Sermons & Discussions – 2017-February

 

Sermons

  1. Damon Thompson
    • Damon Thompson–Superbowl Sunday, 2014
      Published on :- 2017-Feb-2nd
      Added On: 2017-Feb-06
      Link
  2. Chuck Missler
    • Q&A April 29th Kim Clement Interview
      Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen take a moment to host a guest, who has been the centre of much conflict here on the internet. Chuck and Ron invited Kim Clement on to their weekly QA show, and the answers Kim gives may surprise a lot of you. This was broadcast on the 29nd of April 2015.
      Published On:- 2015-Apr-30
      Added On: 2017-Feb-06
      Link
    • Chuck Missler Revelation Session 16 Ch-10 11 The Two Witnesses
      Published on :- 2013-Sept-4th
      This is session 16 out of 24 sessions.
      I have all 24 sessions of this very interesting bible study of Revelation.
      Link
    • The Woman and the Man Child
      Link

 

Indepth

Damon Thompson

Damon Thompson–Superbowl Sunday, 2014

  1. Opening Prayer
    • As the eye of almighty Yahweh roams the earth, I believe Tenessee
    • Whatever you want to do there is a Yes in us
    • Rock us in our comfort
    • Wherever you are
  2. Verse
    • Acts 12:1
      • About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.
        He killed James the brother of John with the sword,
        and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.
        And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.
        So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
        Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”
        And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
        When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.
  3. Where we are
    • Killing apostolic expression of Church
    • No teaching of tithing as we would rather be  liked, then  for the congregants to be blessed
    • No teaching about Spiritual Authority
  4. Sleeping
    • It was not an idle threat had they already killed James
    • But, Peter knew the intercession of the Church was destined to change the Apostolic expression of the Kingdom
    • We have killed the Apostolic expression of the faith, as it will sometimes keep you in Church till 2 O’Clock

 

Chuck Missler

Chuck Missler Revelation Session 16 Ch-10 11 The Two Witnesses

Mysteries of God

Mysteries of God – Part 1

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Mysteries of God – Part 2

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Mysteries of God – Part 2 – Mystery of Godliness – 1st Timothy 3:16

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Nabeel Qureshi

Background

Here is one area that I was first acquainted with late last year.  And, that is Nabeel Qureshi’s fight with Stomach Cancer.

I did not really want to touch it, until he himself is more open and forthcoming about it in the Public Space.

Please join me in praying and seeking God’s complete healing on him, his family, and the ministry, RZIM – Ravi Zacharias International Ministry, that he is part of.

 

Moving from Carefully to Clearly…

nabeelqureshi-carefulandclearly

 

Sermon

  1. Nabeel Qureshi: Fulfill Your Ministry – Biola University Fall 2016 Commencement Address
    Published On:- 2016-Dec-20th
    Added On: 2017-Jan-06th
    Link
  2. Nabeel’s Vlog 008 – Partial Healing
    Nabeel Qureshi vlog blog video cancer update
    Published on : 2016-Nov-17th
    Link
  3. Nabeel Qureshi on Islam & Cancer
    Published On :- 2016-Sep-19
    Added On :- 2017-Jan-06th
    Link
  4. Nabeel’s Vlog 012 – My Visit to Bethel Church
    Published On :- 2016-Dec-22
    Added On:- 2017-Jan-04
    Link
  5. Nabeel Qureshi – Reading the Scripture and Helping Others
    From the YouTube video – “Does Unscripted Oral Proclamation Account for the Short Ending of Mark’s Gospel
    Published On :- 2017-Jan-05
    Added On:- 2017-Jan-06
    Link
    The full video is available here
  6. Uppsala University Open Forum with Ravi Zacharias
  7. Nabeel Qureshi Reports Something ‘Remarkable’ in His Fight Against Cancer
    Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi, who has been battling advanced stomach cancer, reported last week that his tumor is completely gone.
    “What has happened is remarkable,” he said in a Facebook vlog Friday. “The primary mass of the tumor, what was in my stomach, is now gone”
    Published On :- 2016-Nov-22
    Added On:- 2017-Jan-4th
    Link
  8. Engaging Islam: The Gospel & Nabeel’s Testimony
    Published On :- 2012-July-24
    Added On:- 2012-Dec-23rd
    Link

Jason Upton – Never Alone Martin

Background

To all those praying for our country, know within you, that you are not ever alone..

