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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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Dogs

I’m sorry guys, but dogs are so much better than most of us. No, they’re not always “good” dogs. But if they are loved and allowed to express themselves, they are the most loving, most caring, most loyal, most unselfish, and most giving of all of God’s creatures.
I have often wondered how they can be so naturally “good and wonderful”, and I think I finally understand. Dogs do not live for themselves. They live for their master. They live only to give to their master and to please and serve him. That is what is missing in mankind. We live for ourselves and serve only ourselves. We’re so caught up with ourselves and our wants that most of us completely ignore our master. And we end up being selfish, conceited, greedy and self-serving. We become ugly.
Only the Master can bring out the best in us. Only the Master can make us beautiful. Only the Master can bring fulfillment to our lives. We should not be less of a person than our furry friends who love and serve us.

“Love your God (our master) with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength.”

God has given us an example to follow, who has no thumbs and cannot speak, but has an abundance of love and a desire to serve. Shouldn’t we live up to those ideals? Shouldn’t we at least live up to our dog’s standards?
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Call From Almighty God

Rick volunteers with prison ministries and in his work he has become friends with a pastor of a store front church. The pastor’s church is called Almighty God Tabernacle.

On a Saturday night several weeks ago, this pastor was working late, and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn’t answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house.

They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways. The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night.

The pastor couldn’t figure out what the guy was talking about. Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.” The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife. The man said, “That’s OK. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’. I just got the courage today to call back.

Did He, or didn’t He?
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Unto Us A Child Is Born

UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah wrote these words approximately seven hundred years before Jesus was born. Most people understood these words as prophesying the coming of a Messiah, but since that generation died without having seen the Messiah, people began to doubt the words. Today we understand that this verse was telling us that a human child would be born in which the Son of God would be given for the salvation of mankind.

We not only understand the prophecy, but we, also, enjoy the salvation that it foretold. We think of Christmas as a joyous time, in which we received the Son of God as our promised Messiah, but was it all joy for God, too? I believe it was a bittersweet experience for God. I believe it was joyous for Him to see His plan put in motion, to see His forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, salvation and eternal life for man about to be offered to his creation. At the same time, He was sending His only begotten son into the hands of barbarians, that would beat him, whip him, humiliate him, and finally nail him to a cross until he died. We can give thanks, that His love for mankind was so strong, that it overcame the sacrifice He and His son would suffer.

Because of His great love for each one of us, we must never be lukewarm in our relationship with Him. We must love Him with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul, and all of our strength, just as His Son Commanded us. And we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves. God is love, and we must show our love in everything that we do – at Christmas and every day throughout the year.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that those who believe in him should not perish, but have ever-lasting life.”

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A Twinkie With God (video)

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Learn, Love, Live

LET’S NOT PRETEND

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is three-fold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” — Joseph Stalin, former dictator of the Soviet Union

Some people believe that Roe vs Wade ensures the privacy of a woman to do what they want with their own body. The right of privacy is a precious thing. However, when it is demanded that taxpayers pay for the abortion, it is no longer private. I believe killing another human being is a sin and punishable by death. I do not want to be associated with killing. I do not want to be punished for another person’s sin by supporting or financing their act of murder.

Some people believe in same-sex marriage. They say that all people should have the same rights, that no one should be discriminated against. So do I. In fact, for seven thousand years all men were allowed to marry the woman of their choice, and all women were allowed to marry the man of their choice. Nothing has changed in seven thousand years. It has always been God’s plan to make a man and a woman the nucleus of a family and a reflection of Himself – the strength of man and the tenderness of a woman combining to bring forth new life. Yes, it is an honorable place. It is sanctified by God to provide a foundation for new generations. It is honorable, sanctified and holy, henceforth the term “Holy Matrimony.” It is not a joke or a farce, as some people would make it.

Many gays want security and commitment, and rightly so. But, then the money sources decided to change the goal from “civil union” to “marriage” (never let a crisis go to waste. Utilize it for the global cause). Now the financiers of the movement can use the gay community as a pawn to destroy the institute of marriage and morality. Why does so much money supporting these causes come from overseas? Do they want to cause America to collapse from within, as Stalin proposed? And why has the media supported a president that had these very same beliefs and goals?

