Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The outcry for freedom in Syria and Arab nations is a result of America’s liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan. These are the Biblical times where Jesus said “when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.*”
The DNA of every man and woman is to have freedom, far removed from dictators and communist and even false religions. America is the founder and defender of Freedom around the world as part of its calling. Freedom still works best politically, economically and religiously in any nation given the time. Two thirds of the major nations in the world have declared Freedom because it allows men, individually and collectively, to participate in a better life and society. It’s shrinking our world.
Today even the majority of Muslims would agree with Jesus when He said, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another) humbly in love.*”
Syria is in the midst of birth pains. President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, can not hold back his people any more than Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Muammar Gaddaf in Libya or Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia. The people will win because it is predestined from on high. The passion for freedom is a God given desire. The President of Syria can not kill all of his people, any more than the best military in the world...Great Britain could stamp out our American founders and patriots of the revolutionary war.
America has yet to use its greatest secret weapon to deliver the Syrian people that can save their nation for freedom. Our President, nor the UN or the media has yet to offer this approach to bring peace. It was used to bring down Russia and the Eastern block in 1989 and is silently transforming China from the inside out. The same weapon removed Saddam Hussein’s troop from Kuwait in an abbreviated combat called Operation: Desert Storm. It allows our economy to survive during a time of desperation for many American families.
Obviously the answer is prayer. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.*” Americans and The Body of Christ need to pray for the Syrian people, for peace and freedom through the Spirit of the Lord. The American Church and Pastors are called to the Great Commission to reach all nations. Yet the Church is too self absorbed in preaching to the choir instead of calling on Angels and the Holy Spirit to do what they were destined to do.
The Lord is waiting for the church to intercede using the Sword of the Spirit (the word of God) as American soldiers did with their arms, courage and sacrifice. Wake up Church and start praying... too many lives are at stake in Syria and the entire Middle East.
• scripture references...Mark 13:7-8, Galatians 5:13 and 2 Corn. 3:17 (NIV)
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Last summer we took 30 Christian Entrepreneurs and Ministry leaders to the 7,000 sq. ft., 4 story, ocean home of a former CEO I had had the privilege of coaching and working with for nearly 10 years. This amazing leader had taken a $2 million company to $2 Billion in sales in just 15 years. Yes, they went public and they are still a leader in their industry today.
He is no longer involved and is not what I would call a dedicated Christian. In fact, his mother dropped him off at an orphanage at 6. They raised him and he is still upset with God today over that fate.
But he openly shared the whys, hows, strategies and tactics that allowed the business to grow so fast against many obstacles. We rapid-fire drilled him with questions that he answered with humility and wisdom.
At the end of the meeting, we asked him if and how we could pray for him. He paused and thought and then said, “Yes, for liquidity.” Turns out he invested large sums of money in two major enterprises, that might not make it, which would put him in big jeopardy. So we eagerly gathered around him and prayed for God to move on his behalf.
One morning four months later, I got a surprise phone call from him. He said, in a very excited voice.“John, PRAYER WORKS ! PRAYER WORKS! One of my big deals sold and I can keep my house! Thank you so much for praying for me. No one has ever done that for me before. I am so thankful. Please tell your members.” Then three months later, he called again equally excited with a similar story. His second deal was sold and he got out whole with no losses. Again, he wanted me to thank the group.
So here is the moral of the story: I have seen it play out time and time again... God honors Unselfish Prayers for others faster than prayers for oneself. We are all so self-centered that we petition for ourselves as our first line of prayers. But when our heart sincerely turns toward the needs and cries of others, God move more rapidly, when it’s in His will.
The Secret is Intercessory Prayer. The most effective time in my business has been when I had three intercessors who voluntarily came to pray during and after our meetings. Its one of the reasons I ask members to pair up in twos to pray for each other’s needs. When you are praying for your boss, your customers or fellow workers, it triples your influence with God through His purposes.
