Aug 31, 2011

Salvation Club Membership campaign for the promotion of Literature in India.



Salvation Club Membership campaign for the promotion of Literature in India.


As we all know that literature is a tool to bring revival.Imagine if we doesn't have the Bible what will happen?
As I travel around in my place Chennai you can easily find Literature stores.When I am in other parts there is always scarcityof even Bibles.To promote Literature in every nook and corner of India we have planned for a membership program where we also have the chance of sharing the salvation message to all doesn't know.
Here is how it works.
I pay Rs 1000/- as a life time membership offering.
In turn you get
1.Membership card
2.A starter kit worth 800/-
3.15-17% discount on the resources.
4.If you introduce 1 member you will get a 200/- gift voucher.
Your talents will be used for the glory of our lord.
Eligibility
1.Nationality - Indian (For NRIs - 5000/-)
2.Should be born again.
If interested please fill the form available in the following link.
Any queries feel free to call me at - 9840087469 or 8144647080

BE FILLED UP TO THE BRIM


BE FILLED UP TO THE BRIM
Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim (John 2:7).
Bible says that our God is the God of Miracles; He is the Miracle Working God, to display His power God will do miracles in our life (Psalm 77:14). Bible speaks about the miracles of God. Jesus Christ was also performing miracles when he was in this world, for Jesus said whatever he is doing it is the Father in him doing them (John 14:10). The first miracle of Jesus is excessively related with our life. We cannot walk in the fellowship of God unless we are chosen by God. When He chose us, He will glorify us (Romans 8:30). Let us see how the first miracle of Jesus will be applicable to our life as the followers of Christ.
We all might have known when Jesus attended the wedding, there the wine was over and his mother came to him and said, “They have no more wine”. It is a puzzle to me why she came to Jesus where as Jesus was only invited to attend the marriage as all others do. Jesus has performed his first miracle there and changed the water into the wine. Before doing this Jesus told the servants to fill the water pots with water. We can see, the servants are not of Jesus’ servants, Jesus had no servants, but friends (Luke 12:4, John 15:15), they are but the servants of the families where the wedding is taking place. But they listened to Jesus, for mother of Jesus told them to do so. When they were filling the jars it was just water, but when they took it out it was wine (John 2:3-9).
Like wise when we are filled with something within us, we cannot be filled with the word of God, we should get emptied to see the miracle of God. It is true experience of my life. When I had everything with me, I never attempted to be filled with the Word of God, but when I have lost everything in my life one by one then was the time to be filled with the Word of God, God has arranged His servants to fill me with His word. The servants listened to him and filled me with the Word of God, God saw this, and then God performed the best miracle in my life and made me to stand for Him. Today the people who know about my past life really feel amazing about this.
The Word of God is considered as the water, for Bible says, God will sanctify us with His Word using it as the water (Ephesians 5:26), and the wine is considered as a medicine for healing or relief from pain (Luke 10:34). So with the water that is filled in us by the servants of Gods, God will turn it as the wine of healing and comfort within us to take us to the master of the feast that is held in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 8:11). Be ready to get filled with the waters up to the brim, for God will change this water into the wine. This is the first and great miracle of God in our life.
GOD BLESS YOU

History Made in Pakistan; Hope for Christians


This is for the very first time in the history of Pakistan that there will be representation of Pakistani religious minorities in the Upper House of the Parliament.(Islamabad, Pakistan)—In an historic move, the Senate of Pakistan will now, under the 18th Constitutional Amendment Act 2010, have four seats reserved for minorities—one each from the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The 18th amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 has been a blessing for the minorities and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). It has restored the confidence of the minorities, including Christians, by this act because it would have been in the regime of late Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, a former Prime Minister of Pakistan, and the founder of Pakistan People’s Party, who implemented the present constitution of Pakistan.

Aug 30, 2011

Benefits From Trials..

  
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"And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation." II Corinthians 1:6.

For twelve long years John Bunyan languished in prison. It was here, however, that he wrote his famous Pilgrim's Progress, one of the world's most read books.

 Bunyan said,

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 "I was at home in prison, and I sat me down and wrote and wrote, for the joy did make me write."

Had Bunyan not been in prison it is highly unlikely that he would have ever written his famous work. It was also from prison that the Apostle Paul wrote several of his most valuable epistles recorded in the New Testament.

