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By Francis Frangipane
How little we understand of eternal redemption! How many times will God forgive you? If you have truly set your heart to follow Him, He will cancel your sins as often as you ask. Will He forgive you of the worst sin you can think of? Yes! You may have to live with the consequences of your misdeed, but God can use your repentance and newly found humility to inspire others. As for the sin itself, if you deeply and sincerely repent of it, not only will God forgive you, He will blot it out of His memory.
Let me share an experience. A certain man of God had been gifted with revelatory insight into people's lives. During an evening service he ministered to a Presbyterian pastor and his wife. By the gift of the Spirit, he revealed the couple's past, uncovered their present situation, and then disclosed to them what was to come. This work of God greatly impressed the couple, and as the prophecies were fulfilled, the Presbyterian minister brought two other pastors, each with their wives, to another service for personal ministry.
The word of knowledge was exceptionally sure that night, and the second minister and his wife marveled at the accuracy and truth in the prophetic word. The third couple stepped forward for ministry, and again the word of knowledge was present. The prophet spoke to the husband, revealing his past, present, and insight into his future. Then the man of God turned to this third minister's wife. As he began to speak of her past, suddenly he paused. Then he said, "There was a very serious sin in your past." The woman, with her worst fear upon her, turned pale and closed her eyes. The congregation hushed and moved to the edge of their seats.
The prophet continued, "And I asked the Lord, 'What was this sin that she committed?' And the Lord answered, 'I do not remember!'"
The Lord had been faithful to His covenant promise: "I will not remember your sins" (Isa. 43:25). Although many times this minister's wife had asked for cleansing, still she could not believe the depth of God's forgiveness. Christ had placed her sin in the sea of His forgetfulness. He removed it "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps. 103:12). From everywhere but the prison of her own mind, her sin had been paid for and removed. And now, in His great mercy, He removed it from there as well!
Oh, what burdens we carry; what guilt and limitations surround us because we do not accept God's total and perfect forgiveness. In Isaiah we read, "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins" (Isa. 43:25).
How great is the God we serve. How wonderful is His love toward us. He is our Redeemer, our Savior! If you are willing to forgive others and will but ask Him to forgive you, He will pardon your debts as often as you contritely turn to Him. He promises He will remember your sins no more.
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Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God. Visit Arrow Bookstore to order.
The American church is weak.
It’s an unfortunate truth says Jake McCandless, the head of Prophecy Simplified and the author of the new book “Spiritual Prepper: Tapping Into Overlooked Prophecies To Prepare You For Doomsday.”“Following Christ is not an easy road,” said McCandless. “It’s a blessed road, but it’s not an easy road. And our faithfulness is being challenged in a wide number of ways.”
In America, he said, “because we are blessed to worship with such freedom and to really walk with Christ, there’s no gateway at the beginning where you say, ‘I’m going to be persecuted if I follow Christ.’”
“But in other parts of the world, you know that if you make that profession of faith and you’re going to be baptized and you’re going to follow Christ, you know you’re going to face persecution right off the bat,” he said.
“We’re just weak! We’re not even thinking we could face struggles. And that puts us in a dangerous spot.
“And because of the lack of strength within churches, I think a lot of those who have a heart to live for the Lord are just discouraged. That’s a struggle we face. We just need to know from the get go we’re not being trained up as fast as Christians from the past and in other parts of the world, which makes us susceptible to the challenges we may face.”
McCandless made the comments in a recent interview on the “Freedom Friday” radio show with Carl Gallups, the author of “When The Lion Roars” and a passionate advocate of using prophetic teachings in ministry.
McCandless and Gallups agreed American Christians seem to have largely abandoned the study of prophecy, especially younger believers.
“You seem a little young to be interested in prophecy; there’s not many millennials out there who are interested,” McCandless said he is often told. But he argues exploring prophecy is critical to revitalizing the American church. Gallups also said a study of prophecy is simply a logical extension of the study of the Bible.
“Just about a quarter of Scripture has to do with prophecy, and half of that has to do with the last days, the generation that will just precede the return of the Lord,” he said. “People want that practical connection. What does this mean for me? How then should I live?
“I think it’s changing, but by and large, up until very recently, the church has not paid much attention to prophecy, the millennial generation especially. They kind of mock it and scoff, which of course the Word of God said would happen in the last days.”
McCandless said Christians should understand prophecy is not just about huge grand events during the end times, but about gaining insight into what is happening right now and the specific challenges facing the church.
