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Prayer 2021
Study in Prayer - January 19 - In His Presence

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 6:09


Scripture of the Day:   Psalm 54:2“Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.”In His PresenceWhen you Praise God for things that have not happened yet, you are doing so BY FAITH. Your needs do not move God. Your wants do not move God. Your begging does not move God. The only thing that moves God is FAITH. Amen. So, if you are facing a terrible situation where you are crying out to God for deliverance, you cannot go into His presence begging Him. You need to go into His presence PRAISING Him! You need to pray and act like the answer has already occurred. That is called Faith. “Well, brother Bob, it sounds like wishful thinking to me. I mean, after all, if I did not receive the answer, if I'm still sick, if I'm still broke, if I'm still without a job or whatever – and I start acting like everything is great – I'm a hypocrite!” Well, my dear brother or sister – you are a hypocrite.  I'm sorry to say – but you are. “AM NOT!”  Oh – yes you are… you just exposed your true self… You are moved by feelings, emotions and the five physical senses.  You are acting on the Faith of doubting Thomas – not Faith in God and definitely not in the Faith of Jesus.  Hold on a minute – don't lose sight of what we are here trying to do. I want to help you get your prayer life off of the natural into the Heavenly realm of reality. Amen! One thing you need to realize is that praise is not dependent on your emotional situation at the time. It is only based on GOD. You need to praise HIM whether you feel like it or not. Amen! In Hebrews 13:15, the Word says, “Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God CONTINUALLY, that is the FRUIT OF OUR LIPS giving THANKS TO HIS NAME.”  David is the perfect example of someone who could praise God even when his own family was trying to kill him. He would constantly start praising God when it looked like all hope was lost. And God would turn things around. Amen! In Psalm 56:11, David says, “In God I will Praise His Word. In God I have put my trust. I will not be afraid of what man can do to me….” AMEN!  That is how we need to pray! Glory to God! I'm excited just teaching on this today! Shout amen somebody!  The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people. The Bible says the enemy is turned back, falls and perishes at the presence of our God. Amen! Praise is a powerful weapon against the forces of darkness when you bring it into your prayer life. It doesn't matter what you are facing our up against. Praise God brings you into the courts of Praise and into the presence of the Lord – and God takes notice. When God takes notice – the devil knows he is in trouble. It's like a burgler trying to break into your house in the middle of the night. He's sneaking around…and then he hears you calling 911.  What's that burglar going to do? FLEE. You were not talking to the burglar. You were not confronting the burglar. You were talking on the telephone to someone that the burglar wanted nothing to do with. And that burglar knows that help is being dispatched right then! Amen!  It works the same way. You don't have to deal with the demon bothering you. Just get on your PRAISE LINE and get God's attention. Help will be dispatched immediately. Daniel was told that the angel was sent as soon as he started praying. Amen! Let's pray right now. I want to help you connect your 911 line directly into God's dispatch center. Amen!  Let's pray and let's PRAISE HIM. Until next time, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Living Bible to “Always Keep on Praying!”  Be blessed in all that you do! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the...

Prayer 2021
Study in Prayer - January 18 - The Courts of Praise

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 6:15


Scripture of the Day:   Psalm 17:6“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”The Courts of PraiseThanksgiving and prayer are very important parts of prayer. When you believe you have received the answer to your prayers (which is how you should be praying – not begging as if it has not happened yet), you can't help but begin to Praise God! Amen!  Praise was ordained by God for a purpose. Psalm 8 and Psalm 9 point out some things about praise that you need to understand. Psalm 8:1-2 say, “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! Who has set your Glory about the Heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, you have ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might still the enemy and the avenger.”   Now, I want you to notice something here. Jesus, in Matthew 21:16, is quoting this scripture. You do understand that HE IS the WORD OF GOD, right? So, His interpretation MUST BE accurate… Can I get an AMEN on that one? I mean, Jesus, when quoting the Word is talking about Himself. So when He says something in the Word or from the Word – I think we can all agree it must be True, right? Because He also said “The Word is Truth.” Anyway, I could continue to farther along that line – but the point I'm trying to make is this… In Matthew 21:16, Jesus, quoting from Psalm 8:1-2, said, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings YOU HAVE PERFECTED PRAISE.”  Jesus is equating STRENGTH with PRAISE. From these scripture which we just read, we can see that GOD ORDAINED PRAISE for the purpose of defeating His enemies. Praising God will stop the enemy, the devil and any demon, right in their tracks! It is like having a tank pull into position and the enemies small arms fire just starts bouncing off the hull…then, the Holy Spirit spins that turret around and when you start PRAISING GOD – BAMMM!  That big tank gun goes off and the enemy is defeated…and all his little demon buddies take off running! Praise God!  No really – give God some Praise right now! Amen! Psalm 9:1-4 says, “I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart. I will show forth all of your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in YOU. I will sing praise to your name, O you, the Most High God. When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at your presence. For you have maintained my right and my cause. You sit on your Throne judging right.” Now, notice – this says WHEN your enemies are turned back. Not IF they will be turned back. Folks, these may seem like small things as you read them – but IF YOU BELIEVE exactly what the Word of God says – they make a world of difference. Amen! We are not wrestling with flesh and blood, but against demonic forces. When you Praise God in advance for the victory – you are praying in the Will of God. When you start to enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in your heart – you are entering the Courts of Praise and your victory is guaranteed. Amen! Let's pray right now and give God some Praise for answered prayer. Whatever it is you are going through right now – just start praising Him for the victory… Until next time, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Living Bible to “Always Keep on Praying!”  Be blessed in all that you do! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, Podcasting for Christians. It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2...

Prayer 2021
Study in Prayer - January 17 - It's Time to Upgrade Your Prayer Account

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 6:19


Scripture of the Day:   Genesis 25:21“Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” It's Time to Upgrade Your Prayer AccountHave you been struggling in your prayer life lately? Have you been noticing that some of your prayers just are not being answered?  I can tell you from experience, it is not God's fault. It is your fault!   Now, before you switch me off, here me out. Amen. God's answer is always YES and AMEN. He has said over and over and it has been emphasized by Jesus Himself, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His Will and in the Name of Jesus – God will grant us the prayers we have asked Him. And if it is impossible for God to lie – then He will do what He said He would do. But, I can guarantee you from the Word of God, He will ONLY answer prayers that are in accordance with His will. That's in 1 John 5:14. Amen.  If you are experiencing a dry season in your prayer life – check yourself. Get back into the Word. Get back into agreement with the Word. Get back into an alignment with the Will of God and then you will start to see a change in the results of your prayer life. Amen! You cannot know what the Will of God IS unless you know His Word. His will is His Word. So the first thing you need to do is start to study His Word in more detail. You should be reading it on a daily basis. If you are not doing so – there is a big red flag right there! Amen! Next, you must renew your mind. When you get into God's Word on a consistent basis, it will transform your life. And it all starts in your mind. Remember, you are a Spirit. Your Spirit man was created the instant you were born again. That's what the term BORN AGAIN means. The Old you died and you became a new creation. Created in the image of Christ who is the image of God. So you are created in God's image – and that makes you His Child. A Child of God. Amen. But your mind, your will – notice I said YOUR WILL and your emotions – are your soul. All of the bad things you've ever done are still in your memory – your mind. This can make you sad, angry, feel condemned, or whatever. WHY? Because you know you sinned. But – you must remember, if you are born again, that has been forgiven… But, the devil will try to bring up those things you've been forgiven of. Those thoughts are housed in your memory. So you need to transform your MIND. Allow God's Word to purify your thoughts.  I've done things, before I was born again and yes – even after – that I feel absolutely terrible about. Things I would never do now. But, the good news is – I've been forgiven! Praise you Jesus! Amen!  And the good news for you is – if you are born again – YOU have been forgiven, too! Can I get an AMEN on that one! Praise God! So, although those thoughts are there, you need to start speaking the Word against them. You can only do that IF you know the Word. And you can only do that by getting INTO the Word.  Once you start to realize this, you become more noticeable of what God's WILL really is as it concerns situations you are facing. And once you know what God's Will IS in any given situation – that is what you need to start praying and walking out. As you do that – VICTORY comes! Amen! Victory in JESUS – Praise God!   All of that comes simply by YOU renewing your mind. When you realize that – you will realize that YES – you need to “upgrade” your prayer account and your prayer life. Shout Amen Somebody! Let's pray that God will help you to make the time in your schedule to start getting into His Word. Begin the process of upgrading your prayer account by transforming you thought life with the Word of God. Let's pray… Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our...

The Daily Still Podcast - Guided Christian Meditations and Devotions

God of Blessings - Encore Meditation The Bible teaches us that all blessings come from God. When we praise God and thank Him for our blessings, we affirm that He is the One from whom all blessings flow. The discipline of praise helps us live in the intimacy of God's Presence. Doxology – Written by Thomas Ken, 1674 (Performed by artist J.Lauren @jlaurenmusic) Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
 Praise Him, all creatures here below
 Praise Him, above the heavenly host
 Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost 
Amen. ”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." Ephesians 1:3 NIV "Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life: I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." Psalm 146:1-2 NIV

Tribulation-Now
The Days of Collission are Upon Us w Terri Hill

Tribulation-Now

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 171:00


The Days of Collission are Upon Us w Terri Hill Join Johnny Baptist while he discusses the empirical events across the world leading up to World War III, the trickery and deceit of the New World Order, and the bizarre weirdness of the fallen angelic UFO phenomenon as we plunge head first into the forthcoming apocalypse and the Seven Seals of Revelation (chapter 6). Praise God we are blessed with another visit from sister Terri Hill.  Tonight she will be sharing a teaching entitled "The Days of Collission are Upon Us".  God Bless You - see you there! To sign up for radio show Email Notifications click  Mail Link: http://gem.godaddy.com/signups/185380/join

ESV: Daily Office Lectionary
January 16: Psalms 148–150; Psalms 114–115; Genesis 7:1–10; Genesis 7:17–23; Ephesians 4:1–16; Mark 3:7–19

ESV: Daily Office Lectionary

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 10:21


2 Epiphany First Psalm: Psalms 148–150 Psalms 148–150 (Listen) Praise the Name of the Lord 148   Praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD from the heavens;    praise him in the heights!2   Praise him, all his angels;    praise him, all his hosts! 3   Praise him, sun and moon,    praise him, all you shining stars!4   Praise him, you highest heavens,    and you waters above the heavens! 5   Let them praise the name of the LORD!    For he commanded and they were created.6   And he established them forever and ever;    he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.1 7   Praise the LORD from the earth,    you great sea creatures and all deeps,8   fire and hail, snow and mist,    stormy wind fulfilling his word! 9   Mountains and all hills,    fruit trees and all cedars!10   Beasts and all livestock,    creeping things and flying birds! 11   Kings of the earth and all peoples,    princes and all rulers of the earth!12   Young men and maidens together,    old men and children! 13   Let them praise the name of the LORD,    for his name alone is exalted;    his majesty is above earth and heaven.14   He has raised up a horn for his people,    praise for all his saints,    for the people of Israel who are near to him.  Praise the LORD! Sing to the Lord a New Song 149   Praise the LORD!  Sing to the LORD a new song,    his praise in the assembly of the godly!2   Let Israel be glad in his Maker;    let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!3   Let them praise his name with dancing,    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!4   For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;    he adorns the humble with salvation.5   Let the godly exult in glory;    let them sing for joy on their beds.6   Let the high praises of God be in their throats    and two-edged swords in their hands,7   to execute vengeance on the nations    and punishments on the peoples,8   to bind their kings with chains    and their nobles with fetters of iron,9   to execute on them the judgment written!    This is honor for all his godly ones.  Praise the LORD! Let Everything Praise the Lord 150   Praise the LORD!  Praise God in his sanctuary;    praise him in his mighty heavens!22   Praise him for his mighty deeds;    praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3   Praise him with trumpet sound;    praise him with lute and harp!4   Praise him with tambourine and dance;    praise him with strings and pipe!5   Praise him with sounding cymbals;    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!6   Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD! Footnotes [1] 148:6 Or it shall not be transgressed [2] 150:1 Hebrew expanse (compare Genesis 1:6–8) (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalms 114–115 Psalms 114–115 (Listen) Tremble at the Presence of the Lord 114   When Israel went out from Egypt,    the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,2   Judah became his sanctuary,    Israel his dominion. 3   The sea looked and fled;    Jordan turned back.4   The mountains skipped like rams,    the hills like lambs. 5   What ails you, O sea, that you flee?    O Jordan, that you turn back?6   O mountains, that you skip like rams?    O hills, like lambs? 7   Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,    at the presence of the God of Jacob,8   who turns the rock into a pool of water,    the flint into a spring of water. To Your Name Give Glory 115   Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,    for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2   Why should the nations say,    “Where is their God?”3   Our God is in the heavens;    he does all that he pleases. 4   Their idols are silver and gold,    the work of human hands.5   They have mouths, but do not speak;    eyes, but do not see.6   They have ears, but do not hear;    noses, but do not smell.7   They have hands, but do not feel;    feet, but do not walk;    and they do not make a sound in their throat.8   Those who make them become like them;    so do all who trust in them. 9   O Israel,1 trust in the LORD!    He is their help and their shield.10   O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!    He is their help and their shield.11   You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!    He is their help and their shield. 12   The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us;    he will bless the house of Israel;    he will bless the house of Aaron;13   he will bless those who fear the LORD,    both the small and the great. 14   May the LORD give you increase,    you and your children!15   May you be blessed by the LORD,    who made heaven and earth! 16   The heavens are the LORD's heavens,    but the earth he has given to the children of man.17   The dead do not praise the LORD,    nor do any who go down into silence.18   But we will bless the LORD    from this time forth and forevermore.  Praise the LORD! Footnotes [1] 115:9 Masoretic Text; many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac O house of Israel (ESV) Old Testament: Genesis 7:1–10; Genesis 7:17–23 Genesis 7:1–10 (Listen) 7 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals,1 the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs2 of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing3 that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. Footnotes [1] 7:2 Or seven of each kind of clean animal [2] 7:3 Or seven of each kind [3] 7:4 Hebrew all existence; also verse 23 (ESV) Genesis 7:17–23 (Listen) 17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits1 deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. Footnotes [1] 7:20 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters (ESV) New Testament: Ephesians 4:1–16 Ephesians 4:1–16 (Listen) Unity in the Body of Christ 4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,   “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,    and he gave gifts to men.”1 9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth?2 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds3 and teachers,4 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,5 to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Footnotes [1] 4:8 The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women [2] 4:9 Or the lower parts of the earth? [3] 4:11 Or pastors [4] 4:11 Or the shepherd-teachers [5] 4:13 Greek to a full-grown man (ESV) Gospel: Mark 3:7–19 Mark 3:7–19 (Listen) A Great Crowd Follows Jesus 7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known. The Twelve Apostles 13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot,1 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Footnotes [1] 3:18 Greek kananaios, meaning zealot (ESV)

Prayer 2021
Study in Prayer - January 9 - God's Word is the ONLY Truth!

