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Graduation – Congratulations!

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CONGRATULATIONS! Today may not be your day, either graduation was earlier for you or coming up. But many graduations are taking place today. We enjoyed gaming with you and hope to continue! Congratulations on working hard to get through school, whether it is high school or college. May you continue to go where Jesus is calling you. Listen to His voice, be like Abraham. If you feel Jesus calling to a place and there’s just not too funds to provide, and everyone is probably telling you, “don’t do it” including your family. Take a leap of faith – We serve a God greater than all man kind. Trust Him, not the world.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  – Matthew 6:26-34

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  – Joshua 1:9

This is my favorite quote of all time from Winston Churchill.  It is said that this was the entirety of a speech given at a graduation ceremony.  Whether or not this speech actually happened is irrelevant.  The content is to be absorbed and used as fuel for our perseverance. Giving up should never be an option.

JESUS BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY AND AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS 2014!!!

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Just Breathe and Have Faith

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Trust in the Lord

Trust Him even when you can’t trace Him

Sometimes, we face life’s issues and wonder why God has not stepped in to help. Perhaps He has already helped us, but we may not see it yet. Even more so, we do not know how God intends to work out our issues because it is not how we expected it.
Lean not to your understanding. When we don’t quite understand what is going on in our lives it is important to put it in God’s hands. It tells us, lean not to our own limited understanding, but stand confident knowing we can both trust and depend on God.

Do you believe He is working it out for your good? I promise He is. And when this trial is over, you will understand, with the help of the Holy Spirit, God’s wisdom and knowledge for your life.

Trust Him no matter what. Begin today letting God know you trust Him no matter what it looks like. God knows when to step in at the right time and turn things around. Remember, He knows and sees all. Therefore, the direction you desperately want to travel, God may instruct you that it may not be time just yet. Or the person you are praying for may need a little growing first. Whatever it is, God knows best. God will remain faithful knowing He will bless you just when you put it all in His hands, but first you have to trust God.

Declare you will trust Him and let every anxiety, worry, and surrender it all to His will.

Proverbs 3:5 NIV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

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Peace

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Jesus Calms the Storm

 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.  Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

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Spiritual Gifts Assessment

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You may want to print this page, to make it easier to work with.

Directions: 1. Answer the 96 questions rating each one from 0-4 on your answer sheet.

  • 0 isn’t “bad” and 4 isn’t “good.”
  • Don’t think of the rating system like school grades A-B-C-D-F
  • Think of the rating system as “symbols” that indicate how much each statement is true in your life.
  • When you find a question with two or parts, and you rate any one as not true in your life, then mark the whole question with a low number. In other words, if you think part is true, but another part is not, rate the whole question with a low number.
  • This gifts discovery is easy to “psyche out” – so don’t. Make it work for you by answering honestly.

2. Add up the 24 rows of 4 numbers and enter the totals in the “total” column.

  • Sample: 1. 3     25. 2     49. 2     73. 1     Total = 8

3. Find you 3-5 highest scores and circle the letters (A through X) by the high scores.

4. Go to the GIFTS KEY and find the 24 gifts listed from A to X

5. Mark your answer next to the question.

  • Sample: 83. People say I am gifted with my hands.  _3_

6. Contact us to let us know your gifts and we will help you so your able to use what God has blessed you with.

 

 

QUESTIONS:

1. I enjoy working behind scenes, taking care of little details. __

2. I usually step forward and assume leadership in a group where none exists. __

3. When in a group, I tend to notice and approach those who are alone to help them feel part of the group. __

4. I have the ability to recognize a need and to get the job done, no matter how small the task. __

5. I have the ability to organize ideas, people and projects to reach a specific goal. __

6. People often say I have good spiritual judgment. __

7. I am very confident of achieving great things for the glory of God. __

8. I am asked to sing or play a musical instrument at church functions. __

9. God has used me to communicate the gospel in a language unknown to me. __

10. Through my prayers God has made the impossible possible. __

11. I have an ability to use my hands in a creative way to design and build things. __

12. I have seen my prayers heal people. __

13. I enjoy giving money to those in serious financial need. __

14. I enjoy ministering to people in hospitals, prisons, or rest homes to comfort them. __

15. I often have insights that offer practical solutions to difficult problems. __

16. I have often understood issues or problems in the church and have seen answers when others don’t. __

17. I enjoy encouraging and giving counsel to those who are discouraged. __

18. I have an ability to thoroughly study a passage of scripture, and then share it with others. __

19. I presently have the responsibility for the spiritual growth of one or more young Christians. __

20. Other people respect me as an authority in spiritual matters. __

21. I have an ability to learn foreign languages. __

22. God oftens reveals to me the direction He desires the body of Christ to move. __

23. I enjoy developing relationships with non-Christians, especially with hopes of telling them about Jesus. __

24. Whenever I hear reports on the news or in conversations about needy situations, I am burdened to pray. __

25. I would like to assist pastors or other leaders so they will have more time to accomplish their essential and priority ministries. __

26. When I ask people to help me accomplish an important ministry for the church, they usually say yes. __

27. I enoy entertaining guests and making them feel “at home” when they visit. __

28. I take initiative to serve and enjoy serving others, no matter how small the task. __

29. I am a very organized person who sets goals, makes plans, and achieves the goals. __

30. I am a good judge of character and can spot a spiritual phony. __

31. I often step out and start projects that other people won’t attempt, and the projects are usually successful. __

32. I believe I could make a positive difference on the music or worship team. __

33. Praying in tongues is personally meaningful to me in my prayer life. __

34. God has used me to make things happen which were far beyond human means. __

35. I enjoy doing things like woodworking, crocheting, sewing, mental work, stained glass, etc. __

36. I often pray for God to heal those who are physically and emotionally ill. __

37. I joyfully give money to the church well above my tithe. __

38. I feel compassion for people who are hurting and lonely and like to spend considersble time with them to cheer them up. __

39. God has enabled me to choose correctly between several complex options in an important decision when no one else knew what to do. __

40. I enjoy studying difficult questions about God’s Word, and I am able to find answers more easily and more quickly than others. __

41. I’m very fulfilled when I encourage others, especially if it’s about their spiritual growth. __

42. When a question arises from a difficult Bible passage, I am motivated to research the answer. __

43. I enjoy being involved in people’s lives and helping them grow spiritually. __

44. I would be willing and excited to start a new church. __

45. I can adapt easily to cultures, languages, and lifestyles other than my own and would like to use my adaptability to minister in foreign countries. __

46. I will always speak up for Christian principles with conviction, even when what I say isn’t popular. __

47. I find it easy to invite a person to accept Jesus as their Savior. __

48.  I have a passion to pray for the significant issues of God’s kingdom and His will for Christians. __

49. I enjoy relieving others of routine tasks so they can get important projects done. __

50. I can guide and motivate a group  of people toward achieving a specific group. __

51. I enjoy meeting new people and introducing them to others in the group. __

52. I am very dependable for getting things done on time, and I don’t need much praise or thanks. __

53. I easily delegate significant responsibilities to other people. __

54. I am able to distingguish between right and wrong in complex spiritual matters that other people can’t seem to figure out. __

55. I trust in God’s faithfulness for a bright future, even when facing significant problems. __

56. I enjoy singing, and people say I have a good voice. __

57. I have been led by the Holy Spirit during a prayer or worship, and began to speak in tongues, and/or interpret tongues. __

58. God has blessed my prayers so that supernatural results have come from otherwise impossible situations. __

59. I find satisfaction in meetings the needs of people by making something for them. __

60. God regularly speaks to me concerning people’s illnesses so that I can pray for them. __

61. I wouldn’t mind lowering my standard of living to give more to the church and others in need. __

62. I want to do whatever I can for the needy people around me, even if I have to give up something. __

63. People often seek my advice when they don’t know what to do in a situation. __

64. I have an ability to gather information from several sources to discover the answer to a question or learning about a subject. __

65. I feel a need to challenge others to better themselves, especially in their spiritual growth, in an uplifting, rather that condemning way. __

