Jumat, 30 Maret 2012

Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your Hand

From the Heart of Dr. Rexella Van Impe

In my daily Bible reading, I've been noticing how much is mentioned about the hands of our Lord. Again and again the Gospels relate how He reached out to people in their need and hurt and sorrow. And when He touched them, they were never the same again.

His hands healed the sick

After He began His earthly ministry, great multitudes thronged about Him wherever He went. Those who were sick, blind, and lame -- even those marked for death with the curse of leprosy -- came to Him seeking to be healed and made whole.

When the hands of Jesus touched them, pain and suffering ceased, diseases and infirmities were cured, and lives shattered and ruined by sickness were restored.

His hands fed the multitude

It was the hands of Jesus that fed the multitudes who followed Him out into the desert place to hear His words. When evening came, Christ's disciples urged Him to send the people away. But Jesus saw their hunger and weariness and, in compassion, desired to minister to them.

Taking a few small loaves and fishes -- barely enough for one small boy's lunch -- the Lord blessed the food. Then His hands began to break and divide the bread and fish into portions which He gave to His disciples to serve.

We're told that 5,000 men were fed that day, not counting the women and children. And when everybody had eaten all they wanted, there were twelve baskets full of leftovers! The hands of Jesus not only provided enough...but plenty to spare.

His hands blessed the children

Loving children as I do, my heart is touched to read the biblical account of how the hands of Jesus blessed and comforted the little children. He specifically told His disciples not to prevent them from coming to Him. And in my mind's eye, I can see the Lord sitting down and opening His arms to them. As they eagerly jostled about, perhaps He lifted a toddler into His lap, shook hands with an older lad, touched the cheek of a shy little girl. And as His gentle hands patted little shoulders and smoothed tousled hair, the Lord blessed these little ones. Somehow I think they probably never forgot that day when the hands of Jesus touched them.

The hands of the Master

No doubt the hands of Jesus were strong and powerful. Growing up around Joseph's carpenter shop, He probably learned to hold and use various tools to shape and assemble wood into useful items. His hands knew how to work.

It was those strong hands that later would grasp a whip as an indignant Jesus drove the callous money changers out of the holy halls of the Temple. Those hands were instruments of righteousness and justice.
It was those hands that reached out to lift and save impetuous Peter who, after walking on the water toward Jesus, took his eyes off the Lord and began to sink.

There are so many other references to the hands of Jesus that we could talk about. But the single most important mention of Christ's hands is when they were nailed to the cross.

A very dear, life-long friend gave me a beautiful wall plaque, which I have hanging in my kitchen. It says:

I asked Jesus, "How much do You love me?"

"This much," He answered, and He stretched out His arms and died.

Greater love hath no man than this, said Jesus, that a man lay down his life for his friends
(John 15:13).

And who is Jesus' friend? The deeply spiritual and very religious? The learned and respectable? The proud traditionalists?

No, our Lord said that He was called a friend of...sinners! (Luke 7:34).

The Apostle Paul reminds us that Christ died for the ungodly... in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6,8).

It is strangely and beautifully significant that the first person to benefit from Christ's sacrifice at Calvary was a thief on the cross next to His! Think of it -- the first person to whom the Lord stretched out His nail-pierced hands was someone totally unworthy of His love.

Love-scarred hands

Some time ago my husband, Jack, and I were guests at a Christian fellowship dinner in another city. During the meal I got acquainted and talked with a dear little mother who sat next to me. After a while, with tears streaming down her cheeks, she leaned over and whispered the sad story of a wayward daughter who had run away from home, mounted up many debts, and fallen to the very depths of sin, even into a life of prostitution.

"I pray for her every day," she said, "and every time I hear from her I beg her to come home. My husband doesn't make a lot of money, so I got a job to help pay off the debts our daughter made. I'm doing everything I know how to do to help her. Please pray with me."

