Eyeballs Materialize

We need demonstration of God’s power, today.  Not just excellency of speech.  In fact the Apostle Paul said those words, himself, a couple of centuries ago…”not with persuasive words of wisdom.  But, in demonstration and power” (1st Corinthians 2:4).  If it was true then, how much more NOW?!

I’ve personally witnessed many, many verifiable miracles.  In ministry meetings in other countries;  But, also in my own church, Sanctuary Revival Center, Davenport, IA.

However, this one blows my mind.  Not only the blind seeing, but eyeballs appearing. Watch:

Ground Zero Mosque and Freedom of Religion

Let me first be clear about one important fact.  Jesus died for the world, Muslims included.  The focus of this post is not about promoting fear or hatred.  But, it is also clear to me that the Ground Zero Mosque is not about freedom of religion. It’s about domination of Islam. Here is why…

To think that building a Mosque at “Ground Zero” is demonstrating freedom of religion is a misunderstanding of Mideastern Culture.

The truth is…

For centuries, Muslims have built mosques on the sites of their greatest military victories.  The purpose was to celebrate their triumph over their enemies.

The ground zero mosque will be a clear signal and celebration of victory to the Arab World (I repeat, “I am not against the Arab race as a people and individuals…but, I do oppose radical Islam as a religion.)

The last words on the lips of the 9/11 hijackers were “Allah Akbar”(Allah is the Greatest)…and those words will ring out over the grave site of more than 2,700 innocent Americans day and night if this mosque is built.  To me, and 70% of the American public, this is not a signal of the Muslim world showing honor but, instead, dishonor.

I do not, normally, post a political subject matter here.  But, I don’t believe this is a political issue, nor a topic on freedom of religion.  It’s a spiritual issue and needs to be handled as such.  The scriptures say, “If my people who call on my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.” Do with this what you will.  But, first…check in with your own heart.  True life is about more than building a bigger, better, widget; Or, checking one’s own belly button lint to see if it feels good.

Gary

Desired Behavior Change

Most people like change about as much as getting a root canal.  (Just the words sound…<shiver>)  HOWEVER, most people also have things they would like to change in their behavior patterns.  Here’s some solid advise:

A change of habit is essential.  However, changing a habit requires practice.  You have to practice the new habit before you feel it, understand how it works, or “do it right” before that habit will impact your desired behavior change.

Most of us already know the little “change agents” that will move us the right direction. Most of the time we don’t “feel” like it at the moment we need to be practicing it.

So, stop waiting to feel like doing it before you engage the action part. If we wait for the feeling, nothing will probably ever change.  Scientific tests tell us that.  Practice of something must precede the feelings.  Always.  But, practice will usher in the satisfaction of positive change.

What other things have you discovered brought about some positive changes in your life?  Please share for everyone’s good.  Add a comment:

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Right Place – Wrong Attitude

Have you ever wondered how you could have “all your ducks in a row” AND be in the right place at the right time and still seem to be loosing out?

Is it possible that you are in the right place….BUT….have the wrong attitude?  What I mean is this….

The man at the healing pool (John 5) had been waiting for 38 years for his healing (big break)  He was at the right place. But, his attitude was the big buga-boo!
Jesus asked if he wanted to be healed.   “Of course I do…and I could be IF ONLY…” (I’ve taken liberty with the man’s statement, but it’s pretty accurate).

IF ONLY…

  • He would have helped me
  • They would have helped me
  • She wouldn’t have done this/that
  • My boss wasn’t such a jerk
  • My husband/wife wasn’t always tired
  • Etc. (You fill in the blank)

Jesus response:  Pick up your mat and walk.  (Lay down your excuses and walk your own life.)  Take my words at face value and go instead of being…

…such a scaredy cat.  Yea, but what if it doesn’t work?  What if something bad happens?  What if they (the illusive “they”) think I’m out of my mind?

Okay…but…there’s just a natural odds on fact from the question:  What if it does work?  What if something good happens?  What if they think your brilliant when see the results?  The more we put God’s word to the test, the more we see amazing things materialize in our lives.

Gary

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Never Give Up

Decide, today, that “giving up/throwing in the towel” is not an option.  You have to finish. But not in your own strength.  Never in your own strength. That’s been your problem.  Finish with the strength of your Heavenly Father.  Watch this short video.  It will give you courage:

Are You An Information Junkie?

An information junkie is, typically, a great guy or gal with wonderful dreams and desires for life.  Probably not unlike you and me.

They know that information is power.  At least, that is what they’ve heard…and that’s what they believe.  That’s true enough…sorta.

So you’re half-way there…

Information is power… when it’s acted upon!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got “tons” of good stuff (much of it unopened or half read) on topics that will connect you with your dreams and desires in life.  Not much power there…except the power to gather dust.

And, oh yea, the power to trick me into thinking I’m closer to achieving my desire simply by virtue of the fact that I have all that good information close at hand (er, I think so…although I’m not totally sure anymore what I actually have….or how it might be relevant.)

So, what do I do to start converting the information to power?

  • Get off the “I’m gunna do this, and I’m gunna do that” treadmill…
  • Admit (outloud), “I’m an information junkie and my first gunna is to get straight
  • Take the time to make a priorities list of the things you consider the most important for you…
  • Pick the top 3 and “parking lot” the rest (ie: “parking lot” means don’t destroy but give a much lower level of priority)
  • Intentionally focus on the 3 (This will take practice…remember you’re being delivered from an addiction to information)
  • Form action habits within your top 3 priority list.  It will not take as long as you think to start forming healthy habits once you start acting on something

Remember:  Information with Action is Power!  You can do it! 🙂

Gary

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Experimenting With Prayer (2)

The “withering the giant in his tracks” is the kind of praying that I’m after.  Learning how to open a can of (well you know what) all over the devil is my petition.  And along with all of the “Atomic praying” I want to discover the kind of communication with God that feels like I’m talking to my best friend.

Guess What?

You gotta get gutsy.  You gotta look at apparent failure (when you thought you offered your best prayer and nothing happened), realize failure is only failure if you quit, and pray again….maybe smarter this time because you take another approach that you’ve learned from experimenting a bit…or alot.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”

So, instead of whining, “God doesn’t answer my prayers…boo hoo,” refuel yourself with Scriptures that deal with God’s answers to your issues, ask the Holy Spirit for some wacky strategy and jump in the pool in the deep end, again.

  • Sing your prayers for awhile
  • Write them in the form of poems…even if it doesn’t seem like very good poems.
  • Pray early before the day begins
  • Pray late after the busy-ness has taken a break for another day
  • Walk around the block
  • Walk in the woods
  • Talk to God when you’re mowing the grass, or doing dishes

There are as many legitimate ways to communicate as there are stars in the heavens, and as many authentic styles as there are grains of sand on the seashore.

THE IMPORTANT PART: Try 2, 4, 10, or 20 until you find something that works for you.

Have you found something that works especially well for you.  Share it here.  It may be the very thing someone else that’s reading this hadn’t thought about…they try it….it changes everything for them.  And, it doesn’t have to be profound.  Something simple is often the Master Key.

Gary

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Btw….Here’s one of my prayer atmosphere videos that is very popular: