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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saying I Love You

by Lisa Thomas

Hello Ladies,

This past weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing my aunt and uncle as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My cousins planned a surprise anniversary party and it was absolutely amazing!

They were indeed surprised. My aunt, not knowing what was on the other side the door, stopped in her tracks as she entered the room and starting praising God when she saw all of her guest there! And when she saw her daughter and grandson from out of town, boy did she let out the joy; I mean those tears of joy just rolled down her face. We were all moved by the mere site of her bliss!

The evening was filled with acknowledgment and praise of the couples tenacity and strength to forge ahead during what could've been trying times over their 50 year marriage. They stood the test of time and they made the best of every moment.

My cousin who delivered the speech said, THIS is MY mother and THAT is MY father. Proudly she stood wearing the essence of two great parents delivering a message for all us about family.

Then my uncle charmingly performed the ceremony they never had. They were remarried formerly by a pastor and witnesses with the exchanging of rings and a song.

What a way to celebrate 50 years – with family, friends and love ones.

The evening filled my heart with appreciation and love!!!

Jonn and I were inspired to go for another 37 years to bring ourselves to such bliss as well!

I also realized that saying I love you is important and "thank you" is a must, not just to your spouse but to everyone whom you love.

What was so wonderful and moving about this special day is each of my aunt and uncles children stood to acknowledge, thank and praise their parents now while they are still alive.

It was important to the children that their parents heard the words from their lip.

So often we don't say things of the heart in the moment because of many reasons; we're often simply caught up in our day to day routine. Then unfortunately when and if something tragic happens, we desperately want to say I love you and I appreciate you or we wish we had.

Once is never enough, twice is just the beginning. Saying and showing your love must be paramount, I believe.

That picture of my aunt and uncle embracing each acknowledgement has stayed with me and I am present to love. All I have is this moment because who knows what the next one will bring.

All there is, is this moment. Love emerges from the shadows flowing, floating in the wind, in the moment, it is created.

Like a gush of wind forms from the unknown swirling, births a dancing funnel across the lands, love is born from a gush of your own creation.

From an unknown place within your hearts belonging, it forms, slowly evolving.

Out of nowhere, it is there. As quickly as it forms, it's gone disappearing in thin air.

Only in this very moment is it created. As your mind dreams life's romances in the shadows of passionate desires, IT, ahhhhhhh, sweet innocence, LOVE IS made real.
With all my heart,
Lisa Thomas

As founder and president of The Power, Passion & Purpose Group, Lisa Thomas brings over twenty years experience in business, relationship and individual life coaching. Join the P3groups mailing list to receive our online magazine - The P3 Power Boost Magazine for Women at http://www.thep3group.com/

A Christian Website and the Bible

A Christian Website and the Bible
Author: Robin Calamaio

We must back up a little. Actually, we need to back up quite a bit.

The Bible teaches that God became a man. What a person believes about this claim - has no effect upon it. For centuries, God had worked with one particular culture, and chose to make His appearance there. "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came into His own things (Israel), and those who were His own did not receive Him" (Jn 1:10,11). Over those centuries, He had revealed many things about His person, will, and ways. Israel should have welcomed Him, but, as a whole, they did not. We are told He had "no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him" (Isa 53:2). Most likely, His enemies hated His looks and mannerisms ... maybe even the pitch of His voice. They were determined to silence that voice. Eventually, they framed Him, and had Him executed.

At one point in His ministry, Jesus stated, "A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher" (Lk 6:40). Human nature has not changed. If given the opportunity, many will silence a voice they do not want to hear. For any Christian, a life that does not end like the Teacher's ... well, that pupil has been spared. That's fine with me. I have no desire to end this life on a Roman cross - or any contemporary equivalent.

In spite of this, over the millennia, Christians have shared their encounters with the living God in many ways. Political and technological advances have often granted new avenues for the expression of this witness. Whether it's a government granting religious freedom, or the invention of the printing press, radio, or television ... great platforms have opened for a Christian's "voice." Let's look at a new one.

A few years ago, there was no such thing as the Internet ... or a Christian website. This medium is truly astounding. It is now possible for Christians to upload their work and influence people all over the world - without leaving the desk. And Christians who live in locations where they can exercise this "voice" have been granted inordinate favor. Such fortune is remarkable. Words cannot convey the magnitude of such an opportunity now available to an individual Christian. Personally, I am amazed God has placed such a "megaphone" at the end of fingertips attached to such faulty hands.

So, with this new medium, the Christian should expect new rules. New times, new opportunities, new boundaries ... right? Well, you already know what I am going to say. All the old rules still apply. A Christian website is not "a free zone." And what are these rules? "Each man must watch how he builds on (the foundation). For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, each man's work will become evident; for The Day will display it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work, which he has built upon (the foundation) survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss ...." (1Cor 3:10-15). Of course, any material about God that springs from a different foundation has absolutely no hope of prevailing before our Creator. It will be dismissed out of hand.

One primary determinant between fire and reward is the accuracy of the proclaimed knowledge. "Good intentions," or one's "interpretation," or what "seems right," or "feels right," will not prevail over bad information. God is not obligated to use your error, or mine, to expand His Kingdom. What an oxymoron. Error is destined for fire. It does not matter if it springs from simple ignorance - or malicious deception. Its origin is irrelevant.

It should also be understood that the Bible's most aggressive warnings are directed at those who represent the Creator. He wants to be represented accurately - and repeatedly warns anyone taking on this endeavor. "Let not many become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgement" (Ja 3:1). This is directed at brethren - who have been pardoned! So what awaits false teachers, and false prophets and others who promote contrary religious constructs? God is extremely intense about this ... far beyond my understanding. (See 2Pet 2:1-22 and Jude: 3-19 for starters.)

But along with accurate content, there is another bedrock consideration for "how" one should properly build upon the foundation. Let's talk about money. Before I became a Christian, I always knew when I stumbled upon a Christian radio or television station. Within minutes (or seconds) they would be asking for money - my money, your money, grandma's money, anybody's money, everybody's money. I instinctively knew many were charlatans, but as for the rest ... what kind of "God" needed to have His servants in my billfold? This turned me off ... and, with the flip of a switch, I turned them off. But, the Author of the Bible had other plans for me.

At one point, I decided to read the Bible. To my amazement, I found an abundance of information about money ... and religious frauds. At the time of this writing, I have been a Christian for over thirty years. God has never charged me a penny for any of His information - or acts - on my behalf. And He never will. So, if I am claiming to represent Him to others, why would I? Of course, I have heard "why" for three decades ... but most "whys" are rationalizations - not reasons. "Freely you received, freely give" (Mt 10:8). Shouldn't the Christian seek out this option first?

So, let's look again at a Christian website and the Bible. With a very small personal cost, one can now freely offer what God has taught him/her - all over the world. This is exciting ... and shocking. When I think of Christians past (and present), who have never been given such a "voice" ... it is clear this has nothing to do with fairness. But, even more shocking, when God Himself was here, did He give Himself a megaphone like this? The reality of such a platform ... for a pupil?

Do you have a Christian website? Purpose to make it solid in content - a treasure chest - with no money barrier in front of His treasure. Like it or not, every nook, cranny and corner of it will be examined by His unyielding-to-error gaze for content ... and procedure. Why "toil for fire" (Hab 2:13)? May God have mercy upon us all.
In 1977, Robin became a Christian. Since then he earned a BA in Bus. Admin (Milligan College '90) and Master of Divinity (Emmanuel School of Religion '92). He addresses the Tithe and Offering in "No Tithe for the Christian." Other Free Christian Ebook (s) address abortion, death, love and more at www.freelygive-n.com !

Outreach Efforts Using Audio Bible Study Programs

Outreach Efforts Using Audio Bible Study Programs

There are Bible Study programs going on all over the world, and many make use of the audio Bible. Audio Bible Study brings the Word of God to people who cannot read, the majority of the world's population at present. The Bible on audio CD allows missionaries and local pastors to share the treasures of the Bible to all who would like to hear about them. The audio Bible on CD is also being used worldwide as an aid to literacy.

One of the first steps a missionary or pastor might take is to begin an audio Bible listening group. The Word of God is presented in a language familiar to native speakers, and it begins to work on the hearts of the listeners.

This often leads to the building of new churches. People then come to the churches to listen to the audio Bible and continue after with discussions of what they have heard, in order to build their faith.

