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Importance of Godly Character via American Minute

By Bill Federer
On NOVEMBER 18, 1807, Thomas Jefferson replied to Captain John Thomas of the Newhope Baptist Church:”Among the most inestimable of our blessings is that…of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable in His will;

a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.”


On NOVEMBER 18, 1869, after the Civil War, the most popular preacher in America, Henry Ward Beecher, stated:

“In the unity of the nation…we hope much from religion; very little from sectarian churches;

much from the Spirit of God blessing the Truth of his Word to the hearts of individual men;

much from the individual men that are nobler than their sect;

much from free men whose adhesion to forms and ceremonies is the least part of their existence;

much from religion as it exists in its higher forms in individual nature and in public sentiment;

very little from dogmas; very little from theology as such…

Let us implore the God of our fathers, by his own wise providence, to save us from our wanton passions, from impertinent egotism, from pride, arrogance, cruelty, and sensual lusts, that as a nation we may show forth his praise in all the earth.”


On NOVEMBER 18, 1886, President Chester Arthur died. The son of a Baptist minister from Ireland, he was an abolitionist lawyer who defended the rights of African Americans, and the Union’s Inspector General during the Civil War.

President Chester Arthur stated October 25, 1882:

“The blessings demanding our gratitude are numerous and varied…for…moral education of our youth;

for the influence upon the conscience of a restraining and transforming religion…for these and for many other blessings we should give thanks…

I do recommend…that the people, ceasing from their daily labors…draw near to the throne of Almighty God, offering to Him praise and gratitude for the manifold goodness which He has vouchsafed to us.”


On NOVEMBER 18, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in Savannah, Georgia, :

“We are celebrating the planting of the Colony of Georgia… which had its roots in religious teachings and religious liberty, a State in which the first Sunday School was established…

Let me…read to you a very short passage from…a great son of a great Georgia mother, Theodore Roosevelt. He said:

‘Spiritually and ethically we must strive to bring about clean living and right thinking. We appreciate that the things of the body are important; but we appreciate also that the things of the soul are immeasurably more important.'”


On NOVEMBER 18, 1992, The New York Times printed Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice’s statement:

“The less we emphasize the Christian religion the further we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos in the United States of America.”

On NOVEMBER 18, 1957, Julius Caesar Watts, Jr., better know as J.C. Watts, was born.

A college and pro football player, he was a youth minister and, in 1994, was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he was chosen House Conference Chairman.


In response to the President’s 1997 State of the Union Address, Congressman J.C. Watts stated:

“I was taught to respect everyone for the simple reason that we’re all God’s children.

I was taught, in the words of Martin Luther King, to judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.

And I was taught that character is simply doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.”

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Southern Baptists sounding full-scale retreat in culture war?

by JohnMcTernan

                             Verse of the Day

Matthew 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Commentary

Have they surrendered to the Hard Left and running for the "tall grass"?Have they surrendered to the Hard Left and running for the “tall grass”?

Southern Baptists sounding full-scale retreat in culture war? 10/22/13 I called the Southern Baptist Headquarters a few years back, when the Hard Left was taking over the military and promoting homosexuality. I do not remember who I spoke with, but he wanted no part of standing against this.

What they fail to understand is that the Hard Left is not going to stop until they have destroyed any vestige of God in America. This includes destroying the Southern Baptists. This is a real war and the Baptists have refused to stand in the name of Jesus against this evil.

This is great opportunity for the Southern Baptists to lead the nation in repentance and calling for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but instead they are “hiding in the tall grass.”

I wonder if they will ever make a stand or just go quietly to gulags or camps? If belong to this denomination, why not challenge your pastor and call headquarters!

“Moore instead warns conservatives that gays and lesbians are not part of an “evil conspiracy.”