The theory of evolution belief that there is no God, and that man is simply a glorified monkey has led to genocide over and over again. Believing that there is no Higher Power that decides morality has led to a self-centered “me” generation. We as thought-capable individuals must not base our beliefs on the media, politicians, or our peers. We must decide right and wrong for ourselves. Unless we begin to use our God-given minds to understand what is happening to our country, we will be in big trouble. We need to learn the facts.

“My people are destroyed, because of lack of knowledge.”

Love your God with all your heart, love your neighbor as you love yourself, and forgive all, that you may be forgiven. Then stand back and watch the world change.
Blessings to you.

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Love and Loss

We must never let the pain of grief, over the loss of a loved one, overcome and erase the joy of having experienced that love. God is love. He is, also, the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end. We were created through love, and we will be resurrected through love. In between, we learn the difference between love and its loss. It is our learning process. To love and then to lose that love, teaches us to crave love and despise its loss. We crave the love of God. We crave the love of our loved ones that we hope to see again in Heaven. We learn not to fear to love again, because we understand that only in love is there hope. And, so we love and we bear the pain of loving, trusting in our God to renew all love with a love that is forever without pain. This is our hope. This is God’s promise.
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Jesus Waits (video)

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Smiles

As I was reading the Sunday paper today, I came across the obituary column. I looked at the pictures and inevitably each person had a big smile on their face. I know it’s important to have been happy in this life, but I began to realize that our measure of success in our lives is not in the possessions we have accumulated, the feats we have accomplished or how broadly we have smiled. Our true measure of success is measured by the smiles that we have put on the faces of other people. Have we cheered someone up, who has suffered a loss or setback? Have we been a friend to someone who felt alone and defeated? Have we fed the hungry, brought healing to the suffering, or clothed those who needed protection? Have we seen the smile of a man with his dog on the street with a sign asking for money, after we’ve given him all that was in our billfold? Have tears welled up in our eyes when they thanked us? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you have found a measure of success. If the answer is yes to many of these things, then you have loved and lifted up the son of God.

Matthew 25:35-40New King James Version (NKJV)
35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

By serving others, we serve God and we serve ourselves. By serving others, smiles light up a darkened world. Smile.
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Where Is The Kingdom Of God

Jesus said to his followers in Luke 17:21 “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The creation as described in Genesis 2:7 , “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being>”

God breathed life into Adam. He breathed his spirit into Adam. Adam was born of the Spirit of God. And Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden walking with God, talking with God, relying on God for their every need and trusting in God to watch over them and protect them in every circumstance. They obeyed the will of God, until they became so proud of the perfect life they were living, that they began to think that they deserved it. They began to question the authority of God, and take authority upon themselves. They said, “God said not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge, but we think that, since everything is so perfect, this little thing of eating of a forbidden tree won’t hurt anything.” The moment that they obeyed their own will and desire, and rejected God’s will, they were separated from God. They no longer loved God unconditionally, and that bond was broken. The opposite of love is fear, and the first thing they did was to fear. Genesis 3:10, “So he (Adam) said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked and I hid myself.”

The Garden of Eden is the place where man relies on God for all his needs, where he trusts God to lead him into all goodness, and, most of all, where he loves God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. The Kingdom of God, that Jesus spoke of, is our own personal Garden of Eden, where we have a perfect loving relationship with God.

Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

Jesus said that we must be born again, in the spirit. Adam was born in the spirit and lived in the Garden of Eden. He walked with God, he talked with God, he relied on God, he trusted in God. and he loved God unconditionally. We have been born of the world. Only by being born again in the spirit of God can we live in perfect harmony with Him. Jesus called this The Kingdom of God. I believe it is our own personal Garden of Eden until we reach the eternal Garden of God that we call Heaven.
It may be possible to be saved by simply joining a church. But the relationship God wants with us, is the relationship He had with Adam, before Adam disobeyed. In order to enter into that kind of a relationship with God, we must be born again of water and the spirit. Do you want to walk with God, or will you take your chances hanging somewhere in the back of the line? I can tell you one thing: The first time you hear God’s voice, is an experience you will never forget. And He’s waiting to hear from you
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The snake II

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