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Dear Friends


Instead of a long list of prayer requests this month, we have just two requests and these   concern our precious daughter Ming who we both love and adore so much.. she is a little bundle of joy and my beloved Pastor Richard Scholes


She takes her TOEFL English exams on Saturday 28th September between the hours of 8am -2pm. The exams have 4 sections..Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing.. please pray for Ming a Speaking and Listening are not her strongest aspects.


We Ask you to storm heaven for her during that time. Please pray that she will get a high score.


Please pray that we will be able to find her a christian university.. where ever that will be. She is a talented artist and painter and she  wants to be involved in Cartoons.


Please pray that she would totally commit her life to Jesus.. she comes to church and prays and reads her bible.. pray that the Lord would touch her life.


Please pray for us as a family.. Keith , Helen and Ming


I have just heard that my beloved Pastor Richard  is suffering from Multiple Myeloma.. a very serious form of blood cancer. He is the founding Pastor of Home church in Morecambe and I was privileged to sit under his ministry for over a year.


He is not just my Pastor.. but my dear friend and Home church is the one thing I miss from the Uk. Please view the website and listen to the podcasts.. and send a card and greetings using the e-mail on the website.


http://www.homechurch.org.uk/index.php



http://homechurchmorecambe.podbean.com/



Please storm heaven for Richard, his dear wife Esther.. and their boys and girls Isaac, Joel, Levi and Eva. Just over a year ago.. they lost their precious little Daniel and now this. The whole family has T-shirts with Team scholes on them.. they are so wonderful


Please please share it with everyone you know.. your prayer groups, put it on facebook, groups.. PLEASE PRAY


Please share these requests with all your prayer groups and contacts


Thank you


God bless you



Keith Helen Ming




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This is such a terrific Ministry


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Devotion by Walking in truth.. please read this


The Rise & Fall Of Nations                   
 

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"A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. That which dominates our imagination and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"An idol is anything you love more, fear more, value more, or serve more than you do Almighty God. Fill in the blank." - Adrian Rogers

"Among the multitudes of earth, happy are those who reject all idols and all vain confidence and choose the Lord to be their God. They are blessed beyond what word can speak, or thought conceive." - Henry Law



Psalm 33:12 says - "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance."This verse is considered to be the pivot on which the whole psalm turns. It is the center. It is the conclusion from what goes before and the theme of all that follows.



From this verse of Scripture, we gather that every "nation" has a"God." Every nation worships someone or something



However, it is the "nation" that - 

...is the Lord's people 

...obeys and celebrates Him

...gives praise, sings, shouts, and plays skillfully for Him

...understands that His Word is true

...believes that He can be trusted because everything that He does is trustworthy

...recognizes that the earth is full of His mercy, love, and goodness

...recognizes Him as the Creator Who made the heavens by His command
...worships and stands in awe of Him

...understands that He alone has the power to frustrate the purposes, block the plans, and spoil the schemes of nations

...recognizes that His plans, purposes, and designs stand firm and endure forever  

...is truly "blessed" because their "God is the LORD" - they worship only Him



From His throne, Jehovah rules. He looks from Heaven upon all the children of men. Nothing is hidden from Him. He knows the motives of their hearts and watches everything that they do. 



But to the "nation" of people "whose God is the LORD," He pays special attention. They are the ones who honor and obey Him... depend on Him...find joy in Him...trust in His holy Name...hope in His mercy... and trust in His constant love. He is their helper and protector. They are not looking to man - his position or his might - nor have they set up anything - "the arm of the flesh" - as a false hope for salvation.  



"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance."



"Nations" are made up of men. For a "nation" to be "blessed," it must be filled with men who are happy in the worship of the only true God. They are men - "that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1)..."unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile" (Psalm 32:2)..."that maketh the LORD their trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies" (Psalm 40:4)... "whose strength is in God" (Psalm 84:5)...and "that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in His commandments" (Psalm 112:1).


"Nations" are also made up of families. Imagine living in a "nation"where every family was like the family of Obededom who was privileged to "house" the "ark of God" as described in 1 Chronicles 13:14 -"And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had." 

 

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance." Oh how happy are the people who have Jehovah for their God - who have the knowledge of the true God and are taken into covenant with Him as "a peculiar treasure" (Exodus 19:5)..."a people of inheritance"
(Deuteronomy 4:20)..."a special people unto Himself"  
(Deuteronomy 7:6)...and "a holy people unto the LORD their God"(Deuteronomy 14:2)


Oh how happy is the "man"!

Oh how happy is the "family"

Oh how happy is the "nation" "whose God is the LORD"

They are the people who acknowledge Him as the Almighty Creator, Ruler of the world, and Protector of His people.


What about your "nation"? Is it "blessed" according to the Holy Scriptures? 

Let's look at America, for example. 



John Jay - the very first Chief Justice - who was often referred to as the "Father of the Supreme Court" and was one of the primary writers of the Constitution - wrote this statement - "It is the duty...of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."  


In 1782Congress approved the use of the Bible in our schools. However, in 1844, when someone sued to remove them, this is how the Supreme Court ruled - "Why should not the Bible, and especially the New Testament be read and taught as a divine revelation in the schools? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?"


The tallest structure in our nation's capitol - the Washington Monument - has inscribed at its very pinnacle the words in Latin from the Scriptures - "Let God be praised." 

  

But, look how it has gone a long way from being a  "blessed" "nation" "whose God is the LORD."  


It once was a "nation" filled with "men" who were "blessed." Our Founding Fathers had a strong desire to be pleasing to God and to do His will. Many of today's political leaders are doing that which is purposely displeasing to God and contrary to His will. President Obama is quoted as saying of America - "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation." And he is doing everything within his power to make that statement true by endorsing the month long observance of Ramadan, Gay Pride Month, Abortion, and Gay Marriage.  


It once was a "nation" filled with families like the "family of Obededom" who "housed" the "ark of God" or His presence in their homes. Now we find the family being torn apart at the seams by sexual immorality, sexual abuse, perversion, abortion, divorce, and same sex marriages. 


The Holy Scriptures were a major part of the children's education and curriculum. But now we find that the Bible is banned from the schools, and consequently, the school systems, colleges, and universities have become so secularized and so distanced from Christianity.



America was born in the atmosphere of God and not gold. But more and more, it has become concerned with increasing wealth, prosperity, comfortable living, and pleasure loving rather than being faithful to God and His Holy Word. 


On our money, we have printed the words - "In God we trust." But, is this true today for most Americans? Is Jesus their God, or is it true that anything and everything has become their god in whom they trust? 

Just when you think that things cannot get any worse, this week I was directed to a sermon website informing all of the new phase called -"mommy porn" - targeting moms ranging from the ages of 30-50. Anerotic fiction trilogy entitled - Fifty Shades Of Grey - written by E.L. James is presently rocking the e-book industry (through downloads). For the past three months, it has been #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Through this book, women are made to believe that a loving sexual relationship with their husband involves ropes, whips, and dominance.



Karen Yates, in her sermon entitled - "Why Pastors Should Respond from the Pulpit to Fifty Shades of Grey" had this to say -"In fact, this is probably the beginning. There's going to be an infiltration. An invasion of this book and its aftermath will soon impact marriages, friendships, communities, and businesses. You will be unable to avoid it." 


Think of what 1 Chronicles 13:14 said about the "family of Obededom" "housing" the "ark of God" - symbolic of the Holy Presence of Jesus - and how God "blessed" this "house" and all that Obededom had, and then think of "mommy porn" infiltrating the countless homes of America. How horrible this is


"Blessed is the man...the family...the nation" "whose God is the LORD." 



One thing that we must never forget is that the Sovereign God will "not be mocked." Galatians 6:7 says - "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."



In listing all that the Almighty is capable of doing to "man"..."the deceiver"..."the deceived"..."counselors"... "judges" ... "kings"..."princes"..."the mighty"..."the trusty"...and "the aged," Job then mentions in Job 12:23 - "He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: He enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again." 


There is no doubt that national history is under the control of the Almighty. He prospers nations - makes them great - and also destroys them. He makes them increase in numbers and extends their borders - only thereafter to destroy and abandon them.  


The "nations" are an object lesson for all mankind. What has happened in the past is for our learning. God has blessed many a nation, only to have them - in turn - become proud of themselves, which then required His humbling dealings.



Look at Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Also consider the nation of Israel. God "increased" them in Egypt, but thendiminished them in the wilderness. They advanced to great prosperity in David's and Solomon's days, but came to decay in Rehoboam's day and in the days of the kings that followed. 


Each "nations'" rise and fall is determined by their adherence to God's constant laws. Their obedience to His laws means increase and prosperity. Their violation of His laws constitutes decay and ruin. The Bible Believer's Commentary says it well - "So the pathway of blessing lies in cooperating with God."  



Several commentaries offer Mr. Good's translation of Job 12:23 which says - "He letteth the nations grow licentious. Pride, fullness of bread, with extensive trade and commerce, produce luxury; and this is ever accompanied with profligacy of manners. When, then, the cup of iniquity is full, God destroys the nation, by bringing or permitting to come against it a nation less pampered, more necessitous, and inured to toil."



"Blessed is the man...the family...the nation" "whose God is the LORD." 


Where does your "nation" stand today? Is it "blessed" or"cursed" by God? Is He about to "increase," "reduce" or"destroy" it - based on His Holy Laws? 

If there was ever a day and an hour to pray, it is nowIf there was ever a time to cry out to God for "mercy" for your nation, it is now! Remember - national history is under His control. And you must never forget - He is a merciful God - "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).


Cry out, ChristianCry out, FamiliesCry out Nations! There is still time to move the heart of God! 



Cry out...and wrestle with God until He blesses us - "in turning away every one of you from his iniquities" (Acts 3:26).    
  
 


May God Bless His Word, 


Connie   

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  (Isaiah 54:17)

                                    
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Welcome to Noonday Devotion
God has really touched my heart with this verse, I have read this verse hundreds of times, but it has come alive again and I wish to share what God has shown me.
I hope you will listen to the wonderful sermon and also the excellent link to a missionary family
God bless you
Keith
NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
Romans 12
REASONABLE SERVICE


 1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
The word of God is so amazing.. amen
Paul is sharing with such a sophisticated audience.. the Romans were the pinnacle of humanity so to speak.. Rome was the centre of the universe at that point.. the centre of Culture and learning.
Paul has taken the Roman believers through the plan of salvation that God had formulated, he went through the Law and showed that how It draws us to God and that we are able to have a joyous and dynamic relationship with the Father through what Jesus did on Calvary.
Paul talks about the plan that God not only has for the gentiles, but God's deep heart for his people.. the Jews in Chapters 9-11.
Now he says something amazing.. he starts Chapter 12, with the strongest appeal you can get. In light of of all of what you have read before. here is what you should do.
What strikes me is the phrase REASONABLE SERVICE.
What Paul is saying here.. it that in view of all you have read.. everything in the previous 11 chapters.. this is your only option. 
When you commit your life to God.. God does not ask you to give Him your life.. he doesn't even request it.. HE DEMANDS IT.
REASONABLE SERVICE MEANS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS
Paul's reasoning was that seeing what God had done for them.. this was the very least.. they could do for God.. amen
The great Hymn When I survey the Wondrous Cross.. it's final verse puts it all into perspective.. here is what it says
Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were an offering far too small;

love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all.


The Most Reasonable decision you can make is to offer your whole life to God.. doing this is the most rational thing you can do. the world thinks it is a mad thing to do.. but we do it, because Jesus gave everything for us.. to do that for him is surely the least we can do.. amen
God deserves your life.. all of it.. not part of it.. he doesn't just say to you.. 'this is a good idea, he says this is your only option.. you have to do this'. 
It's time to give Him your life believer.. after all.. Jesus didn't hold anything back for you.. HE GAVE IT ALL.. amen
This dear man of God sums it up perfectly
We might blush!

(William Tiptaft, from his letters)

If we are brought to consider what Christ 
sacrificed for us, and how little we sacrifice 
for Him, we might blush!




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KEITH
Guest Devotion 1 by Spurgeon
Dwarfish  Christians!
(adapted from Spurgeon's sermon, "Foundation Work" #2094.)
"Alas! much has been done of late to promote 
 the production of dwarfish Christians.  Poor, 
 sickly believers turn the church into an hospital, 
 rather than an army.  Oh, to have a church built 
 up with the deep godliness of people who know 
 the Lord in their very hearts, and will seek to 
 follow the Lamb wherever he goes!"



