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Every Man Ministries: Dealing with Divorce.


Woman comforting another

Are you a comforting friend, or do you point fingers when it comes to divorce? (IStock photo)

We all know God hates divorce—mainly because of the pain that ripples out of it. Still, because of human nature, it happens.

People cheat, steal, hurt others, treat spouses unfairly or just walk away (with half of everything). Even the most amicable divorce is never good. Divorce stains, leaving a lasting impression on the spouses, children, families, friends and co-workers.

Regardless of the reason, divorce is common. It’s become a cultural norm, despite its nasty repercussions. In some ways, divorce is harder to deal with than a death in the family. At least the death provides closure. Divorce, on the other hand, never goes away. It is the end of a marriage, but the relationship with the spouse and children never ends.

And divorce doesn’t discriminate among faiths. One study, albeit 10 years ago, showed divorce is actually more common among “Bible-believingChristians. Statistics are sometimes fishy, because they typically involve a sample size “representing” a population. But nevertheless, divorce is a cloud overhead just waiting for someone to rain on. If you know someone in the rain, do you leave him alone all wet or do you bring an umbrella and stand in the rain with him?

Unfortunately, friends divorce friends over divorce. Men in the church going through divorce often find themselves isolated, partly because God’s men don’t know what to do. It’s a shame. So I wanted to give my top tips for dealing with men going through divorce.

1. Embrace, don’t disgrace. Nobody expects to be in this position. Even in the case of infidelity, divorce rivals any crisis. This is not the time to pile on. Being a friend doesn’t mean taking sides, it just means to be a friend in a time of need. Be available to help the hurt and pray together. Consider this verse from Matthew 7:1 from The Message:

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

2. Don’t Bible thump. Instead speak with love, grace and truth. Friends going through divorce may need Jesus more than ever, and God can work in this situation. But don’t condemn or judge your friend like you’ve been deputized in the “Holy Spirit Police Force.” Do the loving thing, and love. While navigating this relationship, God may teach you something about yourself, vulnerabilities and character.

3. Do what the Samaritan did. In Luke 10, Jesus tells us exactly how to act towards a “neighbor.” While other men walked around the beaten man stripped of his clothes, money and dignity, the random Samaritan interrupted his travel plans to do what? He took pity for the man. He went to him. Bandaged his wounds. Then he took him to safety. Put him up in a hotel and took time to care for him. In other words, don’t ignore your friend and don’t wait to help. Pray. Bring a meal. Provide a helping hand. Get the kids, help with the garbage … whatever the need, give your friend a glimpse of Jesus working through you.

If Jesus tells us to be like the Samaritan and serve neighbors with this kind of attention, how much more should we serve a friend? Helping a friend in need is a friend indeed. Divorce provides an opportunity to carry out God’s love, and you will have a friend for life.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

EVERY MAN MINISTRIES

For the original article, visit everymanministries.com.

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God Is Still on the Throne.


Janet Boynes
Janet Boynes (Avalon Photography)

The recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 have little to do with victory or defeat but much to do with where we put our trust. Neither God nor His Word ever changes. He affirms and reaffirms to every generation, “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal. 3:6).

These rulings, while disappointing, should come as no surprise. They remind us of man’s proclivity for making bad decisions that contradict God’s Word. But does this mean we lose hope, give in to discouragement and retreat in defeat? No! We press in and press on as God’s faithful people, keeping our eyes on Him who leads us to ultimate victory.

Those of us who believe the Scriptures know we are living in a day and hour when many hearts are growing cold and many Christians are turning away from the faith. I ask you today: In whom do you put your faith? Is your faith in God or man? Paul said, “Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:5).

We are constantly bombarded with distortions and derision from the naysayers in the gay community, but in the end what they say really doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is what God says. In the remnant church of the last days, His Word is the only thing that will sustain us.

Listen to what the Bible says in John’s Gospel when Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman and violated all the rules of propriety and protocol by striking up a conversation with her:

“Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’

“‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?’

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’

“The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’

“He told her, ‘Go, call your husband and come back.’

