I must admit that I always keep an open eye for interesting information. Its amazing where we find nuggets of wisdom or entertainment. Advertisements, articles, quotes, etc. can be great sources of unusual information. They can also be sources of the strange and disturbing. Two such sources have crossed my path in the last couple weeks. First was an article about how the current economy has affected the local church. One pastor was quoted as saying that the economy may force his church to shut… Continue
Added by Larry Jones on December 31, 2009 at 9:01pm —
Wednesday, December 29, 2009
Well, 2009 is coming to a close... and what a year it has been!! As I reflected back on this year, I remembered that 2008 was a really hard year for Tom with losing so much, of himself and things around him (he calls it his year of “loss”). But in retrospect I think 2009 was the hardest year for me and if I were to 'label” it I would call it the year of “unveiling”. The Lord showed me some very hard things and I had to face some ugly things in my… Continue
Added by Linda Daniels on December 31, 2009 at 10:29am —
Times of Prayer 28
A few years ago I felt it would be beneficial for my wife to attend a local “School of the Spirit”. She was told by the administrator that when books are being handed out for the various subjects the next day she must not touch them as she has not as yet paid her registration fees.
Being a person of faith, teaching and exercising faith, she was not moved and during the praise and worship session she heard these words “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM… Continue
Added by Solomon Gopaul on December 31, 2009 at 9:26am —
New Years, the oldest of all celebrations, began in Babylon 4000 years ago. However, the western cultures didn’t follow suit until only 400 years ago. The early Church condemned the festivities as pagan even into the Middle Ages. Shouldn’t we, as followers of Jesus, pay attention to this? What is the history of new year celebrations?
• Recognized as the season of rebirth, the Babylonian New Year began at the spring equinox.
o Most important of all festivals; it lasted 11 days… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on December 31, 2009 at 6:00am —
Times of Prayer 27
I was at a shopping centre on Saturday where I was given a gospel tract by a young lady about fifteen years old. Impressed by her enthusiasm I started a little conversation with her. Much to my surprise I discovered that she had only received Christ into her life three weeks ago and she had no idea about the Gospel of the Kingdom, what should a person do to be saved, nor on how to lead someone to the Lord. She was at the shopping mall because her pastor told her to… Continue
Added by Solomon Gopaul on December 30, 2009 at 11:42am —
Times of Prayer 26
I woke up this morning with the words of the song “How Great Thou Art”. But these words meant nothing to me if I did not go over the words from the beginning. I took a moment to ponder and to think about the awesomeness of Father God, creator of the universe, the One Who set the stars in their place, yet He chooses to make us His habitation.
The writer of the following portion of scripture bears the same sentiment.
Ps 8:3-4 When I consider Your… Continue
Added by Solomon Gopaul on December 29, 2009 at 1:41pm —
It just blows me away that if we are quiet and listening to Him, what he tells us!
Morning devotions using the "That the World may know" with Ray Vander Laan, Fire on the Mountain. He talks about Moses going up to the Mountain hears from God saying "Although the whole earth is mine,you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a Holy Nation".Exodus 19:6 Enough Said!!
Added by Douglas McCall on December 28, 2009 at 12:42pm —
God is so faithful! Just as He promised, He has shown Himself mightily at every dinner party and gathering that I have attended so far this season. In these gracious settings, He has healed, delivered, uncovered, set free, enlightened, and even poured out His Spirit to the measure. My team has reported similar happenings where they were guests. Yes, these signs should follow them that believe. I will always say that there is no party like a Holy Ghost party!
I expected good food,… Continue
Added by Marion Clark Ingram on December 28, 2009 at 12:27pm —
Observations and Ponderings For 2010
By Robert Ricciardelli www.vision2advance.com
I love to ponder the possibilities and creative ways we can please God and serve others. I love to reflect on how things are, and “what if” we changed them. How can we further align ourselves toward His Most Excellent Ways. We only know in part, so it is always good to check what we think that we know often.
These are… Continue
Added by Robert Ricciardelli on December 28, 2009 at 11:26am —
My wife Debbie and I will be in Dallas next weekend, Jan 3rd and 4th. Sunday during the day is tied up, but Saturday evening and Sunday evening are open, if anyone wants to get together and praise the Lord.