Guest Devotion 2 by Jonathan Edwards
Heart work

by Jonathan Edwards


The first and the great work of a Christian is about his heart.
Do not be content with seeming to do good in 'outward acts'
while your heart is bad, and you are a stranger to the greater
internal heart duties.

See that your chief study be about your HEART--
that there God's image may be planted;
that there His interests be advanced;
that there the world and flesh are subdued;
that there the love of every sin is cast out;
that there the love of holiness grows.








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Welcome to Noonday devotion


Even after 35 years as a christian, the Word of God just makes you go WOW!. This was one of these times, I was reading these chapters and this verse just struck me so hard. I hope the word of God still thrills you and amazes you.. it does me


Please take time to pass these devotions onto all your friends and also click on the guest website and SERMON


Thank you and God bless you so lavishly


Keith


NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


THE WOW FACTOR

1 Samuel 9

27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.



Chapters 8-10 are the story of the anointing of King Saul, and the Lord has laid this particular verse upon my heart.
Before Samuel anointed King Saul, he did one thing.
That was to tell Him to stand still so that he could show Him the word of God.
Before God places us into ministry, he will tell us to do this, because you cannot be in ministry, handling God''s word, before you know God's word and it's author intimately.
Moses before he was sent to Pharaoh, was trained on the backside of the desert, the Apostles spent 40 days being trained by Jesus after his Resurrection and Paul spent time training after his conversion.
Note that Samuel says stand still, we have to be still before God, so that he could train us. He also says that it will be for a while, God does take us aside for a time, until he feels that we know His word enough.
God's word is a double edged sword. Let me say this, you do not give a double edged sword to a child and neither does God give ministry of the word to people until they are fully mature in Christ.
Let me use a personal example, the Lord told me in 2003 that I would write devotions and articles, and so I started to write, but it was not until he trained me and through people he used to help me and studying his word, have I come to the level I am at now..which is not all that high.. as I am still learning all the time
The Lord wants his children to stand still and know His word. Are you prepared to do this?
The Lord says to people wanting to do ministry of teaching and preaching etc, that they have to be like Mary in Luke 10:38-42 and spend much time at His feet and in his word. You need to sit at his feet before you can stand up and preach/teach to others.
Jesus spent 33 years on this earth, he spent the majority of these in a carpenter's shop and only 3 in public ministry. Let us learn from his example. God is the ultimate trainer.. he has the ultimate training tool.. the Word of God.. sit at his feet and let Him open the book of books to you.
You may well be a minister with many degrees or you may be a babe in Christ, it doesn't really matter. the bible is the only book with the WOW factor.. amen. Have you had the wow factor as you HAVE  read its pages today?
 
God bless you

 
Keith





Guest Devotion by Pastor Bayo


Dearly Beloved,

ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN VOICE

"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).

"Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you" (Philippians 3:17 NIV).

My one-year-old daughter has adopted his older brother's way of greeting. Instead of kneeling down (as the custom of girls and young women among the Yorubas), she likes to prostrate (as boys and young men do). She likes to imitate his brother rather than taking to our (her parents') instruction about mode of greeting.

Her action has a spiritual and moral meaning. Young people tend to imitate what they see more than what they hear. Young ones often look up to people older than them for direction. To imitate what people do than listen to their instructions is no doubt natural.

The history of the Israelites points to this. In spite of the fact that Israelites had the written Law through Moses and many priests and prophets they loved to do what the ungodly leaders did. However, when godly leaders reigned, they were focused. Why? Leaders influence followers.

People seldom read the Bible. We Christians, especially Christian leaders are their "books." They read us. They have a tendency of imitating what we do than what we say at times.

You are a leader! Some people are looking up to you as their role model. Are your actions matching your message? Example is better than precepts. What will people imitate from you? Can you say like Paul, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)?

Whatever our verbal instructions to other people, our action (character) speaks louder than our voice. Ask God to enable you live a life that will be a portrait of your message.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).





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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing
It is a great joy to share what we are up to here in Nanjing China
We hope you find these insights interesting and that they even make you laugh
God bless 
Keith and Helen


WHAT WE DID THIS SUMMER
So how did you spend your summer?
Did you have a good break?
Well here in Nanjing.. it was very hot.. Nanjing is known as one of the three furnaces on the Yangtze.. and this summer has been incredibly hot. Indeed much of China has been sweltering under the hottest summer for 150 years. For three days, I was out of action.. all I did for that time was lie on the bed.. I ate nothing all that time.. Helen and Ming were and are brilliant.. to have them as My Wife and Daughter is wonderful.. they are both the joy of my heart and I love them both very much.


We had the pleasure.. if you can call it that.. and yes it was a pleasure of being able to teach up to 12 youngsters three times a week.
They were a joy to teach.. we took them through New Concept English stage 1 and I taught them songs and we used our TV and Blackboard to take them through the lessons.
I never thought that I would be able to teach.. well I am an enthusiastic amateur!!!!. Helen assisted me especially when I had to speak lots of Chinese.. but I was able to tell them to sit down and stand up in Chinese.. many times I told them to stand up when they were standing up and to sit down when they were sitting down.. lol lol.


Let me introduce you to some of our students.. using their English names. 
Paul is the oldest and the cheeky one of the group.. always smiling.. he just loves coming to the front to read.. at times we had to drag him out.


His nemesis is Joy.. his classmate and she loved to go up to Paul and beat him up.. but then so did everyone else.


Mark and Luke were two of the stars of the group always eager to come and read and role play.


My first ever students Samuel and Jane.. (brother and sister) were there, they are so special to me. Samuel climbs the stairs to our sixth floor flat and poor lad.. he is out of breath.. unlike his sister.


Class was supposed to start a 9am.. but David came very early, he was not only learning English for himself.. but was going home to teach his parents.. bless his little heart.


We have one of our neighbours children.. little Sarah.. she is so attentive and so much fun to teach. 


The rest of the class were wonderful.. some were slower than others..but all of them had fun.


We sang songs such as:
HEAD SHOULDERS KNEES TOES, THE WHEELS ON THE BUS and I CAN SEE A RAINBOW. We all did the actions.. me included, it was sight to see.


At the end of the lessons we had Prize time.. and it was close.. third prize went to Luke.. second prize to Mark and first prize.. which was a great big teddy bear.. which was given to us, by Helen's sister in law.


The prize went to David.. now this teddy bear was as big as David and he had to carry it home on the bus, all you could see was two little legs with this enormous head of the teddy bear.. it was  so cute.


We have also managed to get out and about and visit people, like our friends.. William/Hazel and David. Also we had the privilege of meeting Helen's cousin Willi and His Mum and taking them out for a meal with Helen's lovely parents at our favourite restaurant.


We hope you have enjoyed this insight into our lives and that of our precious students.. they are not really students.. they are little treasures.


Footnote
We had nine of them today (7th Sept).. Today was typical.. at break time.. the boys.. Luke, David and Paul.. started a group hug and then started making Pig Noises.. each one trying to outdo the other in terms of noise. After break I asked them to read.. the three little pigs were still in action and we managed to get through it.. after settling them down to do their tests. Just another typical Day!!!!!


God bless
Keith and Helen
Please pray for our precious students and their parents that they would all come to trust Jesus as Saviour and know Him as Lord


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Welcome to Noonday Devotion


Its lovely to be back after our summer break and we are very thankful for how God has refreshed and blessed us during this time.


This is a very long devotion.. please read it and also the one by my beloved brother Jerry ( I love you brother).


These devotions are free.. all I ask is that you share them.. we have never asked and never will ask for money.


Please take time to listen to and read the links at the bottom


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God bless 


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Noonday Devotion by Keith


TEARS THAT TOUCH THE WORLD


This is a not a noonday on a specific verse, but on a specific book.. the book of Jeremiah.


Now As many as you know I have following through a tough bible reading plan this year (NT and Psalms twice and OT Once). It is the first time I have gone through in detail and studied Jeremiah.. and yes before you say it.. he is not the person you would want to get stuck in the lift with !!!!!!!.. or maybe it would do us good if we were. Remember the biblical writers are probably going to ask us.. 'did you read my book'.. how would we answer.. "hello, what's your name'.. 'well my name is Jeremiah'..'oh  yes I read those lovely words in chapter 29..' what I wrote 52 chapters'. You see every word is God breathed.. not one word is more important than another.. every word is profitable for Doctrine, Reproof and Correction.'


Many people who should know better call themselves Prophets and Apostles and some even Chief apostles.. it is an absolute disgrace that they adopt such titles and that they seek the approval of Men.


What is it, that makes a true prophet of God.. 


The true Prophet


Walks with God
Witnesses for God
Warns the people


Yes he does all of these things and more.. but the main and defining characteristic of every prophet of God is Tears.. because he/she weeps the very tears of God


Maybe some of You have Jeremiah's in your church.. he/she is always warning people.. everything is going well.. but still he/she urges you to return to faith. He stands up in church meetings and says you need to pray instead of spending thousands on some church activity.. you want to lock this person up...this is what Happened to Jeremiah. Everyone was saying to Him.. PLEASE SHUT UP.


If your tears are from the heart of God, they will effect the view you have of your nation, the true prophet of God, will say things that are totally against the prevailing view of the world and indeed many in the church.


How many of the so called Prophets in the church today are preaching with tears? Lots  of preachers such as TD Jakes and Creflo Dollar and all these guys.. they are loud.. they shout. But it is not how loud the voice of the prophet is.. it is the amount of tears he/she sheds.


Let me finish with this.. first of all a word to the people in five fold ministry.. the shepherds of the church.


When was the last time that you wept?
When was the last time you preached through your tears in agony?
Are you acting like a Jeremiah in your pulpit.. preaching with tears
When was the last time you agonised before God for your church?


A  word to the rest of us.. tears are important for us as Christian's


In Deep repentance to God
In Compassion for the world.. esp the hurting and deprived
For a passionate love of the brethren


Surely the place where tears needs to be shed are first and foremost the prayer closet, when they are surely filter into the pulpit and then into every member of the congregation. 


When we have shed tears ourselves, we can identify with others who will come to us crying.. so often someone comes to us and we say 'why is this person crying'.. maybe this is because we have never known what it is to weep ourselves. 


Many of the strongest men of the bible.. wept.. men such as Paul, Jeremiah, Nehemiah and Yes the greatest man of the Bible.. Jesus Himself. So why Can't many of you men.. time and time again Jesus said you had to become like a little child.. strong men do cry.. they do agonise.. for their families and their communities/churches.


It is time for Tears in the church.. of repentance towards God.. of speaking the honest truth.. like Jeremiah did.. and to to understand that people are shedding tears all around you.. only when you shed tears yourself can you touch their lives with the love of God.. because as you have been comforted.. can you bring the comfort of God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4


Please take time to read the whole of the book of Jeremiah.. yes all of it.. Maybe you will learn how to cry Biblically.


A FINAL THING BELIEVER.. REMEMBER ONE DAY THERE WILL BE NO MORE TEARS..AMEN!!!


For Further Study


2 Cor 1:3-4
John 11:33-36
Psalm 126:5
2 Cor 2:4
2 Tim 1:4
Job 16:20
2 Kings 20:5
Psalm 56:8
Jeremiah 9:1
Malachi 2:13
Luke 7:38 and 44
Acts 20:19
Revelation 7:17
Revelation 21:4












Guest Devotion by my very dear friend Jerry Miller


There is no finer example for Christian leadership than our Lord Jesus Christ. He declared, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). It is within this verse that we see the perfect description of a Christian leader. He is one who acts as a shepherd to those sheep in His care.


When Jesus referred to us as “sheep,” He was not speaking in affectionate terms. In truth, sheep rank among the dumbest animals in creation. A stray sheepstill within earshot of the herd, becomes disorientedconfused, frightened, and incapable of finding its way back to the flock. Unable to ward off hungry predatorsthe stray is perhaps the most helpless of all creaturesEntire herds of sheep are known to have drowned during times of flash flooding even in sight of easily accessible higher ground. Like it or not, when Jesus called us His sheep, He was saying that without a shepherd, we are helpless.

The shepherd is one who has several roles in regard to his sheep. He leads, feeds, nurturescomforts,corrects and protects.

