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Post  Admin on Sun 22 Jun 2014, 10:26 pm

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"The mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6.

Setting your mind on something means-
- opening your mind to regular input from that source. 

That's great if the source is a good one-
- like the Bible or uplifting music or the math facts you're supposed to know by tomorrow. 

But what if you're repeatedly subjecting your mind to something evil?

The truth is, you will internalize whatever your mind is taking in. 
You'll form values and attitudes based on the input you allow yourself to dwell on.

Our
world thinks there's no connection between the sinful practices we 
observe through literature, television, and movies and the resulting 
escalation in sinful lifestyles and crimes of violence. 

That's not only nonsense, it's unbiblical!

The apostle Paul understood that there's a connection between what we allow into our minds and the way we live. 
He realized that it's critical for Christians to focus on the right things. 

Some things, he said, belong to the sinful nature, and others belong to the Spirit. 
The category that dominates your thoughts will dominate your life.

Don't be cavalier enough to assume that-
- it's safe to dabble in sin without being affected. 

Pornography, movies, and songs that elevate sexual deviance, crime, and violence...these do much more than entertain you. 

They entice you into evil!

Be smart and take control of what's going into your brain. 
Set your mind on those things God's Spirit desires.

How have you noticed your behaviour being affected by what you hear and see?
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"And we know that in all things God works for the good of 
those who love him, who have been called according to his 
purpose."Romans 8:28.

Many years ago in London-
- a talented young man began preparing for the ministry. 

He surrendered his life to Christ and wanted so badly to be used by the Lord. 
He was a brilliant student and completed his studies seminary with honours.
Prior to his ordination-
- he was required to preach a sermon before a select group of clergymen. 

The intensity of the situation made him nervous- 
- especially when he saw his lovely fiance sitting in the audience. 

In his anxiety, he lost his train of thought and the board failed to approve him for the ministry.
The rejection was a bitter disappointment.
And his grief increased when his fiance broke off their engagement because he had performed so poorly. 

After these two events, he fought depression for quiet some time. 
Several weeks later-
He poured out his complaint before God, and was reminded of God's promise in Romans 8:28. 

It was then that he experienced an incredible peace in his soul.
When
the chance came around again, the young man delivered a powerful sermon
to the examining board and he was ordained to the ministry. 

The dynamic preaching of G. Campbell Morgan has impacted thousands of people. 
This infamous expositor authored several Bible commentaries and 60 books on theology. 
Morgan
left a legacy that still stirs hearts today-and the crisis he went 
through and overcame with God's help played a huge part.

Failure often causes us to think we've reached the end of our calling. 
But many times we don't see the big picture. 
God is working behind the scenes of your life.

If you are a believer and have experienced failure, don't give up!
God is using that failure to produce success and blessing in your life according to the promises in His Word.
Ask God to turn your failures into triumphs.
And thank Him for the promises of His Word.
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Post  Admin on Mon 16 Jun 2014, 6:50 pm

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"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6.

Many years ago, a small Jewish boy asked his father-
"Why must we surrender our Jewish faith and start to attend Lutheran services here in Germany?"

The boy's father replied-
"Son, we must abandon our faith so that people will accept us and support our business adventures!"

That young boy held on to his disappointment and bitterness for the rest of his life-
- because his family abandoned their faith. 

His faith in both his father and religion were crushed.

When this boy left Germany-
- he went to England to study where he formed unique philosophies for his own life. 

From those theories, he wrote a book that changed the world: 

The Communist Manifesto.

That boy was Karl Marx!

For 70 years, billions of people fell under the spell of his Marxist ideology. 

The hypocritical influence of that little boy's father produced tragic consequences.

If the young people of our world do not receive godly faith and training from older believers-
- then they will develop distorted perspectives as well.

As a believer, you and I have the responsibility of spiritually parenting others to-
- follow Christ, 

- serve Him faithfully, and 

- do great things for His Kingdom.

Paul referred to Titus as "my true son in our common faith"-
- and Timothy as "my true son in the faith." Titus 1:4;1 Timothy 1:2. 

