Faith – Parable Magazine Faith, Culture and Lifestyle Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:33:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EVEN JESUS WAS GAY Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:41:42 +0000 This week’s very public spat between gay musician Sir Elton John and the Italian fashion and gay duo Dolce & Gabbana has revealed the need for gay people and all of us to start practicing what we preach – that is to be very GAY. We are talking the talk but not walking the walk.

The Urban Dictionary defined GAY as 1. jovial or happy, good-spirited 2. a homosexual male or female 3. often used to describe something stupid or unfortunate. Now I want to concentrate on the first definition -“ jovial or happy, good-spirited”. Truth be told, neither Sir Elton nor Dolce & Gabbana are the most popular, famous or richest gay people I know, that credit would only go to JESUS. He is the most jovial, happy and good spirited person to ever walk the planet. He was gay even long before gayness became fashionable and acceptable lifestyle. Being gay is more than a sexual choice, it’s a lifestyle choice which brings joy to your life and happiness to others. Jesus exhibited all the qualities of gayness in his interaction with widows, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the minorities – he had a good measure of love for everyone.

But Sir Elton John’s attack on Dolce and Gabbana wasn’t an attribute of gayness. Sir Elton took great offence to comments made by Messrs Dolce and Gabbana to an Italian magazine in which Domenico Dolce confessed that he does not agree with gay adoptions, adding that ‘the only family is the traditional one, you are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be,’ he continued: ‘I call children of chemistry synthetic children.’ At this Sir Elton angrily replied. ‘How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic”,’ he raged on Instagram. ‘And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF… I shall never wear Dolce & Gabbana ever again.’ He then created #BoycottDolceGabbana. But Dolce was merely expressing his personal view.

Which is that children need a mother — something that many will agree with. Besides what he said was informed by Christian views even though he is gay.

I am all for free speech and freedom to choose what sexual preference you desire, even though I tilt toward Dolce & Gabbana’s view that children need a mother and father. But Sir Elton’s attack on the reputation and business of Dolce & Gabbana reveals little practice of being jovial, happy and good-spirited. You can’t just attack someone because you don’t agree with their views, what happened to differences in opinions? An attack on the reputation of Dolce & Gabbana is a total disregard to their skill and business reputation even though they are both gay. An attack on the reputation of Dolce & Gabbana is an attack on the thousands of jobs created through the hard work of Dolce & Gabbana.

My advice to everyone – follow the example of the famous gay man, Jesus. Love even if you don’t agree with others views, tolerate without getting offended, refuse to engage in personal attack because of religious, racial, sexual and gender differences.

Every South African should be as GAY (jovial or happy, good-spirited) as possible. Being gay in South Africa will eliminate xenophobia, racial abuse, domestic violence, women and child abuse – because we will all be good-spirited.

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Why Eggs And Bunnies Represent Easter Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:45:28 +0000 In considering the meaning behind Easter, it’s a little strange that such a significant event is celebrated with bunny rabbits and egg coloring parties.

Believe it or not, these two things fit well into the symbolism of Easter.

For most Christians, Easter is the time of there year when the death of Christ, and his subsequent resurrection three days later, are celebrated. And while the egg may seem out of place regarding Christian symbolism, it is actually used to remind people of Christ’s resurrection.

The meaning behind the egg isn’t too hard to decipher.

“I do remember the egg being a symbol for renewal, rebirth, etc., which ties back to Christ’s resurrection,” said Lowell Acorda, who is studying American sign language at  the University of Alberta.

The egg itself is a representation of the tomb, which is evidenced by the hard shell. When cracked, it imitates the resurrection of Christ and his emergence from the sepulcher. Even the tradition of rolling eggs represents rolling away the stone covering the tomb.

So far this may be understandable, but dyeing eggs may seem more far-fetched in the symbolism of Easter.

One belief holds that as Mary Magdalene approached the garden tomb, she was carrying a basket of eggs to share with the other women. As she inquired regarding the missing body of the Savior, she saw the Lord and the eggs in her basket turned blood red, imitating the sacrifice of the Lord.

A second tradition recounts the story of Mary visiting with the emperor of Rome to proclaim the resurrection of Christ. The emperor, disbelieving the story, proclaimed that Christ had no more risen from the dead than the eggs sitting on the table were red. Upon this declaration, the eggs once again turned blood red.

Along with the eggs comes the Easter image of a chocolate-hiding bunny. The Easter Bunny itself is an interesting tradition that started centuries ago.