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 8:45


Scripture of the Day:   Luke 17:20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those that will believe in me through their message.”God's Word is the ONLY Truth Yesterday, we talked about praising God in the face of negative talk about you being to sick to get better. We discussed that, if you truly believed God's Word, you would rejoice! Because either God is the only one who will get your praise when you are healed HERE – or He will be the only one to get your praise when you are in His Presence THERE. Praise God… I have had my times of what could be called “miraculous healing” myself. I've had them happen for several people that I have prayed for. I've witnessed numerous others as other men and women of God have prayed for people. This is real, folks. Those naysayers that refuse to acknowledge that Jesus is the Great Physician are only doing so because they do not have the Faith to believe. I've received healing myself, from colds to severe injuries. I remember several years back I was participating in officiating football games. I still do today, but this was several years ago and I was new to the experience. Anyway, I made a mistake in my positioning and ended up getting taken out by a several 200 plus pound football players making a tackle. I got back up, I stayed on the field and finished the game, but I was hurt and I knew it. I prayed – and got through the game. When I finally drove home, I could barely walk. My left leg was hurt and hurt bad. I knew it. The next day was even worse. Thank God I had a week until my next scheduled game. I prayed and stood in Faith. Literally – stood – in faith.  The next weekend, I went back out. I was hobbling, but able to function. I could not run as fast as I had, but I was able to do my job and get through the game. Then the next and the next, etc. A about two years ago, I was having problems with my right knee.  This was from an on the job injury I suffered many, many years ago as a police officer. And my doctor decided to get an x-ray. They took an x-ray of both legs. When I returned to the doctor for the results, he asked me, “When did you break your leg?” “Excuse me? I've never broken my leg,” I replied. “Yes you did. It was a pretty good break, too. But it was reset and has calcified over. The reason I asked is because you did not put that down as a prior injury.” I told the doctor, I do not know when that could've happened. He said that, from the x-ray, it had been about three years or so from what he could tell. But, as I was thinking about it, the ONLY time that could've been the case is with that football game. That is the only time something like that would've happened. I did not go to the doctor. I PRAYED. I did not go the ER. I went to God's Word. I knew what the Word said about healing. Was it instantaneous? As far as I was concerned, No. I mean it took me several weeks, maybe even a couple of months to run and everything like before. But was it instantaneous? According to the doctor, it must've been. He said it had been reset! Amen! I prayed, Jesus answered – and I went about doing my normal business and activities. It was not until several years later that I found out what actually happened to me that night. Praise God. That is just one example. I knew “something” was wrong – and prayed for healing. I knew I had been healed – I just did not know to what extent until this doctor asked me “when I had broken my leg?”  Praise God. But that is what I'm talking about. I believed God's Word. I believed God's Word was TRUE and I stood, literally, on God's Word. And I received my healing. Now, if you would've asked someone who seen me walking or attempting to run on the sidelines a week or two weeks or even three weeks later, they would say I was not healed. If you had asked me and I told you how I felt, I would say I was not healed. But I was standing in God's Promises and I said, “By His stripes, I WAS...

Prayer 2021
Study in Prayer - January 8 - Demonic Truth vs Spiritual Truth pt 1

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 8:23


Scripture of the Day:   Luke 22:45“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”Demonic Truth versus Spiritual Truth As we continue our study in prayer, I want to emphasize over and over for you the importance of BELIEVING THE BIBLE over believing what any other person has to say. I don't care if your doctor tells you that you only have a few weeks left to live.  You should just ask him, “So there is nothing else you can do?” When he says no, then state a Spiritual FACT – “Then I trust God to do what HE says He will do…”  Then start quoting some healing scriptures… Praise God! “Well, brother bob, that actually seems a little silly, don't you think? I mean, after all, that doctor is trained in this field. He knows when there is nothing else that can be done… I'd look like a plum fool to say I was believing God for my healing when the best doctors and medical sciences says I'm going to die…” It is belief like that which probably got you into this predicament in the first place. Maybe, just MAYBE, if  you would've gone to God and His Word at the first symptoms – you wouldn't be in this mess right now.  BUT NOOOO – you sought the best advice from MEN rather than God. Now, don't get me wrong. I love doctors and modern medical technology. If it were not for doctors and other medical staff – so many people would've died before they even had a chance to get born again. Amen. But, let's look at from a natural verses spiritual perspective for just a moment. Who came up with all the latest ideas and concepts in modern medical breakthroughs? I guess a better question would be, who GAVE these people the IDEAS of the concepts and the WAY they would work on the human body?  That would be GOD, right? Who created these bodies in the first place? God… Who contaminated these bodies so they would start to die in the first place?  Satan… Who established death in the body and death in the earth?  Satan… Who overcame death in the body and death in the earth?  JESUS… Who triumphed over Satan in all things?  JESUS… Who took all the authority Satan had in this earth?  JESUS… Who gave US that authority over Satan?  JESUS… In whose name can we pray and watch every demon flee?  JESUS… In whose name can we pray and believe sickness must flee? JESUS… Do you start to see a pattern here? Amen! There are two kinds of truth at work here.  Natural truth, based up on natural laws and consists of things we can see, touch, hear, taste and smell. Things that pertain to living in this fallen world. Then, there is God's Spiritual Truth – which supersedes natural truth. Supersedes natural laws. Supersedes what your five senses perceive and operates on a Godly plain that only God's children can operate in.  His Truth is contained in His Word. “Thy Word is Truth.” Amen. So, when you are faced with bad news like that…go ahead, ask the doctor, “So there is nothing else you or anyone else can do?”  When they say NO – Praise God! Tell them, “So, I've been praying for years that when I die, I will get to see Jesus. You're telling me that day is approaching! That's Good News!  And, you know what is even better, Doc?  I'm still believing God for my healing – so when it happens NOW – it ain't because of YOU – ALL PRAISE will be His. Bless God! This is exciting!  And, what's the worst that can happen, Doc? I die like you said and immediately step into Glory with Jesus and I'll be healed forever! Praise God! Now, I'm telling you right here, you will not be able to say things like that unless you truly believe them. Because when you start praising God like that, the devil doesn't like it. He will probably move immediately to shut you down by having the doctor start to intercede, “Well, now…I wouldn't get all...

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Love Thy Nay Bor – Anthony Wilson pt 3

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 28:04


Love Thy Nay Bor Anthony Wilson pt 3 We've heard the scripture from Mark chapter 12 verse 31 and  Matthew chapter 22 verse 39, which says, “love your neighbor as yourself”, the imperative word here being “as.” The long form of this phrase would be “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” This implies that in order to be kind, compassionate, and generous to our neighbor, we must first be these things to ourselves. Amen! For many people, they “know the verse” but have difficulty in implementation. For others, they try too hard to implement the verse and end in strife. For others, they just ignore it completely and are out for themselves. Our guest today is Apostle Anthony Wilson, host of the https://anchor.fm/anthony-wilson (“Love Thy Nay Bor Podcast”) (spelled NAY and BOR). Anthony is on a mission to equip, encourage and elevate God's people and to reach those who are far off and to bring them closer to God. He does this through sound doctrine and teaching and, through his podcast! Praise God!  He is also the author of the book titled, https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God.”) This book discusses true Biblical prosperity and success as a Christian Today is the conclusion of this great three part interview! Let's shift gears a bit. Your book, “The Hand of God,” deals with Biblical Prosperity. What is the main difference between the world's idea of prosperity and the Bible's definition of prosperity? I've had some people, not a lot, but some, get mad at me for charging a fee for some of my services. I try to explain that it costs money to run a ministry – and they still get upset, saying “You should just trust God to provide…” But then, when I ask them if they go to work and earn a paycheck, why they don't “just trust God to provide” – they REALLY get mad!  But it does cost money to run a ministry. There are expenses involved in all that we do – PLUS – time. If I'm working 8 hours per day on this platform and working to assist others in getting the word out – shouldn't the ministry be compensated? Anthony, I'm telling you, if I find a promise in the Bible, there is no devil in hell that can talk me out of it. I teach everyone that, if you have a need – go to the Word. If you can find ONE scripture where God provided that need for someone else, THAT is the scripture you need to take that “uncompromising” stand on and just lift up to the Lord and thank Him continually for the answer. You'd be surprised how many nasty notes I get that “I'm leading people astray.”  Do you run into situations like that? The Bible is God's Word and His Word IS His Will and His promise to us. Amen! Anthony, this has been truly fascinating. I've enjoyed our conversation today.  Your book, https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God,”) how can someone get a copy of it? Is it on Amazon? And if someone wanted to reach out to you, to ask a question, invite you to come speak or maybe to do an interview like this, how can they get in touch with you? I'll put links to all of this down below in the show notes. Folks, as you have heard Anthony Wilson and I go back and forth, the Word of God is so needful today than at any other time in human history. Events happening all around the world right now, yes, they've been happening since time began!  But they are now happening in, what I call, a convergence. So many things are happening simultaneously instead of independently. And the Bible clearly tells us when these thing are happening all at the same time, to “Look up – for our redemption IS drawing near!” amen! I encourage you to go down into the show notes can click the links there to get in touch with Apostle Anthony Wilson. Order his book, https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God.”) In fact, you should order two or three or more and use them as witnessing tools and just hand them out as gifts. Amen! What better gift can you give than the Word of God and the ability to understand it. You can do that by... Support this podcast

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Love Thy Nay Bor – Anthony Wilson pt 2

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 28:55


Love Thy Nay Bor Anthony Wilson pt 2 We've heard the scripture from Mark chapter 12 verse 31 and  Matthew chapter 22 verse 39, which says, “love your neighbor as yourself”, the imperative word here being “as.” The long form of this phrase would be “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” This implies that in order to be kind, compassionate, and generous to our neighbor, we must first be these things to ourselves. Amen! For many people, they “know the verse” but have difficulty in implementation. For others, they try too hard to implement the verse and end in strife. For others, they just ignore it completely and are out for themselves. Our guest today is Apostle Anthony Wilson, host of the https://anchor.fm/anthony-wilson (“Love Thy Nay Bor Podcast”) (spelled NAY and BOR). Anthony is on a mission to equip, encourage and elevate God's people and to reach those who are far off and to bring them closer to God. He does this through sound doctrine and teaching and, through his podcast! Praise God!  He is also the author of the book titled, https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God.”) This book discusses true Biblical prosperity and success as a Christian. This is part two of what turned out to be an awesome three part interview! (we pick up the discussion of doing a deep dive in our Bible study time) How did or how has COVID affected your ministry? There was a time, not to long ago, when almost everyone brought their own Bible's to church so they could follow along with the pastor.  Now, they rely on the screen to provide them with a scripture reference and most people do not know how to “turn to a specific” scripture on their own. They're lost when it comes to looking up scripture. What is your take on using the large screens with scripture references, etc. in churches today. I know they serve a purpose, but I believe they are actually dumbing down church goers.  What is your take on this? You believe the average Christian should be studying their Bible more, and I agree. But why is it most Christians today actually study LESS than just a few years ago?  Again, I relate some of that back to church goers not using their own Bibles in services. Folks, so many things are happening simultaneously instead of independently. And the Bible clearly tells us when these thing are happening all at the same time, to “Look up – for our redemption IS drawing near!” What better gift can you give than the Word of God and the ability to understand it. You can do that by ordering Apostle Anthony Wilson's book, https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God,”) right now. Go down into the show notes and click the links right there! CONTACT INFORMATION: https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X ()Email:  lovethynaybor@yahoo.com Website:  https://thelovethynayborpodcastnetwork.wordpress.com/ (https://thelovethynayborpodcastnetwork.wordpress.com) Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/anthony-wilson (https://anchor.fm/anthony-wilson) Book: https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God”) – on Amazon Support this podcast

Prayer 2021
Study in Prayer - January 5 - The Sword of the Spirit

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 7:23


Scripture of the Day:   Ephesians 6:17-18“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.” The Sword of the SpiritIn order to fight the good fight of faith, you must learn how to use the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Fighting the good fight of faith is speaking the Word out of your mouth that you believe in your heart. This is why it is so important for you to keep up with this series on prayer. Every single day for an entire year, we will be building up the power of this Sword inside your spirits. You have to have the Word of God in your heart and be ready to use scriptures against demons when they try to attack you. You do not have time to say, “hold on a minute, let me get my bible…” If a thief was breaking into your house, it's too late to run downstairs in the basement and start lifting weights to build up muscle tone and strength you can wrestle him out of your home. You should have started preparing for that kind of attack years ago. It is the same thing in the Spirit. You cannot go into battle without the proper foundation.  My time as an officer in the Army Cavalry, we continually trained as if we were in war. Every time we would go out on field exercises, it was conducted under battle field conditions. If it was raining and storming, we still conducted the operations as planned. We used to say that we practices to be wet, cold and miserable – and became experts at it. Amen!  Seriously though, spiritual warfare is not a “fair fight.” There is no such thing as a fair fight. Not in battle. Not as cop. I learned that if someone was trying to fight me on the streets of Baltimore, when I was wearing all of this gear, it was because they were trying to kill me. Period. If someone was trying to fight me that bad, I was now authorized to take any and all actions to protect myself, eliminate any threat to my life and those around me. If that involved discharging my firearm, so be it. The point I'm trying to make is this, in the Spirit, the devil wants nothing better to do than to kill you. That way, you can go on to Heaven, and he doesn't have to worry about you anymore. But if you stay, if you keep on living, you are a threat to his kingdom. You are a threat to the works of darkness in this earth. So, if he and his demons get a chance, they will try to take you out. If you are not skillful at wielding the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, you will be like a boy scout running onto Normandy Beach on D-Day with only your pocket knife. In other words, the devil and his demons will take you out. But, if you are skillful in using the Word of God against the devil and his forces, it will be like calling in a tactical nuke on the devil's position. They will FLEE and flee quickly.  In the military, and as a cop, we had a “basic load” of ammunition that we carried with us. This ammunition and our weapons were always at the ready. They could be put into action in a split second. If a threat popped up, we could engage it in seconds. Literally.  That is the way you need to be with scriptures. You need to be able to respond to any threat of the devil or any demonic power with a basic load of scriptures, that begins with “Devil, IT IS WRITTEN…and then blast away!” Praise God! You need to have several scriptures at the ready for various situations. Healing, finances, torment, casting out evil spirits, whatever the Lord puts on your heart for your situations. Listen to Him, He will prepare you. Again, that is the purpose for these daily teachings this year. Amen! Let's Pray! Until next time, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Living Bible to “Always Keep on Praying!”  Be...

UNPLUGGED Live Concerts
Future - Live at Rolling Loud Festival | LA - Full Set | 2021

UNPLUGGED Live Concerts

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 53:46


Future set with special guest Kanye West and more at Rolling Loud LA 2021 | Full Set. All uploads on this channel are for promotional purposes only! The music has been converted before uploading to prevent ripping and to protect the artist(s) and label(s). If you don't want your content here (that goes for audio or images) please contact me immediately via email: unpluggedtube@outlook.it and I WILL REMOVE THE EPISODE OR ARTWORK IMMEDIATELY! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0:01: Mask off 3:47 Bugatti 5:31 Same damn time 6:24 New level 7:50 Thought it was a drought 9:56 Stick talk 11:45 Real sisters 13:28 Freak hoe 16:18 Jumpman 18:38 Sh!t [Future brings Hotboii out] 21:42 Hotboii & Future Nobody special 24:29 Low life [Future Brings Roddy Ricch out] 27:54 Roddy Ricch - The Box 31:39 March Madness [Future Brings Kanye West out] 35:50 Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing 37:29 HURRICANE 40:00 PRAISE GOD 43:44 Kanye West - Father Stretch My Hands 46:28 Future - F*ck Up Some Commas 48:39 Drake Feat. Future And Young Thug - Way 2 Sexy 50:45 42 Dugg Feat. Future - Maybach Reshared by Team UNPLUGGED.