Though they were not flesh and blood-- they bonded together as family and Paul raised them up to follow the Lord.

If
you know a young person who needs a faith-filled believer in his or her
life, then pray with and for them, and seek to teach them a love for 
Scripture, a commitment to Jesus Christ, and to fellowship and worship 
with the church.

Ask the Lord to bring a young person into your life whom you can spiritually parent!
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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Jun 2014, 10:17 pm

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"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11.      

Noted Bible teacher E. Schuyler English told about a Bible distributor, Michael
Billester, who visited a small town in Poland shortly before World War II. 

Billester gave a Bible to a villager, who was converted after reading it. 

The new believer then passed the book on to others. 
This cycle of conversions and sharing of faith continued until 200 people had become believers through that one Bible!

When
Billester returned to Poland in 1940, this group of Christians met 
together for a worship service where he was to preach the Word of God. 
It
was usually his custom to ask for testimonies, but this time Billester 
suggested that several in the congregation stand and recite verses of 
Scripture.

One man stood and said, "Perhaps we have misunderstood your request. Do you mean verses or chapters?"

These Polish villagers had not memorized a few select verses of the Bible, but instead whole chapters and books. 
Thirteen people knew Matthew, Luke, and half of Genesis. 
And another person had committed the entire book of Psalms to memory. 

That single copy of the Bible given by Billester to the one new believer had certainly done its work.

Transformed lives bore witness to the power of the Word of God. 

Are you passionate about learning and memorizing God's Word? 
Are you sharing what you know with those who do not know Jesus? 

1 John 2:5 says, "But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him." 

Determine today to hide the Word of God in
your heart-
- and pass along its truth to those you come in contact with each day.

Ask the Lord to open your heart to His Word so that you can hold tightly to its truth. 
Pray that He would give you opportunities to share the Bible with others.

Hide His Word in your heart!
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Post  Admin on Sun 08 Jun 2014, 8:56 pm

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"And have made us kings and priests to our God: and we shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:10. 

In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. 

He
made application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be 
accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the 
monastery. 

"Your Majesty," said Prior Richard, "do you 
understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard 
because you have been a king." 

"I understand," said Henry. "The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you." 

"Then
I will tell you what to do," said Prior Richard. "Go back to your 
throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you." 

When King Henry died, a statement was written:
"The King learned to rule by being obedient."

We are kings and priests! 
Furthermore, the Bible says that one day we will rule with Him! 
We need to get ourselves ready!

Are
you weary of parenting, ministering, praying or whatever other 
assignments the Lord has given you for this season of your life? 

Please, be encouraged! 

God expects us to be faithful where he puts us, even in the small things. 
Stay strong in the Lord! 

God is preparing us for great things.
And our efforts for Him will not go unnoticed!
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Post  Admin on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 9:53 pm

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"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 
1 Thessalonians 5:11.

The word encourage (en=in+courage) simply means-
- to put courage into another,
- something we all need to do and receive regularly.

I recall how in my beginning days of ministry, after 
speaking to a youth group, one of the members in attendance said to me, 
"Thank you for being God's messenger to me today." 

I've never forgotten 
her words and those of many others along the way either. 

Sadly, a cutting word can have the opposite long-term effect.

Encouragement!
So easy to give, costs nothing, and is worth its weight in gold.

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. 
There will most likely be no ticker-tape parade for us, no monuments created in our honour. 

But that does not lessen our possible impact-
- for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; 
- people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. 

Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. 

Too
often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a 
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all 
of which have a potential to turn a life around. 

It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

Be sure to encourage—to put courage into—someone today, especially your own loved ones.

"Dear
God, thank you for all the people who have encouraged me along the way.
They are greatly appreciated. And please help me to be an encourager to
someone else every single day just as others have encouraged me. Thank 
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, 
Amen."
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Post  Admin on Sun 01 Jun 2014, 7:43 pm

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"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matthew 10:16. 

Nature provides us with an illustration-
- that closely parallels the insidious tactics employed by our adversary. 

According to scientists-
Artic polar bears feed almost entirely on seals. 