Listening to the Bible also helps new believers to memorize passages from it. Those living in a predominantly oral culture respond to dramatic readings of the Bible, and audio Bibles are available in dramatized versions, with sound effects, music and staged readings.

Some places in the world do not have the luxury of reliable power. This might put a damper on hearing the audio Bible, because without a power source electronic equipment will not run. However, improvements have been made in this area with the application of recent scientific digital technological advances. There are now solar-powered CD players that will play the audio Bible CD without the need for any local energy at all, allowing the audio Bible to reach into indigenous areas that might otherwise have not been blessed with God's Word.

If you are learning how to read, it helps speed the process by listening to what you are trying to read being spoken as you attempt to read it. The audio Bible is used in this manner to help improve literacy skills of people all around the world. Over half the world's population cannot read, so audio Bibles are being used as one method of sharing God's Word, and are also used to help improve reading skills.

Illiteracy is even a problem in the United States, where many do no reading at all after graduating from high school or college. This can hamper spiritual growth, if a congregation is simply not reading the Bible. One way to overcome that obstacle is an audio Bible program that allows listeners to listen to the entire New Testament in forty days while spending only 28 minutes a day at this endeavor. Because the audio Bible also comes in an MP3 player format, it can go with you to the gym or on your commute, so that in spare moments you can catch up on your Bible study.
Susan Slobac works with her Church in an outreach program for those who are illiterate. Using audio Bibles she conducts a weekly audio Bible study. She has found that using the audio Bible on CD is an effective way to reach out to others and relies on the outreach tool of the Audio Bible.

What Versions Of The Bible Are Available

What Versions Of The Bible Are Available
By: Susan Slobac

Many people who live busy lives just find that they do not have time to sit down and read the Bible. Their intentions are good, but for one reason or another it often gets pushed to the end of the "to do" list. One easy way to put the Bible back into your daily life is to listen to an audio bible. Audio bibles come in over 250 different languages, so even if English is not your first language, nevertheless you can enjoy hearing God's Word in your preferred language selection. There are also different versions of the audio bible available, so that you can select your favorite.

Many people grew up reading the King James Bible. Now you can enjoy the King James audio Bible, and enjoy the Psalms in all their poetic glory, for example.

Biblical scholars will often concur that the NIV, or New International Version, of the Bible most closely follows the original Hebrew that the Old Testament was originally written in, and thus is an excellent version to reference for Old Testament studies. The NIV audio Bible is available for your listening edification.

The Catholic audio Bible is also available. The version used is the New American Bible.

Other audio Bible downloads are available in other versions. You might like to read God's word in the Contemporary English Version. This particular version comes with Native American voices featured in the spoken audio, or it comes with African American voices. You will discover how exciting Bible stories can be when you hear them in an audio drama format. This telling of your favorite verses come with multiple voices, sound effects and music to make the stories come more fully to life on your computer or mp3 player.

If you are looking for a version for a child to use, perhaps the New International Readers Version for Children would be appropriate. This version can be found in mp3 format, so that your child can play it on an mp3 player. Kids especially love these playback devices, and it is easy to load them up with the Word of God.

There are many other versions of the audio Bible from which you can select your favorites. The New Revised Standard and Good News versions come with audio download capabilities.

There are even several versions of the same Bible version. For instance, you can enjoy the Contemporary English version of the audio Bible in English, utilizing Native American or African American voices. The Good News version comes in English or Anglicized English, and even in Australian. The New International Version comes in English and in Anglicized English. All of this for your listening pleasure, so that you can relish the audio Bible in the version that best speaks to you.
Susan Slobac leads a busy life, but still finds time to listen to her Audio Bible. She prefers the King James audio Bible, but has friends from Bible study who listen to the NIV audio Bible. Susan finds that audio Bible downloads are a convenient way to obtain different versions of the audio Bible.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Killing The Root Of Your Problems

Killing The Root Of Your Problems
By Mathew Tamin

Every problem that we face in our lives has a root. You can't seem to get the breakthrough that you so desperately desire and have been waiting for such a long time. You've tried everything you how to but nothing seems to work. Because of that, you are frustrated, aggravated and you don't know what else to do. This is a very important point in getting your breakthrough because in order for you to get that breakthrough, you need to pinpoint the root of your problems. One of the reasons why so many people don't get their breakthroughs is because they try to be jack of all trades and master of none.

The first way to determine the root of your problem is to ask yourself; are you jack of all trades? Even though there is nothing wrong with being versatile, but sometimes your versatility could be your main problem. How? As a versatile person, you may feel that it's your responsibility to fix everyone's problems. Whenever people are going through issues, you are the one they come and talk to. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that it's not okay for you to be there for people when they need it. We all at some points in our lives need a shoulder to cry on. I am truly blessed to have people that I can call whenever I need some encouragement or support. This trait is very eminent to those who are naturally loving and caring. It's also evident in the church.

When I use to be a minister of music at different churches, I wanted to learn how to play every ever written in any key. So I went to the music stores, online and bough chord charts to praise and worships, piano online courses, and tons of materials to help me improve my musical skills. Whenever I heard someone who plays the piano very well, I wanted to play like them so I asked them how to play that specific song. Well, I finally got to a point where because I was doing so much at ones, trying to learn more than I could handle, I became frustrated and upset because regardless of long I practiced, I didn't sound as good as the other keyboard players who were more seasoned that I was. I didn't know what to do so I continued adding more chord charts and song books to my library. I would sometimes try to practice four or five different things at ones.

It wasn't until years later that I finally realized why I was so frustrated about not sounding as good as others did. The reason why I didn't sound as good as others did was because I was being jack of all trades and master of none. Instead of me picking a particular book or chord chart that I was going to work on, I did everything at ones. I realized that even though it was good for me to practice different styles and genre, I needed to do that individually. In other words, I needed to take my time to make sure that I thoroughly understood what I was playing before moving on to something else.

Too many times we do things without thoroughly understanding the vitality or repercussions of those things. The repercussions for my actions were frustration and aggravation. I was frustrated and aggravated because I was being unproductive. I had to learn that you'll never be productive when you try to do it all. You have to remember that you are not called to do everything . Everyone is not called to be a pastor, a teacher, a lawyer, a singer, a politician, or a stock broker. What I've seen so many people, especially in the church is that because some people have a heart for the kingdom of God, they feel obligated to join every ministry.There are people that are called to be Sunday school teachers who went on to become pastors. If you are not called to be a teacher, stay out of the classrooms. If you have a very low tolerance for children, don't volunteer to work at the nursery department because not only are you causing yourself pain, but you are also causing the pastor, deacons, youth pastors, board of trustees, members, and the church pain. This not only applies to things in the church, it can also apply to your job or home. If you know that you are not a good team leader, stop raising your hand up every time your boss asks for someone to lead a project.

One of the problems that I also faced while a minister of music at a particular church was that they required for me to be there seven days a week and I just couldn't do that because I had other obligations and responsibilities that I had to attend to. This caused a conflict with the leadership which I don't see why. They wanted me to drive to another state everyday: Monday-Prayer, Tuesday-Young Adults Meeting, Wednesday-Bible Study, Thursday-Choir Rehearsal, Friday-Intercessory Prayer, Saturday-Singles Meeting, and Sunday-Worship Service. I could not adhere to such an arduous task.

There has to be a point where let people know, "I am sorry, but I am not going to be able to do that." If you don't, you will drain yourself completely out which and if things continue on the same path, it will cause you to be resentful and then hateful towards certain people.

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Shining for Jesus

Shining for Jesus
By Mathew Tamin

Living for God is much harder today than it was over hundred or a thousand years ago. There is so much that is available to us today that were not available many years ago. Serving God especially as a young and single person is very challenging. However, when we allow the precious Holy Spirit to help us, our lives reflects more of Jesus and Less of us. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:1-2).

Guard your heart

People usually get hurt in a relationship because they don’t guard their hearts. Unfortunately, for me, I had to learn the hard way. Before getting involved in a relationship with anyone, it is important that you guard your heart at all times. There are certain things you should not share with anyone unless they are your spouse or are going to be your spouse.

No sex or sexual favor

We live in a society that premarital sex is seen as okay. The T.V. commercial, the magazines, the music videos, Hollywood, and the media promote sex. Because of this, many young people are having sex and doing sexual favor for others. The sad part about it is that Christian youth are also involved in this. We do everything else but have sex. In our mind, as long as we are not “having sex” it is okay.