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Love Thy Nay Bor – Anthony Wilson pt 1

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 25:23


Love Thy Nay Bor Anthony Wilson pt 1 We've heard the scripture from Mark chapter 12 verse 31 and  Matthew chapter 22 verse 39, which says, “love your neighbor as yourself”, the imperative word here being “as.” The long form of this phrase would be “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” This implies that in order to be kind, compassionate, and generous to our neighbor, we must first be these things to ourselves. Amen! For many people, they “know the verse” but have difficulty in implementation. For others, they try too hard to implement the verse and end in strife. For others, they just ignore it completely and are out for themselves. Our guest today is Apostle Anthony Wilson, host of the https://anchor.fm/anthony-wilson (“Love Thy Nay Bor Podcast”) (spelled NAY and BOR). Anthony is on a mission to equip, encourage and elevate God's people and to reach those who are far off and to bring them closer to God. He does this through sound doctrine and teaching and, through his podcast! Praise God!  He is also the author of the book titled, https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God.”) This book discusses true Biblical prosperity and success as a Christian. Help me welcome to the program, Apostle Anthony Wilson!  Anthony, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to visit with us today! First question, other than that brief information I just shared, can you tell us in your own words, “Who is Anthony Wilson?” Let's start by talking about your podcast.  Why the phonetic change to “neighbor” in your title? It's definitely an attention getter! One thing that gets my goat nowadays is when someone takes one verse of scripture and tries to make a new doctrine out of it. From what I've read about you and from what I've heard, listening to a few of your episode, this is something that gets your fire up, too. Is that right? How can we, as believers and as fellow laborers of the Gospel, dispel this type of false teaching? I know, for myself, the type of teachings I listen to are, basically, deep dives on scripture verses. Not entire chapters in one sitting type of teachings. I love, for example, a study in Mark 11. Not just Mark 11 and not just Mark 11 and verses 22-24.  But let's go verse by verse through Mark 11 because verses 1-21 put into context what Jesus was talking about in verses 22-24!  Amen!  How about you, what do you focus on in your teachings? Another example of not teaching the entire doctrine, let's use one of the MOST memorized scriptures in the Bible, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Most Christians believe that and can probably quote it. But very few know what verse 17 says! “For God did not send His Son into the world to CONDEMN the world; but that the world – THROUGH HIM – might be saved!” So many focus on verse 16 and only worry about the individual – which we should, I'm not trying to minimize that – but there is also an entire WORLD beyond our four walls that needs to be reached. I see our internet ministry as fulfilling verse 17 – but we do it by reaching INDIVIDUALS to help THEM fulfill verse 16. But our ministry – and yours – through podcasting, etc. is reaching THE WORLD! Amen! And, of course, we are fulfilling the Great Commandment in all of this as well. Folks, as you have heard Anthony Wilson and I go back and forth, the Word of God is so needful today than at any other time in human history. Events happening all around the world right now, yes, they've been happening since time began! I encourage you to go down into the show notes can click the links there to get in touch with Apostle Anthony Wilson. Order his book,  https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X (“The Hand of God.”) CONTACT INFORMATION: https://amzn.to/3FuDo2X () Email:  lovethynaybor@yahoo.com Website:  https://thelovethynayborpodcastnetwork.wordpress.com... Support this podcast

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Vertical Relationship Training – Melia Diana

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 21:20


Vertical Relationship Training Melia Diana Everyone has experienced problems in their relationships, whether it is between husband and wife, boy-friend or girl-friend, or other people that are involved in your life. Some even have issues reconciling the fact that Jesus loves them unconditionally. To help us understand these things, sometimes we need someone just to come alongside us and point us in the right direction. Amen! My guest today has been helping people do just that for many years. Melia Diana is an International Best-Selling author; a Certified Christian Counselor, speaker and relationship & dating coach. She specializes in helping you to receive that inner healing transformation who unashamedly loves the Lord and is indefinitely serious about her Faith walk with Jesus. Amen! She has her own Signature Coaching Programs to help women to identify the missing links and ROOT issues that hinder God's best in your life. She is also the author of a great book titled, https://amzn.to/39WAxBo (“Vertical Relationship: 4 Steps to Salvation & Getting Right with God.”)  She also co-authored a book that became a #1 international best seller, titled https://amzn.to/3sIt0im (“Overcomer: Redeemed Masterpiece (Inspired Stories of Real People with Unconquerable Will to Thrive and Be Alive).) And now she has a podcast as well, https://meliadiana.com/podcast/ (“The Vertical Relationship Show!”) Praise God! Help me welcome to the program, Melia Diana!  Melia, thank you so much for taking the time to come back on the program and visit with us today! For those that may not have heard our prior conversation, it has been almost a year already – time goes by so fast… but to catch up those that may not have heard our prior episode, can you tell us in your own words, “Who is Melia Diana?” Last time, we discussed your book, “Vertical Relationship.”  We also talked about how you got started doing this “personal aspect of Spiritual coaching.”  Let's start there just to bring everyone up to date.  Why did you get involved with coaching and counseling services like this? You also have your “Vertical Relationship Academy.” What is this about? Does this training follow your book or go into more detail about the concepts outlined in your book? You speak to “getting to the core ROOT issues.”  What do you mean by that and how do they affect people in their daily lives and relationships? Do you help your clients, I'll just use the phrase, “realign their relationship with Jesus” which then helps them to realign their relationship with others? Or does it go the other way around, heal their relationship with others which brings them more in line with their relationship with Jesus? I know you are a licensed Physical Therapist, does this play into that area of your expertise as well? You talk about helping people receive inner healing in all areas of their life, “spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically.” Let's talk about what you call, “Spiritual Trauma of the wounded soul.” Can you explain that for us? Tell us about your podcast, https://meliadiana.com/podcast/ ("The Vertical Relationship Show.") When did you begin podcasting? How often do you publish new episodes? What is the format of your podcast? Are you going to be doing interviews? You also do public speaking. I know COVID kind of put the dampers on everything. It affected me as well. I used to go to half a dozen speaking events a year, but those withered away. I've participated in a lot of virtual events. How about you? What has your speaking events consisted of lately? What are your plans for 2022? Melia, all of this sounds so interesting. If someone wanted to contact you to get information on having you come and speak, whether virtually or in person or perhaps get more information on your Vertical Relationship Academy, how can they do that? How can someone get in touch with you to find out more? How can we listen... Support this podcast

Solid Steps Radio
#311 Two Recovering Alcoholics Talk About Their Journey From Bottle to Savior 1/1/22

Solid Steps Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 45:48


Can you be an alcoholic and a Christian? On this week's show recovering alcoholics John Jordan and Marc Davidson talk about their journey from functioning alcoholic to sober believer. Praise God, they are now dependent on a Savior and not a bottle.

CHURCH ONLINE
CHURCH ONLINE - January 2, 2022 - Video

CHURCH ONLINE

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 49:38


Praise God with us every Lord's Day; as our hearts and minds are prepared the teaching of His Word.

CHURCH ONLINE
CHURCH ONLINE - January 2, 2022 - Audio

CHURCH ONLINE

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 49:38


Praise God with us every Lord's Day; as our hearts and minds are prepared the teaching of His Word.

CHURCH ONLINE
CHURCH ONLINE - January 2, 2022 - PDF

CHURCH ONLINE

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022


Praise God with us every Lord's Day; as our hearts and minds are prepared the teaching of His Word.

MEFC Sermon Audio - Midland, MI
Keeping a Kingdom Focus in a Whacked-Out World

MEFC Sermon Audio - Midland, MI

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 33:31


Our culture has changed rapidly over the last 10 years. Words are being redefined, people are confused, families and friends are divided, and anger abounds. If only we had a source of TRUTH that is eternal – a truth for all people at any time…. Praise God, WE DO! We have the unchanging, inerrant, promise-filled, eternal Word of God. Listen as Pastor Chuck begins the new year in a timely sermon from 2 Peter 1:3-4 in the sermon, Keeping a Kingdom Focus in a Whacked-Out World.

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Is 2022 The Year of Jesus Return? – Tom Donnan

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 33:11


Is 2022 THE YEAR of Jesus Return?  Tom Donnan If you've been listening to us the last few days on this podcast, you know we, our special guest, Tom Donnan and myself, have been doing a type of “year in review” for 2021. We summarized many of the podcasts we've been sharing over this year and the topics we discussed…all basically with one overriding theme – everything the Bible says is supposed to happen before Jesus returns has either already happened or is happening now – or is in the process of happening right now. And we do not share these messages to bring condemnation or a “woe is me” type of attitude. Yes, times may get tough. Yes, people will die. Yes the world is getting worse and worse. Yes this is all happening – but – it's NOT of God! It is the result of people, individual people, turning from serving God, from believing in God and from following Godly morals and principles – and embracing humanism, embracing “alternative lifestyles” that God Himself told us not to allow. But just like Romans 2, our government not only “allows it” – but encourages it. If you missed the last two episodes where Tom Donnan and I shared about what WAS the year 2021…go back and catch up. Amen! Because now – we have our eyes to the future. We are BLESSED to be living in the day and time in which we do. We are BLESSED to see all the wickedness going on. We are BLESSED to see the devil having his way with society. We are BLESSED to “SEE” these things and we need to REJOICE that we are seeing them! Praise God! “Ah…brother Bob…excuse me…how can we be happy and rejoice with all of this wickedness and mayhem happening all around us?” HOW? Easy!  Luke 21:28 is where Jesus TOLD US, “When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, BECAUSE – your redemption is drawing near!” Everything, Jesus said, the prophets of old foretold, but their eyes could not see – He says “YOUR EYES SEE.”  Praise God! Let me bring our good friend Tom Donnan on here… Tom… thank you for coming back on the program to start off the year 2022 with us! Amen!  I appreciate you taking the time to join us today, brother! The last two days were awesome. We wrapped up and closed out the year 2021. But now, I want us to look at some things happening around us and how 2022 is looking to shape up... We left off yesterday, December 31st, talking about the “hedge of protection” over and around America becoming weaker and weaker and being lifted by God to allow these things we see to happen. Explain that concept for our listeners… Can individuals, individual Christians, have a hedge of protection around them – while the hedge around the nation is removed? How can we “pray up” the hedge around us and our family? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Nc84Mc-KE (The Mystery of the Hedge | Episode 871 - YouTube) You had a dream of a huge burden. You said it WILL COME and it will come to everyone. Can you explain that? Psalm 107 describes this scenario? So, you see, and I have to admit, so do I and I know othesr, some major ministries, believe this too – that America has been turned over to wicked leaders as a form of chastisement. Is this right? How does it work? And, I think we discussed this a bit the last day or so, mainly it was because we, as a nation, rejected righteous leadership and embraced wickedness. Trump may have had his personal faults, but he fully, 100% supported everything that Evangelical Christians embrace.  And when we, as a nation, rejected his leadership and embraced the 100% opposite…well, let's just say, “there's hell to pay.” And we are starting to see it… Is it possible to reverse the trend? Let me ask you this – do you believe we are seeing the “fall of America” happen right before our very eyes? A lot of this is because the media is being played like a stringed instrument by Satan. They've successfully divided this nation along ethnic, political, financial and cultural lines... Support this podcast

Today in the Word Devotional

We have a family video that I always enjoy watching. It is of my oldest daughter when she was about six years old opening a Christmas gift. She received a stuffed animal that she had been wanting for some time. When she opened it, she hugged it and danced all around the room saying, “Thank you!” Her gratitude was spontaneous, exuberant, and genuine. This month we have been reflecting on the many gifts we have received through the coming of Jesus. We have looked at the ways in which God has kept His promises. We have considered the ways in which God’s love was displayed through Jesus. We have celebrated the fact that we have been adopted into a new family. And we have rejoiced that God has given us a purpose to fulfill. The appropriate response to all of this is to be filled with exuberant and genuine thankfulness! In today’s reading, Paul bursts forth in gratitude for what God has done: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (v. 3). That verse summarizes our month’s study quite well. Every blessing we enjoy comes from God. He chose us (v. 3). He “predestined us for adoption to sonship” (v. 5). He redeemed us (v. 7). He lavished us with grace (v. 8). He revealed to us the “mystery of his will” (v. 9). He has given us the Holy Spirit (v. 13). All of these benefits and more have come to us because of the person and work of Jesus Christ. These blessings were given to us not simply for our enjoyment, but so that we would be equipped to take part in God’s mission to the world while we look forward to our eternal inheritance (v. 14). >> Take a few minutes today to give thanks to the Lord for all that you have received. G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
December 31: Malachi 1–4; Psalm 150; Revelation 22

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 13:58


Old Testament: Malachi 1–4 Malachi 1–4 (Listen) 1 The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.1 The Lord's Love for Israel 2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob's brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” 4 If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,' and ‘the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.'” 5 Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the LORD beyond the border of Israel!” The Priests' Polluted Offerings 6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?' 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?' By saying that the LORD's table may be despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts. 9 And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts. 10 Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be2 great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. 12 But you profane it when you say that the Lord's table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. 13 But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,' and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. 14 Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations. The Lord Rebukes the Priests 2 “And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold, I will rebuke your offspring,3 and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it.4 4 So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction5 was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. 7 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people6 should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, 9 and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.” Judah Profaned the Covenant 10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant7 of the man who does this, who brings an offering to the LORD of hosts! 13 And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?8 And what was the one God9 seeking?10 Godly offspring. So guard yourselves11 in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her,12 says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers13 his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.” The Messenger of the Lord 17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” 3 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.14 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts. Robbing God 6 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?' 8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?' In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer15 for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts. 13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?' 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.'” The Book of Remembrance 16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. 16 The Great Day of the Lord 4 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts. 4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules17 that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”18 Footnotes [1] 1:1 Malachi means my messenger [2] 1:11 Or is (three times in verse 11; also verse 14) [3] 2:3 Hebrew seed [4] 2:3 Or to it [5] 2:6 Or law; also verses 7, 8, 9 [6] 2:7 Hebrew they [7] 2:12 Hebrew any who wakes and answers [8] 2:15 Hebrew in it [9] 2:15 Hebrew the one [10] 2:15 Or And not one has done this who has a portion of the Spirit. And what was that one seeking? [11] 2:15 Or So take care; also verse 16 [12] 2:16 Hebrew who hates and divorces [13] 2:16 Probable meaning (compare Septuagint and Deuteronomy 24:1–4); or “The Lord, the God of Israel, says that he hates divorce, and him who covers [14] 3:3 Or and they will belong to the Lord, bringers of an offering in righteousness [15] 3:11 Probably a name for some crop-destroying pest or pests [16] 3:18 Ch 4:1–6 is ch 3:19–24 in Hebrew [17] 4:4 Or and just decrees [18] 4:6 The Hebrew term rendered decree of utter destruction refers to things devoted (or set apart) to the Lord (or by the Lord) for destruction (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 150 Psalm 150 (Listen) Let Everything Praise the Lord 150   Praise the LORD!  Praise God in his sanctuary;    praise him in his mighty heavens!12   Praise him for his mighty deeds;    praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3   Praise him with trumpet sound;    praise him with lute and harp!4   Praise him with tambourine and dance;    praise him with strings and pipe!5   Praise him with sounding cymbals;    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!6   Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD! Footnotes [1] 150:1 Hebrew expanse (compare Genesis 1:6–8) (ESV) New Testament: Revelation 22 Revelation 22 (Listen) The River of Life 22 Then the angel1 showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life2 with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. Jesus Is Coming 6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” 7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” 12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes,3 so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” 17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.4 Amen. Footnotes [1] 22:1 Greek he [2] 22:2 Or the Lamb. In the midst of the street of the city, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life [3] 22:14 Some manuscripts do his commandments [4] 22:21 Some manuscripts all the saints (ESV)

ESV: Every Day in the Word
December 31: Malachi 1–4; John 21; Psalm 150; Proverbs 31:10–31