Prayers

  1. NT
    • Cornelius stared at him in fear and asked, “What is it, Lord?” The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have ascended as a memorial offering before God
      ( Acts 10:4 )
    • The Seventh Seal:
      Then another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose up before God from the hand of the angel
      .
      ( Revelation 8: 4 )
    • The Fifth Seal: The Martyrs
      And when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony they had upheld.
      And they cried out in a loud voice, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge those who live on the earth” and avenge our blood.
      Then each of them was given a white robe and told to rest a little while longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers, were killed, just as they had been killed.…
      ( Revelation 6:10 )
  2. OT
    • You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.
      Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.…
      ( Psalm 68:9 ) { Crediting Pat Schatzline – Saving Private You – Segment Minute 34 to 36 }

Fellowship

  1. OT
    • When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them.
      ( Daniel 11:34-35 )
    • Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, Or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.
      ( Proverbs 22:24-25 )
  2. NT
    • I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number, men will rise up and distort the truth to draw away disciples after them.…
      ( Acts 20:29-30 )
    • Keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.  For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
      ( Romans 16:17-20 )
    • Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.
      ( 1 Timothy 5:22 )

 

Fearing the Lord

  1. OT
    • My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change
      ( Proverbs 24:21 )
  2. NT
    • Treat everyone with high regard: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
      ( 1 Peter 2:17)

Dedicated

Difficult days suggest otherwise, but “Let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. ” ( Hebrew 4:15 ).

I am thankful that it takes a Pastor’s son to lead one to all those passages that we skim over.  Here is one from Pat Schatzline in the same sermon ( referenced above ).

Between Sanctuary entrance and altar, let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance.
Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people!

( Joel 2:17 )

Lyrics

Never alone Martin
Link

SittingAtTheKitchenTable

 

Videos

  1. Jason Upton – Never Alone Martin (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
    Link
  2. Jason Upton – This is my Home ( Added on 2016-07-18 )
    Link
  3. Jason Upton – Fly – Jason Upton and an Angel – HD
    Link
  4. In your presence
    Link

Damon Thompson – 2016/May

Sermons

  1. First Things First  ( Published on 2014-02-02,  Added on 2016-05-19 )
  2. Sexual Perversion/Authenticity ( Published on 2014-10-24,  Added on 2016-05-19 )
  3. The Discipline of Deliverance  (  Published on 2014-02-02,    Added on 2016-05-19 )
  4. The Secret mountain of God’s presence  ( Published on Friday 2012-04-24,   Added on 2016-05-19 )
    • Insight Versus Revelation ( Clip )
    • Full ( Full )
  5. Jonah   ( Published on Friday 2015-11-24,   Added on 2016-05-20 )
  6. A Word of Faith    ( Published on Friday 2014-11-04,   Added on 2016-05-23 )

In Depth

First Things First

  1. Law of reciprocity
    • A law is not principle
    • But, principles bind together to form a law
    • Principle of Sowing and Reaping
    • Relatable Dimension
      • Deep does not cry out to Shallow
      • And, Shallow does not cry out of Deep
      • You never attract what you want, you attract who you are
  2. Manipulation takes you out of Intimacy
    • Good idea leads to insecurities
    • Insecurities lead to manipulation
    • Manipulation cuts off intimacy
    • You are hot and now become my sister
    • Diminish role of bride, bride becomes the sister
  3. 3 Seps
    • Faith Responding
      • Leave Haran go to Canaan
        • Because God told him so
    • Faith Retreating
      • Diminish role of the bride
        • Because of famine left Canaan and went to Egypt
    • Faith Returning ( Genesis 13:1 )
      • Start believing the word again
      • Intimacy Restored
        • Blessing to follow intimacy, not replace intimacy
      • Where his tent at been at beginning ( Genesis 13:4 )

Sexual perversion/Authenticity

  1. The root is the tender plant out of dry ground
  2. God’s plan for Nineveh was to send a prophet. It was not to send a Seeker sensitive Church
  3. Sin
    • Indulging in what God forbids
    • Not fully given in what the word of God demands
  4. If you have no interest in helping anyone then the revival did not go deep enough
  5. True fathers give authorization for authenticity
  6. Those who know how it should be done, should never interrupt people doing it
  7. Person in Holiness and Legalism live the same lifestyle
    1. Legalism – Fear of Judgement
    2. Holiness – Fear Dove will leave
  8. The Dove remains ( John )
    • All told the same story about Jesus getting baptized by John
    • I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him (John 1:32 )
  9. Pastor Bill Johnson
    • If there was a dove on your shoulder and you did not want it to go away, you take every step with the dove in mind
  10.  I do not want a revival, if it will not plant holiness
  11. When you meet the standard, you begin to inherit the Power that the consequent of that Power
  12. Power is coming back, but repentant is coming first
  13. It is bad theology to say that miracle is gone
  14. Was in a store and asked what is the return policy?
    • God says I have a return policy, and if you return to me, there are things that must be returned to you
  15. It is illegal to use kingdom lingo and not have dominion
    • Apostolic Ministry and not be bearing Apostolic Ministry

