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The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:

  1 cross

  3 nails
  --------
  4 given
  
That's the whole gospel message simply stated.

 

He is..........

He is the First and Last,
 The Beginning and the End!
 He is the keeper of Creation
 and the Creator of all!
 He is the Architect of the universe
 and the Manager of all times.
 He always was,
 He always is,
 and He always will be...
 unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!

 He was bruised and brought healing!
 He was pierced and eased pain!
 He was persecuted and brought freedom!
 He was dead and brought life!
 He is risen and brings power!
 He reigns and brings Peace!

 The world can't understand him,
 The armies can't defeat Him,
 The schools can't explain Him,
 and The leaders can't ignore Him.

 Herod couldn't kill Him,
 The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him,
 and The people couldn't hold Him!

 Nero couldn't crush Him,
 Hitler couldn't silence Him,
 The New Age can't replace Him!
 He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.
 He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
 He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.

 His ways are right,
 His word is eternal,
 His will is unchanging,
 and His mind is on me.

 He is my Savior,
 He is my guide, and
 He is my peace!
 He is my Joy,
 He is my comfort,
 He is my Lord, and
 He rules my life!

 I serve Him because
 His bond is love,
 His burden is light,
 and His goal for me is abundant life.

 I follow Him because
 He is the wisdom of the wise,
 the power of the powerful,
 the ancient of days,
 the ruler of rulers,
 the leader of leaders,
 the overseer of the overcomers,
 and is to come.
 And if that seems impressive to you,
 try this for size.

 His goal is a relationship with ME!
 He will never leave me,
 never forsake me,
 never mislead me,
 never forget me,
 never overlook me,
 and never cancel my appointment in His
 appointment book!

 When I fall, He lifts me up!
 When I fail, He forgives!
 When I am weak, He is strong!
 When I am lost, He is the way!

 When I am afraid, He is my courage!
 When I stumble, He steadies me!
 When I am hurt, He heals me!
 When I am broken, He mends me!
 When I am blind, He leads me!
 When I am hungry, He feeds me!

 When I face trials, He is with me!
 When I face persecution, He shields me!
 When I face problems, He comforts me!
 When I face loss, He provides for me!
 When I face Death, He carries me Home!

 He is everything for everybody everywhere,
 every time, and every way.
 He is God, He is faithful.
 I am His, and He is mine!
 My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.
 So, if you're wondering why I feel so secure, understand
 this...

 He said it and that settles it.
 God is in control,
 I am on His side,
 and that means all is well with my soul.
 Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!

It Depends Whose Hands It's In

 


A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGwire's hands is worth $19 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Venus Williams' hands is a Championship Winning.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends whose hands it's in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid's toy
A sling shot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God's hands will feed thousands.
It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse
Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will  produce salvation for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it's in.  So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your
relationships in God's hands because...

It depends whose hands it's in.

TRUST IN GOD

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it:  

YOU SAY

GOD SAYS

BIBLE VERSES

You say: "It's impossible"

God says: All things are possible

(Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"

God says: I will give you rest

(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"

God says: I love you

(John 3:16 & John 3:34)

You say: "I can't go on"

God says: My grace is sufficient

(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"

God says: I will direct your steps

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"

God says: You can do all things

(Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able"

God says: I am able

(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"

God says: It will be worth it

(Roman 8:28)

You say: "I can't forgive myself"

God says: I Forgive you

(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"

God says: I will supply all your needs

(Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"

God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear

(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"

God says: Cast all your cares on ME

(I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I don't have enough faith"

God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith

(Romans 12:3)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"

God says: I give you wisdom

(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"

God says: I will never leave you or forsake you

(Hebrews 13:5)

With God All The Time

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

If our earthly house . . . is destroyed, we have a building from God, . . . eternal in the heavens. —2 Corinthians 5:1


It was the summer between Melissa's sophomore and junior years of high school. She and her friend Mandy were in Spain on a trip with their Spanish class, and they stayed up one night in their hotel room for a serious discussion. They had just seen a report on the BBC about some teens who had died in an accident, and they started talking about death.

