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Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?.


When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? —John 5:6

Jesus asked the man beside the Pool of Bethesda if he wanted to be made whole. This may seem to be an odd question, but it really is not. Many appear to be seeking a miracle, but do not really want a miracle. They have grown comfortable with their condition, enjoying their self-pity and the attention they receive. Or they may be wishing for a miracle, but don’t really expect one to come.

How long will you wait on the banks, while rivers of living water course past you? Say good-bye to sympathy and complacency. Cast aside the maybe, the perhaps, and the someday. Do not allow yourself to become an impotent Christian, lying by the water, too blind to see God, and with no power to overcome. What keeps you from reaching out to Jesus? Is it fear, shame, or laziness? Whatever it is, get over it! Go beyond yourself to the One who will make you whole—Jesus.

Take the initiative. Get to know Jesus. Get to know His Word. Stop waiting for a man to help you. Stretch out your hand, and allow Jesus to lift you up.

Jesus, I am getting up from where I am and overcoming
every obstacle for the sole purpose of being made
whole by You. Thank you for offering
to make me whole. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

A Clear Path to Intimacy.


For if you forgive men when they sin against you , your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

Not only do we need daily forgiveness as much as we need daily bread, but we also need to pray daily that we have the grace to forgive others as a lifelong commitment. It is not easy. No one ever said it would be. It has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but following this phrase in the Lord’s Prayer is the clearest path to fellowship with God.

It is as though Jesus adds a “P.S.” to the Lord’s Prayer. It almost seems that that is why He gave us the prayer in the first place!

Why does Jesus add this further statement? He is demonstrating which of the petitions was the most important. The most natural tendency in the world is to want to get even when someone has offended you. It is as natural as eating or sleeping, and it is instinctual. Jesus is telling us to do something that is not natural but supernatural: totally forgiving people—sometimes those closest to us—for the wrongs they have done to us. I still struggle in this area myself. But when I truly and totally forgive, I have crossed over into the supernatural—and have achieved an accomplishment equal to any miracle.

The kingdom of heaven is the domain of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is at home in us, it means He is not grieved. He can be Himself; He isn’t adjusting to us, but we are adjusting to Him. When Jesus said, “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,” He was not talking about how to achieve salvation. He was referring to receiving the anointing of God and participating in an intimate relationship with the Father. Unless we are walking in a state of forgiveness toward others, we cannot be in an intimate relationship with God.

Excerpted from Total Forgiveness (Charisma House, 2002).

By R. T. KENDALL.

{ Day 242 }.


Then three of the thirty chief men … came to David at the cave of Adullum. … And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” 2 Samuel 23:13, 15, NKJV

The Bible gives this compelling illustration of extravagant devotion as a model for becoming people of one thing. David had been anointed king, but he was not king yet. Jealous King Saul was chasing him from cave to cave. About six hundred men joined David, and they made the cave of Adullum their main headquarters. It was probably late one night, and David was saying with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem!” Hearing David’s longing, his mighty warriors said, “Let’s go get him some of that water.” They knew it might cost them their lives, but they loved David with extravagance, and it thrilled their hearts to answer his request. They went far beyond the call of duty to answer the longing in their king’s heart. Of all the stories that could have been told of David and his men, this story became famous as one of the most extravagant acts of devotion toward the king. For us, this becomes a picture of devotion to King Jesus. It’s a pattern for becoming people of one thing, with hearts after God‘s.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Jesus, the example of David’s mighty men shows me the depth of loyalty and devotion I want to have for You. Let me love You with that level of extravagance and live my life in the pursuit of all that makes You pleased with me.

David’s mighty men were a picture of the passionate loyalty we should have to Christ Jesus.

By MIKE BICKLE.

GOD’S STANDARD FOR SUCCESS.


