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Christmas Miracle December 29, 2007

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Miracle story – yes, it IS a miracle! I was driving home for Christmas. I felt like the Lord said I would have a terrible accident, but that I would survive and it would be a miracle. No, I didn’t hear the “voice”, but I thought it and felt it strongly in my heart. I saw a vision of a cracked windshield in front of my face. Really, I thought I was maybe making it up, so I didn’t tell anyone about it, I really didn’t even pray about it. Sometimes when you feel like the Lord is speaking to you it is hard to discern if it is you or Him. That’s okay if at this point in the story you are ready to click on someone else’s album, but stick with it. It really is a miracle story!

I slid on a patch of ice that sent me swerving across the road four times, traveling at 70 mph (thank the Lord I didn’t hit anyone). I started going over the steep bank and knew that all I could do at that point was scream out for help from the the Lord. I screamed “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” There must have been some supernatural protection (I joke around that an angel was hugging me), because when I finally landed after rolling 3 or 4 times all I had was a drop of blood on my thumb from a piece of broken glass. The windows were completely broken, the windschield was cracked in a million pieces (just like the vision I saw before the accident), and the car was flipped on its side. A man came running down the hill within 30 seconds asking if I was okay, he had called 911 and an ambulance was on it’s way. The EMT men checked me out. The hospital checked me out – ultrasound on my internal organs, x-rays, the whole bit.

Everything is OKAY!

 

Praise God!

 

This is just the beginning of the stories that I have from that weekend. I ended up traveling home on a Greyhound (my fav.) and met some interesting people. It was great. I made it home safely.

Psalm 91

 

 

Amen.

 

How Great is Our God December 22, 2007

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<a href=”“>Worship with 16,000 people…that’s where I’ll be over New Years.

 

I wonder, “Do you know Him?”

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<a href=”“>That’s My King

 

His Body part IV December 20, 2007

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There are more presents for you.  No, not from Santa, these gifts are from the Lord God Almighty and they were given to you when you received new life through His Spirit filling you.  They are for all seasons.  He is such a good God who delights in giving His children gifts from above (James 1:17).

Although this is not spelled out specifically in the scriptures, it is my belief that each person when created in their mother’s womb is given a motivational gift(s) (as described in His Body part III from Romans 12: 3-8).  I believe the manifestation gifts are given when one is born of the Spirit.  The Lord fills us with the manifestation of the Spirit and takes residence in us.

Here the manifestation gifts are described in 1 Corinthians 12…

·         Utterance of Wisdom

·         Utterance of Knowledge

·         Faith

·         Gifts of healing

·         Working of Miracles

·         Prophecy

·         Tongues –

·         Interpretation of tongues

·         Discernment of Spirits

Jesus was anointed by the Spirit to operate in all of these gifts – “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)  Jesus had the power to heal the sick, cast out demons, and even raises the dead. 

In Jesus Christ the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:9).  Since I have the Spirit of God dwelling in me, ALL of those gifts are available for the Lord to use – if I am a willing vessel yielded to Him.

This same power is available to us.  In John 14:12-14 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  This anointing is incomprehensible to me…yet I know it is not about the power. In Corinthians Paul discusses the gifts and sandwiched in between these conversations is the description of love (1 Cor. 13).  We gain nothing without love.  As these signs and wonders increase, the manifestation of our Lord and Savior here on the earth, our eyes MUST be focused on Him.  Saints, if we become enthralled with the gift, we are missing the point.  All of these manifestations are from One Spirit and to glorify One Holy God.  We must pray that our hearts do not become deceived.  We must ask the Lord for wisdom and humility as we operate in our giftings.  Each day is an opportunity to glorify the King of Kings (and not ourselves).

In Jesus Christ the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:9).  Since I have the Spirit of God dwelling in me, ALL of those gifts are available for the Lord to use – if I am a willing vessel yielded to Him.

 Move and breathe on us Spirit of God.  We are desperate for you. We need you.  Fill us with your rivers of living water. 

 

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. ’By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” John 7:37-39 

 

 

*Do you want to know how God wired you and what FREE gifts He has graciously given you??? Of course you do!  Give us a call and we will send you some tools to help you discover your gifts – Two Rivers Ministry 734-4182.  We love you beloved of Cairo.Merry Christmas.  

 

Fill them up Lord.

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“Give me the least of these and I will fill them with my Spirit.  Give me the ones that noone else wants.”

“Put out the invitation.  Sound the trumpet. Gather the misfits. Gather them.  Teach, equip, encourage, and mobilize.  Let my Spirit move freely.  Do not be offended by the anointing I pour out.  Do not be offended.  What I will do no one can imagine or expect. “

 A scene scrolled past my vision:

Robin Hood and his ratty tattered men.  They were raised up as powerful men fighting for justice.  God will raise up the ragamuffins in this community (me being one of them) with the full armor on (Ephesians 6).  He will bring the heavenly riches into for the purposes of His Kingdom.

