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Thursday, January 29, 2009

God Still Heals Today

By Marnie Swedberg

Healing is defined as "effecting a cure." Once healed, one realizes they have been made whole or sound, have been mended, or have gotten well.

Since the earliest records of man (found in the Bible), people have found healing via numerous methods:

1) Automatic healing,
2) Self-directed healing,
3) Physician-driven healing,
4) Sleep-induced healing, and
5) Miraculous healing.

Here we address only the fifth type, but to do so, we must spend a moment understanding the first four types of healing.

The majority of humans alive today are born "healed". Approximately 150,000* babies are born in the United States with birth defects each year. The remaining 3,850,000 are born "healed". They are whole, complete and functional -- not needing healing.

Throughout our lives, we experience numerous illnesses and injuries for which a natural process of healing exists: From mild viruses to small cuts, our bodies are able to heal themselves if given the proper resources. For example, a virus is cured with time, rest and fluids, while a cut is cured with consistent cleaning and covering.

Some illnesses and injuries are beyond the scope of home remedies, at which point we seek the help of a doctor. God has provided doctors to heal us and for centuries our lives have been blessed by them.

Some illnesses are intended by God to lead to death... And then healing comes as the saint "falls asleep" and awakens in the place where there is "no sickness," heaven.

But, sometimes healing is illusive: No natural-, home- or hospital-cures are working and death does not release the saint from the ravages of the pain.

It is at these times that people seek Supernatural intervention. At some point, you may be asked to pray with someone for healing from God, and, if so, you need to understand God's methods for answering such a plea.

The Bible provides many examples of healing, 40-plus in Jesus' ministry alone. There is a pattern that emerges and understanding it will help you pray with "all faith" for healing, anytime you are asked to do so.

Miraculous healings come in many ways. Below we will look at four healings - those of the blind men Jesus healed during His three-year ministry, and see the three main ways God grants miraculous healing.

Instant and Complete. In both Luke 18 and Matt. 9, blind men asked for healing and Jesus simply gave it to them. In one moment, they went from blind to full, perfect vision. (That's the kind we all want!)

Gradual. In Mark 8, Jesus first:

1) took the blind man's hand and led him out of the city, then
2) spit on his eyes,
3) asked for a progress report and learned that the man was partially healed, so
4) put His hands on his eyes and then the man was healed.

Sometimes there are multiple steps and/or touch points. In this example, the healing occurred within a few minutes. I have seen examples where the miraculous healing occurred over the course of years. Never-the-less, a blind-man-seeing IS miraculous, no matter how long it takes.

Requiring Personal Action. In John 9, Jesus spat on the ground and made clay, which He then put on the man's eyes. Next, He sent the man to wash in the pool of Siloam. Upon completing this task, his sight was restored.

4 Blind Men
1 Healer
3 Unique Scenarios

There is an additional pattern that is critical to understand before praying with someone for healing: God determines when, who and how to heal. Having the faith to ask Him is our part, but deciding how He will comply is His part.

For example, most days the eyewitness accounts report Jesus healing "all" who came to Him. Yet, at the Pool of Bethesda, He chose just one man to heal while leaving the rest lying their in pain. Only upon our arrival to heaven will we understand the obedience that required, how that felt to Jesus and His disciples, and why God required Him to walk away from the other needy people without healing them that day.

When praying for miraculous healing, it is important for us to remember that God is God and we are His servants. If He gave us birth-healing, we are blessed. If He provides self- or physician-induced healing, we are blessed. If He takes us Home, we are blessed, and if He provides a miraculous healing, we are blessed!

As we approach the throne of grace from this position of submission, joy and faith, we remove every hindrance which would hold God back from providing for us what He deems best. And, considering that He has all of the facts about our situation, past, present and future, we would be wise to take this Physician's Word as final.


Marnie Swedberg is the Leadership Mentor to thousands of Christian women from all six continents. Visit her home page at http://www.Marnie.com.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Food For the Spirit - The God Diet

By Sharon S. Roy

Does the mention of God make you a bit nervous? And does that remain true even as you seek more spiritual connection in your life? This paradox defined my own journey for many years. Religion turned me off -- the more people talked about it, the more I shut down. Many who practiced some form of organized religion didn't walk the talk and I figured I didn't need whatever they were offering anyway; I was smart enough to handle life on my own. Because they weren't perfect spokespeople for God, I minimized his role in my life.

A miracle happened when a beautiful woman named Barbara told me God doesn't like religion either; he likes relationships. That made me curious. As I stopped letting humans speak for God and took responsibility for getting my own information, my ignorance and judgment fell away. I began to pursue God and immediately saw that he had first pursued me. Many of my struggles and adverse circumstances over the years were the times God was knocking. Knock, knock, knock. Hey, Sharon! Need some help? In my mind's eye, I see myself lifting my arm in a dismissive, arrogant wave and replying, No thanks, I got it!

I know that many people still feel that way. As a life coach, I began to search for a fresh way to talk about God so I could share the power of knowing him with my clients. I also wanted a simple plan of action. How does someone get to know God anyway? The steps I took to reach out to God grew organically from a very messy time in my life. My way worked for me, but it didn't seem very easy to replicate

Recently, I was introduced to Adam Jablin, a successful Florida businessman and recovering addict, who allowed God to help him in his recovery from addiction. Adam now bravely speaks and writes about his experiences. Not being a big fan of small talk, I immediately started asking him deeply personal questions about the role of faith in his recovery. Amazingly, he answered me, a complete stranger, with refreshing, ego-free frankness.