Giving a guy “head” or “hitting that” is not the Christian way of doing things. When you do that, men do not respect you but instead degrade you. The Apostle Paul encourages us to, “Present our bodies as a living sacrifice.” Fingering a girl, or touching her in a sexual way does not make you a man. God is not pleased when we abuse other people’s bodies. Even if a girl say that it is okay for you to touch her sexually, as a man of God, such behavior is unacceptable in the Kingdom. Just because he said, “I love you” does not mean that you must have sex with him. You are worth more than a one nigh stand. of God

Conduct yourself properly

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example to the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:14).

As a disciple of Paul, young Timothy understood the importance of conducting himself as a young men. He mentioned six primary ways for us young people to conduct ourselves:

In Word
In Conversation
In Charity
In Spirit
In Faith
In Purity
In Word

Our words should bring life and encouragement to others not and death and discouragement. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs. 18:21).

The words that come out of your mouth can make someone’s day better or can ruin someone’s life. Your words can mess up your future. If only negative words come out of your mouth, your cognitive process is going to be negative as well.

There are certain things that you might have grown accustom to hearing that are not healthy for you. For example, I knew a young lady who was told by her dad that she would never be anything in life. Every word that came out of her father’s mouth made her depress and lowered her self-esteem. Because of hearing those things over and over, she believed it.

However, when I talked to her, I told her not to let anyone destroy her future. People can temporarily sidetrack your present, but only you can permanently mess up your future. That is why I make it my responsibility to be an encouragement to others so that when I need that encouragement, they will be there for me.

In conversation

In high school, I played sports—basketball, soccer, tennis, and football. While in the locker at times, some of the things that were said disgusted me. the way many of the guys talked about women was degrading. The same principle applies here. Whenever we are having a conversation with anyone, it is important to keep in mind that God is listening. Some of the conversations I had with some girls was not always Christ oriented. I asked ridiculous questions like; “What do you have on?” or “What colors is your panties?” Whatever she had one was none of my business. Conversations like that did not help me but hinder me. it hindered me because I put certain things in my head that I should not have.

In Charity

It is better to give than to receive. This is the principle that I have kept with me and will keep with me forever. I love blessing people even with little things. Some of the greatest times in my life has been times that I was a blessing to someone. The joy I get from doing that is greater than any amount of money anyone can offer me.

The Christian journey is about being a servant. Throughout His ministry, Jesus always showed compassion to others. Feeding the five thousands is one of the greatest social miracles that Jesus did. We too, should model after Him. Our goal should be His goal; our will should be His will.

Helping people should be part of your life. We should not help others only during Christmas or special occasions, but on a regular basis. “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). This should be every Christian’s daily prayer.

In Spirit

“God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24). How do you worship God in Spirit? One of the ways to worship God in Spirit is to possess the fruits of the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Gal. 5:22). When we posses these fruits, it makes it easier to fellowship with God and others. When these fruits are evident in our lives, it makes the Christian journey much rewarding. However, whenever one or two fruits are missing, the results can be devastating.

In faith

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). As we hear the word of God, it builds us up. I am learning daily the importance of hearing the word of God. Whenever I get discourage, the moment I start listening to encouraging tapes, something gets stirred up inside of me. Because of that, I get energized, rejuvenated, and ready to fight the enemy.

The word of God is the greatest encouragement manual in the world. Whenever I feel as if God’s plan is not coming to pass, I can turn to Isaiah 55:11 for comfort; “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Is. 55:11).

In Purity

Throughout the Bible, God encourages His people to live pure and holy because He himself is Holy. Everything we do, we should do it with a pure mind.

During sophomore year in college, I wanted to do the study abroad program. I was excited because I heard that women over seas love American men. That was the primary reason why I wanted to go. Education was not my main priority. After praying and thinking about it, I had to disqualify myself because my intentions were not pure. Whenever your intentions about something are not pure, it is best to leave it a lone.
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Is There More Than One Gospel In The Bible?

Is There More Than One Gospel In The Bible?
By: Corey Richardson

Many Bible students assume that the word "gospel" refers to the same message each time it is used throughout the Bible. If that is so, why would the Bible use so many different titles for the same message? For instance:

Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 4:23 KJV)

Gospel of the Grace of God (Eph 2:8-9 KJV)

Everlasting Gospel (Rev. 14:6 KJV)

The word "gospel" simply means "good news." While all of God's good news centers in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, not all of the gospel revelations contain the same information about him. Let's examine the first two-the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of the grace of God-to see if they are the same message.


The gospel of the kingdom is the message that John the Baptist, Christ in his earthly ministry, and Christ's 12 apostles all preached:

" … Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 3:1-2 KJV)

" … Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17, 23 KJV)

" … Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38 KJV)

The logical question is, "What did they mean by, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand'?" This question must be answered in two parts:

1. The "kingdom of heaven" referred to the literal, physical, earthly, Davidic kingdom that God promised Israel throughout the Old Testament. Daniel 2:44 is just one of the many passages that speak of this kingdom:

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." ( KJV)

2. The phrase "…at hand" simply meant that the time of fulfilling the prophecies concerning the kingdom of heaven was near.

The gospel of the kingdom was the good news that God was ready to fulfill his word to Israel concerning the promised Messiah who would sit on David's throne in Jerusalem as monarch of planet Earth.


The gospel of the grace of God is found in the epistles of the Apostle Paul, written after the death and resurrection of Christ. The heart of this gospel is contained in the following verses:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, …" (Romans 3:23-25 KJV)

" … I (Paul) declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; …how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (I Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV)

The key elements of the gospel of the grace of God are the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This gospel is the good news that God provided a solution to man's sin-the fully satisfying sacrifice of his Son on the cross.

The gospel of the kingdom did not contain information about Christ going to the cross to pay the sin debt of all mankind. Consider this: After the 12 disciples had already gone out preaching "the kingdom of God…the gospel" (Luke 9:1-6 KJV), much later in Luke 18, Jesus tells them,

" … Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he (Jesus) shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: … " (Luke 18: 31-34 KJV)

The gospel taught by the 12 disciples during the earthly ministry of Christ did not include the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ because they understood nothing about it.

Why is it important to know the difference between the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of the grace of God? It is important because the salvation of your soul is at stake. There is eternal danger in mixing the two gospel messages together.

By what authority do you know which gospel to claim for today? As in all things concerning faith, let the Bible answer that critical question. Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gave the answer to the believers in Galatia when he wrote:

"… But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1: 6-8 KJV)

This warning applies to us all. The only gospel for today that has power to save a sinner from the penalty of sin and the wrath of God is the gospel preached by the Apostle Paul-the gospel of the grace of God. This is the message of the risen Lord Jesus Christ to all mankind today.
Corey Richardson is Pastor of Columbia River Bible Fellowship in Vancouver, Washington, a mid-Acts dispensational church focusing on the study of the Bible by the Pauline principle of “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Click to listen to audio messages concerning the Gospel of Your Salvation www.crBible.org

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Cycle Of Life

The Cycle Of Life
By Harold J. Duarte-Bernhardt

Two months ago my 13-year old son and I were hiking a beautiful trail in the Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco, when the subject of “life” came up. “Everything in nature contributes to something,” I said to him. “There is a cycle of life in the eco-system that breathes wholeness, balance and harmony. Nature is about giving and only taking for the sake of life!”

Then I told my son a story.

There was once a little seed at Redwood National Park on the Pacific Coast of Northern California that grew up to be a giant Redwood. Year after year, the unnamed Redwood tree watched each sunset and sunrise. He saw the stars of the night and the moon shining bright. He was admired by tourists visiting the Park as a glorious Redwood tree. King of the forest, he lived vigorously for over one thousand years; however, one day old age overcame tree and it fell to the ground. The Park rangers lamented the end of such a magnificent tree and soon sawed the tree into pieces to clear the path. The pieces were intentionally scattered all over the area, thus allowing nature to re-absorb its own substance. Silently but with resiliency the cycle of life was happening through this single event; to be born, give and die giving.

