7/30/11

Huckabee - Benjamin Netanyahu Interview

Mike Huckabee interviews the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. They discuss Israel, and why it is important for the U.S. and Israel to maintain good ties with each other and for the U.S. to stand in support with Israel.

Part 1 (07-23-2011)


Part 2 (07-30-2011)

Terror in Norway: Terrorist Was Not a "Right-Wing Christian Fundamentalist"

Norwegian terror suspect’s call for an armed crusade by “cultural Christendom” creates confusion in early news reports. Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested for last week’s terrorist attacks in Norway. A car bombing in Oslo and a shooting spree at a political youth rally have resulted in at least 76 deaths. Initial reports suggested the self-confessed terrorist was a “right-wing Christian fundamentalist.” Closer examination of the suspect’s own words in a video, as well as a 1500-page online manifesto attributed to him, have revealed that Breivik’s beliefs and stated motivations have nothing to do with Biblical Christianity or Christian faith and practice.

To continue reading these articles:

Answers in Genesis: Norwegian terror suspect’s call for an armed crusade by “cultural Christendom” creates confusion in early news reports.

CNN: “Is ‘Christian fundamentalist’ label correct for Norway terror suspect?

Religion Dispatches: Is Norway’s Suspected Murderer Anders Breivik a Christian Terrorist?

Christian Band ApologetiX Needs Your Prayers

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here.

I apologize for bothering you again, but we have some big problems on our hands:

1. We already had to cancel last weekend's concerts, because a routine alternator fix in our bus caused unexpected problems.

2. We just had to cancel this weekend's concerts, because of continued problems with the alternator.

3. This morning I learned that unrelated problems at next weekend's venues will force us to cancel both of those concerts.

We've been doing this for almost 20 years, and we've only ever had to cancel a handful of concerts. Now we could miss three straight weeks.

Loss of concert income, not to mention the repairs, is killing us. We don't make a lot of money, and this band supports seven families with 18 kids. Many of you face much greater hardships than we do, and I'm not asking you to help, just to please pray for us.

These are all circumstances beyond our control, but they are all in God's control, and we believe He will see us through this.

If any of you do have the means and desire to help financially, please go to: http://www.apologetix.com/store/store-donate.php

If you prefer to mail a check or money order, please make it out to "ApologetiX" and send it to:

ApologetiX
208 Charlemma Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15214-1414

Thanks again. God bless you.

Your friend,
J.

J. Jackson
ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band)
j@apologetix.com
http://www.apologetix.com/

Hal Lindsey Report (07-29-2011): Media Hype-ocrisy, "Christian Fundamentalist?," Growing Colder, What's in a Name?


This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'

We all gasped in disbelief when news of the attacks in Norway began to filter in through the news services. First, a massive bomb explodes outside the offices of Norway's Prime Minister. Video from the scene showed gaping holes in office buildings surrounding the plaza in Oslo.

Then, word came of gunmen on a nearby lake island randomly firing on young people attending a summer youth camp.

Details were sketchy. The death toll at the bombing site seemed amazingly low -- seven dead -- and at the island site, unbelievably high. How could a gunman or gunmen continue to shoot unabated for almost an hour and a half? Was there no security? Where were the police? Was this another Mumbai-style attack staged by teams of terrorists? At first report, the Norwegian police said the death toll on the island was approaching 100!

Soon enough, more than one Islamic group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Yet, news coverage seemed rather lacking, both in information and intensity.

When the Oslo police finally reached the lake island, the lone gunman almost eagerly laid down his weapon and peacefully surrendered to the first policemen who approached him. To their surprise, he was a blond-haired, blue-eyed Norwegian. Apparently not a Muslim terrorist.

As details began to emerge, we learned that, indeed, eight had died in the bombing. The death toll on the island dropped to 68, with some still missing. In all, one man took the lives of at least 75 innocent Norwegians and one Dane. The senselessness of this tragedy is undeniable and almost overwhelming.

In a macabre way, though, the thing that seemed most important to the international press was that the suspect was not Islamic. Rather, they gleefully reported that he was a right-wing nut job. And, of course, in the press, "right-wing" also translates "Christian."

So, that's what the media around the world began to breathlessly report: that the unspeakable tragedy had been perpetrated by a "Christian fundamentalist."

In reality, though, despite the international headlines, the one thing that's missing from Anders Breivik's profile is any direct connection with Christianity. But that's a minor detail as far as the global media is concerned.

In case you have some doubts, the very foundations of Christianity preclude the possibility of any such thing as 'Christian fundamentalist terrorism.' I'll tell you why this week.

But the Oslo massacres are just one incident in an ever-growing catalog of evil that is engulfing our planet. The Apostle Paul warned that these days would come and he described them in remarkable detail. The fact that evil men and seducers continue to grow worse and worse -- despite man's efforts to stem the tide -- is proof positive that man didn't author the Bible. God did. And it confirms the veracity of the Bible's prophecies.

In case you didn't know, I spent a decade of my early ministry working on American college campuses with Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). Some of you have written to ask what I think about CCC's recent decision to change its public name to "Cru." After some reflection, I decided to respond on the show this week with a story entitled, "What's in a Name?"

By the way, don't forget in these last days that there IS power in a name -- the name of Jesus! Don't be afraid to call upon that Name or to proclaim that Name to others. It is the only Name by which we are saved.

Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, Inspiration (on Sundays now!), CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com. Check your local listings.

God Bless,

Hal Lindsey
mail: HLMM, P.O. Box 470470, Tulsa, OK 74147
email: comments@hallindsey.com
web: http://www.hallindsey.com

© 2011 Hal Lindsey Media Ministries

Thanks to OmniChristianVids3 on YouTube for uploading the video.

Manna Fest w/Perry Stone (07-29-2011): The Holy Spirit - His Mysteries and Manifestations

Part 1


Part 2


Perry Stone sits down with Dr. T.L. Lowery and Pastor Ron Phillips of Abba's House.

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http://www.ronphillips.org/

©2008 - 2010 Perry Stone Ministries

Thanks to CallOutToJesus on YouTube for uploading the video.

Jack Van Impe Presents (07-30-2011)


Headlines of the Week: Six famous promoters of the new age movement, the dark side of the purpose driven church, breaking the crosses of Christ means abolishing Christianity.

Topics Discussed this Week: The need for prophets, a call to anguish, "chrislam," Jack is going to have a special program in september about the wickedness going on in Christian circles, there are 3 Jesus' being promoted today 1) Biblical Jesus (the correct one) 2) the "prophet" Jesus (that islam teaches) and 3) the "new age" Jesus, Jack and Rexella also discuss the importance of the cross

Product of the Week: Special 2-Disc New World Order Combo "New World Order Rising" & "Dictator of the New World Order"

http://www.jvim.com/


Thanks to CallOutToJesus on YouTube for uploading the video.

7/29/11

Prisoner Alert Update: Pastor Youcef

Youcef Still Needs Prayers
Voice of the Martyrs, July 29, 2011

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani remains in prison awaiting re-examination of his case. This is likely to take place sometime in September. Until then, it is critical that we continue to pray for him. Our contacts report that he is standing firm and strong in his faith, and is even encouraging those who are discouraged, exhorting them to trust in the Lord.

http://www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_214_profile.html

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Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Update for week of july 29, 2011

The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.com

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1 Timothy 1:12–13

Uzbekistan—Police Harass Pastor—VOM Sources

Galatians 5:1
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

On July 9, security police harassed a pastor and confiscated his laptop while he was waiting for his wife at a market. As Pastor Salavat waited for his wife in their car, two men in military uniforms approached the pastor and asked him to step out of the car. The men grabbed Salavat and treated him roughly. Salavat demanded to see their IDs, which they showed him before searching his car without permission or cause. “It looked as though they were looking for something specific,” Salavat said. It soon became clear that they were searching for his laptop, which they confiscated without offering a warrant or receipt. Ten days later, Salavat’s laptop was returned without explanation. Pray for Salavat and his family, and pray for all Uzbek Christians who aren’t able to worship freely.

