Acts 11:22-24 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come , they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting . And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance . And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. ACTS 2: 1-5
Why don’t you plan a party for just you and the Holy Spirit? Better yet, invite some friends. Be certain to invite The Holy Spirit! It will be Blessed! Spend some time with Him today.
- The Bible Evidence of the Baptism of The Holy Spirit (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- Acts 9-10 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
You could be one of the most wonderful, productive, gifted persons that anyone has ever known; but only God; not even you….know what you lack…that is “compassion.”
Compassion is a form of love. Love has many facets. We as believers, are commanded to have compassion for others whether we know them…or not.
Missing this could cause one to miss heaven. That’s the password: LOVE.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Too many times, I’ve felt like I truly needed to say the right thing and I didn’t. But, the last time this happened, I was troubled. I didn’t say the right thing and as I was ” trying” to think of what I should have said…God downloaded it RIGHT IN MY HEART.
I should have said: “Are You Sure It’s Not A Test?”
Let me backtrack a little bit.
One of the prayer warriors, my dear friend Tina; who I speak about often…always …always helps for and with a cause when other people don’t necessarily do the same. If someone needs gas in their car, a p[lace to stay, counseling, encouraging, prayer…Tina is never too busy. I asked her about her reasoning and she replied that God asks us to love one another, be the good samaritan, encourage one another, forgive, help , do good works and she always knows that God is watching. She’s on a personal mission to prove herself worthy of service to God no matter what hardships she may face as a result of her sacrifices.
Most people are not like that. You see, it’s easy for most people to help someone that they know…but what about a stranger? That’s a challenge.
Even if we do help a stranger; do we really help enough? Or are we just doing the “minimum?”
Now, I say all of this because I’ve missed it a few times. But, I will not do it intentionally…not anymore. It’s too important to God…and He is too important to me!
God tells us to forgive 7 X 77; but most people are incapable of that much compassion.
God says love your enemies…but do we?
A friend not long ago felt extremely justified in saying that homeless people got on their nerves. Basically, they said they want to help homeless people “sometimes.” THAT IS VERY DANGEROUS THINKING. In shock, I looked around and found people agreeing with the complaintant! WHAT?
Our inability to help those who ask for help …no matter the circumstances…IS A TEST…it is a test of our ability to love others unconditionally. We can’t just try to do it; we have to do it.
So when I awake each day I will say Lord…bring on the test and enable me to pass them all!
- Don’t Be Reluctant …Prayer Warrior! by Elaine Davenport July 25, 2011 (prayerwarriors.wordpress.com)
- Rekindle The Fire! by Elaine Davenport July 24, 2011 (faithcenter.wordpress.com)
- Facing The Lion! by Elaine Davenport June, 2011 (faithcenter.wordpress.com)
2 Samuel 19:31-33
And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim and went across the Jordan with the king, to escort him across the Jordan. Now Barzillai was a very aged man, eighty years old. And he had provided the king with supplies while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very rich man. And the king said to Barzillai, “Come across with me, and I will provide for you while you are with me in Jerusalem.”
There are times when it’s entirely appropriate to get even with someone, however, NOT with those you think have wronged you, BUT with those you know who have helped you. David practiced this kind of “getting even” with Barzillai.
When the king fled from his son Absalom, he had been unable to gather the supplies needed to support himself and his followers in the wilderness. Hearing of this, a Gileadite from Rogelim named Barzillai and his friends brought “beds and basins, earthen vessels and wheat, barley and flour, parched grain and beans, lentils and parched seeds, honey and curds, sheep and cheese of the herd, for David and the people who were with him to eat. For they said, ‘The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness'” (2 Sam. 17:28-29). When the crisis was over and David was ready to return, his first desire was to “get even” with such kindness. He offered Barzillai the opportunity to feast at the king’s table for as long as he was in Jerusalem.
What an impact we Christians would have for good in this world if we tried to get even with those who have been kind to us. Instead of taking for granted the blessings God brings to you through other people, seek a way to return that kindness with kindness. That’s the kind of vengeance God approves of.
Have you been blessed today? Then get even. And if you can’t get even with the one who blessed you, pass the blessing on to someone else.
Get even with someone today–God’s way.
We want to wish you a Happy New Year! We pray for you daily and we are thankful to you for allowing us to share with you as we all take this faith journey in the earth together. We are confident that God wants to restore believers and to support us; but we know that these are the end times and we want to do our part.
You may note that our articles and our tone is much more serious and to that end…we believe that it benefit us all on our course that God has set before us.
