Showing posts from October, 2004
The Berlin University laughter expert Professor Gunther Sickl said: "Phrases such as laughing yourself sick should actually be turned around to read laughing yourself well. Up to 80 muscles are used to have a really good laugh. And the body gets a very healthy work-out. It is such good exercise that it sometimes even leads to cramps for those having their first good belly-laugh in a while. And possibly most important of all, endorphins, the brain drugs, are released -- they not only promote a feeling of well-being but are seen by most doctors as the best natural drugs of all." Something that brings GREAT joy to my heart, is telling people about Jesus, so today after church here in Poland, we went downtown with a large team, worshipped the Lord, and talked to several about the love of the Father for His children. And praise God, LOTS of seeds were planted, many received prayer, and four young people asked Jesus to forgive them of…
Still in Poland, today when I checked the Berlin news, I found these photos of wooden crosses recently errected commemorating victims who died trying to cross the East German border to West Germany, next to a replica strip of the Berlin Wall. The section of the Wall, which divided Berlin for 28 years, and the 1,065 crosses were erected by a private museum next to the former border crossing at Check Point Charlie and the area will open as a temporary memorial from Sunday, October 31, 2004. Seeing ANY crosses in such an atheistic city surprises me but I am glad the victims are now being honored. THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR CROSS AND THE SACRIFICE YOU MADE FOR ME AND THE WHOLE WORLD TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS - HALLELUJAH, YOU ARE RESURRECTED AND ALIVE TODAY!
Today we walked around downtown and enjoyed this beautiful city. I got to talk a bit with 5 little girls who said they were learning English in school and I handed one of them a paper with John 3:13-18 in Polish to read aloud to the others. Afterwards, I gave them each their own verse and one girl gave me a piece of candy along with a big smile! Then about 15 minutes later, she ran up to me again and handed me a picture she drew! It was so sweet! Then tonight we had a meeting here at the Boone family house and about 25 friends from the church came over for fellowship, worship, and hear a great message from John Cava. These are WONDERFUL people!!!
What is a Missionary? by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, October 26
Jesus said to them again, ’. . . As the Father has sent Me, I also send you’ —John 20:21
A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front—to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of success. But in the New Testament the inspiration is put behind us, and is the Lord Jesus Himself. The goal is to be true to Him—to carry out His plans. Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and to His perspective is the on…
'Thank you, thank you, America! Thank you, George Bush!' You most likely won't hear these words on the 6 o'clock news, but the Iraqi people are VERY grateful for their freedom. Joe Faustina, a volunteer American who has been working in Iraq, said the Army Corps of Engineers has been well-received by the Iraqi people because the group is rebuilding 412 schools, clinics, hospitals, water and waste treatment plants and other necessities the Iraqis never had before. “The Iraqi people are grateful we’re there,” he said. “Everywhere I go, there are signs saying, ‘We love you America’ and ‘Thank you America.’ This is what they needed.” Faustina said he and his co-workers are not concerned about terrorists because they pay attention to the awareness levels. He said the image of constant struggle in the country is a misconception put forth by the media, and the military does a good job of informing people about which spots to avoid. “It’s really not that bad o…
Yesterday, Maria & I went to the home of Andre and Urlrike to teach their three children English using the Bible and my art skills while they drew pictures and wrote the words with me. It was fun! Then later, a few friends came over to their house and we had a wonderful time of worship and fellowship. We were all blessed by the Word and the prayers. Next time we meet in two weeks, Andre wants to invite other children from the neighborhood to come and learn English via the Bible too - child evangelism - AMEN AND GO GOD!!!
By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength.
Faith is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen and the evidence of things we cannot yet see. God gave his approval to people in the past because of their faith - read about them in Hebrews 11. Trials test our faith to show that it is strong and pure - as fire tests and purifies gold - and our faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. If our faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it brings us much praise, glory, and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. Because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, our faith and hope can be placed confidently in God. When we make every effort to apply the benefits of God's promises to our life, …
"Take a look at the mighty hippopotamus." - the Lord to Job
Job was blameless and a man of complete integrity who feared God and stayed away from evil. With the LORD’S permission, the devil brought great disaster and devastation to Job's life. In his pain, Job's three friends condemned him as a wicked man. What happened? A fourth, younger friend told Job, “It was to prevent you from getting into a life of evil that God sent this suffering… people who are truly wise show God reverence.” What was Job’s sin? In all his suffering, Job COMPLAINED AGAINST GOD, arguing that he was innocent. After all this, then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind: "Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them." God is big, VERY BIG and in comparison, we humans are small, VERY small. We have limited knowledge and little understanding of many things. Who are we to quest…
Schalk with Margot translating
SCHALK GROENEWALD from South Africa spoke last night at the Glimm home in Spandau and will again tonight. This anointed man of God gets invitations from all over the world, but he says the LORD repeatedly brings him back to Germany! He spoke about finding true freedom and power by simply getting the Word of God in you and obeying the Holy Spirit - a very pratical message for all followers of Christ. To read more about Schalk and find out where else he will be speaking, go to his website, His Kingdom Ministries.
