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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Prosperity Prayer

By: Lynn Robinson

A few years ago I wrote a prayer that's been circulating through the Internet for five plus years. I called it "The Prosperity Prayer," and I've received countless notes and letters from all over the globe about its effectiveness. One thing everyone likes is the instant payoff — when you read it to yourself, you'll feel better right away!

The Prosperity Prayer

Dear God -

I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love.

I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties and fears about money, and replace them with faith.

I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life.

I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.

I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state.

I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life.

I learn to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed.

And finally, I ask you to help me to understand my purpose in life and to act on that purpose with courage and strength. I know that prosperity will come, in part, by doing work I love. Please help me use my skills and knowledge to be of service in the world. Thank you God. Amen

There is a great deal of research that indicates if you want to create a new paradigm in your life, repeat that "new thing" every day for thirty days. My suggestion for working with the Prosperity Prayer is that you say it at least once a day for a month. Say it quietly to yourself or out loud. Write it down on a slip of paper so you can read it when you begin to feel old worries about money arise.

Following is a more detailed explanation about the philosophy behind the prayer.

Dear God -

I believe that God is part of us, flows through us and animates the world surrounding us. We are programmed to receive God's wisdom. Do you have to believe in God for this to work? Not really. Simply know that your words are heard and expect an answer.

I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love.

Surrender is a difficult concept for many of us to grasp. At first, it sounds as if I might be suggesting you simply "give up" in defeat or to "let go" and pretend that your financial concerns do not matter. Neither is true. The Wisdom that controls the universe has created the human body and all its miraculous intricacies. This same wisdom knows how to bring prosperity into your life.

I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties and fears about money and replace them with faith.

Many of us labor under the illusion that if we worry enough about money, we'll ward off debt. Nothing could be further from the truth. Worry, anxiety and fear create more worry, anxiety and fear. They don't create more money. I'd like to suggest you go on a 30-day worry-free diet. Become aware when you have fear-based and anxious thoughts. Remember the prayer and stop the worry.

I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life.

Here's a secret I've discovered in working with thousands of clients over twenty-plus years: there is tremendous power in images held in the mind. Those images (and the emotions they produce) begin to create the reality my clients experience in their lives. When you think about money, what pictures pop into your mind? Maxed out credit cards? Bag ladies? Overdue mortgage notices?

If any of the above sounds familiar, I'd like you to resolve to change these pictures in your mind. I'm asking you to accept much of this prayer philosophy on faith, but trust me when I tell you that those visualizations have a negative effect on your financial and emotional health.

I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.

Abundance is our natural state. We disallow this state through our fear and worry. We cut ourselves off from its flow.

When you begin to worry that there isn't enough to go around or that God only doles out a limited supply of material to a deserving few, look around you. Take a deep breath and let in all of the abundance. Breathe the air (no limitations on that, right?). Look at your immediate environment. What do you see? Depending on the season and where you live, you'll see leaves on the trees, snow on the ground, sand on the beach, grass on the lawns. Do you think God planned this amazing world and forgot to include the means for you to accomplish your purpose in life and to live your dreams?

I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state.

Your inner thoughts — what you say to yourself — make a big difference in your ability or inability to attract material wealth. When you consistently focus on negative thoughts you can count on attracting negativity into your life.

I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life.

There are two quotes that I absolutely love that relate to the issue of gratitude. The first is from Meister Eckhart, "If the only prayer you say in your life is 'Thank you,' that would suffice." The second quote is from the famous writer, Anonymous, who said, "If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy."

I learn to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed. It's been said that "God helps those who help themselves." This is especially true in the area of finances. In my work with clients, I've seen a clear correlation between how well they manage their money and their ability to attract more. If this is difficult for you, ask for help.

Please help me use my skills to be of service in the world. You have a purpose in life. It is the thing about which you are excited, the thing you'd love to do if only you had a few million dollars and didn't have to worry about money. When you are enthusiastic about something in your life, God is giving you a clue about the path to follow. The root of the word "enthusiasm" is from the Greek, "entheos." It literally means, "God within."

Thank you, God.

I know you are there to help me and I am grateful. Amen

Lynn Robinson, M.Ed., is one of the nation's leading experts on the topic of intuition. Her most recent book is Trust Your Gut: How the Power of Intuition Can Grow Your Business. She works with individuals and businesses as an intuitive, providing insights into goals, decisions and strategies. Her free Intuition Newsletter is available at http://www.lynnrobinson.com . She also has an e-course entitled, "Dear God: Send Money."

The Exact Facts About African-American Church Music Downloads

By: Isaiah Henry

Gospel music downloads are always in great demand. Fortunately though there are numerous websites that offer them these days. Gospel music for that matter has been very popular for a very long time now.

The history of this music is very interesting. The first half of 21st century saw the emergence of a new kind of music, when Afro American Churches gave birth to Gospel music in between the period of the two world wars.

Internet has made its presence felt in our lives most inadvertently. It has taken special care to provide the maximum information it can. These online sites, which offer Gospel Music Downloads, are extremely popular. There is a growth in the number of these online sites these days and more and more people are growing interest in these sites. They not only fulfill the basic human necessity of aesthetics and relaxation, but also make the whole process simple and fast.

These sites offer a wide variety of gospel songs and music. One can choose from this exhaustive collection of songs and interesting anecdotes from the Bible. Gospel music has a distinctive flavor, which attracts all music lovers all over the world. These sites have a strong hand in promoting this music. The most amazing fact about these downloads is simply that it comes free. One does not have to shell out a single penny in order to get hold of this collection. They come absolutely free.

Downloading from an illegal website can be dangerous because it is a criminal offence and if it is somehow proved then some very strict legal steps can be taken against you. Copywrite issues are also in news now. These unauthorized sites not always follow the entire copywrite rule. For such reasons, authorized and legal sites are always better because they are completely risk-free.

There are many websites which would require you to become a member first before you download any music. Once you become a member by paying a membership fee then you can usually download an unlimited number of songs or music from these websites.

With sophisticated electronics available these days music downloads take hardly a few minutes. One major advantage when you download music from a reputable website is that you will not accidentally download any spyware or adware this way. This is one major problem that you may face with a website that is not considered legal. Spyware is known to slow down computers apart from stopping certain functions altogether. It is therefore always preferable that you go in for gospel music downloads from legal music download websites.

Downloading does not take much time with the advent of such software. The most important thing about downloading is that it comes absolutely free and one does not need to shell out a single penny for downloading their songs. Obviously these downloads are better bargains than actually searching for these songs in music stores or elsewhere.

It is mandatory to mention that downloading songs can be done at any point of time but the websites may not offer a huge collection or an exhaustive collection of gospel songs. So one needs to keep on surfing various websites in order to come up with their choice of songs. So downloading Gospel Music is no longer an illegal option. Enjoy the main website in order to get a feel of the beautiful world of Gospel Music.

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Learn the Art of Christian Meditation

By Rhonda D. Jones

In Matthew 13:14, Jesus expressed this by saying, "In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.'

Recently on the Oprah show, Dr. Oz, frequent guest and author of "You on a Diet," gave the audience six "must dos" for optimal health; number 3 was to meditate. The word meditate means to ponder, reflect upon, think about, muse over or to ruminate. When we're meditating on something, we're singly focused and giving it our full attention. We block out everything else around us both mental and physically. We allow no other thought or activity to steal us away from that moment. We're 100% present and fully conscious of whatever we're doing.

Whether we realize or not, we all meditate to one degree or another. We may meditate on our careers, our love relationships, our goals in life, or becoming successful. People also meditate on things that are harmful or destructive to them or others. We become what we repetitively think about.(Proverbs 23) What we meditate on will steer the direction of our lives.

In Joshua 1:8, God declared, "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

We all want to be successful, happy, fulfilled, loved, and whole. These are basic human needs; and we're all on a quest to obtain them. We believe if only we have the right job, the right spouse, more money, a nicer home, children, better parents, own a home, or have more vacation time, we would be complete. These things can provide joy in our lives, but if we believe they are the source of our fulfillment, we're setting ourselves up for failure. Those who don't have these things are on a constant mission to get them. Those who have obtained them and realized their failure to produce lasting happiness, often become hopeless and despondent.

Many Christians possess beliefs and behaviors similar to the secular world. We're being dragged along like a herd and subdued by the world's philosophies. The weekly sermons or bible studies, though they give us the ideal, often fail to help us embrace God's truth and put it into practice.

Richard Peace in his book Spiritual Journaling: Recording Your Journey Towards God stated that "widespread church studies indicate that there is no distinguishable lifestyle characteristics by which to discern between those who attend church and those who do not. It appears that the teachings of Jesus haven't sunk deeply into his followers," stated the author.