It first honors God to make a humble and meaningful request, then it honors those in need you are praying for, and finally it draws you closer to Him and His plan for your life. We all know Prayer changes us, and now you know the secret to the most effective prayers. Who is praying for you tonight ? James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Monday, March 26, 2012
Its exciting to see on TV and the internet, the Russian people passionately exercising and expressing their frustrations and praises without the fear of living in the midst of great reprisals. They almost seem like Americans in their demonstrations.
Yet, American finally adopted our Constitution in 1789. It because such a powerful beacon that during our first 146 years some Presidents tried to shirk our responsibility of spreading Freedom. But during that time, 18 other nations including Britain were moved enough to declare Freedom and replicated the American formula from a calling of God that is still changing the world today.
But what is WWIV ? After the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the death of Mao tse Sung, wiser Party leaders saw the hand writing on the “Great Wall” and opened the door for Economic Freedom. With an endless labor pool hungering for work at less than 10% the cost of the American worker, our companies, capital and technology has produced a booming economy in China Today, China is very pregnant from the American Dream, our purchasing power and know how. One Chinese Business tool me that in 2004, 60% of China Economy was based on American consumption. The buying power of a nation of 300 hundred million people was reviving a nation of 1.5 Billion.
Chinese leaders also discovered from America, religious freedom is good and is trying to slowly emulate that process. There is no turn back for China. While Christianity is booming in its Atheistic Society, they realize they must curtain bribes, patent violations and knock offs to fully enter a world economy principally based on Judeo-Christian principles. So in just a few years, the China “Freedom Baby” will be full term and born in the midst of Political Freedom for their society. The key leaders knew once they gave economic freedom and partnered with American companies there would be no turning back.
Communism must die.
So as WWIV is drawing to a close without air cart carriers, air to air missiles , shelling or loss of life through the normal war process, it brings new hope to the world for peace one day.
Yet, the next Chapter has just begun. WWV has started in the Middle East as God used America to shake up the area and prepare for the final War to open the door for His Son’s return. We are being set up by the The Master plan draw the world together by His plan and not ours. Hold tight because there will be more pain, sacrifice, hope and change.
Written by John F. Beehner, Advisor to Entrepreneurs and author of “The Freedom Revolution... Rocking our World”
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
An adventure is any experience involving an uncertain outcome and risk. If we take either uncertainty or risk out of the equation we lose adventure. If all we have is risk but we know the outcome then the end result can be avoided, manipulated or enhanced depending upon on how we feel about it. If we don't have risk, which by definition is the probability of losing something of value, the experience is of little worth because no matter how it turns out you haven't exercised your faith and you have allowed no opportunity to learn or grow.
Is it any wonder that our life as Christians is often referred to as a great adventure? Even though we may ultimately know where we are going to spend eternity it is the road that takes us there that is full of the unexpected and unknown and it is a life in which we are called to risk everything. Jesus knew this adventure. He said of Himself in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost" (HCSB). “Seeking” and “saving” are words that imply adventure. In his final charge to His disciples in Acts 1:8, He said, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." The ends of the earth; literally the “remotest” parts of the earth. If that doesn’t describe an adventure filled faith, than what does?
Unfortunately, many people, many Christians, miss out on this ultimate adventure out of fear of misadventure. The dictionary says misadventure is an unfortunate incident or mishap, or it can mean an event that “turns out badly”. Regardless of how misadventure is defined one thing is for sure, we don’t usually find it, it finds us. No one goes looking for it.
Making ourselves more secure against misadventure, however, doesn’t eliminate insecurity; in fact it means we actually have less freedom. When we shelter ourselves in an attempt to avoid misadventure we don’t have freedom, we have a prison. We are essentially telling God, “I don’t trust you, I trust me.” When our need to be secure becomes obsessive then security becomes our idol.
