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Social Engineering Is State Witchcraft

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

Please kindly refer to the WITCHCRAFT and the  CHURCH WITCHCRAFT pieces from the old site for a little background on this. While it is not the “textbook” definition of witchcraft, my working definition of witchcraft is anything that exerts control over an individual whether by coercion, subversion, or deception. Of course, this is not an entity in a position of legitimate authority wielding it appropriately, such as law enforcement preventing criminals from victimizing innocent people or parents causing their minor children to submit to a moral code. Quite the contrary, the Bible makes it clear that God regards the lack of such things abomination. Rather, witchcraft for our purposes is either usurping authority that you are never supposed to have, or abusing your legitimate authority, in order to cause a person to act in a certain manner. For example, let us consider the voodoo magician or similar. Now most people who seek the services of such people are either trying to learn their futures, gain money, or receive healing for a sickness. But there are people who seek such services in order to gain a measure of influence over others that they ought not to have, such as seeking a “spell” that will cause an object of their affection to reciprocate their emotions, or to have a curse cast on someone that will negatively impact their finances. You might think that this is something trivial or even whimsical, but in fact it is outrageous. What right does any person have to assert any measure of unwanted influence over the mind, will, emotions, affairs, etc. of another? Not only is it an utter violation of the God – given rights of the individual, but it is a rebellion against God Himself. Why? Because God alone is sovereign, and He alone is supposed to govern all individuals, and that includes the human rulers that God sets over people. Also, to people of the Arminian persuasion, hindering the ability of a person to make a conscious free choice between good and evil, to obey God or to turn aside from Him, in all matters is also a great sin. (I would suppose that Calvinists would consider this to be an ever greater attack on God’s sovereignty). This is why God took a clear stand regarding this behavior in scripture: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live (Exodus 22:8).” I have found no equal in the Bible in terms of an explicit condemnation of a sinner, and the reason is obvious: the witch – and the one who seeks the aid of a witch – is defying and opposing God in the most direct way possible. Thus, Christians that perceive Harry Potter to be just fine as well as the MANY Christians that seek the aid of such people for such “harmless” activities as palm readings, horoscopes, lottery numbers (trust me, these folks would go broke were it not for their Christian clientele) ought to think about what they are doing, supporting, and contributing to. You might not be putting a curse on someone’s health when you are calling up your reader to find the number that you should play in your daily drawing, but you had better believe that plenty of other people use this same person to do such a thing! God killed not only Saul but his sons as well the day after consulting the witch of Endor (I Samuel 28:7) for a reason, and you Christians who engage in such behavior had better be glad that you are not Jews living under the Old Covenant like Saul.

But today in our modern world, the most common form of witchcraft is not done by people that (overtly or knowingly) deal in evil spirits. Instead, I allege that the governments of the earth are the biggest witches about. Think about the many ways that the governments use fear, intimidation, and (yes) education to cause people to act a certain way … in manners against their desire, will, interests, or nature! As a matter of fact, a great many of people have taken the opinion that it is precisely the role of government to do such a thing, and even more people have decided that it is an acceptable state of affairs. Other than maintaining general law and order, what makes people think that the government has the right to not only dictate but even so much INFLUENCE how people should live? The choices that they should make? Think about how this affects a person’s ability, likelihood, or mindset regarding living their lives in the way that God intends: their ability to make a free will choice to do righteousness or unrighteousness. About how this can cause not only an individual but a whole nation to set itself in complete continuous rebellion against God and His sovereign Will.

Now please, try to view this at a higher level than public schools teaching kids that homosexuality is acceptable, or urban governments refusing to enforce the law while simultaneously passing gun control measures making it impossible for people to defend themselves, or these other cultural and political issues of the day. Instead, think of your basic mindset concerning your government, what it expects of you, and what you expect of it. Compare yourself hypothetically to a person living in an area where other than things related to basic law and order government is nonexistent. Such a person would have a completely different mindset from you, would they not? It is entirely possible that such a person would live their lives in a completely different way. Also, consider that in the west it is generally accepted that the more government a society has, the more civilized we considered it to be, and also we even use the level of support that a person has for government – and the type of government that the person supports – as a measure of that person’s MORALITY.

Consider how people who seek to minimize the influence of government over their lives by moving to remote areas are viewed by the rest of society. Realize that such people are living no differently than did a significant portion of our own population barely 100 years ago, and from how a significant portion of the global population still live. Yet we consider such people to be anywhere from strange to people with extreme – and possibly dangerous – religious and social views.