Many months later a happy family visited the park. No one knew this would be their last road trip as a family. They hiked all day, enjoying nature. On their way back the 10-year-old boy eyed a piece of Redwood on the ground. He fell in love with it, and on an impulse of his heart decided to take it home. His mom told him, “Just leave it there; it’s too heavy.” But the boy could not part with the piece of Redwood and decided to take it home. Just as predicted, fifteen minutes later he stopped to rest. The piece of Redwood had become heavier by the minute. His dad, feeling his heart, decided to help him. “That’s what families are for,” he said to himself as he thought of the priceless opportunity to help his boy carry his chosen piece of Redwood. “Families are not only to carry the burdens of duty for each other but also the burden of individual choices and even the capricious ones. Family life is not for perfect people, anyway!” Fifteen minutes later the dad felt the heaviness of the piece, and the boy’s sister jumped in to help carry it. They took turns helping the boy and arrived back to their camp site with the piece of Redwood. The simple piece of Redwood had now become a symbol of what a family stands for - the cycle of life.

They drove back home to Southern California, and the piece of Redwood ended up in an obscure corner of their garage, where all the forgotten pieces of life belong. For three years it did not see sunsets or sunrises but just lay dormant on the floor.

One day, the boy’s pet Stitch – a Southern Flying squirrel who he had loved for six years since birth – died. The boy tearfully felt Stitch’s death like a knife in his heart. His sister gently took Stitch from the cage and put his cold little body in a shoe box, suggesting that the family bury Stitch in the backyard later.

A few days went by, and unbeknownst to every one, the boy’s sister had gone to the obscure corner of the garage and carved a picture of Stitch, his name, the date of birth and death on the piece of Redwood. She finished the job and presented the “tombstone” to her brother to honor Stitch’s memory.

The family went to the backyard, dug a hole in the ground and gently placed the shoe box with Stitch’s body in the ground, covering it with dirt. The tombstone was placed as a memorial to Stitch. They family held hands, thanking God for little Stitch’s life and the joy he had brought to the boy’s life, and silently walked away.

The boy was my son, Hansel, who was now hiking with me. Stitch had been his pet. His sister was Heidi. The trip to the Redwoods where he found the Redwood piece was our last road trip as the family we were then. Now, three years later, I was recalling the story to Hansel. “The Redwood, Stitch, and our new family are all part of the cycle of life,” I said to Hansel.

“You see, Hansel, life is about giving. The giant Redwood never knew one of his pieces would one day be a memorial tombstone to Stitch. Stitch never knew one day he would be remembered for the joys he brought into your life. Heidi and I never knew that the Redwood piece we carried that day would be meaningful to you. Suddenly, insignificant acts became all interconnected!”

My son looked at me with the eyes of wonderment, knowing in his heart that the story made sense and the cycle of life was true for those who have the heart to understand it.

Nothing in the cycle of life is an accident; people may have accidents and hurt others selfishly, but nothing is an accident in the cycle of life. You are either a part of the cycle of life or you miss it forever! Living creatures are born and die. People may stay married, true to their commitment, or walk away from each other. Friends may be loyal or betray each other. Nothing interrupts the cycle of life. It is just a matter of personal awareness and choice. Some experience it, others don’t! Some remain in the cycle of life and others walk away from it.

The cycle of life is about giving and being a part of something greater than oneself. Those who hear with their heart find their place in the cycle of life and receive the positive energy born from their connectedness with the greater universe. Those whose ears are not tuned to the subtle symphony of life miss the moment, and suddenly they see themselves, events, moments and people as mere accidents. They end up alone and disconnected.

Our culture of obsession, twisted media, image-making, drugs, sex, empty materialism, and getting the “toys of choice” at any cost, has robbed us from the quiet experience of knowing, experiencing and sharing in the cycle of life. But there are still those who, against the numbing storms of selfishness, know in the depths of their heart that there is a cycle of life and it’s THEIR choice that determines if they are a part of it or not!
Harold J. Duarte-Bernhardt is co-founder of the "LIFE ZONE." Harold is a consultant, a seminar speaker and a LIFE Motivational Coach. The "LIFE ZONE" is a resource and a coaching center for personal and spiritual growth committed to providing sound strategies for dynamic living and LIFE FITNESS. Harold believes that PAIN is the greatest window into best life has to offer! PAIN is never pleasant, it's never fun; but great people have always faced PAIN and difficult times before they found the key to a great life. Harold resides in Southern California and is the father of four wonderful human beings! For more information and coaching visit: http://www.lifezonelive.com

About A Real Saint

About A Real Saint
By: Karen Cole Peralta

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa

“The less you have, the freer you are. The rich are sometimes poorer than the poor; they’re lonelier inside. They always need something more. The hunger for love, you see, is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” ~ Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, with the help of donations from the public who supported her cause, opened villages on the outskirts of the town Calcutta. Lepers could be treated, stay away from un-infected relatives, and live in cleanliness and dignity there.

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and The Brotherhood of Charity helped the poorest of the poor in all ways possible. Mother Teresa believed being poor, was the step to helping the poor, and so the Missionaries and Brotherhood did not use many luxuries or eat out. Even with the many donations and awards received, they refused to use much of this money for themselves, and gave much to the poor, by not only opening missions, hospitals, and hospice, but also using this money to feed them. Some even required medicine.

Mother Teresa resigned as mother general of the Missionaries of Charity and shortly after died in a mother house on September 5th, 1996.
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Is There Anybody There?

Is There Anybody There?
By: Rhoberta Shaler


“Is there anybody there?” At our darkest moments, we wonder if there really is anyone who will, or can, walk through life with us. Is there anyone we can trust? Is there someone who cares? We deserve and require mutually supportive relationships. There is no health in being a lone ranger, taking on the world alone. We need a sidekick or two we can count on. We need a sense of community.

At our brightest moments, too, we need our community to share our victory, our breakthrough, our joy, our success. We want to celebrate and be celebrated.

Each of us has a need to feel that we belong--you, me, even the guy who says he doesn’t. It is a basic, healthy human need. Saying we belong or appearing to belong are poor substitutes for feeling we belong. Deep inside, many people feel like observers rather than participants in life.

It is unfortunately common that for many reasons--environment, family, culture, religion, peers—people accept a "less than" feeling which continuously colors their relationships with themselves and others. There is a great way—a private, secret way—to lift your spirits and your self-esteem. Do it only if you want to feel confident, loved and accepted. Here's the secret exercise:

Each morning, when you put your feet over the side of the bed, go directly to the bathroom mirror. Do not clean your teeth, brush your hair or wash your face. Instead, get up close and personal with the mirror. Look yourself directly in your eyes and hold your gaze. Then say,

"I love you.
I accept you.
I approve of you just the way you are." and throw yourself a big kiss!

Come on, do it. It is not easy at first to hold your own eyes and say those things to yourself. If you will be persistent, you will be delighted with the results.

One of my coaching clients, doing this exercise herself and finding great value, decided to share it. She volunteers with a mentally-handicapped young man of thirty-five who was very depressed. He wanted to learn to read and it wasn’t going well. She made it into a great game and he was enthused. He practiced all the time. Magic! His reading improved along with his self-esteem. The depression lifted. Now he is very excited about helping his friends read, too. This simple exercise brings huge rewards.

We all want family, or something that feels like family. We want to be known, seen, and heard. We long to be appreciated for who we are, without performance, without struggle, without concern. And, that’s all about being in a community we choose.

My mother used to say, “We were given our relatives. Thank God we can pick our own friends.” Apparently she wasn’t thrilled with her family, but, there is truth in it. Haven’t you ever thought or heard, “I love my _______ but I just don’t like her/him.” We’ve been taught that we’re supposed to love some people just because we share genes with them, however, we would not invite them to be our friends if we met them at the lunch counter. Once we recognize this fact, we can actively and clearly move towards creating the community we want.

Spend no time on what you don’t want! Once you begin to notice your conversation, you may find that you spend time complaining about what you don’t want, talking about people you don’t like and commiserating about a less than inspiring workplace. Change that. You choose what you think, what you say and what you do. Make it constructive. Don’t allow your life energy to be spent in a negative, non-productive way. Choose differently. You have that power.

We can create the “family” we most want. That is very do-able. You can attract people into your life who will love, support, respect and enjoy you as you do them. A great place to start is being the person you want to attract and being where you most enjoy being. While you’re doing those things, you’ll create community: satisfying relationships with engaged, involved, enthusiastic people.

Abundance is found in community, not alone. When we spend time in the company of people who share our values, interests and passions we come alive and feel connected. As Parker J. Palmer wrote: “we need trustworthy relationships, tenacious communities of support, if we are to sustain the journey toward an undivided life. That journey has solitary passages, to be sure, and yet it is simply too arduous to take without the assistance of others.”

OK! You promised! Make that your morning salute to yourself and do it every morning!