“Prophecy is avoided by so many,” he said. “And not just pastors, but in the congregations. I go somewhere, and there’s maybe one or two who have a great interest in prophecy; but the great majority of the congregation have just not touched it at all. So they’re needing that just basic level of walking through what Scripture says.
“When we think prophecy, we think we’re going to hear something about the Mark of the Beast, the coming Antichrist, the geopolitical scene at the end times. Now that’s true, and that needs to be taught and there’s a lot out there. But there’s a lot of passages that are very familiar, but we don’t look at them as prophetic. It really got a hold of me that there are passages that describe humanity and especially Christians at the end of the age, in terms of their morality and their faith.
“We find in 2 Timothy how many will turn away from the truth and will search out things which just allow them to gravitate to their own passions. We find in 2 Peter 3 about the scoffing. And in Matthew 24:10, it says many will turn away at this time.”
The prophetic prediction of a “falling away” from the faith, McCandless said, deeply informs his ministry. He warns Christians they need to actively prepare for persecution.
“I’m standing in front of the congregation, asking myself if I have done enough to prepare them to stand through these challenges now and in the future,” McCandless said, describing a common experience for him.
It was with the aim of helping Christians meet this challenge that McCandless wrote “Spiritual Prepper.” The book seeks to reinforce the faith of American Christians, especially by describing the circumstances Christians face overseas.
“In the book, I’m walking through what I think are seven to eight direct challenges we’re facing from these overlooked prophecies, especially Matthew 24,” he said.
“I began by talking about the persecution our brothers and sisters are facing in places like Iraq and Syria, where you have parents making a decision for Christ, knowing that could mean their young daughters being sold into sexual slavery. And I contrast that in the beginning of the book with hurt feelings. What I saw the most, when I was a pastor, was the reason people were not regularly participating in church was because they would have their feelings hurt!”
In contrast, McCandless calls for a new spirit of commitment and a passionate search for biblical truth.
“One of the problems is false teaching,” he said. “You find a different kind of church on every corner that’s teaching different things. You can find every 30 minutes or hour on a different television station someone teaching something different. Not everybody’s going to be right when there are that many messages going out, you know? And I think that’s something we really got to get a hold of to find the truth, to be aware of that.”
And McCandless promises that believers who explore these overlooked prophecies and incorporate these teachings will be able to deepen their own faith and strengthen their congregations.
“It’s just missing that next element of going to that next level of your faith and your walk in the Lord,” McCandless commented of American Christianity today.
Believers should be willing to take that next step. After all, McCandless argues, if people are willing to prep their homes for tough times, they should also be willing to prepare their souls.
Measuring emotional intelligence can be difficult because of its intangible nature. But Dr. Travis Bradberry has analyzed the data from the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested for EQ to help identify the behaviors that are sure signs you have a high EQ. He shares them with us in this article, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse.
When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly-held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that we know 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.
Despite the significance of EQ, its intangible nature makes it very difficult to know how much you have and what you can do to improve if you’re lacking. You can always take a scientifically validated test, such as the one that comes with the Emotional Intelligence 2.0 book.
Unfortunately, quality (scientifically valid) EQ tests aren’t free. So, I’ve analyzed the data from the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested in order to identify the behaviors that are the hallmarks of a high EQ. What follows are sure signs that you have a high EQ.
All people experience emotions, but it is a select few who can accurately identify them as they occur. Our research shows that only 36 percent of people can do this, which is problematic because unlabeled emotions often go misunderstood, which leads to irrational choices and counterproductive actions.
People with high EQs master their emotions because they understand them, and they use an extensive vocabulary of feelings to do so. While many people might describe themselves as simply feeling “bad,” emotionally intelligent people can pinpoint whether they feel “irritable,” “frustrated,” “downtrodden,” or “anxious.” The more specific your word choice, the better insight you have into exactly how you are feeling, what caused it and what you should do about it.
