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One Body in Christ

The congregation of the church works as separate members but all too often forget that they exist as one body and need each other. The Pastor often is the heart of the church, although sometimes there is another who functions in that place. If the heart is damaged or diseased it affects the whole of the body. If it is healthy it circulates well and the gospel and intent of the church are usually healthy as well. But when there is disease in part of the body and it is not treated, eventually in spreads to the whole and can easily kill it. We know that when we have a diseased limb and it can’t be saved, it must be removed, but do we consider the church the same way? Or do we just accept the diseased portion because it adds to the whole?

1 Corinthians 12

King James Version (KJV)

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

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A Wake-Up Call for Christians

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‘Complete Anarchy’: Famed Pastor Issues Major Wake-Up Call for Christians About the Dire State of American Culture

TheBlaze’s Carly Hoilman contributed to this report.

Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wa., is on a mission to wake Christians up from the illusion that faith is alive and well in America.

The centerpiece of Driscoll’s new book titled, ”A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?,” is that we’re living in a “post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”

Culture Is Quickly Shifting

The pastor recently told TheBlaze that he believes cultural norms are rapidly shifting in American society and that these changes come at the same time that Christianity is losing its place of prominence.

Mark Driscoll Issues Major Wake Up Call for Christians About the Dire State of American Culture | A Call to Resurgence

Pastor Mark Driscoll (Image source: @PastorMark onTwitter)

“A commitment to secularism to pluralism has really come very, very rapidly, and certain issues like gay marriage have accelerated and highlighted that,” Driscoll said. “More biblical, conservative traditions…values have gone from being respected to really despised in very short order.”

Driscoll explained that 40 years ago, homosexuality was still listed in psychological manuals and textbooks as a mental disorder, and now it is considered a civil right. He added, “That’s a quick flip.”

“We are living in a post-Christian culture — a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus.”

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He believes that there’s been a paradigm shift in society from “morality to personality.”

Rather than moral absolutes governing what’s right or wrong, Driscoll said that there’s a general view that people should be true to themselves — that they should essentially stand by their feelings and desires.

“We’ve shifted from a worldview where there is a God who makes laws, and they apply to you, to whether or not there is a God it does not matter — ‘I don’t recognize any laws external to me. The only thing that guides me is my own internal convictions,’” he said. “Authority has shifted from external to internal, from God to me. And what you end up with is not a discussion of morality but a defense of personality. And that’s the world we live in.”

Driscoll believes that there is “a culture of complete anarchy in the name of tolerance and diversity.”

“One in four women sexual assaulted, one in six men, people that are sexually addicted, sexually assaulted, sexually abused, rampant debt, broken families, suicidal,” he told TheBlaze. “The number one category of prescription medication is antidepressants. Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”

One of the Big Questions Facing Christians

One of the big questions facing Christians, the pastor said, is how to peacefully exist in this context of change without compromising values and theology.

“Christians need to understand that Christians and non-Christians just disagree about a lot of things,” he said. “We disagree about where we come from, we disagree about why we’re here, we disagree about what we’re supposed to do, we disagree with what we’re supposed to do with our pots and our pans and our genitals and our wallets — we just disagree on all kinds of things.”

Mark Driscoll Issues Major Wake Up Call for Christians About the Dire State of American Culture | A Call to Resurgence

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Driscoll went on to say that one of the biggest threats to Christians is the assumption that compromising on what they believe will help them or serve a positive purpose for the non-believers they interact with. Doing this, he said, simply doesn’t work for anyone

With the changing cultural dynamics, Driscoll warned that Christians need to start getting better at understanding suffering and dealing with pushback, as they’re poised to receive more of it.

“In the West we’re not really familiar with suffering [and] Christendom and Christians have tended to be in a position of power, a respected position, and so all the issues surrounding suffering and criticism and such — we’re not very good at that,” he said. “And it’s something we’d better get better at pretty quickly because it’s just going to get harder to stay true to what we believe.”

Driscoll said that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to be Bible-believing — and practicing — Christians and that there are “no social perks to being a Christian” in today’s society.

Issues Facing Churches

The decreasing role and reverence for churches is also noticeable, Driscoll said. While houses or worship were once much-respected, today he believes that this dynamic has profoundly changed.

“The churches, for the most part, held a very respected place in society — and if you’re going to be a good business leader, a good citizen, a moral person, well obviously you believe in God and you’re involved in some religious community,” he said. “So what that led to was really a lot of people who weren’t committed to their religious beliefs — they didn’t really live them out — but they would sort of wave the flag because of the social benefits that came with it.”

Driscoll believes the social benefits and connotations the church once offered are decreasing. Being ostracized or marginalized for being in the pews makes it somewhat less appealing to participate in church. While he doesn’t necessarily believe that there are fewer Christians, he said “the teams have gotten very clear.”

“Somebody’s gotta stand up and say, ‘This ain’t working — we gotta try something else.’”

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Fewer of those who went or go to church mainly to bask in these benefits are now doing so and for obvious reasons; the purported benefits are diminishing.

With the changing dynamics, Christians have to find a balance, Driscoll argued. What battles will they choose to fight? Which will they choose to ignore? Of these concerns, Driscoll said, ”You can’t fight over everything, and you’re not very courageous if you won’t fight for anything.”

The pastor said it’s important to decide what’s worth fighting for and then to be prepared to deal with the consequences of speaking out.

Driscoll expounds upon these themes in “A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?