To enjoy such a meal-
- they sometimes resort to a cunning bit of trickery. 

If the hole through which the seal gets his food is near the edge of the ice-
- the polar bear will take a deep breath and swim under water to its exact location. 

Remaining below the surface-
- he will then make a tiny scratching sound, imitating a fish. 

When
the charmed seal hears this, he dives in for a quick supper, only to 
find himself suddenly entrapped in the huge, hungry embrace of his 
predator.

God has sent us forth as sheep among the wolves. 

There are so many theories disguising themselves as godly. 

We're hungry for that meal.
But we must be wise enough to make sure it's not a trap! 

Keep reading and studying the Word of God! 
Pray and ask Him to reveal His truth.

The enemy loves to tempt us with a 'treat' so he can devour us! 
Don't take anyone's word but God's!
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Post  Admin on Thu 29 May 2014, 4:22 pm

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"Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's consent."  Matthew 10:29.

Have you ever been in a stadium with thousands of screaming fans?
Did you wonder how God could possibly know every person there?

It's pretty mind-boggling! 

But even though there are billions of people in the world-
- the Bible says God knows everything there is to know about every one of us! 

Jesus, in fact, made a point of showing his disciples just how intimately the Father knew them.

Sparrows, for example, are among the least important creatures on earth. 
Their life span is extremely short. 

Who even notices when they die? 
God does. 

So why shouldn't he be more than capable of loving each and every person he's created?

What's more, he even knows the number of hairs on our heads! 

The truth is-
God knows us better than we know ourselves. 
He doesn't see us as a massive crowd but as individuals, and he loves each one of us.

Jesus' disciples were going out into a hostile world. 
They would be mocked and threatened by hateful, dangerous people, and would even come face-to-face with demons! 

Jesus wanted to assure them that their heavenly Father was in control-
- that he loved each one of them and was watching over them.

This same promise is for you, too. 
Don't ever assume you're just one of the crowd. 

God is-
- intimately acquainted with you 
- and involved in your life. 

He knows everything about you and loves you more than you know.

Who's someone you know who needs to be reminded of this truth today?
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Post  Admin on Sun 25 May 2014, 1:50 pm

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"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose 
the weak things of the world to shame the strong." 1 Corinthians 1:27.      

A famous violinist announced he would be playing one of the world's most expensive violins in his concert. 

The first composition he played flawlessly. 

And each one after that was better than the performance before. 

The audience was thrilled and enamored with his perfect performance!

After bowing during the applause-
- the violinist suddenly picked up the priceless violin and smashed it to the floor, completely destroying it. 

The audience gasped and looked on with horrified expressions. 

That is, until the famous violinist explained he had been playing an inexpensive violin all along.

The musician then picked up the truly expensive violin and began playing it. 

The sound was just as beautiful as before.
And most people couldn't even tell the difference between the two instruments. 

The lesson in this illustration is that the quality of the violin was secondary to the skill of the violinist.

This is almost like our service to the Lord. 

The Master can and wants to use ordinary instruments like us. 

In 1 Corinthians 1:27-
Paul states that God chose foolish and weak things to shame the wise and strong. 

And He did that so no one would "boast before Him." 1 Corinthians 1:29.

Like the cheap violin played by the violinist-
- we too can be instruments in the Lord's hands to bring glory to His name and blessing to those around us. 

It matters not if you are unable to serve as you did before, practice your talents, or put your gifts to use as often. 

God knows your every weakness and He still desires to use you right where He has placed you.

Ask God to use you as an instrument for His glory. 

Pray that wherever He uses you-- you will be an influence in the lives of others.
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Post  Admin on Wed 21 May 2014, 7:11 pm

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I read about a vessel discovered over a century ago among the icebergs of the Arctic ocean. 

In it was the captain, frozen as he was making his last entry in the log-book. 

The crew were also discovered—some in their hammocks and some in the cabin—all frozen to death. 

The last date in the log-book showed that for thirteen years that vessel had been moving among the icebergs-
- "a drifting sepulcher manned by a frozen crew."

There are some churches in a similar condition. 

