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Submitted to me by Vicki Meizinger, Books Of The Bible Quiz.
Books of the Bible Print this and see if you can circle the 30 books! Sherry Subject: Books of the Bible There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends...One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing in a john boat. Another friend studied it while playing the banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really east to spot. That's a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth sat a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, "The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight." Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. God Bless.

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Submitted by Vicki Meizinger, How To Become A Christian.
HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN I'm glad you have come to read this answer. God wants you to become a Christian. He wants you to be saved from the consequences of your sins, no matter who you are, or what you have done. "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" (John 3:16). If you want to know God personally, if you want God's forgiveness of your sins, if you want God to give you His gift of eternal life, He's willing to save you no matter how many sins you have committed, no matter what you have done, no matter how long you have done it. God's way of salvation is called the Gospel - or the good news. There are some things in the Gospel you must know about and believe. 1. You must believe Jesus is God the Son. Jesus said: "For unless you believe that I am He [God], you shall die in your sins" (John 8:24). The Apostle Paul said about Jesus: "Who, being in very nature God [Greek word is huparchon, which indicates before Jesus came to earth and after His birth, He was always and continuously existing in the form of God], did not consider equality with God something to be grasped" (Philippians 2:6). Jesus said, "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). "Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am [God]" (John 8:58). Here, Jesus was referring back to Exodus 3:10-15 where Moses was standing before God at the burning bush. Moses asked God for His name, "And God said to Moses, 'I Am who I Am'; and He said, 'Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I Am has sent me to you.... This is my name forever and this is my memorial name to all generations.'" In John 8:58 Jesus was claiming to be the "I Am," the very God who brought Moses and Israel out of Egypt. In Matthew 25, Jesus claimed that He alone will come back at the end of the world and be the Judge of ALL men: "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him; He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." For a man to be excluded from Heaven on the last day, all that will be needed is for Jesus to say, "I never knew you." "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness." (Matthew 7:23). In John 10:30-33, Jesus said, "I and the Father are One [In Greek, "one" is neuter-not one person, or one in thinking, but one in essence or nature].' The Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered, 'I showed you many good works from the Father, for which of these are you stoning me?' The Jews answered Him, 'For a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy; and because you, being a man, make yourself out to be God." John 1:1-3; 14 says: "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 came into being through Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:18: "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only [Jesus], who is at the Father's side, has made Him known." Mark 14:61,62: "Again, the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, 'Are you the Christ [the Messiah], the Son of the Blessed One [the Son of God]?' And Jesus said, 'I Am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'" Matthew 20:28: "The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many." Mark 2:5,10,11: "And Jesus...said to the paralytic, 'My son, your sins are forgiven.'... But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,' He said to the paralytic, 'I say to you, "Rise, take up your pallet and go home."'" That's why the Apostle Paul could say, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). 2. We must understand and be willing to admit that sin has separated us from God and keeps us from knowing and experiencing Him. Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:10: "As it is written, there is no one righteous, not even one." Isaiah 53:6: "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way." Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God now and eternally]. The Bible says no matter who we are, none of us have measured up to God's standard, none of us will make it-that is, be accepted by God and allowed into Heaven on the basis of our good lives. Here is how far we have failed to measure up to what God requires. Picture three people coming to the Grand Canyon being chased by an enraged mountain lion. One person says, "We'll have to jump. We have no choice." The problem is, the other side is a mile away. The first person runs as fast as he can and jumps 10 feet and falls all the way to the bottom and dies. The second person tries even harder and jumps 15 feet, but still is a long way from reaching the other side of the canyon. He, too, falls and dies. The third person is an Olympic broad jumper. He runs and jumps farther than all the rest, but still doesn't come close to reaching the other side. Of the three people, even though two were better than the first, none came close to actually making it. The Bible says all of us "have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." 3. How good do I have to be to get into Heaven? Jesus said, "I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). The Jewish people knew that the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law tried to keep over 500 laws in trying to please God. The lay people believed they would never be able to keep all of those laws. In actuality, the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law didn't either. But Jesus told everyone that "unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. A few verses later, Jesus went further and said, "Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). In other words, if you're not as perfect as God, do not even think that you'll be admitted into Heaven. (If you wonder if you have lived perfectly, ask your husband, wife, or family members!) Do you think you have lived a perfect life? None of us have. 4. When you die, the Bible says you will be judged by God. "It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh the judgment [not reincarnation or extinction]" (Hebrews 9:27). When you stand before God, what will He be looking for? "For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law shall be justified" (Romans 2:13). Maybe you are a person who has gone to church all your life and heard the Bible read and preached. But notice, the Bible doesn't say those who have heard the Law will be just before God; but rather, those who have obeyed it. Have you always obeyed God's laws? 5. If we're going to be judged according to how we have obeyed God's Law, how are you doing? When God gave the Ten Commandments, He said, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3). You may say, "I'm not an idolater!" But whatever you put before God, becomes your God. You may have put fame, sports, drugs, money, prestige, or your job before God. If so, you have broken this Law. God said, "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). You say, "I haven't done that." But Jesus said, if you hate someone in your heart, you've broken that Law. When was the last time you told someone, "I hate you!" God said, "You shall not bear false witness" (Exodus 20:16). Everything we say is either true or false-there is no such thing as a "white" lie. Have you lied today? How many lies have you told in the last week, the last month, over your lifetime? God said, "You shall not covet" (Exodus 20:17). Coveting is an intense desire to have what someone else has just because they have it and you don't. Does it bother you when someone else receives a promotion, praise, a better grade, a nicer house, a better car? Then you have broken this law. Or how about this: "Jesus said, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.'" Have you broken this commandment? None of us have loved God with all of our heart, soul, and mind every moment that we have lived. If so, then according to Jesus, you've broken the greatest commandment of them all. That's why the Apostle Paul concluded: "Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by observing the Law" (Romans 3:20). 6. Wrong ways of thinking: "Okay, I have committed a lot of sins, but here is how I will make it up to God." Ray Pritchard, in his book, An Anchor for the Soul, tells a humorous story which depicts our situation before God. Picture a rich, well-dressed man coming up to Saint Peter at the entrance gate to Heaven. He rings the bell and Peter says, "Yes. Can I help you?" The man says, "I would like entrance into Heaven." Peter said, "Excellent, we always want more people in Heaven. All you need to enter is to earn 1,000 points." The man says, "That shouldn't be any problem. I've been a good person all my life. I've been involved in civic things; always given money to charitable causes, and for 25 years I was chairman of the YMCA." Peter writes it all down and says, "That's a marvelous record. Let me see, that will be one point." With a look of fear on his face, the man says, "Wait a minute! There's more. I was married to my wife for 45 years and I was always faithful. We had five children-three boys and two girls. I always loved them and I made sure they got a good education. I took care of them and they all turned out all right. I was a very good family man." Saint Peter says, "I am very impressed with your life. We don't get many people like you up here. That will be another point." The man is really sweating now and starts to shake with fear. He says, "Peter, you don't seem to understand. I was a member in my church. I went every Sunday. Further, I gave money every time they passed the plate. I was a deacon, sang in the choir, and I even taught Sunday School class." Saint Peter said, "Your record is certainly admirable. That'll be another point. Now let me add this up: That's one, two, three points. I believe we only need 997 more." Astonished and trembling, the man falls to his knees and in desperation says, "But for the grace of God, nobody could get in there!!" Peter looks at him, smiles and says, "Congratulations! The grace of God is worth 1,000 points." A lot of people think that the way they are going to have their sins forgiven and get into Heaven is to believe in Jesus and do something! They think by believing in Jesus and being baptized, or becoming a church member, or doing good deeds, or by the taking of the sacraments that their belief in Jesus plus their good works will get them into Heaven. The Bible utterly condemns such thinking: "It is not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy Christ saved us" (Titus 3:5). "By the works of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight" (Romans 3:20). 7. 7. If we have not lived a perfect life, if we have broken many of the Ten Commandments, then how will we ever be accepted before God? On what basis will He allow us into Heaven? What if we could stand before God and use the record of Jesus' life as the record of how we lived? Jesus lived a perfect life. He never sinned once. He said He always obeyed the will of His Father. Certainly, if we could stand before God and use Jesus' track record, God would accept us. As unbelievable as it sounds, God has provided Jesus' righteous life as a gift to be legally credited to us, and has also paid the total penalty for our sins. The Apostle Paul says: "But now a righteousness from God [a righteousness we need and don't have] apart from law [apart from our keeping the Law], has been made known,...this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe" (Romans 3:21,22). Did you get that? How can you or I become as perfect as God in order to get into Heaven? The good news is that God Himself made the way. He did so by doing two things. He provided a Substitute to pay the penalty for all of our sins, and in addition, provides the righteousness we need as a gift, the moment we believe in Christ. The Substitute God provided to pay for our sins was Jesus. "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus was the "righteous" One. When He died, He paid for the sins of the unrighteous-that's you and me-to bring us to God. Every lustful thought, every harsh word, every greedy deed, all of your sins and mine were picked up and legally put to Christ's account. Then He was punished in full for what we had done. "God made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Notice, there is a transfer, a crediting of our sins to Christ legally. Jesus knew no sin-that is, He never committed any sin of His own. Also, He died so that we might be credited the righteousness of God "in Him." Here, Paul says, God made it possible that Jesus' perfect track record of His life might be credited to us, even though we are sinners. "For he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, and each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:5,6) 8. Question: On what basis will God credit Christ's righteousness to sinners? Answer: The perfect righteousness provided by God Himself will be given to you the moment you place your faith in Christ. "But to the one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned [credited, counted] as righteousness" (Romans 4:5). Notice, God justifies ungodly or wicked people who place their faith in Christ. "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, there is no difference,..." (Romans 3:22). 9. Question: This sounds too good to be true. Do you mean to say that I don't have to do anything? I just have to put my trust in Christ and believe that He will save me, forgive me, and give me eternal life? Answer: Yes. According to Ephesians 2:8,9: "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, that no one should boast." Grace is God's unmerited favor given to sinners who don't deserve it. 10. Question: Why would God provide such a gift for me? Answer: The Bible says that even before you were born, God loved you and desired to have a personal relationship with you. Therefore, He went ahead and made it possible for you to know Him. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "For the wages of sin is death [spiritual separation from God] but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). "For He [God] chose us in Him before the creation of the world" (Ephesians 1:4). God wants to give you His gift of salvation. You can't earn that gift, you can only accept it or reject it. For example, if a girl has a boyfriend and he comes to her door with a box of candy, what if he said, "I'd like to give you this box of candy as a gift if you'll go out and wash my car." We all know that if the girl washed his car, then the candy wouldn't be a gift-she would have earned it. A gift is something someone gives without you doing anything. God says He is giving away the gift of eternal life to those who will receive His gift-what Christ has already done for you. 11. God has provided only one way of salvation, not many ways. There is only one way to receive the forgiveness of your sins and the gift of eternal life. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12 ). "For Christ died for your sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Peter 3:18). "Now brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you, otherwise you have believed in vain. What I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures,...whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believe" (1 Corinthians 15:1-3). "As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell!" (Galatians 1:9). 12. Question: How can I receive Christ into my life? Answer: We receive Christ into our life by personal invitation. [Jesus is speaking]: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:10). "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). Notice, the Bible says Jesus is knocking on your heart's door. He is powerful enough to beat it down-but He doesn't. He won't force His way into your life. If you want Him, you must open your life to Him. You can open your life by praying [calling] to Him and telling Him you are receiving Him and what He did for you by faith. 13. We must believe in Christ. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40). "Then Jesus said, 'The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent'" (John 6:29). "Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). 14. Question: Do I need a lot of faith to receive Christ? What if I don't feel that I have enough faith? Answer: Realize that in one sense, it is not the amount of faith that saves you-it is in whom you put your faith. The question you should ask: "Is the Savior strong enough and dependable enough to save me when I ask? " Picture a two-story building that's on fire. You happen to be on the top floor. The fire is coming up from the bottom and there is no escape. You run to the roof and see a fire truck pull up to the front. Five big firemen get out and unfold a great big net. They look up at you and say, "Jump!" Your first thought is, "You've got to be kidding! I'm two stories up. I can't jump." But the firemen say, "Don't you have faith? We'll catch you." Now, you don't have a lot of faith, but with fear and trembling, you jump off the roof. As a result, the firemen catch you. It's not your faith that saved you, it was the firemen. But they couldn't save you until you jumped. Now, let's change the story a little bit. Picture another person on the roof with the fire coming toward them. This man sees the firemen. And unlike you, he has a lot of faith. He confidently jumps off the roof, only to discover halfway down that the firemen have no net; they are just standing around holding hands. How much will the man's faith save him then? You better have real firemen holding a real net, or your faith won't save you. In salvation, it's not how much faith you have or how sincere you are; rather, everything depends on the object of your faith. Have you placed your faith in a real Savior? It's not your faith that saves you, it's Jesus who saves you. You just need to step off and place yourself in His hands. The more deeply we believe that Christ did all that is necessary in providing our salvation, the greater our assurance will be when we place our trust in Him. We might begin with a small faith (Christ said that faith the size of a mustard seed is all that is required), but know that in time our faith will grow. But whether our faith is little or much, it must be directed to Christ alone, for God accepts only those who accept His Son. 15. What is saving faith? Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24). "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40). R. T. Kendall describe what saving faith is: "We are saved because we are persuaded that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the God-Man, and that He paid our debt by His shed blood on the cross.... If we are not persuaded that Christ has paid our debt, there can be no assurance of saving faith, hence no assurance of salvation." 16. What is not saving faith? Believing on Jesus is not just accepting facts about Him: that He is God, that He loves you, that He died on the cross and paid for your sins, and is willing to forgive you. True belief is when you transfer all of your trust to Jesus to save you personally. Knowledge about the facts of Jesus' life, death and resurrection for us is not enough. I can believe two plus two equals four and have no personal commitment or dependence on anyone in believing those facts. Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus by night (described in John chapter 3). He believed Jesus was a teacher come from God-but this was not enough for Nicodemus to have saving faith. He still had to put his trust in Christ for salvation. He had to believe in Him. In Acts 26, the Apostle Paul was on trial before King Agrippa. King Agrippa also apparently believed many facts about Jesus' life, but he was still not saved. Paul said, "King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe" (Acts 26:27). Yet Agrippa did not have saving faith, for later he said to Paul, "In a short time you think to make me a Christian" (Acts 26:28). Belief in the biblical sense encompasses trust. Trust in Christ is not just belief in facts about Christ, but personally entrusting oneself to Christ. For example, I've spoken at conferences at Niagara Falls many times. I've learned that in the past, a famous tightrope walker strung a wire across Niagara Falls from the Canadian to the American side. In front of a stunned audience, he got up on the wire and walked across the Falls. He then put a wheelbarrow on the wire, filled it with about 225 pounds of sandbags and took the wheelbarrow across the Falls. When he came back, he said to the many bystanders, "How many of you think that I could take a person, put them in the wheelbarrow and safely take them across the Falls and back?" Everybody in the crowd said, "Yes! We believe you can do that." But then he said, "All right, who will be the first to get in?" You see, it's one thing to say you believe, it's another thing to entrust yourself personally to Christ. Saving faith takes place when you are willing to put yourself in Christ's hands and totally trust Him with your sins and your eternal destiny. 17. You can receive Christ now by faith through prayer (prayer is talking with God). God knows our heart and is not so concerned with our words as He is with the attitude of our heart. The following is just a suggested prayer. You can pray your own prayer. It's not the prayer, putting up your hand, or walking an aisle in a church that saves you. It is the attitude of your heart and of trusting in Christ that saves you. "Dear Lord Jesus, I admit to you that I have sinned. I know that I cannot save myself. Thank you for dying on the cross and being my sin-bearer. I believe that your death was for me and I receive your sacrifice on my behalf. As best I can, I now transfer all of my trust from myself and anything that I would do, to you. I open the door of my life to you and by faith receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Amen." 18. How do you know that Christ is in your life? "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20). According to this verse, Christ said that if anyone will invite Him into their life, He will come in to him. The Apostle John wrote: "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God in order that you may know that you have eternal life" (John 5:13). If you have entrusted yourself to Christ and have believed in Him, the Scripture says God wants you to know - not guess - that you have eternal life. "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). He promises to save when you call and trust in Christ. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). If Christ is in your life, know that He will never leave you. In Hebrews 13:5, we read: "God has said, 'Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.'" In reading these words, maybe God has spoken to you and urged you to place your trust in Christ. If so, go to God right now. Accept Christ as the One who died for you and will save you. Call to the Lord and receive from Him what you cannot provide for yourself. God sent His Son to die for you so you could be forgiven and know Him personally. He is serious about this, so with confidence, talk to Him. Admit you are a sinner, tell Him you believe Christ died for you and is willing to save you now. Tell Him you're entrusting yourself to Him from this moment on. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31) THE JOHN ANKERBERG Show.

