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I am an ordained minister of the Gospel. I have a wife and two teen agers. I am a member of the Transform Indiana effort to get the message out to my Wayne Township and Indianapolis and ultimately Indiana for Christ.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Foolish And Weak And Yet Chosen To Conquer

Foolish and Weak and Yet Chosen to Conquer!

Sandra Thompson

The Bible tells us it takes a fool to say there is no God. Yet many of us say there is a God and say we believe in Him and yet act as if His help is not needed. That also is foolish. Could this be why so often we are reduced to 'ground zero' in our lives before God can really use us? Often what God calls us to do looks foolish and we can not make sense out of it. But remember in I Corinthians 1:25-29 it says the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men. He uses the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.

God intends to reveal His Glory to the human race. He intends to do it His way and His way nearly always involves the use of human beings like you and me in all of our foolishness and weakness. Could it be that the more inadequate you feel, the greater will be your potential role in God's plan? Let's look at Gideon. God chose this unlikely man from the smallest and weakest clan and the one who was the most unlikely in his father's house. Oh the Bible is filled with such illustrations. He couldn't believe that God could use him. Then when he did step out and gathered an army of 32,000 men for battle, God said that was too many men and the army was reduced to 22,000 men. If Gideon thought this was bad, he was in for a big surprise as God said this was still too many and the army was reduced to a mere 10,000 men.

But God still knew his heart and the heart of man and He knew they could still take some of the glory, so God required an even bigger step as the army was finally reduced to 300 men. Then God told Gideon that now he was getting prepared to see what God could do. They were coming against an army estimated to be 135,000 men. Did it look foolish? How would you like to have been there? All they could take to battle with them was a ram's horn and a jar of clay and at the exact time they blew the rams' horns and broke the jars of clay and VICTORY took place. Could man take the credit for something so foolish? NO!

What a testimony of God and His Power! God can't really start to do the 'miracle' in your life until He doesn't have enough of you or your resources left to begin. In that state you may look foolish and weak, but you will find yourself in the very place where God can begin! Let go and let God and you will be chosen to conquer! An amazing Truth.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Pray for Nazir

Friends, my friend, Nazir in Pakistan has been threatened because of his faith and is asking that we pray for him. He is determined to serve the Lord regardless what the consequences are. His Brother-in-law is involved in the plot to take him down but he said that his faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, as God brings him to your mind please send up a prayer asking God to 1) protect him and his family and 2) To give him an effective witness wherever he might go. Thank you and may God bless you!

Happy Mother's Day to you Moms out there!

Rev. Joe Diaz

Beware of false prophets and miracles

Touch Of God

Beware of False Prophets and Miracles

By: Abp Leslie "Mary" Trombly

(Under the direction and guidance of The Lord Jesus Christ)

Copyright(c)2005

In these endtimes there are many strange things happening. There are some miracles and some resurrections from the dead or are they what they claim to be ? True miracles? I do not doubt the Power of God in doing this; but I question the authenticity of the recent claims of resurrections that have flooded the media and the secular world. Remember Satan was once theLight-bearer and now has become the bearer of darkness and evil. When the Lord requested that I write on this; I had no idea of how to approach this subject. I asked the Lord to guide me in what I am about to write and to give me the words to write. This is one of the hardest lessons about God and Satan that I will probably ever have to write and I can only pray the People of God will listen and hear and see. I can only pray that with this, God's people will be able to distinguish the real Miracles and Resurrections from the false ones. I can only pray that God's people will not be lead like "lambs to the slaughter" by the evil deceptions from Satan that are taking place in the name of God and religion.

The True Resurrections recorded in God's Word:

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(A) The son of the Widow of Zarepath - By Elijah (I Kings 17:8-24)

(B) Son of a Shunammite - by Elisha (II Kings 4:35)

(C) Dead man restored to life at the touch of Elisha's bones (II Kings 13:21)

(D) Jairus' Daughter - By Jesus( Matthew 9:25; Mark 5:42)

(E) Saints at the time of the crucifixion of Christ (Matthew 27:52)

(F) Son of the Widow of Nain - By Jesus (Luke 7:15)

(G) Lazarus - Brother to Mary & Martha of Bethany - By Jesus ( John 11:44) (H) Dorcas' Daughter Tabitha - by Peter (Acts 9:40)

(I) The Resurrection of Jesus Christ - by God, Himself (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20 & 21; Acts 10:37-41; Romans 6:9,10:9; I Corinthians 15:4-7; Ephesians 1:19-20; I Peter 1:3,18; I Thessalonians 4:14; II Timothy 2:8)