It has been said that the ancients use an interesting instrument called a tribulum to beat grain to separate the chaff from the wheat. Tribulum is the word from which we get our word tribulation.

 It's the tribulation in our lives that divides the "chaff" from the "wheat."

 The trials and tribulations that come our way can make us bitter or they can make us better. The choice is ours.

The important thing is never to waste our pain but to invest it wisely in motivating ourselves to grow and to help encourage others to do the same.

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us"

Aug 29, 2011

THE GREAT REDEMPTION

THE GREAT REDEMPTION

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:2).

Bible says, God has created us in His image and in His likeness (Genesis 1:27). He has created man after a long discussion with His angels when He said, “let us make man”, as He thought so, God has made man. After a quite peaceful time in the hands of God, the enemy entered into the world and caused the woman first to disobey God and through that woman it has caused the man get corrupted. So the creation of God has corrupted and became the desires of corruption. When God created man, He didn’t take the patent rights on His own creation. Hence God had to pay the price to buy His own creation.

Psalmist says that we should put our hope in the LORD, for he is with unfailing love for us and with him is full redemption (Psalm 130:7). With this full redemption, God has bought us again by a great price. From whom Jesus has redeemed us? From the hands of the devil Jesus has redeemed us. We know what we are when we are in the hands of the enemy, once when we are out of his hands; we never want to be there again. If we really know the price that Jesus paid for us to redeem us from the hands of the devil, we never see back to be in its hands again. For the price Jesus paid is his own blood, In Jesus, the Son of God we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7).

We have an assurance of God, that once we are in the hands of God means we are engraved in the palms of His hand (Isaiah 49:16), Jesus saying that when we are in his hands no one can pluck from his hands (John 10:28). It was the greatest transfer of our life from the hands of the devil into the hands of the God where we can feel great security. Let us all sing praises to God, if we truly believe that we are redeemed from the hands of the enemy.

GOD BLESS YOU

Aug 28, 2011

The Stuart Hamblen Challenge.



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Back in the 50's there was a well known radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named Stuart Hamblen who was noted for his drinking, womanizing partying, etc.

One of his bigger hits at the time was "I won't go hunting with you Jake, but I'll go chasing women".

One day, along came a young preacher holding a tent revival.

Hamblen had him on his radio show presumably to poke fun at him.

In order to gather more material for his show, Hamblin showed up at one of the revival meetings.

Early in the service the preacher announced, "There is one man in this audience who is a big fake."

There were probably others who thought the same thing, but Hamblen was convinced that he was the one the preacher was talking about (some would call that conviction), but he was having none of that.

Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher's hotel door around 2 am demanding that the preacher pray for him!

But the preacher refused, saying, "This is between you and God and I'm not going to get in the middle of it."

But he did invite Stuart in and they talked until about 5 am at which point Stuart dropped to his knees and with tears, cried out to God.

But that is not the end of the story. Stuart quit drinking, quit chasing women, quit everything that was "fun".

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Soon he began to lose favor with the Hollywood crowd.

He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor.

Hard times were upon him.

He tried writing a couple of "Christian" songs but the only one that had much success was "This Old House", written for his friend Rosemary Clooney.

As he continued to struggle, a long time friend named John took him aside and told him, "all your troubles started when you 'got religion', was it worth it all?"

Stuart answered simply, "Yes".

Then his friend asked, "You liked your booze so much, don't you ever miss it?"

And his answer was, "No".

John then said, "I don't understand how you could give it up so easily."

And Stuart's response was, "It's no big secret. All things are possible with God."

To this John said "That's a catchy phrase. You should write a song about it."

And as they say, the rest is history.

The song Stuart wrote was "It Is No Secret"

It is no secret what God can do.

What He's done for others, He'll do for you.

With arms wide open, He'll welcome you.

It is no secret, what God can do....

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By the way......... the friend was John Wayne. 

And the young preacher who refused to pray for Stuart Hamblen ?

That was Billy Graham.

