John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Thursday, October 3, 2013



by David Wilkerson | October 3, 2013
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Moses sought God for a continual manifestation of His presence: "That I may know thee . . ." (Exodus 33:13). And God answered him, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest" (verse 14).
Moses' request would be quite enough for most believers. We all want the presence of God—leading us, guiding us, empowering us, blessing us. Really, what more could any believer desire? Yet having the assurance of God's presence was not enough for Moses. He knew there was more and he cried out, "I beseech thee, shew me thy glory" (verse 18).
God did show Moses His glory. But it did not appear in some luminous cloud or in an earthshaking demonstration of power. No, God expressed His glory in a simple revelation of His nature: "The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin" (Exodus 34:6-7). God's glory was a revelation of His goodness, mercy, love and compassion!
I have heard many Christians say, "Oh, how the glory of God came down in our church last night! There was such incredible praise, and people were slain by the Spirit." But that isn't proof of a manifestation of God's glory. It has nothing to do with God beyond human emotions. It doesn't include a revelation of who He is!
Some may argue, "But what about the disciples' experience on the Mount of Transfiguration? Wasn't that a manifestation of God's glory? There was an overpowering light and the miraculous appearance of Moses and Elijah."
But God's glory was not in Moses or Elijah or in the spectacular light. Rather, His glory was in Jesus: "His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. . . . Behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him" (Matthew 17:2 and 5).
God was saying, "Here is my glory personified—in Christ!" Indeed, Jesus is the fulfillment of all God said He was to Moses: gracious, merciful, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression of sins. And now the Lord was saying, "Here is a living picture of My glory. It is all embodied in My Son!"
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

HM070 God Can - Hosanna! Music (1996) - Alvin Slaughter

Hello everyone, today I would like to share this wonderfull worship with you.

May the Lord bless you as you listen.
Praise God, Hallelujah

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

3rd lesson = Jesus came to call the sinners.

Jesus came to call the sinners. = Because He loves each and every one of them.

Why are we sinners? What is sin? Would you know how to describe what sin is?___________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
We find the definition of sin in Strong’s Concordance. =>
Strong's Concordance[1]
hamartanó: to miss the mark, do wrong, sin
Original Word: ἁμαρτάνω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: hamartanó
Phonetic Spelling: (ham-ar-tan'-o)
Short Definition: I sin
Definition: originally: I miss the mark, hence (a) I make a mistake, (b) I sin, commit a sin (against God); sometimes the idea of sinning against a fellow-creature is present.
So the whole humanity is a sinner just because Eve and Adam missed the mark?  Why than are all human beings sinners? Why should we all be under the same condemnation just because Adam and Eve the first couple that God created missed the mark, as for the fact when God said do not eat….? They listened to a different voice that lead them astray and they missed the mark God had for the human being. God had the intention of always having that intimate fellowship with His creation. Being separate from God means to die, now if the parents are spiritually dead they cannot produce live spiritual descendants right? Missing the mark brought separation between the Creator and His creation. We read in Genesis chapter 2 what God had commanded Adam and Eve. Once we are not in God anymore, than we are apart. Being apart means having not the life of God in us anymore.
Would you like to share an incident where you know that you missed the mark and God brought you back to where you should be?__________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________
Let’s read: Genesis 2:15-17 KJV.  The death that is written here about is the spiritual death.  And the apostle Paul was referring to this in Romans 5:12-18, and I would like us to read it here so we can understand the context of this message.
Would this sound to you as a proof of love from God to us? ______________________________
I think God was more than fair what God did for us. Even though the human being missed the market and therefore died spiritually; God himself provided means of giving us the life back, in spite of the fact that we did not deserve it. Please share your opinion about this______________
Galatians 2:17, how would you describe it you’re your own words? ______________________________________________________________________________
As I was meditating on this wonderful subject I was looking for verses in the Bible that shows us how many times God makes a point of saying that He loves us and that He wants to save and heal the sick and the sinners. We find lots of verses that talk about it. Even though we missed the mark, we did everything we should have not done; God provided a way of salvation for us – the human being.
Psalm 25:8 – If God did not love the sinner, he would not instruct His way to them to redeem them from their own way.
Psalm 51:13 – David expresses here that he will teach the transgressors God’s way. God provides us with His messengers so we can learn as how to walk in God’s way. This is wonderful.
Ps. 119:176. -
Matthew 9:10 – Jesus did as he taught in a different passage, He went after the lost sheep, and sinners are the lost sheep of the heavenly Kingdom.
Luke 15:1-7 -
Mark 2:17 “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The apostle Paul was addressing the church telling them the overall situation of the world without Christ in chapters one and two.  He expresses that fact that he is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, and he says it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes in chapter 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
In chapter 3 of Romans, verses 1-8; the apostle explains about God’s faithfulness. Verses 9 to 20 he talks about that no one is righteous be themselves, but we need to be set right before God.
Than from verse 21 on he tells us about the righteousness through faith. And let’s read those verses:
Ro. 3:21-23: --   As we can understand by this passage that every human being needs to be made righteous before God. This only happens if we believe what Jesus did for us and accept it as such. We are born spiritually dead.
Romans 3:24-26 --
Today we have brought you a series of verses that show us that we all are sinners, but Jesus comes after us, sends us teachers and shepherds that will take care of us. The Bible makes it clear that we needed a Savior to rescue every sheep that was lost. We are lost sheep without our Lord Jesus, the good shepherd. Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Jo. 10:11. Today I want to invite you to allow the good shepherd, Jesus, to lead you on the way to heaven.