The next "resurrection event" will take place at the Rapture (I Thessalonians 4:16; I Corinthians 15:35-57) and in the resurrecting of the Two witnesses in Jerusalem after they have preached and are killed by Satan. This will be followed by the final resurrection of the non-believers to face the Great White Throne of Judgment (Book of Revelation - Chapters 11:1-13; 20:1-15)

What False Prophets Do

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In Revelation 13:11-16. it tells of the beast (Satan) that deceiveth by Miracles and wonders; so it is with false Christs, false religions and false Prophets. They give people false hopes, false miracles, false prophecy and lying wonders. Jesus speaks to us concerning this in Matthew 24:3-5,11-14, 24-25; Mark 13:22

(3) "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

(4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

(5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

(11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

(12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

(13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

(14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

(24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

(25) Behold, I have told you before." There are also false Prophets spoken of in Deuteronomy 13:5,18:22; Isaiah 9:15; Jeremiah 2:8,5:31, 14:14, 23:16; Ezekiel 13:2,22:28; Hosea 9:7; Micah 3:5; Zephaniah 3:4; Zechariah 13:3;Matthew 7:15; Mark 13:22. There are false teachers as well and they are described in Matthew 5:9, 15:9; I Timothy 1:7,4:2, 6:3; II Timothy 4:3; Titus 1:11; II Peter 2:1. But let us go a little further and speak of false religions. They also lie and deceive. So how does one distinguish the true religion of God from those that are false?

I. True Religion

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(1) Scriptural Definition

(A) In Deuteronomy 10:12 it says this: "And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee. but to fear the Lord thy God. to walk in all his ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy god with all thy heart and with all thy soul."

(B) In Ecclesiastes 12:13 it goes on to say," Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."

(C) In Hosea 6:6 it is written: "For I desired Mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings."

(D) In Micah 6:8 it is recorded:"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"

(E) If we turn to Mark 12:33, it also says; "And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more that all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

(F) In Romans 13:10 again true religion is described by Paul."Love worketh no ill to his neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law. (2) Then what is pure religion? Turn in your Bibles to James 1:27. It is written as this: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

II. False Religion:
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(1) Characteristics of False Religion

(A) Ceremonialism - Mark 7:4; Acts 5:10; Galatians 4:9,5:1; Colossians 2:20; Hebrews 9:10

(B) False Profession - Psalms 78:35-36; Proverbs 26:23; Ezekiel 33:31-32; Matthew 7:21; Mark 7:6; Titus 1:16

(C) Legalism - Mark 2:24; Luke 6:2, 13:13; John 5:10; Acts 15:5, 16:3,21:20, 22:3; Romans 10:2; Galatians 1:14

(D) Sanctimony - Distinguishing Marks:

(1) An outward show of righteousness - Isaiah 58:2
(2) Pharisaic Separation - Isaiah 65:5
(3) Assumed Innocence - Jeremiah 2:35
(4) Religious display - Matthew 6:5; 23:14
(5) Hypocrisy - Job 32:1, 33:9; Matthew 23:30; Luke 10:9, 16:15,18:9; Romans 10:3

(E) Formalism - Isaiah 1:13, 29:13; Matthew 23:23; Galatians 4:10-11; Colossians 2:20; II Timothy 3:5

(F) Insufficiency - I Samuel 15:22; Psalms 51:16-17; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Hosea 6:6; Romans 14:17; I Corinthians 7:19; Hebrews 9:10

(G) Inconsistency in religious life - The general marks

(1) Uncharitableness - Matthew 7:3, 23:3
(2) Religious Talk - Luke 6:46
(3) Legalism - John 7:23
(4) Harsh Judgment - Romans 2:1
(5) Preaching & Not Practicing - Romans 2:21,; Galatians 2:14
(6) False Profession - Titus 1:16
(7) Selfishness - John 2:15-16
(8) Double tongue - James 3:10

(H) Brings reproach upon the cause of truth - II Samuel 12:14; Nehemiah 5:9; Ezekiel 36:20; Romans 2:23-24; II Peter 2:2

(I) Superstition - I Samuel 4:3; I Kings 20:23; Jeremiah 10:2, 44:18; Matthew 14:2; Acts 12:15, 14:11, 17:23, 28:8

The Word of God has clearly defined false prophets, Christs, religion, miracles and lying wonders for all the world to see and understand. Yet many continue to remain blinded and mislead; especially when they see such miracles as the "resurrection of the dead". It is vitally important that it be pointed out that when Jesus walked the earth, He made it abundantly clear that "He was the resurrection and the Life and that no man cometh unto the Father but by Him." (John 11:25) Yes, He gave the apostles a command to preach the gospel to all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20).