"For me, it's a constant letting go, a surrendering," Adam said. "My faith started with a belief that if I go to meetings, find a sponsor, work the 12-steps, and be of service, then I will stay sober. It built from there. When I prayed for something, miracles happened and I noticed that every time I let go, God did all the work! Before I knew it, my faith was about much more than just staying sober. God helps me to accomplish all my dreams, and then some. I am a co-creator."

Since Adam had confessed that he hadn't always been a fan of religion, I asked about the words someone used to first open his mind to the idea of a powerful, personal relationship with God. Adam sent me the following excerpt from his book, Confessions of a Lotsaholic, describing a meeting with the spiritual advisor at the rehab center he went to.

I felt drawn to Father Ron immediately. As I entered his office, he shook my hand and grasped my arm. After a time of getting acquainted, he said, "Adam. Do you see that mark I left on your arm?" I stared at my arm looking for ink or markings of some sort.

"No, Father. I don't."
"Please look again...look deeper."
I stared at my arm seeing absolutely nothing. "Sorry. I see nothing."

"Adam, I am going to begin to open your eyes now, so you may actually see God."

NO WAY! Whoa. See God?
"I did leave a mark on your arm there. I left my fingerprints, and even though you do not see them, they are there. If we had a UV light we could easily spot them on your arm, and all over this room," he said. "It's the same way with the Higher Power you and I refer to as God. Even though you cannot see him, he is there, son. You have to...are you ready?" he paused, "Trust. You have to trust that he is always with you, around you, inside of you ... and in everything this Universe offers."

That moment changed my life forever. In my entire life, except for my daughter's birth, I had never felt so connected and aware of a power greater than myself. I had also never been so conscious of that same power inside of me. My body and mind stayed in the room with Father Ron while my spirit opened its arms and welcomed in the light.

"Let's begin with prayer. First off, God knows you, Adam. He is you. He is inside you, so you may speak to him any way you want. I see your strong muscles. I bet you eat a healthy diet. Three square meals a day?"

"More like seven."
"Perfect," Father Ron said. "Now, the way you got those muscles is exactly how we are going to get you more spiritually aware of God. I want you to have three meals a day of prayer to get this connection big and strong like your body.

Father Ron went on to create a spiritual diet for Adam that was complete and accessible. Here at last were some steps to God I could share.

Spiritual Breakfast
Thank God. Be as specific as you can. Like a good thank you note, let God know what you are grateful for and why; let him know how his gifts make you feel. If you can't think of anything to be grateful for, be glad for the air he gives you to breathe. Think of where you'd be without it. Feel the gratitude seep into your bones as you talk to God and find more things to be grateful for. Now offer to share yourself. Say something like, "God, you've given me so much. How can I help others?" Seek opportunities to be God's hands on earth today.

Spiritual Lunch
Look for God. He is all around you and in you. If you aren't seeing him, it's because you aren't looking. Be observant. Look in nature. Look in inspirational literature. Dive into the beautiful mysteries and truths of the Bible. Look for God in other people. See God's work in acts of kindness and create some of your own.

Spiritual Dinner
Thank God. Find three reasons to be grateful. He may not have given you all that you wanted today, but he gave you all you need. He always does. Be grateful for all of the good that you are. Ask for forgiveness where you might have fallen short. Forgive yourself. Forgive those who have hurt or offended you. Let it all go. Ask for blessings and protection for your loved ones.

These steps are simple and only take a few moments a day. Simple, but not easy. Like any new habit, it will require focus and discipline to make God a part of your life. It's supposed to be that way; God wants us to stay focused on him even as the world tries to distract us in a multitude of ways. You always have free will to make a choice: Will today be a day of living toward God or away from him? Try both and see which you prefer.

As you begin to reap the benefits God has in store for you, you will want to talk to him longer, more often, and in your own way. There is no way to do this wrong for God knows your heart and he knows what you need. He has always been there for you. The moments of prayer are more for your own discovery than his. Follow your intuition to make your relationship with God personal and true for you.

Inspired by Adam Jablin, author of Confessions of a Lotsaholic (soon to be published)

(c) Copyright - Sharon S. Roy. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

If you would like to talk to someone about your spiritual journey or how God can help your recovery from addiction, you can find Sharon Roy at http:http://www.succeedhappily.com -- Sharon is a Certified Life Coach specializing in helping alcoholics, addicts, and those who love them most create strategies for spiritual healing. Adam Jablin can be reached by writing to 6100 Park of Commerce Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33487

Learn To Study The Bible

True understanding of any subject takes time, exploration, questioning, and reflection. Robert R. Moton, president, Tuskegee Institute writes, “When you eat fish, you don’t eat the bones. You eat the flesh. Take the Bible like that.” True understanding takes delving into the written words for insight and appreciation. A reader must flesh out the meanings and innuendos of words and passages. There is more than one approach to studying and understanding the Bible. One method for Bible study is more suitable than another depending on personal learning styles and goals. With close and analytical reading, you can read and study Scripture to enhance understanding to more completely embrace God’s Word. As understanding matures and grows, so will your grasp of The Word grow and mature. With the correct Bible study method, your faith will grow and mature as well. With the suitable reading approach, you can delve into Scripture and better comprehend and apply His Word into your spiritual and daily life.

