FROM THE BEGINNING by Robert M. Hinnen

Robert Hinnen

In the beginning there was love
Flowing from the Creator above
And there was the Living Word
Christ, our Savior and our Lord

God, Jesus and the Spirit as One
Holiness and righteousness and love
Calling this lowly sinner to repent
By the supreme sacrifice Heaven sent

My unworthiness redeemed by Mercy
At the Cross I bow on bended knee
Worshipping anew my God and King
To His matchless love I ever cling

Each moment I await His soon return
The eternal reward I did not earn
But such is the nature of His Grace
Oh, to behold His glorious face!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:1-5 ESV

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It Is OK To Be Wrong! by Joe Gelak

It Is OK To Be Wrong by Joe Gelak

“I win an argument very well. Ask any of my remaining friends.
I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent.
People know this and steer clear of me at parties.
Often, as a sign of their respect, they don’t invite me.” Dave Barry

Does it drive you crazy when someone you know always has to be right and have the last word?

Even if we don’t fall prey to this unattractive trait on the outside, we may well do it in our own heads. I began observing my own thoughts and feelings, and I was shocked. When I have a problem or conflict or experience failure, my mind turbocharges in an effort to reach the conclusion that I was actually right and something or someone else was wrong.

What Did Jesus Do?

Though Jesus was without sin, still he did not justify himself. Isaiah prophesied, regarding the coming Messiah, that, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7).

Defending and justifying ourselves, whether we are right or wrong, is an obstacle on our spiritual journey. It strengthens and stiffens the old Self. It focuses us on the wrong things.

Yes, we should reflect and learn from our circumstances and life events. But let us do so with openness and without attaching ourselves to the need to be right.

Begin noticing and observing and keeping an eye out for thoughts that are defensive, that work to justify and explain yourself. When you find these thoughts, hand them over to God. “Take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV). Then consciously let it go. Know that it is ok to make mistakes and be wrong and fail.

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Nuru Life Poems: Forever Grateful To Jesus Christ Who Is Our Lord and Saviour by Neema Penual & Lilian Victoria Ogutu

Forever Grateful To Jesus Christ

Nuru Life Poems: Forever grateful to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Saviour

In this collection of poems the reader will find poems that draw from God and His word, His many blessings and experiences of His goodness from life in Christ. We have enjoyed writing them and hope you will enjoy reading. The poems are suitable for the whole family. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

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Why We Have Lost Hope by Vanessa Banda- Chidhumo

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WHY WE HAVE LOST HOPE

As many people say, we are a generation full of happy pictures and sad realities. We seem to be the most depressed generation despite many breakthroughs we have had financially, socially and technologically. Now we can travel faster with ease; we have tools that allow us to communicate and connect all around the world. And many more benefits than the generations before us and yet we are more unstable mentally. Why are we so sad? Why have we lost hope?

The Definition of Christian Hope

The Bible says, now these three abide, faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13 v 13). What exactly is hope? I don’t know if there are many like me who struggled with the definition of hope. For me the definition I would get would lead me back to my definition of Faith. Hope as defined simply by Google is a feeling of expectation and a desire for a particular outcome, positive obviously, a feeling of trust. And faith for me would also mean something quite similar.

Fortunately, I got to read an old book by C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity. It defined hope as the continual looking forward to the eternal world, not as a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but rather, something a Christian should hold on to. That definition was the point of revelation for me.

Reading the letters of the apostles with this new light made me realize that every time they talked about hope, they referred to the coming of Jesus Christ and the putting away of mortality. The hope they held on to was that their Lord is coming back for them, to take them to their heavenly home. They had their minds so occupied with Heaven, no amount of distress on earth could pull them down.

I do not think the same could be said about this generation though. Heaven to us, is something far away, a cherry on top. A wishful thinking. We dread the coming of Christ because to some it is like an obstacle. It’s in the way of our dreams and goals.

Why We Have Lost This Hope

I was listening to Esther Perel, a well renowned couples’ therapist. I don’t know if she is a Christian or not. But she said that the reason why marriage is so hard and the divorce rate in this age is so high is because we believe we can be happier. We pursue happiness more aggressively than those who were before us. From her analysis, in the days of old, people were content with the idea that total happiness is not for this age but the afterlife, whatever the religion.

God (in whatever religion) was the ultimate soulmate, but now our soulmate is this human being, from whom we expect stability, security, novelty, euphoria, mystery, familiarity and all these other needs for a lifetime. We all know, however, how impossible this is, for no man or woman could ever be all that. So, in other words, we are forever chasing and never finding.

This also holds true in our spiritual journey.

We now expect fulfillment in this life. The message we now believe is that we can be happy and fulfilled here on earth as much as we can in Heaven. We now hold on to this notion that we can bring Heaven down to earth.

Am I dismissing that God desires for us to be happy here on earth and that He will provide for all our earthly needs? By no means. This is what I mean. God is Spirit and so is the man He created in His own image. The needs of the spirit man will never be fully satisfied by the physical, but while we are on earth, the earth can only offer us the physical. This is torment to the actual man, the spirit.