Be blessed as you read.

We will be using the Halley’s Biblical Handbook; to be able to help us along a little bit better on this Journey, so we can state time, periods and occasions where things were written by Paul.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

2nd lesson – Why are we sinners?

2nd lesson – Why are we sinners?

Hello everyone, it is nice to be here one more time to be able to meditate on God’s wonderful Word together. May the peace of the Almighty God be with you as you join us in reading and studying His Word together. Today we would like to take a look a little at the church in Rome, and how the apostle addresses the subject to explain that we all are sinners.

Paul had not been in Rome yet, he arrived there three years after he wrote this letter. The heart (or nucleus) of the Church of Rome probably was formed by the Roman Jews that had been in Jerusalem at the day of Pentecost, according to Acts 2:10. “10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome.” 
In the 28 years since then, many Christians from different parts of the East had, for various reasons, migrated to the capital, including some of the converts themselves and close friends of Paul, (see chapter 16). The martyrdom of Paul and Peter probably occurred in Rome, about eight years after this letter was written.[1] (Halley 2000).
The context of this letter is very rich and Paul starts it by introducing himself to all the members of that church as a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God, (v. 1).
The next thing he tells them is: (v.2 and on)…  the gospel he promise beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.”[2]
You and I who are reading this letter that Paul wrote to the Romans, if we are in Christ Jesus, this word is also for us. So, let’s learn from it, amen?  
Based on this fact are you and I descendants of David as well? Are we descendants of Abraham?  _______________________________________________________________________
Paul explains also that his obligation is to teach all the people Jews and gentiles, and that he was not ashamed of it. And he teaches us by this that we should not be ashamed of it either. God loves us, and this whole letter is addressed to show us how God loves us even though we were still sinners when God came to show us love. Romans 5:8:  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Paul was not ashamed to teach the people around him where ever God sent him. Are we ashamed?
How do you feel about witnessing to people in our days? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
So, our question is today: “Why are we sinners? _____________________________________________________  
What does it mean to be a sinner? _____________________________________________________
Paul made an effort to explain to the church why we need a savior, and how everyone can be saved, and why we are sinners.
A universal necessity for a Savior.
Ro. 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In chapter 1 of his letter Paul describes to the church the universal sinfulness of mankind. Paul describes in chapter 1:18-32 God’s wrath against mankind. Please check this passage out:
In verse 20 we see that God reveals himself to every human being.
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
What is the most important part of this verse?________________________________________
God’s power and divine nature, has been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. This is a very important statement. God made the universe in such a way that it clearly testifies the fact that He created it. And that we can see and understand God´s invisible qualities. The apostle John writes about something that I believe fits right into this subject. “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 Jo. 4:16). If we know and rely on the love God has for us, is because He has revealed it to us; correct? We can only rely on something we have knowledge about. This is the reason why Paul writes this letter to explain to the church why we are sinners, and why we need Jesus.
Chapter 2 Paul explains that there is no difference between Jews and gentiles, meaning that every human being is in the same boat, we all are sinners. We are born in sin; but; since, Jesus came to save us we have an option: we can become saints. Halleluiah.
From the day that Adam and Eve listened to the serpent that deceived them to go after their own way and eat from the tree that they were told not to eat; they fell from the grace of God. To sin means to miss the target, and by doing what they did, Adam and Eve missed the target what God had prepared for all of us. By this, they died spiritually. And now they needed to be brought back to life. God, prepared Jesus, as it says in Hebrews before the foundation of the earth as an offering for you and me to bring us back in the beautiful relationship God planned to have with His people.  
Hebrews 10: 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a] Refers to what is written in Psalm 40:6-8.
Paul was trying to show to the Romans that Jesus was the savior of the world that came to redeem us. And in the next lesson we will continue to study about this wonderful message, we are born in sin; but, we have an option that God himself gave to us through His Son Jesus Christ: we do not need to stay in sin!!! Praise God!!!