They have an outward form of godliness but are frozen in that-
- while they have the outward trappings of religion, they are out of touch with God and reality.

Jesus said: "For many are called, but few are chosen."Matthew 22:14.

That is, many are called by God but few prove themselves to be chosen ones.
That is, only a small percentage of confessing Christians do anything tangible about God's call to follow and serve him. 

Many are cold and a few are frozen!

While millions of people around the world desperately need the gospel-
- most of us who call ourselves Christian give little for or do anything much about it. 

Nor do we give much to help in that less than three percent of Christians tithe of their income for God's work. 
And even then the average church spends 95 percent of its income on itself. 

Our doctrine is sound-
- sound asleep."

In
the last few years we have seen a great increase in some of the worst 
kind of violence and terrorism worldwide committed by radical Muslims, 
all in the name of Allah. 

The only answer to combat evil is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

More importantly, let us heed God's Word that says:
"'Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.' 
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making 
the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."Ephesians 
5:14-16. 

"Dear God, please use me to be a shining light in the 
world's darkness and do what I can to help spread your gospel message 
around the world. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. 
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, Amen."
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"If my people . . . humble themselves . . . and turn from their evil ways, 
then I will . . . forgive their sin, and heal their land."2 Chronicles 7:14.

Most Christians never allow themselves to 
come too close to the deep thirst for God that exists at the core of 
their being, for if they did, they would be compelled to get in touch 
with their basic helplessness.

Why would we want to deny this? 

Because to recognize our helplessness puts us in a position where we have to repent of it.
And that is something our fallen human nature pulls back from doing.

The one word that grates and irritates our carnal nature is the word "repent." 

It is much easier to be given advice like: 
"Read more of the Bible every day,"
"Add extra minutes to your prayer time," or 
"Seize more opportunities to share your faith," 
- than to be told to repent.

All these things I have just mentioned may be excellent in themselves-
- but more is required if we are to get in touch with our deep thirst for God.

We must repent!

But repent of what? 
Our stubborn commitment to independence, as well as the awful desire and practice of choosing to dig our own wells.

A passionate pursuit of God demands this. 

No matter what we say with our lips-
- we will never begin to pant after God until we repent of the self-sufficiency that has made its home deep within our hearts. 

This, in my opinion, is the biggest single step we can take in our 
pursuit of God and the experience of having feet like "hinds' feet."

"Gracious and loving heavenly Father, help me repent deeply. 
May I know at this moment a turning from self-dependence to God-dependence. 
I give You my willingness. 
In Jesus' name I ask it. Amen."
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"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much." James 5:17.
 
One day in the year 387-
- the great church father that played a decisive role in the development of spiritual thinking of the West was baptised. 

For his mother Monika-
- it was an answer to a lifetime of prayer.

Augustine was born in the year 387 in North Africa. 
His father was not a believer but his mother was a devout Christian. 

Her son, however, had an unruly streak in him.
He was undisciplined, more interested in sports than schoolwork and 
loved the ladies, so much so that he became a father at the age of 18. 

Far from learning to be more responsible, he carried on sowing his wild oats. 

Meanwhile, his mother worried herself sick about her son, to no avail. 
However, she kept praying for him. 

Later on he went to Milan in an effort to escape his mother’s watchful eye, but she was too smart for him. 

She too came to live in Milan. 

There she met the ancient and wise Father Ambrose and told him all about her wayward son. 

The words he spoke to her are worth remembering for parents who are concerned about their children’s lifestyles. 
"It is not possible for a son for whom so many prayers are said, to remain lost!”

At
that time Augustine, already a highly educated and well-read man was 
sitting in a friend's garden reading when he heard a child singing, 
"Take and read." 

He took the Bible and opened it to Romans 13 where he read the passage. 
He was so moved by what he read, that at that very moment he became converted. 

Ambrose baptised him as well as his son while a mother was comforted at last (God does answer prayers) gratefully stood by. 

Her lifelong prayers for her son paid off and saved one of the greatest leaders of the early church for posterity,

Parents, take heart. 
Pray without ceasing. 
God hears even if it is in his own time.