To show how entrenched this is: consider Wade Horn, formerly a top policy director in the Bush administration. This fellow tried to enact policy where the government would give single mothers and fathers financial benefits in return for getting married. This idea was wildly popular with not only small government conservatives (under the logic that fewer single parent homes would mean less social spending to correct the problems that result from it) but also the religious right. Small government conservatives failed to consider that this idea was using the power of the state as it never had been before. And religious conservatives in particular should know better that efforts to help the poor ought to be out of compassion and unconditional, not cynical attempts to manipulate them into acting against their will. Yes, having kids out of wedlock (or more accurately procreative behavior out of wedlock) is sinful. But if you think that using the power of the state to exploit these people’s financial pressures to manipulate them to behave according to your wishes is not just as sinful, then you need to go read your Bible! You cannot coerce people into obeying God. Why? Because if you do, such people are not obeying God! Rather, they are obeying YOU. Therefore, any praise and honor that comes from their doing good deeds goes not to God, who alone is deserving it, but you, the person who is acting as an anti – Christ by standing in God’s place. Not only that, your forcing them to obey YOU DEPRIVE THEM OF THEIR ABILITY TO CHOOSE TO LIVE FOR GOD.

Now of course, there are some areas where this issue is subject to debate. A municipality using its tax and zoning policy to address traffic, school overcrowding, and environmental issues, and funding public transportation projects to provide jobs? That may well be an issue of officials using their legitimate authority in a wise, just manner as did Joseph. But using the same simply because you want to dictate how people live, where their children will attend public school, and make sure your political party retains control over a voting district? That is witchcraft.

And though officials do have the ability to act in a moral and responsible fashion, what is the guarantee that they will do so? The only way would be to A) populate our government with moral responsible people and B) ensure that they remain moral and responsible. Now if Old Testament Israel, God’s elect nation that He Himself by His supernatural intervention in history, could not accomplish this, what makes us think that we can? So, the primary agenda of every Christian should be to limit government. That way, we reduce its potential to bewitch us and cause our nation to rebel against God. So many Christians on the right and the left believe that we can use the power of the state to advance the cause of God’s righteousness. Part of this is that we are willing to delude ourselves into believing that our own moral and cultural preferences are God’s righteousness, can lead a person to God’s righteousness, or have some form of instrinsic virtue and value. Instead we need to consider this real fact: a powerful government hinders the work of what truly is used to advance the cause of righteousness, which is the church. Christians need to work to limit the power of government in a society if for no reason other than a limited government will be less able to oppose the church. It is a terrible shame that no Christian leaders with the respect and influence with the masses are speaking of this reality. Remember: we cannot cause anyone to be righteous. We are not to try to do so, and we certainly are not to use the coercive power of the state to achieve those ends. All we are to do is bring people to Christ with our witness and testimony. Not only is that something that the state can never do, but by its very nature the state will always oppose.

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That Old Time Religion: The Ron Paul Temptation

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

By John Derbyshire of National Review. Original link here: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MDkyYzdkNDNjM2QzMmI1NGEzZmEzYWRjYzQ0OTgxNmU

Go on, admit it: you have felt the Ron Paul temptation, haven’t you? And it’s not just the thrill of imagining another president named Ron, is it? Ron Paul believes a lot of what you believe, and what I believe. You don’t imagine he’s going to be the 44th POTUS, but you kind of hope he does well none the less.
And why not? Look at those policy positions! Abolish the IRS and Federal Reserve; balance the budget; go back to the gold standard; pull out of the U.N. and NATO; end the War on Drugs; overturn Roe v. Wade; repeal federal restrictions on gun ownership; fence the borders; deport illegals; stop lecturing foreign governments about human rights; let the Middle East go hang. What’s not to like?

We-e-ell. We all have nits to pick, though we wouldn’t all pick the same ones. The gold standard? Wasn’t it going off the gold standard that gave us full control over the wilder swings of the business cycle? Which was, like, a good idea? I am by no means as willing to surrender to the collective wisdom of modern economists as Bryan Caplan wants me to be, but — the gold standard? Come on. And stopping the War on Drugs? Where would that take us? — Philip Morris brands of crack cocaine available over the counter at Walgreens? You pick your own nits.

That’s not the point, though. Nits aside, the broad outlook there is conservative in a way we don’t often see from a presidential candidate. It is, in fact, conservatism of exceptional purity. Reading through those policy positions, an American conservative can hear the mystic chords of memory sounding in the distance, and hear the call of ancestral voices wafted on the breeze: Hayek, von Mises, Rothbart, Nock, Kirk, John Chamberlain… Unlike the product in that automobile commercial, this is your father’s conservatism — the Old-Time Religion. What is there among Ron Paul’s policy prescriptions that the young William F. Buckley would have disagreed with?

So why aren’t we all piling into the wagon behind Dr. Ron? It’s not that the guy is personally unacceptable in any way. A pious family man, he has worked in an honorable profession — Ob/Gyn medical practice — all his life. (Paul has the slight political advantage of having brought several hundred of his constituents into the world.) He is personally charming and likeable. If not exactly eloquent in the florid, gassy manner American voters are used to from their politicians, he speaks clearly and well, keeps his wits about him, minds his temper, and holds his own in debate. With the positions he has, it’s easy to see why he’s not ahead with the media or the polls, but why isn’t he leading the pack among conservatives?