66. Others listen and enjoy my teaching of scriptures. __

67. I care about the spiritual welfare of people and do my best to guidge them toward a Godly lifestyle. __

68. I am accepted as a spiritual authority in other parts of the country or world. __

69. I would like to present the gospel in a foreign language in a country whose culture and lifestyle is different than my own. __

70. I feel the need to speak God’s message from the Bible so people will know what God expects of them. __

71. I would like to tell others how to become a Christian, and give them an invitation to receive Jesus into their life. __

72. Many of my prayers for others have been answered by the Lord. __

73. I enjoy helping others get their work done and don’t need a lot of public recogniton. __

74. People respect my opinion and follow my direction. __

75. I would like to use my home to get acquainted with newcomers and visitors to the church. __

76. I enjoy helping people in any type of need and feel a sense of satisfaction in meeting that need. __

77. I am comfortable making important decisions, even under pressure. __

78. People come to me for help in distinguishing between spiritual truth and error. __

79. I often exercise my faith through prayer, and God answers my prayers in powerful ways. __

80. I believe the Lord could use me in the choir to deliver a message through song. __

81. I have spoken in a language unknown to me that, when interpreted, brought a blessing to those who heard. __

82. God uses me to work micacles for the glory of His kingdom. __

83. People say I am gifted with my hands.  __

84. People often seek me out to pray for the physical healing. __

85. When I give money to someone, I don’t expect anything in return and often give anonymously. __

86. When I hear of people without jobs who can’t pay their bills, I do what I can to help them. __

87. God enables me to make appropriate application of biblical truth to practical situations. __

88. I can discover difficult bibical truths and principles on my own, and I enjoy this. __

89. People find it easy to talk with me and respond well to my encouragement to become all they can for God. __

90. I am organized in my thinking and systematic in my approach to presenting Bible lessons to a group of people. __

91. I help Christians who have wandered away from the Lord find their way back to a growing relationship with Him and get involved in a local church. __

92. I would be excited to share the gospel and form new groups of Christians in areas where there aren’t many churches. __

93. I have no racial prejudice, and have a sincere appreciation for people very different from myself. __

94. I find it relatively easy to appy bibical promises to present day situations, and I’m willing to confront in love if necessary. __

95. I have a strong desire to help non-Christians find salvation through Jesus Christ. __

96. Prayer is my favorite ministry in the church, and I consistently spend a great deal of time at it. __

Total

1. __    25. __   49. __   73. __  = ___ (A)

2. __   26. __   50. __   74. __  = ___ (B)

3. __   27. __   51. __   75. __  = ___ (C)

4. __   28. __  52. __   76. __  = ___ (D)

5. __   29. __  53. __   77. __  = ___ (E)

6. __   30. __  54. __   78. __  = ___ (F)

7. __   31. __   55. __   79. __  = ___ (G)

8. __  32. __   56. __   80. __  = ___ (H)

9. __  33. __   57. __   81. __  = ___ (I)

10. __  34. __  58. __  82. __  = ___ (J)

11. __   35. __  59. __  83. __  = ___ (K)

12. __  36. __  60. __  84. __  = ___ (L)

13. __  37. __  61. __   85. __  = ___ (M)

14. __  38. __  62. __  86. __  = ___ (N)

15. __  39. __  63. __  87. __  = ___ (O)

16. __  40. __  64. __  88. __  = ___ (P)

17. __   41. __  65. __  89. __  = ___ (Q)

18. __  42. __  66. __  90. __  = ___ (R)

19. __  43. __  67. __  91. __  = ___ (S)

20. __  44. __  68. __ 92. __  = ___ (T)

21. __   45. __  69. __  93. __  = ___ (U)

22. __  46. __  70. __  94. __  = ___ (V)

23. __  47.  __  71. __  95. __  = ___ (W)

24. __  48. __  72. __  96. __  = ___ (X)

 