by AnitaIvetteFerrer in DYSTONIA JOURNEY, LIVING BY FAITH, Walking with Jesus Christ Tags: bearing each other's burdens, catastrophic illnesses, compassion, COPD,counseling, Deliverance, emotional healing, empathjy, Lupus, movement disorders, Pray Through It, Rob Morrissette, suffering, suffering for Christ, surrendering to God’s will
Journal Entry, March 3, 2017
My quest to find answers to the tormenting mystery of the JAW-mouth Dystonia continues. Each hour, I continue to rely heavily on Father giving me the strength to endure, uncomplainingly. My seasonal job, delivering telephone books door-to-door, started last week and my body is weary. from the windy-cold and the physical exertion. Unlike several years ago, when I bitterly complained to Father that I should be on tour with my incredible band. I told him, how hard it was to have do such humbling work when He had blessed me with such talent.And then the added grief of being misunderstood, alienated from wonderful fellowship and dealing with a tormentically distracting movement disorder was more than any human to bear. Even now, the pain in my (now also) left jaw is painful and I can barely stand to do anything. The past nine years of this horrendous disorder (and the thought that there is no reversal for the damaged joints should cause me to sink into utter depression). Honestly, it has been lonely beyond belief and at times, I deem my small music-compassionate outreach, Brave Flame Productions-Outreach a thankless job, (at times). I am a very social person and cherish the camaraderie of freinds and loved ones being emotionally and spiritually connected with me.
Nevertheless, I realize that this ongoing suffering has brought about great change in my spiritual outlook and Father’s gloriuous workmanship in my life. This realization had brought me to create my 5 part-series journalism-color photographs and devotional series, ARISE FROM YOUR GRAVE. It has also compelled me to record and produce songs for two concurrent albums, a prophetic rock , Mod Prophet and a worship album, The Anointing, (His presence). One would expect that the result would be a publishing book deal and distribution or at least interest in the recorded works. My book series still await publication and my albums are still incomplete.
I wait upon the Lord, for He will renew my strength. What strength? For any passionately creative person in the midst of projects, there’s always the hope of success and renown. For the child of God, renown would be being sought after for the expertise of the skill. There is dealing with the disappointment of struggling financially and/or having few customers-patrons. So, I tell Father, more than anything… I wish to be in His perfect will.
To continue reading this post, click this link for Anita’s blog site: https://anitaivetteferrer.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/the-fellowship-of-suffering/
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Week 6: Aligning Your Emotions
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
“… taking every thought captive to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
Betrayal, conflict, competition: sometimes relationships are hard. We’ve all been there. Think of someone you really don’t like—maybe someone who has hurt you, or someone you’re in conflict with. Right now, in your emotions you may not have warm, fuzzy feelings toward that person.
Yet you know, as a follower of Jesus, that living out of your emotions would be wrong.
Perhaps your spirit has a very different take on this person than your emotions do. In your spirit, in the redeemed part of your heart, you might love him or her. You might care about this person, see him or her as valuable, and perceive immense potential.
When that person comes around, the war is on: you are divided between flesh and spirit, and the battle is to treat this person in the way your spirit knows is right versus what your emotions want to do.
Emotions are a good gift given to us by an emotional God. When we read Scripture, we meet a God who weeps, laughs, gets angry, feels pleasure, feels pain, and expresses peace and confidence.
Emotions are part of our makeup as creatures made in the image of God. Emotions allow us to experience relationship with God and others to amazing depths, and they make up a huge part of the experience that is our lives.
God’s will is for our emotions to come into alignment with him. We are meant to live fully alive, and that includes full feeling and expression of emotion.
At the same time, emotions by themselves can’t be trusted. Emotions are one of the biggest battlegrounds for spiritual warfare. When the Bible talks about the conflict between the flesh and the spirit, one of the major practical ways that conflict arises is within our emotions.
Sometimes we don’t like people we need to love. Sometimes we want to act out of anger or bitterness. Fear is emotional. Emotionally we may not feel great about ourselves: low self-esteem may be ruling the emotional roost. But none of these emotions tell the truth.
Most people don’t have a compelling reason not to live out of their emotions. But we do have a compelling reason. We need to bring our emotions in line with God.
Gideon felt afraid, but God called him a mighty man of valor. God called him the opposite of what he felt. He was acting out of his emotions (his fear) and he had to act out of God’s truth instead.
If you don’t feel good about yourself, you need to come into agreement with what God says about you. If you don’t like someone else, you need to come into alignment with how God sees them.
This applies to situations too. Carolyn recalls years of teaching ballet that were difficult for various reasons. She decided the difficulties of those years were a training ground for some future purpose, and she would get up every morning and “go to school” to see what God had to teach her.
If you don’t like your situation, ask: Is there something here God has for you? Is this circumstance your portion for right now? What can you find in it to thank God for?