When I reached out to take hold of this precious mother's hands to comfort her, they were rough and calloused, scarred by long hours of hard work, week after month after year. Those hands were scarred by love...by a mother's selfless sacrifice and desperate desire to reach and save her wayward daughter.
As I held those hands and prayed, I was reminded of Christ's nail-scarred hands that also were pierced for that lost daughter...and for every lost sinner in the whole world. They were scarred for me...and for you!
Just as the hands of our Lord ministered to men and women, boys and girls, wherever He went during His time on earth, so we today can feel the touch of His hands in our daily lives. His power is still available to us today.

In our times of pain and suffering, He is still the Great Physician who lays His hands upon us and restores our bodies. Whether our healing comes through medication, the skill of a surgeon, or by the power of faith alone, we know that He is the source of all healing.

When we are hungry and experiencing a lack of supply -- when we're empty physically, emotionally, and spiritually -- Christ's hands will bless and multiply the smallest things we have to offer Him and make it sufficient to meet our need...with plenty to spare.

When we've tried and failed -- when like Peter, we're sinking into the depths of trials and tribulations, with no hope in sight -- He will come to us, walking on the waters of our stormy sea. His hand will save us, lift us up, and lead us safely to the solid rock!

The challenge of Easter

I love Spring! There's something special about seeing the sun light up winter's gray skies, and nature stir the grass and trees into new life. Surely it is no coincidence that we celebrate Easter in the springtime.
Each Easter we are reminded that Christ died for us -- but He rose again! Without Easter, we might be tempted to forget that it is through the outstretched arms and nail-pierced hands of Jesus that we have life eternal. Had it not been for His sacrifice on Calvary and His bodily resurrection, there would be no everlasting life.

As we look around us and see all of nature coming back to life anew, let us be reminded of Christ's great love for us.

But let us also be challenged to reach out in His love into every man's world with a helping hand. Let us emulate our Lord's great example and use the resurrection power that flows through us to minister to the needs of those around us.

Never forget that for many people in the world, their first glimpse of Christ may be in you...the only hands that will touch them in love, that will comfort, lift, and bless them, may be your hands.

Reach out whenever you can, wherever you can, to whomever you can. However unlovely or unworthy the person you find may be, remember that Christ's sacrifice is sufficient...and that He loves that individual just as much as He loves you.

Do not be afraid to stretch forth your hand to anybody. For you minister, not in your own strength and ability, but in His love. So when you reach out, it will not be just your hand that touches them, but the hand of God through you!

I love the beautiful gospel chorus that cries out

Oh, to be His hand extended,
Reaching out to the oppressed,
Let me touch Him, let me touch Jesus,
So that others may know and be blessed.

Look around you today and find someone who is hurting or needy, someone who is in trouble. Ask God to guide you to someone who needs Jesus.

When you find them, don't hesitate or delay. Go to them with a smile filled with the light of His love and simply say...

"Give me your hand."

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Jack Van Impe Ministries
Box 7004
Troy MI 48007

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The Harbinger

Interview with New York Times Best Selling Author, Jonathan Cahn. 
They briefly discuss his book "The Harbinger".

Readers, I've have not read this book but when Rabbi Cahn mentioned the tree in this interview well that caught my ear.  Several years ago the Holy Spirit shared these words with me:

 "The ax is not far from the tree!"  

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Is it possible... That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America s future?  That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America?  That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its destruction as a nation, ancient Israel received nine harbingers, prophetic omens of warning. The same nine harbingers are now manifesting in America with immediate ramifications for end-time prophecy. Hidden in an ancient biblical prophecy from Isaiah, the mysteries revealed in The Harbinger are so precise that they foretold recent American events down to the exact days. 

