Archive for November, 2004

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Lottery Losses

November 22, 2004

You think you want that ten million dollar prize? I don’t think so. Look what can happen (and so often does happen) to those who win. Thank God for your losses.

Thanks to Aaron Mc. for finding this.

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Michael Moore’s Nemesis

November 19, 2004

A plot has been uncovered to kill Michael Moore. Read about it here.

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More than Study

November 19, 2004

This article on Fox News tells about how Congress is revisiting the issue of Online Pornography. Read it carefully and notice how they compare pornography addiction to heroin addiction. I don’t agree. I think pornography is much more addictive and perhaps more harmful.

For years, I have been a counselor to church leaders who struggle with sexual addictions. The Internet has made pornography so available and so easy (remember, you used to have to go the seedy part of town to get it) that it is virtually addictive to everyone who sees it. Not even Crank is that powerful a drug.

What does pornography addiction do? It is a type of false intimacy, so it cuts off real intimacy, both friendships and marital intimacy. It wastes time and causes adrenaline levels to rise high, so it actually causes depression and robs energy. It gets expensive eventually and therefore wastes resources. It promises intimacy without pain or rejection, so it causes those internal lies to fester even more.

Do you see my point? Pray that Congress will do more than study it this time.

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Interpreting Dreams and Visions – Part 3

November 17, 2004

You may have heard about the captain of a Destroyer class ship who was contacted by radio that he needed to turn his ship 10 degrees east. He was indignant and told the caller on the radio to mind his own business. But the caller continued, “Turn your ship ten degrees east, we’re on a collision course”. The captain said, “Turn ten degrees west if you’re so worried”. Again the caller persisted over the radio for the captain to turn. Finally, the captain shouted, “I’m a Captain in the US Navy…turn ten degrees west.” “I’m a Midshipman in the Navy…turn 10 degees East”. Now he was furious. “This is a Destroyer; turn 10 degrees west!”. The reply came quickly: “This is a Lighthouse; turn 10 degrees east”.

Warnings are not often heeded, even by those who are careful. One of the hallmarks of the human race is our tendency to learn most things by experience. From the freshman in shop class cutting off his finger in the table saw, to the cheating husband who watches as his wife and children leaving him as they drive down the road, we witness daily the hardships attached to learning things by experience. Learning by revelation is more effective, cheaper and less harmful.

God uses dreams to teach Revelation. Along with the teaching dreams, the warning dreams are the most common. Even a cursory glance at the Scriptures reveals many examples: but one will suffice for this time. In Matthew 2:12-22, God appears in dreams to the Magi and to Joseph and Mary. His purpose in giving these dreams was to warn them of Herod’s murderous plans and to help them escape. God also does this same thing for Paul on three separate occasions. Often, God has to do this in a dream because our souls are too preoccupied with the stress of the moment to realize the danger we are in. Church history is rife with examples of people who were warned in dreams to beware of impending dangers. If you read the biography of Samuel Rutherford (found at www.ccel.org) you will witness a man who learned revelation from God almost continually through dreams.

My wife woke up in a cold sweat some years ago and decided that her condition was not a sign of impending hormonal changes but a pretext to wake me up. She had experienced a dream in which one of our children was in great danger. As we prayed into it, we both had assurance that this child was in need of our care. Since he was no longer living with us, and we had no way of calling him on the telephone (not to mention that it was 3 a.m.) , we decided to do whatever God showed us. What God indicated was that we needed to send money immediately to him. We wired it to a friend who brought it over to where he was living. Later, we came to find out that the week before, several people had ripped him off for serious money and he was too embarrassed to come to us for help. He was literally starving, waiting for his next pay check. God’s warnings not only helped him physically, but also bolstered his faith as we told him about the dream.

When a warning dream comes, make sure you follow the rules of interpretation of dreams. More about those next time.

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Post-Moder….what?

November 17, 2004

You may have had the term “Postmodernism” thrown at you. Perhaps you thought it was a period of time in the world of paintings (you would be right about that) or that it was a societal trend to be avoided. That would be wrong. Here is a wonderful description of what it is and how to understand it from a Christian perspective.

The author has this to say, among other things, about Post-Modern beliefs:

Most people understand post-modernism to mean a type of relativism – truth is relative to each person or each different cultural group. In post-modernism my truth does not have to agree with your truth – but both are valid. It makes me smile to see relativity misapplied in this way. Einstein’s theory of relativity never proposed that everything is relative – but actually states that some things are relative when measured against some things that are constant and absolute. The theory of relativity hinges on the constancy of the speed of light.

It’s a good read if you have five minutes.

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Accurate info on the Ivory Coast Crisis

November 15, 2004

If you want to see what is happing in Cote D’Ivoire from the POV of our missionaries go to this web site which is updated almost daily

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We are Now Poorer

November 15, 2004

I weep with joy as I realize this man of God is going home:

Dr. Louis L. King, recognized among evangelicals worldwide as a leading missions statesman, passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, November 11, 2004, at Shell Point Retirement Community, Ft. Myers, Fla.

Dr. King served as the seventh president of the U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance from 1978 to 1987. He was born in Hurffville, N. J., on November 30, 1915, and was ordained 25 years later. He pastored churches in New York, Illinois and Nebraska before being assigned as a missionary to India in 1946.

He returned to New York to serve as vice president for International Ministries for seven successive three-year terms prior to his election to the presidency. Dr. King pioneered modern missions with his commitment to the development of national leaders and self-sustaining, independent, strong national churches.

In addition to authoring several publications on missions, he served as president for The Alliance World Fellowship and on the board of directors of the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association.

Before going to Africa one summer, I had the opportunity to go into Dr. King’s office. I noticed that behind his desk were two prominent dents in the carpet. I asked his assistant what they were.

He answered: “That’s where Dr. King prays”.

Grooves in the carpet…millions in the Kingdom.

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