Yes he did give them power to cast out devils, speak in tongues and heal the sick. Not be hurt by anything they may drink that is deadly or if they take up a serpent. (Paul was the example of this when a viper bit him and he suffered no ill effects) (Mark 16:15-20).

The most important thing was to "feed His Sheep" That was Jesus' commandment to the apostles. It is also true that one or more of the apostles raised the dead. Peter was one that did this, but it was only by the Lord's Permission that they were allowed to do this and only when the Lord wanted it to be so. Now in these endtimes we are seeing more and more reports of people being "resurrected from the dead". I advise extreme caution in believing all you see, hear and read about this. Use the Discernment that Christ has indwelled in all of us with the Holy Spirit to tell the "true resurrections" from the "false ones". "Near Death Experiences" are true resurrections, because it is Jesus that has given the life back to that person who has died and they have either heard His voice or seen Him. In Revelation 20:4-6, it says:

(4) "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

(5) But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

(6) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." This clearly states that those who are dead for longer than a few minutes because of certain events and have remained that way to the point of having Rigor Mortis set in and even to the embalming of the Body can not be resurrected by human hands and or claims that Lord raised them. The Near Death Experiences where a person dies for a brief time and returns to life is because the Lord has willed it to be so. This also makes it obvious to the observer that is Jesus was going to restore a life...it would be in the matter of minutes and rarely past too many hours. The only time this event is even mentioned in the Bible is concerning the two witnesses that are killed in Jerusalem during the Tribulation. Being from Heaven in the first place, these two witnesses will die and lie in the street for three days untouched by human hands and not embalmed, then God will restore them to life and carry them away. He has a specific purpose for doing so. Most of what you read in the newspapers concerning resurrections come from Africa, Haiti, Honduras or Mozambique...even a few here in the USA and in other countries. If anyone has any knowledge of voodoo and witchcraft that is practiced in these countries then they are aware that "witchdoctors" have the means to artificially induce death and to give the appearance of being embalmed by the used of certain spiders found in their particular region or have them imported. "Zombies" are "created" in the very same way. they can be declared dead, yet when the witch doctor has decided to use them...they will dig them up and give them the antidote for it and months or years later will be found walking around perfectly healthy and alive. This can be done by anyone with that evil knowledge to create a false resurrection. When you read or see or hear of such things, ask God to confirm it for you.

Do not believe all you hear or see.....even if it is from an Evangelist, pastor or priest or rabbi.... they may very well be false teachers and prophets ...and perhaps even false Christs. I again remind you that if you are a Christian and instilled with the true Holy Spirit, then use the Holy Spirit to discern the truth from a lie or deception. I would also remind you that Jesus taught me to tell His people, whenever I or anyone else wrote or spoke on something concerning Him to do the following: Believe not what you hear from others or clergy, Got to His Word and confirm it, then Confirm it with the Holy Spirit and Him. Once it is confirmed that way then you know it is the truth." As a called by God Servant and minister of His word...I can not impress the importance of doing this enough on any of you. Believe what God has written and said - not man. Beware of the False Prophets, False Christs, False teacher, False religions and False miracles and lying wonders, such as the "resurrections" that are being so widely claimed in recent days. The Lord your God has provided you with enough information here to guide you, the rest is up to you and how you chose to discern or believe what you see or hear or read or are a "witness" to.

In Christ's Name;

Abp Leslie "Mary" Trombly

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Beloved, this is Joe Diaz and I humbly request that you prayerfully consider supporting this ministry in prayer and with your finances. Our ministry is strictly a faith-based initiative and as such, we depend on your support. As you know, we not sustained by any political, special interest or parent organization. Nor do we accept any online or e-mail advertising. Our mission and operations are funded by -- and depend entirely upon -- the voluntary financial support of our friends. If we have blessed you in any way, we ask you to help us. Your gifts and offerings may be sent to Charity Tabernacle, Attn: His Love Extended Ministries, 2700 S. Tibbs Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241, U.S.A. Tel. 1-317-241-1707. Tax-exempt receipts will be issued. Please know that your gift of any amount is appreciated and will pay eternal dividends. Thank you in advance! God seems to be opening the door to this ministry for me to travel internationally to evangelize and I need to purchase Bibles and other evangelistic material and funds are needed for those purposes.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart." (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Ad Maiorem Gloriam Dei!
(For the greater glory of God!)

