As I continue to read Andrew Wommacks book "Sharper Then a Two Edged Sword"...I came across a scripture that I had always thought to mean something totally different. Just had to share!
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 13:32
I always felt this to mean if His body, (us) was praising, glorifying, lifting the name of Jesus, that He would draw all men unto… Continue
Added by Sandy McCoy- Foust on April 30, 2011 at 3:39pm —
The Church is on the threshold of the greatest time of turmoil and chaos in its history. We are about to experience the fierceness of Satan’s power, as he comes with every weapon in hell to sift the Lord’s people. In fact, I don’t think any of us can comprehend the great conflict raging right now in the spiritual realm. Nor do we realize how determined Satan is to destroy all believers who have fixed their hungering hearts firmly on going all the way with Christ.
As we cross that… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 30, 2011 at 2:24am —
Elijah exercised the power of prayer. He closed and opened the heavens, called down fire, and parted waters with his mantle. A man of action who brought entire governments under his spell, he stood on Mt. Carmel and mocked the prophets of Baal, killing them right under the king’s nose.
This mighty man entered God’s throne room seven times, earnestly praying for rain. Seven times Elijah talked to God about this one need. A little cloud appeared, and the prophet, who three and a half… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 29, 2011 at 4:11pm —
In yesterday's note I was talking about times with the Lord hides himself from us; when our prayers seem to simply bounce off the ceiling and never reach our Father. Some will tells it is because of some sin in our lives, we know that isn't the case, but begin to chastise ourselves for not praying the "right" way (whatever that is.
I am reminded of Job's experiences. Many of you have read my study on… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 29, 2011 at 2:13am —
“If your servant comes in from plowing or from taking care of the sheep, would you say, "Welcome! Come on in and have something to eat"? No, you wouldn't say that. You would say, "Fix me something to eat. Get ready to serve me, so I can have my meal. Then later on you can eat and drink." (Luke 17:7-8).
I'm guessing (or at least hoping) that we don't have any trouble identifying with the servant in his duty to the master. We don't have any trouble putting on our apron… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 28, 2011 at 6:33pm —
Shortly after moving to Ann Arbor, back in 1987, I learned what it was like to face divine silence, to not hear God’s voice for a season. I arrived in Ann Arbor full of hope and anticipation of what the Lord had in mind . . . but discovered a time of deep frustration and alienation from my Lord. It was almost as if a dark curtain had been dropped between me and heaven.
It was a period of total confusion with no apparent guidance, the still small voice behind me became completely… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 28, 2011 at 6:30am —
Our friend, Jon Zens, has just published a book entitled, No Will of My Own: How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity & Personhood. When Jon shared with me that he was working on this book, my heart leaped with excitement! As I read through the manuscript, my enthusiasm elevated. The Lord has done it again! He has used Jon to communicate truths which the Church needs to hear and I can’t pass up an opportunity to encourage everyone to read it! Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on April 28, 2011 at 6:00am —
I realize it is after Easter, but this lesson has nothing to do with it—only the events that inspired my thoughts. During the Easter week, I was of course reading the final events, the final week of Jesus and something struck me when I read about the scene with Judas.
It took place after he had betrayed Jesus and when he learned that Jesus had been sentenced to death, he returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and leaders and said, "I have sinned by betraying a man who… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 28, 2011 at 2:28am —
The Principal of the collective
We have looked at the first principals of relationship, now we need to look at how that should work out in practice. Let us look more closely at the issue of collectivism, the coming together of the followers of Jesus. This subject, for some at least, looms large and is discussed widely, the whole action of meeting.
I hear some crazy discussions about meetings which… Continue
Added by Adrian L Hawkes on April 27, 2011 at 3:37pm —
If you are IN Christ...Abiding IN HIM..the word says...
1st John 3: 5 "You know that He appeared in order to take away sins and IN Him, there is no sin. 6 "No one who abides IN Him sins; No one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness IS righteous, just as HE is righteous 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has… Continue
Added by Sandy McCoy- Foust on April 27, 2011 at 1:59pm —
In Zachariah I have discovered fresh insight into the character of God (Father, Son, and Spirit).