“‘I have no husband,’ she replied.

“Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.’

“‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“‘Woman,’ Jesus replied, ‘believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.’

“The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you—I am he'” (John 4:6–26, NIV).

Jesus offers every one of us the same thing He offered that Samaritan woman: living water that quenches thirst eternally and becomes a spring welling up from within to eternal life.

What I want to say today to all my brothers and sisters in Christ is this: If you feel tired and worn out from the battle, stop and drink from His well of living water. Rest in Him. Allow Him to renew your strength. Be encouraged! Keep hope alive! God is not caught off guard or perplexed by what is happening. He knew before the foundation of the earth that this day would arrive.

Let me remind you there are many men and women who have been changed through the power of the Holy Spirit and have left the homosexual life. Many marriages and families have been restored. Even if you haven’t heard about them, they are out there. God will, in His time, bring their testimonies to light.

We know that homosexuality is dividing families, political parties and churches all over America. Nevertheless, God is still on His throne! If you have a family member or friend living a homosexual life, don’t despair. God saved you, didn’t He? What He did for you, He can and will do for them. Grab hold of His word: “You and all your household will be saved” (Acts 11:14).

It’s time for all of us to stand on His Word. Then and only then will we see the manifestation of the power of God working in our lives. We are the light of this world, and we will continue to shine! God is still in the business of reaching people, changing lives and making all things new.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

JANET BOYNES

Janet Boynes is the founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, a nondenominational outreach that ministers to individuals questioning their sexuality and those who wish to leave homosexuality. As the author of Called Out, Boynes chronicles her story of living as a lesbian for 14 years until God called her out of that lifestyle.

Reclaiming Culture One Community at a Time.


Os Hillman
Os Hillman

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified” (John 4:39).

Can a city or community be impacted for Christ? Can it be transformed?

The answer to that lies with the level of maturity of Christians in a community, which is measured in love, unity and prayer.

Jesus spent three years with His disciples, and yet after three years they thought the way to deal with people different from themselves or who were adversarial was to call down fire from heaven:

“But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?’ But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.’ And they went to another village” (Luke 9:51-56).

The disciples modeled what the church does today. We condemn people who are different or who hold different views, or we condemn them for acting like people who do not know God. The church has often tried to change culture by controlling it, instead of loving it. Instead, Jesus calls us to love people and build bridges into their lives. Yes, it even means, God forbid, gays, adulterers and even liberals—yes, anyone different from ourselves. Jesus loves them too, even in their sin. That is hard for us to model in the body of Christ. We all struggle to love those very different from ourselves.

In 2011, we had a conference at Harvard, and the speakers were protested on campus by radical gays. Instead of reacting to them, God made a way for me and another leader to meet with them. First, we listened to what they had to say. Afterward, they let us share with them why their assessment of us was incorrect. Lastly, we upheld the relationship even though we had differing views. They left the meeting with a 180-degree different viewpoint than when they walked into our meeting. Did they get saved? No. Did they have a different view of us than before they met us? Yes. Was there a bridge built? Yes. God can water that kind of relationship building, and He has actually done so since then.

“I catch them; the Lord cleans them.”

That is what Larry Poland, president of MasterMedia, said at one of our conferences. He serves executives in Hollywood and New York. He said, “You know, it is amazing how scripts change once there is a heart change.”

We are not the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. Our role is to love and share. That’s it. Then love some more.

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
Let’s discover how Jesus did it. Please read the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman:

“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, ‘How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?’ For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’” (John 4:9-10).

Jesus talked to the woman and spoke into her life. The disciples were shocked that Jesus spoke to a woman who was also a Samaritan. Both were off-limits during His day. But Jesus broke the social barrier. The result? The city was impacted:

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world’” (vv. 39-42).

Here is what Jesus did:

  • He listened and engaged in conversation.
  • He spoke into her life.
  • He gave her information and spoke prophetically.
  • He did not give her the Four Laws.
  • He did not condemn her.
  • He spoke supernaturally into her life.
  • He gave her an opportunity to believe.

