As the power of God moves through the Philippines, preparing His people for that which is to come, He is raising up House Churches throughout the islands. While the institutional church seems to shy away from the issue, it seems that these communities of Jesus’ followers may be prepared to respond to the escalating numbers trapped in the sex-slave trade. Our anticipation is increasing as Father opens doors among the House Church leaders to visit with them about our concerns regarding this… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on June 30, 2011 at 6:00am —
The next day or so I want to talk about, being “Surrendered
.” What does this word tell you? I suppose you can think of Wiley Coyote raising a sign that says, “I surrender!” after multiple failures of catching the crafty Roadrunner. I mean, if you get beat up enough, it would be natural to give-up and surrender. But that's not what this means. In more literal terms, surrender means “to give up something to another person.” It also means to relinquish something granted to you.… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 30, 2011 at 2:00am —
We all know that “stuff” happens, but when a crisis strikes, you are not going to have time to build yourself up in prayer and faith. You have to spend time and energy now, before the “next shoe drops.” However, once you have spent time for study and fellowship with the Lord, you will always be ready, because anyone who has been with Jesus is always prepared.
The last two days I have shared my thoughts on having boldness to stand confident and strong, so put…
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 29, 2011 at 2:00am —
As you could probably tell, I have been reading Acts lately. Let’s look again at 4:13: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Now where the NIV says, “the saw the courage of Peter and John . . .” Other translations say something like: “They couldn't take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves!” or… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 28, 2011 at 2:21am —
I truly hope these Morning Messages have been stirring your heart some. But something I hope you have learned is that the more someone is with Jesus, the more that person becomes like Him. The evidence will be in a life of purity, holiness and love. This is why I send these messages to you. I so want the love and desire of our Lord to burn within you; that your only thought will be about him. In turn, his pure walk will produce a boldness—a love—for your Father.
Scripture says, “The… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 27, 2011 at 6:25am —
Times of Prayer
How often we go through our daily routine thinking about the things we do not have, yet there are others that are worse off… Continue
Added by Solomon Gopaul on June 27, 2011 at 12:58am —
Some of us get so confused and wrapped into a ball of frustration when we are trying to walk a life of faith. There was a time when Jesus stood at the highest point of the temple, and Satan whispered to him, “Go ahead—jump! If you really are
God’s son, he will save you.” (see Matthew 4:6).
Do you see Satan’s deviousness in this? He isolated a single promise from Scripture—and he tempted Jesus to cast his whole life on it. He was trying to trap Jesus: “You say God is with… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 26, 2011 at 10:20pm —
Yesterday I shared with you a time when Jesus messed with His disciple’s heads. I addressed only one side of his message to them. We went into Luke 17 and learned that we must learn to forgive. I didn’t say, “Forgive and Forget.” That is impossible (and not necessary). No, as an act of your will (and obedience) you are to forgive.
But I also brought up the part where Jesus talked about Servants
Suppose one of you has a servant who comes… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 26, 2011 at 7:12am —
Jesus shared a moment with his disciples that kind of messed with their heads (and disciples today, too!). But he said,
"’Tough times, trials of all kinds and even temptations are bound to come, there is nothing you can do about it. But too bad for whoever brings them on! It would be better for them to wear a millstone around their necks and take a swim in the deep blue sea than give even one of My people a hard time!
"’But you better be alert. If you… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 25, 2011 at 2:28am —
Tea, biscuits and rockers
I am always puzzled by what people mean when they used the word mission. Do they mean sharing good news, or something else? Claire Smith from ourlab blog fame has asked me to write some stories about mission, so stories I will write, are they about mission? You decide.
Very early… Continue
Added by Adrian L Hawkes on June 24, 2011 at 4:30am —
In the third chapter of Acts, we read a story where Peter and John were going to the temple to worship. Just outside the temple gate sat a beggar who had been crippled from birth. This man had never walked a step in his life. When he saw Peter and John, he asked them for alms. Peter answered him, “I don't have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you . . .” (Acts 3:6). Then Pete prayed for the beggar, saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” (Acts 3:6). Instantly, the… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 24, 2011 at 2:26am —
What a challenge it is to take your time and allow God to speak. Perhaps one of the problems with churches today is that we are way too eager to see God work "right now". Every thing else in our life is either fast or instant and it's been my experience that God is neither.
Added by Lee Martin on June 23, 2011 at 10:40pm —
Apostles, apostolic people and a paradigm shift
Foundational scripture: 1 Cor 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues NKJV
Some examples of reformations.
- Albigenses movement in the 12th…
Added by Solomon Gopaul on June 23, 2011 at 10:15am —
Last week I shared with you questions which Gary and I posed to various contacts in the Philippines regarding the Organic Church and its role in responding to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. I would like to share with you a response which we received."Christians, that is extended family of house churches, here started to move from house to house, a community, a "HUB" where we share EVERYTHING, things and finances; you name it. We don't "buy and sell" but "GIVE AND… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on June 23, 2011 at 6:00am —
Yesterday I was talking about temptations . . . today I want to talk about having the “power
” to stand strong and not yield to temptation. It does not come from stuffing our minds with Bible verses (although that’s not a bad idea to do), or making vows or promises, or spending hours in prayer and fasting (which is still a good idea), or even in giving ourselves over to a great spiritual cause (which I still encourage you to do). Now all of these things are commendable and normal for… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 23, 2011 at 2:26am —
How many of you remember the Flip Wilson Show? Do you remember his character, “Reverend Leroy“? With four deacons sitting behind him, shouting out a quick "Amen!" Then there was the brash Geraldine Jones, always shouting, "The devil made me do it." There is some sound doctrinal truth in that, you know . . . well not really, but we like to think so.
The Devil can’t make
you do anything, but he sure can tempt you.… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 22, 2011 at 2:14am —
The doors were locked, the lights were off, no cars in the parking lot, no one greeting us or no signs of life in the building?
What would the reaction be to most people coming up to look in the window's? What would the discussion be like as more and more people congragated at the entrance to church?
Would they just go back home, would they discuss the possibilities of something just out of the ordinary has happened, would they sit outside and just wait for the pastor to… Continue
Added by Douglas McCall on June 21, 2011 at 3:24pm —
Times of Prayer
All over the world many people celebrated “fathers’ day”. As much as it as become commercialised one can’t help but also enjoy the season of days like “fathers or mothers’ days”. I know that families used it as a special time to fellowship and have meals together. But thanks be to Christ, who through His unselfish sacrifice reconciled us to our Heavenly Father.
I call it unselfish because Jesus refers to Him as “Our Father”,… Continue
Added by Solomon Gopaul on June 21, 2011 at 3:00pm —
Anyone who has read the adventures of Joseph has to either identify with it, or are able to draw tremendous encouragement from it. If you read the story, you will remember that Joseph had a vision that his life would be used mightily by God. But then he made a big boo-boo, by boastfully sharing the “vision
” with his brothers who were not too keen on the idea.
If you are familiar with the story, the brothers were tired of hearing about these "visions," and "dreams" of Joseph,… Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on June 21, 2011 at 2:19am —
It is amazing how the gift of love can change ones out look on life. What was once offensive to a person is now an urge to pray for the one that does not understand. When one tries to hurt you by wounding you with words, you turn it back around with a great big I love you. The greatest gift we have ever been given is love. We have been given a choice to love or hate. To forgive those that have hurt us, or try and take the place of God with revenge. For Jesus loved us so much that carried the… Continue
Added by Eima Parks on June 20, 2011 at 3:58pm —