 

Discipline of Deliverance

  1. Spoke of the life of Archbishop Vernon Ashe
  2. Weapons
    • Godly Living
      • 1st Timothy 6
        • Godliness is a mean of Gain
          • Who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain ( 1st Timothy 6:5 )
    • Prayer

The Secret Mountain of God’s Presence

  1. Prayer Mountain
    • Transform our view of Life
    • Transform our view of God
  2. Watching Christian TV and saw a guy ( Segment 00:50:00 00:55:00 )
    • I know the way this man and I know the way he lives his life, why does he have so much revelation
    • Insight Versus Revelation
      • Insight
        • Consequence of the mind
        • Attracts you to a man
        • You uplift the man
        • He can have insight into any thing, he just happen to choose the Bible
      • Revelation
        • Attracts you to God
        • Lifts up God

Jonah

  1. God has a passion for a City
    • He sent a Prophet
    • He did not plan a seeker sensitive Church and give people Coffee and Donut
  2. All Sin is disobedience to God
  3. No one is
    • Testifying
    • Evangelizing
    • Praying for Sick
    • Really marrying each other
  4. Culture is keeping the Church from advancing
  5. Difference between now and early Church
    • Life Given
      • They have their lives
      • We give 45 minutes on Sunday, if that
    • Sold
      • Land
      • Houses
    • Broke bread and had all things in common
    • 3% of the American Church Tithe
      • Ready for God to come down and start pointing to each of us and say Not a Christian
  6. No submission to any authority
    • Being Free from religion
      • Does not mean talk about your Leader
  7. Sin
    • Indulging in what God says No to
    • Not being fully committed to what God calls us to
      • Disobedience to what God has called us to
      • Jonas was in Sin
        • He was not doing anything God called him not to do
        • But, he did not do what God called him to do
  8. Jonah Meaning
    • Name means Dove
    • John the Baptist baptised Jesus and the Holy Spirit come down as a Dove

 

A Word of Faith

  1. Burial Procession ( Luke 7:11 )
    • Large crowd went with him
    • Large crowd of the City was with her
    • Expect you to expect an intervention, even before the intervention
  2. Never let your situation, get you out of position
  3. Location is Beauty
    • You can be living in a City called beautiful, but living under intense pressure that is robbing you of the location
    • Peter & Paul
  4. We find ourselves spiritually lacking
    • Instead of changing Heavens, we change Churches
    • We change Churches, because we are not getting fed
    • If you still got to Church, to get fed, then you are communicating your infancy
    • You are not growing and so you can not help anyone
  5. Fresno, CA
    • Government has made
      1. Building not supposed to get
  6. Government can not ignore
  7. Jesus is doing what a 12-step program can not do
  8. Walking the Streets
    • Beautiful City is being robbed of her destiny
    • Light has stepped back and watched Darkness prevail
  9. John the Baptist
    • Darkness does not comprehend the Light
    • I am not the one, but there is someone coming behind me
  10. We change Churches, rather than to change Heaven
  11. Prove or Success of any Government
    • The validity of any Government is the Peace in which its citizens live
    • You can not be under God and still be living as you are in the Government of the evil one
    • Peace, Righteousness, and Joy in the Holy Ghost
    • Never allow the enemy to get you out of position
  12. Never allow the enemy to get you out of position
    • People walking into something that I am trying to get out of
    • You are saying “I rebuke the devil
    • And, God is saying the Devil will not take credit for this
    • You are going to bury something that I intend to resurrect
    • Quit on thing while God had resurrection in mind
    • Don’t put dirt on it yet

 

David Pawson

Background

Performed a broad search on prayers on YouTube, and found out about David Pawson.

David Pawson

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Biography

Wikipedia

John David Pawson (born 25 February 1930) is a prominent Bible teacher based in Great Britain.  He is the author of more than thirty books.