 

His Body Part III December 18, 2007

Filed under: Newspaper Articles,Revelation and Growth,The Word — charredsmore @ 12:37 am

I have been wanting to write this for about a week now, but it kept getting set aside.  Finally my deadline came, I only had an hour to finish.  Here it is, the third part to “His Body”.  Stay tuned, there will be a fourth part… 

Back again, with another message about the body of Christ. What I originally thought would be one article, has turned into three. My hope is that this article will be a bit more personal as I walk through the Word of God concerning spiritual gifts. Hopefully you will begin to see your unique place in the body of Christ.

“As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].” ~1 Peter 4:10 (Amplified Bible)

First I would like to discuss the motivational gifts (now, don’t get hung up on language here, people may call the types and the gifts by different names, but let’s just stick to what the Lord is trying to communicate and not get controversial about verbiage). If we look at the Greek word for gifts in the above verse and in Romans 12:6-8 is “charisma” – meaning gifts we posses. “These are gifts that God has built into us, made part of us, to be used for the benefit of others and for His glory. They are gifts that shape our personalities.” (17, Fortune, Don and Katie).

Here is a breakdown of these gifts that God has so graciously given to us, where you can find them in the Word, and some of the weaknesses of these gifts…

Perceiver (Prophecy) – according to the portion of his faith. Those with this gift can clearly perceive the will of God. If we look in the Old Testament you will see examples of this personality in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Moses, and Deborah…In the New Testament John the Baptist as a forerunner telling of the coming Christ. Weakness: Need to remember to offer grace and mercy to others when speaking truth.

Service – let him give himself to serving. A servant will frequently work behind the scenes taking care of tasks and people. They don’t need to receive recognition; they just want to get the job done. One woman sticks out to me in the New Testament with this gift – Martha, Mary’s sister. She served our King Jesus while He was visiting. Weakness: Remember to abide in Him and work with Him, not just for Him.

Teaching – People with this gift have the unique ability to understand the Word of God, break it down and communicate it to others. They are looked at as scholars, researchers, and lovers of the Word. New Testament teachers: Timothy, Thomas, and Luke. Weakness: Remember ask the Lord for humility and meekness.

Exhortation – Exhorters often see the best in people. Encouragers want everyone to have a full and meaningful life. They are the people you often go to for a listening ear, advice and prayer. Biblical Exhorters: Weakness: Remember to speak truth in love. It is more important to speak the truth than to flatter someone.

Contributing to Needs – People with this gift love giving: friendship, love, time, talents, treasures, resources, whatever, they just want to give. They have a strong understanding of being a steward of the Lord. Biblical givers: Cornelius (a Gentile) was known for giving alms to the poor, in honor to God, before He even knew Jesus. Weakness: Remember

Leads – Leaders have the ability to see each unique role within the body of Christ and placing them together in a way that best glorifies the Lord. God gives them a strategy from heaven to organize groups of people. Biblical Leaders – Moses and Joshua lead the Hebrews to the Promised Land as they were lead by the hand of the Lord. Weakness: Remember to keep yourself humble and submit to your authority.

Acts of Mercy – People with this gift offer an abundance of compassionate love to people All people. Their heart breaks with the things that break the Father’s heart. They show their love through listening, prayer, and advice. Biblical examples: The Good Samaritan, Ruth, Rachel and Rebekah. Weakness: Remember to please God rather than man. People with this strong compassionate heart often find themselves covering up sin issues in order to please people.

Jesus Christ is the fullness of ALL of these gifts. His desire is display His personality IN us.

While discussing the beauty of these gifts with a friend, she commented on the goodness of the Lord, “They are totally free, we didn’t even do anything to get them!” Yes, that is right…totally free, His grace offered to mankind.

Sources:

Fortune, Don and Katie. Discover your God-Given Gifts. 1987. Grand Rapids: Chosen Books

 

The Second Chance December 16, 2007

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My good friend has recommended this movie to me, and I am excited to see it.

 Of course, there may be a cheesy factor – it is a Christian film, but looks pretty realistic. 

 A white mega church deciding to work beside and a black church…

We are so diverse, yet still so divided. 

Let us stand together Lord Jesus.

http://www.imdb.com/rg/VIDEO_PLAY/LINK//title/tt0429068/trailers-screenplay-E27323-314

 

Ebeneezer in Ms. G’s Classroom December 15, 2007

Filed under: Cairo Kids,Friend Spotlight,Ministry Spotlight — charredsmore @ 10:23 pm

My friend Melissa has a history with this little town.  Before returning to teach 5th grade, she has had quite the journey.  Melissa had spent two summers working with YouthWorks and the in between months doing an internship called GreaterWorks in this “hidden community”.  The Lord spoke to her powerfully while she was in Cairo working with the children…He told her that she would become a teacher and return to Cairo.  Now, there posed a bit of a problem, since Melissa did not have her teaching degree or certificate.  She had gone to school for Social Cultural Studies.  Hmmmm….what is a girl to do?  Go back to school of course!  So, that she did.  For two years this gal perservered through classes, exams, PSAT tests, lectures, curriculum writing and wallah, she is now a teacher at Bennet Elementary School!  I am amazed at the Lord’s provision and faithfulness in her life. 