Blessings in His love,

Rev. Joe Diaz
Founder, His Love Extended Ministries International

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Happy Mother's Day

Daily Encounter

1. Happy Mother's Day

“Be followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1, KJV).

Lee Strobel tells about a mother from Costa Mesa, California who told about the day her three-year old son was on her heels wherever she went. She was having trouble doing her routine chores. “Whenever I stopped to do something and turned back around I would trip over him,” she said. “Several times I suggested fun activities to keep him occupied, but he would just smile and say, ‘That’s alright Mommy I’d rather be in here with you.’ He continued to follow me and after the fifth trip, my patience wore thin and I asked him why he was following me constantly.” He said, “My Sunday school teacher told me to walk in Jesus’ footsteps but I can’t see him so I’m walking in yours.” The greatest way we can teach our children about and show our loved ones the love of Jesus is through the example of how we live, and how we model his love in our everyday life.As another has said, “We raise not the children we want but the children that we the parents are.” Suggested prayer, “Dear God, please help me to so live that people, especially my children (and loved ones), will see Jesus in me and will want to follow in my footsteps and have Jesus in their life too. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, amen.”

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2 Beloved, this is Joe Diaz and I humbly request that you prayerfully consider supporting this ministry in prayer and with your finances. Our ministry is strictly a faith-based initiative and as such, we depend on your support. As you know, we not sustained by any political, special interest or parent organization. Nor do we accept any online or e-mail advertising. Our mission and operations are funded by -- and depend entirely upon -- the voluntary financial support of our friends. If we have blessed you in any way, we ask you to help us. Your gifts and offerings may be sent to Charity Tabernacle, Attn: His Love Extended Ministries, 2700 S. Tibbs Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241, U.S.A. Tel. 1-317-241-1707. Tax-exempt receipts will be issued. Please know that your gift of any amount is appreciated and will pay eternal dividends. Thank you in advance! God seems to be opening the door to this ministry for me to travel internationally to evangelize and I need to purchase Bibles and other evangelistic material and funds are needed for those purposes.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart." (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Ad Maiorem Gloriam Dei!
(For the greater glory of God!)
Blessings in His love,
Rev. Joe Diaz
Founder, His Love Extended Ministries International

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Struggles

STRUGGLES

(Author Unknown)

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force it's body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair ofscissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life strugglingaround with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly.What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved it's freedom from the cocoon.Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly.

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Dear Friends in Christ,

God has built into the world of "nature" many examples of His wisdom for us to learn from. This is hinted at in this interesting verse:

Prov 6:6 (KJV) Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

The example of the butterfly and the cocoon is yet another such source of wisdom. It reminds me of the Christian song lyrics which say, "If I never had a problem, I'd never know that He could solve them". The point is, God allows and designs suffering and affliction to come into our lives to give us the ability to grow as we endure the problem. Our reaction to the problem is also a measure of our maturity in the Christian walk, and may change as we grow in our faith.

Just as there are three opponents to our walk with Christ, the devil, the world and the flesh, so are there three kinds of sufffering that we must endure: Persecution or suffering for our faith; Affliction or medical problems and the accompanying pain or inconvenience; Temptations to worldiness, or idolatry.

Persecution for our Faith, or "Suffering"

In the concordance you will find that whenever the word "suffering" or "suffer" occurs, it seems to be related to our Christian testimony. The devil works overtime to try to negate our Christian testimony. He does this through fear, lies and intimidation. His aim is to get us to cowar and go silent about what Christ has done for us and what He can do for others. Either by our words or our actions, we are tempted to deny our Lord in response to the fear of threats or lies or damage to our reputation or to our life.

1 Pet 1:3-7 (KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
{4} To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
{5} Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
{6} Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
{7} That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Pain and Affliction-

Affliction is physical or medical suffering that we may have to endure. Of course, the book of Job shows us that the devil is also the one who tries to encourage God to take away our health so that we will perhaps "curse God and die".

Job 2:7-9 (KJV) So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
{8} And he took him a potsherd[broken piece of pottery] to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
{9} Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die [H=kill yourself].

Here in a nutshell is satan's true goal for causing pain and suffering to a Christian: he wants you to have to endure such pain and depression that you will curse God for putting you through it, and then deny your faith, and then to kill yourself...a triple victory for satan from bringing suffering into our lives.