If there is one guy in the New Testament that personifies adventure and misadventure better than anyone it is the Apostle Paul. We can learn much from the way he perceived the circumstances in his life. From the time we meet Paul on the Damascus road his life is one big adventure. Paul is blinded, receives his sight, begins to preach, has to escape Damascus Mission Impossible style and then launches out to fulfill the Great Commission mandate. But just because he was handpicked by God doesn’t mean that his adventure was easy. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 Paul says describes his many “misadventures”. He begins by saying (and I paraphrase),
I'm talking like a madman-I'm a better one: with far more labors, many more imprisonments, far worse beatings, near death many times. Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans. Once I was stoned by my enemies. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers,
dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the open country, dangers on the sea, and dangers among false brothers; labor and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and lacking clothing.
dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the open country, dangers on the sea, and dangers among false brothers; labor and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and lacking clothing.
Most people would likely quit than undergo all this misadventure. In reality, most people would never undertake the adventure if they knew they would face all that Paul did. The cost is just too great; playing it safe would be far more comfortable. Paul did not see all that happened to him as misadventure, however. Instead, he saw it all as part of the bigger adventure God planned for him. He later recounts his ministry and says, “that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:20-21). He definitely saw life with Christ as an adventure to be lived. He was certainly more focused on his perspective than on his circumstances.
Paul understood, and so should we, that no matter what happens or how things turn out, when we live our lives in total obedience and abandon to Him, we always win, that there is really no such thing as misadventure. It is then, and only then, will we be truly free to live out the adventure God has in store for each of us.
Doug Gilmer is a frequent outdoor writer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Outdoor Media Association. Additionally, he serves as a Professor of Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry at Liberty University. He is a frequent speaker, outdoor ministry consultant, and outdoor adventure leader. For more about Doug you can visit www.BackcountryChaplain, follow him on Twitter @DouglasGilmer, or at www.facebook.com/BackcountryChaplain.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Of course, at their farm on the hill she cared for the sheep, milked the cows, sold the apples, and boiled the maple syrup into blocks of sugar. Did you ever eat taffy syrup on fresh fallen snow? Most of all, I remember her wood shed, pantry, and incredible full course, wood stove breakfasts.
I benefited from observing their basic daily work and spiritual lives. So united were they, at the end of their lives they naturally died one night apart (Oct. 1968), as had his brother and wife, Earnest and Sadie Witherell.
Both were direct descendants of the early American Puritans in the Witherell, Church, and Blakesley ancestry. They worshiped in the Westhampton Congregational Church reflecting the simplicity of the early Puritans who built the foundations of this nation.
This church the townspeople established in 1779 and first built in 1785. Considered “the finest in the hill towns,” a new church was built in 1816 that burned Feb. 18, 1829, and was immediately rebuilt that year. The first pastor, Enoch Hale served 58 years. He was the dear elder brother to Capt. Nathan Hale, Washington's Revolutionary spy executed by the British (Sept. 22, 1776).
One member, Justin Edwards, in a summer thunderstorm prayed with four friends in the Haystack Meeting (1806) which resulted in the founding of the great American foreign missions movement. He served later as president of Andover Theological Seminary.
One ancestor, Rev. William Witherell, was a pastor so renowned in those early days of the Plymouth Colony, his church roll reflects some 608 baptisms. He served as pastor for 39 years from Sept. 2, 1645, till his death, Apr.9, 1685, at the the Second Church of Scituate, now after some 350 years, First Parish of Norwell.
William was born in 1600 and his mother is purported to be the daughter of John Rogers, the Smithfield martyr. William married Mary Fisher, Mar. 26, 1627, in Canterbury, Kent, England. William and Mary arrived in the Plymouth Bay Colony on board the ship Hercules in 1634. He was placed on the ministerial rolls by Cotton Mather.
The story is reported in the church archives that a young man, John Bryant, had a tendency to arrive late to Sunday service. So at an appropriate time following prayer in the service, the Rev. Witherell turned to address him.
“Neighbor Bryant, it is to your reproach that you have disturbed the worship by entering late, living as you do within a mile of this place. Especially since here is Goody Barstow who has milked seven cows, made a cheese and walked five miles to the house of God in good season” (Fewkes, R.M.).
John Bryant was not too put off by the rebuke. He married Pastor Witherell's daughter, Elizabeth, in 1657.