Yet, God in his wisdom and absolute truth gives us a fail proof method of gaining everything we want-- to meditate on Him and his word, always. That doesn't mean we will receive everything on our prayer list of wants. Instead, through the transformative power of meditating on God and his word, we will find a peace and contentment in knowing that God is the source of our success, period. We can stop seeking, we can be still, and we can enter into a deeper relationship of knowing God that will sustain us through the elusions, trials, and inadequacies of life.

How Do We Meditate on the Lord

So how do we mediate on the Lord? This question may produce images of sitting lotus style in a meadow or Buddhist monks chanting in some far away land. Unfortunately for Christians, the practice of meditation has been misunderstood and as a result we have forfeited and shun a practice that is not only encouraged by God for our success, but that will also create deeper intimacy with Christ, improve our mental and physical health, help us maintain our priorities and balance, and live with more peace and joy. If we, through ignorance and deception, relinquished this prized possession, we need it back, and now! Stress, worry, misplaced priorities, depression, restlessness, negative thinking, addictions, and many other harmful behaviors plague the Christian community more than ever before. We've lost the art of meditating on the Lord. God said in Joshua 1:8 that the way to spiritual prosperity and success which will ultimately lead to physical success is to mediate on His word continually.

Why Just Reading God's Word Isn't Enough

Many Christians think they are meditating on God when they read their Bibles. We have made a daily practice to read a chapter or two at the beginning of our day. We can even quote a variety of scriptures, but reading the word is different than meditating upon the word. Reading doesn't always penetrate our heart. Often after listening to an inspiring sermon, we have a difficult time summarizing or remembering much of what was said. "All I know is that it was really a good message today!" we proclaim. Likewise, we can read a whole passage of scripture only to forget the content before even reaching the end of the page. College students frequently have that problem. They read and read but may absorb very little. Reading, without contemplation, may only be skin deep thus limiting our ability take ownership of God's word and measure our life by its standards. James 1:23 says that we can be hearers of but not doers of the word. Just as we look at ourselves in a mirror and then walk away is just how fleeting God's word can be. (James 1:23)

In the parable of the sower, (Mark 4) Jesus said that the seed is sown (the word of God) and then "immediately" the enemy comes to steal the word out of our heart. To further illustrate, it says, he (the enemy) steals the word by getting us to doubt God, by burdening us with many cares and life stresses, and by deceiving us into believing that superficial things will fulfill our heart's desire. And he does it constantly, day by day, and minute by minute. It's built into the fabric of our society. We're going against the grain when we try to live for Jesus.

With all this working against us, it is of great necessity that we put into practice tools that will help us combat the pull to live a less authentic life in Christ.

Although meditating means to ponder, reflect, or think about, the art of meditating on God can take many forms. I would like to elaborate on four ways to meditate on God that will help to fuse the word of God and his life changing principles not only in your head, but in your heart.

Meditating on God Changes Us From Within

Let's begin by looking at several scriptural passages that focus on the principles of meditation. In Exodus, we are told that for 40 days Moses abided with God on Mount Sinai. While on the mountain, Moses communed with God and received the 10 commandments. When he came down from the mountain, it is said that Mose's countenance was so bright and intense that the children of Israel could not look at him. In fact, they made Moses put a cloth over his head. We can't spend time with God and not be affected because God character just spills over and saturates us. The same thing happened when Jesus visited Zachieus. (Luke 19) In the middle of their encounter Zachieus voluntarily told Jesus that if he had cheated anyone he'd pay them back double. When Mary and Martha had invited Jesus over for dinner and Martha became upset because Mary wasn't helping with the preparations, Jesus gently scolded Martha and told her that abiding with him, as Mary had chosen, was the better choice. Scriptures tell us that when we abide with Christ, he abides with us, and without his living and guiding spirit, we can do nothing. (St. John 15) One form of meditating on the Lord is to abide with him; to sit at his feet and to wait in his presence, just like the child who sits in his mother or father's lap to be comforted.

Meditating with a Scriptural Anchor or Mantra

This can be accomplished by carving out time each day to just sit quietly before the Lord where you are free from distractions. The ocean or secluded areas of nature are great places to meditate, but a quiet area in your home works just as well. Initially, meditating on the Lord by abiding may be difficult because our mind tends to be restless and wanders profusely; but with consistency you'll gain more and more control over your thoughts. Many meditators select a scriptural passage, spiritual anchor, or word to focus on and anchor their attention, often called a mantra. Your mantra or scriptural phrase can be "the Lord is my shepherd," "I walk by faith," "The joy of the Lord is my strength", "I cast my cares upon the Lord," or "Peace be Still." The late John Main, one of the most influential spiritual teachers in the Christian meditation tradition encourages believers to use the mantra, "Maranatha" that means, "Come Lord Jesus." This mantra is suggested because of its relevance in scriptures and the lack of an emotional or mental reference, which inhibits our minds from creating a mental attachment to the word. You can also select just one word, like "Jesus" or "Jehovah" to meditate on. Meditate in silence or record music to play in the background. It's best to time the music or use a timer so that you're not worried about being late for work or missing an appointment. As you meditate, become fully present by paying attention to your breathing and your scriptural phrase. You can silently repeat your scriptural phrase in alignment with your breathing or anytime your mind begins to wander off. You can also create a mental picture in your mind to focus on. As you practice being still and calming your thoughts, you'll sense a greater feeling of God's presence and a greater sensitivity to hearing his voice.

Once you clear your mental path to God through regular meditation, you'll sense the yearnings of the Holy Spirit as he drops words or impressions on your heart. One time during a meditation I had a vision of me and all my family members standing in a circle and sharing our desires for the coming year. Several days later I shared my vision and we set aside a time to dedicated the New Year to the Lord and touched and agreed on our heart's desires in prayer. As you practice this form of centering meditation, you'll find old weights and worries seem to disappear. No evil thing can stand in God's presence. I created several guided- meditation titled, Quiet Times, Quieting a Restless Mind, and Mantra Meditation, which guide believers through these steps.

Guided Meditations

Guided meditations are another method that can help you to meditate on Christ. Guided-meditations are usually on a CD or cassette. Guided Christian meditations are great for beginning meditators and are a good transition to learning to meditating by abiding or with a mantra. Some people need the added stability and structure of being guided through their meditation experience. Most guided meditation CDs begin with a relaxation exercises followed by a scriptural narrative. Some are filled with biblical stories; others are more visual or interactive like taking you on a walk through nature or nailing your cares to the cross. Guided Christian meditations can also cover a wide variety of topics that help you trust God for healing, to control negative thoughts, or to release painful memories of the past. I even have meditations on nurturing your vision, attracting love, overcoming anger, and releasing toxic emotions. Christ-centered guided meditations work well when you want to focus on a specific aspect of your Christian walk. The relaxation exercises prepare your mind to absorb God's word and His principles for the greatest effectiveness. The benefits are that you learn to relax and quiet your thoughts while being submerged with the scriptures. The talking throughout the meditation helps you to stay present and focused and diminishes wandering thoughts.

Contemplative Prayer

Another popular and more historical way of meditating is what the Christian monks called contemplative prayer. This form of meditating involved selecting a short scripture or biblical passage and then reflecting on it for the entire day. During their reflections, the monks would think about how these particular scriptures were relevant to their lives. They took ownership of the scriptures by making them their own. They measured their behavior by them and contemplated what changes they needed to make so that their life personally reflected the passages. You can add this form of meditating to your daily devotion, by selecting and writing down a particular passage and then ask God to make this passage real to you. Interestingly, the passage will seem to take on a life of its own. Scripture says that God's word is like a two edge sword, it is alive and it quickens us. (Hebrews 4:12) We are changed by the word; but the word has to get into our heart and our spirit and not just our minds. Many years ago as I began to study the word to write my manuscript, "Don't Go Back to Egypt," I was amazed to see the meanings in scriptures that eluded me before. Meditating on the word by taking small bites and then chewy them slowly is transformative and much more effective than just reading whole chapters of scriptures.

Christian Meditation Groups

Lastly, consider joining a Christian Meditation Group. Through the World Community for Christian Meditation Website (WCCM) (www.wccm.org) you may be able to locate a group in your area. If no groups are available, consider starting your own. The organization provides resources on how to start and maintain a Christian Meditation Group. By joining a group you can receive instruction on meditating as well as benefit from the knowledge of some veteran meditators. Just like corporate church worship can be uplifting, energizing, and unifying, meditating on God collectively also ushers in the sweet spirit and presence of God. Groups usually meet once or twice a week and are free of charge. During the meeting, a short teaching relating to meditation or spiritual growth is shared by the facilitator. This is followed by a time of meditation which last for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, there may be a shared discussion or believers may be asked to leave quietly as to not disturb those still waiting on the Lord. Laurence Freeman, Director of the WCCM writes, "the meditation group is the most contemporary expression of and answer to the tremendous spiritual hunger that so characterizes our time."