This story was written by Melissa and Sara while reflecting on one AMAZING day! 

Ebenezer.

December 5, 2007. 

Bennett prayer.  Stacy prayed for specific things, for specific breakthrough to happen, that God would release things in the school and classroom.  Melissa and Stacy prayed that God’s power would be evident in the classroom. The morning at school was surprisingly decent, mood-wise and attitude-wise.   In the afternoon, when Sara came in, the atmosphere change.  Students began to get a little more rowdy, began to argue with each other, had a hard time working with each other in teams.  Basically, things weren’t going too well. Melissa takes kids to Gym.  Meanwhile in the classroom, Sara prays for the atmosphere to change, for God to move and switch things around, where there was loudness for there to be quiet, where there was chaos there to be order.  For peace.  For the Spirit to come. 

[Enter Holy Spirit…ha ha ha…Spirit was already there ;o)] . 

D and K were beginning to get at each other downstairs on their way back from Gym, they were told they couldn’t come back the next day.  Melissa determined from their attitude that silent reading wasn’t going to happen, so on the way back to the classroom she changed the lesson plan.  Melissa grabbed the Chanukah reading that Ms. Case had given her a copy of earlier that morning.  The class read through the reading.  K asked if the Jewish believed in God.  Melissa explained that they do believe in God but unlike Christians don’t believe in Jesus. Then D raised his hand and asked, “How can they believe in God if they don’t believe in Jesus?” 

Then Melissa explained that the Jews were waiting for someone to save them, but did not believe Jesus was that person. 

Then D raised his hand again and stated, “I don’t get it.” 

Melissa asked them, “Okay, who was Jesus, what did He do?”

D: He died on a cross.

M: Why did He die?

D +(several other kids in the class): For our sins.

C: for our sins….I go to church

M: The Jews believe that he was just another person dying, not dying for our sins for purpose of everlasting life. Do you understand? 

D: Not really.

M: Think about it.

K: Why did they whip Jesus, like in that movie Passion of the Christ, cause it was all gross and stuff? 

Melissa explained that back at that time they used to hang people and whip them because they had committed a crime.  They used to do it publicly, mockingly, to set an example to others to not do the same thing.   

D: (raising hand again) I still don’t understand how they believed in God and not in Jesus. 

Sara explains how the Jews were waiting for a King.  And how the Old Testament gave them clues to what a King would be like.  But they expected a King with riches and power, Jesus came humble and poor, so they didn’t recognize Him as a King. 

S begins to explain a movie she saw about Jesus.

S explains about another movie she saw about Jesus.  She said it was really sad when Jesus died.

V shares how Jesus died with nails in hand.  The class discussed how they were real nails in His hands.  Discussion bounced between kids and different things they remembered about movies about Jesus or church experience. 

 A shares about Tribe of Judah (ministry Two Rivers had for the children) and a time when they did a lesson about blood on the doorpost and how it was icky and she didn’t want to touch it. 

Melissa tells the students that the bell is about to ring, and they needed to do their jobs, but that she would love to continue this conversation as they did their jobs.   

D says to Melissa that this could be their community circle time. 

  

M: Yes! This is an awesome community circle time! Children clean. And conversation about God continued. 

Sara tells D he asks good questions.  He asks again why the Jews didn’t believe.  Sara tries to explain again about prophecy in the Old Testament and the pride of the priests, helping him see that Jesus was a threat to the power of the Jewish priests.    

K’s job was to clean off the board, then he wrote “I love Jesus” on the board. 

Then S went up to the board, erase “I”, Keenan got mad.  And she replaced it with “We all”

And K was satisfied.   During this entire time there was order and peace, the class was not out of control or loud at all.

Other students went to the board and began to writes praised to God, including “Jesus is da man”. 

Class ends. 

Students leave. 

Sara and Melissa do a happy dance, praise God, and pray. 

Amen Lord.  

Amen.

 

His Body Part II December 11, 2007

Filed under: Newspaper Articles,The Word — charredsmore @ 7:32 pm

Hopefully you have read the article from last week discussing the function of the Body of Christ, each member having a specific function and purpose.

The Lord is calling to us, “Rise up beloved!”

In order to better understand the positions in the Body of Christ, I first wanted to share scripture with you that describes the offices that Jesus has given to some of the members of the Body.

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip the saints fo the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, craftiness, in deceitful schemes…”  Ephesians 4:11-14

When we look at these scriptures it is clear that the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher are given by Christ for His work in order to BUILD up the BODY in MATURITY and UNITY. It is important to understand and walk in humility, as the purpose is not for us to wear titles and boast about our position, but rather for the purposes of His Kingdom.

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”  Romans 12: 3-5

According to these verses in Romans, we ought to put ourselves in a humble position and recognize that we belong to one another. Do you live your life like this? Do I? Lord, help us to stay low at your feet. Help us to consider others above ourselves.

I have mentioned the various offices that the Lord has graciously given to build up the body. Now, there are different gifts given to the body of Christ, which I will mention briefly and follow up on in the next article (His Body – part III).

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

 

The Golden Compass December 8, 2007

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