 
The shepherd of the Lord’s flock leads by modeling godliness and righteousness in his own life and encouraging others to follow his example. Of courseour ultimate exampleand the One we should followis Christ Himself. The Apostle Paul understood this: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
 
The Christian leader is also a feeder and a nourisher of the sheep, and the ultimate “sheep food” is the Word of God. Just as the shepherd leads his flock to the most lush pasture so they will grow and flourish, so the Christian leader nourishes his flock with the only food which will produce strongvibrant ChristiansThe Biblenot the worlds wisdom—is the only diet that can produce healthy Christians. Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

The Christian leader also comforts the sheep, binding up their wounds and applying the balm of compassion and love. As the great Shepherd of Israel, the Lord Himself promised to “bind up the injured and strengthen the weak” (Ezekiel 34:16). As Christians in the world today, we suffer many injuries to our spirits, and we need compassionate leaders who will bear our burdens with us, sympathize with our circumstances, exhibit patience toward us, encourage us in the Word, and bring our concerns before the Fathers throne.

Just as the shepherd used his crook to pull a wandering sheep back into the fold, so the Christian leader corrects and disciplines those in his care when they go astray. He does so without an overbearing spirit, but with a spirit of gentleness (Galatians 6:2).

 
Those in leadership must correct according to scriptural principles. Correction or discipline is never a pleasant experience for either partybut the Christian leader who fails in this area is not exhibiting love for those in his care. “The LORD disciplines those he loves” (Proverbs 3:12). The Christian leader must follow His example

Those who lead must also  protect. The shepherd who was lax in this area soon found that he regularly lost sheep to the predators who prowled aroundand sometimes amonghis flock. The predators today are those who try to lure the sheep away with false doctrinedismissing the Bible as quaint and old fashioned, insufficient,unclear, or unknowable.

 
These lies are spread by those against whom Jesus warned us: “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Our leaders must protect us from the false teachings of those who would lead us astray from the truth of the Scripture and the fact that Christ alone is the way of salvation: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
 
Leadership must above all exemplify sacrifice, devotion, submission, and lowliness. Jesus Himself gave us the pattern when He stooped to wash His disciples’ feet, a task that was customarily done by the lowest of slaves.
John 13:1-17 (NIV) It was just before the Passover FestivalJesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the FatherHaving loved his own who were in the worldhe loved them to the end. 2)The evening meal was in progressand the devil had already prompted Judasthe son of Simon Iscariotto betray Jesus. 3) Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his powerand that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4) so He got up from the mealtook off his outer clothingand wrapped a towel around his waist. 5) After thatHe poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feetdrying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. 6) He came to Simon Peterwho said to Him, Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7) Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8) No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9) “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10) Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11) For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why He said not everyone was clean. 12) When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” He asked them. 13) You call meTeacher and Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14) Now that Iyour Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one anothers feet. 15) I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16) Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17) Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
If the Lord of the universe would do that, no Christian leader has a right to think of himself as“being above the sheep.”





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A  vison of Hell  William booth
 
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An unsaved person's perspective of Christians
(James Smith, "The Book You Will Like!" 1859)
I do not believe that you Christians believe your own creed — for if you were persuaded that things really are as your Bibles teach, and that we poor lost people were really going to such a dreadful place as you say Hell is — then you would act more humanely toward us.

If you saw our houses on fire — you would run and help us to put the fire out; or if you saw us in danger of death — you would try to do something to save us. But you pretend to believe that we are going to Hell, and that Hell burns with fire and brimstone forever, and that once there we can never get out — and yet you talk to us about all sorts of things — but never say one word to us about saving our souls from this terrible doom! 

So I have reasoned thus: either you Christians don't believe what you say — or else you must be the most hardened and unfeeling wretches in the universe! Now, as I don't believe that you are such cruel, hardened, and unfeeling people as this supposes — then I must conclude that, with all your talk — you Christians don't really believe what your Bibles teach! 

For if you really believe what you say about sin, and Hell, and our danger — then you would act differently; and if you have a spark of kindness in your hearts — you would try to save us from such a dreadful doom. And, on the other hand, if you do not believe what you profess — then you Christians cannot be honest; and to say the least, there must be a great deal of hypocrisy among you. 

Now, I honestly tell you that these are the things which have stumbled me more than anything, and until I can see you Christians act differently — I will not be persuaded to believe what your sort of folks say.

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Welcome to Noonday Devotion
 
I do hope you are doing well and that you will be blessed and encouraged by what I share through the Noonday and Guest Devotions and also through listening to and reading the links.
 
Please pass these devotions on..
 
God bless you
 
Keith
 
 
Noonday Devotion by Keith
 
DESPITE EVERYTHING- GOD STILL LOVES US SO MUCH
 
 
 10 For thus says the Lord, When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you and keep My good promise to you, causing you to return to this place.
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
 
These are very familiar verses to all of us, indeed they are some of the most quoted verses in all of scriptures.. it is sad that most Christian's have only read and know these verses from this wonderful book.
Jeremiah is writing a letter through God's inspiration about why exile in Babylon was happening to them.
The promise in verse 11, needs to be put in some historical context.. this was a people:
Who had rebelled against God continually and broken his covenant
Who had blatantly worshipped other Gods
Who had blasphemed the word of God
Who had mistreated and sometimes killed the prophets of God
 
And Yet God could still say what He did in Verse 11. I don't know about you, but if someone has treated me like that, then I would totally forget them and have nothing more to do with them, but this is God and He is Faithful.. despite his people's wanderings and unfaithfulness.
Yes he was bringing judgement upon his people through the exile, but he would bless them in Babylon, they would be treated well and one day, God would use a heathen king to bring them back  to Jerusalem.
Maybe believer you are experiencing a time in a spiritual Babylon, but God has a good plan for you.  He hasn't forgotten you and his plan will not come up short, it will be fulfilled in your life.
God's love is total..  despite our failings and wanderings.. whatever happens God abideth faithful. But he does have to discipline us, that  is what the exile in Babylon was all about.. The individual believer and the corporate church need to realise that God will judge and punish sin and place them in a wilderness place until they repent.. a type of spiritual Babylon.  But he will bring us out again.. if we repent and confess our sins.
Let me speak a word of testimony.. for years and years I have sought to fight against God.. it is only after 2007 that I have truly surrendered to the will of the Lord.. had I frustrated the Lord.. Yes.. have I driven others Mad.. oh Yes.. just ask Andrew and Pastors Mark and Richard!!!!!. But despite all my efforts to get away from God.. he has held me and Now he is bringing the plan for my life into full fruition.. all glory to HIM.
So rejoice Christian.. God has a good plan for your life.. and he will bring it to pass.
Remember that despite all the children of Israel did.. he did not give up on them and did not stop loving them?
And he has hasn't finished with you and certainly hasn't given up on you
God bless you
Keith
 

 
 
Guest Devotion by GRACE GEMS
 
WE NEED REVIVAL . . .
by N. L. DeMoss
-when we do not love Him as we once did. 

-when earthly interests and occupations are
more important to us than eternal ones. 

-when we would rather watch TV and read secular
books and magazines than read the Bible and pray. 

-when church dinners are better attended than prayer meetings. 

-when concerts draw bigger crowds than prayer meetings. 

-when we have little or no desire for prayer. 

-when we would rather make money than give money. 

-when we put people into leadership positions in our
churches who do not meet scriptural qualifications. 

-when our Christianity is joyless and passionless. 

-when we know truth in our heads that we are not
practicing in our lives. 

-when we make little effort to witness to the lost. 

-when we have time for sports, recreation, and
entertainment, but not for Bible study and prayer. 

-when we do not tremble at the Word of God. 

-when preaching lacks conviction, confrontation,
and divine fire and anointing. 

-when we seldom think thoughts of eternity. 

-when God’s people are more concerned about their
jobs and their careers, than about the Kingdom
of Christ and the salvation of the lost. 

-when God’s people get together with other believers
and the conversation is primarily about the
news, weather, and sports, rather than the Lord. 

-when church services are predictable and "business as usual." 

-when believers can be at odds with each other and
not feel compelled to pursue reconciliation. 

-when Christian husbands and wives are not praying together. 

-when our marriages are co-existing rather than
full of the love of Christ. 

-when our children are growing up to adopt worldly
values, secular philosophies, and ungodly lifestyles. 

-when we are more concerned about our children’s
education and their athletic activities than about
the condition of their souls. 

-when sin in the church is pushed under the carpet. 

-when known sin is not dealt with through the biblical
process of discipline and restoration. 

-when we tolerate "little" sins of gossip,
a critical spirit, and lack of love. 

-when we will watch things on television and movies that are not holy. 

-when our singing is half-hearted and our worship lifeless. 

-when our prayers are empty words designed to impress others. 

-when our prayers lack fervency. 

-when our hearts are cold and our eyes are dry. 

-when we aren’t seeing regular evidence of
the supernatural power of God. 

-when we have ceased to weep and mourn and
grieve over our own sin and the sin of others. 

-when we are content to live with explainable,
ordinary Christianity and church services. 

-when we are bored with worship. 

-when people have to be entertained to be drawn to church. 

-when our music and dress become patterned after the world. 

-when we start fitting into and adapting to the world,
rather than calling the world to adapt to God’s
standards of holiness. 

-when we don’t long for the company and fellowship of God’s people. 

-when people have to be begged to give and to serve in the church. 

-when our giving is measured and calculated,
rather than extravagant and sacrificial. 

-when we aren’t seeing lost people drawn to Jesus on a regular basis. 

-when we aren’t exercising faith and believing God for the impossible. 

-when we are more concerned about what others
think about us than what God thinks about us. 

-when we are unmoved by the fact that 2.5 billion people
in this world have never heard the name of Jesus. 

-when we are unmoved by the thought of neighbors,
business associates, and acquaintances who are
lost and without Christ. 

-when the lost world around us doesn’t know or care that we exist. 

-when we are making little or no difference in the secular world around us. 

-when the fire has gone out in our hearts, our marriages, and the church. 

-when we are blind to the extent of our need and don’t think we need revival.

 
 
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Please please take time to read this website.. you all need to read the articles on here. There are many false teachers and prophets in the church today.. some are obvious.. some not so much. Wolves take a long time stalking their prey.. amen.. so do these false prophets. I make no apology for placing this website on here.. we need to wake up and stop sleepwalking. Before you say.. 'who are you to say this.. well I lived in the bible belt for 3 years and saw all these so called preachers in action'. I would personally send them all to a desert island with no chance of escape.


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Rob Bell
Paul Crouch and rest of TBN
Any prosperity preacher


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I am refreshed from the break we have had over the summer.. these devotions are very personal to me.. you are not just another person on an e-mail list.. you are highly valued by God and me and Helen.


Please listen to these sermons as time allows.. I have heard them.. they are wonderful.. also read the devotion I have found for you from Charles Surgeon. 


The devotions and links will be hard hitting.. they wont be  milk like we are constantly fed by the prosperity gospel preachers.. many of the guest devotions will come from the puritans.. I am a reformed bible believing christian.. 100% of the bible is true.


All I ask is that you share these devotions.. click the links ..some of you come far from away places.I live in China.. the devotions go out to over 20 countries and I am so thankful.. let's reach every country with them


God bless you


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The cross of Christ Paul washer


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Part 3


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Guest Devoton by Spurgeon


What have you done for Christ?

From Spurgeon's sermon, "WOMAN'S MEMORIAL"

Imagine your Savior, who has bought you with
his blood, standing in this pulpit for a moment.
He lifts up his hands, once torn with the nails,
he exposes to you his side, pierced with a spear.
Now picture him. He puts to each one of you the question--
"I suffered all this for you, what have you ever done for me?"

Answer him now! Like honest followers of the Lamb of God,
look back and see what you have ever done. You have gone up,
you say, to his house. Was not that for your own profit? Did you
do it for him? You have contributed to his cause. Ah! you have,
and some of you have done well in this thing; but think, how
much have you given in proportion to what God has given to you?

What have you done for Christ?


Jesus asks you, "What have you done for me in the past three
years?" He says, "I wrought out your redemption in three years
of agony, of toil, of suffering, I bought you with my blood;
what have you done for me in these ten, twenty, thirty years,
since you knew my love, and tasted of my power to save?"

Cover your faces, my friends, cover your faces.

Let each man among us do so. Let us blush and weep.

Lord Jesus! there was never such a friend as you are;
but never were there such unfriendly ones as we are.

Christ has some of the most ungrateful followers
that man ever had. We have done little.

If we have done much, we have really only done little.

