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Sep 22nd

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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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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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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 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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