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Don’t Grow Weary!

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).

This is not about tired; it is about weary. Weary is spiritual. Although tired and weary may at times feel closely related, they are worlds apart. Tired is physical; weary is spiritual.

When you are tired you are dealing with the physical realm. Being tired means you need physical rest or a break, some sleep and quite possibly a vacation. Weary does not respond to the same treatment as tired. You can go away for a month to rest and relax but you may still be weary.

If you are tired you may need to change some life habits. You may need to begin to exercise or exercise differently. Perhaps you have a physical problem that needs medical attention. The point is, tired is physical. You cannot pray tired away. You do not rebuke tired. You cannot lay hands on someone and cast out tired.

The Greek word translated “weary” is ekkakeó. It is used in the sense of being in the midst of misfortune, to be unfortunate, desperate; it is often translated “to lose heart.”

If you are weary, you have in the past or are now experiencing some upheaval or crisis in your life that has damaged you, and you have not yet recovered. Each of us has had these places in our lives—places of difficulty, despair, discouragement, disillusionment and disappointment. In some of these places we have given up, thrown up our hands and quit when we should have pressed in to success.

If we would have persevered, we could have realized the harvest from the seed we had invested in that relationship, job, venture or idea. However, we became weary in the battle and fell into the trap, thus throwing up our hands, giving up and walking away. We lose heart and quit. But according to Galatians 6:9 we do not have to quit or give in. We can get the strength we need from God to lay aside the extra weight and carry on into victory.

A truly satisfied life comes from knowing you have maximized all that God has for you—and He has so much for you to enjoy. He has an abundant life for you—already paid for. It is in His plan to help you through whatever it is so that you can know going through it that you are doing all you can to claim every promise and every blessing He has for you, including a successful marriage, a satisfying career, fulfilled relationships with family and friends, financial peace and much more.

Reaping implies that you have sown. Consider how much of your life you have spent sowing. A lot of it, to be certain, more than you may realize. Think about it: You have good seed in the ground. You have loved, you have given, you have stood strong, you have prayed and you have been faithful. That is all good seed.

So guess what? You have a harvest on the way! Don’t quit! The moment you give up is the moment you walk away from your harvest. If you could look at the span of your life on a map, you would see that down the road in your future your harvest is springing up!

If you have given your life to Christ and have received Him as your personal Savior then the jury is in on your eternal destiny. You will spend eternity with Christ. However, the jury is still out on how much heaven you will experience while on earth. That will be determined in a large sense by how much and what you sow.

So when Paul speaks of being weary, he is not concerned with us losing our eternal life with Christ. He’s concerned about our earthly life, that we do not lose our harvest. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9, emphasis added).

Don’t let Satan keep you from realizing your full potential. Shut the door to the enemy and open doors of blessing and prosperity over your life.

Adapted from Don’t Grow Weary by Dr. Larry Linkous, copyright 2012, published by Creation House. Satan will do everything he can to keep you weary, distracted and defeated to keep you from fulfilling your destiny. In this book you will learn how to use the keys that keep you from growing weary and help you embark on fulfilling your destiny in Christ. To order a copy click on this link.


This week take time to refresh your spirit through worship and enjoy the Lord’s presence. Thank Him that He is faithful to His Word and will accomplish all He has promised through it. Meditate on that and declare your determination to persevere in the faith and not give up no matter how it looks! Continue to lift up Israel and pray for those persecuted for the cause of Christ. Remember the upcoming elections and pray that we would humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways, and unite in prayer for our nation.  Gal. 6:9; 2 Chron. 7:14

To enrich your prayer life and learn how to strategically pray with power by using appropriate scriptures, we recommend the following sources by Apostle John Eckhardt: Prayers that Rout Demons, Prayers that Bring Healing, Prayers that Release Heaven on Earth and Prayers that Break Curses. To order any or all of these click here.

By Larry Linkous.

How to Ask God for a Miracle.

Editor’s note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Linda Evans Shepherd‘s new book, When You Need a Miracle: How to Ask God for the Impossible (Revell, 2012).