While most homosexuals aren’t in some kind of sinister partnership with nefarious forces, the same cannot be said of homosexual activists. Wikipedia lists no less than 72 groups in the United States alone whose mission is to normalize the “infamous crime against nature,” to demand special rights on the basis of aberrant sexual behavior, to radically redefine marriage and the family, and to demonize pro-family organizations as “hate groups” for disagreeing with them.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are in fact part of an evil conspiracy to celebrate behavior that according to Romans 1 is “contrary to nature,” consists of “shameless acts” and causes participants to “receiv(e)…in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

I remember years back when I was being interviewed on a TV station about my book As America Has Done to Israel. They started the show by playing a radio clip from one of the top leaders of the Southern Baptists who was publicly denouncing me. He did not do it by name, but it was clear he was denouncing my book and its concepts. I was asked to respond to this attack. What took me back was the venom with which he attacked me. What struck me about his attack was how he lacked the fear of God. Now look at the state of this denomination!

It is very disheartening to see such blind and powerless people in leadership, but I look to Jesus and not at the “blind guides.”

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We look to the Lord Jesus no matter what happens to America. We can still seek the power of the Holy Spirit and live in this power. We can still win souls and warn of the judgment to come. Because others are running for cover does not mean that God is now powerless.

During the Thursday night prayer session, we have been praying for an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit and people are stirred. There are now over 30, who want the power of the Holy Spirit for evangelism. We are praying to break the spirit of fear over us and to release the power of the Holy Spirit. You can be part of this by sending me your first name along with city and state: McT911@aol.com

Please attend the prayer meeting, or you can listen to the archives: The Prayer of the Solemn Assembly.

I also provide a Prophecy Packet, which contains great literature that you hand out. Now is the time to be a witness for the Lord and stand for Him. If you want a sample of the Prophecy Packet emailDaystarwindow@optonline.net and ask for a copy. Make sure to give your mailing address. They are free of charge.

May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.

Revelation 6:16,17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Israel and the Middle East War

US could accept Israeli strike on Iran soon, says former IDF intel chief 10/24/13 It appears that the window to attack Iran is now down to a few months. Israel will strike Iran as it has no choice because Iran is building nuclear weapons to use against Israel. Time is almost up and hour of darkness is closing in.

“Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin made his assessment clear: the coming year would be the year of decision for Israel on Iran. The next several months, he said, would provide the last opportunity for Israel to confidently and effectively strike the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, if that’s what it chooses to do.”

Signs of rift between Israel and US over Iran 10/21/13 Obama is in an appeasement mode while Israel is ready for war. When you think of Obama as the Commander-in-Chief and the current state of the military, how could we go to war? A prolonged war with Iran would bankrupt the nation in just a few months.

“I think that in this situation as long as we do not see actions instead of words, the international pressure must continue to be applied and even increased,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet. “The greater the pressure, the greater the chance that there will be a genuine dismantling of the Iranian military nuclear program.”Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its very survival, citing Iranian references to Israel’s destruction.”

Israel: New Settlement Building in West Bank Coming Soon 10/25/13 This usually brings world condemnation on Israel.

Israel-EU Ties to Fray Without Settlements Compromise 10/25/13 Europe is getting ready to boycott Israel starting 2014, so I do not think Israel really cares what the EU says.

Angry at U.S. policies, Mideast allies chart own course 10/23/13 This is all part of God stripping the power from America.

“When you’re not viewed as a reliable ally, and as a country no longer as dominant in the region, you lose influence on everything,” says Elliott Abrams, a former adviser on the Middle East to former president George W. Bush. “You’ll get less help on anything that doesn’t involve their immediate interests.”

Abrams says the Obama administration’s reluctance to take a strong hand in the region’s conflicts is fracturing longstanding relationships with allies and threatens to make it harder to control events in favor of U.S. national security.”

Hard Left in the Military

Does Army consider Christians, Tea Party, a terror threat? 10/23/13 The Hard Left in leadership sure does.

“Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”

” I was very shocked and couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” the soldier said. “I felt like my religious liberties, that I risk my life and sacrifice time away from family to fight for, were being taken away.”

And while a large portion of the briefing dealt with the threat evangelicals and the Tea Party pose to the nation, barely a word was said about Islamic extremism, the soldier said.

