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Elijah, Elisha, Peter, and Paul of course Jesus Christ all raised the dead.

Jesus told His disciples to raise the dead.

MATTHEW 10:8 8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Jesus told His disciples they were to teach others to do what He had commanded them.

MATTHEW 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Jesus said those who believe would do the works that He did.

JOHN 14:12 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Even if you don’t believe normal Christians could pray and the Lord answer by raising the dead then at least I think we could agree that God in His sovereignty could and would raise the dead for His purposes.

Here are a few that seem to be verifable, enjoy.

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Dr. Chauncey Crandall: “A voice told me to turn around and pray for that man. I looked down at the body, and I said, ‘Lord, what can I pray for this man? He’s gone.’ All of a sudden these words came out, ‘Father, I cry out for this man’s soul, if he does not know, you raise him from the dead.'”

http://www1.wsvn.com/features/articles/specialreport/MI75423

Watch the news coverage below

 

 

_________________________________________________________Velma “Val” Thomas of West Virginia: Heart stopped after having heart attack symptoms. After 17 hours, Val  had no measurable brain waves. Classified as a real miracle.

ABC news story and video footage http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4923465

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Whirlwinds and Tornadoes, could there be any prophetic significance?

 

God has not only historically used the whirlwind סופה or Tornado’s but according to Nahum 1:3 He has His way in the whirlwind. Take a look at a few verses below.

 

2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

 

Job 38:1-3 1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

 

Jer 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.

 

Jer 25:31-32 31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. 32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.

 

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

 

We know that it rains on the just and on the unjust so I don’t think the Lord sends Tornado’s after people. However my take is when great wickedness takes place like in the case of America’s killing 50,000,000 babies the earth cry’s out. Then spiritual laws of God that govern the natural are released. As we move closer to the last of the last days I would expect this will increase. The increase is what is catching my eye.

 

I went to google news and as of 05/29/08 here were a few of the head lines with links that came up.

 

http://www.lavistasun.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19729386&BRD=2712&PAG=461&dept_id=556239&rfi=6

 

Record tornado season keeping storm chasers busy

By: Mark Young, Midlands News Service

05/29/2008

 

http://www.kswo.com/Global/story.asp?S=8386355

 

US nears record tornado year; meteorologists don’t know why
Associated Press – May 27, 2008 8:05 PM ET

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/local/story.asp?ID=246673

Tornadoes rare in our region

 

 

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Sacrifice a date with the wife, or a golf game or what ever it is we do just don’t stop the POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY PUMP.

MY SILLY POEM

I HAVE A GAS PROBLEM: BY JOHN GROSS

PRIORITY, PRIORITY, WHO MADE THE RULE

$4 A GALLON, DON’T CALL ME A FOOL

WE PAY, YES, AND SO MUCH MORE

THE GOAL, RICH GET RICHER,  THE POOR MORE POOR

WE CAN’T STOP THE MONSTER AT THE PUMP

HE CALLS, I ANSWER, WE NEED FOREST GUMP

RUN FOREST RUN, RUN FAR AND RUN FAST

CLOSE YOUR EYES, AND DREAM OF A PRICE FROM THE PAST

WHAT IF WE STOP AND SAY NO, AND ALL STAY HOME

SADDLE UP THE HORSES AND RIDE WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

PRIORITY PRIORITY WE NEED TO ADJUST

GOD FIRST, FAMILY SECOND IT’S FREEDOM OR BUST

 

 

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Revival in the shadowland

 

At 46 years old I just had my vision tested at 20/20 using a wall chart but reading that something up close is a whole different matter. I preach a lot in Africa with very little light and I just can’t see the words. I asked the Lord to heal me but until that happens I purchased a extra large print Bible that has become my close friend. It happens to be The Holman Christian Standard Bible. I am using that version below to help drive home the point. Sometimes though under normal circumstances we may have spiritual 20/20 vision  adding darkness to the mix we need help with magnification. In the case at hand illumination from the Lord.

 

Revival Fire has broken out all over the world and historically that means wild fire is blazing as well.

I want to address something we may not be thinking about, let me put it in the form of a few questions.

 In revival does the devil stop attacking?

In revival does the devil stop killing?

In revival does the devil stop stealing?

In revival does the devil stop destroying?

 

I believe He is restrained but not stopped.

 

If that is not understood:

 

We may loose our discernment or think it is not necessary.

Put blame at the wrong place when tragedy strikes.

Find ourselves drawing back from the Lord Himself questioning His goodness or sincerity. 

 

 

After Zachariah got His tongue back the Holy Spirit prophesied through Him about the call of His Son John the for-runner. His Ministry would be forever linked with the Lord breaking in like light into darkness but even more than that. The Lord began breaking in upon the very shadow of death.

 

Luke 1:76-80 76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of our God’s merciful compassion by which the Dawn from on high will visit us, 79 to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80 The child grew up and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

 

 

And John did prepare the way, and the Lord did come and break in with His own Son “the Light of the world” and the darkness hated the light.

