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Guest Post: Gregory Dickow on Healing and Prayer

We all know what it’s like to experience pain.
Whether it’s the physical pain of sickness or injury; the emotional pain of losing someone we love; the mental pain of anguish or anxiety or worry; the spiritual pain of losing our faith or being shipwrecked in our hope or being disappointed in a promise that doesn’t seem to be showing up in our lives; the pain of broken relationships … we have all experienced or are experiencing one of these pains today. Or you’ve witnessed this kind of pain in the lives of those that you come in contact with daily.

We live in a broken world and hurting world. But in all that pain and suffering:
God has an answer for every pain you’ve ever felt.
God has a solution, a remedy and a healing for every pain you’ve ever experienced! No one wants to keep hurting. Yet people try to deal with their suffering and pain without God’s help. We go to other sources, people and remedies, when it is God who wants to be our Healer, and only He that truly can.

He is Jehovah Rapha — the God who heals. He wants to be the One we look to. God says, “I am the Lord that heals you” (Exodus 15:26). This world is hurting. And when a person is hurting, they can hardly think of anything else. When we are hurting, we often bring pain to others.
The answer to your pain and hurting is to FIND the REMEDY in God’s TOUCH, in God’s HEALING, in what Jesus DID FOR YOU on The Cross.

He Himself bore our pain in His body and carried away our sicknesses and diseases. “By His stripes we were healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5). He bore our pain and so He knows what it’s like to hurt. He felt every rejection you’ve ever felt. He felt every temptation you’ve ever felt. He felt every betrayal you’ve ever felt. And then He took your pain and mine and all of our pain combined and nailed it to the Cross. He was wounded for our transgressions, and by His stripes we were healed! Isn’t that amazing? We have a Savior that knows what you feel and experience.

He knows what it’s like to hurt.
He knows what it’s like to feel pain.
He knows what it’s like to be tempted.
He knows what it’s like to suffer.
He knows what it’s like to be betrayed.
He knows what it’s like to be despised and hated.
He knows what your pain feels like because He has felt it Himself.And He wants you to know that He took that pain and sorrow upon Himself. There’s no reason for you to BEAR IT when He HAS BORNE IT FOR YOU.

Now it’s time to feel what life is like beyond the pain.Are you ready to be healed and to be a healer?
Whenever you’re hurting, call on God.
Whenever you’re suffering, pray.
Whenever you feel down and out, ask for God’s help.
Whenever you feel defined by your past, let God redefine you.
Whenever you feel you’re going backwards, call on God to move ahead.
Whenever somebody has wronged you, forgive them.
Whenever somebody has hurt you, call on God to help you.
When you’ve caused hurt, call on God to heal you and those you’ve hurt.

David said, “I love the Lord because He hears my cry” in Psalm 116:1. One of the reasons why I love the Lord is because He hears me when I’m in pain. James 5:13 says “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” When you’re suffering, pray. When you feel pain, PRAY. Psalm 30:2:“O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.” God HEARS and He HEALS.God does not want you to settle for the pain that He has already paid for by nailing His Son to the Cross. He has borne it for you. He wants to heal you of it.

Part of the blessing of God is for HIM to heal you; and then use you to bring healing to others who are hurting still. God wants you to
GIVE UP YOUR PAIN TO GOD, and ASK HIM TO LET YOU IMPACT OTHERS, with HIS HEALING HAND. We can’t remove the burdens of this broken world in our own ability. We need the anointing of the Holy Spirit to heal the pain. You can live beyond the pain! Today, ask the Lord to heal you; and give you the power bring healing to the hurting around you.
Ask God to Help You Stop Hurting and Start Healing TODAY.

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Free Resources For Pastors And Congregations

Here are three resources which we enjoy, and wish to share with you.
The first is “Sermon Search,” which is a great resource for Pastors.
As their heading states, they offer “Sermons, Outlines, Illustrations, & Preaching Ideas.” There is some really great content here. We get email updates from them, and we also “look around” the site often.
We think you’ll find it a great resource.
They also feature a “Pastor’s Corner.”

Here’s a direct link:
SERMON SEARCH

Next, here is are 2 links to “9Marks” Ministry.

The first is a direct link to “Answers For Pastors,”
where you’ll find “Common questions from pastors arranged topically.”

Here’s the Direct Link:
ANSWERS FOR PASTORS

9Marks also features a section of their website called “Answers for Church Members,” which feature “Common questions from church members arranged topically.”
Here’s the Direct Link:
ANSWERS FOR CHURCH MEMBERS

Enjoy!
Ted and Carol

The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar

Christians are persecuted for their faith all around the world. But in their darkest moments, they cling to prayer and trust in Jesus Christ.

