Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Don't put a Question Mark where God puts a Period!

Does God do miracles today?

Genet Mudjahadin was married to Muslim man. Her first name means “paradise” but her life was no paradise. For eight years she never had a period. Her husband desperately wanted children but no matter how hard they tried, she was never able to conceive.

Because she was unable to bear children, her husband abused her and told her she was worthless. Finally he divorced her.

In desperation, she gave her life to Jesus. She came to our Gospel Festival because she wanted healing from pain in her back. As we prayed for the sick, suddenly her back was healed. At the same moment, she started to bleed as God gave her a period for the first time in eight years.

She came to the platform crying and praising God for both her miracles. Some people question if miracles are real, but not Genet, she knows God does miracles.

Thousands Saved in Guder, Ethiopia!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

7 Levels of a Missions-Minded Church

Where does your church fit on the scale of missions minded churches? How can your church move up a level?

Level 1: No missions heart. Little exposure to missionaries. Does not support any missionaries or give any platform time to talking about missions.

Level 2: Invites a missionary to speak at least once each year. Sends an occasional offering to missionaries.

Level 3: Has adopted one or more missionaries and supports them on a monthly basis. Talks about the Great Commission from the platform. Exposes people to missions literature through a missions bulletin board, map, or mission table. Pastor may go on an occasional short-term mission trip.

Level 4: One Sunday each month is Mission’s Sunday. Receives a monthly offering for missions. Regularly invites missionaries to share updates by video or in person at church Bible studies and/or on the platform. Provides at least one opportunity for people in the church to go on a short-term mission trip each year.

Level 5: Church has adopted multiple missionaries and develops long-term relationships with them. Regularly prays for missionaries. Provides multiple opportunities throughout the year for church businessmen, staff, and young people to go on short-term trips. Has a yearly missions conference.

Level 6: Church has a Bible school that trains people to be missionaries. Church trains, sends out, and supports multiple full-time missionaries. A significant percentage (5%-15%) of the church budget is devoted to missions. Church may have adopted a particular nation or people group to focus efforts on.

Level 7: Church has a world-wide Apostolic vision for growing the body of Christ. Church reproduces itself on multiple continents by planting Bible schools and churches. Speaks mission vision to the body of Christ and develops strategy for world evangelism.

The mission of the church is missions and the goal of missions is building the local church.

Monday, January 9, 2012

What does the Bible say about Habits?

1. God has a habit of being merciful. “Look upon me and be merciful to me, As Your custom is toward those who love Your name” (Psalm 119:132 NKJV).

2. Daniel had a habit of praying 3 times every day (Dan 6:10). He continued this habit even when it put his life in danger. “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days” (Daniel 6:10 NKJV).

3. Jesus had a habit of going to the synagogue on the Sabbath. “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16 NKJV).

4. Jesus made a habit of spending time with His Father. “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there” (Matthew 14:23 NKJV).

5. Paul warned against those who form bad habits. “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to” (1 Timothy 5:13 NIV).

6. The writer of Hebrews told us to form good habits, like going to church.“not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25 NIV).

Sunday, January 8, 2012

How to Change Your Habits

The best way to begin changing your habits is by changing your thinking. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...”(Romans 12:2). The pattern of this world is a set of habits. This pattern of habits is often called the rat-race of life. It is composed of the continual search for another dollar, the lusting after wrong things, the coveting of a neighbor’s worldly goods, or the search for adventure; all of these things form a pattern of habits. People wake up in the morning, and they race through the day, thinking only of themselves, and then they fall into bed at night without accomplishing anything. Every day, God is not acknowledged, and the person continues to live a life of sin, day in and day out, for an entire life.

A change of habits will only come with a change of mind. This change of mind must occur through God’s word. The only way to renew your mind is by knowing God.

When you renew your mind with God’s word, you begin to think like Jesus. When you think like Jesus, you act like Jesus. Suddenly, habits change. The worldly pattern of lying, cheating, stealing, coveting, and hatred is suddenly transformed.

A new set of habits begins to form in the place of the old habits. The habit of loving others, the habit of being thankful, the habit of worshiping God; these are the habits of a person whose mind has been renewed by the word of God. Focus shifts from, “me, me, me” to “God, God, God” The question changes from “What do I want to do?” to “What does God want me to do?”