According to his autobiography, Pawson’s immediate ancestors were all farmers, Methodist preachers or both – dating back to John Pawson, a friend and follower of John Wesley. His father, H. Cecil Pawson, was head of Agriculture at Durham University and also Vice President of the Methodist conference.

From his childhood in the north of England David Pawson had wanted to be a farmer, but by the time he had completed his studies for a B.Sc. in Agriculture at Durham University, he felt God was calling him into full-time Christian ministry. He then studied for an M.A. in theology at Wesley House, Cambridge University, and subsequently joined the Royal Air Force as a chaplain, serving in Aden.

After leaving the RAF he served as a Methodist minister, but became increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of infant baptism. After appearing before a doctrinal committee of the Methodist church, he volunteered to leave the denomination, and did so. Shortly thereafter he accepted an invitation to become the pastor of Gold Hill Baptist Church in Buckinghamshire.

Later, as pastor of Guildford Baptist Church (‘Millmead’, which he helped to design), he established a reputation among both evangelicals and charismatics as a Bible teacher. From here his teaching tapes – originally made for the church’s sick and elderly members – became popular worldwide. Under his ministry, Millmead became one of the largest Baptist churches in the United Kingdom.

Pawson left Millmead in 1979 and engaged in an itinerant worldwide Bible teaching ministry predominantly through seminars for church leaders in Asia, Australia, Africa, England, Europe, and United States. Millions of copies of his teachings have been distributed in more than 120 countries, providing a solid biblical foundation. He is a writer and speaker of urgency, clarity, and uncompromising faithfulness to the Scriptures. His extensive and very accessible overviews of the books of the Bible have been published and recorded in ‘Unlocking the Bible’, available in CDs, DVDs, and YouTube. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s finest biblical expositors. As of 2013, Pawson, aged 83, is still preaching at events across the globe.

Sermons

Prayers

  1. Prayer without Hindrance
  2. Prayer against the Devil
  3. Pray in the Spirit
  4. Prayer my myself
  5. Prayer with Saints
  6. Prayer through the Son
  7. Pray for others

 

Indepth

Prayer without Hindrance

Hypothesis

Basic problem is the problem of unanswered prayer.  The problem is not is not in God saying No, but the problem is in not getting any answer whatsoever.

Here are the noted areas:

  1. Earthly
    • Right with God
    • Right with Others
    • Right with Self
  2. Heavenly
    • Satan granted permission in our lives
    • God is waiting to act

 

Earthly

  1. Communication breaks down

 

Right with God

  1. Your feelings about God may be wrong
  2. God feelings about you may be wrong
  3. Thoughts
    • Resentment towards God
    • Action
    • Sinning against God in attitude
    • God enlisted each of us to fight against evil
    • Starts with Self
      • Unwilling to begin that battle in our own lives
      • Holding on to what God has said No
      • We have an hindrance
      • Go to God and ask him to show you the sins in your live
    • Forcing God’s hand
      • Lord show me something in my life that you don’t like

 

Right with other people

  1. Not right with others
  2. Peter, the married apostle, said if you are not right with your wife, your prayers will not be heard, less answered
  3. Forgive others
  4. Only condition in the Lord’s prayer is that you forgive
  5. For if you do not forgive, your Father can not forgive you
  6. When others can not forgive you
    • Saw it at 4 O’clock this morning
    • Your brother has something against you, go and deal with it ( Matthew 5 )

 

Right with Self

  1. Right with Me
  2. Getting on my knees, does not change me
  3. Problems in prayer are not isolated to prayer only, but general problems, as well
  4. Just entertain oneself, and only look for entertainment
    • Then how can take time to look deep into the Word of God
  5. Emotionally frustrated
  6. Integrated with one’s true state
  7. Interesting prayers comes from Interesting people
  8. Love for music
  9. Love for nature
  10. My life will impact my prayer
  11. Cultural Stimulated, Physically Alert, & Emotionally
  12. Come into prayer life, integrated and affectionate person
  13. Prayers affects the rest of life
    • If Prayer is keep in a small vessel and apart from other areas of Life, problems might occur
    • Prayer should make mention of other parts of our lives

Heavenly

  1. God if you do not show me, which of the earthly areas there is a block …
    • Then show me where the problem is in Heaven
    • Do not become endlessly introspective
  2. Is Satan trying to discourage me

Satan is fighting you

  1. Daniel
    • As Daniel prayed, two Angels were fighting over it
      • One in Heaven
      • One on Earth
  2. Use every army of God
    • Prayer