ESV: Every Day in the Word

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 16:41


Old Testament: Malachi 1–4 Malachi 1–4 (Listen) 1 The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.1 The Lord's Love for Israel 2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob's brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” 4 If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,' and ‘the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.'” 5 Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the LORD beyond the border of Israel!” The Priests' Polluted Offerings 6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?' 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?' By saying that the LORD's table may be despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts. 9 And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts. 10 Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the LORD of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be2 great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. 12 But you profane it when you say that the Lord's table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. 13 But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,' and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. 14 Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations. The Lord Rebukes the Priests 2 “And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold, I will rebuke your offspring,3 and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it.4 4 So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction5 was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. 7 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people6 should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, 9 and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.” Judah Profaned the Covenant 10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant7 of the man who does this, who brings an offering to the LORD of hosts! 13 And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?8 And what was the one God9 seeking?10 Godly offspring. So guard yourselves11 in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her,12 says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers13 his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.” The Messenger of the Lord 17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” 3 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.14 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts. Robbing God 6 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?' 8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?' In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer15 for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts. 13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?' 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.'” The Book of Remembrance 16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. 16 The Great Day of the Lord 4 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts. 4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules17 that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”18 Footnotes [1] 1:1 Malachi means my messenger [2] 1:11 Or is (three times in verse 11; also verse 14) [3] 2:3 Hebrew seed [4] 2:3 Or to it [5] 2:6 Or law; also verses 7, 8, 9 [6] 2:7 Hebrew they [7] 2:12 Hebrew any who wakes and answers [8] 2:15 Hebrew in it [9] 2:15 Hebrew the one [10] 2:15 Or And not one has done this who has a portion of the Spirit. And what was that one seeking? [11] 2:15 Or So take care; also verse 16 [12] 2:16 Hebrew who hates and divorces [13] 2:16 Probable meaning (compare Septuagint and Deuteronomy 24:1–4); or “The Lord, the God of Israel, says that he hates divorce, and him who covers [14] 3:3 Or and they will belong to the Lord, bringers of an offering in righteousness [15] 3:11 Probably a name for some crop-destroying pest or pests [16] 3:18 Ch 4:1–6 is ch 3:19–24 in Hebrew [17] 4:4 Or and just decrees [18] 4:6 The Hebrew term rendered decree of utter destruction refers to things devoted (or set apart) to the Lord (or by the Lord) for destruction (ESV) New Testament: John 21 John 21 (Listen) Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples 21 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards1 off. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. Jesus and Peter 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” Jesus and the Beloved Apostle 20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” 23 So the saying spread abroad among the brothers2 that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Footnotes [1] 21:8 Greek two hundred cubits; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters [2] 21:23 Or brothers and sisters (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 150 Psalm 150 (Listen) Let Everything Praise the Lord 150   Praise the LORD!  Praise God in his sanctuary;    praise him in his mighty heavens!12   Praise him for his mighty deeds;    praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3   Praise him with trumpet sound;    praise him with lute and harp!4   Praise him with tambourine and dance;    praise him with strings and pipe!5   Praise him with sounding cymbals;    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!6   Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD! Footnotes [1] 150:1 Hebrew expanse (compare Genesis 1:6–8) (ESV) Proverb: Proverbs 31:10–31 Proverbs 31:10–31 (Listen) The Woman Who Fears the Lord 10   1 An excellent wife who can find?    She is far more precious than jewels.11   The heart of her husband trusts in her,    and he will have no lack of gain.12   She does him good, and not harm,    all the days of her life.13   She seeks wool and flax,    and works with willing hands.14   She is like the ships of the merchant;    she brings her food from afar.15   She rises while it is yet night    and provides food for her household    and portions for her maidens.16   She considers a field and buys it;    with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.17   She dresses herself2 with strength    and makes her arms strong.18   She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.    Her lamp does not go out at night.19   She puts her hands to the distaff,    and her hands hold the spindle.20   She opens her hand to the poor    and reaches out her hands to the needy.21   She is not afraid of snow for her household,    for all her household are clothed in scarlet.322   She makes bed coverings for herself;    her clothing is fine linen and purple.23   Her husband is known in the gates    when he sits among the elders of the land.24   She makes linen garments and sells them;    she delivers sashes to the merchant.25   Strength and dignity are her clothing,    and she laughs at the time to come.26   She opens her mouth with wisdom,    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.27   She looks well to the ways of her household    and does not eat the bread of idleness.28   Her children rise up and call her blessed;    her husband also, and he praises her:29   “Many women have done excellently,    but you surpass them all.”30   Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,    but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.31   Give her of the fruit of her hands,    and let her works praise her in the gates. Footnotes [1] 31:10 Verses 10–31 are an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet [2] 31:17 Hebrew She girds her loins [3] 31:21 Or in double thickness (ESV)

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Spiritual House Cleaning - Tom Donnan pt 2

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 28:45


Spiritual House Cleaning 2021 Year in Review Tom Donnan pt 2 We are so blessed you are here, on December 31st 2021 – the end of the year episode! Praise God! You know, we all suffered through, stumbled through, the year 2020 and the COVID lockdowns, etc. We thought that the worst was behind us as we entered 2021 with the hope that we were past this. And, yes, 2021 has been better than 2020 in some respects. But, you know Pastor Bob, we don't just look at things at face value. We like diving deep spiritually on topics that are affecting society today. Amen! And, to help me do that, I have invited a great friend of this ministry to come back on for two episodes. One to close out the year 2021 and part two to look prophetically at what we are seeing 2022 shaping up to be. Amen! Tom Donnan comes on, about once per month, to bring us up-to-date on things happening in this nation and around the world in the natural and how that relates to spiritual activity. Tom is an evangelist, author and a great friend of our ministry – help me welcome back to the program, Tom Donnan! Tom, thank you for coming back on and joining us today for this special, end of year broadcast! Let's continue now, with what I'll call – “The Year in Review!” We've talked about plagues, increase in earthquakes, increase in volcanic activity, droughts, locust plagues, bird flu, COVID variants – all of these things have INCREASED in activity this year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcoPFj6cPvk (Drought Emergency: Wells Run Dry For Some In Central Valley - YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymp-Y3MI5GY (FOLSOM LAKE LOW WATER LEVEL - Drought exposes abandoned Gold Rush village - YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU-FCQnCnMk (Water shortages up and down the Colorado River - YouTube) Now, we are looking at hyper-inflation, supply shortages, credit freezes – and MORE! Did you see that come banks are tightening credit – even the FED has been trying to reassure us that inflation is under control? These banks don't believe them and are starting to act on their own in tightening access to credit… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI9e_79TGds (CREDIT FREEZE BEGINS! Wells Fargo Shuts Down All Lines Of Credit: Defaults & Bankruptcies Coming - YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmwf-nsw_hM (Shipping Containers That Spent Weeks Aboard Ships Stuck At Ports Now Being Dumped In Nearby Neighbor - YouTube) And all of this leads us, basically, to proof that America has lost its “Hedge of Protection.” I think the first indication, which I called a “warning shot” at the time, was 9-11. Have you sensed that we've lost our hedge of protection? Folks, these are just SOME of the things that have happened in the year 2021. Tom just basically gave you a recap of some of the major things we discussed over the last year. Now, they sounded concerning when we actually talked about them on each podcast. But when you put them all together and realize all of these things are just the “tip of the spear” of what really went on in 2021 – well, it cannot but help you to understand these things are all discussed, in some form or fashion, what the Bible says will take place in the last days. Yes, they've all been happening since the Garden of Eden. But NEVER have they been happening all at once! I've come to call it a “congruence” of events. Amen!  Tom is coming back TOMORROW, January 1st 2022 to discuss some things that are being set up to happen in the coming year! Tom, as we close this episode out, I want you to pray us out. Be sure to give an invitation to someone who wants to end this year in a true, victorious status. But pray us out. Out of the program and out of the year 2021. So, Tom, pray us out, please… Folks, that is all the time we have for today, December 31st, 2021. Be sure to come back for the next episode as we are going to do a Spiritual DIVE into 2022, for you. Amen! CONTACT INFORMATION:... Support this podcast

Hogares De Pacto
Diciembre 31: ¡Razones para cantar y alabar! Salmos 148 al 150

Hogares De Pacto

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 6:00


Notas. Inglés y Español ⬇️December 31: Reasons to sing and praise!Today we finish the book of Psalms, and we are going to close with the last 3 chapters that contain very similar themes and are about the importance of praising the Lord. These psalms begin with phrases that include the words: "sing or praise" Let's start:Psalm 148:1-6:Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels;praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.Psalm 148 is a poetry exalting the Lord, and asks all creation to glorify God as their Creator. Look at the verse where it says that God put unbreakable laws on creation and it will not be shaken. No one will be able to modify the order of creation but only the One who created it. That is why human beings have not been able to control or manipulate creation. No one has been able to stop the rains, storms or earthquakes. Only God is the One who sustains the order of creation and He Himself will transform it. In the end of things He will undo these heavens and earth, and will form new heavens and new earth, and will establish the eternal world completely for those who stood firm in their faith.Psalms 149:4-9:For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment— this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!The 149 is a prophetic psalm, where the children of God will fight and conquer at the side of the Lord. This will be fulfilled when Jesus Christ comes the second time and takes all dominion over kings and nations in the war of Armageddon. In addition, the writer gave us a very nice detail and it is that he announced that God will adorn and honor those who have been faithful to Him Psalms 150:1-6:Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!The 150 is the last psalm, and it is very beautiful because it closes this book full of songs and poetry with a psalm that invites all humanity to worship God with a variety of instruments of different kinds, and ending with the phrase "¡All that breathes praise the Lord!" Not just Jews, priests, musicians and vocalists. It includes all who have life to use their voice, hands, feet, strength, mind and heart to become a living instrument to honor and glorify God. Thank you very much for having accompanied us on this devotional journey, affirming the faith and expanding the knowledge of God through this most extensive book in the Bible. I hope you have enjoyed this devotional together with your family, and we invite you for this new year to join us in a new study of the Word of God. Tomorrow we will share with you a special reflection and also the details of the devotional for the next 40 days.It was a pleasure for me to share these reflections with you. On behalf of Pastor Carlos Rodríguez and Iglesia Pentecostal Unida El Reino (Kingdom Church), we wish you a happy new year and many blessings to all of you, to the covenant homes.===========================================Diciembre 31: ¡Razones para cantar y alabar!Hoy finalizamos el libro de Salmos, y vamos a cerrar con los últimos 3 capítulos que contienen temas muy parecidos y son acerca de la importancia de alabar al Señor. Estos salmos comienzan con frases que incluyen las palabras: “canten o alaben”. Comencemos:Salmos 148:1-6:¡Aleluya! ¡Alaben al SEÑOR desde los cielos! ¡Alábenle en las alturas! ¡Alábenle, ustedes todos sus ángeles! ¡Alábenle, ustedes todos sus ejércitos! ¡Alábenle, sol y luna! ¡Alábenle, ustedes todas las estrellas relucientes! ¡Alábenle, cielos de los cielos y las aguas que están sobre los cielos! Alaben el nombre del SEÑOR porque él mandó y fueron creados. Él los estableció para siempre, por la eternidad;.El salmo 148 es una poesía exaltando al Señor, y pide a toda la creación a que glorifiquen a Dios como su Creador. Observa el verso donde dice que Dios puso leyes inquebrantables sobre la creación y no será conmovida. Nadie podrá modificar el orden de la creación sino solo el que lo creó. Por eso el ser humano no ha podido controlar ni manipular la creación. Nadie ha podido detener las lluvias, las tormentas o los terremotos. Solo Dios es el que sostiene el orden de la creación y Él mismo la va a transformar. En el fin de las cosas Él va a deshacer estos cielos y tierra, y va a formar nuevos cielos y tierra nueva, y establecerá el mundo eterno completamente para los que se mantuvieron firmes en su fe.Salmos 149:4-9:Porque el SEÑOR se agrada de su pueblo, a los humildes adornará con salvación. Los fieles se regocijaran con gloria; cantarán desde sus camas. Exalten a Dios con su garganta, y con espada de dos filos en sus manos para tomar venganza de las naciones y dar castigo a los pueblos, para aprisionar a los reyes con grilletes y a sus nobles con cadenas de hierro, para ejecutar en ellos la sentencia escrita. Él será esplendor para todos sus fieles. ¡Aleluya!El 149 es un salmo profético, donde los hijos de Dios pelearán y conquistarán al lado del Señor. Esto se cumplirá cuando Jesucristo venga por segunda vez y tome todo dominio sobre reyes y naciones en la guerra del Armagedon. Además, el escritor nos dió un detalle muy bonito y es que nos anunció que Dios adornará y dará honor a los que han sido fieles a Él. Salmos 150:1-6:¡Aleluya! ¡Alaben a Dios en su santuario! ¡Alábenle en su poderoso firmamento! ¡Alábenle por sus proezas!¡Alábenle por su inmensa grandeza! ¡Alábenle con toque de corneta! ¡Alábenle con lira y arpa! ¡Alábenle con panderos y danza! ¡Alábenle con instrumentos de cuerda y flauta! ¡Alábenle con címbalos resonantes! ¡Alábenle con címbalos de júbilo! ¡Todo lo que respira alabe al SEÑOR! ¡Aleluya!El 150 es el último salmo, y es muy lindo porque cierra este libro lleno de canciones y poesías con un salmo que invita a toda la humanidad a adorar a Dios con una variedad de instrumentos de diferente clases, y terminando con la frase “Todo lo que respire alabe al Señor”. No solamente los judios, sacerdotes, músicos y vocalistas. Incluye a todos los que tengan vida para usar su voz, manos, pies, fuerzas, mente y corazón para que se conviertan en un instrumento viviente para honrar y glorificar a Dios. Muchas gracias por habernos acompañado en esta jornada devocional, afirmando la fe y expandiendo el conocimiento de Dios por medio de este libro más extenso de la Biblia. Espero que hayas disfrutado este devocional junto con tu familia, y los invitamos para este nuevo año a que nos acompañes en un nuevo estudio de la Palabra de Dios. Mañana les compartiremos una reflexión especial y también los detalles del devocional para los próximos 40 días.Para mí fue un placer haberles compartido estas reflexiones. De parte del pastor Carlos Rodríguez y la Iglesia Pentecostal Unida El Reino, les deseamos un feliz año nuevo y muchísimas bendiciones para todos ustedes, a los hogares de pacto.#HogaresDePacto #KingdomChurch #IglesiaElReino #IPUH #PastorCarlos #CarlosRodriguez#EduardoRodriguez #PoderCaster #salmos #salmo148 #salmo149 #salmo150

Revival Plan
Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, pp. 129-138 Day 427