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Samuel Morris - An African Missionary to America



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You have heard of missionaries who went to Africa to tell the people about Jesus.
 But did you know that in the late 1800s an African man came to the Americans and showed the love of Jesus?
OHHHHHH…………… An African Missionary to America….!!!!!!@#
His name was Samuel Morris, or Kaboo, as he was known to his tribe. His story is as amazing today as it was to those who met the young SamuelMorris more than 100 years ago.
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Let’s start the Story……
Over 130 years ago, in a small Liberian village in West Africa, Samuel Morris was born Prince Kaboo, the eldest son of a Kru tribal chieftain.
While still a child, a neighboring clan defeated his people and demanded that Kaboo's father pay a hefty ransom for his son's return.
The Miraculous Escape

Kaboo experiences a blinding light, a voice from God, and release from captivity.
The conquering chief subjected Kaboo to terrible treatment and cruel labor.
During one of many intense whippings, Kaboo said he saw a bright light and heard a voice from Heaven telling him to flee. Kaboo recalled that the rope binding him fell to the ground, after which he gathered his strength and ran into the jungle.
Traveling at night and hiding in the hollow of trees by day, Kaboo navigated blindly through a jungle dominated by jungle law.
 Eventually he arrived at Monrovia, the one city of the thousands in Liberia that was civilized and under the rule of law.
 At a coffee plantation that provided work and shelter, a young boy invited him to church where Miss Knolls, a missionary and graduate of Taylor University (then known as Fort Wayne College), spoke on the conversion of the Apostle Paul.
Kaboo immediately recognized the story as being similar to his escape.
 Shortly afterward, he accepted Christ as Savior and was baptized under the name of Samuel Morris in honor of the missionary’s benefactor.
Faith to Move a Mountain
Morris spent the next two years painting houses in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. He became a zealous member of the Christian community and displayed a fervent desire to learn about the Holy Spirit.
 Missionaries encouraged him to travel to America and seek the instruction of Stephen Merritt, former secretary to Bishop William Taylor.
 With no money or means of transportation, Morris began his journey on foot.
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From Liberia to New York
Sleeping on the beach at the Robertsport harbor, Morris waited several days before finding passage on a ship in exchange for work.
The journey would prove a difficult one as Morris was often beaten and assigned to the most dangerous tasks.
However, by the time the ship docked in New York in September of 1891, the captain and most of the crew had accepted Christ because of Morris' witness.

Morris Arrives in America

Check written to cover Morris’ board at Taylor University would eventually aid over 200 international students in their Taylor experience.
As a pastor and sponsor of a rescue mission, Merrit warmly received Morris.
 He contacted Thaddeus Reade, then president of Taylor University, and requested to enroll Morris at the school.
Due to Taylor's financial debt, Reade personally started a fund for Morris. The fruit of his effort would later be known as the "Faith Fund".

The "Angel in Ebony" at Taylor University

In December of 1891, Morris arrived on Taylor's campus (then in Fort Wayne, Ind.). When asked by Reade which room he wanted, Morris replied,
"If there is a room that nobody wants, give that to me."
 Morris' faith had such a profound impact on the Fort Wayne community that he was frequently invited to speak at local churches. At night, he could regularly be heard in his room praying, which he simply called "talking to my Father."
Morris often asked others to read Scripture to him.
When one student refused, saying he did not believe in the Bible anymore, Morris replied,
 "My dear brother, your Father speaks to you, and you do not believe him? Your brother speaks, and you do not believe him? The sun shines and you do not believe it? God is your father, Christ your brother, the Holy Ghost your Sun."

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President Reade once said,
"Samuel Morris was a divinely sent messenger of God to Taylor University. He thought he was coming over here to prepare himself for his mission to his people, but his coming was to prepare Taylor University for her mission to the whole world.
All who met him were impressed with his sublime, yet simple faith in God."

Morris’ Death

On May 12, 1893, Samuel Morris died after contracting a severe cold. His death inspired his fellow students to serve as missionaries to Africa on his behalf, fulfilling his dream of one day returning to minister to his own people.
Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of Fort Wayne as Samuel Morris' body was carried to Berry Street Methodist Church.
 Lindley Baldwin, author of Samuel Morris, writes
 "the burial ceremony in Lindenwood cemetery, his last earthly resting place, was attended by a multitude such had never before accompanied there."
Morris' untimely passing prevented him from participating at the laying of the cornerstone at Taylor's new Upland campus, where he was scheduled to speak and sing.
He asked God to heal him, but Samuel's work on earth was done.
He died just five years after coming to America. But the story doesn't end there.
 God used Samuel's simple faith and strong prayer life in a mighty way.
Many students took the Gospel that Samuel understood so well back to Africa and even around the world.
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No one would believe the adventures of nineteenth-century missionary Samuel Morris, unless they believe in a God of compassion and grace.
Tell others about Jesus like Samuel Morris did:
 Though we are not all called to the ministry of an Overseas Missionary, we are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not believers. 