                                                                 GIFT KEY

A. Helps                     G. Faith                                     M. Giving               S. Pastor/Shepherd

B. Leadership           H. Music                                    N. Mercy               T. Apostleship

C. Hospitality            I. Tongues/Interpretation    O. Wisdom           U. Missionary

D. Service                   J. Miracles                               P. Knowledge       V. Prophecy

E. Administration    K. Craftsmanship                   Q. Exhortation     W. Evangelist

F. Discernment        L. Healing                                R. Teaching           X. Intercession

 

A. Helps

The gift of helps is the ability to work with and support others Christian’s ministry efforts. (Mark 15:40-41, Acts 9:36, Romans 16:1-2, 1 Corinthians 12:28)

B. Leadership

The gift of leadership is the distinctive ability to influence others according to a “big picture” purpose, mission, or plan. (Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrews 13:17)

C. Hospitality

The gift of hospitality is the distinctive ability to make people feel “at home,” welcome, cared for, and part of the group. (Acts 16:14-15, Romans 12:13, Romans 16:23, Hebrews 13:1-2, 1 Peter 4:9)

D. Service

The gift of service is the distinctive ability to identify and meet the practical needs of others. (Acts 6:1-7, Romans 12:7, Galatians 6:10, 2 Timothy 1:16-18, Titus 3:14)

E. Administration

The gift of administration is the distinctive ability to coordinate and organize people and projects. (Luke 14:28-30, Acts 6:1-7, 1 Corinthians 12:28)

F. Discernment

The gift of discernment is the distinctive ability to perceive whether a person’s actions originate from Godly, satanic, or merely human sources. (Matthew 16:21-23, Acts 5:1-11, Acts 16:16-18, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 John 4:1-6)

G. Faith

The gift of faith is the distinctive ability to believe God with confidence for things unseen, spiritual growth, and the will of God. (Acts 11:22-24, Romans 4:18-21, 1 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 11)

H. Music

The gift of music is the distinctive ability to make a significant contribution to a worship experience through singing or playing a musical instrument. (Deuteronomy 31:2, 1 Samuel 16:16, 1 Chronicles 16:41-43, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, 2 Chronicles 34:12, Psalm 150)

I. Tongues/Interpretation

The gift of tongues is the distinctive ability to speak or interpret a language which you never learned and communicate a divinely anointed message from God to believers. (Acts 2:1-3, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 Corinthians 14:1-40)

J. Miracles

The gift of miracles is the distinctive ability to perform supernatural acts as an instrument or agent of God, which alter the expected course of nature. (Acts 9:36-42, Acts 19:11-12, Acts 20:7-12, Romans 15:1-19, 1 Corinthians 12:10)

K. Craftsmanship

The gift of craftsmanship is the distinctive ability to use your hands and mind to benefit other believers through artistic, creative or a wide variety of construction arenas. (Exodus 30:22-25, Exodus 31:3-11, 2 Chronicles 34:9-13, Acts 18:2-3)

L. Healing

The gift of healing is the distinctive ability to be used as a human intermediary through whom God’s supernatural power is applied to a person’s physical or emotional need. (Acts 3:1-10, Acts 9:32-35, Acts 28:7-10, 1 Corinthians 12:9)

M. Giving

The gift of giving is the distinctive ability to cheerfully and generously contribute personal resources of God’s work. (Mark 12:41-44, Romans 12:8, 1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 1 Corinthians 9:2-7)

N. Mercy

The gift of mercy is the distinctive ability to sincere empathy and compassion in a way that results in practical relief for people’s hurts, pain and suffering. (Matthew 9:35-36, Mark 9:41, Romans 12:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:14)

O. Wisdom

The gift of wisdom is the distinctive ability to discern the mind of Christ and apply scriptural truth to a specific situation in order to make the right choices and help move in the right direction. (Acts 6:3-10, 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 1 Corinthians 12:8)

P. Knowledge

The gift of knowledge is the distinctive ability to seek out, gather, organize, and clarify facts and ideas on a number of diverse subjects. (Acts 5:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:8, Colossians 2:2-3)

Q. Exhortation

The gift of exhortation is the distinctive ability to appropriately communicate words of encouragement, challenge, or rebuke in the body of Christ. (Acts 14:22, Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 4:14, Hebrews 10:24-25)