[1] Halley’s Biblical Handbook, Page 607 about the letter to Romans.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We are sinners


We are sinners

Today I would like to invite you to come along on a journey that we do want to start on a series of devotionals.  The Lord put on my heart a topic that has been on my mind ever since I listened to Charles Price on Living Truth. And he was talking about how the apostle calls us saints. In Romans 1:7 “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  He mentioned among other things: At one point the apostle calls the sinners as he refers to the Romans in chapters 3 to 6.

So the question is: “are we sinners or saints”?  ________________________________________

And if we are one or the other, how to we change from one to another? How did we become sinners? How do we become saints? This will be the subject of our devotional as the Lord helps me to find the scripture to talk about it here.

Can you tell us your experience how you changed from be a sinner to a saint? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The objection in this serious is to point out the intent that God had with mankind when he created us in his own image and likeness; and what was it actually that He did want us to be. Now to some of us it is most likely that we think and say: well God wanted us to be His children in love, and from there on it is kind of difficult to describe the rest. Somehow we get stuck in the rout; and do not know how to phrase the rest. With God’s help we will try to go on a journey where we will try to look for some answers.

I find it wonderful that God uses His people like you, me, the apostles and other men and women in the past to talk to us; and to make known His love and His plan towards us and for us. Paul addresses the Romans with this subject, and if you have your Bible with you; please let us take a look at some Scriptures today.

Bible says: “we are sinners”. So the question is were we born sinners? _________________________
Were we created as sinners? __________________________________________________________

God created us in His love, according to His image and likeness. In Genesis we can read that: Genesis 1:26  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

God had a marvelous plane for all of us. But, than the thought might come in our mind: so why than now: “sinners”? Was, this already designed to come out this way? Was this what God had in mind? ___________________________________

And the answer is no, this was not what God had in mind for us to become sinners. It was the consequence of the human’s choice. But, God loves us and He does not want us to be separated from Him through sin, so therefore He brought us the Savior; who makes us saints.   We can be made saints if we follow what the Word of God says, and we do need to live upon the Word of God. The apostle Paul was teaching the Romans. We will be using the Halley’s Biblical Handbook; to be able to help us along a little bit better on this Journey, so we can state time, periods and occasions where things were written by Paul. And in this manual we find the description that Paul was in Corinth, while writing this letter to the Church in Rome. In the year of 57-58d.C.  The apostle Paul was at the end of his third missionary trip and he was planning to go to Jerusalem, taking along the offering that was sent with him, (Rom. 15:22-27). A lady named Phoebe, mentioned in chapter 16:1-2, was going there and Paul sends the letter along with her.  So, in this letter to the Romans, Paul explains many things that we need to learn as well.

The purpose of the Letter to the Church in Rome was to inform the Christians that he was on his way to visit them. And this was written before God told Paul that he would be a witness for God in Rome; check it out in Acts 23:11. Paul was not certain that he would be still alive in Jerusalem and in Romans 15:31 he makes it clear. “Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord’s people there”.  Paul was not favorably received everywhere he went, and so he asks for prayers, in this respect. 

Would you have the boldness and the courage Paul had to go and follow what God said to him, what he was supposed to do?  _____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________


Content of the Letter to the Church in Rome. 

The Jews believed that the Law of Moses was final and decisive as a universal mandatory expression of God’s will for mankind. And Paul goes on to explain how God took us from being justified by the Law to being justified by Jesus before God.  
In our next devotional we will start to address this beautiful subject as how every human being can go from sinner to being a saint. We are looking forward on sharing what God has put in our heart on a weekly bases.

Greetings unto you in Christ Jesus

 Your sister in the Lord

 Antonina Penner



Monday, June 3, 2013

Soaring like Eagles. part 1

Sermon by Hilary Price -  May 2012

Soaring like Eagles.