If there were blizzardous conditions that presented themselves where we live; we’d have to stop or pause and think about being properly prepared as we entered into that weather….let’s do this as we enter into a new season in 2011. These are the end times.
Let’s pray more, let’s love one another like never before, let’s be supportive without conflict, gossip or any form of evil. But let us also be like minded with a total focus on the plan of God!
We’ll be pulling for you! Happy New Year’s From Cafe Sozo!!!
By the word of the prophets that we know do hear from god: “Everything’s Going To Be Alright!”…(that is provided that you stay on the course that God has put you on and obey His commands.) Stay close…
Some scriptures to keep in mind…
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. (1 Peter 4:7)
When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away. (Luke 21:9)
But not a hair on your head will perish. (Luke 21:18)
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Luke 21:10)
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11)
By standing firm you will gain life. (Luke 21:19)
When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. (Luke 21:20)
Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)
On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. (Luke 21:25)
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. (Luke 21:25)
Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. (Luke 21:26)
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28)
WHAT ABOUT 2011? (By Kenneth Copeland)
Please note that we highly regard Kenneth Copeland; He is a powerful man of God!
Thanks Deborah…I owe you.
God is good all over the world!!!!
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, congratulated Obama on his US election victory, saying it took the world into a “new era”.
Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi foreign minister, said Washington would not adopt a “quick disengagement” policy with Baghdad under the presidency of Barack Obama as a “great deal is at stake here”.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Zebari said: “I think it [Obama’s election] was a major, major change … although as far is Iraq is concerned I don’t believe there will be any changes overnight. And there won’t be any immediate disengagement because a great deal is at stake for everybody.
“I don’t think there is much difference between the Iraqi government position and President-elect Obama’s. He is contemplating withdrawing US forces within 16 months. We may have some difficulties with that time-line, but we also, in the status of forces agreement, set the date of 2011 as the date for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq . So really the differences are not very wide.”
Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, congratulated Obama on his victory, saying he hoped the Democrat would promote “peace and stability” in the region around Afghanistan.
“I hope that under your dynamic leadership, [the] United States will continue to be a source of global peace and new ideas for humanity,” he said in a statement, directed at Obama.
“I look forward to more opportunities to discuss ways to further strengthen Pakistan-US relations and to promote peace and stability in our region and beyond.”
Obama has riled Islamabad in the past, pledging that the US under his leadership would “take out” al-Qaeda and Taliban bases in Pakistan .
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, congratulated Obama and urged him to speed up efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
“President Abbas congratulates US president-elect Barack Obama in his name and in the name of the Palestinian people and hopes he will speed up efforts to achieve peace, particularly since a resolution of the Palestinian problem and the Israeli-Arab conflict is key to world peace,” Nabil Abu Rudeina, Abbas’s spokesman, said.
“President Abbas hopes the new administration will continue to make the peace efforts one of its top priorities.”
Meanwhile, Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, urged Obama to learn from the “mistakes” of previous US administrations in dealing with the Muslim and Arab worlds.
“He must learn from the mistakes of the previous administrations, including that of Bush which has destroyed Afghanistan , Iraq , Lebanon and Palestine ,” said Fawzi Barhum, a Hamas spokesman.
“He must improve US ties with the rest of the world rather than wave the big American stick.
“We want him to support the Palestinian cause or at least not to be biased towards the Israeli occupation. We have no problem establishing normal relations with the United States to explain our just cause.”
Israeli-US relations face “a bright future”, Ygal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel ‘s foreign ministry, said in reaction to Obama’s election to the White House.
“Israelis congratulate the two great friends of Israel , John McCain for his great campaign, Barack Obama for his historic victory.
“We are certain that Israeli-American friendship faces a bright future.”
Tzipi Livni, leader of the ruling Kadima party, recalled Obama’s visit to Israel in July and said that “the people of Israel felt he [Obama] is a man who is deeply committed to Israel ‘s security and peace”.
” Israel hopes to pursue close strategic cooperation with the new administration and the new US president, and hopes to further tighten the unshakeable ties between our two countries,” she said.
Hu Jintao , China ‘s president, congratulated Obama on his victory in the US presidential poll, saying a closer relationship btween the two nations would be “for the benefit of Chinese and American people, and people around the world”.
“In a new historical era, I look forward to … taking our bilateral relationship of constructive co-operation to a new level,” Hu said in a written message, according to a statement on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website.
Wen Jiabao , China ‘s prime minister, also congratulated Obama, while Xi Jinping, the vice-president, sent a message of congratulations to Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate and America ‘s next vice-president.
Gordon Brown, the UK ‘s prime minister, congratulated Obama, hailing his “energising politics … his progressive values and his vision for the future”.