I doubt it’s his anti-war stand. Outside a dwindling band of administration loyalists in the wagons circled around George W. Bush, I can’t detect much enthusiasm for the Iraq war among conservative commentators and e-mailers. “We gave the Iraqis a fair shot, now let’s leave them to it and concentrate on chasing down worldwide terrorism,” is the dominant sentiment. I’m not clear about Ron Paul’s position on routine counterterrorism and covert ops, but on the war in Iraq, I don’t see much of a problem for him base-wise.

And so far as domestic counterterrorism is concerned, his robust attitude to our nation’s borders and to illegal immigrants is likely to do far more for our security than W’s lackadaisical ethnic pandering. It is hard to imagine that under a Paul presidency, gatecrashers would still be streaming in across an undefended border six years after 9/11.

Is it the fact that the Ron Paul campaign has attracted a lot of loonies that cools our ardor? I don’t think so. For sure, Ron Paul has attracted loonies to his cause. Christopher Caldwell’s piece on Paul in the July 22 New York Times describes one such:

Victor Carey, a 45-year-old, muscular, mustachioed self-described “patriot” who wears a black baseball cap with a skull and crossbones on it, drove up from Sykesville, Md., to show his support for Paul. He laid out some of his concerns. “The people who own the Federal Reserve own the oil companies, they own the mass media, they own the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, they’re part of the Bilderbergers [?? — JD], and unfortunately their spiritual practices are very wicked and diabolical as well,” Carey said. “They go to a place out in California known as the Bohemian Grove, and there’s been footage obtained by infiltration of what their practices are. And they do mock human sacrifices to an owl-god called Moloch. This is true. Go research it yourself.”

(That word “unfortunately” is a rhetorical master stroke.) But Caldwell is being very unfair to Paul here. You could turn up people like that among the camp followers of any candidate, from any party. Send me out to poke among activists for Giuliani, Clinton, Edwards, or — for sure! — Obama: I’ll come up with worse than that. And around the hard core of Venusians there is always a penumbra of people who are just not quite right in the head. I got talking to a local Ron Paul activist here in my home town the other day. She is a very pleasant and charming lady, but I could hear the distinct rustle of bats in the belfry.

It is a fact, a sad but a true one, that grassroots political activism, the heart and soul of any democracy, attracts a lot of lunatics. I used to be a constituency activist for the Tory party in Kings Cross, London. Of the twenty or so people who turned up regularly to meetings, four or five were noticeably deranged (or, as an elderly fellow-Tory was wont to murmur in my ear when one of these cranks sought the meeting’s attention, “not quite sixteen annas to the rupee”). One or two were barking mad. My favorite was a gent with an Albert Einstein hairstyle and a permanent ferocious glare who, at every darn meeting, would try to advance his pet project for a law against class discrimination. (This was at a time, in the early 1980s, when laws against racial discrimination were being passed, to much controversy.)

If it’s like that in the Tory party, one of the Anglosphere’s oldest and solidest, at the heart of an ancient metropolis, I can imagine how thing are further away from the political center. A friend of mine, a brilliant, charming, and highly civilized man I shall call X, runs a fringe political group here in the U.S. He invited me to one of the group’s annual conferences. Not sure what to expect, I asked a mutual friend, name of Y, who had attended a previous year’s conference. “Well,” said Y, “there are a dozen or so people like X, thoughtful and well-informed — people you’d be happy to hang out with. And around them buzzes this big cloud of latrine flies.” I decided not to take up X’s invitation.

So, I ask again, if it’s not the man, or the war, or the latrine flies, why aren’t we conservatives all on board with Ron?

By way of an answer, let me introduce you to my friend Zhang (not his real name). Zhang came here from China after the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. An energetic and clever young man, he worked at odd jobs around New York City while looking for an opportunity to make his fortune. The opportunity soon arrived. He happened upon a business opportunity — a new method of engraving on stone, the patent held by a fellow-exile with whom he had struck up a friendship. The two of them were sure they’d be rich in no time. They struggled for a couple of years to bring the thing to market. At last, defeated, they gave up. Zhang took a desk job as a clerk for a credit card company.

What was the cause of the failure? I asked him. He: “We didn’t realize this is a mature economy. So many permits, regulations, accounting rules, taxes! In China, we could have got this off the ground in no time, working out of back rooms and sticking up poster ads. Here — forget it! You’re killed by lawyers’ and accountants’ and agents’ fees before you get started. Stick up an ad, the city comes after you.”