The question isn’t, “How do I feel?”, but “What is the truth?”
We need to choose to stand on and believe truth. Emotions are real, but when they don’t line up with God’s Word, they should not direct how we see and respond to the world.
If your emotions need to come into alignment, here are a few action steps you can take:
1. Change your perception of your situation: it’s a training ground and has a purpose. Come as a learner.
2. Emotions follow thoughts. When your thoughts line up with truth, your emotions will also line up with truth. This is rarely an instant change, but over time, aligning our minds with the Word and will of God will shape our emotions.
3. 1 Thessalonians(NLT) says, “Encourage those who are timid, take tender care of those who are weak, be patient with everyone.” Practice compassion with those who are not emotionally strong—including yourself! An attitude of love, compassion, and understanding—while taking responsibility and not making excuses—will help you bring your emotions into line. Ask the Holy Spirit to come alongside you.
Emotions are good, but like every other part of our lives, they need to be redeemed and transformed by the Spirit of God.
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1965 Prophecy - End Times (by Stanley Frodisham)
Very powerful message for today. Let me know your thoughts.
Recent Book Release:
Perils of a Pastor's Wife...Available Now
1. Nan, please tell us about yourself.
I live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina (Ashe County) about10 minutes from Virginia and about 20 minutes from Tennessee. My home is a farmhouse built in 1895 with a much loved wrap-around porch, complete with rocking chairs and porch swing, that replenishes my spirit when I feel worn. I have three adult children in their late 20s and one grandchild. Talk about joy! I love the dynamics that occur in a parent-adult child relationship. Watching the fruit of my labor sweeten the world around them is a delight of my heart. My simple country home wouldn't be complete without my Mastiff, Blue - a 125 lb. hunk of love and two country cats. When I'm not writing or preparing messages for my speaking ministry, you'll find me gardening, crocheting, reading or sharing a cup of coffee with a friend.
2. Tell us about The Perils of a Pastor's Wife. What inspired you to write it? Where did you get the ideas for it?
I served as a pastor's wife for 31 years. These were some of the most fulfilling and rewarding years of my life. These years were also some of the most trying—not necessarily because of the people, but because of the spiritual battle that raged. Our lives could be turned upside down as quickly as the wind changes in a storm. A pastor's wife knows what it is to feel completely alone in the middle of a crowd. We are known to have trust issues—wondering who we can really be ourselves with and share our hearts with when we're troubled. Rejection is another deep-seeded hurt that most folks don’t think about when they consider the lives of pastors and their wives. We love our church people like they are family. When we are asked to leave or voted out because of the annual confidence vote it's like going through a divorce. The pain is unbearable. But most people don't think about that. I knew that other pastors' wives needed to know that they were not alone in their struggles and that someone understood what they were going through. The Lord has taught me so much through this journey of service to Him—lessons of His faithfulness, lessons of His pleasure in obedient hearts, and lessons of finding shelter beneath the shadow of His Wing. I am so thankful He asked me to share this with His girls.
3. When did your book come out, and where can readers find it?
The Perils of a Pastor's Wife was released on June 30th. You can find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
4. What distinguishes your book from others?
I believe my conversational tone sets it apart from other non-fiction works. I don't enjoy a non-fiction book that reads like a lecture. I wanted my reader to feel as though we are sitting together enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation. It's written with raw emotion—no fluff—as I address the struggles of ministry. I wanted my reader to know that I fully understand her heart.
5.What would you like your readers to take away from your book? What emotions and thoughts do you hope to invoke?
The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is written with raw, authentic emotion because I want the reader to realize that I too, have experienced exactly what she has. Reliving the pain was difficult, but necessary to make a difference in the lives of others. My heart's cry is that the pastor's wife will realize she is not alone—that someone understands how she feels. I want her to walk away from this book with renewed confidence in her calling, with healing deep in her wounded spirit, and the realization that in her darkest moments God was with her—He is faithful.
