Thursday, March 18, 2010

Praise the Lord

Dear loving brothers and sisters,

Here, I like to share with you the story as how Our Lord, Jesus Christ touch Hamas Leader's son

Let us unit together to serve our Lord wholeheartedly.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HOW THE SON OF THE HAMAS LEADER CAME TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST -- PART TWO
By Joel C. Rosenberg
http://static.ixs1.net/site/1600/content/68321.jpg(Washington, D.C., March 3, 2010) -- The following is an interview I did with Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of the new book, Son of Hamas.

JOEL: How has your life changed since becoming a born again Christian? Specifically, how have your attitudes towards Israel changed since your dramatic conversion?

MOSAB: My conscience is not the same. This doesn't mean that I became a perfect person but at least when I do a mistake I know how to fix it and avoid it in the future. Today, I am free from sin because I am the son of the King. When I first understood how religion is imperfect in general - and in Islam in particular - and allowed myself to accept Christ as my personal Savior and get out of the box of religion, not only did Israel look different to me, I started to see everything differently. I remember one day walking in Jerusalem right after I studied the Scripture that says give to those who ask you. [Jesus said in Matthew 5:42, "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."] There was a homeless Jew in the Jewish side of Jerusalem, and I answered the call of the Lord to share with him some of the change in my pocket. Then I sat down and cried because I had the chance to understand the unconditional love God has for everybody. It was shocking to me that I never felt sorry for a homeless Jew. Then gradually - through God's grace and mercy, through the years - all humans became equal to me. My people see the sun every day but they never ask themselves why the sun shines on both east and west Jerusalem. The easiest thing to me was to hate my enemy but the real challenge was to love them. Later on I realized my enemy was not man anymore - not Israeli, not Palestinian - but sin and darkness within us.

JOEL: What can followers of Jesus do in real and practical ways to love the Palestinian people and reach them with the gospel of Jesus Christ?

MOSAB: This is an excellent question, thank you. Christians have a huge duty to love his neighbor and his enemy. Every Christian needs to carry this heavy cross. Loving Muslims and Palestinians is our responsibility. And our duty as Christians to show God's love toward Muslims is more important than governments, the United Nations and the international community. All of those don't have a clue how to deal with the Islamic problem. We know as Christians that the conflict is spiritual and ideological. You can't kill an idea. You have to replace it. Governments can send troops to change a regime or kill terrorists, but they don't have the type of weapons that we have - love and hope and grace. 
Today, I need from my Christian brothers and sisters to....

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Thanks and God bless,

James OH

Friday, March 5, 2010

Purpose driven life


This is my sermon for the day! Let it minister to you in person, and when it has; endeavor to share with others!
 



You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having 'wealth' from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,
  'Purpose Driven Life ' author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California. 
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said: 
  
People ask me, What is the purpose of life? 
  
And I respond: In a nutshell, 
life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.   
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body-- 
but not the end of me.   
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. 
God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity..   
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense
.   
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
   
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
   
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life
The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.   
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
   
I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth.. I don't believe that anymore.
   
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life..
  
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
   
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.
 
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems
:   
If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain.' But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
   
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
   
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life
.
   
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
   
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
   
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.
   
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
   
Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
   
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
   
We need to ask ourselves:
 Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?   
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism?
 Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?   
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. 
God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.  
That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.
   

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
   
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
   
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD..
   
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
   
Every moment, THANK GOD..
   

God's Blessings
 
 
HE ARRIVED THIS MORNING, WE HAD PRAYER; SPENT SOME TIME JUST TALKING, AND HE HELD ME FOR AWHILE BECAUSE I WAS HAVING A BAD MORNING..THEN, HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO YOUR PLACE. 

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When He gets to your PC, escort Him to the next stop.. Please don't allow Him to sleep on your PC. The message He is carrying is very important and needs to go round. May God bless you as you do this- AMEN.
 

Walking for Jesus!
Say a prayer, and then pass Him on to bless others.. Our assignment is to love and spread the gospel throughout the world.
Have a blessed day and touch somebody's life today!
 I just did. He's walking around the world - via e-mail!!
Pass it on!
 So He can get there. 


When you forward, put where He left in the subject box.
 
Thank you for sharing this to touch others.

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