The result was:

  • Her life was impacted by His speaking into her life.
  • She shared her experience with others.
  • The citizens of the city invited Jesus to stay for two days.
  • Many believed in Jesus!

That is your formula for community impact.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

OS HILLMAN


Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of Change Agent and TGIF Today God Is First, a free email devotional.

Franklin Graham Promises Prayer, Support for Oklahoma Tornado Victims.


Oklahoma tornado damage
Rescue crews are still searching for survivors in the wake of a deadly tornado. (FEMA)

Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have deployed to communities in Texas and Oklahoma, following a series of tornadoes that damaged hundreds of homes and resulted in numerous injuries and deaths. Samaritan’s Purse is following up with disaster relief.

“Our prayers are with all of those who are suffering because of this massive storm,” says Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “We are going to stand by them and do everything we can to help them recover physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

Specifically, two Disaster Relief Units deployed before dawn Tuesday from North Wilkesboro, N.C., to travel to Oklahoma. The tractor-trailers are stocked with heavy-duty plastic, chainsaws, generators, and other tools and equipment. The units also will serve as command centers for the response. Chaplains will be offering emotional and spiritual support in and around the affected regions.

“It’s always so difficult for survivors to comprehend the tragedy of a tornado, because everything happens so fast,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “You wake up in the morning with all of your plans before you, and by the time you go to bed at night your entire world has changed and everything you once knew has been destroyed. Please pray for those who lost everything in this series of tornadoes, and especially for the loved ones of the victims.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

JENNIFER LECLAIRE

Reclaiming Culture One Community at a Time.


Os Hillman

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified…” (John 4:39).

Can a city or community be impacted for Christ? Can it be transformed?

The answer to that lies with the level of maturity of Christians in a community which is measured in love, unity and prayer.

Jesus spent three years with his disciples, and yet after three years they thought the way to deal with people different from themselves or were adversarial was to call down fire from heaven.

But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.  And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.  For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village (Luke 9:51-56).

The disciples modeled what the church does today. We condemn people who are different or hold different views or condemn them for acting like people who do not know God. The church has often tried to change culture by controlling it, instead of loving it.  Instead, Jesus calls us to love people and build bridges into their lives. Yes, it even means, God forbid, —gays, adulterers, and even liberals—yes, anyone different from ourselves. Jesus loves them too, even in their sin. That is hard for us to model in the body of Christ. We all struggle to love those very different from ourselves.

In 2011 we had a conference at Harvard and the speakers were protested on campus by radical gays. Instead of reacting to them, God made a way for me and another leader to meet with them. First, we listened to what they had to say. Afterwards, they let us share with them why their assessment of us was incorrect. Lastly, we upheld the relationship even though we had differing views. They left the meeting with a 180 degree different viewpoint than when they walked into our meeting. Did they get saved? No. Did they have a different view of us than before they met us? Yes. Was there a bridge built? Yes. God can water that kind of relationship building and He has actually done so since then.

“I catch them; the Lord cleans them.”

That is what Larry Poland, President of MasterMedia said at one of our conferences. He serves executives in Hollywood and New York. He said, “You know, it is amazing how scripts change once there is a heart change.” We are not the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. Our role is to love and share. That’s it. Then love some more.

Jesus and Samaritan Woman

Let’s discover how Jesus did it. Please read the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman:

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink, ’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:9,10 NKJV).

Jesus talked to the woman and spoke into her life. The disciples were shocked that Jesus spoke to a woman who was also a Samaritan. Both were off limits during His day. But Jesus broke the social barrier. The result? The city was impacted.

And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”  So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.  And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world”(John 4:39-42).

Here is what Jesus did.

1. He listened and engaged in conversation.
2. He spoke into her life.
3. He gave her information and spoke prophetically.

He did not give her the Four Laws.
He did not condemn her. He spoke supernaturally into her life.
He gave her an opportunity to believe.

The result was

  • Her life was impacted by his speaking into her life.
  • She shared her experience with others.
  • The citizens of the city invited Jesus to stay for two days.

