Message by Rick Warren

                          

                        Rev. Rick Warren

YOU MATTER TO GOD 

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ … All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a “sinner.” – Luke 19:5-7 (NIV) 

Studies show that you tend to base your self-esteem on what you think the most important person in our life thinks about you. So I recommend you make Jesus Christ the most important person in your life because he will always tell you the truth.

Have you noticed that it was Jesus’ dinners with sinners that always got him into trouble? He was always getting into hot water with the religious people because he was always hanging out with the wrong crowd.

Can you imagine what bloggers would say today about Jesus having dinner with Zacchaeus, a corrupt politician? Guilt by association is one of the favourite tactics of critics today.

I’ve often faced accusations because of some of the people I’ve been seen hanging out with. I hang out with these people because I’m an evangelist. My goal is to build a bridge between my heart and the hearts of unbelievers, a bridge of love that Jesus can use to reach them.

Jesus came to earth for the sick, the broken, and the insecure people that the religious people wanted to ignore. He came to fill their deepest need with his love.

One of our deepest needs in life is to feel secure, to feel valuable, to feel acceptance. Because of this we are constantly doing two things – evaluating and comparing. We do this all the time, consciously and unconsciously. We judge ourselves by one of the world’s four standards that don’t matter:

  1. Appearance. How do I look? This mentality says that the more beautiful you are, the more important and more valuable you are.
  2. Affluence. If I own a lot, then I must be worth a lot.
  3. Achievement. Do you base your value on your awards, notoriety, and promotions?
  4. Approval. How many people like me? How popular am I?

The problem with this value system is that it’s not stable. Beauty fades with age; possessions wear out; someone else will surpassed your successes; and not everyone will like you.

Studies show that you tend to base your self-esteem on what you think the most important person in our life thinks about you. So I recommend you make Jesus Christ the most important person in your life because he will always tell you the truth.

The only solid foundation for self-worth is to realize how much you matter to God. When you see yourself the way God sees you, it will transform you.

                              

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Focus

                                           

                                  Rev. E. Anderson

HELP!

“Hear my cry O God.. listen to my prayer From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than L For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings” – Psalm 61:1-.4

There are times in our work lives when we just really need help. We might be really discouraged.  We might be totally stressed out. We big be trying to meet impossible deadlines. We might be in the middle of conflict with supervisors. We might be facing opposition from coworkers. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, Psalm 61:1-4 reminds us that we have access to God’s 911 system anywhere, anytime.

As he wrote these verses, David’s heart was growing faint. He was going down. If the paramedics didn’t get there in the next few minutes, he would be history. It was at that point that he called for help, knowing that God-his Refuge and Strong Tower-would hear and answer.

Some days at work beat us up so badly and confuse us so terribly that we feel as if we’re about to drown. We’re desperate for someone to rescue us, to shelter us, to set us on high ground. When we have an automobile accident, we automatically call 911 – it’s practically second nature to us. But somehow we forget that God also has a 911 system-prayer-that is available 24/7. And the best part of it is that we don’t have to have a cell phone or be near a pay phone to reach Him. He’ll hear us from anywhere, even from the ends of the earth.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Cry out to your Refuge and Strong Tower. He will hear and answer.

                              

Christian Testimony

                               

                             Des Sinclair

I DIED FOR 25 MINUTES AND SAW

HEAVEN . . . . AND HELL!

Life changed forever after amazing experience

by Becky Barlow

WHEN Des Sinclair dies he knows where he’s going – because he’s already been.

At the age of 18 he died for 25 minutes, and was taken to heaven, before shocking doctors by coming back to life.

What he saw changed him forever, and for the last 23 years he has been telling people that hell is real.

And as Christians prepare for Easter – the annual festival that remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus – Des wants to tell people that he heard Christ speak to him about the blood he shed on the cross of Calvary.

Des, a pastor and founder of Life Evangelism International, said: “Every day I ask myself why do I stand up to preach the gospel , why do I do what I do, and that is why – to save people: from hell, because it is real place”.

 Des had been taken to hospital in his native New Zealand with a mystery illness which s causing his ody to shut down.

When his heart stopped beating, doctors battled for his life for ten minutes before declaring him dead – all seen by Des.

He remembered: “I was looking down on my body and saw my heart monitor flat lining and the doctor saying, ‘We need to call the time of death’. Then they put the cover over my body”.

Des was immediately transported to a place, which he says was heaven.

Then Des was taken to what he describes as “the throne room of God’

He said: “All of a sudden a door opened and two angels appeared. They brought forward a man who fell on his face before God.

“I heard the voice of God speak then the man started to plead, ‘But God I didn’t really know who you were’. And the voice said, “I showed myself to you thousands of times. You cried out to me and asked for help and I answered you’.

“What shocked me was that this man was a churchgoer. 

”He pleaded about you’re a loving and merciful God. What do you expect. I’m only human’”.

“You only received the Jesus that was going to give you the needs of your flesh. Therefore I do not know you. Depart from me, you evildoer”.

Then Des was shown the fate of that awaited this man.

DARKNESS

He said: ”It was just darkness. There were many screaming and wailing, ‘Have mercy’, and ‘Save us ‘.

“Then a guy came forward and said, ‘You must tell them, all the people  on earth, that hell is real. Don’t allow them to come to this place. Tell them that this is their destiny if they don’t repent and receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Go back and tell them’”.

I looked at Jesus who was standing at my side and tears streaming down his face. ‘Can’t you do something’?’ I asked. ‘I have done all I could for them’ Jesus replied as the colour of his tears changed to a bright red, and blood started to flow from his eyes. ‘I shed my blood for them’”.