According to an article in the Deseret News, a Norse goddess named Eastre was responsible for ushering in the new year during the spring season. One year she was late in her duties and, to make up for her mistake, she saved a little bird injured in the cold. Because the bird could no longer fly as a result of its damaged wings, Eastre changed it unto a hare which had the ability to lay eggs, but only on the day Eastre was celebrated.

Thus was born the tradition of an egg-laying bunny responsible for hidden chocolate all over our homes.

Even though the Easter Bunny stems from an old tradition, the rabbit itself still fits well within the symbolism of the season. Just as the Atonement brings new life, so does spring. New life springs forth after the winter, and rabbits are a prime example of fertility and birth, since they have the ability to produce many offspring.

Like most holidays, much of the meaning behind the celebration is lost due to commercialization. However, even with colorful eggs and bunnies, the important messages behind Easter and the true significance of what took place two centuries ago can still be remembered.

Sourced: The Digital Universe

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A Relationship With The Holy Spirit Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:20:22 +0000 How do we know that we have experienced the Holy Spirit whom we have received at the time of baptism?

Is speaking in tongues the only evidence of the experience of the Holy Spirit? Does it follow that if one does not speak in tongues, one has not experienced the Holy Spirit?

Nowhere in the New Testament is it indicated that Jesus, or for that matter, Mary, spoke in tongues, and yet it is an undeniable fact that they were certainly filled with the Holy Spirit.

It can be concluded, therefore, that speaking in tongues is only one such evidence of experiencing the Holy Spirit.

So, what other evidence is there that we are truly having a living relationship to the Holy Spirit?

God himself, in the Holy Scripture, has provided seven proofs to highlight our living relationship to the Holy Spirit, emphasized by our turning to the “Paraclete” to satisfy particular needs in our Christian life.

1. We know that we have a living relationship to the Holy Spirit if the Holy Spirit is truly a “Paraclete” for us and we turn to the Holy Spirit first when we are in distress. Jesus loved us so much that he gave us the most precious person he knew to assist us in times of our difficulty, darkness and despair ( Jn 14 : 16 ).

2. We know that we have a living relationship to the Holy Spirit when we turn to the Holy Spirit to grow in our commitment to Jesus Christ. The beginning of our relationship to Jesus is also the work of the Holy Spirit, for it is only through the Holy Spirit that we are able to profess our faith in Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour ( 1Cor 12 : 3 ).

3. We know that we have a living relationship to the Holy Spirit when we turn to the Holy Spirit to know the Truth, not only the truth in Jesus but also the truth in the world. Spirit-led persons do not condemn as false everything that is not according to their way of thinking, acting and believing, but seek the assistance of the Holy Spirit to test everything and to hold fast to that which is true ( 1Thes 5 : 19 – 22 ).

4.We know that we have a living relationship to the Holy Spirit when we turn to the Holy Spirit to learn how to pray in Jesus’ name. By ourselves, we do not know how to pray in Jesus’ name; mostly we pray in our own name, that is, according to what we think is important. We need to be taught what we must pray for, and the one who teaches us is the Holy Spirit ( Rom 8 : 26 ).

5. We know that we have a living relationship to the Holy Spirit when we turn to the Holy Spirit to guide us in all the decisions of our life. The New Testament contains many references to people who were guided by the Holy Spirit in the practical decisions they had to take in their lives.

6. We know that we have a living relationship to the Holy Spirit when we turn to the Holy Spirit for boldness in witnessing to Jesus in our society. And how much do we need this boldness today! In the face of growing religious and political forces in our society that is hostile to the Christians, we need the boldness of Peter, Stephen and Paul to witness to Jesus – fearlessly, unashamedly and uncompromisingly! Without the Holy Spirit we shall be crushed by the oppressive forces in society!

7. And finally, we know that we have a living relationship to the Holy Spirit when we consciously turn to the Holy Spirit for the charisms that we need for service. Our services will not be fruitful, in any Christian endeavor, unless we are empowered with the necessary charisms of the Holy Spirit. Spirit-led Christians, will therefore, continually ask the Holy Spirit for the necessary charisms for service.

Writer: Charles Hopkins


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Miracles Reported On Set Of “The Bible” Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:34:08 +0000 Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “The Bible” has received a plethora of press and attention since its debut on March 3. But one of the elements surrounding the television series that hasn’t been discussed much is the fascinating set of miracles (some might simply dismiss them as odd occurrences) that took place on set — a series of events that, at the least, are both curious and stirring.