The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar serves as a reminder to join Christians around the world in daily prayer for persecuted believers and for the lost. Each day on the calendar includes a specific prayer request for Christians in a hostile or restricted nation who are persecuted because of their faith in Christ.


The VOM prayer calendar makes an excellent gift for family and friends. It is not only a gift to remind our friends and family to pray for the persecuted church but also a gift of prayer to the persecuted church.

Give the Gift of Prayer by Clicking Here

 

Voice of the Martyrs Online Workshops: Persecution Studies

Visit www.VOMClassroom.com to view a selection of online workshops that will guide you through persecution studies. These courses will deepen your knowledge of and effectiveness in ministry to the persecuted church. Each class is self-enrolled and self-paced, allowing you to study on your own time.

Using audio lectures, video clips and other reading materials, these courses offer a broad range of topics, such as Persecution Studies, History of Persecution, Preparing for Persecution, Praying for the Persecuted Church, Muslim Evangelism, and courses in Biblical Studies in Persecution and Suffering for the Old and New Testaments.

Click below to view the current online courses being offered and to register:

Voice of the Martyrs Online Workshops

Don’t miss these opportunities to broaden your understanding of our response to today’s persecuted church.

 

Richard.Vincent.Rose.: Sermon Notes: Our Words Have Power and Authority

I thought I’d share with you some notes I took during a recent sermon on the power of our words.
Here is something I have been doing lately, and I invite you to see the power in this:

It seems that every time we are going through a tough trial or situation, there are certain Scriptures, or quotes (but especially Scriptures) which we cling to, we hold to. To build our faith and confidence, often “just get through,” we repeat these quotes throughout the day, at certain periods of the day, etc. I can’t imagine going through a tough time without doing this. But, how about every day-when things are going ok. Or … even going well? How many Christians do we all know who have note cards scattered/placed where they will be sure to see them. I do. Carol does. We have them placed all over the house and our office. I have placed note cards/Scripture cards on my visor out in the car or truck. In my wallet. I still do. While I have several note cards with Scriptures on “my” bureau, I often catch myself reading Carol’s cards, as she has them scattered … um … I mean, placed neatly, on “her” bureau. Often, “her cards” are just what I need as I prepare for the day. I am now being reminded that it is not just our words that have power and authority in our lives … but, other people’s words carry power and authority in our lives.

But, back to doing this on a regular basis, as part of your daily life, every day.
While I have always been an advocate of note-taking, and I mean taking as many notes as you can during a sermon (yes, especially when I’m speaking), I, honestly, had gotten away from doing this on a regular basis. So, I started taking notes again. Whether I am a fan of “Church Bulletins” or not (brutally honest, as we also supply these!) (I guess I still have a lot of the “old school” left), our church bulletins, which I make sure I receive each week, have the back page (interesting) reserved for “Sermon Notes.” Let’s face it-this is a great idea! Since I had gotten away from taking notes, this meant I no longer carried a spiral notebook with me to church. I was so classic: I started by continuing to take the notebook, and, each week, I’d take fewer and fewer notes. I even got to the point where I had decided that I was going to limit the amount of notes I’d take to one page, and one page only. This led to taking fewer notes. It would seem to almost anger me when the Pastor had a really great sermon going, and I was in danger of having to take more than one page of notes. Ok, I’ll admit it. I would become almost angry when it appeared that I might be in danger of filling a whole page of notes. Well, you know that about this time, my notebook became full. So, I just decided not to get another one. Meaning that now, I would just show up to church without a notebook at all. This led to showing up at church without even carrying a pen! The irony in this is that, as a writer, I always have to have a writing instrument with me. I have to have one in my shirt pocket, pants pocket, and if wearing a t-shirt, I will have an ink pen attached to the neckline of the tee. I have pens out in the garage, the shed, the truck (where I have pens everywhere, including stuck in the heater vents). But, when I stopped with the note-taking at church, I no longer carried one of the items most associated with my appearance. There seems to be such a metaphor in this.