Death of a Guru: The Story of Rabi Maharaj


 No matter how fulfilling life becomes, there are always certain regrets when one looks back.
 My deepest sense of loss involves my father. So much has happened since his death. I often wonder what it would be like to share it all with him, and what his reaction would be.
We never shared anything in our lives. Because of vows he had taken before I was born, not once did he ever speak to me or pay me the slightest heed. Just two words from him would have made me unspeakably happy.
 How I wanted to hear him say, "Rabi. Son." Just once. But he never did.
For eight long years he uttered not a word.
 The trancelike condition he had achieved is called in the East a state of higher consciousness and can be attained only through deep meditation.
"Why is Father that way?"
I would ask my mother, still too young to understand. "He is someone very special -- the greatest man you could have for a father," she would reply. "He is seeking the true Self that lies within us all, the One Being, of which there is no other. And that's what you are too, Rabi."
Father had set an example, achieved wide acclaim, and earned the worship of many, and it was inevitable that upon his death his mantle would fall upon me. I had never imagined, however, that I would still be so young when this fateful day arrived.
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When father died I felt I had lost everything. Though I had scarcely known him as my father, he had been my inspiration -- a god -- and now he was dead.
At his funeral, my father's stiff body was placed on a great pile of firewood. The thought of his body being sacrificed to Agni, the god of fire, added a new dimension of mystery to the bewilderment and deep sense of loss that already overwhelmed me.
As the flames engulfed him, it was impossible to suppress the anguish I felt.
 "Mommy!" I screamed. "Mommy!" If she heard me above the roar of sparks and fire, she made no indication.
A true Hindu, she found strength to follow the teaching of Krishna: she would mourn neither the living nor the dead. Not once did she cry as the flames consumed my father.
After my father's funeral, I became a favourite subject for the palm-readers and astrologers who frequented our house. Our family would hardly make an important decision without consulting an astrologer, so it was vital that my future be confirmed in the same way.
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 It was encouraging to learn that the lines on my palms and the planets and stars, according to those who interpreted them, all agreed I would become a great Hindu leader.
 I was obviously a chosen vessel, destined for early success in the search for union with Brahman (the One). The forces that had guided my father were now guiding me.
I was only eleven and already many people were bowing before me, laying gifts of money, cotton cloth, and other treasures at my feet and hanging garlands of flowers around my neck at religious ceremonies.
How I loved religious ceremonies -- especially private ones in our own home or those of others, where friends and relatives would crowd in. There I would be the centre of attention, admired by all. I loved to move through the audience, sprinkling holy water on worshipers or marking foreheads with the sacred white sandalwood paste.
I also loved how the worshipers, after the ceremony, bowed low before me to leave their offerings at my feet.
While vacationing at an Aunt's ranch, I had my first real encounter with Jesus. I was walking along enjoying nature one day and was startled by a rustling sound in the underbrush behind me.
 I turned quickly and, to my horror, saw a large snake coming directly toward me -- its beady eyes staring intently into mine. I felt paralyzed, wanting desperately to run but unable to move.
In that moment of frozen terror, out of the past came my mother's voice, repeating words I had long forgotten:
 "Rabi, if ever you're in real danger and nothing else seems to work, there's another god you can pray to. His name is Jesus."
"Jesus! Help me!" I tried to yell, but the desperate cry was choked and hardly audible.
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To my astonishment, the snake turned around and quickly wriggled off into the underbrush.
 Breathless and still trembling, I was filled with wondering gratitude to this amazing god, Jesus. Why had my mother not taught me more about him?
During my third year in high school I experienced an increasingly deep inner conflict.
 My growing awareness of God as the Creator, separate and distinct from the universe He had made, contradicted the Hindu concept that god was everything, that the Creator and the Creation were one and the same.
 If there was only One Reality, then Brahman was evil as well as good, death as well as life, hatred as well as love. That made everything meaningless, life an absurdity. It was not easy to maintain both one's sanity and the view that good and evil, love and hate, life and death were One Reality.
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One day a friend of my cousin Shanti, whose name was Molli, came by to visit.
She asked me about whether I found my faith fulfilling. Trying to hide my emptiness, I lied and told her I was very happy and that my religion was the Truth. She listened patiently to my pompous and sometimes arrogant pronouncements.
Without arguing, she exposed my emptiness gently with politely phrased questions.