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Signs and Wonders

 By Kerry Mauldin
Wonderful day with no rain and many dedications!!
At Uttlapalli Village, we dedicate church given by Vinita AG.  Here last year we baptized in 55 gallon drum behind a tarp because hindus were upset.  We gave to start church and it now runs over 50 adults and 40 children and growing weekly.
One crippled girl from birth, 4 weeks ago can now walk.
We prayed for infilling of Holy Spirit and heaven was so real and a couple got their heavenly language.  Gave matching gift to put stone floor and extend the church–no more room…
Srinivas Nagar–we dedicate well, Melody gave in memory of her late husband who passed 7 years ago.  It has sweet water and 40 church members and all neighbors were so thankful.  One pump of handle and water comes!!
Narsapuram–so truly blessed me!!  This church built by Tula Rosa NM and well by the Haymes family, has grown from 50 to 70 with added 50 children.  This is an alive church.
last year we prayed for a boy Krishnan, 18, who was born deaf-mute.
I had forgotten, but his father Hamu Niak, a stone polisher, brought him up and both were so so excited.  They shared how after the prayer last year—now Krishnan can hear and speak.  He had such a huge smile as he told his name, what village he is from, his fathers name …  PRAISE THE LORD!
Last year, his father pledged to do marble floors stones in the church and it is beautiful job as a stone polisher…
In the churches where God is showing signs and wonders–which are so many churches, they are growing much.
In Keshavapuram, we dedicated a church and plaque given in memory of Judy Henry of Muscogee-a friend who so encouraged and prayed and is now with the Lord!
Nice church that we gave today for flooring etc.
One woman was one of many who stood and told of God’s grace and love.
She was some 55 and a widow since age 26.  She shared she was widowed and both of her daughters husbands also had passed and they were widows…
She shared how now she has no debt and God is taking care in spite of all the challenges…she set down.
I asked:  “sister, is your name Naomi?”  All said, “YES, that is her name.”
I am so thankful for God’s goodness and grace.  He does do miracles and so so many are testified about in everyday here:TB, leprosy, deaf-mute, babies given etc…
He sees us thru daily and keeps us covered in blessing and protection!!
Just crossing many rivers the past week with so many low water “bridges”? has been so challenging with so many bridges washed out and bumper deep waters… having to throw stones in holes on bridges to make it across…  HE PROTECTS and does “Signs and Wonders”!!
Thanks for your prayers!!  2 more days in villages…
Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
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Heart Prepped and Ready…

By Kerry Mauldin
Just 3 days left in the villages and much has been accomplished by Gods grace.
It is truly amazing what all can be done when God gives favor and wisdom and we choose to walk in it.
 
One lesson really jumped out at me today:
 
We went to Lakkavaram Village and people were sitting on a tarp on thefoundation 20×40 of where they want a church.  We are went to houses and streets and compelled people to come and hear the story…
70 adults go to the church and 50 kids.  They have been meeting under the trees and want a nice church.
We sang and Jim shared, I taught on giving and they began to give 224,000 rs and we matched 100,000 to build the church.
These people were just concluding a 40 day fasting prayer for the church and their hearts were ready and we also blessed with what they need to get church built!
Their hearts were so prepared!!
 
Went to dedicate church in Kothagudem.”New Village”–the church was painted a pretty.  Pastor had come last Feb and cried out for help.  We taught him and put rupees in his hand as a test that he would teach his people.  We drove far today and only 3 of his 40 members were there, besides a lot of kids and others we compelled to come.
Pastor shared he had borrowed 60,000rs to complete the church at 24% interest and the people had given nothing… He wanted us to help him.
I had to correct and rebuke him.  He failed the test in that he did not teach the people, but made excuses for them and then borrowed the money.  Also, with us coming, only 3 show up…
We told him we would come again in Feb. if he would get his people there and teach them.
What a difference preparation in a village makes!
 
Last, in Mellacherlu “Many Lakes Village”–35 met in small 12×15 room.
They have land and want a 20×40 Prayer Shed and need 60,000rs.
We ate lunch and taught them.  Meeting here 5 years, they have their goal low.
They want shed with no walls and will add walls later.
We matched 1 rupee for each 2 they gave, but if they raised more and stepped out, I felt impressed to help more.
They raised 41,000 and we added 20,000 so they can build exactly what they expressed.
I hoped their faith would step up, but they did not over extend themselves.  “This is first church we have built and are not sure how to go about it”, they shared!!
 
Lord that we set our vision high enough, prepare our hearts and walk in Your wisdom and guidance!!
 
Your prayers have been so greatly appreciated and have born fruit!!  Thanks so so much!!
 
Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua!!
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Rooftop Lesson

