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Thursday, July 30, 2015

#82 Victims of the Atomic Bomb


C. Peter Wagner: We found two representatives from Hiroshima. 
The first was a man assigned to the military telegraph office 
in Hiroshima, who had been exposed to radioactivity and also had to give first aid to the wounded and remove several corpses.

The second was a woman whose mother-in-law was not physically wounded but who still suffers the psychological effects.

We found two representatives from Nagasaki. The first was a man 
whose wife and sister-in-law were both exposed to radioactivity, and 
the sister-in-law died.

The other was a woman whose mother went to Nagasaki to help 
as a nurse, was burned on her arms, and received secondary radioactivity from which she finally recovered.

After an extensive teaching on strategic-level spiritual warfare 
and remitting the sins of nations with specific application to the evangelization of Japan and the vision for 10 million Japanese Christians by the year 2000, I invited the four to stand by me on 
the platform.

I explained in detail what I was doing, then knelt in humility before the congregation and the four on the platform and begged their forgiveness for my sins and the sins of my fathers.

I wept tears of repentance, and when I looked up, handkerchiefs were  out all over the auditorium. God was doing a powerful, corporate work.

As Pastor Hiroshi Yoshiyama later wrote, 

    "The congregation melted in tears and repentance. We 
      have never had a conference like this before."

      I said, "I used to hate the Japanese people, now I love
      them dearly." 

With an apology for not knowing how to do the proper Japanese bowing on the occasion, I proceeded to give each an American hug.

The Japanese leader who was serving as master of ceremonies then led the congregation in a spontaneous and powerful session of individual and corporate repentance on the part of the Japanese.

They forgave the Americans and then begged forgiveness themselves for what they said were worse sins than the Americans had ever committed.

Paul Yonggi Cho, who as a Korean has his own set of feelings about the Japanese, gave me an american hug and said that he also broke down and cried under the power of the Holy Spirit, feeling that important spiritual victories were won that day.

Needless to say, this was a spiritual experience I will never forget.

(Google image and emphasis added)


#82  Victims of the Atomic Bomb
By C. Peter Wagner
(pg. 137, 138) Regal Books





Now there's an idea!


   Father, may I see my own sins and
repent of them. Open my understanding
as to how really important this is to You, for there are those I have wronged, and I ask for Your help in making things right with them.
   I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 86:5 "For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."

Today’s quote: Ruth Calkins - "I may fall flat on my face; I may fail until I feel old and beaten and done in. Yet your goodness and love is changeless. All the music may go out of my life, my private world may shatter to dust. Even so, you hold me in the palm of your steady hand. No turn in the affairs of my fractured life can baffle you. Satan with all his braggadocio cannot distract you. Nothing can separate me from your measureless love—pain can't, disappointment can't, anguish can't. Yesterday, today, tomorrow can't. The loss of my dearest love can't. Death can't, life can't. Riots, wars, insanity, non-identity, hunger, neurosis, disease—none of these things, not all of them heaped together can budge the fact that I am dearly loved, completely forgiven and forever free through Jesus Christ, your beloved son." (Taken from 
Psalm 23 The song of a Passionate Heartby David Roper  p.136)




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1st-  Saturday’s post:  Put Feet to Our Prayers
Diana Derringer
2nd- Sunday evening's post:  Come Away, My Beloved
Lisa Buffaloe
4th- Tuesday's post:  #83  What Really Happened?
C. Peter Wagner
5th-  Wednesday's post:  #84 The Visible and the Invisible
C. Peter Wagner




A popular post:   Judgmental Opinions  
Jean Oathout shares with us an important 
lesson she is learning. "I found out that my personal opinion isn't worth much to others, when it is given in a judgmental attitude."



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#81 "I Have Sinned"


C. Peter Wagner: My problem came with Nehemiah's statement that not only "my father's house" but also "I have sinned" (Neh. 1:6), italics mine).

My first thought was that I was only a boy of 15 the day the war ended (in fact, VJ Day August 15, was my 15th birthday).

I didn't fight in the war, manufacture a bomb, shoot a gun or kill any Japanese. Then I felt the Holy Spirit come over me strongly and deeply convict me of two things.

