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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Scope of Prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18New International Version (NIV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The Scope of Prayer
Anon. Cure of all Ills

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Through prayer there is no problem that can't be solved,
No sickness that can't be healed, no burden that can't be lifted,

No storm that can't be weathered,
No devastation that can't be relieved,
No sorrow that can't be erased,
No poverty cycle that can't be broken,
No sinner that can't be saved,

No perishing that can't be rescued,
No fallen that can't be lifted,
No hurt that can't be removed,
No broken relationship that can't be mended,
No difference that can't be resolved,

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No hindrance that can't be shaken,
No limitation that can't be overcome,
No mourning that can't be comforted,

No ashes that can't be that can't become beauty,
No heaviness that can't be covered with the garment of praise,
No thirst that can't be quenched, no hunger that can't be filled,

No dry ground that can't be flooded,
No desert that can't blossom,
No congregation that can't be revived,
No preacher that can't be anointed,

No Church pews that can't be filled,
No church leadership team that can't become 'one,'
No community that can't be Christianized and
No nation that can't be transformed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Broken Pot


2 Corinthians 12:9New International Version (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on an end of a pole which he carried across his neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer.
"What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts." the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said,
"As we return to the masters house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot,
"Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pots side?

That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.
But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table.

In Gods great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws.
Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mother Mary

Virgin Mary appears over ivory coast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvyUnmBjxm8

The miracles of Rosa Mystica:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uvLjoko_F4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNwuYwHKrVU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srPlNJQwsFY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fNx_L5lrdU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcMrHdGwbMw

For people who don't understand Malayalam, the second set of videos is summarised below, as seen in the description on youtube.

This video is about the miracle of 'Rosa Mystica' that happened in the house of Mr.Jobin in the village of Erumely in Kottayamdistrict in Kerala on September 2006....... Jobins wife had some illness related to her brain and was under treatment.Their son Albin lost the sight of his left eye at the age of 1.5 years.Doctors said that he will never get his sight back........ Their life was full of sorrows and miseries. Seeing this it is a priest called Fr.Joy who gave then the picture of 'Rosa Mystica'. They kneelt down and prayed infront of this picture everyday.................. On September their son Albin saw blood drops flowing down from the eyes of the picture of Rosa Mystica.When it became more and more they informed the church.Due to the large crowd that came to see this miracle they moved the picture to the church.......... After this miracle happened in their house Jobin's wife recovered completely from her illness and their son Albin got back the sight of his left eye................. After the picture was moved to the church the family became very sad.So Fr.Joy gave them another picture of 'Rosa Mystica'.After a few days honey and oil started flowing down from this picture. Hearing this miracle somebody from Germany sent them a statue of R.M and oil started flowing down from this one too.They kept the statue in a plate collected the oil and started giving to the believers......... Because of these miracles this house has now become a prayer center for the believers.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Apparitions Of The Blessed Holy Virgin Mary To Millions In The Coptic Orthodox Church Named After Her, In Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt (1968-1970)

For more than a year, starting on the eve of Tuesday, April 2, 1968, the Blessed Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of God, appeared in different forms over the domes of the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her at Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt. 

Read the full article here: http://www.zeitun-eg.org/zeitoun1.htm


Monday, August 11, 2014

Welsh Revival

Most people have heard of the Welsh Revival which started in 1904.
It began as a movement of prayer. Seth Joshua, the Presbyterian evangelist, came to Newcastle Emlyn College where a former coal miner, Evan Roberts aged 26, was studying for the ministry.

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The students were so moved that they asked if they could attend Joshua's next campaign nearby.
So they cancelled classes to go to Blaenanerch where Seth Joshua prayed publicly,
'O God, bend us.'

Evan Roberts went forward where he prayed with great agony,
'O God, bend me.'

Upon his return he could not concentrate on his studies. He went to the principal of his college and explained,
'I keep hearing a voice that tells me I must go home and speak to our young people in my home church. Principal Phillips, is that the voice of the devil or the voice of the Spirit?'

Principal Phillips answered wisely,
'The devil never gives orders like that. You can have a week off.'

So he went back home to Loughor and announced to the pastor,
'I've come to preach.'

The pastor was not at all convinced, but asked,
'How about speaking at the prayer meeting on Monday?'

He did not even let him speak to the prayer meeting, but told the praying people,
'Our young brother, Evan Roberts, feels he has a message for you if you care to wait.'

Seventeen people waited behind, and were impressed with the directness of the young man's words.
Evan Roberts told his fellow members, 'I have a message for you from God.

* You must confess any known sin to God and put any wrong done to others right.
* Second, you must put away any doubtful habit.
* Third, you must obey the Spirit promptly.
* Finally, you must confess your faith in Christ publicly.

By ten o'clock all seventeen had responded.

The pastor was so pleased that he asked, 'How about your speaking at the mission service tomorrow night? Midweek service Wednesday night?'
He preached all week, and was asked to stay another week. Then the break came.....