Even this early story reflects the worship and work heritage of these early Americans. I can't help adding, this very worship and work ethic which built America is under such severe attack by socialism, today. We could lose our national foundations.
Bill Hunt is active on Facebook and writes a Christian blog read as world wide witness at http://www.CornerRetreat.blogspot.com
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A new global freedom marketplace has emerged from the internet. But on the freedom model of mutual trust and free enterprise, it has little policing, no regulators, no taxation system and it remains as open as nations allow.
The Internet is free enterprise in action, and it’s built on mutual trust through prepay tools. Thirty percent of the world’s population claims to regularly use the Internet today. For example, the volume of eBay alone is considered in the top ten of the largest economies in the world and operates in 30 countries.
The Internet drives down prices, as people can cut out the wholesaler and get free samples easily without going to the store. It saves energy costs, allowing people to work out of their homes. It will continually bring down labor and shipping costs. In a down economy, it allows small businesses to find customers in other markets just to survive. It’s definitely a tool that God created through visions given to men at the Strategic Air Command not Al Gore.
Workers in Indonesia, the Philippines and India are helping American companies build web sites and software for as low as 20 cents an hour, while programmers here earn $30-$75 an hour. Now you can see why many people want to immigrate to the USA to work for American companies. Others may cry “foul” for those workers in the Far East. But the truth is that many those same people might otherwise be working in rice fields or living in slums. Yet, these workers are developing a skill and using their God given talents to grow and may eventually starting their internet business, one day. It is raising their standard of living, just look at the Chinese example and explosion, as it trades with the rest of the world.
It’s part of God’s plan for the world to come together and reduce conflict, find mutual respect, and seek the skills and talents in one another. This is the type of activity that reduces war and uses the gifts of entrepreneurs around the world.
God is a God of relationships. He wants to participate in our lives each day to bring the best out of us. Secondly, He wants us to have a kind and loving relationship with our fellow man. That is why the Social Media phenomenon is an extension of Him... men and women having a deeper relationship with each other. The internet is just another tool for that purpose.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I heard one of the funniest stories the other day speaking to a friend. Her son walked into the living room and announced to his parents that as soon as he graduates High School he will move out of the house so that he can do whatever he wants, without supervision. Why is this so funny? Well, first of all because I think all of us when we were teens thought that we wanted to grow up very fast to get to the point of freedom where we would do as we please. In reality, we are all waiting for that moment. As we grow we discovered that that with freedom came responsibility and that it was easier to respond to our parents than to our new authorities: the government, our bosses, our creditors, our spouses and even our children.
Why it’s so easy to rebel at that age? I think ignorance makes us think that we know better than our parents what’s best for us, and we do that with God every single day. This conversation reminded me of the parable of the prodigal son. He asked for his inheritance while his father was living because he wanted to live his life his way. His father allowed him to and what he found was not freedom, but bondage.
In the same way, God as a good father gives us freedom to live our lives, but gives us parameters, boundaries to protect us from getting in trouble. Just like my friend’s son, sometimes we think that we know better than our father, that our preferences and desires are better to follow and that at the end of the day we will be ok. Just like the son, we go outside our boundaries and find ourselves in trouble, and we then wish that we could go back home.
The good news is that just like at the end of that story, God is always awaiting for us with open arms. We then discover that freedom is a great thing, but it’s more enjoyable when we live with within the protection of the boundaries set by God for us. Freedom is awesome and well enjoyed when well used.
Naty Matos was born in the city of New York, from Puerto Rican descendant parents. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at www.therisingmuse.com
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
(A year ago I had the opportunity to interview an American Pastor who we called Errin to keep his identity private)
Errin was born into a Muslim home in Cyprus, of Turkish decent, before his family immigrated to Africa. He was taught to hate the cross and all Christians. As a young teenager he mocked, degraded and disrupted any activities of Christian kids he met in his school. Even with all that, the Christian kids treated him with kindness.
