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FOOTPRINTS

One night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with God. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me, and the other to God.

When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I also noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints in the sand. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of my life. This really bothered me and I questioned God about it.

"God, you said that once I decided to follow you you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most difficult times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."

God replied, "My precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."




The Power Of Prayer

When Pastor Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically correct generalities. But on January 23, 1996, what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness.
The response was immediate - with a number of legislators walking out during the prayer. In six short weeks Centeral Christian Church logged more than 5,000 phone calls, with only 47 of those calls responding negatively.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired Pastor Joe Wright's prayer on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other program Paul Harvey has ever aired. In addition, Centeral Christian Church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea.

The prayer is reprinted below as an encouragement and a challenge for each of us to stand for the truth of the Gospel wherever the Lord gives us opportunity.

Heavenly Father, We come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe on those who call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism;
We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism;
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle;
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery;
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation;
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare;
We have killed our unborn and called it choice;
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable;
We have neglected to dicipline our children and called it building self esteem;
We have abused power and called it political savvy;
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition;
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression;
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by You, to govern this great state.
Grant them Your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. I ask in the name of Your Son, the Living Savior, Jesus Christ.
Amen

Reprinted by permission of Senior Pastor Joe Wright of
Central Christian Church, Wichita, Kansas.




'The Light of the World'

"William Holman Hunt"


In Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood William Holman Hunt explained the points of symbolism in "The Light of the World" :

The closed door was the obstinately shut mind, the weeds the cumber of daily neglect, the accumulated hindrances of sloth; the orchard the garden of delectable fruit for the dainty feast of the soul. The music of the still small voice was the summons to the sluggard to awaken and become a zealous labourer under the Divine Master; the bat flitting about only in darkness was a natural symbol of ignorance; the kingly and priestly dress of Christ, the sign of His reign over the body and the soul, to them who could give their allegiance to Him and acknowledge God's overrule. In making it a night scene, lit mainly by the lantern carried by Christ, I had followed metaphorical explanation in the Psalms, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,' with also the accordant allusions by St. Paul to the sleeping soul, "The night is far spent, the day is at hand." (I.350-51)





Truth

I am made in the image of God. I have tremendous value. My abilities are many. I have scores of characteristics that others admire. Certanly I have experienced failure. Who hasn't? But that does not mean that I am a failure. I will be a failure only if I choose to fail. On the other hand, if I choose to succeed, nothing, including my feeling of inferiority,can keep me from my goal

Gary Chapman
"Hope for the Seperated"
changed to the first person perspective



What Would Jesus Do?

Lord, throughout this day,
as I try to follow you,
Let this be my rule to live by:
What Would Jesus Do?

When a friend or loved one
asks me for a moment or two,
May I think of one thing only:
What Would Jesus Do?

In all my dealings, help me
to be honest, fair and true,
To measure each decision by:
What Would Jesus Do?

When I'm feeling troubled
and I turn in prayer to you,
Give me wisdom to decide:
What Would Jesus Do?

Then when the day is ended,
May I resolve anew
to guide tomorrow by this motto:
What Would Jesus Do?





'Earthbound', 1897


'Earthbound', 1897
"EVELYN DE MORGAN"
Oil on canvas, 34 x 46 in
De Morgan Foundation, London

'Earthbound' was exhibited with the following lines:

Who clutches at a heap of gold
Still clutches what he may not hold,
The soul that knows no second birth
Shall wane, fast held by Mother Earth.
Grim twins await his latest breath,
Oblivion, hand in hand with Death:
He sinks, the captive of his prize,
Nor ever knows that others rise.





Awesome Christian Sites



NASA Proves the Bible is true!

For all you scientists out there and for all the students who have a hard time convincing these people regarding the truth of the Bible ... here's something that shows Gods awesome creation and shows that He is still in control.

Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called "myth" in the Bible is true? Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore Maryland and a consultant in the space program, relates the following development: I think one of the most amazing things that God has for us today happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland. They were checking the position of the sun, moon, and planets out in space where they would be 100 years and 1000 years from now. We have to know this so we won't send a satellite, up and have it bump into something later on its orbits. We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite, and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down.

They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong either with the information fed into it or with the results as ompared to the standards. They called in the service department to check it out and they said "What's wrong?" Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time. They scratched their heads and tore out their hair. There was no answer. Finally, a Christian man on the team said, "You know, one time I was in Sunday school and they talked about the sun standing still." While they didn't believe him, they didn't have an answer either, so they said, "Show us".

He got a Bible and went back to the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with "common sense ". There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, "Fear them not, I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee." Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy and if darkness fell they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand till! That's right - "The sun stood still and the moon stayed---and hasted not to go down out a whole day!"

The astronauts and scientists said, "There is the missing day!" They checked the computers going back into the time it was written and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20 minutes - not a whole day. They read the Bible and there it was "about (approximately) a day". These little words in the Bible are important, but they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes you'll still be in trouble 1,000 years from now. Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits.

As the Christian employee thoughs about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS. The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings Hezekiah, on his death-bed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said, "Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees?" Hezekiah said, "It is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the Shadow return backward 10 degrees.." Isaiah spoke to the Lord and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees BACKWARD!

Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes! Twenty three hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day in the universe!

Isn't it amazing? Our God is rubbing their noses in His Truth! References Joshua 10:8 and 12,13 2 Kings 20:9-11.




My Favorite Christian Links





The Christian Research Institute is a parachurch organization committed to defending historic Christianity against theological heresy. CRI is the sponsor of Hank Hanegraaff the Bible answer man. Christian Research Institute (CRI) has many good articles on different cults. They have devloped an easy to use phrase search engine, which returns references to CRI journals and newsletters.

This is an interactive Homepage that every web surfing christian should have bookmarked.Koinonia House with resources such as; The blue letter Bible, Chuck Misslers weekly update an audio archive that can be listened to over the internet, Nancy Misslers "King's Highway series" for practical Christian living, with K-houses booksources and many Christian links. I highly recommend visting this site over and over. The Misslers and theK-Housestaff have been a blessing in my life.

The Etherial Reading Room is a vast collection/library of christian Books, Sermons, Hymns, Readings and References from some of christianities GREATEST minds. This collection includes people such as; John Calvin, John Bunyan, St. Augustine, Thomas a Kempis, Martin Luther, C.H. Spurgeon, and many others.

Moore On Life is a listener-supported Ministry of David T. Moore, Senior Pastor at Southwest Community Church in Palm Desert, CA. Through the broadcast, and now his Web Site, David hopes to enhance listeners' personal esteem, strengthen their inter-personal relationships and cultivate their relationship with God. David has two ministry goals: first, to see believers lay aside petty differences and genuinely care for one another; and second, to see Christians penetrate their own personal world and reach the unchurched.

This is the Home Page for the Christian radio program A new beginning with Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA., the eighth largest church in America and co-founder of Harvest Crusades.

Focus on the Family With Dr. James Dobson and the Focus on the Family staff.

CCM Contemperary Christian Music

This site has weekly Real Audio Reports on the coming Y2K computer crisis along with news briefs and products to help you plan and prepare for the year 2000. The site is created by Chuck Missler and Koinania House









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