Joshua 1:10-18

In the Toronto Star, dated October 14, 1976, there’s a statement by
Elton John, one of the most adulated pop stars, one of the biggest money
makers of the last three years:
“I am at the cross roads. I am getting out. I mean, I
cannot cope. I get depressed. I don’t think anyone
knows the real me. I don’t even think I do. I crave to
be loved. I have to have a person in my life.”
People look at him and say, “He has got it. He has arrived. What more
could he ask? Well, what is he asking? The world would say that Elton John
was successful. I believe God has a different criteria. God’s success is
what the Bible calls “a good success.” In Joshua 1:8, God promised Joshua
and his people, “If you follow certain things, thou shalt have good success.”
What is success? The world has a double standard. It says, “Success
is setting a goal for something and then accomplishing it.” God has another
standard. The world says, “Anything that succeeds, succeeds.” Someone
else has said, “There’s nothing like success. Success breeds success” but
that’s a fallacy. It’s not so much arriving, it’s the motive behind the
success that counts. What the world may call successful, God may say is a
failure. And what the world says is a failure, God may say is success. It’s
very important to understand what success really is.
Is a politician successful, who compromises his basic Christian con-
victions and integrity in order to attain a political post, or who maintains
a silence when the people say, “Speak up for integrity”?
I was glad to see that in my home town the mayor marched with three
thousand Christians down to a section of Nashville, Tennessee where pornography,
adult bookstores and prostitution are rampant, and knelt and prayed and asked
God to do something. Being an elected official, he was going to help do some-
thing about the sin problem of that .ty in which he’s the mayor. I say that’s
courage. Some say it’s politics. You can call it politics if you w4ant to,
but thank God for a guy who will at least line up and let you know where he
stands.
Sometimes a politician can be successful and be elected to office, but
fail at God’s bottom line. Suppose there’s a business man who has done every-
thing that the world says is successful. He gets everything he wants. He
reaches his goals, but he steps over hundreds of people, perhaps, and some
in his peer group to attain what he wants. Is that success?
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Or perhaps, here’s a woman who feels frustrated in her marriage and
therefore, she decides to either give herself to a career or to another man.
She thinks that will get her happiness, and at last she will be successful.
She gets her career or perhaps she gets that other man and she says, “Now
I’m happy.” Does God say, “That is good succes …

By Jim Henry, Pastor First Baptist Church

Career Matters.


Heart Matters

The most mentioned person in the Old Testament is a man named David. He is mentioned 600 times in the Old Testament, and 60 times in the New Testament. It is arguably so that David may be the greatest man in the Old Testament.

There are several great men in the Old Testament. There is, of course, Abraham who is the father of the nation of Israel. There was also Moses who was the great lawgiver of the Children of Israel.

There is also David who was the second king in the land of Israel and the greatest king that Israel ever had. In many ways you could say that David was the greatest man of the Old Testament. His relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned over and over again in the New Testament.

The link between David and the Lord Jesus is unmistakable in the Bible. He is mentioned in the first chapter, on the first page of the New Testament, where Jesus is called the son of David. We find him on the last page of the New Testament in Revelation 22, where Jesus is called the “root and offspring of David.”

When Jesus was born the angels announced that Jesus Christ would be born in the city of David–Bethlehem. The Bible predicts that the kingdom which David reigned over would eventually be an eternal kingdom and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself would sit upon the throne of his father David.

So, David in the Old Testament, in many ways, is a beautiful pre-picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is a verse about David which is very unusual and I think it is the key to the meaning of the life of David. In I Samuel 13 there is a statement made about David that is made about no other person in the Bible. In verse 14 the Lord has said that Saul is going to be rejected as the king and another will be selected. “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the hath sought him a man after his own heart…” That’s repeated in the New Testament in Acts 13:22. David is known as a man after God‘s own heart.

What does that mean? Does it mean that David was a superman? No. David was in many ways a very weak man. Does it mean David was a perfect man? Not at all. We’ll find that David sins in many ways. One dark page of his life shows what a sinner indeed David was. It was not because he was some superman or because he was a perfect man. But he was a man after God’s own heart.

I think it means that David’s heart was sensitive to God’s heart. David was the kind of person God could get his attention. That’s what God wants us to be like. God wants us to have a heart after His heart–a heart that is sensitive to Him. God wants to be able to make contact with us. David is a man after God’s own heart. His heart was like the heart of God.

When I talk about the heart in this life of David I‘m not talking about that flesh and blood heart that pumps the blood all over your body. That’s your physical heart. But sometimes the Bible uses that wor …

By Jerry Vines

Worklife Clarity.