Since everything is possible for God, you can experience miracles in your life when you invite God to intervene – even in situations that seem impossible. But too often, people neglect to ask God for miracles in their lives, and end up settling for far less than God’s best for them.

You can always approach God with confidence if you trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. So don’t hesitate to pray about anything, including miracles! Here’s how you can ask God for a miracle:

Forget formulas and simply seek God’s presence. There are no magical formulas to use to conjure up miracles. Instead, miracles happen whenever you welcome God’s powerful presence into the situations you face. So don’t worry about trying to pray perfect prayers to convince God to do something miraculous in your life. Simply invite God to work in every situation in which you’re seeking miracles, and trust Him to do what’s best after you ask Him to intervene.

Consider what may be blocking miracles from happening in your life. Sometimes the particular miracle you’re seeking isn’t God’s will, sometimes spiritual warfare is occurring in your life and evil is blocking a miracle from happening, sometimes you have sin in your life (such as bitterness) that is preventing a miracle from taking place, and sometimes you don’t have enough faith to believe that God can really perform the miracle you’re hoping for. Pray about each of these potential blockages, and then relax, trusting that God has the situation covered and will answer your prayers with what’s best.

View miracles as expressions of how much God loves you. Recognize that every time God does choose to perform a miracle in your life, He is showing you His love for you in a tangible way. Be sure to thank God for His love whenever you experience a miracle.

Ask God to guide you to the truth about His will. If you’re not sure whether or not it’s God’s will to perform a particular miracle in your life, ask Him to make His will clear to you and tell Him that you want His will – not your own will – to be done.

Ask God to help your unbelief. Confess your doubts and lack of faith to God and ask Him to meet you where you are spiritually to help you believe that He is able to do what He says He will do in your life.

Obey God’s command to forgive so your prayers won’t be hindered. If you’re unwilling to forgive someone who has hurt or offended you, that refusal to forgive can hinder your prayers from being answered, because God sometimes waits until you obey His commands before answering prayers. Remember how much God has forgiven you for, and let that motivate you to obey His call to forgive others. Ask God to help you forgive; you can choose to forgive even when you don’t feel like it and rely on the strength God will give you during the forgiveness process.

Fight evil through spiritual warfare. If evil in the spiritual realm is hindering miracles from happening in your life, pray breakthrough prayers against evil to clear the way for more miracles to occur in your life. Start by confessing your sins that come to mind, and then repent of each one specifically. Next, ask (in Jesus’ name and through the power of His blood) for the Holy Spirit to help you and the people you’re praying for be victorious over all evil attacks. Ask God to protect you and those you’re praying for from future attacks by evil. Pray for any bondages that you (or the people you’re praying for) are under to be broken so you and they can experience the freedom God intends. As you’re praying, mention each issue specifically – from unhealthy addictions (such as to alcohol or pornography) and personal struggles (with jealousy, greed, gossip, lying, anger, anxiety, or any other issues) to negative words that others may have spoken over you and any involvement you may have had with ungodly spiritual forces (such as through the occult). Then ask God to bless you and those you’re praying for in the name of Jesus.

Praise God more through worship. You can experience more miracles when you spend more time praising God in worship, because worship ushers God’s power into your life in fresh ways and helps you discern His voice more clearly as He leads you toward miracles. Make a habit of praising God for who He is, during both good and bad times in your life.

Live a life that’s completely devoted to God. When you devote yourself to God completely – in every area of your life – you’ll notice more miracles happening in your life. Seek God’s guidance before making any major decision, and ask the Holy Spirit to change your own desires to reflect God’s desires for you. Live for God (rather than for yourself), and be willing to say “yes” whenever God calls you to help people in need.

Take the steps that God shows you. As you seek God’s will for your life, sometimes God will give you clear signs to follow, and sometimes He will simply give you a sense of peace. Humbly pray for wisdom every day and step out in faith whenever God shows you a way in which he wants you to put your faith into action. In the process, miracles can happen.