“Our community is still healing from the act of terrorism brought on by Nidal Hasan – who really is a terrorist,” the soldier said. “This is a slap in the face. “The military is supposed to defend freedom and to classify the vast majority of the military that claim to be Christian as terrorists is sick.”

Military gives bonuses only to same-sex couples
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/military-gives-bonuses-only-to-same-sex-duos/#j3Y83HwjWKXwkH8U.99
Military gives bonuses only to same-sex couples
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/military-gives-bonuses-only-to-same-sex-duos/#j3Y83HwjWKXwkH8U.99

Army stands down on Christian bashing 10/25/13 I believe the the military will make noise about stopping this but will not unless there is tremendous public pressure. There are too many reprobates now in high positions of authority that despise God and the Bible. They literally cannot control this hatred, which is directed against us. It is like trying to hold back the Muslim Brotherhood from attacking Christians or Israel.

“The Camp Shelby episode also drew the attention of Congress, where Reps. Doug Lamborn, Steve Scalise, John Fleming, Joseph Pitts and Tim Huelskamp joined in a letter to the Pentagon stating: “This most recent mislabeling of a Christian organization reflects what appears to be a troubling trend of religious intolerance in the military.”

Military gives bonuses only to same-sex couples 08/20/13 The ones in authority who authorized this are the same ones that despise us as bigots and intolerant religious fundamentalists. In the Hard Left circles a “fundamentalist” is one of the worst names to call a person.

Hard Left

Syrian Christians turning to Russia for protection 10/16/13 This is because Obama and the West are pro Muslim Brotherhood. The West is in the process of being merged with the Muslim Brotherhood because of rebellion against the Holy God of Israel.

Geneva Conference Moves Toward Criminalizing “Islamophobia”10/22/13 Most of Europe already criminalizes speech against Islam, which of course, is just telling the truth about it. This is aimed directly at the United States. Islam is based upon lies and the truth destroys it. The Muslims must silence the truth to survive, so they come up with laws like this. With Obama supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, he might try to push this on America.

Poland archbishop slammed over sex abuse comments  10/23/13 This is the mind of pedophile, that if an innocent child gets “close” to a pedophile, then sexual activity could be partly the fault of the child! There was an uproar in Poland over this and the same has to happen in America. We can not give up one inch on this issue to the pedophiles and their Hard Left supporters. They want the children to feed their lusts.

“The leader of Poland’s Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that children are partly to blame for being sexually abused by priests. Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland’s influential Episcopate, was commenting this month on revelations about Polish pedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, “seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too.”

Pathologists share their horror stories of handling bodies of aborted babies 10/24/13 This is heartbreaking to read, but this is what brings the wrath of God on the nation.

 Financial Armageddon

The Growing Rift With Saudi Arabia Threatens To Severely Damage The Petrodollar
Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-growing-rift-with-saudi-arabia-threatens-to-severely-damage-the-petrodollar/#YtWMl21TiMHtXSc3.99

The Growing Rift With Saudi Arabia Threatens To Severely Damage The Petrodollar  10/23/13 Take the time to read this article, as it clearly lays out what is coming economically. This is a great article.

The Growing Rift With Saudi Arabia Threatens To Severely Damage The Petrodollar
Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-growing-rift-with-saudi-arabia-threatens-to-severely-damage-the-petrodollar/#YtWMl21TiMHtXSc3.99

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Reprinted with the permission of the author John McTernan

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Village of Sorrow

By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
This mission has been so awesome in many ways, and had challenges in others!