To conclude, meditating is a spiritual practice that can enhance our relationship with God. It can help us to take on his character by spending time in God's presence. Meditating on a scriptural passage or mantra teaches us to calm our restless thoughts and creates a greater sensitivity to hearing God's voice. And meditating on God's word in the form of contemplative prayer is a way to reflect upon the scripture and ponder its relevancy in our personal life. Joining a Christian meditation group can offer guidance, experience, and a place to share the art of meditation collectively. All four forms of meditation can change us and make our life more fulfilling, Christ-centered, and balanced.

Rhonda Jones is the author of 23 Christian meditation and affirmation Cds. Visit her award-winning website at http://www.thechristianmeditator.com/ Sign-up for her Free Spiritual Growth Eseries, 18 Weeks to More Peace, Joy, and Intimacy with God.

The Game of Life and How to Play it

Author: Keith Varnum

“Most people consider life a battle—but it is not a battle, it is a game. The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. It is a game, however, which cannot be played successfully without the knowledge of spiritual law. So wrote Florence Scovel Shinn—one of the greatest American spiritual teachers of the twentieth century—in 1925 her spiritual classic The Game of Life and How to Play It.
Florence Shinn approaches mastering “The Game” from ten empowering viewpoints:

1. How to Play the Game

Shinn declares, “Jesus Christ taught that life is a great game of Giving and Receiving: ‘Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.’ This means that whatever man sends out in word or deed, will return to him; what he gives, he will receive. If he gives hate, he will receive hate; if he gives love, he will receive love; if he gives criticism, he will receive criticism; if he lies he will be lied to; if he cheats he will be cheated.”
According to Shinn, there are three departments of the mind:

a) The subconscious is “simply power, without direction. It is like steam or electricity, and it does what it is directed to do; it has no power of induction.”

b) The conscious mind has been called “mortal or carnal mind. It is the human mind and sees life as it appears to be. It sees death, disaster, sickness, poverty and limitation of every kind, and it impresses the subconscious.”

c) The superconscious mind is the “God Mind within each man, and is the realm of perfect ideas. There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do. There is a perfect picture of this in the superconscious mind.”

2. The Law of Prosperity

“To experience God as man's supply, man must have perfect faith in his spoken word. We know now, that words and thoughts are a tremendous vibratory force, ever moulding man's body and affairs,” counsels the author.

3. The Power of the Word

Shinn admonishes, “Through his spoken word, man is continually making laws for himself. For example: I have a friend who often says on the phone, ‘Do come to see me and have a nice old-fashioned chat.’ This ‘old-fashioned chat’ means an hour of about five hundred to a thousand destructive words, the principal topics being loss, lack, failure and sickness. I reply: ‘No, I thank you. I've had enough old-fashioned chats in my life, they are too expensive, but I will be glad to have a new-fashioned chat, and talk about what we want, not what we don't want.’”

4. The Law of Nonresistance

Nothing on earth can resist an absolutely nonresistant person. The Chinese say that water is the most powerful element, because it is perfectly nonresistant. It can wear away a rock, and sweep all before it.
Jesus said, “Resist not evil.” Shinn interprets that Jesus “knew in reality, there is no evil, therefore nothing to resist. Evil has come of man's ‘vain imagination,’ or a belief in two powers, good and evil. There is an old legend, that Adam and Eve ate of ‘Maya the Tree of Illusion,’ and saw two powers instead of one power, God. Therefore, evil is a false law that man has made for himself, through psychoma or soul sleep.”

Chapter 5: The Law of Karma

Shinn emphasizes that “man receives only that which he gives. This is the law of Karma, which is Sanskrit for ‘Comeback.’ Man should always demand only that which is his by divine right. Man is admonished, "My will be done not thine," and the curious thing is, man always gets just what he desires when he does relinquish personal will, thereby enabling Infinite Intelligence to work through him. If he desires riches, he must be rich first in consciousness. Jesus Christ brought the good news (the gospel) that there was a higher law than the law of Karma—and that that law transcends the law of Karma. It is the law of grace, or forgiveness. It is the law which frees man from the law of cause and effect—the law of consequence.”

6. Casting the Burden

Shinn shares her main technique to impress the unconscious with good: “I found the easiest way is to ‘cast thy burden upon the Lord.’ Many passages in the Bible state that the battle is God's not man's and that man is always to "stand still" and see the Salvation of the Lord. This indicates that the superconscious mind (or Christ within) is the department which fights man's battle and relieves him of burdens.”
She gives the example of “a woman in urgent need of money that made the statement, ‘I cast this burden of lack on the Christ (within) and I go free to have plenty!’ The belief in lack was her burden, and as she cast it upon the Christ within, the superconscious flooded the subconscious with its belief of plenty, and an avalanche of supply was the result.”

Chapter 7: Love

The author is clear about the nature of authentic love: “Real love is selfless and free from fear. It pours itself out upon the object of its affection, without demanding any return. Its joy is in the joy of giving. Love does not need to seek or demand.”
She gives an example of a woman that came to her in deep distress: “The man she loved had left her for other women, and said he never intended to marry her. She was torn with jealousy and resentment and said she hoped he would suffer as he had made her suffer; and added, ‘How could he leave me when I loved him so much?’ I replied, ‘You are not loving that man, you are hating him,’ and added, ‘You can never receive what you have never given. Give a perfect love and you will receive a perfect love.’” The woman took Shinn’s advice and the situation harmonized so much that the woman ended up happily married to the man.

8. Intuition or Guidance

The power of intuition is underscored by Shinn: “There is nothing too great of accomplishment for the man who knows the power of his word, and who follows his intuitive leads. Speak the word and then do not do anything until you get a definite lead. Demand the lead, saying, ‘Infinite spirit, reveal to me the way, let me know if there is anything for me to do.’ The answer will come through intuition (or hunch); a chance remark from someone, or a passage in a book, etc.”

9. Perfect Self-Expression

There is perfect self-expression for each person. As Shinn relates, “There is a place which he is to fill and no one else can fill, something which he is to do, which no one else can do; it is his destiny! This achievement is held, a perfect idea in Divine Mind, awaiting man's recognition.”

10. Denials and Affirmations

Cautioning that one should always follow a denial with an affirmation, Shinn gives a personal example: “I was called on the phone to treat a man whom I had never seen. He was apparently very ill. I made the statement: ‘I deny this appearance of disease. It is unreal, therefore cannot register in his consciousness; this man is a perfect idea in Divine Mind, pure substance expressing perfection.’ The next morning he was much better, and the following day our attending to his business.”

Drawing from the wisdom of native and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of practical success as an author, personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio host, restaurateur, vision quest guide and international seminar leader with “The Dream Workshops”. Keith helps people get the love, money, and health they want with his F-r-e-e Prosperity Ezine, F-r-e-e Abundance Tape and F-r-e-e Coaching at http://www.TheDream.com

How To Apprehend Your Promotion

By Chris Ayakhilome

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37)

Promotion does not just come because you were tested or tried. Otherwise, every student that sits for examination should be promoted. You are only promoted after you have passed the test or trial. It is the same thing in different areas of life.

I discovered that when a change is about to come, troubles always come ahead of it. Every time there is promotion around the corner, the news shows up. This is when you everything around you will just seem to go wrong. So, if you desire to move higher in your life then get ready for some trouble. One way by which I know I am moving forward is when I face challenges. This is why I am never anxious about anything or any situation.

When everything around seems to be the reverse of what the word of God promised, that is the time to lift your eyes up high in spirit. That is not the time to look down, for when you look down you will see shadows. Observing the shadows will bind you and put you where the devil wants you to be, but when you look up, you will see the solution to that nagging situation in which you find yourself. You are God's child, so you are never disadvantaged.

You can make a change irrespective of the situation you find yourself. Start by launching out with a seed offering, cork it up with prayers and then stay in the Word. God has given you the secret of victory through His Word. That is why you must not remain with or be adapted to the system of this world but be transformed "...by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2).

Chris passionately writes to teach people all over the world about Jesus Christ. Recommended: Visit http://christianity.fateback.com for more gospel news

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dance On The Dry Bones And Prophesy, A Prayer Of Supplication And Declaration

By Brenda Craig

Lord, there are many dreams of my heart I have let go of or simply forgotten. They have become buried in the sands of time...buried within the deep places of my heart. And though I have forgotten them, You have not and my heart rejoices. Many worries and circumstances of this life have attempted to bring unbelief to the core of who I am. Doubt and unbelief have proclaimed with a very loud voice on many occasions but Your whispers are louder than the shouts of the enemy. Please forgive me where I have not nourished the seeds...the promises You have given me in days gone by. Forgive me for having fear or seeing myself as unworthy somehow to carry out Your plans for me. If I were unworthy You would have never given them to me in the first place. Release resurrection power until all is well. Breathe on me and I shall truly live to fulfill all that has ever been planned for me.