Charles H. Spurgeon states, in How to Read the Bible, "...[one] can read a great deal and not read anything." He continues, "The eye glances, but the mind never rests. The soul does not light upon the truth and stay there. Understanding the meaning is the essence of true reading. Reading has a kernel to it, and the mere shell is little worth." Clearly, simply reading the Bible is not enough. Those looking for rewarding Bible study must become involved in the process. For complete comprehension, the reader must take time to be nourished by the Word.

Pastor Andy Deane serves as an associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge in central New Jersey where he oversees a vibrant junior high ministry and has written a study guide for those wanting a better understanding of the Bible. Learn to Study the Bible offers forty different step-by-step Bible study methods to facilitate discovery, application, and enjoyment of God’s Word. Chapter topics include study methods such as: question, rethink and restate, verse by verse, chapter study, themes, and word studies. He suggests focused study by Bible types, prayers, miracles, parables, and Psalms. Pastor Andy Deane believes that you must slow down and patiently and prayerfully reflect as you read. Anyone interested in furthering their knowledge and understanding of the Bible will find this book to be an invaluable Bible study tool.

By: Groshan Fabiola

Learn To Study The Bible (www.LearntoStudyTheBible.com), teaches you 40 Bible study methods to approach both difficult and familiar passages and help you to absorb more of their meaning. Visit author Andy Deane's website at www.andydeane.com.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Understanding The 3 Levels Of Salvation - Spirit, Soul & Body

"How could she act like that and still call herself a Christian?"

"Is he still saved, I heard he left his wife for another woman?"

You've probably heard these questions asked and maybe asked similar questions yourself at some time. It's true that people often act in ways that make you question their salvation.

And what about you?

Have you ever committed some really serious sin that has caused you to wonder if you're going to make it into heaven? Have you backslidden from the Lord and can't seem to find your way back?

Or are you searching for the truth and don't know if Jesus Christ and Christianity is the way to go.

Well, I've got some good news for you, and it has nothing to do with your car insurance. (Maybe a little to do with your fire insurance)

Once you are born again your eternal destination is sealed! You're bound for Heaven and you're sure to get there!

Salvation comes in threes.

There are three levels to salvation, each affecting a different part of your being at a different time and in a different way.

The three levels of salvation are:

(1) The regeneration of the spirit

(2) The restoration of the soul

(3) The transfiguration of the body.

In strictly biblical terms we call them:

(1) Justification

(2) Sanctification

(3) Glorification.

1st Corinthians 6:11 says, "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

Romans 8:30 says, "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."

The Three-Phased Process of Salvation goes like this:

When you believe the Gospel, repent, confess and receive Jesus as your savior your spirit is regenerated and you become justified or just as if you had never sinned!

Here, your personal salvation experience begins!

As you submit to the Lordship of Christ and obey His commands in your thoughts, words and actions, your mind becomes renewed and restored to the principles of God's kingdom and you become more and more separated from the influences of Sin.

This is called sanctification, and your salvation experience continues!

As you learn to allow the nature of Christ within you to have dominion over your flesh, the holiness of His presence within you begins to manifest externally through a Godly radiance that is perceived rather than actually seen.

In other words, His Spirit within you glows with the glory of God and this spiritual light attracts others and exposes them to the character of Christ in you! "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven," Mt 5:16.

Here, the process of glorification begins!

It will escalate during The Rapture when God eliminates your tainted physical body and instantly recreates a brand new, totally sinless body, so that the inner glory of God, which was limited in it's outward expression by your tainted body can now be fully manifested through your new, perfect body that's sinless and literally made in heaven! This prepares you to enter Heaven with your new glorified body.

After entering heaven, you will experience the Judgment Seat of Christ and assigned your permanent status in the kingdom of God! (2 Co 5:10) You will have a specific level of Divine radiance emanating from your spirit through your transfigured body, which is consistent with your level of submission and obedience to God while on earth! (Dan. 12:3)

Here the process of glorification is complete.

And so is the experience of salvation as it pertains to this age!

At the close of the Great Tribulation period and just before the New Millennium begins, you will return to earth with Christ, justified, sanctified and glorified! (Jude 1:14; Re 19:14) At that time, a completely new phase of your salvation experience will begin!

Here is a summary of The 3 Levels of Salvation:

(1) The Salvation of the Spirit - This is known as Justification (separation from the penalty of sin, which is eternity in the Lake of Fire).

This is instantaneous and qualifies you for heaven by changing your nature from human to divine, from Adamic to Christlike. It is a permanent, miraculous work that God accomplishes through the regeneration of the human spirit or becoming Born Again!

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you" Eze 36:26

(2) The Salvation of the Soul - This is known as Sanctification (separation from the seduction of sin).

This is progressive and qualifies you to govern the earth with Jesus during His thousand-year reign by changing your character to resemble His. Since the soul and the mind are synonymous you accomplish this by renewing your mind in the word of God daily and by being consistently obedient to the Holy Spirit.

This is what is meant by, "work out your salvation with fear and trembling." It's all about building Christian character day-by-day.

"Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." Jam 1:21

(3) The Salvation of the Body - This is known as Glorification (physical dominion over the effects of sin).

This is progressive and qualifies you to reign with Christ in paradise on the New Earth for all eternity. The process of Glorification begins the moment you're born again and continues every day you live in submission and obedience to God.