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD

*Dr. Shaler has also written a book by this name which is available at the website below and on Amazon

Rhoberta Shaler, PhD, has helped thousands to see life differently. Dr. Shaler connects people with their authentic selves, their purpose and values, and provides insights and inspiration to overcome the challenges of personal, family and business life.To learn more, visit: www.Rhoberta.com. and join www.SpiritualLivingNetwork.com . It’s fr*ee.

The Right to Remain SIlent

The Right to Remain SIlent
By Yvonne Reeves-Chong

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney...

I think everyone in American over the age of five can recite those familiar dictates of "Miranda." And anyone over forty-years old can't help but remember Jack Webb's dry recitation of Miranda rights or remember that Mirandizing starts right after "Book 'em Danno."

Of course, the Miranda ruling was designed to protect the rights of the criminal defendant. But, we thank God that we have spiritual Miranda Rights. We have the right to remain silent. We have the right to an attorney. In fact, we have the finest Advocate. (1 John 2:1) And He's working pro bono because he paid our price over two thousand years ago. On judgment day, we can sit silently while our Advocate argues the case before His Father.

Talk about slam-dunk cases! By the Blood of Christ, we already know the verdict. The defendant is Not Guilty.

"... You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth..." Acts 1:8 NKJV

Today is not judgment day. You are not the defendant. You are a witness- a witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Waynesville, and Chicago, and all ends of the earth. And in the spiritual world- just like the natural world, witnesses do not have the right to remain silent. A witness is subject to subpoena power. A subpoena is a legal order to testify. In the natural world, the judge can demand you appear in court as a witness. If you still choose to remain silent- if you refuse to be a witness, you are guilty of the crime of contempt.

The Word of God exhorts Christians to be witnesses and evangelist in all four Gospels and Acts. We are people under subpoena. The Bible is very clear; we are ordered to testify. If you choose to remain silent, you are guilty of contempt.

"... You confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. "(Romans 10:9 NKJV)

Answering the summons to court is easy. Be who you confess. Be Christ-like when you think no one is watching. The jury is not out yet. They are still in the jury box, watching. And there is no greater evidence for the cause of Christ than this- be who you confess to be.

The jury is waiting. Don't be silent. Confess Jesus Christ.

Be Blessed and Fruitful,

Yvonne Reeves-Chong is speaker, writer, evangelist and witness for "The Defense." As a divorced, single parent, she spent most of her early adult life fully focused on earning enough money to support and raise her son. She spent twenty-five years as a salesperson, administrator, and finance manager. Yvonne understood harvest principles and had one measure of success. The bottom-line. She understood profit- “get it; then get more.”

But, the Holy Spirit kept prompting her with this question, “What is My bottom-line?” In study, it was clear. God’s bottom-line is Salvation. He expects us to “get saved and then go get more saved. “ Yvonne discovered the profitability of sowing. “The Seed is the Word of God.”

She re-focused her life from the financial bottom-line to God’s evangelistic bottom-line. Now her sole determination is to sow God’s Word- until she leaves the earth by translation, rapture, or at 120 years of age with her eyes not dimmed and her natural force not abated.
You can reach Yvonne at http://www.SeedistheWord.com

Fear of Death

Fear of Death

In spite the fact that we all know that clock of our lives is in everlasting manner ticking away, Tolstoy in his work “My Confession” says that nobody can run away from the “dragon of death”. It means that we all are hanging on the twig of life in a well where there is no water. He continues and says that our fear of death is the fear that our personality will be demolished. If we could only understand and feel that our identity is an eternal Being which can not die or be demolished, our fear of death would disappear. We would consider death and the physical-plane life as level in an everlasting travel to perfection and death as the entrance into remote less limiting experience on the road.

As we go through the journey of our lives, we have to understand that our own personal lives are important and should have the meaning. We should live the full life, live it amply and enjoy our own creations. We should experience success as well as failure, to use free will develop and intensify our lives. We should take a look deep inside our hearts, the place where exists a connection with our Soul, but most people take this for granted and forget about God and his power.

However, Leo Tolstoy a very successful writer left all his material wealth to his family and friends and made a decision to live his life with people who are poor and uneducated and what is very important who are simple rather than with people who are rich and educated. In his heart he knew that to find the real sense of life, he had to live according to the God’s law. He believed that he was an important part of God’s Creation, this Creation can not be full without even a small piece of our lives, it can not perform our potential without defining our place in the all-embracing vastness of God.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007

God Is Always In Control Of Your Circumstance

God Is Always In Control Of Your Circumstance
By Mathew Tamin

Many of us have heard the awesome testimony of Job; a man that went through more trials and tribulations in his time than any other single person in the entire Bible. Yet, in spite of what Job went through, he had confidence that God would deliver him from his trobles. “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East” (Job 1:1-3).

Job had everything a person could ever want. He was the Bill Gates of his time. Whenever people needed a loan, live stocks, and etc, they came to Job for assistance. Not only was Job wealthy, but he was blameless and upright. He was a man that “feared God and shunned evil” (v1).However, a day would come when Job life of luxury would change. One day while Job’s sons and daughters were enjoying a nice meal at one of his oldest son’s house, one of his workers brought him shocking news: “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!" (Job 1:14-15).

While the messenger was still speaking, another came and said to him, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!" (v.16). While that messenger was still speaking, another came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!" (v.17). Before that messenger could finish his sentence, another came in and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"(v. 18).The hurt and pain that Job felt at moment must have been unbearable. Everything he had, his children, sons and daughters were all gone in one day. But yet, job said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised" (v. 20).

If everything that you ever worked your entire life was to be taken away from you, will you still serve God? I don’t know of too many people that will answer yes to that question. Loosing anything (whether material or not) that you cherish can really hurt you especially if you grew up not having anything but when you finally were able to afford certain things, someone comes and takes it away from you.

There are two things to be mindful of:

First, everything you have is only a loan from God. Too many people have the misconception that because they spent their money to buy something, that thing belongs to them. Theoretically it does but not literary. In other words, if God had not blessed you with the money, you would not have been able to afford anything. We are only the stewards of everything that we own. At any moment, like Job, you can loose it all.At the end of your journey on earth, whether a person goes to Heaven or Hell, all of the material thing that a person owns will be left here on earth. There is nothing wrong with having or wanting materialistic things—cars, money, a house, etc. The problem is that when people get those things, they tend to forget who the sole proprietor of their possessions--God.

Second, you too can enjoy the luxuries of God’s blessings. It’s very sad to see how the poverty mentality has infiltrated the minds of God’s people. Whenever a person is prosperous in the church, he is considered to be stealing the church’s’ money. The God that we serve is not a broke God. As believers, we too, should live a life of abundance. We should stop judging those that are blessed and stop hating on them. When you see someone driving your dream car, pray that God will continue to bless that person. When you see someone with a house that you would one day like to buy, pray that God bless that person.

One of the reasons why so many ‘church folks’ are living paycheck to paycheck is because we still have God in a box. In other words, many of us only know God as our healer, lawyer, basic provider, and King. I said basic provider because most believers that need something from God only believe God for that thing and nothing more. For example, a single parent that needs help paying their rent will usually only believe God for their rent, food, and their kids basic needs. I want to challenge you to stretch out your faith a little bit more. Instead of believing God for only those things (which are okay), why don’t you try believing God for your own house with no mortgage payment? There is nothing too hard for the Lord. If you can believe it, you can receive it.

Job wasn’t one of the wealthiest men in the east. He was the wealthiest. This indicates to us that we too, can have the blessings of Job in our lives. But are we willing to pay the price? I believe it is time for the saints of God to be listed on Forbes top 10 wealthiest people on earth. Can you imagine if Bill Gates (the wealthiest man in the world) was on fire for Go? More people globally would have heard the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and billions would have been saved.
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Overcoming The Storms Of Life

Overcoming The Storms Of Life
By Mathew Tamin

Sometimes in life, you will find yourself in situations that no one but God can help you get out of. You’ve looked to the right, the left, the front, and the back, but yet, there is no help. You’ve called close friends and family for support, but they can’t help you. You’ve had everyone in the church pray for you but yet, nothing seems to be happening. You’ve sent out prayer request to every ministry, but yet, nothing still happened. You’ve been to several prophetic meetings where everyone else received a word but you didn’t. And now, you have conjured up a variety of emotions—anger, frustration, bitterness, confusion, doubt, and guilt. You’ve prayed and cried but yet, you are still not getting your breakthrough. You have reached the end of your rope and now you are ready to give up.