South Sudan—Christians Remain at Risk—VOM Canada, Middle East Concern


2 Timothy 1:7–12
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

South Sudan officially gained independence from Sudan on July 9, becoming a new nation. The secession follows a long history of violent conflict, including two civil wars between the largely Islamic north and the Christian and animist majority in the south. Christians, in particular, have endured severe oppression. Although many have expressed hope for a more peaceful future, it is clear that Christians on both sides of the new border remain at risk. Violence erupted in several areas in the months leading to South Sudan’s independence. Government agents and Islamic militants looted churches and killed Christians in parts of South Kordofan state. Many are concerned that churches in Sudan may face further restrictions on freedom of worship if the government implements a strict form of Islamic law. As Christians continue to flee to South Sudan, it is also feared that believers who remain in the north may be especially vulnerable to violence, pressure and accusations of defaming Islam. Pray that Christians in both Sudan and South Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ, knowing that he is sovereign over kings of the earth.

Nigeria—Maiduguri Christians Face Extremist Threat—Release International, Compass Direct News

2 Corinthians 5:18
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

Christians are fleeing the northern city of Maiduguri amid threats of further large-scale attacks by Islamic extremists. Most churches in Maiduguri have been boarded up and are under police or military guard as rumors spread that Boko Haram militants are planning a “massive attack” for the end of July. The widely anticipated assault would mark the two-year anniversary of the death of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf, who died in police custody. Church attendance in Maiduguri has reportedly fallen dramatically following a series of bomb attacks on churches there. Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria have advised churches to suspend or reschedule services, and several have changed service times to try to outwit potential attackers. Church leaders fear that this extremist threat could deepen the divide between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. “This Boko Haram has to be dealt with before they plunge the entire nation into a very serious crisis,” a church leader in Maiduguri told Compass Direct. Pray for the safety of Christians in Maiduguri, and pray that Muslim extremists will see that they can be reconciled to God only through Jesus Christ.

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If Only They Would Just Realize

I feel that some of the main reasons why someone doesn't come to a belief in God/Jesus is because they don't connect themselves with the love and authority of God. First of all, people don't want to have to admit that they are sinners in need of God's forgiveness. I think that a lot of people can and will admit that they are not perfect and guilty of wrong-doing in life. But, they want to believe that they are somehow just automatically forgiven of their sins because 1) they figure it's not as bad as some sins (like murder, adultery, pedophilia) so it's okay 2) they figure that, give it enough time, it's easier to move on and kinda' sorta' forget about it and 3) they constantly compare themselves to other imperfect people rather than comparing themselves to the true standard that is holy God to realize how much they need God's sovereign forgiveness. The other reason why I think some people don't want to come to the Christian faith and truly live for God is because they don't "get it." They don't have the supernatural connection of the Holy Spirit to truly realize the truth of God and His all-encompassing love. Another main reason is because I think people look too much towards churches and Christian people to see God and don't look at God Himself. And because there is no perfect church and no perfect Christian, non-believers can see all of the mistakes and because they don't have the know-how to distinguish God from the mistakes then it all just seems so stagnant and condemning. Sometimes I think, oh man if only they knew what I knew. If only they had been through what I had been through (with God) then they would understand, they would "get it." But, they don't, until they can open themselves up to God and receive His hand. Of course, I'm not saying any of this to offend or disrespect the non-believer, but simply to give my two-cents on some of the reasons why I think someone doesn't believe in God or truly live for God in their lives. I mean, I wasn't always a believer myself. I still remember what it was like when I wasn't believer and it wasn't too long ago. I pray for salvation for those who aren't saved; I pray for those who are saved that they will continue to learn and grow in the faith; I pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit for those who are not saved, that they will open their hearts and minds to God and have the willingness to believe in Him.

7/27/11

Manna Fest w/Perry Stone (07-25-2011): The Holy Spirit's Relevance for Your Life Today

Part 1


Part 2


Perry Stone talks with Ron Phillips of Abba's House.
©2008 - 2010 Perry Stone Ministries
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Thanks to CallOutToJesus on YouTube for uploading the video.

Let Go of the Box

July 2011
by John Paul Jackson
http://www.streamsministries.com

Isaiah 46:10 says that God declares “the end from the beginning” and “from ancient times things that are not yet done.” For God to do this, time must exist within Him, rather than He existing within time. If He were confined to time, time would be greater, or larger, than He, and therefore He would be limited and controlled by the time surrounding Him.

However, if time exists within Him, then He sees all of time at the same moment. Thus He is all knowledgeable. In addition, He can be everywhere at the same time, in all of time, so there is nothing He does not know and no place where He is not. With this understanding, we can be fully confident that we serve a God who is able to act on our behalf at levels of power and perfection that we cannot possibly comprehend.

For more information on the eternality of God, download Fireside Chat #53 by CLICKING HERE.

Matthew 17 gives us a glimpse of God’s true eternality. Jesus, Peter, James and John are on the Mount of Transfiguration. Clearly, the Father is there as well because He speaks audibly to His Son, and Peter, James and John hear His voice. God has brought two other men to speak with Jesus: Moses and Elijah. In that moment, there are elements of three separate eras of time in the same time, at the same place.

In an effort to understand Him, many people have come to believe that God is progressively eternal, meaning that He has limited Himself to our sense of timing and walks into each day just as we do — He doesn’t know what the future holds any more than we do. According to this opinion, God knows some things that haven’t happened yet, but He has chosen to limit His complete understanding.

That type of thinking immediately presents an issue: If God were progressively eternal and bound by time, in Matthew 17 He wouldn’t have been able to be in three separate times at the same time. He would have had to leave Jesus on the mountain to go get Moses and then leave again to go get Elijah. But clearly, He didn’t do that.

God existed before time ever began. Putting limits on Him doesn’t encourage us to see Him as He is. No, that type of thinking simply enables us to place Him in a nice, tidy little box that keeps Him safe and explainable. It cuts away the vastness, the amazement, the awe, the divine nature and the grace that surpass all understanding. God is not progressively eternal; He is eternal — period — because He is God.

Think big thoughts

Every morning, we are given our first opportunity to decide how we are going to think that day. Put very simply, we can choose to think big thoughts about God or small thoughts about God. We can continue as we have always continued with Him, taking the steps we have taken before, or we can choose to take new steps — steps that are different, ones that may draw us out of our comfort zones. But in the process, our day will conform to those thoughts, and those thoughts will further align our individual worldviews with His truth.

What does His eternality mean for us?

If God has all knowledge and is omniscient, which He does and which He is, that means there has never been a time when He didn’t know about you.

Long before time existed, God knew about you. He knew about me. He knew about our families and what we would do, and He planned us. That is why Acts 17:26–27 says:

He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

If He were suddenly to have a new thought about us, He would have gained knowledge. But He already has “all knowledge,” and “all knowledge” doesn’t change. If God were progressively eternal, He would not be God.

When we believe that God limits Himself, we are mentally putting away part of His deity, and anytime we “remove” any part of God’s deity, we make Him smaller and weaker in our own minds — which affects our decisions and our impact on the people around us. It affects our faith levels and our ability to trust Him. Many of us are all too close to removing God’s deity and making Him simply a “Higher Life Form.”

Someday when we stand before Him, He will never say to us, “You made Me too big. I wish I could do everything you thought I could do. Bless your heart.”

No, when we stand in front of God’s throne, we will be terrified because of His great strength, yet at the same time, we will know He loves us because we are not destroyed. We will realize, “In my grandest, wildest thoughts, I still made You too small!”

So today, take some time to reflect on these questions: Why do you love your heavenly Father? Why did you choose to commit your life to Him? What is it about Him that draws you?