First, He reminded me that I hated the Japanese people with a sinful hate. Secondly, God showed me that in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were other 15-year-old boys, as innocent as I was, who never shot a gun or dropped a bomb who are now dead or permanently disabled because of the atomic bomb!

The weeping for Japan started again with twice the intensity as before. To this day I can never share that story without losing emotional control.

At the moment I learned what John Dawson meant when he said we must personally identify with the sins of a given city or nation if God is to use us in remitting those sins. I learned why it was that Nehemiah "sat down and wept, and mourned for many days" (Neh. 1:4).

It just so happened that the place where I was staying in Tokyo, the Imperial Hotel, was the building General MacArthur had used for his headquarters while in Japan.

It is right across from the grounds of the Imperial Palace, and auditorium where I was teaching some 1,000 Japanese Christians was adjacent to the palace grounds.

After teaching a session or two, I asked my interpreter if he would help me locate some Christians in the audience who had suffered themselves or lost loved ones in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I wanted them to represent the Japanese people to whom I would confess.

(Be sure to read the message of Peter's that I'll post on the 30th:  Victims of the Atomic Bomb.)


#81  "I Have Sinned"
By C. Peter Wagner
(pg. 136, 137) Regal Books








     Father,
I ask for the Holy Spirit's moving on us,
that we may begin sensing the seriousness
of the sins committed by us, as well as the 
leaders of our country and towns. May we humble 
ourselves to where we repent for our own sins, 
and the known sins of our country and communities 
we live in. Our national leaders are in great need of
Your attention, to bring conviction of their sins
of removing You and Your Word out of most 
everything our forefathers put together for us.
We see that this has brought the devastations
we're witnessing all over our country.
Have mercy, and help us humbly repent!
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Jer. 23:29 "Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?"

Today’s quote: Dr. Charles F. Stanley - "The beauty of grace becomes especially clear when we consider who we once were—a people hostile to the Lord and alienated from Him. We were spiritually dead, living according to our own selfish interests (Eph. 2:1). But now, through faith in Jesus as our Savior, God has justified us and given us new life. He has declared we have right standing before Him (Rom. 8:1). All of our sins were placed upon Jesus, and His righteousness has been credited to our account permanently." (Taken from In Touch Daily Readings for Devoted Living,  July 2015, p. 24)

Some thoughts today: People want to know: Will they see Jesus in the local church? Will they find God's love being manifested there? Does the church appear to be alive, with young and old both present?

- It's God desire to set each of us in healthy churches, where His Word is preached and lived out. We grow together into Christ's likeness through fellowship, preaching and teaching, and our serving there.

- We need to have a church body to commit to, so the grace of God can move in and through our various giftings, which He has given us. We need to grow together in our imperfect stages of living. You'll discover that grace can be expressed by someone who is not yet perfect.

                               ~
If you'd like my publisher, Eddie Jones of Lighthouse Publishing of the 
Carolinas to send you my Circle Maker prayer/news letter concerning 
my book, Granny's Guide to Marriage 
in Verse, and my personal activities, please register your email address through this link:  http://eepurl.com/bo1yk1  Thanks! I'll write a letter when I have news of interest.
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30th- Thursday’s post:  #82  Victims of the Atomic Bomb
C. Peter Wagner
8/1st- Saturday's post:  Put Feet to Our Prayers
Diana Derringer
2nd- Sunday evening's post:  Come Away, My Beloved
Lisa Buffaloe
4th- Tuesday's post:  #83  What Really Happened?
C. Peter Wagner

A popular post:  Christ's Travail - Prayer Note #52 Dutch Sheets "Let's look 
at the two previously mentioned examples 
from Christ's ministry where He was involved in travail or birthing prayer.

The first is John 11:33-44, the resurrection of Lazarus..."








Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Forget You’re Leaving




Don't Forget You're Leaving

When our Lord, for Heaven was leaving
On a silver cloud ascending
He gave word He’d be returning
To take us Home with Him attending.