So this morning we are going to look at how a parent gives a child roots and wings and how God gives His children roots and wings. And we are going to consider what the Bible calls a mystery. Proverbs 30:18-19 the writer says, “There are three things too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.” And we are just going to look at one of those – we are going to look at the way of an eagle in the sky. And we are going to learn amazing lessons from the bird that is called the king of the air. It is a remarkable bird. Jesus said, “Look at the birds.” He often told us to look at the picture book around us to learn lessons from what we see. So today the eagle will be our teacher. The eagle starts off as a very scrawny buggley eyed little creature. And somehow it grows to be a majestic bird with a wing span of up to 7 ½ feet. It has talons that are four times stronger than a human hand. It can weigh up to 11 kg. It can reach speeds of up to 120 km. /hour. It can fly 50-100 miles a day in search of food. It can spot its prey over a kilometre away – some say 3 kilometres. It can fly higher up into the heavens than any other bird and it can live for 70-120 years. It is a majestic bird.
 So how does this little eagle morph into this amazing creature? How does the parent eagle give roots and wings to the baby eaglet? Actually it begins at birth. When the baby eagle is born in the shell, it has to peck its way out of the shell. So the mother can hear it, she can see the little beak coming. It can take three days for it to peck its way into the world. And in that time the mother does not help. I know as moms you will be thinking how hard that must be. You just want to go and just help and then the baby could get out. But this is the first test for the mother and the baby eagle. And being a mother is all about letting go. And in this situation you let go before the baby is even born. If the mother pecked a hole and let the baby come out, it would not be a baby that would survive. If it doesn’t have the strength and the will to peck its own way out of the egg then it is not going to be a baby that will thrive. So the baby arrives and it finds itself in a nest, a massive nest. I became a little bit kind of obsessed with eagles when I saw a pair this summer in Nova Scotia and discovered the nest that they had been living in. It was way up in a tree and it was enormous; it was the biggest nest I had ever seen. They can be three feet deep and they can be eight feet across. And so the little bird; at first it pecks its way out of its shell, its egg, sits in this little nest and it cannot see out. It can’t see over the top.
That’s the time to give the little baby roots, give them muscles in its wings, stability, routine, nourishment, all the things you pour into a child when they are very little. And the parent disciplines the child and prunes their roots, but you don’t cut, you don’t clip their wings; you simply prune their roots. There is a big difference. And those wings that stretch over two metres across start off as tiny little wings. And the wing muscles have to start developing when they are little so when the time comes to fly they will be ready. You don’t push your children out of the nest without helping them to develop first. And despite the fact (this amazes me) that eagles are the most competent fliers among the whole bird kingdom, they do not instinctively know how to fly. If the mother bird and the father bird do not teach them, they will never lift off the ground. They have to be taught. And what goes on between an eagle and its baby is what in the natural world is called imprinting. In imprinting there is a bond established between the baby and the first thing it sees. So a little duck was born and the first thing it saw was a beach ball. So it would only go where the beach ball rolled. And it spent its whole life trying to mate with beach balls. So the eagle locks on to its parents. That’s the first thing that they see. And the eagle simply learns by watching. This is a huge challenge to parents because they see what you want them to see and they see what you don’t want them to see. And the little baby watches the parents soaring in the sky and it sees it swooping down for meals and bringing it home to the nest. And little by little the parent is teaching the baby one day you will do this yourself.
So how will it get to that place to do it? Well, here the eagle differs from other birds as well. We have at the moment a pair of cardinals nesting in the clematis just on the garage on my neighbor’s house. And they are busy all day, busy all day. And in the little nest there are three little cardinals all just sitting with their mouths open. If you put a speech bubble above them they would just be saying, “Feed me, feed me, feed me.” And the mother flies around and she comes and she pops the worm into the baby’s mouth. Well eagles don’t do that. Eagles fly off. They get their prey, which is always fresh meat - eagles never feed on dead carcasses like vultures. Vultures will gorge at a carcass until they are sick. Eagles actually get fresh meat, they bring it back to the nest and they don’t put it next to the baby; they put it away from the baby. So the baby has to strengthen its legs to get to the food and then it has to learn how to tear off little appropriate bite-size pieces so when it does leave the nest it knows how to tear off the meat. And as the baby eats, its muscles are gradually being strengthened, not just because it is taking in food, but because remarkably, the mother sits on the edge of the nest while the baby is eating and she flaps her wings. And because the baby copies the mother, while it is eating it is flapping its wings. So it’s actually developing its wings as well as eating the food.
