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The Lord’s Prayer

Is the Lord’s Prayer first and foremost a prayer for spiritual power? When asked where the Kingdom of God was, Jesus replied that it is within us. So, when We pray, “Thy Kingdom come”, aren’t we really asking that God’s kingdom be established within us as Jesus said. And when we pray, “Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven,” aren’t we praying that His love, forgiveness, and healing should be manifested through us to the rest of the world?

Jesus referred to bread as the word of God many times. So, when we pray, “give us this day our daily bread”, aren’t we asking for God’s word. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them with your truth. Your word is truth.” We are, then, asking to be sanctified through His word.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” is easy to understand. Jesus made it clear many times that we could not be forgiven unless we forgave others, and in forgiving, then we are forgiven.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” seems plain enough. We are asking not to be tempted into sin, or delivered into Satan’s bondage.

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added unto you.” I believe The Lord’s Prayer has all to do with obtaining all our spiritual needs from God, and when we achieve that, all our physical or earthly needs will be met.

Paul wrote that, “In the latter days, men will be holding on to a form of Godliness, but denying its true power.” I believe that the bulk of Christianity has been put off by the antics of those who want, but only pretend, to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. For that reason many in Christianity shun anything spiritual, and only hold on to the promise of salvation.

I, too, believe that some people, in their quest for the spirit, simply pretend, in hopes that it will one day be real. But, I, also, know that you cannot enter into a spiritual relationship with God, without tears – tears of happiness, tears of shame, and tears of thanksgiving. Let all of Christianity, then, kneel before the throne of God in tears of praise for our Creator and our Redeemer. Let us all receive His spiritual power and blessings as He promised. And may the world be blessed by Him through us.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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Whose Rules For Life Do We follow?

Have you ever watched the way people act and try to figure out their motives or incentives for relating to other people the way that they do? The loudest person wants to be heard above everyone else, and, also, wants to be above everyone else. We’re all guilty of being interested in self-preservation, but must we continually try to sell ourselves and to control others for our own sense of security? If we watch people trying to manipulate people and promote themselves over others, they begin to look pathetic, begging or demanding that others give them respect and a higher spot in the pecking order. I have watched others, who are humble and secure enough in themselves to actually be kind and considerate to others – who are genuinely interested in the other persons well-being.
The secret in these diametrically opposed position has to be found in where the person places their trust. The self-centered “ME” person relies upon themselves for security and safety. They believe life is simply composed of how they use their physical senses. The person who always sees the other person as being as important as themselves, know that they are loved, that they don’t have to manipulate anyone in order to secure a bright future for themselves, and that they don’t have to fight the world in order to be a winner. These people have found true happiness through knowing God. They have found His love, His protection, and His plan for them, to provide a prosperous and successful life. By accepting the gift of forgiveness from Jesus, they have found the love to forgive others. They hold no grudges or bitterness and their lives are free of fear and worry. They no longer fear for themselve, but have found the love to care about others. They don’t hold others down, they lift them up. They don’t promote themselves, they encourage others.
We have nothing but sympathy for those who are fearful and insecure. But we admire and are inspired by those who are secure in their God. Do we want to spend our lives fighting the unwinnable fight, or do we want to know that there is no fight, because our future is secure in God. We play by Satan’s rules when we fight our own fight. We play by God’s rules when we give ourselves to others. Whose team are you on?
Blessings, Andy
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Postpone Health, Wealth, Success and Eternal Life?