Something analogous applies to politics. If Washington, D.C. were the drowsy southern town that Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge rode into, Ron Paul would have a chance. Washington’s not like that nowadays, though. It is a vast megalopolis, every nook and cranny stuffed with lobbyists, lawyers, and a hundred thousand species of tax-eater. The sleepy old boulevards of the 1920s are now shadowed between great glittering ziggurats of glass and marble, where millions of administrative assistants to the Department of Administrative Assistance toil away at sending memos to each other.

Few of these laborers in the vineyards of government do anything useful. (In my experience — I used to have to deal with them — few do anything much at all.) Some of what they do is actually harmful to the nation. On the whole, though, we have settled in with this system. We are used to it. It’s not going away, absent a revolution; and conservatives are — duh! — not, by temperament, revolutionaries.

Imagine, for example, President Ron II trying to push his bill to abolish the IRS through Congress. Congress! — whose members eat, drink, breathe and live for the wrinkles they can add to the tax code on behalf of their favored interest groups! Or imagine him trying to kick the U.N. parasites out of our country. Think of the howls of outrage on behalf of suffering humanity from all the lefty academics, MSM bleeding hearts, love-the-world flower children, Eleanor Roosevelt worshippers, and bureaucratic globalizers!

Ain’t gonna happen. It was, after all, a conservative who said that politics is the art of the possible. Ron Paul is not possible. His candidacy belongs to the realm of dreams, not practical politics. But, oh, what sweet dreams!

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Iraq’s Christian Exodus

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

Funny how the guy leading the charge on this issue in Congress is a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT. The religious right ought to be the guys leading the charge on this issue, and on the Sudan issue. Where are they? We know that Bush isn’t really a Christian … I wonder how many of these Christian right sorts are. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NjFlZTIyYjZjYjk1NmZhZTc2MmUxNzJjZmI4ZTI0MWI=

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The World Continues To Turn Against Israel

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

My dear Brothers and Sisters,

     I wish to thank you all for the questions, answers and statements you sent me after the recent Desk of the Rabbi prayer alert. It is always interesting to me that people think that prophecy is something that comes true only in the way that we understand it. When I send you some information and ask you to pray,  it is to pray for the mitigation of God’s will.  It is my blessing that what did occur on the ninth of AV was not violent, with no great disasters.  I believe that this occurred because of  the mitigating prayer. 

     It is also my blessing that some of you had sent additional information to me so that I may enter it in to my prayer time as additional information which may help to direct and guide that which God would have us do.

     I am watching, over the last two days, areas in governments around the United States and the world begin to move in the direction that is required for the fulfillment of the prophecy that all the world will turn against Israel.  I have heard both Congressman and so called experts say that if the problem between the Palestinians and Israel would go away, Al Qaeda would no longer have a focal point to recruit terrorists.  This is probably the single most idiotic thing I have ever heard.  This “new” war against democracy actually began in the 1920’s, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, and has continued on and off to this very day.  From them has sprung almost all of the other terrorists and ideologically militant forms of Islam.  The religious advisor or head of bin Laden was from the Muslim brotherhood. 

     When I say that we need to pray, its that something is about to happen and we need to mitigate it. Our desire is not to change God’s will but to bring His mercy into our presence. So, as we watch together, the events in the world take place, ever growing and expanding.  We must ask the Lord to be as merciful, and kind as He can and will be in order to line up with the fulfillment of  His word.  We must know that it is our job to stand as warriors for the truth, to be the light in the world and to bring Gods knowledge and power.

     I can only tell you that war is eminent – that the people in charge of governments today are there not only because of their strength but also because of their weaknesses.  When the disasters begin, we must be the ones who will go into that darkness and destruction and speak the truth and power of God and bring HIS light.

     More specific information will be following very soon on what is going on, day by day, in the world.  Please pray for us as we travel to Jamaica to take part in the consecration and dedication of pastors from 15 churches and stand with the Bishop to bless them.

     Blessings on to all of you, may the Lord bless you and keep you, may His countenance shine upon you and bring you peace in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

In Service to the King,

Rabbi Moshe Laurie Deskoftherabbi@aol.com Shofar Be Tzion Ministries

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What Did Jesus Christ Mean?

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

There’s a theory of constitutional interpretation called “original intent”. I thought that was the way we should interpret the constitution; according to what the writers intended. But I learned that there is a difference between “original intent” and originalism. It is a small point, but it is important. Justice Antonin Scalia made this point in a speech he gave some 10 years ago when he said that we have no way of knowing the intent of the framers of the Constitution. Our task in interpreting it, is to grasp the meaning of the words themselves. How do we do that? We look at what those words meant to the people who ratified the Constitution. When it comes to the words of Jesus, we look at what His words meant to those who were standing there before Him. 

Click here to listen to Ronald Dart’s sermon on What Did Jesus Mean? (Alternate Link)

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Gospel For Asia Update: In India Motorcyle Accident Opens Door To Gospel

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

It is a joy for me to write you today and share an exciting story that illustrates how God uses a variety of circumstances to achieve His purposes. In this instance, it was a motorcycle accident! Click here to read the rest of the story.