In various interviews over the course of the past few months, Burnett and Downey have been open about their view that the project was blessed by God and that they could feel his “hand” throughout the filming process.

And now, they’re speaking out about some of the bizarre instances that confirmed their contention that the Lord was overseeing “The Bible.” In a recent interview, Burnett told Entertainment Weekly, “The hand of God was on this.”

Here are just a few of the occurrences that convinced the two that the five-part series was being blessed by God:

1) Jesus Speaking to Nicodemus: As they were filming a scene depicting Jesus Christ (played by actor Diogo Morgado) speaking with Nicodemus, a priest and a central character in the book of John, an intriguing thing happened. Just as Morgado (obviously channeling Jesus) said that the Holy Spirit is like the wind (referencing John 3:8), the wind where the cast and crew were filming literally picked up on its own.

According to the Daily Mail, Burnett described the event as follows: “At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert.”

Obviously, the cast and crew were surprised. But the oddities didn’t end there.

2) Jesus’ Crucifixion: When TheBlaze met with Burnett and Downey to screen scenes from the film late last year, the two explained the difficulties surrounding the crucifixion scene. Considering its dangers, it was among the most difficult to film. But outside of these dangers, there was a potentially-calamitous natural occurrence that stunned the cast and crew.

Burnett and Downey had hired a “snake wrangler” to round up any dangerous reptiles throughout the filming. Normally, as the Daily Mail notes, the catcher would find one or two snakes. But on the day of filming for the crucifixion scene, he rounded up 48 potentially-lethal snakes on the mountain (i.e. set).

3) Jesus’ Baptism: Christ’s baptism scene was yet another one that yielded a bizarre happening. As Morgado was acting out the famous Biblical story, an irreplaceable piece of his costume floated away. Likely assuming they’d never see it again, the producers were astounded when a child appeared a few days later to return the article of clothing.

“Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us,” Burnett said in an interview with entertainment weekly. “He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”

What do you think — mere coincidences or evidence of God’s intervention? You decide.

Sourced: Gateway News

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Destined For Greatness (DFG) Ministry Takes Off Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:42:16 +0000 February marked the launch of the new kid on the block in Seapoint, Cape Town at Ritz and the Peninsula hotels consecutively. The church opened its doors on 15 January 2012 with the aim to reach out to non-Christians and all those who want a deeper relationship with God while being empowered to reach their greatness. DFG attracts people from all walks of life with the vision “to preach the gospel in its wholeness, to the whole person in the whole world”.

Founding members, Pastor Thando and Mrs. Mamiki Melane answered the call from God to establish a cosmopolitan ministry that does not only focus on ministering the word, but a word that also empowers the human beings into reaching their full potential. When asked about how the journey began; Pastor Melane said, “My journey with Christ began in 1982 when Rev Mbethe called an alter call after his preaching. I went to the altar to not only accept Christ, but to respond to the calling of becoming a minister of the word. I finally accepted Christ in 1985 and my dedication grew even more at the University Of Fort Hare when I was part of SCM where I met lovely wife Mamiki.”

Based on Pastor Melane’s passion for business and empowering the young and old; he invited the renowned Man of God Pastor Maurice Radebe to minister at the launch. Pastor Radebe is a respected businessman, Minister at Agape Ministry in Sandton, Chairman of Sasol Oil, co-founder of the African Mineral and Energy Forum, Former CEO of Exel Petroleaum. The theme for both days was ‘The impact of the leader who knows his God’ based on the book of Nehemiah. This was influenced by his conversation with Pastor Melane who has a passion for impacting lives and assisting people to reach their ordained greatness through Christ hence the name ‘Destined for Greatness’.

DFG is truly striving to be a cosmopolitan church, it was evident at the launch, among the people who attended to mention a few, Prof Lulu Tshiwula, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, Sylvester of the Joyous Celebration group was the Master of Ceremony.

Writer: Zimkhitha Mqutheni

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Are You Trapped In Your Comfort Zone? Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:04:41 +0000 God wanted the disciples out of the comfort of Jerusalem so the gospel would spread.

Growing up on the famed Jersey Shore, I spent all my summers on the beach. Music, friends, hot dogs, french fries, fun and the ocean–I loved it all, especially the ocean. Even today–though I have much less opportunity because I live in Arizona–I could spend all day at the beach.

Consider the Christians of the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit performed signs, wonders and miracles among them. Fellowship and a sense of community arose quickly. People immediately were swept into the kingdom of God.