Some call it “gender confusion” while others call it “coming out of the closet”. I call it sin. What? Homosexuality. I do not believe people are born gay but rather it is a decision one makes when giving into temptation. One day during a gay celebration here in Berlin, I asked two gay men if they were born gay or if they chose to be gay. They both agreed they were born gay. So I asked, “If you had not been born gay, would you have chosen to be gay?” They could not answer. I shared with them the hope they could have through a relationship with Jesus Christ and gave them a tract that told about a man who was gay but received freedom from Jesus and now is married with children. They listened but then one pulled the other away as I talked. Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God - those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greed…
October 17 My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers: The Key of the Greater Work
. . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12
"Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God. The way fruit remains firm is through prayer, but remember that it is prayer based on the agony of Christ in redemption, not on my own agony. We must go to God as His…
Last night on the way to a friend’s house for dinner, I got off the train and was met by a young woman who asked me a question in German. I only understood one word, which was the street name of where my friend lives. This girl wanted to go to this same street and to me, this was absolutely a divine appointment set up by the Holy Spirit! Maria spoke good English and as we walked, I began to tell her about God’s great love for her. I spoke about Jesus who takes away our sin thus enabling us to have a wonderful relationship with our heavenly Father and Creator. Maria said she didn’t believe in accidental meetings and I agreed with her. She listened with great interest, shared a bit about herself, and asked questions, even if I could help her learn English better. “Sure, we can read the English Bible together!” As we walked across the street, suddenly there was a big crash – several cars were in an accident right where we had walked. By the grace of God, no o…
Billboard After Hurricane Charley
When Hurricane Charley slammed into Florida in mid-August 2004, battering the state with up to 100 mph winds that knocked over signs, uprooted trees, and left thousands of homes destroyed or uninhabitable, one billboard on Sand Lake Road in Orlando survived the onslaught relatively unscathed. The storm peeled off the most recent advertising message displayed on the board, however, revealing in its place an ad from an earlier campaign. A few years back the Smith Agency of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, handled an assignment from a client by placing of a variety of billboards bearing non-denominational religious messages around the U.S. All the billboards presented short, simple inspirational notices in large white text on black backgrounds and were signed as if they came from God. Seventeen different messages were us…
Last night, Maria & I taught a Bible study with some mentally ill people, one of which is her husband, Mohammed. We met at Mohammad's place - they are separated so Maria can have a more normal life until he gets better - and this is a large apartment building especially for these people, so more will maybe come next time. Anyway, a cool thing was that one of the guys, Rosano, said he prayed for 2 months for something like this! He told us that his father is an Italian Catholic and his mother is a Moslem, so he's not sure what the truth is. We read through John 18 which tells of when Jesus was betrayed and arrested - Rosano never heard any of this before. Most Moslems believe Jesus was just another prophet, so I asked him, "Do prophets ever lie?" He said, "No!" Then I said, "Jesus said that He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one could come to the Father except by Him. And Jesus said that He and the Father were One - He wa…
Walking on Water - art by Jessica Roberts, age 7
John Ortberg wrote a book titled, "If Want To Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat" - I haven't read it but I love the title because IT IS SO TRUE! Today, I received an email requesting prayer from a person who is wanting to step into fulltime prolife ministry and here is my reply:
AMEN!!! HE WILL DO IT just like His Word PROMISES: My God shall supply ALL my need according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus and the LORD is my Good Shepherd and I lack NO GOOD THING! Amen, friend. Stay focused on Jesus, be thankful as you worship the Son, obey the Holy Spirit.. THEN WATCH to see what THE FATHER WILL DO in your midst! I have found the biggest battle is in my own mind as I continually need to kick out the lies and embrace the Truth each hour of each day. This morning I was greatly blessed by Oswald Chambers word from "My Utmost for His Highest" whi…
Superman played by Christopher Reeve in the movies; Mr. Reeve after his accident; Joni Eareckson Tada
Christopher Reeve, the Superman actor who was paralyzed in a tragic horse accident in 1995, unexpectedly died of a heart attack yesterday at the age 52. May the LORD bring comfort and healing to his wife, three children, parents and all who loved him, drawing each one to Jesus. Sadly, I read nothing at his website about God or faith, and only the Lord knows where he is spending eternity. Mr. Reeve was a strong advocate of the controversial spinal stem cell research which he believed is most effective when using the stem cells of embryos. However, many people, including myself, have SERIOUS CONCERNS about the morality of using tissue which has the ability to become another human life. In the US, this type of research is pretty much banned but not totally and world wide researchers are fighting for this. Mr. Reeve played a leading role in trying to get the US ban c…