Of course, the story of Job's affliction does not end in defeat, but in continued and persistent faith as he endured the suffering. Consider his response to the faithless response of his wife from the above verses:

Job 2:10 (KJV) But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.
What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

And at the end of Job's trial of medical affliction and loss, we find the true result of what God had in mind for Job all along. Although He permitted all the evil things to happen to this good man, His intent was to deepen Job's faith and give him a personal relationship with Himself that Job did not have before:

Job 42:1-6 (KJV) Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
{2} I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
{3} Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
{4} Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
{5} I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
{6} Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Worldliness or Riches- Idolatry of worldly things.

We also often find ourselves struggling with the alure of money and material things to take our attention away from serving Christ. As Jesus teaches in the parable of the Sower and the Soils:

Mat 13:22 (KJV) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word;
and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

1 Tim 6:8-12 (KJV) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
{9} But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition{Gk=eternal damnation}.
{10} For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
{11} But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
{12} Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

And as we endure the suffering or temptation, and struggle to overcome it, Christ is watching us and limiting the intensity of the temptation so that it will not be above that which we are able to bear.

1 Cor 10:9-14 (KJV) Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
{10} Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
{11} Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
{12} Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
{13} There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer{cause} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
{14} Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

The unexpected consequences of suffering and affliction for the Christian are Christian growth, and experiences of victory that you will have as a treasure with which you can help and counsel others. Observe:

2 Cor 1:2-4 (KJV) Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
{3} Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
{4} Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

May the God of all Comfort Bless you as you ponder these things.

In Christ..brother bob...<><


Isa 30:20-21 Though He give you the bread of adversity and water of affliction, yet He will be with you to teach you--with your own eyes you will see your Teacher.And if you leave God's paths and go either to the right or to the left, you will hear a Voice behind you say, "This is the way; walk ye in it."

Rom 8:16-18 (KJV) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
{17} And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
{18} For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

2 Cor 1:3-7 (KJV) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
{4} Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
{5} For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
{6} 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.
{7} And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

Phil 1:29 (KJV) For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Phil 3:7-10 (KJV) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
{8} Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung,
that I may win Christ,
{9} And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
{10} That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

1 Th 3:3-4 (KJV) That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
{4} For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Rev 2:10 (KJV) Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

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Christ has made us free

"Christ hath made us free." Gal 5:1

WE were once the slaves of sin, Satan, and the world; we were under the law as a covenant of life; but Jesus has made us free. We are now delivered from the law, and are under grace. We are dead to sin, and are justified from it.

We are delivered from Satan, and are at war with him. We overcome the world, and are hastening out of it. We are at liberty to serve God, and walk with Him in friendship and holy
love. The price of our freedom was the life and death of Jesus; the efficient cause of our freedom was the power and operation of the Holy Spirit; the grand moving cause, was the infinite and
everlasting love of God our Father; the instrument by which we are made acquainted with our freedom, is the holy gospel; the grace which puts us into possession of our freedom is faith; and
the end of our freedom is, that we may serve our God in righteousness and holiness all the days of our life, and then be glorified with Him for ever.

We are freed from sin, that we may be holy; and are introduced to and accepted of God, that we may be happy. Let us stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

Sweet is the freedom Christ bestows,
With which He makes His people free;
A liberty no mortal knows,
Till they His great salvation see:
Freedom from wants, and fears, and cares,
From worldly lusts, and dangerous snares.

Beloved, this is Joe Diaz and I humbly request that you prayerfully consider supporting this ministry in prayer and with your finances. Our ministry is strictly a faith-based initiative and as such, we depend on your support. As you know, we not sustained by any political, special interest or parent organization. Nor do we accept any online or e-mail advertising. Our mission and operations are funded by -- and depend entirely upon -- the voluntary financial support of our friends. If we have blessed you in any way, we ask you to help us. Your gifts and offerings may be sent to Charity Tabernacle, Attn: His Love Extended Ministries, 2700 S. Tibbs Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241, U.S.A. Tel. 1-317-241-1707. Tax-exempt receipts will be issued. Please know that your gift of any amount is appreciated and will pay eternal dividends. Thank you in advance! God seems to be opening the door to this ministry for me to travel internationally to evangelize and I need to purchase Bibles and other evangelistic material and funds are needed for those purposes.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart." (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Ad Maiorem Gloriam Dei!
(For the greater glory of God!)

