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MEDITATION OF THE HEART-SUMMER OF 2012-
2 years ago

Few Find Fullness Of Life

MATTHEW 7:14 NKJ
14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which
leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Many misinterpret this verse, thinking that Jesus was saying
few people would go to Heaven. Read it again and you will see
that Heaven is never mentioned in this passage.

Jesus was talking about life!

Few people enjoy the fullness of blessing in life that God
intends.

JOHN 10:10 NEB
10 'The thief comes only to steal, to kill, to destroy; I have
come that men may have life, and may have it in all its
fullness.

One of the biggest misunderstandings is thinking that the whole
plan of God is just having our sins forgiven so we can go to
Heaven. That is an important truth, but it is just the first
step. God's plan is much bigger than that. He is raising a
family. He is preparing us to be fit companions for eternity.

God gave us His Word, and sent His Spirit to guide us into all
Truth, so we could know how to live, both now, and for ever.

ACTS 20:32 NKJ
32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of
His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an
inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

JOHN 8:31-32 NKJ
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you
abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free."

SAY THIS: Lord please help me to walk in the way of life as you
intended it to be.





2 years ago
Perfect Peace

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You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

There is no peace outside of God’s will, but only a false sense of security. If you want peace, you need to stay connected to God. You cannot do that while only believing some of what He says; you must embrace every thought He sends into your life, acknowledging His plans for you as greater than your own and existing for your own good. That is what it means to trust in God.

2 years ago

Friday, August 10, 2012, 2:33 PM Subject: Prayer to end the drought


 


As evidenced by people living in Oklahoma, West Texas, South West Kansas, South Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and in ever-increasing areas in other parts of the country, the drought condition is reaching critical status; cattle are being auctioned off; crops have burned up; and drinking water is becoming a concern.  Please join in this prayer circle. Let's make this one of the largest prayer circles ever.  It will be as though everyone is holding hands around the world.

 

Heavenly Father, (Matthew said) if two of you agree on earth concerning anything you ask, our Father in heaven will do it for you.  We come to You, humbly, and ask that You bring down the rain to our parched lands. Our farmers and ranchers need it desperately, as well as our firefighters. We ask this in Jesus' name.  Amen

 

You may adopt this prayer and evidence your participation in this gathering by simply passing this prayer request on to your circle of friends!  PLEASE forward this if you believe in the power of prayer.

2 years ago

God Is Just

PSALM 89:14 NIV
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.

Every decent human being deeply detests injustice. When we see
it in life, or even in a movie, it agitates us. Nothing makes
our blood boil more than injustice.

We instinctively know injustice is wrong because God put that
within us when He made us in His image. You can be sure that
God's reign will never involve injustice of any kind.

PSALM 11:7 ICB
7 The Lord does what is right, and he loves justice. So honest
people will see his face.

While we may not understand all that God might do in judging
the human race, surely we can be confident with Abraham who
said in Genesis 18:25, "Will not the Judge of all the earth do
right?".

God is fair. God is just. God does what is right. God is
righteous. All these statements are equivalent.

People who would condemn God now are judging Him before the
time -- before all the evidence is in -- before God has
finished His great work with mankind. Then, and then only,
shall we see and understand fully the greatness of the mercy
and the justice of our wonderful God.

ISAIAH 9:7 NIV
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no
end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.

SAY THIS: God is fair and just, and He is the ultimate and only
judge that really matters.




2 years ago

Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the
name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and
of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Religious and Christian Picture

2 years ago

John 6:63

It is not the flesh that gives a person life. It is the spirit
that gives life. The words I told you are spirit, and so they
give life.


2 years ago

Michael O. (117) Saturday August 25, 2012, 2:47 pm
Analysts predict those devastated crops will contribute to higher food prices in the months ahead. But the shock might not be limited to our grocery bills.

The weather conditions that led to this summer's unusually hot weather in the belly of the continent forebode potentially far more dangerous climatic consequences down the road, climatologists are saying.