Added by Lahry Sibley on December 28, 2009 at 7:16am —
Many times when we think we are giving something away it is simply passing from our hands to our neck. It has changed shape and become a noose. Much of the misery in our lives is made from the miserable responses that we have to the situations we face. When we face a difficult matter, we must decide what to do about it. Even ignoring the situation is really doing something. It is a response.
Paul wrote a letter to the congregations in Galatia that he had helped create by evangelizing… Continue
Added by Douglas Thomas on December 27, 2009 at 7:30am —
Because we’ve been programmed to believe that this time of year is to somehow be more peaceful and joyous than any other, many of us become disheartened by and lost in the expectations:
• Family gatherings are less than perfect or don’t happen at all.
• Circumstances make it impossible to place or find the “perfect present under the tree”.
• Painful memories get in the way of believing that there can ever be any peace or joy.
Often the Lord uses music to express… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on December 24, 2009 at 6:00am —
I feel that nasty old spirit of sadness and depression on some of you .
Some of you need a perspective adjustment
Christmas is the only time of year where the persons whose birthday it is doesn't even get a present. How many of you would like to show up at your own birthday party and everyone but you gets a gift that's messed up. I have news for it is not your kids birthday its not your birthday and its not anyone else in your families birthday.
The only person that ought to be… Continue
Added by Lloyd & Mariela Selby on December 22, 2009 at 9:00pm —
This time of year I am amazed more and more how much of the Gospel is heard publically in our American society. That is my main criteria for 'best' regarding the Christmas music. Does it carry the Biblical message of the Gospel? And I have to say that down through the years the conviction has grown that the all-time standard was set with Handel's Messiah. The Libretto portion of Messiah is all Scripture and was put together in such a way that is true to the Biblical narrative; in its entirety… Continue
Added by John Paul Todd on December 22, 2009 at 10:30am —
One of the issues that will continually be facing churches are its members who lack Individual Health Insurance
. As churches reach out to meet their needs, they may discover that providing some sort of Short Term Insurance
may be the best way to meet their financial needs. Do you guys know of a non-profit group that could help provide… Continue
Added by Cindy Fallsen on December 21, 2009 at 10:57pm —
As I mentioned in the prior post to really live as True christians we must understand the basic teachings of Jesus that changed the world so greatly that mankind changed time and the calender in his honor think how amazing an impact 1 life can have upon all of mankind! Let us look at the beginings of his public ministry. In Matthew 3 Jesus goes out to meet John in the desert. John is baptizing people for repentance( meaning the are making a public statement in front of witnesses that they are… Continue
Added by John K Bosserman on December 21, 2009 at 4:22pm —
Times of Prayer 25
Praise the Lord. The Lord bless you as we pray together. I trust that you are recording them so that it may be used again to pray or teach. If you ask children today as to what they would want as a Christmas present what do you think some of the answers would be?
Most likely they would ask for a new pair of jeans or a bicycle or a motorized car. A survey was conducted recently with children between the ages of 8 and 12 and they were asked the same question.… Continue
Added by Solomon Gopaul on December 21, 2009 at 8:00am —
Wolfgang Simson's "The Starfish Manifesto: A Prophetic Roadmap for an Apostolic Journey
" stands as one of the most important and thought-provoking writings I have ever read.
The October/09 release of the document during the Antioch… Continue
Added by Guy Muse on December 20, 2009 at 11:20pm —
My attempts to respond to a meeting request by some friends here have repeatedly faileded, owing to a system glitch. Since I have no other way to reach them I post it here, leaving the names out.
Dear * and **,
Please forgive me for taking so long to reply to your kind invitation. The days have been getting away from me of late. I trust that after the holidays things will level off for me better.
Did you meet with *? How did it go?
Added by Melville Holmes on December 18, 2009 at 7:27pm —
Times of Prayer 24
Warm greetings of love, peace and prosperity once more as we come together to call upon the matchless name of our Lord. It is that time of the year again that people are preparing for holidays and as you know spending goes with it. But economists are saying that sales are not going to be very high as people will not have the money to spend. God’s desire is that we prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers. That means prosperity comes with our minds… Continue
Added by Solomon Gopaul on December 18, 2009 at 8:00am —