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Submitted to me By Cynthia Swilley, God is at the window.
God is At the Window There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play without in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes."But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes. Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said," Well that's alright. because Johnny told me he wanted to help. She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's he finally couldn't stand it any longer. came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you." Thought for the day and everyday there after: Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done -- and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred, anger,unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.)whatever it is, you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven.He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets It is by God's Grace and Mercy that we are saved. Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today. Share this with a friend and always remember . God is at the window!

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Submitted by Vicki Meizinger, Interesting facts.
IRAQ - VERY INTERESTING - DID YOU KNOW? 1 The garden of Eden was in Iraq. 2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization! 3. Noah built the ark in Iraq. 4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq 5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq! 6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq. 7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq. 8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq. 9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel. 10. Amos cried out in Iraq! 11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem. 12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq! 13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the fiery furnace!) 14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the "writing on the wall" in Iraq. 15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq. 16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq. 17. The wise men were from Iraq. 18. Peter preached in Iraq. 19. The "Empire of Man" described in Revelation is called Babylon,which was a city in Iraq! And you have probably seen this one. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq, means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible. No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated it than Iraq. And also... This is something to think about! Since America is typically represented by an eagle. Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages... The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible) Koran (9:11) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace. (Note the verse number!) Hmmmmmmm?!

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Submitted By Jessi,Rathwell Potato chip dancing
Potato chip dancing Is God Dancing On Your Potato Chips? Not too long ago I had "one of those days." I was feeling pressure from a writing deadline. I had company arriving in a couple days and the toilet was clogged. I went to the bank, and the trainee teller processing my deposit had to start over three times. I swung by the supermarket to pick up a few things and the lines were serpentine. By the time I got home, I was frazzled and sweaty and in a hurry to get something on the table for dinner. Deciding on Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, I grabbed a can opener, cranked open the can, then remembered I had forgotten to buy milk at the store. Nix the soup idea. Setting the can aside, I went to plan "B", which was leftover baked beans. I grabbed the Tupperware container from the fridge, popped the seal, took a look and groaned. My husband isn't a picky eater, but even HE won't eat baked beans that look like caterpillars. Really frustrated now, I decided on a menu that promised to be as foolproof as it is nutrition-free: hot dogs and potato chips. Retrieving a brand new bag of chips from the cupboard, I grabbed the cellophane and gave a hearty pull. The bag didn't open. I tried again. Nothing happened. I took a breath, doubled my muscle, and gave the bag a hearty wrestle. With a loud pop, the cellophane suddenly gave way, ripping wide from top to bottom. Chips flew sky high. I was left holding the bag, and it was empty. It was the final straw. I let out a blood curdling scream. "I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!" My husband heard my unorthodox cry for help. Within minutes he was standing at the doorway to the kitchen, where he surveyed the damage: an opened can of soup, melting groceries, moldy baked beans, and one quivering wife standing ankle deep in potato chips. My husband did the most helpful thing he could think of at the moment. He took a flying leap, landing flat-footed in the pile of chips. And then he began to stomp and dance and twirl, grinding those chips into my linoleum in the process! I stared. I fumed. Pretty soon I was working to stifle a smile. Eventually I had to laugh. And finally I decided to join him. I, too, took a leap onto the chips. And then I danced. Now I'll be the first to admit that my husband's response wasn't the one I was looking for. But the truth is, it was exactly what I needed. I didn't need a cleanup crew as much as I needed an attitude adjustment, and the laughter from that rather funky moment provided just that. So now I have a question for you, and it's simply this: Has God ever stomped on your chips? I know that, in my life, there have been plenty of times when I've gotten myself into frustrating situations and I've cried out for help, all the while hoping God would show up with a celestial broom and clean up the mess. What often happens instead is that God dances on my chips, answering my prayer in a completely different manner than I had expected, but in the manner that is best for me after all. Sometimes I can see right away that God's response was the best one after all. Sometimes I have to wait weeks or months before I begin to understand how and why God answered a particular prayer the way he did. There are even some situations that, years later, I'm still trying to understand. I figure God will fill me in sooner or later, either this side of Heaven or beyond. Do I trust Him? Even when he's answering my prayers in a way that is completely different from my expectations? Even when he's dancing and stomping instead of sweeping and mopping:? Can I embrace what He's offering? Can I let His joy adjust my attitude? Am I going to stand on the sidelines and sulk, or am I willing to learn the steps of the dance he's dancin' with my needs in mind? I'll be honest with you: Sometimes I sulk. Sometimes I dance. I'm working on doing more of the latter than the former. I guess the older I get the more I realize that He really does know what He's doing. He loves me and I can trust Him. Even when the chips are down "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves, do what it says". James 2:11 (NIV)

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This has been submitted by Kelly Williams.
It is one of the readings from her devotional,
that the Lord has inspired her to write.
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January 1 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps 118:24, KJV.) I have two choices in this new day that God has given me. I can either stay in bed and complain about facing the day ahead, or I can get up, rejoicing in expectation of what great things God has in store for me today! Lord, how can I be a blessing to the people you will put in my path? Help me to use every opportunity that You give me, whether good or bad, for your glory.

This Is The Day A devotional written by Kelly Williams

This Is The Day A devotional written by Kelly Williams

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Submitted by Kelly Williams Last Night With the Lord.
At around midnight on Saturday, June 11, 2005, I had a unique experience. It all happened in my mind, but it was so real and so profound. Before I even begin to tell you about it, though, I want you to know that I and my human, finite mind could not have made any of this up. To God be the glory for everything that he showed me. Trying to use words to describe it is practically impossible, but I pray that you will be as blessed by this as I was. I was walking with the Lord in a garden. He was putting my hands on the different kinds of flowers, some felt like big roses and some felt like daisies. Their smells were very sweet and undescribable. Then, the scene changed to me worshiping Jesus at His feet. Then, it changed again. I cannot remember the exact reference now, but there is a scripture that tells how the Redeemed of the Lord will each be given a crown as a reward for all of the good works they had done. I was given the crown and like the scripture said, I was going to lay it at Jesus' feet. I was reminded of the music ministry that I am involved in and all the CD's the Lord has inspired me to make, all for His glory. I knew that the Lord had blessed me with all these things and that I needed to give them back to Him. So I laid them down at His feet, and it occurred to me that I needed to leave them there. Immediately after I left all of that at Jesus' feet, I started flying, floating up into the air, and even doing gymnastic-type things, (things that I do not do here on this Earth at all). I was flipping and flopping every which way. Then, I was on the Lord's shoulder and I slid down again, and then he was carrying me in His arms. It occurred to me that this is where I started from. He put me down so that I could walk with Him in the garden, but the whole time before that and even now, He was and still is carrying me. Scenes from my past quickly flashed through my mind and I realized that all through those times, He was carrying me. Even in the bad things, He was carrying me. That meant that He knew what was happening. He was allowing it for my good and for His glory, and not for the evil that might have otherwise been intended. Then, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance how so many times I have trusted in and depended upon other people for so many things. TheLord wanted and still wants my complete and utter dependance to be upon Him. Mere humans will (and have) let me down, but He never will (and never has). The whole time, I kept thanking Him and worshiping Him for always carrying me and always being in control. When it was over, I asked Him to give me a scripture to back up the huge lesson that I had learned. Here it is, from Isaiah 40:11, He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. I pray to not get worked up over trivial things now that I know that Jesus is carrying me. Remember, He is carrying you, too.

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I love you, Submitted by Katie Chandler

God made Woman > > By the time the Lord made woman, He was into his > > sixth day of working overtime. > > > > An angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so > > much time on this one?" > > And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her? > > She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, > > have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable > > and able to run on diet coke and leftovers, have a > > lap that can hold four children at one time, > > have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped > > knee to a broken heart > > -and she will do everything with only two hands." > > > > The angel was astounded at the requirements. > > "Only two hands!? No way! > > And that's just on the standard model? > > That's too much work for one day. > > Wait until tomorrow to finish." > > > > But I won't," the Lord protested. > > "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own > > heart. > > She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hour days." > > > > The angel moved closer and touched the woman. > > "But you have made her so soft, Lord." > > > > "She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. > > You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish." > > > > "Will she be able to think?", asked the angel. > > > > The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able > > to > > reason and negotiate." > > > > The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, > > touched the woman's cheek. > > "Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model. > > I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one." > > > > "That's not a leak," the Lord corrected, "that's a tear!" > > "What's the tear for?" the angel asked. > > > > The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her > > joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, > > her grief and her pride." > > The angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of > > everything! > > Woman is truly amazing." > > > > And she is! > > Women have strengths that amaze men. > > They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, > > love and joy. > > They smile when they want to scream. > > They sing when they want to cry. > > They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. > > They fight for what they believe in. > > They stand up to injustice. > > They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe > > there is a better solution. > > They go without so their family can have. > > They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. > > They love unconditionally. > > They cry when their children excel and cheer when > > their friends get awards. > > They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. > > Their hearts break when a friend dies. > > They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when > > They think there is no strength left. > > They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. > > Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. > > They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care > > about you. > > The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning. > > They bring joy, hope and love. > > They have compassion and ideals. > > They give moral support to their family and friends. > > Women have vital things to say and everything to give. > > > > HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN, > > IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