But some of you have done nothing at all for Christ.

That question answered, there comes another.
I beseech you, let the vision of that crucified One stand before
you. He says to you this morning, "What WILL you do for me.
Putting aside the past -- you have wept over that, and blushed,
--what will you do for me NOW?"

Will you not now think of something that you can give him,
something that you can do for him, something you can
consecrate to him?

Come, you Marys, bring out your alabaster box!

Come, come, you followers of Christ! Need I press you?
Surely, if you needed it, my pressing would be in vain.
But no; instinctively inspired by the Holy Spirit,
each of you will say--
"Lord Jesus, from this day forth I desire to serve you
better; but, Lord, tell me what you would have me to do."

He does tell you now. I do not know what it is.
The Spirit shall tell that to each one among you.
But I do entreat you think not about it, but DO it.





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Welcome once again


What a joy it is to share with you. I hope this edition brings you some fun.. remember to sing the song.. whatever your age.. act your shoe size and not your age for a few minutes.


God bless you


Keith


The wheels on the bus.. go round and round


Well we are teaching the students, we have  a new song and it reminds me to share with you about buses in Nanjing and some of our experiences.


But first of all.. and this applies to you all...I know some of you are more reluctant than others to sing this song.. come on don't be shy!!!!!


Here is the link,  please bypass the advert for McDonald's


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We live about 45 minutes from downtown Nanjing and so we use buses a lot. The bus we usually take is the 140, it is usually air conditioned , but you can get the older ones, and then you just have to open up the windows.


Being a foreigner is pretty good, as a Chinese person will usually give up their seat for you and this has been the case on many occasions.. Buses are very frequent. One one occasion I was going downtown on my own and waited for the bus.. on the wrong side of the road.  It is just the British who drive on the wrong side or is it the rest of the world.. you decide.


We like to go to a nice market, but this means going on the no 76.. now on one occasion.. I waited for 30 minutes for a no 140.. during that time.. 20 no 76's came and went. Now the first part of our journey on this bus is good.. roads are OK.. until you start down and  I can only call it a road with big holes in it. It is similar to being on a roller coaster and on one memorable or not so memorable late night trip went down a hole and my head hit the ceiling of the bus.. it doesn't help that the bus driver on that occasion was a mixture of Mad Max and Jeremy Clarkson.


There are times not to get on a bus.. about 5-7pm and definitely not on a Saturday.. the words sardines and tin come to mind. You think no one else can get on the bus, but yes they can.


You can pay by placing money in the slot, but nearly everyone has cards which you charge for 100 yuan.. about 10 pounds. You can get downtown and back for 3 yuan, which is pretty good.


All in all, the buses are really good, they are quick and convenient. Nanjing has a very sophisticated Railway underground network, very modern.. of which more in the future.


I hope you have enjoyed this insight into what it is to live in Nanjing.


God bless you


Keith




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Parable of the Fishless Fishermen

(author unknown)

Now it came to pass that a group existed who
called themselves fishermen. And lo, there were
many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the
whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes
filled with fish. And the fish were hungry. 

Year after year these who called themselves
fishermen met in meetings and talked about their
call to fish, the abundance of fish, and how they
might go about fishing. 

Continually they searched for new and better
definitions of fishing. They sponsored costly
nationwide and worldwide congresses to discuss
fishing and to promote fishing and hear about all
the ways of fishing. 

These fishermen built large, beautiful buildings
called "Fishing Headquarters." The plea was that
everyone should be a fisherman and every
fisherman should fish. One thing they didn't do,
however; they didn't fish. 

They organized a board to send out fishermen to
where there were many fish. The board was
formed by those who had the great vision and
courage to speak about fishing, to define fishing,
and to promote the idea of fishing in far-away
streams and lakes where many other fish of
different colors lived. 

Also the board hired staffs and appointed
committees and held many meetings to define
fishing, to defend fishing, and to decide what new
streams should be thought about. But the staff
and committee members did not fish. 

Expensive training centers were built to teach
fishermen how to fish. Those who taught had
doctorates in fishology, but the teachers did not
fish. They only taught fishing. Year after year,
graduates were sent to do full-time fishing, some
to distant waters filled with fish. 

Further, the fishermen built large printing houses
to publish fishing guides. A speaker's bureau was
also provided to schedule special speakers on the
subject of fishing. 

Many who felt the call to be fishermen responded,
and were sent to fish. But like the fishermen back
home, they never fished. 

Some also said they wanted to be part of the
fishing party, but they felt called to furnish fishing
equipment. Others felt their job was to relate to
the fish in a good way so the fish would know the
difference between good and bad fishermen. 

After one stirring meeting on "The Necessity for
Fishing," a young fellow left the meeting and went
fishing. The next day he reported he had caught
two outstanding fish. He was honored for his
excellent catch and scheduled to visit all the big
meetings possible to tell how he did it. 

So he quit his fishing in order to have time to tell
about the experience to the other fishermen. He
was also placed on the Fishermen's General Board
as a person having considerable experience. 

Now it's true that many of the fishermen sacrificed
and put up with all kinds of difficulties. Some
lived near the water and bore the smell of dead
fish every day. They received the ridicule of some
who made fun of their fishermen's clubs and the
fact that they claimed to be fishermen yet never
fished. 

They wondered about those who felt it was of
little use to attend the weekly meetings to talk
about fishing. After all, were they not following
the Master who said, "Follow me, and I will make
you fishers of men? 

Imagine how hurt some were when one day a
person suggested that those who didn't catch fish
were really not fishermen, no matter how much
they claimed to be. Yet it did sound correct. Is a
person a fisherman if year after year he never
catches a fish?
 



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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing


Our little flat is our pride and joy and although we love being out, it is our home that we retreat too. Being on the sixth floor,make us Kings of the castle so to speak.


Please take time to read and listen to the links.


God bless you


Keith Helen Ming


HOME FROM HOME


Our lovely home, has 5 rooms.. a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.. it also has a balcony.

In our sitting room, sits a piano which is played so beautifully by not only our wonderful daughter Ming, but by my beautiful wife Helen.

Ming just comes and plays and serenades us, she has such tenderness as she plays and sings, there is such a freshness in her voice and in her playing.

We love to cook.. me included.. yes believe it or not.. I can now cook.. and the food is not burnt and people actually eat it.. and No I don't just boil rice either.. hahahaha. 

One of our gadgets so to speak is our Bread maker.. so we have great crusty bread virtually every day.. Now I mix the ingredients and set it off.. it takes nearly 3 hours..flour, yeast, eggs, raisins, eggs, salt and sugar .. and it comes up tasting absolutely amazing.  I have nicknamed the bread maker R2-D2, as it makes noises like the little machine in star wars.. this is because it makes similar noises to that little machine.. hahahahaha. It also stops for a rest every 30 mins.. so maybe it should be called Keith.. lol lol

Another useful gadget is our mosquito swatter.. it looks very similar to a tennis racket.. but you wouldn't ask Andy Murray to play tennis with it  .. as it has an electric charge to kill mosquitoes and flies on the spot. Anyone for tennis.. the tennis balls wouldn't last very long!!!!!

During the summer months, the heat is very bad, so we have several air conditioners, it gets so hot,  as Nanjing is called one of the three furnaces of China.. some days it truly seems like that. 

I hope you have enjoyed hearing about our home

God bless you

Keith Helen Ming




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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing


God bless you as you read this, please share it with all your friends and groups and please listen to the sermon and read the website


Thanks


Keith And Helen


THE GREATEST DANGER


I want to share with you the biggest danger to the church in China and yes the final three letter's are ISM.. but it is not communism.. it is Materialism.


The tactics the devil uses are not new.. he has no new ideas.. it is the same ideas.. with different wrapping on it.


China's church is growing at such a high rate and the devil knows that He cant stop the progress of the church.. but he is seeking to dilute the faith of the believers and especially the young believers.. by using the glitter and glamour of this world.


The church was strongest in the countryside and now many believers have been lured to the cities in search of better jobs.. believe it or not they swap large comfortable houses for small one bedroom houses. Now many of the country side churches which were the engine of church growth are full of old people as most of the young people have left to go to the cities.. in search of a better life.


In the centre of Nanjing, there are shops you only expect to find in the major cities such as New York, Paris and London.. such as Cartier, Louis Vutton and they sell Rolls Royce cars here at 10 million RMB... 1 million pounds.


Many but not all of the young believers have all the gadgets.. I-phones, I-pad's etc etc.. now I am not saying having these things is wrong.. but it can be a weapon that the devil can use against the believer to blunt their effectiveness, when these things can be used for the blessing of people and for the extension.


Materialism is blunting the church in China.. the search for money and things is still the biggest danger to the church, especially to the young and vibrant church in China. 


The church in China has been purified through many years through intense persecution, which is still going on. A story I once read about an outgoing Chinese Premier, he was asked what one law would he bring in, he answered that He would make Christianity the Religion of China?


You may say.. oh that's wonderful, but is it? Maybe it would make being a christian easier. The church may lose it's edge, it's vibrancy, it's closeness to God.. amen.

The women in the church outnumber the men in the church by 6 to 1, the men are out seeking money and better jobs, more things.。 Please pray that more men, would be called of God and committed to the local church.


Please pray for this situation, the church in the west, has lost it's vibrancy because it has been choked by the cares of the world. Pray that the church in China, does not lose it's cutting edge.


Please pray that the church in China would not be enticed by Material things. Many times we are told that we have not to focus on getting things, but on serving God.


Please pray that the church would stand strong in spite of persecution.


Please pray that the church would be like Daniel and do great exploits.. that the whole of China.. would be changed by the power of the gospel


Although there are 100 million believers in China, there are 160 million Buddhists and 500 million Non Religious. Please pray the church, would have the necessary vision to reach out to every area of China and beyond. The need is so great.. for us to reach out with the gospel.. amen


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To stir your heart it did mine
from Keith Hobkirk 

5 points of revolution


After much prayer, I have decided to release these points of revolution. I pray that you will pray over them and let God show you what to do, time is short, we must act now.

1. We must return to the pure faith that Christ ordained for us to follow.

Man has complicated faith to the point it is hard to find true faith on this earth. We have far to many man-made doctrines that lead us away from true simple faith. We have sought after knowledge to the point that knowledge has taken place above Christ. From this, the simple relational Gospel has been lost and replaced by systems of religion that are only designed to build itself. More people are concerned with their doctrine than carrying out the work of Christ on this earth. We have very educated people who have a great head knowledge of Christ but lack the heart knowledge that fruits of these spirit flow from. These doctors of Theology put on a show week after week letting their preaching skills dazzle the people, but their fruit never shines forth. Let's get real. How many of these men would preach if their salary was taken away? From these halls of religion, men echo a self-centered gospel that really is no gospel at all, it brings forth no fruit. Today's church has become a business,simply put, putting out products to enrich itself. It has become a Babylonian institution that only a revolution can change; we must stop feeding the monster. Pure simple faith is Loving God and Loving our neighbor. Do we love God if we don't obey His commands? Jesus said that we don't, if we are not doing the things Christ said we are not in obedience? Jesus taught us to live a life of simplicity building relationships and making disciples, not building lavish buildings and a comfortable life for our self. Are we loving our neighbor when we overlook his needs? Would God rather us use our money to build temples and ministry payrolls or to feed the hungry and take care of widows and orphans.
Would HE rather us buy the systems books and tapes or spend our money spreading the Gospel to the lost? Shouldn't our resources go to the work of the ministry? This will anger those that are changing money in the name of the Lord and making ministry a business. But it must be said, not only said but shouted.
2. We must examine our life by the Light of the Word.

We cannot examine our self by the doctrine of religions, only by the Word of God. Men build doctrines that are easy to live by and more accepted by the world. Take for instance the prosperity message plaguing the body today, its designed to make you feel better about yourself and the life you live. The people who are in leadership prosper by design, those that follow pay the bill, but worse a false sense of hope is sent out to people who simply can only be helped by the simple truth. If you examine your self by this doctrine or any other man made doctrine you cannot get a clear picture of where you need to be or what you should be doing.