It is astounding the ways our Lord can use even an unpleasant experience like this for His glory and to bring more sons and daughters into His kingdom. I am more in awe of the glory of the Lord each and every day.  

Yours for the lost in Asia, Dr. KP Yohannan http://gfa.org 

Gospel for Asia missionary Sohan stayed up late into the night, sharing the Gospel with about 100 people in one village in Maharashtra, India. They were hungry to hear his words, because earlier that night they had watched as one of their friends was restored to consciousness after being hurt in a motorcycle accident. They feared the man was near death, and in desperation asked Sohan to come to see if he could do anything for him.

The villagers sent several messengers to Sohan’s home to ask him to come pray for Barindra, the badly injured man. Sohan, along with a few other men from a nearby GFA Bible college, wanted to go. But they wondered if it was a trap set by anti-Christian extremists. They decided to trust God and go with the messengers.

The missionaries walked in the dark of night and finally arrived at Barindra’s home where they found him lying unconscious on the floor.

They learned that Barindra was somehow thrown from his motorcycle while driving home from work. A villager found him on the road, unconscious, and told his family. They wanted to take him to the hospital, but had no way to transport him so late at night.

The missionaries walked in the dark of night and finally arrived at Barindra’s home, where they found him lying unconscious on the floor.

Some neighbors had summoned a witch doctor to help Barindra. When Sohan arrived the magician was still trying magic rituals, but nothing was working. With each failed attempt, Barindra’s family grew more frightened. Sohan patiently waited as the witch doctor tried over and over to bring Barindra back to consciousness.

When the magician gave up, the missionaries stepped in and prayed fervently for Barindra. At the conclusion of the prayer, Sohan spoke to Barindra, telling him to get up in Jesus’ name. Immediately, Barindra awoke and rose to his feet, startled by the number of people standing around looking at him.

The villagers were even more surprised and asked Sohan to explain how this happened. He stayed at Barindra’s house and took time to tell about the love of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. He shared with the villagers how Jesus had changed his own life.

Barindra’s healing has opened the way for the Gospel in this difficult area. People who were once resistant to the Gospel are now opening their hearts to hear the Good News of Jesus. Sohan asks for prayer for this village, that everyone there will come to know Christ. He also asks for prayer that God will continue to use the entire Gospel for Asia Bible college staff and student body to lead many in the area to Christ.

When unbelievers are healed, it often leads to many people coming to know Christ. 

Find out more about Gospel for Asia’s work in Maharashtra.

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Ephesians 2:16 Let Jesus Christ Reconcile You With The Holy God

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

Audio Message: Raising Kids That Count Listen Online Podcast

BIBLE MEDITATION: “And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.” Ephesians 2:16

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Up in heaven is the holy God; down below is the sinful man. And sin is the dividing rod that separates. Man has an empty void, so man is constantly trying to reach God. But he keeps rebounding off the sin barrier. Then God, moved in mercy by the pitiful plight of sinful man, said, “I will do something.” God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, to make a way. And upon the rough hewn timbers of a cross, Jesus gave His life so you and I could live forever and live forgiven. Jesus built a bridge between man and God. It’s a bridge man could never build and a bridge that man can never take away. God made a way that we couldn’t make — for you and for me.

ACTION POINT: Since Jesus built a bridge of love for you to be reconciled to God, it’s your turn to build a bridge of love to someone who is lost and searching.  Visit Love Worth Finding Ministries

Do you know Jesus?

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1 Chronicles 16:11 Back To School? Dedicate It To The Lord!

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

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Back to school.  It is that time when another school year is about to start.
Most who read this Devotional are ready to start another year of High School
or College or have children getting ready for another academic year.  Some
of you are teachers or critical support personnel.  It is a busy time.
Students are juggling schoolwork, outside activities, church, and in some
cases work as well.  Parents are busy with work, taking care of the home, as
well as being involved in their children’s lives.  It is hectic, it is
stressful, and just getting from one day to the next can be a challenge.

Today, I have a very special word for all of the young adults heading back
to school, for the teachers and support personnel, as well as for the
parents.

THE KEY TO EACH DAY IS YOUR DAILY TIME WITH THE LORD.  I suggest that you
start the day, even if it means getting up 30 minutes early, and spending
time in prayer and the Bible.  It strengthens your personal relationship
with Christ.  It is the best way possible to start a new day.  It gives you
strength and focus throughout the day.  It is also a spiritual insurance
policy.  During your busy day, you will face many challenges.  You will be
making many decisions.  Having that daily time with the Lord first thing
will help you meet the challenges of life in His strength, not yours, and
help you make wise, Godly decisions.

*There is nothing more important that you can do each day than start it in
prayer and the Word!