In Feb. we climbed on a rooftop to dedicate a church in village called Kodada, CC ReddyColony, pastor Simon.
given by Faith Bible Chapel in Page AZ.  I was at first not so impressed…
When we first went, there were 25 people with good hearts so we gave and they built a nice church on the slab roof.  Today that church has grown to 60 and is so alive and growing.  They took us to neighboring village some 10 miles where we joined with them to build a first church in Naryanagudem, built by Roundup Cowboy Church.
Today we went to X Road-Kodada, Few miles from CC Reddy Colony.  We helped them build a nice church on a rooftop similar to CC Reddy Church.  However as we dedicated, we encouraged them also to give a missions offering of thanksgiving to help another church get started.  We prayed and only 3 people gave.  Two were visitors and one was pastors daughter of about 15 years old.  When she gave, he was standing near here and some on our team saw him reach out with his foot and kick her.  Only 1500 rs were given $12….  This pastors wife stood and said, “If they give to this, they won’t give to help us…”
My heart hurt for them.  They have a beautiful church all 100% complete, painted and so nice, but with hearts like that, challenges are ahead.
When we entered Naryana Village as the last of the day to dedicate the mission church alongside pastor Simon–built by Cowboy Church,
They met us with drums pounding.  Roads were ankle deep mud from all rains and I was struggling to walk after falling earlier and my knee was going out…
Two guys grabbed hold and walked me thru the village to the beautiful church and so so many gathered.  All stood in church yard as drums pounded giving shouts of praise.  Joshua and Jim were right in the middle dancing a victory dance with all the men with women all gathered around shouting praise to God!
We cut the ribbon and all went in!  Church holds about 150 seated crosslegged on the floor, and it was packed with people looking in the windows.
All got on their knees to sing and the drums pounded out incredible rythym and all sang with everything in them.  Made tears come to my eyes and keep swallowing the lump in my throat as hands and drums pounded out the staccato rythym…  These people are in unity and about 100 have taken baptism and many filled with Holy Spirit.  We shared message of salvation with up to 50 that came as unbelievers….they all prayed a strong loud prayer of salvation.
We began to pray and prayer totally filled the air and when quiet came, we began to sing universal song…Allelujah…
Two separate women shared of visions and word from God,
“There will soon be a great shout and Jesus is telling us He is coming soon”
these village women, who were hindu before, related!
Many have been having visions and God speaking to them in the congregation that was all hindu previous, but has come to experience Gods presence and power…led by young Simon in early 30′s.
What a difference in two roof top experiences…Like Peter, I want the vision on rooftop to be life changing for Gods glory, and not selfish.
By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
Dedicate Gudibanda,(temple stone village)  given by Tula Rosa CC in NM.  Good nice church building with Life!  Also a Church given by Okema AG
and gave for 3 more churches…
Good things happening and so many hearing Gospel and churches growing!!
Have 6 more villages today….
Keep praying!!  Such peace when know you are covered in prayer!
With so much thanks,
Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
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Branch is Tied into the Vine

 By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
Rain came hard this AM as we went to the villages!!
at Gorenkapalli in pouring rain we dedicate a church given by Abundant Life!!
Pastors were so thankful and blessed!!
We were there last Oct and gave for the church.  Johan and Rageny, pastors had just lost a baby girl in death and we prayed God would restore with a baby.
we named and dedicated Samuel who is now 3 months old!  Named him Samuel as a fulfillment of a promise from God and he is dedicated to serve the Lord!
The church has grown from 15 to 30 adults this year!!
At Thatikula Village–Toddy Tree Village–We dedicate a prayer shed where Satyam (truth), came to the Lord 8 years ago, but none of his family.  Last year, we shared with his family and when we set with them, the look on their faces was terrorizing to us—(get out of here and don’t bother us) but they listened and several accepted Christ.  Satyam and his brother poured anointing oil all around a shiva temple and the family vowed to build a house for the Living God.
We dedicate that church today.  It is right beside a river and about 30 were there as we prayed, celebrated, cut cake and shared Christ with several who had not accepted!
God has so poured out His blessing on this family.  Their Chili pepper shop is doing well and blessed in every way as they are the first in the village to step out for Christ!!!
Korlapahad (Branch Village)–We had a late lunch early supper and saw where church is needed.  No other church in whole village.  We walk to visit in hindu homes and at center of village we gave bracelets and some 200-300 people totally surrounded us and we began to share.  Eventually they quieted down and listened very well as we clearly shouted the message.  A loud unison of voices prayed the prayer of salvation and we spoke into many hearts that were unbelieving.
Jim got up and taught the 100 or so kids down front a song with motions and all enjoyed!!
Joshua is a magnet to not only all the teen boys, but multitude of teen girls who all wanted a picture with him…
In the dark some 50-60 gathered at the church place and we taught them and joined with them to build a church (given by Huntsville Evangel).
The day ended on a great high as it is so much joy to have so so many gathered to accept and then press press press in for prayer…
I know God heard the many cries that these people have as they call out to Him and we joined with them!!
The Branch is was getting tied into the Vine!!
With love, thanks and prayers,
Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua
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Hundreds of Voices

 By Kerry Mauldin
One of greatest sounds in the world is hearing hundreds of voices praying in unison…
We were in Pullicherla (tiger) Village and stop at a school.  They have 329 students and many were there.  Jim is in his element in front of all those kids, teaching “I Am Somebody” , because God loves me…
Sharing Christ and all those children, sitting crosslegged barefoot on the ground in perfect rows, wearing all alike uniforms and the boys with ties…
eyes closed and sincerely praying as a higher pitched unison calls out to Jesus…
These are the blessings!!  A young woman started the school and now has 2 buses and is currently meeting under the trees with the children, but in process of building a 5 room school house with more rooms to come.  She needs about $9000 to complete and we prayed with her standing on the land and brick construction going on…
She is bold and most of students are hindu…
We gave 2 churches today and dedicated Dasari Nemalipuram that Stigler AG gave.  They needed flooring and we taught and 2 strangers to the villages each gave 10,000rs and we matched what was given for steps and floor…
That 2 strangers gave for a church that was not even there church.
Most of the people are in cotton fields.  Masses of people are packed into tractor wagons to point of overflowing and come from all over to be cotton pickers!!  I only imagine back in 1930′s the migrant workers flooding areas to pick fruit or cotton and camped in little tents and cooking fires and working long days in the fields…
The fields truly are ripe for the harvest.  We must work with urgency!!
Love, prayers and so so much thanks for praying!!
Melody, Jim, Joshua and me…
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Let Jesus Be Known

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May church and the home,

be places to learn;

where the truth of God,

we’re taught to discern.