Don’t give up until God answers your prayers. Since God’s timing (which is perfect) often takes longer than the immediate results that human beings like to see, many people give up praying for miracles when they don’t see answers to their prayers right away. But God will always answer your prayers with either a “yes” or a “no” that’s clear; you just need to patiently wait until the right time for the answer to come. In the meantime, never give up praying and trusting God to do what’s best.

Adapted from When You Need a Miracle: How to Ask God for the Impossible, copyright 2012 by Linda Evans Shepherd. Published by Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich.,

Linda Evans Shepherd is the author of more than 30 books, including When You Don’t Know What to Pray: How to Talk to God about Anything and When You Can’t Find God: How to Ignite the Power of His Presence, and the co-author of the popular series the Potluck Club and the Potluck Catering Club. Linda is an international speaker and media personality and is the creator of and appears as a frequent host of Daystar’s Denver Celebration. She’s the leader of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and president of the nonprofit ministry Right to the Heart, which has seen more than 500,000 people come to faith. She’s married and has two children. To learn more about Linda, her speaking, and her ministries, see

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a contributing writer and the editor of’s site on angels and miracles ( Contact Whitney at: send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer. 

Publication date: April 26, 2012

By Whitney Hopler.

Thanking God for the Legacy of Robert Walker.

Robert_Walker_Steve_StrangRobert Walker was born 100 years ago today, April 30. He was my friend and mentor. I consider him a great man and this is my way to honor his memory and to thank God for his life.

Robert Walker founded Christian Bookseller magazine, Creation House, Christian Life Missions, and Christian Life magazine, which merged with Charisma in 1987. I have continued his publishing legacy. I wrote articles in Charisma and Christian Retailing, and have arranged for a reception in his honor as part of the regular Christian Life Missions board meeting. I hope you’ll read on about this great man who inspired so many.

He was a modest man and would probably object to the tributes we’re planning in print, online, in person and through Christian Life Missions—our nonprofit arm, which he also founded in the mid-1950s. Yet his legacy is worth honoring because of his contributions in Christian journalism and the charismatic movement.

Back when he started there wasn’t Christian journalism as we know it today. There were a few publications such as the Christian Herald newspaper, but there were virtually no magazines and no journalistic reports. When Walker founded Christian Life in 1948, it was considered so unique and newsworthy that Newsweek magazine wrote about it.

It’s well known that Billy Graham’s Los Angeles crusade received national recognition when newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst told his staff to “puff Graham.” But before that, when Graham was totally unknown, Walker was writing about him and was the first, he claimed, to put his picture on the cover of a magazine—Christian Life. When a young unknown evangelist is trying to start a ministry it’s the early support and publicity that is pivotal to it being possible for later renown. So who knows if Graham’s early ministry would have taken off without supporters like Bob Walker?

He graduated from Wheaton College and attended an Evangelical Covenant Church most of his life. What isn’t widely known is that in 1954 several of the executives of the Assemblies of God prayed for him and he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He worked behind the scenes to write about this move of the Spirit.

For example, Christian Life wrote about the “healing revivals” and the miracles of the day in an article published in the early 1950s. I consider it to be the first journalistic mention of what was later called the charismatic movement.

In 1960 Christian Life wrote about a young broadcaster named Pat Robertson who had started something called the Christian Broadcasting Network with two employees.

There are many other examples, such as when Walker persuaded singer Pat Boone to write his testimony in the 1970s. He interviewed Boone for several days on a reel-to-reel recorder; had it transcribed and ghostwrote A New Song, which sold 2 million copies. Walker also had an exclusive in the 1970s to publish the New American Standard Bible, which for many charismatics of the era was the Bible translation of choice.

In the 1980s he was writing in Christian Life about how Peter Wagner and John Wimber were shaking up things at staid Fuller Theological Seminary. And he was a strong supporter of Israel before that was popular in evangelical circles.