"Lord, I realise that praying for my child is as important as giving
him his daily bread. May I as a parent never forsake my duty.In Jesus' 
Name,Amen."
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"Therefore
go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19.      

D.L. Moody, was once asked to speak at a convention.

One afternoon, he asked the convention's song leader to meet him on a street corner downtown at about 6 pm. 

When the song leader got there, Moody had him stand on a overturned box and sing. 
This unusual spectacle attracted quite a crowd.

After speaking briefly, Moody persuaded most of the crowd to follow him to a nearby meeting place. 
They followed in droves and listened intently as Moody shared the good news of Jesus.

Too soon, the convention delegates started arriving, and Moody had to stop preaching. 

He
said simply, "Now we must close, as the brethren of the convention wish
to come and discuss the topic 'How to reach the masses'!"

So often, we think we have to have special training or special knowledge to tell others about Christ.

Maybe all you need to do is be creative...and think of simple ways you can share Christ with others.

Maybe it's fixing dinner for your next-door neighbour. 

Maybe it's making a hospital or nursing home visit with a nice card or some flowers.

Whatever it is-
God wants you to share His love with those around you. 
Don't think or talk about sharing your faith any longer...just go out and do it!

Ask God to show you someone with whom you can share His love and plan of salvation today!
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"For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he 
says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their 
whole bodies as well. " James 3:1-5.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we all fall short.
None of us is everything God calls us to be. James 3:2. 

Repentance is the way-
- to deal with the next thing that God would change in you. 

The follower of Christ presses hard after God-
- going after the joy found in an honest relationship with God.

Some of you have left a church where you used to worship. 
Is everything right between you and the believers there? 

Forget their failure!
Did you do and say what was right? 
Or did you sow discord or cause division? 

Today, deal with your part. 
Ask God to forgive you and make it right.

Is your marriage cold? 
Have things been left undone or unsaid? 
Has your attention been elsewhere? 

You've focused on your spouse's failure; now look at your own. 
This is first an issue between you and God.

Maybe you've cut a corner in your business dealings.
You've injured someone's reputation and his or her career has been hurt. 

Have you asked God to forgive you? 
Have you asked that person to forgive you?

Maybe you struggle with a private sin. 
God will forgive you if you sincerely repent. 

You can go forward without this besetting sin. 
It could start today.

How willing we are to repent reveals our sincerity in following Christ. 

Who will join me in saying:
"I want to be right with God - whatever it takes; whatever it costs."
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No one is exempt from facing obstacles. 

Even as babies, we all had to overcome a lack of balance and strength in order to stand and take that first step. 
And learning to place one foot in front of the other involved some falling. 

But in order to walk well, we had to get up and try again.

Consider the difficulties that the Lord faced as He pursued His goal of salvation for mankind: 
Jesus was ridiculed, rejected, and misunderstood. 

However, Luke 9:51 illustrates His focus: 
"When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem." 

The Lord, knowing that He would be sentenced to death in that city, let nothing deter Him from going there.

There are several things we can do to gain this attitude of persistence. 

The most important is to set goals under God's leadership-
- challenging goals that demand our best and require His help. 

Then, developing a passion to make the goal a reality will likely drive us toward our desired outcome.

In addition, we should refuse to listen to criticism and instead surround ourselves with people who will encourage us. 

Certain steps may fail, but we should look for a personal lesson in every defeat. 

Finally, we are to believe that we can reach the goal, and then must rely on God to enable us.

Biblical success means two things: 
- achieving what the Lord calls you to do 
- and becoming the person He desires you to be. 

Seek His specific goals for your life. 

Persevering through obstacles will be a faith-building adventure-
- that teaches you to depend on the heavenly Father.
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Post  Admin on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 2:40 pm

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"Why do you look for the living among the dead? 
He is not here; he has risen!" Luke 24:5-6.
          
According to an article in Newsweek magazine-
- researchers in Jerusalem have found a tomb which they claim contained the bones of Jesus Christ. 

What is your first reaction to reading that statement? 
Do you scoff at how ridiculous a notion it is? 
Does it make you upset?