Revival Plan

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 22:20


Looking Away From Men It may be that even the members of the church to which you belong will say and do that which will grieve you. But move right on, calm and peaceful, ever trusting in Jesus, remembering that you are not your own, that you are Christ's property, the purchase of the blood of God's beloved Son, and that you are engaged in His work, seeking to bless humanity. This is a great work. Do not let the perversity of men move you from firm trust and abiding faith in the promises of God. It hurts you when one for whom you have done much becomes your enemy, having been brought under an influence opposed to you. But do you not do almost the same thing to Jesus when you turn away from Him? He has been your best friend. He has done everything He could to win your love. He has invited your confidence. He has asked you to come to Him with all your burdens and all your griefs, and has pledged His word to give you rest and peace if you will wear His yoke and bear His burdens. He declares that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Show that you believe this. Take God at His word. You never could have stood where you now stand, bearing the responsibilities that you have borne, unless Jesus had given you special help. Acknowledge this. Praise God for the help that He has been to you, and trust Him still. Bring Christ into your life. Do not feel that you are answerable for the wrong course of others, even though they are in the church. There are in the church unfaithful ones who treat Jesus far worse than they treat you. Were He on earth, they would insult Him, revile Him, defame Him. “It must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:7, 6. -130- You are carrying a heavy load. I wish that everyone could feel this as I do. I wish that all your brethren would be true and faithful to you, not hindering you, not extolling or glorifying you, but looking upon you as one whom God is using as His instrument to do a given work, and remembering that they must not block the wheels, but must put their shoulder to the wheel, helping instead of hindering. An Eternal Weight of Glory Again I say: Rejoice in the Lord. Rest in Him. You need His power, and this power you may have. Go forward firmly, valiantly, courageously. You may err in judgment, but do not lose your hold on Jesus. He is wisdom, He is light, He is power. He is to you as a great Rock in a weary land. Rest under His shadow. You need wisdom, and Jesus will give it to you. Do not be unbelieving. The more you are jostled, misapprehended, misstated, misrepresented, the more evidence you have that you are doing a work for the Master, and the more closely you must cling to your Saviour. In all your difficulties be calm and undisturbed, patient and forbearing, not rendering evil for evil, but good for evil. Look to the top of the ladder. God is above it. His glory shines on every soul ascending heavenward. Jesus is this ladder. Climb up by Him, cling to Him, and erelong you will step off the ladder into His everlasting kingdom. I want you to have heaven. I know of no one who would appreciate heaven more than you, who have worked so untiringly to relieve suffering humanity, depriving yourself of sleep, neglecting to take food, bringing but little enjoyment into your life. At times there does not seem to be much sunshine in your path, only one long, continuous shadow. The afflictions you see, the dependent mortals looking and longing for help, your contact with depraved, corrupted human beings—this experience is of a character to undermine your faith in humanity. -131- You must, indeed, look to Jesus, keeping your eyes fixed on the glory at the top of the ladder. Through Christ alone can you make sure of heaven, where all is purity, holiness, peace, and blessedness, where there are glories that mortal lips cannot describe. The nearest we can come to a description of the reward that awaits the overcomer is to say that it is a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. It will be an eternity of bliss, a blessed eternity, unfolding new glories throughout the ceaseless ages. You must be there. Whatever you lose here, be determined to make sure of eternal life. Never become discouraged. Many times I have seen that the everlasting arms were round about you, when you did not seem to realize or appreciate the great condescension of heaven. Live for Jesus. You can work better as a physician in the sanitarium if you make Christ your physician in chief. Seek earnestly for the crown of life. Make a business of serving God. It will pay, not only in this life, but in the life to come. I feel as deep an interest in you and your wife, whom I love in the Lord, as I do in my own sons and their wives. I want you and your wife to be among the redeemed, to act a part in the coronation of Christ. I greatly desire that you shall come off more than conqueror through Him who gave His life for you. For this reason, my brother, I have spoken plainly to you. I am so desirous that you should have an eternity of bliss. Your position has been most trying. I have feared that you would lose faith and courage. You must grow in grace and in a knowledge of the truth. You must draw close to your brethren. Whatever may come, do not lose faith in them or in Christ; and hold fast to the truth. -132- Extract from a letter written in 1892 from Adelaide, South Australia.—My brother, you will meet with trials, but hold fast your integrity. Never show anything but a noble spirit. The heavenly universe is watching the conflict. Satan is watching, anxious to catch you off your guard, anxious to see you acting impetuously, that he may obtain the advantage over you. Fight manfully the battle of the Lord. Do just as Christ would do were He in your place. Let there be no inconsistency in your faith or practice. Do not allow yourself to become wrought up over the vexatious troubles that are constantly arising. Keep calm, think of Jesus, and do what you can to please Him. The grace of Christ and the Holy Spirit are God's gifts to you, that you may be strengthened with all might in the inner man. -133- Chapter 22—Centering Too Much in Battle Creek South Lancaster, Massachusetts, October 16, 1890 To the Managers of the Battle Creek Sanitarium Dear Brethren, While in Petoskey I had some conversation with your physician in chief in regard to establishing a home for orphan children at Battle Creek. I said that this was just what was needed among us as a people, and that in enterprises of this kind we were far behind other denominations. In my conversation I spoke of my fear that we were centering too many responsibilities in Battle Creek, and I am still of the same opinion. It is perilous to center so much in one locality. A large amount of means is being expended in this one place, while cities are neglected that will become more and more difficult to work. I have been looking over some of my writings, and I find that warnings on this point were given years ago. It is plainly stated that the buildings in Battle Creek should not be enlarged, that building should not be added to building to increase facilities there. We were instructed not to accumulate interests in that one place, but to enlarge our sphere of labor. There was danger that Battle Creek would become as Jerusalem of old—a powerful center. If we do not heed these warnings, the evils that ruined Jerusalem will come upon us. Pride, self-exaltation, neglect of the poor, and partiality to the wealthy—these were the sins of Jerusalem. Today when large interests are built up in one place, the workers are tempted to become lifted up in selfishness and pride. When they yield to this temptation they are not laborers together with God. Instead of seeking to increase our responsibilities in Battle Creek, we should bravely and willingly divide the responsibilities already there, distributing them to many places. -134- We are “a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” 1 Corinthians 4:9. Our mission is the same as that which was announced by Christ, at the beginning of His ministry, to be His mission. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,” He said, “because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18, 19. We are to carry forward the work placed in our hands by the Master. He says: “If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: and the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” “The poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.” “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Isaiah 58:10, 11; Deuteronomy 15:11; Matthew 7:12. We shall be tempted to be covetous, to be avaricious, to cultivate an insatiable desire for more. If we yield to this temptation, it will bring upon us the same perils that fell upon ancient Jerusalem. We shall fail to know God and to represent Him in character. We need to watch ourselves closely lest we fall because of unbelief, as did the Jews. We are to work unselfishly. We are to feel a deep interest in the establishment and growth of other institutions besides those over which we have supervision. I sincerely wish that the sanitarium were miles away from Battle Creek. From the light given me of God, I know this would be better for its spirituality and usefulness. The college near Lincoln, Nebraska, will take a large number from Battle Creek, and this is as it should be. The light should shine forth from other places, as well as from Battle Creek. God designs that light shall shine forth from different cities and various localities. -135- To center so much in one place is a mistake; it savors of selfishness. Battle Creek is receiving more than its share of advantages. Were the important interests established there divided and subdivided, strength would be given to other churches. We are to labor unselfishly in the Lord's great vineyard, dividing time, money, educational interests, and ministerial institutes in such a way that as large a number as possible shall reap the benefit. The ambition that leads men to center so many facilities in Battle Creek should be restricted, that other places may be blessed with the benefits that some have planned to center there. In centering so much in one place, a wrong education is given to the people. To plan largely for Battle Creek is not wise. The world is our field of labor, and the money expended in this one place would go far toward carrying forward successful aggressive work in other places. There are many cities in which the people need the gospel message. Instead of so many of our workers of talent being centered in Battle Creek, men of sanctified ability should be assigned to posts of activity in different localities. These men should have a living interest in many places, studying ways and means by which to advance the work. They are not to move in their own judgment, but are to blend together in the great work. From year to year, as the work strengthens in the place in which they are laboring, they are to educate and train workers, and send help to other places. Unselfishness in Service A limit must be set to the expansion of our institutions in Battle Creek. The field is the world, and God has an interest in other parts of His great vineyard. There are churches and institutions that are straining every nerve to get standing room, that they may live. Let our prosperous institutions see to it that they strengthen the things that remain which are ready to die. How easily might the large church in Battle Creek appropriate some of its means for the aid of the poorer churches, which are nearly crushed under a load of debt! Why is it that these sister churches are left from year to year to struggle with poverty and debt? Selfishness brings spiritual death. What great good our more able churches might accomplish if they would aid their sister churches, bringing them to a condition of prosperity! -136- Helping Those Who Need Help As God's agencies we are to have hearts of flesh, full of the charity that prompts us to be helpful to those more needy than ourselves. If we see our brethren and sisters struggling under poverty and debt, if we see churches that are in need of financial aid, we should manifest an unselfish interest in them and help them in proportion as God has prospered us. If you who have charge of an institution see other institutions bravely struggling for standing room so that they may do a work similar to the work of the institutions with which you are connected, do not be jealous. Do not seek to push a working force out of existence and to exalt yourselves in conscious superiority. Rather, curtail some of your large plans, and help those who are struggling. Aid them in carrying out some of their plans to increase their facilities. Do not use every dollar in enlarging your facilities and increasing your responsibilities. Reserve part of your means for establishing in other places health institutions and schools. You will need great wisdom to know just where to place these institutions so that the people will be the most benefited. All these matters must receive candid consideration. -137- Those in positions of responsibility will need wisdom from on high in order to deal justly, to love mercy, and to show mercy, not only to a few, but to everyone with whom they come in contact. Christ identifies His interests with those of His people, no matter how poor and needy they may be. Missions must be opened for the colored people, and everyone should seek to do something and to do it now. There is need that institutions be established in different places, that men and women may be set at work to do their best in the fear of God. No one should lose sight of his mission and work. Everyone should aim to carry forward to a successful issue the work placed in his hands. All our institutions should keep this in mind and strive for success; but at the same time let them remember that their success will increase in proportion as they exercise disinterested liberality, sharing their abundance with institutions that are struggling for a foothold. Our prosperous institutions should help those institutions that God has said should live and prosper, but which are still struggling for an existence. There is among us a very limited amount of real, unselfish love. The Lord says: “Everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:7, 8, 12. It is not pleasing to God to see man looking only upon his own things, closing his eyes to the interests of others. What One Institution can Do for Another In the providence of God the Battle Creek Sanitarium has been greatly prospered, and during this coming year those in charge should restrict their wants. Instead of doing all that they desire to do in enlarging their facilities, they should do unselfish work for God, reaching out the hand of charity to interests centered in other places. What benefit they could confer upon the Rural Health Retreat, at St. Helena, by giving a few thousand dollars to this enterprise! Such a donation would give courage to those in charge, inspiring them to move forward and upward. -138- Donations were made to the Battle Creek Sanitarium in its earlier history, and should not this sanitarium consider carefully what it can do for its sister institution on the Pacific Coast? My brethren in Battle Creek, does it not seem in accordance with God's order to restrict your wants, to curtail your building operations, not enlarging our institutions in that center? Why should you not feel that it is your privilege and duty to help those who need help? A Reformation Needed I have been instructed that a reformation is needed along these lines, that more liberality should prevail among us. There is constant danger that even Seventh-day Adventists will be overcome with selfish ambition and will desire to center all the means and power in the interests over which they especially preside. There is danger that men will permit a jealous feeling to arise in their hearts and that they will become envious of interests that are as important as those which they are handling. Those who cherish the grace of pure Christianity cannot look with indifference upon any part of the work in the Lord's great vineyard. Those who are truly converted will have an equal interest in the work in all parts of the vineyard and will be ready to help wherever help is needed. It is selfishness that hinders men from sending help to those places where the work of God is not as prosperous as it is in the institution over which they have supervision. Those who bear responsibilities should carefully seek for the good of every branch of the cause and work of God. They should encourage and sustain the interests in other fields as well as the interests in their own. Thus the bonds of brotherhood would be strengthened between members of God's family on earth, and the door would be closed to the petty jealousies and heartburnings that position and prosperity are sure to arouse unless the grace of God controls the heart. -139- “This I say,” Paul wrote: “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work;” “being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; and by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for His Unspeakable Gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, 11-15. Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8 pp. 129-138

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible
December 30: Psalm 150; Job 40:6–42:6; Isaiah 65; Revelation 21–22:5

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 15:52


Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 150 Psalm 150 (Listen) Let Everything Praise the Lord 150   Praise the LORD!  Praise God in his sanctuary;    praise him in his mighty heavens!12   Praise him for his mighty deeds;    praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3   Praise him with trumpet sound;    praise him with lute and harp!4   Praise him with tambourine and dance;    praise him with strings and pipe!5   Praise him with sounding cymbals;    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!6   Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD! Footnotes [1] 150:1 Hebrew expanse (compare Genesis 1:6–8) (ESV) Pentateuch and History: Job 40:6–42:6 Job 40:6–42:6 (Listen) The Lord Challenges Job 6 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 7   “Dress for action1 like a man;    I will question you, and you make it known to me.8   Will you even put me in the wrong?    Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?9   Have you an arm like God,    and can you thunder with a voice like his? 10   “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity;    clothe yourself with glory and splendor.11   Pour out the overflowings of your anger,    and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.12   Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low    and tread down the wicked where they stand.13   Hide them all in the dust together;    bind their faces in the world below.214   Then will I also acknowledge to you    that your own right hand can save you. 15   “Behold, Behemoth,3    which I made as I made you;    he eats grass like an ox.16   Behold, his strength in his loins,    and his power in the muscles of his belly.17   He makes his tail stiff like a cedar;    the sinews of his thighs are knit together.18   His bones are tubes of bronze,    his limbs like bars of iron. 19   “He is the first of the works4 of God;    let him who made him bring near his sword!20   For the mountains yield food for him    where all the wild beasts play.21   Under the lotus plants he lies,    in the shelter of the reeds and in the marsh.22   For his shade the lotus trees cover him;    the willows of the brook surround him.23   Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened;    he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.24   Can one take him by his eyes,5    or pierce his nose with a snare? 41   6 “Can you draw out Leviathan7 with a fishhook    or press down his tongue with a cord?2   Can you put a rope in his nose    or pierce his jaw with a hook?3   Will he make many pleas to you?    Will he speak to you soft words?4   Will he make a covenant with you    to take him for your servant forever?5   Will you play with him as with a bird,    or will you put him on a leash for your girls?6   Will traders bargain over him?    Will they divide him up among the merchants?7   Can you fill his skin with harpoons    or his head with fishing spears?8   Lay your hands on him;    remember the battle—you will not do it again!9   8 Behold, the hope of a man is false;    he is laid low even at the sight of him.10   No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up.    Who then is he who can stand before me?11   Who has first given to me, that I should repay him?    Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine. 12   “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,    or his mighty strength, or his goodly frame.13   Who can strip off his outer garment?    Who would come near him with a bridle?14   Who can open the doors of his face?    Around his teeth is terror.15   His back is made of9 rows of shields,    shut up closely as with a seal.16   One is so near to another    that no air can come between them.17   They are joined one to another;    they clasp each other and cannot be separated.18   His sneezings flash forth light,    and his eyes are like the eyelids of the dawn.19   Out of his mouth go flaming torches;    sparks of fire leap forth.20   Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke,    as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.21   His breath kindles coals,    and a flame comes forth from his mouth.22   In his neck abides strength,    and terror dances before him.23   The folds of his flesh stick together,    firmly cast on him and immovable.24   His heart is hard as a stone,    hard as the lower millstone.25   When he raises himself up, the mighty10 are afraid;    at the crashing they are beside themselves.26   Though the sword reaches him, it does not avail,    nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin.27   He counts iron as straw,    and bronze as rotten wood.28   The arrow cannot make him flee;    for him, sling stones are turned to stubble.29   Clubs are counted as stubble;    he laughs at the rattle of javelins.30   His underparts are like sharp potsherds;    he spreads himself like a threshing sledge on the mire.31   He makes the deep boil like a pot;    he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.32   Behind him he leaves a shining wake;    one would think the deep to be white-haired.33   On earth there is not his like,    a creature without fear.34   He sees everything that is high;    he is king over all the sons of pride.” Job's Confession and Repentance 42 Then Job answered the LORD and said: 2   “I know that you can do all things,    and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.3   ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?'  Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,    things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.4   ‘Hear, and I will speak;    I will question you, and you make it known to me.'5   I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,    but now my eye sees you;6   therefore I despise myself,    and repent11 in dust and ashes.” Footnotes [1] 40:7 Hebrew Gird up your loins [2] 40:13 Hebrew in the hidden place [3] 40:15 A large animal, exact identity unknown [4] 40:19 Hebrew ways [5] 40:24 Or in his sight [6] 41:1 Ch 40:25 in Hebrew [7] 41:1 A large sea animal, exact identity unknown [8] 41:9 Ch 41:1 in Hebrew [9] 41:15 Or His pride is in his [10] 41:25 Or gods [11] 42:6 Or and am comforted (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Isaiah 65 Isaiah 65 (Listen) Judgment and Salvation 65   I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;    I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.  I said, “Here I am, here I am,”    to a nation that was not called by1 my name.2   I spread out my hands all the day    to a rebellious people,  who walk in a way that is not good,    following their own devices;3   a people who provoke me    to my face continually,  sacrificing in gardens    and making offerings on bricks;4   who sit in tombs,    and spend the night in secret places;  who eat pig's flesh,    and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;5   who say, “Keep to yourself,    do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”  These are a smoke in my nostrils,    a fire that burns all the day.6   Behold, it is written before me:    “I will not keep silent, but I will repay;  I will indeed repay into their lap7     both your iniquities and your fathers' iniquities together,      says the LORD;  because they made offerings on the mountains    and insulted me on the hills,  I will measure into their lap    payment for their former deeds.”2 8   Thus says the LORD:  “As the new wine is found in the cluster,    and they say, ‘Do not destroy it,    for there is a blessing in it,'  so I will do for my servants' sake,    and not destroy them all.9   I will bring forth offspring from Jacob,    and from Judah possessors of my mountains;  my chosen shall possess it,    and my servants shall dwell there.10   Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks,    and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,    for my people who have sought me.11   But you who forsake the LORD,    who forget my holy mountain,  who set a table for Fortune    and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny,12   I will destine you to the sword,    and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter,  because, when I called, you did not answer;    when I spoke, you did not listen,  but you did what was evil in my eyes    and chose what I did not delight in.” 13   Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:  “Behold, my servants shall eat,    but you shall be hungry;  behold, my servants shall drink,    but you shall be thirsty;  behold, my servants shall rejoice,    but you shall be put to shame;14   behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart,    but you shall cry out for pain of heart    and shall wail for breaking of spirit.15   You shall leave your name to my chosen for a curse,    and the Lord GOD will put you to death,    but his servants he will call by another name,16   so that he who blesses himself in the land    shall bless himself by the God of truth,  and he who takes an oath in the land    shall swear by the God of truth;  because the former troubles are forgotten    and are hidden from my eyes. New Heavens and a New Earth 17   “For behold, I create new heavens    and a new earth,  and the former things shall not be remembered    or come into mind.18   But be glad and rejoice forever    in that which I create;  for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,    and her people to be a gladness.19   I will rejoice in Jerusalem    and be glad in my people;  no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping    and the cry of distress.20   No more shall there be in it    an infant who lives but a few days,    or an old man who does not fill out his days,  for the young man shall die a hundred years old,    and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.21   They shall build houses and inhabit them;    they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.22   They shall not build and another inhabit;    they shall not plant and another eat;  for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,    and my chosen shall long enjoy3 the work of their hands.23   They shall not labor in vain    or bear children for calamity,4  for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD,    and their descendants with them.24   Before they call I will answer;    while they are yet speaking I will hear.25   The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;    the lion shall eat straw like the ox,    and dust shall be the serpent's food.  They shall not hurt or destroy    in all my holy mountain,”      says