This gradual physical transformation is manifested in the ability to live above sickness and poverty in this present world. It will escalate during the translation of the body in the Rapture and will culminate after the Judgment Seat of Christ, ending in total victory over sin, sickness and death!

"Waiting for the time when we will take our place as sons, that is, the salvation of our bodies." Rom 8:23 (Bible in Basic English)

Here's a point to note: When a Christian falls into sin, no matter how grievous it is, it does not mean that he has lost his salvation.

You cannot lose your salvation!

All it means is that he still needs work done on his character (his soul). The salvation of his soul or mind is progressive; he's in the process of becoming sanctified, just as his body is in the process of becoming glorified.

His new nature (born again spirit) means that he is saved (permanently bound for Heaven), but his character (soul/mind) needs more work done concerning the separation from the seduction of sin.

Another point to note: Knowing that our salvation is permanent and cannot be lost does not give us liberty to sin. It gives us a greater reason to live holy and please God our Father as a response to His amazing love.

Not only this, but we also understand that even though born again Christians are not in danger of hell, every one of us will still be judged by a Just and Holy God at the Judgment Seat of Christ!

We will all answer for how we lived our lives on earth and give an account of how we managed the resources God gave us. If we've done well, great, but if not there's going to be a judgment that will NOT be a pleasant experience, at all.

Remember, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!" (Heb 10:31)

The Bible says, "Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt 22:13)

"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt 8:12)

This, my friends has nothing to do with the unsaved, notice carefully it's the "children of the kingdom" that are cast into outer darkness, this is part of the judgment for disobedient Christians. So, if you think the doctrine of "Once saved, always saved" is a license to sin, think again!

Every person that has ever lived on planet earth will stand before Almighty God and be judged, in one way or another; you can take that to the bank!

By: Everest John Alexander

Everest John Alexander is a Minister/Author/Entrepreneur in public ministry for over 17 years, Pastoring for 4 years. He's married to his best friend, Loraine and together they have two children, Andrew and Jade. His first book is called, "Understanding The 3 Levels of Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body". You can listen to his Voice Blog, read his Articles and download his free Ebooks at: www.Kingdomlearning.com

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Joseph And His Return To Glastonbury In Ad38

Researching world history rebuilds independent proof beyond any reasonable doubt about the existence of Joseph and his return to Glastonbury in AD38.

Ronald Rayner, the author of ‘The Voyages of Joseph of Avalon’ reveals that his research path through history co-joins the story in his previous book about the Jesus scroll - which tells us of the arrival of Jesus at Glastonbury in AD 14.

He states that this current book fits particularly snugly with the extensive and comprehensive research path and book written by the Reverend RW Morgan. The Reverend used different historic texts from around the world, confirming without a shadow of a doubt, the story of Joseph’s existence and his return to Glastonbury in AD 38.

This research is beautifully presented, printed from the Reverend’s original book.

According to his research, Joseph of Avalon - not long after his arrival in Cornwall, where he seeks refuge with his extended family after his expulsion from Judea by the mad Roman Emperor Nero - went on to build the very first Christian Church outside Jerusalem, at Glastonbury in AD 38.

We are privy to the Reverend’s fascinating research, which confirms that the church is visited by Disciples, centuries before any missionary or monk arrived from Rome, or elsewhere, on the shores of Britain.

Reverend RW Morgan writes ‘The constant current of European tradition affirmed Britain to have been the first country in Europe which received the Gospel and the British Church to be the most ancient of the Churches of Christ therein. The universality of this opinion is readily demonstrated.’

He cites Polydore Vergil in the reign of Henry VII and Cardinal Pole (AD 1555), both rigid Roman Catholics, as saying ‘that Britain was the first of all countries to receive the Christian faith.’

Historians have found numerous transcriptions which all point at the incontestable claim that Joseph of Avalon did indeed exist, returning to Glastonbury in AD 38 and that he subsequently brought Christianity to Britain:

‘The church of Avalon in Britain no other hands than those of the disciples of the Lord themselves built.’ Publius Discipulus.

‘If credit be given to ancient authors, this church of Glastonbury is the senior church of the world.’ Fuller.

‘It is certain that Britain received the faith in the first age from the first sowers of the Word. Of all the churches whose origin I have investigated in Britain, the church of Glastonbury is the most ancient.’ Sir Henry Spelman.

But, perhaps the most convincing quote of all comes from Bishop Godwin, provided to us by the Reverend: ‘The testimonies of Joseph of Arimathea’s coming here are so many, so clear and so pregnant as an indifferent man cannot but discern there is something in it.’

By: Ronald Rayner

Ronald Rayner's Fascinating Book 'The Voyages of Joseph of Avalon, The boy Jesus and the Crystal Skull' is available to buy in paperback now from www.JosephOfAvalon.com or from Amazon.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bush Twins wrote a letter to the Obama Girls

This video is a visualization of the letter that Jenna and Barbara Bush left for the Obama Girls Malia and Sasha. Thanks to MSNBC.com for sharing it.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sin - Communicating With God - Obstacle Number One

By Robert Pedersen

One of the huge issues in communicating with God is sin. Sin basically destroys a person's relationship with God. The way back is long and hard and complicated it would seem.