Through a series of supernatural “coincidences,” I acquired Christian Life, Christian Bookseller and Creation House in 1986. Though I never worked for Walker, he turned over his ministry to me. And years later I still consider that I am continuing his publishing ministry.

Walker was born the same month the Titanic sank, two years before the Assemblies of God was founded and six years before Oral Roberts was born. Think of all the changes he witnessed in world history, in technology and the church. On April 30, the board of the nonprofit Christian Life Missions is planning to pay tribute to Walker and celebrate his impact.

He would be grateful to know his legacy is continuing as those he influenced are trying to influence our generation for Christ through media as he did his.

By Steve Strang .

New Obama campaign video unveils ‘Forward’ slogan, mostly ignores Romney.

Against whom is President Barack Obama running in November?

Mitt Romney has just one brief, silent cameo in the Obama campaign‘s new seven-minute ad. The presumptive Republican nominee gets about as much screen time as former President George W. Bush and less than tea party demonstrators or top congressional Republican leaders like House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Instead of working together to lift America up, Republicans were waging a campaign to tear the president down,” the narrator intones, as conservative firebrands Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity appear in archival footage. Then comes Romney’s big moment: More than three minutes into the video, we finally get a glimpse of a photograph of him standing at what appears to be a Republican presidential debate with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The video, entitled “Forward,” hits home the fact that Obama inherited a historic recession—a downturn that former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan describes in a news clip as a “once-in-a-century type of event.” Bush is seen but not heard discussing the collapse, which the ad says resulted in the loss of 4,400,000 jobs by the time Obama took office in January 2009.

Cue footage of tea party demonstrators, some holding “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, while the ad’s male narrator declares that “some said America’s best days were behind us.” By contrast, “Obama moved quickly to push his economic stimulus” highlights the video. It shows a Bureau of Labor Statistics figure that the economy created 4.1 million new jobs between March 2010 and March 2012.

The ad touts Obama’s legislative victories, including his health care law and the rewrite of rules for Wall Street “to make sure they never again wreck our economy.” And, yes, it trumpets the killings of Anwar al-Awlaki—a U.S. citizen targeted for assassination in a drone strike in Yemen—and Osama bin Laden.

The campaign did not explicitly label “Forward” as its new slogan, but that didn’t stop some in the media from doing so—and pointing out that it resembles MSNBC’s “Lean Forward.” (But perhaps it’s an homage to Wisconsin’s state motto, “Forward,” or to the Jewish Daily Forward, or to an ad campaign by Washington, D.C.’s, problem-plagued public transportation agency?) Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt shot back on Twitter: “Funny that some in media think most people follow cable news slogans as closely as they do. Also apparently off limits: ‘trust’ ‘fair’ ‘vote.'”

In a press release, the Obama campaign describes the video as “an important grassroots organizing tool” and says that it will be played when the president and first lady Michelle Obama hold rallies together in Ohio and Virginia next Saturday.


By Olivier Knox | The Ticket 

US pastor burns Korans to urge Iran clergyman release.

A controversial Florida pastor has burned copies of the Koran and a depiction of the prophet Mohammed to protest the imprisonment in Iran of a Christian clergyman Youcef Nadarkhani.

The burning, attended by 20 people and streamed live over the Internet, was carried out by pastor Terry Jones‘ church in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, The Gainesville Sun said, and video of the burning was uploaded to YouTube by the pastor’s supporting group “Stand Up America Now.”

The Pentagon had urged Jones to reconsider, expressing concern that American soldiers in Afghanistan and elsewhere could be put at greater risk because of the act, according to the newspaper, but Jones insisted to go ahead with the protest in the name of the release of the Christian pastor in Iran.

Nadarkhani was arrested in October 2009 and condemned to death under Islamic sharia law for converting to Christianity when he was 19.

Now 34, he is a pastor of a small evangelical community called the Church of Iran. Iran’s supreme court in July 2011 overturned the death sentence and sent the case back to the court in Nadarkhani’s hometown of Rasht, in Gilan province.

His retrial took place at the end of September 2011 with no verdict made public.