 

There are too many people who believe that developing a relationship with God is only for eternal life, and, therefore, can wait. Jesus said, “The enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy; but I come to bring life, and life more abundantly”, meaning the blessings of a relationship with him begins in this world.
This world is controlled by Satan, and if we conform our actions to the teachings of the world, we are risking “theft (of time, energy, goods, and relationships), death (by the loss of one’s soul), and destruction (of our hopes, dreams, and lives.). The protection against these things is in our relationship to God.
The Bible teaches us to avoid the pitfalls of the world through its teachings (mutual consent is of no consequence). And it teaches us the path to take that will lead us to success, fulfillment and completion in every aspect of our lives.
During most of my life I was simply religious – self-righteous, judgmental, and even condemning of others that I thought did not live up to my Christian beliefs. It wasn’t until I wrote, “God, Reward And Punishment: Are they real?”, that I learned of the true nature of God and developed a loving relationship with Him. I now know that God loves me, and He, also, loves each and everyone of His creations. And He wants a personal relationship with each of us, in order to give us the good life that He has planned for us, and to give us everlasting life with Him.
I now know that life without God is like an unsharpened pencil. It is useless. But the sharpened pencil is very useful, and it is connected to the eraser (Jesus) who erases our mistakes as we go along.
My only regret is that I wish that I had not been simply religious, but had developed a loving, personal relationship with my creator much sooner in my life. I hope you won’t wait and waste days or years of your life. God knows, you deserve the best.

Blessings, Andy
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Church For Families

I am sometimes saddened when I drive to church, to see the children and families on the street or in their yards who are not going to be in church with us.
I am sometimes saddened as I see the statistics, in crime, drugs, unwed mothers, and broken lives and families, continue to rise. And I am troubled when the statistics in teen suicide continue to grow. I know that they weren’t even taught where they could turn when the world got too much for them.
We as parents have been given children and a responsibility to teach them the truth about all of creation, and not just the secular created version of life. The same people who tell us that we should not force Christian morality on our children are the same people who will defend the right of our education system, our government and our media to teach them their version of morality, or lack thereof.
My wife and I have lost two of our adult children and we know that they are in Heaven. I can’t explain the joy and consolation we enjoy, knowing that we had given them direction before they had to leave us. My first prayer after their death was, “Hold them in your arms, Father, until I can hold them in my arms again.”
I wish that no parent will ever have to know the pain of losing a child. But whether a child goes first or you go first, know this: You can hold them in your arms again, and what a glorious moment that will be. It is a promise made to us – not by a school, a government or the media, but it was made to us by God Himself.
Blessings, Andy
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Amazing Grace Country Style (video)

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Blessings, Andy
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Why Suffering (video)

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Blessings, Andy
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Forgiveness For All

The film, “Heaven’s Rain”, shows Rev. Richard Douglass preaching his final sermon, using many of his actual words from his last sermon before he and his wife were murdered, and their two children shot and left for dead.

“You see, the joy of life is poisoned by the resentment of past grudges. We have to get rid of the bad blood because we grow by getting the skeletons out of our closet and opening the door to life with forgiveness, and mercy, and love.”
“God’s judgment is precious. Almost never will you meet a person who doesn’t believe there ought to be judgment in this world—that we should be held accountable for our actions. But our God is also a merciful and loving and forgiving God.”

And the moving scene contains these thoughts, written for the screen but
reflecting the values Richard lived and the high standard of forgiveness he held.

“The New Testament, in Matthew, says, ‘Love your enemies. Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you. And pray for those who mistreat and persecute you, that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good—and sends rain on the just and the unjust.’”
“Even in classic literature, Shakespeare tells us ‘the quality of mercy is not
strained,’ meaning forgiveness can’t be forced. ‘It droppeth as the gentle rain
from heaven upon the place beneath,’ meaning it falls with God’s grace. ‘It’s
twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.’ So when we forgive someone else, we’re blessed with forgiveness ourselves.”

As Rev. Richard Douglass said, it is as important for us to forgive others, as it is for God to forgive us. We must give before we can take.
Blessings, Andy
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Jesus Love Me (e-mail received)

Subject: Fw: Jesus loves me this I know (Senior version – nice)

SENIOR VERSION OF JESUS LOVES ME
92 YEAR OLD PREACHER

While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I
watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been
retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church
even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm
welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down,
he ose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a
sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind
he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and
slowly he began to speak….

