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Translations of hotel terms! Old world charm .................. No bath Tropical ............................... Rainy Majestic setting ..................... A long way from town Options galore ...................... Nothing is included in the itinerary Secluded hideaway ................ Impossible to find or get to Pre-registered rooms ............. Already occupied Explore on your own ............. Pay for it yourself Knowledgeable trip hosts ....... They've flown in an airplane before No extra fees ......................... No extras Nominal fee ........................... Outrageous charge Standard ............................... Sub-standard Deluxe .................................. Standard Superior ............................... One free shower cap Cozy .................................... Small All the amenities ................... Two free shower caps Plush ................................... Top and bottom sheets Gentle breezes ..................... Occasional Gale-force winds Light and airy ...................... No air conditioning Picturesque ......................... Theme park nearby Concierge ........................... Stand with tourist brochures Continental breakfast ........... Free muffin
He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active inpromoting true and undefiled religion and who sets Himself with the greatestfirmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind...God grantthat in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and thatthe unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to the supportand establishment of both. --John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Spoken in a sermon delivered May 17, 1776.
Dear Fellow Christian,Did you know that most women in India cannot read or write, and many receive little or no education? Tobias, pastor of a Gospel for Asia-related Believers Church, realized these sad facts when he noticed that at least half the women in his church were illiterate. So, in order to give these women a chance to read the Bible themselves, Pastor Tobias started a literacy program. See a PhotoShow about this incredible ministry here:Click Herehttp://www.gfa.org/growing-spiritually-through-the-alphabet?motiv=WA72-G2PSNow that the classes are in place, many women are learning to read and are excited to study the Bible on their own for the first time. Because of this outreach program, many new people are coming to the church and are opening their hearts to the Gospel.It is exciting to see what God is doing in the lives of these precious women--and what a privilege you and I have to be part of it!Yours for the lost,K.P. Yohannan Founder & President
What We Do Not FeelBetsy ChildsThe question was recently posed to me, "Can one really feel God'spresence?" The person asking had had experiences in which he believedthat he had felt the presence of God. But what troubled him wasthe recognition that people from other faiths, or no faith at all, couldhave similar subjective experiences that felt just as real to them. This is not an easy question to answer. I believe that God's presence canbe experienced. The writer of Hebrews invites us, "Let us draw near to Godwith a sincere heart in full assurance of faith" (10:22). But if I hang myassurance of the reality and goodness of God on the experience of hispresence, the consequences for my faith will be radical, and possiblyfatal. If feelings are the basis for my faith, and one day I wake up andI do not experience Jesus, but instead experience Gautama Buddha or JosephSmith, would I then convert to Buddhism or Mormonism?The question about feeling God's presence brought to mind the story ofDarlene Deibler Rose. Rose was a young American missionary to the junglesof New Guinea who survived four years of captivity in Japanese prison campsduring World War II. When Rose tells her story, she describes how apowerful sense of God's loving presence sustained her through beatings,horrible illnesses, the cruelties of her captors, and the death of herhusband. Although I marveled at Rose's amazing endurance, I couldn't help butwonder if I could endure as she had. I have not felt God's presence inthe unmistakably palpable way that she did. But towards the end of thestory of her imprisonment, Rose relates an experience that brings theanswer to this question into focus. At the time, she was in solitaryconfinement and severely malnourished. In spite of her outwarddifficulties, she had continued to feel inner peace. Then, she writes, Quite suddenly and unexpectedly, I felt enveloped in aspiritual vacuum. 'Lord, where have You gone? Why have You withdrawnYour presence from me? O Father--' in panic I jumped to my feet, my heartfrantically searching for a hidden sin, for a careless thought, for anyreason why my Lord should have withdrawn his presence from me. Myprayers, my expressions of worship, seemed to go no higher than theceiling; there seemed to be no sounding board. I prayed for forgiveness,for the Holy Spirit to search my heart. To none of my petitions was thereany apparent response.Rose spent the night crying out to God, searching for a reason for why Hehad withdrawn her ability to feel his presence. When no answer came, sheprayed:Lord, I believe all that the Bible says. I do walk by faithand not by sight. I do not need to feel You near, because yourWord says You will never leave me nor forsake me. Lord, I confirm myfaith; I believe. The words of Hebrews 11:1 welled up, unbeckoned, tofill my mind: 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, theevidence of things not seen.' ...Evidence not seen--that was what Iput my trust in--not in feelings or moments of ecstasy, but in theunchanging Person of Jesus Christ.... In a measure I felt that Iunderstood what Job meant when he declared, 'Though He slay me, yet will Itrust in Him' (13:15). Job knew that he could trust God, because Job knewthe character of the One in Whom he had put his trust. It was faithstripped of feelings, faith without trappings.