times scenario.

This week, I'm going to examine this crisis. I'll show you what the prophets
had to say about these days and how stunningly accurate their predictions
are turning out to be. I'll also show you how Russia, our "partner" in the
peace process in Syria, is strengthening Assad's resolve by arming the other
side. And I'll show you how Israel's prophesied devastation of Damascus may
leave them vulnerable and in need of the protection of the Antichrist.

If you are interested in the events of the "end times," you have a front row
seat.

But that's not all. Also this week, I'll discuss the alarming rise in
suicides in America. Did you know that for the first time in the "automobile
era," more Americans now die by suicide than by traffic accidents?

Why? Well, I'm sure there are lots of reasons, but I think one of the most
important may be the loss of 'hope.&# 39; Forty years ago, I wrote about what's
coming for "The Terminal Generation." I followed that book with a later one
titled: "Hope for the Terminal Generation."

Believe it or not, there IS hope for this generation. Paul said that "if in
this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."
But, thank God, we have more than hope in this life, we have a 'certainty&# 39;
about God's promises for the future. In fact, the Bible says that if we
think God has been faithful and generous to us in the past (by giving us His
greatest gift when we were His enemies), just think how "much more" faithful
and kind and generous He'll be now that we are His children!

And if ever there was a time when we need that certainty, it's today as we
stand witness to the twilight of this Age.

Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, The Word
Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey. com or www.hischannel. com.
Check your local listings.

God Bless,

Hal Lindsey
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How to Pray in the Midst of Crises

David Sanford

Earlier this week a godly Christian friend of mine remarked, “Is it just me
or is the world starting to spin out of control? It seems like all we’re
doing is going from one major crisis to the next to the next. How are we
supposed to catch our breath anymore?”

How should we respond in the midst of crises? The short answer, no surprise,
is: By praying. More than any other writings, the ancient Hebrew and
Christian hymn book, the Psalms, show us how.

Beginning with
Psalm 3,
and over and over again until
Psalm 149,
we find the psalmist actively and fervently praying to the Lord in various
dire circumstances.

“How many are my foes!”

“Give me relief from my distress.”

“Listen to my cry for help.”

“Away from me, all you who do evil.”

“Save and deliver me from all who pursue me.”

In seven out of every ten psalms, the writer is either crying out to the
Lord for physical salvation, thanking God for sparing his life, reminding
himself of the differing fates of the righteous and evildoers, or renewing
his allegiance to God and His Word in the face of rampant wickedness.

If the psalms teach us anything, it’s how to turn to God in times of trouble
and distress. Here’s a brief synopsis with specific examples from various
psalms.

1. Call out to the Lord...
“Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer”
(Psalm 61:1).

2. ...and ask for help!
“Hasten, O God, to save me;
O Lord, come quickly to help me”
(Psalm 70:1).

3. Tell God about your troubles...
“We are objects of reproach to our neighbors,
of scorn and derision to those around us”
(Psalm 79:4).

4. ...and admit if you feel abandoned or forsaken.
“How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
Remember how fleeting is my life.
For what futility you have created all men!”
(Psalm 89:46-47).

5. Describe what you want God to do...
“Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble”
(Psalm 90:15).

6. ...and explain why He should act on your behalf.
“Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
`The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
from heaven he viewed the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners
and release those condemned to death’”
(Psalm 102:18-20).

7. Give a candid appraisal of your enemy...
“With words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause”
(Psalm 109:3).

8. ...and ask God to put that foe in his place.
“Appoint an evil man to oppose him;
let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty,
and may his prayers condemn him”
(Psalm 109:6-7).

9. Honestly evaluate your guilt or innocence...
“I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.
I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord;
do not let me be put to shame”
(Psalm 119:30-31).

10. ...and confess any known sins.
“I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands”
(Psalm 119:176).

11. Affirm your implicit trust in the Lord...
“I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth”
(Psalm 121:1-2).

12. ...and then praise God for His deliverance.
“Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth”
(Psalm 124:6-8).
david sanford
David Sanford serves on the leadership team at
Corban University
in Salem, Oregon. Among his many publishing credits, David is executive
editor of Holy Bible: Mosaic,
general editor of
Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family,
managing editor of the IVP Resonate series, co-author of
How to Read Your Bible,
and author of If God Disappears:
9 Faith Wreckers and What to Do About Them.
Publication date: April 19, 2013
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