And if history is any kind of teacher, droughts and their resulting impact on the food chain are also important triggers of social unrest.

When the prices of rice, corn, and wheat spiked in 2007-2008, food riots broke out in more than two dozen countries across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The World Bank estimates the crisis pushed at least 130 million people into poverty in 2008 alone.

The drought that overwhelmed Russia in 2010, when it froze its grain exports, sparked another hike in food prices across those regions and would contribute to a wave of revolutions in Egypt, Jordan, and Sudan that today we refer to as the Arab Spring.

It's not a new phenomenon. Food shortages were also the precipitator of the French Revolution. It broke out on the day bread prices rose 89 per cent in Paris, and revolutionary French governments were careful to keep bread cheap post-1789.

Today, the social and political implications of rising food prices are a year-to-year challenge.

"We've been predicting since 2006 that, basically, the period of cheap food is over," says Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist and grain expert at the UN'S Food and Agriculture Organization.

Next year's price jump, estimated at between three and 4.5 per cent in the U.S. and Canada (only a portion of it related to this summer's drought), may well be the start of a larger escalation.

This summer, record-breaking temperatures threw an estimated 62 per cent of America's farms into moderate drought or worse, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Moreover, "we really went into a drought situation quite rapidly," says Brian Fuchs, climatologist at the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Centre in Lincoln, Nebraska. "We typically don't see drought intensify like we did this year."

The U.S. corn crop for 2012-13 is now expected to reach only 10.8 billion bushels, the lowest output in 17 years, and the impact of this reduction will ripple across the globe.

If this turns out to be a one-time ripple, the problems won't be so bad. When it comes to feeding the planet, continuing bumper rice crops in Thailand in particular are keeping a global food crisis at bay, says the FAO's Abbassian.

But there are many who suggest this summer's weather conditions are merely a precursor of worse upheaval to come.

For example, a study published this month in the journal Nature Climate Change predicts the U.S. will suffer a series of severe droughts in the next two decades and some experts' warnings get even gloomier.

NASA's top climate scientist James Hansen, sometimes referred to as the "godfather of global warming," says that, statistically, what's happening is not random, but pure and inevitable climate change.

His research, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, finds that the likelihood of these latest temperatures occurring between the 1950s and the 1980s was rarer than 1 in 300. Today, given the meteorological changes that have developed since, the odds are closer to 1 in 10.

At this juncture, it is not just higher food prices that could lead to social instability. The world's supply of fresh, unfrozen groundwater is running low as well.

According to a study published in the journal Nature this month, about 1.7 billion people rely on underground aquifers that are overexploited and, once dried up, would take thousands of years to refill.

One of the authors of the study, hydrogeologist Tom Gleeson of McGill University in Montreal, has been studying groundwater for 10 years.

"When I saw how large the groundwater footprint was in the number of aquifers that are important for agriculture in Asia and North America, that was the most startling to me," he says.

"If droughts continue, groundwater will be affected. The source of it is precipitation. If it's not raining, there's no source."

The giant Ogallala aquifer in the U.S. is a case in point. Running under eight states from Nebraska to Texas, the aquifer is the country's most important.

Nearly 27 per cent of America's irrigated farmland depends on it and it has now suffered its third largest decline on record, according to the local conservation district.

Research from the University of Texas estimates some parts of the Ogallala Aquifer may be dry within the next 20 years.

The problem is worse in more precarious regions, Gleeson says. Of the 783 aquifers studied by his team, the Upper Ganges aquifer in northern India shows the greatest overuse.

It would need 54 times as much rain as it currently gets to sustain itself at the existing rate of use. At the same time, the region is adding an extra 25 million people a year.

At the end of the month, U.S. and French officials will decide whether to o
2 years ago

my prayers continue for those affected by the drought,as do prayers for the c2 friend i lost by asking him to pray for these people.

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