She told me that Jesus had brought her close to God. She also said that God is a God of love and that He desires us to be close to Him. As appealing as this sounded to me, I stubbornly resisted, not willing to surrender my Hindu roots.
Still, I found myself asking, "What makes you so happy? You must have been doing a lot of meditation."
"I used to," Molli responded, "but not anymore. Jesus has given me a peace and joy that I never knew before." Then she said, "Rabi, you don't seem very happy. Are you?"
I lowered my voice: "I'm not happy. I wish I had your joy." Was I saying this?
"My joy is because my sins are forgiven," said Molli. "Peace and joy come from Christ, through really knowing Him."
We continued talking for half a day, unaware of how the time had passed. I wanted her peace and joy, but I was absolutely resolved that I wasn't going to give up any part of my religion.
As she was leaving, she said:
 "Before you go to bed tonight, Rabi, please get on your knees and ask God to show you the Truth -- and I'll be praying for you." With a wave of her hand she was gone.
Pride demanded that I reject everything Molli had said, but I was too desperate to save face any longer. I fell to my knees, conscious that I was giving in to her request.
"God, the true God and Creator, please show me the truth!"
Something inside me snapped. For the first time in my life, I felt I had really prayed and gotten through -- not to some impersonal Force, but to the true God who loves and cares. Too tired to think any longer, I crawled into bed and fell asleep almost instantly.
Soon after, my cousin Krishna invited me to a Christian meeting. I again surprised myself by responding: "Why not?"
On our way there, Krishna and I were joined by Ramkair, a new acquaintance of his. "Do you know anything about this meeting?" I asked him, anxious to get some advance information.
"A little," he replied. "I became a Christian recently."
"Tell me," I said eagerly. "Did Jesus really change your life?" Ramkair smiled broadly. "He sure did! Everything is different."
"It's really true, Rab!" added Krishna enthusiastically. "I've become a Christian too -- just a few days ago."
The preacher's sermon was based on Psalm 23, and the words, "The Lord is my shepherd," made my heart leap. After expounding the Psalm, the preacher said:
"Jesus wants to be your Shepherd. Have you heard His voice speaking to your heart? Why not open your heart to Him now? Don't wait until tomorrow -- that may be too late!"
The preacher seemed to be speaking directly to me. I could delay no longer.
I quickly knelt in front of him. He smiled and asked if anyone else wanted to receive Jesus. No one stirred. Then he asked the Christians to come forward and pray with me. Several did, kneeling beside me. For years Hindus had bowed before me -- and now I was kneeling before a Christian.
Aloud I repeated after him a prayer inviting Jesus into my heart.
When the preacher said, "Amen," he suggested I pray in my own words. Quietly, choking with emotion, I began:
 "Lord Jesus, I've never studied the Bible, but I've heard that you died for my sins at Calvary so I could be forgiven and reconciled to God. Please forgive me all my sins. Come into my heart!"
Before I finished, I knew that Jesus wasn't just another one of several million gods. He was the God for whom I had hungered. He Himself was the Creator. Yet, He loved me enough to become a man and die for my sins.
With that realization, tons of darkness seemed to lift and a brilliant light flooded my soul.
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After arriving home, Krishna and I found the entire family waiting up for us, apparently having heard what had happened.
 "I asked Jesus into my life tonight!" I exclaimed happily, as I looked from one to another of those startled faces.
 "It's glorious. I can't tell you how much he means to me already."
Some in my family seemed wounded and bewildered; others seemed happy for me. But before it was all over with, thirteen of us had ended up giving our hearts to Jesus! It was incredible.
The following day I walked resolutely into the prayer room with Krishna.
 Together we carried everything out into the yard: idols, Hindu scriptures, and religious paraphernalia. We wanted to rid ourselves of every tie with the past and with the powers of darkness that had blinded and enslaved us for so long.
When everything had been piled on the rubbish heap, we set it on fire and watched the flames consume our past. The tiny figures we once feared as gods were turning to ashes. We hugged one another and offered thanks to the Son of God who had died to set us free.
I found my thoughts going back to my father's cremation nearly eight years before.
 In contrast to our new found joy, that scene had aroused inconsolable grief. My father's body had been offered to the very same false gods who now lay in smouldering fragments before me.
 It seemed unbelievable that I should be participating with great joy in the utter destruction of that which represented all I had once believed in so fanatically.
In a sense this was my cremation ceremony -- the end of the person I had once been...the death of a guru. The old Rabi Maharaj had died in Christ. And out of that grave a new Rabi had risen in whom Christ was now living.
(Editor's Note: If you would be interested in a detailed account of Rabi's conversion, read his book Death of a Guru. Rabi is presently based in Southern California and is involved in evangelism all over the world. He invites you to write: East/West Gospel Ministries, P.O. Box 2191, La Habra, CA 90632.)
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Kirk Cameron – Hollywood Heartthrob...