Meditate on Him. Let Him boggle your mind, and let go of any thought process that would suggest God is small.

© 2011 Streams Ministries International
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How to Deal Effectively With Conflict

from The 5 Love Languages Newsletter
http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

I have observed a common pattern across many areas that I work (and live) - people avoiding dealing with tense or conflictual situations in their relationships with others. And almost always, not dealing with the situation creates additional problems or makes the conflict larger and more intense (often involving more people than were originally involved).

And it happens it lots of settings:

in family businesses, between family members working together
in office settings, between coworkers who can't get a long
in marriages, between spouses
in extended families, between parents-in-law and their children's spouse
in schools, between teachers and parents of the students
in wealthy families, between siblings who are inheriting wealth
and on and on.

Now, I am not going to try to address all the issues relevant to conflict in relationships, that would require a book (or two). But let's look at some core concepts.

First, why do people often try to avoid conflict? I think there are lots of potential reasons, but let's identify a few.

1. Many people do not like emotionally-charged situations, and they feel if they raise the issue underlying the conflict, emotions will get out of control.
2. Most people don't like others to act or communicate in an angry way towards them, and will almost anything to avoid this type of interchange.
3. Some individuals believe that, in conflict, someone must either "be wrong" or have done something wrong, and they don't want to be accused of this.
4. Most of us, when we have done something wrong, don't like admitting it or apologizing for our error.

The problem is - not dealing with conflict in a situation doesn't make it go away. In fact, frequently, things get worse. When there is tension between two people, or when there is a relational break (that is, the two people are not communicating much at all, if any) - not dealing with the issue creates additional problems, including:

Others notice the tension and it makes them feel uncomfortable.
Communication between the two individuals becomes minimal and ineffective.
Other people get pulled into the conflict, and often begin to "take sides".
The people involved in the conflict experience a lot more emotional tension in their lives, with their emotions "building up", and often spilling over into other areas of their lives.
The relationship becomes more and more distant, sometimes to the point of total cut-off between the two parties.

Now, I am not suggesting, that if you are in the midst of a conflict in one of your relationships, you should run out and "deal with it". Why? Because most people who have the habit of avoiding conflict don't have very good success at resolving conflictual situations on their own - they don't haven't been practicing how to deal with conflict in their daily lives (we all have it, you know), they have misbeliefs about what should be done ("we just need to sit down and talk it out"), and they may not have the skills to deal with the situation effectively.

So what should you do?

First, take stock of your relationships and see if there are any that currently have significant tension or conflict that is getting in the way. Admit to yourself that there is a relationship that needs attention.

Second, observe how the tension in your relationship is affecting your life and those around you. For you to seriously consider dealing with the situation, you are probably going to need to be convinced that the conflict is creating problems in your life. You may want to ask those close to you in the situation (coworkers, family members) how the tension affects them (don't ask it in a way where you are looking for support for your position in the conflict).

If possible, seek some help from someone who can help you deal with the conflict in the relationship in a positive way. Get some counsel from someone you admire and observe that they seem to be able to address relational tensions in their lives in a healthy way. Sometimes it may be beneficial to talk to a professional counselor, business coach, or facilitator - to help you and the other person meet together to resolve the issues creating the conflict.

Do some reading that can help you grow in dealing with conflicts in your life. Whatever the conflict you are currently experiencing, if you are a habitual "conflict avoider", be assured this will not be the last difficult relational situation you have to deal with - there will be more. So it would be wise to start to grow in your ability to deal with tensions in relationships in a healthy way. There is a great book, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most that a number of my clients have found to be quite helpful in guiding them through tough conversations they needed to have with someone in their life. Additionally, Lewis Smedes has written an excellent book, The Art of Forgiving, that is also extremely helpful.

I have conflict in relationships in my life (just ask those close to me), and I am still learning how to deal with those tensions in a healthier manner - I think we all can. Let's just commit together to not let tensions in relationships fester to the point where they poison our lives - it will make all of our lives healthier.

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/
http://www.drpaulwhite.com/, co-author of the new book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.

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7/24/11

End of the Spear (Movie)


Movie based on a true story. Worlds collide and tragedy strikes as a missionary group journeys to the heart of the Amazon Jungle in search of the Waodani, a tribe of fierce warriors completely isolated from civilization. When five of the missionaries are killed by tribesmen, their families are left husbandless and fatherless. Despite their tremendous loss, and as a testament to their faith, the families decide to remain in Ecuador and live among the Waodani as originally planned. It is a powerful tale of faith, sacrifice, courage and redemption.

If the Hulu link doesn't work, you can see the film on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoSIts8G-x0

Jack Van Impe Presents (07-24-2011)


Russia Tests Missles Amid New Talks, Congress Fiddles As the Country's Ship Sinks, Bomb Implants Emerge as Airline Terror Threat, "Purpose Driven Church" in Error, chrislam, Continuation after Jack's TBN Fiasco, Special JVIP Program in September, Harold Camping Date Predicting, Animosity to Secong Coming, 6th Day Theory, One World Religion/Government, Four Horseman of the Apocalypse and various headlines in relation

Miracles in the Old Testament of the Bible

Preceding the Exodus:

Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24)
Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26)
The birth of Isaac (Genesis 21:1-3)
The burning bush not consumed (Exodus 3:2)

In Egypt:

Aaron's rod turned into a snake (Exodus 7:10-12)
The ten plagues: 1. Water made blood (Exodus 7:20-25), 2. Frogs (Exodus 8:5-14), 3. Gnats (Exodus 8:16-18), 4. Flies (Exodus 8:20-24), 5. Death to herds and flocks (Exodus 9:3-6), 6. Boils and sores (Exodus 9:8-11), 7. Thunder and hail (Exodus 9:22-26), 8. Locusts (Exodus 10:12-19), 9. Darkness (Exodus 10:21, 23), 10. The firstborn slain (Exodus 12:29-30)
Parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-31)

In the Wilderness:

The sweetening of the waters at Marah (Exodus 15:23-25)
Feeding with manna (Exodus 16:14-35)
Water from the rock at Rephidim (Exodus 17:5-7)
Death of Nadab ad Abihu for offering unholy fire (Leviticus 10:1-2)
Burning of the camp at Tabernah (Numbers 11:1-3)
Death of Korah, Dathan and Abiram (Numbers 16:31-35)
Aaron's rod bears buds, blossom and almonds (Numbers 17:8)
Water from the rock at Meribah (Numbers 20:7-11)
The healing powers of the bronze serpent (Numbers 21:8-9)
Stopping of the River Jordan (Joshua 3:14-17)

In Canaan - under Joshua:

Fall of the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:6-25)
Staying of the sun and moon (Joshua 10:12-14)
Strength of Samson (Judges 14:1-16:30)
The water flows from the hollow place at Lehi (Judges 15:19)
Men of Bethshemesh slain for looking into the ark (1 Samuel 6:19)
Thunderstorm causes panic in Philistine army (1 Samuel 7:10-12)
Thunder and rain in harvest (1 Samuel 12:17-18)
Sound of marching in balsam trees (2 Samuel 5:23-25)

Under the Kings:

Death of Uzzah for touching the ark of God (2 Samuel 6:7)
Withering of Jeroboam's hand and destruction of the altar (1 Kings 13:4-5)

By Elijah:

Drought, fire from Heaven and rain at Elijah's prayer; Elijah wondrously fed (1 Kings 17:1-19:18)
The increase of the oil and mean at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:14-16)
The raising of the widow's son at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:17-24)
Wall of Aphek falls upon thousands of Syrians (1 Kings 20:30)
Burning of the captains and their companies (2 Kings 1:10-12)
Dividing of the River Jordan (2 Kings 2:8)
Elijah taken by a whirlwind into Heaven (2 Kings 2:11)

By Elisha:

Dividing of the River Jordan (2 Kings 2:14)
The waters of Jericho made wholesome (2 Kings 2:21-22)
Bears destroy forty-two mocking boys at Bethel (2 Kings 2:24)
Water supplied to the allied armies in Moab (2 Kings 3:16-20)
Increase of the widow's oil (2 Kings 4:2-7)
Raising of the Shunammite's son (2 Kings 4:32-37)
The deadly stew purified with flour (2 Kings 4:38-41)
Feeding one hundred men with twenty loaves (2 Kings 4:42-44)
Naaman's leprosy cured; the leprosy transferred to Gehazi (2 Kings 5:10-14,27)
An iron ax head floats on the water (2 Kings 6:5-7)
The Syrian army struck with blindness (2 Kings 6:18-20)
Elisha's bones revive a dead man (2 Kings 13:21)

Recorded by Isaiah:

Destruction of Sennacherib's army (2 Kings 19:35)
The shadow goes back on the sundial of Ahaz (2 Kings 20:9-11)

During Captivity:

Deliverance of Shadrach, Messhach and Abednego from the furnace (Daniel 3:19-27)
Daniel is saved from the den of lions (Daniel 6:16-23)

Miscellaneous:

Dagon falls twice before the ark of God; Philistines afflicted by tumors (1 Samuel 5:1-12)
Uzziah is smitten with leprosy (2 Chronicles 26:16-21)
Deliverance of Jonah from the great fish (Jonah 2:1-10)


Footnotes:
Graded Press, ed. "Miracles in the Old Testament." Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. Nashville; Burlingame: Thomas Nelson for Cokesbury, 1990. Print.

*Posted for personal, educational, non-commercial use*

Miracles in the New Testament of the Bible

Miracles of Jesus

Recorded in one Gospel only:

Matthew
Two blind men cured (Matthew 9:27-31)
The mute demoniac healed (Matthew 9:32-33)
The coin in the mouth of the fish (Matthew 17:24-27)

Mark
A deaf and mute man healed (Mark 7:31-37)
A blind man cured (Mark 8:22-26)

Luke
Jesus passes unseen through the multitude (Luke 4:28-30)
The great catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11)
The widow's son is raised from the dead (Luke 7:11-15)
A woman freed from her infirmity (Luke 13:11-13)
A man with dropsy cured (Luke 14:1-4)
Ten lepers cleansed (Luke 17:11-19)
Servant's ear healed (Malchus) (Luke 22:50-51)

John
Water changed to wine at Cana (John 2:1-11)
Official's son healed of fever (John 4:46-54)
Invalid man cured at Jerusalem (John 5:1-9)
Jesus passes through the crowd in the temple (John 8:59)
Man born blind cure at Jerusalem (John 9:1-7)
Lazarus raised from the dead (John 11:38-44)
Falling to the ground of soldiers (John 18:5-6)
The catch of 153 fish (John 21:1-14)

Recorded in two Gospels:

Centurion's paralyzed servant cured (Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10)
The blind and mute demoniac healed (Matthew 12:22, Luke 11:14)
Daughter of the Syrophoenician woman healed (Matthew 14:21-28, Mark 7:24-30)
The four thousand fed (Matthew 15:32-38, Mark 8:1-9)
The fig tree cursed by Jesus (Matthew 21:19, Mark 11:14)
A demoniac in the synagogue cured (Mark 1:23-26, Luke 4:33-35)

Recorded in three Gospels:

The leper cured (Matthew 8:2-3, Mark 1:40-41, Luke 5:12-13)
Peter's mother-in-law cured of a fever (Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:30-31, Luke 4:38-39)
The storm at sea stilled (Matthew 8:23-26, Mark 4:35-39, Luke 8:22-24)
The demons entered into swine (Matthew 8:28-32, Mark 5:1-13, Luke 8:26-33)
The paralytic cured (Matthew 9:2-7, Mark 2:3-12, Luke 5:18-25)
Jairus' daughter raises to life (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-42, Luke 8:41-56)
A woman's hemorrhage cured (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-29, Luke 8:43-48)
A man's withered hand cured (Matthew 12:10-13, Mark 3:1-5, Luke 6:6-11)
Jesus walks on the sea (Matthew 14:25-27, Mark 6:48-51, John 6:19-20)
The epileptic boy cured (Matthew 17:14-18, Mark 9:17-27, Luke 9:37-42)
A blind man cured (Matthew 20:30-34j, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43)

Recorded in all four Gospels:
Feeding the five thousand (Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14)

Miracles Recorded in the Acts of the Apostles aka the Book of Acts:

The disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit, with the accompanying signs (2:1-47)
The gift of tongues (2:4-11, 10:44-48)
Lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the temple (3:1-26)
Death of Ananias and Sapphira (5:1-11)
Peter healing the sick in the streets (5:12-16)
Prison doors opened for the apostles by an angel (5:17-21)
Stephen's vision of Christ at the right hand of God (7:55-56)
Philip casts out unclean spirits (8:6-7)
Christ appears to Saul (aka "Paul") on the way to Damascus (9:1-9, 22:6-11, 26:12-18)
Saul's (aka "Paul") blindness healed by Ananias (9:17-19, 22:12-13)
Aeneas' paralysis healed by Peter (9:33-34)
Tabitha (Dorcas) raised to life by Peter (9:36-41)
Vision of Cornelius (10:3-6,30-32)
Vision of Peter (10:10-16, 11:5-10)
Prophecies of Agabus (11:27-38, 21:10-11)
Peter's release from prison (12:6-10)
Elymas blinded by Paul (13:9-11)
Healing of the crippled man at Lystra by Paul (14:8-10)
Paul's vision of a man of Macedonia (16:9)
Paul casts out spirit of divination from slave girl (16:16-18)
Earthquake at Philippi (16:25-26)
Extraordinary miracles done by Paul at Ephesus (19:11-12)
Evil spirit puts Sceva's sons to flight (19:13-16)
Paul raises Eutychus to life (20:9-12)
Appearances of Christ to Paul (22:17-21, 23:11, 27:23-24)
Paul unharmed by a viper's (poisonous snake) bite (28:3-6)
Paul heals Publius' father and others at Malta (28:8-9)

Miracles Referred to in the Epistles and Revelation:

Miracles by Paul and others (Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-31; 14:18; Galatians 3:5; 1 Timothy 1:20)
Miracle of tongues (1 Corinthians 14:27-33)
Appearances of Christ after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
Visions and revelations of Paul (2 Corinthians 12:1-4, 12)
Powers of the age to come (Hebrews 2:4, 6:5)
The visions of John at Patmos (Revelation 1:10-11, 4:1-22:21)


Footnotes:
Graded Press, ed. "Miracles..." Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. Nashville; Burlingame: Thomas Nelson for Cokesbury, 1990. Print.