Look at this simple principal in
2Cor 13:5 test yourself to see if you are in the faith see if Christ is in you. That's a simple test, so why not use it? Do I love God? am I keeping His commands? Do I love my neighbor? If so how do I show it through my actions? Am I taking care of widows and orphans feeding the hungry clothing the naked? If not, am I obeying Christ? Am I forgiving? With out forgiving, you cannot be forgiven, Why is this not taught today? Am I kind, patient or am I full of envy and pride?
In
1Cor 13:4-8, you can give yourself a simple test, take out the word love and place your name there and see if it fits. If Christ is in you you have the ability through Him to be all these things. Doctrines of man give us excuses not to go deeper into relationship with Christ. They teach us how to put up a facade of holiness, like how we look or act on the outside are rituals that we find comfort in like church attendance and tithing to the church. Christ ask for child like faith, simplicity in loving Him and Our neighbor, a daily relationship. You can't get this from religion only from relationship. If you're not passing the test ask the Lord what you must do to pass and HE will guide you. Religion will give you a list of things to do and a list not to do,Christ will give you life and peace.
3. You must become temporary residents or travelers in this world.

We have put our roots down in a world that we are only passing through to the point that the culture has overtaken faith.
1 Peter 2:11 Peter tells us to be aliens to this world and to abstain from fleshly desires that war against us. What are these things that war against us? The very culture of self that we live in today, from sexual perversion to self centered greed to the attitude that we deserve anything we want. This culture has brought down basic values and destroyed the family in this nation. Just like Lot in Sodom, we have grown so comfortable with the life it provides us, we don't even care about the sin around us, we have adjusted our religion to fit the culture. We are at a point where nothing shocks us anymore, but as long as we can keep our comforts, it's OK.
We love this world and the things it affords us so much we have missed the narrow path and are trying to turn a deaf ear to the warnings of God for us to repent
.
As much as I know this will make a lot of people mad I must add this point. Our national pride as Americans has helped us down this road as well. We feel as if we are Gods own nation even though we have become more and more against God. Blinded by rhetoric and blind patriotism we have let this country sink to an all time low. From abortion to gay marriage, we flaunt our rebellion before God and then claim to be God's nation. If anyone dare say anything about it, you are attacked for being anti-American and an extremist. Well I have news for you, Jesus himself was an extremist and views on religion and government put Him on trial and the cross. Can you make the point realistically that we are a Godly nation? I think not. We must be willing to become aliens to this world and its ways. The American dream is not from God. God wants us to be citizens of the Kingdom of God and live accordingly. This means that we are going to have to make some hard choices about what to do in this world, some that will have very tough consequences to our flesh. We must come out of Babylon and everyone of her systems. This means letting go of life as we know it and embracing the cross of Christ. This will cause you to take stands that will be totally counter-culture and revolutionary and most people in your life will not understand. Don't forget that Jesus said that he would cause division. As you pull away from this world, most will question your actions and critics will tear at your every idea. If you are a traveler here it really doesn't matter.

4. Repentance and transparency are a must.

We must get real with our selves and with others around us. Every time we cover up sin and shortcomings we give our enemy weapons to use against us. This is why true relationship in the body of Christ is so important. We need to be able to minister out of our heart, and if we are not clean, we become poison instead of healing. Some of the most unforgiving and meanest people I have ever met, I met in church. I know men who stand and teach God's Word before others, that are full of hate and unforgiveness. True relationship exposes these issues and gives a chance for repentance to take place. I know men that claim to love God, but are racist and because of the facade the modern church has built, they teach Sunday after Sunday with this hate in their heart.

How can anyone help you if they are not open about their own struggles?
How can a man preach against adultery and have that very thing in his own heart? We must get clean and open in the Body to see the fullness of Christ in His Body. It is from our weakness He is able to use us and we all have our own areas that we have failed and only through His love and grace are we able to gain victory. I believe in being transparent and sometimes I am told that I am too open about my life and struggles, but I know if it is hidden, that the enemy will use it to destroy me. I have preached meetings that when I asked everyone to raise their hand if they have hidden sin such as porn and adultery in their life that every man in the place raised their hand. At this I asked them to come forward and repent and confess before God and man so they could be set free. Hidden sin kills your spirit and robs you of your God given destiny. It must be dealt with. We must plant New Testament Fellowships that teach these truths and put them into action so people can be free. This level of openness is not comfortable for we will all have to admit that we have faults and problems. This will cause us to have to deal with marital problems instead of running to divorce court. We will have to be accountable for our actions and live life without any excuses.
5.
Absolute commitment to the cause of Christ.
We must be willing to lay down our life for Christ. This is easy to say but hard to put in practice. Most believers say that they are willing to die for Christ, but live a life that says just the opposite. Most will not put off their self in even the simplest things in life such as giving from their abundance to further the cause, much less taking time from their life to serve. Many ask me how we left a comfortable home in the country to live and serve in the inner city among the addicts and prostitutes and homeless. I tell them God sent me here, I had no choice in the matter. I'm not special, I just simply told the Lord I give you my life! Many sing these words over and over in praise songs, but in reality they don't give Him anything that cost them time or money. Think about how silly it is to say you would die for Christ but your not willing to give up anything of your own for Him. There are very few people committed to the cause of Christ to the point of giving their life even though this is what He requires. If you can't be faithful in giving in your daily life, you will not give your life. If you can rest on the excuses of not having time or enough money to help, you can rest on the excuse that your not called to this level. Let's go even deeper, if you can rest with the condition of this nation and the church, then you are not a revolutionary and there is no need for you to read any more of this letter. But, if you can't rest in the excuses or in the condition of this land it is time for you to take action even at risk to your life.
In closing, I would like to share a few thoughts with you about revolutions and revolutionary's. Many people are fascinated with people who will risk it all for their cause and because of this they will stay just close enough to watch and take credit for being a part if anything they think is good happens. But as soon as the battle gets too hot, they turn and run and deny they had any part, for the most part it is a lonely road that the revolutionary walks. Most of the time there is nothing to show that they are winning, the isolation takes a toll on them and at times they question if the fight is worth it at all. In our case, the fight is worth it because it is the Lord's. Many times, the change that is brought about is long after the revolutionary has given his life in obscurity on a forgotten battlefield. Then someone will stumble onto the cause and the passion that he held for it and stories from his time will inspire the next revolutionary to pick up the cause and lose his life for it's sake. Many times then, the man who gave it all and died in a forgotten battle will become known and many who are not willing to pay the price will sit around and tell stories of this great man who gave his life. But it is the one that is inspired to take action that carries the battle forth without any regard to his own life. We must be willing to die on our own forgotten battlefield in this revolution for it is not ours, it is the Lords. The battle lines are clearly drawn, its time to choose our side and commit our life.
Are you ready?
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To stir your hearts.. it did mine
from Keith Hobkirk 
Resolved!

(Jonathan Edwards, "Resolutions")

Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but 
to improve it the most profitable way I possibly can. 

Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance 
in eating and drinking.

Resolved, never henceforward, until I die, to 
act as if I were any way my own; but entirely 
and altogether God's. 

Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as 
I think I would do, if I had already seen the 
happiness of heaven, and the torments of hell.
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Welcome to Our July Prayer Requests
 
Thanks for praying for us, as you may know.. Noonday Devotion has stopped until late august,.when it will return. But we won't be going anywhere.. we are still active.. so if you receive the devotions either on groups or in person.. we are still here
 
Please pass on all these prayer requests to all your friends and prayer groups. Please take time to click on the links at the bottom
 
Thanks
 
God bless
 
Keith Helen Ming
 
Praise God
 
It is the first anniversary of me arriving in China (30th June) and of our engagement (11th July). Praise God.. we love each other deeper than ever
 
That we have a few more people coming to the services.
 
Through Our English Classes, we have been able to reach out to the parents and children with the Gospel
 
 
Pray for
 
Spiritually
 
That we would be close to God, that our focus would be on Him and Him alone.
 
For our little church to grow and for the faith of the members to grow and deepen
 
Pray for more men to come into fellowship and for co- workers to come forward to help us.
 
For our Mother church and it's leaders Pastors JI and Pung
 
For our area of Nanjing.. it is like a suburb.. 45 Min's from downtown.. like a little town all on it's own. Please pray that our church would have a dynamic effect on it.
 
 
Family
 
For our marriage to remain strong and steadfast.. the devil is attacking christian marriages. May we be an example in love and devotion to each other and to God
 
For Ming, she is taking Tofel, with a view to attending a university abroad to study art. Please pray as she takes this exam (TOFEL) on 28 th September August. She will be hard at work over the summer. Please pray that she would put her full trust in God
 
Please pray for us as we hope to have students to study New Concept English three mornings per week. God provides the students, not us
 
 
Please pray for Helen's health.. she is so precious to me. Pray that she would be able to rest during summer break
 
Please pray for both of our families to be saved
 
 
Personal
 
Please pray for the sale of my static. Please pray for this fervently
 
We have had it prophesied that we would have a son.. please pray that this would come to pass. I am 54 and Helen is 45. WE have seen some mixed blood babies and they are very cute.. for both of us, it is such a dream.. for me especially
 
That I would be able to speak Chinese better.. I am getting there slowly
 
That I would be able cook better.. since I came.. I have learnt to cook and even bake bread.
 
 
Other
 
Pray for Brother S, who is going to train as teacher in Beijing. Please pray for financial provision
 
For Brother Z and Wife C, expecting first child in August
 
For the marriage of C and S to be strengthened
 
For our Students: We love these little ones.. Ask God to bless these little ones
 
Pray for Sister B, her husband was seriously ill, he had to be fed by tube, by after we visited him and praying over him, he is now walking about. Please pray for his salvation
 
God bless you and Thank you
 
Keith Helen Ming
 
 
 
 
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Welcome to a very Special News from China


Today is a very special anniversary for myself and Helen. It is one year since I set foot in China. Let me tell you about my journey.


God bless you


Keith


MY BEST JOURNEY PART 1




On the 29th June 2012, I set out from Morecambe, at an extremely early hour (4am).. my beloved Helen, Philip and Peter my brother having rung me up to wake me up.. along with two alarm clocks.. haha.




I set off by taxi and arrived at Manchester Airport, although at the wrong terminal, so I had to walk to the right one!. After checking my bags in, I managed to use one of the computers to e-mail Helen and Victoria my niece. 




My flight to Nanjing was in three stages, the first one was from Manchester to Amsterdam in Holland, the plane was quite small and the flight was quite short, just an hour.




First leg completed, I arrived in Amsterdam and had some time to wait, about an hour and a half, which went pretty quickly. So off on my second flight, which was from Amsterdam to Guangzhou, which was to take over 10 hours.




I was sat next to a Chinese lady who spoke very good English and was going to Hainan island , she was astounded as many of you were to find out that I was travelling to China to meet and become engaged to my then girlfriend and now beloved wife.







The flight was very long and when we got to Guangzhou, we had to get my luggage and re-check it in, well when we got into the airport, we were ushered down the steps and onto buses to go to the terminal. I did have assisted passage, due to my lack of Chinese speaking. So we were taken on buses to the terminal and I waited and waited for my case.. but sadly it didn't come through.. it had nearly all my clothes in it.. as My brother Peter had told me to take a change of clothes in my carry on bag.. shirt, underpants, socks etc.. thanks big  Brother.. good advice.



The person who was helping me tried to help me and he was in heated conversation with several people, but to no avail. 



So we set off for Nanjing.. not knowing the whereabouts of my case...I did however have something called Tag and Track.. which for 8 pounds for one year.. you could find your lost luggage.. best 8 pounds I ever spent. 



Oh well I thought, it may of gone straight through to Lukou Airport in Nanjing, but when I arrived, I waited and waited at the carousel, but no case, everyone else had gone through the gate.. Helen was still waiting.. she must of thought I wasn't coming!!!



So I went through the gate and said to myself.. look out for Helen.. I needn't of worried.. as I was looking to the left.. a flash of a camera. a cry of Keith and I turned to see Helen running round to me.. we just hugged and held each other very tightly.. together at last.



Helen and I went upstairs to enquire about my case, which I later located at Guangzhou and was safely delivered to the flat at no extra charge.. Praise God.



In August, I went back to the UK, and this was done in floods of tears, later in the year, I came back and  I will tell you about the second part of the journey from Manchester to Shanghai on the 4-5th October later.



God bless you



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This will be the last Noonday Devotion until August, we will be taking a break, but I will be still be around and posting to my contacts and the groups. We need time to relax and also we will be doing New Concept English three mornings per week and we will also  be helping Ming our beautiful daughter get through TOFEL. I will hopefully do some writing and spend much more time with Helen. News from China will continue hopefully once a week and also Persecuted Church and also anything Else that would bless you. We are not going away.. please e-mail and let us how you are getting on and what you are doing in the Lord's service.

