God Defies X-Ray

Gary Wood was DOA and EMT’s found no vital signs for 21 minutes.  Now he’s alive and talks without a functioning larynx!  The X-ray is proof.

Did I mention his broken neck?

Don’t take my word for it, watch it yourself on Sid Roth.

 There’s so much more to this story.

 Visit his web site at Gary Wood Ministries.

 But wait there’s more!

Read more about his numerous miracles and divine experiences on Scribd.

 

No Questions No Answers

40+196 Hssssss Many people look at me with hatred when I ask questions about various topics.  Those hateful looks are underserved, most of the time.  I don’t typically pry into people’s personal lives, in fact, I’m largely not interested in others.  It’s simply that I’m inquisitive about many subjects, especially history, art and science.

When discussing things with people, I think out loud (AKA “talking to myself”) and ask questions.  “What would have caused so-in-so to do that?  What was the purpose of using rigid material to build those?  How can I get rid of those weeds without killing all the animals in this zip code?  Questions like that often elicit hateful looks.

My question is, what is it that they hate so much?

Could it be because the average person is a shallow puddle of water and they don’t like watching someone else dig deep for answers?

Could it be because these hateful people don’t really want answers?  Or is it something else?

The answer likely varies by individuals.  However, I have learned this absolute truth.  If we don’t ask questions we won’t get answers.

Jesus told us to ask.

Governments Don’t Approve

Redevelopment of Dachong Village, Nanshan, She...

Under China’s totalitarian government, people can now join a Christian Church as long as that Church registers with the government. Many Western Christians are fooled into thinking that the Chinese are now free to believe whatever they want but not quite. They’re free to believe what they want as long as the government approves.

Called the “Three-Self Patriotic Movement” all Churches must register and be approved for service times, locations and who is allowed to preach. Any Church that’s not registered gets harassed by government agents and some members are arrested and imprisoned while denied human rights. Despite the persecution, millions of Chinese are believing in Jesus and facing the hate.

Life Is But A Cruise

Reenacting torture during a demonstration in B... 

Most of us in this present day and age can’t stand to be uncomfortable for a few minutes.  We come unglued if our flight gets delayed or we get stuck in traffic for a few hours.  What would we do if we faced imprisonment, torture and death for our faith?  A better question to ask is, What will we do when we face imprisonment, torture and death for our faith in Jesus?  What will we do? 

Jesus told us to get on our cruise ships and follow him.  No, He said we must pick up our crosses and follow Him (Luke 14:27, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34).  “Cross” doesn’t refer to getting stuck in an elevator with a loud mouth and miss an important luncheon.  The cross means a tortuous death!  The Bible tells us that we must suffer (2 Titus 2:3) and we’re blessed when others persecute us (Matthew 5:11-12).  Does that make you feel good?

The next time we get hurt and upset because the boss moved our desk away from the window (that really happened) we could take a moment to think of modern day martyrs.  Bounchan lost his job as a Communist Party district leader in Laos.  Soon, he was imprisoned, tortured, starved, locked in stocks and placed in solitary confinement for more than 10 years!  His crime – telling others about Jesus. 

Learn more about Bounchan and other martyrs at The Voice Of The Martyrs website, Persecution.com

God Isn’t Fair

A seated, listless child, who was among many k...As far as I’ve learned about recorded history, there has always been world hunger and homelessness.  There’s always someone who’s in great need and someone else with more than enough.  I’ve asked the same question that many of us ask, “If there is a God Why Doesn’t He Do Something?  Why did God give some people so much and others so little?  God isn’t fair!” 

Q: Did God give some people wealth so they could flaunt it and look down there noses at those who are poor?

One day, I received the answer.

2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

1 Timothy 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

Proverbs 22:9 A generous person will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 11:24 One person is generous  and yet grows more wealthy, but another withholds more than he should  and comes to poverty.  11:25 A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will himself be satisfied.  11:26 People will curse the one who withholds grain, but they will praise the one who sells it.

Hebrews 13:16 And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

A:  God gave wealth to some people so they would generously give to those who don’t have what they need.  So it’s not God being unfair, it’s those of us who have but don’t give!  Many of us still haven’t learned this.

Christian Arabs

Today, I was watching TV and a man talked about how the Western Christians are not supporting Middle Eastern Christians.  I thought, “What Middle Eastern Christians?”  On the internet, I found an article written exactly 1 year ago today!  Is God saying something?

English: A modern Coptic monastery

A modern Coptic monastery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We who preach diversity and make sure our Muslim brothers and sisters feel safe can miss this real persecution because we’ve spent so much of our lives focusing on civil – as opposed to religious – rights. And so we really don’t pay much attention to the cries of Christians in the Middle East.”