Des woke up in the hospital, shocking doctors and nurses who told him that he’d been dead for 25 minutes. After returning home, Des began to act upon what he’d seen – telling people from all nations to turn to Jesus Christ.

He said: “The blood of Jesus still cries out today, offering the world the only escape from the horrors that face them if they choose to deny the one and only Saviour, and go their own way. Don’t reject this salvation.”

Read Des’s full account in Life on the line as told by Al Gibson. For details, go to wwwlifeonthelinebook.com. Al has five books to give away to ‘ readers. E-mail algibsonuk@btinternet.com and quote  NewLife

                               

Leadership Factors

                                                                 

                              Rev. Grayson Jones

Leadership is not about position, gift or ability, but having the right spirit and having an attitude like Jonathan

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE AND

THE RIGHT SPIRIT

In the Old Testament we read of someone who never received the kingship that was rightfully his, but in humility moved over to make room for the man God wanted as king.

Jonathan is an example to us who are in leadership and aspire to serve God in his Church. By looking at his life we can learn asome powerful principles of what it is to be a great leader.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

In 1 Samuel 14 we find Israel pinned down by the Philistines and unable to break through, yet we read Jonathan and his armour bearer broke out of the camp and killed 20 of the enemy’s men. This did two things – it sent the enemy into a panic and encouraged faith in Israel to fight.

As leaders we have to recognise that be have been given responsibilities, and it is vital that we are not just telling people that to do, but actually doing what we need to.

Leadership is not seen in our words but in our courageous acts. This strikes fear into the heart of the enemy and generates courage in the hearts of those we lead.

KINGDOM MENTALITY

Jonathan was next in line to the throne, yet his focus wasn’t on being king, but on serving the kingdom. As leaders our focus must never be on competing with those who are around us, but complementing each other by the merging of our gifts in the extending of God’s kingdom.

Jonathan didn’t feel threatened by David, simply because he wasn’t looking to be served, but to serve and, in doing so, to extend the influence of God throughout the nation.

RAISE AND RELEASE

Saul lived his life worrying about his position as king over Israel. On two separate occasions, due to his insecurity and fear, he tried to kill the young man David.

Jonathan, on the other hand, didn’t live for position but partnership. He encouraged, supported and protected David to guard his life from his father’s attacks.

As leaders, our role is to raise up and release the next generation of leaders that are already around us. Like Jonathan, we have to encourage, support and protect the young emerging leaders around us so they can be all that God wants them to be.

A HEART OF LOVE

Jonathan not only served David, but he loved him. As leaders we can often serve out of duty and faithfulness, but true leadership serves out of a heart of love. Love must be the motivation for our service in everything we do. Love for God, love for ourselves and love for others.

If we serve out of love then we will see people the way God sees them and we will always do what God would do for them. 

Let’s develop a Jonathan spirit as we serve and lead in the Church, and together we will see God extend his kingdom.

                            

A Time to Laugh

                                  

                              Rev. E. Anderson

FUNNY PHRASES

Things you hear – besides “The check is in the mail” – that probably aren’t true:

* (after giving directions) …you can’t miss it.

* Don’t worry, I can get another 40 miles when the gauge is on “empty.”

* It’s not the money, it’s the principle of the thing.

* You get this one and I’ll pay next time.

ARMY FUNNY

Dewey was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands.

The preacher grabbed Dewey by the hand and pulled him aside.

The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”

Dewey replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.”

The Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?”

Dewey whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

MARRIED LIFE FUNNIES

Someone has compiled the following list of observations about married life:

*  A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can
    spend.  A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

*  Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.  Women somehow
    deteriorate during the night.

*  A man is a person who will pay two dollars for a one-dollar item he
    wants.  A woman will pay one dollar for a two-dollar item that she
    doesn’t want.

*  To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a
    little.  To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not
    try to understand her at all.

*  When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping.  Men
    invade another country.

*  A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.  A
    man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change and she does.

*  A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.  A man
    never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

*  There are two times when a man doesn’t understand a woman – before
    marriage and after marriage.

*  Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy.  One is to
    let her think she is having her own way.  The other is to let her
    have it.

*  Any married man should forget his mistakes – there’s no use in two
    people remembering the same thing.

*  A man has six items in his bathroom – a toothbrush, shaving cream,
    razor, a bar of soap, deodorant and a towel. The average number of
    items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 437.  A man would not be
    able to identify most of these items.

*  A woman always has the last word in any argument.  Anything a man
    says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

                             

Purpose and Vision Quotes

                                     

                              Rev. E. Anderson

PURPOSE AND VISION QUOTES 

“Selfish ambition focuses on a role. Godly ambition focuses on a need” Rich Nathan (Columbus Vineyard Christian Fellowship) 

“The Lord frustrates our plans, shatters our purposes, lets us see the wreck of all our hopes, and whispers to us, `It’s not your work I wanted, but you” Anon 

“You cannot be anything if you want to be everything” Solomon Schechter (1847-1915) 

“You may get to the very top of the ladder and find it has not been leaning against the right wall”  – A. Raine

“Your associations today will determine who you are tomorrow” – Jess Gibson

“There was a man who came across 3 craftsmen working on a job. He asked the first man what he was doing & got the reply `I am laying bricks’. He asked the next what he was doing & got the reply `I am building a wall’. Finally he asked the 3rd man what he was doing & received a totally different reply. This man responded `I am building a cathedral’. The 3rd man had caught the vision. He was doing his particular job but he was doing it within the context of something far greater”Oswald Chambers