The revelations are so specific that even the most hardened skeptics will find it hard to dismiss or put down. It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller with one exception... IT'S REAL. The prophetic mysteries are revealed through an intriguing and engaging narrative the reader will find hard to put down. The Harbinger opens with the appearance of a man burdened with a message he has received from a mysterious figure called The Prophet. The Prophet has given him nine seals, each containing a message about America s future. As he tells of his encounters with The Prophet, from a skyscraper in New York City, to a rural mountaintop, to Capitol Hill, to Ground Zero, the mystery behind each seal is revealed. As the story unfolds, each revelation becomes a piece in a greater puzzle the ramifications of which will even alter the course of world history.

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Rabu, 28 Maret 2012

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Selasa, 27 Maret 2012

Living A Life of Conviction

Living a Life of Conviction
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman

"For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction." - 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5a

Everyone lives a life of conviction. Whatever we give our greatest time, our greatest energies, and our greatest resources to is a good indication of where our convictions lie. Some live a life of conviction about sports. Some live a life of conviction around pleasure. Still others live a life of conviction about very little that matters at all.

Whenever God chooses to do a deep work in a life, a strong conviction is born of the Holy Spirit. Conversions in the early Church resulted in changed lives that held to a deep, life-transforming conviction regarding what they believed and how they lived out that belief. Paul explains that the gospel they received came not just in words, but also in power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

In order to impact the workplace for Jesus Christ, each of us must be reflecting a faith that is demonstrated through deeply held convictions. Are you living a life of deep conviction that spurs you on to reflect the power of Christ in your life and the lives of others? Paul was willing to suffer great persecution for his faith in a living God. God calls each of us to a life that is supernatural, not simply a good, moral life. The early Church understood the role the Holy Spirit played in demonstrating this power of the gospel. It was this deep work that resulted in living the gospel with great conviction. If you are not living the gospel with great conviction, ask the Holy Spirit to so fill your life today that the power of His Spirit is truly reflected in your life so that you may impact others in your workplace.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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Senin, 26 Maret 2012

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Does Jesus Find You Disgusting?

by Rick Renner 

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16

 In Russia, it is a tradition for people to visit the sauna. People especially love to do this in the middle of the winter. This tradition is hundreds of years old, dating back to the time when people didn't have running water in their villages or homes. People would join all their friends at the local sauna once a week not only to get clean but to spend an evening of fellowship.

Today everyone has running water in their homes in Russia; nevertheless, people still go to the sauna, for it remains a very important part of Russian culture. And because I live in Russia, I frequently go to the local sauna with brothers from the church for an evening of fellowship and prayer.

After we have all sat in sweltering hot temperatures, I watch in shock as the Russian men leap into huge tubs of bitterly cold water. Or sometimes while we're on a ministry trip, we'll stay at a farm and I'll take a sauna with the brothers from the local church. These brothers will run out of the building; dive head first into the snow; roll around in it for a few minutes, screaming and shouting; and then dash back into the sauna where it's nice and warm. They tell me that the purpose for this practice is to get their blood moving!

I enjoy going to the sauna with my fellow brothers in the Lord, but I refuse to leap into subzero cold water or dive into snow when it's already forty degrees below zero outside! I don't care if it is good for the circulation; I will not do it! I find it much more enjoyable to rest in a tub of lukewarm water that is relaxing. Going from sweltering "hot" to freezing "cold" is just too much for me!

When I refuse to go from one extreme temperature to the other and even ask for lukewarm water to be poured into a tub especially for me, the men sometimes joke with me, reminding me about Jesus' words to the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:16: "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

The city of Laodicea was built in a region that was full of seismic activity and had experienced many earthquakes. As often happens in a seismic area, vents came up from the depths of the earth, allowing boiling hot water to reach the surface. In the nearby city of Hierapolis, these hot springs were famous. People came from great distances to bathe in those waters, believing they had medicinal powers. An experience in those waters was viewed to be therapeutic and effective in improving one's health.

