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Apr 25th

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The Prophet Daniel – Man of Character

Rob FranzenRob Franzen
VCA Board Member
One of the flaws in the past few generations within the church is that there has been great emphasis on gifts and charisma. Our gifts, talents, and charisma, void of a strong solid foundation, has resulted in many great Christian leaders falling and bringing much hurt and shame.   I understand and fully agree that we, the church, need to demonstrate the power of God to our generation (I Cor. 2:4). This requires that we submit our God given gifts and talents to be used for His glory and Honor. But we need to ask ourselves, “why then do we not see more of His miracle working power in our churches and why have there been so many people of God who have fallen victim to various sins?”

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Presbyterian Church- USA Support For Abortion, Homosexuals and Now the Islamic Allah

Mainline Christian Denomination Praying to Allah?

Christian Broadcasting Network

The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week.

RAMADAN PRAYER COUNTDOWN:
Each night, at 8:38 p.m. ET on Facebook, we will hear LIVE from different ministries as they share praises of how Muslims have supernaturally encountered Jesus. Join us in praying for the Muslim world during Ramadan.

"Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path - the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad."

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Crossroads: Nehemiah and the Great Wall

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For Jerusalem  ---  Thirteen Principles  ---  For America

Rebuilding Our Own Broken-Down Walls

When Nehemiah heard about the broken down walls of Jerusalem, he wept, he mourned, he fasted, and he prayed before the God of Heaven.  (Nehemiah 1:3,4)

Then he developed a plan, and all the people joined him.  Despite strong opposition, they persisted and, in only 52 days, they prevailed in rebuilding the wall!  Laus Deo!  (Nehemiah:  1-13)

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Broken Down Walls:  Then and Now

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be taken hostage and taken into exile to Babylon, as Nehemiah was 2500 years ago?  What did he do to deserve this?

And then to find out that your friends and family who were left behind in Jerusalem are being mistreated, the city walls have been torn down, and the country is in shambles?

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Manual on Mission Outreach: First Principles

Seeing Others Successful

This manual is an Apologetic, Autobiographical, Technical, and Philosophical blend to give the reader an informative, practical, Instructive, and entertaining learning experience. It recounts some life experiences on the mission field that few have rarely encountered.

Author Rogowski suggests that in our church mission efforts, we often underrate the effectiveness of demonstrating the Gospel through practical helps as a viable means of evangelism. He maintains that the unique ministry of community development is a powerful evangelism tool linked with the mission to help the poor escape their culture of poverty. He presents a beginners look at the first principles necessary to be effective in motivating and facilitating poor communities to become more self-reliant while avoiding the snares of dependency.

This is a must read for those in service agency and ministry oriented situations with groups of any type. It is a valuable tool for those considering ­mission outreach. ORDER HERE

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Baptist Church in Richmond Moves to Open Membership to Homosexuals

Greene Hollowell 2012 150AGreene Hollowell

Recently the Pastor of a Richmond Baptist Church, in a sermon, opened the door for the church to consider allowing homosexuals (assume active) into their membership.

The Pastor stated marriage was changing from multiplying (having children) to being about love and commitment. He feels the need to open up membership with the decision of the Supreme Court legalizing homosexual marriages citing civil rights and his belief that homosexuals don’t choose their sexual orientation. In addition he said Jesus never spoke about homosexuality.

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How they Hate a Christian in Damascus

Bill Federer | American Minute

"How they hate a Christian in Damascus!..." Mark Twain wrote
"...and pretty much all over Turkeydom."

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born NOVEMBER 30, 1835.

His first popular story was "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," written in 1865 while he was in San Francisco. In 1866, as a reporter for the Sacramento Union, Mark Twain traveled to the Sandwich Islands (present-day Hawaii). In 1867, a newspaper funded Mark Twain's voyage to the Mediterranean, which he recorded in his book, Innocents Abroad, 1869.

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Thanksgiving

Tom Clark1Tom ClarkWe actually enjoy Thanksgiving
The history of Thanksgiving - how it came to be, and what it means:

In 1620 English settlers arrived in “Massachusetts” from England.
In the fall of 1621 they invited the Indians to join them in thanking God
for having carried them through a difficult first year.
The settlers observed Thanksgiving for many years in the interest of promoting faith in Christ.
Until 1682 Thanksgiving proclamations were made, primarily by church leaders,
and then by both government and church leaders until after the American Revolution.