We are healthy and blessed, but this area had political turmoil and all buses shut down and we struggled to find reliable transportation.  We got a taxi (5 plus 1) and 9 of us and all our luggage inside.  Has no shocks and so so slow to go hundreds of miles…  Opportunity to send email for prayer cover has been so challenged!!
However:
We went to remote area of villages near the quarries.
We pull up to Chinthalapeta (Sorrow Village) and are greeted by some villagers.
We follow these bare footed friendly people into a thicket of scrubby trees where they had cleared out an area and swept it clean and put a circle of plastic folding chairs.
It was like as a kid when we had a secret place to go make a fort…
This is where they met for service and the land is given for a church.
30 adults and children set crosslegged on the tarp as we share about Christ and taught.  They so much want a church as there is no church at all here.
These are hard working people.  One young woman started with 1 goat 7 years ago and now has 25 to go with a captivating smile that filled her face as it flowed out of a heart full of hunger for Jesus.
We gave matching amount and these people gave for the church!
Many were watching from around in front of their small houses and we went and shared.  One woman said “NO” she would not leave here gods and pray to Jesus, but by end of visit, she and all were waving with huge smiles as we left…
“Our parents named this SORROW VILLAGE”… but these people are choosing joy!
Lord help us that we choose JOY every day as the choice is ours!!
Today built 3 churches by Tyler TX First AG all in same region.
Jim, a Baptist from Alabama,  did baptisms and plunges right in to the water to get the job done!  Joshua, Youth pastor from Fairland OK AG makes friends so easy and is always right there….
Praveen and Veena Bunyan interpreting and a blessing!!
Great Team and so much to be done!!
Thanks so much for praying!!!
Melody, Kerry, Jim and Josh
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Art He that Should Come?

Matthew 11

King James Version (KJV)

11 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

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John Bunyan and Pilgrim’s Progress

American Minute with Bill Federer

FEB. 22 – John Bunyan and Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan was a poor, unskilled tinker by trade.In 1657, at age 29, Bunyan became a Baptist minister and was arrested for having religious meetings, preaching without a license from the government.

John Bunyan wrote in aRelation of My Imprisonment:

“Upon the 12th of…November 1660…the justice…issued out his warrant to take me…as if we that were to meet together…to do some fearful business, to the destruction of the country; when alas! the constable, when he came in, found us only with our Bibles in our hands, ready to speak and hear the word of God…

So I was taken and forced to depart…But before I went away, I spake some few words of counsel and encouragement to the people, declaring to them…that they would not be discouraged, for it was a mercy to suffer upon so good account…we suffer as Christians…better be the persecuted, than the persecutors.”

John Bunyan was imprisoned for 12 years, during which time he tried to support his family by making shoelaces.

He wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, published FEBRUARY 18, 1678.

It was an allegory of a pilgrim, named Christian, who fled from the City of Destruction and was directed by Evangelist to follow the narrow path, overcoming temptations, depressions, deceptions, and persecutions till he reached the Celestial City of Zion.

Pilgrim’s Progress was translated into over 100 languages and, after the Bible, was the world’s best-seller for hundreds of years.

It was found in nearly every colonial New England home, along with the Bible and Fox’s Book of Martyrs.

Benjamin Franklin wrote in hisAutobiography:

“My old favorite author, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress…has been translated into most of the languages of Europe, and suppose it has been more generally read than any other book, except perhaps the Bible.”

It inspired many subsequent books, such as Mark Twain‘sInnocents Abroad or the New Pilgrim’s Progress (1869); C.S. Lewis’ Pilgrim’s Regress (1933); and L. Frank Baum‘sWizard of Oz (1900).

Pilgrim’s Progress began:

“As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.

I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and, as he read, he wept, and trembled; and, not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, What shall I do?”

Later in the book, John Bunyan wrote:

“Christian ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending, and upon that place stood a cross…So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back.”

Further in Pilgrim’s Progress is written:

“Then said Christian, You make me afraid, but whither shall I fly to be safe?…To go back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death, and life-everlasting beyond it. I will yet go forward…

Frighted with the sight of the lions…Christian to himself again, These beasts range in the night for their prey; and if they should meet with me in the dark…how should I escape being by them torn in pieces?…

He lift up his eyes, and behold there was a very stately palace before him…He entered into a very narrow passage…he espied two lions in the way…

The porter at the lodge…perceiving that Christian made a halt as if he would go back, cried unto him, saying, Is thy strength so small? Fear not the lions, for they are chained, and are placed there for trial of faith where it is, and for discovery of those that had none. Keep in the midst of the path, and no hurt shall come unto thee…

He went on, trembling for fear of the lions, but taking good heed to the directions of the porter; he heard them roar, but they did him no harm…”

John Bunyan continued:

“But now, in this Valley of Humiliation, poor Christian was hard put to it…a foul fiend coming over the field to meet him; his name is Apollyon. Then did Christian begin to be afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground.