Father, Son and Spirit are passionate, enthusiastic and downright excited about Their people, not only as a whole but individually as well.
What He does for them, through them is amazing, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, and wonderful to Him and to His peopl.
What a picture of our God, He is Passionate and Enthusiastic over us. We see our relationship with Him… Continue
Added by Terry and Carol Jarbo on April 27, 2011 at 6:30am —
A couple of days ago I told you what temptation was, so it's only fair that I suggest how you can win over temptation, don't you think? First, I'm going to assure you that the power to bear up and not yield to temptation doesn't come from stuffing our Bibles full of notes, or our minds with Scripture verses, or making vows or promises, or spending hours in prayer and fasting, or even in giving ourselves over to a great spiritual cause. Certainly all these things are commendable and normal for… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 26, 2011 at 7:32pm —
Most of us, when we pray we do it like David did: “In the day when I call answer me speedily” (Psalm 102:2). “I'm in trouble. Answer right now!” (Psalm 69:17). The Hebrew word used here suggests “right now
, hurry up
, in the very hour I call on you, do it!
” You might even stomp your feet. But David was saying, “Lord, I put my trust in you—but please hurry!”
Unfortunately, God is in no hurry. He doesn’t jump at our commands—no matter how much you might frown… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 26, 2011 at 2:22am —
We hear the word, Temptation
, all the time. But what does it mean? Even in the "Lord's Prayer" we pray, "Lead us not into temptation." So maybe it would help us to know what we are praying that the Lord not "lead us into."
Well, as I see it, temptation is an invitation or an enticement to commit an immoral act. That sounds simple enough. Right now Satan is "roaming the earth as a roaring lion" trying to devour Christians through powerful enticements toward immorality. No one… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 25, 2011 at 5:26am —
Earlier I explained my love and appreciation for the Scriptures, so this morning I want to share one of my pet-peeves.
You see, I continually hear churches proclaim, “We are a New Testament
Church.” The implication is that the Old Testament isn’t for us, it is for someone else—namely the Jews—or it is for a past time—or in seminary talk, a past dispensation. So the relationship set up between the Old Testament and New Testament is that the Old Testament is… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 25, 2011 at 4:00am —
Check out a few pictures from a church gathering in Leo, Indiana. Four different groups got together and we edified and uplifted!
Meeting with God's people to celebrate His Son!
Added by Arthur Sido on April 24, 2011 at 10:43am —
Easter is here! Yahoo! Yippee! I probably don’t need to say this, but I will anyway . . . Easter is NOT
about the bunny; the baskets; or the candy. I know, I know. You already know that. But what is Easter all about?
Well, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Yeshua Ha Meshach—Jesus the Messiah. And has been called Christianity's most important holiday. Although, I should point out, it is a man-made holiday. Honest. It is not a God-ordained Festival. Now I certainly… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 24, 2011 at 4:39am —
We began talking about Passover, but quickly learned that each of the festival celebrations symbolize the reality of the Death, Resurrection of our Messiah--and the entrance of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost).
In addition to that, the High Holy Days of the Feast of Trumpets
and Yom Kippur
represent Yeshua HaMashiach coming for the second time—this time in great power and glory, bringing the world to it‘s knees, cutting down the evil and laying… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 23, 2011 at 1:42am —
Yesterday I continued talking about Passover, and introduced the fact that all
of the Biblical Feasts were type or shadows of a spiritual reality. What I am hoping is that you are catching the significance of all this . . . the parallel between the festivals and the prophetic ministries of Jesus that they represented are astounding.
Passover represented Yeshua‘s substitutionary death, and His blood that protects everyone who has faith in what He has done from eternal death… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 22, 2011 at 2:21am —
Because of our situation; my wife and I live in a 28 foot camp trailer on my Step-brothers property. I am up every morning at 4:30, drink my coffee, make breakfast for my wife, seeing her off to work, then I feed all the animals; horses, cattle, geese, peacocks, chickens,dogs,pigs and goats. My brother and his wife don't want me to do anything or even pay rent at this time. Still I enjoy getting out and cleaning pens and taking care of the animals. It makes me feel like I am at least trying to… Continue
Added by Orrel D. Savage on April 21, 2011 at 11:21am —