One of the big problems in day-to-day life is we often live it in our own
strength, apart from the Lord.  The Bible tells us to “pray without
ceasing.”  There are many ways to interpret this verse of Scripture.  One
very real and practical meaning is literally, to pray without ceasing.  Once
I talk to the Lord in the morning, I never sign off until that night before
I go to sleep.  I am “online” ALL DAY.  I talk to the Lord throughout the
day about all of the issues I face.  I realize without Him, I can do
nothing.  When I am weak, He is strong.

This not only keeps me focused on Him, what He wants, how He wants me to
act, the choices He wants me to make, but it keeps me from letting the
problems of normal day-to-day life get me down.

I love you and care about you so much.  I know this is a busy time for most
of you.  A time of challenges for those still in school at any level.  A
time of challenges for you moms and dads out there.  A challenging time for
the teachers.  In spite of the hustle and bustle of your daily lives, never,
never lose sight of two things.  First and most important is our purpose in
this life.  To serve and glorify Him.

It is no accident that you are going to school where you are, involved in
the activities you are.  God has opened these doors so that you can be a
light to those still in darkness.  Never forget, your loudest witness to
nonbelievers is not what you say, but how you live your life.  Second, is
your daily focus on Christ.  This is the key to staying balanced and on
track in the midst of all the many things you do each day.  It is what keeps
you on track, so that God can use you to be a blessing to others.

I will be praying for you.  Some of you are in new schools.  Some of you are
facing big challenges this year.  Many of you parents are challenged by the
finances and other aspects of your children’s educational experience.  Many
of you teachers are dealing with complicated issues.  For most it can be a
very difficult time.  However, it can also be a very rewarding time.  Never
forget that each day God gives us is a gift from Him, and is to be used
wisely.  Make the most of it.

It is no accident that you are where you are at right now.  God ordained it.
So work hard and accomplish all that you can.  Don’t settle for anything
less than your best.  God gave His very best, and expects us to do the same.
We only get one life, one opportunity so make the most of it.  While we
enjoy the abundance this life can offer, we must also never forget that we
are here to serve Him.  Make the Lord proud of you as you live each day for
Him and let your light shine bright for all around you to see.  Enjoy this
wonderful season of your life.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com

***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?  The fact is you will die one day.  At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm

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MAKE GOD THE CENTER OF YOUR EVERYTHING

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

I once knew a pastor who loved to preach about the Presence of God. He was so keen on this subject that it was close to being his only sermon. He had connected to a vital Christian truth that is as real for work situations as for any others.

The Bible presents God’s invitation to us to bring his presence into the center of everything. God knows everything we do at work. By inviting his presence into work situations, we honor God’s authority and have an opportunity to rely on Him. When the king of Egypt, the Pharaoh, summoned Joseph from prison to interpret a dream, Joseph had no choice but to rely fully on God. He told Pharaoh so: “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” (Genesis 41: 16)

Joseph’s admission of his personal inadequacy and smallness in the situation allowed God’s presence to take center stage. The dream turned out to be the beginning of a long work of God. This is a model for us all. In all work situations, let us invite God’s presence to rule our thinking, actions, responses, and relationships. Then God is able to use our workdays for his purposes. Like Joseph, we do not know the full importance of much that we do. But Christ tells us to be faithful in the small things and the large; and to do that effectively, we need his presence right with us. Let God be the real center of everything you do at work. Who knows what modern pharaohs, ignorant of Christ, might be touched for God then?

A WORK PRAYER
Lord God, you created life and are at its center. I want you to be at the center of my workday activity. Please make yourself real to me at work. Encourage me to invite and enjoy your presence at work daily. Amen.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (for small groups and individuals)
1.  “It is not in me…”  Have you encountered times when a work assignment eludes your efforts to find a solution?  What do you think would happen if you told God, “It is not in me” and relied on Him for the answer?
2.  Have you invited God to reveal His presence in your work?  If so, what happened?  If not, would you commit to doing so?

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On Churches Fleeing Inner Cities For The Suburbs

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

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Ephesians 2:19, 3:15

Fleeing from the lost and hurting souls living in the inner cities of
America for the safety, comfort, and MONEY of the suburbs.  One of the
phenomena I have watched over the past 20 years, has been the flight of
churches located in the inner cities of America, many long time works of
God, to the suburbs.  I have heard all of the various “reasons” for these
moves, but they all end up at the same place, MONEY!  It is simply more
profitable to operate in the comfort and affluence of the suburbs than in
the inner city.  I have no doubt that these churches who have moved out to
the suburbs do a great work for God, meet the spiritual needs of those they
minister to, and are a tremendous asset to the Kingdom of God.  However, let
me ask you one question.  What about the lives and eternal souls of those
who live in the city where they used to be?