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Parables of Jesus in the Bible

These are interpretations of the parables listed in the four Gospels of the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) according to the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Recorded in one Gospel only:

Matthew

13:24-30
Parable: Weeds among the wheat
Lesson: Good and evil in life

13:44
Parable: The hidden treasure
Lesson: Value in the Bible

13:45-46
Parable: The pearl of great value
Lesson: Salvation

13:47-48
Parable: The full net
Lesson: The all-inclusive Church

18:23-24
Parable: The unmerciful servant
Lesson: Duty of forgiveness

20:1-16
Parable: Laborers in the vineyard
Lesson: The last will be first, and the first last

21:28-32
Parable: The father and two sons
Lesson: Insincerity and repentance

22:1-14
Parable: Marriage of the king's son
Lesson: Necessity for righteousness

25:1-13
Parable: Wise and foolish bridesmaids
Lesson: Careful and heedless preparation

25:14-30
Parable: The talents
Lesson: Use of advantages

25:31-46
Parable: The sheep and the goats
Lesson: Righteousness brings eternal life

Mark

4:26-29
Parable: Growth of a seed of grain
Lesson: Growth in religion

13:34-36
Parable: The watchful doorkeeper
Lesson: Watchfulness

Luke

7:41-50
Parable: The two debtors
Lesson: Gratitude for forgiveness

10:30-37
Parable: The good Samaritan
Lesson: Compassion for all

11:5-8
Parable: The friend at midnight
Lesson: Perseverance in prayer

12:16-21
Parable: The rich fool
Lesson: No anxiety for worldly goods

12:35-40
Parable: The waiting servants
Lesson: Expectancy of the Second Coming

12:42-48
Parable: Faithful and wise steward
Lesson: Conscientiousness in trust

13:6-9
Parable: The barren fig tree
Lesson: Unfruitfulness under grace

14:16-24
Parable: The great banquet
Lesson: Universality of the divine call

14:28-33
Parable: The tower; the warring king
Lesson: Prudence; self-denial

15:8-10
Parable: The lost coin
Lesson: Joy over penitence

15:11-32
Parable: The prodigal son
Lesson: Father's love for returning sinner

16:1-8
Parable: The dishonest manager
Lesson: Faithfulness to trust

16:19-31
Parable: The rich man and Lazarus
Lesson: Hopeless future to the unfaithful

17:7-10
Parable: The farmer and his servant
Lesson: Duty to God

18:1-8
Parable: The unrighteous judge
Lesson: Vindiction by continuing prayer

18:9-14
Parable: Pharisee and tax collector
Lesson: Self-righteousness and humility

19:12-27
Parable: Nobleman and the ten pounds
Lesson: Diligence rewarded, sloth punished

John

6:25-29
Parable: The bread of life
Lesson: Eternal salvation through Christ

10:1-39
Parable: Shepherd and the sheep
Lesson: God revealed through Christ

15:1-27
Parable: Vine and the branches
Lesson: God's love through Christ


Recorded in two Gospels:

Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:48-49
Parable: Houses on rock and sand
Lesson: Christ the true foundation

Matthew 13:33, Luke 13:20-21
Parable: The yeast
Lesson: Pervading influence of religion

Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:4-7
Parable: The lost sheep
Lesson: Joy over the penitent


Recorded in three Gospels:

Matthew 5:14-16, Mark 4:21-23, Luke 8:16-18
Parable: The lamp under a bushel basket
Lesson: Dissemination of truth

Matthew 9:16-17, Mark 2:19-22, Luke 5:36-39
Parable: New cloth on old garment; new wine in old wineskins
Lesson: Old forms and new faith

Matthew 13:18-30, Mark 4:3-9, Luke 8:5-8
Parable: The sower
Lesson: Exercise of understanding

Matthew 13:31-32, Mark 4:31-32, Luke 13:18-19
Parable: The mustard seed
Lesson: Spread of the Gospel

Matthew 21:33-41, Mark 12:1-8, Luke 20:9-16
Parable: Vineyard and tenants
Lesson: Rejection of Christ by the Jews

Matthew 24:32, Mark 13:38, Luke 21:29-30
Parable: Young leaves of the fig tree
Lesson: Indications of the Second Coming


Other passages sometimes designated as parables:

Matthew 7:3-5, Luke 6:41-42
Parable: The speck and the log
Lesson: Judgment of others

Matthew 9:15, Mark 12:19-20, Luke 5:34-35
Parable: The wedding guests
Lesson: Indication of the Second Coming

Matthew 11:16-17, Luke 7:31-32
Parable: Children at play
Lesson: Rejections of the Gospel

Matthew 12:43-45, Luke 11:24-26
Parable: Seven unclean spirits
Lesson: Sloth in faith

Matthew 13:52
Parable: Old and new treasures
Lesson: Combining old and new

Matthew 21:42-45, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17-18
Parable: The rejected stones
Lesson: God's love of outcasts

Luke 13:25-27
Parable: The shut door
Lesson: Acquaintances meaningless in Heaven

Luke 14:7-11
Parable: Places of honor
Lesson: Humble to be exalted


Footnotes:
Graded Press, ed. "Parables of Our Lord." Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. Nashville; Burlingame: Thomas Nelson for Cokesbury, 1990. Print.

*Posted for personal, educational, non-commercial use*

7/23/11

Hal Lindsey Report (july 22, 2011): Christians Against Israel, Curse of the Allegory, Is God a Liar?, Paul's Warning


This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'

Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters were an old-time gospel singing and comedy trio that once toured the South. More than 40 years ago, Bagwell released a million-selling song -- and insisted the story was true -- about visiting a small rural church where, during the service, some of the members disappeared behind the stage. They emerged a short time later carrying five large rattlesnakes.

To his and his band's surprise and horror, they realized they were in a church where the believers "took up the serpent" as a display of their faith in the Word of God.

Bagwell said that he looked over at one of the singers and said, "Look around and tell me where you think the backdoor is."

To which she replied, "I've already looked. They don't have one."

Bagwell then said, "Reckon where do they want one?"

Sometimes I feel a little like Wendy Bagwell when I look around the church world today. It's not that I'm seeing snake handlers, I'm seeing far worse -- fellow Christians playing with something deadlier than snake venom. They're playing with the wrath of God. But then, don't you get angry when someone calls you a liar?

That's what's happening in some circles of the church world today. There is a movement afoot that effectively says God intentionally deceived Abraham when He made His covenant with him. Further, that movement, known as "Dominionism" or "Preterism," claims that God reneged on His "irrevocable" promises to Israel and transferred those promises to the Church, which they call "spiritual Israel." (Oddly, though, they don't explain why God transferred the promises but not the punishments from Israel.)

So, just as I don't want to be standing close to a fellow who chooses to "take up the serpent," I'm wary of those who choose to call God a liar.

Recently, the World Council of Churches sponsored a scholarly conference in Volos, Greece. The participants gathered to assess the plight of Christian communities across the Middle East since 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the uprisings of the "Arab Spring."

I'm sure they considered the mounting evidence of a Muslim campaign of terror and persecution that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Christians and the decimation and flight of scores of Christian communities. No doubt they were told about the fatwas that have been issued by zealous imams. I'm certain they examined the records of brutal dictators who have stirred up their Muslim citizens against the Christians to divert attention from their own domestic troubles.

After listening to firsthand accounts and reading testimonials that have emerged from the chaos, the conference reached the only logical conclusion available. To be honest, no thoughtful observer was surprised. The conference concluded that the blame for the heartbreaking plight of our fellow Christians across the Middle East in the last decade lies with Israel. More specifically, with Israel's brutal and callous occupation of the land that rightfully belongs to the Palestinians and Muslims.

Step back. I sense the possibility of some unexplained lightning strikes. You see, God warned those who sought to appropriate for themselves the land He promised to the Israelites. He said they would suffer the fire of His wrath.

But the conference participants were only behaving as those who sponsored it behave. The World Council of Churches no longer believes that the Jews are God's chosen people. So why should their claims to Israel be respected? That's the same line of reasoning the "dominionists" and "preterists" follow. They say the Jews forfeited their covenant rights when they rejected Jesus as the Messiah. So God transferred all of those "irrevocable" promises to the Church -- the modern day "chosen ones."

If that's not calling God a liar, then what is it?

On second thought, maybe I'm safer next to the guy with the rattlesnake.

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God Bless,
Hal Lindsey

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Is the Trinity Three Different Gods?

by Jobe Martin, Answers in Genesis
July 19, 2011

The Bible should be accepted as the final authority for the believer. Therefore, we must look to Scripture to learn what God has revealed about Himself in His inspired Word. The famous passage known as the Shema (Hebrew: “hear”) starts by stating, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4–5). The Bible is quite clear: God is one! The Bible is also clear that there are three Persons who are each called God. This plurality of God is presented in 2 Corinthians 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ [the Son], and the love of God [the Father], and the communion of the Holy Spirit [the Holy Spirit] be with you all. Amen” (bracketed information added). With our finite minds it is impossible to fully comprehend the infinite God. It is also difficult for us to apprehend the concept that God is one Being in three Persons.

