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If you're like us, then check back each day for something new, and share your own doses of inspiration via our Social pages. Our dream is that one day we can quit our job and work on this site full time and develop it so that your experience is all the richer. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes. This phrase contains a a€?gema€? that reveals what Goda€™s Word can do if you give it top priority in your life.
Maybe you imagined what it would be like to close your eyes, fall asleep, and wake up in the Presence of the Lord, never to awake again in this world. I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldna€™t heal him.a€?A  Jesus replied, a€?You unbelieving and rebellious generation!
Have you ever had a moment when such thoughts seemed so wonderful that you wished the Lord would immediately call you home to Heaven?A Judging from Paula€™s letter to the Philippians, we can see that his heart was being heavily tugged toward Heaven while he was a prisoner in Rome. It was used to depict a ship that had previously been ill-equipped for traveling; but because its owner had decked it out with new equipment and gear, this ship had becomeA A thoroughly furnished to sail anywhere in the world. Bring him here to Me.a€? Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed. When we first come to Jesus, we are like the first boat a€”A just beginners who hardly know enough to get by in life.
Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, a€?Why couldna€™t we drive it out?a€? a€?Because of your little faith,a€? He told them. However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.a€?This same story is repeated in Mark Chapter 9, vs. Please take me home!a€?A When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he made it very clear that the temptation to leave life and to join the Lord was before him. If we choose to not make Goda€™s Word a priority in our lives, we are stillA headed to Heaven, but wea€™re like that first simple, plain, basic boat.
In other words, wea€™re just believersA who have only enough spiritual equipment to make it across the little lakes of life.
If youa€™re just in this for a little jaunt across a lake, you willA be satisfied with a low level of Goda€™s Word in your life. This is a force that pulls a person first one way and then another, as if his arms are being pulled in two differentA directions by opponents in a fierce tug-of-war contest. I was there for forty days and forty nights, all that time I ate no food and drank no water.
But if youa€™re planning to take a long, adventurous,A exciting faith journey, you betterA dive into the Word of God. However, the Greek word indicates that theA person in the middle is the one who has the deciding vote as to who will win this tug-of-war.A Paul felt two different forces pulling at his heart. The Lord gave me the two tablets on which God had written with his own finger all the words he had spoken to you from the heart of the fire when you were assembled at the mountain. At the end of the forty days and nights, the Lord handed me the two stone tablets inscribed with the words of the covenant.Matthew Chapter 4, vs. The word epi means for or over, and thumosA is the Greek word for aA strong passion or urge. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. 1-2 (NLT): Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no characte Thomas Jefferson BodyBoldnessCharacter We want everybody to act like adults, quit playing games, realize that it's not just my way or the highway. But the truth is, everything I need is in Your Word.A Help me to diligently read my Bible, take it deeply into my heart and soul, and apply it toA my life. But when the word thumosA is compounded together with the word epi, forming the word epithumia, it depicts a person who is excited about something. 16-18 (NLT): And when you fast, dona€™t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I regularly read Goda€™s Word andA meditate on its truths; therefore, my mind is being renewed with the Word day by day. Instead of thinking of the cessation of life, he looked upon death as nothing more than aA departure that signaled the beginning of the next part of his journey in eternity.
As aA result, that Word decks me out a€” equipping, outfitting, and furnishing me with all the spiritualA gear I need to take the adventurous trip God has planned for my life. When he thought of death, to him it meant being set free from the human limitations and physical restrictions that had been imposed on him in this earthly life. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. In order for you to become spiritually well-equipped, what do you need to startA doing that you are not doing right now?A 3. Once liberated from this realm, he knew he would really be able to set sail in the Spirit and soar to spiritual heights he had never before attained. If you continue to do exactly what you are doing right now in your spiritual life,A how far do you think you are prepared to sail? It was an exciting beginning, the next leg of his journey a€” a phase of his walk with God that he was excited and enthusiastic to experience!A But wait a€” therea€™s more to this word analusai (a€?to departa€?) that is very important to this text. The wordA analusai was also a military word, used when a decision was made that it was time for an army to break camp, pack up their tents, pick up their gear, gather up all their other belongings, and moveA onward to conquer new territory. This gives us another view of the way Paul viewed the prospect of death.A As a soldier who had fought many battles on earth, Paul was ready to break camp and to move upward into new spiritual territory. As you can see above: Demons are cast out, the Holy Spirit speaks, Moses received the Ten Commandments, and Jesus had the strength to overcome Satana€™s temptations.