As we are equipped,

we also should teach;

proclaim His promise,

to all whom we reach.

Let Jesus be known,

wherever we go;

show us what’s needed,

so we all may grow.

Grow in His wisdom,

learn how to give grace;

to be hands and heart,

to the human race.

No one discounted,

all people need much;

may His light and love,

be shown through our touch.

A handshake, a hug,

encouraging word;

may Christ’s loving heart,

be the voice that’s heard.

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” – (Acts 5:42)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and grace. Thank You that You love us just as we are, yet love us too much to allow us to stay steeped in sin, self-doubt and in lack. Thank You that as we come to You, and seek You with our whole heart, there You are, ready to love us to an abundant life in You. Thank You that this is a lifelong process, and that none of us “arrive” until we meet You face-to-face. Forgive us for expecting ourselves or others to have attained perfection at any point, and help us to give grace as You have given it to us. May we love others in such a way, that they might see You in all that we say and do. May many come to know You as their Savior and Friend. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.


Wisdom to help the Widows of pastors–India villages

When we go next week to the villages, we so need wisdom on who and how to help.  I just received this and many other requests for churches and wells….  When you read of someone keeping up the Good Fight and running the race in spite of challenges, it makes me want to step up and help!  But we have found thru the years, it is best to inspect and not just expect…

Our days will be full and so many many villages to inspect and prayerfully know how or when to help. 
Melody, Joshua Heilig, Jim Eastman and I make up the team going Oct 7 to the villages!!
We are counting on you to provide a prayer covering and by God’s grace, we will dedicate 59 churches and give for about that many more and a multitude of people will find Christ as we strengthen the hands of the pastors and bless the widows and handicapped!!
With love, thanks and prayers,
Kerry and Melody
Mauldin Ministries (501c3)
Po box 140402
Broken Arrow Ok, 74014
 
PRAISE THE LORD
 Request report no: 16; from Pastoramma. K.Mary - Turkapally village …
To Rev. Kerry Sir,
AD. Jaya Prabhakar Sir &
Pastor. J. Emmanuel,
                              Sir, I am Mrs. K. Mary, wife of Late Pastor. Barnabas. My husband served the Lord for 15 years as Pastor before he rested in the Lord after suffering from dengue fever. To do not stop the God’s given duty , since my husband’s death I took the responsibility of serving the Lord’s purpose in Turkapallyvillage ..
Sir my husband had bought 200 yards of land ( which is in 30Ft x 60Ft ) for the purpose of constructing a Church in Turkapally village. We had laid the basement and erected pillars at the construction site. About 60 to 70 members come from nearby villages to attend the Prayer Services we uphold at the under construction site. But now few of our regular members have stopped coming to attend Prayer Services due to insufficient space.
I studied up to 10th standard and I live with my two children – daughter has completed 12th standard and my son is studying in 10th standard. I am trying hard to keep the members united in the Lord as a Church.  I Preach to encourage and strengthen the weakening Spirits and help them to stand firm in their Faith in Christ.
Sir I humbly request you to consider my poor condition and help me complete the Church construction. Except you I know no one to seek help from. Please Pray for me , my children and for the incomplete Church construction…. Thanking you…!!
Yours in Christ,
Lady Pastor. K.Mary,
Turkapally village …
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The Christian “F” Word

Barely making eye contact, Johanna* quickly looked past me as I entered the building and asked, “How are you?”

Slowing down a bit, I responded, “I’m dying of cancer.”

She never batted an eye. “Oh, that’s nice, dear.”

Really?

(I’m not dying of cancer – just so you know!)

This was part of an experiment I’ve been running, curious to see how people would respond. Most of the time, when folks ask “How are you?” they’re doing the “polite” thing. Very few actually give a rip.

On the street, polite disinterest is to be expected. When I find the sense of “don’t bother me with the details, just give me the standard answer” among my church family members, I am saddened. Because we have the “mind of Christ,” His tender-hearted care must be evident, one would think.

My goal is to become genuine. Therefore, if I don’t care, I don’t want to ask! (…and there are some whom I don’t ask. They wallow in their woes – and like it that way. I’m not being harsh – I used to be one of them!)

Sometimes, though, it’s not the “asker’s” fault…

With a face so long she could have stepped on it, a Christian sister entered the foyer on Sunday.

“Hi, Claire*! How’s it going?” I asked, genuinely concerned.

Then she dropped the bomb

…the Christian “F” word…

Fine,” said with a plastic smile.

“Wait, Claire. Let me try this again…How is your soul?”

What came next left me astonished. She  unloaded the saddest story I’d heard in a while.

By the time she was finished, she was in tears, and so was I.

“Whoa! Let’s talk to our Father about this,” I said, and led her to a quiet corner.” I prayed for her, and then we went into the sanctuary for worship.

By the time church was over, her plastic smile was replaced with a real one. She gave my hand a squeeze and whispered, “Thanks.”

Nothing had changed about Claire’s circumstances, but she’d been given the opportunity to have someone come alongside and bear the burden with her.

(*These are not their real names.)

The question we ask makes a huge difference. I have yet to be given the “F” word when I ask a person, “How’s your soul?” Every time, they stop and think about it. The replies have been everything from “My soul is good,” or “To be honest, I’ve been cranky lately,” to “I’m not doing well at all. I’m about ready to give up.”