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"I was rich, I was young, I was famous, I could do anything I wanted with whomever I wanted." - Kirk Cameron

BELLFLOWER, California - At the height of his Hollywood success, former "Growing Pains" sitcom star Kirk Cameron started worrying about something his money couldn't buy: salvation.

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He had more than just legions of fanatic fans.

He also had stalkers and kidnapping threats, and was sometimes driven to the set in a bulletproof car. It got him thinking about his own mortality. He had it all, but still felt empty.

"I was raised not going to church. We never prayed - didn't know how. Are you supposed to close your eyes, keep them open? Look up? Look down? Get on my knees? What do I do?"

Cameron started reading the bible and going to church.

 He became a believer, but says his transition had some growing pains of its own.

Testimony:

During the Left Behind concert tour, Kirk Cameron shared his testimony with the capacity crowd at the People's Church in Franklin, Tennessee.

He began by revealing his feelings of deep loneliness, even during his successful stint on "Growing Pains."

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 Kirk said that much like the character Buck Williams whom he plays in the movie, he discovered how much he needs Christ in his life.

Through a friend Kirk came to know God.

"He said, 'Kirk, what you're feeling and the things you are talking to me about are the result of the fact that you don't know God. You don't know that you were made by God to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him.'

He explained to me about how sin separates you from God and how there is this stubborn, selfish streak that ran deep in the heart of every person, that we're all the same and that we need to turn our hearts to God and ask Him to forgive us, that God, more than anything, wants us to do that and He has provided a way for that to happen through His Son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay the price of my sin.

 So we can just come to Him and say 'God, please forgive me. I'll live my life for You.'


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And I thought that, although I wanted it to be true, and I wrestled with so many thoughts in my mind and I had so many questions and doubts.

 And finally there was a day where I remember very vividly saying to myself,

 'You know, Kirk, you can play around with the ideas of God and being a good person and all this stuff, but you know what?

 If you die tonight, you wouldn't be going to heaven, because if the Bible's true then being a good person is not what it's all about. The only way to heaven is by turning away from your sin and turning to God through faith in Jesus Christ.'

I didn't know any kind of theology or any kind of ways to pray. I just closed my eyes one day and said,

 'God, if you're real, I really need to know. If You're there and You love me, You would show me in a way that I can really understand.'

It wasn't like a lightning bolt came through the door or anything, but it was like this little flame in my heart just sparked and it's stayed lit ever since then; my growing relationship with the best friend I've ever had.

And He began to change who I am and what I live for. So I can tell you today, of all the things that I had the opportunity to experience and all the privileges I have had in my career, absolutely nothing compares to knowing Jesus Christ.

 He just came crashing through the walls of my life and said, 'I'm who you're looking for. I'm your hero. I'm the one that you need.'

Kirk is best known as the lovable teen heartthrob Mike Seaver, of the award winning series Growing Pains. He entertained audiences worldwide as the charming troublemaker. He is also known to many Christians as "Buck Williams" from the Left Behind films -- based on the NY Times runaway bestselling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

 Kirk's most recent role was playing the part of "Capt. Caleb Holt" from the 2008 blockbuster movie success, Fireproof.

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But much more noteworthy than his acting career was his conversion to Christ.