But he met and started dating a beautiful young girl whose mother insisted she go to church. He agreed to attend with her but wanted to have nothing to do with faith or Jesus. He saw a miracle healing in church that completely puzzled him, but decided in his macho way he would meet with the pastor and challenge and blast his theology.
When he got to the pastor’s office and he opened in prayer, Errin’s mind went blank and he could hardly speak. Finally, at the end of the meeting the pastor led him in the sinners prayer. Errin felt like a new man. All his guilt, shame and bitterness left him. Yet, he did not understand it and mocked the experience. People said this phase would leave him.
Yet, he went back to church and two weeks later he tried to resist being water baptized, but the encouragement from others was so strong that he finally agreed and was submerged. He said it was like he was struck with lightning. He felt the power of the Holy Spirit like a new man filled with love and compassion.
Word spread throughout the community and his father told him at the dinner table to renounce Christianity or pack his clothes and “get out.” He took his belongings and walked ten miles to the church where they let him sleep. He never really ever talked to his father again.
Today, he is a pastor of a fast growing church is the USA. He says, “the Lord completely turned me around.” As a Muslim, the weight, guilt, shame and sin weighed on him. He says, “hate is the god of many Muslims,” yet he attests that thousands of them are having dreams of knowing Jesus, creating strong opportunities for missionaries. God is moving through his Holy Spirit to change hearts.
Shortly after his conversion, he saw another miracle at his church as the leg of a young child grew out before his eyes. Then a neighbor said his daughter had to go into the hospital for eight operations to fix her deformed leg at just five years old. Errin told them about his church and gave them the address. They carried the child to church and she was healed too. They took her back to the doctors and they were astounded and wanted to see the girl in the x-rays. The same neighbor saw Errin again, twenty years later and told him that same daughter might make their Olympic team in track.
According to two directors of a Islamic Missions for a major missionary group, “While Islam is evil, the problem is not Muslims. They are victims of a false religion. But Jesus still loves them and wants them set free. The biggest fear of Muslims is Judgment day. Freedom in Christ removes the fear. They are amazed at the Bible and they love the peace of mind they receive once they come to His saving Grace.”
The amazing and exciting news from all the missionaries I spoke to is that thousands of Muslims are receiving a dream of meeting Jesus Christ.
So what are you going to do about it? The first solution is prayer.
We need prayers to move nations.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Locked in chains, I sit bound and shackled to memory and regret. Shivering cold, darkness blinding, I hunch low in a damp corner blaming it on them – their lies, their hate, their indifference. They’re the reason I’m here. Simmering hatred bubbles deep in my heart, warming like a blanket wrapped from inside out, a heavy cover shielding from the pain of introspection, guarding against twinges of cold, hard reality.
The truth: I’m here because I choose to be. My prison: unforgiveness. The door to my cell isn’t closed; I can walk out any time. The chains are locked, but I hold the key. The shackles are cuffs I prefer to wear – they prove to everyone just how wronged I was. I’m tormented here, but it’s easier to judge, blame, and despise those who mistreated me than it is to break free.
Breaking free is painful. It takes effort, determination, and love. It requires a decision – it demands grace. Forgiveness acknowledges injustice, but gives opportunity to walk away. Forgiveness identifies depravity, but decides to look beyond. Forgiveness is bold and graceful; it emancipates those bound to mistakes and regret. Forgiveness is messy and painful; it’s full of blood, sweat, and tears. It’s intentional, it’s costly, it’s emotional, but it’s the only way to ever truly be free.
Freedom is never free – someone always pays. Christ paid the price for our forgiveness – the freedom to accept and give grace. He made the choice to look beyond my faults, to love me in spite of all my wrong-doing. He who is perfect and knew no sin became sin for me. He chose to die so I can live freely. His forgiveness makes it possible for me to release myself and others from the guilt of sin.
How can I, having accepted His forgiveness, not extend the same to others? If I bear His name, I must bear His cross and follow in the way of forgiveness. Unforgiveness is the easy road, the wide path that leads to destruction. Forgiveness is the narrow way, the decision to work through pain.
