Sep 23, 2015

Prayer Transfigures by Leonard Ravenhill

 
There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer.

 People often ask,
"Why do you insist on prayer so much?"

 The answer is very simple - because Jesus did.
You could change the title of the Gospel according to St. Luke to the Gospel of Prayer.

 It's the Prayer life of Jesus.
The other evangelists say that Jesus was in the Jordan and the Spirit descended on Him as a dove - Luke says it was while He was praying that the Spirit descended on Him.

 The other evangelists say that Jesus chose 12 disciples - Luke says it was after He spent a night in prayer that He chose 12 disciples.
The other evangelists say that Jesus died on a cross - Luke says that even when He was dying Jesus was praying for those who persecuted Him.

The other evangelists say Jesus went on a mount and He was transfigured - Luke says it was while He was praying that He was transfigured.
There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer.


"By a strange paradox those who pray most, feel they pray little. This much is sure: No man who prays, struts!"

Sep 15, 2015

Prayer is God's plan for moving the mountains


Does our prayer influence God?  

"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops" - James 5:16-17.

We have heard people say, “The only thing left to do is pray.” But, prayer is always the best thing we can do!  Often when we face a difficult circumstance in our lives, rather than looking to God immediately, we complain, and we moan and groan to our friends. We get down in the dumps, we lose our faith, and we ask God where He is – while all the time the Scripture says we should bring our mountains to God so that He can move them for us. “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all" - Oswald Chambers.

When we look at our nation today, we see mountains that seem absolutely insurmountable from a human point of view. When we look at these mountains, we tend to say, “Lord, there’s no way for these mountains to be moved.” That’s correct – for it will take a supernatural miracle of God to change what is happening. The most powerful resource we have as God’s people is in looking to God in prayer, believing Him to move the mountains that threaten to destroy this nation. 

The type of praying that moves mountains is the prayer of faith.  "All things are possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:23). He says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).  He says, “This is the confidence that we have in Him, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

Sep 14, 2015

Using the 5 love languages to enrich your marriage

H. A. Shirin Samuel (with Gary Chapman)


I would like to share some tips to spice up marriage from Gary Chapman and my own experiences. With the promiscuous modern day trend, some people wonder how to stay married to one person for the rest of their life. I feel thrilled to have Sam (my husband) to fall in love with, over and over again, for the rest of my life. We are being renewed and transformed by the Holy Spirit every single day. So we are actually living out not ‘50 first dates’ but many more.
Gary Chapman, an acclaimed marriage counselor, speaks of the five love languages. In a marriage, it is important to speak in a language of love that the spouse understands and appreciates.
There are five basic love languages. They are Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch.
Words of Affirmation: If your spouse's primary love language is words of affirmation, your spoken praise and appreciation will fall like rain on parched soil. Before long, you will see new life in your marriage as your spouse responds to your words of love.

Sep 12, 2015

10 Millionaire Businessmen Who Committed Suicide

We live in a society filled with dreams and aspirations of wealth, a society that likes to believe that money will bring with it happiness and success.



The will to succeed is overpowering for some, and the pressure can be all-consuming.
Mental pressure can take many forms; stress can enter our lives at any time, regardless of timing or situation.

The following men were all successful businessmen who committed suicide.
The millions in their bank accounts did nothing to ease their suffering…

10. Jonathan Wraith

 
Thirty-five-year-old Jonathan Wraith -  a young British millionaire by virtue of selling his and his father’s portable cabin business for £30 million ($46 million) - was by all accounts a happy and well-adjusted young man. However, in 2009 he picked up his shotgun and shot himself, leaving no suicide note.

No clear reason could be found for Wraith’s action, but there has been some speculation that he was extremely worried about his father David’s recent stroke.
It seems that this may have proven too much for the young man to take.

9. Eli M. Black



Eli M. Black, whose death was immortalized on screen in the Coen Brothers comedy The Hudsucker Proxy, was a Jewish-American businessman and millionaire controller of the United Brands Company.

An astute and forward thinking capitalist, Black’s career included stints with Lehman Brothers and then the American Seal-Kap Company, which he renamed AMK.
The early ’70s saw AMK merge with United Fruit Company. With that, Black’s fate was sealed.

His downfall was rooted in the discovery of his $2.5 million bribe offered to the President of Honduras, to reduce export taxes on bananas.
Taking matters into his own hands before the scandal broke, Black climbed the 44 floors of his office building and leapt out onto crowded Park Avenue to the horror of onlookers below.