You can have all the riches in the world to satisfy the flesh and the body. The spirit, however, is not easily appeased. It will forever search for its home, as it has been subjected to this in HOPE.

Romans 8:21 says that the whole creation, humans included, groan inwardly, as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. This will only happen when Jesus comes back again. This is the HOPE of a Christian, and not just believing that things will get better tomorrow. It is this hope that gives us the strength to endure all forms of suffering, for we will then consider the present sufferings nothing compared to the future glory awaiting us.

Is This Wrong?

Unfortunately, we have become a generation that uses spiritual tools to obtain material possessions thinking we will finally be satisfied. We fast for days and nights for better cars and houses. We climb mountains to pray for God to get us married to this particular person.

Is there anything wrong with this? Definitely not. Jesus told us that if we have any need, we should ask for it from our Father who will be more than willing to do it for us. It is the energy that is concerning though. Our minds are so set on our lives here on earth, it occupies our thoughts, our intentions, and our prayers. We give more, only to receive the blessing of money. We pray harder only when we want something material and yet in the very verse we hold on to (Luke 11 v 9), Jesus went on to talk about God giving us the Holy Spirit when we ask of Him and this is for the growth of the spirit man.

This Growth Is In Preparation For Our Heavenly Home.

We have lost hope because we have now put our hope in a futile world and the things the world offers. Surely, we have gained all these but for most, it is to the detriment of their souls.

In Revelations 3:17, God rebukes the church that has now found comfort in all these earthly blessings like we are now. We measure spirituality by the abundance of earthly blessings and the riches we hold. Our eyes have now been fixed on what God can and should do for the physical man, rather than the spiritual man.

We say, “God should give me this house, God should give me this marriage, God should heal this sick body.” He can definitely do all that; but what will happen to us when He decides to put more focus on the spiritual man instead? When he begins to work on the character and we do not receive what we have prayed, fasted and seeded for in the time frame we expect?

We lose strength.

What happens when our loved one dies, or when we are faced with death? We are paralyzed with fear. And what happens even when we get all these things we desire? We will still get depressed because the real man is not fulfilled. It never will be satisfied by this vain and dying world.

What Christian Hope Does For Us

Now these are the benefits of holding on to this true hope. This hope will make us strong in abundance and in need, in pain and in joy.

  • Romans 12 v 12 shows that in this HOPE we can rejoice even in tribulation.
  • Galatians 5 v 5 shows us we wait eagerly in this HOPE, for us to be fully clothed in righteousness.
  • 1 Peter 1 v 3 shows us that for this reason we were born again, to a living HOPE to an inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled kept in Heaven for us.

This true hope will make us strong even when faced with the death of the physical man. For we know to die is gain because it means we will be with the Lord (Philippians 1 v 21-22). When our loved one dies, we do not grieve as those who do not have hope. We are fully convicted in our spirit that we shall meet again in glory (1 Thessalonians 4 v 13-18)

We have lost hope because we have taken our eyes from Heaven and focused on life on this earth. To be Heavenly minded does not mean to have our heads in the clouds or to forsake our work on earth, but it works rather like a paradox:

As Jesus said in Luke 17 v 33, “Who ever seeks to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.”

Those who seek Heaven will most likely make more positive impact on earth:
  • People will give their all because they know they are storing up treasures in Heaven. Not just for returns on this earth.
  • They will use their gifts wisely to the glory of God because they know that to enter Heaven, you have to do the will of the Father.
  • They will help their friends, family and everyone around them to come to Christ because they also want them to have this same HOPE.

Conclusion

C.S Lewis goes on to say, ”I must keep alive in myself the desire of my true country, which I shall not find till death. I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it my main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.”

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Laminin- DNA PROOF Of Jesus Christ

Laminin Is The DNA Proof of Jesus Christ

Have you ever met those people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ because they want “proof”? History sources, outside of the Bible, and archeology has shown the accuracy of scripture. But in this clip, you will learn about a DNA protein called Laminin.

While you may think that the cross is only coincidence, can you think of Christ without the cross?

Through him all things are made, without him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. (John 1:10)

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Christian Conviction by John Stapleton

John Stapleton

Christian Conviction by John Stapleton

Basic Christianity / Apologetics; Incarnation / 1 John 4:1–6

This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a
person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus
Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of
God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not
acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not
from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist,
which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is
already here.

1 John 4:2-3 NLT

1) False Teachers

As we have seen the last 2 times we were together, John really is going toe-to-toe with the lies that were taught in his day. You might wonder why it is so important to stand for truth. After all, doesn’t discussing doctrine divide people?

Yes, it does. That’s precisely why we need to preach and teach doctrine! The only thing we have to lose are people who are not genuinely following Jesus.

Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the
Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists
have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has
come. These people left our churches, but they never really
belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with
us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.