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GOD LEADS AN EASY Life submitted by Vicki Breffe, & Michael Park (with acknowledgements to: The Sunday Times, 26 December, 1976). At the end of time, billions of people were scattered on a vast plain before God's throne. Some of the groups talked heatedly - not with cringing shame, but with belligerence. "How can God judge us? How can he know about suffering?" snapped one woman. She jerked back a sleeve to reveal a tatooed number from a Nazi concentration camp. "We endured terror, beatings, torture, death". In another group, a black man lowered his shirt collar. "What about this?" he angrily demanded, showing an ugly rope burn. "Linched for no crime but being black!" We have suffocated in slave ships, being wrenched from loved ones, toiled till only death gave release." Far across the plain were hundreds such groups. Each one had a complaint against God for the evil and suffering he permitted in this world. How lucky God was to live in heaven where all was sweetness and light, where there was no weeping, no fear, no hatred. Indeed, what did God know about what man had to endure in this world? "After all, God leads a pretty sheltered life," they said. So each group sent out a leader, chosen because he had suffered most. There was a Jew, a black, an untouchable from India, an illegitimate person from Hiroshima, and one from a Siberian slave camp. In the centre of the plain they consulted with one another. At last, they were ready to present their case. It was rather simple: Before God would be qualified to be their judge, he must endure what they had endured. Their decision was that God should be sentenced to live on earth as a man. But because he was God, they set certain safeguards to be sure that he would not use his divine powers to help himself. Let him be born a Jew. Let the legitimacy of his birth be doubted, so that none will really know who is his father. Let him champion a cause so just, but so radical that it brings down on him the hate and condemnation of every major and established religious authority. Let him try to describe what no man has ever tasted, seen, heard or smelt - let him try to communicate God to man. Let him be betrayed by his dearest friends. Let him be indicted on false charges, tried before a prejudiced jury and convicted by a cowardly judge. Let him see what it is to be terribly alone and completely abandoned by every living thing. Let him be tortured and let him die the most humiliating death with the most common thieves. As each leader announced his portion of the sentence, loud murmurs of approval went up from the throng. When the last had finished pronouncing sentence, there was a long silence. No one uttered another word. No one moved. For suddenly all knew. GOD HAD ALREADY SERVED HIS SENTENCE.

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Submitted by Doll P.U.S.H.
p.u.s.h. A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to Push against the rock with all his might... So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, Pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: ( He will do it every time ) "You have been Pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved." Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough." That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of Prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to The Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in Your Service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?" The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to Push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to Push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be Obedient and to Push and to exercise your Faith and trust in My Wisdom. That you have done. Now, I, my friend, will move the rock." At times, when we hear a Word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He Wants, when actually what God wants is just Simple Obedience and Faith in Him. By all means, exercise The Faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God Who Moves The Mountains. When everything seems to go wrong... just P.U.S.H.! When the job gets you down... just P.U.S.H.! When people don't do as you think they should... just P.U.S.H .! When you can't find the right work... just P.U.S.H.! When your money is "gone" and the bills are due... just P.U.S.H! When people just don't understand you... just P.U.S.H.! P = Pray U = Until S = Something H = Happens.

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The Cross, submitted by Kelly Williams.
The Cross
The young man was at the end of his rope.
Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer.
"Lord, I can't go on," he said."I have too heavy a cross to bear."
The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight,
just place your cross inside this room.
Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish."
The man was filled with relief.
"Thank you, Lord," he sighed, and did as he was told.
Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses,
some so large the tops were not visible.
Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall.
"I'd like that one Lord," he whispered.
And the Lord replied, " My son, that is the cross you just brought in."
When Life's problems seem overwhelming,
it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with.
You may consider yourself far more fortunate than you imagined.

YOUR CROSS
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine after the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall,
But God's always there to help through it all.

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Do You Have the time, submitted by Jessi Rathwell,
I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work For bills would soon be due.
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.
All day long I had no time To spread a word of cheer
No time to speak of Christ to friends, They'd laugh at me I'd fear.
No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to die.
I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God held a book;
It was the book of life.
God looked into his book and said "Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down, But never found the time."

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Healing power of Jesus turns Muslims to Christ
submitted by Evangelist Satin Boykinds

Healing power of Jesus turns Muslims to Christ 29 Nov 2005 - Source: Friday Fax Dr. John Chacha grew up in a poor family in Tanzania and Kenya. Today, he is a ministry partner with prophetic teacher Rick Joyner and lives in Virginia, USA. The following is an excerpt of his life story, told during the Levites' Camp in Switzerland recently: "As I was growing up, even the poor called us poor, and we often had nothing to eat. I was terrible at school; the teacher called me a failure and predicted that I would end up a thief. But someone told me about Jesus, and invited me to a Christian church, where I found the Lord. In my predominantly Islamic surroundings, people who came to Jesus often had to pay a very high price. One young man told his family that he had found Jesus; they laid him on the railway tracks so that a train ran over him, killing him. Following my conversion, I returned home with mixed feelings. I called my family together and told them that I had found Jesus. My father was very sad, telling me that I could not believe in Jesus and remain a member of the family. I should renounce Jesus, or he would kill me. I could not renounce, so he took a heavy rod to smash my skull. I let it happen - but every time the rod almost hit my head, it rebounded supernaturally. My father struck three times, three times the rod rebounded. Then he dropped it and started to cry. Nobody understood what had just happened. I had to leave my family, and spent the following three weeks reading the Bible day and night. My performance at school began to change dramatically from one of the worst to best in class. Finally, my father summoned me. He kneeled next to his bed, saying "Son, I want this Jesus who you have. Can you pray for me to receive Jesus?" Today, my family loves Jesus; my mother is a pastor, as are some of my brothers. I began serving Jesus as a student. Once, I went with some other students to a predominantly Muslim island to preach. We set up our loudspeakers and told the people that we were there to tell them about Jesus. The Mullah immediately began heckling. "We don't believe that Jesus was the Son of God, just a prophet. Get off our island, or we will kill you. You have a few minutes to pack up and leave." So we packed up, because none of us wanted to die. But the Spirit of the Lord told me "Go back. If they cannot accept Jesus as the Son of God, I have another idea." So we went back, set up the loudspeakers again,and started to sing. The people came, but with stones in their hands, just waiting to stone us. I told them "We are not here to tell you about Jesus the Son of God, but about Jesus, the doctor!" "Jesus the doctor? OK, tell us about him," they said. I asked whether they had any sick. "Bring me a sick person. We will pray for them in the name of Jesus. If they are healed, will you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, crucified, risen and sitting at the right hand of God?" "If your Jesus can do that, then he is not only the Son of God, he is God himself!" they replied. They brought someone, but it was a shock for me. I had been expecting someone with a headache or back pain, but they brought a blind woman. My faith almost vanished. I prayed "God, please let the earth open up and swallow me." The other students started to vanish in the crowd, because I had told them to make their escape. In this moment of my weakness, the Holy Spirit said to me "Son, I am strong enough to defend my own Word. You do not need to defend me. Your job is just to believe." So I just prayed a very simple prayer: "God, open these blind eyes, so that these people recognise that Jesus is the Son of God." The power of God came upon the woman, her eyes opened and she shouted "I can see! I can see!" I started shouting, too! "The Bible works! The Word of God is real!" The Mullah came to me, saying "We give you our mosque. Please tell our people about Jesus, the Son of God". 29 Nov 2005

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Remember My Birthday????!!!!!! Submitted by Reverend Christopher Woods.
Remember my Birthday???????!!!!!!
As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday. Every year there is a celebration in my honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated. During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking about my birthday getting closer and closer. It is really very nice to know that, at least once a year, some people think of me. As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago. At first, people seemed to understand and be thankful for all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration. Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don't know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts. But, do you want to know something? I wasn't invited. I was the guest of honor and they didn't remember to send me an invitation. The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face......... and I wanted to be with them and share their table. In truth, that didn't surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me. Since I was not invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner. They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a great time. To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying : "Santa Claus, Santa Claus"... as if the party were in his honor ! At 12 midnight all the people began to hug each other ; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and .... do you know .... no one hugged me. Suddenly, they all began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me. How would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one ? I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left. Every year it gets worse. People only remember the food and drink, the gifts, the parties- and nobody remembers me. This Christmas, I would like you to allow me to enter into your life. I would like you to recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you. Today, I only want you to believe this with all you heart. I want to share something with you. As many didn't invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I'm still making the final arrangements. Today, I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you. I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book. Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party. Those who don't answer the invitation will be left outside. Do you know how you can answer this invitation? it is by extending it to others whom you care for... I'll be waiting for all of you to attend my party this year... See you soon .... I love you ! Jesus

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Man or Male, submitted by Evangelist satin Boykinds.

the bold_ beautiful] Man or Male, By Kendall Ficklin
What is your definition of a Man?
If you ask that question to a group of men you'll hear many different answers
depending upon environment and upbringing.
Some may say he is a man when he has reached a certain age,
some may say when he has moved out from under mom's roof and has his own car and apartment,
and some believe that making a certain amount of money is attaining manhood.
None of these things, however, are characteristics of a man.
Manhood is a process, a transition from maleness.
The chart below states some of the differences between a male and a man.
Are You A Male Or A Man

Man Male does not carry a grudge looks for ways to get even looks to better himself; he invests in his success complains that he has to stay where he is gives to his community takes from his community is measured by his character is measured by his sex drive is a protector of women in general and committed to one woman in particular views a woman as an object of pleasure, and isn't committed to anything! word is his bond has no word, he will tell you what you want to hear A Real man is a leader is a follower thinks with is big head thinks with his little head uses his intellect and emotions to make decisions makes emotional decisions

Males Are Born But Men Are Made
As you can see there are some distinctions between males and men. Being
a man is not easy, especially when you understand a man's roles and responsibilities.
I was speaking with a brother one day, and he said to me, "Bro, this being a man thing is hard!"
I knew exactly where he was coming from. Walking in manhood can be overwhelming
because were going through the process of being reshaped, renewed, restored and completely retrained.
Most of us have been operating as males with sprinklings of manhood.
For example, some of us may find a good woman,
marry her, provide for her financially,
sometimes emotionally, and do most things right.
After about nine months to a year when she starts "trippin" because we're hanging out with the fellas,
that's when we meet the other woman and revert to being a male.
You see, a man has emotions but is not ruled by them.
So when his wife starts "trippin", he doesn't allow her actions to dictate his reaction.
A man understands that he is held accountable by God for the way he treats his wife
regardless of the way she may be treating him.

