How the cross of Jesus can change us

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“On Good Friday we discover a God who would rather die than kill his enemies. The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive, the cross is what God in Christ endures as he forgives.”
– Brian Zhand

HOW does the cross of Jesus connect to the problem of pain and suffering in the world. How did/does the crucifixion of God Incarnate, affect our individual lives, what could it mean for our own pain and suffering, and that of so many around the world?

Brad first looks at a number of artworks depicting the crucifixion through history, and invites the audience to comment on what they see. Some of the more modern images could be shocking for you. You can skip that part if you wish by clicking here:

:: A PRAYER :: Francis of Assisi

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

24 Hours of Hope

24hoursofhopeStudies 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

ISRAEL – THE KEY TO WORLD REVIVAL

israel-keySON 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
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Nine Models of Intercessory Prayer For Israel

PRAYING FOR ISRAEL

  1. Moses (Exod.32:11-13, 32; Deut.9:18-19, 25-29; Num. 14:13-19)
  2. Solomon (1 Ki.8:46-53; cf. Deut.30:1-10; 2 Chron. 20:5-12)
  3. Nehemiah (Neh. 1:4-11)
  4. Asaph and the sons of Korah (Psa.74; 79; 80; 83; 44; 85; 123)
  5. Joel (Joel 1:8, 13-14; 2:12-17)
  6. Isaiah (Isa.63:15 through 64:12; 58:1; 62:1,6)
  7. Jeremiah (Jer.14:7-9,17-22; 15:5; 9:1; Lam.33:43-51; 5:19-22)
  8. Daniel (Dan.9:1-19)
  9. Paul (Romans 9:3-5; 10:1)

YouTube Soaking Playlist

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.