It may be God

  1. Quite deliberately not replying
  2. He might not reply as he wants you to move up in the Spirit of Prayer
  3. Now I blessed you, but will not reply for a bit, as I want you to learn

 

In Closing

  1. Beautiful integrated beings
    • I will rather you to take the joy, if I were to trust in the joy, rather than you ( God )
  2. I can succeed in Prayer
  3. God, the Holy Spirit, wants you to succeed

Prayer

  1. Silence
    • Looking through the reasons listed above
  2. Holding on to a sin in the past
    • Hope that is has been forgiven
    • Forgotten when it last occurred
  3. Sin with self
    • Undisciplined and careless in Life
    • Under satanic attack
  4. Heavenly father thanks for speaking to us today

 

 

Prayer against the Devil

  1. Story about a Plantation Owner and his Negro help
    • The Master said the Devil never went after him.
    • The Master shot at some birds.  The Negro went after the birds and tried picking up some of the dead ones.  And, the master called out, why are you going after the dead ones; while you should be going only after the live ones
      • The Devil is only worried about Christians trying to stay alive in prayer
      • The Devil is not worried about Religion
      • Satan trembles when he sees the lowest being on their knees
  2. When you come to know the Lord, you will come to know the Devil at the same time
  3. In any battle, Identify the enemy
  4. Never pray against people, as human beings are not the enemy
  5. Christians are called not just to pray for people, but against principalities
  6. Crime Surge
    • New Enemy
    • Young recruits with novel approach to commiting crimes
    • New Mr. X
    • Build a profile
      • Build picture, character
  7. Who is the Devil
    • He wanted to change one word in the Lord’s prayer
      • To say mine is the Kingdom, and not thine
    • Jesus attributed to him “God of this World
  8. Why is God allowing Satan to be troublesome
    • He is allowing you free will, as well
    • And, so why should he not allow Satan, as much
  9. Two Books that the Devil hates the most in the Bible
    • Genesis – His devices
    • Revelation – His doom
  10. Once baptised, the Devil comes on the attack
    • Upon Jesus Baptism
      • If you are the Son of God — Questioned Jesus transformation
  11. To prevent prayer, attacks personality
    • Attack Will
      • Laziness
      • Busyness
    • Mind
      • Philosophical Argument
        • Predestination
          • It is already fixed anyway
    • Heart
      • Attack Feelings
      • Obsession of your Heart
  12. During Prayer
    • Unbalanced
      • One aspect of Prayer
  13. Positive Aspects of Prayer
    • The Devil attacks
      • Blind people’s body
      • Blind people’s mind
      • Blind people’s Spirit
  14. Put in whole armor of God ( Defense )
    • Truth
      • You need truth
      • Not your feelings
    • Righteousness
      • No guilt conscience
    • Feet
      • Gospel of truth
    • Arm
      • Shield
    • Mind
      • Salvation
        • God you saved me
  15. Offense
    • Sword of the Spirit
    • Belt
      • Bible
      • Not the whole bible
      • But, the word the Spirit gives you at that time

Pray in the Spirit

Scriptures

  1. Holy Spirit
    • But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.… ( Jude 1:20 )
    • In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. ( Romans 8:26-27 )
    • And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ( Ephesians 6:18 )
  2. Trinity
    1. Praying to the Father, through the Son, from the Holy Spirit
    2. God
      • Listening
    3. Son
      • Interceding
    4. Spirit
      • Getting the prayer together
      • Packaging
  3. When praying in the Spirit
    • The will of God will come through
      • Does God want to heal or not
    • The Glory of Jesus
      • Thoughts will uplift the Lord Jesus
    • Echoes of God’s word
      • The sword of Spirit will come
      • The truth of Scripture
  4. Mind is unfruitful and mind is unproductive
    • Holy Spirit takes over at the mouth level

 

Pray by myself

  1. Law
    1. No one can pray to anyone, but to the King
      • Appealed to the King’s pride

 

Prayer & Meditation

Forward

My pastor just started a month long series on prayer.

Everyone sames to be on the same page lately.

I suppose that it is how it is supposed to be.

Yet, the convergence is kind of scary.

