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Mark Stibbe (ed Greg Haslam)
If we had been among Jesus' listeners on the hillside we would have been powerfully impacted by his relevance. To the woman at the well, Jesus said "Let's talk about water". To the fishermen, Jesus said, "Let's talk about fishing: I want to make you fishers of men." To the taxmen, He said, "Let's talk about money."
Martyn Lloyd Jones
I say that we must talk to oursleves instead of allowing 'ourselves' to talk to us. Have you realised that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?
Talk is important. But our actions carry far more weight. Here's an example of how that works: Major Osipovich, an air force pilot for the former Soviet Union, planned to give a talk about peace at his children's school. since he needed time off during the day to give the talk, he volunteered for night duty. And that's how Major Osipovich found himself patrolling the skies over the eastern regions of the Soviet Union on September 1, 1993--the night Korean Air Lines Flight KE007 strayed into Soviet air space. The Soviet pilot was caught in a series of blunders and misinformation. In the end, Major Osipovich followed orders and shot down the unidentified aircraft. The actions of an air force major preparing to talk about peace plunged 240 passengers to their deaths and sparked an international incident that pushed world powers to a stand-off.
Threaten others with a loud and boisterous faith, and you will be politely (at first) asked to quiet down; dance your faith instead of sitting still in a pew, and you will be asked to leave; talk about your faith with passion and you will get expressions of concern about the inappropriateness of your emotions.
The zeal of the Church for the glory of her King will not rise until pastors and mission leaders and seminary teachers make much more of the King. When the glory of God himself saturates our preaching and teaching and conversations and writings, and when he predominates above our talk of methods and strategies and psychological buzzwords and cultural trends, then the people might begin to feel that he is the central reality of their lives and that the spread of his glory is more important than all their possessions and plans.
Okay, for all you skeptics, I’m going to give you visual proof God exists. “God, I want everyone to see with their eyes that you are real, so right now, lift the roof off this huge building and twirl it around three times and then gently place it back on top of the building as if it never moved. Okay, please God, do it now!” Let’s just imagine for a moment God did it. I suspect everyone in this room would be converted to Christ. We couldn’t hold the crowd that would show up tonight, and as word would spread around the region, can you imagine how many people would be crowded in this building next Sunday? Talk about parking problems! But to believe in God because you saw something like that is not faith–it’s simply sight. The Bible says, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (II Corinthians 5:7)
I would we took the power of the Spirit into our calculations always. You have a class at school and do not feel fit to teach it—ask Him to help you and you do not know how well you will teach! You are called to preach, but you feel you cannot—you are dull and your talk will be flat, stale, unprofitable. Bring the Holy Spirit into it and if He fires you, you shall find even the slender materials you have collected will set the people on a blaze! We ought to reckon upon the Spirit—He is our main force—what if I say He is our only force and we grieve Him exceedingly when we do not reckon upon Him? Love the Spirit. Worship the Spirit. Trust the Spirit. Obey the Spirit, and, as a Church, cry mightily to the Spirit! Beseech Him to let His mighty power be known and felt among you. The Lord fire your hearts with this sacred flame, for as this made Pentecost stand out from all other days, may it make the close of this year stand out in our history from all other years. Come, Holy Spirit, now! You are with us, but come with power and let us feel Your sacred might!
J John (Ed Greg Haslam)
People will often ask, why Jesus? Theer are many other religions, many other philossphies, so why Jesus? There are only four major world religions that are based on personalities. Every other major religioncould be termed a 'philosophy'. The four major world religions that are based on personailities are: Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. The father of Judaism, Abraham, died in 1500BD. The founder of Islam, Muhammad, died of a fever. The founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, died by crucifixon. You can go all over the world and you will not find one Jewsih person who will say, 'Father Abraham lived and died but he is alive now and I talk to him.' You can go all over the world, but you will not find one Buddhist who will say, 'Buddha lived and died but he is alive and I actually communicate with him.' You can go all over the world but you will not find one Muslim who will say to you, 'Muhammad lived and died but is alive now and I communicate with him.' But you can go to every country in the whole world (bar fifteen), and you will find people who will say to you, 'Jesus Christ lived and died, but He is alive now and I actually communicate with him.' You are walking down a street which branches into two and you do not know which way to go, left or right. You are really confused, you just don't know which way to go. There are two men lying there, one's dead and one's alive. Which one would you ask for directions?
Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS), the flying department of Wycliffe Bible Translators--had flown thousands of hours over a 25 year span without one fatal accident before April 7, 1972. On that day, a Piper Aztec lost its right engine and crashed in Papua New Guinea, killing all seven persons aboard. The Aztec had just rolled out of the Wycliffe maintenance hangar the day before following a 100 hour inspection. The chief mechanic was stunned when he heard the news of the crash. Reviewing in his mind each step he had performed in inspecting that right engine, he suddenly recoiled in horror. He remembered that he had been interrupted while tightening a fuel line and had never returned to finish the job! That faulty connection had allowed raw fuel to spray out and catch fire while the Aztec was in flight. The mechanic's guilt at being responsible for the deaths of his companions crushed him. For days he did not know what to do. The other mechanics tried to help him, as did his own family. But when the family of Doug Hunt, the pilot who was killed in the accident, was preparing to return to their home in New Zealand, the mechanic knew he had to see them, talk with them and beg their forgiveness. He could barely get out the words as he sobbed in their presence. "That hand there," he said, looking at his right hand, "took Doug's life." Glennis Hunt, Doug's widow, embraced him. "Glennis sat by me and held the hand that took her husband's life," he later wrote, "and another JAARS pilot sat on my other side with a demonstration of love, comfort, and forgiveness. That was the most significant first step in the healing process."
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