The Making Of A Man
God created man to have dominion, to be a ruler,
and to master his environment
He created us in the beginning to be totally dependent on Him,
He taught us directly.
He instructed us and gave us our assignments.
So, the making of a man was founded in and through Him.
The only way this transition into manhood can take place is that we go back to Him.

1 Corinthians 13:11 states "When I was a child, I spake as a child,
I understood as a child,
I thought as a child:
but when I became a man,
I put away childish things".

Keys To Becoming A Real Man
God created man to be a Protector, Cultivator, Visionary, Leader and Provider:

Provider
In Genesis 2:15 God put His man, Adam in a garden
and gave him his first assignment, to work.
Work was given to him to advance the purpose of God.
God wanted Adam to have fulfillment, and to enable him to provide for his own needs
as well as those for whom he would eventually be responsible for.
Notice that before he gave the man a woman he gave him work.
Therefore a man needs work before he takes on a wife.
A provider finds a way to supply for his family's need.
He plans ahead and anticipates needs before they arise.

Protector:
When God put us in the garden to take care of it,
not only did he want us to work in it and cultivate it,
but he wanted us to also protect it,
and all the animals, the plants, and the woman that he put there for us.
We are natural protectors,
designed by God to protect everything we are responsible for.

Cultivator:
To cultivate means to make something better than it was when you first received it.
Look at your woman, how many of us are really cultivating our women?
Single Brothers: You should be cultivating every woman that comes into your circle.
They should leave you a better person, NOT Pregnant,
or emotionally abused after we've run so much game on them.
Married Men: We have this picture in our minds of what we want our wives to be
and when she doesn't measure up to that we blame her.
Ask yourself, what have you put into her?
What kind of deposits have you made into her spirit?
Have you cultivated her to be what you envision? Or what she envisions for herself?
Do you know what her goals and dreams are?
How are you helping her achieve them?
A woman is like a seed, and we are water and light for her.
If we pour into her and shine our light on her,
she will blossom into a beautiful, compassionate, nurturing, submissive, help mate.
Then you can look at her proudly and say "look at what I have cultivated".

Visionary:
Proverbs 29:18 says "Where there is no vision the people perish".
To have vision means to conceive something in your mind
and then move toward bringing that vision into reality.
Every man should have a vision for his life.
If he is married, he should have a vision for his family.
The vision should include but not limited to Faith, Family, and Finances.
We should have short term and long term goals,
and they should be attainable.
Most of us don't have a vision for our family
and we wonder why our wives and children won't submit to us.
Brothers, look at the word submission,
the prefix "sub" means under, and mission simply means goal or vision.
So submitting is coming under one's goals and vision.
Well, brother she won't submit if you don't have a vision for her to submit under.

Leader:
Every man is created by God to lead
and a man should display leadership characteristics.
Some men run away from the responsibility of leadership.
They are selfish, only concerned about their own needs
and not the needs of others.
Take a look at some leadership characteristics listed below:

Men, we are on our way. The first step was reading this article.
Now you know what a man is, God winks at ignorance
but holds us all responsible for what we know.

Let's start the transition into manhood now!