Others

Here are some other voices on the same chord:

Special Mention

Jezebel

Robert Morris

  • Discerning the Jezebel Spirit
    Added on :- 2015-09-14
    Link
  • STOP tolerating Jezebel spirit – Robert Morris
    Link
    Uploaded on : 2011-Apr-07
    Added On: 2016-12-01

 

John Paul Jackson

 

Addendum

David Platt, Added on Sept 11th, 2015

Link
David Joseph Platt  is currently the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, and he is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. He released a follow-up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God in April, 2011.  And in February, 2013, he released Follow Me: A Call to Die. a Call to Live.  Platt recently founded a resource ministry, Radical.net, dedicated to serving the church and making disciples of all nations.

He also served at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans and resided in a parsonage when Hurricane Katrina hit, flooding the parsonage.

At the age of 26, Platt was hired to lead the congregation of The Church at Brook Hills, and he became known as the youngest megachurch pastor in America. He said, “I believe that God has uniquely created every one of His people to impact the world. Some may count it as idealistic, but I believe it is thoroughly biblical, rooted in Psalm 67:1-2, yet covering Scripture from beginning to end. God is in the business of blessing His people so that His ways and His salvation might be made known among all people.”

He holds to a continuationist view, meaning that the Biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit did not cease with the apostles and are operating today for the edification of the church.

Adieu

In closing, I sign off with the words of one Kiki Sheard…Hear This.

Luke Hancock’s presence, prayers meant the world to Louisville teammate Kevin Ware

It is good to see Luke Hancock have a good final 4 game (Semi-final) against a very talented & feisty Wichita State.

I think you will be blessed to read Adam Himmelsback’s story on how Luke helped Kevin Ware during the Final 8 game against Duke.

Luke Hancock’s presence, prayers meant the world to Louisville teammate Kevin Ware

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130403/COLUMNISTS02/304030114/

When University of Louisville forward Luke Hancock saw Kevin Ware lying near the sideline with a shattered right leg, he initially recoiled like his teammates. Some Cardinals were vomiting, others were crying and inconsolable.

But then Hancock thought back to last summer, when he suffered a gruesome shoulder injury in a pickup game. He remembered how others were aghast. He remembered how former U of L guard Andre McGee was the only one to rush to his side, to rush him to the hospital. He remembered how much that had meant.

So as Ware lay there in the first half of the Cardinals’ NCAA Tournament victory over Duke on Sunday, scared and alone and stunned, Hancock ran to him. He held Ware’s hand and told him they would get through this together. He told Ware he would say a prayer for him.

Ware didn’t respond at first, because he was in shock. Hancock took a deep breath, closed his eyes, clenched Ware’s hand and started the prayer.

“Lord, watch over us and let Kevin be OK during this tough time,” he began. “The Lord does everything for a reason, and He will get us through this.”

Hancock said he did all he could to keep from breaking down, to keep tears from falling onto his fallen teammate. He found out later that Ware also was trying not to cry, trying to stay strong for him.

Hancock gently patted Ware’s chest several times, the two of them together in front of 34,657 fans in Lucas Oil Stadium and millions of horrified TV viewers.

“I wouldn’t want to be alone in that situation, and I don’t think he wanted to be alone,” Hancock said, sitting in a small office at the team’s training facility Wednesday as Ware held a news conference upstairs. “I just thought if I could talk to him and tell him he’ll be all right, it might help.”

It helped more than Hancock realized, more than he could imagine. Ware said that before Hancock arrived, he was scared. After Hancock touched him and calmed him, he knew he would be fine.

Before long the other Cardinals were there and Ware was enveloped in a sea of support. His teammates clenched his forearms and held him tight. But that first moment was the most important moment.

“Seeing Luke there,” Ware said, “really just touched my heart.”

He said Hancock’s presence allowed him to refocus and regain his strength. It allowed him to start thinking about the team — or, as he told me, “to go into Kevin mode.”

He began telling his teammates to win the game, to win it for him. He said it over and over, until he was taken away on a stretcher before heading to a hospital for surgery.

You never know how you’ll react to danger or disaster or trauma. You like to think you’ll be strong and courageous, but sometimes it’s just not that easy.

You can’t fault the other players for their initial reaction to such a macabre moment. But you can praise Hancock, and you should.

“I think it just galvanized everybody,” U of L athletic director Tom Jurich said. “It was the very first thing I noticed. To see Luke right there was just incredible.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Hancock arrived at the team training facility wanting to know when Ware would return home. Told that he already was in the locker room, Hancock rushed in.

“You could see on my face and on his face that we were just so happy to see each other,” Hancock said. “He gave me a hug and said he was so thankful I was there for him. I told him I knew he’d do the same for me. That’s my friend.”

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