So amid your trials alarming
And worldly pleasures so disarming
See on Christ you’re strongly leaning
And don’t forget you’ll soon be leaving.

Though your light is now receding
And tempestuous waves are steady beating
Continue looking to Christ Who’s reigning
And keep in mind you’ll soon be leaving.

Are your health and strength declining?
Then on Christ be all-relying.
Trust His grace; thy faith deciding,
And don’t forget you’ll soon be leaving.

Are you cold and oft’ backsliding,
In Christ’ love you’re not abiding,
And in His Word you’re not confiding,
Have you forgotten that you were leaving?

Have you ceased from holy watching’s,
And look no longer for His coming,
And your sins you’re not forsaking,
Have you forgotten that you were leaving?

Are there things that you’re regretting;-
Awful sins that were besetting?
Confess to Christ and cease from fretting.
Soon He’ll come, your sins forgetting.

Have you from the Truth been turning?
And God’s grace and will you’re spurning?
For Christ’ coming you’re not yearning?
What shame you’ll have at His returning.

Do you find this world appealing;
As your love for Christ it’s stealing?
Embrace the Cross and know its healing.
And don’t forget this world you’re leaving.

When the enemy is assailing
Hide in Christ whose all-prevailing
And whose love is never-failing
And don’t forget you’ll soon be leaving.

Are you vexed by Satan’s chafing?
With fiery darts your soul he’s strafing?
Just remember crowns you’re winning,
And don’t forget you’ll soon be leaving.

Are there loved ones you are grieving?
As to their memory you’re clinging?
Who in Heaven now are waiting?
There is for you a reunion nearing.

Soon He’ll come, His word fulfilling,
Our Savior and King on clouds descending,
Long we’ve looked for His appearing,
Expect this day that you’ll be leaving.

Are you with this world consenting?
Be not false in your pretending,
Turn to Christ with heart repenting,
And you’ll rejoice at His appearing.

Don't Forget You're Leaving
by James H. Cagle

(Used by permission, Google image added)

James H. Cagle


 Father,
   As long as I am on earth, I ask for Your
grace to overcome all hindrances that try
to discourage my walk with Jesus.
   May my mind be always steady on His directions and will for my life, and may I 
keep a good relationship with Him, desiring 
to be with Him in heaven, but grateful for 
life and all it holds.
   "So amid my trials alarming and worldly
pleasures so disarming, help me strongly lean on Christ, and may I not forget I'll soon be leaving!"

   In His Name I pray. Amen.
   
Today’s Bible verse: Jer. 42:3 "That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do."

Today’s quotes: Dr. Charles F. Stanley- "When you look to God to excuse your unforgiving heart, you'll hear Him answer, 'Look at the cross.' There, you'll discover the price that was paid for your own forgiveness. Colossians 3:13 spells out our solemn responsibility: 'Forgive as the Lord forgave you' NIV, emphasis added). Just as we have been forgiven so we must now become forgivers." (p. 28 in the In Touch daily readings for devoted living - May 2015).

Sharon Jaynes "Until (the) day when we step into God’s full-faced glory once and for all, He gives us tastes in teaspoons of awe, glimpses into peepholes of beauty, and whispers in low decibels of wonder. Glimpses of glory simply whet your appetite and make you hungry for more of God and anxious for home. Glory moments—deposits of the full inheritance that is yet to come when we share in Christ’s glory for all eternity. (Taken from her post, How to be a Radiant Woman

Some thoughts today: We are the channels through which God's 
love flows. We've been loved by God, so we can love others. 1 John 3 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us..."   (v. 1 a)

- As Christians, we're empowered by God's Holy Spirit to love others, even if they don't love us. Love is the mark that Jesus gives to mark Christians until He returns.

- Romans 12 shows what it looks like to be in relationship with God and the Body of Christ. Be sure to check it out, to see how God's Word has revealed His method of making us more in His image, (which Adam and Eve had at the beginning of time).