Continue reading article on the AIG website to explore more about the Trinity as revealed in Scripture.

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7/22/11

New Casting Crowns Album & Tour!

Casting Crowns, the famous Christian band that's made multiple number one hits on the Christian charts ("Praise You in this Storm," "East to West") is coming out with a brand new album on october 18, 2011, entitled Come to the Well. The first single off of the album, "Courageous," has already become a hit. The song "Courageous" is named after the Sherwood Pictures' (Fireproof, Facing the Giants) movie of the same name and is featured in the upcoming film which will be released into theaters on september 30, 2011. The band will also begin a 40-date U.S. tour starting september 22, 2011, in partnership with Christian humanitarian organization World Vision. The band will be touring with Sanctus Real, The Afters and Lindsay McCaul.

For more information go to their website: http://CastingCrowns.com.

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Help Free Asia Bibi

Dear Friend:

Asia Bibi, a wife and mother in Pakistan, spoke out in defense of her Christian faith when Muslim coworkers mocked her and tried to force her to embrace Islam. She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to be executed. She is in jail today, waiting to hear the high court's decision on her appeal.

In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi. Now you can join your voice to theirs by signing an online petition at www.CallForMercy.com. The Voice of the Martyrs has set the goal of gathering one million signatures from around the world on behalf of our sister Asia. VOM will deliver the petition, along with the list of signers, to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C.


www.CallforMercy.com Visit to add your name to the list, then invite your friends to also sign their names. Pray God will answer the prayers of Asia's young daughters, Isha and Isham, and allow them to be reunited with their mother.

Every signature is a call for mercy. Visit www.CallForMercy.com now.

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Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Update for week of july 22, 2011

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And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. Revelation 6:10-11

Laos—Family Kicked Out for Trusting God—VOM Sources


Psalm 84:2
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God
.

A Christian man was kicked out of his family home for taking his daughter to a medical doctor rather than seeking treatment from a witch doctor. The 26-year-old man, “Noy,” lived with his wife and two children in his in-laws’ home. After he converted to Christianity, he began attending church on Sunday rather than working in the field. His faith was a source of contention in the family, but Noy stood firm. When his daughter became ill, the family told Noy to take her to a witch doctor. Instead, Noy said, “I will take my daughter to the hospital. God will rescue her life.” His in-laws cursed him, and while he was at the hospital, they burned his Bible and other Christian books. When Noy returned after his daughter’s recovery, his in-laws told him he couldn’t live there unless he renounced his faith. Noy refused, saying, “How can I forsake the living God?” They then forced him to leave the house. VOM workers helped Noy and his family purchase a simple bamboo house, but they were left with no clothing and nothing for cooking or farming. Thank the Lord that this family stood firm and is continuing to attend church joyfully. Pray that God will help us meet their physical needs.

Vietnam—Pastor Arrested and Beaten by Authorities—VOM Canada


Jeremiah 30:17

For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD,

‘Because they called you an outcast saying:

“This is Zion;
No one seeks her
.”’

Pastor T, a Mennonite from Ho Chi Minh City, was arrested on June 26, then beaten and taken to an unknown location. Nu, Pastor T’s wife, said her husband left home around 10 p.m. and phoned 15 minutes later to say he was being held at Ward 26 of Binh Thanh District Police Station. Nu and other church members went to the heavily guarded police station, but authorities denied having Pastor T in custody. Nu called out to her husband from a back door, and he responded, “I’m here. They have brutally beaten me. My jaw and hand are broken, and they have shackled my legs and hands. I’m very tired and am in pain.” Nu pleaded with police to let her see her husband, but they refused. Later, she saw him being taken by car to another location. Pastor T’s condition and location are unknown, and his house has been raided. Please pray for Pastor T’s health, and pray that God will strengthen and comfort him and his wife.

INDIA—Pastor’s Father Beaten—VOM Canada, Compass Direct


2 Timothy 3:12
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

Hindu extremists in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan state, have threatened to kill Pastor Shantilal Ninama after beating his family and violating an agreement to stop attacking them last month. The extremists had agreed to do no further harm to Pastor Ninama and his family if he would drop police charges he had filed over a previous attack. Although Pastor Ninama dropped the charges, the Hindu extremists stormed into his home on the evening of June 8 and began beating his father, sister, wife and three children. As the pastor sought police help, his 65-year-old father fell unconscious, and his wife, sister and two of his children ran outside. Another daughter hid beneath a bed. The Rev. Prabhatkar Malladi, secretary of the Udaipur Diocese in Rajasthan, said extremists were threatening to kill the pastor. “The villagers are not allowing any Christian leaders to enter into the village to meet Pastor Ninama, but we are taking necessary steps to help the pastor, and one advocate is now taking up the case,” he said. Pray that God will use Pastor Ninama’s witness to soften the hearts of the extremists and those in authority.

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7/21/11

The World's Hatred

"People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow Me. But when they do, you will be blessed. Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great reward waiting for you in Heaven. People did the same evil things to the prophets who lived before you." - Matthew 5:11-12 (NCV)

"If the world hates you, remember that it hated Me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? 'A slave is not greater than the master.' Since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to Me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of Me, for they have rejected the One who sent Me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates Me also hates My Father. If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate Me and My Father. This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: 'They hated Me without cause.'" - John 15:18-25 (NCV)

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7/16/11

Christian Movies That I Love

Some of my most-liked Christian movies. You can buy them from www.christianmovies.com or www.pureflix.com, or wherever else you can find to buy them. Also, Christian TV channels (such as TBN or FamilyNet) air movies a lot (usually late at night or on the weekends), which is how I came across most of these in the past.

Gospel of John

The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer. Takes from the Good News Version of the Gospel of John, word for word.

Passion of the Christ

A film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Peter & Paul

Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.

The Pretender

How does a worldly high school guy start dating an unsuspecting Christian girl? He becomes...the pretender.

Second Glance

Sort of a Christian version of "It's a Wonderful Life." A young Christian man gets frustrated in his life thinking that he's not really impacting anyone for Jesus and that as a teenager he's missing out on all the fun. Then one day he is given the opportunity to see what his life would be like if he had never become a Christian, and the results are not so great.

The Perfect Stranger

Tells the story of Nikki, a troubled attorney who one day receives a mysterious dinner invitation from a man claiming to be Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout their evening of conversation, arguments and spirited debate, Nikki learns things she never knew about life, the universe, and most importantly, herself.

Timechanger

A Bible professor from 1890 comes forward in time to the present via a time machine and cannot believe the things that he sees!

Unidentified

Two reporters investigate a series of UFO sightings and discover a supernatural connection.

Fireproof

In an attempt to save his marriage, a firefighter uses a 40-day experiment known as "The Love Dare."

Facing the Giants

A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.

Invisible Enemies

A pair of special glasses gives a young Christian man a glimpse into the workings of the demonic world.

There are also a couple of short films that I love, from the 90's I think, one called "Chalk" and the other called "Salt." I'm having a really hard time finding any information about them over the Internet. I saw them on Christian television a few years ago. "Chalk" is about a young Christian student who stands up for his beliefs in spite of his atheistic professor. "Salt" is about a young man that speaks to a non-believer about his Christian faith and through talking to the unbeliever comes to realize that he himself doesn't actually know much about his own Christian faith.

Hal Lindsey Report (july 15, 2011): Nukes for Rupees, Courting Destruction, Who Needs Israel?, Forcing Peace, Israel Is Here to Stay


This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'

Remember A.Q. Khan? He's the Pakistani nuclear scientist who sold nuclear secrets and technology to a host of rogue nations like North Korea, Libya, and Iran. In 2004, he publicly confessed to his misdeeds and was promptly pardoned and confined to his well-appointed home for five years by then-President Pervez Musharraf. Well, he's back in the news.

