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The doctor hits your knee with the little hammer and up comes the leg. Reflex that’s seems to be the word to fit what happens when we hear Christians complain about how hard it is to go against the flow of the world not to mention dealing with the devil. Out comes the advise “no pain no gain” as if that was a quote from one of the gospels rather, than the phrase it is. A slogan for bodybuilders to motivate pushing beyond pain for big muscles.   

So is it a biblical principal? We could certainly say pain should never detour us from picking up our cross and following Jesus. But to gain, well at least we know pain is some thing we deal with until Jesus returns.

Romans 8:22-23 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

I was just thinking about some of our life long struggles of discipling people. I used to say one step forward and two steps back at least that is what it seems like then after years you look back and say wow there is growth after all. I also USED to pray “Lord break them and let them hit rock bottom” when a christian was walking away from the Lord. Then one day it was like a light bulb went off as I read Romans 2:4   Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

I remember when I was a kid and did something wrong, I knew the punishment was deserved but sometimes I was given grace. I actually felt more remorseful not getting what I deserved and wanted to act better. The other way I saw as “well now we are even” and the trouble starts all over. Some times as young believers that is the best..   If you have older children family or friends who have walked away from the Lord and are living a life of sin that breaks your heart start praying for the goodness of the Lord to be released. I have seen more miracles of answered prayer since I started praying this way. Some of the best growth comes with out pain and actually removes pain.  God is Good…….

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You can not believe the terrible impact that christian television superstars have had on the third world. I ran into a problem in Uganda that shocked me. Ministries that flowed in the power of God, seeing people saved, healed and delivered, yet they believed they themselves were not anointed by God. Why because they have been told that if they were anointed then they would be rich and have a car. No car, well then no anointing. Where would they get such an idea ?

Spiritual Reaganomics    

The prosperity preachers are the culprit, maybe not in person or first hand. When you tell people to sow into this anointed ministry and God will deliver you from poverty then it doesn’t take long for that doctrine to develop and it has.  

Creflo Dollar Comes to Uganda

 At the bottom of Creflo’s flyer you will see in Laganda “Janggu Ogaggawale” Translated it means “Come and Get Rich”

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Come and get rich , wow how the message has changed.

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Creflo It is Time, Even Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, may you fall in Love with Jesus and the poor afresh.

 Matthew 19:23-26 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

I mentioned Spiritual Reaganomics: by that I mean under Ronald Reagan’s philosophy you will have a strong economy by keeping the top money makers/employers rolling in the $ then it trickles down to the little guy and in the end everyone is happy.

Now bring that over to the Christian world. It looks like this, keep the superstar TV preachers Rich and they in turn let the little guy sow their money in rich soil and as the rains are released from heaven then the little guy gets rich too. Sound to good to be true? Of course but we are a nation of gamblers so all we need is the chance to get rich and that is what the superstars are betting on. In the US we know deep down it’s not going to work we just want the dream. The problem in the third world is that they really believe they get the trickle down. Then when it does not happen disillusionment sets in.  

Lev 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.

The rich are to bless the poor not the other way around.

Here is a question worth asking.

Can a christian have so much money that it blinds them from their own internal lack?

When Israel was disobedient many times God used a pagan nation to bring them back to proper relationship with Him. God may be using our own government to check Creflo and several others who have extravagant lifestyles. Sen. Charles Grassley has begun an investigative probe. Below you can watch Grassley and Creflo’s rebuttal. I think Creflo did a good job answering from the heart. The truth be told on the matter, if Creflo really believes in his heart that if Jesus came today He would ride around in a Rolls Royce He needs a reality check. Wow I just can not get over it. What could have been accomplished if Creflo would have left his personal Jet at home and flew the way normal people do and took all that money I think .5 million on the get rich crusade and actually touched the poor of Uganda. Creflo it is not to late turn this thing around.

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It my short history with the Lord I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with great Christians one of which is Dierk Mueller. We were students together at Grace Training center in Kansas city Missouri. Dierk is the founder and present director of the Bibelschule Dresden. He became a Christian at the age of 21 while living in South Africa. Dierk studied Theology and Biblical Languages in Kansas City (USA), graduating with a MA from Midwestern Theological Seminary. He teaches courses in Biblical Theology, Old and New Testament and Church History.
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Dierk and Wife Nadia 
His ministry has a web page that can be viewed at http://www.bibelschuledresden.de/ . It can be read it english or Deutsch .

Zirkelsteinstr. 3, 01277 Dresden
Sachsen, Deutschland

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It was my third trip to Uganda and I was working with a small team from Kansas city also working along side missionaries Dave and Ruth Christian. Todd and Vicki Bennett had asked me to mentor their son and He was along on our journey. Vicki had explained that Steven was very gifted and bold but needed to learn some restraint and self control. I asked Her to give me an example of something that had happened with Steven and She did.

She explained that the year before He had been on a mission trip to India and had an incident that caused some attention. We all know the place that cattle hold in India and that they are seen as holy and walk freely through the landscape. Well Steven could not figure out what all the fuss was about and decided maybe He would bring a little excitement to every-ones day. Ride the holy cow, holy cow, Steven what were you thinking. Here it is captured for your enjoyment.