But he considered again that he had no armour for his back; and therefore thought that to turn the back to him might give him the greater advantage with ease to pierce him with his darts. Therefore he resolved to venture and stand his ground…

The monster was hideous to behold; he was clothed with scales…wings like a dragon, feet like a bear, and out of his belly came fire and smoke…

Apollyon straddled quite over the whole breadth of the way, and said…prepare thyself to die; for I swear by my infernal den, that thou shalt go no further; here will I spill thy soul. And with that he threw a flaming dart at his breast; but Christian had a shield in his hand, with which he caught it…

Apollyon as fast made at him, throwing darts as thick as hail; by the which, notwithstanding all that Christian could do to avoid it, Apollyon wounded him in his head, his hand, and foot…

This sore combat lasted for above half a day, even till Christian was almost quite spent; for you must know that Christian, by reason of his wounds, must needs grow weaker and weaker…

Christian’s sword flew out of his hand. Then said Apollyon, I am sure of thee now. And with that he had almost pressed him to death, so that Christian began to despair of life;

but as God would have it, while Apollyon was fetching of his last blow, thereby to make a full end of this good man, Christian nimbly stretched out his hand for his sword, and caught it, saying, Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall I shall arise; and with that gave him a deadly thrust, which made him give back…

And with that Apollyon spread forth his dragon’s wings, and sped him away, that Christian for a season saw him no more…

A more unequal match can hardly be, –
Christian must fight an angel; but you see,
The valiant man by handling Sword and Shield,
Doth make him, though a Dragon, quit the field.”

Ben Franklin wrote in hisAutobiography:

“From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. Pleased with the Pilgrim’s Progress, my first collection was of John Bunyan’s works in separate little volumes.”

President Theodore Roosevelt stated while laying the cornerstone of the office building of the House of Representatives, April 14, 1906:

“In Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress you may recall the description of the man with the muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward, with the muck-rake in his hand, who was offered a celestial crown for his muck-rake, but who would neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor.”

President Grover Cleveland had memorized Pilgrim’s Progress as a youth, and commented:

“I have always felt that my training as a minister’s son has been more valuable to me as a strengthening influence than any other incident in life.”

President Ronald Reagan greeted Australia’s Prime Minister, June 30, 1981, referring to John Bunyan:

“Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, ‘We are all travelers in what John Bunyan calls the wilderness of this world. And the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend – they keep us worthy of ourselves.'”

President Franklin Roosevelt referred to John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress on January 19, 1936:

“When Theodore Roosevelt died, the Secretary of his class at Harvard, in sending classmates a notice of his passing, added this quotation from ‘Pilgrim’s Progress':

‘My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder.'”
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Update from Pastor Kerry Mauldin