144 titles, names, and offices of Jesus Christ in the Bible submitted by Kelly Williams
144 titles, names, and offices of Jesus Christ in the Bible There are 144 different names and titles for Jesus listed here. They describe the character of Jesus, the greatness of His glory and power, and also how He came to earth as a servant to provide us with many blessings, most especially as the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. Block quote start Adam, the last Adam: (1 Corinthians 15:45) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit Advocate: (1 John 2:1). Lawyer, presents your case, stands beside you. Almighty: (Revelation 1:8). All powerful, ruler of all. Alpha and Omega: (Revelation 1:8,17, 2:8, 21:6, 22:13). First and Last: (Revelation 1:17, 22:13). The beginning and the end of everything. (21:6, 22:13) Amen: The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God's creation (Revelation 3:14). Apostle of our profession: (Hebrews 3:1). Author and Finisher of our Faith: (Hebrews 12:2). Author of Eternal Salvation: (Hebrews 5:9). Beginning of the Creation of God: (Revelation 3:14). The Beginning and the End of everything. (21:6, 22:13). Alpha and Omega: (Revelation 1:8,17, 2:8, 21:6, 22:13). First and Last: (Revelation 1:17, 22:13). Only Begotten Son: (John 1:14,18). Unique, sole, & no like or equal. He is the Word of God, and God always had Word... there is no God without Word, from eternity. Beloved Son: (Matthew 12:18). The Beloved (Eph 1:6). Blessed and Only Potentate: (1 Timothy 6:15). High officer, great authority, mighty. The Bridegroom (Mark 2:19-20; Mattew 9:15; Luke 5:34-35; John 3:29) Branch: (Isaiah 4:2). Supplies the nutrient, sustenance of life, Holy Spirit. Bread of life: (John 6:32). Satisfies, strengthens and sustains. Law vs faith. Captain of Salvation: (Hebrews 2:10). Chief Shepherd: (1 Peter 5:4) Christ (In Greek), the Son of the living God, Christ of God: (Matthew 16:16, Luke 9:20, John 1:41): Messiah in Hebrew, anointed one, chosen one. Church, The Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23) Consolation of Israel: (Luke 2:25). Corner-stone: (Psalm 118:22, Isaiah 28:16, Zechariah 10:4, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6). Main foundation, center supports, entire structure. Counsellor: (Isaiah 9:6). Guild, instructs, stands besides us. Creator: (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17). Made all things, established and controls everything. David, The root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star (Rev 22:16). Son of David, son of Abraham: (Matthew 1:1). Dayspring or Rising Sun: (Luke 1:78). Deliverer: (Romans 11:26). Desire of the Nations: (Haggai 2:7) Door, the Door of the Sheep: (John 10:7,9). Person, method, technique, manner to enter life & fill needs. Elect of God: (Isaiah 42:1 Emmanuel/Immanuel, God with us: (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23) . God's real presence with us. The Immanuel Everlasting (Eternal) Father: (Isaiah 9:6). Always exists. Faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth: (Revelation 1:5). Dependable, resurrected, ruler of the kings. Like the Father, Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:6). The best picture of the Father is Jesus in Bethlehem or at Calvary, or as carpenter... First and Last: (Revelation 1:17, 22:13). Alpha and Omega: (Revelation 1:8,17, 2:8, 21:6, 22:13). The beginning and the end of everything. (21:6, 22:13) First Begotten of the Dead: (Revelation 1:5). Forerunner: (Hebrews 6:20). Glory of the Lord: (John 17:1, Isaiah 40:5, Isaiah 42:8, 48:11). the glory of the One and Only, the Only Begotten (John 1:14). God: (John 1:1-3, 20:28, Colossians 1:15-17, Titus 2:13, Isaiah 40:3) Spirit, who creates, maintains, controls and substances all things. God Blessed for Ever: (Romans 9:5). God's glory: (Hebrews 1:3), The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. God manifest in the flesh: (1 Timothy 3:16), God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory God, the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation (Col 1:15). God with us, Immanuel: (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23). God's real presence with us. Good shepherd: (John 10:11). Protects, provides, leads, and heals. Governor: (Matthew 2:6). Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ: (Titus 2:13). Great High Priest: (Hebrews 4:14). Head of the Church: (Ephesians 1:22). Hair of All Things: (Hebrews 1:2). High Priest Forever: Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (Heb.6:20). Holy Child Jesus, or Holy Servant Jesus: (Acts 4:27). Holy One: (Acts 3:14). Perfectly pure and Holy, God! Holy One of God: (Mark 1:24). Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer: (Isaiah 41:14). Horn of Salvation: (Luke 1:69). I Am... YHWH, Yahweh, Yave, Jehovah: (Exodus 3:14... John 6:35, 8:12, 8:58, 10:9, 10:11, 11:25, 14:16, 15:1, 18:5,6). Always exists, in the now. Jesus is the YHWH of the Old Testament Image of God: (2 Corinthians 4:4). Immanuel/Emmanuel, God with us: (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23) . God's real presence with us. The Immanuel Jehovah... I Am, YHWH, Yahweh, Yave: (Exodus 3:14... John 6:35, 8:12, 8:58, 10:9, 10:11, 11:25, 14:16, 15:1, 18:5,6). Always exists, in the now. Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament Jesus: (Matthew 1:21). Savior, healer. From the Hebrew name Jeschua or Y'hoshua (Y'-Yah: the Lord; and shun: salvation, aid, deliverance) making the Greek name Joshua. The name means the Lord will save, the Lord of salvation or the Lord the savior. Jesus Christ: (Matt 1:1, John 1:17,17:3, Acts 2:38,4:10, 9:34,10:36,16:18, Rom 1:1,1:3,1:6,5:15, 5:17,6:3, 1 Cor 1:1, 1:4)... 27 times. Jesus Christ our Hope: (1 Tim 1:1). Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, our hope. Jesus Christ our Lord: (Rom 1:3, 6:11, 6:23, 1 Cor 1:9, 1 Cor 7:25). Jesus Christ our Savior: (Titus 3:6). Jesus of Nazareth: (Matthew 21:11). Jeschua or Y'hoshua: Jesus in Hebrew, Joshua in Greek (Matthew 1:21). Toledot Jeshu...the Devastating Hebrew Book: "Jeschua" means "Savior", "Jeshu" means "may his name be blotted out!" Joshua: Jesus in Greek, Y'hoshua in Hebrew (Matthew 1:21). Judge: (Matthew 25:31-46). Gives rewards and punishments, clean, purify, & separate. Judge of Israel: (Micah 5:1). The judge of the living and the dead: (Acts 10:42) Just Judge: (2 Timothy 4:8). Just man, Just person, Just One: (Matt 27:19, 27:24, Acts 3:14, Acts 22:14). The Just One: (Acts 7:52). King: (Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:4, John 18:, 36). King of Ages: (1 Timothy 1:17). King of Israel: (Matt 27:42; Mark 15:32; John 1:49; 12:13). King of the Jews: (Matthew 2:2).Mentioned 17 times at his trial and crucifixion (Mark 15:2, and in all 4 Gospels, and only by opponents). King of kings and Lord of lords: (Revelation 19:16, 1 Timothy 6:15).The blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Ruler, guide, sets standards and administrates. King of Saints: (Revelation 15:3). Lion, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David (Rev 5:5) Lamb: (Revelation 5:6, 13:8). Sacrifice, offering, in place of another, pure, & innocent. Jesus is called the Lamb 28 times in Revelation... in the Gospels is called the Lamb only twice (Jn.1:29,36). Lamb of God: (John 1:29,36). Leader and Commander of the people: (Isaiah 55:4) The Life: (John 14:6). Resurrection and life: (John 11:25. Purpose of being, satisfaction, joy, peace, and love. Jesus Himself is The Life. Light of the World: (John 8:1). Logos/Word: (John 1:1). He is the Logos, the Word of God, and God always had Word... there is no God without Word, from eternity. Lord: Master and Lord: (John13:13). Ruler, guide, controls, sets standards, & administrates. Lord of All: (Acts 10:36). Lord of lords: (Revelation 19:16, 1 Timothy 6:15). Ruler, guide, sets standards, & administrates. Lord of Glory: (1 Corinthians 2:8). Lord of Our Righteousness: (Jeremiah 23:6). Man of Sorrows: (Isaiah 53:3). Master and Lord: (John13:13). Rabbi, in Hebrew -Teacher/Master (John 1:38, 3:2). Rabbouni, in Aramaic (Mark 10:51 John 20:16). Mediator: For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus(1 Timothy 2:5). Messenger of the covenant: (Malachi 3:1). Messiah, in Hebrew: (Daniel 9:25, John 1:41,4:25, Matthew 16:16, Luke 9:20). Christ in Greek, anointed one, chosen one. John 1:41 & 4:25 Mighty God: (Isaiah 9:6). Spirit, who creates, maintains, controls & substances all things. Mighty One: (Isaiah 60:16). Morning Star: The root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star (Revelation 22:16). Nazarene: (Matthew 2:23) Consecrated, home of gentiles or lowest (dogs). Omega..Alpha and Omega: (Revelation 1:8). The last, ending, & forever in place...Alpha: First, before any, Eternal God, I AM - always exists. Only Begotten Son: (John 1:18). Unique, sole, & no like or equal. Our Passover: (1 Corinthians 5:7, Exodus 12). Our