(1)I believe that we can feel God's presence, and that we should eagerly seekit. But we cannot base our faith on a foundation of emotional experience. If we base our faith on feelings, when the feelings go, the faith willflee. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what wedo not see. Faith is also being sure of what we do not feel. If a commitment to Christ assured us that we would always feel hispresence, faith would not be required of us. The story of Darlene Deibler Rose testifies to the reality of the HolySpirit--the Comforter, who will never leave us nor forsake us--aspowerfully as any story I have encountered. But Rose was wise enough toknow that her faith could not rest on that experience. When the darknessdescended, she kept walking, until she had passed through the darknessinto the light.Betsy Childs is associate writer at Ravi Zacharias InternationalMinistries in Atlanta, Georgia.(1) Darlene Deibler Rose, Evidence of Things Not Seen (SanFrancisco: Harper & Row, 1988), 155-156.------------------------------------------------------------------- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)"A Slice of Infinity" is aimed at reaching into the culture with words ofchallenge, words of truth, and words of hope. If you know of others whowould enjoy receiving "A Slice of Infinity" in their email box each day,tell them they can sign up on our website athttp://www.rzim.org/slice/slice.php. If they do not have access to theWorld Wide Web, please call 1-877-88SLICE (1-877-887-5423).
Why Your Big Bowl Suddenly Got SmallTranscript #5252 | Psalm 23:1Tuesday, February 27th, 2007(More February transcripts) Once upon a time, the Hutchcraft family had a little fantail goldfish, and what did our daughter name him? Well, of course, Fanny. And the time came for Fanny's murky old fishbowl water to get changed. Of course, he had to be in water while that was happening or he would have developed severe respiratory difficulties. So, we put Fanny into this cramped, tiny little bowl and we put it in the kitchen sink - poor little fish. He would try to swim as usual, and he just kept bumping into the sides of the bowl a lot because they came a lot sooner than usual! It really, obviously, was not fun being in that shrunken little environment, but hey, the purpose was to improve his world - right! I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Why Your Big Bowl Suddenly Got Small." If you think about the goldfish, frustrated in a world that suddenly got smaller, you might be able to see a picture of yourself and what God is doing all this for. Our word for today from the Word of God in Psalm 23:1 gives us familiar words and it describes some of the wonderful ways that God provides for us, leads us, and restores us. You know these words, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." In Jesus, you have a Shepherd who knows exactly what you need and when you need it. Now here comes one of His methods for meeting your needs, "He makes me lie down in green pastures." That part - that's got a little sting in it, those words, "He makes me lie down." Like I hadn't planned to stop. I may not want to stop. "Hey, someone just hit the brakes! My world suddenly shrank!" You could be in a time like that right now because of an injury, a change at work, a burden that's been added to you that's slowed you down, a health setback, a financial setback, or maybe because of a closed door or a lost relationship. If you were a goldfish, you might be saying, "Hey, I was swimming along in a much bigger bowl. Why did my world suddenly get smaller?" Here's part of the answer in Psalm 23:3, "He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake." God wants to restore your soul. He wants to give you specific guidance, and maybe neither one can happen as long as you're swimming full speed in your fast-moving world. Our goldfish probably didn't realize it, but we put him temporarily in a little bowl so we could improve his world. After his frustrating, but brief time in a little bowl, he returned to a better, brighter world in his big, clean bowl. We're like that. For us to have the better perspective, the closer walk, the inner power that Jesus wants to give us, He often has to slow us down and temporarily shrink our world. Years ago when my very active wife was bedridden for seven months recovering from hepatitis, she said, "You know, God used this time to do something wonderful. He has cleansed my schedule." Hard process - liberating result. You know, that is often God's way. He makes us lie down. He makes us slow down. He makes us quiet down so He can restore a beat-up soul that He could never restore at the pace we usually travel, and to give us some direction in our stressed-out mind. We can't hear His voice sometimes until He slows us down. Isn't it interesting that the Bible says, "Be still and know that I am God." So don't worry if you suddenly find yourself in a smaller bowl. God is calling you to a timeout so he can return you to a better and brighter world! Ron Hutchcraft.
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