I choose to release myself and others. I choose to accept His grace and give it away. I choose to unlock the chains, take off the shackles, and walk out the open door – His gift of freedom to me. I accept His gift of forgiveness. Will you?
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
Stay-at-home wife and mother of three, Deidra holds an M.S. in Psychology and is a blogger, free-lance writer, and author of Devotions from the Middle. She writes daily about her faith and life-experiences at The Middle.
Friday, February 17, 2012
We can’t really realize and appreciate that we have freedom until we see that we need release from something. It is easy to think of our salvation experience as a picture of that. O how He has set us free!
I have been a passionate follower of Jesus for over 40 years and am continually humbled by how much I still have to learn. I know that life comes at you in seasons and thought I had walked through some of the lowest lows and highest highs in those seasons already. I felt “seasoned” by experience. When the tactics of the enemy encroached on my life as I was well aware that he would, the approach was so different and so strong that for the first time I was actually totally disabled. Under the oppression that hit me, I lost “me” for a season…my praise, vision, joy, energy, smile, laugh and strength shrunk in massive proportions. I had long ago learned that praise defeats the enemy but my heart was so beat I found it hard to be free to truly praise. I knew how to claim truths and pray scripture and wait for God to move in mighty ways but now I was unable.
Being a housemom to 7 teen girls in a Christian children’s home, I spent every night praying with these precious girls and claiming the very things I needed to hear over them. They never knew my internal battle. Such a surreal feeling, when I was so beat down. It felt like I was watching myself from above when I prayed over the girls. At the time, no comfort, release or freedom seemed to be mine. My husband and I were on this journey together and he was praying for me and watching me in this process of being thrown into a prison of sorts. I needed freedom from the oppression that was upon me. Right when it felt like I literally wouldn’t make it another day, a huge door opened and God released me/us from the circumstances of the oppression. I remember myself saying to the girls, “God is never late, always on time and cares about every desire of your heart. His thoughts about you outnumber the grains of sand on the earth.”
SO true! We love to bike ride in our gorgeous seaside town. Last week, we rode to the bayfront and sat on our favorite bench. The water was perfectly glassy and a group of seagulls looked like they were at a seagull spa right in front of us. …splashing, bathing, cooing, fully enjoying the calm water. I heard the Lord in the quietness of my heart say, “Enjoy this season of refreshing and freedom. I wasn’t late. I heard. I will not waste a moment of your life.” Praise in my heart has tripled in the 6 weeks since that freedom came. I am drinking in the Word of God like I have always loved to do again. I am sharpened and refined in new ways. I am rejoicing over what God did in spite of the oppression that blanketed me. I see miracles in the lives of our girls!
The enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy and when we are sold out to God he is relentless in the attack. If you are under that attack in this season of your life in serving the Lord, don’t believe what you feel, think or see…believe what you know…God is faithful! He IS there in the midst of your circumstances and He WINS every time!
Today's guest author is Phyllis Robshaw. Phyllis has a passion for praying the Word on paper and believing the promises within it! She has been involved in lay ministry and formal ministry working with children, teens and college students alongside her husband Billy for over 30 years. They have 2 married children and 3 grandchildren who are part of building up the Body of Christ in the U.S. and AU.
Visit her blog at: http://asachild.christianblogsites.com/blog/
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Again, thank God for our Founding Fathers who used the Bible and wrote our constitution to set in motion our values and principles that guide the Freedoms that we enjoy today. Without a Moral Compass we would have not enjoyed such prosperity and blessing from the fruit of our labor. It may not seem like it in times like these, but we still have economic strengths and resiliency by the Grace of God. We have our share of cheaters but in the long run, the Golden Rule still builds repeat business success.
In recent news it seems that more and more drugs, movies, toys, and electronics are being stolen or ripped off by the Chinese or other nations. Why is this when we are literally building the Chinese economy on the backs of American consumption? Obviously, it’s a move of God and I touch on it in more detail in my new book, but let me give you a taste of why and how China has stepped away from some of their Communist ways to take on Economic Freedom. (This is stuff the media will never report because they don’t believe in God or it’s not negative enough.)