Lord, you are my dream maker...my dream fulfiller in every way. There is none like You. When my hope has become deferred, denial and apathy can become ways for me to escape looking at areas of struggle. Please forgive me for having a heart of apathy in any area of my life. Forgive me for thinking denial will somehow save me from having to deal with things...somehow save me from any pain. True to Your Word, You never quit working in my life and out of Your love, mercy and grace You allow things to come up and disturb my false sense of peace. Denial is indeed a thin and deceptive shield which solves absolutely nothing.

This day, I choose to look to You...to look to Your resurrection power and might on my behalf. You are committed to seeing me through to victory and gave the ultimate cost to do so. I must not treat what you have done lightly. You are right. I can do nothing myself. All must be done by Your Spirit in order to really overcome. By grace and with faith I come into agreement with Your Word. You are sufficient in my weakness...in my inability. I release all my failures...in all my failures in the areas of my most consistent struggles. I declare I am an overcomer and You have put me on the right course.

Lord, I have always seen graveyards as the end of the line-as the place of unfulfilled dreams, desires and potential. In the natural they are and the graveyards of dead dreams within me would be the same if it weren't for You. You are indeed my Resurrection Life and I choose to believe nothing is impossible with You. All it takes is one breath of Your mouth and everything lives...everything is made brand new.

The voice of the enemy likes to take the dry bones and use them against me. He longs for me to doubt Your goodness...Your faithfulness. He wants them to draw the very life and moisture out of my heart and cause me to walk in unbelief. Instead I choose to listen to You and I do so by faith. I believe You are good and that You reward those who seek You...those who trust in Your name. I receive a new freedom today...a new freedom to believe in ways I never have before. Help me to not look back. Help me to set my face like flint in Your direction...to set my face like flint according to the truth of Your Word.

Lord, the time has come to rise and shine with a heart of joyous praise, for You are faithful. Your love endures forever regardless of what takes place around or within me. I acknowledge Your loving-kindness and Your complete attention to even the smallest concerns of my heart. No matter what they are, from finding a parking space to matters of life and death, You care equally for them all.

Please show me where every ounce of fear would seek to hide and heal every wound giving place to said fear. Help me to dance on this side of the Red Sea. Help me to believe. Expose and then heal every hindering place within me and I shall be made new. Give me a fresh Word and I will proclaim it until victory comes. I declare with a heart of faith that I hear the whispers of Your voice over the rattling of dry bones. Faith will hear me speak Your Word and faith will come. The ears of faith are open to the Word coming out of my mouth.

Resurrection life is not for some future day...it is for me right here and right now. I embrace resurrection life. I embrace the Living Word. I come into agreement and I live. My dry bones live.

Lord, as I choose to worship even in the tough times I am asking You create in me a clean heart and a steadfast spirit. I choose to arise and worship You with a heart of faith believing all is well in You regardless of what I see or feel. I receive the ability to move...the ability to dance. The framework of my life is being built line upon line, tissue upon tissue and muscle upon muscle.

Every never and fiber of my being is coming into alignment with Your Word. I declare that I am becoming more responsive to You moment by moment. I dance in my heart. I dance with my feet. I will dance regardless of what I see, feel or think. I am moving in motion to the beating of Your heart...to the inhaling and exhaling of Your very breath. I am in sync with You.

I mount up with the wings of an eagle and I soar to the heights of promise. Any graveyards of dry bones in my life are even this moment being resurrected to bring forth a living future and hope. I arise and I worship. I arise and I proclaim. I arise and dance the dance of victory on this side of the Red Sea. Since You are for me, who can be against me? NO ONE! I arise to do great things for great things He hath done for me. Amen

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The Eyes Of Love

By Sandy L Brewer

"Love is already here

Can't you feel Its Presence?

It's already here..."

I've more than doubled my age since I first sat in a New Thought Church singing this little ditty. I was still a wounded thirty-something - still struggling to find a way to live with an inner pain from which I had no surcease. It was a pain that was caused by years of true trauma, cruelty, and outrageous abuse. A pain that encompassed me and appeared to block my Light. I sat in that pew with an aching heart, never dreaming that in ten years I would be a featured speaker in that same church, standing at the pulpit teaching the Divine Spirit within and the promise of all that we can become.

But on that Sunday so many years ago, joy and possibilities were less than a distant potential. I wasn't looking for the Light. All I was seeking was a way to live with the pain.

Of course, that meant that pain was my story. Sorrow and suffering had inadvertently become my gods, for, not knowing any other way, I had given them all the power. I had identified myself as that which I had experienced. I had given the cloak of a dark past the right to name me. I listened to the teachings of Ernest Holmes that morning, and it inspired me to pursue his teachings as well as those of Emerson, Quimby, Brooks, and so many more.

And I discovered what we know. That God is not an old white man with a beard. He's not even a "He" or a "She." God is the Source that joins us in an interactive dance; the womb within which we all exist and manifest; the Supreme Being that is within us, and that "within" is not a spot in my body. Spirit is beyond time and space, yet presents Itself in realms of time and space. I learned what at that point in my life was the most powerful, life-changing awareness: life is not happenstance, I chose. Oh, I didn't choose to be raped and tortured - to almost die more than once as result of such aberrant cruelty. Nobody does. But, as a spiritual being, with the blessing of the Divine, I chose a challenging journey that would practically dare me to reach for something greater. To reach for Truth, to know that the dark is a part of the Light, but that no thing, no circumstance and no one can supersede that which we are. "I am one with a Goodness that has no opposite. Nothing stands between me and that Good, for God and I are one. All my needs are met."

This healing didn't come overnight, not even with the wonderful principles of New Thought. But with practice, intention, and commitment it did come.

Yet echoes lingered. One evening I looked in the mirror and saw the reflection of my own eyes. I thought about the quantum field and, knowing that all form begins as a frequency, the translucent nature of all that is. And I thought about God. How it expresses Itself through the planets and stars, trees and flowers, light and dark, puppies and butterflies. And us. I looked into the eyes in the mirror and realized these are not just Sandy's eyes, they are the eyes of God. What if I looked at me the way I believe God does - if I understood that God uses my eyes, our eyes, as part of the expression of Itself? What if I beheld me, and everyone, through the eyes of Love?

I looked in the mirror again, saw the softness of the reflection of the Divine looking upon Its own, and felt the lingering wafts of darkness fall away.

And then I remembered the little song:
"Love is (and, even in the darkest moments, always has been) already here
Can't you feel Its Presence?
It's already here..."

© Sandy Brewer 2008

Author of Best-Selling Memoir Pursuit of Light, An Extraordinary Journey. Sandy Brewer is an author, speaker and counselor with over thirty years experience. Her work has been featured on NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and in a nationally televised documentary. She will be a speaker at the INTA Conference in July.

To learn more about Sandy Brewer's Journey and watch her videos and listen to her interviews visit her website: http://www.pursuitoflight.com You can also purchase Pursuit of Light An Extraordinary Journey in Hardcover, Audio and E book thru the website.

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We have all heard the cliché about how it is not how often you fall down that counts, it is how many times you get up - and what you do with life once you do! Sandy Brewer did not just fall down - she was knocked down again and again, and each time she got up, she purposefully grew stronger. A human behavior specialist, a gifted speaker, and a therapist with over thirty year's experience, Sandy uplifts audiences with her personal story of hope and empowerment while offering strategies for self-development and successful life-changing principles that have radically improved the lives of countless people throughout the country. Her memoir, PUSUIT OF LIGHT, AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY, is based on her gripping true-life story. Sandy Brewer can be reached at her website http://www.PursuitOfLight.com

Samuel, The Faithful Prophet

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days ... And ... the LORD called Samuel. ...

Then the LORD said to Samuel: "Behold, ... I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken ...

So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel ... knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD. (1 Samuel 3:1-2,11-12,19-20, NKJV)

Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines." So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.

So they ... fasted that day, and said there,"We have sinned against the LORD."...

So the children of Israel said to Samuel, "Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines."

... Then Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him.

So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. (1 Samuel 7:3,4,6,8,9,13,15, NKJV)

... when Samuel was old ... he made his sons judges over Israel.... But his sons did not walk in his ways ...

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, "... Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."

But the thing displeased Samuel ... And the LORD said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. (1 Sam 8:1,3-7, NKJV)

Samuel (literally "Heard by God"), an Ephraimite (a descendant of Joseph), the son of Elkanah and Hannah, was miraculously conceived as the result of prayer (1 Samuel 1:1-20), and given to the Lord as a gift: he became the Israelite slave of Eli, the High Priest (1 Samuel 1:21-2:11). Since Samuel was neither a Levite nor a priest, he was forbidden from touching any of the holy things within the tabernacle, the tabernacle itself, the altar in front of the tabernacle, and even the curtains of the courtyard around the tabernacle. He was basically relegated to performing such menial tasks as carrying water, getting wood for the fire, tanning hides, and taking out the garbage, and yet, he performed his duties as unto the Lord.