R. Teaching

The gift of teaching is the distinctive ability to employ a logical, systematic approach to biblical study in preparation for clearly communicating practical truth to the body of Christ. (Acts 18:24-28, Acts 20:20-21, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11-14)

S. Pastor/Shepherd

The gift of pastor/shepherd is the distinctive ability to assume responsibility for the spiritual growth and Christian community of a group of believers. (John 10:1-18, Ephesians 4:11-14, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-3)

T. Apostleship

The gift of apostleship is the distinctive ability to provide spiritual leadership over a number of pastors and churches that results in tangible fruit in ministry. (Acts 15:22-35, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Galatians 2:7-10)

U. Missionary

The gift of missionary is the distinctive ability to minister effectively in cultures beyond your own. (Acts 8:4, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 22:21, Romans 10:15)

V. Prophecy

The gift of prophecy is the distinctive ability to boldly declare the truth of God, regardless of the consequences, calling people to righteous living. (Acts 2:37-40, Acts 7:51-53. 1 Corinthians 14:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 1:5)

W. Evangelism

The gift of evangelism is the distinctive ability to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others in such a way that many non-Christians believe in Christ and are converted to Christianity. (Acts 8:5-6, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 14:21, Acts 21:8)

X. Intercession

The gift of intercession is the distinctive ability to pray for significant lengths of time, on a regular basis, and often observe specific answers to those prayers. (Colossians 1:9-12, Colossians 4:12-13, James 5:14-16)

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Why You Can Always Have HOPE

There’s a very beautiful story about a very beautiful girl named Cinderella. Cinderella lived with a wicked stepmother and two equally wicked stepsisters. and though she was beautiful, she didn’t feel beautiful. She was influenced by a wicked environment that put her down, messed over her, and reduced her to nothing. She was made to live as a slave. You’ve heard the story. You know how through a series of miraculous interventions she was transformed and transported to a ball in a chariot. There she met a prince. The prince saw Cinderella and loved her. But the problem in the story, as you know, is that when the clock hit midnight, she reverted back to her old self. She became a slave again.

The good part of Cinderella’s story is that the prince never forgot her. There was something unique and special about her that made her stand out from the crowd. So the prince set out going house to house in search of his treasure. After a long and hard search the prince finally found Cinderella. And, as the story goes, the lived happily ever after.

A lot of people today are living like Cinderella. They are influenced by a wicked stepmother, the devil, who’s got two wicked stepdaughters: the world and the flesh. Living as slaves in a hostage situation, many individuals feel trapped in a hopeless scenario.

Perhaps the describes you in some way. Maybe you thought you’d be further along than you are right now. Maybe you had a brighter dream for your life. Maybe you even met the Prince of Peace, and He saved you some time ago- but you have found yourself living again in bondage.

It’s easy to lose heart when you see no end in sight to what appears to be a hopeless situation. But what I want to remind you is that there is hope. Jesus knows right where you are, and He knows how long you’ve been there. And He has a way out. Jesus wants to take you out of the bondage that you feel, and let you live in freedom of His presence and provision. He wants to get you out of a spirit of slavery and give you a new hope.

A lot of folks today have not had theirs blessings come through to them because they have given up on God. We have counted the years our prayers have not been answered and we have determined that there is no more hope. Too many times we miss out on the destiny God has for us because we have stopped looking. We have stopped hoping!

Yet what I want to remind you today is that there is always hope in God. And if you put your hope in Him, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

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How Much Do You Really Care?

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault
between you and him alone . . .” – Matthew 18:15 (NKJV)

Working out your differences requires a few ground-rules:

1. Clarify the problem.
Make a careful (and prayerful) assessment of how you see things. Is
this a mountain or a molehill? Temporary or long-term? Avoidable or
unavoidable?

2. Check your attitude.
Jesus said, “First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you
will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
(Matthew 7:5). Submit your thoughts to God and get His input. When
you’re angry and judgmental, it’s easy to wreak havoc. That kind of
attitude does nothing to restore peace.