Try it for yourself…but only if you’re prepared to invest time in others!

How often we miss an opening to encourage one another when we ask the “standard” question, “How are you doing?”

…and how many times we let the chance to have someone lift us up in prayer or be strengthened by someone when we respond to this routine question with…

…the Christian “F” Word!

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You Have a Name that You are Alive, but You are Dead

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Paul’s third journey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This is what the Spirit instructed John to write to the church in Sardis:

And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Rev. 3:1 KJV

But Sardis was just one of the churches that John was instructed to write to, he also wrote to Laodicea, Thyatira, Pergamos, Ephesus, Smyrna, and Philadelphia. In his letter to Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea he warns them of their shortcomings and tells them to repent. Were these churches aware of their shortcomings at the time? Did they think that they were doing the Lords will in all their works?

Matthew 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Luke 13:20-21 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

How many churches of today has the leaven been hidden in? How many of us are not even aware that our own church is being corrupted from within? Because that something that is hidden means something that is not supposed to be there doesn’t it? “The woman hid the leaven in the meal till the whole was leavened.” If it had been good, it would not have be necessary to hide it, would it?

Luke 12:1

King James Version (KJV)

12 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

1 Corinthians 5

King James Version (KJV)

6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

From Let Us Reason, I found this that is a very good description:

“The woman in the parable represents the Church. She did something God prohibits; she hid the leaven in the meal, that which is good is affected. She mingled a foreign ingredient into the body. Leaven in this case is false teaching. This is speaking of a corrupting influence that would infiltrate all parts of the Church body. It is sin and evil (not the gospel) that tends to permeate the entire church body as time goes on, as it will also increase in the world it will have an increase in the church.”

Pastor was teaching last night on Revelation 2:4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” We are so many of us faithful, attending church, taking part in the activities, doing what we think if required, but have we left our first love? Do we think that we have done what we needed to do and therefore nothing is required of us?

The churches that the Lord had John write letters to were baptized in the Holy Spirit, they were the very first churches established. If fault could and was found fault in them, we must constantly evaluate our own churches. We still have time to repent and change. But we can only do so if we look with honesty at what we are and ask God to forgive us. I would hate to be one of the churches that the Spirit looks as and says:

“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth” Rev. 3:16

Nor would I want my church to be like any of the other churches that were found to come short. We must examine ourselves and take heed of the instruction:

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev. 3:22

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Loving Well

“No one has seen God at any time.” This statement was plopped into the middle of 1 John 4, where we are exhorted to love one another. It seemed to be out of place, which begged the question:

“Now, why is that statement here?”

As I meditated on these verses, it became clear that we are to love God, Jesus, and one another. God is not visible to us. Jesus is no longer visible to us, having ascended into heaven long before any of us were alive. One of the purposes for Jesus to come as a man was to give us a clear picture of God. In John 14:9 we read:

“He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

Jesus ascended to the Father, and we were each given His Holy Spirit to live in us. One of the reasons we remain on earth after our salvation is so that we can be, as Jesus was, an example of the Father to the world. We are meant to be His hands, His feet, and His mouth. We are to be functioning as His body to everyone around us.

This truth convicts me as I consider how often I pick and choose who “deserves” my love, and who does not. He loves them all. If I am His body, then who am I to judge the worthiness of another?

If Christians understood their role as His ambassadors, we would be drawing people to our Lord instead of repelling them.

Have we become just so much noise as we champion for our rights

and try to get the world to validate our beliefs?

First Corinthians 13 addresses this very issue. We read,” Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

I can speak eloquently, succinctly, accurately, and with great knowledge and wisdom. If I do this without a heart of love, though, I am just another loud person who is demanding to be heard. To the world, I am nothing. I have nothing to offer, and they would prefer that I sit down and shut up.

The truth is that people won’t care how much I know until they know how much I care.

If my sole concern is that of obtaining their validation for what I believe, then I will fail to fulfill my assignment to love them with God’s love.

Their opinions of my beliefs do not alter the truth of the One in whom I believe. It is a challenge to remember that my battle is not with flesh-and-blood people; it is with principalities and powers. The person with whom I am speaking has been blinded and needs my prayer, not my disdain. Lord, help me remember this.

If it weren’t for Jesus, I would not have had a very clear picture of what God was like. Can others say of me, “If it weren’t for you, I would never have known what Jesus is like?”

Lord, help me to be love to others. Make me as accurate an example of You as is possible while I remain on earth.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

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Religion vs. Relationship – Don’t Miss the Point (Part 1)

My personal history is similar to that of the Pharisees. I was so busy with my religious checklists (keeping the law) that I missed the Savior. I did not have a relationship with Him, but I was certainly religious about Him.

For instance, the Lord’s Prayer was my checklist for “conversations” with God (a monologue rather than a dialogue, the way I did it.) Prayer time was when I presented Him with my “to do” list. On top of that, I was very critical and judgmental of those who did not take their religion seriously.

Like the Pharisees, I had missed the point.

I missed the most important list of all, probably because it’s so short. We find it in Matthew 22:36-40. Jesus states that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. The second greatest is to love our neighbor as ourselves. I had all the appearance of a good Christian, but I lacked love…and love happens in relationship.

Something I discovered is that I couldn’t “work up” love for others – especially certain groups of people who broke the Scriptural laws I tried to live by. To me, they were the enemy, standing in the way of what I thought ought to happen.

I’ve watched “them” dismantle the country I love one brick at a time. I tried to show them the error of their ways using Scripture, but my loveless words were a blaring trumpet and crashing cymbals in their ears. Not one of them saw a need to change “parties” and follow my rules.