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Spiritual House Cleaning - Tom Donnan pt 1

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 28:34


Spiritual House Cleaning  2021 Year in Review  Tom Donnan pt 1 Welcome to the Kingdom Cross Roads podcast today!  We are so blessed you are here, on December 31st 2021 – the end of the year episode! Praise God! You know, we all suffered through, stumbled through, the year 2020 and the COVID lockdowns, etc. We thought that the worst was behind us as we entered 2021 with the hope that we were past this. And, yes, 2021 has been better than 2020 in some respects. But, you know Pastor Bob, we don't just look at things at face value. We like diving deep spiritually on topics that are affecting society today. Amen! And, to help me do that, I have invited a great friend of this ministry to come back on for two episodes. One to close out the year 2021 and part two to look prophetically at what we are seeing 2022 shaping up to be. Amen! Tom Donnan comes on, about once per month, to bring us up-to-date on things happening in this nation and around the world in the natural and how that relates to spiritual activity. Tom is an evangelist, author and a great friend of our ministry – help me welcome back to the program, Tom Donnan! Tom, thank you for coming back on and joining us today for this special, end of year broadcast! Let's start, what I'll call – “The Year in Review!” Naturally, it all actually started with the election controversy in November 2020.  Here, we had a president that, let's just say, not politically correct and gruff around the edges. But, he was 100% supportive of the Gospel. 100% supportive of banning abortions and killing babies. He was 100% supportive of the military and law enforcement. He was 100% supportive of border security, etc.  In other words, he was supportive of the Christian values this nation was founded on. The election of, let's say 100% opposite everything Christian should be supporting, I believe that, for lack of a better expression, opened the flood gates of the evil we are now witnessing every night on the news. And it really started, during the pandemic, with companies trying to find ways to stay afloat. In order to do that, they had to cut expenses. And that means cutting jobs. Some people were able to survive, but some folks were barely making it to begin with. One group is the senior citizens, right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjr27_K8SWc (For older workers, pandemic unemployment could be career-ending - YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B76644UKjhQ (Study: 12 million Americans set to lose unemployment benefits after Christmas - YouTube) Even Perry Stone seen a spiritual warning for America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUWrFUxbFNM (I Heard God's Warning to America | Perry Stone - YouTube) One topic we always seem to circle back to is the one of asteroids conducting super close fly-bys with the earth… often zipping past us with no warning that it was posing a possible threat.  Did you see recently the spacecraft NASA launched that is going to try to impact an asteroid on purpose? All in an attempt to change its trajectory? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ngQJSnc1rk (Asteroid (2021 BO) NASA Detected a Small Cool Asteroid That Got Close to Earth - YouTube) I wonder “why” they are trying this experiment?  Do you think the “Apophis” asteroid, which when it was first discovered, the claim was it was going to IMPACT the earth – but very quickly, they said, “Oh no – don't worry, it will miss us. We promise.”  But – do they know more than they are letting on? Which is why they want to try this experiment? Well, we've seen helicopters on Mars… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN8AgSvSFcI (NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: The First Aircraft on Mars - YouTube) We've also seen scientists playing God with the blending of Human and Animal DNA – called “transhumanism…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBXtQrcG7lM (Rising Darkness Pt. 1 | Thomas Horn & Jimmy Evans | Joni Table Talk | Joni Lamb - YouTube) We've talked... Support this podcast

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Bitcoin for Churches – Patrick Melder pt 3

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 29:05


BitCoin for Churches Patrick Melder pt 3 https://amzn.to/3prC3ET ()If you are an investor or someone thinking of investing, you probably have heard about Crpto-currency lately. Crypto is an unregulated, off the grid type of currency that has governments upset. Why? Mainly because they can't regulate it! There is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of different choices if you decide this is something that you want to do. To help us get a little better understanding of Crypto-Currency and, more specifically, the “big boy” in the room – BitCoin – we have our guest today who happens to be a BitCoin expert! Praise God! Dr. Patrick Melder was a US Army doctor for 13 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC as well as a private practice Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon after serving in the military. He holds over 30 US and international patents and is passionate about the Great Commission of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth… Patrick is also a serial entrepreneur. He first learned about Bitcoin in 2013 but made his first purchase in 2018 and has held ever since. He's written extensively about Bitcoin's truths and the impact it has on believers and non-believers. Patrick also hosts a weekly podcast: https://mission-bitcoin.captivate.fm/ (“Mission:Bitcoin,”) this is an interview podcast focusing on Bitcoin and Christianity, exploring Christian responsibility in adopting Bitcoin; How Bitcoin helps Christians align with God's plan; and How Bitcoin can be used in Christian Missions. He has also the author of  “https://amzn.to/3prC3ET (The Christian Case for Bitcoin.”) You discuss, on your podcast and blog, that Christians and Christian ministries have a “moral obligation” to adopt BitCoin. What do you mean by that and why is this a “moral obligation?” You teach and share about using BitCoin to further Christian Ministry. Why would a ministry do that and how would they go about getting started? Individual Christians Ministry / Churches Missions Work Are there any special reporting rules that apply to churches and ministries that accept BitCoin or other crypto-currencies as offerings? Can a ministry use BitCoin as an investment? Tell us about your podcast, https://mission-bitcoin.captivate.fm/ (“Mission-BitCoin.”) You have a variety of guests with various backgrounds – but they are all discussing BitCoin. Is this a topic that is generating more and more interest? Let's talk for a moment about your book, https://amzn.to/3prC3ET (“The Christian Case for Bitcoin.”) What can our listeners find in your book? You also recommend an app called… https://use.foldapp.com/r/7LHMF7T9 (“Fold?” ) What is this app about and is something our listeners should use? Patrick, this has truly been an informational interview on a very important topic that is really coming into its own right now – BitCoin.  As we get ready to close, how can someone order a copy of your book, https://amzn.to/3prC3ET (“The Christian Case for Bitcoin.”)? If someone would like to reach out to you, to ask a question or possibly to do an interview such as this, how can they do that? How can they get in touch with you? Folks, crypto-currency is no longer just a fad. It is real. It is something, as you heard Patrick Melder discuss, could be used by Christians, not if, but WHEN a financial collapse happens. We see the handwriting on the wall already. You need to protect yourself, your family and continue to support the work of ministries to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel. BitCoin is something that you definitely should pray about getting involved with. Amen! Go down into the show notes and reach out Patrick Melder. Listen to the podcast. Definitely, most definitely, order his book, https://amzn.to/3prC3ET (“The Christian Case for Bitcoin.”) Just click the links and begin to study this out for yourself. Your future, your family's provision and the work of the... Support this podcast

Kurt Borgmann Preaching
The people praise God

Kurt Borgmann Preaching

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 19:41


Psalm 148

Lighten Up Sweet Pea
Our Favorite Things!

Lighten Up Sweet Pea

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 34:20


Hey there, Sweet Pea! Did you know that God cares about every single aspect of our lives… our likes & dislikes; even in the “little things?!” He is our good & loving Abba Father that delights in showing us His favor! It's just who He is! Do you have a favorite food? He designed your taste buds that way and He loves to bless you with it on occasion! How about a favorite pastime or hobby? He instilled that creativity & ability in you! You getting the idea?! As the traditional church Doxology proclaims, we are to “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!” so join Leah & Lisa in this episode as they chat (and sing & giggle!) about a few of their favorite things praising God in the process!

Today in the Word Devotional

One day, I took my daughter to the Art Institute of Chicago. While admiring a painting, I accidentally stepped too close, and a jarring alarm sounded; I had crossed an invisible barrier. The alarm system was a helpful way to protect the precious art, but it also served as a reminder that I was only a visitor to the museum and had to keep a respectful distance. In the Old Testament, Israel was reminded of the holiness of God every time they went to the Temple. They were kept at a respectful distance from God. For example, only the priests were allowed into the holy place. And only the high priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies once a year on Yom Kippur. Israel understood that their access to God was limited because of their sin. One of the gifts we have received through Christ’s coming is a more personal and direct access to God the Father. Today’s reading reminds us that because of Jesus’ death, we can boldly enter the heavenly throne room (v. 19). What a privilege! We do not have to cringe or anxiously edge our way into God’s presence, but we can enter with confidence. Because of this, the writer of Hebrews encourages the church to “draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings” (v. 22). We should regularly meet together for corporate worship and make full use of the great privileges we have in Christ (v. 25). Worshiping together will help us to hold onto the hope we have in Christ until He returns (vv. 23, 25). >> Perhaps you struggle with feeling unworthy before God. Our worthiness is not measured on our own merits, but on Christ. In Him, we are worthy to stand in the presence of God. You are welcomed into His presence! Praise God today for what you have received through Jesus.

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Bitcoin for Churches – Patrick Melder pt 2

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 25:13


BitCoin for Churches Patrick Melder pt 2 https://amzn.to/3prC3ET ()If you are an investor or someone thinking of investing, you probably have heard about Crpto-currency lately. Crypto is an unregulated, off the grid type of currency that has governments upset. Why? Mainly because they can't regulate it! There is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of different choices if you decide this is something that you want to do. To help us get a little better understanding of Crypto-Currency and, more specifically, the “big boy” in the room – BitCoin – we have our guest today who happens to be a BitCoin expert! Praise God! Dr. Patrick Melder was a US Army doctor for 13 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC as well as a private practice Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon after serving in the military. He holds over 30 US and international patents and is passionate about the Great Commission of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth… Patrick is also a serial entrepreneur. He first learned about Bitcoin in 2013 but made his first purchase in 2018 and has held ever since. He's written extensively about Bitcoin's truths and the impact it has on believers and non-believers. Patrick also hosts a weekly podcast: https://mission-bitcoin.captivate.fm/ (“Mission:Bitcoin,”) this is an interview podcast focusing on Bitcoin and Christianity, exploring Christian responsibility in adopting Bitcoin; How Bitcoin helps Christians align with God's plan; and How Bitcoin can be used in Christian Missions. He has also the author of  “https://amzn.to/3prC3ET (The Christian Case for Bitcoin.”) I remember back, I'm guessing 5 or 6 years ago, it could have been a bit more, but it seems like BitCoin was about $300 per coin or so. And I was contemplating putting some money into – but decided it was probably a fad and it would end up going to zero. Have you heard that from others? Surely, I couldn't be the only one…? Why are the governments of this world concerned about BitCoin and other Crypto-Currencies? But if someone starts using Crypto-Currency, how can they use it to buy everyday items? Wouldn't they have to convert it to regular currency? I believe the banks are required, I believe currently it is still $10K per transaction, and the banks have to tell the government about it.  They are asking on the tax forms if you have any crypto-currency, etc. Does a person have to inform the government of any and all crypto-currency, i.e. BitCoin, when we purchase it? Or is it only when we sell it (so they can tax the profits)? That gives us a foundation of what BitCoin and crypto-currency is. Before we get into the importance of possibly using BitCoin in ministry, why should we be wary of the current financial system? You discuss, on your podcast and blog, that Christians and Christian ministries have a “moral obligation” to adopt BitCoin. What do you mean by that and why is this a “moral obligation?” Folks, Go down into the show notes and reach out Patrick Melder. Listen to the podcast. Definitely, most definitely, order his book, https://amzn.to/3prC3ET ("The Christian Case for Bitcoin.") Just click the links and begin to study this out for yourself. I believe, from what you've heard today, crypto-currency is no longer just a fad. It is real. It is something, as you heard Patrick Melder discuss, could be used by Christians, not if, but WHEN a financial collapse happens. Go down into the show notes and reach out to Patrick today. CONTACT INFORMATION: https://twitter.com/mission21m Twitter: https://twitter.com/entsurg Podcast: https://mission-bitcoin.captivate.fm Book: “The Christian Case for Bitcoin” – on Amazon Information on your own BitCoin Account: https://Swanbitcoin.com/mission21m Fold App ()Email:          pmelder@mac.com  Twitter:       https://twitter.com/mission21m (https://twitter.com/mission21m) Twitter:       https://twitter.com/entsurg (https://twitter.com/entsurg)... Support this podcast

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - December 27 - Pray with All Kinds of Prayer pt 2