Several Western countries, including the United States, Britain, Germany and France, condemned the death sentence and said they feared it could be carried out soon.

In March 2011, the US pastor’s assistant burned a copy of the Koran and broadcast the ceremony on the Internet, with the images inciting violence in northern Afghanistan, in which at least 12 people were killed.

Moments after the burning on Saturday, the Gainesville fire department issued the church a citation for violating the city’s fire ordinances, the report said.



Occupy Wall Street Plans Global Disruption May 1.

The OWS bottom-feeders planning yet another attack against hard working Americans

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, whose anti-greed message spread worldwide during an eight-week encampment in Lower Manhattan last year, plan marches across the globe tomorrow calling attention to what they say are abuses of power and wealth.

Did YOU know that the Occupy Wall Street movement is funded by non other than…wait for it….George Soros? It’s true!

Organizers say they hope the coordinated events will mark a spring resurgence of the movement after a quiet winter. Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.

In New York, Occupy Wall Street will join scores of labor organizations observing May 1, traditionally recognized as International Workers’ Day. They plan marches from Union Square to Lower Manhattan and a “pop-up occupation” of Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue, across the street from Bank of America’s Corp.’s 55-story tower.

“We call upon people to refrain from shopping, walk out of class, take the day off of work and other creative forms of resistance disrupting the status quo,” organizers said in an April 26 e-mail.

Occupy groups across the U.S. have protested economic disparity, decrying high foreclosure and unemployment rates that hurt average Americans while bankers and financial executives received bonuses and taxpayer-funded bailouts. In the past six months, similar groups, using social media and other tools, have sprung up in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Pooling Resources

The Occupy movement in New York has relied on demonstrations and marches around the city since Nov. 15, when police ousted hundreds of protesters from their headquarters in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street, where they had camped since Sept. 17.

Banks have pooled resources and cooperated to gather intelligence after learning of plans to picket 99 institutions and companies, followed by what organizers have described as an 8 p.m. “radical after-party” in an undetermined Financial District location.

“If the banks anticipate outrage from everyday citizens, it’s revealing of their own guilt,” said Shane Patrick, a member of the Occupy Wall Street press team. “If they hadn’t been participating in maneuvers that sent the economy into the ditch, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.”

Police Prepared

New York police can handle picketers, according to Paul Browne, the department’s chief spokesman. “We’re experienced at accommodating lawful protests and responding appropriately to anyone who engages in unlawful activity, and we’re prepared to do both,” he said in an interview.

About 2,100 Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York have been arrested since the demonstrations began, said Bill Dobbs, a member of the group’s media-relations team.

Organizers describe the May Day events as a coming together of the Occupy movement, with activists also calling for more open immigration laws, expanded labor rights and cheaper financing for higher education. Financial institutions remain a primary target of the protests.

“Four years after the financial crisis, not a single of the too-big-to-fail banks is smaller; in fact, they all continue to grow in size and risk,” the group’s press office said in an April 26 e-mail.

Planning Since January

Five banks — JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Bank of America, Citigroup Inc. (C), Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) together held $8.5 trillion in assets at the end of 2011, equal to 56 percent of the U.S. economy, compared with 43 percent in 2006, according to central bankers at the Federal Reserve.

Occupy Wall Street began planning for May Day in January, meeting in churches and union halls with a decision-making system that avoids a single leader. Instead, participants rely on group “break-out” sessions in which clusters discuss such tasks as crowd-building, logistics and communications.

About 150 attended an April 25 meeting at the Greenwich Village headquarters of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union, making last-minute preparations for how to deploy legal and medical help; site selection for picketing; purchasing, production and distribution of protest signs; and how to talk to reporters.

The meeting convened inside the union hall basement, where attendees arranged chairs in a circle as three facilitators asked each of the assembled to identify themselves by first name and gender — he, she or they. Most appeared under age 30, though gray-haired baby boomers also participated. One of the older attendees pulled a ski mask over his head to protest the presence of a photographer from Tokyo.

