“Eighty-two percent of Christians believe the United States is facing a crisis of leadership because there aren’t enough leaders, so says the Barna Group in their research article, Christians on Leadership, Calling and Career (April, 2013).
It is interesting that the research also revealed 58% of respondents claimed to be leaders. Wouldn’t seem there is any shortage of leaders. Perhaps there are too many or perhaps they just aren’t leading. However, it gets more…Continue
Added by Frank Mancuso on April 25, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments
How have we come to the point of resigning from the privilege of personally preparing the bodies of our loved ones for burial? While it may be true that most funeral directors have the sincerest desire to offer a helpful service, a brief study of state burial regulations reveals that we have been swindled into yet another system that has stolen the privileges and responsibilities of God’s children. The funeral industry has turned the “final act of…Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on April 25, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments
Have you ever considered that we (Christians) might have something in common with the Boston Marathon Bombers? Click here to see if you agree.
Added by Nancy Teague on April 24, 2013 at 6:54pm — No Comments
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 24, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments
Many times I have said that, although Pastor JD and I have never met, we are of one heart. Over the years I have only found two people I could say such a thing: David Wilkerson and, of course, Pastor JD Farag.
I had never met Wilkerson, before he went to join the Lord, and I don't know if Pastor JD and I will ever meet, but I know that if we did, we could spend hours together discussing our Lord and His Word!
Anyway, I want you to view this video,…
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 21, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
This seemed to be a good message to complete our discussion of Seeking and Receiving Guidance from our Father:
REJECTING THE LORD’S COUNSEL
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011]
When the prophet Hosea described the terrible harvest reaped as a result of dethroning God from His lordship…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 21, 2013 at 9:51am — No Comments
This is something I received in my email, and I wanted to pass it on . . . it does indeed exemplify what I have been trying to say in my last few messages on receiving and following our Lord's guidance. Read it, and allow it to change how you perceive your impact on others . . .
Apples . . .
A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 21, 2013 at 9:48am — No Comments
Regarding this stuff on receiving guidance and counsel from our Father, this is something you can do. You see many times believers, even devout and "believing" believers, don't trust the guidance they receive. Or, in some cases, they feel they don't receive any direction and guidance.
Well, I have a hard time with that one. Our Father never wants His children wandering around aimlessly. Do you remember how, in the Story of Job, the satan enters the very Throne room…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 19, 2013 at 4:17am — No Comments
When I was in the Philippines, I had the opportunity to enjoy some hummus that was out of this world! I tried, to no avail to get the restaurant owner to share his recipe with me. He smiled at me and said, “If I share this, I’ll be dead in the morning!” I think he was teasing about being dead, but he was serious about not sharing his secret.
I’ve had a hunger for hummus several times since returning home from the Philippines, but…Continue
Before, I was talking about responding to those inklings, those peculiar "voices" we hear. When you are impressed to say something to someone. The example I gave you was when I am impressed to call someone. The point I was trying to make is that when you receive that urge to act, you do it. Follow that leading. That is how you learn.
Now understand that, yes, you will probably make mistakes sometimes, but that is the learning curve I mentioned. Eventually you will…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 18, 2013 at 4:47am — No Comments
I was going to continue my discussion of guidance, but during my breaks and lunch the other day, the Lord was burdening my heart with something else. I was sensing some folks are beginning to lose hope as to whether their Father was really on their side. I know, I know. Everybody knows He cares, but some of us are dealing with some very frustrating issues, and it is becoming very quite burdensome.
While I was thinking about his, I remembered the story about when Jesus was…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 15, 2013 at 8:31pm — No Comments
I wanted to share some thoughts on guidance. Specifically, receiving and following the guidance we receive from the Lord. I have several aspects of this on my heart, so I hope I can make it clear enough.
First, let me explain a real simple way this works in my own life. Very often, I will be minding my own business, like when I am driving somewhere, and suddenly someone comes to mind. Down in my heart I feel impressed to give someone a call.
Now, this sense may…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 15, 2013 at 8:09pm — No Comments
From time to time, everyone encounters uncomfortable situations in their relationships with others. Whether it is between a husband and wife, sister and brother, friends or co-workers, misunderstandings and heated exchanges of words can happen. People end up saying hurtful things they really didn't mean or act out with unacceptable behavior. When this happens, division…Continue
Added by Connie Vyverberg on April 15, 2013 at 4:35pm — No Comments
We had our outdoor fellowship last Friday and what a wonderful experience it had been. The guys kept on saying that we're on "a church without walls," because literally it was. (see picture) For us, it was freedom. Not only we were free to move around the park but we were free to interact with each other as well. No walls, God rules, just plain and simple Spirit-led fellowship.
Although we have to be cautious still... because we are in a Muslim country and being able to do this in…Continue
Added by michael turda on April 15, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments
I have said this many times—many, many times, as a matter of fact! I even bet that some of you don’t want to hear it again . . . but unfortunately, I sense I need to repeat it some more . . . “stuff happens.” I know, I know. I don’t like thinking about it, either. But when it does happen, nothing honors our Father more than when we trust Him in the face of our problems and difficulties. It is so easy for us to forget the miracles and blessings He has given us, in the past.…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 14, 2013 at 8:14pm — No Comments
If you have done any research on the subject of house church women speaking, you’ll find that there is a lot of controversy over the subject. This issue becomes more prominent in the house church where a participatory style of meeting is used during the service. In a traditional church, where a senior minister preaches a sermon as the only major form of speaking in the service, there is less of a conflict about women speaking during the service. In an organic church where everyone…Continue
We hear it all the time: “You now reside in Heavenly places . . .” Well that’s nice and all, but how do we actually experience that, “Being in Heavenly places"? I mean you can’t weep your way into this heavenly place. You can’t study or work or will your way in. No, the only way to the throne-life is by way of a living sacrifice: “I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship”…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 12, 2013 at 4:29am — No Comments
In the process of seeking purpose in life and attempting to get a hold on Truth, I’ve looked to and trusted in many things. As Father has walked me through various stages of understanding, He has shown me that although most of us place high stakes in such worldly things, there is no hope in any of them. While I’m sure the journey and lessons are not finished, I’ve come to recognize that unadulterated purpose and Truth can not be found in this world,…Continue
Boy, lately I’ve been quite the downer, haven’t I? Well, I prefer to think of it as a realist. Today I want to demonstrate that our peace and contentment always depend on our resignation into our Father’s hands, no matter what our circumstance are like. The psalmist writes, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart . . .” (Psalm 37:4).
If you have fully resigned yourself into the Lord’s hands, then you are able to endure any and…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 10, 2013 at 8:14am — No Comments
Well once again I am trying to figure out our “world’s” conditions. It’s tough out there and maybe I am becoming a “Doom and Gloom Arnie,” but sometimes it can’t be helped.
In perilous time like these, is the church powerless to do anything? Are we supposed to sit and wait for Christ to return? Or, are we called to take drastic action of some kind? Walk around carrying signs, “The End is Near.” When all around us the world is trembling,…Continue
Added by Nickolas Hiemstra on April 10, 2013 at 6:20am — No Comments