When you surrender yourself to God, you put yourself in a position for Him to use you anyway He chooses to. Your circumstance is only setting you up for a miracle. You may have been praying for a miracle but didn’t understand that in order for a God to resurrect something, it must first be dead. In other words, you are at the end of your rope with no hope left. People have talked about you and lied on you. You may have recently lost your job or having intense marital and family problems. You may be having difficulties in school that overwhelms you. Or maybe you are sick and all the doctors have given up hope on you. People will give up on you but not God.There was a man in the bible by the name of Lazarus whom Jesus loved. One day, Jesus received a message that Lazarus was sick. When he received the news, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it” (John 11:4).

Jesus later received another message that Lazarus was dead. His disciples ponder why He didn’t leave after receiving the message. What they could not see is that when you have faith, regardless of how long your circumstance may be dead, it is never to late for God to resurrect it and nurture it back to life.When Jesus arrived in Bethany (He was in Jerusalem about 1 miles walk), he found out that Lazarus had already been dead for four days. However, Jesus knew that Lazarus needed to die in order for God to get the glory. “When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go" (John 11:43-44). God Almighty is always in control even when we are not. His word gives us hope: “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).

The same Jesus that called out Lazarus from the dead can call your situation back to life. The trials and tribulations you go through is nothing but God flexing His muscles to let the world to know that He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the First and the Last, The Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the Almighty, Omniscience, Omnipotent, and Omnipresence God. Your greatest miracle usually comes before your greatest trials and tribulations.
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Disappointment And Apparent Disaster Are Totally Transformed

Disappointment And Apparent Disaster Are Totally Transformed
By Sandy Shaw

Can you imagine Peter, in later years, recounting the events of that day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead? This fisherman had become such a dynamic leader over the years and was held in high regard in the Church of Jesus Christ.

Can we, with sanctified imagination, listen to him, knowing what the biblical record accurately records?

"No, I had not slept much during these three days and nights. The memory of what I had done, and what happened, filled my mind. I had let him down so badly when he most needed my support and I had said that he could rely upon me and that I would stand by him. I did not know what to expect as the womenfolks prepared to leave for the tomb early that morning. Neither did I know what they or the other disciples were thinking about me.

"These had been a very difficult three days, but that is some years ago now. When it all happened I was so aware of letting Him down. For me it was a personal disaster. I had denied Him three occasions, within half an hour.

"We all go through traumatic times, and if you are experiencing such a season, know that He can bring you through it and deal with it.

"You will smile again. I can tell you, I never ever thought I would smile again. But He gave me such a peace and joy and love, and over these years he has used me in ways I never thought possible.

"I had thought it was all over as far as I was concerned. I thought I would never recover. But He chose me and has used me as a leader. It has not been easy, I can tell you, but it has never been boring.

"Jesus had drawn me very close to Him. James and John and I had been privileged to experience so much.

"The women made their way across Jerusalem for the garden grave, before sunrise to anoint Jesus' body, and within a short while they returned with astonishing news.

"They spoke about the massive stone, which had sealed the tomb door, being rolled away - stuff about angels appearing, speaking and explaining what had happened.

"They told us Jesus was alive. No - dead men don't rise!

"Their words were like those of someone fevered - sounded nonsense - 'delirious' was how Dr Luke interpreted their account.

"Wanting to check it out, I decided to see things for myself. John said he would accompany me. We started running through the city lanes and young John reached the garden before me. It is always good to check things out to see if they are really true, and on this occasion I felt it was the very least I could have done.

"Breathlessly, I arrived and barged in - saw the linen bandages and burial cloth.

"John then came in, saw and believed.

"I just had to slip away and be on my own. I needed to think - work things out - consider what this might mean.

"Finding a quiet spot, I wasn't seated long when I heard a voice - "Hello Peter".

"It was Jesus - risen from the dead. Amazing - unbelievable really - if it hadn't been so true.

"Later that night, Jesus met with all of us in The Upper Room - spoke with us - calmed us down - dealt with our apprehensions and fears.

"And He has done all that and more ever since. You can experience all this, if you have not already done so."

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Confronting A Con Man In A Most Unexpected Place

Confronting A Con Man In A Most Unexpected Place
By Sandy Shaw

Thinking of Peter and how he was used on one occasion, and the words he had to use, allow this dramatic encounter with a con man to be a blessing to you, and to encourage you. You will find the actual account of this encounter in Acts Chapter 8 in the New Testament.

"There had been a substantial wave of persecution and this had driven many of the dedicated and committed disciples out of Jerusalem, but they kept preaching wherever they went. It was quite remarkable really because we were so very new to this.

"We heard of what was happening through Philip's preaching in Samaria.

"We heard of the miracles - of evil spirits being expelled from men and women - paralysed people becoming mobile, and cripples being healed. We heard of all who came to believe in Jesus, being baptised in water.

"We heard also of Simon. I did not like what I was hearing.

"Simon was involved in the occult - in spiritualism - in sorcery. Simon faked faith. Simon kidded on he was a genuine believer. Simon misled Philip, and tried to disguise his own dark heart.

"The leadership in Jerusalem sent John and me to check out what was happening. When we arrived in Samaria we realised that these believers had not received the power of the Holy Spirit!

"We laid our hands on these believing disciples that they might receive the Holy Spirit, and Jesus baptised them in the same way as Jesus baptised us in the Holy Spirit in the Temple in Jerusalem.

"The consequences were the same too.

"That was when Simon offered me money so that he could acquire the ability to lay hands on people and have similar results - as part of his magic act. It was as if he wanted to add this 'trick' to his repertoire. Simon would have liked to be able to just touch people and see 'things happen'. I had to confront this con man.

"I saw right through him, and what I saw I did not like. I told him to pray and turn from this wickedness. I told him to ask God for forgiveness, but sin had so captured his heart and his mind, he couldn't.

"It is terrible to see someone in such a dangerous condition - and they are unable to do anything about it. Simon was more concerned about his own welfare and safety than his sin!

"Just when God was doing so much - and things were going so well - this tragic individual appeared on the scene. Funny how that happened, and how it continues to happen. Do not be over surprised if it happens where you are.

"We dealt with Simon firmly. We let it be known that we could not be bought. Some people do think they can buy us.

"There is that terrible saying, "Every man has his price." We let the world know that that was not true as far as us leaders were concerned. What I had to say was not easy but it was necessary on this demonic occasion, because that is what it was.

"We made sure that these disciples who had come to believe in Jesus were properly and adequately and fully born again.

"We did our job thoroughly and comprehensively, as spiritual midwives, covering every aspect, as Jesus had taught us. After all, this is what we had experienced, and we did not want anyone to miss out on anything."

Do you have everything God wants you to have?

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled "Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.

His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.

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The Kids of God

The Kids of God
By Dr Bob Wilkerson

1 John 3: 1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him

The Father’s love for you is beyond comprehension. You might have a problem with the idea of God being your father. Maybe you grew up in a home in which your father wasn’t a responsible parent. If that is the case, try to picture God as the perfect Father, a Father who doesn’t drink, rage or beat you. Picture a Father with unconditional love. God, your heavenly Father’s love is a great love.

You are a Kid of the King of Kings. Your Daddy rules the universe. His Son Jesus is the perfect King and you are His kid. Meditate on your identity for a while. When you came to Christ you were birthed a new into the kingdom of God. You are part of the King and His Father. You are an awesome spirit being of great worth. You are deeply love by God. You are fully pleasing to God and totally perfect in His eyes because of what Jesus did on the cross for you. You are God’s child.

When the world ridicules you for your belief in Jesus or belief in the concept of being a kid of the King, remember they ridiculed Jesus. The world didn’t know who He was and the world will not recognize you either. Don’t be discourage about scoffers or unbelievers. They have always been around and will be here until Jesus comes again. Be assured, one day the world will know Jesus and they will know you.

Prayer Focus: Father, I am thankful you placed me in your family through your Son Jesus. I call you my Father and I am your child.
Dr Bob Wilkerson is author of the book, "I Will Not Be Defeated Anymore". He is dedicated to helping others recover from life altering circumstances. Dr. Bob is a motivational speaker/singer with a true life story of God's power to change any individuals life. If your Church or organization is looking for a dynamic speaker/singer please email him today. challenger7777@gmail.com

Rich Towards God

Rich Towards God
By Dr Bob Wilkerson

Luke12: 21 So is the man who stores up treasure of himself, and is not rich toward God.