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Two ETERNAL Destinations Available

Greene Hollowell 2012 150A

We read in the HOLY BIBLE “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and its entire people belong to Him.” God is our Creator and we were created in His image. He made us and we are His. He rules over everything.

He has given us many wonderful gifts; the most important (and dangerous) is the gift of deciding to give our life to Him. The choice we make now determines where we will spend eternity. The bottom line is that our relationship with our Creator is the most important thing in our earthly life.

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The Avoided Doorway to the Glory of God A Study in the Purpose of Brokenness Part IV

Rob FranzenRob FranzenEach young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve month’s preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation [purification] apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes [sweet spices] and preparations for beautifying women – (Esther 2:12 NKJV, emphasis mine).

You might be wondering why I would relate this verse (along with verse 17 and the whole story) with the profound and difficult subject of suffering and brokenness.  It has to do with illustrating the ultimate purpose in brokenness.  I have been casually mentioning it throughout these messages, now it’s time to emphasize how profound and prophetically powerful this really is!

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The Patience of the Saints A Study in the Purpose of Brokenness Part III

Rob FranzenRob Franzen(see links to this multipart series at end of article)

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus (Rev. 14:12) 

Luke 21:19 speaks of this “patience” saying, In your patience possess ye your souls. Other translations communicate it like this: By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls (AMP).  By your endurance you will win your souls (Barclay's Daily Study Bible).

I was always puzzled by these words until God began showing me the message and purpose of brokenness. I understand that it takes faith in something to endure through something. The Greek word for patience is hypomonē and can also be interpreted as endurance. It is very similar to the word perseverance. In a 2009 devotional I spoke of the slight difference between patience and perseverance. Patience is waiting with contentment (some can wait but not be content), while perseverance is fighting the battle while you’re waiting with contentment.  Perseverance in the faith is a main theme throughout the New Testament for the Body of Christ to follow until the return of Christ; a theme that is not talked about enough. With the pressure of the end-times bearing down on us, we need to understand the message of biblical brokenness and how to receive the grace to persevere. The hardships we endure in life have a way of applying a lot of pressure on us, - to the point of breaking us.

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Understanding Suffering A Study in the Purpose of Brokenness Part II

Rob FranzenRob FranzenMy brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4 NKJV).

The word “broken” today basically brings negative thoughts or images: broken equipment, broken bones, broken hearts, etc. Many today in our churches are unaware that the Word of God speaks a lot about the subject of brokenness: biblical brokenness. What is biblical brokenness? The Bible speaks of a brokenness that is not only positive but absolutely essential. Jesus reveals a symbolic spiritual pattern in communion when the Bible says; “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it” (Matt. 26:26).

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Why Being a Christian Can Be Difficult? A Study in the Purpose of Brokenness Part I

Rob FranzenRob FranzenA Study in the Purpose of Brokenness Part I 

By Rob Franzen

Ever wonder why being a Christian can be difficult at times when outright sinners are not experiencing the difficulties you are as a Christian? Isn’t Jesus supposed to be with me delivering me from these troubles and making life easier for me?  Why doesn’t God prosper me more than wicked people; I would use the money for the good.  Jeremiah the prophet asked the same question in chapter 12:1-3 “Why are wicked people successful? Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives? You plant them like trees and they put down their roots. They grow prosperous and are very fruitful. They always talk about you, but they really care nothing about you. But you, Lord, know all about me. You watch me and test my devotion to you(NET).

The short answer to why we experience sufferings would simply be, “God loves you!”  Our heavenly Father loves you too much to leave you in any sinful condition whatsoever; He wants more for you. That’s why the Bible says in places like Rom. 5:3-5; Jas 1:2-4; and 1Pet.1:6-7 that we can rejoice when we’re experiencing difficulties; we know God is at work! “…, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed [at His return](1Peter 1:6-7 NET).

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Government Serves a Moral People

Rita Dunaway

Conventional political wisdom suggests that candidates must avoid, at all costs, the appearance of being focused on “divisive social issues” and instead focus exclusively on the economy. This is a false dichotomy of issues.

When politicians show us their positions on today’s social issues, they show us their philosophies of government. Ultimately, these — their conception of the proper role between government and the governed — will determine our success at restoring national prosperity.

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