8. Huibert Boumeester

 
At 49, father-of-two Huibert Boumeester took his own life after becoming seriously depressed in the fallout of the £50 billion ($77 billion) takeover of ABN Amro by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The Dutch millionaire banker’s body was discovered in a woodland area several miles away from his home in London. A suicide note to his wife Frederique that was found on his body read that he could not “go on.” The coroner confirmed that Mr. Boumeester had ended his life while depressed, explaining:

“He drove to a very isolated location in woodland, sat down and used the shotgun to end his own life.”

7. Christopher Foster


In August 2008, Christopher Foster, a 50-year-old British businessman, murdered his wife and daughter before burning down his house and killing himself.
The businessman shot his wife Jillian and daughter Kirstie, prior to succumbing to smoke inhalation.

Foster, wealthy by virtue of his company’s work creating oil rig insulation technology, was nevertheless beset by financial concerns. Despite being a millionaire residing in a five-bedroom country mansion, he was living beyond his means, with debts of £4 million ($6.2 million). It seems that, tragically, these financial worries may well have pushed him over the edge.

6. John Lawrenson


 John Lawrenson was a successful businessman who lived in a £1.2 million ($1.8 million) mansion (the Old Rectory, above).



He was healthy and seemingly happy, and had earned the right to enjoy the profits from a lucrative life in the publishing world. This all would have been fine, except for one thing: his beloved wife Caroline was dying of cancer. The devoted couple, married for 47 years, poisoned themselves with a substance bought via mail order from Mexico. A suicide note found near their bodies confirms the truth:

Mr. Lawrenson could not bear the thought of living alone and decided to take the matter into his own hands.

5. Wayne Pai


Wayne Pai was a successful Taiwanese businessman, and founder and chairman of the securities broker the Polaris Group.
 In the wake of rumours of insider trading, the nevertheless well respected Pai was found dead in July 2008.

His wife and members of Polaris’ staff flew to the outlying island of Penghu to assist police with their inquiries. Pai’s suicide came at a time when allegations were being made that a former president of National Chiao Tung University had been receiving regular payments from Polaris.

Pai’s body was found floating in waters surrounding the outlying island.

4. Paul Castle



Paul Castle  -  a self-styled businessman and property tycoon who had met the Queen of England and played polo with Prince Charles - killed himself in 2010.

 The 54-year-old threw himself in front of a London Underground train, leaving no chance of survival. The businessman, described as a “workaholic,” had seen several property deals go awry over the last year of his life and had also lost capital in a gas and oil surveying company. Castle, who suffered from chronic heart problems and tumours, had been married three times and was due to be wedded for a fourth time, to his girlfriend Natalie Theo.

3. Peter Smedley

Peter Smedley was an enormously successful millionaire hotelier and businessman with a tinned food empire that provided him with a sizable income.
 He and his wife Christine - who had been married for 33 years - enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle befitting of their riches.


However, Mr. Smedley was also an extremely ill man, suffering from motor neurone disease. He ended his life by his own volition, at an assisted dying organization, the Dignitas clinic, in Switzerland. In a further twist to the story, Mr. Smedley’s death was filmed by the BBC, with segments televised as part of documentary about assisted suicides.

2. Howard Worthington


In an alarming case of destructive emotion, self-proclaimed “lord of the manor” millionaire Howard Worthington shot himself with one of his prized shotguns just moments after shooting his lover Julie Rees. The 52-year-old English former businessman, who made his fortune in the steel industry, had been ordered to stay away from his £1.3 million ($2 million) country home after threatening her with a gun a few weeks prior.

While Rees recovered, Worthington did not. Verdict: suicide.

1. ReiJane Huai


Long Island resident and computer software high flyer ReiJane Huai killed himself with a single shot in September 2011.

 The former president and CEO of FalconStor, a data storage company, had resigned suddenly in 2010 following a lawsuit filed against him. The millionaire committed suicide on the front lawn of the $2.5 million home he shared with his wife, ShuWen. The Taiwanese-born Huai  - who had traveled to the USA to study in 1984  - had several adult children living in the US and was described as a “visionary and leader” by a FalconStor spokesman.

All these Great Guys Tasted the Best of all Luxury in this World
They had what they wanted...

The Cars, the Mansions, the Women and the Ones that they Counted on... were at their feet...
 

What was they going after?

They didn’t have a clue. They were driven by their selfish desires. And when they were overcome with it... they couldn’t no longer handle...
They knew they were wrong somewhere. They needed a way out from the clutches of the riches.

But it was too late. They let them be swallowed up by the love of money.
Is it the Case with you?