                                                       
28th- Tuesday’s post: #81  "I Have Sinned"
C. Peter Wagner
30th- Thursday's post:  #82  Victims of the Atomic Bomb
C. Peter Wagner
8/1st- Saturday's post:  Put Feet to Our Prayers
Diana Derringer
2nd- Sunday evening's post:  Come Away, My Beloved
Lisa Buffaloe


A popular post:   A Letter From God 
God speaking: “I know you’re mad at Me right now. That’s alright. People have been mad at Me before and will be again.

Being mad is part of being human..."


This was a letter written by my brother's SS class as a project...







Sunday, July 19, 2015

With all the Heart


Lee Forbes shares with us:

With all the heart
And all the soul
My God will make
His children whole



If they will but

On bended knee
Abandon self
That He might see

The heart of those
Who claim His name
Do not the things
Of earth the same

As people who
Know not our God
Or how He lived
And walked this sod

For knowing God
As we might do
And all the pain
That He went through

Should change the hearts
Of sinful men
To want to be
The more like Him

But have we truly
Shown the way
By how we follow
Him each day

The path that Christ
Would lead us in
That draws the soul
Away from sin

Where truth is shown
As righteousness
That leads to God
And blessedness

As by His stripes
Our soul is healed
And by His blood
Our fate is sealed

If we exemplify
His love
Through every soul
We lead above

The way that Christ
Did come to do
And longs to live
In me and you

So let your heart
Be not ashamed
To hold aloft
In Jesus's name

A character
Just like His own
Prepared by God
As He is known

A God of love
And mercy long
But soon will clean
The world of wrong

And let us with
Great urgency
Present God's Word
That all might see

That only those
Who have no sin
When Christ returns
To rescue them

Will spend eternity
With God
In earth made new
On holy sod

With All the Heart 

Inspiration taken from Isaiah 48:6 & Revelation 21:5





Our hearts cry out to You, Lord

There is so much hurting and pain

We are lost without You

There is so much sickness of our Hearts and bodies

So much loss
So much sorrow and need
Only You can make us whole
Only You can solve the problems
Only You can heal the hurts, can resolve the issues that Separate us
We turn to You in our time of need and humbly ask for Your divine intervention
We cannot do it alone
Our tears flow
Our hearts break
Our tongues cry out to You in our times of desolation
In our time of despair
We need You so badly
Please rescue us or we are lost
We cry out and know You are there
You are with us Loving Father
You always come
You always answer
You always help in our time of great need
You are with us always
You dry our eyes
You comfort us
You lift us up and carry us when we cannot walk alone
You whisper solutions to us with Your still small voice
You always listen
Always care
Always provide
When the times are the worst, You are there
You never leave us alone
You never leave Your children
We matter to You
And You always take care of us
Blessed be Your holy name

Our Hearts Cry Out to You, Lord
by Debbie McEwen  tmcewen91@yahoo.com


Today's quote: Mary Southerland - "We can change our lives by changing how we think. We can dictate the attitudes of our heart by fixing our thoughts on God and His truth. What does it mean to “fix” our thoughts? Webster’s Dictionary defines “fixed” as “rigid, solid or firm.” We must learn to fix our thoughts on the truth of God’s word. We need to be rigid in controlling our thought processes, holding firm to God’s standard for the mind. The result will be a stable way of thinking and living. To prevent pride requires a choice to take charge of the mind." (Taken from her post,  Nailing Our Ego to the Cross Mary Southerland July 1, 2015 



Today's Bible verse: Ps. 131:2 "Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother; my soul is even as a weaned child."


     19th-24th  ~Writer's Conference in Montrose, PA. 

26th- Sunday evening's post: Don't Forget You're Leaving       James H. Cagle
28th- Tuesday's post: #81  "I Have Sinned"
C. Peter Wagner
30th- Thursday's post:  #82  Victims of the Atomic Bomb
C. Peter Wagner
Aug. 1st- Saturday's post:  Put Feet to Our Prayers
Diana Derringer



Beautiful!







Saturday, July 18, 2015

Feeling Insignificant?


Dave Branon: "We are among seven billion people who coexist on a tiny planet that resides in a small section of a rather insignificant solar system.

Our earth, in reality, is just one miniscule blue dot among millions of celestial bodies that God created.

