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Surrender Your Life To Jesus! 

Tomorrow May Not Come
We put God on hold

while we have our fun,

Living out our carefree

days in the sun.

There’s always tomorrow

some people say,

But what if today

were to be your last day?
For no one knows

what tomorrow may bring,

In the blink of an eye

you could lose everything.
Sickness, accident

or natural disaster,

Over his own life

no man is master.

All have sinned

and fall short of God’s glory,

But Jesus came

to rewrite man’s story.
Providing a way

for all the world’s lost,

The debt for our sins

Jesus paid on the Cross.

For the sins of man

Jesus gave His all,

So that all mankind

could be ransomed from the fall.
But the gift of salvation

must be received,

By sinful man

who has faith and believes;

Jesus, the Son of God

walked on earth a sinless man,

Was crucified and arose

to fulfill salvation’s plan.
Your tomorrow may not come

there may not be another chance,

Won’t you turn to Jesus now

and change your circumstance?

In Christ there is assurance.

In Christ there is rest.
Won’t you give your life to Him

and be eternally blessed?
~ Kathy 09/11/14

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The Lord Is Waiting For You! 

‘I want to remind YOU that in the last days there will be SCOFFERS who will laugh at the truth and do every evil thing they desire. This will be their argument: “Jesus promised to come back, did He? Then where is He? Why, as far back as anyone can remember, everything has remained exactly the same since the world was first created.

” They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the Word of His command, and He brought up the earth from the water and surrounded it with water. Then He used the water to destroy the world with a mighty flood.

And God has also commanded that the heavens and the earth WILL BE CONSUMED BY FIRE ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, WHEN UNGODLY PEOPLE WILL PERISH. But you must not forget, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The LORD isn’t really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think.

No, He IS BEING PATIENT FOR YOUR SAKE. HE DOES NOT WANT ANYONE TO PERISH, SO HE IS GIVING MORE TIME FOR EVERYONE TO REPENT. But the day of the Lord WILL COME AS UNEXPECTEDLY AS A THIEF. THEN THE HEAVENS WILL PASS AWAY WITH A TERRIBLE NOISE, AND EVERYTHING IN THEM WILL DISAPPEAR IN FIRE, AND THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING ON IT WILL BE EXPOSED TO JUDGMENT. Since EVERYTHING around us is going to melt away, WHAT HOLY, GODLY LIVES YOU SHOULD BE LIVING!’
(2 Peter 3:3-11)

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An Authoritative Answer

Originally written by Robert Chamberlain of “A Yorkshireman’s take on life, death, and eternity“.
“And said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” ~ Luke 20:2 

Jesus was authoritatively teaching in the temple courts, unlike the religious leaders of the time. But they were envious of the hearing He got from the people, and attempted to trip Him up in His words. So they came to Him and asked this question. It might seem innocent, but they were trying to catch Him out.

If Jesus straightforwardly answered their question, they would have condemned Him for blasphemy (as they would eventually anyway). If He claimed His own authority, they would have accused Him of the heights of arrogance. If He claimed His Father’s authority, they would have understood Him to be claiming to be God’s Son, putting Him on a par with the Father.

But Jesus didn’t directly answer their question. Instead He asked them whether the baptism of John was from heaven or men. If they admitted it was from heaven they would condemn themselves for rejecting John’s teaching. If they claimed it was from man the people would turn against them who revered John as a holy man.

If you read the gospels, you’ll see that Jesus rarely gave a direct answer to a question. Instead He got to the heart of the issue and challenged people as to where they stood before the Lord. All of us, wherever we’re at spiritually, must repent of our cleverness and submit to the authority of Christ.

“Dear Lord, I praise You for Your authoritative teaching. Thank You for convicting me and causing me to come to faith in You. Help me to lead others to You, for Your glory, Amen”

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Warrior Mentality! 

2 Tim 2:3

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

One of the most dangerous attitude a Christian can adopt is that he will never face trials after offering his life to Christ. An attitude that he will never face hardships, and problems on the way.

They like to think since Jesus is powerful, He won’t let any trial reach them.

Jesus never promised us to never go through hard times, or the fire. He promised to stick with us through thick and thin.

As per Eph 6:12, we’re in a constant battle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.. and we can’t overcome these on our own. 

We need the POWER from on high, the power to stand against the wiles of the devil. We should adopt the attitude of a WARRIOR.

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The Fifth Truth The Church Needs For Revival 

Wake up to the potential of youth!

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

1 Corinthians 1:27

Since there’s nothing more “foolish” than the typical teenager, we shouldn’t underestimate these young people as a potent agent of revival. God loves to use the unlikely to accomplish the unimaginable because it brings unbelievable glory to him!