In 2002, the Chinese Government sent an atheist Economics Professor named Zhao Xiao to the USA to study and learn why America’s economy was so strong. China was in the midst of a growing boom fueled by American companies bringing businesses and manufacturing facilities, creating jobs and training workers in China because of its low cost of labor and facilities and honorable work ethic. Since the death of Mao and the collapse of Russia and the Eastern Block of Communist Countries, more forward thinking Chinese leadership in the Communist Party knew they were falling further and further behind the rest of the world economically.
The Bottom line is that Zhao Xiao came back with a report he called “Market Economies with Churches and Market Economies without Churches.” He also came back a Born Again Christian. Xiao told Party Leaders the reason for American’s success is its Moral Value system based on Christian principles of “loving your neighbor” taught by American Churches. He said it is the key to America’s Economic greatness.
In a interview, Xiao said, that “Puritans who settled America, had an intent of bringing Glory to Jesus Christ in doing business... its a motivation that transcends making profits and in turn motivates the Entrepreneur to constantly find ways to innovate to reach more customers.” He continues, “in the Chinese market environment, the reason people do evil things is because the overall marketplace is not very good.” In China business owners “do evil things to protect themselves, expecting other people will do evil things to them, so they do it first.” He said that businesses need mutual trust among one another, as in the USA.
He says, “the strongest difference in America and China is not technology, wages, or intelligence… but churches. In the USA there are more churches than China has banks or even Rice shops. Churches bind America together.”
He continues, ”these days the Chinese people do not believe in anything. They don’t believe in god, they don’t believe in the devil, they don’t believe in providence, they don’t believe in the last judgment, nor anything about heaven. A person who believes in nothing ultimately can only believe in himself. And self-belief implies that anything is possible---what do lies, cheating, harm and swindling, matter?
Amazingly, God has been moving on the heart of the Chinese people for the last 30 years and there are today over 138 million Born Again believer’s that have been hiding, growing and flourishing underground in home churches across China. That's 10% of their population.
The communist party likes their economic success and that’s why they manipulate there currency to try to keep their boom going. God allows Grace but their Grace period will end when He teaches them more and more about integrity, character and faithfulness. Eventually they will have to set a legal system that stops and polices the con men and thieves or the USA and the rest of the nations who want to do honorable business will no longer buy from them, no matter their prices.
Economic Freedom and its principles are from the Lord and are changing the world with the Freedom he planned for mankind ever since He gave free will rights to Adam and Eve.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
...and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Obviously if you look at this verse in context, it's principal meaning is referring to the word of God, but it can also rightly be applied to many other topics, including knowing the truth about weight loss.
When you are lacking information or believing lies in any area of life, the quality of your life can suffer because of it. In a sense you can be "bound" by lies or false information. This is very common in the area of health and weight loss. Even in modern literate America, people still do not know all the information they need to properly take care of their bodies. There is not a lot of teaching in the public school systems on this topic nor in the media, and what is disemminated is not always accurate.
For example, lots of people still believe that fat makes you fat. This is a myth or a lie. There is a biological cycle that occurs that is common to the human species that ends with the storage of fat on one's body. You eat food that raises your blood sugar level, which stimulates the pancreas to secrete more insulin, which signals the body to store more fat. Carbohydrates have the most effect on our blood sugar levels, protein has some effect, and fat has no effect. Scientists figured this out and researchers have proven this over and over to be true.
A different kind of lie that you might be believing which is inhibiting your freedom to be healthy or to lose weight, could be something like, "I don't believe I can ever be thin. I've always been fat, so I always will be." You may have started believing something like that in your childhood in response to someone else's comment or opinion of you. No matter where a lie like this came from, the fact that you are believing it, is keeping you bound and not free. You may be believing something like this on a subconscious level.