Read “Arab Islamic apartheid, discrimination, oppression, persecution against Christians Vs the only free State [in the region]: Israel” at Free Republic.

Jesus will bless the Arab people!

Instantly Healed

Does God instantly heal people today?

 

Watch as a woman with a poisoned and scabbed body is instantly healed by Jesus!

Warning!  Graphic images.  Not for the faint of heart.  Watch with discretion.

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Israel Needs More Land

Found this on Soda Head (Love that name!) under the article, “America’s anti Israel stance linked to natural disasters!” Posted 9/25/09.

My question is, why do many Americans feel sorry for the Muslims and expect Israel to give them land?

TmrWrite is a Muslim who is pro-Israel.  His comment:

“Your Westerners are gullible…no wonder 9/11 was pulled off with ease!!!  Islam owns 7 million kilometers of land…Yisrael owns 10 thousand kilometers and not ONE of you stops to ask…WHY ARE THE MUSLIMS ASKING FOR MORE LAND?  Why didn’t all the empty territory of Saudi Arabia not absorb their own refugees.  Yet Yisrael has given many of us free homes, food, etc.  Until your “Un-united Nations” told Yisrael to STOP HELPING US.  Why…our  Arabis leaders wanted Yisrael to look bad..at our expense!!! Then they come and order our mothers to petition for us to be Shahids…suicide bombers.  Yes our families get money after we young men die…but if we refuse they threaten to kill our mothers and sibings!!!  And these who terrorize they own people are pittied in America!!”

Muslims have the vast majority of the land over there and they’re not running out of land.  Plenty of it’s ready for building permits!

A: Because we Americans are so gullible and easily led by the media machine!  Haven’t you ever noticed how the news shows say almost the same things and repeat it countless times?  That’s not an accident, it’s manipulation!

Islam must give land to Israel for peace!!!

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Then There’s Max

 

Max Lucado entertains a group of Ethiopian chi...

Max Lucado entertains a group of Ethiopian children (Photo credit: Michael S. Hyatt)

Several years ago, I saw and heard Max Lucado speak.  I had never heard of him before but I went with some people who read his books and heard him talk.  After hearing him I have no regrets and I’ll jump at the next opportunity.

Max Lucado wasn’t preachy or showy nor did he make himself the center of attention.  The building where I saw him was big but not a ginormous professional basketball stadium.  If there were cameras I never saw them, he did not take center stage but actually stood off to the left most of the time.  The experience was not a noise extravaganza with people cheering and screaming, not that there’s anything wrong with that, it was a simple and comfortable environment.  No razzle dazzle.

Lucado didn’t come across as one who was putting on an act but one who was genuine and genuinely talked about Jesus.  He’s a positive preacher but not a “prosperity preacher”.  I don’t remember the theme of his speech but he had me in tears and ice water runs through my veins.   What he said was substantial, I left there completely full not empty as is usually the case with preachers.

Since then, I’ve read a few of Lucado’s books and I’ll read anything he writes and watch any of his broadcasts, which are few.  Afterward, I always feel moved by his message and he doesn’t have to scream or use the word “money” constantly.

Check out his website MaxLucado.com, I highly recommend his message.

 

Joel Osteen Doesn’t Know

Joel Osteen, “I believe my way with all my heart.”  Watch him say it on “Lary King” and decide for yourself what it means.

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Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church, Houston, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A while back, I visited Lakewood Church when I was in Houston and I found it to be nothing more than a big production. There was a stage, a camera operator on a big crane down front, lights, loud music with lots of people clapping and cheering the stars. You know who the stars of that show are, Mr and Mrs Preacher. That’s how everybody acted, like they were the stars of the show. Not Jesus.

It doesn’t appear as showy on TV as it does in real life but maybe all broadcasts are like that. Although, Joel Osteen’s message is all positive it’s missing something and feels shallow, at least to me. The majority of the crowd acted all happy, most were all smiles yet not really friendly. In fact, I found the people outside of the church to be more friendly and helpful than anyone inside. People inside the church didn’t even look at me much less say anything to me. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t dressed up in expensive clothes.

I’ve learned never trust people who smile constantly, they’re all hiding something. Mr and Mrs Preacher were all smiles in front of the camera and crowd but they acted like they couldn’t wait to run away from they’re adoring fans. As soon as the camera was off so were they and the choir immediately took their places and sang louder than before.

I’m not sure that I ever heard anyone speak the name of Jesus the whole time I was there. I left feeling empty and I never returned to Lakewood. Actually, it wasn’t unlike the average American church without cameras.