Because of his faithfulness, the Lord called Samuel and gave him a prophetic word against Eli, his master. He reluctantly related the words of the Lord to the Eli, and as a result of Samuel's faithfulness, the Lord established him as a prophet in the eyes of all Israel. Years later, Samuel was able to use his reputation to inspire a revival, and restore Israel's relationship with the Lord. In approval, the Lord subdued the Philistines at Samuel's request and prevented them from warring against Israel all the days of his life.

When Samuel was old, he tried to establish his sons as judges over Israel, but the elders rejected them and demanded a king. Even though Samuel justifiably felt rejected, and even warned Israel about the consequences of their request, Saul the son of Kish was made king over Israel (1 Samuel 10:17-25).

So what lessons can we learn from Samuel? First, the Lord is no respecter of rank: He considers the High Priest and the slave alike. Second, the Lord highly regards the faithful and enthusiastic execution of one's personal ministry, no matter how menial the tasks may seem in the eyes of the world. Third, faithfulness leads to greater levels of anointing. Forth, the Lord will never abandon us, even though we may be rejected by the very people who benefit most from our ministry.

Copyright (c) 2008 Jon Straumfjord

By: Jon Straumfjord

Jon Straumfjord is the author of numerous articles about the Seven Spirits of God and the God of the Bible. He is also the creator of the website www.7-spirits.com , and is the author of the book "The Seven Spirits of God."

Every Sinner Has a Divine Future

By Awdhesh Singh

The world seems to be full of evil. The fall in values and morally is visible in every aspect of human life. There are very few people who are good while most of the people seems to be full of evil. It is natural to wonder, who has made the these people who have no qualm in committing crime against humanity and God. No amount of punishment and law enforcement seems to reduce the crime that is increasing day by day. People often remember the good old days as they believe that the earlier times were better when there was much lesser crime and evil.

Yet, the world seems to be always full of criminals and sinner. There is one such interesting story in Bible which reads as follows (John: 8: 1-11)

A woman was brought before Jesus by the people. They say unto him, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?" Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them,

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

When they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last. Jesus said to the woman, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?" She said, "No man, Lord". And Jesus said unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more".

This episode of Bible clearly demonstrate that even then there was hardly any one in the society who was not a sinner. Yet when we speak, we only find sin in other men and not in us. The reason for not finding sin in us is the lack of courage to tell the world the voice of our conscious. Otherwise, we would perhaps notice that we are the biggest sinner of the world as famous Sufi poet Kabir said in the following couplet

I went to find evil in others,

I found there no evil;

When I saw in my heart,

I was the biggest devil

We all commit crimes and evil in our life, though very few have the courage to admit it. Yet we can't lie to self and we know in the heart of our heart the evil we have done. So does God knows about our evil. Does it mean that criminals and sinners have no future and no chance of salvation. If we believe the scriptures, we may find that sinner have better chances of being divine than the ordinary people as the path of divinity passes through the evil heart.

Every Saint has A Past

Very few people know the past of the saints and prophets because, the follower of these saints often conceal their past. There have been innumerable controversies about the personal life of Jesus and Prophet Mohammad. People know the end but they are not aware of the path followed by them to reach to the end. However, history is witness to the fact that most saints have not so glorious past and they had passed through the path of evil before acquiring saint hood.

Saint Tulsidas, the writer of the epic, Ramcharitmanas (The story of Ram), is the most revered poet in India. Yet in his early days, he was a man of sensual passion and uncontrolled sexual desire. Once when his wife went to her parents' home, he could not control his lust. So he went to meet his wife in the dark night. When he found nothing to help him climb the window of her wife's room, he used the skin of a snake to climb to the room. When his wife saw him there, she said, "Had you loved Lord so much, you would have got Him.". This comment hurt Tulsidas so much that he immediately decided to leave his wife and family. Soon he became the most famous saint of India , whose story of Ram is known to every household to India.

Valmiki, the writer of the Sanskrit "Ramayana" too was a bandit in his early life. Once he wanted to rob few saints, when one of the saints asked him, "Why is he doing these sinful acts.". "I am doing it for my family" replied Valmiki. The saints asked him if his family member would share his sin. He said yes. The saints asked him to get it confirmed form his family. He went to his home and asked this question to every one. However, none wanted to share his sin. Then he realized his mistake started prayer and meditation and soon became a great saint.

In the modern time, Mahatma Gandhi too was man of lust in his early life. When his father, whom he loved so much, was on his deathbed, he could not control his lust and went to his wife for consummation. Still with her in the bed, when he was informed about the death of his father. This incident shook the young Gandhi and brought him in the path of abstinence and renunciation making him one of the greatest saint in the modern world.

The world is quick to brand every person a sinner or criminal at the earlier opportunity as they do not love the fellow human beings. The Lord can never thing of any person as a sinner as every one is His children. Imagine that you have two children. One is a sinner and one is not. For whom your responsibilities are higher? Whom would you like to reform? Whom would you like to give your divine power and wisdom?

The answer seems to be the child, who does have lost the connection with divinity. If the man is divine, he needs no divine blessing as he is already divine. An average human being to does not crave for divinity as he has some divine nature already in him. However, if a man is evil, he need divine blessing and support to become free from evil and to acquire his divine nature.

The Birth of God in Evil Heart

Scripture say that the goodness is often born from evil just like evil is born from good. Lord Krishna said in Gita (IV: 7, 8)

Whenever Right declines and Evil prevails, then I always take birth to save the Right and destroy the Evil and establish Righteousness.

This couplet of Gita is often referred to refer the concept of Avatar (incarnation) of God in this world, to defeat the evil forces and establish the rule of righteousness. However, many saints believe that what is true in the world or universe must also be true on the micro-universe which is our own self as the man himself is the reflection of the universe (Aham Brahmasmi ).

Therefore, when any person follows the path of evil, soon he would feel the craving to do good and become good due to the emergence of God in him. The more evil one has committed, the more burden he carries in his conscious. Therefore, a criminal or an evil does has very strong desire to become good. This desire cause the birth or God or divinity in the human being.

Every Sinner has a Future

However, an evil person can not become divine automatically. He has to seek God from the deepest of his heart. Every religion provide for repentance for seeking forgiveness from God. In India the corresponding word is Prayashchit (To return to one's original conscious). God is all merciful and forgiving. If any person repent for his evil deeds with clear conscious, Lord forgives him like a loving father and guide him to the righteous path by transforming his nature.

Why then every evil person does not become good? The answer seems to be in the lack of courage and the absence of a trigger. The birth of God in the heart of man is almost an spontaneous moment. Only if the person desires God desperately and sincerely, He manifests himself in the heart of the person. This extreme desire comes only when a person looks into his conscious and develops courage to leave the path of evil which has brought him nothing but pain and misery. When such moment arrive, a strong desire is created in the conscious to become good and then God takes birth in the heart of the person and transforms the person to make him a saint and a prophet.

Mr. Awdhesh K Singh is an Engineer by education and philosopher by passion. He has published several papers in International Journals and Conferences on the subject of E-governance, Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy Logic and Expert Systems.

He is the founding member of The Aatmic Science Foundation, (The Science of Soul Foundation). His interest is in creating synthesis between all religions and sciences for the benefit of the mankind.

Many of his articles are published on the website of Aatmic Science Forum http://www.aatmicscience.com and Science of Soul http://www.scienceofsoul.com
He can be contacted at his email address aksinghirs [a] yahoo.com

Why Would A Loving God Allow Christians to Suffer With Cancer

By Linda Dipman

I was mortified as a father described the horrifying details of his daughters cancer. He stopped by my upholstery shop after a 14 hour work day to purchase a piece of foam. Out of his mouth he spoke of the cancer that consumed his twelve year old daughter. During the fight for her life she lost her left eye, her left breast, both ovaries and her uterus. He explained that he worked all of the time in order to pay for the chemotherapy. His wife stopped working so she could stay by their child's side refusing to leave their house for fear of what would happen to their daughter next.

The man that stood before me looked exhausted, and almost defeated. The description of his daughter sent chills through my body as I realized just how horrible a disease cancer can become. A quickening in my heart opened my mind to the revelation that he was describing the slow, painful, death of his beloved child. Without hesitation and a renewed sense of determination he stated, "I believe in God!"

The statistics of this ferrous cancerous disease is mind bobbling. A million and a half people every year come down with cancer. Thirty percent diagnosed are people who choose to smoke. Currently there are tens of millions of people suffering and even more millions of people dealing with the pain of watching a family member slowly die an agonizing death from this horrible disease.

Cancer does not discriminate, it attacks everyone from new born babies to elderly adults. The chances are, if you are over seventy years of age, you will eventually die from some form of cancer. This is the reality of this disease. It is a truth that makes all people question "Why Would a Loving God Allow Christians to Suffer With Cancer"?

Doctors, parents and society will do anything to fight against cancer through research, cancer awareness programs, and through regular checkups to catch the disease before it can spread. From new medications to operations that remove the disease have been improved, but still the disease is ranked as one of the number one killers of people.