Consider the first couple. They sinned and it changed their relationship with God. Where once they walked and talked with God - perfect communication with God - now they're afraid to face Him - can't stand in His presence. But let's look at that for a minute. Scripture tells that after they partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil the knew they were naked and they hid from God.

What happened there? They ate something that gave them the idea that nakedness was wrong and bad?

Naked was the way God made them. It wasn't bad before they ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. What made it bad and wrong after eating some fruit?

Their interpretation of their condition made it wrong. They were still as perfect as the day they were made - but their perception of their condition changed - they now judged their condition wrong. The knowledge of good and evil requires a judgment to be made on our part. It's perfectly arbitrary but it seems good to the one who is making the judgment. If you judge it right - so it is. If you judge it wrong - so it is.

Simple huh?

Problem is... it gets complicated fast.

When your condition is wrong or bad then you feel that God no longer wants anything to do with you. I mean how can he? After all he made you the way you are...... except now you're all screwed up - since you think you are.

You hide from God. God seeks you out. You confess. God still loves you. You feel you deserve some terrible punishment. God doesn't. You won't be convinced. God tries to do something to relieve your guilt but it's never enough.

It's never enough because you can't accept that it's enough. Your judgment gets in the way. Your beliefs about your deplorable condition prevent you from accepting what God is trying to show you over and over again.

You've fully bought in to the idea that you're a sinner - separated from God.

What to do?

There are many ideas - thousands of religions to help you - or confuse you. The answer is to re-establish communication with God. Only you can do that and it's really not as difficult as you might think!

Really you could think of communicating with God in terms of 3 steps:

1: Don't be afraid

2: Become still

3: Listen

There you have it!

Dropping fear is a huge step. Only you can know where you are regarding your fear of God. Becoming still involves just letting go of ideas and expectations about God. Listening may seem difficult at first. Once you release fear and become still, it will come with practice!

And now I invite you to discover "7 Mistakes That Prevent Effective Communication With God." Get it here: BeStillKnowGod.com.

More Intensely Worship Him

By Dale McAnally

Psalms 96:9 says, "O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth". Psalms 99:5 says, "Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at His footstool; for He is holy". Jesus said in the latter part of Matthew 4:10, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve".

Nothing in the Bible teaches us that trouble ceases when you are born again. The awareness of trouble increases when you begin to live for Jesus. When you are not committed to the life of love in the Lord, you are not a threat to the kingdom of darkness. And, even more so, when you are not committed to be a solid worshiper of the Lord, Satan laughs at your religiosity.

When you worship, your perspective of things and life itself changes. And, it's when you begin adopting God's perspective, the devil and his demons become afraid of fooling with you. First John 4:4 says, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world". The more intensely that you worship, the more you will realize that you are overcoming the wicked one.

Psalms 91:1 says, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty". When you choose to worship Him with all of your heart, you are choosing to dwell in that secret place of intimacy and communion with Him. And, as a result of that, you are then abiding under the shadow, protection, and covering of Almighty God in which nothing of evil can penetrate. Amen. Hallelujah!

Pastor Dale C. McAnally began ministry in June of 1973. He served in Senior Pastoral roles and Assistant Pastoral roles within two full gospel denominations for 22 years and then in independent full gospel churches for 12 years. He has now stepped out in obedience to the full fivefold ministry call of God upon his life to minister in churches, open air meetings, auditoriums, prisons, hotels, store fronts, hospitals, mental institutions, schools, and before kings and rulers in all nations of the Earth. His vision from God is to have Schools of The Prophets, orphanages, and homes for the widows all over the world. The Lord has raised Pastor Dale C. McAnally up to operate as a prophet of the Lord to the nations and to serve as an apostolic covering for churches, ministries, and ministers all over the world. If you are desiring to hear a true spoken word from the Holy Ghost and to have the fire of the Holy Ghost upon your life, you are encouraged to contact this ministry today. Your life will never again be the same because of the tangible presence of the Holy Ghost.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Communicating With God - The Path to Peace

By Robert Pedersen

Communicating with God is the only path to peace with God.

You and I are creatures that somehow need to know that God is happy with us.

Humans are just wired that way it seems.

Historically people have gone to great lengths and some pretty bizarre extremes to make peace with God.

Animal sacrifices have been common and then there are the groups that have performed human sacrifices. (shudder)

The Bible even speaks of people sacrificing their own children to their God.

So here we are in the 21st Century and we still have the same problem - how do we find peace with God?

We struggle with this, living our lives in all sorts of different ways, trying this or that, one church or another or 400 different ones. We donate to charities, give at the office, give at church, give time to other programs and still often feel there's more to be done.

Are we working for a God that just won't be satisfied?

Or are we just not really communicating with God?

How do we know - and I mean know without a shadow of a doubt - what God requires from us?

I mean if we know what God wants from us and we provide it then we'll have peace with God, right?

That's the assumption it seems. That's what I was taught growing up.

If you grew up in a Christian home you probably were taught the same thing - or at least somehow got that idea into your head.

The thing is we gain some insight to what we think God wants and then we go about trying to provide that.

Usually the satisfaction we derive from our effort is not complete - we still have this feeling that we've missed the boat somehow.

This is where we must really examine our relationship with God and determine if we're really communicating with God or just assuming we know the score because of something we've been taught all our lives.

This is a very personal examination. It involves really getting ahold of our basic beliefs about God.

Sometimes it's scary because it may lead to questioning.