Jesus is alive and well. 
His physical being lives today in heaven. 
And His Spirit continues to dwell on earth in the hearts and souls of those who love and follow Him. 

And yet the world continues to search for Him among the dead. 
Why is that?

I believe that part of the reason is because-
- we as believers do not show the world the living Christ through our actions. 

We talk a lot about who Jesus is and that He’s the Son of God-
- but so many times our actions fail to match His message!

It is our responsibility to show Christ to the world through our everyday lives. 
It is only by loving your neighbor as yourself that you can influence the world’s view of who Christ is. 

And when we fail to do this, we reinforce the position that-
Jesus was simply a great teacher who died and was buried.

But you know there’s more to the story. 
You and I both know that everything we do either confirms to the world that Jesus is dead, or that He has risen. 

As we celebrate Easter-
- let’s consider how we present Jesus to the world.

Ask Christ to show those around you His love through your actions.
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Post  Admin on Fri 18 Apr 2014, 11:42 am

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"He will cover you with his feathers, and under 
his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." Psalm 91:4.

Sundar Singh, an Indian evangelist-
- wrote about a treacherous forest fire,
- that swept through the Himalayas where he was travelling. 

Many men were trying their best to fight the fire-
- but there was one group that stood staring up at the flaming branches of one tree.

They watched as a mother bird flew frantically in circles above the treetop. 

She was chirping an alarm and warning to her nest full of babies. 

As the flames reached her nest and it began to burn-
- she didn't fly away. 

Instead she swooped down and covered her fledglings with her wings to protect them. 

However, in a matter of seconds she and her nestlings were consumed by the fire.

The men standing below were awe-stricken. 

Singh then used the opportunity to share with them: 

"We have witnessed a truly marvelous thing. 
God created that bird with such love and devotion that she gave her life trying to protect her young. ...
That is the love that brought Him down from heaven to become man. 
That is the love that made Him suffer a painful death for our sake."

What a stirring, vivid portrayal of Christ's love for us. 

How often have you stood in awe and amazement as you think of the cross where Jesus gave His life for you? 
Where the fire of holy judgment burned down upon Him? 

It was on Calvary that-
Jesus willingly suffered, 
- gave His life for us, and 
- "bore our sins in his body on the tree, 
- so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness..." 
1 Peter 2:24. 

And it is "by his wounds you have been healed." 
1 Peter 2:24.

Thank Jesus-
- for dying in your place, 
- and forgiving you of your sins. 

Show Him every day how grateful you are-
- for what He did on the cross by living for him.
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"So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord- the King of Israel!'" John 12:13.

Palm Sunday is celebrated in different ways. 

At one church the people meet in a room beneath the sanctuary. 

When everyone is ready they emerge through a side door to process around the outside of the church. 

Joining in the procession are people waving palm leaves, others playing musical instruments, including the bagpipes, others shouting and singing, "Hosanna." 

Hosanna means "Save Now"!

Palm Sunday is a day of rejoicing, for the King is coming!

There's a story about a pastor and seminary professor, Dr. Walter Bruggemann, that goes like this: 

He and the rest of the Palm Sunday procession were outside when a young man living in the apartment house across the street threw up the window and shouted, "What's all that noise? You sound like the Salvation Army!" 

Dr. Bruggemann looked up at him and said, "Son, we are the salvation army!" 

What better way to sum up the events of the first Palm Sunday than to call it a salvation army parade? 

The time has come. 
The day of salvation is at hand.
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Post  Admin on Thu 10 Apr 2014, 3:47 pm

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"I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin." John 8:34.

We
have an ongoing struggle with sin!

Sin has a way of multiplying and
reviving itself-
- and launching a new and an unexpected assault on our
most vulnerable areas.

The Bible paints a very graphic picture of a
person-
- who becomes entrapped by his own sin.
It says, "And he will be
held with cords of his sin."

Now what does that mean?

Have you ever seen a little bug caught in a spider's web?

The more that
bug struggles to become free-
- the more entangled in the web it becomes.