Why has cancer gripped so tightly to the human race? If doctors and medicine can't protect us from the disease, then what can? When the epidemic of cancer is so wide spread, who will be next? If God loves people then why would he allow Cancer?

All of these questions can only be answered when we look at the purpose of our world. Why are we here in the first place? If all we are here for is to suffer and endure pain then I want out of this world, now!

Many Christians, all over the world, look full into the face of the devil cancer and feel helpless and scared. They are filled with fear and dread as they wonder how they will overcome such a terrible disease.

It is very important as we face hard tests in life that we understand why we must stand our ground and fight! Jesus came to save people by teaching them lessons on spiritual warfare. When you are a Christian you are different from those who don't have Jesus in their lives. Jesus opens our eyes and gives us battle plans so we will face all obstacles with faith.

Matthew 10: 34, "Do you think that I came to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."

We as Christians must be prepared to fight for our lives. We must hold onto the principles of God and understand that our biggest enemy is Satan. Satan is the god of this world and his goal is to destroy the lives of good people. When we are aware of whom we are fighting then we must get our shields of faith up and fight!

We live in a world where we must learn the difference between right and wrong. In order to understand right from wrong we must be presented with opposites: good health and disease, war and peace, love and hate, and clearly the difference between God and Satan.

Most people, when they are in the throws of facing a deadly disease, blame God and hate Him for allowing them to get this disease. They don't take responsibility for smoking cigarettes that gave them lung cancer. They don't think about how they don't read their Bibles, go to church, or pray. All they can think about is finding someone greater than themselves to blame.

God did not create cancer! God is love! He loves people and wants the best for their lives. Unfortunately, when you turn away from God you take away your ability to fight.

2 Kings 17: 25-28, "When they first settled there, they did not worship the Lord, and so he sent lions, which killed some of them. The emperor of Assyria was told that the people he settled in the cities of Samaria did not know the law of the god of that land, and so the god had sent lions, which were killing them. So the emperor commanded: 'Send back one of the priests we brought as prisoners; have him go back and live there, in order to teach the people the law of the god of that land.' So an Israelite priest who had been deported from Samaria went and lived in Bethel, where he taught the people how to worship the Lord."

When you don't understand why you need God, then you lose your fight against anything that wants to destroy your life. Satan is the god of this world and when we do nothing to prevent him from hurting us then evil reigns supreme. This simple illustration of how lions were killing people shows how our lives can be filled with chaos if we don't have God on our side.

Jesus came to teach people how to fight. We must activate our faith in God by prayer and Bible study. Pray the Lord's Prayer. Pray for protection from Satan. Pray for strength during your fight and ask for the Lords will to be done. When you know what you are suppose to do in order to fight against the evil that wants to destroy your life, then you have a battle plan.

Romans 12: 12, "Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times."

God loves you. Fear is Satan coming in to corrupt your thinking and to separate you from activating the power of God. God conquers all evil. Believe in Miracles. Believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and you will be saved. Believe in the saving power of grace and how God forgives you the wrongs of your past.

Our world is filled with traps and temptations that lead us astray from God. But with Christ you can do anything. You can endure cancer with victory when you place your faith in Jesus. God loves people and He is right by your side during every procedure you endure when you are fighting for your life against cancer. When you are in the throws of cancer, He will give you joy. Joy that he allowed you worthy to suffer for His sake. Joy that assures you that you are His witness to doctors, nurses, friends, and all people who come into contact with you that Satan may be able to kill your body, but he can't destroy your faith in God.

Everything we endure in this world is meant to teach us the difference between good and bad. When we have this knowledge then we know with certainty how to fight against Satan. Pray for protection from Satan. Be positive while giving encouragement to those who are suffering with cancer.

You are a light to the world. A light that can only shine when you are going through the fire of testing. Tests reveal what a person is like in their heart! Tests when they are over will give you the power to witness to others of what you can overcome when you have Jesus in your life. Tests show us that we are more powerful than the god of this world.

The statistics are staggering of how many people are suffering from cancer in our world today. But with Gods help you can overcome the world. With Jesus on your side you can walk down whatever path you must travel with confidence that you can do it! God loves people and He will never let you down. Trust in God and you will win your game of life.

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The Power of Silence and Solitude

By Rhonda D. Jones

Finding time to be still before the Lord in silence or through Christ-centered meditation is one of the greatest tools to help us purify our hearts and minds. Jesus said, it's not what goes into our bodies that defile us, but what comes out of our hearts. When mental stimulation ceases, transformation and detoxification can begin. For most, extended periods of silence is very uncomfortable. We don't know how to handle our mind stuff. When we're faced with our fears, lacks, and insecurities, it's often more than many of us want to bear. Instead of facing our personal demons we drowned them out with noise or other vices. James 4: 7 declares, "Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. If we're courageous enough to resist the urge to self-medicate, the purification process kicks start.

"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands your sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and wail. (James 4:8-9)" As with any addiction, engrained mindsets don't want to let go or loosen their grip. Many times we must mourn, wail, and then grieve our old conditioning and patterns before complete freedom takes place. This may be followed by moments of extreme emotional pain, fear, or anger.

Many years ago I suffered from extreme loneliness. To fill this emptiness I tried to stay very active. I joined all types of classes, dated people I wasn't really interested in, and participated in activities I had no real interest in. Then one afternoon I was home alone. I was burnt out on doing activities to resist pain and loneliness. That particular day I began to feel this anxiety rise up inside of me. I thought I was going to go crazy. It was as if the walls were closing in on me. Then God spoke to my heart. He said, "Rhonda, stop resisting the loneliness, embrace it and let it run its course and it will go away." So I stopped trying to avoid the loneliness and began to accept it. That particular day and many days that followed, I remember curling up on the couch and just moaning as I fully embraced the anxiety I was feeling. And then a strange thing happened, within several minutes it left and a new sense of freedom was unleashed.

When we spend extended time in sacred silence and in God's word, the world loses some of its grip on us. The scriptures tell us that we are "cleansed by the word." The same process is very similar to fasting or physical detoxification. Fasting experts warn us that during a fast toxins are released into the bloodstream. As long as we're putting food in the body, the elimination process never takes place. Once these toxics are released, we may become weak or slightly ill. Most health professionals encourage drinking diluted juices to help combat these toxins. Similarly, during a mental fast or prolonged silence, feeding periodically on God's word will help to anchor and ground us during the emotional upheavals that take place.

Spend regular time in sacred silence and solitude to reflect upon your walk with the Lord. If there are areas in your life that seem out of balance or causing you to struggle, ask God to give you wisdom and understanding. Observe mindsets and thought patterns that may not be working for you anymore or that you might be resisting. Use sacred silence and Christian meditation to reveal any fears and insecurities you're trying to hide from yourself and others. When they surface, acknowledge them. For example, "I'm afraid. I'll never have a successful relationship", "I'm a failure and will never succeed", "I can't make it financially", "I don't like myself" , "I can't stand being alone." Bring God's light into your fears. Embrace them fully feeling all the hurt and pain associated with your thoughts. Cry, weep, wail, mourn (James 4:7) and let it all out. Curl up on your bed and scream if you have to. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Let go of and grieve mindsets that aren't working for you anymore. You may not like your situation at the moment, but by fully accepting and embracing it, you will loosen its unconscious grip over you. This is purification of your heart and soul. When you acknowledge and embrace it fully (feeling it with every cell in your body) and bring it into light of God's love and truth (light dispels darkness), it will begin to dissipate and you'll feel a new sense of freedom. You made it through unscaved. You've heard the phrase, "What we resist, persist." Allow sacred silence and Christian meditation to help free yourself from your accumulation of mind clutter and mental conditioning.

Rhonda Jones is the author of 23 Christian meditation and affirmation Cds. Visit her award-winning website at http://www.thechristianmeditator.com Sign-up for her Free Spiritual Growth Eseries, 18 Weeks to More Peace, Joy, and Intimacy with God.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Our Purpose

By Lawrence Doochin

We are here to be happy. That is not a requirement, for there are no requirements. God asks nothing of us, for he lives through our Being, giving us total freedom, which is why we are happy. To put it another way, why would God place a burden or requirement on Himself? So how can you be happy? Be who you are.

You are not here to do anything. You are here to be. You are fulfilling your role on Earth just by being an expression of God in form, for this is Creation fulfilled. This is Love. When you are what you are, there is tremendous joy, an intrinsic happiness. While you are not here to do anything, you can still enjoy your role in this illusion, just as an actor enjoys his part in a play. How do you find your part in the play of Life? Follow your joy, and let God do the rest.