He had fought long and hard, and the expectation of moving onward to heavenly territory was a thought that captured his heart, his mind, and his imagination. Paula€™s a€?desire to departa€? and to be with Christ was so strong that he felt as if he were in a a€?strait betwixt two.a€? He was pulled on one side to depart from this earthly realm and to be with Christ.


But he was also pulled from the other side to abide in the flesh a little longer.A You see, Paul knew that part of his ministry remained unfinished. So although he was a€?pulleda€? to set sail, to break camp, and to move onward to be with the Lord, he could not allow himself to do that yet, because he knew there was still work for him to do for the Kingdom. It can strengthen our faith and get difficult prayers answered.There are different types of fasting.
It is the image of a racer who is pressing forward so hard and is so stretched out that his entire body is arching forward as his arms reach ahead to grasp the goal before him.A The word a€?marka€? is the Greek wordA skopos, which describes the finish line for a runner. At that time in his life, he was on his last runA around the track before the race concluded.
When it was finally time for him to depart to be with Christ,A there would be a reward waiting for him. We are trying this for 21 days to achieve some answers from God and help get some desperate and difficult prayers answered. There is a day coming in your life when you will break camp from this earthly realm and move onward to heavenly territory. Fasting, praying, and special giving during the first month of the year sets the tone for the rest of the year. I dona€™t want to quit,A give up, or die until I can say Ia€™ve finished everything You have ever assigned for me to do.A Forgive me for allowing thoughts of death to dominate me.
Fasting should be done in combination with things that can increase your faith, wisdom, and hearing from the Lord. God has givenA me a huge assignment for my life, and Ia€™m only getting started in fulfilling what He hasA asked me to do. Read a good Christian book, read Goda€™s Word in the Bible, listen with praise and worship to Christian music, and of course pray. Thought for the week:A  For more advice and understanding read a€“ a€?Fastinga€? by Jentezen Franklin. Is it true that youa€™ve had moments when you wished you could pack it up and move on to Heaven? Once you were refreshed and feeling better again, werena€™t you glad that youA didna€™tA go to Heaven? Dona€™t you still have a great deal to accomplish for the Lord before you break camp, pack up your bags, and move onward to be with Christ?A 3. 22-24: The Lord God used the rib of the man to make a woman, and then he brought the woman to the man. And the man said, a€?Now, this is someone whose bones came from my bones, whose body came from my body. 13: If a man has sexual relations with another man as a man does with a woman, these two men have done a hateful sin. Most are basically good people that give to charities, help with the homeless, do good deeds and are friendly and nice to people.
There are gay celebrities on TV that do wonderful works of mercy and charity for other people. However, if you are gay and dona€™t turn from your present life style and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will go to the pool of fire (Hell). Yes, there is such a place and it is for eternity.A  If you intend to do it a€?somedaya€™, I hope you dona€™t get hit by a car and die before that happens.
He wrote the rule book (the Bible) and it is expressed in it several times that he feels the punishment for this is death. We are all sinners in one way or another and must try hard to turn from our former self before we knew Jesus as our Lord. To the ones who say it is genetic or upbringing, I offer this: Alcoholism can be passed down through genes and wife-beating can be passed down through upbringing. God is the highest authority, how do you think he will judge according to the Ten Commandments and his Word in the Bible?
Hook up with a good faith based organization like a€?Food for the Poora€? or a€?World Visiona€? and help these people out. God Bless.====================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop 1-21-2010. We run the risk of becoming weaker when we stay at home, so gradually we wona€™t even notice. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.a€? Notice it says he is looking for someone, like a lion does. They need Christian friends and other Christian adults if they are to survive in this world. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.a€?7 Because we need the help of good people. Pastors cannot serve full-time, a building cannot be purchased, missionaries will not be sent out, ministries to the community wona€™t be fulfilled, and the lost wona€™t be saved. And how can they preach unless they are sent?a€?10 Because God says we should go to church regularly. 30-31: And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will morn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 10: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and every thing done on it will be found out. 36-43: But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
In (those) days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of the night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Pilots vanish, drivers vanish, wives vanish, neighbors vanish, and it is a world wide supernatural event that happens at the exact same time. There are no second chances of dropping to your knees and asking for forgiveness because it comes and goes in a blink of an eye. Wars, Nation against Nation, famines, earthquakes, natural disasters, and a sin loving generation.