To gain freedom to be healthy and lose weight ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any lies you are believing about your health habits, weight, or body image and to reveal to you any information that you may be lacking for success in this area of your life. He is faithful and will lead and guide you into all truth, whether that is the truth about your inner self talk or the scientific truths about weight loss or about any other truths you need.
Cheryl Cope is a Christian woman's weight loss and habit change coach, helping women achieve healthy and sustainable weight loss, greater health and closer intimacy with God. She helps her clients change their eating, exercising, health, thinking and spiritual habits for the better. She incorporates prayer, biblical principles and the leading of the Holy Spirit in all aspects of her work. Cheryl offers private and group coaching programs. Sign up to get her free report, Eleven Weight Loss and Nutrition Myths, at http://eepurl.com/XtHE For more information on Cheryl or her services, please visit http://www.cherylcope.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Today one of the “hot issues” that is creating a lot of the talk show buzz is the question of our Religious Freedom. Obviously, our Founding Fathers selected it as the First Amendment which prohibits the federal government from making a law "respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
What was it that the Founding Fathers saw that some Americans can’t see today? They realized that they had won freedom from Great Britain not because of their military superiority but it was their calling from God. His Spirit guided and led them to be an example for other nations. It was the Spiritual move of God through His believers to set a new standard from the self centered Kings and Monarchs who had controlled this world.
Let me share just one illustration that again confirms my perspective: In 1562, (56 years before Plymouth Rock), the French Huguenots landed in the USA in a settlement they called Fort Caroline, at the mouth of the St. Johns River, part of Jacksonville, Florida. The Huguenots were Protestant Reformists (Calvinists) who wanted to avoid the wicked religious persecution they experienced in France. They longed for a new life to worship, as they felt called.
Yet, the Queen of Spain learned about the settlement and worried that France would try to claim the Florida peninsular they had wanted. So they sent soldiers to massacre the Huguenots. The Spanish then settled in St. Augustine near by. But as the legend goes that before the massacre, the Huguenots had dedicated the land and all of North America to Jesus Christ.
In 1998, a friend told me that the Lord had directed him to go to Fort Caroline, with descendents of the Huguenots and Spanish (who did the massacre) and pray for forgiveness and reconciliation. Two pastors would lead prayers and ask for blessings and by chance, I was invited to go as well. None of us took this lightly. After several prayers together we moved to different parts of the Fort to pray individually.
While I prayed and ask for forgiveness for our Nation and ancestors, and within a few minutes I started to see a vision of blood pouring like waves out onto the land and spreading. But then as the blood started to flow it began to turn white. It was as if God was purifying the land with His blood of forgiveness. It was a site and experience I will never forget.
Joshua Youssef of Leading the Way Ministry said recently, “The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the church.” History often proves that early missionaries lose their lives, as Christ did, for the Church to take root.
Our Religious Freedom has a solid foundation from Jesus Christ and His Spiritual leading and sacrifice. America is special and called of God to emulate the ways and purposes of Freedom around the world.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Many of us have become convinced that speed is a necessary idol you have to worship in this time addicted culture.
When life becomes all about getting from Point A to Point B as as we possibly can, it comes at a cost.
I want to be filled with…
More questions and less conclusions.
More mystery and less assumptions.
More wonder and less equations.
The Sabbath is a day for me to stop and notice the gifts of God around me.
To watch the sun slowly drop out of the sky.
To lay in the hammock with a good book.
To slowly hike a trail with my boys.
To sit around the table and enjoy a long, unhurried meal with friends.
The Sabbath is a day to stop working, and just rest in the finished work of Jesus, to stop impressing God, and enjoying him.
The Sabbath is a gift. A day God has created for us to celebrate our freedom in Him. If we ignore this rhythm then we miss an incredible opportunity to sit under the spout of God’s grace, and we are far less blessed than we could be.
Today's guest blogger is a husband, father of 3 wild boys, and a Pastor at Cross Point Church. He is also the author of "Plan B: What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would?" available in paperback and as an ebook. For more information on Pete, his ministry, or his book, please visit http://withoutwax.tv/