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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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Tis The Season To Be Jolly

Yes, it is the season to be jolly. But, to many people, the jolly atmosphere of Christmas just underscores their unhappiness. It underlines their broken dreams, their bitterness and their despair. Is their unhappiness caused by alcohol, sex or drugs? Is their unhappiness caused by relying solely upon their own abilities, rather than relying on God? Or is God bringing them through the fire to strengthen and harden them? Sometimes it’s difficult to know why things are happening to us, until we’re farther down the road.

God seems to never give us the whole picture, but just leads us one step at a time. Have you ever wondered how many Israelites would have left Egypt with Moses if He had told them that they would wander around in the wilderness for forty years, until that present generation had died off? I don’t think there would have been the Exodus if He had explained completely what they were about to suffer. Yet, through the Exodus a nation was born, and from that nation a Saviour was born and salvation was offered to all the world. Yes, it was worth it, but it had to be taken one step at a time.

Sometimes I don’t understand why things happen. I don’t understand the grand scheme of things, but I do know my place in it. I know that my God lives, and because of that, I can do nothing less than to serve Him in every way that I can as long as I have life. This is why I love Christmas. Because of Christmas I will see my family again, and I will see my Lord, who made it all possible.

HALLELUJAH, THE MESSIAH HAS COME. HALLELUJAH, AND GLORY TO GOD, FOREVER MORE. AMEN
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The Mirror And Life

When we make an ugly face in a magnified mirror we get a magnified ugly face. A magnified mirror and life are quite a bit alike.

In his ministry, Jesus explained that, “we should do unto others as we would have them do unto ourselves”, or “Whatever we would have done to ourselves, do to another.” He was explaining that whatever we do to another will be magnified and done to us, from one source or another. He said that it explained the Law and the teachings of the prophets. That means that it is the foundation of Biblical teaching. In example after example in the Bible we find this law in action; and if we pay attention, it is, also, being repeated in our lives and in the lives of those all around us.

Not everything that happens to us is caused by our own thoughts or actions. Society and the laws of nature, also, play a part. But the Apostle Paul wrote, “Let not yourselves be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatsoever and man soweth, that shall he, also, reap.”

Yes, everything we do is reflected back to us. We, therefore, need to look into the mirror of life to make sure that an ugly future is not being reflected back to us. So, keep smiling, keep blessing and be blessed by our great and loving God.

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The Truth In Christmas

Below is an e-mail I received containing a story by an unknown author. I thought it explained a lot about this Holy Day, and hope you enjoy.

“Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience.

I had cut back on nonessential obligations – extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the
precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of
Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old.

For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there would be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation.

All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then.

Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down.
Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.

As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as “Christmas,” I didn’t expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas Love,” I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snow-caps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage – held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold up the letter C. Then, “H is for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, “Christmas Love.”

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter “M” upside down -totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a “W”.

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one’s mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her “W”.

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:

“C H R I S T W A S L O V E”

And, He still is.

Amazed in His presence…. humbled by His love.

HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS

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Something More Than The Physical

We seem to always judge people by their physical appearance. Our value of them is based on how good they look, or how we imagine using them for our own purposes. That’s because we are of the physical world, we were taught to relate to a physical world and the physical world is a part of us. Yet, there is, also, a heart and a soul in each of us. There is a personality and a desire for happiness in each of us.

Do you see only the physical or outward manifestations of a person. Or do you look into a person’s eyes and see the hurt, the pain, the hopes, joy, security or insecurity? Do you see their heart that beats just as your heart beats, and has the same needs of love, joy, and security that you do? Do you see their soul, struggling with reality, fearing death, but hoping for eternal life? Do you see the person, or are you so shallow that you see only the body?

We manufacture our own calamities. We’re not good-looking enough, we’re not shaped right, we’re not tall enough, short enough, thin enough or fat enough; and we think that we are useless and that no one will ever love us. We are left to imagine and manufacture our own hell, because we are too self-centered to consider the needs and desires of another person, other than ourselves. We are so concentrated on our own wants and needs that we can’t see anything except our own image in a mirror. The mirror is not where the world is.

Jesus made it abundantly clear how much he and His Father loved each and everyone of us, and how much He wanted the best for each of us. But He, also, commanded us to love Him and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We cannot have true love without having God. And we cannot have true compassion without God’s love within us.

Are you unhappy with yourself? Then give yourself to God. Tell Him that you’re tired of trying to find self-centered happiness, and that you want to help others find happiness in their lives. Tell Him to take your life and make it a beautiful story of love, compassion, and service to others. Tell Him you feel like you’re a square peg and have been trying to put yourself into a round hole. Tell Him to find your slot in life, and to lead you on from there. Look into people’s eyes.
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The “Eye of the 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.
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Beware Of Dividing Israel

I don’t simply believe that God is real. I am not simply convinced that He is real. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is real. He has revealed Himself to me in ways that absolutely could not be anyone or anything except Him. And knowing that He is real, I know that His word is true. I, therefore, am very concerned with the treatment Israel has been receiving, not only from her enemies, but from her, so-called friends.