Apparently, he's grown a little tired of being the scapegoat for Pakistan's marketing of illicit nuclear secrets. Recently, in written statements to a former journalist who now works for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Khan alleged that there were others in the Pakistani hierarchy involved in the scheme. In fact, he produced a letter from a high-ranking North Korean official detailing some of the bribes paid to former Pakistani generals.

Of course, denials are flying in flocks, but American intelligence officials never bought the story that Khan operated alone. Couple this revelation with the recent decision by Pakistan to expel American military training officers in retaliation for the Navy SEALS dispatching Osama bin-Laden without notifying them, and the US decision to withhold $800 million in aid to Pakistan, and you've got the makings for some additional tension in that relationship.

America wants to remain in Pakistan because the Islamic nation has between 60 and 100 nuclear weapons that could easily fall into the hands of strong Islamic militant groups headquartered there. We also serve as a restraining influence in the tense standoff between Pakistan and India -- both nuclear powers. Further, we need Pakistan's cooperation to maintain our supply lines to our troops in landlocked Afghanistan. Yet Pakistan's government, military, and intelligence services have repeatedly proven themselves unreliable at best, and treacherous at worst.

This situation is a perfect illustration of how confusing and dangerous it is to be a player in the Middle East in these last days. Just as the prophets predicted.

Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad is playing with fire. As internal and international pressure for him to step down increases, his search for an incident to divert attention from his domestic plight is growing more desperate. He tried paying poor Syrian farmers to rush and breach the border with Israel in the hope of provoking an international incident. He also rallied his supporters to attack the U.S. and French embassies in the hope of provoking an international incident. He even tried offering "reforms" to the people, but the opposition is buying none of it.

Since Syria is the only nation who attacked Israel in the Six Day War that is still technically at war with Israel, some observers believe Assad may launch some sort of attack on the Jewish state in an effort to force an Israeli retaliation. His goal would be to draw the other Arab and Muslim nations to his defense.

Mr. Assad, who has not proven himself to be either a perceptive or adept tactician, should take a moment to read Isaiah 17 before he gives the order. The prophet predicted that in the last days, Damascus would be obliterated -- overnight. Damascus is the world's oldest continuously inhabited city. It has been conquered and occupied many times in its 6,000 years of existence, but it has never been destroyed. In the light of the instantaneous destructive power of nuclear missiles, the modern-day mechanics of this prophecy are easy to imagine. And a miscalculation on the part of a desperate dictator could trigger its fulfillment.

There is a growing misapprehension within our government and among our nation's elite that the United States' relationship with Israel is an unwarranted burden that we could do without. The Wall Street Journal recently published an editorial by George Gilder under the title, "The Economic Case for Supporting Israel." On this week's program, I'm going to share a bit of his information with you. Some of it may surprise you.

We all know that one of the most important reasons why we should stand with Israel is because God promised to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her. And we also owe a debt of gratitude since it was through the house of Israel that our Savior and Messiah came to us. But there are other, compelling reasons to maintain a strong and vital relationship with this innovative and creative economic powerhouse.

Speaking of standing with Israel, the United States of America is apparently going to have a chance to do that in a few weeks. When the United Nations General Assembly convenes this September, the Arab League intends to formally request that Palestine be made a full member of the United Nations. That will be tantamount to recognition of the Palestinians as an independent, sovereign nation. Boy, you talk about a can of worms when it comes to Israel defending itself against Palestinian terror attacks originating in the West Bank or Hamas rockets launching from Gaza!

Of course, it can only happen by consent of the Security Council, which is, in reality, the real United Nations. The General Assembly is just a formality to appease all the other nations of the world. Of the fifteen seats on the Security Council, five nations have veto power: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As of now, the US is the only nation that has implied that it may veto the resolution -- but even that is not a done deal. The Obama Administration is using the possibility of a veto as a bludgeon to force Israeli compliance with its wishes regarding the peace talks.

That's why it's important for us to continually pray on behalf of Israel. The world is obsessed with solving the supernatural conflicts of the Middle East by natural, human means. It cannot and will not happen. We are fighting the principalities and powers of the air. Only the supernatural can intervene.

Here's something else the world doesn't understand. When you deal with Israel, you're dealing with fire. God has irreversibly given Israel to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Ezekiel warns that anyone who tries to appropriate the land for themselves will suffer the fire of God's wrath. When we pray for Israel, let's also pray for our beloved nation. Our leaders, either out of ignorance or arrogance, are playing with fire and don't even realize it. Only those of us who understand the supernatural nature of this conflict and these covenants can stand in the gap and intercede on our country's behalf.

Let's do it!

Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, Inspiration (on Sundays now!), CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com. Check your local listings.

God Bless,
Hal Lindsey

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7/15/11

Hollywood Prayer Network Newsletter (july 2011)

Dear HPN Pray-ers,

It’s July already and summer is half over. We hope you’re having a wonderful time with your families and friends and that you are enjoying some of this year’s best summer films! Let’s keep praying for the people who created, produced and distributed all of the summer blockbusters, asking the Lord to touch their hearts and lives. Here are more ways to pray this month:

SUMMARY:

• We praise God for our 10 year anniversary!
• We praise God for a fabulous Hollywood Prayer Walk
• Keep praying for Justin Bieber, who is still on his world tour
• Keep praying for the people who are involved in all of the summer films
• Pray for HPN member Debby Ryan as she stars in a new Disney Channel series
• Pray for all of the storytellers in Hollywood
• Pray for the nominees of the upcoming 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards
• Pray for the people at the two major Entertainment Trade papers
• Let’s pray for some of the most influential power brokers in our industry
• Dallas HPN Local Chapter has asked us to pray for them
• Pray for HRock’s annual Arts Conference, PROJECT LIGHT '11
• Pray for HPN’s need for a volunteer to help us with database updates
• Our Miami, Florida Chapter is launching an entertainment event on October
• The HPN Omaha local chapter was formed last Fall
• There is a new 24/7 Prayer room right in Hollywood
• Don’t miss the upcoming events in our community

PRAISES:

• We praise God for our 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of HPN! Can you believe it? On July of 2001 we were birthed out of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, and 10 years later we are still here, partnering together to minister in Hollywood. We have seen many incredible changes in Hollywood in the past 10 years and we thank all of you and Hollywood Pres. for allowing us to continue to mobilize prayer for the world’s most influential mission field. Celebrate with us by inviting other people to join our Network at http://www.hollywoodprayernetwork.org and come visit Hollywood Pres. For more info on this historic church, click HERE.

• We praise God for a fabulous Hollywood Prayer Walk this past Saturday as 100 people spread out all over the city and prayed for 2+ hours. We know they made an eternal difference in our city and our industry. We partnered with Californians for Jesus and Ecclesia and it was wonderful. After praying throughout Hollywood we gathered for the evening at Ecclesia and had a great time of praise, testimonies about the day, and enjoyed terrific speakers. God is so faithful and He is doing amazing things in our city. We’re seeing so much more unity, hope, and changed lives! For more details about the whole day check out: www.CA4Jesus.blogspot.com. If you are looking for a great church in Hollywood that meets in a movie theatre, check out Ecclesia at: http://www.churchinhollywood.com/

UPDATES:

• Keep praying for Justin Bieber, who is still on his world tour. He has branched out into selling a line of clothes, perfume and other items. He and his mom continue to ask for our prayers as they make daily choices as to what’s next and best for his career and their personal lives. We want to walk beside them with our prayers for wisdom and discernment. His mom, Pattie, has another short video on her thoughts about Justin and how we can be praying. Click on our HPN site HERE.

• Keep praying for the people who are involved in all of the summer films. From the writers, directors, actors, producers, executives, crews, distributors, and marketing teams, to the agents, managers, publicists and attorneys. They all need to experience unconditional love, mercy, grace, joy and hope from our God. And our prayers can make that happen! For an update on this month’s opening films, click HERE.