Anyway, back to the point of taking notes on the back of my church bulletin: Since I was really feeling conviction for not taking notes (not for the action of taking notes, but for the benefits the Spirit knew I would receive from doing it), I did what I saw other church members do: Use the back of the bulletin for taking notes. Should I also mention that, in the days when I was an avid note-taker, with pen and notebook, that I used to frown, judgmentally, at those who would do this? So, I started taking notes on the back of the church bulletin. God would even add additional notes to the sermon, as well!
It was then that I discovered what all this note-taking was all about. I placed the church bulletin, on the inside front cover of my Bible, on top of the note cards (with Scriptures) I keep there. When I do my daily Bible reading, which is first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, the first thing I do is read at least one of the special Scripture cards (all of which pertain to something in particular I am praying and seeking God for), before I begin my Scripture reading. But, what I started doing, is reading the “Sermon Notes” from the bulletin, instead of the note cards. It is remarkable how, each day, as I read the notes from Sunday’s sermon, it exactly pertains to exactly what I am now, today, praying and seeking God’s help for. We always hear, and know, that God gives the Pastor a message specifically tailored for the congregation-what they need to hear right now. After all, that’s the point, right? The Pastor hears from God, what the congregation needs to hear. While we all know and believe this, to see it “play out” in real life is, well, amazing.

I hope this helps you. You have to read your Bible. Every day. Yes, as often as you can, and certainly make it a priority to read first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. And, keep those cards with Scripture verses where you’ll see them-every day. God will use whatever means necessary to get the Word you need to hear to you. To keep the Word in your heart, it has to enter through your head. Make sure you place His Words where your head will be. I didn’t even mention mirrors, refrigerators, doorways, but, you get the idea. And, keep taking those notes. On whatever paper necessary. I know that some of my best writing was done on napkins, inside of torn-open envelopes and paper bags. Once, I wrote a poem on the outside of one of those white paper bags on the back of airplane seats, if you know what I mean. God’s Word, and your words, whether written or spoken, carry authority.

At some point, I should include the notes taken exactly as I wrote them, on the “Sermon Notes” back page of the church bulletin:
As always, the notes followed the sermon, and some additional words Jesus gave me as I sat and listened. These are all just as I wrote them:

Jesus is King-Now! Not just in the past or future-But, Jesus is King right now!
What I say-What you say-is important.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
Or, translated,
“Ruin and victory are in the power of the tongue.”
Proverbs 18:21

God’s Words bring life-Our words bring ruin.
Matthew 4:1-11:
Jesus didn’t give an opinion:
“It is written … “  “My Father says …”

What you say matters: Matthew 12:34-37.

“Whosoever shall say  … and not doubt in his heart … but believe that these things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith … believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:22-24).

As believers, our words are the most powerful thing we have.
Satan has no power over God’s Word.
My words carry the authority of God.
My words release the power of God.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

We didn’t choose God first-He chose us.
My words impart salvation to the lost.

Bring your problems to God first-Not to your friends.

Blessings,
Richard.Vincent.Rose.

 

Voice of the Martyrs: Animated Video For Persecuted Christians Leads Child To Christ

Dear Friends:
The Voice of the Martyrs created JESUS: He Lived Among Us for use in hostile and restricted nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith. But we also wanted to make the video available to our readers and other Christians in the United States, to enrich their understanding of persecution against even the earliest Christians.

VOM reader Shirley D. recently shared about her experience with the video, specifically how it affected her granddaughter, 5-year-old Rylee.

As they watched the film, Rylee was completely absorbed in the story of Jesus. But after the movie, she wanted to be alone. She was sad because of the suffering that Jesus endured.

Shirley gently explained that Jesus willingly endured the pain, paying the price for our sins so we could be saved and have a relationship with God.

Deeply touched by the story of Jesus as told through the video, Rylee made the commitment to follow him fully. She then prayed with her grandma, asking God to forgive her sins and to help her live for him.

Shirley finished the story this way:

Once we were through, Rylee gave me a beaming smile with her eyes sparkling—there was no doubt she had felt the presence of the Lord! She ran off happily, then suddenly stopped and turned around, and ran back. “Grandma,” she said, “can I hug you?” And she gave me a big, long hug! What joy to have the privilege of sharing that wonderful life-changing experience!

Praise the Lord for little Rylee and her openness to the Good News! We pray that many more souls, in hostile and restricted nations and in the United States, will be presented with the life-changing story of Jesus’ love through this animated video.

We encourage you to support VOM’s efforts inside hostile and restricted nations.

Thank you for standing with VOM as we spread the Good News!

For those in bonds,

The Voice of the Martyrs

If you would like to view a list of resources on how to help the persecuted church, please visit secure.persecution.com.

 

Bible Study Tools Online – Verses, Commentaries, Concordances, Verses, Parallel Versions

“… BibleStudyTools.com is the largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies …”

Bible Study Tools Online – Verses, Commentaries, Concordances, Verses, Parallel Versions.