6. Are you planning a sequel, or another book?
Yes! I'm working on another non-fiction piece tentatively called SEEING BEYOND THE VEIL: Finding the Nearness of God When You Need Him the Most. It's all about learning to look for the evidence of God in our lives. You know, we tend to think that when we're going through a difficult time God has abandoned us. Through my own sorrows I've learned deep in my knower that during my darkest moments, that's when the Lord is closest—He is drawn to our pain. But I must open my eyes to see Him. That's the veil I'm referring to, not the veil in the temple that separated God's people from Him—the one that was torn in two when Jesus died. No, I'm referring to the veil that separates our physical world from the spiritual world. The Lord promised to be with us always, but we often fail to see Him, especially when we need Him the most. Seeing Beyond the Veil will teach the reader how to open her eyes to see Him, and in the seeing, the child of God learns the very essence of who He is. I've recently started a facebook community page by the same name, Seeing Beyond the Veil. I get carried away when I speak about this because I love to share lessons learned, so I'm sorry I rambled. Suffice it to say that I'm very excited about sharing what the Lord has shown me about His faithfulness and His Presence surrounding us always. There will be a bible study for small groups by the same name to follow, so stay tuned.
7. What genre do you place your book in?
8. How did you publish? Are you independent or do you have a publisher? How did you decide to publish?
I am with a small, traditional publisher, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Lighthouse delights in giving new voices a chance to be heard—I love that. How many great voices, messages, and stories have been neglected because the author didn't have an agent or couldn't afford to attend a large writer's conference to meet face to face? Lighthouse is a branch of Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us). They host a small conference in Black Mountain, NC at Billy Graham's, The Cove every February called Writer's Advance Boot Camp. It's a great place to begin a publishing journey. The conference averages 100 people and costs less than $250 for lodging, food, and conference fees. That's where I met Eddie Jones, my publisher. I was actually the first recipient of their Badge of Honor book writing contest.
9. What's your marketing plan? Do you use social media to help you? Do you have any ideas for marketing that you'd like to share? Author
tips to share?
Marketing is a big deal to authors today. Because I'm with a small publishing house, I'm responsible for 80% of my marketing. Even in a larger house, the author must help market and must show their willingness and ability to do so on their proposal. It's a big deal. I recommend that, instead of coming to the table kicking and screaming, lift your hand toward heaven and ask the Lord to take hold and lead you down this difficult path. And He will. Self-promotion is very, very hard for me. I don't enjoy the limelight and I want my writing to be about the Lord, not me. Most of us feel that way. But, I've learned that if I truly believe He has given me a message (and He has), then He expects me to get that message into the hands of His children who need it. That requires marketing. That requires studying how to market. That requires networking with marketers and other authors and industry professionals where you can glean from their expertise. A book that helped me tremendously is Rob Eager's, Sell Your Book Like Wildfire. I've read it three times! He also has a newsletter chocked full of information.
Social media is mandatory for authors. Any potential publisher is going to google your name and see if you have an online presence. I don't enjoy all- things technology (I'm 60 years old) and I'd be just fine without a computer—give me a child, a crayon, and a book any day, but again I've had to surrender my will and my frustrations to the One who has given me a message for His children. The way I handle this is to try to be relational in all of it, even on Twitter. I have met some amazing people on Twitter. We offer each other prayer support and encouragement, yet Twitter doesn't consume me like facebook does. On facebook I've learned to draw boundaries so that my life is not lived out on a digital screen. My go-to blog to learn about social media is Edie Melson's, The Write Conversation. Everything I know about social media, Edie has pretty much taught me. I highly recommend her blog. If you're just beginning this crazy journey, I recommend that you read Marlene Bagnull's book, Write His Answer. That was the first writing book I read and my heart travels back to its pages often. Marlene taught me to listen to what the Lord is saying to me as I stare at an empty screen or an empty page. She taught me how to understand that my writing belongs to Him, to commit it to Him, and trust Him with the outcome—that the outcome is wonderful whether it's to an audience of one or to the readers of a best seller. It's all good, because it's God's plan, not mine.
10. What other links would you like me to post (author page, website, facebook, twitter, etc.)?
blog, Morning Glory: mailto:http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/
facebook: Nan Trammell Jones
facebook community page: Seeing Beyond the Veil
For Speaking Engagements: Women's Ministry
To purchase The Perils of a Pastor's Wife: Amazon
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include your email address or other contact information.
Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist
fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour.
Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for
Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence.
She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online
inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. When Nan
is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing
God’s love as keynote speaker for special events.
Are you experiencing the pressures and loneliness that comes from ministry burnout, social isolation, frantic schedules, and unrealistic expectations? Nan Jones' new book,
The Perils of a Pastor's Wife
will meet you right where you are! No fluff. No sweet smelling roses. She inserts God's Word and the testimony of His faithfulness right into the middle of your raw emotional mess—the mess that she understands all too well.
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