 

 

Matthew 4:12-17 12 But after He heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 15 O land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the sea road, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles! 16 The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned. 17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”

 

At the point John was walking through the shadowland of death about to be beheaded Jesus the Light of the world increased His light by shifting His message to Repentance More light was the antidote for more darkness.

 

Question , Are we following the example?

 At the point of encountering the shadow of death we must cry out for the power of Christ to break in NOT SHRINK BACK.

 Acts 2:14-20 14 But Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “Jewish men and all you residents of Jerusalem, let this be known to you and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning. 16 On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 I will even pour out My Spirit on My male and female slaves in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and remarkable day of the Lord comes;

 

We love to quote Joel’s prophecy like Peter did, we love it when we have dreams and visions we love it when we get to be used in the gift of prophecy. BUT, when the sun is turned to darkness or the moon to blood?

 Let us not be offended but respond with,

 

COME LORD JESUS.

 

Why this blog now? Because many I love have been faced with death of friends and family this week. These are not cold Christians but red hot fiery in Love with Jesus Christians. As I am faced with my own questions related to grief and pain this blog is my response from my heart. Revival defined as Jesus breaking into our here and now is worth it and nothing the devil can throw our way will hinder it. Just because the devil is still active is no reason to pull back, Let us move forward in Love Together. 

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The First Official Memorial Day
May 30, 1868

 

 

 In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day. He declared it to be “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. A ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff.

In 1971, federal law changed the observance of the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all those who died in American wars

There was a Memorial day that that happened 1000’s years before this one and God Himself declared it to Moses for all of Israel to observe.

Exodus 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

There was also a general memorial given to Joshua found in Joshua 4:1-24 in story of Gilgal.

Joshua 4

 1And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying,  2Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,  3And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.  4Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man:  5And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel:  6That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?  7Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.  8And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.  9And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.  10For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over.  11And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the LORD passed over, and the priests, in the presence of the people.  12And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses spake unto them: 13About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.  14On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.  15And the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, 16Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan. 17Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jordan. 18And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. 19And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. 20And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 21And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? 22Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 23For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: 24That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

 

In both cases Israel was to remember what the Lord had done for them. As in today we remember on Memorial Day those who have fought for freedom and now rest in peace. As we do that this year may we remember the one who has paid with His life for our ultimate freedom, Jesus Christ.

From the complete Jewish bible

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

23 For what I received from the Lord is just what I passed on to you – that the Lord Yeshua, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; 24 and after he had made the b’rakhah he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this as a memorial to me”; 25 likewise also the cup after the meal, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant effected by my blood; do this, as often as you drink it, as a memorial to me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he comes.

 

 

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What would Jesus do if He were here? What would He say if He showed up in the average Christian home at the most inopportune time?

The real question is how would He respond at the condition of the body of Christ. Would he still heal the sick,,  would He still cast out devils, would he still take a whip and clean out a church for compromise? Would He be welcome, would He be noticed?

I was pondering these questions and it dawned on me WE HAVE LOST JESUS. We shouldn’t feel bad. Mary and Joseph did the same thing they simply lost God. Not that Jesus needed to be found He knew where He was.

Luke 2:41-52 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Jesus was about the Father’s business.

Father’s business  vs  Church business

What business are we in?

Do we know the difference?

Can you miss someone you never Knew?

Will some be surprised with the words I never knew you?

What if Jesus comes to His Church before He comes for His Church?

What if He has and He was hungry and thirsty or a stranger or just strange?

Mat 25:31-46 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

What if we asked Him to come and do through His Body what He would do if He were really here?

Let the Spirit and the Bride say come. YES, Come Lord Jesus Come.

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I heard someone say that Jesus did not come to make good people better but make friends of the very enemy’s of God.

Something deep within me cry’s out ” true, true”.

The Truth is,

Jesus said in Mark 10:17-27 there was none good but God

17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

David said it in Psalms 14:1-3

1The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God ” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. 3They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

Paul Said it in Romans 3:10-11

10 As it is written: “ There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

So we are not good we are not righteous. So if we are not good then Jesus did not come to make us better SO what did He come for?

Here are a few of the reason’s

To do the Fathers will.

John 6:38-40: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

To save us

John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Mat 18:11 “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

1 John 1:1-4 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

To fulfill the laws requirement of the penality of Sin

Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

To be the Light of the World

John 12:46 “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

To rule as King and testify the truth.

John 18:37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

To destroy the works of the devil and Give Life more abudantly.

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

1 John 3:8 The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

The church has lost a few things I believe the Lord is about to give back. It will be painful to many and many will be offended and turn away. The one thing that stands out,  we have lost the historical view of of the depravity of man. We actually need to be saved. Out side of Jesus there is no eternal life only eternal punishment.

Salvation as laid out in the book of romans.

Romans 1:20-21: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:13 “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

We have lost the ability to repent and the concept of obedience. In most churchs the first act of obedience being baptism is not even mentioned. The anabaptist’s were killed for their obedience yet we are scared to death of this verse. Not to mention the “gift of the Holy Ghost” We have lost that as well the very one who convicts the world of sin righteousness and judgment. Lord Help Us!

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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