I like to remind people of the words of Jesus "Fear not little flock for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom".

The fear you have around God isn't God given.

The one whom Christians claim faith in encouraged "Fear not".

So go ahead and look. Examine your beliefs about God. Discover their source. Discover if they really support communication with God.

If not, let them go.

And now I invite you to examine "7 Mistakes That Prevent Effective Communication With God" a free eCourse that you can claim here: BeStillKnowGod.com.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Marry Me

I had to post this.

Directed by Michelle Lehman, last year's Tropfest Australia winning film, Marry Me, tells a little love story about "a little girl who likes a little boy and a little boy who likes his BMX bike". The film was inspired by a true story when director, Michelle, at 5 years of age, would chase Jason Mahooney around the school in a pretend wedding dress (her mother's nightie).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Hearts That God Loves

By Dan Langerock

All through the Bible we see the examples of people who lived loving God. They had their problems just as we do, but were able to please God because they had the right attitude or heart. Here are a few examples of attributes God is looking for today in our hearts:

The Forgiving Heart

In the book of Genesis we see a prime example of the forgiving heart. Joseph, the second-to-last son of Jacob was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He worked for a high official in the Egyptian army whose wife accused him falsely of trying to have sexual relations with her. Joseph spent many years in prison because of this accusation. He subsequently interpreted a dream for two of Pharoah's workers. This eventually led to Joseph being picked to head the food storage program for the upcoming famine.

Meanwhile, Joseph's family was getting close to starvation in a nearby country, and they heard that there was food available in Egypt. So his brothers were sent to get some. Joseph recognized them but his brothers didn't know who he was. After awhile he revealed his identity to his brothers, and then they became scared he would exact revenge for what had been done to him. Instead, Joseph forgave them and provided a place for them to live in Egypt with their families.

God expects us to forgive! Why? He knows it is good for us to get rid of the anger and all that goes with it as soon as possible so that it will not hurt us later on in life. It is like a splinter, the longer it is in your finger, the more it can give you pain and possible infection. But if you remove the splinter in a timely manner, the finger begins to heal. Do you have a forgiving heart?

The Repentant Heart

David, in the books of I and II Samuel is an example for this heart that God loves. He began as a humble shepherd boy tending his father's sheep. When the prophet came to anoint him king over Israel, his family didn't even want to call him because he was considered too insignificant. God had other ideas on the subject.

When the current king found out about David's new job-in-waiting, he tried many times to kill him by various means, even chasing him with the army at times. Through all this, David kept his perspective and waited for the Lord to do what He had promised.

When David made mistakes, he was quick to repent and realize the error of what he had done. This allowed David to remain close to God as He wants for us as well. If we hang onto our sins and don't repent, they clutter up our lives and block us from being close to God. So David was a twofold example, one of forgiveness as well as repentance. Do you have a repentant heart?

The Compassionate Heart

Jesus is our example for this one. Many times through the Gospels (the first four books of the New Testament) a part will begin with the phrase "Jesus was filled with compassion for the people". Another way we can see this in His life is that He looked for needs around Him, seeking to help the whole person not just what the person thought was needed.

How often it is so easy to send a check to a worthy cause, but are the people you are trying to help getting help in every aspect of life or just the felt need? The people we see as we live out our lives have deeper needs as well that need to be met. Do we care? Do we brush them aside mentally or physically and believe someone else will help? We certainly cannot help everyone who needs it, but can we help the ones that God shows us in various ways? Do you have a compassionate heart?

The Loving Heart

Think about what you want from others when you love them? Very likely, you want that love to be returned. What kind of love are you looking for from them: selfish, selfless, love with strings attached, and a whole list of others we could discuss?

As we mature, we should be working on having selfless love in our relationships, looking out for the good of the other person involved. Loving beyond the hurts and scrapes of life. If you read the Bible, this was the love Jesus was trying to teach us by example.

God's love is unconditional love, knowing we may never return His love for us, but He wants us to. As we grow, our goal should be to have God's kind of love in our relationships. This is the kind of love God wants us to show to others--a selfless, loving heart. Do you have a loving heart?

The Worshiping Heart

When we worship God, it helps us to think about His magnificence and power rather than the problems we are going through. It helps us to see how great God is and helps to build our faith in the trenches of our daily lives.

As you read the Psalms, you can see that David was a worshiper of God. Yes, he had more than his share of problems: people trying to kill him, a son who supplanted him briefly on his throne, death of a beloved child, and many others. But through it all, David returned to the worship of God as the antidote for all his problems.

God knows we have problems, but if we only focus on them rather than the magnificence of God, we will become depressed. God wants to be given your troubles because He is a lot more able to shoulder them than you and I are. He inhabits the praises of His people, the Bible says. Look for the blessings in your life and focus on them rather than all the bad stuff that may be happening to you. Sometimes they are hard to find, but they are there nonetheless. Do you have a worshiping heart?

The Heart of Service

The world's way is to exalt ourselves, get the upper hand, get ahead at all costs no matter who we hurt in the process. God's way is to be of service to others, letting Him decide when to promote you. It is a hard mode of thought to do because it seems to go against the grain of what is the normal thing to do, and it is.

The problem is, we as humans try to impress God with our goodness, and that can't be done because we are doing good for the wrong reasons. Letting God's love flow through us like a funnel is what He is looking for here. When you are blessed, bless someone else in Jesus' name. Then God will bless you even more, and the cycle keeps going.