 

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Mark 6:31

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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH



REPENT AND RETURN TO GOD



Hosea 1



[b style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 0.8em;"]1 [/b]The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel.
[b style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;"]2 [/b]When the Lord first spoke with and through Hosea, the Lord said to him, Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of [her] harlotry, for the land commits great whoredom by departing from the Lord.



We always want to compare the Church with the Children of Israel.



The Lord continually through the Old Testament tells His people that they have deserted Him, they have gone after other gods, they have put other things before Him.



Can I ask my/yourself these questions



Have I/you deserted God to chase after our own dreams?



Have I/you put other things before Him?



God is righteously jealous.. he demands and has to have first place in our lives.. HAS HE?



Hosea was told to marry a prostitute to illustrate the unfaithfulness of the children of Israel and the total faithfulness of God.



These are strong words my friends



Have we been unfaithful to God?



I am sharing what God wants me to share.. God demands his children to walk in Holiness. He expects nothing less from us, this is not an option.. but a direct command



Isaiah 35:8 (King James Version)



8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.



Are you walking that Highway of Holiness or are you putting others things before God. Be very careful church.. God is not pleased that his church is playing the harlot and being unfaithful to HIM.. amen

Being in the presence of God is the most important thing, we can be involved in all types of christian service.. go to all types of meetings.we can sing the right songs.. have all our doctrines lined up and still have our hearts far from God.. amen



Are you playing the harlot believer.. have you another love apart from God himself?




When I think of the children of Israel here in Hosea, I see a people who are contented and happy in their own eyes.. exactly like the Church at Laodicea.. who thought of themselves in this way



[b style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;"]17 [/b]For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.



In Chapter 1, God tells Hosea to take a wife who is a prostitute to illustrate what the children of Israel were like, this people were like many in our churches today, they thought everything was OK,everything was running smoothly, when indeed they were playing the harlot. They were living in idolatry and serving idols.. paying lip service to the service and worship of God.



What illustration would God give us today to describe the church..well  maybe not a prostitute.. but how about a TV.. or Sports team or even a ministry?. Have we been idolatrous to any of those?



5 out of the seven churches in Revelation have serious problems.. if that ratio is the same in today's modern church, we are in serious problems.. amen. 2-3 of them were in serious sexual sin.. is there sexual sin in your church.. if so.. it needs to be cleansed.. God will not bless Sin.. when sin is concerned.. he has a no tolerance rule.. How about us.. how tolerant are we of sin?



A final fact church, we are .. like the children of Israel in one respect.. we have been rescued from slavery like they were in Egypt.. but remember all of the adults except 2 never reached the promised land because of rebellion and idolatry. They took 40 years to travel 500 miles..they were a sticknecked and rebellious people, who were dealt severely by God. Please read Hebrews chapters 2-6 


I speak to myself first of All, please be blessed. I have shared what God has given me to share.



God bless you



Keith
 


 

Guest Devotion by James smith


Is this pleasing to God?

(James Smith, "The Proper Aim of a Christian's Life" 1856)
"Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus, to do this more and more!" 1 Thessalonians 4:1
In every place, 
in every circumstance, 
in every undertaking — 
the Christian should ask, "Is this pleasing to God?"

God is pleased or displeased . . .
  with every thought we think, 
  with every word we speak, 
  with every action we perform,
  with every emotion we feel.

Perhaps we do not sufficiently realize this. We think, speak, feel, and act — without ever considering whether we are pleasing God, or not. But this ought not to be, for He . . .
  gave us our being, 
  redeemed us from sin and damnation, 
  called us by His grace, and 
  has blessed us with innumerable and interminable blessings — 
and all that we may glorify Him! And how can we glorify Him — but by habitually aiming to please Him? If we forget or lose sight of this — we forget and lose sight of the principal end of our being, and well-being.

For instance, the manner in which I employ my spare time — the amount of time I give to  recreation or entertainment. Many Christians seem never to think whether the way in which they spend their time, is pleasing to God or not. If they did, would they ever go to some entertainments, or indulge in certain pleasures? Would the world have so much of their time, and the prayer-closet so little? How much time is wasted in frivolous ways, which are neither conducive to the health of the body, nor calculated to promote the spirituality of the mind.
Also, how many squander their money on dress, ornaments, or delicacies for the body — who never relieve the poor, or contribute to establish God's cause in the world; or if they do so at all, it is not in due proportion to their means. The pence are given to the Lord — the pounds are spent in the gratification of SELF!
If, when I am going to lay out money in ornaments or dress, or indulgences for the table, I was to ask, "Is this pleasing to God?" — would it not check my lavish expenditure? Would it not often change the course in which my money flows?
"And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way." Colossians 1:10
My object in everything I do — should be to please God. The one grand end of my life, the grand thing I am to aim at — is to please my Heavenly Father. I have . . .
  nothing to dread, but His frown, 
  nothing to fear, but His displeasure, 
  nothing to seek, but His approbation. 
If my Heavenly Father is pleased with me — it is enough.
What a comfort it is to know that my God is easily pleased — that it is not the amount of what I do — but the motive from which I do it, which He looks at! He is pleased with my poorest performances, with my most imperfect services, with only a cup of cold water given to one of His children — if my object is to please Him!

In everything I do, I should ask, "Is this pleasing to God?" If so, all is well.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do — do it all for the glory of God!" 1 Corinthians 10:31. This is the rule — and we should walk by it.
 

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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
CLOUDY SKIES
Isaiah 59

1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.


I wonder why we can't get through to God sometimes?
Verse 2 gives us the answer. Our sins are the reason, God will not hear us.
When it is cloudy and damp, is the sun still shining? Well Yes!. But it cannot penetrate the mass of clouds and likewise with God. If we have sin in our life, we are blocking out the sunshine of God's presence.
David that Great man of God experienced the loss of God's presence in his life. But he wrote great psalms of repentance such as Psalms 32 and 51.
The apostle John tells us in 1 John 1:7-2:2, that there is forgiveness and cleansing, when we admit our sin and come to the cross.
Let me finish with a question?
Are you experiencing the full sunshine of God's presence or are the clouds of sin blocking it out?
God bless you
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God's child

(James Smith, "Our Father and Comforter")

"I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18

Tried Christian, you are not an orphan! You have a Father! God, in all the glory of His nature and perfections, is your Father! He has adopted you for his own. He has regenerated you by his Spirit. He has called you out of the world, and has promised to do a father's part unto you. He says, "I will be a Father unto you!" 

Do you need advice? Consult your Father. 

Do you need supplies? Ask them of your Father. 

Are you tormented with cares? Cast them on your Father. 

Are you alarmed at foes? Cry unto your Father. 

Do your difficulties appear insurmountable? Appeal to your Father.

We should . . .
  exercise confidence in His love; 
  trust in His Word; 
  appeal to His paternal heart; 
  look for our supplies from His hand.

He loves to see His children . . .
  confide in His care, 
  rely on His word,
  expect His communications,
  and acquiesce in His will. 

Believer, 
whatever trials may befall you, 
whatever troubles may come upon you, 
whatever enemies may rise up against you, 
whatever changes may take place in your circumstances, 
one thing can never befall you--you can never be fatherless; therefore you can never be friendless. You are God's child, however poor your circumstances, or trying your path. 

What an unspeakable mercy!





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This is timely, please read and share. The church esp in the USA has received another wake up call.. how many do you need church. We have very large fireworks.. and to be honest.. thewy should be lit right beneath the church.. maybe then it would WAKE UP




IF YOU ARE UPSET READ EZEKIEL CHAPTERS 33 AND 62




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Onward to the Rescue!


James Smith, 1860






A house in the neighborhood was on fire, and the alarm soon spread. Life was in danger, and all felt concerned. Young and old, rich and poor, male and female, ran off in the direction of the burning house. Everyone was ready to lend a hand. All were alive, awake, and on the alert. The firemen were in their place, the engines were soon in full play, the inhabitants were all rescued, and some of the property was saved. Human nature had a fine opportunity of manifesting its sympathy, and display its benevolence. Everyone was talking of the fire, of the amount of property destroyed, of the danger in which the inhabitants were placed, and all seemed to rejoice in their safety. All this was as it should be. A few spent their time in speculating upon how the fire began, instead of helping to put it out; and some thought more of what might have been the consequences if there were no engines, or if there had not been plenty of water, or if the firemen had not been on the spot, or if the neighbors had not been willing to help; neither of these parties were of much use. But in general the motto was, "Onward to the rescue!"



There was a cry heard, "A boat has tipped over, and a number of people are in the river!" Everyone that heard felt, and everyone that felt ran towards the river. Some labored at the boats to get them into the water, others manned them, and struck off toward that part of the river where the poor creatures were struggling for their lives. Some who could swim plunged into the water, and at the risk of their own lives, were determined to try and save others. All was excitement, until it was announced that all were saved.
Soon it was discovered that one was missing; again all were on the alert, some dived to the bottom of the river, others got out the drags, others made all necessary preparations to restore suspended animation, if the poor creature should be found in time. Hour after hour the river was dragged to find the corpse of the missing one; and though twelve were saved and only one lost — the loss of that one cast a gloom over all. No one thought of reward, or loss of time, or injury to clothes — but all worked freely and as for life.
True, there were some here who would talk of those who upset the boat, their folly and blame, etc, instead of trying to rescue them; and some would speculate upon the consequences if it had happened in the night, or when the tide was in, or if the wind had been rough; but these speculators did no good, gained no credit, nor did they stand high among their philanthropic fellow-men. Generally the idea felt was,"onward to the rescue!"

In a back street of the town, a multitude of immortal souls were perishing in their sins, perishing for lack of knowledge. An eternal Hell was before them — but they had no thought of it. A way of escape was near them — but they did not seem to be aware of it. They lived, they died, and no one seemed to regard them. Yet there was a Christian Church in that town, and they met for worship not far from this very street. They were entrusted with the means of salvation for these very people. They were commanded by Christ to go out among them, and compel them to come in to the Gospel feast. They were told of the duty that devolved upon them, and of the honor of saving souls from death. Yet week after week, month after month passed away — but no stir was made, no means were used; there was no excitement, no effort, no move — though souls were sinking into the flames, and perishing in the pit of Hell. Some spoke of the degraded state of the street, some tried to trace out the origin of its degradation, some thought it a nuisance to the town — but no one went to the rescue!
Was this Christianity? Was this humanity? Will not those who ran to rescue their fellow-creatures from the fire, rise up in judgment, and condemn such professors as these? Ought not their motto to have been, "onward to the rescue!"


In a certain village lived a number of poor creatures steeped in ignorance, and very wicked. They knew not their real state in the sight of God, or the danger to which they were exposed as breakers of his law. They sat in darkness and in the shadow of death. To them nomessenger of mercy carried the glad tidings of salvation. To them no one told the tale of redeeming love. They were . . .
born in sin, 
lived in ignorance, 
and died without hope!

Yet within a few miles Christians lived and worshiped, and those Christians were commanded by their Lord and Savior to go and teach all the nations, and they did subscribe to send the Gospel to the heathen afar off — and yet allowed these souls to perish at their very doors. They were commanded to preach the Gospel to every creature — but, as if these were not fellow-creatures, they never carried the Gospel to them, nor sought to win them for Christ.
Surely those who ran, toiled, and risked their lives, to rescue the poor creatures in the river from a watery grave, will rise up in the judgment and condemn these; for they all ventured to save their fellows from a temporal death, whereas these made no effort to save their neighbors from eternal death. Their motto was not, "onward to the rescue!"

A young man regularly attended the preaching of God's Word, and was often impressed by it, and was brought under concern of mind. Often did he wish that someone in the congregation would speak to him about his soul; yet no one ever did. He often sat side by side with a professed Christian; but no loving word was ever spoken to him, no kind encouragement was ever given him. The Church professed to seek the salvation of sinners, and to feel a special interest in the young; but where was the proof of it? The minister preached and prayed as if he really desired to save all present, and exhorted his people to co-operate with him in saving souls from death; but in vain he exhorted them. They were cold and formal, indifferent and unconcerned.
The young man was stumbled, discouraged, and disheartened, and at length gave up attending there altogether. Can we wonder at it? Yet such people are cautioned to beware, lest they hinder the Gospel of Christ, and are exhorted to become all things to all men, that they may by any means save some. Surely their motto was not, "onward to the rescue!"