On the gigantic canvas that is our universe, our beautiful, majestic Earth appears as a tiny speck of dust.

That could make us feel extremely unimportant and inconsequential. However, God's Word suggests that just the opposite is true.

Our great God, who "measured the waters in the hollow of His hand"  (Isa. 40:12), has singled out each person on this planet as supremely important, for we are made in His image.

For instance, He has created everything for us to enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17). Also, for all who have trusted Jesus as Savior, God has given purpose (Eph. 2:10)

And then there's this: despite the vastness 
of this world, God cares specifically about each of us. Psalm 139 says He knows what we are going to say and what we are thinking.

We can't escape His presence, and He planned our earthly existence before we were born.

We don't need to feel unimportant when the God of the universe is that interested in us!"



    Father, 
I'll have to admit that at times I do feel 
unimportant. I ask that You re-program my mind, 
and help me read the Bible, looking for promises 
that You're with me through every situation.
    Knowing that You actually "measured the waters 
in the hollow of (Your) Hand," causes me to realize 
how big You are...and to think that I am significant 
to You, blows my mind!
    In the precious Name of Jesus, I ask for grace to 
understand how I am loved, and to receive it 
humbly now. Amen.  

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 139:14 "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Today’s quotes: Linda W. Rooks "Perhaps our real fear is that God's intended outcome is not the same as ours. With enough worry we think we'll figure out a way to make things go the way we want. In our finite minds our plans seem better than God's. We can look with awesome wonder at the majesty of the universe he created but doubt his ability to bring good into our individual lives when we stand on the precipice of crisis."  (Taken from her book, Broken Heart on Hold pg 57).

John C. Maxwell - "I want to help you train for failure. I want you to learn how to confidently look the prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway. Because in life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. Are you going to fail forward or backward?" (Taken from his book, Failing Forward, pg 5).

Debbie McEwen "I am just a Speck, Lord when I contemplate Your might and majesty. You made all that exists and it is so immense. You are so mighty. You are Creator without beginning or end. You created the great and the small, and everything in between. Taken in this context, I am but a speck, a very tiny being who does not matter at all. The sun will shine whether I live or die. The oceans will roar and the wind will blow regardless of how I feel, regardless of what happens to me. 

The planets will rotate around the sun. The trees will grow and creation will continue whether or not I am here, whether or not I am happy, whether or not I am well.Even in the eyes of mankind, I'm no one special. You who created all that is, do care about me. I am so insignificant and yet You care so much. I matter to You, insignificant speck that I am. You created me and You love me. You know me for what I am with all my problems, with all my shortcomings, all my failures and sins. I cry when I realize that You sent Your precious Son to live and to die for me, so little insignificant speck that I am, can spend eternity with You. Blessed be Your holy name."

BDebbie McEwen  tmcewen91@yahoo.com   {This email link, if Googled, shows my various posts she is featured in on my blog}

10 Ways To Celebrate Your Anniversary

By JillSavage The Go-To Mom
 Jun 29, 2015

"Mark says: Anniversaries can offer a bit of a "reboot" for

your marriage, if you'll make a priority to celebrate it in some
way.
Jill says: It’s a time to talk about memories, share hopes 
and dreams for the future, play together, and take some 
time for just the two of you..."

Our thoughts for today: What is it we need more of?

  • Not to let the flesh hold us back from praising God and praying
  • Refreshing fillings of the Holy Spirit
  • Meaningful worship of God
  • Prayer when we or a friend is sick
  • Trust in God's healing power
  • Receiving prophecy into our lives to guide us 
  • Expect great things to happen!
What an honor to host God's Presence! We need to want more of Him, because He wants to give us more! Invite Him now to have Him give you more.

19th- Sunday evening’s post:  With All The Heart
Lee Forbes

     ~Christian Writers Conference in Montrose, PA~

26th- Sunday evening's post:  In God's Hand
Jean Oathout
28th- Tuesday's post:  #81  "I Have Sinned"
C. Peter Wagner
30th- Thursday's post:  #82 Victims of the Atomic Bomb
C. Peter Wagner


What beauty for us
to enjoy!


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