They had great revelation and teaching; they could worship like they never had before; they could give and receive prophecies; and they could be blessed, blessed, blessed.

That could’ve gone on forever! Kind of like living by the ocean and soaking up the music, food and fun–why would you want it to stop?

All of what those early believers had sounds great to me. But if that move of God had not eventually changed, it probably would have imploded, become very ingrown and weird–or simply dried up.

Why? Because God knew the human tendency–even of the early believers–would be to hang out in Jerusalem and just soak up the blessings.

But in Acts 7-8, everything seemed to change overnight. “At that time a great persecution arose against the church… and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1, NKJV).

It looked like the party was over. It really wasn’t–but the imperative from the King had changed. It would no longer just be about receiving from heaven; it would be about sharing heaven’s life with the world.

Fortunately, the early believers did what God intended, even though the way His will came to them–through trouble and persecution–was not the means they would have chosen. But the results were terrific: “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. And there was great joy in that city” (Acts 8:4,8).

Today we are plagued with violence, terror, an unstable economy and church scandals. Could it be that once more God is using the “stir stick” of adversity to get believers and the gospel beyond our Jerusalems and out where the lost and suffering live?

If you believe this is even remotely possible, then consider a simple three-word strategy drawn from Acts that will work for any Christian who will dare to think along these lines.

1. Saturate. Seek to immerse yourself in God’s presence–be filled with the Holy Spirit, renewed through God’s Word and walk every day in the Spirit. But don’t stop there. Instead, saturate your home, school, workplace and neighborhood with prayer.

Try walking through your own neighborhood while praying. Where you live may become an attractive-looking mission field that calls for greater personal action from you.

2. Infiltrate. Go beyond your comfort zone. God wanted the disciples out of the comfort of Jerusalem so the gospel would spread throughout the earth. There is nothing wrong with being comfortable unless it keeps you from fully obeying the Lord.

Jesus likened His followers to light and salt. Both infiltrate. Light works best where the darkness is deepest. Salt works best on things that are tasteless (and it’s of no use if it merely sits in a salt shaker or cupboard).

3. Proliferate. There was a great harvest on the day of Pentecost. More important, however, adding new people or members to Christ’s body became an everyday occurrence.

I don’t think the early church took the time to go to seminars (although today they do help). They just quickly began to declare the gospel and saw immediate results.

If you feel as if you might have spent a little too much time on “the beach” and have become spiritually waterlogged, then the best thing I can suggest for you is to get into action–now!

After all, who would want all the great things God is doing to end with us? They won’t, if we spread the gospel everywhere we go.

Scott Hinkle is founder of Scott Hinkle Outreach Ministries in Phoenix. A veteran evangelist, he regularly leads street-ministry teams during Mardi Gras and other major events. He also sponsors evangelism-training conferences. Visit his Web site at for more information.

Writer: Scott Hinkle

Sourced: Charisma Magazine

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Praising God When You’re Feeling Low Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:56:23 +0000 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. —Hebrews 13:15

Praising God when I am sad pleases Him. It shows I trust His Word and that I love Him without His doing everything that pleases me. It is a wonderful opportunity for blessing—just to believe!

It is also called a “sacrifice of praise” (Heb. 13:15). We sacrifice feelings, we sacrifice pleasure, we sacrifice time—just to praise God. And when we don’t feel like it—when we are at a low point, we then really show a sacrifice of praise. In fact, the lower we are, the greater the opportunity to demonstrate a sacrifice of praise to God.

The Epistle to the Hebrews has a lot to say about sacrifices. They mostly refer to the sacrifice of animals. This is because the sacrifice of animals in the Old Testament pointed to the Ultimate Sacrifice—when God gave His one and only Son to die on a cross (John 3:16).

But sometimes the word sacrifice is used with regard to what we give up. Although the primary meaning of sacrifice refers to the slaughter of animals to appease God’s justice, it also means to give up something for the sake of something more important. Hence Paul said, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship” (Rom. 12:1). David said, “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord” (Ps. 116:17).

When we take the time to praise God, we sacrifice time. We all can think of things we ought to be doing. It is easier to watch television than it is to take the equal amount of time to praise God. To praise God for thirty minutes is a sacrifice of time, of pleasure, of our basic wishes, and, possibly, of our temperament.

Writer: K. T. Kendall

Sourced: Charisma Magazine



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It Is Just A Season Of Life! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:51:13 +0000 “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – Proverb

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, the Bible says that ‘to everything there is a season …’ In the same book, Ecclesiastes 9:11 says ‘but time and chance happen to them all.’