Raging Musicians

Tomorrow, beginning at 8 a.m. in Bryant Park, scheduled events include teach-ins, art performances and a staging area for “direct action and civil disobedience,” such as bank blockades.

Tom Morello of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Rage Against the Machine along with 1,000 other guitar-playing musicians will accompany a march to Union Square at 2 p.m., according to the website. That will be followed by a “unity rally” at Union Square at 4 p.m.; a march from there to Wall Street at 5:30 p.m.; and a walk to a staging area for “evening actions,” which organizers at the April 25 meeting said would be the so-called after-party.

Golden Gate Bridge

Occupy-related events are planned in 115 cities throughout the U.S., from college towns such as Amherst, Massachusetts, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

In San Francisco, demonstrators intend to hold a rally at the toll plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. local time that “will result in the shutdown,” according to their website.

Across the bay in Oakland, protesters said they intend morning marches on banks and the Chamber of Commerce, followed by an afternoon rally and a march downtown.

“We’re looking forward to vigorously asserting our constitutional right to protest and giving a loud outcry about Wall Street and greed,” Dobbs said. “We’re hoping this will make a splash. We hope it will bring a lot of more people into the Occupy movement.” source – Bloomberg.

by NTEB News Desk

Murdochs face tough week over scandal.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s tetchy and uncompromising appearance at a British inquiry into phone hacking could come back to haunt him this week when politicians give their verdict on the scandal at his defunct News of the World newspaper.

Three days of grilling at the Leveson judicial press inquiry last week extracted few new facts from Rupert and his son James as the 81-year-old casually threw out insults at politicians and described himself as a victim of a corporate cover-up.

That appearance will only increase pressure on a powerful parliamentary committee to be harsh in its verdict on the scandal, putting Murdoch’s News Corp further on the defensive.

“The timing of the select committee report, following the week we’ve just had at Leveson, is crucial,” a person familiar with the thinking and mechanics of the committee, told Reuters.

“Anyone putting their name to an amendment that supports Rupert and James, or dilutes the criticism of Rupert and James, would look very different now than they would have done a week ago.”

Another person familiar with the situation said the report had become much more critical in recent months.

The committee will meet on Monday to vote and agree the final wording for the report, which had originally been expected late last year. It will be published on Tuesday.

Murdoch shut the 168-year-old News of the World in July after journalists and investigators admitted hacking the phones of ordinary people, crime victims and politicians to gather exclusive and salacious news.


The evidence from the Leveson inquiry could particularly increase the pressure on members of the committee from Prime Minister David Cameron‘s Conservative party, traditionally seen as close to the world’s most powerful media tycoon.

The release of emails between James Murdoch and his top London lobbyist suggesting possible influence over the government led to the resignation of a senior ministerial aide and demands for the minister himself to quit.

The committee is expected to criticise James Murdoch for his handling of News Corp’s British newspaper arm and is considering whether to implicate Rupert Murdoch for his influence over the wider company culture.

A tough report could make it harder for 39-year-old James Murdoch in his role as News Corp’s deputy chief operating officer after the damage the company has already taken to its value and reputation.

Committee members believe Murdoch staff have shown little respect for the parliamentary system and accused them at one point of suffering from “collective amnesia”.

Since the committee has to be careful of criticising any of the people arrested over phone- and computer-hacking and bribery to avoid prejudicing court cases, the criticism of the Murdochs may be even more pointed. They have not been arrested.

Rupert Murdoch told the Leveson inquiry on Thursday that staff within the News of the World had hidden the hacking scandal from himself, James and ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, a protegee of his.

He put the blame on the journalists and the paper’s former top lawyer and said he wished he had shut the paper sooner. He brushed off any suggestion that he could be held responsible for a culture that allowed criminality to flourish.

“I think Rupert showed his true lights… belligerent, testy, laying the blame everywhere but himself and passing the buck,” Roy Greenslade, who worked under Murdoch at the Sun and Sunday Times, told Reuters.