Another city named Colosse was not too far away. As Hierapolis was known for its hot springs, Colosse was known for its cold waters. Just as people journeyed to Hierapolis to bathe in the hot springs for health purposes, people would travel great distances to vacation in Colosse, where they could invigorate themselves by taking frequent dips into the famous, refreshing, cool-to-freezing waters of that city.

Laodicea may have been the biggest and richest city in the area, but it had neither hot nor cold water. Therefore, the people of Laodicea had to leave their luxurious homes and travel to Colosse if they wanted to enjoy fresh, cool water. On the other hand, those who desired to soak in the hot springs had to travel six miles to Hierapolis.

Once in an attempt to bring the hot water from Hierapolis to Laodicea, a huge construction project was commenced. The goal of those who initiated the project was to build pipes that would channel the hot water six miles from Hierapolis to the city of Laodicea. The pipes effectively delivered the water - a real feat of construction at that time. Sadly, however, the water lost its heat along the way. By the time the water reached Laodicea, it was not only lukewarm, but it had developed a sickening, nauseating taste. The taste was so revolting that no one wanted to drink it!

So when Jesus told the Laodiceans, "Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth," this was a message that carried a strong punch. He was telling them, "Because you have become so dead, dull, sickening and nauseating - because no spiritually refreshing waters flow from you and you have no healing properties left - I will spue thee out of My mouth!"

The word "spue" is the Greek word emeo, and it means to vomit, to spit out, to regurgitate. This picture of Jesus threatening to "spue" the Laodiceans out of His mouth doesn't mean He was rejecting them or disinheriting them. It just reveals how utterly distasteful a spiritually lukewarm condition is to Jesus. The fact that these believers were lukewarm means they weren't good for anything; they were neither cool and refreshing, nor were they hot and healing. They were just stuck in the middle, like something that has lost both its flavor and its heat along the way.

These words in Revelation 3:16 could be interpreted:

"Because you've lost your temperature and become lukewarm; because no refreshing waters flow out of you and you have no healing properties left - I find your taste in My mouth to be disgusting! I can't bear it anymore, and I have no choice but to spit you out!"
That's how God feels about a lukewarm spiritual walk. You see, with God there is no middle ground. But if you have allowed your walk with God to become lukewarm, you can reverse that abominable condition! God has tossed the ball in your court, and now it's up to you. He is calling you to repent of your lukewarm attitude. Go after the things of God with all your heart, soul, and strength!

Rick Renner and his wife Denise pastor the Good News Church in Moscow, Russia. He and Denise join James and Betty this week to discuss his new book on the seven churches of Revelation, A Light in Darkness, Volume One.





Minggu, 25 Maret 2012

Happy Birthday to My Hubby :-)

Happy Birthday to the most amazing man in the world- my husband.  He is absolutely an incredible person whose compassion, faith, strength, love, and generosity continually amaze me.  There are literally times when I still stop and marvel at the fact that the Lord so graciously chose Sean for me; and how blessed I am to be his wife.  He absolutely is the leader of our family and his life is an incredible example of faith in action, always pointing to and relying on the One from whom all blessings flow.  He is literally the most unselfish, patient person I have ever know.  He would do anything for his family, and I have seen him love perfect strangers in a way that only a Christ-filled person could; meeting needs, and ministering to people with discernment and compassion.  He has been my strength and my rock through the most difficult season of my life, always encouraging me and helping me to focus on the Lord, His faithfulness, His love for me and for those I love. 

 There are no words that can adequately express how much I love Sean.  No words.  He is the love of my life, my best friend and there isn't another person in this world that I would rather travel this journey with.  Life is filled with joys and sorrows, surprises, and sometimes heart breaking circumstances, but the Lord has been gracious to me and has blessed me with this wonderful man to be my partner in this life.   Thank you Sean for being the kind of man your son can look up to and immulate; a faithful, kind, strong leader; committed to the Lord first and foremost, and also to your wife and family.  A father that your daughters can watch to see what true love looks like, how treasured you make me feel and how they also deserve to be loved and treasured someday by a man who loves and seeks the Lord.  That is a gift that goes beyond any other earthly possession or accomplishment.  And still I am also so proud of all your hard work and all you have accomplished. 
You are amazing. 
 I am forever grateful and humbled to be your wife. 
Thank you, Lord, for Sean.