We normally say to each other ‘do you remember those days,’ days when certain things were happening. In life there are seasons when we have abundance and seasons when we have to put extra effort to get things. There are seasons you are the ‘star’ at work, get promoted etc, and there are times when nobody seems to notice you. There are seasons the business is booming, and seasons when deals are hard to come by. There are seasons when it seems every prayer is answered instantly, but there are seasons which seem heaven has been shut off from you. There are seasons a nation is in excitement and economic growth is visible all over, but there are seasons the same nation goes into recession. These are the seasons of our lives. They come and they go.

It is vital for a person, organisation or even a government to use, what I will refer to as the ‘Joseph’s wisdom.’ In the Bible Joseph positioned Egypt’s seasons of abundance such that the nation survive in the season of scarcity. The best time to prepare for the bad seasons is when you are still in good season.

We have had many saying ‘those days’ when we were working on that project we made a lot of money. But the question is what did you do with the money? Some wise ones will be saying ‘I built my house with money from that project’ or ‘that project started my business.’

What do you do when you get promoted? The wise thing is to solidify your position. You see, these people may have just promoted you just to please you or to test you, and not because you are really good. The wise thing is to upgrade your skills and qualifications to match the new position so as to solidify your foundation. When season of evaluation come, you will be solid and well-rounded for the position, actually ready for the next level.

When you win a victory, do not spend a lot of time ‘at the party.’ Plan ahead and build up your defences, otherwise you will lose what you have gained. This is true for relationships, military, in business or investments.

Many people wake up to find that the special bonus they got from work is finished or the company car or house is being taken back. Investing when you have excess money is easier than investing when you are broke. And even worse to say,’ let me now start a business because they fired me from my job’.

To everything there is a season. You might be at the pick or be the man or woman of the moment, but know that it’s for a season. Make good use of the time.

You might be struggling in many areas, and you think you are finished. But know that ‘To everything there is a season.’ Your good season is coming. Prepare for the next season. Do not build permanent structures. This unfriendly season is temporary. Like a tree, use this winter season to help you anchor your roots deep into the water table (seeking God the source), thereby developing your character. These strong roots will help you carry the weight of fruits you produce in your summer season.

May the Lord God give you the ‘Joseph’s wisdom to flourish in all seasons. Ask God in each season to help you learn from it and grow just as trees grow, and change through all seasons, because each season is crucial to prepare you for the next season.

Writer: Taka Sande

Taka Sande is an author, and a social and economic entrepreneur who facilitate social, spiritual and economic development. He has a passion for making a difference by influencing and adding value to people’s lives. He is a leader at Hatfield Christian Church, in Pretoria and the founder of the blog It’s My Footprint, You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Beth Moore: What Jesus Did Is Enough Mon, 07 Jan 2013 10:53:16 +0000 beth-moore

Beth Moore, giving a Bible study to 60,000 students about the significance and symbolism in the Lord’s Supper at Passion 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Beth Moore, founder of Living Proof Ministries and one of America’s leading Bible teachers, focused on the origins and significance of the Lord’s Supper and its relevance for believers as she shared unique insights and symbolism from scripture at the Passion 2013 conference.

In her energetic and scholarly style, Moore endeavored to help the 60,000+ attendees grasp a deeper understanding of the Passion of Jesus Christ – his servanthood and sacrifice – analyzing the Lord’s Supper in the context of the original Passover in the book of Exodus and highlighting the rich Jewish traditions.

Reading from the Hebrew Haggadah, a Jewish text that outlines the order of the Passover Seder, Moore recounted her meaningful experiences in Israel where she has been invited to participate in Seders with Jewish families.

Her presentation was a treat for visual learners, as she vividly displayed each component of the traditional Passover meal, even joking about how she had to carry a bushel of parsley through the Houston airport on her way to Atlanta. But beyond the concrete elements, she powerfully demonstrated the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ with a panoramic sweep of redemption history.

Moore used this opportunity to awaken college students to the clear and inextricable links between Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament fulfillment, enabling them to better appreciate the continuity and consistency of the entire Bible.

“The entire evening begins to take on incredibly important significance,” said Moore of the Last Supper, explaining the account in Matthew 26. “Here you have the lamb of the table and the Lamb at the table [Jesus Christ].”