An old man lived many years in one house at the corner of a street — and he lived without hope, and without God in the world. In that street there lived those who professed to be the disciples of the Son of God, and by that old man's door, many professors regularly passed to the house of prayer. Yet at no time did anyone ever take the old man by the hand, saying, "Come with us, and we will do you good." Never did anyone pay that old man a special visit to talk with him about his soul and the Savior. Never was he directly spoken to as if he had any interest in the Gospel, or as if the Lord Jesus had at any time, by any of his people, sent a message to him. He therefore looked upon religion as a mere form, and thought it was all very well for religious people — but he need not concern himself about it. Poor old sinner! his hair grew grey, his forehead became wrinkled, and his heart became as hard as a millstone, and his case seems to have become hopeless.
Now someone is to blame here. Who is it? Did no one's conscience ever speak when passing that old man's door? Did the Spirit never whisper, "Go tell that old man of Jesus?" If he had fallen down in a fit — many would have run to his help; or if he had been attacked by a bull — many would have run to his rescue. But he may live in sin, die in sin, and be damned for his sin, and no one trouble about it. O that every Christian's motto was, "Onward to the rescue!"

Brethren, such cases are fearfully common, and are deeply to be deplored. We are acting wrongly, or no street in the town would be left unvisited by the children of God — no village in the country would be without a Sunday-school, the preaching of the pure Gospel, and a regular course of visitation — no person would be allowed to attend our sanctuaries twice or thrice, without being spoken to, and encouraged to flee from the wrath to come; nor would anyone live within the reach of a believer, without being warned of his danger, invited to hear the Gospel, and directed to the Lamb of God for life and peace.
We are truly guilty concerning our brethren; there is utterly a fault among us, and the sooner it is mended, the better. We are not half awake to our duties, our responsibilities, and our dangers! We are not like the woman of Samaria, or Philip of Bethsaida, or Saul of Tarsus, or our great model — the Lord Jesus! O for grace from God to see our fault, to deplore our folly, to seek pardon for our sin, and to determine that in future we will speak to all we can of Jesus, do all we can for Jesus, and make it the grand end of life to save souls from eternal death. Sinners are perishing! Let our motto be, "Onward to the rescue!" Souls are dying in sin! Let us "Onward to the rescue!" And let us cry in the ears of the Lord's people all around us, as we point them to immortal beings perishing in their sins, "Onward to the rescue! Onward to the rescue!"

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SIT AT THE FEET OF GOD
 
Luke 10
 
38Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.
39And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord's feet and was listening to His teaching.
40But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
41But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
42There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [[j]that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.

I love this passage of Scripture. It centres around the choices made by the two sisters.

When I was a young Christian, I was warned about the barrenness of a busy life. This is so true, when lots of us are so busy with doing this or that job, within our church situation.

Don't get me wrong, serving the Lord is not wrong, indeed it is good, but sometimes it is not the BEST THING.. AMEN.

Before, we can give out to people, we must receive from the Lord. We must take the conscious decision to sit at the feet of Jesus.

The beautiful words of invitation of Our Lord, should always, be taken up.. Amen?. How often do we refuse this invitation?

Matthew 11

29Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([a]relief and ease and refreshment and [b]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

Jesus had to say to his disciples in Mark 6

31And He said to them, As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while--for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat.

As believers, we must set apart quality time, for our Lord. This means taking decisions on what we do, maybe this will mean turning off the TV, this my friend is redeeming the time. By doing this, you are buying back that time and putting it to the BEST USE.. AMEN?

So many believers are like Martha, they are too busy to hear from the Lord, or they hear snatches or fragments of what He says. Are you prepared believer to be like Mary and to sit and receive from Jesus?.

Or will you be like Martha, undertaking many jobs and activities, but  not achieving very much.

Believer, the  most precious time you have is time with the Saviour, sat at his feet, receiving from Him, learning of Him.

Before the Day of Pentecost, The disciples spent 40 days, being taught by Jesus. They were instructed by the Lord, in a forty day Bible school. What happened there gave them a solid foundation for what was going to happen. Just imagine being taught by Jesus face to face. When we set aside time to be with HIM, he promises to come and meet with us Revelation 3:20 and James 4:8-10.

When we sit at his feet, he wants to reveal HIMSELF to us in a new and deeper way.

Please take time to sit at the feet of the Master and learn of Him.

God bless you

Keith
 

Guest Devotion by Mick Alexander

You Don't Have To Take It Any More
"Sin shall not be your master." (Rom. 6:14)
I don't think that there can be greater heartache than knowing Jesus and yet still be a slave to sin. It's common knowledge that there are many churchgoers secretly addicted to pornography, alcohol, drugs and other sins. They don't want to be that way but don't know how to overcome their slavery to unrighteousness and their hearts ache because of the darkness that is hidden within them. They feel great shame but put on happy faces. Only they, and God, know the awful shame that is deep within their souls. They want to change but remain as they are because no one has ever told them that they don't have to take it any more, that is, they don't have to take sin any more. Jesus came to set the captives free so that no one has to remain a slave to sin. In John 8:34, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin," BUT He continued on to say, "if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). So, if you are battling with the likes of pornography, alcohol or drugs, then you too can be freed and enter into the wonderful peace of God which comes when inner darkness is replaced with light. How is this done?
Firstly, Let's Look At Our Sinful Nature
There is no question that we will be influenced by our sinful nature until we see Jesus but this does not mean that we have to give in to it. Many people say that we are only human and can't be free from slavery to sin despite the fact that Jesus says we can be. I once heard the following: "We have a body which gets hungry so we eat, a body which gets thirsty so we drink and a sinful nature so we will always sin." This is a terrible lie which leaves many souls burdened with the guilt of their sin. Jesus clearly says that He can free us. In Rom. 7:24-25, Paul openly admitted to the wickedness of his flesh when he said, "What a wretched man I am!" BUT he went on to say, "Who will rescue mefrom this body of death? Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Plainly, Paul tells us that through Jesus he was changed and rescued from his fleshy body of death. In Rom. 6:14, he said, "sin shall not be your master" and this is made possible through the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Empowers Us To Overcome Sin
God knows very well how weak we are so when we repent and accept Jesus He sends the Holy Spirit to live within us to guide us and to empower us to overcome our lusts. Through the Spirit we can be freed from our sinful nature as Gal. 5:16 so clearly states:"live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." This is not a fairy tale, it's God's Word and millions of Christians, past and present, can testify to being rescued from the worst of sins. The Bible says that God has no favourites so if you have not been rescued from your body of death then you can be sure that God is waiting to deliver you also. God has given us the ability and responsibility to live a holy life.
Ability And Responsibility
Firstly, regarding our ability, the reason God sends the Holy Spirit to live within us is to transform our lives so that we are able live a life which pleases Him. Speaking about the Spirit, 2 Pet. 1:3-4 says, "His divine power [the Holy Spirit] has given us everything we need for life and godliness [so that] you may participate in the divine nature andescape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." From these verses we can see that the divine power of the Spirit gives us the ability to escape the corruption of sin and live a godly life (see Ezek. 36:25-27 also).
Next, regarding our responsibility, we are commanded to "live by the Spirit." We do this by repenting with all our heart, soul, mind and strength whenever the Spirit convicts us of sin. If, for example, pornography is a problem to you then the next time you desire it, fight it with all your might and call upon God to strengthen you to resist. You can be sure that God loves you as much as He loves any other person and will strengthen you to overcome when you are truly repentant. If your repentance is half-hearted then God will not deliver you because He sees that you love your sin more than His righteousness. You have to come to the point where you hate your sin as much as He does. When you reach that point, and call out to Him in repentance, He will rescue you and change your heart attitude toward that sin so that you can resist it when tempted in the future. When temptation comes again, and it will, you have to stand firm and not give in to it in the least otherwise you will be hooked again and have to start over. James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." God does not lie so believe this with all your heart, resist sin with all your strength, and you will be freed.
Pornography, alcohol and drugs are not the only addictive sins. In a sense, all sins are addictive. Many churchgoers are addicted to gossip, hate, jealousy, etc. and these sins need to be repented of in the same way as pornography, alcohol and drugs. Gal. 5:19:21 lists many other sins which will exclude people from the kingdom of God.
Finally
You don't have to take it any more. Jesus offers you freedom from the burden of sin. Don't believe the lie that has many thinking, "That's just me. I'm only human." If you are caught up in sin then I urge you to accept Jesus' loving invitation: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:28-30).

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PRAISE IS RISING
Psalm 89
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
 
My question is a very simple one.
 
How much do we fear God and have reverence for Him?
 
Especially when we go into His house. 
 
I know that I sometimes go into God's house in a manner that is not true in heart worship.
 
Sometimes before the service in many sanctuaries there is the chatter of small talk among the people of God. Surely this shouldn't be the case.
 
I am just asking myself this question as much as you, 
 
Do I go into God's house to worship and praise Him or to meet with my friends or to exchange the latest news with other members of the congregation?
  
A final thought is God reverenced and feared in my/your life?
 
If he was reverenced and feared in my/your life and the life of the church, then there would be:
 
Zero tolerance to sin
A true heart of worship
No gossip and backbiting within the church
A greater hunger for God's word 
A greater urge to pray
A heart for the lost
 
And a hunger after God himself, as He is given the reverence due to his name.
 
I write these things to myself as much as anybody, as this is an area, that I fall down on myself
 
God bless you
 
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Guest Devotion by Sherry Cook
 PSALMS 17 PRAYER WITH CONFIDENCE IN FINAL SALVATION
Psalm 17 (NKJV)
17 Hear a just cause, O Lord, Attend to my cry; Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from Your presence; Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.
3 You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
David was not saying he was sinless. Indeed, he knew better. It was not a proud assumption of purity; it was an understanding of his relationship with God. He was not without sin, nevertheless, his relationship with God was one of close fellowship and constant repentance and forgiveness. His claim to goodness, therefore, came from his continual seeking after God.
Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV)
15 For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,
We don't get to heaven by never getting into trouble. We don't get there by walking a perfect walk before God. We get there by continually acknowledging our sins, repenting of them, asking God again to forgive our short comings, getting back into PEACE, and marching on in JESUS.
Psalms 17:4-8 NKJV
4 Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
5 Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.
6 I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
7 Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
The apple of one's eye is in the CENTER of his eye. His eye is always ON them. WE are the apple of God's eye. It is right to pray, as David did, for God to protect us. We must not conclude, however, that we have somehow missed God's protection if we experience problems. God's protection has far greater purposes than just in helping us avoid pain, though He WILL do that at times; it is to make us better servants for Him. God often protects us by guiding us through circumstances, not necessarily by helping us escape them.
The shadow of Thy wings is a figure of speech symbolizing God's protection. He guards us just as a mother bird protects her young by covering them with her wings.
Psalms 17:9-15 NKJV
9 From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly.
11 They have now surrounded us in our steps; They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,
12 As a lion is eager to tear his prey, And like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13 Arise, O Lord, Confront him, cast him down; Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,
14 With Your hand from men, O Lord, From men of the world who have their portion in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure. They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.
15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
We deceive ourselves when we measure our happiness or contentment in life by the amount of wealth we possess. When we put riches at the top of our value system, their power, pleasure, and security overshadow the eternal value of our relationship with God. We think we will be happy or content when we get riches, only to discover that they don't really satisfy and the pleasures fade away. (have you ever come into a largish amount of money? I have a time or two, and the thing I've seen is that cash tends to fall through one's fingers. It's here, then it's not. God's provision is continual.) The true measurement of happiness or contentment is found in God's love and in doing His will. You will find true happiness if you put your relationship with God above EVERYTHING else. The word AWAKE shows that David believed in life after death. Although belief in resurrection was not widespread in the Old Testament times, several verses show that it was partially understood, as this verse does. David meant he would become a SPIRIT after his death.
 

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ONLY ONE WAY TO SALVATION



 
Isaiah 53

11 He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord].  

I just love this verse.
Have you wondered what was the travail of the Soul of Jesus. We catch a glimpse of that in the Garden.. when it says that great drops of Blood were pouring off Him. The agony of the cross was so awful.. it is completely beyond our comprehension and thoughts.
What was the Travail of His soul for. Had it a purpose?
IN Romans chapter 5. Paul sheds light on the reason for our Lord's sacrifice. It was to justify sinful men and women like us before a holy God. Only The spotless Lamb of God could do this.. there is only one way to salvation and that is through faith in the spotless Lamb Of God.
Romans 5

1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified ([a]acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).