Kirk was not raised in a church-going home and describes himself as a devout atheist from a very young age. By the age of 14 he was so convinced there was no God that he laughed at those who thought there was.

But that all changed one afternoon as he sat in his sports car pondering the first Gospel message he had ever heard.

Kirk continues to be actively involved in quality family entertainment and travels throughout the country,  making the most of every opportunity to further the Gospel. He speaks in schools, churches and at community events. He is also a producer and host of The Way of the Master television series and radio program..


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Kirk and his wife Chelsea have six children and live in southern California.


Interview with Dawson: CBN News

Will Dawson [reporting]: He's graced the cover of teen magazines and starred in feature films. But actor Kirk Cameron is best known for his portrayal of the mischievous Mike Seaver on the hit show Growing Pains.

Will Dawson [reporting]:  I have to tell you, I was eight years old when Growing Pains debuted. I remember the sunglasses, the leather jacket. I wanted to be Mike Seaver!

Kirk Cameron: It was fun to play the guy that people wanted to be like. It was just a very unique way to grow up.

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Dawson [reporting]: Kirk won two Golden Globes and numerous other awards during the show's seven-year run. He was the quintessential child actor, and he admits it went straight to his head.

Cameron: It can't help but go to your head, you know? I was driving around in bullet-proof limousines, because stalkers were coming after me. I was flying around in Leer jets, because dignitaries wanted me to play tennis with their daughter. So it was a strange life, but it was normal to me.

Dawson: You considered yourself a devout atheist. Is that right?

Cameron: I was living large, hanging out with beautiful people, and making lots of money. I didn't want to entertain the thought of a God or get involved in religion. For all I knew, that would put a wet blanket on all my fun.

Dawson [reporting]: He wasn't following God, but he says he was following girls. One girl led him some place he didn't expect.

Cameron: I was about 17 years old, and I followed a girl into church. Not because I wanted to learn about God, but because I wanted to be with this girl that I heard the Gospel for the first time. I was sitting in my sports car on the side of Van Eiss Boulevard, dropping my friend off at an acting class, and thinking about the fact that I could die at any moment.  If I were to find out that there is a God and a heaven, I knew that I wouldn't be going. I decided that I needed to be saved. I needed God to reveal Himself to me, and I asked Him to do that.

Dawson [reporting]: As Kirk's thoughts toward God changed, so did his life.

Cameron: My heart had been changed. It had been softened, and it had been opened to the reality that God existed. I didn't know everything.  As I began reading His Word and understanding, I saw my need for his forgiveness, and it was a willingness to obey Him and to live my life in a way that pleased Him, that then began to characterize who I was.

Dawson: How did that change Kirk Cameron on the set of Growing Pains? How did it change your working relationship with the people who you had known for so long?

Cameron: My language changed. You know? All the f-bombs stopped and the parts that I would accept in Hollywood changed. The things that I was willing and not willing to do on Growing Pains changed.

Dawson [reporting]: Controversy took centre stage when Kirk refused a scene that portrayed an unmarried Mike Seaver sharing a bed with a girl.

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Cameron: When you make a decision, like, 'I'm not comfortable saying that line or doing that scene.'  Well, that meant that 11 writers had to come up with a new scene. And that meant that the other actors and actresses in that scene had to learn new lines, because I didn't want to do that scene. It's very easy for tabloids to grab onto that and say, 'What's the best way we can spin this into a front page story? I know!

Kirk Cameron goes off the religious deep end!'

When in actuality, it was nothing more than a 17-year-old kid finding something that was worth more than all the celebrity in the world and wanting his life to be a living thank you to the God who had saved him from hell and adopted him into His own family.

Dawson [reporting]: Growing Pains ended in 1992, but not before Kirk fell in love and married co-star Chelsea Noble in 1991. The couple is raising their six children in California where Kirk is involved in a ministry called Way of the Master. He continues acting, most notably in the Left Behind series and his newest project, Fireproof. Kirk admits mainstream Hollywood isn't beating down his door.

 It's a reality he's willing to accept.

Cameron: My default position is not to be an actor. My default position is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

 If that means I continue in acting, great!

 I'd love that. But if it means I need to change professions someday because I can't provide for my family, well, that's what I need to do.

 I'm sure I've lost a few jobs, because I'm a Christian.