The treasures of earth will only last for a short period. Whatever it is you cherish on earth will perish. The car you drive will one day turn to rust. The young will eventually be old, wrinkled and die. The house you live in will one day be in ruble. There is nothing on the face of the planet that isn’t temporary.

The bible tells us that one day this heaven and earth will be replaced with a new heaven and new earth. Yet, many continue to build up treasures on earth with no thought of God.

The only thing, which is not temporary, is what you do for God. Are you building your account in heaven? The true treasures of this life can only be experienced in the life to come. The greatest motivation you can have is to be rich towards God. Rich towards God is a worthy goal and obtainable.

One way to be rich toward God is to accept His only Son, Jesus, as your Savior. In fact, the only way to reach God is through Jesus. You might have knowledge of God but without Jesus, you cannot be rich toward God. Jesus is the gold mind. He is the beginning and the end. In Jesus, all things exist. Today determine to be rich in God through Jesus.

Prayer Focus: God, I want to be rich toward You. I accept Jesus as the way to become rich toward You.
Dr Bob Wilkerson is author of the book, "I Will Not Be Defeated Anymore". He is dedicated to helping others recover from life altering circumstances. Dr. Bob is a motivational speaker/singer with a true life story of God's power to change any individuals life. If your Church or organization is looking for a dynamic speaker/singer please email him today. challenger7777@gmail.com

There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus

There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus
By Mathew Tamin

There is something powerful about that name—Jesus. Whenever you are going through a difficult time, call on Jesus. In the midst of your storm, when the red sea is in front of you and pharaoh’s army is behind you, call on Jesus. If you do not feel well in your body and need a miracle, cry out Jesus. When you are going through challenges and you do not feel like praying, call on Jesus. When you call on Jesus, your circumstance changes, when you cry out Jesus, demons tremble. When you cry out Jesus, the pain in your body goes away. When you cry out Jesus, you get delivered and set free from infirmities and deformities. If you can have only one word in your vocabulary, that word should be Jesus. “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11).

Do you need a miracle? Are you going through something and need extra help from God? Do you feel lost, confused, and depressed? I challenge you to call on Jesus. When you call on Jesus, your situation and circumstance will change. Satan hates it when you call on the name of Jesus. When you say Jesus, you are saying, “Greater is He [Jesus] that’s in me than he that’s in the world” (1 John 4:4). When you say Jesus you saying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, emphasis added). When you say Jesus you are saying, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Is. 54:17, emphasis added). When you say Jesus, you are saying that you might be “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:8,9).

When you know the God that you serve, you have no reason to be afraid of anything or anyone. He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End. He always was, He always is, and He always will be unmoved, unchanged, undefeated, and never undone. In fact, He is so great that the world cannot understand him, the armies cannot defeat Him, the schools cannot explain Him, Herod could not kill Him, the leaders cannot ignore Him, and Donahue cannot explain Him.When you fall, He lifts you up! When you fail, He forgives; when you are weak, He is strong. His strength perfects our weakness. When you are afraid, He is your encourager. When you are confused, He counsels you. When you stumble and fall (we fall down but we get up), He keeps you steady. When you are heartbroken, he mends your broken heart. When you are hurt, He is your healer. When you did not have anything to eat, He fed you. When your world was crashing down on you, He was besides you. When you faced problems and went through pain, He comforted you.

Moreover, when you face death, He is going to carry you Home where you will not have to worry about pain or sickness. All you have to do is enjoy.Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. The next time you are in trouble and need extra help, just call on Jesus and He will set you free. Thank God for Jesus!
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Where Is Your Heart?

Where Is Your Heart?
By Mathew Tamin

One of our biggest obstacles in determining the will of God can be our motives. We all sometimes want to do things for our hedonistic gratification. Instead of us putting the benefit of others before ourselves, we do opposite. We ask questions like, what reward am I going to get from this? How much are they willing to pay me? Etc. Instead we should be asking; How is this going to benefit someone else? What can I do to make someone else’s dream come true? When you make something happen for someone else, God is going to double your reward. The word of God tells us to, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).Below are several ways to check your motives. As you read the checklist, as the precious Holy Spirit to convict you of anything that you need to change.

Motive check number 1

Why are you doing this?We live in a society that everyone wants the recognition for being a “good” person. So many celebrities want newspapers, host news conferences, and other selfish things to let everyone know about the charitable thing they just did. Even though it’s a good thing to help other people, we shouldn’t do it for recognition or man’s applause.There are many positions (especially in the church) that people want to obtain just to get recognition. Their hearts get filled with pride because of their title. The truth of the matter is that titles, positions, accolades, and all those things will never direct you where God’s will for your life is.

Motive check number 2

Who is this benefiting?As disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to have the heart of our Master. When the word got out about the miracles that Jesus Christ was doing, multitudes followed him. I love the fact that He was always “compassionate” towards those people. We too, as believers need to model of that “compassionate” spirit. He cared more about the wellbeing of the multitude than he did himself.One of the most important things a person will leave behind is their legacy. Your legacy will outlast your name. That’s why it’s so important to leave a legacy that will optimistically influence the lives of people for generations to come. When you leave a positive legacy, people may not remember your name but they will always remember what you did; even after you are gone.There is no amount of money that can buy your legacy. Even though you are not suppose to live your life just to please others, the life you live, whether you like it or not will be evaluated by man and judged by God.

Motive check number 3

Are you happy?When your motives are not pure, you will tend to become unhappy. Many people forget to realize that impure motive can bring unhappiness. This is because you would rather be doing something else rather than what you are doing. Because of this, some people become bitter, frustrated, angry, and mad at the world. It’s always good to be concern about the well being of others, but that doesn’t mean that you should live a miserable life. Life is too short to always be unhappy.

Motive check number 4

Are you comfortable?The moment you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, you give him the permission over your life. That means that whenever you are not doing something right, he have the right to correct you. Sadly, many people don’t always listen to that voice. We maliciously ignore the still small voice inside of us. When you allow God to be the ruler over your life, he will make you feel uncomfortable when you are doing something that you should not be doing. However, when you ignore that voice, you become your own god. Then when things get worse, you blame God and other people, when all you had to do was to obey that voice.

Motive check number 5

Regret and shameSatan is always at work in our lives trying to destroy us. When you have an impure motive, after all is said and done, not only will you regret it, but it will also bring shame. We see a primary example of this in the life of Judas when he sold Christ for 30 pieces of silver. He was convicted because he knew that what he did wrong. As a result of his regret and shame, he hung himself.Shame and regret can make you do things you never thought about doing. It can bring your self-esteem so low that you commit suicide or ponder about committing suicide. If you feel convicted about any of the five motive checks, don’t be discouraged, there is hope. As long as you are alive, you can always get help from the precious Holy Spirit. There was a song I learned many years ago, and the lyrics to that song have always ministered to me; it goes, “change me, into your image Lord, into your likeness Lord, change me. I want to be like you, be like you, oh Lord, change me.”We sometimes blame everything on the devil, even things that he is ignorant about. However, some of the things we do sometimes is our own fault.

Even though the enemy can influence your motives in some ways, the bottom line is, he will control as much of you as you allow him.Let me pray with you:“Dear Lord Jesus, change me, into your image, into your like, change me. I want to be like you, oh Lord, change me. Give me your heart. Search me oh God, and know my heart, remove from me, any evil thing. I surrender my motives to you, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Varieties and Types of the Audio Bible

Varieties and Types of the Audio Bible
By Susan Slobac

A truly remarkable approach to sharing the powerful Word of God has been made available to the world due to the application of modern technology to solve a communication dilemma: how do you share God's Word with people who cannot, or will not, read? The solution: the audio Bible. The Bible says that "Faith comes by hearing," and through utilizing the power of audio technology, people around the globe can be exposed to the life-changing knowledge that comes from hearing the Word of God.

For those looking for a small and easily portable audio version of the Bible, the online audio Bible would work well. This version of the Bible can be downloaded onto your mp3 player, a tiny audio playback device that is about the size of a pack of chewing gum. This can give you a way to take your Bible study with you to listen to when you work out, as you commute in your car to and from work, while you ride the bus or train, or any other time you have free time that could be spent in a profitable way. Parents with small children will find that there are occasions when you are watching your children during nap times that you find yourself in need of a quiet activity, and this can be a great opportunity for using an mp3 audio bible with ear phones so as not to wake the children. You will likely be amazed at how much reading you can get done in the course of a day when you listen to the Book instead of picking up a hard copy.