You need not become a millionaire to encounter this... it is the simple taste of falling in love with money will suck you in.
Never Trade Jesus for anything... Nothing in this world or in heaven or in the World to come is comparable to Him..


Beware the Love of Money

INDIA'S PRAYING HYDE


"Give me Souls, O God, or I die!" That became the plea of John Hyde, born on November 9, 1865 in Carrollton, Illinois. John's family were praying people. Consequently, as a young man, he learned to pray expecting results.


John's brother Edmund went as a student missionary to Montana, where he contracted a fever and died. John wondered if he should take Edmund's place. During his senior year at McCormick Theological Seminary, he came to the room of his friend Mr. Konkle near midnight, saying he wanted all Konkle's arguments in favor of going to the foreign mission field. "I told him that he knew as much about the foreign field as I did; that I didn't believe it was argument that he needed, and that I thought the way for him to settle it was to lay it before our Father and stay until He decided for him: We sat in silence a while longer, and, saying he believed I was right, he rose and bade me good night."


The next morning Konkle felt a hand on his arm. Looking around, he saw John's face radiant with a new vision. "It's settled, Konkle," said he. John left for India. Aboard ship, he opened a letter from a friend who wrote that he would pray until John was filled with the Holy Spirit. Angrily John crumpled the letter and hurled it aside. He had yielded his heart to the Lord, gotten his degree, studied Indian languages and was obediently on his way to a life work. How dare his friend suggest he lacked the Spirit? But when he cooled down, he realized that his friend was right. He pleaded for the power of the Holy Spirit.


The result was that John became a notable intercessor, one who pleads for the souls and needs of others. He was nicknamed "Praying Hyde." He often paid for his concern with sleepless nights.


Revival began when he came late to a meeting one evening. "I have been having a great controversy with God. I feel that he wanted me to come here and testify to you concerning some things that he has done for me, and I have been arguing with him that I should not do this. Only this evening...have I got peace concerning the matter and have I agreed to obey him, and now I have come to tell you just some things that he has done for me." John told them how God had freed him from certain sins.


Soon his listeners were weeping and confessing their own. In 1908, anguished by the sight of sin and souls doomed to hell, he asked the Lord to bring a soul a day into the kingdom of God. Soon he upped that to two souls, and then four. God answered his prayers.


But in March of 1911, Hyde had to say good-bye to India. His heart had shifted in his chest and required medical attention. In the United States it was found he had a malignant brain tumor. Surgery was necessary. On February 17, 1912 he died. His last words were "Shout the victory of Jesus Christ!"

Sep 11, 2015

How to Find a Spouse? written by Charles Price


 “I want you to swear to the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.” Genesis 24:3-4 

Isaac, of course, is a crucial player in the covenant God made with Abraham.
A nation that was to bless the world was now dependent on his descendents, but he was 40 years old and unmarried.

The last great act of Abraham, recorded in Scripture, was to find a wife for his son from his own people.
Under oath to follow Abraham’s instructions, his chief servant set out for Ur of the Chaldeans.
  
Nearing evening, he arrived at the outskirts of the town of Nahor, where women were drawing water from the well. He prayed that God would show Abraham kindness in giving him success in finding a wife for Isaac, and asked that the girl who gave him a drink and offered to water his camels be the one that God had chosen.

Before he had finished praying, Rebekah, the granddaughter of Abraham's brother, approached with a jar on her shoulder, gave the servant a drink, and offered to water his camels.
He watched her closely as she made the numerous trips, filling her jug from the well and emptying them into the trough until his camels had had enough to drink.

The servant saw for himself that God had led him to a girl of good character, but of utmost importance was finding a girl that was in the covenant family, sharing Abraham’s faith.




The servant was welcomed to spend the night in Rebekah ‘s home, where he became acquainted with her family.
He told them the events of the day exactly as it happened and they believed that this was from the Lord.

They gave their blessing for Rebekah to become the wife of Isaac, and Rebekah, having also consented, left the next morning with Abraham's servant back to Canaan.

In our modern day, it would seem highly unlikely to find a spouse in this way, but the same principle that applied to Isaac finding a wife are just as relevant today.
We are all made up of spirit, soul and body, and a good Christian marriage grows in that order; first, a spiritual oneness, united together in Christ, and then a oneness of the soul where personalities of both partners learn to grow in harmony together.

Out of that, comes a physical union and the quality of that union depends upon the quality of the oneness of soul and spirit between husband, wife and God.


Charles explains ten important factors derived from this story that are of immeasurable value when seeking a life-long partner.