Melissa told Mandy that she could not figure out why Christians were afraid to die. After all, she told her, when a Christian dies, he or she gets to be "with God all the time." What could be better than that? Melissa wondered.

How do I know about this conversation? Mandy shared this story with me and my wife shortly after we lost our precious 17-year-old daughter in a car accident in 2002. We have been comforted by this story, because it reminds us that Melissa knew she was saved, and she was confident that she would spend eternity with her Savior. We just never expected that she would be "with God all the time" so suddenly and so early in her life.

Do you have the assurance that Melissa had, that if you were to die you would be in God's presence forever? (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Make sure of your salvation today. Then you won't need to be afraid to die. —Dave Branon

MAKING SURE
Admit that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23; 7:23).
Believe in Jesus for forgiveness (John 1:12; 3:16).
Confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9).

If you make room for Jesus in your heart, He will make room for you in heaven.


(This devotion taken from Our Daily Bread)

Find "Our Daily Bread" at the Radio Bible Class site.

THE MARTYR’S OATH

14 January 2007

Still weary from jet lag, I was up at 3 a.m. this morning, and looking through my notes from recent days. I was quieted by a simple slip of paper in my speaking notebook. As I unfolded the note, I marveled at the short nature of the note, and yet the profound impact it has had on me. Scribbled on the top of the page were two words: “Martyr’s Oath.”

I am unsure where I came across this oath. Such oaths are common in the lands of my people, where Christians face death on a regular basis. In the past few years, versions of it have appeared in Persian and Arab countries, usually scrawled in hurried handwriting. It is not uncommon to hear of Christians even incorporating it in their wedding vows, as they begin their lives together as evangelists and church planters in lands where conversion to Jesus as Lord is a capital offense.

I do know that part of this oath is similar to the one taken in India, by graduating students of the Bible Institute run by Samuel Thomas, one of our modern Christian heroes. At that amazing school, a student must take this vow publicly during the commencement, or they will not recieve their diploma. At the climax of the ceremony, these graduates rise to their feet, raise their hand, and repeat similar words to these:

TODAY, I stand as a dead man. I declare that in Jesus Christ, I am saved by His blood, and thus I am dead to sin, and no longer dead in my sin.

TODAY, I stand and declare that I surrender my will and my life, to His will and His life.

I shall go where He sends me, without asking questions.

I shall go to whomever He sends me, without seeking fame.

I shall preach to everyone, even if they hate me.

I am an Ambassador of the Cross, and must deliver the Message.

I shall pour my life out to reach my family, my friends, my neighbors, and my city.

I embrace the shame of the Cross, and I fear nothing but God.

I welcome suffering, shame, persecution, beatings, imprisonment and death, but I will not be silenced.

If I am killed, I pray that my blood should be a harvest for souls.

This is my city. I dare not do less.

When I recently read this oath to the thousands of students in attendance at the Xtreme and Winterfest Winter Conferences, you could barely hear a pin drop, and for good reason. The ramifications of such a vow are sobering. And yet the consequences of not reaching the entire world for which Christ died are equally sobering- according to Ezekiel, blood will be on our hands.

One of the first degrees we initiated at Liberty Seminary was the Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies and Missions (see http://www.liberty.edu/academics/religion/seminary/index.cfm?PID=12792). It is a 36-hour Masters degree, specifically designed for the Christian willing to go anywhere, to do anything, and to reach anyone with the precious Gospel of Christ. It is not for the queasy, or for the half-hearted and comfortable. It is for those who are called, and strive for, absolute surrender to the will and work of God.
At Samuel Thomas’ school in India, following their being graduated, each student is given three items, and only three items.. We would all do well to emulate their committment. As they walk across the stage and recieve their diploma following their oath, each graduate takes into his possession: a new Bible, a new bicycle…and a one-way train ticket to their field of service.

They have no “Plan B.”

I encourage you to do the same. Find a great Seminary or Bible college, and begin your preparation. There are many great Bible-believing and evangelical schools, where you can get connected quickly in the mission work. Feel free to contact Liberty Theological Seminary for more information, if you feel led (434.592.4163). But above all, pray daily for those who serve on the razor’s edge of danger, rescuing the perishing.

 

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1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Email:

ergun@erguncaner.com

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