3. Carefully consider when and where to meet.
Make sure it’s in private, and at a time neither of you is tired or
rushed. For instance if you’re married to a football fan, don’t try
to hold a meaningful conversation during the game on Sunday afternoon.

4. Communicate your commitment to the relationship.
Let the person know up front how much you value them and that you’re
not issuing ultimatums; you just want to make things better.

5. Contribute healthy dialogue to the conversation.
Avoid polarizing statements like, “You always,” or “You never.” When
you say something important pause and ask, “Do I have my facts
straight, or am I missing
something?”

Let’s face it. Sometimes confrontation does end in permanent
division. That’s why Paul said, “If it is possible, as much as
depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18). But too
many of us just give up when things get rocky. Relationships are
valuable; they take years to build. That’s why real love hangs in
there and works through them.

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The Fall: Before & After‏

 

“Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” – 1 Corinthians
10:12 NAS

Every moral fall has a history.  There’s no such thing as “a spiritual
blow-out.”  The final and deliberate act of your fall may be sudden
and disastrous, but it’s been growing for some time in a dark area of
your life.  Paul realized that his readers would respond to the danger
of falling in one of two ways.

1. He knew some would say, “That will never happen to me!”  To them
Paul writes, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1
Corinthians 10:12 NAS).  Pride will cause you to believe you’re
immune, and that’s just how the enemy plans it.  We need to heed every
warning the Scriptures provide.  Plus, we are not the only ones at
risk.  When the big oak falls, it usually takes a lot of little ones
with it.

2. He knew others would say, “I’m in too deep, I can never get out.”
To them Paul writes, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is
common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be
tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide
the way of escape also, that you will be able to endure it.” (1
Corinthians 10:13 NAS).  Isn’t that great news?  God not only
understands your struggle, He promises you an exit-strategy: a way to
get beyond it.  A sheep cannot conquer a wolf, but he can beat it
every time by staying close to the shepherd.  So move closer to God
today – and stay there!

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The Quran Testimony

The Quran says, “For those who conceal that which We sent down of clear scriptures and admonitions, after we have revealed them to the people in the Scripture; those God will curse, and the cursers will curse.” (Sura II:159) God commands in the Bible saying: “Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed… Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Isaiah 6:9, 58:1; Mark 16:15) For this reason, we feel the obligation to share with you the truths of God.

THE MUSLIM BELIEF

The average Muslim believes that the Bible has been tampered with; thus it was altered or changed. When you read this, it will be proven to you that the Bible could never have been tampered with. Both history and the Quran testify to that fact.

THE HISTORICAL PROOF

This historical proof lies in this question: Was the Bible changed before or after Mohammed? Of course, the Bible could never have been tampered with before the days of Mohammed; otherwise, Mohammed would have attacked it. Instead, Mohammed honored the Bible, and emphasized that it was the Word of God. He admonished the world to read it, saying: “You stand on nothing if you do not uphold the Torah and the Gospel.” (V.68).

If you believe that the Bible was changed after the days of Mohammed, then consider the following: At the time Mohammed came, Christianity was spread throughout the known world, with many denominations. The question arises: For the benefit of which denomination was the Bible supposed to have been altered? Was it for the benefit of the Catholics, the Orthodox, or an independent denomination? Would the denominations agree to the altering of the Bible in favor of one special denomination? Was it possible for the Jewish sects to submit to the altering of the Bible in favor of Christianity? The answer is clear: That was impossible. If the traditional Christians could alter the Bible, surely they would have eliminated the verse says: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” But they could not. Besides, by the seventh century, there were thousands of Bibles circulated in the churches of all denominations, in every tougue and in every nation. There was no way they could have collected all those copies of the Bible to alter them. Also, a large number of those Bibles still exists in museums, and they are in complete harmony. Therefore, anyone who claims that the Bible has been tampered with is a person who ignorantly denies historical facts and values.