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I said yes and from then until now not a dull moment. Steven has been around the world under my watch and I have to say His parents did great job raising him along with his siblings. My journey with Steven started with a slow down and learn to use the rifle instead of the shotgun. What I mean is He would be all over the place when He would preach telling everything he ever had in his head. I got him to stick to the topic and keep driving it home and in few days it was amazing what God was doing with him. On one occasion we had soccer balls we had been giving out in Christians schools and a Muslim school heard about it and invited us in to do a little motivational speech to get the soccer balls. Steven was up as the speaker and we were not clear with him on what the Muslim school was allowing and being the fearless one, he just gave them the gospel and an alter call and 8 Muslim students came forward to be born again. You can not imagine the frenzy that followed believe me, we were not asked to stay for dinner.

Apostle Paul said one time to follow me as I follow Christ. And I absolutely and not worthy of that comparison I just want to say that Steven has followed well and that has made him a leader. I just released the spiritual apron strings and Steven is on his own leading worship and about to be married to Samantha “Sam” Carpenter a wonderful girl. Though I will miss Steven tagging around the globe with me I am so excited to see where the Lord takes them as soon they will become one flesh. Steven I am proud of you this is your hour remember your history, wisdom is your friend and zeal is your companion. Finish well my friend.

If you are older and have a little wisdom to deposit in the next generation don’t pass up the opportunity. If you are younger full spice and vinegar and seem to have your share of trouble ask the Lord for a mentor. It is in my heart to see those I father spiritually go farther than myself. The older I get the more I get it. Hey here are a few more pictures of Steven around the globe to stir you up in the faith.  

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Isaiah was speaking prophetically about a time when The Lord would move in Egypt, Assyria, and Israel at the same time and that they would be united at the heart level. Read it in context below and I will pick up with some commentary and pictures below.

Isaiah 19:16-25 16 In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it. 17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it. 18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction. 19 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. 20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. 21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. 22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them. 23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: 25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

I have been doing missions trips to Africa and in the old Cush empire for years, at the source of both Niles the white and the blue. You will find Christians there who believe they are the people spoken of in Isaiah 18 as bringing gifts to Jerusalem in the last days. I believe that as well and have been sowing into that idea since 2001. Here is an link to an article I wrote on that subject.

https://riverflowsdown.wordpress.com/2007/11/07/next-wall-to-fall/

The verses found above are very similar to Isaiah chapter 18 in that God is moving in north east Africa. Though we as Americans are so poor in geography most people don’t think of Egypt being part of Africa. A few years ago I was approached by Regina Shank of Carthage Missouri about being part of a prayer team to do on site prayer in Egypt, and Israel and the Northern border of Israel. The goal was to pray that God’s end time purposes would come to pass. 

You might think that is stupid, why would you have to pray for something to happen when God said in His word that it would happen? Well it works like this, in the words of Jesus as He taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom Come Thy will be done as earth as it is in heaven”. Why would Jesus tell us such a thing? Well to those of you who are intercessors. you know that it is simply an invitation to agree with God. Ok then, I get that. Why would you have to go there to pray, why not just pray from your living room? Again it has to do with agreeing with God. Faith without works is dead so we want to touch it, taste it, and sow into it. So we took Arabic bibles into the land and followed the Lord without having any appointments. We simply walked from Israel into Egypt took a taxi to Ciro and a sleeper train to Luxor, and back to Israel, then to the north to the Lebanese border. It was amazing what God did and will remain a secret to protect peoples lives who are living in very hostile situations.

Here is the bottom Line God is about to move in Egypt, and Israel, and the old Assyrian empire and will look like shaking on the outside but inside the shaking you will find Jesus. I learned on this trip how to close your eyes and jump off the mountain into the arms of Jesus it was amazing and I am now living that lifestyle of flying into a country with no connections and following the Holy-Spirit as He opens doors. Sound Like new Testament Christianity, it is, welcome to the life of a follower of Jesus even to the ends of the earth.

Update : May 20 th 2011

WOW , When I wrote this back in 2008, I thought it would look like shaking, on the outside and it does, to the highest level, BUT. I am sitting back in prayer and asking the Lord how He feel’s about America and Europe manipulating these three countries along with many others. In the End God’s will is sit in STONE.

Things to watch for.

More chaos

Higher food prices

A man with a plan will arise have the answer in the form of an unprecedented peace treaty for 7 years.

Persecution for Christianity while other religions are on the rise. The Persecuted church “red hot lovers of Jesus” move underground while biblical signs and wonders are released through their weakness. The separation wheat and tares.

The coming war of all wars, the big one, the final one.

Jesus comes and rules from where it all began. The Prince of Peace, ruling from the city of peace, and the final and complete fulfillment of  all Isaiah saw.

Come Lord Jesus.

Enjoy the pictures and please please please join with me and many others in prayer that word of the Lord would run swiftly in these nations.   