I am giving you a lot of spiritual parallels here – I am not going to put up a big light every time I give you one because it would get tedious for you, but just ask the Lord to show you the spiritual truths behind the physical pictures I am giving you this morning because they are pretty remarkable. So the baby is in the nest, the food is coming, it is taking the food, it is flapping its wings, and it continues to grow. And then the mother starts to hover above the nest and she creates a down draft, which lifts the little chick off its feet and it finds itself for a moment flying in the nest and then it drops back down again. And I love this picture because the first flight that the eagle baby takes is tiny. It hardly realizes it has done it and it has done it within the confines of the nest. That’s adventure and it’s fun.
 And you need to have fun and adventure in your nest, your home, or your children will go and look for it somewhere else. If everything you do is boring, why would they want to be in your nest? They will be wanting to be in the nest of the family down the road who do the fun things. So incorporating fun is really, really important. The children learn, they learn what they can do physically and what they can’t do in their muscles, and that all goes on in the nest when they are little. So from the moment this baby is born it is learning to be independent. It has cracked its way into the world, it is tearing its own meat, it is testing out its wings, the mother is hovering. But the mother leaves the bird for long stretches of time by itself. Every baby and every child needs to have time in a place where the mother is not. Parenting is not about holding so tightly to your children as long as you can; it’s about gradually letting your children go.  And Alice Bradley said, “I knew there would come a time when I have would have to say ‘goodbye’ to my little boy. I just didn’t realize it would happen again and again.” And it does. There’s that first time you leave your child with somebody else to babysit. There’s that time they walk away from you into the daycare program. Depending on what their personality is, my children all did that very differently. Hannah had tears streaming down her face and kept waving and kept waving. And Laura didn’t give me a backward glance and just went whisking off into daycare. But they changed in their personalities. Hannah didn’t remain that little child who cried when her mommy wasn’t there, but it was hard at first. And sometimes it’s hard for you. And I have seen mothers standing at the gate bawling. “Bye darling!” And the kid’s like, “Mom, just go.” Letting go is not natural. It’s against all our instincts. We just want to protect but we’re in great danger of overprotecting. And unfortunately now we have a whole breed of moms, which we will call helicopter moms.
And this is not healthy helicopter stuff hovering above to let the down draft lift them up. This is very unhealthy helicopter moms. And what these moms do is they hover over their children’s lives all the time and they have several ways of doing it. They are invisible but they are there. Because they have a cellphone, so they send their kid off with a cellphone. And the kid thinks, “I am on my own.” Oh, but they are not on their own because they get to where they are going and they are doing what they are doing, and the phone rings. And they pick it up and, “Oh, yes, of course it is Mom.” And Mom says, “Where are you?” “Well, you know where I am – I am at Susan’s. I said I was going to Susan’s.” “What are you doing?” “Well we are watching the television.” “The television? What certificate is the film you are watching?” And they are just butting in on their children’s lives and then they start giving advice. “Are there any parents in the home? They’re not? You can leave that room you know; if you don’t like that film you can walk away.” And the child is actually being controlled – well, trying to be controlled by the mom who is at a distance but still wanting to be in there, interfering and not letting the child make their own decisions, not let them be responsible, not make them make their own mistakes and discover there are consequences when you make mistakes. I remember being at a friend’s house once. I was about 13. Her parents were out. We began watching a movie. We didn’t know it was a horror movie – it became a horror movie. To our horror, it became a horror movie. At that moment we had a choice whether to watch or not. Well, we were intrigued, so we started watching and watching and then this terrible image came on the screen and I just screamed and ran out. I was running down (she lived in this really old house with dark corridors) – we were running down the corridor and I didn’t know that she had screamed and run with me. I was running down the corridor and I looked behind me and she was there! We both ran away into another room and then I said, “Go back and switch the television off” and she said, “No, you go back. So we kind of crept in like this and switched the television off. Now why did I do that? I didn’t do it because my mom called me and said, “What are you watching? Are you sure it’s decent?” I did it because my mom never brought horror movies into my home. She brought fresh meat, good stuff. And I learned from my mom. I learned by observing. And I never watched a horror movie again in my life. I loathe horror movies and I learned by my own experience. I really feel sad now in the world of technology that the offensive to spy on your children has ramped up several notches with the world of Facebook. So now we have parents who can actually spy into their children’s worlds. And believe me, they do.