Jesus said to the people, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." (John 8)
Tim Hughes from Britian wrote a wonderful worship song called, "Here I am to worship" (listen to a short sound bite) and here are the words:

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes
Let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say
That You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days,
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
WHATEVER IT TAKES! - author unknown
I am part of the fellowship committed to doing “whatever it takes.” I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I’ve stepped over the line. I am out of the comfort zone. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or back away. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chincy giving, and dwarfed goals! I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised regarded or rewarded. I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured a…
Watch and/or read the lastest CBN news at the 700 Club website
Pat Robertson, founder of CBN and "The 700 Club" television program, warned US President Bush against supporting any future division of Jerusalem, warning that such a move would cost him the support of tens of millions of Evangelical Christians. He said that Bush has been a great friend of Israel, but cautioned him against changing his policy in support of a united Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Gaza is one thing, but if Pres. Bush touches Jerusalem and really gets serious about taking east Jerusalem, making it the capital of a Palestinian state - he'll virtually lose all Evangelical support and they'll form a third party," Robertson said, attending the Feast of the Tabernacles celebration. He said the Road Map is "dead," and Arafat is out for the destruction of Israel, and the Oslo Accords were "a …
Psalm 23 by David brings comfort and hope every time I read it. There are so many disturbing things going on in the world today and it is easy to get distracted. But when I focus on Jesus and read His Word, peace floods my heart - thank You, LORD! "Yes, the LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death or through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Israel is mentioned over 2,500 times in the Scriptures. May we each have ears to hear and hearts to obey what the Spirit of God is saying in the world today.
"Your name will no longer be Jacob," the man told him. "It is now Israel, because you have struggled with both God and men and have won." Genesis 32
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Let the congregation of Israel repeat: "His faithful love endures forever." Let Aaron's descendants, the priests, repeat: "His faithful love endures forever." Let all who fear the LORD repeat: "His faithful love endures forever." Psalm 118
And one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, "How can you be so stupid? Why should the whole nation be destroyed? Let this one man die for the people." This prophecy that Jesus should die for the entire nation came from Caiaphas in his position as high p…
"The glory of GOD-let it last forever! Let GOD enjoy his creation! He takes one look at earth and triggers an earthquake, points a finger at the mountains, and volcanoes erupt. Oh, let me sing to GOD all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live! Oh, let my song please him; I'm so pleased to be singing to GOD." (Psalm 104)
See video at Fox News of this this volcano here.
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
From October 3 "My Utmost for Your Highest" by Oswald Chambers
He said to them, ’This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting’ —Mark 9:22
His disciples asked Him privately, ’Why could we not cast it out?’ " ( Mark 9:28 ). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. "This kind can come out by nothing but" concentrating on Him, and then doubling and redoubling that concentration on Him. We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in this situation, by trying to do God’s work without concentrating on His power, and by following instead the ideas that we draw from our own nature. We actually slander and dishonor God by our very eagerness to serve Him without knowing Him. When you are brought face to face with a difficult situation and nothing happens externally, you can still know that freedom and release will be given because of your continued concentration…
1 baby; 2 child; 3 teen; 4 mother/grandmother (my kids with granddaughter); 5 grad; 6 missionary
No one is more amazed than me at what God has done in my life which was a broken mess. Then at 50 years of age after giving up on ALL my dreams and hopes, the LORD told me to quit my job, move to Pensacola and go to Bible school. And what made this even more crazy was that I was in deep debt owing many thousands of dollars to several creditors! But He said, "TRUST ME", so I did and still am today... now totally debt-free - HALLELUJAH THANK YOU, JESUS!
Today I took my guitar not knowing what to expect but determnined to be ready for anything as both Bianka & I headed back to the same school we visited yesterday. We spoke in 5 classes and the hurricane & earthquake stories seemed to be a big hit! But apparently, it is quite a treat for these kids to hear from an American in person, so again we shared, we answered questions, we sang and we saw the hearts of these kids open up more and more. In the last class which was full of Moslem teenage boys, one asked, "How does my friend who is Jewish become a Christian?" pointing to someone on the other side of the room who was surprised by this - the first boy may really have been talking about himself as well - so everyone started talking at once. Then I said, "My best Friend is Jewish" and it got quiet again. "And His name is Jesus and He was born in Bethlehem! Becoming a Christian is easy, very easy... BUT, you must be serious and pray fro…