I despised them for their ignorance.

Over the past several years, though, God has been drawing me into a relationship with Him. He’s been inviting me to get to know Him, not just know about Him. The closer I come to Him, the more things change in me – and not because of my own efforts to be good. The changes come naturally.

As I hear His heart for the lost, compassion for their blindness begins to grow. As I become more aware of His presence, I don’t want to do things that would displease Him. By spending time with Him and hearing Him speak to me, I learn that He is not angry with me but loves me with an everlasting love – that He is pleased with me.

To realize that I am secure in His love has allowed me to grow in grace and love for others. I don’t need to prove – or believe – myself better or more deserving of heaven than another person (a lie I believed most of my life. Which of us “deserves” anything from God?).

I don’t see Christianity as a competition anymore.

This kind of growth did not come from all the check-lists, bullet points, and “10-steps to Christian maturity” programs that I’ve followed for over 40 years. It’s new to me, and very noticeable to others, and began when I left off being merely “religious” and began to pursue a relationship with the Lord.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34 We have to know His love before we can truly love others.

I can know all the rules in the Bible and live by them, yet not know the Author of the Book.

Then I will have truly missed the point!

I will learn from Him best through His Word, as the Spirit prompts me to surrender the unholy parts of my heart to Him. The sinful areas are revealed as I study His Word.

This is not a call to dump the Bible and “feel the love.” To dismiss our Bibles is to silence the Lord’s most powerful way of communicating with us.

Does this make sense?

It is my heart’s desire to call people away from empty, vain “religiosity” and to an intimate relationship with our Lord.

Don’t miss the point!

Don’t miss Part 2 on Wednesday!

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Take Heed

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Matthew 16

King James Version (KJV)

16 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.

2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

5 And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.

6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.

8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Is your church more interested in rote and ritual than it is the glory and worship of God? Do you find your self going through motions or doing things because you feel it is required? Are you listening to your Pastor, but not feeling the love that you felt in the beginning? Beware the leaven of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.  You will miss God if you rely on all those things and don’t reach out and give Him worship and praise. He wants more than anything for you to look for Him, he is that jealous lover that must be first, not the afterthought of some ritual that is empty of desire! If you are feeling lost and empty, reach out to Him! Prayer and fasting are wonderful and what Jesus Himself did when He wanted to be closer with God. Would you be happy with a cold and distant spouse? Or would you rather have joy and praise relished upon you? Take heed!

PTG

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Vain Worship

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 15

King James Version (KJV)

15 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Jesus said that “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” was to worship Him in vain! Isn’t that just what so many churches of today do? People are offended that their lifestyle would not be one that Jesus would approve of, so they pressure others to change their own percecptions instead of changing their lifestyle. Whether it be adultery, idolatry, homosexuality, or any other lifestyle that does not fit. Then they want the church to approve of it, as if that should take away the sin.

If you truly are a believer of God and wish to follow Jesus, you know in your heart that this is not true. Mans ideas of sin, are just something that they have put forth in order to satisfy themselves. If you want to follow Jesus, you must repent of your sins:

Acts 3:19

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Vain worship leads to nowhere but death, worship comes from the heart and contains first and foremost the desire to love God. That is what Jesus said was the great commandment:

Matthew 22:37-39

King James Version (KJV)

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

When you love with all your heart and soul, your desire is to please! Following man’s commandments when they are in opposition to God should be something that we have no desire to do and yet we have church leaders who are leading their flock into opposition with God in their own desire to please man.

PTG

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The Pruitt’s— Missionaries to Ecuador

This is a wonderful mission that deserves support. The work they do with the people of Ecuador both helps them spiritually and physically. They have some amazing testimonies and I hope that you take the time to Check them out!

About the Pruitt’s from their from their website:

“We are pastors of a church in Ecuador. We host medical teams, construction teams, and evangelism teams. If you need more information please contact us.”

From Pastor Pruitt:

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Getting more nervous as the days go by.

“We are down to 27 days and I’m getting nervous.  Nervous about what?  Everything.  The big traveling day and how that’s all going to work out, finding an apartment, and our dog.” Read the rest at Pruitt’s Pages……

Let His Voice be Heard

image by John White

image by John White

A hardness of heart,

will come if we stray;

our greatest defense,

stay true to His way.

If left on our own,

we may get sucked in;

for a great resource,

each other, from sin.

Encourage others,

be true to His way;

keep heart so open,

hear His voice today.

Hold firm till the end,

lift each other up;

trust in the Father,

He’ll fill empty cups.

Let His voice be heard,

so hearts won’t rebel;

help one another,

fend off force of hell.

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” – (Hebrews 3:13)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we were created to be in relationship with You and with one another.  Thank You that You encourage and strengthen us, as we encourage and strengthen each other.  Forgive us for attempting to forge forward on our own, and help us to allow others to come along side and encourage us as we pursue You in all that we say and do.  Keep our hearts soft and sensitive to Your voice.  May our open obedience, as we live life in Your love, lead many to seek and find You.  Teach us to be united in purpose as we encourage one another in You.  All glory and honor to You, God.  Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Exodus International apologizes to ‘gay’ community

by JohnMcTernan

Verse of the Day

 John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Commentary

Exodus InternationalExodus International

What we are now witnessing is the continued meltdown of Christianity in America and the West. The Church leaders throughout the West have surrendered to Islam. They are afraid to stand against Muslims and advancement of Islam in society. They are weak and powerless, and the key word is powerless. It is like the church has surrendered or been defeated by Islam. There are a few bright spots, but for the most part there is no courage to stand and preach the gospel.