Blessings in His love,
Rev. Joe DiazFounder, His Love Extended Ministries International

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Friday, April 29, 2005

The trash removal that saves your life

A WORD WITH YOU By Ron Hutchcraft

"The Trash Removal that Saves Your Life"

1 John 1:7

Listen to the audio broadcast! http://www.gospelcom.net/cgi-bin/ramhurl?p=pnm&f=/rhm/sounds/awwy/awwy4775.rm

Twenty-three seconds. It takes you longer than that to eat a slice of pizza - or at least it should. It takes me about that long to just say three our four sentences. A short TV commercial is longer than that. But every 23 seconds, something absolutely amazing happens inside you. Your blood pumps through your body, delivers oxygen and nutrients to all your cells, and carries away the impurities from your cells and starts back through again ... all in 23 seconds. Mind-blowing! That's what it takes to keep you going. You've got to have that oxygen delivered regularly. And you've got to have your cell garbage taken out regularly, and your blood gets it done. I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Trash Removal that Saves Your Life."

In the amazing ways of the God who made us, it's the blood that cleanses our body from the garbage that could kill us. And it is the blood that is our only hope of our soul being cleansed of the poison in there that could cost us our life - forever. Except my blood can't clean my soul. It takes blood that has never been poisoned by human sin. It takes the blood of Jesus Christ. Our word for today from the Word of God makes it absolutely clear what it takes for you and me to get rid of the guilt and the penalty of the sin that will keep us out of heaven. 1 John 1:7 says: "The blood of Jesus, God's Son, purifies us from all sin."

There's something about that blood Jesus Christ shed on that horrific cross that has the power - the only power - to remove your sin - to remove my sin. The way God made for our body to get clean inside is the way God made for our soul to get clean inside - blood. For our soul - Jesus' blood. From the first sin in the Garden of Eden to the lie you told or the person you hurt today, God has minced no words telling us the penalty: "You will surely die" (Genesis 2:17). And the devil's lie to Adam and Eve went like this: "You will not surely die" (Genesis 3:4). He's been trying to get people to believe that lie ever since. He wants you to think that somehow you can escape the death penalty for your sin when God said that penalty in irrevocable. But in His love, He set in motion a way the death penalty you and I deserve (The Bible calls that hell.) could be paid without us being away from Him forever.

A blood sacrifice - someone with no sin of His own to pay for, dying in your place. And there's only one someone who meets that qualification. That's the Son of God. He came, as the Bible says, "to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself" (Hebrews 9:26). Is it any wonder God says then, "Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22). You can't get rid of your sin by earning it doing good things.

You can't inherit God's forgiveness from a Christian family or pick it up by osmosis from being around Christian things. Your only hope of getting clean, of getting to heaven, is the cleansing power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Not Christianity. Jesus. The question is, have you ever thrown yourself on His mercy and said, "Jesus, only by the blood You shed for me can I be clean before God. Please, Lord, this day, carry away the garbage of my life in Your precious blood." He'll do it if you ask. And why wouldn't you?

Why would you risk one more day carrying in your soul the guilt of your sin and its awful death penalty? Why, when Jesus carried it for you on the cross so you would never have to carry it again! If you're ready to be forgiven, if you're ready to be clean through what Jesus has done for you, then let me send you something that I think may help - my little booklet called Yours For Life. It's helped others begin with Jesus, and I'll send it to you if you just let me know you want it. Picture yourself carrying all the sins of all your life up that hill where Jesus' cross stands and leaving it all there, never to carry it again. It could happen today. If you're not sure you belong to Jesus, and you would like to make sure today, Ron would like to send to you a free copy of the booklet, "Yours for Life: How to Have Life's Most Important Relationship."

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Learning to trust God's methods and timing - a thought for today

Learning to trust God's methods and timing is a lifelong course. When you need to wait patiently for God to act, first look to Him and lay hold of His promises in Scripture. Then rest in His care. He knows your situation, and He keeps His word. He will act at the right time.

Warren Wiersbe

Beloved, this is Joe Diaz and I humbly request that you prayerfully consider supporting this ministry in prayer and with your finances. Our ministry is strictly a faith-based initiative and as such, we depend on your support. As you know, we not sustained by any political, special interest or parent organization. Nor do we accept any online or e-mail advertising. Our mission and operations are funded by -- and depend entirely upon -- the voluntary financial support of our friends. If we have blessed you in any way, we ask you to help us. Your gifts and offerings may be sent to Charity Tabernacle, Attn: His Love Extended Ministries, 2700 S. Tibbs Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46241, U.S.A. Tel. 1-317-241-1707. Tax-exempt receipts will be issued. Please know that your gift of any amount is appreciated and will pay eternal dividends. Thank you in advance! God seems to be opening the door to this ministry for me to travel internationally to evangelize and I need to purchase Bibles and other evangelistic material and funds are needed for those purposes.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart." (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Ad Maiorem Gloriam Dei!
(For the greater glory of God!)