God told Israel that, “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.” He, also, said, “”FOR BEHOLD, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land.” [Joel 3:1-2; KJV.
I am convinced that if America or any other nation wishes to destroy itself, that the quickest way to do that would be to do everything they can to destroy Israel.
If we in America demand that our elected officials support Israel, and demand that they do not harm Israel’s security or divide it because of political correctness, then we in America have a chance of correcting the problems that we face. If, however, we allow our government to sell Israel down the river, then America and all it stands for is lost.
God does not lie, and He doesn’t make empty threats. He will destroy those who curse Israel or who divide their land. Destruction is coming, simply because there are forces who hate, and who want to steal, kill and destroy. Yes, some nations will be destroyed, because they want destruction for others; but the United States doesn’t have to be one of those destroyed.
Protect Israel’s sovereignty, and our sovereignty will be secured. Support Israel at all costs.
The roots of Christianity are in Israel. It was the Jewish people who protected the word of God through thousands of years. It was the Jewish Jesus who sacrificed himself for our sins. It was his Jewish disciples that went throughout the world proclaiming the good news of salvation for all people. Through them our lives have been vastly improved and we have the promise of ever-lasting life. We cannot destroy our roots. We must support Israel
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Best Friends

I have a 22 pound West Highland White Terrier named Calley. She is not my dog. She is my little girl. We love each other unconditionally. She trusts in me, relies on me for all her needs and well-being, and follows me everywhere. In return, because of this, I can let my guard down with her and simply love her and concentrate on meeting her every need, all the way down to scratching her belly. And she is so human in so many ways. I see her joy and concerns; and even though she’s a terrier, I’ve seen her scared and running to stand behind me or between my feet. But one night, as I let her go outside, we heard a terrible growling and grunting out in the darkness. It scared me, not knowing what kind of animal would be making that kind of noise. I later decided that it must have been an angry or rabid Badger heading our way. But Calley didn’t hesitate, she started off and was heading for the threat. Luckily I grabbed her before she got off of the porch, and I brought her inside. This time I was scared and she wasn’t. I don’t know if she thinks of me as her father or her master or something in between, but she was going to protect me without giving any thought of her own safety.
I think about that now and then, and I’ve concluded that we too become fearful and occasionally need to take refuge in our Heavenly Father. And, although we’re weak and vulnerable, sometimes we, in our service to our Father, may need to put aside our fears and be willing to even lay down our lives for Him if the need arises.
I sometimes wonder: do I love my Heavenly Father as much as Calley loves me? Will I, without hesitation, lay my life on the line when my Father needs me? I believe I will. You see, unconditional love affects a person that way, whether they’re a human or a little white terrier. It gives us strength.
Do you love your God unconditionally? Only then will you be able to release your death grip on the world. That’s when you will find true freedom.
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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Prayers

When you pray to God, are your prayers carefully crafted to state your feelings and needs intelligently? Or do you bear your soul to Him, in joy or in tears? Are your prayers proper and upright? Or do you come before Him openly, knowing that He already knows what you are feeling? God doesn’t want another acquaintance. He wants a heartfelt relationship with you, and He expects you to share your true feelings with Him, not just your thoughts.
Yes, He wants to see your heartfelt joy, and He wants you to trust Him enough to share your tears with Him. Love Him, trust Him, and share with Him. That’s what He wants with His children.
Psalms 126:4-6 “those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheave with him.”
Share your tears of sorrow with Him, and He’ll change those tears to tears of Joy. Trust Him. That’s all He asks.
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Prosperity

If I prayed to Father God, that He would protect, bless and prosper the nations that worship Him, would I hear the words, “Prosper them? It is prosperity that is destroying them. They think that they no longer need me, that they can get what they want without me, and out of boredom, they seek false Gods. Am I so needy that I will let them ignore me and push me to the side, until they have a crisis in their lives, and then I’m expected to run to them and fill their needs? It isn’t pride that causes me to feel this way. It is my law: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Can they expect my love, if they don’t love me? If they want to be exalted, they must exalt me. If they want to be number one to me, they must make me number one in their lives. It’s the law, and it can’t be changed. Every action toward another results in a return action. The wages of sin is death. It can’t be changed. The penalty of sin must be paid. For this reason I sent my Son to Earth to pay the penalty of death for the sins of mankind. My son, Jesus, was without sin, so when they took his physical life on the cross and placed him in the tomb, I resurrected him. Now every person who believes in him and accepts his forgiveness, will come to the end of their lives without sin and be resurrected, just as he was. Every action will be repaid and every seed will be harvested.
So many people, today, who call themselves Christians are worshipping at Satan’s altar. While they are chasing thrills and excitement, and idolizing themselves and sex, they are serving Satan and will reap his destruction. He will come in through the back door and build his altars. He will multiply his people and take over the government. And the people will see their preoccupation with hedonism and paganism rewarded with barbarism.
Then the people will cry out and ask “why”. And I will answer, ‘How many martyrs died so that you could know truth? How many saints were tortured beyond belief and still the message of salvation was brought to this generation, and, yet, you turned your back on it? Why, you ask? Because it is the law. A person or a nation reaps what it has sown, and this generation has sown the seeds of its own destruction. My word to you is repent. REPENT before it is too late. ”
Dear Father, forgive us. Hold back our enemies and give us time to turn ourselves back to you. And give us the strength to make the changes that we need to make in ourselves and in our nation. You are our God, Jesus is our Lord, and there is no other.
Blessings, Andy
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Cleansing

What if people used the same lame excuses for not washing as they do for not going to church? It might sound like this.

1. I was made to wash as a child.
2. People who wash are hypocrites . . . they think that they are
cleaner than other people.
3. There are so many different kinds of soap, I could never decide
which one was right.
4. I used to wash, but it got boring so I stopped.
5. I still wash on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
6. None of my friends wash.
7. I’m still young – when I’m older and have got a bit dirtier I might
start washing.
8. People who make soap are only after your money.
9. I try to to live right and avoid dirt, so I don’t need to wash.
10 I just never have time to wash.
Blessings, Andy
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