The same has happened with homosexuality. It appears that the weakness to stand against Islam has now led to defeat in face of the homosexual agenda. The church is also AWOL and weak and powerless in face of homosexuality. Once again, there are a few bright spots, but the key is the lack of power in dealing with people bound in the sin of homosexuality. These two issues are taking over America, Islam and homosexuality show the absence of power amongst Christians and the leadership. This is a big test that is now showing just how powerless the modern Church is.

I do not know much about Exodus International, but apparently it worked with homosexuals in an attempt to free them of this sin. This group just publicly apologized to the homosexuals for what they attempted to do. “Christian Psychologist”, Dr. Mark Yarhouse of Regents University responded, to the collapse of Exodus International, with a short video titled: Can sexual orientation be changed? How should Christians respond? 

After watching this video, it was so clear to me how powerless this man was in dealing with homosexuality. He was powerless with all his studies and modern teachings. He probably uses the NIV which leaves out, “the Lord Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted”. I have ministered to many suffering Christians, who went to psychologists, and not one ever told me, they were prayed over for a broken heart, not one! Many of the homosexuals are suffering from a broken heart and need it healed, before they can be set free from the bondage of this sin.

For the most part, it is a powerless church, notice I did not say all, using powerless translations with powerless authority in the word of God. We are now seeing the end of this phony Christianity with corrupt translations of the Bible using more psychology than the authority of the word of God, when dealing with sin. The power of Islam and homosexuality is going to put an end to the American church. There is no power in the church to stop either one of these agendas.

It was painful for me to watch Dr. Yarhouse’s video. His powerlessness leaps off the video. He offers no real hope for the homosexual suffering with the bondage of this sin. He really is talking about managing their sin. He offers NO hope from the word of God for the freedom from bondage. He offers a Christianity that is NOT from the Bible. It is the doctrines of men and not God. He appears utterly powerless, and his psychology just as powerless.

What the doctor and his colleagues should do is repent and seek the LORD with prayer and fasting to find out why they are so powerless. They should call upon the Lord for the power of the Holy Spirit to break the power of homosexuality. They should also jettison these weak and powerless modern translations of the Bible like the NIV and NASB and rest in the King James Bible.

Are the following two verses, there are dozens more I could post, not for today? Do they not apply to the sin of homosexuality? Is homosexuality now so powerful, that the poor suffering homosexual cannot be set free of this bondage by the gospel of Jesus Christ! I want real Christianity that lives and functions in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and not this modern powerless nonsense. It is chaff and we want the wheat.

2 Corinthians 10:4,5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

I have a feeling that Exodus International did not use the power of the Holy Spirit but Babylonian psychobabble.

Exodus International apologizes to ‘gay’ community

Alan ChambersAlan Chambers

The following are excerpts from Alan Chambers’ published apology:

“My desire is to completely align with Christ, his Good News for all and his offer of peace amidst the storms of life. My wife Leslie and my beliefs center around grace, the finished work of Christ on the cross and his offer of eternal relationship to any and all that believe. Our beliefs do not center on ‘sin’ because ‘sin’ isn’t at the center of our faith.””There were several years that I conveniently omitted my ongoing same-sex attractions.”

This man was trying to free homosexuals, when he was still in the bondage of this sin. Eventually, the power of this sin won because he was fighting it man’s way and not God’s way.

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me freefrom the law of sin and death.

“I was afraid to share them as readily and easily as I do today. They brought me tremendous shame and I hid them in the hopes they would go away. Looking back, it seems so odd that I thought I could do something to make them stop. Today, however, I accept these feelings as parts of my life that will likely always be there. The days of feeling shame over being human in that way are long over, and I feel free simply accepting myself as my wife and family does. As my friends do. As God does.”

He has denied that Jesus Christ could set him free from this homosexual attraction. He calls it being human and suffers no more shame. How weird is it to be married to a woman and yet at the same time be sexually attracted to men? I have sorrow for this man because he knows nothing about the cleansing power from sin by the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

“More than anything, I am sorry that so many have interpreted this religious rejection by Christians as God’s rejection. I am profoundly sorry that many have walked away from their faith and that some have chosen to end their lives. For the rest of my life I will proclaim nothing but the whole truth of the Gospel, one of grace, mercy and open invitation to all to enter into an inseverable relationship with almighty God.”

It appears that he is giving permission for homosexuals to live in their sin and think that it is approved by God!

“I cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex, but I will exercise my beliefs with great care and respect for those who do not share them.  I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage. But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself.”

He is now telling the homosexuals to go ahead with homosexual “marriage”. This man is so confused that my head is spinning. Somehow telling homosexuals to “marry” is equated to loving them. So if I tell  homosexuals that homosexual marriage is forbidden by God, does that equate to hate?

I see the thinking of Mr. Chambers as very common in the modern evangelical church. It was shocking for me to encounter many young people, who think that homosexuality is not a real sin. Somehow within the modern evangelical church, homosexuality has become a special sin or has special privilege.

The following verses have not changed and that is because the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ has not changed.