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We love you so much!!
Happy Birthday!!!

Jumat, 23 Maret 2012

Sweetly Broken

No Confidence in the Flesh

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman


"If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more." - Philippians 3:4b

The apostle Paul surely could relate to the business executive. Paul reached the height of his profession only to have it completely stripped and torn from him. What he thought mattered in life became rubbish compared to what God did in his heart as He destroyed what seemed valuable at the time. It took a dramatic event to bring Paul into this revelation. It took a bright light, blindness, and the most fearful experience a human could have - being addressed personally by God, who was questioning why Paul was persecuting His people.

It would not be too long after his conversion that Paul would learn one of the greatest lessons every child of God must learn. That lesson is to avoid putting confidence in the flesh. In our work we are rewarded for achievement. It is a "measurable" life. We work. We see results. We get certain feelings of accomplishment from these activities.
It was not until I was placed in a situation to experience utter failure that I could identify with the words of Paul. I have met other workplace believers as well who achieved great success in their business life only to experience dramatic failure. That personal handshake with failure leads to a realization that:

"Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him..." (Philippians 3:7-9).

Sometimes God lets us experience great pain to learn the lessons of greatest importance. Knowing Christ intimately is the most important lesson we will learn. Take stock in what you find your greatest pleasure in today. Avoid placing your confidence in things that are but rubbish so that you might know Him more intimately.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Sweetly Broken

To be sweetly broken is to be ridden of yourself, your pride. 
To be ridden of everything that holds you back from the fullness of God's love. 
To be lost at the thought of deep love. To be transformed by His power. 
To never be the same again. Broken for Him,
 broken down in front of Him giving Him all control.

"Getting into the presence of God is the easy part, 
but surrendering yourself, all your desires is the hard part. 
Surrendering everything that has your attention, 
everything that has captivated your heart more than God. 
No matter what that is we have to surrender it.
 Break down the walls between us and Him and we are sweetly broken.

"Sweetly broken, wholly surrendered." 

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Kamis, 22 Maret 2012

The Only Thing That Will Save You

Not Ashamed
Bayless Conley

I have a question to ask you today.  Has there ever been a time when you were afraid to confess the name of Jesus?  In John 9:20-23, we have the example of the parents whose son had been born blind but was healed by Jesus.

Look at their response when asked who healed their son,

His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know.  He is of age; ask him.  He will speak for himself."  His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."

How many Christians have held their tongue when they should have been giving praise to the name of Jesus?  Praise for answered prayer, for the miracles He has done, but they were intimidated by unbelievers?
I was coming back from Africa when a Muslim man on the plane put a blanket on the floor, got down on his face and began to pray.  This man was not ashamed at all about kneeling down on the plane in front of everyone.

I thought, "Oh, Jesus!  How many times have Your people kept silent because they were afraid of what someone might think of them?"

Throw off the shackles of fear and timidity, and boldly take your stand for Christ!

Proverbs 28:1 says, The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Visit the Answers with Bayless Conley website for more ways to Connect with God  

The Only Thing That Will Save You
Pastor Adrian Rogers

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:5

Paul said, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8).

What does Paul mean by loss? He means that even good things are bad things if they become a substitute for the best thing. Suppose you are on a plane trip. The plane is going down and you grab your knapsack instead of your parachute and jump out. Is the knapsack bad? No, it’s just not the best choice to save your life!

The worst form of badness may be human goodness when that human goodness becomes a substitute for the new birth.

No knapsack full of “works of righteousness” will save you. Cast yourself completely upon the work of redemption—the work of the cross. You cannot add to what Jesus did.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit www.lwf.org. 

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