Subject: Only by Gods Grace…by Kerry Mauldin
    We stopped at a church in Miryalagudem first thing in early morning.  A man Venkanna, 33 and his wife, daughter 10 and son 12 were waiting.  I so vividly remember 7 years ago in the first prayer shed by a swamp as this young woman was in the dirt of that prayer shed and she was so broken with tears crying for God to bring Venkanna , then 26, back.  He was introduced to some men and had financial challenges so he began to go with them…
These men would dress like women with saree and make-up and would go thru the city and create havoc banging drums, noise and beg and demand money.  In Nandyal similar people came where we stay and we would go inside and lock the door.  These are tough people…
Venkanna lived 7 years with these men who were homosexual and would even “marry”, according to Venkanna.  “We faced so many problems and never had peace or joy.  We all knew what we were doing was very wrong, but we were stubborn and would not listen.  Some went to church, but would not listen and were determined for this life…”  “Some would join us because wanted money and that life…”
Venkatt got a knot  (tumor) in his stomach and needed surgery.  3 months ago, he called his wife from another city and she took him back.  She went deep in debt to do the 150000 surgery, but it was done.  Now Venkatt is home, with HIV and no relationship is possible in natural with his wife, But she stood with him.
He looked me in the eye and shared his heart of regretting his choice and death it has brought, but his determination to serve the Lord now!!
They have nothing and deeply in debt.  He has only one skill, laundry… So we gave 3000rs as he requested equipment to iron laundry–a talent.
Lord, to have the grace, mercy and compassion that Venkannas wife had as she cried out and did not give up for 7 years…
At Paradula the POWER of God came down!!!  This is dedication of a beautiful church all painted and nice, given in part by DeQueen AG in ARK.
When we came here last Feb. all the believers were at the church location laying cement blocks.  Melody , I and Jeff gallant all carried some blocks and there was joy!  We sat in the village with many people around and shared Christ.  The church is growing and good strong church is in the village now!!
Pastor is Spirit filled pentecostal, but this little hut church was first planted by a church 11 years ago “Faith Baptist Church“.  Now 11 years and had grown out of hut and we came to village and helped construct.
As we set in congregation of 40 or sobaptised believers, 20 more not yet baptised…  None had baptism of Holy Spirit.  Annointing came strong and I shared and prepared the hearts.  These are all givers, good, hard working people, but they wanted more of God.  After sharing and they asking God to fill them, they all were on knees with arms lifted and asking and waiting, God began to move!!!  One womana with tears streaming began to let out an almost bone chilling shout that startled me, but immediately I knew it was God!!  These Baptists could shout!!!  One by one they were touched or out under the power of God!!  Some testified they got a new langusge they did not understand…
I know this church given in part by DeQueen AG will prosper much!!!  We gave a well here given by Mountain Home AG, as it is 2km to closest water.  All these ladies were excited to not carry water.  Some also had glasses still that we gave in Feb. and all remembered the salvation bracelet message!!!
We stopped for 1 baptism at a stream by the road near, Tirumalangira.  As we made our way to the water, a police jeep stopped and commander got out and began to question, “Why are you here?  What are you doing? He was hindu and and thoughts flashing thru my heart.
“We came here to pray”, one said!  “Is this a temple?” the police asked?  “No, we just are praying here.”
Then the uniformed officer man stood beside me and put arm on my shoulder around me and crutches and his deputy stepped up with camera to take our picture.
“If you need any help in my area, call.”  “Carry on” he said!!
It was a relief, as i was not sure what to expect.  Some problems can come for baptising, but only GODS GRACE……
Longer drive today, but much anticipation day by day!  God is giving strength and 2 more join us this evening from Dubai
I have been concerned my leg is still so weak.  Sitting in car, every village we pass thru (so many) I am pressing hard 25 times 3 different ways on that knee to try and exercise that muscle of the knee-leg and get to walk freely again!1  Only by Gods grace!!
Thank you so much for prayingand standing with us to encourage!!
Kerry and Melody

Louie Giglio Mashup of Stars and Whales Singing God’s Praise

Thanks to the Youth Pastor at our church for this video –- Bro. Jerry Minchew

also read Psalm 148

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;

Praise Him in all the heights!

Praise Him, all His angels;

Praise Him, all His hosts!

Praise Him, sun and moon;

Praise Him, all you stars of light!

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,

And you waters above3 the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

For He commanded and they were created.

He has also established them forever and ever;

He has made a decree which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,

You great sea creatures and all the depths;

Fire and hail, snow and clouds;

Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

Mountains and all hills;

Fruitful trees and all cedars;

Beasts and all cattle;

Creeping things and flying fowl;

Kings of the earth and all peoples;

Princes and all judges of the earth;

Both young men and maidens;

Old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

For His name alone is exalted;

His glory is above the earth and heaven.

And He has exalted the horn of His people,

The praise of all His saints—-

Of the children of Israel,

A people near to Him.  

Praise the Lord!