THE QURAN TESTIMONY

The Quran testifies in many verses in favor of the Bible and its infallibility. Let’s look at several: “…But they have the Torah wherein there is guidance and light by which the prophets judge.” (V:43-48) “And we have given Moses the Book, and followed up after him by messengers, and We gave Jesus the Son of Mary clear scriptures, and We upheld Him with the Holy Spirit… And We gave Him the gospel wherein there is guidance and admonition unto the godly.” (II:86) The Quran also emphasized that the Bible is the Law of God, which cannot be changed, when it said, “The Law of those whom We sent before thee (i.e. before Mohammed), of Messengers, and thou shalt not find altering to Our Law.” (Surahs XVII:77, XXXIII:62, VI:34, XXXV:24 & 44)

The Quran describes the Bible as “Guidance and light unto the world; a message and admonition unto the Godly; the ordinance and the judgment of God.” How then can a man, whether they are a Muslim or anyone else, dare oppose the very person of God? When Muslims say that the Bible has been tampered with, they are directly accusing God of not being mighty enough to preserve His Word and His Law. The question for you is: Are you ready to stand before God on Judgment Day and charge Him with that accusation?

THE BIBLE MESSAGE

I repeat the Quran statement: You stand on nothing until you upheld and believe the Bible message. The Bible tells us that all people are sinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). This means that every sinner is condemned to Hell. No man can save himself, and even his good works are as filthy rags in God’s sight.

For this reason, you are in need of a Savior. The Bible states, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.” (Acts 10:43)

God promises, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God:” (John 1:12) Now is the time for you to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Please accept Him today!

“Dear God, I admit I am a sinner. I know that I cannot save myself, I repent of my sins and put my faith in the blood that You shed for me on the cross to pay for all my sins. I now accept You as my Lord and Savior and trust You to take me to Heaven. Thank you for saving me. Amen.”

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3. The Key of Discipleship

The Key of Discipleship – Not Follow up!

You may be called to disciple someone. Christians that have started to walk away from the faith or just need help understanding their walk with Christ may be brought to you. Also, if our Lord has given you the opportunity of seeing someone come to Him, then you may be called to disciple this “Babe in Christ.” Discipleship – “Let the teaching, and admonishing one another…” (Colossians 3:16). Discipleship is critical to the growth and strength of the body of Christ. We are called to help each other to “Live the Life!” Let’s go over some keys to discipleship.

  • Discipleship not “Follow-up” – Discipleship is a long term commitment to helping a fellow Christian grow in Christ. The relationship is typically initiated by the new or growing Christian. Follow-up on the other hand is initiated by a mature Christian or evangelist right after a person comes to Christ. It is meant to make sure that a new Christian is going through with his or her new commitment. Often this done after mass crusades where hundreds of people make an emotional or mental commitment to accepting Christ. Many never follow through and join a good, Bible-based, Christ-centered church. We believe that one cause for this lack of true conversion is the absence of using the Law in evangelism.
  • Disciple a new Christian – A new Christian will be hungry for God’s wisdom and for learning about being a Christian. You will not need to find him. He most likely will be lead to you. That does not mean that you cannot offer to help a new Christian. It just means that if he is truly saved then you should not need to chase after him. Here are some steps to follow in setting up a discipleship meeting.
  1. Set up a definite day and time to meet. Show the person that you are committed to his growth and be prepared with material to discuss.
  2. Pray at the beginning and end of each meeting. Learning to be comfortable when praying with someone else is important. Try to keep the prayers short and simple at first. With the Holy Spirit’s help he will quickly pick up speed and will become comfortable in praying with other people.
  3. A new Christian will have many questions. He may be looking for the depth of your knowledge or may be simply very inquisitive. Let him know that you do not know everything and that you will commit to find out answer to his question. Then do it!
  4. Read the Bible with him. This may sound simple but you will find that your time together will go quickly. You may also notice that he will try to avoid reading the Bible by wanting to talk about your church or religious doctrine or someone he knows that is not saved. These topics are important but reserve time to simply read a chapter or two (a good book to start in is book of John). He may not want to read at first. So you read it but make sure to ask questions so that he has an understanding of what was read. Once he is hooked on the milk of the Word he will never let go!

Now, Go make disciples of all nations!

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