Sacrificial Lamb. Passover: (1 Corinthians 5:7, Exodus 12). Sacrifice to God, covering, angel of death passes. Potentate, Blessed and Only Potentate: (1 Timothy 6:15). High officer, great authority, mighty. Prince of Life: (Acts 3:15). Prince of kings: (Revelation 1:5) Prince of Peace: (Isaiah 9:6). Heir to throne, ruler, control of peace, rest. Prophet: (Luke 24:19, Acts 3:22). Foretells future, interfaces between God & man, & informs. Rabbi, in Hebrew -Teacher/Master (John 1:38, 3:2). Rabbouni, in Aramaic (Mark 10:51 John 20:16). Redeemer: (Job 19:25). Purchased, buy back, work for, & balance the books. Resurrection and life: (John 11:25). Restore life, life eternal, & quicken to life. Righteous: (1 John 2:1). Just, without partiality. The Lord, the righteous one (the just judge) (2 Timothy 4:8) Rock: (1 Corinthians 10:4). The spiritual rock. Hiding place, support, source of water/life, offense & secure Root of David: The root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star (Revelation 22:16). Rose of Sharon: (Song of Songs 2:1). Savior: (Luke 1:69, 2:11, John 3:17, Titus 3:6). Healer, restores, redeems, in place of, & purchases. Jesus means God Saves. In the Epistles is mentioned 25 times. Seed of Woman: (Genesis 3:15). Shepherd, the Good Shepherd: (John 10:11, 14). Shepherd and Bishop of Souls: The shepherd and guardian of your souls (1 Peter 2:25). Shiloh, the Scepter: (Genesis 49:10). Num 24:17; Ps 60:7; 108:8 Son of the Blessed: (Mark 14:61). Only Begotten Son: (John 1:14,18). Unique, sole, & no like or equal. Son of David, son of Abraham: (Matthew 1:1). The root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star (Rev 22:16) Son of God: (Matthew 2:15). Godhead, divine, Highest position, relationship & heir. The Most Holy Trinity. Only Begotten Son: (John 1:14,18). Unique, sole, & no like or equal. Son of the Highest: (Luke 1:32). Only Begotten Son: (John 1:14,18). Unique, sole, & no like or equal. Son of Joseph: (John 6:42) Son of man: (Daniel 7:13, John 6:53,62, Matthew 16:27, 19:28, 24:30, 25:31, Luke.19:10, Philippians 2:7). Pure man, humanity, lowered & humbled himself. Used 93 times in Ezekiel. Son of Mary: (Mark 6:3, Luke 2:5-6). Son of Virgin Mary: (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23, Luke 1:34-35). Her only One Child Servant: (Mark 10:45, Acts 3:13, Mark 9:35; 10:42-45, John 13:1-20, Acts 3:13-26). Suffering Servant (Isaiah 42:1-4, 49:1-6; 50:4-9, 52:13 to 53:12... Mattew 12:18-21, Mark 8:31,9:31,10:32, Acts 3:13,26; 4:27, 30). Sun of Righteousness: (Malachi 4:2 Teacher/Master: Rabbi, in Hebrew (John 1:38, 3:2). Rabbouni, in Aramaic (Mark 10:51 John 20:16). True Light: (John 1:9). True Vine: (John 15:1). Truth, the truth: (John 1:14, 14:6). Pure, without lie, dependable. Jesus not only teaches the truth, but He himself is The Truth (John 14:6). Way, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6). Jesus taught us the Way, but Jesus Himself is the Way!, and the Truth, and the Life. Witness: (Isaiah 55:4) Wonderful: (Isaiah 9:6). Miraculous, fantastic, magnificent, spectacular. Word: (John 1:1). He is the Word of God, and God always had Word... there is no God without Word, from eternity. Word of God: (Revelation 19:13). And God always had Word... there is no God without Word, from eternity. Yahweh, Yave...I Am, YHWH, Jehovah: (Exodus 3:14... John 6:35, 8:12, 8:58, 10:9, 10:11, 11:25, 14:16, 15:1, 18:5,6). Always exists, in the now. Jesus is the Yahweh of the Old Testament Y'hoshua or Jeschua: Jesus in Hebrew, Joshua in Greek (Matthew 1:21). Toledot Jeshu...the Devastating Hebrew Book: "Jeschua" means "Savior", "Jeshu" means "may his name be blotted out!" Block quote end Titles, Names and Offices of Jesus Christ in the Book of Revelation Revelation has some of the most beautiful titles the Bible gives to Jesus Christ: Lamb: Jesus is called 'the Lamb' 28 times in Revelation... in the Gospels is called 'the Lamb' only twice (Jn.1:29,36). - The faithful witness (1:5), - The first-born of the dead (1:5), - The ruler of kings on earth (1:5). - Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood (1:5). - "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God (1:8): The beginning and the end of everything. - The Almighty, the Master of the Universe (1:8). - Him who is and who was and who is to come (1:4,8) - One like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast (1:13): King and Priest. - The living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore (1:18). - The one with the keys of Death and Hades (1:18). The bible mentions three kind of keys, the third one, the Keys of Heaven Jesus gave to Peter and his successors (Mt.16:19)... that's why the Church can say who is in Heaven, but not who is in Hell or the day of Death, Jesus kept those keys. - Him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands (2:1): The Church. - The first and the last, who died and came to life (2:8). - Him who has the sharp two-edged sword. (2:12): His sword is love, the two edges are his sufferings at Calvary and his humility in the Eucharist... and with that sword already 2,000 million are today Christians. - The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze (2:18). - He shall rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces (2:27): With his Sword of Love already mentioned... with his suffering and humility is braking our selfishness and pride!... little by little!. - The morning star (2:28, 22:16). - The holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one shall shut, who shuts and no one opens (3:7). - The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation (3:14). - "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" (4:8)... Holy the Father, Holy the Son, Holy the Holy Spirit. - The Lion of the tribe of Judah (5:5). - The Root of David (5:5). - A Lamb standing, as though it had been slain (5:6)... It is the Eucharist, the eternal sacrifice of Num.28:3 and Ex.29:39... and if it is eternal and perpetual, it had to be in Heaven, and it is!... in the center of the Throne, and the reason of all the joys and songs of Heaven, and the 25 hymns of praise, most specially the New Song of 5:9. - To the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might for ever and ever! (5:13)... it is the second time Jesus is called the Lamb, of a total of 28 times in Revelation... in the Gospels is called Lamb only twice (Jn.1:29,36). - Washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (7:14)... made the robes white washing them in blood!... Yes!. - The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd (7:17)... a Lamb who is a Shepherd!... unheard!. - A male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron (12:5)... the rode iron is the sword of love, already mentioned. - Lord God the Almighty (15:3) - King of the ages (15:3). - I am coming like a thief (16:15). - The marriage supper of the Lamb (19:9). - Faithful and True (19:11). - The Word of God (19:13). - King of kings and Lord of lords (17:14, 19:16). - The wife of the Lamb (the Bride, the Church, you and me) (21:9). - The Lamb's book of life (21:27) - I am the root and the offspring of David (22:16) - The bright morning star. (22:16). Here our Lord Jesus justly challenges the same honor and power that is ascribed to the Father. He is the beginning and the end; all things are from him and for him; he is the Almighty; he is the same eternal and unchangeable one. The Book of Revelation is the Jurassic Park of biblical interpretation. Two thousand years after it was written it can still startle the living daylights out of a casual readeróor even a lifelong student of the book. Quotations from the NIV at The Bible Gateway 121 Messianic Prophecies of Isaiah fulfilled in Jesus Christ and His Church Isaiah as a type of Christ Table with 3 columns and 122 rows Isaiah Prophecies OT Scripture NT Fulfillment The Jews would reject the Messiah. Isaiah 6:9-10a John 12:37-40 The Messiah would teach in parables. Isaiah 6:9-10b Matthew 13:13-15 The Messiah would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14a Luke 1:34-35 The Messiah would be called Immanuel, "God With Us." Isaiah 7:14b Matthew 1:21-23, John 12:45 The Messiah would be God. Isaiah 7:14c 1 Timothy 3:16 The Messiah would have wisdom from His childhood. Isaiah 7:15 Luke 2:40 The Messiah would be a "Stumbling Stone" for the Jews. Isaiah 8:14 Matthew 21:43-44 The Messiah would minister in Galilee. Isaiah 9:1-2a Matthew 4:12-17 The Messiah would be a light to the Gentiles. Isaiah 9:1-2b Luke 2:28-32 The birth of the Messiah. Isaiah 9:6a Luke 2:11 The Messiah would be the Son of God. Isaiah 9:6b Luke 1:35 The Messiah would be both man and God. Isaiah 9:6c John 10:30 John 12:45 John 14:7 The Messiah would be from everlasting. Isaiah 9:6d Colossians 1:17 The Messiah would come from the lineage of Jesse. Isaiah 11:1a Luke 3:23-32 The Messiah would grow up in Nazareth. Isaiah 11:1b Matthew 2:21-23 The Messiah would have the