That's irrelevant. I can honestly say that of everything I have, of everything I've experienced, nothing compares to the joy of knowing Christ. Because I've been given a glimpse of heaven and it outshines all of the rest.


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How Do You Find a Mate



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What should a woman look for in a husband?
1.   The man should be committed to growing in his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do not take on a fellow as a discipleship project. Don’t take on a husband who has merely mastered Bible trivia. Look for a husband who is serious about growing in grace and in his knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Imagine that he is going to be, in part, your shepherd and your guide; that he is going to be the spiritual leader of your home; that he is going to be the nurturer of your children together.
2. A husband should be an individual of obvious integrity.
If you find him in an employee/employer situation fudging the issue in his sales calls, telling somebody that he can get the product to them in two weeks when he comes afterwards and tells you that actually he knew that he couldn’t get it there for four weeks, but he said that because he didn’t want to lose the sale — on the day he tells you that, you need to have a long, serious conversation with him. And if he seeks to under-gird his deceptiveness with argumentation, you should probably kiss him goodbye. You need a husband who is honest to the core, to a fault.
2.  Look for a husband who is able to lead boldly.
Look for the kind of man who can think for himself, who can weigh options, and who can make good decisions. A girl should never settle for leadership that is selfish, bombastic, and domineering. The leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ, as espoused by the Apostles, is a leadership that is marked by an attitude of servanthood, an attitude that submits to the leadership of others.
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3.  Look for a husband who displays the ability to love sacrificially.
For example, watch, at the end of an evening with friends, to see if this character is quick to organize and spearhead the cleanup, or whether he waits for everybody else to clean up. Observe the way he relates to children and to strangers. See if he possesses a willingness to hold doors for passersby with full arms. Watch his attitude to waitresses and to other people who are involved in serving the public.
5. A husband should be able to laugh heartily.
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Humour is a vital element in preventing marital failure. The ability to laugh doesn’t mean that he’s the class clown or even a joke-teller. In fact, he may be hopeless at telling jokes. That may be the funniest part about him.
 But it is important that he likes to laugh, and a key trait to look for is his willingness to laugh at himself. If he takes himself too seriously, look out.
6. A husband should model genuine humility.
Simply put, a good husband shouldn’t be stuck on himself. Genuine humility keeps its focus on others. And if you find yourself in the company of somebody who cannot be an understudy, who can’t sit in the second chair, who has always got to be the theme of the story, the joke of the party, the success of the event, I want to suggest to you, girls, that you might want to take a long, hard look at whether you’re in the company of the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life.
What should a man look for in a wife..?
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1. A good wife must have a personal faith and trust in the Lord Jesus.
Don’t enter into an intimate relationship where one person is a Christian and the other is not. The Bible is clear – don’t get unequally yoked.
2. Look for a wife who possesses beauty that is deeper than the skin.
 It is less important to find a woman whose beauty comes from time spent in front of a beauty parlor than from time spent in the presence of the Lord Jesus.
3. Look for a wife who is an initiative-taker with an attitude of submission.
This simply parallels what we said previously about a man being a sacrificial leader. Any wise fellow is looking for a woman with ideas, abilities, hopes, plans, gifts, dreams, the whole panorama of abilities that she brings to marriage, because in entering into marriage in more areas than we are prepared to admit, we, as the husbands, will be dependent upon their knowledge, upon their insight, upon their courage, upon their faith, upon their expertise.
There will seldom be a day, as a man, when we do not have occasion to depend on multiple levels upon the wisdom, insight, initiative, grace, courage, faithfulness, integrity, skill, giftedness, of our wives.
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4. A wife should build her husband’s confidence.
Trustworthiness stems from character. A woman’s intrinsic qualities are revealed by her actions.
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5. Look for a wife who displays kindness that touches others.
Women don’t have the exclusive ownership of the characteristic of kindness, but often they do a much better job in expressing compassion than most men. If you think about it, women that have marked our lives have often marked our thinking on account of their tenderness.
6. A wife, like a husband, should have a sense of humor that braves adversity.
The ability to laugh will get couples through more than a few rough spots.
The following is a small portion of a three-part radio broadcast series produced by the ministry of Family Life Today which aired August 8-10, 2007. Pastor Alistair Begg was speaking to singles on the subject, “How Do You Find a Mate.”