Teenagers come to Christ quicker and can spread the Gospel faster and farther than adults. So the quickest way to revive a church is through the youth! That’s why I challenge you to unleash their potential by getting them to make and multiply disciples.

Youth ministry is strategic. Every Great Awakening in the history of the United States has had teenagers on the leading edge.

It’s time.

It’s time for revival!

It’s time to pray to God, purify our hearts and proclaim the Gospel!

It’s time to unleash the next generation to make and multiply disciples until everyone everywhere hears the Good News of Jesus!

The Holy Spirit is giving us a wake-up call. Let’s answer it!

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Response From Michael On The First Truth The Church Needs For A Revival! 

Here is a response from Michael Andrew Williams who blogs at THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD on one of the series of revival articles called “The First Truth The Church Needs For A Revival“. The article on his blog is entitled On Prayer And Revival.

Today, response is shared to the article (14 August 2017) The 1st Truth the Church Needs For Revival! posted by M R Charles (Rwanda) in his Mugisha Thoughts Blog – Change Obey Endure Project™ – at wordpress.com. Revival for the church of Jesus Christ is a sacred operation to assess and declare spiritual needs within the body, to prepare developing believers for a falling of the Holy Ghost as well as one to invoke and welcome a fresh outpouring of divine gifts. It may be more correct to say that prayer is one of the fruits from revival, rather than revival being one of the fruits from prayer. The following except was shared:

When prayer becomes the engine, not the caboose, of our ministry efforts then our churches become an unstoppable train that advance the Gospel in unimaginable ways!

To experience this we must learn how to pray with passion, focus and faith. We must pray for the lost. We must pray for each other. We must pray for this nation. We must pray for the world. We must pray that God intervenes to break up the hard soil of unregenerate hearts and send forth seed-chuckers who will spread his message everywhere to everyone!

Let’s wake up to the need to pray!

Written by Greg Stier

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5: 13-20, King James Version, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Meanings for “Apostolic Church” (05/08/2017); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Confession and The Cross (03/25/2016); Prayer in Public? (02/24/2015); Saved by a Prayer? (10/31/2014); Is Prayer an Act of Faith? (11/01/2014); Perfection and Prayer? (08/27/2014); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013)

“Mugisha”, speaking in oneness without sameness and the authority of one believer to another, my first thoughts in response to the call for prayer being made in your blog was to caution myself that to pray is more than simply to ask that GOD give and supply whatever might be our sacred desires and needs. In fact, I thought, that may be one of our greatest weaknesses, understanding prayer as primarily a process of petitioning divinity. Prayer also can be continuous conversation and dialog with divinity, inquiry for guidance and knowledge, praise, and thanksgiving. Surely where confession and sorrowing for sin are not thought more essential as the wellspring of revival, the church tends to center upon carnal and material goals for increased membership, fund raising, and social activity (i.e., business as usual). The call for revival should emerge from the assessment of spiritual health and maturity within the body, not merely a calendar of events, or inquiry asking, how long has it been since the last…?

Both through regular prayer and revival, there should be acknowledgment of the ongoing judgment and refocus on the promises of GOD. Thereby, the process, proclamation, and fulfillment of prophecy will be maintained in our view as our answer from GOD in Christ. I hesitated to share any comment, because I thought my motives might be misunderstood, and received as argumentative, interference, or meddling. Perhaps, because my goal is to edify, the following from the holy writings will clarify what it is that needs to be said:

(1.) Ezra 9: 5-8, King James Version (KJV): 5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, 6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. 7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day. 8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

(2.) Nehemiah 9: 1-3, KJV: 1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. 2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

(3.) Daniel 9: 4-10, KJV: 4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O LORD, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 O LORD, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. 8 O LORD, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9 To the LORD our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) 1st John 1: 5-10, KJV: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC

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The Fourth Truth The Church Needs For Revival 

Wake up to the urgency of the Gospel!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

A revived church is a Gospel Advancing church. It is a church that unashamedly brings the Good News of Jesus to a world in desperate need of it.

We must wake up to the need to share the Gospel!

Can you hear the voices of those who have passed on to the next life? Some are leaning over the banister of heaven calling down. Others are looking up from the flames of hell screaming out. But both have the same message, “Tell others so they can experience hope in the next life.“

Gospel urgency requires Gospel fluency. In other words, if the people in your church are motivated to share the Good News of Jesus but can’t articulate that message in a clear and compelling way then it will lead nowhere.

By Greg Stier

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