Spirit of God upon Him. Isaiah 11:2a Matthew 3:16-17 The Messiah would have the Spirit of knowledge and wisdom. Isaiah 11:2b Matthew 13:54 The Messiah would have the Spirit of knowledge and fear of God. Isaiah 11:2c Matthew 11:27 John 15:10 The Messiah would have a quick understanding in the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:3a Luke 2:46-47 Luke 4:31-32 John 14:31 The Messiah would not judge on the basis of outward appearance. Isaiah 11:3b John 2:24-25 John 7:24 The Messiah would judge the poor with righteousness. Isaiah 11:4 Mark 12:41-44 Luke 13:30 The Messiah would come from the lineage of Jesse. Isaiah 11:10a Luke 3:23-32 The Messiah would come for all people. Isaiah 11:10b Acts 13:47-48 The Messiah would have the key of David. Isaiah 22:22 Revelation 3:7 The Messiah would defeat death (sin). Isaiah 25:8 Revelation 1:18 2 Timothy 1:10 Several Saints would rise to life at the resurrection of the Messiah. Isaiah 26:19 Matthew 27:52-53 The Messiah would be the cornerstone. Isaiah 28:16 1 Peter 2:4-6 The Messiah would heal the blind. Isaiah 35:5a Mark 10:51-52 John 9:1-7 The Messiah would heal the deaf. Isaiah 35:5b Mark 7:32-35 The Messiah would heal the lame. Isaiah 35:6a Matthew 12:10-13 John 5:5-9 The Messiah would heal the dumb. Isaiah 35:6b Matthew 9:32-33 Matthew 15:30 The forerunner (John The Baptist) of the Messiah would live in the wilderness. Isaiah 40:3a Matthew 3:1-4 The forerunner (John The Baptist) would prepare people for the coming of the Messiah. Isaiah 40:3b Matthew 3:11 Luke 1:17 John 1:29 John 3:28 The Messiah would be God. Isaiah 40:3c John 10:30 Philippians 2:5-7 The Messiah would be as a shepherd. Isaiah 40:11 John 10:11 Mark 9:36-37 The Messiah would be God's messenger. Isaiah 42:1a John 4:34 John 5:30 The Messiah would have the Spirit of God upon Him. Isaiah 42:1b Matthew 3:16-17 The Messiah would please God. Isaiah 42:1c Matthew 3:16-17 The Messiah would not desire personal attention for Himself. Isaiah 42:2 Matthew 12:15-21 The Messiah would have compassion for the poor and needy. Isaiah 42:3 Matthew 11:4-5 Matthew 12:15-20 The Messiah would receive direction from God. Isaiah 42:6a John 5:19-20 John 14:10-11 The Messiah would be ministered to by God. Isaiah 42:6b John 8:29 Luke 22:42-43 The Messiah would be the "New Covenant". Isaiah 42:6c Matthew 26:28 The Messiah would be a light to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:6d John 8:12 The Messiah would heal the blind. Isaiah 42:7 Matthew 9:27-30 Matthew 21:14 The Messiah would be the "First and the Last". Isaiah 44:6 Rev. 1:17-18 The Messiah would be from everlasting. Isaiah 48:16 John 17:24 The Messiah would come for all people. Isaiah 49:1a 1 Timothy 2:4-6 The Messiah would be called by God while in the womb. Isaiah 49:1b Matthew 1:20-21 The Messiah would be called by His name before he was born. Isaiah 49:1c Luke 1:30-31 The Messiah's words would be as a sharp as a two-edged sword. Isaiah 49:2a Rev. 2:12-16 John 12:48 The Messiah would be protected by God. Isaiah 49:2b Matthew 2:13-15 The Messiah would be empowered for the judgment of mankind. Isaiah 49:2c John 5:22-29 The Messiah would be God's servant. Isaiah 49:3a John 17:4 The Messiah's life and death would glorify God. Isaiah 49:3b Matthew 15:30-31 The Messiah would be sorrowful because of the Jew's unbelief. Isaiah 49:4 Luke 19:41-42 The Messiah would be God's servant. Isaiah 49:5a John 6:38 John 8:29 The Messiah would come to bring Israel back to God. Isaiah 49:5b Matthew 15:24 Matthew 10:5-7 The Messiah would be God's servant. Isaiah 49:6a John 1:49-50 The Messiah would be a light to the Gentiles. Isaiah 49:6b Acts 13:47-48 The Messiah would be despised. Isaiah 49:7 John 10:20 Matthew 27:22 The Palms of the Messiah would be a witness. Isaiah 49:16 John 20:25-28 The Messiah would speak with God given knowledge. Isaiah 50:4 John 12:49 Matthew 7:28-29 The Messiah would not be rebellious to God's will. Isaiah 50:5 John 12:27 The Messiah's back would be lashed (stripped). Isaiah 50:6a Matthew 27:26 The Messiah's face would be beaten and spit upon. Isaiah 50:6b Matthew 26:67 The Messiah would not waver from His mission. Isaiah 50:7 Luke 9:51-53 The Messiah would be justified by His righteousness. Isaiah 50:8 1 Timothy 3:16 Hebrews 8:32-34 The Messiah would completely trust in God. Isaiah 50:8-10 John 11:7-10 The Messiah would proclaim the gospel from the mountain tops. Isaiah 52:7 Matthew 5:1-7:29 John 14:31 The Messiah would be God's servant. Isaiah 52:13a John 9:4 John 14:31 The Messiah would be highly exalted by God. Isaiah 52:13b Philippians 2:9-11 The Messiah's face would be disfigured from extreme beatings during His trial. Isaiah 52:14 Mat. 26:67-68 Mat. 27:26-30 The Messiah's blood would be shed to make atonement for all mankind. Isaiah 52:15 Revelation 1:5 The Messiah's own people would reject Him. Isaiah 53:1 John 12:37-38 The Messiah would grow up in Nazareth. Isaiah 53:2a Matthew 2:21-23 The Messiah would appear as an ordinary man. Isaiah 53:2b Philippians 2:7-8 The Messiah would be despised. Isaiah 53:3a Luke 4:28-29 The Messiah would be rejected. Isaiah 53:3b Mat. 27:21-23 The Messiah would suffer great sorrow and grief. Isaiah 53:3c Luke 19:41-42 Mat. 26:37-38 Matthew 27:46 Men would deny association with the Messiah. Isaiah 53:3d Mark 14:50-52 Mat. 26:73-74 The Messiah bore our sorrows and sufferings Isaiah 53:4a Luke 6:17-19 Matthew 8:16-17 The Messiah would bear the sins of the world upon Himself. Isaiah 53:4b 1 Peter 2:24 1 Peter 3:18 Many would think the Messiah to be cursed by God. Isaiah 53:4c Mat. 27:41-43 The Messiah would bear the penalty of death for man's sins. Isaiah 53:5a Luke 23:33 Hebrews 9:28 The Messiah's would be bruised for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5b Colossians 1:20 Eph. 2:13-18 The Messiah's back would be lashed at His trial. Isaiah 53:5c Matthew 27:26 1 Peter 2:24 The Messiah would be the sin-bearer for all mankind. Isaiah 53:6 Galatians 1:4 The Messiah would be oppressed and afflicted. Isaiah 53:7a Mat. 27:27-31 The Messiah would be silent as a lamb before His accusers. Isaiah 53:7b Mat. 27:12-14 The Messiah would be God's sacrificial lamb. Isaiah 53:7c John 1:29 John 19:14-18 The Messiah would be condemned and persecuted. Isaiah 53:8a Mat. 26:47-27:31 The Messiah would be judged. Isaiah 53:8b John 18:13-22 Mat. 26:57-66 Matthew 27:1 Matthew 27:22 Luke 23:11 The Messiah would be killed. Isaiah 53:8c Matthew 27:35 The Messiah would die for the sins of the world. Isaiah 53:8d 1 John 2:2 The Messiah would be buried in a borrowed rich man's tomb. Isaiah 53:9a Matthew 27:57 The Messiah would be completely innocent. Isaiah 53:9b Mark 15:3 The Messiah would have no deceit guile in His mouth. Isaiah 53:9c John 18:38 Luke 23:33-34 1 Peter 2:21-22 God's will would be that the Messiah should die for all mankind. Isaiah 53:10a John 18:11 Romans 3:23-26 The Messiah would be a sin offering. Isaiah 53:10b Matthew 20:28 Ephesians 5:2 The Messiah would be resurrected and live forever. Isaiah 53:10c Mark 16:16 Rev. 1:17-18 The Messiah would prosper. Isaiah 53:10d John 17:1-5 Revelation 5:12 God would be completely satisfied with the suffering of the Messiah. Isaiah 53:11a John 12:27 Matthew 27:46 The Messiah would be God's servant. Isaiah 53:11b Romans 5:18-19 The Messiah would justify man before God. Isaiah 53:11c Romans 5:8-9 The Messiah would be the sin offering for all mankind. Isaiah 53:11d Hebrews 9:28 The Messiah would be exalted by God for his sacrifice. Isaiah 53:12a Matthew 28:18 The Messiah would freely lay down His life to save mankind. Isaiah 53:12b Luke 23:46 The Messiah would be counted with the criminals. Isaiah 53:12c Luke 23:32 The Messiah would be the sin offering for all mankind. Isaiah 53:12d 2 Cor. 5:21 The Messiah would intercede for man to God. Isaiah 53:12e Luke 23:34 The Messiah would be resurrected by God. Isaiah 55:3 Acts 10:40-41 Acts 13:34 The Messiah would be a witness. Isaiah 55:4 John 3:10-12 John 18:37 The Messiah would come to provide salvation for all mankind. Isaiah 59:15-16a John 6:40 1 Thes. 5:8-10 The Messiah would intercede between God and man. Isaiah 59:15-16b Mat. 10:32-33 Romans 8:34 The Messiah would come to Zion as their Redeemer. Isaiah 59:20 Luke 2:38 John 10:11 The Messiah would have the Spirit of God upon Him. Isaiah 61:1 Matthew 3:16-17 The Messiah would preach the gospel of "Good News". Isaiah 61:1-2 Luke 4:18-21 The Messiah would come to provide salvation. Isaiah 63:5 John 3:17 Col. 2:13-15 The Messiah would be revealed to a people who were not seeking Him. Isaiah 65:1 Mat. 15:22-28 Romans 10:18-20 The Messiah would be rejected by His own (Jews). Isaiah 65:2 John 5:37-40 table end Some Messianic, Christological Titles: Messiah / Christ Lord / LORD Holy One I Am Son of God Son of Man Son of David Son of Mary King of the Jews Prophet Rabbi / Teacher Savior Suffering Servant Emmanuel Logos / Word Lamb of God Great High Pries Advocate/Paraclete Alpha & Omega.

