Who Are The Captives?

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me.  He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.

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Who are the captives?  When I read the word, “captives” I think of someone in a historical film who’s locked up in a dungeon, wearing torn clothes with hands and feet chained.  Who are the captives today?  Large numbers of young children who are sex slaves but also adults.

Human trafficking is a legal term for moving slaves around.  We could call it kidnapping and rape slavery but we don’t.  These poor humans are being held captive against their will and forced to do sick things.

Some of them are deceived into this Hell by being told they’ll get jobs or an education.  Others are sold into slavery by their “loved ones”.  Right now, parents are selling their flesh and blood with full knowledge of what will happen to them.  Some are not even being sold for much money. Human trafficking is not just in far away places, it’s here in North America too.  Perhaps WE passed by a captive sex slave on our way to work today.

Time to set your cappuccino down and feel uncomfortable.  Jesus wants you and I to set the captives free!

How do WE set children free from Hell as slaves?  What does Jesus want us to do?  Obviously, we can’t all fly across the globe or break down a whore house like SWAT but WE are capable of doing something big.

WE can pray, fast and ask God to work miracles!  WE can also sacrifice a few expensive meals in a restaurant, some bling, another flat screen TV and give that money to people with the resources to buy these children from those who own them.  Usually, that’s how their rescued.  Governments look the other way and even become clients so missionaries must rescue them with money to buy their freedom.  How sick is that?

Jesus wants all the captives free!

Jammed True Stories              Mission Rescue Life              Human trafficker sentenced to 9 years.

 

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Then There’s Max

 

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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.

 

American Idols

Q:  Are we Americans making our own gods and worshiping them?

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A:  Are we over focused on things such as these?

Daily Bread Update 8

Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread.”

When I was young I resented people who were given things.   My thoughts were, “I never get anything.  Why did he get that instead of me?  It never occurred to me that I got many good things, after all, I wasn’t eating out of a garbage can.   My attitude was despicable.

Then I learned that God wants to give us good things and we must ask for whatever we need and want.  My attitude has completely changed in the opposite direction.

Today, I received an amazing surprise.  Some people asked if I wanted things out of their house and of course I said yes.  They gave me boxes of kitchen things, decor, lamps, furniture and a washer and dryer!  I went numb.  I’ve been needing a washer and dryer for months and haven’t had the money to buy cheap new ones.  Not only did they just give me these things but helped me load them.

I don’t deserve anything that God gives me but I need it and I thank God for it all!

 

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (Photo credit: spessertme)

 

Silver Is Up

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Historical silver price in USD and inflation adjusted silver price in USD. The chart shows Silver Thursday event as a peak in 1980 when Hunt brothers drove up the price of silver through speculations and after it they lost about a billion dollars. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silver post from July 13, 2012.

Silver price was $27 in July and now it’s up a little to about $30.  I bought 3 silver coins today for investment purposes but I bought today based on the gently rising price and I have some money to spend.  Apparently, silver has more demand than ever because it’s used to make all these electronic devices we can’t live without and it isn’t mind enough.  Forget about jewelry.

Shane Warren has dreams and visitations from God.  One of those dreams involved a hurricane (he didn’t know if it’s a figurative or literal storm) hitting middle America while at the same time the US dollar is devalued.  Then silver prices sky-rocket up to gold prices.  With that, problems mining silver and hurricane Isaac hitting New Orleans exactly 7 years later I see no reason not to invest in silver.

Also, out of the four big metals that are traded; gold, silver, platinum and palladium, silver is the least expensive at well under $100.  The other three are over $1000.  For those of us who actually want to buy low and sell high this might be our last chance to buy silver at a price that can bring a profit.

One thing I’ve learned the hard way is when I’ve followed the heard I ended up just like them.  I’ve bought stocks that were popular and sold when they lost value.  I should have bought quality instead of only popularity that was priced low then sold after it became popular.

Psalms 105:37 He brought his people  out enrichedwith silver and gold; none of his tribes stumbled.

 

 

Daily Bread Update 7

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Pizza (Photo credit: Wilson X)

Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread.”

I continue to ask God for my daily bread and He continues to give me what I need each day!  A few weeks ago, I got home late and my blood sugar was falling fast.  I was shaky and light-headed and needed to eat immediately but didn’t have anything ready to eat on hand.  A neighbor said she had a pizza that she didn’t like and I could have it so I did.  God gave me food exactly when I needed it!

I’ve needed work and God gave me some temp jobs just when I needed them.

This past week, some people gave me a bunch of old things that they didn’t want to keep or have time to sell in a garage sale.  It was home goods that I can use and tons of quality items that I can sell.  None of it was junk.

What ever amount of money I make from selling these things and the temp jobs I’m giving God the first ten percent despite the money problems I’m currently having!

 

Daily Bread Update 6

Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread.”

I continue to ask God for my daily bread and He continues to give me what I need each day!  Because money is not yet coming in I took out money from retirement funds.  Before I paid any bills, I made a sacrifice by giving God his first 10% (tithe).  That first ten percent belongs to Him not me.  By early afternoon, I received many good things; some items I can sell to make money, a lasagna and more cookies!

Thank you Jesus for doing what you say you’ll do!

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be The High God, who handed your enemies over to you. Abram gave him a tenth of all the recovered plunder (MSG).

Exodus 3:9 Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best (MSG).

Exodus 34:22 “You must celebrate the Festival of Harvester with the first crop of the wheat harvest, and celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest at the end of the harvest season (NLT).

Leviticus 3:8 “Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day. “You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ “The tithe and the offering–that’s how (MSG)!

Leviticus 23:10 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you enter the land I am giving you and you harvest its first crops, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest (NLT).

Leviticus 27:30 “A tenth of the land’s produce, whether grain from the ground or fruit from the trees, is GOD’s. It is holy to GOD (MSG).

 

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lord’s prayer (Photo credit: hockadilly)