Blessings in His love,

Rev. Joe DiazFounder, His Love Extended Ministries International

http://www.hisloveextended.com
http://HisLoveExtended.blogspot.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hisloveextended_PrayerCloset

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Sheltered Life

Parents having become volunteer home missionaries (Biblically described as carpenters, today known as church planters), I was raised much like a preacher's kid ~ among preachers, evangelists, missionaries, summer workers, and such. In fact, dad had a preacher's license, too. Only, not feeling called to lead a church in the pastorate position, dad chose not to magnify that office, by way of ordination, so as to not lose his position as a church deacon; as would have otherwise been a requirement, within our given denomination.

Additionally, our home was the 'Home away from Home' for countless people in spiritual need and the hangout of teen preference. So, we experienced 'church', every day.

Mother also having the gift of teaching (for which there was always one more lesson to learn) and being the best example I have ever been blessed to witness of someone who truly walked in the Spirit, I was not ignorant of such things. In fact, I was mother's pen. Whenever God would give her a new song, poem, or other words to share ... my job was to run and grab a pen and pad then write, as fast as I could, as the words flowed through her. And, even though I hadn't the first clue as to shorthand, I was the best available; for which we, thereafter, would manage to make out all the scribbles.

But also, while growing up, my service was welcomed in the church. Though it might not have happened that way had we had additional mature laborers, there was no forbidding of literal or spiritual children in serving our Lord ... only a general avoidance of passing on information to the one who gossiped.

At age 12, I became the church pianist of choice. Serving beside mom, we transformed the unwanted nursery duty into a real ministry. On occasion, I taught a children's class and once directed the children's choir, always worked in VBS, and many etceteras. And, I must have had some wisdom even then, as adults would come to me for advise.

Among other things, when an adult suddenly resigned from their elected duties, I revamped the church library and served as church clerk.

Younger sisters being welcomed to serve also, we improvised a bus ministry. Joining forces, we went on visitation, most every Saturday (except when we used the phone), and built our youth into the largest group within the church. Then, with dad's driving assistance, Sunday mornings were busy picking up loads of children and teens in our family station wagon.

Though, however we served, it was often said we did a better job than adults ... not just better but 'way better'. In fact, at one time or another, I've served in most every church elected position except preacher, deacon, music director, and treasurer.

However, even though not elected for such, I once discretely did hubby's job as the church treasurer, too ... mostly because I liked doing it. Though, it was dad who warned me to keep a low profile on that one, due to other's fears regarding the church's money.

So, while we females did let men take occasional bows for our service, for a greater good, we never heard of such a doctrine as people supposing to live balanced lives between church and family. That's about the same as separation of church and state. The church was our family and our life! Thankfully, our service was never belittled, disregarded, disrespected, or under valued; regardless of age or gender. Had that happened as children, we might have thought God to blame.

All this is to say I received 'what now appears to be' a rarely given opportunity to serve (apart from acceptance of the gift of prophesy, which was not then recognized or understood); sheltered from prohibiting doctrines of men.

Only, as one grows up, moves away, finds a new church home, then moves again ... my service became less and less welcomed, my family name further not known (sometimes elected into assistant positions for the purpose of training men for those roles) until, one day, I looked around only to discover I was a nobody. Having been stripped of identity, I was no longer a preacher's kid or any variation thereof. All referenced childhood training was spat upon. I was not the right gender, not thought good enough to serve for whatever legal reason was invented next, and certainly not of qualified substance to teach a man anything.

Even so, I would have met guidelines for the privilege to serve. And though I tried, the ever-changing rules of acceptance never did end.

Though, occasionally, under false pretense, request would be made for credentials or some other form of infallible proof as to my calling. I'm a Christian! That's it! Would anyone like to say, "Duh?" And, since when did anyone have to prove good enough, at anything, to serve God? Can't you see the Spirit compelling me? The Spirit doesn't lie. So what if God didn't give me an eloquent speech. I don't like the limelight, anyway.

All I really wanted was for people to stop running interference, second guessing God's heart when He'd show me people that needed love. Then, if people couldn't do that, to give me a title wherein I wouldn't have to explain every time I breathed in the church building.

Little is always much, when done for our Lord. Psalm 37:16, 1 Cor. 5:6 (And, having been welcomed while only children, we proved it to be true.) Faithful is he who calls you who also will do it. 1 Thes. 5:24

What was the matter with these people? There were holes in their bags! Blind guides, I guess. (But no, I didn't shout ... even though I could provide a good sermon for them, now.)