(Editing by Matthew Tostevin)


ReutersBy Kate Holton | Reuters 

Oz Billionaire To Build Working Titanic Replica.

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A flamboyant Australian billionaire has ordered a shipyard in China to build him an exact replica of the Titanic.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has announced the luxury cruise ship will have the same dimensions as the original Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage 100 years ago.

“Many people have attempted to do it before but have failed because they didn’t have the money to pay for it,” Mr Palmer told reporters in Brisbane.

“We’ve got the money, we’ve got the shipyard and we’re moving very heavily to commence construction to bring this ship into service.”

Mr Palmer wants the ship to be built by state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard.

With the latest navigation and safety systems, Titanic II will sail in the northern hemisphere, with her maiden voyage from England to North America scheduled for late 2016.

Mr Palmer said the rebuild was a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original Titanic, which sank after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912 and cost the lives of 1,514 passengers and crew.

Asked if the ship could sink, Mr Palmer told reporters: “Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it. It is going to be designed so it won’t sink. It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen.

“But of course if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.”

The businessman said design work in conjunction with a historical research team had commenced on the new Titanic, which will have 840 rooms and nine decks.

The Chinese navy has been invited to escort Titanic II on its maiden voyage to New York.

Mr Palmer said the ship’s funnels, which with modern propulsion would be purely decorative, and would be used to house a restaurant, a theatre and an “internet room”.

With perhaps unfortunate timing, the businessman chose the news conference to also announce he is launching a political career in Australia.

He wants to stand against the Treasurer of the current government, Wayne Swan, at the next election.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott says the mining mogul did not speak to him before announcing his decision to get involved in politics.

“I was as surprised as you were to hear the news,” Mr Abbott told Macquarie Radio. “Good luck to him,” Mr Abbott added.

“If there’s anyone in Australia who can successfully run for parliament and at the same time build a replica of the Titanic, it’s Clive.”

:: Titanic film director James Cameron built a replica of the ship to 90% of the full scale, including the four 65ft funnels.

No film studio was big enough to house it so one had to be specially built in Baha, Mexico.


Sky NewsBy Jonathan Samuels, Australia correspondent | Sky News 

Blessed or Cursed.

For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. —Psalm 37:22

God gave us clear directives for how He expects us to live.

His laws are for our safety, security, and direction.

Like any good father, God blesses us when we obey and corrects us when we stray.

Are you ready for the blessing and provision of God’s abundance?.

There is only one door in which to place your key. Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).

What are we promised when we walk through the door? Jesus tells us in the next verse: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (v.10).

The blessing of God is promised for those who obey His Word.

As you submit your life to His authority, He will bring you into the fullness of His abundant life.

Jesus, I am ready and willing to obey You. Open Your door for my life that I may walk into Your blessings and abundance. Amen.


Confess It!

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

When we speak of unconfessed sin, what do we mean? It will be useful to consider David, the Old Testament king, and his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba.

We should note that, had David died during the two years before the prophet Nathan exposed his sin of adultery and murder, David would have been saved so as by fire. You cannot tell me that David was only saved after the prophet Nathan came to him. No, David was a saved man before.

David, you see, thought he had gotten away with it. Two years is rather a long time, but then he was sleeping well at nights. All was going well. But one day, there came a knock on his door, and the prophet Nathan exposed the whole thing. Nothing was ever to be the same again for David.

But God gave David a second chance, that is to say, his life was not finished. Had David been taken away during those two years after he sinned as he did, he would have gone to heaven without a reward. But God says, “David, would you like to start over?” and David, though it was the downward side of his life, began to trust the Lord again and God used him. Mark it: David will not be saved by fire on that Day. He showed himself to be a man of God after his repentance.

Maybe you feel that there is a skeleton in your closet and there is no hope of a reward in your case. You must deal with that; confess it. Do not go around telling people, but get it right. Stop it! There is time left; thank God you were not taken, for had you been, you would have been saved so as by fire. God has given you time. Thank Him for it.

Excerpted from When God Says “Well Done!” (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1993).


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