It all boils down to how big God is to you. In each situation, our faith is tested about how much we trust God. How much do you and I trust Him to get a pay raise, supply our daily needs, find the right person for a relationship, buy a good car, etc. God is concerned about all the things we care about, and often worry over. Do you believe He knows what you need and cares about helping you? Will you lay down your self-ambition to get ahead and let God take control of your destiny? Have an attitude of service and see what God will do when you have the right attitude.

If you proclaim to be a Christian and are following God as you are supposed to, you can expect God to work in your behalf in the small details of life as well as the big ones. Psalm 37 makes this promise. Proverbs warns us in the third chapter to "lean not on our own understanding". Yet we sometimes feel we can do a better job controlling our lives than God can, until we come to our senses. If you are sincere about serving God in your life, put this serving to the test with the right attitude and watch the blessings roll in. Do you have a serving heart?

What attitudes do you have toward others and yourself? What are the motives behind those attitudes? Remember that God knows the reasons you do things, so you cannot hide them from His gaze. There is nothing hidden as far as God is concerned, even though people may be fooled. Do you care what attitudes you have, and how you display them? Tap into God's wisdom and let Him help you. He loves you and wants to be involved in every aspect of your life, but you must choose that for it to happen. Consider the attitudes of your life and allow God to help you with them. Above all, remember that He loves you with a love you cannot imagine.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How to Have All of Your Prayers Answered

By Charles Butler III

Have you ever felt like one (or many) of your prayers have gone unanswered? If so, you are not alone. At every moment on Earth, millions of people pray to God seeking assistance to their problems, and out of that group there are many of those who feel that their prayers fall on "deaf ears". However, this is incorrect because no prayer goes unanswered.

In order to understand that, you first have to understand that every thought, statement and feeling that you have are tools of creation given to us to shape our lives. A prayer is an emotionally strong statement of what is so. When you use prayer to communicate with God, the strongest thought, word, or feeling that you have as you pray becomes operative and is the one that is heard.

The secret to prayer is that the thought behind the thought is the thought that is heard and manifested. Was that confusing? Let me explain.

If you pray about things that you do not have, chances are that you will not experience that which you ask for. This is because the thought behind the prayer is that you do not have what you are asking for, and it is that thought that becomes your reality. To remedy that, the only thought that should be behind prayer is that God will grant whatever is asked without fail. To accomplish this, you need to have faith that whatever you choose, choosing it in God's name, so shall it be. Instead of making requests in prayer, know that the request itself is not necessary. A prayer is not a request but a statement of gratitude of what is so.

Remember: God gave us free will - Your will for you is God's will for you. If you pray about wanting something it will produce wanting in your reality. When you thank God in advance for what you choose to experience in reality, acknowledge that it is there, in effect. You will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

God's Perfect Design For Christian Men and Women in Church Based on Bible Authority

By Bill Naugle

The book of First Timothy in the Bible is about God's established Authority here on earth. God has a perfect design for church order and government that will produce the most powerful results of the gospel being preached by Men since the days of Jesus walking here on earth. Signs and wonders with miracles following the preaching of the Word of the Living God should be commonplace in the church. When God's government is displayed in the church we will see true authority over darkness, disease and storms.

The church and many believers stand on scriptures for their healing and live by them everyday. They also stand on scriptures that talk about prosperity and financial wealth and see results in their lives. Praise God for this! The church needs to stand on the scriptures that show us how to have a Godly government with the kind of church order that will produce power and authority on the level of Jesus. God is not interested in a democracy He wants a Kingdom here on earth. We need to be thinking in terms of a Kingly rule here on earth not a democracy. God wants Men to walk as kings under Jesus displaying His power and authority through them.

The right kind of Government will produce this. Jesus sent His disciples (Men) out in twos. Jesus gave authority to men. We do not have the right to pick and choose what scriptures we are going to believe and live by. God wants us to live by All of the Word of God. If you cannot embrace the scriptures on church order then throw the whole bible out and follow the devil. God wrote the whole bible and expects His people to live by all of His Word.

God does not give you permission to live anyway you want. Jesus died for you and poured out His blood and you are bought with that blood and because of your gratitude towards God with appreciation of your salvation out of a loving heart for Jesus you gladly live by all of His Words. This is a true Christian. I believe that this book will help you understand the truth about the men and women's role in the church, home and the workplace if you approach in a new light.

First Timothy 2:11-14 is the foundational passage for understanding the men and women's role not because I say but because God says that it is. This passage reverts back to the beginning to the book of Genesis to our original creation and the way God meant it to be until Christ comes back. If you have studied beginnings in the Bible you will know that they are foundational doctrines in which we establish true doctrine and the way in which we are to live.

When you understand this passage in First Timothy you will be able to understand all passages dealing with the men and women's role in the entire Bible and see how they come together with no contradictions. The way God designed our roles in the book of Genesis is made more clear in the book of First Timothy, that is why we have this information today so we can better live according to the truth. Women never have authority over men in any area of life and men rule with authority over all of the earth. When you understand this truth then all other scriptures make sense. God Bless!

Bill Naugle, Theology Instructor of the Bible. Microsoft (MCDST) and CIW Server Administrator Certification. Expert by self-study in SEO with proven success. Qualified Home Internet Business Entrepreneur with marketing achievement. Writer of many articles, books and ebooks that has produced many sales. http://truththatheals.blogspot.com

The Glory Of Little Miracles

One of the things I love most about God is the way he surrounds me with a truth, right when I need it.