That's what this verse is talking about.

The person is trapped by his
sin, and even when he comes to his senses and recognizes the need to
change, he cannot escape by his own strength.

He just gets more tangled.

But there's hope for the person caught in his sin.
We can all be free
from bondage by admitting our sin to God and giving Him control of our
life through Jesus Christ.

Only He can untangle us-
- from the tangled web
of sin that we weave!
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Post  Admin on Sun 06 Apr 2014, 3:06 pm

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"For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." Psalm 91:11. 

We don't know-
- how many times angels have been working behind 
the scenes in our lives, 
- how many times they have delivered us, or 
- how 
many times they have intervened on our behalf. 

But we do know that God 
has given us a wonderful promise: 
- that He will send His angels to 
protect us and keep us.

However, there is a condition to God's promise that His 
angels will be actively involved in the lives of His children. We find 
it in Psalm 91:9–11:

"Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the 
Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any 
plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over
you, to keep you in all your ways."

From this passage-
- we see that the condition is making the 
Lord our refuge. 

The phrase, "dwelling place," in verse 9 gives the 
idea of-
- permanence of position, of settling down to stay somewhere.

So our goal should be to maintain a close relationship and 
fellowship with God, to abide with Him. 

His promise to us is that His 
angels will protect us. 
He will be there for us. 
He will be actively 
involved in our lives. 
He will keep us in all our ways.
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Post  Admin on Wed 02 Apr 2014, 9:58 pm

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"Is not My word like a fire?" says the Lord, "And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?"
Jeremiah 23:29.

Billy Graham once said-
"Time
and time again in my ministry, I have quoted a Bible verse in a sermon,
sometimes without planning to do so in advance, only to have someone
tell me afterward it was that verse which the Holy Spirit used to bring
conviction of faith to him."

Knowing God's Word is essential-
- for any person who wants to lead others to Jesus Christ.

Anyone who shares the gospel needs to use the Word of God.

When
Philip met the Ethiopian in the desert, the Bible tells us, "Then
Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus
to him."
Acts 8:35.

What if Philip had not been a student of Scripture when the Ethiopian was looking for answers?

He would have had to say, "I don't know...that's a good question. Uh, can I get back to you?"

Philip was well-versed in what the Scripture taught.

That
is why we are told in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Be diligent to present yourself
approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth."

I am not saying we need to have the answer to every question.

But I am saying that we need to study and prepare ourselves as effectively as possible.

And if we don't have the answer-
- let that propel us back into the pages of Scripture to find it for the next time that question arises.
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"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21.    
      
A man's 13-year-old grandson had just made the seventh-grade basketball team. 

After the first week of practice, the grandfather asked him-
"So how is the team? Do you like playing?"

The
boy replied, "We haven't really started playing yet. So far we've just 
been dribbling the ball, listening to loud music, and the coach yells at
us a lot."

The grandfather was a little puzzled, but figured the boy probably left out a few details. 

So, he checked back the next week-
"Well, how's it going now? Is the coach still yelling?"

"Yup,"
the young man replied. "Now we're passing and dribbling the ball and 
running the length of the court. And the coach is still playing loud 
music, and he's still yelling."

The grandfather was completely baffled. "Does he yell at everyone or just some of the guys?"

The grandson replied, "He yells at each of us."

The next day the grandfather dropped by practice to see for himself the kind of basketball team the coach was creating. 

He introduced himself to the coach and asked if he would explain today's training to him.

The
coach was happy to explain,
"To be able to coach the guys during a game, I need them to be able to 
recognize my voice and to focus regardless of everything else going on 
around them."

We each need to train our ears to hear God's voice above everything else going on around us. 

In the middle of noisy trials and happy celebrations-
- can you hear His voice above the others?

Ask the Lord to help you to become so familiar with His voice-- that you can recognize it above every circumstance of life.
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"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and 
miracles to deceive the elect-if that were possible. So be on your 
guard; I have told you everything ahead of time." Mark 13:22-23.      

In the November 1987 issue of Reader's Digest, Betty Wein retold an old tale.