They look at what their children are wearing, they look at who they are hanging out with, they look at what they are saying. And if they don’t like it, they call them up and tell them. “I noticed you said…” We have to give our children space where the mother is not present and trust them that what they have learned will equip them to deal with whatever happens in that space. I don’t do Facebook. Please don’t ask me to be your friend. I am not going to be your friend. I don’t like it personally. I don’t want people knowing everything about my life. And when it came out I made a decision, really because of this mother spying thing that I loathe.   And my son was a teenager and I know it was his darkest fear that I would be able to get into his world and see what he was doing. So I don’t do Facebook and I have this horrible feeling that if I asked if I could be a friend, he would reject me, so I didn’t ask if I could be his friend. The time to leave the nest will come. It’ll come soon. But the children have got to have taken responsibility and started making decisions for themselves and discovering “if I do a bad thing then there will be a bad consequence and I will get hurt.” And sometimes they get hurt and sometimes they eat bad things, but they won’t be bad things that you have brought into the home and exposed them to. And when it is time to leave the nest – and this is the amazing thing about eagle parents – they do two things to encourage their babies to fly: it is so simple – they stop feeding them. So the baby sits and sees the mom and the dad out there. We watched this this summer circling around, a big juicy rabbit hanging out of the beak. They watch mom and dad coming – “Oh good, dinner’s coming.”
Dinner flies past. Dinner flies around the lake. And the baby starts to scream. So the mom comes back again. Now Dad comes. Now he has got something bigger and juicier. And the baby in the end is just yelling. We heard him. “Feed me!!” And they won’t and they don’t. And not only do they not feed the baby, what they now do is they make the nest a very uncomfortable place to live in. So they stir it all up and all those lovely feathers that she plucked off her heart above her chest to line the nest that is so symbolic, she clears them all out. “Okay, we are done now. All the grass goes. All the soft hay goes. All the toys that apparently eagles pick up anything they bring back – rattles, dolls, all kinds of things are in the eagle’s nest. Those go out. No food, no comfort, no toys; you are on your way. So now this little bird has a choice, and we have a choice. Parents of Canada: I don’t know there’s any nation on earth that has so many adults living in the basement of the parents in the homes in Canada. This is not a problem in Britain because we don’t have basements, so that’s it. They have to go. I wonder how many of you (I am not going to ask you to put your hands up) have a kid over the age of about 25, they’re done university and they’re living in the basement.
Let me just tell you something. If you are still doing your kid’s washing and they are 26 years old and the only time they ever come up from the basement is when they smell the aroma of your delicious cooking and they plop themselves down at the table and you feed them yet again, they will be there until they are 56 years old. And the only time they will come up and stay upstairs is when you cease to be shuffling around up there because you have shuffled off your mortal coil and they think, “I get the house.”  It’s so dangerous to just keep your children at home and let them stay there. It’s time to encourage them on their way. And we can do that by stirring up the nest. We take away all the soft stuff and we leave these little pointy bits sticking up, which are really hard to sit on. This is exactly what God did. Deuteronomy 32:11 says, “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest” (makes it uncomfortable) “hovers over its young” (showing them how to fly), “spreads its wings to catch them” (he pushes them out of the nest) “and he carries them on his pinions.” So is the Lord God with His people. God stirred up the nest of the children of Israel when they were living in Egypt. He sent plagues, pointy, nasty things, so that they would no longer want to live there, so they would want to leave, so they would learn to depend on Him. So He could guide them and He could rescue them and He could provide for them, not the masters they were living under in Egypt.
It might well be that your children have just become far too comfortable in the nest. Nothing is expected of them. It might well be that you have become far too comfortable in the nest. Sometimes God will destroy our nests because we have started to put our confidence in them. I have spent years building this house, Lord, this business Lord, this retirement plan. And now I just depend on that instead of God being the anchor of my soul.
 Source: Livng
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Monday, May 6, 2013