“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Barack Obama on winning the presidency of the United States ,” he said in a statement.
“The relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is vital to our prosperity and security … Barack Obama ran an inspirational campaign, energising politics with his progressive values and his vision for the future.”
India ‘s ruling Congress party hailed Obama’s victory, saying his “youthful energy” was in tune with the energy of emerging India .
“Obama represents youthful energy, exuberant dynamism and a forward-looking progressive mindset which is also the spirit animating India ,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi, spokesman for India ‘s Congress party, said.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, congratulated Obama on a “brilliant victory”.
“I give you my warmest congratulations and, through me, those of all French people,” Sarkozy told the Democratic candidate in a letter made public by the French presidency.
“Your brilliant victory rewards a tireless commitment to serve the American people. It also crowns an exceptional campaign whose inspiration and exaltation have proved to the entire world the vitality of American democracy. By choosing you, the American people have chosen change, openness and optimism,” he wrote.
“At a time when all of us must face huge challenges together, your election raises great hope in France , in Europe and elsewhere in the world.”
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Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Comimission, applauded Obama’s victory, with Barroso calling for a “new deal”.
“This is a time for a renewed commitment between Europe and the United States of America ,” Barroso said in a statement. “We need to change the current crisis into a new opportunity. We need a new deal for a new world.”
“I sincerely hope that with the leadership of President Obama, the United States of America will join forces with Europe to drive this new deal. For the benefit of our societies, for the benefit of the world.”
Kgalema Motlanthe , South Africa ‘s president, congratulated Obama on his presidential victory, saying Africa “stood proud” and looked forward to a fruitful working relationship.
“Your election … carries with it hope for millions of your countrymen and women as much as it is for millions of people of … African descent both in the continent of Africa as well as those in the diaspora,” he said.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black leader, also congratualted Obama, saying that Obama’s election as US president showed that anybody could dream to change the world.
“Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place,” Mandela wrote in a letter to Obama.
The 90-year-old Mandela applauded Obama’s commitment to support global peace and said he trusted that combatting poverty and disease would become the mission of Obama’s presidency.
“We wish you strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead,” said Mandela.
“We are sure you will ultimately achieve your dream [of] making the United States of America a full partner in a community of nations committed to peace and prosperity for all.”
Khartoum expressed hope that Obama’s election win would mean “real change” for the country’s strained relations with the US – America has branded Sundan as a “state sponsor of terrorism”.
“The result of the election is a purely domestic affair, but certainly the United States, being the only big power in the world, it affects almost everything in other countries,” said Ali al-Sadiq, a spokesman for Sudan’s foreign ministry.
“We would hope that the slogan of president Obama – ‘change’ – would be reflected in the foreign policy in the United States , especially towards Sudan and oppressed countries, the Palestinians, the Iraqis and the Somalis.
“We would like to see some real change between Sudan and the United States .”
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the president of transitional Somali government, voiced hope that Obama would help end conflict in the world.
“I am congratulating Barack Obama for his election as the president of United States of America ,” Yusuf said in a statement released by his spokesman.
“I am hopeful that he will help end major crises in the world, particulary the endless conflict in my country Somalia . This was an historic election in which a proper leader was elected. This is a great moment for America and Africa .”
Taro Aso, the Japanese prime minister, offered his “heartfelt congratulations” to Obama, pledging to work with the new leader to strengthen relations.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Senator Obama on his election as President of United States of America,” Aso said in a statement.
“I will strive to further strengthen the Japan-US alliance and to resolve various challenges the international community faces when addressing issues such as the international economy, terrorism and the environment.”
Gloria Arroyo, the Philippines ‘ president, congratulated Barack Obama for winning the US presidential election.
“We wish to express our profound congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama for his historical and stellar win as the 44th president of the United States,” Lorelei Fajardo, a spokesman for Arroyo, said in a statement.
“His call for change opened a new phase in American politics, sparking hope and inspiration not only for the American people but the citizens of the world.
” America has always been the bastion of democracy and the world has always looked to the USA for direction. Obama has promised change and the American people and the world await these changes. We look forward to greater co-operation between the USA and the Philippines , the Democrats have always been good allies.”
Kevin Rudd, the Australian prime minister, praised Obama’s victory saying it was a testament to the strength of the US democratic system and was a message of hope not just for the United States but for the whole world.
“Twenty-five years ago Martin Luther King [the US civil right activist] had a dream of an America where men and women would be judged not on the colour of their skin but on the content of their character,” Rudd told said.
“Today what America has done is turn that dream into a reality. A world which is in many respects fearful for its future.”