Introduction: Our life at work represents a significant amount of our waking hours and represents a majority of our relationships. Jesus invites us all to follow Him as a disciple, as a student, housewife, a working mother, a business owner, a worker at any job, a retired person, and a career developing person. We are all invited. God invites you and me to follow Him as we work – to develop a strategic work life. All the principles we will develop apply to every person in all seasons of life. Those at work will be the target, but all will see how to apply these insights into their world where they do life.

I. WORKLIFE STRATEGY

A. DEFINITION

Worklife strategy: To lift our life at work to a new level of purpose and influence that turns every-day work into a dynamic mission

B. RECLAIMING THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS OF CULTURE

1. Family: God formed male and female to establish families that reflect His glory. May we restore Christ as the head of our families.

2. Education: should reflect the truth about God and man so that the truth shall make us free. May we seek and promote the true meaning of life through education.

3. Media: God communicated to man through a variety of ways. May we restore the ability to communicate truth and good news using His creative avenues.

4. Arts and Entertainment: should reflect the glory and majesty of our Creator. May we be instruments to celebrate His creativity in the arts, sports, fashion, entertainment, and every other way we celebrate and enjoy life.

5. Government: God gave man government to establish freedoms and boundaries. May we reflect His loving-kindness and righteous judgments in our government.
6. Religion: God never gave man a religion, but an opportunity for an intimate relationship with his Creator. May we come to know His presence and power in each of our lives.

7. Business: should be viewed as a place to worship God through the area of our calling. May we worship God through our gifts, talents, and resources to build His Kingdom.

C. RECLAIMING MY WORKPLACE

1. Workplace mission: to see my workplace as a God placement where I serve God with excellence and purpose, influencing people for Christ and expanding the Kingdom of God every day

2. Four areas to reclaim our workplace:

a. As a mission field

b. As a massive opportunity

c. As a place of influence

d. As a divine appointment

II. CLARITY OF LIVING LIFE IN THIS WORLD

Worklife clarity: awareness of God’s original purpose for work, which enables you to live your whole life with greater clarity

A. CLARITY OF THE WORLD GOD CREATED

1. The world is created by God and I am to be a steward. I have responsibility to God’s world. I am to be fulfilled as I develop my work and service in this world.

Psalm 8:6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your …

By Frank Damazio

When Trouble Brings Triumph.


…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Job 2:10

Recommended Reading
Job 1:1-22 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%201:1-22&version=NKJV )

Our tendency to remember the bad and forget the good is evidenced in the life of Job. His name has become synonymous with trials. But perhaps we need to focus on the triumph Job experienced through his trials.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

Job valued four things in his life: faith, family, fortune, and friends. Satan tried to extinguish them all, hoping Job would curse God. Instead, we find a grieving Job responding to the greatness of God, reflecting on the goodness of God, and refusing to assign guilt to God. Instead of Job, Satan might have been the one cursing! Job kept his integrity intact. God was enough for him–with or without the other things he valued.

Do you bless God when you don’t understand what He’s doing in your life? Job models for us the kind of believer who trusts God in the midst of severe and unexplainable circumstances. Job expressed his grief to God, and God wants to hear the cries of our hearts too. But let’s remember Job for the triumph he experienced through his testing–he remained guiltless before God. Open your eyes today to the absolute, all-sufficiency of Almighty God. He is enough!

He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.
C. S. Lewis

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Daniel 7:1-9:27

By David Jeremiah.

Catholic Priest DEFENDS Pedophiles Says Child Victims ‘Seduce Them’ Then Apologizes.


Every once in a great while, a high-ranking Catholic priest or Bishop will make a mistake and say what they really believe. Given the Catholic church’s long, long history of molesting children and then covering it up, we are inclined to believe that Father Groeschel meant what he said – until he realized that he was verbalizing his private thoughts and then scrambled to issue the “apology”. Good luck putting that cat ‘back in the bag’…

From Yahoo News: The interview, billed as a reflection on the 25 years since Groeschel founded the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal order, covered many topics, but Groeschel’s comments on child sexual abuse brought it national attention.