American Minute Crosswalk@crosswalkmail.com

Julius Caesar Watts, Jr., better know as J.C. Watts, was born NOVEMBER 18, 1957. A college and pro football player, he was a youth minister and, in 1994, was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he was chosen House Conference Chairman. In response to the President’s 1997 State of the Union Address, Congressman J.C. Watts stated: “I was taught to respect everyone for the simple reason that we’re all God’s children. I was taught, in the words of Martin Luther King, to judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. And I was taught that character is simply doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.” Also on NOVEMBER 18, in the year 1886, President Chester Arthur died. The son of a Baptist minister from Ireland, Chester Arthur became an abolitionist lawyer, defending the rights of African Americans, and, during the Civil War, was Inspector General. Upon the assassination of James Garfield, President Chester Arthur wrote September 22, 1881: “The deep grief which fills all hearts should manifest itself with one accord toward the Throne of Infinite Grace…We should bow before the Almighty and seek from Him consolation in our affliction.”

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My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountainside, Let freedom ring!” This hymn was written by Samuel Francis Smith, who died NOVEMBER 16, 1895. A Harvard classmate of poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Smith went to Andover Theological Seminary and became a Baptist minister. While a student in 1832, Samuel Francis Smith admired a tune while translating a German Hymnal, the same tune used for British, Canadian, Russian, Danish, Swedish and Swiss National anthems. Smith stated: “I instantly felt the impulse to write a patriotic hymn of my own, adapted to the tune. Picking up a scrap of waste paper which lay near me, I wrote at once.” In proclaiming “Let Freedom Ring Day,” July 3, 1986, President Ronald Reagan recited the hymn’s 4th stanza, stating: “As the golden glow of the Statue of Liberty‘s rekindled torch calls forth…throughout our land, let every American take it as a summons to rededication, recalling those words we sang as children: ‘Our father’s God, to Thee, Author of Liberty, To Thee we sing, Long may our land be bright With Freedom’s Holy Light. Protect us by Thy might, Great God, Our King.'”

Late-Term Abortion Practitioner: “Yes I am Killing” Babies (via Life News)

Please take the time to read the complete story at Life News and watch the video, then consider the context my friends. This is so wrong on so many levels, I don’t know where to start. 1) he is performing abortions on children as young as nine years old and yet the news department that is questioning him, never bothers to question if he reports these abuse’s of children. 2) he profess’s to be a man of faith and prays to God as he commits the murder(which he freely admits is murder), this is outrageous on it’s face, as if God is okay with the murder because it is babies. 3) the way that it is handled by the media as if he is just performing another service for the community. I am sorry friends, I could go on, but this is just beyond me. I am afraid that people are becoming morally numb because of the pervasiveness of this kind of attitude. Please read the story, watch the video, pass it around, bring it up in your families and churches, stop this madness. God bless you all, and keep these babies in your prayers!

by Lisa Graas | Austin, TX | LifeNews.com | 11/14/11 1:43 PM

n October, we told you about Medicaid paying for $9000 late-term abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) in New Mexico. Operation Rescue has since revealed that SWO is willing to do abortions as late as 30 weeks to kill unborn children with Down Syndrome at a cost to Medicaid of up to $16,000 per procedure.

One of the abortionists on staff at SWO, Dr. Curtis Boyd, made a shocking admission to Austin local news channel KVUE in 2009: “Am I killing? Yes I am

KVUE Anchors: A north Texas doctor who performs abortions is back in the spotlight this mid-day. His clinic shut down a while ago, but now he’s re-opened a surgery center. He is now the only doctor in the area who will perform late-term abortions, that’s for women who are up to six months pregnant. It’s not surprise that he’s been the target of protests, but as KVUE’s Jim Douglas shows us, there is a surprise in the doctor’s story.

Dr. Curtis Boyd: Am I killing? Yes, I am. I know that.

Reporter: It’s a jarring admission, especially from a doctor, and perhaps even more so from this doctor.

Boyd: I’m an ordained Baptist minister.

Reporter: He’s now Unitarian who says he prays often. Maybe not as often as members of the Catholic pro-life committee who gather outside his office hoping to stop his work, and certainly his prayers are different.