“When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked
me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years
of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just
one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through
all my trials.. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and
heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me…
The only thing that would comfort was this verse……… …..

“Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
We are weak but He is strong…..
Yes, Jesus loves me….
The Bible tells me so.”

The old pastor stated, “I always noticed that it was the adults who
chose the children’s hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ (for the children of course) during
a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could
see they knew it the best.”

“HERE FOR YOU NOW IS A SENIOR VERSION OF JESUS LOVES ME”:

JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
(CHORUS)

YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..
YES, JESUS LOVES ME, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.
(CHORUS)

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song..
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”
(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love.
(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.
(CHORUS)

If you think this is neat, please pass it on to your friends. If you do
not pass it on, nothing bad will happen, but you will have missed an
opportunity to “reach out and touch” a friend or a loved one.

GOD BLESS US ALL!!!
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Bullied

Are you bullied because you are different?
An artist that paints in oils, wants to express himself and never wants to paint the same thing again. He’s always looking for a different way to express himself and to add to his overall ability to create – always adding to his creations. Some people will like his landscapes, others his seascapes, still others will like his paintings of animals or still life. Although, the artist loves each of his creations, he realizes that, some people have the capacity to appreciate all of his work, and some people will have only a limited capacity to appreciate his art. The artist understands his work, knows what he is expressing, and knows the talent and hard work that went into each of his creations.
God is much the same, except much of His creation is in human form. He doesn’t create every person with a cookie cutter. He seeks to find and express beauty in every creation. He knows that each person fills a need somewhere in this world, and He knows that if He can put his creative love in that person, they will become a masterpiece, along with the other masterpieces that He has created.
If a person doesn’t appreciate a certain oil painting, they have no right to destroy it or to physically harm it. Neither does a person have the right to harm or emotionally destroy another person, simply because they don’t understand God’s creative genius and ability to use all of His creation for the betterment and beauty of mankind.
A person who feels different cannot be destroyed by others. Only by their own anger, bitterness and hatred will they destroy themselves. The only defense, then, is not against others, it is a defense against allowing others to destroy the love, peace and serenity in ourselves. That defense is love. When we love others, help others and help make another’s life easier and more enjoyable, God will fill us with love, contentment and happiness. A person with a smile on their face is a thousand times more beautiful than a person with anger in their face. A person with love in their heart is a million times better off than someone with anger, condemnation and bitterness in their heart. If you are bullied or feel different, remember that God created you the way that you are and He loves you for it. He knows that with love in your heart for others you will fill a need in others and make the world a better place. We don’t all find our place immediately, but sometimes farther down the road; but you do have a place and a purpose. God created you that way.
Blessings, Andy
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Reagan and ‘bama video

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The Eye Of A Needle

Most of us can be considered rich. Perhaps not a millionaire or a billionaire,but rich in possessions. We have toys, TV, radio, computers, cell phones, and computer games to keep our minds occupied at all times, leaving no time to consider or think about the important questions in life.Even if we attend church regularly, many of us allot one hour per week for God, and the rest of the week we concentrate on our jobs, families and toys. To the rest of the world we are considered rich.
Jesus said that “it was easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. When his disciples asked who then could enter Heaven, Jesus replied that nothing is impossible with God.
We have been taught that “the eye of a needle” was an actual gate, only about four feet tall. It is possible for a camel to go through the gate, except for one thing: Camels are stiff-necked, and even if they get on their knees, it is extremely difficult for the handler to get them to bow down or lower their head in order to fit through the gate. The rich man or woman is the same way: They rely on themselves and their possessions, and find it difficult to humble themselves or bow down to the Living God. The haughty posture of a camel will keep it from entering the gate, and the haughtiness of a person will keep them out of Heaven. Only through humility and exalting God will any of us be able to enter Heaven.
If we read the Bible and learn about the love that God has for us, and the sacrifices He has made for us in order to bring us salvation, we will love Him, and we will humbly thank Him. Learn of Him and enter in through the gate. He awaits you.
Blessings, Andy
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