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Submitted by Nicole Woodruff, June 9, 2006.

The Mile
Put my little hands in yours and talk with me a while,
I need to feel your power and strength, before love walks that mile.
Life is hardly fair; you knew that from the start,
You always showed me that you cared, though manís love always broke my heart.
You knew of all Iíd do to hurt you, but still, you took that cross,
And paid for everything Iíve done, you didnít count the cost.
The love I show to others is so weak compared with yours,
I still feel so much anger, and inside I still keep scores.
You knew I wouldnít have a thing to give you in return,
You only asked that I would hear your voice and try to learn.
Iím sorry for the idols I kept in my heart before you,
Iíll try to stay more true to you, and show that I adore you.
Put my little hands in yours and talk with me a while,
It looks like true loveís idols are going to walk that painful mile.
Please give me strength to pay the cost I know is really low,
Compared to what you paid for me and all the sins Iíve done, you know.
And if I break and this is where you want my life to end,
I only ask you take me to yourself, and call me friend.

Copyright 2006,
By Nicole Woodruff.

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Important Recall Notice! submitted by Chris Harper.
Important Recall Notice! Regardless of make or year, all units known as "Human Beings" are being recalled by the Manufacturer. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units, code named "Adam" and "Eve, "resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect is technically termed, "Serious Internal Non-morality," but more commonly known as "SIN." Some of the symptoms of the SIN defect:Loss of directionLack of peace and joyDepressionFoul vocal emissionsSelfishnessIngratitudeFearfulnessRebellionJealousyThe Manufacturer is providing factory authorized repair service free of charge to correct the SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus Christ, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. To repeat, there is no fee required. The number to call for repair in all areas is:P-R-A-Y-E-R.Once connected, please upload the burden of SIN through the REPENTANCEprocedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Christ, into the heart component of the human unit.No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, CHRIST will replace it with:LoveJoyPeaceKindnessGoodnessFaithfulnessGentlenessPatienceSelf-controlPlease see the operating manual, HOLY BIBLE, for further details on the useof these fixes.As an added upgrade, the Manufacturer has made available to all repairedunits a facility enabling direct monitoring and assistance from the resident Maintenance Technician, the Holy Spirit. Repaired units need only make Himwelcome, and He will take up residence on the premises.WARNING: Continuing to operate a human being unit without corrections voids the Manufacturer's warranty, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will ultimately result in the human unit being incinerated. Thank you for your immediate attention

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