Many believed in Jesus!

That is your formula for community impact.

Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of Change Agent and TGIF Today God Is First , a free email devotional

Publication date: May 9, 2013

Reclaiming Culture One Community at a Time.


Os Hillman
Os Hillman (Facebook)

Can a city or community be impacted for Christ? Can it be transformed?

The answer to those questions lies with the level of maturity of Christians in a community that is measured in love, unity and prayer.

Jesus spent three years with His disciples, and yet after three years, they thought the way to deal with people different from themselves or those who were adversarial was to call down fire from heaven:

“But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?’ But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.’ And they went to another village” (Luke 9:51-56).

The disciples modeled what the church does today. We condemn people who are different or hold different views, or we condemn them for acting like people who do not know God. The church has often tried to change culture by controlling it, instead of loving it. Instead, Jesus calls us to love people and build bridges into their lives. Yes, it even means, God forbid, gays, adulterers and even liberals—yes, anyone different from ourselves. Jesus loves them too, even in their sin. That is hard for us to model in the body of Christ. We all struggle to love those very different from ourselves.

In 2011, we had a conference at Harvard, and the speakers were protested on campus by radical gays. Instead of reacting to them, God made a way for me and another leader to meet with them. First, we listened to what they had to say. Afterward, they let us share with them why their assessment of us was incorrect. Lastly, we upheld the relationship even though we had differing views. They left the meeting with a 180-degree different viewpoint than when they walked into our meeting.

Did they get saved? No. Did they have a different view of us than before they met us? Yes. Was there a bridge built? Yes. God can water that kind of relationship-building, and He has actually done so since then.

“I catch them; the Lord cleans them.”

That is what Larry Poland, president of MasterMedia, said at one of our conferences. He serves executives in Hollywood and New York. He said, “You know, it is amazing how scripts change once there is a heart change.” We are not the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. Our role is to love and share. That’s it. Then love some more.

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

Let’s discover how Jesus did it. Please read the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman:

“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, ‘How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?’ For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’” (John 4:9-10, NKJV).

Jesus talked to the woman and spoke into her life. The disciples were shocked that Jesus spoke to a woman who was also a Samaritan. Both were off-limits during His day. But Jesus broke the social barrier. The result? The city was impacted:

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world’” (vv. 39-42).

Here is what Jesus did:

  • He listened and engaged in conversation.
  • He spoke into her life.
  • He gave her information and spoke prophetically.
  • He did not give her the Four Laws.
  • He did not condemn her.
  • He spoke supernaturally into her life.
  • He gave her an opportunity to believe.

The result was:

  • Her life was impacted by His speaking into her life.
  • She shared her experience with others.
  • The citizens of the city invited Jesus to stay for two days.
  • Many believed in Jesus!

That is your formula for community impact.

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified” (v. 39).

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

OS HILLMAN/TODAY FIRST

Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of Change Agent and TGIF Today God Is First, a free email devotional.

Field Work: The Harvesters.


Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
John 4:35b

Recommended Reading
John 4:27-38 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%204:27-38&version=NKJV )

While waiting for His disciples to do their grocery shopping, Jesus shared the Gospel with a woman of Samaria who needed direction in life. Because of His witness to her and of her subsequent witness to others, many fellow townspeople sought out the Lord Jesus. As the disciples returned with their food, they saw a mass of white-robed Samaritans flocking to Jesus. It looked like fields ripe unto harvest. (John 4)

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The work of soul winning is likened in Scripture to sowing and reaping. The psalmist said, “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6). The apostle Paul said, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

Try evangelizing as you walk around today. You never know when a word, a tract, an invitation, a Bible verse, or a sentence of testimony will become a harvest-bearing seed. The Bible says, “He who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).

The Gospel soul winner does not simply persuade people … he sows the wonderful living seed of the Word of God.
John R. Rice, in  The Soul-Winner’s Fire

Read-Thru-the-Bible
2 Kings 6-10

By David Jeremiah.

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