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Studies show one in four adults in America will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives. On Friday, October 10, 2014 (World Mental Health Day), Rick and Kay Warren will host “24 Hours of Hope,” a free global online event designed to encourage individuals living with a mental illness, educate and support their families, and equip church leaders for compassionate and effective mental health ministry.
The “24 Hours of Hope” broadcast features messages from the historic Gathering on Mental Health and the Church (including additional new interviews and messages) from over 30 speakers. These messages are designed to offer hope as well as practical tools to those living with depression, Bipolar Disorder, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Topics include removing stigma, suicide-risk reduction, church counseling, support groups, crisis management, and holistic care.
For more info, visit http://mentalhealthandthechurch.com
by Brian Zahnd
by Jennifer Goodson
Relationships come and go . . .
We’ve heard this said so many times and there is truth in it. However, how many of those relationships were ended because our flesh was offended in a way that brought in a wall of unforgiveness? Being a human is tough enough, being a woman seems to be even more so. Nevertheless, for God to ask us to walk in love towards another person who has wronged us . . .
How many questions have we listed on our ‘secret notepad’ to ask God in heaven?
We toss relationships so easily in a minimal way in the words of ‘what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger’? To be honest, strength is a good God characteristic; but when not balanced with the love of God we lose our gentleness towards others killing our reflection of Christ. The question then rises . . . How tough do we want to be; tough enough that we miss God’s leading in areas that exemplify His love.
Yes, there are those relationships God does direct us to end because they are unhealthy. Then there are those relationships that we need strong Godly boundaries in order that God’s hand can be in the midst. However, how many relationships did we deny, shove out of the way, cut off with a sliver blade in the name of God when in fact it was our offense, our fear, our past hurts that caused us to walk away and in some cases run.
There is a fine line in knowing
which relationships are God given gifts;
which ones are God assignments;
which ones are God given to strengthen us.
As women, we tend to run our lives by emotions if we are not living in the spirit of God. This causes us to compare, judge, accuse, and make assumptions of others. Why do we do this . . . because we are a vessel that lives in a spiritual and natural world that ultimately is directed orchestrated by our choices – our responses.
When we are living in the spirit, (our goal), we make Godly choices producing Godly responses that lead to Godly relationships. Likewise, when we are living out of our flesh, (our emotions), we allow our choices and responses to lead us into areas of fear and doubt which in turn opens the door for offense. In some cases leading us to isolation or areas of control and manipulation.
YouTube soaking playlist. A collection of restful, reflective pieces that draws me closer into God’s presence. Includes some Vineyard, Jesus Culture, Rivera, Delirious, etc and some spoken word accompanied by soothing instrumentals. The songs are different from what you hear in the Soaking.Net playlist. This YouTube playlist was compiled and put together by Katherine Walden of I Lift My Eyes Ministries.
BREAKTHROUGH IS AT HAND
Scribed by Kimberly Lefebvre
Introduction – The Sound of Heaven Invading Earth
Recently, the Lord spoke the following to me: “There’s a breakthrough coming down all around.” This was after 3 years of hearing Him ask me, “Do you hear the sound coming down?”
Sound is an important element in God’s purposes, and is often associated with heaven invading earth. In particular, the trumpet sound is often associated with the Lord breaking through to deliver His people. For example, 1 Timothy 4:16 describes the second coming of Christ in the following way:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (See also Nehemiah 4:20).
Sound and breakthrough go hand in hand. The walls of Jericho – the first city to be taken on the way to the promised land – were broken through as a result of a sound (the shouts of victory). (Joshua 6:20). Numbers 4:20 associates the sound of the shofar (trumpet) with a call to battle and the Lord fighting for His people: “Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us.” Furthermore, Isaiah 30:32 describes the Lord’s vengeance on Israel’s Assyrian enemy in the context of sounds of praise: “Every stroke the LORD lays on them with his punishing club will be to the music of timbrels and harps, as He fights them in battle with the blows of his arm (Isaiah 30:32).
Clearly, sound is significant in the heavenly realm. It’s not something God ordains simply for pageantry. No! Sound releases power. It releases substance Sound is what created the world when the Lord said “Let there be light.” Anointed sound causes heavenly substance to manifest as earthly substance, bringing change and calling forth those things which are not into being (Romans 4:17). So when God releases a sound of breakthrough, He is releasing a manifestation of His power in the earthly realm that will literally change circumstances, move mountains, and release the will of His kingdom in the earth.
An Appointed Season of Breakthrough
2014 is unfolding as a “season of breakthrough, for those who have kept faith.” In this regard, we are going to see shifts taking place in the natural realm, even things that could not have occurred apart from the supernatural grace of God. On December 11, 2013 I had a vision that spoke of these things…
[Read more here: BREAKTHROUGH IS AT HAND]
with Rolland Baker of Iris Ministries Global
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
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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