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 4:55


Scripture For Today:Matthew 11:17“And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “My house will be called a  house of prayer for all nations?”  But you have made it a den of robbers.”Pray with All Kinds of Prayer pt 2Yesterday, we started to discuss that there are basically three different kinds of prayers you can pray that are found in the New Testament.  They are: “Prayer that changes THINGS.” Plus “Prayer of Thanksgiving” and no, it is not just to be used on Thanksgiving Day. And the “Prayer of Dedication and Worship.” Yesterday, I shared about the “Prayer that Changes Things.” We also learned there are four categories that go under the main category of “Prayer that changes things.” The first category we need to discuss is “The prayer of agreement.” For any kind of prayer to produce results, it MUST be based on God's Word. You've heard me teach on this many, many times. And I'm doing it again now. That's how important this is. Amen! His Word is His Will. If you are wondering what the Will of God is – go to His Word and find out. Amen!  It is God's desire that you be filled with the knowledge of His Will – and that means you need to be in His Word to find out what the Will of God is for any particular situation.  Prayer that is based on the Word of God will work every single time it is put to the test. Period! “Well, brother Bob, what if I pray for someone to be healed and they die?” Praise God!  They're healed now, right? “NO – they died!” They may have died in this body, but if they are born again – they now have a GLORIFIED BODY and they are in the presence of Jesus and are FULL OF LIFE. And, I can guarantee you, they don't want to come back into that old decayed piece of dirt either! Amen! Most people don't want someone to die and go to Heaven for selfish reasons. THEY will miss that persons physical presence. And that is true. But you are not looking at the ETERNAL aspect of things. So, if you have a need, just go to the Word of God, find a scripture reference that either speaks to the need directly or indirectly – and STAND ON IT in prayer! Never back off it. Don't be moved by what you hear, see, feel, etc. Just stand on the Word. Amen! That is agreeing with the Word!   Find another believer to pray in agreement with you on that Word. And now you have unleashed tremendous power in Faith. Amen!  That is the power of agreement. Agreement with one another AND agreement with God's Word – you can't lose! Amen! Praise God… Let's Pray! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2 (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2)

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Bitcoin for Churches - Patrick Melder pt 1

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 28:19


BitCoin for Churches Patrick Melder pt 1 https://amzn.to/3prC3ET ()If you are an investor or someone thinking of investing, you probably have heard about Crpto-currency lately. Crypto is an unregulated, off the grid type of currency that has governments upset. Why? Mainly because they can't regulate it! There is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of different choices if you decide this is something that you want to do. To help us get a little better understanding of Crypto-Currency and, more specifically, the “big boy” in the room – BitCoin – we have our guest today who happens to be a BitCoin expert! Praise God! Patrick Melder is an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon and sleep specialist. He trained at Walter Reed Army Medical center and was on active duty with the US Army for 13 years. He left the Army in 2006 as a Lieutenant Colonel and started his private practice career. Patrick holds nearly thirty US and international patents. Patrick has been involved in church ministry from positions as an elder and lay missions pastor. He is passionate about God's mission to the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Dr. Patrick Melder was a US Army doctor for 13 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC as well as a private practice Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon after serving in the military. He holds over 30 US and international patents and is passionate about the Great Commission of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth… Patrick is also a serial entrepreneur. He first learned about Bitcoin in 2013 but made his first purchase in 2018 and has held ever since. He's written extensively about Bitcoin's truths and the impact it has on believers and non-believers. Patrick also hosts a weekly podcast: https://mission-bitcoin.captivate.fm/ (“Mission:Bitcoin,”) this is an interview podcast focusing on Bitcoin and Christianity, exploring Christian responsibility in adopting Bitcoin; How Bitcoin helps Christians align with God's plan; and How Bitcoin can be used in Christian Missions. He has also authored a book titled, “https://amzn.to/3prC3ET (The Christian Case for Bitcoin.”) First question, other than that brief information I just shared, can you tell us in your own words, “Who is Patrick Melder?” A lot of people want to know about BitCoin now because of the recent gains and highs it has hit. But most people do not know anything about it. What it is or how to trade it. It is called, “Crypto-Currency.” So, let's start there. What is “Crypto-Currency” and why has it become important in today's financial circles? We hear a lot about “mining” BitCoin and about “block-chains” and things like that. Can you briefly explain what those terms mean for our listeners? Who first created BitCoin – and why? I remember back, I'm guessing 5 or 6 years ago, it could have been a bit more, but it seems like BitCoin was about $300 per coin or so. And I was contemplating putting some money into – but decided it was probably a fad and it would end up going to zero. Have you heard that from others? Surely, I couldn't be the only one… Why are the governments of this world concerned about BitCoin and other Crypto-Currencies? Folks, crypto-currency is no longer just a fad. It is real. It is something, as you heard Patrick Melder discuss, could be used by Christians, not if, but WHEN a financial collapse happens.  Go down into the show notes and reach out Patrick Melder. Listen to the podcast. Definitely, most definitely, order his book, https://amzn.to/3prC3ET ("The Christian Case for Bitcoin"). Just click the links and begin to study this out for yourself. CONTACT INFORMATION: https://amzn.to/3prC3ET () Email:          pmelder@mac.com  Twitter:       https://twitter.com/mission21m (https://twitter.com/mission21m) Twitter:       https://twitter.com/entsurg (https://twitter.com/entsurg) Podcast:   https://mission-bitcoin.captivate.fm/ (https://mission-bitcoin.captivate.fm) Book:  Support this podcast

Hopewell Associate Reformed Presbyterian
How We Praise God Matters

Hopewell Associate Reformed Presbyterian

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 57:00


The main point of our praise unto God ought to be His promised and fulfilled salvation through Christ.

St. Andrew's Podcast
Praise God for All We Have Heard and Seen

St. Andrew's Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021


Message from Pastor Peter Dunn entitled "Praise God for All We Have Heard and Seen." For more information, visit sntandrews.org. © St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Grace Baptist Church
The Wise Woman of Christmas

Grace Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 53:00


Merry Christmas to all of you today- May the Lord bless you with the joy of the Lord's gift of us -- the gift of -God with us.- That is what this Season is all about. The curse is reversed because Christ has taken on the flesh that will be rent, and the blood that will be spilt. Praise God for His gift---Tomorrow we will look at -The Wise Woman- of Christmas. We will advance to the weeks after Jesus' birth at a scene in the temple as Anna blessed all who were there. -Luke 2-36- See text below.-.--Following the service we will have food available in the basement. Consider bringing a dish, dessert or beverage. And we'll see you then.--Merry Christmas---Tim

Sierra Unraveled
Happy Birthday Jesus!

Sierra Unraveled

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 14:07


Hey yall! Just wanted to give you a little of my spiritual wisdom before my next interview drops. I'm laughing because I don't believe I possess any spiritual wisdom, but I might. Praise God, because I definitely have the Holy Ghost.   In this episode, I talk about how I've come to terms with my sin, how in the world I still remain calm co-parenting with my ex-abuser, and how I cope with the holidays after my family has been torn apart. Literally. Scripture is the only answer for me.    Co-parenting videos I reference in the episode: Tips for Co-Parenting with a Narcissist or Difficult Person Stephanie Lyn Coaching https://youtu.be/yB66HZKWX_I  Co-parenting with a Narcissist Dr. Ramani Durvasula https://youtu.be/AHL_A0kodlY    Online Support Groups: Domestic Abuse Support Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1032485490166320/   Domestic Violence Support Group for Women https://www.facebook.com/groups/560772291129322   Single Parent Sanity  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SingleParentSanity    Music: Posthumous Production x Reyo Beats      

Today's Catholic Mass Readings
Today's Catholic Mass Readings Saturday, December 25, 2021

Today's Catholic Mass Readings

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021


Full Text of ReadingsThe Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Lectionary: 13, 14, 15, 16All podcast readings are produced by the USCCB and are from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States _______________________________________The Saint of the day is Nativity of the Lordof the Nativity of the Lord On this day, the Church focuses especially on the newborn Child, God become human, who embodies for us all the hope and peace we seek. We need no other special saint today to lead us to Christ in the manger, although his mother Mary and Joseph, caring for his foster-son, help round out the scene. But if we were to select a patron for today, perhaps it might be appropriate for us to imagine an anonymous shepherd, summoned to the birthplace by a wondrous and even disturbing vision in the night, a summons from an angelic choir, promising peace and goodwill. A shepherd willing to seek out something that might just be too unbelievable to chase after, and yet compelling enough to leave behind the flocks in the field and search for a mystery. On the day of the Lord's birth, let's let an unnamed, “non-celebrity” at the edge of the crowd model for us the way to discover Christ in our own hearts—somewhere between skepticism and wonder, between mystery and faith. And like Mary and the shepherds, let's treasure that discovery in our hearts. Reflection The precise dating in the Scripture readings for today sounds like a textbook on creationism. If we focus on the time frame, however, we miss the point. It lays out the story of a love affair: creation, the deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, the rise of Israel under David. It climaxes with the birth of Jesus. Some scholars insist that from the beginning God intended to enter the world as one of us, the beloved people. Praise God! Click here for a Christmas prayer! Saint of the DayCopyright Franciscan Media

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - December 23 - The Last Will and Testament pt 3

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 4:30


Scripture For Today: Luke 6:28“Bless those that curse you and pray for those that mistreat you.” The Last Will and Testament pt 3We have been looking at “our inheritance” through our Salvation in Christ. I talked about, in the natural, when some is preparing to die, they usually will leave a “Will.” And the legal name for that document is the “Last Will and Testament of” that person.  Yesterday, we left off with the “legacy Jesus has left us.”  First was the Legacy of the “Forgiveness of Sins.”  This is the most important thing any human being could ever inherit. Without this included in the Will of Jesus, when we died, would still be separated from a loving Father.  But because of His reconciliation for us to the Father through His sacrifice – we have inherited the right to be called “Sons of God.” Amen! To go right along with the Legacy of the forgiveness of our sin is the Legacy of Eternal Life.  That is the promise that we will live FOREVER with Jesus and our Father in Heaven. That is the GREATEST LEGACY that could ever be passed from one person to another! Imagine if someone you knew, let's say your grandfather or someone, was really, really famous. And they had all sorts of valuable things and always said, “When I die, my Last Will and Testament will distribute everything I have to those I love.”  Nobody ever knew who or what old granddad was going to give anyone…  And then, grandpa passes on. But it will be 60 days before the Will is read in court. For sixty days, everyone is walking around saying things like, “I sure hope my name is in that will…!”  In some cases, people who were not included in the Will fight for years in court to try and get some piece of the inheritance. It seems like people only want to be in the Will, not be remembered by their grandfather, but to have some earthly possessions and riches.  But Ephesians 1:3 tells us, “Not all of the riches of the earth could even begin to be compared to the eternal riches that the Lord Jesus has given us.” Amen! But, Hebrews 9:16-17 tells us, that “In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the testator (the one who wrote the will). Because a will is only in force when somebody has died. It never takes effect while the one who made it is alive.” If someone has a will and it has been several years since it was written, some circumstances may change they want to update their will. That means the OLD WILL is no longer valid and the NEW WILL is now in force. If someone comes along and tries to enforce the actions of the OLD WILL on the survivors, the court rules the old will is no longer valid and enforces actions only according to the new will. When Jesus DIED on the Cross – His Will immediately went into effect and all of the provisions that were required and enforced under the OLD WILL were immediately nullified. This is good news for those who were not included in the OLD WILL – but have been included in the NEW WILL. Amen! That's US! Praise God! Let's leave it right there for today and we will take it up here again tomorrow. Let's Pray! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2 (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2)

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Heart Touch Music – Craig Perkins pt 3

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 22:32


Heart Touch Music Craig Perkins pt 3 Have you ever felt alone? Abandoned? Like, everything you do is wrong?  If so, I have good news for you today.  You're NOT alone. You're NOT abandoned.  God is always with you, even if you do not recognize His presence. Some suffer abuse at the hands of their parents. Some are just abandoned and, more less, forgotten about. That could describe our guest today, Craig Perkins. Craig's parents were alcoholics and fought violently. His Father abandoned the family and, later, his mother did the same. Ultimately, the courts stepped in and the children to an orphanage on the other side of the country. Living in an institution with 320 other unwanted kids is all Craig knew while growing up. When he finally was able to leave the orphanage, it was only natural he began to follow a rebellious path in life. He enrolled in college as a music major, but knew nothing about music. But soon, the college party scene started calling, and this rebellious man answered the call… But for the efforts of Christians on campus who reached out and witnessed about Christ to anyone who would listen, including Craig, who knows where his path in life would have led. But instead of a life of death and destruction, Craig has been serving the Lord! Craig Perkins is the founder of “Heart Touch Music,” had a traveling concert ministry; has hosted and served in retreats, seminars, recovery programs and healing centers. The songs he has written are his own original works (and we will share some music in today's program). But, he has also reached out and found his parents and witnessed the Love of Christ to them! Praise God! This is the conclusion of a GREAT three part interview with Craig Perkins! You were married in 1983 and then, basically, went on tour with your music. How long did you do that? You write music as a tool to touch troubled hearts. You also provide instrumental music for counselors and therapists to use in their practices. Tell us about this… How can music help us, the average person listening right now? You have shared that we are called to win the world for Christ. But yet , we often ignore those who are right next to us. Our family, friends, co-workers, etc. You also composed a song for this calling of reaching those around us with the Gospel. It's titled “Forgiven.” Let's listen to a clip then come back to the interview. You also write music for praise and worship and immersion – how does someone use this type of music, say in their devotional or prayer time? Craig, this is all so fascinating. And your music is so awesome. I've listened to several tracks just getting ready for today's interview. How can someone order your music? In fact, how can someone get in touch with you, maybe to ask a question, order your music or possible even to do an interview such as this? How can they get in touch with you? And your music is available on your website, but there are various “rooms” set up, depending on the type of music the person is seeking? I'll put links to all of this down below in the show notes. Folks, music is so important to our Spiritual wellbeing. Why do you think the devil goes after the minds of people through the music they listen to? I want to encourage you to get back to the basics of your Faith – and allow Craig's music to help you in your quiet time. To minister to you when you're down. To minister to you as you pray and meditate. To minister to you – just about all day long, if you'll let it. Go down into the show notes and click the link to Craig Perkins website and discover a secret weapon God has provided us to claim victory in this life – here on earth – MUSIC. Amen! CONTACT INFORMATION: http://www.hearttouchmusic.org/ ()   Email:  hearttouchmusic@gmail.com Website:  http://www.hearttouchmusic.org/ (http://www.hearttouchmusic.org/) Support this podcast

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Heart Touch Music – Craig Perkins pt 2

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 27:05


Heart Touch Music Craig Perkins pt 2 Have you ever felt alone? Abandoned? Like, everything you do is wrong?  If so, I have good news for you today.  You're NOT alone. You're NOT abandoned.  God is always with you, even if you do not recognize His presence. Some suffer abuse at the hands of their parents. Some are just abandoned and, more less, forgotten about. That could describe our guest today, Craig Perkins. Craig's parents were alcoholics and fought violently. His Father abandoned the family and, later, his mother did the same. Ultimately, the courts stepped in and the children to an orphanage on the other side of the country. Living in an institution with 320 other unwanted kids is all Craig knew while growing up. When he finally was able to leave the orphanage, it was only natural he began to follow a rebellious path in life. He enrolled in college as a music major, but knew nothing about music. But soon, the college party scene started calling, and this rebellious man answered the call… But for the efforts of Christians on campus who reached out and witnessed about Christ to anyone who would listen, including Craig, who knows where his path in life would have led. But instead of a life of death and destruction, Craig has been serving the Lord! Craig Perkins is the founder of “Heart Touch Music,” had a traveling concert ministry; has hosted and served in retreats, seminars, recovery programs and healing centers. The songs he has written are his own original works (and we will share some music in today's program). But, he has also reached out and found his parents and witnessed the Love of Christ to them! Praise God! This is part two of a GREAT three part interview! The family unit has always been a target for Satan – all the way back to the Garden of Eden. He successfully destroyed your family. But you later took him on and started searching for your parents. The Lord led you to be intercessor for them instead of an accuser. What motivated you to start tracking down your parents? You composed a song titled “Hold Me Daddy” during this time. Let's listen to a clip of it and then come back to the interview… You first found your mother. Tell us about that and what the outcome was… You composed a song about your mother. It's called “When I Say Mommy.” You've provided a clip for us, let's listen and then come back to the interview…. Did you ever play that song for your mother? Did you find your father in your search? What was the outcome of that? I want to encourage you to get back to the basics of your Faith – and allow Craig's music to help you in your quiet time. To minister to you when you're down. To minister to you as you pray and meditate. To minister to you – just about all day long, if you'll let it. Just click the links below to visit Craig's website and check out everything he has to offer you!  You will be blessed! CONTACT INFORMATION: https://www.hearttouchmusic.org ()   Email:  hearttouchmusic@gmail.com Website:  http://www.hearttouchmusic.org/ (http://www.hearttouchmusic.org/) Support this podcast