You see, this is the heart of the issue.  As church after church flees the
inner city, there is a spiritual void.  Sadly, in most cases it is the
cults, the false religions, and the things of this world that come to
quickly fill that void.  The “light” is quickly replaced by the “darkness.”
Cults like Scientology, Mormonism, and the Jehovah Witnesses, false
religions like Islam, quickly move in to fill the spiritual void left when a
church abandons the inner city.  Instead of the people living in these
metropolitan centers being told about the Truth of God’s Word and how to
find everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ, they are being led into
hell through the lies of L. Ron Hubbard, Joey Smith, the Watchtower Society,
and the Qur’an.

In addition to the cults and false religions vying for the souls of these
people the church abandoned, you also have the allures of this world that
now operate without any opposition from those warning people from the Truth
of the Bible.  The drug dealers, prostitutes, alcohol vendors, bookies, are
now operating free from anyone warning the people that these are traps from
satan designed to destroy their life.  The “light” has been removed and is
replaced by the darkness, the “salt” is taken away allowing lives to rot.
It is not hard for satan to lead souls to hell when he is working unopposed.

So what is the answer?  Inner city churches are dealing with older building
that need repair.  The inner city often poses logistical challenges like a
lack of parking.  They are dealing with a declining membership and income.
There is no denying the safety issue, especially when it comes to services
and events held at night.  Dealing with a transient and low income
population is also a legitimate concern for churches in the inner city.
These are all very real problems an inner city church faces and why leaving
the inner city for the suburbs usually makes tremendous sense.

Selling the property in the city gives a church the initial funds they need
to tie down a nice piece of property in the suburbs where land is much
cheaper and build a brand new state-of- the-art facility with plenty of
parking.  The suburbs have a much larger group of people to draw from so the
church can actually grow quickly.  There are always security issues, but
they are much easier to handle in a suburban facility in an area where the
crime rate is a fraction of what it is in the city.  You find stable
communities in the suburbs where people live for many years and the vast
majority are working and earning a living for their family.  When you
contrast the problems with the city and the benefits of relocating to the
suburbs, it is very easy to see why over the past 20 years so many churches
have made this move.

There is only one factor that is always left out, or if it is considered, it
simply doesn’t carry enough weight to stop the move.  THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN
THE INNER CITY!  Again, when the church leaves, they pack up the “salt” and
“light” and take that with them.  The people they leave behind are left to
the ravenous wolves who seek to devour their souls and lead them to an
eternity in hell.  It was God who planted that church in the city in the
first place.  No doubt it was a different time and as the years wore on,
many things changed.  The one thing, however, that never changes is the need
people have for the Truth and for a relationship with Jesus Christ.  That is
as true today as it was the day the church in the inner city was founded.

So what is the answer?  A responsible church that is forced by economics to
move out of the city, must carry the burden for the souls of the people they
are leaving behind.  I find it amazing that a church will leave the inner
city, prosper in the suburbs, give tens of thousands, even hundreds of
thousands a year to foreign missions, and never spend a dime or a moment
back in the neighborhood they left.  Those people are going to the same hell
the person in Africa or Asia are going to!

A church that is forced to leave the inner city needs to continue the work
God gave them in the city by making it their number one missions project.
They can find inexpensive facilities to continue having services, continue
to feed, clothe, and provide practical help to those who live around their
old church location.  If God is leading them to move to the suburbs, they
can still have an effective ministry and presence in the city.  A church may
actually be able to move to the suburbs and reap those benefits that will
allow them to have an even greater impact on the people in the city they
left.  *The key is to make a commitment to the people, the real lives and
eternal souls of those who live in the city where God birthed that church!

I love you and care about you so much.  Please hear my heart today.  I am
not saying that a church will be cursed for moving out of the city to the
suburbs.  Every pastor and church administration needs to seek the Lord and
let the Holy Spirit guide them in these critical decisions that affect the
life of that fellowship.  What I am saying is that a church can’t simply
leave the city for the suburbs and leave the people in the city for satan to
destroy.  Those people in the city may not have the financial resources the
people in the suburbs have, but they have the same needs, God’s Truth and an
everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ.

I will be praying for those pastors and church leaders who may be in the
midst of making this critical decision today.  I will also be praying for
those pastors and church leaders who have already made such a move.  As God
guides you and leads you, don’t forget to put in place a plan that will
allow you to continue to minister to the spiritual needs of the people in
the city where your church began.  It is easy to simply leave them and
forget all about them.  However, the Lord is reminding you today that you
have a responsibility to minister to them and bring them the hope and love
of Christ.  He will give you wisdom and guidance and direction in how you
can best do that, and bless you richly for your obedience as you take Christ
to the “least of these my brethren.”

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com

***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?  The fact is you will die one day.  At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm

***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now available via AUDIO each day.  Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling, 1-845-510-2722

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Hebrews 13:8 If Jesus Christ Healed In Bible Times He Can Heal Today!

