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May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word Who is our Brother and Savior, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.
- Francis of Assisi
I have had quite a couple of weeks. In short, I had an encounter with someone whose personality brought to the surface my natural tendency to tremble around certain personality types, and the ensuing doubts about my ability to be effective for God when I am still (after all this time), dealing with fear.
I was able to address the situation with the other person well enough. It took extra time and energy on my part to do what did not come naturally, but I made it through it alright. What I had the most trouble addressing were my own feelings of disappointment and condemnation over my perceived weaknesses. Of course, God, being the good and amazing Father that He is used this situation, not to crush me, but to affirm me! His message to me (and to all of us): Your shortcomings do not disqualify you from your calling!
If God Could Use Peter…
Last night I found myself on a forum sharing an encouragement with someone and realized I was speaking into an area that I have always felt myself to be “weak” in. It seems that by facing my own weakness, I had actually gained something of value to offer others. If that’s the case, then why should I not also expect to grow in grace in every area that fear has tried to afflict me? Continue reading
North Korea tyrant Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered that 33 Christians believed to be working alongside South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook be put to death. The South Korean missionary — who was arrested last year — and his accomplices have reportedly started 500 or so underground churches, Breitbart reported.
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SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?
“Life from the dead could be describing a time nearly upon us, when the body of Messiah will be utterly captivated by the beauty and holiness of Yeshua; when the church will be given a revived spirit to love God with all her heart, soul and strength; when intimacy with God will be the believer’s crown, and purity and power will be the jewels; when compassion and kindness, healing and humility will characterize Messianic believers. Will this end-time revival be catalyzed by a mighty army of on-fire Jewish prophets and evangelists, spiritual shock-troops preaching the holiness and compassion of God to men and women across this planet?”
Avner Boskey : Israel – The Key to World Revival
Nine Models of Intercessory Prayer For Israel
- Moses (Exod.32:11-13, 32; Deut.9:18-19, 25-29; Num. 14:13-19)
- Solomon (1 Ki.8:46-53; cf. Deut.30:1-10; 2 Chron. 20:5-12)
- Nehemiah (Neh. 1:4-11)
- Asaph and the sons of Korah (Psa.74; 79; 80; 83; 44; 85; 123)
- Joel (Joel 1:8, 13-14; 2:12-17)
- Isaiah (Isa.63:15 through 64:12; 58:1; 62:1,6)
- Jeremiah (Jer.14:7-9,17-22; 15:5; 9:1; Lam.33:43-51; 5:19-22)
- Daniel (Dan.9:1-19)
- Paul (Romans 9:3-5; 10:1)
by Derek Prince
DISCLAIMER: I believe the Canon of Scriptures as we have them today is necessary and inspired. I’m basically exploring how the early disciples lived their faith and what texts they used as basis to teach and make disciples. And what we can learn from it.
How many times have we heard the longing expressed for a return to the power and simplicity of the Early Church? What gave them this experience and reputation we so envy? Is it possible we are missing something as to where they drew their “doctrine” from? I am becoming more and more convinced that it is the case.
Even Paul in his writings was basically unpacking the massive prophetic legacy contained in the Law and the Prophets, the Torah and the Tanakh. Just as Jesus did for the disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. Just as the Bereans did after hearing the Gospel preached to them – they went back to the Hebrew Scriptures of their day. Just as Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. Just as Steven did before being martyred. And so on.
Now, tradition tells us that the first book of the New Testament was written “around” 50 AD. That would be close to 20 years after Jesus’ ascension. Yet, merely 50 days after his ascension the first revival broke in Jerusalem. The Church was born then. Not in 325 AD. Under the power of the Spirit, not under the authority of Constantine. Their Scriptures? Torah and Tanakh. And these are the ones of whom it is said they loved one another so much they shared their wealth, and acted like Christ so much that they were called “Christians.”
So what happened? Have we seen over the centuries the rise of a doctrine born of the New Testament rather than the Old? Indeed we have. There has been a clear Hellenization of Yeshua, the stripping of the Jewish roots of our Messiah, and therefore we ended up with a religious mixture called Christianity, based almost solely on the Canon of the New Testament. History recorded the extreme abominations the Church drew the world into. So completely different from the teachings of Yeshua and the Apostles. Continue reading
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