REQUESTS:

• Pray for HPN member Debby Ryan as she stars in a new Disney Channel series called “Jessie.” This is Debby’s first starring role and we want to pray that she and her family will continue to seek Jesus and navigate Hollywood with wisdom, peace, strength and joy. Pray that Debby can be Christ-like with the executives, writers, cast, crew and her fans as her career grows. Please pray also that her mom, Sandy, will be a solid, loving, Christian support for her daughter. Debby’s prayer is: 1 Chronicles 4:9-11. “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain. And God granted his request.“ Debby tells us about “Jessie” on YouTube HERE.

• Pray for all of the storytellers in Hollywood to have favor, professionalism, wisdom and confidence as they sell their stories in film and television. Ingmar Bergman once said, “Facts go straight to the head, but stories go straight to the heart.” As an example of personal storytelling, HERE's a story of an HPN member who has been sharing his life-changing story in the world of science, Dr. Hugh Ross.

• Yesterday, the nominees were announced for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards. Let’s pray for all of the nominees as they wait in great anticipation for what they believe could be the biggest break of their lives. May the Lord show them that though the awards are exciting, they are not what define our worth or value. What most of us think will fill us up ultimately just leaves us empty, so let’s pray that the TV actors, directors, writers and executives will discern this spiritual truth. The winners will be announced on Sept. 18th on Fox. For more information on the Emmy’s and this year’s host, Jane Lynch, click HERE.

• We need to pray for the editors, researchers, reporters and writers of the two major Entertainment Trade papers, the Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety. These people have tremendous power to launch, propel or stall careers by the news they publish about the decision-makers and cultural influencers in our society. They post new projects in development and production, give up-dates on people’s careers, and they cover the business and financial news about studios, production companies, film box office numbers, etc. Most entertainment professionals read these publications like Christians are supposed to read their Bibles. So, let’s pray for the integrity, honesty, wisdom, and hearts of the people behind the scenes at these publications.

• Let’s pray for some of the most influential power brokers in our industry – the attorneys. Everybody making deals needs one and many of them often manage, or executive produce projects as well. The entertainment law firms hold tremendous, yet quiet force over who makes deals, how much money people make and what projects get green-lighted. Please pray that the attorneys will take responsibility for their power and influence and treat their choices and the people in their lives with integrity, honesty, grace and compassion, and that they can gain the heart of Jesus. For an insightful article on the different types of attorneys in Hollywood and what they do, click on “Power Lawyers 2011” HERE.


HPN Members’ Requests
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• Dallas HPN Local Chapter wants us to pray for them and chat on their blog: “Thank you for your interest in praying for local artists, as well as those in Hollywood. We are praying for God's Spirit to guide us in who the Lord desires for us to target in prayer and when to do so. Prayer DOES make a difference and we greatly appreciate any time you take to go to the Lord on behalf of those in the entertainment industry. We invite you to share any insight, as well as those God is placing upon your heart to pray for, to please pass those names on to us so that we can add them to our prayer list. May God richly bless you for your faithfulness." Please click on the link to our blog for current prayer lists, and don't forget, to save to your "Favorites" and sign up to receive our blog updates.” http://hpn-dallas.blogspot.com/ Chris Knight & Victoria Stephens, Co-Directors, Dallas Chapter, HPN.

• Pray for Gabe and his church, HRock, as they produce their annual Arts Conference in August: PROJECT LIGHT '11. “Please put us in your prayer newsletter, so that people can be in prayer for us. This is extremely important, as we are facing some spiritual attacks, leading up to August 5th & 6th.“ Click HERE for more details.

• HPN needs a volunteer: We have so many people who want to be on our mailing list that we’re behind on entering them into our database. If there is any LA person who would like to volunteer some time to HPN and come into our offices (we’re really fun) to help update our database, you would be a gift from God! Just email Caren at Caren@hpnemail.org or call her at (323)462-8486 ext. 106. Thanks!

• Our Miami, Florida Chapter is launching an entertainment event on October 15th, 2011. Let’s pray for them to have a successful event in every way. Click HERE for more details. Thanks Gladys!

• The HPN Omaha local chapter was formed last Fall by Samantha, who expected a slow start as with anything new. They began meeting in the early part of the year, and still only have two attendees. She didn’t expect it to be so tough but as in many Midwest cities, most Christians don’t understand the powerful influence of the media and therefore see no reason to pray. Let’s pray for Samantha and the other Christians across the country who feel isolated in their passion to pray for the people in Hollywood.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• There is a new 24/7 Prayer room right in Hollywood, on the corner of Gower and Sunset Blvd. Check out: Radiance International, "24/7 Prayer from Hollywood to the Nations" at: http://www.radianceinternational.org/?page_id=23


• Don’t miss the upcoming events in the Christian Hollywood community. And if you’re having an event, let them know and they’ll add it to the site. Click HERE for more information!

Happy July and thanks for praying,
Karen and Caren

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TIP OF THE MONTH:
How can the church help Christian artists to succeed? Click HERE to find out!

QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“So much is distilled in our tears, not the least of which is wisdom in living life. I have learned that if you follow your tears, you will find your heart. And if you find your heart, you will find what is dear to God. And if you find what is dear to God, you will find the answer to how you should live your life." - Ken Gire

VERSE OF THE MONTH:
“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5

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Manna Fest w/Perry Stone (07-15-2011): The Holy Spirit - Making the Way Plain

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Perry Stone Ministries:http://www.voe.org/
Dr. Ron Phillips Ministries:http://www.cbch.org/

Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Update for week of july 15, 2011

The Voice of the Martyrs USA: www.persecution.com, http://www.prisoneralert.com/

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17

Iraq—House Church Leader Kidnapped—VOM Sources

Psalm 41:2
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

In Dehouk, Iraq, a young girl told a VOM worker how a group of Muslims broke into her family’s home and took her father, Jamal. Jamal is an active house church planter who works among the Shabak people, who have Jewish roots and speak Arabic and Kurdish. VOM sources think a radical Muslim group, possibly Al-Qaeda, kidnapped Jamal because he has led many Muslims to Christ. Several weeks ago, the home of one of Jamal’s recent converts was sprayed with machine gun fire. VOM workers do not expect Jamal to be freed, and many fear he will be killed. Please pray that God will protect Jamal and that Jamal’s family will remain faithful in this time of severe persecution.

North Korea—The Gospel Finds a Way—VOM Sources


2 Samuel 10:12
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

A VOM-supported discipleship training project is preparing North Koreans who have left their country to share the gospel with countrymen when they return home. “Mr. Kim” was an orphan who had no money, no home and no hope. After fleeing North Korea, he walked to the first house he saw. The family who lived there had compassion on him because they had witnessed the brutal and inhumane way the police treat North Korean refugees. Soon Mr. Kim accepted Christ and joined the discipleship training program. He and two other men in the training say they are thankful for Christians around the world who pray for them and help them. Please continue to pray for courageous Christians who dare to take the gospel into this dark nation.

Burma (Myanmar)—Political Unrest Leads to Ethnic Cleansing—Assist News Services

Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Civil war has erupted in northern Burma, and Christians in Kachin state are caught in the conflict between a rebel group and the Burmese military. In the second week of June, clashes over a new hydroelectric plant led to extreme violence. Kachin state is heavily influenced by its Christian background, and the military junta has used the conflict as an excuse for ethnic cleansing. A local priest confirmed that Burmese soldiers are killing the elderly and children, raping women, burning homes and confiscating property. “They use ruthless methods [for] ethnic cleansing,” he said. “Almost all [the victims] are Christians.” About 16,000 Kachin people are living in refugee camps, and as many as 20,000 are languishing on the Chinese border. The refugees have reportedly received no international help. Please pray for Christians affected by this violence; pray that they will remain strong in the Lord despite their circumstances.

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