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riding camels to the great pyramids

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River Nile in Cairo

 

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Eastern Gate Jerusalem

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Sea of Galilee

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Alma Jones hits the mission field in Her 70’s whats your excuse !!! I had just come back from my 2nd trip to Uganda and was sharing about the needs of the orphaned children. I noticed in the back of the church Alma Jones was emotionally moved. As soon as the service was over I checked with Alma to see what was going on. She explained that when She was 18 years old She felt the Lord calling Her to the same east African region that I had been to. In those days a single woman would not have found Her way through Bible college and then sent alone into such need. Life handed Her some curve balls and here She was at 72 thinking of what could have been. I reminded Her that God’s callings are sure. If God called Her then She is called Now.

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She took that to be the word of the Lord and a short time later She was In Uganda. She went on Her first stay with Dave and Ruth Christian who spent about 1 year training christian leaders in Uganda. When Dave and Ruth returned home She stayed and has been there for around 4 years.

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On a past trip I got to stay with Alma and see up close what the Lord is doing with Her. She has been teaching leaders how to study the Bible. While there we spent a lot of time with a young man in His teens who was actually pastoring a church due to the fact that the residing pastor had left in a hurry with big issues. No one was qualified to step into that position so this young man was chosen due to that fact that Alma had been mentoring Him. Here She is after Her ride broke down in the field and had to drive back in the back of a truck.

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If you would like Alma to speak on the missions topic and encourage your group that God doesn’t retire you but refire you She’s your lady at 77 years young, contact email at     jjajjauganda@yahoo.com

If you would like to join in the journey by helping Alma out financially, please make your checks payable to House of Friends, and send your donations to P O Box 228, Alma, MO 64001 along with a note for Alma Jones.  All donations are tax deductible. If you would like more information call ·  816 533 2573

Email:  info@houseoffriends.org      web pages:   http://houseoffriends.wordpress.com/      http://www.houseoffriends.org/ 

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All that glimmers is not Gold. The old west is full of stories of greedy men with dashed dreams from their fools gold. During the last election I got in a debate with some co-workers about the the number one priority for voting on a candidate. I said Morality in the white house most everyone else said money in their 401k. We took a poll all week and found about 9 out of 10 people we asked took the money in the 401k over the morality in the white-house. I was shocked but 4 years later as I watch my 401k take an all time low and gas prices take a all time high I reevaluated my idea and came up with the same answer. Morality, despite the old saying its the economy stupid. I may be stupid, but I can still see we are in big trouble in this nation, RECORD TROUBLE MAY BE AROUND THE CORNER.

Tonight I was thinking how many record highs are going on right now and could that be a reflection of the pointing of the moral compass of America. Below you will see what I found on google news search. The Love of Money is the root of all Evil and absolute power corrupts absolutely. One day maybe will will trust in God and not the coin but until then ?

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Global Movie Ticket Sales Hit Record

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moviegoers around the world pushed global box office revenues to a record $26.7 billion in 2007, but rising ticket prices and a weakening dollar accounted for much of the increase, the Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday.

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Gold Hits Record High on Weak Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) — Gold prices shot up Wednesday, briefly surging to a new record just below $1,000 after the dollar tumbled lower and crude oil hit an all-time high, boosting the metal’s appeal as a hedge against inflation.

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Breaking News:

Obama rakes in record money for Feb.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/

Sen. Barack Obama raised $55 million during the 29 days of February. That’s fully $20 million more than his competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton,and an apparent presidential fundraising record for a single month.

That works out to collecting about $79,000 every hour around the clock for February’s 29 days.

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Oil hits record near $106 on weak dollar, OPEC

By Matthew Robinson

http://in.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idINIndia-32325920080307

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil hit a record high near $106 on Thursday, fueled by the weak dollar and OPEC’s decision to hold crude output steady.U.S. oil settled up 95 cents at $105.47 a barrel after hitting a record $105.97 a barrel during the session. London Brent crude rose 97 cents to settle at $102.61 a barrel, after hitting a record $102.95.

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Home Foreclosures Hit Record High

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home foreclosures soared to an all-time high in the final three months of 2007 and probably will keep rising, evidence of homeowners’ suffering and the economic danger from the meltdown.

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Euro Advances to Record High Against Dollar

Before ECB Meeting

By Gavin Finch and Kosuke Goto

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aOBo_x9aAzvo&refer=home

March 6 (Bloomberg) — The euro rose to a record against the dollar on speculation the European Central Bank will keep its key interest rate at the highest in more than six years while the Federal Reserve reduces borrowing costs.

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3/6/2008

Record-high grain prices bolstering rural economy

http://www.hdnews.net/wirestories/k1029-BC-KS-GrainPrices-03-06-0812

AP KANSAS CENTERPIECE

By ROXANA HEGEMAN

Associated Press Writer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Record-high grain prices are fueling a rural economic boom in U.S. farm states such as Kansas.

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Platinum sets record high 2,279.25 dollars per ounce

LONDON (AFP) — Platinum prices spiked to an all-time peak close to 2,300 dollars on Tuesday as the white metal got fresh support on the back of a weak dollar and supply worries in key producer South Africa.

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