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - December 21 - Follow Your Spirit - Not Your Circumstances pt 1

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 7:12


Scripture For Today:Matthew 26:39“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Follow Your Spirit – Not Circumstances pt 1I know I've taught a lot this year from 1 John 5:14-15… but that is because it is a powerful scripture that should give us great confidence in that our prayers are heard. In fact, let's read it again right now:  “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us; and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we HAVE the petitions that we desired of Him.” We talked before about knowing God's will during our prayer time. I discussed, in great detail, that God's will is expressed through His Word. God's Word – the Bible – is His Will. Think about what we call the two major divisions of the Bible: The OLD Testament and the NEW Testament. Right? In legal proceedings, when someone dies and they want to leave what possessions and valuables, etc. to certain people, what is that called?  Their “WILL.”  Right? And what do the lawyers put at the top of the document in most cases? “This is the last “will and testament” of “so and so.”  Right? Now, stick with me here… WAY BACK, in Genesis, Satan stole Adam's inheritance by deceiving Adam into giving up his authority. God promised that there would be “one who heel you bruise but whose heel will crush your head.”   From that moment on – God's WILL – was to give back to mankind all of creation. Amen. In order to do that, there had to be a payment for the sin that Adam committed. Throughout the Old Testament, we can read that the family of the person needed to make restitution. Since ALL have descended from Adam, each of us was just a guilty as he…there had to be a perfect sacrifice. Now, I'm not going to get into the legalities of it all here. But, let's just agree that JESUS fulfilled ALL of the requirements. He lived a sinless life and therefore, HE could inherit everything. Right? But, He had the right to call 12 Legions of angels to save him from death on the cross and He could have still inherited it all. But He would have been the only one. Period. He chose to die in our place. That was a sacrifice for US.  God accepted His sacrifice, opening the door for US to be forgiven and made perfect in God's eyes.  But, we were still not able to fulfill ALL the law required… So Jesus gave us HIS “Last Will and Testament.” It was written in John 17:20-22 when He prayed: I am not asking on behalf of them only (His disciples standing there), but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message (that means YOU and ME)!  So that ALL of them may be ONE as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in US, so that the world may believe that you sent me…” Folks, THAT is the Last Will and Testament of Jesus!  That the inheritance that He gained would be passed on to “Those that believe God sent Him.”  PRAISE GOD!  That's where we will take it up again tomorrow. Amen! Let's Pray! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2 (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2)

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Heart Touch Music – Craig Perkins pt 1

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 62:55


Heart Touch Music Craig Perkins pt 1 Have you ever felt alone? Abandoned? Like, everything you do is wrong?  If so, I have good news for you today.  You're NOT alone. You're NOT abandoned.  God is always with you, even if you do not recognize His presence. Some suffer abuse at the hands of their parents. Some are just abandoned and, more less, forgotten about. That could describe our guest today, Craig Perkins. Craig's parents were alcoholics and fought violently. His Father abandoned the family and, later, his mother did the same. Ultimately, the courts stepped in and the children to an orphanage on the other side of the country. Living in an institution with 320 other unwanted kids is all Craig knew while growing up. When he finally was able to leave the orphanage, it was only natural he began to follow a rebellious path in life. He enrolled in college as a music major, but knew nothing about music. But soon, the college party scene started calling, and this rebellious man answered the call… But for the efforts of Christians on campus who reached out and witnessed about Christ to anyone who would listen, including Craig, who knows where his path in life would have led. But instead of a life of death and destruction, Craig has been serving the Lord! Craig Perkins is the founder of “Heart Touch Music,” had a traveling concert ministry; has hosted and served in retreats, seminars, recovery programs and healing centers. The songs he has written are his own original works (and we will share some music in today's program). But, he has also reached out and found his parents and witnessed the Love of Christ to them! Praise God! Having set the scene now, help me welcome to the program, Craig Perkins! First question, other than that brief information I just shared, can you tell us in your own words, “Who is Craig Perkins?” How old were you when you were first taken to the orphanage? How traumatic of an experience was all of this for you at that age? Were you and your sibling kept together? On you website, you make reference be sexually abused. Was this prior to entering the orphanage or during or after? You share that, as soon as you were old enough to leave the system, you became a rebel. How so? You went to college to study music. What made you choose that as your major? And at college, the “party, party, party” lifestyle started calling, correct? Is that what led you to drugs and all of that? How were your grades at that time? How did you get involved with Christian friends who began to witness to you? You share that He was always with you, even in those dark places. Was there some “ah-ha” moment when you realized you needed Christ? Did you notice your “old friends” started to say, “Something about you has changed…?” CONTACT INFORMATION: https://www.hearttouchmusic.org ()   Email:  hearttouchmusic@gmail.com Website:  http://www.hearttouchmusic.org/ (http://www.hearttouchmusic.org/) Support this podcast

Curate Church
Praise God for His Call - Hope is Here PT.4 | Katie Milgate

Curate Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 26:46


In the final message of the year, Katie Milgate talks to us about us being in Christ, Christ being in us and the new things he is birthing in us this year and this season. Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy!

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - December 16 - God's Will is to Meet Your Financial Needs pt 3

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 6:17


Scripture For Today:Matthew 6:9“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”God's Will is to Meet Your Financial Needs pt 3Yesterday, we left off with a discussion of “The Church at Philippi.” We know the “Book of Philippians” was Paul's direct communication with this church. We also know they were so appreciative of his ministry, they sent more than one offering to him. And Paul makes special mention of this in verses 14 -17:  “Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction. 15 You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.” Now, let me through a caveat in here that most people never think about…  The “Philippian church.” Where was this church at? “Well, brother Bob, in Philippi, of course!” True. But WHERE in Philippi?  Let me give you a clue. Now, this is just from the research I've done. Ok? But what I'm about to share with you makes 100% sense. What happened to Paul and Silas in Philippi?  They were arrested and locked into the darkest, most secure cell in the jail. This was after being beaten severely. Right?  You can go read all about in Acts chapter 16 verses 16-40. And they were singing out in the midnight hour when God heard their prayers and sprang open every single door in that jail. Right?  But the prisoners did not make a run for it, did they? Why? Because they were experiencing God through the testimony of Paul and Silas and their singing.  The Glory of the Lord had fallen in that place and these prisoners had never experienced anything like that before! They were not going to leave that Glorious place!   The jailer thought “this is it” because all the doors were open. That's what would happen in just about every prison in existence. But not here. Not this night! But it ended up, the jailer and his entire house was born again that night (and, I would venture to say – every prisoner, too). Folks, THIS IS THE PHILLIPI CHURCH that Paul was talking to. That is who Paul was writing to!  The jailer was the PASTOR of this PRISON MINISTRY!  Praise God!  He may have been holding services for others in his home because scripture says his entire house was saved that night. I'm sure they became witnesses of what had happened, too! Amen!  I also believe that some prisoners, when released, didn't want to leave the area either. But folks, it makes complete sense. We do not read about any other work being done in Philippi, do we? None.  There is no references of Paul commanding Timothy or anyone else to “go to Philippi and start a church.” None!  THIS WAS the Philippian church! So, if PRISONERS could scrape together a few meager dollars and send it to Paul to bless others with – not just once but several times! THAT is why he was so moved!  And it turned into a HUGE Blessing!  For him AND for them! Amen! Let's Pray! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2 (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2)

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - December 14 - God's Will is to Meet Your Financial Need pt 2

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 5:31


Scripture For Today:Daniel 9:17“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary…”God's Will is to Supply Your Financial Needs pt 1We've been studying how your own words can nullify (or kill) the effectiveness of your prayer life. We've dealt with how your own tongue can kill your prayers. And that not only affects the area of health and loved ones, but it definitely will affect the prayers of your finances. I'll give you another example of God's will is for you to prosper. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply ALL your need, according to HIS riches in Glory, by Christ Jesus.” Since the Word of God is true – this scripture is true. Since this scripture is true, then we now KNOW that it is God's Will for us to have ALL of our needs met. Every single one of them – and that definitely includes financial needs. Amen! We can have faith to claim that as our right and our privilege of being in the Body of Christ simply because it is in the Word. Amen!  Actually, when Paul said, “…my God shall supply all your need…” he was SPECIFICALLY talking about material needs and financial needs!  I know that will get some misguided pastors feathers ruffled, but they go look it up themselves… amen! But, I also believe, that Paul meant the God was talking about meeting ALL our needs. That word ALL is a funny word. Someone once did an indepth study of the word ALL.  He looked at in the Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, English, German and Latin. And do you know what he finally decided the word ALL meant.  ALL.  Praise God! ALL MEANS ALL…not part of. Not some of. Not this but not that. ALL MEANS ALL. Glory to God for His revelation in the Word. Amen! Another way of saying this is that God will meet “every need” you ever have. And “every need” means just that – EVERY – SINGLE – NEED. Period!  Whether it is spiritual, physical, material or financial. Amen! ALL means ALL and you should never let any well meaning, but misguided Christian try and convince you otherwise.  “Well, you know – money is the root of all evil. And if God knows you couldn't handle it, that's why He's not going to give you any…” Give me a break!   If you notice, the people who say that are just as broke, if not more broke, than you!   Don't listen to any negative words that go contrary to THE WORD. Amen!  If you have a need, dig into the Word of God, find the answer and then start declaring it over yourself. Praise God!  Do not let any negative word slip out of your mouth, either. Just keep standing on THE WORD and you will soon find that ALL of your needs are being met. Praise God! Let's Pray! Do me a favor…can you leave a comment down below and I would greatly appreciate it if you Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2 (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2)

Kingdom Cross  Roads Podcast
Launch Your Business with God - Zach Windahl pt 2

Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 23:21


Launch Your Business with God Zach Windahl pt 1 Have you ever felt that everything you touched did not turn to gold? But instead, just went from good to bad to worse? Everything. Everything you believed in. Everything you tried to do? My guest today faced that very dilemma. In 2014, Zach Windahl went from bad to worse. He always had a plan, until that time. He was broken. He was lost. He started to contemplate everything he had believed in. He had grown up as a Christian, but things were so bad, he realized he had no idea what that meant.  He started to look at religion in a very different light. He stated to look at Christianity in America. He realized that every single religion OUTSIDE of Christianity, took their faith seriously. But in the United States, Christians rarely read their Bibles and the ideals that are labeled as “Christian” can be very skewed from one faith to another. This started Zach on a mission. He decided to read the Bible straight through. Not in in a year, but in 90 days. He wanted to seek the TRUTH. And he understood that God's Word is the Truth. So, he set out seek THE TRUTH. Long story short, he came to some magnificent revelations. The first one occurred in – Genesis Chapter one!  Praise God! Zach Windahl has helped thousands of people better understand the Bible and grow closer to God through his company, “The Brand Sunday.” He's the author of several books, including “The Bible Study” and his recent book, https://amzn.to/3ks2tTR (“Launch with God – How to Build a Business That Matters and Live Out Your God-Given Purpose”) When you seen in the Bible that God “creates,” what did that mean for you? Explain how you came to the understanding that God's story continues even to today… How does someone find themselves in God's Story, as you share in your book? How can we, as you put it, “lean into our talents?” One of the things you've discovered older folks, myself included, wish they could've done more of is to have spent more time with their family, and, instead of working at a job for someone else, they wished they would've pursued their dreams. How did that impact you and what you are doing now? Because of time, I want to jump towards the end of your book. Especially about “Building a Team.” Because of my leadership training the military, I have spoken at several business conferences on the topic of “Team Building.” So this section absolutely caught my attention… You state, “In general, if you're great at something in business, stick with it. If you're good at it, do it until you can afford to pay someone else to do it. And if you're bad at it, hire someone to do it now.” I absolutely agree, but I also get asked, when I say this, “But I can't afford to hire anybody, so I  have to just try and get it done as best I can right now…” What do you say about that type of comment? How can someone just starting out find help? One chapter in your book, https://amzn.to/3ks2tTR (“Launch with God,”) you share about “Removing Obstacles.”  What do you see as the biggest obstacle that faces most of us down? I had to laugh, again, when I read the part about running a business, being an entrepreneur, is not a sprint – it's not even a marathon! You called it an “ultra-marathon!”  Can you explain that for our listeners? Who is Justin Zoradi and how did he influence you? When we seek advice about or dream, about our business, whom should we seek advice from and who should be avoid? Zach, we are about out of time. Where can someone get a copy of your book, https://amzn.to/3ks2tTR (“Launch with God”)? Is it on Amazon? If someone wants to get in touch with you, to ask a question or maybe do an interview like this, how can they do that? How can they get in touch with you? Folks, I cannot recommend this book, “Launch with God,” by Zach Windahl more highly. You need to go down into the show notes and order your copy of https://amzn.to/3ks2tTR (“Launch with Support this podcast

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - December 9 - God's Will is That ALL Be Saved pt 2

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 5:56


Scripture For Today:Jeremiah 42:4“I have heard you,” replied Jeremiah the prophet. “I will certainly pray to the Lord your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the Lord says and will keep nothing back from you.”God's Will is That ALL Be Saved pt 2Yesterday, I began teaching on “God's Will is that all be saved.” We left off with someone who prays, “God, save our loved one.” Then, we “wait and see” if our loved one get saved fairly quickly. If they don't or they continue to live a life of sin, etc., we feel like God did not hear our prayer – so we go back to beg Him again, “God, save our loved one.” I shared how that type prayer is filled with doubt and unbelief, not faith and assurance.  Praying like that is walking by sight and not by faith. It simply brings confusion to your prayer life. Amen!  And the devil will move right in and capitalize on that doubt, unbelief and confusion. He will cause you to DOUBT your prayers. “Well, you never know what God is going to do…” type of attitude. But if you will come right back to the will of God – which is what? The WORD of God… God's word will bring light on the situation. He will enlighten YOU. God's Word will instruct you as to WHY your prayer was not effective. Let's go back to our base scripture here, 1 John 5:14-15. “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we have the petitions that we ask of Him.” Confidence. Boldness. Not walking by sight or feelings. Amen! Doubt and unbelief will rob you of God's greater blessings and render your prayer life ineffective. And if the devil can get you to back off a strong stand of faith, he will take it.  There is NO QUESTION as to whether or not it is God's will to save EVERYONE – and that includes your loved one. So, to pray for lost loved ones to BE SAVED is praying in accordance with God's Will. And, when we KNOW what God's will IS, we should have the CONFIDENCE that we receive the prayer request we made. Remember, there is no time nor space with God. Time is for us – but not Him. All we need to do is stand on His Word, thank Him for the victory, tell Him (which, when we speak out loud, it is simply reinforcing this in our own spirit and also putting the devil on notice) – that “we are not moved by what we see or what hear. We are ONLY moved by the Word of God and God's Word says that it is His Will for ALL to be saved. And that includes my loved one! Amen! I rest it there. I just thank you Father that my loved one is ALREADY saved! Praise God! I thank you for it, in Jesus Name!” And when the devil comes up and says, “No he isn't.” You just respond with “Mr. Devil, I have the confidence in God and His Word. It's already a done deal – you just GET OUT OF HERE, in the Power and the Authority of the Name of Jesus, whose I am and whom I serve. My loved one IS already saved. Praise God Almighty! Amen!” Folks, when you display faith like that – it won't be long before the answer to your prayer manifests in the natural. Amen! Let's Pray! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2 (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2)