Although there is nothing we must do, each of us fills a unique purpose. Our role in the body of God parallels our physical body. Each organ, each cell, has a specialized role or function, just as each of us has a specialized function and purpose within the body of God. The body cannot operate, cannot live, without each part doing its function. Each cell in our body is complete and whole in and of itself, a miniature version of the body of God. A duplicate, and yet at the same time, it is the whole. The two cannot be separate. Where does a drop of water in the ocean begin and end? Every cell, every atom, appears individual, yet each has its own consciousness and knows itself as the One. Our physical bodies serve as an aid and constant reminder that we appear separate but are One.

You are fulfilling your role by being. We live in a world that values doing and thinking instead of being, which is our natural state. Thinking is outside the present moment, revolving around something in the "past" or something in the "future." Thinking requires effort. As we simply are in the present moment, the River of Life just carries us along without any effort on our part. When we release any beliefs or judgments about the past and any preconceived notions about the future, the past and the future become what they are, the present moment. And in that moment the River of Life gently carries us along, providing all that we could ever need. Rejoice in this Truth, and be happy in your Being.

Larry Doochin came to understand the joy that exists in simply remembering and relaxing into who we truly are after years of spiritual study and therapy for childhood abuse and alienation. Visit http://www.lawrencedoochin.com for more information on his book I Am Therefore I Am: Finding God in Our Heart.

Communicating with God and the Traffic Signal

By Genie Goodwin

How easy is it to communicate with God? It's as easy as listening to your own heart. As a Christian Life Coach one of my favorite things to do is to help people learn to hear God for themselves. Because when you can hear God for yourself your relationship with God deepens and becomes fulfilling, the level of spiritual guidance He gives you soars as your knowing God, His directions and instructions all skyrocket. Your life becomes an amazing, powerful adventure when you are led and directed by God Himself.

People have many ways of communicating with each other: with a look, a word, a tone, a gesture, a touch. Just one particular look from my husband and I have got the message loud and clear, he doesn't have to say a word. God has a myriad of ways of communicating with you too.

The primary one is to speak to your heart. Once you learn how to hear God with your heart, you can move on into the nuances and a greater depth of communicating with Him. One of those nuances is what I like to call the traffic signal.

Red Light

Stop. If you ask God for direction and you feel a red light in your heart, whatever you are moving on, stop. If it's anger, bitterness, depression, a financial move, a trip, a job change, even lunch; it doesn't matter what the subject is: stop. If you get a red light in your heart you need to stop to avoid disaster.

Yellow Light

Use caution, slow down and get ready to stop. If you ask God for direction and you feel a yellow light, pay attention. When you come to a yellow traffic light do you speed up? That could really get you into trouble. Use caution, pay attention, if it's clear and you can make it, then go ahead. If you feel pressure to gun it and speed through because you aren't going to make it, slow down and come to a stop until it's a green light again.

Green Light

Go, its all clear. If you ask God for direction and you feel a green light in your heart, go for it.

The clearer your spiritual guidance, the faster you will fulfill your life purpose. But I caution you, don't follow lights, follow God: that means ask Him first instead of following your circumstances. He's after a deep, intimate relationship with you, He doesn't want you following signs and lights, He wants you following Him, knowing Him and communicating with Him.

To do this, make sure you ask Him for direction first, out loud. Then listen for the answer in your heart; if it feels like a green light in your heart then thank Him and move forward expecting Him to clear the path for you.

The real skill is in deciphering if the signal is coming from your head or your heart. Your head doesn't have God's answers, your heart does. So, don't follow your head, follow your heart.

If you'd like more help in this area, I'd like to offer you the Hearing God program. A one hour life coaching session on cd to teach you to hear God, paired with a 30 Day Training e-mail devotional to help you practice hearing Him daily.

I don't know about you, but it really bothers me to learn something powerful like Hearing God and then lose it when the challenges of life get in the way. So, once you learn to Hear God with the cd, you'll follow it up with 30 Days of Hearing God e-mail devotional to build your faith daily for hearing Him. It creates a habit of listening that will transform your life and relationship with Him.

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This Bible Talks

This Bible Talks by William Dorich

For decades parents have searched for tools to involve their children in the learning process at the earliest possible stage of development. Finding books that capture the interest of the child has been the goal of most publishers and the method used was usually brightly colored illustrations, odd shaped books and oversized type. These books achieve their goal of attracting attention but usually not over a long period of time.

Suddenly 21st century technology has stepped in. Many parents have already discovered the interest their children have in "Press & Play" books that provide sounds or music, so my discovery of THE FIRST "Press & Play" talking bible storybook is well timed. This technology will obviously lead to more talking books for the preschool aged child market.

This first talking bible storybook was created by Pamela Fischer, a California house wife who said the idea came to her in a dream. She shared that dream with her teenage daughter Jenny, an art student and the idea became a reality.

Pamela is so dedicated to her dream that the majority of proceeds from the sale of her book will go to Christian charities.

The talking book concept helps young children grasp key concepts by being exposed to pictures and listening to the stories at the same time. When the child selects the story they wish to hear and presses the corresponding icon button the story is read to them in a gentle voice. Such a book can be a great asset on those long car trips and perfect for the usual bedtime ritual.

This first talking storybook has been praised by Methodist, Greek Orthodox and the Roman Catholic clergy in California.

William Dorich has 25 years in commercial printing and book publishing experience. After authoring five of his own books on Balkan history and music he established his own publishng firm, GMBooks.com in 1985. Since then he has designed, produced, and published over 125 titles including Witness to War: Images of the Persian Gulf War for the Los Angeles Times which won a Pulitzer. His client list includes the Who's Who in American business.

By: William Dorich

To experience this unique new childrens book visit: www.thisbibletalks.com

Messiah's New World Spiritual Order

By Dorothy K Daigle

Most of us have heard the saying, "Religion divides, and spirituality unites." In Messiah's New World, the time following Great Purification and Armageddon, there will be no religion, i.e. symbolic rituals. Anything that causes division will not be allowed. The foundation of the way of life in the New World will be "Unconditional love without judgment."

The Ten Commandments were given to us so we could prepare our hearts for the coming of Messiah. These are precepts for understanding what is expected in the New World.

1. Love God the Father, Creator, with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.

2. No graven images allowed.

3. Do not take Creator's name in vain.

4. Glorify and honor Creator on the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week.

5. Respect your father and mother.

6. Do not commit murder.

7. Do not commit adultery.

8. Do not steal.

9. Do not lie about anyone.

10. Do not envy anyone.

Those in Messiah's New World will continue to grow spiritually. They will have a thirst for walking in closeness to Creator, and for living unconditional love without judgment. The spiritual path to help us learn and acquire spiritual growth necessary to attain a oneness with Creator is called the Red Road. There are seven steps to master in walking the Red Road. They are as follows:

Step 1: Observe nature with awe and gratitude. A sense of love and respect for all creation will begin to grow within me.

Step 2: Learn to trust Creator, and accept my circumstances. Overcoming adversity will produce spiritual growth within me as I walk the Red Road.

Step 3: Seek for truth within myself, that I may remove hypocrisy and evil intent from within my heart.

Step 4: Repent and humbly surrender my will to Creator, that I may become one with Great Spirit.

Step 5: Communicate with Great Spirit from my heart--listen, and live the insight I receive.

Step 6: Learn true abstinence--it is in serving others, with an attitude of loving-kindness, tat I create a flow of Living Waters which will purify my heart.

Step 7: Attain complete, joyous harmony with Great Spirit--walk the Red Road. This requires that I totally surrender my will to the will of Creator, and love others unconditionally without judgment because that is who I am.

When we have mastered the seven steps of walking the Red Road, we will be walking in glorious, warm companionship with our loving heavenly Father. We will be one with Him.

Dorothy was taught by Cherokee elder and wisdom keeper, John Red Hat Duke, for over ten years in Keetoowah Cherokee spiritual ways, in Eastern philosophy, and in Judaism. She was raised Christian so she has a good working knowledge of Christianity. She became disillusioned with Christianity so she now follows no religion, but strives to walk the Red Road spiritual path according to Jesus' teachings.

She received her call from Creator in the fall of '92, and was then taught by the great prophet Elijah for four years. She was given four assurances by Creator when He called her. She was told that she was anointed by the Holy One of Israel, that she would be protected until this work was done, that Creator would go before her whenever He sent her somewhere, and that she did not have to prove herself to anyone. She is one of Creator's Two Witnesses prophesied in biblical book of Revelation.

Red Road spiritual teachings of Jesus, Moses, and Elijah are taught in the book Red Hat Speaks by Dorothy K. Daigle. Red Hat Speaks can be ordered from any bookstore, or online from http://www.iuniverse.com for $10.95. Elijah came to restore all things in these End Times.

Developing Perseverance And Wisdom In The Face Of Trials

By Jamestina Sankoh

The book of James in the New Testament portrays trials as tests that come through suffering which Christians are to endure and overcome. James 1:2-4 sees enduring trials as a cause for joy, because they produce maturity and develop perseverance.