"A just man comes to Sodom hoping to save the city. He pickets. What else 
can he do? He goes from street to street, from marketplace
to marketplace, shouting, 'Men and women, repent. What you are doing is
wrong. It will kill you; it will destroy you!'

"They laugh, but he goes on shouting, until one day, a child stops him. 'Poor stranger, don't you see it's useless?'

"'Yes,' the just man replies.

"'Then why do you go on?' the child asks.

"'I was convinced that I would change them. Now I go on shouting because I don't want them to change me.' "

To the church at Corinth-
Paul said, "You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were 
influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I tell you that no 
one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, 'Jesus be cursed,' and no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit." 1 Corinthians 12:2- 3.

Even as Christians-
- we can easily be led astray to idols and gods of our culture by the influence of others if we're not careful.

Jesus even warned-
"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and 
miracles to deceive the elect-if that were possible. So be on your 
guard; I have told you everything ahead of time." Mark 13:22-23.

It's just as easy to compromise our faith, even a little, as it is to be
influenced. 
Always guard your heart and mind with the truth of God's Word.

Ask God to guard your heart and mind against evil influences.
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"Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God." 1 John 4:1.

How can we be sure when and if God is speaking to us?

When I was a young Christian-
I wanted to serve God and sometimes felt he was telling me to do something. 

However, this "still small voice" within sometimes had me very confused and in bondage. 

In time I came to see that this "voice in my head" was not from God at all because-
- "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,"
2
Corinthians 3:17.

And I had no freedom.

One's inner "voice" may come from God's Spirit-
- or it can come from ourselves (our own compulsions), 

- or from the devil. 

If the tempter knows he can't pull us down into acting out in destructive sinful behaviours-
- he may try to "push us over the top" where we become "so heavenly minded we are no earthly use."

To know where one's "inner voice" is from-
- we need to learn how to discern between a conviction and a compulsion, 

- or recognize if the "voice" is from the devil. 

Some people try to justify what they want to do by claiming God told or led them to do it. 

Or
they don't do what they don't want to do because God didn't tell them
to do it,even though it is a clear directive of God's Word. 

No wonder that the Apostle John advised in the Bible:
"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God."

First and foremost, God speaks to us through his Word, the Bible, and never in any way contrary to it. 

He also speaks or leads through various circumstances, as well as through inner convictions. 

If it is from God-
- it will be in harmony with his Word and there will
be a sense of freedom. 

If it is contrary to God's Word or any type of compulsion-
- we can know it isn't God speaking to us and we need to reject it.

"Dear
God, please give me a spirit of discernment so that I will always
recognize when you are leading me, or if I am being driven by a
compulsion from within myself or from without by the tempter. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, Amen."
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Human life is full of trouble-
- which doesn't come from the dust, said Job's friend Eliphaz, 
- nor does it sprout from the ground. 
 
Man is born to trouble.

Compare your list of troubles with one famous man's: 

He had a difficult childhood 
Less than one year of formal schooling 
Failed in business at age 31 
Defeated for legislature at 32 
Failed again in business at 33 
Elected to the legislature at 34 
His fiancee died when he was 35 
Defeated for speaker at 38 
Defeated for electorate at 40 
At 42 married a woman who became a burden, not a help 
Only one of four sons lived past age 18 
Defeated for congress at 43 
Defeated for congress at 48 
Defeated for senate at 55 
Defeated for vice president at 56 
Defeated for senate at 58 
Finally elected president. 

He was Abraham Lincoln, of course!
 
When I look at his list of setbacks-
I wonder if I've ever had a problem!

Is my response to failure instantly to lay the blame on somebody else? 
Is there always an excuse, a complaint, an inner whine! 

Corrie ten Boom was "born to trouble" like the rest of us.

But in a German concentration camp she jumped to her feet every morning and exuberantly sang:
"Stand up, Stand up for Jesus!" 
 
She thanked the Lord for the little parade of ants that marched through her cell, bringing her company. 
 
When Paul and Silas were in prison-
- they prayed and sang. 
 
It isn't troubles that make saints-
- but their response to troubles! 
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