1 John 2:18-19 NLT

People that leave are antichrists. These are false prophets who claim that they’re authority to speak is from God, when they are merely heretics. They are also subversive as they are taking the trust of people who rely on them to point them to God, when in reality they are guiding people away from him.

These people are opposed to Christ. Some people are opposed to him by denying his incarnation.

…If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that
Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit
of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does
not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not
from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist…

1 John 4:2-3 NLT

Some people were claiming that Jesus never took on flesh. Today, people who promulgate this are the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons. This has serious implications if it is true Jesus isn’t who the Bible shows he is. That means Jesus never died on the cross or rose from the dead. That leaves us hopeless and still in our sins. There would be no assurance of God’s kindness to us.

2) The True Spirit

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already
won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who
lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the
world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we
belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If
they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is
how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the
spirit of deception.

1 John 4:4-6 NLT

John is trying to encourage his listeners. Again, it is a very confusing time in the church with all these lies circulating, but we have “already won a victory over those people” because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and is the best teacher who is not going to steer us wrong.

Not only that, but John gives us a clear system by which to filter out these frauds. He tells us that they have a different perspective or worldview. The ESV renders the Greek as “they speak from the world” (4:5). The world preaches to us too, you know.

Music, TV shows, social media, books and blogs – they are all sermons packaged neatly as “entertainment.” This is an easy concept: if we wrap some ham around the pill, the dog will easily accept the medicine, maybe. Most people don’t realize that the world (as the Bible calls it) is actively preaching that we should be rebellious, ungrateful, sexual deviant and promiscuous, and I could keep the list going.

The World Hates Every Way That God Has Commanded Us To Live.

But John then draws the attention back to where it belongs. What the world is doing and saying isn’t the point. The point is what is true and how God is acting through his church. The point is that these heretics aren’t submitting to apostolic authority, so it doesn’t matter what they say.

But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to
us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us.
That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or
the spirit of deception.

1 John 4:6 NLT

Prayer

Lord, thank you that you have given us a way to spot false
teachers and lies. Not everyone is a heretic but some people
are and it is amazing how some of the same lies are still part
of the conversation today. Thank you that you have given us
the Holy Spirit who always teaches what is true. Amen.

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The Light in the Darkness by Robert M. Hinnen

Robert Hinnen

The Light In The Darkness by Robert M. Hinnen

Why do I feel this darkness even in the light of day
What is this heaviness of spirit that I cannot escape
Is there more to life than this overwhelming drudgery
Who can I turn to, who can rescue me from this misery

and He answered

“For all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory
But I will give you rest from life’s struggles, come to me
I have a plan for your future, this hope is my gift to you
For I am the way to abundant life and righteous truth”

How can I be sure that this good news is for real
Is there anyone who could possibly know how I feel
Why would someone care enough to die for me
Where else can I turn, how can I know with certainty

and He answered

“I am the Good News that brings joy and peace
But I have wept, I have been driven to my knees
My Father sent me, so great is His love and mercy
I am at your heart’s door, knocking, believe in me”

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:4-5

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Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief: Book One by Joy Harding

Boundary Waters Search and Rescue Beyond Belief Book 1

Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief: Book One

Trauma surgeon and co-founder of the Boundary Waters Search and Rescue Unit, Jack Lockwood, was beyond frustrated…

A century blizzard, impassable roads, and gale force winds start Jack’s Monday off the wrong way long before daybreak. To make matters worse, his friend and colleague-the police chief of Ely, Minnesota-orders him to stay home on a morning when the weather virtually guarantees injuries requiring Jack’s skills. Little did he realize that he wouldn’t need to go anywhere to save a life that morning. His next rescue would be in his own front yard, where he finds a half-frozen, gravely injured woman buried in a snowdrift. A woman who needs his help to stay alive long enough to tell her story-why she was out in this kind of weather-bound, battered, and bleeding.

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Spirit Of The Prophets- Consider Elijah- Revive Us Again- (E3) by Michael Furlonger

In this third episode, Michael opens up with The Spirit Of The Prophets and considering the prophet, Elijah. The Spirit Of The Prophets will be a mini-series in the Revive Us Again series.

In this episode, Michael discusses the attitude of Elijah. In 1 Kings 18:16-40, he has humiliates the ‘prophets’ of Baal and Asherah. This would also bring the Israelites to proclaim, “The LORD- he is God!” (1 Kings 18:39). After this proclamation, Elijah ordered that the ‘prophets’ be taken to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered.

The focus on this video though is the sudden change of heart in Elijah. He had just turned the whole nation of Israel back to God and slaughtered the false prophets of Baal, but we find him praying for death. But in 1 Kings 19, he is running away because Queen Jezebel, who would have dinner with the false prophets of Baal and Asherah, threatened to kill him.

He (Elijah) came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (1 Kings 19:4 NIV)

Read 1 Kings 19:1-18 to see how God pulled Elijah through. But, consider, if God can still use Elijah, He can still use you.

This series alone should be well considered. Whether in a personal time of reflection and devotion, or used to reach others with the hope we have in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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