Then the break came. Suddenly the dull ecclesiastical columns in the Welsh papers changed:
'Great crowds of people drawn to Loughor.'

The main road between Llanelly and Swansea on which the church was situated was packed with people trying to get into the church.
Shopkeepers closed early to find a place in the big church.

Now the news was out. A reporter was sent down and he described vividly what he saw: a strange meeting which closed at 4.25 in the morning, and even then people did not seem willing to go home.

There was a very British summary:
'I felt that this was no ordinary gathering.'

Next day, every grocery shop in that industrial valley was emptied of groceries by people attending the meetings, and on Sunday every church was filled.

The movement went like a tidal wave over Wales, in five months there being a hundred thousand people converted throughout the country.

Five years later, Dr J. V. Morgan wrote a book to debunk the revival, his main criticism being that, of a hundred thousand joining the churches in five months of excitement, after five years only seventy-five thousand still stood in the membership of those churches!

The Social Impact was astounding.

For example, judges were presented with white gloves, not a case to try; no robberies, no burglaries, no rapes, no murders, and no embezzlements, nothing. District councils held emergency meetings to discuss what to do with the police now that they were unemployed.

In one place the sergeant of police was sent for and asked,
'What do you do with your time?'

He replied,
'Before the revival, we had two main jobs, to prevent crime and to control crowds, as at football games.
Since the revival started there is practically no crime. So we just go with the crowds.'

A councilor asked,
'What does that mean?'

The sergeant replied,
'You know where the crowds are. They are packing out the churches.'
'But how does that affect the police?'

He was told,
'We have seventeen police in our station, but we have three quartets, and if any church wants a quartet to sing, they simply call the police station.'

As the revival swept Wales, drunkenness was cut in half. There was a wave of bankruptcies, but nearly all taverns. There was even a slowdown in the mines, for so many Welsh coal miners were converted and stopped using bad language that the horses that dragged the coal trucks in the mines could not understand what was being said to them.

That revival also affected sexual moral standards.

I had discovered through the figures given by British government experts that in Radnorshire and Merionethshire the illegitimate birth rate had dropped 44% within a year of the beginning of the revival.

The revival swept Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, North America, Australasia, Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Chile.
As always, it began through a movement of prayer.

What do we mean by extraordinary prayer? We share ordinary prayer in regular worship services, before meals, and the like. But when people are found getting up at six in the morning to pray, or having a half night of prayer until midnight, or giving up their lunch time to pray at noonday prayer meetings, that is extraordinary prayer. It must be united and concerted.

Read entire article at 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Arthur Ashe - Legendary Wimbledon Player



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Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: "Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"?

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To this Arthur Ashe replied:

"The world over -- 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, and 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi-finals, 2 to the finals,

When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD,
Why me?

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And today in pain I should not be asking GOD, Why me?

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrow keeps you Human,
Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps you glowing,
but only Faith and Attitude keep you going.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

God strategically placed each word of this passage to assure us He is for us!
  And if you're a Christian, it applies to every aspect of life.  You can claim it whether you're operating a billion-dollar industry or you're unemployed.

 Regardless of what happens, everything - everything! - somehow cooperates for your good!

 God Bless You.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Repentance is Not Just for Sinners


by David Wilkerson



The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I am convinced that repentance is not just for sinners, but also for believers.
It is not simply a one-time thing, but something God's people are called to do until Jesus returns.
Every Christian who maintains a repentant attitude brings upon his life God's special attention.
Indeed, repentance opens up something to us that nothing else can.
If we walk before the Lord with a repentant heart, we will be inundated with incredible blessings!
A repentant heart is soft, tender and pliable, is and easily moulded by the Holy Spirit.
It responds to and acts upon Godly reproof.

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The number-one characteristic of a repentant heart is a readiness to acknowledge guilt.
It is a willingness to accept blame for wrongdoing, to say,"I am the one, Lord. I have sinned!"

If there is no admitting to sin, there can be no repentance: 
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death
(2 Corinthians 7:10).
If you are not willing to acknowledge you are wrong, you are saying you don't need to repent.

Before Pilate released Jesus into the hands of murderous priests and elders, he wanted the world to know it wasn't his fault. He called for a basin of water, dipped his hands into it and declared himself innocent of Christ's blood before the angry mob:

"When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it" (Matthew 27:24).

The phrase, "See ye to it" here means,
“Make sure you all know my hands are clean. I have done nothing wrong and I am clean from all guilt."
Pilate's hands were not clean, of course; he was about to hand over the Son of God to murderers. This kind of thinking shuts a person off from any possibility of repentance. Had a prophet approached Pilate the next day, preaching,
"Repent or perish!" the ruler would have been aghast. "Who, me?" he would have asked.
"I've done nothing wrong. How can I repent when I haven't sinned?"
John writes:

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us."
(1 John 1:8-10).