“In the four cups of Passover, God is saying, ‘I will bring you out’ (Cup 1); ‘I will deliver you from slavery’ (Cup 2); ‘I will redeem you’ (Cup 3); ‘I will take you as My people’ (Cup 4),” Moore explained. She described the Hebrew term “Dayenu,” a Passover song which essentially means, “It would have been enough for us.” This traditional Passover song is still sung during Jewish observances today, and the word “Dayenu” is sung repeatedly after each of the fifteen stanzas.

[callout title= Beth Moore]  “This was the sole purpose for why He came. All days were made for this day; all time for this time.” [/callout]

“But on the night of the Last Supper, Jesus was sitting there and knew that it would not have been enough,” Moore said. “Something had to happen in those next hours that would be an answer to the question, ‘What would be enough?’ Jesus knew the significance of everything they were doing in the Last Supper because He was about to do it.”

“The only way God will leave the cup in our hands is if it is absolutely crucial to what we are doing,” she said of Jesus’ final hours before his death by crucifixion. “This was the sole purpose for why He came. All days were made for this day; all time for this time.”

Moore then connected the theological significance of Christ’s sacrifice to practical application for daily life. “Not only is the Gospel good news, it is glad news,” she said. “Until you receive it, you don’t really realize what God has done for you. Today I’m not asking you ‘Is it good news?’ I’m asking, ‘Is anybody glad?'”

With a crescendo in her tone, she concluded, “What Jesus did is enough. And because it is enough, I am glad. God’s mercies are new every morning, Christ will come back and He will claim his kingdom, and there is a world coming where there will be no more bad news. As Psalm 126:3 says, ‘The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.'”

Shelley Giglio, wife of Passion founder Louie Giglio, had introduced Moore to open the session, calling her “one of the most generous people we have ever met.” She added, “Beth loves people, she loves Jesus, and she loves the Word of God.” Moore has been an integral part of the Passion Movement since the beginning, and this year she gave 2,000 girls scholarships to attend Passion 2013.

Moore herself began her session with prayer, kneeling and saying, “I’m asking that every life be set aflame for the Word of God. I want these students to be more impressed with Jesus Christ than when they came, and secondly that they will be impressed with your Word.”

Moore’s prayer was answered Wednesday, as students and leaders alike expressed that this was the first time many of them had understood the profound significance of the Lord’s Supper and its connection to Old Testament origins. “Beth Moore blew up the Lord’s Supper like never before,” said Louie Giglio on Wednesday night, reflecting on the second day of this four-day gathering.

The Passion 2013 conference continues through January 4 featuring messages from Francis Chan, John Piper, Judah Smith and other dynamic speakers, and can be streamed online for free on the Passion website .

Sourced: Christian Post

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Dealing With Pressure, Affliction And Grief Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:40:29 +0000 To say the past couple of days have been difficult would be a gross understatement. Between the shock of the shootings in CT and the intense difficulties that have arisen in the lives of my closest friends in this life; I can honestly say my heart has been extremely burdened. The only two ways I have managed to function is to pray and give.

When the pressures of this life become so strong they are ready to engulf and overwhelm us, that is when we must cast off the tendency to panic or collapse and instead rise up in prayer and do what appears the craziest thing to do which is to give. Prayer and giving allow us to endure affliction, patiently bear pressure and withstand the crushing oppression the enemy employs to steal, kill and destroy.

Unless we pray and give, pressure will cause us to retreat into a corner and curl up in a ball and give up. Since that is never God’s will, there must be something we can do to find relief and step out of the oppression into the joy of the Lord.

Job’s affliction was turned when he ceased dwelling on his plight and instead prayed for his friends (who were behaving like his enemies). As Job crawled out of his hole and gave his heart to God in service to others through prayer, he finally received the deliverance that had for so long escaped him.

Amazing and incredible things happen to us when we cease letting situations beat us down but rather use those situations as a means to become stronger and give more abundantly. Paul commended the church of Macedonia for their great giving during times of trials and afflictions. Please look at what Paul says about these believers in 2 Corinthians 8:1-5:

“Moreover, brethren, we want you to know of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia :

1. How in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality .

2. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing to give of themselves ,

3. Praying us with earnest entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of ministering to the saints .

4.  And this they did, not as we had hoped, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and unto us by the will of God. ”

Despite deep poverty and great trials of affliction, these beautiful believers richly gave of themselves and their resources. These believers provide for us the greatest example of what God wants us to do during times of distress and need. Contrary to what the five senses (and most people) tell us, when the pressure is on, instead of curling up and giving up, GIVE through prayer and sharing of our lives, talents and means. Through this giving, we will find the escape God promises in every situation.


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