There was no way I could doubt in my heart but what such doctrines were wrong. After all, I had been an eye witness and testament against such fallacies. But besides that, regardless of their lack of acceptance, God never stopped calling and that was the torment of it all ... to hear the cries of God's wounded, to know the plight of their souls, to see destruction in the making ... without any consideration that God might actually be capable of speaking to me, too; a female, of all things! Only God knows how many times I stood in the gap and sobbed in intercession for His wounded saints.

Having personally declared war on Satan (which is another story), he used the corruption of the church to try and destroy me.

With scripture quoted every which way but up, in order to validate positions of authority and their agenda, I began searching to 'know' the truth. And, having declared this war on Satan, even more so, absolute understanding of God's intent was required (on every given subject matter) ~ so my walk and service would always be under the umbrella of His protection.

Thus, the more they persecuted, the more I ran to God. Then, as I searched and researched, the more I learned, and the stronger I grew ... 'til my faith became my own. Only, through this, God didn't make it any easier, as He kept gifting me for more areas of service thought only men could do.

Then, having once shared of the incredible growth and learning I had discovered with my Heavenly Father, that had been shown to and also rejected by the church, dad said if I had been a male having brought this to church leadership, they would have set me up as some awesome teacher/leader, to say the least, to be highly respected and learned from.

Dad was silent for a moment, then shook his head and said this never would have happened had I been male. And to this day, it brings tears to my eyes to remember my dearly departed daddy for this ... as a reminder, when no one in the whole world did, apart from God, my daddy believed in me.

None-the-less, life became harder, still, mostly because legalists don't stop until 'til they destroy the body; which turned out to be a good thing because death finally puts an end to the curse of the law.

So, yes, I, too, know the mourning of being separated from one's mother's womb, rejected by church and family (all I had ever known, loved, or placed any additional faith in) in order to follow a higher call. And though most are not visible except to the spiritual eye, my body bears the marks of having given God all.

The signs of the times are in God's children. Isaiah 8:18 But if your wounds were not to that degree or you thought such as a wheel chair had separated you from your church, thank God you were so spared!

The righteous perisheth,
and no man layeth it to heart:
and merciful men are taken away,
none considering that the righteous
is taken away from the evil to come.

Isaiah 57:1

Like most of you who are reading this, I am among the Persecuted Church, longing to be 'welcomed' home ... also knowing that, once truly welcomed, captives will finally be free; including you and me.

However, I would not change the fellowship that came in knowing the sufferings of Christ. I would not change having discovered God to such a degree He is my life. I would not change having overcome battles that were intended to keep me from knowing whose I am, who I am, and the purpose of my creation. And, I would not have changed my time here with you, all my fellow brethren (wounded and, if there be any, whole); my church and my family.

We built websites. We planted church communities. We developed, grew, and sometimes transformed ministries. We reached out to the world. We valued our aged. We welcomed the handicapped into service, again. We embraced people from around the world and welcomed whatever each had to offer; the only requirement being having a heart for it. We opened doors; providing opportunity, skills, tools, and labor.

We proved Christians can serve in unity, regardless of doctrine, for a greater good. We lifted the fallen. We mended wounds. We offered unconditional love. We shared truths to help others overcome, too. But mostly importantly, we learned to listen from our heart instead of our eyes or ears. In such, we became heavenly cheerleaders; the universal church ... sheltering each other from the rudiments of the world.

Having way surpassed the structural church, we did sooo good! And now, in the end times, we are the ones most trained for Kingdom building. Matthew 5:10

It is the structural church our lost sheep; the ones with no shelter or sure foundation. And for all the true sob stories we can share (enough to make us all cry were the details known), Jesus still thought the structural church was worth saving, worth dying for.

We are exhausted beyond reason, for a reason; pulling us away from our universal shelter because our calling isn't finished yet. It is time to rest in God until we're rejuvenated and ready to go again. Only then, we have a new assignment, the one we were created for ... to bring God's children home.

If that means returning to the hurtful church of our past or learning to love a new one, follow God's leading. And no matter what you see or hear, if it isn't love, it isn't true and you are the one most qualified to know the difference. 1 Cor. 6:4

It's your turn to be a shelter. Don't accept, receive, or give anything less than love ~ as love is God. Then, when persecution comes, shake the dust off your feet and keep going. Only, this time, it won't hurt so much ... because it was your choice.

© 2005 by Joyce C. Lock