David Wilkerson Today
A Ministry of World Challenge

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013

by Gary Wilkerson

“Have I neglected to do something He has asked of me? I want nothing in my
life to hinder what God wants to do.”

God is forever bringing His people to this point. Why? Because before He can
bring about His best, He has to do something deep in us. He wants to give us
His victory, but He also wants our complete devotion.

The first six chapters of Joshua describe the glorious work God did among His
people over a few years’ time. Israel had just been freed after 400 years in
bondage. They had emerged from 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. And
after all this, God had blessed them. Now they were at the border of Canaan,
the land flowing with milk and honey He had promised them years before. So they
crossed over—and what happened? Immediately Joshua turned to the younger
generation of men and separated them unto God. Scripture uses the word
“circumcised” to describe their preparation, but the deeper meaning is,
“They were made ready.”

Why did Joshua do this? Now that they had crossed over, they faced the thick,
impenetrable walls of Jericho. Taking this enemy would be impossible for the
ragtag Israelites. Yet God was telling them, “I have blessed you these recent
years. You have experienced My incredible riches. But your work is not yet

How did the Israelites prepare for this battle? They didn’t sharpen their
swords and shine their armor. Instead, the preparation took place inside their
hearts. God commanded them to circle the city singing songs, praying, and
waiting on Him. Finally, He had them raise up trumpets and issue a single
blast. In an instant, those mighty walls came tumbling down!

Joshua and his men then performed mighty exploits, defeating their enemies,
inheriting greater lands and seeing victories as never before. In fact, Joshua
did something even Moses did not do—he defeated thirty-one kings. That was a
tenfold increase over the number of kings Moses had defeated. I believe this is
a picture of what the Lord wants to do in all our lives. He wants to bring a
tenfold increase, pour out His Spirit in amazing ways, and have us believe He
wants to do it all. In short, He wants us to possess a tenacious, unwavering

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Friday, April 19, 2013


David Wilkerson Today
A Ministry of World Challenge

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011]

“This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John

Have you failed? Is there a sin that easily besets you? Do you feel like a
weakened coward, unable to get the victory over secret sin? But with that
weakness in you, is there also a consuming hunger for God? Do you yearn for
Him, reach to Him? That hunger and thirst is the key to your victory. That
makes you different from all others who have been guilty of failing God. That
sets you apart. You must keep that hunger alive. Keep thirsting after
righteousness. Never justify your weakness, never give in to it, and never
accept it as a part of your life.

Faith is your victory. Abraham had weaknesses; he lied, almost turning his wife
into an adulteress. But Abraham "believed God, and it was counted unto him as
righteousness." God refused to hold his sin against him—because he believed!

Sure, you have failed. Maybe yesterday—or even today! But do you believe
Jesus has the power to ultimately free you from sin's power? Do you believe the
cross of Jesus means sin's bondage is broken? Do you accept the fact that He has
promised to deliver you from the snare of Satan?

Let me tell you exactly where I believe the victory lies. Let your heart accept
all the promises of victory in Jesus. Then let your faith tell your heart, "I
may not be what I want to be yet but God is at work in me, and He has the power
to loose sin's hold on me. It may be little by little, but the day will come
when faith will conquer. I will not always be a slave. I am not the devil's
puppet and I will not be his victim. I am a weak child of God, wanting the
strength of Jesus. I am going to come forth as pure gold tried in the fire. God
is for me! I commit it all to Him who is able to keep me from falling and
present me faultless before the throne of God—with exceeding great joy."

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


David Wilkerson Today
A Ministry of World Challenge


by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 - April 27, 2011]

Scripture makes it clear that the answer to everything in our lives is prayer
mixed with faith. The apostle Paul writes, "Be careful (anxious) for nothing;
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6). Paul is telling us, "Seek
the Lord about every area of your life and thank Him ahead of time for hearing

Paul emphasizes that we are always to pray first and not as a last
resort—going to our friends first, then to a pastor or counselor, and finally
ending up on our knees. Jesus tells us, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and
his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew
6:33). We are to go to the Lord first!

Our ministry receives heartrending letters from multitudes of broken
Christians. Families are breaking up; people who walked faithfully with Christ
for years are living in fear and defeat. Each of these people has been overcome
by something—sin, depression, worldliness, covetousness—and year after year,
their problems seem to get worse.

Yet, what shocks me most about their letters is that very few of these
Christians ever mention prayer. They turn to tapes, books, counselors, call-in
radio programs, therapies of all kinds, but rarely to prayer.

Why is it so hard for Christians to seek God for their desperate needs when
they are in times of crisis? After all, the Bible stands as one long testimony
that God hears the cries of His children and answers them with tender love.