Perseverance is the steadfastness in the belief or assurance of eternal security in Jesus Christ, which the believer possesses after overcoming trials. R.H. Johnson, in his article "Overcoming Under Trial" (p1) describes trials as the "the old way of testing new bridges." He further went on to explain that formerly new bridges were heavily loaded before being used for public service, not to ruin them or make them fail but remain strong with normal use. R. Jonathan, an early rabbi cited in Jewish literature works such as the Talmud; also once said "A potter does not examine defective vessels. What then does he examine? Only the sound vessels. Similarly, the Holy One, blessed be He, tests not the wicked but the righteous." These two citations help the Christian to know that trials or suffering are inevitable for us and if endured, will lead to heavenly reward and so there is every reason to rejoice in anticipation of the reward if we stand firm in our faith.

According to Peter H. Davids in 'James - A Good News commentary', 1983, (p3), the trials to which James refers are the testing and refining situations in life, hard situations in which faith is sorely tried, such as persecution, a difficult moral choice, or a tragic experience. Even though these may be sad or bitter experiences, James does not dwell on them but transforms his perspective of such trials to the results. In effect, a trial is not an end in itself; it is only a means to an end. For the believer, the end result is the development of perseverance and divine wisdom in facing or handling these trials.

The wisdom of the world seeks to avoid the issues in a trial circumstance through accommodation on and/or compromise. However, wisdom from God helps the Christian to overcome trials through faith.

The story of Job in the Old Testament is a perfect illustration of a true believer in God who developed perseverance and wisdom in the face of trials. Job was an upright and blameless man who feared God and turned away from evil. However the time came for him to go through trials and suffering rained down on him in all forms. His wealth, which was measured in thousands of animals, was all lost in one day. He also lost all his ten children and as if all this was not enough, he was also with physical pain. This very righteous man was now suffering both psychologically and physically, but his reverence for God did not waver. Even his wife lost confidence in God and told Job to hasten his death, which was seen imminent, by cursing God. Job's reply to her was that we should not only be ready to accept 'good' from God but also trouble. He refused to turn his back on God even though conditions became worse with the arrival of his three friends who accused him of suffering because of some secret sin. However, Job sought the face of God. He cried out to God for an explanation of his suffering, which he knew that he did not deserve. He passed his life and endured these trials with the wisdom that he gained from God, which surpassed all the human wisdom that his friends displayed. This story portrays the fact that true godly wisdom is to reverently love God more than all the gifts we receive from Him and to trust in his goodness even though we cannot always understand his ways. It is worthy to note that God gives us a special grace for every trial if we ask for it. That is why, according to B. W. Woods, 1974 (p72), John Milton could write poetry while he was blind and Beethoven could compose music even though he was living in the silent world of deafness. God's grace is sufficient for every situation or condition. The apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that after having pleaded with God three times to take away his "thorn in the flesh", God told him that His Grace was sufficient for him because this power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor 12:8-9). God's grace produces wisdom in man, in faith and perseverance.

God uses trials or tests to strengthen our faith in Him. As Davids puts it, "The process of testing is like the tempering of steel: the heat, rather than destroying the steel, makes it stronger". (p3). The result of trials in our lives will be the ability to persevere to the end, hoping for our reward in heaven. This ability is a virtue that only trials and suffering will produce. It also yields a stable character and a firm showing of our faith. The story of Abraham in Genesis 22 is an example of a man developing perseverance from his test.

God had promised Abraham that He would make him father of many nations and that He would establish His covenant with Abraham's descendants, giving them the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. God also gave Abraham and his wife Sarah a son in their old age and they were happy. Suddenly, God tested Abraham by telling him to take his son Isaac and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to Him. Abraham had promised to be obedient to God and had even consecrated his son to the Lord by circumcision. However, his hopes of becoming the father of a great nation were being dashed, as he was now to kill the son of the covenant. This did not hamper Abraham's loyalty to God but he obediently took the boy away to be sacrificed. He was confident that God would do something to fulfill His promise to him. When Isaac questioned his father about the animal for the burnt offering, the answer was that God himself would provide it. Abraham endured this ordeal of going up the mountain with his son, building the alter for the sacrifice, arranging the wood for the fire, binding his son and laying him on top of the wood to kill him. It is almost unimaginable that a father could do this to his own son, but Abraham suffered this test, trusting God to do something for him later, as He had done before. God proved Himself to Abraham by providing a ram for the sacrifice and by also renewing His covenant to bless him and multiply his descendants. Abraham persevered as a result of suffering and was rewarded accordingly.

Perseverance is a development, which shapes a Christian believer's character around his commitment to Christ. It indicates the assurance given to those who follow Christ, reminding them that God's power will keep them as Christians until they die and that they will surely live with Christ in heaven forever. It involves persistence and steadfastness in prayer, seeking God's wisdom to help him overcome his trials.

Divine wisdom is a communication of God, showing man the path to life. This communication takes place through persistent and steadfast prayer and comes directly from God to man. It is only God who gives to man a heart capable of discerning good from evil. Prov 1:7 and 14:27 tell us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the source of life; and that only fools hate discipline and wisdom. Solomon, when he became king of Israel, asked God for wisdom to rule his people and to distinguish between good and evil. It is this divine wisdom that helps Christians to make the right decisions as to the proper actions to take under specific circumstances, with the Holy Spirit as a guide. This wisdom is what we are reminded about in James 1:5 as a free gift from God to believers, which leads to practically wise living, manifesting itself in good, godly character and behavior. James says that God is very willing to give this wisdom to us and will not reproach us for asking but that we have to ask in faith, believing that God will give us the best solution to our problems.

As Christians, we must realize that trials are inevitable and are necessary for us in order to develop perseverance. We also need God's wisdom to overcome them. James tells us that it is wisdom that enables us to face trials with "pure joy" (James 1:2) but we must have steady faith to receive and act on it. The Bible states that as Christians, God wants us to think like Christ, love like him, care like him, obey like him and sacrifice like him. (Rom.8: 29). This should remind us that even though we cannot be Christ but we must be ready and willing to suffer like him.


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Woods, B. W. Christians in Pain - Perspective on Suffering. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1974

Jamestina Abioseh Sankoh obtained her WAEC GCE O'Levels from the Methodist Girls' High School, A'Levels from the Annie Walsh Memorial School and certificates in Social Development and Psychological Care / Social Work from the Institute of Public Administration and Management. She is currently pursuing a B.A. Degree in Ministries, majoring in Adult Education, at The Evangelical College of Theology, Extension Programme. She is a pastor-in-training of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion Sierra Leone and a member of the National Network for Psychosocial Care (NNEPCA). She is married with four girls.

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Church Architects for Your Church Design and Construction

Author: Groshan Fabiola

The church is the place where people come to worship God and be closer to Him, as well as to repent of their sins. It takes more than a simple building made of bricks and mortar to form a church. The local congregation of believers and the place they choose as the house of their Lord is often what the word church refers to. Each church has its individual values and theology, and all of God’s beauty, order, creativity and detail should be used to the highest level of design to reflect these specific features. Therefore, everyone who is involved in a church design and construction process should try to use this creativity, beauty and order to turn the church into a welcoming place for all believers.

The place of worship has undergone some dramatic changes over the years. However, the most notable changes regarding church design and construction have only been witnessed in the past years. The traditional church buildings are slowly being replaced by new forms of expression, as old style buildings no longer match the kind of ministry that people are looking for nowadays. Today’s church design and construction aim at reshaping the worship and life of congregations. And it is not the church building alone that church designers should consider. Church plans should definitely include site planning, as many churchgoers believe that the site is the first invitation that the church makes. Furthermore, with space being a constant problem for churches, site planning is equally important in church plans as far as future expansion is concerned. It is believed that good church design and construction is the best way to build a community. The most recent forms of expression in church design and construction include a large gathering space, where people get together for Bible study, worship, choir practice, exercise classes, committee meetings, and so forth.

Church architecture can be regarded as a symbolic expression of the faith of the community in question. Therefore, church design and construction should put emphasis on the specific architecture that is most appropriate to that community. Apart from making an invitation, the church architecture should be relevant of God’s creativity, order and beauty in general, and of the congregation’s faith in particular. Good church design and construction can render the feeling of God being in the congregation’s midst, instead of being at a distance. Furthermore, the use of light in a church building is of fundamental importance, given its spiritual significance. Light should be an important consideration in the church design and construction process. Using light in a church building has long been a major concern that has already evolved into an architectural tradition. However, given the significance of light and its symbolism, this tradition has to be rethought each time new church design and construction are considered.

The ideas presented above are just some aspects related to church design and construction. The process of constructing or expanding a church is a lot more complex, and the insight of a good church architect will prove to be a very valuable tool. Whatever your church plans may encompass, be it the remodeling of interior rooms or exterior façade, converting warehouses into full church facilities, multi-structure campuses, or building a new church from the ground up, there are church architects who can provide unique insights, while honoring your individual theology and values, as well as your specific needs and budget.

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