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

Hebrews 13:8  –Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

One day, when I was working as a flight attendant, a male passenger stopped me and asked for a bag of ice.  His face appeared distressed, and I could see that he was in pain.  I asked him what was the matter, and he said that he had just had knee surgery and that he had run out of pain medicine.  At that moment, I knew that God had put me in this man’s path for a purpose.  So I promptly walked into the galley, scooped a bunch of ice into a plastic bag, spun the top around and lifted it up to God.  I asked God to take away the man’s pain and to heal his knee expeditiously.  Then I gave the makeshift ice pack to the man and continued to serve surrounding passengers. 

I kept an eye on the man, and after I finished my service, I approached him again.  I could tell from the look on his face that he was still hurting.  Indeed, he confirmed that some of the pain was gone, but not all.  He explained that he had experienced several injuries and surgeries on his knee from playing years of tennis. 

As I stood in the aisle listening to this man’s story, I felt a righteous indignation rise up in me.  I simply could not stand to see him in pain.  And I felt strongly compelled by the Holy Spirit to pray for this man.  So I asked him if I might do so.  I believe it was out of sheer desperation that he agreed.  So he removed the ice pack, and I knelt in the aisle, right in first class, which was full of on looking passengers.  I began to pray softly, out loud.  I was uncomfortable with everyone staring, but I continued to pray because I knew I was to step up, be bold, share the heart of Jesus and do what Jesus would have done for this man according to the gospels. 

When I finished praying, I looked up at the man, and I asked Him how his knee felt.  He slowly opened his eyes and smiled carefully.  Then a surprised look appeared across his face, and he said quietly, “All the pain is gone.”  He smiled big, and he asked me if it was magic.  I shared with him it was the healing power of God and that the Father of the universe loved him with an everlasting love so great that He didn’t want him to hurt anymore.  The man’s eyes began to well up with tears.  And I asked him whether he knew Jesus.  He replied that he was “a non-practicing Methodist.”  As I began to explain to him about having a personal relationship with Jesus, I wondered whether this man had anyone else to pray for him.  Just the thought of the possibility that he might not broke my heart, and I was reminded, once again, that my higher purpose in my workplace was to reach out to others with the heart of Jesus.

What a perfect mission field our workplaces are!  When we consider that fulltime workers spend at least 50% of their waking hours on the job, it makes sense that we Christians are to show up for more than a paycheck.   The miracle of healing is one way Jesus demonstrated His love for others and boosted their faith throughout the gospels, and He still does today.  Hebrews 13:8 tells us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Healing opportunities abound, and they are not all physical.  Sometimes they are emotional or spiritual. 

Ask the Lord to show you who among you is in need of healing, and ask Him to enable you to meet that need through His healing power.  You could find that the people He identifies may not have anyone else praying for them.

By Margaret D. Mitchell www.margaretdmitchell.com © Margaret D. Mitchell all rights reserved.

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John 3:15 Why Do You Need To Be Saved? Because Your Soul Will Exist FOREVER!

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

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BIBLE MEDITATION:“That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:15

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Your soul, made in the image of God, will exist forever. I think Billy Sunday the evangelist said it this way. “Imagine a little bird taking a grain of sand and flying to a distant planet. It would take him a million years to fly to that distant planet. Then he would drop that grain of sand. Then the little bird would fly back to the earth taking him a million years. He gets another grain of sand and flies back to the distant planet. Back and forth, back and forth it goes. When he will have transplanted every speck of earth to that distant planet, it will only be breakfast time in eternity.” Your soul will go on, and on, and on.

ACTION POINT: Where do you plan on spending eternity? Where do your loved ones plan on spending it? If you don’t know, ask them today and get their salvation on the right side of eternity.  Visit Love Worth Finding Ministries

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Psalm 126:1 See The Greatness Of What God Is Doing For Israel

Posted by Job on July 31, 2007

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When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” NAS

The Lord has done great things for us, we are glad. Those words are being fulfilled in this generation. Today after nineteen centuries of weary exile, the Lord is bringing back the restored people of Israel, His scattered Jewish people from every corner of the earth, just as He predicted through the mouths of all His prophets that He would. And there’s going to be great joy and rejoicing.

At the present time, though the restoration has begun its fullness has not yet been demonstrated and there is something very significant there in those words. It says in the second verse that I read, “They said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’” Then in the third verse Israel themselves awaken to the greatness of what the Lord had done and they say, “The LORD has done great things for us, we are glad.”

It’s so significant and characteristic of the accuracy of Scripture that today it’s the Bible-believing Christians who see the greatness of what God is doing for Israel. They are saying among the nations, the other nations, “The Lord has done great things for them,” and yet just at this time it seems that the Jewish people are awakening to the fact that the Lord is doing great things for them. So we see that Scripture, the promise of the restoration of the captives of Zion, taking place in our day. – Derek Prince

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