The holidays had been a challenge.

One weekend, I sat in the hospital in another state as my sister-in-law had cancer surgery. The next, I sat with my father (on the other side of the country) who was explaining to me how he'd been tricked into signing away any inheritance our family might receive. Because my time with my father went long, I lost my only opportunity to visit my mother's grave.

The next weekend (just days before the holiday), I was frantically trying to put together Christmas for my family. The day before Christmas Eve, I learned my sister-in-law's recovery wasn't going well, and that she'd be in the hospital for Christmas.

Christmas Eve morning I had a mini meltdown. All I could find was tears, as I anticipated tramping through stores trying to get the gifts I still hadn't purchased. I was emotionally exhausted. And I was fighting to keep shame at bay as I wasn't feeling particularly close to God, while feeling stretched with life's demandsfinances, work, family, and ministry.

What I've learned is that these are the times when, if I'll listen, God has much to say to me. That morning, I lay on my bed, face down, sobbing into the covers and prayingsurrendering and asking God to purify my heart and my perspective.

After the holiday passed, the messages began arriving.

I found a Christian fiction book in a new second-hand shop by my house. Two-thirds of the way into the book, the first message came...

"Sounds to me like you're missing all the little miracles just because you want the big miracle to hurry up and happen."  from Lights of the Veil

I was hit with a jolt of conviction. The words spoken to the main character in Patsy Metzer's novel summed up exactly where I found myself. Forgetting to watch for the little miracles in my longing for big miracles. I was back in the old familiar territory of wanting to receive big proof that all of this hard work, all of this heart, all of this struggle really means something. I put the book down, and asked God to open my eyes and my heart to his work.

The next Sunday, God had more to say...

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand..." Zechariah 4:10 (New Living Version)

The Jews were stuck in much the same place that I sometimes find myself. God had done many small and big miracles for them to begin rebuilding the temple. Yet when Zerubbabel stood in the ruins of the former glory of Israel using a plumb line to level the new foundation, it seemed such a small step.

Yet, as God watched on, he saw something entirely different. He was rejoicing to see the work begin. In fact, the sight of the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand was sweet.

I found myself pouring through Zechariah, hungry for more, pledging to God to learn to rejoice in the small beginnings.

But God wasn't finished yet... When I spent some time with a good friend trying to find her way out of a deep emotional wound, she shared the scripture that has been her safety net...

"The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins, he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing." Isaiah 51:3

Where do my and God's perspective differ?

I see ruins. God is filled with compassion.

I see a spiritual desert. God sees Eden.

I see a wasteland where nothing seems to be growing. God sees the garden of the Lord.

I wonder if God will ever sing over me again. God fills his garden with thanksgiving, gladness, joy, and the sound of singing.

Once my perspective changed, I began to see so many miracles...

-- The one person who wrote in sharing how Secure in Heart changed her life.

-- My sister-in-law's good prognosis and deeply spiritual response to her difficulties.

-- The new job that my youngest son landed (and the excitement he has about working two jobs!)

-- The client who called raving about the unique Victorian stapler I gave her for Christmas.

-- The preciousness of being able to walk with God, in all of my weakness and my sinfulness.

-- The privilege of being able to minister through whatever life brings to me.

Do you, like me, ever struggle for perspective?

Remember, little miracles, small beginnings, even deserts, ruins and wastelands in God's book are reason for great rejoicing! But even more so, I find great peace in knowing that my father, my God, sings over me, even in my faltering steps forward.

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

For further reading: Isaiah 62:4-6 Isaiah 65:19 Psalm 5:11

By: Robin Weidner

Learn more about overcoming insecurity by visiting www.secureinheart.com . Robin Weidner, author of Secure in Heart: Overcoming Insecurity in a Woman's Life regularly speaks to women's groups and churches about replacing the damaging lies of Satan with the unchanging truths of God. Weidner also provides resources and advice on how to address addiction and codependency within relationships.

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Vision in the Clouds

By Jennifer Lynn Jackson

The rolling clouds bring turmoil and fright that leads me back to once was a memory of long ago. Eagles soar in the sky as the wind breaths upon my face. The clouds sit on top of each other as the light shines through beneath the bottom. My hair brushes my lips as I tilt my head, facing the sun, which just disappeared. My sight becomes blurry with a burn from light, staring into the sky. How thoughts rushed through my mind as a child. The clouds were moving in a circular motion, slowly developing into, what appeared to be an infant, bending forward, and sucking its thumb.

Another shift of clouds moved into place with a mother giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. Moving faster into a different formation, the sun began to appear and the rays show the beam of light that shadows the lady who is disappearing. I see a small hand reaching out, climbing, and trying to follow the lady. Behind this cloud forms another cloud that a much bigger hands, reaching for the glowing infant girl. It reaches farther, only to bring her close to his bosom. The lady will be gone for a little while, only to be reunited. Another formation appeared as angels with white array, singing their harkening song. While floating over the infant, being held with nail scarred hands, the formation fades away. I awaken with a smile forming upon my face and hear a voice in the place. My gift is only to use for a little while, so I can help others to love and smile. He will release a gift upon your life, to keep you from the pain and strife.

Jennifer Lynn Jackson