80% of Churchgoers Don't Read Bible Daily, LifeWay SurveySuggests


Transformational Discipleship study reveals low level of "Bible engagement."
Jeremy Weber
 In a fresh study of "Bible engagement" released yesterday, LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers and found that while 90 percent
"desire to please and honour Jesus in all I do," only 19 percent personally read the Bible every day.

LifeWay also found that higher levels of Bible engagement were correlated to six actions:



1. Confessing wrongdoings to God and asking forgiveness.

2. Believing in Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven and the number of years one has believed this.

3. Making a decision to obey or follow God with an awareness that choosing to do so might be costly.
(63% of churchgoers say they have at least once in the last six months.)

4. Praying for the spiritual status of people they know are not professing Christians.

5. Reading a book about increasing their spiritual growth.
(61% of churchgoers say they have in the last year.)

6. Having been discipled or mentored one-on-one by a more spiritually mature Christian.
(47% of churchgoers say they have been discipled or mentored.)

"Bible engagement points people toward maturity and maturing Christians have practices that correspond to Bible reading," said LifeWay Research president Ed Stetzer.
 "Almost all churchgoers want to honour God, but more than a third indicate obedience is not something they have done when it is costly to them."

Sep 10, 2015

Robert Reed - Everything I Need


“I have everything I need for joy!” Robert Reed said.


His hands are twisted and his feet are useless. He can’t bathe himself. He can’t feed himself.
He can’t brush his teeth, comb his hair, or put on his underwear. Strips of Velcro hold his shirts together. His speech drags like a worn out audiocassette. Robert has cerebral palsy.

The disease keeps him from driving a car, riding a bike, and going for a walk.
But it didn’t keep him from graduating from high school or attending Abilene Christian University, from which he graduate with a degree in Latin.
Having cerebral palsy didn’t keep him from teaching at St. Louis Junior College or from venturing overseas on five mission trips.

And Robert’s disease didn’t prevent him from becoming a missionary in Portugal.
He moved to Lisbon, alone, in 1972. There he rented a hotel room and began studying Portuguese.

He found a restaurant owner who would feed him after the rush hour and a tutor who would instruct him in the language. 
Then he stationed himself daily in a park, where he distributed brochures about Christ. Within six years he led seventy people to the Lord, one of whom became his wife, Rosa.

I heard Robert speak recently. I watched other men carry him in his wheelchair onto the platform.
I watched them lay a Bible in his lap. I watched his stiff fingers force open the pages.

And I watched people in the audience wipe away tears of admiration from their faces.
Robert could have asked for sympathy or pity, but he did just the opposite.

He held his bent hand up in the air and boasted,
“I have everything I need for joy.”



When we come to the conclusion that everything we need for joy, we possess in God, our lives too will be held together and defined by joy.
 Robert looked beyond his current situation of a diseased body and saw the big picture that God had in store for him.

I want to be able to look beyond my current situation (whatever that may be) and see the big picture that God has in store for me!



Is joy easy or hard for you?  Do you have everything you need for joy?

when she came to know that she is adopted

Here I am sharing a case.
A girl who was adopted and never told about the adoption.When she was adopted the parents were not well to do.
Times went by and parents became rich and now the issue started.The one who gave for adoption wanted to show their love and affection to the girl and she was very much happy with her new parents who never ever wanted her to know about her adoption.
Now the time of marriage came and her future husband was told about her adoption and he had no problem with that.
Now she was happily living with her child and never told about her adoption.Now the greatest fear is when she comes to know how she will react.
Now she has isolated herself with the relatives and living in a remote area.
My question Is it the right price for being adopted?
How to tackle?
Why guilt when has done no wrong?

Sep 9, 2015

They Stabbed Me

It was a regular work day. There were 6 of us in a room - myself, two other men, and three women.

One of the guys was talking about his vacation when one of the women handed him a knife and he stabbed me, right in the lower abdomen.

The last thing I remembered before I passed out was the women working to control the bleeding.
I woke up in a 5th floor hospital bed at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia.

You wanna see my scar?
I think I better tell you the whole story.



It was indeed a regular work day while I worked for the State Patrol, but I wasn’t at work.
 The room was a surgical room and the 5 other people in the room were my anaesthesiologist, my surgeon, and three nurses.

They were there to perform an appendectomy, which is why the doctor stabbed me in the gut.
Fortunately, he had my best interest at heart and he was nice enough to sew me up when he was finished.

You see, if you don’t hear the whole story, the act of a surgeon cutting into you with a knife can sound quite traumatic.
 Who would opt for that? But for someone who is sick and in need of relief, it is a welcome wound.

Always Learn To Be Patient In Knowing the Whole Story.