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Working in the Harvest Fields of Ethiopia



Habits

A habit is any action or behavior that you do on a regular basis. There are both good habits (developed by good actions) and bad habits (developed by bad actions).

Most of the actions you do on a daily basis are habitual. Today you will most likely do the same things you did yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. Tomorrow you will have exactly the same results you have today, unless you change your habits.

Your life is the sum of all your habits. Every area of your life has been shaped by your habits. Habits, both good and bad, create who you are.

My health is the result of my habits.

My wealth is the result of my habits

My books are the result of my habits.

My weight is the result of my habits.

My friendships are the result of my habits.

My productivity is the result of my habits.

First, you form habits, then habits form you. After you develop a habit, you become a servant to that habit.

When I first started writing, I was a horrible writer. But I decided to spend one hour every day typing on my computer. At first it was torture, but eventually I started to get better. Now, I have written fourteen books mainly because I forced myself to develop the habit of writing.

A habitual action becomes a well-worn groove in your mind. Like an old fashioned record player where the same song plays every time the needle drops, your mind eventually plays the exact same tune over and over again. As a sign said on a particularly bumpy road, “Pick your rut carefully, because you will be in it for the next two hundred miles.”

If you are satisfied with your life, congratulations, you have good habits. If there is some area of your life you are no happy with, change your habits.

The good news is that habits can change. Mike Murdock says, “Anything you do twice becomes easier to do again” Experts say, “If you do something continually every day for thirty days, it will become a new habit.” Small daily changes will eventually add up to huge changes over the course of your lifetime. Tiny stones thrown on a pile in time become a big mountain.


Friday, January 6, 2012

7 Pillars of Character

1. Honesty: To always tell the truth. To leave no false impression.
“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22).

2. Integrity: To do what is right no matter what the circumstances.
“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7).

3. Humility: To esteem others as individuals. To acknowledge dependence upon God and those around me.
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

4. Purity: To live pure in thought and deed. To take captive every thought that sets its self up against the knowledge of God.
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).

5. Consistency: To keep showing up. To live a life of character all of the time not just when it is convenient.
“Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day” (1 Chron. 28:7).

6. Accountability: To be accountable to God and to men. To maintain a system of checks and balances in every area of life. To always have someone who is able to make any correction needed.
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).

7. Responsibility: To take responsibility for every action within my control. To account for myself and those under me. “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:48).

Thursday, January 5, 2012

8 Truths About Character

1. Character is celebrated and rewarded. “And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character” (Ruth 3:11 NIV)

2. Character is more important than beauty, intelligence, or ability.
“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4 NIV).

3. Character is rare and valuable. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31:10 NIV).

4. Character is imparted to those who study Scripture and apply the truths they discover. “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11 NIV).

5. Character is built during times of trouble. “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4 NKJV).

6. Character is built over time, not created overnight. The preparations of today determine your qualifications for tomorrow. “But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel” (Philippians 2:22 NKJV).

7. Character is shaped by those you spend time with. “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

8. Character is formed by your decisions. “For we are each responsible for our own conduct” (Galatians 6:5). You cannot fail without your consent and you cannot succeed without your participation.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Importance of Character

Character is who you are on the inside. Character is what you do when no one is watching. The things you do on a daily basis will continue to be the things that you do in the midst of a crisis or an opportunity. Character is the moral compass that charts the course to your destiny.

Your gift can take you to the top, but only your character can keep you there. Gifting builds, character maintains. Talent and ability can bring success, but character will make you successful.

Character begins in your heart. Never get beaten on the inside, because it will only be a matter of time before you will be beaten on the outside. “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Preachers fall when their gifting supersedes their character. Over the years there have been many ministers who have been found lacking in the area of character. Many ministers are talented and charismatic but they ended up hurting many people and the kingdom of God because of a lack of character.

Preaching a powerful sermon matters little when your lifestyle does not match your advice. Actions speak louder than words. What you do speaks so loud I cannot even hear what you are saying.

Don’t bring shame to His Name. A reputation takes a lifetime to build and it can be destroyed in an instant. Character is the only thing that stands between you and public failure. Never do anything behind closed doors that you would not want your mother watching on the nightly news.