1Cor 6:9,10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
(11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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Harrison Faith–Enubamula Church via Kerry Mauldin

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Enubamula Church Photos,Pastor.Paul.
There is narrow and there is compound wall In front of the church. So I took the Inner Congregation
Kerry Mauldin
 Melody and I are so thankful for God’s saving grace and to see the results of the churches being built and filling up…
Thank you each for standing with us and helping with prayer, encouragement and giving!!
I just got this picture today of the Endupamal church plaque, given by Harrison Faith AGod and another at Parvedula the  well given by Mtn Home AGod.  We dedicated this church from DeQueen AG in Oct. and now added the well.
It is joy to see these villages growing and prospering as the first and only churches in the village are dedicated and filling with people wanting to know this Living God!
We must stay focused and have an urgency in our hearts to touch as many lives as possible for Christ.  It is to easy to get caught up with the cares of this life and world and loose the joy of touching lives for Christ!!
It was a joy to do Illinois Special Touch a couple weeks ago and have more camps to do…
By God’s grace and the hard work of the men and women in the villages, we will have more updates of people turning to Christ.
\Please keep praying!!
With sincere thanks, love and prayers,
Kerry and Melody Mauldin
PO Box 140402
Broken Arrow, Ok 74014
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Culmination through Christ

by Elizabeth Kaeton

by Elizabeth Kaeton


Image of invisible,

the firstborn over us all;

by Him all things created,

came to be, as He did call.

Things in heaven and on earth,

those visible and unseen;

all created together,

His craftsmanship to esteem.

He is the head of the church,

body of we who believe;

Who is and was and will be,

our Rock to whom we may cleave.

Because He was fully God,

and still He was fully man;

our peace through His sacrifice,

accepted redemption plan.

We were once so far from God,

because of our evil ways;

now that we are reconciled,

by faith, we’re free all our days.

So continue in fierce faith,

established; and be not moved;

stay true to our Lord Jesus -

our firm foundation of truth.

(Responding to Colossians 1:15-23)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that despite our inability to grasp all that You are, You love us and have made the way for us to be in a relationship with You, the Creator of all! Forgive us for being flippant about our faith, and teach us to be fully invested and firmly established in all that You are offering. Thank You for Your mercy and grace that have granted us access to our faith. Keep temptations far from us, and lead us to love like You. May many come to know the magnificence of You, our Maker, and let lives be changed. All praise to You, our Protector and Provider. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


United in Purpose

image by Tim Dumas

image by Tim Dumas


When we’re united,

in purpose in Christ;

Spirit fellowship,

He in us, will rise.

Comfort in His love,

sweet with compassion;

setting self aside,

serving with passion.

Joy is made complete,

when we work as one;

give for His purpose,

not selfishly done.

Consider others,

offer helping hand;

look not for reward,

hope for fellow man.

Look to the model,

Jesus gave to us;

let His Spirit lead,

all one in purpose.

(Responding to Philippians 2:1-5)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your plans and purposes for us are not as islands, but as part of a body, united in purpose – so that we might strengthen and encourage one another as we seek and serve You with all that we are. Forgive us for the areas of need that we have neglected, and help us to hear and obey You well. Unite us as one in purpose in Your power, so that many may come to know the compassion and care that comes closer still, when we have a personal relationship with You, the Redeemer of our soul. Unite us in Your purpose, I pray. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


Unity in the Body

image by pscuga.org

image by pscuga.org


Be patient and gentle,

live in humility;

bear each other in love,

to walk in unity.

We are but one body,

in Spirit, united;

all called to the same hope,

the day we decided.

There is only one God,

Who is Father of all;

Creator, Redeemer;

protective Fortress wall.

So make every effort,

be united in peace;

may His grace be poured out,

and His blessings increase.

(Responding to Ephesians 4:1-6)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have not created us to take on trials nor triumphs on our own, but You created us for community; meant to be invested in a body of believers so that we might mutually encourage each other in You. Thank You that You give direction in Your word, and lead us by Your Spirit. Forgive us for the times that we neglect a known need, and help us to see one another with Your eyes so that we may grow in patience and gentleness, and live in humility, bearing one another in love. May our peace and unity among the body of believers draw those who know You not, into a safe sanctuary where they can come to know the peace of Your presence and the hope that is held in You alone. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


Update from Pastor Kerry Mauldin

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your prayers are being answered in the villages!! Much more prayers needed!!
Below is a list of church plaques, we just got list today, to go on churches that we gave for in Feb-March.
We gave 59 Prayer Sheds and churches. We took offerings you gave and in some cases added to them with money that was given as a matching contribution of $25,000.
So many villages churches are being planted and growing! It is joy especially as we are teaching those in India to tithe and give and we join beside them to build and drill…

Thank you all so so much! These are just some of the 59 churches given. Please, now pray that churches be complete and we go in Oct to dedicate!
Prayer works and we count on your prayers!

Thank you all so so much for encouraging and standing beside us with investment! It is such a joy to work together and touch lives for Christ!! Urgency!!

Kerry and Melody Mauldin
PO Box 140402
Broken Arrow, Ok 74014

Dear Kerry sir
these are the information of plaques for Feb 2013. one church from Atipamula you told that you will send the plaque information for that you also said it is some Baptist Church so please send the information.
i thank you for all your prayers and encouragement
convey my greetings to Melody Madam.
with much of regards and prayers.

CHERLAGOURARAM
BUILT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
BY
ALTUS AG & SNYDER AG & MAULDIN MINISTRIES.

PITTALAGUDEM
BUILT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
STIGLER AG & MAULDIN MINISTRIES.

GORENKALAPALI
BUILT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
BY
ABUNDANT LIFE CHURCH & MAULDIN MINISTRIES.

Z.V.GUDEM
BUILT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
BY
PICKENS AG & MAULDIN MINISTRIES.

DHERAVAT THANDA
BUILT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
BY
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