I always interpreted the a€?He will come like a thief in the nighta€? as have a duel meaning. Some people know in advance when they will die and they, believe it or not, are the lucky ones.
Hint: It is hot, miserable, people are gnashing their teeth and screaming, and your caretaker has horns --------- hhmmmmmm. However, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and turned your life around you will be going somewhere that is truly pure love. If I am wrong, then worms get me just like you but if I am right I live in love and you dona€™t.
I just dona€™t know where people get their ideas from because the Bible tells it like I do. Also, it is also true that before Jesus came to the earth as a man, that all the pagan nations were defeated by Goda€™s people the Israelites. Why ---- because the Israelites worshiped the only God there is and the pagans worshiped false ones. A PS:A  Hope youa€™re not on one of those planes where the Pilot is a follower of Christ when the Rapture comes. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I was impressed by the many many friends who came to offer condolences and said kind things about her. To go through life with so many people that call themselves your family around you is a tribute to the love that is shown and radiates from you.
Some are acquaintances, some good acquaintances, others are friends and still others are good friends. I think I need to add a new one that shows love beyond that of the latter a€“ it is family. Thought for the week:A  Happy Valentines Day !!!!!=============================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop 2-22-2010. You see the fire trucks pull up and the fire men run from the trucks, get their ladders, hook up the hoses and then ------- sit down and take a coffee break. Your company is told that there is a mother and two children screaming for help from the third floor and they are close to being consumed by the flames. You and your men run over to see what instructions he has but he presents all of you with some Coffee and doughnuts. All of us know of people, friends, and family that have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are not saved. They are like the family in the house.A  Because of pride, fear, or some other human emotion, we either do not share the Word with them or are not persistent with it to get them saved. The people we know then end up dying either naturally or prematurely in an accident and end up burning in the ever lasting flames of Hell. 18-20: And Jesus came and said to them, a€?All authority on heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. There were actually two letters that I have combined and edited to eliminate the womana€™s identity.
It is offered here as another a€?building blocka€? about evangelizing and spreading Goda€™s will.
I agree that we are all called to share the gospel with others and that we often fall short of that. The Holy Spirit is the one who draws them, ("No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" John 6:44) convicts them and makes them see that they are sinners. People are drawn to God in us when they see something about us that they dona€™t have and they are made thirsty for.
But they all have heard the truth many times and they refuse to acknowledge that they are sinners in need of a rescue.
My part is to pray for them, live my life for Jesus (let my light shine) and share the truths of the gospel when there is an opening to do so.
It took many years, but I am at peace knowing that if they die without knowing Jesus therefore spending eternity in hell, that it was their choice.
Another interesting fact is that we have different witnessing styles and people respond to different styles of witnessing. But perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18) To love others more than yourself and to know that without Christ they will spend all eternity separated from Him. When I go on mission trips, I pray for the hearts of the people that God is going to put onto my path and I pray that God would give me His eyes to see them as He sees them and His heart to love them as He loves them, and His words to speak to them. Although it is debated if they are actually God speaking, they are recognized by most as books that are still good to teach from.
Still others like the book of Sirach which is used a lot by the Catholic church brings question into mind that it may have been eliminated by Martin Luther just as a statement to his rebellious nature within that church.
He even wanted to eliminate other books including the book of Revelation but, as history records, -- cooler minds prevailed.
60: Then all the people shouted and praised God, who saves those who put their trust in Him.
Someone had a dream that as the soldier drew back to hit Christ that he grabbed the soldiers arm. As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them;Mark 16, vs. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, a€?Pease be with youa€?. A Jesus also appeared to 500 others, Saul (whom later became Paul), and to his disciples again when he rose up and ascended into Heaven. Since Biblical times the tradition that the Roman Emperor Domitian ordered that the Apostle John be executed by throwing him into a cauldron of boiling oil has been widely held.



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