Boyd: And then I’ll ask that the spirit of this pregnancy be returned to God with love and with understanding.

Boyd is certainly not new to the abortion business nor to claiming divine endorsement for what he admits is direct killing. In an article for the pro-abortion publication Voices of Choice, Boyd admits to having been an abortionist in the Sixties prior to the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion. He claimed that the decision to have an abortion is “responsible” and even more “moral” than the decision to choose life.

When a woman acts in a responsible way, doing what she believes is in her best interest and the best interest of her family, she’s being moral. This is a moral decision, and I believe in that. Even today they walk in my office and they think that what they’re doing is wrong and that they’re a bad person for doing it. And that’s really sad because what they’re often doing is showing a higher level of moral development than probably most anyone else. Read the rest at Life News.com

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/11/14/late-term-abortion-practitioner-yes-i-am-killing-babies/


The Power of Herman Cain (via American Thinker)

By Robin of Berkeley

One of my first church experiences was also the most memorable.  It was a spontaneous occurrence, when the power went out.

I was in a huge, mostly black church in a rough part of town.  This was at a time when church shootings in that city had reached epidemic proportions.

The pastor had started delivering his sermonwhen suddenly most of the lights went out.  The stage and the auditorium were very dimly lit.

Over a thousand people sat there in awkward silence.  From what I could see of the stage, the minister and the staff who rushed to help looked worried and uncomfortable.

All of a sudden, an older black woman rose from the audience and strode confidently up to the stage.  We all stared at her; no one had any idea what she was going to do.

When she reached center stage, she started singing, passionately, a cappella.  She sang some sort of “Negro spiritual” (as they were once called), one that I had never heard before.  Most of the black people in the audience applauded thunderously and stood up to sing along.  Though the church was nondenominational, the majority of them were likely raised Baptist and were familiar with the songs.

I could see the excitement and feelings of pride on the faces of those standing and singing.  They were not just sharing their history and songs.  Their soaring spirit was shining a bright light in the darkness.  One song led to another and another, and soon most of us, of every race, were standing up, clapping, and trying our best to sing along.

Once the lights went on, the minister again took to the stage.  He appeared moved, astonished, really…swept away by the power of God to bring us all together peacefully in the darkness.

I thought of this amazing happening when I read about what Herman Cain decided to do when thepower went out at his recent speech in Tennessee.  He had just started delivering his talk when thegenerator fueling his mike failed.

After a few awkward moments, Cain did the most amazing thing, something perhaps unique in the annals of politics: he started singing — and an apt song, “The Impossible Dream.”  Perhaps inspired by the power of music, Cain even ended his appearance with a hymn about God’s infinite grace and forgiveness called “He Looked Beyond My Faults.”

One could hardly imagine Obama handling the situation so seamlessly and graciously.  When his teleprompter fails, Obama is usually rendered speechless or tongue-tied.  My guess is that Obama also becomes irritated at the people running the show.

Yet Cain didn’t flinch or get frustrated or angry.  He did what my church friends did…he invoked music and joy and, even more importantly, God, the only true force that unites.  Not surprisingly, the mostly white audience was dazzled.

What Cain did that day reminds me of the legacy of “Negro spirituals,” of how blacks composed and sang them during slavery.  Astonishingly, the slaves did not lose their faith, even amidst the horrors of slavery.  Instead, they summoned God Himself through their sonorous songs.  Rather than descend into misery and despair, the slaves sang words that invoked God’s mercy and deep and abiding love. Read the rest at American Thinker http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/the_

power_of_herman_cain.html


As Long As God Is Glorified! (via Samuel at Gilgal)

As Long As God Is Glorified! From the writings of Charles Spurgeon: Do not desire to be the principal man in the church. Be lowly. Be humble. The best man in the church is the man who is willing to be a doormat for all to wipe their boots on, the brother who does not mind what happens to him at all, so long as God is glorified. (From: "Micah's Message for Today") … Read More

via Samuel at Gilgal


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