2 Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God's favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.

17 For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
18 Well then, as one man's trespass [one man's false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man's act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men.
In our Key verse we read that Jesus will see the fruit of his travail.. what is His fruit.. us of Course.  
There will be a day when we as believers will see Him face to face, we shall look into the face of the One who gave His life to redeem us. I honestly believe this brethren, that Jesus will personally introduce us to His Father and our Father and just say Dad.. this is one of the Children.. that You have given Me.
I long for that Day.. honestly this is something that totally thrills me.. All pain, all sickness, everything will be gone.. we will be with Him.
What a wonderful and blessed day that will be, it will be beyond description and beyond our wildest dreams.
Our Saviour is totally awesome.
Glory and honour to the Lamb who was slain and lives for evermore.. and all God's people shouted..AMEN
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Revelation 5:9
Revelation 7:9-10

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Guest Devotion by Jerry Miller


Christianity and Church Isn't About Putting On A Show
 

I am empathically letting you know that I am in no way targeting Pentecostals.What I am about to describe goes on in many churches and denominations in one form or another regardless of what they "label" themselves as.  
 
I watched a few minutes of a televangelist show tonight. A few minutes were all I could stomach. I don't even know why they refer to themselves as "evangelist" when none of their televised shows ever include a message of the Gospel. Christians most often hear sales pitches to "sow financial seed to their ministry and set in motion there way to health, wealth, and prosperity in all they endeavor to do."  
 
I have to admit, the "preacher" really put on a good show. 
 
That's not the plan Jesus has in mind for those who teach and preach in His name.  
 
Matthew 23: 1-6 ~ Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,"The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the Scriptures. So practice and obey whatever they say to you, but don't follow their example. They don't practice what they teach. They crush you with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to help ease the burden."Everything they do is for show." 
 
This televangelist worked himself into a sweat and a fevered frenzy. He claimed he felt the Holy Spirit come over him. He turned to the choir and got them to sing an upbeat song. He told the congregation to stand up and shout for Jesus. Then he did what he called a "dance in the spirit." He was shaking like a twig in a tornado.  
 
Before long, he began to speak in an unknown tongue, but no one was there to interpret what was said.  
 
People were falling to the ground, supposedly slain in, by, or with the Holy Spirit. 
 
I have searched the Bible and no where does it state that we "feel" the Holy Spirit.There are evidences of the Holy Spirit's presence, but no mention of "Holy Ghost Goose Bumps." The Bible mentions the power of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and the fruits of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit does place a calling upon us that will not go away. These are not feeling. They are the still small voice of the Holy Spirit telling of God's will for us. 
 
No where does the Bible encourage the use of tongues unless there is an interpreter present. 
 
1 Corinthians 14:27-28"If anyone speaks in an [unknown] tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by turn; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 
 
No where does the Bible mention a Christian being "slain" (caused to fall upon the ground and lose consciousness by the Holy Spirit.)Ever mention of the word slain in the KJV means "killed." 
 
The Bible does mention shouting unto or for the Lord but the Greek and Hebrew words used do not mean to shout "Whoopee!"They refer to cry aloud in summons, exhortation of wisdom; to give a ringing cry of words expressing joy, exultation, praise; to sing out. 
 
No where are we told in the Bible that the Holy Spirit will cause us or to make us dance.There Is No Holy Ghost "Jig"spoken of in the Bible. The Bible does mention dancing before the Lord due to our personal joy and praise. King David once danced through the streets of Jerusalem in praise of the Lord. 
 
Psalms 149:3-5 "Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation. Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds." 
 
No where does the Bible teach that a preacher is to emotionally stir a crowd into a state of frenzy.Jesus always calmed those who came to hear Him teach, and if the crowd got emotionally worked up, He would leave.  
 
Going to church to see and participate in an emotionally charged show is unbiblical.We meet together so that everyone can learn of God, and be encouraged in our daily walk with Him. We gather to give thanks, to sing His praises, and to comfort each other. 
 
1 Corinthians 14:26-33 "Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize what I am saying. When you meet, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given to him or her, one will speak in an unknown language, while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord. No more than two or three should speak in an unknown language. They must speak one at a time, and someone must be ready to interpret what they are saying. But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately. Let two or three prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can wait their turn. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the other churches. 
 
Colossians 3:15-17 "And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.   
 
If you want to be entertained or you want to be part of a show, that's ok. But doing so when a group of people have gathered to be taught the Word of God to pray and to worship is not the place to do so. Church and Christianity isn't about putting on a show that excites you. 
 
You and I can entertain one another if we please at our homes our going out for the evening. We can watch a movie, tell jokes, put on a show for one another (such as a acting out characters or anything that is not sinful. I have a great sense of humor. I love to make people laugh and use my numerous old man voices and made up stories about the staff and other "guest" in the nursing home I rent.
  
The greatest danger is in believing that the Holy Spirit only "shows up" when everyone is on an emotional "high" is that Satan can easily do something to make you feel all emotional. 
 
Another great danger is in believing and teaching a congregation that the Holy Spirit is not present in a church service or in an individual's life if there isn't some running down the aisles, shouting, falling into a trance, and feeling all tingly.  
 
Sadly those who don't do these actions are told that there is some sin in their life that prevents the Holy Spirit from setting them free to be a part of the excitement.  
 
Let me clearly state that you are sadly mistaken if you believe I am talking badly about Pentecostal Christians and congregations. In one way or another things like what I have described take place in many congregations of whatever that prefer to "label" themselves as.





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BY HIS STRIPES - YOU WERE SAVED
 
Hebrews 1
 
 3 He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty WORD of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high.




In this day and age, there is lots of debate on Who Jesus is. The writer of Hebrews, whether it was the Apostle Paul or someone else, knows exactly, who Jesus is and makes this clear, right at the start of this book.
 
The book of Hebrews has as one of it's themes the High priestly status of the Lord. Another theme is that the sacrifice of Calvary that was so amazing and beyond our comprehension.
 
In future days, many will come and say that they are the Christ, but here in this verse, the writer says that Jesus is the sole expression of God's glory. We must never be led astray by people stating they have some revelation from God and that they speak with the same authority of Jesus, they are teaching a false and fraudulent gospel my friends.
 
I just love what the writer says about Jesus.



I truly hate it, when people used the name of Jesus as a cuss word, the one who holds the very universe in His hand. It should hurt our hearts, that anyone should say bad things about our saviour and glorious Lord.. how dare they.


I wonder if the writer had been on the mount of transfiguration?. He would of surely heard about that wonderful occasion.. amen. It talks of radiance.. it talks of purity and majesty, that is what Jesus is all about.


Jesus is our closest friend..our saviour, but he is brilliantly majestic.. amen. One day we are going to be awed and surrounded by the awesome majestic purity, that the Father and Son have
 
What Jesus did at Calvary was totally astounding and mind blowing.. Amen?  The one who holds the whole world in his hands gave up so much and took upon Himself the form of a man.  


We need to tell the world, who He really is... Amen.
 
Let us never lose sight of who HE really is.. just as the writer to the Hebrews said He WAS AND IS!.. AMEN


 
God bless you
 
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Guest Devotion by Richard Baxter


Infant Christians?

(Richard Baxter, "Directions to Weak Christians")


The church is full of feeble, unstable,
wavering, infant Christians! 

How few Christians keep any
constant watch upon their hearts? 

How many Christians feed on covetous,
proud, malicious or lustful thoughts, and
have no great concern over it? 

Where are those Christians who
acquainted with the life of faith? 

How few Christians can use their
prosperity in riches, health, and
reputation with a heavenly mind? 

How little hearty love do most
Christians have to Christ? 

Alas, how much pride prevails with many
that seem to be good Christians? 

How worldly, how closed-handed, and
eager for gain, are many Christians
who say that they despise the world? 

How few are the Christians that are
eminent in humility, meekness and self
denial; that are willing to be nothing
so that Christ may be all in all? 

How many Christians live as men devoted to God? 

How many Christians live with the world
under their feet, and their hearts above
with God, making him their delight? 

How many Christians long to be with Jesus,
to be rid of sin, see his blessed face, and
live in his love and praises? 

Where is the man who is eminent in
humility, patience and self-denial? 

Where are those who have crucified
the flesh with its desires and lusts? 

What a lamentable case it is, that the church
should consists of so many infant Christians!



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THE CROSS OF CALVARY
 
1 Peter 2
 
24He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [g][as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. 
 

25For you were going astray like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian (the Bishop) of your souls.

What wonderful verses.. Amen.
 
I have been a christian for a long time, and sometimes the joy of my salvation can fade. It is at such times that I need to come back to verses like these and remind myself, that my salvation is totally beyond words and totally beyond my comprehension.
 
These verses  show some wonderful things.
 
In verse 24, it says that he personally bore our sins in His body. The sacrifice of Jesus, was personal and it was dramatic. Every wrong thought, we have ever thought, every wrong action, we have ever done and every wrong motive, we have ever had, was laid on Him.. The spotless and faultless Lamb of God.
 
To me that is the greatest antidote to a christian sinning. Looking at the cross, how can we can continue to sin?. It is also the greatest motive for living full out for God.. Amen. Seeing what Jesus has done for us.. How can we not live totally sold out for Him?
 
Through the sacrifice of Jesus we have been brought back to God. Jesus has won our salvation, we are restored to God, because of Jesus and the sacrifice of Calvary.
 
The Cross of Calvary puts all our service for God into perspective. We think, we have done great things for Him, but nothing comes close to what Jesus did for us.. Amen.
 
Every act of service needs to come under the spotlight of Calvary. We need to examine our lives in light of Calvary.. Amen.
 
I love what the Amplified says in it's margin.. because of Calvary, we have ceased to exist. Yes that's right, we are no longer our own, we are Under new ownership.. the ownership of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
 
I hope this blesses you
 
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Guest Teaching by James Smith


(James Smith, "The Proper Aim of a Christian's Life" 1856)
"Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus, to do this more and more!" 1 Thessalonians 4:1
In every place, 
in every circumstance, 
in every undertaking--
the Christian should ask, "Is this pleasing to God?"

God is pleased or displeased . . .
  with every thought we think, 
  with every word we speak, 
  with every action we perform,
  with every emotion we feel.

Perhaps we do not sufficiently realize this. We think, speak, feel, and act--without ever considering whether we are pleasing God, or not. But this ought not to be, for He . . .
  gave us our being, 
  redeemed us from sin and damnation, 
  called us by His grace, and 
  has blessed us with innumerable and interminable blessings--
and all that we may glorify Him! And how can we glorify Him--but by habitually aiming to please Him? If we forget or lose sight of this--we forget and lose sight of the principal end of our being, and well-being.

For instance, the manner in which I employ my spare time--the amount of time I give to  recreation or entertainment. Many Christians seem never to think whether the way in which they spend their time, is pleasing to God or not. If they did, would they ever go to some entertainments, or indulge in certain pleasures? Would the world have so much of their time, and the prayer-closet so little? How much time is wasted in frivolous ways, which are neither conducive to the health of the body, nor calculated to promote the spirituality of the mind.
Also, how many squander their money on dress, ornaments, or delicacies for the body--who never relieve the poor, or contribute to establish God's cause in the world; or if they do so at all, it is not in due proportion to their means. The pence are given to the Lord--the pounds are spent in the gratification of SELF!
If, when I am going to lay out money in ornaments or dress, or indulgences for the table, I was to ask, "Is this pleasing to God?"--would it not check my lavish expenditure? Would it not often change the course in which my money flows?
"And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way." Colossians 1:10
My object in everything I do--should be to please God. The one grand end of my life, the grand thing I am to aim at--is to please my Heavenly Father. I have . . .
  nothing to dread, but His frown, 
  nothing to fear, but His displeasure, 
  nothing to seek, but His approbation. 
If my Heavenly Father is pleased with me--it is enough. 
What a comfort it is to know that my God is easily pleased--that it is not the amount of what I do--but the motive from which I do it, which He looks at! He is pleased with my poorest performances, with my most imperfect services, with only a cup of cold water given to one of His children--if my object is to please Him!

In everything I do, I should ask, "Is this pleasing to God?" If so, all is well.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do--do it all for the glory of God!" 1 Corinthians 10:31. This is the rule--and we should walk by it.

 
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