“A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer”, says Father Groeschel. “And I’m inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”

“Well, it’s not so hard to see. A kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping, but not having intercourse or anything like that. I’s an understandable thing, and you know where you find it, among other clergy or important people; you look at teachers, attorneys, judges, social workers,” Groeschel was quoted as saying.

Quotes from the interview remained posted on websites including the National Catholic Reporter, the Huffington Post, and the Catholic blog Renew America, all of which criticized Groeschel for the remarks.

Tom Roberts of the National Catholic Reporter called the comments “particularly disturbing” because of Groeschel’s background in psychology. He received a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.

“(The comments) cannot stand unchallenged,” Roberts wrote. Groeschel could not be reached for comment. Representatives for the National Catholic Register and EWTN did not immediately return calls for comment.

Groeschel had also commented on recently-convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach convicted of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Defends Jerry Sandusky

“Here’s this poor guy — Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn’t anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn’t break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn’t think of it in terms of legal things,” Groeschel said.

He also said that he did not think priests or lay people should go to jail based on a first offense of sexual behavior with young children.

“At this point, (when) any priest, any clergyman, any social worker, any teacher, any responsible person in society would become involved in a single sexual act — not necessarily intercourse — they’re done. And I’m inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”

Priest issues apology

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, 79, who hosts a weekly show on the Catholic television network EWTN, originally made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register. He also referred to convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky as a “poor guy.”

“People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer,” Groeschel was quoted as saying in the interview, which is no longer available on the paper’s website.

The interview has now been replaced by a statement from Fr. Benedict:

“I apologize for my comments,” it said. “I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone.” source – Yahoo News/GMA

 by NTEB News Desk

7.9 Earthquake Rocks Philippines As Tsunami Warning Issued.


Manila: An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale rocked the coast of Philippines on Friday. Following the earthquake, tsunami warnings were issued for Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan.

Tsunami alerts were also issued for Papua New Guinea and other islands in the Pacific, including the US state of Hawaii.

The quake was centered off the east coast, 91 miles off the town of Guiuan in Samar province, the US Geological Survey said. source – IBN

by NTEB News Desk

Who is Holding You Accountable?.


You need accountability in your life. You need folks who aren’t afraid to ask you the tough questions. You need friends who aren’t afraid to say the hard things, dig a little deeper. None of us “have arrived” in our Christian walk. We need relationships with others who will challenge us, encourage us, and frankly, call us out, when we are off the beaten path. Lack of accountability in one’s life almost certainly leads to the danger zone. Don’t do life alone.

I need help in my parenting, my friendships, my work. And you do, too. God made us for relationships. I need someone to sometimes say to me, “Girl, what did you just say to your son? You could have said that nicer.” Or  “Hey,did you get some Bible time in today? What’s God speaking to your heart?” God works through people. I have found more often than not, when someone says such a thing to me, it is God’s gentle reminder to keep me on track in my life.

It’s always interesting to me when I have a conversation with a fellow Christian who says things like, “Yeah, I don’t really like people getting into my business too much.” Or “I’m kind of a private person.”  Or “I prefer to listen more than share.”

Okay, I get it. Not everyone is a babbling brook that needs to share every emotion the moment they experience it, like yours truly, but accountability is scriptural. You should have someone that you are locking arms with in life that isn’t afraid to gently remind you of God’s plan for you.

“As iron sharpens iron, so does a friend sharpen a friend.” Prov 27:17

Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. ” James 5:16

“If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.” Gal 6:1

I have often said that the hardest thing about ministry is accountability. It is certainly easier to ignore behavior than address it. And it is even harder when the other party isn’t open to receiving direction. We should all be open to godly wisdom and counsel. Actually, we should crave it. When we pray things like, “God give me wisdom. Show me your ways. Help me grow closer to you daily, ” why, then, are we surprised that he delivers that through others?

By Jennifer Maggio

Author/speaker, Jennifer Maggio, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on single parents and women’s issues. She is an award-winning author and founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She currently oversees one of the nation’s largest single moms support groups and has helped to launch more than 500 others in churches around the globe. She is a regular on radio and television. For more information, visit http://www.thelifeofasinglemom.com

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