* "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto
their cry" (Psalms 34:15).
* "The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all
their troubles" (verse 17).
* "This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing
according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him"
(1 John 5:14-15).
* "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall
receive" (Matthew 21:22).

These promises are overwhelming evidence of God's care.

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Monday, April 1, 2013


David Wilkerson Today
A Ministry of World Challenge


by Gary Wilkerson

Have you been set free? You probably think, “Of course! I’ve been washed,
redeemed, made holy by Jesus, and I live for Him. ”

Now here’s a follow-up question: Does your everyday life reflect the glorious
freedom you have just described? Would your friends, your spouse, your children
say you’ve been set free? Or are you like multitudes of Christians who feel
they are on a spiritual seesaw? Is your walk with Christ continually up and
down, seemingly spiritual one moment and carnal the next?

We accept by faith the great truths about Jesus’ work for us—salvation,
redemption, sanctification, deliverance. Yet for many of us, these are
“spiritual truths” that exist in another world. We sing and rejoice at
church each week over what Jesus has done for us—but is His gift of freedom a
reality in our daily lives?

At times we all struggle to remain pure in thoughts and actions. Maybe this
week you said something unkind to your spouse and you have been stewing,
“What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I be a blessing in my marriage?”

Whenever we fail in our walk with God, we wonder, “Has God really set me
free?” Perhaps at times you even question your salvation. Friend, that
isn’t freedom. So what does it mean to really be set free in Christ? The
first evidence of this comes from Jesus, who says, “Which of you by being
anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? . . . Seek first the kingdom
of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
(Matthew 6:27, 33, ESV).

Christ offers the same words to all of us who fret about our spiritual lives:
Do not be anxious! It does not matter how broken down you feel about your walk
with Him. He declares, “You are a new creation” (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
The moment you chose to follow Jesus, He made you new—and that never changes.
Even when you think you have strayed too far, Jesus says the opposite:
“Don’t be anxious. I have provided everything for you to have fellowship
with Me.”

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Monday, March 25, 2013

3rd Lesson of Nehemiah

3rd Lesson of Nehemiah

Seeking God for his people.
Nehemiah narrates the history of his people. Nehemiah was born in Persia, because the people of Israel were already there in Babylon when he was born. His brothers came to the palace where he was serving as a cupbearer to the king. The first chapter of Nehemiah describes us that some people of Judah, and Hanani came to the fortress. And Nehemiah asks them how the Jews were who escaped the captivity and concerning Jerusalem. He receives a report that the remnant in captivity was in misery; fallen walls and the gates burned by fire. Meaning the situation of his people was a shame.
Let us read the text according to: Ne. 1:4-11
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
5 Then I said: "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands,
6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's house, have committed against you.
7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
8 "Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations,
9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.'
10 "They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.
11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer to the king.
Let's make an analysis, say you and I were to do a survey about our people.
1 - How are in general the people of the Church of Jesus Christ here on earth? Have you had news about what is happening in the outside world, where your brothers and sisters in Christ, the rest of the Body of Jesus Christ are?
2 - How are those who do not have Bibles, have we brought the Word to them?
3 - Have we prayed for those who are in spiritual misery around the planet?
4 - The walls, signify the spiritual protection of people outside our local church what are they like?
5 - Is anyone in charge of the spiritual battle for people that are out there in danger?
6 - What are we, who consider ourselves the Church of Jesus  doing to change this situation?
Nehemiah was evaluating all this, and we can learn a beautiful lesson and apply these principles in our lives and in our church. He begins by quoting the Word of God in his prayer reminding his God what He had said to Moses, that the children of Israel would return, and pray and seek God, that God would hear. Nehemiah speaks to God in his prayer saying: Remember, because of the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress I will scatter you among the peoples. It was exactly where Nehemiah and his people were scattered among the peoples. If you return to me and keep my commandments, I will gather you from there. In our era, you and I have we also received commandments of Jesus, and in this lesson we learn to pray with Nehemiah.
“Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way” Hb. 13:18. Every member of the Body of Christ needs to take a stand. One day Jesus confronted Peter, Do you love me? Then feed my sheep. Me, you and all who know the Truth, which is Jesus, we are to walk in this Truth. Walk the path that Jesus walked. To love God with all your heart, submit to Him in obedience and our neighbor as ourselves. This was Nehemiah’s approach. He stood before God, the king and he served before his people who suffered.

Rev. Billy Graham