The Bible comes in audio versions appropriate for children to use as well. Kids love new technologies, and if you give them the Bible on an mp3 player, they will likely find it to be "cool," and will be more inclined to listen.

If you have a computer, there are several versions of the audio Bible on CD, or compact disc. These can be played on your computer's CD drive, and listened to through your computer's speakers. If you have children, you will be happy to know that there are Childrens' Bible Stories on audio CD available, so you can be sure there is something wholesome for them to listen to on the computer.

Those involved in missions to third-world countries without reliable electricity service know that electronic device use there can be dicey. There are audio playback devices that have been built to run on solar power, so as long as there is sunlight to recharge the battery, people can listen to the Word of God in their specific native language. There are green units that provide digital-quality sound using solar power that provide enough volume that groups as large as 300 people can gather to listen.

The audio bible is a great gift to the world, who might not otherwise be able to learn about the powerful message held in God's Word.
As a mother of two small children, Susan Slobac finds the MP3 audio Bible appropriate for her children to use. She uses the audio Bible on CD to listen to in her car. Susan finds the technology of the audio Bible fascinating and encourages her fellow Church members to take advantage of the many uses for the online audio Bible.

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Freedom In Jesus Christ

Freedom In Jesus Christ
By Mathew Tamin

Whenever God delivers us from anything (sex, drugs, alcohol, etc) it is very vital that we maintain our deliverance. However, maintaining your deliverance can be a very challenging thing to do most of the times. Even though it can be challenging to say clean does not make it impossible to do because, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). Here are some ways to help you maintain your deliverance and purity.

1. Study the bible daily It is important to study the word of God. There are several benefits of doing that. Here are just a few of them.

First, it draws you closer to God. In my walk with God, I have found several ways to get closer to God—prayer, fasting, and reading the Bible. The Bible teaches us that in order to get closer to God, we must “submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8). I once saw a T-shirt that said, “If God seems far, who moved?” God is unmovable, and always stable. He seems far only to those who do not seek Him diligently. When you diligently seek God, you will realize that He is not the one that is far away but we are.

Second, it gives you a fresh revelation. When you spend time reading God’s word, He reveals his plan for your future. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Corinthians 2:9). This is such an encouragement to know that God has not forgotten about us. He died so that you might have life and have it more abundantly (see John 10:10). I love God’s word because I do not have to depend on others to know His will for my life. You do not need anyone to interpret scriptures for you when you have the Holy Spirit. He will guide you and interpret it for you. Just ask Him. Don’t become too dependant on the interpretation of the scriptures from others because most people’s interpretation, especially those who haven’t gone through any trials or tribulations will always mislead you.Third, it equips believers for tough questions. Even though we do not have the answer to every question, we are encouraged to study to show ourselves approved. What does that it mean to ‘study to show yourself approve?” It means that as a disciple of Jesus Christ, when people ask you basic questions about your faith such as: “Who wrote the Bible?” you should be able to tell them that the Bible wasn’t written buy one person but from 40 different authors with different backgrounds (such as layers, cup-bearers, murders, thieves, shepherds, etc),social economic status and ages. If they ask you how long did it take to write the Bible? You should be able to tell them that the bible was written in over 15 hundred years. There are more basic questions that every disciple of Jesus Christ should know, and the couple I mentioned are definitely some of them.However, many people do not do that. It is very saddening to see unbelievers who know the Bible better than Christians do. As Christians, we should be able to answer certain questions posed to us by unbelievers. Many Christians cannot answer basic fundamental questions because they are not taking God’s word seriously enough. Fourth, it encourages you. The word of God always encourages me. Whenever I feel like giving up, I can turn to Philippians 4:13 and say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When the enemy is attacking me, I can let him know that “No weapon formed against me shall prosper. And every tongue that rises against me in judgment you shall condemn” (Is. 54:17).

Whenever I feel as if I am losing my spiritual battles, I let the enemy know that, “Greater is He [Jesus] that’s in me than he [Satan] that’s in the world” (1 John 4:4). When I forget about God’s blessings and promises for my life, His word says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Ps. 23:6, emphasis added). “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). I have used all these scriptures and more to combat doubt and discouragement from the enemy. These are just a few of them. There are many more. Check it out!Fifth, it guides us. As people of God, there are times when we all need guidance and direction. Many people are looking for spiritual guidance. Unfortunately, most only get secular guidance. I would rather get spiritual guidance from a believer’s perspective than from a non-believer’s. What do you do when you need direction? Proverbs 3:5-6 has your answer, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

2. Find a bible believing church Make sure that you find a good Bible-based church that believes in the Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. This is an opportunity to get some of your questions answered. This will help you draw closer to God. If you need help finding a church home, pray and ask God to lead you. He always does.

3. Hang around godly people Hang around people who want the same thing out of life as you do. Pray for God to send you Christian friends and people that will love you and not be quick to judge you. I thank God every day for the friends He sent me. Without them, I would have made many more mistakes, but with them, I avoided more mistakes. When dating, be careful who you choose as your partner. The apostle Paul said, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:14-17). In essence, what this scripture is telling us is this; “Don’t get yourself caught in something that you will be able to get out of.” Getting involved with an unsaved person will jeopardize your relationship with God. If you don’t have a partner with like mind about Jesus Christ, you are digging your own grave.

4. Be filled with the Holy Spirit This is my favorite step. The Holy Spirit is my best friend and over the years, I learned to depend solely on Him. In Joel 2:28 God said, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants. I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth.” God wants to pour out his Holy Spirit on everyone that is ready to receive him. The Holy Spirit can be your best friend, your lawyer, your counselor, and teach, if you allow Him. He will not force Himself on you if you drive Him away.
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By Nate Pantiere

We all know that perfection is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness. Do we always achieve it? No. Is it possible? Yes.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

The very words Jesus said unto his people, letting us know that we can achieve perfection which brings peace. We were all born not perfect , but we were born with the hopes to be raised in a perfect way. For example, when a family finds out that they are pregnant or even before they get pregnant, they begin to plan. The number one objective in that plan is education. No one wants their child to become a murderer, a thief, or a drug dealer. We all want doctors, lawyers, or teachers. This newborn child has no idea of what to do in this world. Just like it has to be fed the food to grow, is the same way it has to be fed the knowledge to know, whats wrong from whats right(perfect).

So the schools with the involvement of the parents at home, teaches us all the rules, regulations, and laws. Basically setting us up to face the real world in a perfect way. And if you do not complete a course you will be retained. That is society letting you know, you are not ready to for the next level until you achieve it to perfection.

Now there is two ways of imperfection:

1. Here is the ones that passed the course but abandons the rules. For example: Bob is driving home from the bar drunk as God knows what. As Bob is approaching the light it turns red, Bob decides to run the light causing a four car accident with death and severe injuries. Now Bob is well educated enough to have known not to drink and drive and run the red light. How do we know that he knew better? Because first of all in order for Bob to drive legally he had to obtain a driver's license. Before Bob could get that license he had to go to driving school, which clearly states the fact, do not drink and drive and stop at the red light. After school he also had to take a skills test, to proved that he know the lesson.

The fact is Bob abandoned what he learned causing pain, death, and suffering. If he had only continue to apply what he knew everything would be perfect.

2. Here now is the other that never passed the course and goes by their incomplete judgement. Behind Bob is unlicensed Nick in a stolen car. Have not attended driving school or completed high school, Nick knows no better. He stole the car for a friend and with no knowledge on driving he ran the light with Bob, causing his own death, others injury, and the destruction of someone else property. If Nick had only stayed in school he would have been taught how to earn his own and also obtain a drivers license preventing him from following Bob.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Nick though he knew it all when he dropped out but he was wrong.

So you see we're the ones to blame for the anger, pain, and violence amongst us. We are all faced with tough choices, but its the fact that we abandon the perfect choice that causes pain, death and suffering. With any and everything you do,do it with the best of your ability and if you do not know ask someone who does. The internet has no limits, search for the right choice.So I will leave with this message: SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH PERFECTION. Whether its the food you eat to driving the streets, everything must be done the right way in order to prevent these questions from ever being asked again. Write down a list of things and people you love. With those things do them with perfection and with the people you love, love them with perfection. Husbands, wives, parent, and children love them all in perfect harmony.

1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
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